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KU coach Torbush retires; Shealy, Wyatt promoted The day in photos, May 31, 2011
Polls
Have you ever been cited for not wearing your seat belt while driving?

Poll results

Response Percent
No, but I wear it regularly
 
78%
No, and I don’t wear it regularly
 
10%
Yes, and now I wear it every time I drive
 
7%
Yes, but I still don’t wear it regularly
 
4%
Total 758
Not counting Bill Self, who do you think is the best men's basketball coach in the Big 12?

Poll results

Response Percent
Texas Tech’s Billy Gillispie
 
30%
Texas’ Rick Barnes
 
21%
Oklahoma’s Lon Kruger
 
18%
Kansas State’s Frank Martin
 
17%
Baylor’s Scott Drew
 
6%
Other
 
3%
Oklahoma State’s Travis Ford
 
2%
Total 1045
What is the most you've paid for a tank of gas?

Poll results

Response Percent
$80 or more
 
35%
$50 or less
 
30%
$60
 
21%
$70
 
12%
Total 591
Videos

Lead stories

6:00 a.m.
This Lawrence fire engine has a solar panel on its roof, which is used to power its lights and radio equipment. The fire engine is one of the city's 573 vehicles. The city purchases fuel in bulk, about 7,000 gallons at a time. Fuel prices make big impact on Lawrence budget
May 31, 2011 in print edition on 1A
Every cent at the gas pump adds up. Rising fuel prices are costing the city of Lawrence an additional $100,000 this fiscal year.
9:30 a.m.
From left, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt, Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger and Second District Congresswomen Lynn Jenkins were in attendance listening as Kansas Governor Sam Brownback gave his State of the State address to Senate and House members as well as the public in Topeka. Douglas County attorneys to examine violent sexual predator cases
May 30, 2011 in print edition on 1A
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.
1:00 p.m.
Lawrence resident Hank Cotton is pictured with his storm shelter, which is built into his garage at Lake View Villas in West Lawrence. Cotton and other neighbors are concerned that their storm shelters may not be as safe as they were led to believe. Residents afraid ‘safe rooms’ in homes not as secure as claimed
May 31, 2011 in print edition on 1A
Jeff Waltho says he wasn’t just buying a home when he recently bought one unit of a fourplex off Lake Pointe Drive in west Lawrence. He also was buying peace of mind. The advertisement for the home even said so.
4:30 p.m.
A baby bird awaits food from the confines of a small butter tub Thursday, May 12, 2011. Operation Wildlife taking care of more animals since deadly storms
May 31, 2011 in print edition on 3A
In one room, a volunteer readies a hobbled fawn — recently attacked by a dog — for a stroll around the grounds. Less than 10 feet away, volunteer Roger Rucker wrestles a feisty bald eagle named Sassy while the bird gets an injection for an injured leg.
7:00 p.m.
Katie Becker, a retired Hillcrest Elementary teacher, continues to work for children as a court-appointed special advocate working with abused and neglected children. Retired teacher still making difference as child advocate
May 31, 2011 in print edition on 3A
When Katie Becker retired from teaching at Hillcrest School in 2005, she wasn’t ready to retire from working with children. So she began one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of her life. She became a Court Appointed Special Advocate, working with abused and neglected children in care of the juvenile court.

All stories

Gov. Sam Brownback seeks private involvement in SRS
May 31, 2011 in print edition on A2
The state’s welfare agency is seeking a bid for a consultant to help it develop “a new mission, vision and strategic planning activities.”
Driver transported to Lawrence Memorial Hospital after hitting deer
May 31, 2011 in print edition on A4
One person was transported to Lawrence Memorial Hospital after hitting a deer in the 2200 block of Louisiana Street just before 11 p.m. Monday, said Sgt. Susan Hadl, a Lawrence police spokeswoman.
Lawrence man suffers nonlife-threatening injuries after swerving deer
May 31, 2011 in print edition on A4
A 39-year-old Lawrence man was taken to the hospital Monday night after he swerved his Ford F-150 pickup truck to miss a deer, causing him to go over a sidewalk, under a nearby bridge and hit a concrete pillar head-on near Clinton Parkway and the South Lawrence Trafficway, said Douglas County Sheriff’s Sgt. Blake McCall.
Lawrence man reports theft of power generator, Garmin
May 31, 2011 in print edition on A4
A 56-year-old Lawrence man reported to Lawrence police Sunday that someone had stolen his $1,200 Honda power generator and $100 Garmin GPS in an auto burglary some time between 9 p.m. May 4 and 8 a.m. May 7 from the 2200 block of East Drive, which is northwest of the intersection of 23rd and Vermont streets.
Brownback defends abortion insurance restrictions
May 31, 2011 in print edition on A3
Gov. Sam Brownback on Tuesday defended his approval of a bill that prohibits insurance companies from offering abortion coverage unless the procedure is necessary to save the woman’s life.
Man arrested Saturday gets sex crime charges
May 31, 2011 in print edition on A4
Douglas County prosecutors Tuesday filed charges of attempted aggravated criminal sodomy and aggravated sexual battery against a 58-year-old Lawrence man after he was arrested early Saturday, according to court records.
Hilltop Child Development Center collecting donations for fire victims
May 31, 2011 in print edition on A4
Hilltop Child Development Center at Kansas University is accepting cash donations and gift cards to help a family whose North Lawrence home was damaged by a fire Sunday evening.
Kobach says Arizona-style immigration bill more likely to pass in Kansas after Supreme Court ruling
May 31, 2011 in print edition on A8
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach on Tuesday said chances have increased that the state will pass an Arizona-like crackdown on hiring illegal immigrants now that the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the law.
McPherson police say foul play suspected in man’s death
May 31, 2011
McPherson police say a 30-year-old man whose body was found at a Marion County campsite is the victim of foul play.
Dillons announces it will rebuild in Joplin, Mo.
May 31, 2011
Dillons Stores says it will rebuild in Joplin after the company’s store was destroyed by a tornado.
Salina zoo says goodbye to popular orangutan
May 31, 2011
Like many other times when they visited Rolling Hills Wildlife Adventure, Stephanie Loudon’s family kicked off their visit Saturday at the orangutan exhibit. This time, however, the mood was somber as the family said goodbye to Robbie B., the zoo’s 18-year-old Sumatran orangutan.
Supreme Court rules out Kansan’s damage claim against former AG
May 31, 2011
The Supreme Court on Tuesday threw out damage claims against former Attorney General John Ashcroft over an American Muslim’s arrest, but four justices said the case raises serious questions about post-9/11 detentions under a federal law intended to make sure witnesses testify.
Rising floodwaters threaten thousands across northern US
May 31, 2011
Crews raced approaching floodwaters Tuesday to complete emergency levees aimed at protecting South Dakota’s capital city and two other towns as the swollen Missouri River rolled downstream from the Northern Plains. Meanwhile, the mayor of Minot, N.D., ordered a quarter of the city’s residents to evacuate areas along the flooding Souris River.
Rwanda genocide suspect convicted of lying to US
May 31, 2011
A federal jury convicted an 84-year-old Kansas man on Tuesday of lying on his immigration forms about his whereabouts during the Rwanda genocide, but it did not find that the government proved its case that he took part in the mass killings.
Charlette Blubaugh begins serving prison sentence at Federal Medical Center in Fort Worth, Texas
May 31, 2011 in print edition on A3
Charlette Blubaugh won’t be spending the next four-plus years in camp. Blubaugh, former associate athletics director for ticket operations at Kansas Athletics Inc., started her 57-month prison term last week in a Texas prison for her role in a scheme to steal and resell tickets to regular-season games for football and men’s basketball.
Americans for the Arts criticizes Gov. Sam Brownback’s veto of Kansas Arts Commission funding
May 31, 2011 in print edition on A5
A national group Tuesday criticized Gov. Sam Brownback for making Kansas the first state to eliminate funding for arts programs and shut down its government arts agency, saying the state is now “a huge outlier” in how it treats the arts.
Rising aviation fuel prices contribute to emptier skies over Lawrence
May 31, 2011 in print edition on A1
If the price of aviation fuel continues to rise, Seth Fox said he’ll fill his plane with ordinary gasoline. After landing his two-seat Cessna at Lawrence Municipal Airport, Fox, a pilot from Atchison, said he wasn’t kidding about the gas. He’s done it before, although it did cause the plane’s single engine to fail during landing. Fox said that was “no big deal.”
Changing of the guard: Torbush retires from KU football; co-defensive coordinators step up
02:30 p.m., May 31, 2011 Updated 12:00 a.m.
Kansas football coach Turner Gill announced Tuesday that current cornerbacks coach Vic Shealy would replace the retired Carl Torbush as KU’s defensive coordinator.
One person dies after being struck by a piece of metal that fell from an oncoming vehicle on the SLT in Lawrence
12:25 p.m., May 31, 2011 Updated 05:53 p.m. in print edition on A1
A woman died after being struck by a piece of metal that fell from an oncoming vehicle Tuesday afternoon on the South Lawrence Trafficway north of Clinton Parkway, Douglas County Sheriff’s officials said.
KU coach Turner Gill would be wise to promote Vic Shealy and hire Clint Bowen
May 31, 2011
Good guy Carl Torbush — you hear him talk, you feel like you’re in a rocking chair on a porch just waiting for a line that’s going to crack you up — will be missed by the Kansas University football program.
Top 10 buzzworthy moments of the 2011 Kansas legislative session
May 31, 2011 in print edition on A1
To say conservatives felt emboldened at the start of the 2011 legislative session in January would be an understatement. The results of the 2010 election put state government in their hands. Now that the 2011 session is officially in the books, here are the top 10 moments that created buzz under the Capitol dome.
Town Talk: City leaders head to Boulder for town-gown conference; this and that about Kansas’ recent gun law ranking
May 31, 2011
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County:
KU defensive coordinator Carl Torbush retires
Assistant recently diagnosed with low grade prostate cancer
May 31, 2011
Because of health reasons, Kansas defensive coordinator Carl Torbush announced today he is retiring from KU and college football. Torbush, who served as KU’s defensive coordinator/linebackers coach, was recently diagnosed with low grade prostate cancer. He will be having surgery in the near future and expects a full recovery.
Number of unclaimed bodies increases since 2010 budget cuts to Kansas program
09:00 a.m., May 31, 2011 Updated 06:17 p.m.
The number of unclaimed bodies in Kansas has increased since the state ended a program that helped poor families pay for funerals.
Heard on the Hill: University of Arkansas looks to KU for its new law dean; KU scores well on NCAA Academic Progress Rate scores, unlike other programs; Hall Center announces 2011-12 speakers
May 31, 2011
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Retired teacher still making difference as child advocate
May 31, 2011 in print edition on A3
When Katie Becker retired from teaching at Hillcrest School in 2005, she wasn’t ready to retire from working with children. So she began one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of her life. She became a Court Appointed Special Advocate, working with abused and neglected children in care of the juvenile court.
Pump patrol
May 31, 2011 in print edition on A4
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.74 at several stations.
Operation Wildlife taking care of more animals since deadly storms
May 31, 2011 in print edition on A3
In one room, a volunteer readies a hobbled fawn — recently attacked by a dog — for a stroll around the grounds. Less than 10 feet away, volunteer Roger Rucker wrestles a feisty bald eagle named Sassy while the bird gets an injection for an injured leg.
Groups mull legal challenge to state pensions changes
May 31, 2011 in print edition on A4
Retiree and public employee groups in Kansas are contemplating a lawsuit against a law enacted this year that would force teachers and government workers to make concessions on their pensions to address the state retirement system’s long-term funding problems.
Residents afraid ‘safe rooms’ in homes not as secure as claimed
May 31, 2011 in print edition on A1
Jeff Waltho says he wasn’t just buying a home when he recently bought one unit of a fourplex off Lake Pointe Drive in west Lawrence. He also was buying peace of mind. The advertisement for the home even said so.
Dad Days to celebrate paternal bonding
KU football coach, columnist to speak about fatherhood
12:29 a.m., May 31, 2011 Updated 10:51 a.m. in print edition on A3
Dads, granddads, fathers-to-be and anyone else of the male persuasion with a connection to younger offspring are invited to pick up tips, share advice and otherwise boost the profile of fatherhood during an event next month.
Fuel prices make big impact on Lawrence budget
May 31, 2011 in print edition on A1
Every cent at the gas pump adds up. Rising fuel prices are costing the city of Lawrence an additional $100,000 this fiscal year.
One person transported to hospital after hitting deer in 2200 block of Louisiana Street
May 31, 2011
One person was transported to Lawrence Memorial Hospital after hitting a deer in the 2200 block of Louisiana Street just before 11 p.m. Monday in Lawrence, according to Lawrence Police Sgt. Susan Hadl. The person’s condition is currently unavailable.
‘Cheaty McSweater’ indeed
May 31, 2011 in print edition on B2
John Cooper took Arizona State to the Rose Bowl and defeated Michigan in January 1987. Ohio State enjoys it so much when Michigan loses in football that, a year later, Cooper was hired to replace Earle Bruce as the Buckeyes coach.
Free-agent champs, Heat seek bigger win
May 31, 2011 in print edition on B2
LeBron James and Dwyane Wade joked often, smiled easily, answered thoughtfully. A few minutes later, Dirk Nowitzki bounded up to a podium and offered a big “How we doin!” to the assembled media. You’d never know only one of them is a “good guy.”
Sometimes, Soria’s not enough: Crow to take over in 9th
May 31, 2011 in print edition on B1
After blowing three saves in a week, Joakim Soria has lost his job as Kansas City’s closer.
Decorated George Mrkonic dies at 81
May 31, 2011 in print edition on B1
George Mrkonic, one of 13 first-team All-Americans ever to put on a Kansas University football helmet, died after a long battle with cancer on May 23. He was 81.
Nick Collison relishes run with OKC
May 31, 2011 in print edition on B3
Oklahoma City power forward Nick Collison, who signed a lucrative, creative four-year contract extension last November, made a grand total of $13.3 million during the 2010-11 season.
Lawrence man taken to hospital after swerving to miss deer on Clinton Parkway
May 31, 2011
Douglas County Sheriff’s Department deputies responded to a single-vehicle injury accident on Clinton Parkway near the Kansas Highway 10 bypass around 10:30 Monday evening. According to Sgt. Blake McCall, a 39-year-old Lawrence man was traveling westbound in a Ford F-150 pickup truck when he swerved to miss a deer, causing him to go over a sidewalk, under a nearby bridge and hit a concrete pillar head-on. He was the only occupant of the vehicle and was transported to Lawrence Memorial Hospital by ambulance with nonlife-threatening injuries. He was later treated and released, according to LMH. McCall said the man was wearing a seatbelt.
Ice: Move softball to fall
May 31, 2011 in print edition on B1
His team didn’t advance to the Class 6A state tournament at Arrocha Ballpark, but Free State softball coach Lee Ice’s school was the host of the two-day event that concluded Saturday, so as long as he was there, he talked up an interesting idea.
Growth gamble
Determining the proper timing for a new sewage treatment plant for Lawrence is a tricky proposition.
May 31, 2011 in print edition on A8
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the choices surrounding a new sewage treatment plant for the city of Lawrence aren’t very appealing. Nothing about that subject ever is.
Event support
May 31, 2011 in print edition on A8
The Willow Domestic Violence Center wishes to thank everyone who helped make the Red Shoe Walk and 5K festivities on May 6 a success.
Longer school year worth study
May 31, 2011 in print edition on A8
In a matter of weeks, 16 million high schools students will be on summer vacation. Many will be looking for work. But this is a difficult time to be a teenager. Of those seeking employment, only one in four is expected to find a job.
GOP struggles to set unified vision
May 31, 2011 in print edition on A8
This is Memorial Day weekend. Fourteen weeks from now is Labor Day weekend. In those 14 weeks — a period roughly one and a half times longer than the general election season next year — the Republicans have a lot of work to do.
Switching it up: Kande confident in change from safety to linebacker
May 31, 2011 in print edition on B1
If you can look past his size and focus solely on the type of player he is, you’ll realize that Kansas University sophomore Prinz Kande really has been a linebacker all along.
Sculptor Elden Tefft creating bronze ‘sandrat’ for residents of North Lawrence
May 31, 2011 in print edition on A1
As North Lawrencians from across the country reunite again this year to celebrate their history and to catch up with each other, they’ll have something else to celebrate. Elden Tefft, a Lawrence bronze sculptor, is creating a 3-foot “sandrat” to commemorate the traditions and people of North Lawrence.
Horoscope for May 31
May 31, 2011
This year, you often will experience confusion about plans and what to do. Learn to confirm times and places as well as what you are hearing more often. If you are single, you might feel as if you’ve met “the one.” If you are attached, the two of you might not always click. Work on your communication. Another Gemini can be quite challenging.
NBC’s bright spot returns for summer
May 31, 2011
Now in its sixth summer season, “America’s Got Talent” (7 p.m., NBC) creates its own brand of magical make-believe. With the exception of football season, it’s the only time of year NBC can make believe it is a competitive network.
25 years ago: Body of shooting victim found in Centennial Park
May 31, 2011
Police had received a call at 12:40 a.m. about a shooting in Centennial Park, located west of Iowa Street between Sixth and Ninth streets.
40 years ago: Boys’ State participants arrive on KU campus
May 31, 2011
Young men were arriving at Kansas University to take part in Kansas Boys’ State.
100 years ago: Commencement plans for KU, Haskell
May 31, 2011
“Never has so elaborate a scheme of decoration been attempted in Lawrence as is being planned to welcome the old grads who come back to attend the University commencement next week.”