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Column: KU newcomer Graham positive at point guard
June 18, 2014
In some ways, the less you notice a point guard, the better he’s playing. It can mean he’s keeping the ball moving, getting it into the right hands at the right time, not monopolizing it. I didn’t hear much about freshman point guard Devonté Graham’s play in last week’s Bill Self Camp exhibition game featuring past and present Kansas University basketball players, so I decided to take in the camp game Wednesday. Column by Tom Keegan
Our Town Sports (June 19)
June 18, 2014
Here’s a look at Our Town Sports for June 19.
Lions football defense dominant in summer action
June 18, 2014
After a team camp at Emporia State last weekend and 7-on-7 drills against two other teams, one thing is clear for Lawrence High’s football team. The Lions will have a strong defense next year. They faced Blue Valley and Tonganoxie without pads or helmets in 7-on-7 drills — offenses and defenses without linemen — on Wednesday morning at LHS. By Bobby Nightengale
Raiders win third straight
June 18, 2014
The Lawrence Raiders’ offense took another step forward in its 7-3 youth baseball victory over BC Wilson on Wednesday at Hoglund Ballpark. After being held scoreless for the first three innings, the Raiders rallied during a four-run fourth and three-run fifth on their way to a third straight win. By Chris Duderstadt
Japan’s Ogura leads girls AJGA
June 18, 2014
Himawari Ogura, of Koutou, Japan, maintained her lead in the girls division of the American Junior Golf Association’s Gary Woodland Championship, Wednesday at Alvamar.
KU’s Jones earns Big 12 softball’s top academic honor
June 18, 2014
Kansas University fifth-year senior Alex Jones earned the Big 12’s Softball Scholar Athlete of the Year award, the league announced Wednesday.
Little luck helps Royals win 10th in a row
June 18, 2014
Alex Gordon’s grounder up the middle looked like a routine out — until it hit second base and took a wacky bounce, allowing the game’s first run to score. With breaks like that, it’s no wonder the Kansas City Royals have won 10 in a row.
Ethics complaint against secretary of state candidate dismissed
June 18, 2014
Topeka (AP) — Kansas’ ethics commission has dismissed a state Republican Party complaint accusing the presumed Democratic nominee for secretary of state of illegally soliciting contributions from lobbyists through Facebook, the Democrat said Wednesday.
Ways to keep your kids entertained this summer
June 18, 2014
Consider this your “I’m bored” troubleshoot guide for when your kids just need a few ideas to make the most out of the summer free time, complete with a few event suggestions to put on the calendar.
Sipping up some summer drinks
June 18, 2014
With porches and outdoor bar seating calling out our names as happy hour approaches, it’s time to embrace the season with a light, refreshing, fruity, creamy, or frothy cocktail in hand.
La Prima Tazza presents coffee-tasting, education series
June 18, 2014
La Prima Tazza is introducing a new coffee tasting and education series led by Greenstone Coffee Roasters’ Michael Schaetzel.
Mrs. Mass.: Hot Box home to freshly baked goodness
June 18, 2014
You know those days when nothing goes quite right, and all you need is a freshly baked chocolate chip cookie to turn it all around? But because you don’t feel like baking cookies from scratch, you resort to eating the uncooked dough? (Or is that just me? … don’t answer that.)
Family Adventures: Strike up the band
June 18, 2014
I met Sweet Husband while we were both playing in our high school band. He was a smart-aleck trombone player who loved jazz; I had fairy-tale dreams of playing my flute on street corners for a living. We were band nerds, through and through, which is probably why — even though neither of us has touched an instrument for over 10 years — the Lawrence City Band’s summer concerts are one of our favorite parts of the season.
The Fashion Column Twins: Farmers market style
June 18, 2014
Getting up early and going to the farmers market is one of our favorite things to do on Saturday mornings. Whether we are browsing around the one in downtown Lawrence or opt to venture out to the City Market in Kansas City’s River Market, we try to keep our style intact despite the early rise.
Style Scout: Michelle Amarin Rose Metzger
June 18, 2014
What would you like to see more in Lawrence? Where are the men? Truly, the men, not the boys!
Style Scout: Pedro Julio Tovar Ballagh
June 18, 2014
Fashion influences: I usually get my influences when I go out to a bar to listen to music. If I see a band that looks cool, then I appreciate their style and make note.
Garden Variety: Strawberry yields forever
June 18, 2014
The taste of a vine-ripened strawberry is like the first taste of summer to those who grow them and those who relish fresh local fruit. Their sweetness and flavor is well worth the labor to produce them, yet I often hear reports from gardeners who have limited success. The secret, I suspect, is that strawberry plants need care right now, as the picking season ends.
Fix-It Chick: Install side mount drawer slides
June 18, 2014
Installing side mount drawer slides into an existing cabinet is a bit of a challenge. Follow these steps to make the job a bit easier.
Off the Beaten Plate: Chinese Burrito at Thai House
June 18, 2014
It’s rather unexpected to walk into a Thai restaurant and find a dish closely resembling an item found on a Mexican menu.
Off-duty Lawrence police officer involved in vehicle-versus-pedestrian accident Tuesday morning
05:48 p.m., June 18, 2014 Updated 01:04 p.m.
A pedestrian near Clinton Lake suffered injuries Tuesday morning after an off-duty Lawrence police officer on a family camping trip struck her with his vehicle.
Social Service League Thrift Store seeking financial help from public as rent issue emerges
June 18, 2014
The merchandise is still cheap, but the store’s rent no longer is, and that is creating worries for the leaders of Lawrence’s Social Service League Thrift Store. By Chad Lawhorn
Douglas County approves contract for Route 458 road improvements
June 18, 2014
The Douglas County Commission on Wednesday approved a contract worth about $1.5 million for road improvements to County Route 458.
Lawrence Memorial Hospital to have wellness resource center at new public library
June 18, 2014
The new Lawrence Public Library will have numerous features, from a video game area to a recording studio to a coffee bar. Lawrence Memorial Hospital announced Wednesday that it will have one more: a health-and-wellness resource center. By Giles Bruce
Drive to win: Motivated Mason hits game-winner in camp scrimmage
05:03 p.m., June 18, 2014 Updated 10:28 p.m.
Kansas University sophomore Frank Mason sped through the lane for a driving layup with 7.8 seconds left in overtime of Wednesday’s Bill Self basketball camp game, giving the Red team an 84-83 victory over the Blue squad. “Any game I play, I always want to win. I take pride in it. Today it was just a camp game, but still I just wanted to win it,” Mason said. By Gary Bedore
Governor recognizes Lawrence-based Grandstand for business growth
June 18, 2014
Lawrence-based Grandstand Glassware and Apparel received the fifth place award in the Governor’s Appreciation Business of the Year Award.
Amid election-year criticism on school funding, Brownback touts career and technical education
June 18, 2014
As the election-year debate over his record on education funding heats up, Gov. Sam Brownback is pointing to the success of a program that targets funding for career and technical job training for high school students. Speaking in Manhattan on Wednesday, Brownback said enrollment in post-secondary job-training programs has doubled since the initiative began in 2012. By Peter Hancock
Camp brings hundreds of young and talented musicians to KU
June 18, 2014
For 79 years, the Midwestern Music Camp at Kansas University has been training young musicians from Kansas and beyond. “There aren’t a lot of summer music camps that have run continuously for that long,” said camp coordinator Leslie Jabara. By Giles Bruce
Weekend to heat up with St. John’s annual Mexican Fiesta
June 18, 2014
The 34th annual two-day fiesta, held each weekend after Father’s Day at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 1234 Kentucky St., is an annual labor of love for the hundreds of volunteers that include parishioners and community members, many of whom have been there since the beginning. By Stephen Montemayor
Tuition, fees going up at Kansas’ public universities; Regents also approve human sexuality degree, business school building expansion
03:16 p.m., June 18, 2014 Updated 04:58 p.m.
Higher education officials on Wednesday approved tuition and fee increases for Kansas’ public universities that they said were the lowest in 13 years. By Scott Rothschild
KU School of Pharmacy ranks 19th in students accepted to post-residency positions
June 18, 2014
The Kansas University School of Pharmacy ranks 19th among schools of pharmacy in the percentage of students accepted to post-graduation residency positions, according to the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.
K-State upgrades video, sound in Bramlage Coliseum
June 18, 2014
Kansas State is replacing the video boards and sound system inside Bramlage Coliseum as part of nearly $2.4 million in upgrades to the school’s basketball arena.
Abortion rights PAC tied to Kansas clinic disbands
June 18, 2014
A Kansas-based abortion rights group has disbanded its political action committee and faced criticism Wednesday from an anti-abortion leader that the PAC’s real purpose was to help start the clinic now operating in the late Dr. George Tiller’s medical building in Wichita.
Brownback names two superintendents to new education panel
June 18, 2014
Gov. Sam Brownback has appointed two school superintendents to serve on a newly created Student Performance and Efficiency Commission. They are superintendents Dr. Jim Hinson, of Shawnee Mission, and Bev Mortimer, of Concordia. By Peter Hancock
Trademark board rules against Redskins name, cancels trademarks
June 18, 2014
The U.S. Patent Office ruled Wednesday that the Washington Redskins nickname is “disparaging of Native Americans” and that the team’s federal trademarks for the name must be canceled. The 2-1 ruling comes after a campaign to change the name has gained momentum over the past year. The team doesn’t immediately lose trademark protection and is allowed to retain it during an appeal.
Lawrence man pleads guilty to filing false tax return
June 18, 2014
A Lawrence man pleaded guilty Tuesday to filing a false tax return, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom’s office.
Kobach’s side work attacked in Kansas primary race
June 18, 2014
Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s challenger in the Kansas Republican primary demanded Tuesday that Kobach fully disclose his earnings from outside work by releasing his income tax records for the past three years.
Stay cool: Heat to rise to 94 today, with heat index nearing 100
June 18, 2014
Another hot and humid day is in store today with highs in the mid-90s and heat indices reaching into the 97-102 degree range.
Today in Lawrence: Farmers’ market goodness, band concert and comedy night
June 18, 2014
Deliciousness can be found at Clinton Parkway Nursery; tonight’s outdoor band concert features Midwestern fare; and comedians will take the stage at Jackpot Music Hall.
Wichitan Haight leads AJGA boys
June 18, 2014
Caleb Haight, of Wichita, carded an even-par 72 to take the lead in the boys division after the first day of the Gary Woodland Championship at Alvamar.
Free State O-lineman Frantz commits to K-State
June 18, 2014
Free State High senior Scott Frantz sat down with his parents on Friday to tell them his plan. He was ready to commit to a college. On Monday, the Firebirds’ offensive tackle was ready to announce his plans to everyone else. Frantz orally committed to Kansas State University at the end of his visit to the school. By Bobby Nightengale
Raiders ride unorthodox offense to wins
June 18, 2014
As the saying goes, sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good. For the Lawrence Raiders, they didn’t beat themselves and that was good enough to win two games on Tuesday at Kansas University’s Hoglund Ballpark. By Bobby Nightengale
Team USA vet Frankamp eager for second international tour
June 18, 2014
For Connor Frankamp, Kansas University basketball’s participation in the 2015 World University Games marks an opportunity to win a second gold medal while playing for the red, white and blue. He scored 22 points to lead the U.S. over Australia in the gold-medal game of the FIBA Under 17 World Championships in the summer of 2012 in Lithuania. By Gary Bedore
Column: Pierson should play RB, not WR
June 18, 2014
The closer it gets to college football season, the more columnist Tom Keegan thinks about ways to get the ball in the hands of Tony Pierson more often.
Chiefs’ Houston absent
June 18, 2014
Two Pro Bowl players were gone from the start of the Chiefs’ mandatory minicamp, one of them hoping to land a new contract and the other so that the team might be able to afford it.
Royals trounce Tigers, move into first place
June 18, 2014
It’s been over a decade since the Kansas City Royals were in first place this late in the season, and try as he might, manager Ned Yost couldn’t totally downplay the achievement. He just wants it kept in perspective.
25 years ago: Lawrence committee attempts to find sponsors for refugees
June 18, 2014
The two-month-old group was seeking churches or other groups to sponsor refugees from Central America.
40 years ago: Lawrence man claims Watergate influence in tax fraud
June 18, 2014
The man had claimed a $28,500 refund under a fictitious name.
100 years ago: Eudora road residents complain of cars driving with no lights at night
June 18, 2014
“This speaks well for the road that the drivers have so much confidence in the good road….”
Editorial: Safety concerns
Incidents that result in injuries to on-duty corrections officers should never be taken lightly.
June 18, 2014
Officers at the Lansing Correctional Facility may not be particularly comforted by the response of state officials to reported safety concerns at the facility.
Letter: Costly gas
June 18, 2014
The cost of our cheaper gas may be higher than the planet can bear. We praise ourselves in news and commercials for decreased dependence on foreign oil and gas. Fracking (hydraulic fracturing) has become the new standard for access to gas-rich deposits obtained by hundreds of steel and concrete structures closely dotting semi-remote areas of our country — Utah, Nevada, and Oklahoma, for example — that most of us do not see.  Once descending vertically, their drills now angle horizontally, covering many acres and using millions of gallons of water and toxic chemicals. 
Opinion: Downtown’s special ambiance
June 18, 2014
For the past few years I have been going to downtown Lawrence each morning before 9 a.m. in order to take my morning exercise walk. At that time of day, Massachusetts Street is relatively quiet. Few places other than the coffee shops and the barbershops are open (with the exception of Saturday when the Farmer’s Market is in full swing).
Opinion: World needs new security structure
June 18, 2014
Let’s look at the reality on the ground in the Middle East: Iraq and Syria are effectively partitioned along sectarian lines; Lebanon and Yemen are close to fracturing; Turkey, Egypt and Saudi Arabia survive intact, but as increasingly authoritarian states.