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New law bans e-cigarette use for kids under 18
June 4, 2012
A new Kansas law that takes effect July 1 will ban anyone under 18 from purchasing or possessing electronic cigarettes.
Wheat harvest comes early
Timing may allow farmers to bring in second crop this year
June 4, 2012
The wheat farmers in Douglas County may be busier than ever this year. They’ve just completed the first day of harvest, a day that, because of the weather, has come three weeks early.
KU football lands oral commitment from QB Jordan Darling
SM East QB becomes KU’s fourth commitment in Class of 2013
09:01 p.m., June 4, 2012 Updated 12:10 a.m.
Quarterback U? Perhaps. Monday night, the Kansas University football team received its fourth commitment from the Class of 2013 when Shawnee Mission East prospect Jordan Darling orally committed to the Jayhawks in Lawrence.
City to consider whether to name park after former Lawrence fire chief
June 4, 2012
City officials have received a request to name the park at 19th Street and Haskell Avenue after longtime Lawrence fire chief Jim McSwain, who died in December 2008.
Injured 4-year-old flown to Kansas City hospital
04:49 p.m., June 4, 2012 Updated 09:11 p.m.
Lawrence police and medics blocked traffic in the eastbound lanes of Clinton Parkway near Inverness Drive for a landing of a LifeStar air ambulance.
KU linebacker Jake Farley to transfer to Northern Iowa
June 4, 2012
Jake Farley, a 6-foot-1, 220-pound sophomore linebacker from Cedar Falls, Iowa, will transfer to Northern Iowa, KU coach Charlie Weis announced Monday.
Lawmaker released from subpoena over meetings
June 4, 2012
A Kansas House member has been released from a subpoena issued by a district attorney investigating private meetings of lawmakers with Gov. Sam Brownback.
Filing: Abortion doctor letter ‘divinely inspired’
June 4, 2012
A Kansas abortion opponent accused of sending a threatening letter to a Wichita doctor is claiming that her message was “divinely inspired.”
Topeka woman linked to crime spree in Lawrence pleads guilty to federal robbery charge in Wichita
June 4, 2012
A 22-year-old Topeka woman connected to a crime spree earlier this year in Lawrence, Topeka and Wichita, pleaded guilty to a federal robbery charge Monday.
Douglas County judge to hear disciplinary case against former Attorney General Phill Kline
June 4, 2012
Two Kansas Court of Appeals judges and three district court judges have been appointed to hear a disciplinary case against former Attorney General Phill Kline.
Around and About for June 2, 2012
June 4, 2012
Rachel and Matthew Habiger, of Wichita, announce the birth of their son Isaac Matthew Habiger, on May 8, 2012, in Wichita. Isaac joins brother Easton James, 21 months. Maternal grandparents are Judith Hutton, of Wichita, and Brian Belden, of Lyons. Paternal grandparents are Barbara and Ben Habiger, of Lawrence.
Jenkins, Huelskamp file for reelection
01:59 p.m., June 4, 2012 Updated 05:33 p.m.
Kansas Republicans Tim Huelskamp and Lynn Jenkins filed Monday for re-election to Congress, even though the boundaries of their districts remain unsettled amid a legal fight over redistricting.
15-year-old girl in fair condition after suffering injuries while crossing street near swimming pool
June 4, 2012
A 15-year-old rural Lawrence girl was listed in fair condition Monday at a Kansas City, Kan., hospital where she’s recovering from injuries suffered in an accident last Wednesday outside the Lawrence Outdoor Aquatic Center, 747 Ky.
Man found behind Home Depot in critical condition; police say injuries came from a fight
12:39 p.m., June 4, 2012 Updated 04:34 p.m.
A 46-year-old Lawrence man who was found behind Home Depot Sunday afternoon had suffered serious facial injuries in a fight with another man, police said Monday.
Plaintiff school districts, state battle in school finance hearing
June 4, 2012
An attorney representing 54 school districts on Monday said the Legislature must meet its constitutional obligation and increase school funding.
Murderer denied parole for at least two more years
June 4, 2012
Convicted Douglas County murderer Wilford Molester Galloway has been passed for parole until June 2014, according to Jan Lunsford, spokesman with the Kansas Department of Corrections.
Man accused of shoplifting, then biting Walmart employee
11:14 a.m., June 4, 2012 Updated 04:28 p.m.
A 36-year-old Overland Park man was arrested Sunday afternoon after police said he bit an employee at Walmart, 3300 Iowa, in the “chest and biceps, causing significant injury.”
Cactus set to bloom for first time since 1976
June 4, 2012
A cactus that has grown to 37 feet is drawing a lot of attention to a small Kansas town.
Town Talk: Alzheimer’s unit set for West Lawrence; new report likely to recommend water rate increase for Lawrence homes, businesses; Louisiana Purchase trending international
June 4, 2012
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Kansas couple’s deaths likely a murder-suicide
June 4, 2012
Shawnee County authorities say the death of a Tecumseh couple last week likely was a murder-suicide.
Fallen Kansas soldier to be honored this week
June 4, 2012
A soldier from Overland Park will be honored before his funeral on Wednesday.
St. John Catholic School honor roll for second semester 2011-12
June 4, 2012
St. John Catholic School announces its second-semester middle school honor roll.
Liberty Memorial Central Middle School honor roll for second semester 2011-12
June 4, 2012
These students were named to honor rolls at Liberty Memorial Central Middle School for the second semester of the 2011-2012 school year.
Eudora Middle School honor roll for fourth quarter of 2011-2012 year
June 4, 2012
These Eudora Middle School students were named to honor rolls for the fourth quarter of the 2011-2012 school year.
Health leader: Information ‘more secure’ under network
June 4, 2012
Laura McCrary said some people are wary of having their records available on a network because they worry the information might be shared or used inappropriately.
New statewide digital health network to improve care, accessibility
June 4, 2012
Developers of a new statewide digital health records exchange say the needed secure network is coming to Kansas this summer. Leaders say the event is expected to improve patient care and help cut medical costs by avoiding redundant and ineffective treatments. It’s also expected to reduce errors.
Vin Mazzaro blanks Athletics
June 4, 2012
Alex Gordon and Brayan Pena combined on a play at the plate to preserve a shutout for Vin Mazzaro and three Royals relievers. Mazzaro pitched six innings to help the Royals beat up on punchless Oakland again, 2-0 Sunday.
Future KU PG boosts stock
Conner Frankamp stands out in AAU scene
June 4, 2012
Future Kansas University point guard Conner Frankamp, who earned first-team all-state honors after averaging 32.3 points a game last season for Wichita North High, continues to emerge as a major player nationally on the spring/summer AAU scene.
Race reaction
June 4, 2012
After reading Scott Burkhart’s letter to the editor (“Civil discourse,” May 30), I had to respond.
Jayhawks in the NBA (June 3)
June 4, 2012
Here’s how former Jayhawks in the NBA fared in playoff games of June 3.
Raiders take title
June 4, 2012
After suffering a run-rule loss in their Mid-America Tournament opener, the Lawrence Raiders rebounded quite nicely.
Road weary: Aide Buddy Wyatt had busy winter
June 4, 2012
A recruit’s parent asked Buddy Wyatt how his wife was handling his crazy travel schedule. The Kansas University defensive-line coach just smiled. “I don’t know,” he said. “She’s not talking to me right now.”
June 4, 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.
June 4, 2012
Divorces granted in Douglas County District Court the week ending June 1, 2012.
June 4, 2012
Marriage licenses issued in Douglas County District Court the week ending June 1, 2012.
SRS concern
New language in contracts with agencies that provide key social services in Kansas needs to be cleared up.
June 4, 2012
Some new language in contracts between service providers and the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services is raising questions that need to be addressed — sooner rather than later.
LMH heroes
June 4, 2012
There are many people that we consider true heroes. Soldiers, law enforcement officers and firemen are just a few examples of the heroes that protect us and make us proud on a daily basis. I recently found another entity of women and men that are just as heroic and perhaps, more importantly, sincerely kind and pleasant to their clients/patients. The nurses (and doctors) at Lawrence Memorial Hospital are without a doubt my new heroes.
25 years ago: School board to discuss moving of ninth grade
June 4, 2012
More than a year ago, the Lawrence school board had tabled the motion.
40 years ago: Is ‘Ms.’ a mistake? Lawrence residents sound off on new form of address
June 4, 2012
“It’s the new way — I might just as well be modern.”
100 years ago: Ad offers electric fans for sale or rent
June 4, 2012
“INDISPENSABLE in Hot Weather.”
Style Off the Cuff: Thrifting For Guys
June 4, 2012
As I got into the clothing industry, both as a consumer and on the retail and manufacturing sides, it took a serious toll on my finances.
Wisconsin recall serves little purpose
June 4, 2012 in print edition on A8
I’ll never grow up, never grow up, never grow up. No sir, Not I, Not me, So there! — “Peter Pan” the musical, 1954 This state, the first to let government employees unionize, was an incubator of progressivism and gave birth (in 1932 in Madison, the precursor of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees) to its emblematic institution, the government employees union — government organized as a special interest to lobby itself to expand itself. But Wisconsin progressivism is in a dark Peter Pan phase; it is childish without being winsome.
Fix-It Chick: Repair a leaky hose end
June 4, 2012
Whether you grow grass, garden or just like to run through the sprinkler every now and then, chances are you will encounter a leaky garden hose end at some point in your life.
Book review: ‘Peculiars’ an unusual historical-fantasy story
June 4, 2012
“The Peculiars” by Maureen Doyle McQuerry is a slightly … peculiar book, for lack of a better term.
Mind Matters: Program ‘life GPS’ to know when you’re off track
June 4, 2012
While driving, if we make a turn that takes us in the wrong direction, our GPS reminds us with the words, “You are now off track.” After one of these events, we were musing how nice it would be if we had a GPS for our lives — maybe a software program that you input your life destination, and it lets you know when a decision you are about to make may take you off track.
Crafters embrace the mighty mustache
June 4, 2012
Here’s what passes for funny in the crafting world: putting a big, bushy mustache on nearly anything — pillows, glassware, jewelry, even knitted coffee-cup cozies and baby pacifiers. A mustached baby? That’s a giggle. The mustache motif — with handlebars or without — has been around for several years in the crafting world, and its popularity remains steady.
More than looks to consider when getting pierced
June 4, 2012
Sydney Lopez, a Lawrence High School sophomore, got her navel pierced when she was only 16. “My mom was okay with it as long as I wasn’t flaunting it and as long as I took care of it and made sure it was clean,” Lopez said.
Offbeat Occupations: After 29 years, cemetery caretaker at peace with macabre aspects of job
June 4, 2012
“The hardest part of the job for me is baby funerals,” says Frank Demby. “No matter who — the funeral directors, the vault people, everybody — you can always tell a baby service. There’s a totally different air. That’s probably the hardest part on everybody.”
Go Green: Pressure cooker a worthwhile investment
June 4, 2012
This is what I remembered about the pressure cooker: I remembered the hissing dial on top, its menacing rattle. I remember my mother warning my sisters and me not to go anywhere near it or we would make the top blow off and scald ourselves beyond recognition.
Biking Across Kansas: Residents prepare for 475-mile trek
June 4, 2012
On a nice day a few years ago, as his wife headed out on an errand, David Brown made a decision on a whim: He’d just hop on his bike and meet her over at the shopping center. Easy, right? “I thought I was going to die,” Brown said. Later, he learned how far he’d ridden — less than a mile.
River City Jules: Life mirrors ‘Hunger Games’
June 4, 2012
At the urging of my husband, I recently caught up with America and read Suzanne Collins’s “Hunger Games” series.
Double Take: Twitter both a gold mine for teen insights and a land mine of potential faux pas
June 4, 2012
I’ll bet when you first heard about Twitter, you thought “Seriously? Do I care that someone is getting a Big Mac right now in Alabama?” I didn’t. But as I’ve given myself over to the Twitosphere, I’ve found that in addition to helping Middle Eastern rebels overthrow despotic regimes, Twitter offers some great teen writing.