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3 beef-processing plants to close
‘Pink slime’ uproar blamed; Kansas facility on closure list
May 7, 2012
Beef Products Inc. will close processing plants in three states this month because of the controversy surrounding its meat product that critics have dubbed “pink slime,” a company official said Monday.
City eyeing new council for economic development
May 7, 2012
Lawrence city commissioners are set to have their first discussion about overhauling the community’s economic development program, and talk is centering on how to make the area’s job creation efforts faster and friendlier.
Severe storms cause power outages
11:00 p.m., May 7, 2012 Updated 09:33 p.m.
More than 550 people in Douglas County lost electricity during Sunday’s thunderstorms. The thunderstorms emerged in Douglas County about 4 p.m. Relentless heavy rain, quarter-size hail and winds as high as 25 mph buffeted the area for a five-hour stretch. The severity ebbed about 9 p.m., when the National Weather Service canceled the thunderstorm watch for Douglas County.
Kansas House panel to vote on Senate remap plan
May 7, 2012
A bi-partisan coalition of Republicans and Democrats have approved a Senate map 21-19. But conservative Republican Gov. Sam Brownback and the conservative Republican majority in the House don’t like that map.
Recipes for a kid-and-dad-proof Mother’s Day breakfast
May 7, 2012
Mom deserves a break. Here’s how to give her a mayhem-free Mother’s Day.
Lawrence city commission may change law to allow business to sell chicks
May 7, 2012
Lawrence city commissioners at their Tuesday meeting are set to change a city ordinance that caused a local retailer to shut down its annual “Chick Days Sale,” where customers bought baby chickens and ducks to raise.
One benefit of KU’s loss to Kentucky: Brownback delivering burgers to Lawrence Community Shelter
May 7, 2012
The Lawrence Community Shelter will benefit from Kansas University’s men’s basketball team’s loss to the University of Kentucky in the NCAA championship game.
Highway deaths per mile fall to record low
May 7, 2012
Highway deaths declined again last year, reaching their lowest rate when compared to miles driven since such record-keeping began in 1921, according preliminary government data released Monday.
Statehouse Live: Critics of United Nations Agenda 21 voice concerns
03:28 p.m., May 7, 2012 Updated 11:57 p.m.
Agenda 21 came out of discussions on “sustainable development” at the U.N. Conference of Environment and Development in 1992. It’s a policy that states its purpose as seeking global cooperation to improve the environment and reduce economic disparities between countries.
Lawrence school district losing longtime music teachers to retirement
May 7, 2012
When Lawrence High School seniors and juniors close their recognition concert with the finale to Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Gondoliers,” it will be a notable end of another sort for the school.
Democrats elect convention delegates
May 7, 2012
Kansas Democrats have elected 33 people to serve as district-level delegates who will represent the party at the Democratic National Convention that is scheduled for the week of Sept. 3 in Charlotte, N.C.
Police looking for driver of stolen truck who led officers on chase
02:41 p.m., May 7, 2012 Updated 05:53 p.m.
The Lawrence Police Department called off a pursuit of a stolen vehicle just before noon Monday.
Lawrence man, 19, sentenced to jail term, probation in two cases
May 7, 2012
Douglas County District Court Judge Sally Pokorny sentenced Brandon M. Marcure, 19, Lawrence, to 60 days in jail and a year probation for convictions stemming from two incidents earlier this year.
Lions-Firebirds softball game moved to LHS
May 7, 2012
Today’s softball game between Lawrence High and Free State High, originally scheduled to be played at Kansas University’s Arrocha Ballpark, has been moved to LHS due to field conditions at KU.
Kansas Star Casino to hire 300 more for summer
May 7, 2012
The Kansas Star Casino is looking for another 300 workers, as it begins a second phase of expansion.
Toddler walking through pasture run over by truck
May 7, 2012
Officers are investigating the death of a 2-year-old boy who was run over by a truck while walking through a pasture in southeast Kansas.
JCCC to get new Hospitality & Culinary Academy
May 7, 2012
Johnson County Community College is planning a groundbreaking ceremony for its new Hospitality & Culinary Academy.
Kansas House to resume redistricting work
May 7, 2012
A Kansas House committee plans to start the week trying to do what lawmakers couldn’t do last week — draw a new map of state Senate districts that both chambers can accept.
Around and About for May 5, 2012
May 7, 2012
Emma Pogge will celebrate her 100th birthday with a party from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. today at Lawrence Free Methodist Church. Friends are invited to stop by and visit with her.
Children treated for injuries after accident on turnpike
May 7, 2012
A 5-year-old and a 9-year-old were treated then released from Lawrence Memorial Hospital after a single-vehicle accident Sunday night on Interstate 70, just east of Tonganoxie.
Town Talk: National food magazine highlights Wheatfields loaf; city looks to change chicken ordinance; Chamber formally asks for new eco devo organization
May 7, 2012
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
No arrest made after student walks into area high school with a stock of gun
09:03 a.m., May 7, 2012 Updated 10:37 a.m.
Pomona High School was locked down Monday morning after a student walked into the building with the stock of a shotgun.
KU announces schedule of commencement events
May 7, 2012
Kansas University has an assortment of events scheduled around the university’s 140th commencement ceremony on Sunday, many of which will honor and recognize students in the graduating class. The main ceremony starts at 10:30 a.m. Sunday as graduates begin their traditional march through the Campanile and down the hill into Memorial Stadium.
How to Help: Van Go seeks helpers for lunch program
May 7, 2012
Van Go Inc. is looking for people to help its chef with the summer lunch program provided to youths in the Summer JAMS program.
Pharmacists could refuse to dispense contraception based on moral grounds under bill
May 7, 2012
A bill under consideration in the Kansas House could allow pharmacists to refuse to fill prescriptions for contraception on moral grounds and would make Kansas one of nine states to legally protect a pharmacist’s right to refuse.
May 7, 2012
Douglas County residents or businesses filing for bankruptcy protection recently in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the District of Kansas, according to court records.
May 7, 2012
Divorces granted in Douglas County District Court the week ending May 4, 2012.
May 7, 2012
Marriage licenses issued in Douglas County District Court the week ending May 4, 2012.
LMH employees chip in for mutual aid
May 7, 2012
Michael Van Pelt can’t thank his fellow employees enough for the help they provided during his battle with head and neck cancer. “I am still amazed at some of the things that happened,” he said. “You can imagine when a doctor tells you, ‘You have cancer,’ just everything stops, and you immediately worry about everything.”
51st annual Art in the Park dodges rain
Festival drenched only in colorful ambience
May 7, 2012
The 51st annual Art in the Park kicked off Sunday morning in South Park under cloudy skies with the possibility of rain and storms looming in the forecast.
Jayhawks in the NBA (May 6)
May 7, 2012
How former Jayhawks in the NBA fared in games of May 6.
Firebird invited to Shrine Bowl
May 7, 2012
Senior Free State High linebacker Calloway Schmidt recently was added to the East roster for the 2012 Kansas Shrine Bowl.
KU softball no-hit, 9-0
May 7, 2012
Two Texas A&M pitchers combined on a no-hitter, and the Aggies banged 11 hits in a 9-0 rout of Kansas University in the Jayhawks’ regular-season finale.
Xavier transfer Lyons commits to ’Zona
May 7, 2012
Former Xavier University combo guard Mark Lyons committed to Arizona on Sunday following his campus visit to the Pac-12 school.
Trail entrance to honor teachers
May 7, 2012
Lifelong educators and biology teachers Janet and Stan Roth have led students down nature trails as far away as Florida and Hawaii. So, it’s fitting that their names will be what visitors to the Kansas University Field Station will pass by as they enter the public trail system. Since January, architecture students from Kansas University’s dirt works studio have been designing and building a trailhead structure in the Lawrence couple’s honor. Designed to echo the landscape, the trailhead structure will consist of a 120-foot-long rammed-earth wall, a shade canopy and benches.
School priorities
The Lawrence school district’s willingness to dip into its savings to fund other programs undercuts its contention that it must put off considering teachers’ salary proposals.
May 7, 2012
Did the Lawrence school district think its teachers weren’t paying attention when the school board voted on April 22 to spend about $2 million to add teachers and programs?
Fix It Chick: Replace a frost-free outdoor spigot
May 7, 2012
Replacing a frost-free outdoor spigot can be as easy as unscrewing it from the wall, but chances are it will be a little more complicated than that.
River City Jules: Moms figure it out as they go
May 7, 2012
In honor of Mother’s Day, I’d like to pay tribute to my mom, Mary. In the 40 years I have known her, Mom has not only lovingly fed, clothed and advised us, but she has also risen to the challenges of chairing the PTA, defeating cancer and entertaining our dad.
Go Green: Knitting connections to the land, our lives
May 7, 2012
Normally fumble-fingered, I have developed a passion for knitting. My motivation to learn owes largely to my membership in local shepherd Barbara Clark’s knitting CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). Each spring and fall, I am invited to the sheering and a hearty lunch. I regularly receive skeins of yarn and patterns. Now, I’m knitting a cardigan from Darwin, a friendly, chocolate brown sheep. I know where and how he lives. When the cold comes again, I will wear wool I witnessed him happy to be rid of. The whole process irrevocably connects me both to him, Barbara and her farm, a rich piece of Kaw Valley bottomland.
Double Take: Make something of your summer
May 7, 2012
Follow our advice, and next August when you’re back at school and everyone asks, “What did you do all summer?” you’ll have something to be proud of.
25 years ago: Last Liberty Memorial teacher retires from LHS
May 7, 2012
It was the end of an era at Lawrence High School.
40 years ago: Gaslight Tavern case goes to court in June
May 7, 2012
County Attorney Mike Elwell and Kansas Atty. Gen. Vern Miller had filed a civil action against the Gaslight in October 1971.
Put education on the campaign agenda
May 7, 2012 in print edition on A8
 Now that the Republicans have settled on a nominee, the presidential race begins in earnest. It’s time for both candidates to spell out their positions on a wide range of issues. 
Amendment would have radical impact
May 7, 2012 in print edition on A8
Controversies can be wonderfully clarified when people follow the logic of illogical premises to perverse conclusions. For example, two academics recently wrote in the British Journal of Medical Ethics that “after-birth abortions” — killing newborn babies — are matters of moral indifference because newborns, like fetuses, “do not have the same moral status as actual persons” and “the fact that both are potential persons is morally irrelevant.” So killing them “should be permissible in all the cases where abortion is, including cases where the newborn is not disabled.” This helpfully validates the right-to-life contention that the pro-abortion argument, which already defends third-trimester abortions, contains no standard for why the killing should be stopped by arbitrarily assigning moral significance to the moment of birth.
Horoscope for May 7
May 7, 2012
For Monday, May 7: This year you tap into new thinking because of a special relationship. In many ways, this bond could change your life; perhaps it already has. If you are single, you easily could walk into a relationship. If you are attached, the two of you delight in your downtime together.
100 years ago: South Massachusetts Street finally gets pavement
May 7, 2012
“South Massachusetts street from Banks street to Pawnee street in Breezedale addition is to be paved according to the action of the city council….”
How will TV look in 5 years?
May 7, 2012
While some wonder which shows will return next fall, the special “Stay Tuned: The Future of TV” (8 p.m., CNBC) takes a longer view. Hosted by Julia Boorstin, it presents interviews with media giants about the evolution of entertainment, advertising and media.