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Archive for Wednesday, April 27, 2011

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12:00 a.m.
The Godsil children — Lily 6, Ricky, 10, Izzy, 9 and Charley, 4 — walk through their family's pick-your-own orchard, Wagon Wheel Orchard in Gardner. Wagon Wheel is one of several pick-your-own operations in and around Lawrence where foodies and families can choose their own food right off the plant. Picky eater: Our guide to choosing your own food at area you-pick farms
April 26, 2011
As a child, Jane Wohletz thought the world of her uncle’s strawberry patch. Now she’s got her very own 20,000-plant you-pick strawberry patch at her family farm off 1100 Road in Lawrence, Wohletz Farm Fresh.
6:00 a.m.
The Douglas County Courthouse. Douglas County considers extending health benefits to domestic partners
April 26, 2011 in print edition on 1A
Douglas County could become one of the first Kansas counties to extend health care coverage to domestic partners.
10:00 a.m.
New renderings submitted by Dillons in April 2011 for its proposed store at 17th and Massachusetts streets. Lawrence City Commission OKs Dillons plan
April 26, 2011 in print edition on 1A
Work could perhaps begin on a new Dillons store on south Massachusetts Street within 60 to 90 days, after city commissioners largely approved of the store’s plans Tuesday night.
2:00 p.m.
The city of Eudora gets water donated from nine wells under land owned by Lois Hamilton, who has not lived in the city for more than 40 years. Now a company wants to build a sand plant across the road, which could affect water quality. Former Eudora resident provides all of city’s drinking water — for free
April 27, 2011 in print edition on 1A
Lois Hamilton in 2003 began letting the city of Eudora drill water wells on the property. The city owns the few square feet that each well sits upon, and the water rights that go with each well. Those nine wells pump 195 million gallons of water a year, and provide the residents of Eudora with all their drinking water. For this, Hamilton receives exactly nothing.
6:00 p.m.
Staff photographer Richard Gwin was first introduced to morel mushrooms in the 1970s, and now he's become an avid mushroom hunter. Morel mushrooms plentiful after wet winter in northeast Kansas
April 26, 2011 in print edition on 3A
It’s spring, and that can mean just one thing: morel mushrooms. This year’s harvest will be bountiful because of the large amount of moisture last winter.

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Kansas Bioscience Authority puts shine on Venture Accelerator in Olathe
April 27, 2011
The furniture’s on order, the equipment hooked up, the network of labs and offices and support areas sheathed in a shimmering skin of stainless steel. And now that the $13.9 million Kansas Bioscience Park Venture Accelerator in Olathe is nearing completion — with its first employees expected to move in next month — the Kansas Bioscience Authority’s drive to grow employment through emerging
10-year-old twins selling Mother’s Day cupcakes online for charity
Money will help children in Africa
April 27, 2011 in print edition on A1
Ella and Liliana Keathley-Helms are grateful to live in a nice house with a great family and wonderful mother. So this Mother’s Day, they’re trying to help children — children they’ve never met, halfway around the world.
Kansas House committee urged to support initiative to increase engineering grads
04:01 p.m., April 27, 2011 Updated 04:55 p.m. in print edition on A7
Industry representatives on Wednesday urged legislators to approve a bill that is designed to increase the number of engineering graduates in Kansas.
Kansas legislators call KU basketball standout Tyrel Reed a role model
03:21 p.m., April 27, 2011 Updated 12:30 a.m. in print edition on A7
Tyrel Reed, the winningest player in the history of Kansas University men’s basketball, was honored Wednesday by the state Legislature.
2 Prairie Village teens charged in death linked to feud at skateboarding park
April 27, 2011
Johnson County officials say the shooting death of a 16-year-old apparently is linked to a feud at a skateboarding park.
Holton residents rally to support relatives of family killed in plane crash
April 27, 2011
The town of Holton is rallying to support relatives of a Scott City family who died in a plane crash.
2 students charged after pop-bottle bomb found on K-State campus
April 27, 2011
Two Kansas State University students have been charged after a pop bottle bomb was found on the Manhattan campus over the weekend.
Nebraska county backs proposed Canadian oil pipeline
April 27, 2011
A Nebraska county board is supporting the proposed pipeline to carry Canadian tar sands oil to refineries near the Gulf of Mexico.
Jury selected for Kansas man accused of participating in Rwandan genocide
April 27, 2011
A jury has been seated in the trial of a Kansas man who is accused of participating in the 1994 Rwanda genocide.
Kansas Legislature resumes 2012 budget deliberations
April 27, 2011
Legislators are hoping to make quick work of a final version of the 2012 Kansas budget.
Advocates for those with disabilities rally for funding
01:47 p.m., April 27, 2011 Updated 02:16 p.m. in print edition on A3
More than 4,650 children and adults with developmental disabilities are waiting to receive disability services.
Town Talk: Development group to seek city help on Masonic Temple; city commissioner proposes closed-door meeting with business leaders; downtown parking subject of meeting next week
April 27, 2011
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Statehouse Live: Kansas House Speaker Mike O’Neal blasts Democrats over Virgil Peck resolution
April 27, 2011 in print edition on A7
House Speaker Mike O’Neal on Wednesday blasted Democrats who have filed a resolution condemning state Rep. Virgil Peck, R-Tyro, for a comment he made about shooting undocumented immigrants.
Accident at intersection of Ninth Street and Centennial Drive causes overnight power outage
April 27, 2011
An injury accident at the intersection of Ninth Street and Centennial Drive caused a power outage for 189 Westar Energy customers early Wednesday morning.
State Senate to vote Wednesday on rules for Kansas abortion clinics
08:35 a.m., April 27, 2011 Updated 12:38 a.m. in print edition on A1
Abortion clinics in Kansas would face annual, unannounced state inspections and new health and safety standards written specifically for them under a bill that’s close to clearing the Legislature.
President Barack Obama’s birth certificate released by White House
April 27, 2011
The White House has released the long form of President Barack Obama’s birth certificate in response to festering questions about whether he was born in the U.S.
Heard on the Hill: KU alumnus featured in Oreo commercial; KU student films showing at Granada; KU profs earn promotions and tenure; I’m looking for awesome KU grads
April 27, 2011
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
First Bell: District endorses tax plan for tenant; board members honor chess champions; ‘Showtime’ to take LHS stage this week
April 27, 2011
Time for another edition of First Bell, a rundown of news and other educational items involving schools in the area.
Massages to raise funds for survivors in Richmond fire
April 27, 2011 in print edition on A3
Ashley Schendel was only a few days away from graduating from massage therapy classes. She worked two jobs and attended classes three times a week at WellSpring School of Allied Health, 947 N.H. But early Monday, her life changed dramatically. A fire roared through her house in Richmond, killing her husband and three of her four children.
Survey: Economy will be OK if oil prices tamed
April 27, 2011 in print edition on A7
The American economy is now strong enough to withstand Middle East turmoil and the Japanese nuclear crisis. Only a big rise in the price of oil could stop it now.
Libyan government troops target port
April 27, 2011 in print edition on A7
Libyan government forces on Tuesday bombarded the port of Misrata, in a virtually nonstop assault on the sole lifeline of a battered population that has been under siege for the past two months.
Lawrence man faces charges after Eudora police chase
April 27, 2011 in print edition on A2
Eric Knackstedt is charged in Douglas County District Court with resisting arrest, criminal damage to property, driving on a suspended license and without insurance, theft, possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia and transporting an open container after Eudora police chased the man both in his vehicle and on foot.
Former Eudora resident provides all of city’s drinking water — for free
April 27, 2011 in print edition on A1
Lois Hamilton in 2003 began letting the city of Eudora drill water wells on the property. The city owns the few square feet that each well sits upon, and the water rights that go with each well. Those nine wells pump 195 million gallons of water a year, and provide the residents of Eudora with all their drinking water. For this, Hamilton receives exactly nothing.
Lawrence mayor to send letter to state officials urging Kansas Highway 10 cable barriers
April 27, 2011 in print edition on A1
Add the city of Lawrence to the list of organizations and individuals calling for more safety measures to be added to Kansas Highway 10 following an April 16 double fatality crash.
TCU-Baylor opener moved up
April 27, 2011 in print edition on B2
The season-opening game between TCU and Baylor has been moved up a day for a national television broadcast.
Report: Ballard fails drug test
April 27, 2011 in print edition on B2
According to a FoxSports.com report, former Free State High and Iowa defensive lineman Christian Ballard failed a drug test for the NFL Scouting Combine in February.
College hoops games draw 32.8 million fans
April 27, 2011 in print edition on B2
College basketball attendance across the three divisions has decreased slightly to 32.8 million.
NFL owners exposed in spotlight
April 27, 2011 in print edition on B2
Tuesday, after hearing that the league’s lockout had been lifted by a federal court in Minneapolis, some NFL players showed up for work.
NFL, players struggle through lockout limbo
April 27, 2011 in print edition on B2
Lockout has turned into limbo for NFL players and owners, and everyone is stuck there for the time being.
LHS baseball blanks Olathe East
April 27, 2011 in print edition on B6
Garrett Cleavinger pitched a complete-game, one-hitter and Lawrence High’s baseball team shut out Olathe East, 4-0, on Tuesday.
High school wrestling all-area awards
April 27, 2011 in print edition on B6
The Lawrence Journal-World’s high school wrestling all-area awards.
Boys high school basketball all-area awards
April 27, 2011 in print edition on B6
The Lawrence Journal-World’s boys high school basketball all-area awards.
Girls high school basketball all-area awards
April 27, 2011 in print edition on B6
The Lawrence Journal-World’s girls high school basketball all-area awards.
KU golf sits in 7th at Big 12’s
April 27, 2011 in print edition on B3
Kansas golfers Chris Gilbert and Doug Quinones were tied for 16th individually on Tuesday after the second day of the Big 12 Championships, where the Jayhawks sat in seventh place as a team.
Kansas baseball falls, 5-3
April 27, 2011 in print edition on B3
Jordan Makovicka’s two-run single in the bottom of the eighth inning broke a tie and lifted Creighton to a 5-3 come-from-behind victory over Kansas University’s baseball team on Tuesday night.
Lawrence soccer suffers 9-0 setback
April 27, 2011 in print edition on B3
Lawrence High soccer coach Joe Nemzer has never questioned his team’s talent and potential.
Free State soccer destroys SM North
April 27, 2011 in print edition on B1
The best kind of confusion broke out after Free State High’s soccer game on Tuesday night.
FSHS softball drops twinbill
April 27, 2011 in print edition on B3
For Free State High softball coach Lee Ice, Tuesday’s doubleheader against Olathe North was the same story, just on a different night.
Pair of KU basketball targets to display talents in Lawrence
12:00 a.m., April 27, 2011 Updated 01:09 p.m. in print edition on B1
Two of the top high school basketball players in the recruiting Class of 2012, who both have Kansas University on their list of prospective colleges, will meet in the marquee pool play game of the 2011 Jayhawk Invitational at 7:20 p.m., Friday, at Haskell’s Coffin Complex.
Firebirds baseball falls for just second time
April 27, 2011 in print edition on B6
The Free State baseball team lost just its second game, falling, 5-1, to Olathe Northwest on Tuesday.
Spring KU football breakout hopefuls
April 27, 2011 in print edition on B1
The white tents already dot the hill. You can almost smell the fried doughnuts, the sausages, the honey pork tenderloin kabobs. Footballs will fly through the air Saturday outside Memorial Stadium, where for a one-day tease, it will be football season.
Wide open race: Jayhawks still looking for go-to receiver
April 27, 2011 in print edition on B1
Last spring, Kansas University wide receiver Christian Matthews hauled in the game-winning touchdown catch for the blue team in the Jayhawks’ annual spring game.
LHS softball canceled
April 27, 2011 in print edition on B3
The Lawrence High varsity and junior varsity softball games on Tuesday at Leavenworth were canceled due to poor field conditions. No makeup date was available Tuesday afternoon.
Thrower Finley honored
April 27, 2011 in print edition on B3
Kansas University sophomore thrower Mason Finley was named the Big 12 Male Athlete of the Week on Tuesday. Finley captured first place in the shot put and the discus at the Kansas Relays this past weekend.
Download: 2010-11 KU men’s basketball desktop wallpapers
April 27, 2011
Download some of our favorite photos from the 2010-11 Kansas men’s basketball season to use for your computer’s desktop background.
4 KU tennis players earn academic honors
April 27, 2011 in print edition on B3
Four Kansas University tennis players (seniors Kate Goff and Maria Martinez, junior Erin Wilbert and sophomore Sara Lazarevic) were named to the Big 12 Conference’s All-Academic first team, as announced Tuesday by the conference offices.
Rushed action
Rushing to appoint a new elementary school working group is a disservice to incoming school board members.
April 27, 2011
Lawrence school board business shouldn’t grind to a halt between the time new members are elected in April and when they take office on July 1. However, especially when a majority of the board seats are due to turn over, board members need to show some judgment on committing incoming members to a certain course of action.
Portable perks
April 27, 2011 in print edition on A8
I had to laugh when I read that our most recent school task force decided that “detached mobile buildings (were) substandard for instruction.”
Troubling data
April 27, 2011 in print edition on A8
The Journal-World recently published some disturbing data on the average growth of salaries in Lawrence and its surrounds as compared to the state and sister college communities
Indians blast Royals
April 27, 2011 in print edition on B7
The Kansas City Royals are starting to slide back to a place they know all too well — the bottom of the AL Central.
Offensive speech still protected
April 27, 2011 in print edition on A8
The RINO (reverend in name only) Terry Jones is like his fellow RINO, Fred Phelps, but in political drag.
Waiting won’t ease budget-cutting pain
April 27, 2011 in print edition on A8
It’s a truth of economics and life that if you have bad news coming, take the hit early and get it behind you. You can’t start building until the debris is out of the way.
Horoscopes for April 27
April 27, 2011
This year, you get a new beginning. In June, you enter a new life and luck cycle. Often, the first year of this period draws unusual events — some longed for, and others unexpected. If you are single, you could meet someone of significance this year. If you are attached, the two of you seem to exchange happiness rays between you. Pisces can be counted on.
A night of TV to kick off a royal media frenzy
April 27, 2011
In case you hadn’t noticed, the media is ablaze with fascination for the upcoming royal wedding. The union of Prince William and commoner Kate Middleton is essentially a ceremony in another country involving an institution Americans rather emphatically rejected way back in 1776.
100 years ago: Longtime Lawrence resident recollects 1855 arrival
April 27, 2011
“Fifty-six years is a long time. It is longer than most people live.”
40 years ago: Fearing shortage, local banks limit penny exchanges
April 27, 2011
Hoarders nationwide were reported to be saving pennies in hopes of earning more than the face value of the coins.
25 years ago: Anti-discrimination request considered by Human Relations Dept.
April 27, 2011
Ray Samuel, the director of Lawrence’s Human Relations Department, was reviewing a request from the Lawrence Lesbian and Gay Political Caucus intended to combat discrimination.
Jayhawks in the NBA
April 27, 2011 in print edition on B5
Here is how former Jayhawks fared in NBA action Tuesday, April 26, 2011.