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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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LHS, FSHS gymnastics coach hired
July 31, 2012
The weeks leading up to the start of the season will be significantly less stressful this year for the gymnasts at Free State and Lawrence high schools.
KU’s Bill Self not quite so road-weary this summer
July 31, 2012
The just-completed July college basketball recruiting evaluation period wasn’t as taxing on Kansas University coach Bill Self as some in the past.
Ten things to look for in KU football preseason
July 31, 2012
One of the most anticipated preseason camps in Kansas University football history kicks off today, when the Jayhawks report to campus for their initial team meeting and then begin fall practice Thursday.
Foster care numbers rising
July 31, 2012
There are many other cases of abuse and neglect coming through the court system on a regular basis that highlight the failure of parents, for a variety of reasons, to provide basic care for their children, said Douglas County District Judge Peggy Kittel, who handles some of the county’s child in need of care cases.
54th House district GOP candidates hoping for chance to face Mah
July 31, 2012
While many contested Republican races in the Aug. 7 primary pit conservatives against moderates, that’s not the case in the 54th Kansas House District.
Fired officer suing city
July 31, 2012
A former Lawrence police sergeant who was fired earlier this year in connection with a traffic-ticket-fixing scandal says he intends to sue the city.
Firefighters respond to two-alarm fire near Clinton and Kasold
July 31, 2012
Lawrence Douglas County Fire-Medical crews are responding to a fire in the 2100 block of Heatherwood Drive, near Clinton Parkway and Kasold Drive.
Crews respond to fire at Peppertree Apartments
06:16 p.m., July 31, 2012 Updated 09:02 p.m.
Fire crews are responding to a large fire at the Peppertree Apartments complex, 2100 Heatherwood Dr.
Fair horticulture competition not what it used to be
Fewer people, especially youths, working in gardens these days
July 31, 2012
With fewer people entering the Douglas County Fair’s vegetable contest, fair veterans worry for the future.
Kmart Distribution Center celebrates 40 years in Lawrence
July 31, 2012
There was a time that former Kmart Distribution Center employee Dale Heston had about 15,000 numbers stored in his head — each one representing a different product warehoused in the massive facility north of Interstate 70 in Lawrence.
Conservative-Moderate GOP battles in Kansas reflected in campaign finance reports
July 31, 2012
Now that both sides in the conservative-moderate war in the Kansas Republican Party have shown their cards, it remains for voters to decide who has the winning hand.
Water main break closes 19th and Harper intersection near Douglas County Fairgrounds
July 31, 2012
A water main break has closed the intersection of 19th and Harper streets.
USGS study says algae toxins in Kansas River
July 31, 2012
A federal study shows that toxins from a large algae bloom in a Kansas reservoir wound up in the Kansas River, a major drinking water source for about 800,000 residents in eastern Kansas.
Lawrence man pleads no contest to aggravated battery and criminal possession of a firearm in connection with April shooting
10:52 a.m., July 31, 2012 Updated 12:09 p.m.
A 27-year-old Lawrence man pleaded no contest Tuesday to aggravated battery and criminal possession of a firearm in connection with an April shooting of another Lawrence man.
Sedgwick County inmates seek $20 million
July 31, 2012
Inmates in the Sedgwick County jail who allege they were sexually assaulted by a deputy are seeking $20 million from the county.
Man charged with TV break-in will stand trial
July 31, 2012
The man accused of breaking into at Topeka television station and injuring four employees will stand trial on seven charges.
Shawnee County to spend $2.1M on recycling bins
July 31, 2012
A northeast Kansas county plans to spend nearly $2.1 million to buy 45,000 bins for a curbside recycling program expected to begin next year.
Town Talk: Discount Tire to open store near Sixth and Wakarusa; retail development west of Sixth and Congressional scrapped; Dillons gives ‘sneak peek’ of new store with Facebook video
July 31, 2012
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
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.
Woman released from hospital after U.S. 24 accident; man’s condition unknown
July 31, 2012
Christina Reed, a 31-year-old Hoyt woman who was injured in a motorcycle crash Sunday evening north of Lawrence on U.S. Highway 24 has been treated and released from Stormont-Vail Regional Health Center in Topeka, a hospital spokeswoman said Monday
Kitchen fire damages home Sunday night
July 31, 2012
A kitchen fire Sunday night damaged a home in the 1600 block of Massachusetts Street, said Division Chief Eve Tolefree, a Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical spokeswoman.
Lawrence man, 27, charged with kidnapping, aggravated burglary, aggravated assault
July 31, 2012
Douglas County prosecutors Monday filed several charges, including kidnapping and aggravated assault, against a 27-year-old Lawrence man accused of forcing his way into an apartment while two occupants slept early on Sunday.
Stress test: Bill Self says freshmen ‘have a lot to learn’
July 31, 2012
There’s never a dull moment for Bill Self when he’s working with Kansas University’s 10 freshmen basketball players.
Haskell records request unmet
12:00 a.m., July 31, 2012 Updated 10:09 a.m.
More than two months after Haskell Indian Nations University acknowledged the school was the subject of a federal investigation for falsifying ACT scores for athletes, no new information has been provided about the case despite numerous interview and open records requests.
The summer of dance continues
July 31, 2012
Is there room for another dance show?
40 years ago: Lawrence taxi company to raise fares
July 31, 2012
The owner of Lawrence’s two taxicab companies approached the Lawrence City Commission this week to request permission for rate increases.
25 years ago: Police raid marijuana field near Baldwin
July 31, 2012
The officials had uprooted about 540 plants in the well-tended plot.
Horoscope for July 31
July 31, 2012
This year you often make extraordinary efforts to reach out to others who are withdrawn. Someone could open up at the most unexpected time, and you might wish he or she never had. If you are single, finding the right match can happen, but you often end up in fights with those who are not right for you. If you are attached, the two of you need to learn to express your needs and desires with less judgment.
Kansas TE coach Charlie Weis fan
Jeff Blasko says his boss ‘creative,’ poised
July 31, 2012
When the Kansas University football team finds itself in an early deficit or some other predicament this season, tight ends coach Jeff Blasko is confident the man in charge won’t get rattled.
Jacque Vaughn has ‘faith’ he can fix Magic
July 31, 2012
With a new general manager and the status of All-Star Dwight Howard still in limbo, there’s much to be resolved before the Orlando Magic take the floor next season. But the team’s top officials believe they have the right person in new head coach Jacque Vaughn to help turn the page on a year that almost everyone in the franchise wants to forget.
Captain Toben Opurum: Kansas motivated by 2-10 record
July 31, 2012
Rarely one to wear his feelings on his sleeve, Kansas University senior co-captain Toben Opurum recently talked bluntly about the toll KU’s 2-10 season a year ago took on him and his teammates.
100 years ago: Regular truck deliveries suggested between farmers, town merchants
July 31, 2012
“Farmers between Lawrence and Ottawa may soon see a motor truck making regular rounds of the country districts.”
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.
Spencer leader offers perspective
July 31, 2012
Lawrence Journal-World editors recently shared thoughts regarding plans for the North Gallery of the Kenneth Spencer Research Library (“Donor Wishes,” July 26), and I would like to provide a bit of context for this conversation.
Latin America should focus on basics
July 31, 2012 in print edition on A10
We all know what conventional economists say about the future of Latin America: Venezuela, Argentina, Bolivia and other countries that pursue populist policies will go downhill, whereas Chile, Peru, Colombia and others that pursue “responsible” economic policies will do great.