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Grandfather’s trip inspires man to plan motorcycle tour
October 13, 2012
Baldwin City — In an old black-and-white photograph, Don Flory’s grandfather M.E. Kinzie stands with three other young men in front of an Indianapolis tire shop, gripping the handlebars of their strap-tank Wagner motorcycles.
KU student, veteran on mission to get degree after injuries
Wounded Warrior Project to receive 2012 Dole Leadership Prize
October 13, 2012
To understand why Brent Whitten will be at the front of the room Sunday as the Wounded Warrior Project receives the 2012 Dole Leadership Prize at the Dole Institute of Politics, you can start on Sept. 9, 2006. But you have to continue to today, six years later, as he studies for midterms and figures out how to fit an economics course into his schedule next semester and needs to get back home to Topeka by 4 so he can pick up his 7-year-old son at the bus stop.
Mike Gundy: Win ‘painful to watch’
October 13, 2012
Oklahoma State’s football team has put up some astronomical numbers on offense the past couple of seasons.
Wetlands advocates look for new ways to stop construction of South Lawrence Trafficway as legal battle ends
October 13, 2012
At one time, Patrick Austin Freeland thought a fancy suit and a trip to Washington, D.C., probably was the best way to stave off the South Lawrence Trafficway. Freeland, like dozens upon dozens of Haskell Indian Nations University students over the last two decades, has been a crusader to stop the South Lawrence Trafficway from being built through the wetlands that are owned by Haskell and Baker universities along 31st Street.
Turning the tide: Michael Cummings-led rally falls short as KU falls to OSU
October 13, 2012
For three quarters Saturday at rain-soaked Memorial Stadium, Kansas University’s football offense did next to nothing against Oklahoma State and found itself staring at 20-point hole in the final quarter with a feeling of hopelessness washing over whatever remained of the 31,115 announced attendance.
School leaders consider ways to upgrade technology
October 13, 2012
Lawrence school officials envision a day in the not-too-distant future when every student will come to class connected to at least one, and possibly multiple, wireless devices.
Dog handlers hope for the best in show
October 13, 2012
Sometimes life is just ruff. Take Erin Roberts’ client, who owns Malachy, the oddly lovable Pekingese who won this year’s prestigious Westminster Kennel Club show in New York. She got into showing her dogs, Roberts said, after a lot of family trouble and a dark period in her life. She found it to be a welcome distraction. Dogs, after all, don’t do that kind of drama.
Quilt project on display at historic site
October 13, 2012
A collaborative quilt exhibition involving Lawrence middle-schoolers is now on display at Topeka’s Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site.
Power outage in northwest Lawrence
October 13, 2012
Lawrence Westar customers are reporting a power outage in northwest Lawrence. According to Westar Energy’s website at 1:40 a.m., 178 Douglas County residents were without power.
Democrats, GOP argue over who cut more school funding
October 13, 2012
With the Nov. 6 election approaching, Kansas politicians are fighting over public school finance.
Lawrence man charged with rape
October 13, 2012
A 32-year-old Lawrence man was charged Friday in Douglas County District Court with the rape of a 24-year-old college student, an acquaintance of the man.
Late Night notebook: Rio Adams gets a boost
October 13, 2012
Kansas University senior leader Elijah Johnson was pleased to see freshman Rio Adams score three points and dish two assists in the scrimmage portion of Friday’s Late Night in the Phog in Allen Fieldhouse.
Carolyn Davis: ‘I still got it’
October 13, 2012
About a minute into Friday’s Late Night scrimmage, Kansas University senior Carolyn Davis caught a pass in traffic, turned, and bounced in a layup off the glass.
40 years ago: Mysterious purple wildcat makes overnight visit to KU campus
October 13, 2012
Giant purple paw prints were discovered this morning in front of Strong Hall and Hoch Auditorium.
Kansas volleyball loses first Big 12 match, at Texas
October 13, 2012
Texas ran its homecourt volleyball conference winning streak to 37 with a three-set sweep of Kansas University on Friday at Gregory Gymnasium.
Firebird Czapinski falls in state tennis quarterfinals
October 13, 2012
Free State High’s Alexis Czapinski went 2-1 on the first day of the Class 6A state tournament and remains in the hunt for a finish as high as fifth place.
Column: Lions seniors making big football plays routine
October 13, 2012
Neither play looked as if it would end in a touchdown. Too many defenders blocked Erick Mayo’s path. The pass to Drake Hofer on the left side of the end zone was too well defended.
Lions rushers slam Leavenworth, 46-26
October 13, 2012
Lawrence High’s opponents need to take note: the Lions’ arsenal includes more than just quarterback Brad Strauss, as Leavenworth found out Friday night.
Buchanan leads KU men’s cross country to finish 20th
October 13, 2012
Sophomore Reid Buchanan placed 74th overall and led the Kansas University men’s cross country team to a 20th-place finish at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational on Friday.
A banner day: Final Four flag highlights Jayhawks’ Late Night
October 13, 2012
It was not an actor or a rapper but a banner that stole the show at the 28th annual Late Night in the Phog on Friday night in jam-packed Allen Fieldhouse.
First Bell: New York and Schwegler honored; LMC yard sale fundraiser
October 13, 2012
News, etc., from schools in and around Douglas County.
FSHS, LHS gymnasts hope to build on season’s successes
October 13, 2012
The concept of a perfect 10 no longer exists in gymnastics. But the gymnasts at Free State High know something about a perfect five.
Simons’ Saturday Column: VP debate sets stage for 2nd Obama-Romney duel
October 13, 2012
The buildup and hype for Thursday’s debate between Vice President Joe Biden and Republican challenger Rep. Paul Ryan placed enormous pressures on the two men to carry out and execute specific goals for each of their parties.
Letter: Policy a burden
October 13, 2012
To the editor: I applaud the success of both high schools this football season and Bob Lisher deserves the credit in the Oct. 10 Journal-World story. I think, however, that it is coming with a cost that most people won’t see.
Letter: Beautiful park
October 13, 2012
To the editor: I want to thank the city of Lawrence for the dog park out by Clinton Lake. This is simply a beautiful park, and I take my two dogs to the park three to four times a week.
Letter: Job spin
October 13, 2012
To the editor: We were recently greeted with the information that the jobless rate has dropped below the 8 percent level. To most citizens who would wish that this improvement would continue, this is great news. But what do we hear from the political machine? Rush Limbaugh has claimed that the “regime” (as he calls the current administration) has manipulated the numbers. Other “conservative” voices have also dismissed this news as false, fraudulent and otherwise unsatisfactory to their drumbeat that the current president has “failed.”
Opinion: Obama’s Big Bird counterattack
October 13, 2012
No mystery about the trajectory of this race. It was static for months as President Obama held a marginal lead. Then came the conventions. The Republicans squandered Tampa; the Democrats got a 3- to 4-point bounce out of Charlotte.
Shows go from cute to creepy
October 13, 2012
“American Horror House” (8 p.m. Saturday, Syfy) revisits the haunted sorority house theme and adds creepy new touches: a recurrent child’s song, a flashback to bloody murder, a haunted violinist — actually, a haunted closet full of stringed instruments. And “Horror” has the most terrifying touch of all: Morgan Fairchild as the demented housemother!
25 years ago: Old WWII POW camp in Lawrence destroyed by fire
October 13, 2012
A remaining piece of World War II history in Lawrence had been destroyed by fire this week.
100 years ago: KU students organize to support Bull Moose Party
October 13, 2012
“On account of the prominence of the equal suffrage plank in the platform it was decided to admit the women of the University to membership.”
Firebirds floor Wyandotte, 49-6, in district opener
October 13, 2012
After a 49-6 district-opening victory over Kansas City (Kan.) Wyandotte Friday night at Free State Stadium, in which Free State led 42-0 at halftime, the Firebirds sang the alma mater with the few remaining fans who stuck out the halftime drizzle and formality of the second half, then took a knee in front of coach Bob Lisher, who delivered a message directly on point.
Horoscopes for Oct. 13
October 13, 2012
For Saturday, Oct. 13: This year you are unusually free and relaxed. You feel rather centered, and your positive characteristics evolve. If you are single, you really could get into the dating game, at least until you find someone who takes your breath away. If you are attached, your sweetie makes it clear how he or she feels about you.
KU soccer falls to Sooners, 1-0
October 13, 2012
Oklahoma senior Renae Cuellar’s goal in the 22nd minute was the decider in a 1-0 Big 12 soccer victory over Kansas University on Friday at John Crain Field.