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Thomas Robinson, Tyshawn Taylor await NBA call
June 27, 2012
Tuesday night, a little less than two days before the suits and smiles of the NBA Draft take the place of the more familiar high tops and high-fives, former Kansas University standouts Thomas Robinson and Tyshawn Taylor met up for one more game of basketball.
Project to repair dam advances
June 27, 2012
At the Douglas County Commission meeting Wednesday, several procedural and administrative measures were passed to push forward ongoing projects.
Taste owner’s liquor license revoked
June 27, 2012
The Kansas Alcoholic Beverage Commission on Wednesday agreed to revoke the liquor license of the owner of a Lawrence bar that has been the site of three shootings since last October.
Couple indicted on health care fraud
June 27, 2012
A federal grand jury has indicted the owners of a Kansas City medical clinic on charges of health care fraud and filing false tax returns.
Teachers visit Civil War sites in area
Group of educators from across country tour Lecompton, Lawrence
June 27, 2012
Free-Staters and slavery advocates screamed at one another on a hot afternoon at the Territorial Capitol Building, as people from across the nation watched.
Schools told to prioritize budget requests
June 27, 2012
The Kansas Board of Regents recently asked regents schools to come back with their specific funding requests.
Residents waiting over 3 hours in DMV lines
June 27, 2012
Area residents are reporting long wait times when renewing or applying for driver’s licenses at the state’s Douglas County service station in Lawrence, 1035 N. Third St.
Our Town Sports
June 27, 2012
Horseshoes anyone?: Anyone interested in pitching horseshoes is welcome at 7 p.m. every Thursday at Broken Arrow. Contact Wynne at 843-8450.
Kan. awards Medicaid contracts to 3 companies
June 27, 2012
Kansas hired subsidiaries of three multibillion-dollar, out-of-state health insurance companies Wednesday to manage its Medicaid program, and Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration said the contracts should produce even greater cost savings over the next five years than previously anticipated.
GOP hostility blocked Kan. work on health overhaul
June 27, 2012
Kansas officials have made little progress toward enacting a key part of the federal health care overhaul, and Gov. Sam Brownback and fellow Republican critics of the law are instead hoping that the U.S. Supreme Court will strike it down, saving them the trouble.
Committee chosen for engineering dean search
June 27, 2012
Kansas University has named a 19-member search committee to select the university’s next dean for the School of Engineering.
Hill City hits 115 again Wednesday
June 27, 2012
Blistering heat is helping Hill City get a national reputation.
Emma Reaney 13th in 200 IM Olympic trials
04:28 p.m., June 27, 2012 Updated 08:40 p.m.
Lawrence native Emma Reaney, a soon-to-be sophomore at Notre Dame, was one of 16 swimmers to advance to Wednesday night’s semifinal in the 200 individual medley at the Olympic trials in Omaha, Neb.
Wildfires in NW Kansas reported extinguished
02:21 p.m., June 27, 2012 Updated 05:07 p.m.
Crews on Wednesday continued battling wildfires that have burned hundreds of acres in northwest Kansas, where triple-digit temperatures and parched fields have left the area vulnerable to quick-spreading flames.
Natural gas line repaired at mobile home park
12:07 p.m., June 27, 2012 Updated 01:42 p.m.
Lawrence Douglas County Fire Medical workers responded at 11:40 a.m. to a report of a broken natural gas line at the Easy Living Mobile Home Park, 3323 Iowa.
KU’s Border War win up for ESPY
June 27, 2012
The Kansas men’s basketball 87-86 overtime victory over Missouri on Feb. 25 has been nominated for “Game of the Year” in this year’s ESPY awards, ESPN announced Wednesday.
Illness forces legendary sitar player Ravi Shankar, 92, to cancel show at Lied Center
June 27, 2012
Legendary virtuoso sitarist Ravi Shankar has cancelled his October tour, which included an Oct. 3 performance at the Lied Center, the center announced Wednesday.
LIVE from New York: It’s time to dive into NBA Draft 2012
June 27, 2012
For the third year in a row, fans of the Kansas University men’s basketball program have a rather compelling reason to tune into the annual NBA Draft — two of them actually.
Forbes Field in Topeka gets new name
June 27, 2012
Forbes Field Airport in Topeka has a new name.
KDOT names 2 new top managers
June 27, 2012
The Kansas Department of Transportation has restructured its top management and hired two high-ranking administrators from other state agencies.
Town Talk: Remodeling under way at local JC Penney store; Lawrence home sales up 25 percent in May; leftovers from Ninth and N.H. decision
June 27, 2012
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
City allows Ninth, N.H. retail/hotel project to move forward
June 27, 2012
City commissioners on a decisive 5-0 vote cleared the way for a multistory hotel and retail building to be built at Ninth and New Hampshire streets.
Tyshawn Taylor exhibits growth potential
June 27, 2012
To get to know Tyshawn Taylor, even at big-time college basketball player/reporter distance, is to love him. Unbridled enthusiasm for playing the game, such a people person, so funny.
Heard on the Hill: KBA didn’t back off promised funds for institute that pulled money from KU program; Spencer Art Museum gets ‘yarn bombed’; Wescoe Beach renovations begin
June 27, 2012
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Former Jayhawk third in heat at swim trials
June 27, 2012
Former Kansas University swimmer Danielle Herrmann finished third in her heat in the 100 breaststroke Tuesday at the U.S. Olympic Trials. Herrmann, a four-year KU standout from 2005-09, was leading her heat heading into the final lap and finished with a time of 1:12.87. She was not one of the 16 swimmers to advance to the semifinal round.
Former Jayhawk Jeremy Case named assistant at Houston Baptist
June 27, 2012
Former Kansas guard Jeremy Case has accepted an assistant coaching position with Houston Baptist.
25 years ago: Bank demolishes houses in Old West Lawrence
June 27, 2012
Bulldozers and backhoes showed up early this morning and began tearing down eight houses in the 800 block between Tennessee and Kentucky streets.
40 years ago: County residents raise funds for flood-ravaged areas of U.S.
June 27, 2012
Jo Byers, director of the Douglas County Red Cross, today reminded local residents that the local quota for donations had been doubled.
100 years ago: Boxing match banned from Lawrence movie theaters
June 27, 2012
“[The proprietor] argued that they were not pictures of a fight but merely scenes taken from the rival training quarters.”
Cruel punishments should be unusual
June 27, 2012 in print edition on A6
“Even if it could be demonstrated unequivocally that (public flogging and hand branding) were not cruel and unusual measures in 1791 … I doubt whether any federal judge — even among the many who consider themselves originalists — would sustain them against an Eighth Amendment challenge.”      — Justice Antonin Scalia In the 1790s, a Tennessee man convicted of horse theft got off easy. Instead of being hanged, as horse thieves often were, he was sentenced to “stand in the pillory one hour, receive thirty-nine lashes upon his bareback well laid on, have his ears nailed to the pillory and cut off, and that he should be branded upon one cheek with the letter H and on the other with the letter T, in a plain and visible manner.” Tennessee could not do that today because of what the Supreme Court has called “the evolving standards of decency that mark the progress of a maturing society.”
Horoscope for June 27
June 27, 2012
For Wednesday, June 27: This year you will work through certain issues, as well as your changing perspective about money. The person you are as you enter this birthday year will be very different from the person who leaves it. If you are single, a significant person to your life history knocks on your door sometime around your next birthday. If you are attached, heal your relationship’s wounds through more intense one-on-one time.
Journal-World All-Area Softball Team
June 27, 2012
Here’s a look at the Journal-World’s All-Area softball team.
Chen gives Royals lift against Rays, 8-2
June 27, 2012
Kansas City is doing to the Tampa Bay Rays precisely what the St. Louis Cardinals did to the Royals over the weekend.
For KU grad Chris Allen, Lawrence looms large in music and life
June 27, 2012
It all began at Rock Chalk Revue for Chris Allen, who released an album in 2011 and now runs his own studio.
‘Final Witness’ gives voice to victims
June 27, 2012
The old notion that “dead men tell no tales” has run up against the needs of modern entertainment. Fans of shows from “CSI” to “Bones” know that dead bodies are teeming with evidence. But for those who find forensic science insufficient, there is “Final Witness” (9 p.m., ABC). This seven-part summer series mixes elements of documentary, drama, fact and fantasy to recall recent, notorious murders from a victim’s point of view.
Creative effort
Congratulations to the KU School of Business for its effort to preserve businesses in rural Kansas communities.
June 27, 2012
The KU initiative is just one step in trying to bolster rural Kansas communities, but it represents a refreshingly creative approach to a daunting economic challenge.
Anti-immigration fervor may be waning
June 27, 2012 in print edition on A6
The Supreme Court’s immigration decision is a step back from the brink, leaving much less room than many expected for state immigration enforcement.