Archive for Sunday, May 19, 2013

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Baker graduates tell of ‘magical’ experience
May 19, 2013
Minutes after graduating Sunday, Sydney Doster posed for photos with a big smile and ready for the next adventure in her life, which she said will take her from one magical place to another.
Mortality rates down at KU trauma, burn centers
May 19, 2013
Mortality rates at the Kansas University Hospital trauma and burn units are among the lowest in the country, according to figures released this week. The Burnett Burn Center’s mortality index is 0.58, indicating that 42 percent of patients who would normally have died from their injuries are surviving. The KU Trauma Center, meanwhile, has a mortality index of 0.72. By Giles Bruce
Bankruptcies for May 20
May 19, 2013
Douglas County residents or businesses filing for bankruptcy protection recently in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the District of Kansas, according to court records.
How former Jayhawks fared in May 19 NBA games
May 19, 2013
A look at how former Kansas University players fared in Sunday’s NBA playoff games.
Tornadoes hit several Midwest cities
06:32 p.m., May 19, 2013 Updated 12:07 a.m.
One of several tornadoes that touched down Sunday in Oklahoma turned homes in a trailer park near Oklahoma City into splinters and rubble and sent frightened residents along a 100-mile corridor scurrying for shelter.
Douglas County under severe thunderstorm warning until 7:15 p.m.
May 19, 2013
The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Douglas County until 7:15 p.m.
Volunteers help move Lawrence institution — Theatre Lawrence
May 19, 2013
The sweaty volunteers streamed by, one wearing a green cat head, another carrying a cymbal, another an old painting. It was moving day for Theatre Lawrence, one of many over the past three weekends as the local institution relocates more than three decades worth of props, costumes and equipment to its new home in West Lawrence. And it’s all being done with the help of volunteers, some of whom have no affiliation with the former Lawrence Community Theatre, which has been at 1501 New Hampshire St. since 1984. By Giles Bruce
Two Topeka men shot in Lawrence early Sunday morning; police seeking persons of interest
03:25 p.m., May 19, 2013 Updated 09:49 a.m.
Lawrence police are seeking several persons of interest in connection with an early morning shooting near Club Magic in Lawrence that left two men in critical condition. By Giles Bruce
Sun shines on KU graduates’ smiles as they celebrate commencement
May 19, 2013
The rain ended and the clouds parted just in time for Kansas University’s commencement exercises to begin Sunday morning, and it seemed meant to be, Joel Coon said. “Just divine intervention here,” Coon said, looking up at the sky past the brim of his cap. Coon, an art history and anthropology graduate from Topeka, and several thousand other KU graduates took a few hours to celebrate their moving on. By Matt Erickson
Tornado watch cancelled early; hazardous weather outlook remains
02:10 p.m., May 19, 2013 Updated 09:43 p.m.
The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch through 10 p.m. for most of the eastern half of Kansas, including Douglas County and surrounding areas.
Opinion: Florida legislates timely injustice
May 19, 2013 in print edition on A11
At great political peril, George Ryan did the right thing. Not to canonize the man. After all, the then-governor of Illinois was later imprisoned on corruption charges. But that doesn’t change the fact that, in 2000, stung that 13 inmates had been exonerated and freed from death row in the previous 23 years, Ryan committed an act of profound moral courage, imposing a moratorium on capital punishment. In 2003, in the waning days of his term, he one-upped himself, commuting every death sentence in his state.
First all-21st-century class to receive high school diplomas
May 19, 2013
Most students in the Class of 2013 began kindergarten in the year 2000, and their educational experience has all occurred in the 21st century. Their lives, their experiences and their outlook on life are all vastly different from those of most of their parents. By Peter Hancock
Lawhorn’s Lawrence: A night of partying in Oread
May 19, 2013
Somewhere in the Oread neighborhood there surely must be a sign with this slogan on it: “Do it while you can.” It is the mantra that hangs over this entire city, but nowhere does it hang heavier than in Oread. Especially on Stop Day, when the partying starts.By Chad Lawhorn
Burgers, bratwurst, gifts and good times: friends tell of homicide victims’ last days
May 19, 2013
The four victims of the homicides discovered last week in Ottawa, and the friend accused of murdering them, were all together for a barbecue not long before the killings. They ate hamburgers, played with their hosts’ children, and left happy, as far as anyone could see. Friends couldn’t see any sign of trouble, though they knew of Kyle Flack’s history of violence. By Ian Cummings
Behind the Lens: Website helps teach photography basics
May 19, 2013 explores the mechanics and functions of a digital single-lens camera in a unique way.
Free State High School scholarship winners
May 19, 2013
The following list, provided by the school, includes graduating seniors who won scholarships. Students pictured at right are winners of local scholarships.
Editorial: Poor process
May 19, 2013
If there ever was a perfect example of talking out of both sides of your mouth, City Hall officials and some city commissioners have provided it to city taxpayers.
25 years ago: County attempts to speed up demolition of East Lawrence houses
May 19, 2013
County commissioners were planning to ask the city to shorten the normal 30-day waiting period on demolition permits.
100 years ago: Several postal workers recovering from separate injuries
May 19, 2013
“The jinx certainly is busy at the post office.”
Big day here for 2013 KU graduates
May 19, 2013
Today’s the day at Kansas University: Time for caps and gowns, the walk down the hill and, for just the second time in at least several decades, an address from a guest speaker.
Trio of Lawrence road projects to begin on Monday
May 19, 2013
School’s out. Road construction is in. The day after Kansas University’s commencement ceremonies has been the traditional start of the road construction season in Lawrence, and on Monday motorists won’t be able to miss it. Crews will close to all traffic Bob Billings Parkway/15th Street at Iowa Street, a closure that is expected to last into August. Construction work also will affect traffic on a separate portion of Bob Billings Parkway and on Wakarusa Drive. By Chad Lawhorn
Opinion: Scandals undermine trust in Obama
May 19, 2013 in print edition on A11
Leaving aside the seriousness of lawlessness, and the corruption of our civic culture by the professionally pious, this past week has been amusing. There was the spectacle of advocates of an ever-larger regulatory government expressing shock about such government’s large capacity for misbehavior. And, entertainingly, the answer to the question “Will Barack Obama’s scandals derail his second-term agenda?” was a question: What agenda?
Registration open for artists wishing to participate in this fall’s ArtWalk
May 19, 2013
Registration is open for fine artists wishing to participate in this year’s Lawrence ArtWalk, scheduled for Oct. 26 and 27.
Upcoming book event features authors inspired by nature
May 19, 2013
Interacting with nature seems a theme of an upcoming reading and book signing event at the Raven, featuring authors Gail Storey and Priscilla Stuckey.
When furniture turned into art: Wendell Castle’s KU connection
Sculptor called father of art furniture movement returns to KU for honorary degree
May 19, 2013
It was around 1960 when a Kansas University sculpture student named Wendell Castle started work on a “strange, hybrid object” that defied established artistic definitions — even if no one else but Castle knew it yet.
Horoscopes for May 19
May 19, 2013
For Sunday, May 19: This year you will be very fortunate with matters involving money and success. You naturally grow and expand your thinking. If you are single, you could meet someone very different, possibly even from another culture. If you are attached, the two of you might opt to take that special vacation you often speak of.
40 years ago: 1923 KU basketball team shares memories of championship year
May 19, 2013
The team had gathered to celebrate their 50th anniversary.