Archive for Monday, September 12, 2011

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TV stolen from Walmart
September 12, 2011 in print edition on A5
A suspect stole a 40-inch flat screen Sony television valued at $1,116 from Walmart, 550 Congressional Drive, at 2:30 a.m. Sept. 3.
Ford Fusion reported stolen
September 12, 2011 in print edition on A5
A 22-year-old Lawrence man reported to police someone stole his green 2005 Ford Fusion valued at $10,000 between 4 a.m. and 6:15 a.m. Saturday from the 2300 block of Wakarusa Drive.
Computers among items reported stolen
September 12, 2011 in print edition on A5
A 23-year-old Lawrence woman reported to police someone stole $1,495 worth of items in a residential burglary, including two laptop computers and $140 in cash. The burglary occurred between 10 p.m. Thursday and 1 p.m. Friday in the 500 block of Rockledge Road.
Lawrence police report: Speed, reckless driving contributed to fatality accident
September 12, 2011
Lawrence police officers investigating a crash that killed a 29-year-old Michigan man on Aug. 27 in North Lawrence believe speed and reckless driving contributed to the accident, according to a police report.
Theatre Lawrence seeking another $100,000, this time from Douglas County Commission
September 12, 2011 in print edition on A1
Douglas County commissioners are being asked to pump money into two projects angling for community support: one for entertainment and another for traffic.
No word yet on re-opening unsolved 1977 Lawrence death
September 12, 2011
The Lawrence Police Department leaders haven’t yet decided whether they’ll re-open the investigation into the unsolved 1977 burglary and beating of Robert Conlin, who died several days after the attack.
Haskell president seeking teamwork
September 12, 2011 in print edition on A3
Haskell Indian Nations University is looking to update its strategic plan to build a vision for success in the coming years.
Watkins Community Museum planning a party to wish Lawrence happy 157th birthday
September 12, 2011
The Watkins Community Museum will be hosting a birthday party for Lawrence from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the museum, 1047 Mass.
Start of construction on K-10 east of Lawrence postponed for one week
September 12, 2011
Drivers on Kansas Highway 10 east of Lawrence expecting to encounter construction delays Monday got a one-week reprieve.
Injured 9-month-old flown to hospital after three-vehicle wreck on South Lawrence Trafficway
01:41 p.m., September 12, 2011 Updated 12:15 a.m. in print edition on A3
A 9-month-old Lawrence boy was flown to Children’s Mercy Hospital Monday afternoon after a three-vehicle accident on the South Lawrence Trafficway just west of Lawrence.
Google executive Brian McClendon surprises KU engineering students with tablet computers
11:42 a.m., September 12, 2011 Updated 03:59 p.m. in print edition on A1
A Google vice president surprised Kansas University engineering students enrolled in an introductory programming course Monday morning by handing out a new tablet computer to each of them.
State Rep. Tom Sloan named to FCC advisory panel
September 12, 2011
State Rep. Tom Sloan, R-Lawrence, has been appointed by Federal Communications Chairman Julius Genachowski to an advisory panel.
Overland Park man, 38, faces charges stemming from domestic disturbance in July on Connecticut Street
September 12, 2011
A 38-year-old Overland Park man was booked into the Douglas County Jail Saturday on a warrant charging aggravated battery related to a July incident.
Early Sunday fire causes $264,000 in damages at home in 1300 block of Tennessee Street
September 12, 2011
A Sunday morning fire at a house in the 1300 block of Tennessee Street that displaced several Kansas University students has caused $264,000 in damage, fire officials said.
Lawrence 16-year-old ticketed for texting while driving before rollover accident
September 12, 2011
Douglas County Sheriff’s officers have ticketed a 16-year-old Lawrence girl for texting while driving after she rolled the vehicle she was driving Saturday night on Kansas Highway 10 east of Lawrence.
Town Talk: Jos. A. Bank Lawrence location to be outlet-style store; Masonic Temple building recommended for incentives; Kobach to talk immigration with Hispanic Chamber leader
September 12, 2011
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County:
Hearing examines Kansas doctor’s referrals on abortions
08:35 a.m., September 12, 2011 Updated 01:00 a.m. in print edition on A2
A doctor provided only the minimum care required when she referred patients as young as 10-years-old to Dr. George Tiller’s clinic for late-term abortions, an attorney for Kansas’ medical board said at a disciplinary hearing Monday.
KC airport detains ex-officer
September 12, 2011 in print edition on A7
A former New York City police officer was detained Sunday at Kansas City’s main airport after security screeners detected suspicious items inside his carry-on luggage, a local official with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press.
Jets safely escort NYC, Detroit flights
September 12, 2011 in print edition on A7
Fighter jets escorted two flights — one to New York City, another to Detroit — after passengers’ use of the bathrooms aroused suspicions Sunday, the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.
Public invited to local alpaca farm
September 12, 2011 in print edition on A5
A local pair of alpaca farmers invite residents to their farm on Sept. 24 and 25.
How to help: Opportunities available at Renaissance Fair
September 12, 2011 in print edition on A5
The Recovery and Hope Network, or RAHN, is seeking volunteers to help run its funnel cake booth at the Renaissance Festival.
Baker University 9/11 commemoration emphasizes diversity, thanks to troops
September 12, 2011 in print edition on A2
Baker University Minister Ira DeSpain was on the Baldwin City campus when the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks took place in 2001. He remembers students gathering in Osborne Chapel that evening to mourn and pray as a community.
U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran recalls 9/11 memories at Leavenworth ceremony
September 12, 2011 in print edition on A2
In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, then a U.S. representative, visited ground zero.
America pauses to remember dark, defining day of Sept. 11, 2001
September 12, 2011 in print edition on A1
Determined never to forget but perhaps ready to move on, the nation gently handed Sept. 11 over to history Sunday and etched its memory on a new generation. A stark memorial took its place where twin towers once stood, and the names of the lost resounded from children too young to remember terror from a decade ago.
First Bell: So, what is a consolidation group’s chair to do?; seeking ‘consensus’ for decisions; ensuring all voices get heard
12:55 a.m., September 12, 2011 Updated 02:27 p.m.
Time for another edition of “First Bell,” a look at issues and items involving education in and around Lawrence.
Heard on the Hill: US News rankings coming Tuesday; small degree program reviews can have adverse effects; KU gets $12.5 million to help Job Corps program
September 12, 2011
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
16 Things: KU history professor, environmental historian recounts personal history
September 12, 2011 in print edition on A1
Don Worster, a distinguished professor of history at KU and an accomplished environmental historian, took time last week to share 16 things he’s done.
In Lawrence, 9/11 commemoration a time for looking back, moving forward
September 12, 2011 in print edition on A1
As the nation reflected on the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, local community and religious leaders honored the victims and urged Lawrence residents to overcome their fears inflicted by the tragedy.
Doctor faces hearing over abortion referrals
September 12, 2011 in print edition on A10
A disciplinary hearing beginning today is expected to scrutinize how one physician arrived at second opinions allowing the late Dr. George Tiller’s clinic to go ahead with late-term abortions for young patients.
Ingrid Vidal’s goal lifts KU soccer in OT
September 12, 2011 in print edition on B4
Freshman Ingrid Vidal’s golden goal in the 98th minute lifted Kansas University to a 1-0 overtime soccer victory against Purdue on Sunday at the Boilermaker Challenge.
KU football loses D-lineman John Williams
12:00 a.m., September 12, 2011 Updated 01:59 a.m. in print edition on B1
Kansas University football coach Turner Gill announced Sunday night that defensive tackle John Williams would miss the remainder of the season because of a torn ACL.
Plan B? Todd Haley’s ‘Plan’ goes haywire
September 12, 2011 in print edition on B1
Kansas City Chiefs coach Todd Haley preached about “The Plan” all through training camp, referring to the unusual approach he took after a most unusual offseason.
Big 12 might survive
September 12, 2011 in print edition on B1
The ledges recently packed with schools ready to jump seem to have emptied. Did they step inside to hide behind the curtains while final details get worked out, or have they reconsidered and reached the conclusion that staying put with a few adjustments here and there makes more sense?
University of Houston lands building block: Danuel House
Hoops forward picks Cougars over KU, others
September 12, 2011 in print edition on B1
The country’s No. 15-ranked basketball player in the Class of 2012 shocked the recruiting world Sunday by orally committing to the University of Houston.
Alex Gordon helps Royals upend Mariners, 2-1
September 12, 2011 in print edition on B10
Alex Gordon hit a pair of RBI doubles, and four Kansas City pitchers combined to hold Seattle to six hits Sunday afternoon.
Demoralized nation marks anniversary
September 12, 2011 in print edition on A8
On Dec. 8, 1951, the day after the 10th anniversary of Pearl Harbor, The New York Times’ front page made a one-paragraph mention of commemorations the day before, when the paper’s page had not mentioned the anniversary.
Mixed message
September 12, 2011 in print edition on A8
Today I received Dillons’ weekly flier in my newspaper and was pleased to see an advertisement for its participation in the Mid-Kansas Race for the Cure, Sept. 24 in Wichita. I was disappointed to discover, in the same flier, an advertisement for cigarettes!
Arts confusion
September 12, 2011 in print edition on A8
I am still confused, as many must be, by the seeming existence of sitting boards for both the dissolved Kansas Arts Commission and the new Kansas Arts Foundation.
Sports field folly
Rising costs for local high school athletic fields raise some questions about the district’s planning for the new facilities.
September 12, 2011 in print edition on A8
Since Lawrence High School’s baseball field was built two years ago, fans have been wondering, “So, where’s the restroom?”
September 12, 2011 in print edition on A5
Marriage licenses issued in Douglas County District Court the week ending September 10, 2011.
September’s Spectacular Kids: Meet some of Lawrence’s youngest characters
September 12, 2011
Editor’s note: In this new monthly feature, Lawrence writer Adrienne Paranjothi will profile different Lawrence schoolchildren. Send suggestions with contact information to
100 years ago: President Taft plans brief visit in Lawrence
September 12, 2011
“Arrangements have not been made definitely yet as to what can be done, but there is no doubt that the President will know that Lawrence is on the map.”
40 years ago: KU fraternity system struggling
September 12, 2011
The fraternity system at the University of Kansas was suffering some problems in what an article termed “a fight for survival.”
25 years ago: Neglected city identifier gets clean-up
September 12, 2011
On the ground just west of the new airport terminal building, large white-painted letters spelled out the word LAWRENCE.
Holding off on happily ever after: More and more, couples choose to delay their honeymoons
September 12, 2011
Whether it’s the economy, scheduling issues or simply personal preference, couples are making a trend out of “late” honeymoons.
Workout buddies: New motivators can recharge your routine
September 12, 2011
One area trainer has discovered a most unusual way to motivate the clients at his gym: Maximus, a 6-year-old pit pull terrier, and Nala, a black Labrador mix.
Slice of Life: Longtime barber bonds with customers
September 12, 2011
Larry A. Franklin Sr. is a close shave expert.
Remnant Rehab: Colorful jersey coasters make great housewarming gifts
September 12, 2011
I’ll admit it: I’m one of those people who slips coasters under people’s drinks when they set them down at my house.
River City Jules: A rookie viewing of ‘Rudy’
September 12, 2011
I told Luke that, as a rookie football player this fall, a movie about one of the most inspirational players at one of the most legendary programs might give him the mental edge he needs to compete with the other, more experienced (and, I would find out later, much larger) fifth-graders on the field.
Everyday Life: The Zen thing to do
September 12, 2011
How do you know what to do? Good question.
Fix-It Chick: Install a bat house
September 12, 2011
Install a bat house in late fall or early winter to assure the home is ready when bats return in the spring.
Horoscope for Sept. 12
September 12, 2011
New beginnings become possible this year. You often go back and forth in your mind about what you should do as opposed to what you want to do. If you are single, many people express interest in you. If you are attached, misunderstandings happen out of the blue. Learn to confirm what you hear. Pisces can be challenging, but you have similar core issues.
Feisty Serena Williams fizzles as Sam Stosur wins title
September 12, 2011 in print edition on B2
Even before she began berating the chair umpire, things were not going well for Serena Williams in the U.S. Open final.