Archive for Monday, August 13, 2012

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On the street
Photo galleries
Remnant Rehab: Vintage dress turned into skirt and shirt
Now that the Olympics are over, what sporting events are you looking forward to?

Poll results

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College football
College basketball
Professional football
Baseball playoffs
Professional basketball
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Best of Lawrence voting now open
August 13, 2012
It’s an election year, which means people’s opinions are strong — and they’re not afraid to share them. Since it’s not fair for the Mitts and Baracks of the world to have all the fun, we’ve opened up the polls for our 2012 Best of Lawrence contest, which can be found online at
2 killed in accident in north-central Kan.
August 13, 2012
Two people have died in an accident on a north-central Kansas highway.
Hutchinson-area residents concerned about levee
August 13, 2012
The refusal of city and county officials to fund the improvement of a levee near an unincorporated section of Hutchinson has prompted concerns among residents.
Site where fatality occurred was targeted for traffic signal addition
August 13, 2012
The collision that killed a Tonganoxie teacher at 158th Street and U.S. Highway 24-40 in Basehor on Friday occurred just months before the planned addition of a traffic signal at the intersection. In 2010, the Kansas Department of Transportation announced plans to install a stoplight at the intersection, with a goal of finishing the project in time for the 2012-13 school year, which begins this week. However, delays in obtaining rights of way, along with the relocation of utility lines, pushed the project back, said KDOT spokeswoman Kim Qualls.
Police respond to gunshots at former chief’s house
Incident treated as medical emergency
11:22 p.m., August 13, 2012 Updated 05:47 p.m.
Lawrence police early Thursday responded to the home of former Police Chief Ron Olin after dispatchers received a call saying he was having a reaction to medication and he was firing a gun.
Board resumes talks on bond issue
August 13, 2012
The Lawrence school board heard Monday that an April bond issue would primarily support elementary schools, particularly in the east and central parts of the city, in addition to other educational needs.
Salina priest pleads no contest to battery
August 13, 2012
A Salina priest has pleaded no contest to misdemeanor battery after being accused of inappropriately touching an adult male.
Spencer Museum of Art to reopen to public Tuesday
August 13, 2012
The Spencer Museum of Art will reopen to the public on Tuesday after being closed since an Aug. 1 water main break, according to a note to patrons from Saralyn Reece Hardy, the museum’s director.
Lawrence city commissioners set to approve $885,490 purchase of 21,000 wheeled plastic trash carts
August 13, 2012
Get ready to close the lid on Lawrence’s great trash cart debate.
State says poker runs, charity tournaments illegal
August 13, 2012
Increasingly popular fundraising activities such as poker runs and charity poker tournaments are illegal in Kansas, state gambling regulators said, though violations are rarely prosecuted.
Tonganoxie man killed in motorcylce accident on U.S. 24-40
August 13, 2012
A 47-year-old Tonganoxie man died in a motorcycle accident late Sunday near Tonganoxie.
Police: 3 dead after shooting near Texas A&M; gunman was being evicted
Gunman, police officer among the dead
02:29 p.m., August 13, 2012 Updated 04:47 p.m.
Police say two officers and one other person have been injured in a shooting near the Texas A&M University campus in College Station.
No injuries after gunman fires in Wichita store
August 13, 2012
Police say a 27-year-old man fired at least one shot inside a Burlington Coat Factory in Wichita after a store employee confronted him over his suspicious behavior.
Around and About for August 11, 2012
August 13, 2012
Two area students have completed the University Honors Program at Kansas State University.
Shawnee County to hold special election after ballot mix-up
10:29 a.m., August 13, 2012 Updated 01:50 p.m.
A ballot mix-up at a Topeka polling place is complicating the Shawnee County Commission’s job of certifying results of last week’s party primaries.
Statehouse Live: Brownback praising Ryan on Fox News
August 13, 2012
Gov. Sam Brownback is praising the selection of U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., to run as vice president on the Republican White House ticket.
Town Talk: City ready to spend $885,000 on new trash carts, set rates for new trash service; weekly land transfers
August 13, 2012
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Douglas County land transfers for the weeks ending July 30 and Aug. 6
August 13, 2012
Land transfers as recorded by the Douglas County Register of Deeds for the weeks ending July 30 and Aug. 6, 2012.
Heat takes toll on butterflies
August 13, 2012
Ecologists in Kansas and Missouri say extreme temperatures are killing a large number of butterflies and could hurt their southern migration next month.
Volunteer guides others in quest for independence
August 13, 2012
Athena Johnson first came to Independence Inc. to access the assistive technologies that have allowed her to live independently and to continue working despite a form of macular degeneration which has been slowly robbing Johnson of her eyesight. Even though she can no longer see her grandson’s face or watch a sunset, Johnson’s disease hasn’t stolen her infectious optimism, her deep-felt compassion for others and her business acumen, honed by years of running a family business in her hometown of Chanute. Johnson taps into all those skills as a volunteer receptionist and board member for Independence Inc., which provides advocacy, services and education for people with disabilities.
Who wins, loses if Senate shifts to right?
Conservatives have big agenda to push through
August 13, 2012
So what will happen should conservative Republicans take over the Kansas Senate when the 2013 legislative session starts in January? Public schools, middle class families and women are in for a rough ride, according to Democrats as they assessed the political landscape after a slew of moderate Senate leaders were defeated in last week’s Republican Party primary, courtesy of a combined effort from Gov. Sam Brownback, the billionaire Koch brothers, Kansas Chamber of Commerce and Kansans for Life.
Heard on the Hill: KU prof researches Costa Rica’s giant stone spheres; many law schools got crossed up on debt figures; Spencer library has collection from first professional black basketball coach
August 13, 2012
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Candidates should speak to real people
August 13, 2012 in print edition on A8
Two of my pundit colleagues — David Brooks of The New York Times and Peggy Noonan of The Wall Street Journal — have written about this “boring” and “inconsequential” presidential campaign.
Misstatements can haunt candidates
August 13, 2012 in print edition on A8
Barack Obama claims only that his legislative and foreign policy achievements in his first two years matched those of “any president — with the possible exceptions of Johnson, FDR and Lincoln” in “modern history.” Some Obama enthusiasts are less restrained.
Gallery interns not worth a dime
August 13, 2012
The new love-to-hate series “Gallery Girls” (9 p.m., Bravo) features a gaggle of delusional and entitled 20-somethings. These seven young women seek jobs, or rather unpaid internships, in New York’s most prestigious art galleries. Some have to struggle; others use their daddies’ connections. Guess which “Girls” make better interns?
Horoscope for Aug. 13
August 13, 2012
For Monday, Aug. 13: This year you become more resilient than ever before. You learn to go along with the unexpected, as you see it as exciting rather than a problem. If you are single, you attract many people. If you are attached, the two of you relate on an even more positive level.
Remnant Rehab: Alterations breathe new life into vintage dress
August 13, 2012
A vintage dress with a great polka dot pattern was reformed of its matronly ways with a few simple cuts and hems.
40 years ago: Livestock auction earns record amount at county fair
August 13, 2012
It was a suspenseful evening for attendees at 4-H and FFA Livestock Auction.
Woodland ties for 42nd in PGA Championship
August 13, 2012
Former Kansas University golfer Gary Woodland shot 71 in the final round of the PGA Championship and tied for 42nd place.
Double Take: Miranda’s moving on to the next phase
August 13, 2012
Today I will perform a ceremony. In a digital age, it is a ritual of click-drop-and-drag. I will click on the computer folder entitled “Miranda Davis” and drag it into the folder titled “Double Take Archives,” where it will reside next to the other seven teen co-authors, safe, sound and easily accessed. Her work will be gone from our weekly lives but always available. It occurs to me that this is a metaphor of parenting today. We send our teens into an archive called “Young Adult,” but we do not delete them from our lives. We drag and drop them where they belong, no longer children but not yet adults. That’s a different folder. One they have to drag-and-drop for themselves in a few years.
25 years ago: KU official reports low percentage of student-loan defaulters
August 13, 2012
KU students were “probably among the best” at paying back their loans.
Pack it up: Put something different in kids’ lunch boxes this year
August 13, 2012
Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. They’re easy, cheap, fairly healthy and OK to leave at room temperature all morning — perfect for packing in kids’ lunch boxes. But every day? Booo-rrring.
Former Jayhawk Sasha Kaun wins bronze medal with Russia
August 13, 2012
Former Kansas University center Sasha Kaun is an Olympic bronze medalist.
Fix-It Chick: Control chiggers naturally
August 13, 2012
Trombiculidae, commonly known as chiggers, are tiny, microscopic red mites whose larvae feed on skin cells before dropping to the ground and molting into nonparasitic adult nymphs. These annoying pests can be somewhat controlled with traditional insecticides, but there are several nonchemical treatments that work very well.
Offbeat Occupations: Chef finds beauty in restaurant’s intimate setting
August 13, 2012
Micah Clement and his wife, Tawny, wanted to do something special before their baby was born. So in February, they booked a reservation at Café Beautiful, 730 Mass., expecting a good night. Their expectations were a little low. “Overall it was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had,” said Clement. “You have a window view of Mass. Street, and you can see the sunset as you dine. (The chef) serves only you, (making) it super intimate.”
River City Jules: 18 years of antics
August 13, 2012
We were newlyweds, completely broke and trying to attend a friend’s wedding in Denver as cheaply as possible. We checked into a dive hotel about an hour before the wedding, smelly from a day of travel, when my husband realized he had forgotten his dress shirt.
100 years ago: War games ready to launch in Lawrence area
August 13, 2012
“Conditions will be as near those encountered in actual warfare as it is possible to make them without using real bullets.”
French, pro overpower Jayhawks’ inexperienced lineup in exhibition finale
August 13, 2012
Kansas University coach Bill Self already knew winning without four potential starters was going to be difficult Sunday.
Lawrence Laundry: NYC T-shirt designer got start in Kansas
August 13, 2012
When former Lawrence resident Donald Lee traveled to New York City to visit family just over a year ago, he never imagined his weeklong trip would turn into a permanent stay.
NBA forward: Kansas post players ‘really good’
August 13, 2012
Kevin Seraphin, who averaged 7.9 points and 4.9 rebounds for the Washington Wizards last year, said he was impressed by what he saw from Kansas’ young post players.
Machado mashes as Orioles top Royals, 5-3
August 13, 2012
The Kansas City Royals slugged their way through four games at Camden Yards, taking full advantage of the short distance to the outfield fence to hit eight home runs against the Baltimore Orioles.
Everyday Life: The world we make
August 13, 2012
A Facebook friend of mine saw some UFOs recently. In fact, he photographed a bunch of them and posted them on his Facebook page.
Delicious/Nutritious: Pick a pepper
Spicy or mild, summer vegetables add pep to dishes
August 13, 2012
Some like it hot, while others are more mild. These pepper recipes span the continuum for heat tolerance, making something for everyone.
Texting Message
August 13, 2012
A series of public service announcements currently being broadcast by AT&T dramatically illustrates the dangers of texting and driving. The spots are a little hard to watch, but they should make everyone who sees them put down their phones and pay attention to the road.