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Archive for Monday, May 21, 2012

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6:00 a.m.
Loring Henderson, executive director of the Lawrence Community Shelter, foreground right, describes what the inside of a future homeless shelter might look like at the Franklin Business Center, 3701 Franklin Park Circle, in this October file photo. Homeless shelters across Kansas and the country participated in the annual Point-in-Time Homeless Count this week, trying to come up with an accurate picture of homelessness.
Some shelter representatives say one thing will be clear from the federal survey: They’re packed and the numbers keep growing. Shelter leader makes case for funding
May 21, 2012
The leader of Lawrence’s lone homeless shelter said he’ll lobby hard for a significant increase in funding for its 2013 budget, despite a negative recommendation from a key city advisory board.
10:00 a.m.
2012 LHS graduates look on during the commencement ceremony under sunny skies on Sunday as friends and family watch from the stands. 2012 Lawrence High School graduates anticipate big futures
May 21, 2012
The rows of students that filed into Lawrence High School’s commencement ceremony were future teachers, engineers, Army Rangers and graphic artists. They dreamed of one day owning a day care center, joining the Marines Corps or just becoming millionaires.
2:00 p.m.
Free State High School graduates link arms as the school’s alma mater is played during commencement ceremonies Sunday at the Free State stadium. 2012 Free State graduates reflect on how far they’ve come
May 21, 2012
Free State High School seniors took a trip down memory lane as part of a commencement ceremony that celebrated their futures.
4:00 p.m.
Baker School of Nursing graduate Lauren Jo Torrez reaches up to high-five a professor as undergraduates file through two lines of faculty on their way to commencement. Baker commencement reflects tight-knit group of graduates
May 21, 2012
There were no Jumbotrons or crowds jamming a football stadium Sunday at the Baker University Spring 2012 commencement.
6:00 p.m.
In this 2010 file photo, a Lawrence Police Department patrol car responds to a call at Kansas University's McCollum Hall. Police complaint case summaries provide scant detail
May 21, 2012
Lawrence Police Chief Tarik Khatib said the recent FBI investigation into a traffic ticket-fixing scheme and the removal of two high-ranking Lawrence police officers does not necessitate more transparency in police misconduct cases.

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Robbery suspect released from jail
11:59 p.m., May 21, 2012 Updated 01:35 p.m.
A 26-year-old Lawrence man who was arrested Monday night on a robbery charge was released from jail as prosecutors did not file formal charges against him Tuesday.
Senior curator ousted at Kansas State’s art museum
May 21, 2012
The former senior curator at the Beach Museum of Art said he believes his ouster after nearly two decades on the job signals a shift away from expanding the collection at the institution on the Kansas State University campus — a charge that university officials deny.
Man faces first-degree murder charge in hit-and-run death
May 21, 2012
A former Kansas University student is awaiting trial on a first-degree murder charge in the hit-and-run death of 1993 Lawrence High School graduate Spencer Schott.
Lawrence police identify boy injured in Friday accident
May 21, 2012
The Lawrence Police Department released the name of a 7-year-old child involved in a bicycle-car accident on Friday.
Car crashes through pet store on 23rd Street
May 21, 2012
Sherry Emerson was on her way to work at her Lawrence pet store on Monday morning when she got a call from one of her employees.
Two people injured in Saturday accidents in Douglas County
May 21, 2012
Two people were taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital Saturday after two separate accidents in Douglas County
Obama praises Joplin’s resilience after tornado
May 21, 2012
One year after a deadly tornado devastated their city, President Barack Obama praised the residents of Joplin, Mo., for a spirit of perseverance and resilience that he said could serve as a model for a nation still grinding its way through tough economic times.
Financial concerns escalating over K-10 Connector bus service
May 21, 2012
Almost every Lawrence motorist knows Jo. It is the big bus run by Johnson County Transit — the Jo, for short — that motors along Kansas Highway 10 taking riders between Kansas University, Johnson County Community College and KU’s Edwards Campus. What motorists may not know about Jo is this: It is a round-trip bus with a one-way funding plan. Even in prosperous Johnson County, that’s starting to draw some questions.
Lawrence school board planning for bond issue
May 21, 2012
Lawrence school board members on Monday directed district administrators to begin plans to likely present a bond issue mainly aimed at upgrading the district’s elementary schools to voters next spring.
New leadership elected at Kansas Board of Regents
May 21, 2012
The Kansas Board of Regents, which oversees the state’s higher education system, has new leaders, it was announced Monday. Tim Emert, a former state Senate majority leader, has been elected as chairman of the Kansas Board of Regents.
Redistricting panel rejects arguments from Kobach, allows more intervenors
May 21, 2012
A panel of three federal judges Monday rejected arguments from Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach and allowed a host of plaintiffs into a lawsuit over the Legislature’s failure to redraw legislative and congressional political boundaries.
Around and About for May 19, 2012
May 21, 2012
Friends of Fay Jost, who will turn 104 on May 27, are organizing a card shower. Birthday cards may be sent to Jost at 1101 Vt., Lawrence KS 66044.
Lawrence man, 27, gets probation in aggravated battery case
May 21, 2012
A Douglas County District Court judge sentenced on Monday a 27-year-old Lawrence man to serve two years probation after the man earlier pleaded no contest to one count of aggravated battery.
KU football player gets diversion for OUI case
May 21, 2012
A Kansas University football player has entered into a diversion agreement after an April arrest for operating a vehicle under the influence. James D. Sims, 20, entered into the agreement on May 9, according to a Lawrence Municipal Court clerk. As part of the one-year diversion agreement, Sims agreed to pay $1,060 in fines and costs, not to violate any laws for the duration of the agreement and not to consume alcohol. Sims, a starting running back last season, was arrested in the 1300 block of Jayhawk Boulevard shortly after 2:15 a.m. April 8. He also must agree to abide by any recommendations given following an alcohol counseling session. After his arrest, Sims was suspended for the first three games of the season.
Basehor man dies in motorcycle wreck near Linwood
May 21, 2012
A Basehor man died Saturday in a motorcycle accident northwest of Linwood.
Lumberyard Arts Center fire damage estimated at $50,000
May 21, 2012
A weekend fire at the Lumberyard Arts Center in Baldwin City caused about $50,000 in damage, said Baldwin City Fire Chief Allen Craig Monday morning.
Chief justice cancels court furloughs
May 21, 2012
Kansas courts will remain open through the rest of the 2012 fiscal year after legislators approved $1.1 million in supplemental funding to cover operating expenses.
Federal court plans hearing in remap lawsuit
10:26 a.m., May 21, 2012 Updated 04:46 p.m.
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach on Monday objected to attempts by several people, including a state senator at the center of a contentious debate over redistricting, to jump into a federal lawsuit over the Legislature’s failure to redraw the state’s political boundaries.
Chinese company to buy US movie theater chain AMC
May 21, 2012
A Chinese conglomerate announced Monday it will buy a major U.S. cinema chain, AMC Entertainment Holdings, for $2.6 billion in China’s biggest corporate takeover in the United States to date.
Proposed legislation uses religion to cancel out science
May 21, 2012 in print edition on A7
Here is a thought experiment.  You are a biology professor grading the following multiple choice question on a final exam: “Mammals that chew their cud are: (a) whales and porpoises, (b) pigs, (c) rabbits, (d) duck-billed platypus; (e) none of the above. The correct answer is (e). None of the named mammals is a ruminant. None chews its cud, a mass of plant food that is semi-digested in the first chamber of a ruminant’s four-chambered stomach and regurgitated into the mouth for more chewing.
Complaints against Lawrence police 2011
May 21, 2012
Complaints made against police in 2011, which included 24 complaints, 11 of which were sustained.
State Rep. Bob Bethell dies in car accident
09:01 a.m., May 21, 2012 Updated 05:29 p.m.
A Kansas state representative is dead after a one-car accident in Wabaunsee County.
Town Talk: Future of K-10 Connector bus service getting cloudy; city, school district talk about lighted tennis courts at Free State; local wine festival set for De Soto
May 21, 2012
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Free State High School’s Class of 2012
May 21, 2012
These are members of the Free State High School Class of 2012.
Lawrence High School’s Class of 2012
May 21, 2012
These are members of the Lawrence High School Class of 2012.
Baker commencement reflects tight-knit group of graduates
May 21, 2012
There were no Jumbotrons or crowds jamming a football stadium Sunday at the Baker University Spring 2012 commencement.
Police complaint case summaries provide scant detail
May 21, 2012
Lawrence Police Chief Tarik Khatib said the recent FBI investigation into a traffic ticket-fixing scheme and the removal of two high-ranking Lawrence police officers does not necessitate more transparency in police misconduct cases.
Shelter leader makes case for funding
Services provided would otherwise fall to city, county
May 21, 2012
The leader of Lawrence’s lone homeless shelter said he’ll lobby hard for a significant increase in funding for its 2013 budget, despite a negative recommendation from a key city advisory board.
2012 Free State graduates reflect on how far they’ve come
May 21, 2012
Free State High School seniors took a trip down memory lane as part of a commencement ceremony that celebrated their futures.
2012 Lawrence High School graduates anticipate big futures
May 21, 2012
The rows of students that filed into Lawrence High School’s commencement ceremony were future teachers, engineers, Army Rangers and graphic artists. They dreamed of one day owning a day care center, joining the Marines Corps or just becoming millionaires.
Heard on the Hill: KU chancellor’s salary ranks 77th among public universities nationally; dino-dolphins got the bends, too; pharmacy school ranks second in the country in NIH funding
May 21, 2012
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Horoscope for May 21
May 21, 2012
For Monday, May 21: Sometimes you act as if someone has lit a fire under you, as you display a compulsive, driven quality this year. You will be unusually creative but also me-oriented. If you are attached, remember it takes two to have a relationship. Try to tame your ego. If you are single, you might attract quite a few suitors.
‘House’ folds its tent
May 21, 2012
Unlike Tom Sawyer, few of us get to witness our own funerals. But if a television show runs long enough, its cast, producers and crew even get to plan and “star” in the grim last rites.
40 years ago: Evening entertainment options include movies, dances, and good burgers
May 21, 2012
What to do for fun on a spring evening in 1972?
100 years ago: Over fifty years later, Lawrence still remembers
May 21, 2012
“This is a disagreeable anniversary in Lawrence…. people recall this disaster with shudders yet.”
Bankruptcies
May 21, 2012
Douglas County residents or businesses filing for bankruptcy protection recently in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the District of Kansas, according to court records.
Divorces
May 21, 2012
Divorces granted in Douglas County District Court the week ending May 18, 2012.
Marriages
May 21, 2012
Marriage licenses issued in Douglas County District Court the week ending May 18, 2012.
Wrong message
May 21, 2012
Bullying is defined as “a person who deliberately intimidates or is cruel to weaker people … an uncultured, aggressive, rude, noisy troublemaker.”
Economic roles
It’s not a bad idea to look at ways to ramp up the community’s economic development efforts.
May 21, 2012
Lawrence city commissioners recently agreed to continue moving forward on a proposal to create a new economic development structure for Lawrence and Douglas County.
Not so friendly
May 21, 2012
“Bicycle friendly” (Journal-World, May 15)? Hardly. I ride my bike nearly every day, and it has been only through sheer luck and humility that I have yet to be transformed into roadkill on Lawrence streets.
Recipes for fresh-picked strawberries
May 21, 2012
Even if you’re not planting a garden of your own this year, you can still take part in a harvest.
Daytripper: Downtown K.C. packed with activities
May 21, 2012
It happened 100 years ago, but the tragic impact of the sinking of the legendary ocean liner can still be felt by visitors touring “Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition” this spring and summer at Union Station in the heart of downtown Kansas City.
Summer bucket list: Set a goal for family fun
May 21, 2012
Emily Mueller was one of about 130 people to sign up for the first Summer Bucket List Challenge. The challenge — which kicks off its second summer today — is part of the online Happy Family Movement purveyed by Kansas City area photographers Josh and Jenny Solar.
Lawrence Laundry: Maxi dresses a summer statement
May 21, 2012
Imagine wearing a blanket at all times.
Break out of the vacation rut: Families track down alternatives to touristy trips
May 21, 2012
It’s possible your summer vacation plans for this year are already arranged and you are anxiously counting down the days until you depart. But if you’re still contemplating the perfect destination or how to spend your precious vacation time, then maybe these local residents might be an inspiration for mixing it up.
Bite Sighs: Great-grandmother’s catastrophe cake
May 21, 2012
Even the best chefs have their off days, so an amateur like me shouldn’t be too shocked to have a baking session worthy of the Marquis de Sade now and then.
25 years ago: Plans to replace KU smokestack to take up to a year
May 21, 2012
The 257-foot white smokestack on Mount Oread was doomed.
Indicators point to tight election
May 21, 2012 in print edition on A8
Barack Obama’s opponent four years ago was a Republican who repressed his moderate and liberal instincts, who insisted he was a conservative, who seemed to be suffering from a political identity crisis, who had a sterling resume but a halting campaign style.
Cupcakes for Kiddos baking to benefit arts center
May 21, 2012
Ella and Liliana Keathley-Helms are baking again.
Fix-It Chick: How to wash a car
May 21, 2012
Washing a car may sound like child’s play, but here are a few pointers to help avoid telltale signs of a novice wash job.
River City Jules: Teacher appreciation
May 21, 2012
Just as Alice Cooper has promised for decades, school is nearly out for summer.
Double Take: Importance of ‘the college experience’
May 21, 2012
My parents are pressuring me to go to college locally and live at home. That’s not the college experience I wanted.
Offbeat Occupations: Doula wants positive experience for moms
May 21, 2012
One day when Sara Wornock and her husband were visiting their obstetrician, they spotted a brochure for Complete Doula Services. It was a serendipitous moment, as the Wornocks wished to have their first baby naturally but had determined home birth was not for them.