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Driver injured, ticketed in accident
July 4, 2012
A 27-year-old Lawrence man was injured and ticketed after hitting a pickup truck near 18th and Massachusetts streets.
Many Americans have throwback Fourth of July without power
July 4, 2012
At George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate, one of the most popular Fourth of July attractions was a demonstration of 18th-century ice cream making, one of Washington’s favorite desserts. Historical interpreters Gail Cassidy and Anette Ahrens showed the crowds how cocoa beans were roasted and ground into a paste for chocolate ice cream, made using ice hauled up in massive blocks from the Potomac River and stored underground to last as long into the summer as possible.
Heat doesn’t squelch Party in the Park
July 4, 2012
It was a hot holiday in Lawrence. But that didn’t stop members of the community from celebrating Independence Day at Watson Park.
Middle schooler incentivizes good deeds
July 4, 2012
What makes Mary heroic is the program she created and funded in her last semester at West, called Kindness Counts. The program provided awards and $10 gift certificates through Downtown Lawrence Inc. for teachers to hand out to students they saw doing acts of kindness. The idea was simple: give students incentive to do good and they will do it.
State board urged to seek millions in school funding
10:05 p.m., July 4, 2012 Updated 10:05 p.m.
Education advocates are urging the State Board of Education to request millions more in state tax dollars to fund public schools in Kansas, arguing that the money is needed to maintain recent achievement gains and a trained workforce.
Physicists say they’ve found ‘God particle’
10:00 p.m., July 4, 2012 Updated 10:00 p.m.
Scientists at the world’s biggest atom smasher hailed the discovery of “the missing cornerstone of physics” Wednesday, cheering the apparent end of a decades-long quest for a new subatomic particle called the Higgs boson, or “God particle,” which could help explain why all matter has mass and crack open a new realm of subatomic science.
In Hays, Historic opera house might be history
09:57 p.m., July 4, 2012 Updated 09:57 p.m.
With only rodents and pigeons attending the final performance, the last curtain likely will soon be lowered for the downtown landmark commonly known as the Opera House.
Throwing a strike against cancer
July 4, 2012
Two Lawrence women have teamed up to organize a bowling event July 21 that will benefit the organizations they are passionate about: Livestrong and Catch a Break.
In Hays, historic opera house might be history
July 4, 2012
With only rodents and pigeons attending the final performance, the last curtain likely will soon be lowered for the downtown Hays landmark commonly known as the Opera House.
Court offers interesting rulings
July 4, 2012 in print edition on A8
Well, contrary to the opinion of most pundits and lawyers, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld key provisions of President Obama’s Affordable Health Care Act including the individual mandate. Reports are that Chief Justice Roberts changed his vote from “nay” to “yea” at some point, to the utter rage and frustration of his conservative colleagues. At this point, the fate of the act has left the judicial sphere and entered the political one. Republicans have now sworn to overturn the act in Congress, and Democrats have sworn to keep it in place. Certainly, this will be a fascinating presidential election season.
Style Scout: Christina Smith
July 4, 2012
Fashion trends you hate: Fairy wings and fluffy leg warmers
Style Scout: Jimmy Calderon
July 4, 2012
Describe your style: 100 percent Colombian
Kansas urging caution with fireworks amid drought
July 4, 2012
Independence Day in Kansas promises to be scorching hot, dry and windy, leading state officials to post burn bans across about half the state and ask residents to take extra care with those celebratory bottle rockets and barbecues.
Inmate death case still open, pending toxicology results
July 4, 2012
The Kansas Bureau of Investigation is awaiting toxicology results from the coroner’s office before closing its investigation into the May death of Douglas County Jail inmate Rachel M. Hammers.
County approaches budget with caution
Mill levy raise not proposed, but cuts, property value drop expected
July 4, 2012
The proposed county budget for next year is flat — calling for no increase or decrease in the mill levy — but it does prepare for a coming budget shortfall.
25 years ago: Gunfighters stage ‘shootout’ at Burcham Park
July 4, 2012
“The dead arose after the fight and promised to return today and Sunday.”
40 years ago: Brick scavenging continues at Mass Street project site
July 4, 2012
Some bricks could still be found at local flea markets, but people appeared to prefer the pick-your-own method as the downtown improvement project had uncovered the red brick street laid out in 1899.
100 years ago: Young folk usher in Fourth of July downtown
July 4, 2012
“Massachusetts was covered with young Americans equipped with the noise makers.”
Tyranny?
July 4, 2012
So Congressman Tim Huelskamp (Kansas, 1st District) marks the Supreme Court decision declaring the Affordable Heath Care Act as constitutional as “a definite date in the advance of governmental tyranny.” Let me see. That would make the state of Massachusetts a tyranny for about five years now. It would also make Mitt Romney the tyrant in chief.
Timely comment
A legendary political cartoonist’s views of America still are relevant today.
July 4, 2012
At a time when so much seems to be wrong with our country and its political system, it is, perhaps, comforting to know that the nation has struggled with many of the same problems before — and survived.
What went wrong in Afghanistan
July 4, 2012 in print edition on A6
The what-might-have-beens about Afghanistan are already starting, even though there are still about 90,000 U.S. troops there. U.S. forces will draw down to 68,000 by September and will shift from a combat to an advisory role in 2013; most American troops are due to return home by the end of 2014. Yet, despite the loss of almost 2,000 U.S. soldiers in an effort to stabilize the country, the Afghan future remains murky. A Taliban comeback is quite possible.
Fireworks, marathons highlight 4th
July 4, 2012
Independence Day arrives with marathons, musicals and traditional fare. Tom Bergeron hosts “A Capitol Fourth” (7 p.m., PBS). This is the first time the “Dancing With the Stars” personality has headlined the annual event.
Horoscope for July 4
July 4, 2012
For Wednesday, July 4: This year you could change your focus from being the person who values family and home above all else to the person who seeks different yet basic answers to questions of life and death. You might wonder: Why are we here? If you are single, you could meet someone who provokes deep thinking or has a lot of depth him- or herself. If you are attached, your conversations might be very important in designing your future years together