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Thief grabs gold worth thousands
August 22, 2011 in print edition on A12
The owner of a Wichita store where a thief made off with bag of scrap gold estimates his loss at $20,000.
Funding surge saves cerebral palsy ranch
August 22, 2011 in print edition on A12
A southeast Kansas ranch that has served as a camp for thousands of people with cerebral palsy and other disabilities won’t be auctioned off after all.
Fire damages house from ‘In Cold Blood’
August 22, 2011 in print edition on A12
Firefighters have put out a small fire in a rural southwest Kansas farmhouse where four family members were killed in 1959, sparking Truman Capote to write the critically acclaimed novel “In Cold Blood.”
$103M to expand broadband Internet in rural America
August 22, 2011 in print edition on A7
Telecommunications companies in 16 states will share more than $103 million in federal funding to help expand broadband Internet access to those areas of rural America that haven’t been reached by the high-speed service or are underserved, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Monday.
GOP pushing balanced budget amendment
August 22, 2011 in print edition on A7
As a “supercommittee” tries to find $1.5 trillion in new deficit cuts this fall, Republicans will be pressing a far more ambitious goal: passing an amendment to the Constitution to require a balanced federal budget.
Kansas Bioscience Authority may invest in animal health products company seeking to relocate to Lenexa
August 22, 2011
The Kansas Bioscience Authority’s investment committee recommended new investments on Monday that would seek to bring jobs to the state and improve a company’s animal health products.
Lawrence carjacking suspect arrested in Texas
August 22, 2011
Douglas County prosecutors accuse a 26-year-old Lawrence woman wanted in connection with a July carjacking in west Lawrence with making a phone call to lure the victim to the area, according to court records.
Police escort White Owl from KU campus on first day of classes
August 22, 2011
A 64-year-old Lawrence man, known by the nickname White Owl, who was banned from the Kansas University campus in 2009 was escorted from campus Monday afternoon, a KU spokeswoman said.
Kansas Athletics replaces Touchdown Club recliner stolen from south end of Memorial Stadium
August 22, 2011
Kansas Athletics Inc. officials have replaced a Touchdown Club recliner that was stolen from Memorial Stadium last week.
Paul Pierce to headline Legends of the Phog all-star game
04:32 p.m., August 22, 2011 Updated 01:14 a.m. in print edition on B1
Boston Celtics phenom Paul Pierce, who last visited Kansas University’s Allen Fieldhouse for his jersey-retirement ceremony in January of 2003, will be back again Sept. 24.
Douglas County prosecutors seek to withdraw plea agreement with man convicted in Vital death
August 22, 2011
A 31-year-old Lawrence man convicted of voluntary manslaughter is fighting a request from prosecutors to withdraw an earlier agreement to trim four years from his sentence in exchange for testimony against a co-defendant.
Retail incentives on Lawrence City Commission agenda
August 22, 2011 in print edition on A1
They have been called everything from “Community Improvement Districts” to “sneaky taxes.” Whatever you call them, they’ll be making an appearance again at City Hall on Tuesday. City commissioners at their weekly meeting are expected to have their most significant discussion yet about whether they want to offer financial incentives to attract retailers to Lawrence.
KU sophomore running back Deshaun Sands arrested for missing court date on disturbing the peace charge
August 22, 2011
A sophomore Kansas University running back was arrested Saturday night on an outstanding warrant for missing a June court date related to an April misdemeanor disturbing the peace citation.
KU chancellor surprises prof Jorge Pérez with $7,500 for excellence in teaching
August 22, 2011 in print edition on A3
Kansas University Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little doesn’t normally walk into a classroom and take over a lecture, but Jorge Pérez couldn’t have minded too much.
September court date set for KU freshman linebacker Benjamin Heeney charged with driving drunk, racing on highway
03:18 p.m., August 22, 2011 Updated 04:04 p.m.
A freshman Kansas University football player faces a September hearing in a drunken driving case in Douglas County District Court, according to court records.
Lawrence City Commission to discuss redistricting
August 22, 2011 in print edition on A1
Will Douglas County stay as it is — generally the western part is in the 2nd U.S. House district and the eastern part in the 3rd — get diced up in another way, or be re-united and put into the same district?
Basehor 17-year-old in serious condition after accident
August 22, 2011 in print edition on A4
A Basehor teenager is in serious condition at a local hospital after he was injured in a car accident late Friday west of Bonner Springs.
Twitter accounts that monitor police scanners keep people in the know
August 22, 2011 in print edition on A1
Twitter users, such as @KansasScanner and @Operation100, send out frequent Twitter updates from what they overhear on emergency dispatch scanners; everything from auto accidents to fires to police chases.
Back to (home) school
August 22, 2011
For most, the phrase “back to school” conjures up images of backpacks, bright yellow buses and new boxes of crayons, but that isn’t the case for all kids.
Town Talk: Downtown retailers and their property tax challenge; more on the Porta Potty in the Kaw; Bum Steer set for 19th and Haskell
August 22, 2011
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County:
KU’s Wichita pharmacy school opens today with the rest of KU
August 22, 2011
The first students in the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy-Wichita begin classes Monday.
Defense begins case in Kansas capital murder case
08:56 a.m., August 22, 2011 Updated 12:50 a.m.
Attorneys for a man on trial for capital murder called his parents, ex-friends and a former co-worker as witnesses Monday, trying to bolster their case that he’d deteriorated mentally before the killings of his estranged wife and their two teenage daughters.
Heard on the Hill: Campus Art Walk set for Friday; KU Hillel program has had a good decade; tipster shows me all kinds of rankings
August 22, 2011
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
GOP may OK tax increase Obama hopes to block
August 22, 2011 in print edition on A7
News flash: Congressional Republicans want to raise your taxes. Impossible, right? GOP lawmakers are so virulently anti-tax, surely they will fight to prevent a payroll tax increase on virtually every wage-earner starting Jan. 1, right? Apparently not.
Area hunter helps fund Kansas Wildscape Foundation
August 22, 2011 in print edition on A10
Bud Walker has no trouble remembering the moment he discovered the special magic of the Kansas outdoors.
City needs help counting bicycles, pedestrians in September
August 22, 2011 in print edition on A5
The Lawrence-Douglas County Metropolitan Planning Organization and the City of Lawrence are looking for volunteers to manually count bicycles and pedestrians at several locations across the city next month. Bicycle and pedestrian counts will take place from 11:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 10 and from 9:45 a.m. to noon and 4:45 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 14.
Kansas City air show resumes Sunday with tribute to pilot who died in crash
August 22, 2011 in print edition on A5
Kansas City’s annual air show took to the skies again Sunday, a day after spectators were sent home when a stunt pilot crashed to the ground while performing loops and spirals in his small plane.
Libyan rebels take most of Tripoli
August 22, 2011 in print edition on A1
Euphoric Libyan rebels took control of most of Tripoli in a lightning advance Sunday, celebrating the victory in Green Square, the symbolic heart of Moammar Gadhafi’s regime. Gadhafi’s defenders quickly melted away as his 42-year rule crumbled, but the leader’s whereabouts were unknown and pockets of resistance remained.
Committee wants Kansas Highway 10 to be a safety corridor
August 22, 2011 in print edition on A1
Members of a Kansas Highway 10 safety committee had a long list of concerns last week when they proposed a plan to increase fines and enforcement on the commuter highway east of Lawrence.
Scholars mark beginning of college with walk
August 22, 2011 in print edition on A3
About 200 incoming Kansas University Mount Oread Scholars spent Sunday morning walking up Mount Oread and learning about KU history and traditions.
Far and wide: KU receivers put emphasis on big play
August 22, 2011 in print edition on B1
Daymond Patterson, who makes conversation interesting and refreshing with his shoot-from-the-hip approach, laid out a basic goal he has for Kansas University wide receivers this season.
Lester, Red Sox stifle K.C.
August 22, 2011 in print edition on B1
Jon Lester curbed the Kansas City Royals on three hits for six-plus innings, and Jason Varitek tripled for the first time in more than four years as Boston beat the Royals on Sunday.
Ex-KU golfer Chris Thompson makes it
August 22, 2011 in print edition on B1
After so many years and so many tournaments, professional golfers develop a feel for what it takes to reach the magic number.
Ex-Jayhawk Brady Morningstar headed to Greece
August 22, 2011 in print edition on B1
Former Kansas University basketball guard Brady Morningstar will begin his professional career on the Greek Island of Crete, fifth-largest island in the Mediterranean Sea.
Regents looking to polish social network
August 22, 2011 in print edition on A6
The Kansas Board of Regents wants to establish the political equivalent of “date night” with each state legislator and Gov. Sam Brownback.
Kansas soccer rips Hogs, 4-1
August 22, 2011 in print edition on B1
Freshman Jamie Fletcher collected two goals, and senior Kortney Clifton and sophomore Amy Grow also found the back of the net to lift Kansas University to a 4-1 soccer victory over Arkansas on Sunday afternoon at the Jayhawk Soccer Complex.
KU’s Finley 8th in discus
August 22, 2011 in print edition on B2
Kansas University thrower Mason Finley finished his week at the World University Games with an eighth-place finish in the discus throw Sunday night.
National briefs: Djokovic quits due to sore shoulder in final
August 22, 2011 in print edition on B2
Novak Djokovic’s remarkable winning streak ended with a grimace, one that puts a new spin on the U.S. Open.
Chiefs’ Haley won’t speak on reported in-house fight
August 22, 2011 in print edition on B2
On one practice field at the Kansas City Chiefs’ training facility Sunday, veteran running back Thomas Jones caught passes out of the backfield along with the rest of the team.
Busch holds off Johnson at Michigan
August 22, 2011 in print edition on B2
Kyle Busch won his 23rd race on NASCAR’s Sprint Cup circuit, pulling even with brother Kurt in career victories.
Court creativity
Court programs that keep some drug and domestic violence offenders out of prison could benefit both the individuals and the community.
August 22, 2011 in print edition on A8
During the crack epidemic in the 1980s, most states got tough on drug offenders, imposing mandatory two-decade prison sentences for convictions. The result was prison overcrowding nationwide.
Election is, always will be about Obama
August 22, 2011 in print edition on A8
It is in the nature of politics and of New Hampshire that things should heat up just as they cool down.
What governors learn and how that applies
August 22, 2011 in print edition on A8
In the recent Republican debate in Iowa, Mitt Romney, Tim Pawlenty and Jon Huntsman repeatedly cited examples from their governorships to illustrate how they would act as president.
Horoscope for Aug. 22
August 22, 2011
You have a lot going for you. Your determination to create much more of what you want comes through. If you are single, you could meet someone through a friend or through work. If you are attached, work on the friendship that exists between you.
‘Top Gear’ roars into 17th season
August 22, 2011
‘‘Top Gear” (8 p.m., BBC America), the world’s most popular car show, enters its 17th season.
Fix-It Chick: Save money by switching to a tankless water heater
August 22, 2011
Depending on the age and size of your existing hot water heater, replacing it with a tankless model can save you as much as $30 per month in energy costs.
River City Jules: Safety captain gets a timeout
August 22, 2011
As of deadline day, River City Jules was too exhausted from meticulously planning and executing our family vacation to write her column. So this week I, her adoring husband, will entertain you with one of my favorite highlights from our time in Yellowstone, which, as Julie tried to point out to me before we left, is really far.
Mass St. Chic: Accentuate your waist with peplum
August 22, 2011
Keep reading to discover how you can make a statement by trying one hot fall trend — the peplum.
100 years ago: Article calls attention to neglected cemetery
August 22, 2011
“South and west of the University lies Oread cemetery in which there are perhaps one hundred graves.”
25 years ago: Funding stalled on ski resort
August 22, 2011
Plans for renovating the old Mont Bleu Ski Resort, which had operated in the 1960s and 1970s, were on hold.
Remnant Rehab: Vintage quilt blocks inspiration for lined bag
August 22, 2011
This project has been a long time coming. I started it at least three years ago, got stumped and left it sitting in a box. I decided it was about time to revisit it.
Double Take: Teens need consistent advice on future financial management
August 22, 2011
I don’t care who you blame, but polls show that Americans no longer imagine a better world for their kids than the one we grew up in.
Slice of Life: Champion horseshoe pitcher overcomes obstacles to raise family
August 22, 2011
Hard work, a love of sports, an indomitable spirit and buoyant attitude helped Wynne Mihura escape childhood poverty, overcome tragedy, raise five children, operate her own hairdressing business for nearly 50 years and become a world champion horseshoe pitcher at 72.
Advice given for ‘climb’ toward degree
August 22, 2011 in print edition on A3
On Sunday night, Kansas University leaders and dignitaries encouraged a new crop of Jayhawks to be ready —not just for today’s official start of classes — but for the entire climb ahead of them.
School board to mull call for Facilities Advisory Committee
August 22, 2011 in print edition on A3
Already faced with a list of repair, renovation and reconstruction projects expected to cost more than $10 million, members of the Lawrence school board know they’ll face difficult decisions in the months and years ahead when it comes to upgrading the district’s elementary schools.
40 years ago: Local Boy Scouts tell of adventurous Jamboree
August 22, 2011
Four local Boy Scouts had traveled to the 13th World Scout Jamboree in Asagiri, Japan.