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Archive for Thursday, June 16, 2011

Lead stories

6:00 a.m.
The Kenneth Spencer Research Library, right, sits quietly among the trees as compared with Fraser Hall, which dominates the campus skyline. Regents members want legislators to consider state funding’s effect on tuition
June 15, 2011 in print edition on 1A
Kansas Board of Regents members on Wednesday said legislators need to know that how much they fund schools — or don’t fund schools — affects how much students pay in tuition.
9:30 a.m.
The new Kansas Bioscience Park Venture Accelerator is located at 10900 S. Clay Blair Blvd., a street named in honor of the authority's first chairman. (Photo from April 13, 2011.) Kansas Bioscience Authority considering almost $30 million in new investments
June 15, 2011 in print edition on 3A
The Kansas Bioscience Authority will consider up to $29.7 million in new investments in the upcoming fiscal year, according to a plan approved by its executive committee on Wednesday.
1:00 p.m.
An anonymous donor gave Kansas University Medical Center $4 million to benefit spinal cord research. Anonymous donor gives $4M to KU Med Center for spinal cord research
June 16, 2011 in print edition on 1A
An anonymous donor has contributed $4 million to fund spinal cord research at Kansas University Medical Center.
4:30 p.m.
Entry No. 60: "St. Luke A.M.E. Church," by George, 12 and up. George's description: "St. Luke A.M.E. Church is a historical landmark — 900 New York — attended by Langston Hughes. Built in 1910." Removing the roof allows people to look inside the sanctuary. The entry is part of a Lego contest at The Toy Store, 936 Mass. 
Interest building in Lego creation competition
June 15, 2011 in print edition on 1A
Ben built a soccer stadium, its scoreboard showing the U.S. National Team topping Canada by a goal. Hazel set up a Porta Potty, a dozen irate folks holding in line for a john that won’t soon become unoccupied. And then there’s Reilley, an 8-year-old whose “Prison Base” features an unmanned spaceship used by sword-wielding bounty hunters, in ninja garb, who manage to apprehend an evasive skeleton.
7:00 p.m.
Lawrence Police Capt. Ray Urbanek, 52, has been on the force for nearly 27 years and is set to retire Friday. A reception in his honor will be from 10:30 a.m. to noon Friday in the jury assembly room in the basement of the Lawrence Douglas County Judicial and Law Enforcement Center, 111 E. 11th St. Retiring Lawrence Police Capt. Ray Urbanek praised for ‘full service’ approach
June 16, 2011 in print edition on 3A
The story goes like this. Several years ago, during his nearly 27-year career as a Lawrence police officer, Capt. Ray Urbanek responded to a call at an apartment building. After it was over, Urbanek was talking to a woman involved who said she hadn’t had any luck in getting her landlord to fix the toilet in the apartment. Urbanek left 15 minutes later, but not before tightening some bolts and fixing the toilet.

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Man accused of inappropriately touching woman, punching employee at The Hawk
11:29 p.m., June 16, 2011 Updated 06:32 p.m. in print edition on A4
Police early Thursday morning arrested a 20-year-old man who was accused of inappropriately touching a woman inside The Hawk, 1340 Ohio, and punching a bar staff member in the face.
Corps repairing levee it blew up in southeast Missouri
June 16, 2011 in print edition on A12
Southeast Missouri farmers were elated over news that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers would quickly repair the Birds Point levee that was intentionally breached in early May to relieve flooding upriver.
Economy gets small lift as layoffs ease
June 16, 2011 in print edition on A7
Fewer Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week and builders broke ground on more homes in May. The latest data offered some hope that the economy may be improving after hitting a slump in late spring.
Weiner resigns amid sex scandal
June 16, 2011 in print edition on A7
Defiant and combative no longer, New York Rep. Anthony Weiner soberly announced his resignation from Congress on Thursday, bowing to the furor caused by his sexually charged online dalliances with a former porn actress and other women.
Artists, legislators gather to discuss strategies to restore public arts funding
June 16, 2011 in print edition on A3
Proponents for public funding of the arts in Kansas gathered in Lawrence Thursday to discuss ways to react to Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback’s unprecedented veto of funding for the Kansas Arts Commission.
Rod’s Cards and Gifts stores selling out remaining Hallmark merchandise
June 16, 2011 in print edition on A1
Lawrence is home to hundreds of Hallmark employees who work at one of Hallmark’s major production centers for Hallmark cards, Hallmark ribbons, Hallmark bows and Hallmark-brand stickers. But the city no longer is home to a Hallmark Gold Crown store.
Lego sculpture exhibit coming to Topeka
June 16, 2011
A sculptor who works with Lego bricks will be at Washburn University as 28 of his creations go on display.
Ft. Riley woman charged in baby’s death
June 16, 2011
A federal grand jury in Kansas City, Kan., has indicted a 22-year-old Fort Riley woman is charged with being an accessory after the fact to the murder of her eight-week-old son.
Brownback to host Ogallala Aquifer summit
June 16, 2011
Gov. Sam Brownback has announced plans to host an economic summit on the future of the Ogallala Aquifer.
One-room school rebels against ‘teaching to test’
June 16, 2011
Long before she found her haven in a private, one-room schoolhouse, Linda Powers saw the coming of a test-mad world.
Missouri company accused of defrauding government
June 16, 2011
A Blue Springs, Mo., company is accused of falsely claiming its top official was a disabled veteran in order to land government contracts intended for firms owned by disabled vets.
Rural Leavenworth County resident Audrie Hummelgaard celebrates 102nd birthday
June 16, 2011 in print edition on A3
Happy birthday to Audrie Hummelgaard. She turns 102 on Friday. After more than a century of roaming Kansas and beyond — she’s been to 46 states — she’s content to stay in her red brick home in rural Leavenworth County north of Eudora.
Group wants Catholic Church in Kansas to improve communication about sexual abuse
12:39 p.m., June 16, 2011 Updated 02:32 p.m. in print edition on A5
Advocates against sexual abuse in the Catholic Church were in Lawrence Thursday urging local church officials to be more proactive in outreach to victims.
Lawrence man pleads no-contest to battery charge involving his daughter
June 16, 2011 in print edition on A4
Story: Link Italics Bold Bulleted list Numbered list Block quote Heading Create inline: A Douglas County judge has convicted a 33-year-old Lawrence man on an aggravated battery charge related to a December incident in which his daughter, who was 5 months old at the time, broke her arm.
Thursday’s Brown Bag Concert Series performance moved to Watkins Community Museum
June 16, 2011
The Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department’s Brown Bag Concert Series performance has been moved to the Watkins Community Museum, 1047 Mass., according to a press release from the city.
Toddler’s memory lives in acts of kindness through Lucy’s Legacy
June 16, 2011
Lucy Weber lived to see only one birthday. But last week, on the day she would have turned 2, the spirit of the little girl whose battle with brain cancer captivated Shawnee showed up on a plane to Dallas, in the McDonald’s drive-thru lane and in a cold bottle of water handed to a heat-weary mailman.
Statehouse Live: Regents approve Kansas University tuition increase
09:33 a.m., June 16, 2011 Updated 12:20 p.m. in print edition on A1
Several regents members expressed disappointment with recent cuts in higher education funding made by the Legislature. They said the tuition increases were necessary to continue quality,make up for a lack of state funding and cover increased costs and mandates.
NWS: Thursday afternoon thunderstorms could be severe
June 16, 2011
Thunderstorms will develop across northeast Kansas Thursday morning, according to the National Weather Service, but at this time no watches or warnings are in effect.
Cost of taking GED test in Kansas rises 25 percent
June 16, 2011
The cost of not finishing high school will go up in Kansas.
Senate committee delays vote on Six; Roberts, Moran oppose Lawrence attorney’s nomination to court
08:29 a.m., June 16, 2011 Updated 02:46 p.m. in print edition on A1
Former Kansas Attorney General Steve Six’s bid for a seat on a federal appeals court goes before a U.S. Senate committee.
Kansas Bar Association honors Kansas Sen. Tim Owens
June 16, 2011
A Kansas senator has been honored by the Kansas Bar Association for his service to the profession and work on a legislative committee.
Heard on the Hill: KU University Theatre celebrates Kansas sesquicentennial; KU architecture professor named as finalist for national award; KU Libraries video features Oprah Winfrey
June 16, 2011
Your daily dose of news,notes and links from around Kansas University.
Pump Patrol
June 16, 2011 in print edition on A4
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.63 at several stations.
Artist portrayal to honor Capitol muralist
June 16, 2011 in print edition on A4
A speaking performance at the Kansas Capitol on Saturday will honor Kansan artist John Steuart Curry, who painted two murals in the Capitol.
White House defends Libya mission
June 16, 2011 in print edition on A8
Defying congressional criticism, the White House insisted Wednesday that President Barack Obama has the authority to continue U.S. military action in Libya even without authorization from lawmakers on Capitol Hill.
Defense Secretary Robert Gates: Afghanistan is not ‘war without end’
June 16, 2011 in print edition on A8
Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Wednesday bluntly rejected suggestions that Afghanistan is a “war without end,” defending the U.S. military operation amid fresh congressional pressure on President Barack Obama to withdraw a significant number of U.S. troops beginning next month.
Dream home in Idaho turns out to be snake den
June 16, 2011 in print edition on A8
They slithered behind the walls at night and released foul-smelling musk into the drinking water. And they were so numerous that Ben Sessions once killed 42 in a single day.
Judge set to decide lawsuit over Kansas abortion doctor
June 16, 2011 in print edition on A6
A judge who decided against ordering an anti-abortion activist to stay away from an abortion doctor he allegedly threatened now must decide whether to throw out a lawsuit the U.S. Justice Department filed against the activist.
Douglas County Commission to review time limitations of noise resolution
June 16, 2011 in print edition on A6
Douglas County commissioners decided Wednesday to make changes to the county’s current noise resolution before bringing it back for public comment and discussion.
Candidate for Humane Society director visits Lawrence
June 16, 2011 in print edition on A3
The frontrunner to take the helm at the Lawrence Humane Society met with shelter volunteers and community members Wednesday at The Oread, 1200 Oread Ave.
Retiring Lawrence Police Capt. Ray Urbanek praised for ‘full service’ approach
June 16, 2011 in print edition on A3
The story goes like this. Several years ago, during his nearly 27-year career as a Lawrence police officer, Capt. Ray Urbanek responded to a call at an apartment building. After it was over, Urbanek was talking to a woman involved who said she hadn’t had any luck in getting her landlord to fix the toilet in the apartment. Urbanek left 15 minutes later, but not before tightening some bolts and fixing the toilet.
Anonymous donor gives $4M to KU Med Center for spinal cord research
June 16, 2011 in print edition on A1
An anonymous donor has contributed $4 million to fund spinal cord research at Kansas University Medical Center.
A’s sign former Kansas pitcher Walz to minor-league deal
June 16, 2011 in print edition on B3
The Oakland Athletics announced Tuesday that they signed former Kansas University pitcher T.J. Walz to a minor-league contract after selecting the right-hander in the 15th round of last week’s Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.
Heat make qualifying offer to Mario Chalmers
June 16, 2011 in print edition on B2
Getting in position to try to keep Mario Chalmers has become the first personnel move of the Miami Heat offseason.
City, area athletes selected for MO-KAN All-Star game
June 16, 2011 in print edition on B3
Three Free State High graduates, three area high school grads and an incoming Kansas University freshman will play in tonight’s MO-KAN All-Star Game.
Bruins claim Stanley Cup
June 16, 2011 in print edition on B2
The Boston Bruins had waited 39 long years for another drink from the Stanley Cup, and Tim Thomas was awfully thirsty.
Royals upended, 2-1
June 16, 2011 in print edition on B3
Josh Outman allowed four hits over seven innings, and the Oakland Athletics gave new manager Bob Melvin his first home victory by beating the Kansas City Royals, 2-1, on Wednesday night.
Look who’s back: NBA veteran Drew Gooden returns to Lawrence
June 16, 2011 in print edition on B1
Drew Gooden, who had last played in Bill Self’s basketball campers game in June of 2005, brought his talents to Kansas University’s Horejsi Center on Wednesday afternoon.
Bridge program paying dividends
Five-year-old class helps acclimate incoming KU freshman athletes
June 16, 2011 in print edition on B1
During their Wednesday afternoon tour of downtown Lawrence, six freshmen on Kansas University’s football team were part of a rescue mission that placed a trio of baby birds who had fallen out of their nest back near their home.
Parity dominates this year’s U.S. Open
June 16, 2011 in print edition on B1
Golf’s second major championship of the year seems to have a new name.
2-iron suits Gary Woodland just right
June 16, 2011 in print edition on B1
Approaching lightning inspired Lee Trevino to utter one of golf’s most memorable quotes when he suggested it would be safe to keep playing as long as everyone used 1-irons.
Republicans have Hispanic star in Texas
June 16, 2011 in print edition on A10
For a conservative Texan seeking national office, it could hardly get better than this: In a recent 48-hour span, Ted Cruz, a candidate for next year’s Republican Senate nomination for the seat being vacated by Republican Kay Bailey Hutchison, was endorsed by the Club for Growth PAC, FreedomWorks PAC, talk radio host Mark Levin and Erick Erickson of RedState.com. And Cruz’s most conservative potential rival for the nomination decided to seek a House seat instead.
Gravesite thefts
June 16, 2011 in print edition on A10
On two separate occasions, someone has stolen personal objects placed on the gravesite of my nephew.
Unfair fee
June 16, 2011 in print edition on A10
Have you ever been bumped from an airlines flight because they sold more tickets than they had seats? Oh, they do usually make it up to you by offering you another flight and usually a voucher for a future flight. That seems fair but it still does not make any sense.
Education exodus
The veteran Kansas teachers now leaving the field will be hard to replace.
June 16, 2011 in print edition on A10
For years, educational experts have been warning of the impending retirement of a generation of experienced public school teachers, but seeing some of those numbers on paper still is sobering.
25 years ago: ‘Baby John Doe’ finds permanent home
June 16, 2011
It had been six months since “Baby John Doe” had been abandoned in a cardboard box in the stairwell of a Lawrence apartment building.
Teens face fate worse than death on MTV
June 16, 2011
Only on MTV would four teens facing imminent death (not to mention a dwindling supply of oxygen!) take time out for a chatty game of “Truth or Dare.”
Horoscope for June 16
June 16, 2011
This year, your focus needs to remain on a key partnership. For some of you, two relationships could take a higher priority. One could be professional. Finances and taking risks could be hot issues. If you are single, you will quickly fall into a close bond. If you are attached, the two of you become closer, but often there are periods of withdrawal, followed by greater closeness. Capricorn helps ground you.
100 years ago: Bicycle thefts increase in Lawrence
June 16, 2011
“Evidently the two wheeled vehicle has charms for local thieves.”
40 years ago: Construction truck catches fire
June 16, 2011
A dramatic photo showed a 1966 dump truck in the process of being destroyed by fire on a recent afternoon.
Our Town Sports for June 16
June 16, 2011 in print edition on B2
A weekly roundup of local events, results and happenings.
Racial inequities mark drug war
June 16, 2011 in print edition on A10
Dear President Obama: Right after your election, somebody asked if I thought having a black president meant black people’s concerns would now receive attention at the executive level. I told them I expected the opposite.