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Royals open trip with 5-1 setback
August 20, 2012
The Kansas City Royals opened a seven-game road trip on a high note before Jeremy Hellickson put a quick stop to it Monday night.
Let’s get it started: A team-by-team look at the fall sports at Lawrence High
August 20, 2012
For some, the regular season is just hours away. Other Lawrence High athletes won’t begin for a few days or a week or more. None can wait, though, for the official start of fall sports. Here’s a look at each LHS program as the teams embark on their seasons.
9-year-old’s civic interests have him longing for a role in government
August 20, 2012
Jack Bellemere is a pretty precocious kid. He’s got a mop of curly brown hair, glasses and a bit of a shy demeanor. Recently, Jack asked some questions that got him and his mom, Kim Bellemere, started on a path to Jack meeting the Douglas County Commission and sitting in on its meetings. He wants to be a county commissioner. The only problem? Jack’s about nine years too young.
Let’s get it started: A team-by-team look at the fall sports at Free State High
August 20, 2012
After all the offseason work and earnest preseason preparation, it’s almost time to get the fall sports seasons started at Free State High. Here’s a look at what’s in store for each program in the months to come.
Tim Grunhard’s gospel: No softies allowed on KU offensive line
August 20, 2012
The hidden, swollen-knuckle world of line play, where the dirtiest, nastiest shots are taken and given, is no place for softies. It’s a mean place where Tim Grunhard thrived for Notre Dame and then the Kansas City Chiefs, but he has seen much nastier places.
Conservative House member wins recount
August 20, 2012
A recount of votes done by hand Monday confirmed that a conservative Democrat targeted for defeat by gay rights advocates narrowly won a primary election for a Kansas House seat.
Woman gets 2 life terms for 2 murders
August 20, 2012
An Oklahoma woman will spend the rest of her life in prison for the 2002 deaths of her ex-husband and his fiancée in Topeka.
Once-homeless case manager has high hopes for new shelter
August 20, 2012
The ground is broken, the money is raised, and the Lawrence Community Shelter is poised to move to a larger facility near the Douglas County Jail later this year or early next year. The move has been years in the making, as the current shelter at 214 W. 10th St. has struggled to accommodate a growing homeless population in Lawrence.
Basehor agrees to $200K for fired city official
Council issues formal apology
August 20, 2012
The Basehor City Council on Monday agreed to pay a $200,000 settlement to former City Administrator Mark Loughry, 11 months after a surprise firing that sent the city tumbling into a period of political turmoil. The settlement comes about seven months after Loughry announced plans to sue the city for public defamation, breach of contract and due-process violations.
Lawrence city commissioners to consider ‘taxing’ city itself for utility service
August 20, 2012
It is not a decision city commissioners are asked to make everyday: Should the city tax itself?
No-contest plea entered in local parking lot incident
August 20, 2012
A 22-year-old Leavenworth man pleaded no contest Monday to two counts of aggravated assault for using a vehicle as a weapon outside a Lawrence bar last year.
Milton Doyle spoke with Self on phone before deciding to transfer
Several schools have ‘major interest’ in Chicago guard, mom says
05:08 p.m., August 20, 2012 Updated 02:16 a.m.
Milt Doyle, who returned to his hometown of Chicago on Aug. 13 for a weeklong visit with his family following Kansas University’s basketball excursion to Switzerland and Paris, planned to catch a flight to Kansas City International on Sunday for the start of first semester classes Monday at KU.
KU newspaper, radio station and sports gain spots in Princeton Review rankings
August 20, 2012
Kansas University received national recognition on Monday for its campus newspaper, its college radio station and its sporting opportunities.
Eudora woman pleads guilty to illegally receiving Social Security benefits
August 20, 2012
A 58-year-old Eudora woman has pleaded guilty to one count of making a false statement that allowed her to receive about $61,000 in Social Security disability benefits for which she was not eligible.
GOP colleagues: Yoder’s nude swim breaches trust
August 20, 2012
Two of Kevin Yoder’s fellow Republicans in the Kansas congressional delegation say his brief nude swim last year in the Sea of Galilee is out of line with what Kansans expect from elected officials.
Lawrence resident Dean Oliver Tapedo convicted of sex crimes against 6-year-old girl
12:18 p.m., August 20, 2012 Updated 04:53 p.m.
A Douglas County jury on Monday morning convicted a 39-year-old Lawrence man of two child sex crime counts in connection with a 2011 incident involving a 6-year-old girl.
Military equipment, including body armor, other items stolen from service member’s vehicle
August 20, 2012
A member of the military reported to Lawrence police Monday morning that someone stole $6,200 worth of items from him in a vehicle burglary.
Voting open in special Kansas House primary election
August 20, 2012
Voters in two Topeka precincts are being allowed to cast ballots in advance in a limited special election prompted by the distribution of the wrong ballots at one polling place.
450 vehicles stopped in weekend saturation patrol by Douglas County Sheriff’s Office
August 20, 2012
Douglas County Sheriff’s officers stopped about 450 vehicles Saturday night and early Sunday as part of a saturation patrol and vehicle check lane on 23rd Street, said Sgt. Steve Lewis, a sheriff’s spokesman.
Town Talk: Look for Chutney’s to open on Mass. Street; city seeks reports on water’s taste and odor issues; city to debate whether it should tax itself
August 20, 2012
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Rep. Yoder apologizes for nude Sea of Galilee swim
09:18 a.m., August 20, 2012 Updated 01:51 p.m.
A conservative congressman representing Kansas has apologized for any offense caused by his naked swim in the Sea of Galilee last summer.
Heard on the Hill: Hall Center grant funds interdisciplinary research; KU looking for ways to encourage collaboration; University Daily Kansan unveils new website
August 20, 2012
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Bankruptcies
August 20, 2012
Douglas County residents or businesses filing for bankruptcy protection recently in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the District of Kansas, according to court records.
Divorces
August 20, 2012
Divorces granted in Douglas County District Court the week ending August 17, 2012.
Marriages
August 20, 2012
Marriage licenses issued in Douglas County District Court the week ending August 17, 2012.
Wise Women Build conference starts Friday
August 20, 2012
This year’s Wise Women Build religious conference runs from Aug. 24 to 26.
Brown’s dark sexual legacy
August 20, 2012 in print edition on A8
When women complain about men who can’t commit, they can thank — or blame — two people: Playboy magazine publisher Hugh Hefner and the former editor of Cosmopolitan magazine, Helen Gurley Brown, who died this week at age 90.
Romney in trouble with Hispanics
August 20, 2012 in print edition on A8
Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney was already polling at historically low numbers among Hispanic voters before his decision to name Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate. Now, Romney risks a total debacle among Hispanic voters that could cost him the election.
100 years ago: Streetcar accident injures vehicles; driver in good shape
August 20, 2012
“The motorman, A. R. King, was only slightly injured.”
Journalists captured in ‘Locked Up’
August 20, 2012
Many of the folks featured on “Locked Up Abroad” (9 p.m., National Geographic) are the authors of their own misfortunes. They apparently were born without that inner voice that tells most people not to smuggle drugs into Turkey or Thailand, or to accept mysterious luggage from strangers. It’s easy to pity them for their suffering, but it’s harder to sympathize with their actions or motivations.
Wilt Chamberlain’s family protests movie
August 20, 2012
Barbara O. Chamberlain-Lewis has written letters that essentially scream “cut!” on local filmmaker Kevin Willmott’s “Jayhawkers,” but the command has fallen on deaf ears.
Family matters: Health scare led to KU football coach Charlie Weis’ Hannah & Friends charity
August 20, 2012
When Charlie Weis nearly died, hundreds of people got the chance truly to live.
Kansas soccer falls in OT
August 20, 2012
Northwestern sophomore Georgia Waddle’s golden goal off of a rebound in the 95th minute lifted the Wildcats past Kansas University, 2-1, on Sunday afternoon at the Jayhawk Soccer Complex.
How to Help: Headquarters in need of volunteer counselors
August 20, 2012
Headquarters Counseling Center is seeking caring people interested in training as a volunteer counselor.
Fix-It Chick: Balance a wobbly ceiling fan
August 20, 2012
Wobbly ceiling fans are both inefficient and potentially dangerous.
River City Jules: Sisterhood memories
August 20, 2012
I have a confession to make. One time … back in college … simply because my friends were doing it too … I joined a sorority.
Lawrence Laundry: Fall brings burnt orange color trend
August 20, 2012
For some reason, I’ve always been attracted to the cooler end of the color spectrum. When I look through my closet, I see mostly hues of green, blue and brown; hardly any red, orange or yellow.
Double Take: Start new school year with optimism
August 20, 2012
This week, we welcome Katie Guyot (Ghee-you, hard “g”) to the Double Take chair. She’s the ninth co-author since 2004, continuing a remarkable tradition of teen journalism that is without match in any other newspaper or magazine in print or online.
Dinnertime disaster
The plan was foolproof … or so it seemed
August 20, 2012
It was my night to cook. That’s usually not a cause concern, but tonight would be different. My wife, a marvelous, adventurous cook who can improvise in the kitchen the way Don Rickles can on stage, was working late. So being the gracious husband I am, I said I’d make dinner. I’m no Iron Chef, but I can get by, especially with gentle, loving guidance and a well-tested recipe.
Bite Sighs: Summer tart just peachy
August 20, 2012
Gift certificates are a gas! There’s something about spending someone else’s money that makes me feel like experimenting. When two of our friends gave me a gift certificate to a baker’s supply house, I went gaga.
Lawrence Locales: Museum director keeps area artifacts high and dry
August 20, 2012
Martha Parker has salvaged and saved a museum’s worth of important local artifacts.
Democrats seek to tap Kansas populism
August 20, 2012
Kansas Democrats are trying to reclaim the state’s Populist tradition, attacking conservative Republican tax-cutting policies in hopes of avoiding a wipeout in legislative races. They’re battling frustration in a GOP-leaning state with Democratic President Barack Obama.
Anniversary plan
The 150th anniversary of Quantrill’s Raid is a significant event for Lawrence, and it’s time to get the planning started.
August 20, 2012
Tuesday will mark the 149th anniversary of one of the most notable events in Lawrence history: Quantrill’s Raid.
Daytripper: Last sip of summer
August 20, 2012
Almost gone are “those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer.” In Lawrence, the sound of the ice cream truck’s music playing is being replaced by the sound of school bus wheels rumbling down the road.
Police image
August 20, 2012
Upon reading the recent article in the Journal-World detailing former police chief Olin’s encounter with the police department after he discharged a firearm within city limits no less than five times, I couldn’t help but question what role Olin’s prominent past played in how this situation was handled or, shall I say, ignored.
25 years ago: Lawrence sidewalks and bike paths up for improvement
August 20, 2012
Many recommendations in the 1976 “Pedalplan for Lawrence” had not been carried out.
40 years ago: County joins ranks of computerized offices
August 20, 2012
Douglas County had made the move to computers this summer.
Horoscope for Aug. 20
August 20, 2012
For Monday, Aug. 20: This year you become a host to the unexpected. Your life develops an exciting and surprising tone. If you are single, you could attract quite a group of wannabe suitors. If you are attached, your significant other will feel most indulged, though you must remain in touch with his or her needs.
Royals get sweep of Sox
August 20, 2012
Jeremy Guthrie was working on a no-hitter before one well-placed grounder was ruled a base hit. Then he had to settle for a no-decision. At least his team won.