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Archive for Friday, June 22, 2012

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6:00 a.m.
Deborah Gomez turns to walk away from the podium following a first appearance at the Douglas County Jail on Thursday, June 14, 2012. Gomez, along with her husband, Adolfo Gomez are each facing two counts of child abuse and five counts aggravated endangerment of a child. Adolfo Gomez is also facing one count of felony obstruction. Nick Krug/Journal-World Photo Illinois mother in local abuse case says she was just as much a victim as the children
June 21, 2012
An attorney for a suburban Chicago woman accused in a Lawrence child abuse case after her children were found bound and blindfolded implicated her client’s husband on Thursday as the culprit in the case.
10:00 a.m.
Onlookers admire Lawrence's 2009 Fourth of July fireworks display. Bigger bangs: July 4 show to use larger fireworks
June 22, 2012
As area communities prepare to celebrate Independence Day, Lawrence is planning similar festivities to those in recent years — but with larger fireworks.
2:00 p.m.
Nicholas Sardina, 27, an Iraq veteran and a former Kansas University student, died Feb. 25, 2012, after an altercation earlier that day. Justin Gonzalez, a Mission resident, has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in Sardina's death. Mission man charged in connection with Lawrence man’s death in February
June 22, 2012
Douglas County prosecutors have charged a man with involuntary manslaughter in connection with the February death of a 27-year-old Lawrence man after a fight near 14th and Kentucky streets.
6:00 p.m.
This is a view from the front balcony of the Senate chambers at the Topeka Capitol building. Several images were merged in Photoshop to created the panorama. Kansas could face big costs in redistricting lawsuit
June 22, 2012
The Kansas Legislature’s failure to redraw political boundaries this year could stick the state with hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal bills from parties involved in the resulting federal lawsuit, court records show.
10:00 p.m.
Local chefs compete in charity cookoff benefiting Friends of the Kaw
June 19, 2012
Summer cookouts are regular events around Lawrence, but a summer cook-OFF only happens once a year. The 3rd annual River City Cook-Off, a benefit for the Friends of the Kaw, is a chef competition that takes place this Sunday, June 24, at Abe and Jake’s Landing, 8 E. Sixth St.

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Raiders blank Elite
June 22, 2012
JD Prochaska threw a complete-game, three-hit shutout to give the Lawrence Raiders a 3-0 victory against Kansas Crush Elite in the Raiders’ second game of the Kansas University tournament on Friday at Hoglund Ballpark.
KU’s Diamond Dixon advances
June 22, 2012
Kansas University sophomore Diamond Dixon placed third in her heat and 11th overall in qualifying to advance to the semifinals of the 400 meters on Friday at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials at Hayward Field.
Carlos Beltran returns, beats up on K.C.
June 22, 2012
Carlos Beltran spent time chatting with some old friends Friday night and reminiscing about his days playing for the Kansas City Royals. Then he made everyone at Kauffman Stadium remember what he looked like as a youngster.
Mario Chalmers joins exclusive two-title club
June 22, 2012
Mario Chalmers and his Miami Heat teammate, Shane Battier, joined an exclusive club Thursday night.
Happy trials: Ad Astra swimmers off to Omaha
June 22, 2012
Sometimes coaches struggle to relate to the athletes with whom they are working. For Katie Price and Molly Albrecht, of Ad Astra Area Aquatics, that isn’t an issue.
Thomas Robinson, Andre Drummond work out for Bobcats
June 22, 2012
Thomas Robinson made a quantum leap during his junior year at Kansas University. He spent Friday morning trying to convince the Charlotte Bobcats that he has even more upside.
Verdict reached in Sandusky child sex abuse trial: guilty on 45 of 48 counts
09:12 p.m., June 22, 2012 Updated 09:25 p.m.
The jury in Jerry Sandusky’s child sex abuse trial has reached a verdict, and the panel was expected to announce it Friday evening.
Statehouse Live: Kansas Chamber of Commerce PAC endorses conservative Republicans
June 22, 2012
The Kansas Chamber of Commerce political action committee on Friday kicked off a fiery debate when it announced its endorsements of only so-called conservative Republicans in legislative races.
One killed, one seriously injured in crash north of Baldwin City
06:49 p.m., June 22, 2012 Updated 10:09 p.m.
One killed, another seriously injured, in crash north of Baldwin City.
Kansas revokes doctor’s license in abortion case
June 22, 2012
Kansas regulators on Friday revoked the medical license of a doctor accused of performing inadequate mental health exams on young patients she then referred to the late Dr. George Tiller for late-term abortions.
Mission man charged in connection with Lawrence man’s death in February
June 22, 2012
Douglas County prosecutors have charged a man with involuntary manslaughter in connection with the February death of a 27-year-old Lawrence man after a fight near 14th and Kentucky streets.
Town Talk: Rumblings that Freebirds Burritos coming to downtown; city finally set to hear appeal of 9th and N.H. project; new report estimate $11.8 M in incentives for project
June 22, 2012
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Former truck driver found guilty of 2000 kidnapping, rape of Ottawa teen
June 22, 2012
A Franklin County jury Thursday found a former federal inmate and cross-country truck driver guilty of five charges stemming from the February 2000 kidnapping and sexual assault of an Ottawa teen.
Regents urged to establish dental school
June 22, 2012
A Kansas Board of Regents task force on Thursday recommended that Kansas start preparing to establish a dental school to address what it said were “dental care service deserts.”
City officials to consider fate of 9th, N.H. plan
June 22, 2012
It will be a tall order for Lawrence city commissioners. At their Tuesday evening meeting city commissioners will attempt to end a long-raging debate about whether a multistory hotel/retail building should be allowed on the southeast corner of Ninth and New Hampshire streets.
Renowned piano competition nears
12:41 a.m., June 22, 2012 Updated 12:41 a.m.
Top young pianists from around the world will converge on Lawrence in July for the Kansas University School of Music’s International Institute for Young Musicians Summer Music Academy.
Mine layoffs latest sign of coal industry’s decline
12:38 a.m., June 22, 2012 Updated 12:38 a.m.
One of the world’s largest coal producers said Thursday it would lay off about 750 workers in the Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia coalfields, the latest setback for an industry struggling to sustain market share as utilities switch to cleaner and cheaper alternatives to generate electricity.
Chamber of Commerce PAC endorsements draw criticism
June 22, 2012
The Kansas Chamber of Commerce political action committee on Friday kicked off a fiery debate when it announced its endorsements of only so-called conservative Republicans in legislative races.
Bigger bangs: July 4 show to use larger fireworks
June 22, 2012
As area communities prepare to celebrate Independence Day, Lawrence is planning similar festivities to those in recent years — but with larger fireworks.
Liberty Hall turns 100 with bash, flash
June 22, 2012
Liberty Hall might be old, but it still knows how to party.
Kansas could face big costs in redistricting lawsuit
June 22, 2012
The Kansas Legislature’s failure to redraw political boundaries this year could stick the state with hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal bills from parties involved in the resulting federal lawsuit, court records show.
Heard on the Hill: KU prof uses iPad to add voice comments to PDFs when grading; security at Spencer Art Museum undergoes changes; KU touts savings on contracts
June 22, 2012
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Raiders fall in tourney
Legion team upended, 9-2, at KU
June 22, 2012
Bad first and last innings doomed the Lawrence Raiders to a 9-2 American Legion baseball loss to Naturals Baseball on Thursday in the opening game of the Kansas University tournament at Hoglund Ballpark.
100 years ago: Professor offers advice to Lawrence tomato growers
June 22, 2012
“‘This wet weather will cause the tomatoes to grow too much vine.’”
ABC examines political affair
June 22, 2012
It’s hard to top a man on a tightrope. Last Friday’s exhaustive coverage of Nik Wallenda’s successful attempt to walk above Niagara Falls earned ABC its best Friday night ratings since November 2007. I guess that’s impressive. Still, it seems like a long and risky way to top a repeat of “Blue Bloods” on CBS.
Horoscope for June 22
June 22, 2012
For Friday, June 22: This year goodwill seems to surround you. You also maintain a very positive attitude and gain socially and financially. If you are single, you will have many opportunities to change your status. If you are attached, the two of you will enjoy more special time together, which improves your bond.
Kansas thrower on academic team
June 22, 2012
Kansas University junior thrower Heather Bergmann on Thursday was named to the 2011-12 Capital One Academic All-America Women’s Track and Field second team, as chosen by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Chalmers 2nd Jayhawk with NCAA, NBA titles
June 22, 2012
Former Kansas University guard Mario Chalmers of the Miami Heat joined Clyde Lovellette Thursday in becoming only the second Jayhawk to win an NCAA championship and an NBA title.
A passion that’s one for the books
Collectors’ love for amassing literature reflects life pursuits
June 22, 2012
The thing about collecting is that, sometimes, it starts accidentally with something small, like a book that piques your interest.
25 years ago: Another movie-making team comes to Lawrence
June 22, 2012
The movie industry was once more setting their sights on our area.
Former USC running back lands at Baker
June 22, 2012
It isn’t every day that a national high school player of the year comes to play football at an NAIA school, but that is what happened when former University of Southern California running back Dillon Baxter signed with Baker University on April 29.
Unidentical twins: Rajon Rondo, Tyshawn Taylor have alliterative names, different games
June 22, 2012 in print edition on B1
In November of 2010, Kansas University’s then-junior point guard, Tyshawn Taylor, sat in the media room of Allen Fieldhouse and offered a self-evaluation.
40 years ago: Local horse show has record number of entries
June 22, 2012
The four-day event was a benefit for the Fraternal Order of Police.
Fetal rights
June 22, 2012
In the June 9 Journal-World, there was a commentary about abortion rights. As usual, when a person is arguing for abortion rights, he or she refers to the choice of the woman.
Move NBAF forward
Kansas leaders should continue to press their efforts to keep work on a new bio-defense lab moving forward.
June 22, 2012
Kansas worked hard to become the new home of the National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility. Now, Kansas must fight hard to keep NBAF.
Thatcher warned against union
June 22, 2012 in print edition on A8
One of many things left out of the film “The Iron Lady” was Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s warnings on the effects a single currency would have on the economies of European nations. Thatcher’s premonitions place her among the great political prophets of all time.
Drones, diplomacy often at odds
June 22, 2012 in print edition on A8
As America’s relationship with Pakistan has unraveled over the past 18 months, an important debate has been going on within the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad over the proper scope of CIA covert actions and their effect on diplomatic interests.