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Local business reports property stolen
May 25, 2011 in print edition on A4
An employee of Reed Dillon and Associates landscape architectural firm reported to Lawrence police Friday that someone had stolen $2,100 worth of items, including two digital cameras, a laptop computer, a Rosetta Stone Spanish program and a chain saw in a burglary from the business, 1213 E. 24th St.
Lawrence crime rates down in 2010
May 25, 2011 in print edition on A3
Last year, Lawrence followed the national trend of fewer incidents of crime, according to the FBI’s annual Uniform Crime Report, released Monday.
Lawrence residents at work in Kansas City area take shelter from Wednesday’s storms
May 25, 2011 in print edition on A1
Lawrence residents took cover at their jobs Wednesday morning in the Kansas City area as tornado warnings were issued there but no major damage was reported to the metropolitan area.
Westar Energy begins repairs at Sixth Street substation to help prevent power outages in downtown Lawrence
May 25, 2011 in print edition on A1
Both below ground and above ground, Westar Energy has projects under way in Lawrence to cut down on the number of power outages in the city.
KU Cancer Center joins forces with two partners to create treatment for blood cancers
May 25, 2011 in print edition on A3
The Kansas University Cancer Center has joined a partnership that will seek to create new treatments for blood cancers.
Two more western Kansas counties approved for emergency grazing
May 25, 2011
The Kansas Farm Service Agency has approved emergency grazing on Conservation Reserve Program acreage in two more western counties.
Prosecutors file battery charge in connection with early-morning altercation in 4500 block of Larissa Drive
May 25, 2011
Douglas County prosecutors Wednesday charged David Ray Freeman II, 24, of Lawrence, with misdemeanor battery after was arrested in connection with an early-morning altercation with a 19-year-old Lawrence man in western Lawrence.
Officials say man in triple-fatality crash on Interstate 70 in Ellsworth County was drunk
May 25, 2011
The Kansas Highway Patrol says a Texas man who drove the wrong way on Interstate 70, causing an accident that killed him and two Wichita residents, was drunk.
Dodge City gets new police chief
May 25, 2011
Dodge City has a new police chief. The city on Tuesday named Lt. Craig Mellecker, a 26-year police veteran, as the western Kansas city’s new chief, effective immediately.
Teen arrested in fatal stabbing in southeast Kansas
May 25, 2011
A teenager is jailed after being charged in the stabbing death of a 23-year-old southeast Kansas man.
Arkansas City man to face murder charges after fatal traffic accident
May 25, 2011
A 23-year-old Arkansas City man will stand trial on second-degree murder charges after a traffic accident killed his girlfriend.
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback suspends rules for trucks helping with Joplin tornado relief efforts
May 25, 2011
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has suspended some state regulations for trucks involved in disaster relief efforts for Joplin, Mo.
Both sides make closing arguments in Rwandan genocide case
May 25, 2011
Prosecutors tell a Wichita jury that justice has finally caught up with a Kansas man accused of participating in Rwanda’s 1994 genocide. But lawyers for 84-year-old Lazare Kobagaya say the prosecution’s case rests on lies told by admitted killers.
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback signs bill addressing state’s KPERS funding problems
May 25, 2011 in print edition on A5
Gov. Sam Brownback signed legislation Wednesday to inject more taxpayer dollars into Kansas’ public pension system while also requiring teachers and government workers to make concessions on their future retirement benefits.
Wednesday’s city band concert moved to KU’s Murphy Hall
May 25, 2011
Weather is forcing tonight’s Lawrence City Band concert to move to Kansas University’s Murphy Hall.
Statehouse Live: Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback signs measure to increase engineering graduates at KU and other schools
12:28 p.m., May 25, 2011 Updated 03:57 p.m. in print edition on A3
KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little was at the signing ceremony. “This is a great day. I’m happy to see us get to this point,” she said.
Diara Moore to transfer from KU women’s basketball team
May 25, 2011
Kansas freshman guard Diara Moore will transfer from the KU women’s basketball team, coach Bonnie Henrickson announced Wednesday.
Lawrence middle school student Stefan Petrovic finishes in top three at National Geographic Bee
11:14 a.m., May 25, 2011 Updated 05:33 p.m. in print edition on A1
An eighth-grader-to-be at South Middle School finished third in the National Geographic Bee Wednesday morning in Washington, D.C.
Flood advisory for Douglas County expires
10:54 a.m., May 25, 2011 Updated 12:48 p.m.
The National Weather Service in Topeka has issued an urban and small stream flood advisory for parts of northeast Kansas.
Town Talk: Westar tree trimmers are out and about; new downtown retailer hopes to showcase local crafters; donation drop off set up for triplets; a peek inside an old waterline
May 25, 2011
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
First Bell: Follow National Geographic Bee on Twitter; competitor will see LHS alum on stage; French students make top 10 on national exam
May 25, 2011
Time for another edition of First Bell, a look at news and other educational items involving schools in the area.
City gives Lawrence Freenet the go-ahead on fiber network project
May 25, 2011 in print edition on A5
Google this: Beat Kansas City. Lawrence city commissioners at their Tuesday evening meeting unanimously directed staff to start negotiating an agreement with the operator of Lawrence Freenet to provide more high-speed Internet access in the city.
$30,000 grant from Kansas Historical Society to help develop zoning districts in Oread neighborhood
May 25, 2011 in print edition on A5
The city of Lawrence has won a $30,000 grant to do more planning in the Oread neighborhood.
Baseball writer Bill James turns focus to crime in new book
May 25, 2011 in print edition on A3
Bill James knows his baseball. He also knows his popular crime.
Peoples Bank collecting, matching donations for Joplin, Mo.
May 25, 2011 in print edition on A6
Peoples Bank locations across Kansas, including the Lawrence branches, will be matching public donations made to the American Red Cross in response to the destruction and devastation in Joplin, Mo.
Sagging market creates generation of renters
May 25, 2011 in print edition on A6
A growing number of Americans can’t afford a home or don’t want to own one, a trend that’s spawning a generation of renters and a rise in apartment construction.
Violent storms kill at least 7 in Oklahoma, Kansas
May 25, 2011 in print edition on A6
Violent thunderstorms roared across middle America on Tuesday, killing seven people in two states, with several tornadoes touching down in Oklahoma and high winds pounding rural Kansas.
Crews extinguish couch fire in northern Lawrence garage
May 25, 2011 in print edition on A4
Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical workers were able to extinguish a fire to a couch in a garage in northern Lawrence Tuesday morning without the it causing any major damage to a duplex.
Jayhawks in the NBA
May 25, 2011 in print edition on B7
Mario Chalmers was the only former Jayhawk in NBA action Tuesday, May 24, 2011. Here is how he fared.
Busch cited for 128 mph … in 45 mph zone
May 25, 2011 in print edition on B2
NASCAR driver Kyle Busch was clocked by a North Carolina sheriff’s deputy going 128 mph in a 45 mph zone and was cited for careless and reckless driving and speeding, a law enforcement spokesman said Tuesday.
KU baseball players honored by Big 12
May 25, 2011 in print edition on B3
Kansas University senior baseball outfielder Jimmy Waters was named second-team all-Big 12, the league office announced Tuesday. Senior outfielder Casey Lytle and senior pitcher T.J. Walz were named honorable mention. Freshman second baseman Ka’iana Eldredge was selected to the freshman all-conference squad.
Nadal survives in first round
May 25, 2011 in print edition on B5
It’s newsworthy enough when anyone manages to win a set against Rafael Nadal at any stage of the French Open — let alone two sets in the first round.
Tiger Woods might be done with comebacks
May 25, 2011 in print edition on B2
None of the top 11 golfers in the world could have outdrawn No. 12, Mr. Eldrick Woods, for this peculiar news conference Tuesday morning at Aronimink Golf Course.
Bill Self has Boogie fever
May 25, 2011 in print edition on B3
Kansas head men’s basketball coach Bill Self is looking forward to his third Bill’s Basketball Boogie, set for Saturday, June 4, at College Basketball Experience next to Sprint Center.
Recruiting hot topic for KU coach Bill Self
May 25, 2011 in print edition on B1
Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self, who for eight years has been an active member of the Lawrence community, meets his fair share of townspeople almost every day.
Mound monsters: Co-aces Alex Laughlin, Garrett Cleavinger pitch Lions to state
May 25, 2011 in print edition on B1
Many consider pitching, pitching and pitching the three most important aspects to winning baseball and location, location and location as the three keys to pitching.
Chiefs gathering aid for tornado victims
May 25, 2011 in print edition on B3
Hundreds of cars lined up all day Tuesday in the Arrowhead Stadium parking lot as the Kansas City Chiefs filled two semitrailer trucks with bottled water for tornado victims in Kansas and Missouri.
Incoming QB Michael Cummings’ rehab ‘ahead of schedule’
May 25, 2011 in print edition on B1
Kansas University freshman-to-be Michael Cummings has a few classes to finish, an enormous KU playbook to scour and a couple more weeks of fun with friends in front of him before he reports to Lawrence in June.
LHS triple jumpers full of surprises
May 25, 2011 in print edition on B1
As they ready for their turn down the runway, it’s easy for a triple jumper to stand out.
Mavs coach pushes basics
May 25, 2011 in print edition on B7
Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Kidd were told Tuesday to stay home and relax. The day after leading the Mavericks to one of their greatest comeback victories, and the day before they could earn another chance at their first NBA title, they deserved some time to lounge around and let it all soak in.
Heat one win away
May 25, 2011 in print edition on B7
Dwyane Wade was ailing, so LeBron James and Chris Bosh more than picked up the slack.
NCAA concerned with poor APR results from SWAC, MEAC schools
May 25, 2011 in print edition on B6
NCAA President Mark Emmert expects athletes at historically black colleges and universities to make the grade — and he’s willing to help after seeing the results of the latest Academic Progress Rates.
Ongoing issues
Relocating the local homeless shelter isn’t a cure-all for moving homeless people and panhandlers out of downtown.
May 25, 2011 in print edition on A8
It would be nice to believe that moving the Lawrence Community Shelter will bring an end to concerns about the presence of homeless people and panhandlers in the downtown area.
Revenue limits
May 25, 2011 in print edition on A8
Lawrence taxpayers struggle weekly with the increased costs of fuel and groceries, adjusting their budgets to meet the constant changes.
40 years ago: Lawrence firefighter takes fledgling robins under his wing
May 25, 2011
Tom had earned the nickname “Mother” from his co-workers for his protection of the robins.
Young actors shine on ‘Modern Family’
May 25, 2011
A television favorite ends its season without a glance at the competition, assured in its place as the best of its kind. No, I’m not talking about “American Idol” (7 p.m., Fox), also wrapping up its season tonight, but “Modern Family” (8 p.m., ABC), simply the strongest network comedy around.
Horoscopes for May 25
May 25, 2011
This year, you often feel as if you have to repeat the same action over and over, or the same conversation over and over. On the other hand, you gain a great deal of prominence in your chosen field or in your community. If you are single, you could meet someone through your community or professional involvements. If you are attached, the two of you will bond more intensely if you pursue a common commitment together. Pisces understands you well.
100 years ago: Specialized rail car visits Lawrence
May 25, 2011
“It is equipped with all imaginable devices for conducting rescue work after mine disasters.”
Obama denies reality in Israel
May 25, 2011 in print edition on A8
With friends like President Obama, who needs enemies? If you’re Israel, you already have quite enough of those.
25 years ago: Municipal pool gets makeover for summer season
May 25, 2011
The Lawrence municipal pool, which had opened in 1969, was getting a makeover before its summer opening.
U.S. military still key to Afghan stability
May 25, 2011 in print edition on A8
Flying out of this city in a Blackhawk helicopter, one passes over a large walled compound that contains a traditional two-story Afghan house built around a courtyard, in which sits a small white-domed mosque.
Royals, Joakim Soria blow lead
May 25, 2011 in print edition on B3
Joakim Soria is desperately trying to regain the form he displayed last season, when the right-hander registered 43 saves in 46 tries and made the All-Star team.
UConn, Southern take hits in APR reports
May 25, 2011 in print edition on B6
The NCAA has put Connecticut on notice — improve in the classroom or face tougher penalties.