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Creating a stir in 2012
Tax cuts and redistricting were the big news this legislative session, but don’t forget these 10 buzzworthy items from the past year
11:40 p.m., June 1, 2012 Updated 11:42 a.m.
The 2012 legislative session, which officially ended Friday, will most likely be remembered for passage of an historic tax cut and a redistricting mess that continues to be played out. But aside from fights over tax cuts and redistricting, there were plenty of other moments in the session under the Capitol dome that created buzz and heated up the twitterverse and blogosphere.
Wife fulfills promise to husband to launch his ashes into space
June 1, 2012
Lawrence resident Vicki Julian fulfilled a promise to her husband Steve Julian by launching his ashes into space May 22 on a SpaceX Rocket.
Educator heading to Hall of Fame
June 1, 2012
A Lawrence educator who started her career teaching students to use manual typewriters and went on to oversee the first junior high computer lab in the district is being inducted today in the Kansas Teachers’ Hall of Fame. Brilla Highfill Scott, who taught business classes at Lawrence High School and was principal at West Middle School, is one of nine teachers being honored in Dodge City today.
Pump Patrol
June 1, 2012
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.29 at several stations. If you find a lower price, call 832-7154.
Governor signs into law bill aimed at remedial courses
June 1, 2012
A bill aimed at helping college students who fall below minimum admissions standards to succeed and also halting state funding of remedial courses was signed into law by Gov. Sam Brownback.
Kansas girl, 12, may be with Canadian met online
June 1, 2012
Police say a 12-year-old Kansas girl’s parents didn’t report her missing until 12 hours after they believe she left her home with a Canadian man she met on the Internet.
Man charged in connection with disturbance involving a handgun on Melrose Lane
02:50 p.m., June 1, 2012 Updated 04:16 p.m.
Douglas County prosecutors Friday charged a 53-year-old Leavenworth man in connection with a disturbance involving a handgun Thursday afternoon at a Lawrence apartment.
Big 12 men’s basketball tournament will stay in Sprint Center through 2016
Conference announces two-year extension
02:34 p.m., June 1, 2012 Updated 11:28 p.m.
The Big 12 tournament will remain at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo., through at least the 2016 season, the conference announced at a press conference at Sprint Center on Friday afternoon.The Big 12 tournament will remain at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo., through at least the 2016 season, the conference announced at a press conference at Sprint Center on Friday afternoon.
Rooks County sheriff resigns amid allegations he distributed meth
June 1, 2012
Rooks County Sheriff Randy Axelson has resigned.
Former Jefferson County commissioner to challenge Sheriff Herrig in August Republican primary
June 1, 2012
A former Jefferson County commissioner will challenge Sheriff Jeff Herrig in the August Republican primary.
Funding for the arts restored in new state budget
June 1, 2012
One year ago, Gov. Sam Brownback stunned arts advocates nationwide by vetoing funding for the Kansas Arts Commission.
Unemployment rate in Lawrence remains steady in April
June 1, 2012
The job situation in Kansas and in Lawrence continues to show improvement, according to the state labor department.
Kansas House Speaker O’Neal retires as legislature ends
June 1, 2012
Kansas House Speaker Mike O’Neal is retiring from office.
Topeka man charged in 2 vehicular assault cases
June 1, 2012
Prosecutors have charged a 20-year-old man in two separate vehicular assault cases, including the recent death of a Topeka teenager.
Lawmaker seeks delay on Eisenhower Memorial in DC
June 1, 2012
The chairman of the House Oversight Committee is asking for further delay on any approvals for the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial being planned for the a site near the National Mall.
Widow of late state lawmaker to finish term
June 1, 2012
The widow of the late state Rep. Bob Bethell has been picked to serve the remainder of his legislative term, but she said she will not seek election to seat once the term ends.
No final attempt made to put portion of Lawrence in 1st as Legislature adjourns
June 1, 2012
The Kansas Legislature adjourned today without making one last try to approve a congressional redistricting map that would put a portion of Lawrence in the 1st district.
Statehouse Live: No funding to complete Capitol visitor’s center
June 1, 2012
The $320 million Capitol renovation project has resulted in new offices for legislators, elegantly restored House and Senate chambers and showcase meetings rooms.
Town Talk: City to consider allowing law enforcement to install video surveillance downtown; the British are coming, the British are coming to downtown on Saturday
June 1, 2012
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Lawrence unemployment rates
June 1, 2012
A look at the Lawrence unemployment rate through the years.
Lawrence police officers investigate vehicle fire
June 1, 2012
Lawrence Douglas County Fire Medical investigators and Lawrence police were outside a central Lawrence residence Friday morning investigating the cause of a vehicle fire.
Former KU student’s body found east of Lawrence; no foul play suspected
05:43 a.m., June 1, 2012 Updated 04:36 p.m.
A Lawrence police officer discovered a body Thursday afternoon east of Lawrence, but officials say no foul play is suspected.
Brown Bag concerts start next week
June 1, 2012
The Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department again will host its Thursday Brown Bag Concert Series in downtown Lawrence.
Elvis Extravaganza coming in August
12:05 a.m., June 1, 2012 Updated 08:25 a.m.
The “Elvi” are coming to get Lawrence all shook up for the King.
Bike rides geared toward beginners
June 1, 2012
The Lawrence Bicycle Club will host Beginners Rides on Mondays beginning next week. Riders who want to participate should meet at 6:15 p.m. at Cycle Works, 2121 Kasold (north of Hy-Vee), for technical tips. Rides will begin at 6:45 p.m.
McLouth BBQ Blowout starts today
June 1, 2012
The smell of barbecue will be wafting through Prairie Park in McLouth today and Saturday.
First Amendment rules campaigns
June 1, 2012
Montana uses an interesting argument to justify defiance of a Supreme Court decision: Because the state is particularly prone to political corruption, it should be trusted to constrict First Amendment protections of political speech.
Ex-Baldwin coach Venable dies
12:00 a.m., June 1, 2012 Updated 09:24 a.m.
The Baldwin High football program lost a legend Thursday morning, when former head coach Merle Venable died.
City athletes earn All-Sunflower League honors
12:00 a.m., June 1, 2012 Updated 09:19 a.m.
The city’s baseball, soccer and softball players garnered plenty of attention on the recently released 2012 All-Sunflower League spring sports teams.
Lions football trio get All-Star invites
June 1, 2012
When some of the best seniors the Metro has to offer compete Thursday, June 14 at the Country Mart Kansas vs. Missouri High School Football All-Star Game, three Lawrence High Lions will be suiting up for the Sunflower State.
LHS baseball lands four on All-State
June 1, 2012
Lawrence High baseball was rewarded for its 14-9 season and trip to the state tournament with four spots on the Class 6A All-State teams.
NCAA president praises Big 12
June 1, 2012
NCAA president Mark Emmert made a surprise appearance at Thursday’s Big 12 spring meetings at the InterContinental Hotel near The Plaza.
Know your role in youth sports
June 1, 2012
We all have had those, “It makes so much sense, why didn’t I think of that first?” moments. Lee Ice, youth sports director for the city of Lawrence, had one when he was an assistant baseball coach for Kansas University, scouting talent at a tournament in 1988 in Pueblo, Colo.
25 years ago: Scientists converge on KU for bioanalytical workshop
June 1, 2012
Nearly 100 scientists from around the world were arriving in Lawrence this week for the International Bioanalytical Workshop.
40 years ago: Oklahoma oil man declares business partnership with God
June 1, 2012
“We are the great God Almighty and Alan Hammer, the Lord your God and his holy petroleum geologist.”
100 years ago: Ten wells condemned in east Lawrence
June 1, 2012
“Some wells in Lawrence have been condemned by the state chemist as furnishing water that is unfit for use.”
2006-2007 Jayhawks to be enshrined in KU Hall of Fame
June 1, 2012
The 2006-07 Kansas University men’s basketball team will be inducted into the Kansas Athletics Hall of Fame during the Oct. 26-27 K-Club and Homecoming weekend.
Sinking ship?
June 1, 2012
The Titanic’s sinking may be a tired metaphor, but Kansas’ new tax code may provide a new perspective on that age-old tragedy.
Series shows prisoners’ interactions with animals
June 1, 2012
Capt. Watson and the Sea Shepherd return to Japanese waters as “Whale Wars” (8 p.m., Animal Planet) enters a new season.
True religion?
June 1, 2012
Being a martyr, I look forward to the regular whippings from the triumvirate of Thomas/Krauthammer/Will.
Rural Kansas counties are expected to continue their population decline, but a new study indicates Douglas County could stand to gain in the population shift.
June 1, 2012
A couple of Kansas studies released this week are pessimistic about the chances of stemming the population shift from rural to urban areas of the state, but they also suggest some opportunities for growth in several counties, including Douglas.
KU’s Zenger, Big 12 leaders laud Neinas for league’s revival, booming prospects
June 1, 2012
If you let the league’s presidents and athletic directors tell it, interim Big 12 commissioner Chuck Neinas is a direct descendant of Superman.
Horoscope for June 1
June 1, 2012
For Friday, June 1: This year you will be able to manifest a long-term desire, which most likely will involve your career or your status within your community. If you are artistic or creative, a talent will come forward. If you are single, you could date a lot and meet someone perfect. If you are attached, involve your sweetie more in your hobbies and interests.
No app will make us better
June 1, 2012
Steve Blake of the Los Angeles Lakers missed what would have been the winning shot in a critical game. His wife got death threats.