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Semitrailer driver leads law enforcement on low-speed chase
11:55 p.m., August 15, 2012 Updated 11:45 a.m.
A semitrailer led Kansas law enforcement on a chase for an hour and 15 minutes through at least four counties Wednesday evening.
Aggravated assult and battery charges against Lawrence man dismissed
August 15, 2012
Douglas County prosecutors have dismissed aggravated assault and battery charges against a 55-year-old Lawrence man accused of threatening another man with a knife in July.
Woman reports car theft
August 15, 2012
A 24-year-old Lawrence woman reported to police Monday that someone stole her 1978 Chevrolet Monte Carlo valued at $3,000 from the 400 block of North Seventh Street between Aug. 5 and Monday afternoon.
Lawrence woman charged with aggravated child endangerment
August 15, 2012
Douglas County prosecutors have filed two aggravated child endangerment charges against a 49-year-old Lawrence woman who let a 13-year-old drive a car that struck a telephone pole in North Lawrence.
Commissioners approve contract for resurfacing project at jail
August 15, 2012
The Douglas County Commission approved a contract to resurface an area of the county jail for $45,293 in its Wednesday afternoon meeting.
Eudora property added to Kansas Register of Historic Places
August 15, 2012
The state’s key historic review board has added a Eudora property to the Kansas Register of Historic Places, and has recommended a Lawrence property be added to the National Register of Historic Places.
While residents have fled troubled trailer park, tons of trash remain
August 15, 2012
All that’s left is the mess. City officials confirmed that the final residents of the Riverview Trailer Park in North Lawrence recently have moved out of the trailer park that became the subject of numerous sanitation and environmental code investigations by the city in April. The residents are now gone, but they certainly aren’t forgotten. There are signs of them everywhere. About 20 abandoned and unsecured trailers remain at the park at 827 Walnut St.
A lesson in being a good neighbor, as KU resumes
August 15, 2012
This morning, a group of about 50 volunteers from Kansas University fraternities will be carrying a message to their fellow students living in the Oread Neighborhood: Be a good neighbor.
Regents Retreat Live: Regents trying to deal with new political landscape
August 15, 2012
Higher education officials on Wednesday tried to figure out a strategy to deal with the new political reality — massive tax cuts signed into law by Gov. Sam Brownback and a more
Douglas County Sheriff’s Office denies request for information about alleged assault
August 15, 2012
For the past month, the Journal-World has been trying to get more information about a complaint from a former Douglas County Jail inmate alleging that she was repeatedly sexually assaulted by a deputy at the jail.
Patterns not clear cut in string of recent burglaries
August 15, 2012
Prowlers, burglars, sneak thieves and housebreakers have sneaked in through back doors, glass doors, garage doors. They’ve stolen guns, money, other valuables, and sometimes nothing, during a recent rise in such crimes in Lawrence. Arrests have been made, as have warnings by police. But three months later, the home burglaries haven’t let up.
Kansas State Fair, PETA clash over booth restriction
August 15, 2012
The activist group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is objecting to conditions imposed by Kansas State Fair officials on its planned exhibit.
Organizer moves Christian workshop from Kansas House
05:26 p.m., August 15, 2012 Updated 05:59 p.m.
The organizer of a training workshop for dozens of evangelical pastors and church leaders said Wednesday that he has moved the event out of the Kansas House because of the expected number participants, but he rejected a national group’s charge that it would improperly mix government with religion.
Drivers should expect delays during South Lawrence Trafficway resurfacing project
August 15, 2012
A South Lawrence Trafficway resurfacing project will begin Thursday morning, and the Kansas Department of Transportation says drivers should expect delays of up to 15 minutes.
Regents Retreat Live: Regents ask Chancellor Gray-Little if there are plans for KU medical school campus in Pittsburg
August 15, 2012
Kansas University Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little on Wednesday pushed down talk that KU is looking at starting a medical school in Pittsburg.
All-Star Game MVP, former Royal Melky Cabrera suspended 50 games for positive drug test
August 15, 2012
San Francisco Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera has been suspended for 50 games without pay after testing positive for testosterone.
Kansas House chamber set to host Christian workshop
August 15, 2012
The Kansas House chamber is scheduled to be the site this week of a three-day workshop for dozens of evangelical Christians.
Lawmakers promote state’s acting research director
August 15, 2012
The acting director of the Kansas Legislature’s research staff has been promoted to permanent director.
Town Talk: Starbucks begins construction of W. Sixth Street drive-through; library parking garage construction set to begin in November; library project plans to spend $75,000 on public art
August 15, 2012
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
First Bell: Resuming the blog for the start of this school year
August 15, 2012
Notes and updates about schools in Douglas County.
Heard on the Hill: KU suggests routes for Friday movers; university features part-time student job opportunities; new dorm need — bedbug spray?
August 15, 2012
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
25 years ago: KU tries to find housing for incoming throngs
August 15, 2012
University officials were asking Lawrence residents to “open their homes” to student renters.
40 years ago: New parking lot considered for downtown
August 15, 2012
The southeast corner of Seventh and Vermont streets was being eyed for a possible parking lot.
100 years ago: Schools to get updated textbooks
August 15, 2012
“Nearly all of the books that will be required in the rural schools during the coming school year are to be new.”
Firebirds teammates linked by a common present, past
August 15, 2012
They both play quarterback. Each has received all-league recognition as a defensive back. But Free State High teammates Joe Dineen and Kyle McFarland have even more in common.
KU’s oft-invisible D-line solidifying
August 15, 2012
A year ago, the pocket made the perfect environment for quarterbacks opposing Kansas University to study the defense, existentialism, rhetoric, physics, introduction to western civilization, thermal dynamics, anthropology and whatever other disciplines they might have been exploring in their classes that semester.
Fresh from Europe, Jayhawks already looking ahead
August 15, 2012
It took Kansas University’s basketball players, coaches and support staff members about one-third of the time to return from Europe as it took to get there.
Coming on fast: Speedy, energetic LB Heeney takes aim at starting job
August 15, 2012
Kansas University linebacker Ben Heeney knows one way — and one way only — to play football, and, so far this fall, his style has led to good things and high praise for the sophomore from Hutchinson.
Royals, Guthrie shut out Athletics, 5-0
August 15, 2012
Jeremy Guthrie learned in June what not to do against the Oakland Athletics.
Scrap ethanol
August 15, 2012
Now is the time to scrap the failed ethanol fuel experiment. Not only is it a fuel source that cannot exist in the marketplace without massive government subsidies, but it uses a resource (corn) that is in shorter supply than ever and has increased in price by 50 percent in the last six weeks.
Flag abuse
August 15, 2012
I always enjoy the Olympics, whether summer or winter. So much excitement, sportsmanship and hope for medals. The only thing that really bothers me happens when the athletes take their national flags and drape them over their shoulders or use them as capes.
School caution
August 15, 2012
In light of the uncertain state funding picture, local school officials need to be cautious in seeking new bond debt.
Ryan pick refocuses campaign
August 15, 2012 in print edition on A6
Last Thursday’s Wall Street Journal editorial “Why Not Paul Ryan?” made the case for his selection as the Republican vice-presidential nominee in this statement: “Romney can win a big election over big issues. He’ll lose a small one.”
Right-wing terrorists attacking U.S.
August 15, 2012 in print edition on A6
Can we finally say the thing we have not said so far? Last week, a white supremacist shot up a Sikh temple near Milwaukee, killing six people and wounding three. It is considered likely that the shooter mistook the Sikhs, whose men wear beards and turbans, for Muslims. The massacre came a few weeks after a characteristically baseless charge by Michele Bachmann and several other conservative legislators that a Muslim aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has ties to Islamic extremism.
Horoscope for August 15
August 15, 2012
This year you could feel everything intensely — more than you have in a long time. You also might tend to get angry far more easily. If you are single, screen the people you meet and take your time getting to know a potential suitor. If you are attached, the two of you need private time as a couple.
Kids’ stuff rules the waves
August 15, 2012
The August silly season is upon us. The CW debuts “Oh Sit!” (7 p.m.), a new series based on the game musical chairs, a pastime most of us outgrow around fourth grade.