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Archive for Tuesday, April 10, 2012

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12:00 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.
6:00 a.m.
Kansas junior basketball player Thomas Robinson waves to the crowd after he declared for the NBA Draft on Monday during a press conference with KU coach Bill Self and Robinson's sister Jayla, pictured at right. T-Rob making best of it
April 10, 2012
Media Day, Oct. 15, 2009, Thomas Robinson sat alone on a chair on the Allen Fieldhouse floor as reporters mined bigger names such as Sherron Collins, Cole Aldrich and Tyshawn Taylor for quotes.
10:00 a.m.
Six Lawrence elementary schools are being considered for consolidation. They are, clockwise from left, Sunset Hill, Kennedy, Hillcrest, New York, Pinckney and Cordley Elementary. 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.
2:00 p.m.
Sheriff's officers walk around a mobile home looking for occupants on Friday, April 6, 2012 at the River View Trailer Park. City inspectors have condemned six of the mobile homes for various code violations. 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.
5:16 p.m.
Sheriff's officers walk around a mobile home looking for occupants on Friday, April 6, 2012 at the River View Trailer Park. City inspectors have condemned six of the mobile homes for various code violations. Another five mobile homes at the Riverview Trailer Park declared unfit to live in
April 10, 2012
Another five mobile homes at the Riverview Trailer Park in North Lawrence were declared Tuesday to be unfit for habitation, and city inspectors said the possibility exists the entire park may be closed.
6:00 p.m.
Nutritious: Sarah made an early spring chopped salad with potatoes, romaine, asparagus, hard-boiled eggs, olives and avocado. Delicious/Nutritious: Easter leftovers
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.

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How former Jayhawks fared (April 11)
April 10, 2012 in print edition on B2
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of April 10.
German joins Kansas soccer
April 10, 2012
Hanna Kallmaier, a four-year player for Deutscher Fußball Verband, the German National Team, will join Kansas University’s soccer team this fall, coach Mark Francis announced Tuesday.
KU women’s golf struggles to 15th
April 10, 2012
Kansas University’s women’s golf team struggled with a tournament-worst round of 323 on the final day of the Knights and Pirates Invitational on Tuesday at Suntree Country Club and placed 15th as a team at the 15-team invite.
Chris Gilbert ties record for KU men’s golf
April 10, 2012
Chris Gilbert concluded the Cowboy Classic with his second round of 4-under-par 66 for the event to tie a Kansas University men’s golf record with a three-round total of 202 to place fifth at the Cowboy Classic.
FSHS soccer tumbles at SM East, 2-1
April 10, 2012
The Free State girls soccer team fell, 2-1, to Shawnee Mission East on Tuesday at the Shawnee Mission Soccer Complex.
Firebirds shut out SM West in baseball
April 10, 2012
J.D. Prochaska pitched a two-hit shutout, and Free State defeated Shawnee Mission West, 2-0, on Tuesday night in high school baseball. Prochaska struck out 12 and walked two.
WSU baseball trips KU in 16
April 10, 2012
It had been a long time since Albert Minnis and Aaron Rea took the field together in Lawrence and wreaked havoc on opposing baseball teams during their run as teammates at Lawrence High.
Bouncer testifies to being shot outside Taste Lounge, Bar and Grill
April 10, 2012
A bouncer at Taste Lounge, Bar and Grill lifted up his shirt in court Tuesday to show a judge his bullet wound that went through the front and out the back of the left side of his abdomen.
LHS soccer falls, 9-1
April 10, 2012
Olathe Northwest defeated Lawrence High, 9-1, in girls soccer Tuesday night.
Lawrence High softball swept by Olathe South
April 10, 2012
Lawrence High managed just one run off seven hits on the night and was swept by Olathe South, 14-0 and 11-1, in a softball doubleheader Tuesday at LHS.
LHS baseball claims 3-2 win
April 10, 2012
Troy Willoughby drove in two runs with a double and a triple and combined with Cameron Solko on a five-hitter Tuesday night as Lawrence High’s baseball team edged Leavenworth, 3-2.
Depth lifts FSHS swimmers to victory
April 10, 2012
Though Lawrence High’s girls swimmers consistently posted the best times, Free State’s depth prevailed Tuesday at the Lawrence Indoor Aquatic Center.
City votes in favor of banning camping trailers, large vehicles from spots near South Park
April 10, 2012
An ordinance to ban camping trailers and other large vehicles from parking on public streets near South Park won unanimous approval from Lawrence city commissioners Tuesday night, despite accusations the city was unfairly targeting a pair of long-term campers.
City may create swimming pond in dog park
April 10, 2012
The city’s Parks and Recreation Department has begun studying ways to improve the city’s off-leash dog park below Clinton Lake Dam, and department leaders said building a canine swimming pond is high on their list.
1968 Chevrolet Camaro stolen in Lawrence found Tuesday
April 10, 2012
A Lawrence police officer on Tuesday morning in Shawnee County helped recover a 1968 Chevrolet Camaro that was reported stolen Jan. 5 from the 3100 block of Ousdahl Road.
Osage County officers recover counterfeit $100 bills in Lyndon, Melvern areas
April 10, 2012
Osage County Sheriff’s officers in the last week have recovered several counterfeit $100 bills in the Lyndon and Melvern areas that were used to make purchases at businesses, Sheriff Laurie Dunn said Tuesday.
16-year-old from Perry taken to hospital after rear-ending vehicle Monday
April 10, 2012
A 16-year-old Perry girl was taken to a Topeka hospital Monday afternoon after she rear-ended another vehicle on U.S. Highway 24 east of Perry, according to a Jefferson County Sheriff’s report.
Competition to find Earhart hot after 75 years
April 10, 2012
Jon Thompson has traveled the world collecting art and artifacts for museum exhibits, seen the remains of the Titanic on the sea floor and participated in two unsuccessful missions to find Amelia Earhart.
Abortion provider seeks end to Kansas criminal case
April 10, 2012
Defense attorneys are asking a Kansas judge to dismiss the remaining criminal charges against a Planned Parenthood clinic accused of performing illegal abortions, saying the allegations stem merely from differing medical opinions about how such procedures should be handled.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade committee distributes $60,000 to Lawrence charities
April 10, 2012
Typically, tiny-K Early Intervention doesn’t have enough money to buy adaptive equipment — such as walkers — for the special needs infants and toddlers the nonprofit serves in Douglas County. But thanks to the 2012 Lawrence St. Patrick’s Day Parade, they’ll be making some purchases soon.
Douglas County ready to seek plans for new public works facility in southeast Lawrence
April 10, 2012
Douglas County is moving forward with plans to build an multimillion dollar public works facility in southeast Lawrence.
Payment for pizza includes bag of meth
April 10, 2012
A Wichita delivery driver got more than cash when she brought a pizza to a customer at a hotel. Tucked among the bills the man handed over was a plastic bag containing a suspicious white substance.
2 injured in RV crash leave Kansas
April 10, 2012
A Minnesota woman and her 17-year-old son who were injured in a motor home crash that killed five family members have returned home from Kansas, where the accident occurred.
USDA secretary touts importance of NBAF project
April 10, 2012
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Tuesday that construction of the National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility near Kansas State University should move forward and not be considered a “parochial” issue relevant only to Kansas.
Hallmark to offer buyouts to long-term employees, including those in Lawrence plant
April 10, 2012
Kansas City, Mo.-based Hallmark is taking steps to reduce its workforce, possibly including lower employment totals at its Lawrence manufacturing plant.
Another five mobile homes at the Riverview Trailer Park declared unfit to live in
April 10, 2012
Another five mobile homes at the Riverview Trailer Park in North Lawrence were declared Tuesday to be unfit for habitation, and city inspectors said the possibility exists the entire park may be closed.
Santorum suspends GOP presidential campaign
01:57 p.m., April 10, 2012 Updated 02:16 p.m.
Bowing to the inevitable, Rick Santorum quit the presidential campaign Tuesday, clearing the way for Mitt Romney to claim the Republican nomination.
Baldwin City hunter, 70, pleads to criminal discharge of a firearm
April 10, 2012
A 70-year-old Baldwin City man who was arrested in December as part of a sting operation pleaded no contest Tuesday to criminal discharge of a firearm.
Judge orders probation for 19-year-old Lawrence man charged in fight
April 10, 2012
A Douglas County judge on Tuesday ordered a 19-year-old Lawrence man to serve one year on probation and pay $4,000 in restitution for hurting a man during a January fight at a Lawrence bar.
4 astronauts to help mark Cosmosphere anniversary
April 10, 2012
Four former astronauts will attend the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Hutchinson Planetarium, which became the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center.
Iowa man arrested after running from Franklin County authorities following accident
April 10, 2012
A 45-year-old Council Bluffs, Iowa, man was arrested Monday evening after he ran from officers following an accident on Kansas Highway 68.
USDA to provide $5 million grant to Western Plains
April 10, 2012
An ethanol plant in Oakley will receive a $5 million federal grant to build a machine to improve the process of converting ethanol into fuel.
State reminds drivers of Turnpike storm shelters
10:06 a.m., April 10, 2012 Updated 05:30 p.m.
State officials want to remind drivers that nearly 30 public tornado shelters are available along the Kansas Turnpike.
18-year-old Lawrence man accused of making false theft report
09:20 a.m., April 10, 2012 Updated 04:30 p.m.
Lawrence police arrested an 18-year-old Lawrence man early Tuesday accusing him of falsely reporting an armed robbery in northern Lawrence.
Town Talk: UPDATE Vangent to shutter one building, pull contract from Lawrence; new details on Kwik Shop expansion at 19th and Mass.; weekly land transfers; cell phone repair business opens
09:16 a.m., April 10, 2012 Updated 11:10 p.m.
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Douglas County land transfers for the week ending April 2
April 10, 2012
Land transfers as recorded by the Douglas County Register of Deeds for the week ending April 2, 2012
Kansas Supreme Court to hear appeal of man convicted of beating girlfriend to death
April 10, 2012
The Kansas Supreme Court on Thursday will hear the appeal of Christopher Belone, who was sentenced to nearly 49 years in prison for killing his girlfriend by beating her with a coffee table leg.
Volunteer finds her calling at hospital
‘Putting in a few hours can do so much for someone else’
April 10, 2012
In 1978, Lawrence volunteer Hilda Enoch approached her neighbor with an offer she couldn’t refuse.
High school graduation dates to change in 2013
April 10, 2012
The tradition of when Lawrence and Free State high school graduates flip their tassels is in for a change.
Heard on the Hill: I’m looking for awesome graduating students to write about; Fort Hays State wants to train midlevel dental providers for Kansas; student earns environmental honor
April 10, 2012
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
25 years ago: Developers change their focus to suburban mall
April 10, 2012
A local landowner had received an offer on her property from a mall developer.
40 years ago: Signs of spring on campus: KU fountain starts up again
April 10, 2012
Having had its annual checkup, the Chi Omega fountain was put into action this morning.
100 years ago: Local couple visits Panama Canal construction site
April 10, 2012
“Mr. Henley stated today that it was the biggest piece of engineering that he had ever seen….”
How former Jayhawks fared (April 10)
April 10, 2012
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of April 9.
Kansas men’s golf tied for 9th
April 10, 2012
Chris Gilbert and Dylan McClure each fired rounds of 66 at Talking Stick Golf Club on Monday to lead Kansas University’s men’s golf to a ninth-place standing with a score of 561 after 36 holes of the 23-team Cowboy Classic.
KU women’s golf in 15th place
April 10, 2012
Kansas University’s women’s golf team is in 15th place after the first two rounds Monday of the Knights and Pirates Invitational.
T-Rob making best of it
April 10, 2012
Media Day, Oct. 15, 2009, Thomas Robinson sat alone on a chair on the Allen Fieldhouse floor as reporters mined bigger names such as Sherron Collins, Cole Aldrich and Tyshawn Taylor for quotes.
Tyshawn Taylor, Thomas Robinson share Manning Award
April 10, 2012
Departing Kansas University basketball players Thomas Robinson and Tyshawn Taylor were named co-winners of the coveted Danny Manning “Mr. Jayhawk” Award at the conclusion of Monday’s postseason banquet at the Holidome.
Legal bigotry
April 10, 2012
Shame on the Kansas Legislature for creating and forwarding the Kansas Preservation of Religious Freedom Act.
Support board
April 10, 2012
As a former school board member who has been involved in the very difficult decision to consolidate buildings in my district, I have noted with chagrin the attitude of some of the volunteers in the consolidation study group and the editors of the Journal-World.
Setting the norm
April 10, 2012
I was disappointed to read of Lance Kinzer’s, R-Olathe, Preservation of Religious Freedom Act in the Journal-World on March 29.
Camper action
Lawrence city commissioners should approve an ordinance aimed at removing the unsightly campers that have taken up residence in South Park.
April 10, 2012
Every once in a while, city officials face a specific problem that requires a specific legal solution.
Latin American schools fall short
April 10, 2012 in print edition on A8
Two new studies confirm what we have long suspected: Latin American companies cannot effectively compete in the world economy because their countries’ educational systems are totally disconnected from reality.