Archive for Tuesday, June 25, 2013

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Raiders shake up pitching, batting in 6-3 loss
June 25, 2013
Since the summer season began, Lawrence Raiders center fielder Kieran Severa has made a point to stay in coach Brad Romme’s ear about pitching a few innings. With a busy six-game weekend ahead, Tuesday night’s game against Next Level Baseball at Free State High provided the perfect opportunity. By Benton Smith
KU basketball notebook: Self still saying no to KU-MU
June 25, 2013
As long as the Big 12/SEC Challenge goes on in men’s basketball, Kansas University will not be facing the Missouri Tigers. KU coach Bill Self reiterated that point Tuesday during a Big 12 teleconference, responding with a simple “No” when asked if he anticipated playing MU in the conference agreement. Notes by Jesse Newell
Former Jayhawk McCray undeterred by injuries
June 25, 2013
Former Kansas University standout Danielle McCray says she never considered retirement despite two major injuries at the start her professional basketball career. By Jesse Newell
Royals recall Smith, ship Herrera to Omaha
June 25, 2013
The Kansas City Royals are hoping Kelvin Herrera can work out his problems in the minors.
Atlanta edges Royals, 4-3
June 25, 2013
Kris Medlen outpitched the Royals’ Ervin Santana over seven innings, Jason Heyward hit a go-ahead homer, and the Atlanta Braves’ bullpen hung on for a 4-3 victory Tuesday night in the team’s first visit to Kansas City.
Opinion: In NBA, drafting smaller smarter
June 25, 2013
To center, or not to center, that is the question in the NBA draft. History says the guy with his finger on the button will press center. History also teaches that to do so is to take a risk not worthwhile. Column by Tom Keegan
Ex-KU star Angel Goodrich finding way in WNBA
June 25, 2013
Former Kansas University guard Angel Goodrich says she’s adapting well to the more physical brand of basketball in the WNBA. By Andrew Hartsock
City agrees to expand rental inspection program to all areas of Lawrence
June 25, 2013
Lawrence city commissioners on Tuesday agreed to move forward with a program that expands the city’s rental licensing and inspection program to every rental unit in the city, likely by late next year. By Chad Lawhorn
New KU TV deals may limit handful of hoops games
June 25, 2013
Tuesday’s announcement of a seven-year deal between Kansas Athletics and ESPN did little to squash concerns of Kansas University basketball fans nationwide about six games at the beginning of the upcoming season. For some fans, the deal may limit access to those handful of games, but KU officials caution that “the full story may not have been written yet.” By Matt Tait
Witness testifies that K2 was at heart of alleged drug-related robbery at Lawrence McDonald’s
June 25, 2013
A 31-year-old Topeka man testified in court today about exactly what happened in a June 1 incident at a Lawrence McDonald’s that was first reported as a shooting and later described by investigators as a drug-related robbery. Jon Crawford explained that he was at the McDonald’s to sell two pounds of K2, a synthetic marijuana product, to one of the defendants when some of the others charged in the case tried to rob him at gunpoint. By Ian Cummings
Area wheat harvest begins — sort of
June 25, 2013
Area wheat farmers were able to get some cutting in this week before Tuesday’s rains put a damper on the start of the harvest season in Douglas County. Local grain elevators reported minor activity in the fields the past couple of days, predicting that the harvest will begin in earnest later this week. By Giles Bruce
Some KU students watching for potential loan-rate increase
June 25, 2013
Seth Emery says that without his student loans he couldn’t be a student at Kansas University. For him and other KU students who rely on subsidized federal loans to get through school, the long-term cost of their borrowing could increase next week if Congress doesn’t act. By Matt Erickson
Lawrence golfers raise more than $20,000 for local charities
June 25, 2013
Lawrence golfers who participated in the Hundred Hole Hike Monday raised more than $20,000 for local organizations Douglas County Court Appointed Special Advocates and Dazzlers Christian Dance.
Equality Rally’ planned at South Park Gazebo, regardless of how Supreme Court rules on gay marriage
June 25, 2013
Regardless of how the U.S. Supreme Court rules on same-sex marriage on Wednesday, advocates for gay and lesbian rights will hold an “Equality Rally.”
Lawsuit dismissed that alleged underage drinking led to head injury at KU fraternity
June 25, 2013
A Kansas University student and the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity have settled a lawsuit over allegations that the local chapter and its national organization permitted underage drinking that contributed to a severe head injury the student suffered at the KU chapter’s house in March 2011. By Ian Cummings
Kansas House Speaker Merrick blasts regents, KU over funding, salary issues
02:23 p.m., June 25, 2013 Updated 02:24 p.m.
House Speaker Ray Merrick today criticized the Kansas Board of Regents and Kansas University over funding and salary issues, including pay raises given to university leaders. By Scott Rothschild
Oskaloosa festival set for this weekend
June 25, 2013
The 112th annual Oskaloosa Old Settlers’ Reunion runs Thursday through Saturday with the theme: Honoring Jefferson Countians of Past and Present.
Douglas County to discuss $16.5 million bond issue to help fund Public Works building and upgrade radio system
June 25, 2013
The sales tax revenue bonds would fund the joint city-county radio project and construction of a new Public Works Department facility. The bonds would be repaid by the county’s share of a one-cent sales tax. By Peter Hancock
KU Athletics, ESPN announce rights agreement
10:20 a.m., June 25, 2013 Updated 10:16 p.m.
Kansas Athletics and ESPN have agreed to a seven-year agreement, beginning with the 2013-14 academic year, under which ESPN3 annually will carry a minimum of 70 live events distributed nationally, one of the largest deals the multiscreen network has signed to date.
Kansas Insurance Commissioner doesn’t fit in GOP
June 25, 2013
TOPEKA — Sandy Praeger was always the team player and never the black sheep. As mayor of Lawrence, state representative, state senator and now Kansas’ three-term insurance commissioner, Praeger was mainstream Republican all the way and a close ally of former Gov. Bill Graves. That’s “mainstream Republican” the way it used to be.
Horoscopes for June 25
June 25, 2013
For Tuesday, June 25 This year you have many exciting options appear, yet a sense of negativity might come forward. You will need to pinch yourself in order to believe your good fortune with some of the events that occur. If you are single and want to change your status, you will meet someone appropriate. If you are attached, what would make your bond more perfect?
25 years ago: Magnetic storm to bring solar particles, but Lawrence would prefer rain
June 25, 2013
It was possible that the northern lights would be visible as far south as Lawrence.
40 years ago: City to discuss long-term development plans
June 25, 2013
A public hearing on the city’s policies was scheduled for the July 10.
100 years ago: After a dry three weeks, generous showers fall on Lawrence
June 25, 2013
“The amount of rain which fell during this period is a subject of much controversy today.”
Letter: Impressive show
June 25, 2013
Friday night my husband and I attended the opening of “Ragtime” at Theatre Lawrence.
Editorial: Valuable aid
June 25, 2013
As one of the approximately 36 million American adults with hearing loss, I looked forward very much to experiencing the hearing loop system at the new Theatre Lawrence.
Letter: ACA misperceptions
June 25, 2013
I participated in Senator Pat Roberts’ town hall meeting on June 20. One man thought the Affordable Care Act would reduce his Medicare access.
Editorial: Voter snafu
This is not the seamless voter registration process the Kansas secretary of state promised to Kansas legislators.
June 25, 2013
When Kansas legislators were considering a law that would require new Kansas voters to document their citizenship, Secretary of State Kris Kobach assured them that a new computer system being installed by the Division of Motor Vehicles could seamlessly provide citizenship information to county election officials across the state.
Opinion: Courts should end racial preference
June 25, 2013 in print edition on A9
“In order to get beyond racism, we must first take account of race.” — Justice Harry Blackmun, 1978 “The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race.” — Chief Justice John Roberts, 2007 Blackmun was concurring in the Bakke decision, which created the higher education “diversity” exception to the equal protection principle: Racial preferences in admissions to a public university do not violate the principle of equal protection of the law if they serve the supposedly compelling interest of achieving the educational benefits of a diverse student body.