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Archive for Monday, July 22, 2013

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12:59 a.m.
Stephen Kalb and his father, Kermit Kalb, talk Friday about the effect that recent rains have had on improving drought conditions for area farmers. The two explained how last year's season was cut short because of the lack of rainfall but they are expecting a much better growing season this year. Drought conditions creeping back with July rainfall down to a trickle
July 22, 2013
After a wet spring, farmers around Douglas County are scanning the skies for rain. The problem is, there hasn’t been much, even after a few scattered thunderstorms over the weekend. Things have taken a turn for the worse since the beginning of June, when many cornfields were too muddy to work after a rainy period in April and May. After weeks without significant rain in July, Douglas County and surrounding areas have returned to drought, though experts say conditions aren’t as bad as they were last summer. By Ian Cummings
10:11 a.m.
Several file drawers at Watkins Community Museum contain folders on specific Lawrence addresses. The files are good resources for residents wishing to research the history of older homes. Research can unlock mysteries about who lived in Lawrence’s old houses
July 22, 2013
Gus Greenhoot, 11, knew Langston Hughes’ teacher once lived in the same house he does. He’d heard the famous writer himself lived there at one time, too, but hadn’t ever gotten that part confirmed. “I have an idea of the people that lived in my house,” Gus said. “But I’m not really sure.” The Watkins Community Museum of History can help with that. By Sara Shepherd
12:32 p.m.
Worker Annie Windholz stocks a milk cooler on Thursday, July 18, 2013, at the new Iwig Dairy Store at 622 N. Second Street in North Lawrence. The store opened July 13. Iwig Dairy Store opens second Lawrence location north of the river
July 22, 2013
Iwig Family Dairy has opened its second Lawrence store, this time in North Lawrence where parking is a little dusty but isn’t such a tight squeeze. In addition to attracting North Lawrence residents, the owner hopes his store will be a regular stop for commuters and rural residents on their way home from work. By Sara Shepherd
5:33 p.m.
Children from the Boys and Girls Club work on a scavenger hunt at the Dole Institute of Politics at Kansas University on Monday. The institute was celebrating Bob Dole's 90th birthday with cake and kid-friendly activities. Dole Institute tries to instill knowledge about former senator early
July 22, 2013
Audrey Coleman, senior archivist at the Dole Institute of Politics at Kansas University, sometimes meets high-school and college students who haven’t heard of Bob Dole. So why not start educating them about the former U.S. senator from Kansas earlier? That was the idea behind the institute’s celebration of Dole’s 90th birthday Monday. By Giles Bruce

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KU’s Jake Heaps out to prove he can be a top QB
July 22, 2013
Of the 34 players who made their way to Dallas for this year’s Big 12 media days, only two were quarterbacks. Kansas University junior Jake Heaps, one of those two, says he may not be as well-known as passers in other conferences, but he’s working hard to prove he belongs with the best of them. By Matt Tait
KU running back Sims confident, motivated as senior
July 22, 2013
As a freshman, Kansas University running back James Sims didn’t want to do interviews. Now a senior, Sims comfortably sat at an elevated table answering questions for two hours during Monday’s Big 12 media days and said he’s come a long way both on and off the field. By Jesse Newell
School board votes to publish $148.8 million budget
July 22, 2013
The draft budget for next year reflects growing enrollment and higher costs. The district’s proposed property tax levy would stay virtually unchanged. By Peter Hancock
Baker Wetlands manager dismantles boardwalk he built as a boy scout
July 22, 2013
If you followed the sounds of drilling and pounding hammers near the north entrance to the Baker Wetlands on Monday, you’d quickly come upon the source of the noise. Jon Boyd, his father, Roger, and several others were dismantling one of the complex’s two boardwalks, which is being removed to make way for construction of the South Lawrence Trafficway. For Jon Boyd, refuge manager of the Baker Wetlands, the monthlong process of breaking down the 850-foot walkway, board by board, is almost bittersweet. That’s because Boyd planned and built most of the boardwalk to earn the rank of Eagle Scout at the unusually young age of 13.By Nikki Wentling
Friends, family remember Lawrence woman killed in accident on South Lawrence Trafficway; investigation continues
July 22, 2013
On Sunday, Hayley Berrios was struck by a truck and killed while biking on the South Lawrence Trafficway with her husband, Stephen, and some friends from a local church group. Friends and family remembered a young woman with a quick wit who came to Lawrence as a college student and became part of the community. Law enforcement officers are still trying to piece together the details of the accident. By Ian Cummings
Former KU student found guilty of aggravated battery in attack on female dorm resident
July 22, 2013
A 20-year-old former Kansas University student has been found guilty of aggravated battery in connection with an alleged sexual assault in February at a dormitory on the KU campus. By Ian Cummings
Dole Institute tries to instill knowledge about former senator early
July 22, 2013
Audrey Coleman, senior archivist at the Dole Institute of Politics at Kansas University, sometimes meets high-school and college students who haven’t heard of Bob Dole. So why not start educating them about the former U.S. senator from Kansas earlier? That was the idea behind the institute’s celebration of Dole’s 90th birthday Monday. By Giles Bruce
Notebook: Charlie Weis draws attention for ‘pile of crap’ comment; Marcus Jenkins-Moore has knee surgery
05:09 p.m., July 22, 2013 Updated 11:19 p.m.
It may have been unexpected, but the Kansas University football program and coach Charlie Weis captured the media’s attention on Monday, the opening day of Big 12 media days at the Omni Hotel. By Matt Tait
E-rate overhaul could affect Lawrence schools’ tech plan
July 22, 2013
A federal agency is proposing changes to a program that subsidizes schools and libraries for the cost of Internet access and phone service. The changes could benefit the Lawrence school district, which is planning major upgrades to its wireless network. By Peter Hancock
City of Lawrence giving away household, automotive supplies
July 22, 2013
For those who may be considering a home-improvement project and want to scale down costs, the City of Lawrence is distributing free paint, cleaning supplies and other items through its Product Reuse Program.
Host families needed for students from Lawrence’s sister cities
July 22, 2013
Lawrence Sister Cities is looking for two families to host students from Eutin, Germany and Hiratsuka, Japan starting as early as next week.
Sheriff’s Office making ‘Drug Take-Back Day’ a year-round program
July 22, 2013
Lawrence residents now have a safe option for getting rid of unused prescription drugs year-round. A drop-box, purchased by Draw the Line Lawrence, and installed by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, near the front doors of the Douglas County District Court, will be available five days per week. By Ian Cummings
Prison parolee arrested in connection with robberies, crowbar attack at Lawrence pharmacy and pizza restaurant
July 22, 2013
A 30-year-old man was arrested Sunday in connection with two robberies, at a pharmacy and a pizza restaurant in Lawrence, where a suspect allegedly threatened several employees, and struck one, with a crowbar. By Ian Cummings
KU offering new science master’s program in Overland Park
July 22, 2013
Kansas University is offering a new graduate degree program at its Edwards Campus in Overland Park that officials say will prepare students for scientific jobs in the business world. By Matt Erickson
Kansas University’s Spring 2013 Honor Roll
July 22, 2013
Approximately 4,450 undergraduate students at the University of Kansas earned honor roll distinction for the spring 2013 semester. The students, from KU’s Lawrence campus and the schools of allied health and nursing in Kansas City, Kan., represent 96 of 105 Kansas counties, 41 other states and the District of Columbia, and 43 other countries.
Bicyclist killed in accident on South Lawrence Trafficway identified as 29-year-old Lawrence woman
July 22, 2013
A 29-year-old Lawrence woman killed Sunday evening about 8 p.m. in an accident on the South Lawrence Trafficway has been identified by the Kansas Highway Patrol. By Ian Cummings
Big 12 commish Bob Bowlsby: NCAA needs changes
July 22, 2013
Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby, now in his second year on the job, kicked off Big 12 Media Days by addressing the media for 20 minutes and then fielding questions for another 20.
Good game: A look at the best KU games in the Bill Self era
July 22, 2013
For the eighth installment of our summer series, which looks back at the top players and moments of the Bill Self era thus far, we rank the best basketball games, taking into account the stakes, outcomes and pure entertainment of it all.
Morris twins to play for NBA summer league title
July 22, 2013
Kansas University’s Morris twins will be playing for an NBA summer league championship today in Las Vegas.
Opinion: Future of city golf in good hands
July 22, 2013
The city has taken control of the city championship golf tournament and the man in charge doesn’t plan on conducting business as usual. Darin “Lumpy” Pearson has big plans for expanding not only the main amateur golf event in Lawrence, but adding other tournaments as well. Column by Tom Keegan
Tigers top Royals to avoid sweep
July 22, 2013
James Shields has had little to show for his quality pitching this season. The Royals starter put together another solid start Sunday, but still lost 4-1 to the Detroit Tigers. Miguel Cabrera and Andy Dirks homered as the Tigers won to avoid being swept.
Editorial: Happy Birthday!
July 22, 2013
His 90th birthday is a great time for Kansans to celebrate the contributions and legacy of Sen. Bob Dole.
100 years ago: Local church seeks burial site of first Quantrill’s Raid victim
July 22, 2013
“It has been just half a century since that great tragedy and it is surprising that the grave of the first martyr has been lost.”
Horoscopes for July 22
July 22, 2013
For Monday, July 22 This year will be nothing less than a dynamic year. At times, you’ll slow down and become more philosophical. If you are single, check out anyone you meet with care, as some people might not be what they appear. If you are attached, the two of you will benefit from taking several weekends away together.
Research can unlock mysteries about who lived in Lawrence’s old houses
July 22, 2013
Gus Greenhoot, 11, knew Langston Hughes’ teacher once lived in the same house he does. He’d heard the famous writer himself lived there at one time, too, but hadn’t ever gotten that part confirmed. “I have an idea of the people that lived in my house,” Gus said. “But I’m not really sure.” The Watkins Community Museum of History can help with that. By Sara Shepherd
Democrats expect nominee for governor soon
July 22, 2013
Some prominent Kansas Democrats expect their party’s presumed nominee for governor to emerge by Labor Day for an underdog’s challenge to Republican incumbent Sam Brownback.
Douglas County youths making a difference in this Summer of Service
July 22, 2013
Made possible with financial support from the Douglas County Community Foundation, the Summer of Service is now in its 4th year. This summer, 87 youths volunteered for 24 Douglas County nonprofit organizations, logging about 3,500 hours of service as they participated in large group service projects and individual internships. During the 10 weeklong group projects, the youth did things like build dog houses for Habitat for Humanity; harvest seeds from Baker Wetlands plants to sow at the new wetlands site; and spend time with seniors, playing games, giving manicures and exercising.
Marriages for July 22
July 22, 2013
Marriage licenses issued in Douglas County.
Bankruptcies for July 22
July 22, 2013
Douglas County residents or businesses filing for bankruptcy protection recently in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the District of Kansas, according to court records.
Divorces for July 22
July 22, 2013
Divorces granted in Douglas County.
25 years ago: Democratic convention wraps up, but not everyone’s watching
July 22, 2013
Video rental stores were reporting a modest increase in business.
40 years ago: City declines purchase of land for park
July 22, 2013
City Manager Buford Watson had reported that the land was available for about $100,000.
KU alumnus follows ‘new doors’ from law career to crime writing
July 22, 2013
When fictional FBI agent Jack Davis developed a disorder causing him to experience uncontrollable spasms, he stubbornly continued to fight crime against his doctors’ orders. But Kansas University alumnus Joel Goldman, who created the Davis character, responded differently when a similar disorder upended his career as a trial lawyer: He switched to a new career as a bestselling crime novelist. By Matt Erickson
Iwig Dairy Store opens second Lawrence location north of the river
July 22, 2013
Iwig Family Dairy has opened its second Lawrence store, this time in North Lawrence where parking is a little dusty but isn’t such a tight squeeze. In addition to attracting North Lawrence residents, the owner hopes his store will be a regular stop for commuters and rural residents on their way home from work. By Sara Shepherd
Most road construction in Lawrence on schedule
July 22, 2013
Traffic cones and construction flags dot many Lawrence roads, and detour signs are posted throughout the city, the evidence of a multitude of ongoing road and neighborhood construction projects this summer. Work on some projects has just begun, but others have been underway for months—and to some drivers, it probably seems longer. By Meagan Thomas
Business briefcase
July 22, 2013
Dr. Adrian P. Jackson, orthopedic surgeon with Premier Spine Care of Leawood, has joined OrthoKansas LLC as a partner in Orthopedics.
Lawrence school board to look at budget with few details
July 22, 2013
The Lawrence school board will vote Monday on a draft budget for the 2013-2014 school year. But details about how the money would be spent will not be released until later. By Peter Hancock
Double Take: Passion for subject just one factor in choosing college major
July 22, 2013
How should college students approach a major that the love but probably won’t offer a lucrative post-college career?
Fix-It Chick: How to control garden pests naturally
July 22, 2013
There are many ways to control pesky garden insects. Here are a few ways that are good for you and good for the environment.
Drought conditions creeping back with July rainfall down to a trickle
July 22, 2013
After a wet spring, farmers around Douglas County are scanning the skies for rain. The problem is, there hasn’t been much, even after a few scattered thunderstorms over the weekend. Things have taken a turn for the worse since the beginning of June, when many cornfields were too muddy to work after a rainy period in April and May. After weeks without significant rain in July, Douglas County and surrounding areas have returned to drought, though experts say conditions aren’t as bad as they were last summer. By Ian Cummings
Opinion: Private indiscretions vs. public service
July 22, 2013 in print edition on A8
There might be more at stake in the race for comptroller of New York City than the future of former Gov. Eliot Spitzer. This could be a final referendum on the sex scandal as we know it, and a reboot on the level of intrusion into the private lives of public servants. Though Spitzer himself didn’t necessarily see it that way when I told him so earlier this month.
Opinion: Bureaucracy delays positive plan
July 22, 2013 in print edition on A8
After the Egyptian revolution in February 2011, the U.S. had a good idea: Why not create an “enterprise fund” to make loans to small and medium-sized Egyptian businesses? President Obama announced the plan “to build networks of entrepreneurs” in Egypt in a speech on May 19, 2011. But more than two years later, the fund has yet to make a single investment. And the question is: What happened?