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Baker University students go to Haiti Behind Lens Feature Hunt
Should the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce hire someone with local ties to lead the organization?

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FEC commissioner says important PAC issues are being oversimplified
January 26, 2012
Cynthia Bauerly, who was appointed to the Federal Elections Commission in 2008, admitted Thursday that her brother thinks she’s much cooler now that comedian Stephen Colbert has been focusing on campaign finance law.
‘Big Event’ looking to help community
January 26, 2012
Kansas University students are again looking for members of the community who could use some help cleaning up their yard or need some windows washed.
KCK man convicted after plea in 2008 Lawrence robbery
January 26, 2012
A 21-year-old Kansas City, Kan., man Thursday pleaded no contest in connection with a 2008 west Lawrence robbery.
Consulting firm to help Lawrence Chamber of Commerce with CEO search
January 26, 2012
The Lawrence Chamber of Commerce has hired a consulting firm to conduct what is expected to be at least a four-month search for a new president and CEO.
Two Lawrence men charged with assault following early-morning confrontation
January 26, 2012
Lawrence police arrested two men following an overnight disagreement in the 1400 block of Ohio Street, a police spokeswoman said.
KU, former employee settle discrimination lawsuit
January 26, 2012
A former associate vice provost for information services has reached a settlement with Kansas University in his discrimination lawsuit filed in 2010, according to federal court records.
Judges reject appeal by former Yellow House owner
January 26, 2012
A federal appeals court panel has upheld the wire fraud convictions of Carrie Neighbors, an owner of the former Yellow House Store in Lawrence.
Gov. Brownback’s plan to post teachers’ rankings causes outcry; GOP senator describes plan as ‘toxic’
05:10 p.m., January 26, 2012 Updated 07:23 p.m.
Gov. Sam Brownback has formally introduced his 138-page school finance overhaul, and it includes a provision that Brownback officials had not discussed before publicly: a proposal to evaluate teachers, partly based on student achievement, and post their rankings on the Internet.
Lawrence police investigating report of armed robbery at Cirilla’s adult store on 23rd Street
January 26, 2012
Lawrence police are investigating a report of an armed robbery at Cirilla’s Thursday afternoon.
Rep. Jenkins wants Manhattan in 2nd District
January 26, 2012
Republican Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins wants Kansas legislators to keep the Manhattan area in her U.S. House district when they redraw political boundaries.
Kansas ag secretary blasts KBA board of directors
04:01 p.m., January 26, 2012 Updated 11:59 p.m.
A key member of Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration lays the blame for problems identified in an audit of the Kansas Bioscience Authority at the feet of its board of directors.
Grain elevator to be rebuilt in Atchison
January 26, 2012
Republican Gov. Sam Brownback won’t delay an overhaul of Medicaid in Kansas, officials said Thursday, despite bipartisan concern among legislators that his administration is moving too quickly to turn the entire program over to private health insurance companies.
Lawrence Association of Neighborhoods to celebrate 25th anniversary
January 26, 2012
The Lawrence Association of Neighborhoods is set to celebrate its 25th anniversary on Sunday.
Trial postponed for defendant accused of shooting Bullet the cat
January 26, 2012
Lawrence Municipal Court Judge Scott Miller Thursday postponed a trial for a Lawrence man who is accused of shooting a stray cat last year.
Kansas farmers claim $1 billion after drought
January 26, 2012
Kansas farmers have already claimed a record amount in crop insurance for losses suffered during a lingering drought last year, and the claims are expected to surpass $1 billion, a federal agriculture official said.
KCK meat company execs face fed indictment
January 26, 2012
Two Kansas men face federal charges accusing them of selling adulterated poultry products.
Federal inspectors to visit Wolf Creek nuclear plant next week to determine cause of shutdown
January 26, 2012
Federal inspectors will visit the Wolf Creek nuclear power plant next week to determine why an offsite power loss caused an automatic shutdown at the plant.
Inmate convicted of threatening judges
January 26, 2012
A Kansas prison inmate has been convicted of sending threatening letters to two Sedgwick County judges and other law enforcement officials.
New Kansas Speedway casino plans test run Monday for charity
January 26, 2012
The new Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway will hold a pre-opening test of its operations next week for state regulators.
Legislators take up Kansas water policy plans
January 26, 2012
Parts of Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback’s plan for revising the state’s water policy are beginning to move through the Legislature.
Town Talk: Garden store opens in West Lawrence; home store to close in downtown; student housing project wins key votes; N. Lawrence developers to meet more; NE Sector plan still stalled
January 26, 2012
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Stull residents wary of rock guitarist Slash’s film project
January 26, 2012
According to reports in The Hollywood Reporter, a trade publication that covers the movie industry, Slash’s newly formed film company has signed a deal to produce a horror movie with a plot that centers on the Stull Cemetery and the urban legend that the cemetery about 10 miles west of Lawrence is one of the seven gateways to Hell.
Burglary reported at Jayhawker Towers
January 26, 2012
A burglary was reported at an apartment in tower A of Jayhawker Towers, in the 1600 block of West 15th Street, when someone entered the victim’s room between 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday and took a laptop computer valued at $2,600, according to a Kansas University Police report.
Pump patrol
January 26, 2012
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.21 at several stations.
Baker’s oldest alumna dies at age 114
January 26, 2012
Baker University’s oldest alumna has died in Oregon at the age of 114.
Gay marriage returns to political spotlight
January 26, 2012
With a flurry of coast-to-coast developments this week, same-sex marriage is back in the political spotlight and likely to remain there through Election Day as a half-dozen states face potentially wrenching votes on the issue.
Obama and GOP candidates offer a campaign preview
January 26, 2012
On a day that combined two campaigns into one, President Barack Obama on Wednesday challenged Republicans to raise taxes on the rich as GOP rivals Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich swiped at him on the economy and criticized each other over immigration.
League of Women Voters seeking nominations for Fluker Award
January 26, 2012
The League of Women Voters of Lawrence/Douglas County is seeking nominations for the 13th annual Helen Fluker Open and Accessible Government Award.
Bill would allow guns on campus
Regents and KU strongly opposed
January 26, 2012
Gun rights advocates on Wednesday pushed for passage of a bill that would allow concealed carry of handguns on college campuses and public buildings, such as libraries, city halls and day care centers in city facilities.
Activist Angela Davis to speak at February Sisters anniversary at KU
January 26, 2012
A series of events at Kansas University, including a lecture from activist Angela Davis, will mark the 40th anniversary of the February Sisters occupation, which helped spark a number of reforms for women on campus.
K-State president discusses drive to secure NBAF funding
January 26, 2012
The leader of Kansas State University said the university is continuing to push for funding from the federal government in support of the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility scheduled to be built in Manhattan.
Heard on the Hill: Mother, daughter look at a year’s worth of expenses from KU; mice and rats used for research might get roomier homes; KU Hospital executive leaves for post in Chicago
January 26, 2012
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Team effort propels Seabury boys to 60-43 victory over Pembroke Hill
January 26, 2012
With a change in philosophy, Seabury Academy’s boys basketball team won at Pembroke Hill, 60-43, Wednesday night.
FSHS, LHS girls ready for Firebird Classic
January 26, 2012
When the Firebird Classic tips off today at Free State High, the girls basketball teams entering with the best records might be considered the favorites to win it.
Conner Teahan working to correct three-point woes
January 26, 2012
Conner Teahan didn’t need a stack of box scores to give an evaluation of his recent three-point shooting stats.
Lawrence High wrestling backs up No. 2 rank against Free State
January 26, 2012
The order of events was atypical Wednesday night for the wrestling edition of the city showdown, but the results weren’t out of the ordinary for Lawrence High, the No. 2 team in Class 6A.
25 years ago: ‘Goodtime Radio Revue” debuts at Liberty Hall
January 26, 2012
The players of the radio station’s Imagination Workshop would provide live-radio comedy during the show.
100 years ago: His health worn down by 1903 flood, farmer dies at home
January 26, 2012
“As the result of excitement and exposure heart troubles came and this morning he died of dropsy at his home.”
Damage control runs amok on ‘30 Rock’
January 26, 2012
It’s probably never a good idea to call your audience a bunch of idiots. That’s the problem facing Liz Lemon (Tina Fey) on “30 Rock” (7 p.m., NBC), continuing a theme from last week.
Hope fading
President Obama’s State of the Union address gets high marks for style but failed to inspire Americans.
January 26, 2012
Few American presidents can match the manner in which President Obama can deliver a well-written State of the Union address. He is superb!
Trash conflict?
January 26, 2012
I participated in the recent public forum sponsored by the city’s Solid Waste Task Force. On the surface, the forum has the effect of the task force appearing to be interested in the thoughts of citizens so they can proceed with a recommendation they already seem predisposed to regardless of very legitimate concerns put forth.
‘Fixing’ Kansas
January 26, 2012
What’s the matter with Kansas? Gov. Brownback apparently knows the answer: There is nothing wrong with Kansas that can’t be fixed by an unqualified out-of-state “expert.” First, an inexperienced import from Florida “fixed” our social services system. Now, Arthur Laffer, a discredited Reaganomics retread from Nashville, has pocketed $75,000 for “fixing” our tax structure — so that the less one earns, the less one keeps!
Wiley building
January 26, 2012
In the Public Forum of Jan. 16, Paul Gray suggests the Kansas University music building be named the Russell Wiley Music Building. I firmly agree.
January 26, 2012
I heard our beloved governor on the radio blathering about how “Kansas is now a pro-life state and we’re gonna keep it that way!” Cut funds for cervical cancer screenings … pro-life?
Nanny state
January 26, 2012
The Obama administration has once again flouted the Constitution of the United States by requiring religion-based hospitals and other health care facilities to provide contraceptives and abortifacients. The administration, by requiring that these faith-based health care facilities comply with this order from the Department of Health and Human Services, has crossed the line into oligarchic territory. The First Amendment clearly states: Congress shall make no law respecting and establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof …
Gingrich makes coded appeal to racism
January 26, 2012
I got my first job when I was 12. The deacons at my church paid me $2 a week to keep it swept and mopped. So I do not need Newt Gingrich to lecture me about a good work ethic. In this, I suspect I speak for the vast majority of 39 million African-Americans.
Kansas women on track for tourney appearance
January 26, 2012
Even without sophomore scoring sensation Keena Mays, who quit the team after her hottest stretch of games, and even without Asia Boyd, the highest-ranked recruit of the Bonnie Henrickson era, getting meaningful minutes, the Kansas University women’s basketball team has what it takes to get to the NCAA Tournament.
Dynamite Davis: KU’s No. 21 blows out 21st-ranked Texas Tech
January 26, 2012
Wednesday afternoon, Kansas University junior Carolyn Davis stopped by the office of KU women’s basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson and was shown a box score from a 2011 game against Texas Tech that revealed that Davis took just five shots in a road loss.
Clear choice
January 26, 2012
Newt Gingrich is obviously the embodiment of conservative ideals and best represents exactly what the conservative Republicans are all about. He is the one candidate that the Republicans can present that will clearly give the nation a real choice between Conservative vs. liberal points of view and make a real difference as to the future direction of the nation.
40 years ago: Funding received for a future Wells Overlook
January 26, 2012
Douglas County had been awarded federal recreation funds amounting to $40,487 for the improvement of the Wells Park site.
Jayhawks in the NBA
January 26, 2012
A look at how former Jayhawks fared in NBA action Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012.