Archive for Monday, May 30, 2011

Lead stories

6:00 a.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.
10:00 a.m.
Between June 2 and June 12, 2011, Emporia will host Celebrate the Flint Hills Week, a series of events and activities centered on Symphony in the Flint Hills, a concert on June 11 by the Kansas City Symphony in the tallgrass prairie. Want to get away this summer? These day trips won’t break the bank
May 29, 2011 in print edition on 1A
For Kristi Barger, traveling out of state ultimately meant having to move out of state.
2:00 p.m.
From left, Evan Manning, Hayley Francis and Austin Hoag celebrate their graduation from Free State High School by jumping for a photograph after the ceremony Sunday, May 29, 2011 at the Free State stadium. Free State High School’s class of 2011 takes graduation in stride
May 29, 2011 in print edition on 1A
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.
6:00 p.m.
Lawrence High School graduates Darrin Sorem, right, and Ross Johnson slap hands after being awarded class valedictorian honors during the graduation ceremony at Lawrence High Stadium on Sunday, May 29, 2011. Lawrence High School grads ‘ready to end this chapter and start another’
May 29, 2011 in print edition on 1A
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.

All stories

Douglas County attorneys to examine violent sexual predator cases
May 30, 2011 in print edition on A1
Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt’s office is gearing up to handle more cases that fall under the state’s sexually violent predator law by empowering more prosecutors to take the cases to court.
Life Star helicopter transports man after single-vehicle accident in Leavenworth County
May 30, 2011 in print edition on A4
An air ambulance transported a man to Kansas University Hospital after his pickup truck left the roadway near 25357 Limit Street in Leavenworth County, north of K-92 Highway, at 6:52 p.m. Monday, according to Leavenworth County Undersheriff Ron Cranor. Cranor said the victim was conscious when officers arrived but was unsure of the man’s condition when he was transported.
Nation marks Memorial Day with parades, flyovers, flags
May 30, 2011 in print edition on A5
Americans from the nation’s capital to Alaska marked Memorial Day with parades, somber reflection and even a climbing expedition in a holiday infused with fresh meaning by the approaching 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Gun-control group takes aim at Kansas gun laws
May 30, 2011 in print edition on A5
A new Kansas law that bans concealed-carry permit holders from taking guns into buildings where no-gun signs are posted makes it possible for people to take guns inside schools that don’t post the signs, a national gun-control group said.
30 days of summer fun, all month long
May 30, 2011
Looking for family-friendly activities to do this summer that don’t involve plunking the kids down in front of a TV?
Sunflower crop brings high prices for Kansas farmers
May 30, 2011 in print edition on A14
Kansas sunflower farmers are having a good year thanks to delayed planting and tight stocks, which have pushed sunflower prices to double what they were a year ago.
Free State High School scholarship winners
May 30, 2011
A list of Free State High School scholarship winners for 2011.
Lawrence High School scholarship winners
May 30, 2011
A list of Lawrence High School scholarship winners for 2011.
Tunnels under central Kansas town tell a thoroughly riveting tale
May 30, 2011 in print edition on A3
It is a late-19th-century man cave: A harness shop, a barber shop and that bathhouse where women known as “soiled doves” entertained road-weary strangers while clothes dried on wooden racks and bath suds dripped through the cracks of wood floors.
Former inmates file lawsuits against Kansas Department of Corrections, allege sexual abuse
May 30, 2011 in print edition on A4
Two former inmates at a Topeka prison have filed federal lawsuits against the state Department of Corrections, alleging they were forced into sexual contact with two prison employees.
French family cares for the graves of Americans killed on D-Day
May 30, 2011 in print edition on A3
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.
Memorial Day weighs heavy for U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan
May 30, 2011
Nearly a decade later, after more than 1,400 killed in combat, some U.S. troops paused for a moment Sunday to remember what brought America to Afghanistan and to honor the lives that continue to be lost.
Welcome back: Cole Aldrich returns to KU
May 30, 2011 in print edition on B1
Oklahoma City Thunder rookie Cole Aldrich, whose NBA season ended Wednesday, packed up his belongings, hopped in his car and hit the highway Thursday afternoon.
Junior runs dry; Harvick wins
May 30, 2011 in print edition on B5
Dale Earnhardt Jr. was out front on the final lap for the first time in 105 races, and the only thing standing in the way of a victory was the gas, or lack of it, in his tank.
Title only goal for Nowitzki
‘You get nothing for losing the finals’
May 30, 2011 in print edition on B5
The biggest party of Dirk Nowitzki’s career was going strong. Teammates, friends and the rest of the 20,000 people who had been screaming “M! V! P!” since the first quarter were on their feet in appreciation of him and the Dallas Mavericks.
Wheldon takes wild 500
May 30, 2011 in print edition on B5
Dan Wheldon was zipping toward the final corner of Sunday’s Indianapolis 500, surely figuring the best he could do was another runner-up finish.
Texas A&M defeats Missouri, wins Big 12 baseball tournament
May 30, 2011 in print edition on B2
Andrew Collazo hit a game-ending homer into the left-field bleachers with two outs in the 10th inning Sunday, lifting Texas A&M to a 10-9 victory over Missouri and its second straight Big 12 tournament title.
Miami brings double whammy
May 30, 2011 in print edition on B2
Erick Dampier remembers how frustrating the 2006 NBA Finals were for the Dallas Mavericks.
Watson wins Senior PGA in playoff
May 30, 2011 in print edition on B2
Tom Watson had stood over putts like this pressure-packed three-footer at the Senior PGA Championship for most of his adult life.
Napoli beats tag, Rangers slide past K.C.
May 30, 2011 in print edition on B1
Brayan Pena didn’t want to talk about another homer in Texas. The Kansas City Royals’ catcher had the game’s final play still fresh in his mind.
Future bright for LCC
May 30, 2011 in print edition on B1
In women’s golf, the dreamers of today in some cases become the stars of tomorrow. They play on the LPGA Futures Tour, driving their fuel-efficient cars from one stop to the next, gradually working their way from the South to the Midwest to the East.
Obama visits Joplin, makes vow to help get city ‘back on its feet’
May 30, 2011 in print edition on A6
Face to face with the legions of homeless and the bereaved, President Barack Obama on Sunday toured the apocalyptic landscape left by Missouri’s killer tornado, consoled the community and committed the government to helping rebuild shattered lives.
Revenge could derail Mideast progress
May 30, 2011 in print edition on A13
“Revenge, at first though sweet, Bitter ere long, back on itself recoils.” The wisdom of that couplet from John Milton’s “Paradise Lost” extends in many directions. But let’s consider the context of the Arab Spring and its transition from dictatorship to democracy.
Taliban talks pose many challenges
May 30, 2011 in print edition on A13
The talk of talks with the Taliban has taken on new momentum in the wake of the death of Osama bin Laden.
Honored service
Memorial Day is a time to reflect on the sacrifice of those who fought and gave their lives on behalf of their country.
May 30, 2011 in print edition on A13
Hundreds of Lawrence and Douglas County residents have spilled their blood in service to our nation.
Can ’Platinum Hit’ ’write’ ’Idol’ wrongs?
May 30, 2011
The best reality shows feature a concept so obvious you have to wonder why it hasn’t already been exploited. “Platinum Hit” (9 p.m., Bravo) is that kind of show. Host Jewel and head judge Kara DioGuardi join a series of guest judges to assess the hit-making talents of 12 aspiring singer-songwriters. While each worthy has to perform, the accent here is on writing popular, sellable songs.
Increasing Flint Hills tourism will take cooperation of property owners, officials say
May 30, 2011 in print edition on A3
Gov. Sam Brownback says he wants more tourism and outdoor opportunities in Kansas but doesn’t want the government to pay for it. With the beautiful backdrop of the Flint Hills behind him, Brownback recently said the area is ready to “pop” for tourists looking for the next big thing.
Horoscope for May 30
May 30, 2011
This year, rethink decisions and premises on which you’ve based your life. Don’t fear expressing yourself from a new point of view or values system. If you are single, the person you choose today could be different from the one you choose next week or in a few months. If you are attached, keep your sweetie tuned in to your changing mental portfolio. Taurus understands perhaps too much!
25 years ago: United Fund raises goal for fund drive
May 30, 2011
United Fund officials announced that their fund-raising goal for their annual drive was to increase by $100,000 from the previous year.
40 years ago: Marriage licenses almost top record high in county
May 30, 2011
As of the close of business on the last Friday of May, 114 marriage licenses had been issued.
Water, baby: Pool classes now recommended for even younger ages
May 30, 2011
The American Academy of Pediatrics last year recommended children as young as 1 year old take swimming lessons. The previous recommendation was 4 years old.
Slice of Life: Marimbist thrives on connection with audience
May 30, 2011
Internationally renowned, award-winning marimbist and clinician Linda Maxey has performed at some of the world’s most prestigious concert halls, including Madison Square Garden and Carnegie Hall, but she believes connecting with the audience is more important than venue size or location.
A fuss-free and delicious composed salad
May 30, 2011
Composed salads — those in which the ingredients are arranged rather than tossed — are among the most attractive.
Double Take: Reader, columnists suggest different approaches for talking about sexuality
May 30, 2011
Most 21st century teenagers have a pretty accurate and sophisticated knowledge of human sexuality, and they feel pretty comfortable considering and discussing it.
River City Jules: Swim pickings
May 30, 2011
Ladies, as we kick off the official start to swimsuit season, I have good news.
Fix-It Chick: Install a handheld shower head
May 30, 2011
Handheld shower heads offer numerous benefits to young and old alike.
Mass St. Chic: Loose-fitting gypsy looks perfect for summertime
May 30, 2011
Gypsy and bohemian looks were popular looks on the spring and summer runways, and the looks are popping up on the streets as well.
100 years ago: Lawrence children honor forgotten soldier’s grave
May 30, 2011
“Of the scores of tributes Lawrence paid its honored dead today, none were so full of pathos as a simple ceremony round a deserted grass strewn grave in an abandoned burial place two miles from town.”
Free State High School Class of 2011 graduates
May 30, 2011
The list of graduating seniors at Free State High School.
Gary Bedore’s KU basketball notebook
Video man leaving for A&M
May 30, 2011 in print edition on B3
Kansas University video coordinator Kyle Keller will join Billy Kennedy’s Texas A&M staff as an assistant coach, Jeff Goodman of reported Sunday.