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Archive for Saturday, September 7, 2013

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12:59 a.m.
Bishop Seabury Academy sophomore Aleena Plotnikov gives a tearful hug to biology teacher Christopher Bryan during a school assembly to bid farewell to Bryan, who is being deployed to Afghanistan to serve as a chaplain. “He’s just always there for us and he always has time to talk to us whenever we need him,” Aleena said of Bryan. Bishop Seabury teacher deploying to Afghanistan
September 7, 2013
Christopher Bryan is known to his students and colleagues as a science teacher and assistant coach. But soon, Capt. Bryan will be deployed to Afghanistan and Kuwait as a chaplain in the 1107th Aviation Group of the Missouri National Guard. Students and faculty at Bishop Seabury Academy gathered for a special assembly Friday afternoon to say bon voyage and good luck. “While you are gone, we will hold Mrs. Bryan close to our hearts,” Seabury Head of School Don Schawang said. By Peter Hancock
11:00 a.m.
Corinne Brinkerhoff, left, writer and co-executive producer of CBS shows including "The Good Wife," "Elementary" and "Reckless," greets her former Schwegler School fifth-grade teacher Lynda Allen, center, at the Lawrence Schools Foundation Community Education Breakfast Friday at the Lawrence Holiday Inn. Brinkerhoff gave the keynote address at the event and gave credit for her success to Lawrence's schools. Hollywood writer credits Lawrence schools for career success
September 6, 2013
Corinne Brinkerhoff, who has written for a number of successful TV series, was the keynote speaker today at the annual Lawrence Education Community Breakfast. The event raised about $60,000 for the Lawrence Schools Foundation. By Peter Hancock
4:00 p.m.
File photo. Former state representative John Solbach discusses a county project on Stull Road in 2002. The former state representative is recovering after being badly injured in an April 18 accident on that road, near his home in western Douglas County. Former state Rep. Solbach back home, working again, after April collision
September 7, 2013
John Solbach is picking up where he left off after he was badly injured in a head-on collision earlier this year near his home in Douglas County. It hasn’t been easy, Solbach said. He is still using a cane and continues with physical therapy sessions three times a week. But now he is back at home, walking again, and and even spending a few hours a day at his office downtown, where he works as a Lawrence attorney. By Ian Cummings
11:13 p.m.
Kansas running back Brandon Bourbon falls into the endzone for a touchdown against South Dakota during the fourth quarter on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013 at Memorial Stadium. Sharing the load: Jayhawks’ stable of backs successful in 31-14 win over South Dakota
September 7, 2013
Last year, week in and week out, it was James Sims who did the heavy lifting for the Jayhawks’ running game. That wasn’t the case Saturday. By Matt Tait • Charlie Weis postgame audio• Box score

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Game Balls and Gassers: South Dakota
September 7, 2013
Game Balls and Gassers for Kansas’ 31-14 victory over South Dakota.
Opinion: KU’s offense not quite right in opener
September 7, 2013
Based on first glance, something isn’t quite right with the Kansas University football team’s offense, Journal-World sports editor Tom Keegan says. • Charlie Weis postgame audio• Box score
Notebook: KU’s special teams impress; LB Ben Heeney deals with cramps
September 7, 2013
The Kansas University football team’s offense and defense may have taken small steps forward during a 31-14 victory against South Dakota at Memorial Stadium on Saturday night, but the special teams made a giant leap. By Matt Tait• Charlie Weis postgame audio• Box score
Sharing the load: Jayhawks’ stable of backs successful in 31-14 win over South Dakota
September 7, 2013
Last year, week in and week out, it was James Sims who did the heavy lifting for the Jayhawks’ running game. That wasn’t the case Saturday. By Matt Tait • Charlie Weis postgame audio• Box score
Conference brings Nathan Phelps and other speakers to discuss transgender issues
September 7, 2013
The TransKansas conference hosted workshops and speeches this weekend by speakers from around the state and nation to talk about transgender issues. Hosted by the Kansas Statewide Transgender Education Project, it drew about 100 people. Saturday night’s banquet featured keynote speaker Nathan Phelps, son of Fred Phelps of the Westboro Baptist Church. By Ben Unglesbee
Lawrence police investigating hit-and-run
September 7, 2013
Lawrence police are looking for a black truck following a hit-and-run accident that left at least two people with minor injuries.
Catch him if you can: Despite challengers, Sims still KU’s No. 1 RB
September 7, 2013
Tony Pierson, Brandon Bourbon and Taylor Cox are faster than James Sims. Bourbon and Cox weigh more than Sims. Darrian Miller and Pierson are even more slippery than Sims. So what is it about the senior from Irving, Texas, that enables him to keep his role as the Kansas University football team’s featured running back? By Tom Keegan
Kansas vs. South Dakota: Tale of the Tape
September 7, 2013
A unit-by-unit look at the Kansas-South Dakota football game.
Matt Tait’s KU football notebook: South Dakota vs. Kansas
September 7, 2013
Asked if he would hold back some of the playbook in the opener to keep from giving away anything to future opponents, Kansas coach Charlie Weis made it clear that he’d thought plenty about that. Notes by Matt Tait
Weis combats ‘loser’s mentality’
September 7, 2013
As Kansas University’s football team gets set to enter its second season under head coach Charlie Weis, it seems clear that Weis and his coaching staff have been successful in chipping away at the losing culture that has lingered around the program for the past few seasons. By Matt Tait
Area football roundup: Eudora edges KC Piper
September 7, 2013
JT Howell broke off a 54-yard run for the go-ahead touchdown and Eudora beat Kansas City Piper.
Seabury football falls, 58-22
September 7, 2013
Bishop Seabury Academy fell to Uniontown, 58-22, as it opened its football season on Friday at home.
Stieben leads Veritas football to 52-44 victory
September 7, 2013
After his biggest mistake of the night, Veritas Christian running back Chad Stieben heard coach Blake Mudd’s words loud and clear. “You owe me two touchdowns,” the coach said to his sophomore back. In the final minutes, Stieben delivered that and more. By Jesse Newell
Opinion: Jayhawk running backs’ skills stack up nicely
September 7, 2013
Tony Pierson isn’t only the fastest player at the deepest position for the Kansas University football squad, he’s the speediest on the entire roster. So, if the other four running backs, James Sims, Taylor Cox, Darrian Miller and Brandon Bourbon, lined up to chase Pierson, which guy would finish second? Depends, naturally, on the person answering the question. Column by Tom Keegan
Led by disruptive defense, FSHS runs past SM North, 47-7
September 7, 2013
Free State High had waited almost 10 months to get back on the football field after an embarrassing loss in the semifinals of last year’s playoffs, and the guys who experienced that 27-point defeat made sure whoever lined up across from them in Friday’s season opener would pay for it. By Benton Smith
Faith Forum: How are you planning to spend Yom Kippur?
September 7, 2013
Rabbis Zalman Tiechtel and Moti Rieber answer.
25 years ago: Post no bills: City to crack down on garage-sale signs
September 7, 2013
Advertisers of garage sales, concerts, and drink specials had cause to be wary this week.
40 years ago: Union charges Haskell with unfair hiring procedures
September 7, 2013
Local 45 of the National Federation of Federal Employees was charging promotion discrimination.
Former state Rep. Solbach back home, working again, after April collision
September 7, 2013
John Solbach is picking up where he left off after he was badly injured in a head-on collision earlier this year near his home in Douglas County. It hasn’t been easy, Solbach said. He is still using a cane and continues with physical therapy sessions three times a week. But now he is back at home, walking again, and and even spending a few hours a day at his office downtown, where he works as a Lawrence attorney. By Ian Cummings
Tigers smoke Shields, Royals
September 7, 2013
Omar Infante set career highs with five hits and six RBIs, Andy Dirks also went 5 for 5 and the Detroit Tigers pounded the Kansas City Royals 16-2 on Friday night.
Newton takes post as Timberwolves’ GM
September 7, 2013
The Minnesota Timberwolves hired former Washington Wizards executive Milt Newton as general manager Friday, with new president of basketball operations Flip Saunders tapping a familiar face to help him reshape the franchise’s front office.
Ex-LHS, -FSHS stars set for Ottawa-Baker
September 7, 2013
Baker University, which opens its football season today at home at 6 p.m. against Ottawa, will count on contributions from 15 men who played their high school football in Lawrence.
Bishop Seabury teacher deploying to Afghanistan
September 7, 2013
Christopher Bryan is known to his students and colleagues as a science teacher and assistant coach. But soon, Capt. Bryan will be deployed to Afghanistan and Kuwait as a chaplain in the 1107th Aviation Group of the Missouri National Guard. Students and faculty at Bishop Seabury Academy gathered for a special assembly Friday afternoon to say bon voyage and good luck. “While you are gone, we will hold Mrs. Bryan close to our hearts,” Seabury Head of School Don Schawang said. By Peter Hancock
Letter: Aquifer concerns
September 7, 2013 in print edition on A8
High plains farmers are concerned about the aquifers of Kansas, and the Kansas Geological Survey has been trying to educate the public concerning this resource, but a recent study has caused the issue to resurface in the public mind and this is good. However your Sept. 4 editorial fails to mention two keys factors and does little to educate the public.
Letter: Morrison passing
September 7, 2013 in print edition on A8
I’m so disappointed in the Journal-World sports writers for not giving Tommy Morrison the respect of a decent acknowledgement in his passing. The AP article that was printed was less than respectful. Sure,Tommy had his ups and downs, but who hasn’t? Focusing on his personal demons was not what I call a respectful article for one of the most devastating punchers in the fight game.
Letter: Dumber news
September 7, 2013 in print edition on A8
This is in response to Shakura Jackson’s Aug. 31 letter, “More dreams.” Good letter Shakura. I also dream of legislators (not politicians) who serve the public good instead of corporate interests, something sorely lacking in Kansas and other ALEC-infested states.
Letter: Better spending
September 7, 2013 in print edition on A8
President Obama and Congress should bring that money home to wage war against members of Congress and think tanks who have waged war against the working class blue- and white-collar workers of this fine country — the people who made the U.S. wealthy.
KU soccer ties Arizona
September 7, 2013
Caroline Kastor’s third goal of the season and goalkeeper Kaitlyn Stroud’s six saves helped Kansas University’s soccer team to a 1-1 tie with Arizona on Friday night as part of Arizona State’s Sun Devil Classic.
Back from oblivion: The discussion around bringing extinct species back to life
September 7, 2013
Biotechnology has made the possibility of bringing back extinct animals more feasible than ever. A KU law professor was invited to Stanford University over the summer for a conference on the topic of “de-extinction.” He hopes scientists and scholars can develop rules for self-governance, but critics of the idea consider it a waste of resources, fraught with risks.By Ben Unglesbee
Opinion: Syria action lacks broader strategy
September 7, 2013 in print edition on A8
Sen. Bob Corker: “What is it you’re seeking?”  Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff: “I can’t answer that, what we’re seeking.”      — Senate hearing on the use of force in Syria, Sept. 3. We have a problem. The president proposes attacking Syria, and his top military officer cannot tell you the objective. Does the commander in chief know his own objective? Why, yes. “A shot across the bow,” explained Barack Obama.
Opinion: U.S. universities facing new enrollment challenges
September 7, 2013 in print edition on A3
Fall enrollment totals for Kansas University and the other Kansas Board of Regents universities will not be released for some time, but, based on recent news stories, it’s possible there may be a slight drop in KU’s numbers.
Horoscopes for Sept. 7
September 7, 2013
For Saturday, Sept. 7 This year you often weigh the pros and cons of a situation. To some people, it could seem as if your decision might never come, and they just may be right! If you are single, you might not be sure how you feel about potential suitors. If you are attached, you could be entering a new phase in your relationship.
100 years ago: Dangerous bridge to be replaced
September 7, 2013
“The old wooden bridge on the Eudora road known as ‘Bowman’s Bridge’ is to be replaced very soon by a modern concrete structure.”