Archive for Wednesday, May 28, 2014

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12:34 a.m.
Lawrence looks at potential tax increases for new police headquarters
May 27, 2014
Lawrence city commissioners still are interested in a November election to fund a new police headquarters building, although new questions have arisen over the project’s $30 million price tag and the possible tax increases to fund it. By Chad Lawhorn
9:50 a.m.
Ethan Perrins, a Southwest Middle School student, won the Douglas County Spelling Bee in February and is competing at the national bee in Washington, D.C.
Southwest Middle School student ready for national spelling bee
May 27, 2014
This year, Ethan Perrins had his mind set on just winning a spelling bee at Southwest Middle School. But on Tuesday, he’ll walk on stage with ESPN cameras pointed at him, ready to take on whatever words they throw at him for the 2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. By Elliot Hughes
6:02 p.m.
Associated Press. Former KU faculty remember Maya Angelou’s time on campus
May 28, 2014
Before she became household name as a poet and writer, Maya Angelou visited Kansas University as a writer in residence. Faculty members who were here then remember Angelou as an impressive and generous woman who drew a crowd through sheer force of personality. By Ben Unglesbee
7:35 p.m.
Larry McElwain, Lawrence Chamber of Commerce Larry McElwain will become Lawrence Chamber CEO July 1
5:27 p.m., May 28, 2014 Updated 6:53 p.m.
A longtime Lawrence businessman who has worked with thousands of Douglas County families will take over as the next president and CEO of the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce. Larry McElwain will become CEO effective July 1.

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Renowned artist to speak at Arts Center this Sunday
May 28, 2014
Artist Nina Katchadourian will be lecturing at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St., this Sunday, June 1. Her visit is in conjunction with the Free State Festival later during the month (June 25-28).
Outdoor sculpture exhibition inspires public discourse on art
May 28, 2014
Standing tall in front of Merchants on Eighth and Massachusetts streets and made entirely from stacked wooden disks is a visual puzzle for the community to solve created by local artist Kelsey Stertz. As if popping up from the ground overnight, Stertz’s piece and seven others now adorn the downtown Lawrence area as part of this year’s Outdoor Downtown Sculpture Exhibition.
Off the Beaten Plate: Hibiscus ice cream at Limestone Pizza
May 28, 2014
Hibiscus is a flower native to tropical regions of the world, so if you’re unfamiliar with this particular ingredient, it’s not something springing up in Lawrence. While the large flower petals may appear in white, orange, pink, red, yellow or purple, this dish will arrive at your table as a purple-y magenta color, almost too pretty to devour, but that would be a mistake.
Convertible-turned-skatepark to be featured in Saturday’s Art Tougeau parade
May 28, 2014
Jeremy Rockwell will show his mobile skatepark in the Art Tougeau parade on Saturday, an annual event that displays wacky, innovative DIY vehicles from Lawrence and across the country. By Joanna Hlavacek
May Final Friday Preview: Spotlighting art through the ages
May 28, 2014
There’s yesterday and today on display at this month’s Final Fridays.
Area students earn College-Sponsored Merit Scholarships
May 28, 2014
Seven area high school seniors have been awarded college-sponsored scholarships through the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. By staff reports
Lawrence middle-schooler eliminated from Scripps National Spelling Bee
May 28, 2014
When Lawrence’s Ethan Perrins had his two turns at the microphone at the Scripps National Spelling Bee, he nailed both words. Nevertheless, he was eliminated from the competition Wednesday.
Kansas officials discuss signage for new gun law
May 28, 2014
Now that Kansas has expanded the right to carry guns both openly and concealed, officials are huddling to come up with signs that let people know what is allowed and where. By Scott Rothschild
Former KU faculty remember Maya Angelou’s time on campus
May 28, 2014
Before she became household name as a poet and writer, Maya Angelou visited Kansas University as a writer in residence. Faculty members who were here then remember Angelou as an impressive and generous woman who drew a crowd through sheer force of personality. By Ben Unglesbee
Larry McElwain will become Lawrence Chamber CEO July 1
05:27 p.m., May 28, 2014 Updated 06:53 p.m.
A longtime Lawrence businessman who has worked with thousands of Douglas County families will take over as the next president and CEO of the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce. Larry McElwain will become CEO effective July 1.
Highway 59 shooting probably not random violence, sheriff’s department says
May 28, 2014
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office has identified the victim of Monday night’s shooting on Highway 59 south of Lawrence as 24-year-old Skylar L. Workman of Lawrence. Investigators do not think the shooting was a random act of violence, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office.
LPD identifies one of two suspects from Monday armed robbery
May 28, 2014
Police have identified a suspect and obtained a description of a second in regards to an armed robbery on the 2400 block of W. 24th Terrace from Monday evening.
Police identify suspect in downtown Saturday shooting
May 28, 2014
Lawrence police have identified a suspect from Saturday morning’s shooting that occurred on 10th Street near the Replay Lounge.
State board seeks input on hiring new education commissioner
May 28, 2014
The Kansas State Board of Education is hosting a series of focus group sessions to solicit public input on the hiring of a new state education commissioner. One session will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Lawrence school district’s administrative office. By Peter Hancock
Free State chemistry teacher wins $10,000 ‘Bobs’ Award
May 28, 2014
The Lawrence Schools Foundation named Free State High School’s Jordan Rose the winner of the 2014 “Bobs” Award. The $10,000 prize goes annually to an outstanding teacher in the Lawrence school district. By staff reports
Kobach files for re-election vowing continued fight for state sovereignty
May 28, 2014
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach on Wednesday filed for re-election, saying he will continue to fight for state sovereignty and tougher voter fraud laws. By Scott Rothschild
Jury selection begins in retrial of manslaughter case
May 28, 2014
Justin P. Gonzalez will stand trial a second time on a charge of involuntary manslaughter. He is accused of killing Nicholas J. Sardina during an altercation in February 2012. By Peter Hancock
Wolf rejects poll of Kansas GOP in US Senate race
May 28, 2014
Tea party candidate Milton Wolf has rejected a conservative Kansas legislator’s suggestion to allow a poll to decide which one of them challenges U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts in the Republican primary.
Poet, author Maya Angelou dies at 86
May 28, 2014
NEW YORK — Maya Angelou, a modern Renaissance woman who survived the harshest of childhoods to become a force on stage, screen, the printed page and the inaugural dais, has died. She was 86.
Today in Lawrence: Warm weather, good music and a farmers’ market experience
May 28, 2014
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25 years ago: Survey shows LHS Class of ‘89 a diverse, tolerant group
May 28, 2014
“I think we’ll be remembered as a class that likes to have a good time, but we really know when to slow down,” said senior Andy Morton.
40 years ago: Former subsidized housing to be sold
May 28, 2014
Fred Davenport III of Sioux City, Iowa, was the apparent top bidder for the four-year-old complex.
Price, ‘true team’ of Jayhawks depart for NCAA regional
May 28, 2014
Ritch Price stood outside the home dugout at Hoglund Ballpark late Tuesday afternoon, an hour before Kansas University’s baseball team departed for Louisville, Kentucky — site of Friday’s NCAA Tournament opener against the University of Kentucky.
Cool head, hot hand: Freshman closer Villines quick to make impact for KU
May 28, 2014
If not for the way he executed his craft — one strike after the next, pinpoint accuracy, fantastic command — one might think Kansas University freshman Stephen Villines did not care all that much about pitching. But it’s the competitor behind that happy-go-lucky exterior that allowed Villines to lead the Jayhawks in saves (8) and fill one of the game’s most important roles, despite inheriting it just a few months after receiving his first Div. I scholarship offer. By Matt Tait
Letter: Break oil cycle
May 28, 2014
Like the movie “Groundhog Day,” the U.S. keeps repeating the same scenario on oil that began decades ago with the first Arab embargo: A crisis somewhere in the world disrupts global oil supplies, sending prices higher and hurting our economy.
Letter: A good man
May 28, 2014
Thanks for publishing the May 25 article, “KU and Vietnam.” Dwight “Rick” Rickman (KU Class of 1969) and my husband served together as lieutenants in 1st Reconnaissance Battalion at Camp Pendleton, Calif. Rick and his wife, Bev, graciously welcomed us into their circle of close friends.
Letter: Commit to peace
May 28, 2014
“I must study politics and war, that our sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. Our sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history and naval architecture, navigation, commerce and agriculture in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry and porcelain,” wrote John Adams to his wife.
Editorial: Proud record
The Lawrence Schools Foundation’s departing executive director has taken the organization to a new level of excellence.
May 28, 2014
Susan Esau can be proud of the record she compiled during a little more that a decade as executive director of the Lawrence Schools Foundation.
Opinion: Americans monitor Ukrainian vote
May 28, 2014
When Ukrainians voted Sunday for a president, Reno Domenico of South Jersey was a poll monitor in Kherson, on the border of occupied Crimea. Ulana Mazurkevich, a mainstay of Philly’s Ukranian-American community, was poll-watching in Odessa. Marta Fedoriw of Allentown, Pa., was checking polls in Dnieperpetrovsk.
How former Jayhawks fared in NBA playoff games of May 27
May 28, 2014
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA playoff games of Tuesday, May 27.
Royals offense fails again in 3-0 loss to Houston
May 28, 2014
Ned Yost was angry, that much was clear. The Royals manager had watched his pop-gun offense fail to score through five innings, and felt his starting pitcher was getting squeezed. So Yost trundled out to the mound, waited for plate umpire Kerwin Danley to arrive and then uttered what must have been some mighty choice words. Danley promptly tossed him from the game — and spared Yost from having to watch the rest of Kansas City’s 3-0 loss to the Houston Astros on Tuesday night.
Inconsistency strikes city golfers at state tourney
May 28, 2014
Lawrence High senior Narito Mendez had plenty of luck on the back nine Tuesday at the Class 6A state golf tournament. All of that luck disappeared in the front nine — his last nine holes. By Bobby Nightengale
Basketball notebook: Tharpe draws interest from New England schools
May 28, 2014
Providence and UMass have emerged as possible transfer destinations of former Kansas University point guard Naadir Tharpe. CBSsports.com’s Jeff Borzello tweeted on Tuesday that the 5-foot-11 Worcester, Massachusetts, native is being pursued by both schools. Playing overseas also was listed as an option for Tharpe, who announced his decision to transfer from KU on May 1. Basketball notes by Gary Bedore
Jayhawks embrace facing do-it-all Wildcat at NCAAs
May 28, 2014
If baseball were a one-on-one game, Ritch Price’s Kansas University team might be in trouble Friday during its first NCAA Tournament game in five years. Waiting across the diamond at Louisville’s Jim Patterson Stadium will be Kentucky junior A.J. Reed, the Wildcats’ ace on the mound and top hitter in their batting order. By Matt Tait
100 years ago: Field Day: New Victrola to be awarded to winning school
May 28, 2014
“The Victrola has been paid for and is now on exhibition in the window at the Bell Brothers store.”