Archive for Friday, April 8, 2011

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Former Kansas Athletics official asks for less than 5 years in prison; claims KU didn’t actually lose any money from ticket scam
April 8, 2011 in print edition on A1
A key official at the University of Kansas during a $2 million ticket scalping conspiracy claimed in a court document filed Friday that the school did not actually lose any money “in spite of the pilferage” because those tickets would not have been sold anyway.
Gasoline prices could hit $4 by summer
April 8, 2011 in print edition on A7
Oil surged above $112 per barrel Friday following a drop in the dollar and continued jitters about shipments from the world’s major oil suppliers.
Oil prices push electric vehicles toward tipping point
April 8, 2011 in print edition on A7
When oil hit a record price of $147 a barrel in July 2008, it was a game-changing moment that sparked a serious push to create electric cars and hybrid electric engines that could help wean Americans off oil. Today, crude is back over $100 a barrel and the payoff is the first generation of mass-produced electric cars rolling off production lines.
Pickup driver sentenced for hitting bicyclist
April 8, 2011 in print edition on A5
A Douglas County judge Friday sentenced a Baldwin City man to serve 14 days in jail and 18 months on probation for striking a bicyclist with his pickup truck last July south of Lawrence.
Kansas Board of Regents members like what they see touring KU campus
April 8, 2011 in print edition on A3
Members of the Kansas Board of Regents were in Lawrence on Friday, and toured several parts of the Kansas University campus.
New York School students board the ‘walking school bus’
April 8, 2011 in print edition on A3
“You can walk with a group, and you can walk with your friends,” said Kellie Old Elk, shuffling along, arm-in-arm, with Aryanna Meraz on a brick sidewalk south of the school. “You don’t have to walk by yourself.”
KU alumna receives degree more than 70 years after having never applied for graduation
April 8, 2011 in print edition on A1
Margaret Shirk knew she was in for a nice lunch at Teller’s on Friday with family, but she didn’t know the reason.
City Commissioner Aron Cromwell discusses how business background will help his expected tenure as mayor
Cromwell: ‘We’re going to have to have good growth and business decisions, but we’re also going to have to have to pay attention to the human side of things’
April 8, 2011 in print edition on A1
Lawrence City Commissioner Aron Cromwell thinks he’s a little bit like what Lawrence needs to be in the future — part businessman, part idealist.
Fort Riley unit to host sick child whose dream is to be a soldier
April 8, 2011
A 7-year-old boy with a rare muscular disease is getting his wish to be a soldier with help from an infantry unit at Fort Riley.
2 suspects will stand trial in death of former Wichita police officer
April 8, 2011
Two suspects in the death of a former Kansas police officer will go to trial May 31.
Wichita school district cuts 72 jobs, 2 programs
April 8, 2011
The Wichita school district will cut 72 positions and stop funding two popular programs as it tries to cut $30 million from its budget.
Topeka superintendent recommends closing 4 elementary schools
April 8, 2011
The superintendent of Topeka schools says the district should close three elementary schools at the end of this academic year, and another one next year.
Gov. Brownback issues fire, drought declarations for western Kansas counties
April 8, 2011
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has issued a state of disaster emergency for two counties where a massive grassfire burned more than 9,600 acres.
Lawsuit over Ellis County wind farm regulations dismissed
April 8, 2011
A lawsuit against the Ellis County Commission over wind farm regulations has been dismissed.
Spirit AeroSystems stockholders selling 10.3 million shares
April 8, 2011
Aircraft parts maker Spirit AeroSystems Holdings Inc. said Friday that Onex Corp. and other shareholders are selling 10.3 million shares of class A common stock.
Statehouse Live: Kansas Bioscience Authority authorizes audit in light of Gov. Sam Brownback’s request
03:17 p.m., April 8, 2011 Updated 05:33 p.m. in print edition on A1
A high-powered struggle between Gov. Sam Brownback and the Kansas Bioscience Authority exploded into public view on Friday.
Water woes loom in Nebraska again after Kansas reopens dispute about Republican River
April 8, 2011
A U.S. Supreme Court decision that breathed new life into a decades-long water-rights dispute on the Great Plains has renewed concerns among southern Nebraska farmers about what could happen to their livelihoods.
Topeka City Council votes to end city manager’s employment
April 8, 2011
The Topeka City Council approved a deal that will allow it to part ways with its embattled city manager.
2 brothers die in traffic accident in Reno County
April 8, 2011
Two Reno County brothers died in a one-car accident on their way to school but their bodies weren’t discovered until their mother called the school hours later to ask why her sons hadn’t returned home, the county sheriff said.
Kansas Supreme Court strikes part of gambling law
April 8, 2011 in print edition on A2
Kansas Supreme Court justices say a gambling law regulating the use of so-called “gray machines” is too broad in its reach.
Streaming video of newly hatched eagle family fun to watch
April 8, 2011
Here’s a warm, fuzzy way to start off the weekend: living streaming video of two eagles and their babies in Decorah, Iowa.
Town Talk: Cabin development slated for south of Lawrence; city looks at higher-tech trash truck; 10 years of the T
April 8, 2011
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Au Pair, Kansas”: KU grad’s debut film, which stars Traci Lords, premieres at Kansas City FilmFest
April 8, 2011
J.T. O’Neal’s “Au Pair, Kansas,” will premier at the downtown AMC Mainstreet 6 Theatre at 7:45 p.m. Saturday, April 9.
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback’s money-saving changes to take effect July 1
April 8, 2011 in print edition on A4
Kansas will abolish its Parole Board and make other changes in state government designed to trim spending because the Legislature has allowed six executive reorganization orders from Gov. Sam Brownback to stand.
Prosecutors seek 46-month sentence for consultant Tom Blubaugh in KU ticket scam
April 8, 2011
Prosecutors have asked a federal judge to sentence a former University of Kansas consultant to 46 months in prison for his role in a $2 million sports ticket scalping scheme.
Scott Bowers of Webb City, Mo., wins bracket contest
April 8, 2011
It took him less than three minutes to make all his picks, but in the end, Scott Bowers is happy that he stuck with his instinct to have UConn advance all the way in his bracket.
First Bell: A school board member’s life comes with challenges
April 8, 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: KU bowling team headed to nationals; questions for Kobach lecture must be submitted in advance; KU student picked to go on PBS-sponsored Freedom Ride in May
April 8, 2011
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Bestselling writer delivers insight into ‘Mockingbird’ author Lee
April 8, 2011 in print edition on A3
New York Times bestselling author Charles Shields has spent years of his life researching and writing about the life of “To Kill a Mockingbird” author Harper Lee. He spent a few hours Thursday evening with Lawrence residents talking about the American novelist as part of the 2011 Read Across Lawrence Kickoff.
Pump patrol
April 8, 2011 in print edition on A4
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.49 at several stations.
FSHS swimmers win in Topeka
April 8, 2011 in print edition on B3
Kate McCurdy and Reilly Moore each won two events, and Free State cruised to the team title at the Topeka High swimming and diving invitational on Thursday.
‘Blasters’ steal spotlight at Masters
April 8, 2011 in print edition on B1
His college coach at Kansas University, Ross Randall, watched the Masters coverage with wife Linda from their winter home in Boynton Beach, Fla., and his mind wandered to the days Gary Woodland, a strapping athlete who could crush a golf ball, worked so hard at polishing the rough edges.
Aftershock rattles disaster-weary Japan; 2 dead
April 8, 2011 in print edition on A6
A strong aftershock ripped through northeastern Japan, killing two, injuring dozens and piling misery on a region still buried under the rubble of last month’s devastating tsunami.
City trash task force ready to tackle issues
April 8, 2011 in print edition on A6
Think of them as a unique group of Dumpster divers.
Free State soccer falls in OT
April 8, 2011 in print edition on B3
Free State High’s soccer team fell to Olathe Northwest, 2-1 in overtime, on Thursday at the College Boulevard Athletic Complex.
Free State softball rolls over Leavenworth
April 8, 2011 in print edition on B3
Free State High’s softball team swept Leavenworth, 11-1 and 16-1, in a pair of run-rule games Thursday.
No deal reached in government spending talks
Deadline for agreement is midnight tonight
April 8, 2011 in print edition on A6
Time growing short, President Barack Obama and congressional leaders failed to reach agreement Thursday night on a compromise to cut spending and head off a midnight tonight government shutdown that no one claimed to want.
National briefs: Closing arguments wrap up in Bonds trial
April 8, 2011 in print edition on B2
The eight women and four men sat in the jury box for more than 41⁄2 hours, listening to angry arguments from federal prosecutors and Barry Bonds’ attorneys at the end of a 12-day trial that exposed the dark world of baseball’s Steroids Era.
LHS softball splits with O-Northwest
April 8, 2011 in print edition on B3
After hitting an RBI triple to beat vaunted Olathe Northwest in the 11th inning on Thursday, Lawrence High senior catcher Kristen Bell just stood on third base. She looked confused.
Royals making baseball fun again in K.C.
April 8, 2011 in print edition on B2
Look who’s leading the AL Central. It’s none other than the Kansas City Royals, the youngest and poorest team in the majors.
LeBron James’ mother arrested
April 8, 2011 in print edition on B2
The mother of Miami Heat basketball star LeBron James was arrested by Miami Beach police after she was accused of assaulting a valet worker because it was taking too long to have her car delivered.
Former Kansas University receiver Henry signs CFL deal
April 8, 2011 in print edition on B5
Former Kansas University wide receiver Marcus Henry, a key member of KU’s 2008 Orange Bowl championship team, has a new home north of the border.
Tonganoxie woman in fair condition following Sunday accident
April 8, 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.
Lawrence man arrested for making threats
April 8, 2011 in print edition on A4
Lawrence police arrested a 54-year-old Lawrence man Wednesday afternoon after a woman accused him of threatening her with a hand tool and battering her around 4 p.m. Wednesday in the 1900 block of West 31st Street.
25 years ago: Alley parking suggested to relieve Oread congestion
April 8, 2011
Lawrence city commissioners were attacking the problem of parking in the Oread neighborhood.
Free State bowler Walthall honored
April 8, 2011 in print edition on B3
Free State High senior bowler Justin Walthall was recently named to the All-Sunflower League’s first team.
Defiant act
April 8, 2011 in print edition on A8
We have heard about the burning of the Quran by a Rev. Jones in Florida.
Historical name
April 8, 2011 in print edition on A8
We are asking the committee for renaming the current “Central Junior High School” to please return the name “Liberty Memorial” to this school.
City golfers open with soggy round
April 8, 2011 in print edition on B1
Inside the clubhouse at Eagle Bend Golf Course, the TV was of course tuned to the opening round of the Masters, and any waiting coach or parent would stop and watch.
Law leadership
Kansas University’s new law school dean has plans to build the school’s program and reputation.
April 8, 2011 in print edition on A8
Kansas University appears to have landed a winner with the selection of Stephen W. Mazza as the new dean of the School of Law. Hopefully, other current or future search efforts at KU will be as successful.
April 8, 2011 in print edition on A8
I feel I must respond to Kent Hayes’ letter of April 5.
Status quo poses risks for Israel
April 8, 2011 in print edition on A8
While revolutionary fever sweeps through the Arab world, the Mideast peace process remains frozen.
Olathe North tops LHS in soccer, 2-1
April 8, 2011 in print edition on B3
The Lawrence High girls soccer team lost, 2-1, to Olathe North on Thursday. Natalie Wilkins scored the Lions’ lone goal.
Horoscopes for April 8
April 8, 2011
This year, opportunities keep tumbling into your path. On one side is a spoiled little kid who feels the power and abundance of these opportunities. On the other side is an adult who makes strong, solid choices. Which is your path? If you are single, you could have a lot of fun dating, though you might not always be in love with this or that person! If you are attached, the two of you can be found cooing more often together! Gemini understands you well.
Fresh faces lead Masters
April 8, 2011 in print edition on B1
The flair of Rory McIlroy. The sheer power of Alvaro Quiros. These are but two of the fresh faces in golf who offered more evidence Thursday at the Masters that a new generation is on the way.
40 years ago: Construction bid awarded for new library
April 8, 2011
Construction was expected to begin on the library on April 19, with completion scheduled by June 5, 1972.
Singing talent from the fresh to the familiar
April 8, 2011
After a series of auditions in Los Angeles, Nashville, Dallas and Austin, 10 worthies compete on “CMT’s Next Superstar” (8 p.m., CMT). The five men and women singer/songwriters vie to be “discovered” and coached into becoming an emerging country artist. They range in age from 22 to 50 and will perform before a series of celebrity talent scouts. Thea Andrews (“Entertainment Tonight,” “Top Chef Canada”) hosts.
100 years ago: Party-goers reclaim their confiscated wine from police vault
April 8, 2011
“It was dry at the ‘Con Club’ feed last night. Oh, so dry. The fluid that made Milwaukee famous, together with a choice assortment of similar beverages, had been inopportunely seized.”