Archive for Thursday, April 19, 2012

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KU football 6 a.m. practice
Do you plan to attend any of the high school baseball games during the River City Festival in Lawrence this weekend?

Poll results

Response Percent
Total 266

Lead stories

12:32 a.m.
Ripple employee Donna Utter points out a machine that shakes and vibrates glass pieces to separate items such as caps and other items as it makes its way through the crushing system. Where are your bottles going? Look inside the Ripple Glass recycling process
April 16, 2012
Beer and wine bottles and the occasional Ragu jar fill the purple Ripple Glass recycling bin in the parking lot of On the Rocks Liquor, 1818 Mass. It hasn’t been there long, but folks have taken notice — and it fills up quickly.
6:00 a.m.
Knology's headquarters at 1 Riverfront Plaza. The cable provider was purchased by a Denver-based company, WOW Internet, Cable & Phone. 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.
10:00 a.m.
In this file photo from Sept. 12, 1989, Angelina Guadalupe holds photos of her daughter, Nilsa Sanchez, a Lawrence-area mother of two who was found murdered. 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.
5:05 p.m.
Joel Russell, 46, already incarcerated for a sexual assualt, was identified earlier this year as a suspect in a 1985 rape and kidnapping of a Topeka woman. Joe Jones, a Topeka man, had been convicted of the crime, but was released when DNA evidence showed he was innocent. Topeka police chief identifies suspect in decades-old rape that sent innocent man to prison
April 19, 2012
The Shawnee County district attorney Thursday issued an arrest warrant for Kansas inmate Joel L. Russell, 46, in a 27-year-old sexual assault for which another man was wrongfully convicted.
8:45 p.m.
Solar installer Matt Gammon prepares to lay one of the 224 solar panels within a grid on the roof of the Poehler Building, Eighth and Delaware streets, on Thursday, April 12, 2012. The building is in the process of being converted to artist lofts. Each panel will produce 255 watts of power. Simple sustainability: Energy-saving changes you can make today
April 16, 2012
Whether you call it global warming or climate change, science has become more definitive than ever: Humans are harming the Earth.

All stories

Kansas pulls inmates from county jail
Convicted murderer, rapist still at large after escape
April 19, 2012
Kansas officials are rethinking a decision to house prison inmates in a county jail and have moved all of them back to a state facility after four escaped, including a convicted murderer, the state Department of Corrections said Thursday.
Volunteer devoted to making big difference in lives of children
April 19, 2012
She may not have a cool invisible airplane like Wonder Woman or be able to leap over tall buildings like Superman, but Jen Rosacker is determined to be a superhero. This plucky Kansas University sophomore from Topeka is taking to heart the motto for a volunteer organization she helps coordinate: Be a Child’s Superhero.
KU business school honors two alumni
April 19, 2012
The Kansas University School of Business is honoring two of its graduates who have gone on to successful business careers with the 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award.
Topeka police chief identifies suspect in decades-old rape that sent innocent man to prison
April 19, 2012
The Shawnee County district attorney Thursday issued an arrest warrant for Kansas inmate Joel L. Russell, 46, in a 27-year-old sexual assault for which another man was wrongfully convicted.
Royals owner David Glass says team will be in contention by All-Star break
April 19, 2012
Royals owner David Glass still believes his team will be in contention by the All-Star break. If not, the Royals plan to put on a tremendous party anyway.
Kansas City man charged with robbing banks in Topeka, Leavenworth
April 19, 2012
A Missouri man has been charged with holding up four northeastern Kansas banks at gunpoint and trying to rob one of them a second time.
City of Lawrence’s cost for Final Four downtown activities: $180,000
April 19, 2012
Kansas University’s 14th appearance in the men’s basketball NCAA Final Four cost the city nearly $180,000 in expenses to oversee the downtown parties that ensued — and no one at Lawrence City Hall minds a bit.
Police investigating armed robbery on Iowa Street
02:03 p.m., April 19, 2012 Updated 05:22 p.m.
Lawrence police at 1:50 p.m. Thursday were called to a report of an armed robbery at Check ‘N Go, 2540 Iowa.
KU engineering dean leaving for post at LSU
April 19, 2012
The dean of Kansas University’s School of Engineering will leave KU to become the provost and executive vice chancellor at Louisiana State University.
All inmates removed from Ottawa County Jail after four escape Wednesday
April 19, 2012
Kansas prison officials have removed all inmates housed at a county jail after four inmates escaped, including a convicted murder who remains at large.
One person hurt in fight overnight, another injured in accident
April 19, 2012
One person was taken to the hospital with facial injuries after a fight reported before 2 a.m. in the 1000 block of Ohio Street. Another hurt in an accident near University and Crestline drives.
Kansas prisons agency mulls help for county jails
April 19, 2012
A spokesman for the Kansas Department of Corrections says it is discussing supplemental training for staff at county jails that house state inmates.
2 fugitives remain at large, 1 in custody in Nebraska
April 19, 2012
A convicted murderer and another inmate remained at large after escaping from a Kansas jail where they’d been transferred because of overcrowding at a state prison. Two others were apprehended, one after he turned himself in at a Walmart in Nebraska.
Town Talk: BBQ supply store opens in West Lawrence; city looking for ways to increase helmet usage at skate parks; governor and Leadership Kansas members to have Lawrence gala on Friday
April 19, 2012
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Kansas launches new online parks reservation system
April 19, 2012
Kansas has launched a new system for reserving cabins and camp sites as state parks, fishing lakes and wildlife areas.
South Carolina transfer has KU on his list
April 19, 2012
Damontre Harris, a 6-foot-9 sophomore who has announced plans to transfer from the University of South Carolina, has Kansas University on his list of schools, the Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer reports.
KU baseball routs Saint Mary
April 19, 2012
Drew Morovick and four other pitchers combined on a five-hit shutout as Kansas University blanked Saint Mary, 6-0, in a nonconference baseball game Wednesday night at Hoglund Ballpark.
LHS senior signs
April 19, 2012
Lawrence High senior Tanner Williams signed a national soccer letter of intent Wednesday afternoon at LHS. Williams signed with the men’s soccer program at Missouri Valley College, in Marshall, Mo.
KU golfers make academic team
April 19, 2012
Four Kansas University women’s golfers — seniors Katy Nugent and Maria Jackson, junior Audrey Yowell and sophomore Meghan Potee — were named to the Academic All-Big 12 team. KU men’s golfer Alex Gutesha was named to the Academic All-Big 12 Second Team.
Angel Goodrich, Carolyn Davis share top award
April 19, 2012
Angel Goodrich and Carolyn Davis shared the Ms. Jayhawk Award at the Kansas University women’s basketball team’s year-end banquet and senior-recognition ceremony on Wedesday at the Kansas Union Ballroom.
Tigers keep Royals reeling
April 19, 2012
Prince Fielder drove in two runs and Max Scherzer got his first win of the season to lead Detroit over Kansas City, 4-3.
River City Fest to test LHSFSHS
April 19, 2012
As far as the baseball coaches at Free State and Lawrence high schools are concerned, the Firebirds and Lions are about to go through a three-day on-the-field midterm of sorts.
Eisenhower Memorial staff connects with Kansas
April 19, 2012
The Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission said Tuesday that the former president’s library and museum in his Kansas hometown is playing a major role in the “electronic memorialization” of his military and political career that will accompany a memorial being built in Washington.
Second-tier meet still important
Lawrence High girls, Free State boys win team track titles at Lawrence Invite
April 19, 2012
For many high school track and field athletes in the Sunflower State, the biggest regular-season meet of the year is the Kansas Relays. With the mega-meet coming up Friday and Saturday, the teams competing Wednesday at the Lawrence Invite didn’t look like themselves.
Runner-up fuels competitive fire
April 19, 2012
Paradise found in downtown Lawrence on Eighth Street between Mass and New Hampshire streets Wednesday night.
Parting shot: Reese Hoffa saves best for last
April 19, 2012
Two-time Olympian Reese Hoffa figured that, with just one of six throws remaining, he was destined to finish runner-up in the 2012 Kansas Relays downtown shot put competition — same as a year ago.
Heard on the Hill: Only 8 percent of students voted in recent student election; Dole Institute programs to focus on Nixon, Johnson; associate pharmacy dean leaving KU for High Point deanship
April 19, 2012
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
25 years ago: Record-setting warm temps widespread across state
April 19, 2012
Thunderstorms were lurking not far behind.
40 years ago: KU Chancellor not expecting repeat of violent spring of 1970
April 19, 2012
The possibility is present,” he said, “but I don’t see it in the present tenor of the campus.”
100 years ago: Advertisements for home improvement, beauty, style needs
April 19, 2012
“If you have a beautiful head of hair, try to keep it. If you have not, try to get it.”
Our Town Sports
April 19, 2012 in print edition on B2
Aquahawks openings: The Lawrence Aquahawks swimming team is always accepting new members. The Aquahawks are a year-round USA Swimming-sponsored competitive swim team. The Aquahawks offer a swim lesson program and competitive swim team for all ages. The Aquahawks are coached by professional coaches with weekly practices geared toward a variety of skill levels. For information contact Zach at 785-393-7966 or
How former Jayhawks fared (April 19)
April 19, 2012 in print edition on B2
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of April 18.
Pump patrol
April 19, 2012
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.57 at several stations.
Human hazard
The activities of human storm chasers shouldn’t be allowed to magnify the dangers posed by Mother Nature.
April 19, 2012
Some good news and some not-so-good news followed the dangerous storms that swept across Kansas Saturday night.
Obama off base on drug legalization
April 19, 2012 in print edition on A8
If President Obama had a son, he would look like Trayvon Martin. So the president famously said. And the president’s son would thereby find himself at significantly greater risk of running afoul of the so-called “War on Drugs” than, say, a son of George W. Bush. Depending on what state he lived in, a Trayvon Obama might be 57 times more likely than a Trayvon Bush to be imprisoned on drug charges.
Constitution trumps majority rule
April 19, 2012 in print edition on A8
Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III, a Reagan appointee to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, is a courtly Virginian who combines a manner as soft as a Shenandoah breeze with a keen intellect. His disapproval of much current thinking about how the Constitution should be construed is explained in his spirited new book — slender and sharp as a stiletto — “Cosmic Constitutional Theory: Why Americans Are Losing Their Inalienable Right to Self-Governance” (Oxford).  
Horoscope for April 19
April 19, 2012
This year you discover that there is often a side benefit to whatever you do. Whether this asset existed before or it’s the result of increased awareness makes no difference. If you are single, you could become unusually possessive. If you are attached, the two of you work together to achieve a goal.
Independent Lens’ documents excitement surrounding electric cars
April 19, 2012
“Independent Lens” (9 p.m., PBS, check local listings) airs “Revenge of the Electric Car.” Director Chris Paine made quite a splash back in 2006 with “Who Killed the Electric Car?” That film showed how hopes were dashed by a vast conspiracy among oil companies and compliant politicians to squelch a popular, emerging technology.