Archive for Wednesday, June 19, 2013

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12:30 a.m.
Mike Yoder/Journal-World Photo.A truck turns south on Ousdahl Rd. to access 31st Street from the Home Depot parking lot, seen in background at right. A nearly 190,000-square-foot Menards store is proposed for the former site of Gaslight Mobile Home Village site which is directly east of Home Depot. The western edge of the Menards property would be approximately where the cement barriers are located with the store located at right, to the north, in this photograph. City approves Menards store next to Home Depot at 31st and Iowa streets
June 18, 2013
The stage is set for a home improvement center battle in Lawrence. A Menards home improvement center won land use approvals for a nearly 190,000-square-foot store and outdoor lumber yard just east of the Home Depot at 31st and Iowa streets. By Chad Lawhorn
11:52 a.m.
Jerry Dobson, professor of geography at Kansas University. KU geographers win defense grant to study Central American communities
June 19, 2013
Too often, Jerry Dobson says, the U.S. military has found itself in trouble because it didn’t know enough about the parts of the world where it fought. Now Dobson will help with an effort to ensure that doesn’t happen again as the recipient of one of 14 Minerva Research Initiative grants for 2013 from the U.S. Department of Defense. By Matt Erickson
5:39 p.m.
Volunteer Bert Bermudez pours a colander of browned rice into a pan for storage during preparations for the St. John’s Fiesta, which opens Friday night at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 1234 Kentucky St. Bermudez and a volunteer crew spent Tuesday evening browning about 125 pounds of rice for the fiesta. Construction can’t stop St. John’s Fiesta
June 19, 2013
This year’s St. John’s Fiesta was never in doubt. Some people in the community might have wondered after seeing the front of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church being torn to pieces because of remodeling. But organizers say they’re not going to let a little construction get in the way of tradition. For the past 30-plus years, the Lawrence parish has, on the weekend after Father’s Day, played host to a Mexican fiesta, featuring music, dance and, perhaps most important, authentic Mexican food. Upward of 300 volunteers help put on the two-day event, which is attended annually by an estimated 14,000 people. By Giles Bruce

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KU football lands two oral commitments
Top-rated center, SM West D-back pick Jayhawks
06:36 p.m., June 19, 2013 Updated 09:24 p.m.
The Kansas football team picked up a pair of oral commitments Wednesday night.
Andrew Wiggins scores seven points in Bill Self campers game
Freshman from Canada dunks twice, says he’s happy to be at KU
05:46 p.m., June 19, 2013 Updated 11:40 p.m.
Andrew Wiggins scored seven points in Wednesday’s camp scrimmage in Horejsi Center.