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Archive for Wednesday, July 20, 2011

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12:00 a.m.
Lawrence resident Chuck Benedict, 85, stacks loaves of donated bread along a table at the Douglas County Senior Center on Wednesday, July 13. Benedict says he’s been delivering the bread for about four years, picking up donations from the Clinton Parkway Hy-Vee store and from Checkers to distribute to local seniors. Man delivers daily bread to Douglas County Senior Services
July 18, 2011 in print edition on 3A
Chuck Benedict was sitting in church one Sunday morning four years ago when the pastor was preaching about Jesus and Simon Peter.
6:00 a.m.
The Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services announced Friday that it will be closing the Lawrence SRS service center, 1901 Del. Local agencies say people will lose services, costs shifted if SRS office is closed by Brownback
12:21 p.m., July 19, 2011 Updated 4:58 p.m. in print edition on 1A
Commission Chairman Jim Flory said getting this information would help in presenting a case to the state to reverse the closure decision.
10:00 a.m.
Damian Scott, 19, panhandles for change from the downtown lunch crowd Nov. 6, 2008, on Massachusetts Street near the Ninth Street intersection. Lawrence City Commission sold on trying donation meter plan
July 19, 2011 in print edition on 1A
When it comes to “donation meters,” sign Lawrence city commissioners up.
2:00 p.m.
After Ray Bloxsom's limo was in an accident, he couldn't believe the price tag for the towing service: $675 total, including $275 for towing, $150 for labor, $125 for mileage and $125 for cleanup. "I was robbed," said Bloxsom, an 18-year city resident. "This is just not acceptable in Lawrence." Bloxsom paid the fine, and the limo is now parked at a repair shop. Unlike Kansas, California and Florida have laws allowing municipalities to set price guidelines for tow companies
July 19, 2011 in print edition on 2A
Douglas County officials looked at options several years ago to regulate prices, but couldn’t come up with anything that wouldn’t violate the federal law. But county officials says he would be receptive to options that would set standard prices.
6:00 p.m.
Lawrence Resident Abby McNaught uses the Holcom Park Recreation Center five times a week because it’s close to her home and has everything she needs for her workouts. Holcom is at 2700 W. 27th St., and the city has no recreation center west of it. However, plans are in the works for a possible new center near Sixth Street and Kansas Highway 10. Concerns raised city budget cut may hurt West Lawrence rec center proposal
July 19, 2011 in print edition on 3A
Fans of a proposed West Lawrence recreation center were urged Tuesday to start making some noise at City Hall in hopes of keeping the idea alive during tight budget times.

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Advocates urge reconsideration of SRS office closures
July 20, 2011 in print edition on A5
“These closures produce little savings in terms of dollars compared to the services they provide to our friends and neighbors,” said Kansas Advocates for Better Care.
Statehouse Live: Ethics complaint filed against Rep. Gregory; legislator admits mistake
09:56 p.m., July 20, 2011 Updated 10:01 p.m. in print edition on A4
Kansas law prohibits state elected officials from using public funds, machinery, equipment, supplies or any governmental agency for campaign purposes.
Report: KU QB Brock Berglund charged with assault in Colorado
July 20, 2011 in print edition on B1
According to a KCTV5 report Wednesday night, Kansas University freshman quarterback Brock Berglund, of Highlands Ranch, Colo., was away from the football team this spring and summer because he was facing assault charges back home.
Tour de France party to raise funds for Maple Hill girl injured in bicycle accident
July 20, 2011 in print edition on A7
Kief’s Audio/Video, 2429 Iowa, will host its annual Tour de France party Friday evening.
Fast-pitch softball teams find summer heat a strong opponent
City welcomes World Series
July 20, 2011 in print edition on A1
Lawrence this week welcomes 1,200 softball enthusiasts to the USSSA Fast Pitch 12 and Under World Series.
Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Lawrence program entering 30th year
July 20, 2011 in print edition on A10
Leadership Lawrence celebrates its 30th anniversary this year.
Authorities urge caution against money-wiring phone scams
July 20, 2011 in print edition on A3
It’s one phone call a grandparent never wants to receive. Their grandchild — or at least someone who claims to be — calls them in a panic reporting to be in jail in a foreign country and asking for several thousands dollars to be wired to Canada or somewhere else for bond.
Baker University student who drowned fondly remembered
July 20, 2011 in print edition on A2
Members of the Baker University community remembered Tyler Jeck as a motivated and bright student whose positive attitude lifted those around him in classrooms and on the baseball diamond.
80-pound catfish caught, released at El Dorado Lake
July 20, 2011
A monster of the deep lives in El Dorado Lake in southeast Kansas.
Wichita man shoots girlfriend when waistband-carried gun falls to ground
July 20, 2011
Wichita police say a woman is recovering after being injured in a strange shooting.
Union to push rejection of Spirit Aerosystems contract offer
July 20, 2011
A union at aircraft parts maker Spirit AeroSystems is recommending that workers reject the company’s contract offer.
Judge says he will send missing boy’s parents to prison for continuing to take adoption subsidies
July 20, 2011
A Butler County judge says in a court filing that he intends to send the parents of a boy missing since 1999 to prison.
Kansas pension system funding gap rises to $8.3 billion
July 20, 2011 in print edition on A5
The projected long-term funding shortfall for the Kansas public pension system has risen to nearly $8.3 billion.
Man dies while working at Topeka Goodyear plant
July 20, 2011
The Shawnee County coroner says an employee at the Goodyear plant in Topeka who died Tuesday had heart-related problems that contributed to his death.
Cargill settles lawsuit over wages at Nebraska plant
July 20, 2011
Cargill Meat Solutions Corp. has settled a class-action lawsuit brought by workers seeking back pay for unpaid time they spent preparing for and cleaning up after their shifts at its Schuyler meatpacking plant, according to new court documents.
Kansas office rests ethics case against former AG Phill Kline
July 20, 2011
Former Kansas prosecutor Phill Kline prepared to defend himself Wednesday before a state ethics panel against an allegation that he and his subordinates misled a grand jury as it investigated a Kansas City-area abortion clinic.
Hot weather takes toll on attendance at Kansas parks
July 20, 2011
The brutal heat gripping Kansas is cutting into attendance at some state and federal recreation and historic sites.
Investigations continue into last week’s bank robberies in Lawrence, Ottawa
July 20, 2011 in print edition on A4
No arrests have been made in either of two area bank robberies from last week, said FBI spokesman Joel Sealer.
Agencies to talk on Saturday about how to handle departure of SRS workers from Lawrence
July 20, 2011 in print edition on A5
Local organizations will meet this weekend to discuss ways to reduce the impact of Gov. Sam Brownback’s planned closure of the state Social and Rehabilitation Services office in Lawrence.
28-year-old Lawrence man pleads guilty to sending explicit texts, photos to 12-year-old girl
02:15 p.m., July 20, 2011 Updated 03:46 p.m. in print edition on A4
A 28-year-old Lawrence man admitted Wednesday to sending sexually explicit text messages and photographs to a 12-year-old Douglas County girl in March and is expected to face 20 years in prison.
Heat wave leading to growth in toxic blue-green algae at area lakes
July 20, 2011
A prolonged heat wave in the central U.S. has fostered the growth of a dangerous form of algae in lakes and ponds, threatening swimmers and livestock and scaring away tourists during the busy summer season.
Police investigating reported strong-armed robbery near Seventh and Michigan streets
11:36 a.m., July 20, 2011 Updated 03:13 p.m.
Lawrence police were called at 11:20 a.m. to Seventh and Michigan streets to investigate a reported strong-armed robbery, dispatchers said.
Tonganoxie woman killed in early-morning accident on I-35
10:34 a.m., July 20, 2011 Updated 05:40 p.m. in print edition on A4
One person died in a single-vehicle accident on Interstate 35 in Franklin County that occurred just before 3:30 Wednesday morning, according to a statement from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office.
Town Talk: Library to unveil new design on Sunday; Maximus health club sold to Wichita company; North Lawrence fitness club reveals plans for downtown fitness center; more on gasoline prices
July 20, 2011
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Excessive heat warning enters sixth day
July 20, 2011
The excessive heat warning for northeast Kansas continues for another day.
Heard on the Hill: Libraries getting spruced up this summer; Hawk Week will welcome students from summer once more; Student Union Activities carnival coming next month
July 20, 2011
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Grant application to better access to healthy foods gets support from City Commission
July 20, 2011 in print edition on A2
City commissioners agreed to lend their support to a grant application to improve the community’s access to healthy foods.
Lawrence city commissioners approve Retirees Attraction Task Force
July 20, 2011 in print edition on A2
Lawrence city commissioners are ready to create a new task force aimed at attracting more retirees to the community.
Despite the heat, Sidewalk Sale goes on
July 20, 2011 in print edition on A3
Excessive heat, stifling humidity and blinding sun can’t stop more than a half-century of shopping tradition.
Lawrence police officer finds stolen 2008 Kia Rio in Howard Johnson hotel parking lot
July 20, 2011 in print edition on A4
A Lawrence police officer July 13 discovered a 2008 Kia Rio that had been reported stolen June 30 from Topeka in the parking lot of the Howard Johnson hotel, 2222 W. Sixth St.
Lawrence man reports stolen 1974 Chevrolet truck
July 20, 2011 in print edition on A4
A 39-year-old Lawrence man reported to police that someone had stolen his 1974 brown Chevrolet truck valued at $4,000 between 5 p.m. Friday and 7 a.m. Saturday from the 900 block of North Third Street.
Lawrence man arrested, accused of cutting Topeka man in hand
July 20, 2011 in print edition on A4
Lawrence police arrested a 24-year-old Lawrence man Tuesday morning on an aggravated battery charge after he was accused of cutting a Topeka man in the hand with a knife during an altercation in the 700 block of West 25th Street.
Ex-Jayhawk Terry Nooner up for ‘big’ challenge with SIU
12:00 a.m., July 20, 2011 Updated 07:33 a.m. in print edition on B1
Terry Nooner, who played combo guard at Kansas University from 1997-2000, will be working with the bigs in his first season as assistant women’s basketball coach at Southern Illinois University.
KSU golfer leads Kansas Amateur
July 20, 2011 in print edition on B3
Kansas State golfer Kyle Smell leads Kansas University’s Chris Gilbert and KU coach Kit Grove by three strokes after the first day of the Kansas Amateur Championships.
Kansas’ Andrea Hudy named finalist for award
July 20, 2011 in print edition on B3
Andrea Hudy, Kansas University’s assistant athletics director for sports performance, has been selected as one of five finalists for the 2011 Strength Performance College Coach’s Choice Award, the Strength Performance Network has announced.
Soccer surging in K.C.
July 20, 2011 in print edition on B3
Davy Arnaud remembers gazing into the stands at Arrowhead Stadium on a crisp March day and nearly being able to count the number of fans.
Contador back in action at Tour’s Stage 16
July 20, 2011 in print edition on B2
Alberto Contador has finally put the hammer down at the Tour de France — and now, the race is really on.
Sports should again take lead against intolerance
July 20, 2011 in print edition on B2
When idiots of yore tossed slurs and epithets at sporting events, they had the sorry excuse of living in an America where segregation not only was common but also legislated.
Sources: NFL players review parts of deal
July 20, 2011 in print edition on B2
The NFL Players Association’s executive committee reviewed only portions of a proposed deal to end the lockout and not enough to warrant a vote Tuesday, two people familiar with the league’s labor negotiations told the Associated Press.
Duffy answers call for K.C. Royals
July 20, 2011 in print edition on B1
Danny Duffy sat in the Kansas City clubhouse before Tuesday night’s game against the White Sox and listened to manager Ned Yost challenge his struggling ball club.
Chris Thompson, Kansas’ other golf pro, on rise
July 20, 2011 in print edition on B1
Gary Woodland is the only former Kansas University golfer this season to win a PGA Tour event, finish in the top 30 in all three major golf tournaments and amass more than $2 million in earnings, but not the only one whose game has taken a big step forward.
Don’t count out Quinn: Mecham worked hard in offseason to improve arm strength, mobility
July 20, 2011 in print edition on B1
In six games last season, Kansas University quarterback Quinn Mecham was good but not great, solid but not spectacular, and still managed to set a school record for consecutive pass completions (19) and lead the greatest comeback in KU history.
25 years ago: Mold growth threatens KU library books
July 20, 2011
A mold growing from a spore called cladosporium was causing a lot of worry at Kansas University’s Watson Library.
40 years ago: Intersection of 19th and Iowa to get traffic signal
July 20, 2011
After years of taking measurements of the traffic at 19th and Iowa, the city had finally satisfied the state highway department as to the need for a traffic signal at the intersection.
100 years ago: County officials urge acceptance of new census figures
July 20, 2011
“There is no warrant for a third enumeration, and the board can only make the cuts pointed out by the law.”
Nuclear safety
July 20, 2011 in print edition on A7
Commencing on July 2, we have been informed by the Journal-World how “U.S. regulators have weakened safety rules,” “Tritium leaks found at many nuclear plants” and other problems with our nuclear facilities.
SRS necessity
July 20, 2011 in print edition on A7
Back on Jan. 23, David Burke, a Kansas native who now is an arts and entertainment writer for the Quad City Times in Iowa, wrote an article titled “Taking away funding for the arts hurts us all.”
Conservatives hold fiscal key
July 20, 2011 in print edition on A7
If your disgust over America’s crushing debt and the irresponsible leaders who refuse to reduce unnecessary spending has reached the fed-up point, there is an easy solution beyond whatever compromise might be reached in the current standoff between President Obama and congressional Republicans. Vote Republican in 2012.
Pledge costs Bachmann a young voter
July 20, 2011 in print edition on A7
Michele Bachmann, meet Ben Haney. In other circumstances, Ben could have been a real asset to your campaign.
Enriching the rich with pricey stuff
July 20, 2011
A minor orgy of conspicuous consumption and product placement, “Hollywood Hi-Tech” (8:30 p.m., DIY) goes to the already swank homes of Hollywood stars and outfits them with expensive gadgetry. Janna Robinson hosts. As on “Let’s Make a Deal,” we’re shown the price of everything.
Horoscope for July 20
July 20, 2011
This year, you advance a key interest. You have energy working for you. Express interest in your community, work and key family members. Though there could be surprises along the way, you will gain because of your diligence and strong insights. If you are single, if you would like a committed relationship, it is yours to have. If you are attached, the two of you will want to socialize and share even more together. Aries pushes you to responsibility but also growth.
Groundbreaking facility
KU’s new Center for Design and Research will have a significant impact on the university’s education and research mission.
July 20, 2011 in print edition on A7
new chapter of education and research at Kansas University was opened this past Saturday with the ribbon-cutting of the new KU Center for Design and Research.