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County gives preliminary OK to sand pit
March 13, 2013
Douglas County commissioners voted 2-1 Wednesday night to give a preliminary go-ahead for Penny’s Aggregates to develop a sand pit dredging operation south of the Kansas River near Eudora. The final decision depends on a pre-dredging analysis of its potential threat to groundwater supplies. By Peter Hancock
Senate committee discusses changes to ‘open records’ law
05:47 p.m., March 13, 2013 Updated 12:10 a.m.
A Senate committee took steps Wednesday to encourage local governments to be more open about their deliberations and to reduce the cost of obtaining records from local governments. The Committee on Federal and State Affairs discussed Senate Bill 10, which would increase local governments’ compliance with the state’s open meetings and records laws, make it easier to request information under the Kansas Open Record Act, and require minutes to be taken at any local meeting where the Kansas Open Meetings Act applies.
$1,600 in prescription drugs stolen from KU’s Watkins Health Center
March 13, 2013
About $1,600 worth of prescription painkillers were reported stolen this week from the Watkins Health Center on the Kansas University campus, according to campus police.
House budget committee proposes holding funding to current levels for wages and salaries for higher education
March 13, 2013
The House budget writing committee has proposed more cuts to higher education that would hold the amount of funding for salaries and wages to the current level for two years. By Scott Rothschild
Fiery debate over expansion of concealed carry, assertion of state gun rights as Kansas House advances bills
March 13, 2013
The Kansas House on Wednesday advanced gun bills that could produce a standoff between state and federal law officers, and open up campuses, classrooms and the Statehouse to concealed weapons. By Scott Rothschild
Bailey, Reaver named Lawrence Teachers of the Year
March 13, 2013
Diana Bailey of Deerfield School and Becky Reaver of Liberty Memorial Central Middle School were named the Lawrence school district’s elementary and secondary teachers of the year. They will be nominated for the Kansas Teacher of the Year award, which will be announced next fall. By Peter Hancock
Reading and math tests to change next year
March 13, 2013
Kansas students will take modifications of existing reading and math tests next year as the state continues to shift to the new Common Core standards. Completely new tests aligned to those standards are planned for the 2014-15 school year. By Peter Hancock
Local priests praise selection of Argentine cardinal as new pope
March 13, 2013
The selection of Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina as the new pope Wednesday both surprised and pleased Catholics from Lawrence — and across the globe. Bergoglio became the first pontiff from the Americas and the first from outside Europe in more than 1,000 years. He chose the name Francis, associating himself with a humble 13th-century Italian preacher who lived a life of poverty. By Giles Bruce
KU preparing to buy share of new private plane
March 13, 2013
An upcoming purchase of a share in a private jet will cost Kansas University about $290,000, but it will also downsize KU’s private flight capabilities. By Matt Erickson
Lawrence district finalizes snow makeup plans
March 13, 2013
Lawrence schools will be in session April 26 to make up one snow day. The two high schools will use a regular schedule instead of a block schedule on four days in April to meet the state’s minimum requirement for instructional hours. By Peter Hancock
Catholic Cardinals choose 266th pope
March 13, 2013
Cardinals elected a new pope to lead the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics on Wednesday, overcoming deep divisions to select the 266th pontiff in a remarkably fast conclave.
Opinion: Freedom to make dumb decisions
March 13, 2013 in print edition on A8
Perhaps you remember when Dr. Doom conquered the world. Or perhaps you don’t. Sadly enough, even in this day and age, not everyone is comic book literate.
How former Jayhawks fared in March 12 NBA games
March 13, 2013
A look at how former Kansas University players fared in Tuesday’s NBA games.
Big 12 tournament promises to be unpredictable
March 13, 2013
Kansas State and Kansas tied for the regular-season Big 12 title after losing road games on Saturday. Consider it proof that the Big 12 tournament, which starts tonight at Sprint Center, promises to be among the most intriguing and unpredictable in conference history.
Nation’s track coaches name KU’s Andrea Geubelle athlete of the year
March 13, 2013
Kansas University long- and triple-jumper Andrea Geubelle was named the nation’s female athlete of the year, the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced Tuesday.
KU’s Cash 17th at NCAA diving
March 13, 2013
Kansas University senior diver Christy Cash placed 17th in the one-meter event on Tuesday at the NCAA Zone Diving Championships.
McLemore, Withey named to all-district team
March 13, 2013
Kansas University men’s basketball players Ben McLemore and Jeff Withey were named to the 10-member USBWA All-District VI team on Tuesday.
KU’s Elijah Johnson grows into Jayhawks’ clear leader
March 13, 2013
Kansas University senior point guard Elijah Johnson has emerged as the Jayhawks’ leader after a slow start to his career and turbulent stretches this season. By Matt Tait
Opinion: Dorian Green, Colorado State a perfect match
March 13, 2013
Former Lawrence High basketball star Dorian Green is on the verge of playing in his second NCAA Tournament with Colorado State, a school where he’s started every game of his four-year career. Column by Tom Keegan
Jayhawks’ tight end competition wide open this spring
March 13, 2013
With Notre Dame transfer Mike Ragone gone and four tight ends vying to snag his snaps, tight end is one of the more intriguing positions on the Kansas University football roster this spring. By Matt Tait
Firebirds eager to open 2013 spring seasons
March 13, 2013
The last remnants of winter weather are just evaporating from the ground and the first official day of spring isn’t until next week, but that won’t stop Free State High from opening its spring sports season. By Benton Smith
25 years ago: ID badges to be required in police headquarters
March 13, 2013
The idea was to make officers more recognizable and eliminate confusion.
40 years ago: New developments, IRBs on commission agenda
March 13, 2013
Lawrence Paper Company had requested $625,000 of industrial revenue bonds to finance construction of a new warehouse.
100 years ago: Lawrence gets first look at new voting machine
March 13, 2013
“It is so complete that it is almost uncanny in its accuracy.”
Athletics rally past Royals
March 13, 2013
Tommy Milone had a successful rookie season, and then started off spring training with five scoreless innings in two starts. Still, he’s treating camp as if he needs to earn a spot in the Athletics’ rotation.
Opinion: Drone policy must be debated
March 13, 2013
The killing by drones in Yemen of American citizens Anwar al-Awlaki, in September 2011, and his son, Abdulrahman, a few weeks later has continued to be a major issue among lawyers and constitutional scholars, and a subject of discussion and debate since the deaths were announced. The legality of the killings became national news recently when Sen. Rand Paul mounted a 13-hour filibuster to delay the confirmation of John Brennan, President Obama’s former national security adviser, as the new director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Fuel was also added to this legal fire by the leak of a “summary white paper” of the legal opinion that justified the use of drones to kill American citizens who had not been tried or convicted of any crimes by an American court.
Letter: Corporate farms
March 13, 2013
“What’s galling him is he can’t get his fingers on it!” The “old Bailey Building & Loan” that is. If you watch Frank Capra’s “It’s A Wonderful Life” every Christmas, like we do, you’ll know the reference. Potter doesn’t just want most of it; he wants all of it. He even tries hiring George Bailey, though George turns him down.
Editorial: Education lifeline
Legislators are considering abolishing a higher education savings program just when it may be needed most.
March 13, 2013
State legislators are thinking about getting rid of a program designed to help low-income Kansas families save for their children’s post-high school education. Under the Kansas Investment in Developing Scholars program, established in 2007, the state matches funds put into education savings accounts up to $600 per year.
Tune In Tonight: ‘Neighbors’ musical episode defies logic and humor
March 13, 2013
The musical episode: a sign of confidence or the kiss of death? It’s not like “The Neighbors” (7:30 p.m., ABC) wasn’t already a tad over-the-top. A tale of two New Yorkers, Marty and Debbie Weaver (Lenny Venito and Jami Gertz), who are stranded in a sterile New Jersey subdivision populated by aliens trying to pass themselves off as hyper-”normal” Americans. The visitors have even adapted names from the sports pages — Larry Bird (Simon Templeman) and Jackie Joyner-Kersee (Toks Olagundoye).
Horoscopes for March 13
March 13, 2013
For Wednesday, March 13: This year you might consider making a change in your professional life or opt for a new career. The reason might be irrelevant, but your decision will not be. If you are single, serendipity could come into play. If you are attached, you and your sweetie will become more visible to others this year.