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Cain, Butler help Royals run winning streak to nine
August 1, 2013
The Royals won their ninth straight game, stretching their longest winning streak in more than a decade by beating Minnesota, 7-2, Thursday behind Billy Butler’s hitting and Lorenzo Cain’s highlight-reel catch in center field.
Marquel Combs can be serious
Colorful juco DT can ‘flip switch’
August 1, 2013
Thanks to his presence on Twitter and in interviews with the local media, top-rated junior-college prospect Marquel Combs made a name for himself as a bit of a jokester throughout his recruitment. By Matt Tait
ESPN ranks Calipari, Self 1-2
August 1, 2013
Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari and KU coach Bill Self rank as the top two recruiters of all head coaches in the country, according to a summer survey of 200 coaches by ESPN.com. By Gary Bedore
Together again: LHS coach, pitcher reunite on Cape
August 1, 2013
Lawrence High baseball coach Brad Stoll and LHS product Garrett Cleavinger reunited this summer with the Falmouth Commodores. By Benton Smith
Police seeking driver in hit-and-run that injured Lawrence pedestrian
07:14 p.m., August 1, 2013 Updated 11:06 a.m.
Lawrence police are looking for the driver of a vehicle that hit a male pedestrian at the intersection of Ninth Street and Emery Road Thursday at about 6:50 p.m.
KU alumna anonymously gives $2 million to education school to create new professorship
August 1, 2013
The KU Endowment Association announced a commitment of $2 million through the donor’s estate. The donor, who wished to remain anonymous, told endowment staff that she wanted to help future students.
Trial set for former KU football player Chris Martin in robbery case
August 1, 2013
Former Kansas University football player Chris Martin is facing a November trial in a robbery case stemming from a May home invasion in southwest Lawrence. Another defendant in the case has been found guilty. By Ian Cummings
KU chancellor joins other university leaders in call for more research funding
August 1, 2013
Bernadette Gray-Little, chancellor of Kansas University, joined more than 175 university leaders from across the country this week in urging the president and Congress to restore federal spending on research, innovation and higher education. A letter signed by the leaders appeared yesterday as an advertisement in the print edition of Politico, a national outlet for political news. The campaign is led by the Association of American Universities and the Association of Public Land-Grant Universities. By Ben Unglesbee
Kansas Department of Insurance sets up meetings to explain changes under new federal health law
August 1, 2013
The Kansas Department of Insurance is planning a series of informational meetings on changes under the federal health care law.
FDA report on menthol cigarettes cites KU study; researcher argues for ban
August 1, 2013
If additional regulations or even a ban on menthol cigarettes follow a U.S. Food and Drug Administration report released last week, it will be thanks in small part to a group of researchers at the Kansas University Medical Center. A 2007 study by KUMC and University of Minnesota researchers found that even among smokers who smoke fewer than 10 cigarettes per day, people who smoke menthol cigarettes find it tougher to quit smoking than other smokers. By Matt Erickson
Kansas company recalls ground beef because of possible E. coli contamination
August 1, 2013
A western Kansas company is recalling more than 50,000 pounds of ground beef products because of concerns that it could be tainted with E. coli.
Royals’ streak hits 8
August 1, 2013
For the first time in 10 years, the Kansas City Royals will start August with a real hope of staying in the playoff race.
Our Town Sports for Aug. 1
August 1, 2013
A weekly roundup of local sporting events, results and opportunities.
KU swimmers compete at Open
August 1, 2013
Alison Lusk placed 31st in the 200-meter breaststroke to pace three Kansas University swimmers competing Wednesday in the U.S. Open at the William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center in Irvine, Calif.
Jayhawks eager to open football camp
August 1, 2013
Most — but not all — of Kansas University’s football players recently headed home to recharge their minds and bodies after an intense summer of workouts, conditioning and classes. Junior safety Cassius Sendish hopes they remember the point of all their hard work. By Matt Tait
Loss dampens MLS All-Star celebration
August 1, 2013
A raucous crowd packed into one of Major League Soccer’s glitzy new stadiums to watch a team comprised of its best players on a picturesque late-summer night. All that was missing was the outcome fans desired.
KU assistant Kurtis Townsend named top recruiter
August 1, 2013
ESPN’s summer survey of more than 200 college basketball coaches says the No. 1 recruiter of all assistant coaches in the country is … 10th-year Kansas University aide Kurtis Townsend. By Gary Bedore
Opinion: Among talented newcomers, Joel Embiid is KU’s X factor
August 1, 2013
Without question, the most compelling development to watch will be that of center Joel Embiid, so remarkably talented and so very new to the game. He qualifies as this team’s X factor. By Tom Keegan
25 years ago: State to investigate rural house fire
August 1, 2013
A caller claimed that the owners had received threats because of the location they had chosen for their house.
40 years ago: Judge questions legality of hiring corrections officer for county jail
August 1, 2013
“I doubt if a state auditor would allow the expenditure.”
Lawrence Libations: The Float Trip at Pachamama’s
August 1, 2013
Local blackberries, fresh ice cream, Aperol and soda in a drink named the Float Trip — like all the best things about summertime in a single, cold glass.
Falafelly nice: Walk-up window serves late-night Lebanese food
August 1, 2013
When the late-night crowd approaches the walk-up window outside Fatso’s Public House and Stage, tipsy types sometimes ask, “What’s this — you don’t have any pizza?” Instead, the spot is now called Lebanese Flower and offers a taste of the Middle East in falafel, shawarma, hummus and other specialties.
Dance company puts modern spin on old fairy tale
August 1, 2013
When Art In Motion Dance Company performs its take on Grimm Brothers’ “Snow White” on Friday, there won’t be seven dwarves and Snow White won’t be wearing the large gown most children envision her in after seeing Disney’s version of the fairytale. In fact, this performance is the company’s own take of the well-known story, complete with modern music and costumes.
Style Scout: Brendan Higginbottom
August 1, 2013
Describe your style: I don’t pay attention to style. I don’t have many clothes. I just go with what is practical and functional.
Style Scout: Laura Stucky
August 1, 2013
Describe your style: Laid back. I wear what I feel like that day. I go for things that I like. I don’t care where it’s from. I go for the look and the feeling.
Opinion: Colorado tuition fund falls victim to higher ed costs, funding cuts
August 1, 2013 in print edition on A9
It might be tempting to tee off on the people who structured the Colorado Prepaid Tuition fund, which is closing because it’s financially unsound, and criticize them for underestimating higher education inflation.
Opinion: Detroit contributed to its own demise
August 1, 2013 in print edition on A9
In 1860, an uneasy Charles Darwin confided in a letter to a friend: “I had no intention to write atheistically” but “I cannot persuade myself that a beneficent and omnipotent God would have designedly created the Ichneumonidae with the express intention of their feeding within the living bodies of caterpillars.” What appalled him had fascinated entomologist William Kirby (1759-1850): The ichneumon insect inserts an egg in a caterpillar, and the larva hatched from the egg, he said, “gnaws the inside of the caterpillar, and though at last it has devoured almost every part of it except the skin and intestines, carefully all this time avoids injuring the vital organs, as if aware that its own existence depends on that of the insect on which it preys!”
Horoscopes for Aug. 1
August 1, 2013
For Thursday, Aug. 1 This year you often wonder about the nature of your friendships and relationships. If you are single, you could meet someone through a friend, or a friendship could become more. If you are attached, as a couple you might head in a new direction and love every moment of the change.
Fairgoers put safety in the hands of others
August 1, 2013
Lane Kramar doesn’t think much about ride safety. When the 15-year-old goes to the carnival at the Douglas County Fair, he’s just looking to have fun. Like the Lecompton teenager, many fairgoers figure that someone is ensuring the rides are safe — but who? By Giles Bruce
4-H members show off their animals, some in costume, at Douglas County Fair
August 1, 2013
Two boys in identical blue jeans and white collared shirts sat in front-row chairs in the poultry barn Wednesday morning, holding onto their chickens and waiting nervously for their turn in the poultry showmanship contest. In this competition, 4-H members must demonstrate their ability to carry and examine their birds. By Nikki Wentling
Garden Calendar: A squash alternative without the bug problem
August 1, 2013
A zucchini by another name might be a little less sweet to squash bugs. At least that is what one Lawrence gardener is beginning to believe in his second season of growing Zucchetta Rampicante Tromboncino squash.
100 years ago: ‘Enormous’ new Bowersock grain elevator finished just in time for harvest
August 1, 2013
“Lawrence people watched it grow inch by inch into one of the largest structures that the town has today.”
Editorial: Resort plan
It would have been nice to have more than one proposal for a resort in Clinton State Park, but the state should give due consideration to the plan that was submitted.
August 1, 2013
Maybe Clinton Lake isn’t the hottest potential development property on the horizon. Only one firm responded to the Kansas Department of Administration after the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism issued a request for proposals for a conference center and hotel intended to make the lake a regional destination.