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Snow shuts down city for second time in a week
February 25, 2013
For the second time in a week, the city is bracing for a near-shutdown, with eight to 10 inches of snow in the forecast for today and Kansas University and Lawrence schools closed by the wintry weather.The storm may also hamper voting in the primary election for City Commission, in which voters will be choosing among 11 candidates. By Matt Erickson • Here’s a list of closings and cancellations for Tuesday.
Lawrence schools now out of snow days
February 25, 2013
The Lawrence school district had flexibility in its calendar to absorb the three snow days used so far this year. But any more cancellations will require adjustments to the school calendar. By Peter Hancock
Lawrence school board votes to oppose anti-union bill
February 25, 2013
The Lawrence school board voted unanimously Monday night to send a letter to Kansas lawmakers opposing a bill that would narrow the Professional Negotiations Act. The bill is pending in the House Committee on Commerce, Labor and Economic Development. By Peter Hancock
Farmers’ Market seeking new location for weekday market, dropping Thursday market
February 25, 2013
Parking may soon make way for produce in a portion of downtown Lawrence. Lawrence city commissioners on Tuesday will review a request to allow the Downtown Lawrence Farmers’ Market to use a portion of a city parking lot in the 800 block of New Hampshire Street to host its weekday market. By Chad Lawhorn
City commissioners give City Manager Corliss good marks in annual review but will finish process in late March
February 25, 2013
City Manager David Corliss received good marks from Lawrence city commissioners during his annual performance review on Monday. By Chad Lawhorn
Man with stolen sword, blind cat, arrested on suspicion of burglary
February 25, 2013
A 31-year-old Lawrence man was arrested Sunday after residents reported an intruder who broke into their home carrying a sword and a blind cat began eating their food. Ian Cummings
Duel begins over concealed carry in public buildings
February 25, 2013
Gun enthusiasts on Monday pushed for legislation that would allow concealed carry of a gun in public buildings and prohibit local governments from regulations on carrying firearms. But cities, counties and other groups opposed the measure. By Scott Rothschild.
Colorful creatures adorn Lawrence yards after recent snow storm
03:29 p.m., February 25, 2013 Updated 04:44 p.m.
Everything from drooping Jayhawks, to cozy igloos, to a 6-foot snow replica of the Star Wars character Yoda were piled up in Lawrence yards Monday. By Shaun Hittle
This year’s Rock Chalk Revue raising funds for Big Brothers Big Sisters, new KU student fund
February 25, 2013
Kansas University’s annual Rock Chalk Revue variety show is back for its 64th year, but this time it has a new fundraising focus. The musical-comedy variety show will raise money for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Douglas County and a new fund to support KU student groups. By Matt Erickson
KU debaters earn spot in national tournament
February 25, 2013
For the 46th straight year, a team from Kansas University has qualified for the national championship tournament for college debate. Senior Melanie Campbell and sophomore Amanda Gress will compete in the National Debate Tournament in March and April.
Advance voting hours extended until 7 tonight; Lawrence City Commission election will go on as scheduled Tuesday
February 25, 2013
Voters wanting to avoid the predicted Election Day snowstorm tomorrow have been given a second chance. A ruling by the Kansas Secretary of State will allow advance voting to continued until 7 p.m. tonight at the Douglas County Courthouse, 11th and Massachusetts streets. Previously, state regulations were set to close advance voting at noon today. By Chad Lawhorn
Jeff Withey wins Big 12 player award for second straight week
February 25, 2013
Kansas senior center Jeff Withey was named the Big 12’s player of the week, the conference office announced Monday.
House panel endorses Brownback’s higher ed budget, including funds for KU Med Center building
February 25, 2013
The House Appropriations Committee on Monday endorsed Gov. Sam Brownback’s higher education budget, but several committee members voiced disapproval about spending levels at public universities. By Scott Rothschild
Heavy snowfall set to begin later tonight; forecasts call for 10 inches by noon Tuesday
10:07 a.m., February 25, 2013 Updated 04:18 p.m.
Snow has begun to fall in Lawrence, and if forecasts hold it will only get heavier —and more blustery — from here. Forecasts call for 10 inches of snow, plus winds of 20-plus miles per hour, by about noon Tuesday. By Matt Erickson • Here’s a list of closings and cancellations for Tuesday.
Advance voting deadline extended past noon Monday; here’s your guide to Lawrence City Commission primary election
09:05 a.m., February 25, 2013 Updated 12:44 p.m.
Town Talk for Feb. 25, 2013.
KU, Lawrence schools closed; a list of other closings, cancellations for Tuesday
08:43 a.m., February 25, 2013 Updated 01:52 p.m.
A list of closings and cancellations for Tuesday because of the winter storm. By Caroline Trowbridge
Next KU victory will be Bill Self’s 500th
Milestone on the line tonight at Iowa State
February 25, 2013
Mario Chalmers believes a kinder, gentler version of Bill Self chases his 500th career coaching victory tonight in Iowa State’s Hilton Coliseum. By Gary Bedore
Veritas girls win finale
February 25, 2013
Tori Huslig had 12 points and five assists, and Naomi Hickman had four points, seven blocks and 10 rebounds as Veritas Christian School’s girls basketball team overcame a slow start to beat Flint Hills Christian, 41-20, in its regular-season finale on Saturday.
Kansas baseball called off
February 25, 2013
The threat of winter weather has forced Kansas baseball to cancel Tuesday’s scheduled game with Missouri State at Hoglund Ballpark.
Offbeat Occupations: FSHS grad follows lifelong dream
February 25, 2013
Spencer Lott acknowledges that few children’s dreams come to fruition. But his did.
Fix-It Chick: Install a furnace filter
February 25, 2013
Furnace filters are designed to stop dust particles from entering the heating and cooling system. They reduce the stress on the fan motor and create a more energy efficient system.
Business briefcase
February 25, 2013
Business briefcase for Feb.25, 2013.
25 years ago: Over a million Girl Scout cookies arrive in Lawrence
February 25, 2013
Two semi-tractor trailers arrived in Lawrence today to deliver the city’s supply.
40 years ago: No contaminated tuna in Lawrence
February 25, 2013
The tuna had been shipped to warehouses in several cities.
Editorial: Activities oversight
The job of integrating public school activities and athletics into the overall educational experience is best handled by educators
February 25, 2013
Parental involvement is a vital part of any child’s education. But legislation that would revamp the governing boards for interscholastic leagues in Kansas and the Kansas State High School Activities Association runs the risk of upsetting a system that has done a good job of guiding high school athletics and other activities for many years.
100 years ago: Former ‘prohibition governor’ visits Lawrence
February 25, 2013
“John P. St. John was an advocate of temperance at a time it took courage to do as he did.”
Special-needs pets become special to owners
February 25, 2013
Lawrence residents who own pets with disabilities say their animals are worth the extra TLC. Most of the time, their special-needs dogs and cats don’t seem to notice they’re any different from other pets. By Sara Shepherd
The Fashion Column: Hat tricks
February 25, 2013
Hat shopping tends to be tricky thanks to the endless styles out there. But like any fashion choice, it all depends on the occasion and what makes you feel comfortable.
Tune In Tonight: Viewers cool to new series
February 25, 2013
Is this the winter of our discontent? If you’re running a network and launching new shows, you might think so.
Double Take: Differing methods to deal with indiscretion
February 25, 2013
The success of a relationship — like that of a suspension bridge — should be measured not in its length, but in its strength.
Capitol Report: Higher ed funding, classroom dollars, college savings
February 25, 2013
Higher ed funding, classroom instruction, and college savings. By Scott Rothschild.
Opinion: U.S. should reduce its nuclear arsenal
February 25, 2013 in print edition on A6
President Obama devoted only one sentence to U.S. nuclear weapons in his recent State of the Union speech, which was filled with a long list of proposals for his second term. While he has a lot on his plate for the next four years, the time has come for a major overhaul of U.S. nuclear weapons policy.
Opinion: Obama assembles like-minded team
February 25, 2013 in print edition on A6
During President Obama’s first term, there was hidden friction between powerful Cabinet secretaries and a White House that wanted control over the foreign-policy process. Now Obama has assembled a new team that, for better or worse, seems more likely to follow the White House lead.
How to Help: Meals on Wheels has route openings
February 25, 2013
Meals of Wheels currently has open routes on Mondays and Thursdays. Do you have one lunch hour a week when you can provide a much-needed hot, nutritious meal to homebound elderly and/or disabled neighbors? Volunteers simply pick up the meals for their route between 11:15 a.m. and 11:45 a.m., then spend about 45 minutes delivering them. One route can also be split among members of a group so that drivers are delivering less frequently and can cover for each other as needed. Meals on Wheels volunteers range in age from 5 to 90 ­— it’s great way to involve children in service to others. For more information about volunteering, contact Kim at 785-830-8844.
Horoscopes for Feb. 25
February 25, 2013
For Monday, Feb. 25: This year you will look at life’s issues through many different lenses. As a result, the decisions you make will tend to be grounded. If you are single, your love life becomes very exciting come summer. If you are attached, your sweetie could find you to be exciting, yet he or she might feel challenged by everything that is going on in your life.