Archive for Sunday, July 3, 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.
10:00 a.m.
Douglas County Underwater Search and Recovery Team members search the swim beach area at Lone Star Lake for a missing seven-year-old Kansas City, Mo. boy on Saturday, June 2, 2011. The crew suspended their search for the night due to darkness and will resume at first light on Sunday. Search for missing 7-year-old set to resume Sunday morning
6:21 p.m., July 2, 2011 Updated 8:59 a.m. in print edition on 3A
A Douglas County underwater search and recovery team at Lone Star Lake has suspended its search until morning for a 7-year-old Kansas City, Mo., boy who was reported missing Saturday afternoon.
11:11 a.m.
Douglas County emergency personnel, standing, console the parents, of a missing 7-year-old Kansas City, Mo., boy, Sunday morning July 3, 2011. Douglas County search and recovery divers found the body about 8:30 a.m. Police identify boy who drowned at Lone Star Lake
July 3, 2011
The search for the missing 7-year-old has ended this morning after Douglas County search and recovery divers found a body about 8:30 a.m.
2:00 p.m.
History expert Iona Spencer brings a small bouquet of flowers to the grave of Christopher Columbus Blake, a Union soldier in the Civil War, during a ceremony to commemorate the marking of the grave at Stull Cemetery with a gathering of descendants Saturday. The ceremony was performed by members of the Lawrence chapter of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War. Spencer, who helped locate the whereabouts of the grave, explained that she used a combination of cemetery records that indicated plots and an old technique called "water witching" to find it. Group observes marking of Civil War veteran’s grave
July 3, 2011 in print edition on 5A
Bonnie Knott’s great-grandfather was shot in the leg during the second Battle of Bull Run. According to family lore, he lay wounded on the battlefield for three days before he was found. Although his leg was amputated, he survived the battle.
6:00 p.m.
Leonard Krishtalka, director of Kansas University's Natural History Museum and Biodiversity Research Center, speaks to the media in front of a double helix of DNA strand at the museum's "Explore Evolution" exhibit Tuesday, October 25, 2005. 16 things: KU’s Natural History Museum director shares experiences
July 2, 2011 in print edition on 1A
I first got the idea from a newspaper in San Diego, which went around to academics and simply got them talking about things they’ve done. I wanted to do that at Kansas University, and I knew where I wanted to start: in the office of Leonard Krishtalka, director of KU’s Natural History Museum and biodiversity research center.

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Tax assumptions
Do Lawrence taxpayers agree that city officials have a “moral obligation” to target sales tax funds almost exclusively to recreation projects?
July 3, 2011 in print edition on A9
A new recreation center would be a nice addition to northwest Lawrence, and KU basketball coach Bill Self’s promise of a $1 million donation and assistance in raising another $2 million in private funds certainly sweetens the deal.