Archive for Tuesday, May 24, 2011

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Midwest storms spawn several tornadoes, kill 13 across three states
08:30 p.m., May 24, 2011 Updated 09:57 a.m.
A violent storm system powering through a wide swath of the Midwest and South on Wednesday spawned tornadoes and powerful winds that turned homes into splintered wreckage and cars into crumpled shells and killed at least 13 people.
Four Lawrence high school students win National Merit scholarships
May 24, 2011
Four soon-to-be graduates of high schools in Lawrence are winners of college-sponsored scholarships through the National Merit Scholarship Corp.
Judge dismisses case against Kansas City man accused of robbery
May 24, 2011
A Douglas County judge agreed to dismiss a robbery case Tuesday against a Kansas City, Mo., man after jurors in February were unable to reach a verdict in the case.
No one injured in house fire Monday; fire started by overheated extension cord
May 24, 2011
Lawrence Douglas County Fire and Medical investigators said Monday’s fire at a house near 13th and Kentucky streets was an accident caused by an extension cord that overheated.
Severe weather tips
May 24, 2011
Spring weather can be unpredictable, so here are some tips to help you stay safe if severe weather strikes.
Offices, services closing Monday in observance of Memorial Day
May 24, 2011
Government offices and public services will be closed Monday in observance of Memorial Day.
Swimmers’ summer kicks off when outdoor pool opens Saturday
May 24, 2011 in print edition on A3
The starter’s pistol of summer is soon to make its noise. Sure, you know it. Bounce, bounce, thwaap — the wincing sound of a belly buster off the springboard.
Renovations under way at Wescoe Hall auditoriums; Underground expansion project to begin June 1
May 24, 2011 in print edition on A3
Construction crews ripped out chairs, tore away carpets and pulled down wall coverings inside Wescoe Hall’s two large auditoriums just up the concrete stairs from Wescoe Beach. Now the real work begins.
South Junior High student among 10 finalists at National Geographic Bee in Washington, D.C.
May 24, 2011 in print edition on A1
Lawrence may as well be the center of the geographic universe Wednesday, even with some of the finest young Earth-minded brains on the planet huddled in Washington, D.C. Stefan Petrovic, a soon-to-be eighth-grader at South Junior High School, is among 10 contestants to make the finals of the National Geographic Bee, which winds up Wednesday in the nation’s capital.
Rain helps stabilize struggling Kansas wheat crop
May 24, 2011
Kansas Agricultural Statistics Service says last week’s rain helped stabilize the condition of the state’s winter wheat crop, but most of the crop continues to struggle.
KDOT to announce Kansas aviation projects
May 24, 2011
Kansas transportation officials are preparing to announce the next round of funding for aviation projects.
Sabetha man sentenced in attempt on wife’s life
May 24, 2011
A rural Sabetha man already convicted of killing an Atchison County woman will serve almost six years in prison for also trying to kill his wife.
Crowd asks Haven school board not to close elementary school
May 24, 2011
In more than two hours of emotional testimony, 35 people asked the Haven school board not to close one of the district’s elementary schools.
Attempted television theft leads to fatal car chase in Andover
May 24, 2011
A man who reportedly tried to steal a flat screen television from an Andover store died when the truck he was in crashed during a police chief.
Boeing: New plane would be 20 percent more fuel efficient than 737
May 24, 2011
Boeing says any new plane that replaces its hot-selling 737 could be 20 percent more fuel efficient.
Federal judge tosses Kansas immigration indictment
May 24, 2011
A federal judge on Tuesday dismissed charges against a man accused of falsely claiming U.S. citizenship in a case that upholds the right of immigrants to remain silent under questioning from immigration authorities.
Panel gathering reaction about possible cuts to Kansas court system
May 24, 2011
A statewide effort to make the court system more efficient will not necessarily fall most heavily on small courts, members of a panel gathering public input on the issue said.
Former Kansas AG Steve Six dodges abortion questions at nomination hearings for federal appeals court judgeship
04:08 p.m., May 24, 2011 Updated 12:36 a.m. in print edition on A1
Former Kansas Attorney General Steve Six fielded abortion questions Tuesday from a U.S. Senate committee weighing his nomination to a seat on a federal appeals court.
Kansas likely to enact health care ‘freedom’ law
May 24, 2011
Kansas was close Tuesday to joining other states in enacting a law designed to block a mandate in last year’s federal health care overhaul requiring most Americans to buy health insurance.
Gov. Brownback issues challenge to KU Medical Center: Improve your rankings
03:02 p.m., May 24, 2011 Updated 03:23 p.m. in print edition on A1
Gov. Sam Brownback made it clear Tuesday that he wants the Kansas University Medical Center to improve its national ranking and he wants to overhaul the state tax system to attract more business.
Kansas National Guard chief says state equipped to handle disaster
May 24, 2011
Kansas National Guard units are better prepared to handle disasters in the state now than they were four years ago when a tornado flattened Greensburg, the Guard’s top official said.
Lawrence Habitat for Humanity collecting items for habitat homeowners in Joplin
May 24, 2011 in print edition on A6
Lawrence Habitat for Humanity is taking donations of items needed by habitat homeowners in Joplin, Mo., which was struck by a deadly tornado on Sunday.
Eudora police officer goes to Joplin to help following deadly tornado
May 24, 2011 in print edition on A6
Eric Garcia, a Eudora police officer, arrived Tuesday morning in Joplin, Mo., to assist law enforcement and emergency management personnel dealing with the aftermath of a tornado that destroyed much of the city on Sunday.
Town Talk: An Etsy-like retailer coming to downtown?; pedestrian mall talk; this and that about Lawrence’s engineering loss
May 24, 2011
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County:
Joplin tornado death toll reaches 117; tornado is single deadliest in 60 years
09:27 a.m., May 24, 2011 Updated 06:34 p.m.
A tornado that killed 117 people in Missouri was the single deadliest twister in the past 60 years, according to National Weather Service.
Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt joins effort to save Utah highway crosses
May 24, 2011
Kansas has joined 19 other states in asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear a dispute over crosses along Utah highways honoring state troopers who died while on duty.
Tornado watch expires for Douglas County
Heavy rain, strong winds expect from first line of storms
08:31 a.m., May 24, 2011 Updated 12:00 a.m.
The National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla., has issued a tornado watch for Douglas County, as well as points north, south and west until midnight tonight.
First Bell: Just who are these generous ‘Bobs,’ anyway?; Pioneer Ridge wins Employer of the Year Award; looking ahead to summer vacation
May 24, 2011
Time for another edition of First Bell, a look at news and other educational items involving schools in the area.
Poll: Most think Medicare doesn’t need to be cut
May 24, 2011 in print edition on A6
They’re not buying it. Most Americans say they don’t believe Medicare has to be cut to balance the federal budget, and ditto for Social Security, a new poll shows.
Local residents check in with loved ones in Joplin after tornado
12:44 a.m., May 24, 2011 Updated 09:05 a.m. in print edition on A6
When Amber Lee heard about Sunday’s tornado in Joplin, Mo., the first thing she did was run to the phone to call her sister-in-law, who is an X-ray technician at St. John’s Regional Medical Center, which was hit hard by the twister.
Lawrence woman reports stolen 2008 Yamaha motorcycle
May 24, 2011 in print edition on A4
A 33-year-old Lawrence woman reported someone had stolen her 2008 Yamaha motorcycle valued at $7,000 and damaged the ignition lock on the motorcycle.
City employee reports stolen parking meter
May 24, 2011 in print edition on A4
A city employee made a police report for a parking meter valued at $1,000 that was stolen between 5 p.m. Thursday and 11 a.m. Saturday from 11 E. Eighth St.
Lawrence man charged with being felon in possession of firearm
May 24, 2011 in print edition on A4
Douglas County prosecutors Monday charged a 27-year-old Lawrence man with one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm related to an incident early Saturday near 19th Street and Ousdahl Road.
U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran talks spending cuts during Lawrence visit
May 24, 2011 in print edition on A3
U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran said Monday that spending cuts needed to be part of a congressional deal to increase the country’s debt ceiling in coming months.
Lawrence school board approves nearly $250,000 for books, other resources
May 24, 2011 in print edition on A4
The Lawrence school district will spend nearly $250,000 for new books and other materials, as the district moves forward with its plans for creating middle schools and four-year high schools.
Delivery of triplets first of its kind at Lawrence Memorial Hospital in at least 25 years
May 24, 2011 in print edition on A1
When you’re the mother of three babies, you had better get used to changing plans. Johanna Thomas found that out from the very beginning.
Seabury golf’s Reed Grabill 9th at 1A state
May 24, 2011 in print edition on B3
Seabury Academy senior Reed Grabill carded an 81 to finish in ninth place individually on Monday at the Class 1A state golf tournament at the Emporia Municipal Golf Course.
KU football hot on recruiting trail for 2012
May 24, 2011 in print edition on B1
With an impressive 2011 recruiting class already signed, Kansas University’s football program has not let off the gas pedal with regard to chasing down talent in the Class of 2012.
Education value
May 24, 2011 in print edition on A7
As we approach graduation season, many young folks approach the uncertainty that we all have experienced in this situation. I was very disturbed to see a news article on the ABC news noting that some new college graduates were complaining that their college degrees were “worthless” because of the current economic situation. I learned early on from some very dedicated high school and college professors that the purpose of education was not just to stuff your brain with facts that would allow you to go forth, get a high-paying job and rest on your laurels, but to learn how to continue learning. This is also the purpose of a good education.
Celebrated defeat
May 24, 2011 in print edition on A7
The Lawrence Journal-World reported (May 20) Gov. Sam Brownback as saying “the Lecompton Constitution galvanized average Kansans to reject ‘an institution that was an abomination. We started the fight to end slavery.’”
Israel interests
May 24, 2011 in print edition on A7
“Independent Arab and Jewish States and the Special International Regime for the City of Jerusalem … shall come into existence in Palestine … not later than 1 October 1948,” — UN General Assembly Resolution 18, Nov. 29, 1947.
Slow campaign start may favor Romney
May 24, 2011 in print edition on A7
Four years ago this week, the old Kennett High School gym was rocking. The place was jammed, the crowd was on its feet, and all the way down Main Street, well past the Conway Cafe, the cars lined Route 16. Sen. Barack Obama brought out one of the largest political gatherings in the history of Carroll County — and then his entourage moved west, to Hanover, where thousands of Dartmouth students filled the space between Rockefeller Center and Hitchcock Hall. Something big was happening.
Lance Armstrong backed by UCI over doping claims
May 24, 2011 in print edition on B7
In the wake of fresh doping allegations against Lance Armstrong, cycling’s world governing body and one of his former teammates came to the defense of the seven-time Tour de France champion on Monday.
Djokovic, 38-0 in 2011, wins first match in Paris
May 24, 2011 in print edition on B7
Shhhhhh! Don’t say a word. Novak Djokovic is perfect so far in 2011, and superstition demands silence, lest he be jinxed.
Bulls’ goal: Just win
Chicago needs victory tonight at Miami to reclaim upper hand
May 24, 2011 in print edition on B6
All the Chicago Bulls say they need to do now is something they’ve already managed 71 times this season, more than any other team in the league. Win a game.
Noah fined $50K for gay slur
May 24, 2011 in print edition on B6
Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah was fined $50,000 on Monday for directing an anti-gay slur at a fan during Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals, and vowed to learn from the incident.
Mavs’ huge rally stuns Thunder in OT
May 24, 2011 in print edition on B6
Trailing by 15 points with only 5 minutes to play in one of the NBA’s rowdiest arenas, the Dallas Mavericks were just wishing and hoping for the best.
Jayhawks in the NBA
May 24, 2011 in print edition on B6
Here is a look at how former Jayhawks fared in NBA action Tuesday, May 24, 2011.
Noah wrong, but fans not blameless
May 24, 2011 in print edition on B2
A contrite Joakim Noah showed up for his national apology Monday afternoon at the Bulls team hotel wearing red-striped pajama bottoms with a white T-shirt. And it worked for him.
Lawrence High golfer Logan Henrichs 24th at 6A state tournament
May 24, 2011 in print edition on B3
Lawrence High golfer Logan Henrichs fired a 79 to finish in 24th place individually Monday at the Class 6A state golf tournament at Reflection Ridge Golf Club.
KU softball catcher Brittany Hile stoked for pros
May 24, 2011 in print edition on B1
Last weekend, while dozens of friends and teammates walked down the hill and crept closer to life after college, Kansas University softball senior Brittany Hile calmly clapped and grinned. Hers wasn’t exactly the face of a fellow graduate freaking out over the future.
Downright scary: Former KU guard Jeff Boschee safe from Joplin tornado’s destruction
May 24, 2011 in print edition on B1
Former Kansas University basketball player Jeff Boschee, his wife, Jamie, and daughter, Mary Rose, were not caught in the path of Sunday afternoon’s deadly tornado in Joplin, Mo.
Baker hires women’s coach
May 24, 2011 in print edition on B3
Ben Lister was named Baker University women’s basketball coach on Monday.
Davies would be good for Royals. Really
May 24, 2011 in print edition on B5
The Kansas City Royals could sure use Kyle Davies back in their starting rotation. Yes, I understand how crazy that sounds.
Storm warning
Modern storm warning systems only work if the public also does its part.
May 24, 2011 in print edition on A7
The rising death toll from a tornado that struck Joplin, Mo., Sunday evening should be a timely reminder for any area residents who have grown blasé about the devastating potential of such storms.
100 years ago: KU institutes specimen-loaning program for high schools
May 24, 2011
“The University of Kansas is preparing a ‘loan’ collection of ‘bugs’ which it will send to state high schools as an aid to their study of biological subjects.”
Indian food on the run: Curry in a Hurry moves up Mass. St. and into a full-on operation
May 24, 2011
Mexican food has Taco Bell. American food has McDonald’s. Italian food has Fazoli’s.
40 years ago: Two more storms dump more unneeded rain on area
May 24, 2011
Two severe thunderstorms had hit Lawrence just hours apart, damaging property, cutting power lines, and adding another three-fourths of an inch of rain to land that was already saturated.
Tune In: Moody turns crabby on ‘Deadliest Catch’
May 24, 2011
“Deadliest Catch” (8 p.m., Discovery) explores a tale of a captain at war with his crew, a theme much explored in films like “Mr. Roberts,” “Mutiny on the Bounty” and “The Caine Mutiny.”
Horoscope for May 24
May 24, 2011
This year, you contact many people, many of whom are not easygoing. You also could be in an unusually sensitive period in which your feelings are vulnerable. If you are single, you open a door to a friendship or move in a new direction. Meeting people happens easily. If you are attached, share more often with your sweetie when you feel vulnerable or off. Pisces often interferes with you.
25 years ago: Consulting group recommends against downtown mall
May 24, 2011
A team of downtown revitalization authorities had reported to city officials that neither a downtown mall nor a “suburban” mall would be appropriate for Lawrence.