Archive for Wednesday, May 23, 2012

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12:00 a.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.
6:00 a.m.
Gov. Sam Brownback on Tuesday signs into law tax cuts with supporters looking on. Brownback signs tax cuts, predicts boon; critics see budget-buster
1:17 p.m., May 22, 2012 Updated 5:05 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.
2:00 p.m.
A rendering provided by the city of Lawrence of what a recreation center northwest of town might look like. 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.
6:00 p.m.
Strong Hall, home to KU's administrative offices. 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.
10:00 p.m.
A child learns how LEGO bricks are made in the LEGO Factory at LEGOLAND Discovery Center at Crown Center in Kansas City, Mo. 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.

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Signee Perry Ellis a valedictorian
May 23, 2012
Incoming Kansas University basketball forward Perry Ellis served as one of four valedictorians at Wichita Heights High School’s graduation ceremony on Tuesday.
KU police, Douglas County prosecutors looking into online threat
May 23, 2012
Kansas University police forwarded information to Douglas County prosecutors Tuesday after a student on Twitter made an alleged threat to blow up a parking lot.
Our Town Sports
May 23, 2012 in print edition on B2
KU soccer camps: Kansas University will hold several youth soccer camps this summer. A Weekicks Camp for boys and girls in grades K-5 will run 9-11:30 a.m. June 11-15. A Day Camp for boys and girls grades 5-8 will run 9 a.m.-4 p.m. June 11-15. Girls Residential and Team Camps run July 13-16 and July 17-20 for girls in grades 4-12. And a Boys Elite Residential Camp runs July 17-20 for boys in grades 6-12. For information, visit
A-Rod roughs up Royals rookie
May 23, 2012
On Tuesday night, after another mediocre game at the plate, Alex Rodriguez insisted he was ready to go on a tear. He knew what he was talking about.
Catcher Drew Green steps out of brother’s shadow
May 23, 2012
When he was younger, Lawrence High sophomore catcher Drew Green spent countless hours watching his older brother, Dorian, turn in performances on the basketball court and baseball diamond that will be talked about in LHS lore for years.
Down & dirty: Lions’ 2B Trevor Champagne ‘always in right place’
May 23, 2012
He is the type of baseball player who gets dirt on his uniform every time he laces up his cleats and runs out on the diamond — even while playing his home games on an all-turf infield.
As Memorial Day nears, kids get lessons on Civil War
May 23, 2012
A few days before Memorial Day, Bob Wandel stood before a group of fourth-graders at Deerfield School and shared just why Civil War soldiers should be remembered.
Registry tracks wrongful convictions
May 23, 2012
A new database created by academic researchers seeks to identify cases of wrongful convictions across the country and includes three Kansas cases.
Reunion planned for ‘The Day After’ cast and crew
May 23, 2012
The Watkins Museum invites those who took part in the making of the made-for-TV movie “The Day After” to attend a cast and crew 30th anniversary reunion from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 28, at the museum.
Officers on seat-belt patrol now through Memorial Day weekend
May 23, 2012
Kansas law enforcement officers are buckling down on buckling up now through the Memorial Day weekend as part of the “Click it. Or ticket.” program.
Shrine Rodeo in Tonganoxie is out of the chute Thursday
May 23, 2012
It’s almost rodeo time in Tonganoxie.
Lawrence High English teacher $10,000 richer, thanks to guys named Bob
May 23, 2012
Lawrence High School English teacher Michael Carriger could handle the recognition that comes with being this year’s Bobs’ Award winner. But, it was the $10,000 check that left him slightly speechless.
KU baseball falls to Texas A&M, 10-4, in Big 12 tournament opener
08:15 p.m., May 23, 2012 Updated 11:50 p.m.
Jacob House and Scott Arthur had two hits and three RBIs apiece and Daniel Mengden pitched 6 2/3 strong innings, leading two-time defending champion Texas A&M to a 10-4 victory over Kansas in the Big 12 tournament Wednesday.
Feds looking for Overland Park man who missed court date after alleged Facebook scheme
May 23, 2012
Federal agents are looking for an Overland Park, Kan., man who failed to appear for a hearing where he had been expected to plead guilty.
State says DMV computer problems resolved
May 23, 2012
Problems with a new computer system that delayed Kansas vehicle and title registrations have been resolved, Revenue Secretary Nick Jordan said Wednesday.
Dems want to keep AG Schmidt out of remap case
May 23, 2012
Two Kansas Democrats want the state’s Republican attorney general to stay out of a federal court case over political redistricting.
Analysis: Kansas governor owns aggressive tax cuts
May 23, 2012
Plenty of Kansas legislators’ fingerprints are on the aggressive income tax cuts signed into law this week by conservative Republican Gov. Sam Brownback, including those of some GOP moderates now describing it as a budget crisis in the making.
Serious injuries reported in 5-vehicle accident near Sixth Street and Kasold Drive
02:42 p.m., May 23, 2012 Updated 05:20 p.m.
Emergency crews are responding to a four-vehicle accident near Sixth and Kasold streets.
Emergency drill at KU tests responders’ preparedness for the worst
May 23, 2012
It was an annual drill, although more involved than earlier ones, as Oliver said it required coordination among every law enforcement agency in the county, Douglas County Emergency Management and Lawrence Douglas County Fire Medical.
KU Hospital purchases Overland Park surgery building
May 23, 2012
Kansas University Hospital has acquired a 42,000-square-foot inpatient surgical hospital building to add to its system of services.
Bicyclist injured after accident at 23rd and Naismith
May 23, 2012
A bicyclist was taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital after an accident at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday in the intersection of 23rd Street and Naismith Drive.
Flags to fly at half-staff to honor Kansas soldier
May 23, 2012
Flags will fly at half-staff across Kansas Saturday to honor a soldier from Wichita who died in Afghanistan.
Knife-wielding man stabs 2 at Topeka TV station
11:20 a.m., May 23, 2012 Updated 04:03 p.m.
A knife-wielding man broke into Topeka’s WIBW-TV news station and stabbed two sales employees.
KU grad’s drowning death ruled accidental
10:45 a.m., May 23, 2012 Updated 01:23 p.m.
An autopsy is expected to shed more light on the death of a Harvard Business School student whose body was recovered from Portland Harbor three days after he was told to leave a waterfront bar for being visibly intoxicated while celebrating his upcoming graduation.
Town Talk: $12 million worth of apartment projects begin construction; single family home building still at low levels; Raintree begins $1.4 million expansion; LMH starts $1.5 million renovation
May 23, 2012
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Heard on the Hill: Missouri representative (or is it Napoleon Dynamite?) blasts KU tags; grad with medical emergency gets his own ceremony; prof says Neanderthals are getting smarter every day
May 23, 2012
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
25 years ago: KU band alumnus creates endowment
May 23, 2012
Morgan had played trumpet in KU’s 1933-34 and 1934-35 bands.
40 years ago: 100th KU Commencement moves indoors as skies threaten rain
May 23, 2012
Yesterday’s Commencement was the 100th for Kansas University, and apparently even the weather decided to celebrate the centennial.
100 years ago: KU seismograph records quake in Asia
May 23, 2012
“The first waves began at 9 o’clock and continued for 31 minutes.”
Ex-KU O-line commitment hoping to catch on at BYU
May 23, 2012
Former Kansas University commitment Phil Ford, a 6-foot-6, 330-pound offensive lineman from Bishop Miege High in Roeland Park, appears to have a growing fondness for BYU, according to a blog on the Deseret News’ website.
Thomas Robinson aiming high in upcoming NBA draft
May 23, 2012
Former Kansas University power forward Thomas Robinson, who is projected as the No. 2 pick overall in the NBA Draft by and — and No. 4 selection by — still thinks he has a shot at the top spot.
Unbeaten Olathe East overpowers Free State soccer, 4-0, in state quarterfinals
May 23, 2012
Free State High’s girls soccer team rarely has been outmatched on the field this season, the most successful in program history.
Hochevar better, but Yankees edge Royals, 3-2
May 23, 2012
Luke Hochevar was much more effective than usual against the New York Yankees. That still wasn’t enough to win.
KU ace Duncan proves value
May 23, 2012
He pitched for a small, all-boys Catholic high school in San Francisco, had a fastball that might not get arrested for speeding on I-70 and didn’t have any scholarship offers.
Kansas baseball savoring Big 12 tourney appearance
May 23, 2012
Getting in was the goal, but the reward was not nearly as exhilarating as the road it traveled to reach it.
How former Jayhawks fared (May 23)
May 23, 2012 in print edition on B5
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in the NBA playoffs on Tuesday.
Tonganoxie advances to soccer state semis
May 23, 2012
The Tonganoxie High girls soccer program earned its first trip to state with a dramatic 1-0 defeat of De Soto on Tuesday night at THS.
Horoscope for May 24
May 23, 2012
For Thursday, May 24: This year learn to use misunderstandings to clear the air, if need be. You are direct and sometimes feel pressured, especially at home or in your personal life. If you are attached, attempt to take that edge off. If you are single, note that you might project yourself one way but actually you are very different.
Rainy day funds
During the current unstable times, Lawrence school officials may need to reconsider spending down the district’s reserves.
May 23, 2012
The uncertainty of the state’s financial situation and how it will affect K-12 funding for the next few years should make Lawrence school officials rethink a couple of recent spending decisions.
Politics hurts Latin American universities
May 23, 2012 in print edition on A6
The appointment of Venezuelan-born Rafael Reif as president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology last week raises an interesting question: Why are so many Latin Americans excelling in the world’s best universities, but not in Latin America?
Turmoil threatens stability in China
May 23, 2012 in print edition on A6
Perhaps when Chinese leaders began to speak over the last several years about a new “Beijing Consensus” and the triumph of the “China Model,” that was a warning the bubble was about to burst. And we’re seeing that hubris play out now, as China’s leaders struggle with the greatest internal crisis since the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989.
‘Idol’ crowns a winner
May 23, 2012
Is the two-hour “American Idol” (7 p.m., Fox) finale a very big deal, or an instantly forgettable bore? There are arguments for both conclusions.
Horoscope for May 23
May 23, 2012
For Wednesday, May 23: You have a gift for effortlessly making friends this year. As a result, many of your long-term dreams could become realities. If you are single, you’ll meet several potential suitors and will have difficulty selecting. If you are attached, don’t fight over money — get separate checking accounts.