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Self: Don’t count on Olympics call
August 17, 2012
Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self was asked Friday if he’d be interested in being the coach for the 2016 United States Olympic men’s basketball team.
Handball keeps local group moving
August 17, 2012
Don’t bother trying to reserve the handball court at Lawrence Athletic Club at 11 a.m. on a Monday, Wednesday or Friday. It’s reserved from here to eternity, or so it seems.
Program for undocumented immigrants expected to help some KU students
August 17, 2012
Mauricio Gomez, retention specialist at the Kansas University Office of Multicultural Affairs, knows the stories firsthand. Undocumented KU students, who aren’t eligible for federal financial aid, work and scrape together tuition money. They graduate but can’t find professional jobs in their field because they’re undocumented immigrants who moved to the United States, often at a very young age.
Highly anticipated opening of new Dillons set for Sunday
August 17, 2012
Dapper Dillons. As leaders of the grocery store chain work to put the final touches on their new store at 17th and Massachusetts, they wouldn’t mind at all if that becomes the new nickname for what they’re touting as a state-of-the-art city market.
Fewer police in city’s schools, more on patrol
August 17, 2012
Lawrence Police Chief Tarik Khatib says the department in recent years has been trying to juggle too many things. He’s working on a plan to get back more to the basics as he moves some officers with specialty assignments back to patrolling the streets. That includes two school resource officers and three traffic unit officers.
Re-entry program director at jail stepping down
August 17, 2012
Shannon Murphy can talk numbers. The outgoing director who headed up the re-entry program for Sheriff Ken McGovern at the Douglas County Jail for four years has seen recidivism for program participants decrease 44 percent from 2008 to 2011.
Saturation patrol this weekend
August 17, 2012
Douglas County Sheriff’s officers will conduct a saturation patrol and DUI check lane from this evening into early Sunday morning.
Deliberations begin in trial of man accused of molesting girl
August 17, 2012
A Douglas County jury will resume deliberations Monday in the trial of a 39-year-old Lawrence man accused of molesting a 6-year-old girl last October.
Fire destroys house north of McLouth
August 17, 2012
A fire heavily damaged a house Thursday evening north of McLouth, but the occupants were able to get out safely, said Union Township Fire Chief Carl Chalfant.
Brownback says asking for 10 percent cuts in state agencies just first step in budget review process
August 17, 2012
Gov. Sam Brownback on Friday sought to calm fears about budget cuts after his administration called for state agencies to submit to his office budget recommendations that cut 10 percent.
Charges against Overland Park Planned Parenthood clinic dropped
02:55 p.m., August 17, 2012 Updated 11:19 p.m.
A Kansas prosecutor on Friday dropped all remaining criminal charges against a Kansas City-area Planned Parenthood clinic accused of performing illegal abortions, ending what was believed to be the first attempt in the U.S. to prosecute a facility affiliated with the group.
Brownback at odds with Romney over wind energy tax credit
August 17, 2012
Gov. Sam Brownback is at odds with his Republican Party presidential candidate Mitt Romney over tax credits to support wind power.
Protesters interrupt Kobach’s defense of Alabama immigration law
August 17, 2012
A quarrelsome U.S. Commission on Civil Rights held its first hearing on state laws that target illegal immigration, with Republican backers arguing Friday that the measures are vital to protecting American jobs and fighting crime.
3 Topeka men survive small plane crash
August 17, 2012
Three Topeka men survived when a small plane crashed in rural Kansas.
Statehouse Live: Echo accusations reverberate in 2nd Congressional District race
August 17, 2012
Democrat Tobias Schlingensiepen, who is challenging U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Topeka, usually gets applause when he says that the 2nd Congressional District “needs a voice, not an echo.”
County to conduct saturation patrol and DUI check lane this weekend
August 17, 2012
Douglas County Sheriff’s officers will conduct a saturation patrol and DUI check lane from Saturday evening into early Sunday morning.
Town Talk: Questions and answers on changes to city’s trash system; Orchards Golf course on market for $385,000; other courses on market too
August 17, 2012
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Riley County looking for former K-State player
August 17, 2012
Riley County authorities are looking for a former Kansas State football player from Arkansas who has not been seen since Wednesday.
Shawnee County DA expects to report findings on Cedar Crest meetings next week
August 17, 2012
A Kansas prosecutor is taking a few more days to wrap up his investigation of private meetings between Gov. Sam Brownback and state legislators at the governor’s official residence.
Poker run benefits scholarship fund
August 17, 2012
The Justin Johnston Memorial Scholarship Poker Run will be Saturday. The event is compliant with state law regarding charitable events involving gaming.
Lawrence officials travel to sister city in Greece
August 17, 2012
Lawrence officials and residents visited the Greek costal city of Iniades during the last week of July, not necessarily to take a summer vacation, but to make inroads for the future.
Separate trials for parents ordered
August 17, 2012
A Douglas County judge Thursday scheduled separate trials for two Illinois parents accused of tying up and blindfolding two of their children, ages 5 and 7, outside the west Lawrence Walmart in June.
Dinosaur hunter finds triceratops
August 17, 2012
A local dinosaur hunter just back from a fossil-finding trip to Montana will be working on a new triceratops fossil this winter, but it’s just the latest prize for Alan Detrich, who has collected many specimens over the years.
Brownback asks agencies to propose 10 percent cuts
August 17, 2012
Gov. Sam Brownback, who recently signed into law massive tax cuts, has directed state agencies to propose cuts in their budgets of 10 percent, according to a letter obtained Thursday by the Lawrence Journal-World. His office said agencies should prepare for possible economic problems “that are beyond our control.”
Heard on the Hill: Wescoe Beach renovations nearing completion; a clarified story behind Burt Hall’s nuclear reactor; Natural History Museum announces fall events
August 17, 2012
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
First Bell: The No Child Left Behind waiver, the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act and other things I’m learning about
August 17, 2012
News and notes from schools in Douglas County
25 years ago: Arson suspected in O’Connell Ranch fires
August 17, 2012
Police today were inspecting two possible cases of arson.
40 years ago: National company to open data-processing office in Lawrence
August 17, 2012
The company was to employ 65 people here.
100 years ago: Police break up east side speakeasy; two farmers make switch from horses to tractors
August 17, 2012
“One of them made the prize haul of 16 bottles and they were cold, too.”
Royals shut out at home by Athletics
August 17, 2012
Luke Hochevar won’t see the Oakland Athletics again until 2013, which is none too soon for him.
KU soccer, volleyball, cross country kick off season at media day
August 17, 2012
Kansas University soccer coach Mark Francis didn’t have to spend a long time in the offseason coming up with ways the Jayhawks could improve upon their 11-9-1 record in 2011.
Shuffled starters see second chance with Weis
August 17, 2012
When a coaching change takes place, it’s common for football players who had earned starting jobs to worry that their status could be in jeopardy. Those who feel buried lower on the depth chart see the change as a second chance.
Sizing him up: D-lineman Agostinho adds bulk with offseason strength plan
August 17, 2012
Of all the body transformations by Kansas University football players this offseason, one player’s journey has been the most talked about.
Postal Concerns
August 17, 2012
In 2010, the current crop of GOP federal representatives made a big show of sounding out the words of our Constitution on CSPAN. They used the word “read.” However, they immediately set out to destroy our post office system. Thus the conclusion can only be that none of the words entered or stopped in their brains, and the process of “reading” was not involved.
Name change
August 17, 2012
We know that healthy kids make the best students — they’re focused and ready to learn and they miss fewer days because of illness.
LHS, Facebook
August 17, 2012
To the editor: Monday morning, while drinking my first great cup of coffee, I got a bitter taste in my mouth when I suddenly read from one of my Facebook friends that someone has posted a Facebook page called Lawrence HS Halls.
KU welcome
August 17, 2012
Traffic and activity have been picking up around Lawrence in the last week or so, but the influx of Kansas University students will ramp up significantly today with the opening of KU residence halls.
GOP forces game of budget roulette
August 17, 2012 in print edition on A8
The politics of “sequestration” illustrate the talent of congressional Republicans, led by Rep. Paul Ryan for being on both sides of the budget issue: They play a game of “chicken” with federal outlays, demanding a balanced budget without tax increases, and then insist that it’s the Democrats’ fault if there’s a crackup.
Stars rock for teachers
August 17, 2012
Garth Brooks joins Carrie Underwood, Dierks Bentley, Josh Groban and the pop group fun. in “Teachers Rock” (7 p.m., CBS), a charity concert to support educators. I’m always amused, and a little confused, when I hear the word “rock” used as a verb — particularly on the title of a show mostly headlined by country artists. I guess “Teachers Twang” just didn’t sound right.
Horoscope for Aug. 17
August 17, 2012
For Friday, Aug.17: This year marks a new beginning in your life, and you feel as if nothing can stop you. Use this powerful time to manifest a key desire or long-term goal. If you are single, you certainly will be noticed. If you are attached, the two of you might have very different approaches to reaching your goals.