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Efforts continue at blocking Common Core in Kansas
May 30, 2013
Some conservatives in the Kansas legislature still hope for a measure to block public schools from implementing the Common Core standards in English language arts and math. But state and local education leaders say that would be a big mistake. By Peter Hancock
House rejects another tax increase, negotiations to continue
May 30, 2013
Another day, another proposed tax increase shot down in the House. This one, which would have raised taxes nearly $700 million over 5 years, was the product of a mini-revolt among Republicans and died Thursday on an 18-94 vote. By Scott Rothschild
KU football player Chris Martin charged with aggravated robbery; bond set at $35,000
May 30, 2013
Douglas County prosecutors charged junior Kansas University football player Chris Martin and two other men Thursday with aggravated robbery in connection with a May 13 home invasion in southwest Lawrence. Ian Cummings
KU students help with tornado relief effort in Oklahoma
May 30, 2013
Like many people after last week’s devastating tornado in Moore, Okla., Morgan Hines had an urge to help. And she was determined to follow through with it. Hines, who recently finished her junior year at Kansas University, used some connections she had in the Oklahoma City area to organize a relief trip for herself and fellow members of Douglas County Young Life, a local Christian outreach ministry for area youth. By Giles Bruce
Outdoor Aquatic Center delays opening because of weather
02:11 p.m., May 30, 2013 Updated 03:08 p.m.
The Lawrence Outdoor Aquatic Center delays opening today
Kansas football commitment Joe Dineen: ‘KU was where I belonged’
May 30, 2013
Free State High standout Joe Dineen, a senior-to-be who has played multiple positions during his prep career, orally committed to join the KU football program late Wednesday night. The 6-foot-2, 197-pound Free State junior projects as a safety and chose KU over interest from Oklahoma State, Rice, Nebraska and others. By Matt Tait
Parties near agreement on fence dispute
May 30, 2013
Douglas County commissioners may not have to resolve a fence dispute after all. Two farm families who had used an 1860s-era law to appeal their dispute to the commission are now said to be close to an agreement on their own. By Peter Hancock
40 years ago: New sirens installed, ready for testing
May 30, 2013
In all there were 15 sirens in the Douglas County warning system.
Royals’ skid hits 8
May 30, 2013
The rally came too late for Lance Lynn to get another win. Just in time, though, for the St. Louis Cardinals to keep the scuffling Kansas City Royals down.
Opinion: Climate change we can’t ignore
May 30, 2013
This month we reached a tragic milestone: Carbon dioxide levels hit 400 parts per million (ppm) in our atmosphere (Scientific American, May 9). For hundreds of thousands of years, CO2 levels have not risen above 300 ppm. The last time CO2 was at 400 ppm was about 3 million years ago, before humans existed, and sea levels were at least 50 feet higher than they are today.
Editorial: Kansas candor
Former Sen. Bob Dole still knows how to cut to the heart of political matters.
May 30, 2013
Bob Dole hasn’t lost his Kansas candor.
Opinion: Scout decision not really a milestone
May 30, 2013
Hold your applause. As milestones go, this one is disappointing.
New exhibit strings together artwork of more than 70 artists
May 30, 2013
Ask a physicist about string theory and you get talk of particle theory, dark matter and quantum physics. Ask an artist about string theory and you will get something like what is currently on display in the front gallery of the Lawrence Arts Center.
May Final Fridays Preview
May 30, 2013
This month’s Final Fridays not only offers wonderful art but also gives participants an opportunity to catch up on what people and companies are up to.
More wineries, more elbow room expected for this year’s Winesong at Riverfest
May 30, 2013
Organizers learned two big lessons after turning hundreds away from the inaugural Winesong at Riverfest wine tasting event in De Soto. People — a lot of people, it turns out — are interested in trying Kansas wine. And, in order to better accommodate them, this year’s event would need some major tweaking.
Garden Calendar: Sweeten up your garden with sweet potatoes
May 30, 2013
Looking for something easy to grow that is a great late-in-the-season addition to the vegetable garden? Try growing sweet potatoes this year. By Jennifer Smith
Off the Beaten Plate: Pig Pie at Mr. Bacon BBQ
May 30, 2013
Jeff Frye conjured up his idea for the Pig Pie during a night out with friends at 23rd Street Brewery. Once he deciphered all the notes he’d scribbled on little yellow pieces of paper, he knew he was on to something.
100 years ago: Young man missing; family fears suicide
May 30, 2013
“Absolute mystery surrounds the disappearance yesterday morning of Theodore A. Zahner.”
Horoscopes for May 30
May 30, 2013
For Thursday, May 30: This year you enter a period where your intensity comes across both positively and negatively. Many people want to be around your highly magnetic energy; however, you will note how people back away from you when you get angry. If you are single, your biggest problem will be trying to stay single, if that is what you want. If you are attached, work on expressing your anger before you lose control.
25 years ago: Manager remembers early days at city pool
May 30, 2013
“It turned out to be a nice challenge dealing with people.”