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Lawrence man arrested on suspicion of domestic battery, sexual assault charges for second time in two weeks
August 15, 2011
For the second time in two weeks, Lawrence police have arrested a 26-year-old Lawrence man on suspicion of domestic battery and sexual assault charges, according to Douglas County Jail records.
Douglas County reviewing swimming regulations at Lone Star Lake after second drowning
August 15, 2011
Two people have drowned at Lone Star Lake this summer, and Douglas County officials say they plan to consider changes to swimming regulations.
City of Lawrence crews hope to smoke out where stormwater is sneaking into sewer system
August 15, 2011
Where there is smoke, there is not always fire. Lawrence City Hall leaders are trying to get that message out this week as utility crews will be conducting tests in East Lawrence that may fill the air with smoke.
Douglas County treasurer’s office using a Tonganoxie law firm to help track down those who haven’t paid their taxes
August 15, 2011 in print edition on A1
That boat or ATV sitting in the garage soon may become a little less fun — especially if you haven’t paid the property taxes on them. The Douglas County Treasurer’s office is launching a program this month to collect unpaid personal property taxes. Douglas County Treasurer Paula Gilchrist said her office has hired a Tonganoxie-based law firm specializing in helping governments collect on past-due tax accounts.
Texas House committee won’t meet about Texas A&M
August 15, 2011
A Texas lawmaker has indefinitely postponed a Tuesday hearing on Texas A&M potentially leaving the Big 12 for the Southeastern Conference.
KU’s ongoing efficiency study identifies 12 areas in which university could save money
02:54 p.m., August 15, 2011 Updated 01:30 p.m. in print edition on A1
An ongoing efficiency study at Kansas University has identified 12 areas of potential improvement.
Statehouse Live: State senator who defied Brownback’s move to kill state arts funding gets award
August 15, 2011
State Sen. Roger Reitz, R-Manhattan, was the recipient of the 2011 Public Leadership in the Arts Award, which was presented by the National Conference of State Legislatures and Americans for the Arts.
KU classes start Monday, Aug. 22, a little later than usual
02:27 p.m., August 15, 2011 Updated 03:48 p.m. in print edition on A1
After years of Kansas University classes beginning on Thursdays, the first day of classes for the fall semester will be on Monday. KU’s residence halls open on Friday.
Son testifies he saw his father shoot his mother in Osage County murder trial
01:24 p.m., August 15, 2011 Updated 12:16 a.m. in print edition on A2
A former Missouri city official charged with killing his estranged wife, their two daughters and his wife’s grandmother in Kansas snapped because of his wife’s lesbian affair and was mentally a “shell of a man,” his defense attorney said Monday as his trial got under way.
Authorities suspect alcohol contributed to motorcycle crash on U.S. 59
August 15, 2011
Douglas County Sheriff’s officers believe alcohol contributed to a Friday night motorcycle accident south of Lawrence in which a 37-year-old Overbrook man was injured, a sheriff’s spokesman said Monday.
Statehouse Live: Environmentalists seek to block western Kansas coal-burning plant
August 15, 2011
The Kansas Sierra Club, represented by Earthjustice, alleged the permit given to Sunflower Electric Power Corp. violates the federal Clean Air Act.
Town Talk: Bikes and books and, oh my, doughnuts at Ninth and Mass.?; city to consider building public parking lot at Poehler building; Compton’s incentives requests still in limbo
August 15, 2011
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County:
Heard on the Hill: KU websites getting tweaked a bit; national show featuring Lawrence artists opens; Baker University gets $750k grant
August 15, 2011
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department needs volunteers as it takes aim at tobacco
August 15, 2011 in print edition on A5
The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department is seeking volunteers to help with its tobacco prevention campaign.
KU faculty line up seats for basketball games
August 15, 2011 in print edition on A1
Allan Hanson, a Kansas University anthropology professor, now knows exactly how long he’s worked for KU: 45.205479452 years, according to his seating sheet.
Compared to similar cities, Lawrence property-crime rate above average
August 15, 2011 in print edition on A3
Lawrence had a higher rate of property crimes in 2010 than average when compared with 27 other similar communities nationwide, according to the Benchmark City Survey.
Election officials want Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach to wait on citizenship requirement
August 15, 2011 in print edition on A1
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s proposal to move up the date when Kansans must show proof of citizenship to register to vote is not getting good reviews from the people who run elections.
Graduates saddled with student loans may pay dearly for decades to come
August 15, 2011 in print edition on A1
Ian Hrabe remembers the phone calls. They started cordially, but got nastier and nastier, until finally the student loan company was calling at 7 a.m., demanding payment on its loan.
Regents have hefty agenda for 3-day retreat
August 15, 2011 in print edition on A3
The Kansas Board of Regents has scheduled a three-day retreat this week, mapping out goals with higher education chief executives and Gov. Sam Brownback.
City leaders to review site plans for former Farmland plant
Funding to convert land to business park on the table
August 15, 2011 in print edition on A3
Work on what is expected to be the city’s largest development project in years may soon kick into a new gear.
KU women win again
August 15, 2011 in print edition on B10
Carolyn Davis scored 25 points, and Kansas University’s women’s basketball team improved to 2-0 during its tour of Italy with a 90-76 victory over Roma Selezione on Sunday.
Arkansas guard Archie Goodwin narrows his list
August 15, 2011 in print edition on B10
Archie Goodwin, a 6-foot-4, 180-pound senior shooting guard from Sylvan Hills High in Little Rock, Ark., has narrowed his college basketball recruiting list to eight, reports.
A new beginning: Darius Willis thrilled to be at QB, er, LB for KU
August 15, 2011 in print edition on B1
It didn’t raise so much as an eyebrow when Darius Willis reported to Kansas University’s preseason football drills sporting a new number.
Kansas soccer falls in OT
August 15, 2011 in print edition on B10
Butler University defender Claire Milam’s goal from 27 yards out just over three minutes into overtime lifted the Bulldogs to a 3-2 exhibition soccer victory over Kansas University on Sunday at Jayhawk Soccer Complex.
Rough start dooms Francis, K.C.
August 15, 2011 in print edition on B3
The first inning doomed Jeff Francis again on Sunday.
Realignment a matter of perspective
Jayhawks’ only move to remain loyal to Big 12
August 15, 2011 in print edition on B1
With Texas A&M clamoring to bolt for the SEC and the rest of the Big 12 Conference working to keep the Aggies, the future of the league once again is ambiguous at best.
At least one A&M grad says SEC a perfect fit
August 15, 2011 in print edition on B1
If a friendly man named Joe Giles should happen to offer you a free golf tip, box your ears, shut your eyes and sprint in the other direction. During his swing, his body takes more high-speed twists and turns than a Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix race car.
SEC passes on inviting A&M for now
August 15, 2011 in print edition on B2
Don’t start printing those Texas A&M SEC T-shirts just yet.
Gary Woodland ties for 12th at PGA
August 15, 2011 in print edition on B1
Gary Woodland never solved the mystery that was the finishing 18th hole, but he did get off to a great start in Sunday’s final round of the PGA.
Keegan Bradley claims PGA
August 15, 2011 in print edition on B1
A rally that ranks among the best. A collapse hardly anyone saw coming. There was even a guy in a red shirt Sunday, pumping his fists with each clutch putt in the final, frenzied hour of the PGA Championship.
Why we play sports: Local experts weigh in on why competition satisfies human needs
August 15, 2011
Imogene Kilgore has been playing recreational sports for 52 years. Her sister, Mary Jo Elston, has been at it about 40 years.
Town is a lasting symbol of New Deal
August 15, 2011 in print edition on A8
More than three-quarters of a century ago this forgotten community, tucked in a wrinkle of rugged West Virginia, was surrounded by poverty and privation.
Federal agencies attack cyber-security
August 15, 2011 in print edition on A8
“Cyber-security” is one of those hot topics that has launched a thousand seminars and strategy papers, without producing much in the way of policy. But that’s beginning to change, in one of 2011’s most important but least noted government moves.
Sales tax slip
Having one of its public universities skirting online sales tax regulations is embarrassing for Kansas.
August 15, 2011 in print edition on A8
It is hard to find an issue that poses a greater threat to small retailers than online stores that refuse to charge sales taxes on their merchandise.
KU student, local photographer document life in Brazilian slum
August 15, 2011
KU student Sarah Stern traveled to Rio de Janeiro, where she would act as translator and live in a favela, or Brazilian slum, for three weeks.
Full-time QB has Aggies optimistic
August 15, 2011
Last year at this time, Texas A&M’s Ryan Tannehill was splitting his time — and his reps — between quarterback and wide receiver.
Bears bolstered by bowl appearance
August 15, 2011
Baylor University’s football team had suffered long enough. In 2010, Art Briles made sure Bears fans finally had something to cheer about.
Longhorns learned from rare down year
August 15, 2011
During 2010, the University of Texas football team turned in a very un-Longhorn like season, finishing 5-7 overall, 2-6 in the Big 12 and missing out on postseason play while finishing last in the Big 12 South.
NFL fumbles new rules about kickoffs
August 15, 2011 in print edition on B2
I’m all for making football as safe as possible, just as I’m all for motherhood and world peace and saving the whales and curing cancer. But there is a fine line between making a violent sport safer and making it less exciting.
Slice of Life: LHS alumna building name in Celtic music scene
August 15, 2011
“I’ve always loved to sing, even at a young age,” says international singer-songwriter Ashley Davis.
Fix-It Chick: Save on service costs and replace your own taillights
August 15, 2011
Automotive tail lights and turn signals tend to burn out at the most inconvenient times.
River City Jules: Ten Commandments — the high school edition
August 15, 2011
As my firstborn readies her feet to walk through the doors of high school for the very first time, I have readied my head for the next eight solid years of raising high schoolers by drafting a list of rules. Commandments, actually.
Mass St. Chic: Pleats take stage in lightweight fabrics
August 15, 2011
A pleat is a pleat, right? Wrong
Double Take: Sound advice for a fresh start to the school year
August 15, 2011
As teens we dread the end of summer like nothing else, the signal to start getting up before 11, to do homework and become functioning members of society again.
Banana Republic goes mad for polished attire
August 15, 2011
Movies and TV are not uncommon inspiration for fashion designers — especially when it’s a highly stylized look. But the influence of “Mad Men” has had a straight run for more than four years, reintroducing the masses to skinny ties, pocket squares and body-hugging dresses.
40 years ago: AG Vern Miller announces arrest of Kingman County pot farmer
August 15, 2011
Miller said that most cases in Kansas involved persons harvesting wild weed.
100 years ago: Local girl falls from roller coaster
August 15, 2011
“The accident occurred last night and is said to be due to the fact that the girl stood up in the car.”
25 years ago: New Dillon ‘Superstore’ opens at Sixth and Lawrence
August 15, 2011
Kansas University cheerleaders helped greet the store’s first customers, and KU’s Big Jay also showed up and wandered the aisles.