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Archive for Wednesday, June 1, 2011

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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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Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism urges drivers to be cautious of deer on roads
June 1, 2011 in print edition on A3
The state’s top biologist on big game is warning drivers to be cautious about deer on Kansas roads.
Judge orders 61-year-old man accused of threatening probation officer to stand trial
June 1, 2011
A Douglas County judge Wednesday morning ordered a 61-year-old Lawrence man to stand trial on charges he threatened a probation officer in 2009.
9-year-old boy hit by car Saturday released from hospital
June 1, 2011
The 9-year-old Lawrence boy who was injured Saturday afternoon after he was struck by a vehicle north of the intersection of Haskell and Ward avenues was released from Stormont-Vail Regional Health Center in Topeka on Tuesday, police and the family said Wednesday.
Olive Garden considering building restaurant on South Iowa Street
Chain interested in Lawrence, but only if financial incentives approved
June 1, 2011 in print edition on A1
The home of the never-ending pasta bowl soon may provide the next chapter in what seemingly has become Lawrence’s never-ending debate: How much should City Hall do to lure businesses to town?
Lawrence City Band concert relocated to KU’s Murphy Hall
June 1, 2011
The inaugural City Band Concert of the 2011 season has been relocated to Murphy Hall on the KU campus, city officials announced Wednesday afternoon.
Lawrence man pleads guilty to three counts in December Walmart robbery
June 1, 2011
A 19-year-old Lawrence man on Wednesday afternoon pleaded guilty to three counts in connection with a December robbery at Walmart, 3300 Iowa.
Attempt to override Brownback’s veto of arts funding falls short
June 1, 2011 in print edition on A3
Gov. Sam Brownback’s veto of Kansas Arts Commission funding stands, and Kansas is now the first state in the nation to eliminate funding for the arts.
Reproductive rights supporters criticize legislator for controversial comments on abortion
2011 session called ‘war on women’
June 1, 2011 in print edition on A1
Abortion rights supporters Wednesday criticized Kansas legislators for approving controversial abortion restrictions and making controversial comments along the way.
Wichita man pleads guilty in baby’s death
June 1, 2011
A Wichita man avoided trial on first-degree murder charges by pleading guilty to second-degree reckless murder in the death of a 10-month-old boy.
McPherson man charged in death of man found at Marion Reservoir
June 1, 2011
A McPherson man is charged with premeditated murder in the shooting death of a man whose body was found over the weekend at Marion Reservoir.
Kingman County becomes first Rural Opportunity Zone
June 1, 2011
Kingman County leaders have agreed to become the first county in the state to participate in a program designed to attract new college graduates. The south-central Kansas county will be the first partner in the Rural Opportunity Zone program.
Pedestrian killed by train while crossing street in Osawatomie
June 1, 2011
A northeast Kansas man was killed when he was struck by a train as he crossed a street.
Exports aiding Midwest economic growth
June 1, 2011
Strong export numbers are boosting the economy in nine Midwest and Plains states, even though high raw material costs have hurt profits, according to a new monthly report released Wednesday. The overall economic index for the Mid-America region rose to 60.2 in May from April’s 57.7, which indicates good growth because the index is well above the neutral level of 50.
Policy bans company’s cider doughnuts from farmers’ market at Statehouse
June 1, 2011
A policy aimed at increasing the amount of Kansas-based ingredients used in products sold at a farmers’ market held every Wednesday on the Statehouse grounds has sacked the sale of popular cider doughnuts.
Statehouse Live: Kansas taxpayers will no longer foot state water bill
June 1, 2011
On July 1, the start of the fiscal year, state officials will have to pay for their own water and water coolers.
South Lawrence Trafficway fatal accident victim is from Lyndon
Widower, police seek other driver in ‘extreme tragedy’
12:54 p.m., June 1, 2011 Updated 03:09 p.m. in print edition on A1
The Douglas County Sheriff’s office has identified a 48-year-old Lyndon woman as the victim of a fatality accident Tuesday afternoon on the South Lawrence Trafficway.
Lawrence High School teacher injured in St. Louis crash still in serious condition
June 1, 2011
A Lawrence High School teacher remains listed in serious condition at a St. Louis hospital Wednesday after he was injured in an accident last week in Collinsville, Ill.
Man injured in small plane crash north of Topeka
June 1, 2011
A man flying a single-person ultralight aircraft was injured when it crashed near a private airport north of Topeka.
Man killed by train on Osawatomie’s Main Street
June 1, 2011
A northeast Kansas man was killed when he was struck by a train as he crossed a street.
Kansas lawmakers begin work on redistricting
09:04 a.m., June 1, 2011 Updated 10:38 a.m.
Kansas legislators began discussions on redrawing lines for legislative and congressional districts on Wednesday, with the House speaker taking the unusual step of putting himself in charge of the politically charged task in his chamber.
Town Talk: Olive Garden eyeing South Iowa site, but wants tax break; 100 degree heat could win you a car; southeast Lawrence roadwork
June 1, 2011
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County:
Heard on the Hill: Copyright lawsuit threatens Internet posting for classes; KU professor weighs in on multiple sclerosis study; KU graduation photos available on Facebook
June 1, 2011
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
State tax revenue beats May forecast
June 1, 2011 in print edition on A8
Kansas revenue officials say the state collected nearly $47 million more in taxes than expected last month.
Pump Patrol
June 1, 2011 in print edition on A4
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.75 at several stations.
Northeast Sector Plan back on Douglas County Commission agenda
June 1, 2011 in print edition on A4
County commissioners this evening will continue public discussion concerning the inclusion of the Northeast Sector Plan in Horizon 2020.
Royals smash Angels, 7-3
June 1, 2011 in print edition on B4
Jeff Francis pitched seven strong innings and rookie Eric Hosmer drove in two runs in a five-run third as Kansas City defeated Los Angeles 7-3 on Tuesday night.
Brady Morningstar ‘winded’ during Jazz workout
June 1, 2011 in print edition on B3
Brady Morningstar needed a few seconds to catch his breath Tuesday after a rigorous workout with the NBA’s Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City.
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.
Atlanta losing — another — NHL team
June 1, 2011 in print edition on B2
First, the Flames. Now, the Thrashers. The struggling NHL franchise was sold Tuesday to a group that will move it to Winnipeg next season, making Atlanta the first city in the league’s modern era to lose two teams.
Miami can play ‘D,’ too
June 1, 2011 in print edition on B2
If they’re all this, you can start the parade. Here were the Heat in Game 1 of the NBA finals, jaws clenched, muscles ripped, no smiles, protecting their turf in a manner Dallas hadn’t run into these playoffs.
Buckeye probe shifts to QB Pryor’s cars
June 1, 2011 in print edition on B2
A day after coach Jim Tressel’s forced resignation for lying about Ohio State players receiving improper benefits, the focus has shifted to the investigation of star quarterback Terrelle Pryor and his succession of used cars.
Heat strike first, take 92-84 win
June 1, 2011 in print edition on B1
Dwyane Wade’s night began with a hug for his mom. It ended with an embrace from LeBron James. And the Miami Heat have struck first in the NBA finals.
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.
Film paints infuriating picture
June 1, 2011 in print edition on A6
I don’t normally talk about films in this column because I am neither an expert nor do I get out to see very many in theaters. But this past weekend I watched the HBO film “Too Large to Fail.” I was immensely impressed by the movie and found it difficult to pause it even to use the restroom.
U.S.-Pakistan dealings lacking in candor
June 1, 2011 in print edition on A6
Since Navy SEALs killed Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistani generals have been consumed with rage.
Retiring Carl Torbush preaches patience
June 1, 2011 in print edition on B1
A reporter approached retiring Kansas University defensive coordinator Carl Torbush, who seemingly sensed the young man’s unease over having to ask questions about the football coach’s cancer diagnosis. “You need to smile,” Torbush told him Tuesday in Mrkonic Auditorium. “You look better when you show some teeth.”
25 years ago: Producer in town to cast locals for movie
June 1, 2011
The city of Lawrence now had a chance to present a lighter side to movie audiences.
40 years ago: Young boys discover marijuana stash under bridge
June 1, 2011
Four youngsters playing under a small bridge about five miles west of Lawrence had discovered a metal box.
100 years ago: Street-car owner to give party for Lawrence children
June 1, 2011
“Within a week or two after vacation begins, the school children of Lawrence will be given a free picnic at Woodland park.”