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VP candidate Paul Ryan accepts ‘calling of my generation’
August 29, 2012
Seizing the campaign spotlight, vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan accepted “the calling of my generation” to help lead the country in tough times Wednesday night and told roaring Republican National Convention delegates and a prime time TV audience that Mitt Romney and he will make the difficult decisions needed to repair the nation’s economy.
Man pleads no contest to assault
August 29, 2012
A 52-year-old Lawrence man accused of threatening another man downtown pleaded no contest to aggravated assault Wednesday.
Emergency response training offered
August 29, 2012
Douglas County Emergency Management will provide free training sessions for participants to become community response team members.
Grant info session set for next week
August 29, 2012
The Douglas County Community Foundation will have a meeting Sept. 6 about applying for grants from the Elizabeth Schultz Environmental Fund.
Burglaries reported in Johnson County
August 29, 2012
The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office is asking for assistance in solving several recent daytime residential burglaries, including two that occurred just south of De Soto, said Master Deputy Tom Erickson, a sheriff’s spokesman.
County wants more info about new building codes
August 29, 2012
No on I-codes, at least for now. The Douglas County Commission postponed approval of a new set of building codes in its Wednesday night meeting, saying that more discussion with builders and public contribution was needed.
Be safe this holiday weekend
August 29, 2012
Experts: Precautions should be taken on water and with fire.
Lawsuit claims woman unfairly convicted in highway workers’ deaths
August 29, 2012
An attorney argued Wednesday that a 53-year-old woman convicted of striking and killing two highway workers with her truck south of Lawrence in 2007 did not receive a fair trial.
Dole Fellow says Romney has good shot at unseating Obama
August 29, 2012
Nancy Dwight, who has been involved in the top levels of Republican Party politics for nearly 40 years, believes GOP candidate Mitt Romney needs to provide a detailed explanation of what he wants to do as president during his nationally televised speech Thursday at the Republican National Convention.
Water lilies invade KU’s Potter Lake
August 29, 2012
After a much-needed dredging in 2010 and a number of student-led clean-up efforts, Kansas University’s iconic Potter Lake has a new enemy this semester: water lilies.
Sixth Street building evacuated after electrical problem; power outage reported in west Lawrence
03:41 p.m., August 29, 2012 Updated 05:54 p.m.
Lawrence firefighters after an electrical fire have evacuated the building that includes Internal Medicine Group, 4525 W. Sixth St., dispatchers said.
Suspect in meth case placed in federal custody
August 29, 2012
A 49-year-old Overland Park man who faces federal methamphetamine and firearm charges was transferred to federal custody on Wednesday.
Hy-Vee to open environmentally friendly convenience store on Thursday
August 29, 2012
West Lawrence motorists will get a new option for gasoline purchases on Thursday, and they may get a glimpse at the future of how convenience stores are built too.
Attorneys delivering closing arguments in school finance lawsuit against state
August 29, 2012
Attorneys representing 54 public school districts with nearly 150,000 students made their final appeal Wednesday before a three-judge panel for more education funding.
Large flames at propane plant south of Lecompton part of planned maintenance operation
August 29, 2012
A maintenance operation at a Heetco propane facility near Lecompton is creating large flames but no danger to the facility or surrounding area, a manager at the business said Wednesday
House fire battled in rural De Soto
August 29, 2012
Firefighters in Johnson County extinguished a house fire Wednesday in rural De Soto.
Families sue over Atchison grain elevator blast
August 29, 2012
Families of four of the six people who died in an explosion at a grain elevator in northeast Kansas have filed wrongful-death lawsuits against some the elevator’s employees.
Town Talk: Lawrence start-up launches streaming music site; single-family home starts up locally; ‘specialty dog boutique’ opens on 23rd Street
August 29, 2012
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Heard on the Hill: High percentage of Lawrence residents enrolled in college; ‘Volunteer Fair’ set for Sept. 5; Kansas regents staffer still in running for Ala. chancellor job
August 29, 2012
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
First Bell: Stories in the works this week; more funding doesn’t equal better test scores?
August 29, 2012
News and notes from Douglas County schools.
U.S. Highway 59 expected to open in October
August 29, 2012
The nearly three-year long U.S. Highway 59 realignment project is nearing the end of the road.
Pool complaint
August 29, 2012
I have lived in Lawrence for over 30 years and worked downtown for 20 years. I no longer work in town, but I continue to watch the downward spiral of businesses and poor decision-making by our wonderful City Commission.
Errant alarm
August 29, 2012
U.S. Bank’s experience with a fire alarm last weekend should act as a warning to other downtown businesses.
25 years ago: Local Studebakers win international prizes
August 29, 2012
“As long as I’m alive, this car will not be sold.”
40 years ago: Local blood drive surpasses goal
August 29, 2012
The 503 pints collected had included 175 new donors.
Lions volleyball falls in opener at Blue Valley West
August 29, 2012
Despite winning two of the first three sets, the Lawrence High volleyball team fell, 14-25, 25-21, 19-25, 25-21, 15-8, in its season opener on Tuesday at Blue Valley West.
100 years ago: Playground movement wraps up first summer of organized fun
August 29, 2012
“For about three months the children have been given the benefits of an outdoor playground with a leader to direct their fun.”
Space inspiration
August 29, 2012
In 1969, America had no greater hero than astronaut Neil Armstrong. People got up in the middle of the night to watch blurry television transmissions from the moon, including Armstrong’s first steps on the moon.
KU linemen Sterling, Tavai among new arrivals to earn starting jobs
August 29, 2012
Two of Kansas University team’s most recent arrivals officially became starters on Tuesday, when KU football coach Charlie Weis released the first depth chart of the regular season.
Court knowledge is lacking
August 29, 2012
Last week a popular legal blog, Findlaw.com, released the results of a survey it had done designed to test the average American’s knowledge of the U.S. Supreme Court. Those findings were both remarkable and depressing.
Has Romney given up on Hispanics?
August 29, 2012 in print edition on A8
One of the key things to watch in this week’s Republican national convention in Tampa is whether the Romney-Ryan ticket will be able to connect with Hispanics and improve its dismal approval ratings among Latino voters. There are some things they could do — but I doubt they will.
Horoscope for August 29
August 29, 2012
This year you acquire a new ability to visualize and create. Tap into your dynamic imagination more often, and you’ll achieve long-desired results. If you are single, you could meet The One. If you are attached, your significant other at times could be jealous or insecure.
‘Roughness’ transcends star
August 29, 2012
“Necessary Roughness” (9 p.m., USA) wraps up its second season with a series of personal and professional crises.
Rivals boosts KU commit Brannen Greene into top 25
August 29, 2012
Future Kansas University small forward Brannen Greene’s national recruiting ranking improved nine slots — from No. 31 to 22 overall — Rivals.com announced on Tuesday.
Moustakas powers Royals past Tigers, Verlander, 9-8
August 29, 2012
Mike Moustakas had a difficult road trip, then had to face Justin Verlander when the Kansas City Royals kicked off a 10-game homestand on Tuesday night.
Lawrence High boys soccer routs Topeka, 6-0
August 29, 2012
Nothing inspires change quite like falling victim to a shutout.
Self’s test this year: give KU guards options
August 29, 2012
Interchangeable guards capable of initiating and leading the offense have been as much a part of Bill Self’s tenure as Kansas University basketball coach as sarcastic one-liners and 30-win seasons.