Archive for Friday, July 27, 2012

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Child molester gets 3 life terms
July 27, 2012
A Douglas County district judge sentenced Joshua M. Walker to three life sentences in prison on Friday after a jury convicted him in June of raping and molesting a 5-year-old girl in 2010 and 2011.
Many drugs remain legal after ‘bath salts’ ban
July 27, 2012
People are inventing so many new ways to get high that lawmakers can’t seem to keep up. Over the past two years, the U.S. has seen a surge in the use of synthetic drugs made of legal chemicals that mimic the dangerous effects of cocaine, amphetamines and other illegal stimulants.
Lake siltuation process slows
July 27, 2012
One of the very few positives of the drought is that the lack of rain has slowed the siltation process in both Clinton and Perry lakes.
County offers own voter ID system
July 27, 2012
Douglas County will become the first county in the state to create its own system aimed at streamlining the process residents must go through to receive a photo ID needed to meet a new statewide voter identification law.
Area treatment plants running at full steam to meet demand
July 27, 2012
During the last few weeks, the city of Lawrence has used 22 million to 23 million gallons of water a day. That’s about 10 million gallons more than its yearly average.
Teachers, district reach tentative deal on pay
July 27, 2012
Lawrence school district and its teachers union announced on Friday they have reached a tentative agreement on a contract that would contribute $1.6 million for new teacher salaries.
Democrats say Brownback misleading public over tax cuts
July 27, 2012
Kansas Democrats on Friday accused Gov. Sam Brownback of misleading the public about what impact his tax cuts will have on public schools, social services and public safety.
Jayhawkers,’ local film about Wilt Chamberlain, seeks funding
July 27, 2012
Thursday is the last day for the upcoming feature film “Jayhawkers” to receive much-needed funding from the community whose story it tells.
Douglas County under heat advisory until Sunday evening
July 27, 2012
The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for Douglas County and surrounding counties until 7 p.m. Sunday.
Jenkins wants tax overhaul; no changes in gun laws
July 27, 2012
U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Topeka, on Friday said Congress must overhaul the tax code to avoid a financial collapse in the United States. Jenkins also told the Lawrence Journal-World that she didn’t believe Congress should consider any new laws on guns.
Former Kansas sheriff pleads to meth charges
July 27, 2012
A former northwest Kansas sheriff has pleaded guilty to four felony counts of distributing methamphetamine.
TransCanada gets OK for south part of oil pipeline
July 27, 2012
A Canadian company that wants to build an oil pipeline from Alberta’s tar sands region to Texas refineries has received a final permit for the Gulf Coast portion of the project and announced Friday that construction on the 485-mile section would start in the coming weeks.
97 KU employees to take buyouts, retire by end of 2012
July 27, 2012
Kansas University officials announced on Friday that 97 of university employees will take buyouts and retire by Dec. 31, resulting in a savings of $4.9 million.
10-year-old Leavenworth County girl dies after crashing RTV into farm pond
July 27, 2012
A Leavenworth County 10-year-old has died at an area hospital after an accident on a rough terrain vehicle Thursday night.
Kan. sheriff links ‘potpourri’ to suicide attempt
July 27, 2012
A Kansas sheriff says an illegal synthetic drug apparently contributed to the suicide attempt of a 53-year-old man.
Town Talk: Douglas County clerk to issue voter photo ID cards; details on possible Self donation to recreation center; city to present rare ‘key to the city’; weekly land transfers
July 27, 2012
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Land transfers for the week ending July 23
July 27, 2012
Land transfers as recorded by the Douglas County Register of Deeds for the week ending July 23, 2012.
Statehouse Live: At least 8 GOP legislators registered to attend ALEC meeting
July 27, 2012
A number of Kansas legislators — all Republicans — are registered to attend the American Legislative Exchange Council annual conference that is under way in Salt Lake City.
$50K bond set in manslaughter case
July 27, 2012
A Douglas County judge set bond at $50,000 Thursday for a Mission man accused of involuntary manslaughter in connection with the February death of a 27-year-old Lawrence man.
Parts of Lawrence already have super-fast Internet
July 27, 2012
In case you are wondering, Lawrence, that big Internet giant in the rear view mirror is Google. While Google was making news in Kansas City on Thursday by announcing its plans for rolling out super-fast Internet in the metro area, a local broadband provider was pointing out those speeds already exist in some parts of Lawrence.
Officials tout new $20 million program for technical education
July 27, 2012
In the upcoming school year, high school juniors and seniors will be eligible for free tuition for state technical education courses under a new program touted by officials Thursday.
Mother charged in child’s death
12:04 a.m., July 27, 2012 Updated 08:25 a.m.
Douglas County prosecutors have charged a 25-year-old Lawrence woman with manslaughter in connection with the death of her 5-year-old child three months ago
Heard on the Hill: Professor points out lack of tropical biodiversity; new buyout info expected today; other universities petition Chick-fil-A
12:01 a.m., July 27, 2012 Updated 10:28 a.m.
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
16-year-old girl injured in car accident
July 27, 2012
A 16-year-old girl was injured Thursday morning after her vehicle rear-ended another vehicle in the 200 block of North Iowa Street.
25 years ago: Raintree school fights mall rezoning
July 27, 2012
“I don’t think any parents who enrolled their children out there thought they would be next to a shopping mall.”
40 years ago: Family seeks identification of cat after son is bitten
July 27, 2012
“We are looking for any help we can get because the shots are quite an ordeal….”
Royals fall, 4-1
July 27, 2012
Seattle starter Jason Vargas allowed one hit in eight innings to win his career-high 11th game, and Mike Carp had three hits to help the Mariners beat the Kansas City Royals, 4-1, Thursday night.
Raiders win pair at zone
July 27, 2012
The Lawrence Raiders won two games Thursday in the American Legion zone baseball tournament.
Kansas basketball rookies getting workout
Summer practices give newcomers crash course
July 27, 2012
Kansas University’s basketball players have completed half of their NCAA-allocated 10 practices preceding an Aug. 6-14 tour of Switzerland and France. The five workouts — which have run about two hours apiece — have definitely tested the squad’s six true freshmen and two freshman walk-ons.
Coachspeak: League peers sound off on Charlie Weis
July 27, 2012
The connections are few and far between, but the ones that exist are meaningful. Only four of the Big 12 Conference’s nine other football coaches knew Kansas University coach Charlie Weis prior to his being hired by the Jayhawks, and earlier this week at Big 12 media days in Dallas, those four shared their memories with the Journal-World.
Shootings reflect true evil
July 27, 2012
By now the script should be familiar. A bombing or a mass shooting occurs and the media immediately look for a simple cause. Invariably, they turn to talk radio or some other conservative pit of “intolerance.”
Close allies deserve appreciation
July 27, 2012 in print edition on A8
A generation ago, it was the three I’s. A presidential challenger’s obligatory foreign trip meant Ireland, Italy and Israel. Mitt Romney’s itinerary is slightly different: Britain, Poland and Israel.
100 years ago: Chautauqua lecturer speaks on ‘The American Home’
July 27, 2012
“The knowledge of the management of the home, according to Dr. McClary, is more important than a smattering of French.”
Horoscope for July 27
July 27, 2012
For Friday, July 27: This year others often think of you as the personality among your crowd. What they miss is your depth. If you are single, meeting your match takes some talent, and you have some interesting adventures ahead this year. If you are attached, remember how important a friendship is to your bond.
Let the Games begin
July 27, 2012
The opening ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics (6:30 p.m., NBC) offers hours of spectacle, a peek at royalty and the always-inspiring parade of young athletes from nations the world over.