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Author who explores underground queer culture to read at Free State Festival

Author Michelle Tea has written several accounts of her own life, but recently, she has turned her attention to chronicling the history of the broader community of queer culture. Tea, the author of several memoirs and novels, will read selections from her newest book, “Against Memoir: ...

Kobach proposes capping valuation hikes. Some say it may be unconstitutional

TOPEKA — Republican gubernatorial candidate Kris Kobach has proposed a major change in the state’s property tax laws that some experts say could only be done through a state constitutional amendment. The plan calls for capping property appraisal increases at no more than 2 percent a year, ...

Independent film ‘Burden’ comes to Free State Festival thanks to local lecturer

A connection made 20 years ago helped bring an award-winning film to the Free State Festival this week. Andrew Heckler, writer and director of the film “Burden,” met Laura Kirk — who is now a University of Kansas film lecturer and a festival advisory board member — when they both lived ...

From rolled stop signs to alcohol poisoning: A ride-along with KU police

Hidden from view, Cortney Coke parked the Ford Explorer near the intersection of Sunflower and Sunnyside roads on the University of Kansas campus. Lights off, she sat in the darkness, waiting. It was only a matter of minutes before a Jeep Cherokee rolled past the stop sign without coming to a ...

Ax throwing business hopes to offer new experience for Lawrence consumers

James Marx lifted the sharp object with both arms behind his head before using the momentum of his body to throw it about 15 feet. The object, a light metal ax, made a "thwack" sound when it reached its destination, a wooden bullseye. “I’ve always had a fondness for dangerous things being ...

Best-selling author Craig Johnson talks about his new book ahead of Lawrence visit

The mind behind a well-known Wyoming sheriff will soon come to town. Craig Johnson, the New York Times best-selling author of the Walt Longmire mystery series, will visit Lawrence as part of the Free State Festival, which kicks off on Monday and continues through Sept. 23. Johnson, 57, will ...

KU’s athletic director wants to build up football program before tackling stadium

Just six weeks after coming on staff as athletic director at the University of Kansas, Jeff Long is saying that building up the football program should take precedence over a multimillion-dollar remodel of the David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium. “The stadium is still very important,” Long ...

2 arrested after reported gun sale between students at Lawrence High School

Updated at 2:44 p.m. A reported gun sale between two students this week on the Lawrence High School campus led to the arrest of two teens. The gun in question was apparently taken from a parent's home. Police and school leaders looked into the situation after a parent reported hearing about a ...

Immigrants asked to share their stories in bilingual writing workshop this weekend

When José Faus was 9 years old, he took what he thought would be a temporary trip from his native Colombia to Kansas City to visit his mother, who had been living in the U.S. for a few years. Decades later, he is still here, and he wants to help other immigrants record their immigration ...

Haskell plans celebration honoring Native Americans who served in World War I

Native Americans couldn't claim U.S. citizenship when they answered the call to arms and fought in World War I. Citizenship would come six years after the war was over. But that didn't stop 415 Haskell students, faculty and alumni from enlisting, according to historian Jancita Warrington, ...

Douglas County Commission signals intent to raise age to buy tobacco products

The Douglas County Commission signaled Wednesday that it would pass an ordinance increasing the age to legally buy tobacco products, including e-cigarettes and vaping liquids, to 21. All three county commissioners said they favored the age increase. But commissioners said formal action would ...

Counting your vote in Kansas sometimes depends on where you live

TOPEKA – When Kansas voters cast their ballots, the chances that their votes will be counted may depend on which county they live in, especially if they opt to cast their ballots by mail. That’s because different counties use different standards to decide whether a ballot should be ...