Archive for Sunday, September 22, 2013

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
From left, Plymouth Congregational Church volunteers Kristine Unruh-Jones and Pat Ransone prepare peanut butter sandwiches for lunch at the L.I.N.K. kitchen. Lawhorn’s Lawrence: Where serving up food is a good way to serve
September 22, 2013
From a distance you have to wonder how this ever works. Volunteers show up at L.I.N.K. to serve more than 200 meals a year, and they do so year after year after year? But up close, standing as a server, you start to see why the organization is 28 years old and counting. By Chad Lawhorn
2:00 p.m.
The Kansas marching band performs with various area high school bands during the halftime performance on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013 at Memorial Stadium. KU Band Day marches on, even without parade
September 21, 2013
Marching band music boomed especially loudly from Memorial Stadium today as hundreds of aspiring musicians took the field with the University of Kansas Marching Jayhawks. Despite not having the traditional parade, Band Day still a success for KU marching band and high school bands. By Luke Ranker
4:12 p.m.
Eric Myser, of Kansas City, Mo., carries as sign as walkers move down Massachusetts Street during the 23rd annual AIDS walk Sunday morning. The walk, sponsored by the Douglas County AIDS Project, featured a two mile course that passed through downtown Lawrence. AIDS walk raises funds, awareness
September 22, 2013
A stream of people half a block long walked two-by-two along the sidewalks downtown Sunday morning, some with red ribbons tied around their wrists or draped over their shoulders. The 23rd annual AIDS Walk, put on by Douglas County AIDS Project, raised awareness about HIV and AIDS in the community and acted as a fundraiser for DCAP, which provides testing and supportive care for people in Douglas, Jefferson and Franklin counties. By Nikki Wentling
6:00 p.m.
Kansas University graduate Krista Holzgraefe teaches Derrick Millard, 13, left, and Derrick Westbrook, 12, right about the skull structure of a triceratops as she leads students from Gary Lighthouse Charter School in Gary, Ind., on a scavenger hunt Tuesday through the Natural History Museum on the campus of Kansas University. Holzgraefe, who is working with Teach for America, explained that the program recruits recent college graduates to teach in low-income schools in an effort to help close the achievement gap. Charter school movement flounders in Kansas
September 22, 2013
There are only 11 charter schools operating in Kansas this year, down from 15 last year. The decline raises questions about the future of the charter school movement in Kansas. By Peter Hancock

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Chicago guard Charles Matthews keeps KU hoops on his list
September 22, 2013
Charles Matthews, a 6-foot-4 junior combo guard from Chicago St. Rita High School who is ranked No. 11 in the recruiting Class of 2015 by Rivals.com, on Saturday included Kansas University on his revised list of 10 schools.
Isn’t it grand? Royals win in 10
September 22, 2013
If this was the last swing of the season at Kauffman Stadium, it was one to savor.
Kansas football still a work in progress
September 22, 2013
Even though everyone associated with Kansas University’s football program was overjoyed about Saturday’s improbable, last-second, 13-10 victory over Louisiana Tech, the Jayhawks (2-1) did not leave the field believing that all’s well in Lawrence. By Matt Tait
KU soccer rolls, 2-0
September 22, 2013
After getting shut out in three straight games heading into the weekend, the Jayhawks delivered their second straight two-goal effort Sunday, posting a convincing 2-0 victory over Illinois State at Jayhawk Soccer Complex. By Jesse Newell
Keeping the faith: KU volleyball finishes nonleague slate strong
September 22, 2013
Kansas University’s veteran volleyball players, who led the Jayhawks to a 26-7 record and spot in the NCAA Tournament last year, were not happy with a so-so 4-3 start to a much-anticipated 2013 season. By Gary Bedore
Opinion: Ailing golfer Jim Phillips on mend
September 22, 2013
Every time former Kansas University golf coach Ross Randall’s phone dinged with a text alert, he hoped it contained good health news about Jim Phillips, one of his early golfers. Randall no longer needs to check his phone for an update on Phillips, who was among those in town over the weekend for a KU golf alumni get-together. By Tom Keegan
AIDS walk raises funds, awareness
September 22, 2013
A stream of people half a block long walked two-by-two along the sidewalks downtown Sunday morning, some with red ribbons tied around their wrists or draped over their shoulders. The 23rd annual AIDS Walk, put on by Douglas County AIDS Project, raised awareness about HIV and AIDS in the community and acted as a fundraiser for DCAP, which provides testing and supportive care for people in Douglas, Jefferson and Franklin counties. By Nikki Wentling
National Preparedness Month encourages communities to think about emergency planning
September 22, 2013
When disaster hits, it may be too late to collect necessary items for survival. Things such as battery-powered radios, first aid supplies and a two-week supply of water may not be accessible on short notice. This is why September has been designated National Preparedness Month. By Nikki Wentling
Opinion: Inclusion part of America’s promise
September 22, 2013 in print edition on A11
A couple months ago, I got an email from Supreet. Supreet is in the 11th grade. He shops at Wal-Mart and plays basketball. His father came to this country from India and both are Sikhs, followers of a centuries-old faith founded in the Punjab region. Supreet wanted to tell me what it is like being a Sikh in America.
40 years ago: Kansas River bridge should be replaced, not renovated, engineers say
September 22, 2013
“They haven’t said it’s going to fall down or anything like that.”
25 years ago: Experts looking at mall’s effect on bald eagles
September 22, 2013
The construction site included areas designated by the state as “critical habitat” for the protected bird.
School board to decide on tech ed center location
September 22, 2013
School district officials are recommending the new College and Career Center be located at 31st and Haskell, along with the Chamber of Commerce’s planned new adult job training center. The $5.7 million school facility is being funded through the recently approved bond issue. By Peter Hancock
Editorial: Questions, answers
Answering all the questions posed by state legislators will be no small task for state university officials, but it could pay off by producing a better understanding of higher education in Kansas.
September 22, 2013 in print edition on A11
About the only question that seems to be missing from the list Kansas legislators have submitted to the state universities they plan to visit next month is: “How many staff hours did it take to complete this questionnaire — and at what cost to taxpayers?”
Opinion: Evidence won’t alter Assad denials
September 22, 2013 in print edition on A10
The Syrian government’s continued denial that it gassed its people — in the face of stark evidence to the contrary — reminds me of a chilling experience I had in Damascus in 1982. Rumors were flying that the regime of Hafez Assad had massacred at least 10,000 people in the city of Hama, but the government wouldn’t let anyone near the site. As I waited in the office of Information Minister Ahmed Iskandar Ahmed, I was stunned to see a large painting on the wall portraying Hama’s historic city center, with its famous water wheel in the foreground; this was the exact area that had been obliterated by government shells.
Lawhorn’s Lawrence: Where serving up food is a good way to serve
September 22, 2013
From a distance you have to wonder how this ever works. Volunteers show up at L.I.N.K. to serve more than 200 meals a year, and they do so year after year after year? But up close, standing as a server, you start to see why the organization is 28 years old and counting. By Chad Lawhorn
Performance art en pointe: Armitage’s signature choreography meets social message in ‘Fables’
September 22, 2013
Karole Armitage’s “contemporary ballet” comes to Lawrence Saturday evening, when Armitage’s company, Armitage Gone! Dance, performs “Fables on Global Warming” at the Lied Center.
Charter school movement flounders in Kansas
September 22, 2013
There are only 11 charter schools operating in Kansas this year, down from 15 last year. The decline raises questions about the future of the charter school movement in Kansas. By Peter Hancock
Arts Center announces new dance director
September 22, 2013
The Lawrence Arts Center has announced that Hanan Misko will be its new dance school director, starting Wednesday.
Opinion: Evidence won’t alter Assad denials
September 22, 2013
The Syrian government’s continued denial that it gassed its people — in the face of stark evidence to the contrary — reminds me of a chilling experience I had in Damascus in 1982.
Opinion: Inclusion Part of America’s promise
September 22, 2013
Some of us are not beauty pageant fans. Indeed, some of us find them archaic outposts of retrograde sexism. But surely all of us can agree that if we are going to have such pageants, they should not be stained by xenophobic prejudice.
Regents’ goal of boosting educational attainment of Kansans will be difficult to achieve
September 22, 2013
Kansas higher education officials received a sobering look into the future. A new report shows that if Kansas pursues its current strategy to increase the percentage of adults having a post-secondary degree or credential, it may actually fall further behind. By Scott Rothschild
Author plans signing for new children’s book, ‘Gay L-U-V’
September 22, 2013
Lawrence author Donna Frantz, who writes under the name “Abue,” is planning a signing for her latest children’s book in the Silly Gilly Gil series, “Gay L-U-V.”
Employment law still catching up to social media
September 22, 2013
The suspension of a Kansas University journalism professor over a remark he posted on Twitter raises questions about how far employers can go in policing the social media behavior of their employees. Experts in employment law say there are few clear answers to those questions. By Peter Hancock
Artist to visit Liberty Hall for film showing, talk
September 22, 2013
Liberty Hall and the Invisible Hand Gallery are teaming up to present a showing of the films of Mike Anderson, followed by a Q&A with the Brooklyn, N.Y.-based artist.
Lawrence native shares painting talent for Boston’s ‘Play Me, I’m Yours’ public piano project
September 22, 2013
One of the 75 pianos-turned-works-of-art being unveiled this week for Boston’s “Play Me, I’m Yours” project was crafted by a Lawrence native.
Free vocal concert at KU to feature potpourri of song
September 22, 2013
Jayne Siemens, soprano, and Thomas Dreeze, baritone, will present “Together Again for the First Time” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Swarthout Recital Hall, inside Murphy Hall at 1530 Naismith Drive.
100 years ago: ‘Grand athletic opening’ planned for first KU game day
September 22, 2013
“The afternoon will open with a grand street parade starting from the Court House on South Massachusetts street.”
Lawhorn’s Lawrence: When the lunchtime menu is a three-mile run
September 22, 2013
Fred Van Vleck is a Mad Dog. In this town, a group of fitness enthusiasts who work out under the moniker of Red Dog Days, get a lot of attention. But the Mad Dogs, not so much so, although they are a type of exercise hound just as persistent. By Chad Lawhorn
Horoscopes for Sept. 22
September 22, 2013
For Sunday, Sept. 22 This year you will be practical at times and totally frivolous at others. You also will express your more romantic, creative side. If you are single, you could meet someone through a friend, or possibly through work. If you are attached, your sweetie could be confused by your changing disposition.