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The day in photos, May 25, 2010 LHS and FSHS at 6A state golf tournament
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12:00 a.m.
Taj Polonchek, 5, looks for guidance for weeding from teacher Julie McEathron at Hilltop Child Development Center’s Meadowlark Classroom’s garden. McEathron has incorporated gardening into the classroom for three years, and soon the entire school will have a new garden for its projects.
Blossoming education: KU’s Hilltop program to expand gardening, related curricula
May 24, 2010
These are the reasons why gardening with preschoolers is adorable. Taj Polonchek, 5, sits on the sidewalk near a bed of green plants barely poking out of the ground. Even a seasoned gardener might wonder which is a weed and which is a vegetable plant. Taj, with great confidence, pulls a tomato plant out of the dirt. He holds it up to his teacher. “Can I pick this one?” he says.
6:00 a.m.
Kansas University Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little talks with members of the Lawrence Rotary Club as their guest speaker during a luncheon Monday at the Lawrence Holidome. Gray-Little answered questions and spoke about various issues surrounding the university, including fundraising and tuition increases. Chancellor: Raising admission standards a priority for KU in the coming year
May 24, 2010 in print edition on 5A
Kansas University Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little said KU would be focusing more time on raising its admissions standards in the coming year.
10:00 a.m.
Cordley Kindergarten teacher Christy Kelly holds a check for $10,000, which was presented to her Monday by the Lawrence Schools Foundation as the annual Bobs’ Award. Kelly stands with her son, Trey, 8, a student at Cordley. The Bobs’ Award is a teaching honor created by a group of anonymous area civic leaders who share the same first name. Educator surprised by Bobs’ Award
May 25, 2010 in print edition on 1A
Still in shock, Christy Kelly wept as she stood in front of the Cordley School community Monday afternoon clutching a giant $10,000 check and her second-grade son, Trey.
2:00 p.m.
Kansas University Mini College participant Mary-Lucille Mantz, Kansas City, Mo., laughs hysterically as she works to construct a ceramic rendition of the Campanile during an introductory class in ceramic sculpture Monday, in the School of Art and Design building. “This is the first time ever I’ve touched a piece of clay, including Play-Doh,” said Mantz. Monday was the start of the the Mini College, which is in its second year and is hosted by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Back-to-school is now for those who have enrolled for ‘Mini College’
May 24, 2010 in print edition on 3A
About 125 “students” are on the Kansas University campus this week taking in all kinds of classes — from the sexual behavior of insects to the latest developments on cancer research.
6:00 p.m.
R.D Johnson employee Koty Coates rakes gravel Monday at the intersection of North Second and Locust streets. Johnny’s customers facing another detour in North Lawrence
May 24, 2010 in print edition on 4A
Drivers on their way to Johnny’s Tavern and other nearby North Lawrence businesses, including a mobile home park, must once again navigate a new route.

All stories

Lawrence-based Protection One settles investors’ lawsuit
May 25, 2010 in print edition on B7
Protection One Inc., a Lawrence-based provider of monitored security systems and services, has agreed to pay $3.25 million to settle lawsuits regarding the company’s pending sale to a private-equity firm.
Kansas Secretary of State salutes Woodlawn students with perfect attendance
May 25, 2010 in print edition on A3
Chris Biggs stood on stage at Woodlawn School Tuesday morning to congratulate the 109 Woodlawn students who had no tardies and no absences for the last month.
Perry company submits low bid for project to repave part of Kansas Turnpike east of Lawrence
May 25, 2010 in print edition on A3
A Perry-based contractor is lining up to rebuild a 6.4-mile stretch of the Kansas Turnpike just east of Lawrence.
Parkinson appoints three to Kansas Board of Regents
03:36 p.m., May 25, 2010 Updated 01:12 a.m.
Gov. Mark Parkinson has appointed two new members to the Kansas Board of Regents and re-appointed a third.
Free State Brewery’s success built on humble beginnings of founder Chuck Magerl
May 25, 2010
Chuck Magerl was supposed to be a doctor. It kind of sounds like the beginning of a story that would be told from a barstool at Magerl’s downtown pub and Lawrence institution, Free State Brewery, 636 Mass.
Speeding car driven by teenager slams into side of house
May 25, 2010 in print edition on A4
Les Rollins has lived in his house on the corner of 13th street and Wagon Wheel Road for 45 years, but an incident Tuesday was a first for him.
Lawrence sixth-grader lands coveted spot in National Geographic Bee
May 25, 2010
Broken Arrow School sixth-grader Stefan Petrovic has broken through to the finals of the 2010 National Geographic Bee in Washington, D.C.
Heere, Price named first-team All-Big 12
May 25, 2010
Kansas junior outfielder Brian Heere and senior infielder Robby Price both were selected to the All-Big 12 first team released Tuesday by the conference.
Parkinson says he will veto error in higher education funding
11:20 a.m., May 25, 2010 Updated 12:52 a.m.
Gov. Mark Parkinson on Tuesday said he would veto a provision in the budget that contains an error that could cost higher education nearly $44 million.
Moped rider in serious condition after wreck with motorcycle
11:12 a.m., May 25, 2010 Updated 01:21 a.m. in print edition on A4
One of three people injured in a weekend motorcycle accident near Lawrence Municipal Airport remains in serious condition.
Colleagues, public pay tribute to fallen Shawnee firefighter at makeshift memorial
Firefighter was a KU grad; relatives live in Lawrence
May 25, 2010
Rob Moritz and his 11-year-old son Andrew Moritz stood in front of the memorial for fallen Shawnee police officers and firefighters looking at the photo of John Glaser, the Shawnee Fire Department firefighter who lost his life during a house fire Saturday.
Report shows inefficiencies in energy program
May 25, 2010 in print edition on B7
Six months after the start of a $34 million program to make Kansas homes more energy efficient and create more jobs, only 13 people have been helped and few jobs have been created, according to a news report.
Statehouse Live: Brownback leads vote to exclude auto dealers from oversight of consumer agency
08:53 a.m., May 25, 2010 Updated 11:36 p.m.
U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., led a bipartisan vote over the objections of President Barack Obama to exclude auto dealers from the regulations of a proposed consumer financial protection bureau.
South Lawrence Trafficway could get boost from highway bill Parkinson signed Tuesday
08:00 a.m., May 25, 2010 Updated 04:34 p.m. in print edition on A3
Two controversial projects that would have a big impact in northeast Kansas got a boost Tuesday with the signing of the new transportation plan by Gov. Mark Parkinson.
Designing woman: Free State graduate sees graphics programs as stepping stones to future career
May 25, 2010 in print edition on A6
Artists often start their career by picking up a pencil, charcoal or a paintbrush. After they’ve mastered the basics, it’s on to the digital arts. But Drue Davis’ started in front of a computer — and eventually went old-school…
Cavaliers fire coach Brown
May 25, 2010 in print edition on B2
Less than two weeks after their stunning, second-round loss to Boston in the playoffs, the Cleveland Cavaliers fired coach Mike Brown on Monday, an expected move that perhaps indicates the team believes it can re-sign LeBron James, the two-time MVP and free agent-in-waiting.
Chiefs quiet about Bowe
May 25, 2010 in print edition on B4
One by one, from every corner of the locker room, Kansas City’s players repeated the same line when the topic turned to teammate Dwayne Bowe: “No comment.”
Crime rates down for third year
May 25, 2010 in print edition on A2
Crime in the United States dropped dramatically in 2009, bucking a historical trend that links rising crime rates to economic woes. Property crimes and violent offenses each declined about 5 percent, the FBI said Monday, citing reports from law enforcement coast to coast.
U.S., S. Korea to stage military exercises
May 25, 2010 in print edition on A2
The Obama administration on Monday announced plans for two major military exercises off the Korean peninsula in a show of force aimed at North Korea, which has been blamed by investigators for a deadly torpedo attack on a South Korean warship.
Compromise in works on gays in military
May 25, 2010 in print edition on A2
A proposal to step up the repeal of the ban on gays and lesbians serving openly in the military but still allow the Pentagon time — perhaps even years — to implement new policies won the White House’s backing on Monday after administration officials met with gay rights activists.
Doctor in autism, vaccine case is banned
May 25, 2010 in print edition on A2
The doctor whose research linking autism and the vaccine for measles, mumps and rubella influenced millions of parents to refuse the shot for their children was banned Monday from practicing medicine in his native Britain.
Mutts no longer in doghouse at American Kennel Club
May 25, 2010 in print edition on A2
Scene: the Mattaponi Kennel Club dog show.
Feds: Government can’t push BP aside on oil crisis
May 25, 2010 in print edition on A2
The Obama administration’s point man on the oil spill rejected the notion of removing BP and taking over the crisis Monday, saying the government has neither the company’s expertise nor its deep-sea equipment.
Pump patrol
May 25, 2010 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.54 at several stations.
Horoscope for May 25, 2010
May 25, 2010 in print edition on A9
This year, open up to new possibilities. Others often challenge your thinking, like it or not. Focus on one effort at a time, refusing to scatter your attention in the customary Gemini style. If you are single, you could meet someone out of the blue. If you are attached, by taking up a mutual hobby or interest together, you will bond even more closely. Scorpio knows how to push you.
Brittany Murphy’s husband is found dead
May 25, 2010 in print edition on A9
The husband of Brittany Murphy was found dead by his mother-in-law late Sunday at the Los Angeles home he shared with the late actress, the coroner’s office said.
Wonder, other stars to honor McCartney
May 25, 2010 in print edition on A9
The Jonas Brothers, Faith Hill, Stevie Wonder and Jerry Seinfeld are among an all-star lineup that will honor Paul McCartney next month at the White House.
Lohan to wear alcohol monitoring bracelet
May 25, 2010 in print edition on A9
Lindsay Lohan left court Monday with a heavy new piece of jewelry, but it wasn’t her favorite kind of bling.
Board to spend almost $500K on LHS press box
May 25, 2010 in print edition on A5
Lawrence school board members Monday decided to allocate nearly $250,000 more than originally planned for the press box at the new Lawrence High School stadium after the district revised an estimate on how much money was left over from the 2005 bond issue.
Seabury’s Grabill places second in 1A golf tourney
May 25, 2010 in print edition on B1
By the time Seabury Academy golfer Reed Grabill took the course for a two-player playoff to determine second place in Monday’s Class 1A state golf tournament, he would have been happy no matter what happened.
High-scoring affair: LHS’ Cohen finishes 12th; Free State’s Klutman 18th in state golf tournament
May 25, 2010 in print edition on B1
More golfers carded triple-digit scores than broke 80 in the Class 6A boys golf state tournament on a hot, windy Monday at Alvamar Country Club.
Magic stay alive, clip Boston
May 25, 2010 in print edition on B2
Put away the brooms. Hold off on those “Beat L.A!” chants. The Boston Celtics still have some work to do before they can play for their second NBA title in three years.
Color of Money: Two rise to annual challenge
May 25, 2010
Two young women recently released from prison are this year’s Color of Money Challenge participants.
Treasured tradition
The Lawrence City Band is tuning up for another season.
May 25, 2010 in print edition on A7
One of Lawrence’s most enduring summer traditions returns to South Park on Wednesday.
Pundit’s role
May 25, 2010 in print edition on A7
What role do pundits play in provoking war? (“Diplomatic defiance marks U.S. retreat,” Journal-World, May 21). Reading Mr. Krauthammer’s recent screed at what he perceives as the Obama administration’s policy of weakness and appeasement regarding Iran, two thoughts came to mind.
Recreation asset
May 25, 2010 in print edition on A7
Saturday, on the Clinton Lake North Shore Trail System, the Lawrence Trail Hawks hosted runners from Lawrence and across the nation in the Hawk 50-Mile & Marathon Trail Runs.
School athletic spending questioned
May 25, 2010 in print edition on A7
Over the last three years, the Lawrence school board has given more emphasis to athletics than to academics. Lawrence has fallen from 88th to 98th to 102nd place in teachers’ average salary and benefits compared to other Kansas school districts.
Partisanship rules in Texas textbook wars
May 25, 2010 in print edition on A7
Public interest in wars and “man-caused disasters” (formerly known as the war on terror) isn’t what it used to be, except when men try to cause disasters, as in the recent attempted bombing of Times Square. But one war that always attracts public attention is the war over textbook content. Shaping how the next generation thinks is as much about politics and the way one views the world as it is about education.
Double Take: Helping suicidal friend requires aid of others
May 25, 2010 in print edition on A6
If someone tells me that they have suicidal thoughts but are smart enough know it’s not the right thing to do, what should I do?
Reesing expects to sign with CFL’s Roughriders soon
May 25, 2010 in print edition on B1
Todd Reesing, the former record-setting Kansas University quarterback known off the field for his passion for finance, soon may have to learn the value of the Canadian dollar.
City may require businesses with special tax to post signs
May 25, 2010 in print edition on A3
A special sales tax may require a special sign in Lawrence.
Testimony: Doctor operated ‘patient mill’
May 25, 2010 in print edition on A4
A Kansas physician linked to 68 overdose deaths operated a “patient mill” in which the volume of people seen at the clinic made it impossible to provide quality medical care, a government expert testified Monday.
Educator surprised by Bobs’ Award
May 25, 2010 in print edition on A1
Still in shock, Christy Kelly wept as she stood in front of the Cordley School community Monday afternoon clutching a giant $10,000 check and her second-grade son, Trey.
Central Kansas town that offered free land for homes makes pitch for businesses
May 25, 2010 in print edition on B10
The McPherson County town has free land for anyone wanting to relocate a business there.
Bright future
It’s good to see Kansas University’s art museum taking a dynamic approach to its future.
May 25, 2010 in print edition on A7
Museums often are viewed as keepers of the past, but that doesn’t mean they don’t need to look to the future. That’s why it’s exciting that the leaders of Kansas University’s Spencer Museum of Art have hired a prestigious museum planning firm to help them plan a dynamic future for what already is one of KU’s most popular attractions.