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State Board of Education begins 2012-13 budget talks amid cuts in state support
June 14, 2011 in print edition on A6
School officials Tuesday loaded up for the next round of spending fights as the State Board of Education started budget talks.
Army planner during Iraq invasion discusses logistics of military operations
June 14, 2011 in print edition on A3
The best-laid military plans can go awry, especially when they’re buffeted by sandstorms, political winds and unexpected twists of fate.
Lawrence City Commission considers need for new police department building
June 14, 2011
Lawrence city leaders Tuesday talked about approaching other Douglas County public safety agencies about their space needs as they discussed potential for a new law enforcement facility several years down the road.
South Middle School student headed to California for National Geographic World Championship
International competition features teams from 18 countries
June 14, 2011 in print edition on A5
First winning in Kansas. Then placing at nationals. Next up: Conquering the world.
Pharmaceutical chemistry chairman Christian Schöneich named distinguished professor
June 14, 2011 in print edition on A6
Christian Schöneich has been named as the Takeru Higuchi Distinguished Professor of Bioanalytical Chemistry at the Kansas University School of Pharmacy.
Former Haskell student trying to change rule permitting only federally recognized tribes for admission to university
05:40 p.m., June 14, 2011 Updated 05:19 p.m. in print edition on A3
Cedric Sunray is a Kansas University graduate now living in Norman, Okla. He’s also a former student at Haskell Indian Nations University. But he couldn’t enroll today.
Halstead girl killed when bike hit by grain truck
June 14, 2011
An 8-year-old girl who died after being hit by a grain truck as she rode her bike has been identified as Makiya Ritthaler of Halstead.
Kansas man sentenced to life in prison for death of farmer
June 14, 2011
A Salina man has been sentenced to life in prison in the slaying of a north-central Kansas farmer.
Boeing to cut 225 jobs at defense plant in Wichita
June 14, 2011
Boeing Co. will cut 225 jobs at its Wichita defense plant through the end of this year, blaming the end of some programs and adjustments in aircraft maintenance cycles for the reductions, the company announced Tuesday.
Kansas man accused of participating in Rwandan genocide seeks acquittal
June 14, 2011
Defense attorneys for a Kansas man accused of participating in the Rwandan genocide have asked a federal judge to acquit their client of all charges.
De Soto students organize candlelight vigil for classmate killed in motorcycle accident
June 14, 2011
Students at De Soto High School have organized a candlelight vigil for their classmate and motorcycle accident victim Bryan Jessip for 9 p.m. Tuesday in the rear parking lot at the high school.
Lawrence’s Perkins restaurant to remain open, even though parent company has filed for bankruptcy
June 14, 2011 in print edition on A6
The Perkins restaurant in Lawrence will remain open after its parent company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Monday, said an owner of the franchise.
Lawrence man sentenced to 2 years on probation in aggravated battery case
June 14, 2011 in print edition on A4
A Douglas County judge on Tuesday sentenced a former Lawrence man to serve two years on probation related to a May 2010 incident in which a woman claimed she was sexually assaulted after a night of drinking.
Johnson County deputies use ear-mounted cameras
June 14, 2011
Johnson County sheriff’s deputies are among the first officers in the country to wear cameras on their ears, in an effort to provide a better record of what happens during contact between officers and the public.
KU Medical Center receives $20 million grant from the National Institutes of Health
12:14 p.m., June 14, 2011 Updated 04:55 p.m. in print edition on A3
Kansas University Medical Center is the recipient of a nearly $20 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to help develop scientific discoveries into treatments and cures, according to a statement released Tuesday.
Statehouse Live: Teacher retirements, reductions increase dramatically
11:42 a.m., June 14, 2011 Updated 03:06 p.m.
Kansas classrooms are losing teachers in record numbers, a report released Tuesday shows, and that is because of cuts to schools and changes in the public employee pension system, education officials said.
Lawrence Outdoor Aquatic Center to remain closed through Wednesday morning due to failed pump
11:09 a.m., June 14, 2011 Updated 03:56 p.m.
The Lawrence Outdoor Aquatic Center, 727 Ky., will be closed Tuesday due to a failed pump.
9-year-old boy electrocuted near water hydrant in Butler County
June 14, 2011
The Butler County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the electrocution death of a 9-year-old boy.
Another chance for severe thunderstorms Tuesday afternoon, evening in Douglas County
June 14, 2011
There is a chance for thunderstorms late Tuesday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service, and some of the storms may be severe.
U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom appoints Assistant U.S. Attorney Jared Magg to oversee Kansas federal criminal cases
June 14, 2011
U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom has appointed his chief of the criminal division in Kansas.
Car found in Lake Shawnee last registered 27 years ago, coroner verifies at least one set of human remains inside
June 14, 2011
Shawnee County authorities say a car pulled from Lake Shawnee with a body inside was last registered in 1984.
New Mexico wildfires disrupt Amtrak service in western Kansas
08:26 a.m., June 14, 2011 Updated 10:45 a.m.
Wildfires in New Mexico have disrupted Amtrak service in western Kansas.
Heard on the Hill: Incoming KU business dean joins Twitter; Jayhawk fan yells at VCU game so loud, the cops show up; new KU vice chancellor hopes to bring about new communication strategy
01:55 a.m., June 14, 2011 Updated 09:47 a.m.
Your daily dose of news notes and links from around Kansas University.
Free State High School marching band to get new uniforms
June 14, 2011 in print edition on A5
Free State High School’s marching band will get new uniforms for the coming year.
Stanion Wholesale Electric Co. employee reports $4,235 worth of items stolen
June 14, 2011 in print edition on A4
An employee of Stanion Wholesale Electric Co., 2958 Four Wheel Drive, reported $4,235 worth of items, including a Dell laptop computer and other office items, were stolen in a burglary that occurred between 5 p.m. May 31 and 6:20 a.m. June 1.
Lawrence woman reports damage to sliding glass door, stolen items in apartment
June 14, 2011 in print edition on A4
A 22-year-old Lawrence woman reported someone damaged the window of a sliding glass door to get into her apartment and steal a $1,500 42-inch Samsung plasma TV, two laptop computers and $1,600 worth of other items.
Lawrence man reports stolen 2000 silver Chevrolet Silverado
June 14, 2011 in print edition on A4
A 50-year-old Lawrence man reported his 2000 silver Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck valued at $12,000 was stolen between 1:30 a.m. and 5:30 a.m. Sunday from the 1100 block of Williamsburg Place near Inverness and Wakarusa drives.
United Way of Douglas County seeks volunteers for small-business initiative
June 14, 2011 in print edition on A4
The United Way of Douglas County is seeking volunteers to help them reach out to small businesses in the community this summer. Volunteers will help in contacting small businesses and sharing information about United Way and the new Community Impact Plan through short, informational meetings.
Lawrence school board open to discussing Lawrence High-Free State boundary change
June 14, 2011 in print edition on A1
The boundary that divides Free State and Lawrence high schools may not be going anywhere anytime soon, but officials who decide such matters are at least willing to discuss alternatives.
LeBron James belongs inside if Heat want to win 2012 NBA title
June 14, 2011 in print edition on B1
The NBA, it seems, more than any league, lends itself to psycho-babble explanations of why teams fail. They didn’t want it enough. They took the opponent lightly. The pressure of trying to create a legacy got to them. Yawn.
Feel bad for LeBron? No thanks
June 14, 2011 in print edition on B2
LeBron James brought this on himself.
Champion Mavs arrive home in Dallas
June 14, 2011 in print edition on B2
The Dallas Mavericks returned home in triumph on Monday, cheered by hundreds of fans celebrating the franchise’s first NBA title and the first professional championship of any kind in the area in more than a decade.
Sluggers second at tournament
June 14, 2011 in print edition on B3
The Kansas City Sluggers, a summer league baseball team made up primarily of Lawrence High and Free State players, took second place at the Diamond Sports Invitational over the weekend.
Gary Bedore’s KU basketball notebook
June 14, 2011 in print edition on B1
There were Internet rumors that Justin Wesley might ask Jeff Withey to switch jersey numbers this year. Wesley wears No. 4; Withey wears Langford’s old number, 5.
KU’s Justin Wesley honing skills
Laker-loving sophomore forward bears resemblance to Kobe Bryant
June 14, 2011 in print edition on B1
Kansas University sophomore basketball forward Justin Wesley, who was born and reared in Fort Worth, Texas, rooted for the Dallas Mavericks to win the 2011 NBA championship. Well, sort of.
Waiting game: Ritch Price uncertain of draft’s effects
June 14, 2011 in print edition on B1
After watching three key members of his 2011 pitching staff get picked in last week’s Major League Baseball draft, Kansas University baseball coach Ritch Price needs Free State High standout Cody Kukuk.
Fair share
June 14, 2011 in print edition on A10
So developers want financial help to open an Olive Garden in Lawrence. Never mind that they will open pretty close to more locally owned Paisano’s. Never mind that we have several existing Italian restaurants in town. Never mind the frequently published discussions of over-restauranting this town versus encouraging retailers. Never mind the many other new restaurants that got no financial relief to open.
Event effects
June 14, 2011 in print edition on A10
With attacks on the cultural climate of Kansas, it is very difficult for me to write this letter, but I feel I must.
Wrong solution
June 14, 2011 in print edition on A10
Memo to Westar: Many of us who live in Old West Lawrence recall that, during the winter of 2009-10, your company undertook a program to help avoid or at least reduce electrical service outages.
U.S. allies wary of sharing global burden
June 14, 2011 in print edition on A10
There was some head-scratching in Washington last week at the presentation of the Medal of Freedom to German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The previous foreign recipients included Pope John Paul II, who championed the freedom of Eastern Europe; Nelson Mandela, who triumphed over apartheid in South Africa; and Helmut Kohl, who reunited Germany.
Tough task
The citizens group appointed last week to look at elementary school consolidation in Lawrence faces a daunting task.
June 14, 2011 in print edition on A10
The 26 members of the Central and East Lawrence Elementary School Consolidation Working Group already have been told that their task isn’t to debate whether consolidations should take place but rather to consider how schools in the central part of the city can be consolidated in the best possible way. There are sure to be many opinions about how consolidation should occur, and it would be easy for the working group to become mired in a divisive debate.
Doughnut hole: Ban highlights difficulties of getting local flour in the Wheat State
June 14, 2011
Nothing like a doughnut, or lack thereof, to put a bad taste in people’s mouths.
Forest Service eyes breakage of bats for MLB
June 14, 2011 in print edition on B12
When it comes to baseball, Dave Kretschmann always keeps his eye on the bat.
U.S. facing must-win
Loss to Panama dropped United States to second
June 14, 2011 in print edition on B12
The United States enters the final group-stage match of an international soccer tournament for the third straight year needing a win to secure a place in the knockout stage.
100 years ago: Lawrence mayor promises fun, safety for Fourth of July
June 14, 2011
” ‘I am in favor of a celebration,’ declared Mayor Bishop. ‘We don’t want to deprive our small boys and girls one bit of pleasure.’”
40 years ago: Local man dies of apparent heroin overdose
June 14, 2011
A 19-year-old Osawatomie man who had arrived in Lawrence two days earlier was pronounced dead on arrival at Lawrence Memorial Hospital on the previous evening.
25 years ago: Bicyclists nearing completion of BAK routes
June 14, 2011
About 230 bicyclists had pedaled 64 miles on the previous day on the second-to-last leg of the northern Biking Across Kansas route.
Yet another show displays teen with supernatural powers
June 14, 2011
One day’s she’s 16 and never been kissed and the next, she’s sporting killer nails and has a legion of men who just can’t wait to get their hands on her. That’s the basic premise of “The Nine Lives of Chloe King” (8 p.m., ABC Family). It’s the latest to tap into the “Twilight”-driven mania for tales of teens with hidden powers and brooding inner lives, kids who have to fight ancient evil conspiracies all night and still make it to homeroom on time.
Horoscopes for June 14
June 14, 2011
This year, you see life from a more vital and dynamic perspective. You will attract people who might want to harness your energy and power. If you are single, you discover the importance of having a vital bond. Use caution with those you attract. If you are attached, the two of you need to respect your differences. The bond will gain strength, veracity and empathy as a result. Sagittarius often can be challenging.