Archive for Monday, August 26, 2013

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12:13 a.m.
Ted Grinter plants about a million sunflower seeds 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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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.