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Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence to celebrate Juneteenth at Broken Arrow Park
June 9, 2011 in print edition on A5
Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence will celebrate national history June 17 with the observation of Juneteenth.
Fundraiser for family of Eudora girl hurt in April accident set for June 20
June 9, 2011 in print edition on A12
Owners of Royal Crest Lanes and Wayne and Larry’s Sports Bar and Grill in Lawrence plan to raise funds to help pay the medical bills for a 2-year-old Eudora girl who was injured in a deadly April 16 crash on Kansas Highway 10.
Lawrence utility customers may see rate increase to cover needed repairs to Kaw River water intake
June 9, 2011 in print edition on A1
Lawrence city crews on Saturday were forced to shut down the Kaw Water Treatment Plant near Burcham Park as the rising Kansas River clogged the plant’s lone water intake pipe. The Kaw plant is designed to operate with two water intakes, but one of the water intakes has been inoperable for several years. City utilities department leaders have previously asked for funding for the project, but city commissioners have balked at the $6.8 million cost.
Police arrest 20-year-old Lawrence man on sex crime charges
June 9, 2011 in print edition on A4
Lawrence police Thursday afternoon arrested a 20-year-old Lawrence man on allegations he had sexual relations with a minor.
Kansas lawmakers add chemicals in bath salts to state’s list of controlled substances
Parents asked to keep eye out for use of synthetic drugs
June 9, 2011 in print edition on A3
Kansas lawmakers are trying to keep up with synthetic drug manufacturers, recently passing a bill that adds a variety of chemicals found in snortable bath salts to the list of controlled substances.
Kobach praises new Alabama law he helped write that cracks down on illegal immigrants
June 9, 2011 in print edition on A1
Another state, another law cracking down on illegal immigration with an assist from Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach.
Children’s Discovery Center opens in Topeka
June 9, 2011
Topeka has a new attraction for children. The Kansas Children’s Discovery Center opened earlier this month in a 15,000 square-foot building. The Topeka Capital-Journal reported that an outdoor learning environment will open one month later on July 1.
Kansas teachers named finalists for math and science teaching awards
June 9, 2011
Several Kansas teachers have been named finalists for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.
Feds promote rural contracting opportunities in Kansas
June 9, 2011
The Agriculture Department and other federal agencies are reaching out to small businesses and farmer-owned cooperatives in Kansas with a conference aimed at helping them learn about contracting opportunities.
Observatory near Wichita marks 30th anniversary
June 9, 2011
An observatory about 20 miles southwest of downtown Wichita is celebrating its 30th anniversary this month.
Kansas funds board has new top investment officer
June 9, 2011
A board in Kansas that manages state and local government funds has named a longtime state employee as its new chief investment officer.
Topeka woman killed after being hit by 6 cars on Interstate 29
June 9, 2011
A woman who died after being hit by as many as six cars on Interstate 29 near Kansas City has been identified as 25-year-old Menina Jones of Topeka.
Garden City will not allow fireworks this year
June 9, 2011
Finney County’s decision to ban fireworks this year because of dry conditions means Garden City residents also won’t be able to use them.
Judge denies bond reduction for former Kansas police instructor charged with murdering wife
June 9, 2011
A former Kansas police instructor charged with murdering his wife lost a request to have his $1 million bond reduced.
Maryland town enacts ordinance creating 1,000-foot buffer zone for funeral protestors
June 9, 2011
A Maryland town is making it harder for groups like the Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church to protest at funerals.
Wichita man who died in house fire had mobility issues
June 9, 2011
Friends of a 75-year-old man who died in a Wichita fire say he may have been unable to escape because he had mobility problems. Don Wilkinson died early Tuesday in a fire at his home. His 51-year-old son, Bruce, died after going into the house to rescue his dad.
Crews sandbag Leavenworth ahead of flooding Missouri River
June 9, 2011 in print edition on A7
Leavenworth crews have placed large sandbags near the downtown community center in advance of rising water along the Missouri River.
People fleeing flooded Missouri River won’t return soon
Water levels expected to stay above normal until September
June 9, 2011
Cliff and Donna Ferguson had already hauled out chairs, a bed, their television — nearly everything that would be ruined if the Missouri River spills over its banks as expected and floods their home in the small southwest Iowa town of Hamburg.
Marysville man shot to death, suspect arrested
June 9, 2011
A suspect is in custody after a 24-year-old northeast Kansas man was shot to death.
16 attorneys general say union’s lawsuit against Boeing hurts states’ ability to keep jobs
June 9, 2011
Prosecutors in South Carolina, Texas and 14 other states say a federal lawsuit over a Boeing Co. manufacturing plant in South Carolina is against federal law and hurts states’ abilities to keep jobs.
Wichita City Council delays decision on inflatable rides
June 9, 2011
A Wichita company that offers inflatable rides can stay open for at least two more weeks while the City Council decides whether to let the firm keep its license.
Garden City chooses airline service to Dallas
June 9, 2011
Garden City officials have voted to change the city’s airline service, which would mean offering daily flights to Dallas rather than Denver.
Kansas wheat forecast unchanged, US estimate up
June 9, 2011
Kansas Agricultural Statistics Service is sticking by its earlier forecast for the state’s winter wheat crop.
Tonganoxie school superintendent resigns his post, takes job in Lawrence
03:30 p.m., June 9, 2011 Updated 06:58 p.m. in print edition on A3
Tonganoxie school Superintendent Kyle Hayden has resigned his job.
FEC audit identifies campaign finance violations from Kansas GOP in 2007 and 2008
June 9, 2011 in print edition on A7
A federal audit has found three violations of campaign finance laws by the Kansas Republican Party stemming from record-keeping and reporting problems in 2007 and 2008.
Army releases names of 5 Fort Riley soldiers killed in Iraq
June 9, 2011
Killed were Spc. Emilio Campo, 20, a combat medic from Madelia, Minn.; Pfc. Michael Cook, 27, a field artillery data systems operator from Middletown, Ohio; Pfc. Christopher Fishbeck, 24, a field artillery data systems operator from Victorville, Calif.; Spc. Robert Hartwick, 20, a combat medic from Rockbridge, Ohio; and Pfc. Michael Olivieri, 26, a field artillery data systems operator from Chicago.
Army Corps to withhold more water from Kansas River by decreasing flow at Tuttle Creek Reservoir
Goal is to keep water out of Missouri River
June 9, 2011
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to decrease the amount of water flowing out of Tuttle Creek Reservoir in Manhattan.
Statehouse Live: Brownback says ‘zero tolerance’ if improprieties found at bioscience agency
June 9, 2011 in print edition on A1
Brownback made the comment during his economic summit on the animal health industry held in Manhattan.
Douglas County district attorney will not charge suspect in hockey stick incident
01:50 p.m., June 9, 2011 Updated 04:20 p.m. in print edition on A4
A 37-year-old Mission man who was arrested on an aggravated assault charge Tuesday afternoon has been released from jail because the victim in the case did not want to prosecute, Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson said Thursday.
Two women treated, released at hospital after wreck near 11th and Kentucky streets
11:27 a.m., June 9, 2011 Updated 01:30 p.m. in print edition on A4
Two people were taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital Thursday morning after a two-vehicle accident near the intersection of 11th and Kentucky streets, said Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical Division Chief Joe Hoelscher.
Bill Self gives update on recruiting during summer teleconference
KU coach: ‘We could still add another piece or two … ’
June 9, 2011
Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self said on Thursday’s Big 12 summertime coaches call that the Jayhawks may not yet be finished recruiting players in the Class of 2011.
Town Talk: Mexican restaurant coming to 1100 block of Mass.; water plant woes over the weekend; time to start over on Horizon 2020?
June 9, 2011
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Tornado watch issued for Douglas County allowed to expire at 10 p.m.
08:23 a.m., June 9, 2011 Updated 10:01 p.m.
The National Weather Service has allowed the tornado watch to expire, as of 10 a.m.
Heard on the Hill: 50 Works for 50 States collection at Spencer Art Museum has interesting back story; two KU employees picked to serve on state court panel; student success post has evolved over time
June 9, 2011
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Lawrence district, teachers at odds over raises
June 9, 2011 in print edition on A1
The Lawrence school district wants to pay its teachers another $500 for the coming school year, a one-time raise that would be paid in December using money the district expects to save from reduced costs on health insurance.
County Commission approves rezoning requests
June 9, 2011 in print edition on A7
County commissioners approved several rezoning requests at their meetings Wednesday evening.
Kirk Hinrich joins four No. 1 seeds on All-Decade Team
12:00 a.m., June 9, 2011 Updated 12:23 a.m.
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Union favoritism hurts other U.S. jobs
June 9, 2011 in print edition on A8
Because government is inherently dangerous and often mischievous, the Constitution’s framers provided, and congressional rules have multiplied, mechanisms for blocking government action. These mechanisms can, however, also be used to force action. One is being so used in a dispute that has two remarkable facets.
Battle of bigs: KU’s Thomas Robinson excited to learn from Cole Aldrich
June 9, 2011 in print edition on B1
Kansas University junior power forward Thomas Robinson has the perfect practice partner this summer: Oklahoma City Thunder big man Cole Aldrich.
KU basketball season tickets on sale
June 9, 2011
KU hoops season tickets are on sale for the 2011-12 season.
DeAndre Daniels talks about recruiting rumors
June 9, 2011
DeAndre Daniels, a 6-8 senior from IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., who committed to UConn on Tuesday, told he considered enrolling at KU or Texas second semester of the past school year.
Morris twins to Bobcats? It’s possible
June 9, 2011 in print edition on B1
With the 2011 NBA Draft two weeks away, here’s an exercise that can be both challenging and therapeutic for Kansas University basketball fans who can’t wait to find out which NBA teams will land former Jayhawks Marcus and Markieff Morris in the June 23 draft in New Jersey.
Our Town Sports
June 9, 2011
Free throw competition: As part of a men’s health fair, Lawrence Memorial Hospital will be hosting a free throw competition from 1-5 p.m. Sunday, June 26, at Allen Fieldhouse.
Royals fall short, 9-8
June 9, 2011
Adam Lind hit a grand slam and Jayson Nix added a three-run homer to power the Toronto Blue Jays to a 9-8 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday night.
KU’s Mason Finley third in discus at NCAAs
June 9, 2011
Kansas University sophomore Mason Finley placed third in the discus at the NCAA track and field championships Wednesday with a mark of 197 feet, 4 inches.
Tax creep
June 9, 2011 in print edition on A8
The recently passed state budget won’t require any state tax increases, but the cuts it included will make it difficult for local governments to also hold the line on taxes.
100 years ago: Haskell considers sending students out for summer farm work
June 9, 2011
“‘We don’t want the boys in the harvest field,’ said Mr. Keen. ‘There are too many wild characters from outside of the state here in the harvest season.’”
25 years ago: Joyrider steals KPL work truck
June 9, 2011
An aerial bucket truck had been stolen from KPL Gas Service Co. at 10:10 p.m. on a recent Saturday night.
Palin not only history illiterate
June 9, 2011 in print edition on A8
“Don’t know much about history” — Sam Cooke It would be the easiest thing in the world to make this about Sarah Palin.
40 years ago: Wescoe Hall construction proceeds on campus
June 9, 2011
“Kansas University’s $8 million humanities building has been named Wescoe Hall, but in its current stage of construction it’s generally referred to as ‘Wescoe Hole,’” proclaimed the caption.
Tune In: Basketball, old favorites and giant bugs
June 9, 2011
Game 5 of the NBA Basketball finals between the Heat and the Mavericks (9 p.m., ABC) dominates the dial and unleashes a spate of repeats that may inspire some to work out their remote control with more zeal than usual.
Horoscope for June 9
June 9, 2011
This year, you are able to integrate many different sides of your personality. You are anchored yet a dynamic, sage risk-taker. If you are single, you could meet someone quite fun and with whom you love to flirt. If you are attached, the two of you might plan a special trip or romantic event. Libra remains playful and often provides another perspective.