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Rare Washington papers on display in Abilene
April 24, 2013
Encased in glass with the light and humidity closely controlled, a rare piece of printed United States history is on display at the Eisenhower Presidential Museum. President George Washington’s personal, signed copy of the Acts of Congress, with his handwritten notes, is available for public viewing through May 3.
Domestic violence survivor honored for volunteer work with other abuse victims
April 24, 2013
“I didn’t hit you that hard,” Mary Metz remembers her abuser telling her. It was his way of rationalizing years of domestic violence, which grew progressively worse until Metz finally found the courage and support she needed to escape.
KU seeks community input at master plan forum
April 24, 2013
How best to handle expansion on the Kansas University campus was the topic of a community forum Wednesday evening. Major concerns expressed at the forum were the need for biking and walking paths, improved accessibility and how to keep the main campus and West Campus connected.
Douglas County home damaged in Tuesday night fire likely ruined, officials say
06:21 p.m., April 24, 2013 Updated 07:52 p.m.
A Eudora house fire that drew fire crews from three area departments Tuesday night appears to have started in the home’s chimney, officials said Wednesday.
No health premium hike for county employees
April 24, 2013
Douglas County commissioners agreed not to change the employee contribution rates on health insurance premiums in the upcoming plan year. Commissioners said the generous health benefits help offset low wages for many workers. By Peter Hancock
Banned books trading card project earns prestigious national award for Lawrence Public Library
April 24, 2013
Banned books, original art and collectible trading cards came together last fall and hooked book lovers around the world. The Lawrence Public Library’s banned books trading card project also hooked the nation’s most prestigious award for library public relations and marketing. By Sara Shepherd
Library book sale opens Thursday at Douglas County Fairgrounds
April 24, 2013
The annual spring Friends of the Lawrence Public Library book sale opens Thursday afternoon and will be held at the Douglas County Fairgrounds while work continues on the library’s permanent site at Seventh and Vermont streets.
Lawrence school board taking independent lobbying stance
April 24, 2013
After a public split with the Kansas Association of School Boards earlier this year over collective bargaining rights, the Lawrence school board is planning to lobby more independently in the future. But the board hasn’t yet talked about hiring its own lobbyist. By Peter Hancock
KU officials dispute cash balance list circulated by House Republican leaders who want to cut higher ed
April 24, 2013
House Republican leaders who are calling for higher education to take a 4 percent state budget cut say that public universities are sitting on $422 million in various funds that could be redirected to pay for other expenses. But Kansas University officials on Wednesday disputed the meaning of the cash balance list circulated by top GOP officials in the House. By Scott Rothschild
How former Jayhawks fared in April 23 NBA games
April 24, 2013
A look at how former Kansas University players fared in Tuesday’s NBA playoff games.
Chiefs mull options for top pick in Thursday’s NFL draft
April 24, 2013
The running joke around Kansas City at the end of last season went something like this: “The Chiefs are so bad” — pause for effect — “they can’t even stink in the right year.”
Kansas baseball’s Piché named to reliever watch list
April 24, 2013
Kansas University right-handed relief pitcher Jordan Piché was named to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers’ Association Stopper of the Year midseason watch list on Tuesday.
Weather pushes back finale of Big 12 men’s golf championship
April 24, 2013
Inclement weather forced the cancellation of play on Tuesday at the Big 12 men’s golf championship at Prairie Dunes.
Baseball notebook: Firebirds, Lions focus on league after festival
April 24, 2013
Free State High baseball coach Mike Hill opted not to start pitching ace Dane McCullough this past weekend at the three-day River City Baseball Festival, and with good reason. Notes by Benton Smith
Former KU players catch on in NBA’s D-League
April 24, 2013
Three former Kansas University basketball players who did not play in any NBA games this past season — Darnell Jackson, Mario Little and Brady Morningstar — did spend time in the NBA’s minor league, the NBA Development League. By Gary Bedore
Opinion: Speedy KU LB Heeney making up for time spent standing still
April 24, 2013
Watching Ben Heeney play football is a bit like viewing a high-speed demolition derby. He has no problem sacrificing his body, throwing it into harm’s way at a very high speed. In fact, he appears to enjoy it quite a bit. Just don’t tell him to stand still and watch. Column by Tom Keegan
Editorial: Snyder insight
Kansas State University coach Bill Snyder is raising important questions about the funding of college athletics.
April 24, 2013
Good for Kansas State University football coach Bill Snyder — a good football coach and a highly paid football coach — who has spoken out about runaway salaries for university football and basketball coaches.
100 years ago: Board of Health starts annual war on flies
April 24, 2013
“‘The fly is the chap who never wipes his feet when he comes into the house and those feet always carry a large cargo of germs.’”
Royals-Tigers opener rained out
April 24, 2013
Now the series between the Royals and Tigers takes on a new level of intrigue.
Opinion: Paranoia helps fuel current politics
April 24, 2013 in print edition on A7
There’s this 1997 Mel Gibson-Julia Roberts movie called “Conspiracy Theory,” where Mel is a wacko cab driver who spouts ludicrous theories to Julia, who is a Justice Department attorney. Then one day, pow! One of Mel’s theories turns out to be true.
Opinion: U.S. must do more to fight radical Islam
April 24, 2013 in print edition on A7
The last time there was a terrorist attack on America, we got the Department of Homeland Security and the Transportation Security Administration. Each entity has spent billions to keep us safe, but neither could stop two brothers, Tamerlan, a permanent resident, and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, a newly minted U.S. citizen, who lived in America and, reportedly, became radicalized jihadists, from killing and maiming innocent people at the Boston Marathon last week.
New gallery and event space infuses Warehouse Arts District with high-end fine art
April 24, 2013
A taste of Kansas City’s high-end art scene has arrived in East Lawrence, where some of the priciest paintings in town hang inside a once-leaking, crumbling, vacant 1890s warehouse. The Cider Gallery, which includes event and office space, is planning its grand opening on Friday. By Sara Shepherd
25 years ago: Volunteers clean up Clinton Lake
April 24, 2013
Unseasonably cold weather didn’t keep several hardy volunteers from turning out.
Tune In Tonight: Can ‘Nashville’ find an audience in time?
April 24, 2013
Despite being the best, or at least the best-reviewed, new show of the season, “Nashville” (9 p.m., ABC) has seen its ratings steadily decline since midseason. Nothing kills a soapy melodrama like asking viewers to return in three weeks to see what happens next, followed by another two-week hiatus.
40 years ago: Closing of Riverside, Grant schools under discussion
April 24, 2013
Both schools were experiencing declining student enrollment.
Horoscopes for April 24
April 24, 2013
For Wednesday, April 24: This year you focus on your ability to communicate your feelings. You often express your anger in such a way that others are shocked and could distance themselves. If you are single, do not be surprised if a bond could be difficult to get off the ground, especially through spring. If you are attached, make sure you are not blaming your sweetie for something that really is your fault.