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Brownback signs Kansas income tax cut bill into law
June 13, 2013
Proclaiming Kansas “open for business,” Gov. Sam Brownback on Thursday signed into law a measure that makes additional income tax cuts over the next five years while generating new revenue through higher sales taxes and other adjustments.
How former Jayhawks fared in Game 4 of NBA Finals
June 13, 2013
A look at how Mario Chalmers fared in Game 4 of the NBA Finals.
KU to choose among internal candidates for new vice provost job
June 13, 2013
With a new university-wide curriculum going into place this fall, Kansas University will fill a new administrator job this summer to oversee undergraduate academics. KU on Thursday announced four KU faculty members as finalists for the new position, to be called vice provost and dean of undergraduate studies. By Matt Erickson
Cat show planned for this weekend
June 13, 2013
You may as well call this Saturday “Caturday” in Lawrence. More than 100 cats and their owners will be traveling in from throughout the region for the Kansas City Midwest Cat Show at the Douglas County Fairgrounds.
Van Go set for smooth sailing, thanks to community support
June 13, 2013
A bright yellow design illuminates the basin of the bird bath Cortez Davis designed for Van Go’s 10th annual “What Floats Your Boat” fundraiser. Davis says it represents a sunrise or a new beginning — like the kind Van Go has given him.
Fritzel has made $50,000 payment related to Varsity House settlement with city, officials confirm
June 13, 2013
As city officials negotiate a no-bid contract with a company led by Lawrence businessman Thomas Fritzel for work at its proposed recreation center, City Hall officials have confirmed he’s made good on a previous settlement agreement with the city. By Chad Lawhorn
Teachers reach contract agreement with Lawrence district
June 13, 2013
A proposed contract for next year would give Lawrence teachers an average 3 percent pay raise. The contract still needs to be ratified by union members and the Lawrence school board. By Peter Hancock
KU grad student wins national fellowship to help young kids deal with intense stress
June 13, 2013
Working as a therapist for young children at a mental health center in Ottawa, Kaela Byers couldn’t help but notice one thing many of the kids she saw had in common: They’d been dealing with stress that would throw any adult for a loop. She wondered what might have happened if someone had helped them deal with that stress earlier. That’s a question she’ll work to answer now that she’s earned one of 15 national Doris Duke Fellowships for the Promotion of Child Well-Being. By Matt Erickson
New curator plans lunch-hour tour of updated ‘Roots and Journeys’ exhibit
June 13, 2013
The Spencer Museum of Art’s new curator of global indigenous art will lead a lunch-hour tour on Friday of her inaugural exhibit. “Too often, ideas about ‘natives’ are linked to outdated stereotypes, which can make these communities seem frozen in a particular time and place,” she says. “The reality is that their traditions have undergone as many transformations in form, medium, meaning and aesthetics as European or Asian art has.”
Our Town Sports for June 13
June 13, 2013
A weekly roundup of local events, awards and results.
Royals edge Tigers in 10th inning, 3-2
June 13, 2013
After striking out his first three times, Lorenzo Cain came through in the ninth inning for the Kansas City Royals.
Former Jayhawk Aishah Sutherland to play for U.S.
June 13, 2013
Former Kansas University women’s basketball player Aishah Sutherland will play on the United States team at the Four Nations Tournament, June 17-30 in China. The 12-player U.S. team will join China’s national “B” team, the Australia Rising Opals and the Hungary national team in a three-city round-robin tournament for a total of nine games.
KSHSAA tweaks state volleyball
June 13, 2013
The Kansas State High School Activities Association has announced new locations and schedules for state volleyball tournaments. The existing system was altered to accommodate for the recent split of Class 4A.
All-State softball taps 3 from city
June 13, 2013
The Kansas Softball Coaches Association named three city players to the 2013 Class 6A All-State first team.
Lions’ Jo Huntsinger joins volleyball hall
June 13, 2013
It didn’t surprise Jo Huntsinger last year when longtime Lawrence High volleyball coach Joan Wells was inducted into the Kansas Volleyball Association’s inaugural hall of fame class. However, Huntsinger never expected she would receive the same honor as her predecessor this summer. By Benton Smith
Sprinter Denesha Morris: Kansas ‘good choice’
June 13, 2013
After looking at pictures online, Denesha Morris committed to Kansas University’s track team four years ago without ever setting foot on campus. By Jesse Newell
Opinion: Tyshawn Taylor cautions about vultures
June 13, 2013
It was nice to see Wednesday afternoon that the Tyshawn Taylor we all saw grow up before our eyes during his time in Lawrence, highlighted by a big emotional growth spurt late in his career, has continued to mature. By Tom Keegan
Change of heart: Brannen Greene puts on a show at camp
June 13, 2013
There was a time when Kansas University freshman Brannen Greene had little in common with the 800 crimson-and-blue-loving youths who watched him erupt for a game-high 21 points in Wednesday’s Bill Self campers game in Horejsi Center. By Gary Bedore
Letter: Nice job!
June 13, 2013
It was great to see the article about Perry Ellis stopping by and shooting hoops with a local Special Olympian that had recently moved to Wichita (Journal-World, June 6).
Editorial: Depot windfall
A somewhat unexpected federal grant is a major boon to supporters working to renovate the Santa Fe Depot in east Lawrence.
June 13, 2013
The persistence of city officials and members of the local Depot Redux group has paid off. A $1.5 million federal grant will allow the city to take ownership of the Santa Fe Railway depot in East Lawrence and give the building the major makeover supporters had hoped for.
Opinion: Don’t trade freedom for ‘safety’
June 13, 2013 in print edition on A10
It will not be with guns. If ever tyranny overtakes this land of the sometimes free and home of the intermittently brave, it probably won’t, contrary to the fever dreams of gun rights extremists, involve jack-booted government thugs rappelling down from black helicopters. Rather, it will involve changes to words on paper many have forgotten or never knew, changes that chip away until they strip away precious American freedoms.
Opinion: NSA leader challenging rule of law
June 13, 2013 in print edition on A10
Journalists have a professional commitment to the idea that more debate is better, so we instinctively side with leakers. But I’m skeptical about some of the claims of Edward Snowden, the young NSA contractor who leaked secrets about that agency’s surveillance programs to The Washington Post and the Guardian.
25 years ago: Larry Brown announces KU departure
June 13, 2013
Brown was accepting a lucrative offer from the San Antonio Spurs.
Garden Calendar: Learn how to be a Master Gardener
June 13, 2013
K-State Research and Extension in Douglas County is accepting applications for this year’s Master Gardener training.
Mourning mothers, authors to give book reading
June 13, 2013
On Friday, June 7, authors Melissa Miles McCarter and Margaret Kramer will present their work and experiences at a book reading hosted by The Raven Bookstore.
100 years ago: ‘Why not flowers for Massachusetts Street?’
June 13, 2013
“It can work here because flowers grow easily.”
Off the Beaten Plate: Bill Self Pasta at 23rd Street Brewery
June 13, 2013
Winningest coaches call for winningest food combinations — like buffalo chicken and homemade mac ‘n’ cheese. 23rd Street Brewery staffers say that while Kansas University men’s basketball coach Bill Self didn’t necessarily create his namesake dish, he has been known to order it.
40 years ago: ‘Kaw Valley Potato King’ dies
June 13, 2013
Well-known local farmer Alfred Heck passed away this week.
Horoscopes for June 13
June 13, 2013
For Thursday, June 13: This year you’ll use your creativity to move forward. Wherever you apply this energy, it naturally seems to work. If you are single, you have more than your fair share of admirers, so have fun dating! If you are attached, the two of you become more present as a couple, whether it is in your circle of friends or in your professional life.
Peace, love and local food on wheels
Co-op dishes up ‘Om-style cookin’ from big, yellow truck
June 13, 2013
Think food trucks are all about greasy gyros and cheap street tacos? Think again, at least if you’re in Lawrence.