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Archive for Sunday, October 20, 2013

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9:33 a.m.
Ralph Dalrymple, of rural Leavenworth County, is a 91-year-old World War II veteran who served as an Army combat engineer. He watches as torn and tattered U.S. flags are disposed of during a ceremony at the Fraternal Order of Police firing range in rural Douglas County. Dalrymple said he has attended these ceremonies for about the past 10 years. Lawhorn’s Lawrence: Flags and the notes they strike
October 20, 2013
Every flag is inspected. On this day that means an estimated 4,000 of them. They are in cardboard boxes stacked upon each other in a scenic little slice of western Douglas County. A few feet away are the old tractor tire rims filled with wood and flames growing higher and higher. This is what a flag funeral looks like, in case you are wondering.By Chad Lawhorn
10:00 a.m.
Gina Westergard, associate professor of metalsmithing/jewelry at Kansas University, was voted this year's Lawrence ArtWalk Featured Artist Award. Westergard's current body of work is comprised of jewelry as well as funerary urns and reliquaries, which are functional objects that have great significance to her. Lawrence ArtWalk Featured Artist shows metalsmith work celebrating life
October 20, 2013
When it comes to Gina Westergard’s art, she finds creating functional objects most fulfilling, as she appreciates the memory that gets tied in with the object.
1:00 p.m.
Richard Gwin/Journal World Photo. Sunshine prevailed and the band played as onlookers filed along the streets of the Maple Leaf Festival in Baldwin City on Saturday October 19, 2013. For more than 50 years the festival has been held the third week in October. 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
9:14 p.m.
No health concerns associated with current bad water taste
October 20, 2013
A chorus of complaints emerged over the weekend over the taste of Lawrence’s tap water, but Dave Wagner, director of utilities for the city of Lawrence, said Sunday that residents need not worry about its safety.

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Kansas recruiting targets’ tweets positive
October 20, 2013
Blue-chip high school senior basketball prospects Jahlil Okafor and Tyus Jones completed their official visits to Kansas University on Sunday morning amid growing speculation that KU and Duke might be co-leaders for Rivals.com’s No. 1- and 5-rated players who wish to attend the same school. By Gary Bedore
Opinion: JaCorey Shepherd could be two-way standout
October 20, 2013
Playing both ways at the college level is more demanding than in high school, but maybe it’s time to consider giving junior cornerback JaCorey Shepherd a chance to do it. By Matt Tait
Lonely at top: Chiefs last undefeated in NFL
October 20, 2013
The Chiefs beat Houston, 17-16, to extend their perfect start to 7-0.
No health concerns associated with current bad water taste
October 20, 2013
A chorus of complaints emerged over the weekend over the taste of Lawrence’s tap water, but Dave Wagner, director of utilities for the city of Lawrence, said Sunday that residents need not worry about its safety.
KU students disagree with administration wetlands decision
October 20, 2013
As the Baker Wetlands’ date with construction machinery draws closer, Kansas University’s student government has voiced its discontent over the limited role it and students played in a university decision to let the Kansas Department of Transportation use part of KU-owned wetlands for the new South Lawrence Trafficway. By Ben Unglesbee
Opinion: Averted crisis is no cause for celebration
October 20, 2013
Yay. Yippee. Woo hoo, even. It was a nick of time rescue, like when Polly Pureheart is whisked off the railroad tracks right before the train comes barreling through, or the correct wire is snipped and the bomb timer stops counting down with just seconds left.
25 years ago: New performing arts center to be built on KU’s west campus
October 20, 2013
It had been decided that the performance hall would be called the Lied Center.
40 years ago: Lawrence not keeping up with housing inspections, HUD says
October 20, 2013
The building inspection department was planning a report on the city’s first house inspection program.
Editorial: Election confusion
The legal confusion surrounding Kansas voter registration laws may have a big impact on voter participation in upcoming elections.
October 20, 2013
There are a number of ways Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach could improve the accuracy and integrity of the state’s election system. Creating a two-tiered voter registration system whereby some voters would be qualified to cast ballots only in federal races is not one of them.
Opinion: Too much politics isn’t the problem
October 20, 2013
Much is wrong with Washington these days, including much of what is said about what is wrong. Many Americans say there is “too much politics” in Washington. Actually, there is too little. Barack Obama deplores “politics as usual” here. But recently Washington has been tumultuous because politics, as the Framers understood it, has disintegrated. Obama has been complicit in this collapse.
Officials hoping for thaw in icy relations between higher education and Republican legislative leaders
October 20, 2013
Republican legislators who approved cuts to higher education and have warned more cuts may be coming will start touring universities this week in preparation for the 2014 session that starts in January. Both sides — the legislative leadership and higher education officials — say they hope their somewhat icy relationship of late will thaw outside the pressure of a legislative session. By Scott Rothschild
Resident pens essay, plans signing for new ‘Chicken Soup’ book
October 20, 2013
Lawrence resident Lorraine Cannistra has a story featured in the recently released Chicken Soup for the Soul book, “From Lemons to Lemonade.”
Granddaughters to read memoir of ‘Grandma’ Layton
October 20, 2013
The granddaughters of Elizabeth “Grandma” Layton will be reading from her biography “Signs Along the Way” at the Lawrence Arts Center today.
Pulitzer Prize winner to speak at Kansas Union
October 20, 2013
Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post columnist Michael Dirda will provide the University of Kansas Department of English’s 2013 Richard W. Gunn Lecture on Oct. 29 at the Big 12 Room of the Kansas Union.
Questions could save lives of domestic violence survivors
October 20, 2013
A list of 20 questions could mean the difference between safety and injury or death for victims of domestic violence. By Stephen Montemayor
100 years ago: KU launches Dept. of Child Welfare
October 20, 2013
“It is an entirely new venture, at least on such a large scale.”
Deer collisions can produce bounties for Douglas County residents on the ‘deer list’
October 20, 2013
Five Douglas County residents volunteer to be on the “deer list,” a rotating list of volunteers called and offered the chance to pick up freshly hit deer. By Stephen Montemayor
Lawrence ArtWalk Featured Artist shows metalsmith work celebrating life
October 20, 2013
When it comes to Gina Westergard’s art, she finds creating functional objects most fulfilling, as she appreciates the memory that gets tied in with the object.
Lawhorn’s Lawrence: Flags and the notes they strike
October 20, 2013
Every flag is inspected. On this day that means an estimated 4,000 of them. They are in cardboard boxes stacked upon each other in a scenic little slice of western Douglas County. A few feet away are the old tractor tire rims filled with wood and flames growing higher and higher. This is what a flag funeral looks like, in case you are wondering.By Chad Lawhorn
2013 Phoenix Awards: Art teacher unlocks creative voices in others
October 20, 2013
Cathy Ledeker sees her job teaching art to at-risk youths as “unlocking” the ideas in kids. That goes for the ones who come willingly, and the ones who are reluctant.
Roadwork: Construction planned this week
October 20, 2013
City construction projects are now mapped at lawks.us/construction-map.