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KU officials optimistic about NCI designation
June 20, 2012
Kansas University leaders are optimistic their long quest for National Cancer Institute designation will be successful, but they are still awaiting word from one final panel that meets next week., other World Company sites undergo maintenance tonight
June 20, 2012
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St. John’s Fiesta set for Friday and Saturday
June 20, 2012
This weekend thousands of people will descend upon St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 1234 Kentucky St., drawn by the smell of homemade tamales and the sound of mariachi music. The event, from 5:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, will serve as a fund-raiser for the church, which will sell food and take donations.
Royals slip past Astros, 2-1
June 20, 2012
The Kansas City Royals figure their offense will come around sooner or later. Until then, they’re happy to rely on a bullpen that keeps helping them eke out close wins. Bruce Chen pitched into the sixth inning on three days’ rest, and the Royals used four relievers to close out a 2-1 victory over the Houston Astros on Wednesday.
Kristen Samp to coach LHS girls golf
June 20, 2012
Kristen Samp didn’t know it, but her time as a teaching professional at Lawrence Country Club is about to take her varied golf background in a new direction.
City says it underbilled two Lawrence golf courses by $325,000, seeks settlement
June 20, 2012
City of Lawrence officials are contending a multi-year, meter-reading mix-up resulted in Alvamar Country Club and the Lawrence Country Club being underbilled for water usage to the tune of $325,000.
Bioscience authority approves funding for projects, including new professor at KSU
June 20, 2012
The Kansas Bioscience Authority’s board of directors approved $8.4 million in new investments Wednesday, including $4.9 million over five years for Kansas State University to recruit a distinguished professor of veterinary medicine.
KU tuition and fees going up; admission standards getting more stringent
04:14 p.m., June 20, 2012 Updated 01:36 p.m.
Economically and academically, Kansas University is getting more expensive and selective.
Seeking energy savings, City of Lawrence experimenting with natural gas-powered truck
June 20, 2012
City officials on Wednesday unveiled a new F-150 pickup truck that will serve as a test vehicle to determine whether money could be saved by converting much of the city’s fleet of 500 vehicles to run on compressed natural gas.
Regents give green light to KU for tougher admission standards
June 20, 2012
The Kansas Board of Regents today gave Kansas University permission to go ahead with the process of putting in place tougher admission standards.
Winfield prison escapee captured, another still loose
June 20, 2012
Authorities have captured one of the two inmates who escaped from the Winfield Correctional Facility in south-central Kansas.
NTSB issues preliminary report on Fla. plane crash that killed Bramlage family
June 20, 2012
A single-engine plane carrying a Kansas family of six quickly lost altitude after it changed course to avoid bad weather before crashing into a swampy area in Florida, killing everyone aboard, according to a preliminary report issued Tuesday by the National Transportation Safety Board.
Town Talk: CVB has hopes of attracting 12,000 for “Color Run” in downtown; design details on rec center emerging; East Lawrence project requesting 95 percent tax rebate
June 20, 2012
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Former Eudora High English teacher pleads guilty in Wichita to charges of indecent liberties with a child
11:35 a.m., June 20, 2012 Updated 02:26 p.m.
A 32-year-old Lawrence man pleaded guilty in Sedgwick County District Court to two sex crime charges involving a 15-year-old girl in Wichita.
Wichita officials find 31 dead cats inside home
June 20, 2012
Wichita housing officials say they never received a complaint about a house where 31 cats were found dead.
Kansas school finance trial continues
June 20, 2012
A trial over the way Kansas funds public schools continues Wednesday with testimony expected from current and former state officials about cuts in education spending.
Kansas doesn’t allow political signs by highways
June 20, 2012
The Kansas Department of Transportation is warning candidates and their supporters that the state doesn’t allow political signs to be posted alongside highways.
Court rebuffs appeal in nude servitude case
June 20, 2012
A former Kansas social worker convicted of enslaving mentally ill residents of the Newton group home he ran with his wife has lost an appeal of his 30-year sentence.
Lawrence man, 60, reports damage to sculpture in Watson Park
June 20, 2012
A 60-year-old Lawrence man reported that someone caused $15,000 worth of damage to a stone sculpture called “Emergence,” which is in Watson Park, sometime between May 16 and Saturday, according to police reports.
Air ambulance responds to fall injury Tuesday afternoon
June 20, 2012
One person was injured in a fall Tuesday afternoon in northern Lawrence and flown by helicopter ambulance to an area hospital, Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical Chief Mark Bradford said.
Motion seeks DNA testing in 1999 murder of teen
June 20, 2012
After more than a decade of failed legal battles, a motion to test DNA evidence in the 1999 shooting death of an Oskaloosa teenager has given convicted murderer Floyd Bledsoe and his attorneys new hope.
Heard on the Hill: KUMC ranks as ‘most popular’ medical school, says US News; Spencer Art Museum showing ‘Codebreaker’ film tonight; KU sociology prof discusses retirement planning
June 20, 2012
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Lawrence Raiders lose, 11-8, to K.C. Millhouse
June 20, 2012
The American Legion Lawrence Raiders baseball team lost, 11-8, to Kansas City Millhouse on Tuesday at Oak Park High School.
Hochevar gets win, first hit for K.C.
June 20, 2012
Kansas City’s Luke Hochevar endured some good-natured ribbing from his teammates after pitching one of his best games of the season.
Incoming guard Doyle hoping to live up to legacy of Chicago Jayhawks
June 20, 2012
The city of Chicago has been kind to Kansas University’s basketball program during the Bill Self era.
Thoughts while awaiting ruling
June 20, 2012
The Supreme Court decision in the challenge brought against the Affordable Care Act (often referred to as “Obamacare” by its critics). There is still no news from the high court. It’s difficult to know just what that means other than, perhaps, Chief Justice Roberts has an appreciation for letting suspense build. It’s possible that the court will publish its opinion this week. If it doesn’t, that means that the decision, if it is to be released at all this term — something everyone believes will happen — will come next week.
Archaic beliefs
June 20, 2012
Jill Cannon made sense in her guest column (June 9) regarding state interference in women’s health. Sadly, her statements will fall on deaf ears. Whether it’s opposition to Planned Parenthood, contraception or abortion, gray-haired old men and unmarried clergymen will oppose women’s decisions on reproductive rights.
Trash fairness
A new trash-cart requirement isn’t going to be popular with many local residents, but offering a cost incentive to generate less trash at least would be more fair.
June 20, 2012
Lawrence city commissioners are right to push staff members to come up with a system that rewards local residents who generate little trash.
In long term, there’s hope for Egypt
June 20, 2012 in print edition on A6
For the last 10 weeks, American University of Cairo professor Ezzedine C. Fishere has been writing a serialized novel about a failed 2011 Egyptian revolution, one that is followed by military rule. This leads, in turn, to a second wave of protest and political chaos. The novel predicts that it will take nine years for Egyptians to find their way out of this nightmare. But Fishere says today’s younger generation — now faced with a standoff between the Muslim Brotherhood and army generals — will find a way out sooner. I believe Fishere is correct.
25 years ago: Rare frog a no-show in wetlands this year
June 20, 2012
The frog’s non-appearance was probably due to dry conditions this year.
40 years ago: Washington takes notice of burglary at DNC headquarters
June 20, 2012
McGovern said that he had no evidence that would implicate the Republican party or its leaders in the burglary and attempted wiretapping at the Watergate office complex.
100 years ago: Water company urges boiling of water until algae clears
June 20, 2012
“For some reason the Water Company has had a harder fight than usual at keeping down the algae.”
Horoscope for June 20
June 20, 2012
For Wednesday, June 20: This year you will go from being an excellent communicator to a more taciturn, reflective person. If you are single, you could meet a lifelong friend or even a partner during the later part of your birthday year. If you are attached, the two of you will interact with each other better than ever if you spend quality time together.
New sitcom has old storyline
June 20, 2012
“Baby Daddy” (7:30 p.m., ABC Family) dusts off the premise of “Three Men and a Baby.” For the record, that was a 1987 Hollywood movie based on a 1985 French comedy. How many remakes does “Daddy” make?