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Archive for Friday, May 11, 2012

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12:00 a.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.
6:00 a.m.
Missouri residents may have the option of getting personalized license plates displaying their Kansas University loyalties. This Journal-World photo illustration shows what the KU plates might look like if the logo was placed on the current Missouri license plate. 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.
10:00 a.m.
The Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services, 1901 Delaware Street. Senators upset with SRS over conditions in sexual assault and domestic violence program
3:17 p.m., May 10, 2012 Updated 4:37 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.
2:00 p.m.
Kansas University students participate in a beer drinking game in March 2010 outside a student rental house just off campus. 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.
6:00 p.m.
Graduating Haskell senior Eddie Moore, who grew up on the impoverished Fort Belknap Reservation in Montana, is the first person in his family to get a bachelor’s degree. He has lined up an internship with the corporate headquarters of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. in Arkansas. From a place of ‘very little hope’ to a bright future
May 11, 2012
Eddie Moore plans to buck the trends of his hometown, where unemployment is 72 percent. He’ll become the first in his family to graduate with a bachelor’s degree today. And he’s already had success, earning an internship at Wal-Mart Stores Inc. corporate headquarters in Bentonville, Ark.

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Student hurt in April 25 crash released from hospital
May 11, 2012
Spencer Wilson, 17, a Free State High School junior, who was injured in an April 25 crash on North 1700 Road, which is an extension of Peterson Road, was released Monday from Kansas University Hospital in Kansas City, Kan., said Bob Hallinan, a hospital spokesman.
Free State student hurt in bicycle accident
May 11, 2012
A male Free State High School student was injured Friday afternoon in an accident after school, said Julie Boyle, a Lawrence public schools spokesman. The sophomore boy rode his bicycle into the back of a vehicle. An ambulance transported the student to the hospital, and the school notified the boy’s parents, Boyle said.
De Soto teens accused of stealing truck, burglaries
May 11, 2012
Two De Soto teenagers are accused of stealing a truck and trailer and committing burglaries at several De Soto businesses earlier this week, said Master Deputy Tom Erickson, a Johnson County Sheriff’s spokesman. The teenagers who had also gone missing earlier in the week had taken a truck and trailer and drove to a relative’s house in Smithville, Mo., Erickson said, before officers were able to speak with them.
Police investigating burglary at Radio Shack
May 11, 2012
Lawrence police were investigating a burglary early Friday at Radio Shack, 711 W. 23rd St., after suspects shattered a front window and stole cash and a computer, valued at $700, said Sgt. Trent McKinley, a Lawrence police spokesman.
Pump Patrol
May 11, 2012
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.47 at several stations. If you find a lower price, call 832-7154.
LHS students study energy consumption
May 11, 2012
Because students don’t pay electric bills, they don’t often think about how much energy they are using. And that is one of the reasons physics teacher Alan Gleue ties energy consumption into the unit he teaches about electricity.
Chancellor to bestow honors
May 11, 2012
Ten Kansas University students will be honored Sunday with 2012 Chancellor’s Student Awards during the university’s 140th Commencement.
3 dead in crash of small plane in Chanute
May 11, 2012
The National Transportation Safety Board says three people have died in the crash of a small plane in southeastern Kansas.
Legislative leaders to Brownback: Veto the tax cut
May 11, 2012
Republican and Democratic leaders on Friday called on Gov. Sam Brownback to veto a deficit-producing tax cut as the legislative session hit overtime with numerous major issues unresolved.
Westside farmers market getting a new location
May 11, 2012
After unexpectedly losing its Thursday home, the Lawrence Farmers’ Market has a new home in west Lawrence
Haskell graduation becomes a family affair
May 11, 2012
Friday’s Haskell Indian Nations University’s Spring Commencement was a family dream come true for graduate Lois Stevens. Both of Stevens’ parents — Ernie and Cheryl — graduated from Haskell, as did her two sisters and two brothers. All also played basketball for the school.
City collecting electronics for recycling on Saturday
May 11, 2012
The City of Lawrence is hosting an electronic recycling event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot at Free State High School, 4700 Overland Drive.
KU researcher receives $410,000 National Science Foundation award
May 11, 2012
A Kansas University researcher is a recipient of the National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development Award.
Lawmakers pass anti-Sharia law measure
May 11, 2012
A bill designed to prevent Kansas courts or government agencies from relying on Islamic Sharia law or other foreign legal codes has cleared the state Legislature.
Day 90: Legislature attacks Sharia law, United Nations Agenda 21, but no resolution on budget, redistricting
May 11, 2012
Leaders conceded that the session would extend into overtime next week.
Kansas Supreme Court affirms Topekan’s conviction for murdering man in downtown Lawrence
May 11, 2012
The Kansas Supreme Court has upheld the second-degree murder conviction of a 25-year-old Topeka man for shooting and killing another Topeka man in January 2006 in downtown Lawrence.
Statehouse Live: Senators seek alternative funding for contract providing services to domestic violence victims
May 11, 2012
Kelly and several other legislators have criticized SRS for putting into the program new requirements, such as requiring victims submit to psychological evaluations. The Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence, which has contracted for the services for 13 years, said the requirements would put victims at greater risk. The coalition withdraw from bidding for the contract.
Police issue warning after burglar enters two southwest Lawrence homes as residents sleep inside
10:40 a.m., May 11, 2012 Updated 11:12 a.m.
Lawrence police are warning residents to lock doors and secure windows at night after a man apparently entered two homes early Friday as residents slept inside.
Backers of abortion bill still seek passage
May 11, 2012
Abortion opponents in the Kansas Legislature aren’t giving up on forcing a Senate vote on a bill designed to prevent the state from subsidizing abortions indirectly through tax breaks.
Public invited to Brown v. Board site to mark ruling’s anniversary
May 11, 2012
The Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site is marking the 58th anniversary of the civil rights ruling with a push to capture decades-old memories from Topekans.
Kansas Legislature staring at extra days
May 11, 2012
The Kansas Legislature appears all but certain to miss Friday’s deadline for completing the annual session in 90 days.
Town Talk: City set to annex recreation center site, but cost questions remain; parks and rec advisory board has questions about recreation complex; old Packards at 11th and R.I. slated for auction
May 11, 2012
News and notes from around town:
Scooter driven by Baldwin City man hit potholes before accident
May 11, 2012
Douglas County Sheriff’s investigators believe 40-year-old Baldwin City man injured in a scooter accident had struck some potholes on a gravel road Thursday night.
KBA considers spending $4.9M to attract professor to K-State
May 11, 2012
The Kansas Bioscience Authority expressed interest in funding a $4.9 million retention package for a professor at the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine.
From a place of ‘very little hope’ to a bright future
Haskell graduate becomes first in family to earn bachelor’s degree
May 11, 2012
Eddie Moore plans to buck the trends of his hometown, where unemployment is 72 percent. He’ll become the first in his family to graduate with a bachelor’s degree today. And he’s already had success, earning an internship at Wal-Mart Stores Inc. corporate headquarters in Bentonville, Ark.
Heard on the Hill: KU makes an appearance on MTV’s “16 and Pregnant”; Sigma Alpha Epsilon national organization confirms KU chapter has not gone alcohol-free; look for maces, marshals at commencement
May 11, 2012
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
100 years ago: No more swimming allowed in Potter’s Lake
May 11, 2012
“This order is to remain in effect permanently.”
KU softball puts six on academic team
May 11, 2012
Six Kansas University softball players earned Academic All-Big 12 first-team honors, as announced by the conference on Thursday.
FSHS soccer falls to BVSW
May 11, 2012
Katie Sarraf scored Free State’s only goal in a 3-1 high school soccer loss Thursday at Blue Valley Southwest.
KSU series crucial for Kansas baseball’s postseason
May 11, 2012
The Kansas University baseball team’s goal for this weekend’s three-game series at Kansas State is simple: Win enough games to worry only about one scoreboard next week.
KU Barnstorming Tour kicks off tonight
May 11, 2012
KU seniors Tyshawn Taylor, Conner Teahan and Jordan Juenemann will compete in a Barnstorming Tour game at 7:30 tonight at Roeland Park’s Bishop Miege High School.
Show done: Lawrence comes back to beat Free State, 7-4, sweep city baseball series
May 11, 2012
One of the smallest players on the field Thursday night at Hoglund Ballpark, Lawrence High senior second baseman Trevor Champagne might not strike fear in the hearts of many opposing pitchers.
City athletes undaunted by state tennis tourney
May 11, 2012
Headed into the final weekend of his prep career, Free State High senior tennis player Andrew Craig at least knows what he’s getting into this weekend at Maize, site of the Class 6A state tournament.
KU fires men’s golf coach Kit Grove
May 11, 2012
Kansas University men’s golf coach Kit Grove officially was fired as the program’s head coach Thursday, ending the KU graduate’s five-year run as the leader of the program for which he once starred.
How former Jayhawks fared (May 11)
May 11, 2012 in print edition on B2
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in Thursday’s NBA playoff games.
25 years ago: Bert Nash seeks funding for residental mental health program
May 11, 2012
Such housing could already be found in Johnson, Wyandotte, Sedgwick, and Shawnee counties, but not in Douglas County.
40 years ago: Construction plans for downtown altered slightly
May 11, 2012
One of the alterations had involved the street lighting fixtures.
Accessibility
May 11, 2012
I am a legally blind teenager and have noticed that many area restaurants do not have properly placed Braille restroom signs. A few do offer menus in Braille, which is always nice. I also used a wheelchair for a few months, and that experience made me notice that many places don’t have any kind of ramps or curb cuts to allow easier access.
Obstructionism
May 11, 2012
In the run-up to the 2010 congressional election, all we heard from Republicans was, “Mr. President, where are the jobs?” This was enough for Republicans to win back the House of Representatives and make marked gains in the Senate.
Moving speech
May 11, 2012
After reading Leonard Pitts’ column in last Thursday’s Journal-World, I took his advice and watched the YouTube speech young Christian Matthew Vines recently gave to a church in Wichita.
Taxing jobs out of existence
May 11, 2012
In 2010, however, Congress, ravenous for revenues to fund Obamacare, included in the legislation a 2.3 percent tax on gross revenues — which generally amounts to about a 15 percent tax on most manufacturers’ profits — from U.S. sales of medical devices beginning in 2013. This will be piled on top of the 35 percent federal corporate tax, and state and local taxes. The 2.3 percent tax will be a $20 billion blow to an industry that employs more than 400,000, and $20 billion is almost double the industry’s annual investment in research and development.
Looking ahead
As commissioners discuss large projects like a new police facility, they should think about what other needs may be on the horizon.
May 11, 2012
Commissioners should be applauded for directing staff members to put together a comprehensive report on the future building, staffing and equipment needs of the Police Department. It is a sign the commission is set to do some serious planning for one of the city’s most vital departments.
FSHS softball wins one vs. SMS
May 11, 2012
Free State High came close to notching a softball doubleheader sweep of Shawnee Mission South in its last games of the regular season Thursday at SM South.
Senior’s poise propels Lions
May 11, 2012
Lawrence High shortstop/winning pitcher Troy Willoughby’s emotions were being put through a tougher test than any teacher could put in front of him Thursday night during a fifth-inning at-bat at Hoglund Ballpark, site of the second city baseball showdown in four days.
Not relevant
May 11, 2012
Is there something in the water in Topeka? There must be because a group of Kansas legislators is now up in arms about United Nations Agenda 21.
Horoscope for May 11
May 11, 2012
This year you sometimes feel as if you are jumping from one confusing situation to another. Learn to clarify information more often and remember to ask about, reiterate and confirm details. If you are single, you could meet several very exciting people, one after the other. If you are attached, as a couple you could often find yourselves doing the most unexpected things and loving it.
‘Common Law’ follows USA playbook
May 11, 2012
Take the buddy-cop “bromance” genre, add a few too-cute gimmicks and you have “Common Law” (9 p.m., USA).