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Archive for Friday, September 6, 2013

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12:20 a.m.
Police officers talk with a college student in the 700 block of Massachusetts Street early Friday morning. Several officers have been detailed to work downtown and in other party hotspots in an effort to curb dangerous behavior associated with alcohol as a new school year begins at local universities. Nearly 200 cited or arrested by special police detail working college party crowds
September 6, 2013
By now, many college students have had run-ins with a police detail aimed at curbing dangerous behavior associated with partying. Not all of them have enjoyed the experience. Some have been ticketed for consuming alcohol or urinating in public — or both. Others have been arrested for battery or cited for illegally walking into traffic in front of cars on Massachusetts Street. In all, the special detail has cited more than 180 people since Aug.14, for offenses ranging from possession of alcohol by a minor to using a fake ID. Fourteen have been arrested, including several for DUI. By Ian Cummings
10:00 a.m.
Ken Bowen, of Custom Tree Care, watches as workers cut down an estimated 80-foot-tall cottonwood tree in the lawn of the Kappa Sigma fraternity on Wednesday. The tree was forced to be removed after a contractor damaged the tree's primary root system while digging a drainage line. One of Lawrence’s oldest residents comes down
September 5, 2013
Lawrence lost one of its oldest trees this week, not all at once but piece by piece. The buzzing sounds in the West Hills subdivision Wednesday weren’t locusts but chainsaws taking down a roughly century-old cottonwood in front of the Kappa Sigma fraternity house on Emery Road. By Giles Bruce
12:00 p.m.
Lawrence High's Price Morgan (81) is stopped but gets the first and goal in the second quarter Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, at ODAC in Olathe. Stopped short: Third-down breakdowns doom Lions, 33-20
September 6, 2013
As much as they wanted to forget how Olathe South turned third-and-long plays into back-breaking touchdowns, that was all the Lions could see in their minds as they replayed the critical breakdowns in a 33-20, season-opening loss. By Benton Smith
3:04 p.m.
This file photo shows Gov. Sam Brownback's former budget director Steve Anderson at a Kansas Board of Regents meeting in 2011. Brownback’s former budget director, Anderson, will work on state fiscal policy with KPI
September 6, 2013
Steve Anderson (pictured above at a Kansas Board of Regents meeting in 2011), who resigned last month as Gov. Sam Brownback’s budget director, is returning to work for the Kansas Policy Institute, a Wichita-based think tank that advocates tax cuts and lower school funding. By Scott Rothschild
5:46 p.m.
Just Food volunteer Barbara Pitner looks over fresh produce dropped off to the food bank Friday morning from a local grower. Area gardens and growers are having a productive season for fresh produce. Produce growers have bountiful season
September 6, 2013
An improved produce growing season seems to have all types of people in the Lawrence area happy after two years of extreme drought. Everyone from local produce growers and shoppers to school gardens to food banks have benefited from an increase in production of fruits and vegetables this year, which was helped along by increased rain and relatively cool summer weather. By Giles Bruce

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Interstate 35 closed in Franklin County after reported shooting
September 6, 2013
Interstate 35 between Wellsville and Gardner has been closed after reports of shots fired near Edgerton Road in southern Johnson County.
Lawrence man arrested on suspicion of sex crime involving child, 9
September 6, 2013
A 63-year-old Lawrence man was charged today with a sex crime involving a nine-year-old child. Douglas County prosecutors have accused the man of attempting to persuade a child into performing an illegal sex act on June 1. He was arrested by officers of the Lawrence Police Department about noon Thursday in the 2800 block of Lakeview Road, in northern Lawrence.
Produce growers have bountiful season
September 6, 2013
An improved produce growing season seems to have all types of people in the Lawrence area happy after two years of extreme drought. Everyone from local produce growers and shoppers to school gardens to food banks have benefited from an increase in production of fruits and vegetables this year, which was helped along by increased rain and relatively cool summer weather. By Giles Bruce
Former Lawrence resident arrested as suspect in Thursday U.S. Bank robbery
September 6, 2013
A former Lawrence resident has been arrested as a suspect in a robbery Thursday at U.S. Bank, at 1807 W. 23rd St., police said today. Matthew W. Headley, 37, who now lists a Colorado Springs address, was arrested today by Kansas Highway Patrol troopers while traveling west on Interstate Highway 70, said Sgt. Trent McKinley, a Lawrence Police Department spokesman. By Ian Cummings
New Vermont Street parking lot opens
September 6, 2013
As city officials had hoped, the new three-story, 324-space parking garage at 700 Vermont Street is now open to drivers, in time for Kansas University’s first home football game on Saturday.
Task force report focuses on increasing marriage, reducing out-of-wedlock births
September 6, 2013
An emphasis on marriage and a decrease in out-of-wedlock births are two main recommendations from Gov. Sam Brownback’s task force on reducing childhood poverty. By Scott Rothschild
Flags to be lowered in honor of Kansas representative
September 6, 2013
TOPEKA — Southeast Kansas Rep. Ed Bideau died at his home a day after the Legislature ended a special session, the House speaker’s office said Friday, declining to give a cause of death.
Brownback’s former budget director, Anderson, will work on state fiscal policy with KPI
September 6, 2013
Steve Anderson (pictured above at a Kansas Board of Regents meeting in 2011), who resigned last month as Gov. Sam Brownback’s budget director, is returning to work for the Kansas Policy Institute, a Wichita-based think tank that advocates tax cuts and lower school funding. By Scott Rothschild
KU English professor emeritus wins award for career achievement in teaching
September 6, 2013
James Hartman taught grammar and the history of the English language at KU for four decades. This week the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences honored him with an award for career achievement. Not bad for a guy who was so nervous his first day of teaching that he was unable to speak. By Ben Unglesbee
Controversial lawsuit over sweep of fee funds sent back to district court for consideration
September 6, 2013
A panel of the Kansas Court of Appeals on Friday reinstated a politically charged lawsuit that challenged the Legislature’s sweep of fees from state agencies to help balance the budget. By Scott Rothschild
Hollywood writer credits Lawrence schools for career success
September 6, 2013
Corinne Brinkerhoff, who has written for a number of successful TV series, was the keynote speaker today at the annual Lawrence Education Community Breakfast. The event raised about $60,000 for the Lawrence Schools Foundation. By Peter Hancock
Seabury volleyball splits at opener
September 6, 2013
Bishop Seabury Academy opened its volleyball season with a split of two matches Thursday at the Onaga triangular.
Firebirds win J.C. tennis quad
September 6, 2013
Free State High went 10-2 and placed first at the Junction City tennis quadrangular on Thursday.
Lion tennis 3-0 at Leavenworth
September 6, 2013
Lawrence High’s girls tennis team defeated Leavenworth 3-1, Shawnee Mission Northwest 4-0 and Gardner-Edgerton 4-0 on Thursday.
FSHS volleyball 1-1 at Seaman
September 6, 2013
Free State opened its volleyball season Thursday by splitting a pair of matches at Topeka Seaman. The Firebirds defeated Lansing, 25-23, 25-20, and fell to Seaman, 25-14, 25-10.
KU volleyball rallies past Arkansas
September 6, 2013
Despite a first-set loss and big deficit in the second, Kansas University rallied for a 3-2 volleyball victory over Arkansas on Thursday inside Barnhill Arena.
Chiefs QB Smith eager to start again
September 6, 2013
It has been nearly 10 months since Alex Smith started a game in the NFL.
Jake Heaps has routines down
New Kansas QB ‘very superstitious’ about pregame rituals
September 6, 2013
Kansas University quarterback Jake Heaps has been through this whole thing before. Just not at KU. By Matt Tait
‘New’ QB to debut for FSHS tonight
September 6, 2013
A starter in the defensive backfield since his sophomore year of football at Free State High, senior Joe Dineen knows all about playing on Friday nights. By Benton Smith
Opinion: Questions surround O-line at Kansas
September 6, 2013
Every starting Kansas University offensive lineman who looks either to his immediate left or right from his position on the field will see an O-line face that was unfamiliar to him as recently as last winter. By Tom Keegan
Stopped short: Third-down breakdowns doom Lions, 33-20
September 6, 2013
As much as they wanted to forget how Olathe South turned third-and-long plays into back-breaking touchdowns, that was all the Lions could see in their minds as they replayed the critical breakdowns in a 33-20, season-opening loss. By Benton Smith
25 years ago: Retired janitor wins big in live Lotto drawing
September 6, 2013
The winner, Josephine Gfeller, had retired five years ago after 17 years at KU.
40 years ago: Riverfront recreation development possible
September 6, 2013
Bicycle trails, boat ramps, and camping and picnic areas were mentioned as riverside possibilities.
Ex-Jayhawk Henry signs with Lakers
September 6, 2013
Former Kansas University basketball guard Xavier Henry on Thursday signed a contract with the Los Angeles Lakers, general manager Mitch Kupchak announced.
KU tight end Trent Smiley believes ‘little things’ will add up to more catches in 2013
September 6, 2013
After earning the reputation as a blocking tight end in his first two seasons, Kansas tight end Trent Smiley believes work with his route-running and hands will help him become a more complete player in 2013. By Jesse Newell
Nearly 200 cited or arrested by special police detail working college party crowds
September 6, 2013
By now, many college students have had run-ins with a police detail aimed at curbing dangerous behavior associated with partying. Not all of them have enjoyed the experience. Some have been ticketed for consuming alcohol or urinating in public — or both. Others have been arrested for battery or cited for illegally walking into traffic in front of cars on Massachusetts Street. In all, the special detail has cited more than 180 people since Aug.14, for offenses ranging from possession of alcohol by a minor to using a fake ID. Fourteen have been arrested, including several for DUI. By Ian Cummings
Horoscopes for Sept. 6
September 6, 2013
For Friday, Sept. 6 This year you will alternate between being busy and efficient and being diplomatic and caring. Others who deal with you might not know which of your dynamic traits they will come across. If you are single, opt to date the person who finds this type of behavior exciting. If you are attached, you will reach a new level of understanding.
Moustakas powers Royals
September 6, 2013
Mike Moustakas hit two balls that had chances to go deep. The first one was just foul down the right-field line, but the second was fair as Moustakas homered to lead off the 13th inning, lifting the Kansas City Royals to a 7-6 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Thursday.
100 years ago: New treatment device improves city water
September 6, 2013
“The water that is now being served the city of Lawrence is in first class condition.”
Opinion: Ruling is turning point in U.S. drug war
September 6, 2013 in print edition on A8
The U.S. decision not to challenge Washington and Colorado’s plans to legalize marijuana makes the U.S. drug policy look like a textbook case of political hypocrisy: How can the U.S. government give a green light to legalization at home while continuing to fight it abroad?
Editorial: Dangerous fork
President Obama’s decision concerning action against Syria will have a far-reaching impact around the world.
September 6, 2013 in print edition on A8
For five-plus years, President Obama has talked about working with Republicans in Congress, but there is little evidence he has been sincere in this nice-sounding campaign pledge.
Opinion: U.S., Russia face last chance on Syria
September 6, 2013 in print edition on A8
A top Syrian rebel commander says that U.S. missile strikes could change the balance of the civil war in Syria. But even the Syrian opposition is worried about the political vacuum that might follow U.S. intervention and the possible collapse of President Bashar Assad.