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Archive for Tuesday, May 22, 2012

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6:00 a.m.
The Kansas Statehouse is seen in downtown Topeka, Kan. Tuesday, June 23, 2009. 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.
10:00 a.m.
Danielle Lefever, a second year KU law student from Overland Park, right, boards a K-10 Connector bus Wednesday at the KU Park and Ride lot off of Clinton Parkway. Lefever uses the bus regularly and could benefit when buses are added so that they depart from KU's Lawrence and Edwards campuses every 30 minutes instead of every hour during morning and evening peak hours. Buses will also be added to two Shawnee routes.. 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.
2:00 p.m.
Max (left), Jenny and Ava Solar put on their best pirate faces at Pirate Adventures on the Chesapeake in Annapolis, Md. The trip was one of the larger items on the family's Summer Bucket List Challenge list in 2011. 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.
6:00 p.m.
Doula Lindsay Clements, left, holds 5-week-old Elsa Warnock on Wednesday as her mother Sara Warnock looks on. Clements was Warnock’s doula during pregnancy and labor. 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.

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Pump Patrol
May 22, 2012
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.35 at several stations. If you find a lower price, call 832-7154.
Investigation ongoing of attempted ATM theft in Princeton
May 22, 2012
The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate an attempted theft of an ATM from the Patriots Bank in Princeton, according to a release from the department.
Lawrence police arrest man on aggravated battery charge
May 22, 2012
Lawrence police arrested Alexander Frederick Ott, a 27-year-old Lawrence resident, on a charge of aggravated battery after being called to the 1400 block of Clare Court, according to Douglas County Jail records.
Lawrence man reports $2,000 worth of deck lumber stolen
May 22, 2012
A 49-year-old Lawrence man reported to police the someone stole $2,000 worth of deck lumber some time between 2:15 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Wednesday from the 1900 block of West 31st Street.
Lawrence man reports stolen scooter
May 22, 2012
A 36-year-old Lawrence man reported to Lawrence police Sunday that someone stole his black Hercules Fox 50 scooter, valued at $1,500, some time between midnight and 2 a.m. Sunday from the 1600 block of Haskell Avenue.
Planning commission recommends approval of rec center zoning
May 22, 2012
A proposal to build a major recreation complex at the northwest corner of Sixth Street and the South Lawrence Trafficway has cleared another hurdle.
27 want to join Kansas redistricting lawsuit
May 22, 2012
The main figures in the Kansas Legislature’s rancorous debate over redistricting — except Gov. Sam Brownback — hope to participate in a federal lawsuit over lawmakers’ failure to draw the state’s political boundaries.
Cemetery will lack flags for Memorial Day as poles turn up missing
May 22, 2012
Memorial Park Cemetery won’t have its traditional “avenue of flags” lining both the entrance and most of the cemetery this Memorial Day. Members of the Lawrence Veterans of Foreign Wars post recently discovered they were missing a trailer with the 300 flagpoles they use to display the American flags over the holiday weekend.
149 people express interest in KU buyout offers
May 22, 2012
After Kansas University offered buyouts last month to 655 of its more than 4,800 faculty and staff members in Lawrence and Overland Park, 149 people are interested in accepting the offer.
Farmland plant starting business transition
May 22, 2012
On paper, at least, Lawrence soon will have 260 new acres to attract more than a dozen industrial and high-tech businesses to town.
Judge dismisses Lawrence man’s claim of wrongful termination in suit
May 22, 2012
A federal judge has dismissed one claim against a health care contractor at a Kansas women’s prison as part of a Lawrence man’s lawsuit alleging he was unfairly dismissed from his internship.
City Commisison asks Liberty Hall to tweak birthday plans
May 22, 2012
An event to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Liberty Hall building will be tweaked but will continue on after Lawrence city commissioners expressed support Tuesday.
Democrat announces campaign for 2nd Congressional District
May 22, 2012
A Topeka pastor announced Tuesday that he is running for the 2nd Congressional District which is currently represented by U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins, a Republican from Topeka.
Kansas Prison Review Board delays decision on Joel Russell’s parole
May 22, 2012
The Kansas Prison Review Board has continued the parole decision for Kansas inmate Joel L. Russell for further assessment, according to Kansas Department of Corrections spokesman Jan Lunsford.
Brownback signs tax cuts, predicts boon; critics see budget-buster
01:17 p.m., May 22, 2012 Updated 05:05 p.m.
Gov. Sam Brownback on Tuesday signed into law massive tax cuts that he says will boost the economy but critics say will bankrupt state government.
Wednesday’s drill near KU’s Corbin Hall will include plenty of sirens
May 22, 2012
You might hear plenty of sirens Wednesday morning and see a flurry of activity near Corbin Hall on the Kansas University campus. It’s only a drill as members of the KU Public Safety Office and dozens of other personnel from area law enforcement and fire and medical agencies conduct an annual emergency response exercise.
Edible heirlooms: Favorite recipes help remember loved ones
May 22, 2012
While Memorial Day was officially created to honor America’s war dead, many people now take the holiday as an opportunity to remember other deceased loved ones and to spend time — often around the table — with those who are still living.
Body of KU grad found in Maine harbor
09:50 a.m., May 22, 2012 Updated 02:49 p.m.
The body of a Harvard Business School student has been recovered from Portland Harbor three days after being told to leave a waterfront bar for being intoxicated while celebrating his upcoming graduation with two friends.
State extends period to renew vehicle tags
09:47 a.m., May 22, 2012 Updated 10:33 a.m.
Long delays caused by a new computer system prompted state officials to extend the time some Kansans have to renew their vehicle tags and get license plates.
Town Talk: Recreation center zoning gets nod from Planning Commission; concept plan for Farmland business park taking shape; Lawrence home sales up in April; city pool to open Saturday
May 22, 2012
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Woman injured after vehicle strikes utility pole
May 22, 2012
The Lawrence Police Department responded to an injury accident in the 1300 block of West Sixth Street shortly after 6 a.m. Monday.
Heard on the Hill: Longtime Hilltop Child Development Center leader retiring; KU professor working on uniting 1.8 million species in a tree of life; KU administrator to take visiting NSF post
May 22, 2012
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
25 years ago: Domestic disturbance escalates into pyrotechnics
May 22, 2012
A Lawrence couple’s domestic dispute had turned into fireworks — quite literally.
40 years ago: KU art exhibit shut down over ‘objectionable’ drawing
May 22, 2012
A graduate student art exhibit at the Kansas Union Gallery had been ordered closed during a recent weekend.
Big 12 honors KU’s Frank Duncan
May 22, 2012
Kansas sophomore pitcher Frank Duncan has been named Big 12 Pitcher of the Week for the week of May 21, the conference office announced Monday.
Jayhawk great Glenn Cunningham to be enshrined
May 22, 2012
Former Kansas University track and field great Glenn Cunningham will be inducted into the National Distance Running Hall of Fame, it was announced last week.
Lions’ coach Kent McDonald nabs award
May 22, 2012
In the minutes following the conclusion of the Class 6A girls swimming championships Saturday at Topeka, Lawrence High coach Kent McDonald received what he considered to be quite a surprise.
Ottawa’s Semi Ojeleye to visit Duke on May 31
May 22, 2012
Ottawa High senior-to-be Semi Ojeleye will make an unofficial basketball recruiting visit to Duke on May 31, Rivals.com reports.
Royals drop Yanks to AL Least
May 22, 2012
With every out the New York Yankees made and every run they gave up, the boos from the sparse crowd got louder.
Mighty Hawks await FSHS soccer
May 22, 2012
After Free State High’s girls soccer team lost to Olathe East, 5-0, on May 1, the players began discussing the Hawks and trying to figure out exactly what made them so good.
KU aide shrugs off Tiger taunts
LB coach Demontie Cross happily traded Wisconsin for KU
May 22, 2012
Every time Demontie Cross set his cell phone down on his desk, it would buzz again. “Traitor,” one text message said.
Garden party: Alex Green 11th; Firebirds 6th
May 22, 2012
Free State High junior Alex Green, the city’s steadiest golfer, carded a 78 at Buffalo Dunes in Garden City in Monday’s Class 6A state tournament, good for 11th place.
How former Jayhawks fared (May 22)
May 22, 2012
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA playoff games on Monday, May 21, 2012.
Wrong cuts
May 22, 2012
The U.S. House of Representatives recently voted on a package that guts social programs supporting low-income Americans. Specifically, they cut $36 billion from the SNAP program, or food stamps.
Tuition victims
May 22, 2012
George Will’s column of May 17 argues that college student indebtedness is mostly the fault of the students, and Americans, especially those who never attended college, should not have to share in the easing of this burden, even by supporting the current low interest rate of 3.4 percent.
Amazing session
May 22, 2012
“We’re living in historic times, and Kansas — the world is looking at us right now,” said House Speaker Mike O’Neal at the conclusion of the most contentious legislative session in recent memory. “Everybody’s just going to be amazed, and your constituents will be very proud of you.”
Islamic victory looks likely in Egypt
May 22, 2012 in print edition on A8
In Tahrir Square, the only reminders of last year’s Arab Spring are a handful of tattered tents and the hawkers who sell leftover trinkets from the revolution. Many secular Egyptians who once demanded democracy now fear that they ousted a secular autocracy only to see it replaced with an Islamic one — ushered in by the ballot. Yet the liberals, leftists, and moderate Muslims who organized the revolt failed to do the one thing that would block an Islamist victory — unite around a single candidate for the presidency in the first round of elections on Wednesday and Thursday.
Network TV season all but over
May 22, 2012
The network season all but wraps up tonight, with Fox and ABC firing their big guns, NBC on to its biggest summer series “America’s Got Talent,” and CBS airing two repeats of “NCIS” that will probably come close to attracting the biggest audience.
100 years ago: Schoolchildren look forward to ‘Old Soldiers Day’
May 22, 2012
“It is a custom that is greatly enjoyed by both pupils and the old veterans.”
Horoscope for May 22
May 22, 2012
For Tuesday, May 22: You express a kinder, more feeling quality this year, but you are no one’s fool. You will establish strong boundaries. Your relationships will benefit as a result. If you are single, you attract someone who could be quite significant to your life’s history. If you are attached, with so much going on this year, you could be a touch self-centered. Be sensitive to your sweetie.