Archive for Friday, August 3, 2012

Also from August 3

On the street
Do you know how to juggle?

Poll results

Response Percent
Total 220
What's your favorite part of the Douglas County Fair?

Poll results

Response Percent
Demolition Derby
Fair food
Carnival rides
Exotic animals
Total 229

All stories

Ottawa man pleads no contest to misdemeanor obstruction
August 3, 2012
A 45-year-old Ottawa man has pleaded no contest to misdemeanor obstruction in connection with a road rage incident in March northwest of Baldwin City.
2013 budget open to public comment Wednesday
August 3, 2012
Douglas County Commission will have a public comment session on its proposed 2013 budget at 6:35 p.m. Wednesday on the second floor of the County Courthouse, 1100 Mass. The hearing is a formality in the budget-approval process, which mainly wrapped up July 16. That’s when the three commissioners agreed to a budget with a flat mill levy — meaning tax assessments stay the same.
The hits keep on coming at Demolition Derby
August 3, 2012
Drivers were scrambling to get their cars up to snuff minutes before the Demolition Derby was scheduled to start Friday. They were removing bolts, cutting metal and detaching plates — all violations of the of Douglas County Fair’s Demolition Derby rules.
Rec center will add $6M to economy, report says
August 3, 2012
City leaders are now pointing to 6 million new reasons why they’re excited about a proposed northwest Lawrence recreation complex.
Lawsuit seeks $5M for U.S. 56 fatality
August 3, 2012
An attorney for the estate of an Overbrook woman who died from injuries in a January highway crash in Douglas County has filed a lawsuit against several parties seeking $5 million in damages.
Llama show defies expectations
August 3, 2012
What the heck is going on here? Well, it is the 4-H llama show at the Douglas County Fair. In other words, a livestock show that has been crossbred with “The Gong Show.”
Douglas County judges file for retention
August 3, 2012
All three Douglas County district judges who face retention votes in the November general election have filed paperwork seeking to serve four more years on the bench.
2nd District race heats up among Democrats
August 3, 2012
The contest for the Democratic nomination in the state’s 2nd Congressional District got a little hotter on Friday.
Blown tire likely caused deadly Megabus crash
August 3, 2012
A blown tire likely caused a double-decker bus to lurch out of control and strike a bridge pillar in the grassy median of an interstate highway, killing one passenger and injuring nearly four dozen others, an Illinois State Police investigator said Friday.
Man struck by car cited for jaywalking
August 3, 2012
A 21-year-old Lawrence man was cited for jaywalking after he was injured Thursday afternoon when he was struck by a vehicle while attempting to cross 24th Street.
Statehouse Live: Money continues flowing into Republican state Senate races
August 3, 2012
Money continued to flow into heated Republican state Senate campaigns as conservatives and moderates battled across Kansas in the run up to Tuesday’s primaries.
Town Talk: Local Burger looking for new Lawrence location; local veggie burger firm signs national deal with Whole Foods; homeless shelter update; lots of numbers on proposed rec complex
August 3, 2012
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Judge won’t dismiss suit over abortion rules
10:05 a.m., August 3, 2012 Updated 05:09 p.m.
Kansas officials are asking a judge to dismiss a lawsuit over special health and safety regulations for abortion providers before the case goes to trial.
Events honor black Kansas Civil War unit
August 3, 2012
A graveside service at a Topeka cemetery will open three days of events honoring the service of the 1st Kansas Colored Infantry Regiment during the Civil War.
Retired judge’s portrait not enough to satisfy state voter ID law
August 3, 2012
His portrait hangs in the courthouse where he went to cast an advance ballot, but a former Kansas judge says that wasn’t enough satisfy the state’s new voter photo identification law.
Heard on the Hill: Construction records request costs more dough; School of Nursing looking for award applications; Haskell faculty member honored
August 3, 2012
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Sustainability support
August 3, 2012
The Lawrence/Douglas County League of Women Voters (LWV) commends the City Commission for ignoring calls from a national pressure group opposed to environmental sustainability (Journal-World, July 20). In particular, Jim Mullins, spokesperson for Americans For Prosperity, asked the commission to:
Campaign truth
August 3, 2012
As elections approach we should remember that truth in advertising laws do NOT apply to political campaigns. Imagine what it would be like if they did. Lawsuits would be everywhere. Candidates are allowed to say whatever they want, regardless whether what they claim is based on fact.
40 years ago: Trees in the right-of-way: Who’s responsible?
August 3, 2012
Contrary to popular belief, the property owner was legally responsible.
100 years ago: Lawrence man jailed after suspicious house fire
August 3, 2012
“Arson cases are very infrequent in Lawrence.”
Lawrence native using city as backdrop for indie film
12:00 a.m., August 3, 2012 Updated 02:10 p.m.
The film “Open Mic Night” is a love letter of sorts. That’s how Lawrence native, musician and director Matt Toplikar described the independent movie he has spent the last week filming in Lawrence.
Jayhawks’ offseason conditioning evident at first fall football practice
August 3, 2012
Of all the events that go into offseason conditioning, Kansas University co-captains Dayne Crist and Toben Opurum zeroed in on one number. Forget faster sprint times, bigger biceps muscles or even added stamina. Crist and Opurum’s main focus this summer was to slice into their body fat percentage.
Europe just the latest stop in a busy summer for KU’s Jeff Withey
August 3, 2012
Jeff Withey, who traveled to Greece, Germany and Macedonia last summer as a member of Athletes in Action’s all-star basketball team, now gears for an equally exciting adventure — a Sunday through Aug. 14 journey to Switzerland and Paris with Kansas University’s hoops squad.
Escobar’s hit in 11th gives Royals 7-6 win
August 3, 2012
The Kansas City Royals started strong, six runs in the first inning. “And then go about three hours without scoring a run,” Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer said.
USA Swimming zone meet comes to Lawrence
August 3, 2012
With the 2012 Olympic Games under way, young swimmers across the nation have been fixated on their television sets while American phenoms Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte battle it out in the London Aquatics Centre.
25 years ago: Fire chief speaks on troubling fire trend
August 3, 2012
City ordinances required that abandoned properties be secured.
Saga continues
A former Lawrence police officer’s decision to fight his dismissal feeds continuing questions about whether police involvement in the KU ticket scandal was properly handled.
August 3, 2012
The fallout from the Kansas University basketball ticket scandal continues to hang over the city almost as oppressively as this summer’s temperatures.
Tea party should note 1912 struggle
August 3, 2012 in print edition on A8
Ted Cruz’s victory in Tuesday’s Texas Republican runoff for the U.S. Senate nomination is the most impressive triumph yet for the still-strengthening tea party impulse. And Cruz’s victory coincides with something conservatives should celebrate, the centennial of the 20th century’s most important intra-party struggle. By preventing former President Theodore Roosevelt from capturing the 1912 Republican presidential nomination from President William Howard Taft, the GOP deliberately doomed its chances for holding the presidency but kept its commitment to the Constitution.
Challenges come with rec center
August 3, 2012
If Lawrence indeed does build a nearly 180,000-square-foot fieldhouse facility to attract big-dollar youth sports, be assured it will need to lace up its shoelaces tight to take on the competition.
Olympics are gold for NBC
August 3, 2012
Given NBC’s long history of low ratings, you have to imagine there are times when network executives wished they could broadcast football every night. For at least two years now, NFL coverage has offered the Peacock Network its only consistent chance to be on top.
Horoscope for Aug. 3
August 3, 2012
For Friday, Aug. 3: This year great events occur because of your ability to relate intimately with others. You also seem to know what others aspire to achieve and are able to pave the way. If you are single, you enjoy relating on an individual level. If you are attached, you have great hope for your relationship.