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Archive for Sunday, May 27, 2012

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12:07 a.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.
6:00 a.m.
Graduating seniors Amanda Herington and Elijah Penny share a laugh as they watch a photo slide show displaying photos of the eight graduating seniors during the Veritas Christian School graduation ceremony held at First United Methodist Church-West Campus Saturday, May 26, 2012. 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.
10:00 a.m.
Josh Maddux, left, and Andrew Warn cheer during the Sporting KC match against Montreal Saturday, May 5, 2012. ‘Mob’ rules: Local group vocal Sporting fans
12:00 a.m., May 27, 2012 Updated 10:17 a.m.
It started right away, the singing. Turned on like a light as soon as the first beer was cracked, a Midwesternized version of “Battle Hymn of the Republic” rang out from a black bus that could have been carrying a crop of convicts. Instead, it was a different type of mob: soccer fans. Specifically, the Mass Street Mob, a rowdy group of fans who call Lawrence home and Sporting Kansas City their team.
6:00 p.m.
Sunlight strikes a boulder, a marker for a grave site, in the green burial area at Oak Hill Cemetery. Only native plants, flowers and grasses are allowed as decorations and no cut, machined or polished markers are permitted, although “engraved natural, flat rocks, or boulders” are allowed. Natural selection: Burial method gains popularity
May 27, 2012
In late 2008, city officials declared that a wooded corner on the northwest end of Oak Hill Cemetery would serve as a “natural burial” area. It became the first such natural burial cemetery in the state of Kansas, and city officials think it was the first municipally run natural burial area in the country.
10:00 p.m.
Ten-year-old Lily Wendel walks between a row of Parckard cars up for auction at 1106 Rhode Island on Saturday, May 25, 2012. Fifteen Packard cars and various other scraps owned by the Barland family, were auctioned to various bidders and collectors. The auction was attended by several hundred people, many of whom were local residents wanting to get a peek at the cars. Wendel attended the auction with her father, Doug Wendel. Collectors find a couple gems at Packard auction
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.

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KU track adds 6 to NCAAs
May 27, 2012
Six additional Kansas University track and field athletes earned trips to the NCAA Outdoor Championships during the NCAA West Preliminary late Saturday at Myers Stadium.
Sporting KC slips past San Jose, 2-1
May 27, 2012
C.J. Sapong broke a seven-match goal drought, and Kei Kamara scored his team-leading fifth goal and added an assist to help Sporting Kansas City beat the San Jose Earthquakes 2-1 on Sunday.
Man with a plan: Weis making impression beyond field
May 27, 2012
We all know about the Notre Dame transfers, the big-time quarterbacks and the changes he made to the Kansas University football roster. But six months after he was hired, the impact of new KU football coach Charlie Weis goes far beyond a simple reshaping of the rules and roster.
Remove politics, and redistricting map falls in line
Reporter takes swing at drawing new boundaries
May 27, 2012
Kansas has a simple shape and only four congressional districts, so how difficult can it be to draw a redistricting map? Apparently, pretty difficult. Kansas is the last state in the nation to redraw its political boundaries based on population changes over the past 10 years.
Arlington guide unearths trove of history
Local resident is author of definitive book on America’s premier national cemetery
May 27, 2012
Arlington Cemetery is home to the nation’s war heroes, presidents and astronauts. But it is also the final resting place of famous explorers, athletes and musicians.
National group seeks repeal of ‘Stand Your Ground’ law in Kansas
May 27, 2012
A national coalition will push for repeal of a Kansas law that is similar to one at the center of controversy in the slaying of a Florida teen.
Library kicks off reading program
May 27, 2012
Lawrence Public Library’s summer reading program isn’t just for reading anymore.
Miss Jayhawk titleholders preparing to compete for Miss Kansas title
May 27, 2012
Megan Bennett recently finished recording her first EP album and is hoping to, within three years, pursue a full-time career in music. For some, this may seem like a far-fetched dream, but Bennett is confident in herself. That confidence, she says, was instilled in her through an unlikely activity: competing in pageants.
How to help: Guides needed for Lamplight Tour of Black Jack Battlefield and Nature Park
May 27, 2012
The Black Jack Battlefield and Nature Park, 3 miles east of Baldwin City, is urgently seeking volunteers to help with its Lamplight Tour on Saturday.
Woman eludes police twice, arrested Sunday at her home
May 27, 2012
A 51-year-old Lawrence woman led police on a vehicle chase twice in two days. After calling off chases Friday and Saturday, Lawrence police arrested the woman Sunday at her home.
Days without remote seem remote
May 27, 2012 in print edition on A9
We are gathered here today to memorialize a man who revolutionized our lives. So what did Eugene J. Polley do? What was the nature of his great leap forward? Did he invent the PC? Did he invent the cell phone? Did he invent the Internet?
Wheel Genius: Road work planned this week
May 27, 2012
Road work planned for the week of May 28, 2012.
Degree in petroleum engineering becomes more sought after
May 27, 2012
Drawn by a booming job market and high starting salaries, more Kansas University students are opting to enter the petroleum engineering field.
School finance case nears court date
May 27, 2012
As schools across Kansas head into summer recess, attorneys representing 54 school districts will be heading to Shawnee County courtroom to challenge the way the state funds public education.
Natural selection: Burial method gains popularity
May 27, 2012
In late 2008, city officials declared that a wooded corner on the northwest end of Oak Hill Cemetery would serve as a “natural burial” area. It became the first such natural burial cemetery in the state of Kansas, and city officials think it was the first municipally run natural burial area in the country.
‘Mob’ rules: Local group vocal Sporting fans
12:00 a.m., May 27, 2012 Updated 10:17 a.m.
It started right away, the singing. Turned on like a light as soon as the first beer was cracked, a Midwesternized version of “Battle Hymn of the Republic” rang out from a black bus that could have been carrying a crop of convicts. Instead, it was a different type of mob: soccer fans. Specifically, the Mass Street Mob, a rowdy group of fans who call Lawrence home and Sporting Kansas City their team.
Finley sisters spark Lawrence High
May 27, 2012
After an uneventful first day at the Class 6A state track meet for the Lawrence High girls, freshmen sisters Matia and Rebecca Finley helped the Lions pick up some points and medals Saturday at Cessna Stadium.
Summer Arts Guide: Your guide to Lawrence’s arts scene from now until Labor Day
May 27, 2012
Whether you’re a kid or adult, bookworm or concert junkie, want to dress up like Harry Potter or Elvis, Lawrence has plenty of opportunities to keep you busy this summer.
Baldwin boys, girls second at 4A state
May 27, 2012
Baldwin High added three more gold medals to its list of achievements at Saturday’s state track and field championships, and the Bulldogs’ individual performances paid off in the team standings.
Tongie soccer tumbles
May 27, 2012
The 2012 soccer season came to an unfavorable end for Tonganoxie High Saturday, as the Chieftains dropped an 8-0 decision to St. James Academy in the Class 4-1A state consolation match at the Rose Hill Athletic Complex.
Second chance: FSHS girls run to runner-up at state
May 27, 2012
Sophomore Bailey Sullivan crossed the finish line for the Free State High girls’ 4x400 relay team Saturday evening at Cessna Stadium, making it official. The Firebirds didn’t have enough points to surpass Class 6A state track champion Olathe East, but the sixth-place medal for FSHS in the final race of a long, successful day sealed Free State’s spot as the No. 2 program in the state.
Female pros laud LCC
May 27, 2012
Lori Atsedes, the veteran of the 10 professional golfers competing in this weekend’s Northwestern Mutual Lady Pro-Am at Lawrence Country Club, sent a gentle reminder Saturday in the direction of the four LCC members on her team as she walked off the second green.
Hosmer sparks Royals, 4-3
May 27, 2012
The ball trickled up the third-base line, rolling so slowly that Baltimore third baseman Wilson Betemit could have counted the stitches. Betemit hoped the ball would roll foul as it spun in the chalk. It stayed fair. And thanks to a good bit of hustle, Eric Hosmer ended up on second base with a 55-foot double that played a key role in Kansas City’s 4-3 comeback victory over the Orioles on Saturday.
Summer class teaches kids how to make a feature film
May 27, 2012
In the early 1990s, the storefront at 731 N.H. was a treasure trove.
How former Jayhawks fared (May 27)
May 27, 2012 in print edition on B6
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in Saturday’s NBA playoffs.
Around and about in local business
May 27, 2012
Local business news for the week ending May 25.
Kansas tax act most regressive in nation
May 27, 2012
Gov. Sam Brownback’s signing of the new Kansas Tax Act on Tuesday was a historic event. The act will shape the lives of Kansans for many years to come.
Court order
Forcing redistricting into the federal courts is one way to take some of the politics out of the process, but the state should consider other options.
May 27, 2012
A potentially positive byproduct of the Kansas Legislature’s dismal redistricting failure is that Kansans now can get some idea how a nonpartisan or bipartisan redistricting process might benefit the state.
40 years ago: Two local women complete long-time education goals
May 27, 2012
Recent rejections of job applications had started two local women thinking about their education.
25 years ago: Storms drive LHS grads into Allen Fieldhouse for ceremonies
May 27, 2012
The crowd of about 5,000 had found the conditions inside to be fairly sauna-like.
100 years ago: Swimming excursion ends in tragedy for young boy
May 27, 2012
“The Kaw has claimed its annual toll of human life.”
Faith Forum: How will you observe Memorial Day?
May 27, 2012
Charles Gruber and the Rev. Matt Sturtevant answer.
Kovel’s Antiques: Seek unique Father’s Day gifts
May 27, 2012
Father’s Day is coming in June, so think ahead and try to find a unique gift for your father. Shop at a flea market or antiques shop.
Garden Calendar: Manure use may pose problems in the garden
May 27, 2012
Experienced gardeners and farmers know that healthy soil is the key to healthy plants, and one way to improve soil health is to add nutrient-rich organic matter.
Horoscope for May 27
May 27, 2012
For Sunday, May 27: This year you communicate with a newfound clarity and exactness. You will find that many people come toward you to share their feelings. If you are single, you could go through many potential suitors until you find the right person. If you are attached, the two of you bring a lot of excitement to your life together by adding a new element, like traveling or a hobby.
Concert is PBS highlight
May 27, 2012
A television tradition that has become one of the highest-rated shows on PBS, the National Memorial Day Concert (7 p.m. Sunday, check local listings) airs live from the West Lawn of the Capitol in Washington, D.C. Dignitaries and performers include Gen. Colin Powell, Daughtry, Natalie Cole, Trace Adkins, Ellen Burstyn and Dennis Franz. Once again, Gary Sinise and Joe Mantegna, two actors dedicated to veterans’ causes, will share co-hosting duties.