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Douglas County Commission gives OK to spray Lone Star Lake with herbicides
May 30, 2012
To stop an invasive plant from taking over Lone Star Lake, the Douglas County Commission has agreed to spray the water with herbicides.
Thomas the Tank Engine pulling into Baldwin City station
11:55 p.m., May 30, 2012 Updated 08:19 a.m.
Midland Railway volunteers have been spending weekends preparing the historic Baldwin City station to share with children the magic of Thomas and Friends’ Day Out.
Teachers learn how to instruct students of Generation iY
May 30, 2012
Growing Leaders founder and President Tim Elmore describes people born between 1990 and 2002 as Generation iY, a generation filled with people who have grown up with technology and who learn through images.
How former Jayhawks fared (May 31)
May 30, 2012
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared Wednesday in the NBA playoffs.
Pump Patrol
May 30, 2012
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.32 at several stations. If you find a lower price, call 832-7154.
Man reports $1,500 damage to vehicle
May 30, 2012
A 49-year-old Lawrence man reported criminal damage of $1,500 to his 2002 Ford Ranger in the 300 block of Minnesota Street at about 9:45 p.m. May 4, according to police reports.
$2,000 worth of damage reported to vehicle
May 30, 2012
A 36-year-old Lawrence woman reported criminal damage of $2,000 to her 2005 Chrysler 300 in the 400 block of Wisconsin Street at 5 p.m. Saturday, according to police reports.
Lawrence man reports burglary, theft of more than $1,000 worth of goods
May 30, 2012
A 21-year-old Kansas University student reported a theft and burglary of items worth $1,110 from the 1900 block of Stewart Ave. at about 12 a.m. Sunday, according to police reports. The items included a television, DVD player and iPad. A 22-year-old Lawrence man was also listed as a victim on the report.
Lawrence man reports theft of $1,000 worth of games
May 30, 2012
A 20-year-old Kansas University student reported a theft and burglary of 17 Playstation games worth $1,119 from the 1700 block of West 20th Terrace at 1:30 a.m. on Sunday, according to police reports.
Firearm discharge reported at 25 and Sixth streets
May 30, 2012
A 44-year-old Lawrence man reported the criminal discharge of a firearm in the 2500 block of W. Sixth Street at 2:15 a.m. Monday, according to police reports.
Lawrence student advances in national bee
Middle-schooler will spell in semifinal round Thursday
May 30, 2012
This week, Emma Steimle, an eighth-grader at West Middle School and daughter of Peter and Annette Steimle, traveled to Washington, D.C., to participate in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
Teacher pay increase offer much lower than requested
May 30, 2012
The Lawrence school district is willing to pump up teachers’ salaries by $1.5 million, far less than what teachers had requested.
Severe thunderstorm watch canceled; high winds still possible
06:16 p.m., May 30, 2012 Updated 11:05 p.m.
The National Weather Service in Topeka has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for eight Kansas counties, including Douglas County.
Police searching for vehicle after woman reports seeing driver holding gun
May 30, 2012
Lawrence police Wednesday were looking for a vehicle after a woman jogging in west Lawrence said she observed the driver extend his arm out of the window while holding what appeared to be a black semi-automatic style handgun, said Sgt. Trent McKinley, a police spokesman.
East 23rd Street detours to go into effect on Thursday
May 30, 2012
Shoofly. It may become the word of the summer in Lawrence in 2012.
Eisenhower family at impasse on memorial design
May 30, 2012
President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s family welcomed design changes by architect Frank Gehry for a memorial honoring the World War II general but said Wednesday that any monument should be “simple, sustainable and affordable” to honor his values.
Witness says Kansas commune leader foretold death
May 30, 2012
When it was Patricia Hughes’ turn to die in 2003 — as the commune’s leader and so-called seer predicted weeks earlier — the young mother kissed her 2-year-old daughter goodbye and reassured another child she would come back from the dead, a witness testified Wednesday.
Redistricting in the hands of judges as federal trial concludes
May 30, 2012
The fate of political boundaries in Kansas is now in the hands of three federal judges who will digest two days of testimony and draw new maps.
Democrats accuse Brownback of interfering in redistricting; governor says he has a special interest
May 30, 2012
Democratic legislative leaders Wednesday called on Gov. Sam Brownback, a Republican, to stop interfering with the redistricting fight that is now before a federal judicial panel.
Douglas County treasurer seeking another term in office
May 30, 2012
Douglas County Treasurer Paula Gilchrist has filed the paperwork to seek a third term in the November general election.
In attempted murder case, girlfriend testifies that boyfriend said he shot a man
02:58 p.m., May 30, 2012 Updated 05:41 p.m.
The girlfriend of a Lawrence man who is suspected of attempted murder testified Wednesday that her boyfriend told her he shot a man who was swinging an axe at him early on April 1.
Research group says Brownback’s business tax cut will produce problems
May 30, 2012
A national tax research group that is generally thought of as conservative and business-friendly said on Wednesday that Gov. Sam Brownback’s elimination of taxes for many business owners has problems
15-year-old girl injured while crossing the street near outdoor swimming pool
May 30, 2012
Lawrence police briefly closed Kentucky Street outside the Lawrence Aquatic Center Wednesday afternoon after a pedestrian was injured in an accident about 1:30 p.m.
Police respond to burglary early Wednesday; man runs from police after traffic stop
May 30, 2012
Here’s a look at police reports from early Wednesday.
Grand jury indicts Lawrence man accused of robbing Topeka bank
10:19 a.m., May 30, 2012 Updated 05:26 p.m.
A federal grand jury has indicted a Lawrence man accused of robbing a Topeka bank last week.
Town Talk: UPDATE: 23rd Street motorists to face long-term detour beginning Thursday; Korean restaurant opens on Sixth Street; Gilchrist files for Douglas County Treasurer
08:20 a.m., May 30, 2012 Updated 01:26 p.m.
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Severe thunderstorm warning canceled
12:23 a.m., May 30, 2012 Updated 02:20 a.m.
The National Weather Service in Topeka has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Douglas County, effective until 1:15 a.m.
Heard on the Hill: USA Today releases lists of athletic department spending; KU author Laura Moriarty pens new book; researcher finds being outside helps you think better
May 30, 2012
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
25 years ago: A long life well lived for Frank Carlson
May 30, 2012
Carlson’s unpretentious manner and unassuming style had given him a close rapport with ordinary Kansans.
40 years ago: Boys’ Staters learn electoral process
May 30, 2012
Over 1,000 high school juniors from across the state were participating.
Jayhawks in the NBA (May 29)
May 30, 2012
How former Jayhawks fared in the NBA playoff game of May 29.
Ex-Haskell coach headed to Hall
May 30, 2012
The National Football Foundation last week revealed the names of the seven inductees into this year’s Hall of Fame Divisional Class. Included among them was a man who spent four seasons coaching football at Haskell Indian Nations University.
Jayhawks in top 5 … for schedule
May 30, 2012
According to’s Bruce Feldman, Kansas University’s football team will have to tackle the fifth-toughest schedule in the country during head coach Charlie Weis’ first season in charge.
Royals’ Will Smith gets first win
May 30, 2012
Will Smith celebrated his first major-league win by taking four showers. Two by teammates dousing him with beer and two more to rinse off the suds.
Charlie Weis shows national scope
May 30, 2012
It’s early to draw any concrete conclusions on where, other than in the home state and neighboring Missouri, the new Kansas University football staff will concentrate its recruiting efforts. But it’s not too early to get a hint. Thus far, it looks as if the Charlie Weis recruiting net will more closely resemble Glen Mason’s than Mark Mangino’s.
Uncertain future: LHS, FSHS need coach to keep gymnastics program
May 30, 2012
Unless the district is able to hire a new head coach, the gymnastics programs at Lawrence and Free State high schools could be in jeopardy — again.
May 30, 2012
If a “real” auditor, not some bureaucrat, looked at government programs and books, how many illegal and ridiculous practices would be found? Few government agencies could withstand a comprehensive audit of their books. Many don’t even know where the money they shell out goes. Public officials routinely abuse the public trust for personal gain in every level of government.
50 years too late
May 30, 2012
Saying you are sorry doesn’t make it right. There is a lesson my mother taught me when I was very young: “Saying you are sorry doesn’t make up for what you have done. If you have to say you are sorry for something, it means you shouldn’t have done it in the first place.”
Bus benefits
Kansas University and local officials should consider chipping in to support, and perhaps expand, the successful Kansas Highway 10 commuter service.
May 30, 2012
The free ride that Kansas University and local governments have been getting on the K-10 Connector bus that runs between Lawrence and Johnson County is nice, but it may be time to consider investing in a service that has significant potential for future expansion.
Civil discourse
May 30, 2012
If you were to debate someone in the public square, would you stand and shout obscenities instead of advancing your ideas? Would you reduce your argument to name-calling rather than trying to convince those listening that your ideas are superior through proper intellectual discourse? The purpose of public debate should be to convince the audience, not silence your opponent. Tyranny demands silence from your opposition. That is not what our nation and the Bill of Rights is about.
Egypt vote delivers setback to Islamists
May 30, 2012 in print edition on A6
Last week, Egyptian voters delivered a stunning setback to the Islamist candidate for president, who had anticipated an electoral triumph so great that it would catapult his movement to power throughout the Middle East.
100 years ago: LHS Class of ‘12 to celebrate commencement in new Bowersock Opera House
May 30, 2012
“Seventy-nine Seniors will receive their diplomas.”
Horoscope for May 30
May 30, 2012
This year you become more active than in many years. If you have an ounce of creativity, it will manifest itself without effort. If you are single, that creativity could double, allowing a romantic bond to form that reflects your energy and needs. Married folk will rediscover the fun that exists between two people in love.
CBS unleashes summer schedule
May 30, 2012
In network television, CBS is the top dog. But with “Dogs in the City” (7 p.m., TV-PG), it’s borrowing a series idea from “The Dog Whisperer,” a show that has migrated from National Geographic to Nat Geo Wild. That only goes to prove that in television, sometimes it’s the tail that wags the dog.