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Archive for Sunday, June 24, 2012

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12:00 a.m.
C.J. Brune stands next to a shelf stocked with books in her front yard that anyone can come by and borrow a book from, an endeavor inspired by the Little Free Library project. Little libraries’ put books up for sharing
June 21, 2012
Darcy Schild is a book person. And book people, she says, like to share.
10:00 a.m.
Emergency personnel put a man into a Lifestar helicopter near Lyon Park in North Lawrence, Friday afternoon. The man was injured in an accident while cutting branches from a tree. Air ambulances save time — and lives as result
June 23, 2012
A 4-year-old boy slips into a swimming pool, possibly injuring his head. A truck driver is struck head-on by a semi, ejecting him into a busy rural construction zone of a highway. A stroke victim has minutes to receive treatment with the hope of fully recovering brain function. In these scenarios, people in medical crisis — caused by illness or accident or trauma — were transported by air ambulance from Douglas County to an area hospital. Each was a helicopter ride that may have saved a life.
2:00 p.m.
Robert Eye, left, and Tobias Schlingensiepen share a laugh earlier this month before speaking to Douglas County Democrats at the Lawrence Public Library.
Democrats: Chances better with redrawn 2nd District
June 23, 2012
Now that Democratic-leaning Douglas County is entirely in the 2nd Congressional District, Democrats say they perceive an opportunity.
8:00 p.m.
Pro-slavery men defending Fort Titus, including a wounded Col.Henry Titus, center, surrender to Free Staters during a Fort Tutus Battle reenactment at the Lecompton Territorial Days on Saturday. History comes to life at Territorial Days
June 23, 2012
Clutching a double-barrel 12-gauge shotgun, Charles Dugan stands in a field in Lecompton waiting for the clock to strike 2 p.m. At 2 p.m., Dugan and the similarly armed men huddled around him were to attack Fort Titus, the cabin 100 yards away. Their guns are filled with blanks, of course. But most of the children sitting in the nearby grass don’t seem to know that.

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Lawrence man, 21, arrested on counts of forgery, stolen property
June 24, 2012
Lawrence police arrested a 21-year-old Lawrence man on two counts of forgery and one count of stolen property at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at the Dillons grocery store at 1015 W. 23rd St.
Real estate agents warn of Craigslist scam
June 24, 2012
Hutchinson real estate agents urge people in the market for rentals to keep an eye out for fraudulent ads on Craigslist. The Hutchinson News reports that in one recent case, someone copied information from an agency’s listing for a home for sale and placed it on Craigslist as a rental.
School board hopeful attends anti-gay church
June 24, 2012
A Kansas state school board candidate who describes evolution as “Satanic lies” and wants to stop public schools from teaching the theory attends Westboro Baptist, the Topeka church known for anti-gay protests worldwide.
Traffic delays expected this week
June 24, 2012
Motorists should once again expect delays on the Kansas River bridges in downtown Lawrence, this time as state crews inspect recent work completed on the bridges.
Man of an uncertain age: Legend of 125-year-old sparks curiosity
June 24, 2012
In Oak Hill Cemetery in Lawrence lies a bit of a mystery. Many men and women found their final resting place there — people important in the town’s history, from early settlers to victims of Quantrill’s Raid.
Program aims to keep businesses in business
June 24, 2012
The Kansas University School of Business is preparing to play matchmaker in a new initiative that won recent applause from the Kansas Board of Regents.
Officers may face discipline at state level
June 24, 2012
The state agency that licenses law enforcement officers is investigating whether to take disciplinary action against two former Lawrence police officers involved in a ticket-fixing scandal.
Every day is game day for Parks and Rec team
June 24, 2012
One minute Darin Pearson is on his knees in the middle of an Eagle Bend Fairway, as if divine intervention somehow can fix a slice. The next he is stabbing one of the course’s undulating greens with a screwdriver, perhaps hoping to exact some revenge for a three-putt. Brett Roberts is no better. He’s driving on a golf cart, constantly circling the course with his head down like a man forever in search of his errant golf ball. Everywhere you look, Roberts is zigzagging from fairway to fairway, making you feel better that at least your hook isn’t that bad. The man has a shovel on his cart, for heaven’s sake. Take a drop, my friend.
Police plan
June 24, 2012
City leaders need to look at a more moderate approach to improvements for the Lawrence Police Department.
Journalism essential to democracy
June 24, 2012 in print edition on A7
In 2005, when their city drowned, the staff of the New Orleans Times-Picayune stayed in it longer than common sense and simple prudence would dictate. People who had lost homes, loved ones, and their city itself concentrated on gathering the news and putting it out. They finally left huddled in newspaper delivery trucks, water up to the headlights, decamping to Baton Rouge, 75 miles away, where they went right back to reporting the news.
25 years ago: Pinckney parents object to new location of specialized room
June 24, 2012
The old room was needed for a full class due to space constrictions.
40 years ago: ‘Repeat’ garage sales not an issue here, city manager says
June 24, 2012
Only a smattering of advertised sales in the past few months had been from the same sellers.
100 years ago: Man rescued from river after falling out of boat
June 24, 2012
“Later rumors deny the suicide story and claim that it was simply a case of intoxication.”
KU track stars Dixon, Geubelle advance to finals of Olympic trials
June 24, 2012
Kansas University’s Andrea Geubelle and Diamond Dixon advanced to the U.S. Olympic team trial finals, Saturday at Hayward Field.
Watkins Museum celebrating ‘The Day After’ this week
June 24, 2012
Thirty years later, the Watkins Community Museum of History is celebrating “The Day After.”
Ex-Seahawk Khadre Lane hopes to reach major college level as a Firebird
June 24, 2012
It wasn’t long after Khadre Lane’s sophomore season at Bishop Seabury Academy ended that he began thinking about the future of his basketball career.
Horoscope for June 24
June 24, 2012
For Sunday, June 24: This year you gain finesse in how you speak and communicate with others. Your willingness to grow and change could toss several relationships into limbo for a while. If you are single, you might decide that it is time to settle down. If you are attached, take off for more private weekends together.
Around and about in local business
June 24, 2012
Local business news for the week ending June 22, 2012.
Raiders beat Manhattan with steady pitching, timely hits
June 24, 2012
Starting pitcher Trent Johnson threw a complete game to help the Lawrence Raiders defeat Manhattan Manko, 5-2, on Saturday in their third game of the Kansas University tournament at Hoglund Ballpark.
Cardinals crush Royals, 8-2
June 24, 2012
When things have gone poorly for the Kansas City Royals this season, the attention invariably has fallen on a patchwork starting rotation that seems to be trying to soak up innings.
Pump patrol
June 24, 2012
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.47 at several stations.
Local author Tom Mach celebrates suffrage in novel
June 24, 2012
2012 is the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in Kansas, and local author Tom Mach doesn’t understand why people aren’t more excited.
Wheel Genius: Road work planned this week
June 24, 2012
Road work planned for the week of June 25, 2012.
Kovel’s Antiques: Uncle Sam an enduring symbol of America
June 24, 2012
Many figures have been used through the years to represent America.
Garden Calendar: There’s still time to start a garden
June 24, 2012
So spring came and went, and the magnificent garden you were planning went by the wayside.
‘Body of Work’ exhibit ends this week
June 24, 2012
“Body of Work,” a Lawrence Arts Center exhibit featuring nine local artists’ interpretation of the human body, closes Saturday after a month-and-a-half run.
U.S. should reject law of sea treaty
June 24, 2012 in print edition on A7
There they go again. Like those who say climate change is an emergency too obvious and urgent to allow for debate, some proponents of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, aka the Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST), say arguments against it are nonexistent. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says any such arguments “no longer exist and truly cannot even be taken with a straight face.” Favoring condescension over persuasion, she ridicules people who she says think that because the treaty was negotiated under U.N. auspices, “the black helicopters are on their way.”
Can the ‘Dark Knight’ rise to the top of the summer box office?
Highlights of films still to come out include sequels, superheroes
June 24, 2012
The first half of summer 2012 has been defined by “Marvel’s The Avengers,” a film that seemed like a gamble, but is now so popular that its made a staggering $1.4 billion worldwide, second only to James Cameron’s “Titanic” and “Avatar.”
Faith Forum: Is it wrong to enjoy violent movies, books and video games?
June 24, 2012
The Rev. Matt Cox and Rabbi Zalman Tiechtel answer.
Boomer Girl Diary: Designs to see Queen Lizzie royally sunk
June 24, 2012
The old man and I just returned from a two-week trip to the motherlands of our ancestors: England, Ireland and, of course, Scotland.
‘Newsroom’ not new at all
June 24, 2012
Watch enough television and you’ll know that shows touted as coming from “the producer/director/creator of …” are almost certain to fail. Or fail to meet expectations. Or meet them too well and too predictably.