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Archive for Tuesday, August 21, 2012

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12:00 a.m.
Glen Marotz, associate dean of the School of Engineering explains the design structure of the Fracture & Fatigue Lab where testing can be done on construction industry large scale structural members. The lab is part of the School of Engineerings new research facility, the Measurement, Materials and Sustainable Environment Center (M2SEC). New engineering building boasts state-of-the-art-test environments
August 19, 2012
As Kansas University associate engineering dean Glen Marotz gives a tour of the school’s new $23.6 million research building, he takes care to point out how every available dollar went into the new lab spaces.
6:00 a.m.
The Princeton Review ranked Kansas University high in several categories in its annual review of colleges. It was among the top-ranked schools for Best College Newspaper, Best College Radio Station and Best Jock School. 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.
10:00 a.m.
As part of the new KU campaign to encourage responsible use of alcohol, students will study the Lawrence community to identify how best to get a safe drinking message across here. Officers pour resources into underage drinking battle
August 21, 2012
Thousands of new Kansas University students made it to Lawrence in recent days for orientation and classes. Now a group aimed at curbing underage drinking hopes to leave an early impression about stopping another cycle that often involves a new set of underage drinkers.
2:00 p.m.
One of the items in the $4.4 million renovation in 2000 of Cedar Crest was a security gate adorned with metal sunflowers at the drive of the governor's mansion. Gov. Sam Brownback and other Republican legislators have come under fire for allegations they violated the state's open meetings act when they allegedly discussed state business at a dinner gathering at Cedar Crest. DA says governor’s meetings didn’t violate law
9:42 a.m., August 21, 2012 Updated 1:45 p.m.
Private dinner gatherings that Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback hosted for dozens of legislators at his official residence didn’t substantially violate the state’s opening meetings law even though they touched upon his legislative agenda, a state prosecutor said Tuesday.
6:00 p.m.
Although a bit too young to qualify for the position, 9-year-old Jack Bellemere, a fourth-grader at Raintree Montessori School, wants to be a county commissioner. Jack was photographed Thursday in the County Commission chambers at the Douglas County Courthouse. 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.
10:00 p.m.


In this Friday, Aug. 10, 2012 photo, ripening apples hang from a tree at Burtt's apple orchard in Cabot, Vt. Farmers across northeast Kansas are finding apples ready for harvest earlier, thanks to this summer's hot weather. But they're experiencing mixed results with the quality of the crop.
Drought’s effect on apple crop mixed
August 21, 2012
Following the lead of early summer stone fruits and most other produce this year, northeast Kansas apples are arriving one to four weeks early. And farmers say the crop’s shown mixed results.

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Grass fire destroys mobile home
August 21, 2012
Grass fires led to the loss of a mobile home in Tonganoxie and roughly 40 acres east of the city Tuesday.
Mission woman accused of violating probation
August 21, 2012
Ashley C. R. Johnson, 22, of Mission, was brought to the Douglas County Jail on Tuesday on a bench warrant after she was accused of violating terms of her probation in connection with a 2010 Lawrence crime spree.
Officers await results of autopsy from crash
August 21, 2012
Jefferson County Sheriff’s officers are awaiting autopsy results hoping they will learn more about a motorcycle accident that killed an Oskaloosa man last week.
No decrease seen in state’s meth production
August 21, 2012
Last week, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office raided a home in the small town of Mulberry, population about 500, arresting two people on suspicion of methamphetamine manufacturing and possession. The raid also resulted in the removal of two children from the home.
City helps resolve dispute over rural resident’s target practice
August 21, 2012
For a dispute that centered on a man shooting a gun, this one ended without much drama.
Sex offender pleads guilty to two charges
August 21, 2012
A 32-year-old Douglas County man pleaded guilty Tuesday to failing to register as a sex offender and viewing child pornography, according to federal court records.
School attendance up over last year
August 21, 2012
After the first full day of school for all grades on Monday, attendance in the Lawrence school district is unofficially up by 198 students.
Trial ordered in home burglary case
August 21, 2012
A Douglas County judge Tuesday ordered a 31-year-old Lawrence man to face a trial for a June 31 aggravated burglary on Northwood Lane in northern Lawrence.
Akin lets Mo. Senate withdrawal deadline pass
August 21, 2012
The initial deadline for Republican Rep. Todd Akin to quit the Missouri Senate race has come and gone, with no signs that he plans to give up.
David Letterman roasts Rep. Yoder over skinny dipping incident
August 21, 2012
David Letterman got some laughs at U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder’s expense after the congressman apologized for skinny dipping in the Sea of Galilee last summer. Yoder said he had been drinking when he took off his clothes following a long day on a factf-inding trip to Israel, but that alcohol did not play a factor.
Suspect in several crimes arrested after foot chase near Kasold Drive and Clinton Parkway
03:47 p.m., August 21, 2012 Updated 05:42 p.m.
A Lawrence police officer conducting a burglary investigation Tuesday afternoon arrested a man after a foot chase near Kasold Drive and Clinton Parkway.
Around and About for August 18, 2012
August 21, 2012
Jennifer Loewen, of Lawrence, a student at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa, has been named to the Dean’s list for the spring semester, earning Highest Honors for a GPA of 4.0.
Gift establishes KU journalism scholarship
August 21, 2012
Kansas University alumni Kathy and Tom Plimpton, of Fort Worth, Texas, donated $60,000 to KU’s William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications to establish a new scholarship.
Kansas media group disappointed in report on events
August 21, 2012
The Kansas Press Association’s executive director sees what he calls a hollow victory in a prosecutor’s criticism of Gov. Sam Brownback’s private meetings with legislators at his official residence.
Brownback aide says DA confirms Kan. gov’s view of meetings
August 21, 2012
A spokeswoman for Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback says a prosecutor’s report confirms the governor’s position that private meetings with legislators did not violate the state’s open meetings law.
Embattled Missouri congressman Todd Akin renews vow to stay in Senate race
August 21, 2012
Rep. Todd Akin renewed his vow to carry on with his embattled Senate campaign Tuesday, even as a key deadline loomed to withdraw from the race over his comments that women’s bodies can prevent pregnancies in cases of “legitimate rape.”
This year’s college freshmen don’t know about airplane tickets, Bill Clinton or Vito Corleone
August 21, 2012
Every year, Beloit College in Beloit, Wis., releases its Mindset List to give a snapshot of how the incoming freshmen class views the world. The list for the Class of 2016:
Water main break spurs detour on 19th Street
August 21, 2012
A broken water main will close the westbound lane of 19th Street near Haskell Avenue through Wednesday, the city announced Tuesday morning.
Kennedy School evacuated after outside gas leak
August 21, 2012
Administrators evacuated Kennedy School, 1605 Davis Road, at 8:15 a.m. Tuesday after staff smelled a natural gas odor.
Town Talk: City seeking ideas for $75,000 library art project; mall-like sign proposed for downtown; eco-devo group to be formed; city to consider “business-friendly” changes
August 21, 2012
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County. -by-
Weather service issues fire weather watch
August 21, 2012
The National Weather Service in Topeka has issued a fire weather watch for all of northeast, east central and north central Kansas for Wednesday.
DA says governor’s meetings didn’t violate law
09:42 a.m., August 21, 2012 Updated 01:45 p.m.
Private dinner gatherings that Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback hosted for dozens of legislators at his official residence didn’t substantially violate the state’s opening meetings law even though they touched upon his legislative agenda, a state prosecutor said Tuesday.
Yoder under fire for nude dip in holy waters
August 21, 2012
A Kansas congressman’s 10-second naked plunge into the sea where the Bible says Jesus walked on water prompted apologies Monday from him, head-shaking from other Republicans and the kind of international attention that no politician wants.
Woman reports she was threatened with firearm Friday
August 21, 2012
A 19-year-old Olathe woman reported to Lawrence police Friday night that someone had threatened her with a firearm about 12 hours earlier, according to a Lawrence police report.
Lawrence man reports stolen Honda mo-ped
August 21, 2012
A 21-year-old Lawrence man reported that his 2006 Honda mo-ped valued at $1,000 was stolen Friday from the 3400 block of West 24th Street.
Man injured in motorcycle accident early Sunday
August 21, 2012
A 31-year-old Lawrence man was injured early Sunday morning after he struck a curb and then a tree with his motorcycle in the 1600 block of West Third Street.
Officers pour resources into underage drinking battle
August 21, 2012
Thousands of new Kansas University students made it to Lawrence in recent days for orientation and classes. Now a group aimed at curbing underage drinking hopes to leave an early impression about stopping another cycle that often involves a new set of underage drinkers.
Baldwin City woman taken to hospital after crash
August 21, 2012
A 41-year-old rural Baldwin City woman was taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital on Friday afternoon after she crashed a 1996 Saturn car in the 600 section of East 1850 Road, said Sgt. Steve Lewis, a Douglas County Sheriff’s Office spokesman.
WR Dwayne Bowe works out for 1st time
August 21, 2012
Dwayne Bowe is already getting up to speed with the Kansas City Chiefs.
Heard on the Hill: Kemper Fellowships program ends this year; KU beginning search for Foundation Professors; monarch butterfly population looks to be lower this year
August 21, 2012
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Chiefs’ Tamba Hali suspended
August 21, 2012
Injuries could already keep two defensive starters out of the Chiefs’ season-opener against Atlanta. Now, a suspension has sidelined their best pass rusher.
25 years ago: Taxes delinquent on Eldridge Hotel
August 21, 2012
The state Board of Tax Appeals had ruled that Rob Phillips was responsible for one-third of the hotel’s market value.
Smile valued
August 21, 2012
Nobody is more tickled than I am to be walking again to the Mass St. Dillons for a gallon of milk.
Critics off base
August 21, 2012
Dr. Bud Gollier wrote on Aug. 17 to raise skepticism about Obamacare, relying on an Aug. 6 Wall Street Journal piece criticizing Massachusetts’s RomneyCare. But the Wall Street Journal article is factually misleading and illogical.
Drought’s effect on apple crop mixed
August 21, 2012
Following the lead of early summer stone fruits and most other produce this year, northeast Kansas apples are arriving one to four weeks early. And farmers say the crop’s shown mixed results.
Ample apple summer specialties
August 21, 2012
Apples may be early this year, but there’s no reason to rush these fall favorites into their signature cool-weather dishes quite yet.
State cheated
August 21, 2012
I heartily agree with your editorial “Full-time job?” (Aug. 17).
Education need
The state is right to look at better ways to serve students who now are choosing to attend for-profit colleges.
August 21, 2012
The Kansas Board of Regents is right to be concerned about the increasing number of students who are choosing to attend for-profit colleges instead of state-supervised universities, community colleges and vocational-technical schools.
40 years ago: KU begins year under interim chancellor
August 21, 2012
Raymond Nichols had assumed his duties of interim chancellor following the resignation of Laurence Chalmers.
100 years ago: 49 years since infamous raid
August 21, 2012
“For nearly four hours — from about five to nine o’clock — the rebels carried on their work….”
VH1 rewards good deeds
August 21, 2012
A summer ritual for some time now, the “Do Something Awards” (8 p.m., VH1) honor young people involved in social causes. It also allows celebrities great and small to associate themselves with the do-gooding.
Horoscope for Aug. 21
August 21, 2012
For Tuesday, Aug. 21: This year you might be more serious than usual. This attitude doesn’t necessarily stem from any particular events, rather from a detachment as you look at the big picture. If you are single, you want to relate to someone on an active level. If you are attached, avoid arguments; instead, enjoy the joyous, fun part of this relationship.