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Archive for Wednesday, July 17, 2013

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12:00 a.m.
The proposed site plan for the Rock Chalk Park Sports Complex in northwest Lawrence. City Commission approves Rock Chalk Park
July 16, 2013
Construction on the Rock Chalk Park recreation center should begin soon, after the Lawrence city commissioners approved the project Tuesday night. By Giles Bruce
10:33 a.m.
Salvador Good holds a selection of Gallop's clubs. Nick Krug/Journal-World Photo For veteran golfers, handing clubs to a new generation is a joy
July 17, 2013
After playing golf together regularly at courses in Lawrence and throughout Kansas since 1948, Al Gallup, 97, and Dick Schiefelbusch, 94, recently stepped away from the game and began searching for new owners for their well-used clubs. Two young Lawrence boys are the beneficiaries of their generosity. By Matt Tait
4:44 p.m.
Spectators gather around the South Park Gazebo to listen to the Lawrence City Band during an outdoor concert  Wednesday at South Park in downtown Lawrence.
Washington gridlock halts Lawrence City Band tradition
July 17, 2013
Washington gridlock has begun to encroach even on innocent summer fun in the park. Tonight’s Lawrence City Band final summer concert will, for the first time in a generation, not include a cannon shooting during the performance of the “1812 Overture,” which is traditionally one of the event’s closing numbers. By Giles Bruce
7:22 p.m.
A police officer consoles a man at the scene of a shooting death at Seventh and Michigan streets on Wednesday evening. One person was shot and killed after 6 p.m. Wednesday. One dead in Lawrence shooting; two suspects arrested
7:33 p.m., July 17, 2013 Updated 9:48 p.m.
A Lawrence man was shot and killed at his home on Wednesday evening, and two individuals were arrested in Topeka in connection with the crime. The shooting reportedly took place after 6 p.m. at a residence at 647 Michigan St., according to a Lawrence police spokesman.

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Hudy hoorah: Kansas strength coach, visiting Wounded Warrior ‘clicked’
July 17, 2013
Sgt. Michael Pride, a 33-year-old Marine from Kansas City, Mo., has been in Lawrence the past several days for instruction and conditioning — Andrea Hudy-style — on Kansas University’s campus. By Gary Bedore
Vehicle-accident passenger transported by LifeStar helicopter
July 17, 2013
One passenger in a vehicle accident on U.S. Highway 59 was transported to Kansas University Medical Center by LifeStar helicopter at about 7:45 p.m. Wednesday The accident was in the southbound lane of U.S. 59, less than a mile south of U.S. Highway 56.
One dead in Lawrence shooting; two suspects arrested
07:33 p.m., July 17, 2013 Updated 09:48 p.m.
A Lawrence man was shot and killed at his home on Wednesday evening, and two individuals were arrested in Topeka in connection with the crime. The shooting reportedly took place after 6 p.m. at a residence at 647 Michigan St., according to a Lawrence police spokesman.
County to treat Lone Star Lake for aquatic weed
July 17, 2013
Douglas County plans to close Lone Star Lake for one day to treat for an exotic weed called Eurasian watermilfoil. County officials say they have heard from fishing enthusiasts both for and against the treatment, but state officials say it’s unavoidable. By Peter Hancock
Bus hub move doesn’t greatly affect riders
July 17, 2013
Today was the first day for the Lawrence Transit’s transportation hub to operate on the 700 block of Vermont Street instead of at it’s former New Hampshire street location. Despite some concerns from riders about a need for benches and shelters to be installed at the Vermont Street hub, most passengers were pleased with the way the City informed riders of the move. By Meagan Thomas
Local growers await farm bill reauthorization
July 17, 2013
Lawrence-area farmers watching the negotiations in Congress over the farm bill, which is up for reauthorization. The House and Senate both recently approved different versions of the legislation. By Giles Bruce
Residents displaced by early-morning fire on Tennessee Street
July 17, 2013
Residents displaced by a fire early this morning in the 1300 block of Tennessee Street are receiving assistance from the Douglas County Chapter of the American Red Cross. By Ian Cummings
Vandals cause $5,000 in damage to KU campus building
July 17, 2013
Campus police are investigating an estimated $5,000 in damage discovered early Monday in Wescoe Hallon Kansas University’s Lawrence campus. By Ian Cummings
Big discounts in store for sidewalk sale shoppers
July 17, 2013
Nearly all downtown businesses are participating in the 54th annual sidewalk sale Thursday. Check out a few of the super sales some Massachusetts Street stores are planning.
Washington gridlock halts Lawrence City Band tradition
July 17, 2013
Washington gridlock has begun to encroach even on innocent summer fun in the park. Tonight’s Lawrence City Band final summer concert will, for the first time in a generation, not include a cannon shooting during the performance of the “1812 Overture,” which is traditionally one of the event’s closing numbers. By Giles Bruce
Body of Lawrence man found in Kansas River
02:08 p.m., July 17, 2013 Updated 04:19 p.m.
Investigators have identified a body recovered from the Kansas River this morning northwest of Burcham Park. By Ian Cummings
Environmentalists say provision in House-approved farm bill would make it easier to build coal-burning Sunflower plant
July 17, 2013
Buried in the farm bill that was approved by the U.S. House is a provision that environmentalists say would make it easier to build a coal-burning electric power plant in southwest Kansas. By Scott Rothschild
Firebirds volleyball players not slacking in summer drills
July 17, 2013
Free State High volleyball coach Nancy Hopkins doesn’t consider her five-day summer camp, going on this week, as a critical time for varsity development. That doesn’t mean she takes it easy on the campers, though. By Benton Smith
Raiders fall, 5-4, to Next Level Baseball
July 17, 2013
Next Level Baseball used a five-run fifth inning to defeat the Lawrence Raiders, 5-4, on Tuesday night at Lawrence High.
Harmon-Thomas 16th in World Youth heptathlon
July 17, 2013
Free State High senior Alexa Harmon-Thomas finished 16th out of 39 international competitors in the girls heptathlon this past weekend at the IAAF World Youth Championships, in Donetsk, Ukraine.
Mizzou’s Pinkel pines for return of Border War
July 17, 2013
The Missouri Tigers may be on the verge of playing their second season in the ultra-tough Southeastern Conference, but head coach Gary Pinkel’s thoughts have not strayed too far from the Big 12. Tuesday at SEC Media Days in Birmingham, Ala., Pinkel said that he missed Missouri’s annual match-up with Kansas University. By Matt Tait
Right at home: New LHS athletic director Bill DeWitt comes full circle
July 17, 2013
In Bill DeWitt’s mind, the word hometown doesn’t have to be defined by origins. A native of Hays, DeWitt grew up loving football, wrestling, track and academics as a high schooler at Thomas More Prep-Marian. But spend a few minutes with Lawrence High’s new athletic director and assistant principal and his pride for the city and school he now calls home comes across as strong and sincere as his handshake. By Benton Smith
Horoscopes for July 17
July 17, 2013
For Wednesday, July 17 This year the unexpected plays a dominant role in your community or your professional life. You might not know what will happen next. If you are single, a relationship could have wild swings. If you are attached, the two of you might be welcoming a new addition, or a positive reflection of your bond will come into play.
Letter: ‘Everness’
July 17, 2013
This newspaper recently reported that the Lawrence area has fewer jobs than in the year 2000.
Editorial: Faulty ‘fix’
State officials were right to reject a proposed voter registration fix that would have created a whole new set of problems.
July 17, 2013
Congratulations to the State Rules and Regulations Board for turning down Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s proposed Band-Aid for a gaping wound in the state’s voter registration system.
Arts Center wins national grant to take film festival beyond screens
July 17, 2013
A national grant will enable the Lawrence Arts Center to take its next Free State Film Festival beyond the Arts Center walls, and even beyond film. The Arts Center received a $150,000 Our Town grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, expected to be formally announced today. By Sara Shepherd
For veteran golfers, handing clubs to a new generation is a joy
July 17, 2013
After playing golf together regularly at courses in Lawrence and throughout Kansas since 1948, Al Gallup, 97, and Dick Schiefelbusch, 94, recently stepped away from the game and began searching for new owners for their well-used clubs. Two young Lawrence boys are the beneficiaries of their generosity. By Matt Tait
Opinion: America needs united identity
July 17, 2013 in print edition on A9
We are so programmed by our history with race in America that reaction to the acquittal of George Zimmerman on charges of murdering Trayvon Martin depends largely upon one’s individual, even group experience.
Opinion: Dying Mandela may offer final lesson
July 17, 2013 in print edition on A9
Is this what they mean by a death watch? The father of his country, a moral icon to the world, lies in a hospital bed as cameras wait outside and newspaper headlines offer a daily prognosis: “Mandela on Life Support.” “South Africans Asked to Pray for Mandela.” “Mandela Remains Critical, Responds to Treatment.” “It’s Time to Let Him Go.”
Bite Sighs: Gluten-free muffins pass the kid taste test
July 17, 2013
When you’re the 5-year-old son of an avid baker, you come to accept certain things as givens: There are always cookies in the house, your birthday cakes are unfailingly awesome and your role as Chief Taster is unassailable.
25 years ago: Eudora CPA Picnic draws large crowds
July 17, 2013
The picnic was holding fast to its two main traditions — hot weather and big crowds.
40 years ago: City wants private trash-hauling discarded
July 17, 2013
City commissioners were getting worried about a local company’s infringement on the city’s exclusive right to collect trash within the city limits.
100 years ago: Hot weather and picnics continue; KC group starts walking to California for 1915 World’s Fair
July 17, 2013
“It was only 101 above today — such a coolness.”