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Mizzou student killed in Megabus crash; more than 3 dozen injured
11:32 p.m., August 2, 2012 Updated 10:52 a.m.
A packed double-decker Megabus slammed into an Illinois interstate bridge support pillar Thursday, hurtling screaming passengers from their seats and leaving at least one person dead and more than three dozen injured, officials said. Illinois State Police Trooper Doug Francis said the passenger who died was female, but he would not disclose her name or age. He did not know where she was seated on the bus, which was traveling between Chicago and Kansas City.
Library looking to move to Borders
August 2, 2012
Leaders of the Lawrence Public Library have reached a preliminary deal to open a temporary location in the former downtown Borders bookstore while a $19 million expansion of the library at Seventh and Vermont takes place during parts of the next two years.
Judge revokes probation for man in 2010 sexual assault case
August 2, 2012
A Douglas County judge recently revoked the probation of a 20-year-old former Kansas University student convicted of aggravated battery in connection with a sexual assault at a KU fraternity in 2010.
Man arrested for displaying handgun during domestic disturbance
August 2, 2012
Lawrence police Thursday afternoon arrested a man accused of displaying a handgun and threatening a juvenile as part of a domestic dispute in the 1600 block of Haskell Avenue, said Sgt. Trent McKinley, a Lawrence police spokesman.
Judge approves lower bond for mother accused of manslaughter in death of 5-year-old son
August 2, 2012
A Douglas County judge has reduced bond for a 25-year-old Lawrence woman who was charged with manslaughter after prosecutors said her 5-year-old son died earlier this year after he ingested opiates at home.
Kobach predicts first statewide test of photo ID to vote will be a success
August 2, 2012
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach said Thursday he didn’t expect any problem during Tuesday’s primaries, which will be the first statewide test of the law that requires Kansans to show government-issued photo identification to vote.
At least one dead after KC-bound double-decker Megabus crashes into Illinois bridge
03:44 p.m., August 2, 2012 Updated 05:01 p.m.
Officials say a packed double-decker Megabus traveling from Chicago to Kansas City blew a tire before slamming head-on into a concrete bridge support pillar on an Illinois interstate.
Fair fare in a class by itself
August 2, 2012
It’s not every day the opportunity presents itself to eat Indian tacos, blooming onions and cotton candy — and then ride the Tilt-A-Whirl — all in the same night.
KU’s Spencer Museum remains closed after water leak; thousands of books damaged in art library
August 2, 2012
Kansas University officials said the Spencer Museum of Art will remain closed through Monday after a water line broke early Wednesday on Mississippi Street and leaked water into the bottom two floors of the building.
Statehouse Live: Kobach predicts low voter turnout in Tuesday primaries
August 2, 2012
Despite the political war going on in the Republican Party, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach on Thursday predicted a low 18 percent voter turnout in Tuesday’s primary election. He also said he doubted there would be any problems with the new law that requires voters to show ID to vote.
Town Talk: UPDATE: Library approves temporary move to former Borders spot; Sandwich shop with a twist slated for Hy-Vee shopping center on Clinton Parkway
August 2, 2012
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Fleeing motorist hits Dumpster, parked car
August 2, 2012
A driver fleeing officers in central Lawrence Wednesday night struck a Dumpster and a parked vehicle before running away.
Shawnee man, 20, ticketed for battery following fight near 14th and Ohio streets
August 2, 2012
Lawrence police cited a 20-year-old Shawnee man for battery after he was accused of spitting in a woman’s face and punching her and her friend early Thursday morning.
Heard on the Hill: Greek organizations release semester grades; KU wireless service expanding; research shows smiling is good for you
August 2, 2012
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Coin meters bring change in charitable donations
August 2, 2012
The idea of trying to persuade downtown pedestrians to feed special “donation meters” instead of giving spare change to panhandlers is now up and running in downtown Lawrence.
25 years ago: Fire destroys shack used by homeless people
August 2, 2012
Officials said that they were relatively certain no one had been trapped inside the small building.
40 years ago: Turnpike collision kills Topeka truck driver
August 2, 2012
The crash had occurred two miles east of the East Lawrence interchange.
God’s creation
August 2, 2012
Having read and appreciated the “Understandings” expressed in the letters by Carl Burkhead and Graham Kreicker, I would like to share some of my own.
Critics of requiring photo ID to vote say such laws suppress voting, especially among the elderly and people with low incomes.
August 2, 2012
Critics of requiring photo ID to vote say such laws suppress voting, especially among the elderly and people with low incomes.
Weis sets KU’s first fall depth chart as Jayhawks get to work
August 2, 2012
With the first football practice of the Charlie Weis era at Kansas University slated for today, we finally know where the newcomers stand on KU’s depth chart.
Self: No defense, no problem for KU on upcoming European tour
August 2, 2012
Bill Self will spend a good portion of the six-month 2012-13 college basketball season stressing defense to his freshmen-laden Kansas University hoops squad.
Mendoza rewards Royals’ patience with 5-2 victory
August 2, 2012
Luis Mendoza was the best pitcher in the Pacific Coast League last season. There were doubts if he could parlay that success into the major leagues.
Horoscope for Aug. 2
August 2, 2012
For Thursday, Aug. 2: Optimism can make the impossible happen this year, especially with you. You will network and expand your horizons in the next 12 months. If you are single, you attract many potential suitors. If you are attached, the two of you seem to manifest happiness wherever you go.
Familiar faces hit ‘Runway’
August 2, 2012
Familiar faces arrive as stern taskmasters on “Project Runway” (8 p.m., Lifetime).
100 years ago: World travelers from France camping in Lawrence
August 2, 2012
“Near the north bank of the river there is camped a small party of French people, who are making their way around the world.”
Justice Scalia has star power
August 2, 2012
Once, again, Justice Antonin Scalia has lived up to his growing reputation for speaking his mind in public. On Sunday, Justice Scalia went on television to talk about the things that matter to him at the moment, including the majority opinion in the Supreme Court’s recent decision in the Affordable Care Act and the appropriateness of permitting cameras in the Supreme Court to record and televise Supreme Court proceedings.
Election transparency
Primary candidates, especially those in Kansas Senate races, are presenting a clear choice to Kansas voters.
August 2, 2012
The good news for Kansas voters in the upcoming primaries is that, in most cases, they have a clear choice. In Republican primaries, that choice is between a candidate who represents the new conservative wing of the party or one who represents the more moderate, traditional Republican philosophy.
Anti-leak legislation has problems
August 2, 2012 in print edition on A8
The first question to ask about the draconian anti-leaking legislation passed by the Senate Intelligence Committee last week is whether it applies uniformly to all branches of government that may disclose classified information unlawfully.