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Koch Industries mulls site expansion
May 24, 2012
Koch Industries officials are in preliminary discussions about the possibility of expanding the company’s headquarters in Wichita to accommodate any future growth, a company spokeswoman said.
Preservation group sets public events
May 24, 2012
The Lawrence Preservation Alliance is hosting two events in June for those interested in learning more about historic preservation.
Franklin County Attorney sworn in
May 24, 2012
New Franklin County Attorney Stephen Hunting was sworn in Tuesday by Franklin County District Court Judge Thomas Sachse.
Groundbreaking ceremony heralds St. John’s expansion
School addition would accommodate grades 7, 8
May 24, 2012
With garden trowels, spade shovels and toy dump trucks, the students of St. John Catholic School broke ground for a new addition to the building at 1208 Ky.
Packard auction set for Saturday
May 24, 2012
Pieces of Lawrence history will be up for auction Saturday after a push from the city to restore the deteriorating buildings and lot at 1106 R.I.
Travel to increase; area lake crowds expected
May 24, 2012
National surveys by AAA show that travel across the United States will be up 1.2 percent compared with last Memorial Day weekend.
Program to help with sidewalk repairs
May 24, 2012
For some homeowners in low-income Lawrence neighborhoods, a busted sidewalk could lead to a busted bank account.
Students celebrate end of year
May 24, 2012
The students at New York School won’t miss math, homework or having to be quiet. But they will miss gym class, recess, friends and teachers over the summer.
KU baseball eliminates Texas with 4-2 victory at Big 12 tourney
May 24, 2012
A three-run first inning and strong pitching lifted Kansas to a 4-2 win over Texas and eliminates the Longhorns from the Big 12 baseball tournament.
Topeka bank robbery has Lawrence connection
05:43 p.m., May 24, 2012 Updated 12:04 a.m.
Lawrence police are assisting Topeka police in trying to locate a suspect in a robbery of a U.S. Bank in Topeka that occurred after 4 p.m. Thursday.
Tornado doesn’t stop Kansas couple’s wedding day
May 24, 2012
In the plains of central Kansas, tornadoes are so unremarkable that guests barely flinched as a barrel-racing bride wed her bull-riding groom with a twister dropping from the sky just miles away.
Obama signs disaster declaration for 14 Kansas counties
May 24, 2012
President Barack Obama on Thursday signed a disaster declaration affecting 14 counties that were hit last month by severe weather.
Lawrence school official thankful for increase, ‘scared to death’ of impact of Brownback tax cuts
May 24, 2012
Lawrence school Supt. Rick Doll said Thursday he is thankful the Legislature approved an increase in school funding but “scared to death” about what the tax cuts signed into law by Gov. Sam Brownback will do to school budgets in future years.
Judges allow AG Schmidt to join in redistricting case
12:02 p.m., May 24, 2012 Updated 07:14 p.m.
Three federal judges are allowing the Kansas attorney general to participate in a redistricting lawsuit, but only so he can weigh in on fees sought by attorneys after the case ends.
Lawrence VFW may be able to replace some missing flagpoles in time for Memorial Day
10:54 a.m., May 24, 2012 Updated 06:24 a.m.
The Lawrence Veterans of Foreign Wars post might be able to put up part of its “avenue of flags” in time for Memorial Day, after all.
One driver treated and released after five-vehicle accident on Sixth Street
10:47 a.m., May 24, 2012 Updated 12:22 p.m.
One person injured Wednesday in a five-vehicle accident on Sixth Street was treated and released from the hospital, Lawrence police said Thursday morning.
Lawrence police arrest two suspects in car-wash burglaries
May 24, 2012
Lawrence police arrested two men Wednesday night as suspects in two car-wash burglaries, Sgt. Trent McKinley said.
Kansas parks agency develops mobile app
May 24, 2012
Visitors to state parks and lakes in Kansas now have a mobile app to help them find their way around.
Brownback to speak at Memorial Day event in Garnett
May 24, 2012
Gov. Sam Brownback plans to speak at a Memorial Day service outside the small, eastern Kansas town of Garnett.
Town Talk: VFW files plans to move post to site along Haskell Avenue; city has $40,000 for neighborhood sidewalk repairs; weekly land transfers including several commercial sales
May 24, 2012
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Land transfers for the week ending May 14
May 24, 2012
Land transfers for the week ending May 14, 2012, as recorded by the Douglas County Register of Deeds.
Jayhawks in the NBA (May 23)
May 24, 2012
How the former Kansas University basketball player fared in the NBA playoff game of May 23, 2012.
Pump Patrol
May 24, 2012
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.35 at several stations. If you find a lower price, call 832-7154.
Heard on the Hill: Directive affecting Confucius Institutes not likely to affect KU; new structure to house basketball rules part of KU campaign; KU names interim director of CREES
May 24, 2012
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
Lawrence man charged with child endagerment after driving motorized scooter on Kansas River bridge
May 24, 2012
Douglas County prosecutors Wednesday charged a 26-year-old Lawrence man with aggravated child endangerment after he was accused of driving a motorized cycle on the sidewalk of the Kansas River bridge Tuesday evening with a 6-year-old child standing on the center platform and not wearing a helmet.
25 years ago: Groups fight to preserve ‘mixed-use’ Oread neighborhood
May 24, 2012
The groups were pushing for new zoning and historic preservation measures.
40 years ago: Plans still under discussion for beautification project
May 24, 2012
Plans were going forward for a city plan to beautify the area south of the Kansas River bridge.
Construction zone
Street construction is a normal part of summer, but it calls for some patience and courtesy on the part of local motorists.
May 24, 2012
Road construction season has once again descended upon Lawrence.
Efforts to define ‘Other’ are doomed
May 24, 2012 in print edition on A8
I, too, sing America. So wrote Langston Hughes, the unofficial poet laureate of the Harlem Renaissance. Hughes, whose 65 years spanned the lynch mobs of the early 20th century and the race riots of the mid-1960s, intended a defiant reminder to a nation too often content to include him out, a nation quick to regard him as the eternal Other, separate from and threatening to, what they saw as the “real” America, i.e., the white America.
Identity politics entangles Warren
May 24, 2012 in print edition on A8
Blond, blue-eyed Elizabeth Warren, the Senate candidate and Harvard professor who cites “family lore” that she is 1/32nd Cherokee, was inducted into Oklahoma’s Hall of Fame last year. Her biography on oklahomaheritage.com says she “can track both sides of her family in Oklahoma long before statehood” (1907) and “she proudly tells everyone she encounters that she is ‘an Okie to my toes.’” It does not mention any Cherokee great-great-great-grandmother. A DVD of the induction ceremony shows that neither Warren nor anyone else mentioned this.
100 years ago: Date set for annual Children’s Picnic
May 24, 2012
“On this day all of the children of the city will be invited for an afternoon of fun and frolic on the green grass of the Park.”
New sitcom is no laughing matter
May 24, 2012
One day after the conclusion of the 2011-12 season, we can safely say that the sitcom is back. And the female-skewing, raunchy comedy is king — or queen, if you will. The fall network schedules are full of new half-hour comedies. Most notably, the success of “2 Broke Girls” has moved “Two and a Half Men” from its role as the center of CBS’ successful Monday night schedule. It will join “The Big Bang Theory” on Thursdays next fall.