Archive for Monday, July 25, 2011

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
Concerned residents, including state Sen. Marci Francisco, D-Lawrence, right, huddle together in a breakout group discussion during a public meeting on Saturday regarding the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitative Service’s closure of the Lawrence office. Local leaders and residents expressed their concerns and discussed their ideas for how assistance could be provided and needs could be met in the future. Forum explores responses to loss of city’s SRS office
July 23, 2011 in print edition on 1A
Lawrence residents and community leaders gathered Saturday to voice their opinions about the upcoming closure of the Lawrence SRS office.
6:00 a.m.
Rendering of Lawrence Public Library entry on the south side. This view shows the southeast corner looking to the northwest. Library leaders unveil new design for $19 million expansion
July 24, 2011 in print edition on 1A
Library leaders unveiled a design for an expansion at the library at Seventh and Vermont streets that includes a dramatic new look for the 40-year old building, plus incorporates a public plaza area.
10:00 a.m.
Former KU professor Earl Schweppe,  shows off an early piece of computer equipment — a tube that stored information. Schweppe has part of his 50-year collection of computer parts on display at the Lawrence Public Library. Retired KU professor says antique computer collection stems from parts finding him
July 25, 2011
When Earl Schweppe was asked if he wanted to salvage a few pieces from an Illiac II super computer from the 1960s, he had no clue his decision would turn him into an antique computer magnet.
6:00 p.m.
Many families over the years have taken photos of KU graduates on campus during commencement weekend, including this family, who chose Strong Hall as the backdrop for their photo. Introducing the Dear Lawrence community photo project: We need your help!
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.

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KU Public Safety upgrades to 2011 Dodge Chargers
July 25, 2011 in print edition on A5
Kansas University Public Safety just got a new ride: a 2011 Dodge Charger with a student-designed logo.
City audit finds Lawrence streets lasting longer, less prone to potholes
July 25, 2011 in print edition on A5
Lawrence streets really are better than they used to be. A new audit out of Lawrence City Hall has found that changes to design standards made by the city in 2003 have improved the quality of city streets.
Two Kansans find fossil of what may be new type of dinosaur
July 25, 2011 in print edition on A5
Two Kansas fossil hunters say they think they found something new while digging in Montana.
Kansas Bioscience Authority approves grants for KU Cancer Center, Deciphera Pharmaceuticals
July 25, 2011 in print edition on A4
Members of the Kansas Bioscience Authority approved $6 million in new investments on Monday, including a grant to recruit a new cancer researcher to Kansas University and a $1.6 million grant for a Lawrence pharmaceutical company.
NWS issues excessive heat warning until Wednesday evening
July 25, 2011
Less than 24 hours after the expiration of our last heat warning, the NWS has issued another excessive heat warning, effective until 8 p.m. Wednesday.
Union president wants Lawrence fire Chief Mark Bradford removed from internal and external investigations of firefighters
July 25, 2011 in print edition on A4
The president of the Lawrence firefighters union has written a letter asking city leaders to remove Lawrence Douglas County Fire Medical Chief Mark Bradford as sole authority in investigations of internal and external complaints filed against department members.
I-70 back open after HazMat incident west of Topeka
Closures expected to last through rush hour
03:19 p.m., July 25, 2011 Updated 11:19 p.m. in print edition on A1
The Kansas Department of Transportation has shutdown Interstate 70 in both directions from Auburn Road west of Topeka to K-99 in Wabaunsee County — and they expect it to remain closed through rush hour and into the evening.A 50-year-old Arkansas man was under arrest in Kansas after a hazardous materials incident Monday prompted the closing of about 20 miles of Interstate 70 west of Topeka.
Former Wyoming Sen. Alan Simpson to give Landon Lecture at K-State
July 25, 2011
Former U.S. Sen. Alan Simpson is scheduled to give a Landon Lecture at Kansas State University.
New general store opens up in small town of Kismet
July 25, 2011
After nearly a year of waiting, residents of the small western town of Kismet have a new place to stop for some of life’s necessities.
KU’s Brock Berglund pleads not guilty to assault charge
July 25, 2011
At a pre-trial hearing Monday morning in Castle Rock, Colo.,. Kansas University freshman Brock Berglund pled not guilty to misdemeanor assault charges stemming from an April 9 incident in which Berglund was alleged to have thrown a punch at another male.
Family marks birthday of Hutchinson murder victim
July 25, 2011
The family of a Hutchinson woman who was killed in her home will note her 28th birthday with vows to continue looking for her killer.
Group works to honor Derby veterans with memorial
July 25, 2011
A committee of Derby residents wants to build a memorial for veterans from the area.
Gov. Brownback names aide to Sen. Pat Roberts to assist with federal grants
July 25, 2011
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has hired an aide to U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts to oversee his administration’s handling of federal grants.
Cost of high-voltage lines for wind in western Kansas irk utility companies
July 25, 2011
Executives at several utilities in nine Midwestern states are upset that they are being asked to pay millions of dollars in upgrades to high-voltage lines in western Kansas that eventually will power the wind industry, according to some members of a state organization.
Woman charged in 2002 Topeka double homicide
02:38 p.m., July 25, 2011 Updated 05:33 p.m.
Nine years after a Topeka man and his fiancée were shot to death in their sleep, the man’s ex-wife was arrested in Oklahoma on two first-degree murder charges.
Former Lawrence police Chief Ron Olin to leave $115,000 job at Kansas Athletics
02:27 p.m., July 25, 2011 Updated 03:55 p.m. in print edition on A1
Former Lawrence police chief Ron Olin has resigned his position as Kansas Athletics Inc. director of security and internal controls effective at the end of this month, according to an athletics department news release.
Lawrence man ordered to stand trial for robbery at Walmart, arson attempt at McDonald’s
July 25, 2011 in print edition on A2
A Douglas County judge Monday ordered a 22-year-old Lawrence man to stand trial for a December robbery at Walmart and a failed scheme to try to set a Lawrence McDonald’s restaurant on fire.
Douglas County commissioners closer to approving budget
July 25, 2011 in print edition on A3
Douglas County commissioners on Monday moved a step closer to approving the 2012 budget, which includes a 1 percent cost-of-living raise for county employees without raising property taxes.
Kansas redistricting hearings to begin this week
July 25, 2011
A Kansas legislative committee begins a series of meetings this week to gather public opinion on redrawing the state’s political districts.
Brownback’s appointees now control Kansas Arts Commission
July 25, 2011 in print edition on A4
A remaining member of the Kansas Arts Commission now controlled by Gov. Sam Brownback’s appointees predicted Monday that it will be impossible for the administration to achieve its goal of retaining federal dollars after making the state the first in the nation to eliminate funding for arts programs.
Kansas touts state sovereignty in defunding Planned Parenthood
01:05 p.m., July 25, 2011 Updated 05:28 p.m.
The state of Kansas is arguing that a Planned Parenthood chapter has no inherent right to receive federal funding for family planning services. It argues that Planned Parenthood’s request for an injunction would violate the state’s sovereignty and replace the state’s discretion with a court’s judgment.
Statehouse Live: SRS salaries come under question as agency plans to close offices; Lawrence workers can’t go to Topeka
11:13 a.m., July 25, 2011 Updated 06:05 p.m. in print edition on A1
House Minority Leader Paul Davis, D-Lawrence, criticized top-level SRS salaries and the creation of new high-dollar positions at the agency at a time when offices were being closed that serve thousands of vulnerable Kansans.
Town Talk: UPDATE: Lowe’s files plans for West Lawrence store; I-70 Business Center may be landing major office tenant; City issues report on whether our streets are holding up
10:40 a.m., July 25, 2011 Updated 03:14 p.m.
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Heard on the Hill: New Salina medical school program gets national coverage; recent graduates opting for temporary work when full-time gigs aren’t available; music teaching assistant shares experience
July 25, 2011
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Wichita to host birthday celebration for state
July 25, 2011 in print edition on A3
It looks like Kansas will have a 150th birthday party after all.
Food pantries report increase in demand
Still, groups say local support strong
July 25, 2011 in print edition on A3
Carrie Bennett stopped by the Just Food pantry at 1200 E. 11th St. for the first time Tuesday with her two children, ages 2 and 11 months.
Retired KU professor says antique computer collection stems from parts finding him
Stockpile will be on display at Lawrence Public Library until July 30
July 25, 2011
When Earl Schweppe was asked if he wanted to salvage a few pieces from an Illiac II super computer from the 1960s, he had no clue his decision would turn him into an antique computer magnet.
Amtrak to restore full service in Missouri
July 25, 2011 in print edition on A10
Amtrak plans to restore full train service Wednesday between Kansas City and St. Louis.
2 people die in Mission apartment fire
July 25, 2011 in print edition on A10
A fire in a large apartment building in the Kansas City suburb of Mission has claimed two lives.
July 25, 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.
July 25, 2011 in print edition on A4
Divorces granted in Douglas County District Court the week ending July 23, 2011.
July 25, 2011 in print edition on A4
Marriage licenses issued in Douglas County District Court the week ending July 23, 2011.
Operation WildLife looking for help providing animal rehabilitation assistance
July 25, 2011 in print edition on A2
Operation WildLife is seeking animal lovers to join the OWL family and provide rehab assistance for injured and orphaned wild animals.
Phill Kline case rehashes old abortion debates
July 25, 2011 in print edition on A5
Hearings on an ethics complaint against former Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline rehashed past incidents from the state’s abortion debates, and those incidents sometimes felt as distant as the mock battles staged by Civil War re-enactors.
Norway suspect’s manifesto called for campaign against Muslims
July 25, 2011 in print edition on A1
He wanted to ignite “a revolution,” one that would upend contemporary Norwegian and European society. The goal: to purge the continent of Muslims and punish the “indigenous Europeans” who had failed to protect their nations from “cultural suicide.”
Expiring drug patents to bring drop in prices
July 25, 2011 in print edition on A7
The cost of prescription medicines used by millions of people every day is about to plummet.
With debt talks at standstill, GOP, Dems ready plan B
July 25, 2011 in print edition on A7
With bipartisan talks stalled, House Republicans and Senate Democrats readied rival debt-limit emergency fallback plans in hopes of reassuring world financial markets today the U.S. government will avoid an unprecedented default in barely a week.
Hundreds of N.Y. couples wed on 1st day for gay marriage
July 25, 2011 in print edition on A7
Hundreds of gay couples dressed in formal suits and striped trousers, gowns and T-shirts recited vows in emotion-choked voices and triumphantly hoisted their long-awaited marriage certificates on Sunday as New York became the sixth and largest state to recognize same-sex weddings.
Hunter Sparks wins Kansas Amateur
July 25, 2011 in print edition on B2
Wichita State golfer Hunter Sparks beat Kansas State’s Kyle Smell, 2-and-1, in the championship match of the Kansas Amateur Match Play Championship on Sunday at Hallbrook Country Club.
Tour champ Cadel Evans keeps Australia up late
July 25, 2011 in print edition on B2
Cadel Evans has been keeping fans back home up all night watching him become the first Australian to win the Tour de France. It’s a victory that’s been a long time coming.
Rays rookie Cobb clobbers Kansas City, 5-0
July 25, 2011 in print edition on B1
A finger blister, not the Kansas City Royals, knocked Tampa Bay rookie Alex Cobb out of the game Sunday.
Legacy recruit on KU’s radar
Guard Christian Sanders’ dad a Jayhawk 1975-79
July 25, 2011 in print edition on B1
Christian Sanders began to draw the attention of major-college basketball recruiters in March when the 6-foot-3, 180-pound junior combo guard helped propel his Houston St. Thomas High team to a Texas state championship.
Storylines for Big 12’s new math
July 25, 2011 in print edition on B2
The Big 12’s annual Media Days gathering is Monday and Tuesday at the Westin Galleria in Dallas. The annual event serves as a kickoff to the coming football season, and there will be plenty of questions for coaches and invited players to answer in a season of big changes for the conference. Here are five storylines to follow for the Big 12:
City golf has room to grow
July 25, 2011 in print edition on B1
Somebody, somewhere, long, long ago came up with the idea of riding a horse to get someplace faster. Good idea. Car, even better. Radio, cool. Television, terrific upgrade, thanks largely to HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” Bathing suit, nice. Bikini, really, really nice.
When the middle wakes up, look out
July 25, 2011 in print edition on A8
It was Ed Miliband, the British Labor Party leader, who posed the haunting question in Wednesday’s parliamentary debate about the phone-hacking scandal: “Why didn’t more of us speak out about this earlier?”
Scandal may spur news controls
July 25, 2011 in print edition on A8
When I first read that media mogul Rupert Murdoch had closed down his sensationalist British tabloid News of the World, my first reaction was, “Good riddance!” But I’m no longer rejoicing — the scandal around the now defunct daily’s unscrupulous journalism will encourage government controls of the media worldwide.
Godly nation
July 25, 2011 in print edition on A8
America was founded as a democracy under God!
Rural efforts
Officials in some rural Kansas counties are leery of new state programs intended to stop the rural population drain.
July 25, 2011 in print edition on A8
A couple of initiatives championed by Gov. Sam Brownback are getting mixed reviews in the rural counties they were intended to benefit.
Pumped up: Spencer Wilson overcomes slow start
July 25, 2011 in print edition on B1
A vicious, knee-buckling fist pump wasn’t part of Spencer Wilson’s celebration plan.
Teachers and their former students reconnect on Facebook
July 25, 2011 in print edition on A1
Angela Shuckahosee and Clenece Hills plan to meet up in a couple weeks at Free State Brewing Co. to unwind, laugh, grab a bite and enjoy a beverage.
Horoscope for July 25
July 25, 2011
This year, an aura of confusion surrounds communication. You could be exhausted from having to clear up misunderstandings often. Learn techniques like echoing, confirming, etc. If you are single, your willingness to step up to the plate and assume responsibility catches someone’s eye this year. If you are attached, the two of you will need to make time for each other, as work or another responsibility demands so much of your time.
Documentary recalls mysteries of NY tragedy
July 25, 2011
“There’s Something Wrong With Aunt Diane” (8 p.m., HBO) recalls a local tragedy with universal implications and plumbs a mystery as deep and dark as the human heart.
Racing in the blood: Third-generation riders will compete in Douglas County Fair
July 25, 2011
Horses are a way of life for most of the competitors in Friday night’s barrel racing competition at the Douglas County Fair.
The Runner, the Baker, the Wedding Cake Maker: Scratching the surface of a cookie tradition
July 25, 2011
It’s only recently that I’ve wondered why peanut butter cookies have fork marks on them.
Three Moves: At the playground with Laura Webb
July 25, 2011
Don’t slouch around Laura Webb. That goes for both posture and work ethic.
Double Take: Texting muddles communication in teen relationship
July 25, 2011
Texting has become the new way to gauge whether someone is really into you.
Trading post: Weekly barter market aims for goods over cash
July 25, 2011
Danielle Vanderbilt has a garden stocked with winners — the foods she knows her husband and two young children will eat.
Mass St. Chic: Incorporate metal jewelry this fall
July 25, 2011
Metal jewelry was popular all over fall runways.
100 years ago: William Jennings Bryan makes brief stop in Lawrence
July 25, 2011
“William Jennings Bryan quietly slipped into Lawrence this morning…”
25 years ago: Open House scheduled for Cottonwood
July 25, 2011
An open house was scheduled at Cottonwood, Inc., to familiarize local residents with the non-profit agency.
40 years ago: Management staff for new Kresge warehouse to arrive by September
July 25, 2011
The manager and operating personnel for the new Kresge distribution center were due to arrive in Lawrence within the next two months.
Remnant Rehab: Cut wedding expenses with a homemade veil
July 25, 2011
Everything about a wedding can be expensive.
Slice of Life: Orthopedic surgeon takes nontraditional path to medicine
July 25, 2011
Many hands and new joints across the U.S. and Europe owe newfound mobility to the healing hands of internationally trained orthopedic surgeon Neal Lintecum, who took a nontraditional road into medicine.
River City Jules: Exploring the deep end of Scout camp
July 25, 2011
Guess whose husband was not able to attend Webelos Camp again this year? I’ll give you a hint: She has flat feet, allergies and a strong preference for sleeping in her own bed.
Fix-It Chick: Replace a sash cord
July 25, 2011
Replacing sash cords in older double-hung windows is an easy task, once the window stops have been removed.