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Archive for Friday, July 5, 2013

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12:00 a.m.
Gasoline prices dipped below $3.33 this week in Lawrence, lower than they had been in months. Travelers are also likely to find lower prices elsewhere in the country, as the national average price of gas has declined for three weeks this summer. Lawrence drivers, at home or hitting the road, benefit from drop in gas prices
July 4, 2013
Gasoline prices are on a summer slide, giving Lawrence drivers a break as they set out on road trips and vacations this Fourth of July weekend. At most Lawrence gas stations, the price of regular is below $3.33 per gallon — lower than it has been in months — and travelers will likely find prices down elsewhere too. But experts say those prices could rise again quickly if the unrest in the Mideast disrupts oil supplies, or if a hurricane threatens the refining industry along the Gulf Coast. By Ian Cummings
11:33 a.m.
Opponents of Egypt's ousted president Mohammed Morsi wave national flags and posters of Lt. Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi during a rally in Tahrir Square, in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, July 5, 2013. Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood called for a wave of protests Friday, furious over the military's ouster of its president and arrest of its revered leader and other top figures, raising fears of violence and retaliation from Islamic militants.(AP Photo/Amr Nabil) Egypt’s second revolution in two years touches KU faculty, students with ties to the country
July 4, 2013
After protests reminiscent of the “Arab Spring” of 2011, Egypt has once again ousted its president. The tumult is reaching all the way to Kansas University, disrupting the lives of KU students and staff with ties to Egypt—some of whom have been in the country during the uprising. By Caitlin Doornbos
4:58 p.m.
Spectators line the south bank of the Kansas River to watch the annual fireworks display Thursday night. More than a decade after a citywide ban, fireworks still making noise in Lawrence
July 5, 2013
As usual on the Fourth of July, booms, whistles, and bright lights peppered the sky over Lawrence Thursday night as residents celebrated by detonating a wide variety of fireworks all over the city. They did so in defiance of a ten-year-old ban on fireworks in the city, which city officials admit is difficult to enforce. Over the holiday, Lawrence police answered more than 100 calls about fireworks and issued one person a ticket for violating the ordinance. By Ian Cummings

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Oakland holds off Royals
July 5, 2013
Tommy Milone shut out the Kansas City Royals for eight innings, and then got in just enough trouble in the ninth to ensure that Grant Balfour would have a nice, easy save chance.
Royals’ Gordon cleared for batting practice
July 5, 2013
Royals outfielder Alex Gordon passed a battery of concussion tests and was cleared by the team’s medical staff to take batting practice before Friday night’s game against Oakland.
Raiders roll in Salina tournament
July 5, 2013
Briggs Fish had four hits and drove in two runs, and CJ Stuever had three RBIs and scored three times as the Lawrence Raiders defeated the Wichita Aces, 17-10, on Friday in the Salina Grand Slam Fourth of July youth baseball tournament.
Warriors trade ex-Jayhawk Rush to Utah
July 5, 2013
Former Kansas University guard/forward Brandon Rush — who tore an anterior cruciate ligament just two games into the 2012-13 season — will make his comeback with the Utah Jazz. By Gary Bedore
Double vision: Gonzalez twins ‘next big thing’
July 5, 2013
Though No. 1 men’s basketball recruit Andrew Wiggins has received most of the headlines this summer, it’s possible that a pair of outgoing twins from Pocatello, Idaho, could end up bringing nearly as much publicity to KU. By Jesse Newell
Hundreds of public entities take temporary exemption from concealed carry expansion
July 5, 2013
Hundreds of cities, counties, libraries, hospitals and organizations have notified the state that they have exempted themselves for at least six months from the new law that expanded the concealed carry of guns, according to records obtained by the Lawrence Journal-World. By Scott Rothschild
Lawrence City Commission agenda for July 9 meeting
July 5, 2013
6:35 p.m. Tuesday, Lawrence City Hall
Testimony: Lovers’ quarrel led to May shooting
July 5, 2013
One of two Topeka men who were victims of a May shooting in Lawrence testified today that he and his brother were caught in the middle of a lover’s quarrel between their sister and one of the men charged in the case. By Ian Cummings
Department of Children and Families looking for new digs in Lawrence
July 5, 2013
The state is seeking proposals for different office space for the Department for Children and Families in Lawrence. By Scott Rothschild
More than a decade after a citywide ban, fireworks still making noise in Lawrence
July 5, 2013
As usual on the Fourth of July, booms, whistles, and bright lights peppered the sky over Lawrence Thursday night as residents celebrated by detonating a wide variety of fireworks all over the city. They did so in defiance of a ten-year-old ban on fireworks in the city, which city officials admit is difficult to enforce. Over the holiday, Lawrence police answered more than 100 calls about fireworks and issued one person a ticket for violating the ordinance. By Ian Cummings
Murderer and sex offender, both convicted in Douglas County, eligible for parole in August
July 5, 2013
A murderer and a sex offender, both convicted in Douglas County, will be eligible for parole in August, according to the Kansas Department of Corrections. A woman convicted of murder in Leavenworth will also be eligible for parole. The Kansas Prison Review Board will hear public comments on those three cases, as well as 25 other convicts eligible for release across the state, in July. By Ian Cummings
Opinion: Wide receiver Nick Harwell still coming to KU whether his former school cooperates or not
July 5, 2013
Miami (Ohio) University transfer Nick Harwell, a wide receiver who announced in May that he was heading to Kansas University, is still seeking immediate eligibility to play for the Jayhawks this fall, but the 6-foot-1, 193-pound senior-to-be needs the cooperation of his former school to make that happen. By Matt Tait
Two workers injured in Valley Falls fireworks accident
July 5, 2013
Two workers were injured in a mishap at a public fireworks display in Valley Falls Thursday night about 10 p.m. A woman from Ozawkie suffered burns and was first thought to have a broken arm, but it was later determined that a piece of PVC plastic piping embedded in the woman’s arm from the accident had been mistaken for a bone protruding, as in a compound fracture.
KU officials regroup after Legislature put brakes on health education building
July 5, 2013
One of Kansas University’s top priorities during the recently completed legislative session was to get a commitment from state government to help construct a new health education building at the KU Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan. But state legislators went the other way. By Scott Rothschild
10 Lawrence police officers disciplined for complaints last year
July 5, 2013
The Lawrence Police Department’s Office of Professional Accountability investigated 28 complaints against officers and employees last year, ranging from a DUI offense to inappropriate behavior between employees. Ten of those complaints were proven out by internal investigations, and the department has released a report summarizing them. By Ian Cummings
100 years ago: While Lawrence enjoys ‘safe and sane’ Fourth, county sheriff breaks up ‘keg party’ on Eudora road
July 5, 2013
“Unparalleled is the only word that fittingly describes the celebration and that word is only used because a more expressive one is not available.”
Horoscopes for July 5
July 5, 2013
For Friday, July 5 This year you might be a lot more easygoing, but few people will notice. You will love your time alone and want more time to yourself. If you are single, someone will have to be very special for you to want to share your free time. If you are attached, communication between you and your partner is exciting and creative.
25 years ago: Independence Days festival crowds probably top previous year’s, organizers say
July 5, 2013
Popular additions to this year’s festival had included a Catfish Cookoff competition.
40 years ago: Crowds gather in stadium and on hill to watch annual fireworks
July 5, 2013
The extravaganza had been preceded by a speech by Navy Lt. Cmdr. Charles Plumb, a returned POW.
Editorial: Project priorities
July 5, 2013
City officials shouldn’t automatically use money from a proposed highway maintenance swap to pursue projects they might otherwise have thought didn’t warrant city investment.
Opinion: Immigration demands bipartisan solution
July 5, 2013
It’s hardly surprising that the final stages of the Senate’s immigration debate saw painstaking negotiations on complex border security provisions to assure the solid bipartisan majority the measure received.
Opinion: Court’s ruling is civil rights assault
July 5, 2013 in print edition on A6
Last week was bittersweet for the cause of human dignity. On one hand, the Supreme Court gave us reason for applause, striking down barriers against the full citizenship of gay men and lesbians. On the other, it gave us reason for dread, gutting the 1965 Voting Rights Act. The 5-4 decision was stunning and despicable, but not unexpected. The country has been moving in this direction for years.