Archive for Friday, July 15, 2011

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Statehouse Live: SRS announces appointment of new communications director
July 15, 2011 in print edition on A4
Angela De Rocha grew up in western Kansas, has a background in journalism and worked most recently for U.S. Sen. Wayne Allard, R-Colo., according to a news release from SRS.
37-year-old Tonganoxie man sentenced to 23 years in prison for molesting young girl
July 15, 2011
A Leavenworth County judge Friday sentenced a 37-year-old Tonganoxie man to serve 23 years in prison.
Town Talk: Downtown roundtable event planned for Monday, questions sought for downtown leaders
July 15, 2011
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County:
Kansas attorney general responds to criticism for hiring private law firm for Planned Parenthood lawsuit
04:19 p.m., July 15, 2011 Updated 06:18 p.m. in print edition on A3
Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said Friday he was following past practice by hiring a private law firm to defend the state’s decision not to give family planning money to abortion providers.
Lottery Commission approves Mulvane casino expansion plans
July 15, 2011
The Kansas Star Casino being built near Mulvane will be bigger than previously expected.
Sunflower Electric Power Corp. names new CEO
July 15, 2011
Sunflower Electric Power Corp. has named a Kansas native as its new president and CEO.
30 people join lawsuit against Creekstone Farms
July 15, 2011
Thirty former and current workers at Creekstone Farms have joined a federal lawsuit claiming that the company owes them unpaid wages and overtime.
Judge delays Wichita food stamp conspiracy trial
July 15, 2011 in print edition on A6
A federal judge has granted a two-month delay in the food stamp fraud trial of two Wichita grocery store owners and other defendants.
Down on the farm, investors see big potential
July 15, 2011
Braden Janowski has never planted seeds or brought in a harvest. He doesn’t even own overalls. Yet when 430 acres of Michigan cornfields was auctioned last summer, it was Janowski, a brash, 33-year-old software executive, who made the winning bid. It was so high — $4 million, 25 percent above the next-highest — that some farmers stood, shook their heads and walked out. And Janowski figures he got the land cheap.
Lawrence city commissioners to consider ‘meter donations’ to combat panhandling downtown
July 15, 2011 in print edition on A1
The latest effort out of Lawrence City Hall to curtail downtown panhandling: Feed the meter if you want to feed somebody in need.
Public buildings open this weekend for residents to escape heat
July 15, 2011 in print edition on A7
Northeast Kansas is under an excessive heat warning until Tuesday evening. With heat indices expected to reach about 110 degrees this weekend, residents should remember to take extra precautions to avoid heat illnesses. Wearing light, loose-fitting clothing, keeping well-hydrated and staying in an air-conditioned place will help reduce the harmful effects of the high temperatures.
Area FBI agents investigating 2nd bank robbery in two days, this time in Ottawa
01:37 p.m., July 15, 2011 Updated 02:57 p.m. in print edition on A5
FBI agents are investigating a bank robbery reported Friday morning in Ottawa.
Gov. Brownback forms big-name steering committee to ensure NBAF gets built in Manhattan
July 15, 2011 in print edition on A2
Gov. Sam Brownback on Friday formed a heavy-hitting steering committee to ensure a federal laboratory slated for Kansas gets built.
Three suspects arrested in connection with extensive vandalism at Eudora school stadium
July 15, 2011 in print edition on A3
Douglas County prosecutors confirmed Friday morning that Eudora police have arrested three people in connection with the recent vandalism that damaged the new Eudora District Stadium.
Town Talk: ‘Donation meters’ may be newest strategy to combat downtown panhandling; Ninth Street turning lane planned; downtown Mexican restaurant details; softball to provide $1 million boost
July 15, 2011
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
LIVE VIDEO: Brownback to announce NBAF steering committee in Shawnee at 10:30
July 15, 2011
Gov. Sam Brownback plans to appoint a committee to advise him on the state’s role in bringing a new biosecurity lab in Manhattan.
Dangerously hot weather’ expected; NWS extends excessive heat warning to Wednesday
08:35 a.m., July 15, 2011 Updated 03:31 p.m.
Lawrence and all of northeast Kansas will spend another weekend sweating under temperatures so high as to cause the National Weather Service to issue an excessive heat warning.
Department of Defense review finds no security concerns with Kansas wind energy projects
July 15, 2011
The Defense Department says a half-dozen wind energy projects planned in Kansas would have little or no effect on military missions.
Heard on the Hill: Retired KU prof James Gunn remembers Maya Angelou; Lawrence, KU artists featured in D.C. exhibition; Kansas Athletics accountant joins NAIA
July 15, 2011
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Harry Potter fans off to see the boy wizard for the last time
July 15, 2011 in print edition on A1
Harry Potter fans young and old came in costume by the hundreds to Southwind 12 theaters in south Lawrence to catch one last glimpse of the wizard’s fantasy world.
Cooling centers open throughout Kansas
July 15, 2011 in print edition on A5
With temperatures approaching triple digits, Kansas health officials are reminding residents that cooling centers have been designated throughout the state.
She’s a keeper’: Formerly homeless couple weds
July 15, 2011
Though the wedding ceremony may have seemed simple to those driving by, the bride and groom and witnesses said it was anything but.
Harry Potter fans flock to Lawrence theater to watch final movie
July 15, 2011
Harry Potter fans young and old came in costume by the hundreds to Southwind 12 theaters in south Lawrence to catch one last glimpse of the wizard’s fantasy world.
Concussion discussion: Coaches, trainers mindful of head injuries
July 15, 2011 in print edition on B1
When he played at Lawrence High in the 1970s, Bob Lisher remembers many times that his head would bang against the top of his helmet.
Sources: NFL players, owners make progress
July 15, 2011 in print edition on B2
Making significant progress on one of the major sticking points in NFL labor talks, owners and players neared agreement Thursday on how to rein in the soaring salaries of high first-round draft picks, people familiar with the negotiations said.
Hearing for Thomas Robinson’s sister set
July 15, 2011 in print edition on B3
The date of a hearing to help decide the future residence of the sister of Kansas University’s Thomas Robinson has been officially set for Aug. 17 in circuit court in Prince George County, Md., an attorney in the case said Thursday.
Shaq joins TNT as studio analyst
July 15, 2011 in print edition on B7
The calls came as soon as Shaquille O’Neal decided to retire, all wanting to hire one of the NBA’s greatest entertainers.
Royals fall to Twins, 8-4
July 15, 2011 in print edition on B3
After Royals starter Bruce Chen labored through five innings, Kansas City manager Ned Yost went to his bullpen hoping to find a couple of arms who were sharper out of the All-Star break. No such luck.
National briefs: Schlecks shine as Sanchez wins 12th stage of Tour de France
July 15, 2011 in print edition on B2
Score one for the Schleck brothers — Andy and Frank — against defending champion Alberto Contador.
K.C. Sluggers reach championship bracket
July 15, 2011 in print edition on B3
The Kansas City Sluggers went 2-1 and advanced out of pool play and into the championship bracket of the 18-U Premier World Series on Thursday.
WAC welcomes Texas-Arlington
July 15, 2011 in print edition on B7
The Western Athletic Conference is back in business in the Dallas-Fort Worth area — only not in football.
Judge declares mistrial in Clemens case
July 15, 2011 in print edition on B7
Almost as soon as it began, former baseball star Roger Clemens’ perjury trial ended Thursday — in a mistrial the judge blamed on prosecutors and said a “first-year law student” would have known to avoid.
Kansas football foe GaTech slapped by NCAA
July 15, 2011 in print edition on B3
Kansas University’s football program might be staring down an overwhelming rebuilding project, but even so the Jayhawks are in far better shape than one of their 2011 football opponents.
1999 team watching Americans with pride
Previous champs feel nostalgic during inspiring U.S. run to title game
July 15, 2011 in print edition on B7
Lauren Cheney was just 11 during the 1999 World Cup, watching from the stands and imagining what it would be like to be on that field with Mia Hamm and Michelle Akers and Julie Foudy and Brandi Chastain.
Veteran Bjorn, amateur Lewis lead British Open
July 15, 2011 in print edition on B1
Thomas Bjorn and Tom Lewis have nothing in common except for the unlikely position they shared Thursday atop the leaderboard at the British Open.
Commentary: KSU 13, Kansas 1 — really
July 15, 2011 in print edition on B1
It’s not difficult to find a counter to the argument geography plays the biggest part in Kansas’ failing to compete for any conference titles outside of men’s basketball. The excuse falls apart 75 miles to the west, 10 to the north.
Rookie Kyle Stanley relishes chance at British Open
July 15, 2011 in print edition on B6
He’s a PGA Tour rookie who had not finished in the top 10 all year until his most recent tournament, which came at the right time because it made him eligible for the British Open at Royal St. George’s. That was Kyle Stanley on Thursday.
Graeme McDowell struggles early, regains poise at British Open
July 15, 2011 in print edition on B6
A pick-me-up from his caddie and a favorable change in weather helped Graeme McDowell remain in the hunt at the British Open after a horror start to his first round.
Pump patrol
July 15, 2011 in print edition on A4
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.59 at several stations.
Worth remembering
Modern Lawrence residents probably can learn something from those who survived Quantrill’s raid.
July 15, 2011 in print edition on A7
Quantrill’s infamous 1863 raid on Lawrence is nothing to celebrate, but it certainly shouldn’t be forgotten.
Biblical capitalism
July 15, 2011 in print edition on A7
Mr. Collins (Public Forum, July 12) is absolutely correct: I do not like Mr. Brownback’s idea of governing on a faith basis. I do not know this Jesus he claims to serve. I’m not a “born-again Christian” like Mr. Collins, but the Jesus I know can be found in Matthew 25:42-45.
Fear and facts
July 15, 2011 in print edition on A7
“…office closures do not appear to be having a negative impact on access to SRS services.” “As the agency gains experience in providing access through technology and a redesigned service delivery model, additional offices may be closed. Opportunities have been identified already through collaborative efforts in communities.” — SRS Secretary Janet Schalansky in her testimony before the Senate Ways and Means Committee in January 2004.
No more taxes
July 15, 2011 in print edition on A7
A snowball rolls downhill. In an effort to make up for the failed multi-billion dollar stimulus fiasco and the reckless trillion-dollar spending sprees, the feds cut the umbilical cord to numerous states. Now that the state coffers are nearing depletion, the governors are forced to snip the purse strings to many cities. The misplaced anger toward Topeka should be directed at Washington.
Outsider Murdoch makes his own rules
July 15, 2011 in print edition on A7
Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. is a company with a chip on its shoulder. His defy-the-establishment sensibility has built a print and television empire, to the despair of more traditional (and, Murdoch would say, elitist) rivals. But the phone-hacking scandal that now envelops one of Murdoch’s British publications shows how corrosive this style of anything-goes journalism can be.
25 years ago: Mandatory drug testing proposed for city employees
July 15, 2011
Commissioner Ernest Angino had raised the issue of drug testing for city employees.
40 years ago: Meadowbrook is first apartment complex to install cable TV
July 15, 2011
The Meadowbrook Apartment Complex became the first major apartment development in Lawrence to provide cable television for all residents.
100 years ago: Promised rainstorm brings temperature relief, but little moisture
July 15, 2011
“The rain that was promised last night failed to make good here.”
Rory McIlroy NOT among leaders for a change
July 15, 2011 in print edition on B6
For the first time in 11 months, Rory McIlroy walked off the 18th green in the early stages of a major championship and did not see his name atop the leaderboard.
Helmets have improved over the years
Schools keep close eye on equipment
July 15, 2011 in print edition on B5
Kansas University equipment manager Jeff Himes is in his 24th season with the school and has seen the technology of helmets improve dramatically.
Audrey is beside herself on ‘Haven’
July 15, 2011
Syfy dramas have cornered the market on wacky places. “Warehouse 13” houses civilization’s most mysterious and legendary relics. “Eureka” takes place in a town of geniuses, and “Haven” (9 p.m.) is the most peculiar place in the quirky state of Maine — or at least Stephen King’s version of his home state.
Horoscope for July 15
July 15, 2011
This year, you seem to be able to be more vulnerable and open. You gain many insights through relating and identifying with others. You won’t be bored, especially if you are attached. Be willing to take a leap of faith. If you are single, you meet people with ease, but they often want to become more involved than you desire. Aquarius helps you stabilize when dealing with key issues.