Archive for Friday, August 24, 2007

Also from August 24

Births
Obituaries
On the street
Photo galleries
Cicadas
Podcasts
Polls
Should the city expand the public library downtown, or should it build a satellite branch in another part of Lawrence?

Poll results

Response Percent
Build a satellite branch
 
36%
Expand downtown
 
31%
Neither
 
30%
Undecided
 
1%
Total 615
Videos

Lead stories

2:13 a.m.
Kurt Nesbitt and his dog, Pocha, rest Thursday by the Kansas River near Burcham Park. Plans for a sculpture park near where Nesbitt was sitting have been put on hold after some people expressed concerns that it would damage wildlife habitat. Nesbitt, who is an artist and who has walked the river trail since he was 8, said he would support such a sculpture park. Sculpture trail plan on hold
August 24, 2007 in print edition on 1A
Call it a bump in the road or, more accurately, the trail. Plans for a new Burcham Park trail that would be lined with unique sculptures are on hold after some residents were concerned the project would too dramatically disrupt the natural area along the Kansas River. “We’re just people who believe nature should be left alone,” said Alison Roepe, a Lawrence resident who lives near the wooded area of Burcham Park, Second and Indiana streets.
9:00 a.m.
 Jeff Cole, a Ph.D. candidate in the ecology and evolutionary biology department at Kansas University, displays a collection of cicada specimens used to study the insect.  Cicadas, whose shrill song can be heard throughout Lawrence in the evening, is the world's loudest insect and can produce sounds up to 120 decibels.  Cole is pictured on Wednesday at his Haworth Hall lab at KU. Cicada chorus fills the air
August 24, 2007 in print edition on 1A
Cicadas, the world’s loudest insect, have emerged from below where they have spent years underground as nymphs waiting for just the right time to climb out, shed their skin and sound their mating call. “There are some that are basically as loud as a jet engine taking off,” said Jeff Cole, a Ph.D. candidate at Kansas University’s ecology and evolutionary biology department. “The loudest species can get up to 120 decibels, which is about the pain threshold of human ears.”
1:28 p.m.
Pulse Podcast
Old musical form still going strong
Posted August 24, 2007
Shape-note singing is a musical form that dates back to Colonial times in the United States, but it's still alive, both musically and spiritually. The musical form is featured this week in the Pulse Podcast. The podcast coincides with Sunday's public demonstration singing event by the Kaw Valley Shape Note Singing Association, which will set up in the South Park gazebo from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. during the Kansas State Picking and Fiddling Championships. In the podcast, local member Joe Casad talks about why he's involved in shape-note singing, and Matt Hinton, who co-directed the documentary "Awake My Soul" about the musical style, talks about its history. After that, find out what else is going on in Lawrence this weekend in our weekly Best Bets feature.
3:00 p.m.
"Mad Greek" is one of the many diverse pieces to be featured at Alec Joler's debut art and film show. Joler will be mounting the first 15 pages of the comic with the word bubbles left blank. Sharpies will hang next to the bubbles so viewers can fill in their own stories. Variety show
August 24, 2007 in print edition on 1C
Alec Joler is one of the busiest unemployed men in Lawrence. Since recently losing his retail job, the artist/writer/filmmaker has used the time to focus on a project that combines all of his skills. “As long as I’m actively creating something, I’m OK,” Joler says. “Even if I have a (crappy) job that pays $2 an hour, I feel that if there’s stuff coming out of the ‘factory,’ it’s all good.”
10:00 p.m.
Craig Nowatzke, right, owner of "SunDog," an outdoor food cart, makes change for Jon Klassen in downtown Lawrence in this Journal-World file photo.  Tonight city commissioners are considering four options for a new sales tax proposal. Support for sales tax gaining momentum
August 25, 2007 in print edition on 1A
Support for a new citywide sales tax is continuing to grow inside City Hall. On Friday, the list of commissioners expressing support for some type of new sales tax grew to four. Commissioner Rob Chestnut said he’s convinced that the city needs a new revenue source, and believes that a sales tax would be fairer than a property tax.

All stories

Searchers drill final test hole in mine
Congress to hold hearing on collapse in September, senators announce
August 24, 2007 in print edition on A7
Even as crews began a last effort Thursday to find six trapped miners, lawmakers in Washington launched separate reviews of whether the mining that preceded the thunderous cave-in was too aggressive.
Lawrence Datebook
August 24, 2007 in print edition on A4
Events around Lawrence