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Panel to review plans on Hard 50
August 7, 2013
A special legislative committee formed in Kansas to consider proposals for fixing the state’s “Hard 50” criminal sentencing law will meet the week before lawmakers convene a special session to draft its recommendations, the panel’s chairman said Wednesday.
Stealing the Cliff’s notes: Charlie Weis’ press conference
August 7, 2013
After typing up 67 minutes worth of Cliff’s notes, I paid the price for not saving by losing every one of those words. Lesson learned.
Private roads remain thorny issue for the county
August 7, 2013
Douglas County commissioners tried Wednesday to resolve a dispute about one private road off of Old U.S. Highway 59. But officials say it’s unclear how many more such roads there are in the county which could be the source of controversies for many years to come. By Peter Hancock
Clinton State Park to host Kids Day
August 7, 2013
The 10th annual Outdoor Kansas Kids Day at Clinton State Park is scheduled for Saturday. The event is meant to encourage families to go outside and to learn about Kansas’s natural resources and wildlife.
Ottawa man guilty in accidental shooting of 4-year-old boy
August 7, 2013
A 40-year-old man has been found guilty of aggravated battery and child endangerment in the accidental shooting of a 4-year-old Ottawa boy in January. By Ian Cummings
Three Vermont Street organizations to host rummage sales this week
August 7, 2013
For more than two decades, First United Methodist Church’s annual garage sale has been a staple event in downtown Lawrence. This year, two more Vermont Street organizations will join the rummage sale festivities. by Caitlin Doornbos
Lawrence-Douglas County health department unable to bill Medicare
August 7, 2013
Officials say a paperwork foul-up caused the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department to temporarily lose its ability to submit claims through Medicare, costing the agency thousands of dollars in reimbursements for health care services. But the agency says the problem should be resolved soon. By Peter Hancock
Weis: Transfer WR Nick Harwell to red-shirt
August 7, 2013
Miami (Ohio) transfer Nick Harwell, a wide receiver who was seeking eligibility to play his final season at KU this fall, will sit out the 2013 season and be eligible in 2014, KU coach Charlie Weis said during his pre-fall camp news conference Wednesday.
Longtime Lawrence resident creates bandana to commemorate 150th anniversary of Quantrill’s raid
August 7, 2013
When Missouri ruffian William Quantrill raided Lawrence 150 years ago this month, Conrad Altenbernd III’s great-grandfather and his family spent the day and night hiding in their farm’s cornfield. So Altenbernd figured he could at least do a little something to help Lawrence residents keep the fateful day at the top of their minds for a moment or two. And what rests at the top of your mind more than a bandana? By Chad Lawhorn
Education panel getting tough on crime by teachers
August 7, 2013
The Kansas State Board of Education will decide next week whether to revoke licenses for six teachers convicted of criminal activity, some including sex crimes against minors. The board recently began putting pressure on school districts and local prosecutors to report such cases to licensing officials. By Peter Hancock
$1,200 in copper stolen from KU campus building
August 7, 2013
About $1,200 in copper hardware was reported stolen Tuesday from a building at Kansas University, according to campus police.
KU to appear four times on ESPN’s Big Monday
August 7, 2013
The Kansas men’s basketball team will make four appearances on ESPN’s Big Monday in 2014, tying for the highest number in the conference with Oklahoma State.
25 years ago: Athletes, coaches pouring into town for Junior Olympics
August 7, 2013
Busloads were arriving at Allen Fieldhouse to register for the games.
40 years ago: Meat prices rising rapidly, even visibly, in wake of price freeze
August 7, 2013
One patron at a local “short order emporium” got a roast beef sandwich for 89 cents, a price change was made on the board and the next purchaser paid 95 cents.
Opinion: Registering should be easy
August 7, 2013 in print edition on A7
All Americans should be able to vote — the most basic right in our democracy — without having to jump through a bureaucratic maze. Yet Secretary of State Kris Kobach persists in his ongoing effort to make voting more difficult by suggesting a “fix” to a law he authored that requires voters to document citizenship.
Opinion: New Iran leader deserves a chance
August 7, 2013 in print edition on A7
The same House of Representatives that just voted to speed up the end of U.S. combat missions in Afghanistan seems eager to embroil America in another war in the greater Mideast — with Iran. In high dudgeon, House members voted, 400-20, last week for more harsh economic sanctions on Tehran — just before the inauguration of Iran’s president-elect, Hassan Rowhani. The new Iranian leader says he wants to ease tensions with Washington, and has signaled he may be ready to limit Iran’s nuclear program. But rather than test the new leader’s bona fides, Congress chose to greet him with a slap in the face.
Horoscopes for Aug. 7
August 7, 2013
For Wednesday, Aug. 7 This year you could be unusually optimistic and forward-looking. . If single, you are able to meet many people. If attached, the two of you will benefit from taking some romantic weekends alone.
Jayhawks’ first football drills to offer peek at progress
August 7, 2013
With most of Kansas University’s football team expected to report to campus today for the first official day of the 2013 season — the first practice is scheduled for Thursday — some of the questions surrounding the Jayhawks’ offseason changes should be answered soon. By Matt Tait
100 years ago: Fish and Game Warden draws the line at veal
August 7, 2013
“‘Veal is not fit to eat, and the quicker that fact is realized the better.’”
Letter: Jefferson record
August 7, 2013 in print edition on A7
Cal Thomas’ recent column justifiably takes a critical look at Ho Chi Minh but fails to consider the complete record of Thomas Jefferson.
Editorial: Baseball cheats
Fans should show their support for efforts by Major League Baseball to end the use of performance enhancing drugs.
August 7, 2013 in print edition on A7
In some ways, Monday was a sad day for Major League Baseball, but in some other important ways, the suspensions handed down to 13 players represent a very positive step for the future of the all-American sport.