Archive for Wednesday, October 30, 2013

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Baldwin City teen injured after losing control of car on U.S. Highway 59
October 30, 2013
A 17-year-old Baldwin City male was transported to Lawrence Memorial Hospital with nonlife-threatening injures Wednesday after losing control of his vehicle on U.S. Highway 59 in Douglas County.
County OKs bonds for Baldwin City broadband despite concerns from competitor
October 30, 2013
Baldwin City plans to issue $5 million in industrial revenue bonds to finance a private company’s project to build a high-speed broadband Internet network. Officials from rival Wicked Broadband supported the bonds, but said the network should be open to all carriers. By Peter Hancock
Students get face time with Kansas legislators at KU tour
October 30, 2013
Students attend meeting between KU and legislators to field questions about student loan debt. Others came out to protest cuts to higher education. By Ben Unglesbee
Calder Pickett, iconic KU journalism professor, dies
October 30, 2013
Calder Pickett, who taught journalism at Kansas University for nearly four decades also worked in newspapers and radio in the state, died Tuesday at Neuvant House in Lawrence. He was 92. By Giles Bruce
Shawnee man facing felony methamphetamine charges after Lawrence arrest
October 30, 2013
A 19-year-old Shawnee man was booked into Douglas County Jail over the weekend on suspicion of possessing and distributing methamphetamine, marijuana possession, transporting an open container and resisting arrest.
Lawrence man sentenced to two years probation for storage unit burglaries
05:37 p.m., October 30, 2013 Updated 04:56 p.m.
A Douglas County judge sentenced a 33-year-old Lawrence man to three years in prison this week for his involvement in a rash of burglaries along with at least two other individuals and involving thousands of dollars of stolen goods from area storage units.
Economic development leaders pushing to have technology training center open by 2015
October 30, 2013
Economic development leaders believe a new technology training center for area employers can be open by 2015, even though the community lost out on a federal grant for the facility. By Chad Lawhorn
No charges to be filed in Sunset Hill gun incident
05:02 p.m., October 30, 2013 Updated 06:07 p.m.
Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson says a new state law precludes charging a person who brings a loaded gun into a school if that person has a valid concealed-carry permit. The decision is in response to a Sunset Hill school employee who was found Monday with a concealed handgun. By Peter Hancock
Kansas Association of Wheat Growers accepting applications for scholarship
October 30, 2013
The 2014 Herb Clutter Memorial Scholarship includes a $500 scholarship per year to students pursuing a career in agriculture.
Journal-World website wins national honor
October 30, 2013
For the second year in a row the Lawrence Journal-World’s website,, was chosen in a prestigious national contest as having the best daily newspaper website of its size in the country.
Railway removal to cause road closure along 11th Street and Haskell Avenue until Friday
October 30, 2013
Railroad track removal will continue to affect Lawrence motorists until at least Friday, city officials say.
Parks department releases guide to winter, spring recreation activities
October 30, 2013
The Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department released its 2014 Winter/Spring Activities Guide, a list of recreational programs organized by the city.
Kansans have another option to investigate health insurance plans offered in marketplace
October 30, 2013
Kansans unable to access now have another option to check out their health insurance options under the Affordable Care Act.
KU puts best foot forward on state funding; some legislators skeptical
12:50 p.m., October 30, 2013 Updated 05:35 p.m.
Top Kansas University administrators today tried to make the case to legislators for state funding, but they faced some critical questions from conservatives who have already cut higher education funding. By Scott Rothschild
P-L soccer wins regional opener
October 30, 2013
Perry-Lecompton defeated Buhler, 1-0, in high school regional soccer on Tuesday night.
25 years ago: KU experiences surge in foreign language enrollments
October 30, 2013
“Twelve to 15 years ago we almost had to arm wrestle students to get them to take a foreign language.”
40 years ago: With winter coming, contractors hurry to finish roofs on local constructon projects
October 30, 2013
Many projects were behind schedule because of material shortages and rainy weather.
How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Oct. 29
October 30, 2013
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Oct. 29.
During KU visit, Pulitzer-winning book critic encourages readers to branch out
October 30, 2013
Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Dirda appeared at the Kansas Union to deliver the 2013 Richard W. Gunn Memorial Lecture, on his career as a book critic for the Washington Post.
Opinion: Law degree opens doors
October 30, 2013
Over the past few years the media has been filled with articles about the “crash” of the legal profession since 2008. A few large law firms have disappeared, starting lawyers’ salaries have, for the most part, dropped from the stratospheric heights they had achieved in the mid-2000s, and applications to law school have fallen precipitously, so much so that many law schools (including the Kansas University School of Law) have reduced their class sizes dramatically. On casual reading of the media, it would seem that only a crazy person would go to law school these days.
Editorial: Higher ed opportunity
We hope state legislators have a great visit at KU today and leave campus inspired about the university’s accomplishments and potential.
October 30, 2013
A group of influential Kansas legislators has spent the last 10 days traveling around the state visiting state university and community college campuses. We hope that today’s final stops on that tour — at the Kansas University Medical Center and KU’s Lawrence campus — will prove to be the highlight of their tour.
Your Turn: Brownback responds to NY Times
Editor’s note: The following letter by Gov. Sam Brownback was written to the New York Times in response to its Oct. 13 editorial.
October 30, 2013
While the citizens of Kansas do appreciate your interest in the quality of education received by our children, it appears you may be unaware of a few simple facts. Therefore, I would respectfully request that you reconsider the conclusions drawn in your recent editorial entitled “Shortchanging Kansas Schoolchildren” in light of the following:
Opinion: GOP should be happy
October 30, 2013
“Bye Bye Birdie” is an old musical that survives in high school productions and in some people’s memory bank. It debuted on Broadway in 1960 and was made into a film in 1963. One of the songs from the show might serve as an inspiration, if not a theme, for Republicans in the winter of their discontent over President Obama and congressional Democrats: “Put on a Happy Face.”
100 years ago: Theater severely damaged, firemen injured in downtown blaze
October 30, 2013
“The fire was a complete puzzle to the firemen in that they were unable to locate the flames although the smoke continued to pour out….”
EMU Theatre brings homegrown ‘Horrorshow’ to the stage
October 30, 2013
Independent community-based group EMU Theatre is bringing “Horrorshow VII: Tales of Monsters, Malevolence and Mercy” to the Lawrence Arts Center on Halloween.