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Man who jumped from car in fair condition
April 20, 2012
A 22-year-old Lawrence man who jumped from a moving car on the Kansas River bridge downtown early Tuesday morning was reportedly recovering from injury.
Man accidentally crashes vehicle into Miller Mart
April 20, 2012
A 68-year-old Lawrence man accidentally crashed his vehicle into the front of Miller Mart, 2301 Wakarusa Drive, Friday morning, causing the store to close for about two hours for repairs.
Man pleads no contest to charges in separate battery, escape incidents
April 20, 2012
A 19-year-old Lawrence man entered no-contest pleas to four charges Friday in connection with two separate incidents earlier this year, Douglas County prosecutors said.
Volunteer finds special satisfaction in sharing expertise on safety
April 20, 2012
TA Mindrup has a bit of advice for adults trying to navigate the jungle of latches, straps and buckles on their child’s safety seat: Duct tape doesn’t fix everything.
Ex-astronaut Hawley laments end of shuttles
April 20, 2012
It’s the end of an era — but there’s always some small hope that one day another inspiring mission will take its place.
Last of 4 Kansas escapees captured in Nebraska
06:30 p.m., April 20, 2012 Updated 11:36 p.m.
The last of four inmates who escaped from a north-central Kansas county jail this week is back in custody.
Douglas County road closures planned for Saturday
April 20, 2012
Two railroad crossings north of Lawrence will be closed for half a day on Saturday as Union Pacific Railroad crews do maintenance activities. The crossing at North 1900 Road and North 1800 Road will be closed. A local detour will be provided. Douglas County will not close a section of North 1200 Road south of Eudora. The part of that road had been scheduled to be closed on Monday and Tuesday, but the project has been delayed.
KCK man, 28, pleads to role in robbery of KU student
April 20, 2012
A 28-year-old Kansas City, Kan., man pleaded no contest Friday to a conspiracy charge for his role in a 2010 robbery of a Kansas University student in Oread neighborhood.
School board to consider high school program aimed at helping prepare first-generation college students for higher education
April 20, 2012
A national program that prepares middle-of-the-road and first-generation college students for higher education could soon be implemented in Lawrence’s high schools.
Judicial officials to reconsider closings after assurances from legislators who say they don’t understand how courts couldn’t trust them to provide funding
April 20, 2012
A few days after the Legislature adjourned for its nearly month-long break, Chief Justice Nuss ordered the courts closed for five days, resulting in the furlough without pay of 1,500 employees. The first furlough occurred April 13, and the remaining ones are scheduled for April 27, May 11, May 25 and June 8.
Indians closer fined $750 for ‘reckless’ tweet following bench-clearing incident with Royals
April 20, 2012
Indians closer Chris Perez has been fined $750 by Major League Baseball for a “reckless” message on his Twitter account after a benches-clearing incident in Kansas City.
State hospitals reporting struggles because of low pay, long hours, early retirement incentives
April 20, 2012
The hospitals also have reported that low salary and long hours are making it difficult to recruit and retain staff.
Linwood man indicted in assault case against deputy U.S. marshal
April 20, 2012
A federal grand jury Thursday indicted a 27-year-old Linwood man accusing him of assaulting a deputy U.S. marshal in an October 2010 incident in North Lawrence, according to federal court records.
Sex offender who escaped from Lansing still free
April 20, 2012
A 59-year-old child sex offender who escaped from the Lansing Correctional Facility on Wednesday is still on the run.
NCAA denies hardship waiver for KU receiver Justin McCay
Jayhawks plan to appeal ruling
April 20, 2012
The NCAA on Friday denied the hardship waiver requested by Kansas University wide receiver Justin McCay, leaving the sophomore from Bishop Miege High ineligible to play during the upcoming season.
Douglas County investigators identify body of Lawrence man found near railroad tracks
11:00 a.m., April 20, 2012 Updated 11:18 a.m.
Douglas County Sheriff’s investigators Friday identified Toby Burgess, 26, of Lawrence, as the man found dead Tuesday morning near railroad tracks north of Lawrence, said Sgt. Steve Lewis, a sheriff’s spokesman.
Police asking public for help with information about shooting at apartment complex
April 20, 2012
Lawrence police said Friday they were still asking for help in the investigation into the shooting of a 28-year-old Lawrence man Wednesday evening at an apartment in the 2000 block of Heatherwood Drive.
Pedestrian taken to hospital following accident
10:53 a.m., April 20, 2012 Updated 03:48 p.m.
A 28-year-old Lawrence woman was taken to the hospital Friday morning after she was struck by a vehicle in a parking lot in the 2300 block of Iowa Street.
Town Talk: Former manager of the Pig to open North Lawrence tavern; key report on Ninth and N.H. project still absent; lots of street closings downtown, including for her Majesty
April 20, 2012
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Douglas County closing some roads for repairs
April 20, 2012
Several county roads in Douglas County will be closed for maintenance over the next couple of days.
House panel rejects state employee pay raise
April 20, 2012
The Republican-controlled House committee has rejected the idea of restoring a pay-raise program for some Kansas public employees.
Convicted murderer who escaped from Ottawa County jail got ride to arrest site
April 20, 2012
The police chief in the western Kansas town of Russell says a convicted murderer hitched a ride to a convenience store in the town, where he was arrested after escaping from a county jail.
Ex-Defense Secretary Gates to get honorary degree at K-State
April 20, 2012
A native Kansan who was secretary of defense under two U.S. presidents will be the first person to receive an honorary doctorate from Kansas State University.
Convicted murderer captured after Kansas jailbreak
April 20, 2012
A convicted murderer who escaped from a county jail in Kansas after being transferred from an overcrowded state prison has been caught, the state Department of Corrections said Friday.
Brown named coach at SMU
April 20, 2012 in print edition on B2
Hall of Fame basketball coach Larry Brown, the only man to win both an NCAA (Kansas, 1988) and NBA (Detroit, 2004) championship, on Thursday was named head basketball coach at SMU.
KDHE develops program for medication disposal
April 20, 2012
Kansas residents will be able to return their expired or unused medication to pharmacies for disposal under a policy change announced Thursday that health officials hope will prevent the drugs from being accidentally ingested or flushed down the toilet.
KDOT honors two local road safety advocates
April 20, 2012
The Kansas Department of Transportation has honored two Douglas County residents who have worked in different ways to try to make Kansas roads safer.
80-year-old Lawrence woman scammed out of more than $7,000
April 20, 2012
An 80-year-old Lawrence woman reported she was scammed out of a $7,033 by a person who alleged he was her grandson and needed the money for medical expenses in Spain.
Lawrence man arrested after running from police
April 20, 2012
A 34-year-old Lawrence man was arrested on several charges early Wednesday after he ran from police who had responded to a disturbance around 2:15 a.m. in the 400 block of Maine Street, said Sgt. Trent McKinley, a Lawrence police spokesman.
Officials still working to identify man found near railroad tracks
April 20, 2012
Douglas County Sheriff’s officers were still working to identify a man whose body was found Tuesday morning near railroad tracks north of Lawrence.
New proposed Keystone XL pipeline route unveiled
April 20, 2012
Officials unveiled a new preferred route Thursday for the Nebraska portion of the stalled Keystone XL oil pipeline that avoids the state’s groundwater-rich Sandhills region.
Heard on the Hill: Special-education chairwoman leaving KU for deanship at VCU; KSU honoring former defense secretary Gates with honorary doctorate; I’m looking for anything that might be merging
April 20, 2012
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Pump Patrol
April 20, 2012
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.56 at several stations. If you find a lower price, call 832-7154.
25 years ago: Changes afoot for smokers, letter-writers
April 20, 2012
Local smokers were to experience big changes.
40 years ago: Downtown Lawrence Assn. founded
April 20, 2012
About 30 local business owners met this morning to form the “Downtown Lawrence Association.”
100 years ago: An update on area ‘sporting news’
April 20, 2012
“The Blues opened with a defeat yesterday, but then that is the regulation way for them to begin the season….”
Relays long jumpers dream of Olympic gold
April 20, 2012
A little drizzle did not frighten two-time defending USA Indoor champion Janay DeLoach, who won the Kansas Relays downtown long jump competition Thursday with a leap of 21 feet, 8 1/4 inches.
Horoscope for April 20
April 20, 2012
For Friday, April 20: This year you discover your inner reclusive side. Others might express their worry or be taken aback. Respond openly to their inquiries, as much as you can. If you are single, you could meet someone who is emotionally unavailable. If you are attached, the two of you will spend a lot of time together and enjoy it.
Celebrities take more ground
April 20, 2012
I miss the old HGTV. Not long ago, it was a network where you could watch conspicuously un-fabulous people as they learned to put up drywall and grout tile to improve their humble abodes. There was a certain reality to this corner of reality TV. It wasn’t splashy, but it was addictive.
How former Jayhawks fared (April 20)
April 20, 2012 in print edition on B2
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of April 19.
Firebirds soccer routs Leavenworth, 9-1
April 20, 2012
Free State defeated Leavenworth, 9-1, on Thursday.
LHS soccer loses to SM South, 4-0
April 20, 2012
Lawrence High’s soccer team fell to Shawnee Mission South, 4-0, on Thursday night.
Lee’s Summit bats light up Lawrence High baseball
April 20, 2012
When Lawrence High’s baseball team arrived Thursday at Hoglund Ballpark to open its three-day weekend at the River City Baseball Festival, a one-sided loss was not what the Lions had in mind.
Free State baseball walks off with win in extra innings
April 20, 2012
Free State High junior Lee McMahon stepped into the batter’s box Thursday night at Hoglund Ballpark, ready to live out every baseball player’s dream.
Field and family: LHS twins continue throwing tradition with Relays appearance
April 20, 2012
It’s not too often that high school freshmen have the largest or loudest cheering sections, but Lawrence High twin sisters Matia and Rebecca just might get that chance this weekend at the Kansas Relays.
Setting goals
Changes in the United Way funding process may require some adjustments, but the community and its social service agencies should give the new approach a chance.
April 20, 2012
A shift in the way funds are allocated by United Way of Douglas County has triggered concerns among some local social service agencies. Change is always difficult, but the community should give the new funding philosophy a chance to produce the positive results United Way officials envision.
Campaigns distort women’s issues
April 20, 2012 in print edition on A10
Virtually everything said and done in a presidential election year distorts the truth, much like concave and convex mirrors in a carnival attraction alter one’s true reflection.
Shaky truce won’t last long in Syria
April 20, 2012 in print edition on A10
The last thing the United States needs at the moment is to get involved in another Mideast war. So some may hope a shaky truce in Syria, brokered last week by former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, can halt the regime’s vicious slaughter of civilians. Some may even hope the Annan plan will defuse a Syrian conflict that could drag in NATO forces.