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Remnant Rehab: Bracelet clutch
Will you donate money to events like the Busker Festival now that they do not have Kansas Arts Commission funding?

Poll results

Response Percent
No, there are better ways I can spend money
It depends on the event, program or organization
Yes, whatever it takes to keep the arts going
Total 529
Do you unplug appliances that aren’t in use?

Poll results

Response Percent
Total 147

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Supreme Court limits state rules on campaign spending
June 27, 2011 in print edition on A6
The Supreme Court imposed new limits Monday on states trying to restrain the influence of money in politics, striking down a law that tied the amount of public funds a candidate receives to how much privately funded rivals spend.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Gregory Jaczko says Nebraska nuclear plants remain safe
June 27, 2011 in print edition on A6
The nation’s top nuclear power regulator said Monday that both of Nebraska’s nuclear power plants have remained safe as they battle floodwaters from the bloated Missouri River.
Plenty of work awaits new Lawrence school board
June 27, 2011 in print edition on A1
Test scores are up. Four-year high schools and four “new” middle schools are about to open. Operations are streamlining, career pathways are expanding and results-oriented discussions regarding race are continuing. And there’s more to come, said Rick Doll, superintendent of the Lawrence school district.
Tonganoxie hires Randy Weseman as interim superintendent
06:58 p.m., June 27, 2011 Updated 12:22 a.m. in print edition on A3
A former Lawrence school superintendent is heading to Tonganoxie on an interim basis to replace that district’s superintendent, who recently accepted an administrative position with the Lawrence school district.
Lawrence High School names new assistant principal
June 27, 2011
Lawrence High School will start the next school year with a new assistant principal.
Kansas Head Start Association names Lori Alvarado as new executive director
June 27, 2011
The Kansas Head Start Association will welcome a new executive director to its Lawrence headquarters Aug. 1.
Lawrence Busker Festival organizers try to recoup money from Kansas Arts Commission
06:01 p.m., June 27, 2011 Updated 12:24 a.m. in print edition on A3
Organizers of Lawrence’s Busker Festival are feeling the effects of Gov. Sam Brownback’s decision to eliminate funding for the state’s arts commission.
Parents consider contracting school buses with their own money
June 27, 2011 in print edition on A1
Two years after the Lawrence school district put a stop to extended bus service by slashing its transportation budget, some parents hope to bring the familiar yellow buses back to their neighborhoods. With their own money.
18-year-old Lawrence man sentenced to 41 months in prison for his role in robbery attempt
June 27, 2011 in print edition on A4
A Douglas County judge Monday ordered an 18-year-old Lawrence man to serve three years and five months in prison for a foiled robbery last February in Oread neighborhood.
New state law removes cities’ ability to set their own fines for seat belt violations
June 27, 2011 in print edition on A1
Click it or Ticket soon will have a little less bite in Lawrence and other cities across the state. A new state law that takes effect Friday will require all Kansas cities to charge a $10 fine for failure to wear a seat belt and also removes a city’s ability to charge court costs to prosecute the violation.
Kansas wheat harvest passes halfway mark
June 27, 2011
A new report shows Kansas farmers have harvested more than half of the state’s winter wheat crop.
Officials still trying to identify body found in east Lawrence creek
June 27, 2011
Lawrence police detectives and investigators with the Douglas County Coroner’s Office are still working to identify a body found Saturday evening in a creek area in east Lawrence.
Dog killed while trying to protect home from burglar
June 27, 2011
A Topeka family’s dog has been fatally shot after apparently trying to keep a burglar away from its owner’s home.
Garden City businessman accused of hiding camera in bathroom
June 27, 2011
A former western Kansas school board member has been charged with hiding a camcorder in the women’s bathroom at a water conditioning business he owns.
68-year-old Arkansas City woman killed; husband in custody
June 27, 2011
Arkansas City police are investigating the death of a 68-year-old woman and have taken her 61-year-old husband into custody.
Sen. Jerry Moran tours Topeka hospital
June 27, 2011
U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran says changes to the nation’s health care system have to focus more than just on reducing costs to provide patient care.
U.S. trade commission determines Garmin did not violate Pioneer patents
June 27, 2011
Garmin Ltd., the maker of GPS navigation devices, on Monday said the U.S. International Trade Commission has determined that it did not violate the patents of Pioneer Electronics.
Man sentenced to 10 years for scheming to poison Lenexa restaurant’s salsa
June 27, 2011
A 32-year-old suburban Kansas City man has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for a scheme to poison salsa at a Mexican restaurant.
New book examines Topeka homeless activist’s death
June 27, 2011
Topeka homeless advocate David Owen took too many chances in dealing with homeless people, according to the author of a new book about Owen’s murder.
Wichita Diocese celebrates sainthood investigation
June 27, 2011
The Catholic Diocese of Wichita is planning a Friday Mass celebrating the end of its investigation for possible sainthood of an Army chaplain who died in a prison camp during the Korean War.
Planned Parenthood sues Kansas officials over funding
02:10 p.m., June 27, 2011 Updated 12:49 a.m. in print edition on A1
Planned Parenthood filed a federal lawsuit Monday over a provision in Kansas’ next state budget that prevents the organization from receiving federal funding for family planning services, marking the first of what could be several legal challenges to policies successfully pushed by abortion opponents.
Rural Lawrence man treated at hospital following moped accident
June 27, 2011
A 54-year-old rural Lawrence man was taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital Sunday afternoon after an accident on the Farmers Turnpike involving his moped.
Fort Leavenworth soldier released from jail; next court date on KU robbery charge set for Thursday
June 27, 2011
A 23-year-old Fort Leavenworth soldier who was charged last week and accused of robbing two Kansas University students on campus posted bond and was released Saturday from the Douglas County Jail.
Power restored to more than 2,700 Westar Energy customers after outage in northwest Lawrence
11:26 a.m., June 27, 2011 Updated 02:00 p.m.
More than 2,700 Westar Energy customers lost power in northwest Lawrence Monday morning.
Town Talk: Dillons still working on new design for South Mass store; speed cushions coming to streets near KU; seat belt fine to drop from $100 to $10
June 27, 2011
News and notes from around town:
Meeting on new Kansas abortion clinic regulations rescheduled for Thursday
June 27, 2011
A state board in Kansas has rescheduled the meeting at which it will review new regulations for abortion providers drafted by the state health department.
Heard on the Hill: Spencer Research Library is home to works of experimental poet Ronald Johnson; KU law students receive public interest stipends; KU comedians return to Kansas City over the weekend
June 27, 2011
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Severe thunderstorm watch expires for Douglas County
01:53 a.m., June 27, 2011 Updated 09:09 a.m.
The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for Douglas County until 9 a.m. Monday.
Missouri’s latest woe: insects
June 27, 2011 in print edition on A10
Southeast Missouri, which was hit by tough spring flooding this year, now faces a trio of onerous insects picking on crops, timber and foliage.
Southwest Kansas towns join forces to promote region in global economy
June 27, 2011 in print edition on A2
The idea of forming a regional partnership to promote cooperation of communities across southwest Kansas has taken a step forward, after dozens of leaders in the area met in Liberal to discuss the challenges of competing in today’s global economy.
Whales, plankton migrate across Northwest Passage
June 27, 2011
When a 43-foot gray whale was spotted off the Israeli town of Herzliya last year, scientists came to a startling conclusion: It must have wandered across the normally icebound route above Canada, where warm weather had briefly opened a clear channel three years earlier.
As part of ‘gender madness,’ Swedish preschool avoids using ‘him’ or ‘her’
June 27, 2011 in print edition on A7
At the “Egalia” preschool, staff avoid using words like “him” or “her” and address the 33 kids as “friends” rather than girls and boys.
Member of hacker group cites boredom as disbanding reason
June 27, 2011 in print edition on A6
A member of a publicity-seeking hacker group that sabotaged websites over the past two months and is dissolving itself says his group isn’t disbanding under pressure from the FBI or enemy hackers.
Nighttime or violent TV tied to kids’ sleep woes
June 27, 2011 in print edition on A6
If your preschooler can’t sleep — turn off the violence and nighttime TV.
Intelligence shift shows change in war goals
June 27, 2011 in print edition on A6
Military intelligence officers were scrambling a year ago to collect and analyze the social, economic and tribal ins and outs of each valley and hamlet in Afghanistan.
A decade later, no simple answers for war in Afghanistan
June 27, 2011 in print edition on A6
For 10 years, ever since the towers fell, the United States has fought a war in a distant land — in hopes, it says, of protecting American interests and making the world safer from terrorism. Now, as President Barack Obama plans to end U.S. combat operations in Afghanistan by 2014, the question remains as muddy as ever: What happened here?
Men take part in healthy competition, screenings
June 27, 2011 in print edition on A3
Lawrence resident Craig McCauley browsed from booth to booth Sunday afternoon at the inaugural Hoops for Men’s Health event at Allen Fieldhouse.
Summer academy to feature student musicians from abroad, area
June 27, 2011 in print edition on A3
The Kansas University School of Music is raising the curtain on another summer of dazzling piano playing as it hosts the International Institute for Young Musicians. IIYM’s Summer Music Academy will open July 9 with the semifinals of its prestigious international piano competition, the first of many performances that will be free and open to the public.
Eudora city clerk Donna Oleson retires
June 27, 2011 in print edition on A3
In 1986, Donna Oleson started working for the city of Eudora.
Mike Wildgen, former city manager, serving as chairman of school consolidation group
June 27, 2011 in print edition on A3
Having already helped steer some community cornerstones through tumultuous times, Mike Wildgen is ready to help the Lawrence school district’s newest group of volunteer advisers figure out how to consolidate schools, close schools, upgrade schools or even build new schools.
Underhanded free-throw shooting underrated
June 27, 2011 in print edition on B1
The man on the other end of the phone called back too late to help me prepare for Lawrence Memorial Hospital’s Hoops for Men’s Health free-throw shooting contest Sunday in Allen Fieldhouse, but in time to assure me I’m not the only one perpetually puzzled by a basketball mystery.
Hochevar, Gordon spark Royals past Cubs
June 27, 2011 in print edition on B1
It was a bad time for the Cubs to face Kansas City right-hander Luke Hochevar. It was an afternoon start, and Hochevar excels in day games.
Vandy transfer Andre Walker plans to visit KU basketball
June 27, 2011 in print edition on B1
Vanderbilt transfer Andre Walker, a 6-foot-7, 220-pound power forward from Flossmoor, Ill., is expected to visit KU in coming days, reported Sunday.
The one to beat: Jordan Webb best of the bunch at QB for Kansas — at least so far
KU football position by position: Quarterback
June 27, 2011 in print edition on B1
Quarterback. It’s the one position on a football team that can make or break a season. It’s also the one position on the Kansas University roster that has more questions than answers.
Twins’ Mauer should help at first base
June 27, 2011
A hirsute man in Miller Park turned his shirtless back to the TV cameras. Someone had shaved the word “Mauer” and the number “7” into his back hair. Maybe it was Joe. He seems to have time on his hands.
KU snares two 11th-place track finishes
June 27, 2011 in print edition on B10
Kansas University’s Mason Finley placed 11th in the shot put and Rebeka Stowe was 11th in the 3,000-meter steeplechase on the final day of the U.S. Championships on Sunday.
Topeka man sails more than 4,000 miles across Atlantic
June 27, 2011 in print edition on A5
Steve Crouch’s strength and endurance were pushed to the limits during his adventure sailing 4,260 nautical miles across the Atlantic Ocean.
Abortion clinic regulations get more detailed
June 27, 2011 in print edition on A5
If a woman has an abortion in Kansas, the room temperature will have to comfortable — between 68 and 73 degrees, in fact — under a new state health department rule taking effect in July.
Task force redux
Ah, another city commission, another task force to study downtown retail.
June 27, 2011 in print edition on A8
Last week, the Lawrence City Commission agree to form a new task force that will study ways to attract more retailers to downtown Lawrence. The decision came less than six months after the city received a final report from its Retail Task Force, which covered much of the same territory.
U.S. shifting response to global demands
June 27, 2011 in print edition on A8
Gen. John Abizaid used the phrase “the long war” to describe America’s battle with Islamic extremism after Sept. 11, 2001. When I first heard him say it in the dark days of 2004, as Iraq was spiraling downward, I had the feeling that it would last for most of our lifetimes.
Texas governor may make GOP run
June 27, 2011 in print edition on A8
In the 1850s, on the steps of the Waco courthouse, Wallace Jefferson’s great-great grandfather was sold. Today, Jefferson is chief justice of Texas’ Supreme Court. The governor who nominated him also nominated the state’s first Latina justice. Rick Perry, 61, the longest-serving governor in Texas history and, in his 11th year, currently the nation’s senior governor, says these nominations are two of his proudest accomplishments.
Buffalo helped shape culture of Kansas
June 27, 2011 in print edition on A1
Buffalo dot the prairie like a scene from Frederic Remington’s Old West. The 2,000-pound giants walk across ridges and clearings, noses to the ground, biting blades of grass, bellowing primordial sounds, deep and guttural. Dust rises with each step. Could this be what the first Kansans saw and heard?
Lawrence students meet ‘adequate yearly progress’ on standardized tests
June 27, 2011 in print edition on A1
Students in the Lawrence school district scored collectively higher on standardized tests during the past year, enough for the district to once again meet federal standards.
Deck reads: Beachy books for the landlocked
June 27, 2011
These page-turners come with a side of sunburn.
Three moves for bikini season: Mom and fitness competitor shares calorie-blasting outdoor workout
June 27, 2011
It might be the name of this column, but Lovena Tuley isn’t about to tell you that you can get a bikini body in just three moves.
‘Hot Coffee’ a scalding look at tort reform
June 27, 2011
Sometimes a simple anecdote is the shortest path to explaining a complicated truth. Or to distorting the facts and confusing the public. The documentary “Hot Coffee” (8 p.m., HBO) takes a contrarian look at the politics, law and language surrounding so-called “frivolous” lawsuits and the powerful business interests that have spent vast sums to make “tort reform” a hot-button issue.
Horoscopes for June 27
June 27, 2011
This year, you might react to others and their choices often. It is also the same for others — they will have a similar reaction to you! You often act in a quirky manner, causing a strong reaction, especially publicly. If you are single, you could meet someone through your friends. Note the amount and quality of communication around this person. If you are attached, the two of you will make some unanticipated decisions. You can count on Taurus.
25 years ago: Plans on track for K-10 industrial park
June 27, 2011
A 299-acre tract, commonly called the Noria site, had received high praise from planners for use as an industrial park.
40 years ago: Children await unveiling of rocket in Broken Arrow Park
June 27, 2011
A photograph showed a group of highly interested but impatient neighborhood youngsters gathered around the newly-installed rocket in Broken Arrow Park.
100 years ago: Still under construction, Bowersock Opera House lines up fall season
June 27, 2011
“Already the New York agents for the Bowersock Opera House are booking shows for the coming season.”
Slice of Life: Sorcha Hyland brings international perspective to Lawrence
June 27, 2011
Born in Wexford, Ireland, Sorcha Hyland imbibed the best of Irish and international culture from her parents.
Fix-It Chick: A window box can add a burst of fresh colors
June 27, 2011
Window boxes can add charm and color to any structure on your property. Consider adding a window box to your home, garage or storage shed.
Remnant Rehab: Itty-bitty purse just right for shopping sales
June 27, 2011
I recently informed my cousin on a shopping trip that there’s no such thing as too many purses.
River City Jules: A poor vantage point for a birthday
June 27, 2011
For most of her life, Michelle has never enjoyed celebrating her annual trip around the sun.