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University employees: New social media policy is broad, vague and “chilling”
December 19, 2013
After the Kansas Board of Regents approved a new policy Wednesday that allows state university CEOs to fire employees for social media posts that conflict with the interest of their schools, faculty members and university employees around the state have been scrambling to understand what the policy means for them, and to respond to it. By Ben Unglesbee and Scott Rothschild
Douglas County emergency call center experienced brief disruption Thursday
December 19, 2013
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office reported a brief phone outage at their dispatch center Thursday.
Southwest paraeducator recognized with $5,000 award
December 19, 2013
Morgan Randle, a paraeducator who works with special education students at Southwest Middle School, received this year’s Dedication to Education Award and $5,000 from the Lawrence Schools Foundation. By Peter Hancock
Fraternity to hold ‘turkey pull’ — but without live turkey
December 19, 2013
The Beta Theta Pi house at Kansas University plans to have its annual dance and dinner Friday, long known as the “turkey pull,” though don’t expect to see a live turkey there. By Giles Bruce
KU, K-State leaders bemoan loss of funding to Kansas Bioscience Authority
December 19, 2013
The leaders of the state’s two largest universities say the downsized version of the Kansas Bioscience Authority isn’t good for the state. By Scott Rothschild
Arts Center hopes it’s found perfect fit in second Steinway grand piano
December 19, 2013
When the Lawrence Arts Center parted with its recently acquired Steinway, it wasn’t because there was anything wrong with the instrument — it was a beautiful grand piano with a lot to offer. It’s just that, well, they found a better fit. By Sara Shepherd
Freezing rain advisory issued for Douglas County
December 19, 2013
The National Weather Service has issued a freezing rain advisory from midnight tonight through 9 a.m. Friday. It has also issued a winter storm watch for Friday night into Saturday night.
Humane society reports theft of cans
December 19, 2013
The Lawrence Humane Society on Thursday reported the theft of about $200 worth of aluminum cans that had been donated by the community to raise money to care for homeless animals.
ABA sanctions KU law school
10:20 a.m., December 19, 2013 Updated 04:58 p.m.
Kansas University’s law school has been sanctioned by the American Bar Association for violating the ABA standards for approval of law schools, the ABA announced today. By Ben Unglesbee
Reports: Airsoft guns fired at East Lawrence elementary students
09:53 a.m., December 19, 2013 Updated 02:12 p.m.
Police were called to Kennedy Elementary at 2:36 p.m. Wednesday after Boys and Girls Club staff reported club members being struck by plastic pellets believed to have been fired from air-soft guns from a location off of school property while the children were at recess.
Police tie three recent armed robberies to Lawrence man arrested Wednesday
December 19, 2013
Lawrence police have tied three armed robberies from earlier this month to a 31-year-old Lawrence man arrested Wednesday afternoon.
Capitol Police worry about concealed guns law
December 19, 2013
A new Kansas law allows legislators to carry concealed guns into the Statehouse, which could lead to problems if there’s an incident, Capitol Police told top lawmakers Wednesday.
Top Kansas lawmakers restrict travel reimbursements
December 19, 2013
Kansas legislative leaders have taken steps to keep retiring or defeated lawmakers from going to conferences and taking trips at the state’s expense.
How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Dec. 18
December 19, 2013
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Wednesday, Dec. 18.
Column: Firebirds’ backup point guard Garber works his way up
December 19, 2013
So many factors could have turned Tristan Garber into a voice in the wilderness on the top row of the bleachers Friday night in The Jungle, where Free State High’s boys basketball team visits Lawrence High in the nightcap of a doubleheader kicked off with the girls game at 5:30 p.m. Column by Tom Keegan
Role players on Lions’ boys basketball team ready to support stars
December 19, 2013
The role players on Lawrence High’s boys basketball team don’t take it personally. They know when opposing coaches and players huddle up and game-plan before facing the Lions, the two names that will come up first, last and, most often, in between are Anthony Bonner and Justin Roberts. By Benton Smith
LHS wrestling loses road dual
December 19, 2013
Lawrence High’s wrestling team lost a road dual, 61-12, Wednesday night at Gardner-Edgerton.
KU volleyball’s Jarmoc repeats as All-American
December 19, 2013
Kansas University senior middle blocker Caroline Jarmoc became the first Jayhawk to earn back-to-back All-America honors when the American Volleyball Coaches Association named her to its third team on Wednesday.
Tharpe steps up as leader since demotion
December 19, 2013
Kansas University junior Naadir Tharpe knows why he was stripped of his starting point guard duties during recent nonconference basketball losses at Colorado and Florida. “I wasn’t doing anything to really help out the team, help out the guys,” Tharpe said after regaining his starting spot and playing 37 minutes in Saturday’s victory over New Mexico in Sprint Center. By Gary Bedore
40 years ago: Lawrence voters defeat airport bond issue
December 19, 2013
Airport boosters said the issue was “a problem the city will have to face.”
25 years ago: KU art museum receives historically large gift
December 19, 2013
The donation was to finance art acquisitions at the Spencer Museum of Art.
Orioles send Valencia to Royals
December 19, 2013
The Orioles have obtained outfielder David Lough from the Kansas City Royals for infielder Danny Valencia.
Our Town Sports (Dec. 19)
December 19, 2013
Here’s a look at Our Town Sports for Dec. 19
Off the Beaten Plate: Ham and Corn Bun at Formosa Bakery
December 19, 2013
You’re not going to find these Asian breads by accident.
Opinion: Hard-liners in Iran oppose deal
December 19, 2013
Hossein Shariatmadari’s business card identifies him as the “Supreme Leader’s Representative” at Kayhan, Iran’s leading conservative newspaper. Listening to his unwavering advocacy of Iran’s revolutionary politics, you realize just how hard it will be to reach the nuclear agreement that many Iranians I talked with here seem to want.
Editorial: City salaries
The big raises planned for Lawrence city commissioners are out of line.
December 19, 2013
When Lawrence city commissioners decide to do something about commission salaries, they don’t mess around.
Opinion: Modern culture devalues life
December 19, 2013
During the Christmas season when many celebrate a unique and miraculous birth, what the late Pope John Paul II called “a culture of death” continues its march.
Style Scout: Zach Mandell
December 19, 2013
Fashion trends you love: I like that corduroys are in right now!
Fix-It Chick: Some handy gift ideas
December 19, 2013
When it comes to holiday gifts, wants and needs often collide. Here are 20 priceless Fix-It Chick gift ideas that might be just right for someone on your holiday list.
Chrismas Eve concert acts as annual town reunion
December 19, 2013
It’s been said that the best days of your life are in college, but who says you can’t keep moments from those days alive?
The Fashion Column Twins: Midseason inspiration
December 19, 2013
In the depth of winter I inevitably find myself in a fashion rut reaching for only black-colored comfortable pieces in my closet. Who wants to wear a fancy dress and heels in 20-degree weather? Not me!
Family Adventures: Grandma’s sugar cookies are a sweet inheritance
December 19, 2013
The best thing about baking with my grandma was that she was never very scrupulous about scraping every last drop of batter from the mixing bowl. As she said when I commented on it one time — spooning up globs of chocolate brownie batter as I spoke — “Grandma’s prerogative!” By Meryl Carver-Allmond
Mrs. Mass.: Seize the doughnut
December 19, 2013
Doughnuts are not an everyday breakfast item, at least not in my household. The warm, doughy goodness decadently coated with sugar — and sometimes topped with happy sprinkles or an additional layer of frosting — is certainly a celebratory way to greet the day!
Style Scout: Rhen-Elyse Ward
December 19, 2013
Fashion trends you love: I love boots and imitation leather and furs but I don’t know if that’s a trend. I also really love natural hairstyles.
Garden Variety: Cherish the lowly worm
December 19, 2013
“Tremors,” a 1990 horror/comedy movie, features not one but four serious subterranean wormlike creatures dubbed “Graboids” — at 30 feet long and traveling at 20 miles per hour, they devoured everything from trucks to outhouses. Worms in real life compare only in shape and assumed bodily function, and hopefully we have more than four.
100 years ago: ‘Clairvoyant’ waives hearing, pays fines, leaves town in short order
December 19, 2013
“The Professor and his attorney took their departure on the first train for Monticello, Illinois…. evidently a place where persons of this class are better thought of than in Lawrence, Kansas….”
Salon-quality products available in unlikely places at unlikely prices
December 19, 2013
Most moms wouldn’t think to buy Christmas gifts for their daughters at a barber shop, but that’s not the case for moms like LeAnn Towner.