Archive for Sunday, September 29, 2013

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Hanna paces KU men’s golf
September 29, 2013
Kansas University freshman Chase Hanna shot a 1-under 71 to earn a tie for eighth after the first round of the Badger Golf Invitational on Sunday at the University Ridge Golf Course.
Free State wins gymnastics meet
September 29, 2013
Free State High’s Grace Bartle won the bars and floor, tied for second on the vault and placed third on the beam to help the Firebirds win a four-team gymnastics invitational on Saturday at FSHS.
Seabury volleyball goes 2-1 at quad
September 29, 2013
Reilly Malone had 17 kills and 19 digs, and Celia Taylor-Puckett had 31 assists as Bishop Seabury Academy volleyball went 2-1 at a quadrangular Saturday at Wetmore.
Kansas softball sweeps pair at Fall Invite
September 29, 2013
Kansas University struck out 20 and allowed just one run in two games of a softball sweep of Cowley and Butler at the KU Fall Invitational on Sunday at Arrocha Ballpark.
Royals end on win
September 29, 2013
The Kansas City Royals think this is only the beginning. Wait until next year comes around.
Kansas buck Michael Reynolds grows up
September 29, 2013
For junior-to-be Michael Reynolds, the offseason message from coach Charlie Weis was simple and came in the form of a two-word nudge: Grow up. By Matt Tait
Opinion: Kansas football primed to upset Red Raiders
September 29, 2013
Oddsmakers will favor Texas Tech against Kansas University, but Kansas has a real shot to end its 21-game Big 12 losing streak. By Tom Keegan
Brannen Greene: Kansas players ‘get along great’
September 29, 2013
One of the best things about playing basketball at Kansas University, Brannen Greene says, is the camaraderie of a close-knit team. By Gary Bedore
Giant killers: Chiefs cruise to 4-0 record
September 29, 2013
After the Chiefs (4-0) pounded the winless New York Giants 31-7 on Sunday, it’s obvious that importing a cool, savvy quarterback from San Francisco and bringing in a smart, no-nonsense coach from Philadelphia also had a lot to do with a rags-to-riches transformation.
KU Campus Art Walk set for Thursday
2D, 3D art, among others, on tap
September 29, 2013
The University of Kansas’s third annual KU Campus Art Walk is set to open Oct. 3 at several campus locations.
Friends, family gather to celebrate the life of Jim Brothers
September 29, 2013
Jim Brothers, a Lawrence sculptor known throughout the world for his contributions to national war memorials and his depictions of American historic figures, died on Aug. 20 at the age of 72. To honor his life, family and friends gathered at the Lawrence Visitor Information Center on Sunday afternoon to eat, drink and remember. By Nikki Wentling
Lawrence High School inducts four to Hall of Honor
Class includes Colorado lawmaker, Special Olympian, 2 judges
September 29, 2013
The Lawrence High School Alumni Association inducted U.S. District Judge Monti Belot III, Colorado State Senator Nancy (Knox) Todd, U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Sri Srinivasan and Special Olympian Brady Tanner to its Hall of Honor Sunday.
Lawrence city commission agenda for Oct. 1 meeting
September 29, 2013
6:35 p.m. Tuesday, City Hall
Horoscopes for Sept. 29
September 29, 2013
For Sunday, Sept. 29 This year you open doors and make friends feel like family. As a result, you’ll discover a new sense of intimacy. If you are single, you might not be able to tolerate that status this year. If you are attached, the two of you hang out together a lot and enjoy your friends and the social scene.
KU softball blanks Washburn, 3-0, in fall opener
September 29, 2013
Kansas University opened its fall softball schedule with a 3-0 victory over Washburn on Saturday at Arrocha Ballpark.
Opinion: Boehner’s loss of control sad to watch
September 29, 2013
Unable to control his own caucus, negotiate effectively with the president or pass legislation, he flounders in office — a likable man who is utterly ineffective. We are seeing the consequences of a leaderless House in the GOP’s renewed threat of a government shutdown or debt-ceiling default. These reckless actions are part of a grandstand play to reverse the Affordable Care Act, which begins
Editorial: Recruiting gains
September 29, 2013
Increased efforts to recruit top students are paying off for Kansas University.
Opinion: Memories of a bygone Mideast era
September 29, 2013
My American colleagues and I traveled freely through the Middle East — Syria, Jordan, Egypt — without fear for our safety. I never heard anyone express hatred of Jews or Israel that year. In 1967, the Six-Day Arab-Israeli War changed all that. An epidemic of terrorism followed.
Raven Book Store to host novelist James Greer
September 29, 2013
Musician and author James Greer will be signing copies of his new short-story collection, “Everything Flows,” from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Raven Book Store, 6 E. Seventh St.
Longtime Lawrence activist recalls 1972 fight for women’s rights
September 29, 2013
As a longtime Lawrence activist, CJ Brune may see picket lines and poverty lines better than most. But she’s come to realize there is one type of line she may not recognize.
‘One-woman machine’ makes answering community needs a priority
September 29, 2013
Christine Drinkhouse has been described as “a pit bull when it comes to answering needs in the community.”
Tireless advocate puts the teeth in dental outreach programs
September 29, 2013
Julie Branstrom might be the executive director of the Douglas County Dental Clinic, but she’s quick to note that it’s the entire team of people and the support from the community that makes everything happen.
City to consider issuing industrial revenue bonds for Rock Chalk Park project
September 29, 2013
City commissioners at their meeting Tuesday will be asked to approve up to $40 million in industrial revenue bonds for the project, a type of special financing that won’t obligate the city to pay for the privately owned sports facilities but will allow the project to receive a 10-year tax abatement. By Chad Lawhorn
School funding advocates concerned politics may impact finance ruling
September 29, 2013
Advocates for increased public school funding say they are worried that an effort by Gov. Sam Brownback and Republican legislative leaders to change the way Kansas Supreme Court justices are selected could have an effect on a lawsuit before that court that asks the state to increase funding to schools. By Scott Rothschild
Problem solver makes life a little easier in retirement
September 29, 2013
Several people congregated in the quiet foyer at the Douglas County Senior Services building on a Tuesday morning. Some watched television while others sipped coffee and looked outside at the steady drizzle. Janet Ikenberry was out of sight, sitting in her office down the hall, solving as many problems as she could before the noon hour.
Pet guru specializes in snakes, smiles and open doors
September 29, 2013
For many animal lovers in Lawrence, Pet World is a whole lot more than a place to buy fish food. To some, it’s the best place to go to find a rare breed of python. For others, especially kids, it’s a neighborhood zoo and later, a first job. For three dozen employees and more than 100 volunteers, it’s a unique community of people who love sharing animals with others.
Creative chef helps low-income families eat healthy
September 29, 2013
Rick Martin learned early on about the happiness a home-cooked meal can bring. With his mother working nights to support the family, Martin, the youngest of three, took to cooking meals for his brother and sister when he was still young.
Only in Lawrence: They care
September 29, 2013
Today we share with you our third annual Only in Lawrence project, a set of stories honoring your neighbors, unsung heroes and people who do the extraordinary things that make life in Lawrence better.
Group launches Fairy Godmother Fund to help women
September 29, 2013
Most people have experienced times in life when they are just one more problem away from total disaster – a flat tire that would keep them from getting to work or a broken window in the winter they can’t afford to replace. In 2005, a group of local women launched the Fairy Godmother Fund, a program administered by the United Way of Douglas County, which helps women in crisis get past that critical hurdle.
Watkins volunteer devoted to organizing history
September 29, 2013
Mary Wallace has delved into topics like fights over railroad rights of way, car owners in 1929 and, every rural school that ever existed in Douglas County, as a research room volunteer at the Watkins Museum of History. What started as piles of papers and folders scattered about the room Wallace has transformed into a thoughtful and meticulous archive that contains documents from the entire recorded history of Douglas County.
His healing touch helps families navigate through grief
September 29, 2013
A lifeguard’s job is to prevent people from drowning in a pool. Phil Friedeman’s job is to keep people from drowning in their grief.
Makeover architect makes shelter more like home
September 29, 2013
Most women fleeing an abusive relationship don’t care what the Willow Domestic Violence Shelter looks like, as long as it is safe. But Willow board member Karen Cochran thought the shelter’s deteriorating appearance did not send the right message to its residents.
Marina boss floats their boats
September 29, 2013
Megan Hiebert has lived in Lawrence for as long as she can remember. The Lawrence High School and Kansas University graduate Clinton Marina owner has given her entire life to the town.
KU radio producer big on details
September 29, 2013
For decades now, Bob Newton has had a center-court seat at nearly every Kansas University basketball game, and a bird’s-eye view from the press box at KU football games. But as he enters his 30th season as the producer/engineer for the radio broadcasts of KU men’s football and basketball, Newton has a confession to make.
25 years ago: K mart addition damaged during wind storm
September 29, 2013
A strong overnight storm had brought 80 mph winds and golf-ball-sized hail to the area as well as 1.2 inches of rain.
Thrifty manager transformed league
September 29, 2013
When Jean Ann Pike started college at age 44, she wanted to become a social worker but couldn’t get past the math. It’s probably just as well. As the manager of the Social Service League’s thrift store in Lawrence, she still gets to spend her life helping people, and she deals far less with a hated scourge ­— paperwork — than a social worker.
KU seniors, bromantic duo finding the fun in music of any variety
September 29, 2013
Rayyan Kamal and Tim Clark are nearly always together, laughing, playing music and probably not wearing shoes. The Free State High School graduates and current Kansas University seniors have made a name for themselves on campus and in the community as kind, free-spirited musicians willing to playing just about any instrument, in any genre.
Golden gloves, golden heart
September 29, 2013
Erik Riley won’t turn away anyone willing to put in the work. Riley, the head coach at the Haskell Boxing Club for more than 10 years, oversees a stable of boxers as young as 7 and as seasoned as 50.
Mrs. Claus packs old-time charm into Christmas parade
September 29, 2013
It’s fair to say that Lawrence’s Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade might never get out of the starting gate, if not for the volunteer work of one local woman.
40 years ago: One dead, one injured in North Lawrence overpass accident
September 29, 2013
The car had fallen between sections of the North Second Street overpass.
Roadwork: Construction planned this week
September 29, 2013
City construction projects are now mapped at lawks.us/construction-map.
Pediatrician saw generations of Lawrence kids
September 29, 2013
Chuck Loveland was faced with a decision. The second-year medical resident had an offer to teach at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo., and another one to join a practice in Lawrence. He chose the latter. Thirty-seven years later, Loveland has watched an estimated 6,000 kids in Lawrence grow up. Some of them stuck with him into their 20s; other children, he ended up treating their kids and grandkids. By Giles Bruce
Couple has helped numerous homeless children, parents get back on their feet
September 29, 2013
Joe and Nancy Reitz’s dedication to families has never stopped. They took in foster babies back when they had babies of their own. They provided shelter to homeless mothers. They helped start a nonprofit in Lawrence that gives a kick-start to down-and-out families. Their volunteerism comes from a deep faith in God and a belief that it’s their duty to help others. By Giles Bruce
Accidental conductor guides train depot to rebirth
September 29, 2013
Carey Maynard-Moody’s first experience with the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Depot in East Lawrence started out like a Stephen King tale.
Editorial: Recruiting gains
Increased efforts to recruit top students are paying off for Kansas University.
September 29, 2013
For years, one of the most common complaints from Kansas University alumni and friends was that KU admissions and administration officials didn’t show much interest in recruiting students. KU officials were smug, thought the school was good, that it was a privilege to be able to come to KU and that they shouldn’t have to work too hard to attract students. Sons and daughters of KU alumni — youngsters with excellent grades and student activity records — received hand-written letters from then-Kansas State University President Jon Wefald, asking them to enroll at K-State, and little, if anything, came from anyone at KU.
Opinion: Memories of a bygone Mideast era
September 29, 2013
The first time I heard an opera was at a school where I was teaching in Beirut, Lebanon. The year was 1963. I had stopped at Tom Weaver’s door to listen to this gorgeous, poignant music that was floating from his dormitory room. He invited me in, and we both listened without speaking a word. I had no idea what the characters were singing, about but their voices kept me on the verge of tears. The opera was La Boheme.
Opinion: Boehner’s loss of control sad to watch
September 29, 2013
In the line of succession, House Speaker John Boehner is the third ranking official in the country. In actual fact, he has all but disappeared. Even Democrats should hope that Boehner gets his mojo back.
Avid volunteer goes about her business quietly
September 29, 2013
Marg Hadl has lived in Lawrence all her life, volunteering for her church and other local charities, not thinking anyone noticed. But they did. By Giles Bruce
National founder of Family Promise coming to Lawrence to celebrate 25 years
September 29, 2013
Karen Olson, the founder of the national organization Family Promise, was a marketing executive writing ad copy for disposable razors and home pregnancy tests when a particular New York City homeless woman caught her eye. By Chad Lawhorn
Husband and wife fine art photographers are best friends, each other’s biggest fans
September 29, 2013
Tim and Betsy Forcade’s walk-out basement is a mélange of light tables and frames, cutting mats and computers, lenses and strobes. There’s watercolor-like abstract photos thumbtacked here, an unframed image of cattle in a field leaning there.
Business owner wants to make Lawrence ideal place for pets, owners
September 29, 2013
Amber Nickel, a uniquely Lawrence personality, has the energy and enthusiasm of many of many of her customers. Who are of the four-legged variety. By Giles Bruce
Organization aims to strengthen fatherhood in Douglas County
September 29, 2013
Dads can at times feel like the forgotten parent, with many of the child-rearing resources in America devoted toward moms. A few years ago, Dads of Douglas County set out to change that. By Giles Bruce
100 years ago: KU heating repairs neglected, students already shivering
September 29, 2013
Professors have been obliged to dismiss their classes.
Cans for the Community a nonprofit like nowhere else
September 29, 2013
Cans for the Community is literally an “only in Lawrence” organization. There are no other organizations like it anywhere in the country.
Haskell’s ‘Granny’ never says no to her students
September 29, 2013
Leandra Galindo doesn’t have children, let alone grandchildren, but every day there’s a group of students calling her granny and she’s more than happy to help them in any way she can.
Her program gives artists drive
September 29, 2013
When Lynne Green started what eventually became the Van Go program, she had no facility, no participants and owned no vehicle. She had only a borrowed van and an idea.
City band members need little practice to bring it during concerts
September 29, 2013
It’s like having LeBron James on clarinet, Kobe Bryant on tuba and Paul Pierce on bassoon.