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Ford Mustang reported stolen
September 16, 2011
A 22-year-old male Kansas University student reported to police Thursday that someone stole his Ford Mustang.
Man reports Chevrolet Blazer stolen
September 16, 2011
A 64-year-old Flagstaff, Ariz., man reported to Lawrence police Sept. 14 that someone stole his teal 1994 Chevrolet Blazer valued at $5,000 sometime Aug. 31 from the 2000 block of Jenny Wren Road, near Kasold Drive and Clinton Parkway.
Mountain bike reported stolen
September 16, 2011
A 34-year-old Lawrence woman reported to Lawrence police that someone stole her $1,000 Rock Hopper 18-speed mountain bicycle.
City Commission agenda for Sept. 20, 2011
September 16, 2011 in print edition on A5
City commissioners will consider a pair of proposals to provide economic incentives to two new developments in Lawrence.
Braeden Anderson says he’s ineligible to play at KU
Self, freshman forward disappointed at Big 12 faculty reps’ decision to not approve player for aid
07:12 p.m., September 16, 2011 Updated 01:35 a.m.
Braeden Anderson shed tears during an emotional meeting with Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self late Friday afternoon.
Confessed meth dealer sentenced to seven years in federal prison
September 16, 2011 in print edition on A5
A federal judge Friday sentenced a 26-year-old Kansas City, Kan., man who admitted to supplying methamphetamine to a Lawrence dealer to serve seven years in prison.
Judge sentences University of Chicago history prof to house arrest for driving drunk with 4-year-old in vehicle
September 16, 2011
A Douglas County judge Friday sentenced a University of Chicago professor to serve two days in jail plus a month on house arrest for drunken driving in April in Lawrence with his 4-year-old daughter in the car.
Judge questions Kan. limits to abortion coverage
September 16, 2011
A judge hearing a challenge to a new Kansas law limiting insurance coverage for abortions questioned Friday whether the stated basis for the measure made sense or whether the law was merely meant to place an undue burden on women seeking the procedure.
Threshing Bee participants aim to keep farming history alive
September 16, 2011
Ron Johnson attended his first McLouth Threshing Bee in 1982. Nearly 30 years later, the bee continues to maintain a link to agriculture’s past.
Kansas reforming some welfare rules
04:49 p.m., September 16, 2011 Updated 06:06 p.m. in print edition on A1
The state of Kansas is reforming numerous rules for applicants and recipients of several welfare programs, in what officials describe as a move to reduce expenses and fraud and encourage people to find work.
Kansas Democrats blame governor’s policies for uptick in unemployment
September 16, 2011
Kansas Democrats on Friday pounced on a new unemployment report showing that the state’s jobless rate increased for the first time in more than two years, saying it showed Gov. Sam Brownback, a Republican, was on the wrong policy path.
Fire reported on second floor of Hallmark Cards in Lawrence
03:58 p.m., September 16, 2011 Updated 09:40 p.m.
Multiple Lawrence Douglas County Fire Medical units are en route to Hallmark Cards, 101 McDonald Drive, in Lawrence after a report of a structure fire.
Lawrence man appears in court on charge that he sexually assaulted 15-year-old girl
02:56 p.m., September 16, 2011 Updated 04:29 p.m.
Douglas County prosecutors on Friday afternoon filed a child sex crime charge against a 37-year-old Lawrence man who was arrested Thursday evening.
Former KU, NFL player Elvis Patterson faces DUI, speeding charges in Douglas County
September 16, 2011
Douglas County prosecutors have filed three misdemeanor charges against Elvis Patterson, a former Kansas University and NFL football player, related to a June vehicle stop on Kansas Highway 10 east of Lawrence.
Lansing Correctional Facility escapee caught in Gardner area
September 16, 2011
An inmate who escaped Wednesday from Lansing Correctional Facility has been apprehended in Johnson County.
Statehouse Live: About 250 people rally against Brownback policies
11:58 a.m., September 16, 2011 Updated 12:46 p.m.
The event was hosted by a group called Kansans United in Voice & Spirit and co-founders said they hoped the rally would initiate local chapters across the state.
About 300 SRS workers taking buyout offers
September 16, 2011 in print edition on A10
About 300 employees have accepted a buyout offer from the state’s Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services.
Humble Kansan Victor Ortiz ready to battle Floyd Mayweather
September 16, 2011
Boxer Victor Ortiz will defend his World Boxing Council Welterweight title against undefeated Floyd Mayweather Jr.
KUsports.com staff’s Week 3 college football picks
September 16, 2011
The following are the Journal-World staffers’ picks for Week 3 of the college football season.
Town Talk: Renderings released for proposed multi-story, downtown hotel; Cosmosphere wants our missile; Watkins museum to celebrate this weekend
September 16, 2011
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Kan. doctor spars with attorney on abortion exams
07:58 a.m., September 16, 2011 Updated 03:01 p.m.
A Kansas doctor faces more questions about the mental health exams she did before referring patients to the late Dr. George Tiller’s clinic for late-term abortions.
31-year-old Lawrence man transported by life-flight helicopter after fall
September 16, 2011
A 31-year-old Lawrence man was life flighted after fall early Friday morning.
House passes bill targeting Boeing
September 16, 2011 in print edition on A6
The Republican-dominated House approved a bill Thursday that would undercut the government’s labor dispute with Boeing Co., wading into a case that has angered business groups and become a major political issue in the GOP presidential primary.
Dole, Ike top final Notable Kansans list
September 16, 2011 in print edition on A10
A president, editor, prohibitionist, astronomer and statesman are the final five people named to a list of Notable Kansans.
Dr. Oz accused of fear-mongering on apple juice
September 16, 2011 in print edition on A6
Arsenic in apple juice! Fed to babies! And it probably came from China!
Defying orders, hero Marine saved other troops
September 16, 2011 in print edition on A6
Defying orders and tempting fate, Marine corporal Dakota Meyer charged five times in a Humvee into heavy gunfire in the darkness of an Afghanistan valley to rescue comrades under attack from Taliban insurgents.
Butterfly tagging event is Sunday
September 16, 2011 in print edition on A2
Lawrence residents are invited to grab a net and nab a butterfly as the Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department’s annual butterfly tagging event, The Magnificent Butterfly. It takes place from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Prairie Park Nature Center, 2730 Harper St.
First Bell: KU’s SAM program gaining popularity boosting test scores; Consolidation Working Group monitors full ‘parking lot’
September 16, 2011
Time for another edition of “First Bell,” a look at issues and items involving education in and around Lawrence.
Heard on the Hill: Missouri town wants KU to get rid of Jayhawk mascot; Kansas State’s Rhodes scholarship claim a little misleading; prices increase for colleges across the country
September 16, 2011
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
VFW Kids Day on Saturday to promote safety
September 16, 2011 in print edition on A2
The VFW Kids Day is set for Saturday to give parents and their children a chance to protect themselves and have fun in the process.
Topeka man arrested outside of Wal-Mart
September 16, 2011
A 23-year-old Topeka man was arrested Thursday after a struggle involving a knife outside of Walmart at 3300 Iowa.
Kansas University student reports MacBook Pro computer stolen
September 16, 2011
A 19-year-old male Kansas University student reported someone stole his silver 13-inch MacBook Pro computer valued at $1,100.
Chevrolet Impala reported stolen
September 16, 2011
A 26-year-old Lawrence woman reported someone stole her silver Chevrolet Impala valued at $6,000 between 3 p.m. and 7:50 p.m. Saturday from the 2100 block of West 26th Street, but police later recovered the vehicle.
Colorful event kicks off campaign to raise $1.7M
September 16, 2011 in print edition on A3
Raising $1.7 million might sound like a daunting task, but organizers of the 2011 United Way of Douglas County campaign are confident the community will rise to the occasion.
Air conditioning units valued at $4,000 total reported stolen
September 16, 2011
An employee of The Shelter Inc. reported two air conditioning units valued at $4,000 total were stolen from the organization that provides emergency shelter for children. The theft occurred between 3 p.m. Sept. 8 and 1 p.m. Sept. 13.
Pump Patrol
September 16, 2011 in print edition on A5
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.54 at several stations.
Candlelight vigil at KU silently honors victims of sexual assault
September 16, 2011
They stood in silent vigil for 176 seconds — one for every victim of sexual assault GaDuGi Safe Center helped last year.
Veterans to honor POWs, those still missing
September 16, 2011 in print edition on A3
When Army veteran Gary Napier talks today at the Lawrence Veterans of Foreign Wars post’s ceremony for POW/MIA Recognition Day, he will urge everyone to think of it from another perspective.
Unemployment up for 1st time since 2009
September 16, 2011 in print edition on A3
The Kansas unemployment rate for August increased — the first monthly increase in more than two years ­— as the state job market continued to struggle, officials reported Thursday.
No word on reopening unsolved 1977 death
September 16, 2011 in print edition on A4
Lawrence Police Department leaders haven’t decided whether they’ll reopen the investigation into the unsolved 1977 burglary and beating of Robert Conlin, who died several days after the attack.
Corps pegs ‘11 flood damage at $2B
September 16, 2011 in print edition on A4
The Army Corps of Engineers estimates it will cost more than $2 billion to repair the damage to the nation’s levees, dams and riverbanks caused by this year’s excessive flooding, a sum that dwarfs $150 million it currently has to make such repairs and that doesn’t account for damage from Hurricane Irene or Tropical Storm Lee.
KU Cancer Center reaches $61M goal
September 16, 2011 in print edition on A1
A $500,000 capstone gift from the Topeka-based Capitol Federal Foundation has fulfilled the Kansas University Cancer Center’s goal of raising $61 million before applying for National Cancer Institute designation.
Lawrence among ‘25 Best Places to Retire’
City No. 18 on magazine’s list
September 16, 2011 in print edition on A1
Lawrence is among the 25 best places in the country to retire, according to the folks at Money Magazine.
Kansas unemployment rate up slightly in August; down from last year
September 16, 2011
The Kansas unemployment rate for August increased — the first monthly increase in more than two years ­— as the state job market continued to struggle, officials reported Thursday.
Hot-lanta reunion: Kerry Meier expected to attend KU-Georgia Tech rematch
September 16, 2011 in print edition on B1
When the Kansas University football team invades Atlanta this weekend for its highly anticipated rematch against Georgia Tech, the Jayhawks are expected to get a boost from an old friend.
Firebirds soccer edges SM West
September 16, 2011 in print edition on B1
Free State High’s Jake Walter was playing as well as any player this season when he ran into the high school player of the week, Shawnee Mission West goalie Jared Kirkwood.
KU golf adds aide
September 16, 2011 in print edition on B3
Former Newberry College head men’s golf coach Brian McCants was named an assistant coach for the Kansas University men’s golf team on Thursday. McCants will begin working with the team Wednesday.
LHS volleyball splits
September 16, 2011 in print edition on B3
Lawrence High’s volleyball team defeated Leavenworth, 25-20, 25-9, and lost to Olathe South, 25-23, 15-25, 21-25, on Thursday at the Pioneers’ gym.
FSHS volleyball rolls
September 16, 2011 in print edition on B3
Free State High’s volleyball team defeated Shawnee Mission South, 25-17, 25-16, and SM Northwest, 25-18, 25-11, on Thursday at the Cougars’ gym.
LHS soccer ties
September 16, 2011 in print edition on B3
Parker Davies scored on an assisted goal from Johannes Reiver, and Lawrence High’s boys soccer team tied Shawnee Mission Northwest, 1-1, on Thursday night.
Kentucky’s John Calipari to visit Wichita recruit Perry Ellis
September 16, 2011 in print edition on B3
Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari will conduct an in-home recruiting visit with Wichita Heights blue-chip senior forward Perry Ellis this afternoon in Wichita.
Oklahoma holds the key to Big 12’s future
September 16, 2011 in print edition on B2
The head of the Big 12 board of directors says the future of the embattled league largely rests with Oklahoma.
Lawrence High football to tangle with Olathe East
September 16, 2011 in print edition on B1
Lawrence High learned all it needed to know about Olathe East last Friday night.
FSHS football travels to SM South
September 16, 2011 in print edition on B1
After a wacky win over Leavenworth last week, overcoming 80 yards in penalties and five fumbles, Free State High’s football team faces a new challenge tonight against Shawnee Mission South — the Sunflower League’s top rusher.
Kansas O-Line vastly improved
September 16, 2011 in print edition on B1
So big and so raw, Jeff Spikes projected as an offensive lineman who would need five years of practice and four years of game experience to maximize his potential.
Cabrera leads Royals to fifth straight win
September 16, 2011 in print edition on B2
Billy Butler had the big hit — a three-run homer — while Melky Cabrera had four hits, including a home run and a historic double.
100 years ago: Lawrence plagued by mosquitoes
September 16, 2011
“Swarms of these sleep destroyers drove people away from their front porches.”
40 years ago: Conservative author to speak at KU
September 16, 2011
William F. Buckley Jr. was scheduled to speak at a Lawrence Chamber of Commerce all-membership luncheon at the Kansas University Union Ballroom.
SAT reading scores fall to lowest level on record
September 16, 2011 in print edition on A7
SAT reading scores for the high school class of 2011 were the lowest on record, and combined reading and math scores fell to their lowest point since 1995.
Obama administration ignored warnings about energy loan program
Bankrupt solar panel company had received over $500M
September 16, 2011 in print edition on A7
The Obama administration ignored repeated warnings about a clean-energy loan program that has become an embarrassment for the White House amid the collapse of a California solar energy company that received more than $500 million in federal loans.
Rogue trader suspected in $2 billion loss at UBS
September 16, 2011 in print edition on A7
One man armed with only a computer terminal humbled a venerable banking institution yet again.
Personal responsibility out of style
September 16, 2011 in print edition on A8
In the Republican presidential candidates debate Monday night in Tampa, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer posed a hypothetical question. Normally, a hypothetical question should not be answered, but in this case it revealed something about the questioner and sparked a controversial, but necessary answer from Rep. Ron Paul.
Job creation
September 16, 2011 in print edition on A8
We often hear the argument that taxes must not be raised because this will reduce employment. The obverse is, of course, that keeping taxes low will increase employment.
Israel’s future must include compromise
September 16, 2011 in print edition on A8
The expanding confrontation between Israel and its neighbors has been described variously as a “train wreck,” a “lose-lose situation” and a “political tsunami.” It’s all those things and likely to get worse: For there’s no quick fix by Israel’s ally, the United States.
Game time
City officials need to bring the key players together and look at the feasibility of moving forward on a new west Lawrence recreation center.
September 16, 2011 in print edition on A8
It’s time for city officials to fish or cut bait on planning for a new recreation center in west Lawrence.
Horoscope for Sept. 16
September 16, 2011
This year, you smile more often because of an ability to see past the obvious and detach. You feel less like you have to be right or prove your point. If you are single, you’ll meet someone through your circle of friends. This person could be a foreigner or just very different. If you are attached, the two of you need to work on the innate camaraderie that exists between you. Taurus points to possibilities.
Another season of ‘Star Wars’ clones on tap
September 16, 2011
So many cartoon series resemble “Star Wars,” you have to admire the Cartoon Network for offering up the real thing. Or at least the animated version. “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” (7 p.m.) returns for a fourth season.
25 years ago: Group seeks to save North Lawrence depot
September 16, 2011
The “Save the Depot Task Force” was to begin fund-raising within the next 30 days.