Archive for Tuesday, October 25, 2011

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On the street
Have you purchased locally grown or produced food in the past week?

Poll results

Response Percent
Yes. At a store.
Yes. At several places.
Yes. At a farmers’ market.
Yes. At a restaurant.
Total 380
Have you ever participated in the Relay for Life?

Poll results

Response Percent
I didn’t know about it
Total 321

All stories

Perry calls for sweeping tax cuts, benefit changes
October 25, 2011 in print edition on A6
Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry proposed dramatic tax and spending changes Tuesday, saying he would let Americans choose between a 20 percent flat tax and the current system, allow private Social Security accounts and slash government spending and regulation.
Baby steps most realistic strategy for Obama
October 25, 2011 in print edition on A6
The president who ran for office promising sweeping change now finds himself calling for baby steps.
Kansas City man in rollover accident released from hospital
October 25, 2011 in print edition on A5
A 19-year-old Kansas City, Kan., man involved in a rollover accident Friday south of Tonganoxie has been released from Kansas University Hospital.
Hunt Martin Materials reports stolen trailer, other items
October 25, 2011 in print edition on A5
Hunt Martin Materials in Franklin County reported the theft of a trailer and other items in the 2800 block of Sand Creek Road.
American Royal wants Kemper Arena torn down, replaced
October 25, 2011 in print edition on A5
Forty years ago R. Crosby Kemper Jr. donated some land in Kansas City’s west bottoms and provided funding for what would become Kemper Arena, named in honor of his father, who had just died.
Glum consumer confidence level marks lowest since March 2009
October 25, 2011 in print edition on A8
Americans say they feel worse about the economy than they have since the depths of the Great Recession. And it’s a bad time for a bad mood because households are starting to make their holiday budgets.
Start your engines: Work on Kansas Turnpike near Lawrence wrapping up Wednesday night
October 25, 2011
For 29,493 daily users of the Kansas Turnpike, Wednesday evening promises to mark the first time in more than 40 months — or 1,238 days, or 29,699 hours, or 1,781,940 minutes — that all lanes and all ramps will be open to all traffic heading through all of Lawrence.
Big Springs residents thrown off balance by plans to topple water tower; county calls halt to project
October 25, 2011 in print edition on A1
Jaylene Rosenberger already lives in the shadow of a big water tower near Big Springs in northwest Douglas County. She sure doesn’t want it any closer — like on top of her mobile home.
Trial in lawsuit against ex-AG Kline delayed
October 25, 2011 in print edition on A10
The trial of a sex discrimination lawsuit against former Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline has been delayed as attorneys finalize a settlement.
Statehouse Live: Manhattan, K-State down Lawrence, KU in energy efficiency contest
01:27 p.m., October 25, 2011 Updated 05:04 p.m. in print edition on A3
The city of Manhattan and Kansas State University teamed up to win a $100,000 prize by defeating the city of Lawrence and Kansas University in an energy efficiency challenge.
Kansas transportation secretary Deb Miller leaving post in December
12:13 p.m., October 25, 2011 Updated 12:30 p.m.
Kansas Department of Transportation Secretary Deb Miller is leaving her post in December to take a position with a national transportation planning and policy group.
Occupy Lawrence protesters ask city for help finding new campsite
12:09 p.m., October 25, 2011 Updated 12:34 a.m. in print edition on A3
Members of the protest group Occupy Lawrence packed up camp at South Park early Tuesday morning, at the request of Lawrence police officers.
Town Talk: Reseller of clothing likely to land next to Hy-Vee on Sixth; an impassioned plea for a Peking Taste buffet; the city’s debt, a recreation center and a lot of numbers
October 25, 2011
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County:
Brownback postponing release of Medicaid plan
10:47 a.m., October 25, 2011 Updated 12:31 a.m. in print edition on A4
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration is delaying the release of its plan for overhauling the state’s Medicaid program until next month.
Missing KC baby’s age makes her harder to find
October 25, 2011
The problem, officials say, is that Lisa Irwin’s age — just 10 months when she went missing on Oct. 4 — countless babies match the same description, right down to the bright blue eyes and two bottom teeth. She does have a distinguishing birth mark on her right thigh, but that would hardly be noticed from a distance.
Lawrence man, 20, dies at Wichita hospital after chemicals released in his car on I-70 near Manhattan
10:38 a.m., October 25, 2011 Updated 05:10 p.m. in print edition on A3
A 20-year-old Lawrence man died at a Wichita hospital after a suicide attempt on Interstate 70 that shut down the westbound lanes of the highway in Riley County overnight on Monday and into Tuesday morning.
Fatal crash closes I-70 in Topeka for hours
08:33 a.m., October 25, 2011 Updated 10:26 p.m. in print edition on A5
Interstate 70 has reopened to westbound and eastbound traffic more than 12 hours after the fatal, pre-dawn accident of a tractor-trailer.
First Bell: Consultants to help forecast enrollment, adjust boundaries; board member justifies consolidation efforts; advisers consider consensus possible
October 25, 2011
Time for another edition of “First Bell,” a look at issues and items involving education in and around Lawrence.
Lawrence school board members differ on bond’s anticipated fate
October 25, 2011
Members of the Lawrence school board clarified their instructions Monday for advisers envisioning scenarios for consolidating — as directed — two or three of six elementary schools during the next two to three years.
PCI to host career fair Friday
October 25, 2011
The Community Career Connection at Pinnacle Career Institute, 1601 W. 23rd St., is hosting a career fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday.
Bioscience panel recommends funding for two centers
October 25, 2011 in print edition on A4
The Kansas Bioscience Authority’s investment committee recommended funding for two of the KBA’s Kansas Bioscience Centers of Innovation on Monday.
City hopes to land more retirees
October 25, 2011
Bob MacLeay, 86, has led an adventurous life. He earned medals for fighting in the Battle of the Bulge and spent decades after World War II scaling New York skyscrapers, inspecting them as a structural engineer. He had no ties to Kansas, but every summer he and his wife would drive west to reunite with Army buddies in California. Now, he’s one of the many recently attracted to retire in Douglas County.
Douglas County Commission to consider permit for firing range
October 25, 2011 in print edition on A2
Douglas County commissioners will consider approving a conditional use permit Wednesday for a law-enforcement firing range near Lone Star Lake.
Occupy Lawrence members report crimes at South Park camp
October 25, 2011 in print edition on A2
Members of the Occupy Lawrence group filed several police reports over the weekend and on Monday.
Kansas group urges end to income tax
October 25, 2011 in print edition on A12
A newly formed group is urging Kansas lawmakers to abolish the state income tax during the next legislative session.
Kansas City man ejected from vehicle in rollover accident Friday
October 25, 2011 in print edition on A5
A 19-year-old Kansas City, Kan., man was taken to an area hospital following a rollover accident Friday near Tonganoxie in which he was ejected from the vehicle.
Lawrence man taken to LMH after crashing vehicle
October 25, 2011 in print edition on A5
A 23-year-old Lawrence man was taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital after he crashed his vehicle and ran from sheriff’s deputies early Saturday morning north of Lawrence, a Douglas County Sheriff’s spokesman said.
Judges leaves bond at $100,000 for robbery suspect
October 25, 2011 in print edition on A5
A judge Monday kept bond for a Lawrence robbery suspect at $100,000 after the man’s first appearance in court Monday afternoon. Charles Erwin Reed, 20, was brought to the Douglas County Jail Friday in connection with a July carjacking in west Lawrence.
Heard on the Hill: Athletics spending far outpacing academics spending; new Iona president is a KU graduate; your humble correspondent tries to moderate scholar’s bowl tournament, Free State wins
October 25, 2011
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
KU men’s golf in 4th at tourney
October 25, 2011
Three Kansas University men’s golfers shot rounds under 70 at the first day Monday at the Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate.
KU women’s basketball, volleyball make schedule changes
October 25, 2011
Kansas University’s women’s basketball exhibition opener against Emporia State has been moved two days, from Oct. 31 to Nov. 2.
After poor start, Chiefs riding 3-game streak
October 25, 2011
A few weeks ago, many Chiefs fans were lobbying to join the Andrew Luck sweepstakes.
Meghan Potee places third to pace KU women
October 25, 2011
Sophomore Meghan Potee shot a career-low 5-under-par 67 in the final round of the Edwin Watts/Palmetto Intercollegiate on Monday and finished tied for third, her best finish as a Jayhawk. Potee shot 75-76-67—217.
National sports briefs: Houston expected to consider Big East jump
October 25, 2011
University of Houston regents will meet Thursday and are expected to give the chancellor authority to move the Cougars out of Conference USA to a new league, possibly the Big East.
Big 12 quickly becoming no-defense league
October 25, 2011
The Blackshirts at Nebraska are gone to the Big Ten and the once-vaunted Wrecking Crew at Texas A&M is looking awfully porous these days.
Athletes press NCAA for reform
October 25, 2011
More than 300 major-college football and men’s basketball players are telling the NCAA and college presidents they want a cut of ever-increasing TV sports revenue to fatten scholarships and cover all the costs of getting a degree, with athletes picking up still more grant money when they graduate.
Missouri hasn’t left for SEC — yet
October 25, 2011
It was supposed to be the day that the University of Missouri officially announced its intentions to leave the Big 12 Conference.
Thomas Robinson must be ‘main course’ for KU
October 25, 2011
Speaking just before lunchtime, Bill Self had food on his mind when asked about his expectations for preseason All-American Thomas Robinson this season.
Overlook KU? No way … Longhorns vow not to relive last year’s stunning loss to Iowa State
October 25, 2011
During his 28 seasons as a college football head coach, University of Texas’ Mack Brown has won 223 contests, 11 bowl games and one national championship.
Stalled IPO market likely means less job growth
October 25, 2011 in print edition on A7
Two companies with quirky names, Ubiquiti Networks and Zeltiq Aesthetics, made their public debuts earlier this month with listings on the Nasdaq Stock Market. Each company’s stock went up modestly on the first day of trading.
Doctors divided on using in-depth cholesterol tests
October 25, 2011
For heart health, you’re supposed to know your numbers: Total cholesterol, the bad LDL kind and the good HDL kind. But your next checkup might add a new number to the mix.
Libyan leader seeks to calm West on Sharia fears
October 25, 2011 in print edition on A7
After giving a speech that emphasized the Islamization of Libya, the head of the transitional government on Monday tried to reassure the Western powers who helped topple Moammar Gadhafi that the country’s new leaders are moderate Muslims.
Obama offers mortgage relief
October 25, 2011 in print edition on A9
President Barack Obama offered mortgage relief on Monday to hundreds of thousands of Americans, his latest attempt to ease the economic and political fallout of a housing crisis that has bedeviled him as he seeks a second term.
Report shows losses in government jobs choking economic recovery
October 25, 2011 in print edition on A9
Conservative Republicans have long clamored for government downsizing. They’re starting to get it — by default.
State responsibility
Legislators from across the state need to support a budget that affirms the state’s responsibility to fund SRS services rather than handing them off to local taxpayers.
October 25, 2011 in print edition on A10
It was welcome news to five Kansas communities that the state Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services would include funding for their local SRS offices in its budget proposal for next year.
Protest support
October 25, 2011 in print edition on A10
We should applaud the people in the park, not evict them!
Dental needs
October 25, 2011 in print edition on A10
I recently read an article in the Lawrence Journal-World about residents camping out overnight to receive free services from the Douglas County Dental Clinic. It would be hard to believe that such drastic measures must be taken for people to see a dentist if it wasn’t something I’ve experienced myself.
Face it, Republicans, Mitt’s your man
October 25, 2011 in print edition on A10
Memo to Republicans: If you don’t nominate Mitt Romney, you’re nuts.
Scary good fun: How to throw the perfect Halloween party
October 25, 2011
If you’re planning to throw a Hallow’s Eve shindig, we’ve got all you need to do it right.
Obama support driven by racism
October 25, 2011 in print edition on A10
At the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston, Sen. Barack Obama said, “There is not a black America and a white America and Latino America and Asian America — there is the United States of America.”
25 years ago: Kansas Turnpike celebrates historic milestone
October 25, 2011
The Kansas Turnpike was celebrating its 30th birthday this week in 1986.
40 years ago: Master plan for county roads calls for three new freeways
October 25, 2011
The Douglas County Master Street and Road Plan, then pending adoption, featured three new four-lane freeways for the county.
100 years ago: Thieves take cement from Opera House construction site
October 25, 2011
“Twenty-five dollars reward is offered by Irving Hill in the hopes of catching the men who are trying to help themselves to the cement that is stacked up for work at the new Bowersock Opera House building.”
Horoscopes for October 25
October 25, 2011
This year you discover the importance of maintaining a low profile. You often feel overwhelmed. If you are single, first encounters can be very intense. If you are attached, the two of you benefit from weekends alone. You will bond more closely. Libra makes a great healer.
HBO revisits high school sports drama
October 25, 2011
Blessed with memorable characters, an underdog setting and heart-stopping climax, the sports documentary “Prayer for a Perfect Season” (8 p.m., HBO) has all the stuff of great drama.
Retailers begin price wars for the holidays
October 25, 2011 in print edition on A7
Forget style, quality and customer service. This holiday season, all that matters is price.