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Archive for Thursday, October 24, 2013

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12:44 a.m.
Mike Yoder/Journal-World Photo.The east side bleachers and start of the steel structure frame for the press box is seen at KU's new track and field under construction at the Rock Chalk Park development Monday, Sept. 23, 2013. Between the foreground field of cattle and running through the frame from left to right is South Lawrence Trafficway. This view is from Hwy 40, also 6th Street, looking back to the northeast from just past the intersection with the SLT. The development will include a proposed $25 million city-owned recreation center,  softball and soccer facilities and the track and field for Kansas University. Drainage district concerned development in northwest Lawrence will increase flooding
October 23, 2013
As the area around the Rock Chalk Park sports complex develops, a group of drainage leaders is predicting flooding along the Kansas River will become more frequent, unless the city changes future development regulations. By Chad Lawhorn
10:00 a.m.
Braclets made from old license plates from Ecoboutiquo, 1101 1/2 Massachusetts Street. Eco-friendly boutique owner makes recycling fashionable
October 24, 2013
Ecoboutiquo owner uses recycled items to design one-of-a-kind clothing and accessories.
12:00 p.m.
Pirelli, played by Amelia Rollings, performs a tooth extraction on Tobias, played by Jacob Leet, before a crowd of spectators in a contest with Sweeney Todd, during a dress rehearsal for Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013 at the Lawrence Arts Center. Nick Krug/Journal-World Photo Lawrence Arts Center stages ‘Sweeney Todd’
October 24, 2013
Ric Averill has been thinking a lot about heritage recently. The longtime performing arts artistic director at the Lawrence Arts Center draws back the curtain on his latest project Friday, “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.” By John R. Phythyon Jr.
3:21 p.m.
Installing a solar-powered gable-mounted ventilator is the easiest way to properly increase attic ventilation and keep it cool in the summer and dry in the winter. Fix-It Chick: Install a solar-powered ventilator
October 24, 2013
Ventilation keeps attics cool in the summer and dry in the winter. It stops moisture buildup inside the attic and under the shingles. This in turn keeps insulation dry, staves off wood rot and reduces the chance of damage from precipitation as well as melting snow and ice. By Linda Cottin
4:32 p.m.
In this file photo, a user accesses Twitter on his Blackberry. Journalism professor David Guth is under scrutiny for a controversial tweet about the Navy Yard shootings in Washington. Guth will not return to KU classroom this year
3:40 p.m., October 24, 2013 Updated 7:43 p.m.
In this file photo, a user access Twitter on his Blackberry Kansas University journalism Professor David Guth will not return to the classroom this year, the university announced today. Guth was placed on leave after he posted a controversial tweet following the Navy Yard shooting in Washington, D.C., in September that left 13 dead. Staff Reports

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KU grad rates ‘good’ again
October 24, 2013
Kansas University’s athletic department just missed tying the school record for collective graduation by earning a Graduation Success Rate score of 84 percent.
LHS soccer blanks T’birds, 1-0
October 24, 2013
Cale Bertrand scored a goal five minutes into the first half, and Lawrence High made it stand up for a 1-0 high school soccer victory Thursday night against Shawnee Heights.
Kansas center Gavin Howard completes cycle
October 24, 2013
Shortly after he received word that he would become Kansas University’s new starting center a few weeks ago, Gavin Howard texted his best friend to brag a little. By Jesse Newell
Opinion: Wayne Selden working hard for KU
October 24, 2013
Wayne Selden is all about right now, and that as much as anything is why he has such a bright basketball future. By Tom Keegan
Block, party: Sorell’s stuff ends thriller, sends LHS over FSHS
October 24, 2013
Lawrence High junior Cienna Sorell delivered the match-winner, blocking Free State senior Morgan Knapp’s kill attempt to complete a Lions comeback in a 24-26, 15-25, 25-18, 25-23, 20-18 thriller in the volleyball City Showdown. By Benton Smith
Chiefs’ Sutton pushes right buttons
October 24, 2013
The defensive coordinator of the Kansas City Chiefs barely speaks above a whisper. Glasses tend to slide down the bridge of his nose. He has a habit of staring into space whenever he’s answering a question and can drone on for an interminable amount of time.
Firebirds to face red-hot Pioneers
October 24, 2013
At one point this season, members of one of the state’s top-ranked high school football teams might not have given much thought or credit to Leavenworth. By Benton Smith
LHS football facing ‘must’ win tonight
October 24, 2013
No one associated with Lawrence High’s football team wanted to be in this situation, but since suffering a district-opening loss at Leavenworth last week, the players and coaches are doing all they can to remedy it. By Benton Smith
Simons receives the 2013 Huck Boyd Leader of the Year Award in Community Newspapers
October 24, 2013
Dolph Simons Jr., editor and chairman of The World Company, received the 2013 Huck Boyd Leader of the Year Award in Community Newspapers Thursday at the A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Kansas State University in Manhattan.
Lawrence High School’s forensics program ranked among country’s best
October 24, 2013
The National Forensic League recently recognized Lawrence High School’s program as being in the top one percent in the country.
Two KU graduate students win Fulbright-Hays grants to study in South America
October 24, 2013
Two Kansas University graduate students won Fulbright-Hays grants for international research from the U.S. Department of Education. The fellowship awards totaled more than $77,300 for doctoral research. The grants will be used by the KU doctoral students to study cultural and political issues in South America. By Ben Unglesbee
Applicants sought for the 2013 Rural Kansas Photography Contest
October 24, 2013
Kansas University Medical Center’s Rural Health Education and Services is accepting entries for its 2013 Rural Kansas Photography Contest.
Lawrence still has a way to go before streets are ‘complete’
October 24, 2013
While the city of Lawrence adopted a “complete streets” policy in 2012, the community still has a long way to go before its roadways are safe for travelers of all stripes. That was the message at an informational meeting at the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department on Thursday afternoon featuring two national experts on the subject. By Giles Bruce
Lawrence man killed by train remembered for big heart, helping hand
October 24, 2013
Jerry D. Claypool, 51, was killed after being struck by a train near Burcham Park on Tuesday. Those who knew him say Claypool, who lived in Lawrence for about three years, was just beginning to find himself in a better place after decades of hard luck. By Stephen Montemayor
Guth will not return to KU classroom this year
03:40 p.m., October 24, 2013 Updated 07:43 p.m.
In this file photo, a user access Twitter on his Blackberry Kansas University journalism Professor David Guth will not return to the classroom this year, the university announced today. Guth was placed on leave after he posted a controversial tweet following the Navy Yard shooting in Washington, D.C., in September that left 13 dead. Staff Reports
Where and when to fill your trick-or-treat bag
03:24 p.m., October 24, 2013 Updated 10:51 a.m.
The city of Lawrence is recommending door-to-door trick-or-treating from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Halloween. But that isn’t the only time and place that costumed kids can get a hold of some treats. Here are a few more.
Impact of state tax changes, reduced classroom spending being felt, officials say
01:39 p.m., October 24, 2013 Updated 05:02 p.m.
A top Johnson County official today said that Gov. Sam Brownback’s tax and budget policies were going to result in increased property taxes and reduced services. By Scott Rothschild
Nevada authorities looking for 25-year-old Lawrence man
October 24, 2013
Nevada law enforcement officials are looking for a 25-year-old Lawrence man who led them on a manhunt earlier this week after they discovered three pounds of marijuana in his car.
Fire call at Lawrence High was a false alarm
10:56 a.m., October 24, 2013 Updated 11:13 a.m.
Lawrence High School was evacuated this morning, but students were allowed back in the building by 11 a.m.
Freeze coming for Douglas County and surrounding areas
October 24, 2013
The National Weather Service in Topeka issued a freeze warning early this morning.
Our Town Sports for Oct. 24
October 24, 2013
A weekly roundup of local events, opportunities and results.
Self sees matchup options with big backcourt
October 24, 2013
At least one thing stands out when evaluating Kansas University’s possible starting lineup of 5-foot-11 Naadir Tharpe, 6-5 Wayne Selden, 6-8 Andrew Wiggins, 6-8 Perry Ellis and 6-9 Tarik Black. It’s one, fairly tall unit — sure to provide matchup problems for opposing coaches. By Gary Bedore
Jayhawks hope Pierson return can spark offense
October 24, 2013
A lot of analysis has gone into exploring what is wrong with Kansas University’s struggling passing game. But it should come as no surprise that two of the Jayhawks’ worst passing performances came during the games when their leading receiver, junior Tony Pierson, was out with an injury. By Matt Tait
Opinion: Cozart has QB skills, swagger
October 24, 2013
True freshman quarterback Montell Cozart has not been made available for interviews since his name first appeared on the Kansas University football depth chart nine days ago. He did make an appearance at an Aug. 21 interview session, where he revealed himself to be smart, confident and blessed with youthful innocence, so excited to be part of a college football program close to home. Column by Tom Keegan
Bittersweet, Caroline: Jarmoc tops KU volleyball record book in loss to ISU
October 24, 2013
Kansas University volleyball’s Caroline Jarmoc became the school’s all-time leader in blocks on Wednesday in Horejsi Center, but the Jayhawks lost to Iowa State in five sets. By Gary Bedore
25 years ago: Kansas earns low ranking for mental health services
October 24, 2013
“No one I talked to said Kansas was rated too low.”
40 years ago: Lawrence residents share opinions on possible Nixon impeachment
October 24, 2013
“The whole business of the tapes is a whole lot of junk.”
Style Scout: Kyle Babson
October 24, 2013
Fashion influences: I just pick things out myself and I don’t follow anything too closely. I definitely buy a lot of JCrew so their style guides are probably an influence, if anything.
Style Scout: EJ Rost
October 24, 2013
What would you like to see more of in Lawrence? More girl longboarders.
Fix-It Chick: Install a solar-powered ventilator
October 24, 2013
Ventilation keeps attics cool in the summer and dry in the winter. It stops moisture buildup inside the attic and under the shingles. This in turn keeps insulation dry, staves off wood rot and reduces the chance of damage from precipitation as well as melting snow and ice. By Linda Cottin
The Fashion Column Twins: Fall’s standout prints
October 24, 2013
A sassy, standout print is a must-have this fall.
Letter: Mixed message
October 24, 2013
On Monday, I accompanied my high school senior daughter to Kansas University for Senior Day. The campus tour allowed me to view the beautiful, historic buildings bustling with students.
Letter: Climate politics
October 24, 2013
I am writing in response to your publication of the article “Climate report tries to address global warming slowdown,” which is a truncation of the larger article by Karl Ritter, a bureau chief at The Associated Press. You published only the first quarter. In essence, you took an article that flowed as “here is what some people say and here is why others say they are wrong” and left only the first part.
Letter: Giving spirit
October 24, 2013
Congratulations to the Social Service League team and to Giles Bruce for their story on Oct. 12. Bessie Taylor was appointed manager in 1936. She understood that while the name had changed, the spirit of the organization went back to the founding citizens of Lawrence.
Two music venues to raise funds for Mennonite disaster relief group
October 24, 2013
Two music venues will open up in North Lawrence Oct. 27 to help raise money for the Mennonite Disaster Service.
Eco-friendly boutique owner makes recycling fashionable
October 24, 2013
Ecoboutiquo owner uses recycled items to design one-of-a-kind clothing and accessories.
Opinion: Libertarian offers option in Virginia
October 24, 2013
When William F. Buckley, running as the Conservative Party’s candidate for mayor of New York in 1965, was asked what he would do if he won, he replied: “Demand a recount.” Robert Sarvis, Libertarian Party candidate for governor of Virginia, will not need to do this.
Editorial: Haskell leader
After several years of high turnover, Haskell Indian Nations University needs some continuity in the president’s office.
October 24, 2013
Haskell Indian Nations University deserves a new president who will provide strong leadership to the school and forge beneficial partnerships in the community.
New play explores prisons, physical and societal, at Inge Theatre
October 24, 2013
Lynn Deboeck doesn’t like the term, “period piece.” At least not with regard to Naomi Wallace’s “And I and Silence,” which opens Friday in KU’s Inge Theatre under Deboeck’s direction.
Lawrence Arts Center stages ‘Sweeney Todd’
October 24, 2013
Ric Averill has been thinking a lot about heritage recently. The longtime performing arts artistic director at the Lawrence Arts Center draws back the curtain on his latest project Friday, “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.” By John R. Phythyon Jr.
October Final Friday preview: ‘Undressing Room’ pushes creativity to edge
October 24, 2013
This Friday offers several opportunities for viewers to engage in and be a part of the creative process.
100 years ago: More hitching posts needed: Downtown parking problems of 1913
October 24, 2013
“The hitching post question has been more or less of a problem for several years….”
Garden Calendar: Nature’s scariest plants
October 24, 2013
When gardeners talk about witches’ brooms, devil’s claws and deadly nightshade, the conversation probably has little to do with folklore or fall holidays. Some of these plants really can cultivate nightmares, however. Here is a look at some of nature’s scariest plants.
Mrs. Mass: Creating your Halloween costume checklist
October 24, 2013
It’s officially the time of year when things get pretty scary. Ghosts, goblins and zombie cheerleaders roam the streets with no particular destination in mind. Not prepared, are you? Don’t fret; there’s still time before All Hallows Eve. In fact, there are plenty of options on Mass. Street that will suit your fancy (or your not-so-fancy).