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Archive for Sunday, July 24, 2011

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6:00 a.m.
JoAnne Cook leans over to get a kiss from her daughter Katherine after the 8-year-old told her mom that she loved her Thursday, July 21, 2011. In February 2008, Katherine was shot in the head while playing in the backyard of her Linwood home. The bullet remains lodged in her head and will not be removed because of the potentially more harmful risks of the procedure. 8-year-old Linwood girl continues recovery from 2008 gunshot injury
July 24, 2011 in print edition on 1A
Visitors to 8-year-old Katherine Cook’s home in Linwood will find out pretty quickly what’s important to the girl.
10:00 a.m.
Giving birth to one of her children in Chile and a family trip to Machu Picchu, Peru, are among 16 interesting things Kansas University astronomy professor Barbara Anthony-Twarog has done in her life. Anthony-Twarog was photographed at her KU office Friday, July 22, 2011. 16 things I’ve done: KU astronomy professor Barbara Anthony-Twarog
11:58 p.m., July 23, 2011 Updated 6:21 p.m. in print edition on 1A
For my second installment in this ongoing series, I visited the office of Barbara Anthony-Twarog, a Kansas University professor of astronomy, and a member of the KU Women’s Hall of Fame.
2:00 p.m.
A parking spot located at the northeast corner of 10th and Massachusetts streets sits vacant just after 11 a.m. during the Sidewalk Sale on Thursday, July 21, 2011. The spot remained open for more than six minutes on one of downtown's busiest days. Downtown parking: Is shortage real or perceived?
July 24, 2011 in print edition on 1A
You see, I have this theory about downtown parking. I believe that on almost any day of the year, I can find a parking spot and be within a five minute’s walk of my destination. So on this Sidewalk Sale Day, I decided to put the theory to a test.
6:00 p.m.
Concerned residents, including state Sen. Marci Francisco, D-Lawrence, right, huddle together in a breakout group discussion during a public meeting on Saturday regarding the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitative Service’s closure of the Lawrence office. Local leaders and residents expressed their concerns and discussed their ideas for how assistance could be provided and needs could be met in the future. Forum explores responses to loss of city’s SRS office
July 23, 2011 in print edition on 1A
Lawrence residents and community leaders gathered Saturday to voice their opinions about the upcoming closure of the Lawrence SRS office.

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Library leaders unveil new design for $19 million expansion
July 24, 2011 in print edition on A1
Library leaders unveiled a design for an expansion at the library at Seventh and Vermont streets that includes a dramatic new look for the 40-year old building, plus incorporates a public plaza area.
Severe thunderstorm watch in Douglas County canceled
07:04 p.m., July 24, 2011 Updated 09:40 p.m.
The severe thunderstorm watch for Douglas County has been canceled.
Police searching for suspects in reported Saturday morning carjacking
July 24, 2011
Lawrence police are searching for suspects in a reported carjacking early Saturday morning that sent one man to the hospital.
Excessive heat warning expires
01:06 a.m., July 24, 2011 Updated 07:03 p.m.
The excessive heat warning that’s been blanketing the better part of eastern Kansas expired at 7 p.m. Sunday.
Plans would spend contingency funds to create jobs, help special ed
July 24, 2011 in print edition on A3
Plans are emerging for the Lawrence school district to spend $3.1 million in contingency funds — essentially money kept in savings — during the next 12 months.
School board may not have to raise taxes
July 24, 2011 in print edition on A3
Lawrence school district leaders don’t intend to boost property-tax rates to finance district operations and projects for the coming school year. At least that’s the plan.
Paddlers row, row, row their boats in 100-mile Kansas River race
July 24, 2011 in print edition on A3
The Kaw can be unforgiving during a Kansas summer. About 200 paddlers found that out the hard way Friday and Saturday while competing in the first-ever Kawnivore 100, a 100-mile ultra-marathon canoe race on the Kansas River.
Kansas drought also affects wildlife
July 24, 2011 in print edition on A4
The drought that has hit sections of Kansas this year has also affected wildlife that relies on rivers, streams and rain to survive.
Pump patrol
July 24, 2011 in print edition on A4
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.59 at several stations.
Library puts on mysterious sale
July 24, 2011 in print edition on A2
Getting lost in a book this summer will be easier thanks to A Most Mysterious Book Sale, put on by the Friends of the Lawrence Public Library.
Downtown parking: Is shortage real or perceived?
Intrepid reporter takes trusty pickup to investigate
July 24, 2011 in print edition on A1
You see, I have this theory about downtown parking. I believe that on almost any day of the year, I can find a parking spot and be within a five minute’s walk of my destination. So on this Sidewalk Sale Day, I decided to put the theory to a test.
Obama debt defeat would hasten change
July 24, 2011 in print edition on A9
The tea party, the most welcome political development since the Goldwater insurgency in 1964, lacks only the patience necessary when America lacks the consensus required to propel fundamental change through our constitutional system of checks and balances. If Washington’s trajectory could be turned as quickly as tea partyers wish — while conservatives control only one-half of one of the two political branches — their movement would not be as necessary as it is. Fortunately, not much patience is required.
Fox not a news organization
July 24, 2011 in print edition on A9
A few words on what Fox News is. The question has, of course, been debated forever. Fox says it is, as the name would suggest, a news network. Its critics say it is actually the propaganda arm of the Republican Party and that its highest loyalty is not to accuracy, fairness or other journalistic values but to the furtherance of the party line. Not that any sentient life form should need the help, but events have recently arranged themselves such as to make painfully obvious which view is truth and which is tripe.
Retail options
July 24, 2011 in print edition on A9
New government restrictions aren’t the best choice for promoting downtown retail, but, if a turnaround isn’t near, they could be on the table.
Recruit J-Mychal Reese’s dad not Aggie yet
July 24, 2011 in print edition on B1
John Reese, the father of blue-chip senior point guard prospect J-Mychal Reese, told brazossports.com on Wednesday he was not leaving his head-coaching position at Bryan (Texas) High for an assistant-coaching post at Texas A&M.
Wheel Genius: Road work planned this week
July 24, 2011 in print edition on A8
Road work planned for the week of July 24.
Sporting KC routs Toronto
July 24, 2011 in print edition on B3
Kei Kamara and Omar Bravo scored two goals each as Sporting Kansas City beat Toronto FC, 4-2, Saturday night to extend its unbeaten streak to 12 matches.
Behind the Lens: Low-tech photography
July 24, 2011
There’s a time and place for low-tech photography. Here are some examples.
8-year-old Linwood girl continues recovery from 2008 gunshot injury
July 24, 2011 in print edition on A1
Visitors to 8-year-old Katherine Cook’s home in Linwood will find out pretty quickly what’s important to the girl.
Corporate-funded ALEC has strong ties to Kansas Legislature
July 24, 2011
While the Kansas House was wrestling with a $500 million budget hole during the past legislative session, it also found time to pass a measure urging Congress “by any means necessary” to prohibit the EPA from regulating greenhouse gas emissions, including de-funding the agency’s efforts. The resolution “opposing the EPA’s regulatory train wreck” was taken almost word-for-word from “model legislation” crafted by a little-known Washington, D.C., group called the American Legislative Exchange Council.
Smell, Sparks Kansas Amateur finalists
July 24, 2011 in print edition on B4
Top-seeded Kyle Smell and No. 3 seed Hunter Sparks will play in the 36-hole championship match of the Kansas Amateur today.
Critter Care: Pets’ potty habits may point to bigger problems
July 24, 2011
If your cat’s going to the bathroom often, it could be the sign of feline urinary tract infection, feline urologic syndrome or other diseases.
Adviser recommends reevaluating finances during uncertain economy
July 24, 2011
High unemployment, government cutbacks and layoffs and a national debate about raising the country’s debt limit have done little to reassure the average American about the economic future.
First impression of LCC: challenging
July 24, 2011 in print edition on B3
When the city’s best golfers approach the first tee at Lawrence Country Club today, they will see what I saw for the first time Tuesday, a course with as many challenges as opportunities.
Slippery Soria helps Royals win in 10
Closer wriggles out of jam; K.C. tops Rays, 5-4
July 24, 2011 in print edition on B1
Joakim Soria was at his best when the Kansas City Royals needed it most Saturday night.
No worries: Spencer Wilson shrugs off 18th ownage for lead at LAGA city open
July 24, 2011 in print edition on B1
Spencer Wilson was a bit nervous when he stepped onto the teebox on No. 18 at Eagle Bend during the Lawrence Amateur Golf Association city tournament.
Golfers approve of new-look Eagle Bend
July 24, 2011 in print edition on B1
About three months ago, newly named Eagle Bend Golf Course superintendent Darin “Lumpy” Pearson hit the links with the idea of transforming Lawrence’s city-owned public course from a place locals dealt with to one people drove miles to enjoy.
‘Same Name’ more absurd than amusing
July 24, 2011
There’s a whole lot of same about “Same Name” (8 p.m., CBS). Saddled with a concept both obvious and belabored, it marries the premise of “Wife Swap” to the desperation of once-famous figures who will apparently do anything and go anywhere to remain visible.
Horoscope for July 24
July 24, 2011
This year, you will accept much more responsibility at work or make a greater commitment to your community. Listen to your inner voice. You discover how easy your life can be if you just go with the flow more. If you are single, this newfound peacefulness draws several intriguing suitors. If you are attached, your sweetie might wonder where the new you is coming from, but enjoys you this way.
100 years ago: Theft and cruelty send local man to jail
July 24, 2011
“‘Tug’ Wilson’s joy ride of last night had the effect of landing him in the city holdover all night.”
25 years ago: Drug sweep nets KU official among arrests
July 24, 2011
A drug sweep in Douglas County had resulted in arrests of several people allegedly involved in cocaine-trafficking.
Garden Calendar: Tree farms in the off-season
July 24, 2011
Eric and Lyn Walther and their son Mitchell, who operate Strawberry Hill Christmas Tree Farm west of Lawrence, offer a look into the off-season of Christmas tree production.
40 years ago: Different census methods result in varied count for Lawrence
July 24, 2011
The agricultural census was constructed in such a way that it did not count most of the students of Kansas University, Haskell Indian Junior College and Baker University.