Archive for Sunday, May 6, 2012

Lead stories

6:00 a.m.
Baldwin High School senior Tucker Brown, 17, is the Kansas state winner of a Doodle 4 Google competition and will travel later this month to New York City for the contest’s finals. Baldwin High student’s ‘Google doodle’ best in state
May 6, 2012
Baldwin High School senior Tucker Brown successfully went back to the Stone Age in his search for inspiration to create a logo for a high-tech company.
10:00 a.m.
Dressed in a Tyvek suit, Shawna Trarbach, a waste reduction and recycling specialist, looks over donated items Wednesday at the Lawrence-Douglas County Household Hazardous Waste facility. The program takes a variety of products city officials want to keep out of the landfill because they create an environmental hazard. About 25 percent of all the material collected is put on the shelves of the facility’s re-use store and given away for free. Not yet ready to go to waste: Facility takes hazardous supplies to keep them out of landfill
May 6, 2012
Lawrence and Douglas County residents have known for years about the household hazardous waste program. It is designed to take a variety of products that officials want to keep out of the landfill, either because they create an environmental hazard or in many cases create a fire hazard when they’re thrown into the back of a trash truck.
2:00 p.m.
A caterpillar works to eat a leaf from a hackberry tree on Friday in the Fitch Natural History Reservation. The very hungry caterpillars: KU woods swarmed
May 6, 2012
At first, Mark Robbins thought he heard a gentle rain as he walked through the Kansas University Fitch Natural History Reservation. Robbins, the ornithology collection manager at KU, was looking for birds in the predawn darkness of the woodlands, which sit several miles north of Lawrence. As the sun rose, Robbins noticed the barren branches of the hackberries. While the rest of the trees in the woods looked as though it was mid-June, the hackberries had no leaves. Then he spotted caterpillars — tens of thousands of them.
10:00 p.m.
Jim Carrothers, who teaches a literature course on baseball literature, says his upbringing as a St. Louis Cardinals fan stuck with him his whole life. KU professor James Carothers teaches students how to read baseball
April 29, 2012
Baseball is a reflection of an ever-changing and turbulent society, say James Carothers.

All stories

KU baseball falls in extras. Again.
May 6, 2012
It’s not that Kansas University’s baseball players are tired of playing extra-inning games. They’re just tired of losing them.
Yanks pound Royals, 10-4
May 6, 2012
Luke Hochevar figures he’d better go back to square one. If it were up to the fans in Kansas City, he’d be going back to the minors.
Fenway fun day: Marty “The Duck” Pattin shows grandson around
May 6, 2012
No ballplayer likes spending time on the disabled list, nursing a sore shoulder. Nevertheless, injured Bailey Pattin, a middle-infielder in Perry-Lecompton High’s baseball program, has had a most memorable baseball spring.
FSHS, LHS struggling heading into baseball meeting
May 6, 2012
Like most baseball teams, Free State High and Lawrence High would love to be peaking just in time for the playoffs.
Free State seeking softball sweep of Lawrence High after 16-day break
11:50 p.m., May 6, 2012 Updated 12:27 p.m.
Normally, when the softball teams at Free State High and Lawrence High take the field, it’s for a doubleheader.
Douglas County under severe thunderstorm watch
04:00 p.m., May 6, 2012 Updated 04:06 p.m.
The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for Douglas County. It expires at 11 p.m.
Douglas County under flood advisory until 9 p.m.
May 6, 2012
The National Weather Service placed Douglas County under an urban and small stream flood advisory. The advisory lasts until 9 p.m.
Former Xavier guard Mark Lyons to transfer to Arizona
May 6, 2012
Former Xavier combo guard Mark Lyons committed to Arizona on Sunday.
Heard on the Hill: Students entertain themselves on Stop Day by riding bikes off flaming ramp into Potter Lake; walking tour reveals new campus insights; KU staffer is candidate for Iowa St. registrar
May 6, 2012
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Americans link race and criminality
May 6, 2012 in print edition on A9
I don’t care about George Zimmerman’s MySpace page. Granted, it was gratifying to read recently in The Miami Herald about his crude animus toward Mexicans (“soft ass wanna be thugs”) and his reference to a former girlfriend as an “ex-hoe.” Given the way white supremacists and other Zimmerman supporters have exaggerated and manufactured evidence to paint Zimmerman’s unarmed 17-year-old victim, Trayvon Martin, as a thug who somehow deserved shooting, this unflattering portrait offers the same satisfaction one feels any time the goose is basted with sauce that was prepared for the gander.
Lawrence police subdue man with Taser in 23rd St. Dillons parking lot
May 6, 2012
Lawrence police officers used a Taser to subdue a man armed with a knife in the parking lot of Dillons, 1015 W. 23rd St. The incident started at about 11:45 p.m. Saturday.
Baldwin High student’s ‘Google doodle’ best in state
May 6, 2012
Baldwin High School senior Tucker Brown successfully went back to the Stone Age in his search for inspiration to create a logo for a high-tech company.
Not yet ready to go to waste: Facility takes hazardous supplies to keep them out of landfill
May 6, 2012
Lawrence and Douglas County residents have known for years about the household hazardous waste program. It is designed to take a variety of products that officials want to keep out of the landfill, either because they create an environmental hazard or in many cases create a fire hazard when they’re thrown into the back of a trash truck.
The very hungry caterpillars: KU woods swarmed
Large number could eventually turn into ‘tornado of butterflies’
May 6, 2012
At first, Mark Robbins thought he heard a gentle rain as he walked through the Kansas University Fitch Natural History Reservation. Robbins, the ornithology collection manager at KU, was looking for birds in the predawn darkness of the woodlands, which sit several miles north of Lawrence. As the sun rose, Robbins noticed the barren branches of the hackberries. While the rest of the trees in the woods looked as though it was mid-June, the hackberries had no leaves. Then he spotted caterpillars — tens of thousands of them.
Felipe Paulino stifles Yanks
May 6, 2012
Ned Yost wasn’t sure whether the Kansas City Royals needed a relatively easy wire-to-wire win to finally exhale after an often-difficult start to the season. The one thing Yost did know: He surely needed it.
A&M edges KU softball
May 6, 2012
Kansas University senior Liz Kocon blasted a three-run home run in the Jayhawks’ 4-3 loss to No. 18-ranked Texas A&M on Saturday at the Aggies’ field.
KU baseball blanked
May 6, 2012
Kentucky Derby winner I’ll Have Another wasn’t the only longshot to stand in the winner’s circle late Saturday afternoon. For Air Force Academy left-hander Ben Bertelson, a junior from Midland, Texas, the winner’s circle on which he stood was the Hoglund Ballpark pitcher’s mound. Bertelson soft-tossed his way to a career-best performance, defeating Kansas University, 3-0, with an eight-hit shutout.
FSHS 4th, LHS 5th at league swimming
May 6, 2012
A pair of league swimming titles weren’t enough to satisfy Free State High freshman Courtney Caldwell on Saturday afternoon at the Lawrence Indoor Aquatic Center.
Tax cut solution will have lasting effect in Kansas
Lawmakers also must decide on redistricting as session winds down
May 6, 2012
What’s more important for Kansas today and in the future: strong schools, a solid social safety net or tax cuts? That will be the debate this week as legislators approach the final days of the 2012 session.
Another unlikely Derby winner
May 6, 2012
I’ll Have Another looked like just another horse at the Kentucky Derby. Until the final furlong, that is.
KU softball Hulls on academic team
May 6, 2012
Juniors Maggie and Rosie Hull represented Kansas University’s softball team on district seven when the Capital One Academic All-District teams were announced Friday by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
How former Jayhawks fared (May 6)
May 6, 2012 in print edition on B6
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in Saturday’s NBA playoff games.
Katie O’Connor returns to KU women’s basketball staff
May 6, 2012
Katie O’Connor is returning to the Kansas University women’s basketball coaching staff.
Well received: Competition fierce at wideout
May 6, 2012
By his own admission, Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis understands he has a long way to go before reaching the point of complete comfort with his new team. Still, in just a few months and 15 spring practices, Weis was able to make plenty of headway and arrive at a couple of concrete conclusions.
Lawrence Locales: Haskell Cultural Center
May 6, 2012
The museum at 143 Barker Ave. on the campus of Haskell Indian Nations University opened 10 years ago as part of a national effort by the American Indian Higher Education Consortium to create repositories for Native American art and culture. Among its missions is tracing the history of Haskell itself, from its origins in 1884 as the U.S. Indian Industrial Training School to its place today as a four-year, degree-granting university.
Bigger goals
May 6, 2012
The apparent difference that is causing a split in the Republican ranks in Kansas is easy enough to understand. The moderate Republican officeholders are interested in re-election. The extreme right wing, as exemplified by Mr. Brownback and Kobach, are motivated by dreams of gaining the Oval Office in the White House. They simply view this as an opportunity to gain national attention.
Finishing last
The current redistricting debacle is an embarrassment for Kansas.
May 6, 2012
Heading into what is scheduled to be the last week of the 2012 session, the Kansas Legislature still is bickering about not only how to adjust the state’s four congressional districts, but also how to redraw legislative districts, a task also completed by the vast majority of states.
25 years ago: Rep. Branson wins award from ARC
May 6, 2012
State Rep. Jessie Branson was presented with the Distinctive Services Award.
40 years ago: Lawrence children and their bicycles take downtown
May 6, 2012
Massachusetts Street today was a teeming mass of children.
Kovel’s Antiques: Doorstops hold their value nicely
May 6, 2012
Iron doorstops are among today’s top-selling collectibles.
Garden Calendar: Borers gaining attention in stressed trees
May 6, 2012
Borers have probably lived in native trees and shrubs in our area for as long as the trees and shrubs have grown here, but awareness of them seems to be increasing.
Faith Forum: What advice do you have for this year’s college graduates?
May 6, 2012
The Rev. Shaun LePage and Professor Robert Minor answer.
Boomer Girl Diary: Can’t go wrong with coffee maker for Mom
May 6, 2012
In case you haven’t heard, Mother’s Day is next Sunday. And, while most of you might not give it another thought until Saturday, I’m proffering some learned Mother’s Day advice, especially if the mom in your life is “of a certain age.”
Health care shouldn’t be political football
May 6, 2012 in print edition on A9
Next month, the Supreme Court will deliver its judgment on the constitutionality of the Affordable Health Care Act. The key issue is the “individual mandate” which requires people to buy insurance.
100 years ago: Farmers anxious about jury duty during busy season
May 6, 2012
“This is a busy time on the farm and the farmers feel that it is a hardship to be forced to serve on a jury.”
Horoscope for May 6
May 6, 2012
This year your relationships increase in importance, and you’ll become more in tune with your interactions. You also will have more choices concerning how and with whom you relate. If you are single, you discover that a myriad of different types of people are interested in you. If you are attached, you often need time alone as a couple.
‘Sherlock’ a can’t-miss Sunday series
May 6, 2012
“Sherlock” (8 p.m., PBS) returns for a second season on “Masterpiece Mystery!” A cheeky, cerebral delight, “Sherlock” updates Arthur Conan Doyle’s detective series to the 21st century. Benedict Cumberbatch (“War Horse”) returns in the title role.