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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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.