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Lawrence Journal World (Newspaper) - May 21, 2015, Lawrence, Kansas Partly cloudy Today’s forecast, page 8A High: 67 Low: 43 Business 2A Classified 5C- 9C Comics 10C Deaths 2A Events listings 8A, 2C Horoscope 6A Opinion 7A Puzzles 6A Sports 1C- 4C Television 8A, 2C USA Today 1B- 8B INSIDE Vol. 157/ No. 141 26 pages J ournal - W orld LAWRENCE ® LJWorld. com $ 1.00 THURSDAY • MAY 21 • 2015 Join us at Facebook. com/ LJWorld and Twitter. com/ LJWorld The Lawrence Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees has proposed a new deal with the city to broaden health outreach. Page 3A Health partnership It’s never too early not to plan Free State High School grads get lots of open- ended advice Graduation time usually means that graduates and everyone around them are thinking about what’s coming next. But the speak ers at Wednesday’s commence ment ceremony for Free State High School wanted to de- emphasize the plan- making. Sophie Westbrook, the first of two student speakers, began the evening lamenting how often she and her classmates are asked what their plans are for next year, which she translated from “ adultese” to mean, “ What are your plans for next year, your entire life and the future of the human race?” She said it becomes a problem when graduates have to answer that repeatedly, since it turns at tention away from the accomplish ment at hand. “ Continually explaining goals makes it much harder to be happy where you are,” she said. “ That’s too bad, because where we are is pretty great. We’re graduating from Free State High School. Let’s enjoy it.” About 350 Free State High stu dents received their diplomas in side Kansas University’s Allen Fieldhouse Wednesday night, in an event that was moved indoors be cause of rainy, cool weather. More than 2,000 people filled the bleach ers to watch the green- gowned stu dents receive their diplomas. By Elliot Hughes Twitter: @ elliothughes12 See the list of graduating Firebirds on page 4A. Class of 2015 Bill advances that gives sec. of state new powers T opeka — The Kan sas House advanced a bill Wednesday that would give the secretary of state’s office independent author ity to prosecute election crimes while also making it easier to obtain convic tions for those crimes. The bill narrowly ad vanced toward final action by a 63- 57 vote. All four members of the Lawrence- area delegation — Repub lican Rep. Tom Sloan and Democratic Reps. Barbara Ballard, Boog Highberger and John Wilson — voted against it. It passed the Senate in February by a vote of 23- 17. Both senators from Douglas County, Demo crats Marci Francisco, of Lawrence, and Tom Hol land, of Baldwin City, vot ed against the measure. “ I’ve never heard any one question the fairness of Kansas elec tions until the last few years,” Highberger said. “ The reason for that is the extreme By Peter Hancock Twitter: @ LJWpqhancock Miller again sentenced to life Douglas County District Judge Paula Martin for the second time sentenced Martin K. Miller to life in prison with out the possibility of parole Wednesday. Jurors on April 8 decided Miller killed his wife, Mary Miller, 46, at the family’s central Lawrence home more than 10 years ago. Miller was convicted of the charge during his first trial in 2005, as well, but the Kansas Supreme Court ruled in February 2014 that he should get a new trial based on an er roneous jury instruction that Martin gave. Prosecutor Mark Simpson had argued during the retrial that Miller strangled his wife in her sleep sometime before 6 a. m. July 28, 2004. Simp son said that evidence of the defendant’s un happiness in his mar riage and his desire to be with his mistress gave Miller the motive to kill Mary Miller. Miller’s attorney, Richard Ney, said jurors could not con sider motive to decide whether By Caitlin Doornbos Twitter: @ CaitlinDoornbos ——— Critics blast measure that would allow Kobach to prosecute To the best of my knowledge, no other secretary of state across the country has this power.” — Rep. Boog Highberger, D- Lawrence “ Please see ELECTIONS, page 2A Iraqis regrouping to take back Ramadi. 1B By the Booker Blues legend Booker T. Jones will kick off the Lawrence Public Library’s new 780s Series tonight at Liberty Hall. Going Out, 5A C OURTS MARTIN MILLER, LEFT, talks with his attorney, Richard Ney, before being sentenced Wednesday in the 2004 murder of his wife Mary Miller. Nick Krug/ Journal- World Photo Please see MILLER, page 2A KU Art and Design Building named after ex- chancellor The Kansas University Art and Design Building — dedi cated in 1978, and generically called since — now has a name. And, all former KU chancel lors now have buildings named in their honor. The Art and Design Build ing, 1467 Jayhawk Blvd., will be named for former KU Chancellor E. Laurence “ Larry” Chalmers, who led KU from 1969 to 1972. The Kansas Board of Regents on Wednesday approved KU’s request to name the building. In recommending the name, KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray- Little said Chalmers was chancel lor during “ one of the most tumultuous peri ods in the university’s history.” In 1970, an arsonist set ablaze the Kansas Union and other vio lence followed, includ ing more fires, arrests and KU students marching in protest of the Kent State Uni versity shootings smash ing out windows in the Military Science Build ing, according to a 2010 Journal- World feature on the unrestful year. “ Chalmers announced that students had the choice of going home early, finishing the semester or par ticipating in school workshops and group activities,” accord ing to the article. “ To the students, Chalmers — known for his bow tie and pleas to just call him Larry — emerged as the hero of day. The compromise he struck held off any further campus violence that semester. But many around By Sara Shepherd Twitter: @ saramarieshep Chalmers KANS ASUNIVERSITY Please see KU, page 2A Please see GRADS, page 4A Mike Yoder/ Journal- World Photo FREE STATE HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 2015 graduates toss their caps after receiving their diplomas at commencement Wednesday at Allen Fieldhouse. See the video at LJWorld. com/ freestate2015.

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