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Archive for Wednesday, May 8, 2013

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12:57 a.m.
Chris Redman has been appointed as the new Haskell Indian Nations University president. Haskell’s president, Chris Redman, leaving for job in Oklahoma
1:48 p.m., May 7, 2013 Updated 3:59 p.m.
Chris Redman, the president of Haskell Indian Nations University, plans to resign soon to take another position elsewhere, a university official confirmed Tuesday. “The choice was difficult for me,” Redman wrote. “However, my wife and I both are at key points in our careers — she is beginning a career in nursing, and I have a great opportunity to continue to serve Indian Country in a new capacity.” By Matt Erickson
9:32 a.m.
Kyle T. Flack, mugshot courtesy of Kansas Department of Corrections, was arrested Wednesday night, according to an official press conference held by the Franklin County Sheriff's Office Thursday morning. FBI, police dogs search for missing toddler; 27-year-old Ottawa man arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder
7:32 a.m., May 8, 2013 Updated 5:02 p.m.
Agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation have arrived in rural Ottawa to help search for missing Lana-Leigh Bailey, the 18-month-old daughter of one victim in the triple homicide discovered there this week. The toddler is presumed dead, officials said today, and an Ottawa man has been arrested on suspicion of murder. Kyle T. Flack, 27, Ottawa, was arrested after being held for questioning Wednesday, but has not yet been charged. Family members of the missing child said they are holding out hope for her safe return. By Shaun Hittle & Ian Cummings

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Our Town Sports for May 9
May 8, 2013
A weekly roundup of local sporting events, results and opportunities.
Orioles slip past Royals
May 8, 2013
J.J. Hardy homered, Chris Tillman won his third straight start, and the Baltimore Orioles took advantage of three errors by the Kansas City Royals in a 5-3 victory Wednesday night.
LHS player’s global trips provide rare perspective
May 8, 2013
For parts of the past three summers, Lawrence High School baseball play C.J. Stuever, his two older sisters and his parents have been on trips helping organizations that deliver desperately needed medical relief to remote locations. By Tom Keegan
How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of May 8
May 8, 2013
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA playoff games of Wednesday, May 8.
Lawrence cyclist seriously injured in collision with vehicle
May 8, 2013
A 30-year-old Lawrence man was taken by LifeStar helicopter ambulance to an area hospital after he was seriously injured Wednesday afternoon in a collision with a vehicle in the 3900 block of West Sixth Street. Ian Cummings
Crown auto dealership wins Lawrence business of the year award
May 8, 2013
Miles Schnaer gave up a trip to the Caribbean island of St. Lucia on Wednesday to see what was in the envelope. He’s glad he did, because Schnaer’s Crown Toyota, Scion, Volkswagen dealership was named the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce’s business of the year on Wednesday evening. By Chad Lawhorn
Southwest Middle School names new assistant principal
May 8, 2013
Shaun Hanson has been named assistant principal of Southwest Middle School, effective July 1. He replaces Mat Fearing, who announced his resignation in April. By Peter Hancock
State funding cuts will affect county budget in 2014
May 8, 2013
County Administrator Craig Weinaug says the state is shifting the cost of funding many services onto the backs of local governments. The county is just beginning the process of crafting a 2014 budget, which commissioners must finalize in August. By Peter Hancock
Lawrence motorists to be delayed by work scheduled on downtown river bridges Tuesday
May 8, 2013
Drivers should expect major delays crossing the Kansas River bridges in downtown Lawrence during parts of the day Tuesday.
Monarch Watch to host spring fundraiser
May 8, 2013
Nearly 1,000 people are expected at Monarch Watch’s spring open house and plant fundraiser from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Kansas University’s Foley Hall. By Giles Bruce
Kansas House, Senate far apart on tax issue as legislative wrap-up starts
May 8, 2013
A monthlong break didn’t bring Republican legislative leaders any closer to resolving their standoff over taxes as the wrap-up session started Wednesday. By Scott Rothschild
Dole Institute’s summer events include Battle of Gettysburg panel, Dole birthday celebration
May 8, 2013
Although the end of the spring semester is nearing at Kansas University, the Dole Institute of Politics on KU’s West Campus will roll on into the summer with several events over the next few months, including an in-depth look at the Battle of Gettysburg and a celebration of former U.S. Sen. Bob Dole’s 90th birthday. By Matt Erickson
KDOT nearing start of Johnson County interchange project
May 8, 2013
The interchange at Kansas Highway 10 and Interstates 35 and 435 is one of the busiest and most congested roadways in Kansas. A major $250 million project to improve the interchange is slated to begin in early 2014 and last through mid-2017. By Peter Hancock
Ralliers want to preserve current system of providing long-term services to those with disabilities
May 8, 2013
Hundreds of people with developmental disabilities and their parents and guardians gathered Wednesday to plead with Gov. Sam Brownback to leave their current system of services alone. By Scott Rothschild
FBI, police dogs search for missing toddler; 27-year-old Ottawa man arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder
07:32 a.m., May 8, 2013 Updated 05:02 p.m.
Agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation have arrived in rural Ottawa to help search for missing Lana-Leigh Bailey, the 18-month-old daughter of one victim in the triple homicide discovered there this week. The toddler is presumed dead, officials said today, and an Ottawa man has been arrested on suspicion of murder. Kyle T. Flack, 27, Ottawa, was arrested after being held for questioning Wednesday, but has not yet been charged. Family members of the missing child said they are holding out hope for her safe return. By Shaun Hittle & Ian Cummings
How former Jayhawks fared in May 7 NBA games
May 8, 2013
A look at how former Kansas University players fared in Tuesday’s NBA playoff games.
Lions, Firebirds outline plan of attack for LHS golf tourney at Alvamar
May 8, 2013
For the third and final year, Kyle and Renee Green welcomed golfers from both Lawrence High and Free State into their backyard for a cookout Monday night. At the end of the night, some of the golfers discussed how they plan to attack Alvamar’s long public golf course, home of today’s third and final leg of the Sunflower League tournament. By Tom Keegan
Free State girls soccer falls short on Senior Night
May 8, 2013
A last-minutes attempt to tie the game fell short and the Free State girls soccer team lost, 2-1, to Shawnee Mission Northwest on Senior Night at FSHS. By Benton Smith
KU basketball notebook: Wiggins may be nearing decision
May 8, 2013
With a commitment on Tuesday, all but one of Rivals.com’s top 150 players in the Class of 2013 have committed to a college with seven days remaining in the spring signing period. The lone uncommitted player, of course, is top-ranked Andrew Wiggins, who has Kansas University in his final four. Notes by Gary Bedore
KU women’s track back at No. 1
May 8, 2013
The Kansas University women’s track team climbed back to No. 1 in the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association’s top 25 poll, released Tuesday.
KU softball ace Kessler earns Big 12 weekly award again
12:19 a.m., May 8, 2013 Updated 09:40 a.m.
Kansas University freshman pitcher Kelsey Kessler is the Big 12 Softball Pitcher of the Week for the second time this season, the conference announced Tuesday.
Former KU teammates: Pick should catch on quick as coach
May 8, 2013
Kale Pick, a Dodge City native and former Kansas University wide receiver, officially joined KU football coach Charlie Weis’ staff as a graduate assistant on Monday. Those who called Pick a teammate during recent years believe he will bring a lot to the Jayhawks’ passing game. By Matt Tait
Kansas baseball sweeps Wichita State with 7-5 win
12:07 a.m., May 8, 2013 Updated 01:55 a.m.
Too many weeks this season, Kansas University baseball coach Ritch Price had seen an encouraging Big 12 weekend go to waste and his team’s RPI crumble because of a midweek loss. With that in mind — and the season winding down — the KU coach utilized nearly every weapon he had to secure a 7-5 victory over Wichita State on Tuesday at Eck Stadium. By Jesse Newell
Project Graduation party offers students safe fun and prizes—including an SUV
May 8, 2013
Businesses and parents in Lawrence are coming together through Project Graduation to throw a big party for graduating high school students. The party will have a mechanical bull, cash cages, food, a DJ, casino-themed games and chances to win a variety of prizes including a 1997 Ford Explorer. By Rebekka Schlichting
Chiefs hire Bears’ Ballard
May 8, 2013
The Kansas City Chiefs have hired longtime Bears personnel man Chris Ballard to be their director of player personnel.
25 years ago: City to kick off anti-littering project
May 8, 2013
The city was offering free trash bags.
Letter: Wildlife warning
May 8, 2013
The Journal-World article of Sunday May, 5 entitled “Concert … baby wildlife” encourages the creation of serious public health problems. Rabies is a real and life-threatening problem.
Letter: Not so bad
May 8, 2013
Lawrence must be a terrible place to live.
Letter: KU’s loss
May 8, 2013
The Journal-World has recently published both an editorial and an article about Kansas University’s lack of participation in distance education. The irony of the situation is that, up until about a year ago, KU employed one of the country’s leading distance education scholars.
Editorial: Sports tragedy
Violent attacks on referees and umpires should be a wake-up call for everyone involved in athletic competition.
May 8, 2013
The death last weekend of a youth soccer referee who had been punched by a 17-year-old player is tragic in a number of ways.
40 years ago: KU to participate in Skylab experiments
May 8, 2013
The country’s first manned orbiting laboratory was to be launched into space the following week.
Opinion: U.S. should heed Vietnam lessons
May 8, 2013 in print edition on A9
Thirty-eight years ago last week, I was among the last CIA officers to be choppered off the U.S. Embassy roof in Saigon as the North Vietnamese took the country. Just two years before that chaotic rush for the exits, the Nixon administration had withdrawn the last American troops from the war zone and had declared indigenous forces strong enough, and the government reliable enough, to withstand whatever the enemy might throw into the fray after U.S. forces were gone.
100 years ago: Watkins Bank celebrates 25 years in business
May 8, 2013
“It means something to any community to have large and prosperous banks.”
Horoscopes for May 8
May 8, 2013
For Wednesday, May 8: This year you focus on communication and creating much more of what you want. You will need to let go of what no longer works in order to make space for that which does. If you are single, you could meet someone very interesting. If you are attached, the two of you might be in the process of renegotiating the tie between you.
Tune In Tonight: ‘Nature’ brings us back to doe
May 8, 2013
According to poll figures I just made up, 73 percent of homeowners are obsessed about keeping squirrels out of their bird feeders and keeping deer from eating their vegetables, flowers and shrubs. Tonight’s “Nature” (7 p.m., PBS) will shed no light on the eternal battle between man and squirrel, but “The Private Life of Deer” is illuminating.