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Central Junior High, Lawrence High students qualify for national history competition
April 25, 2011 in print edition on A5
Students from Central Junior High School and Lawrence High School were among winners in the Kansas History Day contest at Washburn University in Topeka.
Statehouse Live: KNI supporters pack church to protest Brownback plan to close facility
09:52 p.m., April 25, 2011 Updated 10:11 p.m.
Brownback has proposed shutting down the Kansas Neurological Institute as one of many cost-cutting moves in the face of an estimated $500 million state budget gap.
Final work on U.S. Highway 24-40 bridge over Mud Creek will mean lane closures
April 25, 2011
The final touches on the $1.5 million expansion of a bridge on U.S. 24-40 Highway in northern Douglas County will be completed Tuesday and Wednesday.
Brownback wants KDOT to reopen study of installing cable barriers along K-10 from Lawrence to I-435
03:17 p.m., April 25, 2011 Updated 05:44 p.m. in print edition on A1
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has ordered the Kansas Department of Transportation to immediately reopen its study of cable barriers along Kansas Highway 10 in the wake of a double fatality crash April 16.
Another trial to start in Wichita boy’s death
April 25, 2011
A man whose brother was convicted of murder in the shooting of a 13-year-old Wichita boy is scheduled for trial in the case this week.
Children find body near Kansas City school
April 25, 2011
A homicide victim whose body was found near a school in Kansas City, Kan., has been identified as a 16-year-old boy.
Wichita man gets 20 years for credit union holdup
April 25, 2011
A Wichita man has been sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for his part in a credit union holdup.
Home on the Range’ cabin in need of repairs
April 25, 2011
The cabin in north-central Kansas where “Home on the Range” was written is badly in need of repairs, and Kansans are stepping up to try to save it.
Aviation firms press for work force training, economic incentives
02:57 p.m., April 25, 2011 Updated 06:00 p.m. in print edition on A4
Gov. Sam Brownback and his top officials came to Wichita Monday to ask what the state needs to do to keep and expand this city’s role as the “aviation capital of the world.” They left with an earful of suggestions from key industry leaders.
One adult, three young children die in overnight house fire in small Franklin County community of Richmond
12:30 p.m., April 25, 2011 Updated 06:01 p.m.
Three children and a man died in an overnight house fire in Richmond, according to the Franklin County sheriff’s office.
Kiss a frog? Bad idea
April 25, 2011
In the world of make-believe, kissing a frog could turn him into a prince. In real life, touching them can kill the creatures and cause serious problems for humans too.
Town Talk: Building numbers down to start 2011; city sees small growth in tax base but rural areas see biggest gains; Lawrence Home Builders Parade of Homes set for weekend
08:28 a.m., April 25, 2011 Updated 03:30 p.m.
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Key Kansas House member insists on 401(k)-style pension plan
08:18 a.m., April 25, 2011 Updated 01:50 a.m. in print edition on A1
Moving to a 401(k)-style plan for Kansas teachers and government workers could slow efforts to eliminate the state retirement system’s long-term funding problems, according to a report released Monday that also shied away from taking sides in the Legislature’s debate over pensions.
First Bell: School board to mull more budget cuts; LHS engineers build success in Vegas; Hilltop Hustle to run Saturday on campus
April 25, 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: Former interim CLAS dean Greg Simpson is finalist for post at Tennessee; KU student wins competition that includes trip to Japan; KU libraries host writing, research events
April 25, 2011
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Horoscope for April 25
April 25, 2011
For Monday, April 25: This year, you see life and its opportunities in a much brighter light than in the recent past.
PBS examines watershed moment in gay civil rights
April 25, 2011
“American Experience” (8 p.m., PBS, check local listings) presents “Stonewall Uprising,” a documentary history of summer nights in 1969 when a group of fed up gay men revolted against a system that consigned them to a shadow existence.
State leader says more schools will fail to make Adequate Yearly Progress
April 25, 2011 in print edition on A3
As students across the state wrap up taking statewide tests, Kansas Education Commissioner Diane DeBacker says she fears more schools will fail to make Adequate Yearly Progress under the federal No Child Left Behind act.
Kansas higher education officials pushing initiative to produce more engineers
April 25, 2011 in print edition on A3
Despite the state’s budget woes, higher education officials are hoping that when legislators reconvene this week, they will approve a high-dollar initiative to produce more engineers.
How to help: East Lawrence sidewalks need tending
April 25, 2011 in print edition on A4
Volunteers are needed for an East Lawrence Sidewalk Improvement Work Day from 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday.
Ex-Woodlands Race Park announcer Randy Birch’s talent shared online
April 25, 2011 in print edition on A7
It’s Friday afternoon, and Randy Birch’s rollicking, radio voice is fast-talking dogs, dollars and the deliciousness of the cold Budweiser in his hand.
Service learning courses at KU provide real-life lessons
April 25, 2011 in print edition on A1
For Kansas University students in assistant professor Ken Fisher’s mechanical engineering course, learning goes beyond taking notes in lecture. It reaches all the way to a house in Wichita.
Bruce Chen rocked; Royals swept by Rangers
April 25, 2011 in print edition on B1
Bruce Chen had an impressive streak going before getting to Texas. So did the Kansas City Royals.
Golfer Lee Westwood regains No. 1 spot
April 25, 2011 in print edition on B2
Lee Westwood won the Indonesian Masters on Sunday and ended up regaining the No. 1 spot in the world when Luke Donald lost a playoff in the PGA Tour event in South Carolina.
KU hoops fan says prized threads desecrated
April 25, 2011 in print edition on B2
A Missouri man who grew up in the Kansas City area and became a Kansas University basketball fan thought someday the T-shirt and shorts he wore for every game during the Jayhawks’ 2008 national championship season were destined for his man cave, not the police evidence room.
Bad habits flare up in Miami’s loss
April 25, 2011 in print edition on B2
Did you really think games like this would just disappear?
Jayhawks in the NBA
April 25, 2011 in print edition on B3
Here is how former Jayhawks fared in NBA action Sunday, April 24, 2011.
KU women 11th at Big 12 golf
April 25, 2011 in print edition on B3
Freshman Thanuttra Boonraksasat tied for 23rd, and senior Meghna Bal tied for 28th as Kansas University’s women’s golf team placed 11th at the Big 12 Championships on Sunday at Old Hawthorne Golf Course.
OSU thrower Andrew Hudson bonds with family of Spring Hill football player who died from head injury
April 25, 2011 in print edition on B1
When he left the small west Texas town of Bushland to play football on scholarship for Oklahoma State, Andrew Hudson felt like the luckiest young man on earth.
Fast impression: KU football recruit shows off speed
April 25, 2011 in print edition on B1
With a smile befitting The Joker lighting up his face, Olathe North High senior and Kansas University football signee Adonis Saunders cruised across the finish line in first place over the weekend at the Kansas Relays.
Gary Bedore’s KU basketball recruiting notebook
April 25, 2011 in print edition on B3
Jamari Traylor, a 6-7 power forward from IMG Academies in Bradenton, Fla., reportedly did not commit to KU on his weekend visit. Traylor, who visited Oklahoma State two weeks ago, has said he may visit Texas Tech. He also has visited Indiana and has had a list that includes St. John’s, Memphis, Tennessee and Mississippi State.
Wrong course
April 25, 2011 in print edition on A8
I am appalled by the actions of the 2011 Kansas Legislature. A majority of those elected campaigned on the promise to create jobs and turn the state’s economy around, but the efforts of this Legislature do not create one single job.
Public, private
April 25, 2011 in print edition on A8
The Kansas Bioscience Authority is funded both by both private and state tax-based monies and is the latest target of highly coordinated, earth-scorching by the Kansas ultra-right toward privatizing all civic services, structures, and projects. The KBA was highly efficient and effective in gaining placement of the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility in Manhattan. Many states fought hard for that facility.
Slavery defined America’s Civil War
April 25, 2011 in print edition on A8
In the penultimate paragraph of perhaps the second-greatest speech ever delivered on American soil, Abraham Lincoln set forth the reason the nation was engaged in a great Civil War.
Food security
As federal policymakers consider changes to farm subsidy programs they should also consider the dangers of outsourcing U.S. food production to other countries.
April 25, 2011 in print edition on A8
Seldom is there a day that our national leaders don’t have to deal with unsettling issues about the Middle East at least in part because the oil produced in that region is so important to our nation’s economy and security.
April 30 celebration to mark Potter Lake’s centennial
April 25, 2011
A centennial celebration April 30 at Potter Lake will mark the lake’s history and highlight the work that’s been done on the Kansas University campus landmark in recent years.
Voting rights advocates argue new birth certificate requirement will disenfranchise some voters
April 25, 2011
Voting rights advocates say that Kansas’ new law that requires a photo ID to cast a ballot is bad enough, but what’s worse is its requirement that states to register to vote a person must prove U.S. citizenship.
Three Moves: Next Level trainer offers routine for full circuit workout
April 25, 2011
It’s no coincidence then, that when he was asked to come up with a three-move workout that Chad Richards chose three moves that are easily customizable to become harder.
Royal pampering: Treat yourself like a princess for Mother’s Day or any kind of occasion
April 25, 2011
Wanna feel like a princess today? What about an almost princess? It’s actually not that hard to get a little taste of Kate Middleton’s soon-to-be royal lifestyle as we speed up to the April 29 wedding between Middleton and Britain’s Prince William.
No common affair: How the royal wedding will stack up against typical American nuptials
April 25, 2011
The royals of the House of Windsor do weddings a little different than most people. Especially compared with weddings of American commoners, royal weddings are a little bit more extravagant.
Try traditional scones for a royal wedding watch party
April 25, 2011
Throwing a watching party for the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton doesn’t have to be a royal pain.
Double Take: Parents need guidelines on e-snooping
April 25, 2011
Privacy. Respecting it used to mean deciding whether to read your teenager’s diary or look under his bed. In the last few years it means deciding whether to snoop on e-mail, text-messaging and Facebook.
Slice of Life: Clark Jamison follows a spiritual beat
April 25, 2011
Award-winning local percussionist, teacher and school bus driver Clark Jamison’s busy life is propelled by rhythm; it’s balanced by silence and stillness.
Remnant Rehab: Pincushion good for some royally awesome sewing projects
April 25, 2011
I’ve seen ads for all kinds of replicas of Kate Middleton’s engagement ring — $19.90, $39, $1,500. But I bypassed these options and made my own.
Mass St. Chic: Make daily dressing a princess routine
April 25, 2011
Read on to discover how to emulate Kate’s personal fashion sense — you can still look like a princess after all.
River City Jules: Royal wedding watch (tiaras required)
April 25, 2011
I might look like a grown-up complete with gray hairs, wrinkles and a minivan, but inside I am still the girl who swoons at the very mention of the words “royal” and “wedding.” And, of course, “half of Wham!”
Take the plunge and clear out your sink drain
April 25, 2011
When it is time to unclog a sink drain line, start with the least aggressive method and work your way up.
100 years ago: Playground equipment installed in Woodland Park
April 25, 2011
“As summer approaches Woodland Park is putting on her dress of beauty and brightness.”
40 years ago: Welfare department stops unneeded assistance for local man
April 25, 2011
An investigation of a Lawrence business owner ended in the cessation of the man’s $46 monthly aid from the Douglas County Welfare Department.
25 years ago: State seat-belt law passes House, goes to Senate
April 25, 2011
The Kansas House passed and sent to the Senate a controversial proposal to require front-seat passengers to buckle their seat belts or face a fine.