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Archive for Monday, July 29, 2013

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12:00 a.m.
A group of Kansas University researchers excavates artifacts from a "knapping pile" — pieces of stone left by humans sharpening or forming tools thousands of years ago — at a site in Scott County. KU researchers examine mammoth remains for clues about early humans in Kansas
July 29, 2013
The bones of a mammoth that died more than 15,000 years ago in what’s now west-central Kansas could hold revolutionary clues for a group of Kansas University researchers. But the scientists aren’t hoping to learn about the giant elephant relative that once roamed the Great Plains. They’re looking for evidence of humans — the earliest evidence of humans ever found in the middle of the country. By Matt Erickson
6:00 a.m.
Cowtown Vintage Base Ball Club members cheer for their teammates during the vintage baseball game on Joe Tinker Day, Saturday, July 27, in Muscotah. Joe Tinker Day, once a small-town dream, made a reality in Muscotah
July 29, 2013
Jeff Hanson seemed lost in the crowd at times on Saturday, unrecognized by many of the hundreds of people suddenly descending on Joe Tinker Field, recently built at the edge of Muscotah, Kan. More than 300 spectators gathered, roughly doubling the sleepy Atchison County town’s population. They had come to celebrate Joe Tinker Day and see what Hanson bills as “The World’s Largest Baseball.” None of this existed a year ago, but with help from some key allies, Hanson built it. And they came. By Ian Cummings
11:00 a.m.
Haley Domin, left, and Mattie DeSimone check out KU Jayhawk clothes Saturday, July 27, at Jayhawk Spirit, at 935 Massachusetts St. The two girls, who are seniors in high school in Chicago, were visiting KU last week as prospective students. Lawrence businesses prepping for the coming surge of students
July 29, 2013
Businesses along Mass Street are getting their shelves stocked and staffs ready for KU’s returning and incoming student population. Parents of students bring perhaps the biggest boost to sales. By Ben Unglesbee
7:49 p.m.
Army veteran Joe "Tiger" Patrick stopped in Lawrence Monday on his 3,500-mile trek from California to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.
Veteran on cross-country journey stops in Lawrence to illustrate the cost of war
July 29, 2013
Joe “Tiger” Patrick is walking across the country alone, but he’s carrying a lot of people with him. His backpack holds a quilt of thousands of names, each one matched with the face and the memory of a member of the armed forces killed in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Roughly halfway through a winding, 3,500-mile trek from California to Maryland, Patrick stopped in Lawrence today to celebrate his 50th birthday and publicly display his tribute: a memorial panel showing the names and photos of 6,688 men and women who sacrificed their lives. By Ian Cummings

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Lions: Soccer trumps sleep
July 29, 2013
Part of the beauty of summer break and the lack of class responsibilities that comes with it is the chance to sleep in as much as possible. Lawrence High’s boys soccer players didn’t mind giving up that right three days a week for the past two months. By Benton Smith
Opinion: Kansas golfer Chase Hanna on roll
July 29, 2013
Chase Hanna will join Kansas University’s golf team already having been crowned a champion, and by that we don’t mean he won the second flight of the city tournament. By Tom Keegan
Eyes on the prize: Assistant Jerrance Howard relishes role as recruiter
July 29, 2013
First-year Kansas University assistant basketball coach Jerrance Howard enjoyed representing his new school during the just-completed July recruiting period. By Gary Bedore
Reid’s Chiefs tackling early
July 29, 2013
Clark Hunt couldn’t help but cringe Monday as he watched Pro Bowl running back Jamaal Charles, two years removed from major knee surgery, haul himself up from a soggy practice field.
4-H members enter creations into Douglas County Fair
July 29, 2013
Margaret Kalb, fair secretary, estimated that about 7,000 entries, including livestock, were brought to the fairgrounds Monday. Food preparation and preservation, photography, visual arts, heritage arts and geology were some of the categories judged from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. By Nikki Wentling
Veteran on cross-country journey stops in Lawrence to illustrate the cost of war
July 29, 2013
Joe “Tiger” Patrick is walking across the country alone, but he’s carrying a lot of people with him. His backpack holds a quilt of thousands of names, each one matched with the face and the memory of a member of the armed forces killed in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Roughly halfway through a winding, 3,500-mile trek from California to Maryland, Patrick stopped in Lawrence today to celebrate his 50th birthday and publicly display his tribute: a memorial panel showing the names and photos of 6,688 men and women who sacrificed their lives. By Ian Cummings
New manager of student media hired at KU School of Journalism
July 29, 2013
The KU J-School has hired Brett Akagi to oversee both the University Daily Kansan and the KUJH television station. The school hopes his background in TV, radio and newspaper journalism will help prepare students for a world of converging media. By Ben Unglesbee
Former Westar chief, wife give rural Lawrence farmstead to Salina-based Land Institute
July 29, 2013
The Salina-based environmentalist agriculture group The Land Institute is beginning to work more closely with Kansas University scientists, and now that work is about to become a lot easier. The group, led by a KU alumnus who received an honorary doctorate from the university this year, announced Monday it had received a donated 65-acre farmstead just northwest of Lawrence, which it will use as a research area and gathering place. By Matt Erickson
Legislative leaders will take budget meetings to universities around the state
July 29, 2013
Legislative leaders today approved sending state budget writers on a tour of each public university to review and discuss higher education funding. The move comes just weeks after Republican leaders approved budget cuts to higher education, making Kansas one of only a handful of states that have reduced funding to universities this year. By Scott Rothschild
Lawrence Outdoor Aquatic Center delays opening today
July 29, 2013
Because of inclement weather, Lawrence’s Outdoor Aquatic Center will delay opening until 5 p.m. today. It will close at the regularly scheduled time of 8:45 p.m.
Lead pastor retires from Trinity Lutheran Church
July 29, 2013
After a total of 39 years as a pastor, Gary Teske, currently the lead pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church, is retiring.
KU to play Wake Forest in first round of Battle 4 Atlantis
11:20 a.m., July 29, 2013 Updated 11:34 a.m.
The Kansas men’s basketball team will face Wake Forest in the Battle 4 Atlantis at Paradise Island, Bahamas in November, tournament officials announced Monday. The game will be televised on AXS TV.
40 years ago: New Clinton Reservoir to spawn smaller lakes
July 29, 2013
In all, 33 structures, 31 lakes, and two floodways were planned for the watershed district.
Horoscopes for July 29
July 29, 2013
For Monday, July 29 This year you might feel conflicted about your choices. A situation involving a roommate or family member often leaves you feeling insecure. If you are single, you have a natural magnetism that mixes well with the fun personality of a Leo, and you will have many admirers as a result. If you are attached, you have many different areas where you differ from your significant other.
Marriages for July 29
July 29, 2013
Marriage licenses issued in Douglas County.
Opinion: NSA must address privacy concerns
July 29, 2013 in print edition on A11
The National Security Agency survived a legislative challenge in the House of Representatives last week. But senior NSA officials still face an uphill fight to convince the American public that its operations can enhance security without jeopardizing privacy.
10 things to do when it’s too darned hot
July 29, 2013
If summer’s version of cabin fever hits you, here are a 10 suggestions for getting through.
Fix-It Chick: Pick out the right spackle for the job
July 29, 2013
There are so many variations on the Muralo Company’s trademarked product “Spackle” on the market today that picking out the right patching compound for your wall repair project can be more daunting than the project itself.
Double Take: When saying ‘no’ doesn’t get message across
July 29, 2013
No is a sacred trust.
The Fashion Column: Simple outfits help you stay cool
July 29, 2013
One thing I really love about living in Kansas is that we get to experience all four seasons. As someone who takes their fashion seriously, the changing seasons mean that I get to wear new and different clothes.
KU researchers examine mammoth remains for clues about early humans in Kansas
July 29, 2013
The bones of a mammoth that died more than 15,000 years ago in what’s now west-central Kansas could hold revolutionary clues for a group of Kansas University researchers. But the scientists aren’t hoping to learn about the giant elephant relative that once roamed the Great Plains. They’re looking for evidence of humans — the earliest evidence of humans ever found in the middle of the country. By Matt Erickson
Lawrence businesses prepping for the coming surge of students
July 29, 2013
Businesses along Mass Street are getting their shelves stocked and staffs ready for KU’s returning and incoming student population. Parents of students bring perhaps the biggest boost to sales. By Ben Unglesbee
Family Promise volunteer shares life and love with homeless families
July 29, 2013
Some of Katherine Dinsdale’s most rewarding moments as a volunteer for Family Promise of Lawrence have been spent on the floor. When you’re involved in an organization that provides support and shelter for families experiencing homelessness, you seem to end up on the floor a lot, reading a book to preschoolers, playing games with teens or rubbing the back of a baby who is having trouble falling asleep. By Micki Chestnut
100 years ago: Factory girls of Lawrence to have noontime break room
July 29, 2013
“It is planned to make this as home-like a place for them as possible.”
No wool over these eyes: Knitting CSA members meet the sheep producing their yarn
July 29, 2013
Bosco, according to his owner Barbara Clark, is “somewhat of a contrary sheep.” Yet his thick, fluffy coat can be turned into things as soft and sweet as anyone could imagine — like the whimsical charcoal-gray stuffed bunny rabbit Lawrence resident Marianne Wille is pulling from her knitting bag. Joining the Maggie’s Farm CSA doesn’t get you vegetables from a farmer you know — it gets you wool from sheep you can meet. By Sara Shepherd
How to Help: Visiting Nurses seeking patient companions, massage therapists
July 29, 2013
Visiting Nurses has several volunteer opportunities. Hospice Patient Companions work directly with patients and families by providing needed companionship for patient and/or respite for primary caregivers in home settings or care facilities. Volunteers must commit to one year of service and be available for regular once-weekly assignments of two to three hours, preferably having some morning and/or early afternoon availability on the weekdays. Volunteers need to be caring and flexible and be a good listener. Mandatory hospice training will be provided. No medical knowledge is required. Also, volunteer massage therapists are needed for one-time or regular once-weekly massage visits to our hospice clients. Adequate training in modality and dealing with patient’s physical restrictions is required. Understanding of contraindications is also required. For more information, contact Sarah Rooney at sarahro@kansasvna.org or 785-843-3738
Bankruptcies for July 29
July 29, 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.
Joe Tinker Day, once a small-town dream, made a reality in Muscotah
July 29, 2013
Jeff Hanson seemed lost in the crowd at times on Saturday, unrecognized by many of the hundreds of people suddenly descending on Joe Tinker Field, recently built at the edge of Muscotah, Kan. More than 300 spectators gathered, roughly doubling the sleepy Atchison County town’s population. They had come to celebrate Joe Tinker Day and see what Hanson bills as “The World’s Largest Baseball.” None of this existed a year ago, but with help from some key allies, Hanson built it. And they came. By Ian Cummings
Editorial: Fair forecast
July 29, 2013
Attending the county fair is a great way to celebrate the end of summer.
Business briefcase
July 29, 2013
Lisa Stofac has joined Stephens Real Estate as marketing and technology coordinator. Stofac, a Lawrence resident for 15 years, previously was employed by USD 497. Before that, she was a print production and studio manager of GodwinGroup Advertising in Jackson, Mississippi.
25 years ago: Stolen car recovered just in time for Demo Derby
July 29, 2013
The car had had quite the night out before its discovery.