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Federal agents probe Wichita mosque fire
October 31, 2011 in print edition on A10
The FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are helping investigate a fire at a mosque in west Wichita.
Crowds celebrate Halloween with downtown trick-or-treating
October 31, 2011
Dozens of ghouls, goblins, zombies, princesses, cartoon characters — and at least one very convincing robot/mad scientist duo — descended on Massachusetts Street for the annual tradition of downtown trick-or-treating Monday evening.
Revenue secretary headed to western Kansas to hear views on overhauling state tax code
October 31, 2011 in print edition on A4
Gov. Sam Brownback’s point man on overhauling the Kansas tax code is headed out to western Kansas on a listening tour about tax policy, officials announced Monday.
KU-Baylor football game will not be televised
October 31, 2011
The Kansas football team’s Senior Night game against Baylor on Nov. 12 will not be televised, the Big 12 announced Monday.
Charges filed against man accused of pointing shotgun at Lawrence police officer
04:18 p.m., October 31, 2011 Updated 04:48 p.m. in print edition on A2
Douglas County prosecutors have filed three charges against a 21-year-old Lawrence man who is accused of pointing a shotgun at a Lawrence police officer and at least one other person early Sunday morning.
Drug take-back day nets 265 pounds of medications
October 31, 2011 in print edition on A5
The results keep getting better for the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and Lawrence Police Department after their third prescription drug “Take-Back Day” on Saturday.
Firefighters, medics save energy, thousands of dollars during friendly competition
October 31, 2011 in print edition on A5
Turning off lights, computer monitors and treadmills helped Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical trim more than $1,500 from their electric bills during a recent four-month period.
Douglas County Commission to consider deal to acquire property near new homeless shelter from towing company
October 31, 2011 in print edition on A3
A towing company would remain in business and pay rent to Douglas County, under negotiated lease and land-purchase agreements up for approval Wednesday afternoon.
KU coach Bill Self gives probable starters for Pittsburg State game
October 31, 2011
Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self acknowledged that “walk-ons will play” in Tuesday night’s exhibition opener against Pittsburg State.
Recruit Kaleb Tarczewski says picking Arizona over KU came down to ‘gut feeling’
02:08 p.m., October 31, 2011 Updated 12:00 a.m.
Kaleb Tarczewski, a 7-foot, 220-pound senior center from St. Mark’s High School in Southborough, Mass., on Monday orally committed to play basketball at Arizona.
Application approved to circulate recall petition for two Basehor City Council members
12:39 p.m., October 31, 2011 Updated 07:31 p.m. in print edition on A3
A group of Basehor residents is seeking the recall of Basehor City Council members Dennis Mertz and Iris Dysart, accusing them of violating the Kansas Open Meetings Act in connection with their surprise Sept. 19 vote to fire former city administrator Mark Loughry.
Rep. Davis says Secretary of State Kobach should focus on his job, not ‘personal crusade’ against illegal immigration
October 31, 2011
House Democratic Leader Paul Davis of Lawrence says Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, a Republican, needs to focus on his job and not his “personal crusade” against illegal immigration.
3 more victims of Kan. grain elevator blast found
11:34 a.m., October 31, 2011 Updated 01:53 p.m.
The bodies of the final three victims of a grain elevator blast that killed six people and injured two others were recovered Monday morning in Kansas, a company official said.
Town Talk: $28 million apartment project underway; building permit totals still sluggish; home sales steady for September; a ghost that dusts at The Eldridge
October 31, 2011
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Lawrence man arrested after shotgun incident with police
October 31, 2011 in print edition on A5
A Lawrence man was arrested early Sunday morning after he allegedly pointed a shotgun at a Lawrence police officer.
No injuries reported in Lawrence house fire
October 31, 2011 in print edition on A5
No one was injured after a house caught fire late Saturday night at 2229 Rodeo Drive.
Brown Foundation leader under fire
October 31, 2011 in print edition on A5
It sounded like such a perfect fit: The daughter of the lead plaintiff in the Brown v. Board of Education school desegregation case was picked to lead a National Park Service site in a former all-black school in Topeka, Kan., where the groundbreaking case was born.
Girl Scouts seek help sorting cookies
October 31, 2011 in print edition on A5
The Douglas County Girl Scouts are in need of a lot of volunteers to help with their annual cookie sale by sorting cookie orders. T
First Bell: Deerfield leads pack in Dollars for Scholars Program; Boys and Girls Club to celebrate ‘Lights on Afterschool’
October 31, 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 ranks second in faculty Fulbright awards; picks up national honor; Student Union Activities sponsoring bus to First Fridays in Kansas City
October 31, 2011
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
October 31, 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.
October 31, 2011 in print edition on A5
Divorces granted in Douglas County District Court the week ending October 29, 2011.
October 31, 2011 in print edition on A5
Marriage licenses issued in Douglas County District Court the week ending October 29, 2011.
Free agency begins; Yanks offer Sabathia
October 31, 2011 in print edition on B2
The Yankees have made a contract offer to ace CC Sabathia, who has until today to decide whether to opt out of the $92 million and four years remaining on his current deal.
Sporting K.C. wins playoff opener
October 31, 2011 in print edition on B2
Teal Bunbury scored in the 49th and 59th minutes, leading Sporting Kansas City to a 2-0 victory over the Colorado Rapids on Sunday night in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
Chiefs recall last win over Chargers
October 31, 2011 in print edition on B1
It was the season opener at the renovated Arrowhead Stadium, a marquee Monday night showdown between the Kansas City Chiefs and San Diego Chargers.
Lawrence volunteer: Helping at hospice ‘a very special thing’
October 31, 2011 in print edition on A1
Like most people, Betty Shaffer had never thought about what it would be like to die. Then she had a health crisis.
Rec boondoggle?
October 31, 2011 in print edition on A8
I was very disappointed to read that the City Commission is seriously considering pursuit of a new recreation center in West Lawrence (Journal-World, Oct. 26).
Taxes, jobs
October 31, 2011 in print edition on A8
A few quick comments about the interrelated issues of corporate taxation and domestic job creation:
Will Cain be just another ‘other’?
October 31, 2011 in print edition on A8
Herman Cain is virtually tied with former Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts in Iowa and South Carolina. He’s running second here in New Hampshire. Some polls have him ahead of Romney nationally. Everybody’s examining 9-9-9, Cain’s simplified tax system. He’s the talk of the political world.
Undue haste
Before making a permanent hire, Kansas Bioscience Authority directors should get to the bottom of certain issues.
October 31, 2011 in print edition on A8
It appears a sufficient number of Kansas Bioscience Authority directors are intent to disregard a Johnson County investigation of former President and CEO Tom Thornton and actions of Authority directors, and pay no attention to a forensic audit by the firm of BKD and make interim CEO David Vranicar the permanent CEO.
25 years ago: National, local demand strong for new gold coin
October 31, 2011
People in the Lawrence area were clamoring for the newly-released “Eagle.”
100 years ago: Train-traveler from KC runs into trouble in Lawrence
October 31, 2011
“It seems that Joe purchased a ticket in Kansas City for Lawrence, but when he arrived here he did not want to get off.”
Horoscope for Oct. 31
October 31, 2011
This year you seem to say the right words at the right time. You experience greater ease with life and people. If you are single, you enter a year in which you attract many potential suitors. If you are attached, frequently indulge your sweetie. Hang out with Capricorn.
Newsmagazine could be good move for NBC
October 31, 2011
With all of the imitation on television, I always wondered when somebody would imitate the one show that has been a hit for 40 years. “60 Minutes” has been in and around the top 10 in ratings for decades. When “60 Minutes” debuted on Sept. 24, 1968, the Beatles’ “Hey Jude” was at the top of the charts. Barack Obama was 7 years old.
Impress kids with Halloween science
October 31, 2011
How can you have a Halloween party without Goblin Goo? Or Magic Potion? Or fake blood?
The myth of the black cat: Coal-colored kitties aren’t bad luck, but they do need your help
October 31, 2011
If black cats really are bad luck, then Katie Evans must have tons of good luck at her disposal just to keep her on solid ground.
KU volleyball falls at A&M
October 31, 2011 in print edition on B10
Kansas University forced a fourth set, but ultimately suffered a 25-21, 25-20, 24-26, 25-20 Big 12 volleyball loss to Texas A&M on Sunday.
National briefs: Tony Stewart wins, closes gap on Carl Edwards
October 31, 2011 in print edition on B2
Tony Stewart hadn’t won a race all season and didn’t list himself as a championship contender when asked to handicap the field before NASCAR’s 10-race playoffs got going. Now, his third championship is there for the taking.
Ho, hum: Kansas guards must sit
October 31, 2011 in print edition on B1
I’ll be with you in a second. Now that Elijah Johnson and Tyshawn Taylor have been suspended for two games, both exhibitions against Division II opponents, I must consult my sports-opinions handbook to see what I’m supposed to write to sound smart, mature and virtuous.
Not dead yet: Turner Gill eager to put October behind
October 31, 2011 in print edition on B1
It doesn’t take much to figure out how fans feel about the current state of Kansas University football program.
40 years ago: Lawrence drive-in theater offers scary Halloween fare
October 31, 2011
On this night of spooks and goblins, the Sunset Drive-In was offering the “Great Pumpkin Days Marathon.”
Fourth-grade football player encourages other girls to try the sport
October 31, 2011
Sharp, inquisitive, fun, imaginative, enthusiastic, an all-around good kid: Those are just a few of the words used to describe Lexi Miller from those who interact with her on a daily basis.
Fix-It Chick: Put a stake through vampire energy-suckers
October 31, 2011
Vampire power is a term coined to describe electrical power wasted by typical household electronics when they are plugged in but not in use.
River City Jules: The Banana Walk of Shame
October 31, 2011
Ahh, Halloween. When giddy young children frolic about the neighborhood in search of the one house dishing out full-sized candy bars and average adults dress up like dead celebrities.
Mass. Street Chic: Fashionable last-minute costumes
October 31, 2011
If you are struggling for a last minute costume idea — and I do mean very, very last minute — look no further. Simply look to your favorite style icon from the past.
Lawrence Spaces: Pioneer Cemetery
October 31, 2011
Welcome to a new feature in Go! about some of the interesting places and spaces in Lawrence. In this column, I hope to highlight some of the unique sites that make Lawrence not only a historic but also a very livable community. So, on this Halloween day, the day on which the ancient Gaels believed the boundaries between the worlds of the living and the dead overlapped, what could be more appropriate than highlighting one of the most historic places in town: Pioneer Cemetery.
Slice of Life: Studies, asthma lead to realization ‘drugs weren’t the answer for me’
October 31, 2011
Lynda Gammal, owner of “Restore Your Health Naturally” at 2859 Four Wheel Drive, is so passionate about promoting preventive health that she abandoned a research career in pharmacology and toxicology to retrain as a holistic health practitioner.
Double Take: ‘Uncommitted’ relationship won’t work
October 31, 2011
Dear Dr. Wes and Miranda: I’m having conflicting views on a boy right now.