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Archive for Wednesday, July 3, 2013

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12:12 a.m.
A group of international students showed their countries' colors by carrying flags during the homecoming parade in this 2009 file photo. Many international students at the school said it didn’t take long to learn about all things Jayhawk basketball. And as the team advances in the NCAA Tournament, they’re getting caught up in the enthusiasm along with the rest of the community. Officials say immigration bill would help KU recruit international grad students, faculty
July 2, 2013
The sweeping immigration bill approved by the U.S. Senate last week might face difficulty in the House of Representatives, but among officials in Kansas University’s International Programs office, it’s being greeted with cheers. By Matt Erickson
12:24 p.m.
The proposed site plan for the Rock Chalk Park Sports Complex in northwest Lawrence. City delays approval of Rock Chalk Park development
July 2, 2013
Commissioners at their Tuesday evening meeting deferred action on the development agreement that will formalize the public-private partnership among the city, a Kansas University Endowment entity and a private company led by Lawrence developer Thomas Fritzel. By Chad Lawhorn
2:02 p.m.
Marshall Hogue, 65, Baldwin, makes a low shot at Lyons Park. He's part of a group in town that has picked up pickleball. Lawrence seniors picking up pickleball
July 3, 2013
In Lawrence, and across the nation, seniors are picking up a paddle to play pickleball - a combination of tennis, badminton and table tennis. It’s played with a hard paddle, a plastic ball similar to a wiffle ball and on a badminton court with a lowered net. Douglas County’s pickleball programs are gaining popularity through word of mouth. By Meagan Thomas
4:47 p.m.
KU professor of geography Bill Woods talks in the backyard of his Lawrence home about some of his travels around the world. No regrets for KU researcher after injuries prevent trip to Sweden to receive honor
July 3, 2013
Twice this year, Kansas University professor Bill Woods was set to go receive the greatest honor of his life: an honorary doctorate from the prestigious Uppsala University in Sweden. But twice, injuries kept him from making the trip. More than 40 years of dangerous work as an archaeologist may be catching up to him, he says, but it’s all been worth it. By Matt Erickson

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Leaps & bounds: Justin Wesley works to earn playing time
July 3, 2013
Kansas University senior forward Justin Wesley says his vertical has been measured this year at 45 inches — up from 42 inches a year ago. By Jesse Newell
Parties agree to delay in KCC lawsuit
July 3, 2013
A Kansas prosecutor has agreed to delay his lawsuit against the Kansas Corporation Commission over alleged open meetings violations while the utility regulatory board reviews its policies.
Silpada founders buy company back from Avon
July 3, 2013
Beauty products company Avon is selling the jewelry business Silpada back to its co-founders and their families for $85 million, well below what it paid three years ago.
Our Town Sports for July 4
July 3, 2013
A weekly roundup of local sporting events, results and opportunities.
KU football adds offensive lineman for 2013 season
July 3, 2013
The Kansas University offensive line received a shot in the arm Wednesday night, when El Camino Community College tackle Pearce Slater, a 6-foot-8, 340-pound tackle, sent his paperwork to Lawrence, making him eligible for the upcoming season.
In search of the best spot to watch Lawrence’s Fourth of July fireworks
July 3, 2013
Part of enjoying a Fourth of July fireworks display is finding the perfect spot to watch it. The Lawrence Jaycees are sponsoring a 30-minute pyrotechnics show starting at 9:45 p.m. Thursday, and Lawrence residents are scouting the best vantage points. By Nikki Wentling
Flags will adorn Baldwin City lawns Thursday
July 3, 2013
When Baldwin City residents wake tomorrow to the popping of firecrackers, they will once again find small American lawn flags placed in their yards. Krystal Williams 18 years ago started what has become a tradition when she decided to add some patriotic zip to the local holiday.
League of Women Voters seeks to get names of judicial applicants from Brownback
July 3, 2013
The Kansas League of Women Voters has filed a request under state law to try to get Gov. Sam Brownback to disclose the names of those applying for a judge position on the Kansas Court of Appeals. By Scott Rothschild
Douglas County commissioners move ahead on $13.9 million Public Works facility
July 3, 2013
The new facility will consolidate the Public Works Department into a single location and provide meeting space that can be used by all county agencies. The new facility is expected to be open by early 2015. By Peter Hancock
No regrets for KU researcher after injuries prevent trip to Sweden to receive honor
July 3, 2013
Twice this year, Kansas University professor Bill Woods was set to go receive the greatest honor of his life: an honorary doctorate from the prestigious Uppsala University in Sweden. But twice, injuries kept him from making the trip. More than 40 years of dangerous work as an archaeologist may be catching up to him, he says, but it’s all been worth it. By Matt Erickson
City planning program to inspect homes for sewer system problems
July 3, 2013
Residents in East Lawrence this year may get an odd knock on their door later this year: A city-hired inspector who wants to look at your sump pump and perhaps even make a video of your home’s sewer pipe. By Chad Lawhorn
Brownback appoints Cindy O’Neal to State Fair Board
July 3, 2013
Cindy O’Neal has been appointed by Gov. Sam Brownback to a three-year-term on the Kansas State Fair Board.
New report: Kansas highway system No. 2 in nation
July 3, 2013
The Reason Foundation ranked Kansas only behind North Dakota in its annual report on state road systems. In the previous two years, the Los Angeles-based group rated Kansas third in the nation.
Kansas utility regulators approve operations changes
July 3, 2013
The commission that regulates utilities in Kansas on Tuesday approved changes in its operations after replacing its top staff member and facing allegations it violated the state’s Open Meetings Act.
Love of the game keeps local golfer on the course at age 90
July 3, 2013
Lawrence resident Rusty Moore, at the age of 90, still plays golf four days a week and says she doesn’t expect to stop anytime soon. By Tom Keegan
Seven-ace lineup lifts Raiders to 1-0 victory
July 3, 2013
The Lawrence Raiders might have stumbled upon a new pitching strategy Tuesday night against Oak Park, out of Kansas City, Mo. The Raiders only had 10 players in uniform at Lawrence High and coach Brad Romme didn’t want to expend anyone’s arm before a four-day weekend tournament in Salina. So his pre-game talk included him unveiling a new plan: send a different pitcher to the mound every inning. By Benton Smith
Opinion: Memoir an inside look at Afghan war
July 3, 2013 in print edition on A7
At a time when American troops are leaving Afghanistan and U.S. officials are trying to talk to the Taliban, I recommend that you read a book called “A Fort of Nine Towers: An Afghan Family Story.”
25 years ago: Laudromat owners let flood victims do their laundry for free
July 3, 2013
Some members of the Flory family were doing their part in helping Lone Star residents affected by the recent flooding.
100 years ago: New office building at 7th and Mass completes ‘most attractive corner’
July 3, 2013
“The new building has the distinction of being the only office building in the city with an elevator in operation.”
Lawrence seniors picking up pickleball
July 3, 2013
In Lawrence, and across the nation, seniors are picking up a paddle to play pickleball - a combination of tennis, badminton and table tennis. It’s played with a hard paddle, a plastic ball similar to a wiffle ball and on a badminton court with a lowered net. Douglas County’s pickleball programs are gaining popularity through word of mouth. By Meagan Thomas
40 years ago: Lawrence hit by another damaging storm; new warning sirens fail to function
July 3, 2013
“A few sparklers and Roman candles will be hard pressed to match the fireworks Kansas weather shot off.”
Letter: Cancer fight
July 3, 2013
Relay For Life of Douglas County on June 7 and 8 was a community gathering to give everyone an opportunity to fight cancer and save lives.
Letter: Limiting rights
July 3, 2013
Recent Supreme Court rulings advanced the rights of people in nontraditional marital contracts.
Editorial: Street swap
July 3, 2013
The U.S. Highway 40 swap addresses a short-term budget goal, but it raises questions as a city budget strategy.
Letter: Better process?
July 3, 2013
Kansas University law professor Stephen Ware argued vigorously and repeatedly on the pages of this and other papers for what he called an “open, democratic process” for the selection of appeals court judges.