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Kohl’s employee reports stolen items
October 17, 2011 in print edition on A5
A 30-year-old male employee at Kohl’s Department Store, 3240 Iowa, reported to police that someone stole more than $1,000 worth of items in a theft, including video games and clothing.
Police find four disabled people in Philadelphia basement; investigation of theft scheme begins
October 17, 2011 in print edition on A7
The landlord of the apartment building at first thought a circuit breaker had tripped when he went to the basement Saturday and found all the lights were out. Then he realized all six bulbs had been removed, and he heard dogs barking inside a boiler room, its door chained shut.
Citigroup earnings rise 74 percent, to $3.8 billion
October 17, 2011 in print edition on A7
Citigroup Inc.’s earnings rose 74 percent in the third quarter as more of its customers paid their bills on time, leading to lower losses from loans. An accounting gain also boosted income.
Medical startup to locate in KU’s biosciences incubator
October 17, 2011 in print edition on A3
A startup company that works to make painkillers have fewer side effects has signed a deal to locate in Kansas University’s biosciences incubator.
Missouri River flooding declared officially over
October 17, 2011 in print edition on A10
This year’s flooding on the Missouri River is officially over.
Journal-World seeks information on Brownback tax policy group
October 17, 2011 in print edition on A6
The Lawrence Journal-World has filed a request under state law to Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration for information about a task force that meets secretly and is preparing a tax policy recommendation for Brownback.
Missing baby’s family hires Van der Sloot attorney
October 17, 2011
A prominent New York City defense attorney has been hired to represent the parents of a missing Kansas City baby.
KU prof’s research links slow economy to increase in men’s desire for more sexual partners
October 17, 2011
A prolonged economic slump could mean more than just losses of material wealth; it could spark a desire in men to seek more sexual partners, a Kansas University researcher has found.
Legislators review Kansas veterans services
October 17, 2011
A Kansas National Guard officer said Monday that future defense funding levels could affect the ability of the military to properly assist soldiers and families before, during and after deployments.
Town Talk: UPDATE: Start-up pharma firm selects incubator; hopes for a rubber dam on the Kaw; Lawrence real estate scene adds Keller Williams agency; Re-Max agency reopens under new ownership
October 17, 2011
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County:
KC mom admits she was drunk when her baby vanished
08:49 a.m., October 17, 2011 Updated 02:03 p.m.
The mother of a baby who she says was taken from her Kansas City home in the dead of night admitted Monday that she was drunk when the girl disappeared but maintained she did nothing to harm her child.
Motorist transported by helicopter after injury accident on I-70 near Lecompton interchange
02:52 a.m., October 17, 2011 Updated 11:06 p.m.
A small pick-up flipped in a single-car injury accident on I-70 westbound near the Lecompton interchange early Monday morning.
More than a dozen sex offenders living in Kansas nursing homes
October 17, 2011 in print edition on A5
More than a dozen sex offenders are living in Kansas nursing homes, a newspaper found, and officials said there is no system to alert the facilities when they are moving in.
First Bell: Consolidation Working Group to crunch numbers regarding transfers, demographics
October 17, 2011
Time for another edition of “First Bell,” a look at issues and items involving education in and around Lawrence.
Heard on the Hill: KU among top spenders, earners on basketball; researcher finds men more likely to be unfaithful during recessions; small wooden Jayhawk finds new home
October 17, 2011
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Challenges loom as world population hits 7 billion
October 17, 2011 in print edition on C14
She’s a 40-year-old mother of eight, with a ninth child due soon. The family homestead in a Burundi village is too small to provide enough food, and three of the children have quit school for lack of money to pay required fees.
National briefs: SEC, Big 12 dominate first BCS standings
October 17, 2011 in print edition on B2
LSU, Alabama, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State hold the top four spots in the first BCS standings, setting up two potentially huge conference games that could determine which teams play for the national title.
Indy 500 winner Wheldon dies in crash
October 17, 2011 in print edition on B2
Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon died Sunday after his car became ensnared in a fiery 15-car pileup, flew over another vehicle and landed in a catch fence just outside turn 2 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
KU women’s golf in 10th at Maxwell
October 17, 2011 in print edition on B3
Kansas University’s women’s golf team is in 10th place of 17 teams after the first round Sunday of the Susie Maxwell Invitational.
Russell Robinson leaves team
October 17, 2011 in print edition on B1
Former Kansas University guard Russell Robinson has left his pro team in France — JSF Nanterre — by mutual decision, Robinson said over the weekend.
KU football has chance at upset against K-State
October 17, 2011 in print edition on B1
For the third week in a row, the young Kansas University football team faces an undefeated school ranked in the top 12 in the nation.
Board games: Big Bird, rappers come to KU defense’s aid
October 17, 2011 in print edition on B1
With Kansas University’s football defense ranking dead last among FBS programs heading into Saturday, KU coach Turner Gill and his defensive coaches opened their minds to any idea that may put the Jayhawks on the right path. That even included using Big Bird, a couple of rappers and an actor or two.
Wild-card Cards roll into Series
October 17, 2011 in print edition on B1
An afterthought in early September, the St. Louis Cardinals are taking their wild ride all the way to the World Series.
25 years ago: Traffic warning signal near school still not working
October 17, 2011
The flashing lights had been struck by lightning in July and had not yet been repaired.
40 years ago: New shopping plaza planned for Perry
October 17, 2011
The N. R. Hamm Co. had recently begun work on a planned 18-acre shopping center in Perry.
Lawrence Habitat for Humanity seeking navigators to assist with 5K run
October 17, 2011
Lawrence Habitat for Humanity is looking for volunteers to help with its WOW Run 5K, hosted by Body Boutique, on Saturday, Oct. 29. Money raised from this event will benefit the Lawrence Habitat for Humanity Women Build.
Divorces
October 17, 2011 in print edition on A5
Divorces granted in Douglas County District Court the week ending October 15, 2011.
Marriages
October 17, 2011 in print edition on A5
Marriage licenses issued in Douglas County District Court the week ending October 15, 2011.
Bankruptcies
October 17, 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.
Polarized positions
October 17, 2011 in print edition on A8
Some of the recent letters in this forum offer great examples of the widening gap and the growing polarization between Democrats and Republicans in our country.
Loan debt
October 17, 2011 in print edition on A8
The student loan program has created a new class of people who now find themselves in “economic slavery”: the highly educated unemployed.
Taxing the rich
October 17, 2011 in print edition on A8
Taxes on the rich do not harm the economy. Far from it.
Basketball dispute stirs little sympathy
October 17, 2011 in print edition on A8
Kevin Garnett, 35, the Boston Celtics forward who has had a stellar career, was with the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2004 when a teammate, Latrell Sprewell, augmented the national stock of unfortunate pronouncements. Dissatisfied with a three-year $21 million contract extension offer, Sprewell said: “I’ve got my family to feed.”
Tax fairness
A battle between Amazon.com and the state of Connecticut again points out the need for a federal action on collecting sales tax on online purchases.
October 17, 2011 in print edition on A8
It’s likely the last time you purchased something online you didn’t pay any sales tax. That’s because in Kansas unless the company has a physical presence in the state, the seller isn’t required to collect state or local sales taxes. Both the seller and the customers get the benefit of a final price that is lower than what the customer would pay if he or she walked into a brick-and-mortar store and bought the item.
Horoscope for Oct. 17
October 17, 2011
For Monday, Oct. 17: This year you visualize idea after idea. You also will want to share many of them. You are serious-minded and direct. Someone adds to your bounce and strength. If you are single, many potential mates appear. Take your time making the right choice. Cancer pushes you into the limelight.
Belafonte’s life unfolds like a ‘Song’
October 17, 2011
Good footage is the key to any documentary. And “Sing Your Song” (9 p.m., HBO), a profile of singer and activist Harry Belafonte, is a gold mine of great material. Much like Tony Bennett, Belafonte, 84, is a living, breathing connection to a lost world of popular music.
Video games encourage healthy competition
October 17, 2011
At least a couple of times a month, Sean Rudisell dusts off his old Nintendo to play video games with his daughters. Jori, 10, and Kaydi, 7, love the system. Their go-to game? “Super Mario Brothers 3.”
Review: New card game recalls old favorite
October 17, 2011
After a failed attempt at dabong!, which led to playing poker instead (my thanks to Abby Ilardi and Marlee Yost-Wolff for their efforts), my dad finally managed to interpret the slightly ambiguous rules of this game, which I greatly appreciated.
Mass. Street Chic: Add a bit of Hollywood glamour to your wardrobe
October 17, 2011
As the release date of “My Week with Marilyn” creeps closer, style enthusiasts and fashion addicts are increasingly interested in emulating the late star’s iconic, sexy style.
Daisy Hill to host trick-or-treaters
October 17, 2011
Kansas University residence halls on Daisy Hill will host their annual “Halloween in the Halls” event from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.
Breast cancer awareness ubiquitous in fashion
October 17, 2011
The power of pink is undeniable. And unavoidable.
Eco-Parents to put on kids’ clothing swap
October 17, 2011
Parents with piles of outgrown children’s clothes can trade them in for some new duds.
River City Jules: I brake for trees
October 17, 2011
I have officially become my mother.
The frittata: A quick and complete meal
October 17, 2011
It’s a complete meal. It’s easy. It’s fast. It’s versatile.
Slice of Life: Missionary, hospice work not foreseen
October 17, 2011
Becoming an overseas missionary, ordained pastor and Lawrence hospice chaplain weren’t part of Brenda Wahl’s early life plans.
Fix-It Chick: Wash windows in fall to get the most of winter light
October 17, 2011
Cleaning windows in the fall helps keep the home bright during the winter months and increases the passive solar heating abilities of each window.
Double Take: By cohabitating freshman year, couple will miss out on college experiences
October 17, 2011
I’ll be 18 in March and my boyfriend is already 18. We want to leave home and move in together after we graduate (or before if we can).
Red and blue and purple all over: For dual KU-KSU degree holders, the Wildcats are No. 1
October 17, 2011
If you’re going to have degrees from both of the state’s major schools, chances are you’re rooting for K-State.
100 years ago: Grant Township forms literary society
October 17, 2011
“Grant township people always did have real ‘push’ to them.”