Archive for Monday, April 21, 2014

Lead stories

12:23 a.m.
Ndeye Mbaye, of Senegal, and Kennedy Elementary preschooler Ayanna Brinson read a book together on Thursday. Mbaye, who is studying at KU and student teaching at Kennedy, is looking for an employer to sponsor her so she can acquire a green card and remain in the U.S. to teach early-childhood special education. Senegalese woman has conquered numerous obstacles to study at KU, student teach in Lawrence; can she overcome one more?
April 21, 2014
Ndeye Mbaye has conquered numerous obstacles to study at Kansas University and student teach in Lawrence. But, with her visa set to expire soon, can she overcome one more? By Giles Bruce
9:23 a.m.
Ms. Wheelchair Kansas' Bridgid Schwilling with her service dog Grady. Area woman overcomes adversity and becomes Ms. Wheelchair Kansas
April 20, 2014
Bridgid Schwilling, 43, has seen her share of adversity. Living a life with Cerebral Palsy hasn’t always been easy, especially since being placed in a wheelchair years ago. Still, she calls herself an “overcomer.” Now, Schwilling sits tall with a silk sash, glittering tiara and her service dog, Grady, at her side. Last month, Schwilling took home the coveted “Ms. Wheelchair Kansas” title at the program’s state pageant in Topeka.
11:23 a.m.
Strong Hall, Kansas University New international recruitment program draws questions from faculty and students
April 21, 2014
Kansas University has teamed up with a private startup to create a new three-semester program meant to provide an intensive first-year experience for international students. The university has said the program will increase international student enrollment and student success. Faculty and students have questioned whether it is the best approach to international student recruitment. By Ben Unglesbee
5:16 p.m.
Governor Sam Brownback signs a school finance bill that will increase funding to schools and also contains some controversial policy change, Monday, April 21, 2014 in his ceremonial office at the Kansas Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. With Brownback are Gene Suellentrop, R-Wichita, chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, House Speaker Ray Merrick, R-Stillwell, Senate President Susan Wagle, R-Wichita, and state board of education member Steve Roberts, R-Overland Park. Brownback signs school finance, tenure-repeal bill
12:12 p.m., April 21, 2014 Updated 6:16 p.m.
Gov. Sam Brownback on Monday signed into law a school finance bill that will provide more funds to classrooms in an effort to comply with a court order, but also includes controversial policy changes, including the repeal of tenure for teachers. “This is a good bill,” Brownback said. The funding portion of the bill is meant to address a Kansas Supreme Court order handed down in March to increase aid to poor school districts by July 1. By Scott Rothschild

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Believers of all kinds gather to condemn hatred, affirm diversity
April 21, 2014
People of many faiths filled the Lawrence Jewish Community Congregation Monday evening for what organizers described as a communion to condemn violence and hatred and affirm diversity and acceptance. The evening featured a dozen speakers, with poems recited and songs performed in between their talks. Many doctrines were represented — Judaism, Methodism, Unitarianism, Islam, Presbyterianism, agnosticism and atheism, among others. The speakers sought a show of unity in the wake of the shootings at the Jewish Community Center in Overland Park that left three people dead on April 13. By Elliot Hughes
More basketball, fitness, senior classes on tap as city prepares to open Rock Chalk center
April 21, 2014
City officials have released their first schedule for classes and leagues at the city-owned recreation center at Rock Chalk Park, and it includes everything from a new youth basketball league for girls to a fitness class that touts “rock bottoms” at Rock Chalk Park. Classes and leagues are scheduled to begin in September, but sign up begins on April 27. By Chad Lawhorn
World renowned KU architecture professor Wojciech Lesnikowski dies
April 21, 2014
Wojciech Lesnikowski taught as a distinguished professor of architecture at Kansas University for more than 25 years. He left his native Poland, then under Communist rule, advanced as an architect and found global success. He died in April of cancer. By Ben Unglesbee
Police: Lawrence man stole roommate’s truck, crashed it into parked vehicle
April 21, 2014
A Lawrence man was arrested and booked into Douglas County Jail on Sunday morning on suspicion of taking his roommate’s truck and crashing it into a parked vehicle, according to police.
Police: Man with hatchet breaks into home, flees when resident wakes up
April 21, 2014
Early Sunday morning, a Lawrence resident was woken by a man standing in his bedroom holding a flashlight in one hand and a hatchet in the other, police said.
Lawrence man, 18, charged with pot possession, held on $22,000 bond
April 21, 2014
An 18-year-old man is being held on a $22,000 bond after officers with the Lawrence Police Department discovered a “significant amount” of marijuana in his vehicle Friday night, according to police.
Brownback signs school finance, tenure-repeal bill
12:12 p.m., April 21, 2014 Updated 06:16 p.m.
Gov. Sam Brownback on Monday signed into law a school finance bill that will provide more funds to classrooms in an effort to comply with a court order, but also includes controversial policy changes, including the repeal of tenure for teachers. “This is a good bill,” Brownback said. The funding portion of the bill is meant to address a Kansas Supreme Court order handed down in March to increase aid to poor school districts by July 1. By Scott Rothschild
Award-winning Sports Illustrated journalist to speak at KU event
April 21, 2014
Gary Smith, an award-winning journalist with Sports Illustrated, will speak via Skype at the annual Budig Writing Professor event at the Kansas University campus on Tuesday.
U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary offers free boating safety class
April 21, 2014
A free, one-day boating safety course will be open to the public one Saturday in May.
Twins recovering from reconstructive brain surgery
April 21, 2014
Karla Holton and Jessica Fouts became close friends when Holton found out she was having twin boys a little more than a year ago. Fouts had recently had twin girls and wanted to help Holton, of Basehor, prepare for what was coming.
Today in Lawrence: Interfaith vigil, library warning
April 21, 2014
Several Lawrence congregations will gather at 7 tonight for an “Interfaith Vigil For Community, Solidarity and Hope” at the Lawrence Jewish Community Center.
Kansas women’s golf takes fifth place
April 21, 2014
Kansas University’s Yupaporn Kawinpakorn and Thanuttra Boonraksasat tied for sixth to lead the 39th-ranked Jayhawks to a fifth-place team finish at the Lady Buckeye Golf Invitational on Sunday at the Scarlet Course in Columbus, Ohio.
LHS softball sweeps SMNW
April 21, 2014
Lawrence High’s softball team used a few big innings to sweep Shawnee Mission Northwest on Saturday afternoon at SMNW, 6-3 and 16-4.
Homers sink KU baseball, 6-3
April 21, 2014
Frank Duncan allowed two long balls, and Oklahoma State completed the Big 12 baseball sweep of Kansas University, 6-3.
‘Ace’ struggles; Royals fall, 8-3
April 21, 2014
Yordano Ventura lived up to his nickname of “Ace” in two dazzling starts to begin his season. He showed Sunday that he’s still learning to be a big-league pitcher.
Matt Kleinmann takes liking to teaching
Former Kansas basketball center in first year as adjunct architecture prof at KU
April 21, 2014
Matt Kleinmann is completing his first year as an adjunct professor of architecture at KU. By Gary Bedore
25 years ago: Allen Press still fighting to use old church site for expansion
April 21, 2014
Allen Realty Inc. was seeking to show that the district court had applied the wrong standard of review in their decision.
40 years ago: Mass Street merchants compete in relay race
April 21, 2014
Merchants on the west side of Mass triumphed in the second annual DLA Relay.
How former Jayhawks fared in NBA playoff games of April 20
April 21, 2014
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA playoff games of Sunday, April 20.
Volunteers needed to advocate for children in Douglas County
April 21, 2014
Douglas County CASA provides comprehensive advocacy for abused and neglected children in need of care and under the protection of the court system.
New international recruitment program draws questions from faculty and students
April 21, 2014
Kansas University has teamed up with a private startup to create a new three-semester program meant to provide an intensive first-year experience for international students. The university has said the program will increase international student enrollment and student success. Faculty and students have questioned whether it is the best approach to international student recruitment. By Ben Unglesbee
Editorial: Water strategies
It’s good to see Kansas policy makers working with university experts in an effort to meet the state’s water challenges.
April 21, 2014
Water is likely to become this nation’s most critical natural resource, and it is good to learn a special task force appointed by Gov. Sam Brownback will be meeting at Kansas University Thursday to discuss a long-term plan for the protection and use of the state’s water resources.
Opinion: Disclosure poses unacceptable risk
April 21, 2014
The debate over campaign contributions is never-ending for a simple reason: Both sides of the argument have merit.
Opinion: Kansas killings offer reminder of KKK hate
April 21, 2014
The news that a former grand dragon of the Ku Klux Klan is suspected of shooting and killing three people near Jewish community centers in Kansas seems at first glance like a disparaged past flaring briefly into the present. Americans like to imagine that the KKK belongs to a long-gone South and anti-Semitism to a distant 20th century. Sadly, this better reflects a naive faith in the nation’s history of religious tolerance than the realities experienced by many religious minorities. Although the KKK has evolved and its membership has dwindled, it remains part of an American legacy of religious intolerance.
100 years ago: KU senior class planning tangible memorial
April 21, 2014
“The stone seat which the Seniors propose to have erected on Mount Oread will cost nearly $200.”
Senegalese woman has conquered numerous obstacles to study at KU, student teach in Lawrence; can she overcome one more?
April 21, 2014
Ndeye Mbaye has conquered numerous obstacles to study at Kansas University and student teach in Lawrence. But, with her visa set to expire soon, can she overcome one more? By Giles Bruce
KU group creating videos to raise awareness about sexual assault and harassment on campus
April 21, 2014
Students at Kansas University have been pushing for more innovative training on sexual assault on campus. A group dedicated to the issue is working to produce short videos — no longer than a television commercial — to educate KU students on sensitive topics connected to sexual assault and relationship violence. They hope the videos will be ready to be shown at the fall semester’s Hawk Week. By Ben Unglesbee
Business briefcase April 21
April 21, 2014
McGrew Real Estate recently completed the conversion of its office on Kasold Drive to solar power. McGrew hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony with Cromwell Environmental Solar on April 11 to mark the event. Cromwell Environmental Solar is based in Lawrence.
Bankruptcies for April 21
April 21, 2014
Douglas County residents or businesses filing for bankruptcy protection recently in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the District of Kansas, according to court records.
Divorces for April 21
April 21, 2014
Divorces granted in Douglas County.
Marriages for April 21
April 21, 2014
Marriage licenses granted in Douglas County.