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Archive for Friday, May 27, 2011

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12:00 a.m.
Talk about Lions pride: Stefan Petrovic, who plans to attend Lawrence High School in 2012-13, shares the stage with LHS alum Brian McClendon, vice president for Google Earth and Maps, after the finals of the National Geographic Bee in Washington, D.C., an event for which the National Geographic Society and Google were sponsors. Petrovic is looking forward to high school, especially now with his Google connection. "It’ll be really fun. I'll know somebody who's already been." Lawrence middle school student Stefan Petrovic finishes in top three at National Geographic Bee
11:14 a.m., May 25, 2011 Updated 5:33 p.m. in print edition on 1A
An eighth-grader-to-be at South Middle School finished third in the National Geographic Bee Wednesday morning in Washington, D.C.
6:00 a.m.
Gov. Sam Brownback speaks at the Statehouse in Topeka March 11, 2011. Brownback criticized for signing abortion bill that opponents say will hurt women who get impregnated after being raped
May 26, 2011 in print edition on 1A
Without comment, Gov. Sam Brownback has signed into law a bill that critics say will hurt women who get impregnated after being raped.
9:30 a.m.
The Wolf Creek nuclear power plant, which went online in 1985, is shown in this Jan. 11, 2000, photograph. Wolf Creek nuclear power plant not fully twister-proof
May 26, 2011 in print edition on 1A
The closest nuclear power plant to tornado-ravaged Joplin, Mo., was singled out weeks before the storm for being vulnerable to twisters.
1:00 p.m.
Veteran's Park at 19th and Louisiana streets was at one time the site of barracks for military students and trainees before it became a park in 1947 in honor of veterans of all wars. Lawrence, Douglas County war memorials honor those who served in wars dating back to Bleeding Kansas
May 27, 2011 in print edition on 1A
Some are in plain view — such as the Memorial Campanile honoring Kansas University students who died in World War II. Others are less prominent and much smaller. Regardless of size or visibility, Douglas County features many memorials honoring people who served in wars dating back to the Bleeding Kansas days leading up to the Civil War.
4:30 p.m.
A young student from Pinckney Elementary hurries home at the end of school heading through the tunnel beneath 6th Street. Lighting system proposed for Pinckney School tunnel
May 26, 2011 in print edition on 1A
There may be light at the end of this tunnel, but it doesn’t produce much optimism. When it comes to the pedestrian tunnel that travels beneath Sixth Street near Pinckney School, the smell usually overshadows everything else.
7:00 p.m.
Brothers and Lawrence High teammates Troy Willoughby, left, a junior, and Shane Willoughby, a sophomore, have made it together to the 2011 Class 6A state baseball tournament. Shane has a broken left thumb, but hopes to get participate in the tournament as a pinch runner. Siblings at state: Willoughby duo’s goal to be on field for title run
May 27, 2011 in print edition on 1B
It has been more than three weeks since Lawrence High’s Willoughby brothers, Troy and Shane, were on the baseball diamond at the same time during a live game. They’re hoping that won’t go down as the last time they’re out there together this season.
10:59 p.m.
Lawrence High players celebrate following the Lions' 2-1 win over Shawnee Mission West during the first round of the 6A state championships at Hoglund Ballpark. At center is starting pitcher Alex Laughlin, who got the win, and Aaron Gile (24), who drove in the winning run in the seventh. Lawrence High baseball wins first game at State, 2-1
10:18 p.m., May 27, 2011 Updated 12:52 a.m. in print edition on 1B
In Friday’s Class 6A state baseball quarterfinal against Shawnee Mission West, Lawrence High senior Aaron Gile failed to capitalize on three run-scoring opportunities in his first three at-bats.

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Lawrence High baseball wins first game at State, 2-1
Lions will play again at 12:30 p.m. Saturday
10:18 p.m., May 27, 2011 Updated 12:52 a.m. in print edition on B1
In Friday’s Class 6A state baseball quarterfinal against Shawnee Mission West, Lawrence High senior Aaron Gile failed to capitalize on three run-scoring opportunities in his first three at-bats.
After Joplin tornado, Brownback allows Missouri doctors to work in Kansas
May 27, 2011 in print edition on A5
Because of the tornado that struck Joplin, Mo., Gov. Sam Brownback has issued a temporary order that will allow Missouri health care professionals to work in Kansas.
City plans to clean Civil War veterans’ tombstones by 150th anniversary of war’s end
May 27, 2011 in print edition on A1
They’re old, but city leaders want to make sure they definitely are not forgotten. In the city’s Oak Hill and Maple Grove cemeteries, there are about 600 tombstones of Civil War veterans. And many of them are dirty.
Brownback announces big changes at Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services
Former SRS leader says overhaul of leadership focus is troubling
05:56 p.m., May 27, 2011 Updated 09:45 p.m. in print edition on A1
“This transition marks a new day at SRS,” Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services Secretary Rob Siedlecki said.
French citizens honor fallen D-Day soldiers for Memorial Day
May 27, 2011
Franck Maurouard and his family of Normandy, France, have not forgotten the sacrifices made by American soldiers trying to liberate France from German occupation during World War II. Each Memorial Day for the past 10 years, Franck, his wife, Anne, and their children, Alexandre, 16, and Eloise, 14, have decorated the graves of two American Rangers who died in the D-Day invasion, June 6, 1944.
Project Graduation to provide celebration, prize drawings for high school graduates
May 27, 2011 in print edition on A3
Jeans or shorts, heels or flats, car or cash. Yes, graduates and graduating seniors have plenty of pivotal decisions ahead this Sunday, but perhaps none more crucial than the one awaiting upon entrance to Abe & Jake’s Landing for the 34th annual bash known as Project Graduation.
Judge grants sentencing delay in guided hunting camp case
May 27, 2011
A federal judge in Kansas has granted a delay in sentencing for a Texas man charged with conspiracy in a guided hunting camp case that spanned several states.
Ex-officer suspected in death of his wife seeks bail reduction
May 27, 2011
A former Kansas police instructor charged in the death of his wife is seeking a reduction in his $1 million bond so he can live with his parents while awaiting trial.
Off-duty Kansas trooper dies in traffic accident near Emporia
May 27, 2011
An off-duty Kansas Highway Patrol trooper has died in a traffic accident south of Emporia.
Horse virus cases double to 75; at least 11 deaths
May 27, 2011
Cases of a deadly strain of a horse virus have more than doubled in the past week and suspected cases have forced the quarantine of 15 more facilities. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Friday there are 75 confirmed cases in 9 states and 61 facilities have suspected or confirmed cases.
Shooting leaves 2 dead on Pottawatomie Reservation
May 27, 2011
Officials on the Pottawatomie Reservation in northeast Kansas say two people are dead after a shooting there.
Historic Barton County church to rebuild steeple blown over by tornado in 2007
May 27, 2011
A historic church long known as the “Landmark of the Plains” in central Kansas could have a new steeple within three months to replace one that was blown over by a tornado in May 2007.
New construction projects alleviate Dodge City housing shortage
May 27, 2011
A severe housing shortage in Dodge City will be helped by several new construction projects, but officials say more housing will be needed to meet growing demand.
LHS softball falls at state
02:43 p.m., May 27, 2011 Updated 12:52 a.m. in print edition on B1
Top-seeded Olathe East tried to make Lawrence High’s stay at the Class 6A state softball tournament a short one. But Mother Nature made sure the Lions were able to soak up their first trip to state in more than a decade.
Missouri River soaks low-lying farmland in northwest Missouri
May 27, 2011
The Missouri River has spilled over its banks, soaking low-lying farmland in northwest Missouri, and more flooding was expected as the amount of water released from swollen upstream reservoirs reaches “historic” levels.
Drought continues to hurt outlook for Kansas wheat
May 27, 2011
Drought conditions continue to take a toll on the Kansas wheat crop as more acres of land slip beyond hope of significant harvest. The Kansas regional director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management Agency says farmers have collected insurance on about 90,000 acres, largely in western Kansas.
Former KU cornerback Aqib Talib indicted in alleged gun incident
May 27, 2011
Former Kansas University cornerback and current Tampa Bay Buccaneer Aqib Talib has been indicted on a charge accusing him of firing a gun at his sister’s boyfriend.
Lawrence man wants guilty plea withdrawn in 2006 murder of hip-hop artist Anthony ‘Clacc’ Vital
May 27, 2011 in print edition on A6
A 31-year-old Lawrence man is asking a judge to withdraw his guilty plea in the 2006 shooting death of a Lawrence hip-hop artist alleging he was mislead into taking the deal.
Six Jayhawks named preseason all-Big 12 by analyst Phil Steele
TE Tim Biere tops list with 2nd-team nod
12:45 p.m., May 27, 2011 Updated 01:01 a.m. in print edition on B3
College football analyst Phil Steele tapped six Kansas University football players to his preseason all-Big 12 teams Friday.
Lawrence High School social studies teacher injured in accident east of St. Louis
May 27, 2011 in print edition on A5
A Lawrence High School teacher is recovering at St. Louis University Hospital from injuries he received in a head-on collision Thursday in Collinsville, Ill.
Barbecue to raise funds for upkeep of rural schoolhouse
May 27, 2011
The annual Rock Creek chicken barbecue fundraiser has been scheduled for June 4.
Kansas officials remind boaters to take safety precautions on the water
May 27, 2011
Kansas parks officials are reminding boaters to wear life jackets and take other precautions heading into Memorial Day weekend.
Small chance for thunderstorms Friday afternoon, early Saturday
May 27, 2011
There is a small chance for thunderstorms Friday afternoon in Douglas County, according to the National Weather Service forecast.
Town Talk: Lawrence start-up hopes to become major online auto site; Civil War tombstones getting attention; Black Jack festivities set for June; Brown Bag concerts return
May 27, 2011
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County:
First Bell: Check out the Project Graduation prize list; one partygoer will win an Explorer worth $6,000; board members pick up rental robes for commencements
May 27, 2011
Time for another edition of First Bell, a look at news and other educational items involving schools in the area.
Heard on the Hill: Alumni Association has an inventive solution for ‘EMAW’ billboard; Twain scholar whose book removed ‘n-word’ from Twain works pens response; Monarch Watch plants given to city
May 27, 2011
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Haskell Indian Nations University close to choosing new president
May 27, 2011 in print edition on A3
The Haskell Indian Nations University presidential search is entering its final stages, a university spokesman said Thursday.
Global economy growing more slowly
May 27, 2011 in print edition on A8
From the United States to Europe and even to booming China, the global economy is showing signs of strain. Most major economies are expected to keep growing. But evidence is mounting that many around the world are struggling to expand as fast as they did last year.
Critics: Military should cover abortion after rape
May 27, 2011 in print edition on A8
Though rape is a problem of deep concern to the U.S. military, its health plan doesn’t cover abortions for victims who become pregnant — a policy that indignant critics are now pushing to change.
Serbia arrests war crimes suspect Mladic
May 27, 2011 in print edition on A8
After 16 years on the run, a frail and haggard Ratko Mladic was hauled before a judge Thursday — the first step in facing charges for international war crimes, including the slaughter of 8,000 Muslim men and boys in the Bosnian town of Srebrenica in 1995.
Some missing in Joplin turn up alive
May 27, 2011 in print edition on A7
As emergency workers in Joplin searched Thursday for more than 230 people listed as missing after a tornado tore through the city, one was sitting on a wooden chair outside the wreckage of her home, cuddling her cat.
Pump patrol
May 27, 2011 in print edition on A4
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.78 at several stations.
Four KU athletes advance to NCAA track and field championships
12:00 a.m., May 27, 2011 Updated 11:26 a.m. in print edition on B3
In less than ideal weather conditions, the Kansas University track and field team got off to a solid start on the first day of the NCAA Outdoor Championships West Preliminary on Thursday afternoon at Hayward Field on the University of Oregon campus. Four Jayhawk athletes punched their ticket to the NCAA Championships, which will be held June 8-11 at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.
Lawrence High softball hopes to give Olathe East their best shot
12:00 a.m., May 27, 2011 Updated 10:47 a.m. in print edition on B1
In its first two games against undefeated Olathe East, Lawrence High’s softball team didn’t put up much of a fight.
Minnesota Twins say final farewell to Harmon Killebrew
May 27, 2011 in print edition on B2
For 14 seasons, Harmon Killebrew was the cleanup hitter for the Minnesota Twins, the ferocious slugger who used his incredible strength to knock baseballs out of the park.
Miami Heat surge past Chicago Bulls, into NBA finals
May 27, 2011 in print edition on B2
LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh joined to win a championship. Well, now they have their shot.
Free State Firebirds ready for grueling 4x800 relay at state championships
May 27, 2011 in print edition on B1
The 4x800 relay is by far one of the most demanding track and field events. Each two-lap, 800-meter leg takes considerable stamina, but requires an almost sprint-like pace to achieve a solid time.
Free State senior Austin Hoag excels at high jump, seeded second at state meet
May 27, 2011 in print edition on B3
As a member of Free State High’s basketball team, Austin Hoag was merely one of a handful of Firebirds with enough hops to dunk.
Lawrence woman reports nearly $4,000 in jewelry stolen in 4800 block of West 24th Street
May 27, 2011 in print edition on A4
A 47-year-old Lawrence woman reported to police that someone burglarized her residence in the 4800 block of West 24th Street taking $3,890 worth of mostly jewelry. The burglary occurred between May 4 and May 13.
Fight in Wells Overlook Park leads to arrest of Lawrence man
May 27, 2011 in print edition on A4
Douglas County Sheriff’s officers arrested a 26-year-old Lawrence man Thursday afternoon as a suspect in connection with a fight that occurred at Wells Overlook Park on County Road 458 south of Lawrence.
Lawrence man charged with battery after punching roommate in the mouth in 2400 block of Alabama Street
May 27, 2011 in print edition on A4
Douglas County prosecutors Thursday filed a misdemeanor battery charge against a 26-year-old Lawrence man who was accused of punching his roommate in the mouth during a fight Tuesday evening at their apartment in the 2400 block of Alabama Street.
Gary Bedore’s KU hoops notebook
Morris Twins try out for Houston Rockets
May 27, 2011 in print edition on B5
Former KU forwards Marcus and Markieff Morris worked out for the Houston Rockets on Tuesday.
Jayhawks in the NBA
May 27, 2011 in print edition on B2
Mario Chalmers was the only former Jayhawk in NBA action Thursday, May 26, 2011.
Kansas O-line signee Phil Ford ineligible
May 27, 2011 in print edition on B1
Quite a fuss was made about the high number of offensive linemen the Kansas University football team signed last February. But recent developments have made adding the extra bodies look like a good move.
Siblings at state: Willoughby duo’s goal to be on field for title run
May 27, 2011 in print edition on B1
It has been more than three weeks since Lawrence High’s Willoughby brothers, Troy and Shane, were on the baseball diamond at the same time during a live game. They’re hoping that won’t go down as the last time they’re out there together this season.
Lawrence, Douglas County war memorials honor those who served in wars dating back to Bleeding Kansas
Interactive map provides locations, information on area memorials
May 27, 2011 in print edition on A1
Some are in plain view — such as the Memorial Campanile honoring Kansas University students who died in World War II. Others are less prominent and much smaller. Regardless of size or visibility, Douglas County features many memorials honoring people who served in wars dating back to the Bleeding Kansas days leading up to the Civil War.
Josh Selby seeks to prove he ‘deserves’ shot
Former Kansas guard proves he’s healthy with 42-inch vertical leap
May 27, 2011 in print edition on B5
Former Kansas University combo guard Josh Selby, who worked out for the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday and Indiana Pacers on Thursday, has taken a humble, low-key approach into a month’s worth of individual drills with NBA teams.
Treasure, not trash
A recent effort to promote recycling of usable items deserves the community’s applause.
May 27, 2011 in print edition on A10
Congratulations to the Kansas University groups and the local organizations who teamed up this month to facilitate collection of items that students moving out of KU residence halls might otherwise have tossed in the trash.
Power strategy
May 27, 2011 in print edition on A10
A proposal to end subsidies for coal and big oil is being opposed by the fossil fuel industry that says the proposal is misinformed and discriminatory and counterproductive in that it would undermine U.S. competitiveness and discourage future investment in renewable and alternative energy projects in the United States and therefore undercut job creation and economic growth.
LHS thanks
May 27, 2011 in print edition on A10
I have always taken great pride and felt such fortune to have been raised, educated and, in addition, experienced a wonderful career in Lawrence. As a Lawrence High School alumnus, it does my heart good to see the community benefit from the first class athletic venues at LHS. If you haven’t visited LHS recently, I encourage you to take a trip to Lawrence High School any evening to see the campus improvements and witness the community benefiting from the new fields and track.
Traditional day
May 27, 2011
As we mark the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. It is particularly important to pay attention this Memorial Day. While we remember all who gave “their last full measure” in the defense and service of our country, we should also remember the origin of Memorial Day.
Out of balance
May 27, 2011 in print edition on A10
The laws of nature teach us that there is a delicate balance that must be obeyed in order that all species can prosper and survive. The parasite and the host have a symbiotic relationship whereby they each depend on one another for survival. Once the population of parasites exceeds what the population of hosts can supply, both will die.
Some hopeful signs in Afghanistan
May 27, 2011 in print edition on A10
The “fighting season” has started in Afghanistan, with deadly attacks almost every day. But at the same time, diplomats see what one calls “hopeful signs” that a regional framework for peace talks with the Taliban may slowly be emerging.
25 years ago: Lawrence area enjoys beautiful weather for holiday weekend
May 27, 2011
The consistent warnings of rain from the weather forecasters failed to pan out.
40 years ago: Librarian stops in Lawrence during 3,000-mile motorcycle trip
May 27, 2011
A New Jersey librarian, on her way to a library conference in California, had recently passed through Lawrence on a heavy police-model CB450P Honda motorcycle.
Tune In: Jamie Oliver’s ’Revolution’ reheated
May 27, 2011
With sweeps over, a British chef gets a second crack at the obesity epidemic at a Los Angeles high school.
Horoscope for May 27
May 27, 2011
This year, you face challenges head-on. Continue to process. Today’s choices will be very different in a year. Often you become overly serious with loved ones. If you are single, the person you might choose to relate to could be hard on you. You also can choose not to relate. If you are attached, the two of you need special time together as a couple. Aries is always a friend.
100 years ago: Illegal fishing halted on the Kaw
May 27, 2011
“Wholesale arrests among the fishermen along the Kaw disclosed the fact that practically every clause of the new fish law was being violated at Lawrence.”