Archive for Monday, April 9, 2012

Lead stories

6:00 a.m.
Video cameras dot areas of the KU campus, such as Daisy Hill, as noted by this sign, but police don’t publicize all of their locations. KU campus cameras keep extra watch for crime
April 7, 2012
Kansas University is adding extra sets of eyes to parking lots and other buildings. And KU Police Chief Ralph Oliver is thankful for the expansion of security cameras on campus.
10:00 a.m.
Bill Klimas, a Reuter Organ employee, adjusts organ pipes March 31 at First Presbyterian Church, 2415 Clinton Parkway. The church spent seven years repairing and updating its organ, and will be unveiled for the first time Easter Sunday.  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.
2:00 p.m.
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach applauds at an event outside the Statehouse last week (Oct. 10). Kobach, a Republican, pushed through legislation to require Kansans to show photo ID when they vote. The law is part of a national trend. 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.
6:00 p.m.
Heather Miller, 22, gets a kiss from her 17-month-old daughter, Shylin James. Miller and her daughter are residents at The Salvation Army Family Service Center in Olathe. 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.
10:00 p.m.
Runners take off from the starting line at Haskell Indian Nations University for the beginning of the Kansas Half Marathon, held Sunday, April 17, 2011. This year's event is April 22. It has a new coordinator and race director and will start and finish in downtown Lawrence. The event benefits Health Care Access, a medical clinic for low-income Douglas County residents who are uninsured.
Lawrence’s largest running event set for April 22, to benefit safety net clinic
April 7, 2012
The April 22 Kansas Half Marathon includes a half marathon and 5K race, and one-mile children’s fun run. There will not be a 10K race this year. The event also will start and finish in downtown Lawrence at Ninth and New Hampshire streets. There will be about 200 volunteers helping with the event, including 70 course directors.

All stories

Mobile homes at Riverview Trailer Park declared unfit for habitation
April 9, 2012
A local family with five children is still seeking a new home after city inspectors declared their trailer at a North Lawrence mobile home park uninhabitable last week.
Lawrence school board votes to keep all elementaries open for now, but issue likely to return
April 9, 2012
Lawrence’s smallest elementary schools will stay open — for now.
Warrant for Lawrence man’s arrest issued for failure to appear in court
April 9, 2012
A Douglas County judge Monday issued a bench warrant for a 32-year-old Lawrence man who did not show up for court Monday in his aggravated battery and criminal restraint case.
Two cited for throwing water balloons at cars Saturday
April 9, 2012
Two people were cited Saturday evening for throwing water balloons at cars in the area of 14th and Tennessee streets after they ran from Lawrence police about 6:20 p.m., said Sgt. Trent, McKinley, a Lawrence police spokesman.
Ottawa man reports stolen items worth more than $1,000
April 9, 2012
A 40-year-old Ottawa man reported Friday evening to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office that more than $1,000 worth of items were taken from his home in the 1800 block of Jackson Road, according to a sheriff’s report.
House arrest ordered in meth trafficking case
April 9, 2012
A federal judge Monday ordered a Lawrence man to serve more than two years on house arrest for his role in a methamphetamine trafficking case.
38-year-old Lawrence man pleads guilty to solicitation of 15-year-old girl
April 9, 2012
A 38-year-old Lawrence man pleaded guilty Monday morning to indecent solicitation of a child in a sex crime case filed last September.
KU running back James Sims suspended three games
April 9, 2012
Kansas junior running back James Sims has been suspended for the first three games of the 2012 season for a violation of team rules, KU coach Charlie Weis announced Monday.
Barbara Atkinson stepping down as executive vice chancellor of KU Medical Center and executive dean of School of Medicine
03:41 p.m., April 9, 2012 Updated 05:12 p.m.
Barbara Atkinson will step down as executive vice chancellor of Kansas University Medical Center and as executive dean of the School of Medicine on June 30, accelerating her previously outlined timetable for stepping aside from those roles.
Brownback reappoints State Fair Board member
April 9, 2012
Gov. Sam Brownback has reappointed the longtime leader of a Kansas agribusiness group to the State Fair Board.
Former KU assistant Vic Shealy named first-ever football coach at Houston Baptist
April 9, 2012
Former Kansas defensive coordinator Vic Shealy accepted the position of head football coach at Houston Baptist during a press conference at the school Monday.
Salina Rep. Roth giving up Kansas House seat
April 9, 2012
Republican Charlie Roth of Salina has decided against running for another term in the Kansas House.
Around and About for April 7, 2012
April 9, 2012
Brock Norwood, of Lawrence, was named to the fall 2011 Dean’s List at Winona State University in Winona, Minn. To qualify, a student must earn a GPA of 3.5 or higher.
Eudora man faces aggravated robbery, assault charges from incident in Lawrence hotel
April 9, 2012
A Douglas County judge Monday ordered a 25-year-old Eudora man to face aggravated robbery and aggravated assault charges related to a March robbery reported at a Lawrence hotel.
Norm Roberts to join Kansas coaching staff
12:14 p.m., April 9, 2012 Updated 12:14 a.m.
Florida assistant coach Norm Roberts will be joining the Kansas men’s basketball coaching staff in the 2012-13 season, KU coach Bill Self told the Journal-World on Monday.
Thomas Robinson declares for NBA Draft
11:43 a.m., April 9, 2012 Updated 12:01 a.m.
Kansas’ Thomas Robinson has declared himself eligible for the NBA Draft, the junior announced during a press conference at Allen Fieldhouse on Monday morning.
Rapist, murderer both eligible for parole in June
April 9, 2012
Convicted murderer Wilford Molester Galloway and convicted serial rapist Charles Curtis Hunter — both convicted in Douglas County — are eligible for parole in June.
Fort Hays professor among 2 killed in accident
April 9, 2012
A Fort Hays University professor and his mother-in-law died in a car accident over the weekend.
Military school asks judge to toss abuse lawsuit
April 9, 2012
A military boarding school in Kansas is asking a federal judge to dismiss the latest lawsuit against it. The suit claims a culture of abuse exists at St. John’s Military School in Salina.
Kobach plans archery contest for kids
April 9, 2012
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is planning an archery tournament for children later this month on the grounds of the governor’s official residence.
Washburn lecturer immerses students in medieval period
April 9, 2012
A Topeka college instructor lecturer is taking unusual steps to bring the distant past alive for today’s students.
Town Talk: Indian gift and food store to open in downtown; DMI getting close to naming new leader; fieldhouse/rec center project to create retail zoning question
April 9, 2012
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Article co-authored by KU professor speaks to need for ESL teachers
April 9, 2012
As Kansas and the rest of the country prepare for major demographic shifts, training for bilingual or multilingual students in the classroom shouldn’t be limited to a single assignment or college course, one Kansas University professor argues.
Kids Summer Fun Fair set for April 21
April 9, 2012
Families are invited to kick off the warmer season with the Kids Summer Fun Fair on April 21. In its second year, this carnival-like event will have games, a scavenger hunt, hands-on activities, crafts, performers and demonstrations. The activities are designed for children from preschool to high school age.
How to Help: Volunteers sought to advise in housing process
April 9, 2012
Tenants to Homeowners Inc. is seeking volunteer mentors for its “A Place To Make Your Own” program.
Wood chip sale begins Thursday
April 9, 2012
The Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department is scheduled to host its annual wood chip sale Thursday through Saturday at the City of Lawrence Wood Recovery and Composting Facility, 1420 E. 11th St.
Heard on the Hill: Playing the KU fight song over the intercom in Mo. elementary school leads to irate parents; more details emerge on KU drug lawsuit win; LSU provost search continues
April 9, 2012
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
KU sees rise in applicants from China, India
April 9, 2012
As colleges and universities across the country report an uptick in the numbers of applications they’re getting from international students, Kansas University is no exception.
Welcome to the ‘Hotel Impossible’
April 9, 2012
There’s nothing particularly original about “Hotel Impossible” (9 p.m., Travel), but that doesn’t mean it’s not enjoyable. Smart, even.
Horoscope for April 9
April 9, 2012
For Monday, April 9: This year you develop an interest in the fundamentals of life. You could become interested in psychology, research about life and death, and other studies that deal with the basics of living. If you are single, you will bond with someone very different who will facilitate the above-mentioned process. If you are attached, as a couple you might travel more and witness different lifestyles.
How former Jayhawks fared (April 9)
April 9, 2012
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of April 8.
25 years ago: Recent election set record for turnout
April 9, 2012
The turnout of 12,861 people had represented 55.53 percent of the city’s registered voters.
40 years ago: Lawrence practices ‘tree awareness’ on Arbor Day
April 9, 2012
Lawrence had an estimated 60,000 trees, about 18,000 of which were in parks and on the public right of way.
100 years ago: ‘The Outlook’ nears completion on Mount Oread
April 9, 2012
“Every convenience known to modern times has been installed in this residence….”
April 9, 2012
Marriage licenses issued in Douglas County District Court the week ending April 6, 2012.
Selling freedom
April 9, 2012
In his recent commentary, Dolph Simons Jr. devotes almost half a page to extol the virtues of Charles and David Koch. He wonders why the people of Lawrence and Kansas don’t appreciate and respect them.
April 9, 2012
Douglas County residents or businesses filing for bankruptcy protection recently in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the District of Kansas, according to court records.
Koch causes
April 9, 2012
The March 31 Saturday Column was published one day too soon. It should have been an April Fools’ joke on April 1. To espouse that the Koch Brothers (Charles and David) are examples of what is correct (not right!), takes too many liberties with the editor’s pen.
April 9, 2012
Divorces filed in Douglas County District Court the week ending April 6, 2012.
Refresh a room: Tips from a pro
April 9, 2012
The two-story brick home in Centennial neighborhood, near Lawrence High School, was built in 1863 and is on the Kansas registry of historic homes. Wanda Breeden loved the face-lift she and her husband gave their circa-1985 kitchen, but the 6-foot-by-10-foot eating nook that is attached was uninviting and unused.
Ideas to help patio gardens look polished and planned
April 9, 2012
In theory, containers overflowing with flowers, herbs, grasses and vegetables can transform balconies and porches into green and leafy garden retreats.
Remnant Rehab: Save a sentimental T-shirt as a pillow
April 9, 2012
We all have loads of T-shirts, don’t we?
Time to choose
It’s time for the Lawrence school board to set a direction for the district on elementary school consolidation.
April 9, 2012
Someone, either on the Lawrence school board or in the district’s administrative offices, has decided to call the question on elementary school consolidation.
Delicious/Nutritious: Easter leftovers
Try these ideas for your many hard-boiled eggs
April 9, 2012
Have a dozen or more hard-boiled eggs in the fridge now that Easter is over? Megan and Sarah have some suggestions to use them up.
GOP contests rumble below surface
April 9, 2012 in print edition on A8
Five different political contests are being conducted right now. Only two are evident to the naked eye. The first of the visible contests pits Mitt Romney against Rick Santorum for the Republican presidential nomination. The results here in Maryland and in Wisconsin last week tell us who has a commanding lead there.
Allergies in pets: Airborne, fleas, food, contact
April 9, 2012
Allergies can cause misery for pets and humans alike. But allergies in animals are not always easy to diagnose and treat.
Fix-It Chick: Lay a stone or brick patio for entertaining
April 9, 2012
Laying a stone or brick patio is hard work, but with a strong back and a good level, you can have the patio of your dreams.
River City Jules: Tree brings razzing, not pizzazz
April 9, 2012
My dear and loving husband possesses many great qualities. He knows how to take his own shirts to the dry cleaner and instilled a love of a wide variety of heavy metal bands in our children early on. He is kind, understanding, forgiving, and, in spite of the following story, which he finally agreed to let me tell in full in honor of the Go! home and garden special edition, he really is a skilled gardener.
Everyday Life: A permeable line
April 9, 2012
The past few weeks have been even more difficult to comprehend than usual. First, an American soldier allegedly murdered 16 Afghans — 11 in one family, 9 of them children — shooting, stabbing and burning them.
Double Take: Time for a new teen voice for column
April 9, 2012
This week we begin the seventh annual Double Take essay contest to find the ninth co-author of the column. The winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship for freshman year of college from and $100 from Central National Bank, and an even more valuable line item on college apps and resume.