Archive for Tuesday, May 8, 2012

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KU professors honored for research
May 8, 2012
Five Kansas University professors received recognition Tuesday for their research across a variety of disciplines at the university.
Times have changed during elementary educators’ decades in the district, but joy of teaching remains
May 8, 2012
Combined, Darcy Schild, Ginny Turvey, Sue Siegfreid and Gerry Bukaty have served in the district’s elementary schools for 119 years. All will be retiring at the end of the year.
City vows fairness on new council for economic development
May 8, 2012
Lawrence city commissioners are open to creating a new consortium to manage economic development efforts in the community, but on Tuesday they vowed to address concerns by some neighborhood representatives that the group not be too heavily tilted to Lawrence Chamber of Commerce interests.
Lawrence contender for Reader’s Digest’s ‘Most Interesting Town’ title
May 8, 2012
Look interesting, Lawrence. A national magazine has announced that Lawrence is in the running to be named “Most Interesting Town In America.”
House rejects state employee raises, allocates funds for disabled
May 8, 2012
In another decision on the $14.4 billion budget, House Republicans, who hold a strong majority, rejected several efforts by Democrats to provide a pay raise to state employees, who haven’t had an increase in three years. But on a close vote, 60-56, the House approved allocating $5.8 million to reduce waitings lists for services for those with physical and developmental disabilities and senior citizens.
GOP redistricting fight could mean courts make final decision
May 8, 2012
Kansas legislators grew increasingly concerned Tuesday that a dispute over redistricting among majority Republicans may prevent passage of any proposals for adjusting the state’s political boundaries and leave the map-making to the courts.
New study says proposed tax cut measure would benefit wealthy
May 8, 2012
The proposal, which may be debated Wednesday by the Senate, “would provide substantial tax cuts for the best off Kansans while actually increasing taxes on many low-income taxpayers because of cuts in low-income credits,” according to the analysis by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy.
Ottawa police seek public’s help in finding man who kidnapped woman
May 8, 2012
Ottawa police are searching for a 26-year-old man accused of kidnapping a woman on Saturday and taking her to Emporia against her will before she escaped from him.
Kansas House rejects prison inmate policy change
May 8, 2012
House members have rejected an amendment that would have restricted the types of inmates the Kansas Department of Correction could house in county jails.
Gov. Brownback delivers food to Lawrence homeless shelter, settling Final Four bet with Kentucky governor
May 8, 2012
Thanks to the Kentucky Wildcats’ men’s basketball team, Gov. Sam Brownback made a visit Tuesday to the Lawrence Community Shelter.
Gift to KU honors longtime administrator
May 8, 2012
A $10,000 gift to the Kansas University Honors Program will honor Jeff Weinberg, an assistant to the chancellor who has worked at KU for 42 years.
Town Talk: Lawrence in running for “Most Interesting Town in America”; city to lose nearly $500,000 in CDBG funding; Ballard Center responds to cuts; transit route changes on tap
10:29 a.m., May 8, 2012 Updated 04:53 p.m.
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
DMV reopens after computer upgrade
09:50 a.m., May 8, 2012 Updated 02:05 p.m.
Kansans who had to wait a week to conduct business at Department of Motor Vehicle offices can get back in line.
Attorney General Schmidt’s office pays almost $628K to defend abortion laws
May 8, 2012
The Kansas attorney general’s office paid outside lawyers almost $628,000 through April to defend anti-abortion laws enacted last year.
Kansas House revives Kobach voter-citizenship plan
09:47 a.m., May 8, 2012 Updated 06:09 p.m.
The Kansas House is trying to revive Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s proposal to start requiring first-time voters to produce proof of their U.S. citizenship next month.
Leavenworth woman held in child endangerment case
May 8, 2012
A northeastern Kansas woman accused of leaving her 2-month-old son alone in a stroller in a dark alley has told a judge she’s a good mother.
House bill bans indirectly subsidizing abortions
May 8, 2012
The Kansas House on Monday approved a bill designed to prevent the state from subsidizing abortions even indirectly through tax breaks, but the measure’s chances in the Senate appeared uncertain.
Heard on the Hill: Censure punishment changing with the times; energy audit helps KU staffers be a little greener; Monarch Watch Open House and Fundraiser set for Saturday
May 8, 2012
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Police youth camp set for next month
May 8, 2012
The Lawrence Police Department is once again offering its police camp for youths this summer.
Some wheat farmers expect harvest to start in May
May 8, 2012
Farmers in north-central Kansas might be planting soybeans this time of year, seeding gardens, even mailing graduation announcements — anything but greasing combines.
Horoscope for May 8
May 8, 2012
For Tuesday, May 8: The quality of your communication defines how content you will be this year. You alternate between wanting a lot of closeness and needing some space. If you are single, finding a match that can meet these different needs could be an intense experience. If you are attached, your significant other probably can handle this back and forth.
Wrong on jobs
May 8, 2012
Last Friday’s mediocre jobs report was greeted with barely concealed glee by presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.
Blessed with art
May 8, 2012
Two exceptional recent performances in Lawrence deserve special mention.
Share the vision
Before planning for a major new recreation complex in northwest Lawrence goes much further, developers need to get the public involved.
May 8, 2012
It is clear many behind-the-scenes discussions are occurring at Lawrence City Hall regarding plans for a proposed public-private partnership to build a recreation complex in northwest Lawrence.
Bosox beat up on K.C.
May 8, 2012
Will Middlebrooks homered down each of the lines, David Ortiz and Dustin Pedroia also went deep, and the Boston Red Sox pounded the Kansas City Royals, 11-5, on Monday night to snap a five-game losing streak.
Free State golf sixth, LHS 12th
May 8, 2012
Free State High’s boys golf team placed sixth as three city golfers finished in the top 20 on Monday at the Leavenworth Invitational.
Elijah Penny ends strong at KCAA state golf
May 8, 2012
When Elijah Penny started his golfing career at Veritas Christian as a freshman, he frequently shot in the 120s. Before this season, he’d never scored below 100.
KU offers to Memphis prep Austin Nichols
May 8, 2012
Austin Nichols, a 6-foot-8, 193-pound senior-to-be from Briarcrest Christian School in Memphis, has received a scholarship offer from Kansas University, reports.
FSHS softball finishes sweep of LHS
May 8, 2012
Monday afternoon at Lawrence High, the LHS and Free State High softball teams stumbled into as many errors as hits, Free State’s ability to capitalize on the miscues led the Firebirds to a 3-0 victory and a season sweep of the Lions.
25 years ago: Fire team takes workshop on bomb site investigation
May 8, 2012
Unit members were participating in a four-day, 32-hour school in a quarry south of Lawrence.
40 years ago: Art in the Park driven indoors by heavy rains
May 8, 2012
The Lawrence Art Guild had rescheduled a second exhibit.
100 years ago: Engineering student drowns in KU campus lake
May 8, 2012
“Potter’s lake on the University campus last night claimed its second victim.”
MacArthur speech worth remembering
May 8, 2012
Where to start with Douglas MacArthur? To say that he was general of the Army? To note that he was superintendent of West Point?
Shows hit season’s end
May 8, 2012
A winner emerges on the two-hour finale of “The Voice” (8 p.m., NBC). For a moment, it looked like this series might just overtake “American Idol” as America’s favorite singing competition, but its audience dwindled as the season progressed.
Garrett Cleavinger carries LHS baseball past FSHS
May 8, 2012
Lawrence High baseball coach Brad Stoll probably didn’t have to say anything to senior starting pitcher Garrett Cleavinger before the Lions’ Senior Night game Monday against rival Free State.