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Archive for Thursday, June 2, 2011

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6:00 a.m.
Kari Ann Rinker, Kansas state coordinator for the National Organization for Women, points out the tires she brought to a news conference to protest recent remarks by state Rep. Pete DeGraaf, a Mulvane Republican, Wednesday, June 1, 2011 outside the Statehouse, in Topeka. DeGraaf supports a new state law requiring women to buy separate health insurance policies if they want most abortions covered and compared buying them to having a spare tire on a car. Reproductive rights supporters criticize legislator for controversial comments on abortion
June 1, 2011 in print edition on 1A
Abortion rights supporters Wednesday criticized Kansas legislators for approving controversial abortion restrictions and making controversial comments along the way.
10:00 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. South Lawrence Trafficway fatal accident victim is from Lyndon
12:54 p.m., June 1, 2011 Updated 3:09 p.m. in print edition on 1A
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.
2:00 p.m.
An empty lot at 27th and Iowa streets could be the new home of an Olive Garden in Lawrence. Olive Garden considering building restaurant on South Iowa Street
June 1, 2011 in print edition on 1A
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?
6:00 p.m.
Richard Brauer combined his farm with fellow Douglas County Farmer Mike Garrett to help save on costs, including escalating gasoline prices. Making profits on food a ‘gamble’
June 2, 2011 in print edition on 1A
To plant and grow his 1,000 acres of corn and 1,000 acres of soybeans, Baldwin City farmer Mike Wintermantel will spend about $50,000 on fuel this year. And that’s OK with him. “We hope (fuel) prices stay high,” Wintermantel said. “It’s kind of odd, but that’s the truth.”

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ECM ends campaign after raising about $835,000 in donations
June 2, 2011
Ecumenical Christian Ministries has exceeded its $832,000 fundraising goal, capped by a $119,000 challenge grant from the Tulsa-based J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation. In order to receive the grant, the ECM had to reach its goal by May 24.
Kansas Rep. Kevin Yoder to speak at Chamber of Commerce event June 10
June 2, 2011
Third district Congressman Kevin Yoder, R-Kan., will speak at a Lawrence Chamber of Commerce event next week at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
Outlook improves for youths searching for summer jobs
June 2, 2011 in print edition on A3
Here is some good news for Lawrence teens and college students still looking for jobs: it’s going to be easier than last summer.
Group of Lawrence students leaving Friday for trip to Costa Rica; trip not affiliated with Lawrence school district
June 2, 2011 in print edition on A1
A dozen students from Southwest and West Junior High Schools in Lawrence are preparing to leave early Friday morning for a trip to Costa Rica.
E. coli outbreak blamed on ‘super-toxic’ strain
June 2, 2011
Scientists on Thursday blamed Europe’s worst recorded food-poisoning outbreak on a “super-toxic” strain of E. coli bacteria that may be brand new. But while suspicion has fallen on raw tomatoes, cucumbers and lettuce as the source of the germ, researchers have been unable to pinpoint the food responsible for the frightening illness, which has killed at least 18 people, sickened more than 1,600 and spread to least 10 European countries.
Romney opens presidential bid in N.H.
June 2, 2011
Just as Mitt Romney declared he’s in, it’s suddenly looking like he might have more big-name competition for the Republican presidential nomination.
‘My Plate’ replaces food pyramid as healthy-eating guide
June 2, 2011 in print edition on C10
There’s a new U.S. symbol for healthful eating: The Agriculture Department unveiled “My Plate” on Thursday, abandoning the food pyramid that had guided many Americans but merely confused others.
Writers evaluating public worth of newspapers across country
June 2, 2011 in print edition on A3
Driving 26,500 miles in a 10-year-old pickup and towing a 31-foot-long trailer, Sara Brown and Paul Steinle are taking a decidedly old-fashioned approach to solving a 21st century quandary.
Family asks for lesser prison sentence for man convicted of Lawrence robbery
June 2, 2011 in print edition on A6
Several family members Thursday pleaded for a Douglas County judge to be lenient with a prison sentence on a 22-year-old Topeka man who was convicted of robbing a Lawrence convenience store in 2009.
Judge orders Lawrence woman to serve one year on probation for role in March incident
June 2, 2011
A judge Friday ordered a 34-year-old Lawrence woman to serve one year on probation for her role in a March incident in the 1400 block of Haskell Avenue.
Two men sentenced to two months in jail each for December Lawrence apartment burglary
June 2, 2011 in print edition on A2
A Douglas County judge Thursday afternoon ordered two men to serve about two months in jail each for their role in a Dec. 11 Lawrence apartment burglary.
Panel to wrap up hearings on Kansas court system
June 2, 2011
A commission studying the Kansas court system plans to wrap up its public hearings in Topeka next week.
State offers free fishing this weekend
June 2, 2011
The state is offering a chance to fish for free this weekend. As part of National Fishing Week, anglers will be able to use all the public waters in Kansas free of charge on Saturday and Sunday.
Kansas will not appeal ruling on Jehovah’s Witness’ liver transplant
June 2, 2011
Kansas health officials say the state will drop its objections to allowing a woman to have a bloodless liver transplant in Nebraska.
Dress code holds up Garden City teachers contract negotiations
June 2, 2011
A federal mediator will be called in to contract negotiations for Garden City teachers, which stalled over a dispute about blue jeans. Negotiators for the district and teachers union declared an impasse Wednesday, requiring that a mediator be brought in.
Final Cedar Depot Festival scheduled for Friday and Saturday
June 2, 2011
For the price of a single 90-minute show in Branson, Mo., the Cedar Depot Festival Reunion is offering three days of country, western and gospel music entertainment. And the traffic won’t be nearly so bad after the event is over. The 10th and final festival will be this weekend in the tiny Smith County community of Cedar.
Wyandotte County site chosen for camp for chronically ill children
June 2, 2011
A camp for chronically ill children sponsored by NASCAR star Kyle Petty and his wife, Pattie, will be built on 65 acres in Wyandotte County not far from the Kansas Speedway.
States consider implications of dissolving bodies as alternative to burial, cremation
June 2, 2011
Hal Shimp didn’t want a traditional send-off after death. He didn’t want a big, somber service, and he certainly didn’t want to be buried. When the 91-year-old World War II veteran died in February after a cancer battle, his body tissue was dissolved using heat and lye, turning it into a liquid that could be poured down a drain and a dry bone residue given to relatives, who plan to scatter it when they plant a tree in his honor.
A.G. Schmidt appoints new KBI director
June 2, 2011 in print edition on A1
Thompson, 54, of Topeka, will take over the agency from Bob Blecha, who is retiring July 1 after 44 years in law enforcement, including 31 years with the KBI and the last four years as director.
Some Kansas farmers test cutting winter wheat crop
June 2, 2011
The winter wheat harvest is expected to begin within days in south-central Kansas as the industry grapples with mostly poor crops, but lofty prices for whatever farmers manage to salvage.
Man drowns in private lake near Wichita
June 2, 2011
Sedgwick County authorities say a Wichita man drowned while swimming with friends at a private lake near Wichita.
Kansas rethinking policy on cider doughnut ban Topeka farmers market
June 2, 2011
Cider doughnuts are causing some headaches for state health officials.
Burcham Park, Riverfront Park, lower Constant Park all closed as Kansas River prepares to crest at flood stage
04:01 p.m., June 2, 2011 Updated 11:55 a.m. in print edition on A1
The Kansas River reached flood stage in Lawrence Friday morning but the water level is expected to decline tonight or Saturday morning, according to officials at Douglas County Emergency Management. However, the flood warning will remain in effect until Saturday afternoon.
Lawrence residents spend Memorial Day weekend volunteering in Joplin
June 2, 2011 in print edition on A3
Lawrence residents who visited the tornado-ravaged city of Joplin, Mo., over Memorial Day weekend to help with relief efforts came back with a new respect for nature’s destructive power and for the resilience of the town’s people.
Have a talent? Try out for ‘Road Show’ this weekend in Lawrence
12:17 p.m., June 2, 2011 Updated 12:24 p.m. in print edition on A4
Some big-time reality TV producers are coming to Lawrence, looking for some undiscovered talent who could make it big.
McLouth student Justin Johnston shot, killed on school trip to Costa Rica; classmates returning to Kansas
10:32 a.m., June 2, 2011 Updated 12:48 a.m. in print edition on A1
A student at McLouth High School has died while on a school trip to Costa Rica, the victim of an overnight shooting.
Quick flooding prompts evacuations in Manhattan
10:20 a.m., June 2, 2011 Updated 08:14 p.m. in print edition on A2
Heavy rain that quickly pushed creeks out of their banks in north-central Kansas chased hundreds of people from their homes for several hours Thursday, turning parts of the region into a maze of closed roads.
Town Talk: Banquet business looking to open on Conn. Street; Olive Garden questions keep coming; a Wichita grocery deal to keep an eye on
June 2, 2011
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County:
Heard on the Hill: KU Cancer Center hires new researcher; UNC-Chapel Hill includes information about median course grades on transcripts; KU Natural History museum offering summer camps, wetlands walk
June 2, 2011
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Making profits on food a ‘gamble’
As gas prices sprout up, so do costs of growing
June 2, 2011 in print edition on A1
To plant and grow his 1,000 acres of corn and 1,000 acres of soybeans, Baldwin City farmer Mike Wintermantel will spend about $50,000 on fuel this year. And that’s OK with him. “We hope (fuel) prices stay high,” Wintermantel said. “It’s kind of odd, but that’s the truth.”
Douglas County judge declares mistrial minutes before trial starts
June 2, 2011 in print edition on A4
A Douglas County judge Wednesday afternoon declared a mistrial just minutes before jurors were scheduled to hear opening arguments in the trial of a 21-year-old woman accused in a December burglary near the Kansas University campus.
Douglas County commissioners send Northeast Sector project back to planning commission
June 2, 2011 in print edition on A4
Douglas County commissioners Wednesday evening voted to send the Northeast Sector Plan back to the Lawrence-Douglas County Metropolitan Planning Commission for further consideration and discussion.
Taxpayer identity theft is soaring
June 2, 2011 in print edition on A6
Imagine filing your tax return and learning that someone else got your refund. With your name and Social Security number, no less.
Lawmakers, districts worry about school meal costs
June 2, 2011 in print edition on A6
Eating healthy food isn’t always cheap, and some conservatives in Congress are concerned that the Obama administration’s effort to make school lunches more nutritious is a luxury the nation can’t afford.
Endeavour lands; final space shuttle on launch pad
June 2, 2011 in print edition on A6
NASA’s 30-year shuttle program inched closer to the end Wednesday, wrapping up its second-to-last mission and moving Atlantis to the launch pad for next month’s final flight.
New car buyers may have to wait to find bargains
June 2, 2011 in print edition on A5
New car buyers looking for a bargain this summer may have to wait.
GOP presses Obama on spending Medicare
June 2, 2011 in print edition on A5
Face to face at the White House, GOP leaders complained to President Barack Obama on Wednesday that he had not produced a detailed plan of spending cuts and accused him of playing politics over Medicare as the nation careens toward a debt crisis.
Marcus Morris visits Bucks
Milwaukee says forward ‘impressive’
June 2, 2011 in print edition on B1
Former Kansas University forward Marcus Morris, who continues his tour of NBA cities leading up to the June 23 draft, worked out for the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday.
Lawrence man arrested after hitting another with stick
June 2, 2011 in print edition on A4
A 24-year-old Lawrence man was arrested Wednesday evening after hitting another person with a stick.
Lawrence man reports laptop, video game console stolen
June 2, 2011 in print edition on A4
A 32-year-old Lawrence man reported to Lawrence police that someone stole his laptop computer and a video game system for a total of $1,550 in a burglary of his apartment Tuesday morning in the 2400 block of West 25th St.
Our Town sports for June 2
June 2, 2011 in print edition on B3
A weekly roundup of area events, results and happenings.
Butler’s blast lifts Royals to 2-0 victory over L.A.
June 2, 2011 in print edition on B1
Alcides Escobar saved the Kansas City Royals with his glove. Billy Butler won it with his bat.
Nowitzki’s dinged digit no cause for concern
June 2, 2011 in print edition on B1
Brian Cardinal took one look at Dirk Nowitzki’s injured finger, turned to the Dallas Mavericks’ trainer and recommended his treatment plan. “Cut it at the knuckle,” Cardinal said, making a scissors motion with his right hand. “Like Ronnie Lott.”
High praise: At Big 12 meetings, Commissioner Dan Beebe to Kansas AD Sheahon Zenger: Nice work (but lose the tie)
June 2, 2011 in print edition on B1
Big 12 Commissioner Dan Beebe has known Kansas University athletic director Sheahon Zenger long enough to offer up some friendly advice following Wednesday’s second day of the conference’s spring meetings at the Intercontinental Hotel near the Country Club Plaza.
Athletic needs
June 2, 2011 in print edition on A8
As a parent of a recent Kansas University graduate who was also an athlete, I want to thank KU Athletics for the amazing opportunity they gave my daughter.
Rare artist spurs sweet memory
June 2, 2011 in print edition on A8
One day, about a hundred years ago in the Los Angeles offices of SOUL magazine, I was working at my desk when I became aware of my colleagues Mike Terry and Mike Martinez, huddled together on the other side of the room, excitedly discussing some new album. I asked what they were listening to. Barely sparing me a glance, they told me to go back to the Jacksons or the O’Jays or the Brides of Funkenstein or whatever I was into then, because this was too deep for me. This was something I would never understand.
Huntsman an unlikely GOP nominee
June 2, 2011 in print edition on A8
Donald Trump’s pathological political exhibitionism has ended, Newt Gingrich has incinerated himself with an incoherent retraction tour, Mitt Romney has reaffirmed his enthusiasm for his Massachusetts health care law, rendering himself incapable of articulating the case against Obamacare and the entitlement state generally, Haley Barbour, Mike Huckabee and Mitch Daniels, aware of the axiom that anyone who will do what must be done to become president should not be allowed to be president, are out.
Drawing the lines
The state’s redistricting process is bound to be political, but leaders should try hard to keep it from disrupting other business during the 2012 legislative session.
June 2, 2011 in print edition on A8
The process of redrawing congressional and legislative districts in Kansas has officially begun and promises to be as politically charged as ever.
Tune In: Nostalgia hits the small screen
June 2, 2011
Nostalgia is in the air. Several of the most notable shows of the fall season hearken back to the mid-’60s “Mad Men” era by imitating a show called “Mad Men.”
Horoscope for June 2
June 2, 2011
This year, you appear to be an endless source of ideas and suggestions. Sometimes you could be overwhelmed by everything that comes up for you and not know how to funnel this energy. If you are single, you meet people with ease. Remember, whether attached or single, a relationship is a two-way street — it’s not all about you! A younger Gemini often teases you.
25 years ago: Hall-Kimbrell holds ribbon-cutting, open house
June 2, 2011
A ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house welcomed visitors to the new Hall-Kimbrell Environmental Services office at 15th and Wakarusa.
40 years ago: Majority of KU faculty members forego pay raise
June 2, 2011
Only 14 Kansas University faculty members were to get pay increases in the upcoming “austerity year.”
100 years ago: New law requires storekeepers to candle eggs
June 2, 2011
“The pure food law in regard to fresh eggs is very stringent.”