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New City Hall survey says bars and restaurants dominate downtown businesses, but signs suggest they may be at their limit
‘It also is clear that we’re not going to end up with 80, 90, 100 percent bars and restaurants’
April 15, 2010 in print edition on A1
According to a new study out of City Hall, bars and restaurants are now the dominant businesses in Downtown Lawrence, but there are new signs that they won’t take over every nook and cranny of the district.
Longtime downtown furniture store set for expansion, move north on Mass. Street
April 15, 2010 in print edition on B9
A longtime downtown furniture and home store is moving and expanding.
Parade of Homes starting earlier as housing market shows signs of improvement
Deadline for tax credit is quickly approaching
April 15, 2010 in print edition on A1
Early results are in: Home sales are up. Mortgage numbers are down. And folks who build homes are making one last push to cash in on a federal program that’s helping pump up the market.
State-ordered court employee furloughs continue this week
April 15, 2010 in print edition on A3
Most Douglas County District Court employees will be on a state-mandated furloughs again Friday.
Prosecutors charge Lawrence man with aggravated assault in connection with Wednesday’s incident downtown
April 15, 2010 in print edition on A3
Douglas County prosecutors have filed charges against a 24-year-old man who police said threatened restaurant patrons with a railroad spike Wednesday evening in downtown Lawrence.
Hilarious superhero parody offers a real kick
April 15, 2010
The filmmakers behind Hollywood’s latest superhero flick have declared war on family values. “Kick-Ass” is bad news for lovers of all that is gentle and wholesome. But it’s great news for fans itching to laugh dementedly as a little girl in a neon purple wig cusses like Tony Soprano and fires kill shots to the heads of many bad guys…
AG Six says budget cuts threaten public safety with sex offenders
April 15, 2010 in print edition on A3
Six called on the Legislature to appropriate $270,000 to restore a contract for forensic psychologists who evaluate inmates to determine if they should be considered for parole or continue to be confined under the state’s sexually violent predator program.
Parkinson signs bill to protect journalists’ use of anonymous sources
April 15, 2010
Kansas journalists now have additional legal protection regarding confidential sources and unpublished material under a law signed by Gov. Mark Parkinson.
Parkinson vetoes proposed changes to Kansas abortion laws
Two-thirds majority for override lacking
02:16 p.m., April 15, 2010 Updated 02:25 p.m. in print edition on A1
Kansas Gov. Mark Parkinson on Thursday vetoed a bill that rewrites the state’s laws regulating late-term abortions.
Relocation of Treece residents moving forward
April 15, 2010 in print edition on B10
The EPA announced Thursday approval of a plan to help in the relocation of residents in Treece, a southeast Kansas town that has been deemed dangerous to live in because of pollution from lead mining.
U.S. News touts two KU graduate degree programs
April 15, 2010 in print edition on B10
KU’s department of city management and urban policy and the department of special education both ranked tops among public schools. The city management and urban policy program was tops overall, while special education ranked second overall to Vanderbilt University.
Regents like KU efforts to expand medical school
11:37 a.m., April 15, 2010 Updated 02:48 p.m. in print edition on A3
A plan by Kansas University to churn out more doctors, especially for rural areas of the state, was endorsed Thursday by the Kansas Board of Regents.
Tea party supporters rally for lower taxes, smaller government
2,000 attend tax day event at Wyandotte County ballpark
11:35 a.m., April 15, 2010 Updated 04:47 p.m. in print edition on A3
A tea party rally has drawn about 2,000 people to a suburban Kansas City ballpark to voice their disdain for the federal government and taxes.
Statehouse Live: Regents OK shorter year for KU
April 15, 2010 in print edition on A5
Under the measure, both the fall and spring semesters will have 73 days each.
Douglas County sheriff’s deputies plan increased patrols this weekend
April 15, 2010 in print edition on B10
Douglas County sheriff’s deputies will be out in full force this weekend, hoping to keep impaired drivers off the roads.
Kansas State Historical Society next week will remember Holocaust
April 15, 2010
A Holocaust commemoration service takes place next week at the Kansas State Historical Society museum in Topeka.
FBI rolling out new Web site in an effort to catch more bank robbers in Kansas and western Missouri
April 15, 2010
The FBI’s Kansas City division has created a new Web site designed to help nab bank robbers in Kansas and western Missouri.
Task force will study retail possibilities
City wants to ensure shoppers spend their dollars at local stores
April 15, 2010
To be reminded of the retail competition in northeast Kansas, Lawrence leaders only need to look to their east — the expanding retail center around the Kansas Speedway in Wyandotte County — and even to their west — as Topeka’s retail pull factor remains above the state average.
Upcoming area attractions and events
April 15, 2010
Upcoming area attractions and events
Lessons from other city retail corridors put into west Lawrence development
April 15, 2010
When most new business was building in Lawrence on South Iowa Street in 2001, Peoples Bank became one of the first businesses to build on far west Sixth Street.
Development near new Walmart slower than expected
April 15, 2010
It was the story that took seven years to reach its climax. Now, businesses surrounding the new Walmart Supercenter at Sixth Street and Wakarusa Drive are waiting for the happy ending.
Lawrence retailers expand into online shopping arena
Expanding market is beneficial, but competition is stiff
April 15, 2010
The Internet has opened new markets for local retailers. While some stores have embraced this, others remain true to their roots.
Jump started: Ex-Husker leads decathlon; Lincoln senior top heptathlete
April 15, 2010 in print edition on B1
Former University of Nebraska competitor Skyler Reising and Lincoln College senior Anna Kay Campbell grabbed the first-day lead in the Kansas Relays decathlon and heptathlon Wednesday at Memorial Stadium.
Style scout: Jonah Neff
April 15, 2010 in print edition on C1
I have 40-plus pairs of shoes. … I have more shoes than most girls!
Style scout: Sara French
April 15, 2010 in print edition on C1
I think people look best when they don’t follow fashion trends but instead just wear what they like and what looks good on them…
Bzdelik takes over at Wake Forest
April 15, 2010 in print edition on B2
Jeff Bzdelik is taking over Wake Forest’s program from a coach who was fired despite going 30 games over .500 at the school.
Walters signs extension
April 15, 2010 in print edition on B2
The University of San Francisco and head men’s basketball coach Rex Walters have agreed to a contract extension through 2015, the university announced Wednesday.
Fifth-inning escape saves Royals
April 15, 2010 in print edition on B2
The Detroit Tigers were primed for yet another come-from-behind victory.
Huskers shut out frustrated Jayhawks, 2-0
April 15, 2010 in print edition on B1
Kansas had Robinson Crusoe-itis on Wednesday evening.
Free State’s Briand signs with college in Ohio
April 15, 2010 in print edition on B3
Free State High’s Gretel Briand signed a letter of intent Wednesday to play volleyball at Defiance College in Ohio.
Arizona may crack down hard on illegal immigrants
April 15, 2010 in print edition on C8
Civil rights activists Wednesday warned that Arizona is inviting rampant racial profiling and police-state tactics if it enacts what would be the toughest law in the nation against illegal immigrants.
Screams of delight greet first lady
April 15, 2010 in print edition on C8
Michelle Obama stepped from her black SUV and into a sea of screams, cheers and squeals of delight that filled the sun-splashed courtyard of a public elementary school Wednesday in Mexico’s capital.
Families sue over dead bodies
April 15, 2010 in print edition on B8
A New Mexico man received what he thought were the cremated remains of his wife’s body after donating her organs to science — only to learn a few weeks later that police found her body, intact, at the company that was supposed to handle the donation.
Better days here? Rebound gains strength
April 15, 2010 in print edition on B7
Shoppers and businesses are feeling better about the recovery.
SNL’ offers time capsule of past decade
April 15, 2010 in print edition on B6
Hey, where’d that decade go? “Saturday Night Live in the 2000s: Time and Again” (8 p.m., NBC) glances back at a period that seems like only yesterday. Or four months ago.
Teacher gets jail time for sex with student
April 15, 2010 in print edition on A4
A former Basehor-Linwood High School teacher will serve two days in jail for inappropriate sexual relations with a student.
McClouth Patriots Day set for Saturday
April 15, 2010 in print edition on A4
The 12th annual McLouth Patriots Day celebration is Saturday.
Traffic delays expected on Wells Overlook Road
April 15, 2010 in print edition on A4
Traffic on Douglas County Road 458 — known as Wells Overlook Road — will experience stop-and-go conditions Thursday as crews move heavy equipment across the road, just east of U.S. Highway 59.
Man reports electric guitar stolen
April 15, 2010 in print edition on A4
A 45-year-old Delphos man reported Tuesday the burglary and theft of property from a vehicle in the 1300 block of Tennessee Street.
KU players give hoops lessons
April 15, 2010 in print edition on A3
Jaylynn Columbus started to scream when she saw them.
Foundation Follies to raise funds for district
April 15, 2010 in print edition on A3
More than 150 Lawrence teachers, administrators and other school district employees plan to perform on stage Friday evening at Liberty Hall, 644 Mass., to raise funds as part of the 20th anniversary of the Foundation Follies.
After-school grants cut for Baldwin, Eudora
April 15, 2010 in print edition on A3
After-school programs in Baldwin City and Eudora school districts will lose their state financing as of July 1, Douglas County commissioners agreed Wednesday.
Pulitzer-prize winning photographer foils bank robbery
April 15, 2010 in print edition on A2
A former globe-trotting photographer from California who won a Pulitzer Prize has added a new adventure to his resume: crime fighter.
Troops clear protest area vacated after clash
April 15, 2010 in print edition on A2
Thai troops cleared the gutted remains of armored carriers today after anti-government protesters vacated the site of last week’s bloody clashes and shifted to an upscale shopping district to intensify their campaign to oust the prime minister.
Sunken warship raised; ‘many’ dead reported
April 15, 2010 in print edition on A2
South Korea lifted part of a warship from the sea today, nearly three weeks after it mysteriously exploded and sank with dozens of sailors trapped inside.
Hamas temporarily shuts smuggling tunnels
April 15, 2010 in print edition on A2
Hamas temporarily closed Gaza’s smuggling tunnels in response to an Israeli warning of a plot to kidnap Israelis vacationing in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula and drag them into Gaza through the underground passageways, officials said Wednesday.
Journal, U.N. dispute maternal deaths
April 15, 2010 in print edition on A2
The number of women dying in childbirth worldwide has dropped dramatically, a British medical journal reports, adding that it was pressured to delay its findings until after U.N. meetings this week on public health funding.
Many smokers are depressed
April 15, 2010 in print edition on A2
Despite the now well-known and far-reaching effects of smoking, more than one-fifth of Americans still smoke. Why?
Last sardine cans packed in U.S. as plant closes
April 15, 2010 in print edition on A1
The intensely fishy smell of sardines has been the smell of money for generations of workers in Maine who have snipped, sliced and packed small, silvery fish into billions of cans on their way to Americans’ lunch buckets and kitchen cabinets.
Tax Day party at post office
April 15, 2010 in print edition on A1
The Alferd Packer Memorial String Band and other musicians will again greet last-minute tax filers today at the downtown Lawrence post office as part of the annual Tax Day party.
Death and taxes: Filing slightly better than a funeral, survey finds
April 15, 2010 in print edition on A1
Despite e-filing, 24-hour tax prep centers, easy-to-use computer programs and the lure of refunds, the IRS expects hundreds of thousands of people to file their tax returns barely before Thursday’s deadline.
Collins preparing for draft in Vegas
April 15, 2010 in print edition on B1
Kansas University senior Sherron Collins reported via his Twitter account Wednesday that he’s in Las Vegas working out twice a day in preparation for the 2010 NBA Draft.
Two Firebirds sign with UMKC
April 15, 2010 in print edition on B3
Ashli Hill and Megan Smith sign with the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
LHS track second
April 15, 2010 in print edition on B3
Lawrence High finished second to Blue Valley among five teams in both boys and girls competition in a track meet Wednesday at LHS.
City retailers struggle to pool resources
April 15, 2010
In the economic tumult of what’s come to be known as The Great Recession, Lawrence businesses are looking for any lifeline that can help them weather the storm.
Appetite for success: Lawrence restaurant owners share how business thrives despite economy
April 15, 2010
Steve Kerner hasn’t let the recession set his business back. In fact, he’s used it to his advantage. Kerner, owner of Ingredient, opened a new restaurant on the Country Club Plaza in Kansas City, Mo., in January.
Pump patrol
April 15, 2010 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.64 at several stations.
Ecological future
April 15, 2010 in print edition on A7
“The people of Ecuador went still farther, changing their constitution in 2008 to acknowledge the rights of nature and permit their people to sue on behalf of ecosystems, trees, rivers, and mountains.” — From David Orr’s new book, “Down to the Wire, Confronting Climate Collapse.”
Obama’s policies call for patience
April 15, 2010 in print edition on A7
We are beginning to learn that the Obama presidency will be an era of substantial but deferred accomplishments — perhaps always to be accompanied by a sense of continuing crisis. His vaunted “cool” allows him to wait without impatience and to endure without visible despair. It asks the same of his constituents.
Revising Confederate history
April 15, 2010 in print edition on A7
Ten years ago, I received an e-mail from a reader who signed him or herself “J.D.” “I am a white racist,” wrote J.D., “a white supremacist and I do not deny it.”
Small sample
The opinions of 40 forum participants may or may not accurately reflect community attitudes toward creating four-year high schools in Lawrence.
April 15, 2010 in print edition on A7
It’s hard to draw many conclusions about broad public opinion based on feedback from 40 people.
Night of the Living Nerds: Super Nerd Night gives the geeks among us a chance to socialize and compete
April 15, 2010 in print edition on C1
It’s time to throw down and separate the nerds from the n00bs — and if you have to ask, you are one — PWN! FTW! OMG! LOLZ! And so on and so forth…
Shopping for — and finding — tax fraud
April 15, 2010 in print edition on B7
Just in time for April 15, the dreaded tax day, several consumer advocacy groups released the results of a mystery-shopping test of commercial tax preparers. It was not good.
Nintendo pins high hopes on 3-D
New device won’t require glasses
April 15, 2010 in print edition on B7
Nintendo Co., projecting the first drop in annual sales of its DS handheld player, says the forthcoming 3-D model will be the company’s biggest portable product introduction since 2004.
People in the news
April 15, 2010 in print edition on B6
People in the news for April 15, 2010.
Horoscope for April 15, 2010
April 15, 2010 in print edition on B6
This year, you see life with renewed interest. You see ways to maximize your security and finances. Often, you will look risks directly in the eye. If you are single, you consider new possibilities as a result of a newfound openness. If you are attached, the two of you need to work more as a team, emphasizing security. Taurus can be a little too practical for your taste.
Officials: Iraqi forces foil 9/11-style plot
April 15, 2010 in print edition on A8
Iraqi security forces disrupted a 9/11-style plot by al-Qaida in Iraq to fly hijacked planes into Shiite religious shrines, Iraqi and U.S. officials said Wednesday.
Quake in remote west China kills hundreds, buries more
April 15, 2010 in print edition on A6
China poured workers and equipment into a mountainous Tibetan region today in a bid to find survivors more than a day after strong earthquakes killed more than 600 people and injured thousands.
Tax Day rhetoric aside, Americans’ bills are lower
April 15, 2010 in print edition on A2
You wouldn’t know it by the Tax Day rhetoric, but Americans are paying lower taxes this year, even with increases passed by many states to balance their budgets. Don’t expect it to last.
Don’t be deterred, kids
April 15, 2010 in print edition on B1
No way of knowing for sure, but I hope I’m smarter than a fifth-grader … although maybe not as smart as Miss Cochrane’s bunch.
High school football coaches impressed with KU coach Gill
April 15, 2010 in print edition on B1
So far this spring, Kansas University football coach Turner Gill has kept his practices closed to the public. But last weekend several area football coaches took an up-close-and-personal look at how Gill runs his program.
Downtown dilemma: Historic Lawrence district grapples with identity issues as food, entertainment venues fill vacancies
April 15, 2010
John Hay’s first experience with downtown Lawrence came before he had ever visited the town. “I was a high school junior living in Leavenworth, and my mom came home from a wives’ club trip,” Hay recalled. “She couldn’t say enough about how neat this little town was.”
Facebook fan base: Lawrence retailers build name with social media tool
April 15, 2010
Many Lawrence businesses have fan pages on Facebook, and many say those pages help bring in customers. Here’s a snapshot of the site’s different uses.