Archive for Friday, March 16, 2012

Lead stories

6:00 a.m.
Gov. Sam Brownback's Facebook page has been deluged by comments left by people critical of his stance on abortion. More than 1,000 comments were left Thursday. Brownback’s Facebook page swamped with posts critical of his anti-abortion stance
March 15, 2012
Brownback signed into law several anti-abortion measures last year.
10:00 a.m.
Sidney Ashton Garrett, who served as CEO of the local manufacturing company Brown Cargo Van Inc., died last summer at 65 after a brief fight against renal cancer. She left a trust fund worth nearly $904,000. Estate of Sidney Garrett, former CEO of Brown Cargo Van Inc., has benefited many
March 16, 2012
A Lawrence businesswoman who spent her life giving back to the Lawrence community left one final gift for several organizations she cared about the most.
2:00 p.m.
Rocco Landesman, National Endowment for the Arts Chairman, left, takes a tour of the Lawrence Arts Center with director Susan Tate. After the tour, Landesman met with members of the LAC staff and area arts supporters as part of his nationwide Art Works tour. Visiting Kansas, National Endowment for the Arts chairman says arts are a core government function
March 15, 2012
The chairman for the National Endowment for the Arts, in a visit to Lawrence on Thursday, made the case that the arts should be publicly funded, taking the opposite position of Kansas’ governor, who vetoed the state’s entire arts budget last May.
6:00 p.m.
Eli Gomez, a worker with JT Underground, uses a mini excavator to dig a trench for fiber optic cable south of Lawrence, in preparation for the widening of Highway 59 on Monday, March 12, 2012. U.S. Highway 59 between Lawrence and Baldwin City on schedule
March 16, 2012
Drivers who take U.S. Highway 59 between Lawrence and Baldwin City will have to wait until November before they’ll be able to pop over to a new, four-lane highway.
8:00 p.m.
The Jayhawks and head coach Bill Self look up with anticipation as they follow a half-court shot from a player at the end of practice on Thursday, March 15, 2012 at Century Link Center in Omaha. Pay heed: Veteran Conner Teahan’s advice: Listen up
March 16, 2012
Conner Teahan, the only remaining Kansas University basketball player to clip the nets after the 2008 national title game, has shared with his 2011-12 teammates the secret to winning it all.

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Library future
The Lawrence Public Library’s new director seems to have the right experience and outlook to guide the library to a vibrant future.
March 16, 2012
Brad Allen, the new director of the Lawrence Public Library, comes to town as the library is about to undergo a $19 million expansion and just in time to have an impact on some key decisions about that project.