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Supreme Court blocks sex bias case vs. Wal-Mart
June 20, 2011 in print edition on A7
The Supreme Court blocked the largest sex-discrimination lawsuit in U.S. history on Monday, siding with Wal-Mart and against up to 1.6 million female workers in a decision that makes it harder to mount large-scale bias claims against the nation’s other huge companies, too.
Internet minders OK domain name expansion
June 20, 2011 in print edition on A7
Internet minders voted Monday to allow virtually unlimited new domain names based on themes as varied as company brands, entertainment and political causes, in the system’s biggest shake-up since it started 26 years ago.
Obama to address U.S. troop pullout this week
June 20, 2011 in print edition on A7
President Barack Obama will announce the critical next steps in America’s decade-long war in Afghanistan on Wednesday, outlining both a plan to start bringing thousands of U.S. troops home next month and a broader withdrawal blueprint aimed at giving Afghans control of their own security in 2014.
Sand supply running low in flood areas
June 20, 2011 in print edition on A7
The supply of sand used to fill hundreds of thousands of bags needed to fight off the swollen Missouri River is running low after weeks of relentless flooding.
Tornado watch canceled early in Douglas County, storms continue to roll through area
08:37 p.m., June 20, 2011 Updated 01:41 a.m.
The tornado watch for Douglas County originally set to expire at 3 a.m. Monday has been canceled early.
Lawrence resident selected via Twitter to attend final space shuttle launch
June 20, 2011 in print edition on A5
Lawrence resident Tristan Moody has been selected as one of 150 Twitter followers of NASA to attend the final space shuttle launch in July.
KU chooses dean of graduate studies to fill vice provost position
June 20, 2011 in print edition on A4
Kansas University hired its dean of graduate studies as its next senior vice provost for academic affairs. Sara Rosen had been serving as dean of graduate studies since 2007.
City approves Iron Chef-style competition for Fourth of July celebration
June 20, 2011
Get ready for some fireworks in your mouth. City officials gave the green light Monday for an Iron Chef-style competition and party to be hosted by downtown restaurant Teller’s at this year’s Fourth of July celebration in Watson Park.
Oskaloosa’s Old Settler’s Festival to celebrate Kansas’ sesquicentennial
June 20, 2011 in print edition on A6
The Old Settler’s Festival is hosting a three-day event to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Kansas’ statehood Thursday through Saturday in Oskaloosa.
Lawrence elementary school consolidation group to begin work Thursday
June 20, 2011 in print edition on A1
Members of a new community group will be getting a clear sense of direction this week as they start work on recommendations for how to shrink the roster of elementary schools in the Lawrence school district.
Authorities in Kansas and Missouri plan ‘enhanced’ enforcement of Interstate 70
June 20, 2011 in print edition on A2
Law enforcement officers in Kansas and Missouri announced Monday they will conduct a one-day “enhanced enforcement period” on Interstate 70.
Brownback appoints members to commission to study KPERS, retirement plans for new state workers
June 20, 2011 in print edition on A3
Gov. Sam Brownback on Monday appointed five businessmen to serve on a commission that could have a big impact on the lives of thousands of Kansans.
Douglas County wheat crop looks lush, but harvesting in wet fields may change outlook
03:50 p.m., June 20, 2011 Updated 03:59 p.m. in print edition on A1
The wheat’s climbing up to their belt buckles, the thick patches of golden brown promising solid yields amid a season of relatively high prices. Now, if only farmers could get their combines in the fields.
Miniature horse group plans show Sunday in Tonganoxie
June 20, 2011 in print edition on A6
The Kansas Miniature Horse Club will have its 22nd annual Fun Show starting at 9 a.m. Sunday at the Leavenworth County Fairgrounds in Tonganoxie.
Sand shortage causes concern for Missouri River flood fighters
June 20, 2011
The supply of sand used to fill hundreds of thousands of bags needed to fight off the swollen Missouri River is running low after weeks of relentless flooding. It’s a problem that could get worse as the river is expected to remain high through August, making it unsafe to gather sand from the easiest place to get it: the river itself.
Kansas moving KC-area driver’s license office
June 20, 2011
Kansas is relocating its driver’s license office in Olathe to the Great Mall of the Great Plains. The Department of Revenue says the new office will open June 28. The existing office, near Johnson County Community College, will close June 24.
Kansas farm tour highlights solar, wind energy
June 20, 2011
Kansas Farmers Union plans to highlight alternative energy in a tour of a grass-fed beef finishing operation near Hillsboro.
Leader of Kansas City charity ends 8,000-mile walk through Latin America
June 20, 2011
The president of the Christian Foundation for Children and Aging has returned to the Kansas City, Kan.-area where the charity is based after finishing a nearly 8,000-mile walk through Latin America.
Fire hits Ellsworth newspaper building
June 20, 2011
Officials are investigating the cause of a fire in the building that houses the Ellsworth County Independent-Reporter in central Kansas.
Kansas town losing grocery store
June 20, 2011
Harlan Krehbiel has held out hope for the last seven months that someone might step forward and take over the community’s only grocery store.
Kansas prison conference begins Monday
June 20, 2011
Kansas Corrections Secretary Ray Roberts opened a statewide conference on prison ministry by encouraging religious volunteers to increase their efforts to help offenders stay out of prison.
KDHE had close ties with Sunflower Electric Co.
June 20, 2011 in print edition on A3
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment allowed operators of the Sunflower Electric Co. to answer public questions about the coal-fired electric plant that were intended to help shape permit requirements for the facility, according to a newspaper report.
Lawrence man accused of sexually abusing 5-year-old boy
02:42 p.m., June 20, 2011 Updated 05:16 p.m. in print edition on A5
Douglas County prosecutors on Monday filed an aggravated criminal sodomy charge against a 31-year-old Lawrence man accused of sexually abusing a 5-year-old boy earlier this year.
Lawrence man charged with aggravated arson in connection with mobile home incident
02:34 p.m., June 20, 2011 Updated 04:19 p.m. in print edition on A6
Douglas County prosecutors have filed one charge against a 32-year-old Lawrence man currently on parole accusing him of trying to set a North Lawrence mobile home on fire on Saturday while people were inside.
Ottawa police make arrest in sex crime case from 2000
June 20, 2011 in print edition on A5
Ottawa police on Monday said officers used a DNA match to arrest a 51-year-old Arizona man in connection with a 2000 kidnapping and sexual battery cold case.
Statehouse Live: Brownback makes appointments to KPERS study commission
June 20, 2011
The Commission will report its recommendations to the 2012 Legislature.
Town Talk: Zarco looking to expand on Iowa Street; scenarios floated at City Hall to increase mill levy by more than 4 mills; funding cuts to social service agencies, streets and police also mentioned
June 20, 2011
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Tornado watch issued for Jefferson, Shawnee and Osage counties
11:42 a.m., June 20, 2011 Updated 03:14 p.m.
The risk for thunderstorms returns Monday afternoon and evening, according to the National Weather Service, and Douglas County is under a moderate risk for severe weather.
Topeka 18-year-old sentenced to three years of probation for role in Redbud Lane shooting
June 20, 2011 in print edition on A6
A Douglas County judge on Monday sentenced an 18-year-old Topeka woman to serve three years on probation for her role in an October shooting outside a Lawrence apartment complex.
Kansas building database to help disabled in disasters
June 20, 2011
Kansas is urging the disabled and other residents with special needs to provide information about themselves for a disaster planning database.
Heard on the Hill: New KU business dean fills top vacancy; KU delegation travels to Lehigh to learn about hazing; KU journalism student lands internship with European ESPN network
June 20, 2011
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Headstone added to Negro Leaguer’s Topeka grave
June 20, 2011 in print edition on A10
After spending 30 years buried in an unmarked grave, a headstone now marks the final resting spot of a former Negro League baseball player remembered as one of the most versatile in history.
Eurozone puts off Greek loan decision
June 20, 2011 in print edition on A7
Hours of talks between eurozone finance ministers on the imploding finances of Greece broke up early this morning without the ministers signing off on a vital installment of rescue loans needed to avoid bankruptcy next month.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Douglas County looking ahead to fall
June 20, 2011 in print edition on A4
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Douglas County is seeking volunteers for the “Bigs in Schools” program.
Scandals highlight dearth of women in politics
June 20, 2011 in print edition on A7
The sexting scandal that forced New York Rep. Anthony Weiner from Congress last week capped a remarkable season of dishonor for male politicians — from former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards’ indictment on federal campaign finance charges related to hiding a mistress to former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s admission he’d fathered a child with the family maid.
States look to Internet taxes to resolve budget woes
June 20, 2011
State governments across the country are laying off teachers, closing public libraries and parks, and reducing health care services, but there is one place they could get $23 billion a year if they could only agree how to do it: Internet retailers such as
Levees in northern Missouri can’t hold back river
June 20, 2011 in print edition on A2
Several levees in northern Missouri were failing Sunday to hold back the surge of water being released from upstream dams, and officials and residents braced themselves for more breaches as the Missouri River dipped but then rose again.
Data to be evaluated in effort to improve state court system
June 20, 2011 in print edition on A3
Judges and court workers have completed the data-collection part of a study aimed at making Kansas’ court system more efficient.
In tough times for schools, teaching degrees still sought
June 20, 2011 in print edition on A1
Though teachers are being laid off at an increasing level across the state, schools that train teachers aren’t overreacting to the bad economic news.
KU summer program opens doors for migrant workers’ children
June 20, 2011 in print edition on A1
When Dagoberto Heredia first came to Kansas University, he found himself the only Latino on the floor of his residence hall and the only Latino in many of his classes.
Lawrence high schools expand elective course offerings
Addition of seventh period allows students to sample more electives
June 20, 2011 in print edition on A1
More class periods next year will mean more chances for high schoolers to explore potential careers.
Rory McIlroy wins 2011 U.S. Open
June 20, 2011 in print edition on B1
It took less than an hour for Rory McIlroy to effectively bury any demons from Augusta National.
Former Jayhawk Jeff Graves has no plans to retire
June 20, 2011 in print edition on B1
Former Kansas University basketball power forward Jeff Graves — who has played for pay in Slovenia, Turkey and Croatia and in the NBA’s Developmental League but been idle the past two seasons — says he’s not ready to retire at the age of 29.
Denny Hamlin wins first Sprint Cup
June 20, 2011 in print edition on B2
Two days after facing questions about unauthorized auto parts and possible penalties, Denny Hamlin enjoyed a happier kind of scrutiny.
Walk-off beats K.C.
June 20, 2011 in print edition on B10
The St. Louis Cardinals found a way to rally past the Kansas City Royals despite losing Albert Pujols to an injury.
LHS’s Brad Stoll to team up with USA Baseball
Lions’ leader to help select national team
June 20, 2011 in print edition on B1
For the past couple of summers, Lawrence High baseball coach Brad Stoll has worked with some of the best college baseball players in the country in the famed Cape Cod League in New England.
Fighting back
June 20, 2011 in print edition on A8
As co-chairs of this year’s American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Douglas County Planning Committee, we would like to thank the residents of Douglas County for their generosity and support.
Perfect opportunity: Eudora grad eyes spot with Cirque du Soleil
June 20, 2011 in print edition on B1
For most at the age of 6, tumbling equipment means free-spirited play time, a total escape from the structured world of bedtime and timeout. For Melissa Fernandez, born in Honduras and raised in Eudora, it was the age she began on the path to pursuing precision and the perfect score in gymnastics.
Romney faces pros, cons of front-runner
June 20, 2011 in print edition on A8
So now there is a front-runner. By virtue of mathematics (the money he has raised) and chemistry (the way his rivals treat him), former Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts is the leading candidate for the Republican presidential nomination.
U.S. limits
June 20, 2011 in print edition on A8
We are warned that foreign policy should not be driven by public opinion but rather decided by an intelligentsia in private conference that believes that they are better informed and better equipped by their powerful positions in the political and social world of Washington, D.C., to make those decisions for us without any referendum. Then comes the reality of elections and those same individuals begin to worry about losing their cherished roles in the system.
Police requests
June 20, 2011 in print edition on A8
During last week’s study session, Lawrence Police Chief Tarik Khatib submitted a memo to the City Commission, requesting several million dollars in funding for the Lawrence Police Department (LPD). This money would be in addition to the department’s proposed $14 million budget for FY 2012.
Budget equation
Kansas legislators and university officials need to work together to increase state funding and minimize tuition increases.
June 20, 2011 in print edition on A8
Members of the Kansas Board of Regents, as well as state university officials, make a valid point when they say the tuition increases approved last week, are at least in part, a result of reduced state funding for higher education.
Yoga for youths: How teens are putting the flex into their fitness routines
June 20, 2011
Mitch Madl, 15, grew up playing all kinds of sports: basketball, football, soccer and wrestling. Then, last fall, while playing football, he was hit during a game and developed a pain in his lower back that wouldn’t go away.
25 years ago: TV crew here to film Stan Herd earthwork
June 20, 2011
CBS-TV commentator Charles Kuralt recently had brought his “On the Road” crew to Lawrence.
40 years ago: Local farmer brings in first load of wheat
June 20, 2011
The first truckload of wheat had been brought in to the Farmers’ Co-Op Grain Elevator by Delbert Green.
Horoscopes for June 20
June 20, 2011
This year, you swing from detached to hands-on. You seem to understand the variables and what promotes one type of behavior rather than another. If you are single, building a good relationship could take time. If you are attached, your sweetie might be taken aback by your changeability, but it certainly keeps life lively. Pisces pushes you into the limelight.
Olbermann now on Current TV
June 20, 2011
Formerly of MSNBC, “Countdown With Keith Olbermann” (7 p.m.) moves to Current TV, Monday through Friday.
Sandstone manager hopes for better ticket sales this summer
June 20, 2011
Last year was a “bloodbath” for music venues across the country. That’s how Chris Fritz describes the dismal concert ticket sales seen in 2010. He says the national average of sales was a whopping 45 to 50 percent below what was seen in 2009.
Slice of LIfe: Senior Center volunteer brings generations together
June 20, 2011
A visit to the Lawrence Senior Center stirred Cheryl Holcomb’s memories of her grandfather, and she has volunteered there ever since.
The Runner, the Baker, the Wedding Cake Maker: Cupcake cones
June 20, 2011
Ice cream cones are popular this time of year, but they don’t last long in this Kansas heat. Here’s a summer treat that’s just as fun but will hold up a little longer.
Mass St. Chic: Swap up your style routine for summer
June 20, 2011
Keep your summer style fresh, and keep your favorite makeup, accessories and wardrobe pieces in constant rotation.
100 years ago: New law orders theaters to keep aisles clear
June 20, 2011
“This ordinance is intended to remove the danger resulting from crowding the aisles….”
Double Take: Trip to Romania offers valuable lessons
June 20, 2011
The lessons of volunteerism are priceless for teens and young adults and the rest of us as well.
Fix-It Chick: Apply an asphalt sealant
June 20, 2011
Applying asphalt sealant to driveways increases curb appeal and prolongs the life of the asphalt.
River City Jules: Making of the dad band
June 20, 2011
Fresh off Father’s Day Weekend, it is my pleasure to introduce my new favorite dad band, Thundercat.