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Identity of crash victim released
August 6, 2012
Douglas County Sheriff’s officials identified a 22-year-old Lawrence man as the driver injured Saturday evening in a one-vehicle crash near Clinton Lake.
Chrysler Town and Country reported stolen
August 6, 2012
A 38-year-old Lawrence man reported the theft of a 2009 Chrysler Town and Country valued at $15,000 from the 1300 block of Prospect Avenue. The theft was alleged to have occurred on Sunday.
Mo-ped, grill among items reported stolen
August 6, 2012
A 23-year-old Chicago resident reported the theft of a mo-ped, a grill and propane tanks from the 900 block of Ohio Street, according to a police report. The theft was alleged to have occurred between Wednesday and Saturday, and the total value of the items taken was $2,240.
Juveniles suspected in paintball vandalism
August 6, 2012
A Lawrence police officer at 2 a.m. Sunday pursued two juvenile suspects in the 1500 block of Wakarusa Drive who allegedly fired paintballs at Brandon Woods at Alvamar.
Woman reports intruder in home
August 6, 2012
• A woman reported to Lawrence police just before noon Saturday that she came home to her residence in the 1800 block of Louisiana Street and observed the door was open.
Inspection results of Lawrence restaurants
August 6, 2012
In November, the Kansas Department of Agriculture’s food inspectors visited 41 Lawrence restaurants, finding 133 critical violations, which are violations of the food code that could cause a foodborne illness. By Shaun Hittle
Republican PACs spend more than half-million dollars in final days
August 6, 2012
The political action committee of the Kansas Chamber of Commerce has spent more than $394,000 on legislative races in the final days before today’s party primaries.
Thrill-seeking a common motive behind home invasions, expert says
August 6, 2012
The thrill of entering a home while residents slept or just plain cowardice are likely motives in a recent string of Lawrence aggravated burglaries, a psychologist said.
Vinland’s fair this weekend
August 6, 2012 in print edition on A3
Anyone looking to take a brief step back in time may want to make their way down to the Vinland Community Fair this weekend.
More online hybrid courses offered at KU
August 6, 2012 in print edition on A3
As Kansas University continues to build its online course offerings, many faculty members are moving toward more “hybrid” courses, combining online and in-class work.
Short stretch of Louisiana Street south of 25th Street to close
August 6, 2012
A section of Louisiana Street in south Lawrence will be closed during business hours Tuesday through Thursday for a water main replacement.
Family wants boy’s stolen fair project returned
August 6, 2012
Adam Leonard spent a couple of months working on his Christmas wall hanging.
Kansas resubmits Medicaid plan
August 6, 2012
Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration announced Monday it had resubmitted to the federal government its proposal to overhaul the Kansas Medicaid program.
GOP moderates in Kansas may get help from Democrats
04:34 p.m., August 6, 2012 Updated 04:45 p.m.
Moderate Republicans trying to retain control of the Kansas Senate may get help from Democrats temporarily switching parties to vote against conservative challengers in Tuesday’s GOP primaries.
New districts, photo ID, GOP warfare await voters
August 6, 2012
When Kansans go vote Tuesday they will deal with different districts, a new requirement to provide photo identification and the smoke from Republican Party warfare.
KU’s Spencer Museum of Art to be closed another week after sustaining water damage
August 6, 2012
The Spencer Museum of Art at Kansas University, which had two lower floors damaged by a water main break last week, will be closed for another week, Saralyn Reece Hardy said in a message to museum supporters Monday.
Lawrence man, 51, charged with driving drunk with child in vehicle
12:40 p.m., August 6, 2012 Updated 05:05 p.m.
Police arrested a 51-year-old Lawrence man Saturday night on suspicion of drunken driving while he had a 6-year-old girl in the vehicle.
Jayhawks to arrive in Switzerland … eventually
KU basketball team to leave D.C. on afternoon flight
August 6, 2012
KU’s basketball team is headed to Switzerland today with a stop in Germany.
Eudora man, 36, arrested on charges of indecent liberties with a child
August 6, 2012
Eudora police early Saturday arrested a 36-year-old man on child sex crime charges after officers interviewed the man late Friday.
Officials: Sikh temple shooter white supremacist
August 6, 2012
A 40-year-old Army veteran, identified by a civil rights group as the one-time leader of a white supremacist band, was the gunman who killed six people inside a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, officials said Monday.
Heard on the Hill: KU Cancer Center director touring state; universities across country take sides on Chick-Fil-A issue; KUMC beginning to use new Google Fiber service
08:18 a.m., August 6, 2012 Updated 03:39 p.m.
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Royals win in extras
August 6, 2012
Given where the Kansas City Royals are, manager Ned Yost will savor any victory.
Phoebe Grabill finishes fast
Aquahawk second in 1,500 free
August 6, 2012
It doesn’t matter how long the race is. When the Lawrence Aquahawks’ Phoebe Grabill can sniff the finish line through the chlorine-saturated air, something changes inside her.
Europe must wait day for KU
Jayhawks’ trip to Zurich, Paris delayed by weather
August 6, 2012
Kansas University’s European adventure will begin a bit later than originally planned.
Daymond Patterson is making up for lost time
August 6, 2012
When Kansas University wide receiver Daymond Patterson first realized that the groin injury he suffered early in the 2011 season opener would keep him out for an extended period of time, his thoughts quickly shifted to 2012.
Style for the Ages: Fit is key for summer wedding wear
August 6, 2012
Summer wedding season is upon us — the time for reconnecting with long-lost family and friends, nibbling halfheartedly on cake, and mustering up the courage to — perhaps, just this time — step onto the dance floor.
Seniors in motion: These Lawrence residents don’t let age slow them down
August 6, 2012
Within minutes of receiving the reporter’s email message on his cell phone, Graham Kreicker is calling back to set up an interview. He’s booked most of the next morning — workout at 7:30, teleconference at 10:30 — but, the 75-year-old Lawrence resident suggests, how about talking in person over lunch?
25 years ago: United Way quilt wins second-place ribbon
August 6, 2012
The quilt was sewn by more than 80 volunteers.
40 years ago: Land-clearing begins for Clinton Dam project
August 6, 2012
Construction on the dam and spillway was expected to take about three and one-half years.
100 years ago: Fresh produce plentiful as summer rounds the final corner
August 6, 2012
“The season of the big juicy watermelon is here and fine ones are very plentiful on the market.”
Fix-It Chick: Tighten an old doorknob
August 6, 2012
Ornamental doorknobs on old mortise-style door locks loose their allure when the handle becomes loose or falls off.
Football’s flaws can’t be fixed
August 6, 2012 in print edition on A8
Are you ready for some football? First, however, are you ready for some autopsies? The opening of the NFL training camps coincided with the closing of the investigation into the April suicide by gunshot of Ray Easterling, 62, an eight-season NFL safety in the 1970s. The autopsy found moderately severe chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), progressive damage to the brain associated with repeated blows to the head. CTE was identified as a major cause of Easterling’s depression and dementia.
Afghanistan’s future: War or soccer?
August 6, 2012 in print edition on A8
Gaze into the murky crystal ball at Afghanistan’s future after the withdrawal of American combat troops: The country is fragmented; intense rivalries pitting regions against each other. Kabul remains the center, prized by all, and rivals come there to battle for national dominance.
Next stop: Hollywood
Lawrence writer auditions for ‘Jayhawkers’ film
August 6, 2012
It started with a Facebook post: “Open casting call for a movie being filmed in Lawrence. Need men 30-50 to play roles for a film set in the mid-1950s.” I’ve been a movie fan since junior high when I first saw “The Philadelphia Story.” Since then, my life has been a quest to be as witty and sophisticated as Cary Grant (still trying) and to fall in love with Katharine Hepburn (which I do every time I watch one of her movies). I’m profoundly disappointed when my real-life dialogue doesn’t crackle with the wit, insight and humor of Billy Wilder, Moss Hart, Groucho Marx and John Huston.
Offbeat Occupations: A lock on the locked-out market
August 6, 2012
Jon Georgeson, 22, has been locksmithing since he was 15. His stepfather owns Ace Locksmith in Topeka, and after school, Georgeson would head to his shop to start picking and rekeying locks.
Mind Matters: To change energy patterns, become conscious of them
August 6, 2012
Language is a useful tool. It is intended to help us ease communication. However, language can distort and mislead us. Language is interpretive, created out of mind and therefore capable of great story-telling. And as we know, stories can be based in fiction or nonfiction.
Go Green: Canning jars great multitaskers
August 6, 2012
A farm woman to the core, my brother-in-law’s mother Isabelle ritually handed my sister a Ball canning jar of water before they left from a visit. My sister always refused; Isabelle always insisted. The car might overheat. They might become stranded somewhere and need a drink.
River City Jules: Vacation goes old-school
August 6, 2012
In 1986, my parents took the four of us kids on a cross-country adventure. For three magical weeks, we traveled to and from California in our brand-new GMC Safari minivan, taking in the Rockies, the Grand Canyon, the Pacific Ocean and Disneyland.
Double Take: Middle school a transition for students, parents alike
August 6, 2012
All big transitions in life are scary. We leave the familiar and comfortable and step into a new challenge, full of things we’ve never experienced. This can be especially terrifying for an 11-year-old.