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Archive for Tuesday, July 17, 2012

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12:00 a.m.
Dead pogies float in a fish kill in a pass near Bay Joe Wise on the Louisiana coast, Thursday, Sept. 16, 2010. The area lies in a so-called "dead zone" near the Gulf of Mexico, which is affected by chemical runoff from farms along the Mississippi River and its tributaries. Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt is one of several attorneys general attempting to intervene in a lawsuit filed by environmental groups that seeks to impose new regulations on runoff that flows into the Gulf of Mexico from farms, ranches and sewage systems in Kansas and other states in the Mississippi River basin. Statehouse Live: Kansas attorney general fights environmental lawsuit over ‘dead zone’ in Gulf of Mexico
July 17, 2012
Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said Monday he is seeking to intervene in opposition to a lawsuit filed by environmental groups over nutrient runoff causing a “dead zone” in the Gulf of Mexico.
6:00 a.m.
Kansas University Hospital's main entrance in Kansas City, Kan. 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.
10:00 a.m.
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. Hernandez, who is preparing for his senior year at Haskell Indian Nations University, says he is comforted by knowing he has been forgiven by some members of the Leek family. 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.
2:03 p.m.
As community programs struggle to fill the void left by the closing
of Topeka State Hospital, officials say county jails have
increasingly become holding pens for the mentally ill.
Autopsy report’s best explanation of Douglas County Jail inmate’s death is ‘seizure activity’
July 17, 2012
According to an autopsy report from the state’s Office of the Coroner, a “cause of death cannot be established directly” for a Douglas County Jail inmate who died in May.
6:00 p.m.
Democratic candidates for the 2nd District congressional seat are, from left, Tobias Schlingensiepen, Robert Eye and Scott Barnhart. The winner of the Democratic primary next month will face incumbent Rep. Lynn Jenkins. Candidates talk about jobs, health care, schools and tax cuts
July 17, 2012
The three Democrats seeking to represent the 2nd U.S. House District on Monday agreed on most issues, saying that Congress has become beholden to wealthy special interests.

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City approves slew of summer events
July 17, 2012
Lawrence city commissioners on Tuesday approved a trio of events that are set to take place in August.
Salvation Army to hold fundraiser during Downtown Lawrence Sidewalk Sale
July 17, 2012
The Lawrence Salvation Army is hosting a new fundraiser during the summer. Change for Change will take place during Thursday’s Sidewalk Sale on Massachusetts Street.
Ottawa man, 23, pleads guilty in Lawrence robbery case
July 17, 2012
A 23-year-old Ottawa man pleaded guilty Tuesday to two counts of robbery for his role in a Jan. 10 robbery at a Lawrence apartment.
State GOP candidates face off at forum in Eudora
July 17, 2012
Republicans were the focus of a candidate forum Tuesday night at Eudora City Hall.
Pump Patrol
July 17, 2012
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.39 at several stations. If you find a lower price, call 832-7154.
Police investigating string of burglaries in North Lawrence
July 17, 2012
Lawrence police Tuesday morning began investigating burglaries and damage to several vehicles at a lot in North Lawrence.
Man charged in 2010 alleged alcohol-related crash taken into Douglas County Jail
11:06 p.m., July 17, 2012 Updated 09:54 a.m.
A 23-year-old Overland Park man who faces an involuntary manslaughter charge related to a 2010 crash in west Lawrence was brought to the Douglas County Jail on Tuesday.
Wichita losing Frontier Airlines
July 17, 2012
Frontier Airlines has announced plans to halt its flights between Wichita and Denver.
Kansas residents told to be careful as temps rise
July 17, 2012
Kansas health officials warned residents Tuesday to stay hydrated and limit their exposure to the heat as temperatures hit 100 degrees or higher during the next several days.
Kansas soldier dies in Afghanistan
July 17, 2012
Army officials say a Fort Riley soldier from southeast Kansas has died in Afghanistan.
Knology sale to WOW now official; customers not expected to see immediate changes
July 17, 2012
Lawrence’s largest cable television provider now officially has a new owner.
Record numbers apply for concealed carry licenses
July 17, 2012
A record number of people applied to carry concealed weapons in Kansas during the last fiscal year.
Teen gets 6 years for ‘sexting’ minor
July 17, 2012
A 19-year-old eastern Kansas man has been sentenced to more than six years in prison for using text messages to solicit a 12-year-old girl for sex.
Don’t worry about where to park: City bus system is offering free rides Thursday for annual Downtown Lawrence Sidewalk Sale
July 17, 2012
Even transportation is getting marked down Thursday for the annual Downtown Lawrence Sidewalk Sale.
Autopsy report’s best explanation of Douglas County Jail inmate’s death is ‘seizure activity’
July 17, 2012
According to an autopsy report from the state’s Office of the Coroner, a “cause of death cannot be established directly” for a Douglas County Jail inmate who died in May.
Two hay barns destroyed in Tuesday afternoon fire south of Eudora
12:51 p.m., July 17, 2012 Updated 01:59 p.m.
Two hay barns housing farming equipment were destroyed by a fire Tuesday afternoon, but no injuries were reported, according to a witness.
It’s only a test: Emergency responders gather at West Sixth Street church for practice
12:09 p.m., July 17, 2012 Updated 06:16 p.m.
Several Douglas County agencies and Lawrence Memorial Hospital Tuesday morning began participating in a disaster exercise that based on treating several people who fell ill while attending a political rally near the Statehouse in Topeka.
KU officials make pitch to regents for drug development, medical education building
July 17, 2012
Kansas University officials on Tuesday provided details about two major initiatives, but couldn’t say which was the school’s top priority when seeking funds from the Legislature and Gov. Sam Brownback.
Town Talk: Dillons seeks permission to park cars in vacant lot for grand opening; pawn shop set to open along South Iowa Street; Busker Fest to return to downtown Lawrence in late August
July 17, 2012
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Morning fire damages Tonganoxie home
July 17, 2012
Wally and Dorothy Deckard watched early Tuesday morning as firefighters battled a fire in their Tonganoxie home.
Lab on KU’s West Campus re-opened after morning evacuation
08:12 a.m., July 17, 2012 Updated 01:39 p.m.
Firefighters were called about 8 a.m. Tuesday to McCollum Laboratories on Kansas University’s West Campus following reports of smoke in the building.
Statehouse Live: Kansas attorney general fights environmental lawsuit over ‘dead zone’ in Gulf of Mexico
July 17, 2012
Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said Monday he is seeking to intervene in opposition to a lawsuit filed by environmental groups over nutrient runoff causing a “dead zone” in the Gulf of Mexico.
Diversion granted in theft case
July 17, 2012
A 36-year-old Tonganoxie man accused of stealing from a Lawrence couple over several years has reached a diversion agreement with prosecutors.
Candidates talk about jobs, health care, schools and tax cuts
July 17, 2012
The three Democrats seeking to represent the 2nd U.S. House District on Monday agreed on most issues, saying that Congress has become beholden to wealthy special interests.
Woman reports finding man in house early Sunday
12:07 a.m., July 17, 2012 Updated 12:04 p.m.
A woman reported to Lawrence police early Sunday she awoke to finding a man inside her house in the 3500 block of West 10th Place.
Kansas City man accused of stealing vehicle charged with felony theft
July 17, 2012
Douglas County prosecutors Monday charged James Edward Jackson, a 21-year-old Kansas City, Mo., man, with felony theft and not having a valid driver’s license after he was accused of stealing a vehicle from a party in the 2500 block of West 31st Street early Saturday.
Second man charged with criminal use of explosives
July 17, 2012
Douglas County prosecutors have charged a second Lawrence man with criminal use of explosives after an incident last week at a Lawrence apartment.
Six city track athletes all-league
July 17, 2012
Recognizing the high school athletes who achieved the most success during league, regional and state championships this spring, the Sunflower League’s coaches recently revealed the 2012 all-league track team.
Mariners pound Sanchez, Royals
July 17, 2012
Casper Wells walked back to the dugout after belting a three-run homer in the first inning and a two-run triple in the second and was already hearing it from his Seattle teammates. The toughest two legs of the cycle were in the books. Piece of cake from here, right?
100 years ago: Asylum escapee frightens Lawrence residents
July 17, 2012
“On Monday night there was some commotion in North Lawrence for a while.”
25 years ago: Lawrence resident opposes home-daycare businesses
July 17, 2012
A local woman’s effort to eliminate home-based daycares was threatening the existence of such businesses in all RS-1 and RS-2 districts.
Horoscope for July 17
July 17, 2012
For Tuesday, July 17, 2012: This year you would express your innate caring if you could move past a relationship or a person who can be very controlling. You might express your anger at times, but your best bet is simply not to engage. If you are single, you attract your share of admirers. If you are attached, try not to put the blame on the other person.
Turning back the clock on rock ’n’ roll
July 17, 2012
“History Detectives” (8 p.m., PBS, check local listings) enters its 10th season with its 100th episode. That milestone makes a few of its starring sleuths feel a little like relics themselves.
40 years ago: Public warned about rabid animals in the wild
July 17, 2012
Dr. Wilcox reported that 112 cases of rabies in animals had been confirmed last year.
Repeal hype
July 17, 2012
As a small business owner, I worry about the cost of insurance. Recently, much to my surprise, a letter arrived from my health insurance company with a refund for 2011. Why? The Affordable Care Act requires that the company (United Healthcare) refund me a percentage of my cost if it does not spend at least 80 percent of the premiums on health care services. (They spent 74.8 percent) Now, without the Affordable Care Act, I would stupidly pay the premiums and never receive this benefit.
Religious justice
July 17, 2012
One of the freedoms protected by the First Amendment is the free practice of religion. Before Columbus, there were at least 700 indigenous nations in North America. People had places they considered sacred where they worshiped for the safety of their people and the bounty of agriculture.
Helping village
The same kind of village that helps ‘raise a child’ also can benefit residents in their later years.
July 17, 2012
During her husband’s presidency Hillary Clinton helped popularize the slogan “It takes a village to raise a child.”
Romney emphasizes Michigan roots
July 17, 2012 in print edition on A8
Is Michigan about to flip for Mitt? Let’s stipulate that by the word flip we are not talking about heedless somersaults of ecstasy. This is not that kind of place, and Mitt Romney is not that kind of candidate.
Iwig store hopes to help farm-fresh milk prevail despite dairy industry woes
July 17, 2012
Tim Iwig’s milk, butter and ice cream have attracted an almost cult-like following in Topeka, where he opened his first retail store two years ago. He’s hoping his new Lawrence store will catch on as well.