Archive for Saturday, May 26, 2012

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12:00 a.m.
Auctioneer Mark Elston marks one of the 15 Packard cars at 1106 R.I. The cars and other items from the Raymond F. Barland Estate will be auctioned at 10 a.m. Saturday. Packard auction set for Saturday
May 24, 2012
Pieces of Lawrence history will be up for auction Saturday after a push from the city to restore the deteriorating buildings and lot at 1106 R.I.
6:00 a.m.
Shirley Rochester of rural Baldwin City looks at a photograph of her younger brother Gary Johnson taken shortly before he was killed in action in the Vietnam War.
Rochester remembers her brother as a fun-loving young man who accepted it as his duty to go to a war in which his friends had served.
Brother’s sacrifice still haunts sister
May 25, 2012
Shirley Rochester points to a photograph of her brother on her kitchen table. Gary Johnson is in a football uniform, kneeling on one knee with windblown black hair that makes him resemble a young Elvis Presley.
10:00 a.m.
Jacey Yanek helps her 21-month-old daughter, Reagan, jump into the water Wednesday at the Lawrence Outdoor Aquatic Center, 727 Ky., in this June 2011 file photo. Pools opening this weekend
May 25, 2012
The Lawrence Outdoor Aquatic Center and most other public pools in Douglas County are set to open today.
2:00 p.m.
Mike Yoder/Journal-World Photo.Patrick Shields, center, recipient of the Masters Cup, hugs next years seniors during the traditional Stepping Up ceremony at the 2012 Bishop Seabury Academy commencement Friday, May 25, 2012. Shields was also recognized with science and service awards at the event. Bishop Seabury grads sent off with words of wisdom
May 25, 2012
The tight-knit community of Bishop Seabury Academy said goodbye to its graduating seniors in a ceremony Friday morning.
6:00 p.m.
Doorman Caleb Blakesley, 24, cards Joni Weinert, 22, Friday at Johnny’s Tavern, 401 N. Second St. Serving minors: Kansas’ laws for bars lenient
May 25, 2012
In 2011, 17 Lawrence bars racked up a total of 119 citations from Alcohol Beverage Control for serving alcohol to minors. Those same bars were prosecuted by ABC 44 times since 2009. Total days those bars have had their liquor license suspended: six.
10:00 p.m.
A Hackberry Emperor butterfly swoops in to join others on a rotten piece of cantaloupe left near the entryway of the Fitch Natural History Reservation north of Lawrence on May 22. Some experts believe the mild winter was cause for a population outbreak of this particular butterfly. A bumper crop of butterflies
May 25, 2012
Go anywhere near the Kansas University Fitch Natural History Reservation north of Lawrence, and you’re in for a treat. If you make it within the next week, experts say, you’ll be able to see firsthand tens of thousands of butterflies, the result of a “population outbreak” that resulted from a wide variety of factors, including the very mild winter.

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Collectors find a couple gems at Packard auction
Fans, salvagers gather to view lot of 15 cars
May 26, 2012
Sixty years ago, Leroy Schroller would dust the fleet of Packards on display at his father’s dealership. But Schroller, then 15, was not allowed to do anything other than that.
Kansas soldier killed in Afghanistan
May 26, 2012
The Kansas City Star reports that Pfc. Cale C. Miller, of Overland Park, Kan., died Thursday in Afghanistan when insurgent forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. He was in the Army’s 2nd Infantry Division.
ATM thefts a growing concern
May 26, 2012
The increase has caused ATM manufacturers to ramp up theft-prevention efforts. A variety of measures reduce thefts, but it’s mostly about location, said J.R. Roberts, a security consultant with Security Strategies.
Veritas grads have one last laugh together
May 26, 2012
The Veritas class of 2012 turned their tassels Saturday in a ceremony held at First United Methodist Church’s West Campus. There were only eight graduates, allowing intimate recognition of each student. On display at eight tables was a personalized collage of every student, and at the end of the ceremony, a video slideshow highlighted the transformation of each graduate from infant to young adult.
Missouri ends KU’s baseball season
04:59 p.m., May 26, 2012 Updated 12:10 a.m.
Missouri outfielder Dane Opel went 3-for-5 with five RBIs, while relief pitcher Jeff Emens blanked Kansas University over the final 3 2/3 innings as Missouri advanced to the Big 12 Baseball Championship at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark with a 12-2 run-rule victory over KU on Saturday.
South Carolina transfer Damontre Harris picks Florida
12:25 p.m., May 26, 2012 Updated 12:00 a.m.
Damontre Harris has decided to transfer to the University of Florida.
Pianist from Lawrence wins jazz competition
May 26, 2012
A Lawrence native made a splash this week at the Jacksonville (Fla.) Jazz Piano Competition.
Lawrence City Band announces summer concert schedule
May 26, 2012
The Lawrence City Band has announced its summer concert schedule, with eight concerts featuring a range of musical styles.
KU professor receives Budig award
May 26, 2012
Kansas University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has named a political science professor as the recipient of the Gene A. Budig Teaching Professorship Award.
25 years ago: Planners hope for good turnout at post-graduation party
May 26, 2012
Organizers were hoping for a large turnout for tonight’s non-alcoholic graduation party.
40 years ago: LHS seniors award Outstanding Teacher prize
May 26, 2012
The announcement had been made by class president David Nottingham.
100 years ago: Votes for Women? Local businessmen share their opinions
May 26, 2012
‘Give them all the suffrage they want.’ — A. D. Weaver.
FSHS girls bounce back, fill spots for today’s state track finals
May 26, 2012
The Class 6A state championships had only been going on for an hour, and already Free State coach Steve Heffernan sensed it was time for a team meeting.
LHS searches for silver lining in state loss
May 26, 2012
With the sting of Friday’s quarterfinal state baseball loss fresh in their minds and the pain still showing in their eyes, the Lawrence High baseball team tried to find a silver lining to the 1-0 loss to Blue Valley West that ended the season.
KU track qualifies six for NCAAs
May 26, 2012
Six Kansas University track and field athletes advanced to the NCAA Outdoor on Friday by virtue of their top-12 finishes at the West Preliminary.
Kansas men’s basketball schedules Buffs for home-and-home
May 26, 2012
Kansas University’s men’s basketball team has scheduled a home-and-home nonconference series against a familiar foe.
Lions boys lead at state after top finishes from Hill, Hocking
May 26, 2012
A moment after leaping, Steven Hill closed his eyes to focus on his form.
Kansas baseball ousts A&M, gets another shot at Mizzou
May 26, 2012
Junior Thomas Taylor allowed three runs in a complete-game effort, lifting Kansas University to a 5-3 win over Texas A&M on Friday in the Big 12 Conference baseball tournament.
Hard-luck loss: Blue Valley West walk-off sends Lawrence High baseball home in pitchers’ duel
May 26, 2012
In the midst of as fervent a pitchers’ duel as they likely ever will be a part of, the entire Lawrence High baseball team held its collective breath Friday evening at Hoglund Ballpark.
Orioles roll past Royals
May 26, 2012 in print edition on B6
Jason Hammel had just worked out of another jam when he sat down in the dugout to watch the Baltimore Orioles take their turn at bat in the fifth inning of a tense game.
Tax gamble
May 26, 2012
Mr. Brownback’s signing of the massive income tax cut bill, which I believe will have dire consequences for the state’s financial stability, goes against everything I believe in.
Political rivalry may hurt Colombia
May 26, 2012 in print edition on A8
It’s not unusual in Latin American politics for presidents to clash with their predecessors who once helped elect them, but the current feud between former Colombian President Alvaro Uribe and President Juan Manuel Santos goes beyond anything I’ve seen in a long time.
Nats even more fun when they win
May 26, 2012 in print edition on A8
It was our much-anticipated quarterly lunch with Tim Kurkjian, baseball analyst extraordinaire, wherein George Will and I bathe in a constant flow of obscure statistics, Kurkjian oddities and ribald anecdotes, like the one about the Red Sox beat writer who accidentally walked in on a players’ prayer meeting and was greeted by the burly right fielder, newly born-again and not yet practiced in the language of Christian fellowship, bellowing “Hey! Can’t you see we’re having f–––– chapel here?”
Around and About for May 26, 2012
May 26, 2012
Twenty-seven graduates of Kansas University have been honored as newly commissioned officers in the armed forces.
Horoscope for May 26
May 26, 2012
For Saturday, May 26: If you have ever wished for more attention, you will find out if you really like being noticed so much this year. To many, you seem quite glamorous and sophisticated. If you are single, you certainly will have the opportunity to change that status. If you are attached, relating becomes much easier, as you seem more easygoing.
Canceled shows air final time
May 26, 2012
Just as millions of Americans will be lining up unwanted goods on their stoops and driveways this Memorial Day weekend, CBS and NBC will begin the annual process of burning off episodes of canceled shows during the summer months when ratings don’t really matter as much.