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Middle school principals reject ‘Tom Sawyer’ as single ‘core’ text for eighth-grade English
October 13, 2011 in print edition on A1
A classic American novel taught for years to junior high students in Lawrence won’t become a mandatory text for eighth-graders now attending middle school.
Woman taken to hospital after motorcycle accident near Sixth and Mississippi streets
October 13, 2011
A Lawrence woman was taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital by ambulance Thursday evening after a two-vehicle accident near the intersection of Sixth and Mississippi Streets.
U.S. Deputy Agriculture secretary visits The Merc, discusses free-trade accords
October 13, 2011 in print edition on A3
U.S. Deputy Agriculture Secretary Kathleen Merrigan said Thursday in Lawrence that President Barack Obama’s jobs bill would give an economic boost to the state along with the free-trade agreements Congress passed Wednesday.
Lots of new faces …but will they all play? McLemore, Traylor still ineligible
05:24 p.m., October 13, 2011 Updated 12:49 a.m. in print edition on B1
Ben McLemore says that, outside of basketball, his greatest talent is … dancing.
Panel: Suspend ex-AG Kline’s law license in Kansas
October 13, 2011 in print edition on A1
A professional ethics panel recommended Thursday that former Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline have his state law license suspended indefinitely over his conduct during criminal investigations of abortion providers.
Immigration experts meeting at KU criticize Kobach’s laws
October 13, 2011 in print edition on A1
Immigration experts on Thursday criticized laws in Alabama and Arizona that were co-authored by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach. But Kobach said the controversial anti-illegal immigration measures were working.
Attorney for suspect in robbery of KU students says client wasn’t involved in crime
October 13, 2011 in print edition on A6
A defense attorney for a Fort Leavenworth military police officer accused of robbing two Kansas University students last June says a co-defendant’s new statement to police points to her client’s innocence.
Local officials likely will turn to Kansas Legislature for money to fund Lawrence SRS office
October 13, 2011 in print edition on A1
It is not exactly the type of start city and county officials were hoping for when it comes to the partnership they formed with the state of Kansas to keep the Lawrence SRS office open.
Wichita store robbed of hundreds of adult videos
October 13, 2011
Police in Wichita are searching for a robber who stole hundreds of videos from an adult store.
Franklin County Sheriff’s deputy, 28, dies of unknown causes
October 13, 2011 in print edition on A6
A 28-year-old Franklin County Sheriff’s deputy died Wednesday night at an Ottawa hospital after he fell ill earlier in the day, Sheriff Jeff Curry said Thursday afternoon.
KU men’s basketball shares top spot in preseason Big 12 poll with Texas A&M
October 13, 2011
The Kansas men’s basketball team has been picked to finish first in the Big 12 preseason coaches poll along with Texas A&M, the conference announced Thursday.
Four Kansas researchers honored with Higuchi awards
October 13, 2011 in print edition on A3
Four Kansas scientists — one from Kansas University, one from KU Medical Center and two from Kansas State University — have earned Higuchi-KU Endowment Research Achievement Awards, the state’s most prestigious recognition for excellence in research.
Lawrence man pleads no-contest to charge of domestic battery; prosecutors say he hit former girlfriend with glass
October 13, 2011 in print edition on A6
A 47-year-old Lawrence man pleaded no contest Thursday morning to a misdemeanor charge of domestic battery after he was accused in August of throwing a pint glass and hitting his former girlfriend in the face at Crosstown Tavern, 1910 Haskell Ave.
Motorcyclist injured in accident on U.S. Highway 24-40 just south of Tonganoxie
October 13, 2011
A 74-year-old Linn County man was taken to Kansas University Hospital following a motorcycle accident just after 10 a.m. Thursday about a mile south of Tonganoxie.
Topeka, Shawnee County leaders meet over domestic cases
October 13, 2011
The interim Topeka city manager has told Shawnee County that the city is offering to prosecute all misdemeanor cases except domestic battery.
Douglas County prosecutors file battery charge against Leavenworth man accused of injuring Lawrence woman
October 13, 2011 in print edition on A6
Douglas County prosecutors have re-filed an aggravated battery charge against a 41-year-old Leavenworth man accused of injuring a 46-year-old Lawrence woman in an April domestic disturbance.
Court panel to meet in Lawrence to hear appeal of Matthew Jaeger’s conviction for kidnapping, assaulting former girlfriend
October 13, 2011 in print edition on A6
An appeal of the conviction of Matthew Jaeger will be heard next week by a panel of the Kansas Court of Appeals, which will be meeting in the Douglas County Courthouse, 1100 Mass.
Town Talk: Signs that Dillons demo is about to begin; Olive Garden pursuing national strategy of local tax breaks; more on city trash and recycling
October 13, 2011
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
First Bell: Schools drink, flush and soak up plenty of water; Science Fair information offered; College/Career Fair set for tonight
October 13, 2011
Time for another edition of “First Bell,” a look at issues and items involving education in and around Lawrence.
Heard on the Hill: Labs in Malott getting a facelift; lectures abound at KU; another alumnus completes Ironman triathlon
October 13, 2011
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
25 years ago: Babcock Place still needing repairs
October 13, 2011
In spite of 13 years of trial and error and about $500,000 in repairs, Babcock Place was still experiencing serious leaking problems.
Ex-Jayhawk Jake Laptad signs with Bears
October 13, 2011 in print edition on B8
Former Kansas University defensive lineman Jake Laptad has been signed by the Chicago Bears. Laptad, an undrafted free agent who graduated from KU in 2011, joined the team Wednesday in Chicago.
40 years ago: 3.2 percent beer to be sold in Kansas Union
October 13, 2011
The Lawrence City Commission voted 3-2 to approve the controversial cereal malt beverage license.
Our Town Sports for Oct. 13
October 13, 2011 in print edition on B3
A weekly roundup of local events and results.
Sporting K.C. plays to draw
October 13, 2011 in print edition on B3
Omar Bravo’s apparent goal against his old team was disallowed, and Sporting Kansas City tied Chivas de Guadalajara, 2-2, in an international friendly Wednesday night.
KU volleyball falls to MU
October 13, 2011
With head coach Ray Bechard mourning the death of his mother, Kansas University’s volleyball team dropped a four-set match to rival Missouri on Wednesday at Hearnes Center.
Athletes need support
October 13, 2011 in print edition on B1
Saturday’s game between Oklahoma and Kansas involves a suspense factor. It’s located in the stands. KU students who hold season tickets can bring another student free of charge for the 8:15 p.m. kickoff televised on ESPN2.
Mammoth challenge awaits FSHS football
October 13, 2011 in print edition on B1
In all his years of coaching, Free State High’s Bob Lisher has never had to prepare for a challenge like this. Olathe Northwest receiver Willie Cauley is not only fast and athletic with great hands. He’s also 6-foot-10.
Hoops hoopla upon us
Media day, Late Night kick off season for depleted Jayhawks
October 13, 2011 in print edition on B1
Bill Self and his Kansas University basketball players will answer dozens of questions — some serious, some silly — during today’s two-hour media day festivities in Allen Fieldhouse.
Overcoming: Kansas LB Isaac Wright faced adversity from start
October 13, 2011 in print edition on B1
If you met him today, you might not notice anything remarkable about Kansas University linebacker Isaac Wright.
Cruz crushes again in 11th
October 13, 2011 in print edition on B4
The Texas tag team of Nelson Cruz and Mike Napoli was too much for the Detroit Tigers.
National briefs: NCAA closes Newton-Auburn investigation
October 13, 2011 in print edition on B2
The NCAA says it found no major violations committed by Auburn regarding Cam Newton or other pay-for-play allegations.
Feds will mediate NBA labor talks
October 13, 2011 in print edition on B2
The NBA and its locked-out players are going to use the same federal mediator who tried to resolve the NFL’s labor dispute months before it eventually ended.
Pump patrol
October 13, 2011 in print edition on A5
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.25 at several stations.
Tax and spend
October 13, 2011 in print edition on A7
Your taxes, mill levy or fees go up because someone wants something they can’t afford. Those who depend on tax increases have questionable spending habits. The Journal-World reported the school board spend $300,000 on bleachers and rest rooms. Building repair and school equipment should come first. Westar wants a rate increase in part to cover retirement fund losses in the stock market. Don’t a lot of hard-working people have losses due to the downturn in the markets?
GOP still looking for love
October 13, 2011 in print edition on A7
So last week, Chris Christie said no.
Occupy Wall Street vs. the tea party
October 13, 2011 in print edition on A7
The tea party’s splendid successes, which have altered the nation’s political vocabulary and agenda, have inspired a countermovement — Occupy Wall Street. Conservatives should rejoice and wish for it long life, abundant publicity and sufficient organization to endorse congressional candidates deemed worthy. All Democrats eager for OWS’ imprimatur, step forward.
Pointless politics
Now that Topeka and Shawnee County officials have made their points, the district attorney can quit grandstanding and get back to work
October 13, 2011 in print edition on A7
While Topeka and Shawnee County officials were busy making a point, potential domestic violence victims in Topeka were living in fear.
Horoscope for Oct. 13
October 13, 2011
For Thursday, Oct. 13: This year you have more impact than you have had in years. You also will feel the weight of additional responsibility. If you are single, someone you meet this year could be significant to your life. If you choose to hook up with this person, you will have difficulty getting out of this bond, should you so choose. If you are attached, the two of you could be unusually hard on each other. Taurus understands you well.
New cable shows seem very familiar
October 13, 2011
The case for cloning continues on cable. “Selling LA” (9 p.m., HGTV) becomes the West Coast companion to the network’s popular series, “Selling New York.” As on the Gotham version, we’re concerned here just with properties that will set you back $5 million to $40 million in the most luxurious locales.
100 years ago: Early cold snap forecast for Kansas
October 13, 2011
“Unless the predictions of the old time prophets are called off, some cold weather is heading for Kansas.”
Cardinals regroup, take 2-1 lead
October 13, 2011 in print edition on B4
Albert Pujols hit an RBI double during a four-run first inning, and the St. Louis bullpen bailed out Chris Carpenter as the Cardinals beat the Milwaukee Brewers, 4-3, Wednesday night for a 2-1 edge in the NL championship series.
Details arise in Red Sox’s September collapse
October 13, 2011 in print edition on B2
As the Boston Red Sox disintegrated in what would become the worst September collapse in baseball history, some at Fenway Park grew concerned that the pain medication Terry Francona was taking after a half-dozen procedures on his knee was affecting his ability to manage, according to a report in the Boston Globe.