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Archive for Monday, September 24, 2012

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KU establishes office to handle sexual harassment reports
Training course necessary for students, staff and faculty
September 24, 2012
For the first time, anyone at Kansas University who becomes a victim of discrimination or harassment has one central place to call - the university’s office of Institutional Opportunity and Access.
Local governments consolidate, embrace efficiency to cut costs
September 24, 2012
Around the country, governments big and small are embracing cooperation, consolidation and efficiency to wring a few more dollars out of the budget as the effects of the Great Recession linger.
Long sentence mulled in firearms case
September 24, 2012
A Wichita man snared in a federal firearms sting operation could be going to prison for several decades.
Homicide victim found at cemetery
September 24, 2012
Police in Topeka say a man found dead in a cemetery had been shot several times.
KDOT maps its vision for South Lawrence Trafficway westside interchange
September 24, 2012
A large crowd Monday evening got a glimpse at what city leaders are predicting will be a new gateway to Lawrence by late 2015.
School board approves boundary change
September 24, 2012
The Lawrence school board on Monday approved an attendance boundary change and accepted reports on its upcoming bond issue and changes to assessments after the No Child Left Behind waiver.
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos recalls years at KU, discusses importance of diplomacy
05:04 p.m., September 24, 2012 Updated 10:19 p.m.
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos today returns to his alma mater, Kansas University.
Lawrence woman pleads no contest to charge of hitting man with vehicle
September 24, 2012
A 31-year-old Lawrence woman pleaded no contest Monday to one count each of misdemeanor assault and mistreatment of a dependent adult.
Two Lawrence men charged with sex crimes
September 24, 2012
Two Lawrence men were formally charged Monday with sex crimes in Douglas County District Court.
Driver in head-on crash had prior DUIs
September 24, 2012
The man responsible for a head-on collision Sept. 7 near the intersection of Ninth and Maine streets has at least three prior drunken driving convictions, according to a police report about the accident.
New Jersey Street resident reports break-in at her home
September 24, 2012
A 27-year-old woman reported to police that a man broke into her home in the 1300 block of New Jersey early Sunday morning.
Faith Forum: Should religion or spirituality play a role in how we eat?
September 24, 2012
Judy Carman, author of “Peace to All Beings” and co-author of “The Missing Peace” and Moussa Elbayoumy, community outreach coordinator, Islamic Center of Lawrence, answer.
Tonganoxie woman found guilty of three counts of animal cruelty
September 24, 2012
A 34-year-old Tonganoxie woman has been found guilty of three counts of animal cruelty in Leavenworth County District Court. Sarah Hoppins, 34, was found guilty of the charges Friday after judge Gunnar Sundby heard from witnesses for the defense.
Around and About for Sept. 15, 2012
September 24, 2012
Valerie Baum, of Denver, graduated with honors Aug. 17 from the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver, with a Master’s of Business Administration.
KU-KSU football to kick off at 11 a.m. on Oct. 6
September 24, 2012
The Kansas-Kansas State football game will start at 11 a.m. on Oct. 6 and will be televised on FX, the Big 12 announced Monday morning.
Around and About for Sept. 22, 2012
September 24, 2012
Army National Guard Pvt. Prestan J. Garcia has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga.
Kansas jails struggle to meet needs of mentally ill
10:57 a.m., September 24, 2012 Updated 02:16 p.m.
Scarce mental health resources across Kansas are swelling the ranks of local jails with inmates who might be better served in psychiatric institutions.
Town Talk: Sand plant plans up for approval, but second plant may soon apply for Kaw Valley location; T-shirt company fills large N. Lawrence building; longtime city staffer wins Trail Blazer award
September 24, 2012
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Statehouse Live: Brownback asking lobbyists to contribute to 14 GOP state Senate candidates
September 24, 2012
Gov. Sam Brownback is asking lobbyists to contribute during a fundraiser for 14 Republican state Senate candidates.
How to Help: Poll workers needed to help with Kids Voting
September 24, 2012
Kids Voting is seeking 300 volunteers to staff 50 polling sites on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6.
Kansas winning war on feral hogs
September 24, 2012
Unlike other states, Kansas has succeeded in culling the herds of feral hogs tromping through its rural areas.
Event to benefit humane society
September 24, 2012
The Jefferson County Humane Society will host “Fall Fest for Homeless Pets” Oct. 13 at Keystone Learning Services, 500 Sunflower Blvd., Ozawkie.
Jail Break: Piece by piece, historic Lecompton structure being disassembled, moved
September 24, 2012
Stone by stone, workers are moving the historic Lecompton jail behind Constitution Hall to a site closer to the building.
Heard on the Hill: KU helps out students displaced by fire; professor talks homesteaders on NPR; KU has presence at climate change conference
September 24, 2012
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Marriages
September 24, 2012
Marriage licenses issued in Douglas County District Court the week ending September 21, 2012.
Letter to the Editor: Look at science
September 24, 2012
Given the millions of benefits we all enjoy through science, why would we deny the findings of hundreds of people with PhD’s in environmental science warning us that man is negatively affecting the climate of the very place we live.
Letter to the Editor: Enough parking
September 24, 2012
Sprague-Jones doesn’t agree that downtown Lawrence is in need of more parking spaces.
Editorial: Teaching opportunity
September 24, 2012
With obesity rates on the rise, it only makes sense to try to teach youngsters healthy eating habits.
Fix-It Chick: Install a turnbuckle on sagging screen door
September 24, 2012
If your screen door is sagging and won’t close properly anymore, installing a screen door turnbuckle may be the solution to your woes.
25 years ago: KU reactor site to be used for hazardous waste storage
September 24, 2012
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission had given KU permission to use its nuclear reactor center to temporarily store hazardous waste.
40 years ago: New library to lead the way with latest technology
September 24, 2012
“Imagine checking a television program out of the library.”
100 years ago: Thousands greet Roosevelt at Lawrence train depot
September 24, 2012
“The Colonel had not long to wait in Lawrence but he made the best of his time.”
Horoscopes for Sept. 24
September 24, 2012
For Monday, Sept. 24, 2012: This year tension builds with your professional and community activities. Do you have too much on your plate? You might want to cut back or delegate some of your responsibilities to others, even if you don’t want to. If you are single, your playfulness cannot help but come out when interacting with others. If you are attached, the two of you feel strongly about your personal and domestic life.
Brownback brushes up story supporting tax cuts
September 24, 2012
Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration already has developed talking points to deflect anticipated criticism of the newly enacted massive income tax cuts should Kansas face significant budget problems next year.
Letter to the Editor: Tax math
September 24, 2012
Let’s do the math on the federal income taxes of a single person working full-time and making the minimum wage.
On the set of ‘Jayhawkers’
Lawrence resident makes silver screen debut
September 24, 2012
Turns out, I was ready for my close-up. I was lucky enough to be cast in a minor, minor, minor part for the upcoming film “Jayhawkers.” My character is “Theater Manager,” and the only instruction I was given before I arrived on the set was “Your character is trying to deter people from entering a theater.”
‘Partners’ feels dated
September 24, 2012
Two well-worn promotional hooks for new shows generally indicate weakness. One is, “From the makers of (fill in the name of the popular show) …” The second has writers and creators say, “This is based on my real life.” The new sitcom “Partners” (7:30 p.m., CBS) is guilty on both counts.
American optimism is defining myth
September 24, 2012 in print edition on A8
Here’s what we believe: For most of our history, Americans — who planted colonies on inhospitable shores, rebelled against the most formidable power on Earth, settled a wild continent, built an industrial empire, broke the gravitational pull of the planet and landed on the moon — have been a wildly optimistic people. Only in this new century have we come to believe the next generation’s fate might be worse than ours.
River City Jules: Unleashing a teenage driver
September 24, 2012
Sitting in the dealer’s office negotiating a car for our daughter to drive (someday, when we teach her how to use a stick shift), the room started spinning. I rubbed my eyes, trying to focus on our dealer’s face as words like “six-cylinder” and “1.6 liters” tumbled from his lips. But the only thing I could see was the face of the nurse who wheeled me to the hospital exit over 15 years earlier with my newborn daughter in my arms.
As I See Fit: Change outlook on fitness with the season
September 24, 2012
Fall is in the air. And as we’ve been talking about for the last two columns, the climate is ripe for change.
Double Take: Guide daughter to self-awareness of stress
September 24, 2012
Dear Dr. Wes and Katie: My daughter is starting her junior year at an out-of-state college. I have encouraged her to seek counseling for anxiety at her school, but she is somewhat resistant to that. How can I persuade her that this is a good idea when she’s not living with me?
Offbeat Occupations: Liberty Hall’s man behind the curtain
September 24, 2012
Concerts are great fun. You buy your tickets, you listen, you leave. If the show was awesome, the band gets credit. But behind many successful concerts are great venues and behind these venues are people like Rob Fitzgerald.
Make home renovation dreams reality
September 24, 2012
Experts agree that forethought and planning are key to home-improvement projects that run smoothly and create results customers are excited about. Go! talked to three Lawrence renovation professionals to compile these tips to help solidify your vision, stay on budget and stay safe.
Lawrence Laundry: Spring 2013 fashions wearable in Midwest right off the runway
September 24, 2012
“The pajama trend is here to stay,” Tommy Hilfiger, American designer, said during the latest biannual New York Fashion Week. More glorious words have never been spoken, and I don’t even care if they’re true.
Bankruptcies
September 24, 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.
Divorces
September 24, 2012
Divorces granted in Douglas County District Court the week ending September 21, 2012.