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MAYA DAVISON, 13, PULLS HER FRIEND GRACIE HALL, 13, of Lawrence, away from racks of tempting shoes at Brown’s Shoe Fit, 829 Massachusetts St., Thursday during the annual Downtown Lawrence Sidewalk Sale. Photo gallery at LJWorld.com
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Stata Norton Ringle never stopped learning, and she never stopped giving back to Kansas University, either. The KU Endowment Association today announced a $10 million gift from the estate of Ringle, a former dean Special to the Journal-World and professor at the KU Medical STATA NORTON RINGLE Center, and her works in a lab at Kansas husband, David University Medical Center, Ringle. They both likely in the late 1970s. died in 2012 at ages 89 and 88, respectively. Equal parts of the gift will go toward three different purposes: scholarships for students in the School of Health Professions
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: A young boy walks with his mother beneath a rack of clothes Thursday at the sidewalk sale; Amanda Berck, 16, of Lenexa, waves the spray of a water mister her way near the Downtown Lawrence Inc. table at the sidewalk sale; rows of earrings tempt a shopper; and early risers line up outside Urban Outfitters to get a predawn jump on bargains.
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tore owners and employees began to break down tents and move off the sidewalks and back inside Thursday evening as a few people scanned through the remaining merchandise left on tables. Every so often, another surge of shoppers would find their way to Massachusetts Street, searching for last-minute, heavily discounted items before the sun officially set on the 54th annual Downtown Lawrence Sidewalk Sale. Sally Zogry, the new director of Downtown Lawrence Inc., helped to organize the sidewalk sale for the first time this year. She walked up and down
Larry Schaake isn’t sure what he’d do without crop insurance. It costs so much to plant his crop nowadays that if it doesn’t grow, which has happened in recent years because of the drought, it could be enough to put a farmer out of business. “That’s probably our only salvation,” the 71-year-old Lawrence corn-and-soybean grower said of crop insurance. “Our input costs are unreal.” Schaake is one of a number of local farmers watching Congress’ negotiations of a new farm bill. Both the House and Senate’s versions of the legislation cut the $5 billion a year the government currently pays to farmers in direct payments while beefing up crop insurance. Bill Wood, county director for Douglas County Extension, said that local farmers he has visited with hope the law has a strong
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“CJ” Malsbury, 15 , of Oskaloosa, died July 17, at his CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1A home. A full obituary, photo and service times are available at www.barnettfamilyfh.com crop-insurance program. “It helps the farmer a little more on the decisionmaking part of things,” he said. to expect. Clint Hornberger, “Just mark it down president of Douglas right now: The third County Farm Bureau, Thursday in July will alsaid that, for most local CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1A ways be the hottest day of farmers, the two most the summer,” Owens said. critical components of Some customers avoid- the farm bill are crop Massachusetts from Seved the heat by arriving insurance and conservaenth to Eleventh streets downtown in the early tion programs. The imseveral times during the morning. portance of insurance, day, visiting with busiEager crowds formed for one, was made clear ness owners about their in front of several Masby the recent drought, progress. sachusetts Street stores in which many local proAll in all, she said, as early as 4:30 a.m., well things went smoothly. before businesses opened. “I heard everybody Hailey Lapin, 21, was had a great sale,” Zogry part of the flock of early said. “From the comments buyers at Urban OutfitI’ve gotten, it seems like ters. With her heart set on the traffic patterns were a $70 dress she’s had her different this year; there eye on all semester, she was a more steady flow of arrived at 4:45 a.m. customers.” But when the floodBy Roxana Hegeman Before noon Thursgates opened at 5 a.m. Associated Press day, Gene Nutt, owner of sharp, Lapin says the Game Nut, said he could store turned into a jungle. WICHITA — Kansas will already predict that sales “As soon as they appeal a state district would be improved from opened the doors, it was court judge’s decision that last year. like a pack of hyenas atorders a child molester’s “We’ve had some ups tacking the sales racks,” and downs in the past Lapin said. “I was not ag- name to be removed from seven years we’ve been gressive enough for that.” its offender registry after finding the registration doing this, but we seem to Still, Lapin said it was laws violate the U.S. Conbe on pace with the best worth the wait; she benstitution, the state’s top of them right now,” Nutt efited from the store’s 5 prosecutor said Thursday. said. a.m. to 10 a.m. 50 percent Zogry and Cathy At issue is Tuesday’s off already-marked-down Hamilton, the outgoing decision in which Shawitems. director of Downtown nee County Judge Larry Zogry said she first Lawrence Inc., speculated took notice of the large Hendricks found that that the steady flow of Kansas law ostracizes ofcrowds at 5:45 a.m. customers could be due to fenders and requires them “It was packed. There the cooler temperatures. to remain registered lonwere just mobs of peoLast year, Zogry said, it ger than necessary. But his ple,” Zogry said. “There reached 105 degrees. ruling applied only to the was a line a block long at On Thursday, the tem- Urban Outfitters before 50-year-old Lenexa man perature inched up to 97, who sued the Kansas Bu6 a.m.” according to the National Zogry sat at the Down- reau of Investigation and Weather Service. And Johnson County sheriff’s town Lawrence Inc. though it may have been office seeking to end his booth for much of the a bit cooler than last year, day, greeting people who registration requirement. shoppers and store own“After carefully reviewstopped by to say their ers were still feeling the ing the district court’s rulfarewells to Hamilton. heat. ing, we do not think it is After speaking with As the sun rose higher legally correct,” Kansas store owners for the last in the sky, slight relief Attorney General Derek time around 6 p.m., she was found at The Salvaestimated that more than Schmidt said Thursday in tion Army cooling station, 10,000 people had been a written statement. in child-sized pools, with downtown for the sale. Kirk Ridgway, the attorfree fans distributed by ney representing the JohnMost importantly, she the Lawrence Public son County sheriff’s office, said, everybody seemed Library and in the area said one of their concerns happy. This was true of surrounding the makeJennifer Sievers, owner of when considering whether shift air conditioner (an Arizona Trading Co., who to appeal was that any Kanindustrial-sized fan and had spent the day handing sas Supreme Court ruling large blocks of ice) near would apply to others curout stickers, candy and Hobbs, 700 Massachurently on the registry. grab bags. setts St. Schmidt said the state “It’s a fun day for us,” After 11 years of parSievers said. “And a really would fight for the integriticipating in Lawrence’s ty of the Kansas Offender crazy, busy day, too.” sidewalk sale, Ryan OwRegistration Act, as well — Staff intern Nikki Wentling can be as for continued comens, general manager of reached at 832-7196. Staff intern Caitlin pliance with the federal Jock’s Nitch Hawk Zone, Doornbos can be reached at 832-7146. Adam Walsh Act, which said he has learned what
ducers lost much of their crops. “We raised a little bit of wheat this year, but that’s been it the last two years. Without crop insurance, it would have been disastrous to the farming economy,” he said, noting that agriculture is a more than $40 million industry in Douglas County. The government currently subsidizes about 62 percent of farmers’ crop insurance premiums. While that program looks likely to remain in the farm bill, the same can’t be said for direct payments. “Farmers understand that we’re in a budget crisis,” Hornberger said. “In my operation, if I need the
direct payments to survive, I’m doing something wrong.” Either way, he said, the longer the bill takes to pass, the more uncertain farmers will be. He said that when he recently inquired about implementing conservation measures on his farm to slow erosion, conservation officials were unsure whether funding for those types of projects would continue. “Quite honestly, at this point, a bill on the president’s desk is what we want to see,” Hornberger said. — Reporter Giles Bruce can be reached at 832-7233. Follow him at Twitter.com/ GilesBruce
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at KUMC, and acquisitions and maintenance for the Clendening History of Medicine Library at KUMC and for the KU Libraries distinctive collections in Lawrence, housed at Kenneth Spencer Research Library. Stata Ringle was a professor in the School of Health Professions from 1962 to 1990, when it was called the School of Allied Health. She was also the school’s dean for part of that time. The author of more than 150 research papers,
she was a leading scientist in pharmacology, said John Ferraro, whom Ringle hired to be chairman of the school’s hearing and speech department in 1984. And she did that at a time when few nationally prominent scientists were women, making her a pioneer twice over. And as the school’s dean, she was the “gold standard,” Ferraro said. “She really helped lay the groundwork and the framework for the school as it is today,” said Ferraro, who still serves as hearing and speech chairman. She held a passion for learning, especially learning about history, well into her retirement, Ferraro said.
That was especially clear when she spent much of her 80s translating a 400-page manuscript in the Spencer Research Library in Lawrence called the “Jesuatti Book of Remedies.” It was a book of pharmaceutical recipes written by friars in 16th century Italy, and KU had the only copy in the world. And after Stata learned about it, she was determined to translate it to English, said Rick Clement, who was the head of special collections for the KU Libraries at the time. This was despite a considerable hurdle: She did not speak Italian. But she learned it, then spent four years translating about 2,000 entries.
is designed to protect the public, particularly children, from sex offenders. “Having complete and accurate information about registered sex offenders available to the public through the online registry is a central public safety purpose of the federal law, which Kansas has implemented, and the district court’s ruling runs counter to that purpose,” Schmidt said. The Kansas offender registry law requires sex, drug and violent offenders to register with law enforcement. It applies retroactively and offenders must register for 15 years to life, depending on the severity of the crime. Nearly 11,600 persons are on the registry, according to the KBI — 7,417 for sex crimes, 2,283 for drug offenses and 1,899 for violent crimes. The KBI’s registry shows 94 convicted sex offenders living in Douglas County. Kansas will also appeal the lower court’s decision that allowed the plaintiff to proceed anonymously in the case. The plaintiff’s attorney, Chris Joseph, has said his client is fearful of retribution if he is identified. “The public has a right to know when a convicted sex offender challenges the very law that is designed to protect the public,” Schmidt said. “This cloak of anonymity does not serve the public interest or advance public safety.”
The plaintiff pleaded guilty in 2003 to having taken indecent liberties with a child/touching in Johnson County. At the time, he was required to remain on the registry for 10 years. But in 2011, the Legislature amended the law, extending the length of time offenders must be registered to 25 years. The state told the plaintiff it applied retroactively and that he had to remain registered until 2028. His lawsuit argued the law is unconstitutional because it was applied retroactively, violating the “ex post facto” clause of the U.S. Constitution. Joseph, who represented the plaintiff, argued several state supreme courts have found provisions in registry laws as excessive in relation to public safety objectives. He cited registry provisions struck down by state supreme courts in Alaska, Indiana and Ohio. The U.S. Supreme Court rejected in 2003 a similar retroactive challenge to Alaska’s registration law, finding at the time it was constitutional as a civil regulatory scheme. But the nation’s highest court also said that if a retroactive law is punitive, then it would be unconstitutional. Hendricks said the 2011 Kansas law was effectively punitive, noting its requirements have become increasingly severe and social media creates a virtual forum for “shaming.”
“I mean, she was on a mission,” said Clement, now dean of libraries at Utah State University. “She was kind of lit up, if you know what I mean.” The translation is now available online through the KU Libraries. The Ringles’ gift will help the KU Libraries acquire other unique or rare materials such the “Jesuatti Book,” maintain its current distinctive collections and digitize them for wider access, said Lorraine Haricombe, KU’s dean of libraries. She said the more than $3 million share for the Lawrence campus libraries was by far the largest gift for the libraries since she came to KU in 2006. “The Ringles clearly
understood the role of librarians, archives and archivists, all, to open up the world and the human record for better exploration,” Haricombe said. David Ringle was also a scientist, working as a research physiologist at the Midwest Research Institute, now MRIGlobal, in Kansas City, Mo. The Ringles lived in Leawood. They were married for 62 years and died about three months apart last year. They had no children, and they enjoyed spending time at a farm home they owned near Gardner, Ferraro said. The Ringles previously gave nearly $250,000 to KU during their lives, most of it split among the
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The victim of a fatal shooting Wednesday in Lawrence has been identified as Gary Edens, 51, of Lawrence, police said Thursday. Two people arrested in connection with the shooting have been booked into Douglas County Jail on suspicion of murder. They could be charged today, prosecutors said. Jonathan R. Rush, 28, of Wichita, and Brittny M. Adams, 19, of Topeka, were arrested in southeast Topeka less than an hour after the shooting at 647 Michigan St., which was reported to police about 6:20 p.m. A neighbor who performed CPR on Edens said the man had suffered a gunshot wound to the
head. Edens was transported to Lawrence Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to police. Rush The owner of the residence, James Dunn, said Edens had lived there since January. Two sons were at home with Edens when he was killed, Dunn said, including an adult and a child. Edens had formerly lived in Leavenworth, according to court records. Rush has a criminal record in Shawnee County, having been convicted of criminal possession of a firearm in 2005 and attempted robbery in 2007. Adams is facing charges of theft and obstruction in Shawnee County and was free on a $5,000 bond.
Thousands of Kansans will get refunds under Affordable Care Act By Scott Rothschild email@example.com
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WORKERS FOR FOUR SEASONS POOLS of Meriden use a crane to lift a 16-by-38-foot fiberglass swimming pool over houses and into a backyard Wednesday on Douglas Drive.
TOPEKA â€” More than 80,000 Kansans will receive $4 million in refunds from insurance companies under a provision of the Affordable Care Act, according to figures released Thursday by the White House. The ACA requires that insurance companies spend at least 80 percent of premium dollars on health care. It is aimed at holding the line on insurersâ€™ administrative costs and executive bonuses. Nationally, what are called Medical Loss Ratio refunds,
totaled $504 million, benefiting 8.5 million Americans, the White House reported. In Kansas, 83,742 people are due $4.04 million. â€œRecent reports show us that this policy is working â€” itâ€™s holding insurance companies accountable and putting money back into the pockets of millions of middle-class Americans in the form of refunds, reimbursements or reduced premiums when consumers donâ€™t get the value out of their premium dollars,â€? the White House said in a statement. Please see REFUNDS, page 4A
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Lawrence used to have a downtown summer film, every Thursday, projected onto the north side of the parking garage at Ninth and New Hampshire streets, but the films were stopped by construction on the apartment complex there. Are there any plans to bring back the summer films in the future?
Downtown Lawrence Inc., which organized the summer film series along with the cityâ€™s Parks and Recreation Department, hopes to bring the
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Susan Sanford, housewife, Topeka, â€œI know itâ€™s important to the state, and Lawrence has a lot of other things spurring the economy. But absolutely itâ€™s important.â€?
films back and is searching for a new location of sufficient dimensions, said Sally Zogry, the merchant groupâ€™s new executive director. Ideas include using the civic plaza area of the renovated Lawrence Public Library, after work there is complete, but Zogry and library officials say they are not yet certain that will be possible.
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LAW ENFORCEMENT REPORT A 42-year-old Dallas man was listed in good condition Thursday at Kansas University Hospital, where he was taken by helicopter ambulance Wednesday evening after a single-vehicle accident about 10 miles south of Lawrence. Jeremy C. Comeaux was one of four people injured Wednesday when the 1997 GMC pickup they were traveling in rolled over in the southbound lane of U.S. Highway 59 about 10 miles south of Lawrence, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol. Troopers responded to the accident about 7:15 p.m., and Comeaux was transported to Kansas University Hospital by Lifestar helicopter ambulance. The other three passengers, Donald Daniels, 57, Tracy Thomas, 51, and Dennis Gilbert, 42, all of Dallas, were transported to Lawrence Memorial Hospital with minor injuries.
HOSPITAL BIRTHS Megan and Bryan Marcum, Perry, a girl, Thursday. Jeremy Crump and Kim Hadley, Lawrence, a boy, Thursday. Allison and Adrian Perez, Lawrence, a boy, Thursday. Mike and Wendy Van Duyne, Lawrence, a girl, Thursday.
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Car-share program now downtown, available to anyone who needs it By Matt Erickson email@example.com
Thanks to a new carsharing program in downtown Lawrence, residents now have a new option for getting around without using their own vehicle. The silver Kia Optima now stationed in the city parking lot on the west side of New Hampshire Street near Eighth Street is available for any resident to reserve and drive at an hourly rate, through a program run by the Hertz car rental company. â€œItâ€™s a pretty neat system,â€? said Eileen Horn, the city-county sustainability coordinator. The car is available as of today, she said. The city brought the car downtown with the cooperation of Kansas University. KU has already had four Hertz On Demand cars on campus since January 2012: two near the Kansas Union and two near the residence halls on Daisy Hill. Another car in Lawrence is located at the
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THIS KIA OPTIMA is now available to rent by the hour. Its designated parking spot is on the west side of New Hampshire Street near Eighth Street. Grove Apartments com- serve the cars online, and plex at 4301 W. 24th Place. they use a small key fob All the city has to pro- device, delivered through vide for the program, Horn the mail, to access the car. said, is one parking spot, â€œCar-sharing and bikewhich is now marked by sharing programs have a Hertz On Demand sign. been really effective in Hertz owns and controls larger cities,â€? Horn said, the car. â€œand although weâ€™re not Use of the car requires a large city, we do have a membership, which some of those compopeople can sign up for at nents.â€? hertzondemand.com for For instance, she said, free. Residents can re- the city has a concentrat-
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Bob Dole turns 90 years old on Monday, and KUâ€™s Dole Institute of Politics is hosting a celebration in honor of the former Kansas Senator. The birthday party at the institute will include birthday cake, a birthday card to sign and other familyfriendly activities such as a scavenger hunt and a mini golf course, â€˜Dole Hole,â€™ used in the Lawrence Public Libraryâ€™s Caddy Shack event every year. The childrenâ€™s activities are meant to teach about who Bob
Dole is and why he is important. â€œWeâ€™re always trying to make Senator Doleâ€™s efforts and accomplishments accessible and available to everyone and we Dole thought this was an opportunity to introduce him to a generation that probably has never heard of him,â€? Dole Institute Director Bill Lacy said. Dole himself is not expected to attend.
The Lawrence Public Library will host story time at 2:30 p.m., too. The event begins at noon Monday and lasts until 4:30 p.m. It is free and open to the public. Guests are welcome to drop in at any time and can stay as briefly or as long as theyâ€™d like. â€œCome by, get a piece of cake, sign the birthday card and show youâ€™re thinking of him as he turns 90,â€? Lacy said. The party is also a kickoff to the Dole Instituteâ€™s 10 year anniversary, which will be celebrated throughout the year through various events.
Son to adopt service dog of man who drowned by Caitlin Doornbos email@example.com
Darlene Summerour, teacher, Shawnee, â€œVery. We depend on the farmer, and we need the crops. I was raised on a farm.â€?
Anne Stauffer, retired, Topeka, â€œItâ€™s reasonably important. Agriculture is our roots.â€?
From the looks of her wide grin and silky black coat, you would not think Gabby, a Labrador retriever, had been through such a traumatic experience. Police brought the dog to the Lawrence Humane Society after her owner, Dwight Sexton, 49, of Lawrence, was found dead in the Kansas River about 10 a.m. Wednesday morning. Sexton and Gabby were well-known around town. The two palled about and made friends walking throughout Lawrence. A relative of Sextonâ€™s said Gabby is a service dog. Several people who knew Sexton say Gabby was trained to detect seizures, but her greatest job was serving as a good friend. In a 2010 WellCommons article, Sexton, then 46, said he had been diagnosed with psychotic paranoia, posttraumatic syndrome, bipolar disorder and social anxiety
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GABBY, THE SERVICE DOG of Lawrence resident Dwight Sexton, who was found dead in the Kansas River on Wednesday, will be adopted by Sextonâ€™s son Brett. at the Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center. Sexton was known to downtown Lawrence employees and shoppers because he and Gabby could be found on the 800 block of Massachusetts Street two or three days a week, between the Ernst and Son hardware store and the Lawrence Antique Mall. â€œDwight used to sit out there most days,â€? said Jake Elder, a sales associate at Ernst and Son. â€œHe started showing up this year.â€?
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Officials said the Medical Loss Ratio provision also reduces premiums as insurance companies operate more efficiently. President Obama and his administration also said that the new Health Insurance Marketplace, which will take effect Oct. 1, will also provide affordable health coverage for people who are currently uninsured. In New York, officials approved rates for 2014 that are 50 percent lower on average than current rates for those buying insurance on their own. Supporters of the ACA credited that drop to the online marketplaces that they say are creating competition among insurers. Meanwhile, Republicans in Congress continue to oppose the legislation. On Wednesday, the GOP-controlled House voted for the 38th time to eliminate, cut funding or change the law. Republicans say the law is unworkable and point to the administrationâ€™s recent decision to delay for one year a requirement that businesses with 50 or more employees provide them with health care coverage or pay a penalty. U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Topeka, who represents the district that includes Lawrence, said, â€œI voted to give both employers and hardworking Americans and their families reprieve from the presidentâ€™s costly health care law. It is simply unfair and wrong to let businesses off the hook and force the rest of America to pick up the tab.â€?
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Rural growth program interest increasing TOPEKA (AP) â€” Interest is growing in a state program aimed at boosting populations in Kansasâ€™ rural counties by offering income tax credits and student loan repayments to new residents, a state economic development official said Thursday. Nearly two dozen counties recently joined the Rural Opportunity Zone, which includes a fiveyear income tax credit for new residents moving to participating counties that have lost at least 10 percent of their population over the past decade. Grant and Gray counties in southwest Kansas also voted to take part in a special element of the program that allows recent college graduates up to $15,000 in assistance in paying off student loans. The initiative, which now includes 73 of the stateâ€™s 105 counties, was created by Republican Gov. Sam Brownback when he took office in 2011. Counties must vote to participate in the student loan program, agreeing to contribute a portion of the payment. There is no local cost share for the income tax credit. Chris Harris, director of the program in the Kansas Department of Commerce, said Kansas averages one new application for the student loan program each day. He said the Legislatureâ€™s approval of adding the 23 counties to the program this spring was an indication of interest in the program. Norton County has led the state with 46 applications for the student loan program and 33 approved. Phillips County comes in second with 36 applications and 26 approved. Harris said new educators and health care professionals were the most frequent participants in the programâ€™s student loan element. He noted that applications came from residents in 39 states. Jeannine Koranda, spokeswoman for the Kansas Department of Revenue, said 83 residents applied for and received the income-tax credit for the 2012 tax year. The total amount of the credit claimed was $234,480. The average income for the new residents ranged between $30,000 and $50,000 a year, Harris said. Rural counties in the program indicate that they are seeing some improvement in their population totals, but exact numbers wonâ€™t be known for some time, he said.
NBAF bill advances for full Senate vote WASHINGTON (AP) â€” A U.S. Senate committee has endorsed spending $404 million in the next fiscal year to construct a new federal research lab at Kansas State University. The action Thursday by the Senate Appropriations Committee sends the spending request for the National Bio- and Agrodefense Facility to the full Senate for passage. The House has already approved $404 million for the project, part of the Department of Homeland Securityâ€™s budget for 2014. Kansas Sens. Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran, both Republicans, announced Thursdayâ€™s development on the funding. The $1.25 billion lab will research deadly animal and livestock diseases, replacing an aging facility at Plum Island, N.Y. The state of Kansas is matching the federal funding by authorizing $305 million in bonds, as well as $35 million from the Kansas Bioscience Authority.
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THE PLANNED DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER MEMORIAL in Washington is shown in this handout image courtesy of Gehry Partners LLP. The U.S. Commission of Fine Arts voted Thursday to approve the general concept and layout of elements in Frank Gehryâ€™s design for a national memorial honoring Eisenhower.
Gehryâ€™s design upheld for Eisenhower Memorial By Brett Zongker Associated Press
WASHINGTON â€” A powerful commission overseeing civic art and architecture in the nationâ€™s capital voted Thursday to approve the general concept and layout of Frank Gehryâ€™s design for a national memorial honoring Dwight D. Eisenhower. The U.S. Commission of Fine Arts reviewed Gehryâ€™s plans for stone or bronze statues of the 34th president, and members voted 3-1 to approve the major elements. One commissioner voted no, saying the memorialâ€™s landscape design needed to be further developed. The design has drawn criticism from Eisenhowerâ€™s family and others for its departure from more classical monument architecture and for the large scale of some elements. Gehry has proposed a memorial park with statues and images of Ike as president, as World War II hero and as a young boy from Kansas. The park would be framed by large metal tapestries depicting the Kansas landscape of his boyhood home. The tapestries, in particular, would set this memorial apart from any other in Washington. The commissioners suggested one significant change in the concept, however. They urged Gehry to remove two smaller side tapestries and instead use only one as a backdrop for the memorial park and statues. Alex Krieger, an architect and Harvard professor, voiced support for the overall design as an urban park but asked Gehry to rethink the side tapestries because he said they defy Gehryâ€™s attempt to convey Eisenhowerâ€™s Midwestern humility. From some angles, â€œthe first impression is not of humility but of bigness,â€? he said. Commission Vice Chairman Elizabeth Plat-
er-Zyberk said Kriegerâ€™s suggestion would improve the overall design. â€œIn fact, it may be much stronger in sort of thinking of it as a park primarily with the renewed focus of the objects against the tapestries as a backdrop,â€? said Plater-Zyberk, an architect who is dean of the University of Miamiâ€™s School of Architecture. Gehry said his team had considered 10 different scenarios for the tapestries and would look at them again. The idea, he said, was to relate to the buildings around the memorial, which include the U.S. Department of Education, the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Air and Space Museum, which all relate to Eisenhowerâ€™s legacy. The arts commission is one of two panels that must approve the design in order for the $142 million project to move forward. The 14-year-old memorial project has been on hold for more than a year after Eisenhowerâ€™s family and other groups raised objections to the design. In 2011, the arts commission granted approval for Gehryâ€™s overall concept, including the tapestries that have drawn objections for their â€œavant-garde approach.â€? This was the first review of the planned statues and stone or bronze images of Eisenhower. The imagery would show Eisenhower as president signing the Civil Rights Act of 1957 to advance equal rights for African-Americans. Other sculptural elements would show the D-Day landing at Normandy in World War II as a backdrop for a statue depicting Eisenhower addressing his troops. A young Eisenhower would look out at his future accomplishments. â€œItâ€™s all about him, trying to represent him, who he was: His vision, his words, his life,â€? Geh-
ry said. â€œThe idea of the boy came from one of his speeches. He talked about Abilene a lot. Itâ€™s actually the heartland of America.â€? Eisenhowerâ€™s family and other critics have called for a simple memorial. They have objected to showing Eisenhower as a boy and to the metal tapestries showing his Kansas home. Eisenhowerâ€™s grandson, however, previously served on the memorial commission that selected Gehry for the project. No family members attended the review Thursday. Still, three other critics voiced their opposition. Justin Shubow of a group called the National Civic Art Society said showing the former president and general as a young boy failed to convey any character or gravitas. â€œHe inspires not feelings of awe, but of aw, shucks,â€? Shubow told the commission. Milton Grenfell, from the same group, told the commission Gehryâ€™s design was random and chaotic. â€œSo how does a normal person perceive chaos?â€? Grenfell said. â€œWe call it ugliness.â€? A recently published 100-year history of the commissionâ€™s work, entitled â€œCivic Art,â€? shows national memorial projects are almost always controversial, from the Lincoln Memorial to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. The Eisenhower Memorial must be reauthorized by Congress in order to stay on track this year. A bill in the House, though, has called for it to be redesigned. An analysis of that idea by the Congressional Budget Office last week found that scrapping the current concept and developing an alternate plan through a new design competition would cost $17 million.
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TOPEKA â€” The Kansas House Insurance Committeeâ€™s longtime chairman is running for insurance commissioner, becoming the fourth declared candidate for next yearâ€™s Republican primary. Rep. Clark Shultz of McPherson said Thursday that one of his main goals as commissioner would be ensuring that insurance companies view Kansas as â€œinvitingâ€? so that theyâ€™ll locate or expand in the state. He said promoting Kansas and keeping its regulations up to date would create jobs. â€œI think Kansas has an opportunity,â€? Shultz said. Shultz, 56, is president of a Wichita title insurance company, and he was first elected to the House in 1996. Heâ€™s been chairman of its Insurance Committee since 2005, and heâ€™s led its rules committee as well. He said heâ€™s thought about running for insurance commissioner for several years but always intended to wait until three-term Republican incumbent Sandy Praeger retired. Praeger has said that sheâ€™s unlikely to seek another four-year term. Shultz set up a campaign committee and appointed his treasurer last month. The GOP primary is August 2014. â€œThese open seats tend to attract a lot of people unless thereâ€™s one obvious candidate,â€? said Clay Barker, the Kansas GOPâ€™s
executive director. Also running for the Republican nomination are Beverly Gossage, of Eudora, the director of a health insurance consulting company; David Powell, an El Dorado insurance agent, and Ken Selzer, a Leawood certified public accountant whoâ€™s also an insurance industry executive. Powell ran unsuccessfully for the Republican nomination for commissioner in 2002 and 2010, losing both times to Praeger. No Democratic candidates have publicly announced plans to run. Praeger gained a reputation in industry and regulatory circles as an expert on health insurance issues, but she frustrated many fellow Republicans with her limited praise for the federal health care overhaul in 2010 championed by President Barack Obama, a Democrat. She said the law provided greater access to coverage for millions of Americans whoâ€™ve been uninsured. The four Republicans running to replace her are critics of the federal health care law. Shultz said the law is seriously flawed and he expects Congress to modify it. But he also said â€œthereâ€™s only so much a state can doâ€? in response to a federal measure. Shultz is touting his legislative experience. Both Praeger and her predecessor as commissioner, Democrat Kathleen Sebelius, served in the Legislature.
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Once-mighty Motor City files for bankruptcy By Corey Williams and Ed White Associated Press
DETROIT â€” Once the very symbol of American industrial might, Detroit became the biggest U.S. city to file for bankruptcy Thursday, its finances ravaged and its neighborhoods hollowed out by a long, slow decline in population and auto manufacturing. The filing, which had been feared for months, put the city on an uncertain course that could mean laying off municipal employees, selling off assets, raising fees and scaling back basic services such as trash collection and snow plowing, which have already been slashed. â€œOnly one feasible path offers a way out,â€? Gov. Rick Snyder said in a letter approving the move. Kevyn Orr, a bankruptcy expert hired by the state in March to stop Detroitâ€™s fiscal free-fall, made the Chapter 9 filing in federal
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THE CITY OF DETROIT became the largest city in U.S. history to file for bankruptcy on Thursday when state-appointed emergency manager Kevyn Orr asked a federal judge for municipal bankruptcy protection. bankruptcy court. Michael Sweet, a bankruptcy attorney in FoxRothschildâ€™s San Francisco office, said the city would pay current employees. But â€œbeyond that, all bets are off.â€? â€œThey donâ€™t have to pay anyone they donâ€™t want to,â€? Sweet said. â€œAnd no one can sue them.â€? Detroit lost a quartermillion residents between 2000 and 2010. A population that in the
1950s reached 1.8 million now struggles to stay above 700,000. Much of the middle-class and scores of businesses also have fled Detroit, taking their tax dollars with them. Beginning in the late 1960s, auto companies began opening plants in other cities. Property values and tax revenue fell, and police couldnâ€™t control crime. Then the rise of autos imported from Japan started
to cut the size of the U.S. auto industry. In recent months, the city has relied on statebacked bond money to meet payroll for its 10,000 employees. Orr was unable to persuade a host of creditors, unions and pension boards to take pennies on the dollar to help facilitate the cityâ€™s massive financial restructuring. If the bankruptcy filing is approved, city assets could be liquidated to satisfy demands for payment. Detroitâ€™s budget deficit is believed to be more than $380 million. Orr has said long-term debt was more than $14 billion and could be between $17 billion and $20 billion. Detroit has more than double the population of the Northern California community of Stockton, Calif., which until Detroit had been the largest U.S. city ever to file for bankruptcy when it did so in June 2012.
Despite GOP, Obama extols health care law By Nedra Pickler Associated Press
WASHINGTON â€” Facing public doubts and embarrassing setbacks to his signature health care law, President Barack Obama stepped forward Thursday to extol the programâ€™s benefits, emphasizing that some Americans already are receiving insurance rebates and lower premiums. Obama said the program is working the way it was supposed to with â€œbetter benefits, stronger protections, more bang for your buck.â€? The assertion was ridiculed by Republicans, with House Speaker John Boehner calling the Affordable Care Act â€œa train wreckâ€? that he will keep working to repeal. Obama dismissed the GOPâ€™s so-far-futile votes â€”
the House logged its 38th attempt to repeal or scale back the law on Wednesday â€” with an exasperated sigh and shake of his head during a White House speech. â€œWhat Iâ€™ve heard is just the same old song and dance,â€? Obama said of his critics. â€œWeâ€™re just going to blow through that stuff and just keep on doing the right thing for the American people.â€? While the fate of the health care law will play a major role in defining his legacy, Obama has not devoted much time or energy to selling it to the country, speaking on the subject only occasionally as Republicans have pressed a determined campaign to undermine the program. Obama is returning to the subject now because enrollment begins Oct. 1 for
subsidized private coverage through new online markets. Obama launched an impassioned defense of the law at the White House in front of several families who have received refund checks under a provision that requires insurers to spend at least 80 cents of every premium dollar on medical care and quality improvement or reimburse the difference. The president said rebates are being sent for 8.5 million Americans this summer, averaging $100 each. However, much of the money goes to employers who provide insurance and are required to use the money to benefit employees in some way. Obama said Americans saved $3.4 billion last year in lower premiums as a result of the efficiencies re-
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Fertilizer industry grows despite danger By David Mercer and Ramit Plushnick-Masti Associated Press
TUSCOLA, ILL. â€” In years past, Brian Moodyâ€™s efforts to bring economic development to his small Illinois town focused on modest projects: merging an old hardware store whose owner was retiring with another shop to preserve 30 jobs or pointing artists to a vacant downtown building. Now he has a bigger prospect. Cronus Chemicals wants to build a $1.2 billion plant on a nearby cornfield that would manufacture nitrogen-based fertilizer, a staple of the corn and soybean farms that fill the landscape around Tuscola, a community of 4,500 people about 160 miles south of Chicago. Similar projects are being proposed across the nation, driven by booming demand for corn and newly abundant supplies of natural gas, a major component in fertilizer production. The plants promise thousands of jobs during construction and hundreds of full-time spots once theyâ€™re up and running. And most of them would go in small, rural towns where economic development isnâ€™t easy. â€œItâ€™s equally time-consuming and frustrating,â€? Moody said, explaining that such promising jobcreating opportunities are rare. The wave of potential expansion comes with concerns. An explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant in April killed 15 people in the community of West, highlighting the dangers of such facilities and how loosely theyâ€™re regulated. But in communities like Tuscola, local officials say theyâ€™re prepared to handle those risks. A large chemical plant already stands
near the proposed fertilizer site. â€œThe fact is that whether these plants are going to be here or not, we have three major railroads that go right through the middle of this community,â€? said Steve Hettinger, chief of the Tuscola Fire Department. â€œThose railroads on a daily basis move all kinds of threats.â€? Experts say conditions are ripe to bring fertilizer production back to the United States after an exodus to the Caribbean and elsewhere a decade or more ago, when high domestic natural gas prices drove many manufactures away. Since then, new methods of finding natural gas â€” hydraulic fracturing, which uses high-pressure water and chemicals to break dense layers of rock, and horizontal drilling â€” have set off energy booms in parts of Pennsylvania, Texas and other states. â€œIt shouldnâ€™t be a surprise that there are a lot of people investing in the fertilizer business right now,â€? said Pat Westhoff, an agricultural economist at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Like Tuscola, most of the sites being considered are already home to other chemical facilities, which were drawn by the same rail lines and other industrial infrastructure that are attractive to the fertilizer industry. Over the past two years, the trade publication Argus FMB North American Fertilizer has tracked about 20 proposed fertilizer projects in the United States and Canada, said Lauren Williamson, an Argus editor. Potential new plant locations include Indiana, Iowa, Illinois and North Dakota. Existing factories in Iowa, Louisiana and Oklahoma could be expanded.
Golden years shorter, sicker in the South By Mike Stobbe Associated Press
ATLANTA â€” If youâ€™re 65 and living in Hawaii, hereâ€™s some good news: Odds are youâ€™ll live another 21 years. And for all but five of those years, youâ€™ll likely be in pretty good health. Hawaii tops the charts in the governmentâ€™s first state-by-state look at how long Americans age 65 can expect to live, on average, and how many of those remaining years will be healthy ones. Retirement-age Mississippians fared worst, with only about 17 1/2 more years remaining and nearly seven of them in poorer health. U.S. life expectancy has been growing steadily for decades, and is now nearly 79 for newborns. The figures released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate life expectancy for people 65 years old, and what portion will be free of the illnesses and disabilities suffered late in life. â€œWhat ultimately matters is not just the length
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of life but the quality of life,â€? said Matt Stiefel, who oversees population health research for Kaiser Permanente. The World Health Organization keeps â€œhealthy life expectancyâ€? statistics on nearly 200 countries, and the numbers are used to determine the most sensible ages to set retirement and retirement benefits. But the measure is still catching on in the
United States; the CDC study is the first to make estimates for all 50 states. Overall, Americans who make it to 65 have about 19 years of life ahead of them, including nearly 14 in relatively good health, the CDC estimated. But the South and parts of the Midwest clearly had lower numbers. Thatâ€™s not a surprise, experts said. Southern states tend to have higher rates of smok-
ing, obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and a range of other illnesses. They also have problems that affect health, like less education and more poverty. These are issues that build up over a lifetime, so itâ€™s doubtful that moving to Hawaii after a lifetime in the South will suddenly give you more healthy years, they said. After Mississippi, Kentucky, West Virginia and Alabama had the lowest numbers for both life expectancy and healthy life expectancy. States with the best numbers included Florida â€” a magnet for healthy retirees â€” as well as Connecticut and Minnesota. The estimates were made using 2007 through 2009 data from the census, death certificates and telephone surveys that asked people to describe their health. The CDCâ€™s Paula Yoon cautioned not to make too much of the differences between states. Results could have been swayed, for example, by how people in different states interpreted and answered the survey questions.
Web shows strength, makes Emmy history By Lynn Elber Associated Press
LOS ANGELES â€” The Emmy Awards are televisionâ€™s biggest celebration of itself, but this yearâ€™s ceremony will face an intruder: â€œHouse of Cards,â€? the first online series to nab a top nomination with its best drama series. Netflixâ€™s triumph on Thursday, which includes nods for its revival of â€œArrested Development,â€? is putting a further squeeze on the broadcast networks that already have lost substantial Emmy ground to cable. New network offerings were almost completely shut out and, like last year, no network dra-
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ma made the nominations cut. The major networks, ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox, likely have a different viewpoint. Cable channels over the year have sharply eroded their share of the audience, and now the Internet is nibbling away and will only become more robust as viewers turn increasingly to computers and other devices to consume video. A 6-year-old TV academy rules change allows online entries to compete with cable and broadcast programs, but until Thursday online shows popped up only in lower-profile categories. Networks still field the
most-watched series â€” such as top-rated series â€œNCISâ€? and the 20 million-plus viewers it delivers weekly to CBS â€” and enjoy the rich opportunities they represent. But when the Emmys are presented this fall on CBS, it will surely be irritating to serve as a promotional vehicle for the competition. The ceremony rotates among the big four broadcasters who, with the exception of basically flat NBC, saw their number of Emmy bids decline this year. Besides the showing by Netflix, the leading number of nominations went to a cable miniseries, FXâ€™s â€œAmerican
Horror Story: Asylum.â€? HBO fielded the next top nominees: â€œGame of Thronesâ€? with 16 nods and the Liberace biopic â€œBehind the Candelabraâ€? earned 15 nominations. NBCâ€™s â€œSaturday Night Liveâ€? came in with 15 as well, but it, outgoing â€œ30 Rockâ€? (also NBC, 13 bids) and â€œModern Familyâ€? (ABC, 12 nominations) had the only impressive tallies for broadcast. Joining â€œHouse of Cardsâ€? and â€œGame of Thronesâ€? in the best drama series category are â€œBreaking Bad,â€? â€œDownton Abbey,â€? â€œMad Menâ€? and last yearâ€™s winner, â€œHomeland.â€?
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Arts support It’s great to see local arts supporters continuing their efforts to promote both the arts and the community.
ersistence has paid off for the Lawrence Arts Center’s efforts to pursue projects that link the arts more closely to the community. After failing to make the cut for a couple of major grants, Arts Center officials learned this week they would receive a $150,000 Our Town grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The grant will fund the Free State Cultural Connection project, which will include an expanded local film festival in 2014 and 2015. In preparation for those festivals, the project will fund digital media classes for youngsters at Van Go Inc., and the Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence. The project will culminate in a multiday film and music festival next June featuring public film showings, performance and other digital arts displays. The grant project is aimed at promoting “creative placemaking” in Lawrence. The idea is to use art to promote a sense of community and create an atmosphere that is exciting and enticing to visitors, as well as local residents. It’s an interesting concept and it will be fascinating to see local youngsters get creative and involve the community in their artistic expressions. The local grant is one of only 59 such grants approved this year by the National Endowment for the Arts and is on the high end of the awards, which ranged from $25,000 to $200,000. The success of this grant application lends some credence to the observation that, unlike many smaller Kansas communities, Lawrence probably will be able to maintain its arts programs even without the assistance of the former Kansas Arts Commission. The Arts Center had sought a $75,000 grant from the state’s new Creative Arts Industries Commission but received nothing, which isn’t surprising considering that the Lawrence request exceeded the entire $53,000 the Creative Commission allocated to eight projects in the state. Lawrence is fortunate to have vital arts organizations that have what the Creative Arts Industries Commission now lacks: a strong structure and some paid staff members dedicated to promoting the arts. The efforts of our local arts organizers have paid off in many ways for many years. We wish them well in this latest venture.
Malala shares eloquent message at U.N. These days the news from abroad is mostly grim. So it was inspiring last week to watch Malala Yousafzai — the Pakistani teen shot in the head by the Taliban because of her campaign for girls’ education — standing erect on a United Nations podium on her 16th birthday. It was even more inspiring to hear her moving speech, delivered in a clear, confident voice, which called for free, compulsory schooling worldwide. She recalled the October day when a talib jumped into her school van, aimed at her forehead point-blank, and shot her and two fellow students. “The Taliban ... thought that the bullets would silence us,” she said. “But they failed.” Malala — as she is now known around the world — was targeted because she had publicly denounced the Pakistani Taliban’s violent campaign against girls’ education in northwest Pakistan and the beautiful Swat Valley. More than 800 schools in those regions have been attacked since 2009, and leading women’s rights activists and teachers have been murdered. Only last month, 14 female students were blown up by a suicide bomber as their school bus traveled from their all-girls college campus in the city of Quetta, Baluchistan, near the Afghan border. Yet the Taliban failed to kill Malala. Evacuated to England for medical treatment, she made a miraculous recovery. Wrapped in a pink
With her outspoken courage, Malala has become a symbol of a U.N. campaign to assure that all children can attend primary school by 2015. The majority of those deprived of education are female.” head scarf that once belonged to another courageous woman, the murdered Pakistani premier Benazir Bhutto, she described why the Taliban are so hostile to girls’ education. “The extremists are afraid of books and pens,” she said. “The power of education frightens them. ... The power of the voice of women frightens them. ... “That is why they killed many female teachers and polio workers. … That is why they are blasting schools every day. . . . They are afraid of change, afraid of the equality that we will bring into our society. ... “One child, one teacher, one pen, and one book can change the world.”
With her outspoken courage, Malala has become a symbol of a U.N. campaign to assure that all children can attend primary school by 2015. The majority of those deprived of education are female. The bulk of these girls are in South and West Asia (including Pakistan, India, and Afghanistan) and subSaharan Africa. In Malala’s country, which has one of the worst education records in the world, two-thirds of the 5.1 million children who do not attend school are girls. Malala reminds us that religion and culture are no excuse for denying girls an education. As she noted, the Taliban are “misusing the name of Islam and Pashtun society.” Nowhere in Islam is there any prohibition against girls’ education. Taliban leaders (if not their foot soldiers) know this, but they fear the modernization of society that comes when women are educated. Study after study has shown that to develop a middle-class society, a country must educate its women. Yet religious extremists charged Malala with being a Western agent because she wanted to go to school. Now that Malala has become a global icon, a senior Pakistani Taliban commander — perhaps more sensitive to the group’s image — called the attack on her “shocking” and urged her to return home. However, he also advised her to limit her studies to the Quran. Malala’s story should re-
mind us that the barriers to education in poor countries often have less to do with poverty than with the cowardice of politicians, who are unwilling to challenge the extremists’ claim that girls’ education will bring Western “decadence.” (Note that the radical Muslim group that has been attacking schools in northern Nigeria is called Boko Haram, which means “Western education is a sin.”) It remains to be seen whether Malala’s fame will help persuade Pakistan’s new prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, to take on the fundamentalists who attack female pupils. His government has been contemplating peace talks with the Pakistani Taliban, though Malala warned against any deal that “goes against the dignity of women and their rights.” (I hope U.S. negotiators also observe that warning in talks with the Afghan Taliban). Her story may jump-start the faltering U.N. drive for universal primary education by 2015. And, for Americans who are tired of bad news from abroad, Malala offers an inspiring cause worth supporting — the cause of girls who risk their lives for an education in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and elsewhere. She has just started the Malala Fund, whose first grant will help 40 girls in the Swat Valley with their schooling. You can learn more at www.vitalvoices.org or www.malalafund.org. — Trudy Rubin is a columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer.
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Nomination deal only a respite for Senate Back in 1981, environmentalists were outraged when President-elect Ronald Reagan named James Watt as secretary of the interior. Democrats plied him with critical questions during his confirmation hearings but, when Reagan’s Cabinet was confirmed, the Senate voted 83-12 to approve Watt. That was then; this is now: Republican opposition to President Barack Obama’s environmental positions, especially his climate change agenda, prompted them to ask Gina McCarthy more than 1,000 questions before permitting a committee vote on her nomination to head the Cabinet-level Environmental Protection Administration. But they have prevented a Senate confirmation vote for months by threatening a filibuster needing 60 votes to stop. The contrast between the Senate’s consideration of the Watt and McCarthy nominations illustrates how increased partisanship in the Senate led Majority Leader Harry Reid to threaten the so-called “nuclear option” rules change to require only a simple majority of 51 senators to approve nominations. That would have let the 54 Democrats prevail generally without Republican votes. Republicans made a similar threat some years ago when they held the majority and Senate Democrats, including freshman Barack Obama, were threatening to filibuster judicial nominations by former President George W. Bush.
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After a lengthy, private session Monday night, senators averted a showdown that might have worsened the Senate’s partisan acrimony. The GOP agreed to votes on five of the seven nominees, including McCarthy, and the Democrats agreed to replace the other two. But the deal, while welcome, hardly solves the underlying problem, the way the losing side in elections — currently the Republicans — has sought to use both nominations and legislation to frustrate the victors, often by raising issues that had been previously resolved. For example, the two-year GOP delay of Obama’s nomination of Richard Cordray to head the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau was not
really about the former Ohio attorney general’s qualifications but about opposition to the 2010 legislation creating a single head of that agency. Indeed, before Tuesday’s 71-29 vote ending the delay on Cordray, Sen. Mike Enzi, RWyo., complained that, once he was approved, the Senate would lose control over the bureau because of the “lack of congressional oversight and lack of privacy prevention” in the law creating it. Similarly, the battle over three nominees to the National Labor Relations Board was less about their qualifications than about how Obama installed them during a Senate recess after prior delays and how, as Democratic nominees, they tended to take took labor’s side. As part of Tuesday’s deal, Democrats agreed to replace two of the three NLRB nominees, enabling the NLRB to keep functioning. The Senate then voted to let the Cordray nomination proceed with 17 Democrats joining the Democratic majority. But how this will work in the future remains unclear. The agreement doesn’t change the Senate’s rules, meaning it will still take 60 votes to cut off debate on nominations as well as legislation when a minority of senators either launches a full-fledged filibuster or merely threatens one, as has become the rule, rather than the exception. Future fights on judicial nominations seem all but
certain. Back in the 1960s, when I covered the Senate for The Associated Press, filibusters were rare, reserved for issues of overriding importance like the sweeping civil rights bills debated and enacted in those years. But over time, outvoted minorities learned they could stop almost anything by threatening to filibuster the motions to consider them as well as the bills or nominations themselves. The late Sen. Jesse Helms, R-N.C., was one of the initiators of this practice. As the Senate has become more partisan and the two parties evolved from broad coalitions to more narrowly ideological, the minority increasingly used those tactics to frustrate the will of the majority. While both parties share the blame, the practice has become the GOP minority’s principal modus operandi during the current administration. Including Tuesday’s vote, Senate Republicans have forced almost as many cloture votes to cut off debate on Obama’s nominees as both parties combined did in the previous 60 years. So while Tuesday’s deal benefits Cordray and four of the other six stalemated nominees, and Reid called it “a new start for this body,” it seems unlikely to provide anything more than a temporary respite. — Carl P. Leubsdorf is the former Washington bureau chief of the Dallas Morning News.
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KU football picked to finish last in Big 12 again BIG 12 PRESEASON MEDIA POLL TEAM (FIRST-PLACE VOTES)
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It’s been four full seasons since the Kansas University football team finished anywhere but the Big 12 Conference basement, and the media members who cover the conference are banking on it becoming five. At least that’s what coach Charlie Weis and the Jayhawks learned on Thursday, when, for the third straight year, they were picked to finish a distant 10th in the Big 12 in the preseason media poll.
KU’s spot in the standings was hardly a surprise and likely came as little shock to Weis and the Jayhawks. A season ago, when asked about being picked to finish last in the Big 12, Weis, who is a results-oriented kind of coach, said he didn’t blame anyone for putting the Jayhawks last and added that it was his and his team’s job to do something to change their minds. In the four seasons since finishing 4-4 in the Big 12 North in 2008, the Jayhawks have won just two
conference games and gone through league play twice without a victory. In three of those four seasons (2010, 2011 and 2012) KU was the lone team at the bottom of the Big 12 standings. In 2009, Baylor joined the Jayhawks as the only one-win teams in the conference. But the Bears have won 15 games in the four seasons since, with only Iowa State (12 wins) between Baylor and Kansas during the past four seasons. Although KU’s spot at the bottom of the conference seemed easy for media
members to nail down — KU received 56 points from 43 ballots — the rest of the preseason standings were a little more difficult to determine. Just 28 points separated the preseason favorite from fourth place, and six teams received first-place votes. Oklahoma State (365) came out on top and received 15 of the 43 first-place votes. Oklahoma (355) was second and received eight first-place votes. TCU (347) was third with nine first-place votes. Please see FOOTBALL, page 3B
Whole new ballgame Transformed by prep year, ex-LHS guard Pritchard earns UMKC walk-on role small college or junior college routes, Pritchard and his family decided to find KJ Pritchard thought he him a post-graduate prepahad his future figured out. ratory school with a basketA lanky shooting guard in ball program. They settled his junior year at Lawrence on Brewster Academy, in High, he began gaining inter- Wolfeboro, N.H. But even est from college basketball that fell through. coaches thanks to his inFinally, KJ’s father, Kevin volvement in the Kansas City Pritchard, made a call to a Run GMC AAU contact in the program. He Boston area, never thought it and they found would take him a place for the two more years 2012 LHS gradand some life uate to play: lessons to make more than 1,400 it to his destimiles away nation. And he from home, at didn’t know it Notre Dame would be not Prep, in Fitchtoo far away, as burg, Mass. a walk-on at the Pritchard University of had lived in Missouri-KanLawrence most sas City. of his life, exA left knee cept for some injury as a jutime in the Panior knocked cific Northwest Pritchard off when his dad what he asworked in the sumed would Portland Trail be a more typiBlazers’ front cal path to the Pritchard, in his senior year office. New NCAA Divi- at LHS in January 2012 England’s dense sion-I level. city structures Doctors weren’t sure what felt nothing like the widehad happened. All the frus- open plains of the Midwest. trated guard knew was he The greater Boston area didn’t feel totally healthy, seemed like another planet and performing typical bas- compared to Lawrence. ketball moves became star“It was a major culture tlingly tasking. He wasn’t shock for me,” Pritchard said. the only one who noticed, eiThe hardest part of his ther. All of a sudden, college transition was living in an coaches seemed far less in- air-conditioner-less, heaterterested in making Pritchard less “mini-mansion” with 19 a part of their program. other basketball players he “Senior year,” Pritchard didn’t know. Pritchard was said, “things just weren’t go- the first to arrive in Septeming as planned.” ber 2012, and picked out the Preferring to play at the Please see PRITCHARD, page 3B D-I level instead of going the By Benton Smith
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FORMER LAWRENCE HIGH GUARD KJ PRITCHARD WILL WALK ON AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURIKANSAS CITY after a year playing basketball at a Massachusetts preparatory school.
McLemore: Summer struggles correctable By Gary Bedore firstname.lastname@example.org
Sacramento Kings rookie Ben McLemore’s shooting has been spotty and his ballhandling a bit sloppy in four NBA summer league games — all losses — in Las Vegas. “That’s the whole reason why I’m here playing in the summer league, just to get better and work on some things,” the No. 7 overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft out of Kansas University told reporters after Wednesday’s 38-point loss to Minnesota. That’s a game in which the 6-foot-5 McLemore went
That’s the whole reason why I’m here playing in the summer league, just to get better and work on some things.” — Former Kansas University guard Ben McLemore on his struggles in the NBA summer league 0-for-8 from the field, dropping his shooting percentage to 28 percent (16 of 57) entering today’s game against Atlanta. “I know when I get back after summer league, I know
there’s things I need to work on. Even the night before I got here, I knew there’s things I need to work on, my all around game, my ballhandling, stuff like that, touching up. The whole summer league is about getting a feel for the NBA life, getting to know the NBA style. That’s the whole reason I’m here,” McLemore added. McLemore had three turnovers and no assists in the Minnesota blowout. “I think as he improves his ballhandling and his ability to break down his man off the dribble, that’s going to open up a whole other facet of his
game,” Kings’ coach Michael Malone told the Sacramento Bee. “He’s too athletic to settle for jump shots.” McLemore has had one outstanding game in Vegas. He scored 26 points — 22 in the second half on 7-of-10 shooting — in a loss to Toronto. “More importantly was Ben kind of emerged and did the things we know he can do (vs. Toronto). Not that that was a requirement, either, but it was nice to see it,” said Kings’ general manager Pete D’Alessandro.
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Johnson leads by 1; Tiger 3 back GULLANE, SCOTLAND (AP) â€” A blue sky and a gentle breeze usually means ripe scoring conditions at the British Open. Just not on the brown links of Muirfield. Zach Johnson handled it better than anyone Thursday. Helped along by a 45-foot eagle putt and only one bogey despite trouble lurking around every pot bunker, Johnson had a 5-under 66 for a one-shot lead, the first time heâ€™s been atop the leaderboard at any major since he rallied to win the Masters six years ago. Tiger Woods more than survived the late end of the draw, after the sun had thoroughly baked out the crispy greens and allowed only eight of the 20 rounds under par. He knocked one putt clear off the green, but 10 one-putts â€” most of them for pars â€” carried him to a 69, a good start in his bid to end his five-year drought in the majors. â€œThe golf course progressively got more dried out and more difficult as we played,â€? Woods said. â€œAnd Iâ€™m very pleased to shoot anything even par or better.â€? And for all the talk about Muirfieldâ€™s men-only membership, at least the club doesnâ€™t discriminate against age. Mark Oâ€™Meara, the 56-yearold who won his claret jug in 1998 at Royal Birkdale, shot a 67 and nearly tied Johnson for the lead until his 25-foot birdie putt on the 18th took a hard spin out of the cup. Another former champion, 54-year-old Tom Lehman, opened with a 68. It was an eclectic group who broke par, from major champions to players making their British Open debut. What they all had in common was finding a way to get through a firm, fast and frightening test at Muirfield that figures to get even harder if the Royal & Ancient doesnâ€™t put some water on the links course. Phil Mickelson opened with a 69 and felt like he got off easy by playing in the morning. Mickel-
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ZACH JOHNSON PLAYS OUT OF A BUNKER on the 14th hole during the first round of the British Open on Thursday at Muirfield in Gullane, Scotland. son was concerned about some hole locations being too close to the edge of slopes, and he pleaded with the R&A to let go of its ego and â€œjust set the course up the way the best players can win.â€? Some of the best did just fine. â€œAnytime you shoot under par in an Open â€” or a major, for that matter â€” you have to be putting at least somewhat decent,â€? Johnson said. â€œAnd I putted great. I made some nice birdie putts and obviously that one for eagle. But I struck some really nice, solid par putts. Thatâ€™s what youâ€™ve got to do to stay in it.â€? Rafael Cabrera-Bello of Spain joined Oâ€™Meara at 67, while the group at 68 included Dustin Johnson and Brandt Snedeker, who each have contended on Sunday over the last two years in the Open. Two-time major champion Angel Cabrera, who lost in a playoff at the Masters in April, and 19-year-old Jordan Spieth were in the group at 69. It was a beautiful day along
the Firth of Forth. And it was hard work. No one felt safe until the ball stopped bouncing along the crusty fairways, and no one was sure when that would happen. â€œI havenâ€™t seen anything like this,â€? said Snedeker, who tied the 36-hole Open record a year ago at Lytham. â€œIâ€™ve played in, I think, five Opens. This is completely new to me â€” foreign to see a 2-iron going 300 yards. You have got to be wary of how youâ€™re shaping your golf ball, and what shot selections youâ€™re using on the greens.â€? Oâ€™Meara thought he hit a reasonable bunker shot on the 15th until it kept rolling â€” and rolling â€” off the green and into another bunker. â€œThey get so glassy and crispy around the holes,â€? Graeme McDowell, who played with Woods, said after a 75. â€œYou literally can see 300 footprints around the hole from all the players and caddies that have been out there today. They just get really shiny, and really
glassy. I couldnâ€™t single out a pin that I thought was unfair. But if you got on the wrong side of them, they could make you look very, very silly.â€? Yes, there was plenty of that. Rory McIlroy never looked comfortable, and it caught up with him. After missing left of the 12th green, he chipped it up the slope and watched it roll back down to his feet. His next chip was long and he wound up with double bogey. On the 15th hole, his putt to the back pin rolled well past the hole and into a bunker for another double bogey. A bogey-bogey finish gave him a 79, his highest score at the Open since that 80 in the vicious wind of St. Andrews in 2010. Luke Donald, another former No. 1 player in the world, had a double bogey and a triple bogey two holes apart on the back nine. He shot 80. Nick Faldo celebrated his 56th birthday with a return to the links where he won two of his three claret jugs. He shot a 79, but still enjoyed the nerves and the emotions of seeing the gallery lining both sides of the fairway in his first Open in three years. Lloyd Saltman got the 142nd Open off to a dubious start when it took him three tee shots to get his ball in play. He made a quadruple-bogey eight. Some eight hours later, Woods hooked his opening tee shot so far left, and into grass so deep, that he took a penalty shot for an unplayable lie. Woods hit into a bunker, but blasted out to 4 feet to escape with bogey. He made four birdies in his round, including a 25-foot bender behind the 13th hole. But it was the clutch putting that kept him going. Dustin Johnson played the three par 5s in 4-under, yet what made him smile was a par. From left of the par-3 seventh green, he chipped between two bunkers and watched the ball ride the rounded face of one, roll precariously near the top of another and settled 4 feet away.
Pierce ready to make most of his move from Celtics to Nets about a mile left on the second climb up Lâ€™Alpe dâ€™Huez â€” one of the Tourâ€™s most famed ascents. Riblon raised his hands in the air and pumped his fists after crossing the line. Froome extended his comfortable lead over his main rival Alberto Contador with just three stages remaining. The 107-mile trek from Gap to Lâ€™Alpe dâ€™Huez featured two huge ascents.
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BROOKLYNâ€™S PAUL PIERCE, RIGHT, speaks as Kevin Garnett listens during a news conference Thursday in New York.
NBA approves Hornets LAS VEGAS â€” Charlotte is the home of the Hornets once again. The NBA unanimously approved Charlotteâ€™s nickname change from Bobcats to Hornets on Thursday at the leagueâ€™s Board of Governors meeting. The original Hornets built a supportive fan base in Charlotte from the time they entered the league in 1988 until they moved to New Orleans in 2002. But the new owners in New Orleans have changed the teamâ€™s name to the Pelicans. That opened the door for owner Michael Jordan to bring the Hornets name back to Charlotte. The change will take place after the 2013-14 season.
Riblon wins 18th Tour stage Lâ€™ALPE Dâ€™HUEZ, FRANCE â€” Frenchman Christophe Riblon caught American Tejay van Garderen near the end of the final climb to win the 18th stage of the Tour de France, while Chris Froome extended his overall lead despite a late struggle. Riblon gave home fans something to finally cheer about Thursday by becoming the first Frenchman to win a stage on this yearâ€™s race. He caught Van Garderen with
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NEW YORK â€” Paul Pierce stared straight ahead, an occasional smile or laugh interrupting the otherwise distant look on his face. Now a Net, itâ€™s clear heâ€™s still getting over not being a Celtic. â€œItâ€™s tough when youâ€™ve been in a situation like me for 15 years,â€? Pierce said. But heâ€™s getting used to it, and he and Kevin Garnett are ready to make the most of their new surroundings. Traded from Boston to Brooklyn, the duo was introduced along with Jason Terry on Thursday at a news conference at Barclays Center, their new home. Pierce said it was difficult to leave the city where heâ€™d spent his entire career. He appeared dazed at times while listening to questions and answers, even having to ask for one to be repeated. â€œYou saw the trade and itâ€™s like, â€˜OK, thereâ€™s a trade.â€™ But for me to actually be here now, looking for a place to live, being in this arena, trying to get to know my way around the city, itâ€™s really starting to sink in now that itâ€™s become real,â€? Pierce said. â€œIâ€™m no longer a Boston Celtic, Iâ€™m a Brooklyn Net and thatâ€™s what it is right now,â€? he continued. â€œItâ€™s a business. At some point we all have to move on, and Iâ€™m here to try to create some kind of legacy here in Brooklyn.â€? The crowd applauded, appearing more excited about having Pierce in Brooklyn than he was about being there. Thatâ€™s understandable given his history in Boston, where he is the Celticsâ€™ No. 2 career scorer and was the NBA Finals MVP when they won the last of their NBA-high 17 championships. â€œHeâ€™s been with Boston his whole life,â€? Garnett said. â€œYouâ€™ve been in a system, been in a city, especially itâ€™s the Celtics. Yeah, itâ€™s very difficult.â€? But Pierce realized it would be coming, saying he thought â€œthe writing was on the wallâ€? in June when the Celtics negotiated a deal with the Los Angeles Clippers to let coach Doc Rivers out of his contract in Boston. â€œItâ€™s sinking in and Iâ€™m liking what I feel right now,â€? Pierce said, adding he got a jolt when he saw his new white-and-black uniform in the locker room.