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Liliana Voigts poses for a photograph following a naturalization ceremony held at the Dole Center Tuesday morning. 102 become citizens in Dole Institute ceremony
1:10 p.m., September 17, 2013 Updated 8:06 p.m.
Right hands raised, 102 people from 40 countries stood and recited the oath to become American citizens this morning at the Dole Institute of Politics. For most candidates, the road to Monday’s ceremony was long and challenging. By Nico Roesler
10:00 a.m.
Cast members of the musical "Footloose" perform the finale for guests attending the Douglas County United Way's kickoff event for their 2013 campaign on Tuesday at Theatre Lawrence. Officials say the organization hopes to raise $1.8 million. United Way campaign kickoff spreads message of hope
September 18, 2013
Spread hope if you got it. That was the message from the United Way of Douglas County’s annual kickoff event Tuesday: that people in the community who have an abundance of it should share it with those who don’t. By Giles Bruce
12:00 p.m.
Free State forward Ernesto Hodison collides with Shawnee Mission West goalkeeper Cristo Ramirez as the two compete for a loose ball during the second half on Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013 at Free State High School. Nick Krug/Journal-World Photo FSHS soccer lacks fire in 2-0 loss to SM West
September 18, 2013
Free State High’s boys soccer players too often were more coy than confident Tuesday night against Shawnee Mission West, and their reluctant approach didn’t do them much good at home, in their Sunflower League opener. By Benton Smith
2:00 p.m.
The Granada Theater celebrates its 20th anniversary. City approves partial closure of Massachusetts Street for outdoor movie
September 17, 2013
Lawrence city commissioners on Tuesday night unanimously agreed to shut down a portion of Massachusetts Street for about seven hours on Sept. 26 for a free outdoor showing of “The Goonies,” a 1985 cult classic about a group of kids on a wild treasure hunt. By Chad Lawhorn
4:42 p.m.
After more than 2 decades of deadends and delays the construction on the remaining portion of the South Lawrence Trafficway will begin this fall. The red barriers marked the east end of the SLT at the 'bridge to nowhere' over South Iowa. Bids for South Lawrence Trafficway come in low; work may begin by mid-October
3:43 p.m., September 18, 2013 Updated 7:00 p.m.
A batch of low bids Wednesday has the South Lawrence Trafficway on track to be completed by late 2016 — and the company set to complete it is a Columbia, Mo.-based construction firm no less. By Chad Lawhorn

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Former Free State star Christian Ballard calls it quits in NFL
September 18, 2013
Former Free State High three-sport superstar Christian Ballard revealed to USA Today in a story published Wednesday that he retired from the NFL because, “I wasn’t really having a good time playing football. It wasn’t fun for me.” By Tom Keegan
Royals topple Indians, 7-2
September 18, 2013
Manager Ned Yost’s faith in Bruce Chen paid off for the Kansas City Royals. Chen worked five innings and Salvador Perez doubled home two runs and the Royals beat the Cleveland Indians 7-2 on Wednesday night.
Opurum released, McDougald added for practice squad
September 18, 2013
The Kansas City Chiefs have released fullback Toben Opurum and signed safety Bradley McDougald to their practice squad in a swap of former Kansas University standouts.
Scout praises 2016 KU recruit in new ranks
September 18, 2013
Jayson Tatum, a 6-foot-7 sophomore forward from St. Louis Chaminade High who has already received scholarship offers from Kansas University and Missouri, has been ranked No. 4 in the Class of 2016 by Rivals.com. Notes by Gary Bedore
LHS tennis 4th at Topeka tourney
September 18, 2013
Lawrence High’s Kendall Pritchard went 4-0 for first place in No. 2 singles, and the Lions’s girls tennis team took fourth among eight schools Wednesday at the Topeka Invitational.
KU shuffles O-line to overhaul toughness, not chemistry
September 18, 2013
With a couple of changes affecting KU’s offensive line this week, it’s logical to wonder if putting senior Riley Spencer into the starting lineup and opening up the competition between Pat Lewandowski and Dylan Admire at center will have an impact on the chemistry up front. By Matt Tait
Chiefs coach Reid downplays return to Philly
September 18, 2013
Andy Reid cleared his throat, uttered some familiar phrases and downplayed his return to Philadelphia. Same old Andy.
Our Town Sports (Sept. 19)
September 18, 2013
Here’s a look at Our Town Sports for Sept. 19.
CoSIDA names Lawrence’s Doug Vance new executive director
Former KU official returns to college athletics
September 18, 2013
Doug Vance of Lawrence has been named executive director of CoSIDA.
Regents support restoring cut university funds but back off flat tuition proposal
September 18, 2013
Members of the Kansas Board of Regents said Wednesday they will seek restoration of higher-education budget cuts from the Kansas Legislature, but they backed off a proposal to keep university tuition flat in return for the state funding. By Scott Rothschild
Lawrence Memorial Hospital braces for cuts from Affordable Care Act
September 18, 2013
With a major piece of the Affordable Care Act set to go into effect in less than two weeks, Lawrence Memorial Hospital is bracing for cuts in revenue resulting from the 2010 law and the state of Kansas’ subsequent decision to not participate in its Medicaid expansion. By Giles Bruce
KU football adds home-and-home series with Houston for 2019-20
September 18, 2013
The Kansas University football team will meet Houston for the first time since 2005 when the Jayhawks travel to Houston in 2019 as the first part of a home-and-home series, KU announced Wednesday afternoon.
Education commissioner to respond to Kansas GOP resolution on Common Core standards
September 18, 2013
State education officials say the Kansas Republican Party is spreading misinformation about the new Common Core standards for reading and math. The state party endorsed a resolution last weekend calling on Kansas to withdraw from those standards. By Peter Hancock
Bids for South Lawrence Trafficway come in low; work may begin by mid-October
03:43 p.m., September 18, 2013 Updated 07:00 p.m.
A batch of low bids Wednesday has the South Lawrence Trafficway on track to be completed by late 2016 — and the company set to complete it is a Columbia, Mo.-based construction firm no less. By Chad Lawhorn
Jayhawk men’s golf 8th at CSU tourney
September 18, 2013
Kansas University’s Ben Welle carded a final-round 2-under 68 to lead the KU men’s golf team to an eighth-place finish Tuesday at the 15-team Ram Master Invitational.
KU women’s golf second in opener
September 18, 2013
Kansas University’s Yupaporn Kawinpakorn tied for second place as the KU women’s golf team finished runner-up on Tuesday at the Cardinal Cup.
Ex-LHS coach Purdy to be honored
September 18, 2013
Former Lawrence High football coach Dick Purdy will be inducted into the KSHSAA Hall of Fame during halftime of the Lions’ Oct. 11 home game against Olathe North.
LHS soccer falls at Olathe NW, 4-2
September 18, 2013
Lawrence High’s boys soccer team staged a rally against Olathe Northwest but fell, 4-2, on Tuesday night.
FSHS volleyball splits matches
September 18, 2013
Free State High’s volleyball team split a pair of matches Tuesday night, defeating Emporia, 25-11, 20-25, 25-16, and falling to Topeka Seaman, 27-25, 19-25, 25-21.
LHS tennis 9-3 at Topeka quad
September 18, 2013
Lawrence High’s girls tennis team won nine of 12 matches Tuesday in a quadrangular delayed a day and moved from LHS to Topeka.
Veritas volleyball 2-0 at tri; Seabury splits
September 18, 2013
The Veritas Christian volleyball team defeated Heritage Christian and Seabury Academy in a triangular on Tuesday at Seabury.
Royals fall in bitter 5-3 loss to Indians
September 18, 2013
The electrifying performance that Yordano Ventura delivered in his big league debut Tuesday night normally would be enough to help Royals fans feel better after a late-game collapse. Then again, the Royals aren’t accustomed to playing games that mean something in September.
Opinion: Phenom gives Royals hope for future during present collapse
September 18, 2013
A spectacular gift from the future arrived Tuesday to help the Royals in the present and that hasn’t happened on a relevant September night in an awfully long time at Kauffman Stadium. Column by Tom Keegan
FSHS soccer lacks fire in 2-0 loss to SM West
September 18, 2013
Free State High’s boys soccer players too often were more coy than confident Tuesday night against Shawnee Mission West, and their reluctant approach didn’t do them much good at home, in their Sunflower League opener. By Benton Smith
Top basketball recruits tease possible 2-for-1 at KU
September 18, 2013
It’s starting to look as if Kansas University is the top choice of JaQuan Lyle, a 6-foot-5 senior guard from Huntington (W.Va.) Prep, who recently decommitted from Louisville. Recruiting notes by Gary Bedore
Sporting KC salvages 1-1 draw with Real Esteli
September 18, 2013
Jacob Peterson scored in the 78th minute, and Sporting Kansas City salvaged a 1-1 draw against Real Esteli in the group stage of CONCACAF Champions League on Tuesday night.
United Way campaign kickoff spreads message of hope
September 18, 2013
Spread hope if you got it. That was the message from the United Way of Douglas County’s annual kickoff event Tuesday: that people in the community who have an abundance of it should share it with those who don’t. By Giles Bruce
25 years ago: City looks into feasibility of municipal golf course
September 18, 2013
“If we’re going to stay progressive, we need one.”
40 years ago: Law enforcement officials remind bicyclists to share the roads, not sidewalks
September 18, 2013
Curb cuts on city streets were for the benefit of persons using wheelchairs, not for bicyclists.
Letter: Not incompetent
September 18, 2013 in print edition on A9
From 2001-2008, President G.W. Bush showed an amazing incompetence as he allowed his vice president to run the country and the neocons to lead the U.S. into an unnecessary war. However, we were all too polite and too respectful of the office to use the word “incompetent” to describe him in public. The headline writer for Charles Krauthammer’s Sept. 13 column showed no reservations in using that word to describe President Obama, even though the columnist only used that word to describe his opinion of current diplomatic efforts in Syria.
Opinion: History offers new perspective
September 18, 2013 in print edition on A9
In most of the columns that I write for the Journal-World, I try to focus on contemporary issues of interest to readers. On occasion, though, I find something in my research into legal history that I think is worth sharing. Over the past year I have been doing research into the history of law in the Kansas Territory (from 1854 to 1861). This was an exceedingly important period in the development of Kansas law and politics, and there are rich sources to be found in the state archives at the Kansas State Historical Society in Topeka. Recently I came across some material that I think is both fascinating and important in understanding Kansas and American law and history.
Opinion: Latinos’ influence growing
September 18, 2013 in print edition on A9
Tuesday, I met our country’s newest Americans, right here in Lawrence. I had the privilege of addressing the 10th annual naturalization ceremony at Kansas University’s Dole Institute of Politics, held with the support of the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas. This ceremony brought home for me how much things have changed since I started my freshman year at KU 35 years ago this month.
100 years ago: Vendors want to sell 2% alcoholic drinks at county fair, but is it legal?
September 18, 2013
“The law mentions no given per cent of alcohol….”
Smith at home with Chiefs
September 18, 2013
Alex Smith is still winning in red. He’s just doing it for the Chiefs these days.
Bite Sighs: Apricot custard cups are sweet, crunchy comfort
September 18, 2013
There are some days that you just feel like telling the Health Police to go jump in the lake while you curl up with comfort food.
Editorial: Broken system
The plan to shift proof-of-citizenship documents from driver’s license offices to election officials has fallen apart, and Kansans are waiting to see how state officials will repair the state’s flaw
September 18, 2013 in print edition on A9
So much for the “seamless” system of moving citizenship information from the Kansas Department of Revenue to Kansas election officials.
Horoscopes for Sept. 18
September 18, 2013
For Wednesday, Sept. 18 This year you will learn to bend gracefully toward others’ way of thinking without harboring resentment. If you are single, you will discover someone very special in your immediate environment. If you are attached, the two of you act like a seesaw, in the sense that you each take turns leading and being right.