Archive for Thursday, August 8, 2013

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Versatile KU lineman Lewandowski shifts spots again, to center
11:46 p.m., August 8, 2013 Updated 04:05 a.m.
Near the end of spring football drills in April, Kansas University junior Pat Lewandowski was enjoying his status as the team’s first-string left tackle just a year after moving over from the defensive line. A few weeks later, the KU coaching staff moved Lewandowski to center, where he opened fall camp as the Jayhawks’ top option. By Matt Tait
Chen, Royals outduel Red Sox
August 8, 2013
Bruce Chen had the Boston Red Sox popping up and out. Chen outdueled Jon Lester and the Kansas City Royals defeated the Boston Red Sox 5-1 Thursday night.
Vinland Fair offers wholesome, welcoming environment
August 8, 2013
At the Vinland Fair, folks know what it takes to have a good time. You don’t need bright, blinking lights or amusement rides, cotton candy or clowns. When it really comes down to it, you just need each other. By Caitlin Doornbos
Indian tribe that purchased North Lawrence property involved in casino-related lawsuit
August 8, 2013
The Oklahoma-based Indian tribe that purchased nearly 90 acres of prime North Lawrence property is embroiled in a federal lawsuit that suggests the tribe recently had strong interest in building a casino in Kansas. By Chad Lawhorn
Lawrence man’s 1,000-piece Jayhawk collection going up for auction
August 8, 2013
A collection of more than 1,000 pieces of Kansas University memorabilia is going up for auction after spending years on display on the KU campus. By Ian Cummings
Higher education budget, new gun law among items to be discussed at upcoming regents retreat
August 8, 2013
Higher education officials and leaders within Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration will meet next week to discuss budget priorities for the next legislative session. By Scott Rothschild
For sale by owner: Baldwin City school buildings
August 8, 2013
The Baldwin City school district has been trying for more than two years to sell its administration building and old gymnasium, but so far has had little luck. One local realtor says that may be because the district is trying to do the job itself. By Peter Hancock
Princeton Review names several Kansas schools among the best in the Midwest
02:58 p.m., August 8, 2013 Updated 03:57 p.m.
Kansas University and Baker University were among several Kansas schools that made the Princeton Review’s 2014 list of “Best of the Midwest” colleges.
Surprise lilies popping up as other flowers fade
August 8, 2013
Surprise lilies are popping up around town this week, holding true to their name by sending out their delicate, fragrant blossoms when gardeners have all but forgotten the flowers’ impending arrival.
House Democratic Leader Davis forms gubernatorial campaign committee
02:12 p.m., August 8, 2013 Updated 05:11 p.m.
House Minority Leader Paul Davis, a Democrat from Lawrence, today confirmed he is considering a challenge to Gov. Sam Brownback in next year’s election. By Scott Rothschild
Applicants sought for African-American Monumental Life Settlement Scholarships
August 8, 2013
Applicants are being sought for six $1,000 scholarships and one $500 scholarship for African-American students attending public universities, colleges and community colleges in Kansas in the 2014 spring semester.
Big 12 releases KU men’s basketball conference schedule
August 8, 2013
The Kansas men’s basketball team won’t be easing into this year’s Big 12 schedule.
Flash flood watch in Douglas County, surrounding areas until 1 p.m. today
August 8, 2013
The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch through 1 p.m. today.
Lions’ 1984 girls basketball champs reunite for Hall of Fame honor
August 8, 2013
Former Lawrence High girls basketball coach Larry Zientara has a funny way of remembering his first year with the program, when the Lions went 24-0 in the 1983-84 season and won the Class 6A state championship. “When you have a perfect season to start your coaching career everything else is downhill,” the now retired coach joked. Zientara enjoyed another career peak Wednesday, when his ‘83-84 Lions team was inducted into the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association’s Hall of Fame during a ceremony in Topeka. By Benton Smith
Lawrence home school team adds six sports
August 8, 2013
The Independence Home School, based out of Lawrence, will compete in six more sports this coming school year, its second in existence.
KU volleyball third in Big 12 preseason poll
August 8, 2013
Big 12 Conference coaches picked Kansas University volleyball to finish third in the league’s preseason poll, released Wednesday.
Self clarifies comments on NBA coaching possibility
August 8, 2013
Kansas University coach Bill Self clarified his stance on the possibility of coaching in the NBA a day after earlier comments made national news and even the front page of “I only said, ‘Sure, I’d be open to it,’” Self told Reid Forgrave of on Tuesday. “That was something taken way out of context.”
Weis: KU football’s juco reinforcements ready for first practices
August 8, 2013
At his opening news conference of fall camp, Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis revealed that all but two of KU’s more than 20 incoming junior college players had made it to campus and were cleared for practices. By Matt Tait
40 years ago: Historic Round Corner building changes hands
August 8, 2013
The building was said to house the oldest drug store in Kansas and the second oldest west of the Mississippi.
Royals win in Duffy’s return
August 8, 2013
The Kansas City bullpen picked up starter Danny Duffy when he labored in his return from Tommy John surgery, keeping the Minnesota Twins guessing Wednesday night and sending the Royals to a 5-2 victory and series win.
Our Town Sports (Aug. 8)
August 8, 2013
Here’s a look at Our Town Sports for Aug. 8.
Ministry group to perform musical play ‘Chained’ at Arts Center
August 8, 2013
Lawrence’s Life Restoration Ministries will perform “Chained,” directed and written by Lawrencian Rita Rials, at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St.
Concert to benefit musician hurt in accident
August 8, 2013
A benefit concert is scheduled to raise money for Lawrence-area musician Leo Posch, who was injured in a serious bicycle accident. The concert is at 6 p.m. Friday at the Granada and costs $10.
Style Scout: Erica Hill
August 8, 2013
Fashion trends you love: I like shopping at thrift stores and finding that signature piece that not everyone has. I like comfort and fashion. It has to be cute and comfortable. I’m not going to suffer in the name of fashion!
Style Scout: Pengfei Wu
August 8, 2013
Describe your style: My style is a mix of high fashion and hip-hop.
KU showing off sustainability program with parking lot
August 8, 2013
The parking lot in front of the KU Law School is being torn up and revamped to showcase the university’s sustainability initiative. It will feature a rainwater catching system to conserve and filter water as well as efficient lighting and other eco-friendly add-ons. By Ben Unglesbee
25 years ago: Douglas County Fair a success in spite of heat, drought
August 8, 2013
The hot summer had perhaps contributed to a slight decrease in the number of horticulture entries.
Off the Beaten Plate: Bloomin’ Bloody Mary at Dempsey’s
August 8, 2013
A drink with a small meal sticking out of it will turn heads at the bar.
Horoscopes for Aug. 8
August 8, 2013
For Thursday, Aug. 8 This year you’ll have many new offers that could affect your finances. It is imperative that you really check out each one with care. If you are single, you could meet someone very special … or so it seems. If you are attached, the two of you could have misunderstandings about your finances.
Editorial: School stewardship
Spending increases in the proposed Lawrence school district budget may raise eyebrows among local taxpayers.
August 8, 2013 in print edition on A11
This coming Monday, less than a week after releasing details about its spending plans and two days before the start of classes, the Lawrence school board will have a public hearing on its $148.8 million budget.
Opinion: Tech skeptic is now all a-Twitter
August 8, 2013 in print edition on A11
“Surrender, Dorothy!” — the Wicked Witch in “The Wizard of Oz” “You can’t win, Rock!” — Mickey in “Rocky III” “Resistance is futile!” — The Borg in “Star Trek: the Next Generation” That’s kind of how I feel right now, except that, unlike Dorothy, Rocky Balboa and Captain Picard, I’m throwing in the towel. Four years ago I made a vow. Now I’m here to break it.
Opinion: Governor optimistic about Detroit
August 8, 2013 in print edition on A11
This city is the broken tooth in Michigan’s smile. Nevertheless, the preternaturally optimistic governor, from whom never is heard a discouraging word, cheerfully describes his recent foray with a crew cleaning up a park in a particularly, well, challenging neighborhood: The weeds, says Gov. Rick Snyder, were so tall you could not see the sidewalks or even the playground equipment. Concealed in the underbrush were some old tires. And a boat. And, he notes with an accountant’s punctiliousness about presenting a complete record, they also found “a body.”
100 years ago: Continued hot weather wreaking havoc on tempers… and roads
August 8, 2013
“Last night was the hottest night of the year, and it was not of the kind calculated for good sleeping.”