Archive for Tuesday, May 17, 2011

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On the street
Photo galleries
A Hindu Wedding on the Kaw The day in photos, May 17, 2011 2011 boys 6A regional golf
Do you think Josh Selby will be taken in the first round of the NBA Draft?

Poll results

Response Percent
Total 749
Would you consider visiting the Flint Hills for a vacation?

Poll results

Response Percent
No, it doesn’t seem like a good vacation spot
Yes, I’ve been before and would visit again
I’ve never been but would like to go
Total 710

Lead stories

6:00 a.m.
Lawrence police officer Laurie Scott, center, takes information from Haskell student Joelle Mansfield while investigating a report on a possibly stolen bike that was found locked in front of Tommaney Library Tuesday, April 12, 2011. Police department requests $1.2 million funding increase to create more positions
May 16, 2011 in print edition on 1A
In the three months since he was tapped to lead the Lawrence Police Department, chief Tarik Khatib has often mentioned one statistic. In 1999 the department had 79 patrol positions — the same number it is allotted today. The other point he mentions is that Lawrence’s crime rate is higher than that in Overland Park, Olathe and Lenexa in Johnson County and university communities, such as Norman, Okla., and Boulder, Colo.
10:00 a.m.
Lawrence City Hall, Sixth and Massachusetts streets. Property taxes, water rates and employee health plans the big issues for City Commission’s 2012 budget talks
May 16, 2011 in print edition on 1A
It is budget season at Lawrence City Hall, which means it also is a season full of questions that often have dollar signs attached to them. Commissioners at a Tuesday afternoon study session will begin crafting a budget for 2012, and they’ll do so with what has become a standard warning from the city manager.
2:00 p.m.
About 5,000 customers lost power around 6 a.m. Sunday morning. Westar crews restored power to most customers around 7:45 a.m. Crews at the power station near Sixth and Kentucky streets were working to repair the issue around 8 a.m. Sunday. Westar cites aging lines as cause for Sunday’s power outages downtown
May 16, 2011 in print edition on 1A
No cinnamon rolls. No croissants. No coffee. And Chuck Magerl, proprietor of WheatFields Bakery, considers himself lucky that the power went off when it did — warming his refrigerators, cooling his ovens and otherwise fouling batches upon batches of baked goods this past Sunday morning. Disaster averted, at least for now.
6:00 p.m.
BlueJacket Crossing's 2009 vintage of the Off-Dry Vignoles was a gold medal winner at the Finger Lake's International Wine Competition. Grape stomp: Eudora’s BlueJacket Crossing Vineyard and Winery takes home a gold medal at an international wine competition
May 17, 2011
A gold medal is vernacular in any competition for the best of the best — even if you’re talking about wine.

All stories

City leaders consider uses for Farmland Industries site as cleanup continues
New business park may feature renewable energy projects
May 17, 2011 in print edition on A3
The tearing down continues at the former Farmland Industries fertilizer site, but now City Hall leaders are starting to spend more time considering how to build up the 467-acre property on the eastern edge of Lawrence.
Gov. Sam Brownback defends decision to expand wind-free zone in Flint Hills
May 17, 2011 in print edition on A1
Gov. Sam Brownback on Tuesday defended his decision to expand an area designed to keep commercial wind farms out of the Flint Hills.
Lawrence High to add assistant principal
May 17, 2011
Welcoming ninth-graders next year will mean hiring an additional administrator at Lawrence High School and restoring hours for another at Free State High School.
Warning issued on ‘shopper’ scam
May 17, 2011
Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson on Tuesday warned residents about an “investigative shopper or mystery shopper” scam after a Douglas County woman was scammed out of several thousand dollars.
Legislators plan visit Friday to Lecompton to underscore community’s contribution to Kansas’ history
04:44 p.m., May 17, 2011 Updated 06:25 p.m.
Lecompton will be the center of state government on Friday.
Wichita man accused of inappropriately touching girl tells Douglas County judge he did it
May 17, 2011
A 38-year-old Wichita man who was charged with inappropriately touching a 10-year-old Lawrence girl briefly told a judge he was guilty during his Tuesday afternoon first appearance.
Sen. Jerry Moran sponsors bill to prevent restrictions on Flint Hills grassland burning
May 17, 2011
U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran has introduced legislation to prevent federal environmental rules from restricting the planned burning each spring of prairie by land owners in the Flint Hills of central Kansas.
K-State receives NIH grant for research on mosquito insecticides
May 17, 2011
Kansas State University researchers are using a $1.5 million grant to swat down mosquitoes.
Law enforcement reopens investigation of 1992 Baxter Springs murder case
May 17, 2011
The 1992 stabbing death of a 20-year-old Baxter Springs woman is getting a new look from law enforcement officers.
Fire destroys 1940s-era bar in Herington
May 17, 2011
Residents of a small east-central Kansas town are rallying to help the owners of the town’s favorite watering hole.
Dodge City investigates death of 17-year-old
May 17, 2011
Dodge City police say they are investigating the death of a 17-year-old student who was injured during a party.
1951 flood painting by Thomas Hart Benton to be auctioned at Sotheby’s in New York
May 17, 2011
As the swollen Mississippi River threatens residents of the South, a 1951 painting is a reminder of another devastating flood 60 years ago.
Maj. Gen. Brooks to turn over command of 1st Infantry Division
May 17, 2011
After two years at Fort Riley and a tour in Iraq, Maj. Gen. Vincent Brooks is preparing for his next assignment.
U.S. News ranks KU as most popular medical school in country
02:31 p.m., May 17, 2011 Updated 08:12 p.m.
Kansas University School of Medicine is the nation’s most popular medical school, according to an analysis released today by U.S. News and World Report.
Defense expert outlines Rwandan ethnic conflicts in genocide trial
May 17, 2011
A professor who has studied Rwanda’s 1994 genocide testified two ethnic groups involved in the violence suffered almost equal numbers of deaths.
Jefferson County woman pleads guilty to conspiracy in bank case
May 17, 2011 in print edition on A3
A 47-year-old Meriden woman pleaded guilty Tuesday in connection with a conspiracy to hide money her husband stole from the Jefferson County bank where he was president, federal prosecutors said.
Flint Hills summit aimed at increasing tourism
11:55 a.m., May 17, 2011 Updated 03:24 p.m.
On a picture-perfect day, Gov. Sam Brownback stood in the middle of the Flint Hills and said that Kansas needs to do a better job of luring tourists to the area. “It’s a beautiful thing that exists and is now being discovered by the rest of the world,” Brownback said Tuesday to more than 100 people who gathered at the governor’s Flint Hills Visioning Summit.
Recruits DeAndre Daniels, Jamari Traylor and Trevor Lacey to pick schools Wednesday
11:47 a.m., May 17, 2011 Updated 02:34 a.m. in print edition on B1
IMG Academy basketball players DeAndre Daniels and Jamari Traylor will announce their college choices on Wednesday, the final day of the spring signing period, IMG director of basketball Andy Borman said Tuesday.
Tour gives Solid Waste Task Force a crash course in Lawrence trash and recycling process
May 17, 2011 in print edition on A1
The downtown alleys at about 6:45 a.m. on Tuesday were filled with the unmistakable sounds of beer bottles clanging together in a trash bin about to be emptied and taken to the landfill. That’s nothing new. But what was new was that members of the city’s Solid Waste Task Force were there to hear it, and wonder why it happens.
Wichita man accused of touching a 10-year-old girl inappropriately
May 17, 2011
Lawrence police have arrested a 38-year-old Wichita man who is accused of inappropriately touching a 10-year-old girl in Lawrence on Sunday.
Men’s basketball 1 of 3 KU athletic programs to earn perfect multiyear academic honors
May 17, 2011 in print edition on B3
Already known for its place at the top of the school’s athletic mountain, the Kansas University men’s basketball program continues to carry the torch for the academic side of the university’s athletics department, as well. Tuesday morning, the NCAA and KU released the results of the most recent Academic Progress Rate numbers and they revealed that head coach Bill Self’s squad was one of six programs at KU that delivered a perfect APR score of 1,000 during the 2009-10 school year.
Valley Center woman accused of making threats against abortion doctor says Justice Department violating her First Amendment rights
10:24 a.m., May 17, 2011 Updated 01:28 p.m.
An anti-abortion activist accused of sending a threatening letter to a Kansas doctor filed a counterclaim Tuesday against the Justice Department, contending that the government’s lawsuit against her has had “an unlawful chilling effect” on her free speech and religious rights.
Town Talk: Church purchases property for O’Connell Road development; Burger King project moving ahead in northwest Lawrence; historic preservation event set for Thursday
May 17, 2011
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Kansas has rare tornado-free May — so far
May 17, 2011 in print edition on A8
While much of the South has been hammered by tornadoes this spring, it’s been unusually quiet in Kansas.
Rested Mavs await Thunder
Aging Dallas vs. maturing OKC
May 17, 2011 in print edition on B4
Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan have been through so many playoff series, they would be good sources to discuss the prevailing themes in the Western Conference finals, like how valuable experience is at this stage and whether there’s such thing as too much rest between rounds.
First Bell: State to squeeze $3 million out of Lawrence district; district to advertise for chief operations officer; administrator to mull contract approaching $250,000
May 17, 2011
Time for another edition of First Bell, a look at news and other educational items involving schools in the area.
Crews respond to apartment fire off of 25th Street
May 17, 2011 in print edition on A4
Lawrence Douglas-County Fire Medical workers responded to an apartment fire in the 2500 block of West 25th Street around noon Monday.
Kansas wheat condition continues to decline
May 17, 2011 in print edition on A12
Kansas Agricultural Statistics Service says it hasn’t seen a winter wheat crop this bad in the state since June 1996.
Vatican orders bishops to set up guidelines against child sex abuse
May 17, 2011 in print edition on A9
After months of anticipation, the Vatican issued a letter Monday that gives Roman Catholic bishops worldwide a year to come up with national guidelines on how to deal with the problem of child sexual abuse by priests.
Former White House chief of staff sworn in as new Chicago mayor
May 17, 2011 in print edition on A9
Former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel was sworn in Monday as Chicago’s first new mayor in two decades, a historic power shift for a city where the retiring Richard M. Daley was the only leader a whole generation had ever known.
Israel’s Netanyahu takes aim at Hamas
May 17, 2011 in print edition on A9
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday took a tough line toward an emerging Palestinian government ahead of a high-profile trip to Washington, saying “those that want to destroy us are not partners in peace.”
Post office closings loom over small towns in Kansas
May 17, 2011 in print edition on A4
Although its population is small with just 125 people, this Stafford County town boasts the county’s largest private business and a cafe that fills its tables every Sunday. Hudson even has a bank.
Palestinians use unarmed marches to seek support for statehood
May 17, 2011 in print edition on A9
Palestinian activists are calling it a preview of new tactics to pressure Israel and win world support for statehood: Masses of marchers, galvanized by the Arab Spring and brought together by Facebook, descending on borders and military posts — and daring Israeli soldiers to shoot.
May 6 fire at Gaslight Tavern ruled accidental
May 17, 2011 in print edition on A4
Fire investigators have determined a May 6 fire at a North Lawrence bar was an accident.
Report reveals vulnerability of electronic medical records
May 17, 2011 in print edition on A7
The nation’s push to computerize medical records has failed to fully address longstanding security gaps that expose patients’ most sensitive information to hackers and snoops, government investigators warn.
Obama tries to encourage frustrated supporters at campaign fundraiser
May 17, 2011 in print edition on A7
Angling for a second term, President Barack Obama tried to fire up supporters Monday night, saying failure to get everything they want as fast as they want should motivate and not dissuade them.
Charges filed in Tonganoxie car chase; police seek suspect
May 17, 2011 in print edition on A4
A 22-year-old Tonganoxie man has been charged with fleeing and attempting to elude after he allegedly led police on a chase May 9 and then abandoned his pickup.
Eurozone split over approach to Greek debt
May 17, 2011 in print edition on A7
Top eurozone officials disagreed over whether to consider changing the debt repayment terms for Greek bonds, a move some experts say is inevitable and others deem too risky for Europe’s broader financial stability.
IMF leader Dominique Strauss-Kahn jailed without bail
May 17, 2011 in print edition on A7
Haggard and unshaven after a weekend in jail, the chief of the International Monetary Fund was denied release on bail Monday on charges of trying to rape a hotel maid as allegations of other, similar attacks by Dominique Strauss-Kahn began to emerge.
Bowersock breaks ground on project to build new plant
May 17, 2011 in print edition on A3
Next comes a big hole and hopes for a dry summer.
Lauren Massey, Kristen Bell propel LHS softball
May 17, 2011 in print edition on B1
There are bad starts, and then there’s the way Lawrence High softball pitcher Lauren Massey started her high school career.
Kansas track suits Free State’s Logan Sloan
May 17, 2011 in print edition on B3
Kansas University was simply the right fit for Free State High senior Logan Sloan.
Lawrence soccer squads to start regionals
May 17, 2011 in print edition on B3
The sun was shining, and the mood, as it always seems to be at Free State High’s soccer practices, was light and fun on Monday afternoon.
KU baseball’s Ka’iana Eldredge named Big 12 Newcomer of the Week
May 17, 2011 in print edition on B3
Kansas University baseball freshman Ka’iana Eldredge was named Big 12 Newcomer of the Week on Monday, the first time Eldredge has been honored by the conference.
Royals broadcaster Paul Splittorff being treated for oral cancer, melanoma
May 17, 2011 in print edition on B2
The family of Paul Splittorff, the winningest pitcher in Kansas City Royals history and a popular television announcer for the team, announced Monday he has entered an area hospital for treatment of oral cancer and melanoma.
Kennedy introduced at Texas A&M
May 17, 2011 in print edition on B2
Billy Kennedy donned a maroon jacket Monday and officially became Texas A&M’s basketball coach.
Revelation won’t change sports culture
May 17, 2011 in print edition on B2
Here’s hoping that, by revealing he is gay, Phoenix Suns president and chief executive officer Rick Welts has brought more happiness to his life.
Deng-James matchup key
LeBron neutralized as Heat lose opener with Chicago
May 17, 2011 in print edition on B4
The Chicago Bulls saw it all year from Luol Deng, so what he did against LeBron James and the Miami Heat in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals hardly shocked them.
Royals annihilated by Tribe, 19-1
May 17, 2011 in print edition on B3
Pounding out 20 hits and walking eight times, the rested Cleveland Indians belted Kansas City and put Vin Mazzaro in the record book as pitching the worst game in Royals history.
Rested Free State softball ready
May 17, 2011 in print edition on B1
Toward the end of the season, the young Free State High softball team started to gather some momentum.
State-bound: Three Lions, two Firebirds qualify as individuals
May 17, 2011 in print edition on B1
After a practice round Friday at St. Andrews Golf Club, members of Lawrence High’s boys golf team returned to the bus, where they shared a few thoughts on their first look at the course with coach Dirk Wedd.
Painful chapter
Westar Energy now is being forced to negotiate huge compensation packages for the former leaders that drove the company into financial ruin.
May 17, 2011 in print edition on A10
We share Westar’s pain.
Successful drive
May 17, 2011 in print edition on A10
Kudos to everyone who made the letter carriers food drive a resounding success.
Spending choices
May 17, 2011 in print edition on A10
Recent cuts in funding of the Kansas Arts Commission and Planned Parenthood have led to some very impassioned but misguided letters of recent.
AmeriCorps aid
May 17, 2011 in print edition on A10
Earlier this year, Congress voted to cut $22.5 million from AmeriCorps, our nation’s service program.
Ross Johnson critical for LHS baseball
May 17, 2011 in print edition on B1
They have a couple of legitimate pitching arms, three or four hitters capable of launching any pitch out of the yard and a handful of guys who, through osmosis, gained the experience of winning it all by hanging out in the dugout in 2009, when Lawrence High won the Class 6A state title.
Medicare plan
May 17, 2011 in print edition on A10
Congressman Paul Ryan’s plan to replace Medicare with medical vouchers will hurt today’s seniors who remain on Medicare, not just those under 55 who will be forced to accept the vouchers.
What will change game in Afghanistan?
May 17, 2011 in print edition on A10
Will the killing of Osama bin Laden really be “a game-changer” in the Afghan war?
Grape stomp: Eudora’s BlueJacket Crossing Vineyard and Winery takes home a gold medal at an international wine competition
May 17, 2011
A gold medal is vernacular in any competition for the best of the best — even if you’re talking about wine.
100 years ago: Kansas legislature develops early workers’ comp law
May 17, 2011
“The Kansas workmen’s compensation law may yet be accepted as a model. It is not what it should be but it is along the right lines.”
25 years ago: Fifty-year KU reunion attendees remember ‘Kansas Champagne’
May 17, 2011
Members of the Kansas University class of 1936 had gathered on campus to celebrate their 50th anniversary.
40 years ago: KU chancellor praises student ‘soldiers’ at Senior-Parent Lunch
May 17, 2011
Nearly 1,300 people attended the Senior-Parent Lunch given at Kansas University.