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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Charlie Weis: Wait until season’s end to judge
November 1, 2013
Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis was asked earlier this week about the current state of KU football, given the rough first year and the slow start to his second season in charge of the Jayhawks. By Matt Tait
Tale of the tape: KU vs. Texas
November 1, 2013
A unit-by-unit look at the Kansas-Texas football match-up. By Matt Tait
The real McCoy: Young Case steps up as Texas’ QB
November 1, 2013
In Longhorn country, Texas quarterback Case McCoy is and likely always will be known as the younger brother of UT legend Colt McCoy. In Jayhawk country, the younger McCoy is known as someone entirely different. By Matt Tait
Weather statement issued for Douglas, Franklin counties
November 1, 2013
The National Weather Service has issued a severe weather statement for Douglas County.
Al Jazeera story on sexual assault puts KU in spotlight, draws university condemnation
November 1, 2013
Kansas University students shown in an Al Jazeera America story discussing their sexual encounters while intoxicated, and while their partners were intoxicated, have prompted condemnation from student leadership and university officials. By Ben Unglesbee
Iwig dairy holds festival in the face of uncertain future
November 1, 2013
Iwig Family Dairy’s annual Fall Festival will go on this weekend, probably under sunny skies even as the farm slogs through financial problems and uncertainty about its future. By Sara Shepherd
Food stamp cuts hit hard, officials say
November 1, 2013
Nearly 320,000 Kansans will have less to buy food under the cut in food stamps that went into effect Friday. “The results will be shattering to low-income families in Douglas County,” said Jeremy Farmer, chief executive officer of Just Food, the Douglas County food bank. By Scott Rothschild
Honor society holds monthlong professional clothing drive for Kansas University students
November 1, 2013
A Kansas University honor society is holding its annual professional clothing drive throughout the month of November. The donated clothing will go to students who need the attire for interviews, career fairs and the workplace.
In Lawrence case, court rules an air rifle is not a firearm
November 1, 2013
A panel of the Kansas Court of Appeals has overturned the sentence of a Lawrence man who was accused in 2011 of pointing an air rifle at two people and threatening to shoot them. By Scott Rothschild
Police looking for suspect in early morning North Lawrence robbery
November 1, 2013
Police are looking for a suspect in an early morning robbery in North Lawrence.
Lawrence church to accept donations for underpriveleged kids in foreign nations
November 1, 2013
The First Christian Church in Lawrence will be collecting donations for underprivileged kids in other countries as part of a nationwide effort organized by Samaritan’s Purse.
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
Veritas football routs Flint Hills
November 1, 2013
Veritas Christian School’s football team ran to a 54-6 rout of Flint Hills Christian in just three quarters on Thursday.
WR Coleman learning on Weis’ watch
November 1, 2013
It’s called “sticking a route,” and Kansas University receiver Rodriguez Coleman has learned a whole lot more about it in the last few weeks. That’s because KU football coach Charlie Weis has been spending more of his time at practice and in film sessions working with the receivers. By Jesse Newell
Kansas men ranked fifth in preseason hoops poll
November 1, 2013
Kansas University’s men’s basketball team, which was picked No. 6 in USA Today’s preseason coaches poll, begins the 2013-14 campaign No. 5 in the Associated Press media rankings. By Gary Bedore
Opinion: For shot at upset, KU must run at UT
November 1, 2013
Scott Vestal, assistant defensive backs coach for a Kansas University football team trying to stop its Big 12 losing streak at 25 Saturday in Austin against Texas, carries no illusions about the enormity of that task. Column by Tom Keegan
A push up front: Senior center Wittman grows into leader for LHS
November 1, 2013
Lawrence High senior center Kyle Wittman has grown into a vocal leader for the Lions, who take on rival Free State tonight at 7 p.m. By Benton Smith
Royals exercise Shields’ option
November 1, 2013
The Kansas City Royals exercised their $13.5 million option on right-hander James Shields on Thursday after he anchored one of the league’s best starting rotations last season.
Tulsa basketball turns back Haskell, 118-55
November 1, 2013
Tulsa built a 26-point halftime lead and claimed a 118-55 victory over Haskell Indian Nations University on Thursday night in a men’s college exhibition basketball game.
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
Tonganoxie, Baldwin take district titles
November 1, 2013
Cole Holloway ran for 151 yards and three touchdowns, and Tonganoxie High clinched its second straight district title with a win Thursday night against Basehor-Linwood.
25 years ago: Halloween trick was no treat for downtown business
November 1, 2013
“I can’t imagine what kids do or why they’re that way.”
40 years ago: New pet ordinance gets mixed reviews
November 1, 2013
A local attorney asked commissioners this week if they had any idea how they would muzzle a cat.
Letter: Wiggins era?
November 1, 2013
Only in the warped world of college sports, and its sycophantic local newspaper coverage, would it be possible to describe a one-year-and-out basketball player as beginning a “Wiggins era of KU basketball.”
Letter: Forum change
November 1, 2013
I was disappointed to see the format change on the reader reply and chat section. It seems as if about a dozen people are now responsible for holding up arguments that used to be supported by hundreds of readers/bloggers. Sad.
Letter: Groveling prof
November 1, 2013
Could anything be more humiliating than the Uriah Heep-like apologia of poor Prof. Guth?
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.
Opinion: U.S. views align with Mideast allies
November 1, 2013
Talleyrand, the celebrated French diplomat, is said to have offered this inscrutable advice about the use of military power: “One can do everything with bayonets except sit on them.” Perhaps that’s a starting point in thinking about President Obama’s new approach of what might be called “strategic humility” about American power in the turbulent Middle East.
100 years ago: Sheriff returns to Lawrence with wanted man, reports on crop conditions out west
November 1, 2013
“The sheriff says western Kansas looks much better than last summer.”