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Kansas Supreme Court justices directed sharp questions Tuesday at lawyers on both sides of the school finance case, with the toughest questions aimed at attorneys for the plaintiffs seeking hundreds of millions of dollars a year in new school funding. The case, Gannon v. Kansas, claims that the Kansas Legislature violated its constitutional duty to make “suitable provision” for financing public schools when it cut education funding starting in 2008 in the wake of the Great Recession. Alan Rupe, a Wichita attorney representing Please see SCHOOL, page 2A Nick Krug/Journal-World Photo
City leaders want to meet Resident embarks on ‘last try’ with tribe over to have a state fossil named Lawrence land
FOSSIL HUNTER ALAN DETRICH, of Overbrook, is pictured with a 17-foot mosasaur he discovered several years ago in Gove County, Kan. Detrich, who has uncovered various dinosaur fossils, says it took him a year to clean and set the mosasaur within masonry molding plaster. He’d like to see the mosasaur become the state fossil.
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If you take a walk around Alan Detrich’s barn outside of Lawrence, you’re going to come across a few things lying about that are generally reserved for glass cases in fancy museums. There are remains of prehistoric creatures, some the size of small boulders, scattered all about. “Dinosaur bone, dinosaur bone,
dinosaur bone,” Detrich said, each intonation accompanied with a casual pointing of his finger. Knee-deep as ever in those artifacts, Detrich, a retired oil investor and antique businessman, has been a fossil hunter for about 28 years. For 12, he’s tried to get the state of Kansas to recognize a state fossil, and now, in one last push, he’s dedicating one more year to the cause be-
fore giving it up. Kansas is one of 11 states that do not have a state fossil or dinosaur. Even the District of Columbia has one. “This is my last try,” said Detrich, 66 years old with gray hair in a ponytail. “If this does not succeed, the guy that picks up the baton after me is going to have to carry it because at some
Lawrence city commissioners want to have a face-to-face meeting with leaders of the Delaware Tribe of Indians to learn their intentions for developing a prime piece of North Lawrence property along the Kansas Turnpike. Commissioners at their Tuesday evening meeting directed City Manager David Corliss to seek a meeting with tribal officials in
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SUKWAH LEUNG 94, Lawrence, died Oct., 6, 2013. Services, 10 am, Sat. Oct., 12, 2013 at Rumsey-Yost. Visitation 5-7pm, Fri., at Rumsey-Yost. More info at www.rumsey-yost.com
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Clearly, the promise that you and others were espousing six years ago has never been kept. Essentially it stands before me in my eyes as a broken promise.”
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the plaintiffs, argued that the state has a constitutional duty to fund the actual cost of educational services. That’s what the court itself ruled in the last school finance case, Montoy v. Kansas, in 2005. But attorneys defending the state argued that determining exactly how much the Legislature should spend is not a question for courts to answer because there is no objective way of determining what that amount is. Justice Nancy Moritz, the newest member of the Court, pressed Rupe for a response to that argument.
Search for a standard Memorial mass for Mary L. Kilker, 69, Lawrence will “I feel like the discusbe held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, Oct. 11th at St. John. Visitation sion we’ve been having will be held one hour prior. www.warrenmcelwain.com demonstrates there may be a problem there,” Moritz said. She added that there seemed to be “a lack AROLD AY UNCE of judicially discoverable Services for Harold Jay Amy Wellman and and manageable standards Bunce, 77, Perry, will be husband Ron of Eudora, for resolving the issue.” Even if the Court could private. and Becky Bunce of find an objective stanMr. Bunce died Lawrence; brother, Bill Saturday, October 5, 2013 Bunce and wife Betty of dard for determining how at his home. Linwood; grandchildren, much should be spent, He was born April 28, Jeffery DeJaynes, Patrick Moritz said it would be 1936 in Lawrence, the DeJaynes, Raymond Max a constantly moving tarson of Ralph and Fern Baumgart III, Brad Sledd, get because educational Avey Bunce. He attended Justin Wellman, CJ Bunce, standards keep changing, school in McLouth. Austin Sledd, Quinten as do state and federal Mr. Bunce served in Sledd, Colton Bunce; regulations that govern the United States Navy and great grandchildren, what schools do on a daiand was an over the road Damion, Kiera, and ly basis. But Rupe said that detruck driver, retiring in Clifton. termining the actual cost 1976. He attended Cross The family suggests Roads Cowboy Church memorial contributions of an education isn’t that in Williamstown. He to the Harold Bunce hard. In fact, he said, the enjoyed fishing, camping, Memorial Fund, sent in court used two different cost studies in reaching wood carving, tinkering, care of the funeral home. and going for a ride in the Condolences may be its decision in the Moncar. sent at www.rumsey-yost. toy case, and during the trial last year the plainHe is survived by com. sons, Chester A. Bunce Please sign this tiffs offered updated verand wife Treva of Perry, guestbook at Obituaries. sions of those studies to show that base state aid David T. May and wife LJWorld.com. per pupil ought to be Abie of Oskaloosa; about $6,000 today, indaughters, Mary Sue stead of the $3,838 that Sledd and husband the Legislature approved Gregg of Lecompton,
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— Justice Eric Rosen, on a bill passed in 2006 that called for increases in education funding for this year. “I’ve been doing this since 1989, and if you look back to the (previous) decisions … I think you get some pretty good guidance that leads you to the end of the road that it is not nonjusticiable,” Rupe said. But Justice Eric Rosen, who came on to the court in the middle of the Montoy litigation in 2005, noted that litigation over school funding in Kansas has been going on for decades. “We’ve had 40 or 50 years of ongoing litigation regarding the constitution and school finance,” Rosen said, “and I’m wondering, is there an end in sight?” “The end is (when) the Legislature pays the actual cost,” Rupe said. “But that’s constantly moving, so there’s not an end game,” Rosen replied.
A question of who decides Meanwhile, the justices were almost equally pointed in their questioning of the state’s attorneys, Kansas University law professor Stephen McAllister and Wichita attorney Arthur Chalmers. McAllister had laid out the main argument: The case cannot be answered by the courts because there is no objective way to determine a remedy. He said it should be left to the Legislature to decide how much money to spend on education, and it should be left to the voters to hold the Legislature accountable. But Rosen pulled out a brief that McAllister him-
self had filed in that case, urging the court to accept the remedy that the Legislature had passed in response to that case. That bill, passed in 2006, called for an increase in funding that year, with a promise of additional increases over each of the next two years. “Clearly, the promise that you and others were espousing six years ago has never been kept. Essentially it stands before me in my eyes as a broken promise,” Rosen said. “The realities are that legislatures are responsible to the people that elect them,” McAllister said. “They have kids in Kansas schools, they know Kansas schools. They also realize that the Great Recession came and the revenues went in the tank.” Later, Justice Dan Biles, a former attorney for the Kansas State Board of Education, grilled Chalmers about how much discretion the Legislature should have. If the Legislature decided for whatever reason to only fund school up to sixth grade, Biles asked, would that be constitutional? Chalmers, however, said even if it was unconstitutional, it was not “justiciable” because there is no remedy that the court can legitimately order. In January, a threejudge panel in Shawnee County District Court ruled in favor of the plaintiffs and ordered the state to increase school funding by more than $500 million a year. The Supreme Court is expected to issue its ruling by the end of the year.
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point you gotta realize that people do not want what you’re recommending.” The beast he wishes to anoint: the mosasaur, a large, swimming reptile predator common to Kansas when it was submerged by an inland sea millions of years ago. Detrich has a two-pronged strategy involving two sets of mosasaur skeletons and lobbying the state Legislature. One of those mosasaurs, at 17 and a half feet long, is all shined and ready for the eyes of the public. It is coiled up in what he calls “the death pose,” and Detrich wants to display it somewhere soon so its many teeth and gnarly clawlike bones of its flippers can stir public support. In the meantime, Detrich plans on approaching state representatives while preparing his other 20-foot-long mosasaur for its ideal home — the Kansas Statehouse. He said the skeletons of both mosasaurs are 75 to 80 percent complete. Detrich and, separately, Leonard Krishtalka, director of Kansas University’s Natural History Museum and Biodiversity Institute, said declaring the mosasaur the state fossil could promote education and tourism to Kansas because of its monstrous qualities and the abundance of fossils in the western part of the state. “When it comes to mo-
sasaurs, Kansas certainly has the goods,” Krishtalka said. “Other museums, from Krishtalka the United States and other countries, have collected mosasaurs from [Kansas].” Said Detrich: “If we can use these monsters as instruments of education, let’s do it, because it excites young people and if it excites them they’re going to want to read about them.” Krishtalka, who has met Detrich over the course of several collaborations, said Detrich has not asked for help on the campaign but said that the museum would “certainly endorse the mosasaur” as the state fossil. Detrich has made a career out of finding and selling fossils to both museums and private buyers. In 2004, he offered to give the state a fossil of a Xiphactinus audax, a predatory bony fish, in an attempt to get anything recognized as the state fossil. He asked for a tax deduction in return. The state didn’t bite. When asked whether he would give one of his mosasaurs to the state for a price this time around, he said he might, in order to ensure it’s properly taken care of. But then he added, “They could probably twist my arm and I could probably give it to them.” The state has until next October, or the deal is off the table.
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TOPEKA — Public school advocates on Tuesday said the next legislative session will be a bruiser when it comes to financing education. If the Kansas Supreme Court orders increased school funding, state Rep. Melissa Rooker, RFairway, and a member of the House Education Committee, said, “We will be deadlocked.” Rooker and a nearly full courtroom had just watched and listened to three hours of oral arguments on school finance. Several school districts have sued the state, arguing that the Legislature has failed to comply with a 2006 court order to increase school funding. A lower court ruling ordered the state to increase funding by $500 million per year. The
state Supreme Court heard the state’s appeal on Tuesday. But Solicitor General Stephen McAllister said the Kansas Constitution’s requirement for a suitable provision for finance doesn’t mean that there is no limit on school funding. “The constitution shouldn’t be a suicide pact,” he said. He also argued that the Supreme Court has no business telling legislators how much to spend on schools, and if Kansans are upset about the level of funding, then they can express their displeasure through their ballots. But Kathy Cook, executive director of Kansas Families for Education, said the problem is that individual parents and voters don’t have the same pull as high-dollar campaign donors. “We don’t carry the same weight,” Cook said.
When the 2014 legislative session starts in January, one of the key issues will be school funding. Attorneys for plaintiff school districts say that when funding cuts were made during the Great Recession, academics trended downward. Rooker said she saw first-hand through her son’s school what the cuts in state funding have done. The reductions have meant more crowded classes, fewer course offerings and field trips, and even maintenance of facilities has declined, she said. She said some communities can make up some of the lost funding but others can’t, and that isn’t fair. “The affect becomes dis-equalizing,” she said. — Statehouse reporter Scott Rothschild can be reached at 785423-0668.
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Goddard considering development project GODDARD — A small south-central Kansas town near Wichita is considering a project that would include an Olympic swimming venue, a hotel and a dinosaur-themed park. The Goddard City Council voted Monday to schedule a public hearing Nov. 18 to discuss financing the project, which a marketing firm projected would create 470 permanent jobs.
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that makes it something the community is behind,â€? said Jack Sheard, spokesman for the Grand Island, Neb., school district, which this year opened a new $8 million Career Pathways Institute. Located in central Nebraska, about 90 miles west of Lincoln, Grand Island is a largely blue-collar town of about 50,000 people. The school district is about the same size as Lawrence, but the townâ€™s economic base is focused much more heavily on manufacturing and agri-
TOPEKA â€” Gov. Sam Brownbackâ€™s administration has discontinued use of a federal grant program to help poor people apply for food stamps. â€œWe simply do not believe taxpayer dollars should be used to recruit people to be on welfare,â€? said Theresa Freed, a spokeswoman for the Kansas Department for Children and Families. Debbie Snapp, director of Catholic Social Service in Dodge City, which was to receive $14,506 of the grant funds, said Freedâ€™s description of the program was â€œunfortunate.â€? Snapp said most people who receive food assistance in her area are employed at lowwage jobs, and most use it only temporarily. â€œThe majority of people are working, or they are single moms with small children. In recent years, weâ€™ve seen a We simply do not lot more famibelieve taxpayer dollies come in. If you are hungry, lars should be used to you need help,â€? recruit people to be Snapp said. on welfare.â€? The five groups that were to receive â€” Theresa Freed, a spokeswoman the grants were for the Kansas Department for notified about Children and Families. the decision to drop the program by DCF on Sept. 30, one day before the grants were to be renewed. The grant funding, which Catholic Social Service received in the past, was used in outreach efforts to promote the availability of food stamps to those who were eligible, Snapp said. She said dropping the grant represents â€œa
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nesses. But while the public-private structure of the Lawrence plan may be unique, officials say itâ€™s really just a variation on a theme that many other communities are dealing with: bringing public school and post-secondary programs together under one roof and tailoring a curriculum around the needs and job opportunities available in the local business community.
Within the next two years, the Lawrence school district and local business leaders hope to open a new career and technical education center that may be unique in the nation. The plans now call for two facilities to be located on the same campus: one operated by the school district to serve high school students; the other operated by an arm of the Lawrence Chamber of Grand Islandâ€™s Career Commerce to offer adult job- Pathways Institute â€œThatâ€™s what makes this training programs tailored to the needs of existing busi- a community project, and
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Til Willis, singer-songwriter, Lawrence â€œThe first â€˜Halloweenâ€™ movie.â€?
Katie Farmer, childcare provider, Lawrence â€œâ€˜The Others.â€™â€?
Anna Korroch, student, Lawrence â€œâ€˜The Ring,â€™ even though I donâ€™t like it at the same time. I donâ€™t like scary movies.â€?
Ruth Anne, lawyer, Lawrence â€œâ€˜The Nightmare Before Christmas.â€™â€?
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â€˘ A 23-year-old Lawrence man was booked into Douglas County Jail late Monday evening on suspicion of multiple drug offenses, criminal possession of a firearm by a felon and resisting arrest. Willie Kenneth Franklin was booked into jail a little after 10 p.m. on Monday after Lawrence police responded to a male suspect trespassing at the Presto Station at 2330 Iowa St. Officers contacted Franklin in a vehicle outside, at which point he gave officers a false name, according to Sgt. Trent McKinley, a Lawrence Police Department spokesman. McKinley said an officer was later able to identify Franklin and determined that he had multiple warrants for his arrest. When Franklin was told he was under arrest, he resisted arrest and struggled with the officers. When officers were able to handcuff Franklin, one officer discovered a handgun in his vehicle, near where he was seated. Officers also located numerous individually wrapped pieces of what appeared to be crack cocaine in Franklinâ€™s possession, McKinley said. Franklin was in jail Tuesday with bond set at $27,000. â€˘ A 23-year-old Lawrence man was arrested Monday on suspicion of multiple drug offenses and criminal firearm possession as part of an ongoing drug investigation. Hunter Radcliffe Wheeler was booked into Douglas County Jail Monday afternoon after members of the Douglas County Drug Enforcement Unit executed a search warrant in the 700 block of Arkansas Street around 1:30 p.m., said Sgt. Trent McKinley, a Lawrence Police Department spokesman. Wheeler was taken into custody and booked into jail on three felony counts of unlawful manufacture, distribution, cultivation or possession of controlled substances using a communication facility; three felony counts of unlawful cultivation or distribution of controlled substances; three felony counts of unlawful distribution of drug precursors and drug paraphernalia; one felony count of possessing a controlled substance and one felony count of criminal possession of a firearm â€œby a person who is both addicted to and an unlawful user of a controlled substance.â€? Wheeler was in jail Tuesday with bond set at $100,500.
HOSPITAL BIRTHS Linda Brown, Lawrence, a boy, Tuesday. Sam and Lauren Thiessen, Baldwin City, a girl, Tuesday.
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culture-related industries, including farm machinery manufacturing and meatpacking. Sheard said the new center offers training on state-of-the-art equipment used by local industries. Students earn simultaneous high school and community college credit. And the curriculum is guided by a steering committee that includes representatives from local businesses and industries. For Grand Island, Sheard said, it was a matter of economic necessity. â€œAbout six to eight years ago, the businesses in town said if we donâ€™t have a better employee base coming out of high school, they arenâ€™t going to be able to stay in Grand Island,â€? he said. â€œThat led us to say okay, thatâ€™s the public schoolâ€™s job to create good workers.
Blue Valley CAPS Closer to Lawrence, the Blue Valley school district in Johnson County has gained national attention for its Center for Advanced Professional Study, or CAPS, which is now in its fifth year of op-
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trend to not help people find out what benefits they are eligible for.â€? She said Catholic Social Service will continue to do outreach because itâ€™s important. The group will have to find alternative funding, she said. The other outreach grants that were dropped included Rice County, $16,267; USDA Food Bank,
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The big thing I know for sure that makes this viable, that makes this so it can actually be done, is that partnership with local industries.â€?
eration. Executive director Donna Deeds said that program is geared more to students who plan for professional careers that typically require a four-year college degree or more. CAPS students are placed directly in the professional employment environment, working essentially as interns on real-world projects designed by the businesses themselves. â€œ T h e SCHOOLS real driver is that itâ€™s all industry-led,â€? Deeds said. â€œAll the project work is driven by (the businesses). Itâ€™s as if theyâ€™ve already been through college, and weâ€™re now immersing them in the work environment.â€? But while the businesses largely are in charge of designing the projects, and engage in most of the face-to-face contact with students, Deeds said there is always a licensed teacher supervising the students and making sure the work and study fit into an approved academic course. Deeds also said one of the keys to the CAPS programâ€™s success â€” and a
word of advice she offers to Lawrence â€” is the way it gets students out of the â€œclassroomâ€? setting and into a real-world work environment. â€œWe took high school instructors out of the high school and created satellites that were in businesses,â€? she said. â€œCAPS has its own facility now. But it would have been doomed to failure if all we had done was take students out of a high school and put them into a new building where they would replicate high school.â€? In Grand Island, Sheard said the key to success is forming a bond between the program and local businesses. â€œThe big thing I know for sure that makes this viable, that makes this so it can actually be done, is that partnership with local industries,â€? Sheard said.
Wichita, $13,819; Harvesters, Kansas City, $14,314; and Community Access, Independence, $12,621. Currently, nearly 320,000 Kansans receive food stamps, also called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Approximately half of those recipients are children. Freed, with DCF, said Kansas joins South Dakota, Montana and Wyoming in not conducting any outreach using USDA federal funds. She said the stateâ€™s ac-
tion doesnâ€™t prevent the former grantees from doing their own outreach. â€œDCF believes that encourag- Brownback ing people to sign up for welfare benefits is not consistent with our position that welfare should be used temporarily and serve as a bridge to employment and self-sufficiency,â€? Freed said.
â€” Jack Sheard, spokesman for the Grand Island, Neb., school district
BRIEFLY City website hacked, City Manager Robert Lay- active about three months. ton says law enforcement officials say Lt. Doug Nolte agencies are investigating WICHITA â€” Wichita officials say the cityâ€™s website was hacked during the weekend, potentially compromising the personal information of 29,000 vendors and employees. The city said in a news release late Monday the hackers might have gained access to Social Security numbers, taxpayer identification numbers and banking information of vendors and former and current employees who were reimbursed for expenses since 1997. The city says it has fixed the problem and is notifying those who might be affected.
says a second one went active at the end of August and two others are still being developed. The pages include information about traffic issues, Police dept. creates crime trends and neighborhood meeting dates. Nolte Facebook pages says their content will WICHITA â€” The Wichita evolve as needs dictate, Police Department is creat- and the goal is for them to ing Facebook pages for its become â€œa real-time police patrol bureaus. blotter.â€? The Wichita Eagle reports that police are using social
media to better connect with neighborhoods. The first police bureau
Facebook site has been the incident. The release said city officials are working with the stateâ€™s Enterprise Security Office to fix any remaining security concerns.
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FARMERS ARE FEELING THE EFFECTS of the federal government shutdown, which has caused the USDA to not provide sales reports from Oklahoma livestock auctions, such as the one pictured above, that are used to help set prices on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.
Shutdown spawns vacuum in farm market information By Roxana Hegeman
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wheat last week, the usually market-savvy Kansas farmer unexpectedly found himself struggling to make critical marketing decisions without being able to access vital agricultural reports, casualties of the federal government shutdown. â€œWe have no clue what is going on in the market,â€? said Peterson, who farms near Monument in northwest Kansas. He typically protects his investment in seed and fertilizer by â€œlocking inâ€? the price his wheat crop will fetch next July with a futures contract that shields farmers from market fluctuations by guaranteeing a price while the crop is in the ground. Farmers and livestock producers use the reports put out by the National Agriculture Statistics Service to make decisions â€” such as how to price crops, which commodities to grow and when to sell them â€” as well as track cattle auction prices. Not only has the NASS stopped putting out new reports about demand and supply, exports and prices, but all websites with
â€” Farmer Tim Peterson, on the agriculture reports that he says are more valuable to him than his $20,000 subsidy check
past information have been taken down. â€œIt is causing a direct void in information that is immediate,â€? Peterson said. This worries him far more than his other problem: When will his $20,000 subsidy check from the government, which usually comes in October, arrive? Since the U.S. Agriculture Departmentâ€™s local farm services offices also have been shuttered, farmers canâ€™t apply for new loans, sign up acreages for government programs or receive government checks for programs theyâ€™re already enrolled in. And at a time when researchers who are seeking new wheat varieties and plant traits should be planting experimental plots, all work has ground to a halt. Kansas Farmerâ€™s Union president Donn Teske, a
grower in the northeast Kansas town of Wheaton, worried about payments heâ€™s owed for idling some environmentally sensitive land under the Conservation Reserve Program. â€œI always look forward to that check coming in the mail,â€? the 58-year-old said. But all of that, farmers say, pales in comparison to the lack of agriculture reports, because farmers today depend far more on global marketplaces than government payouts. The reports, for instance, can alert them to shortfalls in overseas markets or whether thereâ€™s a wide swing in acres planted, both of which would prompt U.S. growers to plant extra crops to meet those demands or hang on to a harvest longer to get a better price. â€œThat information is worth a lot of money, a lot more than $20,000 a year,â€? Peterson said, a reference to his subsidy. Major commodity players can pay for crop size estimates usually provided in the NASS reports from â€œprivate sources,â€? said Dalton Henry, director of governmental affairs for the industry group Kansas Wheat. â€œProducers arenâ€™t going to have that same luxury,â€? he said.
BRIEFLY School districtâ€™s energy conservation program paying off TOPEKA (AP) â€” A Topeka school district saved more than $336,000 since starting an energy conservation program last year. Auburn-Washburn Unified School District 437 board members learned Monday night that the district has saved $336,198 since it began the conservation program. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports the energy savings were from November 2012
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BRIEFLY University Press names new director
Research award winners announced
Charles Myers, a former executive editor and group publisher at Princeton University Press, has been named the next director for the University Press of Kansas, Kansas University announced Monday. In succeeding Fred Woodward, who held the position from November 1981 to September 2013, Myers will become UPKâ€™s fifth director. Woodward will continue on as UPKâ€™s senior editor. UPK, founded in 1946, houses more than 900 books in print. â€œWe are going to begin to offer digital editions of our print books, revamp our web site and grow our lists with an emphasis on political science, law, American history, military history, environmental studies, western history, Kansas regional titles and American popular culture,â€? Myers said in a statement.
Four faculty members from Kansas universities have been awarded the Higuchi-KU Endowment Research Achievement Awards. Honorees for the 32nd annual Higuchi research awards, named in part for late Kansas University pharmacy professor Takeru Higuchi, were announced Tuesday. The honorees will be recognized at an Oct. 30 ceremo- Barnett ny at the Lied Center. The award comes with a $10,000 prize. Awards are given in four categories, Groutas with each named after former highlevel KU Endowment officials who each played a role in recruiting Higuchi to the univerHan sity. This yearâ€™s award winners are: William Barnett, a KU professor of economics who won the Balfour Jeffrey Kirkham Award in Humanities and Social Sciences; William Groutas, a professor of chemistry at Wichita State who won the Dolph Simons Award in Biomedical Sciences; Siyuan Han, a KU professor of physics and astronomy who won the Olin Petefish Award in Basic Sciences; and Mary Beth Kirkham,
Students receive leadership awards Two Topeka natives, Bryne Gonzales and Natalie Scott, received Kansas Universityâ€™s Excellence in Community, Education and Leadership Award during halftime of KUâ€™s homecoming football game Saturday. Gonzales, a speechlanguage-hearing major, is a founding father and vice president of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. Scott majors in psychology and pre-occupational therapy. She is also a student senator and member of the University Honors Program. Both are seniors. Gonzales and Scott will receive an annual $500 scholarship. They were selected from a group of 10 finalists based on leadership, communication skills, involvement in the KU and Lawrence communities and academics.
a Kansas State University professor of agronomy who won the Irvin Youngberg award for Applied Sciences.
Med school dean search moves ahead The search for a new dean of the Kansas University School of Medicine has entered the next phase. Douglas Girod, the executive vice chancellor of the KU Medical Center and interim dean of the medical school, announced that the search committee has begun inviting finalists back to campus for another round of interviews. No names have been disclosed yet, but Girod said finalists will be announced shortly before their arrivals to campus for the interviews. The first candidate to return will make a presentation to the school at 4 p.m. on Oct. 16 at the Kansas City campus of the medical center.
LiveWell Lawrence to celebrate 5th anniversary By Giles Bruce email@example.com
LiveWell Lawrence will mark its fifth anniversary with a community celebration from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Oct. 15, at Abe and Jakeâ€™s Landing, 8 E. Sixth St., in Lawrence. The event is free and open to the public. LiveWell Lawrence is a coalition of more than 100 community members working together to make it easier for Douglas County residents to eat healthy foods, be physically active and live tobacco-free. LiveWell has played a key role in supporting a number of community initiatives, including passage of a Complete
Streets policy in Lawrence, adoption of school marathon clubs and school gardens and the establishment of WorkWell Lawrence, a network of employers working to create a culture of health in the workplace. LiveWell has received more than $500,000 during the past five years from the Kansas Health Foundation, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the Douglas County Community Foundation. Dr. Robert Moser, secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, will attend the celebration event and recognize LiveWell as being a state leader in health.
Douglas County Commissioner Mike Gaughan and Lawrence Mayor Michael Dever also will talk about LiveWellâ€™s effect on the community. Additionally, LiveWell founder Marilyn Hull, of the Douglas County Community Foundation, will be honored for her efforts in helping to establish LiveWell.
Alumni elected as endowment trustees Two Kansas University alumni, Scott Coons and Brad Korell, were elected trustees of the KU Endowment, the university announced Monday. Coons, of Lawrence, graduated from KU with a bachelorâ€™s degree in electrical and computer engineering in 1991. He is the president and CEO of Perceptive Software, in Shawnee, and is an advisory board member for KUâ€™s business and engineering schools. Korell, of Austin, Texas, received a law degree from KU in 1997. He is the managing partner of Korell & Frohlin, which has three offices in Texas, and is a member of the KU School of Law Alumni Board of Governors. The KU Endowment announced last week it provided $119.4 million to the university for fiscal year 2013.
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Malnourished boysâ€™ parents make first court appearance By Dan Elliott and P. Solomon Banda Associated Press
DENVER â€” A Denver couple accused of starving their four young sons and keeping them in a filthy apartment strewn with cat feces, urine and flies made their first court appearance Tuesday and were advised of the felony child abuse charges against them. The boys â€” 2, 4, 5 and 6 â€” have been placed in protective care and have undergone hospital exams that found they are malnourished, not toilet trained and can only communicate in grunts. Lorinda Bailey, 35, who is free on bond, appeared in court dressed in a black pant suit. Her husband, 66-year-old Wayne Sperling, is in custody and sat with defendants in other cases behind a glass barrier. Bailey and Sperling did not enter pleas. However, both have previously pleaded guilty to child abuse. The latest charges came after an investigation that began on Sept. 29, when Bailey took her youngest son to St. Josephâ€™s Chil-
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RICK HOHENSEE, of Washington, holds a â€œFire Congressâ€? sign Tuesday near the House steps on Capitol Hill in Washington, during the second week of the partial government shutdown.
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LORINDA BAILEY enters a courtroom at the Denver Justice Center on the day of the first hearing in her felony child abuse case Tuesday. Bailey and her husband, Wayne Sperling, are charged with child abuse for allegedly starving their sons. drenâ€™s Hospital for a cut on his forehead that she said happened after a fall. An emergency room doctor informed authorities that the child smelled like cigarette smoke, prompting a welfare check by a Denver Human Services case worker. Denver police Officer N. Rocco-McKeel accompanied the case worker to the apartment and reported finding five cats and feces on the floor throughout the apartment and the â€œstrong odor of a decomposing animal.â€? The of-
ficer noted that flies covered every surface in one room and that he couldnâ€™t determine any age or developmental differences between the three oldest children. The mother said she did not think the apartment was unsafe and denied the boys had any developmental delays. She said she had been living alone in a separate unit of the building for the past two months but still saw the children every day except Saturday and Sunday, when she worked.
Party leaders exchange barbs, hint at budget compromise By David Espo Associated Press
WASHINGTON â€” President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner offered hints of possible compromise but also traded heated rhetoric Tuesday, a frustratingly inconclusive combination that left the eight-day partial government shutdown firmly in place and the threat of an unprecedented national default drawing closer. â€œThereâ€™s a crack there,â€? Boehner said of the impasse near the end of a day of maneuvering at the White House and the Capitol. Yet the Ohio Republican added that it was not enough to warrant optimism.
fault drew little evidence of support from Republicans. But at midmorning Tuesday, Boehner and other Republicans seemed to soften their demands. â€œI suspect we can work out a mechanism to raise the debt ceiling while a negotiation is underway,â€? said Rep. Tom Cole, an Oklahoma Republican who is close to Boehner. The speaker, who had previously insisted on specific changes in the health care law as the price for preventing the shutdown, told reporters, â€œI want to have a conversation (with Obama and Democrats). Iâ€™m not drawing any lines in the sand. Itâ€™s time for us to just sit down and resolve our differences.â€?
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Web design oversights blamed for glitches in health care rollout WASHINGTON (AP) â€” A decision by the Obama administration to require that consumers create online accounts before they can browse health overhaul insurance plans appears to have led to many of the glitches that have frustrated customers, independent experts say. Most e-commerce websites â€” as well as medicare.gov â€” are not designed to require those merely browsing to set up accounts. But itâ€™s one of the first steps on healthcare.gov. Consumers trying to create their accounts multiplied the volume of online transactions that overwhelmed the website last week, causing long waits and exasperation. The administration threw in additional computing hardware to handle the volume, and deployed software experts to patch the mechanism for creating accounts, but reports of delays persisted Tuesday. For President Barack Obama, glitches involving his signature legislation are an unwelcome twist. A devoted smartphone user, his political campaigns were models of high-tech effi-
Republicans â€œdonâ€™t get to demand ransom in exchange for doing their jobs,â€? Obama said at the White House. â€œThey donâ€™t also get to say, you know, unless you give me what the voters rejected in the last election, Iâ€™m going to cause a recession.â€? Boehner said Congress had passed and Obama signed legislation last week permitting the payments, adding it was â€œdisgracefulâ€? for the administration to interpret the measure otherwise. He said the House would clarify the issue with a new bill on Wednesday. In Congress, a plan by Senate Democrats to raise the debt limit by $1 trillion to stave off a possible de-
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Oklahoma within the next two to three weeks. â€œI would rather be a part of any conversations sooner rather than later,â€? City Commissioner Bob Schumm said. â€œIâ€™m very concerned about the environmental impact development could have on that property. It is a delicate piece of property. When it rains, Iâ€™ve seen that area look like a great lake out there.â€? The tribe this summer purchased approximately 90 acres of farmland along the turnpike, formerly owned by the Pine family as a sod farm, just east of the North Lawrence interchange. The tribe has not released specific plans for the property, other than saying it hopes to provide housing, child care and medical care for American Indians in the region. But speculation has centered on the tribe having an interest in casino gaming on the property, in part because the tribe expressed an interest in having a casino in northeast Kansas in 2000. The entire North Lawrence area was part of the tribeâ€™s Kansas reservation until it was forced to move to Oklahoma after the Civil War. City commissioners on Tuesday said they would
like for Mayor Mike Dever, City Commissioner Jeremy Farmer and one Douglas County commissioner to travel to Oklahoma to meet privately with tribal leaders. Afterward, a joint study session of city and county commissioners to discuss the future of the property likely would be held. The property is just outside the Lawrence city limits, but any development is likely to have major effects on city property because of stormwater drainage issues. Tribal officials have confirmed that they are working to have the land put into federal trust, which would make the property sovereign Indian territory and not subject to the city or countyâ€™s development regulations. City and county officials might nevertheless have some sway in the future of the property because tribal officials might seek to negotiate for some services from local governments, such as water, sewer, police and fire protection. Farmer said he hopes any trip to meet with tribal leaders could help build a stronger relationship between the two parties. â€œWe need to start building bridges, and we donâ€™t want to do anything to isolate people here,â€? Farmer said. â€œI donâ€™t want peopleâ€™s assumptions to start taking over. The last think I want to do is to tell a Native American tribe
that they are not welcome in our community.â€? In other news, commissioners at their weekly meeting:
Approved $40 million of industrial revenue bonds for the Rock Chalk Park sports park on a 4-1 vote. The bonds are mechanisms to exempt from property taxes the track and field stadium, softball facilities and soccer fields that will be leased to Kansas University. The project doesnâ€™t qualify for an automatic property tax exemption because it is not owned by KU. A company led by Lawrence developer Thomas Fritzel will own the property. City Commissioner Mike Amyx voted against the bond issuance.
Unanimously agreed to name the business park being developed on the former Farmland fertilizer plant Lawrence VenturePark.
Unanimously approved a rezoning request for about two acres of property at 2518 Ridge Court for a senior duplex housing project. Stormwater drainage issues caused several neighbors to object to the development of an open lot behind the United Way headquarters, but commissioners agreed to take extra steps to review the drainage plans for the project. The 14unit complex is being developed by the nonprofit Tenants to Homeowners organization.
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State testing emergency response to livestock outbreak By Ben Unglesbee firstname.lastname@example.org
An upcoming exercise on the Kansas State University campus to test state response to a viral outbreak in livestock is two years in the preparation and includes plans and countless contingencies for everything from traffic monitoring to communicating with the media. Hereâ€™s something the exerciseâ€™s designers didnâ€™t prepare for: One of the biggest players in such an emergency and hence the exercise, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is absent due to the federal government shutdown. But the emergency preparedness exercise must go on. Sandra Johnson, emergency management coordinator for the Kansas Department of Agri-
culture, said the USDAâ€™s role will be simulated by exercise participants. The exercise itself, which will take place at the Biosecurity Research Institute in Manhattan Wednesday and Thursday, costs more than $100,000, much of it funded through grants from the Department of Homeland Security. It involves more than 200 people and pulls together agencies from within Kansas, including the agriculture department and the Kansas Department of Transportation, as well as industry and agencies from other states. Johnson said the exercise will begin with notification of a possible instance of foot-andmouth disease, or FMD, in a nearby state. FMD is a highly contagious patho-
gen that can infect cattle, swine, sheep, goats, deer and other cloven-hoofed animals. It creates painful lesions for the animals and can cause them to go lame. Although it doesnâ€™t infect humans, the public as a whole doesnâ€™t necessarily know that, so public information must be part of a response plan, Johnson said. No cases of FMD have been identified since 1929. Yet because of the density of livestock populations in Kansas feedlots and slaughter houses, an outbreak of FMD could wreak havoc on the stateâ€™s economy. It represents a kind of worst case scenario for animal agriculture that makes for a robust test of preparedness. â€œIf we can do that, the other ones would be easy,â€? Johnson said.
Mother Earth News Fair to bring experts, workshops to Lawrence By Elliot Hughes email@example.com
Since 2010, the Topekabased magazine Mother Earth News has been holding annual fairs on farming and sustainability in the eastern and western Sen. Roberts faces GOP foe in Senate re-election bid United States. And now, the event is finally coming TOPEKA â€” U.S. Sen. Pat to the Midwest â€” to Lawtea party federal health care law Roberts has drawn an oprence. circles for championed by President ponent for the Republican The Mother Earth News his vocal Barack Obama. primary in Kansas next criticism But Wolf says the nation Fair will set up shop at year. of the is threatened by politicians Lawrenceâ€™s Watson Park Dr. Milton Wolf of federal in Washington and that heâ€™s Saturday and Sunday and Leawood announced health care trying to reclaim the Ameri- will bring with it six keyLEGISLATURE can dream. Tuesday that he intends to note speakers and more overhaul. challenge Roberts. Wolf is than 150 workshops and The Robertsâ€™ executive a 42-year-old radiologist demonstrations conduct77-year-old Roberts is seek- campaign manager, Leroy whoâ€™s never sought political ing his fourth, six-year term Towns, says the senator is ed by local and national office, but heâ€™s gained atexperts. in the Senate. Heâ€™s also respected and liked within tention in conservative and a vocal critic of the 2010 The fair is open from 9 the Kansas GOP.
a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, with workshops beginning at 10 a.m. both days, according to James Duft, programming and operations manager for the fair. Pre-ordered one-day tickets are $18, with the price at the gate at $25. Weekend passes are $25 pre-ordered and $35 at the gate. The main entrance will be located at 7th and Kentucky streets. A bus service, running every half hour, will be available for those who park at the Holiday Inn at 200 McDonald Drive, beginning at 8 a.m. both days. Workshops and speeches will cover an array of
topics, including organic gardening, raising livestock, home energy audits, home building and making body care products. The keynote speaker roster features actor Ed Begley, Jr., organic farmer Joel Salatin, Slow Money founder Woody Tasch, animal welfare expert Temple Grandin, organic gardening expert Eliot Coleman and Mother Earth News Publisher Bryan Welch.
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Review needed Heightened interest in the Kansas University men’s basketball team requires increased planning for the popular season-opening event in Allen Fieldhouse.
ansas Athletics isn’t responsible for all of the selfish and unruly behavior that reportedly occurred at Friday’s Late Night in the Phog, but anytime a Kansas University entity invites the public to an event, it has a responsibility to make sure that event is organized and safe for the people who attend. To their credit, athletics officials readily admitted that Friday’s basketball celebration did not run as smoothly as they would like. “Clearly the procedures Kansas Athletics has used effectively for many years at Late Night did not work effectively Friday night,” said Associate Athletic Director Jim Marchiony in a prepared statement. That seems a bit of an understatement. People waiting in line were dismayed when groups of individuals began cutting in front of them before the doors opened. When the doors did open, thousands of fans stormed the entrances creating a situation that was both unfair and potentially dangerous. The stampede suggests several shortfalls for Friday’s event: a lack of organization for how people would be admitted, a lack of communication of how that process would work and a lack of adequate security personnel to enforce that process. Marchiony’s statement acknowledged those problems and said the department would be reviewing “all facets of the event.” As Marchiony said, Late Night has been a popular event for fans, many of whom have trouble obtaining tickets for Jayhawk basketball games. Unfortunately, this year, thousands of fans, including many who waited in line, were turned away and probably left Allen Fieldhouse feeling disappointed both in being unable to see the team and in the way KU officials managed the event. The athletic department seemed to be surprised by the way Friday’s event unfolded, but considering the attention directed at this year’s Kansas men’s basketball team, they should have expected a larger-than-normal crowd and made plans to deal with it. Presumably, they won’t make the same mistake again. Having a team that draws such attention and fan support is a good problem to have, but it nonetheless is a problem officials must manage. Allen Fieldhouse only holds so many people. The goal of Late Night should be to provide access to fans who don’t often get to see the team play, but with an organized process that creates less disappointment and a safer experience for Jayhawk fans.
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Gerrymandering rewards extremism Welcome to America Held Hostage. The reference is not just to the ongoing government shutdown that theoretically could be — but in all likelihood won’t be — over by the time you read this. Rather, it is also to the intransigence and extremism of the Republican Party, a brand of government-by-crisis political thuggery that made this confrontation inevitable. And not just the Republican Party but more specifically, that collection of cranks and outliers within the party so addled by hatred of the president, so crippled by the mental disorder known as Obama Dementia, that they are incapable of rationality and reason. They are the right wing of the right wing, a walking id so fully divorced from reality that even many of their fellow conservatives are wary — and weary — of them. And these are the people who are running the show. God bless us, every one. This latest in a series of manufactured crises centers on the Affordable Care Act, President Obama’s landmark health-care reform. It may be a good law, may be a bad law, may be (and probably is) a good law with some flaws, but one thing is certain: it is
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They are the right wing of the right wing, a walking id so fully divorced from reality that even many of their fellow conservatives are wary — and weary — of them.” a law. Duly passed by Congress, duly signed by a duly elected president, it has survived no less than 41 votes by congressional Republicans to weaken or repeal it — not to mention a showdown in the Supreme Court. No law in modern memory has been more thoroughly or energetically challenged. Having failed epically and repeatedly to kill it, these right-wing Ahabs now embark upon an extortionate new tack that, even for them, is astonishing in its disingenuous gall. They have blocked passage of
a routine resolution to fund the government unless the health-care act is defunded. Then they condemn the president because he won’t “negotiate” with them. It’s as if a Little League team lost a big game on a critical call. They complain to the umps, they look at the instant replay, they file an appeal with the league, but the call still stands. So they take the ball and go home and say they will not play again until the other team agrees to “negotiate.” What a crock. In that scenario as in this one, there is nothing to talk about. The problem isn’t the fairness of the process, but the inability of losers to accept the loss. Once upon a time, a parent might have addressed the problem of children behaving like brats through the vigorous application of leather to the region of the gluteus maximus. Once upon a time, a voter might have addressed the problem of politicians behaving like brats in much the same way. But the ability to spank legislators is largely lost. The reason in a word: gerrymandering — voting district lines drawn to insulate legislators from voters with contrary viewpoints. Lawmakers choose their own
voters, are answerable only to those true believers who already agree with them. It is a system guaranteed to reward extremism and make punishing it nearly impossible. When you cannot “throw the bums out” (congressional incumbents are re-elected at a dictatorship rate: 90 percent), the bums are free to be as splenetic as they want to be. There is no pressure to be a statesman. Indeed, statesmanship becomes a liability. The system must be fixed. Districts should be drawn by judges or other nonpartisan entities along sensible geographic and demographic lines. No more of these crazy-shaped districts that look like Plastic Man eating spaghetti on a rollercoaster The stakes could hardly be higher. The full faith and credit of the United States are at risk. Yet the right wing of the right wing engages in petulance, pettiness and pique that would embarrass a 4-year-old. They will have things their way — or they will shoot the hostage. These people seem not to understand that elections have consequences. Unfortunately for this country, obstructionism does, too. — Leonard Pitts Jr. is a columnist for the Miami Herald.
GOP governors see success With frustration building over Washington’s refusal to behave in the public interest, perhaps it’s worth noting a drastic solution tried by the Irish. Last Friday, Irish voters cast ballots on a referendum to abolish the country’s Upper House, known as the Seanad. Prime Minister Enda Kenny said Ireland didn’t need all of its politicians and they should be made to suffer along with everyone else as the country continues to struggle economically. The measure to abolish the Seanad lost by just 42,500 votes out of more than 1,226,000 cast (51.8 percent to 48.2 percent). While many Americans might wish they could abolish Congress, it is unlikely, unless voters take a page from the Declaration of Independence and “institute new government,” so another approach by Republican governors to break the cycle of systemic ineffectiveness in Washington might work. The Republican Governors Association (RGA) has produced a video (www.rga. org/americancomeback) in which five Republican governors highlight successes in their respective states. Given the dysfunction in Washington, the video provides some powerful reasons for people to turn their backs on the nation’s capital and begin to look to states that have succeeded in solving many problems Washington is unwilling to solve. The featured Republican governors are: Bobby Jindal (Louisiana) wants you to know that his
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state’s GDP has grown by $36 billion since 2008, nearly twice the national rate. That puts Louisiana eighth best in the country and third best in the South. According to Jindal, other categories in which Louisiana has succeeded while Washington piles up debt include: unemployment (below the national average with new jobs being added); per capita personal income (increased more than $3,600 since 2008); charter schools — Jindal says his state has become a “national leader” in charter schools with 80 percent of New Orleans students enrolled in them. John Kasich (Ohio) closed an $8 billion shortfall without raising taxes and cut taxes by $3 billion. He eliminated the “death tax,” modernized Medicaid, eliminated the bureaucratic Department of Development and created a private, nonprofit corporation — JobsOhio — to “respond to job creators’ needs at their pace instead of at ‘the speed of statute.’” Susana Martinez (New Mexico) boosted funding for education and Medicaid without raising taxes; cooperated with a Democratic legislature, passing the New Mexico Jobs Package, which reduced the tax rate on businesses from 7.6
percent to 5.9 percent; moved the state from 38th in the nation in export growth three years ago to first today; turned a structural deficit into a surplus and enacted comprehensive tax reform. Nikki Haley (South Carolina) pushed through tax reform on small businesses, which she claims, resulted in South Carolina having the fastest growing manufacturing sector on the East Coast and creating 38,000 new jobs, which have contributed $9 billion in new investment. More can be seen on the video. The “American Comeback” campaign should resonate with those who long for an economically, politically and culturally sound America, something we do not have under the Obama administration. It isn’t that we don’t know how to solve problems; it is that too many Washington politicians refuse to solve them, preferring instead to lobby for positions of power and curry favor with special interest groups that hand them cash, stroke their egos and promise them votes on Election Day. Real problem-solving is taking place in states headed by Republicans. If you’re tired of the bickering, turn away from dysfunctional Washington, follow their lead and emulate their successes. Maybe then Washington will be forced to pay attention. Republican governors might even be able to teach Ireland a thing or two. — Cal Thomas is a columnist for Tribune Media Services.
To the editor: I agree with Sen. Harry Reid in saying “The House Republican caucus is controlled by anarchists.” That includes my Congresswoman, Lynn Jenkins! House Republicans are clearly hell-bent to stop Obamacare from going into effect. But they need to act fast because most of it goes into effect soon and when it does, people will realize how valuable it is. Never mind the fact that the Affordable Care Act is now the law, passed by both houses of Congress and signed by the President. Never mind that, last November, the president won re-election. I understand that Obama is only the sixth president in history to win two elections with an actual majority of votes both times. (Recall that Bill Clinton won twice with only 43 percent and 49 percent.) In our recent election, the Democrats increased their majority in the Senate and they received 1.4 million more votes for Congress than the Republicans, but Republican gerrymandering allowed the minority to retain their control in the House. The central issue for the Republicans in the 2012 campaign was repealing Obamacare, which Mitt Romney promised to do on “Day One.” They lost. (How Romney could do this hours after taking the oath of office is a mystery known only to God and She isn’t talking.) Meanwhile, the Democrats ran on supporting Obamacare, and they won. Apparently the House Republicans, including our Kansas delegation, don’t think elections have consequences any more. Forrest Swall. Lawrence
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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Oct. 9, 1913: YEARS “An effort to save AGO a water bucket IN 1913 from destruction by Rock Island train number 35, westbound, this morning, cost the life of Herman D. Peel, aged 26 years, a Union Pacific bridge carpenter. The accident occurred at the Mud Creek Bridge, about two miles east of Lawrence … As he reached for the bucket the train struck him and hurled him down the embankment. Death was instant.” — Compiled by Sarah St. John
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Sunny and pleasantly warm
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Grand Island 78/53
St. Joseph 78/48 Chillicothe 75/49
Kansas City Marshall Manhattan 78/55 75/52 Salina 80/51 Oakley Kansas City Topeka 82/55 82/51 79/52 Lawrence 78/53 Sedalia 78/49 Emporia Great Bend 76/53 80/52 81/53 Nevada Dodge City Chanute 78/52 83/52 Hutchinson 80/52 Garden City 81/54 84/51 Springfield Wichita Pratt Liberal Coffeyville Joplin 74/53 80/54 80/53 86/51 78/54 80/51 Hays Russell 82/53 82/55
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Precipitation in inches 24 hours through 8 p.m. yest. 0.00 Month to date 0.96 Normal month to date 1.02 Year to date 24.58 Normal year to date 33.76
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CHILDREN FROM THE ST. JOHN’S MIDDLE SCHOOL THEATER CLASS come to tour the new Theatre Lawrence facility on Oct. 2. Kay Traver submitted the photo. Email your photos to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail them to Friends & Neighbors, P.O. Box 888, Lawrence, KS 66044.
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Lawrence Percolator: High Tide Moon Side, opens Sept. 27, 913 Rhode Island St. Spencer Museum of Art: James Turrell: Gard Blue,” through May 18, 2014; “Conversation XV: Dust” and “1 Kansas Farmer,” through December 15; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday, Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, noon-4 p.m. Sunday. 1301 Mississippi St. Theatre Lawrence: Roger Spohn Photography, through Oct. 27, 4660 Bauer Farm Dr. Douglas County Law Library: Oil Pastels by Susan McCarthy, through Dec. 2, 111 E. 11th St. New works by Jeff Weinberg, Pachamama’s Restaurant and Star Bar, 800 New Hampshire St. Freedom’s Frontier exhibit, Wednesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Carnegie Building, 200 W. Ninth St. “Timeline of a Century,” Marvin Hall, Jayhawk Blvd., KU Campus. Territorial Capital Museum: Tours Wed.Sat., 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Sun. 1-4 p.m., 609 Woodson, Lecompton. Constitution Hall: Tours Wed.-Sat., 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. 1-5 p.m., 319 Elmore, Lecompton.
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BREAST CANCER AWARENESS EVENTS: Oct. 8: Baldwin High School Volleyball Dig Pink Night, 4:30 p.m., Baldwin Junior High School gymnasium, 400 Eisenhower St., Baldwin City. Oct. 11: Cards for a Cause: Decorate Cards for Breast Cancer Patients, 1-3:30 p.m., Mario’s Closet, Lawrence Memorial Hospital, 330 Arkansas St. Oct. 18: Pink Hair Extensions for Breast Cancer Awareness, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. and 4-6 p.m., Mario’s Closet, Lawrence Memorial Hospital, 330 Arkansas St. Oct. 23: Stepping Out Against Breast Cancer, make a donation for a chance to win a basket or quilt; Mario’s Closet, Lawrence Memorial Hospital, 330 Arkansas St. Oct. 26: “Stepping Out Against Breast Cancer,” live music, food and beverages, drawings for gift baskets; 8 p.m.-midnight, Crown Toyota Pavilion, 3400 S. Iowa St. Oct. 27: Baldwin City Recreation Commission breast cancer walk, 2 p.m., Baldwin First United Methodist Church parking lot in the 700 block of Grove Street.
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HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL: Veritas wins two at triangular; Seabury splits. 3B HOME-FIELD ADVANTAGE Victor Martinez, left, hit a disputed homer and Detroit evened its series with Oakland. MLB playoffs on page 5B
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Blue-chip hoops recruit Oubre chooses Kansas By Gary Bedore email@example.com
When the going gets tough, new Kansas University basketball commit Kelly Oubre Jr. takes a long look at a prized possession that hangs on his bedroom wall. “He got a black belt (in karate) when he was 7. It’s his first sense of accomplishment,” Kelly’s dad, Kelly Oubre Sr., said Tuesday after his son, a 6-foot-7, 200-pound senior shooting guard from Findlay Prep High in Henderson, Nev., orally committed to play basketball at KU.
“I always refer to that when times get rough for him, so he can actually see what he accomplished early on. It’s why he doesn’t quit on things that he starts,” Oubre Sr. added. Oubre, who chose Oubre KU over runner-up Kentucky and Florida, said, “of course I kind of lost all my karate skills (in concentrating on hoops the
past many years), but I’m proud of my black belt. I’m very proud of it.” After earning the black belt in his hometown of New Orleans — Kelly moved to Richmond, Texas, with dad after Hurricane Katrina hit when he was in fourth grade — Oubre Jr. “decided he wanted to do something different. He wanted to play basketball and has been playing ever since,” Oubre’s dad said. Oubre has had a steady rise in basketball, climbing to No. 12 in Rivals.com’s rankings following his junior year at Richmond’s Bush High,
where he averaged 22.7 points a game. He’s moved to the Nevada prep school for his senior year. “Kelly is the top player in 2014. I’m a biased dad but also a basketball aficionado,” Oubre Sr., said. “He can feed the post from anywhere. He can run the point, play the 2, the 3. He can play the 4. He can post up and take you off the dribble, do pretty much whatever coach needs him to do.” Noted Findlay Prep coach and former Georgetown standout Jerome Williams: “He has length, athleticism, shooting range that does not
limit him on the court, is an extremely hard worker and great student. He’s carrying a 3.8 (GPA) here.” Oubre — he plans on studying sports management in college — learned enough about KU on his ThursdaySaturday official visit that he decided on Saturday night that KU was the place to be. He canceled his Oct. 18 visit to Kentucky on Tuesday morning, then tweeted, “Blessed to say that I have committed to Kansas University !! #RockChalk”
MORE HOOPS Q Kansas coach Bill Self spoke about his Jayhawks and the upcoming season during an event on Tuesday in Kansas City. 4B
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Jayhawks set at QB for future
Save yourself the trouble of tossing over your shoulder haystack after haystack of negativity surrounding the Kansas University football program in search of that elusive needle pointing upward. You won’t find it on the rest of the schedule, but it will start to show its head during spring football. Here it is: Kansas has nothing going on the quarterback recruiting front. That’s good news? Yes. The Jayhawks don’t need to find another man under center because next year’s team will have a freshman, sophomore, junior and senior quarterback and the quality is such that reigning firststring QB Jake Heaps could be anywhere from first to third string. That doesn’t help KU’s Nick Krug/Journal-World Photo chances of snapping a Big 12 losing streak that stands LAWRENCE HIGH MIDFIELDER PARKER DAVIES NARROWLY PULLS BACK from a flying kick by Olathe South defender Eddy Mortera durat 22 games, but it at least ing the second half on Tuesday at LHS. The Lions lost, 4-1. For a photo gallery from the game, go online to LJWorld.com/highschool. means there is one competition to which we can all look forward. KU football coach Charlie Weis has shown he’s not By Tom Keegan unwilling to make changes focus. Cody Burns scored The first 20 minutes of the second half we were email@example.com in both personnel and game less than a minute later, and a doing well. We had good looks. We finish any one of plans. Weis appears to be game that had been within the Playing most of the game those three or four real good looks, we tie it up and it’s Lions’ grasp for so long felt inching toward what most at a one-goal deficit, Law- a different game.” college coaches believe, completely out of reach. rence High’s boys soccer which is that having a “We wore out a little bit,” team opened the second half quarterback who isn’t quick Murphy said. “We don’t have determined to tie it up, stayed — Lawrence High soccer coach Mike Murphy enough to execute designed a lot of depth.” on the attack, but never could running plays puts an offenO-South coach Will Stoskopf sive coordinator at a decidfind the net for the game-tying called the Lions, “competitive. ed schematic disadvantage. goal and lost at home Tuesday Jack Karnes scored his first we tie it up and it’s a different They play really hard.” “We tried to get Michael night, 4-1, to Olathe South. of two goals and O-South game.” Effort wasn’t enough to de(Cummings) more involved The setback ended a four- maintained the slim lead for Instead, one went right at feat the athletic Falcons. last week because when the game winning streak for the the rest of the half and most the goalkeeper, another was “We felt like we were rollquarterback is a run threat, Lions (5-5-1). of the second. wide right, another wild, high ing coming into it, but it wasn’t it forces the defense to do LHS senior Narito Men“The first 20 minutes of the over the net. one of our better nights,” things differently than when dez scored a goal on a header second half we were doing Once Karnes found the left Murphy said. “Olathe South’s early in the first half to tie the well,” LHS coach Mike Mur- corner of the net for his sec- always solid. Their speed of the quarterback isn’t a run threat, a la Jake,” Weis said score, 1-1, but the Falcons (6- phy said. “We had good looks. ond goal in the 71st minute, fa- play, we knew we would have Tuesday. “The problem with 3-1) quickly took the lead and We finish any one of those tigue set in on the Lions, who to be on our toes and we just that is you also become onenever surrendered it. three or four real good looks, momentarily lost their sharp didn’t adjust to it well.” dimensional.” By that he meant when Heaps is in the game, the defense knows he won’t tuck it and run. And when Cummings (47-percent completion rate, 5.1 yards per attempt) is in the game the issue flips. By Matt Tait “Some of those, they “They just load everybody firstname.lastname@example.org looked like me snapping,” up front and say, ‘Look it, said KU coach Charlie Weis, they’re not going to throw For the fourth time since explaining the reason for the it.’ That’s the bind you get Sept. 10, the Kansas Univer- change. “And I was never in,” Weis said. sity football team will take a any good, in case you’re It’s the bind Kansas State new-look offensive line into wondering.” was in when alternating game week, as the Jayhawks There was, of course, passer Jake Waters and prepare for Saturday’s 11 a.m. more behind this change runner Daniel Sams the first kickoff at TCU. than getting distance from few games of this season. This time, the biggest the Weis-like snaps. For one, The best solution, of course, change comes at center, Howard is an experienced is to have someone like the where senior Gavin Howard, lineman who has played all Wildcats’ former Heisman 6-foot-4, 300 pounds, has three positions up front. And Trophy candidate Collin been inserted as the starter his size gives him a better Klein, a threat to do both. and asked to save KU from chance to hold up against Enter Montell Cozart Nick Krug/Journal-World Photo the failed experiment of us- opposing defensive linemen. and T.J. Millweard. Cozart, KANSAS UNIVERSITY QUARTERBACK JAKE HEAPS (9) and center Dylan ing junior Pat Lewandowski Lewandowski, though taller, a 2013 graduate of Bishop Admire (66) prepare to snap the ball against Texas Tech during the first and sophomore Dylan AdPlease see KEEGAN, page 4B quarter on Saturday at Memorial Stadium. Please see FOOTBALL, page 4B mire to snap the ball.
Lions can’t convert chances, fall to O-South, 4-1
KU football shuffles offensive line once again
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It is far too soon to say whether Geno Smith is the man to someday lead the Jets to a second Super Bowl. But it is not too soon to say this: The guy seems to have the makeup for the task. That was evident on the field late Monday night, when he ignored a deafening crowd and placidly took apart the Falcons in eight plays and 55 yards in 1:54 to set up the winning field goal during a 30-28 Jets win. And it was evident again as he explained it all later in a loud corridor at the Georgia Dome, verbally shrugging off what he had done and barely audible over the sound of equipment being loaded onto a truck. â€œIt doesnâ€™t do much for me,â€? he said. â€œMy confidence is always high. Itâ€™s just good to get a victory.â€? Those words might read as cocky, perhaps even clueless. But when you actually hear Smith speak when he says stuff like that, he is so matter-of-fact, it comes off only as genuine. Smith has a long way to go before accomplishing as much as his predecessor, Mark Sanchez, has in the NFL, including back-to-back AFC Championship Game appearances. And letâ€™s recall that until his game went south, Sanchez mostly was regarded as a likable, praiseworthy figure around here. Still, there already are signs Smith is a thicker-skinned, more resilient personality than Sanchez, one who seems well suited to the spotlight of a big job in a big city. When I asked him last week how he is dealing with off-field elements of his role, including fans and journalists, he said: â€œIt doesnâ€™t really bother me much. I know it comes with the territory, so I just do as Iâ€™m told. I love it. I appreciate it. I look forward to it every single day.â€? Again: The cool part was he sounded as if he meant it. Adding to the drama of Monday nightâ€™s tour de force was that it followed a tour de farce against the Titans during which Smith threw two interceptions and had two awful fumbles. There was nothing of the sort against the Falcons. Smith was a model of efficiency, passing only 20 times but completing 16 for 199 yards, three touchdowns, a 147.7 passer rating and another late scoring rally. It was the best performance of his career, and the best in 10 tries by a metropolitan-area NFL quarterback this season. It is not a stretch to say that if Smith goes on to bigger and better things, Oct. 7, 2013, will be recalled as his prime-time, national-TV, coming-out party. How did Smith so quickly put the Titans game behind him? He said the support of the staff was critical. â€œItâ€™s great to have guys like that on your side the way Iâ€™ve played the last four weeks,â€? he said, referring to his 11 turnovers in the first month. â€œThey tell me to go out there and just let it rip, play with no conscience.â€? His two finest moments among many Monday: a 1-yard scoring pass to Kellen Winslow on which he rolled to his right and deftly floated the ball over the defenders, and later when he checked out of a pass to a third-down run by Bilal Powell that set up Nick Folkâ€™s clincher. â€œIt takes, bottom line,â€? guard Willie Colon said of the latter. â€œHe had no problem with owning his mistakes but at the same time taking command. Good for the kid.â€? Smith didnâ€™t sound or act much different after the loss to Tennessee or the shocker over the Falcons, which is an excellent sign.
THURSDAY â€˘ Football vs. Word of Life, 4:30 p.m. â€˘ Cross country at Louisburg, 4 p.m. Carolyn Kaster/AP Photo
WASHINGTON REDSKINS OWNER DANIEL SNYDER, left, and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell talk during a break in the NFL fall meetings Tuesday in Washington.
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Redskinsâ€™ name hot topic at NFL meetings WASHINGTON â€” Asked directly whether the Washington Redskins should change their name, Roger Goodell said the NFL needs to â€œmake sure weâ€™re doing whatâ€™s right.â€? Speaking at the conclusion of the leagueâ€™s fall meetings Tuesday, the commissioner noted that he grew up in the Washington area rooting for the cityâ€™s football team and â€œby no means ... have I ever considered it derogatory as a fan, and I think thatâ€™s how Redskins fans would look at it.â€? The topic was not part of the formal agenda for the meetings â€” Goodell said â€œthere may have been discussions between some of the owners, but not on the floorâ€? â€” and yet it was the subject of four of the first five questions posed at his news conference at a Washington hotel. â€œWhenever you have a situation like this, you have to listen and recognize that some other people may have different perspectives, and clearly there are cases where thatâ€™s true here,â€? Goodell said. â€œAnd thatâ€™s what Iâ€™ve suggested and Iâ€™ve been open about â€” that we need to listen, carefully listen, and make sure weâ€™re doing whatâ€™s right.â€? Asked whether Redskins owner Dan Snyder, who has vowed that heâ€™ll never change the clubâ€™s name, has been listening, Goodell said: â€œI am confident that the Redskins are listening and Iâ€™m confident that theyâ€™re sensitive to their fans â€” to the views of people that are not only their fans but are not their fans.â€? Snyder did not speak to reporters on his way out of the daylong meetings. General manager Bruce Allen deflected a question about the teamâ€™s name before walking away, saying, â€œWeâ€™re focused on the Cowboy game this week. Big rivalry.â€? President Barack Obama said in an interview with The Associated Press last week that he would â€œthink about changingâ€? the name if he were the teamâ€™s owner. â€œWhen the President speaks, itâ€™s going to raise attention to any issue,â€? Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay said Tuesday, â€œbut really I, at this point, donâ€™t really have anything, any comment, on it right now.â€? Asked his opinion on the Redskins name, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said: â€œI donâ€™t have any thoughts on it.â€?
Julio Jonesâ€™ season likely over FLOWERY BRANCH, GA. â€” The Atlanta Falcons could lose Julio Jones for the season after the Pro Bowl receiver injured his foot Monday in a 30-28 loss to the New York Jets. Coach Mike Smith says Jones, the NFL leader with 41 catches, did not get encouraging results from a visit with doctors Tuesday morning. Smith added that Jones will see a foot specialist today in Charlotte, N.C., for a second opinion. Jones ranks second with 580 yards receiving.
Freemanâ€™s contract finalized
THURSDAY â€˘ Volleyball at Avila, 6 p.m.
EDEN PRAIRIE, MINN. â€” The Minnesota Vikings have waived quarterback McLeod BethelThompson to make room for new quarterback Josh Freeman on the roster. Freemanâ€™s contract was finalized Tuesday. He became available last week when he was cut by Tampa Bay after falling out of favor.