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City approves partial closure of Massachusetts Street for outdoor movie
September 17, 2013
Lawrence city commissioners on Tuesday night unanimously agreed to shut down a portion of Massachusetts Street for about seven hours on Sept. 26 for a free outdoor showing of “The Goonies,” a 1985 cult classic about a group of kids on a wild treasure hunt. By Chad Lawhorn
City voices support for $725k loan to shelter but wants further discussion of terms
September 17, 2013
City commissioners voiced support Tuesday for a $725,000 loan for the Lawrence Community Shelter, after leaders with the homeless shelter expressed concern about the financial bind the organization would find itself in without the money. By Chad Lawhorn
AT&T investing millions in mobile network on KU campus to improve data speeds
September 17, 2013
Life in the digital world could get easier for anyone who has been caught in the logjam of mobile users while trying to post pictures from Allen Fieldhouse, Memorial Stadium, or just about anywhere else on the Kansas University campus. A contract between KU and AT&T will allow the company to build a network of small antenna systems throughout campus, making it easier to upload and download data to cell phones. By Ben Unglesbee
Media lawyer speaks at KU about press freedom in the age of WikiLeaks
September 17, 2013
Charles Tobin, a Washington D.C.-based media lawyer, has represented large and small media clients in courts across the country. He’s also advised news organizations on how to respond to government subpoenas. On Monday he spoke at the KU law school about the meaning of press freedom, and the meaning of what it is to be in the press, in an age of hackers, leakers, tweeters and bloggers. By Ben Unglesbee
State board says all teachers should be fingerprinted
September 17, 2013
The Kansas State Board of Education voted to draft a new regulation that would require teachers already licensed to be fingerprinted when they renew their licenses. The proposed change is aimed at identifying teachers charged or convicted with serious crimes. By Peter Hancock
Lt. Gov. Colyer to testify to Congress that economy hurt by Affordable Care Act
September 17, 2013
Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer is blaming economic problems in Kansas and the nation on the Affordable Care Act. By Scott Rothschild
Former VP candidate Ryan to appear in Kansas for Brownback fundraiser
September 17, 2013
Former Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan will headline two fundraisers next week for Gov. Sam Brownback’s re-election campaign.
KU defensive lineman Marquel Combs likely to red-shirt
RB Taylor Cox also might take potential red shirt with nagging leg issues
01:21 p.m., September 17, 2013 Updated 12:18 a.m.
It’s been an interesting couple of weeks for Kansas University defensive lineman Marquel Combs, but KU coach Charlie Weis cleared things up quite a bit on Tuesday, when he said the former No. 1-rated juco player in the country likely would red-shirt the 2013 season. By Matt Tait
102 become citizens in Dole Institute ceremony
01:10 p.m., September 17, 2013 Updated 08:06 p.m.
Right hands raised, 102 people from 40 countries stood and recited the oath to become American citizens this morning at the Dole Institute of Politics. For most candidates, the road to Monday’s ceremony was long and challenging. By Nico Roesler
Paul Davis makes it official: He’s running for governor
11:48 a.m., September 17, 2013 Updated 07:39 p.m.
House Minority Leader Paul Davis, D-Lawrence, today officially launched his campaign for governor, vowing to build a moderate coalition to work on the state’s problems. By Scott Rothschild
Girls golf tournament postponed
September 17, 2013
Lawrence High’s girls golf team postponed its annual home tournament Tuesday at Alvamar Golf course due to wet conditions.
Kansas shifts plans on license renewals
September 17, 2013
TOPEKA — Kansas no longer plans to require people renewing driver’s licenses to produce proof that they’re living in the U.S. legally, Revenue Secretary Nick Jordan said Monday, confirming a policy shift with implications for the state’s administration of a separate proof-of-citizenship requirement for new voters.
FSHS soccer slips past De Soto
September 17, 2013
The steady drizzle coming down throughout the Free State High boys soccer team’s home opener Monday night made performing simple game tasks much trickier than usual. By Benton Smith
40 years ago: Local tavern owner killed in car-train collision
September 17, 2013
It was the ninth traffic fatality reported so far in 1973 in Douglas County.
Letter: Constitution Week
September 17, 2013 in print edition on A10
The tradition of celebrating Constitution Week was started in 1955 by the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). Constitution Week is commemorated every Sept. 17-23.
Letter: Brush too broad
September 17, 2013 in print edition on A10
Craig Voorhees (Public Forum, Sept. 13) paints with too wide a brush. His upbringing may have been difficult, but not all fundamentalist Christians are bad, as all Muslims are not bad, as all Catholics are not bad, etc. 
Letter: Happy birthday!
September 17, 2013 in print edition on A10
Today marks the 159th birthday of Lawrence. Just nine years ago, our town celebrated our sesquicentennial and presented Sesquicentennial Point as a marker of our 150th birthday.
Letter: Loyal local
September 17, 2013 in print edition on A10
I appreciated Sara Shepherd’s Journal-World article about The Raven Book Store at 6 E. Seventh in downtown Lawrence. Many of us know Pat Kehde and Mary Lou Wright, the founders, and we are pleased that The Raven is celebrating its 25th year in business.
Commission announces winners of this year’s Phoenix Awards
September 17, 2013
The Lawrence Cultural Arts Commission today is expected to announce the winners of this year’s Phoenix Awards, bestowed annually to local artists and art supporters.
100 years ago: $2k in damages to be awarded to famiy of pedestrian in April accident
September 17, 2013
“The judgment is to be equally divided between the widow and the guardian of her six minor children.”
Douglas County jail volunteer inspires inmates
September 17, 2013
Kofi Boye-Doe wanted a better life for himself and his family. So at age 37, he did something radical. He left behind his country, his extended family and his job to start over, new, in America. On top of working three jobs, Boye-Doe volunteers at the Douglas County Correctional Facility so that inmates can have the same opportunity to start over, new, upon their release.
Double Take: Parents involved in kids’ lives whether they like it or not
September 17, 2013
Dear Dr. Wes & Kendra: Everyone needs to leave me alone about a job and school! It’s my life. Why can’t I live it the way I want to?
Young mom learns ‘anyone’ can get cancer
September 17, 2013
Morgan Miller simply didn’t know what to think after her cancer diagnosis. “I mean, at 24? Who gets cancer at 24?” The answer comes from a boy seated across the table, his face buried in a Kindle Fire. “Anyone,” 9-year-old Trenton calmly tells his mother, drawing a nod from his twin brother, Derek.
Editorial: Ranking rise
It would be great if Kansas University’s rise in a national ranking is the beginning of a long-term trend for the school.
September 17, 2013 in print edition on A10
Congratulations to Kansas University and especially the KU School of Business, for moving up in the recently released U.S. News and World Report ranking of the nation’s best colleges.
Opinion: Mexico, Brazil seek education reform
September 17, 2013 in print edition on A10
In simultaneous moves that went almost unnoticed in the rest of the world, Mexico and Brazil passed historic education reforms last week that, if carried out as planned, could help propel Latin America’s biggest countries to the First World in coming decades.
Will young, healthy people purchase insurance under the Affordable Care Act?
September 17, 2013
The Affordable Care Act has a goal of near-universal coverage in the U.S., but for that to happen many young, healthy Americans will have to buy insurance. Otherwise, experts say, costs may go up for everyone else, such as people with pre-existing conditions, who for the first time will be able to purchase insurance without restrictions. By Giles Bruce
Horoscopes for Sept. 17
September 17, 2013
For Tuesday, Sept. 17 This year you often go back and forth when trying to make a decision, as you clearly see both sides of an issue. If you are single, you might not want to commit this year, even though you could meet someone spectacular. If you are attached, the two of you often debate who does what, as far as household chores go.
25 years ago: Local authors seek recipes, stories for ‘Kansas Cookbook’
September 17, 2013
“Your German grandmother’s recipe for Linzertorte or your brother-in-law’s barbecued beef are exactly what we’re looking for.”
Doctors’ offices may not see a lot of changes from Obamacare
September 17, 2013
How the law often known as Obamacare affects medical practices remain to be seen, but many physicians and health care experts say they don’t expect that doctors’ offices will experience a lot of changes. And Robert Lee, professor of health care policy and management at the Kansas University School of Medicine, said doctors’ offices should be able to implement the law without any major administrative headaches. By Giles Bruce