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Vehicle crashes into house on Sixth Street, one transported to hospital
06:50 p.m., September 1, 2011 Updated 09:27 p.m. in print edition on A3
A Lawrence man in his early 50s was transported to Lawrence Memorial Hospital Thursday afternoon following an accident that left his truck in someone’s porch in the 400 block of West Sixth Street.
Bioscience company moving from Santa Fe to Lawrence
September 1, 2011 in print edition on A3
Another bioscience company has announced its intention to lease new space at Kansas University’s Bioscience & Technology Business Center at 2029 Becker Drive.
Duty calls ­— Lawrence school district to install restrooms at LHS, Free State ballfields
September 1, 2011 in print edition on A1
The Lawrence school district is bracing to spend an unexpected $300,000 to comply with building codes regarding installation of permanent seating for baseball at Free State and Lawrence high schools.
Five people injured when car swerves to avoid deer on Kansas Turnpike west of Lawrence
September 1, 2011 in print edition on A5
A Topeka man swerved to miss a deer Wednesday night in an accident on the Kansas Turnpike between the Lecompton interchange and McDonald Drive exit in Lawrence that left five people injured, according to a Kansas Highway Patrol report.
Four communities — including Lawrence — agree to pay state to retain SRS offices
September 1, 2011 in print edition on A1
Three other towns have joined Lawrence in paying the state welfare agency to keep their local offices open, it was announced Thursday.
Kansas Human Rights Commission nominee from Lawrence faces tough questioning
September 1, 2011 in print edition on A4
One of Gov. Sam Brownback’s nominees to the Kansas Human Rights Commission received some pointed questioning during a confirmation hearing on Thursday.
Lawrence police, firefighters to square off on the football field on Sept. 18 to help Big Brothers Big Sisters
04:51 p.m., September 1, 2011 Updated 10:55 a.m. in print edition on A4
Members of Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical will take on Douglas County law enforcement officers in a flag football game to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters. The second annual game starts at 6 p.m. Sept. 18 at Free State High School’s Football Stadium, 4700 Overland Dr. The suggested donation to attend the game is $5.
23-year-old Lawrence man identified as victim in fatal motorcycle accident
September 1, 2011 in print edition on A3
Lawrence police Thursday afternoon identified a 23-year-old Lawrence man as the motorcyclist who died in a head-on crash Wednesday evening on Iowa Street.
Committee recommends confirmation of three new members to Kansas Board of Regents
September 1, 2011 in print edition on A1
A Senate committee on Thursday unanimously recommended confirmation of three new members of the Kansas Board of Regents.
KU football players hope to find some luck with newly installed bronze Jayhawk
September 1, 2011 in print edition on A1
A new bronze Jayhawk statue found its perch Thursday just outside the Anderson Family Football Complex facing the south side of Memorial Stadium.
AmeriCorps volunteers find fulfillment at Lawrence clinic
September 1, 2011 in print edition on A3
Volunteers help Heartland Community Health Center in Lawrence.
Public hearing Friday morning to focus on Congressional redistricting
September 1, 2011 in print edition on A2
Ten years ago, the Legislature’s top redistricting officials came to Lawrence and were urged by local leaders to keep the city wholly in the 3rd Congressional District.
Two fundraisers to benefit residents of Presbyterian Manor
September 1, 2011 in print edition on A4
Two events this month will support Presbyterian Manor’s Good Samaritan fund, which helps residents who have hit hard times remain in their homes.
Notre Dame professor to talk about separation of church and state
September 1, 2011 in print edition on A4
Vincent Phillip Muñoz, an associate professor of religion and public life at the University of Notre Dame, will speak Oct. 3 on the Kansas University campus.
No injuries at fire in 3100 block of Creekwood Drive
01:09 p.m., September 1, 2011 Updated 06:06 p.m. in print edition on A2
A fire in the 3100 block of Creekwood Drive today heavily damage a home, but no injuries were reported, according to Mark Bradford, fire chief.
Leavenworth man, 36, receives minor injuries in one-car accident north of Lawrence
September 1, 2011 in print edition on A5
A 36-year-old Leavenworth man was taken to the hospital early Thursday morning after a one-vehicle accident just north of Lawrence.
Town Talk: UPDATE Santa Fe drug development firm moving to KU; New wage data shows we all should have been doctors; salary info Lawrence teachers already have noticed; more construction for Kasold
September 1, 2011
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County:
Railfest in Baldwin City set for Labor Day weekend
September 1, 2011 in print edition on A10
For people with a locomotive interest, the Midland Railway Historical Association in Baldwin City will host special events, including exhibits and trips on its historic trains, this Labor Day weekend.
Handguns reported stolen from North Lawrence
September 1, 2011 in print edition on A5
Two handguns, coins and other items totaling $7,680 were reported stolen from a man’s home.
Air conditioner stolen from salon
September 1, 2011 in print edition on A5
Designer’s Salon reported a stolen air conditioner.
Antique grill reported stolen
September 1, 2011 in print edition on A5
A 54-year-old Lawrence man reported to police the theft of a $1,000 antique charcoal grill.
Pump Patrol
September 1, 2011 in print edition on A5
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.45 at several stations.
Condition updates
September 1, 2011 in print edition on A5
Conditions of victims of recent traffic accidents.
AT&T gearing up for rare antitrust fight over merger
September 1, 2011 in print edition on A7
The Justice Department’s rejection of AT&T’s proposed purchase of T-Mobile USA will test new federal guidelines on challenging mergers and the companies’ resolve in forming the nation’s largest wireless carrier.
Security intensifies as Sept. 11 date nears
September 1, 2011 in print edition on A7
As the nation prepares for the 10-year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks — a date al-Qaida has cited as a potential opportunity to strike again — security is intensifying at airports, train stations, nuclear plants and major sporting arenas around the country.
Hurricane Irene-swollen rivers falling in Vermont
September 1, 2011 in print edition on A7
Swollen rivers began falling Wednesday in much of the Northeast, easing the flooding that paralyzed parts of the region after Hurricane Irene and allowing emergency crews to reach all but one of the Vermont towns that had been cut off by floodwaters.
President Barack Obama jobs plan speech planned for Sept. 8
September 1, 2011 in print edition on A7
In a retreat after an hours-long test of wills Wednesday, President Barack Obama agreed to deliver an address on jobs and the economy to a joint session of Congress on Sept. 8, yielding to House Speaker John Boehner, who had balked at Obama’s request for a Sept. 7 speech.
First Bell: A magnet-school concept seeks traction; Liberty Memorial Central Middle School name gains favor; standards-based report cards spur concerns
September 1, 2011
Time for another edition of “First Bell,” a look at issues and items involving education in and around Lawrence
Heard on the Hill: Video shows new Wescoe spaces; university welcomes 53 new faculty members; some law school students start suing their alma maters; EcoKat history being rewritten
01:55 a.m., September 1, 2011 Updated 12:17 p.m.
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Half of Americans drink daily soda, sweet beverages
September 1, 2011 in print edition on A6
Half of Americans drink a soda or sugary beverage each day — and some are downing a lot.
Ancient humans used hand axes earlier than thought
September 1, 2011 in print edition on A6
Ancient humans fashioned hand axes, cleavers and picks much earlier than believed, but didn’t take the stone tools along when they left Africa, new research suggests.
Official: Most Afghans want U.S. troops to stay
September 1, 2011 in print edition on A6
Most Afghans want a binding security pact with the United States that would keep American troops in Afghanistan indefinitely, a senior adviser to Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Wednesday.
Court says no to using land for casino
September 1, 2011 in print edition on A4
A federal appeals court has ruled that the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma doesn’t have the right to use a tract of land in eastern Kansas that it abandoned more than 130 years ago for a casino.
Nebraska governor urges Obama to deny pipeline permit
September 1, 2011 in print edition on A4
Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman urged President Barack Obama and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Wednesday to deny a federal permit for a pipeline that would carry Canadian oil over an aquifer that supplies drinking and irrigation water to parts of several states.
Federal prosecutor discusses sexual exploitation in Kansas
September 1, 2011 in print edition on A4
An assistant U.S. attorney who was the first federal prosecutor to use anti-sex-trafficking laws to prosecute sex trade customers is working to spread her techniques in Missouri and Kansas.
Douglas County Commission authorizes land acquisition
September 1, 2011 in print edition on A3
Douglas County’s future Public Works facility has a tentative new home.
LHS tennis splits matches against three teams in season-opening quad
September 1, 2011 in print edition on B3
Lawrence High’s girls tennis team opened its season by going 2-2 against three different opponents Wednesday at the Leavenworth quad.
Kansas football veterans can’t wait to see rookies
September 1, 2011 in print edition on B1
With a roster that includes more than 30 new players and seven to 10 true freshmen expected to play, Saturday’s Kansas University football season opener against McNeese State figures to give fans in the stands an early read on which newcomers they like best. They won’t be the only ones paying close attention.
Our Town Sports for Sept. 1
September 1, 2011 in print edition on B2
A weekly roundup of local events, results and happenings.
Vegas prep Shabazz Muhammad to host KU coaches
September 1, 2011 in print edition on B3
Shabazz Muhammad, a 6-foot-6 senior guard from Las Vegas’ Bishop Gorman High, who is ranked No. 1 nationally by Rivals.com, will welcome Kansas University’s coaches into his home Sept. 14.
KU takes A&M’s departure from Big 12 in stride
September 1, 2011 in print edition on B1
There were no TV trucks parked outside Kansas University’s Strong Hall and athletic department offices Wednesday after Texas A&M officially announced plans to flee the Big 12 Conference.
Star search: Free State’s small senior class talented if not stellar
September 1, 2011 in print edition on B1
The Minnesota Vikings selected Christian Ballard with the ninth pick of the fourth round on the final day of April. The Boston Red Sox used a seventh-round selection on June 7 on left-hander Cody Kukuk, who signed an $800,000 contract 10 weeks later. Earlier this month, Brady Morningstar signed a contract to play professional basketball in Greece. All three graduated from Free State High, which has had plenty to take pride in on the athletic front recently.
Betemit leads Tigers past Royals
September 1, 2011 in print edition on B10
Wilson Betemit capped Detroit’s three-run eighth inning with a tiebreaking RBI double against his former team.
Venus Williams exits Open; new faces win
September 1, 2011 in print edition on B10
Venus Williams pulled out of the U.S. Open shortly before her second-round match Wednesday, saying she was diagnosed with Sjogren’s Syndrome, an autoimmune disease that causes fatigue and joint pain.
KPERS promise
September 1, 2011 in print edition on A8
I am all for less government and the cost benefit. However, I have mixed emotions about changing the benefit from a fixed pension to a 401k plan.
Street payoff
The inconvenience of summer street construction is seeming a little more worthwhile.
September 1, 2011 in print edition on A8
Lawrence motorists have begun to see the payoff from a construction-packed summer.
Swim season
Before next year, city officials should have a plan in place to keep the city’s outdoor swimming pool open at least until Labor Day.
September 1, 2011 in print edition on A8
Local individuals and families looking for recreational opportunities over the upcoming three-day Labor Day weekend will have one less option this year, thanks to the early closing of the city’s Outdoor Aquatic Center at Eighth and Kentucky streets.
25 years ago: Local educator recruited for national textbook
September 1, 2011
During a six-hour flight delay on the way to an Austin, Texas, math conference, local educator Mary Hatfield had gotten into conversation with her seatmate, the managing editor for mathematics for Merrill Publishing Co.
Violence doesn’t prove manhood
September 1, 2011 in print edition on A8
The last time most of us heard the name Javaris Crittenton, it was as the other guy in a news story starring Gilbert Arenas.
40 years ago: City applies for federal job funds
September 1, 2011
Federal aid for cities was available under the Emergency Employment Act of 1971.
100 years ago: Peeping Tom makes annual appearance on Alabama Street
September 1, 2011
“Have you seen Jack, the Peeper? He is abroad in the land again.”
Government may go better with beer
September 1, 2011
“Beer,” said Benjamin Franklin, who knew a thing or two about pleasure, “is living proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.” If so, perhaps He wanted John Hickenlooper to be Colorado’s governor.
Horoscope for Sept. 1
September 1, 2011
This year, you often weigh the pros and cons of a situation. At times you are forthright and direct. If you are single, you meet people with ease. Often, others will see you as sultry. Enjoy the dating game to the max. If you are attached, the more you share, the closer you become. Scorpio understands you almost too well!
History Channel misses mark with ‘Ancient Aliens’
September 1, 2011
‘‘Nick News With Linda Ellerbee” (8 p.m., Nickelodeon) presents “What Happened? The Story of September 11.”