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Kobach defends proof-of-citizenship policy
July 8, 2012
Secretary of State Kris Kobach is confident the courts will uphold a Kansas law that will require some potential voters to prove their U.S. citizenship starting next year, despite an ongoing legal dispute over a similar policy in Arizona.
Offbeat Occupations: Work of an art curator
July 8, 2012
The project was a lofty one: find and collect art created by Harlem Renaissance painter Aaron Douglas for a touring exhibit. The project was lofty partly because of the sort of work Douglas, a 1930s artist born in Topeka, created: book illustrations, book jackets, murals — things not easily preserved or portable.
Royals fall to Tigers
July 8, 2012
This wasn’t the road trip the Kansas City Royals were expecting. They limp into the All-Star Break 3-7 in their travels through Minnesota, Toronto and Detroit, after Sunday’s 7-1 loss to the Tigers.
Five Jayhawks earn track medals
July 8, 2012
Five of the six members of Kansas University’s track and field team who competed for Team USA in the North American, Central American and Caribbean (NACAC) Under-23 Championships earned medals.
Raiders thumped at tourney
July 8, 2012
A 10-run first inning was more than enough for the Topeka Golden Giants to knock off the Lawrence Raiders, 10-1, Sunday at Topeka-Seaman.
Conrad Roberts has to work for sixth city golf title
July 8, 2012
It took a pressure putt on the 18th green to make it happen, but Conrad Roberts added another Lawrence Amateur Golf Association city championship trophy to his collection Sunday at Alvamar.
Big shot: Bill Self homers — yes, homers — in losing cause
July 8, 2012
Bill Self, who was booed heavily by Missouri fans and cheered wildly by Kansas supporters, stepped into the batters box during the second inning of Sunday’s all-star celebrity softball game in Kauffman Stadium.
New store adds Indian color downtown
July 8, 2012
A step inside one of Massachusetts Street’s newest stores gives one the feeling of visiting a faraway land — but without having to travel more than 30 hours to get there.
Bomb squadron vet ‘rode the wind’ of war
July 8, 2012
There is a monument at Wright Patterson Field near Dayton, Ohio, that carries words Gene Ward knows well — words that describe the 449th Bombardment Group. “A group of men, who rode the wind together in the crimson skies of a world ravaged by war with purpose and precision to perform heroic acts of cool valor and unqualified trust in each other,” it reads.
With baseball’s elite in Kansas City, Spencer’s Negro Leagues collection a hit
July 8, 2012
As Major League Baseball fans converge on Kansas City for Tuesday’s All-Star Game, Kansas University’s Spencer Research Library has a few baseball-related items of its own about which it can boast.
Institute aims to keep languages alive
July 8, 2012
It’s common to hear of activists working to save an endangered animal or plant. Some scientists travel the world to find ways to preserve a dying species. Since June, people from across the globe have been on Kansas University’s campus doing just that: trying to save something that’s endangered. But these visitors aren’t working to keep a certain creature alive; they’re on campus to keep languages from becoming extinct.
How to help: Center seeks help of garden enthusiasts
July 8, 2012
Four Winds Native Center is looking for enthusiastic community members who are interested in — or want to learn more about — community gardening.
Convicted man in meth case making appeal
July 8, 2012
Randy J. Dyke was defiant when he addressed a federal judge in February before he was sentenced to nearly 20 years in prison for counterfeiting money and manufacturing methamphetamine.
Objection to DNA testing not likely
July 8, 2012
The Jefferson County Attorney’s Office has located several pieces of evidence that could be tested for DNA in the 1999 murder case of Oskaloosa teen Zetta “Camille” Arfmann.
Severe thunderstorm warning expires
04:04 p.m., July 8, 2012 Updated 04:53 p.m.
The National Weather Service has allowed the severe thunderstorm warning issued for eastern Douglas County to expire after the storm weakened below severe weather limits.
Mayberry existed in simpler time
July 8, 2012 in print edition on A9
Former sheriff Andy Taylor died here last week. Mayberry is in mourning. Sheriff Taylor was one of the last links to another, simpler time. Before there was a traffic light or drive-through banking here, before we got our first cell phone tower or Wi-Fi connection, before the Dairy Queen, the Wal-Mart and the Subway were built out on Route 89, before color was invented, back when people still appeared to one another in shades of black and white, Mayberry was a very different town in a very different America.
Early morning fire destroys home west of Lawrence
05:07 a.m., July 8, 2012 Updated 03:01 p.m.
Firefighters responded early Sunday morning to a report of a house fire west of Lawrence.
Proposed city budget anticipates revenue loss
July 8, 2012
Pavement markings, like crosswalks and turn lanes, are going to get clearer in Lawrence. The future of a key state tax that helps pay for such street maintenance activities is not.
Voters encouraged to check registration status
July 8, 2012
Even if you haven’t moved, your polling place may have.
40 years ago: Traveling carnival has narrow escape from local zoning rules
July 8, 2012
A carnival, in town for a week at the Malls Shopping Center, had recently experienced a close shave with local zoning laws.
Wheel Genius: Road work planned this week
July 8, 2012
Road work planned for the week of July 9, 2012.
100 years ago: Streetcar workers to get day of rest at annual picnic
July 8, 2012
“The big event of these picnics is always the baseball game between the morning and afternoon car men.”
Kansas Summer Theatre staging ‘My Fair Lady’
July 8, 2012
The rain in Spain is coming to Kansas University.
Sunflower Artfest starts July 13
July 8, 2012
The De Soto Arts Council is hosting the third annual Sunflower Artfest next weekend, July 13-15, at The Barn at Kill Creek Farm, 9200 Kill Creek Road, De Soto.
EPA overstep threatens Navajo plant
July 8, 2012 in print edition on A9
The federal government is a bull that has found yet another china shop, this time in Arizona. It seems determined to inflict, for angelic motives and progressive goals, economic damage on this state. And economic and social damage on Native Americans, who over the years have experienced quite enough of that at Washington’s hands.
Kan. Poet Laureate releasing 1st novel
July 8, 2012
Kansas Poet Laureate Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg will be holding a book launch celebrating the release of her first novel, “The Divorce Girl.”
Arts Center concert to pay tribute to Guthrie
July 8, 2012
In honor of Woodie Guthrie’s 100th birthday, the Midday Ramblers will host a tribute concert Saturday at the Lawrence Arts Center as part of its 940 Live series.
Back to school
Adults pursuing advanced degrees have options throughout area
July 8, 2012
When the executive director at his previous job departed, Rob Rawlings was hired to fill the spot on an interim basis.
‘Turtle Boy’ is stranger than fiction
July 8, 2012
A human-interest story crossed with tabloid elements of superstition, sympathy and terror, “Turtle Boy” (8 p.m. Sunday, National Geographic) recalls a young boy beset with a medical affliction that is straight out of science fiction or forest legend.
Horoscope for July 8
July 8, 2012
For Sunday, July 8: This year you focus on your feelings and emotions, especially come fall. You will notice that you have a tendency to land on your feet — like a cat with nine lives. If you are single, you know what works for you. Do not settle. If you are attached, the two of you relate to each other with new energy and warmth.
Around and about in local business
July 8, 2012
Local business news for the week ending July 6, 2012.
25 years ago: Judge rules: Man must leave apartment
July 8, 2012
The case had been discussed in the Washington Post and had attracted the attention of civil-rights groups.
Kovel’s Antiques: Veggie people popular at turn of 20th century
July 8, 2012
Fresh vegetables were part of the diet of the Victorian household during the warm, growing months. But stored root vegetables and home canned food were used on snowy days.
Garden Calendar: Squash bugs make annual return
July 8, 2012
Even the best gardeners are plagued with hard-to-control pests, and squash bugs are an insect that come back to battle every year.
Be prepared
Top state officials can hope that the federal Affordable Care Act is repealed but they need to make sure the state is prepared if implementation of the act moves forward.
July 8, 2012
Kansas cannot afford to take a head-in-the-sand approach to the Affordable Care Act.