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Archive for Tuesday, July 12, 2011

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12:00 a.m.
A crowd fills Plymouth Congregational Church, 925 Vermont Street, for a public forum on Gov. Sam Brownback's administration's decision to close the Lawrence office of the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services. The forum was held Monday, July 11, 2011. Live blog: Monday night’s public forum on closure of Lawrence SRS office
5:26 p.m., July 11, 2011 Updated 8:41 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.
6:00 a.m.
A crowd fills Plymouth Congregational Church, 925 Vermont Street, for a public forum on Gov. Sam Brownback's administration's decision to close the Lawrence office of the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services. The forum was held Monday, July 11, 2011. More than 600 gather at public forum to vent frustration with closing of Lawrence SRS office
July 12, 2011 in print edition on 1A
Kathleen McGee, a Lawrence woman with numerous disabilities, said Monday she owed her life to the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services. One of more than 600 people who attended a public meeting at Plymouth Congregational Church, 925 Vt., McGee said she didn’t understand the mindset of Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration, which has announced that it plans to close the Lawrence SRS office.
10:00 a.m.
Ann House, who works in the city Utilities Department, is one of several city employees who have a city vehicle  in their possession at all times. House responded to a customer's call on a waterline concern on Thursday. Cromwell defends giving city employees raises while private sector employees often go without
July 11, 2011 in print edition on 1A
Mayor Aron Cromwell has heard the question before: Why should city employees get a raise when so many in the private sector haven’t?
2:00 p.m.
Workmen finish up the eastern side of Kasold Drive south of 23rd Street as single-lane traffic flows on the west lanes, at right, on Wednesday. The city began reconstruction of Kasold in late 2010; the project is expected to last several more months. The project is part of the city’s street maintenance program and is utilizing funding from the voter-approved infrastructure sales tax that was passed in 2008. Expect more traffic congestion in Lawrence with Sixth Street construction starting overnight
4:18 p.m., July 11, 2011 Updated 5:04 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.
7:00 p.m.
Work on a section of Sixth Street near downtown is expected to delay traffic for several days. Work on Sixth Street to cause major traffic problems; city warns motorists to avoid downtown Kansas River bridges
July 12, 2011 in print edition on 1A
City Hall leaders on Tuesday were making another plea to motorists to avoid the area of Sixth Street between Missouri and Massachusetts streets for several days.

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Kansas University censures professor for behavior during incident involving parking ticket
July 12, 2011 in print edition on A6
Kansas University has censured an architecture professor after an altercation involving a parking ticket.
State’s requirement for Lawrence Public Schools to spend down savings account by June 30 has been years in making
July 12, 2011 in print edition on A3
The Lawrence school district may have had a fine plan to absorb and adjust for declining revenue from the state, but that doesn’t change the fact that the district must spend $3 million during the next 12 months, a state official said Wednesday.
KU Hospital approves 17 percent budget increase
July 12, 2011 in print edition on A5
Kansas University Hospital leaders approved a budget for the upcoming fiscal year that is 17.4 percent above its projected expenses for the previous year.
KU Hospital honors three people, two companies as inaugural Hall of Fame members
July 12, 2011 in print edition on A5
Five inductees, including former Kansas University Chancellor Robert Hemenway, will form the inaugural class of KU Hospital’s new Hall of Fame.
Lawrence city manager offers several cuts to proposed budget to hold the line on property taxes
July 12, 2011
A new round of cuts from Lawrence City Hall are being proposed just hours before commissioners meet this evening to approve a key part of the 2012 budget.
Kansas SRS secretary pledges to keep eye on fraud
July 12, 2011 in print edition on A5
Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services Secretary Robert Siedlecki Jr. says his agency will focus on stopping waste and fraud.
After standoff, Topeka police find man in break-in asleep
July 12, 2011
Topeka police say a standoff with a man who allegedly broke into a house ended when they found him asleep inside.
Augusta council imposes water restrictions because of low water levels at city lake
July 12, 2011
In the face of low water levels at the city lake, the Augusta City Council has imposed mandatory water restrictions on the city’s residents.
Topeka development board OKs incentive package for Mars Inc.
July 12, 2011
A Topeka economic development board has signed off on a package of incentives for construction of a new Mars Chocolate North America factory south of the city.
4 plead guilty in large mortgage fraud scheme
July 12, 2011
Four Kansas men have pleaded guilty to conspiring to fraudulently obtain millions of dollar in mortgage loans.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to reduce dam releases on flooded Missouri River
July 12, 2011
Big releases of water that have created massive Missouri River flooding should slowly begin to decline starting at the end of July, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Tuesday.
FEMA has spent more than $2 billion on flood buyouts since 1993
July 12, 2011
Standing in the front yard of her former childhood home, Claudia Boyce looks across the street to the site of the wooden-framed Methodist church where people had gathered along the banks of the Missouri River since 1878. There’s no trace of it now. Gone, too, is her family’s yellow, two-story home, the Baptist church to her right, the row of neighbors’ homes to her left, even most of the trees.
35-year-old man accused of hitting estranged wife with his vehicle in Lawrence parking lot
03:11 p.m., July 12, 2011 Updated 05:15 p.m. in print edition on A6
Lawrence police Monday arrested a 35-year-old Lawrence man accused of striking a woman with a vehicle in the Holcom Park parking lot.
Vandals cause $25,000 in damage to Eudora High School’s new stadium; police seek help in finding suspects
July 12, 2011 in print edition on A6
Vandals have caused at least $25,000 in damage to Eudora’s new high school stadium, putting community members in an uproar and prompting the school district to close the stadium to the public for now.
Work on Sixth Street to cause major traffic problems; city warns motorists to avoid downtown Kansas River bridges
July 12, 2011 in print edition on A1
City Hall leaders on Tuesday were making another plea to motorists to avoid the area of Sixth Street between Missouri and Massachusetts streets for several days.
Abortion rights activist plans to open new abortion clinic in Wichita
02:13 p.m., July 12, 2011 Updated 05:24 p.m.
The woman who once ran the political organization for slain abortion provider George Tiller is raising funds to open a clinic in Wichita.
Abilene man, 61, sentenced to 12 years for robberies in Lawrence, Topeka and Overland Park
July 12, 2011 in print edition on A6
A federal judge has sentenced a 61-year-old Abilene man to serve more than 12 years in prison for robbing a Lawrence clothing store and two other businesses in Overland Park and Topeka in May 2010, federal prosecutors said.
Explosives to be disposed of this afternoon, may produce loud explosions across eastern Douglas County
July 12, 2011
Eastern Douglas County residents can expect to hear three loud blasts between 1 and 2 this afternoon.
Lawrence man, 26, pleads no contest to having relationship with 14-year-old girl
July 12, 2011 in print edition on A6
A 26-year-old Lawrence man pleaded no-contest Tuesday morning to having a sexual relationship at a west Lawrence apartment with a 14-year-old girl over a seven-week period.
Brownback to tour drought-ravaged areas of Kansas
July 12, 2011
Gov. Sam Brownback heads to southwestern Kansas this week for a fresh look at conditions caused by persistent drought.
Judge to set hearing on Kansas family planning funds
09:48 a.m., July 12, 2011 Updated 11:30 a.m.
A new law aimed at cutting off funding for Planned Parenthood might force a Dodge City clinic to close, even though the clinic is not affiliated with Planned Parenthood and does not perform abortions.
Town Talk: Quiznos reopens on South Iowa; traffic signal slated for 23rd and O’Connell; new rules may aid apartments; Grinstead lands job with national humane society
July 12, 2011
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Excessive heat warning in effect until 8 p.m. Tuesday
July 12, 2011
The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning for Douglas County until 8 p.m. Tuesday.
Heard on the Hill: Endacott Society recording lots of oral histories; KU has banned 28 people from parts of campus so far this year; KUMC-Wichita hires new associate dean
01:54 a.m., July 12, 2011 Updated 08:53 a.m.
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Lawrence woman reports stolen 2007 Chevrolet Tahoe
July 12, 2011 in print edition on A4
A 49-year-old Lawrence woman reported Thursday that someone had stolen her 2007 white Chevrolet Tahoe valued at $15,000 from the 1800 block of West 28th Terrace.
Lawrence man in fair condition after one-vehicle accident near bike ride route
July 12, 2011 in print edition on A2
A 31-year-old Lawrence man was listed in fair condition Monday at Kansas University Hospital in Kansas City, Kan., after he was injured in a one-vehicle accident Sunday morning south of Lawrence
More than 600 gather at public forum to vent frustration with closing of Lawrence SRS office
July 12, 2011 in print edition on A1
Kathleen McGee, a Lawrence woman with numerous disabilities, said Monday she owed her life to the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services. One of more than 600 people who attended a public meeting at Plymouth Congregational Church, 925 Vt., McGee said she didn’t understand the mindset of Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration, which has announced that it plans to close the Lawrence SRS office.
Man convicted of sexual battery says new evidence could prove innocence
July 12, 2011 in print edition on A3
During a hearing in which he claimed new evidence would prove he’s innocent, a 28-year-old man serving a 22-year prison sentence testified Monday that he did not sexually assault a Lawrence woman in 2006.
Lawrence school district told to spend savings
$3 million must be used during next 12 months
July 12, 2011 in print edition on A3
The state is requiring the Lawrence school district to drain $3 million from its main savings account during the next 12 months, an unexpected and accelerated spending plan that is leaving members of the Lawrence school board with an unwanted problem they still know could have been worse.
Minnesota shutdown sparks debate on pay
July 12, 2011 in print edition on A6
While thousands of Minnesota employees go without paychecks because the state government is shut down, many lawmakers are still being paid. And the list of workers whose services are deemed “essential” includes the governor’s housekeeper and his personal chef.
Murdoch media empire flooded with more accusations
July 12, 2011 in print edition on A6
Rupert Murdoch’s media empire was besieged Monday by accusations that two more of his British newspapers engaged in hacking, deception and privacy violations that included accessing former Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s bank account information and stealing the medical records of his seriously ill baby son.
Talks on debt produce little progress
July 12, 2011 in print edition on A6
President Barack Obama and congressional leaders on Monday emerged still deeply divided over how to slash the nation’s debt, with reality sinking in that even a middle-ground proposal was not big enough to succeed and would not get through Congress anyway.
Lawyers in NFL labor dispute meet
July 12, 2011 in print edition on B2
Less than two weeks before some training camps are scheduled to open, the NFL remains in labor limbo, with only the lawyers for both sides meeting.
Derek Jeter among big-name no-shows
July 12, 2011 in print edition on B10
Much is being made of the big names absent from this year’s All-Star game, yet some who are hurt came anyway to show their support.
Roy Halladay, Jered Weaver lead arms race
Phils ace, Angels star to start tonight
July 12, 2011 in print edition on B10
Pitching again has become the dominant force in baseball over the past couple of years, the hitters not standing much of a chance against all those arms.
Fan has close call with fall
July 12, 2011 in print edition on B10
Keith Carmickle and his friends had already caught three balls during Major League Baseball’s Home Run Derby Monday night and wanted more.
Chiefs’ Vrabel retires
Former All-Pro linebacker to be an assistant at Ohio State
July 12, 2011 in print edition on B3
Former All-Pro outside linebacker Mike Vrabel believes his 14 years in the NFL will help him as an assistant coach at his alma mater.
Immigration law an issue at MLB All-Star game
July 12, 2011 in print edition on B1
The Rev. Jesse Jackson is urging baseball’s All-Stars to speak out against the Arizona immigration law, saying they should follow the example set by Jackie Robinson when he broke the game’s color barrier more than a half-century ago.
Services set for Neil Dougherty
July 12, 2011 in print edition on B1
The wake for former Kansas University assistant basketball coach Cornelius Aaron “Neil” Dougherty is scheduled for 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at Sacred Heart Church in Leavenworth.
Recruit Derek Keaton reaffirms commitment to KU
July 12, 2011 in print edition on B1
Just a couple of days after reports surfaced that Class of 2012 commitment Derek Keaton, an “athlete” from Camden (Ark.) Fairview High, was reevaluating his future because of growing interest from Arkansas, Keaton went on record to reaffirm his pledge to the Kansas University football program.
Growing pains: New forward Braeden Anderson getting acquainted with college workouts
July 12, 2011 in print edition on B1
Though he’s barely been in Lawrence a week, Braeden Anderson is already feeling what it’s like to be a Kansas University men’s basketball player.
KU’s Tyrel Reed, Conner Teahan, Jordan Juenemann honored
July 12, 2011 in print edition on B3
Kansas University’s Tyrel Reed, Conner Teahan and Jordan Juenemann were named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches Honors Court on Monday.
New rules good for KU?
July 12, 2011 in print edition on B1
Larry “Contrary” Keating, an associate athletic director at Kansas University, loves to take the other side of a debate. He has had much tougher challenges than one he faced in his office Monday afternoon.
Robinson Cano slugs Adrian Gonzalez in Home Run Derby
July 12, 2011 in print edition on B10
Robinson Cano thought about hitting the Miller Lite sign, a 472-foot drive off an advertisement a good 50 feet or more above and well behind the swimming pool at Chase Field.
100 years ago: Streetcar employees get paid day off with picnic and free cigars
July 12, 2011
“Today is a gala day for the street car employees.”
40 years ago: Steel delivered for reinforced floors at new library
July 12, 2011
A front-page photo showed a big load of reinforcing steel being unloaded at the construction site of the Lawrence Public Library.
25 years ago: Audio Reader to get new home on campus
July 12, 2011
The Audio Reader Network had outgrown their old home in Sudler House.
Fruit failure: Mother Nature deals area farmers and eaters a blow — few apples and even fewer peaches
July 12, 2011
One farmer estimates he’ll get just 10 percent of his peach crop this year. Another estimates only 40 percent of his apples will mature.
Faith-based policy
July 12, 2011 in print edition on A8
I was shocked reading the Journal-World’s headline about closing the Lawrence SRS office. I was not shocked about the closing as much as I was the Journal-World printing a quote by Rep. Paul Davis about Gov. Brownback in the same headline thereby insinuating that Gov. Brownback closed the office. That is not true at all!
Tourism opportunity
Local officials should be taking a hard look at how the original rules of basketball might be used to anchor a major tourist attraction.
July 12, 2011 in print edition on A8
The prospect of bringing James Naismith’s original rules of basketball to Lawrence opens a window of opportunity for Kansas University and local tourism.
Shades of gray
July 12, 2011 in print edition on A8
The entire idea of a society, in general, is that we do better when we work together rather than fighting each other. It’s why we stopped being wandering tribes and built cities around shared ideas, religions or political ideals.
Unfair partner
July 12, 2011 in print edition on A8
For all my 40 years of living in Lawrence and working at a local nonprofit, I have always considered our community as “resource rich,” not extravagantly so but effectively so.
Smells like politics
July 12, 2011 in print edition on A8
I served as county attorney in a rural area for a number of years. In that capacity, I quickly found that one of the most important functions of SRS is to assist law enforcement with emergency situations involving children in need of care.
Nonviolence may spur change in Syria
July 12, 2011 in print edition on A8
Last week, the U.S. ambassador to Syria, Robert Ford, made an extraordinary trip to the besieged city of Hama. His visit was meant to support tens of thousands of peaceful demonstrators holding olive branches and roses in a city ringed by troops.
Horoscopes for July 12
July 12, 2011
This year you will work to get past an innate shyness or awkwardness. Sometimes you will experience anger rather than feel your vulnerability. If you are single, you might want to establish a relationship. Yet what works today might not work later. Please keep that in mind. If you are attached, the two of you will transform many of your interactions for the better. You can count on Sagittarius.
Gordon Ramsay visits Vietnam in ‘Great Escape’
July 12, 2011
Half of the summer series are singing competitions, and the other half feature Gordon Ramsay. OK, that’s not true, but it sure seems that way. Don’t go looking for “MasterChef” tonight, but you can console yourself with “Gordon Ramsay’s Great Escape” (8 p.m., BBC America).