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Former area Boy Scouts react to decision allowing gay scouts
May 24, 2013
Though he was not out as gay at the time, Lawrence resident and Kansas University graduate Matt Williams said the issue of sexual orientation never came up in during his involvement with the Boy Scouts in Wichita, where he became an Eagle Scout in 2006. And he sees the vote Thursday by the Boy Scouts of America to allow gay youth to particpate in the program as “a step in the right direction.” By Shaun Hittle
Graduation and ‘stepping up’ an all-school event at Bishop Seabury
01:12 p.m., May 24, 2013 Updated 04:35 p.m.
Commencement ceremonies at Bishop Seabury Academy Friday were an all-school event, as each class “stepped up” to the next level — and bid an emotional farewell to graduating seniors. By Peter Hancock
Proposed cuts to corrections system could endanger Kansans, secretary says
May 24, 2013
The head of the state prison system said Friday that proposed budget cuts being considered by the Legislature could jeopardize the safety of Kansans. By Scott Rothschild
House rejects Senate-approved tax package; Legislature adjourns; new plan teed up
May 24, 2013
The Kansas House on Friday overwhelmingly rejected the Senate-approved tax plan and adjourned until Tuesday. By Scott Rothschild
More than 3,000 lose power overnight; power mostly restored by Friday morning
08:55 a.m., May 24, 2013 Updated 12:35 p.m.
More than 3,000 Douglas County Wester Energy customers lost power around 2:30 a.m. Friday after a vehicle struck a utility pole, according to Westar Energy spokeswoman Erin La Row. By Shaun Hittle
Kansas football adds KC stop to Weis tour
May 24, 2013
Kansas Athletics and the KU Alumni Association announced Thursday the addition of June 27 in Kansas City, Mo., as the final stop on the Kansas Football Preview Party with Charlie Weis tour.
Kansas swimming hires diving coach
May 24, 2013
Kansas has hired former Tennessee volunteer assistant Brian Pritt as its new diving coach, the university announced Thursday.
KU track qualifies four for NCAA Outdoor Championship
May 24, 2013
On the opening day of the NCAA West Preliminary on Thursday, Kansas University qualified four track and field athletes for the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
Basketball notebook: UNC hires son of ex-KU athletic director
May 24, 2013
Former Lawrence High basketball player Brad Frederick, an assistant coach the past 14 years at Vanderbilt and the son of a former KU athletic director, will be joining Roy Williams’ North Carolina staff, the website Inside Carolina reported Thursday night. Notes by Gary Bedore
Free State girls take aim at state track title
May 24, 2013
When Free State High’s girls track and field athletes make their way to their events at Cessna Stadium beginning this afternoon in Wichita, at the state track championships, many expect to contend for medals. With so many Firebirds competing in 15 different events today and Saturday, coach Steve Heffernan knows in the back of their minds, they’ll be thinking about beating out Olathe East for the Class 6A team title. By Benton Smith
KU softball’s Maggie Hull named Academic All-American
May 24, 2013
Kansas University senior softball player Maggie Hull’s relentless self-improvement agenda earned her what both she and her coach called the most meaningful of her many honors when she was named Thursday first-team Academic All-American by the College Sports Information Directors of America. By Tom Keegan
Opinion: Firebirds’ window for state softball title not shut
May 24, 2013
The tears flowed, the hugs seemed never-ending, and the pain of bowing out of the Class 6A state softball tournament before they could even get comfortable was just beginning. The only thing that came close to alleviating the pain felt by Free State High’s softball players after Thursday’s crushing 3-2, eight-inning loss to Derby at Blue Valley West High was the immediate talk about making it back to the state tournament again a year from now. Column by Matt Tait
Wichita might fine residents over use of water
May 24, 2013
Wichita officials will consider imposing fines of $1,000 per month on residents and businesses that use too much water as part of a short-term plan to respond to dwindling water supplies.
FSHS softball season ends in extra-inning heartbreak at state
May 24, 2013
Free State High’s softball team fell to Derby, 3-2 in eight innings, in the first round of the Class 6A state tournament on Thursday in Overland Park. By Benton Smith
Wildflower Walk set for Saturday
May 24, 2013
The Kansas Land Trust, a land preservation and protection nonprofit organization, is sponsoring the Akin Prairie Wildflower Walk at 1 p.m. Saturday at Akin Prairie.
25 years ago: First Kansan wins multistate lottery
May 24, 2013
“Hopefully, we’ll still be regular people.”
40 years ago: ‘Non-conforming use’ provision to be more strictly enforced
May 24, 2013
No city-wide survey had been conducted to find violations.
100 years ago: Bootlegger breaks out of Lawrence jail
May 24, 2013
“Williams was serving a sentence of 120 days for violation of the prohibitory law.”
Letter: Vet responds
May 24, 2013
This a follow-up to my May, 8 response to the May 5 Journal-World article “Concert … baby wildlife.”
Editorial: Development shift?
Will city officials be less concerned about downtown Lawrence as they consider future development proposals?
May 24, 2013
Now that the Rock Chalk Park deal is under way, it is likely City Hall officials and city commissioners will shift gears on their policies relative to encouraging and accepting proposals for new retail development.
Opinion: Obama shares strong message
May 24, 2013 in print edition on A8
President Obama gave two commencement addresses in one to graduates of Morehouse College in Atlanta, Ga., last weekend. It would be easy for this conservative to critique the political and social elements of his speech. Instead, I choose to focus on the inspirational part.
Opinion: OAS breaks ground on marijuana
May 24, 2013 in print edition on A8
Latin American presidents who support decriminalization of marijuana won a big diplomatic victory in recent days when the 34-country Organization of American States issued a report that considers that option as one of several policies that might help reduce the region’s drug-related violence.
Horoscopes for May 24
May 24, 2013
For Friday, May 24: This year you opt for a new beginning. You will be happier if you act like the master of your own destiny. If you are single, you will open up new doors, but first, you must completely detach from someone in your past. If you are attached, the two of you struggle with your differences.