Archive for Friday, July 8, 2011

Also from July 8

On the street
Photo galleries
Surgery: A firsthand account Violin students hold recital in South Park Douglas County fairgrounds plays host to Sertoma-Schiefelbusch Communication Camp The day in photos, July 8, 2011
What state do you think of when you think of cowboys?

Poll results

Response Percent
New Mexico
Other (tell us in the comments)
Total 897
Do you bag your grass clippings?

Poll results

Response Percent
I don’t have a lawn to mow
Total 673

Lead stories

12:00 a.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.
6:00 a.m.
The Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services announced Friday that it will be closing the Lawrence SRS service center, 1901 Del. Meetings scheduled to address closure of Lawrence’s SRS office; Brownback administration remains mum
July 7, 2011 in print edition on 1A
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.
10:00 a.m.
Monica G. Ibrahim, left, and Amany Abdelmeguid, both from Egypt, paint slogans of their country’s recent revolution on their dollhouse creation Wednesday, July 6, 2011, at the Nunemaker Center on the Kansas University campus. The dollhouse project is one activity during a KU International Women’s leadership seminar. The dollhouses will be donated to the Douglas County CASA playhouse fundraising effort. Dollhouse project gives fundraiser for court advocates an international flair
2:06 p.m., July 7, 2011 Updated 4:34 p.m. in print edition on 1A
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.
2:00 p.m.
Lawrence police were called to the Howard Johnson Hotel, 2222 W. Sixth St, after a body was found in one of the rooms Tuesday, July 5, 2011. 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.
6:00 p.m.
Jared Filbert, 6, uses an augmented communication device to find the words to express himself under the watchful eyes of KU grad student David Davis Thursday, July 7, 2011. Camp helps children with communication challenges
July 8, 2011 in print edition on 3A
Last year, Stephanie Filbert’s son, Jared, attended the Sertoma-Schiefelbusch Communication Camp.

All stories

Former first lady Betty Ford dies
July 8, 2011 in print edition on A7
Betty Ford, the former first lady whose triumph over drug and alcohol addiction became a beacon of hope for addicts and the inspiration for her Betty Ford Center in California, died at age 93, a family friend said late Friday.
Southwest Junior High honor roll for spring 2011
July 8, 2011 in print edition on A7
Southwest Junior High School has announced its second semester honor roll.
City Commission agenda for July 12, 2011
July 8, 2011 in print edition on A4
City commissioners will consider granting a special-use permit for Bullwinkle’s bar, 1344 Tenn.; the bar’s owners want to extend its hours of operations by changing its closing time to 2 a.m. instead of the current midnight.
Booth says addition to Allen Fieldhouse seems likely to be home for original basketball rules
July 8, 2011 in print edition on A1
Kansas Athletics Inc. is working with an architectural firm on a concept to house James Naismith’s original rules of basketball, said David Booth, the KU alumnus who purchased the rules at an auction intending for them to be displayed at KU.
Heat advisory issued for Douglas County Sunday morning through Monday night
July 8, 2011
The National Weather Service in Topeka has issued a heat advisory for Douglas and surrounding counties from 11 a.m. Sunday through 8 p.m. on Monday.
American Legion to add name to Ellinwood war memorial
July 8, 2011
The year was 1950, and in November of that year, the United States was mired in battle in Korea, fighting the spread of Communism. Two young men from Barton County answered the call to service and paid the highest price.
Rattlesnake relocation project comes to an end
July 8, 2011
Not a beep. Mindy Walker stretched her long radio signal receiver out across the rocky den, waving it here and there. Not a beep.
Statehouse Live: In response to Florida case, O’Neal, Siedlecki vow to push for ‘Caylee’s Law’
July 8, 2011 in print edition on A4
Earlier this week, Anthony was found not guilty in the death of her 2-year-old daughter Caylee.
12 people indicted in Wichita on heroin charges
July 8, 2011
Federal prosecutors have filed charges against 12 people, accusing them of being involved in a Wichita heroin ring.
Johnson County nixes funds for contraception info
July 8, 2011
The Johnson County Commission has accepted a grant for abstinence-focused sex education but rejected funds for instruction on contraceptives.
Police say girl who died in Great Bend was reported missing at girls’ shelter
July 8, 2011
Police in Great Bend say a 15-year-old girl whose body was found this week at a Great Bend home had recently been reported missing from a local girls’ shelter.
Gary Woodland shoots two-under on Friday before Scottish Open play suspended
July 8, 2011
Gary Woodland, a native of Topeka and graduate of Kansas University, shot two-under par through 12 holes on Friday to lower his overall score to one-under at the Scottish Open at Castle Stuart Golf Links in Inverness, Scotland.
Senators seek hearing on Army Corps of Engineers’ management of Missouri River flooding
July 8, 2011
U.S. Sen. John Thune says a bipartisan group of 14 senators in Missouri River states is requesting a Senate hearing to look into the Army Corps of Engineers management of the river before recent historic flooding.
Wichita dad speaks after his 8 children placed in protective custody
July 8, 2011 in print edition on A10
The father of eight Wichita children placed in protective custody after three were found wandering a street says he doesn’t blame the kids for wanting to live somewhere else.
Fireworks push Wichita ozone levels over EPA limit
July 8, 2011 in print edition on A10
Wichita city officials say Fourth of July fireworks helped push Wichita’s ozone levels past federal standards on Independence Day.
Judge rules in favor of social worker accused of failing to protect toddler
July 8, 2011 in print edition on A10
A federal judge in Wichita has ruled in favor of a Kansas social worker accused of failing to protect a toddler who was beaten to death by her father’s girlfriend.
U.S. House votes to delay allowing gays into military
July 8, 2011
Intent on delaying the new policy allowing gays to serve openly in the armed forces, the House voted on Friday to prohibit military chaplains from performing same-sex marriages on the nation’s bases regardless of state law.
Teen runaways from O’Connell Youth Ranch located
July 8, 2011 in print edition on A5
A Douglas County Sheriff’s officer apprehended two teens Friday morning who were reported to have walked away from the O’Connell Youth Ranch southeast of Lawrence.
Lawrence man, 39, faces misdemeanor charges of eavesdropping
Suspect alleged to have videotaped children in state of undress
01:19 p.m., July 8, 2011 Updated 09:11 p.m. in print edition on A5
Douglas County prosecutors Friday afternoon filed three misdemeanor eavesdropping charges against a 39-year-old Lawrence man who was accused of video taping three children without their knowledge, according to district court records.
Lawrence man, 30, arrested after grandmother reports two boys physically abused
12:46 p.m., July 8, 2011 Updated 03:47 p.m. in print edition on A4
Police arrested a 30-year-old Lawrence man Friday morning on child abuse and aggravated battery charges after he was accused of abusing two boys, ages 14 and 12, on Wednesday.
KU football player enters into diversion agreement on DUI charge
July 8, 2011 in print edition on A5
A Kansas University football player who faced a drunken driving charge in Lawrence Municipal Court turned in a diversion agreement Friday morning, according to the city prosecutor’s office.
QB Brock Berglund committed to playing football at Kansas
July 8, 2011
For weeks, the here-today-gone-tomorrow status of Kansas University freshman quarterback Brock Berglund has been one of the most talked about topics within the KU football community.
Officials remain mum on progress of investigation into serial rapist
July 8, 2011 in print edition on A3
Despite repeated requests from the Journal-World, the Kansas Attorney General’s Office continues to release few details about a possible serial rapist in Lawrence and Manhattan.
Statehouse Live: Brownback says he is willing to consider options to closure of Lawrence SRS office
11:36 a.m., July 8, 2011 Updated 04:48 p.m. in print edition on A1
Last week, Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services Secretary Robert Siedlecki Jr. announced the closure of nine SRS offices as a cost-cutting move. The Lawrence office, with 87 employees, was by far the largest one.
Former KU coach Roy Williams: Neil Dougherty was ‘true gentleman’
Former Jayhawks assistant dies at age 50
10:58 a.m., July 8, 2011 Updated 12:32 a.m.
Native Kansan Neil Dougherty, who worked as head basketball coach at Texas Christian University from 2002-08 after seven seasons on Roy Williams’ staff at Kansas University, died Tuesday while jogging in Indianapolis.
Brownback announces appointments to Kansas Board of Regents
10:49 a.m., July 8, 2011 Updated 03:37 p.m. in print edition on A1
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback on Thursday named U.S. Senator Jerry Moran’s wife, a former legislator who led the governor’s transition team and a prominent Kansas City-area attorney to the board that oversees the state’s higher education system.
Atlantis launches on final mission of U.S. space shuttle program
10:31 a.m., July 8, 2011 Updated 12:10 a.m. in print edition on A6
With a cry from its commander to “light this fire one more time,” the last shuttle thundered into orbit Friday on a cargo run that will close out three decades of both triumph and tragedy for NASA and usher in a period of uncertainty for America’s space program.
Heard on the Hill: Spencer Research Library picks up Sturgeon science fiction collection; reader finds honorary degree awarded in 1890; child’s KUMC lab experience leads to complex science projects
July 8, 2011
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Farm Aid adds Mraz, Dylan to musical lineup
July 8, 2011 in print edition on A10
Next month’s Farm Aid benefit in northeastern Kansas will feature a range of singers and styles extending well beyond country.
Pump patrol
July 8, 2011 in print edition on A4
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.35 at several stations.
Governor to announce new regents Friday
July 8, 2011 in print edition on A2
Gov. Sam Brownback will announce his three appointments to the Kansas Board of Regents Friday.
Lawrence man reports theft of jewelry from vehicle
July 8, 2011 in print edition on A4
A 30-year-old Lawrence man reported to police someone stole jewelry valued at $2,060 in an auto burglary that occurred between 7 p.m. Tuesday and 1 a.m. Wednesday in he 1700 block of East 21st Terrace.
Bongo set reported stolen Tuesday
July 8, 2011 in print edition on A4
A 64-year-old Lawrence man reported to police Tuesday that someone had stolen four of his guitars and a bongo set, valued at $2,275 total, in a burglary in the 2500 block of Bell Crest Drive.
Lawrence man reports tools, computer stolen from business
July 8, 2011 in print edition on A4
A 48-year-old Lawrence man reported to police Monday that $2,100 worth of items, including tools, a laptop and vehicle batteries, were stolen in a burglary of Rich Johnson Automotive, 1410 N. Third St.
Camp helps children with communication challenges
July 8, 2011 in print edition on A3
Last year, Stephanie Filbert’s son, Jared, attended the Sertoma-Schiefelbusch Communication Camp.
KU football players endure uphill battle
Upperclassmen lead summer workout on Campanile Hill
July 8, 2011 in print edition on B1
Temperatures in the low 80s made conditioning a little more bearable for the 60 or so Kansas University football players who participated in an afternoon workout on the Campanile Hill on Thursday.
Pigskin gym rats: LHS football juniors dedicated to summer conditioning
July 8, 2011 in print edition on B1
Three Lawrence High football players recently took a four-day vacation from their summer routine that starts with football strength and conditioning camp that stretches from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. Monday through Thursday.
Gritty Scherzer stumps Royals
July 8, 2011 in print edition on B1
Max Scherzer wasn’t happy to see Tigers manager Jim Leyland marching toward the mound.
Sluggers edge MoKan
July 8, 2011 in print edition on B3
How about a walkoff squeeze for the win?
Weather threatens final shuttle launch
July 8, 2011 in print edition on A7
Rain in the forecast threatened to delay the last space shuttle launch, set for today, and a lightning strike near the pad briefly caused a flurry of concern at NASA before engineers concluded the spaceship was OK.
Amid scandal, Murdoch kills off News of the World
July 8, 2011 in print edition on A7
The Murdoch media empire unexpectedly jettisoned the News of the World Thursday after a public backlash over the illegal guerrilla tactics it used to expose the rich, the famous and the royal and remain Britain’s best-selling Sunday newspaper.
Inflation change could cut Social Security
July 8, 2011 in print edition on A7
Once considered untouchable, Social Security is now in play in the debt-ceiling negotiations. And that could mean higher income taxes for many U.S. families in addition to shaved benefits for tens of millions of retirees as they age.
KU volleyball schedule released
July 8, 2011 in print edition on B3
Seven matches versus 2010 NCAA Tournament teams that advanced to the Sweet 16 or further highlight the 2011 Kansas University volleyball schedule, which was released Thursday.
Miss. tips scale as fattest state
July 8, 2011 in print edition on A7
Rural Mississippi is the country’s fattest state for the seventh year in a row, according to an annual obesity report issued Thursday. Colorado, a playground for hikers and outdoor enthusiasts, is the nation’s thinnest.
Obama: Still differences on debt, new talks Sunday
July 8, 2011 in print edition on A7
Under an urgent deadline, President Barack Obama and congressional negotiators set their sights on the nation’s tax system and cherished benefit programs Thursday in hopes of striking a budget deal to raise the nation’s debt ceiling. Obama said the two sides were still far apart and called everyone back to the White House on Sunday.
Political lesson
July 8, 2011 in print edition on A8
I wish I had been as surprised as many other Lawrence citizens were when Sam Brownback closed the Lawrence SRS office.
House GOP holds reins on debt
July 8, 2011 in print edition on A8
Behind the political one-upmanship and bipartisan bashing, the underlying problem preventing a compromise to cut the deficit and increase the federal debt ceiling is the gap between what needs to be done and what politically can be done.
Petraeus faces adjustments in CIA job
July 8, 2011 in print edition on A8
What sort of agenda will David Petraeus pursue as director of the CIA, after he leaves Afghanistan later this month? He laid out a basic road map in his June 23 confirmation hearing. After spending a week with Petraeus’ entourage in Kabul, perhaps I can add a few guideposts.
Budget belt
At a time when most local taxpayers are looking for ways to reduce their own spending, city officials should keep tax increases to a minimum.
July 8, 2011 in print edition on A8
Lawrence city commissioners will have their first official discussions on the city’s 2012 budget during a study session this afternoon.
40 years ago: Start, end times shuffled for Lawrence schools
July 8, 2011
Schools in Lawrence were undergoing a slight change in hours.
25 years ago: World population reaches five billion
July 8, 2011
The world’s population reached a milestone this week when the five billionth person was born somewhere on earth.
100 years ago: North Lawrence horse infected with contagious fatal disease
July 8, 2011
“It was found yesterday that a horse belonging to a junk dealer on Bridge street in North Lawrence had been suffering with the glanders and the animal was immediately ordered to be disposed of.”
A world without obituaries on ‘Torchwood’
July 8, 2011
“Torchwood” returns. In fact, “Torchwood: Miracle Day” (9 p.m., Starz) represents a reboot — a revival of the BBC series that is itself a spin-off from the seemingly endless “Doctor Who” franchise.
Horoscope for July 8
July 8, 2011
This year, you discover how much you value your home life and those who make your life comfortable. When push comes to shove, you often back off. If you are single, you draw many potential suitors. Knowing what you want, you will need someone very special to create that type of bond with. If you are attached, the two of you could become conflicted over an issue. Scorpio understands you.
Local targets
July 8, 2011 in print edition on A8
Charles Gruber has dared to compare Sam Brownback and Kris Kobach to Quantrill (Public Forum, July 6).