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Archive for Friday, April 15, 2011

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12:00 a.m.
Nelda Leibig, left, heads towards South Park along side her daughter, Beth Merryfield, right, during the 2009 Earth Day Celebration parade on Massachusetts Street. Leibig and Merryfield dressed up as Mother and Daughter Earth to participate in the parade and Earth Day celebrations Saturday. Lawrence’s Earth Day Celebration set for Saturday
April 13, 2011
Each year, Lawrence residents arrive at South Park by the hundreds to celebrate Earth Day. From making sure you are properly attired to helping you find ways to be a little more earth-friendly, we provide these tips to help make the most of the day.
6:00 a.m.
Former University of Kansas athletic department consultant, Thomas Ray Blubaugh, and his wife Charlette Blubaugh, left and center, leave the U.S. Federal Courthouse, in Wichita, Kan., on Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010, after being arraigned on a charge of conspiring to commit wire fraud. Prosecutors say the couple, along with others, are charged with stealing athletic tickets and scalping them for cash to ticket brokers and third parties outside the university totally $5 million. Former KU athletics ticket official Charlette Blubaugh sentenced to 57 months for her role in cash-for-tickets scheme
10:43 a.m., April 14, 2011 Updated 1:07 p.m. in print edition on 1A
Charlette Blubaugh, a former associate athletics director at Kansas Athletics Inc., was sentenced Thursday to prison for her role in a ticket-theft scheme and conspiracy that prosecutors say cost the department at least $2 million.
1:34 p.m.
La Parrilla, at 814 Massachusetts has been name best Latin Food in downtown Lawrence as Lauren McCoy, manager and server serves up Fish Tacos and chips, a crowd favorite. Lawrence named one of 9 best small towns for dining out
April 14, 2011 in print edition on 1A
Grab a fork, Lawrence residents. You’re living in one of the nine best small towns in America for dining out, according to a national food website.
2:00 p.m.
Gov. Sam Brownback is introduced before the start of the KU Energy Conference at the Oread Hotel Thursday, April 14, 2011. The conference was sponsored by the KU Energy Club. Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback promotes three E’s of energy policy at KU Energy Conference
April 14, 2011
Kansas Gov. Brownback stressed the need to balance the three E’s of energy, environment and economy. On Thursday morning, Brownback addressed a crowd of Kansas University students, energy researchers and industry experts at The Oread Hotel as part of the KU Energy Conference.
6:00 p.m.
Lawrence resident Earl Nehring, a volunteer for Kansas Advocates for Better Care, was named United Way Roger Hill Volunteer Center Volunteer of the Year for Leadership/Board Service by KABC. Kansas Advocates for Better Care selects Earl Nehring as United Way Roger Hill Volunteer Center Volunteer of the Year for Leadership/Board Service
April 14, 2011 in print edition on 3A
When Earl Nehring’s wife, Harriet Nehring, helped found Kansas Advocates for Better Care, little did he know that the agency’s mission to advocate for those in long-term care facilities would become very personal.

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City commission agenda for April 19, 2011
April 15, 2011 in print edition on A5
City commissioners will consider rezoning multiple pieces of property in the Oread neighborhood, and will consider granting a special use permit to make Bullwinkle’s bar at 1344 Tenn. a legally conforming use in the neighborhood.
Man charged with DUI, child endangerment
April 15, 2011 in print edition on A4
A 60-year-old Chicago resident was charged Friday with driving under the influence of alcohol and endangering a child.
Former legislator who established KBA hopes controversy doesn’t detract from agency’s mission
April 15, 2011 in print edition on A2
Former state representative Kenny Wilk, who was the co-author of legislation that established the Kansas Bioscience Authority, said he hopes the controversy surrounding the agency doesn’t damage its mission.
Judge rules Lawrence man will face lesser charge in connection with 2008 shooting
April 15, 2011 in print edition on A4
A Douglas County judge ruled that a 26-year-old Lawrence man will face trial on a lesser charge in connection with a 2008 shooting.
Russian university delegates discuss impressions of government, people while visiting Lawrence
April 15, 2011 in print edition on A5
A group of Russian delegates visiting Lawrence expressed positive feelings about American open government and the friendly people, but were concerned about American perceptions about Russia.
Paralyzed WSU baseball star’s home gets ‘Extreme Makeover’
April 15, 2011
Former Wichita State baseball star Carl Hall has a new home that will be unveiled Sunday on ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.”
Sedgwick County asks for public’s help dealing with copper thefts
April 15, 2011
The Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in dealing with a recent rise in copper thefts.
Lyons woman freed from pet python
April 15, 2011 in print edition on A6
Lyons city officials are recognizing an officer who reached into the jaws of a pet 8-foot albino python and pried it from the neck of its owner.
Kansas gets extension on energy audit program
April 15, 2011
The Kansas Energy Office has received approval from the U.S. Department of Energy to extend deadlines for two programs aimed at promoting home energy audits and energy efficiency improvements.
KU School of Law hosting conference on tribal law
April 15, 2011
Kansas University’s School of Law is hosting an upcoming conference on tribal law.
Texas sex offender captured in Topeka
April 15, 2011 in print edition on A6
A 41-year-old sought in Texas for more than a decade has been captured in Topeka.
Defense wants Kansas teen’s photos kept out of trial
April 15, 2011
A Great Bend man accused of killing a 14-year-old girl whose charred body was found at an asphalt plant doesn’t want jurors at his trial to see photos of the girl — either when she was alive or dead.
Little remains of defunct Pawnee County ghost town
April 15, 2011
Dan Kalal didn’t know what he’d find as he drove his motorcycle down the back roads from Wichita to his destination — a long defunct town on the western Kansas prairie.
Wildlife researchers study decline in prairie chicken population
April 15, 2011
She flew in from far out on the prairie, instinctually drawn to the low, humming calls that have floated across the spring Flint Hills for centuries.
Olathe firefighter hopes teens learn traffic safety lesson from his son’s death
April 15, 2011
Olathe Fire Capt. John Myers has a personal message when he talks to students about traffic safety. His 16-year-old son Zach Myers died after a crash in December.
Kansas entrepreneur program receives $800,000 grant
April 15, 2011
The state’s entrepreneurial program has received an $800,000 grant from the nation’s biggest foundation supporting entrepreneurs, but the grant has some conditions.
School bus rolls over in Ness County, 14 taken to hospital
April 15, 2011
A school bus collided with a sport utility vehicle Friday in western Kansas and rolled over, injuring 12 students on the bus and the drivers of both vehicles.
Royce Woolridge to transfer from KU
KU guard: ‘I love Kansas, but I just really want to play … ’
02:16 p.m., April 15, 2011 Updated 12:00 a.m. in print edition on B1
Royce Woolridge, who committed to Kansas University’s basketball program back as a sophomore in high school, on Friday announced plans to transfer at the end of his freshman year.
Expert outlines energy challenges, calls for less simplistic approach
April 15, 2011
When John Hofmeister talks about what is wrong with the country’s energy system, he points to the Democratic and Republican conventions of 2008. While one side chanted “no more coal” the other was cheering “drill, baby, drill.” That, Hofmeister said, is indicative of the simplicity with which we have addressed the problems facing our nation’s complicated energy system.
Cans for Community sets 5,000-pound collection goal for April
April 15, 2011
The convergence of Earth Day and a high price for aluminum has the volunteers at Cans for the Community setting the bar high for collections this month. The organization, which gives the proceeds from recycling cans to local charities, hopes to collect 5,000 pounds of cans this month. The amount is far more than what has been collected in the past.
KU police release photos of person of interest in KU shower peeping case
April 15, 2011 in print edition on A6
Kansas University police have released photographs of a person of interest in three reports of a man peeking into the showers of female students at Hashinger and McCollum residence halls at KU this week.
Town Talk: Jefferson’s set to reopen; East Lawrence concerned about proposed demo of early-1900s home; Lawrence signs that the season is changing
April 15, 2011
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County:
Tom Thornton resigns from Kansas Bioscience Authority
Governor remains sharply critical, even as others praise Thornton’s leadership
10:50 a.m., April 15, 2011 Updated 04:06 p.m. in print edition on A1
Tom Thornton, the leader of the Kansas Bioscience Authority, which is under investigation and been criticized by Gov. Sam Brownback, has resigned. The announcement Friday came from KBA board chairman John Carlin.
Youth pastor’s widow makes his dying wish come true with publication of “Scarlet White.”
April 15, 2011
Jody White will sign copies of her book Saturday at Hastings.
Statehouse Live: Brownback signs into law bill allowing increase to 75 mph on some highways
10:18 a.m., April 15, 2011 Updated 01:20 p.m. in print edition on A3
And the measure requires the driver of a vehicle overtaking a bicycle to pass that bicycle on the left no less than three feet away from the bicycle.
Ruth Turney selected by Douglas County Correctional Facility as Volunteer of the Year for Lifetime Service
April 15, 2011 in print edition on A3
Ruth Turney has had a lifelong love affair with books. She taught herself to read as a preschooler and hasn’t stopped since. “If you saw my house, you can hardly move for the books,” she said, laughing.
Top 10: Running movies
April 15, 2011
Eric Melin highlights the best running movies to get you fired up for the Kansas Relays.
Some Friday athletic events at Lawrence schools canceled due to weather
09:03 a.m., April 15, 2011 Updated 11:54 a.m.
Some local schools have canceled or rescheduled athletic events due to weather.
April blizzard hits northwestern Kansas, temporarily closes I-70 from Hays to Colorado border
08:38 a.m., April 15, 2011 Updated 10:29 a.m. in print edition on A14
Heavy Spring storms hit Kansas overnight, with snow and high winds reported in far western areas of the state.
Kansas forecasters cut revenue projections $32 million
08:34 a.m., April 15, 2011 Updated 06:04 p.m. in print edition on A3
Kansas officials on Friday predicted solid economic growth through June 2012, even as they cut the state’s revenue projections for the same period by $32 million and possibly complicated the Legislature’s budget debate.
Heard on the Hill: Swarm of bees invades Monarch Watch building; KU earns another social media mention; Student Senate elections go KUnited’s way again
April 15, 2011
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
First Bell: Time for Friday Night Follies; Free Staters to sell plants Saturday; Lawrence Lion to lead KU student body
April 15, 2011
Time for another edition of First Bell, a rundown of news and other educational items involving schools in the area.
Garden City couple recount friendship with Truman Capote, Harper Lee
April 15, 2011 in print edition on A3
A full room at the Lawrence Public Library was treated Thursday evening to a firsthand account of the lives of two great American authors. Garden City residents Bob and Kay Wells entertained a capacity crowd during the second event for the library’s annual Read Across Lawrence initiative.
Scuffles, protests mar BP shareholder meeting
April 15, 2011 in print edition on A6
Scuffles between protesters and security guards marred BP’s first annual shareholder meeting since the Gulf oil spill Thursday, as investors registered their disapproval with sizable protest votes against company directors.
FAA tries to quell controversy over sleeping controllers
Head of air traffic system resigns
April 15, 2011 in print edition on A6
Publicly fuming, the FAA chief collected Thursday the resignation of the head of the U.S. air traffic system, doubled controller staffing at more than two dozen airports and ordered a sweeping review of the entire system that ensures planes fly safely, as the government sought to reassure the public that air travel is safe despite at least four instances of controllers sleeping on the job.
Now arriving in Alabama: Your lost luggage
April 15, 2011 in print edition on A6
Welcome to the final resting place for lost luggage. Along a country road next to a muffler shop and a cemetery is a 40,000-square-foot store filled with all the items that never made it home from vacation. Shoes, samurai swords, iPods, even lingerie, all available for 20 to 80 percent off.
Congress OKs big budget cuts, but tougher fights await
April 15, 2011 in print edition on A7
Congress sent President Barack Obama hard-fought legislation cutting a record $38 billion from federal spending on Thursday, bestowing bipartisan support on the first major compromise between the White House and newly empowered Republicans in Congress.
Democrats stand with Obama on health care vote
April 15, 2011 in print edition on A7
Tough re-election campaigns looming, a handful of moderate Senate Democrats voted on Thursday to keep the money flowing to President Barack Obama’s health care law despite increasing public opposition to the year-old overhaul.
Pump patrol
April 15, 2011 in print edition on A4
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.59 at several stations.
Voters care
April 15, 2011 in print edition on A8
I care about Lawrence. I voted.
Touching story
April 15, 2011 in print edition on A8
David Chartrand’s little story about his ailing Labrador dog (“A Dog’s Last Dream,” April 11) had me in tears
Voter ID costly
April 15, 2011 in print edition on A8
For 70 years, the nonpartisan League of Women Voters of Lawrence/Douglas County has promoted voter education, registration and active participation by voting.
Iowa St. center Railey arrested
April 15, 2011 in print edition on B2
Iowa State center Jordan Railey has been suspended indefinitely by coach Fred Hoiberg following his arrest for fighting in public.
Royals put Tejeda on DL, recall Wood
April 15, 2011 in print edition on B2
The Kansas City Royals placed right-hander Robinson Tejeda on the 15-day disabled list Thursday and recalled right-hander Blake Wood from Triple-A Omaha.
76ers’ Collins: LeBron more Magic than Michael
April 15, 2011 in print edition on B2
If you had to pick, if you could be only one, which superstar would you choose? The greatest scorer of all time, that tongue-wagging assassin who only got better as the moment got bigger? Or the greatest passer of all time, that smooth distributor who picked opponents apart with such precision it seemed as if he were seeing the game in slow motion?
Former Jayhawk Bobby Douglass arrested
April 15, 2011 in print edition on B2
Police say former Chicago Bears and Kansas University quarterback Bobby Douglass faces trespass and criminal-damage charges following an incident with an ex-girlfriend at her suburban residence.
Ballyhooed hurdler to race at Relays
April 15, 2011 in print edition on B3
The world’s No. 2-ranked hurdler, Johnny Dutch, has committed to compete in the Kansas Relays. The Invitational 400-meter hurdles will feature the world’s No. 1- and 2-ranked hurdlers, as Dutch will go up against five-time Kansas Relays winner and the world’s top-ranked hurdler Bershawn “Batman” Jackson.
Kansas golf signs top-ranked recruit
April 15, 2011 in print edition on B3
Kansas University’s men’s golf team signed the top-ranked junior college prospect in the country on Thursday. Paul Harris, a sophomore at Central Alabama Community College in Oneonta, Ala., is the No. 1 junior-college prospect according to golfstat.com.
Free State soccer rolls past SM South, 3-0
April 15, 2011 in print edition on B3
Behind two goals by Maddie Dieker, Free State High’s girls soccer team shut out Shawnee Mission South, 3-0, on Thursday at FSHS.
Royals race rain, spank M’s
April 15, 2011 in print edition on B1
Knowing a heavy rainstorm was bearing down on Kansas City, Ned Yost made a few adjustments, such as employing late-game strategy in the third inning.
Lions storm past Ward, 11-1
April 15, 2011 in print edition on B1
High school coaches are rarely completely satisfied with a victory, unless it comes in the state championship.
Firebirds baseball game washed
April 15, 2011 in print edition on B1
Free State High’s scheduled opener in the River City Baseball Festival on Thursday at Hoglund Ballpark was called off because of thunderstorms.
NBA riches await Josh Selby
April 15, 2011 in print edition on B1
Josh Selby will hear his name called when the NBA holds its draft. Why? You’re asking the wrong guy.
LHS softball sweeps twinbill with Raiders
April 15, 2011 in print edition on B3
Lawrence High’s softball team swept a doubleheader with Shawnee Mission South on Thursday.
Egyptian leaders share hopes, concerns
April 15, 2011 in print edition on A8
They make an unlikely trio of “founding fathers” for the new Egypt: One is a wily old-school politician, the second is a reticent scientist who won the Nobel Peace Prize, and the third is a hard-nosed business tycoon. But they are emerging as the country’s senior political voices and, interestingly, they share similar views about Egypt’s transition to democracy.
National divide
In his Wednesday speech, President Obama set a divisive tone for the 2012 election campaign.
April 15, 2011 in print edition on A8
President Obama launched his 2012 re-election campaign Wednesday afternoon in his speech to students at George Washington University. It had been billed as an address about the federal budget, but, from the outset, it was the kickoff for his re-election bid.
100 years ago: Killer tornado sweeps through Lawrence
April 15, 2011
“DEVASTATION TODAY OVER TORNADO-SWEPT LAWRENCE — Two lives, a score of injured, a demolished factory district, and thousands of dollars property loss is the terrible toll exacted from Lawrence by the tornado which swept over the city at the supper hour.”
25 years ago: Winter makes a surprise reappearance
April 15, 2011
Tax Day was not the only thing chilling the hearts of area residents.
Horoscopes for April 15
April 15, 2011
This year, you forge a new path, and happily so. You feel much freer than you have in the past. This can be a banner year for you if you are open to the many opportunities. If you are single, use care, as you are likely to choose someone who might not be emotionally available. If you are attached, the two of you enjoy time away together, which will enhance your bond. Libra can be challenging. They have the same issues as you but a different approach.
No more overtimes for NBC’s ’Friday Night Lights’
April 15, 2011
Attention America: This is your very last chance to not watch “Friday Night Lights” (7 p.m., NBC). To trot out the tired phrase, “Friday Night Lights” is the best show you’ve probably never watched.
40 years ago: Century-old East Lawrence outbuilding destroyed by fire
April 15, 2011
“Children playing with matches” was the probable cause listed in an East Lawrence fire.