Archive for Monday, April 29, 2013

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Truancy policies can catch parents by surprise
April 29, 2013
Under state law, a child who has seven or more unexcused absences in an academic year is considered truant and must be reported to state child welfare officials. But what constitutes an “unexcused” absence is left to the discretion of individual school principals—and in Lawrence, policies vary from school to school. By Peter Hancock
LMH hosting open house Tuesday to hear ideas for a wellness center
April 29, 2013
Lawrence Memorial Hospital leaders are looking for advice on what, if anything, residents would like to see in a proposed wellness center.
Project to build intergenerational retirement community in Lawrence moving ahead
April 29, 2013
Lawrence’s efforts to become more of a retirement destination are set to kick into a higher gear in the coming weeks. Local leaders confirmed they plan to announce by the end of the month the creation of a new 15-member nonprofit board that would be tasked with creating a first-of-its-kind intergenerational retirement community in Lawrence. By Chad Lawhorn
Brownback proposes using bioscience funds to pay for adult stem cell center at KU
April 29, 2013
Gov. Sam Brownback on Monday released a budget amendment that includes funding for a new adult stem cell center at the Kansas University Medical Center.
Gift to help put ‘name and face’ to cancer care
April 29, 2013
Teresa Walsh knows the importance of quality cancer care, having watched her father fight the disease at Kansas University Hospital. Years later, she and her husband, Tom, a 1980 KU grad, are helping to advance cancer care in the area, giving $2.5 million to the KU Cancer Center’s nurse-navigation program, the hospital announced Monday. By Giles Bruce
Local law enforcement collects record weight of prescription drugs on Saturday’s Drug Take-Back Day
April 29, 2013
Local law enforcement officials said they collected a record 875 pounds of unused prescription drugs Saturday as part of a nationwide “Drug Take-Back Day.”
Free State moves baseball, softball games
01:12 p.m., April 29, 2013 Updated 02:24 p.m.
In anticipation of poor weather later in the week, Free State High’s baseball and softball teams have rearranged their schedules.
Lawrence man, 53, punched by stranger on Massachusetts Street
April 29, 2013
A 53-year-old man reported to police he was punched in the face by a stranger on Massachusetts Street in the early-morning hours Saturday.
Small World celebrates 45 years of helping women learn English, American culture
April 29, 2013
Small World, an international school, is celebrating 45 years of providing women with language skills, new friends and knowledge of American culture. By Rebekka Schlichting
Indians, Royals split day-night twinbill
April 29, 2013
Just about the only thing Indians manager Terry Francona cared to remember about the opener of Sunday’s day-night doubleheader against the Royals was that the Indians lost. The nightcap proved to be much more enjoyable.
Extra weight hindered transfer Hunter Mickelson
April 29, 2013
Packing on the pounds is generally considered a good thing for a lanky, 6-foot-10 college basketball big man. Not so — at least so far — in the case of future Kansas University power forward Hunter Mickelson. By Gary Bedore
Dayne Crist grateful for shot at NFL
April 29, 2013
Former Kansas University quarterback Dayne Crist on Saturday night fielded a call from the Kansas City Chiefs and accepted an invitation to mini-camp in a couple of weeks. By Matt Tait
Opinion: Note to Self: Hire Mitchell Wiggins
April 29, 2013
I have no idea whether former NBA guard Mitchell Wiggins has any coaching experience, but I sure would ask him if he has any interest in trying out the profession if I were one of the four schools recruiting his son, Andrew Wiggins. By Tom Keegan
Just out of reach: Jayhawks’ softball rally comes up just short
April 29, 2013
In a clutch situation, Kansas University softball first baseman Mariah Montgomery did exactly what was needed. She just ended up hitting the ball too hard. By Jesse Newell
Finding meaningful employment a challenge for those with developmental disabilities
April 29, 2013
Lawrence man Ryan Banning is in every sense of the word an entrepreneur. For more than a decade, Banning, 36, has operated his own business, Ryan’s Vending Service, managing a dozen or so vending machines in Lawrence. Ryan, who has Down syndrome, needs a little help with his business, explains his mom, Martha. A job coach drives him to the locations, and Ryan’s father, Bob, helps run the financial side of the business. But the bottom line: Ryan’s Vending Service turns a profit. By Shaun Hittle
County seeking grant to study feasibility of ‘food hub’
April 29, 2013
The Douglas County Food Policy Council is applying for a $58,250 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to study the feasibility of establishing a local “food hub.” The goal is to make locally produced farm products more available to area restaurants and grocery stores. By Peter Hancock
Letter: Gun ‘rights’
April 29, 2013
We accept that the Second Amendment affirms opposition to foreign, invading forces. But personal guns are hardly required today for national defense or food.
Editorial: Tax fairness
Charging local sales tax on Internet purchases is only fair.
April 29, 2013
Local retailers – the lifeblood of local communities – may be on their way to getting a deserved break from the federal government. The U.S. Senate advanced legislation last week that would impose local sales taxes on purchases made over the Internet.
The Fashion Column: Exercise in style
April 29, 2013
I’ve always been drawn to stylish workout clothes that I can wear to the gym because I love to exercise.
How to turn T-shirts into treasure
April 29, 2013
If you’re like me, when you go to clean out your T-shirt drawer in preparation for spring, you end up with a sad rag pile. Too grubby to donate but too intact to just throw away, these shirts are only fit to dust furniture. But what if you already have an overflowing rag bag? Then it’s time to make T-shirt yarn.
Fix-It Chick: How to get rid of voles
April 29, 2013
Unlike moles, who tunnel below ground in search of worms and grubs, voles tunnel at or near the surface of the ground, feeding off plants, roots and other vegetation. Vole damage to crops, lawns and trees can be extensive.
40 years ago: LHS students travel to study advanced biology
April 29, 2013
Specimens taken on the trip were to be displayed in the school’s aquarium.
Double Take: What is the definition of love?
April 29, 2013
Dear Dr. Wes & Katie: You’ve written a lot about sex and dating culture. Could you talk about love? Specifically, how do you define it? I don’t actually know if I’d recognize love in a relationship if I fell over it.
Opinion: Israel in period of relative calm
April 29, 2013 in print edition on A8
It’s a measure of the relatively quiet time for Israel these days that the sharpest argument at a big national security conference here was between an ultra-Orthodox rabbi who wanted “autonomy” for his fellow believers and secular Israelis in the audience who shouted out denunciations of what one called his “apartheid” plan.
25 years ago: Former activist returns to speak in Lawrence
April 29, 2013
Milan had lived in Lawrence from 1948 to 1971.
Tune In Tonight: Comedy in ‘The Big C’ is sickening
April 29, 2013
The cancer comedy “The Big C” (9 p.m., Showtime) wraps up its final season in four episodes. It’s not hard to see where this is going. The final installments will break out of the show’s half-hour format with longer narratives as the end grows near. I wish I could love or even like this series, which grapples with such sad and profound matters. But it does so with cloying whimsy and precious situations. (And I’m not just talking about casting Gabourey Sidibe.)
100 years ago: No more City Council: Lawrence voters prefer Commission form of government
April 29, 2013
“The new form of government goes into effect on May 1, 1914.”
Leadership class shapes Lawrence
April 29, 2013
More than three decades after its founding, Leadership Lawrence has done what it set out to do: shape the leadership ranks of the community. But the leadership-development program hasn’t just influenced the public sector. Graduates range from small-business owners to Kansas University staff members, hospital administrators to nonprofit employees. And it’s still going strong. By Giles Bruce
Business briefcase
April 29, 2013
Business briefcase for April 29, 2013.
This Mother’s Day, personalize it
April 29, 2013
If anyone appreciates a gift with a personal touch, it’s Mom. And with Mother’s Day in two weeks, there’s still time to come up with one-of-a-kind presents for the mothers and grandmothers in your — or your child’s — life. Here are five great ideas you can find in downtown Lawrence. By Sara Shepherd
Horoscopes for April 29
April 29, 2013
For Monday, April 29: This year, you often are concerned about key people in your life. Once you detach from the worry, you’ll be able to see the big picture. If you are single, someone could enter your life come summertime. If you are attached, planning a wonderful getaway with your significant other will keep your relationship on the right track.