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Archive for Thursday, October 18, 2012

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9:15 a.m.

The Daisy Hill skyline could change if the Kansas Board of Regents approves a request from Kansas University to demolish McCollum Hall. Two new residence halls and a parking lot would be built on Daisy Hill as part of the project, which would cost $48.7 million. Plans advance for School of Business building, `Rules of Basket Ball’ museum, razing McCollum
October 17, 2012
Higher education officials on Wednesday endorsed two major building projects totaling more than $83 million on the Kansas University campus, and the destruction of a residence hall.
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Online chat
Douglas County Commissioner Nancy Thellman chats on LJWorld.com
October 18, 2012
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Kansas University fans cheer for the Jayhawks during the homecoming game against Texas Tech on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011, at Memorial Stadium. KU prepares for homecoming centennial
October 18, 2012
Kansas University will celebrate its 100th homecoming next week with some new twists on the event’s age-old traditions. Among the changes for this year’s celebration will be the move of the Homecoming Parade from Saturday to Friday evening; the introduction of a pep rally following the parade; a new light-decoration contest called Glow KU; and the reintroduction of the Jayhawk Jog 5K, which on Sunday morning will kick off the week’s events.
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Tobias Schlingensiepen, left, is challenging U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins to represent Kansas' 2nd District in Congress. Jenkins reports huge advantage over Schlingensiepen in latest campaign disclosures
October 18, 2012
Republican Rep. Lynn Jenkins continued her advantage in fundraising over her Democratic challenger in the Kansas 2nd District race, according to documents filed this week. Federal campaign reports show Jenkins had nearly $1.4 million in cash on hand as of Oct. 15. By comparison, Topeka pastor Tobias Schlingensiepen reported having $50,400 cash on hand.
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Joel Russell, 46, already incarcerated for a sexual assualt, was identified earlier this year as a suspect in a 1985 rape and kidnapping of a Topeka woman. Joe Jones, a Topeka man, had been convicted of the crime, but was released when DNA evidence showed he was innocent. Victim disappointed in dismissal of rape charges in 1985 case
October 18, 2012
Shawnee County prosecutors have decided to drop a rape charge against Joel Russell, 46, who was identified earlier this year by DNA evidence as a suspect in a 1985 Topeka kidnapping and rape for which another man was wrongfully convicted.

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Jayhawks’ 2007 Elite Eight squad to enter KU Hall of Fame
October 18, 2012
The 2006-07 Kansas University men’s basketball team, which won Big 12 Conference regular season and postseason tournament titles and reached the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament, will be inducted into Kansas Athletics Hall of Fame at 11 a.m., a week from today, in the Booth Family Hall of Athletics.
KU tennis’ Windom loses qualifier at ITA Regional Championships
October 18, 2012
Kansas University junior Dylan Windom lost to Saint Louis’ Mia Elmore, 6-7 (2), 6-2, 1-0 (11-9), on Thursday in the first round of the qualifying draw at the ITA Regional Championships.
Seniors propel LHS soccer to Senior Night victory, 3-0
October 18, 2012
Lawrence High’s boys soccer team celebrated Senior Night with a 3-0 victory over Shawnee Heights on Thursday at LHS.
Lawrence High volleyball tops emotional Free State, 3-1 in city showdown
10:13 p.m., October 18, 2012 Updated 11:55 p.m.
In the minutes leading up to the Free State High volleyball team’s Senior Night home finale against rival Lawrence, coach Nancy Hopkins introduced the Firebirds’ nine seniors, one by one, to the crowd. After shedding some tears and sharing the moment with their family members, the seniors closed the procession with a group hug.
Cummings or Crist? KU, OU downplay quarterback question’s effect on prep
October 18, 2012
A day closer to kickoff and the mystery remains: Who will start at quarterback for the Kansas University football team this weekend at Oklahoma?
Statehouse Live: State unemployment rate drops to nearly four-year low
October 18, 2012
The state unemployment rate has dropped to its lowest level in nearly four years, the Kansas Department of Labor reported Thursday. It is the first time the rate has fallen under 6 percent since December 2008.
Jenkins reports huge advantage over Schlingensiepen in latest campaign disclosures
October 18, 2012
Republican Rep. Lynn Jenkins continued her advantage in fundraising over her Democratic challenger in the Kansas 2nd District race, according to documents filed this week. Federal campaign reports show Jenkins had nearly $1.4 million in cash on hand as of Oct. 15. By comparison, Topeka pastor Tobias Schlingensiepen reported having $50,400 cash on hand.
Regional prep sports roundups: Oct. 19
October 18, 2012
Your weekly roundup of news and notes from Baldwin, De Soto, Eudora, Shawnee and Tonganoxie.
Lawrence man acquitted of aggravated criminal sodomy in case involving 5-year-old
02:42 p.m., October 18, 2012 Updated 09:54 a.m.
A Douglas County jury Thursday found a 31-year-old Lawrence man not guilty of aggravated criminal sodomy stemming from allegations he sexually abused a 5-year-old boy earlier this year.
Victim disappointed in dismissal of rape charges in 1985 case
October 18, 2012
Shawnee County prosecutors have decided to drop a rape charge against Joel Russell, 46, who was identified earlier this year by DNA evidence as a suspect in a 1985 Topeka kidnapping and rape for which another man was wrongfully convicted.
$1.5 million gift to help KU hire leaders for planned School of Public Health
October 18, 2012
A $1.5 million gift announced Thursday will help Kansas University hire leaders for its planned School of Public Health.
Energy expected to play pivotal role in Kansas economy over next year
October 18, 2012
Energy, in one form or another, is expected to dictate the course of the Kansas economy over the next year, and attendees of Kansas University’s Economic Policy Conference were told Thursday it likely will not be overly positive energy.
Douglas County Community Foundation to host information sessions for grant applicants
October 18, 2012
The Douglas County Community Foundation will host two information sessions for organizations interested in applying for a 2013 grant from its community funds.
KU prepares for homecoming centennial
October 18, 2012
Kansas University will celebrate its 100th homecoming next week with some new twists on the event’s age-old traditions. Among the changes for this year’s celebration will be the move of the Homecoming Parade from Saturday to Friday evening; the introduction of a pep rally following the parade; a new light-decoration contest called Glow KU; and the reintroduction of the Jayhawk Jog 5K, which on Sunday morning will kick off the week’s events.
Lawrence police searching for man with shotgun
12:57 p.m., October 18, 2012 Updated 05:26 p.m.
Lawrence police are looking for a male suspect spotted brandishing a shotgun near the HyVee at 3504 Clinton Parkway.
Town Talk: Papa Murphy’s pizza, karate, wireless phone store and a credit union slated for new West Lawrence center
October 18, 2012
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Voter registration down in Douglas County
October 18, 2012
Voter registration is down in Douglas County compared with the last presidential election, according to preliminary and incomplete figures.
Going to Maple Leaf? Here’s what you need to know
October 18, 2012
The weather feels like fall, so it must be time for the Maple Leaf Festival in Baldwin City. A complete guide to the annual festival can be found in today’s paper.
Ring out the old: Jayhawks sport jewelry at Media Day
October 18, 2012
Kansas University’s four senior basketball players brought out the bling for Wednesday’s Big 12 Media Day festivities in Sprint Center.
Heard on the Hill: ‘Tabling’ on campus rings up 700 new registered voters; a journey through past homecoming themes from “Circus” to “Jayhawk Laugh-In”; Hilltop anniversary event set for Saturday
October 18, 2012
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Letter: Tax bargain
October 18, 2012
Taxes and fees support government. When combined, taxes and fees are either regressive (everyone pays about the same amount regardless of ability or income), flat (everyone pays approximately the same proportion of income) or progressive (those who have more pay at a higher rate).
Prep volleyball brackets announced
October 18, 2012
If the volleyball teams from both Lawrence High and Free State want to advance to the state tournament, they will have to knock off some of Class 6A’s top-ranked teams.
Kovel’s Antiques: Figurines represent fertility
October 18, 2012
Babies don’t always arrive as soon as they are wanted. Today a woman might consider getting medical help to conceive, but since ancient times the fertility symbol was thought to be an aid.
‘Ethel’ offers new view on Kennedys
October 18, 2012
The Kennedy story is so embroidered with legend that it’s difficult to tell the fable from historical fact. The myth-making continues with “Ethel” (8 p.m., HBO), an affectionate profile of Robert F. Kennedy’s widow and mother of his 11 children. “Ethel” is directed by Rory Kennedy, who was born in December 1968 — more than six months after her father’s assassination.
Style Scout: Rhonda Swade
October 18, 2012
Describe your style: I’m a thrift shop person, but I’m also not afraid to buy things new.
Style Scout: Brian McBride
October 18, 2012
What would you like to see more of in Lawrence? Old timey brothels and opium dens
KU women’s golf places ninth
October 18, 2012
Kansas University junior Meghan Potee fought through flulike symptoms and was KU’s top finisher Wednesday at the Susie Maxwell Berning Classic.
Editorial: Round two
October 18, 2012
Tuesday’s presidential debate produced no knockout punches.
Seabury rolls in finale
October 18, 2012
Bishop Seabury Academy’s on-again, off-again football program just might be here to stay.
Lions’ AD Ron Commons to retire
October 18, 2012
A graduate of Lawrence High and an employee at the school since 1973, LHS athletic director Ron Commons will retire at the end of the school year.
KU football defense takes baby steps
October 18, 2012
Last year, Kansas University ranked near or at the bottom of Div. I football in most relevant defensive categories.
Our Town Sports
October 18, 2012
Horseshoes anyone?: Anyone interested in pitching horseshoes is welcome at 7 p.m. every Thursday at Broken Arrow. Contact Wynne at 843-8450.
First Bell: What happened to writing with pen and paper; Project Graduation parent meeting set
October 18, 2012
News and notes about schools and education.
Garden Calendar: A new look at an old fruit
October 18, 2012
Besides the changing leaves, autumn brings a bounty of fruits and vegetables.
Opinion: Foliage, history are worth the trip
October 18, 2012 in print edition on A7
I’ve just returned from a ten-day trip to the Adirondacks, to a small town near Lake Champlain. My wife and I drove both ways with one of our dogs, a small Corgi named Fanny. It was an extremely interesting trip on several counts.
Opinion: Fed seen as ‘only game in town’
October 18, 2012 in print edition on A7
In the 1920s, in the wee small hours of the mornings, employees at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas sang while they worked. One, Jack Culpepper, went into vaudeville, where he teamed up with a dance partner named Ginger. They married and performed as “Ginger and Pepper.” But show business marriages are perishable, so Ginger Rogers found another dance partner, Fred Astaire.  
First Bell: Cordley food drive; panel discussion on bullying; no school Friday
October 18, 2012
News and notes about local schools and education.
25 years ago: Medical team works to save arm of KU student after accident
October 18, 2012
The student had been briefly chased on his motorcycle by a KU police officer for drag racing shortly before the accident.
40 years ago: LMH changes abortion approval policy
October 18, 2012
The attending physician was still free to consult other physicians under the new regulation.
100 years ago: KU alum addresses students on women’s suffrage
October 18, 2012
“The arguments that women lost their womanly characteristics … were proved to be entirely false.”
Horoscopes for Oct. 18
October 18, 2012
For Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012: This year your imagination opens many doors, and the only issue will be which one you would like to go through. The unexpected keeps you alert and excited about life. If you are single, you have a way about you that draws many people in. If you are attached, a tendency to kiss and make up becomes more important.