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Archive for Monday, September 26, 2011

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1:17 a.m.
Wayne Simien and Julian Wright get together with former KU Basketball coach Ted Owens at the Legends of the Phog game Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011 at Allen Fieldhouse. Legends provide relief
September 25, 2011 in print edition on 1B
For the past few weeks, on a very public stage, Kansas University had been reduced to the role of second-class citizen because of the turbulent conference realignment talk that, at times, left KU in the very unfamiliar position of feeling like an outsider.
6:00 a.m.
KU coach Bill Self huddles with the Jayhawks after a Boot Camp conditioning session in this file photo from 2006. Boot Camp 2011 was to begin at 6 this morning. Boot Camp begins
September 26, 2011 in print edition on 1B
Merv Lindsay, who has developed a close friendship with former Kansas University basketball player Marcus Morris since arriving on campus in June, had a heart-to-heart talk with his brother-figure the other day.
10:00 a.m.
KU professor says Illinois crackdown on texting while driving can be example for local law enforcement
September 25, 2011 in print edition on 1A
A Kansas University professor who studies distracted driving behaviors says Kansas law enforcement agencies could learn lesson from Illinois on how to crack down on drivers who send text messages behind the wheel.
2:00 p.m.
Alonzo Robinson, a 54-year-old machine operator, sorts through packets of concrete cleaner for packaging during his shift on Thursday at Prosoco, 3741 Greenway Circle. Unhappy with his former full-time job, Robinson quit for a temporary position with Prosoco that eventually turned full time. Temporary jobs help bridge employment gaps in tough economy
September 25, 2011 in print edition on 1A
In a nine-part Journal-World special series, some of those stories will be told, giving snapshots of how the local workforce is adjusting to a much different employment outlook. Our series will look at several areas of the local job market.

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City to look at policy that would transfer money from utility rates into general fund
September 26, 2011 in print edition on A1
Here’s one property tax break City Hall leaders aren’t crazy about: Under state law, city-owned utilities — such as the city’s water and sewer department — aren’t required to pay property taxes on their assets.
Kansas Bioscience Authority panel recommends investment in Wichita pharmaceutical company
September 26, 2011 in print edition on A3
The Kansas Bioscience Authority’s investment committee voted on Monday to recommend making an investment in a Wichita pharmaceutical company and spending funds to retain a Kansas University professor.
Lawrence organizations to host celebrations of upcoming Jewish holidays
04:06 p.m., September 26, 2011 Updated 10:01 a.m. in print edition on A4
Community Jewish organizations affiliated will host celebrations related to the upcoming Jewish new year holidays.
Two KU professors — Allen Ford, Hartmut Jaeschke — honored for teaching, research
September 26, 2011 in print edition on A7
A professor who teaches taxation in Kansas University’s School of Business and a KU Medical Center professor whose research looks for ways to repair damaged livers are the recipients of the 2011 Chancellors Club awards for teaching and research.
Power restored to most Westar Energy customers
01:18 p.m., September 26, 2011 Updated 03:09 p.m.
Power has been restored to all but two Westar Energy customers, according to the Westar Energy outage map.
Lawrence Public Library’s fall book sale to kick off Oct. 6
September 26, 2011
The Friends of the Lawrence Public Library’s annual fall book sale will be Oct. 6-11 in the tent at Seventh and Kentucky streets.
Overland Park man, 25, sentenced to prison for string of burglaries in Lawrence
September 26, 2011 in print edition on A7
A Douglas County judge Monday morning sentenced a 25-year-old Overland Park man to serve more than 10 years in prison for a burglary spree at three west Lawrence homes earlier this year.
Town Talk: More apartments slated for Clinton Parkway area; Iowa Street to get unplanned repairs; roadwork coming to major entrance to KU; Lawrence to look pretty in pink
September 26, 2011
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
First Bell: There’s an app for that — and that and that and that — at district headquarters; federal financing lacks stimuli; reports to board include major issues, minor details
September 26, 2011
Time for another edition of “First Bell,” a look at issues and items involving education in and around Lawrence.
Heard on the Hill: KU still looking to use software to boost retention rates; Jayhawk license plates a hit in Texas; 10 seniors nominated for Ex.C.E.L. awards
September 26, 2011
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
17 state attorneys general favor watershed divide
September 26, 2011 in print edition on A7
Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette said he and his counterparts in 16 other states want to demand quicker federal action on preventing invasive species such as Asian carp from migrating between the Great Lakes and Mississippi River watersheds.
American hikers say nationality, not actions, led to detention in Iran
September 26, 2011 in print edition on A7
Declaring that they were detained because of their nationality, not their actions, two American hikers held for more than two years in an Iranian prison came home Sunday, ending a diplomatic and personal ordeal with a sharp rebuke of the country that accused them of crossing the border from Iraq.
Talks scheduled on cleanup of former U.S. Air Force base in Salina
September 26, 2011 in print edition on A2
The first mediation sessions have been scheduled for next month in an ongoing fight over cleaning up contamination at a former U.S. Air Force base in Salina.
Lawrence Public Library Foundation reports fundraising progress
September 26, 2011 in print edition on A5
The Lawrence Public Library Foundation has raised $780,000 toward its $1 million goal to help fund a major expansion and renovation of the downtown library.
Sorry, Sooners: LSU AP’s new No. 1
September 26, 2011 in print edition on B2
Another decisive victory away from home pushed LSU to No. 1 in the Associated Press college football poll for the first time since 2007.
Gary Woodland takes 13th after firing 66
September 26, 2011 in print edition on B2
Former Kansas University golfer Gary Woodland recorded four birdies and didn’t make a bogey on his way to a tie for 13th place at The Tour Championship on Sunday at the East Lake Golf Club.
Bill Haas wins high-stakes FedEx Cup
September 26, 2011 in print edition on B2
Bill Haas had a sinking feeling when he heard the gallery groan, the first indication that his shot had tumbled down the slope and into the lake. When he saw the ball only half-submerged in water, Haas figured he still had the slightest chance.
Oklahoma center Ben Habern out 6-8 weeks
September 26, 2011 in print edition on B4
Starting center Ben Habern could miss six to eight weeks for top-ranked Oklahoma after breaking a bone in his right arm.
Expansion not in Pac-12’s immediate future, but …
September 26, 2011 in print edition on B4
While the door is shut to Pac-12 expansion for now, that doesn’t necessarily mean the league won’t entertain offers in the future.
Free State soccer rolls over Topeka, 4-0
September 26, 2011 in print edition on B4
Jake Walter scored three goals, and Tre Vanahill added one as Free State High soccer blanked Topeka, 4-0, on Saturday at FSHS.
Firebird Jacqueline Zaitz wins all-around crown
September 26, 2011 in print edition on B4
Free State High’s Jacqueline Zaitz won the all-around, and FSHS won the team title at a five-team gymnastics invitational Saturday at Free State.
KU soccer clobbers Oral Roberts, 6-1
September 26, 2011 in print edition on B4
Kansas University freshman Ingrid Vidal collected two goals, and four other Jayhawks scored as KU soccer topped Oral Roberts, 6-1, Sunday afternoon at the Jayhawk Soccer Complex.
Boot Camp begins
KU hoops to start 2-week conditioning nightmare Monday
September 26, 2011 in print edition on B1
Merv Lindsay, who has developed a close friendship with former Kansas University basketball player Marcus Morris since arriving on campus in June, had a heart-to-heart talk with his brother-figure the other day.
Luis Mendoza pitches Royals past White Sox 2-1
September 26, 2011 in print edition on B10
It took Luis Mendoza a long time to return to the majors and he’s making a good case for staying there.
Snapper helps shore up KU punting
September 26, 2011 in print edition on B1
Although it has gone largely unnoticed, one of the biggest areas of improvement for Kansas University’s football team thus far has come in the kicking game. Specifically, on punts.
Baby steps: K.C. loses again, but at least it’s close
September 26, 2011 in print edition on B1
As much as it hurt, the Kansas City Chiefs tried to stay positive after their third straight loss.
Beyond the Phog’ excerpt: Wayne Simien on getting caught up in the college lifestyle
September 26, 2011
When you go on a recruiting visit, it’s not uncommon to see things get wild and crazy. But once you sign with a school and get to campus, you realize that life can be like that every night. It’s up to you.
Budget strategy
It will be interesting to see how the Kansas Board of Regents’ new budget strategy pans out.
September 26, 2011 in print edition on A8
It’s hard to know what the best strategy is when requesting funds from state government, but the approach taken last week by the Kansas Board of Regents seems to have some merit.
Divisions pose stiff challenge for GOP
September 26, 2011 in print edition on A8
Completely polarized. Distrust all around. Split down the middle. Sometimes paralyzed by divisions. We’re not talking only about the United States today. We’re talking about the Republican Party.
Protected class?
September 26, 2011 in print edition on A8
A recent Journal-World article demonstrates the mayor of Lawrence standing for what amounts to an attack on part of what Americans should stand for.
40 years ago: Groundbreaking ceremony for new KU building
September 26, 2011
Groundbreaking ceremonies had taken place for the new Raymond C. Moore Hall.
25 years ago: Heavy rainfall drenching NE Kansas
September 26, 2011
Heavy rains had hit the Kansas City area and portions of eastern Kansas for the third time in a week.
Horoscope for Sept. 26
September 26, 2011
This year, you will witness many changes in your life. Some of which you won’t be comfortable with; others you might like. If you are single, check out anyone you meet with care. If you are attached, you might take more of a back seat than in the past. Share more. Virgo reads you cold.
Shoes for the long run: How to keep your kids’ feet happy
September 26, 2011
The idea of hand-me-downs sounds pretty good in this economic climate, no? In theory, yes, but the execution can be tricky.
100 years ago: Moving picture to show process of making automobile
September 26, 2011
“The largest film of moving pictures in the world will be shown at the skating rink.”
Remnant Rehab: Make your own multipurpose utility apron
September 26, 2011
I love aprons, and I don’t care who knows it.
River City Jules: Flight risks
September 26, 2011
Unlike my fear of crashing, my fear of flying involves sitting safely in my seat but subject to whomever fate places next to me from takeoff to landing.
Mass St. Chic: An inside peek at the offices of Ralph Lauren
September 26, 2011
Fashion Week is over, but in New York City, there is always fashion to be had. During my visit, I received an invitation to visit the workplace of American fashion designer Ralph Lauren, and I jumped at the opportunity.
Viewers may get ‘Lost’ in ‘Terra Nova’
September 26, 2011
Time travel, teenagers and dinosaurs. What’s not to love? Arguably the most promoted and highly anticipated drama of the fall, “Terra Nova” (7 p.m., Fox) does not disappoint. The two-hour pilot unfolds like a short movie you might actually pay to see.
Hey Vick, blaming refs is weak
September 26, 2011 in print edition on B2
Michael Vick believes that rules are being defied and he is getting unjustly abused. Let that sink in for a moment.
Double Take: College students living at home need to sign a contract
September 26, 2011
As the economic downturn continues, fewer students are choosing to pack up their belongings and head off to different parts of the country for college.
Slice of Life: Nonprofit director turns to art to recharge spirit
September 26, 2011
Julie Branstrom’s varied life experience, creativity and willingness to attempt new things prepared her for the challenging and fulfilling role of Douglas County Dental Clinic’s executive director.
Fix-It Chick: Resurrect your drought- and heat-stressed foliage
September 26, 2011
Once the weather has cooled, it is important to make up for the long summer’s lack of moisture.