Archive for Wednesday, April 20, 2011

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Eudora mayor asking Brownback to install median cable barriers after deadly crash on K-10
April 20, 2011 in print edition on A1
Days after a tragic crossover crash on Kansas Highway 10 that killed two Eudora residents — including a 5-year-old boy — Eudora’s mayor asked Gov. Sam Brownback Wednesday to have the state place wire or cable barriers in the busy highway’s median.
Haskell to host third annual Indigenous Empowerment Summit
April 20, 2011 in print edition on A4
Dancing, homemade food, a powwow and speeches on all aspects of Native American culture will be highlights at this weekend’s third annual Indigenous Empowerment Summit Friday and Saturday on the Haskell Indian Nations University campus.
City seeking help planting flowers in downtown Lawrence
April 20, 2011
The spring season is once again bringing a call from city officials for flower-planting volunteers.
Douglas County Public Works begins planning summer roadwork projects
April 20, 2011 in print edition on A5
Douglas County Public Works is starting to plan roadwork for the summer in Douglas County.
Dillons submits plans for new store on Massachusetts Street
‘It is an attempt to make all sides of the building more architecturally interesting’
April 20, 2011 in print edition on A1
A new Dillons store for south Massachusetts Street now has a date with City Hall. Dillons leaders have submitted revised plans for a project to replace its existing store at 1740 Mass. with a larger, more modern version.
KDOT to supply $300,000 for turn lanes near planned Berry Plastics warehouse northwest of Lawrence
April 20, 2011
Berry Plastics of Lawrence will be the first recipient of economic development funding under the new state transportation plan, it was announced Wednesday.
Civil agencies to help train military officers
April 20, 2011
A group of military officers and one State Department student will learn about providing essential public services from civilian agencies over the coming weeks.
Fort Riley soldier found dead in Junction City
April 20, 2011
Police in Junction City are investigating the shooting death of a Fort Riley soldier.
Evidence in Manhattan teen’s death recovered from pond
April 20, 2011
Riley County police confirm that divers have recovered a piece of evidence from a Manhattan pond near the spot where a 14-year-old boy was found dead last week.
Pittsburg State starts energy savings plan, turns to geothermal energy
April 20, 2011
Pittsburg State University is embarking on a $4.5 million energy savings plan that officials say will pay for itself within 14 years.
Top speed limit rising to 75 mph on some Kansas highways
April 20, 2011
Kansas motorists will soon be able to drive 75 mph — legally — on designated parts of divided four-lane highways.
Kansas patrol arrests 2 on drug charges near Junction City
April 20, 2011
Kansas Highway Patrol troopers confiscated about $260,000 worth of marijuana during a recent traffic stop near Junction City.
Report: Kansas colleges ‘driving the economy’
April 20, 2011
Fort Hays State University and other Regents institutions have a significant economic impact on their communities and the state, according to a study conducted by the Goss Institute for Economic Research in Denver.
Law will let bicycles, motorcycles drive through ‘dead red’ lights
April 20, 2011 in print edition on A4
Kansans who drive motor vehicles with two, four or more wheels will soon be able to step on it a little more.
Feds seek injunction on Kansas anti-abortion activist
April 20, 2011
U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom says a Kansas woman crossed the line and left her First Amendment protections behind when she sent a threatening letter to a doctor who plans to perform abortions in Wichita.
UN would settle for monitored visit with soldier suspected of giving classified information to WikiLeaks
April 20, 2011
The United Nations’ torture investigator says he would reluctantly settle for a supervised jailhouse visit with the soldier suspected of giving classified U.S. documents to WikiLeaks.
Jury acquits Lawrence man of attempted murder
April 20, 2011
A Douglas County jury Wednesday afternoon acquitted a 26-year-old Lawrence man in an attempted murder trial related to a December shooting at a Lawrence apartment complex.
Lawrence man pleads guilty to attempted robbery in the Oread neighborhood
April 20, 2011 in print edition on A4
A 20-year-old Lawrence man pleaded guilty Wednesday afternoon to two charges in connection with a February attempted robbery in Oread neighborhood.
Town Talk: Dillons on Mass. submits new plans; Eudora gathering steam to propose sand plant; antennas may show up in West Lawrence
April 20, 2011
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County:
Fire in duplex overnight displaces two Lawrence families
April 20, 2011 in print edition on A2
Two Lawrence families were displaced early Wednesday morning after a fire damaged a duplex near West Second Terrace and Michigan Street in northern Lawrence, fire officials said.
Retired Lawrence biology teacher Stan Roth to be inducted into Kansas Teachers’ Hall of Fame
April 20, 2011 in print edition on A5
A retired biology teacher who remains devoted to teaching youngsters in the Lawrence area will be inducted into the Kansas Teachers’ Hall of Fame. Stan Roth, who taught biology at Lawrence High School for 38 years before transferring to Free State High School for two years and retiring in 1999, is among nine educators included in the hall’s 2011 class.
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback holding summits on state economy
April 20, 2011
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback is planning series of summits with business leaders and others over the next few months to discuss improving the state’s economy.
Lawrence city commissioners delay action on special use permit for Bullwinkles bar
April 20, 2011
Lawrence city commissioners Tuesday night approved several rezonings of property near 14th and Tennessee streets to allow for mixed-use development in the future.
Lawrence City Commission postpones decision to convert parking lot in 1000 block of Vermont
April 20, 2011
The Lawrence City Commission has deferred a request to convert the city-owned, two-hour parking lot in the 1000 block of Vermont Street into a 10-hour, metered lot in order to accommodate a proposed office development for Treanor Architects.
Emergency crews respond to reported structure fire in 1400 block of West Second Street
April 20, 2011
Emergency crews responded early Wednesday morning to reports of a structure fire at a duplex in the 1400 block of West Second Street.
Heard on the Hill: Husband of new KU business dean to teach at KU; planting event planned for new pharmacy garden; KU Professional Clothes Closet plans extended hours
April 20, 2011
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
First Bell: Project Graduation seeks sponsors, donors, volunteers; students set for Kansas History Day contest; former LHS principal recalls old district office
April 20, 2011
Time for another edition of First Bell, a rundown of news and other educational items involving schools in the area.
Deciphera leukemia drug trials extend to KU Cancer Center
April 20, 2011 in print edition on A3
A Lawrence-based company’s first cancer-fighting drug to reach human clinical trials is returning promising results as its testing expands to the Kansas University Cancer Center.
City Commission denies razing request for Connecticut St. house
April 20, 2011 in print edition on A3
A run-down house on Connecticut Street elicited a run up in emotion from Lawrence’s new mayor on Tuesday night.
Attorney withdraws as court determines medication issues in Yellow House case
April 20, 2011 in print edition on A6
A federal judge Monday allowed a defense attorney to withdraw from the Yellow House Store case as the district court prepares to decide whether defendant Guy Neighbors can be ordered to take medication.
Young Eudora girl still recovering after Saturday’s fatal accident on Kansas Highway 10
April 20, 2011 in print edition on A4
Courtlyn Shutt, a 23-month-old Eudora girl who was injured in Saturday’s double-fatality accident on Kansas Highway 10 near the Church Street interchange in Eudora was still recovering Tuesday from a broken neck at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo., said her maternal grandfather Chuck Lawrence.
KU student reports more than $1,000 of personal property stolen in 1200 block of Oread Avenue
April 20, 2011 in print edition on A4
A 21-year-old Kansas University student reported to Lawrence police Sunday the burglary and theft of personal property from the 1200 block of Oread Avenue.
Will Big 12 title game be missed?
April 20, 2011 in print edition on B3
The conference championship game is gone, but only some Big 12 coaches will miss it.
Heat’s Bosh silencing his critics
April 20, 2011 in print edition on B2
Must admit, I haven’t always been a Chris Bosh guy. There have been several times this year when I have bought into the “Two and a Half Men” putdown of the Heat’s Big Three.
Kentucky guard Lamb returning
April 20, 2011 in print edition on B2
Kentucky freshman Doron Lamb is not “one-and-done.”
Four Kansas women on academic golf team
April 20, 2011 in print edition on B5
Kansas University seniors Meghna Bal, Jennifer Clark and Grace Thiry were named to the Academic All-Big 12 Conference women’s golf first team for the third straight season, while freshman Fhong Boonraksasat was named to the second team Tuesday.
Nine KU rowers nab academic honors
April 20, 2011 in print edition on B5
Nine members of Kansas University’s rowing team received the Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Medal.
Hoops recruit Jamari Traylor to visit Kansas
April 20, 2011 in print edition on B5
Jamari Traylor, a 6-foot-7, 230-pound senior power forward from IMG Academies in Bradenton, Fla., will visit Kansas University this weekend, Traylor told Rivals.com.
Kansas baseball rolls to 11-5 win
DeLeon hits two of KU’s three homers
April 20, 2011 in print edition on B5
Sophomore catcher Alex DeLeon hit two of Kansas University’s three home runs as the Jayhawks pounded Saint Mary, 11-5, in a nonconference baseball game Tuesday at Hogund Ballpark.
Royals win wild one with Indians
April 20, 2011 in print edition on B5
The bullpen phone quit working at just the wrong time. The bat boy unwittingly caused a power hitter to lay down a bunt in an RBI situation.
Free State softball tumbles
April 20, 2011 in print edition on B4
Free State’s softball team suffered a 9-1 setback to Shawnee Mission East.
York paces Firebird golfers to 2nd
April 20, 2011 in print edition on B4
Lee York shot a 75 to win the Olathe North Invite and lead the Free State golf team to a second-place finish at Falcon Ridge Golf Course.
FSHS soccer falls, 2-0
April 20, 2011 in print edition on B4
Free State’s soccer team suffered a 2-0 loss to Shawnee Mission Northwest at the SM District Complex.
Moore double winner in Free State swimming dual
April 20, 2011 in print edition on B4
Reilly Moore won the 50 free and 100 breaststroke, and Kara Mishler won the 100 fly in Free State High’s swimming and diving dual against Shawnee Mission East.
LHS volleyball players to sign
April 20, 2011 in print edition on B4
Lawrence High seniors Kendyll Severa and Kelsey Broadwell plan to sign collegiate volleyball letters of intent on Thursday.
LHS tennis wins 10-team invite
April 20, 2011 in print edition on B4
Lawrence High freshman Thomas Irick took first place in singles with a 6-0 record, leading the Lions’ tennis team to a first-place finish at the 10-team Topeka West Invitational on Tuesday at Kossover Tennis Facility in Topeka.
Van Blaricum leads golfers
April 20, 2011 in print edition on B4
Brett Van Blaricum shot an 82 to lead the Lawrence High golf team at the Olathe North Invite on Tuesday at Falcon Ridge Golf Course.
Lions claim swim quad
April 20, 2011 in print edition on B4
Lawrence High won nine of 12 events and won the team title at its own home swimming and diving quadrangular on Tuesday at Knox Natatorium.
Lawrence clips SME
Massey drives in winner in ninth
April 20, 2011 in print edition on B4
With an 0-2 count, two outs and a runner on third base in the bottom of the ninth inning, Lawrence High senior Lauren Massey was just looking for a pitch on which to get her bat.
Hurlers ready to rock
April 20, 2011 in print edition on B1
Everybody has witnessed live events that take up permanent residence in the memory.
It’s time to put up or shut up
Elite shot-put field features turkey-loving, Cube-solving bear of a man
April 20, 2011 in print edition on B1
Enterprising downtown restaurant chefs might want to bake and baste some turkey legs today just in case Reese Hoffa — the world’s No. 2-ranked shot putter — wins tonight’s Kansas Relays competition.
Gem dandy: Kukuk throws no-no
12:00 a.m., April 20, 2011 Updated 11:34 a.m. in print edition on B1
Free State High pitcher Cody Kukuk wasn’t perfect. But it’s hard to imagine how he could have been much better.
LHS upends SM West
Lions take over Sunflower League lead with 9-3 victory
April 20, 2011 in print edition on B1
Lawrence High baseball coach Brad Stoll wouldn’t let his players talk about the cold weather on Tuesday afternoon.
KU student reports jackets, video game console stolen in 1600 block of West 19th Street
April 20, 2011 in print edition on A4
A 20-year-old Kansas University student reported to Lawrence police Saturday that someone had stolen $1,520 worth of property including a Playstation 3 game console and two NorthFace fleece jackets from a residence in the 1600 block of West 19th Street.
Lawrence police seek public’s help in identifying graffiti suspect
April 20, 2011 in print edition on A4
Lawrence police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a white male who has committed several acts of graffiti on property near streets and intersections since September.
Lost opportunity
Money continues to be the driving force behind Kansas University athletic decisions.
April 20, 2011 in print edition on A8
When is enough actually enough? Will there ever come a time when the Kansas University athletic department, or the university as a whole, has enough money to get its job done and meet its responsibilities?
Power play
April 20, 2011 in print edition on A8
Surely I am not the only one in Kansas that understands Kris Kobach and his true reasoning for trying to impose extra expense and inconvenience on Kansas voters in the name of finding fraud.
Tea party having early impact
April 20, 2011 in print edition on A8
The Republican presidential race has barely begun, and the tea party’s impact is already evident.
Judges shouldn’t lose humanity
April 20, 2011 in print edition on A8
Most of us remember that one of the issues raised during the confirmation hearings of Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor was whether she would exclude any personal opinions or beliefs in reaching decisions as a justice.
PBS explores secrets of the Amazonians
April 20, 2011
“Secrets of the Dead” (7 p.m., PBS, check local listings) presents “Lost in the Amazon,” a tale that seems straight out of “Indiana Jones.” In fact its subject, Col. Percy Fawcett, an explorer in search of Lost Cities of Gold who vanished — some say was murdered — in 1925, probably inspired the kinds of pulp paperbacks and Saturday-movie serials that would become the template for the character played by Harrison Ford.
Horoscopes for April 20
April 20, 2011
This year, you have the ability to incorporate and understand much more. You can detach and not trigger yet still remain empathetic and walk in another person’s shoes. If you are single, you flourish in a one-on-one relationship. The depth between you and someone you meet this year could be quite intoxicating. If you are attached, the two of you crave time away together. Sagittarius understands you well.
100 years ago: Tornado winds drove chicken feathers into phone poles
April 20, 2011
“Vagaries of the tornado still continue to come to light.”
40 years ago: Historical society to acquire old Watkins Bank building
April 20, 2011
It was reported today that the Douglas County Historical Society had voted to acquire title to the old Watkins Bank Building, 11th and Massachusetts.
25 years ago: Local phys-ed teachers concerned about student fitness
April 20, 2011
Local physical education teachers were echoing recent warnings by the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.