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Vestal turns up volume on KU football staff
August 29, 2013
When Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis promoted Scott Vestal into a role as a full-time assistant during the offseason, Weis knew he was turning up the volume. “He is exactly what I thought he’d be,” Weis said. “He’s wired for sound.” By Matt Tait
Frankamp picks up pointers from pros
August 29, 2013
Conner Frankamp, who hopes to be in the mix for playing time during his freshman year at Kansas University, certainly didn’t forget about basketball during a 31⁄2-week break between the end of summer school and Monday’s start of the 2013-14 school year. By Gary Bedore
Royals beat Twins, sweep series for 5th win in row
August 29, 2013
The Kansas City Royals are hoping to make another push for a playoff spot, and their latest successful series at Target Field is definitely going to help. Bruce Chen bounced back with a solid start and the Royals earned their fifth consecutive win with a 3-1 victory over Minnesota, sending the slumping Twins to their fifth straight loss.
Chiefs beat Packers 30-8 in preseason finale
August 29, 2013
The closest that Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and Chiefs counterpart Alex Smith got to the field Thursday night was the sideline, both teams electing to let their backups play things out in their final preseason game. Third-string quarterback Tyler Bray took advantage of the opportunity. The undrafted rookie from Tennessee threw for 169 yards and three touchdowns, leading Kansas City to a 30-8 victory over Green Bay as both teams rested their starters for the regular season.
Lawrence Public Library selected for “Super Wi-Fi” pilot
August 29, 2013
The Lawrence Public Library has been selected as one of four Kansas libraries to participate in a futuristic wireless Internet pilot program with the national Gigabit Libraries Network. For four months, participating libraries will test TV White Space technology or “Super Wi-Fi,” which delivers Internet bandwidth across the same frequency used on analog televisions.
KU scholars place Syrian crisis in social and historical perspective
August 29, 2013
Middle East specialists at KU offer their insight into the Syrian civil war and the possibility of international or U.S. intervention. By Ben Unglesbee
Jenkins meets with diverse groups during recess tour of her district
August 29, 2013
After nearly five years in Congress, and many more as an elected official in state government, Kansas Rep. Lynn Jenkins has learned to tailor her message for different audiences. That was evident this week as the Republican congresswoman met with different constituent groups in Ottawa and Lawrence. By Peter Hancock
South Lawrence Trafficway contract to be awarded Sept. 18; construction to begin soon after
August 29, 2013
The Kansas Department of Transportation is scheduled to award a construction contract for the approximately $190 million South Lawrence Trafficway project on Sept. 18. A few weeks later, crews should be moving dirt for the bypass project that has been stalled amid litigation and environmental protests since the early 1990s. By Chad Lawhorn
Judge OKs DNA evidence in Ottawa murder case
August 29, 2013
DNA experts can use all the evidence samples in the case of a 28-year-old man charged with killing four people at a farm in eastern Kansas, a Franklin County judge ruled Thursday. A brief status hearing was held Thursday for Kyle Trevor Flack, who is charged with capital murder, first-degree murder, rape and criminal possession of a firearm in the deaths of Andrew Adam Stout, 30; Steven Eugene White, 31; Kaylie Kathleen Bailey, 21, and her 18-month-old daughter, Lana-Leigh.
Steam locomotive headlines this weekend’s Railfest in Baldwin City
August 29, 2013
Baldwin City residents and visitors alarmed this weekend by the sight of smoke rising from the Santa Fe Depot don’t need to call the fire department. The smoke will be billowing from the stack of a restored steam locomotive, and Midland Railway officials hope it will be a signal to train buffs to attend their annual Railfest, which runs today through Monday at Santa Fe Depot Park, 1515 High St. By Elvyn Jones
Voting rights rally scheduled for start of special legislative session
August 29, 2013
Right after the Kansas Legislature convenes a special session Tuesday, a number of groups plan to rally to ask that legislators change the new proof-of-citizenship requirement to vote. By Scott Rothschild
Top Democrat, Kansas governor’s staff spar over court choice
August 29, 2013
TOPEKA — The Kansas Senate’s top Democrat on Wednesday publicly questioned whether Republican Gov. Sam Brownback’s chief counsel is qualified to serve on the state Court of Appeals after the governor’s office blocked a group’s attempt to learn the identities of other candidates for the judicial opening.
Group says Kansas gets NEA grant restored
August 29, 2013
TOPEKA — Kansas arts advocates say the National Endowment for the Arts has restored $560,000 in grants to Kansas.
Opinion: Freedom rings in America, for a moment
August 29, 2013
By the tens of thousands, 50 years later, they came. They descended on this city to mark a milestone: half a century since the storied March on Washington.
Our Town Sports for Aug. 29
August 29, 2013
A weekly roundup of local sporting events, results and opportunities.
KU volleyball’s Jarmoc up for CLASS Award
August 29, 2013
Fifth-year Kansas University senior All-American Caroline Jarmoc was named one of 30 candidates to be considered for the Senior CLASS Award in collegiate volleyball, the committee announced Wednesday.
Teammates sing QB Jake Heaps’ praises
August 29, 2013
Some of the most frequently asked questions of Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis this offseason centered on his quarterback, Jake Heaps, the junior transfer from BYU who sat out the 2012 season and will start his first game for the Jayhawks nine days from today. By Matt Tait
25 years ago: Fiddlers, pickers gather for annual contest in South Park
August 29, 2013
“The weather was beautiful, The competition was stiff.”
40 years ago: Charitable act runs afoul of shoe company policy
August 29, 2013
Good intentions and a wish to help out a local charity had led to a mistake by the city of Lawrence.
100 years ago: Temperature drops more than 50 degrees overnight
August 29, 2013
“If the weather man can keep it up for a while now the town will get thoroughly rested up.”
Fix-It Chick: Replace a faucet cartridge
August 29, 2013
Low water flow, leaks between the spout and handle or difficulty rotating the spout are all indicators that the cartridge in your single (or double) handle Moen brand faucet may need to be replaced.
Celebrity Fashion Fusion: Keep up with a Kardashian
August 29, 2013
You don’t have to spend thousands, or even hundreds, to keep up with the Kardashians when it comes to fashion.
The Fashion Column Twins: Trends for fall
August 29, 2013
It’s about that time again to pack up your summer clothes and fill your closet with fall’s finest trends. The Fashion Column Twins are featured in the new Thursday section called CheckOut, devoted to helping readers find the best products and deals in Lawrence. Each week, CheckOut will spotlight new offerings at Lawrence merchants, the best in fashion, tips for improving your home and garden and things to do.
Garden Calendar: Summer rains bring yellow nutsedge to the garden
August 29, 2013
Ample moisture allows weeds to proliferate and flourish. Yellow nutsedge in particular has enjoyed this summer’s rains and is flourishing in many lawns and gardens in the area.
Mrs. Mass.: Buy buy birdie
August 29, 2013
Hey, Lawrence, we have a newbie downtown! Rockin’ Parrot moved into 1027 Massachusetts St. on Aug 10, and can I just say, it’s such a perky boutique to shop in.
August Final Fridays preview: Plethora of exhibits, openings and guests mark 3rd anniversary
August 29, 2013
This Friday marks the third anniversary of Final Fridays, and there’s a lot going on to mark the occasion, including several new venues and a couple of special guests.
‘Mother%$!#hood’ back for comedic, musical look at moms
August 29, 2013
“Mother%$!#hood” follows three very different women on their journeys through modern motherhood, from A to Xanax.
The Worst Hard Time’ is also the choice for Read Across Lawrence
August 29, 2013
The Lawrence Public Library will help members of the community to get on the same page by handing out free copies of “The Worst Hard Time,” by Timothy Egan, on Massachusetts Street during Final Friday. The free books are a part of the kick-off event for the 11th annual Read Across Lawrence, a program to encourage Lawrence residents to read the same book and then attend library-sponsored events to discuss and learn more about topics and themes in the literature.
Style Scout: Alexandra Gustafson
August 29, 2013
Fashion trends you love: Leggings, obviously! I’m a big fan of combat boots, layers and red lipstick.
Editorial: Ongoing gift
The Douglas County Community Foundation is an asset for both donors and recipients who are working to make this an even better place to live and work.
August 29, 2013 in print edition on A8
A major gift from a long-time Lawrence family once again highlights the great work people and their donations are achieving through the Douglas County Community Foundation.
Off the Beaten Buy: Hoot! Handmade owl pillows bring whimsy to home
August 29, 2013
Soft, colorful felt meets fun, graphic patterns in these lovable, googly-eyed throw pillows.
Style Scout: Zachary Schmit
August 29, 2013
What would you like to see more of in Lawrence? More well-dressed people. I like that to be a commonplace thing that I might be a little bit more motivated to enhance my own wardrobe.
Opinion: Foreign policy rhetoric ignores reality
August 29, 2013 in print edition on A8
Barack Obama’s foreign policy dream — cordial relations with a Middle East tranquilized by “smart diplomacy” — is in a death grapple with reality. His rhetorical writhings illustrate the perils of loquacity. He has a glutton’s rather than a gourmet’s appetite for his own rhetorical cuisine, and has talked America to the precipice of a fourth military intervention in the crescent that extends from Libya to Afghanistan.
Off the Beaten Plate: Wang Burger at the Wheel
August 29, 2013
ESPN sports announcers visiting Lawrence have been known to hit the Wheel before games to chow on these unpretentious white-bun burgers topped with a fried egg, bacon and cheese — and sometimes even profess their love for them on air.
Horoscopes for Aug. 29
August 29, 2013
For Thursday, Aug. 29 This year you experience a bit of stress as a result of having to distinguish your public image from your natural self. You might not feel as free as you might like in public, and therefore you often are withdrawn in conversations. If you are single, you could encounter someone who likes just one side of your personality. If you are attached, the two of you sometimes encounter rigidity between you.