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Archive for Saturday, April 12, 2014

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12:39 a.m.
In this file photo, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Leonard Pitts Jr. of the Miami Herald smiles as he speaks to those attending his lecture "In the Measure of a Man," on Tuesday, June 14, 2011 at Liberty Memorial Central Middle School. Pitts was one of the keynote speakers yesterday at the Kansas University School of Social Welfare's Social Work Day 2014, an event devoted to informing and celebrating social workers.
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
10:00 a.m.
Molly Schemm is a KU senior who volunteers for StopGap Inc. StopGap is a nonprofit organization located in Lawrence and was created at the grassroots level to assist youth between the ages of 15-21 in claiming ownership of their life to become successful individuals. United Way: Volunteering helps build meaningful relationships
April 12, 2014
Forming personal connections is what drew Molly Schemm to volunteer for StopGap Inc., which provides support for youths aging out of the foster care system. Schemm, a senior at Kansas University, teaches StopGap’s outreach program, which helps these students develop the skills they will need to survive in the world once they are 18, and, for many, completely alone. “I thought StopGap was where I needed to be because I wanted to be a person in someone’s life who said, ‘Yes, you can!’” said Schemm. By Micki Chestnut
5:00 p.m.
Earl Lewis, chief of planning and policy at the Kansas Water Office, leads a discussion about potential new sources of water for Kansas during a planning meeting in Manhattan. One idea being discussed is a aqueduct that would pump flood water from the Missouri River in northeast Kansas to areas of southwest Kansas where underground water supplies are being depleted. 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

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Thunderstorms forecasted for Lawrence on Sunday
April 12, 2014
The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm watch for Jefferson County and a hazardous weather outlook for Douglas and Franklin counties Saturday night into Sunday.
Free State swimming and diving third at Olathe Invitational
12:53 a.m., April 12, 2014 Updated 11:40 a.m.
Free State’s Cierra Campbell placed second in the 200- and 500-yard freestyle races to lead the Firebirds’ swimming and diving team to a third place finish at the Olathe Invitational on Friday.
Kansas product Carolyn Davis signs with Stars
April 12, 2014
Former Kansas University basketball player Carolyn Davis signed with the San Antonio Stars of the WNBA on Thursday.
KU soccer adds Scot forward
April 12, 2014
Lois Heuchan, a three-year member of Scotland’s National Teams at the U15-U19 levels and standout from the Scottish Premier League will join Kansas University’s soccer team in the fall.
Jayhawk tennis blanked by Tech
April 12, 2014
Kansas University’s tennis team suffered its fifth straight loss and third shutout in its last five Big 12 matches on Friday, a 7-0 loss to Texas Tech at the McLeod Tennis Center.
KU rowing puts 38 on CUSA Honor Roll
April 12, 2014
Kansas University placed 38 rowers on the Conference USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll.
KU’s Campbell Big 12 swim coach of year
April 12, 2014
After leading Kansas University to its highest Big 12 finish in school history, coach Clark Campbell has been named Big 12 Swim Coach of the Year.
Four city preps in all-star football game
April 12, 2014
Four city football players will play in the Greater Kansas City Football Coaches Association All-Star game this summer.
LHS girls win Topeka track
April 12, 2014
Marissa Pope, Rebecca Finley and Matia Finley each claimed individual titles, and Lawrence High’s girls track-and-field team won the team title at the Topeka Relays on Friday.
FSHS soccer routs Lansing
April 12, 2014
Maren Kahler, Haydn Hutchison, Maddie Dieker and Jessica Ferguson scored, and Free State defeated Lansing, 4-0, on Friday night in high school girls soccer.
FSHS girls win Blue Valley Relays
April 12, 2014
After two meets in Lawrence to begin the season, Free State High’s boys and girls track teams were itching to prove themselves to some of the other top teams in Kansas on Friday at the Blue Valley Relays. By Chris Duderstadt
Gary Woodland struggles, but makes cut at Masters
April 12, 2014
Gary Woodland dropped 32 places at the Masters on Friday, but he played well enough to return for the weekend.
TCU slugs way past Jayhawks
April 12, 2014
If someone had asked Kansas University baseball coach Ritch Price beforehand how his team’s Friday night home game against TCU would go, he would have banked on a low-scoring affair featuring plenty of pitching and defense. By Benton Smith
Kansas hoops signees reach Summit
April 12, 2014
The United States Junior National Select Basketball Team will try to snap a two-year losing streak against a collection of international high school players 19 and under during tonight’s Nike Hoops Summit, set for a 6 p.m. tip on ESPN2, in Portland, Ore. By Gary Bedore
Fans’ fun focus for Weis at KU football spring game
April 12, 2014
When Kansas University’s football team takes the field at 1 p.m. today at Memorial Stadium for the annual spring game, it will do so with a handful of instructions from coach Charlie Weis and his coaching staff. By Matt Tait
How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of April 11
April 12, 2014
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Friday, April 11.
Your turn: Former editor earned community’s respect
April 12, 2014
It doesn’t seem that long ago when we Lawrence Junior High kids were jamming into the Congregational Church “recreation area” for those church-sponsored Friday night dances. You “old-timers” remember when Pastor Dale Turner in the 1950s opened his heart and church to us Lawrence “Happy Days,” barely teenage, boys and girls. Times change, people grow, and our wonderful Lawrence community continues to thrive. Many people through the years have contributed immensely to local progress. Today I remember a fellow Jayhawk, Bill Mayer.
Letter: Cooperative effort
April 12, 2014
Our visual environment, what stories and voices we see represented around us, speaks loudly for who we are and what we value. In Lawrence we aspire (I believe) to openness, diversity and the celebration of a rich and meaningful heritage.
Opinion: Left showing its ideological intolerance
April 12, 2014
Two months ago, a petition bearing more than 110,000 signatures was delivered to The Washington Post demanding a ban on any article questioning global warming. The petition arrived the day before publication of my column, which consisted of precisely that heresy.
Lawrence City Commission agenda for April 15
April 12, 2014
6:35 p.m. Tuesday, Lawrence City Hall
United Way: Volunteering helps build meaningful relationships
April 12, 2014
Forming personal connections is what drew Molly Schemm to volunteer for StopGap Inc., which provides support for youths aging out of the foster care system. Schemm, a senior at Kansas University, teaches StopGap’s outreach program, which helps these students develop the skills they will need to survive in the world once they are 18, and, for many, completely alone. “I thought StopGap was where I needed to be because I wanted to be a person in someone’s life who said, ‘Yes, you can!’” said Schemm. By Micki Chestnut
Lawrence woman named Mrs. Kansas United States
April 12, 2014
Lawrencian and University of Kansas alumna Kristie Bowen was crowned Mrs. Kansas United States April 6.
Arbor Day Foundation names Lawrence ‘Tree City USA
April 12, 2014
Lawrence has been named a “Tree City USA” for the 36th consecutive year by the National Arbor Day Foundation.
40 years ago: More than 100 artists prepare for annual Art in the Park
April 12, 2014
Exhibitors this year were to be allowed to set up their displays on a “first come first served” basis.
100 years ago: Small backyards resulting in lack of character-building activities, speaker says
April 12, 2014
“‘I declare again that we are making the way of life for our boys too much of an upholstered affair. We are making them smooth, polite, gentle, soft-handed and flabby-muscled….’”
25 years ago: Cyclists oppose possible changes for rural riding
April 12, 2014
The County Commission had received complaints about traffic safety problems caused by bicycle riders on County Roads 458 and 1055.
Group considers future of online classes at KU
April 12, 2014
A group of faculty, staff and students at Kansas University delved into the many needs, consideration and issues involved in created more online classes at the university. The group pointed to the need to consider the quality of courses and learning and how to fairly compensate faculty for their time in developing courses. Going forward, the instructors and administrators will have to weigh the many perspectives of faculty and students as it tries to add more online classes. By Ben Unglesbee