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Archive for Wednesday, August 31, 2011

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12:00 a.m.
Gov. Sam Brownback provides a progress report on his first six months in office Wednesday, July 6, 2011, at the Statehouse in Topeka. Brownback was joined by Cabinet secretaries and executive directors of state agencies and programs. Colorado officials mystified by Brownback’s letter on water deal
August 29, 2011 in print edition on 1A
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.
6:00 a.m.
Ottawa residents Josh Sams, left, and Lexie Sams, right, stayed cool as they tossed their daughter, Abby, 2, between one another in this file photo at Lone Star Lake. The lake, about 12 miles southwest of Lawrence, is owned by the county. The Public Works Department, after a review following two recent drowning deaths, doesn’t plan to seek any major changes to lake regulations.
Douglas County exploring addition of signs at Lone Star Lake to warn swimmers of quick depth increase
August 30, 2011 in print edition on 1A
Two drownings this summer at Lone Star Lake have prompted Douglas County to pursue adding signs that would warn swimmers the depth of the lake can increase quickly.
10:00 a.m.
The exterior of a new bioscience and technology incubator on Kansas University’s West Campus is seen. Animal-health lab to move to KU’s West Campus; Argenta plans to provide 27 jobs within five years
August 30, 2011 in print edition on 1A
A New Zealand-based company has chosen Lawrence as the site for a research and development center that is expected to employ 27 high-paid scientists to study advancements in animal health.
2:00 p.m.
This rendering features an early design of one of six information kiosks planned for locations at the Kansas Union and at the Underground dining facility at Wescoe Hall. Mike Reid, director of public affairs for the KU Memorial Unions, said that the final product may not look exactly like this rendering, but it will likely be close. Kiosks planned on KU campus to offer information; software includes ability to recognize types of people viewing ads
3:35 p.m., August 30, 2011 Updated 10:15 a.m. in print edition on 3A
New kiosks planned for various Kansas University on-campus locations will offer interactive campus maps, event calendars and games for students and visitors. The kiosks will also offer advertising space, and will employ software to provide demographic information to advertisers through a visual feed.
6:00 p.m.
Jacob Gillespie, 12, shapes a clay vessel at the Lawrence Arts Center in a Sculpting with Clay class offered through the center's new Arts Institute. Statehouse Live: Arts supporters urge Brownback to reverse defunding decision
August 30, 2011 in print edition on 1A
With the state surplus growing, and because Gov. Sam Brownback wrongly predicted Kansas would continue to receive federal arts funding, supporters of the arts on Tuesday called on Brownback to restore state assistance to the Kansas Arts Commission. But Brownback’s office said that wasn’t going to happen.

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Driver swerved to miss deer in I-70 accident; Five people taken to area hospitals
11:14 p.m., August 31, 2011 Updated 11:44 a.m.
A Topeka man swerved to miss a deer Wednesday night in an accident on the Kansas Turnpike between the Lecompton interchange and McDonald Drive exit in Lawrence that left five people injured, according to a Kansas Highway Patrol report.
Man dies after head-on motorcycle accident on Iowa Street; road shut down for nearly five hours
06:22 p.m., August 31, 2011 Updated 10:43 p.m. in print edition on A1
One person has died after a Wednesday evening accident involving a motorcycle and another vehicle near Iowa Street and University Drive, police officials confirmed Wednesday night.
Tonganoxie-based Purple Heart Veterans Foundation being sued for trademark infringement
August 31, 2011 in print edition on A1
A Tonganoxie-based nonprofit, the Purple Heart Veterans Foundation, has been sued in federal court by the Military Order of the Purple Heart — founded in 1932 — for trademark infringement, according to documents obtained by the Journal-World.
Water releases to increase from Perry, Milford and Tuttle Creek lakes
August 31, 2011 in print edition on A5
Water releases from Perry, Milford and Tuttle Creek lakes will be increased, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Wednesday.
State extends deadline for workers to decide about early retirement
August 31, 2011 in print edition on A3
The state has extended the deadline for an incentive program for voluntary retirement and a state employees’ union has dropped its actions against Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration over the plan, it was announced Wednesday.
Kentucky Street — between 19th and 15th — to be closed Thursday morning during tree removal
August 31, 2011 in print edition on A5
A large tree that’s sustained storm damage will be removed Thursday morning, which means that a four-block section of Kentucky Street will be closed.
Kansas archers may apply to hunt for deer in parks at Clinton Lake
August 31, 2011
If you’ve ever wanted to hunt deer in Clinton Lake parks, now’s your chance. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is taking applications for its annual Special Archery Hunt, to be conducted in November and December at Bloomington and Rockhaven parks at the lake southwest of Lawrence.
Kansas officials say state revenue for August exceeded forecasts by nearly $17 million
August 31, 2011 in print edition on A2
Kansas officials say the state’s revenue collections in August exceeded official forecasts by $16.8 million.
Gray-Little, Zenger react to Texas A&M departure from Big 12
August 31, 2011
Although most of the action regarding Texas A&M’s decision to leave the Big 12 Conference has taken place in Texas, Kansas University chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little and athletic director Sheahon Zenger have been involved in a variety of ways in ensuring the survival and continued success of the Big 12.
Kansas will fund Planned Parenthood while it appeals court ruling
August 31, 2011 in print edition on A5
Kansas says it will obey a federal judge’s order to fund Planned Parenthood clinics immediately while the state pursues an appeal.
Lawrence school district teachers, not students, going to class next Tuesday
Students get a four-day holiday weekend
August 31, 2011 in print edition on A3
More than 900 licensed educators and hundreds of paraeducators in the Lawrence school district will head to class a week next Tuesday, giving their more than 11,000 students a longer holiday weekend.
Journal-World reporter checks in on Lawrence police recruit training sessions
August 31, 2011
Chad Sublet, a public safety staff attorney for the city, talked through basics of constitutional law, including the Bill of Rights, with the recruits, who asked several questions about what they should do in various scenarios.
Wakarusa River Valley Heritage Museum to host two events
August 31, 2011
The Wakarusa River Valley Heritage Museum is hosting two events this month.
Douglas County judge reduces bond for man granted a new sexual battery trial
August 31, 2011 in print edition on A5
A Douglas County judge has reduced bond for a 28-year-old man who was recently awarded a new trial in a 2006 Lawrence sexual battery case.
Defense tells Kansas Supreme Court new DNA evidence would clear Olathe man in his wife’s 1992 murder
August 31, 2011 in print edition on A3
DNA points to inconsistencies in evidence.
Tonganoxie High School football coach resigns in wake of suspension for incident with a player
01:55 p.m., August 31, 2011 Updated 10:04 p.m.
Tonganoxie School District announced Wednesday afternoon that football coach Mark Elston had resigned in the wake of an incident with a player on Monday night.
Gordon Parks, John Steuart Curry join list of notable Kansans
August 31, 2011
Gov. Alf Landon, who ran for president in 1936, automotive giant Walter Chrysler and photographer Gordon Parks are the latest individuals named Notable Kansans.
SRS reaches agreement to keep Pratt office open
10:58 a.m., August 31, 2011 Updated 01:19 p.m. in print edition on A1
Kansas Social and Rehabilitation Services Secretary Rob Siedlecki said Wednesday that an agreement has been reached to keep the agency’s office open in Pratt.
Lawrence man, 47, accused of hitting ex-girlfriend with glass during bar fight
10:42 a.m., August 31, 2011 Updated 04:02 p.m. in print edition on A5
Lawrence police Tuesday night arrested a 47-year-old Lawrence man who was accused of injuring his ex-girlfriend in a fight last weekend at a bar.
Town Talk: Changes on tap at Jet Lag Lounge location; Family Dollar moving into Eudora; leader trying to jump start Sesquicentennial Point project
August 31, 2011
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
First Bell: D for distinguished? My, how report cards are changing; district offers developmental screenings, Employee Assistance Program
August 31, 2011
Time for another edition of “First Bell,” a look at issues and items involving education in and around Lawrence
Heard on the Hill: Check out EcoKat, K-State’s ‘crusader of conservation’; new Twitter account points the way to free food at KU; 825 women participate in sorority recruitment
August 31, 2011
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Justice replaces 3 officials over law enforcement operation gone awry
August 31, 2011 in print edition on A7
The Justice Department replaced three officials Tuesday who played critical roles in a flawed law enforcement operation aimed at major gun-trafficking networks on the Southwest border.
Food, water rushed to Vermont towns cutoff by Hurrican Irene
August 31, 2011 in print edition on A7
National Guard helicopters rushed food and water Tuesday to a dozen cut-off Vermont towns after the rainy remnants of Hurricane Irene washed out roads and bridges in a deluge that took many people in the landlocked New England state by surprise.
Fraud suspected by health contractor
August 31, 2011 in print edition on A4
A top executive of a Kansas nonprofit corporation that provides mental health services for thousands of Kansans has lost his job as federal and state officials investigate whether he embezzled as much as $1 million in Medicaid funding, authorities said.
$90,000 gift will fund grain bin rescue training for Kansas Fire and Rescue Training Institute
August 31, 2011 in print edition on A2
Three Kansas grain industry organizations have awarded a $90,000 gift to the Kansas Fire and Rescue Training Institute in Lawrence for equipment to train Kansas firefighters and grain handlers for people trapped in grain bins and hoppers.
Consumers gloomy, but spending says otherwise
August 31, 2011 in print edition on A6
Economists have advice for anyone worried that consumers are too fearful to keep spending: Look at what they’re doing, not what they’re saying.
Obama looks to spur private sector hiring
August 31, 2011 in print edition on A6
Limited in his ability to create jobs through direct spending, President Barack Obama is considering measures to encourage the private sector to free up its cash reserves and hire more workers to ease the nation’s unemployment crush.
Matt Tait’s KU football notebook
August 31, 2011 in print edition on B3
All offseason, Kansas University football coach Turner Gill raved about his team’s improved speed and the impact that the new crop of faster players would have on his team. Tuesday, at his first regularly scheduled news conference of the 2011 season, Gill said fans should not have to wait long to see it.
Jayhawks recall painful memories of loss to NDSU
August 31, 2011 in print edition on B1
It’s been 361 days since the Kansas University football team opened the Turner Gill era with a loss to North Dakota State in front of a stunned Memorial Stadium crowd.
Position switch for Toben Opurum makes sense one year later
August 31, 2011 in print edition on B1
It seemed like such a gross miscalculation and nothing that happened in the North Dakota State game changed that perception. One year later, it’s not too soon to hand down a verdict: Turner Gill’s decision to move Toben Opurum, the team’s leading rusher as a true freshman, to defense made Kansas University a better football team and Opurum a better NFL prospect.
Veritas ready to defend state football crown
August 31, 2011 in print edition on B7
Veritas Christian’s football team is coming off its most successful season in the school’s history, but you wouldn’t know in talking to coach Doug Bennett.
NCAA: 8 Miami players must sit out games
August 31, 2011 in print edition on B2
Quarterback Jacory Harris and 11 other Miami players who accepted extra benefits from former booster Nevin Shapiro will be allowed by the NCAA to play again, four of them without missing any games.
Arkansas prospect to visit KU on Sept. 24
August 31, 2011 in print edition on B1
Archie Goodwin, the No. 12-rated prospect in the college basketball recruiting class of 2012, told Rivals.com on Tuesday he will attend Kansas University’s Sept. 24 Legends of the Phog alumni game as part of an official campus visit.
Group to discuss replacements if Texas A&M leaves
August 31, 2011 in print edition on B1
The Big 12 Conference board of directors has formed a committee to look at possible replacements for Texas A&M if the Aggies leave the league as expected.
Nadal has shaky start to US Open title defense
August 31, 2011 in print edition on B2
Rafael Nadal’s first match as defending U.S. Open champ was hardly a tour de force.
Seabury volleyball sweeps
August 31, 2011 in print edition on B3
Courtney Hoag had 11 kills and nine digs to lead Seabury Academy’s volleyball team to an opening-season sweep on Tuesday against Kansas School for the Deaf.
Santiago’s homer gives Tigers 2-1 win over Royals
August 31, 2011 in print edition on B5
Ramon Santiago is one of the smallest players on the Detroit Tigers — a smooth fielder and fast runner, but nobody’s idea of a slugger.
Chiefs wrap up camp before final preseason game
August 31, 2011 in print edition on B5
The Kansas City Chiefs were working on special teams Tuesday morning, specifically the field goal units, when Todd Haley’s voice cut through the air like a foghorn.
No. 1 Oklahoma works toward own TV network
August 31, 2011 in print edition on B6
While rival Texas has been rolling out its Longhorn Network, top-ranked Oklahoma has been working to expand its television capabilities, too.
KU soccer’s Vidal honored twice
August 31, 2011 in print edition on B3
Kansas University soccer freshman Ingrid Vidal took home two honors on Tuesday, one from the Big 12 Conference for newcomer of the week, and the other from College Soccer 360 for the Primetime Performers Honor Roll for games played from Aug. 22-28.
‘Dark Matters’ visits the outer limits of science
August 31, 2011
The notion that “science can go too far” has been around as long as there have been scientists
Horoscope for Aug. 31
August 31, 2011
This year, open up to life’s possibilities. You maintain a cautious attitude, especially concerning finances. A boss or parent might push you beyond your limits. If you are single, someone from a very different culture could become important. If you are attached, the two of you gain by detaching and walking in the other person’s shoes more often. Libra can be possessive.
Debt figures
August 31, 2011 in print edition on A8
Recently, I queried Rep. Lynn Jenkins regarding the chaotic situation with the deficit.
Big oil gamble
August 31, 2011 in print edition on A8
The Aug. 27 article “Kansans Upset about TransCanada pipeline” needs correction or clarification on several points.
Rubio may be a rising star
August 31, 2011 in print edition on A8
In my high school days before sex and environmental education and the general dumbing down of the population, memorization of some Shakespeare was expected in Miss Kauffman’s 12th grade English class.
Death a blow to al-Qaida
August 31, 2011 in print edition on A8
The death of Atiyah Abd al-Rahman in an Aug. 22 drone attack in Pakistan may appear to be just another in the revolving-door fatalities among al-Qaida’s operations chiefs.
K-10 corridor
Kansas Highway 10 might a good candidate to be designated as a safety corridor.
August 31, 2011 in print edition on A8
It’s no coincidence that when Kansas lawmakers increased the speed limit on most major four-lane highways and interstates from 70 mph to 75 mph on July 1, they left Kansas Highway 10 off the list.
100 years ago: Area hunters eager on eve of hunting season
August 31, 2011
“But he must wait until the first of September to take his first shot. Tomorrow is that date.”
40 years ago: Community garden project benefits children… and tomato-lovers
August 31, 2011
About twenty young people had participated in the Ballard Community Center’s garden project over the summer.
25 years ago: Neighbors object to proximity of new housing development
August 31, 2011
Landowners had asked planners to consider requiring a privacy fence between the properties.