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GOP presidential hopefuls’ talking points veer away from economy
October 10, 2011 in print edition on A6
In an election that’s supposed to hinge on jobs and the economy, the Republican presidential contest in recent months has been defined by almost everything else.
Focus on terrorism allows infiltration of insects, diseases
October 10, 2011 in print edition on A6
Dozens of foreign insects and plant diseases slipped undetected into the United States in the years after 9/11, when authorities were so focused on preventing another attack that they overlooked a pest explosion that threatened the quality of the nation’s food supply.
Beware of the Frogs: TCU officially accepts invitation to join Big 12
06:21 p.m., October 10, 2011 Updated 12:00 a.m.
TCU accepted an invitation to join the Big 12 on Monday night, seizing an opportunity to be a part of a conference with natural geographic rivals despite the league’s recent instability.
Heartland Community Health Center seeks $22,300 from Douglas County
October 10, 2011 in print edition on A4
A clinic that helps low-income patients get basic medical care, counseling and food is turning to Douglas County government for help becoming a community health center that would be assisted financially by the federal government.
KU is making changes to the way it recruits, engages new students
October 10, 2011 in print edition on A1
Facing three years of declining enrollments, Kansas University is making changes in the way it recruits students to try and engage with a new pool of students on a personal level. KU leaders say they’re expanding the numbers of potential students they’re trying to reach, focusing more on students with solid high school GPAs but test scores outside the upper echelon and further personalizing their approach.
Safe Winter Walkways program seeking volunteers to help clear others’ sidewalks
October 10, 2011
Volunteers are needed for the Safe Winter Walkways program.
Lawrence City Commission to review proposal to move historic home at 11th and Indiana
October 10, 2011 in print edition on A1
Tearing down an old home isn’t the only way to start a historic preservation battle in Lawrence. Moving one can create quite a stir, too.
Kansas City, Kan., man injured in motorcycle accident Saturday night on Clinton Parkway
October 10, 2011
A 26-year-old Kansas City, Kan., man was injured in a motorcycle accident Saturday night in west Lawrence.
Pony Express riders carry letters from Lecompton to Topeka in commemorative event
October 10, 2011 in print edition on A1
At this age, it’s OK to celebrate your milestones together.
Federal district judge talks to Lawrence Rotary about independence
October 10, 2011
In his nearly 20 years on the federal bench, U.S. District Judge John Lungstrum says he’s seen the importance of an independent federal judiciary.
Roadwork to slow traffic on Iowa Street from 15th to 19th streets on Tuesday
October 10, 2011
An emergency repaving is scheduled for parts of Iowa Street on Tuesday.
KU-Kansas State football game to kick off at 11 a.m.
October 10, 2011
The Kansas vs. Kansas State football game on Oct. 22 at Memorial Stadium will kick off at 11 a.m., the Big 12 announced Monday.
Event in Washington, D.C., to honor Dole, benefit institute
October 10, 2011
Two former U.S. presidents will serve as honorary chairmen of an event in Washington, D.C., honoring former U.S. Sen. Bob Dole, R-Kan.
2 Leavenworth men arrested in connection with gunfire incident in Lawrence post bond
12:25 p.m., October 10, 2011 Updated 05:05 p.m. in print edition on A2
Two Leavenworth men who were arrested early Sunday in connection with a gunfire incident in Lawrence have posted bond before formal charges were filed, according to Douglas County Jail records.
Woman treated at hospital after rollover accident in west Lawrence
10:45 a.m., October 10, 2011 Updated 04:36 p.m.
Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical workers extricated one person from a vehicle after a rollover accident Monday morning near Clinton Parkway and Crossgate Drive.
Police back at home of Kansas City missing baby Lisa Irwin
09:49 a.m., October 10, 2011 Updated 01:02 a.m. in print edition on A5
Police are offering few details about an investigation into the disappearance of a 10-month-old baby from her Kansas City home, as the hunt for Lisa Irwin enters its seventh day.
Town Talk: Peking Taste owners to add frozen yogurt store to operations; piano studio opens in West Lawrence; The Eldridge to be featured on national television
October 10, 2011
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County:
New KCK casino looking for 1,000 workers
October 10, 2011
Owners of the new casino at the Kansas Speedway are looking for nearly 1,000 employees.
Unemployed seek protection against prejudice in job search
October 10, 2011 in print edition on A7
After two years on the unemployment rolls, Selena Forte thought she’d found a temporary job at a delivery company that matched her qualifications.
Deficit supercommittee struggles as clock ticks
October 10, 2011 in print edition on A7
The supercommittee is struggling. After weeks of secret meetings, the 12-member deficit-cutting panel established under last summer’s budget and debt deal appears no closer to a breakthrough than when talks began last month.
Connecticut not backing down from fight with Amazon on new tax law
October 10, 2011 in print edition on A7
Connecticut officials are not giving up on requiring Internet sellers to collect state sales taxes, despite signs from online retailer Amazon.com that it has no immediate plans to abide by the state’s new Internet tax law.
Seasoned activists critique Wall Street protests
October 10, 2011 in print edition on A1
But whether the energy of protesters can be tapped to transform the political climate remains to be seen.
U.S. Army Corps to hold public meetings about Missouri River
October 10, 2011 in print edition on A5
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is likely to get an earful when it holds public meetings on its plan for managing the Missouri River next year because many people have criticized the way the agency handled this year’s record flooding.
Cornerstone Southern Baptist Church sets chili supper for Friday
October 10, 2011 in print edition on A5
Cornerstone Southern Baptist Church, 802 W. 22nd Terrace, will be hosting a chili supper from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday.
As cold weather approaches, make sure your house is safely heated
October 10, 2011 in print edition on A1
Temperatures may still be high for October, but it’s never too early to check carbon monoxide and other dangers, experts say.
Another funding deadline looms for Kansas arts officials
October 10, 2011 in print edition on A1
The clock is ticking toward another crucial deadline for the Kansas Arts Commission, which already lost a year’s worth of federal matching dollars — approximately $1.2 million — because of Gov. Sam Brownback’s veto of state funding.
Project aims to collect, analyze black writers’ works
October 10, 2011
A Kansas University professor is working on tracking down novels written by black writers.
How to help: Making a difference easier through events
October 10, 2011 in print edition on A4
Make a Difference Day is Oct. 22.
First Bell: Hot topic — heating, air-conditioning units — up for approval; capital planning ahead for Lawrence school board
October 10, 2011
Time for another edition of “First Bell,” a look at issues and items involving education in and around Lawrence.
Heard on the Hill: A guide to finding KU public censure notices; engineering students to present information learned in Brazil; graduate student involved in find that uncovers big dinosaur tracks
October 10, 2011
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Remnant Rehab: Trick-or-treat tote
October 10, 2011
When I went trick-or-treating as a kid, my mom would give me a tote bag or one of those pumpkin buckets.
KU soccer wins in OT
October 10, 2011 in print edition on B3
Kansas University freshman Ingrid Vidal recorded her fourth game-winning goal in KU’s 2-1 overtime victory over Creighton on Sunday.
Brewers rally past Cards
October 10, 2011 in print edition on B3
Even before the first pitch, the Milwaukee Brewers took a swing at the St. Louis Cardinals. Come Sunday, the Brewers swapped their barbs for bats — and just kept bashing.
National briefs: Jimmie Johnson rules K.C. NASCAR race
October 10, 2011 in print edition on B2
That’ll teach everyone to count out Jimmie Johnson.
NBA, players association hold Sunday talks
October 10, 2011 in print edition on B2
Top negotiators for the NBA and players’ association met Sunday night in perhaps the last chance to avoid canceled regular-season games.
Josh Selby waits out NBA labor strife
October 10, 2011 in print edition on B2
Second-round NBA Draft pick Josh Selby, who is unable to negotiate a contract with the Memphis Grizzlies during the lockout, is patiently playing the waiting game with league rookies and veterans alike.
TCU trustees to meet today on Big 12 invite
October 10, 2011 in print edition on B1
TCU trustees are scheduled to meet today, when they will discuss the school’s invitation to join the Big 12 Conference.
Jayhawks ‘hurting’ after loss to OSU
October 10, 2011 in print edition on B1
One by one, Kansas University’s football players strolled off the field and up the ramp to the visitors’ locker room at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla., after Saturday’s 70-28 loss at Oklahoma State. Not one said a word, and each had the same look in his eye and limp in his step.
Don’t count KU out of basketball title chase
October 10, 2011 in print edition on B1
Bill Self’s ninth season as basketball coach for Kansas University begins Friday with Late Night and opens with a foggier outlook than usual.
Rousing rally: Chiefs make it two in a row
October 10, 2011 in print edition on B1
Matt Cassel finally figured out how to beat the Colts on Sunday.
Pump Patrol
October 10, 2011
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.15 at several stations.
ACLU amends complaint on abortion insurance
October 10, 2011
The American Civil Liberties Union has filed an amended complaint in its legal challenge to a new state law that restricts insurance coverage for Kansas women.
Divorces
October 10, 2011 in print edition on A5
Divorces granted in Douglas County District Court the week ending October 8, 2011.
Marriages
October 10, 2011 in print edition on A5
Marriage licenses issued in Douglas County District court the week ending October 8, 2011.
Bankruptcies
October 10, 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.
Young leaders
October 10, 2011 in print edition on A8
A few weeks ago, I was reflecting with a friend about the 9/11 commemoration at the Dole Institute. I shared with her that over 400 attendees heard opening remarks from university and community dignitaries.
View misrepresented
October 10, 2011 in print edition on A8
George Will mischaracterized Ms. Warren’s comment about rich folks owing something to society (Journal-World, Oct. 6). She said a successful person should get to keep a “big hunk” of their wealth and that they should part with “a hunk” to reimburse society for its role in their success. She did not say that “any individual’s achievements should be considered entirely derivative from society,” as Mr. Will put it.
Jobs bill support
October 10, 2011 in print edition on A8
The divisiveness in Washington is costing American jobs. Over three weeks have passed since President Obama sent his American Jobs Act to Congress, but the Republicans refuse to even look at it.
Debate stakes high for GOP field
October 10, 2011 in print edition on A8
No Chris Christie. No Jeb Bush, no Mitch Daniels, no George Pataki. No Paul Ryan either. Nor Sarah Palin. There’ll be no reset for the Republicans. The GOP presidential field is set.
Tricky transfer
City officials need to be more transparent about their reasons and their method for transferring money from utility payments into the general fund.
October 10, 2011 in print edition on A8
The cost of turning on a faucet or flushing a toilet has become a source of confusion for Lawrence residents.
Fix-It Chick: Discourage brown recluse spiders from residing inside
October 10, 2011
Brown recluse spiders are venomous spiders found in Midwestern states. Named for their reclusive habits, these spiders prefer dry, dark, isolated areas with little human activity.
Plain Jane no more: Dressing up your oatmeal
October 10, 2011
The right amount of berries, yogurt, maple syrup or spice can make oatmeal a platinum superstar without sacrificing price or nutrition.
Laura Dern pursues the good life
October 10, 2011
Is recovery entertaining? Laura Dern, so memorable in over-the-top roles in “Rambling Rose,” ‘‘Recount” and “Blue Velvet,” returns to form in “Enlightenment” (8:30 p.m., HBO) as Amy, an ambitious corporate executive who has just seen her career go down the toilet.
Horoscope for Oct. 10
October 10, 2011
This year the unexpected occurs within a partnership. You often go back and forth trying to deal with a problem that is perpetually transforming. But the core issue could be the same. If you are single, you will face the above-mentioned issues when you start relating. You could have quite a selection of suitors. If you are attached, you might need to explore different ways of handling emotional issues with your sweetie. Aries can be challenging.
25 years ago: Old contraband falls from dorm ceiling
October 10, 2011
Some residents of a Kansas University residence hall had made a discovery on a recent evening.
40 years ago: Homecoming decoration destroyed, rebuilt overnight
October 10, 2011
A “tissue-paper monument to school spirit” had been destroyed in the dead of night.
River City Jules’ 100th column
October 10, 2011
Today is the 100th column for River City Jules. For nearly two years I have had the privilege of distracting from actual news stories while indulging in a little literary therapy. But these stories are usually on my terms. So this week I am dedicating the column to my readers, answering some frequently asked questions I have fielded around town over the past 100 weeks.
100 years ago: KU students backing Wilson for President
October 10, 2011
“Woodrow Wilson for President. That was the purpose of a club formed today at the University by the college students.”
Mass. Street Chic: Extend your summer wardrobe into fall
October 10, 2011
Adjusting your wardrobe from season to season can be tricky. As temperatures wobble back and forth, be prepared to conquer any weather with these fall transition pieces.
Vintage Players reach audiences young and old
October 10, 2011
It’s hard to know who has more fun — the audience members who attend a performance by the Vintage Players, or the performers themselves. “We have a lot of laughs at our meetings,” says troupe member Agnes Engelmann. “We read things at our meetings we could never perform, but we get a kick out of reading them. We do improv. We play charades. It’s just a lot of fun.”
Everyday Life: Best laid plans
October 10, 2011
Recently I was reading an article, in one of those slick semi-popular Buddhist magazines you see around town, about how great it was to let go of your plans and just, you know, go with the flow.
Double Take: Homework in high school
October 10, 2011
How do you get high school kids to do homework?
Slice of Life: Doug Nickel
October 10, 2011
Let’s tango. “My love of social Argentine tango started with a flier for lessons,” says enthusiast Doug Nickel. “I was hooked after the first class. Tango became a hobby, then an obsession, now it’s a lifestyle.”