Archive for Monday, July 9, 2012

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Board OKs calendar with weekday graduations
July 9, 2012
Members of the Lawrence school board approved an academic calendar for the 2013-14 school year on Monday that placed high school graduations on a Tuesday and Wednesday.
Judge orders hearing on former KU consultant’s appeal to shorten ticket scandal prison sentence
Ex-consultant seeks shorter sentence
July 9, 2012
A federal judge said Monday he wanted to hear more evidence before he ruled on a request by a former consultant for Kansas University who is seeking to have his sentence shortened for his role in a $2 million ticket scalping conspiracy he helped conceal.
Lawrence student wins IIYM piano competition
July 9, 2012
The International Institute for Young Musicians 2012 International Piano Competition is an international contest open to pianists ages 12-19. The contestants first submitted an audition DVD, and from the 35 submissions, 12 semifinalists were chosen. The semifinalists competed Saturday, each playing for 25 minutes, and then six finalists were selected. On Monday night the finalists each played for 35 minutes. Fourteen-year-old Lawrence resident Chaeyoung Park placed first at the competition.
Pump Patrol
July 9, 2012
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.29 at several stations.
Eudora man pleads guilty to four charges related to incident in Lawrence
July 9, 2012
A 25-year-old Eudora man pleaded guilty to four charges Monday in connection with a March incident at the Days Inn, 730 Iowa.
Lawrence City Commission to review plans to upgrade police department through sales tax
July 9, 2012
Lawrence city commissioners are being presented with a new set of scenarios — all of them involving new sales taxes — to fund a multimillion-dollar effort to boost the city’s police force.
Kansas Bioscience Authority committee supports funding for research project at Kansas State
July 9, 2012
The Kansas Bioscience Authority’s Investment Committee on Monday supported an effort that would provide more than $868,000 to help support new research at Kansas State University’s National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility.
Kansas legislators get kudos for transportation work
July 9, 2012
Economic Lifelines on Monday honored several legislators for their support of state transportation funding.
Early in budget discussions, City and County on different paths
July 9, 2012
Both the county and the city are discussing their respective proposed budgets for 2013. That’s two independent processes but many departments and agencies depend on funding from both bodies.
Peachy keen: In northeast Kansas, a banner year for mid-summer stonefruit
July 9, 2012
After the 2011 Kansas winter resulted in a summer with little to no peaches, Vertacnik’s Orchard and some other area fruit growers are experiencing a banner year.
Lawrence may be asking downtown businesses to pay for library parking garage
July 9, 2012
Soon, city commissioners may arrange for those two ideas to collide. City Manager David Corliss’ office is proposing that nearly every downtown property owner would pay a special tax to add an extra level and about 75 additional parking spaces for a public parking garage that will be built next the Lawrence Public Library.
Heat causes fish to die in Kanza Preserve pond
July 9, 2012
It’s a case of murder most foul at the Kanza Southwind Nature Preserve, as hundreds of dead carp — and the associated rotting fish smell — line the banks of a pond on the preserve, near 27th Street and the South Lawrence Trafficway in southwest Lawrence.
Westar seeking volunteers for pilot project that encourages off-peak electric usage
02:34 p.m., July 9, 2012 Updated 04:53 p.m.
Westar Energy is seeking 1,000 customers to participate in a pilot project that utility officials said could provide savings on electric bills.
Salvation Army seeks donations for backpacks and shoes for needy students
July 9, 2012
The Salvation Army and its Women’s Auxiliary are seeking donations and applications for their annual school backpack and shoe distribution for needy children.
Man charged after investigation of homemade explosives
12:47 p.m., July 9, 2012 Updated 04:44 p.m.
Police arrested a 20-year-old Lawrence man, Dakota Jackson Kunkle, Sunday morning on suspicion of criminal use of explosives at an apartment in the 700 block of West 25th Street.
Town Talk: Downtown property owners may have to pay special tax for new parking; city comes up with new police funding ideas; famous Quantrill raid art coming to Lawrence
July 9, 2012
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Lawrence High School graduates earn National Merit Scholarships
July 9, 2012
Two Lawrence high school graduates have earned National Merit Scholarships after being named as finalists in the National Merit program.
Firefighters extinguish blaze at business on Clinton Parkway Court
09:39 a.m., July 9, 2012 Updated 04:44 p.m.
Firefighters discovered flames Monday morning while responding to a fire near Clinton Parkway and Kasold Drive.
Heard on the Hill: Changes coming to Business School’s MBA program; Missouri governor signs bill quashing KU license plates; Natural History Museum sponsors event that talks about extreme weather
July 9, 2012
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
July 9, 2012
Marriage licenses issued in Douglas County District Court the week ending July 6, 2012.
Slow down
July 9, 2012
Until I read Chris Taber’s letter to the editor July 3, I was starting to wonder if I was the only one who thinks the proposed recreation center is just plain nuts.
Positive reinforcement
July 9, 2012
It looks like Mary Krieger “got it” before Police Chief Khatib did.
Fear tactics
July 9, 2012
Now that Republicans have declared war on the middle class and brazenly thrown their support to the top 3 percent, they need something to convince the people who actually work for a living to vote for them. It turns out their most effective weapon is weapons.
25 years ago: Movie producers make offer on county-owned barn, windmill
July 9, 2012
Trans World Entertainment, the company filming the motion picture “Kansas,” had asked to buy a barn, old corn crib, and windmill.
100 years ago: Some things never change: July brings hot weather, fresh farm produce
July 9, 2012
“This is a good season for pies. Blackberries, cherries and huckleberries of excellent quality are found in the markets.”
40 years ago: Public invited to observe solar eclipse from KU observatory
July 9, 2012
A solar eclipse was coming up in a couple of days.
Fix-It Chick: Repair a tubeless tire
July 9, 2012
If your tubeless tire has deflated and separated from the rim, a little patience and some dish soap could have you back up and rolling in no time.
Egypt must halt violence against women
July 9, 2012 in print edition on A8
With the election of the first Islamist president in Egypt’s history, the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohammed Morsi, violence against women has become a hot issue. True, there have been troubling attacks on female activists since the revolution began in January 2011. Who can forget the infamous photo of a female demonstrator stripped to the waist, her blue bra exposed, as one soldier stomps on her stomach while two others drag her along on the street?
Mental health boundaries are pushed
July 9, 2012
The damaged detective genre moves into challenging new territory with “Perception” (9 p.m., TNT). We’ve traveled far beyond the quirky phobias of “Monk” and the cranky attitudes of “House.” Eric McCormack (“Will & Grace”) plays Dr. Daniel Pierce, a neuroscience professor described as “brilliant” about 47 times during the pilot episode.
Horoscope for July 9
July 9, 2012
For Monday, July 9: This year your ability to communicate comes through clearly. You will help others to better understand you, and you will understand them better as a result. If you are single, what you want and what you get could be quite different. If you are attached, you also might express conflicting messages.
Double Take: With roommate, set rules for successful dorm living
July 9, 2012
A student moving into the dorms this fall is scared about getting a bad roommate.
Lawrence Laundry: Guide to business casual
July 9, 2012
While the term “business casual” seems to be as relative and cerebral as a theory of Einstein’s, choosing appropriate outfits becomes even more complicated in the summer.
Everyday Life: Kumaré!
July 9, 2012
The unexpectedly sweet documentary “Kumaré” starts out with a Borat-type premise: a young American man of Indian ancestry pretends to be a guru.
Delicious/Nutritious: 4-ingredient avocado dishes
July 9, 2012
A favorite of our two cooks takes center plate, and they couldn’t have made it simpler: Each recipe has only four ingredients.
River City Jules: Summer halftime
July 9, 2012
It’s halftime, and you know what that means … Time to finish (or start and then finish) the summer reading program you enthusiastically signed your kids up for the day after Memorial Day. Time to take that day trip to that one historical site you have been threatening to drag your children to during these education-deprived weeks. Time to dust off the flash cards you swore you would use daily, right before you joined Pinterest.
Extended service
A plan to expand overnight public transportation service in Lawrence is a reasonable experiment.
July 9, 2012
For Lawrence residents who depend on public transportation, life pretty much has to happen between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m.
Kirk Hinrich expected to rejoin the Chicago Bulls
July 9, 2012
The notion began on the June 2010 draft night the Bulls traded Kirk Hinrich to the Wizards for additional salary cap space in their attempt to go all in for LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in free agency. John Paxson’s first draft selection as Bulls general manager one day would return.