Archive for Monday, April 15, 2013

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KU guard Angel Goodrich drafted in third round by Tulsa Shock in WNBA Draft
09:19 p.m., April 15, 2013 Updated 12:23 a.m.
Kansas University point guard Angel Goodrich was selected by the Tulsa Shock with the fifth pick in the third round (29th overall) in Monday’s WNBA Draft.
Exonerated death row survivor fights capital punishment in Kansas
April 15, 2013
Kirk Bloodsworth, exonerated by DNA evidence, wants the death penalty abolished in every state and in every nation across the world. He’s absolute on that point, and many feel he has a right to be that way. A wrongful murder conviction almost killed him 1985. “I really don’t want this to happen to anyone else,” Bloodsworth said. “We’re fallible people. We try the best we can, but we could get it wrong.” By Ian Cummings
Boston Marathon bombing kills 3, injures over 140
08:42 p.m., April 15, 2013 Updated 07:46 a.m.
BOSTON — Two bombs exploded in the packed streets near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday, killing three people and injuring more than 130 others in a terrifying scene of shattered glass, billowing smoke, bloodstained pavement and severed limbs, authorities said.
KU grad finishes Boston Marathon just before explosions
06:39 p.m., April 15, 2013 Updated 12:50 p.m.
A KU graduate who crossed the finish line less than a minute before the bomb explosions was one of several people with local connections who were in Monday’s Boston Marathon. By Jesse Newell (AP Photo/The Daily Free Press, Kenshin Okubo)
Questions abound about Obama’s KU visit
April 15, 2013
For what may be the first time in more than 130 years, a sitting U.S. president is on his way to Kansas University. Students on campus Monday said the announcement brought a sense of excitement, but also a lot of questions. Former Reagan administration official Bill Lacy, now director of KU’s Dole Institute of Politics, says that’s generally business as usual for the White House. By Matt Erickson
KU Relays downtown shot put, long jump events moved to Douglas County Fairgrounds
05:33 p.m., April 15, 2013 Updated 12:11 a.m.
The high-profile Kansas Relays downtown shot put won’t be taking place downtown this year, meet director Milan Donley said. Instead, it will be moved indoors to the Douglas County Fairgrounds livestock arena. Wednesday’s weather forecast that calls for severe thunderstorms resulted in the decision to move the event.
KU football player Nick Sizemore arrested on suspicion of DUI, leaving the scene of an accident
April 15, 2013
A senior Kansas University football player was arrested on suspicion of DUI early Sunday morning in the 1800 block of West Sixth Street.
City to begin late-night transit service June 1; concerns mount over bus pass numbers for homeless shelter
April 15, 2013
Lawrence’s late-night bus experiment is set to begin June 1. City officials have finalized the details of a new overnight public transit service that will provide bus service from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Monday through Saturday. By Chad Lawhorn
Not all last-minute tax filers are procrastinators
April 15, 2013
When asked why he waited until April 15 to do his taxes this year, Lawrence factory worker Victor Roman didn’t procrastinate in giving his answer. “Procrastination,” he said. He’s not alone. Many Americans put off filing their tax returns until Tax Day, which was Monday. According to the Internal Revenue Service, about one-third of tax filers don’t even begin the process until April, with the majority of those waiting to file until the last few days. It’s not always because of laziness or forgetfulness, though. By Giles Bruce
Police seeking suspect in robbery of laptop at Lawrence Visitor Center
03:23 p.m., April 15, 2013 Updated 03:23 p.m.
Police are seeking a suspect in the robbery of a laptop computer from an 80-year-old man at the Lawrence Visitor Center, 402 North Second St., early Saturday morning.
Brownback to tour in support of his higher education budget
03:10 p.m., April 15, 2013 Updated 04:05 p.m.
Gov. Sam Brownback on Monday announced that he will hit the road next week to defend his higher education budget proposal against cuts offered by his fellow Republicans in the Legislature. By Scott Rothschild
Downtown Lawrence bank briefly evacuated for unfounded bomb threat
April 15, 2013
Employees briefly evacuated the U.S. Bank building at 900 Massachusetts St. about 2 p.m. today after a man walked in with a box and said he had a bomb.
Land Institute founder to speak at KU commencement
April 15, 2013
Wes Jackson, a Kansas University alumnus and leader in the area of sustainable agriculture, will be the lead speaker at KU’s commencement ceremony in May, the university announced Monday.
McLouth man, 18, arrested on suspicion of sex crimes involving juvenile
April 15, 2013
An 18-year-old McLouth man was arrested Saturday on suspicion of using social media to contact a juvenile for sexual purposes.
State education board set to vote on new history and government curriculum standards
April 15, 2013
The State Board of Education is set to vote on proposed new curriculum standards for history and government that put more emphasis on diversity and practical problem-solving skills. The board will also get a briefing on the Next Generation Science Standards that will come up for a vote later this year. By Peter Hancock
How to Help: Bert Nash seeking corps of ambassadors
April 15, 2013
Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center works to advance the mental health of the Douglas County Community by providing comprehensive behavioral health services. Bert Nash is seeking volunteers to become Bert Nash Ambassadors. An Ambassador introduces new residents in the community to the Health Center by inviting them to attend a “Discover Bert Nash” virtual tour of services. The tour educates attendees about the mission, history and services provided by Bert Nash. Requirements of volunteering include attending at least one Discover Bert Nash virtual tour per year and attending at least one ambassador training session per year. Volunteers should also have a passion for furthering the mission of Bert Nash. To inquire about this opportunity and find out more details, contact Cindy Hart at 785-830-1701, or email at, or visit the Bert Nash website at
Jayhawks win 2 races at rowing regatta
April 15, 2013
Kansas University rowing won the Grand Finals of the Second Varsity Four and First Varsity Four on Sunday at the Knecht Cup.
Kansas women 2nd at golf meet
April 15, 2013
Kansas University junior Thanuttra “Fhong” Boonraksasat placed second individually, and KU placed second in the team race at the Indiana Women’s Golf Invitational on Sunday.
Chris Gilbert keys win for KU men’s golf
April 15, 2013
Chris Gilbert claimed a share of medalist honors and helped Kansas University hold off a furious charge from tournament-host Iowa to win the Hawkeye-Great River Entertainment Invitational by a stroke on Sunday at Finkbine Golf Course.
KU tennis falls to Texas Tech
April 15, 2013
Dylan Windom claimed Kansas University’s only point-scoring victory in a 6-1 tennis loss to No. 15-ranked Texas Tech on Sunday at Jayhawk Tennis Center.
KU softball routs Furman
April 15, 2013
Kansas University collected eight runs off seven hits in the third inning of an 11-1, run-rule-shortened softball rout of Furman on Sunday at Pepsi Stadium.
A or A-minus? KU students want a straight answer
April 15, 2013
In her introductory psychology course during her freshman year at Kansas University, MacKenzie Oatman scored a 92, while her roommate got a 90. But while that was good enough to earn her roommate an A, Oatman got an A-minus — and fewer points toward her grade-point average. Now she and other KU student government leaders are pushing for a change to make sure that situation can’t happen. By Matt Erickson
Lawrence resident shows his ewes-ful talent on national TV
April 15, 2013
Lawrence resident Rocky Swearingen has “shear” talent when it comes to showing sheep, and his debut on “Tough Grit” will baa-ck it up. Ewe can catch him on RFD-TV at 6 p.m. on April 15. By Rebekka Schlichting
Double Take: April can be tough time in college
April 15, 2013
For most college students, April comes at the apex of the spring semester story arc — tantalizingly near the end of the semester, but not close enough to relax. (AP Photo)
Proposed wildlife area in Jefferson County part of legislative budget talks
April 15, 2013
Buried in the numerous items under discussion by House and Senate budget writers is a proposal by the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism to purchase 824 acres of land in Jefferson County. By Scott Rothschild
Letter: Ticking debt
April 15, 2013
I keep hearing news lately that our national debt is getting pretty high, now $17 trillion and rising. We need an analogy to help grasp that number.
Letter: Misplaced anger
April 15, 2013
This is a response to “Offended voter” (Public forum, April 11). Your letter undeservedly laid into an “officious woman protecting us from voter fraud,” who was working the polls when you went to vote.
Letter: Haskell arts
April 15, 2013
I found the Journal-World article “From artsy to artplace” (April 7) very interesting. I wish the Arts Center much success for all their efforts. That being said, I was disappointed to see no mention of Haskell Indian Nations University included in all these plans.
Editorial: Inexcusable delay
There’s no excuse for the Kansas Attorney General’s Office ignoring legal requirements to process concealed-carry permit applications in a timely fashion.
April 15, 2013
Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt’s office is blatantly flouting the law and needs to be held to the same standards as individuals and other agencies — agencies that supposedly serve all Kansas residents.
40 years ago: Trucks haul tons of sand to Clinton Reservoir site
April 15, 2013
Motorists driving on West Sixth Street in the coming days needed to be prepared for the “reactivation of the sand truck armada.”
The Fashion Column: Make the most of shopping at second-hand stores
April 15, 2013
Some may turn up their nose at thrift or second-hand stores, but little do they know that these underrated shops can be gold mines for fashion enthusiasts. By Emily Kennedy
Industry, beauty and antiques collide at North Lawrence corner
April 15, 2013
It’s hard to miss the North Lawrence vintage home decor shops. Past the muffler shop, through the billowing dust cloud by the grain elevator, parallel to the whistling train rumbling by on the tracks, the cluster of picture-perfect shops with elegant signs and windows full of pretties sticks out like a sore thumb — or more like a shiny jewel. By Sara Shepherd
Dever set to monitor ‘unprecedented’ period as he begins term as Lawrence mayor
April 15, 2013
It may not be the most exciting goal a politician has ever come up with, but incoming Lawrence Mayor Mike Dever has one he wants the community to consider for the next year: Let’s catch our breath. By Chad Lawhorn
Opinion: A meticulous tale of gross injustice
April 15, 2013 in print edition on A8
From Tom Paine’s “Common Sense” to Harriet Beecher Stowe’s “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” to Martin Luther King’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” American history is replete with examples of printed words accelerating social justice. Still, from Mathew Brady’s 1862 photo exhibit of “The Dead of Antietam” to the televised fire hoses and police dogs in Birmingham, Ala., in 1963 to the cameras that brought Vietnam into American living rooms, graphic journalism has exercised unique power to open minds and hence shape history. It may do so Tuesday evening when PBS broadcasts “The Central Park Five,” a meticulous narrative of a gross miscarriage of justice.
Fix-It Chick: Tips for tuning up your bike
April 15, 2013
When it comes to bicycles, home maintenance is not a substitute for professional service, but an annual home tune-up can make your riding experience safer and more enjoyable while adding years of life to your bicycle. By Linda Cottin
Victim advocate recognized for decades of working with traumatized witnesses
April 15, 2013
If you’ve been robbed, beaten or defrauded, there’s a good chance you’ll find yourself sitting across a desk from Dolores Moseley, the victim/witness coordinator for the Douglas County District Attorney’s office. Ian Cummings
100 years ago: Local private hopsital upgrades operating room
April 15, 2013
“With porcelain fixtures throughout, enameled walls and linoleum the room has been made sanitary in every detail.”
Tune In Tonight: “Defiance” to bring gamer action to TV
April 15, 2013
“Defiance” (8 p.m., Syfy) offers an entertaining twist on the post-apocalyptic thriller. Set in the year 2046, “Defiance” explores the Earth more than 30 years after an alien invasion sparked a violent global war for domination, and 15 years after a treaty established an uneasy truce between battling races of humans, aliens, cyborgs and mutants.
25 years ago: Planners discuss road to connect downtown with K-10
April 15, 2013
Residents expressed their concerns at a meeting this week about the proposed road.
Horoscopes for April 15
April 15, 2013
For Monday, April 15: This year you often express your views and communicate intellectually; however, there are times when you swing from being logical to being more emotional and conflicted. If you are single, you’ll meet someone very important to your life and well-being after June. If you are attached, the two of you need to plan special mini-trips alone as a couple.
Daytripper: Anglophile alert in the heartland
April 15, 2013
Although your budget might not allow you to hop across the pond this spring, there are still places within an easy day’s drive of Lawrence where Anglophiles can get their British fix. By Nancy Pistorius
Offbeat Occupations: Glassblowing a delicate, sometimes dangerous spin
April 15, 2013
Over the roar of a furnace, glassblower Dick Rector explains that you must always keep spinning. “You stop spinning, you’re in trouble,” he says, sitting at a workbench. By Adam Strunk