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Pump patrol for 6-25
June 24, 2011 in print edition on A5
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.47 at several stations.
Haskell to host program promoting youth wellness services
June 24, 2011
The Haskell University Upward Bound program will host the “Upward Bound Powwow” on Thursday to promote its youth wellness services.
City Commission agenda for June 28, 2011
June 24, 2011 in print edition on A4
City commissioners will consider granting a special use permit for Bullwinkle’s bar, 1344 Tenn.; the bar’s owners want to extend its hours of operations, by changing its closing time to 2 a.m. instead of the current midnight.
K-State paying students to give up dorm rooms for incoming freshmen; similar situation unlikely at KU
June 24, 2011 in print edition on A6
A housing shortage is prompting Kansas State University to pay returning students to give up their dorm rooms and live off campus.
Sweet corn arriving on local markets next week
June 24, 2011 in print edition on A3
The bulk of Douglas County’s 25,000 acres or so of corn will go toward fueling vehicles or feeding livestock, but a tiny fraction of the harvest will drive an entirely different and much more demanding engine: our collective tastebuds.
Leavenworth native reaches finals for Army Reserve’s Best Warrior Competition
June 24, 2011 in print edition on A6
Staff Sgt. Max Rees wandered through a Wisconsin forest at 4 a.m. one day last week, no other people in sight. He was glad to be there.
Mo. judge rules lawsuit over KU fraternity pledge’s injury out of jurisdiction
June 24, 2011 in print edition on A5
A Missouri judge on Friday removed a Kansas University fraternity’s housing corporation and its national organization from a lawsuit involving the injury of a Phi Gamma Delta pledge at a 2010 party.
Attorney working on South Lawrence Trafficway lawsuit says attempt at mediation ended in impasse
04:01 p.m., June 24, 2011 Updated 05:26 p.m. in print edition on A3
An ongoing lawsuit seeking to change the construction path for an extension of the South Lawrence Trafficway has been referred to an appeals court mediator, according to court documents.
Two Fort Leavenworth soldiers accused of robbing KU students at gunpoint
June 24, 2011 in print edition on A5
Douglas County prosecutors have filed several charges, including counts of aggravated robbery, against two Fort Leavenworth soldiers accused of robbing two Kansas University students at gunpoint on campus early Thursday morning.
25 Kansas counties named disaster areas because of drought
June 24, 2011
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated 25 Kansas counties as disaster areas because of an ongoing drought, making farmers in them and adjacent counties eligible for aid.
2nd man sentenced for conducting illegal deer hunts
June 24, 2011
A guide at a Kansas hunting club has been sentenced to prison for helping an illegal deer hunting operation.
Kansas Arts Commission to have meeting Monday
June 24, 2011
The Kansas Arts Commission is preparing for its first meeting since Gov. Sam Brownback vetoed its budget and made Kansas the first state to eliminate its arts funding.
Colorado coroner says Kansas rafter died of drowning
June 24, 2011
The Larimer County Coroner Office says a Kansas man who died on a rafting trip on the Cache la Poudre River west of Fort Collins died of drowning and complications of heart disease.
Kansas man sentenced in Nebraska for failing to register as sex offender
June 24, 2011
A Kansas man has been sentenced in Nebraska to more than two years in federal prison for failing to register as a convicted sex offender.
Protestors gearing up for Koch conclave in Colorado
June 24, 2011
Left-leaning protesters are trying to rally a crowd in the Vail area this weekend as a prominent closed-door conservative meeting gets going.
KCK abortion clinic denied state license
02:47 p.m., June 24, 2011 Updated 11:58 p.m. in print edition on A1
One of three abortion providers in Kansas appeared likely to close after being denied a state license to continue terminating pregnancies at its Kansas City-area clinic, and abortion rights supporters feared Friday that the anti-abortion governor’s administration will reject licenses for the other two.
Man dies in accident at Rozel Grain Facility
June 24, 2011
A Rozel man died in an accident at the Rozel Grain Facility.
1 dies, 1 critically injured in Topeka fire
June 24, 2011
One person was killed and another critically injured in a fire at an apartment in southwest Topeka.
Wichita hospital to open new cancer institute
June 24, 2011
Wichita area residents will have an improved institute to help them battle cancer. Via Christi on St. Francis will open its $9 million Via Christi Cancer Institute next week on the hospital’s seventh floor.
Kansas union leaders approve GE contract proposal
June 24, 2011
Union workers at a General Electric plant in Kansas will vote next week on a proposed contract that would avert a strike on July 1.
Small business loans help hundreds of Lawrence companies flourish
City boasts 95 percent payback rate
June 24, 2011 in print edition on A1
When Eangee Inc. co-owner Chris Godfrey and his business partners wanted to expand their downtown home furnishing store into a wholesale distributor, they needed money. “We were desperate to get inventory in,” said Godfrey. But as a small business, they didn’t have the capital. That’s when Godfrey received help from a SBA7a loan through the U.S. Small Business Loan Administration, or SBA.
Kansas artist working on 9/11 works for airports
June 24, 2011
Federal authorities have asked a Kansas artist to design metalwork using an I-beam that came from the World Trade Center after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, with the plan to display the final pieces at several airports in the state.
North Dakota zoo animals find refuge at Wichita wildlife park
June 24, 2011
Animals displaced from a flooded North Dakota zoo have settled into a wildlife park in Wichita for what could become a lengthy stay, park officials said.
Gay rights group protests Brownback’s decision to attend Texas prayer rally
02:19 p.m., June 24, 2011 Updated 06:56 p.m.
Gay rights supporters in Kansas are demanding that Gov. Sam Brownback cancel plans to participate in an August prayer rally in Texas organized by a conservative evangelical Christian group.
Ottawa man pleads guilty to robbery at Lawrence home
June 24, 2011 in print edition on A5
A 19-year-old Ottawa man pleaded guilty Friday to two charges in connection with a January robbery and agreed to testify against any co-defendants in the case.
Kansas Highway Patrol expects tickets to decline as speed limits increase July 1 to 75 mph on some highways
June 24, 2011
Boosting speed limits on more than 800 miles of state and federal highways to 75 mph likely will reduce the number of tickets issued, at least during the next few months, the Kansas Highway Patrol says.
NWS: Severe storms possible Friday night into Saturday morning
June 24, 2011
The U.S. National Weather Service forecast calls for the possibility of thunderstorms across northeast Kansas late Friday night into Saturday morning.
Two people taken to hospital after crash near Perry Lake
10:47 a.m., June 24, 2011 Updated 11:50 p.m. in print edition on A5
Two Jefferson County residents were taken to Topeka hospitals Friday morning after a two-vehicle accident near Ozawkie on Kansas Highway 92, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol.
Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area leaders to unveil history exhibit at Carnegie Library building in downtown Lawrence
June 24, 2011 in print edition on A1
For history lovers, this might even be better than Independence Day fireworks. Leaders of the Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area are planning a July 2 event that will unveil and dedicate a new $200,000 history exhibit in the refurbished Carnegie Library building in downtown.
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback extends orders to help Joplin tornado victims
June 24, 2011
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has extended three executive orders that he issued previously to help victims of last month’s deadly tornado in Joplin, Mo.
Fort Riley to honor fallen soldiers in Victory Week ceremony
June 24, 2011
Twenty-two soldiers killed in combat over the past year will be honored next week at a ceremony at Fort Riley.
Heard on the Hill: More Kansas state legislators lack college experience than other states; all kinds of Jayhawks are at European-based ESPN America; KU researcher gets mention in Kansas economy story
June 24, 2011
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Lawrence school consolidation group breaks the ice at first meeting
June 24, 2011 in print edition on A3
Members of a volunteer group poised to reshape the future of elementary schools in the Lawrence school district shared vivid memories of their own elementary school careers during an organizational meeting Thursday night at district headquarters.
Top U.S. military officers see risk in Afghanistan withdrawal
June 24, 2011 in print edition on A9
The nation’s top military officer and its top diplomat made clear Thursday that President Barack Obama rejected the advice of his generals in choosing a quicker path to winding down the war in Afghanistan.
As Syrian troops push to Turkish border, villagers run
June 24, 2011 in print edition on A9
Syrian troops pushed to the Turkish border Thursday in their sweep against a 3-month-old pro-democracy movement, sending panicked refugees, including children, rushing across the frontier to safe havens in Turkey.
Karzai surrounding himself with anti-U.S. advisers
June 24, 2011 in print edition on A9
President Hamid Karzai is increasingly isolated and has surrounded himself with an inner circle of advisers who are urging him to move closer to Iran and Pakistan as the U.S. draws down its role in Afghanistan, several friends and aides tell The Associated Press.
Report: Even toddlers need to fight the fat
June 24, 2011 in print edition on A8
Contrary to popular belief, children don’t usually outgrow their baby fat — and a new report urges steps to help prevent babies, toddlers and preschoolers from getting too pudgy too soon.
Hacked road sign warns of zombies
June 24, 2011 in print edition on A8
The zombie menace has once again found its way onto a highway sign.
Captured Boston mob boss was hiding in plain sight
June 24, 2011 in print edition on A8
As the FBI chased leads on two continents, Boston mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger spent nearly all of his 16 years on the lam in this quiet seaside city, passing himself off as just another elderly retiree, albeit one who kept a .357 Magnum and more than 100 rounds of ammunition in his modest apartment.
Republicans bail on budget talks
Obama, Boehner expected to take direct part in discussions
June 24, 2011 in print edition on A8
Republicans pulled out of debt-reduction talks led by Vice President Joe Biden with a flourish on Thursday, blaming Democrats for demanding tax increases as part of a deal rather than accepting more than $1 trillion in cuts to Medicare and other government programs.
Senators demand probe on nuclear safety
June 24, 2011 in print edition on A6
Three U.S. senators, alarmed by findings of an Associated Press investigation about aging problems at the nation’s nuclear power plants, asked Thursday for a congressional investigation of safety standards and federal oversight at the facilities.
Immigrants ‘come out’ in push for reform
June 24, 2011 in print edition on A6
Eighteen-year-old Dulce Guerrero kept quiet about being an illegal immigrant until earlier this year, when she became upset after a traffic stop that landed her mother in jail for two nights. The arrest came as Georgia lawmakers were crafting what would become one of the nation’s toughest immigration crackdowns, and Guerrero feared her mother would be deported.
Pump Patrol
June 24, 2011 in print edition on A4
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.49 at several stations.
Lawrence school district offers to boost some teachers’ salaries
June 24, 2011 in print edition on A4
The Lawrence school district is willing to boost salaries for teachers who take additional classes and earn additional degrees but isn’t prepared to lift all teachers’ salaries beyond a $500 across-the-board raise proposed in recent weeks.
Friday concert series to kick off in Eudora
June 24, 2011 in print edition on A2
Eudora will host the first in a series of concerts today at CPA Park.
Family honored with $1M bequest to K- State
June 24, 2011 in print edition on A5
A California man who never attended Kansas State University has made a $1 million bequest to the school to honor his many relatives who studied or taught at the Manhattan campus.
Advisers begin K-10 cable barrier study
June 24, 2011 in print edition on A1
Nearly two hours into a meeting discussing the safety of Kansas Highway 10 east of Lawrence, Carie Lawrence looked up from a map of dots that had depicted points of fatality accidents that had occurred across the state.
Josh Selby missed his shot
June 24, 2011 in print edition on B1
Josh Selby’s post-season, pre-draft tour took much the same path as his short time in the Kansas University basketball program. It started with so much promise, veered off path and wound up in the ditch.
KU’s Self supports Morris twins in New Jersey
June 24, 2011 in print edition on B1
Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self said he felt honored to share a special Thursday evening with the Morris twins and their mother, Angel, in the 2011 NBA Draft Green Room at The Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.
KU track’s Mason Finley takes eighth place
June 24, 2011 in print edition on B3
Kansas University sophomore Mason Finley placed eighth in the senior men’s discus throw on Thursday at the USA Championships.
Sluggers edge FCA, 4-3
June 24, 2011 in print edition on B3
The Kansas City Sluggers, a summer league baseball team made up primarily of Lawrence High and Free State players, edged the FCA Torchbearers, 4-3, on Thursday in the Decatur Commodores Woodbat Invitational.
Reeling Royals swept by Diamondbacks
June 24, 2011 in print edition on B3
Kansas City’s Felipe Paulino struggled in the first four innings, giving up five runs and eight hits, including two home runs. The next four innings, he shut down the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Memphis Grizzlies draft Josh Selby with 49th pick in NBA Draft
June 24, 2011 in print edition on B3
The Memphis Grizzlies took a shot at filling one of their needs in Thursday’s NBA Draft — a reserve guard.
Waiting for help
June 24, 2011 in print edition on A10
Guatemala is one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere. Drug dealers, chiefly the especially nasty Zeta cartel, more and more are dominating both the economy and the political structure of the country.
Speed, safety
Kansas motorists should keep safety and gas consumption in mind when some speed limits rise next month.
June 24, 2011 in print edition on A10
On July 1, the speed limit will increase from 70 mph to 75 mph on many freeways in Kansas. Almost all of the Kansas Turnpike — from the Kansas-Oklahoma border to the Kansas Highway 7 junction in Wyandotte County — will be 75 mph, as will most of Interstates 70 and 35.
News slant making media irrelevant
June 24, 2011 in print edition on A10
Is there a profit-making business — other than TV networks and The New York Times — that so disrespects its audience it works overtime to offend them?
Diplomacy difficult but necessary
June 24, 2011 in print edition on A10
“Peace is at hand,” Henry Kissinger famously announced in October 1972 after a seeming breakthrough in Vietnam negotiations. But it wasn’t at hand.
40 years ago: City wins neighborhood revitalization grant
June 24, 2011
After a long process that had begun in 1958, the city of Lawrence finally had “broken into the urban renewal business.”
25 years ago: Fundraising for Holcom Park center goes to voters
June 24, 2011
Fundraising for $500,000 through private donations had come up short, so a proposal to build a recreation center in Holcom Park was going back to the ballot.
100 years ago: Burglaries continue in downtown, residential areas
June 24, 2011
“The call from the west side was that the man who has been so active in that part of late was seen in the back yard at 703 Indiana street.”
The cheaper the commercials, the better
June 24, 2011
Do we love commercials or hate them?
Horoscope for June 24
June 24, 2011
This year, you see life differently. You will take the lead in your community and immediate circle. Your professional status could become more significant. You might want to rethink your obligations. If you are single, you meet people through your commitments. Unfortunately, it appears you might gravitate toward someone who is emotionally unavailable, who is not there for you. Use care. If you are attached, the two of you become quite visible as a couple. Aries pushes you into the limelight.
Cavaliers take Duke star Irving at No. 1 overall
June 24, 2011 in print edition on B1
Kyrie Irving traveled just a few miles down the road to become the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft. The players that followed him came from across the globe.