Archive for Saturday, June 2, 2012

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6:00 a.m.
Kansas University guard Tyshawn Taylor stands at halfcourt of the Sprint Center during a brief shootaround in preparation for the Big 12 tournament opener against Texas A&M in this 2012 file photo. The Big 12 signed an extension Friday to keep the league's men's basketball tournament in K.C. through 2016. Big 12 men’s basketball tournament will stay in Sprint Center through 2016
2:34 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.
10:00 a.m.
A SpaceX rocket launches May 22 from Cape Canaveral in Florida. Aboard were supplies for the International Space Station, as well as the cremated remains of more than 300 people, including those of former local resident Steve Julian.
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.
2:00 p.m.
Gov. Sam Brownback signs into law the tax cuts that have become the focus of controversy for the way they were passed and what they do, on May 22, 2012. Creating a stir in 2012
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.
6:00 p.m.
Lawrence resident Brilla Highfill Scott is set to be inducted into the Kansas Teacher's Hall of Fame in a ceremony this weekend in Dodge City. Scott, who taught business at Lawrence High and served as principal at West Junior High served for 44 years as an educator in Lawrence. Nick Krug/Journal-World Photo 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.

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Years later, families of missing wait for answers
June 2, 2012
People disappear every day. They’re victims of foul play. They go to a remote location and commit suicide. They have psychotic episodes and wander off, confused and disoriented. They leave their families, escaping from some undesirable circumstance, searching for a new life. Gone.
Koch influence present in school lawsuit
Judges to hear financing case this week
June 2, 2012
Koch-funded groups recently helped push through historic tax cuts in Kansas. This week, they will battle against public schools seeking more funding.
Pig Newton wins McLouth BBQ Blowout
June 2, 2012
If the smell of barbecue is a true indicator of summer’s arrival, then summer hit the town of McLouth in full force Saturday.
Spencer Museum acquires Haitian art collection
June 2, 2012
Kansas University’s Spencer Museum of Art has acquired a collection of Haitian art featuring works by many of the country’s leading painters and sculptors.
Theatre Lawrence to raise curtain on ‘Joseph’ this week
June 2, 2012
Theatre Lawrence will begin its performance of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” on Friday.
Around and about in local business
June 2, 2012
Local business news for the week ending June 1, 2012.
British-themed bash honors queen’s 60 years as monarch
June 2, 2012
The block of 10th Street from Massachusetts to New Hampshire was closed off from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the celebration. There were about 10 English-themed booths lining the block. There were handcrafted jewelry and traditional English street games. The sounds of Celtic music drifted down the street. At one point, a three-person band named Dorian’s Wheel performed traditional Irish songs.
Group to host viewing party for transit of Venus
After Tuesday, passing won’t happen again until 2117
June 2, 2012
Astronomy aficionados will have the opportunity to catch one of the universe’s rarest events Tuesday: the transit of Venus, when Venus passes the sun’s path, appearing as a small, black dot against the sun’s backdrop.
Lawrence City Commission agenda for June 5, 2012
City to mull revised plans for Liberty Hall celebration
June 2, 2012
City commissioners will consider a request from leaders at Liberty Hall to close a portion of Seventh Street to host a 100th anniversary celebration for the Liberty Hall building on June 22.
New principal of middle school named
June 2, 2012
West Middle School assistant principal Jeff Harkin has been named the new principal of Liberty Memorial Central Middle School.
Missing Kansas girl, 12, found safe in Michigan
June 2, 2012
A 12-year-old Kansas girl was found safe in Michigan on Friday, a day after her parents said they believed she left her home with a Canadian man she met on the Internet.
Ex-council member running for county seat
June 2, 2012
A Tonganoxie City Council member will face off in a Leavenworth County Commission race against the former city administrator whose contract he voted not to renew.
Person injured in a fall
June 2, 2012
One person injured in a fall at Centennial Park on Thursday evening was flown via helicopter ambulance to a Kansas University Hospital in Kansas City, Kan., said Eve Tolefree, a Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical spokeswoman. The incident happened near Sixth Street and Rockledge Drive, on the northwest side of the park.
Woman informs police of intoxicated man
June 2, 2012
A Lawrence woman told police that Thursday night in the 2400 block of Ousdahl Road an unknown man came to her door.
More county races to be contested than usual
June 2, 2012
In a reversal of recent trends, the majority of contested races in Douglas County this year will be at the township level. Friday was the filing deadline for township and county positions.
City Commission to consider downtown surveillance cameras
June 2, 2012
Whether it’s for massive Final Four celebrations or late-night Massachusetts Street scuffles, local law enforcement leaders are seeking to add police-controlled surveillance cameras in downtown Lawrence.
Drone warfare raises moral dilemmas
June 2, 2012
A very strange story, a 6,000-word front-page New York Times piece on how, every Tuesday, Barack Obama shuffles “baseball cards” with the pictures and bios of suspected terrorists from around the world and chooses who shall die by drone strike. He even reserves for himself the decision of whether to proceed when the probability of killing family members or bystanders is significant.
25 years ago: Proposed eastern trafficway costs twice as much as southern route
June 2, 2012
A list of comparative statistics recently had been presented to Lawrence city commissioners.
40 years ago: Female J-W reporter denied access to Boys’ State
June 2, 2012
A female reporter of the Journal-World had been denied access to the area where delegates had built model cities
100 years ago: Life behind bars: Baby born in KC jail dies after one day
June 2, 2012
“The only son of Nellie King served a life sentence in the Jackson county jail, and he had never done a wrong thing in all his life.”
How former Jayhawks fared (June 2)
June 2, 2012
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in Friday’s NBA playoffs.
FSHS shortstop in All-Star game
June 2, 2012
Recent Free State High graduate Sam O’Brien will represent Kansas in the 12th annual Mo-Kan Softball All-Star Series.
Area high school graduates honored as scholar-athletes
June 2, 2012
Eudora’s Derek Webb and Alex Whitten, and Lawrence High’s Anthony Buffalomeat are in select company.
KU signee Ellis named national player of the year
June 2, 2012
Incoming Kansas University forward Perry Ellis has been named high school boys basketball player of the year, the National High School Coaches Association announced Friday.
Man with a plan: Incoming commish Bowlsby envisions innovative Big 12
June 2, 2012
Bob Bowlsby, who will officially take over as Big 12 commissioner on June 15, was far from timid during his first meeting with Big 12 beat reporters on Friday morning.
Behind the Lens: Phone apps don’t lessen journalistic credibility
June 2, 2012
For anyone who thought the whole funky, camera app craze was just a fad, the April sale of Instagram to Facebook for about a billion smackaroos may suggest otherwise.
Lions seniors aim for football team’s return to playoffs
June 2, 2012
Away from the football field, Kharon Brown is as personable a Lawrence High student as anyone. Put a helmet on him? Look out.
A Kansas issue
June 2, 2012
Contradictions within Gov. Brownback’s vision for a better Kansas, secretly created, are glaring. Should we believe his reassurance that all will be fine?
Changing times
June 2, 2012
I believe Richard Hardin’s “Tuition victims” (Public Forum, May 22) deserves more than pointing out the effects of “scandalous” tuition rates at our universities.
FSHS soccer duo named All-League
June 2, 2012
Two junior members of Free State High’s girls soccer team received honorable mention on the 2012 All-Sunflower League team.
Police openness
June 2, 2012
I couldn’t agree more with the Journal-World’s May 29 editorial regarding the Lawrence Police Department.
KUMC bus
June 2, 2012
I read with interest your May 30 editorial about the K-10 Connector bus.
Paulino, Royals blank Athletics
June 2, 2012
Ned Yost and everyone else in the Royals dugout was yelling at Felipe Paulino when Jemile Weeks took off for second base with two outs in the third inning Friday night.
Horoscope for June 2
June 2, 2012
For Saturday, June 2: This year you are clear about who you are and what you want to accomplish. Superficiality and trivial conversations have no role in your life. As a result, if you are single, you could have difficulty finding the right person. If you are attached, your significant other often takes a second look at you and scratches his or her head.
Science meets special effects to re-create ancient city
June 2, 2012
Sending robots into the past sounds like science fiction. It’s the basis of “Terminator” and other movie plots. But now, something called a stereo-photogrammetry robot is helping a 3,000-year-old city come back to life.