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Squirrel blamed for sparking fire in vegetation beneath power line
11:53 p.m., July 5, 2012 Updated 11:53 p.m.
A large brush and grass fire west of Langston Hughes School threatened several homes Thursday and led to an order for residents in the area to evacuate.
Police respond to fireworks calls during the overnight hours
July 5, 2012
Lawrence Police Sgt. Trent McKinley said police responded to 71 fireworks calls between 10 p.m. Wednesday and 6 a.m. Thursday.
Judges move to lessen costs in redistricting case
July 5, 2012
Three federal judges who redrew political boundaries in Kansas have moved to limit the legal costs that the state will be forced to cover from a lawsuit over the Legislature’s failure to adjust the lines to ensure equal representation.
Amber alert canceled: 16-year-old girl in Leavenworth found
July 5, 2012
Authorities have cancelled an Amber Alert after locating a missing 16-year-old girl from Leavenworth.
Douglas County sheriff’s office planning extra patrols on Saturday night
July 5, 2012
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is planning to conduct a saturation patrol on Saturday evening.
Court case causing more delays for SLT project
July 5, 2012
Both supporters and opponents of the project to build a bypass through the Baker Wetlands are finding the waiting game extends to the legal case surrounding the roadway, too.
Every month in 2012 in Lawrence has been hotter than average
July 5, 2012
Every month in 2012 has been warmer than average, and precipitation is behind by about 4 inches through June compared to data from 1981 to 2011.
Michigan State, Ohio State highlight KU men’s basketball nonconference schedule for 2012-13 season
03:28 p.m., July 5, 2012 Updated 12:00 a.m.
The Kansas University men’s basketball program on Thursday released the dates and opponents for the non-conference portion of the 2012-13 schedule and two marquee match-ups with Big Ten opponents jumped off the page.
KU officially adds Anrio Adams to men’s basketball team
July 5, 2012
Guard Anrio “Rio” Adams has signed a grant-in-aid agreement to play men’s basketball at Kansas University, KU coach Bill Self announced Thursday.
Statehouse Live: Republican drops out of 2nd Senate District race
July 5, 2012
Jeremy Pierce, who filed to run in the Republican Party primary for state Senate District 2, said Thursday that he is stopping his campaign.
Evacuation lifted for homes near Langston Hughes school in west Lawrence after large grass fire
10:35 a.m., July 5, 2012 Updated 05:52 p.m.
Firefighters have fought back most of a large grass fire west of Langston Hughes Elementary School after evacuating homes on Palisades Drive.
Town Talk: Freebirds burritos confirms pending move to downtown; speculation while we await a ruling in the SLT case; hose duty on the Fourth of July
July 5, 2012
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Lawrence police respond to more than 70 fireworks calls overnight
July 5, 2012
Though the Independence Day holiday passed without major law enforcement incidents in Lawrence, police still kept busy responding to fireworks calls during the overnight hours.
City mulls on-call T bus service
July 5, 2012
City Manager David Corliss’ recommended budget calls for $250,000 to fund a pilot program that would extend the hours of the city’s public transit system to cover the time period from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Monday through Saturday.
Scalia critics say Supreme Court justice too political last term
July 5, 2012
Justice Antonin Scalia drew unusually critical attention during this past Supreme Court term for comments he made in court and in his writing that seemed to some more political than judicial.
Eating machine: Chestnut wins 6th straight hot dog titl
July 5, 2012
Joey Chestnut won his sixth straight Fourth of July hot dog-eating contest at Coney Island, downing 68 dogs and buns on Wednesday to tie his personal best in a sweaty, gag-inducing spectacle.
Heard on the Hill: KBA has contributed $51 million to KU Cancer Center; KU science-fiction center announces awards; city of Niagara Falls offers to pay students’ debt in return for moving there
July 5, 2012
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
25 years ago: Independence Days closes out successful year
July 5, 2012
An estimated 12,500 people swarmed Burcham Park for another day of food, music, games, and crafts.
40 years ago: Anonymous donor replaces child’s lost bike
July 5, 2012
The worst had happened: Jennifer’s bike had been hauled away by the city sanitation squad.
100 years ago: Democratic nominee Wilson may visit Lawrence
July 5, 2012
“Already an effort is being made to bring Wilson to Kansas and it is quite probable that he will come.”
Reasonable plan
Budgeting for three new officers for the Lawrence Police Department is a reasonable step for next year.
July 5, 2012
Lawrence City Manager David Corliss was right to take a moderate approach to expanded police department spending in the budget plan he presented last week.
Our Town Sports for July 5
July 5, 2012
A weekly roundup of local events and results.
Firebirds girls basketball team carries winning winter culture to summer
July 5, 2012
Following a season in which the Free State High girls basketball team set a program record with 16 wins, coach Bryan Duncan knew this summer would be crucial if the Firebirds wanted to carry that success over into 2012-13.
Grunhard, Bowen to lead KU football in recruiting Kansas
July 5, 2012
For the past few decades Kansas University football coaches have approached recruiting the state in a variety of ways.
Blue Jays capitalize on erratic Royals pitches, win 4-1
July 5, 2012
When Luis Mendoza couldn’t keep his sinker down, the Toronto Blue Jays took advantage.
Pump patrol
July 5, 2012
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.32 at several stations.
Future KU guard Frankamp scores 17 for U.S. on the Fourth
July 5, 2012
Future Kansas University basketball guard Conner Frankamp scored 17 points in the United States’ 116-47 rout of China on Wednesday in the final preliminary-round game of the FIBA Under-17 world championships in Lithuania.
‘Louie’ may be future of TV comedy
July 5, 2012
The much anticipated return of Charlie Sheen to prime time lived up to expectations. “Anger Management” (8:30 p.m., FX) attracted over 5 million total viewers for the cable network and was easily the most watched program of the night in the 18-49 audience, the demographic of choice for advertisers.
Horoscope for July 5
July 5, 2012
For Thursday, July 5: This year your message is heard loud and clear. You have a way of penetrating others’ natural defenses and drawing strong reactions. If you are single, you will demand more from potential suitors than in the past. If you are attached, you start to change, and though your significant other might have an adverse reaction at first, it all works for the better.
Greatness is achieved, not declared
July 5, 2012 in print edition on A8
Can you say why America is the greatest country in the world? The question proceeds of course, from an assumption, i.e., that America is, indeed, the greatest nation on Earth. When it is posed by a chipper college student to Will McAvoy, the dyspeptic cable news anchor played by Jeff Daniels in the new HBO series “The Newsroom,” he gores that assumption with acid glee.
Iran draws ‘red lines’ on nuclear talks
July 5, 2012 in print edition on A8
The text of Iran’s negotiation proposal to the “P5+1” group last month makes clear what Iran’s “red lines” are in the nuclear talks, and where it might be willing to compromise.