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Archive for Friday, May 13, 2011

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12:00 a.m.
Golfer and Lawrence resident Marcello Hall practices on the driving range Tuesday at Alvamar Golf and Country Club. Owners of Alvamar Inc. have decided to sell the two golf courses for a price of $6.5 million. Alvamar to turn over daily operations to golf course management company
May 11, 2011
Alvamar’s two Lawrence golf courses are about to join the roster of a major course management company.
6:00 a.m.
Kansas Department of Transportation engineer Jerry Younger, center, discusses accident studies on K-10 between Lawrence and Kansas City during a meeting in Eudora Thursday with local city and county officials about safety issues on the highway. Recently Gov. Sam Brownback directed KDOT Secretary Deb Miller, right, to reopen a study into the use of cable barriers on K-10 between Lawrence and Kansas City. Two Eudora residents died in a crossover accident April 16. Area officials support K-10 cable barriers at meeting
May 13, 2011 in print edition on 1A
The Kansas Department of Transportation’s secretary Thursday promised to work with area leaders to get input in the study of the safety of Kansas Highway 10 in the wake of last month’s double fatality near Eudora’s Church Street interchange.
9:30 a.m.
Pictured from left are Charlette Blubaugh, Tom Blubaugh, Rodney Jones, Ben Kirtland and Kassie Liebsch. KU, U.S. Attorney focus on recovering money lost in cash-for-tickets scam
May 12, 2011 in print edition on 8A
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.
1:00 p.m.
In a recent survey of Lawrence residents, downtown parking, traffic flow and traffic signal coordination were all cited as problem areas. Respondents also recommended more walking and biking trails and better street and sidewalk maintenance. Citizen survey shows Lawrence streets still a concern, but other areas fare well
May 12, 2011 in print edition on 1A
According to a new survey, Lawrence residents are pretty pleased these days — unless they happen to be on a city street.
4:30 p.m.
Some of the beers 23rd Street Brewery features are from left, Wave the Wheat Ale, Kansas Prairie Light, Big Leaf Porter and Bitter Professor IPA. During the week, 23rd Street Brewery will be featuring a 2008 Russian Imperial Stout, a Belgian Strong Gold, a Belgian Dark Strong and will be tapping this summer’s California Common, which Llewellyn describes as a “very popular beer that comes out every summer.” Lawrence breweries prepare for American Craft Beer Week
May 13, 2011
Free State Brewery and 23rd Street Brewery have partnered to celebrate American Craft Beer Week.
7:00 p.m.
Free State’s bench celebrates a score by Cody Kukuk (25) during Lawrence High’s game against Free State Thursday, May 12, 2011 at Hoglund Ballpark. The Firebirds defeated the Lions 7-5.
Playing with fire: Kukuk sparks Firebirds past Lions, 7-5
May 13, 2011 in print edition on 1B
Free State High senior Cody Kukuk usually doesn’t play with much emotion. But after belting an opposite-field solo homer over the left-field fence and off a light pole to tie Thursday’s game against Lawrence High in the fifth inning, Kukuk couldn’t contain his energy.

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Feds deny Kansas’ request for waiver on No Child Left Behind requirements
May 13, 2011
Federal education officials have rejected a request by the state for a waiver this year to increased student performance requirements under No Child Left Behind, officials said Friday.
Tonganoxie man, 37, pleads guilty to raping young girl
May 13, 2011
A 37-year-old Tonganoxie man pleaded guilty to child rape and three other counts Friday for molesting a girl when she was first 6 years old, Leavenworth County Attorney Todd Thompson said.
Shawnee County deputy pleads no contest in confrontation with Topeka officer
May 13, 2011
A Shawnee County sheriff’s deputy pleaded no contest to two misdemeanors filed after a confrontation with a Topeka police officer.
Gray-Little praises plans for KU medical school in Salina
May 13, 2011
University of Kansas Chancellor says students at the university’s new medical school in Salina will be delighted with their school.
State legislators shift role of Kansas Bioscience Authority
May 13, 2011
Legislators have sent Gov. Sam Brownback a bill removing the Kansas Bioscience Authority’s role in issuing bonds to help finance a new national biodefense lab in Manhattan.
Farms thriving as income, land values grow
May 13, 2011
The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City says the farm boom is continuing this year as high crop prices and improved livestock prices combine to drive farm income higher.
Kansas Legislature moving to end economic development agency
May 13, 2011
The Kansas Legislature has approved Gov. Sam Brownback’s plan to abolish an economic development agency that nurtures new high-tech businesses.
Kansan gets 5 years in Nebraska prison for sexual assault
May 13, 2011
A 45-year-old Kansas man has been given five years in a Nebraska prison for sexually assaulting a 6-year-old girl.
Wichita cancer survivor beats odds with upcoming high school graduation
May 13, 2011
There was a time Nick Jones and his family didn’t know whether he’d live to see 10th grade. Now the Wichita Southeast High School senior, having continued his studies through cancer treatments, surgeries and a life-saving bone marrow transplant, will soon graduate with his peers.
Campaign charges dropped against Iowa gaming execs planning casino in Kansas
May 13, 2011
Charges were dismissed Friday against executives with an Iowa gaming company who were accused of violating the state’s campaign disclosure laws.
Legislature passes bill strengthening Kansas DUI law
May 13, 2011
Both chambers of the Kansas Legislature unanimously backed a measure that would strengthen the state’s DUI penalties, despite a concern by some that the bill didn’t go far enough.
KU student reports purse snatching to police
May 13, 2011 in print edition on A5
A 21-year-old female Kansas University student reported to Lawrence police early Friday that someone had snatched her purse in a robbery in the 1500 block of Kentucky Street.
KU engineering school receives $32 million gift from Spahr family
May 13, 2011 in print edition on A1
The Kansas University School of Engineering is the beneficiary of a $32 million gift from the estate of Charles E. and Mary Jane Bruckmiller Spahr, the largest estate gift received in the history of the university.
Haskell graduates heading on to “the real world”
May 13, 2011 in print edition on A3
Graduates celebrate their academic achievements with family, friends and members of the Haskell community Friday.
Planned Parenthood criticizes Kansas budget provision
May 13, 2011 in print edition on A1
Buried in the $13.8 billion state budget approved by the Legislature early Friday is a provision that Planned Parenthood says essentially ends federal family planning funding to its Kansas clinics.
Police write 18 citations in patrol for underage drinking in Lawrence
May 13, 2011
Four Lawrence police officers enforcing underage drinking laws on a special patrol Thursday night wrote tickets for 18 alcohol-related offenses, said Jen Jordan, director of prevention for DCCCA and a member of the New Tradition Coalition.
Lawrence Humane Society waiving adoption fees on cats to make room at shelter
May 13, 2011
Some kitties are looking for a new permanent home in Lawrence.
Kansas Legislature ends session without acting on resolution condemning Rep. Virgil Peck for comparing illegal immigrants to feral pigs
May 13, 2011
A resolution condemning a legislator’s comment that caused a national furor remained in committee as the Kansas Legislature adjourned its 2011 session on Friday.
KU: Students not selling magazines door-to-door in Kansas City area
May 13, 2011
Kansas University says door-to-door sales of magazines, supposedly to fund university-related functions, are not legitimate.
Kansas bill restricting private health insurance for abortions clears Legislature
May 13, 2011
A proposal in Kansas to restrict private health insurance for abortions has cleared the Legislature.
Town Talk: The Bourgeois Pig lands on national list of best coffee houses; enjoy your summer driving; Santa Fe Depot misses out on federal funding
May 13, 2011
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County:
First Bell: Prizes piling up for seniors partying at Project Graduation; teachers actually want more paperwork; New York educators to walk down the aisle
May 13, 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: Expansion coming to Wescoe’s Underground; students looking to universities to help with personal finance problems; graduating KU seniors to put on art show
May 13, 2011
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Area officials support K-10 cable barriers at meeting
KDOT visit results in no firm action
May 13, 2011 in print edition on A1
The Kansas Department of Transportation’s secretary Thursday promised to work with area leaders to get input in the study of the safety of Kansas Highway 10 in the wake of last month’s double fatality near Eudora’s Church Street interchange.
Bill would give $65 million boost to KU engineering school
12:49 a.m., May 13, 2011 Updated 04:54 a.m. in print edition on A1
Both measures were approved by the House and Senate and sent to Gov. Sam Brownback for his consideration.
Republicans pass Kansas budget, send it to supportive governor
12:47 a.m., May 13, 2011 Updated 03:38 a.m. in print edition on A9
Gov. Sam Brownback, a Republican and former U.S. senator in his first session as governor, said the $13.8 billion budget did “the most good with the least harm in a tough atmosphere.”
Lawrence breweries prepare for American Craft Beer Week
May 13, 2011
Free State Brewery and 23rd Street Brewery have partnered to celebrate American Craft Beer Week.
FSHS baseball’s Showdown win a total team victory
May 13, 2011 in print edition on B1
When taking in a Free State High baseball game, it can be easy — too easy, in fact — to become infatuated with watching all-world senior Cody Kukuk at the plate or on the mound.
Playing with fire: Kukuk sparks Firebirds past Lions, 7-5
May 13, 2011 in print edition on B1
Free State High senior Cody Kukuk usually doesn’t play with much emotion. But after belting an opposite-field solo homer over the left-field fence and off a light pole to tie Thursday’s game against Lawrence High in the fifth inning, Kukuk couldn’t contain his energy.
Royals thump Yankees, 11-5
May 13, 2011 in print edition on B4
Eric Hosmer and Melky Cabrera homered, and the Kansas City Royals beat the Yankees on Thursday night, sending New York to its first series loss of the season.
Six Jayhawks named to softball grade team
May 13, 2011 in print edition on B3
Six members of the Kansas University softball team were named Academic All-Big 12.
Kansas rowing puts 3 on academic team
May 13, 2011 in print edition on B3
For the second-straight year, Kansas University tied for the most student-athletes on the Conference USA Rowing All-Academic Team, with three selections of the 15 honored, including two rowers who were selected unanimously.
Lon Kruger’s Oklahoma deal approved
May 13, 2011
The University of Oklahoma’s Board of Regents voted Thursday to approve a seven-year, $16.6 million contract for new men’s basketball coach Lon Kruger.
Ex-Aggie joins KU women’s basketball staff
May 13, 2011 in print edition on B3
Former professional basketball player and Texas A&M standout A’Quonesia Franklin has been named an assistant coach of the Kansas University women’s basketball program, head coach Bonnie Henrickson announced Thursday. “Aqua” Franklin spent last season as an assistant coach at Stephen F. Austin.
Texas lawmakers criticize raise given to Longhorns basketball coach Rick Barnes
May 13, 2011
Several Texas senators on Thursday criticized the recent $200,000 raise for Texas basketball coach Rick Barnes, calling it “nuts” and “tone deaf” during a state budget crisis that threatens deep cuts to higher education.
FSHS soccer settles for tie against former coach Pendleton
May 13, 2011 in print edition on B1
On most nights, a tie feels more like a loss than anything else. But Thursday evening, given the circumstances surrounding Free State High’s soccer game, something about a draw felt appropriate.
School support
Although its policy on private donations needs review, the Lawrence school district should be grateful for those willing to lend a financial hand.
May 13, 2011 in print edition on A10
The Lawrence school district is fortunate to have so many great friends. Private donations over the years have allowed the district to expand its preschool programs and provide many “extras” that benefit Lawrence students every day.
Arts attack
May 13, 2011 in print edition on A10
How the Kansas Arts Commission was bumped off.
GOP holds redistricting ace
May 13, 2011 in print edition on A10
In politics, as in life, what goes around comes around. Many House Republicans have received a raucous reminder in recent weeks.
History shapes sense of possibilities
May 13, 2011 in print edition on A10
Outside the venue where Rep. Paul Ryan recently spoke in Madison, Wis., a university town never lacking protesters, one product of America’s education system shouted that Ryan’s budget proposal would return America to the bad old days of the “18th-century robber barons.” The young man, full of zeal and destitute of information, does not know that those capitalists of whom he disapproves — the ones who built the railroads and other sinews of the nation’s industrial might — operated in the second half of the 19th century, not in 18th-century agrarian America
Horoscope for May 13
May 13, 2011
This year, you express your feelings much more. The end result will be that many people are more comfortable and open with you. Insights that come forth will surprise you. If you are single, a relationship could be a bit rocky until next winter. You could meet someone quite special at that time. If you are attached, your openness adds to the interaction between you as a couple. Libra has a similar attitude but is more cerebral.
Tune In: ‘Swamp Brothers’ stuck in the mud
May 13, 2011
What’s the difference between “reality TV” and the old-fashioned scripted kind? Money. A whole lot of money.
100 years ago: Potter Lake regatta set for Commencement weekend
May 13, 2011
“A regatta on Potter Lake under myriads of specially strung electric lights is to be the feature of the thirty-ninth annual commencement of the University of Kansas.”
40 years ago: Jury returns guilty verdict in local shooting death
May 13, 2011
A jury in Douglas County District Court had returned a guilty verdict for Andrew Leroy Hill, 26, of Chicago.
25 years ago: Lawrence city commissioners plan to approve bypass
May 13, 2011
The Lawrence City Commission was expected to show its first formal support for the southern bypass project.