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Senate votes to defund Common Core standards
April 3, 2014
The Kansas Senate voted 27-12 Thursday to prohibit the state or any school districts to spend money implementing the Common Core standards in reading and math. The amendment was added onto a school finance bill that contains money to comply with a recent Supreme Court ruling about equity in school funding. By Peter Hancock and Scott Rothschild
Theatre Lawrence announces 2014-2015 season
April 3, 2014
Theatre Lawrence has announced its lineup of shows for the 2014-2015 season. Early ticket sales begin May 1.
Recent rains good for farmers, more would be even better
April 3, 2014
More rain means more help for area farmers. On Wednesday night about a quarter of an inch fell in the area, adding to nearly an inch of rain from the previous night and morning, according to the National Weather Service office in Topeka.
Lamaria Cole leaving KU women’s basketball program
April 3, 2014
Kansas University women’s basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson announced Thursday that sophomore guard Lamaria Cole has been released to transfer to another school.
Lawrence school officials growing impatient with state tests
02:16 p.m., April 3, 2014 Updated 04:06 p.m.
Lawrence schools reported continuing problems with administering state reading and math tests Thursday in the wake of cyberattacks against a new online testing system developed at Kansas University. Superintendent Rick Doll has advised principals to cancel further testing if the problems continue. By Peter Hancock
Kansas lawmakers avoiding big abortion debate
April 3, 2014
Top Republican legislators are blocking a debate in Kansas on banning most abortions early in pregnancy while engineering passage of a bill to make technical changes in anti-abortion laws.
House panel debates bill to sell office buildings
April 3, 2014
The Kansas House Appropriations Committee is expected to vote Friday on a bill that would bill that would authorize sale of four Topeka state government buildings and possibly result in the demolition of the Docking high-rise across the street from the statehouse.
Wichita clinic says it provided 1,200 abortions
April 3, 2014
The Wichita clinic opened after the slaying of abortion provider George Tiller has provided about 1,200 abortions in its first year of operations. South Wind Women’s Center said it served about 1,500 patients for reproductive care, including abortions up to 14 weeks.
KU asks court to dismiss lawsuit from professor
10:12 a.m., April 3, 2014 Updated 04:09 p.m.
The University of Kansas is seeking dismissal of a lawsuit by a former professor who claims its School of Medicine retaliated for his assertion that the university misappropriated federal research grants.
Kansas lawmakers postpone business for funeral
April 3, 2014
Kansas legislators delayed the start of their work Thursday so that dozens of lawmakers could attend the funeral of a House member’s wife.
DC planners object to Eisenhower Memorial design
April 3, 2014
The staff of a federal panel that oversees plans for monuments in the nation’s capital is recommending changes in the design for a memorial honoring President Dwight D. Eisenhower. The National Capital Planning Commission is set to consider building plans Thursday for architect Frank Gehry’s design for the memorial. But after months of review, the commission’s staff objects to the scale and configuration of stainless steel tapestries that would frame a memorial park honoring Eisenhower.
Kansas Senate approves insurance for autism
09:52 a.m., April 3, 2014 Updated 10:26 a.m.
A bill that would require insurance coverage for children under the age of 12 with autism has been sent to Gov. Sam Brownback.
Today in Lawrence: LUNAFEST, ‘Bride of the Gorilla’
April 3, 2014
LUNAFEST at Liberty Hall, “Bride of the Gorilla” at the KU Natural History Museum, and “Broadway’s Next H!T Musical” at the Lied Center.
Mill Valley coach Bogart to resign
April 3, 2014
Mill Valley High boys basketball coach Justin Bogart will resign at the end of the school year, the school announced in a statement on Monday.
Big 12 honors Kansas’ Vollmer
April 3, 2014
Kansas University junior Lindsay Vollmer was named Big 12 Female Track & Field athlete of the week, the league announced Wednesday.
LHS soccer edges Baldwin
April 3, 2014
Lawrence High soccer defeated Baldwin, 2-1, on Tuesday at LHS.
KU softball rolls over WSU, 10-1
April 3, 2014
Kansas University scored five runs in the first inning and two more in the second in a 10-1 softball rout of Wichita State on Wednesday at Wilkins Stadium.
City prep events rained out
April 3, 2014
A steady diet of rain on Wednesday forced Lawrence High and Free State to postpone all outdoor athletic events.
Free State wins Manhattan swim meet
April 3, 2014
Cierra Campbell and Courtney Caldwell each won two events, and Free State won all three relays en route to the team title at the five-team Manhattan Swimming and Diving Invitational on Wednesday.
Tigers slip past Royals
April 3, 2014
Under last year’s rules, the Kansas City Royals would have had men on first and third with two out in the 10th inning of a tie game. Instead, their rally ended after a replay review — but that was OK with manager Ned Yost.
KU-bound Oubre hits late FTs in McDonald’s game
April 3, 2014
Kansas University basketball signee Kelly Oubre Jr. scored 11 points and grabbed seven rebounds as his West high school all-star team edged the East, 105-102, in the 2014 McDonald’s All-American game on Wednesday night in the United Center.
Waiting in the wings: Kansas signee Kelly Oubre says move to Vegas beneficial
April 3, 2014
Kelly Oubre Jr. had no say in the matter the first time his life was uprooted. The second time was not accompanied by such dramatic circumstances, and he did not question his father’s advice.
Column: Kansas RB Miller veteran learner
April 3, 2014
Looking ahead to his third season as a Kansas University football player and not behind at the two that ended with him leaving to address personal problems, Darrian Miller is happy to be back on the team, slipping tackles with the ball tucked under his arm. By Tom Keegan
Our Town Sports (April 3)
April 3, 2014
Here’s a look at Our Town Sports for April 3.
25 years ago: Northern crawfish frogs transplanted to Baker Wetlands
April 3, 2014
The frogs, all males, were the first known to be living in the wetlands in more than 10 years.
Opinion: College degree gains in importance
April 3, 2014
Those who question the fundamental value of a college degree need to stand back and accept undisputed facts.
Editorial: Important hire
Regardless of where he or she comes from, the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce’s next CEO needs to be ready to hit the ground running.
April 3, 2014
It doesn’t matter where Lawrence Chamber of Commerce leaders find a new chief executive officer. The important thing is that they find a really good CEO who can lead the chamber in what should be a dynamic period in Lawrence’s business development.
Opinion: Story reveals real face of poverty
April 3, 2014
Look at her face. Spend a few quality moments with that image — her booking photo. Google it if you must, but find the image — her booking photo — and when you do, spend a few quality moments with it. Not so you can be touched by the woeful cast of her expression, not so you can be moved by the tears trickling freely upon her cheeks. Spend that time, rather, so that you can appreciate the realness and individuality of her.
Lawrence Libations: New Moon at Encore Cafe
April 3, 2014
No need for any fancy infusions; this exotic lychee fruit libation will satisfy your sweet tooth while getting you that pleasant tipsy you’re looking for.
Fix-It Chick: Install a second wall switch
April 3, 2014
The hardest part of installing a second wall switch for an existing light fixture, when the power source connects to the existing switch, is pulling new wires through the wall.
Garden Variety: Controlling early spring weeds
April 3, 2014
Two specific weeds seem to become nemeses to gardeners first in the growing season: dandelion and henbit. Both, in quantity, produce lush purple or yellow casts to open fields and, at the same, a singular eyesore in our space.
Style Scout: Kaley Cornett
April 3, 2014
Whom do people say you look like? People say I look like Anna Kendrick, and one time I got Lorde. I think it’s the hair!
Style Scout: Matt Moore
April 3, 2014
Describe your style: Simple and understated. I don’t like wearing clothes with logos on them.
The Classic Sartorialist: Spring into a new pair of kicks
April 3, 2014
With spring approaching and the weather warming, it’s finally (hallelujah) time to trade in your boots for some springier footwear. And while boat shoes have been the go-to shoe for most men in recent years, this spring solidly belongs to the classic plimsoll.
Celebrity Fashion Fusion: Looking like Lupita
April 3, 2014
Girls who want a red carpet look like Lupita Nyong’o this prom season need look no further than Weaver’s, 901 Massachusetts St.
Mrs. Mass.: At Cindy’s Simple life, expect the unexpected
April 3, 2014
One of the charming aspects of downtown Lawrence is the variety of shops we have sprinkled from Sixth to 12th streets, between Vermont and New Hampshire.
Family Adventures: Gear up for rainy play
April 3, 2014
Kansas weather. Do I need to say anymore? I can’t help it, I have to. As soon as the snow stops, tornado season starts — if the tornadoes even decide to be that courteous — and then it’s going to start raining. I know that we’ll get the customary two weeks of glorious-ness in May, but, in the meantime, what’s a mama who’s ready for some fresh air to do?
40 years ago: Commission gavel passes to new mayor
April 3, 2014
Commissioner Barkley Clark, front-runner in the 1974 city election, was chosen vice mayor.
100 years ago: Annual city-wide Clean-Up Day set for April 17
April 3, 2014
“This has come to be an annual occasion in Lawrence participated in by all the citizens.”
How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of April 2
April 3, 2014
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Wednesday, April 2.
Indian tacos raise money, fill bellies at church’s monthly sale
April 3, 2014
Monthly Indian taco sales have been a tradition for more than 30 years at the Lawrence Indian United Methodist Church. Not only do they help the church raise needed funds, they give locals a chance to indulge in an Indian specialty rarely found on restaurant menus. By Sara Shepherd
Packing the perfect picnic basket
April 3, 2014
There is no scientific formula for putting together the perfect picnic basket, but let this list of European goodies from Au Marche, 931 Massachusetts St., spark some creative ideas to fit your tastes. By Nadia Imafidon