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Former Wyandotte County judge to hear Lawrence man’s request to withdraw guilty plea to murder
July 13, 2011 in print edition on A6
A judge from outside of Douglas County will handle a murder defendant’s request to withdraw his voluntary manslaughter plea in connection with the 2006 death of a Lawrence hip-hop artist.
On cross-country trek, Bike and Build crew stops in Lawrence to construct house
July 13, 2011 in print edition on A3
The summer heat has been beating down on the back of Kansas University graduate Rebecca Cremer. Her trek starts at 4:30 a.m. as she pedals her bike dozens of miles each day.
NWS issues excessive heat watch for weekend
July 13, 2011
The National Weather Service has Wednesday issued an excessive heat watch for the area. The watch goes into effect Friday afternoon, and is slated to last until Monday evening.
Police locate child missing in downtown Lawrence
04:08 p.m., July 13, 2011 Updated 04:31 p.m.
Lawrence Police have located a child missing from the Community Building, 115 W. 11th Street, in Downtown Lawrence.
Olathe man sentenced to 50 years in prison for wife’s death
July 13, 2011
An Olathe man who shot his wife to death in a driveway in Olathe will serve 50 years in prison with no chance of parole.
No K-State students showing signs of mercury sickness after spill at fraternity house
July 13, 2011
Kansas State officials say none of the 26 students evacuated after a mercury spill at an off-campus fraternity are showing signs of mercury poisoning.
Tea Party cancels autumn KCK rally for lack of participation
July 13, 2011
Citing a lack of participation, organizers of a tea party rally and convention planned for this fall at The Woodlands racetrack in Kansas City, Kan., have canceled the event.
Agricultural trade exhibition moving to Dodge City next year
July 13, 2011
The 3i agricultural trade exhibition show will move to Dodge City next year.
Wichita police say missing 14-year-old found safe
July 13, 2011
A 14-year-old girl reported missing from her Wichita home early Wednesday has been found safe.
Kansas City Star dismisses columnist for representing others’ work as his own
July 13, 2011
The Kansas City Star has dismissed columnist Steve Penn for representing the work of others as his own in his columns.
Corporate jet tax hike hits ailing plane manufacturers
July 13, 2011
President Barack Obama aims at corporate fat cats when he calls for a tax increase on companies that own private jets. But he hits an American manufacturing industry that is just starting to show life after years of slumping sales and thousands of job losses.
Western Kansas airport plan picks up steam
July 13, 2011
The possibility of establishing a regional airport in Garden City has gained traction now that a state-supported program has earmarked money for the concept.
13 inmates charged in Fort Leavenworth prison uprising
July 13, 2011 in print edition on A8
Thirteen inmates at the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth face charges for their roles in an August 2010 uprising in the prison’s special housing unit.
Jayhawk Area Agency on Aging to hold public hearing on transportation, caregiver services
July 13, 2011
The Jayhawk Area Agency on Aging will host a public hearing at 1:30 p.m. on July 20 at the Douglas County United Way, 2518 Ridge Ct.
Statehouse Live: Democrats criticize hiring private firm to defend state in lawsuit filed by Planned Parenthood
02:13 p.m., July 13, 2011 Updated 05:11 p.m. in print edition on A3
At a time when the state is cutting costs by shutting down welfare offices, including the one in Lawrence, it is spending big bucks on private attorneys in an abortion-related lawsuit.
Rally to save SRS office set for Saturday at South Park
01:22 p.m., July 13, 2011 Updated 12:42 a.m. in print edition on A2
Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration has called for the closure of the office as a cost-cutting move. Advocates for the poor and those with disabilities say many will lose assistance if the office is shut down.
Introducing the Dear Lawrence community photo project: We need your help!
Entries accepted through August 15
July 13, 2011
A few weeks back I was scrolling through Facebook and came across a link to the Dear Photograph project which was shared by several of my friends. If you haven’t seen it yet, go to It’s worth a long look. What it involves is people bringing old photographs to the exact locations where they were initially shot however many years ago. Then, quite literally, they are shooting pictures of the old pictures in the same locations as they exist today.
Busker Festival preview show to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters
July 13, 2011 in print edition on A4
Lawrence Busker Fest weekend will kick off with a preview show starting at 7 p.m. Aug. 18.
Steve Six’s bid for appeals court up for vote Thursday
July 13, 2011
Former Kansas Attorney General Steve Six is gaining some powerful support as his nomination for a federal judgeship nears a critical vote.
Rain delays Wednesday’s repaving on Sixth Street; major traffic tie-ups near bridges now anticipated on Thursday
July 13, 2011 in print edition on A3
The traffic headaches that were supposed to happen today near the Sixth and Massachusetts intersection are now slated to happen Thursday.
Town Talk: Chocolate store coming to downtown; Olive Garden project still on the ropes; Poehler building to seek financial incentives from city
July 13, 2011 in print edition on A1
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Heard on the Hill: Article examines how faculty members spend their time; KU Monarch Watch director quoted in New York Times; KU grad student earns Department of Defense scholarship
July 13, 2011
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Prosecutors file 3 charges against man accused of drug possession, carrying sawed-off shotgun
July 13, 2011 in print edition on A4
Douglas County prosecutors Tuesday filed three charges against a 33-year-old Lawrence man who was accused of drug possession and carrying a sawed-off shotgun.
2 Lawrence students win National Merit awards
July 13, 2011 in print edition on A6
Two students from Lawrence schools are winners in the latest round of university-financed National Merit scholarships.
Briggs Nissan Subaru employee reports stolen items, including tires and wheels
July 13, 2011 in print edition on A4
An employee of Briggs Nissan Subaru, 2957 Four Wheel Drive, reported several items, including tires and wheels, valued at $1,750 total were stolen from the business between 3 p.m. Friday and noon Saturday.
Lawrence woman reports stolen Macbook laptop
July 13, 2011 in print edition on A4
A 21-year-old Lawrence woman reported to police Sunday that someone had stolen her Apple Macbook laptop computer and other items, including a 32-inch Samsung flat-screen television, totaling $2,000 in a burglary from her apartment in the 3500 block of West 22nd Street.
KU student reports stolen Suzuki SV 650 motorcycle
July 13, 2011 in print edition on A4
A 22-year-old male Kansas University student reported to Lawrence police Monday that someone had stolen his Suzuki SV 650 motorcycle valued at $3,000 between 4 p.m. Sunday and 6 a.m. Monday from the 1300 block of West 24th Street.
Bullwinkle’s granted special use permit
July 13, 2011 in print edition on A2
City commissioners cleared the way for a bar in the Oread neighborhood to extend its hours to 2 a.m.
City Commission to appeal closure of Lawrence SRS office
July 13, 2011 in print edition on A2
City commissioners are ready to send a letter to Gov. Sam Brownback urging him to reconsider the decision to close Lawrence’s SRS office.
Lawrence City Commision agrees to cap tax increase at 1.88 mills
July 13, 2011 in print edition on A1
Fire engines and parks and recreation services will take a bigger hit than expected in Lawrence’s 2012 budget, as a last-minute deal lessened a proposed property tax increase on city residents.
County leaders say property tax hike not likely
July 13, 2011 in print edition on A3
County employees will not be seeing any extra dollars added to their paychecks if county commissioners approve the 2012 Douglas County recommended budget — and county residents will not be seeing any dollars added to their property taxes.
KU men’s basketball reports early-season tourneys through 2014
July 13, 2011 in print edition on B1
Kansas University’s men’s basketball team, which will compete in the 2011 Maui Invitational, has scheduled appearances in early-season tournaments through 2014.
Locals weigh in on British Open
July 13, 2011 in print edition on B1
While in England as captain of the United States in the 2000 Palmer Cup, college golf’s version of the Ryder Cup, former Kansas University golf coach Ross Randall had a chance to play Royal St. Georges with wife Linda, evidently quite an accomplished stick herself.
Prince charming: Fielder’s homer lifts National League to 5-1 victory in All-Star game
July 13, 2011 in print edition on B1
Pitching, speed and a little bit of power. The National League is back on top in the All-Star game, using the same formula that worked during its dominating run in the 1970s and ’80s.
Four KU golfers earn academic honors
July 13, 2011 in print edition on B3
Four Kansas University women’s golfers on Tuesday were named to the National Golf Coaches Association All-America Scholar list for the 2011 season.
Sporting KC falls to Richmond Kickers in U.S. Open Cup
July 13, 2011 in print edition on B3
Shaka Bangura scored seconds after play resumed following a long lightning delay, sparking the minor-league Richmond Kickers to a 2-0 win over Sporting Kansas City in the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open Cup on Tuesday night.
Colombia’s Vidal signs with Kansas soccer
July 13, 2011 in print edition on B3
Colombian national soccer player Ingrid Vidal on Tuesday signed a national letter of intent to play at Kansas University beginning in the 2011-12 season.
Krysten Boogaard to play in France
July 13, 2011 in print edition on B3
Former Kansas University women’s basketball center Krysten Boogaard recently signed a professional contract to play basketball in Nice, France.
Alex Green’s hard work paying off on golf course
July 13, 2011 in print edition on B1
Not yet a junior in high school, Alex Green hammered his drive on the 10th hole at Alvamar public 335 yards, hit a knock-down gap wedge onto the green and drained the putt for a birdie that put him two-over par with eight holes left Tuesday in the first round of a two-day Kansas qualifier for the Trusted Choice “Big I” Junior Championship.
Mike Leach tells his side of Texas Tech firing
Former Red Raiders football coach provides details in book
July 13, 2011 in print edition on B3
Former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach on Tuesday offered up fresh details on what he says was happening behind the scenes around the time he was fired.
If U.S. women’s team wins, so will soccer
July 13, 2011
It is not a slight to either the history of American soccer or the other great female champions of this country to say that this morning, the U.S. women’s team will attempt to boldly go where no women have gone before.
McIlroy star of this British Open
July 13, 2011 in print edition on B2
Rory McIlroy slipped into his seat without great fanfare Tuesday, his presence detected by a sudden burst of camera shutters when the photographers realized the star of this British Open had arrived.
MVP Fielder quiets boos
July 13, 2011
Prince Fielder understood the boos, that his decision not to take hometown star Justin Upton with him to the Home Run Derby had cast him into a role of black-hatted villain in the desert.
Premium placed on KU football recruiting close to home
July 13, 2011 in print edition on B3
On Tuesday, released its state-by-state rankings of high school football prospects in the Class of 2012.
AL stifled again in second straight loss
July 13, 2011
For the second straight year, the American League mustered just one run in the All-Star game. Quite a power shortage for some normally electric bats.
KSU’s Pullen signs with Italian team
July 13, 2011
Former Kansas State guard Jacob Pullen has signed a contract to play for Pallacanestro Biella of the Italian League.
‘Damages’ returns, but only to Direct TV
July 13, 2011
“Damages” (9 p.m., Direct TV’s Audience Network) returns for a fourth season. While Direct TV shared the production costs and broadcast rights of “Friday Night Lights” with NBC, “Damages” will air only on Direct TV, leaving nonsubscribers to wait until it is released on DVD or some streaming service.
Horoscope for July 13
July 13, 2011
This year, you often juggle two different issues, people or situations. You also might find yourself endlessly debating the pros and cons of acting in a certain way. If you are single, you meet many people, as you are unusually attractive this year. If you are attached, learn to juggle your different intimate needs with your mate’s. Capricorn has the same issues but a different approach. You can learn from each other.
SRS edict
The stated desire of SRS officials to “work with the community” should have started well before they made the decision to close Lawrence’s SRS office.
July 13, 2011 in print edition on A7
There was “no politics” involved in the decision to close the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services office in Lawrence, SRS Secretary Robert Siedlecki told a group of Journal-World editors and reporters Monday.
City districts?
July 13, 2011 in print edition on A7
In the past 10 years, most of the city commissioners that have been elected live west of Massachusetts Street or north of 23rd Street.
Great display
July 13, 2011 in print edition on A7
For anyone with an interest in early Kansas history, we suggest a visit to the new Kansas Territory history rooms in the renovated and newly opened Carnegie Library Building.
State damage
July 13, 2011 in print edition on A7
This governor is hurting our state.
Post office vital to Lecompton
July 13, 2011 in print edition on A7
One of the things one hears politicians both in Washington and in Topeka talk about a great deal these days is the importance of small business to the United States. I fully agree, but I also think that these same politicians have forgotten that small towns are equally as important to the future of our nation. Just as the United States owes its industrial and retail success to two centuries of small business, our country has been built upon the small towns of America.
Obama seeks to punish rich
July 13, 2011 in print edition on A7
If new millionaires or billionaires were created every time President Obama and his fellow liberals disparage “millionaires and billionaires,” there would be far more of them than there are today. And that would be a good thing because it would mean more people are succeeding.
100 years ago: Local man survives well collapse
July 13, 2011
“The escape is nothing short of miraculous as he was buried underneath about 16 feet of earth, stone and mortar…”
40 years ago: Ninety-six of 111 people dropped from local welfare rolls
July 13, 2011
There were only 15 people remaining on the list after a new directive had gone into effect.
25 years ago: Kansas residents getting used to new seat belt law
July 13, 2011
It was apparent to at least one observer that the new Kansas seat belt law was having a good effect.