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A HASKELL RECORD NICE SHOT University awards most degrees ever Lawrence & State 3A LHS shot-putter tops at league meet Sports 1B L A W R E NC E JOURNAL-WORLD ® 75 CENTS 3!452$!9s-!9s ‘The very moment that changed my life’ Police calls to bars draw official scrutiny —— Owners say numbers don’t tell whole story By George Diepenbrock ONLINE: Go to for a complete list of calls at Lawrence bars and drinking establishments. Richard Gwin/Journal-World Photo ALEX ROSS IS GRADUATING FROM KANSAS UNIVERSITY with a degree in communication studies. He started the Dance Marathon at KU, which benefits the Children’s Miracle Network, for which he has helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars. Senior leaving KU knowing that he made a big difference for kids By Andy Hyland Alex Ross figured he was doing pretty well right up until his sophomore year in high school. He had a great family, grew up in an affluent neighborhood, had a girlfriend and played every sport imaginable. “I had a picture-perfect life,” he said. But his life took a dark turn, and the graduating Kansas University senior said it was a little girl with a big smile in a pink tutu that helped save his life. Ross said he was sexually abused his sophomore year and soon went into a deep depression. He initially hid the abuse from his family and friends, and several times he contemplated suicide and came close to going through with it. “I thought that nobody loved me,” he said. “That nobody wanted me.” His family eventually hospitalized him. “I hated them at the moment, of course,” he said. “But if they hadn’t done it, I probably wouldn’t be here.” Still, he rebelled. Started hanging out with the wrong crowd. Got arrested. Began disagreeing with his parents on nearly everything. “I was an idiot,” he said. His life turned around after his sister invited him to a “Dance Marathon” at Vanderbilt University. It turns out there’s not all that much dancing at a Dance Marathon event. It’s primarily geared toward children who are benefitted by the Children’s Miracle Network, an organization that helps children with debilitating diseases, birth defects, afflictions or handicaps. Please see GRADUATE, page 2A The number of police calls at a handful of Lawrence drinking establishments in a recent 15-month period has drawn the city’s attention. Lawrence police and city attorneys have met with or plan to have conversations with owners of the five establishments with the highest number of calls — Abe and Jake’s Landing at 163; The Oread, which includes The Cave nightclub, 122; Tonic, 99; The Hawk, 93; and Cadillac Ranch, 91 — from January 2011 to April 1 this year. “It’s a serious issue. It’s serious for the patrons, serious for the employees and serious for the police officers that are called to respond to those situations,” City Manager David Corliss said. “We want to monitor it and respond accordingly. What comes of those meetings is the owner and operators indicate they have received the message and they’re going to work to try and respond. I’ve been pleased with the meetings and contacts to date. We’re going to continue to monitor it.” Abe and Jake’s owner Mike Elwell said International students graduate. Page 2A Please see BARS, page 6A City leaders to share details of recreation complex plans By Chad Lawhorn City leaders are hoping to unveil detailed plans for a multimillion-dollar recreation complex in northwest Lawrence at a public meeting in the first week of June. “We do want to get people’s opinions on what this project should offer, how it should function and who should operate it,” said Mayor Bob Schumm, who said an exact date for the public meeting hasn’t been set yet. But city commissioners are poised to take a major step on the proposed public-private project before it receives that public input. Schumm Commissioners on Tuesday will consider approving a request to annex 146 acres at the northwest corner of Sixth Street and the South Lawrence Traf- ficway to house the recreation complex and supporting retail amenities that could range from restaurants to a hotel. The annexation process traditionally is the point where discussions about extending city infrastructure to a site take place. Schumm said he had not received a detailed estimate on the costs to extend water service, sewers and city streets to the site, but said it had been described as a cost of “several million dollars.” Schumm also confirmed that the current working agreement with a private development group calls for the city to pay for those infrastructure costs. A development group led by Lawrence businessman Duane Schwada has offered to donate about 50 acres to the city to house the recreation complex. But a condition of the donation, Schumm said, is the city extend the infrastructure to the site. Extending infrastructure to the 50-acre site essentially will bring the infrastructure to the remaining 100-plus acres that will continue to be owned by the Schwada group. Schumm said he believes the deal is reasonable. “I think it is a fair deal,” Schumm said. “It obviously creates a benefit for the other property, but if we were doing this on our own, we would have to bring the infrastructure to the site on our own and pay to acquire the property.” Please see CITY, page 2A Legislative leaders tell Brownback to veto tax cut By Scott Rothschild TOPEKA — Republican and Democratic leaders Friday called on Gov. Sam Brownback to veto a deficit-producing tax cut as the legislative session hit overtime with numerous major issues unresolved. “That would be the appropriate action,” Senate Presi- dent Steve Morris, R-Hugoton, said about a veto. Senate Democratic Leader Anthony Hensley of Topeka and House Democratic Leader Paul Davis of Lawrence said the proposed tax cut was reckless and would require deep funding reductions to schools, assistance for those with disabilities and highways. They also said it would benefit the wealthy at the INSIDE Scattered storms Business Classified Comics Deaths High: 71 Low: 51 Today’s forecast, page 10A expense of the poor. Fiscal profiles of the tax cut by the Kansas Legislative Research Department projected budget shortfalls ranging from $242 million to $304 million by the time the Legislature meets next year, and $2.5 billion to $3 billion in 2018, which is an amount equal to nearly onehalf the current budget of $6.2 billion in state funds. 10A 1C-6C 9A 2A Events listings Horoscope Movies Opinion 10A, 2B 5C 4A 8A Puzzles Society Sports Television Join us at and But Brownback, a Republican, disagreed with the assessment. “We can make this work,” Brownback said. “This is a progrowth tax cut.” Through economic growth and tight control of spending, the proposal would balance, he said. Brownback said he would prefer a smaller tax cut that was produced by a House-Senate conference committee, but said if he doesn’t get that bill, he will sign the larger one. The measures would lower income tax rates and eliminate taxes on nonwage income for nearly 200,000 businesses. Republican war The political maneuvering employed by Brownback to get Please see TAX CUT, page 2A COMING SUNDAY 5C 10B Look for a special 1B-8B section that lists all 4A, 2B, 5C 2012 Kansas University graduates. Vol.154/No.133 26 pages Energy smart: The Journal-World makes the most of renewable resources.

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