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Motorcycle accident spurs life-flight in Franklin County
10:13 p.m., September 19, 2011 Updated 01:08 a.m.
Two people were transported to Kansas City hospitals after a motorcycle-involved accident in Franklin County Monday night.
Statehouse Live: Kansas Board of Regents to discuss future of Big 12
September 19, 2011
Regents Chairman Ed McKechnie of Arcadia said Monday that he wanted to make sure board members were up to speed on all the talk about conference realignment.
Library expansion project raises the question of whether the city of Lawrence would violate its debt policy
September 19, 2011 in print edition on A1
Will the $18 million renovation of the Lawrence Public Library push the city out of compliance with its own debt policy?
26 cited in underaged drinking sting in Lawrence
September 19, 2011 in print edition on A3
State and local law enforcement officers wrote tickets for 26 violations in Lawrence related to minors possessing alcohol and fake IDs during a special enforcement effort two weeks ago, according a group that targets underage drinking.
Douglas County to consider pact for Berry Plastics, tax break for Masonic Temple
September 19, 2011
Douglas County commissioners will consider following through on their plans to pay for a new waterline serving a new warehouse northwest of Lawrence.
Lawrence pilot witnesses fatal crash at Reno air race
September 19, 2011 in print edition on A1
Lawrence aviator, local attorney and real estate developer Steve Craig was standing less than 500 yards away from the air show plane crash that killed 10 people and injured dozens more last weekend in Reno, Nev.
Kansas attorney general sues to stop EPA air pollution rule
September 19, 2011
Attorney General Derek Schmidt on Monday filed a federal lawsuit to block new EPA air pollution regulations.
KU football player pleads not guilty to misdemeanor obstruction charge
September 19, 2011
An attorney entered a not guilty plea Monday for a Kansas University football player accused of running from a police officer earlier this month.
Secretary Siedlecki proud of agreements with Lawrence, other cities on SRS offices; lawmakers say he’s taking undue credit
September 19, 2011 in print edition on A3
Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services Secretary Robert Siedlecki Jr. said Monday that decisions by communities, such as Lawrence, to pay to keep open the local SRS office represent “the essence of local control.”
Statehouse Live: Brownback health policies questioned before committee
01:16 p.m., September 19, 2011 Updated 04:07 p.m. in print edition on A3
Gov. Sam Brownback’s health care policies came under fire from members of his own party on Monday. State Sen. Roger Reitz, R-Manhattan, said he wasn’t impressed with Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer’s presentation on ways to reduce Medicaid expenses.
KU-Texas Tech to kick off at 11 a.m.
Game will be televised on FSN
September 19, 2011
The Kansas football team’s Oct. 1 home game against Texas Tech will kick off at 11 a.m. and will be televised on FSN, the Big 12 announced Monday.
Kansas Adjutant General Lee Tafanelli visiting Armenia this week
September 19, 2011
The Kansas adjutant general is heading to Armenia as part of an international partnership program between U.S. states and other nations.
Town Talk: Preschool undertakes expansion; Lawrence on pace to end sales tax losing streak; library book sale; and fears of a costly eye patch and butterscotch pudding
September 19, 2011
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Prep star Perry Ellis to announce college choice on Wednesday
08:24 a.m., September 19, 2011 Updated 01:05 a.m. in print edition on B1
Wichita Heights senior blue-chip basketball forward Perry Ellis will orally commit to Kansas University, Kansas State, Wichita State or Kentucky at a 2:45 p.m. assembly Wednesday in the Heights gymnasium.
Drought leaves hay in short supply
September 19, 2011 in print edition on A10
A severe drought in some parts of Kansas and a deep drop in alfalfa production have led to a shortage of hay at a time when demand in the state and elsewhere is sky high.
Judge says Phill Kline, former Kansas attorney general, retaliated against fired employee
September 19, 2011 in print edition on A10
An administrative judge in Washington, D.C., has ruled that Phill Kline was retaliating against a senior Johnson County prosecutor when he fired her in April 2007 after he took over as the county’s district attorney.
Festival of Cultures set for Sunday
September 19, 2011 in print edition on A5
The annual Festival of Cultures is returning to South Park on Sunday.
Good news, bad news: Kansas economy sending mixed signals
September 19, 2011 in print edition on A5
A mixed bag of statistics released in recent weeks suggests that Kansas, like the rest of the nation, is finding it difficult to get its economic engine firing on all cylinders. Despite rising state revenues, job growth remains flat while more residents are seeking public assistance.
Departure of sixth-graders opens up space for Lawrence elementary schools
September 19, 2011 in print edition on A1
Providing full-day kindergarten. Boosting gifted education. Selling portable classrooms. The Lawrence school district’s movement of sixth-grade classes into middle schools this year has allowed elementary schools to stretch out, branch out and — at times — stop stressing out about their space needs.
Monarch butterflies caught, tagged to track migration
September 19, 2011 in print edition on A1
As the annual monarch butterfly migration takes the orange-winged insects through Kansas, Lawrence families caught and tagged butterflies at the Prairie Park Nature Center, 2730 Harper St., on Sunday.
Repeal our unfunded health law? No way, say GOP candidates
September 19, 2011 in print edition on A7
It’s a massive health care entitlement with unfunded future costs over $7 trillion. Many conservatives are still upset at the way it was rammed through Congress.
‘Modern Family,’ ‘Mad Men’ win big at Emmys
September 19, 2011 in print edition on A7
The Emmys keep buying what “Mad Men” is selling.
Diplomats scramble ahead of Palestinian United Nations bid
September 19, 2011 in print edition on A7
With a tense week ahead for the future of the Middle East, the United States and Europe scrambled Sunday for a strategy that would help avoid a jarring showdown over whether to admit an independent Palestine as a new United Nations member. Instead, they sought to guide Israel and the Palestinians back into the tough bargaining on a long-sought peace agreement.
First Bell: Nominations sought for Lawrence Master Teacher; consolidation meetings open to public; school characteristics, values up for discussion
September 19, 2011
Time for another edition of “First Bell,” a look at issues and items involving education in and around Lawrence.
Heard on the Hill: Big Jay (illegally) takes a ride down Jayhawk Boulevard; nearby business school gets a big financial boost; many more KU entities join Twitter
September 19, 2011
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Obama to propose $1.5 trillion in new tax revenue
September 19, 2011 in print edition on A7
Drawing a bright line with congressional Republicans, President Barack Obama is proposing $1.5 trillion in new tax revenue as part of his long-term deficit reduction plan, according to senior administration officials.
House-Senate Health Policy Oversight Committee to start vetting Brownback decisions
September 19, 2011 in print edition on A1
A host of controversial decisions that have been made recently by Gov. Sam Brownback will be aired before legislators today.
Police: 3 men shot to death in K.C.
September 19, 2011 in print edition on A4
Police say three men have been shot to death in an apartment building in Kansas City. Five people have been taken into custody for questioning.
Court records show few tickets issued to texting drivers in Lawrence, Douglas County
September 19, 2011 in print edition on A1
It’s been more than nine months since Kansas law enforcement officers got the go-ahead to ticket drivers for sending text messages while driving.
Bald Eagle Rendezvous returns
September 19, 2011 in print edition on A4
If you want to talk with a mountain man, or see how old-time traders survived in pre-Civil War Kansas, heading to Lecompton is the way to go.
Fair aims to help community prepare for disasters
September 19, 2011 in print edition on A4
Jillian Rodrigue knows firsthand the importance of planning for disaster. She was a college student in Louisiana when Hurricane Katrina hit.
Oktoberfest to bring taste of Germany to town
September 19, 2011 in print edition on A3
The smell of hundreds of bratwursts, wiener schnitzels, and cabbage rolls in the air can mean only one thing: St. John’s Oktoberfest is near.
History museum throws Lawrence a birthday bash
September 19, 2011 in print edition on A3
The Watkins Community Museum of History hosted a birthday party for the city of Lawrence on Sunday.
Horoscopes for September 19
September 19, 2011
This year, you feel pressured to maintain a high profile at work and within your community. You might worry a lot about funds. Precautions and self-discipline are great; however, what might be a problem is a negative feeling. If you are single, you’ll meet people through your work and commitments. Around your birthday 2012, you could meet someone significant. If you are attached, work and live as a team. Stoke the friendship. Gemini admires your attitude.
Kansas’ Claire Dreyer wins her singles draw
September 19, 2011 in print edition on B3
Kansas University sophomore Claire Dreyer won the Singles Draw E on Sunday on the third and final day of the Kansas Invitational at the Jayhawk Tennis Center.
OSU, Tulsa play way late
September 19, 2011 in print edition on B3
As the time kept ticking away, quarterback Brandon Weeden began to wonder if it was getting too late for Oklahoma State to play its game against Tulsa.
KU soccer falls, 7-2
No. 8 Florida steamrolls Jayhawks
September 19, 2011 in print edition on B3
Despite freshman Ingrid Vidal’s conference-leading sixth goal of the season and another score from sophomore Caroline Kastor, Kansas University soccer lost to No. 8 Florida, 7-2, on a cloudy Sunday afternoon at the Jayhawk Soccer Complex.
NCAA all about the money
September 19, 2011 in print edition on B2
Remember that it’s always about the “student-athlete.” In a world more populated by frauds every second, college sports may have more frauds per square inch than any endeavor on earth.
16-year-old notches historic LPGA win
September 19, 2011 in print edition on B2
Lexi Thompson was poised to become the youngest player to win an LPGA Tour event at a fresh-faced 16, sitting five strokes ahead of the field and one round from history.
Jayhawks insist they’re ‘better’
September 19, 2011 in print edition on B1
They might not have done much Saturday to back it up, but Kansas University’s football players want people to know this year’s team is different than the one that finished 3-9 and rarely competed during 2010.
Lions add injury to insult
RB Charles hurt in Chiefs’ latest lopsided loss
September 19, 2011 in print edition on B1
The Detroit Lions had a ho-hum attitude about the most lopsided regular-season win in franchise history.
Legends of Phog drawing close
Exhibition slated Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse
September 19, 2011 in print edition on B1
There’s no football game on tap Saturday at Kansas University. Instead, there’s an early preview of basketball season — the Legends of the Phog exhibition game involving KU’s current NBA players, set for 4 p.m. in Allen Fieldhouse.
Leftovers on menu for KU
September 19, 2011 in print edition on B1
If you just can’t stand to read the painful truth, put the paper down and go for a walk, or pop in a CD, or turn on the TV, or read a book, or swear off following sports for the rest of your life and replace it with a more stable hobby, you know, like playing the stock market.
Conference realignment: Pitt, Syracuse head to ACC
September 19, 2011 in print edition on B1
The latest dominos have fallen in the ever-changing world of college conference realignment. Now schools from coast to coast are left to figure out how they will be affected.
Beyond the Phog’ excerpt: Stephen Vinson on Moulaye Niang and the Oregon Duck
September 19, 2011
One of my favorite Coach Williams stories involves Moulaye Niang.
Marriages
September 19, 2011 in print edition on A5
Marriage licenses issued in Douglas County District Court the week ending September 17, 2011.
Bankruptcies
September 19, 2011 in print edition on A5
Douglas County residents or businesses filing for bankruptcy protection recently in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the District of Kansas, according to court records.
Book questioned
September 19, 2011 in print edition on A8
Are we to learn a lesson in fundamental Christian values from the article on the success of “The Original Argument: The Federalists’ Case for the Constitution” (Journal-World, Sept. 14)?
Direction needed
The Lawrence school board needs to offer additional direction to a working group assigned to consider elementary school consolidation.
September 19, 2011 in print edition on A8
As members of the Lawrence school district’s consolidation working group begin to focus on their mission, it makes sense for the school board to ensure the group is heading down an acceptable path.
Landon, Kassebaum on Social Security
September 19, 2011 in print edition on A8
So the Republicans are fighting about Social Security and the Democrats are exulting over it. This is news?
Divorces
September 19, 2011 in print edition on A5
Divorces granted in Douglas County District Court the week ending September 17, 2011.
100 years ago: Injured wife of Eudora doctor goes home in silence; town abuzz with gossip
September 19, 2011
“She has gone home now, has Mrs. Payne, gone to that home which she left last Monday, for good, so she said.”
Networks miss the mark on sexy
September 19, 2011
The first of two “Mad Men”-inspired network shows this fall, “The Playboy Club” (9 p.m., NBC) arrives with a resounding thud.
40 years ago: Lawrence Police Dept. changes haircut policy
September 19, 2011
A change was taking place at Lawrence police headquarters.
The perfect holiday shopping plan: How to stay on budget and organized (with minimal stress)
September 19, 2011
Not to ruin your Monday morning, but it’s 98 days until Christmas.
Lawrence retirees give back
September 19, 2011
If these three couples are any indication, the retired population in Lawrence makes a significant contribution to the community.
KU graduate to give talk on debut young adult novel, ‘Blood Magic’
September 19, 2011
Three years ago Tessa Gratton accepted a dare: Write a novel in six weeks.
River City Jules: Smart phone, smarter shopper
September 19, 2011
After years of owning phones just smart enough to take a photo but not nearly smart enough to Facebook it, I decided it was time for an upgrade.
25 years ago: Brownback receives first political appointment
September 19, 2011
Sam Brownback, a 30-year-old Manhattan attorney, was introduced as the new state secretary of agriculture.
Fix-It Chick: Resurrect your lawn with a fall reseeding project
September 19, 2011
Now that the heat of summer has left us for the cool crispness of early fall, it is time to consider resurrecting your dry, damaged lawn.
Slice of Life: KU graduate finds a path with heart
September 19, 2011
A late-night bathroom stop after a wild student party changed the course of Ali Edwards’ life.
Double Take: Teens should concentrate on authentic friendships
September 19, 2011
It’s harder to guide kids toward making and keeping close friendships in part because their social groups look a lot like European alliances just before World War I.