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Archive for Wednesday, August 21, 2013

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12:00 a.m.
A pedestrian crosses Iowa Street toward Kansas University's main campus as traffic moves slowly through the construction areas both north and south of the intersection at 15th and Iowa streets on Monday. While this project remains on schedule, a couple of other ones in Lawrence are lingering behind, mainly due to the recent rains. 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
10:42 a.m.
Kerry Altenbernd, center, playing the part of Lawrence resident Louis Carpenter, looks up at a projector screen of live tweets as he waits for his cue to tweet his final words before his death during a reenacted live tweet of the Quantrill's Raid events of Aug. 21, 1863. At right is Lawrence resident Courtney Shipley, playing the part of Mary Carpenter, wife of Louis Carpenter, who according to historical record, was pulled off of her husband just before raiders shot him in the head. At left is Lawrence resident John Nichols playing the parts of Colonel John Holt, C.S.A. and Lt. Colonel C.S. Clark, U.S. Various Lawrence residents participated in the Twitter reenactment which began around 5:30 a.m. Nick Krug/Journal-World Photo Re-enactors live-tweet Quantrill’s raid events
6:32 p.m., August 21, 2013 Updated 4:20 p.m.
One hundred fifty years ago on Aug. 20, Lawrence residents gathered for a concert in the park. As they were greeting neighbors and enjoying music, William Quantrill announced to his followers in Missouri, “We remember! We ride!” and started his journey to Lawrence. Last night, he made that same exclamation … on Twitter. By Meagan Thomas
1:42 p.m.
A voter heads to a polling precinct at Central United Methodist Church before noon Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012. Polls will close at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Saturday event will celebrate anniversary of Nineteenth Amendment
August 21, 2013
This Saturday, the League of Women Voters of Lawrence-Douglas County will hold a celebration of the Nineteenth Amendment, which granted all women the right to vote. Members of the league and several other local organizations hope the event will draw attention to the current voter registration controversy in Kansas. By Nikki Wentling
7:28 p.m.
Free State seniors wait for the start of their 2013 commencement ceremony Wednesday night, May 22, 2013. Lawrence students outperform state on ACT exams
August 21, 2013
Lawrence students taking the ACT exam last spring outperformed both the state and national averages. Average scores in Lawrence were higher than last year while statewide scores fell slightly. By Peter Hancock

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Viciedo slams Royals
August 21, 2013
Dayan Viciedo hit his second career grand slam to highlight a five-run inning for the White Sox, and Andre Rienzo picked up his first career win for Chicago by shutting down the punchless Kansas City Royals in a 5-2 victory Wednesday night.
City football preps making progress
August 21, 2013
Free State High’s football coaches haven’t had a lot to complain about through three days of practices, which is good news for the players. By Benton Smith
Coaches tap Bill Self fourth for X’s, O’s
August 21, 2013
Kansas University’s Bill Self has been named the fourth-best “X’s and O’s coach” in college basketball, according to 250 NCAA Div. I coaches polled by ESPN.com. By Gary Bedore
Kansas football freshmen persevere at camp
August 21, 2013
Wednesday afternoon, several KU rookies were made available to the media for the first time since arriving, and their tales about the ups and downs of camp life prove that the pecking order is still alive and well in college football. By Matt Tait
Greater expectations: Kansas volleyball’s Jarmoc says, ‘The bar is high’
August 21, 2013
Caroline Jarmoc isn’t bothered if others have high expectations for Kansas University’s volleyball team this season. Her goals are even more ambitious. By Jesse Newell
County approves private air strip
August 21, 2013
Douglas County commissioners agreed to renew a conditional use permit for a turf air strip on private property in southeast Douglas County. By Peter Hancock
Re-enactors live-tweet Quantrill’s raid events
06:32 p.m., August 21, 2013 Updated 04:20 p.m.
One hundred fifty years ago on Aug. 20, Lawrence residents gathered for a concert in the park. As they were greeting neighbors and enjoying music, William Quantrill announced to his followers in Missouri, “We remember! We ride!” and started his journey to Lawrence. Last night, he made that same exclamation … on Twitter. By Meagan Thomas
Lawrence students outperform state on ACT exams
August 21, 2013
Lawrence students taking the ACT exam last spring outperformed both the state and national averages. Average scores in Lawrence were higher than last year while statewide scores fell slightly. By Peter Hancock
LMH explores how to educate public on Obamacare
August 21, 2013
Lawrence Memorial Hospital continues to wrestle with how to educate its patients and the public about the Affordable Care Act, a major phase of which is about to be implemented. But as the days tick until the law’s health insurance exchanges go online, the hospital’s options are becoming clearer. By Giles Bruce
22 children, bus driver, taken to hospitals after school bus crash in Bonner Springs; none critically injured
04:20 p.m., August 21, 2013 Updated 04:47 p.m.
Twenty-two children and a bus driver were taken to Kansas City-area hospitals after a school bus crashed on Kansas Highway 7 in Bonner Springs this afternoon, and none suffered from serious injuries, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol.
City investigating feasibility of transit buses fueled by compressed natural gas
August 21, 2013
The gas debate is back at Lawrence City Hall. City officials have decided to hold off on purchasing three new diesel and diesel/electric hybrid buses until staff members do another round of research on the feasibility of buses that are powered by compressed natural gas. By Chad Lawhorn
Several reportedly injured in school bus rollover on K-7
August 21, 2013
Bonner Springs police are on the scene investigating a school bus accident on southbound Kansas Highway 7 that has injured at least five to six people, including the bus driver. By Caroline Boyer
Kansas, Arizona file lawsuit seeking to protect proof-of-citizenship requirement to register to vote
02:55 p.m., August 21, 2013 Updated 06:06 p.m.
Kansas and Arizona joined forces today in filing a federal lawsuit that demands the two states be allowed to require proof of citizenship to register to vote. By Scott Rothschild
Member of nominating commission says Stegall was overlooked earlier because of politics
August 21, 2013
A member of the nominating commission said that Caleb Stegall was overlooked for two vacancies on the Kansas Court of Appeals because of politics. By Scott Rothschild
KU researchers get $1.7M grant to develop assessment that could help treat communication disabilities
August 21, 2013
A team led by Kansas University researchers has won a $1.7 million grant to help create a standardized test that clinicians and scientists could use to treat people with communication disorders. The test would determine the communication abilities of children and adults with several different disabilities, including autism spectrum disorders, Down syndrome, deaf-blindness and cerebral palsy. . By Ben Unglesbee
Opinion: ‘The Butler’ delivers ‘The Truth’
August 21, 2013 in print edition on A9
This isn’t your average summer movie crowd. It’s not just that they are largely African-American, skin in all the shades of buttermilk, caramel and creamless coffee that we call “black.” It’s not just that they are largely old, with raincloud hair and been-there eyes, some leaning on canes for support.
Saturday event will celebrate anniversary of Nineteenth Amendment
August 21, 2013
This Saturday, the League of Women Voters of Lawrence-Douglas County will hold a celebration of the Nineteenth Amendment, which granted all women the right to vote. Members of the league and several other local organizations hope the event will draw attention to the current voter registration controversy in Kansas. By Nikki Wentling
Baked goodness: Award-winning recipes from the 2013 Douglas County Fair
August 21, 2013
Some of the county’s best home cooks — youths and veterans alike — competed in a number of categories for purple ribbons at this year’s Douglas County Fair.
40 years ago: New signs spell out the rules at school crossings
August 21, 2013
Drivers failing to heed the signs and speed limits would have to “stand and deliver,” according to a local judge.
Editorial: Drone policy?
Lawrence doesn’t need to be a pacesetter in establishing municipal policy on drone aircraft.
August 21, 2013 in print edition on A9
A drone policy? Really? Of all the matters and issues of consequence that the Lawrence City Commission might need to tackle, a drone policy may be least likely to rise to the top of the list. Mayor Mike Dev
100 years ago: Lawrence holds 50-year reunion for raid survivors
August 21, 2013
“Many a survivor of the raid had come hundreds of miles to be in Lawrence once again.”
25 years ago: Law enforcement officials muse on increase in homeless persons in Lawrence
August 21, 2013
“Maybe we’ve made it too easy.”
Opinion: ‘Dream’ speech touched many
August 21, 2013 in print edition on A9
It was an atypical August summer day in Washington, D.C., 50 years ago next week. Temperatures were in the low 80s, about 10 degrees cooler than normal. Skies were partly cloudy. Most government officials were vacationing.
Horoscopes for Aug. 21
August 21, 2013
For Wednesday, Aug. 21 This year you are more in touch with the deeper meanings of life. You also are more sensitive to the people in your life. If you are single, with this additional compassion, you will have more than your share of suitors. If you are attached, your sweetie will respond positively to your kindheartedness, which adds to your mutual happiness.