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Archive for Sunday, July 21, 2013

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12:15 a.m.
Rep. Jerry Moran, R- Kan., talks with constituents in his Capitol Hill office in Washington, D.C. Moran has been hinting to key GOP supporters that he may soon be ready to launch a statewide bid.   Jerry Moran, not a gambler, bets on taking back Senate for the GOP
July 21, 2013
Jerry Moran has never been a big risk-taker. Known as a cautious, state-oriented legislator, the 59-year-old Republican senator from Kansas has been dogged by a reputation for indecisiveness over the years. So when Moran volunteered to lead his party’s fight to take control of the U.S. Senate next year, his eagerness to tackle such a high-profile, high-pressure job ran against type. Now, in his new role as the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, Moran has stepped into the spotlight to make an uncharacteristic gamble: If the GOP can pick up six seats to regain the Senate majority for the first time since 2007, he’ll get credit for the victory. If Republicans fall short, he’ll take the brunt of the blame.
10:44 a.m.
Lawrence resident Michael Wilson 55, has been the janitor at Liberty Hall for more than two decades but has a second job, as the deacon for a Serbian Orthodox church in Kansas City, Mo. Lawrence man’s journey from Rastafarian to Serbian Orthodox deacon
July 21, 2013
Lawrence resident Michael Wilson’s transformation from a Rastafarian to a Serbian Orthodox deacon isn’t as much of a stretch as one might think. By Giles Bruce
12:54 p.m.
Heidi Burke, 9, checks the donation box outside her home in Shawnee on July 8. Heidi, a quadrilateral congenital amputee, used PayPal to raise almost $9,000 to help a friend from England attend a convention with her. Girl has super power: attracting positive results
July 21, 2013
When Heidi Burke sets her mind on something, nothing’s going to stand in her way. So when the 9-year-old Shawnee girl recently launched an epic fundraiser ­— needing almost $9,000 in less than a week ­— there was no doubt she’d somehow make it happen. She wants to help her friend Ellie May Challis, who lives in England, visit America. The two girls share a powerful bond. “We both are 9,” Heidi says. “We both have blond hair, we both have about the same color of eyes, and we’re both about as tall as each other. And we both do not have hands or legs.” By Jason Kendall

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One person killed in accident on South Lawrence Trafficway
09:40 p.m., July 21, 2013 Updated 11:24 p.m.
One person is dead after an accident on the South Lawrence Trafficway in which a car struck a bicyclist on Sunday night.
Two injured in Interstate 70 accident transported by LifeStar helicopter
07:49 p.m., July 21, 2013 Updated 06:45 p.m.
Two passengers injured in a single-vehicle rollover accident near mile marker 193 on Interstate 70 were transported by LifeStar helicopter around 5 p.m. Sunday. By Caitlin Doornbos
Opinion: Children’s words full of wisdom
July 21, 2013 in print edition on A7
Sometimes, the directness of children is unsettling. They just have this way of making things plain. I am thinking of a 10-year-old white boy I met in Montgomery, Ala., in 1995. My late colleague Michael Browning and I were driving across the South, visiting battlefields of the Civil War and the civil rights movement. We filed five days of reports — learned, eloquent dialectics deconstructing the Gordian knot of race.
Girl has super power: attracting positive results
July 21, 2013
When Heidi Burke sets her mind on something, nothing’s going to stand in her way. So when the 9-year-old Shawnee girl recently launched an epic fundraiser ­— needing almost $9,000 in less than a week ­— there was no doubt she’d somehow make it happen. She wants to help her friend Ellie May Challis, who lives in England, visit America. The two girls share a powerful bond. “We both are 9,” Heidi says. “We both have blond hair, we both have about the same color of eyes, and we’re both about as tall as each other. And we both do not have hands or legs.” By Jason Kendall
A year later, Bowlsby proven prophetic about Big 12
July 21, 2013
Bob Bowlsby was only a few weeks into his new job as Big 12 commissioner when at the league’s football media days last July he kept repeating the same thing to all who would listen.
Raiders rained out
July 21, 2013
The Lawrence Raiders had the final two games on their regular-season youth baseball schedule canceled Saturday because of rain.
KU golfer 7th at LPGA event
July 21, 2013
Kansas University women’s golfer Thanuttra “Fhong” Boonraksasat shot a 1-over-par 72 for the second straight day and tied for seventh at the LPGA Singha Hua Hin Open on Saturday at the Royal Hua Hin Golf Course.
25 years ago: Stranded fisherman rescued from dam
July 21, 2013
The man left behind two fishing poles, a Coleman lantern, and a bait bucket.
Reports give mixed reviews of Kansas economy
July 21, 2013
Gov. Sam Brownback touted improvements in Kansas’ business rankings by two organizations, but another report showed the state near the bottom in certain areas of economic growth. By Scott Rothschild
100 years ago: Voters to be polled tomorrow on new bridge question
July 21, 2013
“They have seen the old structure sway and wobble under a load and they have heard it creak and groan….”
Horoscopes for July 21
July 21, 2013
For Sunday, July 21 This year you could be dealing with a lot of issues and situations that have not worked well for you in the past. You will want to be as clear as possible. If you are single, you could meet people who are emotionally unavailable. If you are attached, you and your sweetie will benefit from spending time together alone as a couple.
Farmers and ranchers asked to embrace drone technology
July 21, 2013
Converting unmanned aerial vehicles to commercial use could be an economic boost in Kansas. But officials concede it’s sometimes a hard thing to sell the idea of drones in farm country. By Peter Hancock
Lawrence joins in nationwide vigils for Trayvon Martin
July 21, 2013
Lawrence joined cities across the country tonight holding vigils in memory of Trayvon Martin. About 50 people attended the memorial in South Park, many dressed in hoodies in honor of Martin, where they held candles and shared their personal struggles of facing discrimination.
Baker University launches organizational leadership program
July 21, 2013
After two years of refocusing its current programs toward leadership, Baker University is expanding this initiative with a new degree program that is set to launch next month. The Master of Arts in Organization Leadership program, which will teach corporate responsibility and philanthropy, among other concepts, is part of the University’s Institute for Leadership & Positive Change.
40 years ago: More rainfall floods local roads
July 21, 2013
One car had been very nearly submerged in a water-filled ditch after an accident.
Wheel Genius: Road work planned this week
July 21, 2013
City construction projects are now mapped at lawks.us/construction-map.
Opinion: U.S. neglecting schools, colleges
July 21, 2013
We ignore the data on education at our own risk. The clock is ticking. As Eddard “Ned” Stark says in “A Game of Thrones,” “Summer will end soon enough, and childhood will end.”
Editorial: Hospital excellence
July 21, 2013
Recent high rankings confirm what an important asset Kansas University Hospital is to the Kansas City area and the rest of the state.
Jerry Moran, not a gambler, bets on taking back Senate for the GOP
July 21, 2013
Jerry Moran has never been a big risk-taker. Known as a cautious, state-oriented legislator, the 59-year-old Republican senator from Kansas has been dogged by a reputation for indecisiveness over the years. So when Moran volunteered to lead his party’s fight to take control of the U.S. Senate next year, his eagerness to tackle such a high-profile, high-pressure job ran against type. Now, in his new role as the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, Moran has stepped into the spotlight to make an uncharacteristic gamble: If the GOP can pick up six seats to regain the Senate majority for the first time since 2007, he’ll get credit for the victory. If Republicans fall short, he’ll take the brunt of the blame.
Here we go: Victor Continental takes a final bow
July 21, 2013
It’s a reflective time for the cast of the Victor Continental Show. Though they’ll miss performing the naughty live sketch comedy, musical and theatrical production so many Lawrencians look forward to, they agree it’s time to close the curtain.
Behind the Lens: Tips to limit overexposure
July 21, 2013
Simplifying the picture-taking process has led to some common operator errors. Over the next several columns I will address a few of these issues and describe some solutions.
Lawrence man’s journey from Rastafarian to Serbian Orthodox deacon
July 21, 2013
Lawrence resident Michael Wilson’s transformation from a Rastafarian to a Serbian Orthodox deacon isn’t as much of a stretch as one might think. By Giles Bruce