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Teachers Hall of Fame to induct latest class
June 10, 2011
The National Teachers Hall of Fame in Emporia is preparing to induct its latest class.
Former KSU professor gives $100K to school
June 10, 2011
A former professor at Kansas State University and his wife have given $100,000 to the school to bolster undergraduate student research in the College of Engineering.
Tyson says worker’s death appears to be accidental
June 10, 2011
Tyson officials say a worker’s death at the plant appears to be an accident, although law enforcement officials continue to investigate.
Freak temperature hike hits Wichita after midnight
June 10, 2011
An unusual weather pattern caused temperatures in Wichita, Kan. to soar nearly 20 degrees in 20 minutes even though the sun had long gone down.
Comedy sells at concert venues despite economy
June 10, 2011
In tough economic times, people need to laugh.
Little remains of Mennonite settlement in Kansas
June 10, 2011
Tall, barren prairie lay in every direction the eye could see. Not a sound stirred, except for the wind amid the grasses and the insects that swarmed.
Kansas man snags huge catfish with invention
June 10, 2011
Steve Green rounded a bend on the Wakarusa River and slowed his boat as he approached a clearing on the bank that had been turned into a makeshift fishing camp.
Poker run to help build Hutchinson prison’s spiritual center
June 10, 2011
Natural light now trickles into the second story auditorium at the Hutchinson Correctional Facility.
At full flow, mighty Missouri River puts on a show
June 10, 2011 in print edition on A5
As a younger man, Jean Ries used to fish the shoreline of the Missouri River near Pierre, trying for walleye and the other fish that make the area a favorite with anglers. The river back then was far more sedate than the sight the 93-year-old this week traveled for three hours to see: a raging, thundering torrent pouring through the Oahe Dam at a rate that rivals Niagara Falls.
Attorneys ask judge to remove city from lawsuit involving death of former KU Athletic Director Bob Frederick
June 10, 2011 in print edition on A1
Attorneys for the city of Lawrence are asking a judge to remove the city from a lawsuit involving the 2009 death of former Kansas University Athletic Director Bob Frederick. City attorneys say depositions in the case have proved the city wasn’t responsible for a pothole that caused Frederick’s accident.
Philanthropy-minded group 100 Good Women grows beyond its name
June 10, 2011 in print edition on A3
Jennie Washburn, board member for the local charitable group 100 Good Women, admits that the organization’s name is a little deceiving. In fact, membership is nearing 500 women.
Rep. Kevin Yoder speaks at LMH about Medicare, federal budget
June 10, 2011 in print edition on A3
Freshman U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder, R-Kan., on Friday disputed a contention that a budget proposal by U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., would end Medicare, a popular narrative from congressional Democrats who oppose it.
Federal courts experiment with courtroom cameras
June 10, 2011
Federal trial courts in Kansas and Missouri have been chosen to participate in a three-year experiment with cameras in the courtroom. The pilot study is set to start July 18 in 14 federal courts, including the U.S. District Court of Kansas and U.S. Eastern District of Missouri.
Former KU guard Royce Woolridge to transfer to Washington State
June 10, 2011
Former Kansas University basketball guard Royce Woolridge announced Friday that he will transfer to Washington State University.
Arts officials concerned over de-funding precedent set by Kansas governor
June 10, 2011 in print edition on A1
Public arts officials from the Midwest are wondering whether Gov. Sam Brownback’s elimination of taxpayer-supported arts funding in Kansas is a sign of things to come, or an outlier that other states will reject.
KU football assistant Robert Wimberly promoted to Pass Coordinator
June 10, 2011
Friday, KU coach Turner Gill announced that safeties coach, Robert Wimberly, had been promoted to Pass Coordinator and will assume responsibility for putting together KU’s gameplan against opposing offense’s aerial attacks.
Power returns to more than 5,000 Westar customers affected by Friday afternoon outage
02:59 p.m., June 10, 2011 Updated 06:00 p.m. in print edition on A1
Power failures in Old West Lawrence Friday afternoon affected thousands of residents and several businesses while and knocking out several traffic signals.
Douglas County prosecutors charge man with indecent liberties with a child
02:33 p.m., June 10, 2011 Updated 04:40 p.m. in print edition on A5
Douglas County prosecutors have filed two charges against a 20-year-old Lawrence man accused of having sexual relations with a 15-year-old girl.
Driver who crashed into optometry clinic sentenced to five days in jail, two years of probation
June 10, 2011 in print edition on A3
A Lawrence Municipal Court judge on Friday sentenced a 27-year-old man to serve five days in jail and two years on probation for driving under the influence related to a March 29 crash into a Lawrence optometry clinic.
Know KU basketball? Test yourself with our crossword puzzle
June 10, 2011
Think you know Kansas basketball?
NWS cancels thunderstorm watch for Douglas County
10:11 a.m., June 10, 2011 Updated 12:43 a.m.
The National Weather Service has reported that there is a chance of severe weather in Lawrence and across most of northeast Kansas today.
Town Talk: North Lawrence adds flea market-type business; Lawrence fares poorly in economic ranking; West Campus incubator eyeing expansion, funding; roadwork short- and long-term
June 10, 2011
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County:
Joint Chiefs of Staff nominee speaks to Command and General Staff College graduates at Fort Leavenworth
09:43 a.m., June 10, 2011 Updated 04:27 p.m.
President Barack Obama’s pick to be the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told officers graduating Friday from the Army’s Command and General Staff College to remain curious about the world as they begin their new leadership roles.
Kobach to name task force on voter ID law
June 10, 2011
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach expects to name a task force later this month on a new state law requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls.
U.S. Senate committee stalls vote on former Kansas AG Steve Six’s nomination to federal appeals court
June 10, 2011 in print edition on A2
Former Kansas Attorney General Steve Six’s bid for a seat on a federal appeals court has been put off for a week.
Heard on the Hill: Former KU basketball player Scot Pollard talks about his kilts; law school camp draws Lawrence students; other camps cover wide array of topics — even statistics
June 10, 2011
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Pump patrol
June 10, 2011 in print edition on A4
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.67at several stations.
Americans’ equity in homes near record low
June 10, 2011 in print edition on A8
Falling real estate prices are eating away at home equity. The percentage of their homes that Americans own is near its lowest point since World War II, the Federal Reserve said Thursday. The average homeowner now has 38 percent equity, down from 61 percent a decade ago.
Benefits of preschool last into adulthood, study says
June 10, 2011 in print edition on A8
Preschool has surprisingly enduring benefits lasting well into adulthood, according to one of the biggest, longest follow-up studies of its kind.
Alabama passes anti-immigration laws, called nation’s strictest
June 10, 2011 in print edition on A8
Alabama vaulted past Arizona on Thursday with what is being called the most restrictive law in the nation against illegal immigration, requiring schools to find out if students are in the country lawfully and making it a crime to knowingly give an illegal immigrant a ride.
Gingrich presidential campaign in tatters as top aides resign
June 10, 2011 in print edition on A7
The entire top echelon of Newt Gingrich’s presidential campaign resigned on Thursday, a stunning mass exodus that left his bid for the Republican nomination in tatters. But the former House speaker vowed defiantly to remain a candidate.
Half the country wilts under unrelenting heat
June 10, 2011 in print edition on A9
A third day of unseasonable heat blistered the eastern half of the country Thursday, making tornado cleanup miserable in Massachusetts and sending country music fans in Tennessee to hospitals, while the surge in demand for energy knocked out power to sections of downtown Detroit.
Fleeing Syrians tell of revolt, mayhem
June 10, 2011 in print edition on A9
Syrian policemen turned their guns on each other, soldiers shed their uniforms rather than obey orders to fire on protesters, and three young men who tried to escape were beheaded by forces loyal to President Bashar Assad. As more than 2,400 Syrians streamed across the open Turkish borders on Thursday ahead of tanks and troops who surrounded their hometown, they brought with them the first accounts of a week of revolt, mutiny and mayhem in Jisr al-Shughour.
High wind warning for Douglas County allowed to expire
12:44 a.m., June 10, 2011 Updated 01:01 a.m.
The National Weather Service has issued a high wind warning for Douglas County until 1 a.m. Friday.
Bill Self confident KU hoops will remain atop league standings
June 10, 2011 in print edition on B1
If Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self is worried about losing three possible first-round NBA draft picks — and seven players overall — from a dominant 35-3 league champion/Elite Eight team, well, he certainly didn’t act like it Thursday morning.
Bergmann leads KU track
June 10, 2011 in print edition on B4
Kansas University sophomore Heather Bergmann garnered First Team All-America honors after collecting a seventh-place finish in the women’s javelin throw at the NCAA Outdoor Championships on Thursday at Drake University.
K.C. Sluggers split
June 10, 2011 in print edition on B4
The Kansas City Sluggers, a summer league baseball squad made up largely of Lawrence High and Free State High players, split a pair of games on Thursday at Branson (Mo.) High.
Royals call up third baseman Moustakas
June 10, 2011 in print edition on B4
For three years Kansas City fans have waited to see Mike Moustakas and Eric Hosmer, their heralded first-round picks of 2007 and ’08, on the field together in Kauffman Stadium.
Royals claim much-needed victory over Blue Jays
June 10, 2011 in print edition on B4
After a long, tough homestand, Jeff Francoeur is ready to hit the road.
Baseball must stop draft nepotism
June 10, 2011
Ozzie Guillen was the White Sox shortstop in 1993 when the team mocked the Major League Baseball draft in historical fashion in using its 43rd-round choice on then-general manager Ron Schueler’s daughter, Carey, the first woman ever selected.
Missouri lands Louisville transfer
June 10, 2011
University of Louisville senior George Goode, a 6-8 forward out of Raytown (Mo.) South High, on Thursday announced plans to transfer to Missouri.
Oakland A’s fire manager Geren
June 10, 2011
With his banged-up team mired in a nine-game losing streak and rampant speculation about the tenuous status of manager Bob Geren, general manager Billy Beane felt he had no other choice than to make a change at skipper.
Redistricting may spur legal challenges
June 10, 2011 in print edition on A10
Texas and Illinois are the poster children for what’s wrong with congressional redistricting. In Illinois, Democrats did a number on Republicans; in Texas, Republicans are doing it to Democrats.
Sporting KC’s new stadium has a lot to offer
June 10, 2011 in print edition on B1
Sporting Kansas City hasn’t scored a goal in its new stadium, but the Major League Soccer club already has scored in other ways that make it an emerging player on the area sports scene.
Electrifying draw: Sporting KC plays to 0-0 tie in stadium opener
June 10, 2011 in print edition on B1
Sporting Kansas City waited a long time for its own soccer-specific stadium. The club will have to wait a little longer for the first goal in its new home.
100 years ago: Thousands of children attend party in Woodland Park
June 10, 2011
“Two thousand bags of popcorn and 300 gallons of delicious red lemonade were required yesterday to satisfy the enormous capacity of the 7,000 children entertained at Woodland park.”
25 years ago: KU law student Phill Kline enters politics
June 10, 2011
A few last-minute filings had added some new faces to the race for Kansas House seats.
40 years ago: Mosquitoes and chiggers part of traditional Kansas summer
June 10, 2011
Swarms of mosquitoes were circulating during the daylight hours.
Troop withdrawal must fit U.S. strategy
June 10, 2011 in print edition on A10
The argument within the Obama administration for a big troop withdrawal from Afghanistan over the next year goes roughly like this: We’ve killed Osama bin Laden. That means we’ve achieved the core goal for which we sent forces in 2001. We have a ticket out, and we should take it.
Tune In: Networks search for the elusive male viewer
June 10, 2011
Just what do guys want? Perhaps they want people to stop calling them “guys.” Or trying to figure out what they want.
Horoscope for June 10
June 10, 2011
This year, tap into your creativity more often. You have the capacity to find solution after solution. Sometimes a partner pushes hard. If you are single, you have many very interesting choices. Date until you are really sure of yourself. If you are attached, the two of you start acting like young lovers again. Libra has a nice style when he or she tries to coax you!
Haskell vision
The new president of Haskell Indian Nations University will face both challenges and opportunities.
June 10, 2011 in print edition on A10
The naming of a new, permanent president is great news for Haskell Indian Nations University.
Mavs jump ahead of Heat, 3-2, in NBA finals
June 10, 2011 in print edition on B1
Dirk Nowitzki thrust both arms in the air, a sea of blue screaming around him and the Dallas Mavericks finally ahead in these ultra-close NBA finals.