Archive for Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.

Brad Allen, the new director of the Lawrence Public Library, says not just books, but also products like computer software or digital equipment, will be an important part of libraries in the future. “I really believe people ought to think of the library as a place that provides shared resources,” Allen said. Director sees library’s role as creation hub
July 29, 2012
It may seem odd that when new library director Brad Allen talks about the forthcoming $19 million expansion of the Lawrence Public Library, he often gets most excited about the basement.
6:00 a.m.
Officers search a vehicle pulled over on the north side of Sixth Street near the intersection of Sixth Street and Lawrence Avenue on Wednesday. Authorities were rounding up suspects connected to a four-year investigation into marijuana trafficking. Investigators trying to identify proceeds from alleged drug ring
July 30, 2012
A federal prosecutor said on Monday that her office was asking defense attorneys in a major Douglas County and Johnson County drug trafficking case to disclose information about their fees as investigators seek to identity proceeds from alleged drug sales.
10:00 a.m.
In this 2010 file photo, a Lawrence Police Department patrol car responds to a call at Kansas University's McCollum Hall. Guns among items stolen in latest home burglaries
July 30, 2012
As police warn Lawrence residents about a rash of home invasions, reports of the crimes keep piling up.
2:00 p.m.
A vehicle turns off of Arkansas Street and into the main entrance at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. A 2011 study revealed that LMH does have a parking shortage for patients and visitors during peak times of use. The study recommended adding parallel parking along Arkansas Street between Third and Fourth streets as one way to add about 30 parking spaces. LMH agreed with the recommendation and work is set to begin in July. Bomb-threat caller also targeted Lawrence Memorial Hospital
July 30, 2012
Lawrence police have not yet identified a suspect in three Lawrence bomb threats called in early Sunday morning, said Lawrence Police Sgt. Trent McKinley.
6:00 p.m.
Bill Petrie, of McLouth, gets ready to run his 1967 Minneapolis-Moline tractor recently at the Agricultural Hall of Fame in Bonner Springs. Petrie will be competing Thursday in the tractor pull at the Douglas County Fair. Tractor drivers gearing up for annual pull at county fair
July 30, 2012
Tractors are scheduled to drive through the Douglas County Fairgrounds rodeo arena Thursday night, but the large farm machines won’t be harvesting any crops. They will be participating in the Douglas County Fair’s antique tractor pull competition.

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Police arrest man in connection with two morning home burglaries
Investigators trying to determine if suspect can be tied to dozens of other recent burglaries
09:12 a.m., July 31, 2012 Updated 11:46 a.m.
Lawrence police Tuesday morning arrested a 31-year-old Lawrence man suspected of entering two homes with residents were sleeping.
The summer of dance continues
July 31, 2012
Is there room for another dance show?
Interim plan
Lawrence library officials must carefully evaluate whether the services that could be provided at a temporary location during library construction are worth the cost.
July 31, 2012
Library and city officials are faced with an interesting balancing act when it comes to maintaining library services during a construction period that could stretch as long as two years.