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911 dispatchers, rarely seen at work, get some public recognition
April 20, 2013
Some nights the nuisance calls flood in like a river, other nights its one call that ends in the worst way. The 911 dispatchers are the voice on the other end of the line for Douglas County residents in desperate situations, and they accepted awards for their work Wednesday. Ian Cummings
ROTC cadets buddy up for Lawrence competition
April 20, 2013
Army ROTC students from across the country went back to basics Saturday at the 19th annual Kansas Army ROTC Ranger Buddy Competition. By Meagan Thomas
City throws a down-to-Earth celebration
April 20, 2013
Earth Day isn’t until April 22, but the City of Lawrence observed the eco-friendly holiday early with an Earth Day Parade and Celebration Saturday. The celebrations, hosted by the Waste Reduction and Recycling department, were scheduled early because Earth Day fell on a weekday, and the city wanted to be sure city residents could attend. By Meagan Thomas
Fire destoys downtown Baldwin City home
April 20, 2013
Bob Bennett shook his head early Saturday afternoon as he surveyed the remains of his home. “It’s been there 110 years,” he said. “It’s gone now.” By Elvyn Jones
Kansas Relays results (Friday)
12:29 a.m., April 20, 2013 Updated 08:25 a.m.
Results from the Kansas Relays on Friday.
Lions’ Twombley signs letter
April 20, 2013
A Lawrence High senior, Austen Twombley signed a national letter of intent to play basketball at the junior college level Friday at LHS.
LHS soccer tumbles, 10-0
April 20, 2013
Lawrence High lost to Blue Valley Southwest, 10-0, in soccer on Friday.
FSHS soccer blanks Topeka
April 20, 2013
Free State High soccer defeated Topeka High, 3-0.
Firebirds win home swim meet
April 20, 2013
Free State High won a swimming and diving triangular on Friday at the Lawrence Indoor Aquatic Center.
Free State 5th, Lions tennis 6th
April 20, 2013
Free State High’s Brandon Juracek and Miles Stevens went 2-1 and placed second at No. 1 doubles at the Lawrence High Tennis Invitational on Friday at LHS.
Jayhawks win tennis dual, 6-1
April 20, 2013
Kansas University snapped a 21-match Big 12 tennis losing streak with a 6-1 victory over West Virginia on Friday at Jayhawk Tennis Center.
KU women’s golfer in third at league
April 20, 2013
Kansas University freshman Yupaporn Kawinpakorn carded a 4-over 76 and is tied for third after the first round of the Big 12 women’s golf tournament Friday at The Harvester Golf Club.
Cowgirls edge Kansas softball
April 20, 2013
Kansas University loaded the bases in the top of the seventh, but Oklahoma State escaped that jam to claim a 3-1 Big 12 softball victory over the Jayhawks on Friday at Cowgirl Stadium.
KU baseball upends Tech
April 20, 2013
Kansas University opened its Big 12 baseball series with Texas Tech with a 4-3 victory over the Red Raiders on Friday at Rip Griffin Park.
Conner Frankamp stands out at all-star game
April 20, 2013
Future Kansas University basketball player Conner Frankamp scored 20 points while playing 20 minutes in Friday’s Derby Festival Classic high school all-star game in Louisville. By Gary Bedore
Jacob Caldwell helps FSHS baseball stay undefeated, 6-5
April 20, 2013
Thursday night at the River City Baseball Festival, senior Jacob Caldwell’s pitching helped Free State High stay undefeated. Friday afternoon at FSHS, Caldwell did the damage with his bat. By Benton Smith
Lawrence baseball shut out in 4-0 Festival loss
April 20, 2013
After the Lawrence High baseball team’s second straight loss at the River City Baseball Festival, coach Brad Stoll tried his best not to consider the ifs, ands or buts of a 4-0 loss to Lee’s Summit West, Mo., Friday night at LHS. By Benton Smith
It’s official: Brownback signs bill saying life begins at fertilization
April 20, 2013
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback signed sweeping anti-abortion legislation Friday, giving his state a new law to block tax breaks for abortion providers, ban sex-selection abortions and declare that life begins “at fertilization.”
Ailing Alexa Harmon-Thomas wins high jump
12:13 a.m., April 20, 2013 Updated 08:27 a.m.
Though Alexa Harmon-Thomas had to miss the 300-meter hurdles because of a bout of the stomach flu, she found the strength to defend her high-jump title at the Kansas Relays. By Jesse Newell
Boston on his mind: Former KU vaulter Jordan Scott honors victims
April 20, 2013
Former Kansas University pole vaulter Jordan Scott, who had a Jayhawk painted on the back of his head for the 2011 Kansas Relays and the Relays logo etched onto his skull last year, used his mohawk hair-do Friday to honor a city 1,500 miles from Lawrence. By Gary Bedore
Red Sox, Royals affected by manhunt
April 20, 2013
The Red Sox and Bruins postponed their games Friday as authorities searched for a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings, virtually shutting the city down.
Faith Forum: Would Jesus recycle?
April 20, 2013
The Rev. Matt Cox answers.
25 years ago: Man impersonating police officer calls elderly residents
April 20, 2013
He had asked one woman whether she had any valuables in the house.
40 years ago: Fire evacuation leads to discovery of runaways
April 20, 2013
While responders were alerting neighbors, one resident had slammed the door in their face.
Chiefs allow Dolphins to talk to Albert
April 20, 2013
The Kansas City Chiefs have had ongoing discussions with Branden Albert while also giving the Miami Dolphins permission to speak with representatives of the left tackle.
Letter: Courage lacking
April 20, 2013
The late President of the United States John F. Kennedy wrote a book about courageous Americans who chose to take necessary action because it was the right thing to do rather than the politically expedient thing to do. There were few examples of courage in the U.S. Senate on Wednesday. Maybe Sens. Kirk, Collins, McCain and Toomey would qualify.
Letter: NRA sway?
April 20, 2013
Whatever happened to the will of the people? The U.S. Senate has just defeated the watered-down compromise bill that would have somewhat expanded background checks to gun purchases made at gun shows and via the Internet. This in spite of the fact that over 90 percent of Americans, including a significant majority of National Rifle Association members, support these checks.
100 years ago: Bones of ‘early settler’ discovered at construction site
April 20, 2013
“Workmen excavating at 1305 Tennessee street, dug up the skeleton of a buffalo yesterday.”
Tune In Tonight: Cable shows on Saturday aim higher
April 20, 2013
Are Saturday nights where network shows go to die? NBC’s “Smash” makes the case for that assumption. On the other hand, the competition for cable viewers seems to be heating up. AMC recently announced that when its ambitious Western “Hell on Wheels” returns in August, it wouldn’t air on Sunday nights, like the channel’s other original series do, but on Saturday nights. AMC found that it already had a solid audience for Western movies on Saturday afternoons and evenings, and “Wheels” would appeal to that crowd.
Opinion: Venezuela’s Maduro hurts his own case
April 20, 2013 in print edition on A8
Venezuela’s proclaimed president-elect Nicolas Maduro’s stunning about face after publicly committing to a recount of the April 14 vote is hurting his own chances of serving his term with an aura of legitimacy, and raises growing questions about the entire election process.
Letter: Shame on us
April 20, 2013
Shame on Sens. Roberts and Moran and their cowardly comrades. These elected officials have caved in once again to the disingenuous positions of the National Rifle and Gun Owners associations.
Horoscopes for April 20
April 20, 2013
For Saturday, April 20: This year you will accomplish a lot — and quickly at that. Your high energy emphasizes your striking, charismatic personality, and others simply cannot stay away from you. If you are single, sorting through your admirers takes a lot of time. If you are attached, your significant other could be on the receiving end of your highs and lows.
Letter: Inhumane act
April 20, 2013
Over the past two centuries, there has been an evolving standard on what constitutes humane punishment for crimes in America. For example, corporal punishments such as public flogging and branding are now considered to be unnecessarily cruel.