Archive for Wednesday, July 30, 2014

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12:15 a.m.
The World War II Memorial Campanile rises above the shadowy hills on the Kansas University campus. It was dedicated in 1951. KU confident in its sexual assault investigations
July 29, 2014
Kansas University’s Title IX coordinator says she’s confident her office’s handling of sexual assault complaints will pass muster with a federal probe. By Sara Shepherd
10:00 a.m.
Associated Press. In a jam? Time to think outside PB&J
July 29, 2014
It was probably 15 years ago that I discovered the magic that is a nearly empty jar of jam.
12:42 p.m.
Republican Sen. Pat Roberts declined again to debate his Tea Party challenger Milton Wolf after Wolf confronted Roberts on a sidewalk in downtown Emporia. Wolf confronts Roberts during U.S. Senate campaign stop, but still no debate
12:24 p.m., July 30, 2014 Updated 2:11 p.m.
Tea Party challenger Milton Wolf sought again to challenge Republican Sen. Pat Roberts to a debate Wednesday by confronting the three-term incumbent during a campaign stop in downtown Emporia. But Roberts again declined, saying Wolf should focus on his own ethics problems and pending investigation by the Board of Healing Arts. By Peter Hancock
3:14 p.m.
Eat Your Vegetables
When life gives you bananas, you make muffins
Posted July 29, 2014
We buy a LOT of bananas. We use at least two a day in the morning smoothie that the kiddo and I share. Plus they're ...
6:14 p.m.
Just Food Director Jeremy Farmer sent out a press release Wednesday asking for  donations to help restock the food bank's shelves. July is one of the local pantry's busiest times of year and many shelves are low on items. Just Food says its shelves are nearly bare
July 30, 2014
Just Food, which is the food bank in Douglas County, is appealing for donations. “July is one of our busiest times of the year and it has wiped our shelves clean of almost everything,” the organization said in a news release. A donation of $10 will ensure three families in Douglas County have food for a week, while a donation of $50 will help 12 families, the group said.
10:00 p.m.
A view from 11th and Indiana streets. Douglas County approves 10-year, reduced tax incentive for apartment development
July 30, 2014
The Douglas County Commission stayed in step with other local governments on Wednesday evening when it approved a reduced taxed incentive for a proposed $75 million mixed-use apartment complex for Indiana Street.

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Gaughan, Robinson face off in Douglas County Commission primary
July 30, 2014
The Aug. 5 Democratic primary for the First District of the Douglas County Commission, between incumbent Mike Gaughan and attorney Greg Robinson, features two different approaches in how the county government should invest its money.
Home Style: 5 ways to accessorizie an outdoor space
July 30, 2014
To more fully enjoy the benefits of being outdoors, homeowners can expand the comforts of their homes into yards, patios and porches.
Cooking from Scratch: Fridge pickles
July 30, 2014
Can we talk about what a wonderful year this has been for gardens so far? I haven’t had to water once, yet everything looks healthy and green.
Local Finds: Pitcher perfect
July 30, 2014
Impress guests at your next summertime cookout with a drink poured from these stylish pitchers with personality.
The Fashion Column Twins: Summer shorts
July 30, 2014
As we’re in the heart of summer and can’t seem to escape this heat wave lately, Elizabeth and I thought it would be fitting to show our favorite styles of shorts.
Fix-It Chick: 11 things you need in your toolbox
July 30, 2014
Whether you are a homeowner, a renter or just a kid going off to college, having a properly stocked tool box is the key to Fix-It happiness.
Garden Variety: New blooms for old irises
July 30, 2014
Irises are by far one of the easiest and most reliable plants to grow in Kansas, but sometimes a hidden insect pest affects their ability to bloom.
Style Scout: Greyson Honaker
July 30, 2014
Dream job: To publish books and not have to do real work ever.
Style Scout: Rebekah Taussig
July 30, 2014
Tell us a secret: I use swear words more than anybody would know. I hope my sweet mother doesn’t read this!
Hair vs. Humidity: Fighting summer frizz
July 30, 2014
With a few adjustments in the hair care beauty regime, and some trendy styling tricks from some local hair experts, fight off frizz and finish this summer with great hair despite the aggressive weather.
Top 10 wonders of the Lawrence food world
July 30, 2014
What are the top 10 wonders of the Lawrence food world — our city’s most iconic, most delicious, most notorious, must-have, can’t-miss, original-to-us menu items? Here’s our list.
Douglas County approves 10-year, reduced tax incentive for apartment development
July 30, 2014
The Douglas County Commission stayed in step with other local governments on Wednesday evening when it approved a reduced taxed incentive for a proposed $75 million mixed-use apartment complex for Indiana Street.
Just Food says its shelves are nearly bare
July 30, 2014
Just Food, which is the food bank in Douglas County, is appealing for donations. “July is one of our busiest times of the year and it has wiped our shelves clean of almost everything,” the organization said in a news release. A donation of $10 will ensure three families in Douglas County have food for a week, while a donation of $50 will help 12 families, the group said.
Charges yet to be filed in attempted second-degree murder arrest; suspect released
July 30, 2014
Charges have not been filed for a 24-year-old Lawrence man arrested on suspicion of attempted second-degree murder Monday. Raphael Marcell Robinson was released from the Douglas County Jail Tuesday due to charges not being filed in his case yet. Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson’s assistant Cheryl Kunard said that a charging decision on Robinson will be made pending further investigation into the case.
In Kansas City, Obama to GOP: ‘Stop just hating all the time’
July 30, 2014
Pointing the finger at Republicans for congressional inaction, President Barack Obama chided lawmakers Wednesday for spending the waning days before their month-long summer break trying to sue him rather than addressing economic issues that could boost the middle class. “Stop being mad all the time. Stop just hating all the time. Come on,” the president said in a boisterous and sharply partisan speech in Kansas City.
Wolf confronts Roberts during U.S. Senate campaign stop, but still no debate
12:24 p.m., July 30, 2014 Updated 02:11 p.m.
Tea Party challenger Milton Wolf sought again to challenge Republican Sen. Pat Roberts to a debate Wednesday by confronting the three-term incumbent during a campaign stop in downtown Emporia. But Roberts again declined, saying Wolf should focus on his own ethics problems and pending investigation by the Board of Healing Arts. By Peter Hancock
International students tour agricultural, business sites in Douglas County
July 30, 2014
A group of more than 50 international students visited Lawrence on Tuesday and Wednesday to tour some of the area’s notable agricultural and business operations.
Obama gets a taste of Kansas City barbecue alongside some fellow citizens; plans to speak in K.C. today
July 30, 2014
President Barack Obama feasted on working-class delicacies in Kansas City Tuesday night as he sought to bond with people unaccustomed to having the ear of the most powerful man in the world.
Boeing tying up loose ends as it prepares to leave Kansas after 85 years
11:08 a.m., July 30, 2014 Updated 12:07 p.m.
Boeing recently auctioned off items from its Wichita hangars as the airplane manufacturer prepares to leave Kansas.
3-year-old boy dead after accidental shooting
July 30, 2014
A 3-year-old Wichita boy has died after accidentally shooting himself in the chest with a gun he found while his mom and her boyfriend were taking a nap.
Brownback’s GOP challenger has bankruptcy in past
July 30, 2014
A Wichita businesswoman who is challenging Gov. Sam Brownback in the Republican primary has filed for bankruptcy protection in the past, while her running mate has done so twice.
Today in Lawrence: A lot to do, eat and pet at the fair
July 30, 2014
Today in Lawrence: Chow down at the fair’s Chef’s Challenge, and bring the kids for animal judging, the petting zoo and pony rides.
KU softball lands Ball State transfer
July 30, 2014
Briana Evans, an outfielder who started all 52 games for Ball State last season, will transfer to Kansas University, KU coach Megan Smith announced Tuesday.
Chiefs linebacker Johnson sets sights on record
July 30, 2014
Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson is beginning his 10th season, coming off his third Pro Bowl and closing in on the franchise record for tackles — he needs 19 to reach 1,000 for his career, which would be one more than Gary Spani recorded from 1978-86.
Another big plans to visit Late Night
July 30, 2014
So far, two high school basketball players have said they’ll be attending the Oct. 10 Late Night in the Phog. They’ll be able to visit with another accomplished big man — former KU center Joel Embiid. By Gary Bedore
One true champion?
League touts title purity — except when, you know, there’s a tie
July 30, 2014
The Big 12 Conference’s ability to implement a full round-robin schedule distinguishes it from the other four power conferences, all of which boast more than 10 teams. It is that unique characteristic that led the league to its slogan: one true champion. By Benton Smith
Punchless Royals fall to Twins, 2-1
July 30, 2014
James Shields acknowledged that he didn’t have his best stuff Tuesday night. He has the bruise on his rump to prove it.
25 years ago: Movie brings Batman boom to local stores
July 30, 2014
Batman T-shirts had been big sellers early on, with an estimated 500 sold since the beginning of June.
40 years ago: East 23rd Street most expensive option for new city garage
July 30, 2014
Pinckney area residents were still very much against the proposed Second and Indiana site.
Opinion: Email monitoring is disturbing trend
July 30, 2014
Last week, the New York Times reported a story about the continuing practice of the U.S. Justice Department to monitor and read emails from federal prisoners to their lawyers. This practice, which first became known to the public after the tragedy of 9/11 with the revelation that prison officials had been monitoring communications between imprisoned suspected terrorists and their attorneys, has now spread to other types of prisoners, most recently including alleged organized crime figures and white collar offenders. This continuing monitoring of the communications of ordinary prisoners, as opposed to suspected terrorists, has been creating quite a controversy among both lawyers and judges.
Editorial: Smoking bans
A local resident is seeking to eliminate all smoking both inside and outside public buildings in downtown Lawrence.
July 30, 2014
Lawrence was the first city in Kansas to approve a ban on smoking in most public buildings, but a petition drive currently underway to extend the smoking ban to the outdoor areas throughout downtown probably may be a step too far.
Opinion: Human toll too great in Gaza
July 30, 2014
On my refrigerator door I keep a photo of an exceptional Palestinian woman who ran kindergartens in Gaza in the 1990s for the Philly-based American Friends Service Committee. Mary Khaas, who died more than a decade ago, would drag her teachers from their refugee-camp homes to visit her Jewish friends at a kibbutz just across the Gaza border. She believed in two states, and wanted each side to stop demonizing the other.
100 years ago: Potter Lake hosts ‘Girls’ Day’ for female swimmers
July 30, 2014
“If there are enough girls come to the lake on the two evenings that have been set aside for them it is very probable that they will be given an additional day.”