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Ex-Jayhawks have no issue with Weis’ remarks
July 25, 2013
2013 Kansas University graduates Bradley McDougald and Toben Opurum may no longer be playing football in Lawrence, but both have a bunch of friends still on the team and an interest in the future of the program, particularly since they both are attempting to get their professional football careers going just down the road in Kansas City, Mo.
McLemore a big hit at Chalmers’ all-star game
July 25, 2013
The Sacramento Kings will be happy to know their top draft pick, Ben McLemore, didn’t risk injury by playing in Mario Chalmers’ Miracle Shot basketball camp all-star game Thursday night at Olathe East.
Opinion: KU football media guide cover picks hit the mark
July 25, 2013
You can tell some things about a book by its cover. Last year, the Kansas University football program’s book of hype, known as the media guide, centered on one player, savior Dayne Crist, and had two others, Tanner Hawkinson and Toben Opurum, flanking him. The eye goes right to Crist though.
Chiefs report with high expectations
July 25, 2013
Eric Berry didn’t even allow a question about last season to be asked before cutting off the inquiring mind. There was no way he was going to relive that nightmare.
Royals roll past Orioles
July 25, 2013
Jeremy Guthrie pitched six solid innings, Billy Butler homered, and the Kansas City Royals beat the Baltimore Orioles, 7-1, on Thursday.
Pedestrian struck by car
July 25, 2013
A pedestrian was struck by a car at about 10:15 p.m. Thursday. A car traveling westbound on Ninth Street hit the man with the mirror of the vehicle just west of the Ninth and Ohio Streets intersection. The man was transported to Lawrence Memorial Hospital by Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical.
Brett steps down as Royals’ hitting coach
July 25, 2013
George Brett took over as the Kansas City Royals’ interim hitting coach with the rudderless team mired in an eight-game skid. He leaves with them showing signs of life.
Benefits, costs of ‘Hard 50’ special session debated
July 25, 2013
Attorney General Derek Schmidt acknowledged Thursday that rewriting Kansas’ “Hard 50” law still may not preserve the sentence for pending first-degree murder cases, but he said the state will be in a better legal position if legislators approve a fix during a special session instead of waiting. Schmidt said his office is working on a proposal responding to a U.S. Supreme Court decision last month about mandatory minimum sentences that raises questions about the law’s constitutionality. The statute allows judges to sentence people convicted of premeditated murder to life in prison with no chance of parole for 50 years.
State expects Common Core testing costs to be lower than national estimates
July 25, 2013
Beginning in 2015, Kansas and other states will shift to a new, more complex kind of tests for reading and math, based on the Common Core standards. The tests are expected to be more expensive, but Kansas officials say the cost won’t be as much as some groups are estimating. By Peter Hancock
Topeka Zoo to host Lawrence Day
July 25, 2013
The Topeka Zoological Park will host Lawrence Day Saturday. Lawrence residents will receive half price admission to the park with proof of Lawrence residency.
Dozens of 4-H members will compete at the Douglas County Fair
July 25, 2013
From woodworking to robots, cattle to photography, dozens of 4-H members will compete in the Douglas County Fair’s numerous events, contests and exhibitions this week. But many in 4-H say the true prizes for their efforts are not the purple or blue ribbons taken home at the end of the week. Rather, the lessons learned and memories made are the greatest rewards.By Caitlin Doornbos
New York teacher preaches benefits of urban farming in Lawrence
July 25, 2013
On Thursday, the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence invited Stephen Ritz, an urban-farming advocate who teaches at-risk kids in New York’s South Bronx, to Lawrence, where he toured several local sustainability projects before giving a speech at the Carnegie Building. Shortly after arriving, he got to judge a cooking competition, “Top Chef”-style, at the Boys & Girls Club’s East Heights campus. He wasn’t disappointed. By Giles Bruce
Gift from estate will provide $1.4 million for KU journalism scholarships
July 25, 2013
John Kaiser’s wish with his gifts for the Kansas University School of Journalism was to send young people to college. And now the KU journalism alumnus and his wife, Mary Kaiser, will send more of them to college with a $1.36 million gift from their estate that will go toward a scholarship fund. By Matt Erickson
Sandrats still hope to build memorial in North Lawrence
July 25, 2013
Organizers of the North Lawrence sandrat memorial hope to get it built after all, after a lack of interest and funding has thus far delayed the project. By Giles Bruce
Attorney general wants rewrite of Hard 50 law
July 25, 2013
Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt on Wednesday asked Gov. Sam Brownback to call the Legislature into special session to rewrite the state’s “Hard 50” sentencing law following a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that raises questions about its constitutionality.
KU requests money for Wichita medical school
July 25, 2013
Kansas University is requesting an additional $4.5 million in state funding to double the class size of the School of Medicine in Wichita and to fund physician faculty.
Off the Beaten Plate: Hamburger-don at Dondon
July 25, 2013
Dondon serves simple, homestyle Japanese rice and noodle bowls, so the word “hamburger” looks pretty out of place on the menu. But it’s probably not exactly what you’re picturing.
40 years ago: County, civil defense hammer out policy on warning sirens
July 25, 2013
The system was to be used only if a tornado was approaching or in case of a nuclear attack.
Editorial: All in the family?
Appointing an interim committee of Kansas legislators to visit state university campuses might be a first step in building a better relationship between the two.
July 25, 2013
According to Wichita news reports Kansas Senate President Susan Wagle is trying to promote some better communication between legislators and state university leaders to help solve their budget differences.
25 years ago: KC firm conducts smoke tests on Lawrence sewer system
July 25, 2013
Passersby were startled today to see white smoke pouring out of a manhole downtown.
Horoscopes for July 25
July 25, 2013
For Thursday, July 25 This year you are unusually intuitive, especially when it comes to others, their finances and their bottom lines. You will see what a change this knowledge can make in your daily life. If you are single, your desirability is unquestionable, but your choices might need some work. If you are attached, do not take things so personally.
Opinion: Stereotypes rob blacks of identity
July 25, 2013 in print edition on A11
“There are very few African-American men in this country who haven’t had the experience of being followed when they were shopping in a department store. That includes me.” — Barack Obama I am Trayvon Martin.
Caldwell to miss U.S. Open, swim in junior event
July 25, 2013
Swimming in the 100-meter backstroke finals this past week at a Speedo Champions Series summer sectional meet in Columbia, Mo., Courtney Caldwell’s third-place finish represented much more than another medal to add to her steadily growing collection.
100 years ago: In the midst of summertime heat, mayor warns of winter fuel shortage
July 25, 2013
“‘We will not have gas enough to burn to keep us warm, that is certain.’”
July Final Fridays Preview: Artwork by Kansas talents on display everywhere you look
July 25, 2013
There is no dearth of talent in Kansas as witnessed by this month’s Final Fridays, where dozens and dozens of native Kansans will show off their skill and artistry in music, cooking and the visual arts.
Young designers refashion Quantrill’s Raid
July 25, 2013
History is being made at the Lawrence Public Library. Well, remade, with a modern, teen-inspired twist.
Garden Calendar: Identify which shiny green insects are friends, foes
July 25, 2013
This summer certainly is the year for green insects — with Japanese beetles making their presence known, emerald ash borers knocking on our door, and the usual suspects just seeming to be more visible than usual. Here are some tips for identifying which of the green insects you should worry about and what to do if control is warranted.
Opinion: Obama steps into race debate
July 25, 2013 in print edition on A11
President Obama rarely misses an opportunity to insert himself into an issue. Last Friday, he appeared in the White House pressroom to comment on the George Zimmerman verdict. The president said he could have been Trayvon Martin. Not likely, given his private schooling and the way he was fast-tracked to success. The president said the history of African-Americans partially explains the way many black people view the case. He spoke of blacks hearing car doors lock as they cross the street and of white women who clutch their purses tightly when a black person enters an elevator.
Tarragon in your cocktail, anyone? Lawrence restaurants put herb garden on the rocks
July 25, 2013
Of course mixologists find inspiration from the array of increasingly unique spirits available to them. They’ve also started craning their necks to see what kind of fresh ingredients are coming into the kitchen — and that includes a bouquet of herbs.