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Revised Ninth and New Hampshire project still fails review
April 30, 2012
Close is not close enough. New plans for a multistory hotel/retail building at the southeast corner of Ninth and New Hampshire won over some key opponents Monday night, but the city’s Historic Resources Commission found the proposed building is still too tall to fit in with a historic east Lawrence neighborhood.
Nuclear war to Civil War: Tourism leader has seen city through it all
April 30, 2012
Not many folks can say their careers actually started off with a bang — a nuclear one, nonetheless. It didn’t look like Judy Billings’ would either.
First Management staff member reports damage to elevator at 901 N.H.
April 30, 2012
A First Management staff member reported to Lawrence police that someone caused $1,000 in damage to an elevator at 901 N.H. The damaged occurred between 1:44 a.m. and 3:06 a.m. Saturday.
Trinity Episcopal Church staff member reports damage to tapestry
April 30, 2012
A staff member at Trinity Episcopal Church, 1011 Vt., reported to police someone caused $1,000 in damage to a tapestry sometime between 11 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. Saturday.
Burglary, theft reported in 3000 block of Bob Billings Parkway
April 30, 2012
An 18-year-old Lawrence man reported to Lawrence police a burglary and theft of $5,500 cash that occurred between 10:48 p.m. and 10:53 p.m. Saturday from the 3000 block of Bob Billings Parkway.
Ottawa man reports forgery, theft involving U.S. Treasury tax refund check
April 30, 2012
A 44-year-old Ottawa man made a forgery and theft report to Lawrence police Thursday alleging that on March 6 someone forged a U.S. Treasury tax refund check and stole $1,353 from him and a 31-year-old Lawrence woman.
Investigation of April 24 mobile home fire continues
April 30, 2012
Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical workers are continuing to investigate the fire that caused a total loss to a mobile home at Gaslight Village, 1900 W. 31st St., about 5:30 a.m. April 24, said Division Chief James King, the department’s fire marshal.
More than 400 pounds of medication collected for prescription drug ‘Take-Back Day’
April 30, 2012
Lawrence Police Department and Douglas County Sheriff’s officers collected 401.5 pounds of medication as part of Saturday’s nationwide prescription drug “Take-Back Day,” said Sgt. Trent McKinley, a police spokesman.
Lawrence Farmers’ Market opens with plenty of food and fun for all
Weekday markets, children’s theater auditions also open this week
05:02 p.m., April 30, 2012 Updated 10:30 a.m.
For those of you who tell the changing of the seasons by the sun dial known as the Lawrence Farmers’ Market — summer’s grand entrance is scheduled for this weekend.
Federal authorities make new claims against Douglas County man accused of failing to register as sex offender
April 30, 2012
A federal grand jury has indicted a Douglas County man already accused of failing to register as a sex offender on two additional charges.
Around and About for April 28, 2012
April 30, 2012
Six Washburn University students from Douglas County recently won scholarships from the Washburn School of Business.
Lawrence man, 38, sentenced to eight years in prison for crimes, including solicitation of a minor
April 30, 2012
A Douglas County judge Monday sentenced a 38-year-old Lawrence man to serve eight years in prison for convictions in three cases, including indecent solicitation of a minor.
Around and About for April 21, 2012
April 30, 2012
Students in this semester’s International Business class at Kansas State University got a taste of the European luxury market during their spring break faculty-led trip to the United Kingdom, France and Germany. The course creates awareness of the contemporary international environment, how it is changing and how that affects the United States. Area students participating in the European trip included Jacob Mark, a senior in management from Basehor, and Andrea Fouts, a senior in marketing from Ottawa.
Number of meth labs in Kansas increasing, according to KBI
April 30, 2012
Kansas saw a nearly 50-percent increase in methamphetamine lab incidents between 2010 and 2011, according to updated numbers provided by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation.
Sheriff’s officers discover loaded handgun behind North Lawrence store
12:21 p.m., April 30, 2012 Updated 02:52 p.m.
Douglas County Sheriff’s officers recovered a bicycle and a loaded handgun Monday morning behind Dollar General in North Lawrence after a theft was reported about 6 a.m. from a yard, said Undersheriff Steve Hornberger.
Lawmakers struggling with effects of income tax elimination on state budget
April 30, 2012
Kansas legislators are still trying to pin down how a compromise plan for cutting income and sales taxes will affect the state budget.
Kansas Motor Vehicles offices closed this week
April 30, 2012
Anyone who has business with the Kansas Department of Motor Vehicles needs to get it done on Monday.
Wichita memorial to Vietnam warriors installed
April 30, 2012
A memorial honoring Americans and South Vietnamese who fought in the Vietnam war has been installed on the banks of the Arkansas River in Wichita.
Jail escapes prompt move of higher-risk inmates
April 30, 2012
State prisoners won’t return anytime soon to a Kansas jail where four inmates escaped earlier this month, and most of the sex offenders and convicted killers housed in three other county jails have been moved to state prisons, the state’s corrections secretary said.
Kansas center preserves stories of local farm life
April 30, 2012
For southeast Kansas farmers, the Great Depression marked the beginning of a transformation as machines replaced horses and the government undertook an effort to bring power to rural communities.
Town Talk: City report details dollar totals for tax abatements, incentives for The Oread, other projects; city staff recommends approval of 9th and N.H. building at tonight’s HRC meeting
April 30, 2012
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Tax-cut would lead to state deficits
07:01 a.m., April 30, 2012 Updated 04:21 p.m.
An earlier projection provided by the Kansas Legislative Research Department showed the tax cuts would transform a $612 million surplus in the next fiscal year into a $911 million deficit in a little more than five years. But that, officials said, was based on an earlier version of the bill. The newest state general revenue fund profile showed a deficit of $161 million by July 1, 2017.
Biere, Mayfield win KU’s Bob Frederick Award
Athletes honored at Senior Awards dinner
April 30, 2012
KU’s Allison Mayfield and Tim Biere were honored at the annual Senior Awards dinner on Sunday night in Allen Fieldhouse.
Feature presentation: Focus Film Festival the result of ‘a lot of hard work’
Lawrence High School films earn 8 awards
April 30, 2012
When the Focus Film Festival began in 2006, a total of four high schools entered 11 films into the competition. Since then, the festival has grown tremendously with young directors from 14 schools in northeastern Kansas entering nearly 80 films into this year’s edition.
Jayhawks in the NBA (April 29)
April 30, 2012
How former Jayhawks fared in NBA playoff games Sunday, April 29, 2012.
Kansas baseball, softball washed
April 30, 2012
Rainy weather forced the cancellation of the final games of weekend series for Kansas University’s baseball and softball teams.
KU men’s golf 10th at Big 12
April 30, 2012
Kansas University’s men’s golf team placed 10th of 10 teams at the Big 12 Championships on Sunday at Whispering Pines Golf Club.
Heard on the Hill: ‘Manna Meters’ are collecting donations in the Kansas Union; KU prof weighs in on latest texting and driving research; Wichita State names former W. Carolina chancellor as president
April 30, 2012
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
A&M golfer takes title
Oklahoma claims team crown; KU surges, but finishes 10th
April 30, 2012
After sinking the four-foot putt on her final hole, Texas A&M’s Mary Michael Maggio immediately looked at her coach. “Is it close?” Maggio said. “Yeah,” Aggies coach Trelle McCombs said. “It’s close.”
25 years ago: Construction bids approved for new elementary school
April 30, 2012
No local general contractors had bid on the $3 million project.
40 years ago: County government determined to make switch to computerization
April 30, 2012
Douglas County commissioners and officials had just returned from a quick trip to Reno County to view their computerized bookkeeping system.
100 years ago: Young rural pupil sets record for school attendance
April 30, 2012
“The district school children have to go a long distance to school and in bad weather it takes a lot of grit to go every day.”
April 30, 2012
Divorces granted in Douglas County District Court the week ending April 27, 2012.
April 30, 2012
Marriage licenses issued in Douglas County District Court the week ending April 27, 2012.
April 30, 2012
Douglas County residents or businesses filing for bankruptcy protection recently in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the District of Kansas, according to court records.
Long haul
The Kansas Department of Transportation is moving full speed ahead on plans to complete the South Lawrence Trafficway.
April 30, 2012
The state is awaiting a court decision that could finally clear the way for completion of the South Lawrence Trafficway, but highway officials want to be ready to get to work when the decision arrives.
Horoscope for April 30
April 30, 2012
This year, do not take offers or good will for granted. You could discover that you missed an opportunity or a friendship has soured. If you are single, a potential long-term relationship could appear. If you are attached, work on your appreciation for each other.
‘Top Gear’ worships NASCAR
April 30, 2012
“Top Gear” (7:30 p.m., BBC) has always taken a cheeky look at car culture. But it has always offered criticism based on love and devotion.
Islamic influence survives bin Laden
April 30, 2012 in print edition on A8
In the year since Osama bin Laden’s death, it has been a comforting thought for Westerners to say that he failed. And that’s certainly true in terms of al-Qaida, whose scorched-earth jihad tactics alienated Muslims along with everyone else. But in terms of bin Laden’s broader goal of moving the Islamic world away from Western influence, he has done better than we might like to think.
Is likability the key to ‘12 victory?
April 30, 2012 in print edition on A8
And so now we take on the question that has haunted you since the seventh grade: How important is it to be well-liked?
Elaborate prom invites get new name: Prom-posals
April 30, 2012
Never mind a text that meekly asks “will u go 2 prom w/me?” Today’s teenagers are taking a cue from elaborately staged wedding proposals, inviting each other to prom with flash mobs, scavenger hunts, homemade music videos and even airplane banners flying over the beach.
Just a tantrum or something more?
April 30, 2012
Every parent of a kindergartner has probably experienced a child’s tantrum, but few would expect law enforcement to intervene. After Salecia Johnson, 6, was handcuffed and taken to the police station for throwing a tantrum at her school in Milledgeville, Ga., it left many asking, when is a tantrum just a passing tantrum and when is it a cause for concern?
Small cages cramp parrots’ style, health
April 30, 2012
Mira Tweti does plenty of squawking over the size of parrot cages.
Fix-It Chick: Fix a wobbly chair
April 30, 2012
If you have wooden chairs, chances are at some point you will have wobbly wooden chairs.
River City Jules: Young entrepreneurs
April 30, 2012
Springtime not only brings the new flowers in the garden and the new rabbits who will eat them, but the entrepreneurial spirit of lemonade stand operators in neighborhoods everywhere.
Silly Gilly Gil teaches kids life lessons
April 30, 2012
When Donna Frantz’s grandson was born, she wasn’t quite ready to be called “Grandma.” Instead, she decided to go by the Spanish-inspired name of “Abue” (pronounced ahb-way). A few years later, the nickname has transformed into a pen name.
Lawrence Laundry: A prom ‘do you can do yourself
April 30, 2012
The girls and I took turns experimenting with different hairstyles as Spencer looked up cheap flights to Ireland, ate four dozen cookies and said, “Oh, her hair looks cool” at all the appropriate times.
Double Take: ‘3 E’s‘ help kids face bullying
April 30, 2012
Some adults still imagine bullies as bigger kids who pick on weaker ones on the playground or after school, taking lunch money and smashing eyeglasses. But that doesn’t fully explain bullying anymore.
Offbeat Occupations: Love of books led to career as illustrator
April 30, 2012
Amy Moreno grew up in a book family.
10 items for kids’ craft cupboard
April 30, 2012
As summer break nears and the days get longer, many parents are searching for meaningful ways to keep children occupied. What better time to make sure your family’s crafts cupboard is well stocked and up to date?
10 uses for mason jars
April 30, 2012
It used to be a little cottage-y and quaint to have a cupboard full of lid-free mason jars. You know, like you can preserves yourself in a kitchen decked out with roosters and red-and-white checked textiles, and then enjoy the final product on toast made from homemade bread, served with a side of orange juice in last year’s preserves jar. (A pie on the window sill completes the picture, no?)
Lawrence Flea organizer has ‘big ideas’ for fledgling market
April 30, 2012
There’s a new game in town for those who fancy themselves “pickers.” Those whose idea of a good time is kicking around a flea market in search of treasures are in luck as well. The nascent Lawrence Flea market, which started last October, embarked on what will be its first full season on April 7 with around 10 vendors selling everything from vintage trophies and vinyl records to NASCAR T-shirts and knives.