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Republicans vie to unseat Sen. Holland in 3rd District
August 1, 2012
Rep. Anthony Brown and J.C. Tellefson think the newly drawn Kansas Senate 3rd District needs new blood and hope to unseat Democratic Sen. Tom Holland of Baldwin City.
Drought is likely culprit in pipe breaks
August 1, 2012
Utilities crews are busy again as dry conditions have led to several water main and water line breaks, including one that flooded a lower floor of Kansas University’s Spencer Museum of Art on Wednesday morning.
Douglas County first in state to offer Smart911
National safety database provides crucial emergency information
August 1, 2012
On Wednesday, county officials touted their participation in a national safety database, called Smart911 that allows residents to voluntarily submit information, including their name, address and even more, associated with a certain phone number, including cellphones. Douglas County is the first in the state to offer Smart911 to residents, officials said.
FBI continues Walmart bomb threat investigation
August 1, 2012
As part of a larger case involving bomb threats made to several Walmart stores in the Kansas City area, the FBI’s Kansas City division is working with Lawrence police investigating bomb threats made to two local Walmart stores Sunday morning, FBI spokeswoman Bridget Patton said. However, Patton said the FBI had no case updates to provide as of Wednesday afternoon.
Salvation Army sets meet and greet
August 1, 2012
The Salvation Army of Lawrence is hosting a community meet and greet from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 13 at their headquarters, 946 N.H. Lieutenants Matt and Marisa McCluer will lead the event, which includes an ice cream social and tours of the building.
Pump Patrol
August 1, 2012
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.39 at several stations. If you find a lower price, call 832-7154.
Overbrook woman hospitalized after crash
August 1, 2012
A 76-year-old Overbrook woman was taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital late Wednesday morning after a three-vehicle crash near Iowa Street and Yale Road.
Paroled child molester back in custody
August 1, 2012
A recently paroled 54-year-old Lawrence man who was convicted of molesting a Lawrence girl in the 1990s is back in state custody after admitting that he violated the terms of his parole.
Wichita airport to expand security
August 1, 2012
Mid-Continent Airport in Wichita plans to increase its security by installing four new X-ray machines.
Man pleads guilty in Overland Park bank robbery
August 1, 2012
A 64-year-old man has pleaded guilty to robbing an Overland Park bank.
Children show off swine at fair
August 1, 2012
Squeals, laughter and organized chaos: This is the best way to describe the Pee Wee Swine Showmanship contest at the Douglas County Fair.
Closed Kansas dog tracks’ owner funding new PAC
August 1, 2012
The owner of two closed Kansas dog racing tracks is funding a new political action committee that is helping moderate Republican candidates for state Senate seats.
Douglas County extends burn ban
August 1, 2012
During a brief meeting Wednesday evening, the Douglas County Commission approved extending the current burn ban for the unincorporated part of the county.
Kansas encouraging online vehicle tag renewals
August 1, 2012
Kansas is trying to encourage residents to renew their vehicle registrations online by waiving fees for using credit cards or electronic checks.
Lawrence man, 31, faces charges in local burglaries
August 1, 2012
Douglas County prosecutors filed two counts of aggravated burglary and two other charges on Wednesday against a 31-year-old Lawrence man accused of entering two northern Lawrence homes early Tuesday while residents were sleeping.
KU releases names of staff members who accepted buyouts
August 1, 2012
Kansas University officials on Wednesday provided a list of the 97 university employees who accepted buyouts from the university.
Indoor Aquatic Center closed through Aug. 19
August 1, 2012
People looking to beat the heat will have to stick with swimming outside for the next few weeks.
Improper discarding of smoking material causes Peppertree apartment fire
10:34 a.m., August 1, 2012 Updated 01:52 p.m.
Fire investigators on Wednesday were still trying to determine a cause of a fire that heavily damaged a west Lawrence apartment Tuesday evening.
Man guilty of stealing nearly 70 air conditioners
August 1, 2012
A Wichita man has admitted he stole copper inside nearly 70 air conditioners earlier this year.
Survey: Drought dragging down Midwest economy
August 1, 2012
The ongoing drought — combined with the global economic turmoil — is hurting business in nine Midwest and Plains states and increasing worries about the possibility of another recession.
Attorneys seek $1.7 million from Hawker Beechcraft
August 1, 2012
Attorneys representing Wichita aircraft maker Hawker Beechcraft in its bankruptcy proceeding are seeking more than $1 million for work they performed in June.
Water main break forces closure of Mississippi Street at KU; Spencer museum closes
09:46 a.m., August 1, 2012 Updated 01:28 p.m.
A water main broke Wednesday morning on Mississippi Street behind Dyche Hall at Kansas University, said Maj. Chris Keary, assistant KU police chief.
Town Talk: Church strikes deal to move into vacant Masonic Temple building in Downtown Lawrence
August 1, 2012
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
$1.7M sought from Hawker Beechcraft
August 1, 2012
Attorneys representing Wichita aircraft maker Hawker Beechcraft in its bankruptcy proceeding are seeking more than $1 million for work they performed in June.
K.C. trades Broxton to Reds
August 1, 2012
Unable to upgrade their everyday lineup, the Cincinnati Reds instead strengthened the back end of their bullpen Tuesday by acquiring closer Jonathan Broxton from Kansas City for a pair of minor-league pitchers.
Royals snap 5-game skid
August 1, 2012
Jarrod Dyson and Alex Gordon each had three hits, and Alcides Escobar drove in three runs, and the Kansas City Royals beat the Cleveland Indians, 8-3, Tuesday night to snap a five-game losing streak.
Kansas soccer players eliminated from Games
August 1, 2012
Kansas University soccer sophomore Ingrid Vidal started and played 81 minutes Tuesday morning, but Elodie Thomis scored the deciding goal in the fifth minute as France advanced to the second stage with a 1-0 triumph over Colombia at St. James’ Park.
Raiders award scholarships
August 1, 2012
Two Lawrence Raiders baseball players were awarded scholarships at the team’s banquet.
25 years ago: Centenarian Alf Landon to receive presidential birthday visit
August 1, 2012
President Reagan was planning to visit Landon at his Topeka home.
40 years ago: Voters turning out early for Kansas primary
August 1, 2012
In Douglas County, more than 3,500 Lawrence residents had cast their ballots by lunchtime today.
100 years ago: Couple survives accidental drive into downtown ditch
August 1, 2012
“Leaving an open sewer on Massachusetts street unguarded last night came near resulting in a fatal accident.”
Hot event
The competition isn’t the only thing that will be hot this week at the Douglas County Fair.
August 1, 2012
It’s not unusual for the weather to be hot during the Douglas County Fair, but the current relentless string of high temperatures near or above 100 degrees likely will pose some special challenges for both exhibits and attendance at this year’s event. Nonetheless, we hope local residents will brave the heat to enjoy the many fair activities that help unite rural and urban interests in the county.
Horoscope for Aug. 1
August 1, 2012
For Wednesday, Aug. 1: This year you have your hands full juggling your needs with others. You often wonder which voice you need to listen to: “I should,” “I want” or “I feel.” If you are single, you will meet people easily. If you are attached, you do not always need to agree.
‘Dallas’ continues to underwhelm
August 1, 2012
John Ross (Josh Henderson) must decide between family allegiance and a lucrative deal as the new, revived “Dallas” (8 p.m., TNT) continues its first season. For all of the hype surrounding the reboot of this classic prime-time soap, its strong debut has not translated into dominant ratings.
Chick-fil-A flap is a free speech issue
August 1, 2012 in print edition on A8
Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy is in hot water with the LGBT community because he committed the cardinal sin in an age of political correctness: Thou must not speak ill of anything gays, lesbians, bisexuals or transgenders wish to do.
Don’t put off talks with Taliban
August 1, 2012 in print edition on A8
On a May visit to Kabul, President Obama said “a negotiated peace” was a key part of his plan to end the Afghan war. This wasn’t surprising. U.S. military commanders have long stressed that the war with the Taliban can’t be won militarily.