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Archive for Thursday, August 18, 2011

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
The view of the north side of the Statehouse. Regents want to get on Brownback’s side in budget talks
August 16, 2011 in print edition on 3A
During a retreat at Pittsburg State University, the board discussed its approach in upcoming budget talks with Brownback’s office and the Legislature, which starts the 2012 session in January.
6:00 a.m.
First-grader Grace Adams reacts with excitement as her teacher, Erica Johnson-Wanzer's gathers the attention of the class in preparation for recess on Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2011 at Prairie Park Elementary. For most Lawrence students, Wednesday was the first day for getting out the back-to-school jitters. Lawrence middle schools welcome seventh-graders as ‘middle’ students
August 17, 2011 in print edition on 1A
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.
10:00 a.m.
Gov. Brownback urges House Republicans to pass a proposed state budget Wednesday, March 30, 2011, during a GOP caucus at the Statehouse. Brownback tells Kansas Regents to improve higher education but not to expect extra funding
August 17, 2011 in print edition on 1A
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.
2:00 p.m.
The handful of residents at the Bella Sera at the Preserve complex are hoping that soon will start changing as an area bank works to take over the multimillion dollar condominium development along Bob Billings Parkway near Wakarusa Drive. Bella Sera residents hope to expand community after sale
August 18, 2011 in print edition on 1A
The granite is polished, the pool is filled, the outdoor kitchen is stocked, and the lobby still “looks like a four-star hotel.” Now, all that is missing are people to live here.
6:00 p.m.
Tom Owens, Tonganoxie, left, pauses after driving his 1955 Ford Panel truck serving as the hearse carrying the remains of his nephew, Nick Owens, to the cemetery Wednesday. Tonganoxie man remembered as good friend, master of anything with wheels
August 18, 2011 in print edition on 3A
It seems that if something had wheels, Nick Owens could drive it — sometimes without some of those wheels touching the ground.

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Civil War re-enactors feel the thrill of battle with fewer casualties
August 18, 2011 in print edition on A1
Civil war re-enactor Alan Van Loenen, Lawrence, and his artillery crew were preparing to fire a final cannon blast toward Confederate infantry, when several soldiers, formerly (playing) dead, rose from the Missouri cornfield in front of the cannon line. “Get back down,” yelled the crew, waving their arms and warning the nearby soldiers to remain dead, safe from the cannon’s blast. The men dropped, and members of the 3rd Kansas Battery B light artillery unit discharged their 6-pound, smoothbore cannon one last time. Through the clearing smoke the dead rose once again, brushed off the dust and marched off the battlefield to the sound of spectators’ applause. The action was part of the 150th Battle of Wilson’s Creek Civil War reenactment last weekend on a national battlefield 12 miles southwest of Springfield, Mo.
Olathe man injured in rollover accident on K-10 near De Soto is released from the hospital
05:46 p.m., August 18, 2011 Updated 10:55 a.m.
A 30-year-old Olathe man was injured Thursday afternoon in a rollover accident on Kansas Highway 10.
Brownback unveils first names on list of notable Kansans
August 18, 2011 in print edition on A8
A new list of the most notable figures from Kansas includes a U.S. vice president, a U.S. senator, an American Indian leader, a famed psychiatrist and a minister who coined the phrase, “What Would Jesus Do?”
Rural Jefferson County man sentenced for shooting his half-brother during argument over washing dishes
August 18, 2011 in print edition on A5
A judge Thursday sentenced a 24-year-old Jefferson County man to serve a 31-month prison sentence for shooting his a relative in an argument over dirty dishes, law enforcement officials said.
Statehouse Live: Brownback defends signing into law controversial abortion measures
02:13 p.m., August 18, 2011 Updated 04:36 p.m. in print edition on A5
“You can’t know for sure what all comes out of that afterwards, but it was the will of the Legislature and the people of the state of Kansas,” he said.
Jayhawks land Waco, Texas TE Jordan Smith
August 18, 2011 in print edition on B1
The Kansas University football staff continues to have recruiting success in Texas. That point is illustrated by Turner Gill and the Jayhawks recently picking up up an oral commitment from three-star tight end Jordan Smith, of Waco’s Reicher High.
Judge refuses to stay, pending appeal, order preventing Kansas from diverting funds from Planned Parenthood
11:49 a.m., August 18, 2011 Updated 05:39 p.m. in print edition on A1
Planned Parenthood may return to federal court to force Kansas to immediately release federal funds for the group’s non-abortion services because it doesn’t believe the state is complying with a judge’s order, the leader of its regional chapter said Thursday.
Annual wine stomp planned at area winery to raise funds for Big Brothers Big Sisters
August 18, 2011
Money raised from stepping on grapes will benefit a local agency.
Town Talk: Iwig Dairy looking to open retail store in Lawrence; Natural Grocers project to reconfigure 23rd Street driveways; that’s not a boat in the Kaw
August 18, 2011
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County:
First Bell: New middle school name rings true; principal unfazed by freshmen; traffic flow changes to be tested at South
August 18, 2011
It’s time for First Bell, a look at issues and items involving education in and around Lawrence.
Heard on the Hill: Student gets Pawlenty to record amusing audio clip; I’m looking for the ‘best professors’ who have left KU; staff, faculty directories are now available
August 18, 2011
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Bella Sera residents hope to expand community after sale
August 18, 2011 in print edition on A1
The granite is polished, the pool is filled, the outdoor kitchen is stocked, and the lobby still “looks like a four-star hotel.” Now, all that is missing are people to live here.
Memorials set for soldiers in crash
August 18, 2011 in print edition on A8
Soldiers killed in the military helicopter crash in Afghanistan are being remembered this week in Kansas.
SRS plans new adoption initiative
August 18, 2011 in print edition on A2
The head of the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services says he plans a major initiative to boost adoptions of children in state custody.
Kansas, Lawrence students beat national average on ACT
August 18, 2011 in print edition on A2
Kansas and Lawrence school district students scored higher than the national average this year on the ACT college readiness exam.
2 arrested in death of Army medic
August 18, 2011 in print edition on A2
Two Manhattan men have been arrested in last week’s fatal beating of a decorated U.S. Army combat medic near the city’s Aggieville district.
Obama’s plan: New jobs proposals, challenging GOP
August 18, 2011 in print edition on A5
Under fire in a nation desperate for jobs, President Barack Obama will soon announce a broad package of tax cuts, construction work and help for the millions of Americans who have been unemployed for months, a White House official said Wednesday. Republicans immediately cast doubt about any such plan, setting up a fresh economic showdown as the presidential campaign intensifies.
Joplin goes back to school
August 18, 2011 in print edition on A5
Seniors and juniors are taking classes in a converted big-box store. Freshmen and sophomores are in a building across town. The new middle school is in an industrial park.
Zombie Walk set for Oct. 6 in downtown Lawrence
August 18, 2011 in print edition on A2
The undead will rise in downtown Lawrence as participants in the annual Zombie Walk once again stumble along Massachusetts Street.
Tonganoxie man remembered as good friend, master of anything with wheels
August 18, 2011 in print edition on A3
It seems that if something had wheels, Nick Owens could drive it — sometimes without some of those wheels touching the ground.
Lawrence school district looking at Finnish anti-bullying program
August 18, 2011 in print edition on A3
The Lawrence school district is embracing an effort by Kansas University researchers to translate an anti-bullying program from Finland into U.S. schools.
Overbrook man injured in motorcycle accident released from hospital
August 18, 2011 in print edition on A4
A 37-year-old Overbrook man injured Friday night in a motorcycle accident was released from the hospital earlier this week.
Pump Patrol
August 18, 2011 in print edition on A4
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.42 at several stations.
Nielsen hit by object as Sporting KC tops Timbers
August 18, 2011
Goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen came within 10 minutes of a shutout despite being hit in the head by an object thrown from the stands, and Sporting Kansas City beat the Portland Timbers 3-1 on Wednesday night.
Gordon, Butler homer as K.C. beats Yankees 5-4
August 18, 2011 in print edition on B1
It wasn’t Alex Gordon’s three-run home run that had the New York Yankees chewing their nails. It was Billy Butler’s solo shot one out later — the one they think should have been a double.
Kansas women cruise in Italian exhibition
August 18, 2011 in print edition on B5
A balanced offense that saw six players finish with double-digit points helped Kansas University’s women’s basketball team claim an overwhelming 110-25 victory versus Selezione Lombardia Wednesday night in the small town of Varese, Italy, located between Como and Milan.
KU soccer optimistic
August 18, 2011 in print edition on B5
In 2010, the Kansas University soccer team struggled mightily to put the ball in the back of the net.
Diamond Dixon advances in China
August 18, 2011 in print edition on B5
Kansas sprinter Diamond Dixon advanced to the finals of the 400-meter dash Wednesday night at the World University Games.
Kansas LB coach sheds light on first stringers
August 18, 2011 in print edition on B5
Although the competition will not end officially for a few more weeks, Kansas University linebackers coach Vantz Singletary on Wednesday opened up about which players were leading the race to play with the first-team linebackers this fall.
Our Town Sports for August 18
August 18, 2011 in print edition on B7
A weekly roundup of local events and results.
National briefs: Newton will start for Carolina on Friday
August 18, 2011 in print edition on B2
Top draft pick Cam Newton will start at quarterback for the Carolina Panthers in their second preseason game Friday.
Miami should have run off Nevin Shapiro at first sight
August 18, 2011 in print edition on B2
Chris Rock once said, “Men are as faithful as their options.”
Booster implicates two K-Staters
August 18, 2011 in print edition on B7
A jailed University of Miami booster who claims to have provided cars, cash, prostitutes and other impermissible benefits to 72 athletes told Yahoo! Sports two current Kansas State players were among the recipients.
NCAA had eye on Miami for 5 months
August 18, 2011 in print edition on B7
The NCAA said Wednesday it has been investigating the relationship between a convicted Ponzi scheme artist and the University of Miami for five months, and the allegations — if true — show the need for “serious and fundamental change” in college sports.
Bill Self has Kansas on winning streak
August 18, 2011 in print edition on B1
Bill Self’s words served as panic-attack tonic the last time conference realignment threatened to blind-side Kansas University all the way into non-BCS-conference status. No need for him to step to the podium now because the uneasy feelings about the stability of the Big 12 have a more distant feel.
Fresh faces: Several rookies have chance to play
August 18, 2011 in print edition on B1
The coaches have said it and a couple of players have Tweeted it. But there’s just something more convincing about actually hearing the words come out of the players’ mouths.
Shop around
August 18, 2011 in print edition on A7
To the editor: First of all, our governor did not order the closing of the SRS office in Lawrence.
Coming to terms with ’The Help’
August 18, 2011 in print edition on A7
Mother used to tell this story.
Europe’s military decline stirs concern
August 18, 2011 in print edition on A7
During the Second World War, a future prime minister, Harold Macmillan, said America is “the new Roman empire and we Britons, like the Greeks of old, must teach them how to make it go.” How goes the tutoring of Rome by Athens?
Plaza parallel
Local officials concerned about intimidating crowds in downtown Lawrence might keep an eye on developments on the Country Club Plaza.
August 18, 2011 in print edition on A7
The problems with large groups of teens and pre-teens roaming the Country Club Plaza in Kansas City, Mo., may strike a familiar chord with some Lawrence residents and officials.
Tyrel Reed signs with Belgian team
August 18, 2011 in print edition on B1
Burlington native/Kansas University graduate Tyrel Reed will begin his professional basketball career far from home.
NFL fines Detroit’s Suh $20,000
August 18, 2011 in print edition on B2
Ndamukong Suh has been fined a third time for roughing up three different quarterbacks in less than a year.
100 years ago: Lutherans enjoy annual picnic in Lawrence
August 18, 2011
“Lutheran picnics are always great things but this one promises to be better than ever.”
Starling tickled to be a Royal
August 18, 2011 in print edition on B8
Bubba Starling is just like everybody else who follows the Kansas City Royals — eager to see how good he can be.
Horoscope for Aug. 18
August 18, 2011
­This year, many people feel very positively about you, and you feel the same way about them. Try to clear your mind and center yourself. If you are single, you could meet someone quite spectacular this year. If you are attached, the two of you could see a new addition to your household, or perhaps go on a second honeymoon. Aries makes you smile.
Scrapyard alchemy on the Science Channel
August 18, 2011
TV’s scrap heap chic continues. Folks appear on “JUNKies” (9 p.m., Science) to consult salvage “genius” Jimmy Ruocco in Freeport, N.Y., and find the missing parts to their mad inventions. In the debut, a welding artist and his free spirit sidekick come in search of a key ingredient to their backyard centrifuge.
25 years ago: Noria tract up for annexation
August 18, 2011
Douglas County commissioners were considering approval of a city annexation of the 300-acre “Noria” tract.
40 years ago: Reader questions need for more than three TV channels
August 18, 2011
“If there are only three television networks, why should I be interested in more than three stations?”