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Kansas women’s basketball falls at Minnesota
08:57 p.m., November 20, 2013 Updated 12:37 a.m.
Kansas University’s women’s basketball team couldn’t overcome a poor second half and lost its first game of the season, 70-59, to Minnesota on Wednesday night.
Kansas Insurance Commissioner Praeger declines invitation to meet with Obama on ACA
November 20, 2013
Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger declined to attend a meeting Wednesday with President Obama to discuss problems with the Affordable Care Act. By Scott Rothschild
KU picks Lincoln Center executive to lead the Lied Center
November 20, 2013
Kansas University has picked Derek Kwan, vice president of concerts and touring at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City, as the new executive director of the Lied Center of Kansas, the university announced Wednesday. Kwan will replace Executive Director Tim Van Leer, who is retiring after leading the Lied Center for the past 12 years.By Ben Unglesbee
LiveWell Lawrence, health department looking to form new anti-tobacco work group
November 20, 2013
The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department and LiveWell Lawrence are looking for community members to join a new work group that will promote tobacco use prevention and cessation.
Lawrence Humane Society executive director stepping down
November 20, 2013
Dori Villalon, the executive director of the Lawrence Humane Society, will step down from her position at the end of November, the organization announced Wednesday.
County to renew contract with tow truck operators
November 20, 2013
Douglas County officials plan to renew a contract with local wrecker companies that regulates how much they can charge for certain tow services. The county entered the agreement last year as a way to prevent some customers from being overcharged. By Peter Hancock
KU’s Bioscience and Technology Business Center hires a new president
November 20, 2013
The Bioscience and Technology Business Center, based out of Kansas University’s West Campus, has a new chief operating officer and president, a position that had been vacant since September 2012. G.R. Underwood previously worked as CEO of a company that spun out of the University of Texas.
Competency hearing in Hopkins murder case postponed
November 20, 2013
A hearing to determine whether a Lawrence man is competent to stand trial on first-degree murder charges in the shooting death of his wife was postponed until next week. By Stephen Montemayor
KU Medical Center, Cancer Center, progressing but facing budget challenges, officials say
November 20, 2013
The Kansas University Medical Center and Cancer Center are making great strides in serving the state, but recent state and federal budget cuts are producing challenges, officials said Wednesday. By Scott Rothschild
KU Continuing Education to move from Lawrence to Edwards Campus
November 20, 2013
KU Continuing Education, which provides workforce training and lifelong educational instruction, will move to the Edwards Campus in Overland Park. The move will begin in January 2014 and continue through the year as Edwards adapts its facilities. Edwards leadership hopes the move will help it connect businesses with needed training and help the school recruit students for its programs. By Ben Unglesbee
LMH projecting revenues to exceed expenses by $7 million in 2014
November 20, 2013
LMH’s board of trustees on Wednesday approved a 2014 budget that estimates the hospital will remain profitable in the coming year but at lower levels than in past years. That’s despite the fact the Affordable Care Act calls for more Americans to be insured in 2014. By Chad Lawhorn
KU business school wins a $500,000 federal grant for entrepreneurship center
November 20, 2013
The Kansas University recently won a half million dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce to help fund its Center for Entrepreneurship, which houses programs such as Red Tire.
Trial set for 23-year-old Lawrence man facing life in prison on federal drug charges
November 20, 2013
Hunter R. Wheeler, arrested and later indicted in October on multiple charges of possessing methamphetamine, intending to distribute the drug and possessing a firearm, will begin an expected four-day trial in federal court on Jan. 6 in Kansas City, Kan.
Lincoln Center executive Derek Kwan chosen as director of Lied Center
November 20, 2013
Kansas University has announced that Derek Kwan, vice president of concerts and touring at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City, will be the new executive director of the Lied Center of Kansas.
How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Nov. 19
November 20, 2013
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Tuesday, Nov. 19.
40 years ago: Lawrence man to be tried for hit-and-run
November 20, 2013
The two persons injured in the two-car crash had been dismissed earlier from the hospital.
City of Lawrence to collect new toys, non-perishable foods for donation
November 20, 2013
The city of Lawrence will collect new, unwrapped toys and non-perishable foods for donation on Dec. 2 and 9.
Editorial: Bumpy issue
Work on a policy about when and how to rebuild brick streets in older Lawrence neighborhoods is long overdue.
November 20, 2013
Simply ignoring the brick streets in Lawrence’s older neighborhoods is not a winning strategy.
New catering company to hold wine party
November 20, 2013
A new Lawrence catering company, Sumptuous Feasts & Fetes, will host a Beaujolais Nouveau party and tasting event at the Castle Tea Room.
Panel reflects on opportunities in athletics afforded by Title IX
November 20, 2013
In this 2006 file photo, then Lawrence High School senior place-kicker Abby Vestal kicks a 37-yard field goal. Vestal was part of a panel of female athletes and health professionals who reflected on their experiences in sports made possible by the passage of Title IX, which banned gender discrimination in education and athletics over four decades ago. By Elliot Hughes
25 years ago: New computer users warned of crashes
November 20, 2013
“One of the first things you do is prepare for a crash.”
Just Food seeks family sponsors for Thanksgiving meals
November 20, 2013
Just Food is looking for volunteers to sponsor disadvantaged families who have signed up to receive Thanksgiving meals.
Delicious/Nutritious: Roasted chestnuts the perfect seasonal pairing
November 20, 2013
Megan Stuke and Sarah Henning hop on the chestnut bandwagon.
Bite Sighs: Over-the-top oatmeal cookies
November 20, 2013
When my friend Terry described her new favorite instant oatmeal, my brain partnered with my sweet tooth to find a way to turn said oatmeal into a cookie.
KU students, staff sound off on possibility of concealed carry of guns in campus buildings
November 20, 2013
On the hill, comfort level varies when it comes to concealed weapons in university buildings. As university officials plan for a new law that will allow them, students and faculty members have strong views, falling on both sides of the debate. By Sara Shepherd
Letter: No compassion?
November 20, 2013
Is there a single existing social program for needy families and especially children living in poverty that Sam Brownback does not hate? He seems relentless in starving them of funds and sending the message that they are not worthy of help.
Opinion: A bold play for an Article V convention
November 20, 2013
Fed up with Washington? Angry that elections don’t seem to matter when it comes time to solving problems? Disgusted by the polarization that puts politicians’ careers ahead of taxpayer interests? Frustrated because you don’t think anything can be done about it?
Opinion: JFK: a presidency on a pedestal
November 20, 2013
Fifty years after the death of John F. Kennedy, there’s no mystery about why his brief presidency remains an object of fascination: It was glamorous, photogenic, and cut short by an assassination that still seems an insoluble puzzle. Compared to the full-color images of Kennedy and his wife on our television screens this month, other figures of his era seem gray.
100 years ago: House burglarized while family attends parents’ funeral
November 20, 2013
“The house was securely locked when they left it, according to the son.”