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Archive for Friday, April 5, 2013

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1:41 a.m.

Wichita State University alumni Virgil Brady, from left, Elaine Brady, Jim Maddox and Jan Maddox sport Shocker colors earlier this week as the WSU men’s basketball team prepared to play in the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament this weekend. The four Lawrence residents are also big fans of Kansas University basketball and were surprised to see their alma mater go further in the tournament than the Jayhawks did. WSU alumni in Lawrence thrilled by Final Four appearance
April 5, 2013
Elaine Woodman was a physical education major and cheerleader in the late 1950s when her class schedule brought her to the Roundhouse, Wichita State’s gym, during the basketball team’s practice. The assistant basketball coach, Gary Thompson, was a distant relative, so she had no reservations about asking him for a favor. “I want you to introduce me to that good-looking guy with the cute legs,” she said, pointing to a Virgil Brady, a guard on the basketball team.” By Tom Keegan
2:01 p.m.
Outside view of broken window in state Rep. Tom Sloan's office. Man arrested on suspicion of breaking into Lawrence legislator’s Statehouse office
April 5, 2013
A man was in custody today on suspicion of breaking into the Statehouse office of state Rep. Tom Sloan, R-Lawrence. By Scott Rothschild
5:19 p.m.
This rendering from the planning firm Hanbury Evans Wright Vlattas and Co. shows how KU's Jayhawk Boulevard could look after a reconstruction project scheduled for the next four summers. This eastward view from in front of Strong Hall shows a possible bike lane through the center of the road, as well as a re-created canopy of trees planted between the curb and sidewalk on either side. Such a canopy of elm trees was once present in the middle of the 20th Century, before disease largely wiped it out. Four-year Jayhawk Boulevard construction project could end with re-creation of old tree canopy, new center bike lane
April 5, 2013
It’s going to take awhile, but Kansas University’s signature campus street is about to undergo a facelift the likes of which haven’t been seen in decades. During the next four summers, KU will be reconstructing Jayhawk Boulevard piece by piece. The end result could include not just new, smooth pavement and sidewalks, but also the restoration of a historic tree canopy mostly absent for the last 40 years and a bicycle lane down the center of the road. By Matt Erickson

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Gun bills easily approved
April 5, 2013
Kansas legislators have sent Gov. Sam Brownback bills that would let people carry concealed firearms into more public buildings and prevent federal agents from confiscating weapons made in the state.
Sweeping abortion bill sent to governor
April 5, 2013
Kansas legislators gave final passage to a sweeping anti-abortion measure Friday, sending Gov. Sam Brownback a bill that declares life begins “at fertilization” while blocking tax breaks for abortion providers and banning abortions performed solely because of the baby’s sex. By The Associated Press
House, Senate send bill to Brownback that would make KDOT secretary in charge of operating turnpike
April 5, 2013
After a monthslong battle, Republicans sent to Gov. Sam Brownback a bill that would put Brownback’s secretary of transportation in charge of operating the Kansas Turnpike. By Scott Rothschild
Creation of adult stem cell center at KU Med sent to Brownback for consideration
April 5, 2013
The creation of an adult stem cell research and treatment center at Kansas University Medical Center requires only the signature of Gov. Sam Brownback, who has indicated he supports the venture. By Scott Rothschild
House budget negotiators back off from across-the-board cuts to higher education
April 5, 2013
House budget leaders on Friday backed off a major portion of proposed cuts to higher education. By Scott Rothschild
Undercover task force cites 17 businesses for selling alcohol to minors
April 5, 2013
Seventeen liquor stores, grocery stores, taverns and restaurants were cited for selling alcohol to underage customers Wednesday, caught by undercover informants working for the ABC. Ian Cummings
Assisted-living facility cited for deficiencies
April 5, 2013
The Windsor of Lawrence was cited for five violations of state regulations after its most recent inspection. But none resulted in actual harm or placed residents in physical jeopardy. By Peter Hancock
Retiring Lied Center director says he’s proud of what venue provides for Lawrence
April 5, 2013
Tim Van Leer has watched over performances by some international luminaries during his time at Kansas University’s Lied Center. But what matters more to him as he prepares to retire is what the center means to Lawrence. By Matt Erickson
Weekend wrap-up: Lawrence woman sentenced for letting child crash car; guilty verdict in New Year’s Day shooting
April 5, 2013
A wrap-up of this week’s cases in Douglas and Jefferson county courts. Click on the highlighted links to see full stories with more details.
Four-year Jayhawk Boulevard construction project could end with re-creation of old tree canopy, new center bike lane
April 5, 2013
It’s going to take awhile, but Kansas University’s signature campus street is about to undergo a facelift the likes of which haven’t been seen in decades. During the next four summers, KU will be reconstructing Jayhawk Boulevard piece by piece. The end result could include not just new, smooth pavement and sidewalks, but also the restoration of a historic tree canopy mostly absent for the last 40 years and a bicycle lane down the center of the road. By Matt Erickson
Topeka man injured in accidental shooting at Perry Lake
April 5, 2013
A 22-year-old Topeka man was injured in an accidental shooting at Perry Lake Friday morning, said Jefferson County Sheriff Jeff Herrig.
Bill DeWitt, of Hays, named assistant principal and athletics director at Lawrence High
April 5, 2013
Bill DeWitt has been named assistant principal and athletics director at Lawrence High School, effective July 1. He is currently principal at Thomas More Prep-Marian in Hays. By Peter Hancock
Man arrested on suspicion of breaking into Lawrence legislator’s Statehouse office
April 5, 2013
A man was in custody today on suspicion of breaking into the Statehouse office of state Rep. Tom Sloan, R-Lawrence. By Scott Rothschild
Police cite driver suspected in downtown accident with cyclists
11:40 a.m., April 5, 2013 Updated 06:14 p.m.
Police have found a car that they believe was involved in a hit-and-run accident with two bicyclists Friday morning.
$1.5 billion KPERS bond proposal advances in Legislature
April 5, 2013
Legislators on Friday moved toward issuing $1.5 billion in bonds in a gamble to shore up the state pension system. By Scott Rothschild
Lawrence students vie for nationals in congressional debate
April 5, 2013
Students from Lawrence and Free State high schools are competing this week in the National Forensics League district tournament for congressional debate. The winner will earn a trip to the national tournament this summer in Birmingham, Ala. By Peter Hancock
Construction to reduce downtown Kansas River bridges to one lane beginning Monday
April 5, 2013
Lawrence motorists should expect another season of delays at the Kansas River bridges in downtown.
How former Jayhawks fared in April 4 NBA games
April 5, 2013
How former Jayhawks fared in Thursday’s NBA games.
Guthrie helps Royals win
April 5, 2013
The Kansas City Royals were still struggling at the plate. This time it didn’t matter: Jeremy Guthrie was on the mound.
FSHS soccer downed
April 5, 2013
Free State High’s girls soccer team dropped a 2-0 decision to Shawnee Mission West on Thursday night.
Firebirds win swim meet
April 5, 2013
Courtney Caldwell, Haley Johnson, Sydney Sirimongkhon-Dyck and Lucy Sirimongkhon-Dyck each won individual titles, and Free State won two relay race en route to the team title at the Topeka Swimming and Diving Invitational on Thursday.
LHS soccer falls, 8-1
April 5, 2013
Lawrence High girls soccer lost, 8-1, to Shawnee Mission Northwest on Thursday at LHS.
Rio Adams might stay
Guard has second thoughts about transferring; Self says two will meet again
01:25 a.m., April 5, 2013 Updated 01:13 p.m.
Rio Adams, who has announced plans to leave Kansas University and was released from his scholarship Wednesday, is apparently having second thoughts. By Gary Bedore
Mistakes doom LHS baseball
April 5, 2013
It took some opportunistic plays by Olathe South on Thursday night, but Lawrence High’s baseball team lost for the first time this season. By Benton Smith
LHS softball rebounds
Pitcher Sumonja returns to spark Game 2 victory
April 5, 2013
Lawrence High’s Megan Sumonja got over her Game One loss in a hurry and showed composure in pitching five-plus innings of a 5-4 Lawrence victory in Game Two of a softball doubleheader with SM East.By Benton Smith
FSHS baseball edges ONW
April 5, 2013
The Free State Firebirds proved that small ball could win them one Thursday, when a pair of bunts helped push across the winning run in a 4-3 home baseball victory over Olathe Northwest. By Jesse Newell
Free State softball pummels Pioneers
April 5, 2013
In a doubleheader in which his team racked up 24 runs and 27 hits, Free State softball coach Lee Ice left most happy with his pitching. By Jesse Newell
25 years ago: Lawrence erupts in joy after KU wins championship
April 5, 2013
Jayhawk Boulevard and the streets of downtown were filled until at least 3:30 a.m. with screaming, yelling, horn-honking, high-fiving fans.
40 years ago: Stops signs or stop lights? Residents divided on Mass Street signals
April 5, 2013
Among the reasons given for opinions on both sides of the debate were unsightliness, safety, and traffic flow.
Letter: AFP agenda
April 5, 2013
It was rather amusing to read in the March 27 Journal-World how the Americans for Prosperity representative claimed it was “disingenuous” when challenged by a school board member at a town hall meeting regarding AFP’s opposition to the Lawrence school district’s proposed bond. What’s truly disingenuous are the actions of AFP and their extremist political ideology.
Letter: Pesticide concern
April 5, 2013
In response to Jennifer Smith’s garden column (Journal-World, April 4), I’m sorry, but if trees could talk, they would say “don’t spray me with pesticides — the woodpeckers were working just fine.”
Letter: Misleading claim
April 5, 2013
I was surprised that the Lawrence public schools promoted its $92.5 million new school bond issue as a “No-Tax-Increase School Bond Election.” Voters urged to vote “yes” for the no-tax-increase bond had to be confused.
Editorial: Border battle
A new survey of small-business owners indicates that tax cuts may not be the key to making Kansas or Missouri more attractive to business.
April 5, 2013
Some rivalries and competitions just are not destined to fade away. Kansas vs. Missouri is a case in point.
WSU alumni in Lawrence thrilled by Final Four appearance
April 5, 2013
Elaine Woodman was a physical education major and cheerleader in the late 1950s when her class schedule brought her to the Roundhouse, Wichita State’s gym, during the basketball team’s practice. The assistant basketball coach, Gary Thompson, was a distant relative, so she had no reservations about asking him for a favor. “I want you to introduce me to that good-looking guy with the cute legs,” she said, pointing to a Virgil Brady, a guard on the basketball team.” By Tom Keegan
Opinion: ‘Diversity’ focus drags down education
April 5, 2013 in print edition on A8
The real vocation of some people entrusted with delivering primary and secondary education is to validate this proposition: The three R’s — formerly reading, ‘riting and ‘rithmetic — now are racism, reproduction and recycling. Especially racism. Consider Wisconsin’s Department of Public Instruction. It evidently considers “instruction” synonymous with “propaganda,” which in the patois of progressivism is called “consciousness-raising.”
100 years ago: Kansas City doctor loses arm to X-ray machine use
April 5, 2013
“At that time the fact that continued use of its rays were injurious was not known.”
Horoscopes for April 5
April 5, 2013
For Friday, April 5: This year you make it a point to express your feelings more often — especially your friendly, more positive ones. Others respond in kind, and they will have an easier time relating to you as a result. If you are single, you’ll do well in just about any circumstance. If you are attached, your openness will encourage greater closeness.