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KSHSAA splits Class 4A into two divisions
June 4, 2013
The Kansas State High School Activities Association announced Tuesday that the 64-school Class 4A will be split into two 32-team divisions in football, volleyball, basketball, baseball and softball.
City discussing new police facility
June 4, 2013
New dispatchers for police and fire operations may be on the way, and so too may be a site for a multimillion dollar police facility. And it all may require a tax increase. First, though, it likely will create quite a bit of discussion this summer at Lawrence City Hall. By Chad Lawhorn
National Interfaith Power and Light president and founder speaks in Lawrence
June 4, 2013
Interfaith Power and Light national organization founder, Rev. Sally Bingham, encouraged Kansas religious leaders to be environmental stewards and fight climate change Tuesday night at Ecumenical Campus Ministries in Lawrence.
KU planning to launch 15 new online programs over 5 years under new deal with startup company
June 4, 2013
Kansas University has not been a leader in the area of online education, the school’s leaders have admitted. But that might change as the result of an agreement KU has signed with an online-education startup company called Everspring. By Matt Erickson
Cost estimates for Rock Chalk Park infrastructure come in about $3 million higher than expected; Self’s foundation to make $2 million donation
03:24 p.m., June 4, 2013 Updated 11:48 p.m.
Cost estimates for roads, sewers and infrastructure at the Rock Chalk Park facility in northwest Lawrence have come in nearly $3 million above what the city estimated, but Bill Self’s Assists Foundation has agreed to make a $2 million donation to partially offset some of the overage.
Quarry decision back before county
June 4, 2013
Owners of the Big Springs Quarry want county commissioners to approve a change in the schedule of mining operations. But the owner of a nearby hunting lodge says blasting would make it harder to sell his property. By Peter Hancock
Baldwin City man charged with several offenses in connection with car crashed on Haskell campus
03:05 p.m., June 4, 2013 Updated 04:25 p.m.
A 22-year-old Baldwin City man was arrested late Monday night after allegedly fleeing a traffic stop and crashing a car on the campus of Haskell Indian Nations University. By Ian Cummings
Downtown bridge repairs to begin Monday
June 4, 2013
Traffic on the U.S. Highway 40 bridges over the Kansas River in downtown Lawrence will be reduced to one lane in each direction starting Monday, June 10. Drivers should expect major delays during peak traffic hours.
Lawrence police write 586 tickets in 2013 Click it or Ticket campaign
June 4, 2013
Lawrence police issued citations for 586 violations of seat-belt and child-restraint laws between May 20 and June 2, during the 2013 statewide “Click it or Ticket” campaign. Ian Cummings
Lawrence police add new class of 12 recruits, one veteran officer
June 4, 2013
The Lawrence Police Department added 12 new police recruits this morning. They will begin a six-month training academy before patrolling the streets. A 13th officer was rehired. Ian Cummings
Portion of Stull Road to close for repairs
June 4, 2013
Douglas County Route 442, or Stull Road, will be closed starting Monday, June 10, from the Shawnee County line to East 100 Road. The project to patch pavement and improve road safety is part of Douglas County’s 2013 capital improvements plan.
Homeless count numbers show few changes in Douglas County
June 4, 2013
The number of homeless people in Douglas County remained fairly consistent in 2013 as compared with 2011, according to results from the Point-in-Time Homeless Count, conducted every two years. During the count — conducted Jan. 23 and mandated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, or HUD — volunteers fanned out across the county and identified 223 homeless people, down from 226 in 2011. However, the numbers for the past two counts are about double the 112 homeless people identified in 2009. By Shaun Hittle
KU football opener to kick off at 6 p.m. on Jayhawk Network
11:16 a.m., June 4, 2013 Updated 12:07 a.m.
The Kansas football team’s season-opener against South Dakota on Sept. 7 will kick off at 6 p.m. and will be televised on Jayhawk Network, the Big 12 announced Tuesday. By Matt Tait
Man facing felony drug charges in connection with Saturday incident at Lawrence McDonald’s
10:49 a.m., June 4, 2013 Updated 04:26 p.m.
A 30-year-old Minneapolis, Kan., man arrested Monday has been charged with two felony drug offenses in connection with a reported shooting Saturday afternoon in the parking lot of a Lawrence McDonald’s at 4911 W. Sixth St. Ian Cummings
NBAF at center of budget fight between Obama and House Republicans
June 4, 2013
A project near and dear to the hearts of elected Kansas officials is in the middle of the epic budget fight between President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans. The White House on Monday threatened to veto H.R. 2217, which makes appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security for the fiscal year that starts Oct. 1. Contained in that bill is $404 million for the $1.15 billion National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility, or NBAF. The lab, which will be devoted to protection of the nation’s food supply, is to be built at Kansas State University in Manhattan. By Scott Rothschild
Free State’s Dieker, Hodison first-team all-league soccer
12:12 a.m., June 4, 2013 Updated 09:48 a.m.
Junior Free State High midfielder Maddie Dieker was the lone city player to earn first-team All-Sunflower League honors this season.
KU’s Geubelle, track coaches honored
June 4, 2013
Kansas University senior jumper Andrea Geubelle, KU head coach Stanley Redwine and assistant coach Wayne Pate claimed Midwest Regional Awards, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced Monday.
Jamal Brown to walk on to KU football
June 4, 2013
Former Lawrence High football player Jamal Brown — the son of former Kansas University defensive tackle Gilbert Brown, who played 10 seasons with the NFL’s Green Bay Packers after starring for the Jayhawks from 1989-92 — will join the program for the 2013 season as a walk-on. By Matt Tait
Trail Blazers work out Elijah Johnson
June 4, 2013
Former Kansas University combo guard Elijah Johnson worked out for the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday. By Gary Bedore
Opinion: Roger Twibell peddles popular putters
June 4, 2013
A collection of decorative putters leaning against the wall in the corner of his office inspired longtime broadcaster Roger Twibell to come up with a product that merges the loyalty aspect of those impractical door prizes with a golfer’s desire to trim strokes. By Tom Keegan
Mixing it up: New offense focus at FSHS football camp
June 4, 2013
The Firebirds still managed to look unrecognizable at times during the first day of camp. By Benton Smith
How former Jayhawks fared in June 2 NBA games
June 4, 2013
A look at how former Kansas University players fared in Monday’s NBA playoff game.
25 years ago: Marina parking lot to be paved
June 4, 2013
A project to construct a paved parking lot at the Clinton Lake Marina was scheduled to start later this month.
40 years ago: At 50th reunion, Vinland alums recall skirt scandal of 1923
June 4, 2013
The girls of the class of ‘23 had started a petition for shorter skirts — with a hem ending at the knee.
Letter: Looking at Kansas
June 4, 2013
The Republican and Democratic leaders of the Kansas Senate have finally agreed on something.
Letter: No re-enactment
June 4, 2013
Will the 1863 Commemorate Lawrence Project please reconsider having actors “re-enact” the Quantrill Raid?
Letter: Power of prayer
June 4, 2013
The May 28 Journal-World article entitled “Tiny town had close call with monster tornado” supports the power of prayer when dealing with the Prince of the Power of the Air. However, Job’s children encountered this power when God allowed Satan to attack Job the first time.
Local teen recovers from massive stroke
June 4, 2013
While Molly Ogden’s Baldwin High School classmates were taking finals and making summer plans last month, the 16-year-old sophomore was relearning how to walk and talk. Six months earlier, a clot cut off the blood supply to her brain, causing her to have a massive stroke. She has been on the slow road to recovery ever since. By Giles Bruce
Editorial: Tax impacts
The governor claims “the nation is watching” the tax strategy being pursued in Kansas. Are other states applauding or laughing?
June 4, 2013
The 2013 session of the Kansas Legislature ended with a whimper early Sunday morning by narrowly passing tax and budget bills that will have a profound impact on the state.
Opinion: China leader sets Latin America itinerary
June 4, 2013 in print edition on A9
The most interesting thing about the first official visit of China’s new President Xi Jinping to Latin America is that he will not set foot in Cuba, Venezuela or any other of China’s political allies in the region — which would have received a huge propaganda boost from such a visit.
100 years ago: Locusts re-emerge after 17 years underground
June 4, 2013
“The eggs which bore the countless billions of the brood that is appearing now were laid in the summer of 1896.”
Horoscopes for June 4
June 4, 2013
For Tuesday, June 4: This year you often will feel as if you cannot be direct enough. Realize that you could get some strong reactions as a result. If you are single, you will attract more than one suitor who appeals to different parts of your character. If you are attached, your multifaceted personality does not surprise your sweetie, though he or she might have a preference as to which way you should go.