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Archive for Thursday, July 11, 2013

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12:12 a.m.
Rick Renfro, owner of the original Johnny's Tavern in North Lawrence, reminisces about the 60-year-old bar and grill, which he's owned since 1978. 60 years of shenanigans at Johnny’s Tavern
July 11, 2013
Ask for favorite stories from Johnny’s Tavern and more than a few people chuckle, “Ummm, do they have to be printable?” In its 60 years, the self-proclaimed “longest runnin’ tap in Lawrence” has seen some shenanigans.
8:27 a.m.
Governor Sam Brownback waves to lawmakers as he is escorted to the speaker's podium of the House chamber before delivering the State of the State address on Tuesday at the Kansas Statehouse. In his speech, Brownback called for a cut in taxes and changes in the way judges are selected. Brownback will not disclose names of applicants for court position
July 11, 2013
Gov. Sam Brownback today announced he will not disclose the names of those applying for a position on the Kansas Court of Appeals. By Scott Rothschild
10:27 a.m.
Young pianist Eric Lin, of Virginia, opens with Frederic Chopin's Scherzo No. 2 in B-flat minor on Monday, July 8, 2013, at the Swarthout Recital Hall in Muphy Hall on the campus of Kansas University. Lin won first place in the International Institute for Young Musicians piano competition on Monday. Concert to showcase finalists in piano competition
July 11, 2013
On Monday, Sarah Rasmussen, a 17-year-old from Platte City, Mo., placed second in the final round of the International Institute for Young Musicians piano competition, an annual event that leads into a three-week camp on the Kansas University campus. She will join the other finalists in a Winners Concert on Friday, June 12 at 7:30 p.m. at Murphy Hall.
1:27 p.m.
A vegetable plant called cardoon grows tall in the garden at Sunset Hill School. Cardoons are similar to globe artichoke, but the plant is considerably larger and somewhat hardier. Garden Calendar: Unusual vegetable offers unique aesthetics in garden
July 11, 2013
Want to try something different in your garden next year? Cardoon might be worth a venture, even though it does a better job of looking pretty than producing delicious cardoon hearts in Kansas.
8:02 p.m.
Kansas University, seen from the air. KU picks longtime philosophy professor to oversee undergraduate education
July 11, 2013
Kansas University today named Ann Cudd, a longtime professor and administrator, as its first vice provost and dean of undergraduate studies. She’ll be working toward two benchmarks she calls “ambitious”: a 90 percent freshman retention rate and a 70 percent six-year graduation rate. By Matt Erickson

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Jeter back; Yanks win
July 11, 2013
Derek Jeter singled on his first pitch of the season, then was pulled for a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning because of a tight right quadriceps in an 8-4 victory Thursday over the Kansas City Royals.
Kansas tennis assistant named
July 11, 2013
Aaron Fuller, an accomplished high school coach and Texas Panhandle Sports Hall of Fame inductee, has been named assistant coach for Kansas University’s women’s tennis team, new head coach Todd Chapman announced Wednesday.
Alexa Harmon-Thomas in high jump finals
July 11, 2013
Free State High senior Alexa Harmon-Thomas qualified for the high jump finals in her first event at the IAAF World Youth Championships on Wednesday. Harmon-Thomas, representing USA Track and Field, shared the top mark of 1.77 meters (5 feet, 93⁄4 inches).
Raiders go 1-1 at tournament
July 11, 2013
Shane Willoughby and Tristan Garber each went 3-for-4 with two RBIs to help the Lawrence Raiders defeat Hillcrest (Mo.), 14-4, in the first of their two games Thursday in the Pittsburg Legion baseball tournament. The Raiders fell to Kickapoo (Mo.), 4-2, in the second game.
Thomas Robinson basks in glow of Trail Blazers’ praises
July 11, 2013
Thomas Robinson admits it was nice to hear words of praise from Portland Trail Blazers’ coach Terry Stotts and general manager Neil Olshey at Robinson’s introductory news conference Thursday in Oregon. By Gary Bedore
City Golf Championship tee times
July 11, 2013
Here are Saturday’s tee times for the City Golf Championship, which will be held Saturday at Alvamar and Sunday at Lawrence Country Club.
Volleyball ambassador: Kansas’ Sara McClinton says trip to China ‘incredible’
July 11, 2013
For two weeks in late June, Kansas University junior Sara McClinton, an outside hitter on KU’s up-and-coming volleyball team, did her offseason conditioning in China playing against some of the best players in the world. By Matt Tait
Dozens speak against Westar Energy’s proposed rate increase and plan to ‘re-balance’ rates
July 11, 2013
Westar Energy customers on Thursday strongly criticized a proposal by the utility to increase residential rates while reducing electric rates paid by big businesses. By Scott Rothschild
Amid criticism, Kansas preparing to test new reading and math assessments
July 11, 2013
Thousands of students in Kansas will take part in a field test of new reading and math assessments next spring. The tests will be aligned to the new Common Core State Standards, which some critics still are urging the state to abandon. By Peter Hancock
Police searching for suspects who fled accident scene at 100 mph
July 11, 2013
Lawrence police are looking for two people suspected of leaving the scene of a traffic accident today near 31st Street and Haskell Avenue and fleeing police at 100 mph. The suspect vehicle, described as a blue Honda sedan, was first spotted by police near 31st Street and Ousdahl Roa, speeding and driving recklessly, Sgt. Trent McKinley, a Lawrence Police Department spokesman, said. The vehicle and its occupants were suspected of being involved in the theft of a cellphone at a Lawrence T-Mobile phone retailer at 1700 W. 23rd St. By Ian Cummings
KU picks longtime philosophy professor to oversee undergraduate education
July 11, 2013
Kansas University today named Ann Cudd, a longtime professor and administrator, as its first vice provost and dean of undergraduate studies. She’ll be working toward two benchmarks she calls “ambitious”: a 90 percent freshman retention rate and a 70 percent six-year graduation rate. By Matt Erickson
Jefferson County woman sentenced to prison for scalding 2-year-old with hot water
July 11, 2013
A 23-year-old Jefferson County woman has been sentenced to 38 months in prison for injuring an Oskaloosa girl, then 2 years old, last year. Lori A. Courter was arrested and charged last July, after burning her fiance’s daughter with hot water in a shower, Jefferson County Sheriff Jeff Herrig said. By Ian Cummings
Lawrence man indicted on vehicle theft, firearms charges
July 11, 2013
A 36-year-old Lawrence man, after leading local police on an interstate pursuit to Florida and Georgia earlier this year, has been indicted on federal charges in connection with stolen guns and vehicles. The indictment covers several alleged crimes between February and March of this year, according to federal prosecutors in Kansas. Lawrence police began linking Kelley to stolen vehicles on March 8, three days after he failed to appear in Douglas County District Court to face charges of burglary and theft. By Ian Cummings
Brownback will not disclose names of applicants for court position
July 11, 2013
Gov. Sam Brownback today announced he will not disclose the names of those applying for a position on the Kansas Court of Appeals. By Scott Rothschild
Yankees hammer Royals, 8-1
July 11, 2013
Once the New York Yankees finally broke through with the bats, they turned it into an easy night for Ivan Nova.
After ‘marathon’ June, Lions get back to basics
July 11, 2013
When Lawrence High’s boys basketball players find themselves in the middle of one of their twice-a-week summer workouts, sprinting, defending and performing other less-glamorous aspects of the game for an hour and a half don’t seem so bad. By Benton Smith
Opinion: Golf benefits kicker
July 11, 2013
Listen to Kansas University walk-on kicker Austin Barone and see if you don’t think coaches should be scouting local golf courses. By Tom Keegan
Lakers give Josh Selby a shot
July 11, 2013
Former Kansas University basketball combo guard Josh Selby will play for the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2013 Las Vegas Summer League, Friday through July 22. By Gary Bedore
25 years ago: Clearview City residents discuss fees with new owners
July 11, 2013
About 300 people lived in the DeSoto-area neighborhood.
Our Town Sports (July 11)
July 11, 2013
Here’s a look at Our Town Sports for July 11
40 years ago: Professional actor/director returns to KU for Shakespeare festival
July 11, 2013
Kilty had appeared as Falstaff in the University Theatre’s opening performance of “Henry IV, Part I” 18 years previously.
100 years ago: Under new law, area farmers begin registering names for their farms
July 11, 2013
“The law was passed in order to protect the farmers to some extent.”
Garden Calendar: Unusual vegetable offers unique aesthetics in garden
July 11, 2013
Want to try something different in your garden next year? Cardoon might be worth a venture, even though it does a better job of looking pretty than producing delicious cardoon hearts in Kansas.
Letter: Options, costs
July 11, 2013
The political cartoon on the editorial page of the July 8 Lawrence Journal-World showed a GOP “freedom of choice” vending machine — empty.
Letter: Game is rigged
July 11, 2013
The laxly enforced ban on fireworks in Lawrence serves as an apt metaphor for this country (“Hardly a ban,” Journal-World, July 8).
Editorial: Rising rates
July 11, 2013
Residential and small business customers of Westar Energy should be ‘hopping mad’ about requested rate increases designed to hurt small electricity users while benefiting large ones.
KU’s ‘Kiss Me Kate’ to bring ‘magic of theater’ to life
July 11, 2013
There is a special feeling to being onstage — the lights, the applause, the thrill of performing for friends and strangers alike. John Staniunas wants to share it with his audience.
60 years of shenanigans at Johnny’s Tavern
Bar has been racking up stories since 1953
July 11, 2013
Ask for favorite stories from Johnny’s Tavern and more than a few people chuckle, “Ummm, do they have to be printable?” In its 60 years, the self-proclaimed “longest runnin’ tap in Lawrence” has seen some shenanigans.
Opinion: Snowden should face the music
July 11, 2013 in print edition on A9
Mohandas Gandhi went to Yeravda Central Prison. Martin Luther King, Jr. went to Birmingham jail. Nelson Mandela went to Robben Island. Edward Snowden is going to Venezuela.
Opinion: Democracy foreign to Islamists
July 11, 2013 in print edition on A9
The military coup that ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi marks another failure in U.S. foreign policy over several administrations, which have erroneously promoted the notion that American-style democracy in Islamic lands will produce a nation more like ours.
Horoscopes for July 11
July 11, 2013
For Thursday, July 11 This year your temper could be an issue, as you’ll learn to express your feelings in a way that others can understand. You tend to have a sweet tooth, and will want to indulge yourself more as a result. If you are single, someone important could become a part of your life history. If you are attached, your charisma increases — and with it, your attentiveness to your sweetie.
Off the Beaten Plate: Fried Pickles at Jefferson’s Restaurant
July 11, 2013
These warm, toasty-tangy little discs are a taste of the south, and an alternative to the usual fried bar food in a basket.
Concert to showcase finalists in piano competition
July 11, 2013
On Monday, Sarah Rasmussen, a 17-year-old from Platte City, Mo., placed second in the final round of the International Institute for Young Musicians piano competition, an annual event that leads into a three-week camp on the Kansas University campus. She will join the other finalists in a Winners Concert on Friday, June 12 at 7:30 p.m. at Murphy Hall.