Archive for Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
Jill Patton, left, joins more than 80 people in attending a Lawrence school board meeting that included a discussion of standards-based grading for sixth-graders in Lawrence middle schools. Patton was among those opposed to the use of such grades. The meeting was Sept. 26, 2011, at district headquarters, 110 McDonald Drive. Halt to standards-based grades sought for Lawrence middle schools
September 27, 2011 in print edition on 1A
Sixth-graders now are taking electives, using lockers, dressing out for gym and doing plenty of other things at school to prepare them for an eventual transition to high school. But they’re keeping their standards-based grading system, and that has some parents and teachers worried.
6:00 a.m.
Lawrence couple Jessica and Jay Pryor have a laugh after dinner Tuesday on the back porch of their Lawrence home. Jay, who is a female-to-male transsexual, left Kansas 10 years ago as a woman who had fought for sexual orientation to be added to the city’s anti-discrimination policy. Now Jay is back in Lawrence speaking out as a transsexual fighting for gender identity status to be added to the city’s policy. Lawrence City Commission approves gender identity ordinance
12:58 a.m., September 28, 2011 Updated 11:26 a.m. in print edition on 1A
It took more than a two-hour discussion that ranged from restrooms to rights to religion, but Lawrence city commissioners late Tuesday approved a controversial provision providing new legal protections to people who are transgender.
10:00 a.m.
Bill James Baseball stats pioneer Bill James says ‘Moneyball’ hits it out of the park
September 28, 2011 in print edition on 1A
Bill James is a critic of baseball, not movies. But he’s got an informed opinion of the movie “Moneyball,” out in theaters nationwide this week.
2:00 p.m.
KU students walk across campus the day before classes start for the fall semester. Students participated in campus activities Wednesday that included tours of the libraries, the bus system and campus organization and club information booths. KU officials say they’re concerned about declining enrollment; fewer students on campus this fall
12:23 p.m., September 27, 2011 Updated 3:23 p.m.
Kansas University officials, concerned by another decrease in enrollment, said Tuesday they’re taking steps to reverse the trend.
6:00 p.m.
Many veterans coming back from Iraq or Afghanistan are choosing to go back to college to earn a degree instead of searching for a job in the down economy.  Some of those veterans attending KU are, front row from left,  Katherine Robinson, Andrew Foster, Kyle Brown and Sara Sneath; back row from left: Jake Robinson, Drew Beets and Stewart Melton. Job market not so easy for veterans
September 28, 2011
When Andrew Foster got out of the Navy a few years ago, his skills at working on a radar missile guidance system helped him land a California job for Starbucks fixing espresso machines.

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Cyclone QB Steele Jantz welcomed bye
After week off, Iowa State will play host to 17th-ranked Longhorns on Saturday
September 28, 2011 in print edition on B7
For Steele Jantz, the last seven weeks have been a whirlwind few could be fully prepared for.
Street quality
City officials should make sure they are getting the high quality materials and construction techniques that will result in high quality, long-lasting streets.
September 28, 2011 in print edition on A8
One of the ongoing, year-after-year concerns of Lawrence residents is the condition of city streets. Millions of dollars have been spent on city streets, and yet millions more are scheduled to be spent on rebuilding projects.