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12:39 a.m.
Twitter's homepage 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
10:14 a.m.
Family doctor Bonnie Cramer checks to see if her patient Cassie Mayo's lymph nodes are swollen as an indicator of bronchitis during a visit on Thursday at Family Medicine of Baldwin City. Cramer, a family doctor, is among the newest of Lawrence Memorial Hospital's recruits. Despite recruitment efforts, Lawrence still short on primary care doctors
December 20, 2013
Lawrence continues to face a long-term shortage of primary care doctors, despite efforts to recruit them. The number of family practice and internal medicine doctors in Lawrence each increased by just one from 2008 to 2013. By Giles Bruce
12:55 p.m.
Kyle T. Flack, 28, appeared in Franklin County District Court on Thursday for a pre-trial hearing. Flack faces charges of capital murder, first-degree murder, rape and criminal possession of a firearm in the deaths of Andrew Adam Stout, 30, Steven Eugene White, 31, Kaylie Kathleen Bailey, 21, and Bailey’s 18-month-old daughter, Lana-Leigh. Judge approves request for second round of DNA testing in Ottawa quadruple murder case
December 20, 2013
A Franklin County judge granted a second request by state prosecutors to perform DNA testing on evidence in the capital murder case of a man accused of killing four people, including an 18-month-old child, in rural Ottawa in May. Franklin County District Judge Thomas H. Sachse granted the request in the state’s case against Kyle T. Flack, 28, of Ottawa, over an objection by Flack’s court-appointed attorney, Ron Evans. Evans has asked that the testing not be allowed on grounds that forensic scientists have said that some items could be destroyed during testing that could otherwise be used as evidence in a trial. By Stephen Montemayor
2:55 p.m.
Margaret Morris, executive director of programs and partnerships at the Lawrence Arts Center, plays a few notes on the Arts Center's new Steinway piano just after it was unwrapped Thursday. 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

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How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Dec. 20
December 20, 2013
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Friday, Dec. 20.
Sleet, rain and snow expected in Douglas County this weekend
December 20, 2013
A meteorologist with the National Weather Service said Douglas County could accumulate an average of seven inches of snow during Saturday’s storm.
Osher Institute classes will stay in building on St. Andrews
December 20, 2013
KU announced this week that classes with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, part of Kansas University’s Continuing Education Program, will stay in their current location on St. Andrews Drive. Many fans of Osher classes expressed concern that the classes would move after the announcement that KU Continuing Education was moving to KU’s Edwards Campus. By Ben Unglesbee
Plans filed for apartment-retail building across from KU’s Memorial Stadium
December 20, 2013
A new five-story apartment and retail building — complete with a robot-powered parking garage — may be coming to a site across the street from Kansas University’s Memorial Stadium. By Chad Lawhorn
KU football lands commitment from 3-star prep cornerback Matthew Boateng
December 20, 2013
Another day brought another defensive back commitment for the Kansas University football program, which learned Friday that Matthew Boateng, a 6-foot, 180-pound cornerback from IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., had orally committed to KU. By Matt Tait
Two Lawrence residents appointed to councils
December 20, 2013
Two Lawrence residents have been selected by Gov. Sam Brownback to serve on councils that assist Kansans with disabilities.
Winter storm warning in effect for Douglas County this weekend
December 20, 2013
The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning forecasting a mix of sleet, freezing rain and snow beginning Saturday morning through Sunday morning.
Judge approves request for second round of DNA testing in Ottawa quadruple murder case
December 20, 2013
A Franklin County judge granted a second request by state prosecutors to perform DNA testing on evidence in the capital murder case of a man accused of killing four people, including an 18-month-old child, in rural Ottawa in May. Franklin County District Judge Thomas H. Sachse granted the request in the state’s case against Kyle T. Flack, 28, of Ottawa, over an objection by Flack’s court-appointed attorney, Ron Evans. Evans has asked that the testing not be allowed on grounds that forensic scientists have said that some items could be destroyed during testing that could otherwise be used as evidence in a trial. By Stephen Montemayor
Police arrest Lawrence woman following alleged stabbing of Eudora man
December 20, 2013
A 44-year-old Eudora man is being treated at a Kansas City-area hospital for a stab wound after an alleged altercation with a Lawrence woman.
KU student sentenced to two years probation for role in May bar beating
December 20, 2013
Douglas Count District Court Judge Paula B. Martin on Thursday sentenced a 22-year-old Kansas University student to two years probation, including two months shock time with the department of corrections.
How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Dec. 19
December 20, 2013
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Thursday, Dec. 19.
Kansas men’s basketball players help buy gifts for needy families
December 20, 2013
Kansas University forward Jamari Traylor had a Santa hat on his head and big smile on his face as he dropped a radio-control pickup truck into a shopping cart on Thursday night in Wal-Mart on Iowa Street. “I like coming out here helping kids and giving back to them, because I remember some Christmases I didn’t have everything under the tree that I wanted,” said Traylor, who was taking part in KU’s 17th-annual shopping excursion for needy families. By Gary Bedore
Area basketball roundup: Tongie boys, girls beat Anderson County
December 20, 2013
A dominant second quarter powered the Tonganoxie High boys to their first win of the season, as they closed out 2013 with a drubbing of Anderson County on Thursday.
Weis: KU offensive coordinator Reagan will decide gameplan, starters
December 20, 2013
Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis on Thursday made it clear that KU fans would see a different offense under newly hired offensive coordinator John Reagan. By Matt Tait
LHS girls look to snap four-year losing streak to FSHS
December 20, 2013
Lawrence High girls basketball coach Nick Wood downplays it. So does his counterpart at Free State, Bryan Duncan An eight-game City Showdown streak — four years of winning for the Firebirds and four years of losing for the Lions — has to mean something to someone, right? “I want to win so bad,” LHS forward Kionna Coleman said, “and I really feel like we can.” By Benton Smith
Bragging rights: Rivalry motivates more than rankings for city boys
December 20, 2013
If this was another game, Free State High’s boys basketball players might be more concerned with the prospect of proving their No. 5 ranking in Class 6A against a fellow top-10 team. But this is the City Showdown. Both FSHS and rival Lawrence could be winless, unheralded and downright dismal, and it would still be the most anticipated matchup on the regular-season schedule. By Benton Smith
Column: Question of QB lingers for KU football
December 20, 2013
Finally, I don’t have to wait until midseason to write about a quarterback controversy at Kansas University. It’s raging already, more than eight months away from the Sept. 6 season-opener against Southeast Missouri State in Memorial Stadium. Column by Tom Keegan
Editorial: Holiday sharing
Ours is a caring community all year round, but that spirit is particularly evident at Christmas.
December 20, 2013
There are a few gaps still waiting to be filled, but it’s great news that the majority of requests for holiday assistance for local residents already have been met.
40 years ago: Liquor store stays open on Election Day — but it’s all legal
December 20, 2013
Elections not involving candidates were exempt from the state law regarding liquor store closings.
Opinion: Obama abusing executive powers
December 20, 2013
Congressional Republicans’ long-simmering dismay about Barack Obama’s offenses against the separation of powers became acute when events compelled him to agree with them that the Affordable Care Act could not be implemented as written. But even before he decreed alterations of key ACA provisions — delaying enforcement of certain requirements for health insurance and enforcement of employers’ coverage obligations — he had effectively altered congressionally mandated policy by altering work requirements of the 1996 welfare reform; and compliance requirements of the No Child Left Behind education law; and some enforcement concerning marijuana possession; and the prosecution of drug crimes entailing mandatory minimum sentences; and the enforcement of immigration laws pertaining to some young people.
25 years ago: Warm weather slowing down sales of winter goods
December 20, 2013
“Retailers always tell you that this time of year you need cold weather and a little bit of snow.”
Despite recruitment efforts, Lawrence still short on primary care doctors
December 20, 2013
Lawrence continues to face a long-term shortage of primary care doctors, despite efforts to recruit them. The number of family practice and internal medicine doctors in Lawrence each increased by just one from 2008 to 2013. By Giles Bruce
KU women’s basketball hands out gifts at Lawrence Memorial Hospital
December 20, 2013
The Kansas women’s basketball team stopped by Lawrence Memorial Hospital for their annual trip to hand out gifts to various patients, starting with the maternity ward and then splitting up to spread some smiles room by room throughout the rest of the building.
100 years ago: Yet another ‘interurban rumor’ reaches Lawrence ears
December 20, 2013
“Lawrence has heard many rumors of interurbans the past few years and yet there is not even a start at actual construction….”
Opinion: Snowden’s tactics wrong — but effective
December 20, 2013
Edward Snowden should be proud. Until this week, the National Security Agency could argue that its massive effort to collect every American’s telephone records had been approved, at least tacitly, by all three branches of government.