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Archive for Tuesday, May 10, 2011

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6:00 a.m.
Natural Grocers is planning to build a 14,000-square-foot store at 23rd Street and Naismith Drive, where this Burger King is located. Natural Grocers to open in Lawrence on 23rd Street and Naismith Drive
May 10, 2011 in print edition on 1A
Call it healthy competition. Colorado-based Natural Grocers has filed plans to enter the city’s grocery market with a full-line store at 23rd Street and Naismith Drive on a site now occupied by Burger King.
10:00 a.m.
Former Kansas University athletic department's head of fundraising, Ben Kirtland, arrives at the U.S. Federal Courthouse, in Wichita, Kan., on Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010. Former associate athletics director Ben Kirtland seeks 57 months in prison
May 9, 2011 in print edition on 1A
Ben Kirtland wants to be sentenced to 57 months in prison, asks to be held responsible for paying $1.2 million in restitution to his former employer, and supports being ordered to pay another $85,090 to the IRS for unpaid taxes on ill-gotten gains from a ticket-stealing-and-selling conspiracy conducted from within Kansas Athletics Inc.
2:00 p.m.
This architectural rendering from Treanor Architects shows plans for an arched entryway at Lawrence High School's stadium. This view looks at the stadium from the southeast. The project is being financed through donations generated through LHS Building on Traditions. Donors’ ‘statement’ at Lawrence High School stadium to be ready for fall
May 10, 2011 in print edition on 3A
The Chesty Lions of Lawrence High School — supporters, students and members of both the marching band and players themselves — once again will be walking under an arch on their way to Friday night football games.
6:00 p.m.
A family of foxes looks out from a pile of stones in downtown Lecompton, where the foxes have taken up residency. The foxes were first seen there around Easter. Family of foxes takes up home near Lecompton Historical Society
May 9, 2011 in print edition on 1A
A new family of seven has taken up residence near the Lecompton Historical Society. Their home is made of stone, which provides comfortable shelter. Most evenings, the children come out to play.

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Visit KUSports.com/alldecade to continue voting for the KUSports.com All-Decade Team
11:00 p.m., May 10, 2011 Updated 11:51 p.m.
Visit KUSports.com/alldecade to continue voting for the KUSports.com All-Decade Team
Kansas Athletics collects insurance on theft claim in ticket scandal
May 10, 2011 in print edition on A1
Kansas Athletics Inc. has recovered nearly $340,000 in losses from a tickets scandal that cost the department at least $2 million.
KU Hospital board gets update on electronic records
May 10, 2011 in print edition on A3
An electronic medical records system at Kansas University Hospital will improve patient care, help doctors avoid mistakes and allow patients to check test results from their home computers, hospital officials said Tuesday.
Brownback administration lays off Kansas Arts Commission employees
07:44 p.m., May 10, 2011 Updated 09:42 a.m. in print edition on A1
Earlier in the legislative session, Brownback proposed abolishing the commission, but the Legislature rejected the move.
Breakfast celebrates Older Americans Month
May 10, 2011
Trinity In-Home Care is celebrating Older Americans Month with a community breakfast Friday.
Centron Corp. film producer Russell Mosser dies
May 10, 2011 in print edition on A5
Russell Mosser, a civic-minded film producer whose Centron Corporation operated in Lawrence for decades, died April 29 at age 93.
Portion of Douglas County Road 458 to close
May 10, 2011
Douglas County and the Kansas Department of Transportation will close County Road 458 from U.S. Highway 59 east to East 1338 starting May 16 for bridge and road repair.
Lawrence man enters no-contest plea to aggravated battery charges from September robbery
May 10, 2011
A 20-year-old Lawrence man entered a no-contest plea to two aggravated battery charges Tuesday related to a September robbery in which two residents were injured.
Wichita schools might cut 186 jobs, programs
May 10, 2011
The superintendent of Wichita schools says the district might have to cut 186 jobs, several programs and close one school to deal with a $30 million shortfall in funding next year.
Hundreds of fish die in Wichita pond
May 10, 2011
The record heat in Wichita might have been a big factor that led to the death of hundreds of fish in a Wichita pond.
Douglas County Commission to consider development plan for floodplain area
May 10, 2011
A plan that outlines future development in an area of Douglas County that has high-quality soil and is in a floodplain will come before the Douglas County Commission on Wednesday evening.
Police say missing Iowa man killed himself in Kansas
May 10, 2011
An Iowa police chief says a man sought as a witness in the disappearance of a Carroll woman has killed himself in Kansas.
4 Kansas National Guard soldiers save 2 Liberians
May 10, 2011
Four Kansas Army National Guard soldiers are credited with saving two Liberian soldiers who got caught in a riptide while swimming in the Atlantic Ocean.
Campers find skull in Wichita creek
May 10, 2011
Sedgwick County authorities say a skull found in Wichita in April belonged to a black woman between the ages of 18 and 25, but that’s about all they know.
Fire in Cimarron National Grassland torches more than 20,000 acres in southwest Kansas
May 10, 2011
A fire that has scorched nearly 20,000 acres of the Cimarron National Grassland in southwest Kansas is still burning.
Wichita State men’s basketball team honored by Gov. Brownback, state legislators
May 10, 2011
Kansas officials are honoring the Wichita State men’s basketball team for its NIT championship crown.
TransCanada says Keystone pipeline leak in North Dakota won’t affect oil deliveries
May 10, 2011
The temporary shutdown of the Keystone oil pipeline after a leak in southeast North Dakota will not affect deliveries to customers, the pipeline’s operator said.
Lawrence high school students to participate at KU’s Mini College in June
03:49 p.m., May 10, 2011 Updated 09:36 a.m. in print edition on A3
Ten students from Lawrence’s two public high schools will be going to college before any of their classmates.
Tonganoxie police have identified suspect in Monday’s chase, plan to request arrest warrant
May 10, 2011
Tonganoxie’s police chief said Tuesday that officers have identified the suspect who ran from police Monday afternoon and plan to request warrants for the man’s arrest although he had not yet been located.
Statehouse Live: Legislators say progress being made on Kansas budget
02:13 p.m., May 10, 2011 Updated 01:02 a.m. in print edition on A2
After weeks of gridlock, legislators on Tuesday made progress on many key budget issues as the session neared its final day.
Kansas Bioscience Authority to hire help to respond to investigations
May 10, 2011
The Kansas Bioscience Authority will hire some help to deal with investigations into its business practices.
Lawrence Community Nursery School planning music festival on Saturday
May 10, 2011
The Lawrence Community Nursery School will host the Red School Rockin’ Music Festival on Saturday at Burcham Park.
Two women killed Tuesday morning in two-vehicle accident on northwest side of Perry Lake
10:23 a.m., May 10, 2011 Updated 05:33 p.m. in print edition on A4
A 20-year-old Holton woman and a 42-year-old Valley Falls woman died in a head-on crash Tuesday morning on Kansas Highway 4 northwest of Perry Lake, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol.
Lawrence school board agrees to lease warehouse on West 31st Street
May 10, 2011
Members of the Lawrence school board agreed Monday to lease a 12,000-square-foot warehouse near Walmart and Home Depot, a move to help the district save at least $100,000 in annual expenses by purchasing canned fruits, cleaning supplies and copy paper by the truckload instead of smaller quantities.
Town Talk: Have a downtown drink; arts incubator idea still alive; West Lawrence antennas to get approval; oil company increases Lawrence presence; Hobbs Taylor gets new tenant
May 10, 2011
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Kansas Legislature approves compromise KPERS bill
09:02 a.m., May 10, 2011 Updated 12:42 a.m. in print edition on A1
A plan for eliminating a long-term shortfall facing Kansas’ public pension system won final approval Tuesday from the Legislature, even though it doesn’t accomplish many Republicans’ goal of starting a 401(k)-style retirement plan for new teachers and government workers.
Heard on the Hill: KU alumna Sheila Bair won’t seek another term as FDIC chairwoman; KU Alumni Association Grad Grill is Thursday; Monarch Watch still has butterfly plants
May 10, 2011
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
First Bell: Free State senior named U.S. Presidential Scholar; today is nominations deadline for $10,000 Bobs’ Award; Wichita school district to close school, cut 168 jobs
May 10, 2011
Time for another edition of First Bell, a look at news and other educational items involving schools in the area.
KU student reports stolen 2005 Infiniti car
May 10, 2011 in print edition on A4
A 21-year-old male KU student reported to Lawrence police someone stole his 2005 Infiniti car valued at $25,000 between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. Wednesday from the 1000 block of Massachusetts Street.
KU student reports stolen Suzuki motorcycle
May 10, 2011 in print edition on A4
A 21-year-old male Kansas University student reported his 2005 Suzuki motorcycle valued at $2,800 was stolen between 4 a.m. and 7 a.m. Friday from the 900 block of Arkansas Street.
Lawrence police arrest Kansas City man on aggravated battery, battery, criminal trespassing charges
May 10, 2011 in print edition on A4
Lawrence police Monday morning arrested a 45-year-old Kansas City, Kan., man in the 2400 block of Louisiana Street on charges of aggravated battery, battery and criminal trespassing.
Pakistan suspected of leaking CIA name
May 10, 2011 in print edition on A7
Suspicion rose Monday that Pakistan’s intelligence service leaked the name of the CIA chief in Islamabad to local media in anger over the raid that killed Osama bin Laden — the second outing of an American covert operative here in six months.
Obama, GOP both want Medicare limits
May 10, 2011 in print edition on A7
Unlikely as it may seem, President Barack Obama and Republicans in Congress actually share some common ground on the need to curb Medicare costs to fight the spiraling federal debt.
Drought hits Texas, surrounding states
May 10, 2011 in print edition on A7
With much of the nation focused on a spring marked by historic floods and deadly tornadoes, Texas and parts of several surrounding states are suffering through a drought nearly as punishing as some of the world’s driest deserts.
Kansas Senate approves compromise pension bill
May 10, 2011 in print edition on A4
The Kansas Senate approved a proposal on Monday for attacking the long-term funding problems facing the state pension system without starting a 401(k)-style plan for new teachers and government workers.
Chile OKs dam project in Patagonia
May 10, 2011 in print edition on A7
A $7 billion project to dam two of the world’s wildest rivers for electricity has won environmental approval Monday from a Chilean government commission despite a groundswell of opposition.
Natural Grocers to open in Lawrence on 23rd Street and Naismith Drive
May 10, 2011 in print edition on A1
Call it healthy competition. Colorado-based Natural Grocers has filed plans to enter the city’s grocery market with a full-line store at 23rd Street and Naismith Drive on a site now occupied by Burger King.
Man shot last week faces robbery, burglary charges
May 10, 2011 in print edition on A3
A Leavenworth County man who suffered a gunshot wound last week now faces robbery and burglary charges in Wyandotte County.
Babcock Place without air conditioning until Wednesday at earliest
May 10, 2011 in print edition on A3
Virginia McClelland sat in the shade outside Babcock Place on a windy Monday afternoon as the temperature rose above 90 degrees, Lawrence’s hottest day in 2011.
Donors’ ‘statement’ at Lawrence High School stadium to be ready for fall
May 10, 2011 in print edition on A3
The Chesty Lions of Lawrence High School — supporters, students and members of both the marching band and players themselves — once again will be walking under an arch on their way to Friday night football games.
Former KU chancellor Gene Budig earns honorary doctorate from The Citadel
12:32 a.m., May 10, 2011 Updated 09:07 a.m. in print edition on A6
Gene Budig, former Kansas University chancellor, was awarded an honorary doctorate from The Citadel, the military college of South Carolina, this past weekend.
Mississippi River flooding approaches record levels
May 10, 2011 in print edition on A6
The Mississippi River rose Monday to levels not seen in Memphis since the 1930s, swamping homes in low-lying neighborhoods and driving hundreds of people from their homes.
Officials investigate flight disturbance suspect
May 10, 2011 in print edition on A6
The passengers sat stunned as they watched a man walk quickly toward the front of American Airlines Flight 1561 as it was descending toward San Francisco. He was screaming and then began pounding on the cockpit door.
Mark Mangino breaks silence in newspaper interview
May 10, 2011 in print edition on B3
Former Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino conducted his first newspaper interview since losing his job after the 2009 season.
Missouri backup QB to transfer
May 10, 2011 in print edition on B2
The battle to replace Blaine Gabbert as Missouri’s starting quarterback is over. His younger brother, Tyler, has decided to transfer.
Mark Turgeon leaving Texas A&M and Big 12 to coach at Maryland
May 10, 2011 in print edition on B2
As the new basketball coach at the University of Maryland, Mark Turgeon hopes to experience the same kind of success he enjoyed at Texas A&M.
Iowa State dismisses forward
May 10, 2011 in print edition on B2
Iowa State forward Calvin Godfrey has been dismissed from the team after the school said he was arrested for marijuana possession.
Kansas Senate honors Victor Ortiz
May 10, 2011 in print edition on B2
The Kansas Senate has honored the World Boxing Council’s new welterweight champion, who grew up in Garden City.
Kirk Hinrich: Hamstring getting better
May 10, 2011 in print edition on B2
Atlanta Hawks guard Kirk Hinrich says his ailing right hamstring is finally starting to show some improvement.
Texas players stay in NBA Draft
May 10, 2011 in print edition on B2
Texas standouts Tristan Thompson and Cory Joseph are staying in the NBA Draft and won’t be back for the Longhorns. Thompson and Joseph were freshmen last season. They join teammate Jordan Hamilton in leaving the Longhorns early for the NBA.
KU’s Carolyn Davis to try out for USA hoops team
May 10, 2011 in print edition on B3
Kansas University sophomore forward Carolyn Davis is one of 34 players who will participate in the USA Basketball Women’s World University Games Team Trials, which run May 22-25 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Recruit Trevor Lacey through visiting
Basketball guard to make choice on May 18
May 10, 2011 in print edition on B3
Trevor Lacey, a 6-foot-3 senior combo guard from Huntsville (Ala.) Butler High who completed an official basketball recruiting visit to Kansas University on Monday, will not make any more trips to schools, Lacey’s dad told Rivals.com on Monday.
KU rowers honored
May 10, 2011 in print edition on B3
Kansas rowing honored 13 seniors and handed out multiple individual awards at its end-of-the-year team banquet Friday night.
KU golfer Gilbert invited to regional
May 10, 2011 in print edition on B3
Kansas University golfer Chris Gilbert was selected to compete in the NCAA Arizona Regional, it was announced Monday night.
Jayhawks in the NBA
May 10, 2011 in print edition on B2
Here is how former Jayhawks fared in NBA action Monday, May 9, 2011.
Firebirds dominate LHS in baseball
Senior lefty Kukuk fans 11 in Firebirds’ 12-1 rout of Lawrence
May 10, 2011 in print edition on B1
Seemingly every time Cody Kukuk takes the mound, he dazzles the array of scouts lined up behind the backstop, baffles opposing hitters and helps guide Free State High’s baseball team to a victory.
Firebird Newsome picks TCU
May 10, 2011 in print edition on B3
The Free State High library was decked out in purple to celebrate senior Preston Newsome, who signed his national letter of intent to run track at Texas Christian University on Monday afternoon.
Support par for course
May 10, 2011 in print edition on B1
Every once in a while, a parent whose rationality takes a temporary leave of absence that coincides with the high school sports career of said parent’s son or daughter, becomes convinced the local paper “favors” the other school in town.
Splitsville: Bell powers Lions to 6-5 softball victory
May 10, 2011 in print edition on B1
Just about everything went right for Lawrence High senior catcher Kristen Bell in Monday’s game against Free State.
Really? Pakistan officials didn’t know?
May 10, 2011 in print edition on A8
There is something surreal about Pakistani officials’ reaction to the killing of Osama bin Laden.
Local crunch: Granolas with Lawrence connections chew up the landscape
May 10, 2011
If Lawrence had an official “Breakfast of Champions” it might well be the treat with a thousand faces: granola.
Income concern
Lawrence can’t use its high student population as an excuse for sluggish growth in its per capita income.
May 10, 2011 in print edition on A8
The per capita income figures released by the federal government recently probably weren’t a big surprise to Lawrence officials, but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be cause for continuing concern.
A solution to the looming debt menace
May 10, 2011 in print edition on A8
Here’s a safe prediction: The “bipartisan” group of congressmen led by Vice President Joe Biden will fail to solve the $14 trillion debt crisis.
Horoscopes for May 10
May 10, 2011
This year, you have get-up-and-go. You are entering a new cycle, where the first year is very lucky. Note a difference between what you project and what you want on a deeper level. Avoid mixed signals. If you are single, this schism could also affect your choices. If you are attached, you will tend to emphasize your family life more. Leo serves as an anchor.
‘Bhutto’ highlights contradictions of Pakistan
May 10, 2011
Documentaries don’t come much more timely than “Bhutto” on “Independent Lens” (9 p.m., PBS, check local listings).
25 years ago: Lawrence Farmers’ Market rings in 11th season
May 10, 2011
Spinach and snow peas were among the fresh produce available to local shoppers at the opening of the 11th season of the Lawrence Farmers’ Market.
100 years ago: Policy of closing post office on Sunday reaches Lawrence
May 10, 2011
“The Sunday [post office] closing order has at last reached Lawrence. The post office department has instructed the Lawrence office to make Sunday closing effective June 11.”