Archive for Thursday, July 7, 2011

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
Douglas County Sheriff's officials investigate a fatality accident on the South Lawrence Trafficway near Clinton Parkway Tuesday, May 31, 2011. One person died when a piece of metal fell off an oncoming truck and went through the windshield. Douglas County DA: No charges planned in fatality accident on Kansas Highway 10
9:41 a.m., July 5, 2011 Updated 11:50 a.m. in print edition on 3A
Douglas County prosecutors won’t file criminal charges in connection with a May 31 accident on the South Lawrence Trafficway in which a Lyndon woman was struck and killed by debris that fell from a pickup truck.
6:00 a.m.
The Kansas University chapter of Phi Kappa Tau fraternity is looking to move into two houses next to each other in the 1700 block of Louisiana Street. Fraternity housing plan likely runs afoul of city code
July 7, 2011 in print edition on 1A
A new housing arrangement for members of Phi Kappa Tau fraternity’s Kansas University chapter could place them in violation of city occupancy codes.
10:00 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. Statehouse Live: Brownback defends closure of Lawrence SRS office; local lawmaker says decision wasn’t data driven
12:22 p.m., July 6, 2011 Updated 4:57 p.m. in print edition on 1A
Gov. Sam Brownback said it was reasonable to close the Lawrence office because of its proximity to other SRS offices in other towns that were accessible by “four-lane roads.”
6:00 p.m.
The Kenneth Spencer Research Library, right, sits quietly among the trees as compared with Fraser Hall, which dominates the campus skyline. KU to confer honorary degrees for first time in university’s history
July 6, 2011 in print edition on 1A
After getting the go-ahead from the Kansas Board of Regents, Kansas University is beginning a process that would award honorary degrees for what’s believed to be the first time in the school’s history.

All stories

Teachers lower request for raises
July 7, 2011 in print edition on A3
Negotiators for teachers in the Lawrence school district are inching closer to the district’s position on salary offers for the coming school year.
Writer and former Douglas County sheriff candidate George Kimball dies
July 7, 2011 in print edition on A2
A one-eyed radical who once campaigned as a “two-fisted” candidate for Douglas County sheriff died this week in New York, where he had become one of the country’s most acclaimed boxing writers and a longtime chronicler of the nation’s culture.
Police release name of man found dead in Lawrence hotel room, say he died after fight with female acquaintance
July 7, 2011
Lawrence police said a 52-year-old Lawrence man found dead at a Lawrence hotel Tuesday died from injuries suffered in a domestic incident with a female acquaintance earlier in the day.
New KU staffer to help push research into the marketplace
July 7, 2011 in print edition on A5
Kansas University has hired a scientist and business strategist from Purdue University to help the school move technology into the marketplace.
National group asks federal government to pull funding from Kansas arts in wake of state’s decision to cut its funding
July 7, 2011 in print edition on A6
A national group wants the federal government’s arts agency to withhold funding from Kansas because Gov. Sam Brownback eliminated state dollars for arts programs.
Prosecutors file 11 charges against man involved in domestic disturbance
July 7, 2011
Douglas County prosecutors have filed 11 charges against a 48-year-old rural Lawrence man who sheriff’s officers used a Taser to subdue after he refused to obey their commands Wednesday afternoon after a 911 call.
Tonganoxie High School student killed in rollover accident Thursday afternoon on U.S. Highway 24-40 in Basehor
03:46 p.m., July 7, 2011 Updated 10:04 p.m. in print edition on A1
A Tonganoxie High School student died in a rollover accident Thursday afternoon on U.S. Highway 24-40 in Basehor.
Topeka interim superintendent resigns
July 7, 2011
The interim superintendent of Topeka schools is resigning.
Alabama now holds record for most EF-5 tornadoes
July 7, 2011
Fatal tornadoes in April mean Alabama has seen more of the strongest category of twister than any other state.
Emporia State’s business school ranks as nation’s most affordable
July 7, 2011
A national magazine says Emporia State University has the most affordable business school in the U.S.
Excessive heat pushing up utility bills in western Kansas
July 7, 2011
Excessive heat in western Kansas could have an impact on utility bills.
Brownback names Terry Maple state fire marshal
July 7, 2011
Gov. Sam Brownback has named Terry L. Maple acting state fire marshal.
Police take 8 children from Wichita home after 3 were found wandering a street
July 7, 2011
Eight children from a single Wichita family are in protective custody after three were found wandering a street saying they were looking for a new place to live.
KC-area children flock to summer lunch programs
July 7, 2011
These last boys in the free-lunch line came with their hair and shirts soaked in the rich smells of hot summer. Their spoons raked in the baked beans. Their hands gripped their chicken sandwiches. And the way they came shyly sniffing for seconds from the Fort Osage School District’s food servers made this much clear as well: They came hungry.
Meetings scheduled to address closure of Lawrence’s SRS office; Brownback administration remains mum
July 7, 2011 in print edition on A1
Opposition continues to mount to the decision by Gov. Sam Brownback administration’s to shut down the Lawrence office of the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services.
Two Johnson County women injured in median cross-over accident on Kansas Highway 10
Trooper injured in second crash in area
02:37 p.m., July 7, 2011 Updated 03:15 p.m. in print edition on A4
Two Johnson County women were injured in a cross-median crash Thursday morning on Kansas Highway 10 near the Kansas Highway 7 intersection, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol.
Union members protest First Management construction project at Ninth and New Hampshire
July 7, 2011 in print edition on A6
Members of a local union have been protesting the construction project at Ninth and New Hampshire streets with a large sign that reads “Shame on First Management.”
Dollhouse project gives fundraiser for court advocates an international flair
02:06 p.m., July 7, 2011 Updated 04:34 p.m. in print edition on A1
The Egyptian house was plastered with photos of the revolution. The Moroccan one featured a wall painted in the traditional tadlakt way, with big swoops in the paint. And the Pakistani one had a place for the family to eat on the floor, as is traditionally done in that country.
Ballard Center collecting supplies for school kits
01:15 p.m., July 7, 2011 Updated 08:24 a.m. in print edition on A2
Applications will be taken until July 29 for Ballard Community Services’ annual school kit program, which provides school supplies to children from families that qualify for free or reduced-price school lunches.
Gary Woodland shoots one-over 73 in first round of Scottish Open
July 7, 2011
Gary Woodland shot a one-over par 73 Thursday morning in the first round of the Scottish Open. Woodland’s round put him in a tie for 106th place, eight strokes behind co-leaders Lee Westwood and Mark Tullo.
Obesity rates in Kansas climbing at among fastest rates in country
July 7, 2011 in print edition on A1
A new report says the percentage of Kansans who are obese has more than doubled in the past 15 years, with 29 percent of the adult population fitting that category.
Brownback draws fresh criticism for choice of appointment to state medical board
11:17 a.m., July 7, 2011 Updated 03:36 p.m. in print edition on A1
Abortion-rights supporters condemned Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback’s appointment of an attorney who has previously represented anti-abortion protesters to the state board that licenses and regulates doctors, including those who terminate pregnancies.
Electrical problem pinpointed as cause for Cynthia Street fire
July 7, 2011 in print edition on A4
Fire investigators have determined a Tuesday afternoon fire that damaged a west Lawrence home was accidental and caused by an electrical problem.
Iowa governor invites Brownback, Neb., Mo. governors to join him in protesting Army Corps’ management of Missouri River flooding
09:16 a.m., July 7, 2011 Updated 10:22 a.m.
Gov. Terry Branstad has urged governors in three states to consider pulling out of a Missouri River association because of the Army Corps of Engineers’ long-term management of the river and what he believes is a tendency to favor upstream states, according to a letter provided by his office.
Kansas Senate President getting new chief of staff
July 7, 2011
Kansas Senate President Steve Morris will be getting a new chief of staff next month.
Heard on the Hill: KU students to gain access to 50-inch telescope; KU Medical Center, KU Hospital can be difficult to distinguish; parking employees face perils on the job
July 7, 2011
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Officials still trying to determine cause of west Lawrence house fire
July 7, 2011 in print edition on A4
Firefighters on Wednesday were still investigating the cause of a Tuesday afternoon fire that caused significant damage at a west Lawrence home.
Pump Patrol
July 7, 2011 in print edition on A4
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.35 at several stations.
Fraternity housing plan likely runs afoul of city code
July 7, 2011 in print edition on A1
A new housing arrangement for members of Phi Kappa Tau fraternity’s Kansas University chapter could place them in violation of city occupancy codes.
Real estate and insurance executive Phil Harrison remembered for love of community
July 7, 2011 in print edition on A2
Friends and colleagues of Phil Harrison, the former Lawrence real estate and insurance executive, said this week that he approached each of his many interests with passion and enthusiasm.
McGrew Real Estate to celebrate 60th anniversary by donating to local charities
July 7, 2011 in print edition on A10
McGrew Real Estate is celebrating its 60th anniversary by donating $4,000 to Lawrence-area charities and asking online voters to help determine how much money should go to each one.
Auto industry is on hiring spree
July 7, 2011 in print edition on A5
Volkswagen opened a plant in Tennessee last month with 2,000 workers. Honda is hiring 1,000 in Indiana to meet demand for its best-selling Civic. General Motors is looking for 2,500 in Detroit to build the Chevy Volt.
Douglas County commissioners approve extension of noise ordinance to be enforced all hours of the day
July 7, 2011 in print edition on A3
Douglas County’s quiet hours just got a little longer. County commissioners Wednesday unanimously approved amendments to the county’s noise ordinance that allow for enforcement by at all hours of the day.
Astronaut, KU professor Steve Hawley hopes to see country take new tack on space exploration
July 7, 2011 in print edition on A3
As the space shuttle program prepares for its final launch Friday, Kansas University’s own astronaut, Steve Hawley, said he’ll miss the shuttle program.
Report: QB Brock Berglund back in Lawrence
July 7, 2011 reported Wednesday, via Twitter, that freshman quarterback Brock Berglund was back in Lawrence.
Chen propels Royals over White Sox
July 7, 2011 in print edition on B2
Bruce Chen used an assortment of pitches, changed delivery angles and even let one pitch go at 90 mph. The veteran left-hander kept the Chicago White Sox guessing and had them off-balance for most of the day.
National briefs: U.S. falls to Sweden
July 7, 2011 in print edition on B2
The Americans can’t do things the easy way.
K.C. Sluggers beat Lawrence Swag, 6-1
July 7, 2011
Matt Sutliffe contributed a home run and four RBIs, leading the K.C. Sluggers to a 6-1 victory over the Lawrence Swag on Wednesday at Lawrence High.
Former Jayhawk running back Sharp helping others get up to speed
July 7, 2011 in print edition on B1
After a tryout with the Chicago Bears, a stint with the Wichita Wild, of the Indoor Football League, and a quick look from the UFL’s Omaha Knighthawks, former Kansas University running back Jake Sharp appears content to hit the brakes on his playing career.
Our Town Sports
July 7, 2011
KU soccer camps: The Kansas University Soccer girls residential and girls team camp has two sessions. Session I is from July 15-18, all day (grades 4-12). Session II is from July 19-22, all day (grades 4-12). For questions, email or go online to
Links up next for Gary Woodland
12:00 a.m., July 7, 2011 Updated 09:15 a.m. in print edition on B1
The newspaper in your hands rolled off the presses at 1 a.m. Thursday, 55 minutes before Gary Woodland was scheduled to tee off in the Scottish Open, his first taste of golf in Great Britain.
No surprise
July 7, 2011 in print edition on A8
Come on Lawrence. Really? You are surprised the Republican administration in Topeka is closing an extremely important local office offering needed services to thousands of local people?
Tax thoughts
July 7, 2011 in print edition on A8
We’re seeing hints of increased taxes in support of city services, and discussion of changes in those services. I have some observations.
Anti-tax GOP
July 7, 2011 in print edition on A8
Republicans are rapidly becoming solely anti-tax, anti-spending and socially conservative.
Highway costs
July 7, 2011 in print edition on A8
In less than two weeks, Douglas County will close 31st Street between Louisiana and Haskell Avenue.
GOP may turn to Texas governor
July 7, 2011 in print edition on A8
After blaming his predecessor for this and that, and after firing all the arrows in liberalism’s quiver — the stimulus, cash for clunkers, etc. — Obama seems poised to blame the recovery’s anemia on Republican resistance to simultaneously raising the debt ceiling and taxes.
Site options
Annexing an industrial site west of Lawrence would help expand the city’s economic development offerings.
July 7, 2011 in print edition on A8
The recent announcement that the Mars candy company would build a $250 million manufacturing plant in Topeka has drawn attention again to the scarcity of large industrial sites in and around Lawrence.
25 years ago: Heavy rains fail to dampen spirits at festival’s last day
July 7, 2011
The final day of the Independence Days festival had coincided with heavy rains.
40 years ago: Organizers urge KU classified employees to unionize
July 7, 2011
Public Service Employees Union Local 1132 was making an effort to organize classified employees at Kansas University.
100 years ago: Railroad plans poisonous fate for grasshoppers
July 7, 2011
“The ravages of grasshoppers in Western Kansas have become so serious that the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe railroad has announced that it will kill all grasshoppers along its right of way and is urging farmers to help in the work.”
‘Big Brother’ and summer doldrums: perfect together
July 7, 2011
The Fourth of July fireworks have popped, leaving clods of burnt paper on the lawn. Summer is here in earnest. It’s the perfect time to turn up the air-conditioning way too high and waste time (and electricity) watching “Big Brother” (8 p.m., CBS).
Horoscope for July 7
July 7, 2011
This year, you will enjoy yourself the most close to home. You have always valued your home, and even more so this year. You will entertain more. If you are single, you might meet someone and quickly move into the live-in phase. Take your time. This person might not look as good in a year. If you are attached, the two of you might redecorate your home or decide to do some other work on it. Libra can be an anchor or an albatross.