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Five ex-Chiefs sue team over head injuries
December 3, 2013
Five former Kansas City Chiefs players who were on the team between 1987 and 1993 filed a lawsuit Tuesday claiming the team hid and even lied about the risks of head injuries during that time period when there was no collective bargaining agreement in place in the NFL.
FSHS grad Caron award nominee
December 3, 2013
Kansas State senior forward Chantay Caron, a graduate of Free State High, was announced as a nominee for the 2014 Allstate WBCA Good Works Team.
Haskell men win vs. Peru State
December 3, 2013
The Haskell Indian Nations University men’s basketball team picked up its second win of the season, 100-90, over Peru State on Tuesday at Coffin Complex.
City commission delays action on proposed rental inspection program
December 3, 2013
Approval of a proposed program to license and inspect virtually every rental unit in Lawrence was delayed for at least two more weeks after a surge of last-minute opposition emerged Tuesday at City Hall.
Territorial Capital Museum brings out antique Christmas decorations
December 3, 2013
From now until Jan. 5, the Territorial Capital Museum will exhibit antique Christmas ornaments on 33 trees. The decorations, donated by Lecompton residents over nearly 20 years, date from the late 1800s to the 1960s. It took 20 volunteers an entire week to decorate the museum with the delicate ornaments. By Elliot Hughes
City opens compressed natural gas station to test usage in city vehicles
December 3, 2013
Lawrence city officials are taking another step in evaluating whether large fleets of city vehicles — like trash trucks and transit buses — ought to be fueled by compressed natural gas. By Chad Lawhorn
City perplexed by national media reports that zoning officials are targeting Lawrence woman
December 3, 2013
Despite the story making it all the way onto national news — it ran on the Fox and Friends Weekend edition — Lawrence city officials said there is one problem with the narrative: The city currently isn’t trying to make Debbie Nall do anything. By Chad Lawhorn
Natural gas prices expected to rise slightly for winter heating season
December 3, 2013
Heating bills may take a slightly larger bite out of the wallets of homeowners this winter, according to the latest projections on natural gas prices. By Chad Lawhorn
Investigation continues into attempted abduction near KU
December 3, 2013
KU public safety officials encourage those with any information about the suspect’s identity to call Crime Stoppers at 785-864-8888 or the KU Office of Public Safety at 785-864-5900.
Kansas and Lawrence education officials find lessons in latest international tests
December 3, 2013
High school students in United States ranked lower than those of many other industrialized countries in the 2012 Programme for International Student Assessment, or PISA tests. But state and local officials in Kansas say there are lessons to be drawn from other countries. By Peter Hancock
Regents support agreement among states offering online courses
December 3, 2013
Kansas higher education officials on Tuesday expressed support for a national plan that they said would make it easier to enroll online students from other states. By Scott Rothschild
ACLU expresses concern over city’s proposed rental inspection program
December 3, 2013
The Kansas chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union plans to open an investigation surrounding legal issues with the city’s proposed rental licensing and inspection program, according to a letter from the group. By Chad Lawhorn
Kansan to move printing to Kansas City Star plant
December 3, 2013
The Kansas City Star’s printing plant will begin publishing the University Daily Kansan beginning in January. The Kansan’s editor-in-chief said the move made sense after they learned that The World Company, which had previously printed the company, would close its printing press. By Ben Unglesbee
Double Take: Like it or not, drinking part of most teens’ social lives
December 3, 2013
We recently addressed a teen’s request to clarify the limits of confidentiality in therapy, particularly where substance use is concerned. In responding, I wrote, “Although I don’t personally condone alcohol or drug use, weekend drinking is common among my peers and rarely has long-term harmful effects.” A subsequent letter to the editor countered that underage drinking does have long-term effects.
Chairman of OU’s department of medicine to interview to be dean of KU medical school
December 3, 2013
Michael Bronze, chairman of the department of medicine at University of Oklahoma’s College of Medicine, will visit the Kansas University Medical Center this week as the third finalist for the position of dean of the KU medical school.
Audit finds serious problems, possible federal violations in state information technology services office
10:35 a.m., December 3, 2013 Updated 06:07 p.m.
Numerous financial problems and possible violations of federal law were found in the state office charged with providing information technology services for state agencies, according to an audit released today. By Scott Rothschild
Prominent politicians boost KC’s GOP convention
December 3, 2013
Prominent Republicans from Missouri and Kansas are working to promote Kansas City’s effort to host the 2016 Republican National Convention.
Georgia Military offensive tackle Devon Williams picks Kansas
08:25 a.m., December 3, 2013 Updated 11:57 p.m.
Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis completed the Georgia Military sweep on Monday. Not long after reporting that Keyon Haughton, a 6-foot-2, 300-pound offensive lineman from the junior college had committed to Kansas, JayhawkSlant.com’s Jon Kirby got in touch with Haughton’s teammate, Devon Williams, and learned that he, too, had given an oral commitment to join the Jayhawks. By Matt Tait
Opinion: Soucie helps KU volleyball not miss a beat
December 3, 2013
Nearly everybody returned from last year’s Kansas University volleyball team, but one question hung in the air like a 50-50 ball above the net: How were they going to replace the long, lean star middle blocker, first name Tayler, who came to KU from an area high school? It didn’t take long to find an answer. Column by Tom Keegan
From underdogs to big dogs, KU volleyball still aiming higher
December 3, 2013
The Kansas University volleyball team has taken the court each night this season trying to crush its opponents’ dreams, but now, after earning the right to host first- and second-round NCAA Tournament matches Friday and Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse for the second year in a row, the realization of their own dreams seems closer than ever. By Matt Tait
Nets’ Pierce out 2-4 weeks due to break
December 3, 2013
Paul Pierce will be out two to four weeks because of a broken bone in his right hand, the biggest loss yet for the injury-plagued Brooklyn Nets.
Chiefs LB Houston likely to sit again
December 3, 2013
Chiefs coach Andy Reid did not sound optimistic that he’ll have leading pass rusher Justin Houston back for Sunday’s game against the Washington Redskins.
Chiefs try to regroup after three-game skid
December 3, 2013
The line of demarcation might as well be the Kansas City Chiefs’ bye week. In the nine weeks prior to taking some time off, the Chiefs rolled to a 9-0 record, an unimaginable turnaround from a 2-14 finish a year ago. The defense was holding opponents to just 13.3 points per game, and the offense was playing nearly mistake-free football. Everything has changed in the last three weeks.
Lawrence Festival of Trees opens its doors
December 3, 2013
Anyone willing to branch out for their Christmas tree this year will once again have plenty to choose from at the 27th annual Lawrence Festival of Trees at Liberty Hall, which opened its doors Monday morning. By Elliot Hughes
25 years ago: Olin reviews first year at Lawrence police chief
December 3, 2013
“It’s been an enormous amount of work…. But it’s been fun. I’ve enjoyed every minute.”
40 years ago: Executive vice chancellor to be hired at KU, chancellor says
December 3, 2013
“I have found it is difficult to give issues the deliberate consideration they ought to have.”
Editorial: Strong foundation
The charitable Lawrence Schools Foundation is a huge asset for Lawrence schools and the community.
December 3, 2013
The assistance provided to the debate and forensics programs at both Lawrence and Free State high schools is another example of how fortunate the Lawrence district is to have the charitable support of the Lawrence Schools Foundation.
KU history professor named as new head of University Honors Program
December 3, 2013
Jonathan Earle, a Kansas University professor of history, will take over as director of the University Honors Program in January after current director Kathleen McCluskey-Fawcett retires. Earle said as director he would like to make the program more like other top honors programs in the country by adding a capstone and increasing the focus on the second half of a student’s undergraduate career. By Ben Unglesbee
Opinion: GOP governors eye presidential race
December 3, 2013
Don’t look now, but auditions for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination are already under way in Washington. And the flavor of the moment is — governors.
KU researchers say migraine sufferers should avoid plastic
December 3, 2013
Migraine sufferers desperate to reduce or get rid of their pain may have a new treatment method: avoiding plastic. That’s the hypothesis behind a recent study by researchers at Kansas University Medical Center. By Giles Bruce
100 years ago: New cemetery monument dedicated to Union soldiers
December 3, 2013
“‘Lawrence is to Kansas and the mid-west what Bunker Hill is to Massachusetts.’”
Local gallery among first in area to accept Bitcoin
December 3, 2013
The Lawrence Percolator is the first local merchant to announce it is now accepting transactions in Bitcoin. The internet-based digital currency is making inroads into mainstream retail marketing. By Peter Hancock
Your turn: Landlord-tenant tales have two sides
December 3, 2013
When my husband Ray and I bought the brand new little duplex we owned as a rental for 13 years, we thought our elderly mothers might one day want to live there when maintaining their own homes became too difficult for them. In short order, they let us know they had no intention of ever leaving their homes.