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Archive for Saturday, June 11, 2011

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
Kyle Hayden, USD 464 assistant superintendent. Tonganoxie school superintendent resigns his post, takes job in Lawrence
3:30 p.m., June 9, 2011 Updated 6:58 p.m. in print edition on 3A
Tonganoxie school Superintendent Kyle Hayden has resigned his job.
6:00 a.m.
Westar employees carry parts into the substation at Sixth and Kentucky streets after a switch failure caused about 5,000 Westar customers to lose power Friday, June 10, 2011. Power returns to more than 5,000 Westar customers affected by Friday afternoon outage
2:59 p.m., June 10, 2011 Updated 6:00 p.m. in print edition on 1A
Power failures in Old West Lawrence Friday afternoon affected thousands of residents and several businesses while and knocking out several traffic signals.
10:00 a.m.
Sidewalk chalk on the south side of the capitol building expresses the feelings of Kansas Arts Commission supporters. Arts officials concerned over de-funding precedent set by Kansas governor
June 10, 2011 in print edition on 1A
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.
2:00 p.m.
Congressman Kevin Yoder was at Lawrence Memorial Hospital for the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce's "Conversation with Congressman Kevin Yoder" Friday, June 10, 2011. Rep. Kevin Yoder speaks at LMH about Medicare, federal budget
June 10, 2011 in print edition on 3A
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.
6:00 p.m.
Jennie Washburn helped start the local philanthropic organization 100 Good Women with several other Lawrence women in 1994. The group now boasts around 500 members who perform a wide variety of community service projects around the area. Philanthropy-minded group 100 Good Women grows beyond its name
June 10, 2011 in print edition on 3A
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.

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Symphony, scenery at Flint Hills a pleasing duet
June 11, 2011 in print edition on A3
Only 3 percent of what used to be a 170 million-acre tallgrass prairie remains today, much of it concentrated in the Flint Hills of eastern Kansas. And that’s what organizers of the sixth-annual Symphony in the Flint Hills want people to understand and appreciate.
Garden tour offers food for thought
June 11, 2011 in print edition on A3
Lawrence gardeners showcased their crops to the public for the third edition of the Lawrence Food Garden Tour on Saturday.
3 appointed to replace Kansas Parole Board
June 11, 2011 in print edition on A7
The Kansas corrections secretary has appointed three agency employees to handle the duties of the Kansas Parole Board.
Ex-Sen. Bob Dole talks politics on Russell visit
June 11, 2011 in print edition on A7
Former Sen. Bob Dole said during a visit to his Kansas hometown that Americans need to be confident in their president.
School boundary issues draw attention
June 11, 2011 in print edition on A3
When it comes to the long-standing boundary separating Free State and Lawrence high schools, members of the Lawrence school board intend to start asking questions that someday could lead to answers.
Police Camp offers kids chance to see more than ‘just a badge’
June 11, 2011 in print edition on A7
In 2002, Ebo Browne was a camper at the Lawrence Police Camp. Nine summers later, he returned to the camp and led activities with his Kansas University track teammates.
Gov. Brownback to tour NE Kansas towns threatened by Missouri River flooding
June 11, 2011 in print edition on A4
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback is scheduled to tour areas in northeast Kansas threatened by flooding from the Missouri River.
Washburn football player dies in Kansas City-area car crash
June 11, 2011 in print edition on A4
A Washburn University football player has been killed in a car accident.
Police arrest Wichita man in fatal hit-and-run
June 11, 2011 in print edition on A2
A Wichita man has been arrested in connection with a fatal hit-and-run accident in which the driver fled with the victim on the roof of his van.
Farm at U.S. Penitentiary in Leavenworth trains inmates, feeds needy
June 11, 2011 in print edition on A2
A prison farm at the U.S. Penitentiary in Leavenworth is benefiting both the inmates who grow the produce and Kansas City-area families who get fresh, healthy food for free — all at no cost to the taxpayers.
Well-traveled new director of Douglas County Emergency Communications Center brings experience
June 11, 2011 in print edition on A1
Since his senior year in high school, Scott Ruf has found his calling in emergency service work. His passion for the business has taken him from New York to Washington state, with Indiana somewhere in between. Ruf has worked in many aspects of emergency services, from administrative duties to field commander for a regional SWAT team.
Douglas County emergency dispatchers juggle hundreds of calls every day
June 11, 2011 in print edition on A1
If you’ve called 911 anytime in the past 13 years, there’s a good chance you’ve spoken with Marjorie Hedden. She’s often one of the people on the receiving end.
Analysis shows Lawrence has high local tax burden
June 11, 2011 in print edition on A1
For a moment, consider yourself Joe or Jane Average. You live in an average-priced home and you receive an average wage. So, what major Kansas city should you live in if you want to pay the least amount of local taxes?
State orders dealerships to stop giving vehicles with dealer plates to KU athletic department
June 11, 2011 in print edition on A1
The Kansas Department of Revenue has ordered car dealers to change their practices when it comes to donating vehicles for use by Kansas University coaches and other athletic department employees.
Mortgages
June 11, 2011 in print edition on A4
The Douglas County register of deeds recorded 87 mortgages in the weekly period ended Thursday.
Around and about in local business
June 11, 2011 in print edition on A4
Local business news for the week ending June 11, 2011.
City Commission agenda for June 14, 2011
Application of state grants for construction projects to be discussed
June 11, 2011 in print edition on A9
City commissioners at their Tuesday evening meeting will consider applying for state funding for two major road projects. City commissioners will be asked to apply for state grants that would partially fund construction of a new left-turn lane at Sixth and Iowa streets, and a project that would build an additional left-turn lane on 23rd Street/Clinton Parkway as it intersects with Iowa Street.
Wheel Genius: Road work planned this week
June 11, 2011 in print edition on A8
Road work planned for the week of June 12, 2011.
Pump Patrol
June 11, 2011 in print edition on A5
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.65 at several stations.
Woman owes $42K in unpaid parking tickets
June 11, 2011 in print edition on A2
Topeka officials say a woman owes more than $42,000 in unpaid parking tickets, topping a list of the city’s most extreme parking violators.
Casino employees investigated
June 11, 2011 in print edition on A2
A Kansas regulatory board is investigating employees of a state-owned casino in Dodge City over allegations they were involved in illegal off-site poker games, and about two dozen could face suspension or loss of their state licenses, a board spokesman confirmed Friday.
Data breach strikes at financial security
June 11, 2011 in print edition on A6
Citigroup’s disclosure that the names, account numbers and email addresses of 200,000 of its credit card customers were stolen strikes at the core of modern-day financial life — the ways people buy groceries and pay the power bill.
Joplin tornado survivors develop rare infection
June 11, 2011 in print edition on A6
In the aftermath of the Joplin tornado, some people injured in the storm developed a rare and sometimes fatal fungal infection so aggressive that it turned their tissue black and caused mold to grow inside their wounds.
FCE news for June 11, 2011
June 11, 2011
Kanwaka FCE will meet at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the home of Mary Ann Strong, 1677 E. 1000 Road.
Military news for June 11, 2011
June 11, 2011
Army Pvt. Tyler L. Winkleman has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.
Club news for June 11, 2011
June 11, 2011
Lawrence Branch NAACP will present its Real Men Cook Men vs. Women from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 18, at the Union Pacific Train Depot, 402 N. Second St.
Around and About for June 11, 2011
June 11, 2011
Anna and Matthew Buckley, Eudora, announce the birth of their daughter, Olivia Ann Buckley, on April 3, 2011, at Stormont-Vail Hospital in Topeka.
2011 Spring All-Area Baseball team
June 11, 2011 in print edition on B6
Baseball All-Area first team: Alex Laughlin, Lawrence High; Matt Sutliffe, Lawrence High; Ross Johnson, Lawrence High; Cody Kukuk, Free State; Colin Toalson, Free State; Ethan Lorance, Tonganoxie; Kyle Pattrick, Baldwin; Connor Goedert, Ottawa; Turner Roth, Ottawa; Dylan Turpin, Perry-Lecompton.
For those about to rock
June 11, 2011
Rock Camp teaches students the finer points of rock musicianship.
K.C. Sluggers sweep
June 11, 2011 in print edition on B3
The Kansas City Sluggers won two games Friday to reach the semifinals of the Diamond Sports Invitational.
Kansas freshman Diamond Dixon takes third place in 400
June 11, 2011 in print edition on B3
Kansas University freshman Diamond Dixon placed third in the 400 at Friday’s NCAA Outdoor track and field meet at Drake Field.
California prep visits Kansas
Recruit Lindsay: Trip to KU ‘unbelievable’
June 11, 2011 in print edition on B1
Merv Lindsay, a 6-foot-7, 200-pound basketball small forward from Canyon Springs High School in Moreno Valley, Calif., who orally committed to Texas Tech in April but has since reopened his recruitment, completed an official visit to Kansas University’s campus on Friday.
2011 Spring All-Area Girls Track & Field team
June 11, 2011 in print edition on B6
Girls track & field All-Area first team: Alexa Harmon-Thomas, Free State; Lynn Robinson, Free State; Hayley Francis, Free State; Jenny Whitledge, Tonganoxie; Domino Grizzle, Tonganoxie; Morgan Lober, Baldwin; Lyndsey Lober, Baldwin; Kaitlyn Barnes, Baldwin; Shereen Fattaahi, Veritas Christian; Jordan Miller, Oskaloosa.
Two home runs propel Royals to victory over Angels
June 11, 2011 in print edition on B1
Jeff Francis survived a shaky sixth inning to get his first road victory of the season, left fielder Alex Gordon threw out a runner at home plate, and the Kansas City Royals beat the Los Angeles Angels, 4-2, Friday night.
2011 Spring All-Area Boys Track & Field team
June 11, 2011 in print edition on B6
Boys track & field All-Area first team: Blake Hocking, Lawrence High; Austin Flory, Lawrence High; Austin Hoag, Free State; Kain Anderson, Free State; Dallas Natt, Ottawa; Carson Barnes, Baldwin; Brian Wright, Baldwin; Asher Hannon, Baldwin; Macauley Garton, Mill Valley; Derek Webb, Eudora.
New-look defense? Torbush supports direction, potential changes with Kansas football ‘D’
June 11, 2011 in print edition on B1
Though he won’t be around to see it, former Kansas University defensive coordinator Carl Torbush said in no uncertain terms at his retirement news conference that the KU football defense was a unit on the rise.
2011 Spring All-Area Girls Soccer team
June 11, 2011 in print edition on B6
Girls soccer All-Area first team: Kylee Loneker, Free State; Margaux Gill, Free State; Annie Libeer, Free State; Sarah Stuever, Lawrence High; Hauna Payne, Ottawa; Cydney Lewis, Ottawa; Hayley Rideout, Ottawa; Lexi Brady, Seabury Academy; Alex Bartels, Tonganoxie; Ashley Kotowske, Tonganoxie.
2011 Spring All-Area Softball team
June 11, 2011 in print edition on B6
Softball All-Area first team: Kristen Bell, Lawrence High; Lauren Massey, Lawrence High; Samantha O’Brien, Free State; A’Liyah Rogers, Free State; Kaley Patterson, McLouth; Jesse Troupe, McLouth; Mikela Scott, Ottawa; Kaitlyn Wolken, Tonganoxie; Elizabeth Strawn, Wellsville; Lauren Mabe, De Soto.
LeBron James not answering the bell in NBA finals
June 11, 2011 in print edition on B2
LeBron James doesn’t think the pressure is getting to him.
Auburn’s Gene Chizik bumped to $3.5 million/year
June 11, 2011 in print edition on B2
Auburn’s Gene Chizik has received a new contract nearly doubling his salary and making him one of college football’s highest paid coaches.
No Triple Crown on line, but Belmont true test
June 11, 2011 in print edition on B2
Even without a Triple Crown on the line, the 143rd Belmont Stakes indeed may be the “Test of the Champion.”
Arab spring’ chaos
June 11, 2011 in print edition on A9
The personal cost of tyranny in the Arab world is rising. Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali escaped from Tunisia to Saudi Arabia, Hosni Mubarak of Egypt is to stand trial for murder and corruption, and now Ali Abdullah Saleh of Yemen has been evacuated to Riyadh with burns and a shrapnel wound.
New phase for Yemen
June 11, 2011 in print edition on A9
There was much rejoicing in Yemen over the departure of Ali Abdallah Saleh, but the shelling and clashes that left more dead also signal that Saleh’s exit marks the beginning of a new phase that presents as much danger as the battle to remove the president.
Struggling economy favors conservatives
June 11, 2011 in print edition on A9
The Republicans swept November’s midterm election by making it highly ideological, a referendum on two years of hyper-liberalism — of arrogant, overreaching, intrusive government drowning in debt and running deficits of $1.5 trillion annually. It’s not complicated. To govern left in a center-right country where four out of five citizens are non-liberal is a prescription for electoral defeat.
Faith Forum: What’s your favorite movie with religious undertones?
June 11, 2011
The Rev. Rob Baldwin and the Rev. David Rivers answer.
Public prayer
June 11, 2011 in print edition on A9
Your June 7 edition reports Gov. Brownback will go to Texas to pray in public. I respectfully remind your readers and the governor that, if is he is actually talking to God, he can do it just as well at his kitchen table. So, he must be going for another reason. But, while he is away, thousands of other Kansans will be praying right at home, praying that Brownback soon stops his unilateral attacks on schools, women’s rights, retirees, the handicapped and the arts.
Death decisions
June 11, 2011 in print edition on A9
Here’s a tip of the hat to the memory of Jack Kevorkian. Although some charisma and finesse might have made his message more acceptable, we must admit that, culturally, we are immature when it comes to dealing with end-of-life issues. In other words, we don’t want to think about death, which is especially puzzling since most Americans profess to be Christians.
Horoscopes for June 11
June 11, 2011
This year, call on your creativity with children and romance. You will enjoy yourself more, as will those around you. Funnel some of this fun imagination into your daily life. If you are single, your appeal is high. Many want to be your sweetie. If you are attached, share your need for more excitement with your significant other. Scorpio always adds a practical element to your life.
Teen stars unite for mini-movie
June 11, 2011
Two popular live-action cartoons join forces for a mini-movie of sorts, “iParty with Victorious” on “iCarly” (7 p.m., Nickelodeon). “iCarly,” set in Seattle, and “Victorious,” set in Los Angeles, meet and mingle in the city of Angels after Carly (Miranda Cosgrove) discovers that her dream boyfriend of nearly 100 days is carrying on a parallel romance with Tori (Victoria Justice).
25 years ago: New grocery store, townhouses on hold
June 11, 2011
A sewer project in west Lawrence was reported to be far behind schedule, resulting in the delay of two large construction projects in the area.
40 years ago: ‘Mobile playground’ program initiated in Lawrence
June 11, 2011
The Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department announced an innovation in summer playground activities.
100 years ago: KU’s Potter Lake witnesses ‘wild scenes’
June 11, 2011
“Orgies of a character not taken into calculation by the staid old regents who authorized the pretty little artificial lake are said to take place on its banks daily.”