Archive for Thursday, May 15, 2014

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12:33 a.m.
Mike Yoder/Journal-World Photo.Kansas Union. KU proposes 3.4 percent tuition, fee increase for incoming freshmen
4:23 p.m., May 14, 2014 Updated 6:23 p.m.
Incoming freshmen at Kansas University would pay 3.4 percent more in tuition and fees than the last freshmen class, under a proposal unveiled Wednesday. By Scott Rothschild
10:29 a.m.
Student journalists and graduating high school seniors clockwise from front left, Ashley Hocking, Lawrence High, Bret Watson, Free State, Hannah Moran, Free State, and Gage Nelson, Lawrence High, are pictured on Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at South Park. Class of 2014’s life and times recorded by student journalists
May 15, 2014
Students in the Class of 2014 have grown up in interesting times. But their lives have been shaped as much by the culture they created themselves within their own school environments as by events in the outside world. Many of those experiences were recorded by student journalists at the school newspapers and yearbooks who spoke this week about the things they and their classmates will remember most. By Peter Hancock
12:42 p.m.
Mark and Lauren Booth have donated James Turrell's “Gard Blue" to the Spencer Museum of Art at Kansas University. KU alumnus and wife donate ‘Gard Blue’ by renowned light artist to Spencer Museum
12:10 p.m., May 15, 2014 Updated 4:59 p.m.
A Kansas University alumnus and his wife have donated an important piece of art by renowned light artist James Turrell to the university’s Spencer Museum of Art. By Giles Bruce
4:06 p.m.
Larry Leon Hopkins, Lawrence, waits for a first-appearance teleconference to begin at the Douglas County Jail on Nov. 6, 2013. Hopkins is charged with first-degree murder in the Nov. 5 shooting death of Margaret E. Hopkins at his home in the 1600 block of West Second Terrace. Lawrence man sentenced to life in prison for killing his ailing wife
3:55 p.m., May 15, 2014 Updated 6:01 p.m.
Larry Hopkins told a judge Thursday that less than two weeks short of their 24th wedding anniversary he gave his ailing wife a final gift. “I gave Margaret the last gift I could: I didn’t let her wake up,” Hopkins said of the Nov. 5, 2013, shooting of his wife, Margaret Hopkins, in their north-central Lawrence home. “I will not try to deny that I pulled the trigger, or that I made the decision not to let Margaret wake up.” By Stephen Montemayor

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Kansas opening law enforcement records to public
May 15, 2014
Kansas will give its residents more information about the activities of law enforcement agencies under a new law taking effect in July.
Wilk named new Board of Regents chairman
May 15, 2014
The Kansas Board of Regents has elected Kenny Wilk to serve as its new chairman. He is a former Republican state legislator who was appointed to the Board of Regents by Gov. Sam Brownback in 2011. By Peter Hancock
As pool opening nears, city facing shortage of lifeguards
May 15, 2014
City Hall leaders on Thursday were alerting the public that a dramatic uptick in lifeguard applications is needed, or else parts of the indoor and outdoor aquatic centers may be closed.By Chad Lawhorn
Lawrence man sentenced to life in prison for killing his ailing wife
03:55 p.m., May 15, 2014 Updated 06:01 p.m.
Larry Hopkins told a judge Thursday that less than two weeks short of their 24th wedding anniversary he gave his ailing wife a final gift. “I gave Margaret the last gift I could: I didn’t let her wake up,” Hopkins said of the Nov. 5, 2013, shooting of his wife, Margaret Hopkins, in their north-central Lawrence home. “I will not try to deny that I pulled the trigger, or that I made the decision not to let Margaret wake up.” By Stephen Montemayor
Planning for KU’s Commencement: What you need to know
May 15, 2014
Kansas University’s 142nd Commencement ceremony kicks off at 10:30 a.m. Sunday with the traditional walk down the hill. Lots around campus will be free and open on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Frost advisory issued for Lawrence Friday morning
03:25 p.m., May 15, 2014 Updated 04:59 p.m.
The National Weather Service in Topeka has issued a frost advisory for Lawrence and surrounding areas from 4 to 8 a.m. Friday. The weather service said temperatures after 4 a.m. are expected to fall to the lower 30s. Sensitive outdoor plants might be damaged if left unprotected. Potted plants normally left outside should be covered or taken inside.
Lawrence part of national bracket to determine winner of ‘America’s Best Place to Live’
May 15, 2014
The editors at Outside, the outdoor-oriented website and magazine, have chosen Lawrence as one of the 64 finalists for “America’s Best Place to Live.” To choose a winner, though, the publication has set up a bracket where communities square off against one another. Online voting will determine the winner. By Chad Lawhorn
Southeast Kansas girl, 8, hailed for bravery after taking the wheel in emergency
May 15, 2014
An 8-year-old southeast Kansas girl is being hailed for her quick, calm thinking after she grabbed the steering wheel and drove the family’s SUV when her mother fell unconscious on their highway ride to school.
KU English professor named acting vice provost of faculty development
May 15, 2014
Marta Caminero-Santangelo, a Kansas University English professor, will fill in for Mary Lee Hummert as vice provost for faculty development while Hummert serves as interim vice chancellor of research.
Brownback files for new term as Kansas governor
May 15, 2014
Republican Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback launched his re-election bid Thursday, proclaiming that under his watch the conservative state has become the example for others to emulate. “Kansas is a lighthouse in a nation that’s lost its way,” said Brownback, who signed the paperwork with Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer and paid the $1,920 filing fee during a Statehouse ceremony.
KU alumnus and wife donate ‘Gard Blue’ by renowned light artist to Spencer Museum
12:10 p.m., May 15, 2014 Updated 04:59 p.m.
A Kansas University alumnus and his wife have donated an important piece of art by renowned light artist James Turrell to the university’s Spencer Museum of Art. By Giles Bruce
Ukrainian basketball prospect Mykhailiuk to visit KU
12:04 p.m., May 15, 2014 Updated 01:12 a.m.
Ukrainian basketball sensation Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk, a 6-foot-6 wing who has been compared to the San Antonio Spurs’ Manu Ginobili and the late Drazen Petrovic, will be making a recruiting trip to Kansas University this weekend. By Gary Bedore
Lawrence man booked on suspicion of attempted murder following May 9 stabbing incidents
May 15, 2014
The 53-year-old Lawrence man allegedly involved in separate stabbing incidents early one morning last week is now in jail on suspicion of attempted second-degree murder. By Stephen Montemayor
Today in Lawrence: Final concert at Swarthout Hall
May 15, 2014
More cool weather, learn to be a citizen lobbyist, take in the sounds of the old Swarthout Hall at a decommissioning concert.
Silver Alert lifted for missing Douglas County man
04:17 a.m., May 15, 2014 Updated 06:54 a.m.
A Silver Alert has been issued for Covert C. Cranwell, 90, of Lecompton, Kansas.
Our Town Sports for May 15
May 15, 2014
A local roundup of local events, results and opportunities.
Weis looks ahead at Topeka gathering
May 15, 2014
Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis kicked off the summer preview party circuit at the 6th Avenue Ballroom in Topeka on Wednesday evening, and his message to the KU fans in attendance was one of continued progress within the program. By Matt Tait
LHS soccer blanks THS
May 15, 2014
Alex Ewy received a gift from Lawrence High girls soccer coach Justin Young shortly before she took the field for Senior Night. She and the Lions gave Young a gift right back. By Chris Duderstadt
Jack Flynn 4th, Firebirds 3rd at league golf
May 15, 2014
Entering the final leg of the Sunflower League Championship in first place, Free State High sophomore Jack Flynn realized he needed a stellar round Wednesday at Alvamar Golf Course to win an individual title. By Benton Smith
Ainge: Big 3’s NBA Draft stock still solid
May 15, 2014
Boston Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said he’s not sure how the absence of Andrew Wiggins, Joel Embiid and Jabari Parker at this week’s NBA Combine will affect the three players’ positioning at the top of the draft. By Gary Bedore
Column: Golf pro says Kansas product Chris Thompson clutch
May 15, 2014
Eagle Bend head pro Jon Zylstra, former pro at Lawrence Country Club, has played countless rounds with and against Chris Thompson, who makes his PGA Tour debut today in the HP Byron Nelson Championship. By Tom Keegan
FSHS softball settles score with LHS
May 15, 2014
The latest chapter in the softball City Showdown had all of the twists and turns everybody has come to expect between the two rivals. By Bobby Nightengale
Flyin’ high: Free State baseball wins City Showdown in extras
May 15, 2014
A walk-off single and victory on the mound were the last things Free State High junior Casey Hearnen expected to deliver while going through pregame for Wednesday night’s baseball City Showdown at FSHS. By Matt Tait
Style Scout: Molly Connor
May 15, 2014
Fashion trends you hate: Crop tops need to die! Unless you’re like a double zero they just make everyone look so bad! I’ve seen very few people look good in them.
How former Jayhawks fared in NBA playoff games of May 14
May 15, 2014
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA playoff games of Wednesday, May 14.
25 years ago: 31st Street to be widened from Iowa to Kasold
May 15, 2014
County staff were instructed to begin the right-of-way acquisition procedure for the project.
40 years ago: State offices fight against ‘Big Eat’ event
May 15, 2014
The state AG’s petition said the previous year’s Big Eat had been a “place where violations of the uniform controlled substances act occurred.”
100 years ago: Board of Education discusses property acquisition, school maintenance
May 15, 2014
“It was the opinion of the board that a whole block would be the wise investment, as the town would grow and more space be needed later.”
Perry baseball wins league
May 15, 2014
Perry-Lecompton High (17-3) clinched its second consecutive Big 7 League title Wednesday with an 11-1 victory at home against Holton.
Baker products land NFL invites
May 15, 2014
Two former Baker University football players have been invited to NFL rookie camps this weekend.
KU track puts 24 on academic team
May 15, 2014
Kansas University placed 24 student-athletes on the Academic All-Big 12 Track & Field teams, including a league-best 15 men.
Sporting KC falls to Philly
May 15, 2014
Cristian Maidana capped a quick back-and-forth scoring sequence with his first goal of the season, and the Philadelphia Union broke a nine-match winless streak with a 2-1 victory over Sporting Kansas City on Wednesday night.
Moustakas powers Royals
May 15, 2014
There’s been so much talk about Mike Moustakas at the plate that the third baseman ignored the conversation Wednesday — even after doing something positive. Moustakas hit a three-run double in the second inning to account for Kansas City’s only runs, and Jason Vargas and the Royals’ bullpen made the meager offense work in a 3-2 win over the Colorado Rockies that completed a two-game sweep.
Letter: Take care
May 15, 2014
Driving and walking around town provides much pleasant observation: trails, a lake, the arts, strong local business presence, history, the university.
Class of 2014’s life and times recorded by student journalists
May 15, 2014
Students in the Class of 2014 have grown up in interesting times. But their lives have been shaped as much by the culture they created themselves within their own school environments as by events in the outside world. Many of those experiences were recorded by student journalists at the school newspapers and yearbooks who spoke this week about the things they and their classmates will remember most. By Peter Hancock
Swarthout Recital Hall to host final pre-renovations concert tonight
May 15, 2014
After more than a half-century of service to the Kansas University School of Music, Swarthout Recital Hall will host a special decommissioning concert at 5:30 p.m. today. The event will mark Swarthout’s final performance before renovations begin on the venue later this month.
Off the Beaten Plate: Kansas Roll at Oriental Bistro
May 15, 2014
The Kansas Roll at Oriental Bistro provides you with dinner and dessert at the time.
Planning for upcoming high school graduation ceremonies: what you need to know
May 15, 2014
Here’s everything you need to know in planning for high school graduation ceremonies. By Peter Hancock
Arts Center to hold Final Dance Gala this Saturday
May 15, 2014
The Lawrence Arts Center’s School of Dance is holding its end-of-year gala at 7 p.m. Saturday to celebrate student progress made this term, each dancer’s dedication to the program and feature a number of guest performances.
Letter: Buses for us
May 15, 2014
You want to do something for transportation in Lawrence? Get the T back to serving the citizens of Lawrence!
Opinion: ISIS is a nightmare group in Syria
May 15, 2014
The chamber of horrors of the Syrian civil war has spawned a terrorist group so extreme that it has been rejected even by al-Qaida — and this toxic group is now establishing a safe haven in the city of Raqqah in northern Syria that could soon be used to attack foreign targets.
Fix-It Chick: Refinish a wood floor
May 15, 2014
With the advent of fast-drying polyurethanes, applying finish to a recently sanded wood floor can often be done within a day.
Garden Variety: high-definition gardening
May 15, 2014
The simplest raised bed is just mounded soil, high in the center, tapering to the edge. Most have a border made of almost any material; lumber, logs, rocks, bricks, cinder blocks, etc., to retain this soil. The goal is to hold the growing media above ground level and truly define a place not to walk.
Style Scout: Bret Ivy
May 15, 2014
Describe your style: Normally, I try to appear classy every day. I usually wear a collar, sometimes a tie and dress shoes almost every single day; it’s just something that kind of makes my personal brand, and me, stand out a little bit more.
The Fashion Column Twins: Summer’s best trends
May 15, 2014
Elizabeth and I wanted to break down two of this season’s popular trends that we have been embracing with open arms: the cropped top and the woven short.
Wye Oak’s Andy Stack on the not-so-drastic change in the duo’s sound
May 15, 2014
For a band who broke out in 2011 as a guitar-centric indie folk duo, it could have been a crisis that Wye Oak’s Jenn Wasner had a mental block when it came to songwriting for their fourth album ‘Shriek’, and it had everything to do with her guitar. The record released last month, bandmate Andy Stack doesn’t see the “drastic” change in sound everyone else keeps bringing up. Wye Oak will be in Lawrence this Saturday, headlining for the first time in town at the Granada, 1020 Massachusetts St.
Getting the skinny on at-home facials
May 15, 2014
It’s easy to overlook proper skin care when professional facial services can cost more than you’re willing to shell out on what seems like a frivolous pampering. Let two local skin care specialists guide you on the proper practice of an at-home facial, closely resembling a spa treatment and keeping your skin in check.
Editorial: Waiver positive
Taxpayers footing the bill for various public projects don’t deserve territorial squabbles among local governments.
May 15, 2014
The city of Lawrence was right last week to waive impact and building permit fees for projects undertaken by Douglas County and the Lawrence School District.
Family Adventures: Making a summer family bucket list
May 15, 2014
Last year, for the very first time, our family made a summer bucket list. At first, I was unsure if it would be encouraging or if it would just turn into one more list of Things That Must Be Done. Happily, the former was true.
KU business school to launch new part-time accounting master’s
May 15, 2014
The Kansas University School of Business is starting a new part-time master’s program in accounting at the Edwards Campus in Overland Park. Meant for working professionals, the program will offer evening courses taught by the same faculty who teach in the primary master’s program at KU’s main campus.