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City balks at idea of limiting proposed rental inspection program
December 17, 2013
Rental units in the city should get a full safety inspection, and now all 18,000 rentals in the city may get a special placard that would tell tenants how to file a complaint against their landlord with City Hall. By Chad Lawhorn
Police arrest three after surrounding apartment complex Tuesday morning
08:48 p.m., December 17, 2013 Updated 02:11 p.m.
Police responded to a disturbance call at 1732 West 24th St. early Tuesday morning and have been staged outside the apartment since, according to Sgt. Trent McKinley, a Lawrence Police Department spokesman. Police arrested two Lawrence men and one Topeka man on Tuesday morning at an apartment at 1732 W. 24th St., on suspicion of criminal possession of a firearm, aggravated robbery and aggravated kidnapping.
City agrees to consider changing ordinance to accommodate hitchhiking network
December 17, 2013
The idea of using hitchhiking as another form of public transportation received a warm reception from Lawrence city commissioners, but they stopped short Tuesday night of changing a key city ordinance that would help the project. By Chad Lawhorn
New York School’s John Bode named Master Teacher
December 17, 2013
John Bode, a third grade teacher at New York School, received the Lawrence school district’s 2013-14 Master Teacher award on Tuesday. The award comes with a $2,500 check and nomination for the state Master Teacher award, which will be announced later this year. By Peter Hancock
Students Skype with KU researchers in Antarctica
December 17, 2013
Students in Marci Leuschen’s science class got a chance Tuesday to talk directly via Skype with a Kansas University researcher who is studying glaciers in Antarctica. The researcher was Leuschen’s husband, Carl Leuschen, who is part of KU’s Center for the Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets. By Peter Hancock
Topeka sewage in Kansas River should not affect Lawrence
December 17, 2013
Topeka’s water department is monitoring the Kansas River for E. coli after a weekend sewage spill.
Lawrence man hospitalized after Monday accident is in serious condition
December 17, 2013
Roy Siscoe, the man taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital after driving into oncoming traffic Monday, was in serious condition Tuesday, a hospital supervisor said.
Report blasts condition of state’s safety net
December 17, 2013
The government “safety net” to help the poorest Kansans is much harder to access under Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration, according to a report by a community group. By Scott Rothschild
NCAA.com dubs Allen Fieldhouse loudest, most intimidating arena in college basketball
December 17, 2013
The NCAA on Tuesday revealed something that fans of Kansas University basketball have believed to be true for a long time. Allen Fieldhouse was named as the loudest, most intimidating arena in college basketball in a High-Five feature on NCAA.com, the website announced Tuesday.
Federal panel suggests delaying KanCare expansion
December 17, 2013
A presidential advisory panel says Medicaid should delay KanCare’s upcoming takeover of long-term services for the developmentally disabled in Kansas and consider having the U.S. Justice Department review whether the state has properly administered its Medicaid program in the past.
Fire claims structure at natural gas facility near McLouth
December 17, 2013
A fire at a natural gas compressor station left the structure a total loss Monday night.
Sparks fly in Kansas congressional delegation over NBAF and budget deal
December 17, 2013
Kansas’ highly anticipated $1.15 billion biosecurity lab has become a focal point in the Republican Party struggle over federal spending and the recent budget deal. The brouhaha has split the all-Republican Kansas delegation and unleashed a flurry of assertions and counter-assertions. By Scott Rothschild
KU announces speech-language program for American Indian children
December 17, 2013
Funded by a $1.2 million federal grant, the new program through Kansas University’s speech-language-hearing department will help train pathologists to work with American Indian communities.
How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Dec. 16
December 17, 2013
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Monday, Dec. 16.
LHS girls get first victory
December 17, 2013
Lawrence High’s girls basketball team picked up its first win of the season Monday, a 75-22 victory over Kansas City (Kan.) Wyandotte.
Jayhawks can’t wait to return to fieldhouse
December 17, 2013
There have been several volleyball matches and women’s basketball contests played in Allen Fieldhouse the past several weeks. But there have been no men’s basketball games held in Kansas University’s tradition-rich building since the Jayhawks’ 30-point rout of Towson on Nov. 22. By Gary Bedore
Column: This year’s City Showdowns should be extra-special
December 17, 2013
A little more than a year ago, the football programs at Lawrence High and Free State treated the city every week with two of the most exciting teams in the state. This winter, expect that same kind of entertainment on the basketball court. By Benton Smith
25 years ago: Local group fights for preservation of Elkins Prairie
December 17, 2013
The prairie had never been plowed and was considered a biological and aesthetic treasure.
40 years ago: Court fight continues over money found on farm
December 17, 2013
The statement said that the finder of the money had no right to it.
100 years ago: Federal government should assist in road construction, speaker says
December 17, 2013
“‘It is time we were getting out of the mud in the country.’”
Make sure your home is ‘visitable’ during the holidays for guests with disabilities
December 17, 2013
The “visitability” movement advocates that people and builders make homes more accessible for those with disabilities. This is particularly important during the holidays when many of us will be hosting relatives who are elderly or who have disabilities. By Giles Bruce
Editorial: Watered-down plan
Lawrence city commissioners need to consider whether a watered-down version of the rental registration program still accomplishes its intended purpose.
December 17, 2013
After months of negotiation, the city’s proposed rental registration ordinance is in danger of becoming so watered down that it won’t accomplish its intended goals.
Opinion: NAFTA relaunch is welcome news
December 17, 2013
The Obama administration, which is negotiating separate free trade deals with Asian and European countries, is “exploring” a regional trade plan for the Americas that would be the most ambitious hemispheric initiative in years.
Opinion: Iran says it’s still committed to deal
December 17, 2013
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that despite hitting a “snag” in nuclear negotiations last week, Iran is committed “100 percent” to reaching a comprehensive final agreement. But he voiced tough positions on key issues and said “it’s going to be a bumpy road,” with difficult bargaining ahead.