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Authorities looking for escaped inmate
June 17, 2013
Authorities are searching for an escaped inmate after confirming that he was on unauthorized leave at 5:10 p.m. today.
Report says schools underfunded $657 million in FY 2015
June 17, 2013
The two-year budget that Gov. Sam Brownback signed into law Saturday under-funds Kansas public schools by an estimated $657 million in the second year, according to an analysis by the Kansas State Department of Education. That’s the difference between how much the legislature approved in various categories of K-12 education spending for fiscal year 2015 and how much is supposed to be spent according to formulas outlined in current law. By Peter Hancock
Decisions on KU budget cuts now in hands of deans, other leaders
June 17, 2013
Now that Gov. Sam Brownback has approved a budget, Kansas University leaders have about two weeks to determine just where the damage will fall from about $7.5 million in state funding cuts for the coming year. By Matt Erickson
19-year-old Lawrence man found guilty of having sex with 14-year-old girl
June 17, 2013
A 19-year-old Lawrence man has been found guilty of one felony count of having sex with a child. By Ian Cummings
KU football player Chris Martin dismissed from team
June 17, 2013
Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis has dismissed junior defensive end Chris Martin from the program, KU announced through a press release Monday afternoon.
Kobach considering filing charges against protesters who came to his home
June 17, 2013
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is considering filing criminal charges against immigration reform advocates who protested on his home’s porch over the weekend. Those who helped organize and participated in the protest said nothing improper happened. Reports indicated anywhere from 100 to 300 people showed up at Kobach’s home in western Wyandotte County on Saturday. By Scott Rothschild
U.S. Supreme Court strikes down voter registration law similar to the one in Kansas
10:39 a.m., June 17, 2013 Updated 05:19 p.m.
The U.S. Supreme Court today rejected an Arizona law that requires proof of citizenship to register to vote. The case has implications for Kansas, Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee, which have similar laws. By Scott Rothschild
Portion of Massachusetts Street to be closed to southbound motorists this week
June 17, 2013
Massachusetts Street between Eighth and Ninth streets will be closed to southbound traffic for much of the week.
Location of Superman’s hometown sparks geographic divide
June 17, 2013
A Kansas community is staking its claim as the hometown of one of the world’s most recognizable superheroes with a temporary name change, but it hasn’t ended the debate over where the Man of Steel grew up.
Wade Davis, Royals down Rays
June 17, 2013
Wade Davis kept the Kansas City Royals’ long stretch of strong pitching intact in a win over the Tampa Bay Rays.
Raiders salvage twinbill split
June 17, 2013
Lawrence Raiders split a youth baseball twinbill with the Midwest Nationals on Sunday. By Jesse Newell
Summer camps keep kids active
June 17, 2013
School’s out for the summer, and while some students might have the idea that they’ll spend the next few months lounging by the pool or playing video games all day, parents are using the free time as a way to keep their children active through day camps and classes offered by the city and the Lawrence Arts Center. By Meagan Thomas
Horoscopes for June 17
June 17, 2013
For Monday, June 17 This year you are strong-willed, and once more you reap the benefits of that quality. You will resist power plays and say “no” to distractions that cause you to lose focus of your greater desires. If you are single, a new bond with someone could be unstable yet enduring. If you are attached, you and your partner work well together.
25 years ago: Bar owners start petition for ‘true’ liquor-by-the-drink
June 17, 2013
It had been almost two years since Kansas voters had allowed the change on a county-option basis.
Opinion: Nature loves a female breadwinner
June 17, 2013
On May 29, the topic on the Lou Dobbs Tonight show on the Fox Business Network was a recently released Pew finding that women are now the sole or primary source of income in a record 40 percent of American households with children under 18.
Editorial: Core standards
Kansas legislators control the state’s purse strings, but they shouldn’t try to override the Kansas Department of Education’s authority to set education policy.
June 17, 2013
The continuing debate over the adoption of Common Core standards for Kansas public schools offers considerable evidence of why state education policy should be insulated from political agendas.
100 years ago: Visiting nurse sets up shop in Lawrence
June 17, 2013
“Miss Adams will go to the poorer homes of the city where poverty deprives the sick of proper care and will look after these people.”
40 years ago: Boys’ Club has half the funds needed to open its doors
June 17, 2013
About $9,000 had been raised so far in a fund drive.
How to Help: Theatre Lawrence looking for ushers, box office managers
June 17, 2013
Theatre Lawrence is seeking Show Time volunteers to serve as ushers, box office managers and refreshment servers at The Cove, the bar inside the newly opened community theater building.
Newton company to benefit from state budget proviso after ‘Read to Succeed’ initiative not approved
June 17, 2013
Kansas lawmakers did not pass Gov. Sam Brownback’s ‘Read to Succeed’ initiative this year. Instead, they directed the $12 million for it to a reading program offered through one Kansas business. By Peter Hancock
Opinion: U.S. must support Mideast moderates
June 17, 2013 in print edition on A8
What is America doing in the Middle East? I hear that question being asked increasingly as the Obama administration finally moves toward military support for the Syrian opposition. People are rightly looking for a strategy that connects U.S. policy in Syria with what’s happening in Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Turkey and elsewhere in the region. 
Trademark protection a constant concern for KU
June 17, 2013
It’s not every month that a cease-and-desist letter lands Kansas University in national headlines. But that’s about how often one of those letters lands in the mailbox of someone accused of violating KU’s trademarks. Every day, Kansas Athletics, along with national groups it enlists to help, works to keep people from profiting from the use of KU’s trademarks: “KU,” “Jayhawk,” “Rock Chalk” and more. By Matt Erickson
Double Take: Students should be realistic when picking a college major
June 17, 2013
What should young adults consider when choosing a college major?
The Fashion Column: Summer shoe guide
June 17, 2013
Because shoes are an essential part of an outfit, I thought I would talk about some of my must-haves for summer. Check out my on-trend styles for this summer so you can evaluate what you already have, and what new styles you’ll want to get your hands on.
Daytripper: A day with the dinosaurs
June 17, 2013
If you’ve got a preschooler or early grade schooler, then the topic of dinosaurs probably looms large in your household. Increase your “cool quotient” with your own kids this summer by taking some Jurassic Journeys close to home.
Fix-It Chick: Controlling roly-polies
June 17, 2013
Roly-poly bugs, also known as pillbugs, are one of the more beloved “bugs.” Excessive amounts of moisture coupled with warm temperatures can cause pillbug populations to swoon. Unusually large numbers of pillbugs can be problematic, as increased chewing on roots and live plant tissue can cause irreparable damage to desirable vegetation.