Archive for Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
Katie Becker, a retired Hillcrest Elementary teacher, continues to work for children as a court-appointed special advocate working with abused and neglected children. Retired teacher still making difference as child advocate
May 31, 2011 in print edition on 3A
When Katie Becker retired from teaching at Hillcrest School in 2005, she wasn’t ready to retire from working with children. So she began one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of her life. She became a Court Appointed Special Advocate, working with abused and neglected children in care of the juvenile court.
6:00 a.m.
Douglas County Sheriff's officials investigate a fatality accident on the South Lawrence Trafficway near Clinton Parkway Tuesday, May 31, 2011. One person died when a piece of metal fell off an oncoming truck and went through the windshield. One person dies after being struck by a piece of metal that fell from an oncoming vehicle on the SLT in Lawrence
12:25 p.m., May 31, 2011 Updated 5:53 p.m. in print edition on 1A
A woman died after being struck by a piece of metal that fell from an oncoming vehicle Tuesday afternoon on the South Lawrence Trafficway north of Clinton Parkway, Douglas County Sheriff’s officials said.
9:30 a.m.
The view of the north side of the Statehouse. Top 10 buzzworthy moments of the 2011 Kansas legislative session
May 31, 2011 in print edition on 1A
To say conservatives felt emboldened at the start of the 2011 legislative session in January would be an understatement. The results of the 2010 election put state government in their hands. Now that the 2011 session is officially in the books, here are the top 10 moments that created buzz under the Capitol dome.
1:00 p.m.
Former University of Kansas athletic department consultant, Thomas Ray Blubaugh, and his wife Charlette Blubaugh, left and center, leave the U.S. Federal Courthouse, in Wichita, Kan., on Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010, after being arraigned on a charge of conspiring to commit wire fraud. Prosecutors say the couple, along with others, are charged with stealing athletic tickets and scalping them for cash to ticket brokers and third parties outside the university totally $5 million. Charlette Blubaugh begins serving prison sentence at Federal Medical Center in Fort Worth, Texas
May 31, 2011 in print edition on 3A
Charlette Blubaugh won’t be spending the next four-plus years in camp. Blubaugh, former associate athletics director for ticket operations at Kansas Athletics Inc., started her 57-month prison term last week in a Texas prison for her role in a scheme to steal and resell tickets to regular-season games for football and men’s basketball.
4:30 p.m.
Seth Fox, of Atchison, often travels to Lawrence Municipal Airport in his Cessna 150d. It costs Fox more than $110 to fill the Cessna's tank. Rising aviation fuel prices contribute to emptier skies over Lawrence
May 31, 2011 in print edition on 1A
If the price of aviation fuel continues to rise, Seth Fox said he’ll fill his plane with ordinary gasoline. After landing his two-seat Cessna at Lawrence Municipal Airport, Fox, a pilot from Atchison, said he wasn’t kidding about the gas. He’s done it before, although it did cause the plane’s single engine to fail during landing. Fox said that was “no big deal.”

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Big 12 meetings under way
Atmosphere different from last year’s crisis management
June 1, 2011 in print edition on B3
The future of the Big 12 was in question when the conference held its spring meetings a year ago.
Arts ax
Kansans who care about the arts should carefully monitor the impact of the state’s new arts funding strategy.
June 1, 2011 in print edition on A6
Although it was not unexpected, Gov. Sam Brownback’s line-item veto of funding for the Kansas Arts Commission had a stunning note of finality.