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Archive for Wednesday, April 17, 2013

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12:40 a.m.
Douglas County Firefighter David Plymire, left, talks with volunteer victim Eddie Munoz, as firefighter Dean Garrison listens. Munoz, wrapped in a silver foil blanket, was evacuated from a building as part of a training exercise on hazardous materials and other emergency situations Tuesday at the Douglas County Fairgrounds. 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
1:26 p.m.
Lawrence Memorial Hospital, 325 Maine. Lawrence Memorial Hospital agrees to give $15,000 a year to chamber’s economic development fundraising campaign
April 17, 2013
Consider it a $15,000 prescription for a healthier Lawrence economy. Lawrence Memorial Hospital’s Board of Trustees on Wednesday unanimously agreed to donate $15,000 a year for the next three years to the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce’s economic development capital campaign. By Chad Lawhorn
2:23 p.m.
National Weather Service radar as of 2:13 p.m. April 17, 2013 Tornado watch expired in Douglas County, storms expected in evening
2:12 p.m., April 17, 2013 Updated 7:30 p.m.
The National Weather Service has lifted a tornado watch issued for Douglas, Jefferson and Franklin counties, Wednesday afternoon, while flash flood warnings remain in effect. Above image represents radar at 4:05 p.m. For updated radar, click here.
5:00 p.m.
Leo Beuerman sold pencils out of a handmade wooden cart in downtown Lawrence during the mid-20th century. Ceremony to remember unique Lawrence figure
April 17, 2013
Starting at age 50, Leo Beuerman — all 39 inches and 60 pounds of him — would drive his specially rigged tractor downtown, get into a red wooden cart and sell pencils. After his death in 1974 at the age of 72, a plaque was dedicated in his honor near where he used to sit. After seemingly being forgotten, that plaque has been restored and will be rededicated in a ceremony this weekend in Lawrence. By Giles Bruce

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Kelley Hunt to perform at The Bottleneck Thursday
April 17, 2013
Roots and R&B singer/songwriter Kelley Hunt is performing a rare show in her hometown of Lawrence Thursday at The Bottleneck.
County OKs project without annexation
April 17, 2013
Schurle Signs, Inc., will be allowed to demolish and reconstruct part of its facility north of Lawrence without the normal requirement of consenting to future annexation. Douglas County commissioners also agreed to solicit bids for a road project on Route 442 west of Stull. By Peter Hancock
Gov. Brownback signs into law concealed carry measure; campuses exempt for four years
April 17, 2013
Gov. Sam Brownback signed into law a bill that loosens restrictions on carrying concealed weapons into public buildings, but don’t expect any guns to be allowed on campus at Kansas University any time soon.
Building that will house original “Rules of Basket Ball” will be called the DeBruce Center
05:39 p.m., April 17, 2013 Updated 06:13 p.m.
James Naismith’s original “Rules of Basket Ball” will be housed in a three-story center at KU to be named the DeBruce Center in honor of Paul and Katherine DeBruce, who have provided the lead gift for the $18 million building. By Matt Erickson and Scott Rothschild
Ceremony to remember unique Lawrence figure
April 17, 2013
Starting at age 50, Leo Beuerman — all 39 inches and 60 pounds of him — would drive his specially rigged tractor downtown, get into a red wooden cart and sell pencils. After his death in 1974 at the age of 72, a plaque was dedicated in his honor near where he used to sit. After seemingly being forgotten, that plaque has been restored and will be rededicated in a ceremony this weekend in Lawrence. By Giles Bruce
Lawrence woman makes connection with Boston residents offering shelter after bombing
April 17, 2013
Hallie Velez, of Lawrence, made a connection with the people in Boston who opened their homes to take people in after Monday’s bombing. She sent thank-you notes to several of those homeowners, and her deed gained notice in The Atlantic magazine. By Ian Cummings
Tornado watch expired in Douglas County, storms expected in evening
02:12 p.m., April 17, 2013 Updated 07:30 p.m.
The National Weather Service has lifted a tornado watch issued for Douglas, Jefferson and Franklin counties, Wednesday afternoon, while flash flood warnings remain in effect. Above image represents radar at 4:05 p.m. For updated radar, click here.
Feds deny reports of Boston suspect in custody
01:10 p.m., April 17, 2013 Updated 01:59 p.m.
BOSTON (AP) — A law enforcement official briefed on the investigation says a suspect has been taken into custody in the Boston Marathon bombings.
KU baseball’s Wednesday game against Ottawa canceled
April 17, 2013
Because of thunderstorms expected in the Lawrence area this afternoon and evening, Kansas baseball has cancelled its makeup game with Ottawa University scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday evening.
KU assistant Joe Dooley hired as head coach at Florida Gulf Coast
Dooley hopes to keep up-tempo style at FGCU
01:00 p.m., April 17, 2013 Updated 12:01 a.m.
Longtime Kansas University men’s basketball assistant coach Joe Dooley agreed to head the Florida Gulf Coast University program on Wednesday. By Gary Bedore
Lawrence Memorial Hospital agrees to give $15,000 a year to chamber’s economic development fundraising campaign
April 17, 2013
Consider it a $15,000 prescription for a healthier Lawrence economy. Lawrence Memorial Hospital’s Board of Trustees on Wednesday unanimously agreed to donate $15,000 a year for the next three years to the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce’s economic development capital campaign. By Chad Lawhorn
Emporia State names new provost
April 17, 2013
Emporia State University has a new provost: David P. Cordle, currently dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.
Ceremony naming park for former fire chief McSwain delayed
April 17, 2013
A public ceremony formally naming the city park at 19th Street and Haskell Avenue for a former Lawrence fire chief has been rescheduled for May 10, the city announced Tuesday.
FSHS track meet, other prep events canceled
April 17, 2013
Rainy weather has wiped out Wednesday’s high school athletic events.
Jayhawks hope to add depth as spring signings start
April 17, 2013
Kansas University men’s basketball coach Bill Self has three scholarships available to award in the spring signing period, which starts today and ends on May 15. By Gary Bedore
KU softball game at Nebraska canceled
April 17, 2013
Kansas University softball’s game today at Nebraska was canceled because of weather concerns.
Creighton topples KU baseball, 12-4
April 17, 2013
Creighton center fielder Mike Gerber went 3-for-5 with three RBIs, and third baseman Federico Castagnini collected four RBIs as the Bluejays defeated Kansas, 12-4, Tuesday night in a nonconference baseball game.
Lions soccer blanked, 10-0
April 17, 2013
Lawrence High girls soccer lost, 10-0, at Olathe East on Tuesday.
FSHS soccer wins at ONW, 2-0
April 17, 2013
Free State girls soccer won, 2-0, against Olathe Northwest Tuesday at CBAC.
LHS tennis sixth at Topeka West
April 17, 2013
Lawrence High junior Thomas Irick went 5-1 and placed fifth in singles, and the Lions’ boys tennis team placed sixth Tuesday at the Topeka West Invitational.
FSHS swimmers break record in dual loss
April 17, 2013
Free State’s 200 freestyle relay team swam to a school-record finish on Tuesday, but the Firebirds lost their dual against Shawnee Mission East. By Jesse Newell
Lions swimming sends off seniors with dominant win
April 17, 2013
Lawrence High girls swimming coach Kent McDonald had seen the seed times before Tuesday’s Senior Night races, and he knew the Lions should be able to win. He just had no idea how easily the LHS swimmers would pull it off at the last home meet of the season. By Benton Smith
Mistakes, cold hitting trip LHS softball late in 10-2 loss
April 17, 2013
After a 10-2 loss to Olathe Northwest Tuesday, Lawrence High softball coach Nick Wood and the Lions couldn’t help but feel they only had themselves to blame. By Benton Smith
Free State softball closes out 6-4 victory over Olathe NW
April 17, 2013
Throughout the first few weeks of the season, Free State’s softball players often have discussed the importance of closing out games once they build a lead. Tuesday against Olathe Northwest, at Lawrence High, the Firebirds did everything necessary to pick up their fifth straight win, 6-4, even after the Ravens put a three-run dent in the Firebirds’ lead in the sixth. By Benton Smith
Opinion: Relays throws will still be fun show
April 17, 2013
Lawrence is a favorite stop for the behemoths of the track and field world in part because of how much they enjoyed the Kansas Relays’ downtown venue the past two years. Tonight’s shot put event will be indoors, but the show should still be a good one. Column by Tom Keegan
25 years ago: Lawrence student wins state spelling bee
April 17, 2013
He had won the top prize with his spelling of “pickerel.”
100 years ago: Escaping the heat, KU professors take classes outdoors
April 17, 2013
“This rather picturesque and decidedly comfortable method of holding University classes was introduced a couple of year ago by Professor W. H. Carruth.”
40 years ago: Topeka’s Forbes Field to be included in Pentagon cutback
April 17, 2013
The closing of Forbes would reduce the 3,940 military personnel to 201.
Bite Sighs: Pineapple cinnamon rolls inspired by the cupboard
April 17, 2013
Sometimes you just need a little kitchen inspiration. You know those days: You stand in front of the open fridge like you expect something to dance, and you stare into cupboards as though trying to decipher the Rosetta Stone.
Letter: Academic focus
April 17, 2013
The Saturday Column (April 13) emphasized that universities should put the spotlight on academics. For too many years, athletics has dominated the news, whether good or bad.
Editorial: Touring classroom
There’s more than one way to learn about history.
April 17, 2013
Another form of education, a very unique form, is being offered again this year by Richard Norton Smith, former director of Kansas University’s Dole Institute of Politics. Smith, a highly acclaimed presidential scholar and historian, author, television pundit and director and curator of presidential libraries is conducting two special history tours.
Chiefs open minicamp
April 17, 2013
Alex Smith threw passes to Dwayne Bowe and Jon Baldwin. Jamaal Charles took handoffs and sprinted through the line of scrimmage. The Kansas City Chiefs’ defense did everything it could to stop them short of making the tackle.
Opinion: Nation united, defiant with Boston
April 17, 2013 in print edition on A8
Soon after the explosions, there appeared on the website of The Boston Globe a video of the moment. Runners in the city’s iconic marathon are jogging across the finish line and everyone is cheering, when there is a clap of thunder and an orange bloom of fire from within a ring of flags honoring the nations represented in the race. It is followed, seconds later, by another blast from just down the street. The cheers become shrieks, falsetto shrills of panic and fear and the videographer carries you forward, to where the smoke is drifting and police, runners and bystanders rip barricades apart trying to reach the epicenter of chaos.
Atlanta’s homers doom Royals
April 17, 2013
Kansas City manager Ned Yost won’t hesitate to give the ball to Kelvin Herrera again soon.
Public invited to ‘food utopia’ workshop at KU
April 17, 2013
What does a “food utopia” look like? A workshop this week at the University of Kansas will explore the answer by focusing on diverse, interdisciplinary insights about an imagined ideal food system
Top thrower Hoffa also taking a shot at Kansas Relays cube challenge
April 17, 2013
Reese Hoffa, bronze-medal winner at the 2012 Olympics, realizes he could go from being the fan favorite in tonight’s Kansas Relays shot put competition to the villain in a hurry. By Gary Bedore
Taking the cake
Local decorator headed to national competition
April 17, 2013
If you’ve ever walked by the cake display case at the Dillons at 4701 W. Sixth St., you may have been stunned by the detail and elegance of Kelli Coleman’s cakes. By Rebekka Schlichting
Horoscopes for April 17
April 17, 2013
For Wednesday, April 17: This year you often feel as if you’re on a mission and have something that you need to do. Honor who you are, yet recognize what needs to be done. If you are single, you will want a live-in arrangement more than you have in the past. If you are attached, the two of you connect on a very deep level this year.
Tune In Tonight: ‘Nature’ finds ‘eels’ beyond our grasp
April 17, 2013
Hard science takes a backseat to poetic meditation on the known and unknowable on the “Nature” (7 p.m., PBS) presentation of “The Mystery of Eels.” The documentary is narrated by artist and author James Prosek (”Trout: An Illustrated History”), whose fascination with eels grew after visiting Ray Turner, the proprietor of Delaware Delicacies near Hancock, N.Y.