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Archive for Sunday, July 31, 2011

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
The Kenneth Spencer Research Library, right, sits quietly among the trees as compared with Fraser Hall, which dominates the campus skyline. KU considering — but won’t be revealing — 40 possible efficiency adjustments worth studying further
July 29, 2011 in print edition on 6A
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.
6:00 a.m.
Sheahon Zenger was introduced as KU's new athletic director on Monday, Jan. 3, 2011, during a press conference at Hadl Auditorium. KU athletic director reviewing department’s 6-figure salaries
July 31, 2011 in print edition on 1A
A review of salaries at Kansas Athletics Inc. shows 36 of the top 42 administrators and coaches — 85 percent — are paid at least $100,000.
10:00 a.m.
Roy and Dodie Coker pick through the vegetables available at the Just Food warehouse Monday, July 25, 2011. The couple say this is the first time they have been pushed to accepting food from a food bank. Falling into poverty: Economic setbacks make Lawrence couple, like many Americans, lose security, gain fear
July 30, 2011 in print edition on 1A
It wasn’t supposed to be like this. Roy and Dorothy “Dodie” Coker raised children in Lawrence, worked for years at local businesses, and for 17 years steadily paid the mortgage on their home on Pawnee Street. Roy, 58, and Dodie, 61, should be slowing down, getting ready for retirement, enjoying weekends with their three grown children and spoiling their four grandchildren. Instead, the Cokers are learning their way around the local social service system, scratching and clawing to pay the bills.
2:00 p.m.
The Kansas Legislature has approved a balanced budget without a tax increase, but some local officials argue that the state's budget could force them to increase taxes or cut services. Statehouse Live: Education supporters decry funding cuts to public schools
3:03 p.m., July 30, 2011 Updated 3:25 p.m. in print edition on 3A
House Minority Leader Paul Davis, D-Lawrence, said next year’s fight in the Legislature will be between “restoring cuts to eduction or tax cuts for big business.”
6:00 p.m.
Soon-to-be graduates make their way to receive their diplomas under a big blue sky during the LHS commencement ceremony Sunday at the football stadium. New formula puts focus on graduation rates
July 31, 2011 in print edition on 1A
Changing calculations, differing demographics and dwindling finances may add up to increasingly frustrating graduation rates in the Lawrence school district.

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It’s a deal: Obama, Congress will avert default
07:44 p.m., July 31, 2011 Updated 12:34 a.m.
Ending a perilous stalemate, President Barack Obama and congressional leaders announced a historic agreement Sunday night on emergency legislation to avert the nation’s first-ever financial default.
Extreme Makeover’ to build home in Ottawa
July 31, 2011 in print edition on A1
ABC television’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” has chosen an Ottawa family to appear on its show.
Divorces and annulments
July 31, 2011
Divorces and annulments granted in Douglas County District Court the week ending July 30, 2011.
Marriages
July 31, 2011
Marriage licenses issued in Douglas County District Court the week ending July 30, 2011.
Bankruptcies
July 31, 2011
Douglas County residents or businesses filing for bankruptcy protection recently in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the District of Kansas, according to court records.
Wheel Genius: Roadwork planned this week
July 31, 2011 in print edition on A4
Roadwork planned for the week of Aug. 1, 2011.
Boost in 2010 from stimulus now ‘killing’ housing market
Home sales down 25 percent compared with last year
July 31, 2011 in print edition on A3
Call it a stimulus hangover. In 2010, Lawrence’s real estate market started to show signs of life as tax credits for first-time homebuyers — part of the federal stimulus package — did boost sales. But now as numbers for the first half of 2011 are released, it is clear that Lawrence’s real estate market is no longer stimulated.
Businesses play vital role in terror prevention
July 31, 2011 in print edition on C8
Ultimately, it was the keen eye of a Texas gun shop clerk that helped authorities find an AWOL soldier who’d stashed bomb-making material in his nearby motel room for a planned attack on Fort Hood soldiers.
Amid East Africa famine, Eritrea silently suffers
July 31, 2011 in print edition on C8
Alem Teke watched her crops in Eritrea shrivel and die from drought. She braved landmines and escaped being raped by soldiers to save her children from starvation by fleeing across the border to a refugee camp in neighboring Ethiopia.
4-H’ers show off horses, riding skills at fair
July 31, 2011 in print edition on A3
After a year’s preparation, local youths showed off their skills at the 4-H Horse Show at the Douglas County Fairgrounds on Saturday morning.
U.S. contemplates next move in Libya, Syria
July 31, 2011 in print edition on C8
Five months after President Barack Obama told him to leave Libya, Moammar Gadhafi is pressing on against NATO-backed rebel forces, flaunting his remaining power in the face of Western nations fearful of combatting him with greater force. And four months after Obama offered Syria’s leader an ultimatum to lead reform or leave, Bashar Assad’s crackdown on dissent rages on.
Man arrested for robbery, battery, theft
July 31, 2011 in print edition on A4
An 18-year-old Lawrence man was arrested early Saturday for robbery, domestic battery and theft under $1,000 after a physical altercation with a 19-year-old Lawrence woman.
As leases run out, wave of tenants move it or lose it
Trash collectors, some businesses see more work this weekend
July 31, 2011 in print edition on A1
The unmistakable stench of garbage fills the air as three sanitation workers toss furniture, empty boxes and bursting-full trash bags — wreckage from an entire block’s move out — from an alley Dumpster into a garbage truck between Tennessee and Kentucky streets.
Kansas tax revenues $23M more than expected in July
July 31, 2011 in print edition on A5
Kansas collected $23 million more in tax revenues than it expected in July, and the release of the figures Friday intensified a partisan debate over spending cuts pushed earlier this year by Gov. Sam Brownback and fellow Republicans in the Legislature.
New formula puts focus on graduation rates
July 31, 2011 in print edition on A1
Changing calculations, differing demographics and dwindling finances may add up to increasingly frustrating graduation rates in the Lawrence school district.
More diabetes cases reported among Garden City youths
July 31, 2011 in print edition on A2
Diabetes cases have been rising among Garden City students, according to area health officials.
KU athletic director reviewing department’s 6-figure salaries
July 31, 2011 in print edition on A1
A review of salaries at Kansas Athletics Inc. shows 36 of the top 42 administrators and coaches — 85 percent — are paid at least $100,000.
Happy in the end: Versatile Opurum solidifies spot along defensive line
July 31, 2011 in print edition on B1
Two years ago, Kansas University’s Toben Opurum finished the season at the top of the football team’s depth chart at running back.
K.C. Sluggers sweep pair
July 31, 2011 in print edition on B3
C.J. Roush hit a go-ahead grand slam, and the Kansas City Sluggers summer baseball team won a pair of games Saturday to advance to the semifinals of the Action Baseball Invitational.
West whacks East in Kansas Shrine Bowl
July 31, 2011 in print edition on B3
Norton Community High’s Terrell Lane had 15 rushes for 104 yards and a touchdown as the West routed the East, 30-7, in the Kansas Shrine Bowl all-star game for recent high school grads on Saturday.
Safety steps
July 31, 2011 in print edition on A9
New traffic calming road bumps and crosswalks will make it safer for students and other pedestrians to cross the street on West Campus Road near Carruth O’Leary and across 11th Street at the north end of West Campus Road.
Key questions
July 31, 2011 in print edition on A9
Thanks to Christine Metz for her series of articles on the diversion of federal funds from the Efficiency Kansas loan program. Three questions still need to be answered.
Drug war finds new opponents
July 31, 2011 in print edition on A9
There was a quake last week, but you likely didn’t feel it. See, this particular quake was not of the Earth, involved no shifting of the planetary crust. No, what shifted was a paradigm, and the implications are hopeful and profound.
No seismic shift, but still a shake-up in conference landscape
July 31, 2011 in print edition on B2
A college football fan recently rescued after two years on a deserted island — please play along here — was asked to make this year’s conference picks. He liked Nebraska in the Big 12, Boise State to win the Western Athletic and Brigham Young and Utah to battle it out in the Mountain West.
Politics hampering American greatness
July 31, 2011 in print edition on A9
Memo to Washington: You have no idea how bad you look right now. And another thing: No one will emerge as a winner from this debt-ceiling debate and debacle.
Pump patrol
July 31, 2011 in print edition on A4
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.59 at several stations.
Chamber changes
Finding a dynamic CEO who will stay in the office for more than a few years would be a big benefit for the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce.
July 31, 2011 in print edition on A9
Historically, the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce has played a key role in the business and civic life of Lawrence, but it is hard to maintain that position in the community without stable leadership.
Walkoff home run sinks Royals
July 31, 2011 in print edition on B1
Matt LaPorta’s big swing in the ninth inning wasn’t the only drama from the Cleveland Indians on Saturday night.
Chiefs coach Todd Haley’s third year accompanied by change
July 31, 2011 in print edition on B1
Andy Studebaker takes off his sweat-stained practice jersey and tosses it onto a pile
Backcourt prospects stand out in Shawnee
Prep guard Koenig: Kansas has faded
July 31, 2011 in print edition on B1
Two nearly identical blue-chip backcourt players in the Class of 2013 — one headed to Kansas University and the other with KU on his list of prospective schools — played well at the KC Prep Invitational held Thursday through today in Shawnee.
25 years ago: Planning director estimates population for city, county
July 31, 2011
City-county planning director Price Banks, referring to an estimate released by the U.S. Census Bureau, said that Lawrence was experiencing a “pretty good, healthy growth rate.”
Anthony Kim leads, Gary Woodland in third at Greenbrier
July 31, 2011 in print edition on B2
Anthony Kim shot an 8-under 62 Saturday to take a one-stroke lead after the third round of the Greenbrier Classic.
Colts lock up Peyton Manning for five years, $90M
July 31, 2011 in print edition on B2
Peyton Manning has a new long-term deal in time to report to training camp. He still hasn’t been cleared to practice.
Shark Week never gets old
July 31, 2011
Shark Week has been around for 24 years. That’s a long time. Not as long as the millions of years that sharks have existed, but in terms of pop culture, it’s an eternity.
Behind the Lens: Purchasing prints
July 31, 2011
Most phone calls to the Journal-World photography department deal with questions regarding reprints of published images. Yes, they are available. Here’s how.
Garden Calendar: Fair offers friendly competition
July 31, 2011
If friendly competition with fellow gardeners sparks your interest, join me at the open class horticulture exhibit at the Douglas County Free Fair.
40 years ago: County Fair exhibits to be high in quantity, quality
July 31, 2011
“The corn is further along than it generally is at this time of year…”
Horoscope for July 31
July 31, 2011
This year, you feel very much like your sign: dignified, empowered and desirable. Perhaps you might be a little off on certain days, but you experience the richness of being a Leo. The unexpected threads through your life when dealing with foreigners or travel. Some of you will open up to new perspectives and insights because of being exposed to different cultures. If you are single, you will be having so much fun, you might not want to settle down. If you are attached, remember, relationships don’t fly solo. Remain sensitive to your sweetie.
100 years ago: Traveling game operator arrested for Lake View depot robbery
July 31, 2011
“This morning a young man giving the name of Archie Stone, who says his home is at St. Joe, was arrested on the charge of having robbed the Lake View store on Thursday night.”