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Archive for Wednesday, October 16, 2013

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12:00 a.m.
From left Lawrence Police Officer Sutagee Anglin and Sgt. Ted Bordman, laugh as Addalyne Egidy, 7, covers her face. Addalyne, her mother, Erin Egidy, and brother Aiden Egidy, 3, were introduced while receiving a Silver Valor Award on behalf of their husband and father, Officer Robert Egidy, who is deployed to Afghanistan with the U.S. Army Reserve. The three law enforcement officers, who rescued an unconscious man from a burning house in December 2012, were among 40 first responders honored Tuesday at the Leadership Lawrence Valor Public Safety Awards. Chamber honors first responders for lifesaving, valor
October 15, 2013
When Lawrence police Officer Sutagee Anglin found himself among first responders to a quickly escalating house fire, he didn’t stop to think, “Wait — I’m not a firefighter.” “You go back there and hear someone screaming and saying there’s someone else inside, it’s a reaction,” he said. “You just do it.” By Sara Shepherd
10:27 a.m.
Free State High senior Emilee Kern, right, is stuffed by St. Teresa’s Academy player Maddie Torti during a volleyball triangular, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013, at FSHS. The point went the Firebirds’ way — Torti reached over the net — but Free State lost, 25-13, 25-15. FSHS volleyball keeps positive outlook after sweep
October 16, 2013
Free State High’s volleyball players aren’t in denial. They know certain issues have kept them from winning more games, and they will tell those who inquire that the problems are fixable. By Benton Smith
2:16 p.m.
Haskell Indian Nations University campus entrance Candidates for Haskell president on campus for interviews
October 16, 2013
Seven candidates are on the Haskell Indian Nations University campus to interview for the position of university president. The university has been without a president since former Haskell President Chris Redman resigned in May. The interviews are open to Haskell students and faculty.
4:34 p.m.
Lawrence Memorial Hospital, 325 Maine. Lawrence Memorial Hospital revamps food service to offer room service, healthier options
October 16, 2013
Here’s one type of room service you won’t have to tip for — after all, hospital gowns don’t really have a good place to store a wallet. Officials with Lawrence Memorial Hospital have approved a plan that will create a new room service meal option for patients by mid-2014. By Chad Lawhorn

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KU volleyball sweeps Texas Tech
October 16, 2013
Kansas University’s volleyball team rallied for a second-set victory on its way to a sweep of Texas Tech on Wednesday night.
Trying times: Losses wearing on QB Heaps, KU offense
October 16, 2013
If there’s such a thing as trying too hard, Kansas University quarterback Jake Heaps may be doing it. The former BYU quarterback, who took the reins of KU’s offense this offseason after sitting out 2012, has been up-and-down during his first five games as KU’s starter, a stretch in which the Kansas offense averaged 18 points and 305 yards per game. By Matt Tait
Self: OSU coach’s Wiggins joke ‘not a big deal’
October 16, 2013
Oklahoma State basketball coach Travis Ford’s comments concerning the hype surrounding Kansas University freshman Andrew Wiggins have made their way from Stillwater to Jayhawk Nation. KU coach Bill Self on Wednesday told the Journal-World that Ford’s quotes were “not a big deal.” By Gary Bedore
FSHS tennis moves up to runner-up at regional
October 16, 2013
Free State High’s girls tennis players received some surprising news from coach Oather Strawderman at Wednesday’s practice. It took a few days, but the Firebirds were awarded second place at their Class 6A regional tournament. By Benton Smith
Moran and Jenkins join majority in voting to reopen government, raise debt limit
10:09 p.m., October 16, 2013 Updated 11:57 p.m.
Early during the impasse, Kansas’ all-Republican congressional delegation supported efforts to make funding government contingent on de-funding the Affordable Care Act.
Finalist for KU medical school dean returns to his alma mater noting the challenges the school faces
October 16, 2013
Robert Simari, a professor at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, has been touring the KU medical school campuses in a final interview for the dean position at the School of Medicine. Today he talked with the public about the financial, social and organizational issues he would try to tackle as dean. By Ben Unglesbee
State education board hears preview of upcoming legislative debates
October 16, 2013
The Kansas State Board of Education hosted an informal meeting with members of the Kansas House and Senate education committees. Conservative lawmakers told the State Board of Education to focus more on efficiency and improving test scores, while moderates argued that improvements cost money. By Peter Hancock
County sends agritourism issue to Planning Commission
October 16, 2013
Douglas County commissioners today imposed a moratorium on issuing any new agritourism permits and asked the city-county Planning Commission to schedule a study session to begin drafting changes. By Peter Hancock
Legislator to file bill requiring ACA navigators to be checked and licensed
October 16, 2013
The chairwoman of the Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee today said she will introduce legislation to require background checks and licensing of Affordable Care Act navigators in Kansas.
KU selects opera star, economist for honorary doctorates; Regents OK business school plans, museum renovations
October 16, 2013
Kansas University today announced that Nobel Prize-winning economist Vernon Smith and celebrated opera singer Joyce DiDonato will be awarded honorary degrees at the school’s 2014 spring commencement. By Scott Rothschild
Lawrence Memorial Hospital revamps food service to offer room service, healthier options
October 16, 2013
Here’s one type of room service you won’t have to tip for — after all, hospital gowns don’t really have a good place to store a wallet. Officials with Lawrence Memorial Hospital have approved a plan that will create a new room service meal option for patients by mid-2014. By Chad Lawhorn
Seabury football game called off
October 16, 2013
This week’s Bishop Seabury Academy football game, a scheduled road contest Wednesday against the Kansas State School for the Deaf, was canceled.
Blood drive in honor of 5-year-old to be held Thursday
October 16, 2013
The Community Blood Center and Lawrence Hearing Aid Center will team up Thursday morning for a blood drive to honor a 5-year-old grandson of one of the hearing aid center’s employees.
Candidates for Haskell president on campus for interviews
October 16, 2013
Seven candidates are on the Haskell Indian Nations University campus to interview for the position of university president. The university has been without a president since former Haskell President Chris Redman resigned in May. The interviews are open to Haskell students and faculty.
Opinion: Statement trivializes past sin
October 16, 2013
In 1865, American slavery ended with the Confederate surrender at Appomattox Courthouse and the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment.
Lions soccer foiled on Senior Night, 1-0
October 16, 2013
Coming into Tuesday night’s game, Lawrence High coach Mike Murphy believed his players had more strength and size in the box than Shawnee Mission Northwest. Unfortunately for the Lions, that edge failed to produce a goal in a 1-0 loss to the Cougars on a chilly night at LHS. By Jesse Newell
KU men’s golf places ninth in Indiana
October 16, 2013
Kansas University freshman Chase Hanna carded his second straight 74 on Tuesday in the final round of the Crooked Stick Intercollegiate. Hanna finished tied for 17th place as the Jayhawks placed ninth in the 14-team, three-day tournament.
LHS volleyball 0-3 at Hayden
October 16, 2013
Lawrence High’s volleyball team went 0-3 in a quadrangular Tuesday at Topeka Hayden.
FSHS volleyball keeps positive outlook after sweep
October 16, 2013
Free State High’s volleyball players aren’t in denial. They know certain issues have kept them from winning more games, and they will tell those who inquire that the problems are fixable. By Benton Smith
25 years ago: A feast of 80s movies greets Lawrence film fans
October 16, 2013
The fall crop of movies provided several options this week for a night out.
Lawrence welcomes hundreds of firefighters
October 16, 2013
Lawrence is playing host to more than 200 members of the International Association of Firefighters for a four-day conference.
Hizmet Relief donates 500 pounds of meat to Just Food
October 16, 2013
Hizmet Relief will donate 500 pounds of packaged meat to Just Food to honor the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Adha, or The Feast of Sacrifice.
Author Jill Lepore to speak as part of KU lecture series
October 16, 2013
Jill Lepore, author of the “Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin,” will speak at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 22 in the Woodruff Auditorium of the Kansas Union.
40 years ago: Sonny and Cher perform at Allen Fieldhouse
October 16, 2013
A local columnist titled his review of the show “Who Else Performs an Hour And Departs With $45,300?”
Letter: Shutdown harm
October 16, 2013
What harm could the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare cause our nation that is any worse than what the government shutdown is causing right now? Of course the president can’t negotiate with the people who caused the shutdown. That would legitimize extortion as a political tactic.
Letters: Dependency?
October 16, 2013
The argument that we are hearing from ultraconservatives that receiving financial support from the federal government “fosters a culture of dependency” does have some genuine merit.
Opinion: ACA ‘glitches’ inexcusable
October 16, 2013
The appalling mess that has faced people trying to sign up to obtain medical insurance under the new Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) is both inexcusable and dismaying. Regardless of what position one takes as to the wisdom of the new law, there can be no excuse for the unbelievable incompetence that seems to have resulted in  a “launch” for the new insurance exchanges that has already soured many Americans on the new legislation.
Letter: Being grateful
October 16, 2013
As the verbal and written congrats keep rolling in, I am increasingly grateful that the Lawrence Journal-World sponsors the Only in Lawrence awards project and especially for those staff members who worked directly with me: Emily Mulligan, Nick Krug and Julie Wright. In addition, I am grateful for the person or persons who nominated me, the large staff at Warren-McElwain Mortuary, the hundreds of survivors who have been my best teachers and the many participants who have referred others into our program.
100 years ago: Heavy rain cancels parade, motion-picture project
October 16, 2013
“How welcome this rain would have been the middle of last August, but just now it seems superfluous.”
Polenta: The perfect fall comfort food
October 16, 2013
It’s buttery and cheesy and just a bite or two can fortify you against the coldest winter day.
Editorial: Vision needed
As leaders review the Horizon 2020 comprehensive plan, they should consider a broader community vision that looks beyond land-use issues.
October 16, 2013
Lawrence and Douglas County have changed considerably since the Horizon 2020 comprehensive plan was adopted in 1997 — and not always in the ways that were expected.