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Archive for Wednesday, October 31, 2012

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1:00 a.m.
Kansas forward Perry Ellis catches a hand to the face from Emporia State forward Daniel Shaw during the first half, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012 at Allen Fieldhouse. Also pictured is ESU forward Michael Harris. Stoic Perry Ellis shines in KU’s exhibition win over Emporia State
October 30, 2012
Kansas freshman guard Perry Ellis didn’t show much emotion in his major-college debut, but that didn’t stop him from pouring in a team-high 15 points on perfect 5-for-5 shooting in Kansas’ 88-54 exhibition victory over Emporia State on Tuesday at Allen Fieldhouse. By Gary Bedore
6:00 a.m.
KU freshman Mike Hearson, right, of Coffeyville, moves a dolly back to his vehicle for another load Sunday, Aug. 17, 2008 while moving into Lewis Hall. KU room and board rate increase proposed
October 31, 2012
The cost of room and board at Kansas University will increase about 2.54 percent next fall under a proposal before the Kansas Board of Regents. The proposed rate for a traditional residence hall double room will increase to $3,902, while the cost for the Crimson Flex dining plan will increase to $3,540. By Scott Rothschild
10:00 a.m.
This photo, showing Lewis Lindsay Dyche aboard a shipping vessel, will be part of Kansas University’s Natural History Museum’s upcoming exhibit about Dyche, who was a conservationist and an explorer among other occupations. KU’s Dyche Hall is named after him. Photo courtesy of Kansas University Archives. KU paying tribute to museum namesake
October 30, 2012
Former KU faculty member Lewis Lindsay Dyche explored the Arctic, was one of the first to help protect Kansas wildlife and helped create the KU Natural History Museum. Next month, the museum will honor and remember Dyche, who died in 1915, with a special program that will recall his storytelling tours across the state. By Matt Erickson
2:00 p.m.
Deon Rhoutt escaped from a prisoner transport van Monday evening. He's 5'5", about 140 pounds. Captured sex offender charged with escape
1:10 p.m., October 31, 2012 Updated 1:20 p.m.
A Colorado sex offender who escaped from a prison transport van in Lawrence Monday night was charged Wednesday afternoon with aggravated escape from custody in Douglas County District Court.
6:00 p.m.
Kansas University, seen from the air. KU optimistic about Bold Aspirations strategic plan, though results will take time to measure
October 31, 2012
Since Kansas University’s “Bold Aspirations” plan was unveiled last fall, many of its wheels have begun spinning, Provost Jeff Vitter says.

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Kansans busy with relief efforts on East Coast
October 31, 2012
Local area sends Red Cross volunteers, emergency responders and utility repair workers to aid in recovery efforts after Hurricane Sandy. By Peter Hancock
Lawrence resident reports break-in
October 31, 2012
A resident in the 2500 block of Dover Court reported that someone broke into their home about 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, said Lawrence Police Sgt. Trent McKinley. By Shaun Hittle
Library fundraiser kicks off this week
October 31, 2012
he Lawrence Public Library Foundation will hold its annual themed basket fundraiser Friday until Nov. 8 in the Lawrence Public Library lobby, 707 Vermont St. By Adam Strunk
KUMC executive vice chancellor finalists to visit in November
October 31, 2012
Three finalists to become the next leader of Kansas University Medical Center will visit its campus during November.
New Bowersock power plant to start producing electricity on Friday
October 31, 2012
A new $25 million hydroelectric power plant on the north bank of the Kansas River is expected to start producing electricity as early as Friday, about a month ahead of schedule. Leaders with the Bowersock Mills & Power Company said the project just north of the Kansas River bridges in Downtown Lawrence has progressed remarkably smooth, in part because the summer’s drought allowed construction crews to work at a quick pace. But now as the plant is ready to produce electricity, water levels in the Kansas River are so low that the plant is able to produce electricity only at a fraction of its designed capacity. By Chad Lawhorn
Dave Campo making great strides with KU football defense
October 31, 2012
Five games into his first run through the Big 12 Conference football schedule, Kansas University defensive coordinator Dave Campo has upgraded the Jayhawks’ defense despite facing some of the nation’s most potent offenses week after week.
Opinion: Emergencies bring out best, worst
October 31, 2012 in print edition on A10
Like millions of Americans I have been watching the progress of Superstorm Sandy for the past few days out of concern for those people in the path of the storm and, perhaps, out of a bit of morbid curiosity. As I have watched I have been particularly interested to see how state and local authorities, as well as the federal government, have been preparing to deal with the storm.
Daylight saving time to end at 2 a.m. Sunday; Lawrence police preparing for extra hour of bars being open
October 31, 2012
It’s just about time for earlier sundowns and an extra hour of sleep — or whatever one’s activity of choice might be during the early-morning hours.
Captured sex offender charged with escape
01:10 p.m., October 31, 2012 Updated 01:20 p.m.
A Colorado sex offender who escaped from a prison transport van in Lawrence Monday night was charged Wednesday afternoon with aggravated escape from custody in Douglas County District Court.
Judge orders Topeka newspaper to reveal name of commenter
October 31, 2012
A northeast Kansas judge has ordered a newspaper to identify an online commenter who is accused of accessing a news story during a first-degree murder trial in which he was a juror.
Ledbetter lecture postponed
October 31, 2012
The lecture by equal-pay advocate Lilly Ledbetter at Kansas University will be postponed because of travel complications caused by Superstorm Sandy on the East Coast.
KU optimistic about Bold Aspirations strategic plan, though results will take time to measure
October 31, 2012
Since Kansas University’s “Bold Aspirations” plan was unveiled last fall, many of its wheels have begun spinning, Provost Jeff Vitter says.
Brownback’s PAC spends more than $51K in 3 months
October 31, 2012
Campaign finance reports show a political action committee affiliated with Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback raised more than $66,000 and spent about $51,000 in the past three months.
Kansas cold weather rule begins Nov. 1
October 31, 2012
Thursday marks the start of the cold weather rule period in Kansas, restricting utility cutoffs for nonpayment of bills.
Kansas State researchers study high-speed rail
October 31, 2012
Kansas State is conducting research that could help high-speed rail systems better handle winter conditions.
Town Talk: New housing development proposed for Sixth and George Williams Way; alterations shop opens at Sixth and Wakarusa; rumors that Casey’s General Store interested in Lawrence
October 31, 2012
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
How former Jayhawks fared in Oct. 30 NBA games
October 31, 2012
A look at how former Kansas University players fared in Tuesday’s NBA season openers.
Alcohol involved in Oct. 19 accident
October 31, 2012
An accident report from an Oct. 19 incident in which a Lawrence man was run over by a vehicle provided additional details about the case. According to the report, Elbert Davis Jr., 22, of Lawrence, had fallen face-down on North Seventh Street, just north of Ash Street. The report indicates Davis has medical issues and had been drinking alcohol before the fall. By Shaun Hittle
KU room and board rate increase proposed
October 31, 2012
The cost of room and board at Kansas University will increase about 2.54 percent next fall under a proposal before the Kansas Board of Regents. The proposed rate for a traditional residence hall double room will increase to $3,902, while the cost for the Crimson Flex dining plan will increase to $3,540. By Scott Rothschild
First Bell: Campbell shows commanding lead in fundraising
October 31, 2012
State Board of Education member Carolyn Campbell raised more than $13,000 in the latest reporting period while her challenger Jack Wu has relied exclusively on free publicity.
Heard on the Hill: Admissions office extends scholarship deadline for applicants affected by Sandy; Law prof writes for SCOTUSBlog; ExCEL winners announced
October 31, 2012
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Letter: Complex issues
October 31, 2012
Over the past several decades the multinational corporations in America, often with the blessings of the government, have formed complex relationships, closed down American businesses and moved jobs out of this country to foreign countries to exploit much cheaper labor, and have even convinced the American government to wage wars on their behalf.
Editorial: Amphitheater about-face
October 31, 2012
Would Lawrence residents prefer an amphitheater in an athletics park or one in a scenic location?
KU’s Goodrich receives votes for preseason All-America team
October 31, 2012
Kansas University’s Angel Goodrich was recognized among the top college women’s basketball players in the country Tuesday. Goodrich, a senior guard, received votes toward the Associated Press preseason All-America Team and was selected as honorable mention.
KU soccer lands 11 on Academic All-Big 12 teams
October 31, 2012
Eleven members of the Kansas University soccer team earned spots on the Academic All-Big 12 teams, the conference announced Tuesday.
Defense lifts Veritas football back to KCAA title game
October 31, 2012
Veritas Christian School is headed back to the KCAA football championship after its latest blowout victory, a 54-6 two-quarter rout of Topeka Cair Paravel on Tuesday at the Eagles’ Nest.
Big, bad Bears offense latest test for Jayhawks
October 31, 2012
Getting ready for another record-setting, scoreboard-rocking Big 12 offense has become an every-week sort of thing for the Kansas University football program. This week, as the Jayhawks prepare for a road contest at Baylor, the song remains the same. Story by Matt Tait.
Tongie, Eudora football advance in state playoffs
October 31, 2012
Tonganoxie High avenged an earlier loss to Atchison with a 35-28 victory and Eudora knocked out De Soto, 13-0, to set up a regional playoff match-up on Saturday.
25 years ago: Linwood students protest move to Basehor
October 31, 2012
About one-third of the students at Linwood Junior-Senior High School had staged a brief walkout from classes.
40 years ago: Weather slows harvest, Halloween celebrations
October 31, 2012
Lawrence children were looking forward to a night of trick-or-treating in spite of the scary forecast.
100 years ago: Halloween ‘isn’t what it used to be,’ sighs old-timer
October 31, 2012
“The police have been given instructions to be doubly vigilant tonight and see that the boyish pranks are not indulged in.”
Cassel to start for Chiefs in San Diego
October 31, 2012
Matt Cassel is getting another chance to be the Chiefs’ starting quarterback.
Opinion: For GOP, life is sacred, except when not
October 31, 2012
Life is sacred. That, GOP Senate candidate Richard Mourdock would later insist, was what he was trying to say last week during a debate with his opponents.
What the devil is Lifetime up to?
October 31, 2012
Whenever somebody starts or ends a remark with the words “my friend,” it’s safe to say he or she is not your friend. With that in mind, consider the word “real” in “The Real Exorcist” (10 p.m., Lifetime).
Horoscopes for Oct. 31
October 31, 2012
For Wednesday, Oct. 31: This year you tap into your wit and intelligence, no matter what you choose to do. Others like having you around. If you are single, you could meet someone who appears out of the blue. If you are attached, the two of you could experience some misunderstandings.