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Archive for Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
Jill Patton, left, joins more than 80 people in attending a Lawrence school board meeting that included a discussion of standards-based grading for sixth-graders in Lawrence middle schools. Patton was among those opposed to the use of such grades. The meeting was Sept. 26, 2011, at district headquarters, 110 McDonald Drive. Halt to standards-based grades sought for Lawrence middle schools
September 27, 2011 in print edition on 1A
Sixth-graders now are taking electives, using lockers, dressing out for gym and doing plenty of other things at school to prepare them for an eventual transition to high school. But they’re keeping their standards-based grading system, and that has some parents and teachers worried.
6:00 a.m.
Lawrence couple Jessica and Jay Pryor have a laugh after dinner Tuesday on the back porch of their Lawrence home. Jay, who is a female-to-male transsexual, left Kansas 10 years ago as a woman who had fought for sexual orientation to be added to the city’s anti-discrimination policy. Now Jay is back in Lawrence speaking out as a transsexual fighting for gender identity status to be added to the city’s policy. Lawrence City Commission approves gender identity ordinance
12:58 a.m., September 28, 2011 Updated 11:26 a.m. in print edition on 1A
It took more than a two-hour discussion that ranged from restrooms to rights to religion, but Lawrence city commissioners late Tuesday approved a controversial provision providing new legal protections to people who are transgender.
10:00 a.m.
Bill James Baseball stats pioneer Bill James says ‘Moneyball’ hits it out of the park
September 28, 2011 in print edition on 1A
Bill James is a critic of baseball, not movies. But he’s got an informed opinion of the movie “Moneyball,” out in theaters nationwide this week.
2:00 p.m.
KU students walk across campus the day before classes start for the fall semester. Students participated in campus activities Wednesday that included tours of the libraries, the bus system and campus organization and club information booths. KU officials say they’re concerned about declining enrollment; fewer students on campus this fall
12:23 p.m., September 27, 2011 Updated 3:23 p.m.
Kansas University officials, concerned by another decrease in enrollment, said Tuesday they’re taking steps to reverse the trend.
6:00 p.m.
Many veterans coming back from Iraq or Afghanistan are choosing to go back to college to earn a degree instead of searching for a job in the down economy.  Some of those veterans attending KU are, front row from left,  Katherine Robinson, Andrew Foster, Kyle Brown and Sara Sneath; back row from left: Jake Robinson, Drew Beets and Stewart Melton. Job market not so easy for veterans
September 28, 2011
When Andrew Foster got out of the Navy a few years ago, his skills at working on a radar missile guidance system helped him land a California job for Starbucks fixing espresso machines.

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Douglas County commissioners OK land purchase, Berry Plastics incentives
September 28, 2011 in print edition on A4
Douglas County is buying land necessary to enable location of a homeless shelter near the Douglas County Jail, while also implementing a series of incentives to help Berry Plastics add a warehouse northwest of Lawrence.
Douglas County buys into Smart 911 system
September 28, 2011 in print edition on A3
Soon Douglas County residents will be able to inform emergency dispatchers in advance of emergencies — all so that police, fire and medical personnel responding to a 911 call will be aware of a caller’s diabetes, history as a victim of domestic violence, storage of medicines in the kitchen, or anything else that could help find a missing adult, avoid an angry dog or communicate with an autistic child.
U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom discusses balance of fighting terrorism, protecting civil rights during Rotary Club visit
September 28, 2011 in print edition on A3
U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom showed members of the Lawrence Central Rotary Club on Wednesday a list of his office’s top priorities.
Eudora school teachers, district negotiators seek help from mediator to break impasse
September 28, 2011 in print edition on A3
Eudora teachers say they deserve more money. The Eudora school district maintains it doesn’t have any to spare.
Four Lawrence graduates named for induction into Hall of Honor
03:14 p.m., September 28, 2011 Updated 04:18 p.m. in print edition on A1
Two graduates of Liberty Memorial High School and two alumnae of Lawrence High School will be inducted into the schools’ Hall of Honor next month, the Lawrence Lions Alumni Association announced Wednesday.
Several schools at KU — including engineering, pharmacy — buck trend of declining enrollments
September 28, 2011 in print edition on A1
As Kansas University announced its fall 2011 enrollment, some schools reported gains.
The art of “Self-Examination”: Survivor’s works headline breast cancer-themed exhibit
September 28, 2011
Once the shock had settled in and the treatment plan for her breast cancer ensued, Connie Ehrlich leaned on her family, friends and her art.
Douglas County continues to investigate options for regulating towing companies
02:36 p.m., September 28, 2011 Updated 11:16 a.m. in print edition on A6
Douglas County representatives continue to collect information about what, if any, steps the county can take to prevent towing companies from overcharging local residents.
62-year-old Lawrence man enters a diversion agreement for fight over parking stall at grocery store
September 28, 2011 in print edition on A6
Douglas County prosecutors have reached a diversion agreement with a 62-year-old Lawrence man charged with aggravated battery after an altercation outside Dillons, 1015 W. 23rd St., over a parking space.
Town Talk: Home sale numbers up for August, down for year; a different look for Obama; more on city’s thought to ‘tax’ water and sewer department
September 28, 2011
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County:
Group’s findings on political talk: Louder isn’t better
K.C. firm discusses results from focus groups at Dole Institute of Politics
September 28, 2011 in print edition on A3
If you’ve ever been to a school board meeting, you might not remember the quiet, sensible-sounding person who spoke for the allotted two minutes. But the person who ranted, raved and made a scene probably left an impression. That’s a problem, say members of Kansas City’s Consensus consulting firm, who spoke Tuesday night at the Dole Institute of Politics, 2350 Petefish Drive.
Audit of marriage incentive disputed
September 28, 2011 in print edition on A3
Conservative Republican legislators were critical Tuesday of an audit of Kansas benefit programs that looked for but found few disincentives that might keep people from getting married.
Event celebrating ferrets canceled
September 28, 2011 in print edition on A10
Kansas residents upset by the return of the black-footed ferret have prompted officials to cancel an event marking the 30th anniversary of the animal’s rediscovery.
Topeka man released from LMH after rollover accident on U.S. Highway 40
01:35 a.m., September 28, 2011 Updated 12:06 p.m. in print edition on A5
A 29-year-old Topeka man was treated and released from Lawrence Memorial Hospital after he was injured in a rollover accident Monday afternoon on U.S. Highway 40 about 9 miles west of Lawrence, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol.
Federal judge dismisses governor from lawsuit
September 28, 2011 in print edition on A4
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has been dropped from a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a law that stripped federal funds from a Planned Parenthood chapter in the state.
Dillons worker reports stolen items from Sixth Street store
September 28, 2011 in print edition on A5
A 36-year-old male Dillons employee reported someone stole $1,093 worth of DVDs and $141 worth of cosmetic products from the store at 3000 W. Sixth St.
Lawrence woman reports stolen glassware, other property
September 28, 2011 in print edition on A5
A 52-year-old Lawrence woman reported to Lawrence police that someone stole $1,000 worth of antique glassware and $3,900 worth of other property including a stereo, speakers and barber tools in a burglary of a building in the 2200 block of West 31st Street.
Governor endorses re-election of Pompeo
September 28, 2011 in print edition on A4
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback is endorsing the re-election bid of U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo for the state’s 4th Congressional District.
Cause of death undetermined for man found in ravine in Lawrence
September 28, 2011 in print edition on A5
Douglas County Coroner Dr. Erik Mitchell ruled the cause of death remains undetermined for a 32-year-old Lawrence man who was found in June in a ravine in east Lawrence, but Lawrence police said they do not consider the death to be suspicious.
City commissioners delay decision on utility policy
September 28, 2011 in print edition on A2
Lawrence city commissioners at their Tuesday meeting said they wanted more time to consider a policy that would give the city more authority to transfer dollars paid by city rate payers into the city’s general fund.
Veterans finding job market tough
September 28, 2011 in print edition on A1
When Andrew Foster got out of the Navy a few years ago, his skills at working on a radar missile guidance system helped him land a California job for Starbucks fixing espresso machines.
Baseball stats pioneer Bill James says ‘Moneyball’ hits it out of the park
September 28, 2011 in print edition on A1
Bill James is a critic of baseball, not movies. But he’s got an informed opinion of the movie “Moneyball,” out in theaters nationwide this week.
Lawrence City Commission approves gender identity ordinance
12:58 a.m., September 28, 2011 Updated 11:26 a.m. in print edition on A1
It took more than a two-hour discussion that ranged from restrooms to rights to religion, but Lawrence city commissioners late Tuesday approved a controversial provision providing new legal protections to people who are transgender.
Heard on the Hill: Magazine says KU sperm beats Harvard’s; new Marching Jayhawks director makes halftime show changes; KUMC opens new business and technology center
September 28, 2011
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
First Bell: Agenda set for next week’s meeting of Consolidation Working Group; Adult Learning Center schedules open house
September 28, 2011
Time for another edition of “First Bell,” a look at issues and items involving education in and around Lawrence.
Free State High School senior a semifinalist in scholarship program
September 28, 2011 in print edition on A6
Ian Robinson, a senior at Free State High School, is among 10 students in Kansas and more than 1,600 nationwide named as semifinalists for the National Achievement Scholarship Program, sponsored by the National Merit Scholarship Corp.
Cyclone QB Steele Jantz welcomed bye
After week off, Iowa State will play host to 17th-ranked Longhorns on Saturday
September 28, 2011 in print edition on B7
For Steele Jantz, the last seven weeks have been a whirlwind few could be fully prepared for.
SEC boss: BCS limit of 2 teams on docket
September 28, 2011 in print edition on B7
The Bowl Championship Series’ two-team per conference limit could be up for discussion as the BCS nears another round of television negotiations.
Nebraska’s long-awaited Big Ten debut looms
September 28, 2011 in print edition on B7
It is finally Nebraska-Wisconsin week after 13 months of anticipation since the Big Ten released the first football schedule to include the Cornhuskers.
Twins’ grand slam downs Royals, 7-4
September 28, 2011 in print edition on B6
Vin Mazzaro entered the game against Minnesota on Tuesday night in the toughest of situations — bases loaded, nobody out with the Kansas City Royals down 3-2.
Alex Gutesha, KU men 10th at golf meet
September 28, 2011 in print edition on B5
Alex Gutesha improved two positions on the final day of the Cardinal Intercollegiate to tie for 10th place, finishing with a two-round score of even-par to lead the Kansas University men’s golf team at the event hosted by Louisville at the Cardinal Club Golf Course.
Kansas women’s golf 5th at Smith Invite
September 28, 2011 in print edition on B5
Kansas University sophomore Thanuttra Boonraksasat tied for fourth, and KU placed fifth as a team at the Marilynn Smith Sunflower Invitational on Tuesday at Colbert Hills Golf Course.
FSHS 4th, LHS 7th at league tennis
September 28, 2011 in print edition on B5
Free State’s Alexis Czapinski placed third at No. 1 singles, and the FSHS team of Caitly Tilden and Guin Toalson placed third at No. 1 doubles to help the Firebirds to a fourth-place finish at the Sunflower League tennis tournament on Tuesday at Shawnee Mission East.
T. Boone Pickens: League in trouble if MU leaves
September 28, 2011 in print edition on B5
Oklahoma State billionaire booster T. Boone Pickens says the Big 12 is in trouble if Missouri leaves.
Free State soccer falls, 3-2
September 28, 2011 in print edition on B5
Free State High’s soccer team fell to Olathe Northwest, 3-2, on Tuesday at Free State’s field. Jake Walter scored two goals for Free State.
Prep big man Kaleb Tarczewski to visit KUUA
September 28, 2011 in print edition on B3
Blue-chip high school senior basketball big man Kaleb Tarczewski will make official recruiting visits to Kansas University and Arizona before choosing a college.
CDC to form concussion guidelines
September 28, 2011 in print edition on B2
As awareness continues to grow about sports-related concussions among student athletes, two New Jersey lawmakers say it’s time for schools to start following nationwide protocols governing such injuries.
NBA, players meeting again Wednesday
September 28, 2011 in print edition on B2
Smiling widely but even resorting to a memorable NBA cliche to avoid specifics, David Stern provided little insight into the direction of the league’s labor situation.
Struggling LHS soccer falls to O-East
September 28, 2011 in print edition on B1
Lawrence High’s soccer team doesn’t have the record it expected at this point in the year.
Big Pat’s back: DT Dorsey hustles to return from injury
September 28, 2011 in print edition on B1
Because of a broken foot that had kept him out of action since Aug. 17, defensive tackle Patrick Dorsey was forced to watch Georgia Tech dismantle his Kansas University football team from a television set in Lawrence.
Big 12 ADs seeking stability
Expansion secondary topic at meeting
September 28, 2011 in print edition on B1
Big 12 athletic directors discussed ways during their meeting Tuesday to stabilize their league before they can determine if and how much they might expand.
Beyond the Phog’ excerpt: J.R. Giddens on leaving KU
12:00 a.m., September 28, 2011 Updated 12:56 a.m.
Any thoughts I had about leaving (school early) for the NBA ended when I got stabbed. After that I knew I wasn’t going anywhere. If anything, I was trying to figure out if I was ever going to play basketball again.
Job market not so easy for veterans
September 28, 2011
When Andrew Foster got out of the Navy a few years ago, his skills at working on a radar missile guidance system helped him land a California job for Starbucks fixing espresso machines.
100 years ago: Railroad offering tour to KU Glee Club
September 28, 2011
“If plans do not miscarry it is very probable that the Glee Club of the University of Kansas will go on a long trip during the holidays.”
25 years ago: Money orders not clearing due to bankruptcy
September 28, 2011
Conventional wisdom had led many folks to believe that money orders were a safe form of currency.
40 years ago: Surprise melon patch grows on patio
September 28, 2011
The watermelon feed had of course included the traditional spitting of seeds in every direction.
Hornsby, Dillon star in comedy of opposites
September 28, 2011
Where would sitcoms be without the fussy guy?
Street quality
City officials should make sure they are getting the high quality materials and construction techniques that will result in high quality, long-lasting streets.
September 28, 2011 in print edition on A8
One of the ongoing, year-after-year concerns of Lawrence residents is the condition of city streets. Millions of dollars have been spent on city streets, and yet millions more are scheduled to be spent on rebuilding projects.
Misdirected checks costly to U.S.
September 28, 2011 in print edition on A8
There isn’t much about dysfunctional government that shocks me anymore, but this story did.
Great events
September 28, 2011 in print edition on A8
I’ve been to two exciting events in Lawrence in the past week. One was the Legends of the Phog game in Allen Fieldhouse on Saturday afternoon. Need I say more? Watching all those great former players on the court together was thrilling to say the least.
Pakistan’s lies tolerated long enough
September 28, 2011 in print edition on A8
Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is a mild-mannered man who believes in building ties of trust with our military allies.
Horoscope for Sept. 28
September 28, 2011
This year, you feel empowered. You will learn not to feed negativity or controlling people. If you are single, you draw potential suitors like honey attracts bees. The art of choice could be very significant. If you are attached, the two of you could flow even more together, but you need to be a little less me-oriented. The world doesn’t revolve around you and only you! Scorpio could be possessive.
‘Suburgatory’ hard to love, or even like
September 28, 2011
Scant days after sweeping the Emmy comedy category, “Modern Family” (8 p.m., ABC) did the unexpected and attracted a larger audience than the much-hyped “The X Factor” (7 p.m., Fox). Who knew people could live without Simon Cowell?