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Stretch of County Road 1061 closed
September 9, 2011
A downed power line has closed part of County Road 1061 in Eudora, from 20th Street, south of Kansas Highway 10, south to North 1200 Road, a Douglas County dispatcher said. The road should be reopened by about 8:30 p.m.
Free State football kicks off at 8:52 p.m. after one-hour, 52-minute lightning delay
06:48 p.m., September 9, 2011 Updated 08:52 p.m.
The Free State football home-opener against Leavenworth kicked off at 8:52 p.m. after a one-hour, 52-minute lightning delay.
Reorganization to create 4 new vice provost positions at KU
September 9, 2011 in print edition on A5
Kansas University has announced a reorganization that will abolish the Office of the Vice Provost for Student Success and will align that office’s functions under four new vice provost positions.
Acres of trees removed in rural Douglas County; questions raised over whether potential for new regulations played a role
September 9, 2011 in print edition on A1
Bulldozers and bonfires have been busy in a pair of rural Douglas County woodlands owned by a Lawrence developer.
LHS football game vs. Olathe South set for CBAC
September 9, 2011
Tonight’s high school football game between 1-0 Lawrence High and 1-0 Olathe South is scheduled to be played at the College Boulevard Activities Center.
General from Thailand, a KU graduate, to speak at university
September 9, 2011 in print edition on A7
A general from Thailand and a Kansas University alumnus is scheduled to return to campus on Monday to deliver a brown bag luncheon.
Convicted ex-wife murderer Thomas Murray files suit to challenge his prison sentence, claims problems with DNA evidence
September 9, 2011 in print edition on A1
A former Kansas State University English professor convicted of killing his ex-wife north of Lawrence in 2003 is challenging the legality of his prison sentence, arguing there were problems with the state’s DNA evidence at his trial.
Hundreds pay tribute to former KU coach Don Fambrough at funeral
September 9, 2011
The Kansas University football program and the city of Lawrence bid farewell to one of their most relentless promoters this afternoon by celebrating the life of Don Fambrough at First Christian Church with pastor David Rivers presiding.
Kansas resident dies after being infected by rare, brain-eating amoeba
September 9, 2011 in print edition on A1
A Kansas resident died this week from what was likely a rare infection by a brain-eating amoeba, giving the state its first documented case, public health officials said Friday.
Two Lawrence teachers recognized with awards funded by KU Credit Union
September 9, 2011 in print edition on A4
Jason Karlin went back to school. Samantha Saltz’s husband is in school. Friday afternoon, the two second-year teachers learned something themselves — that they grade out as the two top novice teachers in the entire Lawrence school district.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade committee to celebrate Half-Way to St. Patrick’s Day events
September 9, 2011 in print edition on A4
The Lawrence St. Patrick’s Day Parade committee is beginning its season with the opportunity for charities to apply to benefit from its efforts along with a two-day downtown event.
Lawrence motorcycle club reminding drivers about safety in wake of fatal accident
September 9, 2011 in print edition on A3
As he rides his motorcycle daily from his Lawrence apartment to his job in De Soto, Kyle Robbins doesn’t believe most drivers are looking for motorcycles.
UConn to play basketball game on aircraft carrier in San Diego; Kansas no longer believed to be a possible opponent
03:16 p.m., September 9, 2011 Updated 03:40 p.m.
Three-time national champion Connecticut has signed a deal with the Morale Entertainment Foundation to play in the second edition of the Carrier Classic basketball game in 2012 aboard an aircraft carrier on San Diego Bay.
Lawrence Chamber of Commerce honors 14 first responders with inaugural Valor Public Safety Awards
02:59 p.m., September 9, 2011 Updated 03:14 p.m. in print edition on A2
The Lawrence Chamber of Commerce Friday highlighted firefighters and officers who participated in a dramatic June 2009 rescue of a boy from the Kansas River as part of the inaugural class of the chamber’s Valor Public Safety Awards.
Kansas Supreme Court affirms conviction in 2004 Lawrence murder
September 9, 2011 in print edition on A5
The Kansas Supreme Court on Friday upheld the first-degree, premeditated murder conviction of Lafayette Damon Ester Cosby in the 2004 slaying of Robert Martin in a Lawrence apartment.
Haskell offering tours of large medicine wheel created by Stan Herd
September 9, 2011
Haskell Indian Nations University students are offering free tours of a large medicine wheel created by Lawrence landscape artist Stan Herd in 1992.
Abortion-rights advocate hopes to open new clinic in Wichita in 2012
01:16 p.m., September 9, 2011 Updated 01:52 p.m.
An abortion rights advocate who once worked for the late Dr. George Tiller said Friday that she hopes to open a clinic in his hometown of Wichita in 2012 but acknowledged that an ongoing legal dispute over state regulations is complicating the effort.
Lawrence mother, 22, enters no-contest plea in battery case
September 9, 2011
A 22-year-old Lawrence woman pleaded no contest Friday morning to one count of misdemeanor battery. Prosecutors accused her of hitting her 5-year-old daughter in April with a sandal and spanking the girl with a hair brush.
Suburban Newspapers of America names top local news website; Journal-World takes third place in Newspaper of the Year contest
11:00 a.m., September 9, 2011 Updated 05:03 p.m. in print edition on A4
The Lawrence Journal-World finished third Friday in the 2011 Suburban Newspapers of America Newspaper of the Year contest. staff’s Week 2 college football picks
September 9, 2011
The following are the Journal-World staffers’ picks for Week 2 of the college football season.
Third suspect arrested in December armed robbery in Lawrence
10:53 a.m., September 9, 2011 Updated 04:50 p.m.
Douglas County law enforcement officials have arrested a third suspect in connection with a December crime spree that included an alleged robbery near downtown Lawrence. to host round table on the intersection of privacy and social media; Join us
September 9, 2011
The discussion, which will include discussion of real world issues from Lawrence and elsewhere, will run from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 15.
Town Talk: Land near Clinton State Park undergoes major tree cutting; ‘graffiti wall’ coming to downtown; preparing for 2,500 bikers
September 9, 2011
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County:
Heard on the Hill: Veterans memorials’ facelift nearly complete; Dole Institute is home to World Trade Center beams; student newspaper features interview with another presidential relative at KU
12:55 a.m., September 9, 2011 Updated 09:41 a.m.
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
First Bell: School board, not superintendent, poised to appoint advisory committees; Langston Hughes to welcome grandparents; adult education fees on rise
September 9, 2011
Time for another edition of “First Bell,” a look at issues and items involving education in and around Lawrence.
Cut taxes, Obama tells Congress in jobs plan
September 9, 2011 in print edition on A1
Attacking a deepening jobs crisis, President Barack Obama challenged a reluctant Congress Thursday night to urgently pass a larger-than-expected $450 billion plan to “jolt an economy that has stalled.”
Kuwait may host U.S. backup force
September 9, 2011 in print edition on A7
The Obama administration is considering staging American troops in Kuwait next year as a backup or rotational training force for Iraq, after the Pentagon completes the scheduled withdrawal of its current 45,000-strong force from Iraq in December, U.S. officials said.
Bones a ‘game-changer’ in evolution
September 9, 2011 in print edition on A7
Two-million-year-old bones belonging to a creature with both apelike and human traits provide the clearest evidence of evolution’s first major step toward modern humans — findings some are calling a potential game-changer.
Special unit hunting Gadhafi
September 9, 2011 in print edition on A7
Determined to hunt down Moammar Gadhafi, Libya’s new rulers say they have dedicated a special unit of fighters to track the elusive former leader, listening in on his aides’ phone calls, poring over satellite images and interviewing witnesses.
KU Public Safety investigates vehicle burglaries
September 9, 2011 in print edition on A5
Kansas University Public Safety officers are investigating a report of a vehicle burglary that occurred between 8:40 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. Wednesday in lot 301 in the 2000 block of Becker Avenue.
Pump patrol
September 9, 2011 in print edition on A5
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.54 at several stations.
100 years ago: Future J-W editor wins gardening prize
September 9, 2011
“Dolph put a lot of time on his little garden and the results of his garden are most gratifying.”
25 years ago: Star Trek’s ‘Scotty’ visits KU
September 9, 2011
James Doohan, famous for portraying Scotty in the original “Star Trek” TV series and subsequent movies, was stopping in for a Lawrence visit.
40 years ago: Plans moving forward on Hwy 59
September 9, 2011
Road design plans had been completed for new U.S. 59 from 23rd Street south five miles to near Pleasant Grove.
Underdog mentality: KU, NIU players approach matchup with similar mind-sets
September 9, 2011 in print edition on B1
More times than not, when a Big 12 football school takes on a team from the MAC, the Big 12 team is favored, especially when that game takes place in Big 12 country.
LHS volleyball goes 2-1 at quad
September 9, 2011 in print edition on B3
Lawrence High’s volleyball team began its season going 2-1 at Shawnee Mission West on Thursday.
Fambrough memorial service today
September 9, 2011 in print edition on B3
A memorial service for former Kansas University football coach Don Fambrough will be held at 1 p.m. today at Lawrence’s First Christian Church, 1000 Kentucky Street.
Big 12 realignment chaos quiets down for a change
September 9, 2011 in print edition on B3
Relative to Wednesday’s mass chaos, Thursday was a calm day in the world of conference realignment.
Lions far from content with opening victory
September 9, 2011 in print edition on B1
Friday’s victory against Shawnee Mission West was a great feat for Lawrence High’s football team, but the Lions are still trying to solidify their place atop the Sunflower League.
FSHS not taking Pioneers lightly in home matchup
September 9, 2011 in print edition on B1
The days of Leavenworth High football being a Sunflower League pushover might be coming to an end.
Homegrown talent makes NIU tough
September 9, 2011 in print edition on B1
As uncertainty muddies Kansas University’s conference affiliation, fears grow the Jayhawks could end up in a league without strong ties to their most fertile recruiting ground, the state of Texas. KU will continue to recruit Texas football players, regardless of its affiliation, but must expand its recruiting nets.
Seattle Smoaks K.C.
September 9, 2011 in print edition on B4
Justin Smoak hit his first home run in nearly three months, a two-run shot in the sixth inning, to help Seattle claim a victory over Kansas City on Thursday night.
National briefs: Peyton Manning out ‘awhile’ after surgery
September 9, 2011 in print edition on B2
Peyton Manning underwent more neck surgery Thursday, the third time in 19 months, and will miss not only the opening game but possibly the entire season.
Weeden, Oklahoma State rout ’Zona, 37-14
September 9, 2011 in print edition on B2
Brandon Weeden connected with Justin Blackmon on two short touchdown tosses, Joseph Randle ran for two scores, and No. 9 Oklahoma State used an early burst of offense to beat Arizona, 37-14, on Thursday night in a rematch of last year’s Alamo Bowl.
Enjoying Obama
September 9, 2011 in print edition on A8
Yes, Mr. Shewmon, I AM enjoying the changes that President Obama has brought to the office of the presidency.
Cycling season
September 9, 2011 in print edition on A8
Tuesday was the unofficial start of fall, a really pleasant and beautiful bicycle commuting season in Kansas.
Dire strategy
September 9, 2011 in print edition on A8
In response to Sept. 4 letter to the editor: The Flat Earth Party believes that the Flat Earth Party would trigger worldwide depression in a move to take over government.
Latin America’s love of China wanes
September 9, 2011 in print edition on A8
After a decade of record Latin American exports to China, which helped the region grow significantly despite the recent global recession, there are signs that the honeymoon may be coming to an end.
KU’s No. 1 fan
Through thick and thin, the Kansas University football program had no greater or more loyal fan than former coach Don Fambrough
September 9, 2011 in print edition on A8
Former Kansas football coach Don Fambrough’s hatred of Missouri and especially the Missouri Tigers is legend, but the people of Lawrence will have many other lasting memories of Fambrough, who died Saturday.
FSHS volleyball sweeps quad
September 9, 2011 in print edition on B3
Free State High’s volleyball team swept three opponents Thursday at Olathe North to move to 4-1 on the season.
Mel Brooks and Dick Cavett dish the dirt
September 9, 2011
Two friends and show business veterans swap stories on “Mel Brooks and Dick Cavett Together Again” (8 p.m., HBO).
Horoscope for Sept. 9
September 9, 2011
This year, be open to the unexpected within a partnership. Your understanding deepens because of a continually developing perception. Travel, a foreigner and education all could play significant roles in your year. If you are single, you could meet someone from a different culture. If you are attached, the two of you benefit from planning that special, long-desired vacation. Aquarius is a good sign for a co-worker.