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Sherron II? Collins-like guard Frank Mason picks KU
October 8, 2012
Virginia native Frank Mason, who cited Kansas University’s tradition in basketball as one reason for orally committing to the Jayhawks, hopes his college career mirrors one of his all-time KU favorites.
School cuts haven’t made a difference, group told
October 8, 2012
A task force appointed by Gov. Sam Brownback to recommend ways to make school spending more efficient started its work on Monday, hearing from a group that has been a constant critic of how schools spend money.
Chiefs’ Cassel unlikely Sunday
QB suffered concussion; Quinn prepares to start
October 8, 2012
The Chiefs are down to their backup quarterback for the second year in a row.
TV chief defends the role of PBS
Funding is tiny part of federal budget but crucial in state, manager says
October 8, 2012
The political debate over the role of government — embodied by Big Bird — may be getting some laughs on the campaign trail, but Michael Quade, the general manager of Smoky Hills Public Television, sees nothing humorous in the prospect of ending federal funding to PBS.
Column: Time for Weis to get creative
October 8, 2012
Business as usual won’t cut it for a Kansas University football team armed with squirt guns and facing one Big 12 nuclear offense after another the rest of the schedule.
Kansas trailer soon to have Kansas tags
Formerly, it was licensed in Maine
October 8, 2012
Nearly everywhere you look, ‘Kansas’ is plastered somewhere on the big semitrailer that hauls shoulder pads, helmets and other gear for the Kansas University football team to road games. Well, almost everywhere. It isn’t on the license plate.
4-Hers transform toothbrush into robot designed to scrub toxic oil spill
October 8, 2012
Clinton Eagles Science Day was held in honor of National 4-H Week and National Youth Science Day Monday at former Wakarusa Valley School building.
EPA to test Great Bend industrial sites
October 8, 2012
The Environmental Protection Agency is collecting soil and water samples this month from industrial sites in Great Bend.
Agency mulling rules for casino junkets
October 8, 2012
Kansas regulators are considering whether they need new rules for providers of promotional tours to three state-owned casinos.
Sedgwick County Zoo pursues gorilla breeding
October 8, 2012
A Kansas zoo is hoping to hear the pitter patter of baby gorilla feet by 2014.
Union Pacific Railroad steam locomotive to pass through Lawrence
October 8, 2012
A Union Pacific Railroad steam locomotive will pass through Lawrence on Saturday on its cross-country journey celebrating the railroad’s 150th anniversary.
School board hears cases for new learning standards, bond issue
October 8, 2012
The new learning standards will encourage collaboration between students and teachers and will focus on depth rather than breadth of knowledge.
More home burglaries reported
October 8, 2012
The home burglaries in Lawrence continue.
KU working to recruit legacy students
October 8, 2012
Kansas University Alumni Association added a new position focused on recruiting the children and grandchildren of alumni, or “legacy students.”
State to investigate ethics complaint against AG Schmidt
October 8, 2012
State officials will investigate ethics complaints filed against the Kansas attorney general and Johnson County district attorney over their handling of an investigation into a Planned Parenthood clinic.
Point guard Frank Mason commits to KU basketball
October 8, 2012
Frank Mason, a 5-foot-11 point guard from Massanutten Military Academy in Woodstock, Va., has orally committed to Kansas University, Mason told the Journal-World on Monday afternoon.
Girls’ Night Downtown to benefit Lawrence Habitat for Humanity program
October 8, 2012
Downtown Lawrence Inc.’s annual Girls’ Night Downtown event will this year benefit Lawrence Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build program.
Going to Baldwin City? Take U.S. Highway 59, not County Road 1055
October 8, 2012
County Road 1055 is closed at a point between Lawrence and Baldwin City.
KU-OU kickoff set for 6:05 p.m. Oct. 20
October 8, 2012
The Big 12 Conference announced Monday morning that Kansas University’s Oct. 20 football game at Oklahoma would kickoff at 6:05 p.m. and would be televised on Fox Sports Net.
Statehouse Live: Governor’s task force on school efficiency starts work; chair promises to keep politics out
October 8, 2012
A task force appointed by Gov. Sam Brownback to recommend ways to make school spending more efficient started its work on Monday hearing from a group that has been a constant critic of how schools spend money.
Social media among threats to greeting card makers
October 8, 2012
Say it’s your birthday or you’ve just had a baby, maybe got engaged or bought your first house. If you’re like many Americans, your friends are texting their congratulations, sending you an e-card or clicking “Like” on your Facebook wall.
Hensley returning Hallmark donation
October 8, 2012
A state senator is returning a donation he received from Hallmark because of the greeting card company’s decision to close its Topeka plant.
Judy Garland’s ‘Wizard of Oz’ dress up for auction
October 8, 2012
The Dorothy dress is going up for auction.
Town Talk: Lawrence Gymnastics buys second W. Lawrence location; Kansas ranks 45th in energy efficiency; effort under way to increase visibility of Leo Beuerman plaque
October 8, 2012
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Firefighters extinguish early-morning house fire
06:15 a.m., October 8, 2012 Updated 12:13 p.m.
Firefighters responded just before 6 a.m. Monday to a house fire at 312 Bowstring Drive, which is just north of the intersection of Lawrence Avenue and Princeton Boulevard.
Politics threaten moderate Praeger
October 8, 2012
An acrimonious debate over the federal health care overhaul is seeping into state capitols, creating fissures among Republicans as the tea party movement reasserts its influence in GOP-controlled areas.
‘Obamacare’ likely to be battle cry for conservatives
GOP candidates spend freely to get message against Democrats across
October 8, 2012
Democrats say that conservative Republican groups that helped defeat moderate Republican state legislators in the August primary by saying they were linked to President Barack Obama and “Obamacare” will do the same thing in the general election against Democrats in state legislative races.
How to Help: United Way preparing for upcoming Make a Difference Day
October 8, 2012
The United Way Roger Hill Volunteer Center is gearing up for Make a Difference Day on Saturday, Oct. 27.
Heard on the Hill: New HR system launches today; Al Jazeera takes long, winding look at KU, Lawrence; students’ posters displayed in NYC
October 8, 2012
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Board to discuss bond issue strategy
October 8, 2012
The Lawrence school board will hear several reports at its meeting today.
Pets look to connect
After living a long time at shelter, animals can forget how to be companions
October 8, 2012
In the long rows of dog kennels at the Lawrence Humane Society, T-Bone isn’t especially eye-catching. He’s not very large or very small — he’s medium-sized. His coat isn’t fluffy or spotted — it’s short and all black. He’s not tough-looking — he’s a Labrador-chow chow mix whose tail can’t seem to decide if it wants to be straight or curly. But T-Bone’s biggest problem is one that, for many dogs, seems to get worse the longer they stay there.
Marriages
October 8, 2012
Marriage licenses issued in Douglas County District Court the week ending October 5, 2012.
25 years ago: Developer again makes case for suburban mall
October 8, 2012
Representatives argued that downtown areas in other university cities had not deteriorated despite nearby malls.
40 years ago: KU denies drug-selling operation by fraternity
October 8, 2012
A 21-year-old man identified only as “Kelly” had testified this week to the U.S. House Select Committee on Crime.
Fix-It Chick: Install new wiper blades
October 8, 2012
It is a good idea to replace automotive wiper blades in the spring, before the rain hits hard, and again in the fall, when wintery ice and snow is just around the corner.
Bankruptcies
October 8, 2012
Douglas County residents or businesses filing for bankruptcy protection recently in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the District of Kansas, according to court records.
Opinion: America needs new emphasis on civility
October 8, 2012
Civility — respect for the opinions and needs of others — is a requisite for a healthy democracy. Unfortunately, it is in short supply in the United States, and our nation’s leaders deserve a good portion of the blame.
Opinion: Some best-case election scenarios
October 8, 2012
Had enough? Not of the candidates, the Congress or election coverage, though who could blame you if you have? Instead: Had enough of the negativism?
Editorial: Hallmark heads-up
The Topeka closure announcement should make Lawrence leaders extremely proactive.
October 8, 2012
It’s bad news and good news for Lawrence — and a signal that nothing should be taken for granted in today’s times of extended economic uncertainty and swift technological changes.
Divorces and annulments
October 8, 2012
Divorces and annulments granted in Douglas County District Court the week ending October 5, 2012.
Everyday LIfe: When you get what’s yours, just what exactly do you have?
October 8, 2012
Somehow — maybe the election season has something to do with it — this question keeps going through my head: When you get what’s yours, just what exactly do you have?
Double Take: Adults model bad behaviors for teens
October 8, 2012
Dear Dr. Wes and Katie: I have a question that may surprise you coming from someone who is 19. Why do teenagers like doing drugs and alcohol? I’ve tried to figure this out since I was about 13, and I still don’t get it.
100 years ago: Property owners petition for regular trash pickup in city
October 8, 2012
“It was stated that at present the garbage of the city was allowed to accumulate.”
Horoscopes for Oct. 8
October 8, 2012
For Monday, Oct. 8: This year an innate tension exists between two seemingly opposing interests that are pulling you in different directions. As a result, your juggling skills become critical. If you are single, this person could become more than just an acquaintance. If you are attached, travel could play a very important role in your year.
River City Jules: The Nielsen family
October 8, 2012
“I have exciting news!” I exclaimed, settling into my parents’ kitchen with my mom and sister. “Uh-oh,” Mom said, bracing herself.
Busy Philipps is ‘Mortified’
October 8, 2012
Busy Philipps appears on the second season premiere of “The Mortified Sessions” (9 p.m., Sundance). She played one of the most memorable characters on television’s most-beloved canceled series, “Freaks and Geeks.” She was Kim Kelly, a pretty but tough girl with a vulnerable side that made her all the more endearing.
As I See Fit: Don’t let stress bust progress
October 8, 2012
Have you heard anything new lately? Have you been listening to your colleagues and co-workers, to your friends and to your significant other? If you have been, then you surely know what the latest buzz word on the street is. Yes, it’s that dreaded “S” word. As in stress. We all have it, and we are all too familiar with it.
Remnant Rehab: Use scraps to make baby washcloths
October 8, 2012
Baby washcloths are an ideal scrap-buster. The size can vary, depending on how much fabric you have. You can mix and match fabrics. And they don’t take long at all.
Offbeat Occupations: Undergraduate research assistant does experiments on the fly (lots of them)
October 8, 2012
Hailey Baker breeds flies. We spend our lives fighting the annoyances, and she breeds them, by the tens of thousands, in a small room in Haworth Hall on the Kansas University campus.
Lawrence Laundry: Finding her work-appropriate style
October 8, 2012
For me, growing up and getting a job in a professional environment meant that I would have to change the way I dressed.
Delicious/Nutritious: Bring a fall staple to the table
October 8, 2012
Pumpkins are everywhere in October, and that can include your dinner table with these two inventive pumpkin recipes.