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Archive for Saturday, August 3, 2013

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12:00 a.m.
A large crowd watches as the first heat of the Demolition Derby is whittled to five cars on Friday, Aug. 2, at the Douglas County Fair. 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
12:00 p.m.
Michael Beard, chef and co-owner of 715 restaurant, prepares a locally sourced meal of chimichurri-marinated leg of lamb with sauteed potatoes, fresh tomatoes and toum — a Lebanese lemon and garlic sauce — Friday evening at the Douglas County Fair Chefs Challenge. 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
3:52 p.m.
Kent Shrack, Lawrence, left, pulls a shovel dragging his grandson Ethan Shrack, 2, and Ethan's dad Patrick Stallbaumer, Lawrence, in an obstacle course event during the Barnyard Olympics at the Douglas County Fair Saturday, August 3, 2013. 4-H’ers let loose with crazy competition on final day of fair
August 3, 2013
Thousands of cups of lemonade, 400 blooming onions, 700 bags of kettle corn, 900 funnel cakes and 1,080 corn dogs later, the weeklong Douglas County Fair has come to an end. But before the exhibits were taken down and the food vendors had retired their treats until next summer, one event on Saturday drew cheers from crowded bleachers in the judging arena. Thirty-one teams competed in the Barnyard Olympics, an obstacle course challenge for 4-H Club members that is a signature event on the final day of the fair. By Nicole Wentling

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Clowney no stranger to Stowers
August 3, 2013
Some football fans might need to look up the pronunciation of college football’s most famous defensive lineman, South Carolina’s Jadeveon (juh-DAY-vee-on) Clowney, but Kansas D-lineman Keon Stowers is not among them.
Lineman Stowers finds right path at Kansas
August 3, 2013
It takes a lot to impress legendary retired high school football coach Jimmy “Moose” Wallace, winner of four state titles in South Carolina and former coach of 10 NFL players. Yet, the young man sitting across the lunch table from Wallace last Thursday afternoon wowed him so much the coach said it “brings cold chills to my body,” just talking about his progress. By Tom Keegan
Woodland leads at Reno-Tahoe Open
August 3, 2013
Former Kansas University golfer Gary Woodland holed out from a greenside bunker for eagle and hit an approach shot from the fairway to 2 inches for one of his six birdies Saturday to take the third-round lead in the Reno-Tahoe Open with 37 points in the modified Stableford scoring system.
Guide gives glimpse into Jayhawks
August 3, 2013
In addition to its sharp cover, fun facts about the players and coaches and historical information about the Kansas University football program, the annual media guide can provide subtle hints about the make-up of the team.
Maxwell home run powers Royals
August 3, 2013
The Kansas City Royals are getting a healthy dose of National League baseball on their first trip to Citi Field.
Faith Forum: Does leading a congregation — in and outside of church — ever feel overwhelming?
August 3, 2013
The Rev. John McFarland answers.
4-H’ers let loose with crazy competition on final day of fair
August 3, 2013
Thousands of cups of lemonade, 400 blooming onions, 700 bags of kettle corn, 900 funnel cakes and 1,080 corn dogs later, the weeklong Douglas County Fair has come to an end. But before the exhibits were taken down and the food vendors had retired their treats until next summer, one event on Saturday drew cheers from crowded bleachers in the judging arena. Thirty-one teams competed in the Barnyard Olympics, an obstacle course challenge for 4-H Club members that is a signature event on the final day of the fair. By Nicole Wentling
Baylor ‘belittled’ by memory of Robert Griffin III
August 3, 2013
Baylor running back Lache Seastrunk has given up watching ESPN. He says it just makes him mad that his team doesn’t get the publicity it deserves. By Jesse Newell
Dual-threat QB David Ash to lead Texas Longhorns
August 3, 2013
If a good quarterback is the key to winning in the Big 12, then the Texas Longhorns should feel good about their chances in 2013. By Jesse Newell
25 years ago: Primary election narrows field for sheriff, county commissioners
August 3, 2013
Loren Anderson had been chosen as the Republican candidate in the Douglas County Sheriff race.
40 years ago: LHS to be home to prairie-dog community
August 3, 2013
A natural history visitation site was under construction this summer at Lawrence High School.
100 years ago: Motorists report on good and bad county roads
August 3, 2013
“There is one road of which the autoists complain very much….”
Opinion: Big 12 quarterbacks a mystery this year
August 3, 2013
Spread offenses choreographed by accomplished coaches and speedy receivers have played a big role in the Big 12 fielding the nation’s most exciting scoring machines, but gifted quarterbacks deserve even more credit. By Tom Keegan
Horoscopes for Aug. 3
August 3, 2013
For Saturday, Aug. 3 This year you will experience a lot of good luck if you are able to center yourself and follow your instincts. In fact, you might be surprised at how well you land. If you are single, the people you attract could be emotionally unavailable. If you are attached, the two of you
Oklahoma State relishes role as Big 12 favorites
August 3, 2013
For the first time in Big 12 history, Oklahoma State was the preseason pick by media members to win the league. OSU coach Mike Gundy is taking the selection as a compliment. By Jesse Newell
Kansas defense deeper for a change
August 3, 2013
During his first season in charge of Charlie Weis’ defense, Kansas University assistant head coach Dave Campo was forced to play with half the deck. By Matt Tait
TCU ‘excited’ for sophomore season
August 3, 2013
TCU football coach Gary Patterson knew the 2012 season was going to be a challenge for his Horned Frogs in their Big 12 debut. By Matt Tait
Offensively, West Virginia shifts gears
August 3, 2013
During his first season coaching the Mountaineers in the Big 12, West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen had the luxury of getting the ball to three of the country’s most dynamic offensive weapons to keep up with a wide-open and fast-paced offensive league. By Matt Tait
Quarterback competition no problem for Texas Tech
August 3, 2013
First-year Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury didn’t mind going into fall camp with a quarterback competition. By Jesse Newell
Even with unproven QB, Oklahoma offense solid
August 3, 2013
Oklahoma center Gabe Ikard pulled out his phone to check his list, then told a reporter at Big 12 media days he was the 42nd person that day to ask him who the Sooners’ starting quarterback would be this season. By Jesse Newell
Jayhawks seeking ‘snowball effect’ in nonconference play
August 3, 2013
When asking the current Kansas University football players to size up the nonconference schedule they’ll face this September, the same word tends to come up over and over. By Matt Tait
Charlie Weis strives for balance with Jake Heaps as quarterback
August 3, 2013
A 1-11 season and winless stretch during Big 12 Conference play was not what Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis envisioned for his first season in charge of the Jayhawks.
Iowa State settled on its quarterback
August 3, 2013
Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads described it as the most boring, uneventful and terrific media days in his five years with the Cyclones. By Jesse Newell
Kansas State again picked in middle of the pack
August 3, 2013
Kansas State coach Bill Snyder has been through this whole song and dance before: The media and others outside of Manhattan pick the Wildcats to finish in the middle of the Big 12 Conference standings and by year’s end look foolish when KSU is not only among the best teams in the Big 12 but also in the country. By Matt Tait
Hensley wants Brownback to speed Court of Appeals nomination
August 3, 2013
The Kansas Senate’s top Democrat called Friday for Republican Gov. Sam Brownback to name a new state Court of Appeals judge three weeks early to give lawmakers additional time to vet the nominee ahead of a special legislative session in September.
Simons’ Saturday Column: Longtime newsman had a lasting impact on J-W
August 3, 2013
Earlier this week, a Journal-World news story told of Ralph Gage retiring after 43 years at the newspaper.
City commission agenda for Aug. 6 meeting
August 3, 2013
6:35 p.m. Tuesday, Lawrence City Hall
Opinion: Security, Obamacare feed GOP crackup
August 3, 2013 in print edition on A9
A combination of early presidential maneuvering and internal policy debate is feeding yet another iteration of that media perennial: the great Republican crackup. This time, it’s tea party insurgents versus get-along establishment fogies fighting principally over two things: (a) national security and (b) Obamacare.