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Archive for Saturday, May 14, 2011

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12:00 a.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.
6:00 a.m.
The Kansas Legislature has approved a balanced budget without a tax increase, but some local officials argue that the state's budget could force them to increase taxes or cut services. Planned Parenthood criticizes Kansas budget provision
May 13, 2011 in print edition on 1A
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.
10:00 a.m.
KU School of Engineering Dean Stuart Bell, with the help of a few students, announces that Charles and Mary Jane Spahr have given $45 million in total gifts to the university. The Spahrs' estate gave $32 million, the largest estate gift in KU's history, to the School of Engineering Friday, May 13, 2011. KU engineering school receives $32 million gift from Spahr family
May 13, 2011 in print edition on 1A
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.
2:00 p.m.
Haskell graduates Tara Hammer, left, and Tennille Begay of Tuba City, Ariz., were just two of the joyful students who graduated from Haskell Indian Nations University Friday, May 13, 2011. Haskell graduates heading on to “the real world”
May 13, 2011 in print edition on 3A
Graduates celebrate their academic achievements with family, friends and members of the Haskell community Friday.
6:00 p.m.
Kansas runner Keron Toussaint takes off as the anchor in the final heat of the men's 4x400-meter relay preliminaries after receiving the baton from Dalen Fink on Friday, April 22, 2011 at the Kansas Relays. Running down dream: Grenada Olympic team goal for sprinter
May 14, 2011 in print edition on 1B
For a man so young, Keron Toussaint has seen the world from many angles.

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Kansas man sentenced to life for murder of 13-year-old
May 14, 2011 in print edition on A4
One of two brothers charged in the death of a 13-year-old has been sentenced to life in prison plus 17 months.
Teen cancer survivor beats the odds with graduation
May 14, 2011 in print edition on A6
There was a time Nick Jones and his family didn’t know whether he’d live to see 10th grade.
One taken to hospital after two vehicle accident on U.S. 56
May 14, 2011 in print edition on A4
A 32-year-old Vassar man was injured Saturday morning in a two-vehicle accident in Douglas County.
Pakistan warns U.S. of supply line cut
May 14, 2011 in print edition on A9
Still angry over the U.S. raid that killed Osama bin Laden, Pakistani lawmakers demanded an end to American missile strikes against Islamist militants on their soil Saturday and warned that Pakistan may cut NATO’s supply line to Afghanistan if the attacks don’t stop.
Bin Laden powerful but aged in Pakistan
May 14, 2011 in print edition on A9
Surrounded by the din of his multiple families within walls that were both his sanctuary and prison, Osama bin Laden pecked endlessly at a computer, issuing directives to his scattered and troubled terrorist empire. It’s not clear who really listened.
Palestinians, Israeli troops clash after teen shot to death
May 14, 2011 in print edition on A9
Masked Palestinians whirling slingshots clashed with Israeli riot police in two Arab neighborhoods of Jerusalem on Saturday after the shooting death of a teenage stone thrower.
Once a mascot to Marines group, Iraqi donkey brought to U.S.
May 14, 2011 in print edition on A8
It took 37 days and a group of determined animal lovers, but a donkey from Iraq is now a U.S. resident.
Obama administration to speed oil production
May 14, 2011 in print edition on A8
Amid growing public unhappiness over gas prices, President Barack Obama is directing his administration to ramp up U.S. oil production by extending existing leases in the Gulf of Mexico and off Alaska’s coast and holding more frequent lease sales in a federal petroleum reserve in Alaska.
Ex-Westar executive to receive $21M
May 14, 2011 in print edition on A7
One of two top Westar executives accused eight years ago of trying to loot the Kansas utility has reached a settlement with the company that will give him $21 million in unpaid compensation and $5.3 million for attorney fees.
Mortgages
May 14, 2011 in print edition on A4
The Douglas County register of deeds recorded 65 mortgages in the weekly period ended Thursday.
Wheel Genius: Road work planned this week
May 14, 2011
Road work planned for the week of May 15, 2011.
Around and about in local business
May 14, 2011
Local business news for the week ending May 14, 2011.
Lawrence district’s Frank Harwood accepts superintendent’s job in Nebraska
May 14, 2011 in print edition on A3
Frank Harwood, chief operations officer in the Lawrence school district, is leaving to become superintendent for the Bellevue school district at the edge of Omaha, Neb.
Finances look worse for Medicare, Social Security
May 14, 2011 in print edition on A6
The bad economy is worsening the already-shaky finances of Medicare and Social Security, draining the trust funds supporting them faster than expected and intensifying the need for Congress to shore up the massive benefit programs, the government said Friday.
City Commission agenda for May 17
May 14, 2011 in print edition on A6
City commissioners will consider applying for an Environmental Protection Agency grant to study whether the former Farmland Industries fertilizer property could be the site for future renewable energy projects.
Gary Bedore’s KU basketball notebook
Cole Aldrich to hold camp in Olathe
May 14, 2011 in print edition on B3
Former Kansas University basketball center Cole Aldrich of the Oklahoma City Thunder will hold a basketball camp for youths kindergarden through eighth grade from June 27-30 at Olathe Northwest High School. Aldrich will be assisted by former KU players Jeff Gueldner, Tyrel Reed and Mark Randall.
Rangers’ Derek Boogaard — brother of KU women’s basketball player — dies at 28
May 14, 2011 in print edition on B2
New York Rangers enforcer Derek Boogaard has died. He was 28.
Military news for May 14, 2011
May 14, 2011
Brandon M. Mathis graduated from the U.S. Army Warrant Officer Candidate School at Fort Rucker, Daleville, Ala., and was appointed to the rank of warrant officer one.
4-H and FCE news for May 14, 2011
May 14, 2011
The Vinland FCE will meet at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Vinland United Methodist Church, 1724 N. 692 Road, Baldwin City.
Scouting news for May 14, 2011
May 14, 2011
Members of Boy Scout Troop 53 of Lawrence attended the Order of the Arrow Induction weekend held April 29-30 at Camp Naish.
Club news for May 14, 2011
May 14, 2011
The University Bridge Club announces results of its May 7 meeting with hosts John and Beth Hoffman and Ruth Harwood and Bebe Huxtable.
Around and About for May 14, 2011
May 14, 2011
Robert Kort and Andrew Urban, both of Lawrence, were named to the president’s list for the fall 2010 semester at Hutchinson Community College by earning a 4.0 grade-point average.
Court hearing postponed for OSU F
May 14, 2011 in print edition on B2
A court hearing scheduled Friday for suspended Oklahoma State forward Darrell Williams has been postponed until June 10. Williams faces five felony counts alleging he inappropriately touched two female OSU students without their consent at an off-campus party in December.
Nebraska’s Doc Sadler: A&M hasn’t called
May 14, 2011 in print edition on B2
It looks like Nebraska’s Doc Sadler is staying put.
Killebrew ends cancer fight, looks to hospice
May 14, 2011 in print edition on B2
Harmon Killebrew announced Friday that he no longer plans to fight his esophageal cancer and has settled in for the final days of his life, saddening friends and fans of the 74-year-old Hall of Fame slugger.
Former KU pitcher Brett Bochy to play with Class A Giants team
May 14, 2011 in print edition on B3
Former Kansas University pitcher Brett Bochy has completed his extended spring training assignment with the San Francisco Giants organization and has been added to the Augusta GreenJackets’ roster.
Jayhawks in the NBA
May 14, 2011 in print edition on B2
Here is a look at how former Jayhawks fared in NBA action Friday, May 13, 2011.
KU takes fourth in javelin events
May 14, 2011 in print edition on B3
Kansas track and field had a solid performance on the opening day of the 2011 Big 12 Outdoor Championships on Friday at the John Jacobs Track Complex on the University of Oklahoma campus. KU got on the board in the team standings quickly after capturing fourth-place finishes in both the men’s and women’s javelin throw.
KU softball hands out end-of-season awards
May 14, 2011 in print edition on B3
Kansas University sophomore Maggie Hull won the Big Jay Award at the Jayhawks’ postseason awards banquet Friday.
LHS soccer blanks Topeka
May 14, 2011 in print edition on B3
The Lawrence High girls soccer team ended its regular season with a victory, blanking Topeka High, 1-0, on Friday.
Coaches reunite in KU victory
May 14, 2011 in print edition on B1
Almost two decades ago, a man named Ed McCann joined the coaching staff of current Kansas University baseball coach Ritch Price, when Price was the head coach at Cal-Poly, and a friendship was born.
Hocking shines at league
May 14, 2011 in print edition on B1
Chalk still smeared on his neck from a hard afternoon of work, Lawrence High shot putter Blake Hocking was far from satisfied with his performance at the Sunflower League Track and Field Championships on Friday.
Issues at Kansas University medical school shouldn’t be ignored
May 14, 2011 in print edition on A3
Two weeks ago, this writer related a number of communications from Kansas University School of Medicine faculty members concerning what appears to be a serious morale problem at the school.
Free State, LHS endure rain delay
May 14, 2011 in print edition on B1
The Free State players didn’t just sit around to survive the five-and-a-half hour rain delay at the start of the state tennis tournament on Friday.
Running down dream: Grenada Olympic team goal for sprinter
May 14, 2011 in print edition on B1
For a man so young, Keron Toussaint has seen the world from many angles.
Tigers stifle Royals
May 14, 2011 in print edition on B3
The ball left Justin Verlander’s hand, and Mike Aviles knew right away he had no chance, so he simply watched the breaking ball drop over the outside corner of the plate and then flung his bat away in exasperation.
Poll Republicans shrug at GOP’s 2012 field
May 14, 2011 in print edition on A7
The more Republicans get to know their potential White House candidates, the less happy they are with their choices.
The nose knows: Allergy season here with vengeance
May 14, 2011 in print edition on A7
There may be a whiff of truth to claims by allergy sufferers who sniffle that this season is, well, a bigger headache than years past.
Lawrence man reports Toyota Avalon stolen
May 14, 2011 in print edition on A5
A 22-year-old Lawrence man reported Friday the theft of a Toyota Avalon from the 1300 block of West 21st Street. According to a police report, the incident occurred between 1 a.m. and 1:30 a.m. The vehicle was valued at $12,000.
Lawrence woman reports $1,000 worth of sheet music, books stolen
May 14, 2011 in print edition on A5
A 60-year-old Lawrence woman reported Monday the theft of sheet music and personal property valued at $1,200. The theft occurred in the 2500 block of West Ninth Street between 7 p.m. May 4 and 8 a.m. May 5.
KU student reports theft of camera, phone
May 14, 2011 in print edition on A5
A 20-year-old female Kansas University student reported to Lawrence police Friday morning that someone stole a draw-string bag and purse containing several items totaling a value of $1,100, including a $300 digital camera and a $200 Nokia cellphone.
High school officials report Super Cart stolen
May 14, 2011 in print edition on A5
South Junior High School officials reported to Lawrence police May 5 that someone had stolen a Blazer aluminum Super Cart used to haul track equipment valued at $1,876 between April 17 and April 28 from the school, 2734 La.
Privatized art
May 14, 2011 in print edition on A9
The evisceration of the arts in commercial civilizations has a long history.
Chinese investors expand global reach
May 14, 2011 in print edition on A9
It’s no secret that China’s trade with the Americas has soared in recent years, but we are likely to see a major new phenomenon in coming years — an avalanche of Chinese foreign investments.
Obama playing politics with immigration
May 14, 2011 in print edition on A9
“I’m going to do my part to lead a constructive and civil debate on these issues.” — Barack Obama, speech on immigration, El Paso, Texas, May 10
Faith Forum: Do Animals Go to Heaven?
May 14, 2011
Judy Carman and Charles Gruber respond.
Horoscope for May 14
May 14, 2011
This year, work on not being overly serious. That attitude has a place perhaps in your professional life, but not with friends and loved ones. If you are single, you might push away suitors with this grim demeanor. Lose it quickly, as someone special could be on the sidelines. If you are attached, add that spark back into your relationship. Libra works well with you.
Tune In: ‘Off the Rez’ headlines night of documentaries
May 14, 2011
On a weekend otherwise notable for season finales, a small documentary film festival breaks out on the upper reaches of basic cable.
100 years ago: Boy Scouts hike to Baldwin
May 14, 2011
“Scouting along the old Santa Fe trail until they reach the home of Lloyd Black and a chicken dinner, a group of Methodist lads will take their first hike as Boy Scouts tomorrow.”
40 years ago: KPL unveils new power plant north of Lawrence
May 14, 2011
Kansas Power & Light Co. officials gave a tour of their new electric generating plant to news reporters and other interested parties.
25 years ago: Community bicyclists form new club
May 14, 2011
The new group was planning to have bicycle tours every Sunday through mid-October.