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How to help: Lawrence Humane Society seeking homes to foster animals
April 15, 2012
Lawrence Humane Society is in need of volunteers to provide foster homes for kittens and puppies. Many animals come to the shelter too young, too small or not healthy enough for adoption yet. The only way to help these animals thrive is by having dedicated volunteers take care of them in their home for a few weeks, until they’re ready for adoption.
KU rowing takes two Cup titles
April 15, 2012
Kansas University rowing claimed victories in the grand final of the first and second varsity four, took third in the novice eight and fourth in the second varsity eight events over the weekend at the Knecht Cup.
KU’s Chris Gilbert 9th at Western
April 15, 2012
Kansas University’s Chris Gilbert opened his final round with 12 straight pars and finished with a 72 to place ninth at the Western Intercollegiate on Sunday.
Rocket competition sparks Haskell students’ interest in math
April 15, 2012
Students enrolled in a class at Haskell Indian Nations University are constructing a rocket that they hope will fly high enough to earn them top honors at an upcoming competition among other tribal colleges and universities.
Jayhawks’ defensive line waiting for ‘cavalry’
April 15, 2012
Want to know what’s more difficult than stepping in to coach a new group of players you only have seen play on film? Try coaching a group of players who might not be anywhere on the field when the season rolls around.
Georgia prep to pick Friday
Kansas among finalists for Tony Parker
April 15, 2012
Blue-chip high school basketball prospect Tony Parker need only purchase five hats for Friday’s news conference in which he’ll announce his college choice. Parker, a 6-foot-9, 280-pound senior center from Miller Grove High in Lithonia, Ga. — who had joked to the Charlotte Observer he’d like to chop his list from seven to five because he has to “pay 30 dollars a hat” — on Sunday eliminated Memphis and Georgetown, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
All fun and ‘Olympic’ games for Girl Scouts and their dads
April 15, 2012
The games began with the national anthem sung by Kelly Clarkson herself.But unfortunately for the 80 or so Quail Run School Girl Scouts attending this year’s father-daughter “Olympics” on Sunday, Clarkson was unable to make it in person. So, a recorded version of the song had to do.
Fine finale: KU baseball avoids sweep with Game 3 win
April 15, 2012
Try as it might, Texas A&M’s baseball team could not hide from Kansas University during Sunday’s series finale at Hoglund Ballpark. Donning camouflage tops and entering the game with two routs of the Jayhawks fresh in their minds, the second-ranked Aggies were beaten from start to finish in a 5-3 loss that represented Kansas University’s best and biggest victory of the season.
Heard on the Hill: Data reveal what an average professor earns at KU; former provost Richard Lariviere to head Chicago’s Field Museum; incoming freshmen to read ‘Notes from No Man’s Land’
April 15, 2012
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
16 Things: Retiring KU professor values importance of order but doesn’t discount luck
April 15, 2012
This is another in an occasional series of stories by reporter Andy Hyland, asking Kansas University staff to share “16 Things I’ve Done.” This week, he talked with H. George Frederickson, a KU distinguished professor of public administration.
Scam in Lawrence area involves so-called tech-support call about computer viruses
April 15, 2012
The phone call came out of the blue. But Lawrence resident Martha Town, 69, was ready to listen because she had been having problems with her computer at home. The caller claimed to be a technical support analyst either for Microsoft or Cisco Systems Inc. — she can’t remember which one — and he later turned her over to a woman he said was his female supervisor.
Kansas hit by more than month’s worth of tornadoes
April 15, 2012
The massive storm system that plowed through Kansas this weekend damaged businesses, uprooted trees, caused power outages and upended about 100 homes in a Wichita mobile home park. But no serious injuries or fatalities were reported, a feat one authority called “pretty much a miracle.”
ROTC cadets top field in Ranger Buddy competition
April 15, 2012
When John Bergman’s friends asked him how his “Army thing” went, he found it a little difficult to answer.
Titanic reminder of how small we are
April 15, 2012 in print edition on A9
There is a single shot, just seconds long, in James Cameron’s newly re-released movie, “Titanic,” that says it all with poignant eloquence. Up to this point in the narrative, the director has emphasized the great ship’s size and grandeur. She sweeps over the waves like a building that has somehow learned to fly and you cannot help but gape at the mammoth scale of her, the largest moving object on Earth at more than 100 feet tall and four city blocks long.
Sedgwick County storm damage could total $283M
April 15, 2012
Sedgwick County officials say damages could be as high as $283 million after a tornado hit the southeast part of Wichita.
Early risers observe rare sight of greater prairie chickens’ annual mating ritual
April 15, 2012
In the predawn darkness over the Konza Prairie, a faint, low booming sound gave hope that the male greater prairie chickens had arrived and were ready to mate.
Douglas County towing regulations ‘need to be fixed,’ administrator says
Eudora resident billed over $1,100 for 6-mile tow after wreck
April 15, 2012
Eudora resident Jen Middleton’s towing story is one Douglas County officials have heard before.
Wheel Genius: Road work planned for this week
April 15, 2012
Road work planned for the week of April 15.
KU track solid despite weather
April 15, 2012
Despite gusty winds and a sand storm, Kansas University’s 4X100-meter relay team set a school record on Saturday at the UTEP Invitational.
UT completes softball sweep of KU
April 15, 2012
A pile of mistakes proved too colossal a mountain to scale Saturday for Kansas University’s softball team — especially with No. 5 Texas visiting Arrocha Ballpark.
Struggling Royals put CF on mound
April 15, 2012
Mitch Maier didn’t particularly want to be on the mound. Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost didn’t really want to see him there, either but figured it was the best option. In the ninth inning in a blowout loss to the Cleveland Indians, Yost moved Maier from center field and put him in to pitch to preserve an overworked bullpen.
How former Jayhawks fared (April 15)
April 15, 2012 in print edition on B6
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of April 14.
Unfit homes
A condemnation action that put some local residents out of their rented mobile homes signals the need for a city review of other problem properties.
April 15, 2012
A recent crackdown on code violations at a North Lawrence mobile home park has served as an eye-opener on the living conditions some low-income families in Lawrence endure.
25 years ago: LMH to start up sleep apnea lab
April 15, 2012
The cost was expected to be about $17,300.
40 years ago: Tornado sensor tested at KU
April 15, 2012
An exciting new device was being tested at Kansas University by the U.S. Department of Commerce.
Kovel’s Antiques: Dual-purpose furniture has secret life
April 15, 2012
Dual-purpose furniture has been made for centuries.
Sweet Little Lies’ flmmaker taps Kansas roots, shot part of feature film in Eudora
April 15, 2012
Filmmaker Joe Saunders took Eudora and made it into Anywhere, USA.
Garden Calendar: Wisteria provides late spring color
April 15, 2012
Just as the lilac blossoms (and questions about them) fade, the brilliant purple and white panicles of wisteria come along to delight their owners and passers-by.
Have a great mom? Send us your stories
April 15, 2012
Hey, children of all ages! Think you have the best mom in the world? Tell us why in 250 words or less, and it could be featured in the Mother’s Day edition of the Lawrence Journal-World and on LJWorld.com.
Theatre Lawrence holding auditions for 2 productions
April 15, 2012
Theatre Lawrence is holding auditions for its summer shows April 22 and 23.
KU Theatre putting on Sondheim musical
April 15, 2012
Kansas University Theatre’s production of the Stephen Sondheim classic “Merrily We Roll Along” debuts at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Crafton-Preyer Theatre. Additional shows will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Friday and Saturday, April 27 and 28. On Sunday, April 22, and Sunday, April 29, the show will be performed at 2:30 p.m.
Boomer Girl Diary: Texting can be a pain in the neck
April 15, 2012
Attention soon-to-be-graduates and displaced boomers looking for a new career: The jobs of the future aren’t in plastics. They aren’t in law, rocket science or even Botox. If you want a vocation that will be both lucrative and personally rewarding for decades to come, think chiropractic.
Behind the Lens: Final thoughts on the Final Four
April 15, 2012
The NCAA Tournament, and more specifically the Final Four, can be regimented to the point of peculiarity.
Airlines still experiencing turbulence
April 15, 2012 in print edition on A9
From his office window, Thomas W. Horton, in his fifth month as CEO of American Airlines, can see in the distance the Manhattan-size footprint of Dallas-Fort Worth airport, where American has 85 percent market share; it also has 68 percent in Miami, gateway to South America’s booming market. In the foreground, however, he can see one reason why, nevertheless, his company recently entered bankruptcy — the corporate headquarters of Southwest Airlines.
‘Girls’ a grim yet engaging sitcom
April 15, 2012
HBO’s ambitious half-hour comedy “Girls” (9:30 p.m. Sunday) sets out to define and lampoon an emerging generation, become the next “Sex and the City,” yet savagely reject that show’s emphasis on surface, shopping and artifice.
Horoscope for April 15
April 15, 2012
For Sunday, April 15: This year you experience a lot of pressure. You often feel as though others are working against you. They simply have different views and choose to express them. Be grateful for their honesty. If you are single, you could meet someone who professes friendship but acts in quite a romantic fashion. If you are attached, the friendship that exists between you becomes even more important. Do not allow insecurity to develop.
100 years ago: White Star official issues soothing, but false, report
April 15, 2012
“It is probable that all of the passengers of the Titanic are safe.”
Faith Forum: What is the most important message to take away from Passover?
April 15, 2012
Rabbi Neal Schuster and David Berkowitz answer.
Bluegrass concert to benefit tornado-hit town
April 15, 2012
It’s great music for a great cause.