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Chiefs, Saints looking for answers
September 20, 2012
Numbers aren’t supposed to lie. Passing yardage, completion percentage — points, more than anything else. They’re supposed to be a fairly reliable indicator of success in the NFL, where things are often black and white.
Enrollment in Lawrence public schools increases by 214 students
September 20, 2012
Enrollment in the Lawrence public schools is up by 214 students with increases at the virtual schools — often areas of growth — and at several elementary schools. But both high schools saw enrollment go down.
Royals rally past White Sox
September 20, 2012
Kansas City catcher Salvador Perez threw out Alex Rios at the plate and picked off Alexei Ramirez at third base, and the AL Central-leading Chicago White Sox kept missing chances Thursday night in a 4-3 loss to the Royals.
Medicinal garden open for tour
September 20, 2012
A Kansas University scientist will lead a public tour Saturday of a research garden filled with medicinal plants just north of Lawrence.
Voters can register, meet candidates
September 20, 2012
Voters will have an opportunity to meet informally with area candidates during a Candidate Fair.
Fair to offer energy-efficient ideas
10:59 p.m., September 20, 2012 Updated 09:29 a.m.
Lawrence residents on Saturday can get information about energy efficiency and sustainability for homes and cars.
Kansas labor chief says governor fired her
September 20, 2012
Kansas Labor Secretary Karin Brownlee said Thursday that she was removed from her job by Gov. Sam Brownback, suggesting they disagreed about how well her department has been operating.
Berkeley Flats residents assess damage from fire caused by discarded smoking material
September 20, 2012
Late Thursday morning, Kansas University junior Andie McKenzie — among 14 residents displaced by a Wednesday night fire at Berkeley Flats apartment complex — was still waiting to inspect the damage in her first-floor apartment.
Trial ordered in fatal collision
September 20, 2012
A 23-year-old Overland Park man was ordered Thursday by Douglas County District Judge Michael Malone to stand trial on a charge of involuntary manslaughter in the death of a 19-year-old Lawrence woman in a 2010 vehicle collision.
Rural Franklin County accident kills one Ottawa man, injures two others
September 20, 2012
An Ottawa man died and two other men were injured Wednesday afternoon in a one-vehicle rollover accident near Centropolis, according to Franklin County Sheriff’s spokesman Jerrod Fredricks.
Motorcyclist dies from injuries received in Douglas County accident
September 20, 2012
A 33-year-old Lawrence man hospitalized after a motorcycle accident Sunday has died.
Brownback administration shutting down Kansas Main Street program
04:01 p.m., September 20, 2012 Updated 09:59 a.m.
Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration on Thursday announced it was discontinuing the Kansas Main Street program, citing “smaller state and federal budgets moving forward.”
Three-star juco linebacker from California picks Kansas
03:54 p.m., September 20, 2012 Updated 12:14 a.m.
Kansas University’s football team picked up its second oral commitment of the week from the Class of 2013 on Thursday, landing a pledge from Marcus Jenkins-Moore, an outside linebacker from Pierce Community College in Woodland Hills, Calif., JayhawkSlant.com reported.
Statehouse Live: Kansas Board of Regents recommends $47.1 million budget increase for higher education
September 20, 2012
The Kansas Board of Regents on Thursday forwarded to Gov. Sam Brownback a recommended $47.1 million budget increase, which would include a one percent pay raise for state university employees.
Economist Laffer who advised Brownback on tax cuts to speak at KU
September 20, 2012
Arthur Laffer, known as the father of supply-side economics and a key advisor on tax policy to Gov. Sam Brownback, will give a lecture next month at Kansas University.
Fire in Ottawa destroys home Wednesday afternoon
September 20, 2012
Emergency crews were dispatched to a house fire shorty after 3 p.m. Wednesday at 11 S.W. Hillside Drive in Ottawa.
Ottawa police allege businesses served alcohol to minors
September 20, 2012
Following repeated complaints about some Ottawa bars, restaurants and liquor stores serving alcohol to minors, the Ottawa Police Department and the Kansas Alcohol Beverage Control conducted an alcohol operation Wednesday at several establishments, according to a news release issued by police Capt. Adam Weingartner.
Town Talk: Newest multi-story building plan proposes roundabout for Ninth and New Hampshire; city urging residents to get trash cart requests in before Monday; weekly land transfers
September 20, 2012
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Land transfers for the week ending Sept. 10, 2012
September 20, 2012
Land transfers as recorded by the Douglas County Register of Deeds for the week ending Sept. 10, 2012
Lobbyist spending in Kansas up nearly 9 percent
September 20, 2012
A new report shows lobbyists are spending almost 9 percent more this year than last year to try to influence Kansas officials.
Brownback names Kansas ecotourism committee
September 20, 2012
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has created a new committee charged with promoting ecotourism in the state.
Boating-safety class set for Sept. 29
September 20, 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-Douglas County Fire Medical building, 1911 Stewart Ave.
Vigil in South Park to honor Americans slain in Libya
September 20, 2012
A candlelight vigil honoring U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens and three other Americans who were also killed last week at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, will be tonight in South Park, 1200 Mass.
Ceremony to honor POW, MIA soldiers
September 20, 2012
Lawrence VFW Post 852 will mark National POW/MIA Recognition Day on Friday with a ceremony honoring service members who were prisoners of war or went missing in action, along with their families.
Man, 19, pleads no contest to robbery
September 20, 2012
A 19-year-old Ottawa man pleaded no contest to attempted robbery and theft Tuesday in Douglas County District Court.
Pump patrol
September 20, 2012
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.77 at several stations.
Achievement gaps persist in Lawrence schools
September 20, 2012
Achievement gaps exist in the Lawrence school district, on assessments and in graduation rates. There’s a gap between white students and minority students, between students with individualized education programs and those not classified as having disabilities. There’s a gap between native and non-native speakers of English and for those kids who qualify for free or reduced lunch.
City, country clubs still dispute billing
September 20, 2012
This is one golf course debate that is dragging on well past the 18th green.
Baker’s dozen: Twelve Wildcats (and two coaches) products of Lawrence high schools
September 20, 2012
High school football players from Lawrence follow Jason Thoren to Baker University the way rats followed the Pied Piper of Hamelin to the river.
First Bell: Lawrence High School art teacher honored; state board of education kept busy; Chicago teachers strike leaves unanswered questions
September 20, 2012
News, et cetera, from schools in and around Douglas County.
Heard on the Hill: Student Senate bill aims for new Spanish minor; Autumnal Equinox campus tour starts early Friday; visiting professor to speak on religion, African-American studies
September 20, 2012
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Style Scout: Matthew Paige
September 20, 2012
Describe your style: American, western, cosmic Indian hawk
KU volleyball gives coach Ray Bechard 950th win
September 20, 2012
Ray Bechard claimed the 950th victory of his coaching career in Kansas University’s 27-25, 25-21, 21-25, 19-25, 15-13 victory over Creighton on Wednesday at Horejsi Center.
Chen pitches Royals past White Sox
September 20, 2012
Bruce Chen had already pitched out of trouble each of the first three innings when the Royals left-hander issued a pair of walks and served up a base hit to Alex Rios in the fourth.
40 years ago: Voters elect to reverse annexation of large tract
September 20, 2012
In a special election this week, Lawrence voters voted to deannex 1,780 acres northwest of Lawrence.
Popular vote
September 20, 2012
Unfortunately, the votes of the 70 percent of Lawrence voters who will mark their ballots this November for Barack Obama or Green Party candidate Jill Stein will not count. Their votes won’t count because the U.S. doesn’t have direct popular election of the president. Over the past 75 years, Kansas’ electoral votes have always gone for the Republican candidate (excluding 1964). So, voters who don’t vote for Mitt Romney this November will be essentially disenfranchised.
Style Scout: Kelly Flanigan
September 20, 2012
Fashion influences: The outdoors. Nature is a big influence.
Horoscopes for Sept. 20
September 20, 2012
For Thursday, Sept. 20: This year you will waver between different approaches. You could scrutinize a situation carefully, but the determining factor for whether you will take action depends on your willingness to take a risk. If you are single, you meet people with ease. If you are attached, the two of you enjoy time together, even if it’s just to chat.
Weary Alexis Czapinski still wins
September 20, 2012
Alexis Czapinski, Free State High’s No. 1 singles player, never neglects to immerse herself in her matches, but she found that aspect of her approach more challenging than usual Wednesday at the Firebirds’ home quadrangular.
Roy Williams’ surgery ‘shock to everyone’
September 20, 2012
Roy Williams gathered his golf buddies last week in a cottage in western North Carolina to report some disturbing news. Williams, North Carolina’s 10th-year basketball coach who ran Kansas University’s program for 15 years, told his pals during their annual excursion that he needed surgery to remove a tumor from his right kidney and might need similar surgery on the left kidney.
25 years ago: Alf Landon makes special trip to Memorial Stadium
September 20, 2012
Landon tipped his blue Jayhawk cap to the crowd as fans roared in appreciation.
Editorial: Uncomfortable fact
September 20, 2012
There are millions, 47 percent, who pay no income tax, and a record number of Americans who receive food stamps. Obama and his spokespeople are again using the “fear factor” and telling voters if they vote for Romney, they will lose all their federal assistance. In addition to Obama and his aides, the major media also are engaged in what they can do to paint Romney in a negative manner.
JaCorey Shepherd ascends at corner for KU
September 20, 2012
One of the most subtle tweaks to this week’s Kansas University football depth chart came at boundary cornerback, where sophomore JaCorey Shepherd moved into the two-deep as a back-up to starter Tyler Patmon.
Our Town Sports
September 20, 2012
Horseshoes anyone?: Anyone interested in pitching horseshoes is welcome at 7 p.m. every Thursday at Broken Arrow. Contact Wynne at 843-8450.
Free speech not negotiable
September 20, 2012 in print edition on A8
They are, perhaps, the most dangerous words ever written: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
Ms. Knope goes to Washington
September 20, 2012
NBC relaunches its Thursday night comedy block on a political note. “Parks and Recreation” (8:30 p.m.) takes Leslie Knope to Washington, D.C.
100 years ago: Local ‘camera bug’ to film KU games for Kansas movie theaters
September 20, 2012
“The big Missouri-Kansas game is to receive the most careful attention.”
Romney should demystify presidency
September 20, 2012 in print edition on A8
In every year divisible by four, the dominant superstition of American politics — faith in the magic of presidential words and deeds — reaches an apogee that feeds national narcissism: Everything that happens anywhere is about us, is a response to something America did or did not do, and can be controlled by a president doing — even just saying — something.