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A plot of land previously owned by Pine Family Farms has been sold to the Delaware Indian Tribe of Oklahoma. The deal consists of 87 acres north of the  Kansas Turnpike near the North Lawrence interchange. Indian tribe that once proposed North Lawrence casino purchases large tract along interstate
July 23, 2013
An Oklahoma-based Indian tribe that explored building a casino in North Lawrence more than a decade ago has purchased about 90 acres of prime property along the Kansas Turnpike. In a written statement, the Delaware Tribe of Indians said it has purchased 87 acres of the Pine Family Farms operation, which is just east of the North Lawrence Kansas Turnpike interchange. Tribal leaders, however, declined to comment on whether the tribe has any interest in building a casino on the property. By Chad Lawhorn
12:39 p.m.
Outgoing mayor Mike Dever listens to a discussion among the commissioners Tuesday at City Hall. On his final night as mayor, Dever delivered his State of the City Address, in which he asked the commission to prioritize its search for a new homeless shelter. City approves 2014 budget
July 23, 2013
Growth is a theme in the $185 million 2014 budget unanimously approved by Lawrence city commissioners Tuesday night. The budget calls for an increase in the city’s property tax, water and sewer rates, but commissioners said they believe the increases will pave the way for new growth in the community. By Chad Lawhorn
7:34 p.m.
Richard Bean, of Vinland, works some of his hives on Wednesday July 24, 2013, at 1121 N. 1350 Road. Bean has learned to change honey combs fairly regularly, as colony collapse disorder is occurring now and has caused losses for some. Local beekeepers avoid widespread losses
6:13 p.m., July 24, 2013 Updated 7:50 p.m.
Amid a nationwide conversation about the sudden disappearance of bees, only isolated incidents have occurred in Kansas. Though beekeepers near Lawrence and in most of the eastern part of the state are maintaining their colonies, entomologists and Chip Taylor, a professor of insect ecology at Kansas University, said Colony Collapse Disorder is something that may have widespread and lasting effects. Taylor said the environment is having a negative effect on all pollinators — a species that is, according to the USDA report, essential for one-third of all food and beverages made in the U.S. By Nikki Wentling

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Chalmers sets sights on repeat
July 24, 2013
Two-time NBA champion Mario Chalmers is planning on cutting down the nets again in 2013-14.
Audit to examine services for disabled; critics allege retaliation
July 24, 2013
A Kansas legislative committee has launched an audit into potential problems in the state’s delivery of services to the developmentally disabled but a Democratic leader sees the review as retaliation against groups that have criticized Republican Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration.
Opinion: KU football at bottom of new pile
July 24, 2013
The Kansas University football team headed by Charlie Weis sits at the bottom of a pile. It’s a stinky place to be, all the way at the bottom of a pile that includes 63 teams. Alabama is at the top, Kansas at the bottom. It’s known as Division 4 college football.
Eleven ex-KU players reporting to camps
July 24, 2013
By sometime this afternoon, 11 former Kansas University football players hoping to stick in the NFL this preseason will have reported to various training camps around the league.
Hosmer sparks K.C. comeback
July 24, 2013
Eric Hosmer hit two home runs, and Alcides Escobar drove in the winning run in the ninth to lift the Kansas City Royals to a 4-3 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday night.
Ailing Chiefs back on field
July 24, 2013
Tony Moeaki spent most of the Kansas City Chiefs’ offseason workouts watching from the sideline with a baseball cap on his head. Donnie Avery did the same thing.
Our Town Sports (July 25)
July 24, 2013
Our Town Sports for July 25
County asked to fund children’s services after change in state policy
July 24, 2013
The proposed 2014 budget for Douglas County includes $44,102 in new funding for the Shelter, Inc., to replace grant funding the agency used to receive from the state. The money pays for intervention services to prevent children with behavior problems from escalating into criminal activity. By Peter Hancock
Douglas County commissioners say telecommunications decisions will save money
July 24, 2013
Douglas County commissioners agreed to contract with KanREN as the county’s Internet service provider and to complete a project to replace the county’s phone system. Both moves are expected to produce cost savings. By Peter Hancock
Lawrence Cultural Arts Commission now accepting nominees for Phoenix Awards
July 24, 2013
The Lawrence Cultural Arts Commission is accepting applications for 2013 Phoenix Awards. For the past 17 years, these awards have recognized the achievements of Lawrence residents working in the visual, literary, musical, theatrical and media arts.
Local beekeepers avoid widespread losses
06:13 p.m., July 24, 2013 Updated 07:50 p.m.
Amid a nationwide conversation about the sudden disappearance of bees, only isolated incidents have occurred in Kansas. Though beekeepers near Lawrence and in most of the eastern part of the state are maintaining their colonies, entomologists and Chip Taylor, a professor of insect ecology at Kansas University, said Colony Collapse Disorder is something that may have widespread and lasting effects. Taylor said the environment is having a negative effect on all pollinators — a species that is, according to the USDA report, essential for one-third of all food and beverages made in the U.S. By Nikki Wentling
Lawrence mayor says his talks with Delaware Indian tribe didn’t involve casino
July 24, 2013
Lawrence’s mayor isn’t convinced a recent high profile land purchase by the Delaware Tribe of Indians is a sign the tribe wants a casino here. Mayor Mike Dever said that he spoke with the chief of the tribe before its purchase earlier this month of about 90 acres of highly-visible property near the Kansas Turnpike interchange at North Lawrence. Instead, Dever said tribal leaders indicated they were looking for property for their tribal headquarters, which currently are in Bartlesville, Okla. By Chad Lawhorn
Innovative Bronx teacher to visit Lawrence on Thursday
July 24, 2013
Stephen Ritz has helped transform the South Bronx by inspiring his students to grow more than 30,000 pounds of fresh produce in the New York City borough. Now he’s bringing his message to Lawrence. He will give a presentation at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Carnegie Building, 200 W. Ninth St. The event, sponsored by Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence, is free and open to the public. By Giles Bruce
Baker head coach joins KU softball staff
July 24, 2013
Baker University head softball coach and assistant volleyball coach Matt Windle announced his resignation of both positions on Sunday and will move on to Kansas University, where he will join the softball coaching staff.
KU basketball notebook: Ex-Jayhawks set for Chalmers all-star game
July 24, 2013
Former Kansas University basketball players Jeff Graves, Jeff Hawkins, Brady Morningstar, Russell Robinson and Conner Teahan are scheduled to play in Mario Chalmers’ celebrity all-star game at 7 p.m., Thursday, at Olathe East High School. Admission is $20. Notes by Gary Bedore
Letter: Civil rights issue
July 24, 2013
In 1975-76, I lived in Jonesville, La. Jonesville was built upon a Troyville Cultural Site dating from 100 BC to 700 AD.
Letter: Banking fiasco
July 24, 2013
Politicians are defunding public education because their special interest campaign supporters want OUR public education tax dollars in their bank accounts. Voters should be allowed a statewide vote for approval.
25 years ago: Drought leads to ‘disaster’ designation for 11 Kansas counties
July 24, 2013
Farmers in those areas would be eligible for emergency loans.
40 years ago: Figures released on tree loss during recent storms
July 24, 2013
City forester George Osborne said that over $250,000 worth of trees had been “lost completely.”
Horoscopes for July 24
July 24, 2013
For Wednesday, July 24 This year you’ll rely on your intuition, and you’ll land well. An associate understands the requirement of responding to this feeling, and he or she will encourage you. If you are single, you are likely to meet many people on your path. If you are attached, be aware of what is motivating you, and understand the role your significant other plays.
100 years ago: Reservists head to Fort Riley for annual maneuvers
July 24, 2013
“It will be war in every respect except that the bullets of the enemy will be lacking.”
Opinion: Europe’s malaise has a global impact
July 24, 2013 in print edition on A7
You think we have it bad, caught between a stagnant economy and gridlocked politics? Then take a trip to Europe, where the economy is going not sideways but backward — and the politics are too. Europe’s numbers should be familiar by now, but they’re still awful. In the United States, President Obama’s much-derided stimulus package helped end our recession in 2009; in Europe, with no comparable stimulus, the recession isn’t over. Unemployment in the 17 countries that share the euro is higher than 11 percent, and it’s still heading up. The International Monetary Fund says the Eurozone’s economies won’t start growing again until next year, if then.
Once tied with KU as Big 12’s worst, Baylor now contending
July 24, 2013
In 2009, the Baylor Bears finished tied with Kansas University at the bottom of the Big 12 Conference standings, 1-7 in Big 12 play and 4-8 overall. Three years later the Bears sat at Big 12 media days talking about conference titles, national championships and Heisman Trophies. By Matt Tait
Editorial: Details, details
Local taxpayers deserve more timely details on the Lawrence school district’s budget plan.
July 24, 2013
Monday night, local taxpayers learned they will pay up to 57.9 mills of property tax to support the Lawrence school district next year, but they learned almost nothing about the details of how that money will be spent.