Archive for Friday, April 27, 2012

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Blog entries
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Exonerated, but still not free

Joe Jones was the first person in the state to be exonerated of a crime by DNA evidence, but life after prison has been difficult. Now authorities have identified the man they say is responsible.

On the street
Photo galleries
Life, intersecting 2012 Sunflower League boys tennis invitational
Should lawyers be allowed to ask invading or personal questions during jury selection?

Poll results

Response Percent
Not sure
Total 458
Have you ever made a pledge to your college's capital campaign?

Poll results

Response Percent
I haven’t attended a college
Total 383

Lead stories

6:00 a.m.
C.J. Brune of Lawrence protested at the Capitol on Thursday against a bill that she said would allow discrimination against gays and lesbians. Protesters say bill would allow discrimination against gays, lesbians
April 26, 2012
Senate Bill 142 is called the Kansas Preservation of Religious Freedom Act. Supporters say it is needed to prevent government from forcing a person to violate their religious beliefs. It was approved last month by the House on a 91-33 vote and is pending before the Senate.
10:00 a.m.
John Harjo pushes a trash bin while members of the city's Solid Waste Task Force observe, Tuesday, May 17, 2011. The task force took a tour to learn more about of Lawrence trash and recycling operations. Report provides details on trash carts
April 26, 2012
A proposal to require Lawrence households to start using city-owned trash carts instead of standard bags or cans is rolling ever closer to a debate at Lawrence City Hall.
2:00 p.m.
In this photo from May 8, 2011, Christian radio host Harold Camping, right, leads Sunday service at the Veterans Memorial Building in Alameda, Calif. The Christian radio host who predicted the world would end over the weekend said Monday he's ready to talk about why the apocalypse didn't arrive. Harold Camping declined to immediately comment to The Associated Press but said he'll make a full statement in a broadcast through his Oakland-based Family Radio International. 
Stop freaking out: World won’t end in 2012, expert says
April 26, 2012
Will the world end in December 2012? Don’t bet on it, experts say. Or at least, if it does, don’t blame the Maya.
6:07 p.m.
Quail Run fourth-graders Simon Zimmerman, Matthew Watson and Jacob Thompson try to stay in step while learning how to line dance with KU student teachers Katie Stearns and Mallory Bayles on Wednesday at Quail Run School. Since February, 25 KU elementary education majors have visited Quail Run’s fourth-grade class as part of their intermediate literacy class. KU student teachers, Quail Run fourth-graders learn from each other
April 26, 2012
With a guitar in hand and wearing cowboy boots, Kansas University student Mallory Bayles leads Quail Run fourth-graders in a rendition of “Home on the Range.”
10:00 p.m.
Kindergartners Ainsley Weiss and Ethan Harper look through a book during class Monday. The Lawrence school board voted to extend the full-day kindergarten program to the remaining four schools that don’t have it: Sunset Hill, Deerfield, Quail Run and Langston Hughes. Enrollment increase, money management have enabled school budget reversal
April 26, 2012
Earlier this week, the Lawrence school board reversed years of budget cutting and approved nearly $2 million worth of new programs. The board expanded the district’s full-day kindergarten to four more schools, added 21 new teachers to the district and agreed to fund a program geared toward getting more middle-of-the road students and first-generation college students into universities.

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Pump Patrol
April 27, 2012
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.47 at several stations. If you find a lower price, call 832-7154.
Ottawa woman reports car stolen
April 27, 2012
A 28-year-old Ottawa woman reported her 1999 Mazda stolen from the 1400 block of Seventh Street on Wednesday, according to police reports. She valued the car at $2,000.
Holton woman injured in Leavenworth County crash
April 27, 2012
A 52-year-old Holton woman was injured Thursday night in a one-vehicle crash in Leavenworth County near Lansing, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol.
Kan. officials pleased by farm labor rules’ demise
April 27, 2012
Kansas officials say they’re relieved the federal government has abandoned proposed rules restricting farm work by children.
Career path leads area resident to life on the farm
April 27, 2012
Stephanie Thomas let out a sign of joy Friday morning when she opened the doors to a greenhouse on the Spring Creek Farm she and Tom Maiorana own south of Baldwin City.
Douglas County tornado watch canceled
07:03 p.m., April 27, 2012 Updated 09:58 p.m.
The National Weather Service in Topeka allowed a tornado watch for Douglas County to expire at 9 p.m.
KU opera, symphony students to take stage at ‘surreal’ Kauffman Center
April 27, 2012
Annalize Sussman remembers the first time she saw the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. “I thought it was magical,” the Kansas University master’s student says.
Art in Motion to bring upbeat energy to Dance Carnival
April 27, 2012
Cathy Patterson has heard people’s reservations about dance performances: “They’re boring” and “the music isn’t fun.”
Avengers’ kicks off big summer movie season
April 27, 2012
The summer movie season starts next weekend, and it starts big.
Timeline: The intersecting lives of Joe Jones and Joel Russell
April 27, 2012
Timeline of the case
KU student documents Brazilian shanty town
April 27, 2012
Sarah Stern, a Lawrence native and Kansas University junior, still thinks about Rocinha. It’s been a year since her trip to the Brazilian favela, but her memories are still clear and unshakable.
State commits to building 15th Street interchange on SLT if $2 million in local funds is used
April 27, 2012
A long talked-about interchange at Bob Billings Parkway and the South Lawrence Trafficway may be under construction by 2014, if city and county commissioners can find an extra $2 million in their future budgets.
Yale student from Lawrence wins speaker award at national tournament
April 27, 2012
Yale University senior Kate Falkenstien, a 2008 Free State High School graduate, earned the top varsity speaker award last weekend at the American Parliamentary National Debate Association’s national championship tournament.
Number of untested DNA from rape cases is ‘big national problem’
April 27, 2012
There’s an unknown number of such evidence kits across the country — all with the key to solving other cold cases — that sit untested, as in the Russell case, said Scott Berkowitz, president of the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network.
After trend of wrongful convictions nationwide, Topeka police change witness identification methods
April 27, 2012
With mounting evidence that eyewitness misidentifications have led to scores of wrongful convictions over the years, police are changing practices.
Wichita man sentenced for federal gun charge
April 27, 2012
A federal judge sentenced a 22-year-old Wichita man, who has been convicted in a 2010 Lawrence robbery, to serve 12 months and one day in federal prison for a separate firearms conviction.
For wrongly convicted man, healing begins
Now that authorities have charged a man for a 1985 rape that sent Joe Jones to prison, he’s hoping to move on. But questions remain about prosecutors’ ability to take the case to trial.
April 27, 2012
By no choice of his own, Joe Jones’ life has been intertwined with Joel Russell’s for nearly three decades.
Lawrence man, 33, cited for allegedly kicking puppy
April 27, 2012
Lawrence police ticketed a 33-year-old Lawrence man Friday after he was accused of kicking a puppy on April 6 in the 1600 block of University Drive.
Victim in 1985 rape case speaks out
April 27, 2012
Editor’s note: The victim in the wrongful conviction case of Joe Jones has been in contact with the Journal-World since October. She has expressed gratitude for the articles about the case, and their role in reopening the case, leading to a DNA profile match. However, the woman has expressed frustration, at times, with the coverage and a lack of information from her point of view. While the woman declined a Journal-World interview request, she provided this letter.
Brownback urges passage of tax cut plan
03:43 p.m., April 27, 2012 Updated 04:14 p.m.
But Democrats were highly critical of the package, saying such a massive tax cut would rob funding for schools, social services and public safety, all of which have been cut in recent years because of the historic revenue drop during the recession.
FSHS baseball vs. BVN pushed back a day
April 27, 2012
The Free State High baseball team’s Friday home game against Blue Valley North has been postponed with the threat of inclement weather.
Douglas County under tornado watch until 9 p.m.
April 27, 2012
The National Weather Service has placed Douglas County under a tornado watch until 9 p.m.
Former fundraiser for KU Endowment chosen to lead community’s tourism industry
April 27, 2012
A former fundraiser with the Kansas University Endowment Association has been named as the next leader of the community’s tourism industry.
Two people injured in 23rd Street accident
11:32 a.m., April 27, 2012 Updated 02:23 p.m.
Lawrence police are blocking westbound traffic on 23rd Street at Naismith Drive after a report of an accident near 23rd Street and Ousdahl Road.
Lawrence man charged with theft
11:09 a.m., April 27, 2012 Updated 04:23 p.m.
Lawrence police arrested a 36-year-old Lawrence man Thursday night after a chase with officers in the southeastern part of the city, said Sgt. Trent McKinley, a police spokesman.
Kansas Senate panel advances new districts map
April 27, 2012
A group of lawmakers endorsed new maps for Kansas Senate districts Friday, setting the stage for a vote next week as the deadline for approving the maps grows closer.
Kansas trooper cleared in fatal shooting
April 27, 2012
Investigators have cleared a Kansas Highway Patrol trooper of any wrongdoing in the fatal shooting of a man last year.
Wichita man gets life for rape, burning stepdaughter
April 27, 2012
A Wichita man has been sentenced to life plus 14 years in prison for raping his 10-year-old stepdaughter and setting her on fire.
Kansas groups plan ‘We Are Women’ rally at Capitol
April 27, 2012
Organizers are hoping for a turnout of at least several hundred people Saturday for what they’re calling a rally for women’s rights in Topeka.
Town Talk: State moving ahead with $17 million West Lawrence interchange for SLT; KDOT also preparing for SLT eastern leg construction; N. Lawrence project heads to City Hall
April 27, 2012
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Heard on the Hill: Alumnus puts his English degree to good use; Wichita State president should be named today; book collections earn cash for their owners
April 27, 2012
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
40 years ago: Motorcycle race track approved
April 27, 2012
The commissioners approved a permit for the track near Big Springs — with several conditions.
25 years ago: Fire causes extensive damage to fraternity house
April 27, 2012
A fire inspector’s report from a few months earlier had shown fire hazards in the house.
100 years ago: LHS Junior Prom a big success
April 27, 2012
“The dining room was beautifully decorated…. The dainty refreshments were served by the girls of the refreshment committee.”
Course comfort: KU golfers hope LCC familiarity helps vs. Big 12 foes
April 27, 2012
Kansas University senior golfer Katy Nugent is cheering for Mother Nature to play some tricks during this weekend’s Big 12 championships at Lawrence Country Club.
Free State takes fourth, LHS eighth at Sunflower League tennis
April 27, 2012
One by one, the matches on the surrounding Indian Creek Racquet Club courts wrapped up.
Ex-KU assistant Tim Jankovich joins Larry Brown at SMU
April 27, 2012 in print edition on B2
Illinois State basketball coach Tim Jankovich has accepted an assistant coaching position on Larry Brown’s staff at SMU. Jankovich, 52, will take over as SMU head coach when the 71-year-old Brown’s tenure, however long it be, ends.
Eastern Michigan names KU women’s basketball assistant as coach
April 27, 2012
Eastern Michigan named Kansas women’s basketball assistant coach Tory Verdi as its new head coach Thursday afternoon.
KU tennis loses 4-0 at Big 12
April 27, 2012
Kansas women’s tennis closed its season with a 4-0 loss to No. 7 Oklahoma in the first round of the Big 12 Championships on Thursday in College Station, Texas.
Firebirds first, Lions second at Olathe South swim quad
April 27, 2012
Free State finished first with 442 points at the the Olathe South Quad Swimming and Diving meet Thursday in Olathe.
FSHS softball sweeps SM West
April 27, 2012
Free State softball took a double-header at Shawnee Mission West on Thursday in Overland Park, a 14-0 five-inning rule-rule, followed by a 5-4 win.
LHS baseball falls, 3-2 in nine innings
April 27, 2012
Lawrence High’s baseball team rallied for a tie in the seventh inning but fell to Shawnee Mission South, 3-2 in nine innings Thursday.
Free State soccer shuts out Olathe North
April 27, 2012
Free State soccer coach Kelly Barah was happy but not ecstatic following his team’s 1-0 home victory over Olathe North on Thursday night.
How former Jayhawks fared (April 27)
April 27, 2012 in print edition on B2
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of April 26.
Free State’s offense stagnates in 1-0 loss
April 27, 2012
Base runners were never the problem for the Free State baseball team Thursday night.
Vitale lauds McLemore, Jayhawks in early ranks
April 27, 2012
ESPN’s Dick Vitale has ranked Kansas University’s basketball team No. 4 in the country in his first preseason poll for the 2012-13 season. His final preseason rankings will be released in October.
Run coverage
April 27, 2012
I participated in the Kansas Half-Marathon on Sunday, April 22.
Chamber hire
The Lawrence Chamber of Commerce’s new CEO offers some strong economic development credentials, which we hope will pay off for Lawrence.
April 27, 2012
A former colleague at the Springfield (Mo.) Area Chamber of Commerce described Greg Williams as someone who “knows how to make things happen. He knows how to put deals together.”
Horoscope for April 27
April 27, 2012
This year you’ll skip over confusion through a desire to really see the facts. Misunderstandings will become less common if you are willing to confirm the conversation, interaction or plans. If you are single, you could meet someone significant at any given moment. If you are attached, your relationship benefits from your clarity and optimism.
War on terror is far from over
April 27, 2012 in print edition on A8
“The war on terror is over,” or so claims an unnamed senior State Department official, as reported by National Journal’s Michael Hirsh in his recent article “The Post al-Qaida Era.” Really? Well, if the war is over, I must have missed the peace treaty signing ceremony. I also haven’t noticed a decline in incendiary rhetoric, or the disarmament — or at least laying down of arms — that usually accompanies the end of war. Does this mean we can do away with full-body scanners and TSA pat-downs?
‘Whale Wars’ moves to N. Atlantic
April 27, 2012
A new season of “Whale Wars” (8 p.m., Animal Planet) moves the action to a different ocean battleground.
Gasoline prices are a mystery
April 27, 2012 in print edition on A8
Last week I paid 10-cents-a-gallon less for gasoline than I did the week before, at the same service station. While $3.79 seemed a bargain, it did cause me to wonder. Last weekend, I noticed the price sign at the station showed regular gasoline dropped an additional 5 cents to $3.74 a gallon.