Archive for Thursday, September 6, 2012

Lead stories

12:09 a.m.
This architect rendering of the proposed recreation center in northwest Lawrence shows the 172,000-square-foot fieldhouse. The drawing was provided by Paul Werner Architects and GouldEvans. Public split on plans for new rec center
September 4, 2012
At least one point about a proposed sports complex in northwest Lawrence became clearer Tuesday: The public is divided about the wisdom of the plan.
6:00 a.m.
James E. Holmes appears in Arapahoe County District Court, Monday, July 23, 2012, in Centennial, Colo. Holmes is being held on suspicion of first-degree murder, and could also face additional counts of aggravated assault and weapons violations stemming from a mass shooting last Friday in a movie theater in Aurora, Colo., that killed 12 and injured dozens of others. 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.
10:00 a.m.
The Kansas Statehouse is seen in downtown Topeka, Kan. Tuesday, June 23, 2009. Panel OKs raises for public employees
September 6, 2012
A committee overseeing state employee pay is recommending about $11.4 million in raises for underpaid state workers, with corrections officers at Kansas prisons among the groups benefiting most.
6:00 p.m.
At Wednesday's Douglas County Commission meeting, Evan Ice, county attorney, discusses a resolution that would limit how much towing companies on the county's nonpreference towing list can charge customers. Commissioners voted in support of the resolution. A final draft will be presented at the Sept. 19 commission meeting. 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.
10:00 p.m.
Shelly Sheets of Pomona throws a punch during a kickboxing class at Title Boxing Club, 1520 Wakarusa Drive. A knockout workout: Boxing for fitness takes hold in Lawrence
September 3, 2012
If there’s a ripped-up, cauliflower-eared, cage-fighter type wandering around the class, don’t worry, he’s not going to punch your lights out. The only sparring is between you and the heavy bag.

All stories

Media bias
September 6, 2012
Scott Rothschild’s story, “Jenkins’ remark about unemployment rankles” showcases some of the reasons for rankle: biased reporting, fallacious reasoning that panders to the bias and indiscreet thinking. Congresswoman Jenkins’ comment on the face is true. “Right now we have people who are happy to collect unemployment and not work. We have a problem with people working the system.” Of course that is true! Change starts by facing the facts; fraud is a fact that can only be rooted out by exposing the abuse, telling the truth. Thank you, Lynn.
Latin American health topic of event
September 6, 2012
Latin American health topic of event A symposium about health care in Latin America will be from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. today in the Big 12 Room of the Kansas Union on Kansas University’s campus.
Patriot traveling country to promote day of recognition for uniformed personnel
September 6, 2012
In the days following 9/11, tributes were common for military members, police, fire and emergency medical personnel across the country.
Insurance company accuses apartment owners of fraud
September 6, 2012
An insurance company alleges the owners of the former Boardwalk Apartments committed fraud in claims they submitted after a deadly 2005 fire destroyed one building at the west Lawrence complex.
Kindergarten teacher takes prize
September 6, 2012
Second-year kindergarten teacher Lauren Mitchell got a surprise from her colleagues, students and family Thursday afternoon.
Obama: Recovery path hard, challenge ‘can be met’
September 6, 2012
His re-election in doubt, President Barack Obama conceded only halting progress Thursday night toward fixing the nation’s stubborn economic woes, but vowed in a Democratic National Convention finale, “Our problems can be solved, our challenges can be met.”
Scholarship hall catches fire
09:32 p.m., September 6, 2012 Updated 08:58 a.m.
Firefighers were called Thursday evening to a kitchen fire at K.K. Amini Scholarship Hall, 1318 La. Around 6:30 p.m., hall members were sitting down to dinner when they noticed smoke coming from behind the ovens.
Power outage reported in southwest Lawrence
September 6, 2012
Hundreds of homes in southwest Lawrence are without power Thursday night.
Award-winning environmentalist Simran Sethi leaves post at KU’s journalism school
September 6, 2012
Simran Sethi, an award-winning journalist, educator and environmentalist, has left her job as an associate professor at the Kansas University School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
Report: Kansas prison violates inmates’ rights
05:07 p.m., September 6, 2012 Updated 12:12 a.m.
The U.S. Justice Department says the state women’s prison in Kansas violates the civil rights of its inmates by failing to protect them from sexual misconduct and abuse by staff and other prisoners.
Man convicted of April shooting sentenced to 71 months in prison
September 6, 2012
Douglas County District Court Judge Michael Malone on Thursday sentenced William Verner, 27, to 71 months in prison for his role in an April 1 shooting outside an apartment complex in the 1300 block of Michigan Way.
Defensive lineman Ty McKinney to enroll at KU in January
September 6, 2012
Kansas football coach Charlie Weis announced Thursday afternoon that defensive lineman Ty McKinney will not enroll at KU until the spring semester.
Clinton Lake resort discussions resurface
September 6, 2012
The leader of the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism has begun exploring the feasibility of a resort development at Clinton Lake.
Kansas doctor wants license back in abortion case
September 6, 2012
An attorney for a Kansas doctor sanctioned over her referrals of young patients for late-term abortions says a court battle she’s started to regain her medical license is likely to be lengthy.
Town Talk: Consignment furniture, home decor store opens in the Malls; companies target Lawrence for 4G wireless expansion; weekly land transfers, including N. Lawrence car wash
September 6, 2012
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Statehouse Live: Officials urge commitment to reducing obesity
September 6, 2012
Reducing obesity in the United States is going to require a commitment similar to the Civil Rights movement or anti-drunk driving efforts, a former high ranking federal health official said Thursday.
Lawsuit claims KU medical school violated Americans With Disabilities Act
September 6, 2012
An applicant to the Kansas University School of Medicine has filed a lawsuit against the school alleging she was denied admission because of a disability, in violation of the Americans With Disabilities Act.
Land transfers for the week ending Aug. 27, 2012
September 6, 2012
Douglas County land transfers, as recorded by the Douglas County Register for Deeds, for the week ending Aug. 27, 2012.
Two home burglaries reported
September 6, 2012
Two home burglaries were reported in Lawrence Wednesday evening and Thursday morning.
FACT CHECK: Clinton claims of compromise a stretch
September 6, 2012
It’s a fact of life in Washington that what one party considers a principled stand, the opposition considers pigheadedness. Compromise? That’s the other guy’s problem.
Panel OKs raises for public employees
September 6, 2012
A committee overseeing state employee pay is recommending about $11.4 million in raises for underpaid state workers, with corrections officers at Kansas prisons among the groups benefiting most.
First Bell: Cordley Carnival coming later this month; good news (for students) about sleeping in class
12:01 a.m., September 6, 2012 Updated 07:06 a.m.
News, et cetera, from schools in and around Douglas County.
25 years ago: Actor researches ‘dark side’ of Lawrence area
September 6, 2012
“You realize that Lawrence is a pretty relatively quiet town, but there are its darker elements.”
40 years ago: At groundbreaking, new Clinton Lake predicted to ‘benefit untold millions’
September 6, 2012
Dignitaries gathered today for a groundbreaking for the Clinton Lake project.
100 years ago: After summer renovations, Haskell ready for new year
September 6, 2012
“The Haskell Print Shop has also been greatly improved.”
Our Town Sports
September 6, 2012
Horseshoes anyone?: Anyone interested in pitching horseshoes is welcome at 7 p.m. every Thursday at Broken Arrow. Contact Wynne at 843-8450.
LHS tennis falls to BV Northwest
September 6, 2012
Lawrence High’s Whitney Simons won in singles and doubles in the Lions’ 6-2 loss to Blue Valley Northwest on Wednesday in a girls tennis dual.
Cole Aldrich reflects on trip
Former Jayhawk center moved by visit to Johannesburg
September 6, 2012
Cole Aldrich couldn’t stop smiling on Tuesday’s 16-hour flight from Johannesburg back to the United States as he reflected on a rewarding 12-day NBA-sponsored Basketball Without Borders excursion to that impoverished land.
No joke: Rangers hold off Royals
September 6, 2012
The Texas Rangers figure they’ll be just fine if they keep focusing on themselves.
Turn for the better: Emphasis on takeaways pays off
September 6, 2012
For a defense that recorded just 18 turnovers during the entire 2011 season, picking up five takeaways in one game, as Kansas University did in its season-opening victory Saturday, may seem a little bit like magic. It wasn’t.
Positive step
Funding approved earlier this year and salary recommendations announced Tuesday are an important recognition of the need to make state employee salaries competitive with those in the private sector.
September 6, 2012
Even when the budget is tight, state officials in Kansas recognized a real need.
Professor adds to teacher bullying response
September 6, 2012
In the Aug. 27 Double Take column published in the Journal-World entitled, “When teachers bully,” Wes Crenshaw and Katie Guyot provided some sage advice on a situation in which a classroom teacher was depicted as bullying her student by yelling at her in front of the class.
Obama spurs Wilson comparison
September 6, 2012 in print edition on A8
Four years ago, Barack Obama was America’s Rorschach test upon whom voters could project their disparate yearnings. To govern, however, is to choose, and now his choices have clarified him. He is a conviction politician determined to complete the progressive project of emancipating government from the Founders’ constraining premises, a project Woodrow Wilson embarked on 100 Novembers ago.
Names could be picked from a hat
September 6, 2012
Some decades back, professional wit and Random House co-founder Bennett Cerf was asked if he had an idea for the title of a surefire best-seller. To his interviewer’s surprise, he took no time to reply and said, “Lincoln’s Doctor’s Dog.” As a publisher, he knew that books on any of those subjects were always popular, so combining the three was a no-brainer.
Horoscope for Sept. 6
September 6, 2012
For Thursday, Sept. 6: This year you naturally give an excellent impression that radiates positive energy. You are more verbal and caring than in past years. If you are single, you might attract someone emotionally unavailable. If you are attached, the two of you gain by planning a special trip together.