Archive for June 15th, 2010

KMBC – KU AD Lew Perkins To Leave In 2011

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

University of Kansas Athletic Director Lew Perkins announced Thursday he will leave his post next year.
Perkins’s resignation will be effective Sept. 4, 2011.

Theater in the Park – Jesus Christ Superstar Opens

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

Jesus Christ Superstar Opens on June 11!

June 2010
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Whitney Armstrong as Mary Magdalene, Sam Dowling as Jesus and Eric Morris as Judas
(photo by Bob Compton) (more…)

Tiahrt for Senate – Mythbuster # 3: Jerry Moran Claims to be a Consistent Conservative

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

Dear Supporter,

Another week and another myth surrounding Congressman Moran busted. This week we delve into the myth that Moran is a consistent conservative. (more…)

Lenexa Gov’t – Minutes and Agenda

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

The June 15, 2010 Lenexa City Council Meeting agenda is now ready and may be accessed by clicking the meeting agenda hyperlink below.

Agenda Hyperlink

If you should have any questions, please contact the City Clerks Office at 913-477-7500.

A Need For Heros — Phillip and Cathy Cosby

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

Dear Friends,

When I see men like Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple Computer take a stand against inter-net
pornography I am renewed by such heroes with public courage. HEROES and WARRIORS.

One of the warnings to Israel as they grew cold toward the LORD was the removal
of heroes and warriors.

We need heroes. Especially, men who will honor marriage, provide for their families,
show leadership at home, in their community and raise Godly children. (more…)

Obama’s Appeals Court Nominee Sent to Full Senate with Record of Leniency for Sex Offenders, Serial Killer

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

Washington (CNSNews.com) - President Barack Obama’s controversial nominee to serve on the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York fits the activist judiciary agenda of the administration, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) said.

In tweet, Turkey’s president condemns YouTube ban

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

(Reuters) – Turkey’s President Abdullah Gul has used his Twitter page to condemn his country’s ban on YouTube and some Google services.

Johnson County Gov’t – Meeting Synopsis 6/10/10

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

M E E T I N G S Y N O P S I S

-June 10, 2010-

The Board of County Commissioners yesterday presented a Certificate of Special Commendation to Louise Hunter, Chief Deputy in the Department of Records and Tax Administration, for her more than 58 years of public service, including 49 consecutive years, to County Government. All of her years of service have been in the County Clerk’s Office. The office became the Department of Records and Tax Administration in 2005. She started in the County Clerk’s Office in 1950 and worked as a payroll clerk. She assumed the position of Chief Deputy on April 1, 1978. She has worked for seven County Clerks. When she started, the County Clerk served as the Election Commissioner and the Appraiser, prepared the county budget, managed the county payroll, and processed all expenditures for the county. The Clerk even paid the bounty for coyote ears. Her retirement becomes effective on Friday, June 12.

The Board also presented a Certificate of Special Commendation to Peter “Pete” Malone for 35 years with the Park and Recreation District as the head coach with the Kansas City Blazers Swim Team. His career as a swimming coach spans 42 years. In all, five Olympians, with three winning gold medals, along with elite national competitors, collegiate swimmers, and scores of top high school performers, have passed through the Blazers’ system. The team ranks in the top 10 in the nation, top 50 in the world, and has set national age group records. His retirement also becomes effective on June 12.

The Board approved a request from Phelps Engineering, Inc., applicant for William Southerland, landowner, for a preliminary and final development plan (plat) for eight residential lots and one tract on four acres located at 162nd Terrace and Kenneth Road. Known as Villas of River Ridge Farms, the site is zoned Planned Residential Urban Single-Family 1B District.

Finally, in other action, the Board:

· Proclaimed June 17, 2010, as National Dump the Pump Day and June 15, 2010, as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day; and,

· Approved the May 20, 2010, business session minutes.

THE SESSION SCHEDULE FOR THE NEXT MEETING – THURSDAY, JUNE 17, 2010 – IS AS FOLLOWS (at this time)

SESSION SCHEDULE

MORNING SESSION

9:30 Board of County Commissioners – Business Session

Agenda Review (June 24) – Following adjournment of Business Session

AFTERNOON SESSION

1:30 Committee of the Whole

1. FY 2011 Department Budget Presentations

BOCC Meeting Synopses are produced by the Public Information & Communications Division of the County Manager’s Office as a public service, and provide a summation of actions and decisions made by the Board of County Commissioners. The Meeting Synopses do not constitute an official record of such actions and decisions, and should not be relied upon for legal purposes. For official records, please contact the Clerk of the Board of County Commissioners at (913) 715-0430.

Melissa McChesney

Deputy Clerk

Board of County Commissioners

111 S. Cherry Street, Suite 3300

Olathe, Kansas 66061

(913) 715-0425

(913) 715-0440

http://bocc.jocogov.org

http://clerk.jocogov.org

Certified SIRE Administrator

Olathe Gov’t – 2010 Downtown Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit in Place

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

2010 Downtown Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit in Place
Exhibits for the 2010 Downtown Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit are now in place. Now in its sixth year, the exhibit displays sculptures on-loan from artists throughout the Midwest that are rotated annually throughout Olathe’s Original Core area. This year’s exhibit includes eight displays from artists in four states. The pieces were selected by a panel including Robert A. Powell, founder and Executive Director of the Portfolio Gallery and Educational Center in St. Louis, Missouri.

This year’s pieces include: The Red Head, by Conrad Snider of Newton, Kansas located inside City Hall, 100 E. Santa Fe; Rockslide by Robert Lamberson of Dannebrog, Nebraska located in front of City Hall, 100 E. Santa Fe; Half Moon Rising by Stephen Janesko of Tonganoxie, Kansas located on the northeast corner of Santa Fe & Kansas Ave.; Day Blind Stars by Kristin Garnant of Camanche, Iowa located on the northwest corner of Santa Fe & Kansas; Dire Enticement by Beth Nybeck of Cedar Falls, Iowa located on the northeast corner of Chestnut & Poplar; Metamorphosis by Mary Jane Lamberson or Dannebrog, Nebraska located on the southeast corner of Santa Fe & Water; 1300 RBSL by Daniel Munson of Hays, Kansas located on the northeast corner of Park & Cherry; and Prayer Booth by Dylan Mortimer of Kansas City, Missouri located near the pedestrian walkway between the City’s Municipal Building and the City Parking Garage.

Maps, photographs and information about each sculpture is available on the City’s website, www.OlatheKs.org in the Parks and Recreation section.

NSSF – UPDATE ON S. 6005A, NEW YORK MICROSTAMPING THREAT

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

A vote on firearms microstamping (S. 6005A) could happen at any time. In response to collective efforts by NSSF and our allies in the Second Amendment community to defeat this flawed technology, New York City politicians, including Mayor Michael Bloomberg, are trying to bully state Senators into supporting this gun ban — and make no mistake, microstamping is a gun ban.

If S. 6005A passes, firearms manufacturers would be forced to abandon the New York market rather than spend the astronomical sums of money necessary to completely reconfigure their manufacturing and assembly processes. In addition, this bill could result in hundreds of layoffs for New York workers as firearm factories consider moving out of the state.

OP Gov’t Press Release: UPDATE, Marty & Roe pools will be open for swim lessons

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

For Immediate ReIease: June 14, 2010 @ 3:50 p.m.

Marty and Roe pools will be open for swim lessons tonight
Overland Park, KS – Marty and Roe swimming pools will be open tonight for swim lessons only.
Both pools are scheduled to open tomorrow at their normal operating time of noon.
Thank you for your patience.
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Contact: Brian Toben, aquatics supervisor, 913-895-6355

Eagle Forum – Help defeat Harry Reid!

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

Last Tuesday’s election brought victories for conservative candidates throughout the country.  We are especially excited about Sharron Angle’s overwhelming victory in the Nevada Republican Senate primary.
Eagle Forum was proud to be among the first national organizations to endorse Sharron, because she was the only candidate with a proven record of protecting life, marriage and taxpayers.  I have worked with Sharron, and I know she is a tireless warrior who won’t just vote for the causes we believe in, she will be a leader and a fighter in the Senate for our values.
We are especially proud of Sharron because when she defeats Harry Reid in November, she will be our first Eagle Forum “Homemaker of the Year” (Nevada 1987) award recipient in the U.S. Senate.  Eagle Forum also recognized Sharron’s contributions to the pro-family movement in 1994 with an Eagle Award.
Will you help us as we help Sharron defeat Harry Reid? Click to donate.
Eagle Forum used a state-of-the-art telephone system that enabled volunteers throughout the country to make phone calls to help turn out values voters to vote for Sharron last Tuesday.  We will continue to use this system to help Sharron and other solid conservatives like her win in November.
Your contribution today will help us elect conservatives like Sharron in upcoming primaries and to carry conservatives to victory in November!  Click to donate.

Please regularly visit our website to see the candidates Eagle Forum PAC has endorsed, and we encourage you to invite friends to sign up for our alerts to stay informed and to engage in the grassroots activism necessary to keep our country great.
Faithfully,
Phyllis Schlafly

WND – Dems to paint GOPers as ‘tea-party extremists’

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

Democratic Party pollster and top consultant Stanley Greenberg, who has worked to reposition British Petroleum as an environmentally more correct BP, or “Beyond Petroleum,” plans to brand Republicans as angry extremists in an effort to stem Democratic losses in the November midterm elections.

CWA Kansas — CWA HELPS SPONSOR BRIEFING ON THE HARMS OF PORNOGRPHY

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

CWA HELPS SPONSOR BRIEFING ON THE HARMS OF PORNOGRPHY

Capitol Visitor’s Center – HVC 201

June 15, 11:00 a.m.

Washington, D.C. – The Coalition for the War on Illegal Pornography today announced a major briefing at the United States Capitol Visitors Center in HVC-201 at 11 a.m., June 15, titled “Pornography Harms: What Congress can do to Enforce Existing Laws.”

Concerned Women for America (CWA) is proud to be a sponsor of this event, which is open to every Member of the U.S. House and Senate, their staffs, the Capitol press corps, and the public.

Dr. Janice Shaw Crouse, Senior Fellow at CWA’s Beverly LaHaye Institute, said, “This briefing focuses on the harms of pornography. While obscenity laws are on the books, they are not being enforced, and the pornography industry is rapidly expanding as a result. Pornography has moved out of the sleazy dives into our homes through 24-hour-a-day, easy Internet access. The data shows that porn has taken over much of the nation’s entertainment; it is addictive, it’s pervasive, and it’s harmful.”

Crouse continued, “Americans rent 800 million pornographic videos every year – that’s one-in-five of all video rentals. The pornography industry produces 11,000 new porn movies annually – far more than Hollywood’s annual output of 400 mainstream movies. An all-star list of speakers will detail the ways that pornography harms those who become addicted, as well as the ways that it is destructive to those girls and women who are used to produce the obscene materials.”

About The D.C. Group on Pornography

The Coalition for War on Illegal Pornography is an effort by The D.C. Group on Pornography, a group of national organizations which meet quarterly in Washington, D.C., for the purpose of education, strategic planning, and action. The group has met with the Department of Justice on several occasions, asking that federal laws prohibiting interstate transportation of adult obscene pornography be enforced.

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Concerned Women for America is the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization.
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Graduate student wins Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

Contact: James M. Mayo, School of Architecture, Design and Planning, (785) 864-4184, jimmayo@ku.edu
Hometown interest: Lawrence, Lecompton and Newton

Graduate student wins Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship
http://www.news.ku.edu/2010/june/15/heckler.shtml

LAWRENCE – A graduate student at the University of Kansas has received one of 56 prestigious Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowships awarded nationally by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Ariel Laura Heckler, who is pursuing a master’s in urban planning in KU’s School of Architecture, Design and Planning, received a $5,000 fellowship for one year. She will use her fellowship to conduct transportation research and attend the annual meeting of the Transportation Research Board in January in Washington, D.C.

Heckler’s research focuses on how transportation professionals can improve their outreach and communication with the public, particularly in regards to the costs and real value of transportation systems and infrastructure.

In her proposal, Heckler explained, “People, throughout the world, travel from point A to point B everyday via one or multiple modes and for various reasons. Even though transportation is vital to our daily lives, most people seem to take it for granted.”

“In a time of tight state budgets and an emphasis on the most effective use of taxpayer dollars, Ariel’s research is especially meaningful and important so that citizens and elected officials have the information they need to prioritize projects and make tough decisions,” said Bonnie J. Johnson, assistant professor of urban planning and Heckler’s research adviser. “This is what good planning is all about. We are very pleased Ariel has this opportunity to further her studies and conduct her research.”

Heckler also is employed as project coordinator at KU’s Transportation Research Institute.

“I knew Ariel was an exceptional person the first day I met her,” said Bob Honea, director of the Transportation Research Institute. “She has continually revealed talents I didn’t even know to ask about when we interviewed her for the KU TRI administrative position. I am certain she will be an academic star in whatever field of research she chooses.”

Heckler earned a bachelor’s in 2000 from Wichita State University. She and her husband, Heng Tran, reside in Lawrence. She is the daughter of Robert and Alma Heckler of Lecompton and a Newton High School graduate. Her husband and her parents are KU alumni.

Established by Congress in 1991, Eisenhower Transportation Fellowships are nationally competitive and awarded on the basis of merit, which includes class standing, grade-point average, transportation work experience, recommendation letters and the student’s proposed plan of study. The program’s objectives are to attract the best and brightest to the transportation profession, to encourage transportation research and retain top talent in the United States.  Applications are evaluated by a review panel consisting of prominent transportation professionals.

For more information on the Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship Program visit www.fhwa.dot.gov/ugp/2010_grad_app.htm.

For more information about KU’s urban planning program, go to www.sadp.ku.edu/urban-planning.

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Computerworld – AT&T ‘dishonest’ about iPad attack threat, say hackers

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

The hacking group Goatse Security obtained the e-mail addresses using an automated PHP script that collected iPad 3G owners’ ICC-ID numbers and associated addresses from AT&T’s servers using a publicly-available feature of the carrier’s Web site. AT&T disabled the feature last week, a day before the Valleywag Web site first reported the story.

Computerworld – 9 tips for securing your iPad

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

The recent AT&T data leak underscores the need for iPad security precautions. A few simple steps can help protect confidential data.

AT&T apologized Sunday for a hack that exposed thousands of customers’ e-mail addresses last week, and said it will work with law enforcement to prosecute those responsible.

Lightner for Congress – Change the Congress in 2010 Endorses Patricia Lightner

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

Media Release
June 15, 2010

Change the Congress in 2010 Endorses Patricia Lightner

Change the Congress in 2010, a Federal PAC, is endorsing Patricia Lightner for the United States Congress for the 3rd District of Kansas.

Here’s what Change the Congress in 2010 wants for Kansas 3rd District voters: An honest representative. A trustworthy person. A person with real experience in life. A person who lives and works and volunteers in her community – her community in Kansas. A person who cares about people. A person who has paid taxes. A person who has balanced a budget. A person who has created jobs – real jobs. A person who will put her God and her country above herself. A person who will not sell out to the lobbyists. Patricia Lightner is that person.

In 1998, Lightner started her political career running for an open seat in the Kansas Legislature. She ran for State Representative in the 29th District as an unknown Republican in Overland Park and won in an upset victory. She served three terms as a State Representative. Her mainstream conservative stance and voting record earned her the respect of her colleagues who elected her to Majority Whip her second term in office, (2000-2002). In her third term, she was appointed as the House Insurance Committee Chairman, (2002 -2004). Prior to the State Legislature, Patricia spent six years in the federal government. She started her work in the public sector employed as an enforcement attorney with the Federal Aviation Administration.

Lightner says, “As we look to 2010 and beyond, I believe it is essential to elect candidates who hold a core set of principles that guide their decision making and their approach to specific issues. Too many politicians today allow political winds and concerns determine their positions on issues, thinking that such a strategy is the sole pay to power and influence. As I embark on this campaign for Congress, I believe we must embrace our core Republican principles – fiscal responsibility, limited government, economic freedom, individual liberty, national security, and embracing a culture of life. These are principles that work and have stood the test of time when actually put into place – not only that, these are principles that most Americans support!” Since these principles are also those embraced by Change the Congress in 2010, we are proud to endorse Patricia Lightner for the United States Congress.

Our mission at Change the Congress in 2010 IS to change the Congress … our house has become riddled with liars and thieves and cowards, not serving us but rather themselves and not even their country. Join Change the Congress in 2010 and support Patricia Lightner.

More about Change the Congress in 2010 can be found at http://www.changethecongressin2010.com/.

Prairie Village Gov’t – NOTICE: SCHEDULING PICK-UP OF RESIDENTIAL WATER DAMAGED ITEMS

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

NOTICE: SCHEDULING PICK-UP OF RESIDENTIAL WATER DAMAGED ITEMS

The City of Prairie Village will be coordinating with Deffenbaugh Industries for the pickup of Residential items which were damaged as part of the recent heavy rain events.

Items must have been damaged as part of the events that occurred on Saturday June 15th and Sunday, June 16th. This service is limited to residential properties and should be limited to items that were stored in basements or garages such as books, boxes, furniture, etc. Carpet will be accepted if cut into lengths of 4 feet maximum (3 feet preferred).

No other building materials such as drywall, etc. will be accepted. In addition, automotive parts, tires, batteries, hazardous waste, etc. will not be accepted.

Residents who have items must call City Hall at 913-381-6464 to request/schedule this special service by June 18th at 3:00 p.m. Residents will be asked for their name, address, and phone number to secure the scheduled pickup.

All items must be at the curb by Monday, June 21st at 5:00 p.m.

Deffenbaugh will pickup items on Tuesday, June 22nd for properties North of 75th Street and on Wednesday, June 23rd for properties South of 75th Street.

Dallas News – Newsweek names Dallas’ School for the Talented and Gifted best high school in America

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

Some experts have criticized the methodology as narrow and misleading. Newsweek says it ignores scores because high schools can artificially boost their passing rates by letting only top students take the exams.