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Archive for Tuesday, May 1, 2012

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6:00 a.m.
The famous Lawrence landmark structures at Teepee Junction, at the intersection of U.S. Highways 24-59 and 24-40., are now the site of the Lawrence Flea market, which will take place the first Saturday of each month. The first one of the season was in April. 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.
2:00 p.m.
Design changes proposed in February 2012 for hotel/apartment building at the southeast corner of Ninth and New Hampshire streets in Downtown Lawrence. 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.
6:00 p.m.
Judy Billings started her career at the Lawrence Convention and Visitors Bureau as a part-time secretary in 1980. In just a couple of years, she had moved into the director’s position, and now, more than 30 years later, she’s retiring as president and CEO of Destination Management Inc. 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.
10:00 p.m.
Logan Luce, a Kansas University graduate student, picks up some fresh vegetables from Nathan Atchison, of Atchison Farms, at the Lawrence Farmers' Market on Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2011. Lawrence Farmers’ Market opens with plenty of food and fun for all
5:02 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.

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Proposed rec center offers ‘huge’ opportunities
Early plans include ice rink, track and field stadium
May 1, 2012
More details are emerging about a proposed recreation facility in northwest Lawrence, with new plans calling for everything from an indoor ice rink to a 15,000-seat track and field stadium.
Senate approves redistricting plan after heated debate
May 1, 2012
A divided Kansas Senate on Tuesday approved new Senate district boundaries in one of the most contentious debates of the 2012 legislative session.
City to study how much public funding needed for new police headquarters
May 1, 2012
Lawrence city commissioners all agreed Tuesday that $30 million is a big price tag for a new police headquarters building.
In Kabul, Obama highlights foreign policy record
May 1, 2012
President Barack Obama answered political taunts with presidential muscle Tuesday, addressing the nation from Kabul as Republicans said he’s overdoing the celebration of Osama bin Laden’s death one year ago.
Underage drinking crackdown shifts from bars to parties
May 1, 2012
Law enforcement agencies in Douglas County are shifting their efforts to crack down on underage drinking this spring from bars to neighborhoods and house parties.
Gingrich posts farewell video to supporters on website
May 1, 2012
A presidential candidate no longer, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich departs the race for the White House as likely the most consequential and certainly the most interesting Republican of his time never to sit in the Oval Office.
Public invited to retired KU prof’s annual campus tour
May 1, 2012
The public is invited to participate in retired Kansas University French professor Ted Johnson’s annual Stop Day Walking Tour of KU.
Town Talk: Latest plans for N.W. recreation center now include ice rink, 15,000-seat track and field stadium; Schumm expresses disappointment over 9th and N.H. decision; Douglas County Bank turns 60
May 1, 2012
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
House panel advances proposed state budget
May 1, 2012
A Kansas House panel has finished writing a proposed $14 billion state budget for the fiscal year that starts in July.
Kansas House OKs plan to join arts, film commissions
May 1, 2012
The Kansas House has sent Gov. Sam Brownback a measure establishing a new arts group that merges separate arts and film services.
Topeka-based owner of Payless, Stride Rite stores being sold
May 1, 2012
Collective Brands Inc., which owns the shoe store chains Payless and Stride Rite, is being acquired for about $1.32 billion by a group that includes the owner of Hush Puppies.
House committee votes to stop use of state funds for legislators to participate in several organizations, including ALEC
May 1, 2012
ALEC has been at the center of controversy in recent months for pushing laws benefiting corporations, voter ID requirements and so-called “stand your ground” laws, which was cited in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed
House budget committee holds back $22 million from Kansas Bioscience Authority
May 1, 2012
The KBA has been the target of criticism from Gov. Sam Brownback, who initially froze the $22 million dedicated to the agency.
House OKs grandparents rights in custody cases
May 1, 2012
The Kansas House has approved a compromise bill involving the rights of grandparents in custody cases.
Senate rejects bill to cut senior discounts at state parks
May 1, 2012
The Kansas Senate has rejected a bill that would have eliminated discounts to the state parks for senior citizens and the disabled.
Pittsburg State receives $1.2M gift for arena renovation
May 1, 2012
Pittsburg State University has received a $1.2 million gift to renovate John Lance Arena.
Douglas County Republicans hosting mixer featuring insurance commissioner
May 1, 2012
The Douglas County Republican Party is inviting the public to a mixer with Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger.
Statehouse Live: Former legislators, all Republicans, criticize Brownback-endorsed tax cuts
May 1, 2012
Traditional Republicans for Common Sense said the tax bill, if enacted, would put the state in a budget hole that would result in cuts to essential services, such as schools, roads, and nursing home care. The group said it would also lead to increases in local property taxes.
Statehouse Live: Veteran Republican legislators criticize proposed tax cut
May 1, 2012
Traditional Republicans for Common Sense said the tax bill, if enacted, would put the state in a budget hole that would result in cuts to essential services, such as schools, roads, and nursing home care. The group said it would also lead to increases in local property taxes.
Fire in electrical panel sends firefighters to Haworth Hall on KU campus
08:41 a.m., May 1, 2012 Updated 10:30 a.m.
An electrical panel briefly caught fire at Kansas University’s Haworth Hall about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, but students have been allowed to return to most parts of the building, 1200 Sunnyside Ave., said Joe Monaco, a KU spokesman.
City to consider North Lawrence boardwalk development plans
May 1, 2012
Lawrence city commissioners will take a stroll along the boardwalk, so to speak, at their meeting today.
Delays expected on northbound Kansas River bridge
May 1, 2012
Motorists on Wednesday should expect longer than normal delays as they travel through the construction zone on the northbound Kansas River bridge in downtown Lawrence.
Soundoff: Where is the Varsity House going to be when it is reassembled?
May 1, 2012
Where is the Varsity House going to be when it is reassembled?
KU staffs to merge in July
Reorganization of departments a part of ongoing efficiency review
May 1, 2012
A planned merger among Kansas University’s custodial and maintenance staffs for the university and its housing departments is scheduled to take place on July 1, but the university will be filling several reorganized supervisory positions before the staffs combine.
Heard on the Hill: Annual Stop Day Walking Tour is Friday; ‘Jeopardy’ champion talks about seeing (and not seeing) Meadowbrook Apartments on Google; position description sheds light on KUMC search
May 1, 2012
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Mike Lewis resigns LHS golf post
May 1, 2012
The past 12 years, Mike Lewis has coached one sport or another in the fall, winter and spring seasons.
25 years ago: Police recover stolen lawn art
May 1, 2012
About two dozen pieces of lawn art, including wrought-iron furniture, statues, and shrubbery, had been been recovered by police.
40 years ago: Heavy rains usher in May Day
May 1, 2012
Severe weather had zeroed in on the Lawrence area overnight, causing power outages and minor property damage.
100 years ago: Nearly a quarter of Kansas HS grads head to college
May 1, 2012
“There were 4,300 of these graduates and 910 of them entered college.”
KU rowing signs 9
May 1, 2012
Kansas University signed nine athletes to rowing letters of intent this spring.
Two Firebirds set school records at Seaman
May 1, 2012
Free State teammates Kain Anderson and Khadijah Lane set school records and the Firebirds’ girls team placed first on Monday at the Topeka Seaman Relays.
John Hadl: Denver, Peyton Manning good fit
May 1, 2012
He’s such a regular guy that it can become easy to forget just how connected John Hadl, the Kansas University athletic department’s closer with big donors, is in the football world.
Royals rained out — again
May 1, 2012
Rain is following the Kansas City Royals.
In good hands: Pierson, Jackson help ease worries over KU’s running-back position
May 1, 2012
When news broke that two-year starter and leading rusher James Sims had been suspended for the first three games of the 2012 season after an arrest for OUI, people inside and outside of the Kansas University football program began to wonder what that would do to KU’s ability to run the ball.
Court support
May 1, 2012
During a heated discussion last week with friends who worried about future U.S. Supreme Court decisions that may favor support or harm to Obama-promoted laws, I was disturbed by the vitriolic criticism of the court itself.
Triumph of will
May 1, 2012
Charles Krauthammer (Journal-World, April 28) believes that with just enough will we could have prevented the tragedies of Rwanda, Darfur — and now could stop the killing in Syria.
Death with dignity
May 1, 2012
This may be the next needed and, one day in Kansas, protected human right: the right to die with dignity, for those requesting it, physician-assisted dying, an earnest choice between a patient and her/his physician in the privacy of their shared conversations.
Review due
Last month’s escape of four inmates indicates a need for the Kansas Department of Corrections to review its use of county jails to house state inmates.
May 1, 2012
An April 18 jailbreak in Minneapolis, Kan., has drawn needed attention to the potential problems that arise when state prisoners are housed in county jails.
Xavier transfer to set campus visits
May 1, 2012
Former Xavier University point guard Mark Lyons, who recently said he will transfer to Kansas University, Arizona or Kentucky, is concentrating on final exams this week as he completes work on his undergraduate degree.
Shakespeare feeds hope in Kabul
May 1, 2012 in print edition on A8
Last week I read a book called Shakespeare in Kabul that probably upends everything you thought you knew about Afghanistan. It’s an important book — and it’s being published just after U.S. officials pledged to support Afghanistan for a decade beyond the exit of U.S. troops at the end of 2014.
Horoscope for May 1
May 1, 2012
For Tuesday, May 1: This year, your ingenuity seems to bypass problems. Be direct and get past any confusion or vagueness. If you are single, know that something better lies ahead. If you are attached, be more understanding of your sweetie’s shortcomings.
‘Uprising’ revisits L.A. riots
May 1, 2012
Snoop Dogg narrates “Uprising: Hip-Hop & the LA Riots” (8 p.m., VH1). The documentary recalls the civil unrest that rocked Los Angeles in late April 1992, leaving 53 people dead and countless businesses looted and burned.
How former Jayhawks fared (May 1)
May 1, 2012
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of April 30.