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Archive for Monday, August 26, 2013

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12:13 a.m.
Ted Grinter planted 47 acres of sunflowers near his home between Lawrence and Tonganoxie. The fields of flowers serve as a photo opportunity for many passersby. Sunflower field east of Lawrence in full bloom
August 25, 2013
The Grinters lined up a few rows deep into their sunflower field Saturday morning to take their annual family photo. It was the ideal time: Around 8 a.m. the sun was glimmering off the yellow petals, but the air still was cool. This summer, Ted Grinter planted 47 acres of sunflowers surrounding his home on Stillwell Road just off of Highway 24-40 between Tonganoxie and Lawrence. He opens the field for people to take photos and take home flowers for $1 each. By Nikki Wentling
6:00 a.m.
Jude Monye, of Lawrence, finally claimed his gold medal this summer, five years after U.S. athletes were stripped of theirs in a scandal involving performance-enhancing drugs. Monye had won the silver with the Nigerian 4x400 team in the 2000 Summer Olympics; the American team that won the gold was disqualified in 2008. After years of waiting, Lawrence man claims his gold medal
August 26, 2013
It’s been five years since Lawrence resident Jude Monye received a phone call informing him that he had won a gold medal. The call was a long time coming: Monye had won silver representing Nigeria in the 2000 Olympics and in 2008, the United States team was stripped of its gold in a doping scandal. The process of upgrading Monye’s silver to gold took still more years, but it is here now. And for Monye, the years of waiting have stretched the race of his life from three-minutes into 13 years. By Ian Cummings
10:00 a.m.
Parents of incoming Kansas University students sit through a presentation by the department of Undergraduate Studies during new student orientation, Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at the Kansas Union. A new curriculum at KU will enable more flexibility for students with less restrictions on certain general education requirements. Nick Krug/Journal-World Photo Core curriculum change to greet this year’s freshmen
August 25, 2013
KU Core is the name of KU’s first-ever university-wide curriculum for undergraduates. It marks the biggest change to undergraduates’ curriculum in perhaps 50 years. And while it’s been in the works since this year’s KU freshmen were just entering high school, they’ll be the first students to experience it.By Matt Erickson
12:30 p.m.
Pencil and test Middle schools modify ‘standards based reporting’ for 6th graders
August 26, 2013
Parents of sixth grade students in the Lawrence school district will start to see traditional A, B, C, D and F grades on report cards and daily work this year, according to one middle school principal. But the controversial ‘standards-based progress reports’ still will be used for grading students’ learning behaviors. By Peter Hancock
6:25 p.m.
Attorney General Derek Schmidt (center) speaks with members of the Special Judiciary Committee on Monday prior to hearing on proposed changes to the "Hard 50" law. Prosecutors, defense attorneys clash over proposed changes to Hard 50 law
August 26, 2013
State legislators today proposed patching the Kansas law that requires heinous murderers to serve at least 50 years in prison, but defense attorneys said the fix won’t last. The so-called Hard 50 law was thrown into question by a recent decision by the U.S. Supreme Court. By Scott Rothschild

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Kansas City rolls past Rays, 11-1
August 26, 2013
Salvador Perez hit a three-run homer, Billy Butler also went deep, and the Royals romped to an 11-1 victory over Tampa Bay on Monday in a steamy makeup of a snowed-out game from early May.
Chiefs TE Moeaki fractures shoulder
August 26, 2013
Chiefs general manager John Dorsey and coach Andy Reid knew tight end Tony Moeaki was prone to injury, so they hedged their bets this offseason by signing Anthony Fasano in free agency and drafting Travis Kelce in the third round. Turns out that Dorsey and Reid knew what they were doing.
Bill Self fired up for start of school year
Kansas’ men’s basketball coach predicts practices will be ‘competitive’
August 26, 2013
The start of the 2013-14 school year had Bill Self beaming bright and early on a sunny Monday morning. By Gary Bedore
Charlie Weis: Early bye nice
Jayhawks get extra week to get ready for opener
August 26, 2013
Whether they start Friday night, like Kansas State and Texas Tech, or Saturday like seven other league teams, nine of the 10 Big 12 Conference football coaches made the transition from offseason to game week on Monday. Kansas University’s Charlie Weis is the exception.By Matt Tait
Loud & clear: Kansas volleyball libero Brianne Riley vocal leader
August 26, 2013
Sometimes at practice, when Kansas University volleyball coach Ray Bechard tires of one player doing all of the talking, he tells senior libero Brianne Riley to stifle. By Gary Bedore
Missouri man killed in motorcycle crash on U.S. 59
10:46 p.m., August 26, 2013 Updated 12:00 p.m.
A Missouri man has died from his injuries after a motorcycle crash on U.S. Highway 59 Monday night. Randall Lusk, 61, of El Dorado Springs, Mo., was found critically injured in the single-vehicle accident south of Baldwin Junction, about 10 p.m., according to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.
Prosecutors, defense attorneys clash over proposed changes to Hard 50 law
August 26, 2013
State legislators today proposed patching the Kansas law that requires heinous murderers to serve at least 50 years in prison, but defense attorneys said the fix won’t last. The so-called Hard 50 law was thrown into question by a recent decision by the U.S. Supreme Court. By Scott Rothschild
Former KU student sentenced to probation in alleged sexual assault
August 26, 2013
A 20-year-old former Kansas University student has been sentenced to probation after being convicted of aggravated battery in connection with an alleged sexual assault in February at a dormitory on the KU campus.
Dick Thien, a founding editor of USA Today and one-time KU instructor, dies at 73
August 26, 2013
Richard “Dick” Thien, a veteran journalist who played a pivotal role in developing USA Today for Gannett Co. Inc. and taught journalism at Kansas University as a professional-in-residence, has died. He was 73. Thien taught reporting and editing at the KU School of Journalism in the late 1980s. He worked as a local government reporter for the Daily Journal-World in Lawrence from 1965 to 1968.
County drought status improves to ‘warning’ from ‘emergency,’ but water shortages remain
August 26, 2013
State officials say the local drought condition has been improved to “warning” from “emergency” status. Recent rains have helped, but reservoirs and soil moisture levels remain low. By Peter Hancock
Defendant to stand trial again in 1997 rape case
August 26, 2013
A 40-year-old man will go on trial in January for a second time after his conviction was overturned in a 1997 Lawrence rape case. Robert Grey was bound over for trial again on a single count of rape after a preliminary hearing in Douglas County District Court last week. He is being held in Douglas County Jail, with bond set at $500,000, while he awaits trial.
City still hopeful that Vermont Street parking garage will be open by KU football’s home opener
August 26, 2013
By the time Kansas University opens its home football season on Sept. 7, fans may have a hulking new structure to talk about: the city’s Vermont Street parking garage. By Chad Lawhorn
County to decide on sand pit near Eudora
August 26, 2013
County commissioners gave preliminary approval in March for Penny’s Concrete and Sand LLC to open a sand pit near Eudora, pending an engineer’s report about the impact on nearby wells. That report says the operation should have no negative effect on underground water quality. By Peter Hancock
Social Service League needs help with move
August 26, 2013
The Lawrence Social Service League Thrift Store is moving this week to make way for the construction of a nearby Marriott Hotel — and could use your help. By Giles Bruce
Where did Go go?
August 26, 2013
Beginning this week, the Go section will be replaced by a new Thursday section called CheckOut
Ravens sign ex-Jayhawk QB Crist
August 26, 2013
Former Kansas University quarterback Dayne Crist has signed with the Baltimore Ravens.
Royals snap 7-game skid
August 26, 2013
For the first and quite possibly the only time in his career, the Kansas City Royals have parlayed Billy Butler’s plodding foot speed into a win.
Stanzi among Chiefs cuts
August 26, 2013
The Kansas City Chiefs parted ways with one of their most polarizing quarterbacks in recent years Sunday when they cut Ricky Stanzi, a former fifth-round draft pick who never saw the field yet some fans seemed to love.
KU soccer clobbers Pacific
August 26, 2013
Three Kansas University soccer players scored, and four had assists as the Jayhawks won their home opener, 3-0, on Sunday at the Jayhawk Soccer Complex.
Bill Self’s squad ready to go
Jayhawks hold first team meeting on eve of start of school
August 26, 2013
Bill Self and his 18 Kansas University basketball players are ready to get to work. By Gary Bedore
Opinion: Fans, friends gather for golfer Gary Woodland
August 26, 2013
One of my favorite guilty pleasures is sitting alone in my man cave and not only rooting for Gary Woodland to keep it in the fairway, to nail his approach shots and drop his putts, but pulling for every other golfer to find the water, deep rough and steep bunkers and extending their slides with three-putt greens. By Tom Keegan
A blessing in disguise: Kansas CB Greg Allen recalls Hurricane Katrina
August 26, 2013
Eight years ago this week, Hurricane Katrina, one of the deadliest natural disasters in United States history, began battering the country’s Gulf Coast and brought the city of New Orleans to its knees. It also was when Kansas University cornerback Greg Allen began to see the light. By Matt Tait
Business briefcase
August 26, 2013
Barbara Braa, vice president/trust and investment officer at CornerBank, N.A., was elected by her peers to be president of The Kansas Bankers Association Trust Division. Braa will represent the division on the KBA Board of Directors. Braa, of Eudora, has a bachelor’s degree from Baker University and an M.B.A. from Kansas University.
Middle schools modify ‘standards based reporting’ for 6th graders
August 26, 2013
Parents of sixth grade students in the Lawrence school district will start to see traditional A, B, C, D and F grades on report cards and daily work this year, according to one middle school principal. But the controversial ‘standards-based progress reports’ still will be used for grading students’ learning behaviors. By Peter Hancock
Bankruptcies for Aug. 26
August 26, 2013
Douglas County residents or businesses filing for bankruptcy protection recently in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the District of Kansas, according to court records.
Letter: Guns in church
August 26, 2013
This past spring, the state Legislature passed new laws regarding the carry of guns in Kansas. One way this law impacts our community is not well known. The law provides that firearms can be carried into churches, mosques, synagogues and other houses of worship unless a congregation explicitly state that guns are not permitted on its property with a no-gun symbol on all its doors.  
Editorial: Policy flexibility
The desire to provide tax incentives for smaller businesses may suggest the need for some revisions in the city’s abatement policy.
August 26, 2013 in print edition on A8
Providing a property tax abatement for a homegrown Lawrence business probably is a good deal for the community, but the abatement raises some questions about the city’s abatement policy that officials may need to consider.
Opinion: U.K.’s NHS is warning for U.S.
August 26, 2013 in print edition on A8
Each visit to the U.K. brings new horror stories about the National Health Service (NHS). Last month, Sir Bruce Keogh, medical director of the NHS, issued a forensic report, commissioned by the government, which found that 14 underperforming hospitals in England had substandard care, contributing to the needless deaths of nearly 13,000 people since 2005. Earlier this year, it was reported that a single hospital in Staffordshire recorded 1,400 “excess” deaths.
Marriages for Aug. 26
August 26, 2013
Marriage licenses issued in Douglas County.
Opinion: ‘Equal Rites’ are alive and well
August 26, 2013 in print edition on A8
And so once more we gather to celebrate Aug. 26, the 93rd anniversary of that historic day when women finally won the right to vote. Our optimistic foremothers fervently believed that the vote would empower women to transform the world.
Students with brain injuries re-learn how to handle college life at KU
August 26, 2013
In January, KU sophomore Ellie Cizek suffered a traumatic brain injury. After days in a coma, rehabilitation therapies have helped her regain many skills, though she still is months away from being ready to return to campus, her family says. The experience of Amanda Thompson, another KU student who suffered a severe brain early in her college career, provides a window into a return to college life after suffering brain trauma. By Ben Unglesbee
100 years ago: Agricultural judging to take place in spite of dry summer, county fair officials say
August 26, 2013
“Merely because there has been a drouth should not stop the enthusiasm in the corn and wheat contest.”
Divorces for Aug.26
August 26, 2013
Divorces granted in Douglas County.
After years of waiting, Lawrence man claims his gold medal
August 26, 2013
It’s been five years since Lawrence resident Jude Monye received a phone call informing him that he had won a gold medal. The call was a long time coming: Monye had won silver representing Nigeria in the 2000 Olympics and in 2008, the United States team was stripped of its gold in a doping scandal. The process of upgrading Monye’s silver to gold took still more years, but it is here now. And for Monye, the years of waiting have stretched the race of his life from three-minutes into 13 years. By Ian Cummings
25 years ago: Presidential candidate’s family member visits Lawrence
August 26, 2013
It was Lisa Dukakis’ second campaign visit to Kansas.
40 years ago: KU Marching Band predicted to have ‘bigger and better’ year
August 26, 2013
The main limitation of the band now was that certain instruments were not always available in sufficient quantities.
Horoscopes for Aug. 26
August 26, 2013
For Monday, Aug. 26 This year you approach life with seriousness and the ability to realize a long-term desire. You have both endurance and Lady Luck on your team. If you are single, you could be unusually idealistic and/or confused when dating or getting to know someone better. If you are attached, it is through working together that you become closer.
How to Help: Habitat seeking volunteers with banking or financial experience
August 26, 2013
Lawrence Habitat for Humanity is looking for volunteers with banking or finance experience to serve on the finance committee.