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Archive for Saturday, April 21, 2012

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12:30 a.m.
Kansas University sophomore Jen Rosacker, of Topeka, a coordinator for MILK (Mentors in the Lives of Kids), laughs as Emma, 5, has a little trouble with tape stuck to her fingers during the Music Madness event April 6 in the Kansas Union Ballroom. 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.
6:00 a.m.
This wing of the Larned State Hospital houses participants involved in the Sexual Predator Treatment Program. 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.
10:00 a.m.
Free State High's newest graduates celebrate on Sunday afternoon after a ceremony in the school's new stadium. 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.
2:00 p.m.
Traffic moves Ninth Street on Wednesday evening. The city is planning to improve this stretch of road between Tennessee and Iowa streets. City eyes improvements to Ninth Street intersections
April 21, 2012
When it comes to the Ninth and Michigan area, what’s just over the hill isn’t always good news.
6:00 p.m.
The Douglas County Courthouse. 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.

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Journal-World wins 26 KPA awards
April 21, 2012
The Lawrence Journal-World news and advertising divisions were presented Saturday with 26 Kansas Press Association Awards of Excellence.
How former Jayhawks fared (April 22)
April 21, 2012 in print edition on B7
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of April 21.
Bringing a vision into view
East Lawrence building projects could turn area into hub for artists
April 21, 2012
Now the east Lawrence development is starting to delve into realms that he didn’t envision when he purchased the long-vacant building last year. Krsnich has begun work on the adjacent Cider Vinegar Building to convert it into a ground floor art gallery with an outdoor reception space, while small offices will occupy the second floor.
School board to look at expanding full-day kindergarten to all elementaries
April 21, 2012
By the start of next school year, full-day kindergarten could be available at all elementary schools in the Lawrence school district.
Wheel Genius: Road work planned for this week
April 21, 2012
Road work planned for the week of April 22.
Volunteers help agencies with to-do lists on Day of Caring
April 21, 2012
Employees at the Willow Domestic Violence Center have wanted to transform the center’s look for a while now. But they’ve lacked the funds to pull it off.
Hunger for nacho plate world record satisfied
April 21, 2012
The term “loaded nachos” is an understatement.
City Commission agenda for April 24
April 21, 2012
City Commission agenda for April 24.
KU student reports man accosted her early Saturday
April 21, 2012
Kansas University police are investigating a sexual battery report that allegedly occurred at 2:10 a.m. Saturday morning. A KU female student said she was walking home when a college-aged man accosted her, struck her in the face and grabbed her breast, according to the report.
Future direction of state at stake in upcoming wrap-up session, legislators say
April 21, 2012
Legislators reconvene the 2012 session on Wednesday with a long list of issues before them, including the state budget, redistricting, school finance and overhaul of the tax system.
Free State 5th, LHS 6th at tennis
April 21, 2012
Free State placed fifth and Lawrence High finished sixth in the eight-team Lawrence tennis invitational Friday at LHS.
Lawrence soccer falls to BVSW
April 21, 2012
Blue Valley Southwest defeated Lawrence High, 8-0, on Friday night in girls soccer.
FSHS soccer routs Topeka
April 21, 2012
Free State High girls soccer blanked Topeka High, 10-0, on Friday at FSHS.
Georgia prep Tony Parker to pick Monday
April 21, 2012
Tony Parker, a 6-foot-9, 265-pound senior basketball center from Miller Grove High in Lithonia, Ga., will announce his college choice in a 3 p.m. news conference Monday at his school. He has a final list of Kansas University, UCLA, Georgia, Duke and Ohio State.
Jayhawk softball clobbers Cyclones
April 21, 2012
Kansas University used a bizarre seven-run sixth inning and another solid outing by Alicia Pille to beat Iowa State, 8-2, in the opening game of a three-game Big 12 softball series with Iowa State on Friday at Arrocha Ballpark.
Frank Duncan, Kansas baseball drop UT
April 21, 2012
Frank Duncan threw a complete-game three-hitter — retiring 20 batters in a row and recording a career-high 11 strikeouts — as Kansas University stunned No. 23 Texas, 7-2, in Big 12 baseball on Friday at Disch-Falk Field.
Lions prevail in 8, 2-1
April 21, 2012
Lawrence High senior center fielder CJ Roush ran into the LHS dugout in the middle of the eighth inning and examined the Lions’ lineup card. With the top of the order due up and Roush in the six hole, he quickly determined he might be in line for a critical at-bat.
FSHS baseball wins walk-off
April 21, 2012
Even if it is contributing to the gray-hair count on their coaches’ heads, Free State High’s baseball players sure don’t seem to mind. Anthony Miele’s infield single in the bottom of the seventh Friday scored Joel Spain and gave the Firebirds their second straight walk-off victory at the River City Baseball Festival.
Firebird seniors win swim finale
April 21, 2012
Friday afternoon was a busy scene at the Indoor Aquatic Center. From celebrating 10 Free State High seniors to a tightly contested, three-way race for the meet title that came down to the wire and an impromptu T-shirt relay between the city’s two high schools that capped it, the meet provided something for everyone to remember.
Billy Casper masterful golf manager
April 21, 2012
Sixty-five springs ago, a 15-year-old boy watched Ben Hogan practicing on a fairway at San Diego Country Club in advance of his 36-hole match against British Open champion Dai Rees.
Lions’ Blake Hocking leads city preps
April 21, 2012
Lawrence High senior Blake Hocking unleashed a 60-foot throw in the shot put Friday at the Kansas Relays. Unfortunately for Hocking, it came during a warm-up session between the preliminary and final rounds.
Final fling: Ex-Jayhawk Scott Russell dons pink, wins again
April 21, 2012
Former Kansas University All-American Scott Russell — who has decided to retire from track and field this summer after what he hopes will be his second appearance in the Olympic Games — opted for nostalgia Friday at his final Kansas Relays. He wore his old pink KU shorts.
City eyes improvements to Ninth Street intersections
April 21, 2012
When it comes to the Ninth and Michigan area, what’s just over the hill isn’t always good news.
Royals’ slide hits eight
April 21, 2012 in print edition on B6
Jose Bautista singled home the go-ahead run in the eighth inning, and Toronto turned its first triple play in 33 years Friday night, beating Kansas City, 4-3, to hand the slumping Royals their eighth straight defeat.
Pump patrol
April 21, 2012
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.56 at several stations.
Events highlight what makes KU such a special place
April 21, 2012
A state-aided university is a very special and unique institution
25 years ago: Trafficway subject of hot debate
April 21, 2012
In an often heated discussion, opponents of the trafficway criticized county and city commissioners.
100 years ago: Lawrence resident learns sad truth about father’s fate on Titanic
April 21, 2012
“The story of the Titanic’s disaster brings general grief to the whole world, but to one man in Lawrence today it brought the greatest sorrow.”
40 years ago: Despite ‘traditional’ rainy weather, Kansas Relays a success
April 21, 2012
Athletes and spectators today and tomorrow were expected to enjoy clearer, warmer weather.
Age-appropriate?
April 21, 2012
My last letter pictured a classroom full of parents gaining helpful advice on speaking with their children about sexual development.
Chief route
April 21, 2012
Rerouting Amtrak’s Southwest Chief would be a great loss of service to western Kansas, as the author of the April 17 Journal-World editorial notes.
Earth Day
April 21, 2012
We should celebrate Earth Day, April 22.
Church and state?
April 21, 2012
Am I the only one taken aback by the Kansas University Softball advertisement in Thursday’s Journal-World?
Shuttle flight really a funeral march
April 21, 2012 in print edition on A6
As the space shuttle Discovery flew three times around Washington, a final salute before landing at Dulles airport for retirement in a museum, thousands on the ground gazed upward with marvel and pride. Yet what they were witnessing, for all its elegance, was a funeral march.
How former Jayhawks fared (April 21)
April 21, 2012 in print edition on B2
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of April 20.
‘Franchise’ steps up to plate
April 21, 2012
Showtime airs a sneak preview of “The Franchise” (8 p.m.). The second season officially starts on July 11. This year, the half-hour documentary series will maintain a season-long focus on the owners, players, coaches and manager of the Miami Marlins. The team sports a new stadium, a new name (it was formerly the Florida Marlins), several marquee players (including ex-Mets shortstop Jose Reyes) and the colorful and opinionated Ozzie Guillen, who is in his first season as the team’s manager.
Horoscope for April 21
April 21, 2012
For Saturday, April 21: This year points to a new beginning. Be open to different ideas. Learn to express yourself more clearly, even if you’re dealing with difficult feelings. If you are single, the person you choose today might not be the right fit for you in several years. If you are attached, share your changing mind-set with your sweetie.