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Bill Self shares credit at Hall induction
August 5, 2013
Kansas University men’s basketball coach Bill Self was one of seven individuals inducted into the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame on Monday at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.
Royals sock it to Minnesota, 13-0
August 5, 2013
The Kansas City Royals have been playing more than their share of close games, with 60 of their first 108 games decided by one or two runs. That was not the case Monday night.
Opinion: Don’t count out Kansas LB Schyler Miles
August 5, 2013
The tendency in today’s world of college athletics is to write off a guy if he doesn’t come in and make a major impact as a true freshman. By Matt Tait
Yo: LHS lineman Alex Jones knows yo-yos
August 5, 2013
If Alex “Yo-yo” Jones had to guess, he would assume fewer students at his school know him by his given name than the nickname he first earned almost three years ago, when a hobby turned into an obsession. By Benton Smith
Douglas County drug investigation seizes $1 million in meth from Mexican drug cartel
August 5, 2013
Law enforcement officers seized nearly 25 pounds of methamphetamine last week in Douglas County, probably the supply of a Mexican drug cartel that was meant for local distribution in the Lawrence area. The drugs, worth almost $1 million in street value, represented the largest quantity of meth ever seized here and point to a larger pattern of drug trafficking that is still under investigation, police say. By Ian Cummings
Bowler stops at Jaybowl to strike up awareness for youth bowling
August 5, 2013
Nine-year-old Natalie Savant has a goal to bowl in each of the 48 contiguous states as a way to raise money and awareness for youth bowling. Monday Sabant stopped in Lawrence to bowl at Kansas University’s Jaybowl.
Indian tribe hasn’t yet filed federal paperwork to develop North Lawrence property
August 5, 2013
The future of prime North Lawrence property bought by an Oklahoma-based Indian tribe is still in a wait-and-see mode, but at least one local government has started to assess what impact development of the land could have on its constituents and services. The Delaware Tribe of Indians has not yet filed paperwork to put into trust 87 acres near the Kansas Turnpike interchange at North Lawrence, said Nedra Darling, a spokeswoman with the Bureau of Indian Affairs. By Chad Lawhorn
Lawrence schools release budget details
August 5, 2013
The proposed Lawrence schools budget for 2013-2014 includes more money for “classroom” expenses, including teacher salaries, while spending down cash reserves. The board is expected to vote on the budget after a public hearing next Monday, Aug. 12. By Peter Hancock
Vinland Fair maintains simplicity, starts this Thursday
August 5, 2013
At the Vinland Fair, it’s the simple things that matter: the homemade fruit pies served with a dollop of hand-churned ice cream, the folksy tunes of a string band and the few hours spent with family and neighbors watching a sack race or just enjoying some time spent outdoors. This week, residents of Vinland and the surrounding area are taking a step back in time. The 106th annual Vinland Fair runs from Thursday through Saturday at the Vinland fairgrounds, which is located north of Baldwin City in Vinland Valley, 1736 N. 700 Rd. It is free and open to the public. By Nikki Wentling
House’s top budget writer says legislators will have lots of questions for higher education officials
August 5, 2013
The chief budget writer in the House today said that legislators will have a lot of questions for higher education officials when the state appropriations committees tour regents universities. By Scott Rothschild
Parts of 19th Street closed due to water main break
August 5, 2013
19th Street is closed from Haskell to Delaware streets after a contractor hit a water main this afternoon.
State says $17.75 million in FICA refunds sent to former KU medical students
03:20 p.m., August 5, 2013 Updated 03:20 p.m.
Approximately 1,140 former Kansas University Medical Center students received $17.75 million in FICA refunds last week, state officials reported today. By Scott Rothschild
Judge sets September hearing for man charged with hiding cameras in Lawrence changing rooms
August 5, 2013
A Lawrence man accused of making secret video recordings of people undressing this past winter appeared in Douglas County District Court today, where a judge scheduled a September 30 court date to hear evidence against him. By Ian Cummings
State leaders approve hiring more investigators to handle complaints against nurses
12:23 p.m., August 5, 2013 Updated 06:04 p.m.
State elected leaders today approved the hiring of two people to help take care of a rapidly growing backlog of complaints against nurses. By Scott Rothschild
Reminder: vaccines required for K-12 students
August 5, 2013
Students and parents are preparing for the beginning of the school year next week, gathering school supplies, figuring out schedules and maybe even selecting outfits for the first day back. Amid the flurry of back-to-school excitement, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment is reminding parents of another requirement: vaccinations.
Journal-World seeking subjects for Obamacare series
August 5, 2013
The Journal-World is seeking people in the community to write about in a series about the Affordable Care Act’s impact on the Lawrence area.
25 years ago: Remnant of original prairie within city limits to be preserved
August 5, 2013
The City Commission had approved an amended replat for a new subdivision near 27th and Harper.
40 years ago: Fate of Carnegie library building still undecided
August 5, 2013
A local historian urged preservation of the building.
Fix-It Chick: Paint galvanized metal
August 5, 2013
It is not unusual to see paint peeling off gutters or downspouts.
100 years ago: Paper mill accident sends flywheel flying
August 5, 2013
“In fact it got to flying so fast that it flew all to pieces and the engine is not in operation today.”
How to Help: Headquarters puts out call for volunteers
August 5, 2013
Headquarters is looking for empathetic, caring and nonjudgmental volunteers to answer its counseling and suicide prevention hotline calls.
Bankruptcies for Aug. 5
August 5, 2013
Douglas County residents or businesses filing for bankruptcy protection recently in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the District of Kansas, according to court records.
Amy’s Meats a model of sustainability
August 5, 2013
A visit to Amy’s Meats at the Homestead feels like walking back into a simpler time. There is electricity and refrigeration, and no one’s wearing bonnets and prairie skirts. But at this hillside farm in rural Lawrence, the Saunders family works hard to raise most everything they need to eat from the ground up, plants and animals alike. A national magazine has taken note. By Sara Shepherd
Editorial: University tour
Having the state’s legislative budget committees on their campuses is a great opportunity for the state’s six universities.
August 5, 2013
Officials of Kansas University and the other five state universities will have exactly the right audience when a group of state legislators come to visit later this year.
For critics, Kansas abortion law’s form also matters
August 5, 2013
Two Kansas doctors who have filed a lawsuit against a sweeping new state abortion law are attacking its form as well as its substance, hoping their objection to how lawmakers enacted the statute dooms it quickly.
Lawrence Public Library exploring digital options for readers
August 5, 2013
E-readers are among many ways the Lawrence Public Library is moving to meet patrons’ digital demands. The library offers e-books, e-audio books, online movies and music, and digital magazines – all available to Lawrence residents with a state library card or Lawrence library card. Digital forms are growing in popularity, librarians say, but they will not replace printed books any time soon. Moreover, libraries are just now learning to navigate publishers’ pricing structures that can make ebooks more expensive for libraries than their printed counterparts.
Horoscopes for Aug. 5
August 5, 2013
For Monday, Aug. 5 This year you might be concerned with your image and with solving some long-term problems. If you are single, you will remember this year for a long time. If you are attached, this could be one of the most romantic periods of your life.
Double Take: Co-author braces for college life
August 5, 2013
Co-author Katie Guyot wonders if she’s going to survive college.
Style for the Ages: Jackets can be a lifesaver in the summer
August 5, 2013
A summer jacket — believe it or not — can be a lifesaver.
Among non-faculty staff at KU, “emeritus” reserved for a select few
August 5, 2013
At KU, nearly every professor who retires with at least 10 years of service and at 55 years of age or older becomes a “professor emeritus” upon retirement. But among non-faculty employees at KU, “emeritus” has been reserved for only a select few staff members. KU keeps no list of these emeritus employees, but at least three longtime staff members have retired with the honorary title in the past year. By Matt Erickson
Opinion: Mideast window of opportunity closing
August 5, 2013 in print edition on A8
Why now? You have to ask, with the entire Arab world falling apart, and President Obama caught up in urgent domestic matters, why has Secretary of State John Kerry staked his reputation on another effort to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?
Opinion: Detroit faces rendezvous with reality
August 5, 2013 in print edition on A8
Gazing from the 14th floor toward the city center and the fragile sprouts of urban development along the river, Detroit’s Caesar says laconically: “One hundred and thirty-one to go.” Kevyn Orr, Detroit’s emergency manager appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder, means that housing in this vibrant enclave is 97 percent leased. The enclave is, however, only eight square miles of this city’s 139 square miles. 
Mathamanimals try to take the fear out of math
August 5, 2013
Mark Schmidt began volunteering as a math and reading volunteer at his children’s elementary school in Topeka in 1995. It was there where he realized that students were scared of math and he decided to create the Ditto Kiddo Club book series, which combines birthdays and animals to help take the fear out of math.
Davis seen as possible Democratic opponent to Gov. Brownback
August 5, 2013
Paul Davis is the leader of the Democrats in the Kansas House, but the Lawrence legislator says his proudest moments in the Statehouse have been when he has helped produce bi-partisan coalitions. Davis would need that talent if he wants to be called Gov. Davis. The 2014 election is 15 months away, and for Democrats to mount a credible challenge, the time to get a candidate’s name before the general public is soon. By Scott Rothschild
Community Mercantile outlasts competition and changing marketplace
August 5, 2013
Despite market changes and growing competition, the Community Mercantile Coop in Lawrence has lasted nearly 40 years and thrived in a business where many others have failed. Today it boasts roughly 6,700 members and annual sales of roughly $13.5 million. By Peter Hancock
Lawrence residents say new garbage cans are stinking up the city
August 5, 2013
Does your trash stink? Well, of course it does. But, um, does it seem worse than you remember? Some Lawrence residents are saying that the city-mandated garbage cans are making their already smelly garbage even worse. By Meagan Thomas