Archive for Friday, May 9, 2014

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Lawrence man charged with five felonies, accused of stealing two vehicles
May 9, 2014
A 34-year-old Lawrence man was charged Friday with multiple felony counts, including theft, burglary and criminal damage, in connection with crimes alleged to have taken place April 20.
Moody’s downgrades KU bond rating
May 9, 2014
Moody’s Investors Service downgraded Kansas University’s bond rating this week. Moody’s cited state funding constraints and low tuition growth as reasons for the downgrade. KU officials said that the change would likely have minimal impact on the university’s ability to borrow and finance projects. By Ben Unglesbee
Corn planting wraps up in Douglas County area; local wheat crop looks relatively good
May 9, 2014
With corn planting complete for most farmers in the Douglas County area, many growers are moving on to soybeans. Meanwhile, the local winter wheat crop seems to be in better shape than that in much of the rest of the state. By Giles Bruce
Turning restrictions at 23rd and Louisiana lifted
May 9, 2014
One portion of the construction work at 23rd and Louisiana has been completed a bit early.
27-year-old Lawrence man seriously injured after car strikes tree
May 9, 2014
A 27-year-old Lawrence man was airlifted to a Kansas City-area hospital for treatment after suffering serious injuries early Friday morning as he attempted to drive away from a police officer.
Haskell commencement celebrates more than 180 graduates
May 9, 2014
Haskell’s spring 2014 graduating class saw 85 students earn bachelor’s degrees and more than 100 graduate with associate degrees. Friday’s commencement ceremony brought in officials and dignitaries from around the country, including Bureau of Indian Education director Charles Roessel, who gave the commencement address. By Ben Unglesbee
LHS grad and NY Times critic to keynote Lawrence Schools Foundation breakfast
May 9, 2014
Roberta Smith, co-chief art critic at the New York Times, will be the keynote speaker at the Lawrence Schools Foundation’s 2014 breakfast Sept. 5.
Lawrence man arrested after allegedly firing gun during dispute at home
May 9, 2014
A 38-year-old Lawrence man was arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault after allegedly discharging a firearm during an early Friday morning dispute at a North Lawrence home.
Bees return to popular KU Natural History Museum exhibit
May 9, 2014
The bees are back! After its popular bee tree and observation hive had been buzz-free the past few months, the Kansas University Natural History Museum introduced a new batch of the pollinators to the sixth-floor exhibit Friday. Winds and cold temperatures killed the previous colony of bees during a massive winter storm that closed the university for two days in February. By Giles Bruce
Koch brothers’ lobbyist linked to green energy foe
May 9, 2014
A lobbyist says he did a personal favor to aid the formation of a new group opposing a Kansas green-energy requirement for utilities, fueling criticism that a recent postcard campaign against the rule on behalf of seniors was actually orchestrated by the conservative billionaire Koch brothers’ main political organization and the powerful Kansas Chamber of Commerce.
Two Lawrence men airlifted with apparent stab wounds after two incidents
May 9, 2014
Two Lawrence men were taken by helicopters to area trauma centers to be treated for apparent stab wounds after an investigation by police that spanned nearly five hours early Friday morning.
Jury finds Robert Grey guilty of 1997 rape of KU student after second trial
01:57 p.m., May 9, 2014 Updated 05:28 p.m.
Nearly 17 years to the day, a 41-year-old man charged with raping a then-Kansas University student in 1997 was found guilty Friday in the second trial in his case.By Stephen Montemayor
Today in Lawrence: 7 ways to spend your weekend
May 9, 2014
From Stop Day fun to Mother’s Day.
Man seriously injured when vehicle struck tree
02:17 a.m., May 9, 2014 Updated 02:43 a.m.
A 27-year-old man sustained serious injuries when his vehicle struck a tree in Lawrence.
Firebirds soccer loses to O-South, 3-2
May 9, 2014
Free State High’s girls soccer team could not overcome an early first-half deficit and lost, 3-2, to Olathe South, Thursday at FSHS. By Chris Duderstadt
LHS soccer falls, 4-0, at SM South
May 9, 2014
Shawnee Mission South shut out the Lawrence High girls soccer team, 4-0, Thursday at SM South.
FSHS 5th, LHS 6th at O-East golf invitational
May 9, 2014
Free State golfer Coleman Houk placed sixth and Lawrence High’s Dawson Dykes took eighth after scorecard playoffs Thursday at the Olathe East Invitational.
Free State swept in softball twinbill
May 9, 2014
Despite scoring 15 runs on 30 hits, Free State High’s softball team dropped a doubleheader to Shawnee Mission East on Thursday, 8-5 and 14-10.
FSHS baseball beats SMS, 9-5
May 9, 2014
Free State High’s baseball team scored early and often in a 9-5 victory against Shawnee Mission South, Thursday.
Free State’s Lucy Sirimongkhon-Dyck signs to swim in college
May 9, 2014
It took some extra time for Free State High senior Lucy Sirimongkhon-Dyck to sign her letter of intent on Thursday afternoon. Writing out a long last name is a small price to pay to complete a dream of swimming in college.
LHS baseball wins delay but loses the day
May 9, 2014
Lawrence High’s baseball team won a dance-off during a lightning delay but lost a baseball game, Thursday at LHS. The Lions only managed four hits in a pitcher’s duel and couldn’t match the runs that Olathe East manufactured on the base paths in a 4-2 loss. By Bobby Nightengale
Back to school: One-and-done McLemore returns to KU for summer classes
May 9, 2014
Ben McLemore’s friends in the NBA teased him a bit at season’s end when he said he was planning on returning to Lawrence for a long stay. “When I tell everybody I’m going back to Kansas, they think, ‘Oh, you are going back to go back.’ I’m like, ‘No, I’m going back to work on my classes and get my degree.’ When I tell them that, they’re shocked (and say) ‘Wow, that’s a good thing to do,’” said the 21-year-old former Kansas University wing who just completed his rookie season with the Sacramento Kings. By Gary Bedore
KU women tied for 16th after first round at NCAA golf regional
May 9, 2014
Sophomore golfer Yupaporn “Mook” Kawinpakorn led the Kansas University women’s golf team with a 3-over 75 in the first round of the NCAA Central Regional on Thursday at Karsten Creek Golf Club.
25 years ago: Eaglets spotted at Clinton Lake nest
May 9, 2014
Observers were worried about the sighting of only one of the mature eagles in the past month.
How former Jayhawks fared in NBA playoff games of May 8
May 9, 2014
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA playoff games of Thursday, May 8.
Mariners blank Royals, 1-0
May 9, 2014
Hisashi Iwakuma scattered four hits over eight innings, and Corey Hart hit an RBI single to lift the Seattle Mariners over the Kansas City Royals, 1-0, on Thursday night.
Opinion: Supreme Court rules 5-4 on public prayer
May 9, 2014
Ever since the Supreme Court ruled organized prayer and Bible study in public schools unconstitutional in the early 1960s, conservative Christians have been trying to re-enter the secular arena.
Opinion: Obama self-inflicting wounds
May 9, 2014
It’s painful watching the YouTube video of President Obama in Manila last week talking about hitting singles and doubles in foreign policy.
Editorial: Food and fun
A couple of events on Saturday will make it easy for the community to donate food for local residents in need.
May 9, 2014
Hunger isn’t a seasonal issue. Many residents think about donating food and funds to help families in need around the holidays, but that need is no less important at other times of the year — especially as we near the end of the school year when many families have to replace school lunches — and often breakfasts — with meals at home.
100 years ago: Progressive Party asks Lawrence woman to run for state office
May 9, 2014
“‘I have never been more embarrassed in my life,’ she said, ‘but it seems to be my duty….’”
Former House speaker, now lobbyist says KanCare bidding process followed the law
May 9, 2014
Two years ago, lobbyist Doug Mays had a front row seat to the bidding process for contracts under KanCare, which was Gov. Sam Brownback’s overhaul of the $3 billion Medicaid program. Mays, a former legislator, House speaker, and state securities commissioner, was lobbying for Coventry Health Care, which was one of the private health insurance companies that had bid on the contract. But when awards were announced in June 2012, Coventry wasn’t selected. Even so, Mays, a Republican from Topeka, said on Thursday the bidding process was fair. By Scott Rothschild
40 years ago: Preliminary work starts on Mud Creek bridge
May 9, 2014
The construction contract had been bid three times, but each time the bid had been over the county estimate.