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Archive for Monday, July 8, 2013

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12:27 a.m.
Wyatt Forshee, 15, Tonganoxie, steadies himself as he takes aim on a target during a Junior Olympic Archery Development class on Saturday at Overton’s Archery Center, 1025 N. Third St. Wyatt is one of a tight group of young people taking interest in the sport. Archery center hits the bull’s-eye
July 8, 2013
Overton’s Archery Center recently started a Junior Olympic Archery Development (JOAD) club. About 20 youths participate with participation growing each week. by Meagan Thomas
12:33 p.m.
Worker Lindsey Kellenbarger, Lawrence, cuts bunches of pink lavender on Thursday, June 27, 2013, at Washington Creek Lavender Farm. Washington Creek recently received its official agritourism designation from the state and is open to the public on a limited basis. Agritourism provides sales boost for small farmers, fresh air for city slickers
July 8, 2013
Kansas agritourism sites range from ranches where city slickers can help burn pastures to alpaca farms where visitors can feed the furry animals. On the more refined side, upscale dinners in orchards and cornfields attract people willing to pay $100 per ticket. Agritourism is one way small Kansas farms are increasing visibility of their products to boost their bottom lines. At the same time, farmers say, opening to the public is a chance to share their passion for what they do with people who may not otherwise experience it. By Sara Shepherd
3:42 p.m.
Busby sets a loaf of hot loaf of bread down on a table near his outdoor oven. Busby,
22, sells his bread at a couple of outlets in Baldwin City, and is planning to
expand to the Cottin's Hardware Farmers' Market in Lawrence. Vinland baker hones his art
July 8, 2013
In the backyard of his parents’ rural Vinland home on a recent Friday, Colin Busby sniffed a loaf of bread he had just removed from the oven. The breads were baked in the process of getting his wood-fired, brick-lined oven heated for the real work that would start before sunrise the next morning: baking loaves for the next day’s Baldwin City Farmers’ Market. By Elvyn Jones
7:23 p.m.
Kyle T. Flack, right, and his court-appointed attorney, Ron Evans, appear in Franklin County District Court for a pretrial hearing in Flack's capital murder case. Flack is accused of killing Andrew Adam Stout, 30, Steven Eugene White, 31, Kaylie Kathleen Bailey, 21, and Bailey's infant daughter in late April and early May at a house at 3197 Georgia Road, about five miles west of Ottawa. Bobby Burch/The Ottawa Herald Quadruple murder case in Ottawa expected to go on into 2014; prosecutors ask for DNA testing
July 8, 2013
A Franklin County judge hearing the case of a May quadruple murder set the course today for a long trial process, much of which may be closed from public view until sometime in 2014. Franklin County District Judge Thomas H. Sachse, presiding over the capital murder case against Kyle T. Flack, refused to order a blanket seal of court filings and is considering prosecutors’ request for DNA testing. By Ian Cummings

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Guthrie, Royals beat Yankees, 5-1
July 8, 2013
Jeremy Guthrie was on a roll — against the Yankees, no less. Neither hail nor sun shower was going to stop him. No way. Guthrie neatly handled a nemesis and a 59-minute delay to pitch into the seventh inning, Billy Butler homered and the Kansas City Royals held on to beat New York 5-1 Monday night.
KU prep prospects impress at LeBron camp
July 8, 2013
Two of the top seven high school basketball seniors in the country, who both are considering Kansas University, excelled at the LeBron James Skills Academy, which concluded Monday in Las Vegas. By Gary Bedore
Oft-injured KU RB Bourbon feeling as strong, confident as ever
July 8, 2013
Kansas University running back Brandon Bourbon, a fourth-year junior, says he feels better than ever after an injury-riddled start to his KU career. By Matt Tait
School board agrees to further talks on site for career and tech education center
July 8, 2013
The Lawrence Chamber of Commerce is proposing to develop a technical education center that would serve both high school students and adults at the Hiper Technology, Inc., building at 2920 Haskell Ave. School board members say they have reservations, but are willing to talk. By Peter Hancock
Quadruple murder case in Ottawa expected to go on into 2014; prosecutors ask for DNA testing
July 8, 2013
A Franklin County judge hearing the case of a May quadruple murder set the course today for a long trial process, much of which may be closed from public view until sometime in 2014. Franklin County District Judge Thomas H. Sachse, presiding over the capital murder case against Kyle T. Flack, refused to order a blanket seal of court filings and is considering prosecutors’ request for DNA testing. By Ian Cummings
Legendary Lawrence fiddler Billy Spears dies
July 8, 2013
Billy Spears, the Lawrence fiddler who influenced numerous local musicians and toured the country playing Western swing and country, died Saturday. He was 82. Spears died peacefully at his Lawrence home in the arms of his wife, Doris, just five days after being diagnosed with lung cancer. By Giles Bruce
KU graduate student wins $90,000 NASA fellowship
July 8, 2013
A Kansas University graduate student has won a $90,000 fellowship from NASA to help design a new radar to detect changes in ice sheets.
KU research funding rises to record high, but federal budget cuts could halt trend
July 8, 2013
Kansas University’s external research funding reached $275.2 million in 2011-12, KU announced today, increasing for the fifth straight year and marking a new record. But officials also warned that streak might not last much longer. That’s not because of a lack of faith in KU’s researchers, but because the federal budget cuts enacted this spring might make research funds much more scarce in coming years. By Matt Erickson
Lawrence school district names new director of facilities and operations
July 8, 2013
Antonio “Tony” Barron has been named the new director for facilities and operations at the Lawrence school district. He will supervise all buildings, grounds, custodial and maintenance functions for the district. By Peter Hancock
Labor, community groups plan to rally against Americans for Prosperity
July 8, 2013
Labor and community organizations will hold rallies in Topeka and Wichita this week to protest Americans For Prosperity, which they say helped produce one of the most anti-worker legislative sessions in state history. By Scott Rothschild
City set to approve final details of Ninth and N.H. hotel project; construction to begin next week
July 8, 2013
Lawrence city commissioners on Tuesday are scheduled to approve the final site details for the five-story Marriott hotel and retail development at the southeast corner of Ninth and New Hampshire streets. The approval is expected to clear the way for construction to begin next week and last for the next 15 months. By Chad Lawhorn
Dryer lint blamed for Sunday morning house fire in Eudora
July 8, 2013
A fire that destroyed a house in Eudora Sunday morning was caused by excess dryer lint that accidentally ignited, investigators said today. By Ian Cummings
Two Jefferson County men arrested on suspicion of illegal weapons offenses
July 8, 2013
Two Jefferson County men were arrested early Sunday morning on suspicion of menacing people with a sawed-off shotgun, said Jefferson County Sheriff Jeff Herrig. Michael W. Courter, 19, and Joshua L. Back, 31, both of Jefferson County, had been sought by deputies over the weekend after residents of an Oskaloosa mobile home park reported that the two men had threatened them with the weapon.
Kansas State Board of Education to consider teacher code of conduct
July 8, 2013
The Kansas State Board of Education will review a proposed code of conduct for teachers and administrators. The code spells out ethical responsibilities that educators have to their students, their district and their profession. By Peter Hancock
Judge reviewing Kansas doctor’s fate in abortion case
July 8, 2013
A Kansas doctor faces a crucial court hearing this week in her fight to regain her medical license and overturn a regulatory board’s finding that she performed inadequate mental health exams before referring young patients to the late Dr. George Tiller for late-term abortions.
Mendoza rocked; A’s rout Royals
July 8, 2013
Luis Mendoza made 25 starts for the Royals last season. He pitched over the winter with the Obregon Yanquis and then joined Mexico this spring for the World Baseball Classic. Perhaps all that work has worn out his strong right arm.
Sporting KC tops Chicago, 2-1
July 8, 2013
Benny Feilhaber and Graham Zusi scored in the first eight minutes, and Sporting Kansas City beat the Chicago Fire 2-1 on Sunday, snapping Chicago’s three-match winning streak.
Raiders lose, 5-0, in Salina tourney semis
July 8, 2013
The Lawrence Raiders fell behind early and lost to Omaha (Neb.) Millard North, 5-0, on Sunday in the semifinals of the Salina Grand Slam Fourth of July youth baseball tournament.
Tyshawn Taylor leads Nets in summer league loss
July 8, 2013
Former Kansas University point guard Tyshawn Taylor scored a team-leading 17 points off 6-of-18 shooting with one assist against six turnovers in the Brooklyn Nets’ 76-67 loss to Detroit in an Orlando Summer League opener on Sunday. By Gary Bedore
Judge reviews doctor’s fate in abortion case this week
July 8, 2013
A Kansas doctor who once operated a clinic in Lawrence faces a crucial court hearing this week in her fight to regain her medical license and overturn a regulatory board’s finding that she performed inadequate mental health exams before referring young patients to the late Dr. George Tiller for late-term abortions.
Super subs: A look at the best bench players in the Bill Self era
July 8, 2013
For the sixth installment of our summer series, which looks back at the top players and moments of the Bill Self era thus far, we rank the best Jayhawks who came off the bench at some point during their careers at Kansas University.
Local burgers gain far-flung following
July 8, 2013
Lawrence diners can’t get the World’s Best Veggie Burger or an Adzuki Bean Burger with a basket of fries at Local Burger anymore. Does that mean the vegetarian favorites from the shuttered Vermont Street eatery are gone for good? Hardly. By Sara Shepherd
Horoscopes for July 8
July 8, 2013
For Monday, July 8 This year your determination couples with luck, which takes you to a high point that you will remember for years to come. You also will be unusually creative and dynamic. If you are single, you attract quite a few potential suitors. If you are attached, avoid being too me-oriented.
25 years ago: Roy Williams named as new KU coach
July 8, 2013
“It’s a big adjustment, but I’ll try to get through it.”
40 years ago: The show mustn’t go on: KU play interrupted by storm, power outage
July 8, 2013
Midway through a scene, a power failure had plunged the cast and 22 spectators into darkness.
100 years ago: Ministers conduct open-air church services at 9th and Mass
July 8, 2013
“A crowd was not long in gathering.”
How to Help: Behavioral health center to host orientation session
July 8, 2013
KVC Behavioral Health Care enriches and enhances the lives of children and families by providing medical and behavioral health care, social services, and education. Possible volunteer opportunities include providing child care and activities during foster parent trainings, office tasks, assisting with special events and organizing clothing donations. KVC Behavioral HealthCare will be hosting a volunteer orientation from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 22 at 1202 E. 23rd St., Suite C. Send an RSVP to volunteer@kvc.org by Aug. 20 to reserve a spot.
Bankruptcies for July 8
July 8, 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.
Divorces and annulments for July 8
July 8, 2013
Divorces and annulments granted in Douglas County.
Marriages for July 8
July 8, 2013
Marriage licenses issued in Douglas County.
Editorial: Hardly a ban
A ban may have reduced the number of fireworks being shot off in Lawrence, but it certainly hasn’t eliminated them.
July 8, 2013
Ten years seems long enough for Lawrence residents to get accustomed to a fireworks ban. Unfortunately, as many observers predicted in 2002, what residents have gotten used to is a fireworks ban that is so laxly enforced it can pretty much be ignored.
Vinland baker hones his art
July 8, 2013
In the backyard of his parents’ rural Vinland home on a recent Friday, Colin Busby sniffed a loaf of bread he had just removed from the oven. The breads were baked in the process of getting his wood-fired, brick-lined oven heated for the real work that would start before sunrise the next morning: baking loaves for the next day’s Baldwin City Farmers’ Market. By Elvyn Jones
Archery center hits the bull’s-eye
July 8, 2013
Overton’s Archery Center recently started a Junior Olympic Archery Development (JOAD) club. About 20 youths participate with participation growing each week. by Meagan Thomas
KU receives national fundraising award for second straight year
12:00 a.m., July 8, 2013 Updated 10:14 a.m.
For the second year in a row, Kansas University has earned a top national award for fundraising to support education research. The award recognizes KU for raising $432 million over a three-year period through private philanthropy to support research in education. By Peter Hancock
Opinion: A seeker has questions for God
July 8, 2013 in print edition on A8
I was standing in line with God, buying tickets to see Monsters University. He’s a big Billy Crystal fan. “So,” I said, “have you heard about these religious atheists?”
Opinion: Immigration argument gets stranger
July 8, 2013 in print edition on A8
At this intermission in the immigration debate, with House Republicans preparing to look askance at the Senate’s handiwork, the argument is becoming ever stranger. It has reached a boil, especially concerning border security, at a moment when illegal entries are at a 40-year low and net immigration from Mexico has recently been approximately zero, largely because enforcement efficiency has already been substantially improved and because America’s economic growth is inferior to Mexico’s. Yet some Senate Republicans support spending $46 billion over 10 years to, among other things, double the number of border agents.
Agritourism provides sales boost for small farmers, fresh air for city slickers
July 8, 2013
Kansas agritourism sites range from ranches where city slickers can help burn pastures to alpaca farms where visitors can feed the furry animals. On the more refined side, upscale dinners in orchards and cornfields attract people willing to pay $100 per ticket. Agritourism is one way small Kansas farms are increasing visibility of their products to boost their bottom lines. At the same time, farmers say, opening to the public is a chance to share their passion for what they do with people who may not otherwise experience it. By Sara Shepherd
City commissioners working to set maximum amount for 2014 budget as funding requests continue to roll in
July 8, 2013
Lawrence city commissioners at their Tuesday evening meeting will be asked to set the maximum dollar amount for the 2014 budget, which also marks the last feasible chance for residents to argue to have a new program or spending item added to the budget. By Chad Lawhorn
Double Take: Teen embraces unglamorous job
July 8, 2013
Young employees rarely have much good to say about work and many employers only tolerate them because they need the labor. Not exactly a winning combination. Recently, however, I encountered a young man whose energy and dedication to his job impressed me as few have.
Fix-It Chick: How to replace a lawn mower brake cable
July 8, 2013
Since June of 1982, lawn mower safety regulations require all walk-behind mowers sold in the United States to have a handle-mounted blade brake.
The Fashion Column: Finding fashion inspiration
July 8, 2013
There are always those dreaded days, specifically Mondays, where I stand in front of my overstuffed closet convincing myself that I have absolutely nothing to wear.
Delicious/Nutritious: Sweet corn a summer treat
July 8, 2013
Nothing says “summer” like an ear of sweet corn.
Business Briefcase
July 8, 2013
Dr. Lesley Haeffner Nellor, a native of Baldwin City, has joined the dental office of Wilkerson, Saunders and Anderson.
Wet weather means late Kansas sweet corn
July 8, 2013
While many have been happy with all the rain the state has received this spring, Bush Farm is opening a little later than usual because of the weather. Typically they open around June 22 to sell produce and are open through Nov. 1 with their fall crops. The plentiful rain and slightly cooler temperatures this year didn’t provide enough crops for opening at the regular time.
Territorial Sheriff Samuel Jones’ tombstone resting in Lecompton
July 8, 2013
The Lecompton Historical Society dedicated the tombstone of infamous Sheriff Samuel Jones beneath the shadow of Constitution Hall as a featured event of Historic Lecompton Territorial Days.