Archive for Tuesday, April 12, 2011

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Births
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Polls
What is the most important issue facing the new Lawrence City Commission?

Poll results

Response Percent
Infrastructure maintenance
 
28%
Business development
 
25%
Budget
 
21%
Employment
 
20%
Other (tell us in the comments)
 
4%
Total 449
Videos

Lead stories

6:00 a.m.
Former Kansas Athletics Inc. consultant Thomas Ray Blubaugh arrives at the U.S. Federal Courthouse in Wichita Friday, Jan. 28, 2011, to plead guilty on a charge of conspiring to commit wire fraud. Blubaugh was sentenced to 46 months of prison for his role in the tickets scheme, which prosecutors say cost Kansas Athletics $2 million. 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 1:13 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.
10:00 a.m.
Lawrence schools superintendent Rick Doll, foreground, addresses school board members Monday night during discussions on how to move forward on a task force’s recommendations. Possibilities facing the school board included closing schools and/or consolidating several others. From left are Doll, school board President Rich Minder, Vice President Mark Bradford, Marlene Merrill, Bob Byers, Mary Loveland, Vanessa Sanburn and Scott Morgan. Lawrence full-day kindergarten expanding as school cuts loom
April 12, 2011 in print edition on 1A
Broken Arrow and Sunflower schools will provide full-day kindergarten, even as the Lawrence school board broadens its consideration of potential budget cuts for the coming school year.
2:00 p.m.
A drawing of Lawrence after Quantrill's Raid. The Eldridge Hotel is the large building on the right side. Civil War 150th anniversary inspires host of activities in Lawrence
April 11, 2011 in print edition on 1A
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.
6:00 p.m.
Organic farmer Mark Lumpe works to cut an assortment of baby greens in one of his three greenhouses at Wakarusa Valley Farms. Lumpe is part of the Rolling Prairie Farmers Alliance, which delivers a variety of produce to members in the spring and summer. 2011 Lawrence CSA guide: How to get a constant stream of local veggies into your house without so much as a shopping trip
April 12, 2011
The hardest part of healthy eating isn’t the actual digestion — it’s getting those healthy ingredients into your house. If you don’t buy it, you won’t eat it.

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State Sen. Wagle continues criticism of Kansas Bioscience Authority; agency officials deny wrongdoing
April 12, 2011 in print edition on A2
State Sen. Susan Wagle, R-Wichita, on Tuesday resumed her attack on the Kansas Bioscience Authority with new criticisms, but leaders at the economic development agency said she was wrong.
KU Jewish communities prepare for Passover celebrations
April 12, 2011 in print edition on A2
Members of the Kansas University Jewish communities will commemorate Passover with upcoming celebrations open to the public.
7th-grader receives United Way’s Galluzzi youth volunteer award
April 12, 2011 in print edition on A3
Mckenzie Brungardt collects blood, responds to disasters around Douglas County and helps with health and safety education while she volunteers at the American Red Cross. In the last three years, she’s put in 200 hours each year of volunteer time, helping with office tasks, serving as a CPR training aide and responding to fires.
Traffic down to 1 lane on turnpike east of Lawrence
April 12, 2011 in print edition on A1
Traffic on the Kansas Turnpike is down to one lane at the service center east of Lawrence.
Charges dismissed against Lawrence woman in 2008 shooting after judge finds insufficient evidence
April 12, 2011 in print edition on A4
Charges filed against a 21-year-old Lawrence woman in connection with a 2008 shooting were dropped after a judge found Tuesday there was not enough evidence presented against her at a preliminary hearing.
Report: Kansas wheat condition declines slightly
April 12, 2011
The condition of the Kansas wheat crop has declined slightly under stress from high winds and dry conditions.
Mickey Mouse nabs write-in votes in Wichita
April 12, 2011
Who knew Mickey Mouse was running for office?
Koch plans expanded crude pipeline in Texas
April 12, 2011
A Kansas-based energy company plans to expand its pipeline operations in South Texas.
Shawnee Mission superintendent proposes multi-million dollar cuts
April 12, 2011
The Shawnee Mission school district might have fewer teachers, coaches and library books next school year.
Trial set for Arlington councilor charged in sex crimes case
April 12, 2011
A former Arlington councilor accused of sex crimes will go on trial June 14.
Kansas couple’s deaths labeled murder-suicide
April 12, 2011
Authorities have concluded the deaths of a northwest Kansas couple last month were a murder-suicide.
Lawrence lagging behind Manhattan in Take Charge Challenge
April 12, 2011
If a sports announcer were broadcasting the Take Charge Challenge competition, here’s what you’d likely hear: “At the bottom of the first quarter, Lawrence is trailing Manhattan 2 to 1. The Little Apple’s done a fine job of reaching out to students, homeowners and local businesses. If River City wants to win it, they’ve got to increase their focus on switching out incandescent light bulbs and post better numbers at community events. There’s a lot on the line here, folks.”
KU ticket felons await specific prison assignments
April 12, 2011 in print edition on A1
Kassie Liebsch wants to be near her parents in Wisconsin. Rodney Jones would prefer to spend the next few years in nearby Leavenworth. Thomas Blubaugh hasn’t indicated a preference. Just where the three co-conspirators in the KU tickets scandal will be incarcerated depends on the U.S. Bureau of Prisons. Two others are still awaiting sentencing.
Advisory panel backs KU Cancer Center’s National Cancer Institute efforts
April 12, 2011 in print edition on A7
A panel that had been skeptical of the Kansas University Cancer Center’s application for federal designation is now supporting the bid.
Kansas House chamber gets new paint to repair water damage caused by leaky copper roof
April 12, 2011
Workers are touching up the paint in the Kansas House chamber to repair water damage caused by the Statehouse’s leaky copper roof.
Report: Recruit Otto Porter chooses Georgetown over KU, Missouri
April 12, 2011
Otto Porter, the 97th-best player in the class of 2011 according to Rivals.com, has picked Georgetown over finalists Kansas and Missouri, stltoday.com is reporting.
Douglas County prosecutors file more charges in connection with Walmart armed robbery
12:47 p.m., April 12, 2011 Updated 04:59 p.m. in print edition on A7
Douglas County prosecutors have filed charges against two more Lawrence men in connection with a December armed robbery at Walmart, 3300 Iowa, bringing the total number of defendants in the case to six.
Bathtub couches go from trash pile heap to living room chic
April 12, 2011
A Lawrence-based company called Ruff House Art is gaining some national recognition for making couches out of old cast iron, claw foot bathtubs. The company is in a national “Green is Universal Contest” being sponsored by the online retail site Etsy and the Green is Universal web site.
Eudora man who accidentally shot himself released from Lawrence Memorial Hospital
April 12, 2011 in print edition on A7
Eudora police said Tuesday morning that a man who accidentally shot himself Monday evening had been treated and released from Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
Kansas abortion laws on fetal pain, parental consent get Gov. Sam Brownback’s signature
10:27 a.m., April 12, 2011 Updated 04:08 p.m.
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has signed legislation requiring doctors to get written permission from parents before performing abortions on minors.
Kansas City-area companies — including Hallmark — look to end ‘border war’ over attracting businesses
10:24 a.m., April 12, 2011 Updated 11:06 a.m.
Businesses leaders in the Kansas City metropolitan area want the governors of Kansas and Missouri to declare a truce in their economic “border war” that involves using incentives to lure businesses from one state to the other.
Town Talk: ‘Interactive cupcake bar’ coming to downtown; Lawrence bathtub couches getting national publicity; rare Shelby sells for nearly $80k; egg hunts set
April 12, 2011
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Heard on the Hill: Class of 2011 decides on senior class gift; college students ‘bingeing’ on online TV; 2011-12 faculty sabbaticals feature wide array of projects
April 12, 2011
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
First Bell: Final, final results from last week’s school board election; Scott Morgan shares top spot among write-ins; one school bans bringing lunches from home
April 12, 2011
Time for another edition of First Bell, a rundown of news and other educational items involving schools in the area.
Lawrence Arts Center auction raises more than $150,000
April 12, 2011 in print edition on A6
The Lawrence Arts Center sold more than $105,700 worth of art Saturday at its 31st annual benefit art auction, beating last year’s total by more than $30,000. Combining art purchases, donations, a W.T. Kemper Foundation challenge grant, ticket purchases and a sponsorship, the event raised more than $150,000.
Handgun reported stolen
April 12, 2011 in print edition on A4
• An 18-year-old Lawrence woman reported to police Saturday that someone had stolen a Beretta .20-caliber semi-automatic handgun valued at $200 and belonging to a 40-year-old Oskaloosa man from a mobile home at 1908 E. 19th St.
Car damaged, contents reported stolen
April 12, 2011 in print edition on A4
• A 24-year-old Lawrence woman reported someone had damaged her 2001 Hyundai car and stolen a gray canvas leather backpack and $135 in other items. The burglary occurred between 8:20 p.m. Saturday and 8:15 a.m. Sunday in the 300 block of Frontier Road.
Laptop among items reported stolen
April 12, 2011 in print edition on A4
• A 21-year-old Lawrence man reported to police that someone had stolen his Apple laptop computer valued at $2,700 and other items valued at $120 in a burglary that occurred between 6 p.m. Wednesday and 10 a.m. Thursday in the 800 block of Massachusetts Street.
Paint sprayer reported stolen
April 12, 2011 in print edition on A4
• A 52-year-old Lawrence man reported to police April 5 that someone had stolen his Graco Ultra Max II airless paint sprayer worth $4,000 some time between March 8 and March 9 from the 500 block of Frontier Road.
Lawrence woman reports stolen television, game system, computer
April 12, 2011 in print edition on A4
A 26-year-old Lawrence woman reported to police Friday that someone had stolen a 52-inch television valued at $5,000, a Sony Playstation game system worth $200 and an Acer laptop computer valued at $300 in a burglary Saturday from the 300 block of California Set.
Lawrence man reports stolen computer, other valuable items
April 12, 2011 in print edition on A4
A 26-year-old Lawrence man reported to police Saturday that someone had stolen his Dell laptop computer valued at $1,240, plus $90 worth of other items in a burglary from his vehicle that occurred between 7:30 p.m. Friday and 12:30 a.m. Saturday in the 3000 block of West Sixth Street.
Study shows judges more lenient after breaks for food
April 12, 2011 in print edition on A7
If you have to face a judge, try for first thing in the morning or right after lunch. A new study suggests that’s when they’re most lenient.
Obama’s debt-cutting plan to focus on reducing deficit in long term
April 12, 2011 in print edition on A7
President Barack Obama, plunging into the rancorous struggle over America’s mountainous debt, will draw sharp differences with Republicans on Wednesday about how to conquer trillions of dollars in spending while somehow working out a compromise to raise some taxes and trim a cherished program like Medicare.
Lawrence full-day kindergarten expanding as school cuts loom
April 12, 2011 in print edition on A1
Broken Arrow and Sunflower schools will provide full-day kindergarten, even as the Lawrence school board broadens its consideration of potential budget cuts for the coming school year.
Crews battle wildfires amid drought
April 12, 2011 in print edition on A6
Firefighters battled Monday to contain several large blazes that have burned hundreds of square miles of rural Texas and destroyed dozens of homes since last week, getting reinforcements from out of state as they struggled against some of the worst wildfire conditions in state history.
Ivory Coast standoff ends with former president’s capture
April 12, 2011 in print edition on A7
The elected president of this West African nation heralded “the dawn of a new era of hope” Monday when a bloody, four-month standoff ended with the capture of his rival, the longtime strongman who lost the vote but refused to give up power.
Federal appeals court declines to lift stay on Arizona immigration law
April 12, 2011
A federal appeals court on Monday refused to lift a stay blocking major parts of Arizona’s immigration law from taking effect and said the federal government is likely to be able to prove the controversial law is unconstitutional.
Jordan Webb, Quinn Mecham locked in QB battle … again
April 12, 2011 in print edition on B1
For the second straight spring, Kansas University quarterbacks Quinn Mecham and Jordan Webb find themselves battling for the starting job.
Baylor’s Perry Jones not going pro
April 12, 2011 in print edition on B2
Baylor freshman standout Perry Jones is staying in school.
KSU’s Frank Martin hasn’t talked to Miami — yet
April 12, 2011 in print edition on B2
Florida native Frank Martin says he hasn’t heard from the University of Miami about its vacant coaching position, and though he and his family are happy at Kansas State, he will always listen to other offers.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers GM, former LHS, KU grad, gets extension
April 12, 2011 in print edition on B2
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have agreed to a four-year contract extension for General Manager Mark Dominik, who just completed his second year in the position.
Musical chair losers, winners
April 12, 2011 in print edition on B2
For a college basketball fan, Selection Sunday is Christmas Eve. The Thursday and Friday of the first week of the NCAA Tournament are (usually) the two best basketball game days of each year.
Giants, Dodgers ask fans to cool it
April 12, 2011 in print edition on B2
Giants reliever Jeremy Affeldt and Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Jamey Carroll came together for a joint message on behalf of their teams: This rivalry must stay on the field, without violence and hatred.
NBA champion Lakers say worrying for chumps
April 12, 2011 in print edition on B10
Their playoff run might be imploding before it begins, but the Lakers don’t think so.
Jayhawks in the NBA
April 12, 2011 in print edition on B10
Here is how former Jayhawks fared in NBA action Monday, April 11, 2011.
KU women’s golf ninth after two rounds
April 12, 2011 in print edition on B3
Kansas University’s women’s golf team was in ninth place after the first two rounds of the Baylor Spring Invitational Monday. The Jayhawks carded rounds of 312 and 317 and were 25 strokes behind leader Texas Tech.
Kansas softball team to host Military Day
April 12, 2011 in print edition on B3
Kansas University’s softball team will show its support of the men and women serving the United States on Saturday, when it plays host to Military Day at Arrocha Ballpark.
KU’s Brunansky named Big 12 player of week
April 12, 2011 in print edition on B3
Kansas University’s Jason Brunansky was named Big 12 Player of the Week on Monday, marking the first time the junior baseball center fielder has earned the recognition.
Baker women’s coach resigns after 11 seasons
April 12, 2011 in print edition on B3
Baker University women’s basketball coach Susan Decker announced Monday that she resigned her post after 11 seasons leading the program.
Firebirds softball falls
April 12, 2011 in print edition on B3
Free State High’s softball team lost a pair of games, 10-4 and 15-3, on Monday at Olathe East.
Varsity soccer battle at LHS football field
April 12, 2011 in print edition on B3
Tuesday night’s varsity city girls soccer showdown between Lawrence High and Free State will take place at 7 p.m. at the LHS football stadium.
FSHS trio now all-stars
April 12, 2011 in print edition on B3
Free State High senior football players Justin McCandless, Dylan Perry and Preston Schenck were recently selected to play in the Metro All-Star Game on June 16 in Belton, Mo.
Lisher picks Washburn, will enroll in the fall
April 12, 2011 in print edition on B3
Former Free State High football player Michael Lisher has committed to play at Washburn University next fall.
FSHS fifth, LHS 18th at SMNW Invitational
April 12, 2011 in print edition on B3
Free State High’s boys golf team took fifth, while Lawrence High placed 18th out of 21 teams on Monday at the Shawnee Mission Northwest Invitational.
FSHS baseball blazes by Olathe North
April 12, 2011 in print edition on B3
Free State High’s baseball team was shut out the last time it took the field. On Monday, it didn’t take long for the Firebirds to erase that memory.
Kansas safeties showing promise
April 12, 2011 in print edition on B1
Those of us who spend much of our springs daydreaming about what the Kansas University football team might look like in the fall tend to consider safety among the more sure-thing positions on a roster loaded with maybes.
A family affair: Josh Selby, Tyshawn Taylor hot topics at season-ending banquet
April 12, 2011 in print edition on B1
Tyshawn Taylor, who arrived at the Holidome with a bulky, black splint on his right hand, and Josh Selby, who didn’t show up at all, provided two of the hottest topics of dinner conversation at Monday night’s Kansas University basketball banquet.
Tyrel Reed recognized as Mr. Jayhawk
April 12, 2011 in print edition on B3
Kansas University senior guard Tyrel Reed was named winner of the “Danny Manning Mr. Jayhawk Award” at the conclusion of Monday’s basketball banquet at the Holidome.
Coordinated effort
Downtown retailers should band together to give evening shopping hours a serious try.
April 12, 2011 in print edition on A8
There is no magic solution for struggling retailers in downtown Lawrence, but there may be some steps worth trying.
Recalling Depression lessons
April 12, 2011 in print edition on A8
Here in Middle America, where farmland extends to the horizon, I pass an inspirational yard sign: “Self-Control: Having a Life Purpose Bigger Than Self.”
Exit from Afghanistan poses challenge
April 12, 2011 in print edition on A8
Most analysts — of all political persuasions — have concluded the U.S. strategy in Afghanistan isn’t working and costs too much to be sustained much longer. Yet no one has produced a formula for a speedy exit that doesn’t risk chaos — or worse.
2011 Lawrence CSA guide: How to get a constant stream of local veggies into your house without so much as a shopping trip
April 12, 2011
The hardest part of healthy eating isn’t the actual digestion — it’s getting those healthy ingredients into your house. If you don’t buy it, you won’t eat it.
25 years ago: Supreme Court justice urges law students to work for good of society
April 12, 2011
A veteran U.S. Supreme Court justice had spoken to more than 500 people in the Kansas Union’s Woodruff Auditorium recently.
40 years ago: Kasold Drive widening project decreasing lawns in right-of-way
April 12, 2011
The plan to widen and pave Kasold Drive was getting underway.
100 years ago: Romance begun at KU ends in divorce court
April 12, 2011
“Another college romance, fostered on the shady campus paths of Mt. Oread and the pilgrimage to the old wind-mill, has ended in tears and the divorce court.”
Horoscopes for April 12
April 12, 2011
This year, opportunities tend to tumble into your path. You are probably one of your best resources, as your creativity pinnacles whenever you need it to. If you are single and ready, you could meet Mr. or Ms. Right. If you are attached, share some of your inner happiness with your sweetie. Count on Leo being fun.
Stars of the ‘90s back for more TV action
April 12, 2011
Ready to do the Macarena? It looks as if 1996 is breaking out all over.