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Archive for Monday, July 18, 2011

Also from July 18

Births
Blog entries
Chats
Obituaries
On the street
Photo galleries
The day in photos, July 19, 2011
Polls
What is Kansas' nastiest summer bug?

Poll results

Response Percent
Chiggers
 
41%
Mosquitoes
 
25%
Ticks
 
20%
Spiders
 
6%
Flies
 
4%
Other (please specify in the comments)
 
2%
Total 1024
Videos

Lead stories

6:00 a.m.
International student evaluator Jon K. Murphy, right, works with Sasha Givotovsky, 11, left, and his sister Nina, 13, center, with some English as a Second Language screening tests Tuesday, July 12, 2011, at the school district's Welcome and Enrollment Center. Welcome and Enrollment Center helps parents enroll new students in district smoothly
July 18, 2011 in print edition on 1A
After living in Connecticut, working in New York and adopting children from Russia, Laura Kirk is feeling right at home as she signs up her kids for classes this fall in Lawrence. Thank you, Welcome and Enrollment Center.
1:17 p.m.
Online chat
Orthopedic surgeon to chat about arthritis, joint replacement
July 18, 2011
Dr. Doug Stull, of OrthoKansas in Lawrence, will answer questions about orthopedics, which involves the care of bones and joints. Typical problems include fractures; dislocations; strains of muscles, ligaments and joints; tendonitis; bursitis; and arthritis. OrthoKansas performs arthroscopic surgery; total joint replacement of hips, knees and shoulders; shoulder reconstruction; complex hand surgery; and other procedures. Stull specializes in the treatment of the shoulder and elbow in all ages and aspects including sports, trauma and reconstruction.
2:00 p.m.
Pedestrians make their way across a skywalk toward Kansas University Hospital. Hospital, university leaders to revisit affiliation
July 18, 2011 in print edition on 3A
Kansas University Hospital, KU Medical Center and KU Physicians are preparing to begin negotiations on a new affiliation agreement, a process that hospital and university leaders say should go much more smoothly than the last time.
2:08 p.m.
Online chat
Orthopedic surgeon to chat about arthritis, joint replacement
July 18, 2011
Dr. Doug Stull, of OrthoKansas in Lawrence, will answer questions about orthopedics, which involves the care of bones and joints. Typical problems include fractures; dislocations; strains of muscles, ligaments and joints; tendonitis; bursitis; and arthritis. OrthoKansas performs arthroscopic surgery; total joint replacement of hips, knees and shoulders; shoulder reconstruction; complex hand surgery; and other procedures. Stull specializes in the treatment of the shoulder and elbow in all ages and aspects including sports, trauma and reconstruction.
6:00 p.m.
Ethel and Raymond F. Rice Foundation continues legacy of ‘bettering community’
July 18, 2011 in print edition on 3A
Today, 37 years after the death of Raymond Rice, he is still contributing to the community through the Ethel and Raymond F. Rice Foundation, which has donated more than $14 million to charitable organizations.

All stories

Report: Mortgage ’robo-signing’ lingers
July 18, 2011 in print edition on A7
Mortgage industry employees are still signing documents they haven’t read and using fake signatures more than eight months after big banks and mortgage companies promised to stop the illegal practices that led to a nationwide halt of home foreclosures.
2nd police official quits in phone-hacking scandal
July 18, 2011 in print edition on A7
Scotland Yard’s assistant commissioner resigned Monday, a day after his boss also quit, and fresh investigations of possible police wrongdoing were launched in the phone hacking scandal that has spread from Rupert Murdoch’s media empire to the British prime minister’s office.
Obama threatens to veto GOP plan to cut spending
July 18, 2011 in print edition on A7
Courting confrontation and compromise alike, House Republicans shrugged off President Barack Obama’s threat to veto legislation to cut federal spending by trillions of dollars on Monday while simultaneously negotiating with him over more modest steps to avert a potential government default.
Judge denies request to withdraw plea in 2006 shooting death of hip-hop artist
July 18, 2011 in print edition on A4
A judge Monday rejected a request by Major Edwards Jr. to withdraw his 2010 guilty plea in connection with the 2006 shooting death of Lawrence hip-hop artist Anthony Vital.
Dillons submits modifications of design for Mass. Street store to Lawrence City Commission
July 18, 2011 in print edition on A3
A new design for a proposed Dillons store on south Massachusetts Street soon will get its day at Lawrence City Hall.
Lawrence’s latest economic development initiative: Attract older folks to settle here
July 18, 2011
A little gray may be golden for Lawrence. At least that’s what community leaders want to find out. City commissioners at their Tuesday meeting will consider creating a task force to help Lawrence become a destination for retirees looking for new homes.
KSU reports record amount of giving to university; KU officials say numbers not available yet
July 18, 2011 in print edition on A5
Kansas State University officials say the struggling economy has not hurt gifts to the school’s foundation.
In meeting on Tuesday, county commissioners will hear fiscal costs of closing SRS office
July 18, 2011 in print edition on A1
Douglas County officials on Tuesday will hear from local agencies on how much money it will cost them if the Lawrence office of the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services is shut down.
Douglas County Commission to hold public hearing on Lawrence annexation for industrial development
July 18, 2011 in print edition on A2
Douglas County commissioners meet Wednesday night to decide whether their urban counterparts should get a chance to decide whether to expand Lawrence’s borders.
Wichita forum explores urban street design
July 18, 2011
The city of Wichita will hold a public forum this week to explore a so-called new vision for urban street design.
3 guards hurt in fight at Hutchinson prison
July 18, 2011
Three Hutchinson Correctional Facility officers treated and released at a hospital after a fight with inmates.
Kansas teenager disappears in northwest Arkansas lake
July 18, 2011
Authorities say a 19-year-old Kansan disappeared after jumping from a boat into Beaver Lake in northwestern Arkansas.
Garden City challenges 2010 census numbers
July 18, 2011
Garden City officials are challenging the 2010 census count for their city.
Topekan’s tonsils set Guinness World Record
July 18, 2011
A 21-year-old Topeka man has set a strange record.
Kansas man charged in Vermont trailer theft
July 18, 2011
A year after a trailer went missing in Vermont, a Kansas man has been charged with stealing it.
Dispute over dog precedes most recent Wichita homicide
July 18, 2011
Police in Wichita say the city’s latest homicide began with a dispute over a dog.
Kansas counties wary of rural tax incentives
July 18, 2011
A new program to help rural Kansas counties attract residents is gaining interest, but some county officials are hesitant to participate in all the program’s provisions.
Businesses providing ignition interlock systems see spike in demand with new DUI law
July 18, 2011
Companies that provide ignition-locking devices for vehicles are preparing for a surge in business after a new state law requiring more drivers to use them went into effect on July 1.
KCK officers charged after FBI sting
02:35 p.m., July 18, 2011 Updated 05:38 p.m. in print edition on A6
Three Kansas City, Kan., police officers have pleaded not guilty to federal charges accusing them of stealing video games and money while serving search warrants, including one that was part of a federal sting operation.
Second motorcycle accident reported on Highway 40 west of Lawrence
July 18, 2011
A 47-year-old Lawrence man was injured Monday afternoon when he lost control of his motorcycle on U.S. Highway 40 west of Lawrence.
Man delivers daily bread to Douglas County Senior Services
July 18, 2011 in print edition on A3
Chuck Benedict was sitting in church one Sunday morning four years ago when the pastor was preaching about Jesus and Simon Peter.
Fund established to help handle medical costs for 13-year-old girl injured in bicycle accident south of Lawrence
July 18, 2011 in print edition on A5
Friends of the family of a 13-year-old Maple Hill girl who was injured in a recent Douglas County accident have set up a fund for donations to help the family with medical expenses.
Statehouse Live: City, county officials ask Brownback to reconsider SRS office closure
July 18, 2011
“We write specifically to request complete reconsideration of the closure,” says the letter signed by Lawrence Mayor Aron Cromwell and Jim Flory, chair of the Douglas County commissioners.
Courtroom full of police and detectives sees 21-year-old man sentenced for injuring Lawrence officer
July 18, 2011 in print edition on A3
A Douglas County judge Monday sentenced a 21-year-old Lawrence man to serve more than five years in prison for injuring a Lawrence police officer in a February incident.
Probation ordered in Louisiana Street burglary case
July 18, 2011 in print edition on A4
A Douglas County judge Monday sentenced a 21-year-old man to serve two years on probation for his role in a Dec. 3 burglary at a Louisiana Street Apartment.
Live blog: Downtown property owners discuss future of Downtown Lawrence
09:55 a.m., July 18, 2011 Updated 11:07 a.m.
We’re gathered in the parlor of the News Center with City Commissioner Bob Schumm, developer Doug Compton, Weaver’s vice president Earl Reineman and landlord George Paley.
One person taken to Topeka hospital after motorcycle accident on Highway 40, near Shawnee County line
09:08 a.m., July 18, 2011 Updated 11:26 a.m.
One person was taken to a Topeka hospital Monday morning after an accident involving a semitrailer and a motorcycle on U.S. Highway 40 about 1 miles east of the Shawnee County line.
Town Talk: Dillons submits new design for South Mass. store; Downtown roundtable this morning; city to create retiree task force
July 18, 2011
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Eisenhower Library collecting ‘Quilts of Valor’
July 18, 2011
Quilt makers from across the country are being asked to participate in the second annual “Quilts for Valor” program sponsored by the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum.
Heard on the Hill: KU alumnus building tent to be used in space; KU researcher offers thoughts on new Alzheimer’s study; KU graduate finds it difficult to find a job in today’s economy
July 18, 2011
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Brownback wants to change tax structure
July 18, 2011 in print edition on A3
Gov. Sam Brownback says he wants to change the state’s tax system, and he has tasked Kansas Department of Revenue Secretary Nick Jordan to come up with some recommendations.
Hospital, university leaders to revisit affiliation
Talks expected to go more smoothly than 2007 negotiations
July 18, 2011 in print edition on A3
Kansas University Hospital, KU Medical Center and KU Physicians are preparing to begin negotiations on a new affiliation agreement, a process that hospital and university leaders say should go much more smoothly than the last time.
Anti-abortion groups urge more Kansas restrictions
July 18, 2011 in print edition on A5
Buoyed by spring victories in the Kansas Capital, anti-abortion groups are planning to push for more restrictive measures, including one that would ban abortions when a fetal heartbeat is detected.
Missouri biofuels ethanol company wins $48.4M verdict
July 18, 2011 in print edition on A5
A suburban St. Louis biofuels ethanol company has won a $48.4 million judgment against a title company whose 2006 mistake caused it to bypass building a plant outside Wichita, Kan., and instead build one in Illinois.
Ethel and Raymond F. Rice Foundation continues legacy of ‘bettering community’
July 18, 2011 in print edition on A3
Today, 37 years after the death of Raymond Rice, he is still contributing to the community through the Ethel and Raymond F. Rice Foundation, which has donated more than $14 million to charitable organizations.
NASA’s corps of astronauts shrinks to 60 as shuttles stop
July 18, 2011 in print edition on A5
NASA’s mighty astronaut corps has become a shadow of what it once was. And it’s only going to get smaller. It’s down to 60 from an all-time high of 149 just a decade ago, with more departures coming once Atlantis returns this week from the very last space shuttle voyage.
Heat wave in central U.S. shows no signs of ending
July 18, 2011 in print edition on A10
As temperatures climbed into the 90s Sunday in Steele, N.D., a small window air conditioner in Paul and Betty Smokov’s ranch home just couldn’t keep up. “It’s 82 in the house,” Betty Smokov said. “The heat is really oppressive and sticky.”
Kansas commemorates its Ice Age heritage
July 18, 2011 in print edition on A4
Several months ago, Colorado resident and Blue Rapids native George Callison received a phone call from Pat Osborne, a member of the Blue Rapids Historical Society.
Volunteers needed to supervise during Douglas County Fair in August
July 18, 2011 in print edition on A4
Douglas County Fair is in need of volunteers for building supervision during the evenings of the fair.
Releasing more information to public helps solve case similar to northeast Kansas serial rapist investigation
July 18, 2011 in print edition on A1
Several police agencies on the East Coast had been frustrated for years, unable to catch a serial rapist wanted in four states. Just like the suspected serial rapist in the Lawrence and Manhattan areas, an unknown assailant had sexually assaulted numerous women, but had eluded authorities for more than a decade.
Welcome and Enrollment Center helps parents enroll new students in district smoothly
July 18, 2011 in print edition on A1
After living in Connecticut, working in New York and adopting children from Russia, Laura Kirk is feeling right at home as she signs up her kids for classes this fall in Lawrence. Thank you, Welcome and Enrollment Center.
Traffic calming devices not at top of city’s roadwork priorities list
July 18, 2011 in print edition on A1
Traffic Safety Commissioner Jim Woods knows better than most how emotional residents can get when it comes to motorists speeding through their neighborhoods.
Monday fourth day of excessive heat warning
12:30 a.m., July 18, 2011 Updated 01:34 p.m.
Douglas County has moved into day four of an excessive heat warning that is in effect until 7 p.m. Friday.
Ryan Newman, teammate Tony Stewart go 1-2
July 18, 2011 in print edition on B2
Ryan Newman has impeccable timing. In recent weeks Newman had been getting close to falling out of the top 10 in the Sprint Cup Series standings, and without a victory, he was in danger of missing the Chase this season
Jim Thome homer lifts Twins
July 18, 2011 in print edition on B3
Jim Thome has been plagued by aches and pains for the better part of a decade. They just seem to be coming around a little more often in his 19th season.
Gary Woodland ties for 30th at British Open, earns $47,000
July 18, 2011 in print edition on B1
Gary Woodland picked up a few pounds during his first trip to the British Open.
Darren Clarke unlikely British Open champion
July 18, 2011 in print edition on B1
No matter how long it grows or even how quickly, the list of major champions from the tiny country of Northern Ireland just wouldn’t feel complete without Darren Clarke.
Bill Self, Lon Kruger to attend Illini alumni event
July 18, 2011 in print edition on B1
Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self and Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger will attend University of Illinois hoops alumni weekend events in early August, the university has announced. Self will attend a reception on Aug. 5 honoring his 2001 and 2002 U of I Big Ten championship teams. Former Illini coach Kruger will attend an alumni game on Aug. 6.
Hopes dashed: Japan ends U.S. Cup quest in shootout
July 18, 2011 in print edition on B1
Amid the sorrow that lingers throughout Japan, perhaps a little joy — courtesy of the determined women on its World Cup team.
Gary Woodland majorly consistent
July 18, 2011 in print edition on B1
In that window after the British Open ended and before the gripping women’s World Cup title game kicked off, Chris Lazzarino, associate editor of the Kansas Alumni magazine, wondered aloud how many American golfers can claim top-30 finishes this year in all three (of the four) major golf tournaments.
Tea party takes a whack at devising plan
July 18, 2011 in print edition on A7
The next step in the weeks-long saga over how to increase the government’s borrowing cap is to let House tea party forces try it their way.
Ex-Murdoch exec arrested; London police chief resigns
July 18, 2011 in print edition on A7
An intensifying voicemail hacking and police bribery scandal cut closer than ever to Rupert Murdoch and Scotland Yard on Sunday with the arrest of the media magnate’s former British newspaper chief and the resignation of London’s police commissioner.
25 years ago: Lawrence enjoys building boom
July 18, 2011
Lawrence was in the middle of a construction boom, according to a count of local building permits issued for the first half of 1986.
40 years ago: Congress considers funding bill for Haskell building
July 18, 2011
The ultimate fate of a bill working its way through Washington, D.C., was proving important to Haskell Indian Junior College.
100 years ago: Humane Society proposes school curriculum
July 18, 2011
“The Lawrence Humane Society is making an effort to have the work of the society taken up in the schools over the state and to have humane education taught in the schools.”
Divorces
July 18, 2011 in print edition on A4
Divorces granted in Douglas County District Court the week ending July 16, 2011.
Marriages
July 18, 2011 in print edition on A4
Marriage licenses issued in Douglas County District Court the week ending July 16, 2011.
Bankruptcies
July 18, 2011 in print edition on A4
Douglas County residents or businesses filing for bankruptcy protection recently in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the District of Kansas, according to court records.
Phil Mickelson falters, but friend wins
July 18, 2011 in print edition on B2
On an exposed corner of Royal St. George’s golf course, close by the English Channel, Phil Mickelson was in a place he’d never been Sunday afternoon.
Military gay couples won’t enjoy benefits
July 18, 2011 in print edition on A7
Gay service members from Army soldiers to Air Force officers are planning to celebrate the official end of the military’s 17-year policy that forced them to hide their sexual orientation with another official act — marriage.
Study: Grandparents may be safer drivers than parents
July 18, 2011 in print edition on A7
Kids may be safest in cars when grandma or grandpa are driving instead of mom or dad, according to study results that even made the researchers do a double-take.
‘Mann’ chronicles toxic behavior
July 18, 2011
Like the best mysteries, the documentary “Mann v. Ford” (8 p.m., HBO) not only presents evidence of a heinous crime but opens a curtain on a very particular corner of the world. Located some 40 miles from Manhattan, Upper Ringwood, N.J., could be a thousand miles away. It’s forested and isolated, and its population, known as the “Ramapough Mountain People” to some and as “The Jackson Whites” to others, has lived among themselves for hundreds of years. Like many clannish mountain people, they have been met with suspicion and prejudice by outsiders.
Vintage cool: Tips to purchase and care for your jewelry finds
July 18, 2011
What’s old is new again, right?
Positive training
July 18, 2011 in print edition on A8
To the editor:
At 90, John Glenn still is flying high
July 18, 2011 in print edition on A8
He was a hero in two of America’s wars, then a fabled test pilot, a four-term senator, a presidential candidate, finally a party elder. But in the mind’s eye and in history, John Herschel Glenn Jr. is frozen in time.
Tax break?
While considering how to spend down their reserve fund, school district officials should keep local taxpayers in mind.
July 18, 2011 in print edition on A8
The Lawrence school district recently received a financial surprise.
Obama should lead, not just react
July 18, 2011 in print edition on A8
A prominent Bush administration official was talking privately about Barack Obama last week: He’s probably going to win in 2012, this Republican said. He deserves credit for “going big” in the budget talks and capturing the center of the debate. But why isn’t he projecting his goals and philosophy more clearly to the country? Why does he so often seem to react, rather than lead?
Double Take: College-bound teen insecure about lack of life skills
July 18, 2011
Dear Dr. Wes & Ben: I’m going to college this fall, and I’m just now realizing I don’t know if I can live on my own.
New book from University Press of Kansas documents birds in state
July 18, 2011
The bird population in Kansas is, well, flighty.
Kids construct cardboard city at Lawrence Arts Center
July 18, 2011
An array of cardboard zodiac signs hangs like the night sky in the atrium at the Lawrence Art Center.
Horoscopes for July 18
July 18, 2011
This year, you have a tendency to dream about what could be and then want to make it a reality. How you get your ideas doesn’t make a difference. If you are single, you could meet someone very different and exciting. Try it! You might like it. If you are attached, the two of you benefit from not triggering as much and staying centered. Pisces understands you.
Slice of Life: Five Loaves founder works with mentally ill
July 18, 2011
“My faith and God’s love drives me to action,” says Katherine Dinsdale, national journalist, passionate advocate for the homeless and mentally ill, and founder of Five Loaves House in Lawrence.
Mass St. Chic: Couture looks regal for fall
July 18, 2011
I always look forward to the fall and spring haute couture shows. The collections are extravagant, sometimes even outrageous
Lawrence instructors sharing intuitive piano lesson technique
July 18, 2011
The piano has existed in various forms since the Middle Ages, and the teaching method has remained relatively the same over the years. However, there is a relatively new method being taught in Lawrence called Simply Music.
Fix-It Chick: Drain a hot water tank
July 18, 2011
Over time, sediment builds up in the bottom of most hot water tanks.
Voters letting lawmakers know debt concerns
July 18, 2011 in print edition on A7
For Rep. Tim Scott the debt ceiling is not only the top issue voters in his South Carolina district want to talk about these days, it seems to be the only issue.
River City Jules: Prada piper fails to deliver
July 18, 2011
The moment my friends and I landed in New York for a girls’ weekend, we headed for Chinatown on a mission for bargains in this legendary slice of the Big Apple.