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Man who allegedly struck Lawrence girl in crosswalk issued citation

The additional charge of Inattentive Driving is one that is difficult to prove in court unless the person signing the citation actually observed the person being charged doing something other than watching the road, an after the fact charge or charges are set up by the DA NOT the arresting officer. I'm sure the DA didn't/couldn't find significant evidence from the PD report and thus the only charge he could find is that the driver failed to YIELD to a Pedestrian in a Cross walk (or at an intersection) The pedestrian ALWAYS has the ROW at an intersection, marked crosswalk NOT controlled by a signal.
As to her medical bills resulting from this incident, the drivers insurance carrier will definitely pick up the tab. For the girls sake, I hope there are no lingering problems in the future resulting from being hit. I was hit from behind on a freeway in SD years ago and was treated for what I thought was a non existent whiplash and now some thirty years later I have lingering neck pains and since there was NO police/HP report, I am SOL!

July 30, 2014 at 11:16 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Witness: 12-year-old struck by car in downtown Lawrence 'flew 30 feet'

Many years ago when I took DRIVERS EDUCATION courses in the Lawrence Public school system, (something no longer offered due to cost restraints--sporting events are more popular) I was taught that PEDRESTRIANS, no matter what they were doing, or what their physical condition when they entered the crosswalk, the pedestrian had the RIGHT OF WAY at all crosswalks, whether that crosswalk was in the middle of the street or at an intersection.
IF all drivers no matter their age were to take a mandatory drivers education (refresher) course every two years, there would be fewer accidents involving pedestrians AND bicyclists.
Today with all the bicycles on the road, the bikers tend to think that they should be able to or allowed to ride in the center of an traffic lane whether it be on city streets or country road or out on the open road. Not so. Unless they have emended all uniform traffic codes in the last fifty years, that bicycle riders MUST yield to motor vehicles and pull to the right shoulder of the road and give said motor vehicle time to pass them safely.
Bike riders, no matter how fast or slow they can travel on the flat surface street or highway should not try to out run the automobile or give the motorist the evil eye or give that motorist the "fickle finger of fate" award just because they passed you doing the speed limit (now that's a laugh) or because you as a bike rider could not keep up with the flow of traffic.

July 17, 2014 at 3:33 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Will you visit a cemetery to pay respects to loved ones this weekend?

Unfortunately no, because all my family, for generations, is resting in the Vinland Cemetery, & I am in Branson, Mo, the friendliest place I have ever lived.

May 23, 2014 at 8:11 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Brother: Text message led to fatal Mother's Day shooting in East Lawrence

Without knowing these two indviduals, or knowing the messages content, If the victim had no weapon on his person (other than a spatula for turning burgers or some other tool used for cooking outside) and since he had no immediate way of defending himself, and since the shooter was using the staircase as "cover", it sounds to this layman, like a case of "Aggravated Assault" (with a weapon), or first degree murder as he entered the outing with the intent of doing bodily harm to someone.
Let us all go back to what we learned in Kindergarten : "Sticks Stones will Break my bones, but Names will never hurt me." In years past, if someone had a "beef" with another, it was settled with fists......NOT guns! Are the NRA members proud that another un-registered firearm did not do any body any harm, Why the need for guns? You don't need a gun to hunt for food.....there is plenty for everyone at the local grocery. "Don't take your guns to town, just leave your guns at home"

May 14, 2014 at 8:44 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

City prepares to begin work to expand intersection at Sixth and Iowa streets

At a busy intersection such as this, why not limit construction to the nighttime hours- 11p.m. to 7 a.m. In this manner little disruption to traffic will occur. Thee is always some exception to the rule, but this intersection was designed and built in the early 1950's. Little if any changes, have been done since it's inception. I do not know the traffic statistics or that area, but as far back as I can remember, it has ben a nightmare for vehicles of all shapes & sizes.
Isn't about time to consider building a "fly-over" for traffic going Westbound to Southbound and doing away with the tunnels? After all, this is the 21st century & Lawrence is going to nothing but expand in the future years. This outdated "T" intersection is strictly outdated. I believe after living in larger as well as smaller communities over the years, that a solution such as the following would be feasible however the cost would no doubt knock one's socks off. I suggest that "fly-over" bridge be built to carry traffic going Westbound sixth to Southbound Iowa, and from Northbound Iowa to West-bound Sixth. Widening Iowa & sixth to accommodate a turning lane(s) from Northbound Iowa to Eastbound Sixth. A "fly-over also to take traffic going to the Turnpike would be allowed to continue Northerly to the toll road and business in that area. Princeton Ave would most likely be re-routed or closed t allow construction of access ramps.
My ideas, however flawed, but it is one solution to the growing nightmare at this corner of Lawrence.

May 9, 2014 at 7:13 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

40 years ago: Gasoline to reach unaffordable price of 70 cents per gallon, energy official warns

If only.....I think we would ALL welcome with open arms 70 cent a gallon for gas. I think the oil companies are ripping us off!

April 11, 2014 at 4:39 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Do you think Stephen Colbert will make a good replacement for David Letterman as the ‘Late Show’ host?

Sure! I just hope he doesn't do a flip=flop like Jay Leno did when he took over the Tonite Show. From my perspective as an elder citizen, Jay ruined the Tonite Show.

April 11, 2014 at 4:35 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Do you think Stephen Colbert will make a good replacement for David Letterman as the ‘Late Show’ host?

Sure! I just hope he doesn't do a flip=flop like Jay Leno did when he took over the Tonite Show. From my perspective as an elder citizen, Jay ruined the Tonite Show.

April 11, 2014 at 4:35 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Should grocery and convenience stores be allowed to sell liquor?

They do in MISSOURI! "Wake up to Missouri!"

February 25, 2014 at 9:38 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Should you be able to make a phone call on a plane?

Absolutely NOT! Who wants to hear someone talking incessantly while trapped within the confined space of an aircraft while travelling across country or around the world? Nothing is that important that it can't wait til your flight lands at your FINAL destination.

February 22, 2014 at 7:35 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

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