Archive for Friday, July 1, 2011

Lead stories

6:00 a.m.
Rachel Perez sits on a bench during an interview from a holding cell at the Johnson County New Century Adult Detention Center, Tuesday, June 21, 2011. Perez is serving a 102-month sentence after pleading guilty to child abuse and attempted second-degree murder for leaving her 6-year-old son in the attic of her home in De Soto in August 2010. The boy weighed less than 20 pounds when found. Despite what prosecutors contend, Perez says that she had never put the boy in the attic or withheld food from him as punishment. She also hopes to eventually reunite with her children when she’s released from prison. Perez could be paroled in late 2017. The Boy in the Attic: De Soto mother Rachel Perez discusses horrific child abuse case
June 30, 2011
On Aug. 17, 2010, Rachel Perez, 26, phoned her grandmother from the Johnson County Jail to say she’d been arrested on a traffic warrant. Perez asked about getting a lawyer and making bail. When the De Soto woman called back a half-hour later, things had taken a dramatic turn. Perez’s father, Martin Foster, answered this time and unleashed an expletive-laced tirade. The angry, disappointed Foster couldn’t believe what his daughter had done.
9:30 a.m.
Kansas head coach Bill Self introduces members of his staff during the KU men's basketball banquet Monday, April 11, 2011 at the Holiday Inn Lawrence. Deal near for KU Coach Bill Self to donate $1 million for new west Lawrence recreation center
June 30, 2011 in print edition on 1A
A deal is in the works for Kansas University men’s basketball coach Bill Self to make a more than $1 million donation to spur construction of a new West Lawrence recreation center.
1:00 p.m.
This photo shows a Planned Parenthood clinic in Overland Park Wednesday, June 22, 2011. Planned Parenthood confirmed Thursday that the clinic had received a license to continue performing abortions under Kansas' new regulations for abortion providers. Planned Parenthood says it will receive abortion license, expects to withdraw federal lawsuit
8:47 a.m., June 30, 2011 Updated 12:22 a.m. in print edition on 1A
Planned Parenthood confirms that its Kansas clinic will get a state license to continue performing abortions.
4:30 p.m.
Work is under way on a seven-story apartment, office and retail building at the southwest corner of Ninth and New Hampshire streets. The city’s Public Incentives Review Committee on Thursday recommended giving a development group led by Lawrence businessman Doug Compton about $280,000 in incentives related to the project. Olive Garden’s future cloudy after board rejects financial incentives
July 1, 2011 in print edition on 1A
A key city board rejected proposed financial incentives for a South Lawrence project that would feature an Olive Garden, leaving the restaurant’s Lawrence future as tangled as a large plate of spaghetti.
7:00 p.m.
Sunny Cauner glances over her shoulder before the start the GED graduation ceremony at Free State High School Thursday, June 16, 2011. The Diploma Completion Program is becoming part of the Lawrence school district's Adult Learning Center, which will be housed in the former Centennial School. Lawrence school district plans to add online classes to help prevent dropouts
June 30, 2011 in print edition on 3A
Students on the brink of dropping out of school will be given another reason to stay on campus for the new year. The Lawrence school district plans to add an online curriculum at both Free State and Lawrence high schools, a course structure designed to give such students the focus, freedom and flexibility to complete their studies.

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NBA to lock out players
July 1, 2011 in print edition on B3
The NBA’s thrilling season came with a high price tag.
Clinic controversy
Regulations that could eliminate abortion services in Kansas are drawing new attention to the state.
12:00 a.m., July 1, 2011 Updated 01:29 p.m. in print edition on A8
Six years after Kansas became known as the state that wouldn’t allow evolution to be taught in its schools, the state now is gaining national attention for its efforts to become the first state in the nation without a clinic licensed to perform abortions.
Veteran hire
A veteran Lawrence school administrator is coming out of retirement to serve the Tonganoxie district.
July 1, 2011 in print edition on A8
The Tonganoxie school district this week hired a veteran northeast Kansas administrator to a one-year contract to head the district while the school board searches for its next superintendent.