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U.S. government hits debt ceiling; lawmakers given 11-week deadline
May 16, 2011 in print edition on A8
Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner informed Congress on Monday that the United States has reached its legal debt limit, setting off a ticking time bomb that could explode in less than three months if lawmakers can’t bridge differences and allow more government borrowing.
Giffords watches husband’s liftoff for next-to-last shuttle flight
May 16, 2011 in print edition on A8
A space shuttle took flight for the next-to-last time Monday as Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, still recovering from a gunshot wound and hidden from public view, watched her astronaut husband rocket through the clouds in a deafening roar.
Obama to Memphis students: ‘You inspire me’
May 16, 2011 in print edition on A8
Offering a lift to a flood beleaguered city, President Barack Obama hailed the transformation of a once struggling but venerable Memphis high school Monday, telling its graduates, “You inspire me, that’s why I’m here.”
Florida imam will fight terror charges
May 16, 2011 in print edition on A8
An elderly Muslim cleric charged with supporting Pakistani terrorists will plead not guilty and should not be prejudged simply because of the seriousness of the case, his defense attorney said Monday.
Westar cites aging lines as cause for Sunday’s power outages downtown
May 16, 2011 in print edition on A1
No cinnamon rolls. No croissants. No coffee. And Chuck Magerl, proprietor of WheatFields Bakery, considers himself lucky that the power went off when it did — warming his refrigerators, cooling his ovens and otherwise fouling batches upon batches of baked goods this past Sunday morning. Disaster averted, at least for now.
Property taxes, water rates and employee health plans the big issues for City Commission’s 2012 budget talks
May 16, 2011 in print edition on A1
It is budget season at Lawrence City Hall, which means it also is a season full of questions that often have dollar signs attached to them. Commissioners at a Tuesday afternoon study session will begin crafting a budget for 2012, and they’ll do so with what has become a standard warning from the city manager.
Firefighters battle grass, barn fire west of Lawrence; no injuries reported
04:55 p.m., May 16, 2011 Updated 09:33 p.m. in print edition on A3
Firefighters from several Douglas County townships have been called to fight a fire in a barn in the 1800 block of County Road 1023 near Big Springs, about 7 miles west of Lawrence.
Sen. Jerry Moran visiting Lawrence May 23 during statewide tour
May 16, 2011
U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran will speak in Lawrence next Monday as part of his statewide listening tour.
Police department requests $1.2 million funding increase to create more positions
May 16, 2011 in print edition on A1
In the three months since he was tapped to lead the Lawrence Police Department, chief Tarik Khatib has often mentioned one statistic. In 1999 the department had 79 patrol positions — the same number it is allotted today. The other point he mentions is that Lawrence’s crime rate is higher than that in Overland Park, Olathe and Lenexa in Johnson County and university communities, such as Norman, Okla., and Boulder, Colo.
Lawrence Mayor Aron Cromwell says city commission likely to hold study session on long-term police department goals
May 16, 2011
Lawrence City commissioners are scheduled to discuss the budget during a study session at 3 p.m. Tuesday at city hall, but Mayor Aron Cromwell said the commission likely will have a separate study session later just about long-term goals and plans for the Lawrence Police Department.
Fort Riley soldier killed in Afghanistan
May 16, 2011
A soldier from Miami has been killed in Afghanistan.
More than $25,000 raised to help restore Kansas cabin
May 16, 2011
An effort to save the rural Kansas cabin where “Home on the Range” was written in 1872 is attracting attention and money.
Topeka drop-in mental illness center needs new home
May 16, 2011
A drop-in center for the mentally ill in Topeka is looking for a new home, and it’s running out of time.
Panel to hold hearings on Kansas court system
May 16, 2011 in print edition on A4
A commission studying the Kansas court system is more than halfway done with public hearings but is preparing for the first of two sessions in Topeka.
EPA warns 7 Midwest feedlots on waste discharge violations
May 16, 2011 in print edition on A5
Operators of seven feedlots in Nebraska, Kansas and Iowa have been told to stop violating federal rules on animal waste discharges, the Environmental Protection Agency said Monday.
Moving a proposed utility line to protect endangered birds could cost millions
Supporters want to redirect route to protect lesser prairie chickens
May 16, 2011 in print edition on A3
A state agency charged with deciding whether to move a wind energy power line in western Kansas will consider the financial cost and the potential impact on the lesser prairie chickens that breed in the area and the whooping cranes that migrate through it.
Defense in genocide trial begins
May 16, 2011 in print edition on A5
The son of a Kansas man accused of lying to immigration officials about his participation in the 1994 Rwandan genocide took the stand Monday to testify about their life as Burundian refugees in Rwanda and his father’s efforts years later to become a U.S. citizen.
Jeff Withey, Jordan Juenemann to play in Europe this summer for Athletes in Action
12:29 p.m., May 16, 2011 Updated 01:09 a.m. in print edition on B1
Kansas University basketball players Jeff Withey and Jordan Juenemann will play for Athletes in Action during a two-week trip to Europe from May 19 through June 3.
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback signs bill imposing health, safety regulations on abortion clinics
11:41 a.m., May 16, 2011 Updated 04:33 p.m. in print edition on A1
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback signed legislation Monday that will require annual, unannounced inspections of abortion clinics and impose new health and safety standards specifically for the three clinics operating in the state.
K-State basketball coach Frank Martin recovering from blood clot problem
May 16, 2011
Kansas State basketball coach Frank Martin is recovering at home after being treated for blood clots that formed after a recent knee surgery.
River City Jules: Nostalgia for those less-safe ‘70s
May 16, 2011
Mom had just finished telling us about the time she rode the Scrambler at Worlds of Fun seven months pregnant with my twin brothers.
Town Talk: Higher property taxes for the library on the way; police seek major funding increase; water rates to be debated; worries of $4.10 gas; yes, it must be City Hall budget time
May 16, 2011
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Cowley County officials say they weren’t consulted before Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback’s decision to expand Flint Hills protection area
May 16, 2011 in print edition on A3
Local officials who worked for years to get a wind farm in a southeast Kansas county are angry they weren’t consulted before Gov. Sam Brownback entered into an agreement with wind-energy companies to expand the area of the Flint Hills where new wind turbines are off-limits.
Heard on the Hill: KU School of Business releases differential tuition report; KUMC study links stomach problems to depression in rats; graduation ceremony steeped in rules, traditions
May 16, 2011
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
First Bell: Langston Hughes gift set in stone; more Project Graduation raffle prizes revealed; local students headed to national competitions
May 16, 2011
Time for another edition of First Bell, a look at news and other educational items involving schools in the area.
Historic Fort Scott drops park fees
May 16, 2011 in print edition on A10
National Park officials recently entertained about 300 elementary students visiting the historic Fort Scott grounds. If a decision to drop the entrance fee is successful, there could be more activity on this one-time frontier outpost.
Bob Woodward shares highlights of storied career at Dole Institute of Politics lecture
May 16, 2011 in print edition on A1
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Bob Woodward just couldn’t help himself. He’s a reporter, and he asks questions. And after just a couple of minutes of being interviewed by moderator and Dole Institute of Politics Director Bill Lacy in front of a packed Dole Institute Sunday, Woodward was grilling the veteran political strategist.
Lawrence Jewish Community Center’s Mitzvah Day extends tradition of good deeds
May 16, 2011 in print edition on A2
The Lawrence Humane Society received some extra help Sunday, as members of the Lawrence Jewish Community Center teamed up to volunteer with the animals and work on projects around the shelter.
Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical planning to restore American LaFrance fire truck
May 16, 2011 in print edition on A1
Shiny and bright red, the state-of-the-art truck rolled out of a rail car into Lawrence. The $27,500 pumper truck came equipped with a 10-cylinder engine, two batteries and a 500-gallon water tank, and would serve Lawrence through some of its most tumultuous times until it was taken out of service years later. But that year — 1955— it was brand new.
As water rises, residents along Mississippi River warned: Get out
May 16, 2011 in print edition on A7
Deputies warned people Sunday to get out as Mississippi River water gushing from a floodgate for the first time in four decades crept ever closer to communities in Louisiana Cajun country, slowly filling a river basin like a giant bathtub.
At least 15 dead after Arab protesters swarm Israeli borders
May 16, 2011 in print edition on A7
Mobilized by calls on Facebook, thousands of Arab protesters marched on Israel’s borders with Syria, Lebanon and Gaza on Sunday in an unprecedented wave of demonstrations, sparking clashes that left at least 15 people dead in an annual Palestinian mourning ritual marking the anniversary of Israel’s birth.
IMF director’s hearing in sex assault case delayed to today
May 16, 2011 in print edition on A7
Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s reputation with women earned him the nickname “the great seducer,” and not even an affair with a subordinate could knock the International Monetary Fund leader off a political path pointed in the direction of the French presidency.
Kerry: U.S., Pakistan at critical juncture
May 16, 2011 in print edition on A7
U.S. Sen. John Kerry warned Sunday that already shaky U.S.-Pakistani relations have reached a critical juncture as calls grow in the United States to cut some of the billions of dollars in aid to Islamabad following al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden’s killing.
Van Go seeking volunteers for summer JAMS session
May 16, 2011 in print edition on A2
Van Go Inc. is in need of volunteers for its summer JAMS session.
Events, ceremonies to honor KU graduates
May 16, 2011 in print edition on A3
Kansas University has a wide array of events and ceremonies associated with commencement this week, leading up to the university’s main ceremony Sunday.
Lawrence leather shop owner shapes work to fit family
May 16, 2011 in print edition on A3
Isadora lies on a quilt-covered chair, watching her owner, Bruce Barlow. In the other room, Barlow’s son-in-law cuts pieces of leather to shape, gluing them into place. Saddles, jackets, shoes, pianos, paint and stringed instruments line the rooms. Later, Barlow’s brother will come to work.
Kansas City manager Yost won’t protect youngsters
May 16, 2011 in print edition on B10
When Ned Yost fills out a lineup card, he doesn’t worry too much about how long a player has been in the major leagues.
Toxic beauty: Clean up your cosmetics and personal products stockpile
May 16, 2011
Pop over to the medicine cabinet and pull out a bottle of lotion. Look at the ingredients. See any that you recognize, or are they ingredients that seem like they should be on the recipe for an atomic bomb?
A&M taps Murray State’s Kennedy
May 16, 2011 in print edition on B2
Billy Kennedy returned to Texas A&M on Sunday, leaving Murray State to replace Mark Turgeon as the Aggies’ basketball coach.
Derek Boogaard’s brain donated for trauma research
May 16, 2011 in print edition on B2
Derek Boogaard’s relatives and fans shed tears Sunday as they remembered the former NHL tough guy as a “teddy bear” who was as generous and kind as he was burly and tough, a somber end to a weekend during which his distraught family agreed to donate his brain to medical researchers.
Five city preps earn national wrestling berths
May 16, 2011 in print edition on B3
Five Lawrence high schoolers earned top-three finishes at the Kansas Freestyle and Greco-Roman Wrestling Championships on Sunday and qualified for the national tournament July 17-26 in Fargo, N.D.
Kansas rowing seventh at C-USA Championship
May 16, 2011 in print edition on B3
Kansas University placed seventh of eight teams Saturday at the Conference USA Rowing Championship.
Upcoming week big for Kansas basketball
May 16, 2011 in print edition on B3
The last week of the spring signing period figures to be a huge one for Kansas University’s men’s basketball team.
Pakistan won’t break ties to terrorists
May 16, 2011 in print edition on A8
The day before he suffered a fatal tear in his heart last December, a frustrated Richard Holbrooke confided to a colleague: The Obama administration had tried everything to convince Pakistan to crack down on terrorism, including threats and special-assistance packages, but none of it seemed to work. Why wasn’t Pakistan getting the message?
GOP still seeking strong candidate
May 16, 2011 in print edition on A8
The struggle for the Republican presidential nomination hasn’t really begun. Indeed the field seems almost empty right now.
Engineering boost
Expanded university engineering programs have the potential to provide a major boost to the Kansas economy.
May 16, 2011 in print edition on A8
In the closing hours of their 2011 session, Kansas legislators took a large and positive step to produce more engineering graduates in the state.
Send child athletes outside with protective eyewear
May 16, 2011
More than 90 percent of the 40,000 sports-related eye injuries that occur annually are preventable.
Tips for traveling with kids with special needs
May 16, 2011
Traveling with kids with special needs is not easy, but there is a certain badge of honor that goes to parents who have done it
KU baseball completes lopsided sweep
May 16, 2011 in print edition on B1
Sunday, for the fourth straight game, Kansas University’s baseball team pounded visiting Alabama A&M in seven innings, this time by a 16-2 margin that gave the Jayhawks their first four-game winning streak of the season.
Double Take: 2011-2012 student columnist selected
May 16, 2011
The 2011 Double Take contest was the closest call in seven years.
Mass St. Chic: Ombre dye and feather attachments hot hair trends for summer
May 16, 2011
If you are looking to alter the color of your hair but are sick of traditional dye options, ombre may be the perfect new look for you
Lemon aid: A Meyer fruit adds freshness to dessert
May 16, 2011
One of my new favorite fruits to bake with is Meyer lemons … when I can find them.
Slice of Life: Feng shui expert expands into healing practices
May 16, 2011
Iowa’s landscape and buildings deeply impressed feng shui and quantum healing energy practitioner Ronda Reinke.
Fix-It Chick: Install a grab bar to make your bathroom safer
May 16, 2011
A properly installed grab bar in any bath or shower area can add safety and value to your home.
100 years ago: Lawrence post office processes 1 million letters a month
May 16, 2011
“That nearly a million pieces of mail a month pass through the Lawrence post office, is the tale which the most recent statistics taken by Uncle Sam indicate.”
40 years ago: 6-cent stamp fades into history
May 16, 2011
A new postal rate increase was hovering over Lawrence and the nation.
25 years ago: KU Class of 1936 gathers for 50-year reunion
May 16, 2011
The Kansas University class of 1936 had turned out some impressive graduates.
Dixon wins 400; KU 7th, 6th at Big 12
May 16, 2011 in print edition on B3
Kansas University freshman Diamond Dixon came from behind in the final 100 meters to win the 400-meter title at the big 12 Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Sunday.