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Archive for Friday, June 3, 2011

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12:00 a.m.
McLouth High School student Justin Johnston, 16, was shot and killed Thursday, June 2, 2011, while on a trip to Costa Rica with the school's Spanish Club. 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 1A
A student at McLouth High School has died while on a school trip to Costa Rica, the victim of an overnight shooting.
10:00 a.m.
Jillian Rodrigue, assistant director of Douglas County Emergency Management drops a plumb line gauge into the Kansas River to measure the river's flood stage Thursday, June 2, 2011. The county will take measurements every four hours until Saturday morning to monitor the river level. Rodrigue measured the river level at 15-feet, 8-inches at 2:30 p.m., up from 15-feet, 3.5-inches at 10:30 a.m. Burcham Park, Riverfront Park, lower Constant Park all closed as Kansas River prepares to crest at flood stage
4:01 p.m., June 2, 2011 Updated 11:55 a.m. in print edition on 1A
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.
4:30 p.m.
Randy Lewis among the ruins of a Joplin, Mo., neighborhood during Memorial Day weekend. Lawrence residents spend Memorial Day weekend volunteering in Joplin
June 2, 2011 in print edition on 3A
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.
7:00 p.m.
Lawrence sculptor Elden Tefft applies coats of wax to "Sandy the Sandrat" in his studio May 19, 2011. North Lawrence residents who consider themselves "sandrats" were looking for a mascot, and Tefft sketched out Sandy. The annual sandrat reunion in North Lawrence is June 4, and attendees can get an early look at the sculpture in progress. Sculptor Elden Tefft creating bronze ‘sandrat’ for residents of North Lawrence
May 31, 2011 in print edition on 1A
As North Lawrencians from across the country reunite again this year to celebrate their history and to catch up with each other, they’ll have something else to celebrate. Elden Tefft, a Lawrence bronze sculptor, is creating a 3-foot “sandrat” to commemorate the traditions and people of North Lawrence.

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McLouth BBQ Blowout continues Saturday
June 3, 2011 in print edition on A4
The aromas that will waft from the Stan Braksick Sports Complex parking this weekend will mean just one thing: the McLouth BBQ Blowout is back in the Jefferson County community.
Dog Days to begin summer workouts at stadium Monday
June 3, 2011 in print edition on A4
Red Dog’s Dog Days community workout is returning to Memorial Stadium starting Monday.
Bleak jobs report dampens hopes of steady growth
June 3, 2011 in print edition on A6
A bleak jobs report suggests the recovery from the Great Recession will be longer and bumpier than many economists had envisioned.
Edwards indicted in $925K mistress cover-up
June 3, 2011 in print edition on A6
John Edwards acknowledged he has “done wrong” and hurt others but strongly denied breaking the law after federal prosecutors charged him Friday with using $925,000 in under-the-table campaign contributions to hide his pregnant mistress during his 2008 run for president.
Lions Club honors 75-year member
June 3, 2011 in print edition on A3
Lawrence resident Ned Link has spent more than three-fourths of his life as a member of the Lions Club. That’s 75 years.
Arness of ‘Gunsmoke’ fame dies
June 3, 2011 in print edition on A7
It takes a special kind of lawman to carry on for 20 years in the Wild West of TV. Matt Dillon, the mythical marshal of Dodge City, stood tall — all 6 feet, 6 inches of him — on “Gunsmoke” from 1955 to 1975. He outlasted dozens of other Western heroes while making history on TV’s longest-running dramatic series, a record that held until NBC’s “Law & Order” tied the CBS Western’s record in 2010.
Kidnapped girl showed resilience in captivity
June 3, 2011 in print edition on A7
Through it all, the kidnapping, the repeated sexual assaults and the isolation of being hidden away for over 18 years, Jaycee Dugard survived by playing the good girl.
Rocket wounds president, escalating fight
June 3, 2011 in print edition on A7
President Ali Abdullah Saleh was wounded when rebellious tribesmen struck his palace with rockets Friday, targeting him for the first time in a dramatic escalation of fighting that has turned parts of the capital into a battleground and pushed Yemen toward civil war.
Democrats call Brownback ‘disingenuous’ in touting highway projects
June 3, 2011 in print edition on A1
Gov. Sam Brownback criss-crossed the state this week announcing more than $1.8 billion in major highway projects, including the South Lawrence Trafficway in Lawrence. And that has Democrats crying foul because Brownback, a Republican, opposed the increase in the state sales tax rate to fund the state’s comprehensive transportation program.
FDA requests seizure of Wyldewood Cellars’ elderberry juice
04:00 p.m., June 3, 2011 Updated 05:08 p.m. in print edition on A4
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration requested the seizure of an elderberry juice product distributed by Wyldewood Cellars Inc., based in Peck.
Former President George W. Bush to speak in Wichita Nov. 3
June 3, 2011 in print edition on A5
The Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce announced Friday that former President George W. Bush will be speak at the annual meeting on Nov. 3.
Defendant enters no-contest plea in connection with Walmart robbery
03:14 p.m., June 3, 2011 Updated 07:17 p.m. in print edition on A5
A 21-year-old Lawrence man entered a no-contest plea Friday in connection with a December robbery at Walmart, 3300 Iowa.
Kansas Boys’ State to begin 2011 session in Manhattan
June 3, 2011
Current and former state political leaders will address high school students taking part next week in the American Legion Boys’ State of Kansas.
Topeka lawyer sentenced in hit-and-run death
June 3, 2011
A Topeka lawyer has been sentenced to more than five years in prison for killing a bicyclist in a hit-and-run accident.
Animals rescued in Wichita need new homes
June 3, 2011
Two rehabilitation centers that help horses rescued in the Wichita area are trying to find new homes for some of the horses. . Sedgwick County deputies first take seized horses to a facility in Kechi. Eventually, the horses are transferred to the Hope in the Valley Equine Rescue and Sanctuary in Wichita.
Wichita police break up teen burglary ring
June 3, 2011
A burglary ring that used teenagers to break into cars and homes in sections of Wichita committed up to 250 crimes and cost property owners an estimated $225,000 in losses, Wichita police said.
Greensburg offers advice on rebuilding to tornado victims
June 3, 2011 in print edition on A1
Officials in the south-central Kansas town of Greensburg, which was nearly wiped out by a tornado four years ago, have some advice for other tornado-ravaged towns: Take time rebuilding.
Department of Homeland Security to strengthen National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility against storms
June 3, 2011 in print edition on A1
Even before the deadly tornado struck Joplin, Mo., federal officials say they planned to modify the design of the new Kansas biosecurity lab to better withstand tornadoes and strong winds.
Kansas officials assess flood, storm damage
June 3, 2011
Federal, state and local emergency management agencies are assessing the extent of damage to Kansas communities and agriculture land from the latest round of storms and flooding.
Chris Redman named president of Haskell Indian Nations University
01:45 p.m., June 3, 2011 Updated 03:44 p.m. in print edition on A1
Bureau of Indian Education Director Keith Moore has selected Chris Redman as the new president of Haskell Indian Nations University.
Statehouse Live: Supreme Court suspends law license of attorney from Baldwin City
12:57 p.m., June 3, 2011 Updated 01:02 p.m. in print edition on A4
The court’s decision announced Friday stems from Vanderbilt’s failure to pay nearly $77,000 in child support since 2005.
Kansas man pleads to northwestern Missouri marijuana farm conspiracy
June 3, 2011
A Mexican citizen has pleaded guilty to taking part in a marijuana farming conspiracy in northwestern Missouri.
Naked man jumps fence, into pool full of children in Overland Park
June 3, 2011
Overland Park police say a man who ran naked through a neighborhood before jumping into a pool full of children probably won’t be charged.
Shooting of McLouth student in Costa Rica gives some Lawrence parents pause
June 3, 2011 in print edition on A2
Lora Schneider’s son Jackson, a Free State sophomore, was on his way back from an educational tour in Washington, D.C., when she heard about the death of a McLouth student in Costa Rica.
Eight people hospitalized after car accidents on I-35
11:12 a.m., June 3, 2011 Updated 12:11 p.m. in print edition on A4
Eight people, including two children, were taken to Kansas City area hospitals Thursday afternoon after two crashes that happened minutes apart on Interstate 35 near Ottawa.
KDOT commits $192 million to complete South Lawrence Trafficway
Entire SLT might be a toll road, if feasible
11:02 a.m., June 3, 2011 Updated 05:33 p.m. in print edition on A1
The Kansas Department of Transportation announced Friday morning that the state has committed $192 million to complete the South Lawrence Trafficway project.
Police chase ends in crash; two suspects in late-night burglary escape on foot
June 3, 2011 in print edition on A5
Lawrence police are looking for two men who led officers on an early Friday morning vehicle chase that ended with the suspects crashing their pickup truck into a tree northeast of Lawrence and running away.
Town Talk: Lowe’s has interest in new northwest Lawrence site; SLT funding decision expected today; county commissioner steamed over environmental regulations
June 3, 2011
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Heard on the Hill: KU English professor looks at literary merit of Harry Potter; Spencer Museum of Art collection viewable online; ECM campaign’s success came from a variety of sources
June 3, 2011
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Garnett woman injured in accident south of Ottawa
June 3, 2011 in print edition on A4
A 46-year-old Garnett woman was injured Wednesday afternoon in a two-vehicle accident about nine miles south of Ottawa on U.S. Highway 59.
All aboard for kid-friendly train ride
June 3, 2011 in print edition on A6
Thomas the Tank Engine will visit Baldwin City over the next two weekends at the Midland Railway Depot.
Alcides Escobar’s shortcomings at plate neutralize K.C. shortstop’s stellar defense
June 3, 2011 in print edition on B5
Kansas City shortstop Alcides Escobar’s defense might be fun to watch this season, but Royals fans shouldn’t go too far in their admiration for the 24-year-old.
Review: ‘Earthwork’
June 3, 2011
Shot almost entirely in Kansas and based on the true story of Lawrence, Kan. crop artist Stan Herd, “Earthwork” is a testament to the power within art to bring people together, even in the most unlikely of circumstances.
Markieff Morris feels Michael Jordan’s presence at pre-draft camp
June 3, 2011 in print edition on B1
Markieff Morris didn’t actually see NBA Hall of Famer Michael Jordan enter the Charlotte Bobcats’ practice facility on Thursday morning.
Mavs storm back, stun Miami in Game 2 of NBA Finals
June 3, 2011 in print edition on B1
Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks put a stunning end to their misery in Miami.
Storm open as favorites to repeat as WNBA champs
June 3, 2011
The Seattle Storm had such a dominant run to the WNBA championship last year, they are the overwhelming favorites to win again as the league opens its 15th season this weekend.
Game 2 comeback victory puts NBA Finals in Mavs’ court
June 3, 2011
You don’t win 57 regular-season games, sweep Phil Jackson into retirement and win five straight road playoff games without having some serious staying power.
Secret” labor talks between NFL and NFLPA go down in Chicago
June 3, 2011
The NFL and its players completed three straight days of not-so-secret talks Thursday. Now they head to an appeals court in St. Louis for a ruling that could prove pivotal in the nearly three-month lockout.
Big 12 finalizes new plan for hoops tourneys
June 3, 2011 in print edition on B3
Finishing among the top six in the regular season will be rewarded with a first-round bye in the redesigned men’s and women’s Big 12 basketball tournaments.
Tweaking KU football LB corps tempting
June 3, 2011 in print edition on B1
For the record, I’m not interested in the linebackers vacancy on Turner Gill’s staff unless I can coach Jimmay Mundine and Brandon Bourbon.
Justice Department to meet with BCS
June 3, 2011 in print edition on B3
The Justice Department’s antitrust division will meet with the BCS this summer, following up on concerns the department raised with the NCAA about college football’s postseason format.
Rickie Fowler the next great American hope in golf
June 3, 2011
Teenagers wearing his caps in Crayola colors lined the fence beside the scorer’s cabin at Muirfield Village Golf Club. Inside was their Puma Pied Piper, perhaps the only person capable of erasing the stigma of jailhouse orange, his choice of Sunday best, no less. Only he was dressed in bright emerald green, right down to the shoes, not yet available to young golfers watching at home.
City status quo
June 3, 2011 in print edition on A7
Well, Mr. Simons, that was a fine rant. You listed a number of areas where you think local leadership is lacking. Is it your take we should pursue them all?
Money won’t create democracy
June 3, 2011 in print edition on A7
The upheaval in Yemen and the possibility that al-Qaida might take over, turning that country into a stronger terrorist base than it already is, should give pause to American and European policy in the Arab world.
Gates reclarifying CIA, military lines
June 3, 2011 in print edition on A7
One consequence of the early “war on terror” years was that the lines between CIA and military activities got blurred. The Pentagon moved into clandestine areas that had traditionally been the province of the CIA. Special Forces began operating secretly abroad in ways that worried the CIA, the State Department and foreign governments.
Tax caution
The Kansas tax system may need revision, but lawmakers should carefully consider both the positive and negative effects of any changes.
June 3, 2011 in print edition on A7
In recent speeches and talks with reporters, Gov. Sam Brownback has repeated two interesting points related to the state’s economy.
25 years ago: Police officers find weapons in Clinton Lake
June 3, 2011
Acting on a tip, law enforcement officials had found a handgun and a shotgun in Clinton Lake near the south end of the dam.
40 years ago: Local industrial plant announces expansion, doubles workforce
June 3, 2011
The Cutler Repaving Inc. plant and facilities, located in the Lawrence Industrial park near 27th and Haskell, announced an expansion which would double the size of the local employment force.
100 years ago: Serial burglar narrowly avoids discovery by household’s children
June 3, 2011
“While two laughing, romping children scampered about the room playing ‘burglar,’ the house-breaker who has been terrorizing the Lawrence residence district for three weeks, stood cramped in a closet of the same room for twenty minutes last night.”
Twins topple Royals, 8-2
June 3, 2011 in print edition on B5
Anthony Swarzak could be going back to Minnesota’s bullpen after picking up his first victory in nearly two years.
Li tops Sharapova in French Open semis
June 3, 2011
As Maria Sharapova prepared to serve while only a point from defeat in the French Open semifinals, Li Na was thinking what any opponent would at that precise moment.
Coaches’ wives connect on MarriedToTheGame.net
June 3, 2011 in print edition on B3
Wives who married into some of the nation’s bitterest rivalries are bonding, thanks to connections made on a social networking Website.