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14-4 Free State hosts 10-8 Lawrence High
06:57 p.m., May 13, 2010 Updated 09:13 p.m.
The Free State High baseball team knocked off LHS, 7-5, Thursday at Hoglund Ballpark.
Straight-line winds cause damage to property in rural areas of Douglas County
May 13, 2010 in print edition on A1
Douglas County resident James Marshall knows it sounds cliché, but around 11 p.m. Wednesday he woke up to what sounded like a freight train coming through his home about four miles south of Lawrence.
KU proposes tuition increase, new technology fee
02:12 p.m., May 13, 2010 Updated 12:00 a.m. in print edition on A1
If approved by the Kansas Board of Regents, an undergraduate, Kansas resident carrying 15-hours will see his or her tuition and fees go up from $3,706.85 to $4,012.45 per semester, which is an increase of $306.60 or 8.2 percent.
Robin Hood’ favors history over mirth
May 13, 2010
Here, at last, is Ridley Scott’s “Russell Hood: Prince of Prequels,” a dark and brawny version of the Robin Hood legend that anchors itself in English history and loses some of the merriment in the process…
KU men’s basketball posts highest attendance in Big 12
May 13, 2010 in print edition on B3
The Kansas men’s basketball team led its conference in attendance for the 24th straight year, once again posting the Big 12’s highest attendance numbers during the 2009-10 season.
Firefighters responding to report of house fire south of Clinton Lake
01:51 p.m., May 13, 2010 Updated 02:46 p.m.
Township firefighters are responding to a report of a house fire in the 700 block of East 550 Road.
Haskell football coach to serve jail time for third DUI; other charges dropped in plea deal
May 13, 2010 in print edition on A3
The head coach of the Haskell Indian Nations University football team has reached a plea agreement with prosecutors in Johnson County and has been sentenced to jail time for driving under the influence of alcohol for a third time.
Deployed soldiers can watch kids graduate
May 13, 2010
Soldiers from Fort Riley who are serving overseas will be able to see their children graduate from high school.
Kansas disaster payments left hanging
May 13, 2010
Kansas legislators left the Statehouse this week having taken care of the state budget, taxes and a new transportation plan.
Kansas woman gets 10 years for meth trafficking
May 13, 2010
A Kansas woman has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for selling methamphetamine, including one deal that occurred on the same day she was sentenced on state charges.
Emergency crews respond to apartment fire Thursday
No one reported injured
May 13, 2010
Emergency crews responded early Thursday morning to an apartment fire in the 1400 block of Apple Lane.
Police investigating Oliver Hall trash fire
02:46 a.m., May 13, 2010 Updated 03:23 a.m.
Police early Thursday morning were investigating a small fire that apparently started in the trash room on the sixth floor of Oliver Hall on the KU campus.
Flash flood warning expires as storm passes through
12:00 a.m., May 13, 2010 Updated 02:08 a.m.
The flash flood warning issued for Douglas County has expired as the line of storms passes through the area.
Man arrested after parking lot struggle
May 13, 2010 in print edition on A4
A 23-year-old Lawrence man was arrested Tuesday night after entering a stranger’s vehicle.
3 semitrailers flip in Kansas storms
12:00 a.m., May 13, 2010 Updated 12:28 p.m. in print edition on B8
Cleanup has gotten under way in eastern and central Kansas, after heavy storms packing lightning, high winds and possible tornadoes hit the area on Wednesday evening.
Four KU softball players on academic team
May 13, 2010 in print edition on B3
Four members of the Kansas University softball team were named to the Academic All-Big 12 Softball team, it was announced Wednesday by the league office.
KU men’s basketball, cross country teams honored by NCAA
May 13, 2010 in print edition on B3
The NCAA on Wednesday recognized three Kansas University teams — men’s basketball and men’s and women’s cross country — for achieving Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores that are among the nation’s top 10 percent in their respective sports.
Duke, MSU to meet
May 13, 2010 in print edition on B2
Final Four teams Duke and Michigan State will face off in the 12th annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
College basketball attendance down
May 13, 2010 in print edition on B2
College basketball fans are still flocking to men’s games by the millions. They’re just not setting records.
Pickens: OSU should stay
May 13, 2010 in print edition on B2
Prominent Oklahoma State booster T. Boone Pickens believes his alma mater should stay put in the Big 12.
Massachusetts Catholic school rescinds admission for lesbians’ son
May 13, 2010 in print edition on C8
A Roman Catholic school in Massachusetts has withdrawn its acceptance of an 8-year-old boy with lesbian parents, saying their relationship was “in discord” with church teachings, according to one of the boys’ mothers.
Astronauts unhappy with Obama space plan
May 13, 2010 in print edition on C8
The first man to walk on the moon said Wednesday that President Barack Obama’s plans to revamp the human space program would cede America’s longtime leadership in space to other nations.
Fiddling the night away: Stringband Rendezvous offers a weekend of camping and music
May 13, 2010
Even though it’s been around for seven years, Stringband Rendezvous is virtually unknown when compared to other regional music and camping festivals like Wakarusa or Winfield. And they’d prefer to keep it that way…
Judge rules elderly sisters’ winnings contract not valid after 2004 fight
May 13, 2010 in print edition on C8
An 87-year-old Connecticut woman doesn’t have to split her share of a $500,000 lottery jackpot with the 84-year-old sister she hasn’t spoken to since they began fighting over the windfall in 2005, a judge ruled Wednesday.
Wal-Mart plans $2B push on hunger relief
May 13, 2010 in print edition on B7
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. plans to significantly ramp up its donations to the nation’s food banks to total $2 billion over the next five years, the retail giant said Wednesday.
Expect gas prices to fall, experts say
May 13, 2010 in print edition on B7
Gas prices are poised to fall as Memorial Day approaches, a welcome change for motorists who have usually seen increases cut into their summer vacation money.
Higher-priced oil boosts U.S. trade deficit to $40B
May 13, 2010 in print edition on B7
The U.S. trade deficit rose to a 15-month high as rising oil prices pushed crude oil imports to the highest level since the fall of 2008, offsetting another strong gain in exports. The larger deficit is evidence of a rebounding U.S. economy.
People in the news
May 13, 2010 in print edition on B6
People in the news for May 13, 2010.
Horoscope for May 13, 2010
May 13, 2010 in print edition on B6
This year, many distractions head your way. You will have many choices, more than you ever thought possible. Creativity and detachment blend to give you an even better perspective. If you are single, others note a high level of charisma and magnetism. If you are attached, the two of you can become much closer if you curb a tendency to be overly me-oriented this year. You can count on Taurus.
New government’s odd couple welcomed
May 13, 2010 in print edition on A8
Britain ushered in its first coalition government since World War II on Wednesday as a pair of rivals-turned-partners pledged to set aside their deep policy differences and tackle the country’s disastrous budget deficit.
Dutch boy, 10, sole known survivor in Libyan jet crash
May 13, 2010 in print edition on A8
A 10-year-old Dutch boy lay in a hospital bed, head bandaged, skin pale and legs shattered — the lone “miracle” survivor of a plane crash Wednesday that killed 103 people in the Libyan capital. Most victims were Dutch tourists returning from vacation in South Africa.
KU Graduation Schedule
May 13, 2010 in print edition on A6
With KU’s graduation ceremonies coming up quickly, here’s a rundown of the graduation schedule:
Teachers and district discuss planning time
May 13, 2010 in print edition on A5
Lawrence school district administrators want flexibility in planning for the change to four-grade high schools and newly configured middle schools for the 2011-2012 school year.
Finales arrive for several favorites
May 13, 2010 in print edition on B6
Season enders arrive or loom for many of tonight’s shows.
Series of failures led to rig explosion, massive spill
May 13, 2010 in print edition on A1
Bad wiring and a leak in what’s supposed to be a “blowout preventer.” Sealing problems that may have allowed a methane eruption.
Sales tax increase defies state’s image
May 13, 2010 in print edition on A1
Come July, shoppers in Kansas will be handing over more money on every purchase because of a sales tax increase at odds with the state’s image as a conservative stronghold.
Could today finally be the day for LHS vs. Free State baseball?
May 13, 2010 in print edition on B1
The baseball teams from Free State and Lawrence High will play today. Or maybe they won’t. At this point, it’s pretty much a toss-up.
For Greece, weakness is strength
May 13, 2010 in print edition on A7
To understand the pertinence to America of events in Greece, notice General Motors’ most recent misbehavior. A television commercial featuring CEO Ed Whitacre demonstrates the institutional murkiness and intellectual dishonesty that result when the line between public and private sectors disappears.
Royals lose seventh straight, shut out by Tribe
May 13, 2010 in print edition on B1
Russell Branyan hit a two-run homer, and Fausto Carmona and three Cleveland relievers combined to help the Indians shut out the Kansas City Royals, 4-0, Wednesday night.
Simple tastes
May 13, 2010 in print edition on A7
In response to the editorial in Tuesday’s Journal-World, “Retail draw,” you first must decide where the draw is. Are you going to target the younger set, i.e. college age with lots of charge cards and little expendable currency or the middle-age working or the retirees who are coming back to Lawrence to live? There is little for me, a retiree, to wander down Mass Street to shop for. Most of the stores are for chic young adults. There are no mature woman shops there.
High school player was 22; team’s season likely forfeited
May 13, 2010 in print edition on A1
A 22-year-old man accused of posing as a high school basketball player in Texas was released from jail Wednesday.
On the road again
The popular tour of Kansas University faculty and staff across Kansas serves a serious purpose for KU.
May 13, 2010 in print edition on A7
Kansas University’s Wheat State Whirlwind Tour is back. The tour that takes a group of KU faculty and staff across Kansas to learn more about the state they serve was canceled last year to save money. This year, Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little not only found private money to restore the outreach effort but plans to join the tour herself for the first two days before heading back east to attend a Kansas Board of Regents meeting.
Money or safety?
State legislators got the federal money, but the toothless primary seat belt law they passed will do next to nothing to promote highway safety.
May 13, 2010 in print edition on A7
Passage of a primary seat belt law that will attract about $10 million in federal highway money to Kansas is good news for the state budget. It’s too bad, however, that legislators were more interested in the money than in a bill that actually would put some teeth in a law that could save many Kansas lives.
Lavender Ceremony to honor gay, bisexual graduates at KU
May 13, 2010 in print edition on A5
Kansas University is adding a graduation ceremony to its usual roundup of them this year — one that recognizes lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered students.
Lawrence man reports vehicle stolen
May 13, 2010 in print edition on A4
A 41-year-old Lawrence man reported Tuesday the theft of a vehicle from the 2500 block of Ousdahl Road.
Record amount of unclaimed property returned
May 13, 2010 in print edition on A4
The state has returned a record amount of unclaimed property in the current fiscal year, State Treasurer Dennis McKinney said Wednesday.
Pump patrol
May 13, 2010 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.69 at several stations.
Baker University sets graduations
May 13, 2010 in print edition on A3
Baker University will honor graduates for the spring semester with four commencement ceremonies at the George F. Collins Sports and Convention Center.
County to consider fairgrounds upgrades
New meeting hall, park, pavilion, parking area included in proposal
May 13, 2010 in print edition on A3
Plans are in the works for adding a new meeting hall, park, pavilion and RV parking area at the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds.
Most Americans say they’d choose shelter pet
May 13, 2010 in print edition on A2
Remember that old song, “How much is that doggie in the window?” For most Americans, it seems it’s no sale.
Other border states shun Arizona’s immigration law
May 13, 2010 in print edition on A2
New Mexico’s governor says it is a step backward. Texas isn’t touching it. And California? Never again.
Bill targeting ethnic studies signed
May 13, 2010 in print edition on A2
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has signed a bill targeting a school district’s ethnic studies program, hours after a report by United Nations human rights experts condemned the measure.
Pope recalls John Paul shooting
May 13, 2010 in print edition on A2
Pope Benedict XVI traveled to the famous shrine of Fatima on Wednesday, recalling the assassination attempt on Pope John Paul II and other “sufferings” of the church, which he has said included the clerical sex abuse scandal.
Report: Food health claims need review
May 13, 2010 in print edition on A2
Foods should be held to the same scientific standards as pharmaceuticals when promoted as having health benefits, a report ordered by federal regulators said Wednesday.
Tampa, Fla., to host next GOP convention
May 13, 2010 in print edition on A2
Republicans chose Tampa as the site of their 2012 presidential convention Wednesday, hoping the swing state of Florida will help them defeat President Barack Obama.
Afghan war to worsen before improving
May 13, 2010 in print edition on A2
The war in Afghanistan will get worse before it gets better, President Barack Obama warned on Wednesday, but he declared his plan to begin withdrawing U.S. forces next year remains on track.
Our Town Sports
May 13, 2010 in print edition on B2
Trail Runs: Lawrence Trail Hawks will host a 50-mile run and a marathon May 22 on Clinton Lake’s north shore. For information, go to or contact Gary Henry at 766-0293 or e-mail
KU men’s basketball team might be even better next season
May 13, 2010 in print edition on B1
A thought made its way into the massive wind tunnel that is my brain and before it died of loneliness, I decided to write it down: Bill Self’s next basketball team just might find a way to win more games than his last one.
Primed for regionals: Tough field at LHS Invitational helps city golf teams prepare for postseason
May 13, 2010 in print edition on B1
Four city golfers fired scores in the 70s to lead the Lawrence High and Free State High boys golf teams to top-12 finishes at Wednesday’s Lawrence High Invitational at Alvamar Golf Course.
Style scout: Carol Malakasis
May 13, 2010
Fashion is very personal, it is important to dress according to your body type. I’d like to see fewer women wearing unflattering outfits just because the shape or style is trendy right now.
Style scout: Alex Anderson
May 13, 2010
Too much of anything is not a good thing. I don’t like to recognize that someone’s part of a clique before I meet them - you lose a sense of individuality. But then again, you can’t judge a book by its cover, but people usually do.
Doctor is beyond hypocrisy
May 13, 2010 in print edition on A7
He purported to cure homosexual urges. But if that were possible, you’d think he’d have started with himself. Meaning psychologist Dr. George Rekers, 61, a leader of the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality. NARTH believes gays can be made straight. It is a belief the organization now struggles to reconcile with Rekers’ rather contradictory behavior.