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Archive for Sunday, August 12, 2012

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12:13 a.m.
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback expressed optimism about the long-term strength of the state government's budget Wednesday, July 25, 2012 at the Statehouse, by announcing early payment of $24 million in bond debt. Brownback says Republican voters made ‘clear statement’ in support of conservatives during primary
August 10, 2012
Gov. Sam Brownback said Friday that Republican voters made a “clear statement” in support of conservative candidates during the GOP primary.
6:00 a.m.
Bob Lockwood, of Lawrence, a judge in the first Downtown Lawrence Elvis Spectacular, tosses a teddy bear into a crowd of children during his Elvis tribute before the Elvis Sing-Off in South Park. Kings for a day: Lawrence’s first Elvis parade, sing-off draws a crowd
August 12, 2012
An army of Elvi streamed down Massachusetts Street on Saturday for the Downtown Lawrence Elvis Spectacular. Afterward, the Elvi congregated at South Park for a sing-off. Elvi young and old gyrated hips and curled lips doing their best Elvis impersonations.
10:00 a.m.
In this Aug. 3, 2012 photo, Tony Frost, of Frost Farms, surveys a pond in the cattle pasture that serves as the water source for his cattle that has nearly dried up in Tallula, Ill. After months of drought, the central Illinois creeks and ponds that the 300 cows and calves drink from on the farm are dry or close to it. Frost has to buy and haul water, about 4,000 gallons a day, split up in four trips to different pastures. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman) Opportunity and woe: Tales from a drought
August 12, 2012
The United States is in the midst of the worst drought in decades, and the dry weather and soaring temperatures are taking a toll on people living and working in Ohio west to California and Texas north to the Dakotas.
2:00 p.m.
Numbers show decrease in gun violence
August 11, 2012
Shootings and other firearm and weapons-related crimes in Lawrence have dropped significantly since 2006, according to data provided by the Lawrence Police Department.
6:00 p.m.
Paul Wood, left, and his son, Jason, pictured at their home at 1108 Conn., moved from California to Lawrence in 2000 after Jason was critically injured in a cycling accident. In 2005, they moved into their current residence with the help of Tenants to Homeowners, an organization that helps low-income families find affordable housing. Group sees families through home stretch
August 11, 2012
In 2000, when Paul Wood moved back to Lawrence with his son, Jason, they were strapped for cash. The elder Wood had left his job with California public schools to care for his son, who had been critically injured in a cycling accident.

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Eudora church marks 60 years
August 12, 2012
Eudora Baptist Church celebrated its 60th anniversary during a service Sunday. The service included a video of the church’s history and a sermon about the church’s future.
How to Help: VNA has wide range of opportunities
August 12, 2012
Visiting Nurses Association is need of volunteers for several opportunities. All volunteer positions require individuals who are caring, flexible and comfortable working with seniors.
Public school classes start this week
11:29 p.m., August 12, 2012 Updated 11:07 a.m.
Nearly 11,000 kids — plus all the teachers and staff, of course — will head back to school this week for the 2012-13 year for the Lawrence public schools.
Student conduct review team assesses behavior, resolves issues
August 12, 2012
KU’s Student Conduct Review Team, a group of seven people who consider cases where students are exhibiting behavior that others may find alarming, was formed in April 2008, about a year after a campus shooting at Virginia Tech University that left 33 people dead.
Early-morning fire destroys porch on East 18th Street
August 12, 2012
Lawrence firefighters responded to a fire about 1:45 a.m. Sunday at 1632 E. 18th St.
Analysis: Romney’s pick of Rep. Paul Ryan sets clear November choice
August 12, 2012
Mitt Romney’s pick of Rep. Paul Ryan for the Republican presidential ticket brings clarity to the stark election-year choice for voters — the competing Democratic and GOP visions about the size and role of the federal government in Americans’ lives.
Opportunity and woe: Tales from a drought
August 12, 2012
The United States is in the midst of the worst drought in decades, and the dry weather and soaring temperatures are taking a toll on people living and working in Ohio west to California and Texas north to the Dakotas.
Kings for a day: Lawrence’s first Elvis parade, sing-off draws a crowd
August 12, 2012
An army of Elvi streamed down Massachusetts Street on Saturday for the Downtown Lawrence Elvis Spectacular. Afterward, the Elvi congregated at South Park for a sing-off. Elvi young and old gyrated hips and curled lips doing their best Elvis impersonations.
40 years ago: Teen runaways increase during summer months
August 12, 2012
“Just turn her loose and let her walk home. She’ll be home in a few days.”
100 years ago: ‘Old-timer’ points out grasshopper cloud to J-W reporter
August 12, 2012
“‘Just look up that way a moment and see if you don’t see specks like snow…. That’s the way they traveled years ago.’”
Wheel Genius: Road work planned for this week
August 12, 2012
Road work planned for the week of Aug. 12.
25 years ago: Research park to include non-research businesses
August 12, 2012
The owners of University and Corporate Research Park had narrowly won approval of their request.
Lineman Aslam Sterling has huge potential
August 12, 2012
Early last week, the bank clocks screamed triple digits. Offensive line coach Tim Grunhard screamed to “go all out on every play. EVERY PLAY!” And No. 77 kept putting one step in front of another, his breath running away from him. Can Aslam Sterling catch it in time to make a positive impact on this year’s Kansas University football season? Too early to answer, but, man, what an important question.
Gary Woodland struggles with 75
August 12, 2012
The back nine again proved Gary Woodland’s undoing Saturday at the PGA Championship.
City cyclist takes 73rd
August 12, 2012
Lawrence professional cyclist Joseph Schmalz placed 73rd in the fifth stage of the Tour of Utah and moved up to 79th in the overall standings on Saturday.
Open practice lovefest for QB Dayne Crist
August 12, 2012
One by one, Kansas University football fans filed through the longest of the autograph lines that lined the Memorial Stadium track after Saturday’s open practice, all with the idea of meeting one player — quarterback Dayne Crist.
Veterans to sit today’s game
August 12, 2012
Kansas University’s men’s basketball team will have a different look for today’s final exhibition game against AMW Team France.
Around and about in local business
August 12, 2012
Local business news for the week ending Aug. 10, 2012.
Pump patrol
August 12, 2012
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.67 at several stations.
Euro-trashed: KU ‘humbled’ by French
August 12, 2012
Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self wasn’t in the mood to discuss moral victories following the Jayhawks’ 74-73 exhibition loss to AMW Team France on Saturday at Stade Pierre do Coubertin.
Kovel’s Antiques: Background on Steelcraft toys takes digging to unearth
August 12, 2012
Knowing the name of the maker of any collectible or antique adds value, but sometimes a name creates a mystery.
Faith Forum: Is having faith in horoscopes contradictory to having faith in God?
August 12, 2012
The Rev. Mary Newberg Gale and Rod Hinkle answer.
Garden Calendar: Abnormal blooms a sign of disease
August 12, 2012
Coneflowers and black-eyed Susans are tough Kansas natives that withstand many of the challenges of the Kansas landscape, but this year a disease called aster yellows is taking its toll on these perennial flowers.
Nomadic churches searching for permanent home
August 12, 2012
EastLake Community Church, a young-but-booming nondenominational congregation has spent this year as a nomadic church, with no permanent home.
Obama seeking a second chance
August 12, 2012 in print edition on A7
George W. Bush was not an enigma. He had no hidden parts. His father was not mysterious. George H.W. Bush’s life was dedicated to achievement and service. Even Bill Clinton wasn’t unfathomable. Nothing in his presidency — the brilliant highs, the shocking lows — was a substantial, unpredictable departure from his past.
Olympics Games take final bow
August 12, 2012
Not unlike the Super Bowl, the closing ceremonies of the XXX Summer Olympics (7 p.m., NBC) should offer an enormous audience boost to whatever show follows. You’d think NBC would have something special in mind. Unfortunately, the network is airing a sneak peek of “Animal Practice” (9:30 p.m.), a frantically unfunny new sitcom that reminds us why NBC needs sports spectaculars to attract viewers.
Horoscope for Aug. 12
August 12, 2012
For Sunday, Aug. 12: This year you zero in on what you feel is important. As a result, you generally will succeed. If you are single, you will gain just by extending your horizons and meeting new people. If you are attached, the two of you need to spend more time with each other.