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Governor appoints Native American liaison
July 29, 2011 in print edition on A4
Gov. Sam Brownback on Friday announced the appointment of Chris Howell as Native American liaison.
Judge orders new trial in sexual battery case
July 29, 2011 in print edition on A4
A Douglas County judge has ordered a 28-year-old man who has served five years in prison for a sexual battery conviction should get a new trial based on new evidence in the case.
Barrel racing kicks off county fair
July 29, 2011 in print edition on A3
The Douglas County Fair is off to a running start.
FBI names Ottawa bank robbery suspect
Minnesota man charged with kidnapping wife
July 29, 2011 in print edition on A3
A Minnesota man charged with kidnapping his wife also has been named as a suspect in a July 15 bank robbery in Ottawa.
Local officials, representatives hope to prevent closure of Lawrence SRS office
July 29, 2011 in print edition on A1
Talks are under way to save the Lawrence office of the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services, officials said Friday.
Meeting seeks public comment on library expansion
July 29, 2011 in print edition on A4
The Lawrence Public Library will host another round of public comment about the proposed design for a $19 million expansion of the library.
Recession risks up amid slow growth, debt standoff
July 29, 2011 in print edition on C8
The economy is at risk of slipping into another recession.
Judge: Time to unseal Nixon’s Watergate testimony
July 29, 2011 in print edition on C8
Thirty-six years after Richard Nixon testified to a grand jury about the Watergate break-in that drove him from office, a federal judge on Friday ordered the secret transcript made public.
Somali tells horrors of fleeing famine
July 29, 2011 in print edition on C8
When al-Qaida-linked militants learned that Ahmedhashim Mawlid Abdi and his family were planning to flee Somalia’s famine, they threw the 40-year-old father of seven in jail for two days.
Somalia: More aid needed; troops gain ground
July 29, 2011 in print edition on C8
African Union and Somali forces traded barrages of fire at a new front line in Mogadishu on Friday, as AU forces gained new territory. The country’s president appealed for more international aid, saying the government can’t feed all the overwhelming number of Somalis suffering from famine.
House approves GOP bill extending debt limit; Senate promptly rejects it
05:40 p.m., July 29, 2011 Updated 11:37 p.m. in print edition on A1
In an unforgiving display of partisanship, the House passed emergency legislation Friday night to avoid an unprecedented government default and the Senate scuttled it less than two hours later.
City to repair water main on 23rd Street early Monday morning
July 29, 2011 in print edition on A4
The city will repair a water main leak on 23rd Street very early on Monday.
Excessive heat warning issued for Sunday afternoon
July 29, 2011
The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning for Douglas County. The watch goes into effect Sunday at noon, and is scheduled to last until 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Kansas Air National Guard invites residents to watch military aircraft in action
July 29, 2011
Kansas residents are invited to watch military aircraft in action next month at the Smoky Hill Air National Guard Range.
Kansas eases rules on delivering hay to drought areas
July 29, 2011
Gov. Sam Brownback has signed an order making it easier to deliver hay quickly to drought-stricken parts of Kansas.
Police looking for vandals who damaged 8 buses at Wichita church
July 29, 2011
Police are looking for vandals who set fires on buses used to bring people to a Wichita church.
OSHA investigating Arkansas City company
July 29, 2011
Federal authorities are investigating an Arkansas City company after two serious accidents occurred in recent weeks.
Mediation postponed in Salina pollution case
July 29, 2011
Mediation has been delayed between Salina groups and federal agencies over who will clean up contamination at the former Schilling Air Base in Salina.
Kansas Supreme Court upholds conviction in 2007 Manhattan murder trial
July 29, 2011
The Kansas Supreme Court on Friday upheld a first-degree murder conviction in a 2007 killing and dismemberment in Manhattan.
Nebraska high court rejects irrigation district’s appeal regarding Republican River water rights
July 29, 2011
The Nebraska Supreme Court on Friday rejected an irrigation district’s appeal asking the court to compel the state to designate areas of the Republican River basin as over-appropriated.
Wyandotte tribe sues over Kansas casino land
July 29, 2011
The Wyandotte Nation of Oklahoma has filed a lawsuit accusing the secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior of failing to take the tribe’s land in south-central Kansas into trust for a casino.
Kansas ranchers selling oil rights for big profits
July 29, 2011
An oil rush is occurring along the Kansas-Oklahoma border, where residents are seeing fierce bidding wars and receiving some of the highest prices in recent history for the oil lease rights for their properties.
Missouri River flooding will last until autumn in some places
02:41 p.m., July 29, 2011 Updated 05:52 p.m.
The Army Corps of Engineers plans to begin reducing the amount of water being released from dams into the swollen Missouri River in August, but flooding will likely linger into the fall in parts of Iowa, Nebraska and Missouri, officials said Friday.
Lawrence city crews struggling to keep water treatment plant operating as emergency repairs are made
July 29, 2011 in print edition on A1
You think you’re having a hard time keeping up with your watering chores. Crews with the city’s water department are struggling to keep one of Lawrence’s two water treatment plants operating as temperatures remain high and dry conditions persist.
Wichita students serve $10,000 glass of lemonade
July 29, 2011
At $10,000 a glass, you would think a Wichita businessman was about to drink a vintage wine.
Abortion providers argue Kansas’ new regulations aren’t backed by data
01:23 p.m., July 29, 2011 Updated 07:17 p.m. in print edition on A6
Kansas officials drafted new regulations for abortion providers without independently compiling data or studies on how the new rules would make the procedures safer for the women seeking them, and attorneys for providers expect the apparent lack of such research to be a central issue in a federal lawsuit challenging the rules.
KU considering — but won’t be revealing — 40 possible efficiency adjustments worth studying further
Final list of about 10 ‘business cases’ will be discussed publicly
July 29, 2011 in print edition on A6
An efficiency and effectiveness study at Kansas University is continuing to progress, but university officials aren’t saying much — at least for now — about how they will achieve those new efficiencies.
Lawrence summer road construction will come to an end — sooner or later
July 29, 2011 in print edition on A1
Take a deep breath and check out this list of road construction projects that are among the most disruptive in and around Lawrence.
Town Talk: Home sales down nearly 25 percent for year; Subway to start work in North Lawrence; as heat rises so do problems at Kaw Water plant
July 29, 2011
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Kansas election fraud task force set to meet next week
July 29, 2011
A task force created by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is meeting next week to continue drafting regulations for administering the state’s new voter identification law.
Heard on the Hill: Reader wonders about Haskell ground maintenance; alumnus, longtime budget director, dies at 97; KU posts director of federal relations job opening
July 29, 2011
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Area youths recognized for Summer of Service
July 29, 2011 in print edition on A3
For some area youth, this summer has been filled with more than just trips to the pool. Several dozen volunteers ages 11 to 18 were honored Thursday night at an ice cream social at Holcom Park, 2700 W. 27th St., to recognize their summer service.
GOP postpones debt limit vote
July 29, 2011 in print edition on A6
An intensive endgame at hand, Republican leaders abruptly postponed a vote Thursday night on legislation to avert a threatened government default and slice federal spending by nearly $1 trillion.
Debt deal or not, weak economy likely to suffer
July 29, 2011 in print edition on C10
No matter how the debt crisis ends, the economy will probably take a hit. The question is how big.
Poll: Boomers worried about finances
July 29, 2011 in print edition on C10
The “golden years” may lose some luster for many baby boomers worried about the financial pressures that come with age.
Norway’s ‘lone-wolf’ attacks stir anti-Islam angst in Europe
July 29, 2011 in print edition on C10
Norway casts it as the isolated act of a lone-wolf terrorist whose boasts of a far-flung network of anti-Muslim warriors were the fantasies of a deranged mind. European officials at an emergency counter-terror meeting see a continent-wide threat from right-wing extremists amid mounting Islamophobia — and warn of possible copycats.
Street battles break out in Somali capital to allow famine help
July 29, 2011 in print edition on C10
African Union troops fought house-to-house battles with militants Thursday to clear space for aid groups bringing in food supplies after intelligence reports showed insurgents reinforcing for a possible attack on squalid camps of famine refugees.
Report: Rural Missouri has fewer doctors per capita
July 29, 2011 in print edition on A4
Residents in rural Missouri tend to have access to fewer doctors than their counterparts in cities, and that could create problems as the new federal health care law is implemented, the Missouri Hospital Association said Thursday.
Pump patrol
July 29, 2011 in print edition on A4
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.59 at several stations.
Over $3,000 worth of property reported stolen
July 29, 2011 in print edition on A4
A 23-year-old male Kansas University student reported to police that $3,170 worth of property including a 52-inch television and two laptop computers were stolen.
College poobahs always last to know — honest
July 29, 2011
Details of a widening scandal have been oozing out of North Carolina’s football program like toothpaste from the tube for a solid year.
Cool, calm, collected: Turner Gill appears more comfortable, prepared in Year 2
July 29, 2011 in print edition on B1
A year ago, about this time, Kansas University football coach Turner Gill stepped to the podium in Dallas and introduced himself to the scores of media members that had descended upon Big D for the annual Big 12 media days.
Big Ten celebrates change
July 29, 2011 in print edition on B8
The Big Ten gathered in its Midwestern hub city to usher in — and celebrate — a new era in one of college football’s most tradition-rich conferences.
National briefs: U.S. soccer fires men’s national coach Bradley
July 29, 2011 in print edition on B2
For U.S. soccer fans, the scene was tough to watch: Archrival Mexico celebrating a Gold Cup victory on American soil, cheered on by a largely pro-Mexico crowd at the Rose Bowl. A little more than a month later, Bob Bradley has been fired as coach of the U.S. men’s soccer team.
Oklahoma admits two major violations
July 29, 2011
Oklahoma admitted Thursday that it committed two major rules violations in its men’s basketball program as it asked the NCAA for leniency despite its second serious infractions case in the last five years.
Free agent DE Laptad signs with Chicago
July 29, 2011 in print edition on B3
According to his Twitter feed, former Kansas University defensive end, Jake Laptad, on Thursday, became the third member of KU’s most recent graduating class to pick up a free agent offer from an NFL team.
Jayhawks’ hoops commit dazzles in tourney
Frankamp scores 20, drills game-winner
July 29, 2011 in print edition on B1
Conner Frankamp signed autographs for a handful of Kansas University basketball fans before Kansas City Pump N Run’s opening game of the KC Prep Invitational on Thursday night at Mid America Sports Complex West.
MLB trade deadline approaching
July 29, 2011 in print edition on B5
The Major League Baseball trade deadline is fast approaching, and plenty of big names already are on the move.
Francoeur’s grab leads Royals over Boston
July 29, 2011 in print edition on B1
When the ball left Carl Crawford’s bat, Jeff Francoeur thought it was going over the short wall in right field. And he was prepared to go into the stands after it.
NFL briefs: Cardinals trade for QB Kolb
July 29, 2011 in print edition on B6
Kevin Kolb is a No. 1 quarterback again.
Dolphins acquire Saints RB Bush
July 29, 2011 in print edition on B6
Nine years later, the Miami Dolphins have again traded for a New Orleans Saints running back who won the Heisman Trophy.
Chiefs cut Waters, report to camp
July 29, 2011 in print edition on B6
With muggy heat in the 90s separating the fit from the fat, the Kansas City Chiefs are ready to launch their second training camp in St. Joseph, Mo., but will do so without four-time Pro Bowl guard Brian Waters.
Redskins ship headache Haynesworth to Patriots
July 29, 2011 in print edition on B6
One of the biggest free agency flops in NFL history came to an end Thursday when the Washington Redskins shipped Albert Haynesworth to the New England Patriots for a 2013 fifth-round draft pick, relatively meager compensation for a two-time All-Pro with one of the most lucrative contracts ever signed.
Athletic moves
Although recently extended contracts may slow the pace, the stage still seems set for change at Kansas Athletics Inc.
July 29, 2011 in print edition on A7
The timing of Ron Olin’s departure from Kansas Athletics Inc. is interesting and could be an indication of things to come in the department.
Debt circus
July 29, 2011 in print edition on A7
If anyone wonders what’s wrong with Washington, it is on full display this week regarding the debt ceiling, calling for slashing government spending but keeping the Bush tax cuts from 10 years ago, when Congress reduced the amount of incoming tax revenue from the wealthy and increased government spending.
Borrowed text
July 29, 2011 in print edition on A7
I read Donald W. Collins’ letter (Public Forum, July 25) with a sense of déjà vu. Practically the whole second half — starting with “This type of thinking causes us to lose our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values” — sounded awfully familiar. Turns out I wasn’t the only one, and that there was a darned good reason for it.
Default history
July 29, 2011 in print edition on A7
We hear a lot about the supposed “fact” that, in our history, the United States has never defaulted on our debt. In fact, in essence, we have at least 5 times before.
GOP should shift debt blame to Obama
July 29, 2011 in print edition on A7
We’re in the midst of a great four-year national debate on the size and reach of government, the future of the welfare state, indeed, the nature of the social contract between citizen and state. The distinctive visions of the two parties — social-democratic versus limited-government — have underlain every debate on every issue since Barack Obama’s inauguration: the stimulus, the auto bailouts, health care reform, financial regulation, deficit spending. Everything. The debt ceiling is but the latest focus of this fundamental divide.
Kansas linebacking corps deeper in 2011
July 29, 2011 in print edition on B1
When Huldon Tharp went down with an injury last spring, the loss decimated the Kansas University football team’s depth at linebacker.
Don’t be surprised if La Russa joins White Sox
July 29, 2011
Turning up the heat. It’s usually not what you want to do in the middle of a Midwest summer. But that’s exactly what the Cardinals have done.
‘ThunderCats’ find new lives
July 29, 2011
For reasons too complicated to go into here, I missed “ThunderCats” the first time around. I guess I had other priorities when the cartoon first aired in the 1980s.
25 years ago: New KU Catholic campus center nears completion
July 29, 2011
The Rev. Vince Krische was “breathing a sigh of relief” as the $2.9 million St. Lawrence Catholic Campus Center expansion project neared its scheduled completion date.
40 years ago: Library becomes independent of city
July 29, 2011
The Lawrence Public Library was autonomous for the first time. Under Kansas law, cities with populations of 35,000 or more were to split the library board off from other functions of city government.
New England trades for receiver Ochocinco
July 29, 2011 in print edition on B6
Chad Ochocinco’s next stop is New England after an offseason in which he had a soccer tryout, rode a bull, took a spin in a race car and waited to be traded.
Horoscope for July 29
July 29, 2011
This year, you see life from a renewed, dynamic perspective. You might be accused of being one-sided, but your ideas have strength, energy and power behind them. Others find it easy to follow your lead. If you are single, your charisma soars. If you are attached, the two of you might have a conflict.
100 years ago: Lake View depot robbed of cash, whiskey
July 29, 2011
“The robbery was discovered this morning by C. I. Hoffman when he opened up the depot at 6 o’clock.”
North Carolina AD stepping down
July 29, 2011
North Carolina is now looking for a new football coach and athletic director.
Woods to end layoff at Firestone
July 29, 2011 in print edition on B2
Tiger Woods finally gets back to golf next week at the Bridgestone Invitational, ending an 11-week break to heal injuries to his left leg.