Archive for Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Also from April 25

On the street
How interested are you in the upcoming KU football spring game?

Poll results

Response Percent
Very interested
Somewhat interested
Not interested at all
A little interested
Total 170
Do you mention to your neighbor when his or her lawn grows too long?

Poll results

Response Percent
My neighbor doesn’t have a lawn
Total 672

Lead stories

12:00 a.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.
6:00 a.m.
Barbara Atkinson talks from the chancellor's office on Wednesday, July 15, 2009 in Strong Hall. KU agrees on payment package with outgoing KUMC leader Barbara Atkinson
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.
10:00 a.m.
The Kansas Statehouse 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.
2:00 p.m.
From right, Senate vice president, John Vratil, R-Leawood, Senate Majority Leader Jay Emler, R-McPherson, and Senate president Steve Morris, R-Hugoton. 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.
6:00 p.m.
This is a view from the front balcony of the Senate chambers at the Topeka Capitol building. Several images were merged in Photoshop to created the panorama. 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.

All stories

Charlie Weis trying to drum up game-day tradition
April 25, 2012
Coming from a place like Notre Dame, where tradition drips off the walls of the football stadium, and operating in the shadow of Allen Fieldhouse, which he called “the Mecca of college basketball,” first-year Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis has his sights set on adding a little tradition to Saturdays.
Kristen Samp says: an insider’s look at LCC
April 25, 2012
Kristen Samp, a Class A teaching professional at Lawrence Country Club, golfed at the University of Missouri (1992-1996), spent 11 years as a touring pro (LPGA and LPGA Futures tour) and is in her fourth year at LCC. Samp finished as high as third in the Big 8 championship and knows the keys to going low at LCC, a course that is neither particularly long nor tight, but is mined with trouble.
Douglas County Sheriff’s Office offers citizens academy
April 25, 2012
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is accepting applications for the department’s third annual citizens academy, which gives participants a knowledge of the duties and responsibility of the agency.
Ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate renovations to Denious Hall at Baker
April 25, 2012
Baker University is planning a ribbon-cutting ceremony May 4 for improvements to done to Denious Hall.
Pump Patrol
April 25, 2012
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.49 at several stations. If you find a lower price, call 832-7154.
Two-car accident holds up downtown traffic but injuries minor
April 25, 2012
An accident at Ninth and Tennessee streets Wednesday night held up traffic slightly but resulted in no serious injuries, Lawrence Police Sgt. Craig Shanks said.
Lawrence man pleas guilty to attempted aggravated criminal threat
April 25, 2012
Bryan D. Roberts, a 24-year-old Lawrence man, entered a plea of guilty in Douglas County District Court to a charge of attempted aggravated criminal threat and a plea of no contest to a charge of battery on a law enforcement officer.
Football player James Sims appears in court
April 25, 2012
James D. Sims, a 20-year-old Kansas University football player, appeared in Lawrence Municipal Court on Wednesday on charges of operating a vehicle under the influence.
One person injured in domestic dispute near Baldwin City
April 25, 2012
One person was injured after a domestic dispute involving a knife in the 1800 block of North 100 Road, south of Baldwin City, Douglas County Sheriff’s Sgt. Steve Lewis said. Police were called to the address sometime about 6 a.m. Wednesday.
Chancellor’s residence burglarized
April 25, 2012
Someone burglarized a guesthouse at the Chancellor’s Residence in the 1500 block of Pearson Place, according to a Kansas University police report.
House committee looks at measure that advocates individual rights
April 25, 2012
A Kansas House of Representative committee discussed a resolution Wednesday that proponents said advocates for individual rights threatened by the federal government.
Group of ex-GOP lawmakers: Schools need more funding
April 25, 2012
A group of nearly 50 former legislators — all Republicans — called for increased funding to public schools and spoke against proposals to eliminate the state income tax.
Security questions complicate withdrawal from Afghanistan
April 25, 2012
The planned 2014 withdrawal from Afghanistan of most U.S. military and NATO forces doesn’t come without huge questions that will affect regional and global security, experts at a Kansas University conference said Wednesday.
Multiple injury accidents reported Wednesday, including one fatality
April 25, 2012
Law enforcement and rescue personnel were kept busy on Wednesday as they responded to several injury accidents in Douglas County, including one fatality accident on U.S. Highway 40.
Lawrence, Topeka reach record temperatures Wednesday
April 25, 2012
The high temperature recorded for today in Lawrence — 94 degrees — beat out a record set April 25, 1989, by two degrees.
One person injured in North Lawrence crash
April 25, 2012
One person suffered a fractured arm after a two-vehicle accident at 3:05 p.m. Wednesday in North Lawrence, said Sgt. Trent McKinley, a Lawrence police spokesman.
Leadership Lawrence celebrating 30 years with event Friday
April 25, 2012
Leadership Lawrence began holding its first classes in 1982, and the group will celebrate its 30th anniversary at a banquet at 6 p.m. on Friday at Maceli’s 1031 N.H.
Lawrence woman injured in motorcycle accident
April 25, 2012
A 34-year-old Lawrence woman was taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital after a motorcycle accident Wednesday morning just east of Midland Junction.
One person critically injured in accident just west of Lawrence
April 25, 2012
One person is critically injured after a one-vehicle accident near the 1100 block of North 1700 Road west of Lawrence.
United Way seeks to make investments in Douglas County that make a difference
April 25, 2012
Here’s one item the United Way of Douglas County says it won’t be supporting in the future — the status quo. The organization has announced Baldwin City resident Becki Dick as its 2012 campaign fundraising chair, and leaders also are working to educate the public about how it is changing its approach to funding social service agencies.
Journal-World hosting reception for the unveiling of Only In Lawrence honorees
April 25, 2012
On Sunday, we’ll kick off several weeks of special coverage of our 2012 Only in Lawrence honorees. The public is invited to a reception Thursday afternoon to highlight these folks’ contributions to our community. The reception honoring the Larry Award honorees starts at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the News Center, Seventh and New Hampshire. We hope you can join us as we applaud our hometown heroes who make Lawrence such a great place to live, work and play.
Golf tournament to raise money for scholarships for children of first-responders
April 25, 2012
Registration is open for the Valor Public Safety Awards Golf Tournament May 11 at Alvamar Public Golf Course.
Father accused of driving his children to school drunk released from jail
April 25, 2012
A 24-year-old Lawrence man accused of driving his two children to school Tuesday while he was intoxicated was released from jail Wednesday.
SRS officials alleges fraud, inadequate record keeping at independent living centers; centers strike back
12:28 p.m., April 25, 2012 Updated 03:00 p.m.
“I was in disbelief,” said Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services Secretary Phyllis Gilmore. “Someone in elementary school could have done better record keeping,” she said.
No deal reached in Kansas abortion threat case
April 25, 2012
The government’s lawsuit against an abortion opponent accused of sending a threatening letter to a Wichita doctor appears headed for trial.
Fort Riley brigade readies for Afghanistan
April 25, 2012
A brigade of the Army’s 1st Infantry Division is preparing to leave Fort Riley for a yearlong deployment to Afghanistan.
Chamber hires Missouri economic development professional to become next CEO
08:59 a.m., April 25, 2012 Updated 08:24 a.m.
A longtime Missouri economic development leader, touted as a deal-maker, will become the next president and CEO of the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce.
Perry man killed in one-vehicle rollover accident west of Lawrence
08:33 a.m., April 25, 2012 Updated 05:26 p.m.
One person was killed Wednesday morning in a one-vehicle rollover accident on U.S. Highway 40 west of Lawrence, according to Kansas Highway Patrol dispatchers.
Senate Republican leaders say Kansans want property tax relief, not income tax cuts
April 25, 2012
In an interview with the Lawrence Journal-World, Senate President Steve Morris, R-Hugoton, Senate Vice President John Vratil, R-Leawood, and Senate Majority Leader Jay Emler, R-McPherson, said Brownback’s desire to phase out the income tax is off track.
Town Talk: Home builders off to better start in 2012; home sales, however, still down from a year ago; Spring Parade of Homes set for this weekend and next
April 25, 2012
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
No-smoking sign is no Star of David
April 25, 2012 in print edition on A6
John Raese is feeling persecuted. Raese, a West Virginia businessman running for the Senate, declared in a recent speech that he doesn’t want the government telling him what to do “because I’m an American.” Specifically, he lamented that he is required to place a “huge sticker” on his buildings declaring them smoke-free environments. “Remember Hitler used to put Star of David on everybody’s lapel, remember that? Same thing,” he said. Ahem.
Heard on the Hill: Presidential candidates talk student debt; law student enjoys his iPhone apps; undergraduates presenting research on everything from neon drums to Thromboxane A2 on Saturday
April 25, 2012
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Captains: O-line in good hands
April 25, 2012
A big chair looked small when Tanner Hawkinson sat in it and talked about the honor of being selected as one of the Kansas University football team’s three captains.
Lions bounce back from losses, win 6-1
April 25, 2012
After losing two of three games this past weekend at the River City Baseball Festival, Lawrence High’s players couldn’t wait to get back on the field and prove themselves.
How former Jayhawks fared (April 25)
April 25, 2012 in print edition on B2
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of April 24.
Firebirds softball splits doubleheader
April 25, 2012
Free State’s softball team overcame a four-run first-inning deficit Tuesday for a 9-5 victory against Olathe North and a doubleheader split.
Hot-hitting Lions softball sweeps Leavenworth
April 25, 2012
Leavenworth starter Layne Broeker had just thrown eight straight balls and surrendered two walks to open the bottom of the first when Lawrence High coach Nick Wood walked over to say a quick word to his three-hole hitter, Morgan Byrn.
Peer pressure: Weis names captains early, hoping to stem off-field woes
April 25, 2012
Most seasons and at most schools, college football teams select their captains in August, a few weeks after players report to preseason camp.
LHS pair sweep at tennis quad
April 25, 2012
Thomas Irick went 3-0 at No. 1 singles, and Victor Andrade was 3-0 in No. 2 singles to lead Lawrence High’s boys tennis team Tuesday at the Topeka Seaman quadrangular.
FSHS soccer wins despite ejection
April 25, 2012
Despite losing a player to ejection in the first half and needing to play the rest of the night a player down, Free State High handily dispatched Olathe South, 5-2, in Sunflower League soccer on Tuesday night at the Olathe District Activities Center.
Death, suffering
April 25, 2012
The April 15 article about physician assisted suicide sounds attractive except for Christians who believe that the Lord gives and the Lord takes away (Job 1:21). I do not believe that suicide is an unforgivable sin but one where Christians (and non-Christians) are deceived by Satan. Christians, who take their own lives, fail during their time of desperation to remember God’s truth that all things (even the trial they are going through) work together for good for those who love Him and are called according to His purposes (Romans 8:28). Even in the darkest times, we can still cry out to God and He will deliver us and we will glorify Him (Psalm 50:15).
Good service
April 25, 2012
Life is good in small towns and small businesses. I am a 65-plus-year-old lifelong resident of south Douglas County and I shop in the big box stores and the small mom and pop stores as well. It is interesting to compare the attitude and service provided by both.
Parking problem
April 25, 2012
Well, I see the City Commission, in its infinite wisdom, has done it again. I’m referring to the no RV parking near South Park. You did manage to run off two individuals who didn’t quite fit Larryville’s definition of normal, but what else might you have done? Let me ask you this. Where am I supposed to park when I come downtown? I do that more infrequently than you know. I drive a 22-foot motor home, and that’s the only area near downtown I can find where it’s legal and reasonably easy to park.
KanCare reprieve
Delaying inclusion of people with developmental disabilities in the state’s new managed care plan is only the first step.
April 25, 2012
It’s good news that an agreement apparently has been reached to delay coverage of Kansans with developmental disabilities under KanCare, the state’s new managed care plan. Perhaps the delay will give members of the Brownback administration time to truly consider and take actions to address the concerns of the families and care providers of this fragile population.
25 years ago: New faces to greet lake visitors this summer
April 25, 2012
There had been a bit of shuffling among the staff of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
40 years ago: Lawrence represented at Big Eight Cities conference
April 25, 2012
Ten Lawrence representatives were planning to attend the annual Big Eight Cities Conference in Lincoln, Nebraska.
100 years ago: Soda fountain a delight for the senses
April 25, 2012
“In many ways the soda fountain at Raymond’s is the best known in the state.”
Free State baseball loses, 10-4
April 25, 2012
Olathe South built a six-run lead in the first two innings and went on to defeat Free State, 10-4, on Tuesday night in high school baseball.
Horoscope for April 25
April 25, 2012
You often are more serious than you need to be. On the other hand, you make good choices. If you are single, your charisma flashes a “come hither” message. If you are attached, the two of you need to plan frequent vacations close to home, but without all the people you interact with on a daily basis.
‘Locked Up’ more dumb dude routine
April 25, 2012
Is tonight’s “celebrity” edition of “Locked Up Abroad” (9 p.m., National Geographic) a cautionary tale? Or a comedy? It’s hard to turn a series all but based on “Midnight Express” into a sitcom. But it’s not impossible.
Kansas men’s basketball notebook: Lyons to visit KU; Self offers NYC prep
April 25, 2012
Former Xavier University basketball combo guard Mark Lyons said Tuesday he is considering a transfer to just three schools — Kansas University, Kentucky and Arizona.