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Environmental groups file appeal with 10th U.S. Circuit Court to stop South Lawrence Trafficway project
April 22, 2011 in print edition on A6
Groups opposed to the planned South Lawrence Trafficway have asked the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to stop the $188 million project.
Lawrence woman injured in accident on Kansas Turnpike after pickup hydroplaned
April 22, 2011 in print edition on A5
A Lawrence woman was taken to a Topeka hospital Friday morning after a one-vehicle accident on Interstate 70 west of Lawrence.
Lawrence man given probation for domestic battery convictions; deportation likely
April 22, 2011 in print edition on A2
A Douglas County judge on Friday sentenced a 20-year-old Lawrence man to serve probation for two misdemeanor domestic battery convictions, but attorneys said they expected the man to be deported to Mexico by U.S. immigration officials.
Lawrence man gets over three years in prison for his role in apartment robbery
April 22, 2011 in print edition on A7
A Douglas County judge on Friday sentenced a 20-year-old Lawrence man to serve more than three years in prison for his role in a September robbery at a south Lawrence apartment.
Kansas Relays events in downtown Lawrence deemed a huge success
April 22, 2011 in print edition on A1
Increased sales and no broken windows. All in all, people involved with this week’s experiment to host a portion of the Kansas Relays in downtown Lawrence said the events exceeded their expectations.
Opponents to South Lawrence Trafficway file appeal with U.S. Court of Appeals
April 22, 2011
Groups opposed to the planned South Lawrence Trafficway have asked the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to stop the $188 million project.
Ecumenical Christian Ministries needs $23,000 to complete capital campaign
April 22, 2011 in print edition on A6
The Ecumenical Christian Ministries needs $23,000 to complete its capital campaign. The trick is, the organization needs to raise they money by May 24.
Fort Leavenworth military police unit earns honors
April 22, 2011
A military police company based at Fort Leavenworth is receiving an honor as the top unit of its kind in the Army.
Southeast Kansas casino still doesn’t interest developers
April 22, 2011
Developers still aren’t interested in building a state-owned casino in southeast Kansas.
1st big contract awarded for new Colorado VA hospital
April 22, 2011
The Veterans Affairs Department has awarded the first major contract for a new veterans hospital in the Denver area.
Army Corps of Engineers to release more Missouri River water from South Dakota dams
April 22, 2011
The Army Corps of Engineers plans to release more water from two Missouri River dams in southeast South Dakota.
Hospital bills city of Topeka for treating suspect wounded by police
April 22, 2011
A Topeka hospital wants to be paid for treating a 27-year-old man shot and wounded last year by police.
Salina teen charged with raping girl in school restroom
April 22, 2011
A Salina teenager is accused of raping a female student in a restroom at Salina South High School.
32-year-old sentenced to life in prison for Emporia shooting
April 22, 2011
A Lyon County judge has sentenced a 32-year-old man to life in prison in the shooting death of another man.
Brownback to students: Train hearts, not just minds
April 22, 2011
Gov. Sam Brownback has some advice for Kansas college students: While you’re training your mind and acquiring knowledge, develop your heart and learn to build strong relationships, too.
Alabama man gets probation for his role in Lawrence apartment burglary
April 22, 2011 in print edition on A7
A Douglas County judge Friday ordered a 21-year-old Huntsville, Ala., man to serve two years on probation for his role in a Dec. 11 Lawrence apartment burglary.
Appeals court panel overturns restitution order against gunman in 2009 shooting
April 22, 2011
Joseph Abdullah Muhammad was sentenced to 53 months in prison on three felony counts of aggravated assault in the March 26, 2009 drive-by shooting outside The Hawk.
4 killed in Jefferson County plane crash
01:17 p.m., April 22, 2011 Updated 07:29 a.m. in print edition on A1
A twin-engine plane crashed in a semi-rural area of Jefferson County, about three miles northeast of Topeka, Friday afternoon. According to the Federal Aviation Administration, four people were killed in the accident, which was near the intersection of Kansas Highway 4 and 46th Street, southwest of Meriden.
Lawrence police looking for suspect in reported armed robbery involving high school student
April 22, 2011
Lawrence police are searching for a suspect in a reported armed robbery that occurred Tuesday morning in the 2200 block of West 26th Street near Holcom Park.
Democrats want Kansas House to formally condemn Rep. Virgil Peck’s controversial immigration remarks
12:36 p.m., April 22, 2011 Updated 02:53 p.m.
Democrats in the Kansas House plan to push the chamber to formally condemn a Republican member’s remark likening illegal immigrants to “feral hogs” that should be shot as a way to reduce their numbers, according to a draft resolution obtained Friday by The Associated Press.
Statehouse Live: Former KBA chief Thornton takes job in Ohio
April 22, 2011 in print edition on A3
Thornton’s departure from the KBA came shortly after it was revealed that the Johnson County District Attorney’s office had started an investigation into the agency. Prosecutors have refused to say what they are looking into.
May 23rd hearing set for KU basketball player Thomas Robinson in battery case
April 22, 2011
Kansas University basketball player Thomas Robinson has a hearing set for May 23 for a misdemeanor battery case in Lawrence Municipal Court after his attorney entered an appearance for him.
Lawrence man cited for driving too fast for conditions after rollover accident at 23rd Street and Kasold
11:46 a.m., April 22, 2011 Updated 01:06 p.m.
A 21-year-old Lawrence man was cited for driving too fast for conditions after an accident at 10 a.m. Friday at the intersection of Kasold Drive and Clinton Parkway.
Bill in Kansas Legislature would require Obama, other presidential candidates to prove citizenship
11:44 a.m., April 22, 2011 Updated 12:46 p.m. in print edition on A1
A bill pending before the Kansas Legislature would require that President Barack Obama and other candidates prove their U.S. citizenship before their names could appear on the ballot.
Lawrence schools cancel athletic events due to weather
11:38 a.m., April 22, 2011 Updated 02:19 p.m.
Some Lawrence schools have canceled athletic events Friday due to inclement weather.
Chrysler dealership returning to Lawrence
April 22, 2011 in print edition on A3
A deal has been struck to return a full-line Chrysler dealership to Lawrence after the automaker’s bankruptcy caused it to pull out of the city in 2009.
Town Talk: Curry in a Hurry, plus a convenience store set to open downtown; Bowersock project to create trail detour; projects to watch from Parks and Rec
April 22, 2011
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County:
Lawrence Preservation Alliance to honor Black Jack Battlefield Trust, Katie and Ken Armitage
April 22, 2011
The Lawrence Preservation Alliance will honor the Black Jack Battlefield Trust and Katie and Ken Armitage in an award ceremony at 7 p.m. May 4 at the Castle Tea Room, 1307 Mass.
Marion Springs Elementary School in Baldwin City holding last carnival before school closes
April 22, 2011
On April 30, Marion Springs Elementary School in Baldwin City is inviting students, alumni, teachers and parents to its last carnival before the school closes this year. The school has been open since 1963.
Urban and small stream flood advisory expires for Douglas County
05:38 a.m., April 22, 2011 Updated 08:14 a.m.
The NWS has allowed the urban and small stream flood advisory for northwestern Douglas County to expire.
Heard on the Hill: Naked burglar ruins lucky KU gear (yes, this happened in Missouri); KU students to perform “Hänsel und Gretel” opera in Lawrence; Student Senate campaigns release expenses
April 22, 2011
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
First Bell: New security cameras lined up for Lawrence High; elementary students in chorus for KU opera; third-graders to learn backstage during Theatre Arts Day
April 22, 2011
Time for another edition of First Bell, a rundown of news and other educational items involving schools in the area.
2nd man convicted in attempted robbery in Oread neighborhood
April 22, 2011 in print edition on A2
A second defendant in two days has been convicted after a plea in connection with a February attempted robbery of a man in Oread neighborhood.
Toddler hurt in deadly K-10 crash goes home from hospital
April 22, 2011 in print edition on A2
The 23-month-old Eudora girl who was injured in Saturday’s double-fatality vehicle accident on Kansas Highway 10 was able to go home from the hospital Thursday, the family said.
KU takes steps to safeguard against another ticket scandal
April 22, 2011 in print edition on A3
Kansas University Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little on Thursday said safeguards have been established to avoid another ticket scandal.
Pump patrol
April 22, 2011 in print edition on A5
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.69 at several stations.
Soar winner: NU’s Gordon leaps to long jump title
12:00 a.m., April 22, 2011 Updated 09:26 a.m. in print edition on B1
Fans stood two rows deep to the left and right of University of Nebraska senior Nicholas Gordon. They clapped rhythmically as the Jamaican track and field sensation took off down the makeshift long-jump runway Thursday night in downtown Lawrence.
Lawrence man reports Dodge Charger stolen from 2000 block of Harvard Road
April 22, 2011 in print edition on A4
A 34-year-old Lawrence man reported to Lawrence police Thursday that someone had stolen 2007 light blue four-door Dodge Charger between 11 p.m. Wednesday and 2:45 a.m. Thursday from the 2000 block of Harvard Road.
Amazon failure takes down sites across Web
April 22, 2011 in print edition on A7
Major websites including Foursquare and Reddit crashed or suffered slowdowns Thursday after technical problems rattled’s widely used Web servers, frustrating millions of people who couldn’t access their favorite sites.
Medical marijuana bill hasn’t gone far in Kan.
April 22, 2011 in print edition on A7
A medical marijuana bill hasn’t gone far in the Kansas Legislature.
High court asked to review indecency policy
April 22, 2011 in print edition on A8
The Obama administration asked the Supreme Court Thursday to reinstate a policy that allows federal regulators to fine broadcasters for showing nudity and airing curse words when young children may be watching television.
No break this spring at the gas pump
Americans cancel travel plans amid high fuel prices
April 22, 2011 in print edition on A8
With gas prices above $4 in some states, Americans are canceling spring break plans and rethinking summer vacation, and some tourist destinations are offering gas vouchers of as much as $50 to talk people out of giving up and staying home.
Obama: New task force will examine gas prices
April 22, 2011 in print edition on A8
President Barack Obama said Thursday that the Justice Department will try to “root out” cases of fraud or manipulation in oil markets, even as Attorney General Eric Holder suggested a variety of legal reasons may be behind gasoline’s surge to $4 a gallon.
Freshmen head to Kansas Relays
Southwest ninth-graders to debut today
April 22, 2011 in print edition on B6
Had the rules of a year ago stayed in place, jumper/hurdler Alexa Harmon-Thomas and middle-distance runners Stan Skwarlo and Bailey Sullivan would be competing for Southwest Junior High in a rescheduled meet at Topeka Seaman Middle School.
Timberwolves’ Love honored
April 22, 2011
Kevin Love has the NBA’s Most Improved Player award. Now the challenge is to help his Minnesota Timberwolves become next season’s most improved team.
KU basketball recruits Jamari Traylor, Aaric Murray expected to visit this weekend
April 22, 2011 in print edition on B3
Frontcourt players Jamari Traylor and Aaric Murray will be on Kansas University’s campus this weekend as part of official basketball recruiting visits.
Firebirds tumble in soccer to Vikings
April 22, 2011 in print edition on B3
Free State High soccer keeper Elena Auer likely had the most obstructed view on the field, but even she thought Margaux Gill’s shot was headed straight for the back of the net.
KU officials laud TV deal
April 22, 2011 in print edition on B3
Television revenue was one of the hot topics at Thursday’s fourth and final meeting of the fiscal year of the Kansas Athletics, Inc. Board of Directors.
Free State baseball wins, 6-1
April 22, 2011 in print edition on B3
Free State pitcher J.D. Prochaska picked up a win in his first appearance of the season, leading the Firebirds’ baseball team to a 6-1 victory over Shawnee Mission South on Thursday.
Kansas baseball two-hit by Longhorns
April 22, 2011 in print edition on B1
No runs, two hits, three errors and a major-league arm carving them up from the mound. There really was no better way to sum up Kansas University’s 9-0 loss to Big 12-leading Texas on Thursday than the way KU skipper Ritch Price did in the postgame meeting with the media. “Well, boys,” Price said, “that wasn’t much fun.”
Lions rally past Firebirds in city softball showdown, 4-2
April 22, 2011 in print edition on B1
For about an inning, the emotions of Senior Night wore on Lawrence High’s softball team. For the next six innings, though, the Lions calmed down and secured a 4-2 victory Thursday against Free State at the LHS softball stadium.
Royals bring up RHP Louis Coleman
April 22, 2011
The Kansas City Royals selected the contract of right-hander Louis Coleman on Thursday and optioned right-hander Kanekoa Texeira to Triple-A Omaha.
Alec Burks leaving Colorado for NBA
April 22, 2011
Shooting guard Alec Burks is leaving Colorado early for the NBA Draft after a record-setting sophomore season with the Buffaloes.
LHS soccer ripped by Cougars
April 22, 2011 in print edition on B3
After a 5-0 drubbing at the hands of Shawnee Mission Northwest, Lawrence High’s girls soccer team sat in a circle near the shut-down scoreboard.
Na’s one-hole score of 16 gives all golfers hope
April 22, 2011
Admit it, duffers, Kevin Na is your new hero.
Gates foresees turning point in Afghanistan war
April 22, 2011 in print edition on A9
If hard-won security gains made against the Taliban over the past year can be sustained during the peak fighting season in Afghanistan this summer, the U.S. and its allies may find they have “turned a corner” by the end of this year, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Thursday.
Dry ice lake suggests Mars had ‘Dust Bowl’
April 22, 2011 in print edition on A9
Think Mars today is a hostile place? It was worse 600,000 years ago, according to new research that suggests the planet had a dustier, stormier atmosphere.
Obama OKs use of armed drones in Libya
April 22, 2011 in print edition on A9
President Barack Obama has approved the use of armed drones in Libya, authorizing U.S. airstrikes on ground forces for the first time since America turned over control of the operation to NATO on April 4.
Many lives upended in Libyan fight
April 22, 2011 in print edition on A9
The scene was testimony to the wrenching changes war brings. It turned Dr. Ali Salhi, a Libyan dentist, into a battlefield medic. In a ship’s corridor transformed into an intensive care unit, the patient he hovered over was his little brother, a lawyer who became a fighter to defend their home city Misrata from Moammar Gadhafi’s forces.
More graffiti reported in Lawrence, police searching for suspect
April 22, 2011 in print edition on A4
Two more people Wednesday reported graffiti that matched the description of a suspect Lawrence police on Tuesday asked for the public’s help in finding.
Property problem
“Demolition by neglect” is a continuing problem that deserves the city’s attention.
April 22, 2011 in print edition on A10
Congratulations to new Mayor Aron Cromwell and other Lawrence city commissioners who are attempting to hold the owners of an East Lawrence property accountable for allowing the house on that property to fall into dangerous disrepair.
Teachers’ hours
April 22, 2011 in print edition on A10
I would like to respond to Barbara Paris’ April 16 letter. Have you ever lived with a teacher? I do.
Trump is out to trick voters
April 22, 2011 in print edition on A10
In bridge, a trump card is held in reserve for winning a trick. In politics, Donald Trump is anything but reserved and appears to think he might trick enough voters to win the next presidential election.
U.S. should step up diplomatic efforts
April 22, 2011 in print edition on A10
Samuel Johnson famously observed that the prospect of hanging concentrates the mind.
Horoscopes for April 22
April 22, 2011
This year, you let go of many long-cherished but irrelevant ideas. You will opt for only those that have a logical basis, removing many filters and rigidity. If you are single, meeting people comes easily. If you are attached, contain your ego, and a sense of direction and health will emanate from your relationship, making all parties happy. Capricorn helps you see past the obvious.
Boys talk funny while girls get a night out
April 22, 2011
Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, Louis C.K. and Ricky Gervais sit down to discuss ideas about comedy. If that doesn’t sound all that funny to you, you’re only half right. The phrase “inside baseball” came frequently to mind while watching “Talking Funny” (8 p.m., HBO).
100 years ago: Lawrence woman returns home early, finds husband in compromising position
April 22, 2011
“She was not expected home until the latter part of this week. However, tiring of the giddy life of the city, she concluded to return earlier.”
40 years ago: L.A. judge sentences Manson and his followers
April 22, 2011
A judge in Los Angeles formally sentenced Charles Manson and three of his followers to die in the gas chamber.
25 years ago: KU’s Museum Day features 60-pound snapping turtle
April 22, 2011
Hundreds had attended Kansas University’s sixth annual Museum Day recently.
Cabrera sends K.C. past Cleveland
April 22, 2011 in print edition on B4
As baseball games go, this was a dandy.
Another Penny turns up
April 22, 2011 in print edition on B1
Although much is made of the Kansas University athletic department turning into quite the money machine in recent years, a closer look reveals the truth: A generation doesn’t go by where the department is Penny-less.