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Archive for Tuesday, March 26, 2013

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12:00 a.m.
Preschoolers at Lawrence Montessori School, 5005 Legends Drive, work in the circle at the beginning of school on Friday, March 8, 2013. Picking a preschool: How to find the right fit
March 25, 2013
Deciding which preschool approach, curriculum and environment are right for each child can be challenging when presented with so many different options.
6:00 a.m.
A group of KU students have worked with the KU Bookstore to have them stock some clothes by a sweatshop-free company in the Dominican Republic. From left are Brian Sultana, Manhattan, sr., Sam Skahan, Shawnee, sr., Jaden Gragg, Shawnee, soph., and Stephanie Spicer, Lenexa, soph. The clothing company is called Alta Gracia and Gragg visited the factory over her winter break. After efforts by student activists and bookstore leaders, living-wage factory now producing KU clothing
March 26, 2013
Earlier this month the KU Bookstore announced that it will begin stocking clothes from Alta Gracia, a brand with a factory in the Dominican Republic monitored by a workers’ rights group where employees earn healthy wages. But behind the announcement were the efforts of a fiery student activist and a bookstore director in charge of a multimillion-dollar operation who, though they did not always get along, both have something to cheer for now. By Matt Erickson
10:00 a.m.
This home in rural Kanwaka Township was built by August and Caroline Wulfkuhle around 1869. The native stone masonry is representative of homes built in Douglas County around that time.
Heritage survey focusing on Kanwaka, Wakarusa townships
March 26, 2013
The Douglas County Heritage Conservation Council is conducting a multiyear, countywide survey to document and catalog the area’s natural, cultural and historic assets. For the next several months, the survey will focus on Kanwaka and Wakarusa Townships. By Peter Hancock
2:36 p.m.
Kansas University Medical Center's School of Medicine, 3901 Rainbow Boulevard, Kansas City, Kan. Photo taken Sept. 29, 2011. House approves bill requiring KU Medical Center to establish stem cell research center
March 26, 2013
A bill supported by abortion opponents that would require the Kansas University Medical Center to start a center on adult stem cell research was approved by the House on Tuesday. By Scott Rothschild
5:56 p.m.
Mike Yoder/Journal-World Photo.KU professor Shane Lopez, author of Making Hope Happen, will be leading events on the topic of hope at KU and in Lawrence this week. He will have a reading and signing Thursday, March 28, 7 PM @ the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St. Researcher, author credits KU with inspiring his focus on hope
March 26, 2013
It can give you the equivalent of an extra day’s worth of productivity each week, Shane Lopez says, or a boost of a full letter grade for a student in a class. It’s a concept that’s been the focus of Lopez’ work for years: hope. And Lopez, a former education professor at Kansas University, is spreading his ideas on campus and around Lawrence this week after the release of a new book. By Matt Erickson

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Lawrence approves citywide curbside recycling program to begin in October 2014
March 26, 2013
A citywide curbside recycling program is on the way for delivery in Lawrence by October 2014. City commissioners on Tuesday agreed to start a new every-other-week curbside recycling service on Oct. 15, 2014. Every household in the city will pay $2.81 per month for the service. The fee will be added onto residents’ monthly city utility bills. By Chad Lawhorn
City sets bid date of May 14 for recreation center; project could be completed by spring of 2014
March 26, 2013
If all goes as planned, Lawrence will be playing basketball — and much more — in a new mega recreation center by spring 2014.
Public airs questions over $92.5 million school bond issue
March 26, 2013
Supporters and opponents of the Lawrence school district’s proposed $92.5 million bond issue answered from the public questions Tuesday during a town hall meeting sponsored by the Voter Education Coalition. Voters will decide on the bond issue on Tuesday, April 2. By Peter Hancock
Kansas Senate advances expansion of concealed carry of guns
March 26, 2013
The Kansas Senate on Tuesday advanced an expansion of concealed carry of guns that could result in allowing firearms in schools and campuses. By Scott Rothschild
Seder dinner tells story of Passover through food — bitter, flat and otherwise
March 26, 2013
A holiday story that can be passed down from generation to generation through a slice of horseradish root? Taste can be a powerful thing. A chunk of the bitter root — joined by other symbolic foods — graced each table Tuesday at the Lawrence Jewish Community Congregation’s Seder dinner, the first the congregation has organized in several years. By Sara Shepherd
Lawrence man sentenced to 36 years in prison after retrial of 2006 murder case
March 26, 2013
A 41-year-old Lawrence man convicted, for a second time, of a 2006 murder has been sentenced to more than 36 years in prison. Ian Cummings
Researcher, author credits KU with inspiring his focus on hope
March 26, 2013
It can give you the equivalent of an extra day’s worth of productivity each week, Shane Lopez says, or a boost of a full letter grade for a student in a class. It’s a concept that’s been the focus of Lopez’ work for years: hope. And Lopez, a former education professor at Kansas University, is spreading his ideas on campus and around Lawrence this week after the release of a new book. By Matt Erickson
County to discuss rock quarry, roofing project
March 26, 2013
Douglas County commissioners will discuss changes to the Big Springs Quarry phasing schedule. They’ll also decide whether to seek competitive bids for a roofing project at the Judicial and Law Enforcement Center. By Peter Hancock
School bond town hall meeting at 7 p.m. today
March 26, 2013
The town hall meeting to discuss the $92.5 million school bond election will start at 7 p.m. today in the Carnegie Building, 200 W. Ninth Street.
Anti-abortion activists urge passage of fetal heartbeat bill in Kansas
March 26, 2013
Anti-abortion activists on Tuesday urged passage of a bill that would prohibit an abortion if a fetal heartbeat is detectable, saying the measure would lead to a challenge of the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Roe v. Wade, which struck down many state laws restricting abortion. By Nikki Wentling
Lawrence, Free State girls soccer openers postponed
South road track meet canceled
02:49 p.m., March 26, 2013 Updated 03:16 p.m.
The season openers for the girls soccer teams at Lawrence High and Free State have been postponed.
KU alumna returning for discussion on her fight for Title IX compliance as student-athlete
March 26, 2013
A Kansas University alumna who led the fight for gender equality in sports at KU will return this week for a discussion about her effort.
City Commission candidates disagree on how to serve homeless in downtown Lawrence
March 26, 2013
Lawrence’s homeless shelter is no longer located in downtown Lawrence, but questions about how to deal with panhandlers and the homeless in the central business district remain. And Lawrence City Commission candidates aren’t united in their answers. By Chad Lawhorn
House approves bill requiring KU Medical Center to establish stem cell research center
March 26, 2013
A bill supported by abortion opponents that would require the Kansas University Medical Center to start a center on adult stem cell research was approved by the House on Tuesday. By Scott Rothschild
Jayhawk fans could benefit from cheap Sweet 16 and Elite Eight ticket prices
March 26, 2013
Looking to get to Cowboys Stadium for the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight? Check out our price guide. By Shaun Hittle
Self not worried by McLemore’s scoring slump
March 26, 2013
Freshman guard Ben McLemore, Kansas University’s leading scorer, put up just two points in a third-round NCAA Tournament victory against North Carolina on Sunday. But KU coach Bill Self says he’s not concerned. By Gary Bedore
How former Jayhawks fared in March 25 NBA games
March 26, 2013
A look at how former Kansas University players fared in Monday’s NBA games.
Heritage survey focusing on Kanwaka, Wakarusa townships
March 26, 2013
The Douglas County Heritage Conservation Council is conducting a multiyear, countywide survey to document and catalog the area’s natural, cultural and historic assets. For the next several months, the survey will focus on Kanwaka and Wakarusa Townships. By Peter Hancock
KU women’s golf tied for eighth
March 26, 2013
Kansas University’s Thanuttra Boonraksasat shot a 1-over 73 in her opening round and is tied for seventh, and KU is tied for eighth in the team race after a full first and partial second round Monday of the Briar’s Creek Invitational at the Golf Club of Briar’s Creek.
After efforts by student activists and bookstore leaders, living-wage factory now producing KU clothing
March 26, 2013
Earlier this month the KU Bookstore announced that it will begin stocking clothes from Alta Gracia, a brand with a factory in the Dominican Republic monitored by a workers’ rights group where employees earn healthy wages. But behind the announcement were the efforts of a fiery student activist and a bookstore director in charge of a multimillion-dollar operation who, though they did not always get along, both have something to cheer for now. By Matt Erickson
100 years ago: County considers purchase of steam grader
March 26, 2013
“At present there is not a steam grader in the county, the road work being all done by small graders and scrapers.”
Letter: DD services
March 26, 2013
There is a bill before the Kansas Senate this week (Senate Substitute for HB 2155) that will, in effect, disallow local nonprofit organizations from performing essential eligibility and needs-assessment functions and paves the way for large for-profit managed care health insurance companies (MCOs) to take over those key functions.
Editorial: Parade praise
The annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and activities are a great way to welcome spring to Lawrence.
March 26, 2013
In the midst of the sequester, the Kansas Legislature, election issues, the weather that teases us with spring one moment and showers us with snow the next, there are positive things going on around us.
Tune In Tonight: Take a hop down the bunny trail
March 26, 2013
The CW, a network geared to viewers barely out of kindergarten at the turn of the century, reaches back more than 40 years to broadcast “Here Comes Peter Cottontail” (7 p.m.). This animated special, produced by Rankin-Bass (“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”), features the voices of Danny Kaye, Casey Kasem and Vincent Price.
40 years ago: Meat prices declining slightly in Lawrence
March 26, 2013
Meat department managers were not optimistic that the trend would continue.
25 years ago: KU to battle K State for Final Four berth
March 26, 2013
In Pontiac, Michigan, the Jayhawks were preparing for battle.
Horoscopes for March 26
March 26, 2013
For Tuesday, March 26, 2013: This year you will be more concerned about your relationships. At times, you might question your boundaries, as well as those of the other parties involved. If you are single, you could have difficulty deciding whom to date. If you are attached, the two of you have a hard time juggling your different needs.
Letter: Bond investment
March 26, 2013
We strongly support the school bond up for public vote on April 2. This public investment is good for our kids, our community and the local economy.
Letter: Red flag?
March 26, 2013
Before the coming city election, all citizens should drive to the intersection of McDonald Drive and Second Street/Princeton Drive.