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Archive for Sunday, August 18, 2013

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12:00 a.m.
A Quantrill's Raid tour member dressed in period attire is silhouetted against the Miller's Hall building in the 700 block of Massachusetts Street. The building, which was partially destroyed during Quantrill's Raid on Aug. 21, 1863 and reconstructed in 1864 is one of the few downtown structures that remain from the time of the raid. Several groups were led through the downtown streets by Watkins Museum historians who pinpointed points of interest relative to the raid. Nick Krug/Journal-World Photo Watkins Museum events commemorate Quantrill’s Raid
11:10 a.m., August 17, 2013 Updated 9:05 p.m.
As a prelude to Wednesday’s 150th anniversary of Quantrill’s Raid on Lawrence, the Watkins Museum of History sponsored a string of Saturday events. Those interested in learning more about the raid, its aftermath, its victims and its survivors had the chance to join a morning walking tour highlighting some of the important spots during the raid, to see a significant new museum exhibit or to listen to an afternoon performance of Civil War-era music. By Caitlin Doornbos and Nikki Wentling
6:00 a.m.
In this Dec. 1 file photo, students leave Lawrence Free State High School after the administration and Lawrence Police evacuated the building because of a bomb threat. The district's emergency notification system did not get the word out about the evacuation as quickly as it should have, a failure now being looked at by district officials. School district explains large cushion in capital outlay budget
August 18, 2013
The Lawrence school district budget calls for spending up to $17 million in capital outlay expenses next year, more than double the average expenses for that fund. At first, officials said they were building a cushion against unforeseen events, but they are now offering a more detailed explanation. By Peter Hancock
12:00 p.m.
Lawrence residents Mike Myers, his wife Nancy Cayton Myers and her mother, Pat Kehde are all descendants of Lawrence residents involved in Quantrill's Raid on Aug. 21, 1863. Kehde is pictured with a photograph of her great grandmother, Jetta Graham Dix, wife of Kehde's great grandfather, Ralph Dix, who was killed in the raid. Myers is pictured with a photo of his great-great grandfather, Brinton W. Woodward, who survived the raid. Nick Krug/Journal-World Photo Lawhorn’s Lawrence: 150 years later, Quantrill’s Raid is still personal
August 18, 2013
On Wednesday, it will be 150 years since that day. A long time, but not long enough for it to stop being personal. If you had an ancestor who was involved in the raid, this series of commemorations taking place in Lawrence may feel a little different. You’re likely to have your own 150th commemoration ceremony, complete with family memories and a few questions of “what if?” By Chad Lawhorn

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KU soccer kicks off season with exhibition victory
August 18, 2013
Kansas University’s soccer team won its first and only exhibition game, 1-0 against Nebraska-Omaha on Sunday at the Jayhawk Soccer Complex.
Injured Chiefs star Charles returns to practice
August 18, 2013
Pro Bowl running back Jamaal Charles returned to Chiefs practice with no hesitation Sunday despite a lingering right foot strain that caused soreness to travel halfway up his leg.
Earthquakes beat Sporting KC, 1-0
August 18, 2013
Chris Wondolowski scored for the third time in as many league matches, and the San Jose Earthquakes extended their home winning streak to five consecutive games with a 1-0 victory over Sporting Kansas City on Sunday night.
Thomas Robinson recharged, settled after rocky rookie season in NBA
August 18, 2013
Former Kansas University standout Thomas Robinson says he’ll go back to being a rugged rebounder during his second year in the NBA. By Gary Bedore
Cabrera lifts Tigers past Royals again
August 18, 2013
The Kansas City Royals gave themselves a chance to cut into Detroit’s lead in the AL Central with an impressive, doubleheader sweep in which they held the Tigers to only one run. Kansas City, though, couldn’t prevent Miguel Cabrera from lifting the Tigers to two straight wins to take the five-game series.
150th commemoration of Quantrill’s Raid honors the city’s history, strength
August 18, 2013
Last night, hundreds of Lawrencians mingled, celebrated their community and listened to the Lawrence City Band play in South Park just as citizens did 150 years ago on August 20, 1863, the night before about 200 men would be slaughtered during Quantrill’s bloody raid on the town. While the gathering yesterday evening was joyous with upbeat Americana music and free ice cream provided by the city, it was a somber occasion marking the tragedy that shaped the town.
150 years later, a more cordial group from Missouri descends on Lawrence
August 18, 2013
About 40 tourists took off from Harrisonville, Mo., on Sunday to retrace Quantrill’s raiders path through Johnson and Douglas counties in Kansas a century and a half ago, when the pro-slavery fighters torched Lawrence. By Giles Bruce
Neighbors speak out about Sunday morning shooting
August 18, 2013
Lawrence resident Amy Li was in her apartment Sunday morning when she and her husband heard three gunshots within close proximity. The two dropped to the ground and made sure to keep away from windows. Then, they grabbed the phone and dialed 911. Amy’s husband talked to dispatch, giving the operator their location in the 2300 block of Murphy Drive between 23rd and 24th streets.
Opinion: ‘Elysium’ a timely cautionary tale
August 18, 2013 in print edition on A7
The world is a ghetto. That is, yes, the title of an old song by War. It is also the reality presented by Elysium, the new film by director Neill Blomkamp. It posits a ruined Earth in the year 2154, overcome by overcrowding, disease and environmental and economic collapse. Los Angeles is a dusty brown shantytown where people live on top of one another like some favela in Rio.
40 years ago: Food supplies low, prices high at Lawrence school lunch program
August 18, 2013
Rising food prices and food shortages were almost certainly going to result in a financial squeeze.
Lawrence resident qualifies for World Triathlon
August 18, 2013
Lawrence resident Ross Freese started his triathlon career on a whim more than 30 years ago, and he continues to participate in several each summer. Last week, Freese made it to nationals for the third time, taking second place in his age group and qualifying for the World Triathlon in Edmonton, Alberta. By Nikki Wentling
KJHK changes with the times
August 18, 2013
KJHK, Kansas University’s student-run radio station, will be back on the air Aug. 26 — for good. Thanks to the installation of new equipment, the station will be able play music and pre-recorded programming 24/7, even when students are on break.
School district explains large cushion in capital outlay budget
August 18, 2013
The Lawrence school district budget calls for spending up to $17 million in capital outlay expenses next year, more than double the average expenses for that fund. At first, officials said they were building a cushion against unforeseen events, but they are now offering a more detailed explanation. By Peter Hancock
Local barbershop quartet hoping to make run at international championship
August 18, 2013
Maybe the Jayhawks men’s basketball team won’t be the only Lawrence group getting preseason championship consideration this year. A Lawrence-based barbershop quartet has high hopes at making a run for an international championship after a strong showing last month at the genre’s premier event. By Chad Lawhorn
25 years ago: LMH emergency room to adopt service-based fee levels
August 18, 2013
Smaller medical problems would result in smaller bills.
Lawhorn’s Lawrence: 150 years later, Quantrill’s Raid is still personal
August 18, 2013
On Wednesday, it will be 150 years since that day. A long time, but not long enough for it to stop being personal. If you had an ancestor who was involved in the raid, this series of commemorations taking place in Lawrence may feel a little different. You’re likely to have your own 150th commemoration ceremony, complete with family memories and a few questions of “what if?” By Chad Lawhorn
Editorial: Public process
The budget process followed by the Lawrence school district does little to accommodate public scrutiny and comment.
August 18, 2013 in print edition on A7
The Lawrence school district’s website lists three major goals for the district’s board and administration: excellence, equity and engagement. The district may be doing fine on the first two goals, but it has a ways to go in the third goal to “develop a learning community of school, family and community partnerships …” Engaging the communit
Opinion: Sequester starving vital research
August 18, 2013 in print edition on A7
“The capacity to blunder slightly is the real marvel of DNA. Without this special attribute, we would still be anaerobic bacteria and there would be no music.” — Lewis Thomas The pedigree of human beings, Thomas wrote, probably traces to a single cell fertilized by a lightning bolt as the Earth was cooling. Fortunately, genetic “mistakes” — mutations — eventually made us. But they also have made illnesses. Almost all diseases arise from some combination of environmental exposures and genetic blunders in the working of DNA. Breast cancer is a family of genetic mutations.
The science of college fandom might help schools boost fundraising
August 18, 2013
KU faculty member Jordan Bass wants to understand why people feel connected to a university. The phenomenon of what he calls “university identification” helps explain why people say “We won!” after a college team victory in which they didn’t play. It might also help universities raise cash from their alumni. By Ben Unglesbee
100 years ago: At last, rain: Heat wave of 25 days finally broken
August 18, 2013
“It was what they had been waiting for so long and they simply stayed out on the street to enjoy it to the limit.”
In Missouri, following the path of Quantrill’s raiders
August 18, 2013
There were plenty of signs that I wasn’t in Kansas anymore: the William Clarke Quantrill T-shirts; the rock song with the “I’m gonna burn Lawrence down to the ground” lyric; the men on horseback screaming “Let’s torch Lawrence!” I came to western Missouri to retrace the path of Quantrill’s raiders, as part of a guided bus tour commemorating the event that changed the course of both states’ histories: the Aug. 21, 1863, raid of Lawrence. By Giles Bruce
Lawrence founded with touches of home
August 18, 2013
Ever wonder why we shop on Massachusetts Street in Lawrence rather than Main Street?
The man who gave Lawrence its name: Amos Lawrence
August 18, 2013
While he never visited the city that was named after him, Amos Adams Lawrence was an abolitionist who played a key role in making Kansas a free state. Unlike other, more notorious activists, his weapon of choice wasn’t a firearm or pike. It was his checking account.
From tragedy, a legacy of progressivism
August 18, 2013
Lawrence has long had a flair for activism, a countercultural spirit. To this day, it remains a progressive oasis in the midst of conservative America, a blue dot in a deeply red state. But how much of that has to do with what William Quantrill and his men did to the city Aug. 21, 1863?
A survivor’s letter
August 18, 2013
Quantrill’s raid cut short many a family’s dreams and promise. Perhaps no account of the tragic events is as eye-opening — or as accurate — as one that is firsthand.
Traces of the raid remain
August 18, 2013
Even 150 years later, the survivors of Quantrill’s raid are drawing attention.
The raid in art
August 18, 2013
If raiders rode into town and sacked Lawrence today, dozens of bystanders would capture the event on smartphones and photojournalists would quickly swarm the scene.
Not far away, a town that never recovered
August 18, 2013
Lawrence wasn’t the only Douglas County town destroyed by Quantrill and his band of his raiders 150 years ago this month. It was, however, the only one that was rebuilt.
In 1863 the nation’s eyes were on Lawrence
August 18, 2013
At the time of Quantrill’s Raid, the country was in the midst of a civil war — which was reflected in the national media coverage of the massacre in Lawrence.
A bloody predawn raid shaped Lawrence’s history
August 18, 2013
In the predawn hours of August 21, 1863, the city of Lawrence slept peacefully unaware of the destruction that was about to occur.
Hollywood on the Kaw: the raid in movies
August 18, 2013
Hollywood loves a villain. What it often cherishes less is accuracy.
Horoscopes for Aug. 18
August 18, 2013
For Sunday, Aug. 18 This year you move into a period of completion. You will assess your day-to-day life, making needed adjustments. If you are single, be a cynic when meeting people. If you are attached, the two of you will need to spend more quality time together.
When deciding on vacation camera gear, less can be more
August 18, 2013
A defenseless feeling creeps over me when I get too far away from my camera gear for too long.