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Westar acknowledges unacceptability of recent outages
July 28, 2011 in print edition on A1
Representatives from Westar Energy shed a little light on the company’s recent service issues and discussed plans to improve during an open house Thursday evening.
Lawrence School District, teachers agree on pay raises, benefits changes
Educators to receive $1,250 raise
July 28, 2011 in print edition on A1
Teachers and their bosses reached a tentative agreement Thursday evening on a work contract for the coming school year, one that would include a $1,250 raise for each and every licensed educator in the district.
18-year-old man charged with criminal damage of Eudora school stadium
July 28, 2011 in print edition on A4
Douglas County prosecutors have filed a felony criminal damage to property charge against an 18-year-old Eudora man who is accused of spray-painting the artificial turf and other objects at the new Eudora District Stadium.
In lawsuit, Planned Parenthood officials say Kansas defunding efforts part of national campaign
05:11 p.m., July 28, 2011 Updated 06:11 p.m. in print edition on A6
Lawyers for Planned Parenthood say a new Kansas law that defunded its chapter in the state is part of a national campaign to cut off federal family planning money for the organization.
City offering grants for residents to weatherize homes
July 28, 2011
Weatherizing your home this year? The city of Lawrence may be able to pay for it. The city is providing grants as part of an effort to assist low-to-moderate income families conserve energy and lower their utility bills.
Defense wins motion in trial of man accused in quadruple slaying in Osage County
July 28, 2011
A former Missouri city official accused of killing four family members in Kansas will be able to present evidence of a relationship between his wife and another woman.
Bank starts foreclosure proceedings against Douglas County Sheriff Ken McGovern’s home
July 28, 2011 in print edition on A3
An attorney for U.S. Bank last Friday filed a civil suit seeking a mortgage foreclosure on the west Lawrence home of Douglas County Sheriff Ken McGovern, according to Douglas County District Court records.
Salina police dog dies from extreme heat
July 28, 2011
Salina officials say one of the department’s dogs died because of the extreme heat.
Bus set on fire, others vandalized at Wichita church
July 28, 2011
Wichita police say vandals set at least four buses on fire and damaged several others at a Wichita church.
Massive marijuana operation raided in southeast Kansas
July 28, 2011 in print edition on A8
At least one crop seems to be thriving during this hot, dry Kansas summer. Authorities in Elk County say several law enforcement agencies confiscated more than 4,000 marijuana plants at a rural growing operation Wednesday. The plants were being grown in a heavily wooded area near the southeastern Kansas town of Howard.
Sprint posts wider loss, teams with LightSquared
July 28, 2011
Sprint Nextel Corp. on Thursday said its loss widened in the second quarter as it spent more to attract and keep customers, in the face of competition from AT&T and Verizon.
Dodge City man recovers from burns from oil fire at festival
July 28, 2011
A Dodge City man who was severely burned at a festival last year has returned to work and credits his recovery in part to the support he received from the community.
31st Street construction ends; road reopens between Haskell and Louisiana
02:03 p.m., July 28, 2011 Updated 03:24 p.m. in print edition on A6
Here’s some good news for Lawrence drivers: 31st Street, between Haskell Avenue and Louisiana Street, will reopen at 3 p.m. today, according to Keith Browning, Douglas County public works director.
Gov. Brownback seeks disaster declarations from U.S. ag secretary
July 28, 2011
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has asked U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to issue disaster declarations for several counties experiencing losses from drought and severe weather.
Revamped Kansas Arts Commission to meet next week
July 28, 2011
The Kansas Arts Commission plans to gather next week for its first meeting since Gov. Sam Brownback’s appointees became a majority of its 12 members.
Eight more Kansas counties sign up for rural incentive program
July 28, 2011
The Kansas Department of Commerce says eight more counties will participate in a program designed to lure new residents to rural areas.
Wonder Fair preps latest entry in ongoing Our Tube series
July 28, 2011
Tonight’s entry is curated by John Kelly Clark.
Lawrence police looking for suspect accused of injuring KU student
July 28, 2011 in print edition on A4
Lawrence police are searching for a suspect accused of injuring a Kansas University student late Wednesday outside his west Lawrence apartment.
Lawrence landscaping company donating services to nearby ‘Extreme Makeover Home Edition’
July 28, 2011 in print edition on A6
A family will be getting a new home next week, and a local landscaping company will be pitching in.
KU Center for Design Research gets $100,000 donation
July 28, 2011 in print edition on A5
A new $100,000 donation to the Kansas University Center for Design Research will support research projects and other start-up costs at the agency.
Brownback names GOP chair to lead Children’s Cabinet
July 28, 2011 in print edition on A6
Amanda Adkins also is currently chair of the Kansas Republican Party and served on Brownback’s staff when he was a U.S. senator.
At Kansas senators’ request, committee will not consider Steve Six’s nomination to the U.S. Court of Appeals
10:38 a.m., July 28, 2011 Updated 06:07 p.m. in print edition on A1
U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., on Thursday said he couldn’t support former Kansas Attorney General Steve Six’s nomination to the federal bench because of Six’s position on the new federal health care reform law and an abortion investigation.
Statehouse Live: Education rally scheduled for Saturday at Statehouse
10:29 a.m., July 28, 2011 Updated 06:09 p.m. in print edition on A4
The event is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday on the south side of the Capitol.
Lawrence chamber president leaving for job in Steamboat Springs
10:25 a.m., July 28, 2011 Updated 05:28 p.m. in print edition on A3
The president and CEO of the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce is leaving the organization in late September to take a similar position with the chamber in Steamboat Springs, Colo.
Town Talk: Homebuilding numbers down from a year ago; new clothing store opens downtown; Martin Park may get improvements; Fore!, I think
July 28, 2011
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Heard on the Hill: Job fair lets students find part-time work; I’m looking for questions to ask new Haskell president; KUMC associate vice chancellor attends program known for training future leaders
July 28, 2011
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Pickup truck stolen from North Lawrence
July 28, 2011 in print edition on A4
A 2005 Chevrolet pickup truck was reported stolen from North Lawrence.
3 refrigerators stolen
July 28, 2011 in print edition on A4
A Lawrence man reported three refrigerators worth $1,700 stolen.
Pump Patrol
July 28, 2011 in print edition on A4
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.59 at several stations.
Political lines to be redrawn across state
July 28, 2011 in print edition on A2
Kansas Democrats raised concerns Wednesday about how the Republican-controlled Legislature will redraw the state’s political maps to solidify the GOP’s hold on the state’s four U.S. House seats.
Crimes against drug dealers increase in Lawrence
July 28, 2011 in print edition on A1
Douglas County’s top prosecutor says law enforcement has seen an increase in the past two years in the number of robberies of suspected drug dealers in Lawrence.
County Commission agrees to purchase property near jail
July 28, 2011 in print edition on A5
A unanimous decision by Douglas County commissioners Wednesday will authorize the execution of an offer to purchase land for the future home of a Public Works facility.
County OKs parcel annexation by city
July 28, 2011 in print edition on A3
Douglas County commissioners Wednesday reached a 2-1 decision to move forward with a plan to annex about 67 acres of property at the northwestern edge of Lawrence into the city.
Rural U.S. disappearing? Population share hits low
July 28, 2011 in print edition on A6
Rural America now accounts for just 16 percent of the nation’s population, the lowest ever.
Scientists: It’s not a bird, not a plane; it’s a dino
July 28, 2011 in print edition on A6
One of the world’s most famous fossil creatures, widely considered the earliest known bird, is getting a rude present on the 150th birthday of its discovery: A new analysis suggests it isn’t a bird at all.
Somali militants block famine refugees from aid
July 28, 2011 in print edition on A6
In a squalid refugee camp beside Mogadishu’s airport, some 2,000 desperately hungry women and children await help, many of them weak and dying in tents made of sticks and cloth. Missing from the camp, however, are large numbers of Somali men.
Red Sox slam Royals, 12-5
July 28, 2011
Boston’s David Ortiz hit a grand slam to cap a five-run fourth inning and Dustin Pedroia extended his career-best hitting streak to 24 games with a solo homer in Boston’s 12-5 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday.
Our Town Sports
July 28, 2011
Soccer U12 Spartans earn sliver: The Lawrence Spartans won the silver medal in U12 soccer at the Sunflower State Games, July 23-24 in Topeka. The players: Caden Anderson, Siam Boyd, Ryan Braun, Cole Cooper, Bret Folks, Josh Moore, Chas Sedlock, Juan Solis, Drew Vereen, Jack Vereen, Ayrton WallGregg and Jake Whitebread.
Extremism has grip on globe
July 28, 2011 in print edition on A8
The dogs of war are snarling. They strain forward, slavering, growling, pawing the air, eager to get at one another, to rend and tear and wet their lips with blood. As strangers in a dog park would, we try to pull them back, to exert control. But you feel your feet sliding beneath you, feel yourself carried, helpless and unwilling, into this fight they mean to have. It strikes you how poor a leash is reason.
KU freshman Jamari Traylor learning from Morris twins, Cole Aldrich
July 28, 2011 in print edition on B1
Kansas University freshman basketball power forward Jamari Traylor has found a way to beat the heat during a brutally-hot July in his new college hometown.
Chiefs sign Breaston, 10 rookie free agents
July 28, 2011
The Kansas City Chiefs announced the signing of 10 rookie free agents on Wednesday, including four offensive linemen.
Angels’ Ervin Santana tosses no-hitter
July 28, 2011 in print edition on B1
Sharp from his first pitch, Ervin Santana came full cycle against the Cleveland Indians.
Financial crisis
July 28, 2011 in print edition on A8
I listened to President Obama, with incredulity, as he lectured the American people on the spending habits of the last administration and his own efforts to revive a struggling economy. This president rescued nothing and, if anything, has led this nation to the precipice of financial disaster. Everything he or his administration has proposed, economically speaking, is a failure. It is all based in academia and nothing from the world of reality.
Cheers, jeers
July 28, 2011 in print edition on A8
Some downtown comments: Weaver’s, way to go! Twice recently you have coated your sidewalk to cover up that minefield of discarded gum. Classy. Sidewalk gum downtown is a disgrace.
40 years ago: Voters to decide on bond issues for new ‘governmental center’ near courthouse
July 28, 2011
Officials from Lawrence and Douglas County announced their intention to ask county voters to approve a $6 million bond issue in September.
25 years ago: Longtime ‘El Matador’ owner dies
July 28, 2011
A local family was mourning the death of their patriarch.
Excessive heat warning effective through Thursday evening
12:00 a.m., July 28, 2011 Updated 12:07 a.m.
Exactly 176 days ago, Lawrence was buried under a mountain of snow. Today, Lawrence suffers under an excessive heat warning with high temperatures forecast for 104 and heat indices of 110 or higher.
Federal debt crisis: a Q & A
July 28, 2011 in print edition on A7
Congress has until Tuesday to raise the federal borrowing limit or the government will run out of money and possibly default on its debt. House Republicans say they won’t raise the debt limit without equal spending cuts. President Barack Obama and Democrats have insisted that higher revenues must be included.
100 years ago: New bank moving in, cigar factory on its way out
July 28, 2011
“Lawrence is to have a new bank.”
Fear over debt fight hits Wall Street; Dow loses 198
July 28, 2011 in print edition on A7
Anxiety about a deadline to raise the nation’s debt ceiling swept across Wall Street on Wednesday and drove the Dow Jones industrial average down almost 200 points. With Washington showing no sign it will find a solution, financial planners around the country said their clients were increasingly worried.
Another try
City officials should work with a major national retailer on what seems like a reasonable compromise to locate a new store in Lawrence.
July 28, 2011 in print edition on A8
Lawrence is fortunate to have another chance to attract a Lowe’s home improvement store to the city.
Aviation rhetoric is misguided
July 28, 2011 in print edition on A8
With all of the flak general aviation is taking during the debt ceiling battle, it might be a good thing if President Obama Googled the World War II song, “Comin’ In On a Wing and A Prayer,” the tale of a plane struggling back to base after a bombing raid.
Horoscope for July 28
July 28, 2011
This year, you’ll see a big difference if you relax and just go with the flow. Know that you don’t always have to have the answers, nor will you. Expect positive events at work or with a public commitment. You might see a pay raise or promotion. If you are single, you could hook up with a very different person. If you are attached, share more of your public life.
A huge problem money can’t fix
July 28, 2011
The news media have a short attention span. Even a story as dramatic and long-lasting as the 2010 Gulf oil spill has faded from the scene, giving viewers a sense that things have gone back to normal. They haven’t. And the two-hour documentary “Black Tide: Voices From the Gulf” (8 p.m., Animal Planet) offers ample proof.