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Archive for Monday, August 29, 2011

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1:09 a.m.
Lawrence police officers investigate a fatality accident Saturday at Riverfront Park. Police say one person died when a Jeep overturned early Saturday near the park entrance. One person dead in early morning car accident in Riverfront Park in North Lawrence
8:03 a.m., August 27, 2011 Updated 2:50 p.m. in print edition on 1A
One person is dead after a vehicle overturned near the entrance to Riverfront Park in North Lawrence, said Lawrence Police Sgt. Mike Monroe.
6:00 a.m.
John Harjo pushes a trash bin while members of the city's Solid Waste Task Force observe, Tuesday, May 17, 2011. The task force took a tour to learn more about of Lawrence trash and recycling operations. Solid Waste Task Force’s trash talks suggest new era of recycling around corner
August 29, 2011 in print edition on 1A
The work of the city’s Solid Waste Task Force isn’t done yet, but Lawrence Mayor Aron Cromwell senses an emerging theme.
10:00 a.m.
This photo, taken Sunday, shows a view that looks east across the bridge with a car, below, heading north on Iowa Street. The supports holding the bridge up are rated in "good" condition by state inspectors. A bridge less than a mile to the west — one that actually carries trafficway traffic — has supports rated in "very good" condition. Lack of use takes a toll on South Lawrence Trafficway bridge
August 29, 2011 in print edition on 1A
Turns out a road not traveled still yields to Mother Nature and Father Time.
2:00 p.m.
Inmates at Leavenworth Federal Prison work in the garden area that is part of its Therapy and Mentoring Horticulture Program. Inmates at Leavenworth Federal Prison cultivating garden and sharing their bounty with the community
August 26, 2011
Lawrence residents struggling with hunger have received a helping hand this summer from an unlikely source: inmates at the Leavenworth Federal Prison.
6:00 p.m.
Acoustic musicians jam together on a circle of hay bales during the 31st Kansas State Fiddling and Picking Championships in South Park on Sunday, August 28, 2011. Fiddlers, pickers fill South Park for state competition
August 29, 2011
Live music and the smoky smell of grilled food filled South Park during the 31st annual Kansas State Fiddling and Picking Championships on Sunday

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Local efforts will target underage drinking
August 29, 2011 in print edition on A3
A local coalition and Douglas County law enforcement agencies are conducting three programs aimed at curbing underage drinking, the use of fake IDs and drunken driving.
No injuries after small fire in southwest Lawrence apartment
August 29, 2011
Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical emergency workers responded to a small apartment fire in the 2100 block of West 26th Street around 5:30 p.m. Monday.
Judge rules Yellow House Store owner is mentally competent to stand trial
August 29, 2011 in print edition on A2
Reversing a ruling he made in 2009, a federal judge Monday declared Guy Neighbors, an owner of the former Yellow House Store in Lawrence, mentally competent to stand trial in the three cases he faces.
Bank withdraws foreclosure lawsuit against Douglas County Sheriff Ken McGovern’s home
August 29, 2011 in print edition on A2
A foreclosure proceeding initiated in July involving the west Lawrence home of Douglas County Sheriff Ken McGovern has been resolved, according to Douglas County District Court records.
Jury recommends death for Osage County man convicted of killing his family
04:46 p.m., August 29, 2011 Updated 12:34 a.m. in print edition on A5
A jury recommended Monday that a Kansas man be sentenced to death for killing four family members in November 2009.
Winners list in Kansas State Fiddling and Picking Championships reflects increasing participation by younger residents
August 29, 2011 in print edition on A5
The Kansas State Fiddling and Picking Championships, held on Sunday, featured several young winners this year — an encouraging development, its organizer said.
Three KU alumni to be honored with prestigious Ellsworth Medallions for service work; ‘Millie’ and Wintermote award recipients also named
August 29, 2011 in print edition on A3
Three distinguished Kansas University alumni will be honored with Fred Ellsworth Medallions, the KU Alumni Association’s highest honor for volunteers, on Sept. 9, one weekend after several other alumni award recipients are scheduled to be recognized.
Sentencing set for Lawrence man for role in altercation at KU business school
August 29, 2011 in print edition on A2
A 49-year-old Lawrence man who faced charges for a June altercation at the School of Business with two Kansas University public safety officers has pleaded no contest to two charges in the case.
Colorado officials mystified by Brownback’s letter on water deal
August 29, 2011 in print edition on A1
After years of negotiations, Colorado officials have agreed to drain a reservoir and send the water to Kansas in order to comply with a U.S. Supreme Court decision in a long-running dispute.
Junior among KU’s four captains
03:37 p.m., August 29, 2011 Updated 01:54 a.m. in print edition on B3
True freshmen Alex Mueller and Tanner Gibas will be special teams starters for Kansas in its first game, according to the team’s depth chart released Monday afternoon.
29-year-old Michigan man identified as victim in fatality accident
02:29 p.m., August 29, 2011 Updated 06:29 p.m. in print edition on A1
Lawrence police Monday identified a 29-year-old Michigan man as the driver who died in a single-vehicle accident early Saturday morning near the entrance to Riverfront Park in North Lawrence.
Kansas City Federal Reserve leader says significant reforms are necessary for economic growth
12:45 p.m., August 29, 2011 Updated 11:34 p.m.
The president of the Federal Reserve bank in Kansas City, Mo., says the United States must make significant reforms, including reviving the manufacturing sector, in order to restore confidence to the economy.
Tuesday’s LHS soccer games moved to Saturday
August 29, 2011
The Lawrence High varsity and junior varsity soccer matches against Topeka High School originally scheduled for Tuesday evening have been moved to Saturday, Oct. 1.
One person rescued after part of a building collapses at Fort Leavenworth
10:47 a.m., August 29, 2011 Updated 04:53 p.m.
A civilian contractor was rescued and taken to an area hospital this morning after he was trapped for about two hours beneath rubble from a partially collapsed wall outside a building at Fort Leavenworth.
Anonymous donor gives $1 million to establish the Barbara F. Atkinson Professorship at KU Medical Center
10:46 a.m., August 29, 2011 Updated 05:17 p.m. in print edition on A3
An anonymous donor has given $1 million to support a professorship at Kansas University Medical Center in honor of KUMC’s executive vice chancellor and dean of its School of Medicine.
Kansas ordered to resume funding Planned Parenthood
09:42 a.m., August 29, 2011 Updated 01:11 a.m.
A federal judge ordered Kansas to immediately resume funding a Planned Parenthood chapter on the same quarterly schedule that existed before a new state law stripped it of all federal funding for non-abortion services.
Town Talk: New Chinese restaurant to open in former Peking Taste spot; July home building numbers hit new low; more on area gasoline prices
August 29, 2011
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County:
Kansas Arts advocates planning event to demand return of arts funding
August 29, 2011
Kansas Citizens for the Arts plans to have a Statehouse news conference to demand that legislators and Gov. Sam Brownback reinstate state funding for the arts next year.
Westar to pay quarterly dividend of 32 cents per share
August 29, 2011
The board of directors of Kansas-based utility Westar Energy Inc. has declared a quarterly dividend of 32 cents per share on its common stock.
First Bell: J’Qui Audena’s got it going on; Student Champions honored; missing chemistry works out OK for David Booth
August 29, 2011
Time for another edition of “First Bell,” a look at issues and items involving education in and around Lawrence — a rundown this one filled with tasty leftovers from the recent Community Education Breakfast.
Heard on the Hill: Steam whistle toot is a little longer this year; Washington Monthly mag says KU ranks No. 152 in the country; KUMC adds two new minority health research centers
August 29, 2011
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Man killed after being pinned by tree
August 29, 2011 in print edition on A10
A 58-year-old Kansas man is dead after being pinned in the seat of his tractor by a tree he was trying to move.
Closure sought of all Johnson County pools
August 29, 2011 in print edition on A10
Environmental officials are strongly recommending that all Johnson County swimming pools be closed for the summer because of a contagious intestinal parasite.
De Soto Days returns to Labor Day weekend
August 29, 2011 in print edition on A5
The community spoke out, and the organizers of De Soto Days listened: The annual festival will return to Labor Day weekend this year.
Kansas capital case raises insanity defense issue
August 29, 2011 in print edition on A5
A northeast Kansas jury will decide whether to recommend a death sentence for a man convicted of killing his estranged wife and three other family members after his attorneys failed to convince jurors he was too mentally ill at the time to be held legally responsible for the killings.
Ballard Community Services seeking volunteers for fundraiser with party atmosphere
August 29, 2011 in print edition on A2
Ballard Community Services is in need of 20 volunteers to help with its annual fundraising event Sept. 24, the Ballard B3 — Blues, Brews and Barbecue.
Tropical Storm Irene: Wet, deadly and expensive, but no monster
August 29, 2011 in print edition on A1
Stripped of hurricane rank, Tropical Storm Irene spent the last of its fury Sunday, leaving treacherous flooding and millions without power — but an unfazed New York and relief that it was nothing like the nightmare authorities feared.
Redone Eisenhower exhibits showcase top triumphs
August 29, 2011 in print edition on A3
Dwight Eisenhower’s image seemed secure when he left office 50 years ago after two terms as president. He was America’s bald-headed, do-nothing, genial golfing grandpa who happened to be in charge during eight years of peace and prosperity.
Solid Waste Task Force’s trash talks suggest new era of recycling around corner
August 29, 2011 in print edition on A1
The work of the city’s Solid Waste Task Force isn’t done yet, but Lawrence Mayor Aron Cromwell senses an emerging theme.
Fiddlers, pickers fill South Park for state competition
August 29, 2011
Live music and the smoky smell of grilled food filled South Park during the 31st annual Kansas State Fiddling and Picking Championships on Sunday
Campaigns find that some truths are inconvenient
August 29, 2011 in print edition on A7
Corporations are people. The fundamentals of the economy are strong. I voted for the $87 billion before I voted against it.
Lack of use takes a toll on South Lawrence Trafficway bridge
August 29, 2011 in print edition on A1
Turns out a road not traveled still yields to Mother Nature and Father Time.
Starters set, but don’t forget Lubbock Smith
August 29, 2011 in print edition on B1
With all the talk about Kansas University’s football safeties focused on projected starters Bradley McDougald and Keeston Terry, it can be easy to overlook Lubbock Smith. Not a good idea.
Three newcomers await NCAA word
August 29, 2011 in print edition on B1
Kansas University freshmen basketball players Braeden Anderson, Ben McLemore and Jamari Traylor have yet to arrive on campus as they await word on their eligibility from the NCAA clearinghouse, coach Bill Self confirmed Sunday night.
Kansas soccer upends USD
August 29, 2011 in print edition on B4
With just under 10 minutes remaining, freshman Ingrid Vidal scored two goals within a four-minute span to lift Kansas University to a 2-1 soccer victory over No. 20 San Diego on Sunday afternoon.
Kansas football foes loaded with stars
August 29, 2011 in print edition on B1
Several Kansas University football players will fare better this season because they either have improved their conditioning or have sharpened their minds with an extra year of experience. The problem, of course, is that the players from opposing teams have grown, too. A quick look at the foes on the schedule reveals why the most popular predictions for a KU victory total seem to range from one to three.
As Twins decline, Tigers are class of AL Central
August 29, 2011 in print edition on B2
These myths were borne of fact but grew up to become big, healthy cliches.
Bruce Chen boosts Royals to victory over Indians
August 29, 2011 in print edition on B1
After his bullpen failed to hold late leads on consecutive nights, Kansas City manager Ned Yost knew his team needed a spark.
Chiefs looking for offense
August 29, 2011 in print edition on B4
Todd Haley has complete confidence the Kansas City Chiefs can figure out a way to get their offense going in the right direction.
Baker football stuns Ottawa
Big plays lift Wildcats to 41-16 rout of 10th-ranked foe
August 29, 2011 in print edition on B4
John Babb’s 94-yard touchdown run capped a 24-point second-half run that sparked Baker University to a 41-16, season-opening football victory over No. 10 Ottawa on Saturday.
Haskell football falls in OT
August 29, 2011 in print edition on B4
Josh McKellar’s two-yard touchdown run in overtime lifted Trinity Bible College to a season-opening 42-35 football victory over Haskell Indian Nations University on Saturday.
Marriages
August 29, 2011 in print edition on A5
Marriage licenses issued in Douglas County District Court the week ending August 27, 2011.
Protests may lead to a better Chile
August 29, 2011 in print edition on A8
The student protests that paralyzed Chile this week have been widely depicted as a symptom of the failure of this country’s free-market-oriented education system. In reality, they are partly a product of its success, partly a result of its excesses.
Beware second-term headaches
August 29, 2011 in print edition on A8
“There are days when I say that one term is enough,” President Barack Obama said in June. His prospective opponents certainly feel that way, and if Obama studied recent presidencies, he might find good reason beyond his current woes for packing it in.
Outside help
While consultants can be of use, expertise can also come from within.
August 29, 2011 in print edition on A8
Over the years Lawrence, Douglas County and Kansas University officials, as well as Lawrence school board members, frequently have asked “outside” consultants to study local situations and come back with recommendations or solutions.
Divorces
August 29, 2011 in print edition on A5
Divorces granted in Douglas County District Court the week ending August 27, 2011.
Bankruptcies
August 29, 2011 in print edition on A5
Douglas County residents or businesses filing for bankruptcy protection recently in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the District of Kansas, according to court records.
30 going on 13: Y.A. books are as much for the adults as for the young
August 29, 2011
“Harry Potter,” “Twilight” and “The Hunger Games” are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the young adult books grownups love too.
Creative ABCs: New ways to teach your child the alphabet
August 29, 2011
Each time I travel to Thailand, I am mesmerized by Thai writing.
Tai chi credentials: Instructor’s passion for martial arts derives from family lineage
August 29, 2011
If anyone knows tai chi, or who has the credentials to teach it, it is Huixian Chen.
Fix-It Chick: Install a top-sealing damper
August 29, 2011
Top-sealing dampers mount on the chimney top and completely seal the flue when the fireplace is not in use, preventing up to 90 percent of chimney-related energy loss.
Put fresh summer corn, tomato into spicy salad
August 29, 2011
Come August you can usually count on corn and tomatoes being plentiful.
Double Take: Take control of 24-hour phone use
August 29, 2011
Miranda shares a great list of no-fly zones that should be discussed on the day you activate your 10-year-old’s service.
100 years ago: Columbia already preparing for KU-MU football game
August 29, 2011
“‘Missouri is already making plans to beat Kansas at football this year,’ said a traveling man who was in Lawrence yesterday and who had spent a day at the Missouri university town last week.”
40 years ago: County unemployment doubles since previous year
August 29, 2011
Unemployment in Douglas County had reached 6.6 percent during the month of July, nearly double the rate for the same period in 1970.
25 years ago: Small baby boom hits LMH
August 29, 2011
In a recent 24-hour period, a possible record number of babies had been born at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
Slice of Life: Sculptor’s passions shift from sea life to art
August 29, 2011
Prize-winning sculptor Catherine Hale Robins has successfully blended scientific and artistic endeavors into her life. Her move from research labs to an artist’s studio mirrors childhood interests and influences.
A princess gives hosiery new legs in fashion
August 29, 2011
So you thought they were gone — gone forever — until Kate Middleton hit the scene.
Blush, burnt orange hot colors for fall
August 29, 2011
Check out a few of fall’s hottest color trends and how I suggest they might be worn.