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Archive for Monday, October 28, 2013

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12:21 a.m.
Bill Gaus, a production supervisor at Pines International, tinkers with a tablet making machine as he demonstrates its capabilities for pressing dehydrated wheat grass into tablet form during a tour of the facility on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013. The company, which began in 1976, has grown into an international supplier of cereal grass supplements. Lawrence’s ‘Wheat Grass People’ compete in global market
October 28, 2013
Lawrence-based Pines International Inc. — aka “The Wheat Grass People” — exports USDA-certified organic cereal grass supplements to about 25 countries, and there are bright green Pines labels in Vitamin Shoppes, Whole Foods Markets and other stores in almost every U.S. state. Pines recently added outposts in other states and overhauled its Lawrence equipment to the tune of $4 million. By Sara Shepherd
10:10 a.m.
Dole Institute director Bill Lacy, left, laughs as Luvuyo Mandela, the great-grandson of former South African president Nelson Mandela, shares a story while speaking Oct. 27 at the Dole Institute of Politics. Mandela was accepting 2013 Dole Leadership Prize on behalf of his great-grandfather. Great-grandson accepts Dole Leadership Prize on Nelson Mandela’s behalf
October 28, 2013
Around 100 people came to see Luvuyo Mandela, great-grandson of Nelson Mandela, accept the Dole Leadership Prize, and to speak about the former South African president. By Elliot Hughes
3:10 p.m.
Hunter Lavallie, 11, of Lawrence shows off his dance moves as he competes, and eventually beats, Kansas basketball player Naadir Tharpe in a game of Dance Dance Revolution, Sunday afternoon at Abe & Jake's Landing. The event was part of an equipment drive put on by Bill and Cindy Self's Assists Foundation. Bill Self: Kansas hoops lineup coming clear
October 28, 2013
If everybody stays healthy — and produces as expected — Kansas University’s starting basketball lineup might not change much during the course of the 2013-14 season. By Gary Bedore
7:17 p.m.
In this 2011 file photo Leonard Krishtalka, Kansas University professor of ecology and evolutionary biology and director of KU's Natural History Museum, stands next to a triceratops fossil. Director of KU Natural History Museum has prehistoric mammal named after him
October 28, 2013
A recently discovered species of shrew-like creatures that lived 50 to 57 million years ago was named after Leonard Krishtalka, director of the Kansas University Museum of Natural History. Krishtalka was a mentor and colleague to one of the animal’s discoverers. He also played a major role in defining the lineage of the animal’s genus.By Ben Unglesbee

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Lawrence soccer comes up short, 2-1
October 28, 2013
When the Lawrence High boys soccer team’s search for an offensive spark never materialized in the second half of its first-round playoff game against Blue Valley Monday night, a little luck helped the Tigers end the Lions’ season, 2-1, at Blue Valley School District Soccer Complex.
FSHS guard shrugs off injury
October 28, 2013
Tyler Sampson didn’t think much of the injury at the time. One of the Free State High football team’s senior linemen, Sampson blocked a teammate during a preseason practice and felt some pain in his right wrist. He just kept going, though. No reason to stop practicing, he figured. By Benton Smith
It’s go time: Andrew Wiggins, KU to debut tonight
October 28, 2013
Andrew Wiggins, who arrived on Kansas University’s campus on June 15 for the start of his one-year college adventure, has picked up plenty of pointers from his new coaches and teammates. By Gary Bedore
Cole, Hawkins step up for KU women
October 28, 2013
Kansas University’s Lamaria Cole was the first point guard on the floor during five-on-zero drills Monday, racing up the court while leading her teammates in the fast-break exercise. It’s quite a change from a year ago. By Jesse Newell
School board hires technology consultant, narrows search for construction managers
October 28, 2013
The Lawrence school board selected Professional Engineering Consultants to supervise technology upgrades in the district. It also agreed to enter contract talks with two firms to serve as “construction managers at risk” for bond-funded construction projects. By Peter Hancock
School employee removed from Sunset Hill for possessing weapon
October 28, 2013
Officials at Sunset Hill school called police after a staff member was found to have brought a weapon into the school. The school district does not allow anyone other than law enforcement officers to carry weapons on school property, even if the person has a valid permit. By Peter Hancock
Lawrence woman remains in critical condition after car accident
October 28, 2013
A Lawrence woman remains in critical condition Monday after getting into a car accident on Oct. 24 in Neosho County, according to her husband.
County treasurer looking for artwork to be featured in courthouse
October 28, 2013
Douglas County Treasurer Paula Gilchrist is looking for 12 artists to exhibit their works in the Douglas County Courthouse in Lawrence.
Corn, soybean harvests about halfway done; wheat planting mostly finished
October 28, 2013
Even though the corn harvest is slightly behind schedule in the Douglas County area due to a late planting season and late rains, area farmers look to be getting some nice yields. Soybeans are also progressing, as many farmers started harvesting them while they waiting for their corn to dry out. Meanwhile, much of the wheat planting in Douglas County has been completed. By Giles Bruce
State agriculture agency willing to give pay raise to workers who agree to move with agency and shed classified status
October 28, 2013
As part of the Kansas Department of Agriculture’s move to Manhattan, the agency is offering its employees who are relocating a 2 percent pay increase plus a longevity bonus if applicable. By Scott Rothschild
Director of KU Natural History Museum has prehistoric mammal named after him
October 28, 2013
A recently discovered species of shrew-like creatures that lived 50 to 57 million years ago was named after Leonard Krishtalka, director of the Kansas University Museum of Natural History. Krishtalka was a mentor and colleague to one of the animal’s discoverers. He also played a major role in defining the lineage of the animal’s genus.By Ben Unglesbee
Bankruptcies for Oct. 28
October 28, 2013
Douglas County residents or businesses filing for bankruptcy protection recently in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the District of Kansas, according to court records.
Six KU doctoral students picked for 2013 Self Graduate Fellows
October 28, 2013
The Madison and Lila Self Graduate Fellowship program selects KU graduate students to prepare them for future leadership roles. The fellowship provides special training and provides an annual award for winners.
Hillcrest students return after brief evacuation
October 28, 2013
Students and staff at Hillcrest school, 1045 Hilltop Dr., were briefly evacuated today due to a nearby gas leak.
Lawrence man, 23, killed after hitting deer on I-35
October 28, 2013
A Lawrence man who got out of his vehicle after hitting a deer was struck and killed Sunday on Interstate 35.
Railway construction will disrupt traffic along Sixth Street downtown through Wednesday
October 28, 2013
This morning, the city’s public works department and BNSF Railway staff will remove an unused rail spur downtown, causing traffic disruption through Wednesday.
KU women’s golf leading Palmetto
October 28, 2013
Kansas University’s Minami Levonowich and Pornvipa Sakdee shot 2-over 74s in the first round of the Palmetto Intercollegiate on Sunday at the par-72 Turtle Point Golf course, an event suspended due to darkness.
Kansas soccer falls to OSU
October 28, 2013
Kansas University’s offensively challenged soccer team suffered its 10th shutout loss of the season, a physical 2-0 setback Sunday at Oklahoma State that had 31 fouls and seven cards issued.
Veterans, rookies alike keep KU positive
October 28, 2013
Saturday night’s 59-14 loss to sixth-ranked Baylor marked the 11th time in the past four seasons that Kansas University’s football team had given up 50 points or more in a game and the sixth loss of at least 45 points during that same stretch. By Matt Tait
Bill Self: Kansas hoops lineup coming clear
October 28, 2013
If everybody stays healthy — and produces as expected — Kansas University’s starting basketball lineup might not change much during the course of the 2013-14 season. By Gary Bedore
Opinion: Ex-coach says Woodland puts on ‘amazing’ display
October 28, 2013
Three weeks ago today, former Kansas University golf coach Ross Randall received a call from his greatest-ever player, Gary Woodland, wondering if he would like to watch him play nine holes at Alvamar public. “It was the most amazing nine holes of golf I had ever seen,” said Randall. By Tom Keegan
Early learning ensures kids get best start in education
October 28, 2013
It’s hard not to wish you were still a kid when you visit Becky Vickers’ home-based early learning center, Just Kidding, in Eudora. The nine students in her care, who range from infants to preschoolers, can cozy up in the reading corner to develop early literacy skills, practice some engineering skills with the bins of colorful blocks or throw on some doctor’s togs and give the doll babies a physical in the dramatic play corner. In the fenced-in wonderland outside, they can get a lesson in biology by plucking a carrot from their garden for snack time or learning how worms regenerate in the mud and water discovery area.
Divorces and annulments for Oct. 28
October 28, 2013
Divorces and annulments granted in Douglas County
Marriages for Oct. 28
October 28, 2013
Marriage licenses issued in Douglas County.
Editorial: Twitter city
Lawrence City Commission meetings aren’t the right time for Twitter users to offer their input on city business.
October 28, 2013
Seeking public input on local issues should be a high priority for the Lawrence City Commission.
Letter: Important event
October 28, 2013
We notice the Journal-World missed an event Tuesday evening and would like to take this opportunity to provide details of this important event for distribution to the community.
Opinion: U.S. backs away from helping Libya
October 28, 2013
For a case study of why America’s influence has receded in the Middle East, consider the example of Libya. Some simple steps over the past two years might have limited the country’s descent toward anarchy. But Libya became so toxic after the Benghazi attack that the U.S. has been slow to provide help.
40 years ago: KU, Lawrence schools planning ahead for fuel shortages
October 28, 2013
Six Lawrence schools were equipped to go on fuel oil in the case of a natural gas shortage.
Douglas County recommends registering mobile devices for better response in emergencies
12:00 a.m., October 28, 2013 Updated 10:42 a.m.
Douglas County emergency dispatchers are asking for help from residents to better pinpoint the location of 911 calls coming from mobile devices. By Stephen Montemayor
Letter: Somalia field trip?
October 28, 2013
In an article in the Oct. 21 Journal-World, in an effort to “educate themselves,” Fred Logan Jr., the chairman of the Kansas Board of Regents has directed Kansas University to assess all the university buildings for the impact of carrying concealed weapons into them as directed by Kansas “lawmakers” by the year 2017. This would be costly for taxpayers and the conclusions, extremely hypothetical.
Douglas County Republicans considering loyalty clause
October 28, 2013
Douglas County Republican Party officials are considering the addition of a loyalty clause to their bylaws. By Scott Rothschild
Lawrence’s ‘Wheat Grass People’ compete in global market
October 28, 2013
Lawrence-based Pines International Inc. — aka “The Wheat Grass People” — exports USDA-certified organic cereal grass supplements to about 25 countries, and there are bright green Pines labels in Vitamin Shoppes, Whole Foods Markets and other stores in almost every U.S. state. Pines recently added outposts in other states and overhauled its Lawrence equipment to the tune of $4 million. By Sara Shepherd
25 years ago: KU classical statue collection to find a home in new gallery
October 28, 2013
The statues had first been installed on the second floor of old Fraser Hall in 1888.
Great-grandson accepts Dole Leadership Prize on Nelson Mandela’s behalf
October 28, 2013
Around 100 people came to see Luvuyo Mandela, great-grandson of Nelson Mandela, accept the Dole Leadership Prize, and to speak about the former South African president. By Elliot Hughes
100 years ago: Douglas County sheriff brings bad check writer to justice
October 28, 2013
“‘Since July I have traced Tollison over the greater part of the west,’ said Sheriff Cummings today….”
Business briefcase Oct. 28
October 28, 2013
The Kansas Board of Accountancy announced that 34 candidates successfully passed the July/August 2013 CPA exam, with three candidates coming out of Lawrence.