Archive for Thursday, May 3, 2012

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Child’s testimony in sex case discouraged
May 3, 2012
A therapist who has been working with a 7-year-old alleged victim in a Eudora sex crime case said Thursday she was worried the girl would not testify partly because of her post-traumatic stress disorder.
Register of Deeds seeks re-election
May 3, 2012
Douglas County Register of Deeds Kay Pesnell has filed for re-election.
Principal becomes district HR director
May 3, 2012
Liberty Memorial Central Middle School Principal Anna Stubblefield has been named the Lawrence school district’s new division director of human resources.
KU doesn’t look far from nest for next group of Jayhawk scholars
May 3, 2012
Kansas University rolled out its red carpet to “townies” on Thursday, inviting top academic performers from Lawrence’s high schools to join KU’s chancellor, other KU and civic leaders, and KU students from Lawrence in the hopes of enticing some of the potential recruits to stick around Lawrence when they choose a college.
Fire near Ninth and Missouri streets causes an estimated $15,000 in damage
May 3, 2012
Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical crews are investigating a fire that broke out in a garage at 915 Missouri at about 2:30 p.m. Thursday.
Support drops for state 401(k)-style plan
May 3, 2012
Gov. Sam Brownback’s support has kept alive a proposal to start 401(k)-style pension plan for new Kansas teachers and government workers even as other Republicans in the Legislature lose interest.
Lawmakers revise deal on proposed tax cuts
May 3, 2012
Kansas legislators on Thursday rewrote a plan for cutting income and sales taxes to alleviate concerns that the reductions would create future budget problems.
State Senate rejects 401(k) but passes pension bill
06:10 p.m., May 3, 2012 Updated 08:35 p.m.
The Kansas Senate has rejected a proposal for a 401(k)-style retirement plan for some public employees but approved other changes for the state pension system.
KCK man sentenced to eight years in prison for robbery of KU student
May 3, 2012
A Douglas County judge Thursday sentenced a 21-year-old Kansas City, Kan., man to serve eight years in prison for a robbery at gunpoint of a Kansas University student.
City officials tell Orscheln Farm and Home it can’t sell chickens or ducks from its Lawrence store
May 3, 2012
City officials confirmed on Thursday that they have notified Orscheln Farm and Home, 1541 E. 23rd St., that its long-standing practice of selling young chickens and ducks from its store is in violation of a city code crafted to regulate the raising of chickens in residential backyards.
Auto sale scammer sentenced in Kansas
May 3, 2012
A Colorado man suspected in several states of scamming people selling motor vehicles online has been sentenced in Kansas to five years and three months in prison.
Bin Laden letters provide insight to al-Qaida
May 3, 2012
Letters from Osama bin Laden’s last hideaway, released by U.S. officials intent on discrediting his terror organization, portray a network weak, inept and under siege — and its leader seemingly near wit’s end about the passing of his global jihad’s glory days.
KU senior-to-be Kevin Young will try out for Puerto Rico senior national team
03:35 p.m., May 3, 2012 Updated 12:08 a.m.
Kansas University senior-to-be Kevin Young will try out for Puerto Rico’s senior national team.
Jensen urges legislators to reject bill to weaken indoor smoking ban
May 3, 2012
Jensen said that if enacted, the bill could hurt KU’s efforts to get National Cancer Institute designation for the Cancer Center.
Lawrence Business Hall of Fame gets four new members
May 3, 2012
Four longtime, local business leaders — ranging from a drapery maker to a former executive of Hallmark Cards — have been chosen as the newest inductees into the Lawrence Business Hall of Fame.
Anti-abortion group says it has patient records
02:19 p.m., May 3, 2012 Updated 10:52 p.m.
The leader of a Kansas anti-abortion group says un-redacted abortion records it received recently aren’t the first to be discovered by the confidential informant who provided them.
Olathe woman files federal suit over redistricting
02:17 p.m., May 3, 2012 Updated 03:31 p.m.
A Kansas woman filed a federal lawsuit on Thursday over the state Legislature’s failure so far to redraw the state’s political boundaries.
Koch gives Smithsonian $35M for new dinosaur hall
May 3, 2012
An energy businessman is donating a record $35 million to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History to build a new dinosaur hall on the National Mall, the museum complex announced Thursday.
Run to Remember 5K to benefit families of fallen law enforcement officers
May 3, 2012
The inaugural Run to Remember 5K to benefit the Ride4Cops fund, which supports families of fallen law enforcement officers, and the Lawrence-Douglas County Valor-Public Safety Awards is Sunday in west Lawrence.
Stolen minivan found abandoned in median of K-10 Highway
May 3, 2012
A Lawrence woman’s minivan that was reported missing was found abandoned on Kansas Highway 10 east of Lawrence Thursday morning.
Three men released from hospital following helicopter crash
May 3, 2012
A Wakarusa man and two Tonganoxie men who suffered minor injuries in a Wednesday helicopter crash in Jefferson County have been treated and released from St. Francis Hospital in Topeka, a hospital spokesman said.
Town Talk: City says chick sale at Orscheln afoul of code; a twist on sidewalk dining; an iconic trash Dumpster; weekly land transfers and an election filing
May 3, 2012
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Sobriety checkpoint planned near De Soto
May 3, 2012
Johnson County Sheriff’s officers and the Kansas Highway Patrol will conduct a sobriety checkpoint near De Soto late Friday and early Saturday, said Master Deputy Tom Erickson, a sheriff’s spokesman.
Woman arrested for aggravated assault after road rage incident near Clinton Lake
10:46 a.m., May 3, 2012 Updated 03:29 p.m.
Douglas County Sheriff’s officers arrested a 52-year-old Lawrence woman Wednesday night on an aggravated assault charge connected to an alleged road-rage incident earlier near Clinton Lake.
House resolution criticizes United Nations Agenda 21
May 3, 2012
The House Federal and State Affairs Committee on Monday will hold a hearing on House Resolution 6032, which condemns the “destructive and insidious nature of United Nations Agenda 21.”
Douglas County land transfers for the week ending April 23, 2012
May 3, 2012
Douglas County land transfers for the week ending April 23, 2012
Heard on the Hill: May 1 a big day for KU admissions; student newspaper examines how KU’s disability services are working; I’m looking for a good homecoming memory
May 3, 2012
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
AP Source: Stanford AD Bowlsby offered Big 12 commissioner job
May 3, 2012
A person with knowledge of the search says Stanford athletic director Bob Bowlsby has been offered the Big 12 commissioner job to replace the ousted Dan Beebe.
KU soccer player to go to Olympics
May 3, 2012
Kansas University freshman Liana Salazar will compete for Colombia in the 2012 Olympics in London, it was announced Wednesday.
LHS baseball falls to SM North, 2-1
May 3, 2012
Lawrence High’s baseball team yielded a bases-loaded single with two outs in the bottom of the seventh and fell to Shawnee Mission North, 2-1, on Wednesday night.
Jayhawks schedule men’s basketball home-and-home with Temple
May 3, 2012
Kansas University’s basketball team will play Temple in a home-and-home series starting with a game next season in Allen Fieldhouse.
K.C. wins to finish trip
May 3, 2012 in print edition on B4
The Kansas City Royals started strongly for a change and finished with a rare win.
Firebirds, Lions promise to give best shots in city soccer showdown
May 3, 2012
It would be difficult to find two rivals headed in more opposite directions.
How former Jayhawks fared (May 3)
May 3, 2012 in print edition on B2
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in Wednesday’s NBA playoff games.
Lawrence High boys tennis tunes up before regionals
May 3, 2012
Lawrence High boys tennis coach Chris Marshall has never been one to get overly concerned with dual results, what with all the postseason events — league, regionals, state — being played in a tournament format.
Prep golfers share advice
May 3, 2012
Several members of the Free State and Lawrence High golf teams took turns dunking on the adjustable hoop beside Kyle and Renee Green’s driveway.
25 years ago: Farmers’ Market opens 11th season
May 3, 2012
Green onions, leaf lettuce, and radishes were currently ready for harvest.
Energetic advocate
On the occasion of her retirement, Lawrence owes a debt of thanks to one of its most enthusiastic boosters.
May 3, 2012
Over the last 30 years, Lawrence has had no more loyal and enthusiastic ambassador than Judy Billings.
40 years ago: Local men receive award from KU Alumni Association
May 3, 2012
Five distinguished alumni and two other outstanding individuals were to be awarded the Distinguished Service Citation.
100 years ago: Warmer weather brings dandelions, electric fans, khaki pants
May 3, 2012
“Kill the dandelions! The pests are getting a firm hold about town.”
Our Town Sports
May 3, 2012 in print edition on B2
Aquahawks openings: The Lawrence Aquahawks swimming team is always accepting new members. The Aquahawks are a year-round USA Swimming-sponsored competitive swim team. The Aquahawks offer a swim lesson program and competitive swim team for all ages. The Aquahawks are coached by professional coaches with weekly practices geared toward a variety of skill levels. For information contact Zach at 785-393-7966 or
Gay man’s Wichita speech is eye-opener
May 3, 2012 in print edition on A8
Sometimes, people hide inside the Bible. That is, they use the Christian holy book as authority and excuse for biases that have nothing to do with God. They did this when women sought to vote and when African-Americans sought freedom. They are doing it now, as gay men and lesbians seek the right to be married.
Down syndrome son has own gifts
May 3, 2012 in print edition on A8
When Jonathan Frederick Will was born 40 years ago — on May 4, 1972, his father’s 31st birthday — the life expectancy for people with Down syndrome was about 20 years. That is understandable. The day after Jon was born, a doctor told Jon’s parents that the first question for them was whether they intended to take Jon home from the hospital. Nonplussed, they said they thought that is what parents do with newborns. Not doing so was, however, still considered an acceptable choice for parents who might prefer to institutionalize or put up for adoption children thought to have necessarily bleak futures. Whether warehoused or just allowed to languish from lack of stimulation and attention, people with Down syndrome, not given early and continuing interventions, were generally thought to be incapable of living well, and hence usually did not live as long as they could have.
How will Chelsea handle guest Jennifer Love Hewitt and her new show?
May 3, 2012
While I’ve never been a huge fan of talk show host Chelsea Handler, I’m curious about tonight’s “Chelsea Lately” (10 p.m., E!). The host, also an actress and author, has a good sense of the ridiculous and absolutely no scruples about discussing the intimate, embarrassing and disgusting.
Horoscope for May 3
May 3, 2012
This year people often act in the most unpredictable manner. You’ll wonder why. Power plays abound. If you are single, you could meet an interesting cast of people. If you are attached, you discover newfound ground on which to relate to each other, if you pull out of control games.