Archive for Monday, August 27, 2012

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Diminishing reservoir levels raise nuclear plant and other concerns
August 27, 2012
Come to find out, it is not just farmers and folks who have dry yards that root for rain. The owners of the Wolf Creek Nuclear Power Plant are rooting hard as well.
Douglas County projects high in KDOT study
August 27, 2012
A $22 million commuter bus line on Interstate 70, a toll lane for Kansas Highway 10, and an expansion for part of the South Lawrence Trafficway are all recommended projects in a state study that looks at transportation needs for the next 20 to 30 years.
46 people arrested for various crimes in Friday, Saturday night patrols
August 27, 2012
Lawrence police conducted special patrols last Friday and Saturday nights in the Oread neighborhood to target underage drinking and other violations.
Woman reports attempted strong-armed robbery Sunday evening
August 27, 2012
A woman alleged she was the victim of an attempted strong-armed robbery about 9:50 p.m. Sunday while walking along a nature trail in Naismith Park, said Sgt. Trent McKinley, a Lawrence police spokesman.
Kobach likens same-sex unions to drug abuse
10:05 p.m., August 27, 2012 Updated 12:12 p.m.
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach isn’t just interested in cracking down on illegal immigration. Last week, at the Republican Party National Convention platform committee meeting in Tampa, Fla., Kobach argued against an amendment to the GOP’s party platform that would have backed same-sex civil unions.
Brownback maintains open meetings act wasn’t violated
August 27, 2012
Gov. Sam Brownback on Monday said that during his private dinners with legislators, which were the focus of an investigation, there were no violations of the Kansas Open Meetings Act.
U.S. Bank alarm malfunctions amid Busker Festival
August 27, 2012
From about 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, an errant fire alarm at the U.S. Bank Tower at Ninth and Massachusetts streets sent a shrill alarm over the center of downtown as hundreds of visitors came to see street performers as part of the fifth annual Busker Festival.
Wichita man gets nearly 27 years in ‘sexting’ case
August 27, 2012
A 26-year-old Wichita man will spend nearly 27 years in prison in a federal “sexting” prosecution.
Topeka woman receives 29-month sentence in crime spree that included Lawrence robbery
August 27, 2012
A 23-year-old Topeka woman linked to a crime spree earlier this year that included robberies in Lawrence, Topeka and Wichita received a 29-month prison term on Monday, according to U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom.
KU student from Derby identified as pedestrian pinned between two vehicles in accident Sunday near campus
03:57 p.m., August 27, 2012 Updated 04:38 p.m.
Lawrence police Monday identified an 18-year-old Kansas University student from Derby as the pedestrian critically injured in an accident early Sunday in the 1600 block of Tennessee Street.
Gift to fund scholarships for KU law school
August 27, 2012
A Kansas University alumnus and his wife have donated $800,000 to the KU School of Law to provide scholarship support.
Felon in KU tickets case asking for shorter prison sentence
03:47 p.m., August 27, 2012 Updated 05:13 p.m.
The imprisoned former head of Kansas University’s Williams Fund alleges that he’s entitled to a shorter prison sentence because he claims federal prosecutors did not honor terms of his plea agreement in the case. Rodney Dale Jones, 43, filed a motion on Aug. 23 from prison in El Reno, Okla., asking a judge to vacate, set aside or correct his sentence.
Horton man, 19, charged with breaking into homes, crawling in bed with women
August 27, 2012
Douglas County prosecutors filed charges Monday against a 19-year-old Horton man accusing him of entering two Lawrence homes early Friday and trying to assault two women as they slept in their beds.
State withholding final 3M payment for new DMV software
02:42 p.m., August 27, 2012 Updated 09:52 p.m.
Kansas Revenue Secretary Nick Jordan says the state is withholding part of the payment to the company responsible for the new motor vehicle registration system while problems are being resolved.
Statehouse Live: Brownback, legislators approve funding that they say will complete Statehouse project
August 27, 2012
State elected leaders on Monday added another $12.4 million to the ever-increasing price tag for the Statehouse renovation project, which is now pegged at approximately $332 million.
Around and About for Aug. 25, 2012
August 27, 2012
The Kansas Human Rights Commission in Topeka has announced that Rehelio “Ray” A. Samuel, of Lawrence, has been recognized by the International Association of Human Rights Agencies and the National Association of Human Rights Workers at their conferences in New Orleans.
Topeka man sentenced in Lawrence shooting
August 27, 2012
A 20-year-old Topeka man who pleaded no contest in July to shooting a bouncer outside a former Lawrence bar was sentenced Monday to 21 months in prison.
Town Talk: Plans filed for $5M apartment complex near Sixth and Wakarusa Wal-Mart; Dillons on Mass. seeks to park cars on grassy lot for another two weeks; The Merc buys its building at 9th and Iowa
August 27, 2012
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Shawnee County DA mulls whether to charge man who had illegal fireworks near Statehouse
August 27, 2012
A prosecutor is close to deciding whether to file charges over illegal homemade fireworks found in a pickup parked near the Kansas Statehouse in February.
Land transfers for the week ending Aug. 20, 2012
August 27, 2012
Land transfers as recorded by the Douglas County Register of Deeds for the week ending Aug. 20, 2012.
Heard on the Hill: ‘Supplemental instruction’ is another KU retention tool; prof calls for careful examination of algae to be used for biofuels; KU speaker to discuss Russian Pussy Riot band today
August 27, 2012
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Two Topeka residents injured in accident north of Lawrence
Minor injuries reported in semitrailer, pickup truck crash
09:00 a.m., August 27, 2012 Updated 07:40 p.m.
Two Topeka residents were taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital Monday morning after a two-vehicle crash involving a semitrailer on U.S. Highway 24-59 near the Douglas County-Jefferson County line.
August 27, 2012
Marriage licenses issued in Douglas County District Court the week ending August 24, 2012.
Former KU golfer Chris Thompson falls in Oklahoma Open playoff
August 27, 2012
Former Kansas University golfer Chris Thompson took second place at the Oklahoma Open on Sunday after losing a playoff to Matt VanCleave at the Oak Tree Country Club East Course.
25 years ago: OWL group faces defeat on rezoning issue
August 27, 2012
Residents had been battling against Douglas County Bank’s expansion.
August 27, 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.
How to help: Informational events on volunteer opportunities offered this week
August 27, 2012
Lawrence Memorial Hospital, Theatre Lawrence and the Lawrence Arts Center will all be holding information events for potential volunteers this week.
100 years ago: Baseball manager suffers injuries after falling downstairs
August 27, 2012
“In going down the stairs the cleats in his shoes caught on a step and sent him headlong.”
August 27, 2012
Divorces granted in Douglas County District Court the week ending August 24, 2012.
Fix-It Chick: Repair rotten, damaged wood
August 27, 2012
Soft, rotten or severely damaged wood can be repaired with a combination of a penetrating liquid epoxy and a good wood filler.
Get on the dance floor: Local groups offer instruction, opportunity to take a whirl
August 27, 2012
From sultry, controlled Argentine tango to old-fashioned, foot-stomping barn dance, a handful of Lawrence groups meet for regular dances, preceded by lessons so beginners can get on the floor right away. None require you to bring your own partner, either.
Fresh inspiration for well-dressed hot dogs
August 27, 2012
Plenty of people surely will disagree, but I firmly believe that underdressed hot dogs simply aren’t worth the calories. If all you’re going to do to a hot dog is drizzle some ketchup, splurt some mustard and spoon some relish on it, it’s not worth the effort to eat. I favor a well-dressed dog, a hot dog accompanied by robust and inspired toppings that transform this classic summer food into so much more.
As I See Fit: Push-ups an enduring standard in workouts
August 27, 2012
It seems as though every week we have a new fitness craze sweeping the nation. Eventually, that fitness craze finds its way to the middle of the country and arrives here in Lawrence. Although this sometimes takes years to occur, it’s better late than never. Or is it?
Lawrence Laundry: Navigate season’s transition with fall uniform
August 27, 2012
I know plenty of women who would forego a month or two of rent payments in order to purchase a pair of Louboutin shoes. In fact, not too long ago, I heard a lady on the radio tell the DJ that she would wrestle anyone of his choosing for a pair.
40 years ago: KU kicks off new year with new chancellor
August 27, 2012
“The only direction this university knows is forward.”
Double Take: When teachers bully
August 27, 2012
Dear Dr. Wes and Katie: What do you do when a teacher is the bully?
Remnant Rehab: Baby blanket — bingo!
August 27, 2012
With a baby shower coming up, I checked out the future parents’ registry to see what they were looking for. When I saw the blankets with the little hood in the corner, I figured I could make one.
River City Jules: Sixth-grade math
August 27, 2012
One full week and some odd change into the school year, and I am already stumped by homework.
Akin’s gaffe is part of broader pattern
August 27, 2012 in print edition on A8
Rep. Todd Akin’s fame — more accurately, his infamy — now reaches all the way to the Congo. There, Eve Ensler, the award-winning American author of “The Vagina Monologues” and herself a survivor of rape, wrote an open letter castigating last week’s suggestion by the Republican congressman that when a woman is a victim of “legitimate rape,” her body has means of preventing pregnancy. As it happens, Ensler is in the Congo working to help some of the thousands of women raped in the fighting there. She called Akin’s words “ignorant.”
Conventions serve little purpose
August 27, 2012 in print edition on A8
In only a few hours the circus becomes a carnival. Two presidential nominees whose identities have been known for months, along with running mates whose names will be no mystery, already are streaming into Southern cities for sweet tea and the sweet serenades of the faithful.
End is near?
Kansas taxpayers have reason to hope that the opening of the Capitol rotunda next month marks the beginning of the end for the costly Statehouse renovation project.
August 27, 2012
If you’re going to be in Topeka next month, you might stop in the Kansas Capitol building to get a look at how some of your hard-earned tax dollars were spent by state lawmakers.
Convention coverage not conventional
August 27, 2012
Viewers in search of network newscasts of the opening night of the Republican National Convention will find repeats of “Castle” and “Hawaii Five-0” and an original “Grimm” instead. Network news has relegated all convention coverage to one hour a night at 9 p.m., beginning Tuesday. In their collective wisdom, they have decided to forgo the opening night entirely.
Choir combining young, old earns national award
August 27, 2012
Though they range from age 3 to 97, the members of the Lawrence Children’s Choir and its senior counterpart, Crescendo, have more in common with each other than they might realize. “Each group gets excited about coming together to learn a new piece,” says Janeal Krehbiel, who retired as the organization’s artistic director in June. “They all enjoy the chance to feel like they have done something to grow and be fruitful.”
Offbeat Occupations: Tailor works ‘magic’ on clothes
August 27, 2012
Hala Safadi was perfectly satisfied taking care of her two children and working a few hours a week at Hancock Fabrics, 2108 W 27th St. “It was lovely,” she said.
Horoscope for Aug. 27
August 27, 2012
For Monday, Aug. 27: This year your creativity seeps into nearly everything you do. This gift, combined with your innate logic, allows your ideas to work well. If you are single, your uniqueness attracts many suitors. If you are attached, the two of you gain from your constantly evolving communication style.