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Archive for Sunday, April 22, 2012

Lead stories

12:00 a.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.
6:00 a.m.
2012 Academic All Stars back row from left are Philip Kaul, Matthew Kelso, Derek Moore, Ruben Ghijsen, Ally Bristol and Parker Riley. Front row from left are Anne Reed-Weston, Louis Joslyn, Charis Fisher and Adam Brien. 2012 Academic All-Stars are impressive, humble
April 22, 2012
Since 1997, the Journal-World annually has honored one class of outstanding students. The students are chosen based on their academic records and extracurricular activities.
10:00 a.m.
Mike Caron, executive director of the Save the Wetlands organization, hands out tools to volunteers Saturday, April 21, 2012, for a Day of Caring project in the Wakarusa Wetlands. The group walked into the wetlands north of 31st Street, toward Haskell Indian Nations University where paths are being created and widened. The volunteers were among more than 200 who helped out for United Way Roger Hill Volunteer Center’s Day of Caring. 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.
2:00 p.m.
Barbie Gossett, a kindergarten teacher at Woodlawn School, works with her class during a reading exercise. From left are Luke Poloncheck, Riley Honeyman, Danny Reagan, Joe Schmidt and Abi Krise. 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.
6:00 p.m.
A view from a future apartment building in the former Poehler Grocery Warehouse building in east Lawrence looks over the Cider Vinegar Building and toward Mount Oread in the distance. The Cider building is being converted into a ground-floor art gallery with an outdoor reception space, while small offices will occupy the second floor. The project, near Eighth and Pennsylvania streets, will convert the 1904 Poehler building into apartments. Bringing a vision into view
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.

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KU baseball falls, 7-2
April 22, 2012
Texas managed just six hits, but manufactured seven runs to upend Kansas University, 7-2, in the final game of a Big 12 baseball series Sunday at Disch-Falk Field.
Georgia prep Tony Parker expected to pick UCLA
April 22, 2012
Tony Parker, a 6-foot-9, 280-pound senior center from Miller Grove High in Lithonia, Ga., today will announce his college choice at a 3 p.m. Central time news conference at his high school.
KU softball gets ‘complete’ rout of ISU
April 22, 2012
The first two games of Kansas University’s Big 12 weekend softball series with Iowa State weren’t much to look at.
Bob Davis dials back radio duty with K.C.
April 22, 2012
The Kansas University basketball team kept Busy Bob Davis, the voice with boundless energy and enthusiasm, working college basketball games longer than anybody expected. No complaints. Davis viewed it as a memorable bonus.
Royals lose 10th straight
April 22, 2012
With the Kansas City Royals mired in a 10-game losing streak, personnel changes could be on the horizon. Ricky Romero won his third straight start, Brett Lawrie stole home and drove in two runs, and the Toronto Blue Jays beat Kansas City, 5-3, Sunday, sending the Royals to their 10th straight loss.
Time to man up: Kansas D-backs embrace challenge
April 22, 2012
A few months ago, Kansas University defensive coordinator Dave Campo told his defensive backs that they needed to keep running hard in their conditioning drills and that they couldn’t get tired, as KU was going to run a lot more man coverage this season. The words “man coverage” put a smile on Greg Brown’s face.
Gift, grant help replace trees in Greensburg
April 22, 2012
Joan Hayse misses the way the giant old maples, elms, and cottonwood trees would arch across the streets of town forming a canopy of shade in the heat of the Kansas summer.
Harlem Renaissance artist inspires class to create artwork
April 22, 2012
The influence of Aaron Douglas was splashed across a long stretch of canvas in the middle of the art room at Liberty Memorial Central Middle School. Bright colors, silhouettes, bold geometric shapes and beams of light filled the canvas.
KU meteorology students crazy about the chase
But they’re less fond of amateurs who know little about storm safety
April 22, 2012
For once, Garrett Black and the three other people in the car were in exactly the right spot at exactly the right time. And for Black, a Kansas University junior studying atmospheric science, and the three people in his car, that meant a video of a tornado near Geneseo that got picked up by The Weather Channel, ABC News and other media outlets.
Freshman chess champ stays several steps ahead of the game
April 22, 2012
Think of your moves in advance. That’s the advice of Lawrence High School freshman chess player Kaustubh Nimkar.
How to help: Support organization for youth aging out of foster care seeks office assistant
April 22, 2012
StopGap Inc. is looking for a volunteer office assistant. StopGap is a new organization seeking to provide support to youth, ages 16-21, who are aging out of foster care.
Snow White not a role model
April 22, 2012 in print edition on A9
“Someday, my prince will come.” — Snow White, 1937 In a hotel in Canada hangs this picture, someone’s mischievous take on Snow White a few years after happily ever after. She is posed in an anonymous suburban den. Behind her, Prince Charming slouches in a chair, slowly going to seed. Snow has a babe in arms and a few other rug rats scattered about the floor. She faces you with an expression that seems to ask, is this all there is?
Around and about in local business
April 22, 2012
Local business news for the week ending April 20, 2012.
Superhuman: ‘Batman’ Jackson breaks own record in Kansas Relays finale
April 22, 2012
The song “Crank Dat Batman” blared over the Memorial Stadium sound system to the delight of 14,500 fans and at least one 400-meter hurdler Saturday at the Kansas Relays.
Free State’s Harmon-Thomas takes first in KU Relays hurdles
April 22, 2012
Free State’s Alexa Harmon-Thomas switched her shoes, ran to the track, leapt over one hurdle, then took her spot at the starting line.
Firebirds softball rolls over Lions, 8-1, in city showdown
April 22, 2012
If you only watched the first inning of Saturday’s city showdown softball battle at Free State High, you might have walked away thinking Lawrence High was well on its way to victory.
Lawrence Country Club superintendent tends a rough course
April 22, 2012
The greens are rolling fast and true. The bent-grass fairways are in tip-top shape and the pleasing-to-the eye, immaculate tee boxes will satisfy the talented golfers about to use them as launching pads.
FSHS baseball overcomes errors, wins 6-3
April 22, 2012
It wasn’t the cleanest brand of baseball, but Free State High wasn’t complaining Saturday after defeating Branson (Mo.), 6-3, in an error-heavy game at Hoglund Ballpark.
Lawrence High baseball no-hit in 4-1 loss
April 22, 2012
When Lawrence High baseball junior Shane Willoughby reached on an error in the bottom of the first inning and scored on a passed ball, it appeared Raymore-Peculiar (Mo.) pitcher Storm Rynard might be in for a long Saturday afternoon at Hoglund Ballpark.
Kansas tennis falls to K-State
April 22, 2012
Freshman Maria Belen Ludueña nabbed the team’s lone victory against Kansas State, as Kansas fell to the Wildcats, 6-1, Saturday at the Wamego Recreation Complex.
Speedy running back Tony Pierson stands out in spring
April 22, 2012
Kansas receiver Daymond Patterson had always been the kind of guy who was unafraid to challenge his teammates.
KU softball gives up lead, falls 10-9
April 22, 2012
Kansas lost to Iowa State, 10-9, Saturday afternoon at Arrocha Ballpark, despite Jayhawk freshman Maddie Stein’s career day.
Elijah Johnson undergoes offseason knee surgery
April 22, 2012
Kansas University senior-to-be Elijah Johnson had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee last week, coach Bill Self said in a phone interview from the recruiting trail on Saturday night.
Texas blanks Kansas baseball, 3-0
April 22, 2012
Texas freshman Parker French threw seven shutout innings and allowed just four hits, as No. 23 Texas blanked Kansas, 3-0, Saturday night in front of 7,308 fans at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.
Toronto stretches K.C.’s losing streak to nine
April 22, 2012 in print edition on B9
Drew Hutchison had a lot of help from his offense to win his major-league debut.
Pump patrol
April 22, 2012
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.54 at several stations.
40 years ago: Local students encouraged to submit art for show
April 22, 2012
The entry fee was $3.
100 years ago: Police raid at ‘house of ill repute’ results in four arrests
April 22, 2012
“It is not believed that a single empty escaped the officers. A number of men seemingly under the influence of liquor were seen to emerge from the place….”
Scared Kansans?
April 22, 2012
I was surprised to read the Brownback statement in the April 12 paper: “The public is scared now. They are scared for the future of their country.” How could Sam grow up in Kansas and not know that you can’t scare Kansans?
Informed choice
Douglas County officials should move ahead on a plan to give consumers the information they need to make a wise towing decision.
April 22, 2012
There’s a scam going on in Douglas County, and local government officials need to do something to end it.
25 years ago: South Iowa theater complex moves closer to reality
April 22, 2012
Developers were given unanimous approval by the Lawrence City Commission.
Kovel’s Antiques: Ironing used to be daily chore
April 22, 2012
Permanent-press fabrics have relieved most households of the need to iron clothing.
Garden Calendar: Is it too early to plant tomatoes?
April 22, 2012
The question about when to plant tomatoes is long debated between gardeners, and I consider it to be one of the top five gardening questions for this area.
Faith Forum: What is your favorite way to connect with God through nature?
April 22, 2012
The Rev. Pam Morrison and the Rev. Nate Rovenstine answer.
Behind the Lens: Robinson’s reaction sums up KU defeat
April 22, 2012
I’ll offer one more story on our recent photo coverage of the Kansas University men’s basketball team in the NCAA Tournament.
Too young for a life sentence
April 22, 2012 in print edition on A9
In the summer of 1787, just 94 years after the Salem witch trials, as paragons of the Enlightenment such as James Madison, George Washington and Benjamin Franklin deliberated in the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, a mob pelted and otherwise tormented to death a woman accused of being a witch. Prosecution of alleged witches, writes historian Edmund Morgan, had ceased in the colonies long before the English statute criminalizing witchcraft was repealed in 1736. Some popular sentiment, however, lagged.
2012 Academic All-Star nominees
April 22, 2012
2012 Academic All-Star nominees
Judges exceedingly impressed with this year’s All-Stars
April 22, 2012
Rand Ziegler knows it sounds cliché, but he thinks this year’s nominees for the Journal-World’s Academic All-Star honors are the best he has come across.
2012 Academic All-Stars are impressive, humble
April 22, 2012
Since 1997, the Journal-World annually has honored one class of outstanding students. The students are chosen based on their academic records and extracurricular activities.
Free State’s Ruben Ghijsen is 2012’s top Academic All-Star
April 22, 2012
Judges for this year’s Journal-World Academic All-Stars selected Ghijsen as the top student among the 26 students who were nominated by their schools. As part of the award, Ghijsen will be given a $500 scholarship from the Journal-World. Judges for this year’s Journal-World Academic All-Stars selected Ruben Ghijsen as the top student among the 26 students who were nominated by their schools. As part of the award, Ghijsen will be given a $500 scholarship from the Journal-World.
From Dakar to D.C. to Eudora, 2002’s academic all-stars continue pursuit of excellence
April 22, 2012
A decade after being named Academic All-Stars, the winners in 2002 have settled into a variety of careers and their paths have led them everywhere from Douglas County to Senegal.
‘Veep’ is too dumb for HBO
April 22, 2012
Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“Seinfeld”) stars in “Veep” (9 p.m., HBO). She’s Selina Meyer, a rising political star whose fortunes ebb when she becomes vice president. It quickly becomes clear that the unnamed and unseen president has parked her in an impossible and largely irrelevant ceremonial role to sabotage her career. Meyer and the audience discover that nothing is quite what it seems or as easy as it should be.
Horoscope for April 22
April 22, 2012
For Sunday, April 22: This year you could meet someone you believe to be your soul mate. You certainly will enjoy this person. Make no decisions at first, even if you are single. If you are attached, be careful not to become too me-oriented. After all, it takes two to have a relationship.