Archive for Monday, April 11, 2011

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Civil War 150th anniversary inspires host of activities in Lawrence
April 11, 2011 in print edition on A1
When news broke of shots fired on Fort Sumter and the proclamation of war that followed, the residents of Lawrence greeted it with excitement — and as a call to action.
Vinland’s McFarlane Aviation Products files plans for expansion
April 11, 2011 in print edition on A4
Vinland’s McFarlane Aviation Products is on a roll and is looking to expand.
Kansas Bioscience Authority hires CPA firm BKD LLP to conduct audit
April 11, 2011 in print edition on A3
The Kansas Bioscience Authority on Monday said it has hired a firm to conduct a forensic audit of the agency.
Employees, witnesses still dealing with trauma effects from car crash at Lawrence Family Vision Clinic
April 11, 2011 in print edition on A3
Two weeks after a car came crashing through the wall at the Lawrence Family Vision Clinic, some things look normal again, but other, less visible effects linger.
4 Kansas University professors receive inaugural awards for scholarly achievement
April 11, 2011 in print edition on A4
Four Kansas University researchers have been selected to receive the first University Scholarly Achievement awards.
Suspect pleads not guilty to 5 child sex charges; trial set for August
April 11, 2011
A 31-year-old man pleaded not guilty Monday to five child sex crime charges and will face an Aug. 1 trial in the Douglas County case.
2 women charged with serving as lookouts for December robbery at Walmart
April 11, 2011
Douglas County prosecutors Monday charged two women with serving as lookouts for a December armed robbery at Walmart, 3300 Iowa.
Wichita federal judge is nation’s oldest at 103
April 11, 2011 in print edition on A2
In a courtroom in Wichita, the day begins much as it has for the past 49 years: Court is in session, U.S. District Judge Wesley Brown presiding. But what happens next is no longer routine; it’s a testament to one man’s sheer determination.
Brownback signs bill restricting late-term abortions based on ‘fetal pain’
April 11, 2011
Gov. Sam Brownback has signed a bill restricting late-term abortions based on the presumption that a fetus feels pain after the 21st week.
Peaceful protest planned of Kobach’s immigration speech at Lawrence’s Lied Center
04:05 p.m., April 11, 2011 Updated 08:49 a.m.
A Lawrence group will stage a peaceful protest Tuesday before Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s speech on immigration at the Lied Center.
McPherson College gets $1.2 million gift for entrepreneurship
April 11, 2011
A liberal arts college in central Kansas is celebrating a $1.2 million anonymous gift to infuse entrepreneurship throughout its curriculum.
Fire near Sterling burns 5,000 acres before being extinguished
April 11, 2011
A fire fueled by strong wind burned up to 5,000 acres in south-central Kansas before firefighters got it under control.
Topeka lawyer charged in fatal traffic accident involving bicyclist
April 11, 2011
A 40-year-old Topeka lawyer has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in a traffic accident that killed a bicyclist.
K-State to open new Olathe campus in late April
April 11, 2011
Kansas State plans to open its new campus in Olathe later this month.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers halts study evaluating Wilson Lake as water supply
April 11, 2011
Financing issues have led federal officials to halt a study aimed at determining if Wilson Lake in central Kansas could provide a long-term water supply for the cities of Hays and Russell.
Vandalized Jayhawk sculpture expected to be repaired, returned to Kansas Union before graduation
April 11, 2011
The Classic Jayhawk sculpture, which has become a fixture outside the Kansas Union, is getting some needed repairs after it was knocked off its perch early Saturday morning.
Watkins Museum to feature discussion on Kansas during the Great Depression
April 11, 2011 in print edition on A7
The Watkins Community Museum of History will present a discussion by Lorraine Madway, “Struggle and Resilience: Kansas During the Great Depression,” at 2 p.m. April 23 in the Community Room at the museum.
Official vote totals released for Douglas County; some races won by one or two votes
Former KU basketball player Brady Morningstar receives write-in votes
April 11, 2011
The votes are final — and in some cases — darn close, too. Douglas County Clerk Jamie Shew on Monday released official totals from last week’s city/school board elections after county commissioners “canvassed” the ballots, which is a process that involves ruling on whether provisional ballots cast at the polls should be counted.
Green tax breaks that can improve your home and wallet
April 11, 2011
From windows to wind turbines, tax credits give homeowners an extra incentive to make energy-efficient home improvements. With the help of information from the U.S. Department of Energy, we made a cheat sheet on what tax credits are available for 2011.
Wichita man petitions state to keep President Obama off Kansas ballot in 2012
12:15 p.m., April 11, 2011 Updated 04:17 p.m. in print edition on A4
The State Objections Board ruled 3-0 that David Merton Shultz’s request was too early.
Town Talk: Eudora K-10 site doesn’t draw proposals for development; the South Lawrence Trafficway as a toll road?; Theatre Lawrence announces 2011-12 lineup
April 11, 2011
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County:
Former KU athletics consultant Tom Blubaugh sentenced to 46 months in federal prison for role in ticket scam
10:40 a.m., April 11, 2011 Updated 01:13 p.m.
Thomas Blubaugh, a former consultant to Kansas Athletics Inc., is headed to prison for his role in tickets scheme that prosecutors say cost the department at least $2 million.
First Bell: Boundary changes proposed to handle Wakarusa Valley closure; Follies to feature ‘School Board Meeting: The Musical’; voters want their voices heard
April 11, 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: Florida woman looking for Big 8 Championship ring’s owner; Legal Services for Students offering free tax preparation; Kansas attorney general to speak at KU Law
01:55 a.m., April 11, 2011 Updated 08:03 a.m.
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Exhibit showcases unique side of Kansas history
April 11, 2011 in print edition on A5
Kansas has been highlighting its 150th anniversary with plenty of exhibits detailing the long march from shallow Permian sea to agri-industrial state.
Rural areas get tax break from Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback
April 11, 2011 in print edition on A3
Gov. Sam Brownback is embarking on an experiment that he says he hopes will help revitalize rural areas of Kansas that have experienced consistent loss of population for decades.
April 11, 2011 in print edition on A4
Douglas County residents or businesses filing for bankruptcy protection recently in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the District of Kansas, according to court records.
April 11, 2011 in print edition on A4
Divorces granted in Douglas County District Court the week ending April 9, 2011.
De Soto teacher creates sculpture for alma mater
April 11, 2011 in print edition on A3
For the past several months, Tim Mispagel has been a busy man. In addition to his duties as a full-time art teacher at De Soto High School and his obligations as a husband and father to three, he has been creating an 8-foot-tall bronze sculpture for Benedictine College, his alma mater.
April 11, 2011 in print edition on A4
Marriage licenses issued in Douglas County District Court the week ending April 9, 2011.
Wildfire brings disaster declaration
April 11, 2011 in print edition on A4
Gov. Sam Brownback declared a state of disaster emergency Sunday for Ellsworth and Saline counties because of a large wildfire, according to a news release from the Kansas adjutant general’s office.
How to help: Day of Caring still needs volunteers for projects
April 11, 2011 in print edition on A2
Day of Caring is Saturday! Volunteer spots remain unfilled at a number of projects throughout Douglas County.
Study: Young children may make parents less fit
April 11, 2011 in print edition on A7
Could kids be to blame for new parents’ bad health habits? A study found that mothers of young children were heavier and ate more calories, sugary drinks and fatty foods than childless women. Dads and moms in the study were less active than their peers without kids.
Remnant Rehab: Revamp a sweater clip
April 11, 2011
Sweater clips are meant to keep a cardigan on when a woman is wearing it over her shoulders.
Eudora man shot after gun accidentally discharges
12:00 a.m., April 11, 2011 Updated 10:58 p.m. in print edition on A4
A Eudora man checked in to Lawrence Memorial Hospital on Monday evening with a gun shot injury after a weapon accidentally discharged.
UNLV taps BYU assistant Dave Rice as coach
April 11, 2011 in print edition on B2
UNLV hired BYU associate coach Dave Rice as its head basketball coach Sunday, picking him to return to the school where he was an assistant under four head coaches for 11 seasons.
Jayhawks in the NBA
April 11, 2011 in print edition on B5
Here is how former Jayhawks fared in NBA action Sunday, April 10, 2011.
Kansas tennis clobbers CU
April 11, 2011 in print edition on B3
Sophomore Monica Pezzotti claimed her first Big 12 victory to clinch the team win for Kansas University in a 6-1 rout of Colorado in women’s tennis Sunday at the Jayhawk Tennis Center.
KU softball falls to OSU; Big 12 skid reaches 10
April 11, 2011 in print edition on B3
Kansas University blew a one-run lead in the bottom of the seventh inning in a 4-3 setback to No. 21 Oklahoma State on Sunday.
Surprising Royals win again, 9-5
April 11, 2011 in print edition on B1
Amid all the talk about Kansas City’s promising farm system and bright future, the current Royals are quietly off to a nice start.
Charl Schwartzel emerges from madness
South African wins wild Masters
April 11, 2011 in print edition on B1
The finishing touch of a most amazing Masters was Charl Schwartzel slipping into a green jacket. Until that moment late Sunday afternoon, everything else at Augusta National was up for grabs.
Jayhawks flex muscles
Waters chats up Huskers in series-clincher
April 11, 2011 in print edition on B1
Jimmy Waters admits that his emotions got the best of him. After a three-run home run in the third inning of Kansas’ 11-5 victory over Nebraska on Sunday, the KU senior barked a few words toward NU pitcher Logan Ehlers while rounding the bases.
Canadian big man commits to KU
Late bloomer picks Kansas over UK, others
April 11, 2011 in print edition on B1
Braeden Anderson, a late-blooming basketball prospect from the town of Okotoks, Alberta, Canada, has read what the recruiting analysts think of him.
Magenta jacket? Why not?
April 11, 2011 in print edition on B1
Random thoughts after watching four days of coverage of the 75th Masters while wondering whether magenta might have been a better color for the green jacket.
McIlroy’s Masters collapse sad, but relatable
April 11, 2011 in print edition on B2
One man screamed, “Way to go, Rory!” And after Rory McIlroy concluded a television interview, CBS’ Peter Kostis gave him a hug.
Need for speed?
It’s good that the state Department of Transportation will individually evaluate which multi-lane highways will see speed-limit increases.
April 11, 2011 in print edition on A8
Sitting on Gov. Sam Brownback’s desk is a bill that, among other things, would allow higher speed limits on divided multi-lane highways in Kansas.
Child advocacy
April 11, 2011 in print edition on A8
We all want children to be safe and have healthy childhood experiences.
Artistic loss
April 11, 2011 in print edition on A8
I’m saddened at the pending elimination of the 940 Dance Company at the Lawrence Arts Center.
Police lauded
April 11, 2011 in print edition on A8
I have been a restaurant owner and resident of Lawrence for over 30 years. Most recently, I learned not to take the people of our community, especially the fine members of the Lawrence Police Department, for granted.
Fever of space race hard to recapture
April 11, 2011 in print edition on A8
It came as a shock to American intelligence officials, to the Kennedy administration — and to the original seven Project Mercury astronauts. Fifty years ago Tuesday, the Soviet Union, which had trouble producing quality refrigerators or television sets for its own people, sent a man into space and returned him safely to Earth.
Light show: Check out how outdoor illumination can work for your property
April 11, 2011
For more on the ins and outs of backyard lighting, we talked with Jeff Ferguson from Preferred Lawn Service and Landscaping, Ryan Domnick of Low Maintenance Landscape and Glen Westervelt of Lawrence Landscape.
Horoscope for April 11
April 11, 2011
For Monday, April 11: This year, you could discover once more what the expression “having your hands full” means.
‘Famine’ casts Herbert Hoover in more favorable light
April 11, 2011
“Eat your vegetables. Children are starving in Europe.” I remember my grandmother saying that when I was very young and wondering what she was talking about.
25 years ago: Lecompton site headed for historic designation, renovation
April 11, 2011
Lecompton’s Constitution Hall was looking at a possibly brighter future thanks to recent action taken by a Kansas Senate committee
100 years ago: Children make gruesome discovery in Woodland Park
April 11, 2011
“What threatened to be an ugly mystery, and what may still be either a legitimate act or a crime, stirred the authorities late Saturday afternoon.”
Hip mom: Adoptive families benefit from Lawrence resident’s jewelry sales
April 11, 2011
Ann Andersson was not looking for a business idea in 2004, but, as with many mom-preneurs, the muse came knocking on her door.
Saying goodbye to pets: How the euthanasia process works
April 11, 2011
Euthanizing a pet is tough when it happens, and can be even tougher when unprepared.
Slice of Life: Maria Ilardi starts own holistic mental health practice
April 11, 2011
“Caring came naturally to me, and I always knew I wanted to work in a helping profession,” says psychiatric registered nurse practitioner Maria Ilardi, who has recently opened a private practice in Lawrence.
River City Jules: Crazy more fun when it finds you
April 11, 2011
“You can’t plan crazy,” my brother, Philip, informed us at dinner our first night in New York last weekend after we asked him what he had in store for us.
Mass St. Chic: Pair pearls with unusual materials
April 11, 2011
Think about new ways to wear outfits and utilize accessories in a nontraditional manner, from your grandmother’s pearls to your husband’s briefcase.
Fix-It Chick: Flush the old gasoline out of your mower
April 11, 2011
If your mower is hesitating, sputtering or simply won’t start, there is a good chance bad gas is the problem.
40 years ago: KU computer center receives bomb threat
April 11, 2011
Summerfield Hall at Kansas University had been evacuated on a recent night after an anonymous caller said that bomb had been planted in the building.
A dog’s last dream: It doesn’t feel like goodbye
April 11, 2011
Something is wrong. Maybe I’m dreaming. My eyelids are heavy. I want to take a long nap and dream about happy things. Naptime is the happiest time.