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Lawrence teachers, district at stalemate in salary negotiations
July 11, 2012
Lawrence’s school district and its teachers union negotiated for about two and a half hours with a mediator before coming to an impasse Wednesday as neither side flinched on their salary proposals for the 2012-13 school year.
Hospital changes procedure to prevent disability payment abuse
July 11, 2012
Lawrence Memorial Hospital has changed how it offers information to patients who may qualify for disability payments, after a Lawrence doctor expressed concern the system was ripe for abuse.
Man reports stolen gas tank, batteries
July 11, 2012
A 75-year-old Lane man reported to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday that someone had stolen a gas tank and batteries from a vehicle on his property in the 500 block of John Brown Road.
Hay baler catches on fire in southeastern Franklin County
July 11, 2012
A 55-year-old Lane man at 1:20 p.m. Tuesday was in a field on his tractor pulling a hay baler when it caught fire near Virginia Road and Clark Terrace in southeastern Franklin County.
Kids reclaim wall with art
July 11, 2012
Sixteen-year-old Madeline Chestnut spent Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday painting on what some would call an extremely large canvas.
County approves resolution with new rec center in mind
July 11, 2012
In a brief meeting Wednesday evening, the Douglas County Commission unanimously passed a joint resolution with the city that helps pave the way for a new recreation center in northwest Lawrence.
Patrols to target aggressive driving
July 11, 2012
Johnson County Sheriff’s officers and other agencies have started extra patrols monitoring aggressive driving on major highways, including Kansas Highway 10.
Brownback mum on expansion of Medicaid under federal health care reform
July 11, 2012
Several Republican governors have turned up their nose to federal funding to expand health care for poor children under the Affordable Care Act. But while Republican Gov. Sam Brownback has been an ardent opponent of the ACA, he has not given a definitive answer on whether he would expand Medicaid, which could impact more than 150,000 Kansans.
KU-Michigan State basketball game will be part of ESPN marathon
July 11, 2012
The Kansas men’s basketball team’s game against Michigan State on Tuesday, Nov. 13, will be part of ESPN’s College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon, the network announced Wednesday.
Town Talk: City commissioners cool to possible water, sewer rate increases; how Lawrence water/sewer bills stack up to other communities; county request for dispatch money left hanging
July 11, 2012
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County:
Semi explodes in Kansas after hitting truck
July 11, 2012
The driver of a semitrailer truck pulled his 7-year-old daughter out of the truck just moments before it exploded and burned on a Kansas highway.
Latest NBAF review due out Friday
July 11, 2012
The National Research Council is scheduled to release a new report that assesses three options for building a new biosecurity lab in Kansas.
Lawrence woman reports waking up to burglar in her bedroom
10:24 a.m., July 11, 2012 Updated 05:44 p.m.
A 74-year-old Lawrence woman awoke early Wednesday morning to a man standing in her bedroom holding a light.
Heard on the Hill: Executive vice chancellor candidates begin to make visits to KUMC; Dole Institute programs often tied to speakers’ schedules; annual KU Hospital fundraiser has $971,000 committed
July 11, 2012
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Ruling: Officials took ‘hard look’ at SLT plan
July 11, 2012
In its ruling Tuesday that upheld plans for the South Lawrence Trafficway, a U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals panel said any errors in a noise study were “harmless.”
KU linebackers facing new schemes
July 11, 2012
It may be a little too early to tell which linebackers are going to play the most snaps for the Kansas University football team this fall. But those who were here this spring said they already had figured out what they had to do to earn a spot.
Royals blew it with Melky Cabrera
July 11, 2012
The sound of the sweet spot of a baseball bat crushing a baseball was fouled by a backfire that could be heard from here to San Francisco and back Tuesday night in the top of the fourth inning of the All-Star game won by the National League, 8-0. Poor Royals.
Giant killers: S.F. sluggers spark All-Star rout
July 11, 2012
Pablo Sandoval and Melky Cabrera turned the All-Star game into a Giant blowout.
Kansas vaulter Bowen 11th in Spain
July 11, 2012
Kansas University sophomore-to-be Casey Bowen tied for 11th in his qualification flight and failed to advance to the final in the pole vault at the IAAF World Junior Track & Field Championships on Tuesday.
Thoughtful help
July 11, 2012
The 4th of July, I attended the matinee showing of “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.”
Phobia folly
July 11, 2012
Americans today certainly continue the grand tradition of ad hominem attacks (the practice of attacking the individual and ignoring their arguments).
25 years ago: Sen. Dole goes to bat for displaced Lawrence resident
July 11, 2012
Concern about the plight of Michael Fargo had reached the federal level.
40 years ago: Kinedyne forerunner to locate in Lawrence
July 11, 2012
Company representatives were to appear before the City Commission to request at least $1.8 million in industrial revenue bonds.
100 years ago: Judge unmoved by attorney’s plea on behalf of bootlegger
July 11, 2012
“The attorney mentioned to the judge that he must remember the day when a friend offered a nice cool glass in a nice quiet place, and how refreshing it was.”
Urgent need
Deplorable conditions at a key state juvenile facility demand immediate action.
July 11, 2012
A state audit report released Tuesday paints a troubling picture of the Kansas Juvenile Correctional Complex in Topeka.
Negative political ads not all bad
July 11, 2012 in print edition on A6
In this pivotal election year, fellow citizens, I give you a chilling vision of two Americas. One America is the swing states, the dozen or so states that don’t fall into the Democratic or Republican camps and will ultimately decide the presidential election. Those unhappy states — they know who they are — are already being flooded with noisy political advertising, day and night.
Horoscope for July 11
July 11, 2012
For Wednesday, July 11: You are often so determined to achieve a goal that you push yourself to the point of exhaustion. As a result, sometimes your best ideas go up in flames. Learn to pace yourself. If you are single, you could meet someone intense and appealing. If you are attached, the two of you can achieve one of your life desires if you remain focused.
‘Nannies’ live life of faux luxury
July 11, 2012
The new documentary series “Beverly Hills Nannies” (8 p.m., ABC Family) offers its young viewers the vicarious “thrill” of watching people not that much older than them work as highly paid baby sitters for the rich and semi-famous. Like most series set in the nouveau riche quarters of California, it’s hard to see if this is meant as tragedy, parody or farce.