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L A W R E N C E JOURNAL-WORLD ® 75 CENTS Time for a little tête-à-tête Rainy and cool High: 55 Charlette Blubaugh was a central figure in a scam that involved more than 17,000 KU basketball tickets and more than 2,000 football tickets from 2005 to 2010. She is responsible for paying a total of $2.56 million in restitution to the athletics department and the IRS. Low: 36 Today’s forecast, page 10A INSIDE Former tickets official gets 57 months Selby to go pro Kansas University freshman Josh Selby announced Thursday he would leave the Kansas men’s basketball team and head for the NBA draft. “Now I’m on to a new chapter,” he said. Page 1B READ ACROSS LAWRENCE Couple recount friendship with Lee A capacity crowd at the library was captivated by accounts of Truman Capote and Harper Lee, told by Garden City residents Bob and Kay Wells, who met the authors in the 1960s when they came to research the Clutter murders. Page 3A NATION Contents of lost luggage for sale Ever wonder what happens to unclaimed lost luggage? Travel to the 40,000square-foot Unclaimed Baggage Center in Scottsboro, Ala., to see — and buy — all the items that never made it home from vacation. Page 6A “ QUOTABLE This bill is nothing more than a tea party checklist targeting programs that help the most vulnerable. It’s shameful, a moral disgrace.” — U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., talking about legislation passed in Congress Thursday that cuts a record $38 billion from federal spending. Some liberals voted against the bill because of cuts in food programs for the poor, grants to local police departments and help for children of inmates. Page 7A COMING SATURDAY Nick Krug/Journal-World Photo NICK FRATTA, A KANSAS UNIVERSITY ARCHITECTURE STUDENT, examines the method of suspension for a 900-pound bust titled “Charting the Self,” which is currently hanging in the gallery of the Fine Arts building. The bust, which is the work of graduate student David Platter, of Kansas City, Kan., is suspended by two aircraft cables and was sculpted from cast stone. The exhibit will run through today. FOLLOW US INDEX 6A 5B-10B 9A 2A 10A, 2B 9B 5A 8A 2A 9B 1B-4B 5A, 2B, 9B 36 pages Energy smart: The Journal-World makes the most of renewable resources. By Mark Fagan Expert outlines energy challenges, calls for less simplistic approach By Christine Metz When John Hofmeister talks about what is wrong with the country’s energy system, he points to the Democratic and Republican conventions of 2008. While one side chanted “no more coal” the other was cheering “drill, baby, drill.” That, Hofmeister said, is indicative of the simplicity with which we have addressed the problems facing our nation’s complicated energy system. “Any wonder with that “ Here’s the problem: We are still living off of the 20th century energy system and don’t have a clue as to what to do with the 21st century.” — John Hofmeister, author and former leader of Shell Oil Co. kind of intellectual curiosity and sophisticated analysis that a person who works in this arena might be disappointed?” Hofmeister said. “That is our nation’s leadership.” As part of the Kansas University Energy Conference, Hofmeister — a former CEO of one of the world’s largest oil companies — talked for more than an hour about what’s wrong with the country’s energy system and provided a solution as to how to fix it. Author of “Why We Hate the Oil Companies: Straight Talk from an Energy Insider,” Hofmeister served as the president of Shell Oil Co. from 2005 to 2008. He is now the head of the nonprofit organization Citizens for Affordable Energy. He quickly informed the crowd that he was a registered Democrat who was angry at the president and the seven who preceded him. He also wasn’t too pleased with the past 19 Congresses. “Here’s the problem: We are still living off of the 20th century energy system and don’t have a clue as to what to do with the 21st century,” he said. Please see ENERGY, page 2A ENERGY, ENVIRONMENT, ECONOMY Brownback urges balanced perspective We catch up with five delegates from Russian universities who are in Lawrence to learn about how By Christine Metz the American system of higher education works. Business Classified Comics Deaths Events listings Horoscope Movies Opinion Poll Puzzles Sports Television Vol.153/No.105 FRIDAY • APRIL 15 • 2011 Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback compared the state’s energy policy to riding an elephant. “We need as clean as environment as possible that costs as low as it can with as abundant amount of energy as possible,” Brownback said. “It’s kind of like riding an elephant. It goes back and forth on you all the time.” On Thursday morning, Brownback addressed a crowd of Kansas University students, energy researchers and industry experts at The Oread hotel as part of the KU Energy Conference. Brownback stressed the need to balance the three E’s of energy, environment and economy. He urged the state to find ways to harvest and store Please see BROWNBACK, page 2A Mike Yoder/Journal-World Photo KU CHANCELLOR BERNADETTE GRAY-LITTLE, right, introduces Gov. Sam Brownback, left, before the start of the KU Energy Conference Thursday at The Oread hotel. WICHITA — Charlette Blubaugh, a former associate athletics director at Kansas Athletics Inc., was sentenced Thursday to 57 months in prison for her role in a ticket-theft scheme and conspiracy that prosecutors say cost the department at least $2 million. Blubaugh, who had pleaded guilty in January to conspiracy to commit wire fraud, also must spend three years on supervised release once she’s released from custody, plus be responsible for paying a total of $2.56 million in Thomas restitution to Blubaugh, the department Charlette and the IRS. Blubaugh’s U.S. District Judge Wesley husband, Brown also received 46 months in prison denied Blubaugh’s for his role in the request to delay scam. They have her prison term, two small quashing her hopes that she children. would care for her two young children — ages 5 and 6 — while husband Thomas Blubaugh serves a 46-month prison term for his role in the tickets scam. “I am truly sorry for the pain that I have caused, and the disappointment I have caused my family,” Charlette Blubaugh said. Brown imposed the sentence as federal agents and others looked on in U.S. District Court in Wichita. “We’re all sorry this occurred,” Brown said. “But this did occur.” Charlette Blubaugh, the former associate athletics director for ticket operations at Kansas Please see TICKETS, page 2A Lawrence makes list of best small towns in U.S. for dining out By Chad Lawhorn Grab a fork, Lawrence residents. You’re living in one of the nine best small towns in America for dining out, according to a national food website. The website The Daily Meal recently included Lawrence on its list of nine small towns where you can “find great eating where you might least expect it.” The site touts Lawrence as having everything from Central American food — it highlighted La Parrilla — to a “booming gastropub scene,” specifically calling out Dempsey’s and Free State Brewery. “I think our restaurant scene is surprisingly adventurous for being in the middle of the country,” said Ann Dominguez, a manager at La Parrilla, 814 Mass. “We have a bit of an international feel here.” Lawrence was one of only two cities in the middle of the country that made the list. Free State founder Chuck Magerl, who also owns and operates Wheatfields Bakery, said Lawrence’s restaurant scene has benefited from a population that is well-traveled. “We have a lot of people who get excited about what they have seen in other places and want to bring it back here,” Magerl said. “And we still have a lot of people in Lawrence who are always willing to give it a try.” But there also have been some significant changes in recent years in how Lawrence restaurants operate, said Steve Gaudreau, who owns Dempsey’s and the longtime Massachusetts Street staple Quinton’s. He said several Lawrence restaurants really have taken to the idea of buying local meat and produce, and also have seen the value in hiring highly trained chefs. When he opened Dempsey’s Burger Pub, 623 Vt., about a year ago, he brought in a fully trained chef who had worked for Wolfgang Puck in Beverly Hills. “A few years ago, you just didn’t do that in Lawrence,” Gaudreau said. “But now we are going out and getting highly trained chefs, and they are the ones who are bringing in some new concepts. There are lot more items made from scratch these days, and a style that really lets the flavors speak for themselves.” Other cities that made The Daily Meal’s list of nine: ● Asheville, N.C. ● Danville, Calif. ● Ithaca, N.Y. ● Edgartown, Mass. ● Ojai, Calif. ● Burlington, Vt. ● Evanston, Ill. ● New Haven, Conn. — City reporter Chad Lawhorn can be reached at 8326362. Follow him at

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