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Downtown hotel project now slated to begin in June, following city’s latest approval
May 14, 2013
Construction work on a multi-story hotel at Ninth and New Hampshire is now expected to begin in June, ending a months-long process where the lot for the project has sat vacant. By Chad Lawhorn
State Board hears opposition to Common Core Standards
May 14, 2013
Dozens of people spoke out against the Common Core standards for reading and math at a meeting of the Kansas State Board of Education Tuesday. But board members say they’re not inclined to repeal the standards, which were formally adopted in October 2010. By Peter Hancock
Burglar strikes same property two days in a row, escapes after battering resident
May 14, 2013
Police are looking for a burglar who struck the same storage unit two days in a row this week and battered a Lawrence resident who caught him in the act.
$1 million gift will enable professorship in geology at KU
Donor’s husband pursued successful career in geology inspired by undergraduate teacher
May 14, 2013
Hubert “Hub” Hall didn’t always dream of a career in geology. It wasn’t until he enrolled in the class taught by a particularly inspiring Kansas University geology professor that Hall knew the field was for him. KU announced this week that Hall’s widow Kathleen Hall has made a $1 million leadership gift to establish a professorship in geology at the school. By Sara Shepherd
Conservatives at odds over budget, taxes as wrap-up session drags on
May 14, 2013
Kansas’ elected leaders may describe themselves as conservative Republicans, but, at this point, they aren’t getting along, and that means the state’s budget and tax system remained up in the air Tuesday as the 2013 wrap-up session dragged on. By Scott Rothschild
KU football lands commitment from East St. Louis linebacker
May 14, 2013
Talk about a solid encore. A few hours after the Kansas University men’s basketball program landed Andrew Wiggins, the top player in the Class of 2013, the KU football program picked up an oral commitment from linebacker Kyron Watson, the No. 4-ranked outside linebacker in the country, according to ESPN.com.
Lawrence social worker helps patients live their own lives
May 14, 2013
Felicia Shockey isn’t your average social worker. She has arranged for a patient to ride on a Harley Davidson alongside the Patriot Guard. She helped another fly in a hot-air balloon, checking an item off the top of his bucket list. She lets patients drink alcohol or eat steak — if that’s what they want. The director of social services at Brandon Woods at Alvamar in Lawrence is the inaugural winner of the Crossroads Hospice Caring More Award, which will be presented at The Oread on Wednesday. By Giles Bruce
State Board of Education member defends N-word comments
May 14, 2013
Black leaders criticized State Board of Education member Steve Roberts Tuesday for comments he made about the use of a racially derogatory word. Roberts was commenting during the April meeting about proposed new history, government and social studies standards. By Peter Hancock
Courthouse wrap-up: Prison sentence in New Year’s Day shooting; 30 days in jail for Lawrence woman who drove car into house
May 14, 2013
A wrap-up of criminal cases over the past week in Douglas County District Court. Click on the highlighted links for more details.
Top prospect Andrew Wiggins chooses Kansas
Bill Self says Wiggins ‘an alpha dog and we definitely need that … ’
11:11 a.m., May 14, 2013 Updated 03:34 p.m.
Andrew Wiggins, the No. 1 prospect in the high school recruiting Class of 2013, on Tuesday said he’d be attending Kansas University on basketball scholarship.
Lawrence man with disability found safe after going missing from group home
10:57 a.m., May 14, 2013 Updated 07:20 p.m.
Family members were relieved after finding Andrew Ellis, 20, who had gone missing from a Leawood group home early Tuesday morning. Ellis suffers from a brain injury and does not usually travel alone.
Brownback: Private GOP tax talks ‘going well’
May 14, 2013
Private negotiations with top legislative Republicans about tax issues are “going well,” Gov. Sam Brownback said Monday, but he wouldn’t predict when party leaders might agree on a plan to cut income taxes further.
Letter: Misguided
May 14, 2013
In his May 8 letter, Steve Willson, DVM, says the May 5 Journal-World article about a concert fundraiser for Operation Wildlife (OWL) “encourages the creation of serious public health problems.” He then gives a brief tutorial on rabies and one line about the dangers of approaching great blue herons. Eh?
Letter: Unfair aid
May 14, 2013
It’s bad enough that the city bought a bill of goods in giving inexpensive access to city facilities for Lawrence Freenet, with the dubious promise of providing Internet capabilities to those who could not afford it, but to consider giving the morphed company, Wicked Broadband, a $500,000 grant and a competitive advantage over other local Internet providers is too much.
Editorial: Assault action
It’s way past time for military and elected officials to address the growing epidemic of sexual assault in the military.
May 14, 2013
Last week’s Pentagon report on sexual assaults in the military will be difficult to ignore.
American Cancer Society to host volunteer open house
May 14, 2013
As a celebration of the 100th birthday of the American Cancer Society, the organization is encouraging people to raise awareness and join the fight against cancer.
40 years ago: Commissioners to discuss site plans, IRBs, and Bicentennial committee
May 14, 2013
The Lawrence City Commission was to discuss IRBs for the Lawrence Paper Company.
25 years ago: County corrections can absorb some state inmates, official says
May 14, 2013
On April 1, a U.S. District judge had ordered corrections officials to release 400 inmates from the Kansas State Penitentiary in Lansing.
100 years ago: Little boy disappears from Lawrence neighborhood
May 14, 2013
“It is feared that the Kaw River has claimed this little life.”
Doctor finds ‘A Healthier Wei’ to treat kids
May 14, 2013
Julie Wei was a pediatric Otolaryngologist, or ear, nose and throat specialist, at the University of Kansas Medical Center for more than ten years when she began to see a trend that she didn’t like: a large number of children with chronic congestion. Wei’s book, “A Healthier Wei” is an explanation of why she believes children are being misdiagnosed and wrongly medicated and her theory, with proven success, on how to fix these problems.
Opinion: What Russia gave us on Syria: very little
May 14, 2013
Those who oppose greater U.S. involvement in Syria were no doubt relieved at the announcement that Moscow and Washington want to convene an international conference to end the country’s civil war.
Tune In Tonight: CNBC doesn’t stand out with ‘Crowd Rules’
May 14, 2013
Call me confused. I’m frequently stumped when a cable network deviates from its original purpose to pursue generic reality shows, readily available elsewhere. The newest CNBC offering is “Crowd Rules” (8 p.m.) a show so unabashedly unoriginal, it just might work. Imagine the set from “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,” the music from “The Apprentice” and the general thrust of “Shark Tank” and you’re getting close.
Horoscopes for May 14
May 14, 2013
For Tuesday, May 14: This year you encounter some touchy situations yet manage to remain held together. Sometimes you get involved in power plays, even when you have no interest in them. If you are single, you could meet someone easily and experience the most euphoric beginning. Give yourself plenty of time before committing. If you are attached, as a couple, you have had and continue to have issues over power and control.