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Archive for Thursday, November 21, 2013

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1:06 a.m.
Derek Kwan was announced as the new executive director of the Lied Center of Kansas on Wednesday. Previously he was vice president of Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City. Photo courtesy of the Lied Center. 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.
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Derek Kwan was announced as the new executive director of the Lied Center of Kansas on Wednesday. Previously he was vice president of Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City. Photo courtesy of the Lied Center. 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
10:00 a.m.
The BEST Building at the KU Edwards Campus in Overland Park. 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
4:58 p.m.
Governor Sam Brownback waves to lawmakers as he is escorted to the speaker's podium of the House chamber before delivering the State of the State address on Tuesday at the Kansas Statehouse. In his speech, Brownback called for a cut in taxes and changes in the way judges are selected. Regents may seek support of Brownback, Legislature in its long-term goals
November 21, 2013
Higher education officials today said they may ask the Legislature and Gov. Sam Brownback to endorse their long-range strategic plan. By Scott Rothschild

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Royals fill pitching void with vet Vargas
November 21, 2013
The Kansas City Royals agreed to a $32 million, four-year contract with left-hander Jason Vargas on Thursday, trying to fill the void in their rotation created by Ervin Santana’s free agency.
Baker, Haskell runners set for NAIA meet close to home
November 21, 2013
The Baker University women’s cross country team and members of the Haskell Indian Nations University men’s and women’s squads will compete Saturday in the NAIA Championships at Rim Rock Farm in Lawrence. By Chris Duderstadt
Pep back in Jayhawks’ steps after Big 12 victory
November 21, 2013
Kansas University football players have been able to better enjoy their walks to and from classes in the wake of their first conference victory since 2010. By Matt Tait
Injuries plague Chiefs’ linemen
November 21, 2013
Donald Stephenson and Geoff Schwartz might as well consider themselves starters the way the two Chiefs offensive linemen have been pressed into service this season.
KU student newspaper writer resigns over fabricated column
November 21, 2013
A University Daily Kansan columnist has resigned from the newspaper after his editors learned that he lifted the substance of a recently published piece from another publication. By Sara Shepherd
State jobless rate falls slightly in October
November 21, 2013
The seasonally adjusted state unemployment rate was 5.6 percent in October, down from 5.7 percent in September and unchanged from October 2012, according to the Kansas Department of Labor.
Democrats urge expansion of Medicaid in Kansas
November 21, 2013
Democrats on Thursday urged Republican leaders in Kansas to change course and expand Medicaid to cover 100,000 Kansans. By Scott Rothschild
Kansas group, voters sue over registration rules
November 21, 2013
TOPEKA, Kan. — Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach was sued Thursday by people seeking to block him from imposing a dual voter registration policy as part of the state’s proof-of-citizenship law.
Kansas approves $30.7M Westar rate increase
November 21, 2013
TOPEKA, Kan. — The Kansas Corporation Commission on Thursday formally approved Westar Energy’s rate increase request, signing off on a $30.7 million September settlement.
Regents may seek support of Brownback, Legislature in its long-term goals
November 21, 2013
Higher education officials today said they may ask the Legislature and Gov. Sam Brownback to endorse their long-range strategic plan. By Scott Rothschild
KU lands Big 12-best 19 players on academic All-Big 12 football squad
November 21, 2013
Academic success continues to be one of the strong elements of the Kansas University football program under Charlie Weis, and, Thursday, the Jayhawks reaped the benefits of their work in the classroom. Highlighted by a pair of seniors in offensive lineman Gavin Howard and defensive lineman Shane Smith, Kansas football placed 19 student-athletes on the Academic All-Big 12 teams for the second-consecutive season under head coach Charlie Weis. The 19 honorees tied for the Big 12 lead along with Oklahoma.
Police arrest four after early morning fight, battery of officer
November 21, 2013
Lawrence police arrested four men early Thursday morning after a fight that culminated in one of the men striking an officer before being pulled to the ground and arrested.
City treating streets ahead of mix of sleet and snow
November 21, 2013
Lawrence public works crews are treating roads ahead of tonight’s expected wintry mix of sleet and snow.
Lawrence residential trash collection schedule changed for Thanksgiving
November 21, 2013
Lawrence residents who typically have Thursday trash collection will instead have collection on Tuesday or Wednesday next week because of the Thanksgiving holiday.
Regents appoint committee to help hire next Fort Hays State University president
November 21, 2013
The Kansas Board of Regents has appointed a search committee to recommend candidates to replace retiring Fort Hays State University President Ed Hammond.
How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Nov. 20
November 21, 2013
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Wednesday, Nov. 20.
LHS softball player signs with college
November 21, 2013
Lawrence High senior softball player Andrea Mills has decided where to continue her playing career after she graduates in the spring.
Opinion: Future fireman Spencer fights off defenders, injuries to make impact for KU
November 21, 2013
If you have the misfortune of needing assistance and the firefighter who helps you out of your jam stands 6-foot-6 and weighs 305 pounds, thank him for his service. And then thank him for his service to the Kansas University football program. Riley Spencer, a fifth-year senior left tackle from Hesston, has doubled as a volunteer firefighter for the Wakarusa Township Fire Department. Column by Tom Keegan
Self still not a fan of altered anthem
November 21, 2013
Bill Self, who, in his 11 years at Kansas University has occasionally provided pizza and donuts for students who camp out for seats at basketball games, never takes the Jayhawks’ loudest, most creative supporters for granted. At the same time, he requests that those students who sing “home of the Chiefs” at the conclusion of the National Anthem, return to singing the actual words of the song: “home of the brave.” By Gary Bedore
Kansas volleyball beats ISU, improves standing for postseason
November 21, 2013
A furious fourth-set rally helped the Kansas University volleyball team preserve its fast start, and the 22nd-ranked Jayhawks knocked off No. 24 Iowa State, 25-21, 25-23, 22-25, 25-20, in Ames, Iowa, to give Kansas its first victory at ISU since 2004. By Matt Tait
25 years ago: County commission chair David Hopper passes away
November 21, 2013
“I’ve lost a friend and a co-worker.”
40 years ago: Editorial raises objections to county parking lot plan
November 21, 2013
“Other county-owned land is close by and it wouldn’t seem to hurt county employees to be required to walk another hundred feet or so….”
Editorial: Front of the pack
KU’s new degree offerings emphasizing technology and online education are a good example of reaching for the best.
November 21, 2013
Kansas University’s School of Education appears to be making strides related to technology that perhaps other schools should emulate.
Off the Beaten Plate: Bavarian-Style Pretzels at the Bird Dog Bar
November 21, 2013
If you’re the type of person who enjoys dipping doughy carbs into warm cheese, this is the appetizer for you.
Opinion: Egypt is looking for its way back
November 21, 2013
Bassem Youssef, Egypt’s popular television comedian, expresses the irreverent confidence this country will need to regain stability. On air, he mocks the autocratic tendencies of both the Muslim Brotherhood leaders and the army generals who toppled them from power.
Our Town Sports (Nov. 21)
November 21, 2013
Here’s a look at Our Town Sports for Nov. 21.
Opinion: Remembering a nation in spring
November 21, 2013
We were never innocent. That word is invariably used to describe what changed in America 50 years ago Friday when a dashing young president was murdered in Dallas. But the word has never been quite right.
Style Scout: Anne Mendelsohn
November 21, 2013
Fashion trends you love: Animal prints, leather, black and white, minimalism and girls that dress like boys.
Style Scout: Chris Snipes
November 21, 2013
Whom do people say you look like? Christopher Walken or Willem Dafoe.
Fix-It Chick: Installing masonry anchors
November 21, 2013
Concrete is hard. Anchoring something into concrete is even harder. Fortunately, there are plenty of options available that are easy to use.
Loaded for Bear appeases sketch comedy fans of Lawrence
November 21, 2013
The small troupe born out of the “Victor Continental Show” has 20 live sketches and 10 short films prepared for this year’s Loaded for Bear 4: Ad Astra Per Ursa (very poorly translated, to the stars through bears).
Fall concerts to feature Israeli dancer’s choreography
November 21, 2013
The University Dance Company’s fall concerts will feature the choreography of Kansas University’s dance department’s guest artist from Israel, on Nov. 21 and 22, as part of the Janet Hamburg Visiting Artist Series.
Fashion Column Twins: Finding the right winter-worthy essentials
November 21, 2013
After the shock of last week’s real winter chill, we began to hunt for key winter pieces so we can be better prepared for the next round of arctic temperatures - all while keeping our style in check, of course.
Mrs. Mass: Lawrence holiday shopping round-up
November 21, 2013
Can you believe Black Friday is right around the corner? If you’re anything like me, you haven’t started the daunting task that is holiday shopping.
Family Adventures: The Thanksgiving Book
November 21, 2013
Thanksgiving is always a traveling holiday for our family. Sweet Husband works in retail, so it’s usually his only chance to slip away before the holiday rush. Plus, there’s just something nice about heading home for a few days and letting our parents feed us. We tend toward celebrating Christmas with our own little family of three, but Thanksgiving is a feast of all.
Garden Variety: Put your ash in the garden
November 21, 2013
Traditionally, the recommendation is NOT to put wood ashes in the garden. But the thinking behind that prohibition is changing.
Black Friday shopping without crowds or chaos
November 21, 2013
Try holiday shopping at Waxman Candles or M.Street Interiors for local gifts and decor without having to fight for your purchase.
100 years ago: ‘Jayhawkers’ begin traveling to Missouri for season’s final football game
November 21, 2013
“At Columbia, Missouri, tomorrow, the mighty Tiger and the fighting Jayhawk meet once again in mortal combat.”