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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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Our Town Sports for June 20
June 19, 2013
A weekly roundup of local events, results and happenings.
Indians overpower Royals
June 19, 2013
Justin Masterson managed to hang around for 6 1/3 innings and win for the sixth time at home, leading Cleveland to a 6-3 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday night.
Charlie Weis: Chris Martin failed to follow ‘protocol’
June 19, 2013
Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis on Tuesday spoke briefly via Skype with Bonnie Bernstein of campusinsiders.com about the recent dismissal of defensive end Chris Martin.
Two Firebirds on all-state soccer team
June 19, 2013
Class 6A’s high school girls soccer coaches voted Free State junior midfielder Maddie Dieker and junior defender Olivia Hodison to the 2013 All-State first team.
Kansas soccer signs French defender
June 19, 2013
Aurélie Gagnet, a defender for the U19 French National Team, will join Kansas University’s soccer team this fall, KU coach Mark Francis announced.
Opinion: Freshman given rock-star treatment
June 19, 2013
There’s no doubting that Andrew Wiggins, the 6-foot-7, freak-of-nature forward, belongs in the company of the biggest rock ’n’ roll stars ever to invade the United States. He’s that fab. By Matt Tait
County takes no action on controversial rock quarry
June 19, 2013
Despite protests from nearby residents who complained of excessive dust and powerful blasting, Douglas County Commissioners said the Hamm Buchheim Quarry has not violated its 1977 conditional permit. But they did agree to talk with the county counselor to find out if conditions of the permit can be changed. By Peter Hancock
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.
Professional dancer to flutter through Kansas milkweed to help save butterflies
June 19, 2013
Gwynedd Vetter-Drusch, 22, has danced across New York City streets, sashayed in subways and pirouetted on rooftops. This week, she will flutter through the fields of Kansas.
Leavenworth man facing federal prosecution for failing to register as a sex offender
June 19, 2013
A 72-year-old Leavenworth man is facing federal prosecution for failing to register as a sex offender. He had been previously convicted of interstate travel to have sex with a minor.
Tuition, fees going up; regents blame Legislature
June 19, 2013
Higher education officials on Wednesday approved raising university tuition, blamed legislators who cut post-secondary education for much of the increased cost of going to school, and said the budget cuts could hurt Kansas’ reputation. By Scott Rothschild
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.
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
Shooting reported Tuesday night during road-rage incident; police looking for driver
June 19, 2013
Police are looking for a man who allegedly fired a handgun while involved in a road-rage incident in south Lawrence Tuesday night, said Sgt. Trent McKinley, a Lawrence Police Department spokesman.
Consultants raise concerns about proposed LMH wellness center at city’s new recreation center
June 19, 2013
Consultants told Lawrence Memorial Hospital leaders Wednesday that the idea of a hospital-run wellness center at the city’s new recreation center was not well received by a group of stakeholders. By Chad Lawhorn
Illinois man sentenced to 30 months in prison in case where children were bound and blindfolded in parking lot
June 19, 2013
A 53-year-old Northlake, Ill., man has been sentenced to 30 months in prison for five crimes in an incident last June in which two of his children were found bound by their hands and feet in a Lawrence Walmart parking lot. Without sleep for nine days and suffering from mental illness, he had become delusional and feared his children were possessed by demons, according to the man’s court-appointed attorney. By Ian Cummings
Douglas County senators record perfect attendance for legislative session
June 19, 2013
Douglas County’s state senators recorded perfect attendance during the 2013 legislative session.
Elvis-themed events raise funds against polio
June 19, 2013
The King is coming to Lawrence. Elvis Visit to End Polio Now, a fundraiser to benefit Rotary International’s campaign to eradicate polio, begins at 9 a.m. Saturday at Watson Park.
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
Royals stumble late in 4-3 loss to Indians
June 19, 2013
With home plate just a few more strides away, David Lough suddenly stopped. And right there in the middle of the third-base line, Kansas City’s chances to win halted, too. Attempting to score the tying run, Lough ran through third-base coach Eddie Rodriguez’s stop sign and got caught in a rundown in the ninth inning as the Royals lost 4-3 to the Cleveland Indians, who rallied against Kansas City’s normally reliable bullpen for three runs in the eighth inning.
KU closer Piché named All-Region
June 19, 2013
Kansas University closer Jordan Piché earned a spot on the American Baseball Coaches Association’s All-Midwest Region second team, the organization announced Tuesday.
Opinion: Dick Vitale loves life, wife and Andrew Wiggins
June 19, 2013
ESPN college basketball commentator Dick Vitale says heralded Kansas University freshman Andrew Wiggins is even better than advertised. Column by Tom Keegan
Transfer Hunter Mickelson to sit out, soak it up for a year
June 19, 2013
Able to practice but unable to play in games during the 2013-14 season, Arkansas transfer Hunter Mickelson will have plenty of time to familiarize himself with Kansas University’s basketball program. By Gary Bedore
How former Jayhawks fared in Game 6 of NBA Finals
June 19, 2013
A look at how Mario Chalmers fared in Game 6 of the NBA Finals.
Horoscopes for June 19
June 19, 2013
For Wednesday, June 19 This year expect to experience some adjustments and also some discomfort. You will enjoy people a lot. If you are single, you could meet someone special in the next few months; however, note that there could be an element of instability connected to this bond. If you are attached, you and your partner will work on your communication style.
25 years ago: Porch plans finally approved for OWL house
June 19, 2013
The family was one of the first whose plans had come up for historical society review.
40 years ago: Cleanup begins after violent windstorm
June 19, 2013
Thirty-five KU trees were known to have been damaged so badly that their remains had to be removed.
100 years ago: Salvation Army to give picnic for mothers and children
June 19, 2013
“July 8 has been selected as the date and the affair is to be a picnic at Brown’s Grove.”
Letter: Two is enough
June 19, 2013
Kansas, like China, is a one-party state, rigidly ideological, intolerant of dissent, and wedded to industrial barons.
Letter: Arts coverage
June 19, 2013
I just want to thank the Journal-World for finally recognizing that a lot goes on in Lawrence other than sports.
Editorial: Little choice
June 19, 2013
State legislators said they were concerned about university tuition costs, but budget cuts almost guaranteed even higher tuition for next year.
U.S. can avoid ‘slippery slope’
June 19, 2013 in print edition on A7
As President Obama contemplates his many bad options in Syria, he may want to consider the Aspin Doctrine, an argument for intervention abroad made by President Clinton’s first secretary of defense, Les Aspin.
Opinion: U.S. should stay out of Syria
June 19, 2013 in print edition on A7
Two recent newspaper editorials illustrate the double-mindedness some feel about President Obama’s decision to provide small arms and ammunition to Syrian rebels. The Washington Post headlined an editorial: “No time for half-measures: Syria’s rebels need a robust intervention from the Obama administration.” The New York Times took a more realistic approach: “After Arming the Rebels, Then What? President Obama should be careful about being dragged into the brutal Syrian war.” I’m on the side of the Times.