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Archive for Saturday, October 19, 2013

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12:36 a.m.
Philip Ciesielski, left, assistant director of utilities with the city of Lawrence, and Larry Taber, resident project representative with Black and Veatch of Kansas City, Mo., oversee the placement of a new water tank Thursday west of Lawrence, off Sixth Street near St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, 5700 W. Sixth St. The tank will hold 1.5 million gallons of water. Lawrence installing new utility billing system; customers urged to look at water bills closely
October 18, 2013
All 32,000 homes and businesses in Lawrence with city water service are being urged to take notice of a new account number that will show up on their monthly bills. By Chad Lawhorn
10:00 a.m.
This collage illustrates the hallmarks of Lawrence's downtown cultural district. First Row: The Granada Theater, Lawrence Arts Center, Aimee's Coffee Shop, Second Row: Bowersock Mills and Power Company, SeedCo Studios in the Warehouse Arts District, Site of Langston Hughes' home, Row Three: The East Lawrence Waltz mural, Pachamama's, St. Luke's A.M.E. Church, Row Four: Turnhalle Building, Wonder Fair Art Gallery, Americana Music Academy. Task force fine-tuning recommendations for Lawrence Cultural District
October 19, 2013
A group working to create a vision for the Lawrence Cultural District is close to presenting its final recommendations to the City Commission. Balancing the East Lawrence neighborhood’s fear of gentrification with a goal of promoting economic investment — in the district and citywide — has been a theme since the Cultural District Task Force began meeting in April. By Sara Shepherd
1:00 p.m.
The Kansas Legislature has approved a budget plan that includes a provision to eliminate federal money going to Planned Parenthood clinics. Supporters of the proposal say taxpayer money shouldn't be used to fund abortions; Planned Parenthood says the funds at stake instead go to health services, such as breast exams and cancer screenings. Regents hear rumblings about tenure, but no specific plan has emerged
October 18, 2013
Officials say they wouldn’t be surprised if legislation surfaced that sought to change tenure policies at public universities following the uproar over a Kansas University tenured professor’s tweet aimed at the National Rifle Association. But so far, no proposal has emerged. By Scott Rothschild
9:34 p.m.
Julie Wolf, of Lawrence, works on a altar in remembrance of her grandmother during a Dia de los Muertos workshop Saturday at the Lawrence Percolator Artspace, 913 Rhode Island St. Altar-building workshop helps honor loved ones with backdrop of Mexican holiday
October 19, 2013
Community members construct homages to loved ones as part of a Dia de los Muertos altar-building workshop co-hosted by The Lawrence Percolator and Lawrence Public Library on Saturday.

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Jayhawks show 10K fans reluctance to run
October 19, 2013
Kansas University’s basketball coaches have been encouraging their players — actually pleading with the players — to get the ball and run this preseason. By Gary Bedore
Buchanan paces Kansas runners
October 19, 2013
Junior Reid Buchanan placed 37th to pace the Kansas University men, and sophomore Hannah Richardson led the women with her 36th-place finish Saturday at the Indiana State Pre-National Invitational on Saturday.
KU tennis 7-0 at regional
October 19, 2013
Kansas University tennis went 7-0 and put two players into the Round of 16 on Saturday at the ITA Central Regional.
Kansas volleyball upends WVU
October 19, 2013
Fifth-year Kansas University senior Catherine Carmichael had 18 kills, including crucial back-to-back kills in a second-set comeback, to spark KU to a four-set Big 12 volleyball victory over West Virginia on Saturday at the WVU Coliseum.
TO-prone Texans meet ballhawking Chiefs
October 19, 2013
Texans coach Gary Kubiak is worried about his team entering one of the most hostile environments in the NFL today, Arrowhead Stadium. What may concern him most is a single statistic that also might be the biggest reason his team is scuffling toward a losing record and Kansas City is undefeated: Houston is the worst team in the AFC at turning over the ball, and the Chiefs are the best at taking it away.
Free State tops LHS in volleyball
October 19, 2013
Free State High volleyball defeated rival Lawrence High on its way to a 3-3 record on Saturday at the Emporia High Invitational.
Alexis Czapinski advances at state tennis
October 19, 2013
Free State High’s Alexis Czapinski won two matches and advanced to the semifinals of the Class 6A state tennis tournament on Saturday at Maize South High.
Free State boys, girls second at league cross country
October 19, 2013
Free State High’s boys and girls placed second in the team races at the Sunflower League Cross Country Championship. By Benton Smith
Opinion: Jayhawks playing hard for Charlie Weis
October 19, 2013
With each Kansas loss, some people might jump off the Charlie Weis bandwagon, but it doesn’t appear his players are doing the same thing, Journal-World sports editor Tom Keegan writes.
Trick play sparks Sooners
October 19, 2013
Lacoltan Bester who connected with Sterling Shepard for 49 yards and a score that erased a 13-8 deficit and gave the Sooners the lead for good in a 34-19 victory. By Gary Bedore
Notebook: KU sees early ground success; Weis gives injury updates for Heeney, Pierson
October 19, 2013
Aslam Sterling was a busy man during his second start of the season at right tackle on Saturday. And that’s because most of the power running plays that worked beautifully during the early portion of Kansas University’s 34-19 loss to No. 18 Oklahoma went right behind the 6-foot-5, 315-pound senior, who started the season at left tackle. By Matt Tait
Clear skies, smooth travel allow for good day at 56th annual Maple Leaf Festival
October 19, 2013
Everything was in place for smooth sailing at the Maple Leaf Festival in Baldwin City on Saturday. U.S. Highway 56 reopened just in time, allowing easy travel for the thousands of vehicles streaming into the town. And once people arrived, the sunny, mild weather kept them there until the vendors began to close up shop. By Nikki Wentling
Passing judgment: Weis says KU air attack ‘not acceptable’ following 34-19 loss to Oklahoma
October 19, 2013
On a day when Kansas University coach Charlie Weis took the first step toward looking to the future at quarterback, the present bit him in the rear as the Jayhawks managed just 16 yards passing in a 34-19 loss to 18th-ranked Oklahoma in front of 41,113 at Memorial Stadium. By Matt Tait
Game Balls and Gassers: Oklahoma
October 19, 2013
Candidates for Game Balls and Gassers following Kansas’ 34-19 loss to Oklahoma on Saturday …
Altar-building workshop helps honor loved ones with backdrop of Mexican holiday
October 19, 2013
Community members construct homages to loved ones as part of a Dia de los Muertos altar-building workshop co-hosted by The Lawrence Percolator and Lawrence Public Library on Saturday.
Lawrence police to conduct nighttime seatbelt enforcement on Monday
October 19, 2013
Lawrence police will conduct nighttime seat belt enforcement on Monday as part of a campaign funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Andrew Wiggins scores 21; KU draws 10,000 fans for scrimmage
October 19, 2013
Andrew Wiggins scored 21 points in a series of three, 10-minute scrimmages before 10,000 fans on Saturday morning at Allen Fieldhouse.
Overwhelmed early, Lions football falls at Leavenworth
October 19, 2013
Leavenworth High’s football players might as well have planted a flag with their “LV” logo on it in Lawrence’s backfield Friday night at Pioneer Stadium. By Benton Smith
FSHS football scores 55 straight for coach’s 100th victory
October 19, 2013
A little bit of mud was about all that could slow down the Free State High football team on Friday night. After falling behind early, the No. 2-ranked Firebirds scored 55 straight points, rolling to a 55-14, district-opening victory over Wyandotte on Friday night at Wyandotte High. By Jesse Newell
Area football roundup: Tonganoxie tops Perry-Lecompton
October 19, 2013
Cole Holloway ran for 176 yards on just 17 carries as Tonganoxie cruised to a 37-8 football win Friday against Perry-Lecompton in its Class 4A District 2 opener at Beatty Field.
Veritas falls in 54-6 rout
October 19, 2013
Mark Weinhold’s one-yard run in the first quarter was all the scoring for Veritas Christian School in a 54-6 high school football loss to Topeka Cair Paravel on Friday night at The Eagles’ Nest.
KU unselfishness impresses ex-NBA coach Van Gundy
October 19, 2013
There might not be a more qualified man to assess a Kansas University basketball practice than Stan Van Gundy, former head coach of the NBA’s Miami Heat and Orlando Magic. “What I like beyond the obvious talent is it’s a very unselfish team,” Van Gundy, a guest speaker at Bill Self’s KU coaches clinic, said Friday at Allen Fieldhouse. By Gary Bedore
Opinion: Open practice a peek at recruits, rotation
October 19, 2013
Late Night resulted in so many local crazed basketball fans getting turned away at the door that Kansas University coach Bill Self has decided to have another open practice. Call it Early Morning. Column by Tom Keegan
KU tennis wins three on Day 2 of ITA regionals
October 19, 2013
Kansas University doubles partners Maria Belen Ludueña and Maria Jose Cardona advanced to the round of 16 before losing Friday at the ITA Regional Tennis Championships.
WVU blanks KU soccer
October 19, 2013
Kansas University’s soccer team gave up two goals in the first 15 minutes at West Virginia on Friday night, and the Mountaineers held on for a 2-0 victory.
25 years ago: Opposing candidate’s accusations unfounded, current sheriff says
October 19, 2013
Candidate Gale E. Pinegar presented copies of crime statistics and other information that he said showed ineffectiveness in the current department.
40 years ago: City dog-and-cat ordinance to be revised
October 19, 2013
Dog registration licenses were to be abolished, with a rabies vaccination form to serve the purpose.
Letter: Bus should serve city
October 19, 2013
“That would be a change in strategy,” Chad Lawhorn wrote in his Oct. 17 Town Talk column. “In June, city commissioners directed staff members to focus on a site near Ninth and Iowa streets behind The Merc for a transit hub location. But city officials tell me now that KU officials aren’t wild about that location. KU’s buy-in is important because the estimated $3 million transit hub will serve both KU and city buses.”
Letter: Energy issues
October 19, 2013
Most Americans, including myself, are too dependent on technology. I believe that some energy self-sufficiency is a way to maintain safety when natural or manmade disasters strike. According to a report from the U.S. Department of Energy (July 2013), the nation’s energy system is vulnerable to increasingly severe and costly weather events driven by climate change. Each component of the energy infrastructure — oil wells, hydroelectric dams, nuclear power plants — will be stressed by more intense storms, rising seas, higher temperatures and more frequent droughts. As Americans, we should build a more resilient infrastructure that can protect our homes and businesses as we experience more powerful storms.
Task force fine-tuning recommendations for Lawrence Cultural District
October 19, 2013
A group working to create a vision for the Lawrence Cultural District is close to presenting its final recommendations to the City Commission. Balancing the East Lawrence neighborhood’s fear of gentrification with a goal of promoting economic investment — in the district and citywide — has been a theme since the Cultural District Task Force began meeting in April. By Sara Shepherd
County Conservation District to hold Cover Crop and Soil Health Field Day
October 19, 2013
The Douglas County Conservation District is holding “Cover Crop and Soil Health Field Day” on Oct. 29 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Mike and Cheryl Flory’s farm south of Lawrence.
100 years ago: Local investors warned against Florida land purchases
October 19, 2013
“They all stand to lose not only what they have put into the land, but hundreds more in a futile attempt to make things grow.”
Faith Forum: How do you build godly relationships?
October 19, 2013
Ron Channell, Family Church of Lawrence, and the Rev. Gary O’Flannagan, Cornerstone Southern Baptist Church, answer.
Saturday Column: Temporary truce won’t lead to positive action in D.C.
October 19, 2013
A temporary truce may have been achieved in Washington earlier this week with members of Congress approving a short-term budget deal, but there is no justification for anyone to think the fighting is over and the country can look forward to months of positive, forward-thinking, bipartisan legislation.
Opinion: Team name misses linguistic evolution
October 19, 2013
In the matter of the (Washington) Redskins. I don’t like being lectured by sportscasters about ethnic sensitivity. Or advised by the president of the United States about changing team names. Or blackmailed by tribal leaders playing the race card.