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Archive for Tuesday, April 2, 2013

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12:00 a.m.
A typical sample of "ice," methamphetamine that has been processed for increased purity. Lawrence police officer Shannon Riggs said he is seeing it more often in Lawrence. Police finding more evidence of meth, much of it from Mexican cartels, in Lawrence
April 2, 2013
Lawrence has never seen the meth problems other communities in Kansas have lived with, but times are changing, local police say, as do-it-yourself meth cooks and international organized crime makes the drug cheaper and more available than ever. Ian Cummings
11:00 a.m.
DUI bill that would allow stiffer charges passes in Kansas Legislature
April 1, 2013
A bill that would strengthen penalties against drunken drivers was passed unanimously in the Kansas House and Senate last month. The bill, advocated for by Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson, would allow prosecutors to charge drunken drivers with aggravated battery in injury accidents. By Shaun Hittle
11:23 p.m.
In this file photo, Mike Dever, left, and Mike Amyx, right, visit during election night on April 2, 2013. At far right is Amyx's wife Marilyn Amyx. Amyx, Farmer, Riordan win election to Lawrence City Commission
April 2, 2013
Incumbent Mike Amyx and political newcomer Jeremy Farmer both won relatively easy City Commission victories on Tuesday, but Lawrence physician Terry Riordan had to wait until the final ballots were counted to win a seat on the commission, thwarting what would have been a historic victory by sixth-place primary finisher Leslie Soden — a staunch critic of the recreation center proposal. By Chad Lawhorn • School bond issue sails to passage • Vote roundup • Voter turnout at 16 percent, up slightly from 2011 totals

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Journal-World All-Area Girls Basketball Team
April 2, 2013
The Journal-World All-Area Girls Basketball Team is revealed. By Benton Smith
Chiefs back for spring workouts
April 2, 2013
Alex Smith and Derrick Johnson said it felt like the first day of school.
Saathoff strong, but Firebirds tennis third at home quad
April 2, 2013
Free State singles player Josh Saathoff battled back and forth before breaking serve and taking his first match, 8-6, on Tuesday at the FSHS tennis quad. By Benton Smith
WSU have-not of Final Four
April 2, 2013
The entire basketball program at Wichita State runs on what Louisville coach Rick Pitino makes in a single year, with money left over to purchase plenty of trophy cases for Final Four hardware.
Voter turnout at 16 percent, up slightly from 2011 totals
April 2, 2013
A $92.5 million school bond election was worth a few extra voters at the polls on Tuesday. Voter turnout was up from 2011 levels and way above the snow-snarled February primary. By Chad Lawhorn
Sanburn, Morse and Adair win school board seats
April 2, 2013
Only about 800 votes separated the top and bottom candidates in the four-way race for three seats on the Lawrence school board. Incumbent Bob Byers was narrowly defeated for re-election. By Peter Hancock
Area election roundup
11:18 p.m., April 2, 2013 Updated 12:32 a.m.
The unofficial election continue to come in. Here’s a roundup on area races outside of Lawrence.
Amyx, Farmer, Riordan win election to Lawrence City Commission
April 2, 2013
Incumbent Mike Amyx and political newcomer Jeremy Farmer both won relatively easy City Commission victories on Tuesday, but Lawrence physician Terry Riordan had to wait until the final ballots were counted to win a seat on the commission, thwarting what would have been a historic victory by sixth-place primary finisher Leslie Soden — a staunch critic of the recreation center proposal. By Chad Lawhorn • School bond issue sails to passage • Vote roundup • Voter turnout at 16 percent, up slightly from 2011 totals
School bond issue sails to passage
April 2, 2013
The Lawrence school district’s $92.5 million bond issue was approved Tuesday with 72 percent of the vote. The money will fund building improvements, technology and career-technical education. By Peter Hancock
How former Jayhawks fared in April 2 NBA games
April 2, 2013
How former Jayhawks fared in Tuesday’s NBA games
KU freshman Rio Adams to transfer
Self seeking ‘immediate impact’ players in spring signing period
09:19 p.m., April 2, 2013 Updated 12:00 a.m.
Kansas University freshman guard Rio Adams announced on Twitter that he will be transferring and coach Bill Self confirmed the news on Tuesday night. By Gary Bedore
Election Night Updates: Final unofficial: Amyx, Farmer, Riordan; School bond rolls to victory
09:07 p.m., April 2, 2013 Updated 09:40 p.m.
Mike Amyx was reelected to the Lawrence City Commission Tuesday and political newcomers Jeremy Farmer and Terry Riordan won seats on the Commission—with Riordan narrowly edging out Leslie Soden by fewer than 100 votes, according to unofficial final results. The $92.5 million school bond proposal was overwhelmingly approved by voters. By Chad Lawhorn
City to seek bids on rebuilding portions of Bob Billings Parkway, Wakarusa Drive
April 2, 2013
Commissioners agreed to go out for bid on an estimated $1.2 million partial rebuilding of Bob Billings Parkway, and a $1 million rebuilding of a small portion of Wakarusa Drive. Both roads were suffering from failing pavements. By Chad Lawhorn
Mid-afternoon voter turnout near 11%
April 2, 2013
Douglas County election officials report that by 3:15 p.m., 8,642 ballots had been cast, or about 11 percent of registered voters in the county. Polling places remain open until 7 p.m. By Peter Hancock
Douglas County to hire construction manager for new public works facility
April 2, 2013
County staff is recommending McCown Gordon, a Kansas City, Mo., firm, to manage construction of a new Public Works facility planned on S.E. 25th Street near the county jail. The project is expected to cost about $8 million. By Peter Hancock
Strong voter turnout reported at mid-morning
April 2, 2013
Douglas County election officials reported 4,881 votes cast by 10:30 a.m., nearly half the total vote count for the 2011 municipal elections. By Peter Hancock • Westside voters seem to be outpacing eastside voters so far in today’s election
New law abolishes statute of limitations on rape
April 2, 2013
The five-year statute of limitations for prosecuting rape cases will be abolished under a bill signed into law Monday by Gov. Sam Brownback.
How former Jayhawks fared in April 1 NBA games
April 2, 2013
A look at how former Kansas University players fared in Monday’s NBA games.
Journal-World All-Area Wrestling Team
April 2, 2013
The 2013 Journal-World All-Area wrestling team is revealed. By Benton Smith
25 years ago: Sales of beer, pizza, munchies expected to be brisk for KU game
April 2, 2013
Local traffic was expected to be “as light as it gets, and television viewership nearly universal,”
Editorial: Wrap it up
State legislators have some important business to complete, but it’s a good idea to wrap the session up as quickly as possible.
April 2, 2013
Given the amount of news generated by various bills making their way through the Kansas Legislature, it’s a little surprising that Gov. Sam Brownback has signed only three measures into law this year.
40 years ago: Local park named after Elgin Woody
April 2, 2013
Woody, then 84 years old, had a long history of involvement in local sports programs.
Letter: GOP values
April 2, 2013
Cal Thomas’ melodramatic screed (Journal-World, April 1) claims major media have whipped “the crowd” into accepting unthinkable values.
100 years ago: Municipal elections have different atmosphere with women in polling places
April 2, 2013
“There were women judges and clerks in every ward in the city, there were women voting all the time.”
Opinion: Popular pope may hurt Argentine president
April 2, 2013 in print edition on A9
Almost three weeks after the election of Argentine Pope Francis, the euphoria over his designation — or “Francismania” — has unleashed a wave of Catholic fervor in Argentina. But there is a growing debate over whether it will help or hurt this country’s leftist-populist government.
Tune In Tonight: ‘Detectives’ makes way out West
April 2, 2013
“History Detectives” (7 p.m., PBS, check local listings) returns with a Western theme. After buying a Kit Carson biography for cheap, Charles Burns discovers some papers hidden between the covers that could be linked to the frontiersman’s family. Another investigation explores some secrets behind the lyrics to the popular song “Tumbling Tumbleweeds,” a 1930s cowboy number composed by Bob Nolan popularized by The Sons of the Pioneers in 1946 and reintroduced to listeners in 1998 as part of the soundtrack to “The Big Lebowski.”
Letter: Parking proposal
April 2, 2013
Park and relax. Have the city take over the vast Tanger parking lot.
Experts offer tips to help runners stay healthy while training
April 2, 2013
Snow is melting and more people have been lacing up their running shoes. With the Kansas Half Marathon just three weeks away, runners have been preparing for the event as well as other races. By Meagan Thomas
Horoscopes for April 2
April 2, 2013
For Tuesday, April 2: This year you become a formidable opponent, and you’ll be determined to make your mark. You might not like criticism you get, but you wisely will use it for your betterment. If you are single, many people will come toward you. If you are attached, your sweetie might have difficulty adjusting to the new you.
Willow Domestic Violence Center offering workshops
April 2, 2013
The Willow Domestic Violence Center is offering two training sessions at the Willow’s administrative office.
Police finding more evidence of meth, much of it from Mexican cartels, in Lawrence
April 2, 2013
Lawrence has never seen the meth problems other communities in Kansas have lived with, but times are changing, local police say, as do-it-yourself meth cooks and international organized crime makes the drug cheaper and more available than ever. Ian Cummings