Archive for Saturday, April 2, 2011

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
Libby Johnson of Lawrence tosses a spray bottle of glass cleaner to Michael Wade Smith as the two work to wash the windows of Kendall Simmons' Lawrence home Thursday, March 31, 2011. These two Kansas University seniors, along with many other KU students, spent the morning and afternoon doing odd jobs as part of The Big Event, a volunteer opportunity organized by KU Student Senate. More than 500 KU students volunteer as part of ‘The Big Event’
March 31, 2011 in print edition on 1A
A colder and rainier day than expected didn’t dampen the spirits of volunteers from Kansas University who spent their day helping out members of the Lawrence community.
6:00 a.m.
Greg Shipe, owner of Davenport Orchards and Winery west of Eudora, keeps a keen eye on his variety of grape vines for any sign of damage from herbicides sprayed by other farmers and landowners. Herbicides with the compound 2,4-D, can be detrimental on his crop if sprayed at the wrong time of year. Douglas County eyeing diversion to combat noxious weeds
March 31, 2011
In the fight against noxious weeds, Douglas County is borrowing a concept straight from the courtroom: diversion. It’s a tactic that could result in the spraying of fewer chemicals and a reduction in the negative effects the herbicides have on nearby crops.
10:00 a.m.
A voter leaves the poll at Plymouth Congregational Church shortly after 7 a.m. Tuesday, August 3, 2010. Douglas County to open 4 advance voting locations Saturday
April 1, 2011 in print edition on 1A
Registered voters may cast their ballots ahead of time and in-person during extended and expanded advance-voting opportunities Saturday in Lawrence and area towns.
2:00 p.m.
Stephen W. Mazza Interim dean chosen to lead KU Law School
12:53 p.m., April 1, 2011 Updated 4:03 p.m. in print edition on 1A
Kansas University Provost Jeffrey Vitter announced Friday afternoon that interim law school dean Stephen Mazza has been named to the permanent position.
6:00 p.m.
The view of the north side of the Statehouse. State senator alleges Kansas Bioscience Authority leader has conflicts of interest
April 1, 2011 in print edition on 1A
State Sen. Susan Wagle, R-Wichita, on Friday released copies of legal records, letters and Facebook pictures in alleging that Kansas Bioscience Authority leader Tom Thornton has conflicts of interest.

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Studies at KU’s Schiefelbusch institute focus on quality of life
April 2, 2011 in print edition on A1
Knowledge developed here is helping premature babies feed themselves, parents detect autism earlier and researchers discover why older people’s speech differs from young people’s.
State budget battle awaits in wrap-up session
April 2, 2011 in print edition on A1
Before going on break, Kansas legislators passed numerous bills that will affect Kansans in numerous ways, from how fast they can drive to new requirements on voting. But the one thing legislators didn’t finish was putting together a state budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1.
Rare 1966 Shelby GT350 Fastback found in garage at Lawrence apartment complex off Four Wheel Drive
April 2, 2011 in print edition on A1
Technically, it is a 1966 Shelby GT350 Fastback with an original stoplight red paint job and a high performance motor designed by the father of the American muscle car movement.
Wakarusa Valley building may stay in use as new location for Lawrence Virtual School
April 2, 2011 in print edition on A1
Wakarusa Valley School will close at the end of this school year, but it may not remain closed for long.
KU symposium showcases wide variety of research
April 2, 2011 in print edition on A3
Some students presenting work at the 14th annual Undergraduate Research Symposium on Saturday at the Kansas Union chose some very sophisticated academic topics.
Cadets rise to challenge
ROTC groups from across U.S. test their endurance in Best Ranger Buddy Team contest
April 2, 2011 in print edition on A3
They started with a 10k run at 6 a.m., then spent the rest of the day competing in grueling physical challenges before finishing with another 10k run.
Radioactive water from Japan’s destabilized nuclear power plant leaks into sea
April 2, 2011 in print edition on A9
Highly radioactive water was leaking into the sea Saturday from a crack discovered at a nuclear power plant destabilized by last month’s earthquake and tsunami, a new setback as frustrated survivors of the disasters complained that Japan’s government was paying too much attention to the nuclear crisis.
As U.S. begins to ease off in Libya, Gadhafi holds on
April 2, 2011 in print edition on A9
Two weeks after a dark-of-night barrage of mostly U.S. missiles and bombs opened the international air assault on Libya’s Moammar Gadhafi, the American combat role is ending, the rag-tag rebels are reeling and the Pentagon is betting its European allies can finish the job.
Obama intervenes in budget talks
April 2, 2011 in print edition on A7
President Barack Obama pressed the House and Senate leaders Saturday to agree to a budget in time to avert what he says would be an economically harmful government shutdown, but restated his opposition to certain spending cuts and other provisions insisted upon by Republicans.
High-end medical option prompts Medicare worries
April 2, 2011 in print edition on A7
Every year, thousands of people make a deal with their doctor: I’ll pay you a fixed annual fee, whether or not I need your services, and in return you’ll see me the day I call, remember who I am and what ails me, and give me your undivided attention.
Southwest grounds about 80 planes after mishap
April 2, 2011 in print edition on A7
Flight attendants had just begun to take drink orders when the explosion rocked the cabin. Aboard Southwest Flight 812, Shawna Malvini Redden covered her ears, then felt a brisk wind rush by. Oxygen masks fell, the cabin lost pressure, and Redden, now suddenly lightheaded, fumbled to maneuver the mask in place.
3 teens to stand trial in Salina man’s death
April 2, 2011 in print edition on A12
Three 19-year-old Salina men have been ordered to stand trial in the death of a 48-year-old man, while charges have been dropped against a fourth man.
2 die in Marion County crash involving big rig
April 2, 2011
Two people have been killed when a car sideswiped a tractor-trailer in Marion County.
Kansas woman faces June 28 trial in daughter’s death
April 2, 2011
A second-degree murder trial has been set for June 28 for a Hutchinson woman whose 3-month-old baby died from the heat of a hairdryer.
Feds in Kansas take aim at violent repeat offenders
April 2, 2011 in print edition on A10
Federal prosecutors in Kansas said this week they are getting tough with convicted felons who commit new gun crimes after the U.S. attorney general told U.S. attorneys across the country to do whatever it takes to remove violent criminals from the streets.
Washburn pushing to attract students from India
April 2, 2011
Washburn University in Topeka is working hard to form partnerships with India, and to attract students from that country.
Retiring Fort Riley soldiers stay in Kansas
April 2, 2011
Many Fort Riley soldiers are choosing to stay in Kansas after they retire from the Army.
April 2, 2011
Douglas County residents or businesses filing for bankruptcy protection recently in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the District of Kansas, according to court records.
Wheel Genius: Road work planned this week
April 2, 2011
Road work planned for the week of April 3, 2011.
April 2, 2011 in print edition on A5
The Douglas County register of deeds recorded 56 mortgages in the weekly period ended Thursday.
Around and about in local business
April 2, 2011 in print edition on A5
Local business news for the week ending April 3, 2011.
Envoy: U.N. workers in Afghanistan were hunted down and killed
April 2, 2011 in print edition on A8
Fearing for their lives, the U.N. workers dashed into a dark bunker hoping to escape the mob of Afghan protesters angry over the burning of a Quran by a Florida church.
Mack leads Butler back to national title game
April 2, 2011
The lovable underdog label is long gone. Now Butler is determined to drop that “first loser” tag, too.
Pump Patrol
April 2, 2011 in print edition on A5
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.42 at several stations.
Kansas RB James Sims mystery no more
April 2, 2011 in print edition on B1
The mysterious James Sims, who quietly had a monster freshman season at running back for Kansas University’s 3-9 football team, was the source of bewilderment among reporters.
40 years ago: Director Robert Altman attends movie premiere in Lawrence
April 2, 2011
Movie director Robert Altman was in Lawrence to attend the Midwest premiere of his latest film, “Thieves Like Us.”
Final Four outcome unpredictable
April 2, 2011
Connecticut freshman guard Jeremy Lamb recently was struck with this thought: “Man, I can’t believe we’re in the Final Four.”
Chris Kirk takes lead at Houston Open; Gary Woodland six shots back
April 2, 2011
PGA Tour rookie Chris Kirk shot a 3-under 69 to take a one-stroke lead over defending champion Anthony Kim and 2008 winner Johnson Wagner after two rounds at the Houston Open.
Big 12 Commissioner Dan Beebe encouraged by Fiesta Bowl’s response
April 2, 2011
Big 12 Commissioner Dan Beebe says he is encouraged by the Fiesta Bowl’s response to an investigative report that led to the firing of its longtime president for alleged misuse of funds.
Report: Lon Kruger accepts offer to coach Oklahoma
April 2, 2011
Lon Kruger is taking on another rebuilding project, this time at Oklahoma.
Ka’aihue’s walkoff lifts Royals
April 2, 2011 in print edition on B1
Kila Ka’aihue was just hoping to get the inning started. With one swing, he brought an end to the whole game.
Kansas baseball blasts Baylor
Jayhawks tag pair of homers in 6-2 win
April 2, 2011 in print edition on B1
Kansas University’s baseball team enjoyed a resurgence of power on Friday, blasting two home runs in a 6-2 victory over No. 19 Baylor at Hoglund Ballpark.
On a mission: Kansas football on quest for respect
April 2, 2011 in print edition on B1
Last spring, the focus for Kansas University’s football team was on replacing some of the school’s all-time greats. This year, the Jayhawks are determined to regain the respect those guys brought to the program, and their quest began Friday, when they kicked off spring drills for the second time under coach Turner Gill.
Report links Morris twins to agent
April 2, 2011 in print edition on B1
Kansas University’s Morris twins are one step closer to declaring for the NBA Draft. Yahoo! Sports NBA reporter Marc Spears reported Friday that juniors Marcus and Markieff Morris met with aspiring agent Jason Martin in Beverly Hills, Calif., earlier this week.
KU women’s golf in 11th place
April 2, 2011 in print edition on B4
Freshman Thanuttra Boonraksasat shot a first-round 73 to lead Kansas University’s women’s golf team to a tie for 11th place after the first day Friday of the Ole Miss Rebel Intercollegiate. Boonraksasat had four birdies and was tied for 11th individually.
Kansas tennis beats Iowa State again, 4-3
April 2, 2011 in print edition on B4
Kansas University squeaked out a 4-3 tennis victory over Iowa State on Friday, the Jayhawks’ 34th-straight victory over the Cyclones.
Lawrence man reports theft of landscaping trailer
April 2, 2011 in print edition on A5
A 73-year-old Lawrence man reported someone had stolen a $1,200 landscaping trailer from the 600 block of Gateway Court sometime between 4 p.m. March 29 and 1 p.m. March 30.
KU student reports more than $2,000 worth of DVDs, video games stolen
April 2, 2011 in print edition on A5
A 21-year-old male Kansas University student reported to Lawrence police March 24 that someone had stolen $2,500 worth of DVDs and video games in a burglary at his apartment in the 2000 block of West Sixth Street. The alleged burglary occurred between March 21 and 1 a.m. March 24.
Lawrence man given notice to appear after fight
April 2, 2011 in print edition on A5
A 52-year-old Lawrence man, Bruce Lamarr Chenault, was given notice to appear in Lawrence Municipal Court April 12 after he was arrested Thursday afternoon on misdemeanor battery charges for punching another man in the face.
Woman arrested for fighting with friend charged
April 2, 2011 in print edition on A5
Prosecutors Friday charged Madison Taylor Halverstadt, 21, with misdemeanor battery and misdemeanor battery of a law enforcement officer after she was arrested Thursday afternoon accused of fighting with a friend during an argument while they were drinking in the 400 block of North Crest Court.
Man involved in Thursday accidents released on bond
April 2, 2011 in print edition on A5
A 36-year-old Lawrence man who was arrested Thursday evening on DUI charges and suspected of being involved in two separate accidents downtown was released Friday on $850 bond. He was given notice to appear in district court at 3 p.m. April 13, but prosecutors had not yet filed official charges against him Friday.
Money will be key component in 2012 presidential race
April 2, 2011 in print edition on A3
Recent news reports suggest President Obama is likely to kick off his bid for a second term in the White House at a rally in Chicago on or near April 14.
Stacked process
April 2, 2011 in print edition on A9
Dr. Doll, the Wakarusa families do not have a big “stupid” plastered on their foreheads.
Openness lacking
April 2, 2011 in print edition on A9
Several incidents have occurred during the process to close Wakarusa Valley where facts were not presented in an open manner.
Two Lawrence men arrested for theft, burglary
April 2, 2011 in print edition on A5
Two Lawrence men were arrested Thursday evening as suspects in a burglary of an unoccupied building near Teepee Junction north of Lawrence, said Sgt. Steve Lewis, a Douglas County Sheriff’s office spokesman.
Closure questioned
April 2, 2011 in print edition on A9
I ask myself, “What is the best way to approach an important subject to me with someone who has no respect for others?”
Public benefit?
April 2, 2011 in print edition on A9
Treanor Architects wants to move their offices into downtown Lawrence and wants the Lawrence taxpayers to help pay for the move.
Syrian dictator not worthy of U.S. support
April 2, 2011 in print edition on A9
“Many of the members of Congress of both parties who have gone to Syria in recent months have said they believe he’s a reformer.” — Hillary Clinton on Bashar al-Assad, March 27
Tune In: Two-time host Jack Black returns to lead the ‘Kid’s Choice Awards’
April 2, 2011
Jack Black hosts the 2011 “Kid’s Choice Awards” (7 p.m., Nickelodeon). A slime-filled tradition since 1988, “Choice” honors the shows and movies from the past year as chosen by Nickelodeon viewers. But its real purpose is to promote projects soon to reach theaters during the forthcoming summer silly season.
Horoscope for April 2
April 2, 2011
This year, you feel energized, though sometimes you wear yourself down and spread yourself too thin.
4-H news for April 2, 2011
April 2, 2011
The Douglas County 4-H Horse Project meeting was held March 15 at the Douglas County Fairgrounds, 2110 Harper Street.
Faith Forum: How does your faith tradition cope with natural disasters like the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan?
April 2, 2011
The Rev. Jill Jarvis and the Rev. Kent Winters-Hazelton answer.
25 years ago: Praeger replaces Amyx as city mayor
April 2, 2011
Sandy Praeger, a former planning commission chair and current city commissioner, was chosen unanimously by her fellow commissioners to take over as Lawrence’s mayor.
100 years ago: Lawrence police attempt to intercept Topeka ‘joy riders’
April 2, 2011
“Chief Herd was telephoned this morning to watch for a stolen motor car driven by four boys. The auto was stolen in Topeka this morning by a red headed boy.”
Around and About for April 2, 2011
April 2, 2011
Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville, Mo., announces area students named to its honor rolls for the fall 2010 trimester.
Club news for April 2, 2011
April 2, 2011
University Bridge Club announces results of its March 26 meeting with hosts Virginia Williams, Florence McNicoll, Alice Akin and Lois Liebert.