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Archive for Sunday, June 2, 2013

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Opinion: Extremism is not about race
June 2, 2013 in print edition on A7
“I know this sounds racist, but …” So goes the subject line on last week’s email from Bill, a reader. It seems Bill has an idea. Given that “all of the radical terrorists have been Muslims,” he wants the government to mount a program to surveil every follower of Islam who immigrates to these shores. We are, claims reader Bill, “faced with a population who swears an oath to God to kill Americans — not Canadians, not Mexicans, but Americans.” It is, he says, “time we protect ourselves.” Well.
Republicans approve tax, appropriations bills to conclude legislative session
June 2, 2013
Republican legislative leaders mustered majorities to push through a $777 million tax increase and a state budget that cuts funding to higher education and corrections before adjourning the 2013 session early Sunday morning. By Scott Rothschild
Behind the Lens: Framing can turn boring photos into good ones
June 2, 2013
Because a photograph can only be a one-dimensional representation of a subject, many photographs tend to look flat and lack dimension and depth. A creative visual device to overcome this problem is to incorporate elements in your scene that fill empty space or add content around your subject.
How former Jayhawks fared in June 1 NBA games
June 2, 2013
A look at how former Kansas University players fared in Saturday’s NBA playoff game.
KU football newcomers set to arrive soon
June 2, 2013
With the Kansas University football team set to make the transition into summer workouts Monday, the anticipation surrounding the next crop of new arrivals seems to grow by the day. In all, 19 scholarship players in the Class of 2013 have yet to report to campus and a good chunk of those players are expected to arrive during the next few days.
Inspired by Bob Dole, political scientists look to reduce political polarization
June 2, 2013
When Bob Dole speaks, people listen. That was definitely the case last week, when the former senator from Kansas’ comments on Fox News sparked a national discussion on bipartisanship and civility in politics. But while the 89-year-old Dole’s words may carry weight, is there any promise for fixing the partisan strife infecting Washington and many statehouses across America? By Giles Bruce
25 years ago: No exemptions to be made in rural building codes
June 2, 2013
An earlier compromise on the plan had involved exempting “true farmers.”
40 years ago: Teenager drowns at city swimming pool
June 2, 2013
Tragedy struck at a Lawrence recreational facility this week.
100 years ago: Most Lawrence residents too young to attend upcoming picnic
June 2, 2013
“Only those seventy-five years of age and above are invited and no one else.”
Editorial: More guns
A new Kansas law makes it much harder for local governments to keep concealed handguns out of public buildings.
June 2, 2013
A new state law aimed at allowing people to legally carry concealed guns into public buildings has local government officials across the state scrambling.
Letter: Marijuana laws
June 2, 2013
The most compelling points in your four-part story on the recent marijuana sweep were: (1) the sweep’s huge cost, (2) the minimal effect it had on the supply, and (3) what was not discussed.
Wheel Genius: Roadwork planned for this week
June 2, 2013
Roadwork planned for the week of June 2.
Winning prints on display, new works sought for next Wonder Fair Print Invitational
June 2, 2013
Wonder Fair this month is displaying works by last year’s Wonder Fair Print Invitational winner, and issuing a call for artists for this year’s Invitational.
Big wooden bird, bigger ball of fire envisioned to commemorate anniversary of raid
Performance art seeks to capture attention of folks on the fringe
June 2, 2013
Some people are interested in history. Some are drawn to art. To engage the rest, artist Gregory Thomas believes, publicly destroying a larger-than-life item in a giant ball of flames usually does the trick. Meet the Quantrill’s raid commemoration idea known as the Phoenix Festival.
Artist talk at Cider Gallery to explore graphite drawings on paper, glass
June 2, 2013
Drawing from the codification of meaning and emotion by the media, Geo Sipp’s work seeks to reevaluate the visual narrative to which we have become conditioned.
Prize-winning scholars, authors fill Hall Center’s next lecture series lineup
June 2, 2013
The Hall Center for the Humanities has announced the lineup for its 2013-2014 Humanities Lecture Series. All lectures are free and open to the public.
Lawhorn’s Lawrence: The family reunion that never ends
June 2, 2013
Yes, it is family reunion season in Douglas County. And this reunion is the sort where you get to wear both a nametag and a bewildered look. By Chad Lawhorn
Horoscopes for June 2
June 2, 2013
For Sunday, June 2: This year an element of unpredictability runs through your day-to-day life. You rarely know what is about to happen next. If you are single, don’t worry about meeting someone. If you are attached, your life could be such a whirlwind of activity that your sweetie could feel left out.
Artist bugs out
Printmaking experiment puts real people’s faces on bugs’ bodies
June 2, 2013
Printmaker Patrick Vincent set up Stigmergic — aka the Bugs Project — like a science experiment. Define parameters, he thought, then see how things play out. The variables are now on view in a creepy, crawly installation at the Lawrence Arts Center.