Archive for Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Also from June 19

Obituaries
On the street
Polls
Of these issues, which is the greatest health concern facing the Lawrence community?

Poll results

Response Percent
Poverty/unemployment
 
23%
Drug and alcohol abuse
 
16%
Mental health
 
15%
Insufficient access to health care
 
12%
Lack of physical activity
 
12%
Affordably healthy food
 
9%
Lack of dental care
 
4%
Other (please specify in comments)
 
4%
Total 540

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
The Kansas Statehouse in winter. Moving days: Kansas legislators relocating to fulfill residency requirement
June 18, 2012
Redistricting may have produced a brief surge of business for moving companies. At least a half-dozen legislators recently moved to establish residency in newly drawn districts. The strategy has produced some criticism.
6:00 a.m.
In this 2010 file photo, a Lawrence Police Department patrol car responds to a call at Kansas University's McCollum Hall. $42 million Lawrence police facility and staffing needs could require both sales and property tax increases
June 18, 2012
City budget officials have prepared a projection that shows it could take both a sales tax and property tax increase to fund a list of Lawrence Police Department facility and staffing needs that have grown to $42 million.
10:00 a.m.
An aerial view of the Kansas University campus. Regents to consider tuition, admissions, expansions
June 19, 2012
Kansas University would become pricier and more particular under proposals before the Kansas Board of Regents.
2:41 p.m.
Police handcuff a man in the parking lot of Wal-Mart, Sixth and Congressional, on Wednesday, June 13, 2012. Father apprehended at Walmart on suspicion of child abuse ordered to take blood test, seeks to represent himself in court
June 19, 2012
A Douglas County judge has ordered a suburban Chicago man who faces charges of child abuse and aggravated child endangerment in Lawrence to take a blood test so that three police officers who helped apprehend him could be inoculated if needed.
10:00 p.m.
Students and staff eat at Mrs. E's Dining Hall on Daisy Hil in this 2010 photo. KU Dining is promoting a program called "Better Bites" in which they label food choices and offer brochures and information to students about nutrition. KU dining renovations to offer students more food options
June 18, 2012
As Gertrude Sellards Pearson Hall reopens in the fall after a $13.1 million renovation, it will have a revamped food service area with new dining options.

All stories

Rec center project progresses; city gives plans for police headquarters cooler reception
June 19, 2012
A plan for a $24 million regional recreation center continued to move ahead at a faster pace than a new $42 million proposal to shore up the Lawrence Police Department.
City may expedite plans for water
Process would ‘zap’ algae to fix taste, odor
June 19, 2012
Zap the algae, and do it “sooner rather than later.” Lawrence city commissioners on Tuesday directed staff members to research ways to speed up long-range plans to change how the city treats its drinking water to deal with a taste and odor problem that has been widespread for more than a week.
Man convicted in 1993 drug case up for parole
June 19, 2012
Joseph W. Lipp, convicted of drug possession and manufacturing, obstructing the legal process, and assaulting a police officer in Douglas County in 1993, is eligible for parole in August. Lipp, 44, also has a 1986 Douglas County robbery conviction.
Old Settlers festivities set for this weekend in Oskaloosa
June 19, 2012
For the 111th year, the city of Oskaloosa will celebrate the city’s annual Old Settlers festival.
Brownback gets heat for ‘real live experiment’ comment on tax cuts
June 19, 2012
Gov. Sam Brownback on Tuesday described his tax cuts as a “real live experiment,” which drew the disapproval of a group of fellow Republicans.
Firefighters respond to fire in apartment above Pickleman’s
04:55 p.m., June 19, 2012 Updated 07:01 p.m.
Lawrence firefighters about 4:35 p.m. Tuesday responded to a fire in an apartment on the second floor of a building in the 800 block of Massachusetts Street.
Objection Board rejects challenge by gay rights group that sought to remove legislator from ballot
June 19, 2012
State officials on Tuesday rejected a challenge by a gay rights group that opposed the candidacy of a legislator who moved to a church to establish residency in a House district. The State Objection Board, made up of Secretary of State Kris Kobach, Attorney General Derek Schmidt and Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer, all Republicans, also rejected the candidacy of a Democratic state House candidate whose filing paperwork was lost.
Egyptian media reports Mubarak is ‘clinically dead’
04:38 p.m., June 19, 2012 Updated 10:40 p.m.
The Egyptian state news agency says former President Hosni Mubarak is “clinically dead.”
Two-car wreck on Highway 32 sends drivers to the hospital
04:23 p.m., June 19, 2012 Updated 06:05 p.m.
head-on collision Tuesday in southeast Leavenworth County sent two people to an area hospital.
KU names three new distinguished professors
June 19, 2012
Kansas University Provost Jeff Vitter has chosen three faculty members as the university’s newest distinguished professors.
KU men’s basketball team records 6th straight perfect APR score
03:19 p.m., June 19, 2012 Updated 12:51 a.m.
The Kansas University men’s basketball team may be riding an unprecedented streak of eight straight Big 12 Conference championships, but that’s not the only streak that has school officials smiling. Tuesday morning, KU released the results of the most recent Academic Progress Rate numbers from the 2010-11 academic year and they revealed that head coach Bill Self’s squad had delivered a perfect APR score of 1,000 for the sixth straight year.
Father apprehended at Walmart on suspicion of child abuse ordered to take blood test, seeks to represent himself in court
June 19, 2012
A Douglas County judge has ordered a suburban Chicago man who faces charges of child abuse and aggravated child endangerment in Lawrence to take a blood test so that three police officers who helped apprehend him could be inoculated if needed.
Bill Self to participate in All-Star Legends and Celebrity Softball Game
KU coach chooses jersey number ‘08’ for contest at Kauffman Stadium
12:03 p.m., June 19, 2012 Updated 12:54 a.m.
KU basketball coach Bill Self will play in a celebrity softball game on July 8 at Kauffman Stadium.
West Middle School math teacher named assistant principal
June 19, 2012
Kathy Branson, a longtime math teacher at West Middle School, has been named the school’s next assistant principal.
Local chefs compete in charity cookoff benefiting Friends of the Kaw
June 19, 2012
Summer cookouts are regular events around Lawrence, but a summer cook-OFF only happens once a year. The 3rd annual River City Cook-Off, a benefit for the Friends of the Kaw, is a chef competition that takes place this Sunday, June 24, at Abe and Jake’s Landing, 8 E. Sixth St.
Kansans are driving less, using efficient cars
June 19, 2012
With Kansans driving less and using more fuel-efficient vehicles, the state is studying the possible impact of a drop in fuel tax revenue.
Agriculture Department considering moving
June 19, 2012
The Kansas Department of Agriculture is considering moving its headquarters out of Topeka to Manhattan or southwest Kansas.
Probe into dinners at governor’s mansion winds down
June 19, 2012
Shawnee County District Attorney Chad Taylor has finished interviewing legislators and is talking to Gov. Sam Brownback’s staff in his investigation into whether dinners at the governor’s mansion violated the Kansas Open Meetings Act, according to a spokesman for Taylor.
Town Talk: Financial numbers are in on much-debated 9th and N.H. projects; this and that on restaurant rumblings
June 19, 2012
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Texas man sentenced to federal prison for 14 years for robberies, including one in Lawrence
June 19, 2012
A federal judge sentenced a 26-year-old Texas man Monday to 14 years in prison for committing four robberies, including a Jan. 26 armed robbery of Cirilla’s in Lawrence.
$1,800 in damage to car’s paint reported
June 19, 2012
A 20-year-old Kansas University student reported $1,800 worth of damage to her car’s paint happened sometime between 3:30 a.m. Friday and 11:30 a.m. Saturday in the 3100 block of Ousdahl Road, according to police reports.
$5,000 in criminal damage to property reported
June 19, 2012
An 83-year-old Lawrence man reported criminal damage to his property totaling $5,025 occurred between 2 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. Saturday in the 1500 block of Alvamar Drive, according to police reports.
Nearly $3,000 worth of fishing equipment reported stolen
June 19, 2012
A 26-year-old Lawrence man reported that $2,830 worth of fishing equipment was stolen sometime between midnight and 8 a.m. Saturday from the 700 block of Elm Street, according to police reports.
More than $12,000 worth of items reported stolen
June 19, 2012
A 29-year-old Osawatomie man reported that a 1966 Chevrolet Impala, worth $10,000, as well as 35 other items (mostly tools), worth $2,175, were stolen sometime between 10 a.m. June 2 and 10 a.m. Saturday from the 800 block of Oak Street, according to police reports.
Good to go: ‘Hike’ a charity fundraiser
June 19, 2012
Barry Watts and Brandon Urban have scheduled June 25 as a day off from their jobs to go out to Lawrence Country Club, but they plan to play much more than the standard 18 holes of golf.
House burgled but nothing taken; no suspect found
12:11 a.m., June 19, 2012 Updated 07:20 a.m.
A sleeping resident of the 5200 block of Fox Chase Drive awoke to the sound of a door chime slightly before 4 a.m. Sunday and then heard someone leaving through a sliding glass door in the house. Police searched the area but did not find a suspect, and the man reported nothing missing, Sgt. Trent McKinley, a Lawrence police spokesman, said.
Man taken to KC hospital after punching mirror
June 19, 2012
A man was transported to a Kansas City-area hospital from the 1400 block of Westbrooke Street about 8:30 p.m. Sunday after he injured his hand punching a mirror.
Topeka man arrested for driving without license after fleeing police
12:07 a.m., June 19, 2012 Updated 07:20 a.m.
A 28-year-old Topeka man was arrested early Monday morning on charges of attempting to elude a police officer, interfering with a police officer’s duties and driving on a suspended license.
Unknown person chases driver on foot, tries to enter car
12:04 a.m., June 19, 2012 Updated 07:21 a.m.
Someone tried to get into the car of a man in the 1300 block of Massachusetts Street about 11:45 p.m. Saturday and then chased him on foot after he drove away.
Regents to consider tuition, admissions, expansions
June 19, 2012
Kansas University would become pricier and more particular under proposals before the Kansas Board of Regents.
Pump Patrol
June 19, 2012
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.46 at several stations. If you find a lower price, call 832-7154.
Heard on the Hill: Studio 804 builds new campus building for JCCC; KU Dining planning effort to promote Mortar and Pestle Cafe; KU Hospital VP says employees depend on bus service
June 19, 2012
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
25 years ago: Radioactive material inadvertently taken out with trash, KU says
June 19, 2012
The obsolete instrument had been removed from Haworth Hall.
100 years ago: Eudora to receive electricity from Lawrence
June 19, 2012
“It is estimated that it would require about $12,000 to run the line down from here and into the City of Eudora.”
40 years ago: State Rep. from Lawrence announces bid for governor
June 19, 2012
“Kansas people want strong, courageous leadership.”
Lions stand out at track meet
June 19, 2012
Three Lawrence High track products did their best to represent their home state earlier this month at The Meet of Champions, an event for graduated high school seniors from Kansas and Missouri.
Four city players on soccer squads
June 19, 2012
Four city players were honored this season on the Kansas Soccer Coaches Association’s all-state lists.
Lifetime gives Bristol Palin own series
June 19, 2012
Reality television reduces everything it touches to reality TV. The “star” (and the mother of the “star”) of “Bristol Palin: Life’s a Tripp” (9 p.m., Lifetime) may have wanted a showcase about the burdens and rewards of single motherhood, but ultimately this genre drags everyone down to the level of a Kardashian. “Life’s a Tripp” is mostly about shopping and talking and talking about shopping. You can at least cut the Kardashians some slack for not pretending to be role models.
Brian Bixler, Astros trip Royals
June 19, 2012
Brian Bixler drove in a career-high three runs on three hits, including his first career homer, and Justin Maxwell and Brian Bogusevic also homered as the Houston Astros held off the Kansas City Royals for a 9-7 victory Monday night.
Horoscope for June 19
June 19, 2012
For Tuesday, June 19: This year you are resilient and capable of changing your life. You might even choose to head in a new direction, if you so desire. If you are single, you might be taken aback by someone quite exotic. If you are attached, curb a tendency to become too me-oriented.
Aqib Talib charges dismissed
June 19, 2012
Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reported Monday that the case against former Kansas University cornerback Aqib Talib had been dropped.
Mario Chalmers big plus for Heat
June 19, 2012
In general, new-fangled sports statistics rank right down there with sore throats, airplane seats next to compulsive talkers, extremely deliberate amblers negotiating crosswalks, golfers who take more than one practice swing, snakes, spiders and litterbugs.
Rec Ponzi scheme?
June 19, 2012
Is the rec complex and the development it will foster financially prudent?
Noise pollution
June 19, 2012
Every day as I travel around this great city, I am accosted by the sounds coming from beat-up or souped-up vehicles.
Wreck center
June 19, 2012
The regional recreation center seems like a super good deal for the developer but not such a good one for the taxpayer.
Whistle-blower
The KU Medical Center professor censured last week for his behavior nonetheless played an important role in pushing for change in KUMC’s leadership.
June 19, 2012
Friday’s Journal-World carried a story about Kansas University distinguished professor Curtis Klaassen receiving a censure from senior KU Medical Center officials for conduct considered “unprofessional, abusive, disruptive and unacceptable.”
Is election a referendum or a choice?
June 19, 2012 in print edition on A8
Is November’s presidential election a referendum on President Obama’s record or a choice between two different approaches to government? How voters answer that question could well determine the outcome. If voters think their job is to pass judgment on Obama’s performance during his first four years, the president is in trouble. Polls show his job approval rating stuck at a notch below 50 percent, and for good reason. Unemployment is still high, the economy is struggling and Congress remains gridlocked