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Archive for Tuesday, June 7, 2011

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6:00 a.m.
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, lower left, participates in a National Day of Prayer observance Thursday, May 5, 2011, at the Statehouse in Topeka. Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback to attend Texas prayer rally ‘on behalf of our troubled nation’
1:47 p.m., June 6, 2011 Updated 7:42 p.m. in print edition on 1A
Gov. Rick Perry has invited all the nation’s governors to the prayer rally which is being funded by the American Family Association.
9:30 a.m.
Sidewalk chalk on the south side of the capitol building expresses the feelings of Kansas Arts Commission supporters. Statehouse Live: Kansas Arts Commissioner resigns; meeting in Lawrence canceled
12:21 p.m., June 6, 2011 Updated 3:16 p.m.
Gov. Sam Brownback is continuing his shakeup of the Kansas Arts Commission.
1:00 p.m.
John Geery shows a gun to a customer at Jayhawk Pawn and Jewelry, 1804 W. Sixth St., Monday, June 6, 2011. Law loosening restrictions on concealed carry renewals remains unchanged
June 7, 2011 in print edition on 1A
A Kansas law that allows the blind and others with serious physical infirmities to carry concealed firearms in public places remains on the state’s books following the 2011 legislative session.
4:30 p.m.
Tracy Sanson, left, of Phillipsburg, and Anne Brumbaugh, Overland Park, painted outdoor scenes near the Chancellor's residence Monday, June 6, 2011, on the Kansas University campus. Sanson and Brumbaugh were participating in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences' annual Mini College. KU’s Mini College takes graduates back to the classroom
June 7, 2011
William Andrews of Salina is back at Kansas University’s Mini College for the third time.
7:00 p.m.
Caryl Hale, right, has a garden that provides plenty of fresh vegetables for her children including Miles, 2, and Allyson, 3. The Hale family garden is on this year's Lawrence Food Garden Tour. Tasty tour: A little something for everyone on this year’s Lawrence Food Garden Tour
June 7, 2011
This Saturday, the third-annual tour of private and community food gardens around Lawrence will welcome visitors during the coolest part of the day — 9 a.m. to noon and again from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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Cicada ice cream sales halted in Missouri
June 7, 2011 in print edition on A4
Public health officials have suggested a shop in the college town of Columbia cool it with a cicada-flavored ice cream that customers apparently can’t get enough of during the insect’s once-every-13-years invasion.
Rep. Weiner gets no sympathy from Dems
June 7, 2011 in print edition on A7
Fellow Democrats pointedly refused to defend Rep. Anthony Weiner on Tuesday, telegraphing an unmistakable eagerness for him to resign after he admitted sending a lewd photo of himself to a woman via Twitter and lying about it.
Debit card fee debate hits Senate
June 7, 2011 in print edition on A7
In a heavily lobbied fight pitting financial institutions against merchants, supporters of the nation’s banks pushed Tuesday toward a Senate vote aimed at blocking a government plan to cap the fees that stores must pay banks whenever a customer swipes a debit card.
Slowing economy worries Obama, but he says nation should ‘not panic’
June 7, 2011 in print edition on A7
With few options at hand and his poll numbers sagging, President Barack Obama expressed concern Tuesday about the sudden slowdown in the economy but said he is not worried about a second recession and the nation should “not panic.”
Douglas County Commission to consider rezoning requests
June 7, 2011 in print edition on A5
Douglas County commissioners will consider several rezoning requests at their meetings Wednesday afternoon and evening.
Police department’s 8 new patrol cars feature updated insignia
June 7, 2011 in print edition on A3
The eight new patrol cars joining the Lawrence Police Department’s fleet this year will have a new look.
Pickup truck driver says he had no idea a piece came off his vehicle, killing passenger in vehicle on SLT
June 7, 2011 in print edition on A3
The driver of a pickup truck hauling scrap metal told a Douglas County Sheriff’s detective he didn’t know anything had fallen from his trailer last week or that it had struck and killed a woman on the South Lawrence Trafficway west of Lawrence.
Education leaders from 11 states gather in Montana
June 7, 2011
Education department heads from 11 states are meeting in Montana to address rural issues.
Lawrence nurse at LMH reports feeling overnight Missouri earthquake
June 7, 2011
At 3:10 a.m. Tuesday, Rachelle Ziesenis was minding her own business in the middle of her shift as a registered nurse on the fourth floor of Lawrence Memorial Hospital, 325 Maine.
Wait, what? DeAndre Daniels picks UConn
Huskies make late push for prize recruit, who spurns KU
04:33 p.m., June 7, 2011 Updated 12:00 a.m. in print edition on B1
Prize college basketball recruiting prospect DeAndre Daniels, who for the longest time had listed Kansas University, Texas and Oregon as his three finalists, has decided to play college basketball at … Connecticut.
Finney County bans sale and use of fireworks because of dry weather
June 7, 2011
It will be a little quieter Fourth of July holiday in Finney County. County and fire officials say dry weather conditions prompted them to ban the sale and use of fireworks for the upcoming holiday.
Wichita exterminators seeing more bedbugs
June 7, 2011 in print edition on A4
Wichita pest-control companies say eradicating bedbugs is still just a small part of their businesses, but that could change as reports of the tiny bloodsuckers in the city are on the rise.
Habitat ReStore seeks lumber for tornado-damaged Reading
June 7, 2011 in print edition on A5
Lawrence Habitat ReStore is seeking donations of lumber to help it meet anticipated needs from victims of last month’s tornado in Reading.
KDHE allows southeast Kansas landfills to receive debris from Joplin tornado
June 7, 2011
Landfills in southeast Kansas will be receiving between 2 million and 3 million cubic yards of construction and demolition debris left by the May 22 tornado that struck Joplin, Mo.
Man, son die in Wichita house fire
June 7, 2011
A house fire in Wichita killed a 75-year-old man and his 51-year-old son, who had escaped but went back into the building to try and rescue his father.
EPA objects to proposed oil pipeline from Canada
June 7, 2011
The Environmental Protection Agency is raising new objections to a proposed pipeline that would carry oil from western Canada to the Texas Gulf Coast.
Kansas University Law School applications drop 23 percent
June 7, 2011 in print edition on A1
As Kansas University’s School of Law deals with a national slump in the legal job market, admission applications to the school have fallen sharply.
Sporting KC’s stadium ready to dish up goodies
June 7, 2011
The new stadium for the pro soccer club Sporting KC has unveiled a menu that features quirky creations like bacon-wrapped hotdogs and macaroni and cheese tossed with spicy Buffalo chicken.
NY accident illuminates dangers of ‘bounce houses’
June 7, 2011
They look like harmless fun — fluffy, inflated castles, ships and slides filled with children jumping around carelessly, their parents letting their guard down a bit during playtime.
Wildfire becomes 2nd largest in Arizona history
June 7, 2011
A ferocious wildfire that has driven thousands from their homes in eastern Arizona grew to 486 square miles Tuesday and set its sights on the biggest target yet — two of the most populous towns in the fire-scarred mountains.
Committee to vote on federal appeals court nominee Steve Six
June 7, 2011 in print edition on A2
Former Kansas Attorney General Steve Six may be moving a step closer in as his bid for a seat on a federal appeals court. The U.S. Senate judiciary committee is expected to vote Thursday on Six’s nomination to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.
KU pitcher T.J. Walz drafted by Oakland in 15th Round
June 7, 2011
Kansas University senior pitcher T.J. Walz was drafted in the 15th round of Major League Baseball’s amateur draft — 466th overall — by the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday.
Kansas attorney general adds state to another lawsuit against federal health care law
June 7, 2011
Attorney General Derek Schmidt has brought Kansas into another lawsuit against the federal health care overhaul enacted last year, and he said Tuesday that the move will help states flesh out arguments they expect to be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Missouri 340 kayak race could be moved to Kansas River
03:23 p.m., June 7, 2011 Updated 05:37 p.m. in print edition on A1
It’s a fluid situation. That’s how Scott Mansker, race director for the Missouri 340 kayak race, describes the current standing of this year’s race. High river levels from rain have made the possibility of having the annual event on the Missouri River a no-go.
KU junior pitcher Colton Murray picked by Philadelphia in Round 13
June 7, 2011
Kansas University junior pitcher Colton Murray was picked in the 13th Round of the Major League Baseball draft on Tuesday.
Lefty Kukuk picked by Red Sox
02:13 p.m., June 7, 2011 Updated 12:00 a.m. in print edition on B1
The Boston Red Sox made Free State High standout Cody Kukuk the 20th pick of the 7th Round in Tuesday’s amateur baseball draft.
Kobach at center of two Supreme Court decisions in illegal immigration cases
01:11 p.m., June 7, 2011 Updated 05:11 p.m. in print edition on A6
On Monday, the court refused to review a California Supreme Court ruling that upheld a state law giving California high school graduates reduced tuition at state schools, regardless of their immigration status. The court did not give a reason for its action.
Fund established for family of McLouth High student fatally shot during school trip to Costa Rica
June 7, 2011 in print edition on A5
A fund has been established for the family of Justin Johnston, a McLouth High School student who was the victim of a shooting last Thursday during a Spanish Club trip to Costa Rica.
Toddler falls at East Lawrence Center, flown to Children’s Mercy for treatment
12:47 p.m., June 7, 2011 Updated 10:11 p.m.
A toddler who was injured after a fall Tuesday afternoon at the East Lawrence Recreation Center was flown to Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo., an emergency dispatcher and the center’s supervisor said.
Marlesa Roney, KU’s vice provost of student success, leaving post to become education professor
11:00 a.m., June 7, 2011 Updated 05:14 p.m.
Marlesa Roney, Kansas University’s vice provost of student success, will resign her position to take a new position as a professor of higher education in KU’s School of Education.
Town Talk: Penny Annie’s Sweet Shop to close; sales tax collections up by nearly 4 percent in city; supporter of guns on campus bill thinks 2012 may be the year
June 7, 2011
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County
Douglas County man sentenced to probation for his role in cockfighting operation near Eudora
June 7, 2011 in print edition on A6
District Judge Kay Huff told Ezequiel Olivas, 45, he would need to serve a six-month prison sentence if he’s found to violate his probation terms, including 40 hours of community service and the prohibition of owning any animals for fighting purposes or any firearms.
National Guard soldier who lost vehicle in Reading tornado given a replacement by not-for-profit organization
June 7, 2011
A Kansas National Guard member who lost his vehicle in the tornado that ripped through Reading is getting a replacement, thanks to a charitable organization.
Heard on the Hill: Lizard discovered by KU grad student makes top 10 list; KU psychology professor Gregory Simpson becomes new dean at Illinois State; new parking signs point way to orientation
01:55 a.m., June 7, 2011 Updated 07:38 a.m.
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Volcanic ash grounds flights, covers ski resorts
June 7, 2011 in print edition on A6
An erupting Chilean volcano sent a towering plume of ash across South America on Monday, forcing thousands from their homes, grounding airline flights in southern Argentina and coating ski resorts with a gritty layer of dust instead of snow.
Obama to order ‘real drawdown’ of U.S. troops in Afghanistan
June 7, 2011 in print edition on A6
President Barack Obama will order a “real drawdown” of U.S. forces from Afghanistan starting in July, the White House insisted Monday, a milestone in a long war that is testing the patience of the American people and Congress particularly after the killing of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden.
N.Y. congressman admits to sending lewd picture
Still, Weiner says he won’t resign
June 7, 2011 in print edition on A6
After days of denials, a choked-up Rep. Anthony Weiner confessed Monday that he tweeted a photo of his bulging underpants to a young woman, and he also admitted to “inappropriate” exchanges with six women before and after he got married. He apologized for lying but said he would not resign.
Iowa, Missouri officials brace for flooding from new breaches in levee system
June 7, 2011 in print edition on A5
Crews scrambled Monday to protect a southwest Iowa town from the swollen Missouri River, but local officials said it’s unclear whether they’ll be able to prevent the river from leaving the community under several feet of water for weeks.
Person who fell three stories from Parkway Commons apartment building in serious condition
June 7, 2011 in print edition on A4
The person who fell from a third-story balcony Sunday night at Parkway Commons Apartments, 3601 Clinton Parkway, was in serious condition upon being flown to Kansas University Hospital in Kansas City, Kan., Division Chief Eve Tolefree, of Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical, said Monday.
Baldwin City woman reports stolen bank bag contating $5,400 in cash and checks
June 7, 2011 in print edition on A4
A 47-year-old Baldwin City woman reported to Lawrence police June 1 that someone had stolen a bank bag containing $5,400 worth of cash and checks from the front desk of the space she rents out of The Jayhawk Tennis Facility, 5200 Clinton Parkway.
KU’s Mini College takes graduates back to the classroom
June 7, 2011
William Andrews of Salina is back at Kansas University’s Mini College for the third time.
Enter the KUSports.com NBA Draft contest to win $100 in KU gear
June 7, 2011
Think you know you stuff when it comes to this year’s NBA draft? Prove it with the KUSports.com NBA draft contest.
Back in town: Fresh off his rookie season, Cole Aldrich entertains campers
June 7, 2011 in print edition on B1
Gregarious former Kansas University center Cole Aldrich flashed a big smile as he fielded 15 minutes worth of questions from Bill Self’s 700 basketball campers Monday afternoon in Horejsi Center.
LHS grad Nick DeBiasse hoping to be picked in MLB draft
June 7, 2011 in print edition on B1
Former Lawrence High standout baseball player Nick DeBiasse says packing his life into a suitcase today will be difficult for two reasons. For one, he doesn’t know where he’s headed. And for two, he’ll be wondering in the back of his mind what’s going on in the Major League Baseball Draft, where he’s expected to be taken either today or Wednesday.
Dwyane Wade, Heat won’t look back vs. Mavs
June 7, 2011 in print edition on B2
A chance for another championship ahead of him, Dwyane Wade refused to look back.
Plaxico Burress, finally free, leaves NY prison
June 7, 2011 in print edition on B2
Clad nearly all in black — hooded sweat shirt, athletic shorts, sneakers — and a white T-shirt, the tall, lanky man walked alone through a gate in a chain-link fence topped by swirls of barbed wire.
Royals draft local kid Bubba Starling with 5th pick
June 7, 2011 in print edition on B3
Lonnie Goldberg wasn’t sure he believed Bubba Starling’s home runs could actually travel 500 feet until he saw for himself.
LB coach Vantz Singletary excited to be at Kansas
June 7, 2011 in print edition on B1
Vantz Singletary has been around football long enough to know a good matchup when he comes across one.
Andre Walker a new name in recruiting
June 7, 2011 in print edition on B3
KU may be in the running for Andre Walker, a 6-7, 220-pound power forward, who has graduated from Vanderbilt University and decided to play at another school his senior season.
Jayhawk Tennis Center hires new head pro
June 7, 2011 in print edition on B3
Vance VanPelt, director of tennis at Top Gun Tennis Academy and the boys and girls tennis coach at Hutchinson High School, has been named head professional at the Jayhawk Tennis Center in Lawrence.
Good Samaritan pays for woman’s groceries after theft of her wallet at Dillons
June 7, 2011
It was a chaotic scene.
Cody Kukuk waiting for call
June 7, 2011 in print edition on B1
For the past several years, professional scouts have been turning up at Free State High in greater numbers and with more regularity, all with the goal of getting an up-close look at Free State standout Cody Kukuk.
City commissioners expected to debate proposal to allow stricter environmental regulations
June 7, 2011 in print edition on A1
It will be the natural environment versus the business environment at Lawrence City Hall today.
Emails show Edwards knew of payments
June 7, 2011 in print edition on A7
Prosecutors have obtained emails between John Edwards and a former aide to use as evidence at trial that he knew about payments to his pregnant mistress even while he was publicly denying it, people familiar with the case told The Associated Press on Monday.
Mario Chalmers hoping to stay consistent
June 7, 2011 in print edition on B3
Inconsistent through the first three rounds of the NBA playoffs, Miami Heat backup point guard Mario Chalmers has now strung together three productive efforts in the NBA Finals, helping the Heat to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series against the Dallas Mavericks.
Usually a job generator, localities slow economy
June 7, 2011 in print edition on A7
In a healthy economic recovery, states and localities start hiring, expand services and help fuel the nation’s growth.
Law loosening restrictions on concealed carry renewals remains unchanged
June 7, 2011 in print edition on A1
A Kansas law that allows the blind and others with serious physical infirmities to carry concealed firearms in public places remains on the state’s books following the 2011 legislative session.
Policy returns power to president
June 7, 2011 in print edition on A8
At the Pentagon, there’s a legal formula for intelligence operations that has come to be known as “Gates practice,” after its proponent, Defense Secretary Bob Gates. It basically argues that if the United States conducts a sensitive intelligence mission outside a war zone, the president should make the decision.
Real Brownback?
June 7, 2011 in print edition on A8
Some time ago. I remember then-U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback proposing an apology to Native Americans. This person obviously isn’t the same Sam Brownback who proposed the funding of the completion of the South Lawrence Trafficway recently. Then, again, who is the real Sam Brownback?
Valued service
June 7, 2011 in print edition on A8
On Easter Sunday, my boyfriend suffered a life-threatening health incident, in which he stopped breathing. Thanks to the prompt arrival of the first responders from Lawrence Fire and Medical Station No. 1, he is alive today. I had a chance to thank some of the crew in person on Memorial Day, when they came to the Barker neighborhood to participate in our annual Memorial Day parade.
Summer stories
Summer is a great time for both young people and adults to pick up a few good books.
June 7, 2011 in print edition on A8
There are many entertainment options for young people these days, but it’s good to see the Lawrence Public Library still promoting one of the old standbys: the summer reading program.
Positive gesture
Kansas University’s decision to allow community workouts back in Memorial Stadium is a great move.
June 7, 2011 in print edition on A8
The return of Red Dog’s Dog Days to Kansas University’s Memorial Stadium this year is a nice renewal of “town-gown” cooperation in Lawrence.
100 years ago: School superintendent recommends kindergarten for district
June 7, 2011
“‘I believe that the place for the average six-year-old child is at home with his mother, but we have many mothers in this town who are not able to discharge these home duties aright for the reason that they are either not qualified and prepared or that they are compelled to help support the family by labor…’”
25 years ago: Organ-donor legislation passed in Topeka
June 7, 2011
Recent legislation in Topeka, which had been introduced and passed in only three days, required hospitals to develop procedures to identify potential organ donors.
40 years ago: Severe weather hits Lawrence area for third straight weekend
June 7, 2011
A brief thunderstorm had brought rain and damaging winds as well as nearly a dozen tornadoes, none of which had touched down in Lawrence.
Tasty tour: A little something for everyone on this year’s Lawrence Food Garden Tour
June 7, 2011
This Saturday, the third-annual tour of private and community food gardens around Lawrence will welcome visitors during the coolest part of the day — 9 a.m. to noon and again from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Horoscopes for June 7
June 7, 2011
This year, opportunities appear out of the blue. The issue might be that you need to slow down. Think about your choices. Sometimes you will see that what appears to be too good to be true vanishes. If you are attached, the two of you gain through sharing more one-on-one time. Virgo serves as an anchor.