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City approves development agreement, tax abatement for $25M Rock Chalk Park recreation center
March 5, 2013
Lawrence city commissioners gave final approval Tuesday night to a development agreement that allows the $25 million Rock Chalk recreation center project to move forward. They also approved an ordinance that will give the larger Rock Chalk Park project, which includes privately owned athletic facilities to be used by Kansas University, a 100 percent property tax abatement for the next 10 years. By Chad Lawhorn
KU women defeat TCU, 74-67, on Senior Night
March 5, 2013
Carolyn Davis scored 27 points on 9-for-12 field-goal shooting, leading the Kansas women’s basketball team to a 74-67 home victory over TCU on Tuesday night at Allen Fieldhouse.
City review committee fails to recommend approval of incentives for Rock Chalk Park development; City Commission to vote tonight
March 5, 2013
The city’s Public Incentives Review Committee this afternoon failed to recommend approval of a set of incentives for the proposed Rock Chalk Park development. The review committee deadlocked 3-3 on the issue of whether the proposed sports park should receive $40 million in industrial revenue bonds, which would give the project a 10-year, 100 percent tax abatement valued at about $17 million. By Chad Lawhorn
Ottawa woman, 60, sentenced to 25 years for dealing prescription drugs
March 5, 2013
A 60-year-old Ottawa woman has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for her part in a prescription drug-trafficking ring that led to an accidental death in 2009. By Ian Cummings
Lawrence man found guilty of burglary after struggling with resident during break-in
March 5, 2013
A 19-year-old Lawrence man has been found guilty of burglary in connection with a November incident in which he was confronted by residents while breaking into an apartment. Ian Cummings
No charges yet, but information about alleged turkey abuse case sent to D.A.’s office
March 5, 2013
No arrests have been made and no charges have been filed, but police have forwarded information about an alleged Dec. 14 turkey abuse incident at a Kansas University fraternity to the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office. By Shaun Hittle
Process for removing Franklin County sheriff rarely used
March 5, 2013
As Franklin County Sheriff Jeff Curry and deputy Jerrod Fredricks face criminal charges, Franklin County Attorney Stephen Hunting is relying on a seldom-used Kansas law to try and remove Curry from office. It’s known as an “ouster proceeding,” and it allows county attorneys to seek removal of a public official under several circumstances such as when a public official engages in misconduct, neglects duties, or commits a violation of “moral turpitude.” By Shaun Hittle
Douglas County Community Foundation awards $200,000 in grants to area groups
March 5, 2013
The Douglas County Community Foundation will award about $200,000 from its community grant fund this year to 43 area groups, it announced Tuesday — a jump of about $50,000 from its 2012 total and the highest number of grants since the organization formed in 2000. By Matt Erickson
Former Lawrence paraeducator and KU football player pleads guilty in child sex case
March 5, 2013
Gregory Nicks, 33, pleaded guilty in Wichita Monday to four counts of sexual exploitation of a toddler. He worked for one month in 2005 as a special education paraeducator in the Lawrence school district. By Peter Hancock
How former Jayhawks fared in March 4 NBA games
March 5, 2013
A look at how former Kansas University players fared in Monday’s NBA games.
Douglas County commissioners to review quarry plans
March 5, 2013
The owners of the Big Springs Quarry in Douglas County are seeking a change in the phasing schedule of the quarry. County commissioners will review the plan at 6:35 p.m. Wednesday. By Peter Hancock
Statewide tornado drill planned for this afternoon
March 5, 2013
The tornado sirens sounding today at 1:30 p.m. will be part of a statewide tornado drill organized by the National Weather Service and state emergency management officials.
Mind Matters: Adopted beliefs may muddle the authentic self
March 5, 2013
Given that external influences are ever more powerful and present in our lives than at any other time in the history of man, there is a far greater opportunity for our beliefs to develop without being representational of our authentic self. But a new book may provide a path to freedom from our rigid and potentially self-limiting beliefs and a greater access to our authentic self.
Letter: Don’t sign
March 5, 2013
I direct my comments to our city commissioners. Please do NOT sign the rec center agreement today.
Letter: Answers needed
March 5, 2013
Convenience rules. Rock Chalk Park gets no free passes to that law of consumerism.
Letter: Voices muted
March 5, 2013
Apparently the democratic voice of the people is being systematically muted in Lawrence and at Kansas University.
Letter: Spirit lacking
March 5, 2013
Abraham Lincoln said in the Gettysburg Address … “that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth.”
Editorial: Details, details
City officials should make sure they don’t rush into a costly deal that they — and city taxpayers — later regret.
March 5, 2013
Tonight appears to be the Lawrence City Commission’s last opportunity to heed the pleas of many community members to slow down and make sure all of the pertinent details are locked in before committing to a city recreation center in northwest Lawrence. The city’s role in the project deals with public money that deserves close and expert examination.
Opinion: U.S. needs more non-military options
March 5, 2013 in print edition on A8
Imagine that you’re sitting at the table as the National Security Council debates the deteriorating political and security situation in a North African country (take your pick). The president asks how the U.S. can prevent conflict there without sending in the military. Various Cabinet members and agency directors look awkwardly at each other — because nobody has a good answer.
40 years ago: Controversial KU program under fire
March 5, 2013
The program had been temporarily approved for freshmen and sophomores in 1971.
100 years ago: KU professors increasingly wooed away by higher-paying schools
March 5, 2013
“Stanford offers Professor Carruth a salary of $4000 per year and a retiring pension of $2000 per year.”
Lawrence dentists use sedation to calm, relax patients
March 5, 2013
Some people are scared of the dark, others are scared of heights and then there are people who are afraid of the dentist. For those anxious to get any work done to their mouths, different types of sedation dentistry are becoming more available, which make a trip to the dentist less scary and sometimes even relaxing. By Meagan Thomas
Tune In Tonight: Reality TV full of D-list personalities
March 5, 2013
Coolio’s girlfriend trades places with the spouse of singer Mark McGrath (Sugar Ray) for a week on “Celebrity Wife Swap” (7 p.m., ABC). It’s come to this: Coolio’s girlfriend.
Horoscopes for March 5
March 5, 2013
For Tuesday, March 5: This year you often can be challenging or difficult. You have accepted so much responsibility that you could feel overburdened. If you are single, you could push away a potential sweetie with your spontaneous outbursts. If you are attached, your sweetie won’t appreciate being a stand-in for someone else in your life with whom you might be angry.
25 years ago: Lawrence firefighters clean up chemical spill on turnpike
March 5, 2013
Freezing rain and snow overnight had masked the spill, which was not detected until the next morning.