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Archive for Monday, May 20, 2013

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12:22 a.m.
Johnny Surrette, a graduating senior from Eudora High School, has a summer job working at Crown Automotive, 3430 Iowa St. Surrette washes a vehicle at Crown Toyota on Thursday. Summer job outlook good, not great
May 20, 2013
Local high school and college students’ chances of finding work has definitely improved since the immediate aftermath of the Great Recession. In Lawrence, businesses seem to be picking up their hiring compared to recent years, though experts say the employment environment is a long ways from what it was in boom times. By Giles Bruce
11:19 a.m.
Jack Riegle, Theatre Lawrence’s longtime technical director and one of two members of its Volunteer Hall of Fame, and Ron Chinn work in the scene shop at Theatre Lawrence, 1501 New Hampshire St. 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
8:36 p.m.
A woman carries a child through a field near the collapsed Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, Okla., Monday, May 20, 2013. The relationship between the woman and the child was not immediately known. A tornado as much as half a mile (.8 kilometers) wide with winds up to 200 mph (320 kph) roared through the Oklahoma City suburbs Monday, flattening entire neighborhoods, setting buildings on fire and landing a direct blow on an elementary school. (AP Photo Sue Ogrocki) Crews race to find survivors of Oklahoma twister
5:24 p.m., May 20, 2013 Updated 1:59 p.m.
Emergency crews searched the broken remnants of an Oklahoma City suburb Tuesday for survivors of a massive tornado that flattened homes and demolished an elementary school. At least 24 people were killed, including at least nine children, and those numbers were expected to climb. The state medical examiner’s office cut the estimated death toll by more than half but warned that the number was likely to climb again. Gov. Mary Fallin said authorities did not know how many people were still missing, but they vowed to account for every resident. The Associated Press

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They said it … about Tarik Black
May 20, 2013
Tweets and other comments regarding new Kansas University forward/center Tarik Black, a 6-foot-9, 262-pound senior transfer from the University of Memphis, who is immediately eligible to play in games his final season following his graduation from Memphis.
Kansas baseball drops sixth straight
May 20, 2013
Utah’s Cory Hunt singled over the outstretched arms of Kansas University right fielder Connor McKay with the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the 13th to lift the Utes to their second walk-off victory of the series, 7-6, Monday at Spring Mobile Ballpark.
Despite bad breaks, FSHS senior Alex Green 20th at state
May 20, 2013
Free State’s Alex Green shot a 79 to tie for 20th at the Class 6A state golf tournament on Monday. By Benton Smith
Astros keep Royals reeling
May 20, 2013
Matt Dominguez hit a three-run homer, and Jason Castro added a solo shot to give the Houston Astros a 6-5 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Monday night.
Planning Commission recommends approval of Menards store for south Lawrence
May 20, 2013
The Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission on a 6-3 vote recommended approval of the plan that calls for a nearly 190,000-square-foot Menards store just east of the Home Depot at 31st and Iowa streets. The Planning Commission decision clears the way for the Lawrence City Commission to give final consideration to the project in the coming weeks. By Chad Lawhorn
Crews race to find survivors of Oklahoma twister
05:24 p.m., May 20, 2013 Updated 01:59 p.m.
Emergency crews searched the broken remnants of an Oklahoma City suburb Tuesday for survivors of a massive tornado that flattened homes and demolished an elementary school. At least 24 people were killed, including at least nine children, and those numbers were expected to climb. The state medical examiner’s office cut the estimated death toll by more than half but warned that the number was likely to climb again. Gov. Mary Fallin said authorities did not know how many people were still missing, but they vowed to account for every resident. The Associated Press
Legislature makes no progress; Brownback leaves state to tout tax cuts
May 20, 2013
As the Kansas Legislature on Monday remained deadlocked over taxes and spending, Gov. Sam Brownback went to Chicago to tout his income tax cuts. By Scott Rothschild
Memphis forward Tarik Black transfers to KU
04:44 p.m., May 20, 2013 Updated 12:03 a.m.
Tarik Black, a 6-foot-9, 262-pound junior forward from the University of Memphis, is transferring to Kansas University, the school announced Monday evening. By Gary Bedore
City expecting 5 percent reduction in Community Development Block Grant funding
May 20, 2013
Lawrence city commissioners on Tuesday are set to approve a new budget for its Community Development Block Grant program — which funds everything from home rehabilitation to neighborhood newsletters — that is 5 percent less than a year ago. By Chad Lawhorn
KU law students raise $4,000 for Willow Domestic Violence Center
May 20, 2013
A Kansas University law student group handed over a $4,000 donation to the Willow Domestic Violence Center in Lawrence on Monday after a fundraiser last month.
Tornado watch issued for Franklin County; hazardous weather possible for Lawrence
May 20, 2013
The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch, effective until 10 p.m., for Franklin and Johnson counties, south and east of Douglas County. Douglas County is under a Hazardous Weather Outlook for this evening, but the more severe storms with potential hail, damaging winds and isolated tornadoes are expected south of Interstate 35. By Shaun Hittle
Two men arrested in connection with Sunday morning shooting
01:12 p.m., May 20, 2013 Updated 01:12 p.m.
Lawrence police have arrested two men in connection with an an early Sunday morning shooting in Lawrence that left two other men in critical condition. By Shaun Hittle
KU makes sudden change in Statehouse presence
May 20, 2013
In the middle of a crucial fight in the Legislature over proposed budget cuts to higher education, Kansas University officials have changed their strategy in the Statehouse — and the lobbyist leading it. By Scott Rothschild
Lawrence man pleads guilty to bank robbery; 52-month sentence recommended
May 20, 2013
A 55-year-old Lawrence man pleaded guilty Monday to one count of robbery stemming from a Feb. 20 robbery at the Midwest Credit Union, 1015 W. Sixth St. By Shaun Hittle
City prep golfers tee off at state today
May 20, 2013
The boys golf teams from both Free State and Lawrence high schools will begin chasing a Class 6A state championship this morning at Meadowbrook Golf and Country Club in Prairie Village.
Kansas rowing hands out awards
May 20, 2013
Kansas University’s rowing team held its annual team awards presentation after its fourth-place showing at the Conference USA Rowing Championships on Saturday.
Kansas baseball routed by Utes
May 20, 2013
Kansas University baseball isn’t exactly surging into the postseason.
A’s complete sweep of Royals
May 20, 2013
Three straight one-run wins and a series sweep of slumping Kansas City might be just the thing to get the Oakland Athletics going again.
Free State softball draws Derby first
May 20, 2013
The brackets are all set for the Class 6A state softball tournament, and Free State High will play the final game of the first round Thursday at Blue Valley West, in Overland Park.
Grads big part of KU football
May 20, 2013
On Sunday, 15 members of Kansas University’s 2012 football team made the traditional walk down Campanile Hill and became college graduates. Eight will return to the football program in 2013 to play out their eligibility. By Matt Tait
For Kansas basketball, recruiting never ceases
May 20, 2013
“Recruiting is a never-ending process,” said Bill Self, KU’s 10th-year coach, who added top-ranked Andrew WIggins to his recruiting haul last week. By Gary Bedore
Summer job outlook good, not great
May 20, 2013
Local high school and college students’ chances of finding work has definitely improved since the immediate aftermath of the Great Recession. In Lawrence, businesses seem to be picking up their hiring compared to recent years, though experts say the employment environment is a long ways from what it was in boom times. By Giles Bruce
Masterful gardens
Garden Tour to showcase spectacular landscapes in the area
May 20, 2013
Looking for ideas to spruce up your yard? Want to see some of the Lawrence area’s finest gardens? The upcoming Garden Tour, organized by the Douglas County Extension Master Gardeners, is the perfect opportunity to see the plants and practices that work best in this area. By Jennifer Smith
Editorial: Police needs
May 20, 2013
With the ever-contentious Rock Chalk Park recreation center project now past the bidding stage, perhaps next up for serious attention from the Lawrence City Commission will be the proposal for a new police department facility.
Daytripper: We’re in the money
May 20, 2013
Whether you think that money can buy happiness or believe that money is the root of all evil, there’s no denying that the subject of money (and their love/hate relationship with it) has fascinated people from the time of Aristotle. If you’re one of these people, there are a couple of places not far from Lawrence that will “show you the money.”
Go-Getter: Book club
May 20, 2013
With summer approaching along with the free time and hot weather it brings with it, it’s the perfect time to join or even create your own book club. By Rebekka Schlichting
Fix-It Chick: Gutter repair
May 20, 2013
A leaky gutter, left unattended, can damage even the best foundation. Periodic checks of guttering, followed by the proper repair of any leaks, are an essential part of general home maintenance.
25 years ago: Local boy injured when playing with discarded explosives
May 20, 2013
Another boy had found the devices and had shared them with his friends.
100 years ago: Housekeeping expert to give presentation at Y.M.C.A.
May 20, 2013
“She will have some interesting remarks to make upon the woman who is too neat, who makes life miserable for the balance of the household by her incessant pursuit of dust….”
Opinion: Benghazi an interesting case study
May 20, 2013 in print edition on A8
The hundred pages of Benghazi emails released last week tell us almost nothing about how four Americans came to die so tragically in that Libyan city. But they are a case study in why nothing works in Washington.
Double Take: Respect girlfriend’s wishes for space
May 20, 2013
How should a boyfriend handle a girlfriend who has stopped answering his texts and phone calls?
The Fashion Column: Fashion in the streets
May 20, 2013
It’s about that time again for Kansas City’s annual fashion spectacle, also known as the West 18th Street Fashion Show.
Horoscopes for May 20
May 20, 2013
For Monday, May 20: This year you often fuss about details and even could become quite critical; however, you also express a carefree, intellectual attitude and a sense of fun. If you are single, you attract many suitors, regardless of which side of your personality you choose to express. If you are attached, certain situations could arise that force your hand.
40 years ago: KU police investigate recent sexual assaults on campus
May 20, 2013
Four separate incidents had occurred on a recent Monday night.