Archive for Tuesday, May 15, 2012

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Who should be most responsible for making tuition to a state college affordable?

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State legislature
Board of regents
School administration
Federal government
Students and their families
Other (please state in comments)
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Baker University triple major is Oxford bound
May 15, 2012
Baker University senior Will Duncan’s most important lesson was the value of friendship with the people he comes in contact with every day.
Man reports stolen Honda
May 15, 2012
A 56-year-old Lawrence man reported his 2008 Honda vehicle valued at $1,000 was stolen between 9 p.m. Friday and 7:30 a.m. Saturday from the 400 block of Perry Street.
Coin machine reported stolen from Raco Car Wash No. 4
May 15, 2012
A coin-bill change machine valued at $500, 200 $1 bills and $600 in quarters were stolen in a weekend burglary of Raco Car Wash No. 4, 1300 W. Sixth St.
$3,000 worth of clothes, shoes reported stolen from vehicle
May 15, 2012
A 19-year-old female Kansas University student reported someone stole a duffel bag and $3,000 worth of women’s clothing and shoes in a vehicle burglary in the 1000 block of Emery Road.
Air hockey table among $2,300 in items reported stolen
May 15, 2012
A 21-year-old Lawrence woman reported $2,390 worth of items, including a PlayStation 3 and an air hockey table were stolen between 7 p.m. April 18 and 4:25 a.m. Saturday from the 2400 block of Morningside Drive.
Disciplinary action taken against Haskell employees after investigation of student-athlete test scores
May 15, 2012
A Department of Education investigation into falsified student-athlete test scores at Haskell Indian Nations University resulted in “official action on the employees and students involved,” according to a press release issued by Haskell late Tuesday afternoon.
Friends and family still looking for missing Lawrence man
May 15, 2012
Lawrence police and friends and family of Yelekal Alemu, the 23-year-old former Kansas University student who has been reported missing, are still searching for him Tuesday and asking anyone with any information about his whereabouts to come forward.
Republicans at war with each other over redistricting
May 15, 2012
A Senate Republican caucus meeting on Tuesday exploded into a war of words between conservatives and moderates over redistricting.
Judge deciding fate of lawsuit alleging assault at Brandon Woods
May 15, 2012
A Douglas County judge is considering the future of a lawsuit filed against Brandon Woods at Alvamar alleging an 87-year-old resident was sexually assaulted at the retirement center.
KU men’s basketball leads conference in home attendance for 26th straight year
May 15, 2012
The Kansas men’s basketball team led its conference in home attendance for the 26th straight year, as the NCAA recently released the final attendance numbers for the 2011-12 campaign.
Group urges Brownback to veto bill aimed at Sharia law
May 15, 2012
The nation’s largest Muslim civil liberties organization on Tuesday called on Gov. Sam Brownback to veto a bill that the group described as an attack on Sharia, the religious principles of Islam.
Ex-AG Phill Kline wants 2 justices recused in ethics case
May 15, 2012
Former Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline is asking two Kansas Supreme Court justices to recuse themselves from ruling in his ethics case, contending the judges hold biases that could influence their decision.
Legislators back at table to talk tax cuts
May 15, 2012
Nearly a week after the House approved and Gov. Sam Brownback said he would sign into law a budget-busting tax cut, legislators on Tuesday resumed talks aimed at forming an alternative package.
Lawrence Schools Foundation distributes $24,000 in grants
May 15, 2012
The Lawrence Schools Foundation has distributed more than $24,000 in grants to fund teacher innovation in the classroom.
Amateur and professional brewers work together to celebrate American Craft Beer Week
May 15, 2012
It’s American Craft Beer Week, and at least here in Lawrence, it’s not about competition.
Gehry offers changes in Eisenhower Memorial design
11:09 a.m., May 15, 2012 Updated 05:03 p.m.
Architect Frank Gehry and his design team are proposing changes to the planned Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial in Washington after hearing complaints from Ike’s family for months.
KU proposes tuition hike of nearly 5 percent, effective next fall
11:08 a.m., May 15, 2012 Updated 05:16 a.m.
The cost of attending Kansas University and the other regents universities would increase next fall, according to proposals submitted to the Kansas Board of Regents. Incoming KU freshmen who are Kansas residents would pay an additional 4.9 percent in tuition and fees, taking the cost of a 15 credit hour semester at the university to $4,839. Tuition and fees for non-resident freshmen would increase by 5 percent, to $11,874.
Workers wonder what’s next as Jostens plant closes
May 15, 2012
Hundreds of Jostens employees in Topeka are considering what to do next after the company surprised most of them by announcing it planned to move the plant’s jobs and production to Tennessee.
Legislators strike deal on pensions measure
Compromise moves away from 401(k)-style plan
10:43 a.m., May 15, 2012 Updated 11:41 p.m.
Negotiators for the Kansas House and Senate agreed Tuesday on legislation creating a new pension plan for future teachers and government workers and diverting revenues from state-owned casinos to retirement benefits for public employees.
Former Kansas officer sentenced in sex case
May 15, 2012
A former Lansing police officer and school board member has been sentenced to 60 years in federal prison without parole for trying to entice a minor to have sex.
Statehouse Live: Committee introduces measure aimed at reducing politics in redistricting
May 15, 2012
A Senate committee on Tuesday introduced a proposed constitutional amendment that would change the state’s redistricting process, which is currently mired in a political war between conservatives and moderates within the Kansas Republican Party.
Town Talk: Briggs files plans for $1.4 million expansion at Auto Plaza; Lawrence retail sales increase for eighth month in a row; weekly land transfers
May 15, 2012
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Land transfers for the weeks ending April 30 and May 7
May 15, 2012
Land transfers as recorded by the Douglas County Register of Deeds Office
Cardiologist — and many others — offer help to 11-year-old entrepreneur who fell victim to theft
08:35 a.m., May 15, 2012 Updated 11:57 a.m.
When Lawrence cardiologist Roger Dreiling was 11 years old, his grandfather bought him a lawn mower so he could start a business in his hometown of Hays.
Jostens moving Topeka production work to Tenn.
May 15, 2012
Memorabilia maker Jostens says 372 jobs will be affected when it moves all production work from its Topeka plant to Clarksville, Tenn., beginning in July.
School board favors tweaking middle school boundary line
May 15, 2012
For years, students in the north-central part of the Lawrence school district have been bused across the city to attend Liberty Memorial Central Middle School. On Monday night, parents asked the school board to change the boundary so their children could attend West Middle School.
State closer to using casinos for KPERS
May 15, 2012
Kansas legislators moved closer Monday to dedicating revenues from state-owned casinos to pensions for teachers and government workers as part of a broader bill bolstering the long-term financial health of the state’s retirement system
Brownback signs anti-abortion bill
May 15, 2012
Gov. Sam Brownback has signed legislation giving more legal protection to Kansas health care providers who refuse to participate in abortions.
Next stop: state — FSHS team, four Lions earn trip
May 15, 2012
Free State High junior golfer Alex Green stood about 30 yards across from fellow junior Wilson Hack in the fairway of hole No. 2 Monday afternoon at Eagle Bend Golf Course.
Heard on the Hill: Alumnus originally pushed for KU license plate in Missouri; law school turns to basketball broadcaster to read graduates names; check out our Instagram commencement photos
May 15, 2012
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Chen, Royals win again
May 15, 2012
Kansas City starter Bruce Chen was changing speeds, moving pitches inside and outside. Chen kept Josh Hamilton and the Texas Rangers off balance while pitching into the seventh inning for the Royals to win his second start in a row, 3-1 over the AL West leaders Monday night.
Punishment puzzles brothers
May 15, 2012
Lawrence High senior Logan Henrichs sounded Monday as if he’ll never understand why he was suspended from school for giving his brother Connor a horizontal-mohawk haircut in a private home, a disciplinary action that prevented him from playing the final two legs of the Sunflower League championship.
FSU prez: Big 12 has pros, cons
May 15, 2012
The president of Florida State University says moving the athletic program from the Atlantic Coast Conference to the Big 12 has several drawbacks to be considered.
City baseball teams meet for third time
May 15, 2012
There is a sports theory that gets tossed around often about the difficulty of beating the same team three times.
How former Jayhawks fared (May 15)
May 15, 2012
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in the NBA playoffs on Monday, May 14, 2012.
25 years ago: Fraternity members cope with exams after house fire
May 15, 2012
Most of the fraternity members had had to borrow books and notes from other students in order to study.
40 years ago: Vietnam protest at KU postponed after lackluster attendance
May 15, 2012
A rally planned for this morning by anti-war demonstrators had been postponed until tonight.
100 years ago: Farmers predicted to buy more automobiles than city folk
May 15, 2012
“The automobile means a saving of time, rest for the horses and greater convenience.”
Backup careers
May 15, 2012
A four-year degree is not quite enough. Having two or three sources of income is not a bad idea.
Suicide focus
May 15, 2012
The seal of the City of Lawrence is a phoenix rising from the ashes and “from ashes to immortality.”
Unwise cuts
May 15, 2012
Why would Gov. Brownback and Mike O’Neal and
Rec questions
It might be better to get a number of questions about a proposed recreation complex answered before moving ahead with actions that will commit taxpayer dollars.
May 15, 2012
At tonight’s meeting, Lawrence city commissioners are scheduled to consider the first formal action on a proposed super-large recreation complex at the northeast corner of the intersection of Sixth Street and the South Lawrence Trafficway.
Lugar a lawmaker from a different era
May 15, 2012 in print edition on A8
So in the end he was found wanting. Not partisan enough. Not conservative enough. Not humble enough. Not local enough. Ultimately, Richard G. Lugar, elected to the Senate during America’s bicentennial celebration — a very long time ago — was not modern enough. Lugar just turned 80. He long ago abandoned his Indiana home if not his Indiana roots. He was that rare lawmaker living in a rarefied world, representing not only his state, not only his country, but also the public interest. In our politics there is a fine line between representing the broader interests and sowing resentment. Lugar did the first for a long while, then the second overtook him.
Cougar Town’ moving to TBS
May 15, 2012
“Cougar Town” (7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., ABC) will be returning for a fourth season. But not on ABC. Last week, TBS announced it would be airing 15 original episodes of the comedy starring Courteney Cox, as well as repeating the first 61 episodes from its stint on ABC.
Horoscope for May 15
May 15, 2012
For Tuesday, May 15: This year you have two different themes running through your life. The first few months, you focus on expanding your horizons and realizing an important goal. The second period will start in the summer. You will tend to go within more to process your thoughts. If you are single, you meet people whom you carefully want to check out. If you are attached, the two of you will want more time alone as a couple.
New (Lee) York state of mind
May 15, 2012
Free State High senior Lee York’s driver carves a wide arc through the air and even can call to mind the swing of young PGA touring professional Dustin Johnson.