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Archive for Monday, May 27, 2013

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12:00 a.m.
Iraq War veteran Johnathan Duncan, right, laughs with Michael Siroky, also an Iraq War veteran, as the two socialize with other vets on Thursday, May 24, 2013 during a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the opening of the new Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 852 building at 1801 Massachusetts. Duncan, who says he has experienced bouts of post traumatic stress disorder since his service, says he finds comfort in being able to assist other veterans by being involved in veterans issues and service activities. On Memorial Day, young veteran wants fellow citizens to think about cost of war
May 27, 2013
“Activated.” Even uttered in his father’s voice, the word hit Johnathan Duncan like a brick wall on a brisk October day in 2005. The Kansas National Guard’s 161st Field Artillery, Duncan’s unit, had been called into service in Iraq. “My first thought was, ‘I’m going to die,’” he said. By Adam Strunk
12:00 p.m.
The buffet at the Lawrence Public Library's May Cookbook Club meeting included dishes such as black bean salsa, guacamole made with garbanzo beans and shrimp ceviche. Attendees whipped up recipes to match the month's theme of Mexican cuisine. Library launches most delicious book club ever
May 27, 2013
It’s an unusual type of book club where you eat the answers to discussion questions. Don’t worry, though, there’s a twist to make them more palatable. At this club, instead of toting in matching books and paper handouts, your fellow members are probably packing a batch of cupcakes or a hot, steaming pan of enchiladas. By Sara Shepherd
3:40 p.m.
The drug conspiracy stretched across the country, as Kansas drug dealers obtained drugs from Northern California and brought them back to Lawrence, court documents allege. Day 2: From the Emerald Triangle to the Sunflower State
May 27, 2013
The thousands of pounds of marijuana that fueled a local drug-selling network arrived via a fertile pipeline of high-grade marijuana from the “Emerald Triangle,” a tri-county portion of Northern California known for prolific pot production. Through a sophisticated web of drug distribution involving fictitious businesses and a steady stream of Lawrence-area drug couriers, marijuana barrelled east to the Lawrence area, while millions in cash headed west to California, according to court documents. By Shaun Hittle and Ian Cummings

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How former Jayhawks fared in May 27 NBA games
May 27, 2013
A look at how former Kansas University players fared in Monday’s NBA playoff game.
Royals lose ninth straight at home, 6-3 to Cardinals
May 27, 2013
For the first time in James Shields’ last five starts, the Kansas City Royals scored more than two runs. Three were not enough to beat Adam Wainwright and the St. Louis Cardinals. Yadier Molina homered and drove in four runs to help St. Louis beat the slumping Royals 6-3 on Monday.
WR transfer bolsters hopes for improved KU pass offense
May 27, 2013
Former Miami of Ohio receiver Nick Harwell, who transferred to the Kansas University football team last week, is the latest upgrade to KU’s passing offense, which struggled in the 2012 season. By Matt Tait
Rain doesn’t stop community from memorializing fallen soldiers
May 27, 2013
Pouring rains couldn’t stop local veterans organizations from memorializing their fallen comrades Monday. While their Memorial Day ceremonies were moved inside by the heavy morning downpour, their message remained the same: Soldiers who died protecting our freedom should never be forgotten. By Giles Bruce
Kansas Legislature returns to face tax, budget decisions
May 27, 2013
The current legislative session is tied into knots over taxes and spending because legislators are trying to unravel what a Republican majority led by Gov. Sam Brownback did last year. By Scott Rothschild
KU baseball left out of NCAA Tournament field
May 27, 2013
The Kansas University baseball team’s dream of seeing its name included in the NCAA Tournament field of 64 came to an end Monday morning. The Jayhawks, who finished with their best record since 2010 and advanced to last weekend’s Big 12 Conference tournament championship game, did not do enough to receive an invite to the postseason. By Matt Tait
Day 2: From the Emerald Triangle to the Sunflower State
The California Connection
May 27, 2013
The thousands of pounds of marijuana that fueled a local drug-selling network arrived via a fertile pipeline of high-grade marijuana from the “Emerald Triangle,” a tri-county portion of Northern California known for prolific pot production. Through a sophisticated web of drug distribution involving fictitious businesses and a steady stream of Lawrence-area drug couriers, marijuana barrelled east to the Lawrence area, while millions in cash headed west to California, according to court documents. By Shaun Hittle and Ian Cummings
Lawrence flair shines bright through new public mural in Korean ‘city of the future’
May 27, 2013
Hailed as the city of the future, Songdo, South Korea, was built from the ground up and opened for business in 2009. Against the city’s modern, concrete-and-steel-heavy architectural landscape, a shot of color from a brand-new outdoor mural really pops. If “A City on the Rise” looks similar to something you’d see on the side of a building in Lawrence, your eyes aren’t mistaken. By Sara Shepherd
KU graduate is pioneering advocate for people with disabilities in Vietnam
May 27, 2013
As she prepared to graduate from Kansas University with her master’s degree in 2004, Yen Vo told the Journal-World she planned to work for a U.S.-based aid agency for people with disabilities in Vietnam. It didn’t take her long to set a new course. In the time since, she’s started a disability resource group unique in Vietnam, but she says she has a lot of work left to do. By Matt Erickson
City seeking input on new study of bike, transit, and other multimodal transportation options
May 27, 2013
As part of their multimodal planning study, Lawrence and Douglas County officials have launched a new interactive mapping system that allows members of the public to make suggestions to the county’s transportation system simply by clicking on a map. By Chad Lawhorn
Baseball museum in Muscotah rounding second base
May 27, 2013
Last summer, if you drove the winding Kansas Highway 159 north toward small Kansas towns such as Holton and Horton, you might not have noticed the town of Muscotah, population less than 180. But an old water tower tank, plunged in the middle of the town like a meteor dropped down from another planet, might have caught your eye. By Shaun Hittle
On Memorial Day, young veteran wants fellow citizens to think about cost of war
May 27, 2013
“Activated.” Even uttered in his father’s voice, the word hit Johnathan Duncan like a brick wall on a brisk October day in 2005. The Kansas National Guard’s 161st Field Artillery, Duncan’s unit, had been called into service in Iraq. “My first thought was, ‘I’m going to die,’” he said. By Adam Strunk
Letter: Voting power
May 27, 2013
People between the ages of 18 and 39 are angry. They are angry with predominately white, older (over 50) people who are financially sound and make all the rules.
Editorial: Too good?
After seeing the results of competitive bidding to build a new city recreation center, Kansas University officials may be taking a second look at their financial arrangements on Rock Chalk Park.
May 27, 2013
The public is awash in numbers related to the Rock Chalk Park deal, so perhaps it’s time to step back and isolate the various components.
25 years ago: Early plans announced for Riverfront Plaza
May 27, 2013
Members of the Downtown Improvement Committee were enthusiastic about the project.
40 years ago: Lawrence grads put high school ‘up for sale’
May 27, 2013
Students had pulled the pre-graduation prank early Friday morning.
100 years ago: Lawrence plans ceremonies, parade for Memorial Day
May 27, 2013
“The veterans will go to the cemeteries where short services will be held and tributes paid to the fallen soldiers.”
The Fashion Column: Summer vacation style
May 27, 2013
I remember vacations as a kid when I didn’t even have to pack for myself; those were the days. Now, prepping for a vacation involves a lot of stress and endless hours of outfit planning because, let’s face it, a girl must have options.
Fix-It Chick: Keep your reel mower sharp
May 27, 2013
Periodic adjustments and blade sharpening can keep a reel mower operating smoothly year after year.
Opinion: ‘Right-sizing’ counterterrorism policy
May 27, 2013 in print edition on A9
Watching President Obama’s compelling speech on counterterrorism policy Thursday, you couldn’t help wondering what he might accomplish if he could apply the same intellectual focus and intensity to governing the nation that he has shown as covert commander in chief. 
Double Take: Young woman should wait to enlist
May 27, 2013
A young woman wants to join the military but is concerned about recent reports of sexual assault in the armed forces.
Library launches most delicious book club ever
May 27, 2013
It’s an unusual type of book club where you eat the answers to discussion questions. Don’t worry, though, there’s a twist to make them more palatable. At this club, instead of toting in matching books and paper handouts, your fellow members are probably packing a batch of cupcakes or a hot, steaming pan of enchiladas. By Sara Shepherd
Horoscopes for May 27
May 27, 2013
For Monday, May 27: This year, you demonstrate an innate understanding with people. You see right through others’ facades, and you encourage more authenticity as a result. If you are single, you’ll attract a very different type of person. If you are attached, the two of you get down to basics.