Archive for Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
Brock and Steve Robson, of Ace Bail Bonds, 2400 Franklin Road in Lawrence, are a father and son team that work to bail people out of jail. They are held liable for the cost of the entire bond of their clients if they don’t show up for court, and sometimes they have to go searching for a person who has skipped on a bond. Being a bail bondsman often risky business
October 3, 2011 in print edition on 3A
Bail bondsman Steve Robson doesn’t deal with many nice guys.
6:00 a.m.
The view of the north side of the Statehouse. Statehouse Live: Ethics Commission says legislators can use campaign funds to pay for office water coolers
11:46 a.m., October 3, 2011 Updated 2:49 p.m. in print edition on 1A
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.
10:00 a.m.
Kenichi Arai, from Hiratsuka, Japan, left, is greeted by Sue Hack and Kathy and Dick Stuntz during a reception at the Spring Hill Suites on Monday. A 13-member delegation from Hiratsuka, one of Lawrence’s sister cities, arrived in Lawrence on Monday and included Hiratsuka Mayor Katsuhiro Ochiai. City greets Hiratsuka group, celebrates 20-year exchange
October 4, 2011 in print edition on 3A
The city’s sister cities program turns 20 this year, and a 13-member delegation from Hiratsuka, Japan, is in Lawrence to mark the occasion.
2:00 p.m.
Willard Epling and Paula Hladky, are nominees for the United Way Roger Hill Volunteer Center's 2010 Wallace Galluzzi Outstanding Volunteer Award. They both volunteer for Douglas County Emergency Management. If an emergency arises, you want volunteers Paula Hladky and Willard Epling around
October 4, 2011 in print edition on 1A
If disaster ever strikes Douglas County, whether it’s a Joplin-like tornado, an outbreak of a deadly contagious disease or a hazardous material contamination, count on Perry residents Paula Hladky and Willard Epling to launch into action, working to save lives.
6:00 p.m.
Principals were among folks in the audience for the Monday, Sept. 19, 2011 meeting of the Central and East Lawrence Elementary School Consolidation Working Group. In the front row with her head down was Nancy DeGarmo, principal of New York School, working her iPad. In the back row, to the side of Lawrence school board members Keith Diaz Moore and Rick Ingram, were Principals Cris Anderson, of Kennedy School; Jeanne Fridell, of Woodlawn School; Lesa Frantz, of Pinckney School; and Tammy Becker, of Hillcrest School. Chris Bay, principal of Sunset Hill School, didn't make the picture, as he was sitting off to the side. Consolidation group readies for school board conversation
October 4, 2011 in print edition on 3A
Volunteers asked to study how to close at least two of six schools identified for potential consolidation soon could be asking their elected leaders for advice.

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Bill Self won’t promise continuation of KU-MU series if Tigers bolt Big 12 for SEC
11:59 p.m., October 4, 2011 Updated 01:28 a.m. in print edition on B1
Bill Self says he wants MU to remain a member of the Big 12. If the Tigers leave, however, it could mean the end of regular season basketball games between the rivals.
Authorities still investigating cause of barn fire near Ottawa
October 4, 2011 in print edition on A5
Franklin County authorities are still investigating the cause of a fire that destroyed a barn Friday night southeast of Ottawa.
Haskell student reports damage to vehicle
October 4, 2011 in print edition on A5
A 22-year-old Haskell Indian Nations University student reported to Lawrence police someone caused $2,650 in damage to his vehicle between 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. Sept. 29 in the 3100 block of Ousdahl Road.
Lawrence man reports damage to Lexus ES 300
October 4, 2011 in print edition on A5
A 48-year-old Lawrence man reported someone caused $3,000 in damage to his 1999 Lexus ES 300 car between 4:35 p.m. and 5:02 p.m. Monday in the 3100 block of Iowa Street.
Lawrence man reports damage to tires at residence in mobile home park
October 4, 2011 in print edition on A5
A 58-year-old Lawrence man reported someone damaged $1,360 worth of tires at his residence in the mobile home park at 1908 E. 19th St. between 2:30 a.m. and 9 a.m. Saturday.
Dole Institute to host health care reform debate
October 4, 2011 in print edition on A4
The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to ultimately decide whether the federal health care reform law is constitutional, but two panelists will debate the issue Thursday at the Dole Institute of Politics.
T.J. Maxx reports 14 stolen purses worth $2,000 total
October 4, 2011 in print edition on A1
Someone stole 14 purses valued at $2,000 total from T.J. Maxx, 3106 Iowa, about 4 p.m. Sept. 25.
Lawrence man reports $6,770 worth of stolen items
October 4, 2011 in print edition on A5
A 27-year-old Lawrence man reported someone stole his tool box, power tools, iPod touch and other items valued at $6,770 total during a residential burglary between 9 p.m. Sept. 28 and 8:50 a.m. Sept. 29 in the 1300 block of Prairie Avenue.
3 schools to mark Walk to School Day
October 4, 2011 in print edition on A4
Three elementary schools in the Lawrence school district are participating in International Walk to School Day, with parents, teachers and others working to encourage and enable children to get to class under their own power.
Apple’s iPhone announcement a bit of a letdown for some
October 4, 2011 in print edition on A6
The most closely kept secret about the iPhone 5? There isn’t one — yet.
Bernanke warns economic recovery ‘close to faltering’
October 4, 2011 in print edition on A6
Europe has a debt crisis. America has a jobs crisis. Corporate profits could be in trouble. World financial markets are in turmoil. And no one seems prepared to ride to the rescue.
Airports try low-hassle security checks
October 4, 2011 in print edition on A7
The first members of a small group of frequent fliers were being ushered through lower-hassle security lines Tuesday in exchange for sharing more personal information with the government in a trial program at four U.S. airports.
Officials say Reid wants tax surcharge on millionaires
October 4, 2011 in print edition on A7
Senate Democrats intend to jettison provisions that President Barack Obama recommended to pay for his jobs bill and substitute a tax surcharge on millionaires, officials said Tuesday, hoping to unify the party for a protracted political struggle with Republicans.
Homeless shelter poised to purchase property for new building; an additional $800,000 needed for project
04:11 p.m., October 4, 2011 Updated 12:03 p.m. in print edition on A1
City and county officials are on board, and the property’s under contract to purchase. Now, Lawrence Community Shelter officials just need $800,000 to make a new 125-bed home just east of Lawrence a reality.
Kansas argues order on Planned Parenthood funding
03:57 p.m., October 4, 2011 Updated 10:57 p.m. in print edition on A3
The state of Kansas is arguing that a federal judge’s order blocking a law that effectively strips Planned Parenthood of family planning funds “emasculates” the state’s autonomy and sovereignty rights.
Sprint gets iPhone, evens odds vs. AT&T, Verizon
October 4, 2011
Sprint subscribers will be able to use the iPhone for the first time, giving them one more reason to stay with the ailing company.
KC police searching for missing 10-month-old
02:09 p.m., October 4, 2011 Updated 05:04 p.m.
Kansas City police have issued an Amber Alert for a 10-month-old girl who apparently was abducted from her bedroom overnight.
Contract pending: Gaslight Village in line for redevelopment
October 4, 2011 in print edition on A1
Gaslight Village Mobile Home Park is under contract to be sold for redevelopment, a decade after the park split to allow construction of a Best Buy, Home Depot and other commercial development northeast of 31st and Iowa streets.
Lawrence man arrested on suspicion of armed robbery at Kwik Shop, crime spree
01:08 p.m., October 4, 2011 Updated 04:28 p.m. in print edition on A5
Lawrence police detectives on Tuesday morning arrested a 23-year-old Lawrence man as a suspect in a July armed robbery of the Kwik Shop at 845 Miss.
Lenexa woman taken to hospital after accident on Kansas Highway 10 near Eudora
11:50 a.m., October 4, 2011 Updated 06:58 p.m. in print edition on A5
A Lenexa woman was taken to Overland Park Regional Medical Center Tuesday morning after a one-vehicle crash on Kansas Highway 10 near Eudora, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol.
Dispute may put a hold on e-book lending in Kansas
October 4, 2011
Kansans who prefer their library books to be electronic rather than paper might not be able to check out their choices for at least a month because of a contract dispute between the state and its former e-book provider.
Town Talk: Advocate for the homeless worries about stricter enforcement of occupancy code; Kaw bridge project to make 2012 encore; welcoming roundabouts
October 4, 2011
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Statehouse Live: Without a state health insurance exchange, feds will take over major portions of system, official says
10:05 a.m., October 4, 2011 Updated 03:10 p.m. in print edition on A1
Gov. Sam Brownback rejected a $31.5 million federal grant to help set up a health insurance exchange. He said there were too many strings attached to the grant, although he had earlier supported it, and some of the contentions by the Brownback administration about the exchange have been refuted.
Kan. emergency officials warn of ‘zombie invasion’
October 4, 2011
Kansas emergency management officials are urging residents to prepare for an invasion of zombies as part of a national disaster readiness campaign.
Consolidation group readies for school board conversation
October 4, 2011 in print edition on A3
Volunteers asked to study how to close at least two of six schools identified for potential consolidation soon could be asking their elected leaders for advice.
City greets Hiratsuka group, celebrates 20-year exchange
October 4, 2011 in print edition on A3
The city’s sister cities program turns 20 this year, and a 13-member delegation from Hiratsuka, Japan, is in Lawrence to mark the occasion.
Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism won’t confirm mountain lion sighting
October 4, 2011 in print edition on A10
Kansas wildlife officials are trying to reassure the public after a reported sighting of a mountain lion about 15 miles north of Topeka.
Indiana man treated, released from LMH after three-vehicle accident on I-70
October 4, 2011 in print edition on A5
An Indiana man was treated at Lawrence Memorial Hospital after a three-vehicle accident Sunday afternoon on Interstate 70 east of the Lawrence Service Center, according to the Kansas Turnpike Authority.
City to mull boarding house conversions
October 4, 2011 in print edition on A6
Another debate over large boarding houses and the amount of on-street parking they consume in the Oread neighborhood is set for Lawrence City Hall. City commissioners at their meeting today will review new information compiled by staff members that shows a recently approved change in the city’s code could allow about 20 percent of all homes in Oread to be converted into boarding houses.
Gov. Sam Brownback plans trade mission to Russia
October 4, 2011 in print edition on A6
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback plans to join officials and ranchers from Colorado and Montana on a 12-day trade mission to Russia and Kazakhstan to promote the U.S. livestock industry.
If an emergency arises, you want volunteers Paula Hladky and Willard Epling around
October 4, 2011 in print edition on A1
If disaster ever strikes Douglas County, whether it’s a Joplin-like tornado, an outbreak of a deadly contagious disease or a hazardous material contamination, count on Perry residents Paula Hladky and Willard Epling to launch into action, working to save lives.
Kansas Court of Appeals rules in favor of property owners; development of Lecompton turnpike area now in question
October 4, 2011 in print edition on A1
Property owners in northwest Douglas County have won a key legal ruling that could put a damper on large-scale industrial development in the area near the Lecompton interchange on the Kansas Turnpike.
First Bell: Sign prohibits unplanned play at Free State field(s); boosters bolster athletics complexes; McTeacher Night to serve up donations
October 4, 2011
Time for another edition of “First Bell,” a look at issues and items involving education in and around Lawrence.
Playing with poise: FSHS, LHS stress confidence at Free State Invitational
October 4, 2011 in print edition on B1
Free State golfer Madison Brumley was having a tough time on the front nine.
Thomas Robinson named to Wooden Award Top 50
October 4, 2011 in print edition on B1
Thomas Robinson’s motto of “No Days Off” seems to be paying off. “A summer of hard work … I’m glad it’s being recognized,” Robinson, Kansas University’s 6-foot-9, 237-pound junior basketball power forward, said Monday after being named to the John R. Wooden Award Preseason Top 50 list.
Rangers hold off Rays
October 4, 2011 in print edition on B10
Once again, the Texas Rangers look perfectly comfortable under the roof at Tropicana Field.
Tigers go up 2-1
October 4, 2011 in print edition on B10
Justin Verlander struck out 11 in eight gritty innings, and Jose Valverde stopped a New York Yankees rally for the second straight night, whiffing Derek Jeter with two on to close out the Detroit Tigers’ 5-4 victory Monday.
Big 12 schools agree to share TV rights
October 4, 2011 in print edition on B1
Big 12 university leaders agreed to share the wealth equally 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.
Freeman, Bucs rally past Colts
October 4, 2011 in print edition on B2
Josh Freeman and LeGarrette Blount helped the Tampa Bay Buccaneers rally for another victory.
National briefs: Today’s talks ‘huge’ for NBA’s future
October 4, 2011 in print edition on B2
After a lockout that has lasted more than three months, whether the NBA season starts on time could come down to one “very huge day” in labor talks.
Sixth-ranked Cowboys wary of KU’s improved offense
October 4, 2011 in print edition on B3
Perhaps Kansas University’s best chance for success this weekend at Oklahoma State is for the sixth-ranked Cowboys (4-0 overall, 1-0 Big 12) to look past the Jayhawks (2-2, 0-1), who will enter Saturday’s 2:30 p.m. contest in Stillwater, Okla., on the heels of back-to-back losses.
Kansas golf in 12th at Jonie Imes Invite
October 4, 2011 in print edition on B3
Kansas University golf was in 12th place out of 15 teams Monday on the first day of the Johnie Imes Invitational.
Chiefs say they’re back on track
October 4, 2011 in print edition on B2
Le’Ron McClain posted a bold tweet a little over a week ago after another tough loss to the San Diego Chargers had dropped the Chiefs to 0-3. The veteran fullback predicted Kansas City would win its next five games. It doesn’t sound so bold anymore.
Enrollment boosters
October 4, 2011 in print edition on A8
Here are a couple of suggestions to help reverse Kansas University’s dropping student enrollment:
God’s way
October 4, 2011 in print edition on A8
Mayor Aron Cromwell said, “This is not about morality. It is about discrimination” in reference to the recent City Commission approval of an ordinance on transgender discrimination. Of course, no one should be singled out for special disfavor.
Warren wisdom
October 4, 2011 in print edition on A8
I did not see this quote of Elizabeth Warren’s in the Journal-World. I may have missed it, and if so, it’s worth printing and reading again. It follows:
Recycling pro
October 4, 2011 in print edition on A8
I am applauding Nick Benson for his efforts on behalf of the environment (Journal-World, Oct. 1).
America needs to get its act together
October 4, 2011 in print edition on A8
These days, any assessment of American foreign policy seems to circle back to whether we can get our act together at home.
Screening needed
Stores should be more careful about the charities to whom they give an implied endorsement by allowing them to solicit donations on store property.
October 4, 2011 in print edition on A8
Some area stores may want to ramp up their process for screening charitable groups they allow to solicit donations on their property.
Seed money: Homegrown Lawrence Festival raises money to get school gardens growing
October 4, 2011
Food, education and music turn the issue of getting good food into schools into a Friday night party.
25 years ago: Lawrence drivers still caught by new insurance law
October 4, 2011
As many as 500 Lawrence motorists a year were involved in “legal entanglements” even when they had not been involved in accidents.
40 years ago: AG Vern Miller raids ‘gambling den’
October 4, 2011
Kansas Atty. Gen. Vern Miller showed reporters the items he and his raiders had seized at seven Great Bend private clubs and one Hoisington club.
100 years ago: Buried treasure in North Lawrence?
October 4, 2011
“One day this week some real excitement was started north of the city when word was sent to town that two men were out there on a farm digging for a buried treasure.”