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Lawrence firefighters collecting for MDA this weekend
May 17, 2013
This weekend, Lawrence firefighters will hit the streets to fill their boots — with money.
KU student killed in crash on U.S. Highway 59
11:04 p.m., May 17, 2013 Updated 11:41 a.m.
A Kansas University student was killed and a Shawnee woman was injured in a two-vehicle accident Friday night about one mile south of Lawrence on U.S. Highway 59.
Free State’s Caldwell sets 6A records in state swimming prelims
May 17, 2013
Free State swimmer Courtney Caldwell set two Class 6A records during prelims of the state meet, Friday at Capitol Federal Natatorium. By Jesse Newell
McLemore speaks about AAU coach, agent allegations
07:43 p.m., May 17, 2013 Updated 10:40 p.m.
Former Kansas University basketball guard Ben McLemore, on Friday from the NBA combine, told Sports Illustrated that he would be willing to speak with NCAA officials about alleged payments made from middleman Rodney Blackstock to his former AAU coach, Darius Cobb.
McLemore shows off athleticism at NBA combine
May 17, 2013
Friday’s NBA’s pre-draft combine featured former Kansas star Ben McLemore and dozens of other draft hopefuls working through a series of on-the-court tests that will in some small way help determine where they are slotted in the June 27 draft. By Matt Tait
Chiefs sign KU football’s Opurum as fullback
May 17, 2013
The Kansas City Chiefs have signed former Kansas defensive end Toben Opurum as an undrafted free agent after trying him out as a fullback during rookie minicamp.
KU student arrested after fight sends Lawrence man to trauma center
May 17, 2013
A 21-year-old Kansas University student was arrested on suspicion of aggravated battery about 1 a.m. Friday after a fight at a local bar sent a Lawrence man to a Kansas City-area trauma center. Ian Cummings
City honors Lawrence’s fallen officers during National Police Week
May 17, 2013
Lawrence police gathered Friday morning to recognize National Police Week and to remember three Lawrence police officers killed in line of duty: Allen Moore, who died in 1901 at a train depot in North Lawrence; Wilson Pringle, shot while trying to stop a robbery in 1909; and Melvin Howe, killed during a traffic stop in 1931. By Ian Cummings
Blue Valley administrator named assistant principal at Free State High School
May 17, 2013
Keith Jones has been named the new assistant principal at Free State High School, effective July 1, and pending school board approval. By Peter Hancock
Legislative negotiations break down amid Republican in-fighting
May 17, 2013
Budget and tax negotiations broke down in the Legislature on Friday, prompting another round of Republican in-fighting before legislators went home, guaranteeing that the wrap-up session would extend into another week. By Scott Rothschild
Attempt to revive fire districts bill fails
May 17, 2013
A bill that would have allowed residents to have an election if they wanted to detach from a fire district appears to be dead for the 2013 legislative session. The measure was sought by Douglas County Commissioner Jim Flory, and an effort by state Rep. Tom Sloan, R-Lawrence, to revive it failed in the House on Friday. By Scott Rothschild
Senate approves bill banning use of tax dollars to advocate for gun control
May 17, 2013
The Kansas Senate on Friday approved a measure that prohibits the use of state tax dollars to advocate for gun control at the local, state or federal levels. By Scott Rothschild
Police to aggressively enforce seat-belt laws in 2013 Click It or Ticket campaign
May 17, 2013
From Monday to June 2, police will make a special effort to pull over and cite drivers who are not wearing their seat belts. Lawrence police are joining more than 140 other Kansas law enforcement agencies in the 2013 Click it or Ticket enforcement campaign beginning from Monday to June 2, when officers throughout the state will aggressively enforce seat-belt laws and other traffic violations, according to a news release from the Lawrence Police Department.
Kansas Attorney General taking over prosecution in Ottawa homicide case
May 17, 2013
Prosecutors from the Kansas Attorney General’s office have taken on the lead role in prosecuting an Ottawa man a quadruple homicide discovered in rural Ottawa last week, according to a statement from the office of Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt on Friday.
Offseason pairing leads to success for FSHS runners
May 17, 2013
Free State High juniors Bailey Sullivan and Molly McCord have been running together year-round since they were freshmen, and the pair say that close bond has translated into success on the track. By Benton Smith
Young LHS relay teams emerging as state contenders
May 17, 2013
The Lawrence High girls 4x800 and 4x400 relay teams have emerged as a force to be reckoned with this season, despite the relative inexperience of the Lions’ runners. By Benton Smith
KU softball duo named All-Region
May 17, 2013
Kansas University softball’s Maggie Hull earned first-team All-Midwest Region honors, while teammate Maddie Stein was named to the second team, the National Fastpitch Coaches Association announced Thursday.
Firebirds 5-6 at state diving
May 17, 2013
Free State’s Annie Soderberg (251.05 points) and Jacqueline Zaitz (248.50) were fifth and sixth, respectively, after the preliminary and semifinal rounds of the diving portion of the Class 6A state swimming and diving championships on Thursday at the Capitol Federal Natatorium.
KU golfer Gilbert tied for 20th at NCAA regional
May 17, 2013
Kansas University men’s golfer Chris Gilbert carded a 73 in the first round of the NCAA Fayetteville Regional on Thursday at Blessings Golf Club.
NBA teams size up McLemore, Withey at combine
May 17, 2013
Former Kansas University guard Ben McLemore was a popular interview target at Thursday’s NBA combine in Chicago. He’s expected to be tapped No. 1 or 2 in the June draft. By Gary Bedore
Walking the field is special for KU baseball manager
May 17, 2013
Kansas University sophomore Jonathan Rosa took the field one recent morning at Hoglund Ballpark. As he began to walk from the right field line toward the K on the center field fence, the players of the KU baseball team erupted, shouting words of encouragement and cheering on one of the most dedicated members of the team. Rosa isn’t a player for the Jayhawks; he’s a manager. And he wasn’t taking the field to participate in the same pre-game routine as the rest of the team; he was following his own. By Meagan Thomas
25 years ago: Penn House overflows with donations
May 17, 2013
Donors had gotten into the habit of dropping off items outside of business hours.
40 years ago: Liquor-by-the-drink banned on trains passing through Kansas
May 17, 2013
A federal court ruled today that liquor by the drink was not to be sold on Amtrak trains passing through the state.
100 years ago: Kidnapping theories abound in wake of child’s disappearance
May 17, 2013
“According to the rules of the river, the body should have risen yesterday.”
Editorial: Bidding debacle
May 17, 2013
The no-bid arrangement that city officials accepted for Rock Chalk Park is looking like a costly mistake for city taxpayers.
Opinion: Political theatrics are real Benghazi scandal
May 17, 2013 in print edition on A8
Yes, Virginia, there is a Benghazi scandal. The scandal is that Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and some Republican colleagues are dishonoring the memory of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans by making a political circus out of their deaths.
Opinion: Accusations paralyzing government
May 17, 2013 in print edition on A8
At a time when Congress can’t pass a budget and the president can’t win approval of any important legislation, the public is indignant about the threat of an overreaching, all-powerful federal government that uses the IRS and the Justice Department to harass its enemies.
Horoscopes for May 17
May 17, 2013
For Friday, May 17: This year you will curb a tendency to be grumpy or touchy, as that behavior could undermine the quality of your year. You will hit a financial high, but with more money coming in, you also might increase your spending. If you are single, you have great potential to meet someone you really can communicate with. If you are attached, both of you enjoy your time together more and more.