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Archive for Monday, September 3, 2012

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12:00 a.m.
Quenton Cole (recent KU Engineering grad) visits with secondary-school students in an agriculture class about harvesting rainwater for irrigation. Stories from a summer spent abroad
September 2, 2012
Three Kansas teams journeyed to Kenya in June, their luggage packed with medical supplies, irrigation tubing, soccer shirts and whatever the weight limit would allow.
6:00 a.m.
A steep hill and trees make trains hard to spot at this railroad crossing along East 950 Road northwest of Lawrence. At the urging of parents whose son died at this spot a year ago, the Douglas County Commission is asking for the state to help make it safer. Rural train crossing to get safety upgrade
September 3, 2012
On a wintry afternoon, more than 1 1/2 years ago at a rural Douglas County railroad crossing, a train collided with a pickup truck, killing the driver of the truck. Now the state, county and BNSF Railway Co. are close to reaching an agreement that will put signals and gates at the track crossing at East 950 Road northwest of Lawrence.
2:00 p.m.
Carlos Hernandez, left, and Zach Roberson graduated from Kansas University School of Law, where they met and became friends. The two are opening a bilingual law firm in Olathe after realizing a need for more bilingual attorneys in the Kansas City area. KU law school grads opening bilingual firm
September 2, 2012
Carlos Hernandez and Zach Roberson graduated from Kansas University School of Law. It’s where they met and became friends. But unlike some with dreams of finding a powerful firm and making partner at 35, Hernandez and Roberson have a different plan. They are opening a bilingual law firm in Olathe.
6:00 p.m.
The mermaid “Laguna” swims in her tank at the Kansas City Renaissance Festival. The “Magical Mermaid” is one of the new attractions this year. Fantasy abounds in attractions at Renaissance Festival
September 2, 2012
The Renaissance Festival opened Saturday and will hold regular hours today, and the “Magical Mermaid” joined a royal pub crawl among the festival’s new offerings. A film about jousting also will be shot during the festival next month.
10:00 p.m.
Shelly Sheets of Pomona throws a punch during a kickboxing class at Title Boxing Club, 1520 Wakarusa Drive. A knockout workout: Boxing for fitness takes hold in Lawrence
September 3, 2012
If there’s a ripped-up, cauliflower-eared, cage-fighter type wandering around the class, don’t worry, he’s not going to punch your lights out. The only sparring is between you and the heavy bag.

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Questions plentiful as Chiefs ready for opener
September 3, 2012
The Kansas City Chiefs might be the only NFL team that has more questions heading into the regular season than it had at the start of training camp.
Darvish sharp as Rangers rip Royals
September 3, 2012
While Yu Darvish flirted with a no-hitter, the Texas Rangers were hitting the ball over the Kauffman Stadium fences.
Return to Kansas ‘weird’ for Rice GA AJ Steward
September 3, 2012
A little more than a year ago, they stood together as teammates with only a camera tripod and the rest of the Big 12 Conference as their enemies. Today, it’s a different story for Kansas University wide receiver Daymond Patterson and former KU tight end AJ Steward.
Simply perfect: Big 12 undefeated in opening week, but some teams struggled more than others
September 3, 2012
It was a perfect Week 1 for the retooled Big 12, at least as far as the scoreboard goes. All nine of the league’s members in action, including newcomer West Virginia, got off to winning starts.
Cat’ Barber: Visit to KU a perfect ‘10’
September 3, 2012
Anthony “Cat” Barber told Rivals.com he had a great time on his weekend recruiting trip to Kansas University.
Google Fiber could widen digital divide in Kansas City area
September 3, 2012
Many of the schools, libraries and poorest neighborhoods given first shot at drawing Google’s ultra-fast Internet service look in danger of missing out on Kansas City’s digital revolution.
Rediscovered painting offers slice of city history
September 3, 2012
At the heart of Liberty Memorial Central Middle School hangs a piece of history. Just before the school year began, Principal Jeff Harkin hung a painting of the original architect’s rendering of the school building. The school was built in 1922 as Liberty Memorial High School, a memorial to the 19 service members from Lawrence who died in World War I. The painting was found during renovations in 2005 and was restored by a group of alumni this year.
Western Civilization class may no longer be required at KU
Desire for flexibility cited as reason to make longtime standard optional
September 3, 2012
As Kansas University shifts to a new set of general education requirements, KU leaders hope to give students more flexible options. And that will likely mean students can choose to avoid some hurdles their predecessors had to clear, including a course familiar to most KU undergraduates: Western Civilization.
Rural train crossing to get safety upgrade
September 3, 2012
On a wintry afternoon, more than 1 1/2 years ago at a rural Douglas County railroad crossing, a train collided with a pickup truck, killing the driver of the truck. Now the state, county and BNSF Railway Co. are close to reaching an agreement that will put signals and gates at the track crossing at East 950 Road northwest of Lawrence.
Job satisfaction
Especially in difficult economic times, Americans should recognize and appreciate the importance of working and earning a wage.
September 3, 2012
These days Labor Day is mostly celebrated as a federal holiday that comes with a three-day weekend and marks the unofficial end of summer, but it’s still an appropriate time to ponder the significance of work and American workers.
40 years ago: Cleared of gambling suspicions, golf tournament to go on as planned
September 3, 2012
Reports were circulating that Kansas Atty. Gen. Vern Miller was planning a raid of the Lawrence Country Club.
25 years ago: Broadcasting ends at longtime local radio station
September 3, 2012
WREN-AM had first gone on the air in 1926 from studios in the Bowersock Mills & Power Co.
100 years ago: Haskell superintendent: Indian school education more useful than public school
September 3, 2012
“Mr. Wise believes in this kind of training and thinks it more valuable in the long run than an education entirely made up of ‘book learning.’”
Fix-It Chick: Water a home’s foundation
September 3, 2012
Excessive heat and dry weather can wreak havoc on a home’s foundation.
River City Jules: Cutting-edge fashion trends
September 3, 2012
In spite of the fact that I still own two dresses from the turn of the millennium and my firm belief that yoga pants complete any outfit, I once again will emcee the Douglas County Medical Alliance Fashion Benefit this Thursday at Van Go, 715 N.J.
A knockout workout: Boxing for fitness takes hold in Lawrence
September 3, 2012
If there’s a ripped-up, cauliflower-eared, cage-fighter type wandering around the class, don’t worry, he’s not going to punch your lights out. The only sparring is between you and the heavy bag.
Divorces
September 3, 2012
Divorces granted in Douglas County District Court the week ending August 31, 2012.
Marriages
September 3, 2012
Marriage licenses issued in Douglas County District Court the week ending Aug. 31, 2012.
Bankruptcies
September 3, 2012
Douglas County residents or businesses filing for bankruptcy protection recently in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the District of Kansas, according to court records.
Horoscope for Sept. 3
September 3, 2012
For Monday, Sept. 3: This year you will develop a key relationship, if you do not have one already. This bond could be professional or personal. If you are single, you will long for more. If you are attached, the two of you become much closer. The Stars Show the Kind of Day You’ll Have: 5-Dynamic; 4-Positive; 3-Average; 2-So-so; 1-Difficult
Miniseries slips into ‘Coma’
September 3, 2012
A&E takes a page from television’s past with “Coma” (8 p.m., concludes Tuesday), an all-star, two-night miniseries.
Parents overly involved in daughter’s life
September 3, 2012
Dear Annie: My daughter, “Grace,” is 48 years old and recently divorced from her husband after 23 years of marriage. They have no children. My wife and I liked her husband, but he never wanted to work for anyone. He always thought he could run his own business and could never manage it. After they’d been married 10 years, we told Grace that she should get some counseling or get a divorce.
How to Help: United Way event to pack 40,000 meals
September 3, 2012
United Way of Douglas County’s annual community campaign kickoff this year will focus on addressing the needs of hungry families in Douglas County. During the “Great Start Pack” event, hundreds of volunteers will gather to assemble 40,000 meals for food insecure people in our community.
Selection of Ryan changes campaign
September 3, 2012 in print edition on A8
Thursday night’s convention speech, the symbolic opening of Barack Obama’s general-election effort, represents an important moment in this year’s campaign. But no matter what the president says, and no matter how well he says it, history likely will record that the 2012 presidential race was transformed not in September but in August — and not by anything that happened at the Republican National Convention in Tampa last week.
Double Take: Pornography warps perspective of sex
September 3, 2012
Keir Starmer, the top British prosecutor, suggests that teenage relationships are now more violent due to the prevalence of Internet pornography. He cites research showing “that exploitation and violence in teenage relationships are more common than previously thought” and that “physical, sexual and emotional abuse was common among 13- to 18-year-olds who were not in mainstream education.” He then recommends an automatic block on pornography requiring an active override by an adult user as the default setting for Internet service providers.
Fundraiser puts medical professionals on the catwalk
September 3, 2012
On Thursday, Lawrence doctors will be doing their rounds in a bit of a different way.
Go Green: For mobility-impaired, Lawrence boasts options to get out in nature
September 3, 2012
Going for a walk in the woods or a bicycle ride in the countryside — reconnecting with the natural world — is a pleasure many of us take for granted.
Musical murder mystery: Local author draws on real-life chorus for inspiration
September 3, 2012
The Dead Sing No More. It’s the perfect beginning to the recently published “Murder a Cappella” (Wayside Press, 2012), co-written by local author Diane Bailey.
Offbeat Occupations: A career brewing at Free State
September 3, 2012
Sociable. Beautiful. Wonderful. Bright. Tommy Kelley’s face lights up as he says these words. He’s clearly a man in love — with beer.
Mind Matters: Behaviors for managing anxiety
September 3, 2012
Michael Brown points out in his book “The Presence Process” that you can rearrange the letters in the word “anxiety” and create the words “any exit.” That is a good representation of how someone with severe anxiety often feels — trapped in his/her body or situation.
Style for the Ages: Historical Threads: Levi’s 501
September 3, 2012
As a graduate student in history and a fashion fiend, I’m a total sucker for classic clothing with a rich historical pedigree. For me, it’s a great feeling to wear something that I know has changed little in its long history, simply because it doesn’t need to. I suppose the old adage “if it’s not broken, don’t fix it” fits certain fashion classics perfectly.
The black and white code of politics
September 3, 2012 in print edition on A8
Lord help us, they’re talking race again. “They” meaning Republicans and Democrats. Race is a critical, sensitive and sometimes painful issue with relevance to everything from environmental policy to education reform to criminal justice to media to health care. For a politician to address it requires political courage.