Archive for Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Lead stories

10:00 a.m.
Connie Cluff, 61, struggled for 20 years to defeat ovarian cancer. Now cancer-free, she attributes her success to her family, God and the staff at LMH Oncology Center. Cancer survivor credits gratitude and God
September 3, 2013
Connie Cluff, at 61 years old, is beautiful and full of light. Upon meeting her, one would never know that she has struggled for 20 years to defeat ovarian cancer. Cluff, who has been cancer-free now for five years and has a happy and light-hearted attitude, admits, “There were some dark times.” By Megan Stuke
12:14 p.m.
A man votes at New York Elementary School in this 2011 file photo. An election law written by Secretary of State Kris Kobach, which requires photo ID to vote, is raising concerns about what that means for absentee voting. Legislature unlikely to change proof-of-citizenship requirement for voter registration
10:26 a.m., September 3, 2013 Updated 6:26 p.m.
A proposal to change the new state law that has put at risk 15,000 Kansans’ ability to vote was rejected in the state House of Representatives on Tuesday and probably will not be revived during the special session. By Scott Rothschild
2:33 p.m.
A close-up of KU offensive lineman Pearce Slater at Saturday's practice. Photo courtesy of Jeff Jacobsen, Kansas Athletics. Offensive lineman Pearce Slater hasn’t returned to KU
September 3, 2013
Kansas offensive lineman Pearce Slater still has not returned to Kansas University, KU coach Charlie Weis announced at his weekly press conference on Tuesday.
4:49 p.m.
Kansas state Rep. Steven Becker asks questions about proposed changes to the state’s “Hard 50” prison sentence during a committee hearing Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, in Topeka, Kan. Legislators are considering a bill that would make changes to the way the prison sentence is determined following a June U.S. Supreme Court ruling in a Virginia case. Kansas House taking up rewrite of ‘Hard 50’ law
4:46 p.m., September 3, 2013 Updated 8:45 p.m.
Lawmakers began revamping a long-used state law on Tuesday that automatically imposes a 50-year prison sentence on some convicted murders, an effort sparked by a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision that struck down a similar law in Virginia. The so-called Hard 50 law is the harshest criminal penalty in Kansas short of a death sentence. The Associated Press

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Royals edge Mariners, 4-3
September 3, 2013
Royals reliever Luke Hochevar came on to retire Mariners with runners on second and third in a tie game, and then got credit for the win Tuesday night when Salvador Perez drove in Mike Moustakas in the bottom half of the inning to boost Kansas City to a 4-3 victory over Seattle.
City balks at stiffening rules against dogs in public cemeteries
September 3, 2013
City commissioners at their weekly meeting unanimously rejected an ordinance that would have required dogs in a cemetery to be kept on a leash and to be confined to the roads of the cemetery. By Chad Lawhorn
Senate committee recommends Stegall for appeals court
September 3, 2013
A Senate committee on Tuesday recommended approval of Gov. Sam Brownback’s nomination of Caleb Stegall to the Kansas Court of Appeals under a new judicial selection process that has generated criticism from Democrats and open government advocates. By Scott Rothschild
League of Women Voters starts series of presentations on local, state and national issues
September 3, 2013
The League of Women Voters of Lawrence-Douglas County is starting a new series of programs with the purpose of showing the community what the League is and what its stances are on local, state and national issues.
FSHS art teacher honored as outstanding novice educator
September 3, 2013
Rachel Downs, who began her teaching career at Free State High School last year, received one of two Horizon Awards from the Lawrence school district. The award is given each year to exemplary novice educators in their second year of teaching. By Peter Hancock
New website to inform Kansans about Obamacare
September 3, 2013
A new website meant to inform Kansans about the Affordable Care Act went online Tuesday.
Kansas House taking up rewrite of ‘Hard 50’ law
04:46 p.m., September 3, 2013 Updated 08:45 p.m.
Lawmakers began revamping a long-used state law on Tuesday that automatically imposes a 50-year prison sentence on some convicted murders, an effort sparked by a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision that struck down a similar law in Virginia. The so-called Hard 50 law is the harshest criminal penalty in Kansas short of a death sentence. The Associated Press
No injuries reported in Lawrence school bus accident
September 3, 2013
No injures were reported in a school bus accident near West Second Street and McDonald Drive shortly before 4 p.m., according to police.
Community churches hope to knock out hunger at annual food fight
September 3, 2013
The youth ministry of Christ Community Church is hoping to knock out hunger during the Third Battle Royal - a Food Fight Against Hunger from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday outside at the church’s grounds, at 1100 Kasold Dr. It will include live music by Jonathan Thulin, free pizza, potato sack races and a slip-n-slide covered in chocolate syrup.
Residents may notice odd smoke as city begins sewer line testing
September 3, 2013
City officials on Tuesday were alerting residents that they may begin seeing harmless smoke in a variety of places in their homes and yards as the city embarks on a nearly $20 million project to improve the community’s sewer system. By Chad Lawhorn
Police looking for suspect in weekend mugging
September 3, 2013
Lawrence police are looking for a suspect in a mugging reported Saturday night in the 1300 block of Ohio Street, where a female Kansas University student reported that someone assaulted her and tried to steal her purse.
Higher design fees sought for county Public Works building
September 3, 2013
Plans now call for a Public Works facility that will meet environmentally-friendly “LEED” standards. Construction on the new facility is expected to begin in February 2014. By Peter Hancock
Weekend conference focuses on transgender issues
September 3, 2013
The Kansas Statewide Transgender Education Project (K-Step) will host a conference in Lawrence this weekend. The conference will feature workshops and speakers from a wide range of organizations.
Offensive lineman Pearce Slater hasn’t returned to KU
September 3, 2013
Kansas offensive lineman Pearce Slater still has not returned to Kansas University, KU coach Charlie Weis announced at his weekly press conference on Tuesday.
Double Take: How to get kids interested in culture
September 3, 2013
How do you get kids away from their screens and into real culture?
Legislature unlikely to change proof-of-citizenship requirement for voter registration
10:26 a.m., September 3, 2013 Updated 06:26 p.m.
A proposal to change the new state law that has put at risk 15,000 Kansans’ ability to vote was rejected in the state House of Representatives on Tuesday and probably will not be revived during the special session. By Scott Rothschild
25 years ago: County terminates contract with aerial mapping firm
September 3, 2013
Officials in two other counties were also reporting headaches caused by the company.
40 years ago: Arts group proposes use for old Carnegie library
September 3, 2013
Commissioners were in favor of either selling the building or making a parking lot on the site.
100 years ago: Lake View in need of lake water
September 3, 2013
“The lake is nearly dry and unless some rain falls pretty soon the damage will be considerable.”
Opinion: Just think about Ted Cruz for a minute
September 3, 2013 in print edition on A8
Fellow wing-nuts, this man, this junior senator from Texas, this Alberta-born son of a Cuban father who didn’t become an American until 2005 and a Delaware-born mother, this Ted Cruz, says he going to renounce the Canadian side of his dual Canadian-American citizenship just as soon as he gets around to filling out the paperwork.
Opinion: The correct decision on Syria?
September 3, 2013 in print edition on A8
You might be wondering why President Obama looks likely to strike Syria over the deaths of several hundred civilians from nerve gas — when the Assad regime’s slaughter of tens of thousands of Syrians by conventional weapons has triggered no such response.
Editorial: Greatest gift
The Dole Institute of Politics has been great for our community, as well as what it stands for: civil discourse
September 3, 2013 in print edition on A8
It is worth remembering that it was 10 years ago that the Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics was dedicated at Kansas University, marking a great gift for the university, Lawrence and the state.
Cancer survivor credits gratitude and God
September 3, 2013
Connie Cluff, at 61 years old, is beautiful and full of light. Upon meeting her, one would never know that she has struggled for 20 years to defeat ovarian cancer. Cluff, who has been cancer-free now for five years and has a happy and light-hearted attitude, admits, “There were some dark times.” By Megan Stuke
HPV vaccine offered in Lawrence pediatric offices
September 3, 2013
Gardasil, a type of Human Papillomavirus vaccination, was originally meant for women and is growing in popularity as preteens and males are now encouraged to get the cancer-preventing shot. In Lawrence, more pre-teens and teens are beginning to get the vaccination. By Meagan Thomas
State seeks to block New Jersey Group from filing brief in school finance case
September 3, 2013
The Education Law Center, based in Newark, N.J., is seeking to file a brief in the Kansas school finance case now pending before the state Supreme Court. But Attorney General Derek Schmidt’s office is trying to keep the organization out. By Peter Hancock
With extra dollars in hand, KU Honors Program increases its ranks by 45 percent
September 3, 2013
A $200,000 yearly budget increase has allowed the KU Honors Program to increase its incoming class of freshman from 275 students to about 400. The money will go to added staff and faculty, plus the cost of events for honors students. Program directors say the expanded program will help attract students who might otherwise head off for elite universities like Harvard, Yale and Stanford. By Ben Unglesbee
Affordable Care Act nears major milestone; Brownback still opposed
September 3, 2013
With a month to go before the launch of a major portion of the Affordable Care Act, Gov. Sam Brownback remains opposed to the law—even as some other Republican governors have been softening their opposition and even begrudgingly accepting the new health insurance program in their states. By Scott Rothschild
Horoscopes for Sept. 3
September 3, 2013
For Tuesday, Sept. 3 This year you might internalize more, yet you will be less critical. Others easily pick up on your compassion, which is clear and expressive. If you are single, you will attract several people. If you are attached, schedule several weekends away as a couple and see what that does for your relationship.