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Douglas County prosecutor worries new bill might be too lenient on repeat DUI offenders
07:43 p.m., May 12, 2011 Updated 09:45 a.m. in print edition on A3
As Kansas House and Senate negotiators agreed this week on a bill that would strengthen the state’s DUI penalties, Douglas County’s top prosecutor worried it would be too lenient on some repeat DUI offenders.
KTEC on the chopping block
May 12, 2011 in print edition on A4
The Kansas Senate has narrowly approved Gov. Sam Brownback’s plan to abolish an economic development agency that nurtures new high-tech businesses.
KU Athletic Director Sheahon Zenger discusses Arrowhead game, team rankings at Chamber of Commerce luncheon
May 12, 2011 in print edition on A4
Kansas University’s athletic director repeated old themes Thursday, saying he remains focused on helping student-athletes with the transition into adulthood.
Statehouse Live: Brownback wants only Republicans to approve the budget
May 12, 2011
Reaching across the aisle for votes “is not the way you want to go,” Brownback said to the House GOP caucus.
Citizen survey shows Lawrence streets still a concern, but other areas fare well
May 12, 2011 in print edition on A1
According to a new survey, Lawrence residents are pretty pleased these days — unless they happen to be on a city street.
Brownback suggests veto if Legislature reinstates funding for Kansas Arts Commission
May 12, 2011 in print edition on A3
Gov. Sam Brownback on Thursday hinted strongly that he will veto state funding of the Kansas Arts Commission. A budget deal struck by legislative leaders, includes nearly $700,000 for the Arts Commission for the fiscal year starting July 1.
Kansas hit-and-run law prompted by Lawrence fatalities
May 12, 2011 in print edition on A3
With family members of victims of fatal hit-and-run accidents in Lawrence by his side, Gov. Sam Brownback on Thursday signed into law a bill that will increase penalties for leaving the scene of an accident.
Overland Park volunteer mounted posse trains to assist with off-road searches
May 12, 2011
Seven riders and their horses are ready to help Kansas City-area law enforcement agencies during searches for missing people.
Topless woman charged with leaving baby in car in Gardner
May 12, 2011
A Johnson County woman is accused of leaving her baby in a car while she tried to enter a bar topless.
Teenage gunman pleads guilty in Topeka drive-by shooting death
May 12, 2011
A Topeka man admitted that he fired the shots in a drive-by shooting that killed a man standing in his driveway.
Food Network’s ‘The Great Food Truck Race’ to stop in Manhattan
May 12, 2011
People gathering for Kansas State’s graduation this weekend will have a choice of some gourmet meals on wheels.
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback to kick off disaster forum in Salina
May 12, 2011
Gov. Sam Brownback heads to Salina later this month to attend a forum on disaster response hosted by the Kansas Adjutant General’s Department.
Kansas Senate to consider bill removing Kansas Bioscience Authority from NBAF
May 12, 2011
State senators are considering a bill that would end the Kansas Bioscience Authority’s role in issuing state bonds to help finance to a new national biodefense lab in Manhattan.
New Kansas City Mayor Sly James enters business fray with Kansas
May 12, 2011
Kansas City Mayor Sly James said the city will not stand by and allow Kansas to use enhanced incentives to lure businesses away from Missouri, a practice he called “mutually assured destruction.”
Kansas Sec. of State Kris Kobach won’t end push to get voter ID requirements in place by 2012
May 12, 2011
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach said Thursday that he’s not giving up on having a proof-of-citizenship requirement for new voters in place ahead of next year’s elections, despite the state Senate’s rejection of the idea.
Additional charges filed against Lawrence man in sexual-exploitation case involving 13-year-old
May 12, 2011 in print edition on A5
Douglas County prosecutors have filed two new charges against a 28-year-old Lawrence man who faces sexual exploitation charges.
Starting Friday, expect delays for westbound traffic on 23rd Street between Haskell and Learnard
May 12, 2011 in print edition on A8
Westbound motorists on East 23rd Street should expect delays until early next week.
Prosecutor: No evidence Lew Perkins ‘knowingly participated’ in KU’s cash-for-tickets scheme
May 12, 2011 in print edition on A8
Federal prosecutors say they don’t anticipate filing any more criminal charges connected with a five-year ticket-stealing scheme that cost Kansas Athletics Inc. at least $2 million.
KU, U.S. Attorney focus on recovering money lost in cash-for-tickets scam
May 12, 2011 in print edition on A8
Now that former Kansas Athletics Inc. employees are headed to prison for their roles in a $2 million scheme to steal and sell Kansas University football and basketball tickets, the next step for authorities and campus officials dealing with the repercussions is clear.
Case dismissed against man accused of 2008 shooting at Lawrence apartment complex
May 12, 2011 in print edition on A2
Douglas County prosecutors have dismissed a case against a 26-year-old Lawrence man accused in a 2008 shooting at a Lawrence apartment complex.
Bill Self, Roy Williams to participate in Mayetta golf event on Sunday
May 12, 2011
Kansas men’s basketball coach Bill Self and former KU coach Roy Williams will play in a celebrity skins game Sunday at the grand opening of the newly constructed Firekeeper Golf Course in Mayetta, Kansas.Kansas men’s basketball coach Bill Self and former KU coach Roy Williams will play in a celebrity skins game Sunday at the opening of the Firekeeper Golf Course in Mayetta, Kansas.
Ex-KU athletics official Ben Kirtland sentenced to 57 months in federal prison for role in ticket scam
10:40 a.m., May 12, 2011 Updated 02:28 p.m. in print edition on A1
The man who led fundraising for Kansas Athletics Inc. for more than five years is headed to prison for his role in a ticket-selling scheme that drained at least $2 million from the department and cost some donors opportunities for the seats they deserved at Allen Fieldhouse.
10 KU faculty win Fulbrights to teach or perform research abroad
May 12, 2011
Ten members of the Kansas University faculty have earned Fulbright awards to teach or perform research abroad.
More showers and thunderstorms possible in Douglas County Thursday afternoon, evening
May 12, 2011
More showers and thunderstorms are possible in Douglas County Thursday afternoon and evening, according to the National Weather Service.
Kansas Legislature approves bill restricting city annexation powers
May 12, 2011
State lawmakers overwhelmingly approved a bill that will restrict how Kansas cities can annex new territory.
Town Talk: Arts store to open in West Lawrence; Groundbreaking for Bowersock on Monday; Lawrence firm named at Top 10 Small Business for KC; Area tech showcase next week
May 12, 2011
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Heard on the Hill: KU announces Men of Merit calendar honorees; research dollars go up slightly after increase in institutional support; Nebraska’s AAU departure elicits silly explanation
May 12, 2011
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
First Bell: Gift from Google exec a ‘nice surprise’; LHS students engineer planes for flight; superintendent says new board to face ‘difficult task’
May 12, 2011
Time for another edition of First Bell, a look at news and other educational items involving schools in the area.
Pump Patrol
May 12, 2011 in print edition on A4
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.84 at several stations.
Kansas Senate rejects attempt to modify voter ID law
May 12, 2011 in print edition on A4
The state Senate has refused to move up the effective date of a new law requiring proof of citizenship from people registering to vote in Kansas for the first time.
Bill stripping Kansas Bioscience Authority of bonding control OK’d by Kansas House
May 12, 2011 in print edition on A4
The Kansas House has approved a bill ending the Kansas Bioscience Authority’s role in issuing state bonds to help finance a new national biodefense lab in Manhattan.
Brownback: $14B budget deal ‘victory for Kansas’
May 12, 2011 in print edition on A1
Kansas legislative negotiators agreed Wednesday night on a $14 billion budget for the state’s 2012 fiscal year, one that will cut overall spending between 5 percent and 6 percent.
Demand for bin Laden memorabilia tapers off fast
May 12, 2011 in print edition on A8
The day after Osama bin Laden was killed, street vendors and online merchants rushed to place special orders for T-shirts celebrating the demise of the world’s most-wanted terrorist.
Rebels: Gadhafi forces pushed back from Misrata
May 12, 2011 in print edition on A8
Pressing to break a two-month siege, rebels in the port city of Misrata said they had captured the local airport and pushed Moammar Gadhafi’s forces ever further from the city’s western outskirts.
Poll: Bin Laden killing was justified
May 12, 2011 in print edition on A8
Was the U.S. right to kill Osama bin Laden? Absolutely, and about time, Americans say. A new Associated Press-GfK poll shows the nation supporting the raid with rare unanimity, and the glow from the operation is also boosting approval for President Barack Obama’s handling of terrorism and the war in Afghanistan.
House GOP seeks $30B in more agency spending cuts
May 12, 2011 in print edition on A7
Republicans controlling the House announced plans Wednesday to cut $30 billion from the day-to-day budgets of Cabinet agencies, doubling down on cuts to domestic programs just weeks after a split-the-differences bargain with President Barack Obama.
Slumping oil, commodity prices halt stock rally
May 12, 2011 in print edition on A7
Tumbling demand for commodities and a drop in the euro led to a broad stock sell-off Wednesday that pulled the Dow Jones industrial average down 130 points.
Eudora woman sues Overland Park for discrimination related to bipolar disorder
May 12, 2011 in print edition on A12
A Eudora resident is suing the city of Overland Park in federal court, claiming the police department discriminated against her under the Americans with Disabilities Act when she worked there as an officer.
GOP seeks leverage in talks over debt ceiling hike
May 12, 2011 in print edition on A7
It was a tough-talking House Speaker John Boehner who warned Wall Street this week that Congress won’t raise the government’s debt ceiling without massive spending cuts that most Democrats oppose.
Douglas County commissioners defer decision on adding Northeast Sector Plan to Horizon 2020
May 12, 2011 in print edition on A5
Douglas County commissioners deferred a decision on adding the Northeast Sector Plan to Horizon 2020 until the June 1 meeting.
Diary: Bin Laden involved in all recent major al-Qaida threats
May 12, 2011 in print edition on A1
Deep in hiding, his terror organization becoming battered and fragmented, Osama bin Laden kept pressing followers to find new ways to hit the U.S., officials say, citing his private journal and other documents recovered in last week’s raid.
Lions soccer tripped in makeup tilt, 4-0
May 12, 2011 in print edition on B3
Lawrence High’s soccer team had to play hard for all 80 minutes in Tuesday’s much-needed home victory against Leavenworth.
Positive direction
May 12, 2011 in print edition on A10
To the editor: This past week at the University of Kansas Medical Center has been a time for reflection.
Program focuses on success
May 12, 2011 in print edition on A10
Robert Woodson would probably wince if you called him a “community organizer.” That’s because for the last 30 years as president of the Center for Neighborhood Enterprise, he has not spent time organizing the poor around ineffective government programs and other addictions; he has been helping them become self-sufficient.
Osama oversight puzzles Pakistan
May 12, 2011 in print edition on A10
The Pakistani town of Abbottabad seems to have been the perfect place to “hide in plain sight.” Not only did officers at the Pakistani military academy there apparently miss spotting Osama bin Laden. So did a team of U.S. Special Forces trainers that, according to Pakistani officials, was based there from September to December 2008.
Former Jayhawk Royce Woolridge visits Washington St.
May 12, 2011 in print edition on B1
Royce Woolridge, who announced plans to transfer from Kansas University on April 15, recently made a recruiting trip to Washington State University.
End run
May 12, 2011 in print edition on A10
Rather than honoring the democratic process that would restore the Kansas Arts Commission, the Kansas governor is making an autocratic end run to make sure the agency dies.
Royals rally past Yankees in 11
May 12, 2011 in print edition on B4
Eric Hosmer’s family rose from their seats at Yankee Stadium, watching his first career home run go soaring into the second deck in right field. They were probably more excited about his sacrifice fly about three hours later.
FSHS, LHS baseball to clash at Hoglund
May 12, 2011 in print edition on B3
At 7 tonight, the Free State and Lawrence High baseball teams will meet for the second time in four days.
Study: 48 women raped every hour
May 12, 2011 in print edition on A3
The African nation of Congo has been called the worst place on earth to be a woman. A new study released Wednesday shows that it’s even worse than previously thought: 1,152 women are raped every day, a rate equal to 48 per hour.
Possible human lung stem cell found
May 12, 2011 in print edition on A3
Scientists believe they’ve discovered stem cells in the lung that can make a wide variety of the organ’s tissues, a finding that might open new doors for treating emphysema and other diseases.
2 quakes in Spain kill 10, injure dozens
May 12, 2011 in print edition on A3
Two earthquakes struck southeast Spain in quick succession Wednesday, killing at least 10 people, injuring dozens and causing major damage to buildings, officials said.
Gingrich: I’m running for president
May 12, 2011 in print edition on A3
Republican Newt Gingrich said Wednesday he’s running for president because his experience has prepared him to return America “to hope and opportunity.”
Free State golfers 11th, LHS 18th at Lawrence Invite
May 12, 2011 in print edition on B1
On some days, Lawrence High sophomore Brett Van Blaricum can step into the tee box and feel no nerves at all.
KU women’s hoops assistant O’Connor accepts job at Virginia
May 12, 2011 in print edition on B3
Kansas University women’s basketball assistant coach Katie O’Connor has accepted a job as assistant coach at the University of Virginia.
Former KU guard Tony Guy to be inducted into Hall
May 12, 2011 in print edition on B3
Former Kansas University basketball guard Tony Guy will be inducted to the Baltimore Catholic League (BCL) Hall of Fame on May 19.
Heat vanquish Celts
Miami, James get over Boston ‘hump’
May 12, 2011 in print edition on B5
For LeBron James, Game 5 last season against Boston was horrific. A year later, Game 5 was humbling.
Our Town Sports for May 12
May 12, 2011 in print edition on B2
A weekly roundup of area events, awards and happenings
Fiesta Bowl fined $1M, but still in BCS
May 12, 2011 in print edition on B2
At the cost of a $1 million fine, the Fiesta Bowl will keep its place in the Bowl Championship Series.
KU tennis duo honored
May 12, 2011 in print edition on B3
Kansas University tennis players Ekaterina Morozova and Dylan Windom were recognized by the Big 12 Conference on Wednesday.
Horoscope for May 12
May 12, 2011
This year, many opportunities head your way. You have an unusual amount of energy and drive. If you are single, you could meet someone special in the latter part of your birthday year. If you are attached, review your long-term goals as a couple. Then decide which one to manifest. Virgo tosses in another perspective.
Tune In: Charity concert raises funds, awareness for storm victims
May 12, 2011
A season of tribulation inspires a benefit concert. Torrential rains, floods and tornadoes have afflicted many parts of the American heartland, most notably Alabama, where a tornado killed hundreds when it touched down in Tuscaloosa, the state’s fifth-largest city and the home of the University of Alabama.
100 years ago: J-W editor speaks out against bonds for new construction
May 12, 2011
“It is not a kindness to encourage a man to come to Lawrence when the outlook for his business is not good.”
40 years ago: Work begins on athletic fields for Central Junior High
May 12, 2011
A photograph showed many trees on the Central Junior High School lot and the old McAllaster School lot being torn down.
25 years ago: Retiring South principal surprised by honor powwow
May 12, 2011
As part of the retirement festivities for South Junior High Schools’ principal Orvel Criqui, several Native American groups surprised him with an honor powwow in the school’s gym.