Archive for Sunday, November 6, 2011

Lead stories

1:01 a.m.
The former Farmland Industries site on the eastern edge of Lawrence is shown in an aerial photo taken Monday, May 16, 2011. Renewable energy options to be studied for Farmland Industries site
November 4, 2011 in print edition on 3A
Federal agencies will spend $35,000 to study how the former Farmland Industries site could one day support the production of renewable energy.
6:00 a.m.
Kansas head coach Turner Gill bemoans a missed field goal during the second quarter on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011 at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames, Iowa. Close loss won’t change opinions on KU, Turner Gill
November 5, 2011
The guys wearing KU ballcaps and blue coats, the coaches, wanted to win the game played Saturday in Jack Trice Stadium on the campus of Iowa State. So did the players wearing nameless jerseys and a “KU” on their helmets.
10:00 a.m.
Michael Tanner plays guitar from the floor of a one-room shack built on a trailer, which he lives and sleeps in that is attached to his van. Tanner says he was given the nickname “Mayor Mike” by members of the Lawrence homeless community for his efforts in building a “village” for homeless people near the river in east Lawrence in 2008 that was eventually bulldozed by the city. Men who live in structures attached to vehicles relish freedom, not paying rent
November 6, 2011 in print edition on 1A
Michael Tanner, 52, has spent years trying to live rent-free in Lawrence, and he seems to have finally found the answer.
2:00 p.m.
Chuck Epp, a member of the Central and East Lawrence Elementary School Consolidation Working Group, organizes his own documents while some of the the group's communal records — Ground Rules, plus unresolved issues idling in a "Parking Lot" — are affixed to the wall inside a meeting room at district headquarters, 110 McDonald Drive. Epp and fellow group members met Oct. 17, 2011. Data to help drive consolidation deliberations for Lawrence schools
November 6, 2011 in print edition on 1A
As members of a consolidation working group continue working on a proposal for combining, expanding or even building new schools — an effort they acknowledge will only become both emotional and divisive in the weeks ahead — a team of experts is compiling numbers behind the scenes to build a data-filled foundation for deliberations.
6:00 p.m.
A nonprofit group in Lawrence aimed at helping veterans and their families navigate through the benefit process started up in late 2009 and is hoping to ramp up fundraising efforts. Three of the officers that lead the group are, from left, Virginia A. Girard-Brady, Rod Ratzlaff and Preston Girard. Nonprofit group provides benefit guidance to veterans for post-military life
November 6, 2011 in print edition on 3A
In their work during more than a decade representing and helping veterans across the country in disability-benefits cases, Virginia Girard-Brady, Preston Girard and Rod Ratzlaff noticed some things slipping through the cracks.
9:00 p.m.
The Taser Model X26, with the distinctive yellow handle, is carried by 41 Lawrence police officers. Police chief defends keeping details about complaints private
November 6, 2011 in print edition on 3A
So far this year, the Lawrence Police Department has handled 19 complaints against officers — 12 of which have been sustained, according to Lawrence Police Chief Tarik Khatib. But more specific details about those cases and how the department handled disciplinary action will not be provided, Khatib said.

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School funds
The governor’s plan to significantly shift the responsibility for school funding to local taxpayers may be cause for concern.
November 6, 2011 in print edition on A9
The Kansas State Board of Education will get its first official look Tuesday at plans to revamp the state’s school finance formula.