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Archive for Monday, September 23, 2013

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12:00 a.m.
Tom Armstrong, left, holds a model of a satellite while Dr. Jerry Manweiler handles a model of a device their company, Fundamental Technologies, makes. Lawrence scientist a witness to Voyager 1’s history-making journey
September 23, 2013
Tom Armstrong, a one-time KU professor who is now co-owner of Fundamental Technologies, has had a front-row seat for the making of space exploration history. He has been a part of the Voyager 1 mission since the design phase. This month the spacecraft became the first man-made object to venture into interstellar space. By Ben Unglesbee
10:17 a.m.
A car passes an area along K-10 where tracks are visible. A Eudora business owner says a slight depression in the pavement causes cars to hydroplane just west of the Eudora exit after heavy rain, and run off the road. Tire tracks, ditched cars point to danger on K-10, Eudora business owner says
September 23, 2013
A Eudora business owner has seen tire tracks and as many as 20 cars that have skidded off the highway along a specific strip of K-10. He suspects a slight depression, which fills up with water in heavy rains, is the cause. By Ben Unglesbee
1:11 p.m.
Six road blocks that mark the end of the roadway at the South Lawrence Trafficway stand on Tuesday, July 10, 2012. The Kansas Department of Transportation is planning to go ahead with a six-mile, four-lane extension to Kansas Highway 10 next year. Charges won’t be filed in fatal bike-truck collision at South Lawrence Trafficway
September 23, 2013
Charges will not be filed against the driver of a vehicle that struck and killed a 29-year-old Lawrence woman in July, a Kansas Highway Patrol trooper said. By Stephen Montemayor
4:57 p.m.
Kansas kicker Matthew Wyman watches his 52-yard field goal sail toward the uprights for a 13-10 win over Louisiana Tech during the on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013 at Memorial Stadium. KU kickers honored for play vs. Louisiana Tech
September 23, 2013
KU punter Trevor Pardula and place kicker Matthew Wyman were honored Monday for their roles in KU’s 13-10 victory over Louisiana Tech last weekend.
7:33 p.m.
Construction on the $8.3 million Westfield Place Apartments at 204 Eisenhower Drive in northwest Lawrence. The apartments are going up on property that is just a bit north of the Walmart at Sixth and Wakarusa. City creates online database to search for licensed building contractors
September 23, 2013
Lawrence City officials are trying to show that one of the more important tools in a home improvement project can be a computer. The city today announced that it has created an online database that allows anyone to search to find out whether his contractor of choice has the necessary city licenses. By Chad Lawhorn

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Sunflower League football divides
September 23, 2013
Scheduling just got a little more flexible for the Sunflower League’s 12 football programs. Beginning next season, the league will be split into two divisions. By Benton Smith
LHS tennis swept at home quad
September 23, 2013
Lawrence High was swept by Blue Valley West, SM Northwest and SM West in the Lions’ home quad.
ESPN: Bill Self top coach for NBA
September 23, 2013
Bill Self, who in the past several weeks was ranked the No. 2 recruiter of all college coaches (behind John Calipari) and No. 4 X’s and O’s coach (behind Tom Izzo, John Beilein and Rick Pitino), on Monday was named the college coach most qualified to run an NBA franchise successfully. By Gary Bedore
Big 12 honors KU volleyball
September 23, 2013
Kansas University volleyball picked up a pair of individual Big 12 Conference awards on Monday.
KU women’s golf leads Smith meet
September 23, 2013
Kansas University’s women’s golf team took a quick 13-stroke lead after the first two rounds of the Marilynn Smith Sunflower Invitational on Monday at Colbert Hills Golf Course.
School board agrees to Haskell Avenue site for tech ed center
September 23, 2013
The Lawrence school board agreed to locate its new College and Career Center alongside an adult training center that the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce plans to develop near 31st and Haskell. But many questions remain about how the two schools would work together. By Peter Hancock
Westar residential rates would go up $3 per month under proposed settlement
September 23, 2013
Residential customers of Westar Energy would see a $3 per month increase in their electric bills under a proposed settlement announced Monday. By Scott Rothschild
Professor getting death threats over NRA tweet, colleagues support his free-speech rights
September 23, 2013
Kansas University journalism professor David W. Guth’s message about the NRA on social media last week has prompted anger from gun rights supporters, rebuke from KU officials, an indefinite leave from his job and, now, death threats from some angered by his tweet. Meanwhile, his journalism school colleagues issued a statement in support of his free-speech rights and the chancellor issued a statement saying that the decision to put Guth on leave was not related to the content of his message on Twitter.
$3.1 million Affordable Care Act grant comes to Kansas to help consumers review insurance rates
September 23, 2013
Kansas’ Republican political leaders continue to voice opposition to the Affordable Care Act, but the federal government continues implementation of the health reform law. By Scott Rothschild
City creates online database to search for licensed building contractors
September 23, 2013
Lawrence City officials are trying to show that one of the more important tools in a home improvement project can be a computer. The city today announced that it has created an online database that allows anyone to search to find out whether his contractor of choice has the necessary city licenses. By Chad Lawhorn
Vikings, Firebirds top rankings headed into clash
September 23, 2013
Just in time for its clash with top-ranked Shawnee Mission West, Free State High’s football team moved up to No. 2 in the latest Class 6A rankings from Kpreps.com.
KU defensive lineman Marquel Combs to transfer
September 23, 2013
Kansas University junior defensive lineman Marquel Combs has asked for and been granted a release to transfer to schools outside of the Big 12, KU coach Charlie Weis announced Monday.
Leukemia and Lymphoma Society ‘Light the Night Walk’ scheduled for Saturday
September 23, 2013
The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society will hold the Light the Night Walk on Saturday to help raise money and awareness of the fight against cancer.
First round of interviews for new dean of KU med school in final stages
03:43 p.m., September 23, 2013 Updated 10:52 a.m.
The search for a new dean of the KU School of Medicine began last year after Barbara Atkinson retired.
GOP’s 2012 vice presidential candidate Ryan to raise funds for Brownback
September 23, 2013
The gubernatorial election is more than a year away, but the race for campaign dollars has begun in earnest.
Hodgson announces campaign for House District 46
September 23, 2013
Democrat Abbie Hodgson today announced that she is running for the House District 46 seat, currently held by House Minority Leader Paul Davis, D-Lawrence, who is running for governor.
Report questions the effectiveness of tax incentives given by states to lure businesses
September 23, 2013
States are spending billions of dollars on tax incentives to lure businesses, but policymakers often don’t know if the incentives work, according to a report released today. By Scott Rothschild
Tight rules proposed for KC Pumpkin Patch
September 23, 2013
No “pumpkin cannons” or loud entertainment would be allowed at the KC Pumpkin Patch, which a Johnson County couple is seeking to relocate in southeast Douglas County. Activities would be limited to pumpkin picking, bird watching and fishing. By Peter Hancock
Charges won’t be filed in fatal bike-truck collision at South Lawrence Trafficway
September 23, 2013
Charges will not be filed against the driver of a vehicle that struck and killed a 29-year-old Lawrence woman in July, a Kansas Highway Patrol trooper said. By Stephen Montemayor
KU, Texas Tech to kickoff at 11 a.m. Oct. 5
September 23, 2013
KU’s Big 12 Conference opener against Texas Tech on Oct. 5 at Memorial Stadium will kickoff at 11 a.m., the Big 12 announced Monday morning.
KU kickers honored for play vs. Louisiana Tech
September 23, 2013
KU punter Trevor Pardula and place kicker Matthew Wyman were honored Monday for their roles in KU’s 13-10 victory over Louisiana Tech last weekend.
Horoscopes for Sept. 23
September 23, 2013
For Monday, Sept. 23 This year you often are emotional yet direct. If you are single, you are quite desirable. If you are attached, the two of you might become more argumentative than you have been in the past.
40 years ago: Former resident concerned about air pollution in Lawrence
September 23, 2013
“Don’t you think something should be done about this situation?”
25 years ago: Consumer advocate urges KU audience to use critical thinking
September 23, 2013
“The function of advertising is to get you to drop your critical capacity and trust the seller.”
How to Help: Event invites all to package meals for residents in need of food
September 23, 2013
The Great Start Pack event invites the community to help package 40,000 meals for those in need.
Tire tracks, ditched cars point to danger on K-10, Eudora business owner says
September 23, 2013
A Eudora business owner has seen tire tracks and as many as 20 cars that have skidded off the highway along a specific strip of K-10. He suspects a slight depression, which fills up with water in heavy rains, is the cause. By Ben Unglesbee
Editorial: Positive reversal
It’s important for the state’s key consumer representative to have a seat at the table when utility rates and regulations are being discussed.
September 23, 2013 in print edition on A10
It took a little prodding, but the Kansas Corporation Commission has done the right thing by reversing a decision to exclude the Citizens’ Utility Ratepayer Board from a Westar case that will have a slight impact on electrical rates paid by residential customers.
Opinion: Today’s debate not ‘real isolationism’
September 23, 2013 in print edition on A10
In January 1938, Rep. Louis Ludlow, an Indiana Democrat, proposed a constitutional amendment strongly supported by the public: “Except in the event of an invasion of the United States or its territorial possessions and attack upon its citizens residing therein, the authority of Congress to declare war shall not become effective until confirmed by a majority of all votes cast thereon in a nationwide referendum.” Although narrowly defeated, 209-188, it might have passed without President Franklin Roosevelt’s last-minute opposition.
Lawrence scientist a witness to Voyager 1’s history-making journey
September 23, 2013
Tom Armstrong, a one-time KU professor who is now co-owner of Fundamental Technologies, has had a front-row seat for the making of space exploration history. He has been a part of the Voyager 1 mission since the design phase. This month the spacecraft became the first man-made object to venture into interstellar space. By Ben Unglesbee
Opinion: U.S. sees positive movement by Iran
September 23, 2013 in print edition on A10
For a weakened but still ambitious President Obama, the biggest foreign-policy opportunity and danger of his presidency rolls into New York next week with the arrival of Iranian leader Hassan Rouhani.
Penn House volunteer treats everyone like family
September 23, 2013
For the past six years, Janice Lopez has volunteered upwards of 40 hours a week manning the Penn House front desk. How does she do it? “I love this place. It blesses my spirit, yes it does.”
100 years ago: County fair visitors to see unusual plants, new crops, bridge made of seeds
September 23, 2013
“Here is being shown a live growing pineapple bush and growing on this bush is a small pineapple. Something entirely new for the Douglas County Fair.”