Archive for Sunday, May 29, 2011

Lead stories

6:00 a.m.
The view of the north side of the Statehouse. Statehouse Live: Brownback signs budget; vetoes Kansas Arts Commission funding
11:08 a.m., May 28, 2011 Updated 5:27 p.m. in print edition on 1A
The budget approved with only Republican votes in the Legislature also cuts base state aid to schools by $232 per student, or 5.6 percent and makes cuts in social services.
9:30 a.m.
Col. Jeffrey Jerome, right, discusses security training operations with the commander of the 14th Iraqi Army Division, in Basra, Iraq. Col. Jerome is assigned to the 1-12 Charger Battalion, 3rd Advisory and Assist Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division. Soldier in Iraq thinking of family as holiday approaches
May 28, 2011 in print edition on 1A
Five months into his third tour in Iraq, U.S. Army Col. Jeff Jerome has noticed an improvement in the capabilities of the Iraqi military.
11:13 a.m.
Soon-to-be Lawrence High graduates Matt Zabel, Stephen Bell and Collin Belcher have been classmates since they were junior high students at Southwest. All three plan to pursue degrees in mechanical engineering at Kansas University in the fall. Lawrence High students build friendship through engineering
May 28, 2011 in print edition on 1A
Collin Belcher played with Legos. Stephen Bell used K’NEX blocks to build tiny ATVs, their electric motors packing enough power to scale piles of toys in his room. And Matt Zabel? He and Stephen spent part of last summer assembling a T-shirt cannon with a CO2 cartridge, barrel of PVC pipe and $18 sprinkler celluloid from Home Depot.
4:30 p.m.
Free State seniors Dominique Shaffer, Alysia Foust and Ashley Abbott developed a special bond through a class called Interpersonal Skills. The three agree that they began high school as "loners" but have been able to come out of their shells through community service and overcoming personal adversity. Interpersonal Skills program helps Free State students forge bond
May 28, 2011 in print edition on 1A
Ashley Abbott started her high school career in isolation, snarfing down lunch alone before scurrying off to find somewhere to hide.
7:00 p.m.
The view of the north side of the Statehouse. Eudora resident home after serving year with Kansas National Guard in Djibouti
May 28, 2011 in print edition on 3A
A year away on a Kansas National Guard deployment in the African country of Djibouti didn’t excuse Eudora man David Dudley from his matrimonial “honey-do” responsibilities. Since returning to Kansas earlier this month, Dudley’s been hammering away on the list for his wife of 16 years, Traci.

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Report: ‘Hot fuel premium’ a heavy cost
May 29, 2011 in print edition on A1
Observing the speed limit can save drivers 91 cents per gallon of gas. Drivers who avoid rapid accelerations can increase their fuel efficiency by 33 percent.
Want to get away this summer? These day trips won’t break the bank
May 29, 2011 in print edition on A1
For Kristi Barger, traveling out of state ultimately meant having to move out of state.
Free State High School’s class of 2011 takes graduation in stride
May 29, 2011 in print edition on A1
Elated, anxious or indifferent, the nearly 300 graduates of Free State High School managed to celebrate the completion of their secondary educations Sunday. Now it’s up to them to decide where to go, what to do and how to build on the lessons learned while attending the school in northwest Lawrence.
Lawrence High School grads ‘ready to end this chapter and start another’
May 29, 2011 in print edition on A1
They finished their classes, celebrated with families and just plain got through it all. In the end, more than 300 seniors at Lawrence High School soaked up the sun, held onto their mortarboards and picked up their diplomas Sunday afternoon at the Lions’ football stadium, completing a three-year journey on campus that for many began four years ago in junior high school.
Traffic flowing smoothly again on Turnpike after jackknifed semi goes through barrier wall
08:29 p.m., May 29, 2011 Updated 09:45 p.m.
Traffic is again flowing smoothly on the Kansas Turnpike after a semi-truck jackknifed into a barrier wall at milepost 214.6 around 6:45 Sunday evening. The truck had traffic at a standstill for nearly two hours, according to Kansas Turnpike dispatchers. The semi blocked both westbound lanes after another vehicle made an “unsafe lane change,” causing the truck to swerve to miss it, hitting the wall.
Emergency crews respond to structure fire in 400 block of North Street
07:47 p.m., May 29, 2011 Updated 09:50 p.m. in print edition on A4
Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical responded to a structure fire at Riverside Manufactured Home Community, 420 North St., about 7 p.m. Sunday.
Take Charge Challenge seeking help to distribute energy-efficient light bulbs
May 29, 2011
The Take Charge Challenge is looking for volunteers to help with a door-to-door distribution of compact fluorescent light bulbs to Lawrence neighborhoods in need from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.
May 29, 2011 in print edition on A4
Divorces granted in Douglas County District Court the week ending May 28, 2011.
May 29, 2011 in print edition on A4
Marriage licenses issued in Douglas County District Court the week ending May 28, 2011.
May 29, 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.
Going to Free State graduation? Drink plenty of water and protect yourself from the sun
May 29, 2011
Emergency officials are urging people to prepare for the heat when they attend commencement this afternoon at Free State High School
LHS, Free State graduations ‘a go’ for outdoor ceremonies
May 29, 2011
Graduation ceremonies for Lawrence and Free State high schools will be conducted outside this afternoon. Officials advise spectators to bring water.
Russell County event celebrates area’s history, culture
May 29, 2011 in print edition on A5
Russell County residents have been gearing up for a once-a-decade summer event, marking the county’s 140th anniversary. Prairiesta, a celebration that the community organizes once each decade, is planned for June 9-12. The event got its start in 1941, according to The Hays Daily News.
Pump Patrol
May 29, 2011 in print edition on A5
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.75 at several stations.
Filmmakers screen documentary about K.C.’s Cowtown Ballroom
May 29, 2011 in print edition on A4
Joe Heyen wanted to make a stop in Lawrence ever since he and Anthony Ladesich started screening their film, “Cowtown Ballroom … Sweet Jesus!”, more than two years ago. He got his wish Saturday.
Lawrence Boy Scouts place flags by graves belonging to Civil War veterans
May 29, 2011 in print edition on A3
A group of Lawrence Boy Scouts honored Civil War veterans buried in Lawrence on Saturday, and got a little history lesson, too.
Severe thunderstorm warning canceled for Douglas County
12:00 a.m., May 29, 2011 Updated 01:40 a.m.
The National Weather Service has canceled the severe thunderstorm warning. The strongest part of the storm will stay to the west of Douglas County, according Douglas County dispatchers.
Former KU golfer Gary Woodland three shots back at Byron Nelson
May 29, 2011 in print edition on B2
Ryan Palmer fought through a breezy day for a 3-over 73 on Saturday at the Byron Nelson Championship. That was good enough to top the leaderboard at 5 under after three rounds.
Penske’s NASCAR team is an enigma
May 29, 2011 in print edition on B6
To hear Kurt Busch talk, his race team is struggling mightily and maybe some behind-the-scenes changes will save the season.
Wade’s whirlwind year ends with finals
May 29, 2011 in print edition on B6
Only a year ago, everything in Dwyane Wade’s life was uncertain.
Former Oklahoma player drowns
May 29, 2011 in print edition on B2
Brandon Everage, a safety on Oklahoma’s 2000 national championship team, drowned while swimming in a Texas river. He was 30.
America’s worst nightmare: Miami
May 29, 2011 in print edition on B2
This is your nightmare, America. This is your deepest sports fear. This is the team you wanted to fall, still standing. This is the player the national media promised couldn’t win the big one, on the verge of winning the biggest one of all.
Djokovic, Nadal, Sharapova win easily
May 29, 2011 in print edition on B2
What was shaping up as a struggle for Novak Djokovic at the French Open suddenly turned into something of a stroll.
Olathe Northwest wins state softball
Favored last season, Ravens claim 6A title as ‘dark horse’
May 29, 2011 in print edition on B3
Of the four Sunflower League teams in the bracket at this weekend’s Class 6A state softball tournament at Kansas University’s Arrocha Ballpark, Olathe Northwest ranked third in the seeding.
Sporting Kansas City, Rapids tie
May 29, 2011 in print edition on B2
Ryan Smith scored in the 75th minute to give Sporting Kansas City the 1-1 tie.
Former Jayhawk Mario Chalmers one-ups Derrick Rose again
May 29, 2011 in print edition on B3
Mario Chalmers, whose Kansas Jayhawks defeated Derrick Rose’s Memphis Tigers in the 2008 NCAA championship game, did not gloat after once again emerging victorious against Rose, this time in the 2011 NBA Eastern Conference finals.
Weary Royals routed
Rangers rough up O’Sullivan, Kansas City in 10-1 victory
May 29, 2011 in print edition on B3
Sean O’Sullivan took one for the team Saturday night.
Triple jumpers spark LHS boys to 15th
May 29, 2011 in print edition on B14
Even with their knees fatigued and swollen from a season’s worth of jumps, Lawrence High triple jumpers Austin Flory and Steven Hill had plenty of spring left.
Free State girls track thrilled with third
May 29, 2011 in print edition on B1
The races were over, the times were fast, and all that was left for the Free State High girls track and field team to do was wait for the good news.
Kansas track adds to NCAA Outdoor traveling party at Preliminary
May 29, 2011 in print edition on B3
Five additional Kansas University track and field athletes earned a trip to the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships — and two more qualified for a second time — based on their performances Saturday at the NCAA Outdoor Championships West Preliminary.
Baldwin boys, girls tie for first in 4A
Strong finishes lift Bulldogs
May 29, 2011 in print edition on B1
Baldwin High track and field teams left here with a pair of tied championships Saturday night.
Lions stung by loss
May 29, 2011 in print edition on B1
Losing always stinks, but it tends to hurt a little more when everything you’ve done for the past 36 weeks was done to prevent it.
State Bitter/sweet: LHS baseball disappointed with fourth
May 29, 2011 in print edition on B1
Before the season, Lawrence High’s baseball team set two main goals. The first — make the state tournament — was probably common to every team in the state. The second — win state — was more ambitious.
Maize completes undefeated run, wins state
May 29, 2011 in print edition on B3
Maize capped its undefeated baseball season with a 10-0, run-rule-shortened victory over Blue Valley West in the Class 6A state championship game Saturday at Hoglund Ballpark.
Help needed
May 29, 2011 in print edition on A13
In the May 16 issue of the Journal-World, a significant property tax rate increase from City Hall was announced. An increase in sewer and water rates will also be asked for. The City Commission needs to think hard and consider how their decisions will impact about 27 percent of Lawrence residents.
Confirmation game
The tension between politics and judicial impartiality is on stark display during recent U.S. Senate confirmation hearings.
May 29, 2011 in print edition on A13
Accounts of a Lawrence attorney’s confirmation hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee this week provide an interesting window on the conflicts between politics and the desired impartiality of those who serve as federal judges.
Garden Calendar: Master Gardeners tour offer tips for aspiring green thumbs
May 29, 2011
Next weekend, the Douglas County Extension Master Gardeners are sponsoring a tour of six private gardens to showcase sound gardening practices and good plant selections for the Lawrence area.
Mortality gives meaning to life
May 29, 2011 in print edition on A13
So it looks like we’re doomed. Again. Having found the world intact on May 21, the day he’d said the world would end, Harold Camping, an 89-year-old radio preacher from Oakland, Calif., has revised his estimate. Oct. 21, he says now. That’s the last day for planet Earth.
U.S. flouts presidential war powers limit
May 29, 2011 in print edition on A13
The U.S. intervention in Libya’s civil war, intervention that began with a surplus of confusion about capabilities and a shortage of candor about objectives, is now taking a toll on the rule of law. In a bipartisan cascade of hypocrisies, a liberal president, with the collaborative silence of most congressional conservatives, is traducing the War Powers Resolution.
25 years ago: Planning commission votes down 17th and Haskell rezoning
May 29, 2011
The Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission was divided on the issue of development in the 1700 block of Haskell Avenue.
Horoscope for May 29
May 29, 2011
This year, a lot happens quite quickly, and you often might feel that you don’t have the control you desire. If you are attached, you gain from being together more often. If you are single, a friendship could become more. Be careful, and don’t decide out of the blue that this is the one. Taurus makes an excellent healer.
Concert honors America’s vets
May 29, 2011
A holiday tradition for 22 years, the National Memorial Day Concert (7 p.m., PBS, check local listings) combines military pageantry and musical performances to honor servicemen and women both living and dead.
40 years ago: Veterans’ memorial to be dedicated at Oak Hill
May 29, 2011
Upcoming Memorial Day services at Oak Hill Cemetery were to highlight the dedication of a 12-foot square granite memorial to all veterans.
100 years ago: Sad anniversary of 1903 flood
May 29, 2011
“Eight years ago tomorrow the Bowersock mill went down the river.”
Lawrence High School Class of 2011 graduates
May 29, 2011
The list of graduating seniors at Lawrence High School.
Indy celebrates 100 years
May 29, 2011 in print edition on B6
When Alex Tagliani leads the 33-car field into the first turn of the Indianapolis 500, he’ll be tugging along a century’s worth of triumphs, thrills and tragedy.
Behind the Lens: The importance of P.A.T.
12:00 a.m., May 29, 2011 Updated 12:00 a.m.
For a seasoned photographer, position, anticipation and timing play a big part in any photograph.