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Archive for Thursday, April 11, 2013

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12:31 a.m.
Drought continues to plague much of the Midwest, but climatologists are projecting some relief in the coming months. Rainy weather could signal easing of drought conditions
April 10, 2013
The idea that this week’s rains signal some relief from the drought might not be purely wishful thinking. Even if the showers stop after Wednesday night, as the local forecast suggests, and Lawrence finishes the week with not much more than an inch of rain, the region is trending wetter, according to climatologists at the National Drought Mitigation Center in Lincoln, Neb. Ian Cummings
1:41 p.m.
Artie Shaw speaks in honor of the Holocaust's liberators during a Yom Hashoah ceremony Wednesday evening in Alderson Auditorium at the Kansas Union. The Holocaust remembrance ceremony featured six candles being lit in remembrance of the 6 million Jews who died during the Holocaust. Remembering the Holocaust, to prevent it from repeating
April 10, 2013
Speakers, including Lawrence and Kansas University dignities and relatives of Holocaust survivors, shared stories of the mass genocide in front of about 65 people at the Kansas Union’s Alderson Auditorium on Wednesday night, with six of them lighting candles to represent the six million Jews killed in the tragedy. The purpose of the event: to not allow the six million Jews murdered in the Holocaust to have died in vain, and to instead use their memory to prevent future atrocities. By Giles Bruce
5:31 p.m.
Dennis Brown, president of the Lawrence Preservation Alliance, which recently purchased and plans to restore the Turnhalle Building, 900 Rhode Island, thinks the building project has a chance to create something dramatic. "We don't know how and we don't know the details yet, but the end game is for this building to be a vibrant part of our community," Brown said, pictured inside the building Thursday, Sept. 26, 2012. Preservation group to host open houses to highlight Turnhalle building before restoration begins
April 11, 2013
Dennis Brown can start to imagine what the old 1869 Turnhalle German hall in East Lawrence will look like once it is restored. Now, the public has its chance to turn its imagination loose at what is considered Lawrence’s oldest community building. By Chad Lawhorn

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Shot star, Kevin Young to hold cube-off at Kansas Relays
April 11, 2013
Kansas University men’s basketball forward Kevin Young will be the underdog in a Rubik’s Cube battle of the brains against Olympic shot put medalist Reese Hoffa. By Gary Bedore
Young filmmakers focused on festival this weekend
April 11, 2013
For the past school year, high school students from across northeast Kansas have written, acted in and produced their own original short films in anticipation of this weekend — and now there’s nothing to do but wait. By Eric Melin
Pro soccer squad taps Kansas soccer assistant
April 11, 2013
Kansas University soccer associate head soccer coach Kelly Miller was named goalkeeping coach for the National Women’s Soccer League’s (NWSL) FC Kansas City.
KU baseball cruises, 10-1
April 11, 2013
Senior Alex DeLeon and sophomore Connor McKay each homered and combined for five RBIs as Kansas University claimed its third straight victory, a 10-1 rout of Missouri Valley College on Thursday at Hoglund Ballpark.
Lawrence meeting churns ideas for new Arts Industries Commission
April 11, 2013
Collecting public input to help draft a strategic plan for the new Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission was the goal of a meeting Thursday night in Lawrence. Not surprisingly, “Go back to the way things were when Kansas funded the arts” was a common theme. By Sara Shepherd
KU students elect Paola junior Marcus Tetwiler as student body president in upset
April 11, 2013
In a surprising upset, Kansas University students selected Marcus Tetwiler, a Paola junior, as student body president. This is just the second time in the last 19 years that someone from a student coalition other than KUnited has won the presidency, according to the University Daily Kansan. By Adam Strunk
Junior becomes KU’s 17th Truman Scholar
April 11, 2013
When Hannah Sitz walked into the Kansas University Honors Program office last fall, she’d made her decision: She wasn’t going to apply for a Harry S Truman Scholarship. But by the time she walked out, her mind had been changed. And about six months later, the KU junior from Andover is the university’s 17th-ever Truman Scholar. By Matt Erickson
‘12 Angry Men’ brings down curtain at Theatre Lawrence
April 11, 2013
When you think about it, it makes perfect sense: A lawyer directing a play about a jury deliberation. By John R. Phythyon Jr.
Hilltop Hustle 5K making final run through main KU campus this year
April 11, 2013
The annual fundraiser run for Hilltop Child Development Center at Kansas University is later this month, and it will be the last chance for runners to take the traditional route through the campus.
Public gets opportunity to test KU students’ work for Ford
April 11, 2013
Some Sunday grocery shoppers could get a chance to test drive a car, in a manner of speaking. The public will get an opportunity Sunday afternoon at Hy-Vee, 3504 Clinton Parkway, to jump in the driver’s seat of a Ford Taurus, and evaluate working models of steering wheels, consoles and dashboards developed by Kansas University students. By Adam Strunk
Preservation group to host open houses to highlight Turnhalle building before restoration begins
April 11, 2013
Dennis Brown can start to imagine what the old 1869 Turnhalle German hall in East Lawrence will look like once it is restored. Now, the public has its chance to turn its imagination loose at what is considered Lawrence’s oldest community building. By Chad Lawhorn
Hollywood TV writer to give keynote speech at 2013 Community Education Breakfast
April 11, 2013
Corinne Brinkerhoff, a 1998 graduate of Lawrence High School, will give the keynote address at the 2013 Community Education Breakfast in September. She is a successful television screenwriter who has worked on such shows as “Elementary,” “The Good Wife” and “Boston Legal.”
Court rejects convicted murderer Thomas Murray’s challenge of prison sentence
April 11, 2013
A Douglas County judge has rejected a former Kansas State University English professor’s attempt to challenge his prison sentence for the killing his ex-wife in 2003.
County certifies election results
April 11, 2013
The Douglas County Board of Canvassers met today to count provisional ballots and certify results of the April 2 municipal elections. No results were changed but two races were decided by write-in ballots. By Peter Hancock
De Soto woman faces federal charges in meth case
April 11, 2013
A 33-year-old De Soto woman is facing federal drug charges, including conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.
Lawrence baseball picks up another home game
April 11, 2013
The Lawrence High’s baseball team’s Friday night road game at Topeka Seaman has been moved due to unplayable field conditions at Seaman.
Softball twinbill moved to LHS; Free State games postponed
10:33 a.m., April 11, 2013 Updated 02:09 p.m.
Lawrence High’s Thursday afternoon softball games, originally scheduled to be played at Shawnee Mission South, have been relocated due to poor field conditions at South’s home field.
Our Town Sports for April 11
April 11, 2013
A weekly roundup of local sporting events, results and opportunities.
Opinion: Sorry, Tiger: Tony Pierson top draw
12:16 a.m., April 11, 2013 Updated 09:08 a.m.
Kansas University’s spring football game has a Tiger Woods element to it, except that in one sense it brings even more suspense. We won’t know when the ball will find the hands of KU’s most electric player, junior-to-be Tony Pierson. By Tom Keegan
Div. I schools recruiting FSHS football duo
April 11, 2013
Free State High football juniors Fred Wyatt and Joe Dineen already are sorting through offers to play Div. I college football. By Benton Smith
Royals top Twins, complete sweep
April 11, 2013
Wade Davis pitched out of bases loaded jams in the first two innings, Billy Butler and Jeff Francoeur homered, and the Kansas City Royals beat the Minnesota Twins, 3-0, on Wednesday night to sweep the three-game series.
NBA scout: Ben McLemore top-2 pick
April 11, 2013
Well before the NBA combine and prospects’ trips to team camps for individual workouts, things are looking up for 20-year-old millionaire-to-be Ben McLemore. By Gary Bedore
Back in the picture: Darius Willis pleasant surprise for KU football this spring
April 11, 2013
Darius Willis’ resurgence has earned the respect of Kansas football coach Charlie Weis, who recently singled out the 6-foot-2, 240-pound senior as one of the pleasant surprises of spring practice. By Matt Tait
Obama plan has $714M for NBAF lab
April 11, 2013
The budget proposal President Barack Obama sent to Congress on Wednesday includes $714 million to build a new federal biosecurity lab in Kansas, the largest proposed federal expenditure for the project to date.
LHS grad sails through judicial hearing
April 11, 2013
President Barack Obama’s nominee to a federal appeals court faced no outright opposition from Republican senators during a Senate hearing on Wednesday. Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, pledged his endorsement to Sri Srinivasan, and Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, also was supportive.
Garden Calendar: Low tunnels help produce early crop
April 11, 2013
While most gardeners are planting their early-season veggies and preparing the soil for later crops, one Lawrence gardener is already reaping the rewards of her labor.
Letter: Offended voter
April 11, 2013
I voted provisionally on April 2. I learned from the officious woman protecting us from voter fraud that I couldn’t vote without an ID, even if the volunteers at the table knew me.
Editorial: City salaries
Being a city commissioner is an important job, but salary shouldn’t be a primary motivator for people seeking those posts.
April 11, 2013
Why do Lawrence city commissioners get paid $9,000 a year while Douglas County commissioners are paid about $33,000 a year? It’s a fair question and one that was part of Tuesday’s discussion about the possibility of raising the salary for members of the Lawrence City Commission.
Off the Beaten Plate: Cream Cheese Doughnuts at Munchers Bakery
April 11, 2013
Warning: Munchers Cream Cheese Doughnuts are addictive and should be consumed with caution. To the many Lawrencians who already have fallen prey to their clutches, the Journal-World apologizes for the late warning. By Sara Shepherd
Trading barbs with Bill Maher
Comedian bringing his liberal sense of humor to Topeka
April 11, 2013
For a comedian like Bill Maher, our fair — red — state has provided plenty of fodder over the years, some of which may work its way into his stand-up routine Saturday night at the Topeka Performing Arts Center. By Sara Shepherd
Opinion: Thatcher’s societal wrecking ball
April 11, 2013 in print edition on A11
People talk about transformational politicians. But watching Margaret Thatcher take down the British class system was an education in how it’s really done. It required the radical vision and iron will of someone who genuinely abhorred the status quo. 
25 years ago: Jayhawks honored at White House reception
April 11, 2013
The team presented President Reagan with a Kansas letter jacket.
40 years ago: Local men charged in Tongie murder
April 11, 2013
The judge refused to set bond for the two men.
100 years ago: KU ‘class dances’ to move from downtown to campus
April 11, 2013
“Recently stringent rules were adopted by the Council regarding these parties.”
Opinion: Presidential apology is due
April 11, 2013 in print edition on A11
Dear Barry: Ordinarily, I’d address you as Mr. Obama or Mr. President, in deference to your office. But we need to have us a guy-to-guy chat here, so I hope you’ll excuse the familiarity, because I just have to ask:
How former Jayhawks fared in April 10 NBA games
April 11, 2013
A look at how former Kansas University players fared in Wednesday’s NBA games.
Horoscopes for April 11
April 11, 2013
For Thursday, April 11: This year you are unusually forthright and dynamic. A partner could be quite the opposite. If you are single, you become very possessive when relating to a specific person. If you are attached, the two of you juggle your finances fairly well.