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Kansas caverns could preserve human race, developer claims
June 20, 2013
After most of the world’s population is wiped off the map by a wayward meteorite or hail of nuclear missiles, the survival of the human race might just depend on a few thousand people huddled in recreational vehicles deep in the bowels of an eastern Kansas mine. That’s the vision of a California man who is creating what he calls the world’s largest private underground survivor shelter, using a complex of limestone caves dug more than 100 years ago beneath gently rolling hills overlooking the Missouri River.
Graduation holds special meaning for adults who took nontraditional route
June 20, 2013
The Lawrence school district awarded 114 diplomas and GED certificates Thursday to graduates of the Adult Learning Center and Diploma Completion Program. Superintendent Rick Doll called it “one of the most meaningful ceremonies we hold every year.” By Peter Hancock
Man convicted of killing Lawrence boy in 1988 denied parole through 2021
June 20, 2013
A 52-year-old man convicted of murdering a child in Lawrence more than two decades ago has been denied parole, according to a statement from the Kansas Department of Corrections. By Ian Cummings
Love’ garage no more
June 20, 2013
As many of us know, love doesn’t always last forever. So it goes, as well, with Lawrence’s “love” garage. The garage door on Mississippi Street across from Memorial Stadium that has acted as a background for numerous engagement and wedding photos has been painted over. The how, why, when and who parts, however, are still unknown. By Giles Bruce
KU professor says phones, cars shouldn’t mix
June 20, 2013
Kansas University psychologist Paul Atchley was surprised to see, in a study released last week, just how distracting hands-free speech-to-text systems can be for drivers. But it adds to an already-huge body of evidence that performing any kind of electronic task while driving is a dangerous choice, he says. By Matt Erickson
Ottawa police arrest Kansas City woman, Republic of Georgia man on suspicion of prostitution offenses
June 20, 2013
Police and sheriff’s deputies in Franklin County have arrested a Kansas City, Mo., woman and a man from the Republic of Georgia, in connection with an alleged prostitution offense and a reported robbery in Ottawa. By Ian Cummings
Planned Parenthood sues over new Kansas abortion law
June 20, 2013
TOPEKA, Kan. — Planned Parenthood filed a lawsuit Thursday over a new Kansas law requiring doctors to inform women seeking abortions that they’re ending the life of a “whole, separate, unique, living human being.”
Westbound lane of 33rd Street to be closed Friday
June 20, 2013
The westbound lane of 33rd Street, west of Iowa Street, will be closed Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. while the city replaces a damaged traffic signal pole. During this time, use 31st or 34th Streets as a detour.
Westfall named vice principal of Lawrence Virtual School
June 20, 2013
James “Monte” Westfall has been named assistant principal for Lawrence Virtual School. He succeeds Jana Lloyd who resigned in May. By Peter Hancock
KU officials won’t comment on Cobb meeting with NCAA
June 20, 2013
Kansas University officials had no comment on Thursday when asked if members of the athletic department attended a meeting between Ben McLemore’s AAU coach, Darius Cobb, and NCAA enforcement staff officials this week in Indianapolis.
Regents want to restore higher ed funding cuts
June 20, 2013
Stunned by legislative cuts to higher education, the Kansas Board of Regents on Thursday discussed how to get the Legislature to change direction and restore the funding. By Scott Rothschild
KU chancellor to get $60,000 pay raise funded through KU Endowment Association
June 20, 2013
The Kansas Board of Regents today approved a nearly 14 percent pay increase for Kansas University Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little. The $60,000 increase will bring her annual salary to $492,650. The pay raises for Gray-Little and the five state university presidents all will be funded with private dollars. By Scott Rothschild
Jefferson County home destroyed in early-morning fire
June 20, 2013
Volunteer firefighters from five Jefferson County departments battled a fire that destroyed a house about five miles west of Tonganoxie early this morning. Two residents of the home were taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation, but did not appear to have life-threatening injuries, said Jay Alexander, Sarcoxie Township fire chief. By Ian Cummings
Armed employees could invalidate school districts’ insurance policies
June 20, 2013
The company that insures most of Kansas’ school districts says it won’t provide coverage for districts that allow armed employees on school premises.
Horoscopes for June 20
June 20, 2013
For Thursday, June 20 This year you have a glib quality that creates a great deal of flow for you. Your verbal command of language defines your success. If you are single, you could meet someone significant in the next few months who becomes important to your life history. If you are attached, this year could mark a new beginning for you as a couple.
25 years ago: City, police department reach tentative labor agreement
June 20, 2013
The negotiators refused to reveal the terms of the settlement until ratification by the LPOA.
40 years ago: Old police building considered for City Hall location
June 20, 2013
Commissioner Jack Rose said that the police building at Eighth and Vermont was physically sound and could be remodeled effectively.
100 years ago: Widow wins suit against Bowersock for fatal accident at paper mill
June 20, 2013
“Attorneys for the defendant attempted to prove that the machine was safe at the time and that the accident happened through carelessness on the part of the deceased.”
Letter: Yoder votes
June 20, 2013
In a recent email to constituents, Congressman Kevin Yoder expressed alarm about the National Security Agency’s surveillance of Americans’ phone calls and Internet activity.
Letter: Jayhawk update
June 20, 2013
Although Kansas University has made an awful lot of money licensing the use of the smiling Jayhawk image, stubborn adherence to that image as our school’s only mascot has had the unfortunate effect of deterring the creation of new Jayhawks more appropriate to our time.
Editorial: Weak defense
June 20, 2013
The Kansas voter registration law appears to be on shaky ground.
Reflective of community, ‘Ragtime’ opens new Theatre Lawrence building
June 20, 2013
Say you have a brand new, state-of-the-art theater. What’s the perfect show to open with? It should be something big. But rather than a famous, all-time favorite, Theatre Lawrence selected “Ragtime,” the musical story of America at the turn of the 20th century.
Summer Youth Theater’s production of ‘Macbeth’ not about the curse
June 20, 2013
Doug Weaver isn’t superstitious. At least not about theater. “I’m intensely superstitious when it comes to my golf game,” he says. “But not when it comes to theater.” So the prospect of directing the most legendarily cursed play of all time — William Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” — didn’t daunt him. In fact, he was looking forward to it.
Garden Calendar: Tree lilacs add color to summer landscape
June 20, 2013
Japanese tree lilacs, a small tree that produces large, creamy white panicles on the tips of its vase-shaped crown and bears little resemblance to its purple shrubby cousins, are blooming right now in downtown Lawrence.
Opinion: Negotiated settlement is Obama’s goal
June 20, 2013 in print edition on A11
Critics are correct when they argue that President Obama doesn’t have a strategy for military victory in Syria. The reality is that despite his decision last week to arm the opposition there, Obama is still playing for a negotiated diplomatic transition.
Off the Beaten Plate: Reina Pepiada Arepa at Global Cafe
June 20, 2013
This South American sandwich on a cornmeal cake is served with many fillings, but this version is the “queen.”