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Agencies join forces to help homeless population acquire financial literacy
June 6, 2013
The Salvation Army’s Project Able case management program’s Money Matters Self Sufficiency Class helps clients gain a better understanding of the thorny personal financial issues that often capsize people’s attempts to move from homelessness to permanent housing. by Micki Chestnut
Students learn the ropes of summer research project
June 6, 2013
On her second attempt at tree climbing using the single-rope technique, Rebecca Tripp quickly ascended a 15-foot rope hanging from a branch of a pin oak on the Baker University campus. “ “You want a higher tree, don’t you?” said Dan House, a member of Tree Climbing Kansas City, who was instructing the first-time climber in the technique. Tripp nodded yes — and lowered herself into her wheelchair. She and seven other students from around the country were being introduced to tree climbing Thursday as part of a two-month summer research project. By Elvyn Jones
KU law graduate guilty of involuntary manslaughter in Missouri, sentenced to 120 days in prison
June 6, 2013
A 26-year-old graduate of Kansas University’s law school will serve 120 days in prison after being found guilty in Missouri of involuntary manslaughter in connection with a fatal April 28, 2012, crash near downtown Kansas City. Ian Cummings
KU, all regents schools seek tuition, fee increases
June 6, 2013
The cost of going to Kansas University next year will likely go up again. In the wake of budget cuts to higher education, approved by the Kansas Legislature, officials on Thursday unveiled tuition increase proposals. By Scott Rothschild
Red Dog’s Dog Days announces change to workout schedule
June 6, 2013
The Red Dog’s Dog Days morning workouts will be moved from South Park to Kansas University beginning Monday, except for Wednesday morning workouts.
Dole Institute sets Gettysburg event for June 20
June 6, 2013
The Dole Institute of Politics at Kansas University has released the schedule and details for its Gettysburg 150 event, set for June 20. The daylong conference featuring historians and military experts will examine the bloodiest battle of the Civil War, the Battle of Gettysburg, to mark its 150th anniversary.
Man convicted of killing Lawrence boy in 1988 up for parole this month
June 6, 2013
A 52-year-old man convicted of murdering a child in Lawrence more than 20 years ago could be paroled next month, according to the Kansas Department of Corrections.
Public invited to see building constructed by KU architecture students
June 6, 2013
The newest building designed and constructed by the Kansas University Studio 804 architecture class will be on display at an open house Saturday.
Concealed-carry permit applications continue to decline after breaking state records
June 6, 2013
The number of concealed-carry permit applications filed in Kansas dropped for a second-straight month in May, after three consecutive record-breaking months earlier this year. May was the first month this year in which the number of applications dropped below 3,000.
KU Audio-Reader accepting donations for annual music sale fundraiser
June 6, 2013
The Kansas University Audio-Reader Network is seeking donations of music-related goods for its annual “For Your Ears Only” fundraiser sale.
KU extends deal with adidas through 2019
June 6, 2013
Thursday afternoon, Kansas University officials announced via press release that Kansas Athletics and adidas have agreed to renew their footwear and apparel partnership — one of the largest such partnerships in college athletics — through 2019. The commitment extends by six years the original eight-year agreement between adidas and KU, which was signed in 2005.
Budget cuts to higher education lead to request for higher tuition
June 6, 2013
College students at public universities in Kansas will pay more in tuition because of budget cuts to higher education that were approved by the Legislature, officials said Thursday. In considering proposed tuition increases at Kansas University and other universities, Kansas Board of Regents members roundly criticized the budget cuts approved this weekend by Republican legislators. Short-sighted, vindictive, hypocritical, and irresponsible were just some of the adjectives used by regents to describe the $66 million, or 5.7 percent cut to higher education over the next 2 years. By Scott Rothschild
NRA-backed Kansas gun-lobbying law raises tough speech issues
June 6, 2013
Fresh off a series of legislative victories across the nation, the National Rifle Association has launched a new effort starting in gun-friendly Kansas seeking to clamp down on the use of government money to lobby on gun-control issues.
Regents blast higher education budget cuts approved by Legislature, say tuition will increase, call on Brownback to veto portion of cuts
10:19 a.m., June 6, 2013 Updated 03:25 p.m.
The Kansas Board of Regents on Thursday blasted the Legislature for cutting higher education and urged Gov. Sam Brownback to veto the part of the budget that caps salary expenses at public universities. Displeasure over the Legislature’s budget came as the regents started consideration of tuition increases, which the schools said were going to be higher because of the legislative budget cuts. By Scott Rothschild
KU women in 1st at NCAA Outdoor
June 6, 2013
The top-ranked Kansas University women’s track and field team is in first place after the first day of the NCAA Outdoor Championship, Wednesday at Hayward Field.
With eye on recruiting, Weis schedules future series with Hawaii
June 6, 2013
If Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis has his way during the next few years, the second leg of a home-and-home series between KU and Hawaii in 2016 and 2017 will be a homecoming for several players on his roster. By Matt Tait
Longtime FSHS track coach Heffernan steps aside
June 6, 2013
Steve Heffernan recently told some of his Sunflower League colleagues: “Until you’ve been a head track coach, you don’t know what busy is.” The only track and field coach in Free State High history would know, and he will soon find himself occupied with a different kind of workload. This past spring, which culminated with the Firebirds girls winning the Class 6A state championship, was Heffernan’s 16th and final season. He resigned in order to become the new associate principal at FSHS, effective July 1.
Self foundation donates millions toward city rec center
KU coach visits with Wiggins in Canada
June 6, 2013
Bill Self in the spring of 2008 started talking about the need for a recreational campus in Lawrence “to provide kids with a new and safe place to play and learn how to live healthy lives.” Five years later — thanks in part to a Bill and Cindy Self Assists Foundation donation of $2 million — a proposed 181,000-square foot recreation center at Rock Chalk Park has become a reality. By Gary Bedore
Area golf notebook: Former Jayhawks miss finals at Alvamar
June 6, 2013
The Kansas University golf program long has been affiliated with Alvamar’s public golf course, so it’s never a surprise when former Jayhawks win events there. On Wednesday during the Kansas Golf Association four-ball tournament, it was a day of near misses for former Jayhawks. Notes by Tom Keegan
Former LHS ace Cleavinger named freshman All-American
June 6, 2013
Former Lawrence High pitcher Garrett Cleavinger, now playing at the University of Oregon, was named to the Louisville Slugger Freshmen All-American Baseball Team.
Royals finally end home losing streak, 4-1
June 6, 2013
It had been a long time since the Kansas City Royals spilled out of the dugout at Kauffman Stadium to celebrate a victory. One month, to be exact.
Visit from Perry Ellis lights up Special Olympics basketball player’s life
June 6, 2013
Barb Parker, single mother of former Douglas County Jayhawks Special Olympics basketball team star Tony Parker, was eating dinner with her favorite player when the doorbell rang Sunday at around 7 p.m. The young man at the door of her home in the Wichita suburb of Bel Aire, wondered if Tony, 27, could come out to shoot hoops. The visitor? Tony’s favorite player, KU sophomore Perry Ellis. By Tom Keegan
25 years ago: State experiences weekend increase of runaways
June 6, 2013
More than 100 youths throughout Kansas were reported as missing.
40 years ago: County deeds office scanning old records
June 6, 2013
Some of the records went back to the 1800s.
Garden Calendar: Leafy greens bolting early
June 6, 2013
When lettuce, spinach, and arugula start producing flowers, you can usually consider them done for the season. Why have gardeners and producers in the area have been reporting it so much this year?
Editorial: Arrogant attitude
June 6, 2013
Although final cost figures were released only hours before their Tuesday meeting, Lawrence city commissioners decided they had all the information they needed to make a final commitment to $12.2 million in infrastructure costs at Rock Chalk Park.
Opinion: Bachmann is what the GOP shouldn’t be
June 6, 2013 in print edition on A7
Bob Dole took to Fox News recently to share his views on the state of the Republican Party. Dole said he doubted that Ronald Reagan would be welcome in the current GOP (echoing what Jeb Bush said last year about the Gipper and Bush’s father, George H.W. Bush). Dole said the party should hang a “closed for repairs” sign outside its door.
Opinion: Bill would expand judicial discretion
June 6, 2013 in print edition on A9
Libertarians believe government should have a compelling reason before it restricts an individual’s liberty. Today’s liberals believe almost any reason will do, because liberty is less important than equality, fraternity, fighting obesity and many other aspirations. Now, however, one of the most senior and liberal U.S. senators and one of the most junior and libertarian have a proposal that could slow and even repair some of the fraying of society.
Sunflower Music Festival offers 10 free concerts
June 6, 2013
The Sunflower Music Festival in Topeka gives the area an opportunity to attend concerts performed by artists from around the world — for free. Beginning Friday music lovers will have 10 concerts worth of classical, chamber and jazz music they can attend in White Concert Hall at Washburn University.
Lawrence Libations: Oatmeal Stout Float at Cottin’s Farmers Market
June 6, 2013
This only-in-Lawrence, build-it-yourself libation is available at the sole public location Free State Brewing Co. beer and Iwig Family Dairy ice cream regularly come together.
Theatre Lawrence grand opening this weekend
June 6, 2013
The burgundy building matches the stage curtain inside the new Theatre Lawrence at 4660 Bauer Farm Drive, a radical change from the funky old brownstone church on New Hampshire formerly used by the organization. After more than 30 years, Lawrence’s community theater has moved five miles across town to its new location in front of Free State High School. Theatre Lawrence opens its new stage doors to the public this Sunday from 1:30-4:30 p.m. By Caitlin Doornbos
100 years ago: Deputy county assessor takes his own life
June 6, 2013
“Mental derangement is believed to have caused the man’s action.”
Our Town Sports (June 6)
June 6, 2013
Here’s a look at Our Town Sports for June 6.
Horoscopes for June 6
June 6, 2013
For Thursday, June 6: This year you demonstrate immense versatility, which brings you unusual opportunities. The good news is that you get to choose; the bad news is that you have so much to choose from. If you are single, you have a circle of potential suitors. If you are attached, you might have a secret admirer.