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KU basketball v. Michigan State Train derailment near Grantville
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Do you think Lawrence is a safe town for cyclists?

Poll results

Response Percent
No
 
67%
Yes
 
22%
Unsure
 
9%
Total 477
Videos

Lead stories

6:00 a.m.
A map of the proposed layout of the Rock Chalk Park sports complex, proposed for about 90 acres north of the northeast intersection of Sixth Street and the South Lawrence Trafficway. Note that north on the map is to the right. Citywide election on proposed $25 million recreation center not likely
November 12, 2012
A proposed $25 million city recreation center/youth fieldhouse will come with several amenities, but a ballot box likely won’t be one of them. A majority of city commissioners recently have expressed no interest in putting the issue of whether to move forward with the project up to a public vote. By Chad Lawhorn
10:00 a.m.
Chester Nez, 91, the last survivor of the original 29 World War II Navajo Code Talkers, received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Kansas University on Monday in a recognition ceremony at the Lied Center pavilion. Code Talkers transmitted messages in a code based on the Navajo language that was never broken. Nez was a Marine serving in the Pacific Theater. Navajo Code Talker receives degree 60 years after leaving KU
November 13, 2012
91-year-old Chester Nez, the lone surviving member of the 29 original Code Talkers, graduated Monday after leaving KU short of his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree 60 years ago. By Matt Erickson
2:00 p.m.

Pay Equity pioneer Lily Ledbetter, seen here speaking at the the Democratic National Convention in 2008, spoke to a full house at Kansas University of Monday, Nov. 13, 2012. “I was an ordinary person living the American dream ... not knowing I was being shortchanged,” she said. Advocate Lilly Ledbetter discusses fight to get equal pay, pass bill
November 13, 2012
Equal pay advocate Lilly Ledbetter spoke at Kansas University Monday night as part of the Jana Mackey Distinguished Lecture Series, writes Meagan Thomas. “I was an ordinary person living the American dream … not knowing I was being shortchanged,” Ledbetter said.
5:00 p.m.
KU sophomore Naadir Tharpe, left front, gets his team together in the final minutes against Southeast Missouri State on Friday at Allen Fieldhouse. KU defeated SEMO, 74-55. Under the lights: Unproven Jayhawks face tough test against Spartans
November 13, 2012
Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self says his young team will face a tough test tonight against Michigan State in a primetime, powerhouse match-up at the Champions Classic in Atlanta. By Gary Bedore
10:00 p.m.
The old Varsity House is being reconstructed at the northwest corner of 11th and Indiana streets on the site of the new Varsity House Apartment complex. A deal was struck between the developers, City Hall and the Lawrence Preservation Alliance that the former boarding home, where college athletes used to stay, would be moved to a corner of the property. Once reassembled, the structure will serve as a boarding house next to the new apartment development. But concerns have arisen about how much of the original house will remain. Fritzel offers to make $50,000 historic preservation donation to help resolve Varsity House dispute
November 13, 2012
Lawrence developer Thomas Fritzel has offered to make a $50,000 donation to historic preservation efforts as a way to resolve a dispute regarding a controversy involving the 1900s-era Varsity House.

All stories

How former Jayhawks fared in Nov. 13 NBA games
November 13, 2012
A look at how former Kansas University players fared in Tuesday’s NBA games.
Report: Science instruction disappearing in elementary school, but not science grades
November 13, 2012
Trego schools superintendent tells State Board of Education that one in five elementary teachers is giving grades in science despite not teaching or testing in it.
City agrees to begin contract negotiations on $25M recreation center
November 13, 2012
City commissioners at their weekly meeting took their biggest step yet towards committing to a $25 million city recreation center/youth fieldhouse in northwest Lawrence after about 35 KU student athletes and a host of other community members told stories of how the community’s indoor recreation spaces were sorely lacking. By Chad Lawhorn
Notebook: Jamari Traylor holds his own against MSU bigs
November 13, 2012
Kansas University red-shirt freshman forward Jamari Traylor had a vicious one-handed put back dunk of an Elijah Johnson miss, took a charge and had three blocked shots in the Jayhawks’ 67-64 loss to Michigan State on Tuesday in the Georgia Dome.
Keith Appling’s layup ‘all she wrote’
November 13, 2012
When Michigan State guard Keith Appling received a pass from teammate Derrick Nix in the final 30 seconds with his team leading by one, he said he had one objective: get to the lane. By Jesse Newell
KU drops down-to-the-wire thriller with Michigan State
November 13, 2012
Travis Releford’s last-gasp three-pointer missed, and Kansas University fell to Michigan State, 67-64, on Tuesday at the Georgia Dome. By Gary Bedore • Box score • KU coach Bill Self audio • Jeff Withey and Elijah Johnson audio • Jamari Traylor tops ratings
19-year-old Haskell student charged in alleged sexual assault
November 13, 2012
A 19-year-old Haskell Indian Nations University student was charged Tuesday in connection with an alleged early Monday morning sexual assault. By Shaun Hittle
Opinion: Perry Ellis will get the hang of banging
November 13, 2012
Perry Ellis used beyond-his-years basketball skills to lead Wichita Heights High to four consecutive state titles. But he never had faced a band of bruisers akin to Michigan State’s big men and his long night amounted to a valuable basketball education. By Tom Keegan
Lawrence man to stand trial in rape case
November 13, 2012
A Douglas County District Court judge Tuesday ordered a 32-year-old Lawrence man to stand trial in the alleged rape of a 24-year-old Lawrence college student. By Shaun Hittle
Fritzel offers to make $50,000 historic preservation donation to help resolve Varsity House dispute
November 13, 2012
Lawrence developer Thomas Fritzel has offered to make a $50,000 donation to historic preservation efforts as a way to resolve a dispute regarding a controversy involving the 1900s-era Varsity House.
Leaders seeking to attract branch campus of community college, new economic development board told
November 13, 2012
Lawrence economic development leaders actively are recruiting an area community college to locate a branch campus in the county in order to provide more vocational and technical training to workers. By Chad Lawhorn
Brownback joins governors in call for renewing wind energy tax credit
November 13, 2012
The fate of a tax credit that advocates say is needed to maintain tens of thousands of wind energy jobs will be decided during high-stakes, last-minute negotiations between President Obama and House Republicans over fiscal issues, officials said Tuesday, according to an Associated Press report.
Judge blocks use of Kansas provisional voter names in 54th District race, sets hearing
04:25 p.m., November 13, 2012 Updated 10:49 p.m.
A federal judge has ordered candidates in a close Kansas House race not to contact voters who cast provisional ballots in last week’s election.
2 Fort Riley soldiers killed in Afghanistan
November 13, 2012
Two 1st Infantry Division soldiers from Fort Riley have died of wounds they suffered in separate attacks in Afghanistan.
Expanded telemedicine program unveiled that is aimed at veterans
November 13, 2012
Federal and state officials join in trying to provide easier access to health care for veterans. By Scott Rothschild.
Cyclist suffers critical injuries after being struck by SUV
03:24 p.m., November 13, 2012 Updated 04:01 p.m.
A cyclist has suffered critical injuries in a car versus bicycle accident near 11th and Kentucky streets. The vehicle and bicycle collided at about 3:15.
KU Hospital annual revenue grows by 22 percent, surpasses $1 billion
November 13, 2012
Kansas University Hospital’s growth, along with a merger with the Kansas City Cancer Center, sent its revenue past the $1 billion mark during the 2012 fiscal year. Revenue grew by 22.2 percent for the year. The hospital’s capital expenditures, meanwhile, totaled $117.1 million, a decline of about $24 million from fiscal 2011, when a new Medical Office Building was completed. By Matt Erickson
Weis hopes packed house will honor KU football seniors Saturday night
03:02 p.m., November 13, 2012 Updated 11:47 p.m.
KU football coach Charlie Weis is passionate about his first bunch of KU seniors, which will play the final home games of their careers Saturday at Memorial Stadium against Iowa State. Tuesday, the first-year coach shared his thoughts on why these guys are so important to him and the program. By Matt Tait
Sex offender who escaped in Lawrence sent back to Colorado
November 13, 2012
Escape charges against a Colorado sex offender who escaped from a prison transport van in Lawrence Oct. 29 have been dropped and he’s been sent back to Colorado, according to court records. By Shaun Hittle
Baldwin City woman to face trial on blackmail charge
November 13, 2012
Douglas County District Court Judge Peggy Kittel ordered a 31-year-old Baldwin City woman to stand trial for allegedly blackmailing a convicted Lawrence sex offender. Janice Boline faces one count of blackmail after she allegedly threatened a registered sex offender that she would publish his photo and name in a magazine unless he paid her $5,000. By Shaun Hittle
Kansas State Library objects to e-book policies
November 13, 2012
The State Library of Kansas is using Facebook to complain about major publishers’ policies regarding e-books at libraries.
Town Talk: Emptying the notebook before tonight’s rec center hearing; parks and rec maintenance concerns; sales tax dollars and operating costs; and idea of more retail at Sixth and SLT won’t die
November 13, 2012
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Cameroon center Joel Embiid to play basketball at KU
10:23 a.m., November 13, 2012 Updated 05:53 p.m.
Cameroon basketball sensation Joel Embiid, a 7-foot, 220-pound senior center from The Rock School in Gainesville, Fla., has orally committed to play basketball at Kansas University. By Gary Bedore
Stray dog gets home in Kansas after 8 years
November 13, 2012
After all these years, the elusive creature — appropriately named D.D., for Ditch Dog — has finally come indoors to the home of Rachelle Cavanaugh, just in time for the cold weather. Cavanaugh believes D.D. was ready. By Kathy Hanks, Hutchinson News
Charges not yet filed in drug case at local day care
November 13, 2012
No arrests have been made yet in connection with an October drug raid of a North Lawrence day care. On Oct. 24, Lawrence police searched a home at 766 Lake St., the location of the Children’s Playpen group day care home. By Shaun Hittle
Advocate Lilly Ledbetter discusses fight to get equal pay, pass bill
November 13, 2012
Equal pay advocate Lilly Ledbetter spoke at Kansas University Monday night as part of the Jana Mackey Distinguished Lecture Series, writes Meagan Thomas. “I was an ordinary person living the American dream … not knowing I was being shortchanged,” Ledbetter said.
Heard on the Hill: Video honors KU students on Vietnam memorial wall; artist’s career-changing moment happened at KU, NYT reports; Dance Marathon raises more than $60K
November 13, 2012
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
First Bell: Lawrence schools seeking diversity in faculty recruiting
November 13, 2012
District to begin recruiting new teachers from historically black colleges and universities to improve faculty diversity.
Navajo Code Talker receives degree 60 years after leaving KU
November 13, 2012
91-year-old Chester Nez, the lone surviving member of the 29 original Code Talkers, graduated Monday after leaving KU short of his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree 60 years ago. By Matt Erickson
How former Jayhawks fared in Nov. 12 NBA games
November 13, 2012
A look at how former Kansas University players fared in Monday’s NBA games.
25 years ago: High ticket sales on first day of Kansas Lottery
November 13, 2012
Yesterday’s opening of the Kansas Lottery had resulted in estimated gross sales statewide of between $1 million and $1.5 million.
Letter: Contradictions
November 13, 2012
Lawrence resident Tyler Palmer discusses the Brownback administration’s decisions on healthcare and other issues.
Letter: Election praise
November 13, 2012
Lawrence resident Marge Banks praises Douglas County Clerk Jamie Shew for the smooth election process in Douglas County on Nov. 6.
40 years ago: Agriculture, construction suffering from wet weather conditions
November 13, 2012
Lawrence was expected to get its first taste of winter this evening.
Horoscopes for Nov. 13
November 13, 2012
For Tuesday, Nov. 13: This year you could experience important yet surprising changes. You might even see a change on the professional front or in your relationship status. If you are single, you meet a lot of potential suitors. If you are attached, your sweetie is adjusting to all the changes.
Roethlisberger hurt, Steelers survive Chiefs 16-13
November 13, 2012
The Pittsburgh Steelers escaped with a victory. The health of their franchise quarterback is another matter entirely. The Steelers edged the woeful Kansas City Chiefs 16-13 in overtime on Monday night but lost Ben Roethlisberger for most of the second half — and perhaps a lot longer — with a right shoulder injury.
Firebirds, Lions kick off winter sports practices
November 13, 2012
Winter sports practices began Monday at Free State and Lawrence high schools, but some city athletes are still wrapping up the fall football season. By Benton Smith
Under the lights: Unproven Jayhawks face tough test against Spartans
November 13, 2012
Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self says his young team will face a tough test tonight against Michigan State in a primetime, powerhouse match-up at the Champions Classic in Atlanta. By Gary Bedore
Editorial: Tasty or hasty?
November 13, 2012
Plans for a recreation center in northwest Lawrence are moving quickly and perhaps will be settled before some key questions are answered.
Opinion: Syrians need a tougher Obama
November 13, 2012 in print edition on A8
Traveling inside war-wracked Syria on the U.S. Election Day was a stark reminder of how lucky we are to have a vibrant democracy, whatever its failings. It was also a reminder that Syrian rebels who want democracy, not an Islamic emirate, hope a second-term President Obama will finally move beyond anti-regime rhetoric and take firmer action to end Bashar al-Assad’s rule.
History returns to History with ‘Mankind’
November 13, 2012
Josh Brolin narrates “Mankind: The Story of All of Us” (8 p.m., History), a six-part series. This is a follow-up of sorts to “America: The Story of Us.” Gosh, I was waiting for “Belgium: The Story of Them.”
100 years ago: Colds caused by germs, not cold weather, asserts Kansas doctor
November 13, 2012
“A stuffy room is the germ’s best ally.”