Archive for Friday, November 1, 2013

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12:14 a.m.
In this photo from 2007, The Lawrence Hurricanes sixth-grade football team poses after winning the NYSSO Kick-Off Classic in Basehor. Several members of 2013 Free State and Lawrence High football teams played for the Hurricanes, including, top row from left: LHS senior Alex Jones (74), FSHS seniors Khadre Lane (5) and Blake Winslow (28) and LHS senior Kyle Wittman (64). Middle row, from left: FSHS seniors Zach Bickling (39), Keith Loneker Jr. (21), Stan Skwarlo (24), and LHS seniors Kieran Severa (44) and Ryan Bellinger (48). Bottom row, from left: FSHS senior Joe Dineen (12) and LHS senior Tucker Sutter (40). Firebirds, Lions not just rivals, but longtime friends
November 1, 2013
Eleven of the football players in tonight’s City Showdown between Lawrence High and Free State were once teammates with the Lawrence Hurricanes sixth-grade team. “It makes it a little more competitive, too,” FSHS senior Joe Dineen said. “You want to beat your friends.” By Benton Smith
11:00 a.m.
Local Obamacare enrollment still slowed by glitches with website Local Obamacare enrollment still slowed by glitches with website
October 31, 2013
The local effort to enroll people in the new insurance marketplace, a major piece of the Affordable Care Act, over the past month has been slowed by technical problems with the national website, HealthCare.gov. By Giles Bruce
2:00 p.m.
The Honorable John Lungstrum, U.S. district judge for Kansas, described the role of the federal judiciary to a packed room of New Generation Society of Lawrence members at the KU Continuing Education Building on March 26. Lungstrum has served as a federal district judge since 1991. The photo was submitted by Mark and Susan Osborn. Second school finance case winding through federal courts
October 31, 2013
While the Kansas Supreme Court is weighing one constitutional challenge to the state’s school finance formula, a federal court in Kansas City is weighing another. U.S. District Judge John Lungstrum ruled this week that the case of Petrella vs. Brownback can move forward. By Peter Hancock
6:00 p.m.
Peggy Mersmann-Laptad stays busy these days doing what her grandfather did years ago at the same farm north of Lawrence: harvesting and hulling walnuts. Lawrence woman tries to revive the family business: walnut farming
November 1, 2013
Most days this time of year, you can find Peggy Mersmann-Laptad in her yard, trying to keep the family business going. For two or three hours a day, she walks around her farm north of Lawrence, under the canopy of roughly 250 trees. Reviving a family business is an ambitious goal, maybe more so when that business is walnut farming. But if she doesn’t do it, who will? By Giles Bruce

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Editorial: Hays leader
Ed Hammond, president of Fort Hays State University, will be hard to replace.
November 1, 2013
Ed Hammond, president of Fort Hays State University, will be hard to replace.