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Archive for Thursday, June 27, 2013

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12:09 a.m.
Richard Bors, a Kansas University student from Chicago, works on a final exam in Wescoe Hall. The Kansas Board of Regents recently approved a tuition increase for all six public universities in Kansas. 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
10:32 a.m.
New Kansas Board of Regents members, from left: Shane Bangerter, of Dodge City; Helen Van Etten, of Topeka, and Ann Murguia, of Kansas City, Kan., await the announcement of their appointment by Gov. Sam Brownback, Thursday, June 27, 2013, on the Kansas State University campus in Manhattan, Kan. (AP Photo/John Milburn) Brownback names new Regents, vows to fight for restored higher education funding
10:02 a.m., June 27, 2013 Updated 10:49 a.m.
Gov. Sam Brownback today appointed three new members to the Kansas Board of Regents and vowed to work to restore recent funding cuts to higher education. Scott Rothschild
3:23 p.m.
New Kansas Board of Regents members, from left: Shane Bangerter, of Dodge City; Helen Van Etten, of Topeka, and Ann Murguia, of Kansas City, Kan., await the announcement of their appointment by Gov. Sam Brownback, Thursday, June 27, 2013, on the Kansas State University campus in Manhattan, Kan. (AP Photo/John Milburn) Brownback appoints three to Kansas Board of Regents; vows to fight for restored funding to higher ed
10:14 a.m., June 27, 2013 Updated 1:47 p.m.
Gov. Sam Brownback on Thursday appointed three new members to the Kansas Board of Regents and vowed to work to restore recent funding cuts to higher education. By Scott Rothschild
5:31 p.m.
'Hawks in the NBA
NBA Draft blog: Jeff Withey selected with 39th pick by Portland; discussing the fit for Ben McLemore in Sacramento
Posted June 27, 2013
11:15 p.m. update: By Jesse Newell No other Jayhawks were taken in the second round, which means Ben McLemore (No. 7 to Sacramento) and Jeff ...
9:42 p.m.
NBA Commissioner David Stern, left, shakes hands with Kansas' Ben McLemore, who was selected by the Sacramento Kings in the first round of the NBA basketball draft, Thursday, June 27, 2013, in New York. His moment of Truth? Ben McLemore goes No. 7 in NBA Draft to Sacramento Kings
9:33 p.m., June 27, 2013 Updated 12:32 a.m.
When the Sacramento Kings snagged Ben McLemore at No. 7 in the NBA Draft, those around McLemore turned their thoughts to another former Jayhawk who unexpectedly slipped down the board on draft night 15 years ago: Paul Pierce. By Matt Tait

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Free State’s Alexa Harmon-Thomas headed to Ukraine
June 27, 2013
Free State High senior Alexa Harmon-Thomas was one of 43 athletes selected to represent USA Track and Field in the Eighth IAAF World Youth Championships, scheduled for July 10-14 in Donetsk, Ukraine.
KU golf’s Hanna earns Smith Award
June 27, 2013
Kansas University incoming freshman Chase Hanna has been named winner of the Kenneth Smith Award.
KU’s Bergmann gets academic nod
June 27, 2013
Kansas University senior thrower Heather Bergmann was one of 15 collegians named to the Capital One Academic All-America Women’s Track & Field First Team, as chosen by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Deduno hurls Twins past K.C.
June 27, 2013
Samuel Deduno pitched seven sharp innings to send the Minnesota Twins to a 3-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Thursday.
Zuzzio stunned by Hall call
June 27, 2013
Even as he has collected awards and his teams have piled up championships in recent years, Ted Zuzzio never thought he would be enshrined in a hall of fame for high school coaches.
Lions bond at soccer camp
June 27, 2013
The timing of his hiring made it difficult for Lawrence High girls soccer coach Justin Young to get things on track when he took over the downtrodden program this past fall. Young wasn’t introduced until November, and not being around before that put him behind. By Benton Smith
2013 Journal-World All-Area Baseball Team
June 27, 2013
The 2013 Journal-World All-Area Baseball Team. By Benton Smith
His moment of Truth? Ben McLemore goes No. 7 in NBA Draft to Sacramento Kings
09:33 p.m., June 27, 2013 Updated 12:32 a.m.
When the Sacramento Kings snagged Ben McLemore at No. 7 in the NBA Draft, those around McLemore turned their thoughts to another former Jayhawk who unexpectedly slipped down the board on draft night 15 years ago: Paul Pierce. By Matt Tait
Douglas County under severe thunderstorm warning until 10:15 p.m.
08:55 p.m., June 27, 2013 Updated 09:56 p.m.
The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning in effect until 10:15 p.m. for northern Douglas County. A severe thunderstorm was located in Lawrence and moving east at about 15 m.p.h. The storm has a possibility of 60 m.p.h. wind gusts and quarter-size hail.
Celtics agree to trade Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett to Nets
06:15 p.m., June 27, 2013 Updated 12:23 a.m.
The Brooklyn Nets will acquire Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett from the Boston Celtics in a deal that was still developing as the NBA draft ended, according to a person with knowledge of the details.
City manager’s recommended budget calls for slight mill levy increase, 19 new city employees
June 27, 2013
Employee totals and the city’s property tax rate would grow under City Manager David Corliss’ recommended 2014 budget.
KU researchers help discover new bird species in Cambodian capital
June 27, 2013
The populous capital city of Cambodia was the unlikely site where a team of scientists recently discovered a new bird species. But before their finding could be confirmed, a small piece of muscle tissue had to pass through a lab at Kansas University for some DNA analysis. By Matt Erickson
KCC drops controversial approval process called ‘pink sheeting’
June 27, 2013
The Kansas Corporation Commission is indefinitely abandoning a decision process after being sued for using it.
Brownback won’t disclose appeals court applicants
01:38 p.m., June 27, 2013 Updated 03:15 p.m.
Gov. Sam Brownback won’t release the names of applicants for a new position on the Kansas Court of Appeals, even though the names of candidates have been disclosed for more than 30 years.
Tour of Lawrence attracts cyclists, spectators downtown
June 27, 2013
As a professional cyclist, Lawrence resident Brian Jensen has competed in races around the world. He has experienced all types of courses, including the mountainous terrain of Oregon’s Cascade Cycling Classic, the “Hell’s Kitchen” climb in Hogeye, Ark. and, most recently, a race along the Arkansas River and up “Cry Baby Hill” in Tulsa, Okla. But this weekend, Jensen, president of TradeWind Energy Cycling Team, will take on races in his own backyard. Along with more than 700 other cyclists, he will participate in the 5th annual Tour of Lawrence, a USA Cycling sanctioned event. By Nikki Wentling
Osage County deputy recognized for efforts in finding homicide victim Lana-Leigh Bailey
June 27, 2013
The Osage County sheriff’s deputy who found the remains of 18-month-old homicide victim Lana-Leigh Bailey last month has been recognized with awards from the sheriffs of Osage and Franklin counties. Deputy Blake Reker, a new patrol officer only a few months into the job, was working on his own initiative when he found the body in rural Osage County, while dozens of officers were involved in a coordinated search elsewhere. By Ian Cummings
Runners gear up for Mass Street Mile
June 27, 2013
Right after the Tour of Lawrence ends Sunday, the cyclists will leave downtown and the runners will take over.
Retirement home residents sue Kobach over law requiring photo ID to vote
June 27, 2013
Kansas’ law requiring voters to present a picture ID is being challenged in Shawnee County.
Brownback appoints three to Kansas Board of Regents; vows to fight for restored funding to higher ed
10:14 a.m., June 27, 2013 Updated 01:47 p.m.
Gov. Sam Brownback on Thursday appointed three new members to the Kansas Board of Regents and vowed to work to restore recent funding cuts to higher education. By Scott Rothschild
Brownback names new Regents, vows to fight for restored higher education funding
10:02 a.m., June 27, 2013 Updated 10:49 a.m.
Gov. Sam Brownback today appointed three new members to the Kansas Board of Regents and vowed to work to restore recent funding cuts to higher education. Scott Rothschild
Fight over Kansas abortion law in state court
June 27, 2013
A legal fight over a sweeping new anti-abortion law in Kansas is spilling into the state’s courts, with two doctors hoping a judge will block enforcement of all of its provisions before it takes effect next week.
Gordon sparks Royals in 10th
June 27, 2013
Alex Gordon knew that the Atlanta Braves were going to be careful with him with first base open and the go-ahead run standing on second in the 10th inning Wednesday night. He didn’t waste the first good pitch he saw.
Federal judge considering blocking Kansas abortion rules
June 27, 2013
A federal judge in Kansas expressed skepticism Wednesday that a Planned Parenthood clinic would suffer “irreparable harm” if an injunction isn’t issued to block parts of a sweeping state anti-abortion law from taking effect next week.
KU soccer signs Houston defender
June 27, 2013
Jen Rush, a defensive specialist from Houston Clements High, has signed a soccer letter of intent with Kansas University.
High school football campers come ‘full-circle’
June 27, 2013
When they were in middle school, Erick Mayo, Drake Hofer and Kyle McFarland spent a few summer days at the city’s youth football camp, learning about the game from Lawrence High and Free State coaches, as well as some former players. By Benton Smith
Bill Self completes staff: adds former SJU assistant, promotes Bechard
June 27, 2013
Fred Quartlebaum, who worked for Kansas University assistant basketball coach Norm Roberts six years at St. John’s University, for the past several months had planned to bring his family to Lawrence for Bill Self’s KU basketball camp. By Gary Bedore
Horoscopes for June 17
June 27, 2013
For Thursday, June 27, 2013: This year you have the unique opportunity to let your mind grow past preconceived concepts. By the end the year, you will note how fundamental judgments can limit your thoughts. If you are single, someone quite bohemian could enter your life and become the flame that warms and nurtures you. If you are attached, you will experience more compassion between you and your significant other.
25 years ago: Continued drought might cause fireworks ban
June 27, 2013
Fireworks fans were facing a possible dud of a Fourth of July.
40 years ago: East Lawrence sidewalks, alleyways due for repair
June 27, 2013
Five alleys in the area were in “fair to bad” condition and could use overlaying.
100 years ago: Another merchant speaks up for early summer closings
June 27, 2013
“I am now and have been heartily in favor of closing half a day each week during July and August.”
Ex-Lion Minnis off to hot start for Tri-City
June 27, 2013
Three relief appearances into his professional baseball career, former Lawrence High left-hander Albert Minnis has a 2-0 record with a 2.08 earned-run average for the Tri-City ValleyCats, the Houston Astros affiliate in the short-season New York-Penn League.
Editorial: Student loans
June 27, 2013
Higher education already is financially out of reach for far too many American students, and a measure scheduled to take effect on Monday will make that situation much worse.
Letter: Camp kudos
June 27, 2013
I would like to thank all of the people who make Girl Scout day camp at Hidden Valley happen.
Letter: Guns revered
June 27, 2013
The surviving Boston bomber will face charges of using weapons of mass destruction. The pressure cooker bombs killed three people. That number of fatalities pales in comparison to the 20 children and six adults massacred at Sandy Hook Elementary School last December. There, the killer’s arsenal included an assault rifle and high-capacity magazine clips. It’s puzzling that those horrific instruments of extreme firepower escape the definition of “weapons of mass destruction” according to our legal and moral standards.
Letter: Precious vote
June 27, 2013
Scott Rothschild’s recent article “Problems arise with requiring proof of citizenship to vote” indicated that since Jan. 1 more than 11,000 voter registrations have been put on hold because of unspecified problems with documentation. With only 20,780 new voter registrations accepted during this same time period, Rothschild points out that one in three Kansans are being denied their basic voting rights.
Letter: True champions
June 27, 2013
In 1969, I began running on our high school’s track. Almost every evening I ran hurdles or the quarter mile. There was no competition for me to participate in because I was a teenage girl. My running happened alone, after our high school track team (only boys) finished on the track.
June Final Fridays preview
Art Party moves into new home
June 27, 2013
Big news for Final Friday fans: One of most popular venues, the Lawrence Art Party, which had been at Hobbs Taylor Lofts since Final Fridays’ beginnings, has moved to its new space at 512 E. Ninth St.
SeedCo Studios celebrates first anniversary
June 27, 2013
At 826 Pennsylvania St., in east Lawrence’s Warehouse Arts District, sits a seemingly inconspicuous monolithic brick warehouse, save for the stenciled “SeedCo” above the building’s front doors.
Quick flicks
Film festival features short movies made in 48 hours
June 27, 2013
Last weekend might have been relaxing for some, but for the teams of filmmakers participating in the Ninth Annual Wild West Film Festival, it was undoubtedly chaos and no sleep.
Garden Calendar: A beautiful, edible garden
June 27, 2013
One Lawrence family is adding beauty and color to the neighborhood while adding homegrown fruits and vegetables to their table.
Off the Beaten Plate: Vegetarian Reuben at WheatFields
June 27, 2013
Being a vegetarian and enjoying Reuben sandwiches are not mutually exclusive in Lawrence, home of the Vegetarian Reuben. The soybean chunks aren’t even that noticeable.