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Family seeks answers in mysterious death
June 8, 2012
Elsie Kelly stares at the floor in her daughter’s living room as she speaks. She’s used to the waiting. For 16 months her family was in the dark about the whereabouts of her son, Gregory Price, until Johnson County Sheriff’s officers in April found his body inside an abandoned refrigerator near De Soto. Price would have been 34 when officers made the discovery.
Local Chamber of Commerce not renewing state membership
June 8, 2012
A difference in philosophy has caused the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce to part ways with the sometimes controversial Kansas Chamber of Commerce.
Pump Patrol
June 8, 2012
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.34 at several stations. If you find a lower price, call 832-7154.
Man cited for punching bar window
June 8, 2012
A man was cited for battery and criminal damage after he was accused of punching and breaking the front-glass window at Fatso’s, 1016 Mass., during a disturbance early Friday morning.
Plane crash victim alumnus of LHS
June 8, 2012
Ron Bramlage, a prominent Junction City businessman who was killed in a plane crash on Thursday along with his wife and their four young children, had ties to the Lawrence area, attending Lawrence High School in the mid-1980s.
Teen’s generosity with found money leads to brotherly bond
June 8, 2012
Four-year-old Cooper Keefer played catch Wednesday evening in Centennial Park with his hero, 14-year-old Dallas Hunt.
3.2M juvenile facility to open in Franklin County
June 8, 2012
The smell of fresh paint greets visitors to the newly constructed Franklin County Juvenile Detention Center in Ottawa. The building is mostly empty now, but come June 16, juveniles from Franklin, Anderson and Osage counties will arrive at the facility just off Highway 68.
No charges to be filed in KBA investigation
June 8, 2012
After an investigation that took longer than a year, Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe has decided not to file criminal charges against the Kansas Bioscience Authority or its personnel.
Voters will see big changes from new redistricting plan
June 8, 2012
Nearly every voter in Douglas County will see a change in their political representation because of a redistricting ruling made by a three-judge panel.
Environmental group starting Kansas chapter
June 8, 2012
Green Wish, a Los-Angeles-based environmental group, is launching a Kansas chapter with a free event at 7 p.m. June 21 at the Oread Hotel, 1200 Oread Ave. The group will raise environmental activism awareness and funds for environmental groups in Lawrence and Kansas City, said Victoria Bogner, president of the Kansas Green Wish board of directors.
Authorities comb Fla. site of family’s plane crash
June 8, 2012
Investigators combed through a 4-mile rural area in central Florida on Friday trying to determine what caused a single-engine plane to break apart in midair and crash into a swampy area, killing a Kansas businessman, his wife and their four young children.
Kobach says noon Monday deadline stands for candidate filing; politicians scrambling in wake of new maps
June 8, 2012
The state’s chief election official said Friday that the deadline for candidates to file for state and federal office will not change and that he will not appeal the new political maps.
Wakarusa River Valley Heritage Museum to host Flag Day celebration on June 16
June 8, 2012
The Wakarusa River Valley Heritage Museum is hosting a Flag Day celebration and fund-raiser at 7 p.m. June 16 at the museum, in Bloomington Park on the west side of Clinton Lake. The event will feature patriotic, gospel and country music on the museum patio as well as a dessert potluck. More information about the museum can be found at wakarusamuseum.org.
More details released about accident that killed Topeka man
June 8, 2012
A Douglas County Sheriff’s officer last Saturday administered field sobriety tests to the driver of a Jeep that a Topeka man fell from and later died.
Attorney says Lawrence man accused of bank robbery is mentally ill and may have brain tumor
June 8, 2012
An attorney for a 23-year-old Lawrence man accused of robbing a Topeka bank in May says his client is mentally ill.
Topeka remembers 1966 tornado that killed 16
11:44 a.m., June 8, 2012 Updated 03:18 p.m.
The tornado, which was classified as an F-5 on the Fujita scale, struck Topeka at 6:55 p.m. and stayed on the ground for more than a half hour, cutting a half mile-wide swath that lasted 22 miles through the heart of the city.
Kobach fears new maps will cause Kansas voter confusion
June 8, 2012
Secretary of State Kris Kobach worries that a federal court ruling setting new political boundaries for Kansas will confuse voters.
Junction City businessman Ron Bramlage had many ties to Lawrence
11:40 a.m., June 8, 2012 Updated 05:57 p.m.
Funeral services are pending for six members of the Junction City family killed when the single engine plane they were in crashed in Florida.
Trial set for lawsuit against Salina military school
June 8, 2012
A lawsuit that alleges that St. John’s Military School in Salina allowed and encouraged abuse of cadets will go to trial in October 2013.
Statehouse Live: Legislative maps create incumbent slugfest
June 8, 2012
The three judge panel turned the Kansas political world upside with legislative maps that pit dozens of incumbents against each other. And the state’s deadline to file for candidacy is Monday.
Lawrence placed entirely in 2nd District under congressional map drawn by federal judges
June 8, 2012
Lawrence will be placed entirely in the 2nd Congressional District under a new redistricting plan.
Pump Patrol
June 8, 2012
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.36 at several stations. If you find a lower price, call 832-7154.
Girl injured outside community pool released from hospital
June 8, 2012
Carrie L. Barr, 15, of rural Lawrence, was released Wednesday afternoon from Kansas University Hospital in Kansas City, Kan., hospital spokesman Bob Hallinan said, after she was injured May 30 as a pedestrian in an accident in the 700 block of Kentucky Street.
Lawrence man convicted of DUI related to 2010 injury accident
June 8, 2012
A Douglas County jury Thursday convicted a 56-year-old Lawrence man of a DUI charge related to a December 2010 injury accident near Vinland.
Lawrence man arrested after leading police on foot chase
June 8, 2012
A Lawrence police officer arrested a 23-year-old Lawrence man, who had warrants out for his arrest, Thursday morning after a short foot chase in southeast Lawrence.
Police investigating possible armed robbery
June 8, 2012
Lawrence police are investigating what was reported to be a home invasion and robbery in which the suspect was armed with a knife.
Heard on the Hill: Athletic conference movement can boost academics, researchers find; KU Surplus Recycling program has dealt with a lot of extra stuff; KU lists retiring faculty, staff
June 8, 2012
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Future Jayhawks at women’s camp
June 8, 2012
Kansas University’s women’s basketball team will welcome two future Jayhawks to coach Bonnie Henrickson’s Elite Camp this weekend. They are: Jada Brown, a 6-foot senior forward from Las Vegas Centennial High, and Keyla Morgan, a 5-9 senior guard from Long Beach (Calif.) Poly Tech.
All-star berth gives Firebird do-over
June 8, 2012
After having the final two games of her high school career snatched away, Sam O’Brien likely appreciates the opportunity to play in the Mo-Kan Softball All-Star Series more than most of the other all-stars.
How former Jayhawks fared (June 8)
June 8, 2012 in print edition on B2
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared Thursday in the NBA playoffs.
Bill Self defends CU series
KU coach: ‘We have a great relationship with Colorado’
June 8, 2012
Some Missouri fans, radio talk show callers and Internet message board posters were grumbling last week when it was revealed that Kansas University and Colorado would begin a home-and-home men’s basketball series next season.
25 years ago: Liberty Memorial High School Class of 1942 enjoys reunion in Lawrence
June 8, 2012
About 95 of the class’s 205 graduates, along with their spouses, had attended the event.
40 years ago: Old streetcar tracks unearthed, discarded during Mass Street project
June 8, 2012
Many residents continued to visit the construction area to pick up old Lawrence-made bricks.
Cuts needed
June 8, 2012
I recently traveled to Wichita to participate in a forum on economic development. The leading theme was that high taxes are prompting jobs and people to leave. As someone who examines tax policy around the country, I certainly agree.
Camera cues
Thanks to those who called attention to the need for a policy to cover the use of police cameras in downtown Lawrence.
June 8, 2012
Some public participation before and during Tuesday’s Lawrence City Commission meeting helped city leaders make a better decision about the addition of police surveillance cameras in downtown Lawrence.
Restoring Congress’ intended power
June 8, 2012 in print edition on A8
“All legislative powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress …” — The Constitution, Article I, Section 1       Having cleared its throat with the Preamble, the Constitution buckles down to business with those words, which Republican Rep. Geoff Davis of Kentucky takes seriously. He is retiring from Congress, leaving behind excellent legislation that could claw back from the executive branch responsibilities the Founders intended for the government’s first branch.
Building a healthy community
June 8, 2012
Douglas County is a generous and thoughtful community. This past year over $1.7 million was donated to United Way to help make a difference in the lives of the people who live here.
100 years ago: Local man writes first book at age 86
June 8, 2012
“The book is entitled ‘How I Came to be a Sailor’ and tells of the experiences of Mr. Ketels when as a boy of 13 he became a sailor and sailed the high seas for seven years.”
Horoscope for June 8
June 8, 2012
For Friday, June 8: Exciting events and impulsive people mark your year. You actually will enjoy the excitement. If you are single, you could meet several lifelong friends. If you are attached, the two of you will enjoy socializing more together this year.
Show packs a big ‘Bang’
June 8, 2012
Fake talk shows have been around almost as long as the real thing. And when they work, they’re only slightly more ridiculous and artificial than the targets of their satire. Based on a popular podcast, “Comedy Bang! Bang!” (9 p.m., IFC) boldly takes the format to strange new worlds.