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Archive for Wednesday, July 31, 2013

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12:00 a.m.
Sporting Kansas City huddles before the start of the first half during the MLS game between the Columbus Crew and Sporting Kansas City at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan. A great success’: Sporting KC winning over fans by listening to them
July 31, 2013
After playing in front of sparse crowds at Arrowhead Stadium in the early 2000s, Sporting KC coach Peter Vermes says it’s hard to believe the transformation he’s seen in Kansas City. By Jesse Newell
11:44 a.m.
Rabia Sipahi, left, and Terry Kramer, both of Lawrence, share a laugh and conversation during a Ramadan fast-breaking dinner Tuesday at the First United Methodist Church, 946 Vermont Street. The dinner was hosted by the Institute of Dialog Student Association. Muslims, Christians come together during Ramadan
July 31, 2013
About 30 people came to First United Methodist church to learn about Ramadan and eat a traditional Turkish dinner just after sunset last night. An unusual situation, maybe, for Muslims and Christians to come together at a church, but Eyyup Esen, volunteer for the Institute of Intercultural and Interfaith Dialog of the Southwest, says it was just the type of experience the world needs. By Caitlin Doornbos
5:58 p.m.
A realty sign sits on property at the Olivia Farms housing development in Junction City in January 2013. Records provided by the Geary County Treasurer’s Office show that a development company of which local developer Thomas Fritzel is an owner has $3.42 million in unpaid property taxes and special assessments stemming from Fritzel’s involvement in Fort Development LLC, a company that in 2008 built the now-struggling Olivia Farms housing development in Junction City. Fritzel is seeking to enter into a partnership with the Lawrence and Kansas University to build Rock Chalk Park. BELOW: A sign marking the Olivia Farms development in Junction City. Junction City properties owned in part by Rock Chalk Park developer going to auction for unpaid taxes and fees
July 31, 2013
Geary County officials will auction off 182 Junction City building lots later this month for nonpayment of taxes and fees by a development group that includes Lawrence businessman and Rock Chalk Park partner Thomas Fritzel. An official with the Geary County attorney’s office confirmed that lots owned by Fort Development LLC will be sold at an Aug. 28 sheriff’s auction after at least three years of unpaid real estate taxes and special assessments. The property is part of the company’s troubled Olivia Farms housing development. By Chad Lawhorn

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County OKs $64 million budget for 2014
July 31, 2013
Douglas County commissioners approved a $64 million spending plan for 2014 that includes a slight property tax increase. Only one person showed up for the public hearing. By Peter Hancock
Junction City properties owned in part by Rock Chalk Park developer going to auction for unpaid taxes and fees
July 31, 2013
Geary County officials will auction off 182 Junction City building lots later this month for nonpayment of taxes and fees by a development group that includes Lawrence businessman and Rock Chalk Park partner Thomas Fritzel. An official with the Geary County attorney’s office confirmed that lots owned by Fort Development LLC will be sold at an Aug. 28 sheriff’s auction after at least three years of unpaid real estate taxes and special assessments. The property is part of the company’s troubled Olivia Farms housing development. By Chad Lawhorn
Judge orders DNA testing in Ottawa quadruple-murder case
July 31, 2013
A Franklin County judge ordered this week that DNA testing can go forward in the capital murder case of Kyle Flack, accused of killing three adults and an 18-month-old child in May in rural Ottawa. By Ian Cummings
Jefferson County man arrested on suspicion of sex crime involving juvenile
July 31, 2013
A 70-year-old Jefferson County man has been arrested on suspicion of indecent liberties with a child. The man is from the Grantville area and was arrested Tuesday, said Jefferson County Sheriff Jeff Herrig.
School district wrestling with network outages
July 31, 2013
The Lawrence school district’s phone system, email and websites are experiencing intermittent outages this week. The problems stem from the installation of new network equipment funded through the recent bond issue. By Peter Hancock
Kobach considering plan that could produce two kinds of voters
July 31, 2013
Some voters in Kansas would be able to vote in federal elections but not state contests under a proposal that Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach today said he was considering. By Scott Rothschild
Opinion: A message for Weiner: Just go
July 31, 2013 in print edition on A9
Dear Anthony Weiner: Just go. Don’t bother to explain. We’ve already heard enough. Just go. Don’t write a book about it. No tree should die for that. Just go. Don’t do a sit down with Oprah. She just had that couch cleaned. Just go.
40 years ago: Flamingo case referred to state ABC office
July 31, 2013
The Flamingo had a 3.2 beer license issued by the state as well as a license to operate as a private club.
Moustakas, Santana lift Royals past Twins
July 31, 2013
Ervin Santana heard his name bandied about in trade rumors in recent weeks, with yet another season threatening to swirl down the drain in Kansas City.
Horoscopes for July 31
July 31, 2013
For Wednesday, July 31 This year you communicate with accuracy and precision. Your instincts guide you more often than not. If you are single, you could meet someone with ease. If you are attached, the two of you will benefit from a substantial amount of private time together.
Muslims, Christians come together during Ramadan
July 31, 2013
About 30 people came to First United Methodist church to learn about Ramadan and eat a traditional Turkish dinner just after sunset last night. An unusual situation, maybe, for Muslims and Christians to come together at a church, but Eyyup Esen, volunteer for the Institute of Intercultural and Interfaith Dialog of the Southwest, says it was just the type of experience the world needs. By Caitlin Doornbos
25 years ago: Energy-boosters or just ‘pretties,’ quartz crystals growing in popularity
July 31, 2013
“It isn’t something dark and gloomy. It is something uplifting.”
100 years ago: Drivers’ license fees cover road-maintenance costs, county treasurer says
July 31, 2013
“There are 154 miles of county road in the county.”
A great success’: Sporting KC winning over fans by listening to them
July 31, 2013
After playing in front of sparse crowds at Arrowhead Stadium in the early 2000s, Sporting KC coach Peter Vermes says it’s hard to believe the transformation he’s seen in Kansas City. By Jesse Newell
Editorial: Special timing
The addition of appointment confirmations to the agenda for a special legislative session is not without political and financial significance.
July 31, 2013
So much for a one-day special session in which Kansas legislators deal with one issue and go home.
Longtime media executive Ralph Gage retiring from The World Company
July 31, 2013
A longtime Lawrence media executive who has helped oversee the growth of the Journal-World and its parent company is retiring after a 43-year career with The World Company. By Chad Lawhorn
Opinion: Democracy challenged again in Tunisia
July 31, 2013 in print edition on A9
When leftist opposition leader Mohammed Brahmi was gunned down in front of his family Thursday in Tunis, the impact rippled throughout the region. The assassination shook the only democracy born of the Arab Spring upheavals that is still fully functioning.