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Archive for Thursday, May 5, 2011

Also from May 5

Births
Blog entries
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On the street
Photo galleries
Free State softball vs. Shawnee Mission North LHS baseball vs. Leavenworth The day in photos, May 5, 2011
Podcasts
Polls
Do you think the city should allow the use of artificial turf in landscaping for businesses and apartment complexes?

Poll results

Response Percent
No, it’s unattractive and expensive to install
 
53%
Yes, it’s easier to maintain
 
39%
I’m not sure
 
7%
Total 808
Videos

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
Constitution Hall State Historic Site in Lecompton Statehouse Live: Kansas House approves resolution recognizing Lecompton’s role in state’s history
11:07 a.m., May 3, 2011 Updated 11:27 a.m. in print edition on 6A
Located between Topeka and Lawrence, the town has been called the “Birthplace of the Civil War — Where Slavery Began to Die.”
6:00 a.m.
Rodney Jones and Kassie Liebsch 2 in KU tickets scheme sent to prison camps
May 5, 2011 in print edition on 1A
Two conspirators convicted in the theft and sales of Kansas University football and basketball tickets are now in prison, according to federal officials.
10:00 a.m.
Douglas County commissioners Nancy Thellman, Jim Flory and Mike Gaughan discuss adding domestic partner benefits to the county's health insurance coverage during their meeting Wednesday, April 27, 2011. Douglas County Commission approves domestic partner benefits plan
May 5, 2011 in print edition on 5A
County commissioners Wednesday approved a new county health insurance plan that includes domestic partner benefit coverage.
2:00 p.m.
Lawrence schools superintendent Rick Doll, foreground, addresses school board members Monday night during discussions on how to move forward on a task force’s recommendations. Possibilities facing the school board included closing schools and/or consolidating several others. From left are Doll, school board President Rich Minder, Vice President Mark Bradford, Marlene Merrill, Bob Byers, Mary Loveland, Vanessa Sanburn and Scott Morgan. Lawrence school board says budget cuts set for now, but more may loom
May 5, 2011 in print edition on 1A
Members of the Lawrence school board don’t intend to boost class sizes districtwide, or to cut entire sports programs, or to eliminate jobs for guidance counselors, school nurses or attendance secretaries. At least not yet.
6:00 p.m.
Nate Anderson works overnight at the Lawrence Amtrak depot, 413 E. Seventh St., Thursday, April 14, 2011. Anderson opens the building for the westbound midnight train. Caretaker keeps Lawrence Amtrak depot running while city sleeps
May 4, 2011
Nighttime in Lawrence is most often a quiet time. Unless you’re Nate Anderson. That’s because Anderson mans the Lawrence Amtrak depot, 413 E. Seventh St., opening it for the arrival of the midnight train.

All stories

New principal selected for Lawrence Virtual School
May 5, 2011 in print edition on A2
Lawrence’s biggest elementary school is about to get a new principal. Monday night, members of the Lawrence school board will consider approving the hiring of G. Keith Wilson as principal of the Lawrence Virtual School, which serves students statewide from the former Centennial School, 2145 La.
Prairie Moon Waldorf School holding May Music Festival
May 5, 2011 in print edition on A5
Prairie Moon Waldorf School is hosting a May Music Festival on Saturday, and the public’s invited.
Democratic Party chairwoman urging against Kansas Legislature’s school funding cuts
May 5, 2011 in print edition on A3
State Democratic Party Chairwoman Joan Wagnon on Thursday urged Kansans to contact their legislators and tell them to properly fund schools.
KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little speaks to students about her experiences growing up under segregation
May 5, 2011 in print edition on A1
Kansas University Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little talked Thursday about her experiences growing up under segregation, and becoming the first female and first black faculty member in her department at a university that she was ineligible to attend as a student coming out of high school.
KU research team receives $5.6 million grant to find replacements to petroleum-based chemicals in household products
May 5, 2011 in print edition on A1
A Kansas University research team has been awarded $5.6 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to find a more environmentally friendly way to develop chemicals used in many everyday products.
Lawrence city commissioners to consider developers’ proposal to allow artificial turf for landscaping
May 5, 2011 in print edition on A1
Artificial turf — soon you may no longer have to be a jock to call it home. City Hall leaders are being presented with a proposal that would give businesses and apartment complexes the option of using artificial turf to meet city landscaping requirements rather than traditional grass.
Sprint Foundation gives $1 million grant to UMKC
May 5, 2011
The Sprint Foundation is giving a $1 million grant to help establish an Urban Education Research Center at the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s School of Education.
St. Louis-area lawyer accused in huge Ponzi scheme
May 5, 2011
A St. Louis-area lawyer is indicted on 22 federal charges, alleging he bilked investors of more than $52 million through a Ponzi scheme.
Lawyers want sodomy charge dropped in Great Bend teen’s trial
May 5, 2011
Attorneys for a defendant charged in the death of a Great Bend 14-year-old want a criminal sodomy charge in the case dismissed.
Preliminary hearing delayed in trial of Kansas teen accused of killing stepbrother
May 5, 2011
A preliminary hearing for a 15-year-old rural Assaria boy accused of killing his 9-year-old stepbrother was postponed because the boy’s natural father hadn’t been notified of the court proceeding.
Kansas attorney general takes Kingman fire fatality case
May 5, 2011
The Kansas Attorney General’s Office said the Kansas Bureau of Investigation and local authorities have been investigating the death of a 34-year-old Kingman woman whose body was found after her home was destroyed by fire.
Law enforcement sweep finds 49 Wichita sex offenders violated program
May 5, 2011
A recent check on registered sex offenders in the Wichita area found 49 offenders had violated terms of their program.
Rwandan woman identifies Topeka man in genocide trial
04:48 p.m., May 5, 2011 Updated 08:33 p.m.
A woman whose husband and three children were killed in Rwanda’s 1994 genocide has testified that a man now living in Kansas led a mob up a mountain where she and others had fled.
Kansas Gov. Brownback not upset by impasse on unions bill
May 5, 2011
Republicans in the Kansas House threatened Thursday to block an important unemployment bill favored by business leaders and GOP Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration unless the measure also prohibits labor unions from financing political activities with funds deducted from members’ paychecks.
Emporia State University’s president, Michael Lane, to step down
May 5, 2011 in print edition on A2
Michael R. Lane, president of Emporia State University, has announced his intention to step down from that position effective June 30.
Kansas Sampler Festival in Leavenworth to feature area foods, beverages
May 5, 2011 in print edition on A4
Visitors to this weekend’s Kansas Sampler Festival in Leavenworth have the opportunity to see exhibits and try foods and beverages from across the state.
Brownback talks about regents, KNI, KPERS and unemployment bill
01:58 p.m., May 5, 2011 Updated 08:00 p.m. in print edition on A3
The proposal would provide $5 million each to Kansas University, Kansas State, and Wichita State. The funding would go toward cancer, animal health and aviation research and be administered by the Kansas Department of Commerce.
James Naismith basketball rules exhibit extended at Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City
May 5, 2011
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City has extended its display of the “Original Rules of Basket Ball” for two weeks.
Tonganoxie man accidentally shoots himself while firing handgun in backyard
12:54 p.m., May 5, 2011 Updated 04:10 p.m. in print edition on A5
A 23-year-old rural Tonganoxie man suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound while shooting off his handgun Wednesday night in his backyard.
Inductees named for Lawrence Business Hall of Fame
12:16 p.m., May 5, 2011 Updated 12:49 a.m. in print edition on A3
Junior Achievement of Lawrence has announced the next class of laureates to enter the organization’s Lawrence Business Hall of Fame.
Duplex fire causes $76,000 in damage; bank account established to help victims
11:31 a.m., May 5, 2011 Updated 04:03 p.m. in print edition on A6
A kitchen fire Wednesday evening caused $76,000 in damage to a two-story duplex in northwest Lawrence and has displaced a family living there, fire officials said Thursday morning.
Three Topeka men arrested in connection with auto burglaries in southwestern Lawrence
11:25 a.m., May 5, 2011 Updated 05:39 p.m. in print edition on A4
Lawrence police arrested three Topeka men Thursday morning as suspects in at least two vehicle burglaries in southwestern Lawrence.
I-70 reopens after nails spill onto westbound lanes at Kansas River Bridge
May 5, 2011 in print edition on A7
The westbound lanes of Interstate 70 at the Kansas River Bridge were shut down Thursday morning after a pallet of nails fell off a truck and spilled onto the highway.
Koch Industries donates $50,000 to Wichita’s Exploration Place
May 5, 2011
Koch Industries has donated $50,000 for work at the “Kansas In Miniature” exhibit at Exploration Place in Wichita.
Jayhawk Area Agency on Aging hosting annual fundraiser to benefit Guardian Angel Fund
May 5, 2011 in print edition on A4
The Jayhawk Area Agency on Aging will host its annual fundraiser, which benefits seniors in its Guardian Angel Fund.
Statehouse Live: Republican `family feud’ over Kansas paycheck deduction bill
May 5, 2011
Legislators say they need to pass a bill setting up a way for the state to pay what it owes the federal government on a loan made last year to cover benefits for unemployed workers.
Town Talk: Some developers wanting to use artificial turf for Lawrence landscapes; remake of former Boardwalk Apartment site nearly complete; city likely to win 23rd Street signal funding
May 5, 2011
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County:
Obama: Releasing bin Laden photos ‘not who we are’
May 5, 2011 in print edition on A1
President Barack Obama ordered grisly photographs of Osama bin Laden in death sealed from public view on Wednesday, declaring, “We don’t need to spike the football” in triumph after this week’s daring middle-of-the-night raid. The terrorist leader was killed by American commandos who burst into his room and feared he was reaching for a nearby weapon, U.S. officials said.
First Bell: West teacher elected president of Lawrence Education Association; comings and goings at South Junior High; high schoolers qualify for nationals in forensics, debate
May 5, 2011
Time for another edition of First Bell, a look at news and other educational items involving schools in the area.
Heard on the Hill: Campanile to fall silent for washing; Ecumenical Christian Ministries in home stretch of fundraising campaign; Monarch Watch featured in American Profile magazine
May 5, 2011
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
2 in KU tickets scheme sent to prison camps
May 5, 2011 in print edition on A1
Two conspirators convicted in the theft and sales of Kansas University football and basketball tickets are now in prison, according to federal officials.
Pump Patrol
May 5, 2011 in print edition on A4
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.85 at several stations.
Lawrence school board says budget cuts set for now, but more may loom
May 5, 2011 in print edition on A1
Members of the Lawrence school board don’t intend to boost class sizes districtwide, or to cut entire sports programs, or to eliminate jobs for guidance counselors, school nurses or attendance secretaries. At least not yet.
Lawrence Education Association asks district for additional benefits
May 5, 2011 in print edition on A5
Negotiators for the Lawrence Education Association requesting some additional benefits Wednesday for the Lawrence school district’s licensed educators during the coming year.
Douglas County Commission approves domestic partner benefits plan
May 5, 2011 in print edition on A5
County commissioners Wednesday approved a new county health insurance plan that includes domestic partner benefit coverage.
Natural Ties partners dance the night away at annual prom
May 5, 2011 in print edition on A3
When Cole Brown walked into Abe and Jake’s Landing on Wednesday for the Natural Ties annual prom, he was ready to mingle and bust a move. “Yeah,” Brown said about getting on the dance floor. “I like being active.”
Royals’ streak ends, 3-2
May 5, 2011 in print edition on B3
Nick Markakis homered, Jake Arrieta pitched seven strong innings, and the rejuvenated Baltimore Orioles got a lucky landing Wednesday night to beat Kansas City, 3-2, snapping the Royals’ four-game winning streak.
LHS tennis wins tune-up
May 5, 2011 in print edition on B3
Over the past few weeks, Lawrence High’s tennis team has been preparing for one day. That day is Friday, when the Lions host one of four Class 6A regional meets at the Lawrence Tennis Center.
Alabama prep to visit Kansas basketball
No. 24 Lacey eager to compare UKKU
May 5, 2011 in print edition on B1
Blue-chip basketball prospect Trevor Lacey, who had spent the last 48 hours on an official recruiting visit to the University of Kentucky, returned to his tornado-ravaged home state of Alabama on Wednesday afternoon.
FSHS baseball rocked by Rockhurst, 16-6
May 5, 2011 in print edition on B1
Things seemingly couldn’t get any worse for Free State High’s baseball team following a rough first inning. Only they did. And much worse, at that.
LHS lethargic in 5-3 baseball loss to SM Northwest
May 5, 2011 in print edition on B1
For the Lawrence High baseball team, Wednesday was one of those days where a rainout might have been welcomed.
Shock and awe: Jayhawks pummel Wichita State
May 5, 2011 in print edition on B1
Kansas University’s baseball team scored 11 runs on a season-high 18 hits, including three each by freshman Ka’iana Eldredge and senior Casey Lytle as the Jayhawks unloaded on Wichita State, 11-2, to complete a sweep of the two-game midweek series Wednesday night at Eck Stadium.
Persistence pays off in bin Laden mission
May 5, 2011 in print edition on A8
The assault on Osama bin Laden — as quick and ruthless an operation as you would see in any spy movie — shows that the CIA and the military’s super-secret Joint Special Operations Command have combined to create what amounts to a highly effective killing machine.
Symbol gone, threat lingers
May 5, 2011 in print edition on A8
“Ding dong the witch is dead!”
Domestic violence has lasting impact
May 5, 2011 in print edition on A8
Part of my teaching load includes a graduate course on ethics. Each term, I ask students to write a paper on the people and events instrumental in the formation of their ethical values. You might be surprised how often I read episodes of domestic violence. I am.
Retail summit
Downtown merchants should give extended hours a solid trial.
May 5, 2011 in print edition on A8
Congratulations to Downtown Lawrence Inc. for putting the issue of extended retail hours back on the table.
Worth a visit
Legislators should take advantage of the opportunity to visit historic Lecompton.
May 5, 2011 in print edition on A8
Taking advantage of an invitation to visit historical Lecompton on May 20 would be a great way for Kansas legislators to celebrate the state’s 150th birthday.
25 years ago: Downtown art shows draw thousands of visitors
May 5, 2011
Art in the Park was celebrating its silver anniversary in 1986.
40 years ago: Future of Lawrence Bus Co. threatened by lack of summer revenue
May 5, 2011
Duane Ogle, president of the Lawrence Bus Co., recently had told the city commission that the buses would not be able to run unless the city agreed to an $8,000 subsidy for the summer months.
Horoscopes for May 5
May 5, 2011
This year, new ideas naturally come forward. You are more willing than in the past to try different experiences. Follow your instincts from situation to situation. If you are single, someone too good to be true is most likely just that. If you are attached, the two of you will benefit from weekends away together, just the two of you. GEMINI can be very controlling and possessive.
Emeril makes his prime-time TV return
May 5, 2011
A notable name joins the ranks of television chefs acting as travel guides. Emeril Lagasse hosts “The Originals” (9:30 p.m., Cooking Channel).
Our Town sports for May 5
May 5, 2011 in print edition on B2
A weekly roundup of local events, honors and happenings
100 years ago: House building changes hands
May 5, 2011
“Bob House has lately purchased the building occupied by P. H. Pierce. In this Mr. House is coming into his own, as the House Clothing Store occupied this building for many years.”