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Path to success: Former Jayhawk Russell Robinson shares advice with Naadir Tharpe
11:57 p.m., June 26, 2012 Updated 09:08 a.m.
Last week, when former Jayhawk point guard Russell Robinson got his first up-close look at current Kansas University sophomore Naadir Tharpe, he liked what he saw.
KU eager to hear NCI ruling
June 26, 2012
Although a board that considered Kansas University’s application to become a National Cancer Institute met this week, KU leaders are saying it still could be weeks before they are informed of a decision.
Pump Patrol
June 26, 2012
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.42 at several stations. If you find a lower price, call 832-7154.
Gas service cut off to apartments on Wimbledon Drive
June 26, 2012
A contractor working in the 4300 block of Wimbledon Drive before 3 p.m. Tuesday struck a two-inch natural gas main line that caused two apartment units in the area to lose gas service, said Curt Floerchinger, a Black Hills Energy spokeswoman.
Franklin County Sheriff’s home damaged in fire
June 26, 2012
A small fire damaged the exterior of Franklin County Sheriff Jeff Curry’s home in Ottawa on Sunday afternoon, said Ottawa Fire Chief Jeff Carner. Carner said the fire in the 1600 block of South Chestnut Street occurred when embers from an outdoor smoker used for cooking spread to vegetation and eventually damaged the outside of the house. Carner said no one was displaced by the fire, which caused less than $10,000 in damage.
Leavenworth County Sheriff’s officers chase man suspected of driving recklessly outside Little League game
June 26, 2012
Leavenworth County Sheriff’s officers Monday evening chased a man suspected of driving a motorcycle recklessly in Linwood in the parking lot during a Little League baseball game, said Undersheriff Ron Cranor, a sheriff’s spokesman.
13 police recruits join department
June 26, 2012
The Lawrence Police Department added 13 new recruits Tuesday who will begin training as part of the department’s sixth-month academy before they start patrolling the streets.
Parents honored for fundraising campaign
June 26, 2012
The Lawrence school district’s 2012 Outstanding Citizen Awards recognize three Lawrence High School parents who helped organize a private fundraising campaign to improve athletics facilities at the school.
Kan. renegotiating 3M license contract
June 26, 2012
Kansas plans to renegotiate its contract with the company that supplied the state with the new $40 million motor vehicle system that has drawn criticism from several county treasurer offices.
Man gets life term in cheerleader’s murder
June 26, 2012
A Kansas man who killed a 14-year-old cheerleader and burned her body at the asphalt plant where he worked was sentenced Tuesday to spend the rest of his life behind bars.
Information on Haskell investigation still not forthcoming
June 26, 2012
After more than a month of interview and open records requests, no new information has been provided about academic violations within the Haskell Indian Nations University athletics department.
1 taken to LMH after injury accident on Ninth Street
05:36 p.m., June 26, 2012 Updated 07:42 p.m.
One person was transported to the hospital after an accident about 5:15 p.m. Tuesday on Ninth Street.
KU’s cancer-fighting plant research program losing its key funding
June 26, 2012
A successful plant research program at Kansas University that had uncovered molecules with cancer-fighting properties is trying to find new sources of money after a Kansas Bioscience Authority-backed organization pulled out of its funding commitment.
Helicopter dispatched to injury accident west of Perry
04:06 p.m., June 26, 2012 Updated 08:40 p.m.
Jefferson County officials have dispatched a LifeStar helicopter ambulance to an injury accident reported west of Perry.
Topeka lamp post falls onto Lawrence police vehicle
June 26, 2012
A lamp post around noon Tuesday in Topeka fell onto the hood of an unmarked Lawrence police car parked near the Statehouse, a Kansas Highway Patrol spokesman said.
Sheriff’s officers suspect alcohol a factor in fatality accident north of Baldwin
June 26, 2012
Douglas County Sheriff’s investigators suspect a Lawrence man who died in a crash last Friday north of Baldwin City was under the influence of alcohol when he lost control of his vehicle.
3 Topeka men arrested in Lawrence in connection with burglaries
June 26, 2012
A Eudora police officer stopped a vehicle Tuesday morning related to a shoplifting call at the Kwik Shop there, and the officer found items inside the vehicle that were connected to earlier burglaries reported in Lawrence, said Sgt. Chris Casagrande, a Eudora police spokesman.
Illinois father declared competent to stand trial in Lawrence child abuse case
June 26, 2012
A Douglas County judge on Tuesday morning found a suburban Chicago man mentally competent to stand trial after two of his children were found bound and blindfolded outside a west Lawrence Walmart earlier this month.
Town Talk: Lawrence retail sales on best pace since 2004; city sales tax expected to collect $1.1 million more in sales tax than budgeted; Nomads to close temporarily for remodel
June 26, 2012
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Kansas renegotiating license contract with company that supplied new DMV computer system
June 26, 2012
Kansas is renegotiating its contract with the company that supplied the state with its new motor vehicle system.
Brownback names new member to utility commission
June 26, 2012
Gov. Sam Brownback has named an attorney from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment to a seat on the state commission that regulates utilities.
Mass Street Music employee reports fradualent purchase
June 26, 2012
An employee of Mass Street Music, 1347 Mass., reported that a fraudulent purchase of a Fender guitar worth $1,632 took place on June 6, according to police reports.
Lawrence man reports $3,475 worth of stolen property
June 26, 2012
A 30-year-old Lawrence man reported $3,475 worth of property stolen in the 2700 block of Grand Circle, according to police reports.
Kochs, Cato Institute ready to end lawsuits
June 26, 2012
The Cato Institute and billionaire shareholders Charles and David Koch announced Monday that they are close to settling two lawsuits brought by the prominent political donor brothers in their native Kansas over the ownership of the libertarian-leaning think tank based in Washington.
Sunflower Bank employee reports theft of $1,700
June 26, 2012
An employee of Sunflower Bank, 4831 Quail Crest Place, reported a theft of $1,700 in cash from the bank on Saturday, according to police reports.
Woman reports finding man in her residence early Saturday
June 26, 2012
A woman reported waking up early Saturday and finding an unidentified man inside her residence in the 1000 block of West 29th Terrace, said Kim Murphree, a Lawrence police spokeswoman.
Felony forgery, obstruction charges filed against Lawrence man
June 26, 2012
Douglas County prosecutors on Monday filed felony forgery and obstruction charges against a 21-year-old Lawrence man accused of writing checks at Dillons on an alleged stolen checkbook.
Salvation Army fire called arson
June 26, 2012
Investigators have ruled that a fire at a Salvation Army store in downtown Manhattan was intentionally set.
Heard on the Hill: KU student farm gaining popularity; School of Pharmacy names new administrators; two juniors earn Coro Kansas City internships
June 26, 2012
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Board OKs plan for tennis courts
June 26, 2012
Lawrence school board members on Monday gave their OK to a plan to cooperate with the city on a proposal to bring lighted tennis courts near Free State High School.
40 years ago: City commission to discuss affirmative action, self-serve gas
June 26, 2012
Commissioners considered a site plan for the installation of a self-service gasoline pump at the Kwik Shop at 1714 W. 23rd.
100 years ago: YMCA boys walk from Topeka to Lawrence
June 26, 2012
“When they reached Lawrence, the boys went to the Police Station and obtained permission to spend the night in Central Park.”
Cancer message
June 26, 2012
The Lance Armstrong Foundation is joining with fellow members of One Voice Against Cancer, a coalition of 38 cancer organizations, for a lobby day on Capitol Hill, July 9-10. This effort is more than a lobby day — it’s an opportunity for the cancer community to stand in solidarity to champion federal funding of cancer research, patient navigation services and cancer screening programs.
Failed analysis
June 26, 2012
Hittle’s reporting should have considered the following: First, all students in American studies must have a minimum 2.75 GPA in select courses to be admitted to the department. These are based on a student’s mastery of English rhetoric, critical reading and interpretive analysis in two introductory American studies courses.
Star power may not be enough to save show
June 26, 2012
Broadway star Marissa Jaret Winokur (“Hairspray”) has joined the cast of “Retired at 35” (9 p.m., TV Land), now entering its second season. For the uninitiated, “Retired” follows the travails of a New York City burnout, David (Johnathan McClain), who decides to “retire” to Florida. This upends the plans of his harried parents (George Segal and Jessica Walter), who were about to embark on their “golden years.”
Horoscope for June 26
June 26, 2012
For Tuesday, June 26: This year you alternate between communicating with excellence and withholding your thoughts. Be careful, as others could get confused by these mixed messages. If you are single, you will want to be open to meeting a life mate. If you are attached, the two of you nestle in.
25 years ago: KU worker lands big catfish at Potter Lake
June 26, 2012
Potter Lake was a fairly popular fishing spot.
Former KU assistant Pfitsch dies
June 26, 2012
Former Kansas basketball assistant coach John A. Pfitsch died Friday at age 92 according to an obituary appearing in the Des Moines Register.
Weis settled in at KU, getting head start on fall preparations
June 26, 2012
With the backdrop of Memorial Stadium over his right shoulder and a box containing an inflatable mattress, comforter and pillow sitting on the floor near his desk 10 feet in front of him, Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis on Monday delivered a state of the summer address to a small contingent of media members.
KU’s Andrea Geubelle takes third in finals of Olympic Trials, misses team cut
June 26, 2012
Kansas University senior-to-be Andrea Geubelle finished third in the triple jump Monday at the U.S. Olympic Trials at Hayward Field.
2012 Journal-World All-Area girls soccer team
June 26, 2012
The 2012 Journal-World All-Area Girls Soccer Team.
Royals’ Hochevar tosses complete game shutout of Rays
June 26, 2012
Luke Hochevar was taken aback when he walked into the manager’s office one day and manager Ned Yost and the Royals coaches started trying to convince him to make a change.
U.S. needs to seek Plan B in Syria
June 26, 2012 in print edition on A8
Kofi Annan, who’s been assigned the hopeless task of resolving the Syrian crisis by diplomacy, is calling for “concerned nations” — including Russia and Iran — to confer this week in Geneva. I sympathize with Annan, now the special Syria envoy of the United Nations and the Arab League. The Bosnian and Rwandan genocides happened while he was head of U.N. peacekeeping, and he desperately wants to prevent further slaughter in Syria. “The longer we wait, the darker Syria’s future becomes,” he rightly said last week, in a plea for key countries to develop a peace plan.
‘Clustering’ leap
June 26, 2012
Shaun Hittle’s article on student athlete “clustering” in select majors (Journal-World, June 15) is an example of irresponsible assertion and thinly veiled racism masquerading as “in-depth” reporting. Hittle observes that a disproportionate number of players in the Kansas University men’s program have majored in African/African American studies, communications and American studies. The article suggests that this demonstrates faculty’s lowered academic standards for black student athletes.
Credit’s due
Anything that makes the transfer of higher education credits easier and more predictable is a step in the right direction for Kansas.
June 26, 2012
Last week, the Kansas Board of Regents approved a list of 17 general education courses that it will guarantee will transfer among all of the state’s 32 institutions of higher education. The move means that students at any community college or public university in the state could take as many as 59 credit hours and be assured that those credits would transfer to any other school in the Board of Regents system.