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Archive for Monday, May 23, 2011

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12:00 a.m.
Kansas University graduating senior Mathew Shepard is pictured Monday with the class of 2011 banner, which he helped design. From the school of hard knocks to KU grad
May 22, 2011 in print edition on 7A
Mathew Shepard will admit he’s probably a little more into metaphors and deep thoughts than most folks.
6:00 a.m.
Lawrence resident Neal Ballard, who lives on the 1900 block of Learnard, is pictured with a receipt from Reading he found on Sunday afternoon in his backyard while preparing to mow his grass. Ballard thinks the receipt was delivered to his backyard by the tornado that struck Reading on Saturday. Lawrence man finds debris from Reading tornado in backyard
May 22, 2011
Before mowing his lawn, Neal Ballard always walks through his yard picking up sticks and scraps of debris.
10:00 a.m.
Spectators watch as Kathryn Crumb, Blaire, Nebraska, back, and Kirin Arnold, Lawrence, go airborne for a chest bump in the endzone of Kivisto Field in the fashion of the KU football team, during the 2011 Commencement at Memorial Stadium on Sunday, May 22, 2011. KU grads embrace future prospects, memories of time in college
May 23, 2011 in print edition on 1A
Kansas University graduates carried balloons, let the champagne flow and took lots of pictures as they walked through the Campanile and down the hill during Sunday morning’s commencement ceremonies.
4:11 p.m.
City playing waiting game with new treatment plant
May 21, 2011 in print edition on 1A
It is the big bet at Lawrence City Hall.
6:00 p.m.
2011 Baker University graduates walk along a tree lined path on the Baker university campus on route to their graduation ceremony Sunday, May, 22 2011.
Siblings graduate from Baker University on special day for family
May 23, 2011 in print edition on 3A
Phil and Charlene Hannon had two reasons — Aaron and Annie — to celebrate Baker University’s commencement Sunday afternoon.

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Lawrence Freenet’s operators proposing to pay city for use of new fiber optic cable
May 23, 2011 in print edition on A5
City commissioners Tuesday night will consider a $30,000 offer from the operators of Lawrence Freenet that could shake up the competitive landscape among area Internet service providers.
No injuries in apartment fire near 13th and Kentucky streets
05:34 p.m., May 23, 2011 Updated 11:08 p.m. in print edition on A4
Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical crews responded to a structure fire in the 300 block of West 13th Street around 5:30 p.m. Monday.
Defense attorney plans to ask judge to dismiss indecent liberties case against former youth minister
May 23, 2011 in print edition on A5
An attorney for a former Lawrence church youth leader who was awarded a new trial by an appellate court plans to ask a Douglas County judge to dismiss the case entirely.
Air Force, Army generals inducted into Fort Leavenworth Hall of Fame
May 23, 2011
An Air Force general who served in six World War II campaigns and a former vice chief of staff of the Army are the newest members of the Fort Leavenworth Hall of Fame.
Hutchinson Correctional Facility officer accused of giving inmate tobacco
May 23, 2011
A 22-year-old Hutchinson Correctional Facility officer is due in court June 7 on charges of providing tobacco to an inmate.
Joplin tornado death toll reaches 116; search and rescue efforts continue
03:43 p.m., May 23, 2011 Updated 12:46 a.m. in print edition on A6
A massive tornado that tore a six-mile path across southwestern Missouri killed at least 116 people as it smashed the city of Joplin, ripping into a hospital, crushing cars and leaving behind only splintered tree trunks where entire neighborhoods once stood.
Fire destroys longtime Pittsburg businesses Beitzinger’s Hardware, Benelli’s Jewelry
May 23, 2011
Two businesses that operated in downtown Pittsburg for decades are gone, and the owners are uncertain whether they’ll try to rebuilding.
Train derailment south of Moran sparks big fire
May 23, 2011
Firefighters continue to battle a blaze in southeast Kansas that erupted when 32 cars of a Union Pacific train derailed.
AP Enterprise: States’ immigration efforts fizzle
May 23, 2011
Nearly every state in the union tried to tackle immigration on its own this year in the absence of any congressional movement on the matter, and more than half considered Arizona-style enforcement measures, up from just six in 2010.
Fight over TransCanada pipeline moves to Congress
May 23, 2011 in print edition on A4
A dispute over a plan to send oil from western Canada to the Texas Gulf Coast moved to Capitol Hill on Monday, where a House panel debated whether to speed a decision by the Obama administration.
Olathe based Heart to Heart International mobilizes to help Joplin tornado victims
May 23, 2011
A suburban Kansas City nonprofit organization is mobilizing to help storm-ravaged communities in Kansas and Missouri.
Several Douglas County residents helping with Reading tornado relief efforts
May 23, 2011 in print edition on A1
A handful of Douglas County residents already have deployed to help with recovery in Reading, devastated by a tornado Saturday night.
Federal judicial nomination hearing scheduled Tuesday for former Kansas Attorney General Steve Six
12:24 p.m., May 23, 2011 Updated 01:47 p.m. in print edition on A5
Lawrence attorney and former Kansas Attorney General Steve Six is scheduled to face questions from Senate Judiciary Committee members Tuesday afternoon in Washington about his nomination to the federal appellate bench.
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback tours Reading tornado damage
12:03 p.m., May 23, 2011 Updated 12:49 a.m. in print edition on A6
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback and his staff are touring Reading after a weekend storm hit the small Kansas community and killed one resident.
Douglas County Red Cross chapter accepting donations for Reading, Joplin tornado victims
May 23, 2011
If you’d like to help victims of last weekend’s tornadoes, the American Red Cross is accepting donations.
Power restored to thousands of Westar Energy customers north of Sixth Street
11:03 a.m., May 23, 2011 Updated 02:35 p.m.
Four thousand Westar Energy customers lost power in Lawrence Monday morning, according to the company’s website.
Schwegler School reading teacher Renee Babin wins this year’s $10,000 Bobs’ Award
10:00 a.m., May 23, 2011 Updated 05:15 p.m. in print edition on A1
A Title I reading interventionist at Schwegler School is the winner of the 2011 Bobs’ Award, an honor given annually to an outstanding educator in the Lawrence school district.
Statehouse Live: Kansas education officials say school cuts will hurt student performance
09:58 a.m., May 23, 2011 Updated 02:53 p.m.
While Gov. Sam Brownback and other Republicans praised the state budget, education officials say the $100 million in cuts to schools will jeopardize student performance.
Three Moves for show off season: Veteran makes career out of efficient fitness
May 23, 2011
Zach Hertzel has the type of schedule that can wipe out anybody.
Double Take: Prescription drug abuse among teens can start at home
May 23, 2011
One of the first Double Take columns we did back in November 2004 addressed prescription drug abuse among teenagers. In the interim, the problem hasn’t exactly gone away.
Severe weather possible Monday afternoon, evening; increased risk for storms Tuesday
May 23, 2011
More severe storms are possible Monday afternoon and evening in northeast Kansas, according to the National Weather Service forecast.
Town Talk: Home sales down for April and the year; building permits produce mixed bag; planning commission set to meet
May 23, 2011
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County:
Kansas law enforcement officers begin seat belt crackdown for annual ‘Click It Or Ticket’ campaign
May 23, 2011
Law enforcement officers across Kansas will be cracking down on motorists not wearing their seat belts in the next two weeks.
Phill Kline sexual discrimination lawsuit costs Kansas nearly $220,000
08:32 a.m., May 23, 2011 Updated 10:29 a.m. in print edition on A4
Lawsuits filed against the administrations of Phill Kline while he served as attorney general and Johnson County district attorney have cost the state of Kansas $748,659 in legal fees and expenses.
Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt offers safety tips in preparation for National Missing Children’s Day
May 23, 2011
Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt is preparing for National Missing Children’s Day by publicly encouraging parents to talk to their children about safety.
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback to lead economic summit on life sciences Tuesday in KCK
May 23, 2011
Gov. Sam Brownback will be in Kansas City, Kan., on Tuesday to lead an economic summit on the life sciences.
First Bell: $1 million pledge challenges Bishop Seabury Academy; doors to open and walls to go up, come down through reconfiguration; familiar leaders set for Adult Education Services
May 23, 2011
Time for another edition of First Bell, a look at news and other educational items involving schools in the area.
Baby boomers fueling boom in hip, knee surgeries
May 23, 2011 in print edition on A7
We’re becoming a nation of bum knees, worn-out hips and sore shoulders, and it’s not just the Medicare set. Baby boomer bones and joints also are taking a pounding, spawning a boom in operations to fix them.
Obama: Israel’s 1967 borders reflect longstanding policy
May 23, 2011 in print edition on A7
President Barack Obama defended his endorsement of Israel’s 1967 boundaries as the basis for a future Palestine, telling America’s pro-Israel lobby Sunday that his views reflected longstanding U.S. policy that needed to be stated clearly.
Bigger Icelandic eruption, but less airline angst
May 23, 2011
An Icelandic volcano was flinging ash, smoke and steam miles into the air Sunday, dropping a thick layer of gray soot in an eruption far more forceful — but likely far less impactful — than the one that grounded planes across Europe last year.
Bin Laden seemed to stick to familiar schemes
May 23, 2011 in print edition on A7
For Osama bin Laden, who spent years in seclusion with little to do but devise new ways to kill Americans, the first big plans to emerge from his compound paint a picture of a terrorist who stuck to what he knew best and what worked before: planes, trains and ships.
Bankruptcies
May 23, 2011 in print edition on A4
Douglas County residents or businesses filing for bankruptcy protection recently in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the District of Kansas, according to court records.
Siblings graduate from Baker University on special day for family
May 23, 2011 in print edition on A3
Phil and Charlene Hannon had two reasons — Aaron and Annie — to celebrate Baker University’s commencement Sunday afternoon.
Divorces
May 23, 2011 in print edition on A4
Divorces granted in Douglas County District Court the week ending May 21, 2011.
Marriages
May 23, 2011 in print edition on A4
Marriage licenses issued in Douglas County District Court the week ending May 21, 2011.
How to help: Drivers needed to deliver Meals on Wheels
May 23, 2011 in print edition on A4
Lawrence Meals on Wheels is seeking regular and substitute drivers for the summer, and possibly longer.
Pump patrol
May 23, 2011 in print edition on A4
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.78 at several stations.
State assesses tornado damage
1 man killed in hardest-hit town: Reading, pop. 250
May 23, 2011 in print edition on A1
A tornado swept through a small eastern Kansas town, killing one person and destroying at least 20 homes, as severe thunderstorms pelted the region with hail that some residents described as the size of baseballs, authorities said Sunday.
It’s never too late: 1969 graduates walk down hill at 2011 KU Commencement
May 23, 2011 in print edition on A1
When Gary McClelland was asked to be the keynote speaker for Saturday’s University Honors Program, he agreed to do so under one condition: that he and his wife, Lou, walk down the hill during Kansas University’s commencement ceremonies.
KU grads embrace future prospects, memories of time in college
May 23, 2011 in print edition on A1
Kansas University graduates carried balloons, let the champagne flow and took lots of pictures as they walked through the Campanile and down the hill during Sunday morning’s commencement ceremonies.
Install a permanent night light in your home
May 23, 2011
If you use a night light anywhere in your home, consider replacing it with a combination night light/outlet.
Suspect in fan beating 31-year-old L.A. man
May 23, 2011 in print edition on B2
Los Angeles police have released the name of a suspect in the Dodger Stadium beating of a San Francisco Giants fan two months ago.
Toms cries again — this time, for joy
May 23, 2011 in print edition on B2
When his putt dropped on 18, David Toms pumped his fists. Then he cried.
Danica, Andretti part of Indy field
May 23, 2011 in print edition on B2
Michael Andretti’s team finally overcame its May curse.
Bitter end: K-State sweeps KU to end Jayhawks’ year
May 23, 2011 in print edition on B1
Kansas University’s baseball team needed two victories Sunday to keep its season alive and got none.
Cyclist details dope allegations
Hamilton says Armstrong encouraged PED use
May 23, 2011 in print edition on B4
Lance Armstrong’s former teammate, Tyler Hamilton, says Armstrong and other team leaders encouraged, promoted and took part in a doping program in an effort to win the Tour de France in 1999 and beyond, according to a report aired Sunday night on “60 Minutes.”
Thunder trying to get angry
May 23, 2011 in print edition on B3
The Oklahoma City Thunder are trying to use the same formula as the Dallas Mavericks to even up the Western Conference finals: Get angry and get a win.
Heat take 2-1 series lead
Bosh scores 34 in 96-85 victory
May 23, 2011 in print edition on B3
Chris Bosh missed his first three shots and never worried.
KU’s year as bad as it gets
May 23, 2011 in print edition on B1
Las Vegas offers propositions on just about any sports wager imaginable, but when an outcome is too predictable, it’s taken off the board. No way Vegas or any bookmaker elsewhere working illegally ever would offer odds on which of Kansas University’s 14 athletic teams that compete in the Big 12 will have the best conference finish in the 2011-2012 season.
St. Louis walks over K.C.
Thirteen bases-on-balls doom Kansas City; Cards wins series, 2-1
May 23, 2011 in print edition on B1
Walks, walks and more walks.
Another look
Local officials should try to learn something from the loss of a promising engineering firm.
May 23, 2011 in print edition on A10
A growing engineering firm’s plans to leave Lawrence for a new building in Olathe is a major disappointment for the local economic development community. If there’s any possibility of keeping EN Engineering in Lawrence, local officials should go for it. If not, perhaps there are lessons to be learned.
California GOP takes aim at spending
May 23, 2011 in print edition on A10
In 1967, five years after California became the most populous state, novelist Wallace Stegner said California — energetic, innovative, hedonistic — was America, “only more so.” Today, this state’s budget crisis is like the nation’s, only more so. Bob Dutton is an island of calm in the eye of the storm — which should agitate Gov. Jerry Brown.
Karzai’s brother offers candid appraisal
May 23, 2011 in print edition on A10
As the war grinds toward its end game, and administration officials debate how fast to draw down troops and whether to talk to the Taliban, I got a startling earful on both subjects — from one of Afghanistan’s most powerful and controversial leaders, Ahmed Wali Karzai, President Hamid Karzai’s younger brother.
‘Too Big to Fail’ less than success
May 23, 2011
Featuring a talented and acclaimed cast that could easily fill half a ballroom at the Emmy Awards, “Too Big To Fail” (8 p.m., HBO) attempts to tackle a story too big and complex to shoehorn into one TV movie.
Lawrence Virtual School moving to Wakarusa Valley building
May 23, 2011
The state’s largest virtual school will start the new year with a new leader and in a new home.
Baker University plans upgrade, addition to Mulvane Science Hall
May 23, 2011
Baker University plans to start construction this fall on an addition to its science building, a project designed to add labs, offices, a student lounge and a classroom.
Horoscope for May 23
May 23, 2011
For Monday, May 23: Others find you remarkable, alluring and “together.” This image might be difficult to maintain. Let others see you as less than perfect. If you are single, you will meet several very desirable suitors. Use care with new people. If you are attached, the relationship will benefit from spending more time together, socializing or as a couple alone. Aquarius makes you smile.
40 years ago: Days of heavy rains saturate Lawrence area
May 23, 2011
The Lawrence area, already waterlogged and weary of rainfall, was waiting for a break in the clouds.
Cell phones for teens present new advantages — and problems
May 23, 2011
Every few minutes, Kelsey Potts’ cell phone vibrates with either a direct message or a notification from her Facebook account, or a forwarded chain text
Grill the flavor right into your salad
May 23, 2011
If you want to add great flavor to foods without using the usual tricks — fat and salt — just head to the grill.
Double Take: Prescription drug abuse among teens starting from home
May 23, 2011
One of the first Double Take columns we did back in November 2004 addressed prescription drug abuse among teenagers. In the interim, the problem hasn’t exactly gone away.
Pinto Stampede: For car’s 40th anniversary, proud owners will travel I-70, visit Speedway
May 23, 2011
The Pinto celebrates its 40th anniversary this year.
100 years ago: Kansas governor drives to Lawrence for glass of buttermilk
May 23, 2011
“The governor was at work quietly in his office when he was seized with an unquenchable thirst.”
25 years ago: New rules, fees, hours concern some Farmers’ Market vendors
May 23, 2011
New rules at the Lawrence Farmers’ Market were causing concern for some local vendors.
Remnant Rehab: Cool patterns transformed into pillowcase aprons
May 23, 2011
I’m attracted to any fabric with a cool print. This often includes vintage sheets and pillowcases at thrift stores and rummage sales.
Slice of Life: Teacher inspires Lawrence carpenter in profession
May 23, 2011
A high school teacher inspired local carpenter and business owner Ryan Cecil.
Mass St. Chic: Pair gold, white for a cool summer look
May 23, 2011
Pair crisp white tops and bottoms with gold accessories for a great summer look.
River City Jules: Toddlerhood gone for good
May 23, 2011
It was a hot summer evening in 2003. Why I decided to take my four kids to the pool by myself I have no idea, but it was time to head home.