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Archive for Monday, September 17, 2012

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12:00 a.m.
A small tag on a monarch butterfly will help track the butterfly’s migration through the United States and into Mexico for winter. The Monarch Watch’s tagging event saw fewer monarchs this year. Fewer butterflies this year at Monarch Watch’s tagging event
September 15, 2012
At the annual Monarch Watch tagging event Saturday morning, there was a lot of watching — but not so many monarchs.
6:00 a.m.
Carter Williams, a Shawnee running and CrossFit coach, is one of the contestants in "Survivor: Philipines," which premieres Sept. 19. ‘Survivor’ contestant from Shawnee back home, guarding secret
September 16, 2012
Carter Williams, a 24-year-old Shawnee resident and one of the 18 castaways selected for the show, “Survivor: Philippines,” has to remain mum about if he was the sole survivor and winner of $1 million.
10:00 a.m.
Kansas University student Colby Liston, 18, sits with his father, Matt Liston, during an interview Sept. 10 at his home in Derby. Colby lost both of his legs below the knee after being pinned between two vehicles during an accident Aug. 26 on Tennessee Street. Colby says he is remaining positive and looking forward to being fitted for prosthetic legs. Just weeks after losing both of his legs, KU student embracing new challenges
September 16, 2012
Colby Liston was just a week into his first semester at KU, majoring in petroleum engineering, when his legs were severed in a car accident in Lawrence.
2:00 p.m.
President Barack Obama speaks about the war in Afghanistan on Tuesday at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. Obama said he will send 30,000 additional U.S. troops to Afghanistan by next summer, and begin withdrawing them in July 2011. Panel rules Obama is eligible to be on Kansas ballot
September 17, 2012
President Barack Obama’s place on the November election ballot in Kansas is now secure.
10:00 p.m.
Graham Hall, 2, carefully touches a monarch butterfly while Landon Rake, 2, and his mother, Rachel Rake, watch at the Fall Harvest Festival at Pendleton's Country Market on Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012. Fall Harvest Festival promotes healthy eating
September 16, 2012
Two years ago, 3-year-old Bella Bryan got her first dose of agricultural education when her day care center became involved in the Farm to Child Care program. The Douglas County Childhood Development Association’s program aims to encourage healthy eating habits and choices by working with local farmers, families and child care providers to increase food education and access to local produce through children’s gardens.

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Alcohol intoxication believed to be factor in collision
September 17, 2012
Both the driver and the pedestrian involved in an automobile accident Sept. 2 near the intersection of Ninth and Ohio streets were suspected of alcohol intoxication by officers at the scene, according to a police report.
Lawrence man hospitalized Monday
September 17, 2012
A 33-year-old Lawrence man was still hospitalized Monday after a motorcycle accident on Sunday afternoon.
Lawrence man charged with one count home burglary
September 17, 2012
A 38-year-old Lawrence man was charged in Douglas County District Court on Monday with one count of home burglary.
Two men arrested after allegedly battering police
September 17, 2012
Two men were arrested this weekend after allegedly battering Lawrence police during two separate incidents.
Tickets issued in alcohol patrols
September 17, 2012
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office conducted both a saturation patrol and DUI check lane operation on Saturday.
Ex-lawmaker named elections official
September 17, 2012
Secretary of State Kris Kobach announced that former Rep. Andrew Howell will fill the remaining two years of former Commissioner Elizabeth Ensley Deiter’s four-year term.
State Board of Regents to vote on budget increase
September 17, 2012
The Kansas Board of Regents this week is expected to put the finishing touches on its request for a $47 million budget increase.
In this family, reporting on the weather fulfills tradition, duty to history
September 17, 2012
Nancy and Leo Pollard have been recording the weather on their property for 30 years. Before they did it, Nancy’s dad did, and it has become a 50-plus-year family tradition.
Tonganoxie barbecue team to be featured on Discovery Channel’s ‘Pitmasters’
September 17, 2012
Not much could distract Truebud BBQ from its pedal-to-the-metal quest to become the top competitive barbecue team in the country.
League schedules voting forum
September 17, 2012
In an effort to educate voters, the League of Women Voters is sponsoring a public forum with guest speaker Douglas County Clerk Jamie Shew.
Forum set for Tuesday on downtown cameras
September 17, 2012
The idea of placing police-operated surveillance cameras in Downtown Lawrence will be the topic of a public forum Tuesday evening.
Charges filed in four burglaries
September 17, 2012
An 18-year-old Lawrence man, arrested Friday, was charged in Douglas County District Court Monday with eight counts stemming from a string of home burglaries in July.
Older drivers in Kansas receive extra help
September 17, 2012
Every three years, Donna Erickson takes AARP’s safe driving course to keep current on the changes in the laws of the road, as well as the roads themselves.
Statehouse Live: Pay raises approved for approximately one in four state workers
September 17, 2012
Kansas officials Monday approved $11.2 million in pay raises for 4,300 state employees whose salaries are below those of similar private-sector workers.
Person dies early Sunday in one-vehicle accident in Jefferson County
September 17, 2012
One person died in a single-vehicle accident in Ozawkie during the weekend, according to Jefferson County Sheriff Jeff Herrig.
Louisiana State evacuates following bomb threat
01:04 p.m., September 17, 2012 Updated 02:54 p.m.
Thousands of students, professors and workers were being evacuated from Louisiana State University’s main campus Monday following a bomb threat, school officials said.
Panel rules Obama is eligible to be on Kansas ballot
September 17, 2012
President Barack Obama’s place on the November election ballot in Kansas is now secure.
KU receives fundraising award from national education group
September 17, 2012
Kansas University has received a fundraising award from a national educational group, joining six other public research universities around the country that won the honor.
Pedestrian struck and killed by train in east Lawrence
12:19 p.m., September 17, 2012 Updated 09:04 p.m.
A pedestrian was struck and killed Monday morning in East Lawrence, said Lawrence Police Sgt. Trent McKinley.
Boy Scouts helped child molesters cover their tracks, files show
September 17, 2012
Over two decades, the Boy Scouts of America failed to report hundreds of alleged child molesters to police and often hid the allegations from parents and the public.
Town Talk: Maceli’s undergoing major renovation; a new location for brews, blues, BBQ, and a warning about bikers in Spandex; city to start annexation process for KU sports site
September 17, 2012
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
New WSU president to be inaugurated next month
September 17, 2012
The public is invited to next month’s inauguration of Wichita State University’s new president.
Train strikes car Saturday, no injuries occurred
September 17, 2012
A car was struck by an eastbound train shortly after 11 p.m. Saturday at Seventh and Maple Streets, said Lawrence Police Sgt. Anthony Brixius.
25 years ago: Local student channels Ben Franklin in prize-winning essay
September 17, 2012
She had imagined how Franklin would have tried to convince people to support the U.S. Constitution.
40 years ago: Water main break floods downtown intersection
September 17, 2012
Downtown Lawrence buildings were experiencing the thrill of being lakefront property.
100 years ago: Wanting to ‘be busy in the very best way,’ 74-year-old man enrolls at KU
September 17, 2012
“With the hundreds of youthful high school graduates who will seek admission will come one applicant who had already lived through 26 years at the time the University was organized in 1864.”
Marriages
September 17, 2012
Marriage licenses issued in Douglas County District Court the week ending September 14, 2012.
Premium shock
September 17, 2012
I experienced an interesting and painful coincidence this summer that illustrates the control wielded over us middle classers by a powerful insurance industry and a conservative state government.
Loving message
September 17, 2012
On Tuesday, Sept. 11, as I drove around Lawrence, from one job to another and running errands, I noticed all of the flags at half staff. It made me sad. It also reminded me of how important it is for those that we love and care about to be told that they are loved and cared about by you.
Let it go
The efforts of some Kansas officials to belabor the issue of President Obama’s citizenship reflect poorly on the state.
September 17, 2012
The issue of President Barack Obama’s citizenship has been settled, and the decision of Kansas officials to try to keep it alive was both a waste of time and an embarrassment to the state.
Bankruptcies
September 17, 2012
Douglas County residents or businesses filing for bankruptcy protection recently in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the District of Kansas, according to court records.
Fix-It Chick: Use a fish tape to ease pulling electrical wire
September 17, 2012
Running electrical wire through conduit is tricky business. An extra set of hands, wire pulling lubricant and a good quality fish tape will make the job easier.
Double Take: Ease transition for kids during divorce
September 17, 2012
Dr. Wes: In my business, high-conflict divorce comes along all too frequently, damaging everyone in its path.
Urban chickens: Residents take advantage of ordinance allowing hens in city
September 17, 2012
The welcoming committee at Meryl Carver-Allmond’s east Lawrence house is nine-strong, energetic, inquisitive and all aflutter. There’s Tori, Bonnie, Gladys, Joni and a handful of younger ladies (well, one’s gender is questionable). While Carver-Allmond is at work, they sometimes bicker, but they pitch in on groceries (albeit only one category) and help a little around the yard (if pooping in it counts).
River City Jules: The dating app
September 17, 2012
We sat down together for dinner, my husband and I at opposite ends of our table with our children between us. As my husband sliced through the steak I had marinated and grilled with love, he gazed across the table and asked, “What’s up with the eHarmony app?”
Daytripper: A tale of two Springfields
September 17, 2012
Although there are more than 30 different Springfields in the United States, only two of them are close enough to Lawrence to make convenient weekend getaways — Springfield, Ill. (which just happens to be my hometown), and Springfield, Mo. Each Springfield has unique culinary options and family-friendly activities, and are within an easy day’s drive (Springfield, Mo., 195 miles; Springfield, Ill., 348 miles) away.
Lawrence Laundry: KC style hits runway at fashion week
September 17, 2012
Kansas City: the land known for its jazz, BBQ, and — believe it or not — fashion.
Putting safety first: Jayhawk mom travels the country ‘getting the word out’ about stalking
September 17, 2012
Kathleen Baty is sporting jeans and a hot pink shirt decorated yellow flowers and rhinestones that spell “The Safety Chick.” The flowers and rhinestones don’t fool me, though. This woman is tough.
‘Revolution’ and ‘Mob Doctor’ make debut
September 17, 2012
The search for the new “Lost” continues with “Revolution” (9 p.m., NBC). Set 15 years after a mysterious and permanent power blackout, “Revolution” is both epic in scope and frequently laughable in execution — often at the same time.
Offbeat Occupations: Opening preschool ‘a dream come true’
September 17, 2012
Let’s face it — 4-year-olds can be loud, messy and often a handful. Someone who spends 12 hours a day in a room full of them either loves children or is incredibly patient. For James Immel, who runs Immel Early Education Academy at 3045 W. Seventh St., it’s a little of both.
Bite Sighs: Shirley Temple cupcakes
September 17, 2012
These cupcakes are a nod to my favorite bar beverage, the Shirley Temple. Yeah, I’m a cheap date, but you’ll never catch me with a lampshade on my head.
Horoscopes for Sept. 17
September 17, 2012
For Monday, Sept. 17: This year you express your compassion, which you demonstrate through your actions. You often will carry more than your share of responsibilities, and will handle them magnificently. If you are single, you could attract someone who is emotionally unavailable. If you are attached, the two of you gain through mini escapes from reality into your own world.
Juco recruit Chris Jones orally commits to play basketball at Louisville
Point guard picks Cardinals after weekend visit
12:00 a.m., September 17, 2012 Updated 12:32 a.m.
Chris Jones, a 5-foot-11 sophomore point guard from Northwest Florida State College, has orally committed to Louisville.