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Archive for Wednesday, September 11, 2013

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12:37 a.m.
A house in the 800 block of Moundridge Dr. has been the subject of an old Craigslist scam. People who don't own the property list it for rent online, tricking unwitting renters into wiring deposit money. Renter beware: real estate scam surfaces again
September 11, 2013
Please don’t try to rent the 1,290 square-foot home, with two beds and two baths, advertised at $500 per month. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. In the case of one house on Moundridge Drive, some prospective renters have already been cheated out of a $250 deposit that they will never get back. They learned the hard way that the house is for sale, not for rent, and the online listings offering the house for that low, low rent are bogus, operated by an anonymous con artist who might be in California or Siberia, for all the authorities know. By Ian Cummings
10:00 a.m.
Father Robert Baldwin and his parishioners at Trinity Episcopal church, 1011 Vermont, are raising money to repair and purchase organ pipes. Lawrence’s Trinity Episcopal Church raising funds for new organ
September 11, 2013
Lightening struck the Trinity Episcopal Church bell tower last year, frying its electrical systems. That included the church’s organ console, a $160,000 machine that’s insurance covered. But putting a new console into an old organ made little sense, so the church set out to raise renovation funds. By Ben Unglesbee
12:00 p.m.
 A row of rental houses in the 1200 block of Ohio Street are just some  of the Lawrence homes that have been turned into rentals. The city is discussing expanding its rental registration program. City wants further review of proposed rental registration and inspection program
September 10, 2013
A majority of city commissioners on Tuesday said they still were interested in creating a new rental registration and licensing program for all 18,000 rental units in the city, but first directed staff members to further review the proposed ordinance and perhaps trim the list of possible violations a landlord could be cited for. Chad Lawhorn
3:00 p.m.
Lawrence High goalkeeper Andrew Ornburn gets his arms around Blue Valley West midfielder Payton Gore while making a save during the second half on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013 at Lawrence High School. Also pictured at left is LHS midfielder Connor Henrichs. Lions soccer loses home opener, 3-2
September 11, 2013
Close losses — especially those that come early in the season — don’t have to be calamitous. No one associated with Lawrence High’s boys soccer team felt great Tuesday night after the Lions lost their home opener, 3-2, to Blue Valley West. Still, the players and their coach, Mike Murphy, admitted taking some pride in the way they performed in the second half. By Benton Smith
5:00 p.m.
The Dusty Bookshelf, 708 Massachusetts. Nick Krug/Journal-World Photo Fall Book Sale canceled after inventory contaminated by bedbugs
3:18 p.m., September 11, 2013 Updated 6:38 p.m.
The Friends of the Lawrence Public Library’s Fall Book Sale has been canceled because of a bedbug infestation in some of the books intended for sale. The book sale was to be held at the Douglas County Fairgrounds from Sept. 26 to Sept. 29, but in on hold indefinitely after the group learned someone had donated books had contained bedbugs. A large portion of Friends’ inventory for the fall sale has been removed in an effort to be certain of eliminating the bugs. By Ian Cummings
5:39 p.m.
Lawrence High senior Caitlin Broadwell was sidelined from sports for seven months after being diagnosed with an overactive thyroid and Graves' disease. Broadwell returned to practice on Monday and plans to play in her first game back on Thursday. Lions’ Broadwell returning to volleyball court after health hiatus
September 11, 2013
Lawrence High senior volleyball player Caitlin Broadwell was sidelined from sports for seven months after being diagnosed with an overactive thyroid and Graves’ disease. After recent surgery that removed the gland, Broadwell hopes to make her season debut for LHS Thursday. By Benton Smith

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Self visiting top prep basketball recruits
September 11, 2013
Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self was to visit with the families of top ten guards Tyus Jones and Rashad Vaughn on Wednesday in Minnesota, about the same time No. 43-rated point guard Jordan McLaughlin orally committed to USC. By Gary Bedore
KU’s Sims eager for shot at Rice after sitting out loss
September 11, 2013
Last season, when Rice kicker Chris Boswell knocked a 45-yard field goal through the uprights as time expired to give the Owls a one-point victory over Kansas University, the Jayhawks’ best football player wasn’t even at the game. By Matt Tait
Royals draw closer in race
September 11, 2013
The Kansas City Royals believe they are in the American League playoff chase to stay. They might start convincing others, too.
Quick turnaround tests LHS tennis in dual defeat
September 11, 2013
Lawrence High girls tennis coach Chris Marshall knew this two-day stretch would test his players. Wednesday marked the end of back-to-back hot afternoons of stiff competition for the Lions, who fell, 5-4, in a dual with Blue Valley Northwest a day after going 0-1-2 at a home quadrangular. By Benton Smith
K.C., Dallas to renew rivalry
September 11, 2013
One of the first things Cowboys owner Jerry Jones did when he awoke Wednesday was to take a good look at the little wooden trophy topped by an odd street sign sitting among the many awards and memorabilia in his Dallas-area home.
Chiefs’ Charles expects to be ready Sunday
September 11, 2013
Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles expects to be available for Sunday’s game against the Dallas Cowboys after bruising his quad in last weekend’s win at Jacksonville.
Opinion: Jayhawk fans can take over at Rice
September 11, 2013
The Coors Events Center on the Colorado campus became known as Allen Fieldhouse West once a year because when Kansas University came to town half the noise from the stands was made in support of the visiting team. Saturday represents a rare opportunity for KU alumni to turn Rice Stadium into Memorial Stadium South. Column by Tom Keegan
Pumpkin patch designs draw outrage from neighbors
September 11, 2013
Douglas County commissioners want tighter controls on a proposed pumpkin patch business in a rural, southeast county area. Commissioners will revisit the proposal Sept. 25. By Peter Hancock
Panel at Kansas Union discusses the forces and attitudes around poverty
September 11, 2013
The first in a series of talks about poverty and the “American Dream” took place at the Kansas Union on Wednesday. The panel discussion featured keynote speaker Mark Rank from Washington University and Krissy Clark, a reporter for American Public Media’s “Marketplace.” The panel discussed the role of politics, economics, history and race in high levels of U.S. poverty, as well as attitudes around poverty. By Ben Unglesbee
Lions’ Broadwell returning to volleyball court after health hiatus
September 11, 2013
Lawrence High senior volleyball player Caitlin Broadwell was sidelined from sports for seven months after being diagnosed with an overactive thyroid and Graves’ disease. After recent surgery that removed the gland, Broadwell hopes to make her season debut for LHS Thursday. By Benton Smith
Lawrence man arrested on suspicion of drug, gun, offenses after injury accident in North Lawrence
September 11, 2013
A 40-year-old Lawrence man was arrested on suspicion of drug and gun offenses Tuesday night after being involved in an accident that injured two other people in North Lawrence, according to police.
Fall Book Sale canceled after inventory contaminated by bedbugs
03:18 p.m., September 11, 2013 Updated 06:38 p.m.
The Friends of the Lawrence Public Library’s Fall Book Sale has been canceled because of a bedbug infestation in some of the books intended for sale. The book sale was to be held at the Douglas County Fairgrounds from Sept. 26 to Sept. 29, but in on hold indefinitely after the group learned someone had donated books had contained bedbugs. A large portion of Friends’ inventory for the fall sale has been removed in an effort to be certain of eliminating the bugs. By Ian Cummings
18 area students named National Merit semifinalists
September 11, 2013
The National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced that 18 high school seniors in the Lawrence area have qualified as semifinalists in the scholarship competition. The list includes 11 students from Free State High School, two from Lawrence High School and five from Bishop Seabury Academy. By Peter Hancock
25th annual Haskell Art Market this weekend
September 11, 2013
The Haskell Art Market will be celebrating its 25th anniversary with the annual event scheduled for this weekend. By Giles Bruce
Recent Kansas law eyed to help prison population
September 11, 2013
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Corrections Secretary Ray Roberts says recent changes in post-release supervision of convicted offenders should help control growth in the state’s prison population before more beds are needed.
Stegall won’t be sworn in until January
12:04 p.m., September 11, 2013 Updated 05:44 p.m.
Last week, legislators confirmed Caleb Stegall to the Kansas Court of Appeals under a new appointment system. But it was announced today that Stegall won’t be sworn in to the court until Jan. 3. By Scott Rothschild
Audit finds problems in Kansas Department of Commerce handling of economic development programs
11:07 a.m., September 11, 2013 Updated 05:03 p.m.
A state audit released today found numerous problems in the Kansas Department of Commerce’s handling of major economic development programs, including exceeding the statutory cap by $1.5 million in tax incentives. By Scott Rothschild
State report shows safety, security problems in sexual predator treatment program
10:47 a.m., September 11, 2013 Updated 02:31 p.m.
A state audit of the sexual predator treatment program at Larned State Hospital found numerous safety and security problems. By Scott Rothschild
Ex-Jayhawk Newton achieves goal of becoming NBA GM
September 11, 2013
When Milt Newton was finishing up his graduate studies at Kansas University, he told anyone that would listen that his goal was to one day become an NBA general manager.
Darnell Jackson signs free agent deal with Indiana Pacers
September 11, 2013
Former Kansas University power forward Darnell Jackson has signed a free agent contract with the Indiana Pacers, the NBA team announced on Tuesday. By Gary Bedore
KU volleyball falls at No. 24 Creighton
September 11, 2013
Freshman middle blocker Tayler Soucie slammed three block assists to help Kansas University fight off match point seven times against No. 24-ranked Creighton, but the Bluejays defeated the Jayhawks, 25-21, 15-25, 25-17, 29-27, on Tuesday night.
Jayhawks aware of Rice QB’s talent
September 11, 2013
The Kansas University defenders know they will have their hands full this weekend in Houston when they stare across the line of scrimmage at Rice quarterback Taylor McHargue. By Matt Tait
Seabury volleyball swept at home
September 11, 2013
Seabury Academy’s volleyball team was swept in its home triangular Tuesday.
Veritas sweeps at volleyball quad
September 11, 2013
Veritas Christian School swept all three of its matches on Tuesday at the Marais des Cygnes Valley quadrangular.
LHS volleyball 2-1 at Topeka quad
September 11, 2013
Lawrence High’s volleyball team went 2-1 on Tuesday in a quadrangular at Topeka High.
Opinion: Receivers dropping? Go hand shopping
September 11, 2013
Some Jersey sarcasm bubbled to the surface again Tuesday afternoon when Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis turned his attention to the performance of his wide receivers in Saturday’s victory against South Dakota: “I say different things to different players. Usually, it’s the Kmart special. I say, ‘They’re selling hands. Why don’t you go buy yourself a pair.’” Column by Tom Keegan
Lions soccer loses home opener, 3-2
September 11, 2013
Close losses — especially those that come early in the season — don’t have to be calamitous. No one associated with Lawrence High’s boys soccer team felt great Tuesday night after the Lions lost their home opener, 3-2, to Blue Valley West. Still, the players and their coach, Mike Murphy, admitted taking some pride in the way they performed in the second half. By Benton Smith
FSHS tennis ignores heat, sweeps to win LHS quad
September 11, 2013
Upper-90-degree temperatures and a beaming sun didn’t affect Free State’s Alexis Czapinski at Tuesday afternoon’s Lawrence High quadrangular. The FSHS senior coasted to a 3-0 record in her No. 1 singles matches, helping the Firebirds to a quad victory. By Jesse Newell
25 years ago: Most Lawrence eateries score high on inspections
September 11, 2013
“As for real disasters, it’s been a long time since we had any.”
40 years ago: Noisy dogs escorted off KU campus
September 11, 2013
Two “nuisance dogs” had been removed from the Kansas University campus today.
KU Endowment posts another record fundraising year
September 11, 2013
By Ben Unglesbee
Renter beware: real estate scam surfaces again
September 11, 2013
Please don’t try to rent the 1,290 square-foot home, with two beds and two baths, advertised at $500 per month. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. In the case of one house on Moundridge Drive, some prospective renters have already been cheated out of a $250 deposit that they will never get back. They learned the hard way that the house is for sale, not for rent, and the online listings offering the house for that low, low rent are bogus, operated by an anonymous con artist who might be in California or Siberia, for all the authorities know. By Ian Cummings
Letter: Responsibility
September 11, 2013 in print edition on A11
Harry S Truman: “The buck stops here.” Barack Obama: “I didn’t set a red line; the world set a red line. My credibility is not on the line. The international community’s credibility is on the line. And America and Congress’ credibility is on the line.”
Letter: Distorting truth
September 11, 2013 in print edition on A11
Leonard Pitts’ column of last Sunday castigates Tony Perkins of the Family Reseach Council about his view of homosexuality. Pitts claims a counter view is one based on scholasticism and hardcore biblical truth. The simple truth is that this lifestyle is sinful, just like adultery, lying, stealing, etc. That’s why we need a savior, Jesus Christ.
Opinion: Official outlines state aquifer efforts
September 11, 2013 in print edition on A11
We would like to respond to the “Aquifer addiction” editorial published in the Sept. 4 Journal-World. The recent Kansas State University study has again illustrated the reality of the Ogallala Aquifer. The amount of withdraw continues to exceed the amount of recharge. As pointed out in the study, reducing the amount of pumping to sustainable levels would cause economic devastation. In recognition of that fact, the existing Kansas Water Plan policy is to “conserve and extend” the useful life of the aquifer.
Kansas Insurance Department holding informational hearings on ACA
September 11, 2013
Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger has scheduled public meetings next week to provide information on health insurance changes under the Affordable Care Act. By Scott Rothschild
Horoscopes for Sept. 11
September 11, 2013
For Wednesday, Sept. 11 This year you move in a new direction, and you’ll be more open to being approached. If you are single, you don’t need to work on meeting someone — it will happen naturally. If you are attached, the two of you will benefit from spending a lot of time together.
Lawrence’s Trinity Episcopal Church raising funds for new organ
September 11, 2013
Lightening struck the Trinity Episcopal Church bell tower last year, frying its electrical systems. That included the church’s organ console, a $160,000 machine that’s insurance covered. But putting a new console into an old organ made little sense, so the church set out to raise renovation funds. By Ben Unglesbee
Delicious/Nutritious: Apples ripe for fall recipes
September 11, 2013
Food columnists Sarah Henning and Megan Stuke put their spin on different kinds of apples.
100 years ago: Band leader scoffs at ragtime fad
September 11, 2013
“I would never play a program of this sort of music.”
Editorial: School surprise
A hastily drawn and approved plan to double the new elementary classroom space in Lawrence may raise concerns among local voters and taxpayers.
September 11, 2013 in print edition on A11
Less than six months after gaining voter approval for a major school construction bond issue, the Lawrence school board — without additional voter approval or adequate opportunity for community comment — has agreed to more than double the number of new classrooms in Lawrence elementary schools.
Opinion: Obama’s tough line on Syria paid off
September 11, 2013 in print edition on A11
When the ancient Greek or Roman playwrights had painted themselves into a corner, plot-wise, they sometimes resorted to the device known as the deus ex machina, in which one of the gods was hoisted over the stage and dropped in to resolve the otherwise inchoate drama.