Archive for Thursday, September 8, 2011

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Kansas’ congressional delegation reacts to Obama’s jobs plan
07:48 p.m., September 8, 2011 Updated 08:31 p.m. in print edition on A1
U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., opposed the extra spending.
Specific, credible terrorist threat reported in connection with 9/11 anniversary
Government considering raising national threat level
06:49 p.m., September 8, 2011 Updated 09:50 p.m.
U.S. officials said Thursday they were investigating a credible but unconfirmed threat that al-Qaida was planning to use a car bomb to target bridges or tunnels in New York City or Washington to coincide with the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, the first tip of an “active plot” around that date.
Kansas SRS says it needs more money as sexual predator treatment program nears maximum capacity
September 8, 2011 in print edition on A3
The state’s sexual predator treatment program has nearly reached its capacity, forcing officials to seek more than $2 million for an expansion, it was announced Thursday.
SRS officials say Brownback administration won’t close neurological institute — this year
September 8, 2011 in print edition on A6
Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration said Thursday it was abandoning its efforts, at least for now, to shut down the Kansas Neurological Institute.
South Lawrence Trafficway appeal awaits oral arguments
05:27 p.m., September 8, 2011 Updated 05:18 a.m. in print edition on A3
At stake: Whether the $192 million project can continue as designed, with construction contractors to be hired in late 2013, or whether plans for the highway must face a new round of regulatory study and potential redirection.
Tonganoxie nonprofit agrees not to use term ‘Purple Heart’ and will pay official organization $5,000
September 8, 2011 in print edition on A6
The Tonganoxie-based nonprofit Purple Heart Veterans Foundation can no longer use the term “Purple Heart,” according to a Consent Decree and Order filed in federal court Thursday.
Kansas regents looking at salaries of school chief executives
September 8, 2011 in print edition on A6
State higher education officials are looking at whether the salaries of chief executive officers at the regents universities are competitive.
Community events to mark Sept. 11 anniversary this weekend
September 8, 2011 in print edition on A5
A number of events are scheduled this weekend in Lawrence to mark the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Freshmen Traylor, McLemore attending class
Braeden Anderson still awaits word from NCAA
03:56 p.m., September 8, 2011 Updated 12:00 a.m. in print edition on B1
Kansas University freshmen basketball players Ben McLemore and Jamari Traylor attended classes Thursday morning for the first time this semester, but have not yet been fully cleared by the NCAA to participate during the 2011-12 basketball season, coach Bill Self said Thursday.
Lawrence Walmart robbery lookout gets two years probation
01:56 p.m., September 8, 2011 Updated 05:24 p.m.
A Douglas County judge Thursday morning sentenced a 21-year-old Lawrence man to two years on probation for serving as a lookout for a robbery at Walmart last December.
How did you hear about Sept. 11? What do you remember from that day?
September 8, 2011
The 10th anniversary of Sept. 11 is right around the corner. Everyone has commemorations planned. We want to know where you were when you first found out about the attacks on the World Trade Center. Who broke the news to you?
19-year-old Ottawa man sentenced to prison for his role in burglary, robbery in Lawrence
September 8, 2011
A Douglas County judge sentenced a 19-year-old Ottawa man on Thursday to serve 32 months in prison for his role in a Lawrence robbery earlier this year.
Lawrence woman enters no-contest plea in child endangerment case
September 8, 2011
A 25-year-old Lawrence woman Thursday morning pleaded no contest to two misdemeanor child endangerment charges.
Secretary of State Kris Kobach may be heading west — to Douglas County
September 8, 2011
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach may be moving to Douglas County.
Two people taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital following accident on Iowa Street
September 8, 2011
Two people were taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital Thursday morning after a crash involving two vehicles on Iowa Street near Stratford Road, emergency dispatchers said.
KU Endowment Association reports record contributions of $153.2 million — and explains why campaign name is same as Cornell’s
10:05 a.m., September 8, 2011 Updated 03:20 p.m. in print edition on A1
As the Kansas University Endowment Association announced it had raised a record $153.2 million, it also announced the name of an upcoming comprehensive fundraising campaign.
Town Talk: Confirmation on Shawnee Mission Kia plans to open in Lawrence; food trucks may go into high gear in Lawrence; some numbers about the Big 12 Conference
September 8, 2011
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County:
Osage County man convicted of killing his family asks for court-appointed attorneys
September 8, 2011
A former Missouri man convicted of killing four family members in Kansas says he’s broke and needs court-appointed attorneys.
Accused pot smoking gambler jumps in Missouri River near Kansas City to escape police
Arrest made in KCK
September 8, 2011
A man suspected of smoking marijuana inside a Kansas City casino and then jumping into a nearby creek to elude capture has been caught across the river in Kansas.
First Bell: Jayhawks and Lions and Firebirds to march, oh my; KU offers free songs to play; Science Fair preps underway
September 8, 2011
Time for another edition of “First Bell,” a look at issues and items involving education in and around Lawrence.
Heard on the Hill: Centerplate adds new concession options; first floor of Kansas Union gets new furniture; tipster shares news of giant crocodiles
September 8, 2011
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Pump Patrol
September 8, 2011 in print edition on A5
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.54 at several stations.
$3,600 bicycle stolen from west Lawrence home
September 8, 2011 in print edition on A5
A 56-year-old Lawrence man reported to police that someone stole his black Trek bicycle valued at $3,600.
Mitt Romney, Rick Perry spar in GOP debate
September 8, 2011 in print edition on A6
Quick to tangle, Republican presidential rivals Rick Perry and Mitt Romney sparred vigorously over job creation and Social Security Wednesday night in a feisty campaign debate that marked a contentious new turn in the race to pick a 2012 challenger to President Barack Obama.
Golf clubs among $3,475 worth of items stolen from Ohio Street
September 8, 2011 in print edition on A5
An 18-year-old Salina man reported to Lawrence police Monday the theft of $3,475 worth of items, including a Bethany College golf bag and clubs, from a vehicle.
3 victims report minor injuries in aggravated robbery at The Reserve
September 8, 2011 in print edition on A5
Lawrence police are investigating an alleged aggravated robbery and battery of three victims that occurred 3:30 a.m. Monday at The Reserve apartments, 2511 W. 31st St.
Man alleges vehicle was set on fire
September 8, 2011 in print edition on A5
A 60-year-old Lawrence man reported to police Saturday his 1999 black Ford was damaged in an alleged arson.
ACLU files lawsuit over Shawnee County jail mail ban
September 8, 2011 in print edition on A5
The American Civil Liberties Union and a Vermont publisher of a prison magazine are suing the Shawnee County Commission over a policy that bans inmates from receiving books and publications in the mail.
Notable Kansans’ group includes Earhart
September 8, 2011 in print edition on A10
The latest group of “Notable Kansans” announced by Gov. Sam Brownback recalls the state’s aviation, livestock and agricultural heritage.
Feds charge Harper man with environmental violations
September 8, 2011 in print edition on A2
A Kansas man who demolished a historic downtown building in Harper pleaded not guilty Wednesday to federal charges that he failed to notify state and federal environmental regulators.
Questions, answers ahead for group considering school consolidation
September 8, 2011 in print edition on A1
Nearly three dozen teachers, parents and others invested in the future of six Lawrence elementary schools being considered for consolidation gathered Wednesday evening to pose question after question after question about the effort’s potential effects on kids, the evidence being used to make decisions, and the financial implications of closing either two or three schools within two or three years.
100 years ago: New towel law may affect KU classes
September 8, 2011
“Students who are preparing to enter the university and take work on any of the departments requiring experimenting in the laboratories will probably have to add a towel to their equipment.”
LMH benefit golf tournament turns 30
September 8, 2011 in print edition on B4
As part of their service as members of the Lawrence Memorial Hospital Endowment Board, Tom Groene and the late Bob Billings were asked to come up with an idea that would bring exposure to the hospital. They decided to start a golf tournament. Friday at both Alvamar courses will mark the 30th anniversary.
Eichhorn leads city at golf tournament
September 8, 2011 in print edition on B3
Quillen Eichhorn shot a 101 to pace all city golfers and finish 21st at the Shawnee Mission South Golf Invitational on Wednesday at Deer Creek.
A’s hold Royals hitless for eight, win 7-0
September 8, 2011 in print edition on B2
Guillermo Moscoso held Kansas City hitless until rookie Salvador Perez singled with two outs in the eighth inning, and Oakland beat the Royals, 7-0, on Wednesday.
Free State sweeps LHS tennis quad
September 8, 2011 in print edition on B1
Free State High tennis coach Oather Strawderman omitted all names when describing his team’s sweep of the Lawrence quad meet Wednesday.
Congress protecting intelligence turf
September 8, 2011 in print edition on A8
As America takes stock of counterterrorism policies this week, it’s useful to review two major recommendations in the 9/11 Commission Report. The first, which called for creation of a new director of national intelligence to “connect the dots,” is finally making some progress in coordinating the 17 agencies of the intelligence community.
Reunite Lawrence
September 8, 2011 in print edition on A8
Friday morning, I attended a redistricting town hall meeting at the Dole Institute of Politics where a number of local residents voiced their opinions about next year’s statutorily mandated redrawing of congressional, state Senate, board of education and state House districts.
Huskies QB has seen it all
Veteran Harnish to lead NIU against Jayhawks
September 8, 2011 in print edition on B1
The way Kansas University’s defense sees it, the best way to frustrate a veteran quarterback like Northern Illinois senior Chandler Harnish is to mix things up.
Kansas’ Self: It’s ‘crucial time’
Basketball coach remains optimistic about KU’s future
September 8, 2011 in print edition on B1
Bill Self gave a simple, direct, forceful answer when asked if the uncertainty surrounding conference realignment is something that might someday drive him out of college athletics. “No. No … because everybody adjusts,” Self, Kansas University’s ninth-year basketball coach, said Wednesday in an interview with the Journal-World.
Jobs no savior
September 8, 2011 in print edition on A8
Political cartoonist Mike Luckovich (Journal-World, Aug. 31) missed the mark when he wrote, “For America to prosper, we must create more Jobs” and the character offers a “cloning contract” to former Apple CEO, Steve Jobs.
Fambrough St.
September 8, 2011 in print edition on A8
With the passing of Coach Don Fambrough, one of KU’s most popular coaches, I think it is even more important now to change the name of Missouri Street from Ninth Street to 11th Street to Fambrough Boulevard.
OU prez holds key to league
September 8, 2011 in print edition on B1
One man could put a halt to the impending mass fratricide of the Big 12, a conference that makes so much sense and packs such a powerful punch in football and basketball.
Fam memory
September 8, 2011 in print edition on A8
No one more embodied the concept of “bleeding Crimson and Blue” than Coach Don Fambrough. His love for KU was fierce, relentless, abiding, even when it wasn’t always returned.
Big 12’s future cloudy, with a chance
September 8, 2011 in print edition on B1
For at least a few hours Wednesday, Baylor University felt what it was like to be king of the conference.
Magnet potential
Local school officials should take a look at magnet schools or other efforts to challenge the district’s top students.
September 8, 2011 in print edition on A8
A Sunday Journal-World story about the possibility of starting an International Baccalaureate magnet school in the Lawrence school district noted, “At this point, the concept simply has been floated as an idea by (school board member Rick) Ingram during the board’s goals-setting process. Other board members have asked questions about how much the program would cost, both to enter the program and to train educators to implement the curriculum.”
Pension plans
Asking ratepayers to shore up Westar employees’ pension fund is a questionable proposition.
September 8, 2011 in print edition on A8
It isn’t much of a surprise that Westar Energy officials are asking for a major rate increase even after hitting its customers with $265 million in rate increases since 2009.
25 years ago: Car buyers keep Lawrence dealerships busy
September 8, 2011
Car dealerships in the Lawrence area were reporting as much as four times their usual amount of business as people were rushing to take advantage of great deals.
40 years ago: Surge of summer visitors to area lake has good and bad results
September 8, 2011
The Labor Day weekend tally of visitors at Perry Lake was estimated to have been in the area of 125,000.
Horoscope for Sept. 8
September 8, 2011
­This year, you often go back and forth when making decisions. You think you should do something one way but want to do it another way. If you are single, you could go through a string of lovers and date a lot. If you are attached, the two of you have the same core issues, which is the glue in the bond. Respect each other’s different solutions. Count on Aquarius to pitch in and help.
NFL season kicks off with the champs
September 8, 2011
They’re popping champagne at NBC as the NFL season returns with a matchup between the Green Bay Packers and New Orleans Saints (7:30 p.m.), live from Green Bay.
Our Town Sports for Sept. 8
September 8, 2011 in print edition on B4
A weekly roundup of local events and results.