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Archive for Friday, July 13, 2012

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6:00 a.m.
Former Kansas University Chancellor Robert Hemenway and U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, former governor of Kansas, speak after the KU Cancer Center was named a National Cancer Institute on Thursday, July 12, 2012. State, university leaders hail KU’s designation from National Cancer Institute
4:33 p.m., July 12, 2012 Updated 5:32 p.m.
Coming together in celebration of the Kansas University Cancer Center’s formal designation as a National Cancer Institute Thursday, political and university leaders hailed the event as transformational for the state and region.
10:00 a.m.
Officers search a vehicle pulled over on the north side of Sixth Street near the intersection of Sixth Street and Lawrence Avenue on Wednesday. Authorities were rounding up suspects connected to a four-year investigation into marijuana trafficking. 35 indicted, including Lawrence residents, on drug charges; prosecutors allege KU basketball link
2:17 p.m., July 12, 2012 Updated 6:28 p.m.
A federal grand jury on Wednesday indicted 35 people, including several Lawrence residents, alleging that they conspired to distribute five kilograms of a mixture containing cocaine and more than 1,000 kilograms of marijuana from 2005 to June of this year.
12:00 p.m.
Gov. Sam Brownback discusses tax policy during a news conference in the Statehouse in a May 11 file photo.  Brownback's tax plan will increase taxes for some gas and oil wells by repealing tax exemptions. It’s Brownback vs. Graves in Republican Party fight
July 12, 2012
Kansas’ current governor and a former governor are lining up on opposite sides of the Republican Party fence.
2:00 p.m.
Gov. Sam Brownback discusses tax policy during a news conference in the Statehouse in a May 11 file photo.  Brownback's tax plan will increase taxes for some gas and oil wells by repealing tax exemptions. Brownback jumps in to help conservatives against moderates in Republican primary
July 12, 2012
Gov. Sam Brownback is endorsing some so-called conservative Republican legislative candidates who face so-called moderate Republicans in the Aug. 7 primary.
6:00 p.m.
Nick Cesare, a Haskell Indian Nations University student and Wakarusa Township firefighter, has spent his summer fighting wildfires in Western states, including the fire near Fort Collins, Colo.
Local firefighter helps battle Western wildfires
July 12, 2012
Instead of responding to fires and medical calls outside of Lawrence this summer, Wakarusa Township firefighter Nick Cesare has been dropped from helicopters as part of a crew hoping to contain wildfires in the West.

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Local corn crop called a ‘disaster’
Heat, drought blamed for poor turnout
July 13, 2012
According to the National Weather Service, just 0.18 of an inch of rain fell in Lawrence between June 1 and July 12. That’s 5.5 inches less than average. Temperatures in July are supposed to be in the 90s, not 108 degrees. This year follows the worst Kansas crop in 29 years, with the state averaging 107 bushels of corn per acre in 2011, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service. On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture declared 82 Kansas counties federal disaster areas because of drought.
Rain a factor in cross-median injury accident on K-10
July 13, 2012
A 43-year-old Lawrence man was injured Friday morning in a cross-median crash after his vehicle hydroplaned during heavy rain on Kansas Highway 10 just west of Eudora, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol.
City Commisison agenda for July 17
July 13, 2012
Lawrence city commissioners will meet at a special time at 3 p.m. Tuesday.
8 Ottawa residents face charges in drug trafficking case
July 13, 2012
Federal prosecutors on Friday said eight Ottawa residents could face life in prison if convicted on new allegations in a prescription drug trafficking case.
Pump Patrol
July 13, 2012
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.37 at several stations. If you find a lower price, call 832-7154.
Rural Lecompton man, 41, pleads no contest to assault charges
July 13, 2012
A 41-year-old rural Lecompton man pleaded no contest to three charges Friday in connection with a June incident in which he was accused of threatening two men with a box-cutter knife, according to the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office.
Law Enforcement Report: Police cite man accused of waving machete in downtown Lawrence
02:17 p.m., July 13, 2012 Updated 02:56 p.m.
Law enforcement report
Federal panel supports Kansas biosecurity lab project
July 13, 2012
A government-backed committee of the National Research Council issued a report Friday giving the Department of Homeland Security two viable options for moving forward on a $1.14 billion biosecurity research lab planned in Kansas.
Kansas River designation is one of two conservation events being noted
July 13, 2012
Two conservation events in Kansas are being celebrated this week. On Saturday, U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and Gov. Sam Brownback will announce the designation of the Kansas River as the newest addition to the National Water Trails system. Another conservation development is the dedication of a $6 million visitor center and headquarters at the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve in Strong City.
Rain likely a factor in two accidents on Kansas Turnpike
11:14 a.m., July 13, 2012 Updated 11:46 a.m.
Two accidents, possibly related to the rainy weather, occurred Friday morning on the Kansas Turnpike near the Leavenworth-Wyandotte county line.
Rural Lawrence man, 50, pleads guilty to aggravated sexual battery
July 13, 2012
A 50-year-old rural Lawrence man pleaded guilty Friday morning to aggravated sexual battery in connection with a March incident at a residence south of Lawrence.
Chinese industrialist behind Hawker Beechcraft bid
July 13, 2012
Known as the “Helicopter King of China,” Shenzong Cheng has been quietly building a small empire in aviation manufacturing. Now, the Chinese industrialist is making an ambitious play to acquire Kansas aircraft-maker Hawker Beechcraft’s civilian aircraft operations.
Kansas National Guard unit heading to Afghanistan
July 13, 2012
A detachment from the Kansas National Guard deploys soon for a year in Afghanistan where the soldiers will assist with medical air evacuations.
Town Talk: UPDATE: City to hold rec center meeting; Alzheimer’s unit plans expansion; outdoor flea market moving to East Lawrence; Poehler building grand opening set; weekly land transfers
09:27 a.m., July 13, 2012 Updated 11:20 a.m.
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Fire displaces residents of home on Sagebrush Drive
09:08 a.m., July 13, 2012 Updated 04:40 p.m.
A 3 a.m. fire has displaced residents of a home in the 3000 block of Sagebrush Drive, said Division Chief Eve Tolefree, a Lawrence Douglas County Fire Medic spokeswoman.
Land transfers for the weeks ending June 25, July 2, and July 9
July 13, 2012
Land transfers as recorded by the Douglas County Register of Deeds for the weeks ending June 25, July 2 and July 9, 2012
One person injured in cross-median crash on Kansas Highway 10 near Eudora
07:06 a.m., July 13, 2012 Updated 04:32 p.m.
Medics at 7 a.m. were responding to an injury accident involving at least two vehicles in the westbound lanes of Kansas Highway 10 near Eudora.
Nortonville pilot crashes in Wyoming
July 13, 2012
A Jefferson County pilot spraying for mosquitoes is being treated for burns after his plane crashed in near Cheyenne, Wyo., according to The Associated Press.
Van Go benches to be unveiled
July 13, 2012
Twenty Lawrence teenagers have spent the summer working with area businesses and agencies to plan and create vibrant outdoor benches through Van Go Inc.’s summer Benchmark project, a jobs training program for high-needs youths. The artists will unveil their benches in a free program starting at 5 p.m. July 20 at Van Go, 715 N.J.
Candidate forum at Teller’s scheduled
July 13, 2012
A “Meet the Candidates” forum will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Teller’s, 746 Mass.
Pump Patrol
July 13, 2012
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.39 at several stations. If you find a lower price, call 832-7154.
Olathe man injured in crash near East Lawrence exit of Kansas Turnpike
July 13, 2012
A 65-year-old Olathe man, Russel Preston, was injured about 3 p.m. Wednesday in a crash near the East Lawrence exit when an eastbound 2002 Mack truck changed lanes in front of him, causing Preston to take evasive action.
Two traffic accidents take place on the Kansas Turnpike near Lawrence
July 13, 2012
Two separate injury accidents occurred Thursday afternoon on the Kansas Turnpike near Lawrence.
Man stabbed, possibly in domestic disturbance
July 13, 2012
A 37-year-old Lawrence man went to Lawrence Memorial Hospital with at least two stab wounds around 9 p.m. Thursday night. Staff there then called the police.
Charges filed in tire theft case
July 13, 2012
Douglas County prosecutors Thursday filed two charges each against two Kansas City-area men accused of stealing tires from Firestone Complete Auto Care, 2425 Iowa, about 2 a.m. Thursday.
Heard on the Hill, NCI Edition: Donors contributed to many different parts of cancer effort; KU Cancer Center leader talks about the next step, explains how KU came to achieve designation
July 13, 2012
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
40 years ago: Lawrence gets slighted by rain clouds in July
July 13, 2012
“A few areas have strangely gotten more than the rest of the county.”
100 years ago: Auto drivers reminded of yearly $1 fee
July 13, 2012
“Do you own an automobile? Have you paid the license yet?”
25 years ago: Local family makes emergency landing in rented plane
July 13, 2012
Four-month-old Ryan slept through the entire ordeal.
Jayhawk to play for Canadian soccer
July 13, 2012
Kansas University senior soccer midfielder Sarah Robbins will represent her home country of Canada during an Under-20 National Team tour of Europe, beginning this weekend.
Morningstar: KU high-flier McLemore the ‘spitting image’ of Brandon Rush
July 13, 2012
Pick-up basketball games mirror Big 12 action about as much as a toothache resembles a slice of berry pie with a scoop of melting vanilla ice cream on top, served by Heather Graham on roller skates on a really hot summer day. Nobody knows that better than Brady Morningstar, former Free State High and Kansas University guard.
KU’s Yowell wins Kansas Amateur tournament
July 13, 2012
Kansas University golfer Audrey Yowell won the 90th Kansas Women’s Amateur Championship by firing a final-round 1-over 72 Thursday at Manhattan Country Club.
New-look LHS boys basketball squad speeds to summer success
July 13, 2012
Three months removed from the end of a 13-8 season, the Lawrence High boys basketball team reconvened this summer with a nearly unrecognizable lineup.
Once again, Mario Chalmers returns to town as a champion
July 13, 2012
Former Kansas guard Mario Chalmers likes life as an NBA champion.
Defensive depth a focus for Weis in fast-paced Big 12
July 13, 2012
Most years, and with most teams, players focus their efforts and attention on cracking the first team on the depth chart.
Spending spree
City officials may be moving forward on more projects than taxpayers are willing and able to support.
July 13, 2012
More and more, it appears the policy of Lawrence city officials and city commissioners is to figure out ways to spend rather than to conserve money or at least to spend more than what might be necessary to attain the same results.
Downtown cameras demand strict limits
July 13, 2012
The recent decision by the Lawrence City Commission to permit the installation of police surveillance cameras in downtown Lawrence raises a number of important issues. As the commission considers a detailed policy on the use of the cameras, I would like to offer the following thoughts.
Syria, Iran negotiations nearing brink
July 13, 2012 in print edition on A8
Hopefully we won’t see a Middle East replay of the “The Guns of August,” as Barbara Tuchman titled her famous account of the slide toward World War I. But the region is edgy this summer as negotiators struggle to resolve confrontations with Syria and Iran.
Horoscope for July 13
July 13, 2012
For Friday, July 13: This year you understand much more of what is going on. An unanticipated event or insight opens many doors if you decide to understand what is going on. If you are single, you could meet someone so exciting that you cannot say “no” to this person, nor do you want to. If you are attached, the two of you finally break through a barrier that exists between you.
Fright night: Friday the 13th
July 13, 2012
Would it kill somebody to air “Friday the 13th” on Friday the 13th? The closest we get to see that 1980 shocker in prime time tonight is “Can You Survive a Horror Movie?” (9 p.m., Chiller).