Archive for Monday, July 4, 2011

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
Leonard Krishtalka, director of Kansas University's Natural History Museum and Biodiversity Research Center, speaks to the media in front of a double helix of DNA strand at the museum's "Explore Evolution" exhibit Tuesday, October 25, 2005. 16 things: KU’s Natural History Museum director shares experiences
July 2, 2011 in print edition on 1A
I first got the idea from a newspaper in San Diego, which went around to academics and simply got them talking about things they’ve done. I wanted to do that at Kansas University, and I knew where I wanted to start: in the office of Leonard Krishtalka, director of KU’s Natural History Museum and biodiversity research center.
6:00 a.m.
Brad Huff pumps his fist after winning the Men’s Pro 1/2 division of the 2011 Tour of Lawrence’s downtown criterium. The three-day Tour ended Sunday, July 3. Slick streets add new element to Tour of Lawrence
July 3, 2011 in print edition on 1A
As Andrew Farmer explained why he came to Sunday’s Tour of Lawrence bicycle race downtown, the sound of scraping metal suddenly arose from the corner of Eighth and Massachusetts streets.
10:00 a.m.
Workers walk past the square building that houses the nuclear reactor at the Oyster Creek nuclear plant in Lacey Township, N.J. Called “Oyster Creak” by some critics because of its aging problems, this boiling water reactor began running in 1969 and ranks as the country’s oldest operating commercial nuclear power plant. U.S. nuclear regulators weaken safety rules
July 3, 2011 in print edition on 1A
Federal regulators have been working closely with the nuclear power industry to keep the nation’s aging reactors operating within safety standards by repeatedly weakening those standards, or simply failing to enforce them, an investigation by The Associated Press has found.
2:00 p.m.
Lawrence teen Bryce Ridgway volunteers at Lawrence Memorial Hospital doing everything from greeting people to helping out in the cafeteria. He says that he especially enjoys conversing with patients and that the experience has given him confidence and made him a better communicator. Students volunteer time during summer break to help with service work
July 3, 2011 in print edition on 3A
The kids brushing white paint on a picket fence at Liberty Memorial Central Middle School were starting to droop as their lunch break approached. Others crouched to pull weeds Tuesday in the 4,000-square-foot garden on the south side of the school. All seemed satisfied to be helping an effort to support community-based agriculture: food that is locally grown, eaten and sold.
6:00 p.m.
Two unidentified cowboys. Kansas was the cradle of cowboy culture
July 4, 2011 in print edition on 1A
Sure, Montana, Wyoming and Colorado all have their mountains. Texas has its big cities and big-name ranches. But Kansas gave the Old West everything iconic that westerners hold dear.

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In search of America’s game: Other sports, activities challenge baseball’s reign
July 4, 2011
Apple pie, rock ‘n’ roll and baseball: America’s dessert, music and game, right? Yes and no.
Show stoppers: Brad Huff elbows way to men’s win; Gwen Inglis top woman
July 4, 2011 in print edition on B1
With just three laps to go in the men’s professional downtown criterium on Sunday, five cyclists from Elbowz Racing appeared to be in complete control.
Lockout hoopla is idiocy
July 4, 2011 in print edition on B2
Oh, no, am I here all alone? Actually, the world didn’t end when the NBA locked its players out.
Brewers lead pack in All-Star votes
July 4, 2011 in print edition on B2
A team known for sausage races more than pennant races made quite an All-Star splash.
Alonzo Jamison to coach Bethel
July 4, 2011 in print edition on B2
Former Kansas University power forward Alonzo Jamison has been named head basketball coach at Bethel College.
Melky Cabrera, Royals rough up Rockies
July 4, 2011 in print edition on B1
Melky Cabrera staked Kansas City to an early lead. His teammates made it stand up.
KU hoops coaches ranging far, wide
Self: ‘We’ve had them from all over’
July 4, 2011 in print edition on B1
Bill Self has signed prospects from Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma — as well as the faraway reaches of Canada, Russia, Alaska, Arizona, California, Illinois, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Texas and Washington — in his eight seasons as basketball coach at Kansas University.
Bankruptcies
July 4, 2011 in print edition on A4
Douglas County residents or businesses filing for bankruptcy protection recently in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the District of Kansas, according to court records.
Divorces
July 4, 2011 in print edition on A4
Divorces granted in Douglas County District Court the week ending July 2, 2011.
Marriages
July 4, 2011 in print edition on A4
Marriage licenses issued in Douglas County District Court the week ending July 2, 2011.
Priority No. 1
July 4, 2011 in print edition on A8
After the 2010 congressional elections (in which the Republican/tea party took control of the House and gained in the Senate), top Republican leaders were caught on film speaking to their followers, saying the “No. 1 priority” was to make President Obama a one-term president. With the country in the midst of the worst economic state since the Great Depression, an economic disaster caused by Republicans, they were going to focus on destroying a Democratic president.
Truth tarnishes Osama’s image
July 4, 2011 in print edition on A8
One thinks of that scene from “The Wizard of Oz” where Toto pulls back the curtain and the “great and powerful Oz” is revealed to be only an old man manipulating a smoke and fire machine. “Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain!” bellows the Wizard as the man tries to pull the covering back into place. One suspects that if he were not reposing in a watery grave just now, Osama bin Laden would be doing something very similar.
Book details U.S. mortgage debacle
July 4, 2011 in print edition on A8
The louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons.” — Emerson The louder they talked about the disadvantaged, the more money they made. And the more the financial system tottered.
Great weekend
A special event organized by local businesses provides a great finale for our Fourth of July celebration.
July 4, 2011 in print edition on A8
Even in turbulent times, America has a lot to celebrate. The Declaration of Independence signed 235 years ago was the first step in a process that founded a nation that still is the envy of the world.
Documentary depicts stories of immigrants
July 4, 2011
Filmmaker Alexandra Pelosi offers a rather endearing take on one of our most contentious issues with the documentary “Citizen USA: A 50-State Road Trip” (8 p.m., HBO).
Fix-It Chick: Porch swing perfect piece of summer heaven
July 4, 2011
If you have a covered front porch, installing a porch swing is almost a requirement.
Horoscopes for July 4
July 4, 2011
This year, you exude unusual allure and desirability. Others have difficulty saying “no” to you. You often could be tempted to use your charisma. If you are single, you won’t need to maintain that status. Remember, it is your choice. If you are attached, your sweetie might react strongly to you. Work together with this energy. Virgo is great fun to visit.
Kansas was the cradle of cowboy culture
July 4, 2011 in print edition on A1
Sure, Montana, Wyoming and Colorado all have their mountains. Texas has its big cities and big-name ranches. But Kansas gave the Old West everything iconic that westerners hold dear.
Find your way to Funkytown: Old West Lawrence garden trading post for toys
July 4, 2011
You never know what you’ll find when you visit Funkytown.
Recoup the costs of a home energy audit
July 4, 2011
The good news was that for just $100, we could have a home energy audit. The bad news was that we live in a 1954 “ranchette.” It’s had plenty of time to settle — such a nice-sounding word.
Mass St. Chic: Resort looks accessible to everyday women
July 4, 2011
Continued from last week’s column, Resort 2012 Fashion Coverage is in full swing.
River City Jules: A raucous family Fourth
July 4, 2011
Fireworks rock, unless you are a toddler or a household pet and the fear of thunderous explosions outweighs the beauty of airborne glitter, leaving you to wonder why, on the hottest day of the year, adult American humans purposely drink beer, then light stuff of fire.
25 years ago: Sister City proposal gaining traction in Lawrence
July 4, 2011
A suggestion by City Commissioner Ernest Angino was gaining momentum in Lawrence.
40 years ago: Ft. Riley man pulls gun on KS Turnpike employee
July 4, 2011
A Ft. Riley man had been arraigned in Douglas County Court after a June 26 incident in which he had refused to pay his toll on the Kansas Turnpike
100 years ago: Downtown clears out for holiday while temps climb to 108
July 4, 2011
“YESTERDAY WAS HOT. — K.U. Thermometer Reached 108 Yesterday Afternoon. EQUALS 1901 RECORD.”