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Archive for Thursday, October 27, 2011

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
Lawrence City Hall, Sixth and Massachusetts streets. Group urges city to make headway on rec center
October 26, 2011 in print edition on 1A
Lawrence city commissioners are moving closer to a $15 million decision on a new recreation center, thanks in part to a friendly press applied by Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self.
6:00 a.m.
Kris Kobach claims victory in the Republican primary for Kansas Secretary of State in Topeka in this file photo. Kobach said he wants to see an end to birthright citizenship. Statehouse Live: Kobach campaign given maximum fine of $5,000 for mistakes in reporting campaign funds
3:41 p.m., October 26, 2011 Updated 8:27 p.m. in print edition on 1A
Ethics Commission Chair Sabrina Standifer said she was “disappointed” in the way the ethics complaint had been represented by Kobach. “This is in no way, shape or form self-reporting,” she said.
10:00 a.m.
Justin Zimmerman, left, and Ross Smith, right, use a specially designed loading lift to rapidly transfer the contents of two large garbage cans into city trash truck in northwest Lawrence. City commissioners on Tuesday agreed to spend $885,490 to order enough trash carts to outfit every single-family home in the city with a plastic cart. Solid Waste Task Force calls for required trash carts
October 26, 2011 in print edition on 1A
The city’s Solid Waste Task Force made its strongest statement yet that it believes residents should be required to use city-issued trash carts instead of trash cans or bags.
2:00 p.m.
A collection of old magazines recently made the Lawrence Public
Library an unexpected $3,700. Bruce Flanders, the library director,
auctioned issues of The Craftsman from 1901 to 1918 and issues of
The Automobile from the same time, on the auction Web site eBay. On
Friday, Flanders browsed an issue of LOOK Magazine.
Lawrence library director — who retired last week — lands job at university library in Olathe
October 26, 2011 in print edition on 1A
The events surrounding the sudden departure of the longtime director of the Lawrence Public Library took a new twist on Wednesday.
6:00 p.m.
A group of women laugh about an exercise that has them mimic playing a piano during a morning workout in October at Meadowlark Estates, 4430 Bauer Farm Drive, led by activity director Andrea Wyatt. “Are we playing Mozart?” inquired one woman. The Douglas County Retiree Attraction Task Force is on a mission to make Lawrence a retirement destination. Attracting more retirees to town will have impact on jobs, services, schools
October 26, 2011 in print edition on 1A
Editor’s note: This concludes a three-part series examining the push to attract more retirees to Douglas County.

All stories

Man pleads no contest in child sex case
October 27, 2011 in print edition on A5
An 18-year-old Lawrence man pleaded no contest Thursday to a felony for having a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old girl last May in Lawrence.
2 teens apprehended after foot chase
October 27, 2011 in print edition on A5
Two 16-year-old boys were apprehended by Lawrence Police Department officers after a foot pursuit Thursday evening
Man injured in single-vechicle accident on I-35 in Lenexa
October 27, 2011 in print edition on A5
A 61-year-old Shawnee man was taken to Overland Park Regional Medical Center after a single vehicle accident Thursday evening in Lenexa.
KU forward Thomas Robinson hyperextends knee, could miss a few days of practice
October 27, 2011
Kansas University junior forward Thomas Robinson hyperextended his left knee in practice on Thursday and could miss a few days of practice, coach Bill Self said Thursday night.
Soldier sentenced to two-year probation term in downtown knife attack
October 27, 2011 in print edition on A6
A Douglas County judge Thursday sentenced a 20-year-old Fort Leavenworth solider to serve two years on probation for his involvement in a December fight in downtown Lawrence in which a 20-year-old Kansas City, Kan., man was stabbed.
KU Mortar Board members to recognize five faculty, staff members
October 27, 2011
A Kansas University honor society will recognize five KU faculty and staff members as outstanding educators during an upcoming exhibition basketball game.
Some Knology customers experience Internet outages, delays
October 27, 2011 in print edition on A5
Some internet customers of Knology were unable to get online or experienced delays during a two-hour period Thursday afternoon.
Marching bands to converge Saturday at KU’s Memorial Stadium for annual festival
October 27, 2011 in print edition on A2
On Saturday, 21 high school marching bands from around the region will converge on Kansas University’s Memorial Stadium for the 20th annual Heart of America Marching Festival.
Lawrence Giveback program going mobile
October 27, 2011 in print edition on A3
The 12,000 people who regularly cash in on savings at 75 Lawrence merchants — all while generating donations for more than 100 charitable organizations in the area — are about to have a faster, easier and more responsive way to transact purchases.
Group to sue over new Kan. abortion clinic rules
October 27, 2011
A national abortion rights group says it will file a new federal lawsuit over revised regulations in Kansas for abortion providers.
Town Talk: City’s sales tax collections on the rise; local tech company lands $5 million investment; 715 looking to open new event space; Ninth and Penn site set for upgrade
October 27, 2011
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
NEA delivers bad news to Kansas Arts Commission
09:01 a.m., October 27, 2011 Updated 12:35 a.m. in print edition on A1
The Kansas Arts Commission is absorbing a setback from the National Endowment for the Arts.
First Bell: ‘The Laramie Project’ opens on stage tonight at Lawrence High; school board goals available online
October 27, 2011
Time for another edition of “First Bell,” a look at issues and items involving education in and around Lawrence.
Heard on the Hill: Renderings of the new GSP renovations available; statistics show breakdown of tenured vs. non-tenured faculty; School of Music’s Halloween concert set for Friday
October 27, 2011
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
40 years ago: Temporary wall becomes medium for graffiti
October 27, 2011
The wall had been informally sanctioned to receive student input in the form of graffiti, art work, and posters.
25 years ago: Over 180 applicants vie for one firefighting job
October 27, 2011
Lawrence Fire Chief Jim McSwain was in the middle of a difficult decision process.
Our Town Sports for Oct. 27
October 27, 2011 in print edition on B3
A weekly roundup of local events and results.
Rainy weather postpones Game 6
October 27, 2011 in print edition on B2
Colby Lewis and his Texas teammates casually tossed a ball in left field, trying to avoid the tarp and any anxiety about being so close to the World Series championship.
National briefs: NBA labor parties try to pick up the pieces
October 27, 2011 in print edition on B2
NBA owners and players were engaged in another marathon session Wednesday, meeting for more than 12 hours in talks aimed at ending the lockout.
Kansas volleyball falls at Iowa State
October 27, 2011 in print edition on B3
Kansas University’s volleyball team ran into a buzzsaw Wednesday and suffered a lopsided, three-set loss at Iowa State.
Fran Fraschilla touts Bill Self for Hall of Fame
October 27, 2011 in print edition on B3
Four active college basketball coaches — Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim, UConn’s Jim Calhoun, Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski and North Carolina’s Roy Williams — already have been inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
WVU not done deal just yet
October 27, 2011 in print edition on B1
The Big 12 is still deciding: West Virginia or Louisville? Could be one or the other, or maybe neither.
Kansas’ top 11 football prospects
October 27, 2011 in print edition on B1
My guess at the best 11 NFL prospects on the Kansas University football roster, listed in reverse order with draft class in parentheses:
LHS, FSHS eager to meet again in soccer regional
October 27, 2011 in print edition on B1
There will be a Lawrence city showdown soccer champion after all.
Extra ordinary: Off the field, Free State High quarterback Kyle McFarland might seem like an average guy. On the field, he’s anything but.
October 27, 2011 in print edition on B1
It wasn’t too long ago that Kyle McFarland was unfamiliar with the spotlight.
Pump patrol
October 27, 2011 in print edition on A5
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.23 at several stations.
Jayhawks wary of UT blitzkrieg
October 27, 2011 in print edition on B1
Through six games, the University of Texas football team has recorded eight sacks and six interceptions.
Cutting costs
October 27, 2011 in print edition on A10
It was very gratifying to read in the newspaper and see on TV that the head of the state Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services will request funding for the Lawrence SRS operation in 2012 and not wait until 2013 to do so.
Outsource trash
October 27, 2011 in print edition on A10
Mario Cuomo, past Democratic governor of New York, has stated, “It is not a government’s obligation to provide services, but to see that they are provided.”
U.S. exit stirs mixed emotions
October 27, 2011 in print edition on A10
Eight years ago on a night in March, they interrupted our regularly scheduled programs for a breaking news bulletin.
Transportation move
The exit of Transportation Secretary Deb Miller is a loss for the state.
October 27, 2011 in print edition on A10
In another notable traffic-related news, Deb Miller announced this week that she would step down as secretary of the Kansas Department of Transportation at the end of this year.
Road relief
Local residents are ready to bid a fond farewell to Kansas Turnpike road crews.
October 27, 2011 in print edition on A10
The end of a project to replace bridges over the Kansas River and make other improvements to the Kansas Turnpike near Lawrence certainly is cause for celebration.
Missed Mideast opportunity
October 27, 2011 in print edition on A10
To the catalog of missed opportunities for peace in the Middle East, we can add a tantalizing if also depressing chapter: Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s secret offer in 2008 to create a Palestinian state that would feature international control of holy sites in a divided Jerusalem — a concession many Israelis have said was impossible.  
Vulgar teens: Old, new and eternal
October 27, 2011
Half the fun of watching television is ridiculing it. In the early 1990s, TV producers decided that it wasn’t enough to broadcast stuff, but that they had to make jokes about the programming, or “deconstruct it,” at the same time.
Horoscope for Oct. 27
October 27, 2011
This year you sparkle and express high energy. You could be overwhelmed by all the possibilities. Your biggest challenge will be choosing the appropriate course of action. If you are single, you meet many potential sweeties. If you are attached, remember your partner — he or she deserves your time and attention. Be sensitive to his or her needs. Scorpio pushes you hard.
100 years ago: Dr. Naismith speaks on need for children’s playgrounds
October 27, 2011
“The children’s play ground movement received a big impetus yesterday afternoon….”
OU ‘confused’ by Big 12 Network plan
October 27, 2011 in print edition on B2
Oklahoma officials say they don’t understand how a proposed Big 12 Network could work considering that Texas already has an independent channel and the Sooners are working on one of their own.