Archive for Thursday, April 10, 2014

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Kathleen Sebelius resigns from Obama Cabinet
09:24 p.m., April 10, 2014 Updated 08:14 a.m.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is resigning from the Obama administration after the rocky rollout of President Barack Obama’s signature health care law, a White House official said Thursday.
Local agencies honor volunteers
April 10, 2014
More than 50 Lawrence-area individuals and groups were honored Thursday for their good will and commitment to making a difference.
Military expert chronicles history of the Medal of Honor at Dole Institute
April 10, 2014
As part of its 10-year anniversary, the Dole Institute of Politics hosted military historian Jim Willbanks for an afternoon talk on the history of the Medal of Honor and its recipients.
Kansas University Senate endorses social media policy group’s proposal
April 10, 2014
The Kansas University unanimously approved a resolution endorsing the proposal by the work group reviewing the Kansas Board of Regents’ controversial social media policy. If adopted by the regents, the proposal would replace the current policy, which allows university heads to fire employees for social media posts, with an advisory version.
The 2014 Kansas Legislature so far: What passed, what died, what remains
April 10, 2014
Meeting nearly round-the-clock last weekend, Kansas legislators ended the regular legislative session by passing with slim majorities a school finance bill in response to a court order, and a repeal of teacher tenure that has ignited a political firestorm. And while that may be the most memorable work product of the session that started in January, legislators approved a wide variety of bills and still have work to do when they return April 30 from their annual break. Here are some of the more notable measures that were passed:
19-year-old charged with rape pleads not guilty; plea deal possible
April 10, 2014
A 19-year-old Lawrence man pleaded not guilty to rape Thursday in Douglas County District Court on a charge filed in February that accused him of sexual contact with a 13-year-old girl in October 2013.
Youth Health Champion: High school student has raised thousands of dollars for local rape crisis center
April 10, 2014
Logan Brown, a senior at Lawrence’s Free State High School, has volunteered at Lawrence-based rape crisis organization GaDuGi SafeCenter for the past three-plus years, starting an annual fundraiser for the nonprofit that has raised more than $20,000. Her efforts helped earn her the 2014 Douglas County Youth Health Champion Award, given annually by the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department as part of National Public Health Week. By Giles Bruce
Tonganoxie man to be sentenced for 2013 Lawrence Bank robbery
April 10, 2014
A 43-year-old Tonganoxie man will be sentenced next month for his role in a 2013 Lawrence bank robbery. Randy Ashworth pleaded no contest to felony robbery Thursday in Douglas County District Court for the Feb. 13, 2013, robbery of Lawrence Bank, 100 E. Ninth St. He was scheduled for a preliminary hearing but waived the hearing after reaching a plea agreement with prosecutors.
New Deciphera CEO plans to grow company in both Lawrence and Boston
April 10, 2014
A $6 million check and a new president and CEO have signaled a new round of growth for promising Lawrence bioscience company Deciphera Pharmaceuticals. But Lawrence leaders should expect at least some of that growth to occur in Boston’s busy bioscience hub. By Chad Lawhorn
Lawrence man flown to KU Hospital after accidentally shooting self in East Lawrence home
April 10, 2014
A 47-year-old Lawrence man is being flown by a LifeStar helicopter to Kansas University Hospital after a firearm he handled discharged and struck his leg just before noon Thursday.
Wind energy a force in Kansas, industry report says
12:30 p.m., April 10, 2014 Updated 04:39 p.m.
Kansas has nearly doubled its wind power generation over the past two years, according to an industry report released Thursday. By Scott Rothschild
Bob Dole to visit KU on April 22
April 10, 2014
Former U.S. Sen. Bob Dole will visit the Dole Institute of Politics at Kansas University on April 22. A public open house will start at 11 a.m. and end at noon at Hansen Hall.
Health Champion: Older runner has inspired many in the Lawrence community to be more active
April 10, 2014
Ellen Young saw the positive impact running had on her life. And she wanted to share those benefits with the world. Her efforts to make running as nonintimidating as possible for others helped earn her the 2014 Douglas County Health Champion Award, given annually by the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department as part of National Public Health Week. By Giles Bruce Related story: Youth Health Champion: High school student has raised thousands of dollars for local rape crisis center
Hall Center symposium will look at life after Brown v. Board
April 10, 2014
On April 17, the Hall Center for the Humanities at Kansas University will host a symposium titled “Inequality in the Post-Civil Rights Era,” which will commemorate the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education. Lee Bollinger, president of Columbia University, will give the keynote talk at Green Hall.
Conservation groups file notice of intent to sue, saying agency not doing enough to protect lesser prairie chicken
April 10, 2014
Three conservation groups Thursday filed their intention to sue federal wildlife officials, alleging the government is not doing enough to protect the lesser prairie chicken in Kansas and four other states. By Scott Rothschild
Today in Lawrence: Real Estate, classical piano
April 10, 2014
“America’s Heroes” at the Dole Institute, Steven Spooner at the Lawrence Arts Center, and Real Estate at Liberty Hall.
Self: Embiid would have been focus
April 10, 2014
Joel Embiid would have been the focal point of Kansas University’s basketball team his sophomore season … had the 7-footer from Cameroon stuck around for a sophomore season. By Gary Bedore
Documentary film festival to portray African culture realistically
April 10, 2014
The Kansas African Studies Center is hosting Kansas University’s third annual Africa World Documentary film festival this weekend, Kansas being the fifth stop on the world traveling tour.
Spring greens: Six ideas to kick off salad season using fresh ingredients
April 10, 2014
It’s time to dust off those salad tongs and stock up on greens because salad season is here again.
KU to stage Nobel laureate’s ‘The Other Shore’
April 10, 2014
The theater is an interesting place to experience abstract art. Because a play happens live, the audience expects concrete representations of place through the set, of characterization through costuming and of action through sound and motion.
Making Gatsby great
Theatre Lawrence production the perfect challenge for director
April 10, 2014
Theatre Lawrence’s production of “The Great Gatsby,” which kicks off Friday and runs through April 27, tells the story a Jazz Age millionaire and the young man who is drawn to him.
Genius of Women’ benefit variety show to celebrate beauty of womanhood
April 10, 2014
The eighth annual “Genius of Women” variety show celebrating the beauty and dignity of womanhood this Friday will serve as a benefit for a rescue center for children and shelter for child mothers in Diocese of Malindi in Kenya.
Editorial: Name game
Lawrence surely can do better when it comes to a name for its newest recreation center.
April 10, 2014
Thank you, city commissioners, for not applying the rubber stamp to a recommendation to saddle the city’s new recreation center with a meaningless moniker like “SportQuest.”
Letter: Voting class
April 10, 2014
Everyone gets a vote. Informed or ignorant, interested or apathetic, intelligent or stupid, rational or crazy, good or evil, we each get one vote. But, we can change that. Some have a bigger stake, we’re not equal owners, so why equal votes?
Your turn: Group says economy strong
April 10, 2014
The Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors quarterly “Indicators of the Kansas Economy” (IKE) report recently has been the subject of careless scrutiny. Some have taken the short-term numbers in this report out of context and misconstrued them, painting a picture of a lagging Kansas economy, when in fact long-term trends reveal that our state’s economy is the healthiest it has been in the last decade.
Opinion: Putin tactics reflect spy background
April 10, 2014
The West has made NATO’s military alliance the heart of its response to Russia’s power grab in Ukraine. But we may be fighting the wrong battle: The weapons President Vladimir Putin has used in Crimea and eastern Ukraine look more like paramilitary “covert action” than conventional military force.
How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of April 9
April 10, 2014
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Wednesday, April 9.
40 years ago: Two KU students feared drowned at Lake Perry
April 10, 2014
A search had yielded a capsized sailboat and two life jackets.
25 years ago: Advisory board member recommends dissolving Business Improvement District
April 10, 2014
“Personally, I’ve lost my enthusiasm for the BID.”
Garden Variety: Spring Fair can help you master your garden
April 10, 2014
As Master Gardener Jim Harmon says, the Douglas County Master Gardener Spring Fair “is an excellent educational opportunity for anyone who wants to learn about gardening.”
Fix-It Chick: Install a 3-way switch, Part II
April 10, 2014
When the power source runs directly to a light fixture rather than to its switch, you can wire in a second switch for the light fixture by following these 10 steps.
Style Scout: Vicky Diaz-Camacho
April 10, 2014
Describe your style: It’s probably a mixture of my ’30s inspiration with my ’70s adoration for Stevie Nicks and then modern chic, too. I just mix them together!
Mrs. Mass.: A meal for the whole family
April 10, 2014
I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again: we have no shortage of excellent options for dining out in downtown Lawrence. But when you’re dining out with a 3-year-old and a 1-year-old, you tend to consider your options a little bit differently.
Style Scout: Chris Nicholson
April 10, 2014
Tell us a secret: I am secretly Justin Timberlake’s go-to suit guy!
100 years ago: Two Lawrence homes burglarized overnight
April 10, 2014
“Lawrence apparently was visited last night by a gang of burglars who have been operating in Kansas towns recently.”
Disabled military veteran victim of bizarre theft
April 10, 2014
Chris Sorrentino finished putting at the 10th green of the Alvamar members golf course one day in March when he turned around … and his golf cart was missing. By Giles Bruce
Off the Beaten Plate: Chicken fried meatloaf at Basil Leaf
April 10, 2014
The full name of this dish is “Chicken Fried Filet of Three Meatloaf” — with the three meats being pork, bison and beef.
New Year New You contest winner gets fresh start after being declared cancer-free
April 10, 2014
Alyson Cistola is the winner of Lawrence Journal-World’s New Year New You makeover contest. Diagnosed with cancer last fall, Cistola maintained the utmost positivity while undergoing aggressive treatment, remaining a full-time kindergarten teacher and caring for her daughter who just left for college two weeks before she learned of her diagnosis.
The Fashion Column Twins: 3 outfits featuring the classic white button-down
April 10, 2014
The white button-down used to only be associated with office attire, but we have fun incorporating it into our everyday wear.