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Free State baseball vs. Shawnee Mission West Free State softball vs. Shawnee Mission West LHS baseball vs. Shawnee Mission South Tornadoes kill hundreds in southeast U.S. The day in photos, April 28, 2011
Polls
Do you care about the royal wedding?

Poll results

Response Percent
No. I don’t understand what the big deal is.
 
63%
Sort of. I’ve been catching coverage online and on TV, but don’t care about the live broadcast.
 
24%
Yes! I’ve been planning to watch it live for months.
 
11%
Total 807
Videos

Lead stories

6:13 a.m.
Douglas County commissioners Nancy Thellman, Jim Flory and Mike Gaughan discuss adding domestic partner benefits to the county's health insurance coverage during their meeting Wednesday, April 27, 2011. Domestic partner benefits plan gets early support from Douglas County Commission
April 28, 2011 in print edition on 1A
Joseph Jarvis decided what job he would accept after he graduated from Kansas University’s School of Law largely based on the company’s health care and anti-discrimination policies. Despite being a sixth-generation Kansan, Jarvis decided he will head to a Missouri-based firm for its inclusion of domestic partners in its insurance policy and anti-discrimination policy. Jarvis will be able to put his same-sex partner on his health insurance.
10:00 a.m.
A proposed mural that would be placed in front of the former Masonic Temple building. New use envisioned for Masonic Temple downtown
April 28, 2011 in print edition on 1A
From a Masonic Temple to a wedding temple — that’s the new plan for a landmark downtown building, if city commissioners are willing to lend a helping hand.
4:42 p.m.
The new Kansas Bioscience Park Venture Accelerator is located at 10900 S. Clay Blair Blvd., a street named in honor of the authority's first chairman. (Photo from April 13, 2011.) 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
6:00 p.m.
Liliana and Ella Keathley-Helms decorate cupcakes similar to ones they'll later sell for charity. The twins are holding an online bake sale for Mother's Day to raise money for children in Uganda. 10-year-old twins selling Mother’s Day cupcakes online for charity
April 27, 2011 in print edition on 1A
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.

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Department chairman at Kansas University Medical Center asked to step down
April 28, 2011 in print edition on A3
Kansas University Medical Center’s leader has asked Curtis Klaassen, who had been serving as chairman of the department of pharmacology, toxicology and therapeutics, to step down from that role.
Johnson County has first measles case in 6 years
April 28, 2011
The Johnson County Health Department is investigating the county’s first measles case in nearly six years.
Gang activity drops in Wichita, but not gone
April 28, 2011
Wichita police say gang violence has dropped dramatically in the city since the early 1990s, but that doesn’t mean the problem is over.
Hays, Colby consider merging mail sorting work
April 28, 2011
A preliminary analysis says consolidating mail sorting operations in Hays and Colby to Salina could save the postal service about $139,000 a year.
Sedgwick County: Animals found in ‘deplorable’ conditions
April 28, 2011
Sedgwick County Sheriff’s deputies found one horse dead and several other horses and different animals in “deplorable conditions” at a site south of Wichita.
Gov. Brownback shows enthusiasm for Harleys during event
April 28, 2011
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback appears to have an affinity for Harley-Davidsons.
Lawyers to lay out their case Friday in genocide trial
April 28, 2011
The federal judge in the trial of a Kansas resident accused of committing atrocities during the 1994 Rwandan genocide has rescheduled opening statements for Friday morning.
Sprint adds 1.1 million subscribers, halves 1Q loss
April 28, 2011
Sprint Nextel Corp. on Thursday said it added more wireless subscribers in the first quarter than it has in five years, mainly on cheap service plans, as its turnaround continued despite the new threat of Verizon’s iPhone.
WikiLeaks suspect to be housed with other inmates at Fort Leavenworth
April 28, 2011
The Army private accused of passing classified documents to WikiLeaks was cleared Thursday to live alongside other inmates at a Kansas military prison, a dramatic change from his previous quarters in a Virginia Marine Corps brig where he spent 23 hours a day alone in his cell.
Sen. Pat Roberts warns agroterrorism attack ‘likely’
April 28, 2011
A biological terror attack on the U.S. food supply could come soon, but many Washington lawmakers aren’t taking the threat seriously, a U.S. senator from Kansas said Thursday.
Kansas House rejects casino project lawsuit
April 28, 2011
Kansas legislators who support a state-owned casino south of Wichita narrowly blocked an attempt Thursday to launch a court challenge to regulators’ decision to allow the project to go forward.
Convicted robber sentenced to more than 7 years
April 28, 2011
A Douglas County judge Thursday ordered an 18-year-old Lawrence man to serve more than seven years in prison for a June robbery of a Kansas University student in the Oread neighborhood.
Barbecue championship set for May 6-7
April 28, 2011 in print edition on A2
The Lawrence Sertoma Club will sponsor the State Championship BBQ Cookoff on May 6-7, at Broken Arrow Park, 31st and Louisiana streets.
Aviation camp offered to young teens this summer
April 28, 2011 in print edition on A6
Middle schoolers will get a sneak peek into a multi-billion-dollar Kansas industry this June, learning how math and science classes can be put to use in a career.
Loss of grant funding affects programs for at-risk youths
April 28, 2011 in print edition on A3
Students crouch inside Van Go Mobile Arts, painting self-portraits onto a new van. Faces illustrated in bright greens and striking blues will be nestled among patterns of rainbow zebra print and flags of the kids in the program.
Statehouse Live: Coalition says proposed budget, tax cuts will harm Kansas communities
01:58 p.m., April 28, 2011 Updated 02:10 p.m. in print edition on A5
“Kansas does not have a spending problem – indeed, we are spending less and getting fewer services. Kansas has a revenue problem,” said Mark Desetti, a spokesman for Kansans for Quality Communities.
KDOT secretary to address K-10 safety issues
April 28, 2011 in print edition on A5
Kansas Department of Transportation Secretary Deb Miller on Friday plans to address a directive from Gov. Sam Brownback related to the study of using cable median barriers on Kansas Highway 10 in Johnson and Douglas counties.
Power restored to 167 Westar Energy customers in Lawrence
10:23 a.m., April 28, 2011 Updated 12:32 p.m.
At least 167 Westar Energy customers lost power in Lawrence Thursday morning, according to the company’s website.
Town Talk: Party for the Poehler building; March home sales slow down; a look at a decade of real estate sales
April 28, 2011
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Kansas lawmakers to continue talks on pensions after failing to reach agreement
08:36 a.m., April 28, 2011 Updated 06:22 p.m.
Kansas House and Senate negotiators are making little progress toward compromise on public pension legislation.
First Bell: LHS entrepreneur taking her ‘Fresh Globe’ approach to state competition; WorldBeat program tonight at Pinckney School; Panthers win attendance challenge for KU women’s hoops
April 28, 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: KU students to ‘Pay it Forward’ today on Jayhawk Boulevard; Father of KU professor believes some radiation is good for you; other KU alums in TV ads, too
April 28, 2011
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Pump Patrol
April 28, 2011 in print edition on A4
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.69 at several stations.
New use envisioned for Masonic Temple downtown
Businessmen would like to create wedding venue but need assistance from city
April 28, 2011 in print edition on A1
From a Masonic Temple to a wedding temple — that’s the new plan for a landmark downtown building, if city commissioners are willing to lend a helping hand.
Domestic partner benefits plan gets early support from Douglas County Commission
April 28, 2011 in print edition on A1
Joseph Jarvis decided what job he would accept after he graduated from Kansas University’s School of Law largely based on the company’s health care and anti-discrimination policies. Despite being a sixth-generation Kansan, Jarvis decided he will head to a Missouri-based firm for its inclusion of domestic partners in its insurance policy and anti-discrimination policy. Jarvis will be able to put his same-sex partner on his health insurance.
U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran addresses federal spending issues during McLouth visit
April 28, 2011 in print edition on A7
In Kansas, sometimes economic development means whether your town has a grocery store. That was a sentiment Sen. Jerry Moran shared with other members of Congress, the Hays Republican told people attending Wednesday’s Leavenworth-Jefferson Electric Cooperative annual meeting at McLouth High School.
Style Scout: Tessa Califano
April 28, 2011
What are your least favorite fashion trends? None. Fashion is art and in my opinion everything goes.
KU men’s golf takes ninth at Big 12
April 28, 2011
Behind the play of sophomore Chris Gilbert, who tied for 14th place individually, the Kansas University men’s golf team placed ninth at the Big 12 Championships on Wednesday at Prairie Dunes.
LHS softball loses two
April 28, 2011
Lawrence High’s softball team fell to Olathe East, 4-0 and 13-0, on Tuesday at East’s field.
KU softball breaks school single-season home run record
April 28, 2011
Kansas University’s softball team broke the school single-season home run record in a doubleheader sweep of Wichita State on Wednesday.
Lockout brings uncertainty to NFL Draft
April 28, 2011 in print edition on B1
The NFL Draft always is a guessing game. Never has it been accompanied by so much uncertainty.
Royals lose 5th straight
April 28, 2011 in print edition on B1
Kansas City’s fast start has faded just as quickly. The Royals are right back where they started the season — at .500.
Kickoff for KU Spring Game changed to 1:30 p.m.
April 28, 2011 in print edition on B1
KU officials announced Wednesday that kickoff for Saturday’s annual spring game at Memorial Stadium has been pushed back from 1 p.m. to 1:30. The start time was changed in order to accommodate the television broadcast.
NFL Draft-day dreams: Former Jayhawks hope to be chosen
April 28, 2011 in print edition on B1
Although no Jayhawks are expecting to hear their names called tonight, when the 2011 NFL Draft kicks off in prime time at 7 p.m., the arrival of the first round of the annual pro draft brings with it a mixed bag of emotions for a handful of former Kansas University football players.
KU basketball recruits slip in latest rankings
April 28, 2011 in print edition on B1
Future Duke basketball player Austin Rivers, a 6-3, 175-pound combo guard from Winter Park (Fla.) High School, tops Rivals.com’s final individual rankings of the Recruiting Class of 2011.
Our Town Sports
April 28, 2011 in print edition on B2
The DC Attack fastpitch softball organization has one opening for a pitcher on its 12-and-under team.
Jewelry, clothing valued at more than $11,000 reported stolen
April 28, 2011 in print edition on A4
A 61-year-old Hays woman reported Monday the theft of personal property from the Riverfront Plaza in downtown Lawrence.
Lawrence woman reports Ninja motorcycle stolen
April 28, 2011 in print edition on A4
A 27-year-old Lawrence woman reported Tuesday the theft of a motorcycle from the 1400 block of Prairie Avenue.
Cash reported stolen from Home Depot
April 28, 2011 in print edition on A4
A 36-year-old Merriam man reported to police Tuesday the theft of cash from Home Depot, 1910 W. 31st St.
Lawrence man reports to police theft of GPS device
April 28, 2011 in print edition on A4
A 56-year-old Lawrence man reported to police Tuesday the burglary and theft of personal property from a vehicle in the 1900 block of Massachusetts Street.
FAA should talk to morning DJs
April 28, 2011 in print edition on A8
I have a blue-ribbon commission in mind for Ray LaHood as he tries to sort out what to do about sleeping air traffic controllers. The panel members I’m thinking of have names like Preston & Steve, Cataldi, heck, maybe even Harvey in the Morning. Because when I heard the secretary of transportation say he’d never allow naps on the job, the first person I thought of was a radio DJ.
Campaign funding change not needed
April 28, 2011 in print edition on A8
Memo to Democratic senators eager to vote themselves campaign subsidies in the name of combating corruption: You really should not cloak your self-serving crusade in a claim that could be called intellectual corruption.
Safety study
Recent fatality accidents on Kansas Highway 10 certainly justify another look by state highway officials at potential safety measures.
April 28, 2011 in print edition on A8
The Kansas Turnpike Authority estimates that about 10 lives are saved and countless serious injuries are avoided each year by the concrete barrier walls it constructed in the early 1990s in the median of the 236-mile toll road.
Tune In: Michael Scott steps out of ‘The Office’
April 28, 2011
Very special episode alert! As we’ve been told, tonight marks the last time “The Office” (8 p.m., NBC) will feature Steve Carell as Michael Scott, the show’s star and Dunder Mifflin’s socially inept boss.
Horoscope for April 28
April 28, 2011
This year, you express an usually creative bent. Others respond to your many ideas, especially within groups and meetings. Your strength lies in that realm rather than in one-on-one talks. If you are single, you could meet someone through your friends or on the way to a group event. If you are attached, work together on manifesting a key goal. Pisces can be counted on.
100 years ago: Hit-and-run collision with Mass St. bicyclist
April 28, 2011
“Motoring at a rate exceeding the speed limit last night at an hour when Massachusetts was crowded with downtown workers hurrying home for supper, a party of Kansas Citians ran down and seriously injured C. E. Varnum, 615 Tennessee street.”
40 years ago: KU students vote against fee reallocation proposal
April 28, 2011
Students at Kansas University had voted 2,151 to 1,878 against a Student Senate plan to give nearly one-third of their student activity fee to the university administration to ease the school’s budget woes.
25 years ago: Lawrence Parks & Rec plans park for Chaparral area
April 28, 2011
The Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department was hoping to spend about $2 million before the end of the decade for major parks projects.