Archive for Tuesday, September 18, 2012

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Train derailment reported east of downtown Lawrence
September 18, 2012
The Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Co. reported a train derailment about 10 p.m. Tuesday near the intersection of Seventh and New York streets. According to Douglas County Emergency Dispatch, the company requested no help in dealing with the derailment. As of 10:10 p.m., the intersection remained clear with no visible sign of the derailed train. BNSF was unable to be reached Tuesday evening.
City moving forward with new rec center site
September 18, 2012
Lawrence city commissioners are moving on, but they’re not entirely sure what they’ve left behind as they shift gears on a proposed sports complex.
Downtown surveillance cameras discussed at forum
September 18, 2012
Surveillance cameras could be coming downtown, and the public will likely have input into how the cameras are used.
Eudora mayor endorses Holland, criticizes Brown
September 18, 2012
Eudora Mayor Scott Hopson on Tuesday endorsed state Sen. Tom Holland, D-Baldwin City, saying that Holland provided crucial help in making Kansas Highway 10 safer after a tragic fatality.
County Commission to consider agritourism land use proposal
September 18, 2012
It’s been a long journey, but it’s one group’s hope that “agritourism” will officially come to Douglas County on Wednesday.
All but 1 Lawrence school meet ‘Standard of Excellence’
September 18, 2012
For the third year in a row, Kennedy School was the only school in the Lawrence district not to meet the “Standard of Excellence” distinction on the state’s standardized assessments.
Statehouse Live: Student performance drops amid budget cuts
September 18, 2012
Student performance on statewide reading and math assessments dropped for the first time since 2001, education officials reported Tuesday.
KU’s Osher Institute to expand to Topeka
September 18, 2012
Leaders at Kansas University and Washburn University plan to sign an agreement Wednesday to offer classes in Topeka for people 50 or older.
Downtown property owners respond to expanded parking plan
September 18, 2012
City Manager David Corliss said he can’t say with certainty that now is the right time to spend $1 million to add 72 new parking spaces in downtown Lawrence.
Statehouse Live: U.S. Education Secretary Duncan calls on nation to close “opportunity gap”
September 18, 2012
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan on Tuesday said the nation must work on closing the “opportunity gap” and he decried cuts to public schools.
Lawrence police release results of game-day patrol, including 153 parking violations and 22 alcohol violations
September 18, 2012
The Lawrence Police Department had extra officers patrolling the Oread neighborhood before, during and after Saturday’s Kansas University football game. According to a news release, police reported the following activity during the game and the Saturday overnight shift:
Juco defensive end taps Kansas
September 18, 2012
Always looking to improve and add depth to its offensive and defensive lines, the Kansas University football team picked up a huge victory in the recruiting game late Monday night, when Andrew Bolton, a 6-foot-3, 280-pound defensive end from Hinds Community College in Raymond, Miss., orally committed to join the Jayhawks.
Ribbon cut on new U.S. Highway 59; road expected to be open to traffic in early October
September 18, 2012
The ribbon is cut, and soon — but not quite yet — a new U.S. Highway 59 will dramatically cut the risk of serious accidents for motorists traveling between Lawrence and Ottawa.
Physician at KU’s Watkins Memorial Health Center identified as pedestrian struck by train
12:27 p.m., September 18, 2012 Updated 08:35 p.m.
Lawrence police identified a 56-year-old Lawrence physician as the pedestrian who was struck and killed by a train Monday morning in east Lawrence.
Free boater-safety class offered later this month
September 18, 2012
U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary members are offering a boaters safety class from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 29 in the Jayhawk Room of the Lawrence Fire & Medical Department facility, 1911 Stewart Ave.
Lawrence police respond to two burglary reports
September 18, 2012
Two residential burglaries were reported early Tuesday morning, according to police.
New law changes requirements for Kansas wine
September 18, 2012
Little-known fact: Even though your wine came from a Kansas winery doesn’t necessarily mean it has many — or any — Kansas grapes in it.
Eudora releases more details on detonated device
September 18, 2012
Interim Eudora Police Chief David Burger released more details Tuesday about a suspicious device detonated by a bomb squad Sept. 13 at a Eudora apartment complex.
Roads reopened after gas main break near 15th and Iowa streets
September 18, 2012
A gas main break briefly shut down traffic near 15th and Iowa Street, according to emergency dispatch scanner traffic.
Town Talk: Happy Birthday, Lawrence, and where’s my piece of cake?; KDOT to cut ribbon on U.S. 59, but opening still slated for early October; KU Endowment weighs in on rec center partnership
September 18, 2012
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
KU dean speaks at ceremony where her parents become U.S. citizens
September 18, 2012
Neeli Bendapudi, the dean of the KU School of Business, spoke Monday afternoon at a U.S. District Court naturalization ceremony at KU’s Dole Institute of Politics.
Change of pace: After Army, NIU shifts gears for KU
September 18, 2012
Don’t let the numbers fool you. Sure, in its one-point loss last week, Army ran for 486 yards against the Northern Illinois defense, but the Black Knights also attempted 86 rushing plays and asked quarterback Trent Steelman to throw just three times.
First Bell: An honor for Cordley PTA; non-cognitive skills discussed on radio; bond issue talk continues
September 18, 2012
News, et cetera, from schools in and around Douglas County.
Kansas men’s golf in 12th place
September 18, 2012
Stan Gautier fired five birdies, the most by a Kansas University men’s golfer this season, while senior Chris Gilbert added four to lead the Jayhawks to a team score of 9-over 297 in the second round of the Golfweek Conference Challenge on Monday at Spirit Hollow Golf Course.
Lions win ‘Air Strike’
September 18, 2012
Lawrence High football seniors Brad Strauss and Will Thompson were voted the U.S. Air Force’s Precision Air Strike of the Week for the state for their Week 2 performances at Shawnee Mission Northwest, a 42-13 LHS victory.
Misplaced blame
September 18, 2012
Why would a Coptic Christian want to inflame the Muslim world by putting an undocumented and offensive video on the Internet?
What’s next?
September 18, 2012
Just when I thought Kansans couldn’t be any more embarrassed, along comes the State Objections Board.
Libya answers
September 18, 2012
Columnist Trudy Rubin asks the same question Secretary Clinton asked, “How could this happen in Libya?” She then gives the State Department response. But Miss Rubin misses three reasons.
Park future
September 18, 2012
I hope that the organizers of this commemoration (the Burning of Lawrence) will see Sesquicentennial Point as a place for noting the sesquicentennial of Quantrill’s Raid in August 1863.
Not frivolous?
September 18, 2012
The Journal-World’s criterion that letters to the Public Forum should avoid name-calling is a tough one to meet when considering the actions of Secretary of State Kris Kobach, Attorney General Derek Schmidt, and Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer on the State Objections Board.
Strong response
September 18, 2012
U.S. leaders must offer a strong response to protests and assaults at U.S. embassies abroad.
Thanks, Chad
September 18, 2012
I want to thank Chad Lawhorn for his interesting Town Talk articles.
25 years ago: KU experiencing huge enrollment jump in foreign-language classes
September 18, 2012
A national trend of heightened interest in foreign languages was reflected at KU.
40 years ago: Thousands of young musicians to fill KU stadium on Band Day
September 18, 2012
About 80 visiting bands composed of more than 7,000 participants were expected to be on the field at half-time.
100 years ago: City electric and streetcar company celebrates third year
September 18, 2012
“And it is a lively youngster for three years.”
New Mexico case raises tolerance issues
September 18, 2012 in print edition on A10
Elaine Huguenin, who with her husband operates Elane Photography in New Mexico, asks only to be let alone. But instead of being allowed a reasonable zone of sovereignty in which to live her life in accordance with her beliefs, she is being bullied by people wielding government power.
KU women’s golf in 8th place
September 18, 2012
Thanuttra Boonraksasat shot an even par 72 on the second round of the Dale McNamara Invitational to lead the KU women’s golf team to a eighth-place, two-round score of 598 on Monday at the Golf Club of Oklahoma.
Horoscopes for Sept. 18
September 18, 2012
For Tuesday, Sept. 18: This year you often are an instrument of change for others, but as a result, you will have to transform yourself as well. If you are single, you might see that many suitors tend to flock toward you. If you are attached, as a couple you enjoy each other’s company even more than in the past.
Winless Chiefs seeking answers
September 18, 2012
The running game has disappeared. Matt Cassel looks completely lost. The defense has struggled to stop anybody, and even the special teams are looking anything but special.
LHS tennis struggles with mix-and-match lineup
September 18, 2012
When her doubles partner had to miss Lawrence High’s tennis quadrangular Monday due to illness, junior Zoe Schneider and the rest of the Lions found themselves with a schedule that looked a little out of whack.