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Ex-KU assistant Chuck Long taking year off
July 16, 2012
Three years removed from sitting on the sidelines for a season after being fired by San Diego State, former Kansas University offensive coordinator Chuck Long plans to take another year off from coaching.
Jeff Withey might decline invite
Trip to Europe could keep center from Adidas camp
July 16, 2012
Kansas University senior center Jeff Withey, who worked the invitation-only Amar’e Stoudemire and LeBron James camps in Chicago and Las Vegas earlier this summer, may respectfully decline an offer to attend the season-ending Adidas Nations camp, Aug. 3-6 in Orange County, Calif.
Body of work: Local bodybuilder eyes pro career
July 16, 2012
All Tina Hawkins needed were some people to give her confidence.
A lesson in forgiveness: Young man struggles to rebuild his life after killing bicyclist while driving drunk
July 16, 2012
It has been almost three years since Lawrence resident Joel Hernandez, while driving drunk, struck and killed Rachel Leek, 20, as she was riding her bicycle near 10th and Tennessee streets on Oct. 16, 2009.
U.S. News and World Report: KU Hospital No. 1 in state
July 16, 2012
The magazine U.S. News and World Report gave high marks to Kansas University Hospital in its latest “Best Hospital” rankings, which were released late Monday night.
Pump Patrol
July 16, 2012
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.37 at several stations.
Objection to Hawker Beechcraft deal filed
July 16, 2012
The machinists union is opposing Hawker Beechcraft’s efforts to enter into exclusive talks with a Chinese firm for the sale of its civilian aircraft operations.
Exercise to test disaster response
July 16, 2012
Douglas County Emergency Management will direct a hazardous materials exercise Tuesday, and agencies in 19 counties will participate.
Osage County Fair sets parade events
July 16, 2012
Overbrook will celebrate its Osage County Fair Parade during the evenings of Aug. 10 and Aug. 11.
Woman implicated in child driver crash
July 16, 2012
Lawrence police plan to forward information to prosecutors about a Saturday evening crash in North Lawrence after they said a 49-year-old woman let a 13-year-old child drive a car that struck a telephone pole.
Inmates face new charges related to escape
July 16, 2012
Three of the four inmates who broke out of a north-central Kansas jail in April face new charges related to their escape.
World Company announces pending sale of software firm
July 16, 2012
A Lawrence-based software firm that provides services for online news sites across the country has reached a preliminary deal to be purchased by a Chicago e-publishing company. Leaders with Lawrence’s The World Company have announced that a letter of intent has been signed to sell the company’s Ellington CMS and Marketplace software to ePublishing Inc.
New librarian hired for Eudora
Community discussion about public facility’s future likely on the horizon
July 16, 2012
Lawrence may not be the only Douglas County community that decides to invest in new library space even as the book world makes a dramatic turn into the digital age. Leaders with the Eudora Public Library announced on Monday they have hired a new library director who comes to Eudora after having successfully led an effort to build a $1.3 million library in Andover.
More than half of Kansas corn crop in poor condition
July 16, 2012
A new government report is painting a grim snapshot of the drought’s effects on farms across Kansas.
US drought grows to cover widest area since 1956
July 16, 2012
The drought gripping the United States is the widest since 1956, according to new data released Monday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Sprint fires up new wireless data network
July 16, 2012
Sprint Nextel Corp. said Monday that it has turned on its new wireless data network, providing a much-needed boost to the carrier, whose data speeds lag those of its largest competitors.
Man charged with killing 2 NW Missouri sisters
July 16, 2012
A man who told investigators he was high on methamphetamine when he killed two sisters at a northwest Missouri home was charged Monday with two counts of first-degree murder.
Heard on the Hill: Story of Albert Romkes, KU engineering prof who was denied tenure, goes national; KU move-in day set for Friday, Aug. 17
July 16, 2012
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Douglas County Commission approves budget for publication that leaves property taxes alone
July 16, 2012
After about two hours of discussion Monday morning, the Douglas County Commission passed a budget that will require no increase or decrease in property taxes for next year. Much of the discussion was a rehash of previous differences in funding priorities among the three-member commission.
Lawrence woman arrested in connection with stabbing
12:44 p.m., July 16, 2012 Updated 04:47 p.m.
Police on Sunday arrested a 32-year-old Lawrence woman who is a suspect in a stabbing reported last week related to a domestic disturbance.
Two injured in motorcycle accident in Jefferson County
July 16, 2012
Two Topeka residents were injured Sunday evening in a motorcycle accident just northwest of Lawrence, said Jefferson County Sheriff Jeff Herrig.
Union Pacific Railroad tracks west of Perry reopen after coal train derailment
July 16, 2012
Union Pacific Railroad officials have reopened tracks west of Perry after seven cars hauling coal derailed late Sunday morning, said Mark Davis, a railroad spokesman.
Railroad tracks west of Perry reopen after coal train derailment
July 16, 2012
Union Pacific Railroad officials have reopened tracks west of Perry after seven cars hauling coal derailed late Sunday morning, said Mark Davis, a railroad spokesman.
Two Lawrence residents injured in Sunday afternoon motorcycle accident
10:24 a.m., July 16, 2012 Updated 12:12 p.m.
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office identified a 52-year-old Lawrence man and 40-year-old Lawrence woman as the people injured Sunday afternoon in a motorcycle accident southwest of the city.
Van Gogh reproduction in Goodland getting facelift
July 16, 2012
An artist is repairing damage to a giant reproduction of a Vincent Van Gogh painting that has become a landmark along Interstate 70 in western Kansas after more than a decade of the state’s sometimes brutal weather.
Kansas nursing homes concerned with election law
July 16, 2012
Managers of some Kansas nursing homes say they are concerned that their residents might not have the paperwork required to vote under the state’s new voter identification laws.
5 years later, Wichita couple gets dogs back
July 16, 2012
A Wichita couple is probably wishing their basset hounds could tell them where they’ve been for the last five years.
Kansas National Guard signal unit activates
July 16, 2012
A new Kansas Army National Guard unit has been activated to give the guard additional communications capabilities.
Town Talk: Signs point to August opening for Mass. St. Dillons; Zarco becomes first in country to sell new E15 ethanol gasoline; city delegation headed to Greece
July 16, 2012
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
iPads in action in Lawrence schools
July 16, 2012
The Lawrence school district has used iPads for a variety of things, from helping with student engagement to providing aid for special needs students.
Heard on the Hill: Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity in more trouble in Calif.; KU officials sell the institution across the state; KU researchers find new markers for autism spectrum disorders
12:01 a.m., July 16, 2012 Updated 08:40 a.m.
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Fix-It Chick: Help trees, shrubs weather the drought
July 16, 2012
Extreme heat and drought can take its toll on trees and shrubs. Adequate watering is essential for the survival of even well-established trees.
Marriages
July 16, 2012
Marriage licenses issued in Douglas County District Court the week ending July 13, 2012.
Raiders turn back Tide
July 16, 2012
Trevor Champagne scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch, and Troy Willoughby closed out the Tulsa Tide black team for a 5-4 Lawrence Raiders victory in nine innings on Sunday.
40 years ago: State AG orders trains to stop serving alcohol when running through Kansas
July 16, 2012
Train rides were about to get a lot more dry.
100 years ago: Prof. Martin takes fossil-hunting trip to western KS
July 16, 2012
“It is probably the first time that an automobile has been used for this purpose.”
Divorces
July 16, 2012
Divorces granted in Douglas County District Court the week ending July 13, 2012.
Luis Mendoza solid, but K.C. falls
July 16, 2012
Luis Mendoza outpitched Chris Sale on Sunday. His offense couldn’t outscore the White Sox, though.
KU recruit Conner Frankamp breaks foot
July 16, 2012
Future Kansas University basketball player Conner Frankamp suffered a hairline fracture in a bone in his left foot in an AAU basketball tournament Sunday in St. Louis.
Tough guys: staff picks for Kansas enforcers
July 16, 2012
Luckily, for the next installment of our summer series, which takes a look back at some of the most memorable Jayhawks from the past, KU has had no shortage of tough guys come through Lawrence.
KU golf mantra: no brats
July 16, 2012
High school golfers might think carding low scores automatically results in earning a college scholarship, but so much more enters the equation, according to a man who makes the decisions.
How to help: Willow Domestic Violence Center needs help to finish painting project
July 16, 2012
The Willow Domestic Violence Center is looking for volunteers to help out with its upcoming painting project.
25 years ago: South Lawrence residents speak up for trafficway
July 16, 2012
They said that the trafficway could bring relief to growing traffic safety problems near their homes.
Depot dilemma
Perhaps there is a reasonable public use for the East Lawrence Amtrak depot, but the city can’t afford to take over the building until that use has been identified.
July 16, 2012
A group of dedicated local residents has done a stellar job of sprucing up the Burlington Northern Santa Fe depot in East Lawrence and making the case for preserving the 1950s-era structure.
Citizens owe America a better report
July 16, 2012
Dear America: Happy 236th birthday! And while we’re at it, take a bow for everything you do for us. Even after all these years, you’re still a remarkable lady. Unfortunately, the reason we’re writing is neither to pass along happy returns nor to express appreciation. The reason is to apologize.
Double Take: Regaining parents’ trust after mistakes
July 16, 2012
Teens make mistakes. We’re young, and this is the time in our lives when we begin to figure out who we are and where we want to go with out lives.
U.S., Pakistan have bizarre relationship
July 16, 2012
Why did it take Washington nearly eight months to apologize for the deaths of 24 Pakistani soldiers? But you know the answer: It’s because the U.S. and Pakistan have the most neurotic, mutually destructive “friendly” relationship in the world.
Daytripper: Disney magic in Marceline, Mo.
July 16, 2012
Your daughter runs around in a Princess Jasmine costume and wishes upon a star every night. Your son secretly thinks that he looks just like Johnny Depp when he lunges about the house with his homemade cardboard sword, humming the “Pirates of the Caribbean” theme song. Both your kids are clamoring to go to Disney World, but family finances dictate that none of you will be wearing mouse ears this summer.
Lawrence Laundry: High-waisted shorts can be flattering
July 16, 2012
Mom jeans. You know what I’m talking about: The term coined on “Saturday Night Live” for those high-waisted, light denim, tapered-ankle jeans that somehow flatten the curvature of every woman’s body into ill-defined lumps and crevices.
River City Jules: The 4-year-old negotiator
July 16, 2012
The last time my nephew, Charlie, stayed with us, my husband fed him Girl Scout Cookies for lunch. This might be why nearly a year has lapsed since his last visit.
Play therapy not just fun and games
Sensory integration disorder helped by novel treatment
July 16, 2012
The office of Sarah Minges is filled with stuffed animals and toys. Her bookshelves are lined with sand-tray figurines and children’s books. But for Minges’ line of work, these items aren’t for fun or decoration — they’re necessities in helping her patients.
Bite Sighs: Kansas rangoon
July 16, 2012
Raise your hand if you love oinking out on crescent rolls when Thanksgiving rolls around. Yeah, me too. Fortunately for our arteries, it’s summer. Huge meals and heavy ingredients are too much trouble for hot-weather digestion, so light grazing becomes the norm.
Offbeat Occupations: Acupuncturist helps heal when traditional medicine stops
July 16, 2012
Some of the worst words you’ll ever hear from a doctor: “There’s nothing we can do.”
PBS expands its market for antiques
July 16, 2012
“Antiques Roadshow” (7 p.m., PBS, check local listings) has inspired many imitations. Now, after a glut of “American Pickers,” the folks behind “Roadshow” have concocted their own spinoff, “Market Warriors” (8 p.m., PBS, check local listings).
Horoscope for July 16
July 16, 2012
For Monday, July 16, 2012: This year you swing from being introverted to extroverted. You also waver between being intellectual and highly emotional. If you are single, you certainly have the capacity to confuse someone. If you are attached, plan a special trip or event that the two of you often have spoken about.
Sidewalk sale: Get what’s hot and stay cool with our smart shopping tips
July 16, 2012
After 20-plus years manning the Downtown Lawrence Sidewalk Sale, Weaver’s Department Store Vice President Earl Reineman has a trove of tips for shoppers hunting the bargains he and other merchants are slinging. For one, he warns, “If your husband doesn’t love to shop, leave him at home.”