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Our Town Sports for May 8
May 7, 2014
A weekly roundup of local sporting events, results and opportunities.
Meteorological towers to go up in rural Douglas County to study wind patterns
May 7, 2014
Two meteorological towers will be erected in rural Douglas County to study the area’s wind patterns, with the possible construction of a wind farm in mind.
Santa Fe Station to host Train Day this weekend
May 7, 2014
A celebration of National Train Day will be held this Saturday at the Santa Fe Station, 413 E. 7th St. in Lawrence. Train Day, now in its seventh year, commemorates the completion of the transcontinental railroad in 1869. The event will be celebrated in rail stations across the country this weekend.
Haskell’s Board of Regents discusses budget woes, approves fee increase
May 7, 2014
Haskell Indian Nations University’s Board of Regents met for the first time in more than a year on Wednesday. Members discussed the lingering effects of the federal sequestration cuts, which have left the university unable to fill some staff and faculty positions. They also approved a student fee increase suggested by Haskell’s Student Senate. By Ben Unglesbee
91-year old woman faced with apartment complex building around her home reaches deal to sell to development company
May 7, 2014
It appears 91-year old Georgia Bell won’t be at the center of a large new student apartment complex near Kansas University after all. By Chad Lawhorn
Deliberation in 1997 rape retrial expected to begin Thursday
May 7, 2014
A Douglas County judge told jurors in the retrial of a Lawrence man charged in a 1997 rape case that he expected to submit the case to them for deliberation as early as Thursday morning.
Temperatures make it feel like summer has come early to Lawrence
May 7, 2014
Lawrence residents could be forgiven for waking up Wednesday morning and thinking their calendars jumped ahead two months. It felt like the dog days of summer rather than the middle of spring in Lawrence on Wednesday, as temperatures reached 90 degrees for the first time this year. By Giles Bruce
23-year-old Lawrence man pleads guilty to federal drug, gun charges
May 7, 2014
A 23-year-old Lawrence man pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and possession of a firearm in relation to a drug trafficking crime.
Citizens group backs single-terminal plan at KCI
May 7, 2014
A citizens’ task force on Wednesday recommended replacing the existing three terminals at Kansas City International Airport with a single terminal, subject to more information on costs that have been estimated as high as $1.2 billion.
KU denies part in reported FBI probe into Brownback’s former aides
May 7, 2014
Kansas University officials said Wednesday that they have not been contacted by the FBI as part of a reported probe into pay-to-play allegations involving Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration. “There has been no contact with the university by anybody involved with the investigation,” said Tim Caboni, KU’s vice chancellor for public affairs. “The FBI has not contacted KU.” By Peter Hancock and Scott Rothschild
Florida-Kansas rematch set for Dec. 5 in Allen Fieldhouse
Gators beat Jayhawks in Gainesville last December
01:08 p.m., May 7, 2014 Updated 12:16 a.m.
National powers and defending regular-season men’s basketball champions in each of their respective conferences, Kansas University and Florida will square off in the second SEC/Big 12 Challenge, Dec. 5 in historic Allen Fieldhouse, the two leagues and ESPN announced Wednesday.
Children’s advocates call on Brownback to veto transfer of $5 million from children’s programs to KBA
May 7, 2014
Children’s advocates on Wednesday called on Gov. Sam Brownback to veto a portion of the budget that takes $5 million from children’s programs and gives it to the Kansas Bioscience Authority. By Scott Rothschild
Recycling drive nets $3,500 for Lawrence elementary schools
May 7, 2014
Lawrence elementary schools will get a nice donation Friday from Cans for the Community, a nonprofit that collects and recycles aluminum cans to help support Douglas County organizations.
Opinion: Even small act has positive ripples
May 7, 2014
There was a method to this madness. Meaning that night more than three weeks ago when a caravan of trucks and buses descended on a boarding school in rural Nigeria and more than 200 schoolgirls were abducted from their beds. As is often the case with acts of terror, this mass kidnapping was accomplished with a theatricality and audacity designed to inspire awe.
Highlight plays not enough for Firebirds baseball in loss
May 7, 2014
Free State High baseball seniors Tyler Walmsley, Zach Bickling and Ryan Cantrell jammed a week’s worth of highlights into the final two innings of Tuesday evening’s home baseball game, but it wasn’t quite enough for the Firebirds to prevail. Olathe North defeated Free State, 7-6, in eight innings after the Firebirds’ five-run, two-out rally in the seventh forced the extra inning. By Tom Keegan
Chiefs may flip their top pick in draft
May 7, 2014
Chiefs general manager John Dorsey would love to hear his phone ringing on draft night. One year after picking first overall, Kansas City will be waiting to No. 23 to make its first selection this year. It’s also the only selection the franchise has in the first 86 picks, which is why Dorsey made it clear he’s entertaining offers to move down and acquire more.
Former Jayhawk Michael Lee coaching at prep level
May 7, 2014
Former Kansas University basketball guard Michael Lee — a graduate student manager for the Jayhawks’ 2008 national title team before spending two years as assistant coach at Gardner-Webb and three more at University of San Francisco — spent the past season tutoring younger players. By Gary Bedore
Defending champs sweep FSHS softball
May 7, 2014
The past few weeks, Free State High’s softball players began growing accustomed to winning, even while playing eight of their previous 10 games on the road. The Firebirds’ home field proved unaccommodating during a doubleheader Tuesday, but that had more to do with the visitors — back-to-back Class 6A state champion Olathe East. By Benton Smith
Inconsistency trips LHS soccer
May 7, 2014
For a two-minute stretch during Tuesday’s 6-1 loss to Shawnee Mission Northwest at Lawrence High’s soccer field, the LHS girls played like they had practiced and executed their game plan exactly the way they wanted to. By Matt Tait
Royals close out Padres after Monday meltdown
May 7, 2014
Alex Gordon singled in the go-ahead run with one out in the 11th inning, and pinch-hitter Billy Butler followed with an RBI double for the Kansas City Royals, who beat San Diego Tuesday night to snap their season-high five-game losing streak.
LHS baseball’s starting lineup sizzles early in rout
May 7, 2014
Lawrence High baseball players have been crushing the ball at the plate in their past few games. None of those games compared to the first inning against Shawnee Mission North on Tuesday at LHS. The Lions had every player in the lineup reach base before recording an out, using a barrage of seven hits to score seven runs. They cruised afterward in a 13-0, run-shortened rout over the Indians. By Bobby Nightengale
Lions tennis doubles sweep in dual victory
May 7, 2014
Lawrence High senior Matt Carmody knows there isn’t much time left in his tennis career. He’s making the most of it. By Bobby Nightengale
25 years ago: Local children help with river clean-up
May 7, 2014
“This is fun. It makes me feel so good, I could just scream.”
40 years ago: Overall tenure not to increase substantially, KU official says
May 7, 2014
“We are being very careful about awarding promotion and tenure.”
100 years ago: KU chemistry department reacting to platinum disappearance
May 7, 2014
“The platinum was in the form of four small dishes and seven crucibles which are used in the qualitative analysis work.”
Events commemorate 60th anniversary of Brown vs. Board
May 7, 2014
The Brown vs. Board of Education National Historic Site in Topeka is conducting several events to mark the 60th anniversary of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision. Staff reports
Two high school students from Lawrence qualify as Presidential Scholar semifinalists
May 7, 2014
Lawrence High School senior Brooke Braman and Bishop Seabury Academy senior Joseph T. Westbrook were named semifinalists in the 2014 Presidential Scholars competition. Staff reports
Easy tortilla soup utilizes on-hand ingredients
May 7, 2014
The last few times my mother-in-law has visited, she’s whipped up this easy tortilla soup. We’ve started calling it “Tin-Can Tortilla Soup” because — other than any optional toppings that you want to doctor it up with — all of the ingredients come in cans or are otherwise shelf-stable.
Editorial: Bright spot
The Kansas Legislature took an important step forward by providing limited public access to documents used to obtain arrest and search warrants in the state.
May 7, 2014
Kansans looking for a bright spot in this year’s legislative session can take note of a bill passed Friday that will open some law enforcement records to the public.
Opinion: Something’s wrong in Kansas
May 7, 2014
This year’s legislative session has come to a fitting end.  Revenues in April fell substantially from those that had been projected; Moody’s bond rating service downgraded Kansas bonds, making it more expensive for the state to borrow in the future; the governor blamed the revenue shortfalls on the Obama administration’s fiscal policies; and the honorable members of the Kansas House and Senate approved the budget in spite of the shortfalls with several members stating that they would deal with any problems “next year.”
Today in Lawrence: Spoken word, Primal Fear
May 7, 2014
The Lawrence Poetry Slam at the Eldridge and Primal Fear at The Granada.
How former Jayhawks fared in NBA playoff games of May 6
May 7, 2014
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA playoff games of Tuesday, May 6.