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Hot diggety dogpile! LHS beats Manhattan, 2-1, to earn trip to state
09:41 p.m., May 18, 2011 Updated 12:57 a.m. in print edition on B1
Top-seeded Manhattan scored one run in the bottom of the first inning, but No. 5 Lawrence High did all the scoring after that, picking up a 2-1 victory over the Indians and a trip to next week’s state tournament.
Free State baseball team falls, 5-3, in 8 innings, in regional championship game
09:06 p.m., May 18, 2011 Updated 12:59 a.m. in print edition on B1
One team was destined to charge the baseball field at Free State High, hoist the 6A regional championship trophy and celebrate a state tournament berth.
Interns find $4,900 owed to Haskell in state’s unclaimed property fund
May 18, 2011 in print edition on A5
The attentive work of two unpaid interns literally paid off for Haskell Indian Nations University.
Gov. Brownback supports engineering initiative, wants to ensure funds will spur job creation
May 18, 2011 in print edition on A3
Gov. Sam Brownback on Wednesday voiced support for measures aimed at increasing the number of engineering graduates in Kansas. The initiatives were among the last actions of the 2011 session, which ended last week, and are headed to Brownback’s desk for his consideration.
City commissioner suspects new shelter won’t solve all of downtown’s homeless issues
May 18, 2011 in print edition on A1
A new city commissioner said he thinks the public may have the wrong idea about downtown, the homeless and what happens once the Lawrence Community Shelter leaves its home at 10th and Kentucky streets.
Trial begins for man accused of injuring Lawrence police officer, damaging vision
05:40 p.m., May 18, 2011 Updated 08:36 a.m. in print edition on A4
During Wednesday’s opening of a trial for a 20-year-old Lawrence man accused of injuring a Lawrence police officer in February, two doctors testified the officer’s vision was dramatically affected by an eye injury he received.
LHS, Free State baseball teams advance to regional finals
Lions top Washburn Rural, 4-1, Firebirds blank Junction City, 4-0
05:36 p.m., May 18, 2011 Updated 06:03 p.m.
The LHS and Free State High baseball teams advanced to separate regional finals Wednesday afternoon.
High school seniors, finished with classes, await graduation festivities
May 18, 2011 in print edition on A3
When Audrey Hughes arises Thursday morning, graduation will still be 11 days away. At least she’s looking forward to it.
Thunderstorms possible Wednesday night into Thursday morning in Douglas County
May 18, 2011
Thunderstorms will develop across central and eastern Kansas late Wednesday evening and into Thursday morning, according to the National Weather Service.
Hutchinson seeks $1.3 million grant for affordable housing program
May 18, 2011
Hutchinson has applied for a $1.3 million grant to help start a comprehensive affordable housing program.
DeAndre Daniels delays decision until Thursday morning
May 18, 2011
DeAndre Daniels, a 6-foot-8 small forward from IMG Academies in Bradenton, Fla., has delayed his decision on a college until Thursday morning.
Kansas suspect denied trip to son’s custody hearing
May 18, 2011
A former Missouri city official accused of killing four family members in Kansas won’t be able to attend the custody hearing for his son, who survived the carnage.
Riley County police: man died getting out of car when driver started driving away
May 18, 2011
Riley County police say a man died after he fell to the ground when he was getting out of a car and the driver drove away.
Beef boosters groom meat mavens on college campuses
May 18, 2011
The national beef industry has enlisted college students across the country in its public relations fight for America’s hearts, minds and stomachs.
Rwandan watchman says genocide suspect was sleeping during killings
May 18, 2011
The former night watchman in Rwanda for a Kansas resident accused of participating in that country’s genocide testifies the man was home asleep during a killing that prosecutors claim he ordered.
Kansas Supreme Court hears appeal of man who admitted to sheriff’s death
May 18, 2011
A lawyer for a man who admitted killing a southeastern Kansas sheriff tells the state Supreme Court that prosecutors violated her client’s constitutional rights by providing privileged psychological testimony at his trial.
Recruit Jamari Traylor picks Kansas
Traylor on KU campus: ‘I fell in love with it on the day I came on my visit’
02:42 p.m., May 18, 2011 Updated 05:19 p.m.
Jamari Traylor, a 6-foot-7 power forward from IMG Academies in Bradenton, Fla., announced plans to play basketball at Kansas University on Wednesday on the IMG Academies website.
KU proposes tuition increases for 2011-12 school year
02:22 p.m., May 18, 2011 Updated 05:27 p.m. in print edition on A1
KU has proposed increasing tuition and required fees from $4,012 to $4,234, a $222 or 5.5 percent increase for an undergraduate taking 15 hours.
Chairman Gary Sherrer announces sudden and immediate resignation from Kansas Board of Regents
01:59 p.m., May 18, 2011 Updated 06:00 p.m. in print edition on A1
Gary Sherrer, the chairman of the Kansas Board of Regents, resigned Wednesday and walked out of the regents’ monthly meeting.
Recruit Trevor Lacey picks Alabama over KU
01:55 p.m., May 18, 2011 Updated 02:02 p.m.
Trevor Lacey, a 6-foot-3 shooting guard from Huntsville, Ala., announced plans to play basketball at Alabama on Wednesday afternoon during a news conference at his high school.
18-year-old Lawrence man charged with having illegal voluntary sexual relationship with teen
01:28 p.m., May 18, 2011 Updated 02:12 p.m. in print edition on A4
Douglas County prosecutors Wednesday charged an 18-year-old Lawrence man with having unlawful voluntary sexual intercourse with a child between the ages of 14 and 16, according to court records.
Fort Riley soldier from Miami dies in Afghanistan
May 18, 2011
A 26-year-old Fort Riley soldier from Miami, Fla., died last week in Afghanistan, less than two months after he was deployed.
Statehouse Live: Gov. Sam Brownback signs into law bill to improve 911 call centers, ‘bath salts’ ban
May 18, 2011 in print edition on A4
The new law imposes a 911 fee of 53 cents per month on each land line and cell phone.
Graduating senior Justin Morello credits Baker University’s ‘small-school atmosphere’ for helping him succeed
May 18, 2011
Baker University senior Justin Morello was not used to a small-school or small-town atmosphere. Morello spent nine years in Cologne, Germany, which is home to nearly 1 million people, and graduated from Blue Valley North High School in Overland Park. While also considering attending the University of Florida, which would seem to fit the large-school trend, Morello chose Baker.
Kansas legislative leaders heading to Fort Leavenworth Friday
May 18, 2011
Kansas legislative leaders are heading to Fort Leavenworth to learn about the state’s relationship with the military.
Town Talk: Food Network contestant opening cupcake shop in downtown; city survey shows hits and misses for downtown; new commissioners voicing concerns on homeless issue
May 18, 2011
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Tea party groups planning fall rally in Kansas City at The Woodlands
May 18, 2011
A coalition of national tea party groups says it plans to hold a political rally and presidential straw poll in Kansas City, Kan., this fall.
KPERS trustees put off decision on lowering long-term investment earnings projections
May 18, 2011
Trustees of the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System are postponing an important decision until at least July.
Fire causes major damage to home on Maple Street in North Lawrence; two dogs perish
06:15 a.m., May 18, 2011 Updated 02:09 p.m. in print edition on A3
Toni Marie Flint and her boyfriend, Corey Lee Warner, awoke about 6 a.m. Wednesday to Flint’s stepmother yelling “Fire! Fire!”
One person killed in rollover accident on U.S. Highway 59, south of Pleasant Grove Hill
06:09 a.m., May 18, 2011 Updated 09:44 p.m. in print edition on A3
One person was killed in a single-vehicle rollover accident on U.S. Highway 59, near N. 700 Road, south of Lawrence.
First Bell: Case of measles surfaces at Quail Run School; special meeting ahead for Lawrence school board; Brown v. Board case anniversary this week
May 18, 2011
Time for another edition of First Bell, a look at news and other educational items involving schools in the area.
Lawrence man arrested after threatening others with shovel
May 18, 2011 in print edition on A4
A 39-year-old Lawrence man was arrested Tuesday afternoon after threatening others with a shovel.
Lawrence woman reports stolden wedding set
May 18, 2011 in print edition on A4
A 47-year-old Lawrence woman reported someone stole a $3,395 wedding set in a burglary at her residence in the 4800 block of West 24th Street.
Lawrence woman reports stolen 2002 Volkswagen Jetta
May 18, 2011 in print edition on A4
A 24-year-old Lawrence woman reported someone stole her 2002 Volkswagen Jetta valued at $8,000 between 2 a.m. and 2:27 a.m. Monday from the 3800 block of Westland Place near Sixth Street and Monterey Way.
Lawrence City Commissioners debate using tax incentives for retail expansion
May 18, 2011 in print edition on A3
The idea of special taxes needs some special attention at City Hall. City commissioners at a Tuesday afternoon study session agreed that they need to have a conversation sooner rather than later about just how much they are going to use incentives — like Community Improvement Districts — to attract new retail development.
Lawrence woman reports stolen $300 Blackberry Curve T-Mobile
May 18, 2011 in print edition on A4
According to a police report, a $300 Blackberry Curve T-Mobile phone was stolen from a 22-year-old Lawrence woman in a robbery that occurred about 2 a.m. Saturday in the 2500 block of Moundview Drive near Sixth Street and Rockledge Drive.
Obama seeks to make imprint amid chaos in Middle East
May 18, 2011 in print edition on A5
President Barack Obama is confronting the wrenching change in the Middle East in a burst of diplomacy, hoping to save a crumbling peace process and addressing the Arab revolt country-by-country in a world now free of the menace of Osama bin Laden.
Lawrence woman reports burglary in 2100 block of Kasold Drive
May 18, 2011 in print edition on A4
A 23-year-old Lawrence woman reported to police her interior and exterior sliding glass doors were broken in a May 11 burglary at her apartment in the 2100 block of Kasold Drive.
Police arrest Lawrence man accused of striking school bus with no children on board
May 18, 2011 in print edition on A4
Lawrence police arrested a 24-year-old Lawrence man Monday and cited him for leaving the scene of an accident after he was accused of striking a school bus with no children on board at 7 a.m. Monday at the intersection of 23rd and Iowa streets.
Douglas County Commission to consider industrial expansion
May 18, 2011 in print edition on A4
Douglas County commissioners will consider today a site plan for the construction of a 24,000-square-foot industrial building east of town near North 1700 and East 1700 roads. The building would serve as an extension to the McFarlane Aviation Products facilities.
Bill Self not interested in coaching in NBA right now
May 18, 2011 in print edition on B3
KU coach Bill Self was asked about possibly coaching in the NBA someday in an interview Tuesday with 610 sports radio.
Interview: Hot Lixx Hulahan
May 18, 2011
Air guitar legend gives some friendly advice to some of the Lawrence performers and mocks a few names in the process.
PGA golfer Gary Woodland returns to roots
May 18, 2011 in print edition on B1
A silver-haired gentleman who has made his name in business never could win a dunk contest against Blake Griffin, but he could, for one hole at least, be twice as good as a young man who ranks 11th on the 2011 PGA Tour money list ($2,047,660) and sixth in average driving distance (301.9 yards).
Brooke Jelniker leaving KU women’s basketball team, transferring to University of San Diego
May 18, 2011 in print edition on B3
Freshman guard Brooke Jelniker has left the Kansas women’s basketball program and will be transferring to the University of San Diego.
KU track and field teams move up in U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association rankings
May 18, 2011 in print edition on B3
Both of Kansas University’s track and field teams jumped several spots in this week’s U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) rankings that were released Tuesday. The KU women made a significant move up the poll from No. 25 last week to No. 18 this week, while the Jayhawk men elevated two spots from No. 17 last week to No. 15 this week.
KU baseball players named to academic All-Big 12 teams
May 18, 2011 in print edition on B3
Six Kansas University baseball players were named to academic All-Big 12 teams, which were announced Tuesday. Seniors Casey Lytle and T.J. Walz, junior Zac Elgie and sophomores Jake Marasco and Tanner Poppe were all selected to the first team, while junior Jordan Jakubov earned second team honors.
Cavs win NBA lottery, top pick
May 18, 2011 in print edition on B2
The Cleveland Cavaliers got a huge jump on their post-LeBron James rebuilding process Tuesday night, winning the lottery and the No. 1 selection in next month’s NBA Draft.
Seabury soccer falls
May 18, 2011 in print edition on B3
Seabury Academy’s girls soccer team fell to Bonner Springs, 4-2, on Tuesday in a regional playoff game.
Boogaard family asks for donations
May 18, 2011 in print edition on B2
The family of Derek Boogaard, the New York Rangers forward who died last week in Minnesota, is asking for donations to be made to Defending the Blue Line in his memory, in lieu of flowers.
Ex-KSU aide Hill hired at Maryland
May 18, 2011 in print edition on B2
Former Kansas State basketball assistant Dalonte Hill has been hired to a similar position at Maryland, the Washington Post reported Tuesday. In Hill, new Maryand coach Mark Turgeon lands a person with recruiting ties to the D.C. area.
Jayhawks in the NBA
May 18, 2011 in print edition on B2
Here is how former Jayhawks fared in NBA action Tuesday, May 17, 2011.
Nowitzki torches OKC; Mavs take Game 1
May 18, 2011 in print edition on B2
Dirk Nowitzki showed no rust from a long layoff, making 10 of his first 11 shots and an NBA playoff-record 24 straight free throws on the way to 48 points, leading the Dallas Mavericks to a 121-112 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals on Tuesday night.
KU women’s basketball to travel to Italy this summer
May 18, 2011 in print edition on B3
The Kansas University women’s basketball team will spend 10 days playing games in and traveling around Italy this summer.
LHS soccer falls
May 18, 2011 in print edition on B5
The Lawrence High girls soccer team was shut out by Washburn Rural, 2-0, on Tuesday in a Class 6A regional first-round game.
Baseball teams ready to go
May 18, 2011 in print edition on B5
To rejuvenate his baseball team leading up to its regional semifinal this afternoon, Lawrence High coach Brad Stoll allowed players from past teams to offer some words of wisdom in practices over the last week.
Free State rolls in regionals
May 18, 2011 in print edition on B1
After Free State High’s soccer team rolled 9-1 over Junction City in a 6A regional playoff game, it was unclear which aspect of the win was sweeter — simply notching the program’s first-ever playoff victory or the dominance the Firebirds displayed in doing so.
Free State softball’s season ends with loss to LHS
May 18, 2011 in print edition on B5
In the regional semifinal, the Firebirds outhit the Lions, 9-7, but simply couldn’t convert run-scoring opportunities, eventually falling, 4-2.
Kansas softball’s Maggie Hull honored
May 18, 2011 in print edition on B3
Kansas softball’s Maggie Hull was named to the All-Big 12 second team on Tuesday. The teams were voted on by the league’s coaches, who were not allowed to vote for their own players.
Arbitrary move
Protecting the Kansas Flint Hills is important, but last week’s move to ban wind-farm development in an 11,000-square-mile area raises some questions.
May 18, 2011 in print edition on A7
Many business and civic leaders in south-central Kansas are understandably upset with the way Gov. Sam Brownback moved forward with a plan to more than double the area that will be off limits to further wind energy development.
Retirement needs
May 18, 2011 in print edition on A7
It’s no news that middle-income seniors depend on Social Security and Medicare.
Stop the killing
May 18, 2011 in print edition on A7
Anyone who knows the history of Afghanistan for the past 300 years knows that their religion and the rules that govern their lives are one and the same.
Saturday won’t be the end
May 18, 2011 in print edition on A7
Politicians and political activists frequently declare the end of the world will occur if their candidate isn’t elected, or if the debt ceiling isn’t raised.
100 years ago: Car population in Lawrence reaches 135
May 18, 2011
“The Ford seems to be the most popular car in Lawrence, according to the records of the city clerk’s books.”
Infrastructure needs attention
May 18, 2011 in print edition on A7
Sunday’s power outage in Lawrence is one more reminder among many that America’s basic infrastructure — roads, bridges, sewers, the electrical grid — are all getting old. As anyone over the age of 50 will tell you, as you get older things start to break down, and constant maintenance and replacement become necessary.
’Model,’ ’SVU’ and ’Criminal Minds’ end their seasons
May 18, 2011
Another season concludes for “America’s Next Top Model” (8 p.m., CW), a mainstay of the UPN and then CW network lineup since 2003. A repeat of last week’s elimination (7 p.m.) precedes the big announcement.
25 years ago: Officials seek funding for future Quail Run school
May 18, 2011
Lawrence school district officials were looking at their newest school site with an optimistic view.
Horoscopes for May 18
May 18, 2011
This year, you open up, possibly through your own volition or because of an event. You will let go of what is no longer functioning. If you are single, you could meet someone and dive into a relationship. Nothing happens overnight. If you are attached, your sweetie could invite you to join in his or her type of thinking. Sagittarius helps you bottom-line problems.
40 years ago: Rocket slide to be installed at Broken Arrow Park
May 18, 2011
Lawrence Parks and Recreation workers were already hard at work on the summer’s park capital improvements program.
Goal achieved: LHS softball advances to state after beating Free State, Topeka
May 18, 2011 in print edition on B1
Lawrence High senior catcher Kristen Bell needed a little help after helping her team defeat Topeka High in a wild regional championship on Tuesday.