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Archive for Monday, July 15, 2013

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12:00 a.m.
A family browses a table of items outside Hobbs Inc., 700 Massachusetts St., during the Downtown Lawrence Sidewalk Sale in 2010. This year’s sale will be Thursday from sunup to sundown. Business owners share tricks of the trade to a successful sidewalk sale
July 15, 2013
Over the years, despite the chaotic nature of Sidewalk Sale day, most businesses have learned a thing or two, and have tips of the trade to keeping customers and employees happy. By Meagan Thomas
10:21 a.m.
Eight-year-old Ryleigh Leon learns how to ride without training wheels with a little help from Lawrence resident Steve Harrington. He was using a technique to teach riding without wheels that involves letting the children coast down a slight hill so that the kids can focus solely on balancing and not have to worry about pedaling.
Community Bike Ride is this Saturday
July 15, 2013
In July, the decision to leave an air-conditioned home for some time in the great outdoors can be a tough one, but one local group hopes to make it a bit more appealing. The Central Rotary Club aims to get Lawrence residents off their couches and onto their bicycles in the third annual Community Bike Ride this Saturday at the Rotary Arboretum near Clinton Lake. Nicole Wentling
12:21 p.m.
A customer at Oz Winery enjoys wine flights from their vast selection. Daytripper: There’s no place like Wamego
July 15, 2013
According to the Library of Congress, “The Wizard of Oz” (1939) is the most-watched film ever, and the American Film Institute rates it the No. 1 fantasy film of all time. Who doesn’t want to go “somewhere over the Rainbow” when times get tough? Just a little over an hour’s drive from Lawrence, the Land of Oz beckons.
6:10 p.m.
Paleontologist David Burnham and others at the Kansas University Biodiversity Institute have found what they believe is conclusive proof that the Tyrannosaurus rex was indeed a predator and not just a scavenger. Burnham is holding a cast of a fossil from a section of a hadrosaur backbone, which has a T-Rex tooth embedded within it. The fossil was found in the Hell Creek formation in South Dakota by a student of Burnham's. KU researchers confirm that T. rex truly was a ‘monster’
July 15, 2013
You might not guess it if you’ve watched “Jurassic Park,” but for about 100 years, some paleontologists have argued that the famed dinosaur Tyrannosaurus rex was actually a scavenger that fed on carcasses, not the fearsome predator many imagine. But now, thanks to a group of Kansas University researchers, there’s proof that the T. rex was at the top of the dinosaur food chain.

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Painful reminders: A look at Bill Self’s saddest setbacks
July 15, 2013
KU coach Bill Self has lost just 59 games during his first 10 years in Lawrence. Because of their scarcity, many of those 59 losses have been tough for fans and players to swallow.
Andrew Wiggins awaits award fate
July 15, 2013
Kansas University freshman basketball sensation Andrew Wiggins arrived in Los Angeles on Monday for tonight’s Gatorade High School Athlete of the Year awards ceremony in Hollywood. By Gary Bedore
Attorney: WR Nick Harwell’s case still open
July 15, 2013
Don Jackson, an Alabama-based attorney who has been representing the wide receiver’s interests, told the Journal-World Monday night that Nick Harwell’s case was ongoing and that he remained “cautiously optimistic” that a positive resolution could be reached soon. By Matt Tait
County budget reflects added cost of voter ID laws
July 15, 2013
Douglas County Clerk Jamie Shew is expecting additional costs in next year’s elections due to the state’s new voter ID law. That law requires new voters to show proof of citizenship in order to register. By Peter Hancock
KU researchers confirm that T. rex truly was a ‘monster’
July 15, 2013
You might not guess it if you’ve watched “Jurassic Park,” but for about 100 years, some paleontologists have argued that the famed dinosaur Tyrannosaurus rex was actually a scavenger that fed on carcasses, not the fearsome predator many imagine. But now, thanks to a group of Kansas University researchers, there’s proof that the T. rex was at the top of the dinosaur food chain.
Brownback names Kansas Secretary of Administration
July 15, 2013
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has appointed a former utility executive to be the new secretary of the Department of Administration. Brownback named Jim Clark, a former vice president of Kansas Gas Service, to lead the Department of Administration, which oversees purchasing, upkeep of state office buildings and computer and phone services for state agencies.
Two Jefferson County women injured in head-on collision
July 15, 2013
Two Winchester women were taken to Kansas University Hospital by helicopter ambulance Saturday after a head-on collision in northeastern Jefferson County. By Ian Cummings
KU Endowment announces $1 million unrestricted gift from alumna, based on late husband’s wishes
July 15, 2013
The Kansas University Endowment Association announced a rare kind of gift Monday, thanks to one of the last wishes of a KU alumnus who died in 1999. Barbara Werbe Meek, a 1960 KU graduate who lives in Baton Rouge, La., has committed to a $1 million gift to KU, the Endowment announced. The gift is unrestricted, meaning it can be used for any purpose at KU with the approval of the Endowment’s Executive Committee. By Matt Erickson
Convicted sex offender arrested in Lawrence
July 15, 2013
A 41-year-old man was arrested Sunday afternoon in Lawrence on suspicion of failing to register as a sex offender.
Kansas among few states that cut funding to universities
12:03 p.m., July 15, 2013 Updated 05:53 p.m.
Kansas was one of only five states that cut funding to higher education this year, a recent survey showed. By Scott Rothschild
Lawrence man arrested on suspicion of rape
July 15, 2013
A 48-year-old Lawrence man is being held in Douglas County Jail without bond after being arrested on suspicion of rape Sunday. By Ian Cummings
Lawrence attorney Wakefield may challenge Jenkins in U.S. House race
July 15, 2013
Lawrence attorney Margie Wakefield, a Democrat, announced today that she is considering a challenge to U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Topeka, in the 2014 election. By Scott Rothschild
Kansas residents to receive energy help
July 15, 2013
Eligible Kansas residents will receive additional assistance through a state program to help them pay their summer utility bills. The Kansas Department for Children and Families says that low-income residents who received assistance during the winter months to help will receive a supplemental payment of approximately $103.
KDHE conducting telephone survey
July 15, 2013
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment is conducting a statewide telephone survey for the next five weeks, beginning today, to determine state residents’ perception of the services and roles of the health department.
Horoscopes for July 15
July 15, 2013
For Monday, July 15 This year you might experience some tension. Finding effective ways of handling stress can make a big difference. If you are single, you are entering a period where you could meet someone very important to your life history. If you are attached, your sweetie can’t help but respond to your upbeat mood.
More older patients receiving stem-cell transplants at KU Cancer Center
July 15, 2013
More and more, the Blood and Marrow Transplant program at the Kansas University Cancer Center is performing stem-cell transplants to treat blood cancers in elderly people. As recently as 10 years ago, most doctors thought the treatment was too risky for people 60 or older, meaning people like Patti Kennicott of Ottawa might have faced slim survival rates rather than a shot at recovery. By Matt Erickson
How to Help: East Central Kansas Economic Opportunity Corporation seeks school supply drive organizer
July 15, 2013
East Central Kansas Economic Opportunity Corporation supports and provides resources that enable families and individuals to achieve self-sufficiency. ECKAN is looking for volunteers to organize donations of school supplies and pack the supplies in back packs. The supplies will be distributed in early August. This is a great family or group volunteer project. To volunteer, please contact Lillie Okwuone at 785-841-3357 or lokuwone@eckan.org.
Editorial: Budget balance
County officials must weigh many budget priorities, but controlling the burden on county taxpayers should be closer to the top.
July 15, 2013
The price of government is going up. Unless something presumably unexpected happens at a public hearing July 31, Douglas County will approve a budget for the coming year that will raise property taxes by around 4.8 percent. It’ll be too bad if that happens.
25 years ago: Man charged with first-degree murder after ‘vicious’ crime
July 15, 2013
Douglas County District Court Judge Jean Shepherd had set William’s bail at $1 million.
40 years ago: Young Lawrence girl works hard for her musical dream
July 15, 2013
At nine years old she already had the ambition to become a concert violinist.
100 years ago: Kansas being ‘roasted like a Thanksgiving turkey’ in summertime heat
July 15, 2013
“Steve, put a little more ice in this coke.”
Business owners share tricks of the trade to a successful sidewalk sale
July 15, 2013
Over the years, despite the chaotic nature of Sidewalk Sale day, most businesses have learned a thing or two, and have tips of the trade to keeping customers and employees happy. By Meagan Thomas
Edgerton distribution park gets boost
July 15, 2013
The new distribution hub near Baldwin City in Edgerton got a boost recently, when it brought a major tenant on board. Leawood-based home decor importer Demdaco has announced plans to build an $18-million distribution center at the new Logistics Park Kansas City, which is scheduled to be completed this fall. By Giles Bruce
Business leaders developing plans for larger career and technical education center
July 15, 2013
Area business leaders continue to develop plans for a larger technical education center in Lawrence that would serve both high school students and adults seeking job skills and career training. Their plan is an effort to expand on a simpler proposal that Lawrence school officials included as part of the recently passed $92.5 million bond issue. By Peter Hancock
The Fashion Column: Have a game plan for the Sidewalk Sale
July 15, 2013
As a veteran sidewalk sale shopper, here are some tips on how to navigate the packed sidewalks and hopefully walk away with some steals.
Double Take: Parents struggle to keep up with teens’ tech
July 15, 2013
Technology is a lot like the Kansas weather. Give it a minute or two and it’ll change.
Opinion: Islam should seek return to tolerance
July 15, 2013 in print edition on A8
Hisham Melhem, a prominent Lebanese journalist, recalls an emotional visit to the Great Mosque of Cordoba in southern Spain last May. With tears in his eyes, he found himself wondering how the Arab Muslim genius of a thousand years ago had veered in modern times toward such chaos and repression.
Daytripper: There’s no place like Wamego
July 15, 2013
According to the Library of Congress, “The Wizard of Oz” (1939) is the most-watched film ever, and the American Film Institute rates it the No. 1 fantasy film of all time. Who doesn’t want to go “somewhere over the Rainbow” when times get tough? Just a little over an hour’s drive from Lawrence, the Land of Oz beckons.
Opinion: Information serves better government
July 15, 2013 in print edition on A8
When Houston was competing with a Brazilian city to be the site of a Japanese-owned plant, Houston could provide the Japanese with pertinent information about the educational attainments and other qualities of its workforce and the number of Japanese speakers in the area. The plant is in Texas partly because Houston had superior statistics, thanks to an inexpensive federal program currently under attack from some conservatives. They may not know that its pedigree traces to the Constitution’s Framers.
Fix-It Chick: How to refinish a laminate countertop
July 15, 2013
Countertop refinishing kits are an inexpensive, short-term alternative to replacing worn and outdate laminate counters. These kits come in a multitude of colors, finishes and price ranges.
Community Bike Ride is this Saturday
July 15, 2013
In July, the decision to leave an air-conditioned home for some time in the great outdoors can be a tough one, but one local group hopes to make it a bit more appealing. The Central Rotary Club aims to get Lawrence residents off their couches and onto their bicycles in the third annual Community Bike Ride this Saturday at the Rotary Arboretum near Clinton Lake. Nicole Wentling