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Fire Saturday caused an estimated $50,000 in damage to building
April 18, 2012
A fire that occurred early Saturday at a building in the 2200 block of Silicon Avenue caused an estimated $50,000 in damage
Fire crews respond to smoldering mattress
April 18, 2012
Fire crews were called about 8 a.m. Wednesday to a possible fire near Oak Hill Avenue and Elmwood Street in east Lawrence.
Decades later, son discovers how his mother actually died
April 18, 2012
Brian Torres, now 30, believed his mother, former Lawrence resident Nilsa Sanchez, died peacefully more than 20 years ago. But Torres last week found a 2009 Journal-World article detailing his mother’s unsolved murder.
Teachers ask district for $3,250 pay boost
April 18, 2012
Teachers in the Lawrence school district would like to see a $3,250 raise next year.
Reduced bond in April 1 shooting case denied
April 18, 2012
A Douglas County judge Wednesday declined to reduce bond for a 27-year-old Lawrence man who faces an attempted murder charge related to a April 1 shooting in northern Lawrence.
Executive in firm buying Knology has ties to Lawrence
April 18, 2012
Lawrence’s largest cable and Internet service provider soon will be getting a new name, but one name in the organization may sound familiar to Lawrence residents.
Volunteer’s know-how secures funds, sponsorship for arts programs
April 18, 2012
As the development director for the Lawrence Arts Center, Heather Hoy’s daily pursuit is to find funding sources to help fuel the center’s programs so they can meet the growing needs of the Lawrence community. One program, in particular, was at the front of her mind: a new class that would help boys discover that dancing can be cool.
Man shot at Heatherwood Apartments; suspects flee in silver Honda
05:22 p.m., April 18, 2012 Updated 09:57 p.m.
Lawrence police and medics were called about 5 p.m. Wednesday to a possible shooting outside an apartment building in the 2000 block of Heatherwood Drive, northeast of Clinton Parkway and Kasold Drive.
Summitt steps aside, Warlick new Tennessee coach
April 18, 2012
Pat Summitt is stepping aside as Tennessee’s women’s basketball coach and taking the title of “head coach emeritus” with long-time assistant Holly Warlick being promoted to replace the sport’s winningest coach.
American Bandstand’ host Dick Clark has died
02:55 p.m., April 18, 2012 Updated 03:04 p.m.
‘American Bandstand’ host Dick Clark is dead, according to spokesman Paul Shefrin.
Kobach still seeks change in Kansas citizenship rule
April 18, 2012
Secretary of State Kris Kobach said Wednesday that he’s optimistic he can persuade Kansas legislators to impose a proof-of-citizenship rule before this year’s presidential election, even though critics described his tactics as underhanded.
KU football coach Charlie Weis releases plan for April 28 spring game
11:51 a.m., April 18, 2012 Updated 12:17 a.m.
Kansas University head football coach Charlie Weis on Wednesday released the format for the 2012 KU Spring Game scheduled for Saturday, April 28.
4 prison inmates escape Kan. jail after transfer
11:32 a.m., April 18, 2012 Updated 09:41 p.m.
Several state and local law enforcement agencies were looking for three men who escaped from a north-central Kansas jail early Wednesday, including one inmate serving time for first-degree murder.
KU student says stranger pushed her to the ground outside Strong Hall
April 18, 2012
Kansas University police are investigating an incident after a student alleged a stranger pushed her to the ground on campus Monday night as she was leaving Strong Hall.
Lawrence man who jumped from car on Kansas River bridge in serious condition
April 18, 2012
A 22-year-old Lawrence man who jumped early Tuesday morning from a moving car on the Kansas River bridge near downtown was in serious condition Wednesday at a Kansas City, Kan., hospital, said Bob Hallinan, a Kansas University Hospital spokesman.
Douglas County sheriff’s officers seek help in identifying man hit by train north of Lawrence
April 18, 2012
Douglas County Sheriff’s officers Wednesday asked for the public’s help identifying a man who apparently was hit by a train north of Lawrence.
May 5 event aims at breaking costumed dog record
April 18, 2012
A Kansas City promoter is hoping to break a Guinness world record by parading at least 700 costumed dogs, mostly Chihuahuas, down a city street on Cinco de Mayo.
Fort Riley brigade gets updated vehicles
April 18, 2012
A brigade of the Army’s 1st Infantry Division is breaking in new vehicles at Fort Riley.
Santorum’s departure doesn’t affect Kansas delegates
April 18, 2012
Rick Santorum has left the Republican presidential race, but the Kansas delegates he won in the state’s GOP caucuses aren’t yet free to declare their support for presumed nominee Mitt Romney.
Town Talk: Ross department store chain files plans to move into former Old Navy spot; city spends about $180,000 on Final Four operations; ADM signs lease to start local office
April 18, 2012
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County:
Sex offender escapes from state prison in Lansing
09:56 a.m., April 18, 2012 Updated 11:03 a.m.
A 59-year-old convicted sex offender escaped early Wednesday from Lansing Correctional Facility.
Knology sold to Denver area company for more than $750 million
09:15 a.m., April 18, 2012 Updated 12:00 a.m.
Lawrence customers of Knology should expect to start seeing changes to their cable, Internet and phone services in the next 90 to 120 days following the announcement that Knology has agreed to sell itself to a Colorado-based company.
Ex-KU provost Richard Lariviere likely to head Field Museum
12:06 a.m., April 18, 2012 Updated 08:33 a.m.
A former Kansas University provost who was ousted as president of the University of Oregon last fall is in line to become director of the Field Museum in Chicago, the Chicago Tribune reports.
LHS senior awarded sponsored National Merit Scholarship
April 18, 2012
A Lawrence High School senior is one of 1,000 high school students from across the country to receive a corporate-sponsored National Merit Scholarship.
City approves new parking regulations for Oread Neighborhood
April 18, 2012
For once, parking wasn’t a problem in the Oread neighborhood.
Heard on the Hill: KU business dean gives advice to high schoolers; former KU CLAS dean Kim Wilcox could be headed to Hawaii; UDK reports on false fire alarms on campus
April 18, 2012
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
40 years ago: Haskell students search for summer work
April 18, 2012
The staff of the Haskell Student Employment Center had been asking about available jobs.
100 years ago: Local judge hears case of underperforming cow
April 18, 2012
“The animal was guaranteed to give four gallons of milk per day.”
Free State 4th, LHS 5th in golf
April 18, 2012
Free State’s Alex Green tied for fourth place, and Lawrence High’s Brett Van Blaricum tied for sixth at the Olathe North golf tournament on Tuesday at Falcon Ridge.
LHS boys tennis places fourth
April 18, 2012
Lawrence High’s boys tennis team placed fourth among 10 teams Tuesday in the Topeka West Invitational.
Free State swim loses to SM East
April 18, 2012
Free State swimmer Courtney Caldwell placed first in the 100 free and 200 backstroke, but the FSHS girls swimming and diving team lost a dual to Shawnee Mission East on Tuesday at SME.
Lawrence softball stingy in two-game split
April 18, 2012
Lawrence High’s softball team allowed just eight hits on the night and split a two-game, two-team series.
Royals drop sixth straight
April 18, 2012 in print edition on B6
Long before Jim Leyland became a big-league manager, and well before Miguel Cabrera was even born, the Tigers’ skipper hit .222 during an often-ugly minor-league playing career.
Firebirds softball wins big, loses big
April 18, 2012
Free State High’s softball team split a pair of one-sided games Tuesday, defeating Shawnee Mission North, 16-1, and falling to SM East, 11-3.
Short-handed Lions mercy-ruled by Olathe East
April 18, 2012
Lawrence High’s girls soccer team can’t catch a break.
How former Jayhawks fared (April 18)
April 18, 2012 in print edition on B2
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of April 17.
Lawrence High swimming and diving wins 11 of 12 on Senior Night
April 18, 2012
Lawrence High’s girls swimming team got everything it wanted Tuesday out of its final home meet of the season.
FSHS defense holds in double-OT draw
April 18, 2012
With two minutes left in the first overtime, Olathe Northwest’s Hannah Kaloupek appeared to have a path to the winning goal on a breakaway.
Talent search: Campo focused on players, not plays, when KU’s defense lines up this spring
April 18, 2012
Kansas University defensive coordinator Dave Campo is not interested in talking about specific players this spring.
Street shot put a ‘good-old time’
April 18, 2012
When the downtown shot-put circuit catches on as a nationally televised series that hits 10 different college towns and is backed by a major corporate sponsor — it’s just too good an idea not to happen — the competitors will never forget the U.S. soil on which it started.
Something new brewing in (barrel) aged beers
April 18, 2012
Fine wine is said to improve with barrel aging. So why not fine beer? That’s the thinking behind the emerging craft beer trend of aging brews in the barrel to give them more complexity.
‘Steak’ and eggs, by way of the vegetable patch
April 18, 2012
Much as I love a big, beefy steak, sometimes I need something on the lighter side.
Unsalted pretzels cut sodium in chicken piccata
April 18, 2012
Pretzels are naturally fat-free, so it might be tempting to ignore those pesky white flakes. Unfortunately, a serving of fat-free pretzels may contain up to 400 milligrams of sodium.
Almond-crusted chicken makes quick dinner
April 18, 2012
With virtually no effort from you, ground seeds and nuts add tons of protein-rich crunch and pack deep, savory flavors. Ground peanuts, for example, can be used to flavor meatballs and burgers or to coat meatloaf. Ground almonds can be combined with tomato sauce and chipotle peppers to make a Mexican mole sauce for chicken.
Candy maker announces Mike and Ike split
April 18, 2012
They’ve been together 72 years, but it’s not clear whether Mike and Ike will reach their next anniversary. The colorful candy characters are going their separate ways, and using Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr to announce the split.
KU buyout plan praised
April 18, 2012
Like other faculty and staff at Kansas University, I received an email from the provost this week outlining the new Voluntary Separation Incentive Program [“VSIP”].
Carbon fee
April 18, 2012
An April 13 Journal-World article gave us great news: Kansas is leading the nation in current wind energy production!
Welcome Relays
Staging a couple of spotlight events in downtown Lawrence helps build enthusiasm for the Kansas Relays tradition.
April 18, 2012
Kansas Relays, welcome back to downtown Lawrence.
25 years ago: Phone companies investigate long-distance ‘code abuse’ by KU students
April 18, 2012
Hundreds of students could face possible criminal charges or lawsuits.
Horoscope for April 18
April 18, 2012
This year you are an emotional pendulum, swinging from moody to introverted and from emotional to dynamic. You act before thinking and are full of energy. If you are single, you attract impulsive and spontaneous people. If you are attached, the two of you become more carefree than you were before you met each other.
‘River of No Return’ captures a year in the wild
April 18, 2012
Is a year camping in the wilderness a “honeymoon” or a prison sentence? Viewers can come to their own conclusions while savoring the lovely scenery and wonderful photography in the “Nature” (7 p.m., PBS, check local listings) presentation of “River of No Return.” After the broadcast, viewers can also find this presentation at