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No charges yet in recent alcohol-related cases
October 1, 2012
Charges have yet to be filed in three recent alcohol-related vehicle accidents, each of which sent people to the hospital with serious injuries.
KU law school bucks national trend, posts increase in applications
October 1, 2012
While the number of people applying to law schools continued to fall nationwide, the Kansas University School of Law rebounded with a 19 percent increase in applications for 2012, the school announced Monday.
Car driven into LGA building
October 1, 2012
The Lawrence Gymnastics and Athletics building at 5150 Clinton Parkway was damaged after a car drove into the building Monday night.
Baldwin City bee farm highlights Kaw Valley Farm Tour
October 1, 2012
Bean’s Blossom Trail Bee Ranch, 669 E. 2100 Road in Baldwin City, will be one of 22 farms open to the public this weekend during the annual Kaw Valley Farm Tour.
KBI investigating Franklin County Sheriff’s Office
October 1, 2012
The Kansas Bureau of Investigation is investigating the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, a sheriff’s spokesman confirmed Monday.
State seeks investigation files related to `In Cold Blood’ murders
October 1, 2012
A judge has blocked the sale of investigative records and photographs related to the 1959 murders of the Clutter family, which became the subject of Truman Capote’s true-crime novel “In Cold Blood.”
Lawrence man pleads in 2007 robberies
October 1, 2012
A 24-year-old Lawrence man pleaded no contest to three robbery charges Thursday stemming from a series of armed robberies in Lawrence in 2007.
Calculation error found in state assessments
October 1, 2012
Kansas education officials say the achievement gap between rich and poor and minority and non-minority students grew less this year than initially thought.
Statehouse Live: Brownback’s task force on school efficiency includes no one who works in a school
October 1, 2012
Gov. Sam Brownback has formed a task force to find ways to run schools more efficiently but he didn’t appoint anyone to the task force who works in a school.
Best of Lawrence 2012: Best Event
October 1, 2012
Fire eaters! Sword swallowers! A woman who can rip a phone book in half!
Lawrence ranked among top college towns
02:05 p.m., October 1, 2012 Updated 03:38 p.m.
Lawrence is the eighth-best college town in the country, according to a national economic group. The American Institute for Economic Research ranked Lawrence at No. 8 among college towns with populations below 250,000 in its 2012 College Destinations Index.
Report says driver of car hit by train legally intoxicated; no one injured
October 1, 2012
A preliminary breath test taken at the scene of a car and train collision Sept. 17 shows the driver of the car had a blood-alcohol level of .146, nearly twice the legal limit.
KU-Oklahoma State football game to kick off at 2:30 on FSN
October 1, 2012
The Kansas football team’s Oct. 13 home game against Oklahoma State will kick off at 2:30 p.m. and will be televised on FSN, the Big 12 announced Monday morning.
Professor donates first-edition ‘In Cold Blood’
October 1, 2012
An autographed first-edition copy of “In Cold Blood” that was given to a Kansas Bureau of Investigation employee by author Truman Capote has been donated to Washburn University after it was found at an estate sale.
Survey suggests little economic growth in Midwest
October 1, 2012
A new survey of business leaders suggests little or no economic growth in most of a group of nine Midwest and Plains states through the end of the year, but the booming oil business will continue to drive growth in North Dakota and Oklahoma.
Joint Chiefs chairman speaking at Kansas State
October 1, 2012
The nation’s top military officer is appearing at Kansas State University to give the latest installment of its Landon Lecture series.
Heard on the Hill: RIP to an influential KU researcher; the cost of student-housing fires; award-winner issues a thank-you
October 1, 2012
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Recommended KGS rate increases differ
October 1, 2012
The rate increase that Kansas Gas Service is seeking is far higher than the amount staff at the Kansas Corporation Commission has recommended.
Injured Salina officer released from hospital
October 1, 2012
A 38-year-old Salina police officer shot in the face has been released from the hospital.
40 years ago: Registration push brings in 1,000 more potential voters
October 1, 2012
About 150 persons a day had registered at the three locations.
Marriages
October 1, 2012
Marriage licenses issued in Douglas County District Court the week ending Sept. 28, 2012.
Letter to the Editor: Vital training
October 1, 2012
The transformative ideas for changing special education programs in Matt Erickson’s article, “$24.5 million grant to establish national special education center” (Sept. 27) are vital to creating an equitable and inclusive system of public education.
Editorial: Carry concerns
Kansas cities are looking for ways to get around a ruling that they can’t prohibit openly displayed firearms in any public places.
October 1, 2012
Overland Park is tagging along with Wichita in a decision to permit the open carrying of firearms.
Letter to the Editor: Well-used trail
October 1, 2012
Hat’s off to the Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department for the pursuit of funding and construction of the “rail-to-trail” parkway in East Lawrence.
Fix-It Chick: Install a rural mailbox
October 1, 2012
Installing a rural-type mailbox and post requires a little forethought and just about enough elbow grease to dig a 3-foot hole.
25 years ago: Lawrence man receives life sentence in firefighter’s death
October 1, 2012
Blair had been the first firefighter in the department’s history to die in the line of duty.
100 years ago: September weather showed extremes of temperature
October 1, 2012
“September opened with a series of about 10 hot days.”
Horoscopes for Oct. 1
October 1, 2012
For Monday, Oct. 1: This year you often will consider your relationships and continually evaluate how much to give. If you are single, dating will be your favorite game. If you are attached, you will find that you can bring both of you closer together or create more distance between you — the call is yours.
Letter to the Editor: Voting lesson
October 1, 2012
We saw in the paper where Kids Voting will take place again in Lawrence. We hope, in true fashion, a voter ID will be required.
How to help: Indian taco sale will raise funds for Four Winds Native Center
October 1, 2012
The Four Winds Native Center, 15th Street and Haskell Avenue, is looking for volunteers who can help with its Indian taco sale and fundraiser on Friday.
Divorces
October 1, 2012
Divorces granted in Douglas County District Court the week ending Sept. 28, 2012.
Letter to the Editor: More hazards
October 1, 2012
Well, thank you, Miss Banks. You pretty well hit the nail on the head in more ways than one in your recent letter (Public Forum, Sept. 22) in regard to your fun-filled trip across town to campus. I can sense you like to live life on the edge.
River City Jules: Step up to the plates this month for a mammogram
October 1, 2012
Now that I am nearly 41, I have noticed the conversations my friends and I carry taking a different turn. Talk about cute sunglasses, high heels and push-up bras has turned to reading glasses, sensible shoes and mammograms.
Style for the Ages: The layers of fall
October 1, 2012
It’s finally fall: Football games. Changing leaves. Pumpkins. You get the picture. Fall also brings chilly weather, though, which brings me to the fashion part of this column — layering.
Mind Matters: Conscious awareness leads to greater self-control
October 1, 2012
Conscious intention may be loosely defined as the capacity to create an aim or purpose with awareness. Underlying our conscious intention is brain activity. In fact, scientific studies reveal that the brain has already put an action into motion before a conscious intention is created!
Double Take: Encourage son’s girlfriend to discuss birth control options with her parents
October 1, 2012
Dear Dr. Wes and Katie: My son and I have a great relationship. I’ve followed your advice and been open with him about sex and birth control. Recently that paid off when he asked that I help his girlfriend get on birth control. He admitted they’d already had sex. Her mom doesn’t know she’s sexually active, and I’m in a quandary about what to do. I don’t want to be a grandparent, and I’m aware that condoms aren’t nearly effective enough. But I feel bad going behind this other parent’s back to advise her daughter on contraception. Advice?
Short story: The Summerhouse
October 1, 2012
A narrow brick path let up to a collection of dozens of roses, all tucked securely into the wet ground. These flowers marked the entrance of a tall, tan-colored house with light blue window shades. I planted myself into the soft dirt and watched all the fluttering birds circling the structure. A squeaky window slid open, and a petite, delicate woman yelled out a greeting in Serbian.
Boys bust a move: Mixed-discipline class helps kids reap athletic benefits of dance
October 1, 2012
This is no classical ballet class, and that’s by design. Acceptable attire includes sports jerseys and basketball shorts. It’s OK to squirrel around between exercises. And if you feel like screaming hi-ya! in the middle of a routine, no one’s going to stop you.
Offbeat Occupations: Refurbisher makes the old new again
October 1, 2012
A rusted mattress spring, a vegetable strainer and black walnut end table last fashionable during the Nixon era: they’re not things you want to decorate your house — that is, until Susan Theroff gets her hands on them.
Go Green: Green mental health practice treats whole body
October 1, 2012
When she saw her child’s autism dramatically improve with the removal of gluten and dairy from her diet, Sue Westwind thought she should try the same thing on herself. A long history of battling fatigue, depression and migraines made her open to almost anything.
Column: Debates should plow fresh ground
October 1, 2012 in print edition on A8
The spectacles we persist in dignifying as presidential “debates” — two-minute regurgitations of rehearsed responses — often subtract from the nation’s understanding. But beginning this Wednesday, these less-than-Lincoln-Douglas episodes might be edifying if the candidates can be inveigled into plowing fresh ground
Celebrities endorse ‘Half the Sky’
October 1, 2012
George Clooney and other notables lend their voices and observations to “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide”