Archive for Friday, August 9, 2013

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
The Baldwin School District is trying to sell its old administration building and gymnasium near U.S. Highway 56. For sale by owner: Baldwin City school buildings
August 8, 2013
The Baldwin City school district has been trying for more than two years to sell its administration building and old gymnasium, but so far has had little luck. One local realtor says that may be because the district is trying to do the job itself. By Peter Hancock
11:02 a.m.
A plot of land previously owned by Pine Family Farms has been sold to the Delaware Indian Tribe of Oklahoma. The deal consists of 87 acres north of the  Kansas Turnpike near the North Lawrence interchange. Indian tribe that purchased North Lawrence property involved in casino-related lawsuit
August 8, 2013
The Oklahoma-based Indian tribe that purchased nearly 90 acres of prime North Lawrence property is embroiled in a federal lawsuit that suggests the tribe recently had strong interest in building a casino in Kansas. By Chad Lawhorn
1:26 p.m.
A selection of pies await hungry customers at the Vinland Fair on Thursday August 8, 2013. Vinland Fair offers wholesome, welcoming environment
August 8, 2013
At the Vinland Fair, folks know what it takes to have a good time. You don’t need bright, blinking lights or amusement rides, cotton candy or clowns. When it really comes down to it, you just need each other. By Caitlin Doornbos
4:41 p.m.
Lawrence Journal-World 2013 file photo. Recent rains affect area crop production
August 9, 2013
Typically, Kansas Augusts are full of sunshine, but the first few days of the month in Douglas County this year have been drenched with rain. The unusual weather has created challenges for some crops, but compared to the droughts in western Kansas and flooding in south central and southeastern Kansas this summer, Douglas County crop-growers have it pretty good. By Caitlin Doornbos

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Agreement would narrow suit over state abortion law
August 9, 2013
Attorneys for Kansas and Planned Parenthood have reached an agreement over how parts of a new state abortion law will be enforced and are seeking to narrow the organization’s federal lawsuit against that statute to a single issue.
Burt Hall razed to rubble to make room for KU Engineering campus expansion
August 9, 2013
Once the home to a small nuclear reactor, Burt Hall has been turned into a huge pile of debris. Burt’s demolition over the past few months is part of an ambitious $80 million makeover for the KU School of Engineering complex that will include two new buildings, six voluminous classrooms, teaching labs, research facilities and a renovated library. By Ben Unglesbee
City commissioners asked to approve credit card and gate system for new downtown parking garage
August 9, 2013
City Manager David Corliss is now projecting that the city’s new Vermont Street parking garage will be open in time for Kansas University’s first home football game on Sept. 7. When it opens, it may have a new look for downtown as well: a gated entry and exit system that will allow motorists to pay their parking fees by credit card. By Chad Lawhorn
Lawrence officials question performance of charter virtual schools
August 9, 2013
For many Lawrence school district students, going back to school means staying home and attending classes online through “virtual” education. But local officials are growing concerned about the performance of the district’s two virtual schools and the private, for-profit company behind them. “I think we have some improvements to make, and I think you can look for us to be investigating how we can do a better job of that,” Lawrence Superintendent Rick Doll said. By Peter Hancock
Back-to-school party planned for area high schoolers
August 9, 2013
Area teens are invited to attend a back-to-school party at the Granada from 7 to 11 p.m. Monday night. Cover charges are $5 before 8 p.m., and $8 after 8 p.m.
Recent rains affect area crop production
August 9, 2013
Typically, Kansas Augusts are full of sunshine, but the first few days of the month in Douglas County this year have been drenched with rain. The unusual weather has created challenges for some crops, but compared to the droughts in western Kansas and flooding in south central and southeastern Kansas this summer, Douglas County crop-growers have it pretty good. By Caitlin Doornbos
Kansas Supreme Court affirms conviction in 2008 beating death in Lawrence
August 9, 2013
The Kansas Supreme Court today affirmed the conviction of a woman in a beating death. In 2008, Shanna Friday was sentenced to 14 and a half years in prison for the slaying of Jerry Deshazer, 62, who bled to death from a head wound he suffered during a dispute after a night of drinking at his southeastern Lawrence mobile home. By Scott Rothschild
25 years ago: Ground cleared for new KU building
August 9, 2013
Excavation crews and their heavy machinery had been busy removing debris, shrubs, and tons of dirt.
40 years ago: Brief rain brings some relief to crops and gardens
August 9, 2013
Lawrence residents were thrilled to welcome a brief round of thunderstorms this morning.
Editorial: Too poor?
Kansas officials could use some help explaining their decision to reject expanded Medicaid and leave tens of thousands of state residents without any health insurance help.
August 9, 2013 in print edition on A8
Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger says it will be hard to explain to thousands of Kansas residents why they are too poor to qualify for health insurance benefits under the Affordable Care Act.
Opinion: Cruisers float conservative strategy ideas
August 9, 2013 in print edition on A8
The several hundred conservatives on the National Review’s summer cruise, which I was asked to attend as a speaker, are united in what they don’t like about the Obama administration and congressional Democrats but divided on the best strategy for winning the Senate in 2014 and the White House in 2016.
Opinion: U.S. eyeing Iran-Latin American ties
August 9, 2013 in print edition on A8
The U.S. State Department said this week it will re-evaluate a recent report in which it downplayed Iran’s links to terrorism in Latin America. But don’t expect an immediate change in U.S. policy.
Horoscopes for Aug. 9
August 9, 2013
For Friday, Aug. 9 This year you could be more detail oriented than you have been in many years. Others might find you to be fussy. If you are single, you could attract someone who is emotionally unavailable. If you are attached, the two of you could get into petty squabbles.
100 years ago: Committee seeks brick-and-mortar survivors of Quantrill’s Raid
August 9, 2013
“Among the survivors that are to be remembered at the memorial exercises are the buildings that passed through the raid and still remain in Lawrence.”