Archive for Sunday, October 16, 2011

Lead stories

6:00 a.m.
Kansas cornerback Anthony Davis disrupts a pass to Oklahoma receiver Ryan Broyles during a defensive stand in the second quarter that forced the Sooners to settle for a field goal on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011 at Kivisto Field. This time, Kansas not punch line
October 16, 2011 in print edition on 1B
It sounds absurd to talk about a football team taking a step forward on a night in which it allowed 610 yards and 47 points, a night in which it had one second-half first down and lost by 30 points, but the fact is Kansas University looked significantly better Saturday in a 47-17 loss to Oklahoma in Memorial Stadium.
10:00 a.m.
Erin Lurken, Topeka, holds her six-month-old daughter Ava Grace Lurken as the two ride a carousel during the annual Maple Leaf Festival. Maple Leaf Festival provides fall fun, serves as ‘major fundraiser’
October 16, 2011 in print edition on 3A
Hundreds of cars poured into Baldwin City on Saturday for the annual Maple Leaf Festival — a huge tradition in this small town.
2:00 p.m.
Jason Ellison was released from prison Oct. 7 after serving five years for sexual battery. New evidence cast doubt on Ellison’s conviction and a Douglas County judge released him last week. Man tries to rebuild life after serving time for crime he says he didn’t commit
October 16, 2011 in print edition on 1A
Less than a week after being released from prison, Jason Ellison is rebuilding his life.
6:00 p.m.
Bertie McConnell celebrated her 90th birthday Saturday with a little surprise added when she was inducted in the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority. After 70 years, woman gets second chance to join sorority
October 15, 2011 in print edition on 3A
It was a rush 70 years in the making. Bertie McConnell was a wide-eyed freshman at Washburn University in 1941. She enjoyed her studies that first semester, worked hard and often accompanied her best friend to events held by the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority, a group of women, she said, “who were just so sweet.”

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Exchange student from Germany embraces the foreign: football, Mandarin Chinese
October 16, 2011 in print edition on A1
Markus Lisske knew he already was adding on another year of academics by leaving his native Germany, coming to Lawrence and enrolling as a junior at Free State High School.
KU funding, by the numbers: Research income largest slice of budgetary pie
October 16, 2011 in print edition on A1
As Kansas University officials continue to undertake efforts to spend less, here’s a breakdown of where KU gets its money.
Fanatics of imported cars put navigational skills to test in 119-mile-long rallye
October 16, 2011 in print edition on A3
Early Sunday afternoon, members from the Lawrence All British Car Club took to the road with their prized European antiques. They were competing in the club’s first rallye, a 119-mile drive that would test their driving and navigational prowess.
More than 100 volunteers still needed to help make a difference during day of service
October 16, 2011 in print edition on A3
From trimming back cattails to cleaning and organizing supply closets, more than 100 volunteers are needed to participate in Make a Difference Day.
Smoking ban blamed for Kansas Lottery sales drop
October 16, 2011 in print edition on A10
Kansas Lottery sales remain flat at a time when other states are seeing big increases, including 17 that set records last year.
Wheel Genius: Road work planned this week
October 16, 2011
Road work planned for the week of October 16, 2011.
Mo. National Guard to help in search for missing baby
October 16, 2011 in print edition on A4
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is sending members of the National Guard to Kansas City to help search for a missing baby.
Until case closed, CASA volunteers lend guiding hand
October 16, 2011 in print edition on A3
For more than five years, Kansas University law student Clarissa Howley has advocated for the rights of abused and neglected children as a Court Appointed Special Advocate, or CASA, volunteer.
Patrol releases ID of man killed in shootout
October 16, 2011 in print edition on A5
The Kansas Highway Patrol has released the identity of a man killed in a shootout with troopers near a north-central grain elevator.
Maple Leaf Festival provides fall fun, serves as ‘major fundraiser’
October 16, 2011 in print edition on A3
Hundreds of cars poured into Baldwin City on Saturday for the annual Maple Leaf Festival — a huge tradition in this small town.
16 Things: Longtime KU staff member, assistant to the chancellor shares stories of world travels
October 16, 2011 in print edition on A1
This is another in an occasional series of stories by reporter Andy Hyland, who’s been asking Kansas University staff members to share “16 Things I’ve Done.” Today’s installment features Jeff Weinberg, a longtime KU staff member who most recently worked as an assistant to the chancellor.
Study: Voter ID changes make it harder for 5 million people to vote
October 16, 2011 in print edition on A1
After decades of laws being approved aimed at making it easier to vote, a number of restrictions to enter the voting booth will be in place for the 2012 election, and Kansas is at the forefront of that trend.
Douglas County braces for likely drop in property values
October 16, 2011 in print edition on A1
Let the worrying about the next round of budget talks for Douglas County governments begin.
Man tries to rebuild life after serving time for crime he says he didn’t commit
October 16, 2011 in print edition on A1
Less than a week after being released from prison, Jason Ellison is rebuilding his life.
25 years ago: Same-day surgery unit opens at LMH
October 16, 2011
An estimated 2,000 patients a year were expected to use the new “same-day surgery department” at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
40 years ago: Lawrence man charged after shooting death
October 16, 2011
He had entered the Douglas County Jail saying, “I just shot a girl.
No. 21 Texas A&M beats No. 20 Baylor, 55-28
October 16, 2011 in print edition on B7
Texas A&M hasn’t been able to throw the ball deep all season.
No. 17 Kansas St comes back to beat Tex Tech 41-34
October 16, 2011 in print edition on B7
Kansas State coach Bill Snyder is working on another Miracle in Manhattan, one small stroke at a time.
Missouri wallops Iowa State 52-17
October 16, 2011 in print edition on B7
James Franklin accounted for five touchdowns. Got humbled a bit, too.
Jeremy Smith runs Oklahoma State over Texas 38-26
October 16, 2011 in print edition on B7
Twice Oklahoma State’s Jeremy Smith took a handoff, hit the line of the scrimmage and braced himself to get smacked. Instead, there was nothing but yards of green field, the burnt orange end zone and the groans of nearly 100,000 Texas fans in front on him.
Free State volleyball 4-2, LHS 3-3 at tourney
October 16, 2011 in print edition on B5
Free State High went 4-2 and Lawrence High was 3-3 at the Emporia Volleyball Tournament on Saturday.
FSHS gymnastics wins league title
October 16, 2011 in print edition on B5
Free State High’s Jackie Zaitz and Grace Bartle placed 2-3 in the all-around, and the Firebirds won the Sunflower League gymnastics title Saturday at Olathe East.
KU football notebook: Jeremiah Hatch hurt, but ‘fine’ after scare
October 16, 2011 in print edition on B4
Kansas University offensive lineman Jeremiah Hatch left the game late in the first quarter following an apparent back injury.
Sooners satisfied with win
October 16, 2011 in print edition on B4
Undefeated Oklahoma, the No. 1-ranked team in the country in the coaches’ poll — the same OU that annihilated Texas, 55-17, the previous week — looked human in Saturday’s 47-17 victory over Kansas in Memorial Stadium.
A turn for the better: KU loses again, but shows gain
October 16, 2011 in print edition on B1
The final result was another loss, but this one didn’t feel like all the others.
Travis Releford shrugs off Kansas’ losses
Junior aware Jayhawks not deep, but ‘of course we are going to be able to survive it’
October 16, 2011 in print edition on B1
To Travis Releford, it matters not that Kansas University’s basketball team enters the 2011-12 season with just eight recruited scholarship players on the roster.
Kansas volleyball falls to OU
October 16, 2011 in print edition on B3
Kansas University jumped to a 2-0 lead, but ultimately suffered a five-set Big 12 volleyball loss to Oklahoma on Saturday, 23-25, 19-25, 25-23, 25-19, 15-9.
Boise State prez says goal is AQ status in BCS
October 16, 2011 in print edition on B2
Boise State president Robert Kustra says the university’s responsibility is to get the Broncos as close as possible to an automatic qualifying status in the BCS.
Alexis Czapinski seventh at state tennis
October 16, 2011 in print edition on B5
Free State High’s Alexis Czapinksi went 2-1 and placed seventh at the Class 6A state tennis tournament on Saturday. Czapinski beat Manhattan’s Kayla Frayley, 9-2; lost to Shawnee Mission East’s Elizabeth Barnickel, 9-1; and beat Wichita Northwest’s Lindy Wilkerson, 9-5.
Sporting KC clinches playoff berth with 2-0 win
October 16, 2011 in print edition on B2
C.J. Sapong scored, and Sporting Kansas City clinched a playoff berth with a 2-0 victory on Saturday over the New York Red Bulls, who lost forward Thierry Henry to a red card in the first half.
Texas buries Detroit, returns to World Series
October 16, 2011 in print edition on B8
Nelson Cruz and the Texas Rangers are headed to their second straight World Series, finishing off the Detroit Tigers to become the American League’s first repeat champion in a decade.
U.S. drops keeping troops in Iraq
October 16, 2011 in print edition on A7
The U.S. is abandoning plans to keep U.S. troops in Iraq past a year-end withdrawal deadline, The Associated Press has learned. The decision to pull out fully by January will effectively end more than eight years of U.S. involvement in the Iraq war, despite ongoing concerns about its security forces and the potential for instability.
City commission agenda for Oct. 16th
City to look at traffic signal project
October 16, 2011 in print edition on A6
City commissioners will consider moving ahead with the next phase of a project to synchronize traffic signals on 23rd Street and parts of North Second Street.
Around and about in local business
October 16, 2011
Local business news for the week ending October 15, 2011.
Ethics case unlikely to affect Kline’s teaching
October 16, 2011 in print edition on A10
The dean of the Liberty University School of Law said former Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline’s ability to teach at the Christian school in Virginia is unlikely to be affected by the outcome of an ethics case against him.
Mitt Romney’s rise challenges tea party’s clout in GOP
October 16, 2011 in print edition on C14
Mitt Romney’s early success in the Republican presidential race is challenging the tea party’s clout. Will it continue to pull the GOP sharply right? Will it slowly fade? Or merge with mainstream Republican elements in a nod to pragmatism, something it’s hardly known for?
Mexico’s newest export to U.S. might be water
October 16, 2011 in print edition on C14
Mexico ships televisions, cars, sugar and medical equipment to the United States. Soon, it might be sending water north.
Can protests last without leaders?
October 16, 2011 in print edition on C14
They were out to change the world, overthrow the establishment and liberate the poor. But first somebody would have to do something about those bongo drums.
‘Potter’ actor turns private investigator in ‘Histories’
October 16, 2011
Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy in the “Harry Potter” franchise) portrays private investigator Jackson Brodie in “Case Histories” on “Masterpiece Mystery!” (8 p.m. Sunday, PBS, check local listings). Based on popular novels by Kate Atkinson, “Histories” will air over the next three weeks.
Horoscope for Oct. 16
October 16, 2011
For Sunday, Oct. 16: This year you greet change with a smile. Many times you feel pushed by several assertive friends. If you are single, with so many admirers, you will have to choose to maintain that status. If you are attached, your sweetie appreciates your attention, even though he or she might not say so. Gemini always intrigues.
Lane markings
October 16, 2011 in print edition on A9
Thank you, city of Lawrence, for finally fixing the potholes in this fair city. Can you please find the money to repaint the traffic lines? I’ve almost, or almost been, sideswiped numerous times. When a driver wants to make a turn, no one can tell if they have a legitimate turn lane or not. I mean, I know where I’m going and all, but most people don’t. I swear it’s almost like people are just making it up as they drive along.
Leadership void
October 16, 2011 in print edition on A9
Our city’s two largest employers (education and local government) are totally dependent on the profits generated in the private sector. Without private-sector profits there are no tax revenues to provide for the public sector’s salaries, health care premiums and pensions.
GOP field falls short on foreign policy
October 16, 2011 in print edition on A9
Foreign policy hasn’t played much of a role in the Republican presidential race, and it’s easy to see why.
Good faith?
Local taxpayers would like to see a little more effort to obtain additional state funding for Lawrence’s Social and Rehabilitation Services office.
October 16, 2011 in print edition on A9
Making a “good-faith effort” usually involves someone going out of his or her way to make something happen.
Boomer Girl Diary: A love-hate relationship with Halloween
October 16, 2011
Cathy catalogs some costume successes and failures throughout the years.
Garden Calendar: Scenic River Road lives up to name
October 16, 2011
Douglas County has plenty of scenic views to take advantage of this time of year, but Lecompton resident Jay Lohmann believes the Scenic River Road is the best.
100 years ago: Girl accidentally locked in church during nap
October 16, 2011
“Last night J. L. Fincher, who lives next to the Holy Roller hall, was awakened from a deep slumber by a voice calling his name repeatedly. At first he thought it was a dream….”
This time, Kansas not punch line
October 16, 2011 in print edition on B1
It sounds absurd to talk about a football team taking a step forward on a night in which it allowed 610 yards and 47 points, a night in which it had one second-half first down and lost by 30 points, but the fact is Kansas University looked significantly better Saturday in a 47-17 loss to Oklahoma in Memorial Stadium.
Cain waffles on issues of race
October 16, 2011 in print edition on A9
This is for those who keep asking what I think of Herman Cain. In particular, it’s for those who want to know what the tea party’s embrace of this black businessman turned presidential candidate says about my claim that the tea party is racist.
FSHS runners runners-up
Free State 4th, 5th; LHS 3rd, 8th
October 16, 2011 in print edition on B5
Before most of the girls coming down the Rim Rock Farm skyline for the finishing stretch became visible, Shawnee Mission West’s Allie Cash breezed to the finish line to win the girls 4K at the Sunflower League cross country championships.