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Archive for Friday, September 27, 2013

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12:11 a.m.
Patrons fill Lawrence Creates Marketplace during August's Final Fridays event to browse artwork. Entering its third year, Final Fridays is a bigger draw than ever
September 27, 2013
Final Fridays, which celebrated its third anniversary last month, has grown into a buzzworthy monthly event for downtown Lawrence. Organizers hope the momentum will continue, boosting exposure for local artists plus increasing the kind of vibrancy that attracts visitors and new residents to town. By Sara Shepherd
10:00 a.m.
Hundreds of people flooded Massachusetts Street Thursday evening to watch the 1980s movie, The Goonies, on a large, portable movie screen set up at 11th and Massachusetts Streets. Granada celebrates anniversary with outdoor screening of “The Goonies”
September 26, 2013
The goons returned to Massachusetts Street Thursday night, as the Granada celebrated its dual anniversary — 20 years as a live concert venue and 80 years since its opening as a silent movie theater in 1933 — with a free outdoor screening of “The Goonies.” By Caitlin Doornbos
12:06 p.m.
Kansas University students walk through campus between classes Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012 on Jayhawk Boulevard. The U.S. News and World Report national university rankings were released Wednesday showing that the university had dropped to a ranking of 106th from the previous year where it was ranked 101st among national universities. Nick Krug/Journal-World Photo KU enrollment continues to fall while incoming students’ ACT goes up
September 27, 2013
Kansas University’s fall enrollment fell for the fifth straight year, but school officials touted a larger freshmen class that had record ACT scores. By Scott Rothschild
6:21 p.m.
Richard Gwin/Journal World Photo. From left, Nona Golledge, Director of KU Dining Services, walks with Lenoir Ekdahl (Mrs. E) through the renovated Elkdahl Dining Hall during the ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, September 27, 2013. Ekdahl Dining Hall namesake “Mrs. E” joins in on reopening ceremony
September 27, 2013
Lenoir Ekdahl sat at the table directly in front of the podium Friday afternoon at the grand reopening of Ekdahl Dining Center, more commonly known as Mrs. E’s. Others in attendance approached her to swap stories, shake her hand, take a photo or give her a hug. Most were current or past dining employees, Kansas University administrators, old friends, or people who knew her simply as “Mrs. E.” By Nikki Wentling

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McGrath steps in at tight end for Chiefs
September 27, 2013
He’s not a member of ZZ Top. Nor is he a reincarnated Karl Marx. Sean McGrath could probably play Santa Claus, though, provided he took a few minutes to bleach his brown facial hair stark white. Then again, perhaps the result would be more along the lines of a young Charles Darwin than the jolly fat man wearing red.
Philadelphia blanks Sporting KC, 1-0
September 27, 2013
Conor Casey scored in the 36th minute, for Philadelphia’s first goal in four matches, and the Union beat Sporting Kansas City, 1-0, on Friday night.
Ekdahl Dining Hall namesake “Mrs. E” joins in on reopening ceremony
September 27, 2013
Lenoir Ekdahl sat at the table directly in front of the podium Friday afternoon at the grand reopening of Ekdahl Dining Center, more commonly known as Mrs. E’s. Others in attendance approached her to swap stories, shake her hand, take a photo or give her a hug. Most were current or past dining employees, Kansas University administrators, old friends, or people who knew her simply as “Mrs. E.” By Nikki Wentling
Lawrence man travels state informing Kansans about Affordable Care Act
September 27, 2013
Sheldon Weisgrau is here to tell you the truth about health care reform. Much of the news about the Affordable Care Act has been filtered through politics, he says, so what often makes it to the public is either distorted, dishonest or flat-out wrong. The Lawrence health consultant is on a mission to change that. By Giles Bruce
School funding: Is it up or down?
September 27, 2013
Some groups argue that education funding in Kansas is at its lowest point in several years, while others say “total” funding is at an all-time high. Budget figures provide support for both arguments, but the Kansas Supreme Court will soon be asked to decide what happens next. By Peter Hancock
State moving ahead on science standards
September 27, 2013
The Kansas State Department of Education says it will move forward to implement the new Next Generation Science Standards, despite a federal lawsuit filed this week. The lawsuit claims the new standards violate freedom of religion by not including creationist theories. By Peter Hancock
Law enforcement says man whose body was found in Douglas County was killed in Topeka
September 27, 2013
Nearly 20 months after a Topeka businessman’s body was found in northwestern Douglas County, authorities have determined the man was killed in Topeka and have filed charges in the case. By Scott Rothschild
Anthropology Department opposes leave for Guth
September 27, 2013
The Anthropology Department at Kansas University issued a statement on Friday criticizing school officials for putting professor David W. Guth on leave after he posted a controversial tweet following the Navy Yard shooting in Washington, D.C., last week that left 13 dead. By Scott Rothschild
Freshman KU basketball player on diversion following July citation
September 27, 2013
Incoming freshman Kansas University basketball player Brannen Greene was accepted into a one-year diversion program this week after being cited in July for leaving the scene of an accident.
KU enrollment continues to fall while incoming students’ ACT goes up
September 27, 2013
Kansas University’s fall enrollment fell for the fifth straight year, but school officials touted a larger freshmen class that had record ACT scores. By Scott Rothschild
Ottawa El Mezcal manager charged with immigration violations
11:31 a.m., September 27, 2013 Updated 05:30 p.m.
Alex Sanchez Jr., 33, is charged with four counts of harboring for financial gain people in the country illegally and five counts of encouraging them to reside in the United States for his financial gain, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said on Friday.
Free State golf fourth in Olathe
September 27, 2013
Free State High’s girls golf team finished fourth among 11 schools, and the Firebirds’ Emily Bermel was third out of more than 50 golfers Thursday in the Olathe South 9 Hole Invitational.
FSHS volleyball takes a pair
September 27, 2013
Free State High won two volleyball matches Thursday at Olathe North.
LHS volleyball splits at Olathe
September 27, 2013
Lawrence High split two volleyball matches Thursday at Olathe East.
Lion ties for 2nd at Rural golf
September 27, 2013
Lawrence High’s Abby Schmidtberger tied for second at the Washburn Rural golf invitational on Thursday at Wamego Country Club.
KU great Galen Fiss to get Browns honor
September 27, 2013
Galen Fiss, a former Kansas University football and baseball standout, will be inducted into the Cleveland Browns Legends this weekend.
New LHS softball coach going in with ‘open mind’
September 27, 2013
Joe Dee Tarbutton didn’t go out of his way to learn as much as he could about the players with whom he would soon be working once he became Lawrence High’s new softball coach. By Benton Smith
Lions win tennis dual, 5-4
September 27, 2013
Lawrence High edged Manhattan, 5-4, in a tennis dual Thursday at LHS. By Benton Smith
Horoscopes for Sept. 27
September 27, 2013
For Friday, Sept. 27 This year there often are power plays going on around you. The push and pull could become exhausting if you really get into it. If you are single, you’ll find partners galore, but you will only choose one. If you are attached, the two of you will enjoy having many serious discussions together
Author expounds on much-read “The Worst Hard Time”
Egan delivers speech at Lied Center
September 27, 2013
Timothy Egan, who wrote the book selected by the KU Common Book and Read Across Lawrence programs, spoke in front of a hefty crowd Thursday night on the Kansas University campus.
25 years ago: School board writes new policy on banned books
September 27, 2013
The district had been receiving about one request a year for book removal.
40 years ago: City opts to let theaters handle smoking ban
September 27, 2013
Commissioners had been considering a city-wide ordinance.
Letter: Civil discourse
September 27, 2013
In reference to the controversial Tweet by Kansas University journalist professor David Guth, I believe the concept of the Second Amendment should encourage civil discourse, as his actions have. But how that discourse takes place is vital to the health of our democracy. The outlandish and provocative approach brought forth by Guth does nothing to help our society fix the problem we face of mass shootings, a problem I think we can all readily agree our country needs to face regardless of partisan politics.
Letter: Ineffective Congress
September 27, 2013
Obamacare was passed into law. The latest round of obstructionism in the U.S. Congress is disturbing on many levels. How can we support partisan behavior toward law and national viability? Besides us, who to demand better from our Kansas delegation?  The opponents to this new beginning for health care are afraid to give it a chance, because they fear it will work and they will receive no credit for its creation.  
Letter: Preference for Putin?
September 27, 2013
In the Sept. 21 Saturday Column, you rehash Benghazi again, throwing mud at our armed forces and our president. You suggest an immediate response was required. What? Air support was too far away, so our only response could have been retaliatory bombing or “boots on the ground.” Are you suggesting that? Another Far East conflict?
Editorial: Rental rules
A new rental inspection and registration program should focus on serious issues related to health and safety.
September 27, 2013
Developing a rental registration law that serves both tenants and landlords poses some challenges, and Lawrence city commissioners are smart to take the time to get this ordinance right.
Opinion: Rouhani keeps focus on nuclear issue
September 27, 2013
The U.S.-Iranian diplomatic train is rolling fast, with President Hassan Rouhani talking in an interview Wednesday about a three-month timetable for a nuclear deal. But Rouhani was also cautiously insistent about staying on the single track of the nuclear issue — perhaps fearing that if this becomes a runaway, it will derail.
100 years ago: Hazing or tradition? KU upperclassmen fight to keep custom of Freshman beanie
September 27, 2013
“The students say they wore the diminutive headgear when they were freshmen, so why shouldn’t the present ‘babies of the class of ‘17’ suffer the same jolt to their vanity?”
Entering its third year, Final Fridays is a bigger draw than ever
September 27, 2013
Final Fridays, which celebrated its third anniversary last month, has grown into a buzzworthy monthly event for downtown Lawrence. Organizers hope the momentum will continue, boosting exposure for local artists plus increasing the kind of vibrancy that attracts visitors and new residents to town. By Sara Shepherd