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Garden Calendar: What to know about spring fertilizer applications
March 20, 2013
Warmer weather should be around to stay soon, and my garden gloves and pruners are already waiting by the door for their chores. These early days of spring are a good time to give many species of plants supplemental nutrients in the form of fertilizer, but how much and what kind really depend on what you are trying to grow and what your soil has already.
Advocates for people with developmental disabilities say they want to stay out of KanCare
March 20, 2013
Kansans with developmental disabilities shouldn’t have their long-term care administered by for-profit companies under the new KanCare program, advocates urged Wednesday. By Scott Rothschild
Sanburn seeks public engagement on wide range of issues
March 20, 2013
Lawrence school board president Vanessa Sanburn wants to pursue a wide range of policy goals if she’s elected to a second term. Passing a bond issue and closing achievement gaps are just two of them. By Peter Hancock
Local girls become beauty queens for a day
March 20, 2013
Several 9- and 10-year-old girls from the Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence were turned into beauty queens for a day at the first-ever Day of Beauty at the Lawrence campus of Marinello Schools of Beauty. The event, which was meant to coincide with National Women’s History Month, was held to help the girls feel as beautiful on the outside as they are on the inside. By Giles Bruce
Carving a niche: Sous chef shows how to turn food into art
March 20, 2013
Michael Davis, sous chef at the Oread hotel, doesn’t just make meals with food — he makes art. By Meagan Thomas
Douglas County ranks as one of top 10 healthiest in Kansas, according to new national study
March 20, 2013
Douglas County is the ninth healthiest county in the state by one measure and the seventh healthiest by another, according to a report released Wednesday by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and its partners. By Chad Lawhorn
No. 2 recruit Julius Randle chooses Kentucky
March 20, 2013
Julius Randle, a 6-foot-9 senior basketball forward from Prestonwood Christian Academy in Plano, Texas, today orally committed to Kentucky in a news conference at his high school televised by ESPNU.
Sides clash in hearing on bill that would repeal in-state tuition for undocumented students
March 20, 2013
Two vastly different opinions about undocumented immigrants were displayed Wednesday before a House committee considering a bill that would repeal in-state tuition for some undocumented students. By Scott Rothschild
KU’s allotment of tourney tickets goes quickly
March 20, 2013
The questions probably come up for many Kansas University basketball fans when watching the NCAA Tournament: Who are those KU fans behind the bench? And how do they get those seats? By Jesse Newell
KU soccer wins European warmups
March 20, 2013
Nicole Chrisopulos scored in the 82nd minute against FC Wacker Innsbruck to give the Kansas University soccer team a 1-0 victory Tuesday.
KU women’s track outdoor preseason No. 1
March 20, 2013
Kansas University’s NCAA Indoor runner-up women’s track team was ranked as the preseason No. 1 outdoor team, the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced Tuesday.
Letter: Planning optional?
March 20, 2013
Do Lawrence taxpayers want a helter skelter planning document as the plan for the future of this fine community? On March 25, item TA-12-00206 will come before the Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission: “Consider Text Amendments to the City of Lawrence Land Development Code, Chapter 20, various articles, to change the requirement that development projects be required to comply with Horizon 2020. Initiated by City Commission on 8/21/12.”
Letter: Party plaint
March 20, 2013
It would be interesting to know how many moderate Republicans have switched parties, or, as I have, voted for Democrats or moderate Republicans, at both the state and federal level. In the old days, there were voters known as Dirty Dog Democrats; these were Democrats who would vote for a dirty dog before they would vote for a Republican. This sobriquet could just as well apply to modern day Republicans who will vote for anybody who has a capital R before their name, regardless of the candidate’s political philosophy or ability. This is in spite of what the governor and his minions are doing to the state of Kansas in their reach for complete power.
Letter: Election change
March 20, 2013
Current legislation pending before the Kansas House and Senate election committees (HB 2227 and SB 211) is a classic example of a solution in search of a problem. If the legislation is approved, it would move local general elections to November and make them partisan races. Even if SB 145 is approved, which keeps local elections in odd-numbered years but moves them to August (primary) and November (general) and makes them partisan races, it is unlikely to increase voter turnout.
Editorial: Access to care
State officials can’t be satisfied with the fact that 28,000 people in the new KanCare program can’t access dental care in their own counties.
March 20, 2013
Geographical gaps in the availability of dental care in Kansas have been an area of concern for some time, but those gaps are becoming far more serious for Kansans who depend on the state’s new Medicaid program, known as KanCare. Dental services for children always have been included in Medicaid coverage, but KanCare extends coverage of preventive dental services to adults. That sounds great, but coverage of those services doesn’t necessarily mean that adults will be able to access care.
25 years ago: Endowment association set up for public schools
March 20, 2013
After several years of planning, the Lawrence Public Schools Endowment Association was ready to launch into action.
40 years ago: Architect suggests better use of community building
March 20, 2013
A basic renovation budget of $200,784 had been proposed.
100 years ago: Businessman seeks funding to build Lawrence factory
March 20, 2013
“He promises to employ 300 men.”
Tune In Tonight: Science channel explains wormholes and ‘God particle’
March 20, 2013
Last week saw the announcement of a new pope and the discovery of what scientists call “the God particle.” These two events have nothing to do with each other, except that, together, they sound like plot developments in a pulpy Dan Brown conspiracy thriller.
Horoscopes for March 20
March 20, 2013
For Wednesday, March 20: This year you experience a division between your home life and your personal life. One is not reflective of the other. If you are single, you might want someone who is nurturing. If you are attached, the two of you will need to work on being on the same page.