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Archive for Wednesday, April 6, 2011

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6:00 a.m.
City commission candidate Bob Schumm looks over poll results with campaign staff members, from left, Abbie Hodgson, Margie Wakefield and Tess Banion April 5, 2011, at the Douglas County Courthouse. Schumm was the top vote-getter in the Lawrence City Commission race. Voters elect Bob Schumm, Mike Dever, Hugh Carter to Lawrence City Commission
April 5, 2011 in print edition on 1A
Experience seemed to matter Tuesday to the voters in the Lawrence City Commission race — or at least to the ones who showed up.
10:00 a.m.
Family members and supports take photos of Keith Diaz Moore, Randy Masten and Rick Ingram at Pachamama's Alton Ballroom Tuesday, April 5, 2011. All three were elected to the Lawrence school board along with Shannon Kimball (not pictured). New school board majority shares ideals
April 6, 2011 in print edition on 1A
Lawrence school board will enter the next school year with a new majority of members, a group intent on improving communication with the public, increasing information-gathering from the public and perhaps even soliciting budget ideas, suggestions and other advice from the public.
2:00 p.m.
Jason Wren with his father, Jay. Settlement reached in lawsuit filed after death of Jason Wren from alcohol poisoning at KU’s SAE house
3:34 p.m., April 5, 2011 Updated 7:40 p.m. in print edition on 3A
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.
6:38 p.m.
Bobbi Foudree, left, and Jennifer Flynn rehearse moves for the 940 Dance Company at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 N.H. The company's show "Red,"  will be the last for the group, which has been together for 24 years. "Red" will be presented April 14 and April 16. Both performances are slated for 7:30 p.m. 940 Dance Company prepares its final performances
April 6, 2011
After a 24-year run of performances, the 940 Dance Company will present its final concerts at 7:30 p.m. April 14 and 16 at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 N.H.

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Vatican City correspondent for CNN, National Catholic Reporter to speak at KU
April 6, 2011 in print edition on A4
A Vatican City correspondent for CNN and the National Catholic Reporter will speak at Kansas University next week.
Teachers request $1,500 raises during negotiations with Lawrence school district administrators
09:11 p.m., April 6, 2011 Updated 02:02 p.m. in print edition on A1
Teachers in the Lawrence school district are asking for raises of $1,500 each for the next school year.
United Way of Douglas County announces 2011 campaign co-chairs
April 6, 2011 in print edition on A3
United Way of Douglas County has announced that Val and Beth Stella will serve as co-chairs for the agency’s 2011 campaign.
Settlement reached in case of Tonganoxie man injured during dental procedure
April 6, 2011 in print edition on A3
An attorney said Wednesday that a settlement has been reached in a lawsuit filed after a 20-year-old Tonganoxie High School graduate suffered brain damage during a 2009 dental procedure in Lawrence.
Officials seek explanations for Tuesday’s low voter turnout for city, school elections
Some say local elections should be in November; others suggest different weekday
April 6, 2011 in print edition on A1
Whatever caused a 13 percent voter turnout in Lawrence was happening in other communities too. To a larger degree, in fact.
Solid Waste Task Force to discuss city’s trash, recycling operations
April 6, 2011 in print edition on A4
A newly appointed city task force will begin working Thursday to develop a recommendation on how the city’s trash service should operate.
Owner of The Bay Leaf points to Internet, downtown hours as contributors to closure
April 6, 2011 in print edition on A5
The timer has sounded for a longtime downtown Lawrence kitchen store and Massachusetts Street mainstay.
Tyshawn Taylor, Thomas Robinson to return to KU
More decisions to come
03:27 p.m., April 6, 2011 Updated 12:00 a.m. in print edition on B1
Kansas junior guard Tyshawn Taylor and sophomore forward Thomas Robinson will both return to KU next season.
Fort Leavenworth to honor Nepal general
April 6, 2011 in print edition on A4
The chief of staff of Nepal’s army is the newest member of the International Officer Hall of Fame at Fort Leavenworth.
Wichita residents re-elect Mayor Carl Brewer
April 6, 2011
Wichita residents overwhelmingly gave Mayor Carl Brewer another term, and chose three City Council members who support his plans for revitalizing the downtown area.
Convicted Kan. murderer has other charges dropped
April 6, 2011
Charges have been dropped against a convicted murderer in Kansas for crimes he was accused of while awaiting his murder trial.
Indicted founder of Colorado health brokerage due in court
April 6, 2011
The owner of a Colorado-based rural health brokerage facing federal money laundering and embezzlement charges is expected to turn himself in to authorities and make his first court appearance.
Weekend fire near Satanta burned 9,600 acres of grassland
April 6, 2011 in print edition on A5
A fire that forced the evacuation of a south-central town on Sunday burned 9,600 acres before it was extinguished.
Stacks and stacks: Library benefit has more than 100,000 books for sale
April 6, 2011
The Friends of the Lawrence Public Library Spring Book Sale starts Thursday and features more than 100,000 books that bibliophiles can get at bargain prices.
Oklahoma sees driest 4 months since Dust Bowl
April 6, 2011
In most years, the dark clouds over western Oklahoma in the spring would be bringing rain. This year, they’re more likely to be smoke from wildfires that have burned thousands of acres in the past month as the state and its farmers struggle with a severe drought.
States, Amtrak vying for high-speed train money
April 6, 2011
Twenty-four states, the District of Columbia and Amtrak are vying for $2.4 billion in federal aid that became available when Florida’s governor canceled a high-speed rail project in his state, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said Wednesday.
Siemens rep discusses future of Hutchinson plant
April 6, 2011
Although Siemens Energy has unveiled a new product that likely will replace the product currently being made at its 4-month-old plant in Hutchinson, a company official said Kansas officials shouldn’t worry about the plant’s future.
State legislator cites her position during traffic stops in attempts to avoid being ticketed
April 6, 2011 in print edition on A6
A state legislator from Wichita stopped for speeding has tried at least three times to use her position to get out of traffic tickets, videos of the encounters show.
Former KU athletics ticket consultant asks judge for a sentence of no more than 21 months in prison
02:40 p.m., April 6, 2011 Updated 05:33 p.m. in print edition on A1
A former consultant for the University of Kansas asked a federal judge on Wednesday to sentence him to no more than 21 months in prison for his part in a $2 million ticket scalping scandal that has already sent two other conspirators to prison for longer terms.
Blood alcohol content of man accused of crashing through optometrist’s office was 0.109, report says
02:16 p.m., April 6, 2011 Updated 02:46 p.m. in print edition on A5
A Lawrence man accused of drunken driving and crashing into an optometrist’s office last week had a blood-alcohol content of 0.109, according to a Lawrence police accident report released Wednesday.
Douglas County judge orders man to stand trial for alleged sex crimes against children
April 6, 2011
A Douglas County judge on Wednesday ordered a 31-year-old man to face a trial on five child sex crime charges.
The Merc says goodbye to plastic bags
April 6, 2011 in print edition on A1
By Earth Day (April 22), the Merc will no longer provide plastic bags. The change comes at the request of shoppers, who when surveyed overwhelming said they want to see the bags gone.
Town Talk: Longtime downtown retailer The Bay Leaf to close; Curry in a Hurry making a comeback; city hires new eco devo coordinator
11:41 a.m., April 6, 2011 Updated 01:24 p.m.
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Statehouse Live: Wagle says KBA under investigation; Carlin defends agency
10:35 a.m., April 6, 2011 Updated 04:11 p.m.
Kansas Bioscience Authority leaders on Wednesday acknowledged that the agency was being investigated but disputed allegations of wrongdoing leveled by a state senator from Wichita.
Lawrence High School grad snared in NCAA rules violation at Wichita State; some say rule isn’t fair
April 6, 2011 in print edition on B3
Albert Minnis didn’t expect to be labeled an NCAA rulebreaker when he shared the name of his legal adviser with the Atlanta Braves and other Major League Baseball clubs.
Rural Douglas County school board election results
April 6, 2011 in print edition on A6
Residents in the Perry-Lecompton and Shawnee Heights school districts picked new board members on Tuesday.
Tonganoxie City Council, school board and school bond issue election results
April 6, 2011 in print edition on A6
Tonganoxie voters rejected a bond issue that would have funded a new intermediate school as well as upgrades to the elementary and high schools.
Baldwin City Council, school board election results
April 6, 2011 in print edition on A6
Baldwin City Council saw a close race on Tuesday.
Eudora City Council, school board election results
April 6, 2011 in print edition on A6
Of Eudora’s four voting precincts, Eudora City Hall had the fewest registered voters with 780, but the highest turnout at 17.3 percent. Eudora Church of Christ had the most registered to vote at its precinct, 1524, 15.6 percent of whom voted.
First Bell: Marlene Merrill carries (part of) Leavenworth County; no plans for Wakarusa Valley reconsideration; board president lauds Marlene Merrill for service
April 6, 2011
Time for another edition of First Bell, a rundown of news and other educational items involving schools in the area.
Heard on the Hill: Planning effort includes ‘hybrid’ online/offline classes; KU gets another vice provost position; KU announces public forum for third business dean finalist
April 6, 2011
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Voter turnout hits 13 percent in Douglas County
April 6, 2011 in print edition on A1
Fewer than one in seven registered voters in Douglas County cast ballots in area elections that ended Tuesday.
New school board majority shares ideals
April 6, 2011 in print edition on A1
Lawrence school board will enter the next school year with a new majority of members, a group intent on improving communication with the public, increasing information-gathering from the public and perhaps even soliciting budget ideas, suggestions and other advice from the public.
City commissioners approve tax break for Treanor relocation
April 6, 2011 in print edition on A5
A $2 million project to convert a vacant downtown building into the new headquarters of a Lawrence architecture firm won a key tax break from Lawrence city commissioners Tuesday.
25 years ago: Museum horse undergoes rehabilitation after flooding accident
April 6, 2011
Comanche, the battle-scarred horse in Kansas University’s Museum of Natural History, was in need of some restoration.
LHS softball splits doubleheader with Olathe North
April 6, 2011
The Lawrence High softball team won the first game of all three doubleheaders so far this season. All three times, though, the Lions have lost the second game.
LHS baseball wins despite flat start
April 6, 2011 in print edition on B1
Early on this season, Lawrence High senior first baseman Aaron Gile has found himself swinging at bad pitches. Curveballs in the dirt. Pitches off the plate. But after hitting a key two-RBI double in the fifth inning in the Lions’ 7-2 win against Olathe North on Tuesday at LHS, Gile recognized that the hit could help him get out of his hitting funk.
40 years ago: Local voters face full slate, sales tax issue, voting age question
April 6, 2011
The local election was looming, and the slate was full.
KU men’s track team enters rankings
April 6, 2011
The Kansas University men’s track and field team is ranked No. 12 in the latest U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) rankings that were released Tuesday.
KU men’s golf team takes 15th at Cowboy Classic
April 6, 2011
The Kansas University men’s golf team finished in 15th place at the Cowboy Classic on Tuesday.
Royals triumph in extra innings
April 6, 2011
Any sort of four-game winning streak is a big deal in a town where the local team hadn’t won more than three in a row since September 2009.
Lawrence High soccer tops SM North
April 6, 2011
Kirsten McKay scored three goals and the Lawrence High girls soccer team defeated Shawnee Mission North, 4-2, on Tuesday.
Free State tennis takes second in quad
April 6, 2011
The Free State boys tennis team finished second at its home quadrangular on Tuesday.
LHS tennis routs Bonner Springs in dual
April 6, 2011
The Lawrence High tennis team won all but one doubles match in an 8-1 rout of Bonner Springs on Tuesday at home.
It’s the little things: Free State baseball trounces Olathe East, but isn’t perfect
April 6, 2011 in print edition on B1
If coach Mike Hill is right about his Free State High baseball team, the rest of the Sunflower League — and Class 6A programs in Kansas — have quite a bit to worry about.
Free State soccer on a roll
April 6, 2011
It may just be a start. But it’s a record-setting one for the Free State High girls soccer team.
Texas A&M women topple Irish for first NCAA title
April 6, 2011 in print edition on B3
Scoring at will, grabbing boards and making a key steal, Danielle Adams saved her best game for the biggest stage and gave Texas A&M its first national championship.
NC State turns to Gottfried as next coach
April 6, 2011 in print edition on B2
Mark Gottfried said all the things North Carolina State fans wanted to hear: He plans to contend for a national championship, be a fixture in the NCAA Tournament and go toe-to-toe with the Wolfpack’s highly ranked rivals.
Frank Martin happy at KSU, but would listen to Miami
April 6, 2011 in print edition on B2
Frank Martin says he’s happy coaching basketball at Kansas State.
Masters talk centers on Mickelson
April 6, 2011 in print edition on B2
He is the talk of the Masters, and for good reason. No other player can top his record at Augusta National over the last decade, with three green jackets, eight finishes in the top five and a signature moment just about every year.
Olathe South sweeps Free State softball
April 6, 2011
The Free State softball team dropped a doubleheader to Olathe South on Tuesday. The Falcons rolled, 11-0 in six innings, in the first game and 7-1 in the second game.
Positive move
April 6, 2011 in print edition on A8
On the anniversary of the new health care law being passed, my congressperson, Lynn Jenkins, said, “Simply put, Obamacare destroys jobs, increases taxes, expands government control and increases the cost of health care for all Americans.”
Campaigns invade cyberspace
April 6, 2011 in print edition on A8
After the last presidential campaign I wrote a column in which I called President Barack Obama the first “cyber” president. In using this term I was referring to the fact that then-candidate Obama and his campaign team had made far more sophisticated use of the Internet and social media like Twitter than either his predecessors or his opponents had done.
Musical treat
April 6, 2011 in print edition on A8
Kudos to “The Music Man” cast, crew and director.
100 years ago: Swimming pool considered for local park
April 6, 2011
“Albert Emmanuel will authorize the installation of a cozy little swimming pool west of the theatre.”
CEO salaries are moral issue
April 6, 2011 in print edition on A8
During the 2008 presidential campaign when candidate Barack Obama told “Joe the Plumber” that he wanted to “spread the wealth around,” it sounded to a lot of conservatives like socialism: “From each according to his ability, to each according to his need,” in the words of Karl Marx.
Downtown approach
Patience may not be enough to preserve Lawrence’s attractive downtown.
April 6, 2011 in print edition on A8
It’s natural and should be the goal for most any community to have its central business district be healthy, attractive and inviting.
Horoscopes for April 6
April 6, 2011
This year, you are more forthright and direct. Others respond well to your actions, thoughts and personality. Remain confident. You are entering a very lucky year and an 11-year life cycle. If you are single, you attract many people’s attention. Think before leaping. If you are attached, make it a point to spend more quality time with your loved ones. Taurus tries hard but can be as hardheaded as you.
Knuckleheads abound on new ‘Breaking In’ and ‘Workaholics’
April 6, 2011
What if a charming but overwhelmed guy was shanghaied into some super-secret agency and learned to love it? That’s essentially the plot of “CHAOS,” which debuted on CBS last Friday. And it pretty much covers “Breaking In” (8:30 p.m., Fox), premiering tonight.
Missouri State stifles KU baseball
April 6, 2011
Kansas coach Ritch Price wasn’t sugar-coating his team’s offensive effort following a 5-1 loss to Missouri State on Tuesday night at Hoglund Ballpark.
Border War hits the K
April 6, 2011
Three wins in three tries, and looking to make it four. That’s where the Kansas University baseball team stands entering tonight’s 5:30 contest against archrival Missouri at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.
940 Dance Company prepares its final performances
April 6, 2011
After a 24-year run of performances, the 940 Dance Company will present its final concerts at 7:30 p.m. April 14 and 16 at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 N.H.