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Comedy of errors: Bad inning dooms Nate Adcock to Omaha
May 28, 2012
One bad inning started the Kansas City Royals on a downward spiral Monday. A season-high three errors didn’t help.
Lawrence community honors sacrifices on Memorial Day 2012
May 28, 2012
Veterans groups and members of the Lawrence community came together Monday at local cemeteries to honor those who sacrificed themselves for their country.
Wayward charities face little scrutiny
May 28, 2012
The Kansas Attorney General’s Office completed investigations into 17 complaints against nonprofits in 2011, but few actions were taken by the office tasked with protecting consumers against wayward charities, according to an open records request filed by the Journal-World.
Friends mourn Lynn Bretz, former voice of KU
May 28, 2012
Friends and colleagues remembered Lynn Bretz on Monday as a consummate professional who worked hard to tell Kansas University’s story.
Hilltop executive director Pat Pisani stepping down
May 28, 2012
When Pat Pisani started working at Hilltop Child Development Center, it was housed in the Wesley Building, an old three-story building east of Smith Hall on the Kansas University campus. Today, the retiring executive director oversees a facility licensed for 290 children, nearly double its previous capacity. In 2000, the center also moved into its current home at 1605 Irving Hill Road.
Experts: Remedial college classes need fixing
May 28, 2012
Each year, an estimated 1.7 million U.S. college students are steered to remedial classes to catch them up and prepare them for regular coursework. But a growing body of research shows the courses are eating up time and money, often leading not to degrees but student loan hangovers.
Body of Overland Park soldier returns home
May 28, 2012
The remains of an Overland Park soldier who died in Afghanistan returned home on Memorial Day.
Kansas extends major development tool for 5 years
May 28, 2012
Legislators extended the life of a development incentive that allowed Kansas to beat out Missouri for Kansas Speedway and Sporting Kansas City.
City, county mull upgrade to emergency radio system
May 28, 2012
City and county leaders are eyeing a $6 million to $7 million upgrade to the local emergency radio communications system, mostly because of outdated technology, lack of system capacity and state and federal mandates. Local public safety officials are recommending that county commissioners grant them authority to continue formal negotiations with Motorola Communications to implement the change.
Craft beers proving to be a hit at ballparks
May 28, 2012
It used to be that baseball fans would head for the concourse to grab a beer between innings, a cold one as much a part of America’s pastime as hotdogs and Cracker Jack. Now they file up the aisles in search of Belgian-style pale ale.
Several winners at event at LCC
May 28, 2012
Former Kansas University golfer and F-16 pilot Dan Rooney has done a terrific job of using his golf connections to bring financial relief, raised awareness and scholarship money to spouses and chidren of soldiers killed or disabled in service to our country.
Jeff Francoeur carries K.C., 4-2
May 28, 2012
Jeff Francoeur had a terrific weekend, and the notoriously streaky hitter hopes the rest of the Royals will follow his success. Francoeur had two more hits on Sunday, including a go-ahead home run, and Kansas City beat the Baltimore Orioles 4-2.
Bankruptcies
May 28, 2012
Douglas County residents or businesses filing for bankruptcy protection recently in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the District of Kansas, according to court records.
Divorces
May 28, 2012
Divorces granted in Douglas County District Court the week ending May 25, 2012.
Marriages
May 28, 2012
Marriage licenses granted in Douglas County District Court the week ending May 25, 2012.
Symbol of support
The flags that fly at Memorial Park Cemetery on Memorial Day are an important symbol of the honored role played by those who serve in the U.S. military.
May 28, 2012
It was hard to believe last week that even the discovery that 300 flagpoles were missing from the Lawrence Veterans of Foreign Wars post would keep the flags from flying at Memorial Park Cemetery this weekend.
25 years ago: Late spring storm surprises area residents with gale-force winds
May 28, 2012
A fast-moving storm had passed through Lawrence on the previous afternoon.
40 years ago: Weekend brings cemetery services, lake excursions
May 28, 2012
This year marked only the second time that Memorial Day was not to fall on May 30, as it had been moved to the nearest Monday.
100 years ago: First ‘moving picture’ to be made of Lawrence
May 28, 2012
“The picture man and his machine will be here the first of next week.”
Parents have electronic tether to campus
May 28, 2012 in print edition on A10
As college students return home this month for the summer break, their parents might not notice much of a difference. In a sense, for many of them, their kids never really left.
U.S. military sees new appreciation
May 28, 2012 in print edition on A10
In his now-forgotten statement proclaiming Memorial Day, the now-forgotten John A. Logan, the commander-in-chief of the Grand Army of the Republic, urged Americans not to forget those who had died in the Civil War. It was only three years since the guns were silenced. The country was stitched together but still torn asunder. Much grief and hurt remained.
River City Jules: Looking back on Memorial Day
May 28, 2012
Memorial Day, originally called “Decoration Day” (not for its three-day furniture sales but for the decoration of soldiers’ graves), traces its roots back to May 1, 1865, shortly after the end of the Civil War and Lincoln’s subsequent assassination, when recently freed slaves in South Carolina and their supporters gathered in Charleston to honor Union soldiers who had perished while being held there as prisoners of war.
As I See Fit: Jump into water workouts
May 28, 2012
‘Tis the season. With Memorial Day upon us, I think we can all safely assume that a last sudden arctic blast will not be hitting us this year. We can pack up our winter clothing and officially make the switch to tank tops and flip-flops.
Best weight loss plan: Planning ahead
There’s no magic bullet, local experts say
May 28, 2012
They say an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. For managing weight the healthy way, simply planning ahead is one of the best ways to prevent the need to “cure” unwanted pounds.
Book helps family heal after tragedy
Big Springs mother finds peace in writing, speaking about daughter’s murder
May 28, 2012
You know from the outset that this isn’t a happy tale: A 19-year-old woman is murdered in the California countryside. But, from Carol Noe’s perspective, the story of her daughter’s life isn’t a tragedy.
Book review: ‘Me, Earl and the Dying Girl’ an addicting read
May 28, 2012
Although “Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl” by Jesse Andrews was originally sent to me a while ago so I could review it, I only recently started reading it in Spanish class to show my friend that I have more important things to do than conjugate verbs for her. Luckily, it turned out to be an exceptionally good book. It’s one of the most addicting books I’ve read in a while.
Double Take: Advice for graduates
May 28, 2012
‘Tis the season of graduation. A time of reflection, celebration, and sadness all rolled up together and concentrated into a walk across the stage and a party or two afterwards. Then the real world begins. Things are over. Other things start. That’s why they call it commencement.
Remnant Rehab: Cheaply frame fabric art
May 28, 2012
At an estate sale in Topeka, I found some paintings on fabric that I thought were interesting enough to take home with me. The more delicate ones are on silk; the one I mounted for this column is on a synthetic fabric.
Fix-It Chick: Remove a stubborn screw
May 28, 2012
Back in the good old days, it was common practice to coat the threads of a screw with a little beeswax before installing it to facilitate the screw’s removal at a later date. Then and now, with or without beeswax, screws get stuck, and it often takes ingenuity as well as elbow grease to get them unstuck.
Offbeat Occupations: DJs responsible for keeping life in the party
May 28, 2012
It was his freshman year at Kansas University, and Nick Reddell needed a job. He started working bars: cleaning toilets, sweeping floors, doing the grunt work no one wanted.
Lawrence Laundry: Nurse practitioner says Converse sneakers lessen patients’ anxiety
May 28, 2012
Susan Stuever believes her shoes serve a purpose other than bridging the gap between function and form.
Retreat offered for writers
May 28, 2012
Mostly, writing is a solitary act, and like many lonesome endeavors, it benefits from company every now and again.