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Archive for Wednesday, May 16, 2012

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12:00 a.m.
Representatives of 12th and Haskell Recycling Center, including owner Bo Killough, left, met with residents of the Brook Creek Neighborhood on Wednesday to discuss changes in operations on the property in this Aug. 2010 file photo. Owner of East Lawrence recycling center seeks to acquire property to address neighbors’ concerns
May 14, 2012
A battle over the future of an East Lawrence recycling center that has drawn the ire of neighbors may be averted.
6:00 a.m.
Richard Bors, a Kansas University student from Chicago, works on a final exam in Wescoe Hall. The Kansas Board of Regents recently approved a tuition increase for all six public universities in Kansas. KU proposes tuition hike of nearly 5 percent, effective next fall
11:08 a.m., May 15, 2012 Updated 5:16 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.
10:00 a.m.
The Kansas Statehouse in winter. 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.
6:00 p.m.
Will Duncan, who majored in  math, music and international studies at Baker University, is headed to Oxford University for graduate studies. 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.

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Woman arrested for DUI after accident at 12th and New Jersey
May 16, 2012
A 32-year-old Lawrence woman was arrested on DUI and other charges early Wednesday morning after her vehicle struck a parked car and eventually rolled onto its side in the 1200 block of New Jersey Street, said Sgt. Trent McKinley, a Lawrence police spokesman.
iPad and golf clubs reported stolen
May 16, 2012
A 23-year-old Lawrence man reported that his iPad and golf clubs, worth $1,500, were stolen from the 1600 block of Tennessee Street some time between 2 and 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to police reports.
$1,000 TV reported stolen
May 16, 2012
A 21-year-old Lawrence woman reported that her television, worth $1,000, was stolen from the 1400 block of Kentucky Street some time between 7:45 and 8:50 a.m. Tuesday, according to police reports.
Big 12 track honors KU’s Michael Stigler
May 16, 2012
Kansas University hurdler Michael Stigler was named Big 12 Outstanding Male Freshman of the Year on Wednesday. The awards were voted on by league head track-and-field coaches, who were not allowed to vote for their own athletes.
Ex-Firebird Cody Kukuk arrested
May 16, 2012
Former Free State High baseball star Cody Kukuk was arrested for driving under the influence, a misdemeanor traffic offense, Monday morning in Fort Myers, Fla., according to the Lee County Sheriff’s Department.
Pump Patrol
May 16, 2012
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.39 at several stations. If you find a lower price, call 832-7154.
Officer, bank tellers testify in robbery hearing
May 16, 2012
A Lawrence police detective testified at a preliminary hearing Wednesday that a bank robbery suspect told him that he had been having money problems and that he wasn’t a violent person.
Gaslight Village community forced to find new homes
May 16, 2012
In March, Toni Martin stood on her porch as six middle school-aged children filed past her, collecting forks. She said she frequently watched and fed neighborhood kids. A month later, as she stood in her empty singlewide trailer, her voice cracked when she spoke of leaving the community.
Son of 1989 murder victim frustrated by lack of information
May 16, 2012
A Dallas man, who recently discovered that his mother, Nilsa Sanchez, was murdered near Lawrence in 1989, says he’s been frustrated by a lack of information provided by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office about the unsolved case.
KDOT to spruce up old U.S. 59, may take out passing lane
May 16, 2012
For those who like to zoom by slow-moving vehicles going up the hill on U.S. Highway 59 just outside of Pleasant Grove, your passing days are numbered.
Cases of horse neglect on the rise
Abandoned animals more common in tight economy
May 16, 2012
The Humane Society has seen an increase in such horse abandonment cases in the area, which is also an increasing problem across the state and country. In 2011, the Humane Society responded to 13 cases of horse neglect or abandonment. In 2012, it has already responded to 12 calls.
Regents mull raises for faculty, staff in tuition proposals
May 16, 2012
As members of the Kansas Board of Regents heard new tuition proposals from Kansas universities, several of them included provisions for raises for faculty and staff.
KU seeks tougher admissions criteria
May 16, 2012
Kansas University leaders have asked for a new set of stricter admissions criteria that would separate it from Kansas’ other state universities.
New tax-cutting plan emerges; Brownback urges passage
May 16, 2012
A new tax-cutting plan emerged Wednesday and quickly gained the support of Gov. Sam Brownback. But the proposal’s fate was uncertain.
Haskell, KU students walking to underscore environmental, Native American spiritual issues of trafficway
May 16, 2012
A group of Kansas University and Haskell Indian Nations University students had made it to Brunswick, Mo., on Wednesday evening in their effort to walk from Lawrence to Washington, D.C., to raise awareness about the environmental controversy surrounding the South Lawrence Trafficway.
Task force says coordinator needed to spearhead efforts to attract retirees to Lawrence
May 16, 2012
Local government may need to create a new job in order to attract people who have retired from one.
Border business raids cost Kansas City millions in taxes
May 16, 2012
The states of Missouri and Kansas are divided here only by the yellow stripe of State Line Road. It’s a single community, but the division is sharp when it comes to the cutthroat business of economic development.
Sebelius to address Georgetown grads amid flap
May 16, 2012
A planned graduation speech by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius at Georgetown University is going forward, despite criticism from the Archdiocese of Washington that Sebelius is an inappropriate choice for the Jesuit school.
Lawmakers approve $700k for new arts commission
May 16, 2012
Kansas legislators negotiating the final version of a proposed state budget have decided to include $700,000 for a new Creative Arts Industry Commission.
Free State softball drops regional title game
04:08 p.m., May 16, 2012 Updated 08:35 p.m.
The Free State softball team advanced to the regional finals with a 9-6 victory over Manhattan on Wednesday afternoon in Topeka.
Public invited to see caterpillars, butterflies at Fitch reservation north of Lawrence
May 16, 2012
Several weeks ago, Kansas University ornithologist Mark Robbins spotted tens of thousands of caterpillars at the Fitch Natural History Reservation. Those caterpillars are now emerging as butterflies.
Bishop Seabury receives FEMA grant to build safe room
May 16, 2012
A visit by a Bishop Seabury Academy trustee to tornado-ravaged Joplin, Mo., has prompted the school to look into constructing a room built so soundly it could withstand a missile attack.
Three KU professors awarded Fulbright grants
May 16, 2012
Three Kansas University professors have earned Fulbright grants to study and teach in foreign countries.
Former Kansas corrections secretary makes gift to KU School of Social Welfare
May 16, 2012
Roger Werholtz, a former state director of corrections, and his wife, Shirley, have contributed a $50,000 gift to support Kansas University’s School of Social Welfare.
Kobach asks federal court to settle redistricting
10:59 a.m., May 16, 2012 Updated 11:53 p.m.
Secretary of State Kris Kobach asked a federal court Wednesday to settle redistricting issues for the Kansas Legislature, arguing that an impasse among lawmakers makes drawing new political boundaries “fit for judicial resolution.”
Missouri House moves to stop Jayhawks license plate
10:16 a.m., May 16, 2012 Updated 11:26 p.m.
Missouri license plates won’t be sporting Kansas Jayhawks logos anytime soon if the Missouri House has its way.
Town Talk: County’s chief building officer placed on administrative leave; city still waiting on financial numbers related to 9th and N.H. appeal; neighbors near proposed rec complex hire attorney
May 16, 2012
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Heard on the Hill: Regents to look at raising KU admission standards today; Missouri House passes amendment to spike KU plates; provost explains strategy for faculty, staff raises
May 16, 2012
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
City Commission wants Taste Lounge’s liquor license revoked
Bar has been site of 3 recent shootings
May 16, 2012
A Lawrence bar that has been the site of three recent shootings will have its city drinking establishment license revoked, and city commissioners minced no words in ordering it done Tuesday night.
City agrees to annex land for new recreation center in northwest Lawrence
May 16, 2012
Lawrence city commissioners unanimously approved a major annexation request Tuesday that is expected to be a key cog in a plan to build a regional recreation sports complex in northwest Lawrence.
40 years ago: Lawrence residents deplore Wallace shooting
May 16, 2012
n Lawrence, there were reactions of dismay at the shooting and the “endemic violence” of which it seemed to be a part.
100 years ago: ‘Elegant’ Mass St. home destroyed by fire; lack of neighborhood water mains blamed
May 16, 2012
“Thousands of dollars worth of property is absolutely without fire protection on the South side. Why not extend the water mains at once?”
Seabury qualifies golfers for state
May 16, 2012
Bishop Seabury Academy qualified three golfers on Monday at Herington Country Club for the Class 1A state golf tournament to be held Monday in Hutchinson at Highlands Country Club.
Lawrence High soccer loses, 3-1
May 16, 2012
The Lawrence High girls soccer team lost its Class 6A first-round regional game against Manhattan, 3-1 on Tuesday.
Sumonja solid, but LHS softball out after 8-5 loss
May 16, 2012
Lawrence High freshman Megan Sumonja dominated Topeka High’s hitters for four of the six innings she pitched during Tuesday’s regional softball game at College Boulevard Activity Center.
Seven Firebirds score as FSHS soccer routs first regional foe
May 16, 2012
Maren Kahler showed up to Free State’s regional game against Gardner-Edgerton on Tuesday not expecting to play.
KU baseball six get Big 12 honors
May 16, 2012
Kansas University junior Jake Marasco was named first-team Academic All-Big 12 for the third time in his career to highlight KU’s six selections, announced Tuesday by the conference.
KU softball trio named All-Big 12
May 16, 2012
Kansas University junior left fielder Maggie Hull earned first-team All-Big 12 honors, the conference announced on Tuesday.
LHS iron man clutch for champs
May 16, 2012
Just call him Kirk Gibson. Sure, the ball stayed in the yard, and, yeah, this big hit came in the early innings of Tuesday’s 3-2 regional championship victory against Olathe Northwest instead of stacked against the drama of the late innings. But still, there was something about the way LHS senior Troy Willoughby limped between first and second base that brought visions of the legendary Los Angeles Dodgers slugger to mind.
Vacation’s over: Self refreshed, ready for 10th season at KU
May 16, 2012
Refreshed after last week’s golf excursion to Cabo San Lucas — and energized after watching three of his Kansas University basketball players graduate on Sunday — an upbeat Bill Self returned to work bright and early Monday.
How former Jayhawks fared (May 16)
May 16, 2012 in print edition on B2
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in Tuesday’s NBA playoff games.
Pump patrol
May 16, 2012
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.42 at several stations.
Kansas may be conservative experiment
May 16, 2012
As of Tuesday afternoon, the Kansas Legislature seemed to be unable to deal with what very well may become a disaster for the state over the coming years: a tax reform bill sitting on the governor’s desk that may cause the state to face a budget deficit of unprecedented proportions within five years.
U.S. losing clout in Latin America
May 16, 2012 in print edition on A6
If President Barack Obama and presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney spend any time talking about Latin America during the campaign for the November elections, I can already see the thrust of their discussion: Who lost Latin America?
Horoscope for May 16
May 16, 2012
This year you keep your opinions close to your chest. In fact, many people could find you closed or withdrawn. If you are single, check out any new suitor with care. If you are attached, the two of you need more honeymoon-type weekends together.
Suburbs pose threat to koala
May 16, 2012
An engaging combination of the smart, the poignant and the cute, the “Nature” presentation “Cracking the Koala Code” (7 p.m., PBS, check local listings) should not be missed.
25 years ago: No room at the inn: KU Commencement visitors fill up local accommodations
May 16, 2012
Rooms at the Holidome had been reserved since early June 1986.
Hot-hurling Lawrence High baseball ousts Free State in semifinals
May 16, 2012
Time after time this season, Free State High baseball players and coach Mike Hill have lamented the team’s lack of offense.
Tough enough: Lions battle injuries, win regional baseball championship
May 16, 2012
Not that anyone at College Boulevard Activity Center could tell, but lower back and posterior pain had dogged Lawrence High junior Shane Willoughby of late.
Tax standoff
The tax-cut bill currently on the governor’s desk could have a serious and lasting impact on the state.
May 16, 2012
Kansas legislators and Gov. Sam Brownback are playing a game of political “chicken” that could have a profound effect on the state.