Archive for Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
Greensburg tree board member Ann Dixson, Pat Wirth and Tyler Watson, of Landscapes, Inc., roll a tree and its dirt bulb of a Crabapple tree they are planting near the Big Well in a hole dug for the tree Friday in Greensburg. The tree board members, volunteers and Landscape, Inc. employees planted 25 crabapple trees around the Big Well building Friday, April 13, 2012, in Greensburg, Kan. The city of Greensburg purchased 61 trees through a $20,000 gift to the city from the U.S. Chamber Business Civic Leadership Center and Siemens USA for winning the Siemens Sustainable Community Awards. 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.
6:00 a.m.
Kansas University Hospital's main entrance in Kansas City, Kan. KU Hospital to resume heart transplants
11:16 a.m., April 23, 2012 Updated 9:20 p.m.
Kansas University Hospital announced on Monday its intention to resume heart transplants at the hospital, re-establishing a program that was shut down in 1995.
10:00 a.m.
Sheriff's officers walk around a mobile home looking for occupants on Friday, April 6, 2012 at the River View Trailer Park. City inspectors have condemned six of the mobile homes for various code violations. Owner of North Lawrence mobile home park trying to answer city’s concerns
April 23, 2012
The future for residents at the troubled Riverview Trailer Park remains cloudy, but the property owner is now vowing to do his best to bring the area up to code to stop the city from closing the entire North Lawrence mobile home park.
2:00 p.m.
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach says he and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio can work together to help presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney formulate an immigration policy, despite their differences. Who has Romney’s ear on immigration, Kobach or Rubio?
April 23, 2012
The political relationship between Kobach, a Republican and national advocate for strong anti- illegal immigration laws, and Romney, who veered right during the primaries but now is trying to court Hispanic voters in the race against President Barack Obama, has been the subject of speculation in recent weeks in the national media.
6:00 p.m.
Brie Strohmeyer, an on-camera reporter for, poses with her Yorkie, Leo. KU alumna lands job as celebrity dog reporter
April 23, 2012
Brie Strohmeyer co-hosted an awards show in Hollywood in February, and just like any other awards show, there were celebrities, a red carpet, awards and lots of camera flashes. “It was as loud and crazy as an award show could possibly be,” she said.

All stories

Struggling Royals in denial
April 24, 2012
Kansas City manager Ned Yost insists the Royals are playing too well to have lost 12 straight. The Royals matched their third-longest losing streak in team history Tuesday night when Cleveland’s Derek Lowe allowed one run over six innings in the Indians’ 4-3 victory.
City says 9th, N.H. hotel project making progress
April 24, 2012
New plans for a multistory hotel project at Ninth and New Hampshire streets are moving in the right direction, Lawrence city commissioners indicated Tuesday.
KU agrees on payment package with outgoing KUMC leader Barbara Atkinson
Atkinson to receive more than $419K after she steps down
April 24, 2012
Kansas University and its retiring KU Medical Center leader have reached an agreement that will pay Barbara Atkinson more than $419,000 after she officially steps down from her role on June 30 and outlines her departure from the university.
Motor vehicle, license data conversion to affect county treasurer’s office
April 24, 2012
The state’s conversion of motor vehicle and driver’s license data to a new computer system will affect the Douglas County Treasurer’s Office.
KU student reports damage to vehicle parked outside of Hashinger Hall
April 24, 2012
A 19-year-old Kansas University student reported to KU police someone used a key to damage his vehicle and also poured an unknown substance in the gas tank as the vehicle was parked outside of Hashinger Hall, 1632 Engel Road, said Maj. Chris Keary, an assistant KU police chief.
Graffiti at Gertrude Sellards Pearson Hall reported
April 24, 2012
A suspect spray-painted graffiti on walls under construction at Gertrude Sellards Pearson Hall, 500 W. 11th St., causing $2,000 in damage some time between 3:30 p.m. Saturday and 6:30 a.m. Monday, according to a KU police report.
Injury accident reported near 23rd and Alabama on Tuesday afternoon
April 24, 2012
One person was taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital after an injury accident about 2:40 p.m. Tuesday near 23rd and Alabama streets, said Sgt. Trent McKinley, a Lawrence police spokesman.
Crist, Hawkinson, Opurum named captains of KU football team
April 24, 2012
Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis revealed after Tuesday’s practice that the Jayhawks had voted seniors Dayne Crist, Tanner Hawkinson and Toben Opurum as captains for the 2012 season.
Lawrence school district names new administrator to replace outgoing chief academic officer
April 24, 2012
Adam Holden, an assistant professor at Fort Hays State University, has been named the Lawrence school district’s new assistant superintendent of teaching and learning.
Senate leaders say it’s time to change redistricting process
April 24, 2012
The measure will be considered during the wrap-up legislative session that starts Wednesday.
Driver accused of being intoxicated, other violations, while taking kids to school
April 24, 2012
A 24-year-old Lawrence man was arrested Tuesday morning after he was accused of driving two children to school while he was intoxicated, said Sgt. Trent McKinley, a Lawrence police spokesman.
Justice Department to look at waiting list for Kansans with physical disabilities
April 24, 2012
The development comes as state legislators are set to resume the 2012 legislative session on Wednesday and work on the budget, which includes funding for those with disabilities.
Mexican national sentenced to 21 months in prison for illegally re-entering country after fatal DUI case
April 24, 2012
A 30-year-old Mexican national was sentenced Tuesday to serve 21 months in federal prison for illegally re-entering the country after killing a woman in a 2005 Lawrence drunken-driving crash, federal prosecutors said.
Tonganoxie City Council chooses new city administrator
April 24, 2012
Tonganoxie’s new city administrator will be on the job in about two weeks.
Lawmakers prepare to resume 2012 session
April 24, 2012
Kansas lawmakers resume the 2012 session Wednesday facing major unresolved issues, including passage of a state budget and redrawing the state’s political boundaries.
Kansas travel group backs immigrant worker plan
April 24, 2012
The trade group for travel and tourism businesses in Kansas has joined an effort to start a state program to place some illegal immigrants in hard-to-fill jobs.
Town Talk: Local CEO buys N. Lawrence building for charity headquarters; city engineer leaving for private sector; weekly land transfers
April 24, 2012
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
State employee association calls on Legislature to fund under-market pay increase
April 24, 2012
A recent report to the Legislature cites low pay as a major factor in the inability of several agencies, specifically state mental health hospitals, in filling needed positions, such as physicians, psychiatrists, nurses and mental health technicians.
KU student arrested for having gun in a scholarship hall
April 24, 2012
A 22-year-old Kansas University student was arrested Monday night accused of possessing a gun inside a scholarship hall, KU police said.
Douglas County land transfers for the week ending April 16, 2012
April 24, 2012
Land transfers as recorded by the Douglas County Register of Deeds for the week ending April 16, 2012.
Lawrence man, 53, injured in fight outside Jazzhaus, flown to KC hospital
April 24, 2012
A 53-year-old Lawrence man was flown to an area hospital Tuesday morning after he suffered injuries during a fight in the 900 block of Massachusetts Street.
Firefighters investigate cause of blaze at unoccupied mobile home on West 31st Street
Resident was arrested Monday night on drug-related charges, warrants
05:45 a.m., April 24, 2012 Updated 04:15 p.m.
Lawrence Douglas County Fire Medical crews Tuesday were investigating the cause of a fire that destroyed a mobile home in the 1900 block of West 31st Street.
QBs should steal show
April 24, 2012
I’m a little confused. In general, that is. I’m a lot confused as to why football players Collin Garrett and Chris Robinson were smoking in The Hawk, or anywhere else for that matter.
Heard on the Hill: $790k gift for Hall Center boosts fundraising campaign; former KU botanist Ronald McGregor dies at age 93; fraternities, sororities remember 2009 alcohol-related deaths on campus
April 24, 2012
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
100 years ago: KU Mandolin Club makes formal debut
April 24, 2012
“There are sixteen men in the club besides the soloists.”
FSHS golf 7th at T-West
April 24, 2012
Free State High’s boys golf team took seventh place Monday at the Topeka West Invitational.
Royals skid hits 11
April 24, 2012
John Farrell has plenty of reasons to be bummed that the Toronto Blue Jays won’t be back in Kansas City this season. Four of them, to be exact.
Xavier transfer Mark Lyons considering KU
April 24, 2012
Kansas University is recruiting former Xavier University basketball combo guard Mark Lyons, according to Lyons’ former prep school coach, Jason Smith.
How former Jayhawks fared (April 24)
April 24, 2012
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of April 23.
40 years ago: Eudora HS marching band members thrilled with new look
April 24, 2012
Their current uniforms, purchased in the early 1950s, were being replaced with snappy new outfits.
25 years ago: Neighborhood fights against rezoning near bank
April 24, 2012
Residents surrounding the 800 block of Tennessee Street were planning to take the issue to the Lawrence Board of Zoning Appeals.
Funding loss
April 24, 2012
I was absolutely stunned to see the cuts in funding for “safety net” organizations recently announced by United Way.
Evolving plan
April 24, 2012
At Thursday’s Historical Resources Commission meeting, the news broke that the Treanor/Compton group is withdrawing yet another of its proposals for the 900 N.H. lot.
KU Hospital advance
Creation of a new heart transplant program is a sign of the great progress being made at Kansas University Hospital.
April 24, 2012
Monday’s announcement that Kansas University Hospital plans to start a heart transplant program is great news for the hospital, as well as for patients who may someday need a new heart.
Horoscope for April 24
April 24, 2012
This year you’ll survey your assets, talents and financial well-being. If you feel unfulfilled or insecure, look to an unused talent or asset you possess. If you are single, use good sense as to how much you’ll share before getting to know a potential sweetie. If you are attached, curb your criticism and increase your appreciation.
L.A. Complex’ acknowledges poverty
April 24, 2012
Attractive strivers hang out poolside at a rundown Hollywood motel while awaiting their big break in the new series “The L.A. Complex” (8 p.m., CW). Don’t worry. It’s not located on Melrose Place. “The Lux” motel is located in a much more down-market neighborhood.
New kids on the block: WVU, TCU, Charlie Weis league newbies
April 24, 2012
Monday morning marked the first official Big 12 football function for three coaches and two universities.
Lion Anthony Buffalomeat honored
April 24, 2012
Lawrence High senior Anthony Buffalomeat recently was named to the Greater Kansas City Basketball Coaches Association’s All-Academic team.
Larry Brown introduced at SMU
April 24, 2012
Hall of Fame basketball coach Larry Brown was formally introduced as SMU’s head coach on Monday at a news conference.
FSHS soccer rolls over G-E
April 24, 2012
The final score alone doesn’t do the domination justice. Yes, Free State High’s girls soccer team beat Gardner-Edgerton, 2-0, Monday night at FSHS, but it wasn’t that close.