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Perry woman in good condition after crash near Kansas Turnpike
July 23, 2012
A 40-year-old Perry woman was in a Kansas City-area hospital Monday after she was injured Friday evening in a crash near the Kansas Turnpike.
Another aggravated burglary reported Sunday
July 23, 2012
Lawrence police said another aggravated burglary occurred early Sunday in which a man entered a home while residents were sleeping.
Search to hire new internal audit director to begin in fall
July 23, 2012
Kansas University will begin a search for a new director of internal audit in the fall after the previous director resigned earlier this year.
Wrongful firing case filed against school district
District denies employee was let go for whistle-blowing
July 23, 2012
An attorney for a former Lawrence public schools employee alleges that his client was wrongfully terminated in October 2011 for reporting that a fellow employee was renting out district video projectors to several Lawrence area bars.
Kansas Congressional candidate changes name to Thomas Jefferson
July 23, 2012
The Libertarian candidate for a Congressional seat in Kansas has changed his name to Thomas Jefferson.
Topekan pleads no contest to shooting a bouncer at Taste Lounge
July 23, 2012
A 20-year-old Topeka man pleaded no contest Monday to shooting a bouncer at a former Lawrence bar last March.
Sally Ride, first US woman in space, dies at 61
04:49 p.m., July 23, 2012 Updated 07:29 p.m.
Sally Ride, the first American woman to fly in space, has died. She was 61.
Shawnee DA reviewing info in Kansas meetings probe
July 23, 2012
The Shawnee County district attorney’s office is reviewing information in an investigation whether dinners at the governor’s mansion violated the state’s open meetings law, a spokesman for the office said Monday.
Governor appoints new Kansas district court judge
July 23, 2012
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has appointed a Leawood attorney to fill a vacancy in on the Johnson County District Court.
Judge overrules municipal court finding that Lawrence sidewalk ordinance is unconstitutionally vague
July 23, 2012
A Douglas County judge has reversed an earlier decision by a municipal court judge that found part of the city’s sidewalk ordinance was vague and therefore unconstitutional.
Heat continues to overwhelm Kansas
02:14 p.m., July 23, 2012 Updated 04:31 p.m.
The mercury’s rising and records are falling as the heat wave tightens its grip on Kansas.
Tecumseh man, 40, injured in motorcycle crash west of Lawrence
July 23, 2012
A 40-year-old Tecumseh man was injured Sunday morning in a motorcycle accident west of Lawrence, Douglas County Undersheriff Steve Hornberger said.
Officers investigate remnants of a meth lab near 12th and Oregon streets
11:17 a.m., July 23, 2012 Updated 04:56 p.m.
At 11:15 a.m. Monday, Lawrence Douglas County Fire Medical workers were examining a cooler in a grassy area in east Lawrence that potentially contained hazardous materials.
Statehouse Live: Citizens for Higher Education announces endorsements in state Senate, House races
July 23, 2012
Citizens for Higher Education has endorsed a bi-partisan group of 43 candidates for Kansas Senate, and 120 for the Kansas House.
The 12 worst scandals in college sports
July 23, 2012
Years of child sex abuse at Penn State by longtime assistant Jerry Sandusky may represent the worst scandal in the history of college sports. The NCAA is set to announce its sanctions on Monday. While it’s hard to compare Sandusky’s crimes, and the institutional problems described in the Louis Freeh report released on July 12, to other cases involving unacceptable benefits or point-shaving, this is a list of some of the scandals that drew massive attention prior to Penn State.
Town Talk: Old Packard property at 11th and R.I. still facing demolition; Dominator vehicle from Discovery’s Storm Chasers to be in Lawrence; drive-up book donation event set for library
July 23, 2012
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Colorado massacre suspect James Holmes appears in court with orange hair
09:36 a.m., July 23, 2012 Updated 11:35 a.m.
His hair dyed orange-red and a dazed look on his face, the man accused of going on a deadly shooting rampage at the opening of the new Batman movie appeared Monday in court for the first time.
Penn State fined $60M, wins vacated from ‘98-11
July 23, 2012
The NCAA slammed Penn State with an unprecedented series of penalties Monday, including a $60 million fine and the loss of all coach Joe Paterno’s victories from 1998-2011, in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.
Two Lawrence men arrested after altercation at Sixth and Kasold shopping center
12:02 a.m., July 23, 2012 Updated 05:13 p.m.
Douglas County prosecutors Monday morning were reviewing information after two Lawrence men were arrested Sunday afternoon for allegedly confronting and threatening construction workers who were remodeling an adjacent business near Sixth Street and Kasold Drive.
Heard on the Hill: Huron Consulting faces $1M fine; records request focuses on Strong Hall renovations; KU grade distributions available online
July 23, 2012
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Gary Woodland moves up to 34th-place tie
July 23, 2012
Former Kansas University golfer Gary Woodland moved up nine more spots during the final round Sunday to tie for 34th place at the British Open.
July 23, 2012
Marriage licenses issued in Douglas County District Court the week ending July 20, 2012.
Earth still evolving
July 23, 2012
I enjoyed Carl Burkhead’s letter in your July 12 edition in which he quoted scripture regarding the origin of life, but I am writing to express a different point of view. Most humans have never heard of the Bible or Jesus Christ. They feel secure in their beliefs in other creation stories that their cultures provide.
25 years ago: Home-based daycares triumphant after planning meeting
July 23, 2012
Anna Laura Rusk had spoken of her disapproval of the daycares, saying that they were commercial enterprises that didn’t belong in “quiet adult neighborhoods.”
40 years ago: City reminds political campaigners: Read the sign ordinance!
July 23, 2012
Signs were not permitted on telephone poles or public property.
Fix-It Chick: Replace a fill valve seal
July 23, 2012
If your bathroom toilet keeps randomly turning on and off … it is probably time to replace the fill valve seal located under the fill valve cap.
New tools used to keep pets out of hot cars
July 23, 2012
Good Samaritans, temperature guns and tougher laws are the newest tools in the campaign to keep animals out of hot cars, where just minutes can mean death.
Canadian elephants flying to California
July 23, 2012
For elephants to fly, you have to do more than load trunks on a plane. Pat Derby, co-founder of the Performing Animal Welfare Society, has been working for two years to get three 10,000-pound elephants in the air. The elephants are scheduled to take off on Aug. 2 in what could be a million-dollar move.
As I See Fit: Plank to perfection
July 23, 2012
Lately I’ve been fielding questions from friends and clients that revolve around time. They want to know how they can get maximum results in as little time as possible.
Horoscope for July 23
July 23, 2012
For Monday, July 23: Do not make your life any more complicated than it is. In fact, this year you have an opportunity to add clarity to your life and ideals. If you are single, you attract a host of people. If you are attached, the two of you need to go out more as a couple and enjoy each other’s company.
‘Bachelor Pad’ gets new guests
July 23, 2012
It’s that time of the summer doldrums when “The Bachelorette” gives way to “Bachelor Pad” (7 p.m., ABC). And if you can explain or care to understand the differences, you’re a bigger fan of this genre than I am and in serious need of better things to do with your time.
Fed, ECB are pursuing risky strategy
July 23, 2012 in print edition on A8
Because of the breakdown of political decision-making in the United States and Europe during the Great Recession, the burden of response has fallen largely on two big central banks: the Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank. And down the road, they are going to pay for it.
Double Take: Parents of girl sending sexts should be told
July 23, 2012
My 14-year-old son texted some pictures to his girlfriend of him not wearing a shirt. She sent some back in just a camisole. Neither one was completely nude, so we know this isn’t as bad as what some kids are doing nowadays. We’ve talked to him about this being inappropriate, but now we are wondering whether we should alert the girl’s parents. Obviously our son doesn’t want us to.
River City Jules: Vacation rental bad luck
July 23, 2012
I just made our final payment on a rental for our late, late summer vacation to North Carolina. While I feel good about where we’re going, I have learned the hard way that what you see online is not always what you get.
Lawrence Laundry: Summer accessories, spotted and found
July 23, 2012
On the off chance I decide to venture out of my dark, air-conditioned basement into the blistering heat, I try to wear as few clothes as possible without looking like I’m trying to wear as few clothes as possible.
Veterinarian takes holistic approach to healing pets
July 23, 2012
Cathy King, a holistic veterinarian, sometimes jokes about what she calls a “case dispensary in the sky.” That omnipotent being that determines what sort of animals will walk into her office. And in some cases, those animals are carried. That was the case a couple years back when a woman brought in a small poodle who had blown a disc and could not walk.
Doumit’s homers lift Twins past K.C.
July 23, 2012
Ryan Doumit put his name in the Twins’ record book Sunday, accomplishing something no Minnesota player had done in 20 years.
Scott collapses; Els claims stunning British win
July 23, 2012
Ernie Els plucked the ball from the hole after one last birdie and heaved it into the grandstand. At the time, it looked like nothing more than a classy gesture by a former British Open champion — not the next one. The name on the claret jug was supposed to be Adam Scott, who had a four-shot lead with four holes to play.
Florida prep Chris Walker taps UF
July 23, 2012
Chris Walker, the No. 6-rated player in the recruiting Class of 2013 according to, on Sunday orally committed to the University of Florida. He chose Billy Donovan’s Gators over Kansas University, Louisville, Kentucky, Ohio State, Syracuse and Baylor.
Underrated: Staff picks for most overlooked Jayhawks
July 23, 2012
The question regarding what makes an athlete underrated brings different answers from different people.
July 23, 2012
Divorces granted in Douglas County District Court the week ending July 20, 2012.
July 23, 2012
Douglas County residents or businesses filing for bankruptcy protection recently in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the District of Kansas, according to court records.
Offensive effect
July 23, 2012
What a joy, earlier this summer, for my lady love and me to take our baby for his first concert, to hear the City Band at South Park. That night, during the band’s grand finale rendition of “Stars and Stripes,” that joy was juxtaposed to seething anger at the sonic battery by a National Guard-fired Howitzer.
ID attention
Kansas election officials should give special attention to helping voters obtain the identification they will need at the polls this year.
July 23, 2012
While many Kansans believe it is reasonable to require voters to show photo identification at the polls, special circumstances may make it difficult for some Kansans to obtain the necessary IDs. At least for the first elections that require photo ID, state and county election officials should make an extra effort to inform voters and make the process easier.
100 years ago: Lawrence hits hottest day of the year so far
July 23, 2012
“The sun beat down with full force on the earth, wilting vegetable life as it had not been wilted before.”
Pets shedding pounds: Overweight animals need diet, exercise just like people
July 23, 2012
Overweight pets might experience loss of visible body contour, lethargy, difficulty breathing and increased risk of heart disease or diabetes. Shedding and keeping off pounds requires a strict regimen of portion-control, smart snacking and exercise. Sound familiar?
Breaking bad pet habits
July 23, 2012
When Tanya Walsh brought home her Great Pyrenees puppy, she was surprised at how easily she was house trained and how well the puppy got along with her four cats. “In a lot of ways, she was a dream puppy,” Walsh said. But there was one obstacle Walsh wasn’t sure how to overcome: Her puppy, Beckett, was terrified of the car.
Remnant Rehab: Cat toy encourages playtime
July 23, 2012
As we talked about the issue of overweight pets, which is the topic of our Go! cover story, I wondered how a cat owner could entice their cat to be more active.