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County commissioners to review pact to keep SRS offices in Lawrence
October 3, 2011
Douglas County commissioners will consider signing off Wednesday on an agreement to spend $225,000 to keep the Lawrence office of Social and Rehabilitation Services open.
Lawrence man, 28, sentenced to 233 months in prison for sending sexually explicit texts, photos to 12-year-old girl
October 3, 2011 in print edition on A4
A Douglas County judge Monday afternoon sentenced a 28-year-old Lawrence man to serve nearly 20 years in prison for sending sexually explicit text messages and photographs to a 12-year-old Baldwin City girl.
Lawrence man convicted of indecent liberties says letter undermines child’s allegations
October 3, 2011 in print edition on A5
A 24-year-old Lawrence man who was convicted last year of fondling a 7-year-old girl is asking a judge to grant him a new trial based on statements the girl’s mother made after the trial.
Revenue secretary eyes Kansas tax changes
03:06 p.m., October 3, 2011 Updated 12:01 a.m. in print edition on A1
Kansas’ top revenue official said Monday that Gov. Sam Brownback will receive recommendations by the end of the year aimed at modifying the state’s tax code and putting more money in state residents’ pockets.
Baldwin City legislator TerriLois Gregory faces ethics hearing over using public resources for political campaigning
October 3, 2011
State ethics officials will hold a hearing on Oct. 26 on a complaint filed against state Rep. TerriLois Gregory that alleges she used public resources for political campaigning.
Thomas Robinson named Wooden Award preseason candidate
October 3, 2011
Kansas junior forward Thomas Robinson has been named to the John R. Wooden Award Preseason Top 50 list, The Los Angeles Athletic Club announced Monday.
Big 12 presidents approve revenue sharing
October 3, 2011
Big 12 university leaders agreed to equally share the wealth from the conference’s most lucrative television deals if its members agree to lock those top-tier TV rights into the league for at least six years.
Decision in Kan. abortion case not seen this year
October 3, 2011
An attorney says a Kansas doctor facing scrutiny for referring young patients for late-term abortions doesn’t expect a decision from the state’s medical board on her case until early next year.
Statehouse Live: Ethics Commission says legislators can use campaign funds to pay for office water coolers
11:46 a.m., October 3, 2011 Updated 02:49 p.m. in print edition on A1
The opinion by the Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission was prompted by a cost-cutting move approved by the Legislature and the initiative of Sen. Dick Kelsey, R-Goddard.
Lawrence resident Denzel Daniels convicted of aggravated sexual battery
October 3, 2011 in print edition on A2
A 22-year-old Lawrence man has pleaded no contest to aggravated sexual battery in connection with an April 2010 incident at a Lawrence apartment, according to Douglas County District Court records.
2 men jailed in Douglas County on suspicion of assault
11:39 a.m., October 3, 2011 Updated 03:31 p.m. in print edition on A5
Two men were arrested on assault charges in connection with two separate incidents Sunday morning in Douglas County.
KU’s home game vs. Oklahoma will kick off at 8:15 p.m. on Oct. 15
Game will be televised on ESPN2
October 3, 2011
The Kansas football team’s home game against Oklahoma on Oct. 15 will kick off at 8:15 p.m., the Big 12 announced Monday.
Kan. repeal office chief to tour state for ideas
October 3, 2011
The Kansas official leading a department charged with repealing regulations plans to tour the state to gather ideas as he aims to cut regulations perceived as burdensome or unnecessary.
Town Talk: Neighbors win ruling in industrial zoning case near Lecompton interchange; airport sewer project creating concern; city to formalize agreement with SRS
October 3, 2011
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County:
Horoscope for Oct. 3
October 3, 2011
You swing back and forth from extrovert to introvert this year. You enjoy carousing and being social, but you also honor your priorities. If you are single, you cannot deny your love of romance. Honor that passion and watch everything else tumble into place. If you are attached, your sweetie will work with you to resolve an issue, as long as you keep expressing your caring. Capricorn understands you better than you think.
A haunted ‘House’ and the king of horror
October 3, 2011
All shows, even good ones, start repeating themselves
Storied vehicles on display at Lawrence Region Antique Automobile Club of America’s car show
October 3, 2011 in print edition on A3
1955 Plymouths and slick-coated Mustangs. Ford Model As, Cadillacs, and even an old Ford Futura converted into a “Batmobile” complete with wings.
Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve offers glimpse of pioneer perspective
October 3, 2011 in print edition on A3
It’s easy to envision the world that pioneers encountered while looking at a herd of bison grazing at Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve in east-central Kansas.
Larned State Hospital requires longer workweeks
October 3, 2011 in print edition on A10
A shortage of nursing staff at Larned State Hospital has prompted facility administrators to notify a large number of employees that they will be working mandatory 48-hour weeks until further notice.
Underground gas storage uninspected
October 3, 2011 in print edition on A5
Eleven underground gas storage sites in Kansas have gone uninspected for 18 months because of a federal court ruling.
Bankruptcies
October 3, 2011 in print edition on A5
Douglas County residents or businesses filing for bankruptcy protection recently in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the District of Kansas, according to court records.
Divorces
October 3, 2011 in print edition on A5
Divorces granted in Douglas County District Court the week ending October 1, 2011.
Marriages
October 3, 2011 in print edition on A5
Marriage licenses issued the week ending October 1, 2011.
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation seeking help for 2011 Northeast Kansas Great Strides Walk
October 3, 2011 in print edition on A5
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is looking for volunteers to support its 2011 Northeast Kansas Great Strides Walk on Saturday.
Fewer job openings in higher education mean tougher search
October 3, 2011 in print edition on A3
Alicia Levin remembers what it was like to be looking around in the higher education job market. And it wasn’t much fun.
Being a bail bondsman often risky business
October 3, 2011 in print edition on A3
Bail bondsman Steve Robson doesn’t deal with many nice guys.
Conservation grant applications span ‘large and small, rural and urban’
October 3, 2011 in print edition on A1
From identifying historic trees to relocating an old city jail to furthering the establishment of a comprehensive, permanent exhibit at the Watkins Community Museum of History, there is no shortage of ideas for using a new grant program offered by Douglas County.
Public art project in Kansas City takes on national deficit issue
October 3, 2011 in print edition on A7
Across the street from the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, a foreboding tower of shipping containers glowers at the building spelling out an in-your-face message: “IOU.” On the other side: “USA.”
Wall Street protesters: We’re in for the long haul
October 3, 2011 in print edition on A7
The protesters who have been camping out in Manhattan’s Financial District for more than two weeks eat donated food and keep their laptops running with a portable gas-powered generator.
Event to raise funds for Women Build
October 3, 2011 in print edition on A4
Habitat for Humanity will host the Women Build Benefit Luncheon on Friday at Maceli’s, 1031 N.H.
Incomplete registries of sex offenders highlight monitoring problems
October 3, 2011 in print edition on A1
Gregorio Medina, 24, was convicted of 19 sex crimes, including raping a 5-year-old Liberal girl multiple times in 2003. Though Medina, 16 at the time of the crimes, was charged as a juvenile, he’s legally required to register as a sex offender until 2012. But, as with more than 100 other Kansas sex offenders who’ve left the state since 2006, authorities have no idea where Medina is.
First Bell: Federal gridlock boosts Safe Routes to School program financing for year; Eudora teachers, district plan to meet over planning time; C-SPAN bus to make ‘campaign’ stops
October 3, 2011
Time for another edition of “First Bell,” a look at issues and items involving education in and around Lawrence.
Heard on the Hill: Washington Post highlights wandering KU graduate; two seniors honored with Ex.C.E.L. awards; retired English prof James Gunn pontificates in New York Times
October 3, 2011
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Fire department to host open house
October 3, 2011 in print edition on A4
The Reno Township Fire Department will hold an open house Saturday to kick off Fire Prevention Week.
Antique Show, Sale to benefit projects
October 3, 2011 in print edition on A4
The Pilot Club of Lawrence is hosting its Antique Show and Sale on Friday and Saturday at the Douglas County Fairgrounds, 2110 Harper St.
100 years ago: Cavalry regiment to hold reunion in Lawrence
October 3, 2011
“There are not many left of the Fifth Kansas….”
Devotion to coupons can pay off
October 3, 2011
Coupon-clipping can yield some big rewards.
Slice of Life: Risa Kearn
October 3, 2011
A Lawrence Rolfer comes home.
Go Green: Charting the paths of Monarch butterflies
October 3, 2011
Douglas County is lucky enough to be on the migratory flyway for Monarch butterflies. A few weeks ago Kelly Barth and others attended an event at the Wakarusa Wetlands or Prairie Park Nature Center, where she and other pressed identification tags onto the butterflies’ sturdy wings.
Mass St. Chic:
October 3, 2011
After you purchase an additional closet rung, reward yourself: Go shopping for a new fall coat!
Double Take: Shot talk
October 3, 2011
Gardasil, the HPV vaccine, is back in the news. Wes and Miranda offer their opinions on the vaccination and the issues that surround it.
Mind Matters: Tackling SAD
October 3, 2011
Days grow shorter, and the colder weather will drive a lot of us inside. It is the time of year that many struggle with Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD.
Fix-It Chick: Changing a tire
October 3, 2011
Changing a tire something every driver should know how to do.
River City Jules: Animated translation
October 3, 2011
Bridging the language barrier with a kindly Frenchman forces Jules to break out the charades. That’s French, right?
KU tennis 2-4 at meet’s final day
October 3, 2011 in print edition on B4
Kansas University juniors Victoria Khanevskaya and Monica Pezzotti both took third place in their respective singles draws Sunday on the third and final day of the Kentucky Invitational. KU went 2-4 during the final round of singles competition.
Luthi paces Kansas at Head of Oklahoma
October 3, 2011 in print edition on B4
Kansas University’s Melanie Luthi was third in women’s collegiate single to pace the Jayhawks on Sunday at the Head of the Oklahoma.
Brewers take 2-0 lead over D’Backs
October 3, 2011 in print edition on B3
The biggest momentum swing for the Milwaukee Brewers involved no swing at all.
Cardinals rally past Lee, Philadelphia
October 3, 2011 in print edition on B3
Jon Jay knocked Carlos Ruiz backward with a hard forearm shiver, then the St. Louis Cardinals flipped this series around.
Kansas soccer falls to A&M, 3-0
October 3, 2011 in print edition on B4
Texas A&M and its nation’s-best offense upended Kansas University, 3-0, in Big 12 soccer on Sunday at the Jayhawk Soccer Complex.
K-State jumps back in national spotlight
October 3, 2011 in print edition on B4
Kansas State was minutes from losing to Eastern Kentucky. A goal line stand from getting beat at Miami. And trailed most of the way against Baylor. The Wildcats won all of ’em. Now they’re back in the Top 25.
Tigers down Yanks, tie up series
October 3, 2011 in print edition on B3
Jose Valverde and the Detroit Tigers nearly let this one slip away.
Three with ties to KU inducted into Hall
Frederick, LaFrentz, Harp enshrined
October 3, 2011 in print edition on B1
Bob Frederick used to grow uncomfortable when friends, co-workers, dignitaries in the sports world and/or fans told him they planned to nominate him for induction in the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame.
Chiefs win!
October 3, 2011 in print edition on B1
Three straight losses, an offense that couldn’t punch it into the end zone — the frustration started to boil over for Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.
Turner Gill insists KU defense ‘better’
October 3, 2011 in print edition on B1
A little more than 24 hours after watching his team squander a 20-0 lead and drop its second straight game, Kansas University football coach Turner Gill made a bold statement. “I do believe that our defense did play better than what they had played,” Gill said.
Commentary: Thanks, K.C.: Vikes’ season now over
October 3, 2011 in print edition on B2
They reacted with shock, like horror movie buffs surprised to see a man with a knife waiting in an onscreen bedroom.
Same ol’ Bill Snyder, just older
October 3, 2011 in print edition on B1
Many criticized Kansas State for lacking imagination when it reached into its past, dusted off its Hall of Fame football coach and announced he would replace the ousted Ron Prince.
National briefs: Sooners slip again in AP to No. 3
October 3, 2011 in print edition on B2
LSU and Alabama are the top two teams in the country one month before their game in Tuscaloosa.
Kurt Busch triumphs at Dover
October 3, 2011 in print edition on B2
Kurt Busch left a rocky start to the Chase and his fiercest rival behind him.
War of 1812 anniversary poses dilemma
October 3, 2011 in print edition on A8
The deficit remains a threat to the United States, economic crises persist in Europe, two wars rage halfway around the world, the Republicans are beginning to focus on their nomination fight and even the Russians are planning an election for next March. So you have ample reason not to feel guilty about not having focused on this urgent question that the United States, Canada and Great Britain face next year:
Education waivers have strings attached
October 3, 2011 in print edition on A8
Obama Gives States a Voice In ‘No Child’ — New York Times, Sept. 24; Many Americans, having grown accustomed to Caesarism, probably see magnanimity in that front-page headline. Others, however, read it as redundant evidence of how distorted American governance has become.
Election details
Proper reporting of campaign contributions and expenditures is a detail-oriented business — just like running an election.
October 3, 2011 in print edition on A8
Secretary of State Kris Kobach isn’t the only elected official to face questions about flawed campaign finance reports, but his position as the state’s top election officer makes the situation a little more unsettling for the people of Kansas.
25 years ago: Downtown lighting undergoes improvement
October 3, 2011
Streetlights along Massachusetts Street were undergoing a change.
40 years ago: Advisory committee named for new Audio-Reader program
October 3, 2011
Broadcasts were expected to begin sometime this month.
Dressing the part: What’s popular (and what’s afforable) for Halloween 2011
October 3, 2011
The undead are going to be big again this year on Oct. 31. But before you go scrabbling around to find those Edward Cullen canines for yet another go-round, hold on.