Archive for Sunday, July 29, 2012

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Eudora to build new public safety facility
Agencies eager to have more space
July 29, 2012
As Eudora Police Chief Grady Walker sits in his department’s conference room next to Fire Chief Chris Moore and City Administrator John Harrenstein, he’s talking about how cramped both agencies are in the current 8,000-square-foot building. Then, suddenly, he points to an out-of-whack door frame in the corner. “A prime example,” Walker said. Some time earlier, a ladder on a fire truck in the garage that’s just on the other side of the wall smacked and damaged the frame.
Director sees library’s role as creation hub
More than just books will play big part in the future, Allen says
July 29, 2012
It may seem odd that when new library director Brad Allen talks about the forthcoming $19 million expansion of the Lawrence Public Library, he often gets most excited about the basement.
Political novices want shot at elder statesman
July 29, 2012
GOP rookie would face longest-serving lawmaker, Anthony Hensley.
Destructive insect threatens Kansas ash trees
11:20 p.m., July 29, 2012 Updated 05:42 p.m.
There’s a deadly bug on its way into northeast Kansas. And when — experts say it’s a matter of when, not if — it gets here, more than 10 percent of our trees could die.
How to help: Lawrence Nursery School seeks assistance with repairs, sidewalk project
July 29, 2012
Lawrence Community Nursery School is about to embark on a project in which volunteer support will be needed to help repair its retaining wall and put in a sidewalk.
Two critically injured after motorcycle accident
06:01 p.m., July 29, 2012 Updated 10:04 p.m.
Two people on a motorcycle were critically injured Sunday night after the driver lost control on U.S. Highway 24-59 north of Lawrence.
Lawrence Walmart stores latest targets of false bomb threats
July 29, 2012
Lawrence police responded to two bomb threats directed at Lawrence Walmart stores just before 2:30 a.m. Sunday.
Crusade seeks to focus debate
July 29, 2012 in print edition on A7
It was in 2008, the debate between vice-presidential candidates Joe Biden and Sarah Palin. Biden had just scored his opponent for failing to directly answer a question from moderator Gwen Ifill. But Palin was hardly apologetic. “I may not answer the questions the way that either the moderator or you want to hear,” she snapped, “but I’m going to talk straight to the American people and let them know my track record also.”
SafeBus adjusting services to meet demand
July 29, 2012
As ridership continues to grow, Kansas University is adding a route to its SafeBus system and increasing the frequency of downtown pickups.
Horse show helps teach 4-H’ers responsibility
July 29, 2012
Wearing a western-style shirt, a black cowboy hat and a pair of boots, 10-year-old Sophie Dechant tugged on her horse’s reins and led him into the indoor arena to show him off.
Washing chickens ruffles some feathers
July 29, 2012
Each July, Pamplona, Spain, hosts the running of the bulls, and the Garzillo family of Baldwin City hosts its own tradition: the washing of the chickens.
Phenix-Fyler softball splits two at USSSA World Series
July 29, 2012
The Lawrence Phenix-Fyler softball team was shut out for the first time all year before bouncing back to split two games on Saturday at the 18-and-under USSSA Central Region Class B World Series.
Jayhawk soccer duo loses to Team USA in Olympic play
July 29, 2012
Kansas University sophomore soccer players Ingrid Vidal and Liana Salazar and the Colombian national team lost, 3-0 to the United States in group play on Saturday at the 2012 Olympic Games.
25 years ago: Golfers donate Kansas Open winnings to Cottonwood
July 29, 2012
Three professionals playing this week in the Kansas Open Golf Tournament had shown great generosity in turning their winnings over to a local agency.
40 years ago: Storm knocks out telecommunications in SW Kansas
July 29, 2012
No severe weather had come through the Lawrence area lately, but a line of storms had moved across southwest Kansas overnight.
Harry and the Potters, Potter Puppet Pals coming to Lawrence
July 29, 2012
One year after the release of the final Harry Potter movie, fans who may be suffering from withdrawal have an alternative to help feed their Harry Potter addiction.
Local filmmaker wins Emmy award for editing short film
July 29, 2012
Lawrence filmmaker Marc Havener won a regional Emmy award last week for his short film about fatherhood, “And What Remains.”
Briscoe eager for fresh start in Washington
July 29, 2012
The newest Washington Redskin is eager for a fresh start after his promising career in Tampa Bay became enmeshed with his messy personal life.
LHS grad Buffalomeat caps prep career at Kansas Shrine Bowl
July 29, 2012
Less than two weeks before Welch Stadium will become his new football home, Lawrence High graduate Anthony Buffalomeat made himself comfortable Saturday night at the Kansas Shrine Bowl.
KU, Self take look at Class of 2014
July 29, 2012
The July college basketball recruiting evaluation period was not only about tracking players in the high school Class of 2013, but juniors in the Class of ‘14 as well.
K.C. falls to Seattle again; Moustakas injured
July 29, 2012
As if a losing a fourth straight game weren’t bad enough, the Royals also had one of their best players go down with an injury on Saturday.
July 29, 2012
An article in Thursday’s Journal-World pointed to a report by Families USA indicating that the Medicaid provision in the Affordable Care Act could save hundreds of live in Kansas each year.
More questions
City officials should take all the time they need to work out the details of a proposed recreation complex in northwest Lawrence.
July 29, 2012
In the 1800s, a character in Harriet Beecher Stowe’s “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” inspired the expression “grow like Topsy,” which has come to describe anything that seems to grow wildly and perhaps without sufficient intention or design.
Crash course: 10 things to know about the Demolition Derby
July 29, 2012
Whether you’re in a car or in the stands, the Douglas County Fair’s Demolition Derby promises a visceral experience. Here are 10 things you probably didn’t know about the Douglas County Fair’s Demolition Derby.
Faith Forum: Is it better to have friends with similar or diverse religious beliefs?
July 29, 2012
The Rev. Jill Jarvis and the Rev. Gary O’Flannagan answer.
Laws inflict punishment without crime
July 29, 2012 in print edition on A7
The huge humpback whale whose friendliness precipitated a surreal seven-year — so far — federal hunt for criminality surely did not feel put upon. Nevertheless, our unhinged government, with an obsession like that of Melville’s Ahab, has crippled Nancy Black’s scientific career, cost her more than $100,000 in legal fees — so far — and might sentence her to 20 years in prison. This Kafkaesque burlesque of law enforcement began when someone whistled.  
100 years ago: ‘Suffrage play’ to be performed in Lawrence; wheat harvest completed at Haskell; new baseball uniforms arrive for Lone Star team
July 29, 2012
“Friday night, August 9, has been selected as the date for the suffrage play ‘How the Vote was Won.’”
Horoscope for July 29
July 29, 2012
For Sunday, July 29: This year you are likely to achieve your goals if you remain focused. When you give in to impulsiveness, the outcome usually is favorable. If you are single, you could meet someone very important to your life history. If you are attached, the two of you act like new lovers.
Athletes should stick to sports
July 29, 2012
The Olympic Games often produce a sports celebrity of the moment who tries and fails to make it in the world of entertainment. Mark Spitz and Michael Phelps have each demonstrated how spending years submerged in a swimming pool is poor preparation for comedy.
Garden Calendar: Cicada killers’ buzz worse than their sting
July 29, 2012
Cicada killers look almost as intimidating as their name sounds and are abundant in our area in the heat of summer, but are little cause for concern to people.
Kovel’s Antiques: 19th century tobacco jars sported quirky designs
July 29, 2012
Why would a tobacco jar from the 19th century be shaped like a lady in a long, full dress?