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Veritas football coach has ‘big shoes to fill’
August 10, 2013
As young Blake Mudd enters his first year coaching Veritas Christian School’s eight-man football team, nothing would make the 25-year-old happier than replicating the prosperity the Eagles had under his predecessor, Doug Bennett, the man who founded the team in 2003. By Benton Smith
Sporting KC blanks New England, 3-0
August 10, 2013
Kei Kamara scored in each half, and Sporting Kansas City retook the Eastern Conference lead with a 3-0 victory over the short-handed New England Revolution on Saturday night.
Opinion: August crucial for these 5 KU football players
August 10, 2013
With the Kansas University football team’s fall camp officially under way, it’s time to start identifying the players who have the most to gain in the month of August. By Matt Tait
Revamped Chiefs show promise during opening preseason loss
August 10, 2013
Andy Reid said before the Kansas City Chiefs’ preseason opener that he simply wanted to see his team execute. Nothing fancy. Just get the job done.
Dream team: Ex-Jayhawk Hull-Tietz relishes pro softball job
August 10, 2013
Since Maggie Hull-Tietz played her last softball game for KU a couple of months back, she joined the elite ranks of professional softball players, added a husband and a hyphen, took a quick two-week honeymoon, then reported back to her Bandits team, where she and her teammates found themselves title-hunting in National Professional Fastpitch. By Andrew Hartsock
Ellsbury helps Red Sox sink K.C.
August 10, 2013
Jacoby Ellsbury beat the Kansas City Royals with his bat and glove.
Students, coordinators celebrate end of United Way’s Summer of Service
August 10, 2013
Middle school and high school students gathered at Royal Crest Lanes on Saturday afternoon to celebrate the end of the United Way Roger Hill Volunteer Center’s Summer of Service.
Vinland Fair event reaches 50th anniversary
August 10, 2013
Half a dozen kids walked several loops around the stage at the Vinland Fair on Saturday morning, each holding tightly to a squirming puppy. Jade Wagner, a twelve-year-old from Baldwin City, won the “Cutest Puppy” category in the Pet Parade at the Vinland Fair on Saturday with her 10-week-old Labrador Retriever named Mocha. This was the 50th anniversary of the event. By Nikki Wentling
Jefferson County man accidentally shot in the leg
August 10, 2013
An accidental gunshot wound to the leg sent a Jefferson County man to KU Medical Center with non life-threatening injuries on Friday, according to the Leavenworth Police Department.
Before starring for Firebirds this fall, linebacker Loneker tries hand at acting
August 10, 2013
Other than delivering hard hits on the field for the Firebirds, Free State linebacker Keith Loneker says delivering a few lines and acting this summer in the upcoming football movie “Underdogs” was one of the coolest things he’s ever done. By Benton Smith
KU football fosters confident mindset
August 10, 2013
Despite three consecutive years of forgettable football that have been played in Memorial Stadium, Kansas University’s 2013 squad entered fall camp with an unexpected amount of confidence. By Matt Tait
Former KU basketball champion Dean Smith to receive Medal of Freedom
August 10, 2013
Former Kansas University men’s basketball player and assistant coach Dean Smith will be receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom, President Barack Obama announced Thursday.
KU soccer fifth in Big 12 preseason poll
August 10, 2013
Big 12 Conference coaches voted Kansas University soccer to finish fifth in the league’s preseason poll, which was released Friday.
25 years ago: Consultant recommends parking garage for new riverfront mall
August 10, 2013
A structure large enough to serve the new mall would cost about $3.2 million.
40 years ago: New KU chancellor pledges more continuing education, evening classes
August 10, 2013
“There’s no reason why we shouldn’t offer extensive evening courses for people in this community.”
Lawrence resident brings home bronze from the 2013 Deaflympics
August 10, 2013
From the Tour of Lawrence to the Deaf Olympics in Bulgaria, local cyclist Lindsay Lorenz has been peddling non-stop all summer. But now, with a bronze medal around her neck, she might be able to take a breather. The Lawrence resident returned to Monday from Sofia, Bulgaria, where she competed July 27 through Aug. 7 in the 2013 Deaflympics’s women’s road cycling events, taking home with her the bronze medal for the United States in the 1,000-meter sprints.
Letter: Trail boost
August 10, 2013 in print edition on A9
The Kansas Department of Transportation has just awarded a $1.5 million federal transportation enhancement grant to the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism for the continued development of the Flint Hills Nature Trail which stretches 117 miles between Osawatomie and Herington. Kanza Rail-Trails Conservancy, the trail manager, has already developed about 60 miles of the scenic rail-trail using donated funds and volunteers. The conservancy has also recently received a $900,000 federal National Recreational Trails Program grant for the recreational trailm, which will actually be completed by Kansas National Guard. As one of the nation’s premiere trails, it will provide easy access to the Flint Hills thereby allowing visitors to explore the tallgrass prairie at a leisurely pace.
Letter: GOP ‘scheme’
August 10, 2013 in print edition on A9
Last week, I stopped at the Republican booth while attending the Douglas County Fair. “Why a Republican?” said the sign. It’s an intriguing question. The lady in charge handed me a pamphlet titled “Where are you in the scheme of things?”  After careful perusal, my gut feeling is that the majority of hard-working people, including women and minorities are not a part of this particular scheme.
Opinion: Leadership lacking in U.S. foreign policy
August 10, 2013 in print edition on A9
Jen Psaki, blameless State Department spokeswoman, explained that the hasty evacuation of our embassy in Yemen was not an evacuation but “a reduction in staff.” This proved a problem because the Yemeni government had already announced (and denounced) the “evacuation” — the word normal folks use for the panicky ordering of people onto planes headed out of country.
KU music professor wins Fulbright to study salsa and ballroom dancing in China
August 10, 2013
Ketty Wong, a professor of ethnomusicology at the KU School of Music, will travel to Beijing for nearly a year to study the cultural impact and history of Western-style dances in China. The Kansas University researcher recently won a Fulbright award to study what it means for different generation of Chinese to immerse themselves in the music and dance steps of faraway cultures.
Six-run sixth boosts Royals past Red Sox, 9-6
August 10, 2013
Justin Maxwell has provided a huge boost for Kansas City since coming over from the Astros. Maxwell homered and then singled twice in a six-run sixth as the Kansas City Royals rallied for a 9-6 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Friday night.
Horoscopes for Aug. 10
August 10, 2013
For Saturday, Aug. 10 This year you often find yourself brainstorming with others. If you are single, you will meet a lot of people and attract many admirers. If you are attached, make sure that you spend plenty of time with your sweetie; otherwise, he or she could feel left out.
Smith sharp in Chiefs’ preseason debut, but Saints win, 17-13
August 10, 2013
Kansas City coach Andy Reid couldn’t complain about the way his new starting quarterback drove the Chiefs down the field. It will be interesting to see how they do for more than one series. Smith led Kansas City for the opening score on his only series, but the Chiefs sputtered after that in a 17-13 loss in the preseason opener for both teams Friday night.
100 years ago: Lawrence man is early proponent of the ‘staycation’
August 10, 2013
“Mr. Hackman simply knocks off work and stays around.”