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Archive for Friday, August 2, 2013

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
Marla Keown, Topeka, lights a cigarette. The FDA last week released a review of scientific research on the mint-flavored cigarettes, menthols, also announcing that it was accepting public comments about possible new regulations. Studies found that people who smoke menthol cigarettes find it easier to get addicted and tougher to quit. 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
8:00 a.m.
Julie Carden, photographed with her horse Princess, at the Douglas County Fair in 1988, left, and again on Tuesday, July 30, 2013, at her parents home in Linwood. Girl’s pony led to her 25-year fair and rodeo career
August 2, 2013
On a warm, mid-July day in 1988, 6-year-old Julie Carden was standing by her family’s horse trailer, waiting alongside her pony, Princess, for Eudora’s CPA parade to begin when a Lawrence Journal-World photographer snapped her picture. A poster-sized copy of that black-and-white photo now hangs in Carden’s childhood home. The image not only captured the start of Carden’s long and successful fair and rodeo career, but it signified the beginning of a relationship between a little girl and her pony, a bond that set Carden on her path in life. By Nikki Wentling
5:52 p.m.
This ordinary looking home, built by Ezell-Morgan Construction, has an energy efficiency rating far better than the standard home thanks to the amount of insulation used, energy efficient furnace and heat pump and Energy Star rated appliances. Building code changes that took effect July 1 made Lawrence one of the few cities in the region to require that all newly-constructed homes undergo a home energy audit, which in most cases is going to produce a score that will allow the energy efficiency of various homes to be compared. Building code changes will give home buyers more numbers on energy efficiency
August 2, 2013
Building code changes that took effect July 1 made Lawrence one of the few cities in the region to require that all newly-constructed homes undergo a home energy audit, which in most cases is going to produce a score that will allow the energy efficiency of various homes to be compared. By Chad Lawhorn

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KU swimmers conclude at Open
August 2, 2013
Five Kansas University swimmers wrapped up competition at the U.S. Open on Friday at the William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center.
High expectations greet new EHS coach
August 2, 2013
More than three years ago, Kevin Kopecky arrived at Leavenworth High as the school’s new football coach and noticed something strange: There didn’t seem to be any expectations surrounding the program, which hadn’t advanced to the postseason in three decades. By Benton Smith
KU grad Nick Bradford to coach at MSSU
August 2, 2013
Nick Bradford, who worked the past two years as an assistant coach at Labette Community College in Parsons, this week was named assistant at Missouri Southern State University, joining KU teammate/fourth-year Lion aide Jeff Boschee at the NCAA Div. II school in Joplin, Mo. By Gary Bedore
Walkoff homer sinks K.C., ends Royals’ streak
August 2, 2013
Eric Young Jr. homered with two outs in the 11th inning and the New York Mets overcame a blown lead to beat Kansas City, 4-2, on Friday night, snapping the Royals’ winning streak at nine.
Changing course: Makeover spruces up Eagle Bend
August 2, 2013
When Darin “Lumpy” Pearson was hired in the spring of 2011 to take over the maintenance and operations at Eagle Bend Golf Course, his goal was to put a shine on the 13-year-old track and turn it into a destination for players throughout Kansas. By Matt Tait
Demolition derby drivers duke it out at fair
August 2, 2013
Engines revving, exhausts blazing, bodies battered, tires twisted, and with various pieces falling off, competitors in the Douglas County Fair’s demolition derby took aim at each other in multiple heats in the mud-filled outdoor arena Friday night. The competition pitted junker against junker — creating even more junk as the night went on — in what has come to be not only a favorite event at the county fair, but one that some participants have grown up in. By Meagan Thomas
Chefs pack plates with local flavor at annual cooking challenge
August 2, 2013
Eileen Horn was shuffling score sheets after the judges’ last bites at the third annual Chefs Challenge Friday evening at the Douglas County Fair. “They have never been this close,” said Horn, the county sustainability coordinator, “and it looks like this was gut-wrenching for the judges.” Three dishes, all jam-packed with locally sourced ingredients and bold but balanced flavors. Whose would win? By Sara Shepherd
KU researchers look to tablet apps to help children with autism develop communication skills
August 2, 2013
A KU researcher won a $1.2 million grant to study how children with autism can develop verbal communication skills through apps that link pictures to the spoken word. She and her team will test the apps with teachers and preschool children in area school districts. By Ben Unglesbee
Building code changes will give home buyers more numbers on energy efficiency
August 2, 2013
Building code changes that took effect July 1 made Lawrence one of the few cities in the region to require that all newly-constructed homes undergo a home energy audit, which in most cases is going to produce a score that will allow the energy efficiency of various homes to be compared. By Chad Lawhorn
Sen. Roberts appointed to farm bill conference committee
August 2, 2013
U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., will be serving on the conference committee charged with settling differences between the House and Senate farm bills. By Scott Rothschild
Appeals panel upholds Lawrence sidewalk ordinance
August 2, 2013
A panel of the Kansas Court of Appeals today upheld Lawrence’s sidewalk ordinance, which had been challenged as unconstitutional by a homeless man who has been repeatedly arrested by police. By Scott Rothschild
Survey to count bicycles, pedestrians
12:39 a.m., August 2, 2013 Updated 08:23 a.m.
Volunteers are needed in Douglas County to manually count bicycles and pedestrians at specific locations next month.
100 years ago: National Guard soldiers return to Lawrence
August 2, 2013
“The local boys all declare that they had a great time.”
Gambling could hurt 26 percent of Kansans, survey concludes
August 2, 2013
A survey says up to 9 percent of Kansans are at risk of developing a gambling problem and that 26 percent of the state’s residents could be affected by the uncontrolled gambling of a relative or friend.
Horoscopes for Aug. 2
August 2, 2013
For Friday, Aug. 2 Be willing to eliminate what does not work if you can’t make the necessary adjustments. You will want to enter the next phase of your life with as few problems as possible. If you are single, a potential sweetie could knock on your door. If you are attached, the two of you will benefit from taking some time away from everything.
Girl’s pony led to her 25-year fair and rodeo career
August 2, 2013
On a warm, mid-July day in 1988, 6-year-old Julie Carden was standing by her family’s horse trailer, waiting alongside her pony, Princess, for Eudora’s CPA parade to begin when a Lawrence Journal-World photographer snapped her picture. A poster-sized copy of that black-and-white photo now hangs in Carden’s childhood home. The image not only captured the start of Carden’s long and successful fair and rodeo career, but it signified the beginning of a relationship between a little girl and her pony, a bond that set Carden on her path in life. By Nikki Wentling
Obama picks Kansas justice for federal appeals court
August 2, 2013
President Barack Obama on Thursday nominated a Kansas Supreme Court justice to the federal appeals court that handles cases from six western and Plains states.
Editorial: Protect parks
South Park and all other city parks should be off-limits as officials seek a site for a new police headquarters building.
August 2, 2013
City officials have announced they intend to start identifying potential sites for a new police headquarters building. They say they want a site that is 10 to 13 acres, is in a central location and has easy access to key facilities such as the Douglas County Jail, municipal and district courts and City Hall.
Opinion: Ho Chi Minh not a Jeffersonian
August 2, 2013 in print edition on A8
When it comes to Vietnam, I’m all for moving on, putting the past behind us, looking forward, letting bygones be bygones, but doing so requires honesty about the past, lest history be forgotten and the memory and honor tarnished of the 60,000 Americans who died in that war.
25 years ago: Sheriff’s race, others bring primary voters to the polls
August 2, 2013
About 10.36 percent of the city’s registered voters had cast ballots by noon today.
40 years ago: No one injured in car-locomotive collision
August 2, 2013
A Union Pacific locomotive and a car collided this morning on North Third between Locust and Maple.