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Brownback expresses confidence in private arts funding
August 17, 2011 in print edition on A4
Gov. Sam Brownback on Wednesday expressed confidence in arts funding in Kansas despite the announcement that the state lost federal matching grants because he vetoed state funding for the arts.
Lawrence middle schools welcome seventh-graders as ‘middle’ students
August 17, 2011 in print edition on A1
School was back in session for many Lawrence students on Wednesday — and even more go back on Thursday. The new school year has officially started.
Brownback: Keeping SRS office open with local taxpayers’ money ‘a workable solution’
August 17, 2011
Gov. Sam Brownback on Wednesday said local taxpayers footing the bill to keep the Lawrence welfare office open was “a workable solution.”
Brownback tells Kansas Regents to improve higher education but not to expect extra funding
Governor says admissions standards may need to be raised
August 17, 2011 in print edition on A1
Gov. Sam Brownback on Wednesday told higher education officials that they must improve the academic rankings of Kansas universities and that he has no problem with raising admission standards at the schools.
Brownback tells regents to improve academic rankings of schools
12:32 p.m., August 17, 2011 Updated 05:50 p.m.
Brownback’s comments came during a wide-ranging discussion with the Kansas Board of Regents, which was completing its three-day retreat.
Slain wife’s lover testifies in Osage County murder case
11:58 a.m., August 17, 2011 Updated 01:10 a.m.
A former city utilities administrator accused of killing his estranged wife and three other family members in Kansas had encouraged his spouse to have a sexual relationship with a Texas woman but also was an abusive husband, the murdered wife’s lover testified Wednesday in his capital murder trial.
Overland Park woman hurt in one-vehicle crash Tuesday night on K-10
August 17, 2011 in print edition on A4
A 27-year-old Overland Park woman was injured Tuesday night after she was ejected from a vehicle near De Soto on Kansas Highway 10, a Johnson County Sheriff’s spokesman said.
Douglas County law officers to target drunken drivers during next three weeks
10:49 a.m., August 17, 2011 Updated 05:01 p.m.
Douglas County law enforcement agencies plan to participate in a statewide effort to crack down on drunken driving in the next three weeks.
Town Talk: Large Lawrence employer sold to General Dynamics defense firm; condo development to be sold by sheriff on Thursday; an odd ending for police and fire negotiations
August 17, 2011
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
$360M lost to insurgents, criminals
August 17, 2011 in print edition on A6
After examining hundreds of combat support and reconstruction contracts in Afghanistan, the U.S military estimates $360 million in U.S. tax dollars has ended up in the hands of people the American-led coalition has spent nearly a decade battling: the Taliban, criminals, and power brokers with ties to both.
First Bell: Back-to-school spending averages $603?; Resolved, electives prove popular; KU Engineering to help honor tech teachers
August 17, 2011
It’s time for First Bell, a look at issues and items involving education in and around Lawrence.
Leaders propose Eurozone government
August 17, 2011 in print edition on A7
The leaders of France and Germany called Tuesday for greater economic discipline and unity among European nations but declined to take immediate financial measures seen by many investors as the only way to halt the continent’s spiraling debt crisis.
Heard on the Hill: Bookstores looking forward to students’ return; students have club devoted to Brazilian art form; academy designed for talented, non-managerial staff to learn leadership skills
August 17, 2011
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Perry’s colorful tongue takes national stage
August 17, 2011 in print edition on A6
In the words of Gov. Rick Perry, secession was one scenario on the table for frustrated Texans. The BP oil spill? Might have been an act of God instead of corporate errors. And if the Federal Reserve puts more money in the U.S. system, as Perry told voters in Iowa this week, you could chalk it up as a treasonous act that would be treated “pretty ugly” back home.
New doubt cast on Murdoch’s denial
August 17, 2011 in print edition on A7
Lawyers and former executives have cast fresh doubt on the denials made by Rupert and James Murdoch over Britain’s phone hacking scandal, raising the prospect that the media tycoon’s son could be recalled for a new grilling by U.K. legislators.
Panetta: Bigger defense cuts would ‘weaken’ U.S.
August 17, 2011 in print edition on A7
Large new cuts in defense spending would “terribly weaken” U.S. national security, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Tuesday as he and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton used a rare joint interview to argue that the nation cannot afford to keep playing partisan chicken with its finances.
K-10 panel to recommend higher fines, tougher enforcement
August 17, 2011 in print edition on A3
A committee studying the safety of Kansas Highway 10 from Lawrence east to Interstate 435 agreed Tuesday night to ask the Kansas Legislature to designate the four-lane highway as a “highway safety corridor” to increase fines for traffic infractions and allow for additional enforcement on the busy commuter road.
Officers investigating residential burglary
August 17, 2011 in print edition on A4
Douglas County Sheriff’s officers are investigating an Aug. 9 residential burglary in the 1200 section of East 2000 Road.
Pittsburg State University dealing with housing crunch
August 17, 2011 in print edition on A4
Some students are finding it difficult to secure housing at Pittsburg State this fall.
Emporia State University searches for president
August 17, 2011 in print edition on A4
A committee looking for the next president of Emporia State University plans to finish its work by the end of this year.
Staff directed to move ahead on business park plans for former Farmland Industries
August 17, 2011 in print edition on A2
Commissioners directed staff to move ahead on planning a pair of new roads to serve the former Farmland Industries site along Kansas Highway 10 on the eastern edge of Lawrence.
Lawrence City Commission OKs police, fire union contracts
August 17, 2011 in print edition on A1
City commissioners at their weekly meeting unanimously approved new four-year contracts with the city’s police and fire unions.
City moving ahead on new capital improvement list
August 17, 2011 in print edition on A1
The asphalt is still sticky, the concrete is still wet and the orange cones are still abundant. But Lawrence City Hall is already planning for its next round of construction projects.
Questions linger for KU at D-Tackle
August 17, 2011 in print edition on B1
When the Kansas University football team entered preseason camp on Aug. 3, it did so with at least one experienced and proven player at defensive tackle.
KU baseball freshman named MVP of tourney
August 17, 2011 in print edition on B5
Kansas University freshman outfielder Dakota Smith was named Most Valuable Player of the 2011 Connie Mack World Series last weekend as his Midland Redskins won their third title at Rickets Field.
KU track’s Finley takes bronze in China
August 17, 2011 in print edition on B5
Kansas University junior Mason Finley earned a bronze medal on Tuesday in the shot put at the World University Games, despite fighting a case of food poisoning.
Former KU guard Collins to play pro ball in Turkey
August 17, 2011 in print edition on B5
Former Kansas University point guard Sherron Collins will play professional basketball for Turkish League team Hacettepe Universitesi during the 2011-12 season, reported this week.
New York outslugs K.C.
August 17, 2011 in print edition on B5
Danny Duffy had thrown Robinson Cano nearly everything in his arsenal in the fourth inning.
Alvamar qualifier wraps up
14 golfers from two courses advance to Thursday’s Nationwide tourney in Overland Park
August 17, 2011 in print edition on B5
Over two rain-soaked days at Alvamar Golf and Country Club, a field of more than 200 of the region’s best golfers was trimmed to 14 qualifiers for this weeks Nationwide Tour stop at LionsGate in Overland Park.
Notre Dame perfect fit for Big 12
August 17, 2011 in print edition on B2
They have spent the better part of a year and a half fighting off the ropes, challenged from all sides in this ongoing saga of college sports hostile takeovers.
McCoy’s visit with Favre invaluable
August 17, 2011 in print edition on B2
Colt McCoy picked up his cellphone, dialed Brett Favre’s number and hoped one of his idols might help him out.
C-USA, ESPN settle lawsuit
August 17, 2011 in print edition on B7
Conference USA’s football championship games will now air on ESPN, not Fox, after the league and network settled litigation.
Sooners add Michigan linebacker for depth
August 17, 2011 in print edition on B7
Freshman linebacker Kellen Jones has transferred from Michigan to Oklahoma.
Report: Players received gifts from Miami booster
Current Missouri men’s basketball coach Frank Haith caught up in allegations from his time with ‘Canes
August 17, 2011 in print edition on B1
Nevin Shapiro, a former Miami booster who is serving a 20-year prison sentence for masterminding a $930 million Ponzi scheme, has told Yahoo! Sports he provided impermissible benefits to 72 of the university’s football players and other athletes between 2002 and 2010.
Still the one? Webb remains in position to take starting QB spot
August 17, 2011 in print edition on B1
With just 18 days remaining before Kansas University’s first football game of the 2011 season, the battles for starting spots in preseason camp are starting to heat up. But few seem as hot as the competition at the team’s most visible position — quarterback.
Oklahoma’s Johnson turns from QB to lineman
August 17, 2011 in print edition on B7
Lane Johnson never expected his football career to go like this.
Oklahoma State’s Boone Pickens to Texas A&M: Stay put
August 17, 2011 in print edition on B7
Oklahoma State megabooster T. Boone Pickens believes the Big 12 will survive the latest conference realignment threat and suggests that Texas A&M stay put instead of joining the Southeastern Conference.
Big East commish contacts Beebe
August 17, 2011 in print edition on B7
Big East Commissioner John Marinatto says he has been in constant contact with Dan Beebe of the Big 12 and John Swofford of the Atlantic Coast Conference in recent days and has suggested the three meet to discuss conference realignment.
DT John Williams figures to have an increased role
August 17, 2011 in print edition on B3
Oftentimes, Kansas defensive tackle John Williams’ job is to line up right across from KU center Jeremiah Hatch in practice.
Matt Tait’s KU football notebook: Dorsey injury hits hard
August 17, 2011 in print edition on B3
Monday, Kansas University football coach Turner Gill announced that senior defensive tackle Patrick Dorsey would miss six to eight weeks because of a broken foot.
Top 10 KU football players to watch
August 17, 2011 in print edition on B1
Fullback Nick Sizemore gives the Kansas University football team a short-yardage back, a physical pass-blocker in the backfield and a guy who in some packages can plow the way for smaller backs.
100 years ago: Lawrence merchants treat local farmers to picnic
August 17, 2011
“This is the day set apart by the Merchants Association of Lawrence, Kansas, as a day on which they are entertaining the farmers of Douglas county and their families with a monster picnic. And what a great day it is….”
Group effort
August 17, 2011 in print edition on A9
As members of the Kaw Valley Chapter of the Older Women’s League, we offer our thanks and praise to our local authorities and to the community for stepping up and working together to find a solution to keep our SRS office open.
Favorable winds
August 17, 2011 in print edition on A9
As a child, I remember the saying “Tis an ill wind that blows no good.” This seems to describe the current Kansas political climate.
Voters yearn for more compromise
August 17, 2011 in print edition on A9
If George Washington could witness the partisan warfare that has come to dominate the nation’s capital, he would probably ask to have his name removed. I’d suggest calling it Dysfunction Junction, at least until that seemingly distant day when politicians can again demonstrate a fundamental ability to govern.
Big 12 pride
Losing the Big 12 Conference would be a big blow to the identity and pride of the nation’s heartland.
August 17, 2011 in print edition on A9
The future of the Big 12 Conference once again is in flux. With rumors swirling that Texas A&M is considering a move to the Southeastern Conference, the other schools that remain in the Big 12 must take a hard look at what’s in the best interests not only of their own schools but also of the league as a whole.
National briefs: Beck’s turn: QB gets start for Redskins on Friday
August 17, 2011 in print edition on B2
It’s well known by now that Mike Shanahan typically doesn’t reveal his preseason game plans ahead of time, so the answer was predictable Tuesday when the coach was asked who will start at quarterback in the Washington Redskins’ second preseason game.
KU launches fall Foursquare campaign
August 17, 2011
Checking in on Foursquare at university buildings could win students iPads, autographed footballs and more.
Junior Klein leading race to be KSU’s starting quarterback
August 17, 2011 in print edition on B7
It’s usually worth taking notice whenever Bill Snyder decides to single out a player the first week of fall camp. After all, the longtime Kansas State coach rarely doles out public praise. Welcome to the spotlight, Collin Klein.
25 years ago: Traffic deaths approach record rates, sheriff says
August 17, 2011
Sheriff Rex Johnson expressed his concern that 1986 could set a record for the number of traffic fatalities in Douglas County.
40 years ago: KU fee hikes under fire after federal freeze
August 17, 2011
The recent wage-price freeze initiated by the Nixon administration continued to have effects in Lawrence.