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Archive for Friday, June 17, 2011

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12:00 a.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.
6:00 a.m.
Jessica Johnson, left, and Margaret Weisbrod Morris sign in to a Kansas Citizens for the Arts meeting at the Lawrence Arts Center Thursday, June 16, 2011. Local residents and others from around the state voiced their disappointment with Gov. Sam Brownback's line-item veto of funding for the Kansas Arts Commission. Meeting attendees also discussed ways for reestablishing support for the arts in Kansas communities. Artists, legislators gather to discuss strategies to restore public arts funding
June 16, 2011 in print edition on 3A
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.
9:30 a.m.
The Kenneth Spencer Research Library, right, sits quietly among the trees as compared with Fraser Hall, which dominates the campus skyline. Statehouse Live: Regents approve Kansas University tuition increase
9:33 a.m., June 16, 2011 Updated 12:20 p.m. in print edition on 1A
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.
1:00 p.m.
Former Kansas Attorney General Steve Six Senate committee delays vote on Six; Roberts, Moran oppose Lawrence attorney’s nomination to court
8:29 a.m., June 16, 2011 Updated 2:46 p.m. in print edition on 1A
Former Kansas Attorney General Steve Six’s bid for a seat on a federal appeals court goes before a U.S. Senate committee.
4:28 p.m.
Darian Franks, left, of Lawrence, fixes Kristie Coffey’s hair Thursday before the start of the Adult Learning Center GED graduation ceremony at Free State High School. The Adult Learning Center helped 88 students earn their GED diplomas. Ceremony recognizes graduates of Lawrence GED preparation program
June 17, 2011 in print edition on 1A
With the turn of a tassel, it was over. Chris Wilson and 24 other students put the finishing touches on their graduation from the Lawrence Public Schools’ Adult Learning Center on Thursday night at Free State High School.
7:00 p.m.
Audrie Hummelgaard of rural Linwood is turning 102 Friday, June 17, 2011. Hummelgaard still keeps busy, even at 102; she sweeps and cleans her own house and even mowed her own lawn up until last year. Rural Leavenworth County resident Audrie Hummelgaard celebrates 102nd birthday
June 16, 2011 in print edition on 3A
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.

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Put a cork in Internet bubble talk — for now
June 17, 2011 in print edition on A6
It’s starting to feel like a 1999 flashback. Internet companies — some of them profitable, some not — sense a golden opportunity and are lining up to go public this year.
U.N. resolution backs gay rights for first time ever
June 17, 2011 in print edition on A6
The United Nations endorsed the rights of gay, lesbian and transgender people for the first time ever Friday, passing a resolution hailed as historic by the U.S. and other backers and decried by some African and Muslim countries.
Kansans with disabilities could lose services because of state budget cuts
June 17, 2011 in print edition on A2
State budget cuts to human services are starting to inundate local communities.
Schools of education respond to shrinking job market for teachers
June 17, 2011
Though teachers are being laid off at an increasing amount across the state, schools that train teachers aren’t overreacting to the bad economic news.
City Commission agenda for June 21, 2011
Commissioners to discuss enforcement of occupancy limits
June 17, 2011
During their meeting Tuesday evening, Lawrence city commissioners will discuss the city’s enforcement of occupancy limits: No more than three unrelated people may live in a home in a single-family zoning district, and no more than four unrelated people may live in a single residence in a multidwelling zoning district.
String of burglaries prompt business owners to re-evaluate security measures
June 17, 2011 in print edition on A5
Business owners near 24th Street and Ponderosa Drive in southeastern Lawrence are frustrated after several overnight burglaries in recent weeks.
Gadhafi defiant: ‘NATO will be defeated. They will pull out in defeat’
June 17, 2011 in print edition on C8
Provoked by renewed daylight NATO bombing of his capital, Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi raged against the alliance Friday, screaming his message and daring Western forces to keep it up.
Conn. residents pounce on reports of loose cougar
June 17, 2011
After a mountain lion was found dead near Greenwich last week, residents of the wealthy New York City suburb have been seeing cougars everywhere: perched on a wall at a golf course, traipsing down a scenic parkway, being chased by a pair of dogs.
Syrian forces open fire on protesters
June 17, 2011 in print edition on C8
Syrian security forces fired on thousands of protesters Friday, killing a teenage boy and at least 15 other civilians as accounts emerged of more indiscriminate killing and summary executions by the autocratic regime of President Bashar Assad, activists said.
Phony war hero indicted for fraud involving Leavenworth construction projects
June 17, 2011 in print edition on A3
When the economy slowed down and construction jobs started drying up, Warren K. Parker had an idea for getting more business.
Judge sentences Lawrence woman to 32 months in prison for child sex abuse
June 17, 2011
A Douglas County judge Friday sentenced a 23-year-old Lawrence woman to serve 32 months in prison for sexually abusing a 14-year-old child.
Brownback administration lays off 85 Kansas Dept. of Labor employees
Dept. of Labor says layoffs are ‘fiscal necessity’
June 17, 2011 in print edition on A1
Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration on Friday laid off 85 state employees at the Kansas Department of Labor.
KDHE issues blue-green algae warning at Meade State Lake
June 17, 2011
State health and environment officials are issuing a warning for blue-green algae detected at the Meade State Lake in Meade County in southwest Kansas.
Kansas winter wheat harvest moves further north
June 17, 2011
The industry trade group Kansas Wheat says the state’s winter wheat harvest has moved as far north as Ottawa County.
Police investigating deaths of Wellington man, woman
June 17, 2011
An investigation into a man’s suspicious death in southern Kansas crossed into Oklahoma, where the body of a woman who lived with him was found.
Life in Texas prison for convicted sex offender
June 17, 2011
A convicted sex offender has been ordered to serve three consecutive life prison terms for molesting a boy in North Texas.
Topeka to discipline students for gang clothing
June 17, 2011
Students in Topeka will face disciplinary measures for wearing clothes that seem to promote gang activity.
Salina’s first fireworks in years might fizzle
June 17, 2011
Salina residents are able to buy fireworks within city limits for the first time in 46 years, but they might have trouble finding them for the Fourth of July holiday because so few vendors have sought permits to sell the explosive pyrotechnic devices.
Teller’s owner hopes to add Iron Chef-style competition to Lawrence Fourth of July celebration in Watson Park
June 17, 2011 in print edition on A1
A group of Lawrence restaurant owners has plans to make this year’s Fourth of July celebration bigger and better than ever. For the third year in a row, the Lawrence Originals — 21 locally owned restaurants — will help fund the fireworks display traditionally put on by the Lawrence Jaycees.
Kevin Young joins KU men’s basketball team
02:50 p.m., June 17, 2011 Updated 12:00 a.m.
Six-foot-eight forward Kevin Young has joined the Kansas men’s basketball team, KU coach Bill Self announced Friday.
Former Air Force airman from Hutchinson pleads no contest to involuntary manslaughter in connection with a fatal accident near Lawrence
01:51 p.m., June 17, 2011 Updated 05:08 p.m. in print edition on A3
A 23-year-old former Air Force airman from Hutchinson is in court Friday afternoon and expected to enter a plea in connection with a November fatal accident north of Lawrence that killed a Nebraska man, his attorney said.
Lawrence-Douglas County League of Women Voters to hold public forum June 25
June 17, 2011 in print edition on A2
The Lawrence-Douglas County League of Women Voters will kick off a membership drive with a public forum June 25.
3 Baxter Springs firefighters fired in Joplin looting
June 17, 2011
Baxter Springs Mayor Jenifer Bingham says three of the city’s firefighters have been fired and the chief put on administrative leave over alleged looting in Joplin the night of the May 22 tornado.
Sankey Rodeo School in Rose Hill teaches the details and dangers of bull riding, bullfighting
June 17, 2011 in print edition on A1
Visitors to Bud Sankey’s ranch, tucked away in the small Kansas town of Rose Hill, are greeted by a bizarre mixture of warnings and welcomes. “Is there life after death? Trespass here and find out,” reads one sign.
Lawrence pilot to be inducted into International Forest of Friendship
June 17, 2011 in print edition on A5
Nelson Krueger of Lawrence will join a select club of aviators Saturday when he is inducted into the International Forest of Friendship.
Tonganoxie school board interviewing interim superintendent candidates; former Lawrence superintendent on list
June 17, 2011
The Tonganoxie school board is finishing up candidate interviews today as members continue their search for an interim superintendent for USD 464.
Heard on the Hill: Former KU provost Richard Lariviere in hot water in Oregon; Liking KU Medical Center-Wichita on Facebook could give students a skeleton; Strong Hall really does face the correct way
June 17, 2011
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Lawrence teachers make case for wage, benefit boost
June 17, 2011 in print edition on A3
Negotiators representing more than 900 educators in the Lawrence school district are pushing back against their administrative bosses, arguing that teachers and other licensed personnel deserve larger raises and better benefits than they’ve been offered.
Scientists ID flash in distant galaxy
June 17, 2011 in print edition on A9
Astronomers think they have solved the mystery of an extraordinary flash spied in a faraway galaxy, saying it came from a massive black hole that devoured a star after it wandered too close.
Lawmakers pan Obama claim on hostilities in Libya
June 17, 2011 in print edition on A9
Republicans and Democrats on Thursday derided President Barack Obama’s claim that U.S. air attacks against Libya do not constitute hostilities and demanded that the commander in chief seek congressional approval for the 3-month-old military operation.
Al-Zawahri succeeds bin Laden as al-Qaida leader
June 17, 2011 in print edition on A9
Osama bin Laden’s longtime second-in-command, Ayman al-Zawahri, has taken control of al-Qaida, the group declared Thursday, marking the ascendancy of a man driven by hatred of the United States who helped plan the 9/11 attacks.
Little change in Kansas jobless figures for May
June 17, 2011 in print edition on A9
There was little change in the Kansas unemployment picture for May. The May jobless rate was 6.3 percent, which was the same as in April and lower than the 6.8 percent rate in May 2010.
Ed McKechnie named new Kansas Board of Regents chairman
June 17, 2011 in print edition on A6
Kansas Board of Regents on Thursday selected Ed McKechnie of Arcadia as chairman and Tim Emert of Independence as vice chairman.
More young adults feel ‘above average’
June 17, 2011 in print edition on A8
Among academics who track the behavior of young adults and teens, there’s a touchy debate: Should the word “entitled” be used when talking about today’s younger people? Are they overconfident in themselves?
Most Missouri River levees holding up to surge
June 17, 2011 in print edition on A8
The surge of water released from dams holding back the rain-swollen upper Missouri River reached deeper into Nebraska and Iowa on Thursday, headed swiftly toward Missouri and a soggy summer.
Ceremony recognizes graduates of Lawrence GED preparation program
June 17, 2011 in print edition on A1
With the turn of a tassel, it was over. Chris Wilson and 24 other students put the finishing touches on their graduation from the Lawrence Public Schools’ Adult Learning Center on Thursday night at Free State High School.
‘No harm done’: Boxer Victor Ortiz relishes charity hoops game
June 17, 2011 in print edition on B1
“Vicious” Victor Ortiz’s agent, handlers and promoters of Sept. 17’s dream boxing matchup between Ortiz and Floyd Mayweather, Jr. had to breathe collective sighs of relief after Thursday’s Rock Chalk Roundball Basketball Classic at Free State High.
Baggy pants lead to New Mexico football player’s arrest
June 17, 2011 in print edition on B2
A University of New Mexico football player’s saggy pants led to his arrest and removal from an airplane at San Francisco International Airport, authorities said Thursday.
Nowitzki has finally arrived
June 17, 2011 in print edition on B2
“… (It’s an honor for me just to have his name mentioned with mine,” said Larry Bird this week about Dirk Nowitzki. Put my response down as “Wow.”
Nearly 150 hurt in Vancouver riot
June 17, 2011 in print edition on B2
Almost 150 people required hospital treatment and close to 100 were arrested after rioters swept through downtown Vancouver following the Canucks’ loss to the Boston Bruins in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup final.
McIlroy surges to early Open lead
June 17, 2011 in print edition on B1
Rory McIlroy is becoming a master at these major championships. At least on Thursday.
Firebird trio part of all-star football setback
June 17, 2011 in print edition on B1
Over the course of their careers at Free State High, Justin McCandless, Dylan Perry and Preston Schenck learned to hate the best players on their Sunflower League opponents. After being selected to the Kansas all-star team for the Mo-Kan All-Star Game, the three were forced to confront some of their rivals for 10 days of practice.
Oakland roughs up Royals
June 17, 2011 in print edition on B3
Jemile Weeks played through some nerves, Gio Gonzalez played through an illness, and the Oakland Athletics played well enough for their first series win under interim manager Bob Melvin.
LMU transfer Kevin Young eyes KU basketball
June 17, 2011 in print edition on B3
Former Loyola Marymount University basketball player Kevin Young, who attended classes at Barstow (Calif.) Community College during the 2010-11 school year, made an unofficial recruiting visit to Kansas University this week.
Pump patrol
June 17, 2011 in print edition on A4
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.59 at several stations.
Phelps parallel?
June 17, 2011 in print edition on A10
This letter is in reference to the Leonard Pitts Jr. column published in the June 6 Journal-World, “Dancing spurs legal overreaction.”
Pleasant visit
June 17, 2011 in print edition on A10
My wife and I just spent the better part of three days in Lawrence and loved being there.
Stable transition will be difficult in Libya
June 17, 2011
The botched defection several months ago of Musa Kusa, Libya’s former foreign minister, illustrates the uncertain strategy that has plagued the NATO campaign against Col. Moammar Gaddafi. But even so, the Gaddafi regime is feeling enough pressure to send an emissary to Washington this week to explore a possible negotiated settlement.
California search raises alarm
June 17, 2011
I bet you didn’t know that federal law enforcement officers representing the Department of Education (DOE) can break down your front door if you are suspected of violating the law.
Dividing lines
School boundaries aren’t carved in stone, but local school officials shouldn’t be too quick to shift the dividing line between Lawrence’s two high schools.
June 17, 2011 in print edition on A10
On the eve of a new school board being seated, the issue of boundary lines for Free State and Lawrence high schools has surfaced again.
25 years ago: Small acreage of native prairie set aside for park
June 17, 2011
Kelly Kindscher had been working to save the small grassy vestige for years.
40 years ago: Trusted prisoner makes escape from county jail
June 17, 2011
The “trusty” at the Douglas County Jail had proven to be not as trustworthy as had been believed.
Travel Channel show ain’t afraid of no ghosts
June 17, 2011
Apparently, there is a sizable and growing television audience who see the 1984 comedy “Ghostbusters” as a kind of documentary.
Horoscope for June 17
June 17, 2011
This year, emphasize key issues and people in your life. Though you are a sign that seems to go from one topic to the next, your focus will be penetrating. If you are single, you will meet someone quite special. Don’t allow your relationship to move too fast. If you are attached, this year you share on a very deep level, adding to the heat of the bond. Capricorn is an anchor.
100 years ago: Crackdown on speeders leads to safer streets
June 17, 2011
“With the speed limit fixed at eight miles an hour, many drivers have been in the habit of traveling at more than double this rate….”