Archive for Sunday, July 31, 2011

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
The Kenneth Spencer Research Library, right, sits quietly among the trees as compared with Fraser Hall, which dominates the campus skyline. KU considering — but won’t be revealing — 40 possible efficiency adjustments worth studying further
July 29, 2011 in print edition on 6A
An efficiency and effectiveness study at Kansas University is continuing to progress, but university officials aren’t saying much — at least for now — about how they will achieve those new efficiencies.
6:00 a.m.
Sheahon Zenger was introduced as KU's new athletic director on Monday, Jan. 3, 2011, during a press conference at Hadl Auditorium. KU athletic director reviewing department’s 6-figure salaries
July 31, 2011 in print edition on 1A
A review of salaries at Kansas Athletics Inc. shows 36 of the top 42 administrators and coaches — 85 percent — are paid at least $100,000.
10:00 a.m.
Roy and Dodie Coker pick through the vegetables available at the Just Food warehouse Monday, July 25, 2011. The couple say this is the first time they have been pushed to accepting food from a food bank. Falling into poverty: Economic setbacks make Lawrence couple, like many Americans, lose security, gain fear
July 30, 2011 in print edition on 1A
It wasn’t supposed to be like this. Roy and Dorothy “Dodie” Coker raised children in Lawrence, worked for years at local businesses, and for 17 years steadily paid the mortgage on their home on Pawnee Street. Roy, 58, and Dodie, 61, should be slowing down, getting ready for retirement, enjoying weekends with their three grown children and spoiling their four grandchildren. Instead, the Cokers are learning their way around the local social service system, scratching and clawing to pay the bills.
2:00 p.m.
The Kansas Legislature has approved a balanced budget without a tax increase, but some local officials argue that the state's budget could force them to increase taxes or cut services. Statehouse Live: Education supporters decry funding cuts to public schools
3:03 p.m., July 30, 2011 Updated 3:25 p.m. in print edition on 3A
House Minority Leader Paul Davis, D-Lawrence, said next year’s fight in the Legislature will be between “restoring cuts to eduction or tax cuts for big business.”
6:00 p.m.
Soon-to-be graduates make their way to receive their diplomas under a big blue sky during the LHS commencement ceremony Sunday at the football stadium. New formula puts focus on graduation rates
July 31, 2011 in print edition on 1A
Changing calculations, differing demographics and dwindling finances may add up to increasingly frustrating graduation rates in the Lawrence school district.

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Chamber changes
Finding a dynamic CEO who will stay in the office for more than a few years would be a big benefit for the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce.
July 31, 2011 in print edition on A9
Historically, the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce has played a key role in the business and civic life of Lawrence, but it is hard to maintain that position in the community without stable leadership.