Archive for Thursday, May 10, 2012

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
Darcy Schild has worked for the Lawrence school district for 32 years. She will be retiring from her position as library media specialist at Schwegler School this year. 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.
6:00 a.m.
The Kansas Statehouse Senate president shelves anti-abortion bill, citing concerns over provision dealing with KU Med
May 9, 2012
The measure, which has been approved by the House, makes numerous changes to Kansas abortion law. One of those changes would prevent state employees, including doctors-in-training at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan., from performing abortions on state property or state time.
10:00 a.m.
A patron goes into the U.S. Post Office in Lecompton. Lecompton post office to remain open but have hours cut under new plan; more than 300 other Kansas post offices to have reduced hours
May 9, 2012
The Lecompton post office will remain open but have its hours cut in half, under a new plan announced Wednesday.
7:00 p.m.
Kansas University doctoral candidate Annalise Nawrocki is pictured with her two-year-old daughter, Zoie Nawrocki, and husband Cory Hills on Thursday in their Lawrence home. Nawrocki and Hills experienced an unforeseen difficulty when Hills suffered a brain hemorrhage after a fall from a ladder. While helping her husband through his recovery and raising their daughter, Nawrocki managed to continue with her doctoral degree in ecology and evolutionary biology. Coping with accident among hardest tests for graduate
May 10, 2012
Annalise Nawrocki’s six-year path to a doctoral degree in ecology and evolutionary biology concludes this weekend, but the journey was anything but normal.
10:00 p.m.
Kansas head coach Turner Gill leaves the field after KU's loss to Missouri in the Border War on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011 at Arrowhead Stadium. Turner Gill left recruiting abyss
May 10, 2012
The inevitable roster upheaval that occurs when coaching changes take place in college football makes it particularly difficult to try to forecast starters, just shy of four months from the season-opener. But for the purpose of looking at Turner Gill’s impact on the Kansas University football program during his two-year stay, let’s give it a try.

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Free State Film Festival lineup set
May 10, 2012
The Lawrence Arts Center, 940 N.H., has announced the lineup for the first Free State Film Festival, which runs Friday through Sunday.
KU student reports laptop stolen from Jayhawker Towers apartment
May 10, 2012
An 18-year-old female Kansas University student reported to KU police Wednesday that someone entered her apartment at Jayhawker Towers and stole a $1,200 laptop computer.
Baldwin City resident critically hurt in accident near Douglas County Lake
May 10, 2012
One person was transported by air ambulance to KU Medical Center with serious injuries after a one-vehicle accident on a Douglas County Lake access road Thursday night.
Parents say LHS disciplinary action a little over the top
08:38 p.m., May 10, 2012 Updated 08:37 a.m.
The Lawrence school district’s reaction to three senior boys giving underclassmen buzz cuts was a bit of a buzzkill, parents claim.
Tonganoxie man charged with eavesdropping for allegedly videotaping children
May 10, 2012
Leavenworth County authorities have charged a rural Tonganoxie man with three felony eavesdropping counts accusing him of secretly videotaping children at Paradise Mobile Home Park south of Tonganoxie.
Kansas House defeats immigrant tuition repeal
May 10, 2012
The Kansas House has rejected an effort to repeal a 2004 law allowing some illegal immigrants to pay in-state tuition at public colleges and universities.
Kansas agencies wrangle over Keystone pipeline taxes
May 10, 2012
There’s disagreement in Kansas over whether oil company TransCanada should be exempt from paying millions in property taxes for the section of its Keystone pipeline that moves oil through Kansas to Oklahoma.
Senators upset with SRS over conditions in sexual assault and domestic violence program
03:17 p.m., May 10, 2012 Updated 04:37 p.m.
Recently, the Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence said it was withdrawing from the contract proposal with the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services because the requirements that SRS was putting on the contract would jeopardize the safety of victims.
Displaced Lawrence Farmers’ Market vendors find new home at Cottin’s Farmers’ Market
May 10, 2012
In a last-minute change of plans, the Lawrence Farmers’ Market Thursday vendors will sell their produce today after all — just not at their previously planned location.
KU, Lawrence joining forces to improve students’ off-campus behavior
May 10, 2012
Kansas University may not just track students’ grades in the future. In some cases, it may track where students had their last drink as well.
Road construction planned on KU’s West Campus, starting Monday
May 10, 2012
Road construction on Kansas University’s West Campus will begin on Monday, closing a primary north-south road in the area.
Franklin County man ordered to prison for two Lawrence robberies
May 10, 2012
A Douglas County judge Thursday ordered a 23-year-old Franklin County man to serve a five-year and six-month prison sentence for his role in two Lawrence robberies.
A KU license plate in Missouri? It could happen
May 10, 2012
A Jayhawk on a Missouri license plate? No need to check to see if those pigs have sprouted wings. It could be a reality as soon as June 2013.
Brownback made personal appeal to House Republicans to approve mammoth tax cut
10:33 a.m., May 10, 2012 Updated 09:16 p.m.
Brownback has said he would prefer legislators keep working on taxes but added he is prepared to sign into law the larger tax cut despite state projections that the proposal would produce a budget shortfall of $2.7 billion by 2017, which many legislators have said would force cuts to schools and social services.
Gay marriage a distant dream around the world
May 10, 2012
China’s government considered homosexuality a mental disorder until 2001. Mobs in Senegal have disinterred bodies of men they believe were gays and dragged them through the streets. In Egypt, laws prohibiting “shameless public acts” have been used to imprison gay men.
Obama, backing gay marriage, on fundraising tour
May 10, 2012
President Barack Obama said Vice President Joe Biden got “a little bit over his skis” in publicly embracing gay marriage, forcing Obama to speed up his own plans to announce his historic support for the right of same-sex couples to marry.
Kansas House to take up Senate redistricting plan
May 10, 2012
The Kansas House is preparing to debate a plan for drawing new state Senate districts backed by conservative Republicans.
Kansas House advances property tax classification
May 10, 2012
Kansas House members have given first-round approval to a bill that seeks to buy time for defining what constitutes real and personal business property.
Woman reports robbery outside Wilde’s Chateau
May 10, 2012
Lawrence police are investigating the robbery of a woman early Thursday in the 2400 block of Iowa Street.
Town Talk: St. John’s files plans for major school, church expansion; KU, city contemplating joint effort to improve off-campus behavior; chamber stakeholders speak out on eco devo efforts
May 10, 2012
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Kansas University basketball team to take European vacation
Jayhawks to play two games in Switzerland, two in Paris in August
01:25 a.m., May 10, 2012 Updated 12:25 a.m.
KU’s basketball team will play four exhibition games — two in Switzerland and two in France — in August.
Bus service available for seniors in Baldwin City
May 10, 2012
Douglas County Senior Services has made a bus available for use in Baldwin City, but it will be up to the community to determine how well it can serve the city’s seniors.
Judge: Child can testify via video in Eudora sex crime case
12:14 a.m., May 10, 2012 Updated 10:10 a.m.
A Douglas County judge Wednesday ruled a 7-year-old alleged victim in a Eudora sex crime case could testify via video feed at the trial out of the presence of the defendant.
Lawrence woman injured in accident at Ninth and Mississippi
May 10, 2012
A 27-year-old Lawrence woman was taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital Tuesday night with minor injuries after a two-vehicle accident on Ninth Street.
Westside Lawrence Farmers’ Market called off
May 10, 2012
Today’s Westside Lawrence Farmers’ Market has been called off until further notice.
Computer, TV reported stolen
May 10, 2012
A 27-year-old Lawrence man reported that his television, computer and some other items, totaling $2,750 in value, was stolen from the 900 block of Missouri Street sometime between 8 p.m. Saturday and 12 a.m. Sunday, according to police reports.
$4,600 truck reported stolen
May 10, 2012
Subsonic Scooters, in the 600 block of N. Second St., reported a $4,600 pickup truck stolen from its lot on Tuesday, according to police reports.
National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility gets $75 million in budget
May 10, 2012
Funding for the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility to be built in Manhattan overcame one hurdle Wednesday as $75 million in construction funding was included in a proposed budget from within the House of Representatives.
LHS students accused of trespassing in senior prank
12:06 a.m., May 10, 2012 Updated 10:06 a.m.
Seven Lawrence High School students were disciplined after they were accused of trespassing before 1 a.m. Wednesday at the school, 1901 La., as part of a thwarted senior prank, said Julie Boyle, a Lawrence public schools spokeswoman.
New Sunflower School principal named
May 10, 2012
A school administrator in Texas with ties to Kansas will be the new principal at Sunflower next year.
Heard on the Hill: Sigma Alpha Epsilon national fraternity publishes list of incidents; Missouri might be getting those KU license plates after all; KU Info has the answers to commencement questions
12:01 a.m., May 10, 2012 Updated 01:33 a.m.
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Coping with accident among hardest tests for graduate
Still, during 6-year path to doctorate, she ‘never gave up’
May 10, 2012
Annalise Nawrocki’s six-year path to a doctoral degree in ecology and evolutionary biology concludes this weekend, but the journey was anything but normal.
Our Town Sports for May 10
May 10, 2012
A weekly roundup of local events and results.
How former Jayhawks fared (May 10)
May 10, 2012 in print edition on B2
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in Wednesday’s NBA playoff games.
Seabury swims to 4th at league
May 10, 2012
Bishop Seabury Academy won five of 11 events and placed second in four other events at the Independent League swimming and diving championship on Wednesday at Kansas City, Turner.
Did UF give KU a boost?
12:00 a.m., May 10, 2012 Updated 01:32 a.m.
Only time will tell, but it looks as if recent developments could help Kansas University in its pursuit of former University of South Carolina forward Damontre Harris.
Chen gets win; Royals solve Red Sox
May 10, 2012
Bruce Chen can relax a bit — he’s in the win column.
LHS, FSHS expect ‘dogfight’ baseball rematch
May 10, 2012
Lawrence High baseball coach Brad Stoll, like his Free State High counterpart, Mike Hill, has occupied a dugout seat for every city showdown game played between LHS and Free State.
Home away from home: Familiar Firebird Alex Green 2nd
May 10, 2012
Alvamar Golf Course might not be the Free State High boys golf team’s home stomping grounds, but junior Alex Green knows the course well enough to give guided tours. A member at Alvamar, Green entered Wednesday’s Lawrence Invitational feeling relaxed.
Turner Gill left recruiting abyss
May 10, 2012
The inevitable roster upheaval that occurs when coaching changes take place in college football makes it particularly difficult to try to forecast starters, just shy of four months from the season-opener. But for the purpose of looking at Turner Gill’s impact on the Kansas University football program during his two-year stay, let’s give it a try.
May 10, 2012
Yes, congratulations to the Kansas House. You have once again demonstrated to the country and to the rest of the world just how backward, parochial and adolescent Kansas is. Thank you. Well done.
Stay out of it
May 10, 2012
The governor is cutting out abortion and birth control money without proper legal procedure for votes among the pro-life groups and Catholic hospitals. This is why there should be separation of church and state. Neither the church nor the government should get into family planning unless they plan on bringing up the children as well.
Keeping track
As a recent report highlights, it’s time for a national registry for sex offenders and a uniform reporting system.
May 10, 2012
When a sex offender in Kansas moves from the state and doesn’t register his new address, he becomes the concern of the U.S. Marshals Service, which enforces sex-offender laws across state lines.
Libyan missiles a serious problem
May 10, 2012
Whenever the CIA uncovers a new plot overseas, like al-Qaida’s latest scheme to blow up civilian aircraft using advanced, hard-to-detect explosives, people breathe a sigh of relief. But this is a multifront war, and almost by definition, the attack that gets you is the one you didn’t see coming.
Make plans fit
May 10, 2012
I am reminded of the importance of good city planning in the recent go-rounds of meetings regarding the proposed hotel project at Ninth and New Hampshire streets. The plan has changed multiple times. Following codes and regulations is critical to effective city planning. The more that individuals and developers view them as variable, the less seriously they are taken. Effective city planning is diminished and the “tail wags the dog.” It would be refreshing to see initial projects presented to the city that follow all related city codes and guidelines, saving the city and community much time, energy and money.
40 years ago: Anti-war protest group occupies Strong Hall
May 10, 2012
Demands presented by the group focused on what they called “university complicity” in the war effort.
25 years ago: Danny Manning staying for senior year
May 10, 2012
“The NBA will always be there hopefully.”
Horoscope for May 10
May 10, 2012
For Thursday, May 10: This year you carry key projects and goals to completion. You have always been a steady captain of your ship, and this year you are even more so. If you are single, you could meet someone who offers you a lot of what you want. If you are attached, your sweetie may long for some silliness. Why not?
Season finales pick up speed
May 10, 2012
Seasons end for five series tonight.
100 years ago: Booker T. Washington to speak at KU this week
May 10, 2012
“He stands for the highest example of the men of today.”