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12:00 a.m.
KU Athletic Director Lew Perkins, from left, Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little, University General Counsel Jim Pottorff and Jack Focht of Wichita law firm Foulston Siefkin prepare to take questions from the media after releasing Foulston Siefkin's investigation into a ticket scandal in KU's athletic ticket office. More than $1 million worth of KU basketball, football tickets involved in ticket scam
1:22 p.m., May 26, 2010 Updated 11:38 p.m. in print edition on 1A
Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little, Athletics Director Lew Perkins, University General Counsel Jim Pottorff and Jack Focht of Foulston Siefkin are addressing the media at the press conference at the Dole Institute of Politics.
10:00 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. Biggest, longest lasting impact of ticket scandal at Kansas University may have very little to do with tickets
May 26, 2010 in print edition on 1A
When a scandal hits an athletics department at a major university, its impact is wide-ranging and can affect many different stakeholders of a university, observers say.
2:00 p.m.
People gathered Wednesday along a stretch of 31st Street near the Haskell/Baker Wetlands to protest the county’s removal of a beaver dam from a culvert underneath 31st Street. The removal caused water levels in the northern half of the wetlands to drop significantly. Tempers flare after county workers remove beaver dam at wetlands; water flows to south side of 31st Street
12:55 p.m., May 26, 2010 Updated 5:47 p.m. in print edition on 3A
Tensions are rising around the Haskell/Baker Wetlands as water levels are dropping.

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Lawrence first responders join colleagues in paying tribute to fallen Shawnee firefighter
May 27, 2010 in print edition on A1
Lawrence emergency service workers joined thousands of other emergency service personnel Thursday in paying tribute to a fallen firefighter.
KU faculty, Gov. Parkinson express concerns over ticket scandal
May 27, 2010 in print edition on A1
A report of ticket misconduct at Kansas Athletics caused concern and disappointment among Kansas University’s faculty as they began to process the news.
Fort Leavenworth community says goodbye to officer killed in Afghanistan
May 27, 2010 in print edition on A5
Bagpipe chords of “Amazing Grace” played in the early afternoon Thursday at Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery as a faint wind rustled two rows of American flags.
Kansas State Senator most likely choice for Brownback’s running mate after former Leawood mayor says she’s not running
04:24 p.m., May 27, 2010 Updated 04:56 p.m. in print edition on A4
The longtime mayor of a northeast Kansas city says she’s not Republican Sam Brownback’s running mate in the governor’s race.
Statehouse Live: Parkinson signs budget, tax increase, and applies vetoes
03:45 p.m., May 27, 2010 Updated 05:53 p.m. in print edition on A3
The line-item vetoes were made as Parkinson signed into law the $13.7 billion state budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1. The budget, approved by the Legislature earlier this month, relies on a one-cent increase in the state sales tax, from 5.3 cents per dollar to 6.3 cents per dollar. As expected, Parkinson also signed into law the tax increase.
Todd Reesing signs with Saskatchewan Roughriders
May 27, 2010 in print edition on B1
Former Kansas quarterback Todd Reesing is officially a member of the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
Northeast Kansas community turns out to say goodbye to fallen firefighter John Glaser
May 27, 2010
The Shawnee community and first responders from across the region paid their final respects on Thursday to Firefighter John Glaser.
Firefighters from neighboring communities cover for Shawnee firefighters saying goodbye to fallen colleague
May 27, 2010
The ties that bind the firefighters in the Kansas City Metro were evident Thursday morning as the funeral procession for fallen Shawnee firefighter John Glaser took to the streets.
Review: “Prince of Persia”
May 27, 2010
“Prince of Persia” is a satisfying big-budget contradiction — a breath of retro fresh air — from a Hollywood gone nuts over 3-D and Roman numerals. That it’s good, given its very unpromising trailer and that it’s based on a video game, makes it all the more surprising.
Style scout: Becca Raynes
May 27, 2010
Fashion influences: Sarah Jessica Parker because she is a fashion icon, and Vogue magazine because it addresses and includes a variety of different fashion styles…
Style scout: Justin Wilson
May 27, 2010
Fashion influences: Musician Derek Webb. I read an interview that said he only wore white T-shirts. I like that simplistic mindset - purposeful dressing…
Parkinson set to announce vetoes this afternoon
May 27, 2010
Kansas Gov. Mark Parkinson is close to announcing whether he’ll veto measures on abortion and regulating greenhouse gases.
Suspect in McCollum Hall incident pleads guilty
10:51 a.m., May 27, 2010 Updated 05:57 p.m. in print edition on A1
Rather than face a trial, a 20-year-old Kansas City, Kan., man pleaded guilty Thursday morning to lying to police officers in connection with an incident that caused chaos on April 30 in a Kansas University residence hall.
State seeking public input on protecting forests in Kansas
May 27, 2010
Kansas Forest Service is seeking public input on forest areas targeted for protection under its legacy program.
Family of fallen Shawnee firefighter prepares to lay him to rest
07:53 a.m., May 27, 2010 Updated 09:12 a.m.
The Shawnee Fire Department late Wednesday released this statement from the family of John Glaser, the Shawnee firefighter who died in a fire Saturday:
Police searching for aggravated burglary suspect
May 27, 2010 in print edition on A4
Police are searching for man about 25 years old who was discovered inside a home in the 4500 block of Grove Drive.
Oklahoma baseball defeats Kansas in Big 12 Tournament
May 27, 2010
Cody Reine hit a two-run double in the ninth inning as Oklahoma rallied to beat Kansas 3-2 in the Big 12 tournament Wednesday night.
Everything old is brew again
The old Walruff Brewery was killed by prohibition, but its legacy lives on in Free State
May 27, 2010 in print edition on C1
“… because without beer, things do not seem to go as well.” —Diary of Brother Epp, 1902. We’re all familiar with the Free State shirt with this quote. But have you ever considered the significance of that date?
Pump patrol
May 27, 2010 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.54 at several stations.
Target of bloody raid may have left island
May 27, 2010 in print edition on A2
After a slum raid that left nearly 50 people dead in four days of gunbattles, the reputed drug kingpin who was the target may have fled the country, the government said Wednesday.
Gov. vetoes abortion bill on insurance
May 27, 2010 in print edition on A2
Oklahoma Gov. Brad Henry late Wednesday vetoed an abortion bill that would put strict limits on when private health insurers can cover the procedure.
New security strategy breaks with Bush
May 27, 2010 in print edition on A2
President Barack Obama is breaking with the go-it-alone Bush years in a new strategy for keeping the nation safe, counting more on U.S. allies to tackle terrorism and other global problems. It’s an approach that already has proved tricky in practice.
U.S. officials seek drug war change
May 27, 2010 in print edition on A2
The Obama administration wants to shift U.S. aid in Mexico away from high-priced helicopters and airplanes and toward reforming Mexico’s corrupt law enforcement, courts and politicians.
Facebook concedes to critics, simplifies its privacy controls
May 27, 2010 in print edition on A2
In Facebook’s vision of the Web, you would no longer be alone and anonymous. Sites would reflect your tastes and interests — as you expressed them on the social network — and you wouldn’t have to fish around for news and songs that interest you.
BP: Top kill effort to plug Gulf oil spill going as planned
May 27, 2010 in print edition on A2
BP started pumping heavy mud into the leaking Gulf of Mexico well Wednesday and said everything was going as planned in the company’s boldest attempt yet to plug the gusher that has spewed millions of gallons of oil over the last five weeks.
Pigtails are gone: Willie Nelson cuts his hair
May 27, 2010 in print edition on B6
Country music fans have come to expect a little eccentricity from legendary crooner Willie Nelson, but he pulled off a real shocker this time: He cut his hair.
DeWyze triumphs on ‘American Idol’
May 27, 2010 in print edition on B6
Lee DeWyze, a paint store clerk who overcame his shyness to impress “American Idol” judges and viewers with his spirit and soulful voice, triumphed Wednesday over bluesy musician Crystal Bowersox in the contest’s ninth season.
Low hotel rates still drawing visitors
May 27, 2010 in print edition on B7
Dramatic rate cuts are luring visitors to Gulf Coast resorts despite a massive oil spill that threatens beaches and salt marshes from Texas to Florida, but it’s too early to say whether the disaster will leave a more permanent stain on Southeastern tourism.
Ticket integrity
An investigative report released Wednesday raised about as many questions as it answered about KU’s ticket scandal.
May 27, 2010 in print edition on A7
Although none of the six people directly implicated in a Kansas University ticket scandal still work for Kansas Athletics Inc., this mess is far from over for KU and its athletic department.
They were never on our side
May 27, 2010 in print edition on A7
“I abhor racism, I think it’s a bad business decision to ever exclude anybody from your restaurant, but at the same time, I do believe in private ownership.” — Rand Paul If you notice, they have never been on our side. “They” meaning social conservatives. “Our” meaning African-American people.
Royals’ Hochevar ‘fantastic’ in victory
May 27, 2010 in print edition on B1
Luke Hochevar is finally beginning to pitch the way the Kansas City Royals hoped he would be after selecting him first overall in the 2006 draft.
Obama job approval up
May 27, 2010 in print edition on A4
For the first time this year, more people approve of President Barack Obama’s performance than disapprove, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday morning.
Outdoor Aquatic Center to open Saturday
May 27, 2010 in print edition on A4
As Memorial Day approaches, area swimmers are looking forward to the annual opening of the Lawrence Outdoor Aquatic Center, 727 Ky., said Jimmy Gibbs, Lawrence aquatics manager.
Tiahrt campaign ad is criticized by NBC reporter
May 27, 2010 in print edition on A4
A Todd Tiahrt Senate campaign ad aimed at hitting opponent Jerry Moran on his tax record is drawing attention for another reason.
Bait and switch
May 27, 2010 in print edition on A7
The most recent proposed change to the Bauer Farms project (replacing the currently approved residences with a big box store at Sixth Street and Folks Road) would be a gross violation of Horizon 2020 and should be rejected by the City Commission.
Horoscope for May 27, 2010
May 27, 2010 in print edition on B6
You might have a tendency to indulge in black-and-white thinking. You will need to see how both black and white might be true in order to resolve issues. You will see a similarity in the base issue. If you are single, take heed of the advice just given. Learn to not make more out of a bond than exists. If you are attached, the two of you will find that communication sizzles. Sagittarius can be challenging.
‘People Are Funny’ host dies
May 27, 2010 in print edition on B6
Art Linkletter, who as the gently mischievous host of TV’s “People Are Funny” and “House Party” in the 1950s and ’60s delighted viewers with his ability to get kids — and grownups — to say the darndest things on national television, died Wednesday. He was 97.
Peter Pans find the cost of freedom
May 27, 2010 in print edition on B6
A tale of personal heartache, individual triumph and the lingering legacy of Cold War politics, “Escape from Havana: An American Story” (8 p.m., CNBC) recalls the curious history of Operation Peter Pan. Between 1962 and 1964, more than 14,000 children, the offspring of anti-Castro Cubans and former supporters who had fallen out of favor with the bearded dictator, were evacuated to the United States.
Interracial marriage rising, but not as quickly
May 27, 2010 in print edition on C8
Melting pot or racial divide? The growth of interracial marriages is slowing among U.S.-born Hispanics and Asians. Still, blacks are substantially more likely than before to marry whites.
Shrine rodeo starts today in Tonganoxie
May 27, 2010 in print edition on A5
The Abdallah Shrine Rodeo returns for a fourth year to the Leavenworth County Fairgrounds in Tonganoxie.
Self praises Perkins’ response to scam
May 27, 2010 in print edition on B1
Bill Self applauds Kansas University’s response to the secretive ticket scam by several former athletic department employees that resulted in the sale of at least $1.03 million worth of basketball and football tickets to brokers and individual buyers.
Perfect pair: Big 12 freshman of the year has clicked with coach
May 27, 2010 in print edition on B1
Kansas University track and field throws coach Andy Kokhanovsky wasn’t surprised when the country’s No. 1 high school prospect in the Class of 2009 decommitted from UCLA last summer and signed with KU.
Free State’s success starts with pitching
May 27, 2010 in print edition on B1
To make a run in the state tournament, any prep baseball coach will tell you, there are some things that typically come in handy: timely hitting, flawless fielding, a breakout performance or two. An abundance of good pitching never hurts, either.
Wichita gang member sentenced to 7 years
May 27, 2010 in print edition on B8
A 30-year-old Wichita gang member has been sentenced to seven years in federal prison on racketeering and drug convictions.
Trial in Salina deaths delayed for a year
May 27, 2010 in print edition on B8
The capital murder trial of a man accused of killing two Salina residents has been delayed until 2011.
Former math teacher gives $7.5M to WSU
May 27, 2010 in print edition on B8
A former math teacher has willed nearly $7.5 million to Wichita State.
State doctor takes stand in overdose death trial
May 27, 2010 in print edition on B8
A Kansas physician whose clinic is linked to 68 overdose deaths testified Wednesday at his trial that he never intentionally gave anyone medication he believed would cause them harm.
Ex-Google leader appeals to California Supreme Court
May 27, 2010 in print edition on B7
Lawyers for a fired Google director who was told he was not a “cultural fit” for the Internet company and criticized for being “sluggish,” “lethargic” and “an old fuddy duddy” told the California Supreme Court on Wednesday that there was strong evidence that Google discriminated on the basis of age.
Disney worker accused of leaking stock tips
May 27, 2010 in print edition on B7
An assistant to Walt Disney Co.’s head of corporate communications was arrested with her boyfriend Wednesday and accused of leaking confidential stock tips about the entertainment company’s earnings.
Woman who gave birth in Chevy is rewarded
May 27, 2010 in print edition on B7
General Motors on Wednesday said it would give the Minnesota woman who delivered a baby while driving a Chevy car a year’s supply of diapers.
Trans fat limits lead to healthier foods
May 27, 2010 in print edition on C8
Holy fish sticks! Scientists finally have some good news about fat in our foods.
Our Town Sports
May 27, 2010 in print edition on B2
City Swimming: Lessons from Lawrence Swim School will begin June 7. For information, call 331-6940 or e-mail
Degree snub
May 27, 2010 in print edition on A7
I forget my source (it was one of my professors), but I understand the University of Kansas at one time gave honorary doctorates but ran into a snag when William Allen White of Emporia declined. His reasoning was that if he wanted a degree he would have stayed long enough to earn it.
Wisconsin candidate defines tea party
May 27, 2010 in print edition on A7
Before what he calls “the jaw-dropping” events of the last 19 months — TARP, the stimulus, Government Motors, the mistreatment of Chrysler’s creditors, Obamacare, etc. — the idea of running for office never crossed Ron Johnson’s mind. He was, however, dry tinder — he calls Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged” his “foundational book” — and now is ablaze, in an understated, upper-Midwestern way. This 55-year-old manufacturer of plastic products from Oshkosh is what the tea party looks like.