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‘Real Men, Real Talk’ the topic of Jana Mackey lecture
October 21, 2011 in print edition on A4
Nationally recognized activist and educator Tony Porter is set to deliver this year’s Jana Mackey lecture, “Real Men, Real Talk.”
Governor touts agriculture mission
October 21, 2011 in print edition on A10
Gov. Sam Brownback says a recent trip to Russia and Kazakhstan has opened the doors for increased relations and trade of agriculture products.
Braeden Anderson to attend Fresno State
05:04 p.m., October 21, 2011 Updated 12:48 a.m. in print edition on B4
Braeden Anderson, a 6-foot-8 power forward from Okotoks, Alberta, Canada, who originally planned to play basketball at Kansas University, on Friday announced plans to attend Fresno State.
Lawrence ArtWalk provides a sneak peek into creative spaces and places
04:42 p.m., October 21, 2011 Updated 12:40 a.m. in print edition on A3
More than 50 artists are opening their homes and studios or sharing gallery space to talk about their craft as part of this year’s ArtWalk.
Victims testify about robberies last December in Lawrence
October 21, 2011 in print edition on A5
A Kansas University student and an alumnus testified Friday about being robbed on the same night last December.
Jobs bill could modernize Lawrence schools, education official says
October 21, 2011 in print edition on A6
Students in Heather Watgen’s fifth-grade class at Cordley School have plenty of questions for President Barack Obama.
Document: Cadaver dog ‘hit’ at missing baby’s home
October 21, 2011 in print edition on A6
An FBI cadaver dog reacted to the scent of a dead person inside the Kansas City home where a baby girl disappeared nearly three weeks ago, according to a police affidavit released Friday.
Brownback denies Kansas tax plan is being formed behind closed doors
October 21, 2011 in print edition on A1
Gov. Sam Brownback on Friday denied his proposed plan to cut taxes was being formed in secret. looking for Halloween pictures from readers
October 21, 2011 in print edition on A6
It’s that time of year again when we celebrate the scary, glorify the ghoulish and hallow in all things Halloween.
Johnson County DA says abortion records destroyed
12:28 p.m., October 21, 2011 Updated 12:10 a.m. in print edition on A2
Kansas’ health department destroyed abortion records that were later sought as evidence in a criminal case against a Planned Parenthood clinic, a prosecutor said in a court record released Friday.
Kansas eases rules on abortion clinics
12:26 p.m., October 21, 2011 Updated 12:23 a.m. in print edition on A1
Kansas officials are easing regulations governing abortion clinics. But the changes aren’t changing the minds of some who succeeded in blocking enforcement of earlier rules.
Statehouse Live: Brownback defends tax plan process; says Blackstone is consulting with state officials
October 21, 2011
On tax policy, Brownback said he has been traveling across the state meeting with numerous groups in public settings and getting input on the state’s tax laws. “This is not being developed clandestinely,” he said.
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October 21, 2011
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Kansas Highway Patrol putting extra troopers on the road for Saturday’s KU-KSU game
October 21, 2011 in print edition on A1
The Kansas Highway Patrol plans extra traffic patrols around the area for Saturday’s Sunflower Showdown game at Memorial Stadium in Lawrence. staff’s Week 8 college football picks
October 21, 2011
The following are the Journal-World staffers’ picks for Week 8 of the college football season.
Lawrence school board to answer consolidation questions Monday
October 21, 2011 in print edition on A2
Members of the Lawrence school board will get a chance Monday to “affirm, change or cancel the charge” of its volunteer advisory group assigned to recommend a plan for closing two or three elementary schools during the next two to three years.
Lawrence schools committee hopes school-finance play could be ‘win for everybody’
October 21, 2011
Lawrence committee hoping for help to avoid closing schools.
Kan. bank sues Virginia credit union over name
October 21, 2011
A Wichita bank with 45 branches in Kansas, Oklahoma and Arkansas is suing a small Virginia credit union that primarily serves local churches and Christian-based groups.
Kansas jobless rate unchanged in September
October 21, 2011
Unemployment remained unchanged in Kansas in September, holding steady at a seasonally adjusted 6.7 percent, the same as in August.
Town Talk: Chick-fil-A rumors growing in Lawrence; library nears $1 million fundraising goal; downtown LED lighting project to be expanded
October 21, 2011
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
City’s supply of compost gone; sale called off early
October 21, 2011
The city has sold all of the compost it had available for a sale that originally was scheduled through Saturday.
Library design plans now include garage
October 21, 2011 in print edition on A1
The design for an expanded Lawrence Public Library — including at least a 3.5-story parking garage that uses a unique mesh-like exterior to promote an open feel— is one step closer to becoming final.
Few Americans take immigrants’ jobs in Alabama
October 21, 2011
Potato farmer Keith Smith saw most of his Hispanic workers leave after Alabama’s tough immigration law took effect, so he hired Americans. It hasn’t worked out: They show up late, work slower than seasoned farm hands and are ready to call it a day after lunch or by midafternoon. Some quit after a single day.
Man gets 4-year sentence in child sex case
October 21, 2011 in print edition on A5
A Douglas County judge Thursday sentenced a 20-year-old Lawrence man to serve more than four years in prison for having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old Lawrence girl.
Passenger in crash released from hospital
October 21, 2011 in print edition on A5
Kathy Miner, 58, of Hiawatha, was released from KU Hospital Tuesday said Dennis McCulloch, a hospital spokesman. She was injured in a Saturday accident on the South Lawrence Trafficway near the Lecompton interchange. Mike Miner, 52, of Hiawatha, died in the crash.
Driver still listed in critical condition
October 21, 2011 in print edition on A5
Peter Raymond Robie, 23, of Cambridge, Md., was listed in critical condition Thursday at Kansas University Hospital in Kansas City, Kan., said Dennis McCulloch, a hospital spokesman. Robie was injured in a rollover crash early Monday on Interstate 70 near the Lecompton interchange northwest of Lawrence.
Football player gets diversion on DUI
October 21, 2011
A freshman Kansas University football player who faced a DUI charge has been granted diversion, according to court records.
Man convicted in auto burglary
October 21, 2011 in print edition on A5
A Douglas County jury earlier this week convicted a 45-year-old Lawrence man in connection with a May 2 auto burglary in west Lawrence. Prosecutors accused Dennis O. Johnson of stealing a semitrailer driver’s personal items and fleeing the area, which was the 3500 block of Clinton Parkway. Lawrence police stopped Johnson in a vehicle 15 minutes later after witnesses described his vehicle. Assistant District Attorney Deborah Moody prosecuted the case, and District Judge Paula Martin is scheduled to sentence Johnson Nov. 18. He faces five to 17 months in prison on the burglary charge.
Protesters maintain presence in park
12:32 a.m., October 21, 2011 Updated 12:38 a.m.
The Occupy Lawrence camp remains in South Park, technically outside the law but working toward a satisfactory resolution for both the city and the protesters.
First Bell: Second-graders ‘Read to Feed’ family in Africa; Virtual School contractor willing to take price cut; federal education official to visit Cordley today
October 21, 2011
Time for another edition of “First Bell,” a look at issues and items involving education in and around Lawrence.
Report: Food labels need Energy Star-like ratings
October 21, 2011 in print edition on A6
Just as that Energy Star tag helps you choose your appliances, a new report says a rating symbol on the front of every soup can, cereal box and yogurt container could help hurried shoppers go home with the healthiest foods.
Lions mount comebacks, defeat Firebirds 3-1
October 21, 2011 in print edition on B1
It took the emotions of Senior Night and an enthusiastic crowd, but Lawrence High volleyball took out Free State in four sets after two improbable comebacks Thursday at LHS.
Stepping up: Self, team leaders reveal Jayhawks who might surprise
October 21, 2011 in print edition on B1
So far, six Kansas University basketball players have “really separated themselves” from the rest of the squad during the first week of the 2011-12 preseason, coach Bill Self said at Thursday’s Big 12 Media Day in Sprint Center.
Rangers rally late, even up World Series
October 21, 2011 in print edition on B1
Josh Hamilton and the Texas hitters looked lost. They chased pitches that bounced, broke their bats and seemed totally overmatched.
Big 12 Media Day notebook: Bill Self talks MU again
October 21, 2011 in print edition on B3
Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self believes Sprint Center will remain a viable site for the Big 12 postseason basketball tournament if Missouri bolts to the SEC.
MU curators meet; SEC not on agenda yet
October 21, 2011 in print edition on B2
The University of Missouri’s governing board opened a two-day meeting Thursday amid speculation that the university is close to leaving the Big 12 Conference for the SEC.
NBA labor talks turn nasty, break off
October 21, 2011 in print edition on B2
NBA labor talks broke down Thursday after three days of meetings failed to yield a deal to end a 112-day lockout, raising the likelihood that even more games will be canceled in an already-fractured season.
LHS football says defense key against Ravens
October 21, 2011 in print edition on B2
If Lawrence High’s football team wants to extend its four-game winning streak tonight against Olathe Northwest, coach Dirk Wedd knows the Lions’ defense must play a starring role.
LHS soccer edges Shawnee Heights
October 21, 2011 in print edition on B3
Lawrence High soccer defeated Shawnee Heights, 1-0, Thursday, in the Lions’ last match of the regular season. Robert Lyan scored the goal for LHS (6-7-3).
Free State football wary of mighty O-North
October 21, 2011 in print edition on B2
Even at 5-2, Free State coach Bob Lisher knows his team won’t come in as the favorite in today’s 7 p.m. matchup against Olathe North at Free State Stadium.
Enforcing civility
October 21, 2011 in print edition on A8
It’s not about being nice; it is about understanding social obligations.
American Legion commander urges Congress to support vets
October 21, 2011 in print edition on A3
The American Legion’s national commander in Lawrence on Thursday said he urged Congress to refrain from further budget cuts that would affect veterans benefits and defense spending.
Hidden agendas
October 21, 2011 in print edition on A8
Kudos to the Journal-World for attempts to get information on the Brownback administration’s secretive tax policy group.
Work in progress
October 21, 2011 in print edition on A8
Hey Jayhawks, keep the faith and don’t throw the baby out with the bath water! Once again, building a strong, winning Kansas University football tradition is in its infancy, and with any baby there are scary and demanding moments. Turner Gill and Chuck Long and many of their coaches are outstanding men, accomplished leaders, skilled teachers and, by the way, great recruiters. KU’s offense this year has performed beyond expectations with mainly freshmen and sophomores in the skill positions. Our offensive line is finally playing up to its potential. This explosive offense will only get better on future Saturdays, and two of the finest kickers in the country were recruited to Mount Oread. Special teams are progressing.
Honors due
It’s good to stop and recognize some everyday heroes in our community.
October 21, 2011 in print edition on A8
This week’s Valor Public Safety Awards ceremony offered another reminder of the important role our local firefighters and law enforcement officers play in the daily life of our community.
Shelter funding
Local donors face another important fundraising challenge.
October 21, 2011 in print edition on A8
Challenge grants put fundraising efforts by a couple of local non-profit groups on the fast-track this fall. The community stepped up to meet one of those challenges last month and hopefully will do the same for another important group by the end of November.
GOP race is still Romney’s to lose
October 21, 2011 in print edition on A8
On Tuesday night, seismologists at the Las Vegas Oceanographic Institute reported the first recorded movement of a hair on Mitt Romney’s head. Although it was only one follicle, displaced a mere 1.2 centimeters, the tremors were felt from Iowa to New Hampshire. Simultaneously, these same scientists detected signs of life in Rick Perry, last seen comatose at the recent Dartmouth debate.
World looks warily to Libya’s future
October 21, 2011
European leaders hailed it as a victory, Libyan exiles celebrated in the streets and the mother of one of Moammar Gadhafi’s many victims said she was treating herself to an expensive bottle of champagne.
25 years ago: Post-game rioting overwhelms Aggieville
October 21, 2011
Manhattan police had said earlier in the week that they were taking steps to prevent a repeat of a similar disturbance two years earlier, but the measures had apparently been ineffective.
40 years ago: Motorbike track debated for new park
October 21, 2011
George C. Coggins, chairman of the local chapter of the Sierra Club, spoke his objections to the proposal.
100 years ago: J-W to provide play-by-play of KU — K State game
October 21, 2011
“Tomorrow afternoon will mark a real epoch in the giving out of Sport News to the people of Lawrence.”
Pulled from pipe, Gadhafi was shown no mercy
October 21, 2011 in print edition on A7
Dragged from hiding in a drainage pipe, a wounded Moammar Gadhafi raised his hands and begged revolutionary fighters: “Don’t kill me, my sons.” Within an hour, he was dead, but not before jubilant Libyans had vented decades of hatred by pulling the eccentric dictator’s hair and parading his bloodied body on the hood of a truck.
Obama awards Citizens Medal to Kansas father
October 21, 2011 in print edition on A4
Recognizing the good deeds of 13 compassionate Americans, President Barack Obama said Thursday that he hopes their work helping the poor, the illiterate, veterans, service members and others will “inspire us to put ourselves in another person’s shoes.”
‘Boss’ both underwhelming, over the top
October 21, 2011
Good and bad, Kelsey Grammer’s shows have always been linked to a particular city.
Horoscope for Oct. 21
October 21, 2011
This year, if you detach, you will see how many choices you have ­— be it your mood or life decisions. If you’re feeling confused, know that you are not ready to commit just yet. If you are single, a friendship could develop into much more, if you so choose. If you’re attached, because of a newfound openness, the two of you enjoy your life together. Count on Leo.