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Archive for Sunday, April 8, 2012

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12:00 a.m.
Jerry and Geraldine Thomas, Lawrence, have been retired for two years now and enjoy their days walking together as they were in October 2011 along Massachusetts Street. Magazine: Lawrence a top retirement spot
April 7, 2012
Lawrence is one of the better retirement destinations in the Midwest, according to the editors of a national magazine.
6:00 a.m.
A shopper looks for Kansas University Final Four gear March 29 at Checkers, 2300 La. The Jayhawks’ recent basketball success means an added licensing revenue boost for Kansas Athletics and the university proper. Jayhawks’ success boosts local economy, too
April 8, 2012
It’s not just Kansas University that benefits when the basketball team does well in the NCAA Tournament. City and business leaders alike can look forward to a boost in their coffers as well.
10:00 a.m.
Sue Towns, who grew up in Lawrence, has been looking for a man she calls her hero for decades. Woman searches for mysterious Lawrence hero from childhood
April 8, 2012
It’s been more than five decades, but retired Derby teacher Sue Towns, who spent some of her childhood in Lawrence, is trying to track down a Lawrence man she refers to as her hero.
2:00 p.m.
Lawrence schools superintendent Rick Doll, foreground, addresses school board members at a meeting in March 2011. After two and a half years of discussion, the Lawrence school board will formally vote whether to consolidate its smaller elementary schools on Monday. Lawrence school board asked to take vote on consolidation
April 7, 2012
Time’s up. After two and half years of discussion, the Lawrence school board is being asked to take a formal vote on whether to consolidate its smaller elementary schools.
6:00 p.m.
Betty Laird, a longtime member of the Friends in Council study group in Lawrence who serves as the group's unofficial historian. Friends in Council has deep roots, ties to KU
April 7, 2012
Later this month, members of a long-standing Lawrence study club will commemorate its 140th anniversary.
10:00 p.m.
A young girl introduces herself to the Easter Bunny at the Egg Hunt Extravaganza, sponsored by Lawrence Parks and Recreation and Hy-Vee, in South Park on Saturday. Hunt eggs on candy seekers
April 7, 2012
Matteo Kalusha-Aguirre, 10, sat at the edge of the grass, picking through a white paper sack filled with candy. He unwrapped a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup and popped it into his mouth, smiling. The candy was his reward for collecting five plastic eggs.

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KU baseball swept by OSU
April 8, 2012
Kansas University managed just two runs off six hits in a 4-2 Big 12 Conference baseball loss to Oklahoma State on Sunday at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium, the Jayhawks’ fourth-straight loss.
Eric Hosmer powers Royals past L.A.
April 8, 2012
Once the Kansas City Royals weathered the opening-day hype around Albert Pujols and the Los Angeles Angels, the majors’ youngest team calmly showed why baseball might want to start getting excited about it, too.
Charlie Weis focused on improving grades
11:43 p.m., April 8, 2012 Updated 09:58 a.m.
The most alarming statistic from the atrocious 2011 Kansas University football season wasn’t that the 59 points surrendered in a loss to Kansas State ranked as the fourth-most allowed, rather another number that starts with five. The football team, late in the academic year, reportedly was headed for more than 50 “F’s” in the classroom. Bad numbers on the scoreboard and classroom tend to keep company. The words that make up the term student-athlete are linked inextricably by one word: discipline. You don’t have it in the classroom, you’re not going to have it on the football field.
Kansas officials await ruling on Arizona immigration law
April 8, 2012
The law contained a number of controversial provisions that are now front and center before the Supreme Court.
In Johnson County, homelessness significant but harder to see
April 8, 2012
Walk through downtown Lawrence, and there’s a chance you’ll spot someone who looks homeless, or maybe you’ll run across a panhandler. And with the region’s largest shelter, the Lawrence Community Shelter, located downtown, homelessness has a visible presence in the city. But in Johnson County, which, according to the Point-in-Time Homeless Count, actually has more homeless people than Douglas County — 315 to 226 identified in 2011 — the issue appears hidden.
KU running back James Sims arrested for operating under the influence
April 8, 2012
A Kansas University football player was arrested for operating a vehicle under the influence early Sunday morning, according to Jim Marchiony, associate athletic director.
Thomas Robinson to announce decision to enter NBA Draft on Monday
04:38 p.m., April 8, 2012 Updated 11:43 p.m.
KU junior Thomas Robinson will hold an 11:30 a.m. news conference on Monday to announce plans to enter the NBA Draft.
60 Minutes’ newsman Mike Wallace dies at age 93
09:41 a.m., April 8, 2012 Updated 09:52 a.m.
A spokesman says CBS newsman Mike Wallace, famed for his tough interviews on “60 Minutes,” has died. He was 93.
GOP is enemy of reason
April 8, 2012 in print edition on A9
Meet Nathan Fletcher, candidate for mayor of San Diego. He will lose, at least if the polls are right. But he has raised a minor stir through a video posted online a few days back. In it, he explains his decision to leave the Republican Party and identify henceforth as an independent. “I don’t believe we have to treat people we disagree with as an enemy,” he says. “I think we can just say sometimes we disagree. … I’ve fought in a war,” adds Fletcher, a Marine who served in Iraq. “I have seen the enemy. We don’t have enemies in our political environment here.”
Jayhawks’ success boosts local economy, too
April 8, 2012
It’s not just Kansas University that benefits when the basketball team does well in the NCAA Tournament. City and business leaders alike can look forward to a boost in their coffers as well.
Alcohol-related traffic fatalities in Kansas down
KDOT: Too early to tell if tougher DUI penalties enacted last year are cause
April 8, 2012
Kansas saw a sharp decrease in the number of alcohol-related traffic fatalities this year — from 138 in 2010 to 76 in 2011 — according to preliminary data released by the Kansas Department of Transportation.
Woman searches for mysterious Lawrence hero from childhood
April 8, 2012
It’s been more than five decades, but retired Derby teacher Sue Towns, who spent some of her childhood in Lawrence, is trying to track down a Lawrence man she refers to as her hero.
25 years ago: Lawrence voters kill downtown mall question
April 8, 2012
The big news on post-election day was the death knell of the 600-block downtown mall.
40 years ago: Parking concerns vs. aesthetics on KU campus
April 8, 2012
Recent proposals to increase parking revenue at Kansas University were not going to endanger any of the beauty of the campus.
100 years ago: A perfect Easter Day
April 8, 2012
“The day was clear and the sun shone brilliantly and the air was just cool enough….”
KU track athletes run at Stanford
April 8, 2012
Junior Austin Bussing was one of the Kansas University track and field team’s top performers on Saturday at the Stanford Invitational.
K-State rowers sweep Kansas
April 8, 2012
Kansas State swept all five events from Kansas’ rowing team Saturday to win the Sunflower Showdown on Wyandotte County Lake.
Harmon-Thomas wins two for FSHS track
April 8, 2012
Alexa Harmon-Thomas won the 300-meter hurdles and the long jump to help Free State High’s girls track team take fourth place among 10 teams Saturday in the Blue Valley Relays.
Jayhawk softball slams Bears, 6-1
April 8, 2012
Freshman Chanin Naudin hit her first career grand slam and the Kansas University softball team upset No. 25 Baylor, 6-1, in the final game of a three-game series on Saturday at Getterman Stadium.
Bowen: Kansas football is special
April 8, 2012
Of all the things that frustrated Clint Bowen about being away from his hometown during the last two college football seasons, one of them came roaring to the front of his mind upon his return.
Hidden highlights: Scout team duties, dunks prep Traylor, McLemore for ‘12-13
April 8, 2012
From now until they make their much-anticipated debuts in Allen Fieldhouse, the prowess of ineligible Kansas University freshmen basketball players Ben McLemore and Jamari Traylor will remain shrouded in mystery.
How former Jayhawks fared (April 8)
April 8, 2012 in print edition on B8
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of April 7.
Pump patrol
April 8, 2012
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.72 at Phillips 66, Sixth and Florida streets
Business team
Establishing a consortium that strengthens local cooperation on economic development efforts may offer benefits for the community.
April 8, 2012
The idea of creating an economic development consortium is an intriguing possibility for Lawrence and Douglas County.
Serving up hate
April 8, 2012
So this gay man, a lesbian woman and a conservative lawmaker walk into a Lawrence bar.
OSU overwhelms KU baseball
April 8, 2012
Oklahoma State defeated KU, 11-1, Saturday afternoon in Stillwater, sending the Jayhawks (12-18, 2-6) to their third straight defeat.
Kovel’s Antiques: Cast-iron ornaments enhance gardens
April 8, 2012
If you don’t already have rabbits hopping around your garden, you might want to buy an antique garden rabbit to fool your friends.
Garden Calendar: New life for lilacs that have lost vigor
April 8, 2012
The common lilac, Syringa vulgaris, may be one of the most recognizable harbingers of spring in northeast Kansas. The shrub’s soft purple panicles emit a fragrance often emulated but rarely equaled, and they are often planted solely for the enjoyment of their spring blossoms.
Ryan, Jindal top running-mate list
April 8, 2012 in print edition on A9
Barack Obama’s intellectual sociopathy — his often breezy and sometimes loutish indifference to truth — should no longer startle. It should, however, influence Mitt Romney’s choice of a running mate.
Horoscope for April 8
April 8, 2012
For Sunday, April 8: This year you enjoy relating closely to an individual at work or in your personal life. When events do not permit this closeness, you will find situations and people to be superficial. If you are single, you alternate between close encounters and alienation. If you are attached, the two of you enjoy mini-vacations together.
‘Client List’ strange, sad and sleazy
April 8, 2012
Jennifer Love Hewitt stars in the new drama “The Client List” (9 p.m. Sunday, Lifetime), spun off from a Lifetime movie with the same name. Shows this strange, sad and sleazy don’t come along that often. Hewitt (“The Ghost Whisperer”) plays Riley Parks, a chipper housewife from Beaumont, Texas, whose husband has peculiar eyebrows and dumps her for unexplained reasons during a musical montage.
Behind the Lens: How photographers can be in 5 places at once
April 8, 2012
Last week my office was at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.
Faith Forum: Do the Easter Bunny and Easter egg hunts take away from the message of Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection?
April 8, 2012
The Revs. Tom Brady and Shannah McAleer answer.
Vital organ: Church spends 7 years refurbishing instrument
12:00 a.m., April 8, 2012 Updated 12:49 p.m.
The façade of First Presbyterian Church has been likened to Bethlehem on more than one occasion. During Tracy Resseguie’s seven-year process of repairing and updating the church’s pipe organ, he realized the church needed a star of its own.
Rediscovering Dickens: Book by Kansan explores author’s reformist mission
April 8, 2012
Author Andrea Warren did not go about her latest book, “Charles Dickens and the Street Children of London” (Houghton Mifflin, 2011) like her six earlier works.