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New York state of mind: Ben McLemore awaits his NBA fate
June 26, 2013
New York City is no Lawrence, Kan., just as the NBA is no college basketball. But in the days ahead, beginning with today’s 6 p.m. draft at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, Ben McLemore is determined to prove he belongs in both. By Matt Tait
Opinion: Cavs’ choice obvious
June 26, 2013
Now that we (almost) all agree that the Cleveland Cavaliers should not select a center with an injury history, let’s look at the smartest place for them to turn with the first selection in tonight’s draft, televised by ESPN. By Tom Keegan
Our Town Sports for June 27
June 26, 2013
A weekly roundup of local events, results and opportunities.
2013 Journal-World All-Area Softball Team
June 26, 2013
The 2013 Journal-World All-Area Softball Team.
County delays borrowing amid turmoil in bond market
June 26, 2013
A sudden spike in municipal bond rates earlier this week prompted Douglas County commissioners to delay issuing bonds for radio equipment and a new public works building. But they authorized the sale to go ahead if rates fall below 4.5 percent. By Peter Hancock
Brennan Bechard promoted to KU director of basketball operations
Self hires Fred Quartlebaum as director of student-athlete development
June 26, 2013
Kansas men’s basketball coach Bill Self has promoted Brennan Bechard to director of basketball operations, the coach announced Wednesday afternoon.
Offensive lineman Apa Visinia orally commits to KU football
June 26, 2013
Apa Visinia, a 6-foot-4, 375-pound offensive lineman from Grandview (Mo.) High School, has orally committed to the Kansas University football team, he announced on his Twitter account Wednesday afternoon.
Families of incoming KU freshmen say tuition increase is ‘just part of life’
June 26, 2013
After a tuition increase approved last week, this year’s incoming Kansas University freshman class will be the first to pay more than $5,000 in in-state tuition and fees for a typical semester. Incoming students and their families, at a freshman orientation session at KU Wednesday, said they weren’t smiling about the tuition bump, but most shared the same reaction: What can you do? By Matt Erickson
County receives grants to study food hub feasibility
June 26, 2013
The study will look at the demand for locally-grown foods among large, institutional buyers, as well as the capacity of local farmers and ranchers to meet that demand. A final report with recommendations is expected within 12 months. By Peter Hancock
Opinion: Prof supports post-tenure review
June 26, 2013 in print edition on A6
For some, post-tenure review is a plus, I would include myself among those. The annual evaluation process at Kansas University is not perfect. While KU would not be unique in this, influence and fear of influential members play a part in the annual evaluations process. The post-tenure evaluation provides an opportunity, for those without influence, to showcase what he/she accomplished during the last seven years. It is easier to artificially inflate or deflate a member’s contributions in a one-year cycle. It would not be as easy to do the same if we look at the aggregate contributions of a member over seven years.
Heat exercising option on former KU guard Mario Chalmers
June 26, 2013
The Miami Heat have decided to exercise their team option to keep starting point guard Mario Chalmers for the 2013-14 season.
Former state Rep. John Solbach on long road to recovery after head-on collision in April
June 26, 2013
A 65-year-old former state legislator badly injured in a head-on collision in April is back in Lawrence and recuperating at a local rehabilitation center after undergoing several surgeries at Kansas University Hospital. John Solbach is in physical therapy to repair several broken bones and said he hopes to go home next month. By Ian Cummings
Lawrence Memorial Hospital calls for blood donors
June 26, 2013
The blood supply is in great need of O, A, and B negative blood.
Local health department receives $75,000 grant to increase access to healthy food
June 26, 2013
The Kansas Health Foundation awarded the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department a $75,000 grant that will go toward improving access to healthy foods in the area.
U.S. Supreme Court rulings on gay marriage could affect Kansas
11:19 a.m., June 26, 2013 Updated 08:30 p.m.
Decisions today by the U.S. Supreme Court in two major gay marriage cases probably increase the likelihood that Kansas’ constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage will be overturned at some point, a Kansas University constitutional law professor said. By Scott Rothschild and Peter Hancock
NCAA fines, reprimands KU coach Bill Self for damaging scorers table in NCAA Tourney
Self: ‘ … my emotions got the best of me’
10:50 a.m., June 26, 2013 Updated 02:55 p.m.
Kansas coach Bill Self received a fine and public reprimand from the NCAA on Wednesday morning because of “misconduct” during the 2013 NCAA Tournament.
KCC to ask state to help in open meetings case
June 26, 2013
The Kansas Corporation Commission will ask the state’s attorney general to defend it against a charge of violating the Kansas Open Meetings Act.
Kansas in federal court today on abortion restrictions
June 26, 2013
Kansas is heading back to court today to defend new restrictions on abortion providers. Chief Judge Kathryn Vratil was scheduled to hear arguments this afternoon in U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Kan., on whether she should temporarily block parts of a sweeping state law set to take effect in July.
Horoscopes for June 26
June 26, 2013
For Wednesday, June 26 This year you approach your life with unusual seriousness and dedication. You are unlikely to take wild risks. If you are single, misunderstandings could become commonplace. If you are attached, you might have more disagreements than ever before.
25 years ago: Continued drought affects feed prices, livestock sales
June 26, 2013
Area farmers with long memories were recalling similar conditions in the 1930s.
40 years ago: Local poll shows limited support for Nixon
June 26, 2013
Respondents were almost unanimous in their belief that the President had known about the Watergate cover-up.
Letter: Professor supports post-tenure review
June 26, 2013
For some, post-tenure review is a plus, I would include myself among those.
Editorial: Tenured talent
June 26, 2013
Despite some valid concerns expressed by Kansas University faculty members, a system for reviewing tenured faculty provides an opportunity to measure faculty performance in a way that resonates with academic peers, university funders and the public in general.
2013 Journal-World All-Area Girls Track Team
June 26, 2013
The 2013 Journal-World All-Area Girls Track and Field Team By Benton Smith
Opinion: Iran election spurs cautious optimism
June 26, 2013 in print edition on A6
The most fascinating news event of the last couple of weeks was the election of Hassan Rowhani as Iran’s president. The new leader displays a wholly different persona than his predecessor, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, whose apocalyptic rhetoric and calls for Israel’s demise antagonized much of the world. The white-turbaned Rowhani has promised more civil liberties at home and better relations with the international community. Last week, he referred to the long break in Iranian-U.S. ties — in language rarely, if ever, heard from Tehran — as “an old wound which must be healed.”
100 years ago: New York visitor waxes poetic on Lawrence’s charms
June 26, 2013
“Lawrence is a little gem of a city and one feels as if he could settle down there with his books and friends, and live in contentment forever.”