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Safety Bradley McDougald gets message
September 5, 2012
His wise-guy Jersey delivery might mislead some to believe that Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis is capable of talking without first thinking of the impact of his words, such as when he called Bradley McDougald, “as good a player as we have on the team, maybe the best,” after Saturday’s game.
County business group meets today
September 5, 2012
The Douglas County E-Community Partnership, a group that works to find loans for local businesses, will meet today.
Clinton boosts Obama in rousing convention speech
Delegates formally award Obama nomination to second term
September 5, 2012
In an impassioned speech that rocked the Democratic National Convention, former President Bill Clinton proclaimed Wednesday night, “I know we’re coming back” from the worst economic mess in generations and appealed to hard-pressed Americans to stick with Barack Obama for a second term in the White House.
Best of Lawrence voting ends Friday
September 5, 2012
There will be no conventions, speeches, surprise guests or cable TV punditry. But the Journal-World’s Best of Lawrence contest will recognize the voice of the people.
Tonganoxie students make rare find of worms native to Asia
September 5, 2012
Some Tonganoxie inhabitants could be thousands of miles from home, according to researchers’ findings. Tonganoxie High School science teacher John Tollefson’s students in 2010 participated in Kansas State University’s Earthworms Across Kansas, a citizen science project for middle and high school students across the state.
61 violations found at restaurants in August
September 5, 2012
In August, the Kansas Department of Agriculture’s food inspectors conducted 37 inspections of Lawrence restaurants, finding 61 critical violations, which are violations of the food code that could cause a food-borne illness.
Band Day to draw about 3,000 student musicians
September 5, 2012
Roughly 3,000 high school students in about 30 different marching bands taking to a football field and playing music simultaneously is a sight — and sound — to behold.
Emergency communications upgrades moving ahead
September 5, 2012
A roughly $6.6 million project to replace the emergency communications system in Douglas County will go forward, but a proposal to revamp the communications’ and emergency management department’s office space will not, at least for now.
County supports cheaper towing charges
September 5, 2012
The Douglas County Commission on Wednesday unanimously agreed in principle to a resolution limiting how much towing companies on the county’s nonpreference towing list can charge consumers.
100 chickens stolen in unusual livestock theft
September 5, 2012
Authorities are investigating a cut fence and 100 missing chickens from a property in Ottawa. “We have no idea what happened,” said Franklin County Sheriff Jeffry Curry. “But they’re missing.”
Santa Fe Trail Festival on Sept. 15 to celebrate area’s history
September 5, 2012
To celebrate the history of the area, Overbrook Pride is sponsoring the sixth annual Santa Fe Trail Festival on Sept. 15 at the Overbrook Fairgrounds.
Grocery store clerk refuses would-be robber’s request
September 5, 2012
Lawrence police say a man attempted to rob the Dillon’s at 1015 W. 23rd St. early Wednesday morning.
Colorado shooting suspect wrote of ‘unquenchable curiosity,’ experiences working with underprivileged children in KU application
September 5, 2012
He wrote of an “unquenchable curiosity,” and owned a long list of academic accomplishments to back up his stated lifelong goal “to increase the efficiency of how human beings learn and remember.” But before Kansas University could interview James E. Holmes for a possible slot in the neuroscience graduate program, Holmes withdrew his application. That was in February 2011. A little over a year later — this past July — police say Holmes entered a movie theater in Aurora, Colo. and started shooting, killing 12 and injuring 58 others.
One year not nearly enough for international students at Lawrence’s Bishop Seabury Academy
September 5, 2012
Rather than a relatively short-term engagement with local host families, Bishop Seabury’s international students often stay with extended biological family in the U.S. in lieu of attending secondary school in their home countries. Many — if not most — also hope to go to university in the U.S. Gregarious, inquisitive and confident, Chan wants to go to Kansas University and study education.
Statehouse Live: State Insurance Commissioner Praeger urges establishment of `essential health benefits’
September 5, 2012
Health care officials on Wednesday discussed what should be included in insurance policies under the Affordable Care Act. But as in most efforts related to federal health reform in Kansas, the proposal is in limbo.
KU student charged in attempted robbery
September 5, 2012
A 19-year-old Kansas University student has been charged with four counts of attempted aggravated robbery following an incident Saturday night in the 1100 block of Tennessee Street.
Man charged with July home burglaries
September 5, 2012
Douglas County prosecutors Tuesday charged an 18-year-old Lawrence man in connection with two July home burglaries.
Buddhist monks’ art project spreads message of peace
September 5, 2012
Yes, Tenzin Dekyong confirms, creating sand paintings is as difficult as it looks.
Town Talk: More about the proposed N.W. Lawrence sports complex, and why Lawrence shouldn’t try to be Olathe
September 5, 2012
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
First Bell: Kids should probably go outside; and a bond issue update (kind of)
September 5, 2012
News, etc., from in and around schools in Douglas County.
25 years ago: Environmental issues with trafficway being dealt with, official says
September 5, 2012
Responses to the EPA’s criticisms would be presented in the final environmental impact statement.
40 years ago: Early tests positive on new tornado sensor
September 5, 2012
“Presently we have to rely on detecting a hook echo on radar or rely on storm spotters.”
100 years ago: New wheat turning out above-average flour
September 5, 2012
“The chemist at the mill makes bread about every three hours, using samples of flour before it is sacked.”
Jarmoc stars again in KU volleyball sweep of UMKC
September 5, 2012
For the third time in four matches, redshirt junior middle blocker Caroline Jarmoc tied a career high, notching 16 kills to power Kansas University’s volleyball team past UMKC, 25-15, 25-17, 25-17, on Tuesday night at Horejsi Center.
Western Civ
September 5, 2012
To the editor: The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is discussing eliminating the requirement of the “reading heavy” Western Civilization course. There is a statement that the course is not going away but that there will be “other options” for the bachelor of arts degree.
Pool lauded
September 5, 2012
To the editor: Because Lawrence has one of the outstanding aquatics programs in Kansas, I’m writing to correct a few comments that have been raised in other letters.
Thinking required
September 5, 2012
The Western Civilization course requirement has been a Kansas University tradition for generations. As with all traditions, some people liked it and some people hated it. And, like many traditions, it appears — like it or not — that this one is coming to an end.
Former Mangino assistant Reagan returning to KU as Rice coordinator
September 5, 2012
Assistant college football coaches shouldn’t drive automobiles to and from work. They should drive moving vans. Gypsies put down deeper roots.
LHS boys soccer rallies for 2-2 draw with Blue Valley West
12:00 a.m., September 5, 2012 Updated 10:33 a.m.
Lawrence High senior Ryan Lyan scored two goals, and the Lions’ boys soccer team overcame a two-goal halftime deficit for a 2-2 draw with Blue Valley West on Tuesday night.
Veritas volleyball wins opening two matches
September 5, 2012
Teri Huslig filled up the stat sheet and the Veritas Christian volleyball team won its opening two matches of the season, Tuesday at the Marais des Cygnes Valley triangular.
Firebirds have singles success but draw the rest at LHS tennis quad
12:00 a.m., September 5, 2012 Updated 10:14 a.m.
After a drawn-out, sweltering afternoon at Lawrence High’s quadrangular, Free State’s girls tennis team had to head home winless in its three duals.
Seven former Jayhawks start 2012 season on NFL rosters
September 5, 2012
The 2012 NFL season officially kicks off tonight, when the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants play host to the Dallas Cowboys. While there are no former Kansas University football players on either roster, the Jayhawks are fairly well represented throughout the rest of the league, which begins play from coast to coast on Sunday.
Seabury volleyball splits two at Lebo
September 5, 2012
The Seabury Academy volleyball team split a pair of matches, Tuesday at Lebo High School.
Kansas soccer’s Ashley Williams earns two Big 12 weekly awards
September 5, 2012
Kansas University freshman soccer player Ashley Williams earned Big 12 Offensive Player and Newcomer of the Week awards, the league announced Tuesday.
Jeremy Guthrie pitches Royals past Rangers, 6-3
September 5, 2012
Salvador Perez’s pickoff throw changed the momentum, and Jeremy Guthrie was unhittable after that. Guthrie pitched seven strong innings and the Kansas City Royals got home runs from Alex Gordon and Johnny Giavotella in a 6-3 victory over the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night.
Charlie’s classroom: KU coach Weis grades players after every game
September 5, 2012
With Game 1 of the Charlie Weis era in the books, we can pull back the curtain and learn more about how the new football coach at Kansas University evaluates his team’s performance.
Election circus
September 5, 2012
To the editor: Here we go again with the circus that the Republican Convention is!
Simple truth
September 5, 2012
To the editor: At last week’s Republican convention, candidates Romney and Ryan introduced themselves to American voters. Mitt Romney told the American people he is a deacon of the church, a loving, sensitive, trustworthy husband and thoughtful father, successful businessman and highly qualified to be president and American voters should trust him. Rep. Paul Ryan ran away from his record and tea party.
Better off
September 5, 2012
To the editor: In his column of Sept. 1, Mr. Simons says: “The country and its citizens are not better off today than in 2008,” a notion endorsed by Mitt Romney in his acceptance speech. What poor memories they have. In 2000 George Bush enacted his economic growth plan (which Mr. Romney wants to duplicate) passing tax cuts and deregulation, which, along with unpaid wars and other unpaid-for programs, transformed a surplus into a $1 trillion annual deficit for Obama to inherit. The result of this strategy was an increase of the unemployment rate from 4 percent to 5 percent between 2000 and 2007 before the bottom really fell out. In 2008, the last year of the Bush presidency 3,623,000 jobs were lost, and when Obama took over, more than 700,000 jobs were being lost each month. The Dow hit 6,700.
After hope and change, what’s next?
September 5, 2012 in print edition on A7
In Dante Alighieri’s “Divine Comedy,” the narrator is conveyed to the gates of hell, upon which he finds a sign: “Abandon hope, ye who enter here.”
NBC ready for football
September 5, 2012
The fall television season has not really begun, but it’s all but certain that the season’s most-watched programming begins tonight. Yes, I’m talking about “Football Night in America” (7 p.m., NBC) and NFL football (7:30 p.m., NBC). While tonight’s game features the Super Bowl champion New York Giants versus the nationally popular Dallas Cowboys, any NFL football game broadcast on any given Sunday should be the most-watched game of the week, every week, from now until the end of the season.