Archive for Friday, April 11, 2014

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Saturday Column: 4-H leader, newsman had distinguished careers
April 11, 2014
Rather than expressing opinions about disturbing, if not illegal, actions by President Obama, challenging issues facing the city, the university and the state, the positives and negatives of the one-and-done exercise now being played by all-star university basketball players, the excessive salaries paid to all-star university basketball and football coaches compared to salaries paid to all-star faculty members and other topical matters, this writer prefers to focus this week on two unassuming but true all-stars in their respective fields.
Patience needed for Lawrence early spring gardening
April 11, 2014
As new grass sprouts from the ground and leaves begin to return to trees, gardeners should try to exercise a little patience when it comes to their own yards.
Dredging lakes, building aqueduct may be part of Kansas’ 50-year water plan
April 11, 2014
Dredging sediment out of major reservoirs is likely to be a key part of a 50-year plan for maintaining water resources in Kansas. And the idea of building a 450-mile aqueduct from the Missouri River to southwest Kansas is also still on the table. Those, and many other ideas, were part of the discussion at a water policy planning meeting Friday in Manhattan. By Peter Hancock
Lawrence man, 48, pleads no contest to ‘sexually motivated’ aggravated battery
April 11, 2014
A 48-year-old Lawrence man charged with rape and aggravated kidnapping in July 2013 pleaded no contest to aggravated battery Friday following plea negotiations.
Social Work Day at KU brings Leonard Pitts Jr., Harriet Lerner to speak
April 11, 2014
National authors Leonard Pitts Jr. and Harriet Lerner came to the Kansas Union on Friday to speak as part of Social Work Day 2014, a celebration of the profession put on by the KU School of Social Welfare. Pitts spoke at length about the distance between America’s ideals and its history, including its recent history. Lerner’s talk centered on making important personal changes to improve relationships. By Ben Unglesbee
Stolen golf clubs back in possession of disabled military veteran
April 11, 2014
Well, that didn’t take long. A day after a story ran in the Journal-World detailing the theft of disabled military veteran Chris Sorrentino’s golf clubs from a local golf course, he had them back in his possession. By Giles Bruce
Lawrence Chamber of Commerce putting out call for more applicants for CEO search
April 11, 2014
The chair of the chamber’s search committee said the group has received nine applications and now is putting out a call for any other candidates to have their applications in by April 25.By Chad Lawhorn
Grass fire threatens phosphorus tanks north of Lawrence; investigation ongoing
01:25 p.m., April 11, 2014 Updated 05:28 p.m.
Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical staff is on the scene at Israeli Chemical Ltd. in North Lawrence, where thick smoke is rising from a fire.
Kansas Supreme Court sets aside ‘Hard 50’ sentence
April 11, 2014
The Kansas Supreme Court reversed the “Hard 50” murder sentence of a Wichita man on Friday, but refused to rule whether changes legislators made to the law last year can be applied.
Psychologist Harriet Lerner’s advice on changing in relationships
April 11, 2014
Harriet Lerner was a staff psychologist with the Menninger Clinic for more than 30 years and is author of 11 books, including the best-selling “The Dance of Anger.” Lerner spoke Friday as part of the Kansas University School of Social Welfare’s Social Work Day events. By Ben Unglesbee
Obama announces Sebelius resignation, successor
April 11, 2014
President Barack Obama praised outgoing Health and Human Secretary Kathleen Sebelius for helping to steer his health care law’s comeback after a rocky rollout, even as he nominated a successor aimed at helping the White House move past the political damage.
Lawrence man arrested on suspicion of breaking into vehicle on KU campus
10:06 a.m., April 11, 2014 Updated 10:10 a.m.
A 34-year-old Lawrence man already on probation for a downtown Lawrence break-in earlier this year was arrested on suspicion of burglarizing a vehicle on the Kansas University campus Thursday evening.
68-year-old Lawrence woman dies in rural Douglas County crash
April 11, 2014
A 68-year-old Lawrence woman died early Friday morning in a one-car crash in rural Douglas County, according to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.
Today in Lawrence: 7 things to do this weekend
April 11, 2014
Seven things to do this weekend, from “The Great Gatsby” at Theatre Lawrence to Easter egg hunts aplenty.
Fatal accident in rural Douglas County
02:24 a.m., April 11, 2014 Updated 03:18 a.m.
One person was killed in a single vehicle accident on U.S. Highway 56 in southwest Douglas County
Column: Five intriguing elements of KU football’s upcoming spring game
April 11, 2014
Saturday’s spring football game will give Kansas University fans a chance to see plenty of elements of Charlie Weis’ third Jayhawk team. Column by Matt Tait
KU basketball notebook: Signees Alexander, Oubre add to awards
April 11, 2014
Kansas University signees Cliff Alexander and Kelly Oubre have been named first-team All-America by USA Today, the paper announced this week. Notes by Gary Bedore
Firebirds baseball encouraged by early surge in victory
April 11, 2014
The Free State baseball team scored early and often on its way to a 12-2 victory in five innings against Shawnee Mission West, Thursday at FSHS. By Chris Duderstadt
Lions’ ace returns; O-North pitcher steals show
April 11, 2014
Lawrence High senior right-hander Bryce Montes de Oca had fans and Major League scouts buzzing with his sizzling 95-mph fastballs in the first inning on Thursday at LHS. Olathe North lefty Hunter Fox didn’t attract as much attention, but he left opposing hitters fuming. By Bobby Nightengale
Column: Todd Reesing recalls career, has hope for KU’s new offense
April 11, 2014
Coaches often downplay the importance of spring football, particularly the spring game, but significant developments do take place during the 15 practices. It was during the spring of 2007 that Todd Reesing beat out Kerry Meier for the Kansas University starting quarterback job, a development that greatly strengthened both ends of the KU passing game. Column by Tom Keegan
25 years ago: Turnpike bridge renovation to continue into early summer
April 11, 2014
Deterioration on the 35-year-old bridge had been caused by salt and sand that was digging its way into the steel structure.
FSHS swimming first at Topeka
April 11, 2014
Free State’s girls swimming and diving team won the Topeka High Invitational on Thursday.
Free State softball slams Leavenworth
April 11, 2014
Emily Bermel went 4-for-4 in each game, and Free State High’s softball team swept Leavenworth in a doubleheader Thursday, 11-5 and 26-0.
KU honors outstanding Kansas women
April 11, 2014
The Emily Taylor Center for Women and Gender Equity at the University of Kansas hosted the annual Women’s Recognition Banquet Thursday to honor outstanding women in Kansas.
Lions’ Broadwell receives award
April 11, 2014
Lawrence High senior Caitlin Broadwell was honored by USA Today High School Sports and the Army National Guard with the Inspiration Award, which was presented to her during the LHS spring awards ceremony Thursday. The award is given to just 15 athletes across the country.
Letter: Political decision
April 11, 2014
The Brownback administration is doing something good! KanCare, the Kansas Medicaid program, will start the Health Home project in July. This will provide monitoring and support for people with chronic illnesses who are insured by Medicaid. Special staff will monitor care, encourage coordination among various medical providers and will support individuals to get prescriptions filled, keep appointments and to make their concerns known to the medical personnel treating them.
Letter: Due process rights
April 11, 2014
I was so pleased when I read in your paper that the school finance bill was approved and sent to the governor that I could have applauded. But wait! It seems on closer reading the bill not only does not equalize funding throughout the state but it does remove due process for teachers! Furthermore it gives money to private schools. Tenure (a misnomer) or due process is no more. Hallelujah! Now we can be rid of certain people we don’t like.
Letter: Gulag not funny
April 11, 2014
The makers of the latest Muppets movie decided to try and find humor in the Soviet gulag.  Why they think, as a New York Times writer put it in 1974, that  “the other great holocaust of the (20th) century” could be funny is, to say the least, odd. The gulag was “the imprisonment, brutalization, and very often murder, of tens of millions of innocent Soviet citizens by their own government.”
Editorial: Picking nits
Stadium lighting that shines into your home and could affect the future of your property is a valid concern, not nitpicking.
April 11, 2014
The city probably hasn’t heard the last about the lights at Rock Chalk Park.
Opinion: Can states help curb federal deficit?
April 11, 2014
From the Goldwater Institute, the fertile frontal lobe of the conservative movement’s brain, comes an innovative idea that is gaining traction in Alaska, Arizona and Georgia, and its advocates may bring it to at least 35 other states’ legislatures. It would use the Constitution’s Article V to move the nation back toward the limited government the Constitution’s Framers thought their document guaranteed.
40 years ago: Gasoline to reach unaffordable price of 70 cents per gallon, energy official warns
April 11, 2014
“The independents will go out of business in two or three months….”
How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of April 10
April 11, 2014
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Thursday, April 10.
100 years ago: Mayor issues proclamation for annual Lawrence clean-up
April 11, 2014
“Lawrence has had these cleanups for many years and they have proven to be of great value.”
LHS girls coach leaves for overseas opportunity
April 11, 2014
When basketball coach Nick Wood packs for a road game next season, he better not forget his passport.
LHS soccer blanks SM North
April 11, 2014
Addison Campbell scored twice and Skylar Drum once as the Lawrence High girls soccer team won, 3-0, on Thursday at Shawnee Mission North.