Archive for Thursday, July 19, 2012

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Lightning sparks vacant-house fire
July 19, 2012
A fire caused by a lightning strike early Thursday morning northwest of Lawrence caused heavy damage to a vacant house, said H. Wayne Riley, chief of Lecompton Fire/EMS.
Storm cuts power to 3,500 in county
July 19, 2012
A storm system moving through the area early Thursday morning cut power to more than 3,500 Westar Energy customers in Douglas County.
Kansas Honor Flights to resume service
July 19, 2012
World War II veteran Don Revert says his first visit to Washington, D.C., would be a lot more fun if he weren’t so old. The 99-year-old Wichita resident is scheduled to make the three-day trip July 31 on an Honor Flight out of Mid-Continent Airport after two previous flights organized by a Great Bend group fizzled out.
Greg Gurley takes over as KU men’s basketball radio analyst
06:24 p.m., July 19, 2012 Updated 11:46 p.m.
Former Kansas University guard Greg Gurley has been named radio analyst next to veteran play-by-play announcer Bob Davis for KU men’s basketball games this season, IMG sports network general manager Jason Booker announced Thursday.
State replies to fee requests in Kansas remap case
July 19, 2012
State attorneys are arguing that a three-judge federal panel should award little, if any, legal fees to lawyers who have filed more than $669,000 in bills in the Kansas redistricting case.
Another home burglary reported early Thursday in Lawrence; police again warn residents to lock doors, windows
July 19, 2012
One day after Lawrence police said that trying to solve “several dozen” aggravated burglary reports in the past three months was a priority, a suspect apparently struck again early Thursday morning in northwest Lawrence.
Kansas among 6 states, DC granted education waivers
11:47 a.m., July 19, 2012 Updated 01:41 p.m.
Kansas is among the latest states granted waivers from key provisions of the Bush-era No Child Left Behind law.
Washburn University plans historic $40M law school
July 19, 2012
Washburn University in Topeka plans to build a $40 million law school, which would represent the largest single-building construction and fundraising project in the university’s history.
Wichita State University renames building
July 19, 2012
An engineering building at Wichita State University has a new name after the widow of a Cessna executive committed $3 million to the school.
Chronic wasting disease confirmed in 7 Kansas deer
July 19, 2012
The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism says chronic wasting disease has been confirmed in seven deer in the state.
Town Talk: ‘Chipotle-style’ Indian restaurant slated for downtown; former city commissioner Boog Highberger now a downtown business owner; talk about a temporary library move
July 19, 2012
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Statehouse Live: Kansas receives waiver from feds on No Child Left Behind
July 19, 2012
Kansas has received a waiver from the federal government from some provisions of No Child Left Behind, officials announced today.
Overnight fire damages vacant house in rural Douglas County
04:46 a.m., July 19, 2012 Updated 04:03 p.m.
A house northwest of Lawrence caught fire early Thursday morning.
Storms cause overnight power outages in Lawrence
Westar restores power to many Thursday morning
02:28 a.m., July 19, 2012 Updated 02:51 p.m.
A storm system that moved through the area caused more than 3,500 Westar Energy customers to lose power in Douglas County early Thursday morning.
Charlie Weis, Sheahon Zenger mutual admirers
July 19, 2012
By now, we all know that Kansas University athletic director Sheahon Zenger is a big fan of new football coach Charlie Weis. But it turns out Zenger’s admiration for Weis is far from a one-sided deal.
Heard on the Hill: Spencer Research Library taking suggestions for North Gallery; researchers, voice-assist company aim to reduce distracted driving; KU business dean named to board
July 19, 2012
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
25 years ago: Cottonwood, Inc., teams up with Kansas Open
July 19, 2012
It was announced today that local agency Cottonwood, Inc., was venturing into the world of golf for its fund-raising efforts.
40 years ago: Kansas AG raids Amtrak train, confiscates liquor
July 19, 2012
Miller boarded the train at Newton and assisted in the arrests of a conductor, waiter, and bartender.
British Open at Lytham requires a good start
July 19, 2012
It’s rare to see Tiger Woods hit iron off the tee on a par 5, except in links golf, and especially at Royal Lytham & St. Annes.
100 years ago: An ode to the chigger
July 19, 2012
This poetic gem was making the rounds in the nation’s newspapers in July 1912, especially in the Midwestern states.
Spending restraint
July 19, 2012
I wholeheartedly support your July 13 editorial, in which you question the wisdom of city officials proposing a variety of multimillion-dollar projects in light of existing economic uncertainties.
Voters’ choice
July 19, 2012
In the ongoing discussion of city resource allocation there is a nagging question. Many of us were not here for the referendum that set in play the annual resource commitment to public recreation. There are opinions that the commitment was sold on a specific set of needs. I have also heard the opposite. There is also an opinion that the open-ended nature of the commitment was not intended.
Small God?
July 19, 2012
Carl Burkhead’s God must be rather small, after all. (Public Forum, July 12) It seems that his God is threatened by human discoveries, especially scientific ones such as the Higgs boson, which is also euphemistically labeled the “God particle.” I personally suppose that God is delighted by humanity’s insatiable hunger for knowledge, scientific or otherwise.
Butler’s walkoff lifts Royals, 8-7
July 19, 2012
Billy Butler took the first pitch from Josh Kinney leading off the ninth inning to get a good look at it. Two pitches later Butler homered and the Kansas City Royals outlasted the Seattle Mariners, 8-7, on Wednesday night.
Marriage debate
July 19, 2012
Americans certainly do persist in the grand tradition of logical fallacies, and it is unfortunate that Isaac McPheeters (Public Forum, July 11) must resort to one in lieu of actually defending his position against the legalization of same-sex marriage. McPheeters’ fallacy is dubbed “tu quoque” (pronounced too kwo-kwee, for any of you fortunate enough to not have studied debate), which does not roll off the tongue as easily as “ad hominem,” but is just as reprehensible.
Cold comfort?
A streak of 100-degree heat isn’t unheard of in Kansas, but that doesn’t make us feel any cooler.
July 19, 2012
The current heat wave hanging over Kansas has a number of safety and economic impacts for the state.
Voter inclusion, not suppression
July 19, 2012 in print edition on A8
This one is for Mike. He is a Houston reader who shot me an email after my recent column equating the GOP push for voter ID laws with voter suppression. I agreed with Attorney General Eric Holder who called that a modern-day poll tax. Mike did not.
Lawyer’s bar is tavern type
July 19, 2012
The new sitcom “Sullivan & Son” (9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., TBS) makes a noble effort to exhume the “Cheers” formula. Like that series and other sitcoms of yore, the premise and setup of “Sullivan” are so rapid-fire and obvious that they might be better explained in a theme song.
Horoscope for July 19
July 19, 2012
For Thursday, July 19: Your instincts guide you with your finances, yet sometimes they point you in a direction that might not seem logical. You need to follow your intuition more often. If you are single, use caution, as a difficult or unavailable person might appear. If you are attached, the two of you voice your feelings more often, which helps create greater unity.
Budget logic
July 19, 2012
Having a few more policemen is an understandable request, but not a new building. There are plenty of unused schools, churches or fire department buildings that could be remodeled or used.