Archive for Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Lead stories

6:00 a.m.
The old Varsity House is being reconstructed at the northwest corner of 11th and Indiana streets on the site of the new Varsity House Apartment complex. A deal was struck between the developers, City Hall and the Lawrence Preservation Alliance that the former boarding home, where college athletes used to stay, would be moved to a corner of the property. Once reassembled, the structure will serve as a boarding house next to the new apartment development. But concerns have arisen about how much of the original house will remain. City wants payment over Varsity House reassembly spat
October 23, 2012
Lawrence city commissioners are convinced the integrity of the old Varsity House has been ruined by a faulty redevelopment project, and they agreed to begin seeking a “cash payment” from local developer Thomas Fritzel as compensation. By Chad Lawhorn
10:00 a.m.
Nick Benson, a junior environmental studies manager at KU, spends some volunteer hours Saturday distributing recycling bins around the tailgating party area outside Memorial Stadium before the KU vs.Texas Tech game on Oct. 1, 2011. New recycling program to kick off at Saturday’s football game
October 24, 2012
Armed with 60 bins and a crowd of volunteers, student groups will kick off a new gameday recycling program at the KU football game Saturday. Leaders hopes to gather a group of around 50 student, faculty and staff volunteers to swarm the areas outside the stadium. In addition to setting out recycling bins, they’ll visit tailgating groups with bags in hand to collect plastic bottles and aluminum cans, and they’ll hand out hats, can koozies and other promotional items. By Matt Erickson.
2:00 p.m.
A road sign notifies motorists of lane shifts that will occur as construction on 23rd Street between Haskell Avenue and Barker Avenue begins today. Eastbound and westbound traffic will be rerouted to “shoofly” detours on each side of the Haskell bridge, which is scheduled for demolition in June. 23rd Street traffic shifted onto new bridge between Haskell and Barker avenues
October 24, 2012
Eastbound and westbound traffic on 23rd Street — between Haskell Avenue and Barker Avenue — has been shifted onto a new bridge. By Caroline Trowbridge
6:00 p.m.
Kansas head coach Charlie Weis, left, watches after a fake field-goal attempt fell well short of a first down during the first quarter on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012 at Memorial Stadium. KU football seeks improvement from sad-sack special teams
October 24, 2012
Special teams have been a sore spot for Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis this season.

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Our Town Sports for Oct. 25
October 24, 2012
A weekly roundup of local events, results and happenings.
New bridge in business
$4.3M project modernizes 23rd St.
October 24, 2012
A new $4.3 million bridge on 23rd Street between Haskell and Barker avenues partially opened to traffic Wednesday, and motorists immediately began to notice the bridge no longer sits atop a large hill. By Chad Lawhorn
Chiefs’ QB success sketchy
October 24, 2012
The Chiefs are turning away from a former seventh-round draft pick whose career is spiraling toward ignominy, and putting the offense in the hands of a former first-round draft pick whose own career thus far has been a disappointment.
Kansas volleyball falls at Iowa State
October 24, 2012
Kansas University’s volleyball team opened the second half of the Big 12 season with a 25-22, 25-21, 27-29, 25-23 loss Wednesday at Iowa State.
LHS soccer eager for rematch
October 24, 2012
It has been two months since Lawrence High’s boys soccer team faced Manhattan in its season-opener.
LB Corban Schmidt relishes role on FSHS defense
October 24, 2012
Get rid of his football pads and helmet, and Free State senior Corban Schmidt is just another boisterous, fun-loving teenager cracking jokes and giving his friends a hard time.
WR Will Thompson one of Lions’ top targets
October 24, 2012
Lawrence High senior Will Thompson isn’t a prototypical starting receiver.
Mario Chalmers makes preseason debut for Heat
October 24, 2012
Miami coach Erik Spoelstra grinned widely, pausing a second before talking about point guard Mario Chalmers’ progression during his four seasons with the Heat.
Jayhawks follow bad practice with good cause
October 24, 2012
Kansas University’s basketball team had its worst practice of the young 2012-13 season Wednesday afternoon in Allen Fieldhouse. “We had a bad day today, but something positive came out of it. I think we got in better shape today,” KU coach Bill Self told 450 women who attended Wednesday’s “Ladies Night Out” cancer benefit in the fieldhouse. By Gary Bedore
U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder touts bill that would make research more available during KU visit
October 24, 2012
Speaking at KU’s Watson Library on Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder said he’s supporting a bill that would help make federally funded scholarly research more freely available for anyone to see. He also credited KU for being a leader — often mentioned alongside the likes of Harvard — on the issue of open access to research. By Matt Erickson
Douglas County Senior Services preparing for possible expanded role
October 24, 2012
Douglas County Senior Services Inc. is getting ready to take on the added job of marketing the area as a residential destination for retirees. That could result in added costs for the county and city of Lawrence but also more direct oversight of the nonprofit organization. By Peter Hancock
Advance voting continues through Nov. 5
October 24, 2012
Registered voters can cast ballots from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday at the Douglas County Courthouse, 11th and Massachusetts streets. Several more advance voting places will open up this weekend and next week. By Scott Rothschild
Details yet to be released on investigation of Franklin County Sheriff’s Office
October 24, 2012
Franklin County administrator Lisa Johnson said that her office has not been notified of any new developments in a state investigation into the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office. By Shaun Hittle
Lawrence man, 27, pleads to apartment burglary, threat
October 24, 2012
A 27-year-old Lawrence man pleaded no contest Tuesday to aggravated burglary and criminal threat charges stemming from a July 31 incident in which a man forced his way into an apartment in the 2100 block of West 26th Street. By Shaun Hittle
Statehouse Live: Ethics Commission dismisses complaint against Rep. Pauls
October 24, 2012
State ethics officials say a longtime legislator didn’t violate the law even though she failed to list rental property on her disclosure form for several years. By Scott Rothschild.
Informal sessions with candidates planned at this Saturday’s Farmers Market
October 24, 2012
If you need some help deciding who you’ll vote for on Nov. 6, a visit to this Saturday’s Farmers Market might help. Candidates for local and area political races have been invited to meet the public between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m.
KU football seeks improvement from sad-sack special teams
October 24, 2012
Special teams have been a sore spot for Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis this season.
Kansas State develop solar-powered charging stations
October 24, 2012
Kansas State University has received a $200,000 grant to help develop solar-powered charging stations for electric and hybrid vehicles.
Postal Service rejects pleas from Gove, Healy
October 24, 2012
The U.S. Postal Service says it will stick with plans to cut hours of service in Gove and Healy.
Free State, Lawrence football ranked entering showdown
October 24, 2012
Both of the city’s Class 6A football programs will enter this Friday’s highly anticipated city showdown ranked in the top five.
Rep. Pompeo: No rape exception in anti-abortion view
October 24, 2012
U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo said he believes abortions should be allowed only when necessary to save the life of the mother, while his Democratic challenger Robert Tillman vows to back abortion rights.
23rd Street traffic shifted onto new bridge between Haskell and Barker avenues
October 24, 2012
Eastbound and westbound traffic on 23rd Street — between Haskell Avenue and Barker Avenue — has been shifted onto a new bridge. By Caroline Trowbridge
Mistrial declared in Valley Falls attempted murder case after jury sees wrong DVD footage
October 24, 2012
Jefferson County District Judge Gary Nafziger ordered a mistrial Wednesday in the attempted murder case against a 62-year-old Valley Falls man because the jury saw improper evidence.
Town Talk: On the lookout for buried soldiers at Ninth and N.H.; does a one-block bike lane do any good?; fees for new electric golf carts on the rise at Eagle Bend
October 24, 2012
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
In appeal, attorney for convicted murderer alleges prosecutorial misconduct
October 24, 2012
The appeal of a man convicted in the 2005 fatal shooting of Clarence David Boose near Lecompton was heard Wednesday by the Kansas Supreme Court. By Scott Rothschild.
Overland Park considers restricting open carry
October 24, 2012
Just weeks after allowing Overland Park citizens to openly carry weapons, city officials are considering adding some restrictions after getting an overwhelmingly negative response from residents.
Brownback stumps for Romney in swing state of Ohio
October 24, 2012
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has been both a rival of Mitt Romney and a boss of Romney’s running mate. Now, Brownback has served as a surrogate for the GOP presidential nominee in a crucial swing state.
Zombie Squad to tout preparedness at library
October 24, 2012
Just in time for Halloween, the Kansas City chapter of The Zombie Squad will come to the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont, today to give advice on disaster planning, home winterization and dealing with legions of the undead. By Adam Strunk.
New recycling program to kick off at Saturday’s football game
October 24, 2012
Armed with 60 bins and a crowd of volunteers, student groups will kick off a new gameday recycling program at the KU football game Saturday. Leaders hopes to gather a group of around 50 student, faculty and staff volunteers to swarm the areas outside the stadium. In addition to setting out recycling bins, they’ll visit tailgating groups with bags in hand to collect plastic bottles and aluminum cans, and they’ll hand out hats, can koozies and other promotional items. By Matt Erickson.
In efficiency fight, school officials counter that cuts have already left deep wounds
October 24, 2012
Governor’s task force searches for waste, but local officials say they’ve achieved efficiency and cuts have already taken a toll. By Peter Hancock.
Heard on the Hill: Black Student Union still crowns homecoming royalty; regents creating faculty award; Dole Institute opens exhibit on McGovern
October 24, 2012
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Energetic lineman Kharon Brown anchors Lions’ defense
October 24, 2012
The topic is reading and since Lawrence High senior Kharon Brown loves to read and loves to talk it’s no surprise that once he starts talking about reading, he can’t stop.
Cody Stanclift a force up front for Firebirds
October 24, 2012
The job requirements to play on the Free State High football team’s defensive line are straightforward and demanding.
LHS soccer advances despite not-so-pretty playoff opener
October 24, 2012
If playing an attractive, flawless brand of soccer served as a requirement for advancing in the playoffs, Lawrence High might have been in trouble at home Tuesday night against Topeka.
KU volleyball’s Jarmoc named national player of the week
October 24, 2012
Kansas University junior middle blocker Caroline Jarmoc was named national volleyball player of the week on Tuesday by the American Volleyball Coaches Association.
Kansas men’s golfer Gilbert ties for Herb Wimberly title
October 24, 2012
Kansas University golfer Chris Gilbert carded a final-round 2-under 69 to earn a share of the individual title at the Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate on Tuesday at New Mexico State Golf Course.
FSHS soccer’s season ends with loss at Manhattan
October 24, 2012
Free State High’s soccer season ended Tuesday night with a 4-1 loss to Manhattan in a Class 6A regional. The Firebirds dropped their final seven matches and finished 6-11.
Editorial: Decision time
October 24, 2012
The debates are over. Now voters must decide which man, President Barack Obama or former Gov. Mitt Romney, has the best vision, strength and ability to govern and pull this country out of its economic doldrums and generate enthusiasm and a positive attitude about this country’s opportunities.
Self: Tall order for KU to replace Thomas Robinson’s toughness
October 24, 2012
Former Kansas University forward/current Sacramento Kings rookie Thomas Robinson was trending on Twitter — his name momentarily flooding that popular website on Sunday night — after his spectacular, one-handed putback dunk over Dwight Howard of the Los Angeles Lakers.
Opinion: Elementary school remarks clarified
October 24, 2012
As the person quoted in Sunday’s Journal-World editorial, I need to respond with the context that the author omitted.
Opinion: U.S. ambivalent on foreign policy
October 24, 2012 in print edition on A8
The death of George McGovern on the eve of the presidential candidates’ foreign policy debate underscored a momentous political reversal spanning four decades. McGovern’s nomination for president in 1972, a consequence of the Democratic Party’s recoil against the Vietnam War and the riotous convention four years earlier, made the country uneasy about his party regarding national security. Four decades later, however, voters may be more ambivalent about America’s world role than at any time since the 1930s.
First Bell: Memories of secretarial school; Kids Voting; pre-bond input sessions
October 24, 2012
News and notes about local schools and education.
25 years ago: Lease to city might save North Lawrence depot
October 24, 2012
Union Pacific officials had announced in 1984 plans to demolish the building.
40 years ago: Planning commission votes against proposed rock quarry
October 24, 2012
The proposal had been “buried under an avalanche of neighbors’ protests.”
100 years ago: Haskell students first to try new ‘morals course’
October 24, 2012
“Visual instruction in morals is something new in Kansas and no doubt the pictures will attract great interest.”
Horoscopes for Oct. 24
October 24, 2012
For Wednesday, Oct. 24: This year others often find you to be inspiring, yet in your own mind, you might feel confused. If you follow your gut, you will land well. If you are single, you possess a magnetic yet elusive aura that draws many toward you. If you are attached, the two of you connect on a deeper and more caring level, especially if you open up to your feelings more often.