Archive for Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
Tammy Farmer sits with her son Logan, 10, as he plays with his pet guinea pig Stewart. Farmer unknowingly was a carrier of Lyme disease when she gave birth to Logan. Farmer and Logan were diagnosed three years ago. Firsthand, family experience with Lyme disease inspires woman to help others suffering from tick-borne illnesses
September 11, 2011 in print edition on 3A
When Tammy Farmer gave birth to her son, Logan, her life changed dramatically, but not in the usual way.
6:00 a.m.
Artist rendering of Theatre Lawrence’s planned 300-seat theater. The organization has received donations from the Beach Foundation, Tensie Oldfather, The Sunderland Family Foundation and Bobby and Eleanor Patton. Theatre Lawrence seeking another $100,000, this time from Douglas County Commission
September 12, 2011 in print edition on 1A
Douglas County commissioners are being asked to pump money into two projects angling for community support: one for entertainment and another for traffic.
10:00 a.m.
Solid waste division workers Travis Lindquist, left, and Derrick Jackson empty containers into the back of a trash truck as they make their rounds Thursday on Thorn Tree Court in west Lawrence. Recommendations are being made by the city’s Sustainability Advisory Board to charge residents based on the amount of trash they throw away. Solid Waste Task Force discusses proposals that pit yard waste pickup against citywide curbside recycling system
September 13, 2011 in print edition on 1A
Leaves versus cardboard. Grass clippings versus plastic. A city-appointed task force that is studying ways to revamp Lawrence’s trash and recycling system began debating Monday whether the city should place less emphasis on picking up yard waste in order to start placing more emphasis on providing a citywide curbside recycling system.
2:00 p.m.
Google vice president of engineering, Brian McClendon, right, a Kansas University graduate who co-founded Google Earth, pulls a Motorola Xoom tablet from a cart as he hands it out as gifts to a class of engineering students. He's pictured with Gary Minden, KU professor of electrical engineering and computer science. Google executive Brian McClendon surprises KU engineering students with tablet computers
11:42 a.m., September 12, 2011 Updated 3:59 p.m. in print edition on 1A
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.

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Recently hired Kansas Medicaid contractor settles federal fraud lawsuit
08:50 p.m., September 13, 2011 Updated 11:34 a.m. in print edition on A6
Accenture denied any wrongdoing and said the settlement was not an admission of guilt.
Topeka woman transported to KU Hospital after Kansas Turnpike accident
06:11 p.m., September 13, 2011 Updated 09:46 p.m.
An air ambulance took one person from a single-vehicle accident at eastbound mile marker 200 of the Kansas Turnpike.
Man wrongfully convicted of rape, murder visits KU to discuss justice system
September 13, 2011 in print edition on A4
Darryl Hunt spent nearly two decades in prison for a rape and murder he didn’t commit.
Brownback administration close to making proposal to restructure state tax code
September 13, 2011 in print edition on A1
Working behind the scenes with a group of businessmen and economists, Kansas Department of Revenue Secretary Nick Jordan said the proposal is exciting and will cause other states to say “Wow.”
KU Hospital seeing record number of patients; actress Joan Allen replacing Tom Skerritt in TV ads
September 13, 2011 in print edition on A6
Kansas University Hospital announced on Tuesday that it had again set a record for inpatient volume, with 26,998 patients discharged from the hospital in the fiscal year ending June 30.
Co-author of Glenn Beck best-seller is 23-year-old KU graduate Joshua Charles
September 13, 2011 in print edition on A1
Last winter, what 23-year-old Kansas University School of Music graduate Joshua Charles held in his hands was a bundle of papers nicely bound by Lawrence’s Copy Co.
Attorney: KU freshman linebacker seeking diversion on drunken-driving charge
September 13, 2011
A freshman Kansas University football player who faces a drunken driving charge has applied for diversion, his attorney said Tuesday.
New data shows 1 in 7 Kansans classified as poor
September 13, 2011
A newly released report shows that 1 in 7 people in Kansas are poor.
Statehouse Live: Kan-ed services slashed as its future under consideration
11:57 a.m., September 13, 2011 Updated 05:01 p.m. in print edition on A3
Kan-ed discontinued LiveTutor, a heavily used service providing online tutor support for students, on July 1. Other services for research, educational databases, and a service that helps hospitals in emergency situations, have been cut by 50 percent.
Arrest warrant issued for man accused of peeking at women showering in KU residence halls
September 13, 2011 in print edition on A2
A Douglas County judge Tuesday morning issued a bench warrant for a 23-year-old Shawnee man accused of peeking at women showering at Kansas University residence halls last April.
Town Talk: Lawrence company taps into athletic-themed jewelry; artificial grass expected to produce real debate at City Hall; this and that about trash and recycling
September 13, 2011
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Solid Waste Task Force discusses proposals that pit yard waste pickup against citywide curbside recycling system
September 13, 2011 in print edition on A1
Leaves versus cardboard. Grass clippings versus plastic. A city-appointed task force that is studying ways to revamp Lawrence’s trash and recycling system began debating Monday whether the city should place less emphasis on picking up yard waste in order to start placing more emphasis on providing a citywide curbside recycling system.
KBA gets good report on retirement plan
September 13, 2011 in print edition on A5
After a stress test, outside advisers said the investment strategy for the Kansas Bioscience Authority’s retirement plan for KBA employees was “prudent” and able to withstand most reasonable interest rate changes.
First Bell: Learning lessons from a summer of school movements; ‘Taste of Lawrence’ set for Wednesday; earlier report a victim of mistaken identity
September 13, 2011
Time for another edition of “First Bell,” a look at issues and items involving education in and around Lawrence.
Heard on the Hill: Kansas State University approves 2.5 percent pay raise for faculty and staff, citing higher enrollments; KU engineering program makes one U.S. News list while Study Abroad falls off
September 13, 2011
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Nap thwarts burglar’s escape
September 13, 2011 in print edition on A10
A 35-year-old man is in jail after police say he fell asleep while burglarizing a home over the weekend.
Topeka records 9th homicide of year
September 13, 2011 in print edition on A10
Police say the death of a 58-year-old southwest Topeka woman is the city’s ninth homicide of the year.
KU listed at 46th among public universities in U.S. News and World Report rankings
September 13, 2011 in print edition on A1
Kansas University slightly increased its ranking in the U.S. News and World Report college rankings released today, both overall and among public schools.
Horoscope for Sept. 13
September 13, 2011
The unexpected occurs throughout the year, and you will be adjusting often. In your case, these events often occur with risk-taking, a partnership and others’ funds. If you are single, do your very best not to choose someone who might not be on the up and up. If you are attached, you need to defer to your significant other more often. Aries helps you make money.
New Gellar drama has potential
September 13, 2011
If you can’t manage to be original, at least put the familiar in a different package. That applies to “Ringer” (8 p.m., CW), a new head-scratcher drama starring Sarah Michelle Gellar. If we were pitching this idea in Hollywood, we’d call it “Nikita” meets “The Patty Duke Show.”
KU football player Bradley McDougald booked into jail
12:32 a.m., September 13, 2011 Updated 11:04 a.m. in print edition on A4
Kansas University safety Bradley McDougald was booked into the Douglas County Jail on Friday afternoon on a warrant related to a Chase County traffic case, according to jail records.
Bashed by rivals, Perry defends his record at debate
September 13, 2011 in print edition on A7
Attacked from all sides by fellow Republicans, Texas Gov. Rick Perry softened his rhetoric if not his position on Social Security in a crackling presidential campaign debate Monday night.
Remains of Flight 93 victims buried in Pa.
September 13, 2011 in print edition on A7
Three caskets of unidentified remains from the crash of United Airlines Flight 93 were buried Monday in a private ceremony that filled the air with bagpipes, taps and a three-gun salute.
‘Peaceful’: 9/11 memorial in N.Y. opens to public
September 13, 2011 in print edition on A7
Exactly 10 years ago, ground zero was a smoking, fire-spitting tomb, a ghastly pile of rubble and human remains. On Monday it was a place of serenity — an expanse of trees and water in the middle of a bustling city — as the 9/11 memorial opened to the public.
Fear of Greek default hurts markets in U.S., Europe
September 13, 2011 in print edition on A6
Fear that Greece will default on its debt, perhaps triggering a financial chain reaction that will cause another global recession, hurt European stocks Monday and sent American stocks lower for a time
Jobs plan splits leaders of strapped states
September 13, 2011 in print edition on A6
President Barack Obama’s latest jobs plan calls for $130 billion in aid to state and local governments, providing either a welcome infusion of cash for those struggling with budget gaps, government layoffs and crumbling roads or merely a temporary patch for budget holes that are likely to remain long after the federal money runs out.
Proposed tax hikes for bill hit political note
September 13, 2011 in print edition on A6
In a sharp challenge to the GOP, President Barack Obama proposed paying for his costly new jobs plan Monday with tax hikes that Republicans have already emphatically rejected.
School board to look into ‘magnet,’ ‘themed’ schools
September 13, 2011 in print edition on A3
Members of the Lawrence school board want to hear more about the possibility of creating so-called “themed” or “magnet” schools, at both the elementary and middle school levels.
Accident investigation continues
September 13, 2011 in print edition on A5
A 51-year-old Lawrence man who crashed his vehicle into the porch of a Sixth Street house the evening of Sept. 1 told police that he didn’t recall what happened and that he hoped he hadn’t hurt anyone.
Damage to car reported
September 13, 2011 in print edition on A5
A 29-year-old Lawrence man reported to police Sunday that someone caused $12,000 in damage to his 2005 Honda Civic in the 1200 block of Tennessee Street. The damaged occurred between midnight and 3 p.m. Sunday.
Bicycle reported stolen
September 13, 2011 in print edition on A5
A 21-year-old Lawrence man reported someone stole his Trek bicycle valued at $2,200 between midnight and 2 a.m. Friday from the 700 block of Massachusetts Street.
Wedding ring reported stolen
September 13, 2011 in print edition on A5
A 52-year-old Lawrence man reported a white gold and diamond wedding ring valued at $6,000 stolen between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Sept. 2 from the 5200 block of Branchwood Drive.
Computers, camera reported stolen
September 13, 2011 in print edition on A5
A 33-year-old Lawrence man reported someone stole $2,100 worth of items, including two laptop computers and a Panasonic camera, in a resdiential burglary in the 600 block of Missouri Street. The thefts occurred between 8 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
100 years ago: Counterfeit coins being passed in Lawrence
September 13, 2011
“Pine found that three boys were giving him spurious dimes and questioned them all closely.”
Tom Brady goes off for 517 yards
Patriots dump Dolphins, 38-24
September 13, 2011 in print edition on B5
Tom Brady threw his first interception since October, so he wasn’t perfect in the New England Patriots’ opener. He was close, though.
KU men plagued by bogeys at Colorado
September 13, 2011 in print edition on B3
Kansas University golfer Alex Gutesha finished in 15th place with a 69 and 74 in two rounds at the Mark Simpson Invitational on Monday.
KU women golfers finish tied for 14th
September 13, 2011 in print edition on B3
Kansas University freshman golfer Nadia Luttner finished with a 2-over 74 to tie for 14th place in the first round of the Dale McNamara Invitational at The Patriot Golf Club on Monday.
Chiefs safety Eric Berry to miss rest of season due to torn ACL
September 13, 2011 in print edition on B3
The bad news in Kansas City just got worse.
Jake Walter helps FSHS soccer rout De Soto
September 13, 2011 in print edition on B3
Jake Walter is having a good senior season. Free State (2-0) beat De Soto at FSHS Monday night in a 5-0 romping, led by Walter’s two goals and assist. Add that to what he did on Thursday, and Walter has four goals in the first two games of the season.
LHS girls tennis takes two of three at home quad
September 13, 2011 in print edition on B3
The Lawrence High girls tennis team won two of three matches at its home quad on Monday.
Garrett Gilbert out, duo in at quarterback at Texas
September 13, 2011 in print edition on B2
Garrett Gilbert is out as the starting quarterback at No. 23 Texas. The Longhorns will go with Case McCoy and David Ash when they play at UCLA.
Report: Top college athletes worth $100K
September 13, 2011 in print edition on B2
The average fair market value of top-tier college football and men’s basketball players is over $100,000 each, and the athletes are entitled to at least a portion of that, a new report from an advocacy group argues.
Novak Djokovic outlasts Rafael Nadal in U.S. Open final
September 13, 2011 in print edition on B2
Novak Djokovic produced a nearly perfect performance to match his nearly perfect season.
Big 12’s future uncertain as Oklahoma, Texas meet
September 13, 2011 in print edition on B1
A person with knowledge of the situation says Texas and Oklahoma officials met over the weekend amid speculation that the Sooners are considering leaving the Big 12.
Georgia Tech another tough test for Kansas
September 13, 2011 in print edition on B1
After seeing how easily Northern Illinois senior quarterback Chandler Harnish exploited the soft spots in Kansas University’s pass defense, it’s natural to consider the run-oriented option spread offense favored by Georgia Tech a welcome change of pace. Not so fast.
Josh Selby confirms plans for ‘Legends of the Phog’
September 13, 2011 in print edition on B1
Former Kansas University basketball guard Josh Selby has confirmed he will be playing in the Legends of the Phog alumni exhibition game at 4 p.m., Sept. 24, in Allen Fieldhouse.
Return to the top: Big 12 honors D.J. Beshears’ play-making for second time in career
September 13, 2011 in print edition on B1
Kansas University junior D.J. Beshears left Memorial Stadium last Saturday night as one of the heroes in KU’s 45-42, come-from-behind victory against Northern Illinois after hauling in what proved to be the game-winning touchdown catch with nine seconds remaining.
25 years ago: Lawrence ranks high on national list
September 13, 2011
According to a recent ranking by the Wall Street Journal, Lawrence was, not surprisingly, a good place to find young adults.
40 years ago: Fans arrive on KU campus for football opener
September 13, 2011
A recent Saturday saw a swarm of activity on Mt. Oread.
Low priority
September 13, 2011 in print edition on A8
The Sept. 6 Journal-World article titled “Growing interest” leaves readers questioning the priorities of City Hall and the school district.
Prevention better
September 13, 2011 in print edition on A8
On the 10th anniversary of 9/11, I can’t help but wonder how our world would be different if it had been prevented.
Poor mileage
September 13, 2011 in print edition on A8
Here’s a cost-saving approach for Kris Kobach’s commute.
Internal struggles pose ongoing threat
September 13, 2011 in print edition on A8
Did we win the war on terrorism? Ten years after 9/11, Osama bin Laden is dead, and al-Qaida is fractured. There’s been no second attack.
A&M indignation
Everything is bigger in Texas, apparently hyperbole included.
September 13, 2011 in print edition on A8
It has been tough to read the recent comments of Texas A&M President R. Bowen Loftin and not be concerned about how a man in such a leadership position is so lacking in perspective.
An inside look at fall’s signature sweet treat: The apple cider doughnut
September 13, 2011
In some circles, apple cider is as synonymous with autumn as downed leaves, pumpkins and crisp nights spent watching football.