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Opinion: KU football has shot to recapture past playmaking magic
July 9, 2013
For the first time since Mark Mangino, Kansas University’s first winning football coach since Jack Mitchell, was pressured to resign, KU has a shot to flood the field with potent playmakers. Column by Tom Keegan
Raiders turn rally into rout, win 17-10
July 9, 2013
The Lawrence Raiders beat the Midwest Bruins, 17-10, Tuesday night at Topeka Seaman.
Self, staff turn attention to July recruiting period
July 9, 2013
The newly revamped 12-day July college basketball recruiting period opens on Thursday. Several tournaments across the country will keep Kansas University head coach Bill Self and assistants Jerrance Howard, Norm Roberts and Kurtis Townsend busy from Thursday to Sunday of the next three weeks. By Gary Bedore
City approves budget with slight property tax increase, great hopes of improving economy in 2014
July 9, 2013
Commissioners gave preliminary approval to their most aggressive budget in recent years: a $185.6 million spending plan that relies heavily on the economy improving at a quicker rate in 2014. By Chad Lawhorn
State education board seeks $656 million funding increase
July 9, 2013
The Kansas State Board of Education is asking the legislature to fully fund existing laws for public school funding. But the ultimate decision could rest with the Kansas Supreme Court. By Peter Hancock
Brownback’s office says he will release judical applicants’ names, then backs off statement
July 9, 2013
Under fire from advocates for open government, Gov. Sam Brownback’s office on Tuesday said he will disclose the names of applicants for a new Kansas Court of Appeals position, but then minutes later said a decision hadn’t been finalized yet. By Scott Rothschild
Lawsuit dismissed alleging sexual harassment at Lawrence Wal-Mart
July 9, 2013
A federal lawsuit filed by a Lawrence woman against Wal-Mart alleging sexual harassment and discrimination has been dismissed. By Ian Cummings
State is back in the business of funding the arts
July 9, 2013
More than two years after Gov. Sam Brownback made Kansas the first state to stop funding the arts, a reconstructed arts commission awarded $58,000 to eight organizations across the state, it was announced Tuesday. By Scott Rothschild
Police officers gather in Lawrence to hear homicide expert’s advice
July 9, 2013
Protect the integrity of the crime scene. Do the investigation right the first time — there won’t be another chance. Don’t be afraid to grab any witness off the street who looks out of place. Those are some of the tips Vernon Geberth, a retired New York police officer and homicide investigation expert, offered to a class of police officers from around the Midwest who gathered this week at the Eldridge Hotel for a three-day training. He offered a crash course — in full, grotesque color — on bizarre accidental deaths and cold-blooded murder. By Ian Cummings
Area wheat harvest a successful one
July 9, 2013
Wellsville farmer Robin Dunn says that after last year’s drought local farmers deserve a break, and they seem to have gotten one, in the form of a successful wheat harvest. As farmers in the Douglas County area wrap up their cutting, yields and test weights have been strong, thanks to a good combination of mild weather and adequate moisture. By Giles Bruce
Kansas gov. to release names of court applicants
July 9, 2013
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback now plans to release the names of applicants for a new seat on the state court of appeals. Brownback spokeswoman Eileen Hawley said Tuesday the Republican governor changed his position because he wants the focus to be on appointing a high-quality judge to the state’s second-highest court. Under a selection process enacted this year, the governor will appoint judges to the court of appeals, subject to state Senate confirmation. Previously a judicial nominating commission screened applicants and named three finalists, with no role for legislators after the governor’s appointment. Brownback had faced criticism for not releasing the names of applicants. Hawley said the names will be disclosed after the July 31 application deadline.
Cross-country cyclists to stop in Lawrence to build house with Habitat for Humanity
July 9, 2013
A group of 30 cross-country cyclists will make a pit stop in Lawrence on July 10 to raise awareness about affordable housing and build a home with Lawrence Habitat for Humanity.
Westar Energy’s proposal would increase rates for homes and small businesses, but decrease rates for big businesses
July 9, 2013
The public will have its say this week on a proposal by Westar Energy to increase rates on average residential customers by $7.50 per month while cutting rates for major industrial and commercial businesses.
Kansas to study honoring out-of-state teacher licenses
July 9, 2013
A national education group wants states to be more flexible in honoring teacher licenses from other states. The Kansas State Department of Education wants to study that proposal, but some higher education officials say it could lead to lowering standards for teachers in Kansas. By Peter Hancock
Horoscopes for July 9
July 9, 2013
For Tuesday, July 9 This year you are unusually expressive, and you appear to have dynamic moneymaking skills. If you are single, forming a relationship could seem difficult; however, once it happens, you might find that’s it’s just as difficult to get out of it. If you are attached, the two of you could decide to make a deeper commitment to each other.
25 years ago: LHS student wins prize in national essay contest
July 9, 2013
As a state winner, Olea was to receive a $150 college scholarship.
40 years ago: Siren warning system up and running again
July 9, 2013
Negotiations had been started for the use of one of two other transmitters at KU as an auxiliary.
Letter: Public trust
July 9, 2013
In the article, “Attorney questions city’s authority to issue no-bid contract for Rock Chalk Park” (Journal-World, July 2), Mike Amyx is quoted as saying that when he voted for Charter Ordinance 19 back in 1984, he had no idea the city would use it to circumvent the bidding process in the future.
Letter: Fireworks menace
July 9, 2013
My husband and I have lived in North Lawrence for seven years. This year was by far the worst Fourth of July experience.
Letter: DCF cuts
July 9, 2013
I was pleased to see that state officials are finally looking at new office space for the Department for Children and Families.
Editorial: Communication lacking
State legislators need to make sure they are basing their decisions on the best information available, not faulty assumptions.
July 9, 2013
A recent Journal-World story recapping the failure of a funding proposal for a new building at the Kansas University Medical Center reveals significant room for improvement in how the university and state legislators communicate with one another.
Local charity hopes to roll strike against cancer with bowling fundraiser
July 9, 2013
During the 2012 fiscal year, 33 children from Douglas County were treated for cancer at Children’s Mercy Hospital and Clinics. Michelle Derusseau, founder of Rock’n Bowl, hopes to raise awareness of that number and funds for both Children’s Mercy Cancer Center and Baby Jay’s Legacy of Hope, a local children’s cancer charity, during the annual Rock’n Bowl event planned for July 13 at Royal Crest Lanes, at 933 Iowa St.
Opinion: 3D printing is technical revolution
July 9, 2013 in print edition on A10
Last week, I saw for the first time a desktop 3D printer, the machine that President Barack Obama recently said will “revolutionize the way we make almost everything,” and that experts say could change the world as much as the steam engine did in the 19th century, or the Internet at the end of the 20th century.
Breaking a sweat, not the bank
July 9, 2013
Being healthy can be costly. Between buying fresh produce and paying for a gym membership, classes or workout equipment, sometimes getting in shape may seem like a major feat — not just for your mind and body, but for your wallet. In Lawrence, businesses and organizations are finding ways to make living a healthy lifestyle easier on a person’s bank account. By Meagan Thomas
Number of tick-related illnesses rises in Douglas County
July 9, 2013
Ten times the number of tick-related illnesses in the area were reported this June than in June 2012, according to the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department.
100 years ago: Original draft of Lecompton Constitution resurfaces in New Jersey
July 9, 2013
“Judge Headley has written to the secretary of state of Kansas telling him of the find.”