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Archive for Tuesday, September 11, 2012

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12:00 a.m.
Kansas track and field standout Diamond Dixon is interviewed on the red carpet by members of the press before entering the Lied Center for the Rock Chalk Choice Awards on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012.
And the winner is … Diamond Dixon, Thomas Robinson take top honors
September 9, 2012
Thomas Robinson, the No. 5 overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, and Diamond Dixon, U.S. Olympic gold-medal winner in the 4x400 relay last month in London, claimed Kansas University men’s and women’s 2011-12 athletes of the year during Sunday’s Rock Chalk Choice Awards at Lied Center.
6:00 a.m.
Jean Shepherd, of Lawrence, holds a sign asking “Who would Jesus tax?” as people file into the Lied Center to hear Gov. Sam Brownback speak Monday. Brownback defends tax cuts as necessary to grow the economy
September 10, 2012
Gov. Sam Brownback on Monday told approximately 1,200 people at the Lied Center that population and job growth were his primary goals in signing into law massive tax cuts. “I want to win our league,” Brownback said at the Kansas University School of Business Anderson Chandler Lecture Series.
10:00 a.m.
McLouth High School student Justin Johnston, 16, was shot and killed Thursday, June 2, 2011, while on a trip to Costa Rica with the school's Spanish Club. Man gets 15 years in McLouth student’s death
September 11, 2012
A hotel security guard who fatally wounded a McLouth High School student on a Spanish Club trip to Costa Rica has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.
2:00 p.m.
A firefighter makes a rubbing of a victim's name as friends and relatives of the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center gather for a ceremony marking the 11th anniversary of the attacks at the National September 11 Memorial in New York, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012. Fewer 9/11 families on hand for 11th anniversary
September 11, 2012
Americans paused again Tuesday to mark the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks with familiar ceremony, but also a sense that it’s time to move forward after a decade of remembrance.
6:00 p.m.
Kansas linebacker Prinz Kande, right, laughs with fellow linebacker Steven Johnson during football practice on Monday, April 18, 2011 at the practice fields near Memorial Stadium. Kansas’ Prinz Kande to miss season
September 11, 2012
The Journal-World has learned that Kansas University junior linebacker Prinz Kande, who made the first start of his career during Saturday’s one-point loss to Rice, injured the anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in his right knee during the game.

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Child advocacy group challenges governor’s assertions on tax cuts
September 11, 2012
One day after Gov. Sam Brownback sought to defend his tax cuts at the Lied Center in Lawrence, a child advocacy group released a report stating that the tax cuts will be bad for children and families.
County leaders to decide on support for K-10 bus service
September 11, 2012
Douglas County leaders soon enough are going to have to figure out whether they want to financially help Johnson County with its strapped transit system.
Kansas opts out of federal Recreational Trails Program
September 11, 2012
Kansas is one of only two states that has opted out of the federal Recreational Trails Program, officials said Tuesday. News of the development brought criticism from trail enthusiasts, plus a call to action.
Volunteers sought for advisory councils
September 11, 2012
The Lawrence school district is looking for community volunteers for two advisory committees. The equity council is looking for contributors, as is the finance advisory council. The equity council meets at 6:30 p.m. the third Wednesday of the month, and the finance group will meet monthly, on a day to be determined.
Four men arrested in copper theft
September 11, 2012
Four Topeka men were arrested Monday after a morning theft at a Lecompton business.
KU pulls out of deal for sports complex at NW corner of Sixth and SLT, proposes plans for larger complex on new site
11:11 p.m., September 11, 2012 Updated 11:42 p.m.
Kansas University has pulled out of a proposal to build a new sports complex on the northwest corner of Sixth Street and the South Lawrence Trafficway, and has proposed its own larger sports complex near the northeast corner of the intersection.
Library book sale starts Thursday
September 11, 2012
The Friends of the Lawrence Public Library Fall Book Sale starts Thursday and runs through Sept. 23 at the corner of Seventh and Kentucky streets to raise funds for the Lawrence Public Library.
Lawrence police release recap of home burglary cases, seek public’s assistance
September 11, 2012
The Lawrence Police Department on Tuesday afternoon released a recap of a recent rise in home burglary cases and called on the public to help identify and locate several suspects.
Four arrested in copper theft
September 11, 2012
Four Topeka men were arrested Monday after a morning theft at a Lecompton business.
DA promotes ‘Lock ‘n’ Light’ strategy
September 11, 2012
After a rash of summer home burglaries in Lawrence, Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson Tuesday announced a new program — called “Lock ‘n’ Light” — to help Lawrence residents ward off would-be thieves.
Congressman Huelskamp criticizes new school lunch standards; USDA says requirements are healthier
September 11, 2012
U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Fowler, on Tuesday blamed the Obama administration for “leaving kids hungry” with new school lunch standards. But the federal government says the standards are producing healthier meals.
Another record year of giving, KU Endowment reports
September 11, 2012
For the fifth consecutive year, the Kansas University Endowment has set a new plateau for receiving private donations in support of KU and the KU Hospital, officials reported Tuesday.
Mail complaint leads to seizure of marijuana, cash
September 11, 2012
A Lawrence man’s complaint about lost mail has led to a federal warrant and the seizure of $7,100 and 1.5 pounds of marijuana.
Suspect in local robbery attempt pleads guilty
September 11, 2012
One of two Topeka men accused of attempting to rob three Kansas University students in late August has pleaded guilty.
LHS grad identified as Topeka murder-suicide victim
September 11, 2012
A 2008 Lawrence High School graduate was a victim in a murder-suicide in Topeka over the weekend.
Highway Patrol finalizes report on accident that killed state Rep. Bethell
September 11, 2012
The Kansas Highway Patrol says medical conditions likely caused an accident that killed state Rep. Bob Bethell.
Town Talk: A scary use set for former Blockbuster building on West 23rd Street; sales tax collections soar in August; city to discuss debt limits
September 11, 2012
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Kansas State completes $5 million expansion
September 11, 2012
Kansas State University is celebrating a $5 million expansion of Justin Hall to accommodate growth in its College of Human Ecology.
Fort Riley marks 9/11 attacks with ceremony
September 11, 2012
The names of 16 soldiers will be added to a monument near Fort Riley’s Cavalry Parade Field to mark the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.
Wichita man appeals 27-year sentence over ‘sexting’
September 11, 2012
A Wichita man is appealing his nearly 27-year federal prison sentence for enticing a 14-year-old girl into texting him a nude photo of herself.
Statehouse Live: Advocacy group says new tax law will hurt families, children
September 11, 2012
One day after Gov. Sam Brownback sought to defend his tax cuts at the Lied Center, a child advocacy group released a report Tuesday stating that the tax cuts will be bad for children and families.
Fewer 9/11 families on hand for 11th anniversary
September 11, 2012
Americans paused again Tuesday to mark the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks with familiar ceremony, but also a sense that it’s time to move forward after a decade of remembrance.
Both campaigns eschew politics on 9/11 anniversary
September 11, 2012
The presidential candidates are taking a one-day pause from attacks in the heat of the campaign to observe the anniversary of the 9/11 attack.
Off the Beaten Plate: Gator Po’ Boy at Terrebonne
September 11, 2012
Alligator meat: It really does taste like chicken. By Sara Shepherd.
Candidate says doubts about residency ‘crazy’
September 11, 2012
The president of a tea party group in Wichita on Monday questioned whether a former Democratic legislator who’s running again for the Kansas House lives at the address he lists as his home, a concern the ex-lawmaker dismissed as “crazy.”
Fraternity chapter to celebrate 100 years at KU
September 11, 2012
Members of a Kansas University fraternity chapter who can count former U.S. Sen. Bob Dole and Ford CEO Alan Mulally as former members will celebrate their 100th anniversary at KU this month.
Battle over electronic files between school district, KPI resolved
September 11, 2012
The Lawrence school district has decided to provide Excel computer files requested by the Kansas Policy Institute.
Man gets 15 years in McLouth student’s death
September 11, 2012
A hotel security guard who fatally wounded a McLouth High School student on a Spanish Club trip to Costa Rica has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.
Dozens of citations issued in weekend enforcement action
September 11, 2012
Lawrence police conducted a special enforcement action in the Oread neighborhood Friday and Saturday nights.
Off and running: Big 12 teams embracing ground game, at least for now
September 11, 2012
Big 12 teams are piling up crazy stats again, just like they do every September. The difference this year? The numbers are not all through the air.
Another suspect charged in rash of home burglaries
September 11, 2012
A second 18-year-old Lawrence man in less than a week has been charged in Douglas County District Court for a string of Lawrence home burglaries.
First Bell: Community volunteers wanted; Eudora teacher a teacher of the year
September 11, 2012
News, et cetera, from schools in and around Douglas County.
25 years ago: KU student’s attempt at late-night tryst goes horribly wrong
September 11, 2012
Police had discovered the 19-year-old student on the fire escape of the house.
40 years ago: Neighbors protest noise, disturbances at new housing project
September 11, 2012
Thirty people had signed the petition, which was accompanied by a letter requesting that a chain link fence be installed.
McClure paces KU at men’s golf meet
September 11, 2012
Dylan McClure used three birdies and only two bogeys to fire the first under-par round by a Kansas University men’s golfer this fall, a 1-under par 71 on the Eisenhower Blue Course to tie for 23rd place at the season-opening Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational Monday.
Protect the planet
September 11, 2012
As I watched parts of the Republican Convention, I was sick to the stomach when I heard Mitt Romney ridicule and scorn President Obama for “wanting to heal the planet.”
Voting mission
September 11, 2012
The League of Women Voters does a valuable service by making it easy for local voters to get registered.
Core knowledge
September 11, 2012
The argument for doing away with the Western Civ requirement at Kansas University is that students will continue to be required to take humanities courses but will now have the opportunity to better orient what they learn to their specialized course of study. But is such specialization really good?
FSHS soccer rips De Soto
September 11, 2012
Free State High soccer won, 3-1, Monday at De Soto on two goals by Caleb Francis and another by Rigby McClure.
Parties have broad differences
September 11, 2012 in print edition on A8
There was a time, not quite within the memory of Americans now alive, when the principal argument between the major parties was over the tariff. Democrats wanted a low one, Republicans a high one. There were differences between the parties, but chiefly they were in perception. The Democrats were a more raffish crowd. They were said to enjoy themselves more. They were perhaps more foreign, sometimes talking in strange accents. On matters of patriotism, they were distrusted by Republicans, who had almost begun political life by “waving the bloody shirt” at Democrats for being sympathetic to the Confederate cause.
KU volleyball sweeps awards
September 11, 2012
Kansas University’s Caroline Jarmoc and Brianne Riley earned Big 12 Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week honors, respectively, marking the first time Kansas earned both awards in the same week in Big 12 history.
Sitcoms try to force laughs
September 11, 2012
Matthew Perry returns in “Go On” (8 p.m., NBC). The former “Friends” star plays brash sports radio personality Ryan King, who has just lost his wife in a car accident. He wants to jump right back into his old job, but his superiors order him to take time off and seek counseling.
KU’s Bill Self on road pursuing point guards
September 11, 2012
Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self, who is recruiting a trio of point guards in Anthony “Cat” Barber, Demetrius Jackson and Chris Jones, met with Northwest Florida State sophomore Jones on Sunday in Niceville, Fla., and Jackson on Monday in Mishawaka, Ind.
Horoscopes for Sept. 11
September 11, 2012
For Tuesday, Sept. 11: This year you open doors and allow greater give-and-take. Your ability to move forward is extraordinary. If you are single, be careful and check out the people you are drawn to. If you are attached, the two of you gain by spending more private time together.
Lions bounce back, earn pair of tennis draws
September 11, 2012
Lawrence High’s No. 2 doubles team of Carly Davis and Haley Ryan didn’t have the best start to their Monday afternoon. In fact, they were downright angry.
Kansas’ Prinz Kande to miss season
September 11, 2012
The Journal-World has learned that Kansas University junior linebacker Prinz Kande, who made the first start of his career during Saturday’s one-point loss to Rice, injured the anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in his right knee during the game.
100 years ago: Rain raises hopes, but fails to bring cooler weather
September 11, 2012
“For a while it seemed that the earth was in for a good soaking that would bring about some decent September weather.”