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Blaze tears through Berkeley Flats apartments
11:15 p.m., September 19, 2012 Updated 01:57 p.m.
A fire tore through two Berkeley Flats apartment buildings, 1100 and 1104 Miss., about 10:15 p.m. Wednesday, though no injuries were reported.
County sends agritourism plan back for revisions
September 19, 2012
A plan to promote agricultural tourism in Douglas County hit another roadblock Wednesday. The County Commission voted to return the proposed zoning regulation change back to the committee that drafted it, after it was sent back in April and significantly changed.
Kroger recalls spinach over Listeria risk
September 19, 2012
Kroger is recalling spinach sold at grocery stores in 15 states due to possible Listeria contamination.
Kansas school board likes drift of science standards
September 19, 2012
Science standards that are under development received high marks Wednesday from the Kansas state school board for pushing hands-on instruction over textbook learning, even from members who have worried that the new guidelines will be too friendly toward evolution.
KU art and architecture library reopens
September 19, 2012
The Murphy Art and Architecture Library reopened Monday for the first time since a water line break flooded its Spencer Museum of Art home on Aug. 1, damaging about 10 percent of the library’s 170,000 books.
Regents appear ready to approve budget request
September 19, 2012
Higher education officials said Wednesday they were ready to forward to Gov. Sam Brownback a requested $47.1 million budget increase, which would include a one percent pay raise for state university employees.
The World Company names Mark Potts as top news executive
September 19, 2012
Mark Potts, a veteran journalist who has been a leader in the field of online news, on Wednesday was named vice president of content at The World Company, publisher of the Lawrence Journal-World and other newspapers.
UNC’s Roy Williams has surgery to remove tumor
Professor of urology at UNC says Williams should be able to coach this season
12:22 p.m., September 19, 2012 Updated 01:21 p.m.
North Carolina coach Roy Williams had surgery to remove a kidney tumor on Wednesday.
All but 1 Lawrence school meet ‘Standard of Excellence’
September 19, 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. The Kansas Department of Education released its list of schools that made the grade for the standard on Tuesday.
Task force to be formed to address widening achievement gap as test scores fall
September 19, 2012
Still reeling from the first decrease in more than a decade in statewide test scores, education officials acknowledged Wednesday that the results were even worse for minority students and those from low-income families. Still reeling from the first decrease in more than a decade in statewide student test scores, education officials acknowledged Wednesday that the results were even worse for minority students and those from low-income families.
New area of Statehouse to reopen this week
September 19, 2012
Workers are preparing to remove temporary walls on the first floor of the Kansas Statehouse, unsealing part of the building’s rotunda for the first time in four years.
Kansas holds no texting while driving day
September 19, 2012
Kansas outlawed texting while driving last year, but officials are going an extra mile to make sure everyone knows the law.
Arkansas State introduces KU’s Terry Mohajir as new athletic director
September 19, 2012
Terry Mohajir, Kansas University’s senior associate athletic director for external relations, has been named the athletic director at Arkansas State University, the school announced Wednesday morning.
Town Talk: City to make switch to electric carts at Eagle Bend; new Sears store close to opening; developers and neighbors both urging new retail zoning for NW Lawrence
September 19, 2012
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Statehouse Live: Board endorses proposed council to work on better coordination of Kansas education system
September 19, 2012
The State Board of Education today endorsed establishment of a council that will work on improving coordination of the Kansas education system from pre-kindergarten through college.
Siemens to lay off 146 at Hutchinson plant, citing tax credit, natural gas prices and economic slowdown
September 19, 2012
Citing a “perfect storm of factors,” Siemens Wind Energy said Tuesday that it will cut 146 workers at its Hutchinson turbine manufacturing plant, and more than 450 staff in Iowa and Florida.
Eudora man pleads guilty to aggravated battery
September 19, 2012
A 24-year-old Eudora man has pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated battery stemming from an April incident in which the man’s 4-year-old daughter suffered a broken arm.
Seabury volleyball loses to Barstow
September 19, 2012
Bishop Seabury Academy fell to 7-3 in girls volleyball, losing at home to Barstow 25-17, 25-19, 14-25, 25-14.
First Bell: Lawrence Lions Alumni honoring grads; Kansas report card out
September 19, 2012
News, et cetera, from schools in and around Douglas County.
Heard on the Hill: Hello from your new reporter
September 19, 2012
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
40 years ago: Heat wave keeps things warm for students, teachers
September 19, 2012
Some grade-school children reportedly had arrived at school this morning with electric fans.
100 years ago: Driver loses control of ‘wild automobile’
September 19, 2012
“The car came into violent contact with a tree several feet from the course which well-behaved cars should pursue.”
KU’s Mohajir may be favorite for Arkansas State AD job
September 19, 2012
Kansas University’s Terry Mohajir, a senior associate athletic director for external relations, has emerged as a finalist for the vacant athletic director job at Arkansas State and may be the favorite.
Kansas men’s golf team finishes 10th at Golfweek tourney
September 19, 2012
The Kansas University men’s golf team climbed two spots to finish in 10th place after the final day of the 15-team Golfweek Conference Challenge, Tuesday at Spirit Hollow Golf Course.
KU women’s golf places 11th at Dale McNamara Invitational
September 19, 2012
Kansas University women’s golf concluded the Dale McNamara Invitational Tuesday, finishing in 11th place out of 15 teams at the Golf Club of Oklahoma.
Better off
September 19, 2012
To the editor: As Scott Flitcraft decided to respond to Steven Bruner’s letter, I am moved to respond in kind. Flitcraft bases his rebuttal to Bruner on three points: the country and the economy are not better off than four years ago; he agrees we have poor memories; and we have “a health care bill that the majority of the country would like to see repealed.”
Not funny
September 19, 2012
To the editor: How very ironic to see the front page article about the Kansas election officials needing more information before “deciding whether to remove President Barack Obama from the state’s November ballot” in the same week we learned that Kansas University is removing the Western Civilization requirement from its criteria for graduation.
Doing their job
September 19, 2012
To the editor: Recently I was having a conversation with an acquaintance in Lawrence about the actions taken by the State Objections Board to determine ballot eligibility questions consisting of the secretary of state, the attorney general and the lieutenant governor. He said that their actions on the complaint filed about Obama being on the November ballot was embarrassing to the state strictly because Kris Kobach was on the board. I disagreed, saying that it is their job to consider all complaints filed by individuals or parties whether or not the complaint has validity. All complaints must be investigated, considered and acted upon.
Horoscopes for Sept. 19
September 19, 2012
For Wednesday, Sept. 19: This year you will be encouraged to greet change with greater ease. Learn to let go, and head down the path that greets you with energy and optimism. If you are single, you meet more people than usual. If you are attached, nothing seems to be a “maybe” or an “if.”
25 years ago: ‘Miami Vice’ star to receive award from KU
September 19, 2012
Don Johnson had attended KU in 1967-68.
Randall Dent brings ‘D’ edge to O-line
September 19, 2012
Smart guys tend to give original answers that buck convention.
A welcome back: Jayhawks excited for James Sims’ return from suspension
September 19, 2012
When the Kansas University coaching staff first started game-planning for this week’s Northern Illinois match-up, they did so with the knowledge that they would be getting one of their top offensive weapons back in suspended running back James Sims.
KU’s Self checks in with top 2013 wing recruits
September 19, 2012
Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self, who on Tuesday held an in-home recruiting visit with the mother of four-star shooting guard prospect Wayne Selden in New Hampshire, today visits five-star James Young in Rochester Heights, Mich.
Royals lose 3-2 to White Sox
September 19, 2012
Luke Hochevar made three big mistakes Tuesday night, and it was too much for the Kansas City Royals to overcome.
Accurate list
September 19, 2012
If the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services doubts the accuracy of its list of thousands of Kansans who are waiting for services to help them cope with physical disabilities, there’s only one reasonable response: Get to work and verify the information on the list.
Strong goalkeeping not enough as Firebirds fall, 1-0 to SM East.
September 19, 2012
In what at times seemed like a series of replays Tuesday night, Shawnee Mission East’s boys soccer team shelled Free State’s goal with shots from all sorts of angles.
Let’s do the time warp
September 19, 2012
“Big Brother” (8:30 p.m., CBS) wraps up its 14th season as “Survivor: Philippines” (7 p.m., CBS) begins a new adventure.
Lyan scores twice as Lions top Olathe NW
September 19, 2012
The first time, his teammates were calling for a cross. The second time, his coach was calling for a set play. On both occasions, Lawrence High senior Robert Lyan made something happen on his own instead, contributing both goals in the Lions’ 2-0 victory over Olathe Northwest on Tuesday at LHS.
U.S. influence wanes in Mideast
September 19, 2012 in print edition on A8
Mitt Romney echoed the feeling of many Americans after last week’s Mideast violence when he said: “Sometimes it seems that we’re at the mercy of events instead of shaping events.”