Archive for Wednesday, July 31, 2013

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12:00 a.m.
Sporting Kansas City huddles before the start of the first half during the MLS game between the Columbus Crew and Sporting Kansas City at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan. A great success’: Sporting KC winning over fans by listening to them
July 31, 2013
After playing in front of sparse crowds at Arrowhead Stadium in the early 2000s, Sporting KC coach Peter Vermes says it’s hard to believe the transformation he’s seen in Kansas City. By Jesse Newell
11:44 a.m.
Rabia Sipahi, left, and Terry Kramer, both of Lawrence, share a laugh and conversation during a Ramadan fast-breaking dinner Tuesday at the First United Methodist Church, 946 Vermont Street. The dinner was hosted by the Institute of Dialog Student Association. Muslims, Christians come together during Ramadan
July 31, 2013
About 30 people came to First United Methodist church to learn about Ramadan and eat a traditional Turkish dinner just after sunset last night. An unusual situation, maybe, for Muslims and Christians to come together at a church, but Eyyup Esen, volunteer for the Institute of Intercultural and Interfaith Dialog of the Southwest, says it was just the type of experience the world needs. By Caitlin Doornbos
5:58 p.m.
A realty sign sits on property at the Olivia Farms housing development in Junction City in January 2013. Records provided by the Geary County Treasurer’s Office show that a development company of which local developer Thomas Fritzel is an owner has $3.42 million in unpaid property taxes and special assessments stemming from Fritzel’s involvement in Fort Development LLC, a company that in 2008 built the now-struggling Olivia Farms housing development in Junction City. Fritzel is seeking to enter into a partnership with the Lawrence and Kansas University to build Rock Chalk Park. BELOW: A sign marking the Olivia Farms development in Junction City. Junction City properties owned in part by Rock Chalk Park developer going to auction for unpaid taxes and fees
July 31, 2013
Geary County officials will auction off 182 Junction City building lots later this month for nonpayment of taxes and fees by a development group that includes Lawrence businessman and Rock Chalk Park partner Thomas Fritzel. An official with the Geary County attorney’s office confirmed that lots owned by Fort Development LLC will be sold at an Aug. 28 sheriff’s auction after at least three years of unpaid real estate taxes and special assessments. The property is part of the company’s troubled Olivia Farms housing development. By Chad Lawhorn

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Editorial: Special timing
The addition of appointment confirmations to the agenda for a special legislative session is not without political and financial significance.
July 31, 2013
So much for a one-day special session in which Kansas legislators deal with one issue and go home.