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Archive for Tuesday, April 16, 2013

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12:21 a.m.
In this photo provided by The Daily Free Press and Kenshin Okubo, people react to an explosion at the 2013 Boston Marathon in Boston, Monday, April 15, 2013. Two explosions shattered the euphoria of the Boston Marathon finish line on Monday, sending authorities out on the course to carry off the injured while the stragglers were rerouted away from the smoking site of the blasts. (AP Photo/The Daily Free Press, Kenshin Okubo) KU grad finishes Boston Marathon just before explosions
6:39 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)
8:43 a.m.
Kirk Bloodsworth 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
12:32 p.m.
Richard Gwin/Journal World Photo.Detailed work both Rector and Slough have created. 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
6:03 p.m.
Richard Gwin/Journal World Photo. Ground breaking for the Rock Chalk Park was on Tuesday March 16, 2013. Some 57 acres will be developed for a track, bleachers, swimming, baseball and other sports activities. KU officials break ground on Rock Chalk Park; set goal of hosting 2014 Kansas Relays at site
April 16, 2013
Kansas University officials on Tuesday officially broke ground on the multimillion-dollar Rock Chalk Park athletic complex in northwest Lawrence, with the hope of unveiling a world-class track and field stadium in time for the 2014 Kansas Relays.By Chad Lawhorn

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Dever elected mayor as Lawrence city commission swears in new members
April 16, 2013
It has been a year of big projects at Lawrence City Hall but one that hasn’t stretched the city’s checkbook, outgoing Mayor Bob Schumm said in his State of the City address Tuesday. By Chad Lawhorn
County to seek bids on road project
April 16, 2013
Douglas County commissioners will vote Wednesday on moving forward with road improvements on Route 442 near Stull. The project has been scaled back from earlier plans. By Peter Hancock
Proposed Kansas science standards criticized for lack of depth
April 16, 2013
One science education professor says the Next Generation Science standards focus too much on generalities at the expense of specific subject areas. But supporters say the new model prepares students to learn for themselves. By Peter Hancock
Lawrence-based Wicked Broadband announces plan to install super-fast 1 gigabit Internet service to Lawrence neighborhood
April 16, 2013
It is being billed as Lawrence’s version of Google Fiber — without the Google. By Chad Lawhorn
KBA committee approves new policy for investments
April 16, 2013
A Kansas Bioscience Authority committee Tuesday approved a new policy to guide the state-funded body’s investments and grants. But the specifics remain closed to the public until it’s approved by the KBA’s board of directors, possibly later this month. By Matt Erickson
Bioscience and Technology Business Center to get twin
April 16, 2013
The Bioscience and Technology Business Center on Kansas University’s west campus will soon be getting a twin. A new facility that will be a mirror image of the one currently at 2029 Becker Drive will be built right next to it — the two structures will be connected by a corridor — with construction set to begin this summer. By Giles Bruce
Obama cancels visit to KU; to speak at memorial service in Boston
April 16, 2013
In the wake of Monday’s bombing in Boston, President Barack Obama has canceled plans for an appearance at Kansas University. By Ian Cummings and Matt Erickson
Tire cleanup planned on the Kansas River
April 16, 2013
Friends of the Kaw and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment will host a cleanup on the Kansas River to coincide with Earth Day on Saturday.
Sheriff’s deputies and fire department train for disaster in drill at Douglas County Fairgrounds
April 16, 2013
Suppose a plume of chlorine gas, from parts unknown, creeps over the Douglas County Jail, threatening to poison all of the inmates, visitors and guards inside. As it happens, local emergency response agencies have a plan for that, and they practiced it in a drill Tuesday morning at the Douglas County Fairgrounds. By Ian Cummings
Kansas law aimed at gang crime signed
April 16, 2013
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas prosecutors are receiving a new measure aimed at curbing gang activities by targeting higher-level individuals in the gangs.
Gov. Brownback signs Kansas drug test law for aid recipients
April 16, 2013
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Gov. Sam Brownback said Tuesday that a new law requiring applicants for a welfare program to submit to drug testing was a step toward ending a scourge on the state and break the cycle of poverty.
DCCCA offers walk-in substance abuse counseling on Wednesdays
April 16, 2013
For those wondering if they have a problem with alcohol, or any drug, a Wednesday afternoon in April’s Alcohol Awareness Month is a fine time to walk in, without an appointment, and talk about it with professional, say counselors at DCCCA.
KU officials break ground on Rock Chalk Park; set goal of hosting 2014 Kansas Relays at site
April 16, 2013
Kansas University officials on Tuesday officially broke ground on the multimillion-dollar Rock Chalk Park athletic complex in northwest Lawrence, with the hope of unveiling a world-class track and field stadium in time for the 2014 Kansas Relays.By Chad Lawhorn
Police cite 46 in Monday night seat belt enforcement
April 16, 2013
Lawrence police cited 46 motorists for not wearing their seat belts Tuesday night in a special enforcement effort that the department plans to repeat in the future.
State board OK’s new social studies standards
April 16, 2013
The Kansas State Board of Education has approved new social studies standards that put more emphasis on diversity and how to apply knowledge and skills to real world situations. The new standards will go into effect in Kansas classrooms next year. By Peter Hancock
KU ranks among top 40 public universities in federal research funding
April 16, 2013
Kansas University ranked higher than ever among public universities in federal research funding in the most recent edition of an annual survey, KU announced Tuesday.
Gov. Brownback says he’ll attend President Obama’s event in Lawrence if he’s invited
April 16, 2013
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback says he hopes to see President Barack Obama when he makes a visit Friday to Lawrence.
Dog-biscuit nonprofit run by the homeless popular among canines, owners alike
April 16, 2013
Good Dog! was founded seven years ago with the goal of putting Lawrence’s homeless population to work. Since then, the program has grown significantly, both in sales and the number of people it has put to work. By Giles Bruce
KU’s Piché gets Big 12 baseball honor
April 16, 2013
For the second week in a row, Kansas University junior baseball relief pitcher Jordan Piché has been named the Big 12 Conference’s Newcomer of the Week.
FSHS duo 14th, LHS golfer 10th
April 16, 2013
Free State High’s Alex Green and Hunter Dedloff shot 81s and tied for 14th at the Shawnee Mission East Golf Invitational on Monday at Meadowbrook.
How former Jayhawks fared in April 15 NBA games
April 16, 2013
A look at how former Kansas University players fared in Monday’s NBA games.
LHS baseball routs SM West
April 16, 2013
Starter Brandon Bell combined with relievers Parker Kirkpatrick and Easton Barnes to shut out Shawnee Mission West in an 8-0 Lawrence High baseball victory on Monday.
Free State baseball shuts out Leavenworth, 4-0
Dane McCullough, defense solid
April 16, 2013
Leavenworth High’s baseball team had its chances to manufacture a run or two Monday at Free State, but senior FSHS pitcher Dane McCullough and the Firebirds defense terminated any such possibility in a 4-0 Free State victory. By Benton Smith
Opinion: Boston scene turns ‘surreal’ for wife of KU soccer coach
April 16, 2013
Entrant No. 17700 in the 117th Boston Marathon, Tiffany Francis of Lawrence, was feeling good about exceeding her expectations by finishing in 3 hours, 35 minutes. Then a sunny day took a sharp, dark turn. By Tom Keegan
Thanks for sharing: Jeff Withey, Travis Releford co-award winners
April 16, 2013
Kansas University seniors Travis Releford and Jeff Withey were named co-winners of the Danny Manning/Mr. Jayhawk Award for contributions on and off the court at Monday’s basketball banquet at the Holidome. By Gary Bedore
25 years ago: More development planned for southeast Lawrence
April 16, 2013
The planned East Hills Business Park was expected to accelerate residential growth in the area.
40 years ago: Tax Day coincides with heavy rainfall
April 16, 2013
The weekend rainfall had swelled streams to the flood-alert level.
100 years ago: Students celebrate Engineers’ Day with parade, picnic, baseball
April 16, 2013
“The Mechanicals played the Civils a game of baseball and the Chemicals took on the Miners.”
Letter: Theater just sad
April 16, 2013
Lawrence has one theater. One sad, old, uncomfortable, dirty theater.
Letter: Child care focus
April 16, 2013
The 2013 Week of the Young Child is April 14–20. This annual event focuses public attention on the needs of young children and their families and recognizes the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs.
Editorial: Big success
The volunteers who participated in Saturday’s Big Event deserve a special ‘thank you’ from the community.
April 16, 2013
Kansas University is a defining asset for Lawrence and makes a mighty contribution to our community 365 days a year.
Opinion: Not choosing is worst option on Syria
April 16, 2013 in print edition on A8
Will someone please explain the Obama administration’s policy on Syria? After watching two top State Department officials try to explain it during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing Thursday, I am totally lost.
Letter: Idiotic bill
April 16, 2013
Senate Bill 163? Anyone heard of it? I doubt it, but it actually passed the Kansas Senate without citizen knowledge.
Tune In Tonight: Cable’s TBS struggles to stay fresh
April 16, 2013
In the years since the cable channel TBS rebranded itself as a comedy outfit, we’ve seen some great innovations in comedy. But not on TBS. While shows like “Louie” and “Modern Family” have brought some discerning viewers back to TV comedies, TBS has played it relatively straight, airing fairly old-school sitcoms including “The Bill Engvall Show” “My Boys,” “Men at Work” and “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne.” Tonight, TBS dials it back decades with the newest variation on “Candid Camera.” “Who Gets the Last Laugh?” (9 p.m.) asks three professional comedians to devise hidden camera pranks to scare and surprise unsuspecting strangers. At the end, a studio audience, aided by host Donald Faison (“Scrubs”), will decide the funniest of the three and award $10,000 to that comic’s favorite charity.
Horoscopes for April 16
April 16, 2013
For Tuesday, April 16, 2013: This year you can swing from being too rigid or restrained to suddenly becoming a “wild thing.” Others often might react strangely, as your behavior could catch them off-guard — they never know what to expect! If you are single, your moodiness sometimes works against you. If you are attached, be kind to your sweetie, as he or she might need some indulgence.