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Archive for Wednesday, May 29, 2013

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12:00 a.m.
Peter Park, 42, of Olathe, was indicted last year as one of the principal organizers of a drug conspiracy that connected Lawrence with rich marijuana fields in Northern California. Day 4: From the Emerald Triangle to the Sunflower State
May 29, 2013
The road from Northern California’s lush, green cannabis fields to Lawrence did not run in a straight line. Between 2005 and 2012, a small group of local drug distributors managed a convoluted interstate drug pipeline worth millions, until they were arrested in a sprawling federal wiretap case last year. Now, 43 people could go to prison, and millions of dollars in property have been seized, but the long-term effect on illegal drugs in Lawrence is unclear. By Ian Cummings and Shaun Hittle
12:48 p.m.
This is a view from the front balcony of the Senate chambers at the Topeka Capitol building. Several images were merged in Photoshop to created the panorama. Freshmen Republicans in the House don’t like options provided so far from their leaders
May 29, 2013
A bumper crop of freshmen House Republicans are getting antsy about being told to increase taxes to provide revenue because of last year’s deep tax cuts that were approved before they ran for office. By Scott Rothschild
5:33 p.m.
Wojciech Lesnikowski, a distinguished professor of architecture at Kansas University, displays his Laurel award from the city of Krakow, Poland, for a crowd of press photographers at an event there May 7. To his left is Krakow's mayor, Jacek Majchrowski. For KU architecture professor, prestigious Polish award is more than a solo honor
12:00 a.m., June 3, 2013 Updated 5:50 p.m.
Wojciech Lesnikowski’s father, a lawyer and politican in pre-World War II Poland, never got much recognition in the country he served. But now his only son, a distinguished professor of architecture at Kansas University, has. Lesnikowski earlier this month became the eighth person to receive a Laurel award from the city of Krakow, where he studied as a young man. By Matt Erickson
5:57 p.m.
A drawing of Lawrence after Quantrill's Raid. The Eldridge Hotel is the large building on the right side. From Twitter events to burning art, ideas starting to flow on events for Quantrill’s raid commemoration
May 29, 2013
From a barrage of Civil War-era tweets to burning art, Lawrence residents are working to put their own twist on events to commemorate the 150th anniversary of William Quantrill’s raid of the city. By Chad Lawhorn

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Juco coach: Darrian Miller versatile
Free State’s Joe Dinnen commits to KU
May 29, 2013
Butler County football coach Troy Morrell believes the running back who recently rejoined Kansas University’s football team will contribute to the Jayhawks by doing more than taking handoffs and rumbling for yards. By Matt Tait
Greener pastures: Former KU golfer Gary Woodland begins push to keep his Tour card
May 29, 2013
Gary Woodland said he plans to move into his Lawrence home next week, travel to tour stops out of here during the summer and reside in his Orlando, Fla., home during the winter months. By Tom Keegan
Kansas’ Maggie Hull gets All-America nod
May 29, 2013
Kansas University’s Maggie Hull was named a third-team All-American by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association on Wednesday.
Small Kansas town loves its turkey vultures
May 29, 2013
San Juan Capistrano has its dainty, graceful swallows, and Kearney, Neb., its famed migration of majestic sandhill cranes. In Marion, it’s the returning turkey vultures that are largely welcomed each spring.
LHS girls relish summer success
May 29, 2013
Most basketball teams wouldn’t get too excited about a little summer league success. But most haven’t gone through the kind of seasons Lawrence High’s girls experienced the past two years. By Benton Smith
Our Town Sports for May 30
May 29, 2013
A weekly roundup of local results, happenings and opportunities.
Flash flood watch canceled; more hazardous weather in forecast
09:38 p.m., May 29, 2013 Updated 02:01 p.m.
As part of continuing storms expected throughout northeast Kansas, a flash flood watch has been issued for Douglas and surrounding counties, effective through Thursday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service. By Peter Hancock
County commissioners blast concealed-carry law
May 29, 2013
Douglas County commissioners approved a temporary exemption from the state’s new concealed-carry gun law. Some want local governments to push for amending or repealing the statute. By Peter Hancock
City Band concert moved indoors
May 29, 2013
The 2013 season kickoff of the Lawrence City Band’s Summer Concert Series has been moved because of approaching bad weather.
Topeka man charged in May 19 double shooting now indicted on federal gun charges
May 29, 2013
One of two Topeka men facing charges in connection with a May 19 shooting in Lawrence that left two men in critical condition has been indicted on federal gun charges, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney for Kansas Wednesday.
From Twitter events to burning art, ideas starting to flow on events for Quantrill’s raid commemoration
May 29, 2013
From a barrage of Civil War-era tweets to burning art, Lawrence residents are working to put their own twist on events to commemorate the 150th anniversary of William Quantrill’s raid of the city. By Chad Lawhorn
Current, former KU football players among three arrested in connection with home invasion
05:44 p.m., May 29, 2013 Updated 07:40 p.m.
Three men, including a Kansas University football player, were arrested today in connection with a May 13 armed robbery in the 1900 block of Camelback Drive. Ian Cummings
Lawrence man arrested on suspicion of meth possession, illegal carrying of ‘knuckle stun gun’
05:33 p.m., May 29, 2013 Updated 07:18 p.m.
A 42-year-old Lawrence man was arrested Tuesday afternoon after police found him in possession of what they believed to be methamphetamine and a “knuckle stun gun.”
Potential severe weather heading to northeast Kansas Wednesday and Thursday
May 29, 2013
Severe weather is forecast to hit the northeast Kansas area Wednesday evening, while another band of storms could strike Thursday, according to the National Weather Service. By Shaun Hittle
Kansas Highway Patrol reports three fatal accidents over Memorial Day weekend
May 29, 2013
The Kansas Highway Patrol responded to three fatality accidents over the Memorial Day weekend, and nine DUI-related crashes.
Freshmen Republicans in the House don’t like options provided so far from their leaders
May 29, 2013
A bumper crop of freshmen House Republicans are getting antsy about being told to increase taxes to provide revenue because of last year’s deep tax cuts that were approved before they ran for office. By Scott Rothschild
SMU’s Jerrance Howard the choice to replace Joe Dooley on KU basketball staff
Coach expected to be named today once paperwork complete
11:02 a.m., May 29, 2013 Updated 11:38 p.m.
It looks as if SMU assistant basketball coach Jerrance Howard will replace Joe Dooley as full-time assistant on Bill Self’s Kansas University basketball staff.
Letter: No transparency
May 29, 2013
When President Obama was elected, he promised the most transparent administration ever elected.
Letter: Petty politics
May 29, 2013
In an article on May 26, Scott Rothschild opened the door and shined a little light on the petty politics conducted by The “GUV”ernor and departments of the Kansas state government.
Letter: Grad event
May 29, 2013
On May 22, another successful Project Graduation event was held.
Editorial: No magic answer
Does closing a problem nightclub solve the problem or simply move it elsewhere?
May 29, 2013
Forcing a troublesome nightclub to close seems an obvious way to eliminate all the disruptions and violence associated with that club. But does that action solve the problem or simply move it somewhere else?
25 years ago: Statistical ‘snapshot’ reveals details about LHS Class of ‘88
May 29, 2013
Just under one-third of the graduates said that they planned to live in Lawrence.
40 years ago: More details emerge on holiday weekend storms
May 29, 2013
The number of tornadoes reported had eclipsed any previous 72-hour period on record.
Opinion: Kerry puts priority on Mideast peace
May 29, 2013 in print edition on A7
Secretary of State John Kerry’s cardinal rule in trying to restart the Israeli-Palestinian peace process has been that he won’t talk publicly about the details, so it’s difficult to know how he’s doing. But he’s still hard at it, and he seems to be employing some modest variations on the traditional choreography of Middle East shuttle diplomacy.
100 years ago: Kansas hits record high temperatures
May 29, 2013
“All May records for heat in Kansas are broken and no immediate relief is promised.”
Day 4: From the Emerald Triangle to the Sunflower State
May 29, 2013
The road from Northern California’s lush, green cannabis fields to Lawrence did not run in a straight line. Between 2005 and 2012, a small group of local drug distributors managed a convoluted interstate drug pipeline worth millions, until they were arrested in a sprawling federal wiretap case last year. Now, 43 people could go to prison, and millions of dollars in property have been seized, but the long-term effect on illegal drugs in Lawrence is unclear. By Ian Cummings and Shaun Hittle
Horoscopes for May 29
May 29, 2013
For Wednesday, May 29: This year you display a very positive attitude in most areas of your life; however, you also become too focused on your work or health, which eliminates some spontaneity. If you are single, your desirability and openness to different lifestyles makes relating easier. If you are attached, the two of you opt to go on a special trip together.