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Lawrence school board members satisfied with Common Core phase-in
November 25, 2013
Lawrence school board members said they are generally satisfied with how the Common Core standards are being implemented locally. Students will start being tested on the new standards this spring. By Peter Hancock
Motorist collides with bicylist, drives off
November 25, 2013
A 21-year-old Kansas University bicyclist was taken to Watkins Memorial Health Center with nonlife-threatening injuries Monday afternoon after colliding with a vehicle, which drove away from the accident, according to a Lawrence Police Department spokesman.
Governor opens dialogue aimed at avoiding future school finance lawsuits
November 25, 2013
Gov. Sam Brownback met with school officials and legislative leaders Monday to look for ways to avoid future school finance litigation. The talks came while the Kansas Supreme Court is weighing arguments in a case that could force the state to spend upwards of $500 million a year more for public schools. By Peter Hancock
KPR mini fundraiser earns station over $9,000
November 25, 2013
A mini fundraiser by Kansas Public Radio yielded $9,235 from listeners, according to a statement.
KU architecture professor named one of ‘most admired’ educators
November 25, 2013
Kansas University’s Paola Sanguinetti is named one of the 30 most admired educators for 2014 by America’s Best Architecture & Design Schools survey.
KU grad is executive officer on Navy’s newest aircraft carrier
November 25, 2013
The last time someone became executive officer of the first in a new series of U.S. Navy aircraft carriers was more than three decades ago, with the commissioning of the USS Nimitz in 1975. Now, as the Navy launches its next-generation series of carriers, there’s a Kansas University graduate in the job. By Sara Shepherd
City commissioners asked to approve year-end payments to employees
November 25, 2013
Commissioners at their meeting Tuesday will consider approving what has become an annual tradition at Lawrence City Hall — a year-end “longevity payment” that is made to every city employee who has at least five years of service. By Chad Lawhorn
Self: USA Basketball speculation ‘not realistic’
November 25, 2013
One thing Kansas University’s Bill Self and Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski did not discuss at this year’s Champions Classic was the possibility of KU’s 11th-year coach succeeding “Coach K” as head coach of the U.S. Olympic men’s basketball team. Notes by Gary Bedore
Opinion: Road trips trouble for KU football
November 25, 2013
Kansas University football’s last victory away from Memorial Stadium and Lawrence came four-and-a-half seasons ago in El Paso, Texas, against UTEP. Columnist Tom Keegan picks apart the Jayhawks’ 27-game road losing streak.
KU swimmers win Kansas Classic
November 25, 2013
Kansas University swimmers and divers cruised to an easy team victory at the Kansas Classic on Sunday, the third and final day of races at Capitol Federal Natatorium.
Free State track standout Harmon-Thomas commits to Texas
November 25, 2013
One of the top high school track athletes in Kansas, Free State High senior Alexa Harmon-Thomas, has decided to join the University of Texas track team.
25 years ago: In its fourth year, LINK serves turkey dinner to community
November 25, 2013
About 135 Thanksgiving meals had been served the previous day in the basement of the First Christian Church.
Editorial: New perspective
Giving inmates a way to see “alternatives to criminal thinking” can help them successfully leave jail and not return.
November 25, 2013
Congratulations to Douglas County Jail officials for continuing to pursue new strategies to reduce the number of inmates who leave jail but soon find themselves back in custody.
Business briefcase Nov. 25
November 25, 2013
Kansas University received a 2013 ImpacT Award, which recognizes businesses and organizations in the Kansas City area that have completed projects with efficiency and environmental benefits.
Marriages for Nov. 25
November 25, 2013
Marriage licenses issued in Douglas County.
Divorces for Nov. 25
November 25, 2013
Divorces granted in Douglas County.
Opinion: Arts are important part of education
November 25, 2013
This year marks the 100-year anniversary of one of the seminal events in American culture.
Opinion: Washington creating its own crises
November 25, 2013
For concision and precision in describing Barack Obama’s suddenly ambivalent relationship with his singular — actually, his single — achievement, the laurels go to Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La. After Obama’s semi-demi-apology for millions of canceled insurance policies — an intended and predictable consequence of his crusade to liberate Americans from their childish choices of “substandard” policies sold by “bad apple” insurers — Scalise said:
Fire officials share tips to avoid turkey fryer fires
November 25, 2013
To avoid the city’s first turkey fryer fire, Lawrence-Douglas County Fire-Medical is reminding holiday cooks to stay apprised of safety tips if they choose that method of preparing the family dinner.
40 years ago: LMH room rates increased by $4 per day
November 25, 2013
Lawrence Memorial Hospital was still charging less than other area hospitals.
How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Nov. 24
November 25, 2013
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Sunday, Nov. 24.
Offense carries Chiefs, but defense loses game to Chargers
November 25, 2013
The Kansas City Chiefs’ offense finally proved it could win a game. Their defense finally let them down. After driving for a go-ahead touchdown in the waning minutes against San Diego on Sunday, Alex Smith the rest of the offense could only watch as Philip Rivers answered with a 26-yard pass to Seyi Ajirotutu with 24 seconds left that gave the Chargers a dramatic 41-38 victory.
100 years ago: KU students may leave classroom when whistle blows, dean says
November 25, 2013
“Several of the professors have a habit of starting a long discussion just at the close of the recitation hour….”
Lawrence pastry cook helps team place in international competition
November 25, 2013
Chocolate mousse tinged with Linzer cake, raspberry jam and flourless chocolate cake. Topped with coffee Chantilly cream. Accompanied by caramelized pineapple and banana-rum spiced ice cream. Served with toasted coconut and a side of guava sauce. Lawrence resident Kathryn Ratzlaff didn’t dream up the elaborate dessert, but she prepared it deftly enough to help her team take fourth place at an international cooking challenge this month. By Sara Shepherd
Senator says ‘Bitcoins’ are challenge for regulators
November 25, 2013
Sen. Jerry Moran says there is little precedent for the new Internet-based currency known as Bitcoin. He serves on the Senate Banking Committee which held hearings last week, trying to determine if there needs to be more government oversight. By Peter Hancock
Volunteers working with Douglas County to help would-be voters get registered
November 25, 2013
The League of Women Voters of Lawrence and Douglas County is trying to locate voters whose registrations are “in suspense” because of new proof-of-citizenship requirements. Officials say there are more than 17,000 such voter registrations in Kansas, including 656 in Douglas County. By Peter Hancock
After discord caused by tweet, KU journalism school moves on
November 25, 2013
The Kansas University School of Journalism became a target of outsiders’ anger In the days following David Guth’s tweet about the NRA. Some of Guth’s colleagues say safety should have been the main focus in the message about Guth and his leave. Since then, the school and students in his classes have tried to move on. By Ben Unglesbee
Bankruptcies for Nov. 25
November 25, 2013
Douglas County residents or businesses filing for bankruptcy protection recently in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the District of Kansas, according to court records.