Archive for Monday, July 11, 2011

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A recap of today’s news about the closure of the Lawrence SRS office, as told via social media
July 11, 2011
Hundreds of Lawrence officials packed into Plymouth Congregational Church in Downtown Lawrence on Monday night to discuss the impending closure of the Lawrence SRS office, to save money in the wake of state budget cuts.
Judge reduces bond for woman charged in child abuse case
July 11, 2011 in print edition on A4
A judge reduced bond for a 34-year-old Lawrence woman who was charged Monday in a child abuse case involving her two sons.
Eudora man faces 3 charges of sexually abusing 6-year-old
July 11, 2011 in print edition on A6
Douglas County prosecutors Friday filed three charges against a man accused of sexually abusing a 6-year-old girl in Eudora earlier this year.
Eudora man appears in court on charge of animal cruelty for neglecting to care for Shetland pony
July 11, 2011 in print edition on A4
A 44-year-old rural Eudora man pleaded not guilty to an animal cruelty charge Monday in which he’s accused of neglecting to care for his Shetland pony, prosecutors said.
Cromwell defends giving city employees raises while private sector employees often go without
Mayor also confirms negotiations with police, fire employees at impasse
July 11, 2011 in print edition on A1
Mayor Aron Cromwell has heard the question before: Why should city employees get a raise when so many in the private sector haven’t?
Live blog: Monday night’s public forum on closure of Lawrence SRS office
05:26 p.m., July 11, 2011 Updated 08:41 p.m.
Local legislative leaders are having a public forum tonight to discuss the recent decision by Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration to close the Lawrence office of the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services.
Expect more traffic congestion in Lawrence with Sixth Street construction starting overnight
04:18 p.m., July 11, 2011 Updated 05:04 p.m.
Crews will begin repaving portions of Sixth Street at 3 a.m. Tuesday morning, and city officials are warning that traffic delays are expected.
After Open Records request, SRS provides more detailed explanation for some office closings
July 11, 2011 in print edition on A1
The Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services released information Monday about the closure of the Lawrence office — after the Lawrence Journal-World sought the information Wednesday morning through an Open Records request.
Get ready for delays: Sixth Street set for repaving from Mass. to Iowa
July 11, 2011
Navigating Sixth Street is about to get more difficult for motorists.
Ulster Project places Northern Irish teenagers in Hutchinson
July 11, 2011
A dozen Catholic and Protestant teenagers from Northern Ireland are spending July in Hutchinson in a program that helps them bridge barriers in their home country.
Kansas farmers taking state’s offers for water use
03:34 p.m., July 11, 2011 Updated 05:24 p.m.
Farmers and ranchers in parts of drought-stricken Kansas are showing interest in the state’s offer to let them get through the summer by using some of the water they would otherwise use next year.
Lawrence man awaiting sentencing in child-solicitation case charged with burglary
03:28 p.m., July 11, 2011 Updated 04:35 p.m. in print edition on A4
A 38-year-old Lawrence man who was convicted last month of a sex crime involving a child was arrested Monday as a burglary suspect.
Siedlecki, aides explain decision to close Lawrence SRS office
July 11, 2011 in print edition on A1
Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services Robert Siedlecki Jr. on Monday said there was no chance the Lawrence SRS office will be spared closure, but maintained there will be some SRS presence in the city.
Topeka police investigate pedestrian’s death
July 11, 2011
Topeka police are investigating a pedestrian’s death as a possible homicide.
Four more northwest Kansas post offices being reviewed for possible closure
July 11, 2011
Four more northwest Kansas post offices have been added to a list of rural Kansas post offices being reviewed for possible closure.
Mercury spill investigated at K-State fraternity house
July 11, 2011 in print edition on A10
Residents of a Kansas State fraternity are living elsewhere while officials investigate a mercury spill.
Giraffe born with leg defects celebrates first birthday at Topeka Zoo
July 11, 2011
A giraffe born with severely deformed rear legs that had a groundbreaking procedure to give her an unusual pair of shoes is thriving as she marks her first birthday, and Topeka Zoo officials say her saga has helped repair the troubled facility’s reputation.
Report: Oil pipeline firm too optimistic on possibility for spills
02:49 p.m., July 11, 2011 Updated 05:26 p.m.
A new report says a Canadian company underestimated the potential for spills along the pipeline it wants to build to carry tar sands oil across the Plains to refineries near the Gulf of Mexico.
Hutchinson was nation’s hot spot Sunday amid Kansas heat wave
July 11, 2011 in print edition on A1
A record-setting heat wave smothering residents, crops and animals alike is expected to last for at least the next seven days in parts of the state, authorities said Monday.
Maple Hill girl remains in critical condition after Sunday morning bike accident
July 11, 2011 in print edition on A2
A 13-year-old Maple Hill girl who was injured during a bicycle ride Sunday morning south of Lawrence was listed in critical condition Monday at Children’s Mercy in Kansas City, Mo., a hospital spokeswoman said.
Infrared photo shoot postponed again
July 11, 2011
Douglas County officials have postponed the infrared survey mission photo flight until at least Friday because of rain in the forecast.
Theatre Lawrence hopes to hook families with pirate show
July 11, 2011
Ahoy, matey! Shiver me timbers! Anyone can learn to speak like a pirate during a production of the whimsical musical “How I Became A Pirate” at Theatre Lawrence.
Double Take: For couples heading to college, the choices are tough
July 11, 2011
It’s coming. I call it “anti-Valentine’s Day.”
Douglas County sheriff’s duputies make two arrests after DUI check at Tee Pee Junction
July 11, 2011
Douglas County Sheriff’s officers made two DUI arrests as part of a check lane east of Tee Pee Junction Saturday night.
Thomas Robinson has huge potential
July 11, 2011
Many wondered why so many basketball players would end their college careers prematurely to enter the NBA Draft when the 2011-2012 season is threatened by a lockout.
Town Talk: Little Caesars opens new restaurant, closes another; more fun with Lawrence gas prices; city softens stance on employees paying healthcare premium
July 11, 2011
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County:
NWS extends excessive heat warning to 8 p.m. Tuesday
07:52 a.m., July 11, 2011 Updated 09:15 p.m.
One day after topping 100 degrees for the first time in 2011, the National Weather Service expects more of the same and has issued a second excessive heat warning.
Heard on the Hill: Ex-Jayhawk QB Todd Reesing now working for David Booth; New York Times features exit interview of Jayhawk, FDIC chairwoman Sheila Bair; reader doesn’t like idea of honorary degrees
July 11, 2011
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Derby workers rescue dog after 20-foot fall
July 11, 2011 in print edition on A10
It’s a pretty sure bet that Carl Rose is going to name his new dog “Derby.” Rose and other Derby city workers — from wastewater treatment employees to firefighters — helped rescue the black lab Thursday from the bottom of a concrete tank about 20 feet deep.
Willow Domestic Violence Center to offer summer training
July 11, 2011 in print edition on A4
The Willow Domestic Violence Center is starting its Summer 2011 Volunteer Training on Tuesday.
Finals of piano competition a tuneup for International Institute for Young Musicians at KU
July 11, 2011 in print edition on A1
You could hear a pin drop in the acoustically pleasing Spooner Hall auditorium Sunday as 13-year-old Chaeyoung Park stepped up to the piano and took a bow to a preset ovation.
Insurance agents complain FEMA creating confusion on flood policies
July 11, 2011 in print edition on A6
Insurance agents in states along the swollen Missouri River basin say federal officials are causing widespread confusion among property owners by pushing the sale of flood insurance policies that might not cover damage from the river flooding that began this month.
Emotions run high for shuttle’s final docking
July 11, 2011 in print edition on A6
As the miles melted between Atlantis and the International Space Station, the emotions grew — in orbit and on the ground.
Suspension of U.S. aid to Pakistan may stem from estranged relationship
July 11, 2011 in print edition on A6
The Obama administration’s decision to suspend $800 million in aid to the Pakistan’s military signals a tougher U.S. line with a critical but sometimes unreliable partner in the fight against terrorism.
Lawmakers urged to reach debt deal in 10 days
July 11, 2011 in print edition on A6
Grasping for a deal on the nation’s debt, President Barack Obama and congressional leaders remained divided Sunday over the size and the components of a plan to reduce long-term deficits. Noting the need to work out an agreement over the next 10 days, the president and lawmakers agreed to meet again today.
2010 most popular Kansas baby names: Isabella, Jacob
July 11, 2011 in print edition on A5
Classic names were popular for Kansas babies in 2010 with Isabella ranked as the top pick for girls and Jacob for boys.
Drought could take toll on SW Kansas economy
July 11, 2011 in print edition on A5
Crop losses linked to severe drought conditions are expected to take a toll on the economy in southwest Kansas.
Endacott Society offers KU retirees outlet, ways to stay active
July 11, 2011 in print edition on A3
Roberta Spires said she started the singing club for Kansas University’s Endacott Society for retired faculty and staff because she saw the way singing made people feel.
Gary Woodland ties for 97th at Scottish Open
Luke Donald shoots 9-under 63 to win
July 11, 2011 in print edition on B2
Luke Donald shot a 9-under 63 to win his first Scottish Open by four strokes, cementing his position as the world’s top-ranked player in dominant fashion.
If U.S. can’t love soccer after this, it never will
July 11, 2011 in print edition on B2
If Americans don’t fall in love with soccer after this, well, maybe they never will.
U.S. women rally to stun Brazil
July 11, 2011 in print edition on B2
Running low on hope and almost out of time, the Americans were surely beat, about to make their earliest exit from the Women’s World Cup.
Webb 2.0: KU’s leading QB Jordan Webb showing improvement
July 11, 2011 in print edition on B1
For the last couple of years, Kansas University football coaches — old staff and new alike — have raved about quarterback Jordan Webb’s strong arm. Three years into his career as a college quarterback, the red-shirt sophomore’s feet are starting to catch up to his cannon.
25 years ago: Local pizza shop owners object to resale of slices at KU camp
July 11, 2011
Larry and Susan Friedland, owners of Checkers Pizza, were protesting the resale of their pizza to participants at Kansas University’s cheerleading camps.
40 years ago: Raids in Topeka, Lawrence result in arrests
July 11, 2011
Atty. Gen. Vern Miller sent out a warning to drug pushers in Kansas that more raids were planned and that they “may as well know we are not going to tolerate drug permissiveness.”
NASA losing best and brightest
July 11, 2011 in print edition on A8
When Atlantis lifted off on its final mission Friday, it marks bring to an end an era of space exploration that began for the United States with the Soviet launch of the unmanned satellite “Sputnik 1” in 1957 and the first man to fly in space, Russia’s Yuri Gagarin, on April 12, 1961.
Candidates meet their match in song
July 11, 2011 in print edition on A8
Why is there always such poor advance work when it comes to presidential candidates and theme songs?
A rare honor
It’s fine for Kansas universities to award honorary degrees as long as they do it sparingly and for the right reasons.
July 11, 2011 in print edition on A8
In the workplace and elsewhere, giving someone a title can eliminate the need to reward them financially.
Green machine: Student brings a long-gone tractor back to life by converting it from gas to electric
July 11, 2011
It wasn’t exactly a thing of Frankenstein-type proportions, but Will Pendleton can say he brought an inanimate object to life.
25-plus ideas for a fun-filled July
July 11, 2011
Here are some ideas to help your summer days fly by:
Judge Deanell Tacha supports former Kansas AG Steve Six’s nomination to her position on appellate court
July 11, 2011 in print edition on A1
Former Kansas Attorney General Steve Six is getting support of the judge he’s trying to replace on the federal appellate bench as the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee plans to debate his nomination on Thursday.
Horoscopes for July 11
July 11, 2011
This year, you might be more concerned with the quality of your daily life than you have been in a while. You might want to approach a situation involving a boss, parent or someone you respect differently. If you are single, you will meet someone on your day-to-day travels. If you are attached, the two of you might become involved in a new hobby or pastime. Sagittarius can show you some different shortcuts.
Strathairn elevates ‘Alphas’ from genre cliche
July 11, 2011
They’re gifted and driven and a little bit off. They’re “Alphas” (9 p.m., Syfy). Acclaimed actor David Strathairn (“Temple Grandin,” “Good Night and Good Luck,” “The Sopranos”) stars as Dr. Lee Rosen, the neurologist and scoutmaster for a team of special talents with complementary skills. Not to mention some issues.
Slice of LIfe: Medical technologist morphs into new role as quilter
July 11, 2011
“I’m learning to use my right brain again and have more fun in my life,” says recently retired medical technologist Karen Schorno, now creator of artistic memory quilts.
Fix-It Chick: Patch a popcorn ceiling
July 11, 2011
When it is time to repair a popcorn-textured ceiling, a little detective work is the first course of action.
Remnant Rehab: Make your own chain necklace for a night out
July 11, 2011
On the eve of one of my rare Saturday nights off, I decided to make myself a new necklace to wear out on the town.
100 years ago: Local store owner opts for shorter summer hours
July 11, 2011
“C. J. Eriksen has returned from an extended trip throughout the east and brought many new ideas.”
Everyday Life: “What you say about somebody else … reveals you”
July 11, 2011
I don’t know how familiar most people are with James Baldwin these days, so let me say a few things about him. He was black. He was gay. He was a chain smoker.
River City Jules: Destination: Yellowstone
July 11, 2011
This year’s trip comes courtesy of my husband, Clark Griswold.
Mass St. Chic: Bright pants on trend lists for fall
July 11, 2011
Before shops fill up with fall clothing, check out a few hot fashion trends from the runways that you can start wearing now.
Verlander sizzles; Royals fizzle, 2-1
July 11, 2011 in print edition on B1
As temperatures neared 100 and Justin Verlander’s pitch count mounted, Jim Leyland thought seriously about replacing his hard-working All-Star. But with whom?