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Archive for Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
Thom Weik, Lawrence, looks at a window of the Robert Hall Pearson house towards the Black Jack Battlefield during the Black Jack Battle 153rd anniversary celebration on Sunday, May 30, 2009, near Baldwin City. A $163,000 project to restore this 121-year-old pioneer home is the big winner in the first round of grants through Douglas County’s natural and cultural heritage grant program.
Heritage council backs allotting $163K to farmhouse
November 14, 2011 in print edition on 3A
A $163,000 project to restore a 121-year-old pioneer home on the site of the Black Jack Battlefield is the big winner in the first round of grants through Douglas County’s natural and cultural heritage grant program.
6:00 a.m.
Neighbors who live around the Legend's Apartments at Clinton Parkway and Crossgate are somewhat upset about a proposed apartment complex planned. Neighbors are upset over plans for more apartments along Clinton Parkway
November 14, 2011 in print edition on 1A
Don’t tell Lawrence developer Tim Stultz that the city’s apartment market is overbuilt. His 224 one-bedroom apartments near Clinton Parkway and Crossgate Drive are all leased, and produce a waiting list of about 40 people each August. That’s why he wants to build another 136 units. But don’t tell neighbors that live near the Remington Square development that they should have to live with more apartments. If approved, the project would bring the total number of apartments to more than 800 along the stretch of Clinton Parkway between Inverness and Crossgate drives.
10:00 a.m.
In 1972, Wayne Bowers, an assistant in the Kansas University sports information department, was convicted of "enticing a minor." Today, he works with other sex offenders to seek treatment. In contrast to the situation at Penn State, KU moved swiftly to remove Bowers. Man who was twice convicted on child sex charges now advocate for treatment
November 14, 2011 in print edition on 1A
Amid last week’s media frenzy over Penn State’s child sex abuse scandal, Wayne Bowers was reminded of a not-too-dissimilar incident that happened at Kansas University decades earlier.
11:00 p.m.
The parents of Mary Paez, left, who was killed in a 2010 car accident, have reached a $100,000 settlement with the insurance carrier of the driver, Sean Barrett Walker, right. $100K settlement reached in fatal accident
November 15, 2011 in print edition on 3A
The parents of a 19-year-old Lawrence woman who died in a 2010 crash in west Lawrence have reached a $100,000 settlement with the insurance carrier for the other driver involved, a 23-year-old Overland Park man, according to Douglas County court records.

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Expert blames economic crisis on erosion of U.S. middle class
November 15, 2011 in print edition on A3
If there is a Kansas University alumnus out there who knows how to fix what ails Wall Street, it may be Robert Kaplan, the former vice chairman of the Wall Street powerhouse Goldman Sachs. But there’s one problem: Kaplan isn’t sure that fixing Wall Street is where America should be spending most of its time.
Feds OK airline service for western Kansas
November 15, 2011 in print edition on A10
Flights between Garden City and Dallas are expected to begin next spring, after federal authorities chose American Eagle to provide commercial air service between the cities.
Authorities on lookout for two Lansing prison escapees
November 15, 2011 in print edition on A5
Authorities are on the lookout for two escapees from Lansing Correctional Facility.
U.S. Postal Service moves closer to default as losses mount to $5.1B
November 15, 2011 in print edition on A7
The U.S. Postal Service said Tuesday it has lost $5.1 billion in the past year, pushing it closer to imminent default on a multibillion-dollar payment and to future bankruptcy as the weak economy and increased Internet use drive down mail volume.
European economy has all but stalled, report says
November 15, 2011 in print edition on A7
Europe appears headed for a recession — if it isn’t in one already.
Nuclear defiance provides ‘common voice’ in divided Iran
November 15, 2011 in print edition on A8
Banners proclaiming Iran’s “obvious right” to nuclear technology are draped over building facades. State media describe the head of the U.N. atomic watchdog agency as an American puppet and dismiss claims about nuclear weapons advances as made-in-USA falsehoods.
Is he ready? Herman Cain’s comments raise some questions
November 15, 2011 in print edition on A8
Many Republican voters are drawn to Herman Cain’s forceful campaign style. But an examination of his comments and proposals raises questions about his grasp of issues he would face if elected president.
Congress pushes back on healthier school lunches
November 15, 2011 in print edition on A8
Who needs leafy greens and carrots when pizza and french fries will do?
Supercommittee: Boehner endorses tax plan
November 15, 2011 in print edition on A8
House Speaker John Boehner publicly blessed a Republican deficit-reduction plan Tuesday that would raise $300 billion in additional tax revenue while overhauling the IRS code, bucking opposition by some GOP presidential hopefuls and colleagues wary of violating a longstanding point of party orthodoxy.
Lawrence man accused of flashing handgun, faces assault charges
November 15, 2011 in print edition on A5
Douglas County prosecutors Tuesday filed three aggravated assault charges against a 23-year-old Lawrence man who was accused of possessing a handgun in a Lawrence parking lot Monday night after an earlier altercation with several people inside a bar.
KU coach Bill Self announces signing of Landen Lucas
November 15, 2011
Landen Lucas has signed a national letter of intent to play basketball at Kansas, coach Bill Self announced Tuesday. Lucas is the second signee of the day, joining forward Zach Peters.
Legislators grill Kan. social services official
November 15, 2011
Kansas lawmakers asked the head of the state’s welfare agency Tuesday to explain comments they said he made about some residents being more willing to accept state assistance than find jobs.
Businesses hope to increase dredging along Kansas River; environmentalists warn that process is destructive
November 15, 2011 in print edition on A3
Several area companies hope to increase the amount of sand and gravel dredged from the Kansas River by 1 million tons per year. But before that happens, the public has the opportunity to weigh in.
Assurant Employee Benefits to lease space at KU’s Bioscience and Technology Business Center and establish internship program
November 15, 2011 in print edition on A4
Assurant Employee Benefits, a Kansas City, Mo.-based division of the insurance company Assurant, will lease space at Kansas University’s Bioscience and Technology Business Center, becoming the facility’s seventh tenant.
KU announces signing of Zach Peters
KU coach Bill Self: Peters ‘a potential top-20 player in the country’
November 15, 2011
High school forward Zach Peters has signed a national letter of intent to play basketball at Kansas, coach Bill Self announced Tuesday.
KU Hospital reports $141.2 million in capital expenditures
12:24 p.m., November 15, 2011 Updated 03:44 p.m. in print edition on A3
Kansas University Hospital announced on Tuesday it had $141.2 million in capital expenditures during the fiscal year that ended June 30 — a 146 percent increase from the previous year.
Kansas drought losses now total $1.8 billion
November 15, 2011 in print edition on A4
Kansas agriculture officials say crop losses caused by the continuing drought have reached $1.8 billion.
Town Talk: Chinese restaurant moving ahead at 23rd and Iowa; Bartlett & West moving to West Lawrence; city to purchase $850,000 fire engine; Varsity House nearing approval
November 15, 2011
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
1st Infantry Division brigade to mark formal return from Iraq
November 15, 2011
Soldiers from a 1st Infantry Division brigade will formally uncase their unit’s colors this week to mark the formal return from deployment in Iraq.
32 train cars derail near Topeka
08:44 a.m., November 15, 2011 Updated 05:10 p.m.
Workers are cleaning up after two Union Pacific trains collided near Topeka and several cars derailed.
$100K settlement reached in fatal accident
November 15, 2011 in print edition on A3
The parents of a 19-year-old Lawrence woman who died in a 2010 crash in west Lawrence have reached a $100,000 settlement with the insurance carrier for the other driver involved, a 23-year-old Overland Park man, according to Douglas County court records.
School district reallocates funds, will spend more than $1 million
November 15, 2011 in print edition on A3
It was largely good news out of Monday’s school board meeting — hedged with a little bit of scholarly caution.
Heard on the Hill: Online quiz looks for athletics departments with highest revenues; KU administrator gets spot on AMA board; look for something called the NachoTron 3000 at KU-MU game
November 15, 2011
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
25 years ago: Power outage delays game at Haskell Stadium
November 15, 2011
A “pack of onlookers” followed the crew, offering advice and opinions.
40 years ago: Weather is too warm for good hunting
November 15, 2011
Local hunters were reporting on their successes (or lack thereof) during pheasant and quail season.
100 years ago: Local farmers not in favor of quail hunting
November 15, 2011
“There have been many accidents, they say.”
House GOP leader says deficit deal likely
November 15, 2011 in print edition on A7
Sidestepping controversy, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., declined to take sides Monday on a proposal for higher tax revenues backed by fellow Republicans on Congress’ supercommittee yet expressed confidence the panel would agree on a deficit-reduction plan of at least $1.2 trillion by a Nov. 23 deadline.
Study finds patients shun free heart drugs
November 15, 2011 in print edition on A7
Give people free prescription drugs, and many of them still won’t bother to take their medicine.
Supreme Court to review health care overhaul
November 15, 2011 in print edition on A7
The Supreme Court on Monday promised an extraordinarily thorough springtime review of President Barack Obama’s historic health care overhaul — more than five hours of argument, unprecedented in modern times — in time for a likely ruling affecting millions of Americans just before the presidential election.
Rules lag as factory dust explosions kill workers
November 15, 2011 in print edition on A6
When an accumulation of sugar dust ignited and blew up the Imperial Sugar plant in Port Wentworth, Ga., in 2008, killing 14 and injuring dozens, the state responded by issuing emergency regulations on combustible dust. No Georgia workers have been killed by exploding dust since.
Penn State’s shame — and America’s too
November 15, 2011 in print edition on A8
“Success with Honor” is the motto of Penn State’s athletic program. They got it half right.
Do the right thing
The indifference to children exhibited in the Penn State tragedy cannot be tolerated under any circumstances.
November 15, 2011 in print edition on A8
It’s a toll-free number and can save a life: 1-800-922-5330.
Horoscope for Nov. 15
November 15, 2011
You express the intuitive and wise side of your personality. Others cannot help but be drawn to you. If you are single, you will need someone quite unique to keep your interest. If you are attached, any fighting you experience is about separation. Refuse to play into arguments. Cancer understands your depth.
Spielberg and Williams know the score
November 15, 2011
Film buffs will enjoy “AFI’s Master Class — The Art of Collaboration” (7 p.m., TCM). Director Steven Spielberg and composer John Williams sit down in a small studio theater and discuss nearly 40 years of working together on movies and their scores.
Militants endanger any hope of peace
November 15, 2011 in print edition on A8
When Hagit Ofran woke up Tuesday — within days of the 16th anniversary of the murder of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin — she found death threats spray-painted on her door.
Bone up on turkey terms
November 15, 2011
Tips for thawing and defrosting the big bird and definitions of the labels on the package.