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Repairs complete on Missouri River bridge
November 1, 2011 in print edition on A4
Several weeks of complete and partial closings of the Amelia Earhart Bridge in northeast Kansas are over.
County judge considering release of child molester
November 1, 2011 in print edition on A3
A Douglas County judge is considering whether a 32-year-old man convicted of sexually assaulting two boys in Douglas County in December 2001 should be placed on parole or remain in custody for further sex-offender treatment.
Kansas posts test score gains in math, reading
November 1, 2011 in print edition on A4
Kansas students posted gains in math and reading scores on 2011 National Assessment of Education Progress tests, especially when compared with scores from 2003, education officials announced Tuesday.
Snowstorm takes aim at western Kansas
November 1, 2011 in print edition on A8
A sudden switch in weather conditions is in the forecast for much of western Kansas as wintry weather heads for the state.
Group has Plan B for picking president
November 1, 2011 in print edition on A6
Lots of people complain about the shortcomings of the country’s two-party system for picking a president. Now a nonpartisan group is gathering millions of petition signatures — and dollars — to offer people a Plan B.
Greek government chaotic with debt deal in doubt
November 1, 2011 in print edition on A6
The Greek government teetered and stock markets around the world plummeted Tuesday after a hard-won European plan to save the Greek economy was suddenly thrown into doubt by the prospect of a public vote.
Facebook, Kan. user ask court delay lawsuit
November 1, 2011
Attorneys for Facebook and a Kansas man who filed a class-action lawsuit over privacy issues have jointly asked a federal judge to delay proceedings while a panel decides whether to consolidate similar lawsuits elsewhere.
K-State to seek Kansas Bioscience Authority’s help in recruiting prominent faculty members
November 1, 2011
The president of Kansas State University on Tuesday told members of the Kansas Bioscience Authority’s board that he intends to seek their help in attracting prominent faculty members to Kansas State.
Lawrence workforce needs technology boost, experts say
November 1, 2011
While the U.S. economy struggles with stagnant GDP, sluggish personal income and tanking consumer confidence, Lawrence’s economy has its own technical issues to deal with.
Volunteers needed to assist with annual Thanksgiving dinner
November 1, 2011
Nearly 100 volunteers are needed for the annual LINK Community Thanksgiving Dinner.
Former KU track coach Bob Timmons to be inducted into USA Track and Field Hall of Fame
November 1, 2011 in print edition on B3
Former Kansas University track coach Bob Timmons has been selected for induction into the USA Track and Field Hall of Fame, the organization announced Tuesday.
Funerals set for 3 killed in Kan. elevator blast
November 1, 2011
Funerals for three victims of a northeast Kansas grain elevator explosion are scheduled for later this week.
Town Talk: Ripple Glass and its purple pride coming to Lawrence; city to study idea of larger law enforcement center, but will do so alone; rumor of a restaurant at former Jo Shmo’s; Plastikon startup
November 1, 2011
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County:
OSHA: Finding cause of Kan. blast to take months
November 1, 2011
A spokesman for a federal agency says determining the cause of a grain elevator explosion in northeast Kansas could take up to six months.
Report: Kansas tax revenues $4M short in October
November 1, 2011
The Kansas Department of Revenue says the state collected $4 million less in taxes than anticipated in October.
Man taken to hospital after aggravated battery at 14th and Ohio
November 1, 2011
A man was transferred to Lawrence Memorial Hospital from South Park after he was hit with a blunt weapon near 14th and Ohio streets just after 2 a.m. on Tuesday, police said.
Visit to parents’ house puts Lawrence woman near site of Atchison grain elevator blast
November 1, 2011 in print edition on A2
Rachelle Catloth didn’t just hear the explosion that shattered the Saturday evening silence in Atchison.
Jobs at grain elevators have both risks, rewards
November 1, 2011 in print edition on A2
The men killed in a grain elevator explosion in Kansas included an Iraq war veteran, an avid collector of model John Deere tractors who hoped to farm and a soon-to-be husband looking forward to a wedding only three weeks away. Four of the six were younger than 25, something unsurprising in a business that experts say involves a lot of physical labor and tends to be a young man’s game.
Family of Lecompton man who died in 2009 motorcycle accident files lawsuit against other driver
November 1, 2011 in print edition on A5
The family of a 21-year-old Lecompton man who died in a 2009 motorcycle accident on the South Lawrence Trafficway is suing the driver of the other vehicle involved in the crash.
Investigators say west Lawrence house fire was accident caused after cooking on grill
November 1, 2011 in print edition on A5
Fire investigators have determined a Sunday morning fire that displaced a family in west Lawrence was an accident due to cooking on a grill.
State tax receipts for Oct. below estimates
November 1, 2011 in print edition on A4
State general fund receipts for October fell slightly below projections for the first time in seven months, officials reported Monday.
Judge issues warrant for arrest of Eudora man accused of pointing handgun at residents
November 1, 2011 in print edition on A5
A Douglas County judge Monday issued a warrant for the arrest of a 21-year-old Eudora man who did not show up for court Monday in an aggravated assault case.
Economy needs China to slow growth
November 1, 2011 in print edition on A7
China’s high-flying economy is starting to lose altitude. The big question is whether the world’s economic superstar will descend gradually — or so fast that it harms a fragile global economy.
KU may seek KBA funds for new initiative to create chemicals
November 1, 2011 in print edition on A3
Kansas University officials told the Kansas Bioscience Authority’s board of directors the university is pursuing new ways to make petroleum-based chemicals that could have a large benefit for the Kansas economy, particularly in rural parts of the state.
Tonganoxie grad among 6 killed in Atchison blast
November 1, 2011 in print edition on A1
This past weekend, Chad Roberts, a 2010 Tonganoxie High School graduate, was one of six who died in a grain elevator explosion at the Bartlett Grain Co. facility in Atchison.
First Bell: District to discuss standards-based grading with parents; young restorer of tractors praised for proficiency
November 1, 2011
Time for another edition of “First Bell,” a look at issues and items involving education in and around Lawrence.
Heard on the Hill: KU gets $7.5M to study online education; religious political activist Ralph Reed is at Dole Institute today; money available for people who can speak Uighur
November 1, 2011
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
KU’s Ingrid Vidal makes All-Big 12 soccer
November 1, 2011
Kansas University soccer forward Ingrid Vidal was one of two freshmen named to the All-Big 12 first team, and teammates Whitney Berry and Liana Salazar were named members of the All-Big 12 second team, it was announced by the league office Monday.
Indians get Derek Lowe; Royals keep Joakim Soria
November 1, 2011
Three days before the opening of the free-agent market, the Cleveland Indians acquired pitcher Derek Lowe from the Atlanta Braves for minor-league left-hander Chris Jones on Monday in the first significant trade of the offseason.
West Virginia files lawsuit against Big East
November 1, 2011
West Virginia University filed a lawsuit Monday seeking an immediate divorce from the Big East so it can become a member of the Big 12 before the 2012 football season.
Lawrence High soccer familiar with Olathe South
November 1, 2011
Riding a recent hot streak into the Class 6A state quarterfinals, members of Lawrence High’s boys soccer team are familiar with what stands between them and a trip to the semifinals.
KU men’s basketball to field wacky lineup against Pittsburg State on Tuesday night
November 1, 2011
Kansas University’s basketball team — which has won 37 consecutive exhibition games overall and 35 in a row in Allen Fieldhouse — will be taking nothing for granted in its game against Pittsburg State tonight.
25 years ago: Police consider it a ‘quiet’ Halloween
November 1, 2011
Halloween had passed rather quietly for the city.
40 years ago: ‘Litter Walk’ volunteers to clean up downtown
November 1, 2011
Mrs. Walter Nash of the Women’s Division of the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce was leading a “Fall Mini-Cleanup.”
100 years ago: Annual Barteldes party a big success
November 1, 2011
“There was a big feed, and a general jolly time.”
Blind support
November 1, 2011 in print edition on A8
Amy Zook is absolutely right to remind Christians that Christ liberates humanity from evil, which “separates us from God.”
Costly bridge
November 1, 2011 in print edition on A8
I noted in the front page Journal-World Oct. 28 story by reporter Mark Fagan that the 23rd Street bridge between Haskell and Barker is to be replaced. T
Rise of Islamist parties worries women
November 1, 2011 in print edition on A8
The growing strength of Islamist political parties in the Mideast’s new democracies makes one wonder what will happen to Arab women’s rights.
Horoscopes for November 1
November 1, 2011
You discover the power of popularity this year. If you are single, you could meet someone who will be significant to your life’s history. If you are attached, be careful not to make your sweetie jealous. You seem to have a way with words and a twinkle in your eye that encourages others to go along with you. Aquarius can be so boring.
A new month inspires midseason musings
November 1, 2011
November begins and that means “sweeps,” when ratings are measured for the respective networks. It’s also a time to take stock of the new season and its good, bad and ugly trends.
Furiously fast food: Tips and recipes that’ll help you get dinner on the table in 30 minutes
November 1, 2011
Holiday stuff, school stuff, work stuff, and life-in-general stuff are bound to get in the way as daylight savings barrels down upon the dinner table.
Budig boost
Former KU Chancellor Gene Budig played an important behind-the-scene role in West Virginia University’s admission to the Big 12 conference.
November 1, 2011 in print edition on A8
It’s likely the role played by former Kansas University Chancellor Gene Budig in West Virginia University becoming a member of the Big 12 athletic conference will not be fully known or appreciated for some time.
Worst to first: Kansas City Chiefs scream into tie atop AFC West
November 1, 2011
Ryan Succop kicked the Kansas City Chiefs into the history books. Philip Rivers will be quite the footnote.
Iowa State football eyes bowl eligibility
November 1, 2011
With four games remaining in the season, Iowa State University’s football team needs two more victories to reach six wins and become bowl-eligible.