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12:00 a.m.
The front porch of the home of Wint and Mary Winter.
Great spaces: Lawrence residents create unique outdoor living rooms
May 31, 2010
After a long, dark and wet winter, Lawrence residents are eagerly reclaiming their place in the sun — or shade, as the case may be — by enjoying restful retreats in their own backyards.
6:00 a.m.
KU Athletic Director Lew Perkins was the last to leave a press conference at the Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics on Thursday May 26, 2010. He and other KU officials and investigators talks about alleged violations in KU's ticket office that led to the diversion of $1 million or more from the university. Six employees were blamed and are no longer with the university. KU chancellor to report on Athletics Director Lew Perkins’ job status
June 1, 2010 in print edition on 1A
Employees diverting tickets for personal gain, his department missing out on more than $1 million in revenue, his personnel policies called into question and, now, questions surfacing about his free use of rehabilitation equipment in his Lake Alvamar home, equipment now part of a reported case of blackmail. Throughout it all, Lew Perkins is confident he’ll weather the storm that continues to build around him as Kansas University’s athletics director.
10:00 a.m.
Kansas University athletic director Lew Perkins talks with media members outside the Anderson Family Football Complex on Thursday as he answers questions regarding the resignation of head coach Mark Mangino. Questions arise whether Lew Perkins violated state ethics law by accepting ‘loan’ of exercise equipment
3:39 p.m., June 1, 2010 Updated 4:10 p.m. in print edition on 1A
Questions are arising whether Kansas University Athletic Director Lew Perkins violated a state ethics law that prohibits government employees from accepting many types of loans or gifts.
2:00 p.m.
Rick Doll, superintendent of Lawrence public schools, recently completed his first year on the job. Doll was photographed Tuesday in front of the Lawrence Public Schools Educational Support and Distribution Center, 110 McDonald Drive. Superintendent Rick Doll’s first year on job described as ‘perfect storm’
June 2, 2010 in print edition on 1A
Rick Doll was thrown into the fire during his first year as superintendent of Lawrence public schools.
6:00 p.m.
Jake LaSorsa is one of the organizers of Sunday's River City Cook Off at Abe & Jake's Landing. LaSorsa hopes to draw attention to the river with food, music and education. River City Cook Off: Top chefs compete in benefit for preservation of Kaw River
June 2, 2010
We’re located in the Kaw Valley and Lawrence is often referred to as “The River City,” but how often do you think about the Kansas River?

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City could have prosecuted MagnaGro nearly three years ago
City code requires all businesses in town to be connected to city water; Company wasn’t
06:11 p.m., June 2, 2010 Updated 09:17 a.m. in print edition on A1
In April, two workers died in an industrial accident at MagnaGro International’s Lawrence production facility.
Protestors lay foundation for beavers to rebuild dam in Haskell Wetlands
June 2, 2010 in print edition on A4
A group of animal rights advocates laid a foundation of rocks, brush and logs Wednesday in an area of the Haskell/Baker Wetlands recently cleared by Douglas County Public Works.
Bond set for Lawrence man accused of attacking roommate with knife
June 2, 2010 in print edition on A4
A 54-year-old Lawrence man who is accused of attacking his roommate Tuesday night with a knife appeared in Douglas County District Court Wednesday.
Lawrence police use taser on uncooperative subject
June 2, 2010 in print edition on A4
Lawrence police used a taser Wednesday afternoon on a man after being called to a domestic disturbance at an east Lawrence mobile home park.
KU chancellor orders review of equipment loan allegations, cautions against rush to judgment of Perkins
05:04 p.m., June 2, 2010 Updated 08:07 p.m. in print edition on A1
Kansas University Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little is ordering an internal review of allegations that Athletics Director Lew Perkins improperly accepted free use of rehabilitation equipment at his Lawrence home.
KU to seek insurance payment to cover losses from diverted tickets
June 2, 2010 in print edition on A6
Kansas University still hasn’t been billed for an internal investigation that documented the diversion of nearly 20,000 football and basketball tickets by five former employees and a paid consultant.
Statehouse Live: Brownback’s running mate Colyer voted against tax increase but for transportation plan
Candidate supported transportation bill despite opposition to tax increase
June 2, 2010 in print edition on A3
Under the tax increase, the state sales tax will increase on July 1 from 5.3 cents per dollar to 6.3 cents per dollar. On July 1, 2013, the tax will decrease to 5.7 cents per dollar and 0.4 cents per dollar of that tax rate will go to the transportation plan.
Lawrence second graders respond to “Nature vs. Nintendo” article
June 2, 2010
One of the rarest forms of feedback any more is a handwritten letter. So when we got TWELVE handwritten letters today, it was quite a treat…
Ironman competition still looking for volunteers for Sunday’s Lawrence race
June 2, 2010 in print edition on A4
The K-Swiss Ironman 70.3 Kansas is still looking for groups of volunteers to assist with Sunday’s race at Clinton Lake.
Lawrence husband and wife arrested in connection with rape of two girls
Police investigate whether other victims involved
June 2, 2010 in print edition on A3
A Lawrence man was arrested Tuesday night in connection with what police called the repeated rapes of two girls.
Sunflower customers experience e-mail outages
10:55 a.m., June 2, 2010 Updated 09:39 p.m. in print edition on A3
An outage related to an upgrade of Sunflower Broadband’s e-mail storage left many of the company’s customers without access to their e-mail accounts for 12 or more hours Wednesday.
Kansas children’s participation in free summer lunch program near bottom of the list nationally
U.S. Agriculture Department pays for food in program
June 2, 2010 in print edition on A5
The neediest children in Kansas have made very little use of the free meals offered each summer through a federal program.
Looking to set your baby apart? Don’t name him Aiden or her Addison, which top list of Kansas’ most popular this year
June 2, 2010
For the sixth year running, Aiden is the most popular name for newborn boys in Kansas. For girls, it was Addison.
Chamber rhetoric
Kansans have a right to wonder exactly who the Kansas Chamber represents.
June 2, 2010 in print edition on A7
Congratulations to Gov. Mark Parkinson for calling out the Kansas Chamber of Commerce last week for putting its political agenda ahead of the business interests of a major state industry.
Laughable stand
June 2, 2010 in print edition on A7
Professional apologist Charles Krauthammer says blame for BP’s oil spill rests on environmentalists (!) and hardly anyone else worth mentioning (May 28 column). Well maybe BP a little; they lacked a backup plan for facing a “perfect storm” of “amazing … engineering lapses.” But no blame after the spill, because, hey, they have a higher incentive than anyone else to fix it. And, oh, the usual government failures at Department of Interior, which, under no influence whatsoever from BP, failed to foresee a perfect storm of lapses.
KU must rein in athletics
June 2, 2010 in print edition on A7
One might say that the past few weeks have not been the best for Kansas University. The report of the alleged theft of nearly 20,000 tickets by employees of Kansas Athletics over the past few years goes well beyond a minor problem. The fact that there are now federal investigations under way, investigations that most observers expect to result in criminal prosecution is a serious matter.
Invest in must-have sun protection products
June 2, 2010 in print edition on C2
Heading outdoors for some fun in the sun? Now’s a good time to think about sun protection.
25 years ago: Missing storm sirens cause for concern
June 2, 2010
When a funnel cloud was spotted aloft near Baldwin during a recent storm, sirens were activated in Eudora and Baldwin. However, residents of both towns later said that no sirens sounded. The county Emergency Preparedness Center planned to conduct tests to determine why the sirens failed to operate.
Ten ideas for how to cook your fruits and vegetables
June 2, 2010 in print edition on C3
I quickly run out of ways to prepare fruits and vegetables. Any hints?
Will Perkins be next?
June 2, 2010 in print edition on B1
Jan. 3, 2008. A cold night in Miami. Mark Mangino, the football coach who recruited and drilled talent so well that Kansas University won the Orange Bowl with a 12-1 record, stood on the podium and held up an orange to an adoring crowd. Lew Perkins, the athletic director who maneuvered to help KU land the game, stood beside him and beamed approval.
How to find a grill that will sizzle, not fizzle
June 2, 2010 in print edition on B7
Mouthwatering burgers and sizzling steaks are probably the first things that come to mind when you think of grilling. But Americans are also firing up their grills to cook vegetables, fruits, pizza — even pancakes and eggs.
Hewlett-Packard to cut 9,000 jobs
June 2, 2010 in print edition on C10
The world’s largest information-technology company plans to lay off about 9,000 employees as it tries to cut costs in its back-office computing centers and deepens its use of software, rather than people, to do some of the work.
Old Shawnee Days to feature bands, parade
June 2, 2010 in print edition on B8
A summer festival that pays homage to the 1920s farm community heritage of Shawnee will feature a couple of bands whose music came of age in the 1960s and 1980s.
Gores separate after 40 years of marriage
June 2, 2010 in print edition on B6
Al Gore once claimed his romance with wife Tipper inspired the novel “Love Story” and the couple shared an uncomfortably long kiss before millions on the stage of the Democratic National Convention.
Frontrunner seeks better ties with Chavez
June 2, 2010 in print edition on A8
The former defense minister who emerged from weekend voting as the front-runner in next month’s presidential runoff election said Monday he hopes to restore good relations with Venezuela and Ecuador if he wins.
Pedestrian plan
June 2, 2010 in print edition on A7
Boog Highberger’s letter to the editor (May 27) raises important questions about the Bauer Farms development and Lawrence’s commitment to Horizon 2020. I would be interested to learn more about the history of the Horizon 2020 plan in relation to the development of the area around Sixth and Wakarusa. I urge the Journal-World to report the historical background to this development since it provides a valuable case study of the way commercial interests destroy the environment.
Battlefield to see replay of fight
June 2, 2010 in print edition on A5
Around 50 times a year, Thom Weik steps outside his normal life in the 21st century and travels back 150 years to the time of the Civil War.
Burned dog’s vet bills mount
June 2, 2010 in print edition on A5
The only injuries reported in a devastating house fire in the 900 block of Mississippi Street on Friday were suffered by a four-legged resident named Riley.
Right to remain silent? Suspect better speak up to invoke it
June 2, 2010 in print edition on A2
Want to invoke your right to remain silent? You’ll have to speak up.
Former ‘Nightline’ anchor’s son found dead
June 2, 2010 in print edition on C10
Andrew Koppel, 40, died after a day of heavy drinking.
100 years ago: Police officer resigns, citing refusal to work with black coworker
June 2, 2010
Harry Brown handed in his resignation as an officer on the city police force yesterday. Brown’s statement that he did not wish to work with a colored man will appear like a huge joke to those who know that for months preceding his appointment he worked as a waiter in a restaurant where there was a colored cook and where the color line is not drawn at the counter.
40 years ago: Hotel Eldridge preparing to close
June 2, 2010
Mike Getto, manager of the historic 115-year-old Hotel Eldridge, announced that phase-out operations for the five-story, 90-room hotel were underway. The hotel was scheduled to close on July 1, 1970. Owners of the hotel were Mrs. W. G. Hutson and Mrs. M. J. Getto. Mrs. Hutson had resided at the hotel for many years and Mrs. Getto had been born there. “As of now, it looks like the Eldridge never again will be used as a hotel,” Mr. Getto said, citing financial difficulties in his decision to close.
Summer safety 101: Barbecue season with man’s best friend
June 2, 2010 in print edition on C3
Warm weather and barbecues seem to go hand-in-hand.
American cigarettes contain more carcinogens than other countries’
June 2, 2010 in print edition on C10
American cigarettes are typically made from “American blend” tobacco, a specific blend that, because of growing and curing practices, contains higher levels of cancer-causing tobacco-specific nitrosamines.
Re-alignment hot topic at Big 12 meetings
June 2, 2010 in print edition on B1
With the college athletics landscape seemingly ready to change around them, administrators from the Big 12 Conference assembled Tuesday at the Intercontinental Hotel to discuss the different scenarios associated with conference re-alignment.
K.C. bullpen actually pulls through
June 2, 2010 in print edition on B3
From his vantage point, Royals manager Ned Yost couldn’t tell if Hideki Matsui’s ball had cleared the wall or bounced off the railing. He and the umpires needed a replay to figure it out.
Self: AAU players aren’t funneled to KU
June 2, 2010 in print edition on B1
Bill Self would disagree strongly with anybody who says AAU basketball players have been funneled to Kansas University.
Free-agent ‘summit’ smacks of mob
June 2, 2010 in print edition on B2
Is it just me, or does this overhyped NBA free agency “summit” conjure memories of the meeting of “The Five Families” in “The Godfather “?
Federer sent packing from France
Soderling ends Grand Slam semifinals streak at 23
June 2, 2010 in print edition on B2
His French Open reign suddenly over, his record streak of 23 consecutive Grand Slam semifinals done, too, Roger Federer paused briefly as he trudged off court at dusk, acknowledging the fans’ applause with a polite smile and a quick wave. He’s certainly not used to bidding adieu so soon.
Washburn seeking 3% tuition increase
June 2, 2010 in print edition on B8
Washburn University’s tentative budget for the next fiscal year includes a 3 percent increase in tuition, or an average of $72 more per year.
Six files brief in funeral protest case
June 2, 2010 in print edition on B8
Kansas Attorney General Steve Six has filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court over funeral protests by a Topeka-based church.
Spelling champion’s little sister, 8, youngest at bee
June 2, 2010 in print edition on B8
The youngest competitor at this year’s Scripps National Spelling Bee was having a ball, making new friends and waiting her turn to sing a Hannah Montana song in karaoke.
BP should survive spill, but cost will be steep
June 2, 2010 in print edition on B7
BP is probably sturdy enough to survive the worst oil spill in U.S. history. But investors are shaving billions of dollars off its value with every day that crude gushes into the Gulf of Mexico.
Dieting for dollars? More employees try it
June 2, 2010 in print edition on B7
How much money would it take to get you to lose some serious weight? $100? $500?
‘Curb,’ something extra on TV Guide
June 2, 2010 in print edition on B6
Arguably, the least talked about subject on television is television. In a weird and welcome twist, a talk show about the subject arrives on the TV Guide Network, right after their airings of “Curb Your Enthusiasm” (9 p.m., TV Guide).
Horoscope for June 2, 2010
June 2, 2010 in print edition on B6
This year, stay focused on the bottom line. Don’t get caught up in frivolous thinking. Do break past previously established mental barriers. The more you open up, the greater the possibilities that could enter your life. If you are single, someone quite exotic and different could enter your life. This person has a lot of different ways you can learn from. If you are attached, the two of you might want to plan a second honeymoon or another special trip. Aquarius helps you bottom-out situations. Encourage discussions more often.
Clinton aide reviewing Kagan documents
June 2, 2010 in print edition on A8
The White House may have to negotiate with former President Bill Clinton and a Senate committee to resolve potential confidentiality concerns about releasing files from Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan’s past, a top official told a senator Tuesday.
Logical step
June 2, 2010 in print edition on A7
As a financial manager, Lew Perkins is obviously a failure. He is responsible for ALL activity under his control or purview, including ticket transactions. Yet he most certainly knew about marginal ethics or shady ticket management, costing the athletic “department” millions of dollars in revenue that went to lower-level managers under his control and oversight. How could he possibly not know as a reasonable managerial expectation?
Israel once again gets blame
June 2, 2010 in print edition on A7
Does it strike anyone else as beyond coincidence that within hours of Israel’s commando raid on a flotilla of ships bound for Gaza — ships supposedly containing “humanitarian supplies,” and left-wing “peace activists” — that demonstrations broke out in Europe and outside the Israeli Embassy in Washington? And how about the U.N. Security Council, which often acts in slow motion, except when it has the opportunity to criticize Israel. It sprang into action on Memorial Day to listen to haters of the Jewish state denounce Israel as if it already knew who was to blame for the nine civilian deaths and the many wounded. The Council has now called for an “impartial” and “transparent” investigation.
Library referendum to be discussed
June 2, 2010 in print edition on A5
The idea of a public referendum for an expanded Lawrence Public Library will be discussed at a June 24 city study session.
Report will look at city overtime
June 2, 2010 in print edition on A5
City commissioners sometime this month are expected to receive a report on the city’s varied polices for overtime work.
Willow Center may occupy new building
June 2, 2010 in print edition on A5
A Lawrence nonprofit that serves victims of domestic abuse may have a new east Lawrence headquarters by the end of the month.
KU seminars designed to teach teachers
June 2, 2010 in print edition on A4
This summer, Kansas University will host primary and secondary educators from across the nation as they take part in two seminars led by KU faculty members.
A.G. Six opens campaign for re-election
June 2, 2010 in print edition on A4
Attorney General Steve Six will hit the campaign trail this week to announce his candidacy.
Lawrence man reports burglary, theft
June 2, 2010 in print edition on A4
A 49-year-old Lawrence man reported Sunday the burglary and theft of personal property from and vehicle in the 1900 block of Kentucky Street.
Pump patrol
June 2, 2010 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.46 at several stations.
Two arrested in copper theft
June 2, 2010 in print edition on A3
Tonganoxie police arrested a 32-year-old Lakeland, Minn., man and a 22-year-old Henderson, Nev., woman Tuesday morning on several charges in connection with theft of copper wiring from a park.
Thomas the Tank Engine is hot ticket
June 2, 2010 in print edition on A3
Up to 20,000 people are expected to visit Baldwin City during the next two weekends during appearances by Thomas the Tank Engine.
BP stock tumbles as feds announce oil-spill probes
June 2, 2010 in print edition on A2
BP’s stock plummeted and took much of the market down with it Tuesday as the federal government announced criminal and civil investigations into the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
Dem seeking to be first black Ala. gov loses
June 2, 2010 in print edition on A2
A congressman seeking to become Alabama’s first black governor lost Tuesday to a white Democratic primary opponent who had garnered support from the state’s four major black political groups.
Fort Hood suspect quiet at hearing
June 2, 2010 in print edition on A2
Wearing his Army uniform and sitting solemnly in a wheelchair, the psychiatrist accused of gunning down 13 people at Fort Hood made his first courtroom appearance Tuesday and won a delay in his case.
Prime minister steps down over base row
June 2, 2010 in print edition on A2
After just eight months in office, embattled Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama said Wednesday he was resigning over his broken campaign promise to move a U.S. Marine base off the southern island of Okinawa.
Israel, Egypt ease Gaza blockade
June 2, 2010 in print edition on A2
Israel and Egypt signaled a temporary easing of the Gaza Strip blockade following harsh international condemnation of the deadly Israeli raid on an aid flotilla en route to the sealed-off Palestinian territory.
Superintendent Rick Doll’s first year on job described as ‘perfect storm’
June 2, 2010 in print edition on A1
Rick Doll was thrown into the fire during his first year as superintendent of Lawrence public schools.
Justice Department not ready for WMD attack
June 2, 2010 in print edition on C10
In the event of an attack by nuclear, biological, chemical or other mass-casualty weapons, the Justice Department is assigned the responsibility for coordinating federal law enforcement activities and for ensuring public safety and security if the incident overwhelms state and local law enforcement.
Undersea oil from BP spill may create oxygen ‘dead zones’
June 2, 2010 in print edition on C10
The millions of gallons of oil leaking from a broken well a mile under the Gulf of Mexico may create oxygen-depleting dead zones below the ocean, killing sea life and upsetting the region’s ecology for decades, scientists say.
Kidcast: Alexis Carter
June 2, 2010
The 6News Kidcast weather segment for June 1, 2010.
River City Cook Off: Top chefs compete in benefit for preservation of Kaw River
June 2, 2010
We’re located in the Kaw Valley and Lawrence is often referred to as “The River City,” but how often do you think about the Kansas River?