Archive for Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
Richard Gwin/ Journal-World Photo.Looking northwest from 6th and Congressional a empty lot sits where a proposed Lowe's is trying to build. Lowe’s brings City Hall new plans for store in Lawrence
July 26, 2011
After having one plan rejected in October, Lowe’s has filed a new set of plans to build a northwest Lawrence store, this one on vacant property just west of Walmart at Sixth Street and Wakarusa Drive.
6:00 a.m.
Leaders at the Lawrence Community Shelter are once again looking at a vacant warehouse building at 3701 E. 25th St. A deal by the county to purchase the property adjacent to the warehouse has reopened the possibility for the shelter to relocate there. Douglas County commissioners considering land purchase for consolidated public works operation — opening door to homeless shelter relocation
2:52 p.m., July 26, 2011 Updated 4:47 p.m. in print edition on 1A
Douglas County leaders plan to acquire land that will house a consolidated Public Works complex and also allow the downtown homeless shelter to relocate.
10:00 a.m.
The City Commission unanimously gave final approval for a remodel of the Dillons store at 1740 Mass. on Tuesday night. The store was photographed Tuesday in a stitched-together panorama showing Babcock Place at far left. Mass. St. Dillons remodel approved by City Commission
July 26, 2011 in print edition on 1A
There were smiles all around at Lawrence City Hall on Tuesday night as city commissioners unanimously gave final approval for Dillons to replace its existing grocery on south Massachusetts Street with a larger, more modern store.
2:00 p.m.
The Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services announced Friday that it will be closing the Lawrence SRS service center, 1901 Del. SRS says workers now can transfer to Topeka; Douglas County commissioners petition governor over office closure
July 26, 2011 in print edition on 1A
Douglas County commissioners have asked Gov. Sam Brownback to reject the planned closure of the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services office in Lawrence, saying shutting it down will cost county taxpayers more than the state will save and result in the loss of services to vulnerable people.

All stories

Two quarterbacks commit to KU
July 27, 2011 in print edition on B1
Earlier this summer, Kansas University recruiting coordinator and running backs coach Reggie Mitchell said the one position KU would try to sign in every class no matter how big or small was quarterback.
New KU business dean enthusiastic about reaching out to university community
July 27, 2011
It’s been a lot of meeting and greeting so far for Kansas University’s new business dean as she prepares to officially start work next week. But Neeli Bendapudi is already on campus, and the people she’s met say the best word to describe her is “enthusiastic.”
Feds in Kansas City to join initiative to fight human trafficking
July 27, 2011
The federal prosecutor’s office in Kansas City has been chosen as one of six nationwide to lead a new initiative to fight human trafficking.
Wichita veterans hospital cited for hazardous waste violations
July 27, 2011
The Veterans Administration Medical Center in Wichita will pay almost $18,000 in fines for several hazardous waste violations.
Officials planning flood recovery for Nebraska nuclear power plant
July 27, 2011
When the Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant will be able to restart is still not clear, because the utility that operates it won’t be able to inspect it for damage until floodwaters from the overflowing Missouri River recede, officials said Wednesday.
Kansas ranchers selling cattle because of drought
July 27, 2011 in print edition on A10
Brutal heat combined with continuing drought is forcing some Kansas ranchers to sell off spring cattle earlier than they had planned.
States brace for dips in graduation rate as measurement formula changes
July 27, 2011 in print edition on A7
States are bracing for plummeting high school graduation rates as districts nationwide dump flawed measurement formulas that often undercounted dropouts and produced inflated results.
U.S. agriculture secretary outlines new rural council
July 27, 2011
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says a new federal effort to help rural areas needs input from the private sector.
Brownback says his administration is preparing for reduced federal funds in event of default
02:42 p.m., July 27, 2011 Updated 04:59 p.m. in print edition on A2
As the gridlock continues in Washington over the national debt, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback said Wednesday his administration is making plans for “a substantial contraction” in federal money to the states in the event of a default.
Statehouse Live: State employee early retirement incentives being discussed
July 27, 2011 in print edition on A5
Early retirement plans are usually established to reduce payroll. Typically they offer incentives to older more high-paid employees to retire.
Woman sentenced to probation for her role in burglary at apartment near KU campus
July 27, 2011 in print edition on A4
A 21-year-old woman pleaded guilty to three misdemeanor counts Wednesday morning in connection with a December burglary near the Kansas University campus.
Brownback creates state economic advisory council
12:50 p.m., July 27, 2011 Updated 02:39 p.m. in print edition on A4
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has put together a group of economic advisers from various sectors of the state’s economy.
State of Kansas finished year with $107 million more in revenue than expected
July 27, 2011
A new report says Kansas finished its latest fiscal year with $107 million more in revenue than anticipated.
Jayhawks land Texas QB Seth Russell
July 27, 2011
Lending credence to recruiting coordinator Reggie Mitchell’s claim earlier this summer that, “you always take a quarterback,” the Kansas University football program picked up an oral commitment from a three-star QB out of Texas on Wednesday.
Lawrence student’s team finishes fourth in geography World Championship
11:12 a.m., July 27, 2011 Updated 06:12 p.m.
Stefan Petrovic and his fellow teammates representing the United States tied for fourth place at the National Geographic World Championship, an international geography bee in San Francisco.
Statehouse Live: Readjusted population counts will impact legislative redistricting in Lawrence
10:28 a.m., July 27, 2011 Updated 04:00 p.m. in print edition on A1
A unique provision in the Kansas Constitution puts Lawrence, and Manhattan for that matter, at a disadvantage in the process of redrawing boundaries for legislative districts.
State reopens I-70 west of Topeka; driver in custody with minor injuries
09:15 a.m., July 27, 2011 Updated 05:56 p.m.
The Kansas Highway Patrol Wednesday afternoon took a man who barricaded himself in a vehicle on Interstate 70 west of Topeka into custody, and the state was preparing to reopen the 25-miles stretch of the interstate to traffic, Kim Qualls, a Kansas Department of Transportation spokeswoman, said at 3:30 p.m.
Town Talk: Bank forcing closure of Midwest Graphics; Rent-A-Center slated for former Blockbuster building; city finds replacement for eco devo spot
July 27, 2011
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Heard on the Hill: Kansas Bioscience Authority has contributed more than $50 million to KU cancer effort; website looks at what single women renters want; Audio-Reader wants your audio equipment
July 27, 2011
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Boehner to rewrite criticized GOP debt plan
July 27, 2011 in print edition on A6
Stung by revelations that his plan would cut spending less than advertised, House Speaker John Boehner on Tuesday postponed a vote on a debt-ceiling measure that was already running into opposition from tea party conservatives. The move came just a week before an Aug. 2 deadline for staving off the potential financial chaos of the nation’s first-ever default.
Big 12 football notebook: OU still recovering from tragedy
July 27, 2011
The University of Oklahoma football team was forced to deal with a tragedy in May, when senior linebacker Austin Box was found dead in El Reno, Okla., about 30 miles west of Oklahoma City.
KU, UT provide balance for Big 12
July 27, 2011 in print edition on B1
Let Texas A&M agonize over the unfair advantages the Texas television network has in revenue and recruiting. Let Missouri fret over it as well. For Kansas, the best thing to say about it is what’s being said: Nothing.
Weary Bosox rough up K.C.
July 27, 2011 in print edition on B4
David Ortiz had four hits and five RBIs, and Dustin Pedroia had four of Boston’s 16 hits Tuesday night to lead the Red Sox over Kansas City, their 18th win in 22 games.
40 years ago: Lawrence police chief to attend FBI program
July 27, 2011
Lawrence Police Chief Richard R. Stanwix had been selected to attend the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy beginning Aug. 16.
25 years ago: Workers in KU’s Fraser Hall suffer AC breakdown
July 27, 2011
A faulty air-conditioning system in Fraser Hall was causing discomfort to faculty and staff members.
Baltimore Ravens to cut four veterans
July 27, 2011 in print edition on B2
The Baltimore Ravens are wasting no time shaping their roster for the 2011 season.
Faulty SRS plan
As the cost-saving justifications for closing the Lawrence SRS office crumble away, state officials should admit their mistake and revisit their decision.
July 27, 2011 in print edition on A7
It is becoming increasingly apparent that officials of the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services hadn’t done their homework before deciding to close the Lawrence SRS office.
Police: Freestyle Olympic skier kills himself
July 27, 2011 in print edition on B2
Olympic silver medalist Jeret “Speedy” Peterson was found dead in a remote canyon in Utah in what police are calling a suicide.
SRS closing has political tone
July 27, 2011 in print edition on A6
The announced closure of the Lawrence Social and Rehabilitation Services office has been both a significant blow to our community and a clear indication that politics is far from absent in budget decisions coming from Topeka.
Theater lauded
July 27, 2011 in print edition on A6
Theatre Lawrence (formerly Lawrence Community Theatre) has become outstanding in offering a level of performance art that serves well in helping to maintain Lawrence as a culturally rich and desirable place to live.
Rotary assist
July 27, 2011 in print edition on A6
I was very impressed with your recent article about the Kansas University Engineers Without Borders project to bring sanitation to the village of Azacilo, Bolivia, through building composting toilets.
Betrayal of allies in Iraq shames U.S.
July 27, 2011 in print edition on A6
Last week I wrote a column about the plight of Iraqis who helped U.S. troops and civilians but face death as “collaborators” after we leave.
KU football notebook: Turner Gill still thinking big for Jayhawks
July 27, 2011 in print edition on B5
Since the day he arrived in Lawrence as the head football coach at Kansas University, Turner Gill has talked the talk.
Mass. prep Kaleb Tarczewski has stellar summer
July 27, 2011 in print edition on B1
Blue-chip basketball prospect Kaleb Tarczewski, who has had yet another stellar summer playing center for the New England Playaz, will complete his AAU career at this week’s Double Pump Best of Summer Tournament in Anaheim, Calif.
Former musician explains origins of everything
July 27, 2011
Imagine a mind-blowing science series hosted by a handsome former pop star-turned-physicist and you’ve come up with Brian Cox’s “Wonders of the Universe” (8 p.m., Science). It’s a heady trip he’s invited us to join, a voyage to rival Carl Sagan’s “Cosmos.” And he’s even outdone Sagan in one regard: While Sagan became best known for the catchphrase “billions and billions,” the hyperkinetic Cox likes to throw around “trillions.”
100 years ago: Changes coming to Mass Street
July 27, 2011
“The man who returns to Lawrence this fall after an absence of six months or a year will notice quite a difference in the appearance of the stores on Massachusetts street.”
Horoscope for July 27
July 27, 2011
This year, zero in on what you want. Your luck factor increases right before your birthday in 2012. Take an active stand in your profession and/or community. If you are single, you attract many people. If you are attached, the two of you have much to celebrate.
Less is more: Kansas football OL Jeremiah Hatch shows off trim(mer) frame
July 27, 2011 in print edition on B1
A few weeks ago, Kansas University senior Tim Biere was taken aback by a string of words that came out of the mouth of fellow senior Jeremiah Hatch.