WRITER: Dylan Lysen

Interim dean declines controversial direct appointment to lead KU's largest school

Story updated at 6:02 p.m. Thursday The interim dean of the University of Kansas' largest school has declined an unusual offer to be directly appointed to the permanent position, the university announced Thursday. Clarence Lang, who is serving as interim dean for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, withdrew his name after considering the offer, KU Interim Provost Carl Lejuez said Thursday morning in an ...

Go, See, Do | Raven Book Chat at Watkins, 'Goodnight Moon,' 'The Sleeping Beauty' ballet, and Kansas Day exhibits

What was it like to live through the turmoil of the Bleeding Kansas era and the Civil War? Author Lana Wirt Myers knows better than most, having recently finished editing and compiling the diaries of a 19th-century Kansas settler who saw the events unfold. This weekend, you can learn more about those accounts — which Myers has published as “The Diaries of Reuben Smith, Kansas Settler and Civil War ...

Sen. Holland introduces bill to make church clergy mandatory reporters of suspected sex crimes

Story updated at 5:43 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019: TOPEKA — State Sen. Tom Holland, D-Baldwin City, introduced a bill Wednesday to require that church clergy and employees be mandatory reporters of sexual assault. “Clergy leadership are adults that children must be able to trust to keep them safe,” Holland said during an afternoon news conference at the Capitol in Topeka. “(The bill) mandates that ...

Lawrence native awarded Langston Hughes short fiction writing award

What was originally written for a class assignment has turned out to be a winning fiction submission in Lawrence. Molly Weisgrau, a senior studying English at the University of Kansas, told the Journal-World via email Monday that she was excited to see that a short story she wrote for a class at KU was selected as the winning fiction entry for the 2019 Langston Hughes Writing Awards. “It’s really cool to ...

In MLK march across KU campus, interim dean calls for working together to improve society

Through a misty rain, members of a historic black fraternity and a second-line band led a large group of students and faculty in a march across the University of Kansas campus Tuesday in honor of the civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. Prior to the march — which started in Strong Hall in the center of Jayhawk Boulevard and traveled east to the university’s student union — Clarence Lang, interim ...

Man allegedly robs west Lawrence restaurant employee at knifepoint

UPDATED STORY - Police: Armed robbery reported at Lawrence Subway was a hoax A man brandishing a knife allegedly robbed an employee outside the Subway restaurant in west Lawrence Tuesday afternoon, police said. Officers were called to the restaurant at 4000 W. Sixth St. at approximately 2:30 p.m. for a reported robbery, Lawrence Police Officer Derrick Smith said. Smith said the suspect was described as an ...

Homes: Couple renovates old Lawrence home for a mix of historic, modern

Renovating a rundown home in a historic part of town allowed for a young couple in Lawrence to mix the old with the new. Lindsey and Kyle Weiland purchased their home at 1327 New Hampshire St. in January 2014 with plans to gut the interior and rebuild it to their liking. Kyle, who is a general contractor in town, has plenty of experience building homes and the couple knew it was the perfect match before they ...

Some KU faculty support controversial hiring process for dean; they say 'crisis' demands it

Another group of University of Kansas faculty is wading into the unusual appointment of a dean at the university, this time in support of KU leadership’s controversial plan to bypass its normal hiring procedures. In an open letter to the Journal-World, a group of 14 faculty members associated with the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences — led by Maryemma Graham, a distinguished professor for the college ...

Douglas County lawmakers appreciate Kelly's focus on schools, Medicaid, child welfare

Lawmakers representing Douglas County in the Kansas Legislature were glad to hear Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly’s focus on three main issues during her State of the State address Wednesday. “There were no surprises for me from what the governor discussed in her State of the State,” said state Rep. Jim Karleskint, R-Tonganoxie, who also represents Eudora. “I agree with her priorities on funding schools, ...

All the performers at this year's Busker Fest will be women

A popular annual festival in downtown Lawrence is going to look a little different this year. The 12th annual Lawrence Busker Festival, scheduled for May 24-26, will feature only female performers, organizer Richard Renner said Wednesday. Renner decided to go with such a lineup after Linsey Lindberg, who performs at the event each year as Strong Woman Mama Lou, explained that women were often overlooked when ...

Go, See, Do | 'Ovation! USD 497 Talent Show,' author talk with Chigozie Obioma

Update, 8:40 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, 2019: Kaw Valley Eagles Day has been canceled because of inclement weather. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Clinton Lake said in an email to the Journal-World that no alternate date has been set yet. This weekend, the talents of local middle and high school students will be on display for all to see — and on one of Lawrence's biggest stages, too. “Ovation! USD 497 ...

Lawrence lawmaker sponsors bill to change Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day

A local lawmaker is pushing to change a holiday that honors a European man who “discovered” America to honor instead the people who originally inhabited the land. State Rep. Boog Highberger, D-Lawrence, is co-sponsoring a bill with Wichita Democrat Rep. Ponka-We Victors, who is Native American, to change the state’s recognition of the second Monday of October from Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day, ...

Lawrence Cultural Arts Commission changes Culture Chat format to encourage more public turnout

A new year means a new way to chat with the Lawrence Cultural Arts Commission. The commission will change the format of its monthly Culture Chat for 2019, said Porter Arneill, the city liaison for the advisory board that focuses on culture and art in town. This year, the chat will continue to take place in the afternoon of the fourth Tuesday of every month, but it will focus on a specific topic each meeting ...

Mike Amyx sworn in to Legislature; Lawrence now has all-Democratic delegation

TOPEKA — With the addition of state Rep. Mike Amyx on Monday, Democrats entirely represent the city of Lawrence in the Kansas Legislature for the first time since at least 1917. While Lawrence is now completely blue, the rest of the House of Representatives took a turn in the other direction for an overall more conservative Statehouse. Chief Justice Lawton Nuss swore in Amyx as the representative for the ...

Locally produced film examines acceptance of diversity, immigration in Garden City

When it comes to immigration, Lawrence filmmaker Steve Lerner said he finds the national debate has generally become polarized, rage-filled and uncivil. But in Garden City, a small town in a generally conservative area of southwest Kansas, the residents seem to have a different view, he said. “There is something happening there that is much more civilized than the national dialogue would suggest,” Lerner ...

With local Rep. Horn leading the way, Statehouse opens private lactation room

During her first session as a state representative in 2018, Lawrence Democrat Eileen Horn did not have many options to breastfeed or pump breastmilk for her then 3-month-old son Bowie. At one point, she had to pump breast milk underneath her desk in a shared office just to find some privacy because a dedicated room for that activity was not available, she told the Journal-World. “It’s stressful and just ...

Lawrence to receive 5-7 inches of snow by early Saturday afternoon

A rainy Friday is expected to give way to a snowy Saturday in Lawrence. The area will likely receive between 5 and 7 inches of snow beginning Friday night and lasting until early Saturday afternoon, said Bryan Baerg, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Topeka. The weather service issued a winter storm warning shortly after 8:30 p.m. Friday, and it will remain in effect through 6 p.m. ...

Lane expansion for west leg of K-10 will be priority for state Rep.-elect Amyx; local leaders weigh in on other legislative priorities

For state Rep.-elect Mike Amyx, D-Lawrence, addressing the “monster” Kansas Highway 10 corridor in the Lawrence area will be a priority during his freshman session as a member of the Kansas House of Representatives. The western leg of the highway, which is in his district, has become a safety issue, Amyx said Thursday morning during a Legislative Priority Breakfast forum at Maceli’s in downtown Lawrence. ...

Go, See, Do | "Who Will Tell Your Story," Story Slam and "Documented" screening

If you want some pointers from a professional writer about how to record the important stories in your life, the Lawrence Public Library has you covered. A new class, “Who Will Tell Your Story,” will teach attendees how to identify important stories in their lives and write about them as a recorded legacy for their families, according to a news release from the library. Cathy Hamilton, who once wrote for ...

KU football player Pooka Williams applies for diversion in domestic battery case

Updated 9:40 a.m. Wednesday University of Kansas star football player Pooka Williams has applied for a diversion of the domestic battery charge he is facing, his attorney Hatem B. Chahine said Wednesday morning, and the court has granted his request. The terms of the diversion were not available Wednesday morning. Williams appeared in court Wednesday morning. At the hearing, the court scheduled him to appear ...