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U.S. default on minds of Kansas officials
July 30, 2011 in print edition on A8
State officials have been bracing for the financial implications on Kansas if the federal government fails to raise the debt ceiling by Tuesday.
Falling into poverty: Economic setbacks make Lawrence couple, like many Americans, lose security, gain fear
July 30, 2011 in print edition on A1
It wasn’t supposed to be like this. Roy and Dorothy “Dodie” Coker raised children in Lawrence, worked for years at local businesses, and for 17 years steadily paid the mortgage on their home on Pawnee Street. Roy, 58, and Dodie, 61, should be slowing down, getting ready for retirement, enjoying weekends with their three grown children and spoiling their four grandchildren. Instead, the Cokers are learning their way around the local social service system, scratching and clawing to pay the bills.
President, congressional leaders take late shot at debt-limit deal to avert U.S. default
10:35 p.m., July 30, 2011 Updated 12:27 a.m. in print edition on A8
In a last-minute stab at compromise, Republican congressional leaders and the White House made significant progress Saturday night toward a deal to avert a government default threatened for early next week, according to officials familiar with the talks.
Mortgages
July 30, 2011 in print edition on A4
The Douglas County register of deeds recorded 80 mortgages in the weekly period ended Thursday.
Around and about in local business
July 30, 2011 in print edition on A4
Local business news for the week ending July 30, 2011.
Westar reports record levels in electricity demand
July 30, 2011 in print edition on A10
Westar Energy says the demand for electricity during the summer heat has reached record levels.
KU football adds WR Neal Barlow
03:17 p.m., July 30, 2011 Updated 12:00 a.m.
Six-foot-7 wide receiver Neal Barlow, who played football at Arkansas for two years before transferring to Arkansas-Little Rock to play basketball, will become a member of the Kansas football team, Rivals.com is reporting.
Statehouse Live: Education supporters decry funding cuts to public schools
03:03 p.m., July 30, 2011 Updated 03:25 p.m. in print edition on A3
House Minority Leader Paul Davis, D-Lawrence, said next year’s fight in the Legislature will be between “restoring cuts to eduction or tax cuts for big business.”
City Commission agenda for Aug. 2
July 30, 2011 in print edition on A5
City commissioners will hold a public hearing and consider approving the 2012 city budget.
Museum to put on Civil War open house
July 30, 2011 in print edition on A4
Douglas County Historical Society will host an open house Aug. 11 commemorating the Civil War.
National briefs: Phillies trade for outfielder Pence
July 30, 2011 in print edition on B2
Hunter Pence is adding his big bat to a pennant race.
Less time for signings means more excitement in NFL
July 30, 2011 in print edition on B2
Cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha … intercepted!
Eagles land cornerback Asomugha
July 30, 2011 in print edition on B2
Philadelphia has become quite the attractive free-agent destination of late.
K.C. Sluggers’ Garrett Cleavinger throws no-hitter in win
July 30, 2011
Garrett Cleavinger pitched a five-inning no-hitter and the K.C. Sluggers baseball team rolled past RBA (Corpus Christi, Texas), 12-0, on Friday in the Action Baseball Invitational.
Raw politics takes center stage in debt/budget drama
July 30, 2011 in print edition on A3
The headlines read: “Political gridlock worries Wall Street,” “Budget stalemate drags stocks down most in almost 2 months,” “Impasse could be costly for states,” “Race on to get debt plans in form for vote,” “With the debt limit, no raise lasts forever,” “Magic things can happen in every Congress in a short period of time, under the right circumstances,” “What would Reagan do,” “How to end an idiotic game of chicken,” “Leaders crack down on their rank and file,” “U.S. downgrade may ‘be a big thing,’” “Washington has four days to raise debt ceiling,” “Treasury will default on some bills.”
Whale tale runs off course
July 30, 2011
Take a serious actor (Danny Glover) and star him in an adaptation of a serious book (“Moby Dick”) made for Syfy’s cheesy Saturday night movie franchise and you’ve got a serious mess on your hands. It’s called “Age of the Dragons” (8 p.m.).
In good condition: KU players in better shape with more intense workouts
July 30, 2011 in print edition on B1
Kansas tight end Tim Biere admits that his conditioning limited him during the 2010 season, when he played at around 260 pounds.
Grateful grandma
July 30, 2011 in print edition on A7
I am a frequent traveler on the T, along with my grandchildren. On Tuesday, four of the grandchildren (ages 2 to 9 years) and I took the late afternoon bus No. 9 westward from Clinton Parkway and Kasold Drive to McDonald’s on Wakarusa Drive. The driver politely dropped us off and we had an enjoyable two hours.
Great show
July 30, 2011 in print edition on A7
It goes without saying that the Lawrence Arts Center puts on high quality theater productions, but the Summer Youth Theater’s presentation of “West Side Story” has proved once again that the LAC inspires kids to take their talents to a new, incredible level.
Protect benefits
July 30, 2011 in print edition on A7
Right now, the president and Congress are considering a deal to pay the nation’s bills that could cut billions from Social Security and Medicare benefits for today’s seniors.
Street sense
July 30, 2011 in print edition on A7
Does anyone at City Hall own, let alone wear, a thinking hat? Sixth Street, Ninth Street, 19th Street, both Kansas River bridges, Kasold (again, STILL!) and God only knows what other streets torn up the week prior to Aug. 1 lease rollover!
Terrorists’ persistence shouldn’t be a surprise
July 30, 2011
So next time the Norwegians will arm more of their police. And next time, authorities will investigate the ranting manifestoes of any anti-Muslim extremist who claims to lead a revival of the medieval Knights Templar.
Former Jayhawks get shot in NFL
July 30, 2011 in print edition on B1
While last Monday’s announcement of the end of the NFL lockout marked a big day for the professional football players of the world, it also proved to be a huge moment for a few undrafted, former college players who have had to wait a lot longer than any before them to get their shot at living out their dreams.
Scouting news for July 30, 2011
July 30, 2011
The 22nd World Scouting Jamboree is being held from July 27 to Aug. 8 in Rinkaby, Sweden.
Military news for July 30, 2011
July 30, 2011
Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Alec M. Wroten graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio.
Club news for July 30, 2011
July 30, 2011
University Bridge Club announces results of its July 23 meeting with hosts Karmie and Edna Galle.
Around and About for July 30, 2011
July 30, 2011
Edna Zillner will celebrate her 104th birthday on Wednesday
Faith Forum: What’s your favorite book of the bible?
July 30, 2011
The Rev. Matt Sturtevant and the Rev. Glenn Fletcher answer.
25 years ago: City commission considers annexation proposals
July 30, 2011
Commissioner Ernest Angino suggested that staff should go even further by studying annexation of all land controlled by developers bordering western city limits.
40 years ago: Kansas Union seeks permission for 3.2 beer sales
July 30, 2011
The operating committee of the Kansas Union had decided to seek an application for a city license to serve 3.2 beer at the Union.
Chiefs sign first-round pick
July 30, 2011
The Kansas City Chiefs signed first-round pick Jonathan Baldwin on Friday morning, then capped a busy day by agreeing to terms with eight unrestricted free agents, including Arizona wide receiver Steve Breaston and their own veteran center Casey Wiegmann.
Horoscope for July 30
July 30, 2011
A New Moon on your birthday points to different options. Understand what is going on in your life and opt for a new beginning where you would like one. This year, you can turn your life around in one specific area or in several areas. If you are single, you draw admirers like honey draws bears. If you are attached, you seem to get your way even more than in the past.
100 years ago: Aside from manure piles, alleys found to be in ‘pretty good shape’
July 30, 2011
“Marshal Carter yesterday made a trip of inspection through every alley on the west side following the instructions of Mayor Bishop that the town must be kept clean.”
Royals heat up
July 30, 2011 in print edition on B1
Melky Cabrera and the Kansas City Royals got off to a fast start, then kept piling on after Carlos Carrasco drew their ire with a dangerous pitch.
KU basketball pursuing pair of Dallas teammates
July 30, 2011 in print edition on B1
Urban DFW Elite graduate Darrell Arthur has gotten to know some of the current players on coach Jazzy Hartwell’s Dallas/Fort Worth-based AAU basketball team.