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Notebook: Ex-KU coach Brown confident in SMU revival
August 20, 2013
It’s only taken former Kansas University head coach Larry Brown and ex-Jayhawk assistant Tim Jankovich one year to make SMU relevant in hoops again. Speaking to ESPN on Monday, Brown would not rule out his Mustangs for a 2014 NCAA Tournament bid. Notes by Gary Bedore
Opinion: KU safety Isaiah Johnson good bet for picks
August 20, 2013
The Kansas University football defense has averaged 8.25 interceptions the past four seasons. Isaiah Johnson, a sophomore junior college transfer ranked first on the depth chart at strong safety, has averaged 8.5 interceptions in his past two seasons as a defensive back. Column by Tom Keegan
High school notebook: FSHS football mixing it up
August 20, 2013
If anything slows down Free State High football practice this week, it might be the team’s new offensive assignments. Coach Bob Lisher said the Firebirds have some new wrinkles on defense, too, but those are minimal compared to the other side of the line of scrimmage. By Benton Smith
Danks, White Sox shut down struggling Royals, 2-0
August 20, 2013
The pitch from Ervin Santana barely nicked the glove of Royals catcher Salvador Perez, bounding toward the backstop at Kauffman Stadium as Paul Konerko watched from third. Then the ball simply disappeared.
Commissioners approve rezoning at East Hills Business Park
August 20, 2013
Lawrence city commissioners Tuesday night cleared the way for anything from a convenience store to a daycare to develop near the entrance of the East Hills Business Park.
City approves agreement for SLT/Bob Billings interchange
August 20, 2013
Lawrence city commissioners at their Tuesday evening meeting quickly approved an agreement to spend $1 million in city funds to help pay for an estimated $17.2 million state project to build an interchange at Bob Billings Parkway and the South Lawrence Trafficway. But commissioners spent considerably more time discussing what comes next: About 5,000 additional vehicles per day once the intersection opens, likely in late 2015. By Chad Lawhorn
Renowned sculptor Jim Brothers dies
August 20, 2013
Jim Brothers was a world-renowned sculptor from Lawrence whose works memorialized American heroes, history and characters. His works include the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Va., and the Korean War Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. By Peter Hancock
City advisory board recommends tax abatement for LED firm
August 20, 2013
Sunlite Science & Technology won a unanimous recommendation from the city’s Public Incentives Review Committee for a 50 percent, 10-year tax abatement that will facilitate the company moving into a vacant building near Wakarusa Drive. By Chad Lawhorn
Center to host educational sessions to raise awareness of domestic violence
August 20, 2013
The murder of Kansas University student Jana Mackey in 2008 was a reminder to Lawrence residents of the presence of domestic violence in the community. Becca Burns, Willow Domestic Violence Center’s director of volunteer services, said awareness of domestic violence in Lawrence has waned in the years since, but the number of victims and survivors has not. By Meagan Thomas
New trial ordered in Costa Rica for man convicted in 2011 killing of McLouth teen
August 20, 2013
Justin Johnston was 16 when he was fatally wounded in an overnight shooting outside a Costa Rica hotel in June, 2011. He had reportedly been mistaken for an intruder and shot by a security guard working at the hotel. The guard, Jorge Guevara, was convicted in the killing and sentenced to 15 years in prison last year, but that verdict has been overturned and a new trial is set for September.
Crash sends three to hospitals
August 20, 2013
A two-vehicle crash sent an infant and three others to area hospitals Tuesday afternoon.
KU researchers to help schools across the state tackle bullying
August 20, 2013
A team of KU researchers has won a contract with the Kansas Department of Education to help develop a model anti-bullying policy that schools can tailor for their own needs. Having such a policy in place is required for schools by state law. KU professor Anne Williford hopes policies and training based on current social science around bullying will help schools better address it. By Ben Unglesbee
Recent rains delay some Lawrence road construction projects
August 20, 2013
Recent rains have helped to delay a couple of Lawrence road construction projects, putting a potential speed bump into the city’s plans to have much of the work done in time for Kansas University students’ return to school on Monday. But contractors hope to have them done soon if there aren’t any further interruptions. By Giles Bruce
Road work scheduled on Old U.S. 59
August 20, 2013
Portions of Old U.S. Highway 59, also known as East 1250 Road, will be reduced to one lane starting Wednesday. The Kansas Department of Transportation is resurfacing a 10-mile stretch from North 1000 Road to the Franklin County line.
Short window: Delayed juco corner Kevin Short arrives, must catch up fast
01:14 p.m., August 20, 2013 Updated 11:28 p.m.
After a long wait, Kevin Short finally made it to campus. The Kansas University cornerback from Fort Scott Community College, who spent the past several weeks waiting to be cleared academically, took part in his first KU practice Tuesday afternoon. By Matt Tait
Brownback appoints his chief counsel, Caleb Stegall, to the Kansas Court of Appeals
August 20, 2013
Gov. Sam Brownback today appointed his chief counsel, Caleb Stegall, a former district attorney for Jefferson County, to the Kansas Court of Appeals. By Scott Rothschild
Chamber hires former city commissioner Bonnie Lowe as chief operating officer
August 20, 2013
A former Lawrence mayor will begin overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce.
Gov. Brownback nominates top lawyer for Kansas appeals court
August 20, 2013
TOPEKA — Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has nominated his chief counsel for the state Court of Appeals.
For people with ALS, partners become primary caregivers
August 20, 2013
Hiram Salvini and Kent Smalter, two Lawrence men with ALS, live at home in large part thanks to dedicated partners. By Giles Bruce
25 years ago: Resident presses city to fix sewer problem
August 20, 2013
“I’ve been fighting this for eight or nine years.”
40 years ago: KU institutes colorful new parking system
August 20, 2013
Major revisions of Kansas University parking regulations were to go into effect next week.
100 years ago: Peaceful day precedes commemoration of Lawrence massacre
August 20, 2013
“Fifty years ago this evening the sun went down peacefully in the west just as it will tonight. The little village of Lawrence nestled at the base of Mount Oread and on the bank of the Kansas River was the picture of quietude and serenity….”
Editorial: Key interchange
It’s good to see planning moving forward to provide key access into Lawrence on Bob Billings Parkway.
August 20, 2013 in print edition on A8
An interchange at the South Lawrence Trafficway’s intersection with Bob Billings Parkway will provide a welcome new access point for Lawrence motorists.
Letter: Kobach questions
August 20, 2013 in print edition on A8
On receiving the American Civil Liberties Union letter demanding that he do something about the one-third of Kansans who have tried to register to vote under his new regime and have yet to have their registrations approved, Secretary of State Kris Kobach tried to duck the issue by refusing to\ answer questions from the press and accusing the ACLU of being a left-wing organization (Journal-World, Aug. 14).   
Letter: Natural gas option
August 20, 2013 in print edition on A8
It was surprising to see the consent agenda for last Tuesday’s City Commission meeting included a no-bid line item of $1,275,000 for the purchase of three new T buses, two diesel and one hybrid; $1,058,205 will come from a federal grant and $216,750 will be paid by the city. Wisely, it was withdrawn for further discussion.
Mary Higgins’ cancer-treatment journey leads to volunteer work, reaching out to cancer patients
August 20, 2013
At the time of her diagnosis, Mary Higgins was a mother of two young children and a working mom with a career at Hallmark Cards. It wasn’t until she noticed a knot in her groin area that her journey battling non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma began.
Horoscopes for Aug. 20
August 20, 2013
For Tuesday, Aug. 20 This year you often weigh the pros and cons of being spontaneous and emotional against those of being intellectual and logical. You will see which voice works best for you by your next birthday. If you are single, others often express their admiration of your daring love life. If you are attached, as a couple, you often might have disagreements.