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10:27 a.m.
LJWorld.com election coverage
Polls close in Douglas County, results expected soon
Posted April 5, 2011
7 p.m. update Polls in Douglas County are now closed. Head over to our post about election results for the latest information. —Whitney Mathews 6:30 ...
10:46 a.m.
LJWorld.com election coverage
Polls close in Douglas County, results expected soon
Posted April 5, 2011
7 p.m. update Polls in Douglas County are now closed. Head over to our post about election results for the latest information. —Whitney Mathews 6:30 ...
10:47 a.m.
LJWorld.com election coverage
Polls close in Douglas County, results expected soon
Posted April 5, 2011
7 p.m. update Polls in Douglas County are now closed. Head over to our post about election results for the latest information. —Whitney Mathews 6:30 ...
11:49 a.m.
LJWorld.com election coverage
Polls close in Douglas County, results expected soon
Posted April 5, 2011
7 p.m. update Polls in Douglas County are now closed. Head over to our post about election results for the latest information. —Whitney Mathews 6:30 ...
3:30 p.m.
LJWorld.com election coverage
Polls close in Douglas County, results expected soon
Posted April 5, 2011
7 p.m. update Polls in Douglas County are now closed. Head over to our post about election results for the latest information. —Whitney Mathews 6:30 ...
4:35 p.m.
LJWorld.com election coverage
Polls close in Douglas County, results expected soon
Posted April 5, 2011
7 p.m. update Polls in Douglas County are now closed. Head over to our post about election results for the latest information. —Whitney Mathews 6:30 ...
7:04 p.m.
LJWorld.com election coverage
Unofficial results in for Lawrence City Commission, school board races
Posted April 5, 2011
10:18 p.m. update As election night comes to a close in Lawrence, we'll leave you with a few photos from celebrations. You can view the ...

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Lawrence man reports stolen 2007 Ford F-150 pickup truck
April 5, 2011 in print edition on A4
A 51-year-old Lawrence man reported his 2007 Ford F-150 pickup truck valued at $15,000 was stolen between 1 p.m. Sunday and 5:30 a.m. Monday from the 1900 block of West 25th Street.
KU student reports damage to 1996 Nissan car
April 5, 2011 in print edition on A4
A 23-year-old male Kansas University student reported to Lawrence police that someone had damaged his 1996 gold Nissan car some time between 2:40 a.m. and 2:50 a.m. Sunday in the 900 block of Missouri Street.
Tonganoxie woman listed in fair condition at KU Hospital after motorcycle accident
April 5, 2011 in print edition on A4
A 44-year-old Tonganoxie woman, who was injured when the motorcycle she was a passenger on crashed Sunday afternoon, was listed in fair condition Tuesday at Kansas University Hospital.
Plans to launch powerful rocket set
April 5, 2011 in print edition on C6
A high-tech entrepreneur unveiled plans Tuesday to launch the world’s most powerful rocket since man went to the moon.
German teen over the moon for her jumping cow Luna
April 5, 2011 in print edition on C6
When Regina Mayer’s parents dashed her hopes of getting a horse, the resourceful 15-year-old didn’t sit in her room and sulk. Instead, she turned to a cow called Luna to make her riding dreams come true.
Poll: Few baby boomers feel good about retiring
April 5, 2011 in print edition on C6
Baby boomers facing retirement are worried about their finances, and many believe they’ll need to work longer than planned or will never be able to retire, a new poll finds.
Voters elect Bob Schumm, Mike Dever, Hugh Carter to Lawrence City Commission
April 5, 2011 in print edition on A1
Experience seemed to matter Tuesday to the voters in the Lawrence City Commission race — or at least to the ones who showed up.
N.Y. police: Missing prostitute not among remains discovered on beach
April 5, 2011 in print edition on A7
Detectives searching for a missing New Jersey prostitute have uncovered the remains of eight possible victims of a serial killer along a remote New York beach highway, but said Tuesday that none is the woman they have been looking for.
Libyan rebel leader voices discontent with NATO
April 5, 2011 in print edition on A7
A rebel military leader lashed out at NATO Tuesday, saying it was falling short in its mission to protect Libyan civilians. The alliance said ruler Moammar Gadhafi’s forces position heavy weapons in populated areas, preventing some airstrikes.
Spending talks continue with tone of persistence
April 5, 2011 in print edition on A7
Prodded by an insistent President Barack Obama, Congress’ top two lawmakers sought to reinvigorate compromise talks Tuesday aimed at cutting tens of billions in federal spending and averting a partial government shutdown Friday at midnight.
Presentation on healthy eating offered
April 5, 2011 in print edition on A10
Wellness speaker Jennifer Myers will be giving a presentation, “Healthy Eating Made Simple,” in Lawrence.
FINAL: Schumm, Dever, Carter elected to Lawrence City Commission
08:04 p.m., April 5, 2011 Updated 09:21 p.m.
Mike Dever, Bob Schumm, Hugh Carter, Mike Machell and Sven Alstrom are running for Lawrence City Commission.
FINAL: Ingram, Kimball, Masten and Moore elected to Lawrence school board
07:54 p.m., April 5, 2011 Updated 09:52 a.m.
Nine candidates are vying to be on the Lawrence school board.
Group of business leaders, churches opposed to inclusion of gender identity in Lawrence’s anti-discrimination policy
07:29 p.m., April 5, 2011 Updated 10:28 a.m. in print edition on A3
A group of Lawrence business leaders and churches is hoping to thwart an effort to include gender identity in the city’s anti-discrimination policy.
New section on LJWorld.com celebrates Kansas’ sesquicentennial
April 5, 2011
Visit a new section on LJWorld.com celebrating Kansas’ sesquicentennial.
KU coach Self OK with Selby’s basketball workouts in Las Vegas
April 5, 2011
Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self on Tuesday night commented about freshman Josh Selby traveling to Las Vegas this week to work out at Impact Basketball.
Kansas City man sentenced to 10 years in prison for selling meth at I-70 service center near Lawrence
April 5, 2011 in print edition on A2
A federal judge Tuesday ordered a 20-year-old Kansas City, Mo., man to serve 10 years in federal prison for selling methamphetamine in 2010 to undercover officers, including at the service center east of Lawrence on Interstate 70.
95-year-old Ottawa woman listed as victim in financial abuse case has new conservator
April 5, 2011 in print edition on A5
A 95-year-old Ottawa woman listed as the victim in a Franklin County case — alleging a man abused his authority of her power of attorney from 2006 to 2007— has a different conservator now overseeing her finances.
KU psychology students organize Easter egg hunt to research happiness
April 5, 2011 in print edition on A3
The experiment worked for Bethany Linville. Holding up her plastic Easter egg Tuesday morning, she was beaming. “The first egg I found was a purple one, but I wanted a green one, so I went searching for a green one,” the Kansas University sophomore from Wichita said.
Salina ends support for riverfront revitalization plan
April 5, 2011
Salina city officials have officially ended support for a plan to revitalize the riverfront along the Smoky Hill River.
Lincoln, Neb., police say Kansan likely fell from train
April 5, 2011
Officials say a man whose body was found near railroad tracks in Lincoln likely hopped aboard a train passing through downtown but later fell and was struck.
Kansas prison head reviews security changes at Topeka Correctional Facility
April 5, 2011
Kansas Department of Corrections Secretary Ray Roberts says the agency has put new policies, procedures and equipment in place to improve oversight at the Topeka Correctional Facility.
Popular peregrine falcons ousted from downtown Topeka nest
April 5, 2011
A pair of peregrine falcons who became Internet stars while living in a nesting box in downtown Topeka has been evicted by another pair of falcons.
Conviction upheld for woman who cut baby from expectant mother’s womb
April 5, 2011
A Kansas woman who killed an expectant Missouri mother and cut the baby from her womb lost an appeal of her conviction.
2 men held in string of Wichita robberies
April 5, 2011
Police in Wichita have arrested two men suspected of committing nine armed robberies in six days, hitting one of the stores twice.
EPA moving regional headquarters to Lenexa
April 5, 2011
A decision to move the regional Environmental Protection Agency headquarters from downtown Kansas City, Kan., to a more affluent suburb has stunned city leaders, who accused the federal government of “abandoning the urban core” and damaging efforts to revitalize the city.
Equus Beds aquifer in south-central Kansas slowly refilling
April 5, 2011
A few rainy years and reduced pumping by the city of Wichita has helped replenish a Kansas aquifer that is the primary source of fresh water for parts of south-central Kansas, according to a new federal report.
Town Talk: Election day numbers and musings on a hobo 100 years ago
05:00 p.m., April 5, 2011 Updated 05:18 p.m.
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Josh Selby working out in Vegas, hasn’t declared for NBA Draft
04:44 p.m., April 5, 2011 Updated 12:00 a.m. in print edition on B1
Kansas University freshman guard Josh Selby hasn’t declared for the 2011 NBA Draft … yet. Tuesday’s news that the 6-foot-2 Baltimore native is in Las Vegas working out at Impact Basketball with famed trainer Joe Abunasser, seems to indicate he’s leaning heavily in the direction of playing for pay, however.
Here’s a thought provoking short film on the life of a plastic bag
April 5, 2011
After talking to the folks at the Merc, who are going to stop providing plastic bags to customers, I couldn’t help but share this mockumentary short film. It forever changed how I view a plain old plastic bag.
Six honored as KU Women’s Hall of Fame inductees
April 5, 2011 in print edition on A2
Six Kansas University administrators and alumni have been honored as inductees into KU’s Women’s Hall of Fame.
Settlement reached in lawsuit filed after death of Jason Wren from alcohol poisoning at KU’s SAE house
03:34 p.m., April 5, 2011 Updated 07:40 p.m. in print edition on A3
An attorney for the father of a Kansas University freshman who died in 2009 from alcohol poisoning at Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity says the parties have settled a Douglas County lawsuit.
KU fourth in final ESPN/USA Today coaches poll
April 5, 2011
The Kansas men’s basketball team placed fourth in the final ESPN/USA Today coaches poll released Monday.
KU QB Berglund to be in town to watch handful of spring practices
02:26 p.m., April 5, 2011 Updated 12:00 a.m. in print edition on B1
Three practices into spring drills, the Kansas University football program received some good news Tuesday. Brock Berglund, the three-star quarterback from Highlands Ranch, Colo., who graduated from Valor Christian High last December, enrolled and began taking classes at KU in January and returned home in early March because of “personal circumstances,” told the Journal-World, via text message, that he would be in town to watch a portion of spring practice.
Kansas Legislature approves bill loosening regulations on AT&T phone service
April 5, 2011
Kansas is preparing to loosen its regulation of AT&T, the state’s largest provider of local telephone service.
FBI releases heavily redacted documents pertaining to previous death threats against abortion provider George Tiller
April 5, 2011 in print edition on A1
Federal authorities investigated numerous death threats over the years against a late-term abortion provider who was eventually shot to death, including a 1999 letter that claimed a group of militant abortion opponents meeting in Las Vegas paid a woman $25,000 to kill him.
Federal judge moves up sentencing for consultant in KU ticket scandal
April 5, 2011
A federal judge has moved up the sentencing date for the former University of Kansas consultant caught up in the school’s ticket scalping scandal.
Heard on the Hill: Researcher demonstrates how external funds help broader community; KU professor weighs in on Wis. email issue; KU libraries to show ‘To Kill A Mockingbird,’ distribute free books
April 5, 2011
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
First Bell: Stars aligning for Science and Engineering Fair; Free State, Central Junior High and Tonganoxie students earn medals at Science Olympiad
April 5, 2011
Time for another edition of First Bell, a rundown of news and other educational items involving schools in the area.
Lawrence Free Methodist Church reports window damage
April 5, 2011 in print edition on A4
A member of Lawrence Free Methodist Church, 3001 Lawrence Ave., reported to police Saturday that someone had caused $1,100 in damage to windows at the church between 8 p.m. Friday and 8:15 a.m. Saturday.
Parent of Prairie Park School tells police that man approached son on way home from school
April 5, 2011 in print edition on A4
A parent at Prairie Park School, 2711 Kensington Drive in southeastern Lawrence, notified school administrators Friday she had called Lawrence police because her son said a man approached him and tried to sell him candy as he walked home Thursday, said Julie Boyle, a Lawrence public schools spokeswoman.
Valley Falls man reports stolen trailer, Kingfisher smoker
April 5, 2011 in print edition on A4
A 35-year-old Valley Falls man reported to police Friday that someone had stolen a 24-foot trailer and black Kingfisher commercial smoker valued at $3,350 from the 300 block of North Fourth Street.
Water tainted by radiation dumped in ocean
April 5, 2011 in print edition on A6
Workers used a milky bathwater dye Monday as they frantically tried to trace the path of radioactive water seeping into the ocean from Japan’s tsunami-damaged nuclear plant.
Union supporters across nation mark MLK’s death
April 5, 2011 in print edition on A6
The eldest son of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. said Monday if his father had not been killed more than four decades ago, the civil rights icon would be fighting alongside workers rallying to protect collective bargaining rights.
Voters to decide leaders of city, schools today
April 5, 2011 in print edition on A1
New majorities are available on the Lawrence City Commission and Lawrence school board, and Jamie Shew is here to remind you that only a select group of folks can fill them. That would be you, Registered Voter.
Southwest Airlines accident prompts emergency federal inspections
April 5, 2011 in print edition on A7
Federal aviation officials readied an order Monday for emergency inspections on 80 U.S.-registered Boeing 737 jetliners like the one on which a piece of fuselage tore open more than 30,000 feet above Arizona last week.
House Republicans draft 3rd stopgap bill to avoid shutdown
April 5, 2011 in print edition on A7
With budget talks deadlocked, House Republicans drafted a one-week bill Monday night to cut spending by $12 billion, fully fund the Pentagon and avert a government shutdown threatened for Friday.
Suspects in 9/11 attacks to face military tribunals
April 5, 2011 in print edition on A7
Yielding to political opposition, the Obama administration gave up Monday on trying avowed 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four alleged henchmen in civilian federal court in New York and will prosecute them instead before military commissions.
Eudora joins loan program for energy efficiency upgrades
April 5, 2011 in print edition on A4
The city of Eudora is the latest utility provider to sign on to the state’s zero percent interest loan program, which gives Kansans an extra incentive to make energy efficiency upgrades to homes and small businesses.
OSU player to face trial
April 5, 2011 in print edition on B2
Oklahoma State basketball player Darrell Williams will stand trial on rape and other felony charges alleging that he inappropriately touched two female students, a judge ruled Monday.
Shaka Smart staying at VCU
April 5, 2011 in print edition on B2
VCU coach Shaka Smart is staying with the Rams after leading them on a surprising Final Four run.
Shockers’ Gregg Marshall plans to stay
April 5, 2011 in print edition on B2
Gregg Marshall is staying put as the head coach at Wichita State.
Chiefs LB Vrabel arrested for theft of casino
April 5, 2011 in print edition on B2
Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Mike Vrabel was arrested Monday and charged with theft from a riverboat casino.
Young coaches wise to be picky
April 5, 2011 in print edition on B2
Shaka Smart could have cashed in at North Carolina State. Chris Mooney could have bolted to Georgia Tech. Instead, these in-demand basketball coaches agreed to contract extensions with their current schools, Smart at VCU, Mooney the University of Richmond.
Royals sign veteran pitcher Jeff Suppan
April 5, 2011 in print edition on B4
Jeff Suppan, a 16-year major-league veteran who was Kansas City’s best pitcher 10 years ago, has signed a minor-league contract with the Royals.
KU men’s golf 13th at Cowboy Classic
April 5, 2011 in print edition on B3
Kansas University’s men’s golf team shot 296-287—583 and sat in 13th place after the first two rounds Monday of the Cowboy Classic.
LHS golf sixth at SM South Invite
April 5, 2011 in print edition on B3
Lawrence High’s Logan Henrich shot an 84 to place in a tie for 11th at the Shawnee Mission South golf invitational on Monday at Meadowbrook Country Club.
Lawrence tennis ties for first at Emporia
April 5, 2011 in print edition on B3
The Lawrence High boys tied for first with Andover Central in a six-team round-robin tournament on Monday.
Cold Bulldogs doomed
Butler hits record-low 18.8 percent
April 5, 2011 in print edition on B10
Butler couldn’t go inside. It couldn’t score outside. Its shots were blocked all night long.
100 years ago: Republicans sweep local election
April 5, 2011
“It was exactly 1:50 last night when the reading clerk in the First ward droned out the last ballot and the final count in the city election had been completed.”
25 years ago: Police chase vehicle through south side of town
April 5, 2011
The white Ford pickup had been observed driving erratically near 23rd and Massachusetts and had then headed west.
40 years ago: Legislature considers bill to reduce age of juveniles
April 5, 2011
A bill to lower the legal dividing line between male juveniles and adults from 18 to 16 was struck down by the Kansas House.
Little brother says KU recruit Ben McLemore LeBron-like
12:00 a.m., April 5, 2011 Updated 10:01 a.m. in print edition on B1
Kevin McLemore stood to the side and watched with pride as his big brother, Ben, orally committed to Kansas University over runner-up Missouri at a news conference Sunday at Sears Centre in suburban Chicago.
Safe nuclear
April 5, 2011 in print edition on A8
Recently you published a letter from Beth Anne Mansur captioned “No to nuclear” (Public Forum, March 28).
Taxes, greed
April 5, 2011 in print edition on A8
When I listen to the TV and radio prognosticators talking about the need to cut the budget, I seldom hear anyone ask the conservatives why tax increases for the wealthiest are not a part of this discussion.
Fan loyalty
April 5, 2011 in print edition on A8
Attention fair weather fans! Don’t get your knickers or whatever in a twist!
Taliban talks enticing but uncertain
April 5, 2011 in print edition on A8
In mid-March, when Gen. David Petraeus returned from Kabul to testify before Congress, an amazing thing happened. The media hardly paid any attention.
Partner potential
Lawrence’s proximity to the new Google high-speed fiber network in Wyandotte County should open up a number of academic and business opportunities.
April 5, 2011 in print edition on A8
With good reason, Lawrence and Douglas County tend to look at Wyandotte County as a business competitor.
Kansas football ramps up fitness
Offseason conditioning more mental, intense
April 5, 2011 in print edition on B1
For the last four months, word spread rapidly about the Kansas University football program’s offseason strength and conditioning program being more intense than it was a season ago.
What the Haith?
April 5, 2011 in print edition on B1
Normally, a college basketball fan base doesn’t hate its coach and demand his ouster until he has lost his first game, or at the very least officially has been hired.
Irish, Aggies unlikely finalists
‘New faces’ to meet tonight for crown
April 5, 2011 in print edition on B10
Already packed with one surprise after another, the NCAA women’s tournament has one big dose of intrigue left when Notre Dame and Texas A&M play for the championship.
Top dogs: Huskies shut down Bulldogs
April 5, 2011 in print edition on B1
The only thing that could stop Kemba Walker and Connecticut’s amazing run was the final buzzer. On a night when the massive arena felt like a dusty old gym, UConn made Butler look like the underdog it really was, winning the national championship Monday night with an old-fashioned, grinding 53-41 beatdown of the Bulldogs.
Sweet dreams are made like this: Eudora-based Cami’s Cake Co. takes off after years of hard work
April 5, 2011
If Cami SanRomani is any indication, sweet dreams are made of this: Hard work, sacrifice and lots and lots of buttercream.
Horoscopes for April 5
April 5, 2011
This year, you make a difference. At times, you might feel challenged. Actually, situations or events will test your thinking. If you are single, you could meet someone quite special after May. This could be a romance for the history books! If you are attached, the two of you share more than in the past and benefit enormously from frequent getaways together. With two Taurus in a disagreement, neither Bull will win!
Mothers-to-be on Bravo’s new show anything but mellow
April 5, 2011
Bravo continues its successful tradition of making new shows that have that patented “hate on sight” quality that turns them into instant water-cooler conversation. If you think “Pregnant in Heels” (9 p.m., Bravo) sounds as if it’s about a mother-to-be with a shoe obsession, you would only be half wrong.