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Archive for Friday, October 19, 2012

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12:51 a.m.
The Lawrence High volleyball team celebrates a set victory during the city showdown against Free State on Thursday at FSHS. The Lions took down their rivals, 3-1. 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.
6:00 a.m.
Teacher Kelli Kuhlman sits among her 1-year-old students as they sing "Wheels On the Car" at Hilltop Child Development Center. Hilltop will celebrate it's 40th anniversary this weekend. Child center hits ‘middle age’
October 19, 2012
Since the center formed in 1972, springing out of the February Sisters movement for reforms for women on campus, Hilltop Child Development Center has brought together the children of KU students, faculty, staff and others, and touched hundreds of lives.
10:00 a.m.
Employees of Wildcat Concrete Services of Topeka cover freshly poured concrete Wednesday on the northbound section of the Kansas River Bridge. The unemployment rate in Kansas has dropped to 5.9 percent, the lowest rate since 2008. 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.
2:00 p.m.
In this Tuesday, Oct., 16, 2012 photo, Portland attorney Kelly Clark examines some of the 14,500 pages of previously confidential documents created by the Boy Scouts of America concerning child sexual abuse within the organization, in preparation for releasing the documents Thursday, Oct. 18, in his office in Portland, Ore. The Boy Scouts of America fought to keep those files confidential. Boy Scout ‘perversion files’ have 14 Kansas cases
October 19, 2012
An array of local authorities — police chiefs, prosecutors, pastors and town Boy Scout leaders among them — quietly shielded scoutmasters and others who allegedly molested children, according to a newly opened trove of confidential files compiled from 1959 to1985. The files, kept secret for years by Boy Scouts of America, detail allegations of sexual abuse against boys and include 14 cases from Kansas.

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Lawrence real estate market called one of hottest in the state
October 19, 2012
Stanley Longhofer, director of Wichita State’s Center for Real Estate, told members of the Lawrence Board of Realtors on Friday that he now sees Lawrence as one of the hottest real estate markets in the state, after it appears to have put a rough 2011 behind it. By Chad Lawhorn
SLT timeline, access points detailed at meeting
October 19, 2012
The project is expected to directly damage about 50 acres of wetlands. Crews are expected to keep that area to a minimum by building the road about 300 feet at a time, and then using the newly built road to bring all construction equipment in and out of the area. By Chad Lawhorn.
Eudora resident celebrating 108th year
October 19, 2012
Henrietta Olson, who will be celebrating her 108th birthday, recalls memories from her many years. By Angelique McNaughton.
Kansas soccer reignites offense with 4-1 victory over Iowa State
October 19, 2012
Kansas University’s soccer team, which had been shut out in three of its last four games, rediscovered its offense in a 4-1 rout of Iowa State on Friday at Jayhawk Soccer Complex.
Statehouse Live: Endorsements show rift in Republican Party
October 19, 2012
Six Republican state senators have endorsed Senate Democratic Leader Anthony Hensley, and a Republican group of former legislators announced support of a bipartisan group of legislative candidates.
Brownback administration pushes website to report waste in state government
October 19, 2012
Two days after Gov. Sam Brownback urged Kansans to report anonymously about waste in public schools, the administration on Friday launched a new website to report waste, fraud, and abuse throughout state government.
Boy Scout ‘perversion files’ have 14 Kansas cases
October 19, 2012
An array of local authorities — police chiefs, prosecutors, pastors and town Boy Scout leaders among them — quietly shielded scoutmasters and others who allegedly molested children, according to a newly opened trove of confidential files compiled from 1959 to1985. The files, kept secret for years by Boy Scouts of America, detail allegations of sexual abuse against boys and include 14 cases from Kansas.
14-year-old Lecompton girl sues Brownback administration over CO2 emissions
October 19, 2012
A 14-year-old northeast Kansas girl has sued Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration in hopes of forcing it to impose limits on carbon dioxide emissions.
KUsports.com staff’s Week 8 college football picks
October 19, 2012
The following are the Journal-World staffers’ picks for Week 8 of the college football season.
Appeals Court revives Kansas school funding case
October 19, 2012
An appeals court has revived a school finance lawsuit filed by some northeast Kansas parents.
KU student charged with battery and criminal restraint
October 19, 2012
A 19-year-old Kansas University student was charged Thursday in Douglas County District Court with three counts of battery and one count each of criminal damage and criminal restraint.
Town Talk: Proposed roundabout for Ninth and New Hampshire to get hearing; renderings for new multi-story building downtown; Ninth Street improvements planned
October 19, 2012
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Vehicle rolls over man in street, causing critical injuries
09:23 a.m., October 19, 2012 Updated 11:09 a.m.
Emergency crews responded early Friday morning to an incident in which a person had been run over by a vehicle, according to Operation 100, the Journal-World’s news partner.
Man receives life-threatening injuries after wrecking pickup truck near Baldwin City
October 19, 2012
A 23-year-old Lawrence man was taken to Overland Park Regional Medical Center with life-threatening injuries after he crashed his vehicle into a ditch around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Lawrence man wrecks mo-ped
October 19, 2012
A 28-year-old Lawrence man was taken by ambulance to Lawrence Memorial Hospital after colliding with a vehicle while driving his mo-ped around 6:15 p.m. Thursday.
Dems blast website seeking examples of school waste
October 19, 2012
Gov. Sam Brownback’s call for Kansans to tell officials about examples of waste in public schools has drawn a sharp reaction from Democrats.
Child center hits ‘middle age’
October 19, 2012
Since the center formed in 1972, springing out of the February Sisters movement for reforms for women on campus, Hilltop Child Development Center has brought together the children of KU students, faculty, staff and others, and touched hundreds of lives.
Heard on the Hill: More details on new business building (and the possible sale of Oldfather Studios); Big Event organizers spreading the word; classical-guitar interlude available Monday
October 19, 2012
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Friday, where network series go to die
October 19, 2012
As expected, Friday nights have not been hospitable to network shows. I had predicted that it would be a toxic spot for “Touch,” the new-age mystery series scheduled to begin its second season on Oct. 26. Fox has since reconsidered and delayed its debut for the foreseeable future.
25 years ago: ‘Black Monday’ sends stock investors scurrying
October 19, 2012
“I’ve been in the business 25 years and I’ve never seen anything like it.”
40 years ago: Longtime KU doctor to retire from health administration
October 19, 2012
He was to continue to serve as a physician in the health service and as a clinical professor.
100 years ago: Lawrence traveler robbed on train to Mexico
October 19, 2012
“Mexico has lost some of its charms for him and he probably will await more peaceful times before attempting to complete his journey….”
Lions football looks for seventh win in a row at Wyandotte
October 19, 2012
With just two games left in the regular season, Lawrence High football coach Dirk Wedd isn’t satisfied with his team’s six-game winning streak.
Firebirds football preparing for ‘big-time’ fight at Leavenworth
October 19, 2012
Like any week, Free State High’s football players have gotten earfuls from their coaches the past few days about game plan and execution. The Firebirds might also have heard just as much about how desperate their opponent will be to win.
Letter: Sand pit plan
October 19, 2012
I am concerned that there has not been more attention given to the proposal from Penny’s Concrete to destroy nearly a square mile of fertile Kaw Valley farmland between Lawrence and Eudora to strip-mine sand for their concrete-making operations. The request for a conditional use permit for a sand pit operation comes before the Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission on Monday, and the only media reports that have been done are a couple of short articles on it published in the Journal-World.
Letter: Water waste
October 19, 2012
Today, Oct. 12, is the second day of draining one of the green reservoir tanks on Oread Avenue. I asked a worker why a tanker truck could not have been brought and filled to haul the water away and used to water parks, downtown plantings, anything for that matter. I was told it was too expensive. How much did the hundreds of thousands of gallons of treated water cost? Who was not smart enough at City Hall to not let the tank get filled as much, knowing it would be drained? Mr. Mayor, Mr. City Manager Corliss and city commissioners, you have no one in charge to make sound sensible decisions.
Editorial: Landmark accomplishment
October 19, 2012
New national recognition validates the historic significance of the Black Jack Battlefield.
Letter: Unfriendly court
October 19, 2012
A couple of months ago when the 10th U.S. District Court of Appeals ruled against the South Lawrence Trafficway appeal in Denver, money spoke. As someone who’s read books like “Anti-Indianism in Modern America” by Dakota professor Elizabeth Cook Lynn and “Like a Loaded Weapon” by Lumbee professor and attorney Robert A. Williams Jr., I knew the U.S. Supreme Court to be no friend of Native peoples.
Opinion: Romney has opening on Libya
October 19, 2012 in print edition on A8
Fight night at Hofstra. The two boxers, confined within a ring of spectators — circling, feinting, taunting, staring each other down — come several times, by my reckoning, no more than one provocation away from actual fisticuffs, of the kind that on occasion so delightfully break out in the Taiwanese parliament. Think of it: The Secret Service storming the ring, pinning Mitt Romney to the canvas as Candy Crowley administers the 10 count.
Horoscopes for Oct. 19
October 19, 2012
For Friday, Oct. 19, 2012: This year you really live life to the max. Be aware of a tendency to overindulge. If you are single, your desirability is clear — even on the most basic level. If you are attached, you unintentionally could give off mixed signals.