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Archive for Friday, August 23, 2013

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12:00 a.m.
Noah Luke, 8, plays the Westphalia waltz with his teachers Jill Woodhouse, left, and Tricia Spencer, right, during a lesson at Beautiful Music Violin Shop, at 925 Iowa St., recently. Luke has taken classical violin lessons from Woodhouse for about three years and wants to compete in the youth fiddle contest at Sunday’s Kansas State Fiddling and Picking Championships in South Park. Kansas State Fiddling and Picking Championships displays talent of performers young and old
August 23, 2013
It took only three lessons for violin teacher Jill Woodhouse to discover that Noah Luke was no ordinary 5-year-old kid. She soon discovered that he had perfect pitch — the rare ability to identify individual pitches by name. Fast-forward to three years later and Noah is now an 8-year-old, busy preparing for his first violin competition. He will participate in the Youth Fiddle Championship category at the 33rd Kansas State Fiddling and Picking Championships at South Park this Sunday. By Nikki Wentling
10:00 a.m.
Luke Clark, Olathe, carries his bass guitar and pushes some belongings into his residence hall Sunday morning, August 15, 2010. This coming week is Hawk Week and will feature several activities each day for KU students. Hawk Week leaders aim to acclimate incoming students
August 23, 2013
Pictured: Students push some belongings into their residence hall. Hawk Week is the official welcome week where KU that hosts a variety of free events for students. The purpose of the week is to create a sense of belonging for new students by giving them opportunities to meet their professors and peers. Over the next week, Hawk Week Leaders will split up between the campus’ eight residence halls to encourage students to participate in the week’s events. By Nikki Wentling
3:44 p.m.
A close-up of KU offensive lineman Pearce Slater at Saturday's practice. Photo courtesy of Jeff Jacobsen, Kansas Athletics. KU coach Charlie Weis says he doesn’t know when, if juco OL Pearce Slater will return to campus
August 23, 2013
Kansas coach Charlie Weis opened his Friday press conference by addressing the status of junior-college offensive lineman Pearce Slater, who left the team Saturday to attend a family emergency.

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Nationals rally past Royals
August 23, 2013
Jayson Werth hit a two-run homer, Bryce Harper drove in three runs, and the Washington Nationals rallied from a six-run hole before holding off the Kansas City Royals for an 11-10 victory Friday night.
KU soccer drops opener
August 23, 2013
A brief letdown doomed Kansas University’s soccer team to a 1-0, season-opening loss. Arkansas sophomore Ashleigh Ellenwood scored the match’s only goal in the fourth minute.
Dallas prep Mudiay to choose SMU?
August 23, 2013
Blue-chip basketball point guard prospect Emmanuel Mudiay of Dallas’ Prime Prep Academy, who on Monday tweeted “sometimes you have to just shock the world,” just might do so tonight. By Gary Bedore
Woodland trails Kuchar by one at Barclays
August 23, 2013
Matt Kuchar made the most of his short day at The Barclays. Kuchar didn’t tee off until Friday afternoon at Liberty National and knew he had no chance to finish. He could barely see his ball cross the water and set up a two-putt birdie on the 13th hole that gave him the outright lead, and there was enough light coming from lower Manhattan across the Hudson River to hit his tee shot on the 14th.
KU walk-on kicker surprises
Wyman has ‘legitimate chance’ to be KU’s starting FG kicker
August 23, 2013
With fall camp coming to a close Friday at Kansas University, football coach Charlie Weis shed some light on how the Jayhawks’ depth chart stacked up during his final preseason meeting with the media. By Matt Tait
Rebuilding Chiefs is Reid’s top priority
August 23, 2013
The wooden desk is covered in paper now, eight months after Andy Reid first slid behind it. Scouting reports and personnel sheets and a thousand other notes, a mess of thoughts and ideas scribbled up and broken down for future consideration.
Opinion: A look at KU’s football fortunes
August 23, 2013
It’s that time of year again. I predict the record for the Kansas University football team, get blasted for being too pessimistic, only to be proven too optimistic once the victories and losses are tabulated. By Tom Keegan
Sporting Kansas City falls to Chicago, 1-0
August 23, 2013
Defender Hunter Jumper scored, Sean Johnson made four saves, and the Chicago Fire beat Sporting Kansas City, 1-0, on Friday night.
Lions share: Three QBs splitting time in drills
August 23, 2013
At Lawrence High football practices, senior Tucker Sutter is the team’s starting quarterback. For that matter, so are junior Nyle Anderson and sophomore Alan Clothier. By Benton Smith
World-renowned performers wow downtown Lawrence
August 23, 2013
Fire-eaters, contortionists, musicians and countless sideshow acts transfixed thousands of onlookers in downtown Lawrence Friday night, as the sixth annual Busker Festival got underway. Massachusetts street is used to playing host to street performers, but only once a year does it come alive with renowned artists from across the country. By Caitlin Doornbos
Lawrence teachers ratify contract
August 23, 2013
Lawrence Education Association members have formally ratified a new contract for the 2013-14 school year. The contract includes salary and benefit enhancements, and a new evaluation system that are tied to student performance. By Peter Hancock
Sunset Hill PTO to hold back-to-school fundraiser
August 23, 2013
The Sunset Hill school PTO will hold a back-to-school party and fundraiser from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday at the school. By Peter Hancock
Drivers to get dollar bills for buckling up over Labor Day weekend
August 23, 2013
Over the next two weeks, drivers in Lawrence who have all of their passengers safely buckled could be rewarded with a crisp one-dollar bill. Volunteers working for the “Bucks for Buckles” program will be out in Lawrence from Sunday through Sept. 7, checking vehicles for seatbelt use and handing out the money. For those found not buckled up, the volunteers will have some education materials about the effectiveness of seat-belts and child safety seats.
Good Neighbor program breaks the ice between students and their new neighbors
August 23, 2013
Now in its second year, the Good Neighbor program sent volunteers swarming through the Oread Neighborhood Friday, talking to residents and handing out packets of information about city codes and services. Led by a committee of Kansas University student government representatives, city officials, police and residents, the group brought a short, simple message to many students who had just moved in: Be a good neighbor. The effort has had a good start, student organizers and Oread Neighborhood residents say. But they are also thinking about how to do more. By Ian Cummings
Lawrence resident is world air guitar champ
Eric ‘Mean Melin’ Melin: ‘Air guitar is in my blood’
August 23, 2013
Eric “Mean Melin” Melin booked a last-minute flight to Finland on a prayer — make that an air prayer. And the air guitar gods must have heard it. Lawrence’s meanest air guitar-playing machine is the newest World Air Guitar Champion.
Driver cited for leaving vehicle in Douglas County construction site
August 23, 2013
The driver of a wrecked vehicle discovered Aug. 4 at a bridge construction site on U.S. 56 Highway west of Baldwin City has been cited for leaving the scene of an accident, according to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.
Police identify Lawrence man, 27, as victim of fatal motorcycle accident Thursday
August 23, 2013
Police have identified a man killed Thursday in a motorcycle accident on Rockledge Road as 27-year-old Ian White of Lawrence. White died minutes after the motorcycle he was riding collided with a car near the intersection of Moundview Drive and Rockledge Road about 4:15 p.m. Thursday.
KU coach Charlie Weis says he doesn’t know when, if juco OL Pearce Slater will return to campus
August 23, 2013
Kansas coach Charlie Weis opened his Friday press conference by addressing the status of junior-college offensive lineman Pearce Slater, who left the team Saturday to attend a family emergency.
East Lawrence power outage affects about 1,300 residents
11:46 a.m., August 23, 2013 Updated 06:02 p.m.
A construction-related accident caused a power outage in East Lawrence this morning that affected about 1,300 residents, including Kennedy Elementary.
25 years ago: City offers compromise on parking structure
August 23, 2013
City staff offered a plan for the garage that had no third floor, a smaller footprint, and almost 100 fewer spaces than originally proposed.
40 years ago: Fourth floor of Wescoe to be ready for start of classes
August 23, 2013
The target date for complete readiness was Thanksgiving.
Editorial: Festive fall
It’s not quite fall according to the calendar, but the fall influx of students and activities is well underway in Lawrence.
August 23, 2013 in print edition on A8
Just as one set of Lawrence activities is winding down, another set is ready to begin. After more than a week of activities related to the 150th anniversary of Quantrill’s Raid, Lawrence will shift its focus this weekend to some other signature community events.
Letter: Notable loss
August 23, 2013 in print edition on A8
Wednesday’s Journal-World front page commemorating the 150th anniversary of Quantrill’s bloody raid of Lawrence was a worthy representation of the event. Many were lost, and the inspirations that grew from the happening helped make our town what it is today.
Letter: Fine production
August 23, 2013 in print edition on A8
I was recently pleased and impressed after watching a local “home-grown” theater production entitled “Chained.” The production was held on Aug. 10 at the Lawrence Arts Center and was written and directed by Rita Rials. What impressed me the most was the use of local talent to produce a play with such a strong message of help and hope. 
Opinion: Local taxpayer shows interest in school budget
August 23, 2013 in print edition on A8
Since over $1,000 of my property taxes went to support USD 497 in 2012, I thought it prudent to attend the school board meeting on Aug. 12 supposedly to discuss next year’s budget. This was my first time attending such a meeting. I also wanted to examine and ask about technology expenses, since I have reservations about computer use and the development of young minds.
Opinion: Gulf states pursue defensive agenda
August 23, 2013 in print edition on A8
Watching Saudi Arabia and other wealthy Gulf states line up behind the bloody counterrevolution in Egypt, you can’t help suspecting that these conservative monarchies are ready to fight to the last Egyptian against the Muslim Brotherhood — waging what amounts to a proxy war against the regional threat of Islamist extremism.
Kansas State Fiddling and Picking Championships displays talent of performers young and old
August 23, 2013
It took only three lessons for violin teacher Jill Woodhouse to discover that Noah Luke was no ordinary 5-year-old kid. She soon discovered that he had perfect pitch — the rare ability to identify individual pitches by name. Fast-forward to three years later and Noah is now an 8-year-old, busy preparing for his first violin competition. He will participate in the Youth Fiddle Championship category at the 33rd Kansas State Fiddling and Picking Championships at South Park this Sunday. By Nikki Wentling
Hawk Week leaders aim to acclimate incoming students
August 23, 2013
Pictured: Students push some belongings into their residence hall. Hawk Week is the official welcome week where KU that hosts a variety of free events for students. The purpose of the week is to create a sense of belonging for new students by giving them opportunities to meet their professors and peers. Over the next week, Hawk Week Leaders will split up between the campus’ eight residence halls to encourage students to participate in the week’s events. By Nikki Wentling
100 years ago: Witnesses testify against two men in North Lawrence murder
August 23, 2013
“They heard shots, but this being a usual performance in North Lawrence they didn’t take much notice of it.”
Horoscopes for Aug. 23
August 23, 2013
For Friday, Aug. 23: This year you will make your imprint by expressing your unique vision and ability to let go of the past. If you are single, you will have many choices. If you are attached, romance will flourish, especially when you go away for a few days together.