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Deal to re-create popular mural at Ninth and New Hampshire streets in the works
April 8, 2014
Lawrence city commissioners at their Tuesday evening meeting were told the Spencer Museum of Art and a Lawrence-based development group had reached a tentative deal that would allow local artist Dave Loewenstein to either recreate or refashion the popular Pollinators mural on the wall of a new multistory building slated for the northeast corner of Ninth and New Hampshire streets. By Chad Lawhorn
City Commission agrees to allow Kansas Relays at new track and field stadium
April 8, 2014
After a tour of the sports complex in northwest Lawrence, commissioners agreed unanimously to grant a permit to allow the Kansas Relays to be held at the new track and field stadium from April 16-19, even though the project isn’t entirely completed.
Political writers cite Clinton as ‘the most likely’ next U.S. president
April 8, 2014
Political reporters Mark Halperin and John Heilemann told an audience at the Dole Institute of Politics on Tuesday that the former secretary of state and former first lady is the undisputed frontrunner in the 2016 presidential election. Halperin and Heilemann are co-authors of the new book, “Double Down: Game Change 2012,” about the race between President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney. By Peter Hancock
Osawatomie man killed in Franklin County motorcycle accident
April 8, 2014
An 33-year-old Osawatomie man died from injuries related to a motorcycle accident in Franklin County Tuesday, according to a statement from the Ottawa Police Department.
Joel Embiid to announce future plans at news conference today
06:50 p.m., April 8, 2014 Updated 12:35 a.m.
Kansas University freshman center Joel Embiid will announce his future plans today at a 2 p.m. news conference in Allen Fieldhouse, coach Bill Self said Tuesday night. Sources close to the situation told the Journal-World that, barring some late change of heart, the 7-footer from Cameroon is expected to declare for the 2014 NBA Draft. By Gary Bedore
City commission gives city manager good marks, but waits to discuss possible pay raise
April 8, 2014
Lawrence City Manager David Corliss got good marks for his work over the past year, but hasn’t yet gotten a raise for the future. By Chad Lawhorn
Bugs still being worked out of new testing system, KU says
April 8, 2014
Officials from Kansas University’s Center for Educational Testing and Evaluation say that after getting off to a rocky start, the new online system that administers state assessments appears to be working normally now. By Peter Hancock
KU Hospital adopts nurse contract against union protests
April 8, 2014
The Kansas University Hospital Board voted unanimously to adopt recommendations on nurse pay from the hospital’s administration. The new contract will raise base pay by 2 percent while lowering and eliminating some premiums for committing to working nights and weekends. The union representing 1,400 nurses at the hospital had rejected the proposal in the fall and has been fighting it since.
Van Go, busker festival win grants
April 8, 2014
Two Lawrence arts organizations are among 11 awarded Strategic Investment and Arts Integration grants this year from the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission, the commission announced Tuesday.
Kansas state school board reluctant to bless ‘innovative districts’ plans
April 8, 2014
Kansas State Board of Education members say they support the improvement efforts underway in two districts that have been designated “public innovative school districts.” But they said they also think the law is unconstitutional and they are continuing to seek legal opinions on that question before moving forward. By Peter Hancock
National Weather Service issues red flag warning for Douglas County
Low humidity makes for favorable conditions for fire
April 8, 2014
A red flag warning means conditions are favorable for fire: a combination of low humidity, strong winds and warm temperatures.
Retired health department director honored with wall of fame
April 8, 2014
Kay Kent, who was director of the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department for 33 years before retiring in 2006, will continue to oversee the goings-on at the health department for the foreseeable future, though not in a literal sense. On Tuesday, to coincide with National Public Health Week, the health department unveiled the Kay Kent Excellence in Public Health Service Award wall, with Kent’s picture and bio front and center. By Giles Bruce
Lawrence man ordered to undergo drug treatment for meth possession after prison sentences
03:50 p.m., April 8, 2014 Updated 04:20 p.m.
A Douglas County judge ordered a 43-year-old Lawrence man to undergo mandatory drug treatment for charges stemming from a 2013 arrest in which police found him in possession of methamphetamine and a “knuckle stun gun.”
KU energy conference looks at new drilling, energy independence
April 8, 2014
The Kansas University Energy Club held a symposium Tuesday to discuss the future of oil and other energy sources. Panelists came from backgrounds in government and industry, including representatives from oil and wind energy companies. Giving the keynote speech was Jay Hakes, former head of the federal Energy Information Administration, who argued the U.S. should strive for energy independence. By Ben Unglesbee
Kansas teachers vow to fight for rights
April 8, 2014
Leaders of the top Kansas teachers’ union are vowing to continue the fight through November’s elections against the Legislature’s vote to eliminate tenure.
Lawrence Journal-World wins 12 Local Media Association awards
April 8, 2014
The Lawrence Journal-World was among the top overall newspaper winners in the Local Media Association’s 2013 Editorial Contest, the association announced Tuesday.
4-H Foundation president to retire
April 8, 2014
Gordon Hibbard, president and chief executive officer of the Kansas 4-H Foundation, announced Monday his plans to retire at the end of 2014.
Community Wellness Festival returns Saturday to Baldwin City
April 8, 2014
Although she’s new to her position as Baker University health and counseling service coordinator, Sherri Pahcoddy is aware of the potential life-saving importance of the Community Wellness Festival she is organizing with Baldwin City Recreation Commission director Steve Friend and George McCrary of the Baldwin Fitness Center.
Today in Lawrence: All Time Low, Mark Halperin
April 8, 2014
All Time Low at The Granada, Mark Halperin at the Dole Institute, and Vadym Kholodenko at the Lied Center.
KU O-linemen quick to connect with new coach
April 8, 2014
Building chemistry is an important and ongoing exercise for any offensive line, and already this spring, Kansas University’s group is feeding off its rapport with first-year position coach John Reagan. By Matt Tait
College basketball coaches adapt Jayhawks’ go-to play
April 8, 2014
The play that resulted in Mario Chalmers’ overtime-inducing three-point basket in Kansas University’s 2008 NCAA title-game victory over Memphis now is referred to as “America’s Play.” ESPN announcer Fran Fraschilla devised that term for KU coach Bill Self’s “Chop” play — one that was featured on Monday in a story at By Gary Bedore
Column: Embiid waits; public wonders
April 8, 2014
In most cities, “Hello, how are you?” is the most commonly asked question, although it’s really more of a greeting than a question. Nobody listens to the auto-answer. In Lawrence, it ranks a distant second to the runaway winner: “Why hasn’t Joel Embiid announced his decision yet?” The implied, though not stated, finish to that sentence is, “so that I can get on with my life already.” Column by Tom Keegan
High schools notebook: LHS softball shelves C Team
April 8, 2014
Lawrence High softball has canceled its C Team’s season. Injuries and low turnout were factors, but the biggest issue was the high school limit of 20 games for any girl during the softball season. Notes by Bobby Nightengale
FSHS golfers 6-7 at SMNW Invite
April 8, 2014
Free State High’s Matt Siler and Jack Flynn shot matching 78s, but Siler edged his teammate in the scorecard playoff to take sixth, relegating Flynn to seventh at the Shawnee Mission Northwest Golf Invitational on Monday at Lake Quivira Country Club.
Beyond vegetables: Array of food, other offerings at farmers market opening for the season on Saturday
April 8, 2014
The Lawrence Farmers Market opens for the season on Saturday. It’s easy to pick up everything you need for a whole meal at the market — even the centerpiece. Meet four of the many vendors ready to help set your table. By Sara Shepherd
25 years ago: Officials attempting to identify body found in river
April 8, 2014
The body had been discovered by a canoeist in the Wakarusa River.
40 years ago: Young scientists exhibit research results at fair
April 8, 2014
A curious seven-year-old who had tested a hypothesis involving soap-bubbles concluded, “I can’t blow a square bubble, they come out round.”
100 years ago: Mayor, commissioners voted in for new form of city government
April 8, 2014
“The finish at the polls last night was perhaps not as close as was anticipated by some persons.”
Letter: Due process
April 8, 2014
Sunday the Kansas Legislature took advantage of the late hour and the exhaustion factor to keep the erasure of due process for new teachers and the elimination of tenure for experienced teachers in the K-12 education bill.
Letter: More truth
April 8, 2014
Eric Holder and the government are withholding the truth about the Internal Revenue Service, “Fast and Furious” and Benghazi. How about adding another tragedy to your list that the American people need to know the truth about: the Iraq War, in which thousands of our men and women were killed and many more injured for life.
Your Turn: Threats won’t help save bird
April 8, 2014
The lesser prairie chicken won’t generate much of a buzz in Kansas or the nation. Few know what it is, fewer still what it looks like, and even fewer what good it might be. The name “lesser prairie chicken” lacks the star power of polar bear, Bengal tiger or giant panda. Among birds, it doesn’t evoke the patriotism of the golden eagle, the majesty of the California condor, or the rah rah of Kansas University’s mythical bird, the Jayhawk. And, it’s a “lesser” chicken — not a great blue chicken, like the heron, or an emperor chicken, like the penguin. 
Editorial: Rush job
State legislators made it to first adjournment on Sunday but their last-minute negotiations on a school finance measure weren’t pretty.
April 8, 2014
Kansas legislators didn’t exactly do themselves proud as they wrapped up business and headed out of town Sunday.
Opinion: Tax reform is a daunting task
April 8, 2014
The Sisyphean task of tax reform should be tried only by someone who will not flinch from igniting some highly flammable people — those who believe that whatever wrinkle in the tax code benefits them is an eternal entitlement. Tax reform’s Senate champion is Ron Wyden, the affable, cerebral and tall Oregon Democrat who once wanted to be the NBA’s greatest Jewish power forward since … never mind.
Kansas University at the frontline of autism research
April 8, 2014
With cases of autism on the rise, researchers at Kansas University are studying the disorder from several different vantage points, including how to identify it at an earlier stage and improving the social and communication skills of children who have it. By Giles Bruce