Archive for Wednesday, June 15, 2011

All stories

Power outages in northern, western Lawrence leave residents without
08:51 p.m., June 15, 2011 Updated 10:12 p.m.
More than 1,800 Westar Energy customers in Lawrence are currently without power.
As bank fees escalate, prepaid cards go mainstream
June 15, 2011 in print edition on A7
Rising fees have chased millions of people away from banks and into prepaid debit cards.
Weighing cancer risks, from cellphones to coffee
June 15, 2011 in print edition on A7
You’re sitting in a freshly drywalled house, drinking coffee from a plastic foam cup and talking on a cellphone. Which of these is most likely to be a cancer risk? It might be the sitting, especially if you do that a lot.
Roles of American dads diverging
June 15, 2011 in print edition on A7
Nearly half of American dads under 45 this Father’s Day say they have at least one kid who was born out of wedlock. And the share of fathers living apart from children is more than double what it was not so long ago.
Regents members want legislators to consider state funding’s effect on tuition
June 15, 2011 in print edition on A1
Kansas Board of Regents members on Wednesday said legislators need to know that how much they fund schools — or don’t fund schools — affects how much students pay in tuition.
KU requests additional funding for program that places physicians in underserved areas of state
June 15, 2011 in print edition on A1
A Kansas University-run scholarship program that puts physicians in underserved areas in the state has become such a success that it needs more money, officials said Wednesday. Kansas Board of Regents member Jarold Boettcher said the program “has a tremendous impact and is one we should work hard to protect.”
Interest building in Lego creation competition
Toy Store contest looking for your best creation; ‘There are no rules’
June 15, 2011 in print edition on A1
Ben built a soccer stadium, its scoreboard showing the U.S. National Team topping Canada by a goal. Hazel set up a Porta Potty, a dozen irate folks holding in line for a john that won’t soon become unoccupied. And then there’s Reilley, an 8-year-old whose “Prison Base” features an unmanned spaceship used by sword-wielding bounty hunters, in ninja garb, who manage to apprehend an evasive skeleton.
Kansas Bioscience Authority considering almost $30 million in new investments
June 15, 2011 in print edition on A3
The Kansas Bioscience Authority will consider up to $29.7 million in new investments in the upcoming fiscal year, according to a plan approved by its executive committee on Wednesday.
Riley County police warns of rental property scam in Manhattan
June 15, 2011
Riley County authorities have been warning residents about a rental property scam in Manhattan.
Inquiry’ shuts down post office in Liebenthal
June 15, 2011
The post office in a small west-central Kansas town is closed but the postal service isn’t saying why.
FINAL: Elijah Johnson, Travis Releford lead KU’s current players to 70-58 camp win over alums
03:37 p.m., June 15, 2011 Updated 05:25 p.m.
Welcome back to the Newell Post Live, coming to you from the Horejsi Center on the Kansas University campus where the KU men’s basketball team is getting set for its second summer camp game.
House panel approves $1 billion for flood repair projects
June 15, 2011
A House panel has approved $1 billion in emergency money to repair levees and other flood control projects damaged by the devastating flooding along the Mississippi and Missouri rivers.
State Board of Education votes not to require fingerprints of Kansas teachers
June 15, 2011 in print edition on A12
The State Board of Education has rejected a proposal that would have required Kansas educators to pay a $50 fee and have their fingerprints kept on file.
KDHE cites Salina battery plant for violating air standards for lead
June 15, 2011 in print edition on A12
A Salina battery facility has been cited for violating federal air quality standards for lead.
Bethany College to auction 11 artworks from former professor Birger Sandzen
June 15, 2011 in print edition on A2
Bethany College plans to auction 11 artworks by Kansas artist Birger Sandzen, who created most of his work while teaching at the central Kansas college in the 1900s.
Lawrence to host first-ever Land of Oz Disc Dog Championships
June 15, 2011 in print edition on A6
This weekend, Lawrence’s Youth Sports Complex will play host to a fast-paced competition featuring flying discs and dogs running after them.
Lawrence man arrested after being accused of stealing ex-girlfriend’s car keys in 900 block of Massachusetts Street
Man released from jail after charges not filed
01:00 p.m., June 15, 2011 Updated 02:01 p.m. in print edition on A4
Lawrence police arrested a 23-year-old Lawrence man accused of stealing his ex-girlfriend’s car keys as she was downtown early Wednesday morning.
Lawrence Outdoor Aquatic Center now open
11:57 a.m., June 15, 2011 Updated 05:09 p.m.
The Lawrence Outdoor Aquatic Center, 727 Ky., reopened at 5 p.m. today, after being closed since early Tuesday morning.
IRS revokes tax-exempt status of more than 100 Lawrence nonprofits
June 15, 2011 in print edition on A4
The Internal Revenue Service has revoked the tax-exempt status of more than 100 Lawrence nonprofits who failed to file the proper paperwork for the past three years, according to recently released IRS documents.
Lawrence man convicted of attempted aggravated indecent solicitation of a child
June 15, 2011 in print edition on A4
A 38-year-old Lawrence man was convicted of attempted aggravated indecent solicitation of a child Wednesday morning after entering a plea in the case, Douglas County prosecutors said.
Family, friends maintain memorial cross on Sixth Street years after fatal motorcycle crash
June 15, 2011 in print edition on A2
When friends and family of Matthew Thompson, a Lawrence man killed in a November 2004 motorcycle accident, decided to place a cross at a spot near where he was killed — in front of Graystone Apartments, 2512 W. Sixth St. — they wanted it to last.
7 killed in traffic accidents in Kansas in 1 day
08:41 a.m., June 15, 2011 Updated 10:31 a.m.
Tuesday was deadly day on Kansas roadways, with four separate crashes claiming seven lives.
Kansas health department: don’t use Missouri River
June 15, 2011
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment is advising people to avoid contact with the Missouri River.
Hutchinson woman’s death being investigated as homicide
08:34 a.m., June 15, 2011 Updated 01:31 p.m.
Police are investigating the suspected killing of a 27-year-old woman who was found shot to death at her northwest Hutchinson home.
Ball State University study gives Kansas ‘A’ for manufacturing climate, lower marks in productivity, diversification
June 15, 2011
A new study released by Ball State University gives Kansas an “A” for its manufacturing climate, but the state gets lower marks for productivity and diversification.
Topeka father, son die in skid loader accident west of Perry Lake
June 15, 2011 in print edition on A4
Two Topeka residents died in an accident involving a skid loader Tuesday evening on the west side of Perry Lake about 6 miles east of Meriden.
Heard on the Hill: Hoch Auditorium fire was 20 years ago today; communication studies professor talks about stupid online behavior; KUMC-Wichita hires new associate dean
June 15, 2011
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
De Soto community holds vigil for 18-year-old motorcycle crash victim
June 15, 2011 in print edition on A6
Shortly before dark Tuesday evening, students, teachers and community members began filling the rear parking lot of De Soto High School. They carried and lit candles of all shapes and sizes and began to share stories about one of their own.
Reports indicate lower food prices, more hiring
June 15, 2011 in print edition on A5
Some relief from high gas and food prices could be on the way. Wholesale food prices fell last month by the most in nearly a year, and gas prices keep dropping after peaking in May. A separate survey suggests CEOs are feeling more optimistic and will hire more in the second half of this year.
Edgerton man faces trial for alleged child sex crimes
June 15, 2011
A Douglas County judge ordered a 45-year-old Edgerton man to face a trial later this year on seven child sex-crime charges involving a 5-year-old girl and a 6-year-old girl.
Nick Collison voted as Player of the Decade
June 15, 2011
Former Kansas forward Nick Collison has been voted as the Player of the Decade.
Douglas County Commission to discuss noise regulations, sale of county property
June 15, 2011 in print edition on A5
Douglas County commissioners will discuss the effectiveness of the area’s excessive noise regulations at their 4 p.m. meeting Wednesday.
Lawsuit over expansion of Lake Alvamar dam resolved by sale of land to KU Athletics
June 15, 2011 in print edition on A4
The sale of land that includes two baseball fields in southwestern Lawrence to Kansas Athletics Inc. has resolved a Douglas County lawsuit over expansion of a dam for Lake Alvamar.
Public Incentives Review Committee to assess Olive Garden retail tax break option
June 15, 2011 in print edition on A1
A plan that would add Olive Garden to the menu of retail offerings along South Iowa Street will get a hearing before an administrative committee that weighs applications for tax incentives, Mayor Aron Cromwell said Tuesday.
Kansas softball adds South Alabama transfer Morgan Druhan
June 15, 2011 in print edition on B3
South Alabama softball pitcher Morgan Druhan, a former Alabama High School Association Class 5A Pitcher of the Year, will transfer to Kansas University for the 2011-12 academic year.
25 years ago: Upward Bound students enjoy stay at KU
June 15, 2011
About 50 inner-city high-school students were enrolled in Upward Bound’s six-week summer program on the Kansas University campus.
Lawrence man reports $1,600 worth of property stolen in 500 block of Eldridge Street
June 15, 2011 in print edition on A4
A 49-year-old Lawrence man reported someone had stolen $1,600 worth of property, including 330 DVDs valued at $990 total and 20 bottles of liquor valued at $700, in a burglary that occurred in his apartment between 9:30 p.m. Friday and 9:30 a.m. Saturday in the 500 block of Eldridge Street.
Duffy, Royals cruise past Oakland, 7-4
June 15, 2011
Alcides Escobar had three hits and two RBIs, Danny Duffy pitched six innings for his first major league win and the Kansas City Royals beat Oakland 7-4 on Tuesday night.
Delighted to be here: KU basketball walk-on Niko Roberts optimistic heading into sophomore season
June 15, 2011 in print edition on B1
Norm Roberts, who was hired as an assistant basketball coach at the University of Florida last April, hasn’t tried to convince his oldest son, Niko, to join him in Gainesville, Fla.
Baldwin High School state titles piling up
June 15, 2011 in print edition on B1
The trophy case at Baldwin High is full, a product of the school’s vast athletic success in the last decade.
NFL, NFLPA make progress in labor talks
June 15, 2011
The NFL and its players made progress in labor negotiations Tuesday at an undisclosed location in Maryland.
Defensive end an area of need for KU football
June 15, 2011 in print edition on B1
Most football coaches secretly love it when the temperature soars during conditioning season. They await reports from strength coaches regarding which players melted, which pushed through the heat to stand above peers, which embraced the reality that every second not spent getting better is a second spent getting worse.
Towering tuition
Approval of tuition increases at Kansas University and other state universities shouldn’t be automatic.
June 15, 2011 in print edition on A7
When it comes to higher education, officials at Kansas University apparently subscribe to the philosophy that “you get what you pay for” while continuing to hope that KU students will believe that the education they receive justifies the ever-increasing tuition they pay.
Poor document
June 15, 2011 in print edition on A7
The governing bodies have adopted the environmental chapter of the Comprehensive Plan for Lawrence and Douglas County after much consternation. Opponents claimed the document was rushed through without adequate participation by those most affected.
Palin emails a new media low
June 15, 2011 in print edition on A7
If the big media in 2008 had dedicated the resources they are now squandering on Sarah Palin’s emails from when she was governor of Alaska and probed Barack Obama’s background and associations, she might now be vice president of the United States and Obama might still be a junior Illinois senator.
History doesn’t doom Mexico to failure
June 15, 2011 in print edition on A7
Reading the new book by Jorge Castaneda, “Manana Forever: Mexico and the Mexicans,” I was struck by his observation that Mexicans tend to seek individual solutions to collective problems, while Americans and Europeans tend to seek collective solutions to collective problems.
U.S. beats Guadeloupe to advance in 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup
June 15, 2011 in print edition on B3
Jozy Altidore scored in the ninth minute off an assist from Michael Bradley, and the United States hung on to beat Guadeloupe, 1-0, on Tuesday night at Livestrong Sporting Park to reach the quarterfinals of the Gold Cup.
40 years ago: Relations still rocky between police, community
June 15, 2011
The two groups had worked together in a 10-week program sponsored by the Lawrence City Commission.
Horoscope for June 15
June 15, 2011
This year, in many ways you are like a pendulum, swinging back and forth. You find your emotions subject to mood swings. You often see the pros and cons of a situation. If you are in a relationship, you often feel either guilt or resentment — results of not giving enough or giving too much. If you are single, you might find a suitor for all your different moods. Sagittarius can be challenging.
100 years ago: Board of Health bans shared roller-towels
June 15, 2011
“The insidious roller towel with its lurking inside of filthy disease germs will have to join the common drinking cup.”
The Nanny’ star Fran Drescher returns with ‘Happily Divorced’
June 15, 2011
They don’t make sitcoms like they used to, so TV Land casts talent that used to make sitcoms. And it almost works. Fran Drescher (”The Nanny”) returns in “Happily Divorced” (9:30 p.m.).
Wheelchair ballroom dance company Groovability in need of funding
June 15, 2011
The non-profit wheelchair dance troupe seeks financial support to tour and perform.