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Final Fridays Year One Gallery LHS fall sports jamboree The day in photos, August 25, 2011
Are you still enjoying baseball or are your ready for some football?

Poll results

Response Percent
Ready for some football
Couldn’t care less either way
Still enjoying baseball
Love them both
Total 451
Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger has been one of the few elected Republican officials in the country to work to implement the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Since Republicans have made repeal of the Act a primary goal, what should she do?

Poll results

Response Percent
Either way, she should challenge Gov. Sam Brownback in 2014.
Switch to the Democratic Party.
Stay in the Republican Party.
Total 283

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
The Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services announced Friday that it will be closing the Lawrence SRS service center, 1901 Del. Committee quizzes SRS about funding for people with disabilities, faith-based initiatives
August 23, 2011 in print edition on 1A
The dispute over the waiting list for those with developmental disabilities centered on new funding approved by the Legislature to provide services, such as bathing, dressing and mobility, which are designed to help people remain in their homes and communities instead of nursing homes.
6:00 a.m.
Shoppers browse along Massachusetts Street. City commission considering law requiring all special sales tax districts in Lawrence to post signs notifying shoppers of the higher sales tax rates
August 24, 2011 in print edition on 1A
Lawrence city commissioners at their Tuesday meeting directed staff members to draft an ordinance that would require all special sales tax districts in Lawrence to post signs notifying shoppers of the higher sales tax rates.
10:00 a.m.
Georgia Clark, Auburn, feeds a parking meter along Mass Street Wednesday afternoon. Times of day and temperature play a role in how likely people are to receive parking tickets. When it comes to getting parking tickets in Downtown Lawrence, sometimes you can be saved by the weather
August 24, 2011 in print edition on 1A
Like to keep your spare change and roll the dice against the odds of getting a $3 parking ticket in downtown Lawrence? A Journal-World review of daily parking tickets handed out by the city between January and July 25 of this year looked at the best days to make that bet.
2:00 p.m.
Ted Grinter, who lives between Lawrence and Tongonoxie, works his 27 acres of sunflowers on Wednesday Aug. 24, 2011. Some of the sunflowers are up, but others were washed away or didn't spout this year. Grinter replanted, but says the crop will be weird this year. Some flower will be in bloom on time, while others will be up to three week's late. After slow start, some sunflowers are blooming at Grinter’s in rural Lawrence
August 24, 2011 in print edition on 3A
Ted Grinter’s sunflower crop had a slight Goldilocks complex this summer — but he hopes his bounty of the state flower now has found that everything is just right.
6:00 p.m.
The Kansas Legislature has approved a balanced budget without a tax increase, but some local officials argue that the state's budget could force them to increase taxes or cut services. Statehouse Live: Health exchange committee will continue work despite Brownback’s rejection of grant
3:18 p.m., August 24, 2011 Updated 4:27 p.m. in print edition on 3A
Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger said that under federal health reform, Kansas will have to have in place an exchange.

All stories

Man, 26, ordered to stand trial on charges he sexually abused a 6-year-old girl
August 25, 2011 in print edition on A5
A Douglas County judge Thursday ordered a 26-year-old man to face a trial on charges that he sexually abused a 6-year-old girl in Eudora over a period of time.
Democrats to address fears over school finances during forum Saturday at Lawrence library
August 25, 2011 in print edition on A2
With Gov. Sam Brownback contemplating cuts in the state income tax and making other potential changes in revenue sources, Democrats are organizing a forum to consider how such efforts might drain state financing for public schools.
Planning commissioners recommend developer cut the artificial grass at new Lawrence apartment complex
August 25, 2011 in print edition on A3
Don’t tell Lawrence-Douglas County planning commissioners that the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence — not if it is artificial grass, anyway.
Lawrence school district’s consoilidation working group to meet Sept. 7
August 25, 2011 in print edition on A5
The first working meeting for the district’s Central and East Lawrence Elementary School Consolidation Working Group has been rescheduled. Instead of gathering Monday evening, the group’s volunteer members will meet at 7 p.m. Sept. 7 at district headquarters, 110 McDonald Drive.
Family of former KU athletic director Bob Frederick reaches out-of-court settlement of lawsuit filed after his death
04:33 p.m., August 25, 2011 Updated 04:54 p.m. in print edition on A1
The family of former Kansas University Athletic Director Bob Frederick has reached an out-of-court settlement with the final two defendants in a lawsuit filed after his 2009 death following a bicycle accident, attorneys said Thursday.
Police plan DUI check lane Friday evening in Lawrence
August 25, 2011 in print edition on A5
As part of an ongoing effort to remove drunken drivers from the road, Lawrence police will conduct a DUI check lane in the city during the evening hours on Friday, according to Lawrence Police Sgt. Matt Sarna.
Westar seeks $91 million increase
August 25, 2011 in print edition on A1
Westar officials said the 5.85 percent increase in its base price was needed to comply with new regulations and other higher costs including trimming trees to keep them away from power lines.
Injury accidents gnarl traffic on three highways
KHP closes K-10 for 6 hours
03:47 p.m., August 25, 2011 Updated 12:16 a.m. in print edition on A1
Kansas Highway 10 reopened to all traffic Thursday night after a serious injury accident caused the highway to be shutdown for more than six hours.
KU sociology professor surprised with Kemper Fellowship, $7,500
August 25, 2011 in print edition on A5
Kansas University Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little surprised Joey Sprague, professor of sociology, with a Kemper Fellowship on Thursday.
Police search ends with an arrest of man accused of stealing pickup truck
03:05 p.m., August 25, 2011 Updated 05:36 p.m. in print edition on A2
After a search involving several officers and the Douglas County Sheriff’s K-9 unit near Lawrence Memorial Hospital, Lawrence police Thursday afternoon arrested a 32-year-old Ozawkie man accused of stealing a construction worker’s vehicle.
Study shows economic benefits of Perry, Milford, Tuttle Creek reservoirs
August 25, 2011 in print edition on A3
The annual visitor spending at Perry was $15.8 million; Milford, $17.1 million and Tuttle Creek, $12.4 million.
Douglas County prosecutors decide against filing charges after KU student makes stalking allegations
August 25, 2011 in print edition on A2
Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson said Thursday there was insufficient evidence to file a charge “at this time” against a man accused of stalking a woman on the Kansas University campus.
Kansas gets more “Obamacare” funds despite Brownback’s opposition to the law
August 25, 2011 in print edition on A1
Of Kansas’ share, $3.1 million is to strengthen public health immunization and nearly $100,000 was for a tobacco cessation services.
Powwow planned this weekend at Leavenworth County Fairgrounds in Tonganoxie
August 25, 2011 in print edition on A5
Mike Henre said more than the Leavenworth County Fairgrounds’ logistical advantages of easy access and nearby shopping attracted him and others with the Indian Council of Many Nations four years ago when they were looking for a site a summer powwow.
Statehouse Live: Brownback to be keynoter at Kansas Policy Institute’s annual event
August 25, 2011 in print edition on A4
The annual dinner of the Kansas Policy Institute is scheduled for Sept. 20 at the Hyatt Regency in Wichita.
Kansas prosecutor: Osage County Man hunted 4 slain relatives
11:29 a.m., August 25, 2011 Updated 01:20 a.m.
A recently fired man in the midst of a crumbling marriage hunted down four of his family members at a rural Kansas home one by one, killing them because he blamed them for his troubles, a prosecutor told jurors Thursday.
Town Talk: Vermont Street BBQ deal for Mass. location falls through; Berry Plastics project delayed but still moving forward; a new fee for city sidewalks?; artificial turf turned down
August 25, 2011
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Doctors take top spots on ranking of highest paid professions in Kansas
August 25, 2011
A new report from the state Labor Department finds that orthodontists were the top average hourly wage earners in Kansas last year, with doctors accounting for seven of the nine top slots.
Heard on the Hill: Huron consultants visit KU again; Chronicle of Higher Education shows how KU ranks in federal research dollars, size of its endowment
August 25, 2011
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
First Bell: Tickets still available to eat breakfast with David Booth, Coach Bill Self, government leaders; ticket prices rise for high school sports
August 25, 2011
It’s time for First Bell, a look at issues and items involving education in and around Lawrence.
Woman transported to hospital for treatment of serious injuries from fall
01:49 a.m., August 25, 2011 Updated 05:49 p.m. in print edition on A5
A 19-year-old female Kansas University student was taken to a Kansas City area hospital by helicopter ambulance early Thursday morning after suffering serious injuries in an apparent fall just east of the KU campus, according to emergency and KU officials.
U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts takes drought tour as hearing looms
August 25, 2011 in print edition on A8
Sen. Pat Roberts and Kansas farm leaders toured drought-ravaged Kansas on Wednesday, witnessing firsthand the toll this summer’s unrelenting triple-digit temperatures have taken on portions of the state: Irrigated corn growing under the center pivot that’s fared so poorly it was good only to cut for silage, and dryland corn left to decompose in the field.
Pump Patrol
August 25, 2011 in print edition on A5
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.42 at several stations.
Baldwin City man reports burglary at residence
August 25, 2011 in print edition on A5
A 27-year-old rural Baldwin City man reported to the Douglas County Sheriff’s office Tuesday that someone had burglarized his residence in the 900 section of North 640 Road between Aug. 9 and Tuesday.
Attorneys challenge Guy Neighbors’ mental competence ruling for trial
August 25, 2011 in print edition on A5
Attorneys for both sides are asking a federal judge to declare Guy Neighbors, an owner of the former Yellow House Store in Lawrence, mentally competent to stand trial in the three cases he faces.
Lawrence man reports stolen computer
August 25, 2011 in print edition on A5
A 27-year-old Lawrence man reported to police Wednesday morning that someone had stolen his $1,000 HP laptop computer between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m. from the 2200 block of Iowa Street.
Lawrence man arrested for threatening his property owners with pipe
August 25, 2011 in print edition on A5
Lawrence police arrested a 31-year-old Lawrence man Wednesday afternoon after he threatened his property owners with a pipe.
County to purchase additional property
August 25, 2011 in print edition on A2
Douglas County commissioners Wednesday authorized County Administrator Craig Weinaug to send an offer to Printing Solutions for a parcel of land in the Franklin Business Park.
Health overhaul may push benefits shift
August 25, 2011 in print edition on A6
Nearly one of every 10 midsized or big employers expects to stop offering health coverage to workers after insurance exchanges begin operating in 2014 as part of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, according to a survey by a major benefits consultant.
Steve Jobs, Apple CEO and creative force, resigns
August 25, 2011 in print edition on A4
Steve Jobs, the mind behind the iPhone, iPad and other devices that turned Apple Inc. into one of the world’s most powerful companies, resigned as CEO on Wednesday, saying he can no longer handle the job but will continue to play a leadership role.
With CIA help, NYPD moves covertly in Muslim areas
August 25, 2011 in print edition on A6
Since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the New York Police Department has become one of the nation’s most aggressive domestic intelligence agencies, targeting ethnic communities in ways that would run afoul of civil liberties rules if practiced by the federal government, an Associated Press investigation has found.
Let’s get it started: Lawrence High jamboree kicks off fall sports season
August 25, 2011 in print edition on B1
Lawrence High junior quarterback Brad Strauss contributed to every scoring play for the Lions’ varsity football team in Wednesday’s annual LHS Fall Sports Jamboree scrimmage, both through the air and on the ground.
Our town sports
August 25, 2011 in print edition on B6
Sports news from around the area.
Colts agree to terms with QB Kerry Collins
August 25, 2011 in print edition on B7
The Indianapolis Colts are bringing one veteran quarterback out of retirement. No, not Brett Favre.
Chiefs lose LB Brandon Siler to torn Achilles in camp
August 25, 2011 in print edition on B7
Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Brandon Siler tore an Achilles tendon during practice this week and is the latest to join a growing list of NFL players to sustain the season-ending injury.
Titans GM: Meeting with RB Chris Johnson beneficial
August 25, 2011 in print edition on B7
Tennessee general manager Mike Reinfeldt said Wednesday’s meeting with Chris Johnson was beneficial even though no deal was reached to end the running back’s holdout.
Athletics Advisory Committee for Kansas Athletics, Inc. beginning to take shape
August 25, 2011 in print edition on B8
Wednesday marked the first meeting of the new school year for the Kansas Athletics, Inc. Board of Directors. Fittingly, it was not unlike the first day of classes.
Chiefs’ Matt Cassel has paid his dues on climb to top
August 25, 2011 in print edition on B7
Trent Green knows about paying dues. He was hardly recruited out of high school. He threw more interceptions than touchdowns in college. He was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in the eighth round, which doesn’t even exist now, and couldn’t make it in the CFL, where he was cut after one season as a backup. It all makes him appreciate the path Matt Cassel has walked.
Lawrie, Bautista homer as Blue Jays beat Royals
August 25, 2011 in print edition on B5
Even after his team stranded 11 runners and went 2-for-14 with men in scoring position, Royals manager Ned Yost wasn’t getting worked up about missed opportunities.
CB Aqib Talib meets with Roger Goodell
August 25, 2011 in print edition on B2
Cornerback Aqib Talib has rejoined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after missing one day of practice to meet with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell about the player’s role in an offseason shooting in Texas.
Bethany College golf team to miss 3 meets after racy photo
August 25, 2011 in print edition on B2
Bethany College golf team members were awaiting word Wednesday on whether nearly half of their fall season would be wiped out because a nude photo of the team went viral on the Internet.
NCAA hits Bruce Pearl with 3-year penalty
August 25, 2011 in print edition on B6
The NCAA said it wanted to send a clear message by slapping Bruce Pearl with a three-year show-cause penalty: Coaches are responsible for their programs.
Matt Tait’s KU football notebook
DEs Toben Opurum, Keba Agostinho emerging along line
August 25, 2011 in print edition on B3
It’s still a little too early to predict how well Kansas University’s defensive line will perform this fall.
Former KU guard Ryan Robertson stoked for Paul Pierce’s return
August 25, 2011 in print edition on B1
Ryan Robertson, who played combo guard at Kansas University from 1995-99, is looking forward to seeing a batch of his former teammates at KU’s Legends of the Phog basketball exhibition game Sept. 24 in Allen Fieldhouse.
Punishment is deserved for Miami, but not death penalty
August 25, 2011 in print edition on B2
Ever since Hurricane Nevin slammed into the University of Miami and wrought its damage, searchers have picked through rubble for signs of hope. Well, I found some Wednesday even as Sports Illustrated — delighting to play judge, jury and executioner despite the minor matter of the trial not being over — again called for the abolishment of the Hurricanes football program.
KU RB Rell Lewis working to stay in the mix
August 25, 2011 in print edition on B1
The last time Kansas University running back Rell Lewis was on a football field during a live game came in the 2009 season finale, when he picked up 54 yards on three carries and one reception during a heartbreaking, season-ending loss to Missouri at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.
Yes, Virginia, there really is a surplus!
August 25, 2011 in print edition on A7
While the federal government continues to drown in a sea of debt, several states are reporting surpluses, thanks to policies Washington would do well to emulate.
No more
August 25, 2011 in print edition on A7
I say “NO” to special taxing districts. The companies will eventually more than make up for the expenses that are created when they build any establishment.
Moving forward after an ouster
August 25, 2011 in print edition on A7
As Libyan rebels seize Tripoli, it’s a ripe moment to reconsider the mythology of the Arab Spring.
Slow to realize
Why has the obvious notion that Regents, lawmakers should be better acquainted not been heeded until now?
August 25, 2011 in print edition on A7
A recent Journal-World report of actions and activities at last week’s Kansas Board of Regents meeting told of the suggestion by several Regents that it would be wise for board members to become better acquainted with state legislators and the governor.
Rebuilding at Ground Zero documented
August 25, 2011
With the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks scant weeks away, a slate of retrospective specials and documentaries awaits us. Discovery leads the way with “Rising: Rebuilding Ground Zero” (7 p.m.) airing in three- hour installments tonight and next Thursday.
Horoscope for Aug. 25
August 25, 2011
This year, you open up to change and new possibilities. Reach out for knowledge, different opinions and new ways of looking at issues. Many of you will travel; others will meet people who, by their very lifestyle, present a different perspective. If you are single, a friendship could become more. If you are attached, the two of you will socialize more, drawing you closer together. Cancer is loyal and nurturing.
Missouri AD Mike Alden offers qualified support of Frank Haith
August 25, 2011 in print edition on B2
Missouri athletic director Mike Alden is standing behind the school’s embattled men’s basketball coach — to a point.
Haskell football coach Jimmy Snyder makes learning enjoyable for his players
August 25, 2011 in print edition on B1
It’s tough to show Gary Tanner something he hasn’t seen in his 29 years as a coach at Haskell Indian Nations University.
40 years ago: First week of trial bus service running at a loss
August 25, 2011
After the first week of operation, the test-run of a North Lawrence bus service was showing a loss.
25 years ago: Basic skills, not drug prevention, first priority for Lawrence schools
August 25, 2011
In spite of a national poll identifying drugs as the No. 1 problem facing U.S. public schools, Lawrence school Supt. Dan Neuenswander said that the first concern here was basic education.
100 years ago: Men start fight over insult to their horses
August 25, 2011
“…They resented it with a shovel.”
Tim Tebow just isn’t ready for prime time
August 25, 2011 in print edition on B7
Nobody’s questioning Tim Tebow’s character or work ethic, just his readiness.