Archive for Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
David Brown, Lawrence, plans to participate in Biking Across Kansas in June. Brown, an attorney with offices at 1040 N.H., says riding to work and home helps him squeeze workouts into his busy schedule. He's doing the ride to improve his health and to celebrate his 60th birthday, coming up in August. Biking Across Kansas: Residents prepare for 475-mile trek
June 4, 2012
On a nice day a few years ago, as his wife headed out on an errand, David Brown made a decision on a whim: He’d just hop on his bike and meet her over at the shopping center. Easy, right? “I thought I was going to die,” Brown said. Later, he learned how far he’d ridden — less than a mile.
6:00 a.m.
Using filtered glasses, Drew Bradford, 9, left, and Michael Uhler, 9, both of Lawrence, gaze at the sun and a view of the Venus transit, where Venus, appearing as a small black dot, crosses between the sun and Earth. People viewed the rare event Tuesday near the Lied Center. The last transit took place in 2004, and we won’t see another until 2117. Observers look to the sky to get rare glimpse of Venus in transit
June 5, 2012
Among hundreds of Lawrence residents lined up in the Lied Center’s parking lot on a sunny Tuesday afternoon to take in a very special view, it finally comes to be Elyssa Weber’s turn. “I see it!” she yells out in delight. “It’s a little black dot. That’s awesome!”
10:00 a.m.
Traffic and pedestrians move about Massachusetts Street in this Aug. 2011 file photo. Businesses began filling up vacant spaces in many parts of Lawrence in 2011, but downtown Lawrence wasn’t necessarily one of them. A new study by the Lawrence office of Colliers International found the city’s overall retail, office and industrial vacancy rates all fell in 2011, and all were significantly less than national averages. City wants policy for downtown cameras
June 5, 2012
Police-operated surveillance cameras will be coming to Massachusetts Street, but not before Lawrence city commissioners approve a detailed policy on how the cameras will be used.
2:00 p.m.
A rendering provided by the city of Lawrence of what a recreation center northwest of town might look like. Public forum to provide details on rec center
June 5, 2012
Lawrence city leaders are ready to hear how big the public is thinking these days when it comes to a new recreation center for the community.
6:00 p.m.
Guests arrive for a meeting at Cedar Crest, the governor's mansion, in Topeka, Kan., Monday, Feb. 6, 2012. Gov. Sam Brownback says policy matters were discussed in a series of meetings with Republican lawmakers, but the meetings did not violate the Open Meetings Act.
7 lawmakers subpoenaed over meetings with Brownback
4:59 p.m., June 5, 2012 Updated 10:51 p.m.
A veteran Republican in the Kansas Senate accused a Democratic district attorney Tuesday of conducting a “political fishing expedition” for issuing subpoenas to seven legislators to force them to answer questions about private dinner meetings lawmakers had with GOP Gov. Sam Brownback.

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Pump Patrol
June 6, 2012
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.27 at several stations. If you find a lower price, call 832-7154.
House burns down in rural Franklin County
June 6, 2012
A house southwest of Ottawa in rural Franklin County was destroyed in a fire Wednesday morning.
Two people injured in Wednesday morning crash
June 6, 2012
Two people were injured Wednesday morning after a two-vehicle crash near 23rd and Massachusetts streets, said Sgt. Trent McKinley, a Lawrence police spokesman.
Man threatens former employer with shovel
June 6, 2012
Eudora police arrested a 39-year-old Lawrence man Tuesday evening on suspicion of aggravated battery and aggravated assault after he was accused of threatening his former employer with a shovel.
How former Jayhawks fared (June 7)
June 6, 2012 in print edition on B2
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in the NBA playoffs on Wednesday.
Northwest rec center plan draws positive interest
June 6, 2012
There were questions about taxes, there were questions about traffic, and there were questions about how a proposed public-private partnership to build a new recreation complex in northwest Lawrence would work. But Lawrence Mayor Bob Schumm said he was pleased with what he didn’t hear from a crowd of about 70 people who gathered for a public forum at Free State High School on Wednesday regarding a proposed recreation center and complex.
Hutchinson expands anti-bias ordinance
June 6, 2012
The Hutchinson City Council has agreed to add sexual orientation to the city’s anti-bias ordinance.
State awaits word on No Child Left Behind
June 6, 2012
The head of the Kansas Department of Education said Wednesday it’s not certain that the state will be granted its waiver request from the federal government for more flexibility under the No Child Left Behind Act.
Baker hires new administrator
June 6, 2012
Baker University has hired Lena T. Rodriguez as its new vice president and dean for the School of Professional and Graduate Studies.
New, old to mix at Tonganoxie Days
June 6, 2012
Tonganoxie Days organizer Connie Torneden said it’s hard to fathom that the annual festival has been around for nearly three decades.
Rotary academy aims to shape future leaders
June 6, 2012
Before eating lunch on Wednesday, students attending the Rotary Youth Leadership Academy at Kansas University were told to think about their day and ask themselves if they would pass the four-way test.
Portions of U.S. 59 closed Wednesday evening now open
05:51 p.m., June 6, 2012 Updated 09:36 p.m.
A portion of U.S. 59 Highway, between N. 1000 and N. 1100 roads, is closed Wednesday evening after a semitrailer accident.
City, school district considering lights for Free State High School’s tennis courts
05:18 p.m., June 6, 2012 Updated 11:34 a.m.
School district and parks and recreation leaders hope they have hit a winner with a new plan aimed at ending a long-simmering neighborhood debate over lighting tennis courts near Lawrence High School.
Lawrence man, 27, faces trial for two attempted murder charges
June 6, 2012
A Douglas County judge Wednesday ordered a 27-year-old Lawrence man to face a trial on two attempted murder charges related to an April 1 shooting in northern Lawrence.
Sen. Moran moving from Hays to Manhattan
June 6, 2012
U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran and his wife are on the move.
1 injured when plane crash-lands near Gardner
June 6, 2012
Authorities in northeastern Kansas say one person suffered minor injuries in the crash-landing of a small plane near Gardner Municipal Airport.
Arguments, arraignment loom in Kan. commune death
June 6, 2012
Lawyers are preparing closing arguments in a preliminary hearing for the leader of a Kansas commune that lived lavish lifestyles off life insurance payouts for its dead members.
Man flown to hospital with life-threatening injuries after semitrailer accident on U.S. 59
03:15 p.m., June 6, 2012 Updated 10:26 p.m.
A man was flown by air ambulance to Kansas University Hospital with life-threatening injuries after two semitrailers collided on U.S. Highway 59 south of Lawrence Wednesday afternoon.
Several major changes in Kansas alcohol regulations becoming law
June 6, 2012
Several other major changes in alcohol regulations were approved by the Legislature this session, including one that is designed to lure a dinner train business to the area. The liquor-related measures were mixed into one “mega-bill” signed into law by Gov. Sam Brownback.
Kansas headed for another debate over evolution
June 6, 2012
Kansas is headed toward another debate over how evolution is taught in its public schools.
Early morning fire causes $3,000 damage outside Eldridge Street residence
June 6, 2012
A Lawrence Douglas County Fire Medical spokeswoman said the improper discarding of smoking material caused a fire early Wednesday to the exterior of a residence in the 500 block of Eldrige Street.
Band of Brothers’ honored on D-Day anniversary
June 6, 2012
With World War II-era military planes darting overhead and Normandy’s Utah Beach visible in the distance, a bronze statue emerged from beneath a camouflage parachute, in tribute to a man whose quiet leadership was chronicled in the book and television series “Band of Brothers.”
Kansas awaits word on NCLB waiver
June 6, 2012
Kansas is awaiting final word on a request submitted to the U.S. Department of Education for a waiver from the No Child Left Behind law.
Army’s ‘Big Red One’ turning 95
June 6, 2012
Fort Riley’s 1st Infantry Division, better known as the “Big Red One” for its distinctive patch, is about to turn 95.
Injured man found behind Lawrence Home Depot now in stable condition
June 6, 2012
A 46-year-old Lawrence man’s condition has stabilized after he was found Sunday afternoon with head and facial injuries after he was found on concrete behind Home Depot, 1910 W. 31st St., Lawrence police Sgt. Trent McKinley said Wednesday morning. He was flown to a Kansas City area hospital, and he was initially in critical condition, police said. McKinley said police were still waiting to interview the man. Officers are conducting an ongoing investigation because they believe he was injured after a fight with a 24-year-old Lawrence man. No arrests have been made.
Police investigating alleged sexual assault in North Lawrence
June 6, 2012
Lawrence police are continuing to investigate a report made Tuesday afternoon of an alleged sexual assault in North Lawrence.
Following police chase in Lawrence, Eudora police arrest woman on DUI charge
June 6, 2012
Eudora police arrested a 46-year-old Lawrence woman on suspicion of DUI early Wednesday after she was accused of leading Lawrence police on a vehicle chase.
Town Talk: School district files plans to light tennis courts at Free State; city wins $20,000 grant for North Lawrence playground; city studying everything from solar to biomass at Farmland site
June 6, 2012
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Kansas to resubmit Medicaid waiver request to feds
June 6, 2012
Kansas plans to resubmit a request to the federal government for permission to overhaul the state’s $2.9 billion-a-year Medicaid program. State officials said Tuesday they want to solicit additional comments about the overhaul from Indian health clinics in Lawrence and White Cloud.
Street to close for Liberty Hall party
June 6, 2012
A portion of Seventh Street will be closed in downtown Lawrence for an upcoming celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Liberty Hall building.
Heard on the Hill: Sociology professor earns stipend for research into history of birth certificates; Dole Institute commemorates D-Day anniversary; I’m looking for people on student insurance plans
June 6, 2012
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
25 years ago: City, county advised to hurry up on trafficway plans
June 6, 2012
State funds of as much as $20 million were at stake.
40 years ago: Ground broken for Mass Street improvement project
June 6, 2012
About 60 people gathered at today’s groundbreaking ceremonies on Massachusetts Street.
100 years ago: Drinking water served on trains may be contaminated
June 6, 2012
“Much of the drinking water that is being furnished the patrons of the Kansas railroads is impure.”
How former Jayhawks fared (June 6)
June 6, 2012
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in Tuesday’s NBA playoffs.
KU football’s GPA jump a ‘big stinkin’ deal’
June 6, 2012
Kansas University associate athletic director for student support Paul Buskirk has been employed by the department since 1987.
Kansas, KU a hit so far for freshman Andrew White
June 6, 2012
Approximately 100 KC Gym Rats campers huddled around Kansas University veteran basketball player Travis Releford and newcomer Andrew White late Tuesday afternoon at Blue Valley Northwest High School.
Lawrence Raiders suffer 14-3 loss to K.C. Millhouse
June 6, 2012
After beginning the season 4-1 and winning their first tournament of the season, the Lawrence Raiders fell to Kansas City Millhouse, 14-3, Tuesday at Lawrence High’s stadium.
Chen, Royals’ bullpen outduel Twins in 1-0 victory
June 6, 2012
Bruce Chen will never overpower with a blazing fastball. He’ll never step onto the mound and strike fear into the hearts of opposing hitters.
Disney to banish junk-food ads from children’s shows
June 6, 2012
Disney says its programming will no longer be sponsored by junk food.
Incumbent edge
Even without drawing the redistricting maps, Kansas legislators have succeeded in giving incumbents an extra election advantage this year.
June 6, 2012
Perhaps the main reason the Kansas Legislature couldn’t — or, at least, didn’t — complete its redistricting duties this year was the desire of lawmakers to protect certain incumbent legislators and members of Congress from meaningful competition in the August primary and the November election.
U.S. shouldn’t ignore China’s actions
June 6, 2012
This past Monday marked the 23rd anniversary of the Chinese government’s massacre of hundreds, perhaps, thousands of protesters in Tiananmen Square. Once, again, as in virtually every year since the massacre, the U.S. government has called upon China to release dissidents and begin to follow international norms on human rights. Once, again, the Chinese government has told the United States and the world to mind its own business and has marked the nonevent (according to the Chinese) by censoring any attempts to memorialize the brutal actions of the government at Tiananmen Square.
Presidents must write own history
June 6, 2012 in print edition on A6
Walk through the Hall of Presidents in the National Portrait Gallery and you will see much of American history within a few steps. Over here, hand on chin, is Abraham Lincoln, who saved the Union and set the nation on a course toward racial justice. Over there is Franklin Delano Roosevelt, cigarette holder in hand, architect of the New Deal and of victory in a terrible World War. At the end of the hall is a stunning Chuck Close portrait of Bill Clinton on loan to the gallery that reflects the complexity of the 42nd president.
‘Wormhole’ looks at race
June 6, 2012
A flickering beacon of science and reason amid cable’s superstitious Dark Ages, “Through the Wormhole With Morgan Freeman” (9 p.m., Science) returns for a new season with its most controversial episode.
Horoscope for June 6
June 6, 2012
For Wednesday, June 6: This year you will begin a new luck and life cycle. Do it with style. You are likely to become more optimistic and friendly, which attracts many offers. If you are single, you enter a phase where you could meet “the one.” If you are attached, the two of you start to enjoy each other more.