Archive for Wednesday, April 16, 2014

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12:27 a.m.
Mike Yoder/Journal-World Photo.Jakob Rudnick, left, with the help of Steve Hurst, Perry, dips a sprig of parsley in a glass of salt water during the the Passover Seder Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at Lawrence Jewish Community Congregation. The Seder ritual included telling the story of liberation of the Israelites from slavery, discussing the story, eating matza, partaking of symbolic foods placed on the Passover Seder Plate, and the celebration of freedom. In wake of shooting, Lawrence Jewish Community Congregation comes together for Passover Seder
April 15, 2014
About 60 congregation members attended the Lawrence Jewish Community Center’s Passover Seder Tuesday night, sharing dinner, conversation and history. The Passover holiday commemorates the Exodus, during which the Israelites escaped slavery in Egypt and followed Moses through the Red Sea. During the first two days of Passover, Jewish families and communities gather for the ritual dinner known as a Seder. The Seder at the Lawrence Community Center came just two days after the Overland Park shootings at Jewish community centers that left three people dead. Though the Lawrence center was armed with two police officers just in case, Riever said the provision was really for the peace of mind of attendees.
9:48 a.m.
Drivers approach and make their way through the roundabout at the intersection of Monterey Way and Harvard Road. There's little middle ground on roundabouts in Lawrence - residents seem to either love them or hate them. But traffic engineers say they can cut travel time and automobile emissions by keeping traffic moving, and they are also better from a safety standpoint. City upholds decision on West Lawrence roundabout despite new objections from neighbors
April 15, 2014
About five months after city commissioners used a set of studies to justify the approval of a new dual lane roundabout along a busy West Lawrence street, neighbors are presenting studies that suggest such roundabouts increase the likelihood of bicyclists being involved in accidents. By Chad Lawhorn
5:00 p.m.
Kansas Board of Regents Chairman Fred Logan and Vice Chairman Kenny Wilk on Wednesday discuss the social media policy with members of a work group. The board members were meeting as the Governance Committee, which will forward proposed revisions to the full regents next month. Regents leaders remain committed to disciplinary aspects of social media policy
11:03 a.m., April 16, 2014 Updated 12:55 p.m.
Kansas Board of Regents leaders Wednesday said they would not back down from the disciplinary aspects of its social media policy for universities. By Scott Rothschild

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Former Defense Dept interrogator recounts hunt for Saddam Hussein
April 16, 2014
Eric Maddox, an interrogator with the U.S. Department of Defense who gathered intelligence that led to the capture of Saddam Hussein, spoke at the Lied Center as part of the J.A. Vickers Sr. and Robert F. Vickers Sr. Memorial lecture series. By Ben Unglesbee
County sets public hearings for new fire districts in Palmyra and Willow Springs townships
April 16, 2014
The Douglas County Commission on Wednesday adopted preliminary resolutions establishing new fire districts in Palmyra and Willow Springs townships.
County dispatchers honored for service
April 16, 2014
Anthony Foster, a communications officer for Douglas County Emergency Communications, was named the 2013 Telecommunicator of the Year.
Myles Turner to announce college choice on April 30
KU, Texas, SMU, Duke, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M on list
07:07 p.m., April 16, 2014 Updated 12:13 a.m.
Myles Turner will announce his college choice on April 30. By Gary Bedore
Regents chairman advises university leaders to show restraint in upcoming tuition proposals
April 16, 2014
Kansas Board of Regents Chairman Fred Logan on Wednesday told higher education officials they should hold the line on tuition this year. By Scott Rothschild
Federal trial set to begin in $17 million drug trafficking case
April 16, 2014
Jury selection begins Thursday in Kansas City, Kan., for a trial in a multimillion-dollar drug conspiracy case that included 43 defendants, several with Lawrence ties. Two Lawrence twins accused of helming a drug distribution ring in Lawrence from 2005 to 2012 are among the three remaining defendants who will stand trial. All others have accepted plea deals and may testify in a trial that is expected to last at least until June. By Stephen Montemayor
Tonganoxie dismisses case against green stripe ‘leprechaun’
April 16, 2014
The case of the green stripe appears to be closed. Tonganoxie resident Charlie “Tuna” Conrad was to appear in municipal court Wednesday after being cited in March for criminal damage to property, painting a traditional green line down Fourth Street hours before the annual St. Patrick’s Parade.
Kansas gov. orders flags to be flown at half-staff
April 16, 2014
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has ordered flags to be flown at half-staff on Thursday and Friday to honor three people shot to death at two Jewish sites in Overland Park.
Annual Friendship Dinner slated for April 29
April 16, 2014
The annual Dialogue and Friendship Dinner is scheduled for Tuesday, April 29, at the Kansas Union Ballroom. The event will feature Scott Alexander, an associate professor of Islamic Studies at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago and speakers from Kansas University and the community.
Regents leaders remain committed to disciplinary aspects of social media policy
11:03 a.m., April 16, 2014 Updated 12:55 p.m.
Kansas Board of Regents leaders Wednesday said they would not back down from the disciplinary aspects of its social media policy for universities. By Scott Rothschild
Roberts, Wolf report Senate fundraising totals
April 16, 2014
Incumbent U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts continues to maintain his fundraising advantage over fellow Republican Dr. Milton Wolf in their Kansas primary race.
Distinguished professors to host panels on social media and academic freedom
April 16, 2014
An April 27 panel at the Kansas Union will look at the role of academic freedom in an age of ubiquitous social media. The event is hosted by the Joint Council of Kansas Distinguished Professors and panels will feature speakers active in the discussion around the Kansas Board of Regents social media policy.
KU professor and Lawrence school board member named dean of Utah architecture school
10:19 a.m., April 16, 2014 Updated 10:48 a.m.
Keith Diaz Moore, a Kansas University associate professor and department chair of architecture was named dean of the University of Utah’s School of Architecture, Design and Planning. Moore will begin in the position August 1.
Kansas to mandate some health coverage on autism
08:33 a.m., April 16, 2014 Updated 12:50 p.m.
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback is preparing to sign legislation that will require health insurance plans to provide coverage for some services for children with autism, starting next year.
Opinion: Team name is matter of principle
April 16, 2014
Twenty-four dollars. That, supposedly, was the price Gov. Peter Minuit paid American Indians for the island of Manhattan in 1625. It’s a tale historians find suspect.
Kansas Relays begins today
April 16, 2014
Kansas University’s track and field teams will open the 87th annual Kansas Relays today at newly constructed Rock Chalk Park.
KU swimmer nets Big 12 scholar award
April 16, 2014
Kansas University junior Deanna Marks was named the Big 12 Winter Scholar-Athlete of the Year on Tuesday.
Big 12 honors Kansas’ Pille
April 16, 2014
Kansas University ‘s Alicia Pille was named the Big 12 Softball Pitcher of the Week, the league office announced Tuesday.
KU baseball falls to Grand Canyon
April 16, 2014
Three walks, two passed balls and an error in a three-run seventh inning doomed Kansas University to a 5-3 nonconference baseball loss to Grand Canyon on Tuesday at Hoglund Ballpark.
LHS softball splits
Lions drop opener to O-South 4-1, win nightcap 6-4
April 16, 2014
Lawrence High split a softball doubleheader with Olathe South on Tuesday, losing the opener 4-1 before rallying for a 6-4 victory in the nightcap.
Firebirds continue dual dominance in city tennis showdown
April 16, 2014
Free State High junior Sam Solis was locked in a back-and-forth tennis match against Lawrence High senior Panyin Boye-Doe on Tuesday afternoon at FSHS. The Firebirds had already clinched the dual victory, but sometimes there’s more on the line in the City Showdown. By Bobby Nightengale
Free State swimmers cruise
Firebirds dominate invitational; LHS third in team race
April 16, 2014
Free State High’s girls swimmers are beginning to realize it’s difficult to feel upset about placing second or third in a race when the competitors finishing ahead of them are teammates. By Benton Smith
Tongie pitcher perfect in 6-0 win
April 16, 2014
Tonganoxie High pitcher Travis Woods threw a perfect game in a 6-0 victory against Bonner Springs on Thursday at the Leavenworth County Fairgrounds.
Firebirds sweep softball twinbill
April 16, 2014
Emily Byers went 6-for-8 and Emily Bermel was 6-for-9 on Tuesday as Free State swept a high school softball doubleheader from Shawnee Mission North, 24-2 and 10-2.
Zenger: ‘Bonnie will be back’ to lead KU women’s basketball
Transfers mount, but AD confident in coach Henrickson
April 16, 2014
Three of Bonnie Henrickson’s underclassmen have decided not to return to Kansas University next season, but the KU women’s basketball coach will be back for her 11th season, determined to land her first winning conference record in Big 12 play. By Tom Keegan
Free State soccer blanks SM North
April 16, 2014
Maren Kahler, Hadyn Hutchison and Jessica Ferguson scored goals for Free State High’s girls soccer team Tuesday in a 3-0 victory over Shawnee Mission North.
FSHS baseball edges Pioneers
April 16, 2014
Free State used a six-run sixth inning for a 7-5 victory over Leavenworth on Tuesday in a high school baseball game played at William Jewell College.
LHS baseball drops SM South
April 16, 2014
Brandon Bell and Parker Kirkpatrick combined to limit Shawnee Mission South to one run Tuesday in Lawrence High’s 4-1 baseball victory.
2014 J-W All-Area Boys Basketball Team
April 16, 2014
A look at the 2014 Journal-World All-Area Boys Basketball Team By Bobby Nightengale
Letter: Koch goals
April 16, 2014
The April 5 Saturday Column headline asked, “Why do Koch contributions trigger such scorn?” As a lifelong Republican, elected thrice on a Republican ticket, I can answer that.
Royals top Astros; Ventura wins first
April 16, 2014
Rookie Yordano Ventura threw seven solid innings for his first major-league win to lift the Kansas City Royals to a 4-2 victory over the Houston Astros on Tuesday night.
Letter: Koch threat
April 16, 2014
Dolph Simons claims Democrats are unfairly attacking the “reclusive” billionaire Koch brothers. Like Mr. Simons, Tim Phillips, the president of Americans for Prosperity, says “95 percent of Americans have never heard of” the Kochs, so Democrats are wasting their time.
Letter: Big help
April 16, 2014
We wanted to give a shout out to KU Big Event volunteers Riley, Garret, Reece, Matthew and Brennan who came to our home, cleaned out flower beds, washed all our windows on the outside and raked furiously to get all of the leaves out of our English ivy!
Letter: Done deal
April 16, 2014
The Lawrence City Commission voted on an issue that wasn’t even on their agenda April 8: whether or not to hold the Kansas Relays this year.
Today in Lawrence: ‘Finding Saddam,’ ‘Monty Python and the Holy Grail’
April 16, 2014
“Finding Saddam” at the Lied Center, Joshua Clover and Megan Kaminski at Spooner Hall, and “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” at Liberty Hall.
25 years ago: Drought, enrollment, property values all factors in local school financing
April 16, 2014
The Kansas state aid formula was based on wealth, with poorer districts receiving more state aid.
40 years ago: Sign, sign, everywhere a sign: ‘Visual pollution’ on 23rd Street?
April 16, 2014
Revamping the city sign ordinance was a goal for several city commissioners.
Editorial: Tax reflex
Local officials seem too quick to look to tax increases as the best way to solve their budget dilemmas.
April 16, 2014
The front page of Tuesday’s Journal-World didn’t hold any good news for Lawrence taxpayers. Lawrence residents usually are willing to pay their share of taxes for necessary city, county and school projects, but it’s disheartening to see how reflexively local officials jump to the conclusion that increased sales or property taxes are the best answer to about any budget challenge.
Delicious/Nutritious: Bringing leeks out of hiding
April 16, 2014
My plan for this round of Delicious/Nutritious was to find some way to present our chosen ingredient for April — leeks — in a way where you could actually see them.
Easter eggs Benedict
Whip up a brunch classic, then top it with smoked trout
April 16, 2014
For something I used to think could only be created by a trained chef in a restaurant kitchen, eggs Benedict is actually quite easy to make at home.
How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of April 15
April 16, 2014
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Tuesday, April 15.
100 years ago: Lawrence doctor has hopes for municipal hospital
April 16, 2014
“There hasn’t been anything started in Lawrence since I have been in the city that has struck such a responsive chord in the hearts of the people.”