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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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.