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Legal analyst details evolution of U.S. Supreme Court’s politics
April 24, 2014
CNN’s senior legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin, known for his writing on the U.S. Supreme Court, began his talk at Kansas University Thursday with a reminder that the high court is simply no “refuge” from politics.
Lawrence residents share views on future of Kansas water
April 24, 2014
Increasing water fees and changing some of the basic elements of the Kansas farm economy were among the ideas shared Thursday during a public forum on the future of Kansas water resources. The forum was one of several that the Kansas Water Office and Kansas Department of Agriculture are holding around the state to develop a 50-year “vision” about the future of Kansas water. By Peter Hancock
Inch of rain in Lawrence helps corn crop
April 24, 2014
Lawrence received about an inch of rain by Thursday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service. The moisture will likely be a help to farmers in the county, which is still in moderate drought conditions
Lawrence schools to host construction kickoff event
April 24, 2014
Construction and renovation projects in the Lawrence school district are about to get underway. The district will host a kickoff celebration at 10 a.m. Saturday at Sunset Hill Elementary School, 901 Schwarz Road. By Peter Hancock
Kansas teacher group eyes legal challenge to tenure repeal
April 24, 2014
Officials at the state’s largest teachers union say the battle over tenure rights is far from over, and it may eventually have to be settled in court. But Republican legislative leaders believe they are on firm legal ground. At issue, according to the Kansas National Education Association, is whether tenure protection is a form of property right, and whether the Legislature has authority to take away a property right that current veteran teachers have already earned. By Peter Hancock
Judge sentences Lawrence man to 28 months in prison for marijuana distribution
April 24, 2014
A 26-year-old Lawrence man will serve more than two years in prison after being convicted of multiple marijuana distribution charges.
Arizona man charged with multiple rape, sodomy counts in Douglas County to be tried as adult
April 24, 2014
Prosecutors will try as an adult an 18-year-old Yuma, Ariz., man charged last year with multiple sexual offenses.
KU alum gives $25 million to Alumni Association and university
April 24, 2014
An anonymous Kansas University alumnus gave $25 million to support the KU Alumni Association and the university’s general fund and alumni scholarships.
Topeka parents, students react to Obama changes
April 24, 2014
Topeka students and parents are pleased with news that first lady Michelle Obama has changed her plans to speak to high school graduates in northeast Kansas.
Hallmark and Capitol Federal executives honored by KU business school
April 24, 2014
Don Hall Jr., president and CEO of Hallmark Cards, and John Dicus, president and CEO of Capitol Federal, are this year’s recipients of the Kansas University business school’s 2014 Distinguished Alumni Awards.
KU forum will look at academic freedom and social media
April 24, 2014
An April 27 panel will explore academic freedom and responsibility in an age of rising social media. The panel is hosted by the Joint Council of Kansas Distinguished Professors and the Kansas University Provost’s office.
Today in Lawrence: Trench warfare, the Supreme Court and Obama
April 24, 2014
“The Tender Soldier” at the Dole Institute, trench warfare at the Watkins Museum, and Jeffrey Toobin at KU.
LHS athletes sign letters
April 24, 2014
Lawrence High seniors Rachael Ramirez and Thomas Irick signed with their future colleges this week. Ramirez will play volleyball at Stephens College, Mo., and Irick signed to play tennis at Baker University.
KU track gets Big 12 awards
April 24, 2014
Kansas University’s Michael Stigler and Sydney Conley were named Big 12 Track & Field Athletes of the Week, the league announced Wednesday.
Kansas baseball falls to Missouri State
April 24, 2014
Kansas University surrendered three runs in the top of the ninth, and the Jayhawks’ losing streak hit four games with a 6-5 setback to Missouri State on Wednesday at Hoglund Ballpark.
Kansas AD Zenger fired up for scholar-athlete speech
April 24, 2014
If only there were an opponent on the Memorial Stadium field outside, Kansas University athletic director Sheahon Zenger would have looked the part of a football coach ready to lead into battle the group of 11 scholar-athletes honored at KU on Wednesday night. By Matt Tait
Royals start fast, fizzle
April 24, 2014
Despite getting back-to-back home runs from Salvador Perez and Mike Moustakas in the second inning, Kansas City’s offense couldn’t keep the momentum going, and the Royals lost 5-3 to the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday night.
KU basketball recruiting target Graham visits NCSU
April 24, 2014
Devonte Graham, the top remaining uncommitted point guard in the high school recruiting Class of 2014, completed his official recruiting visit to North Carolina State on Wednesday. By Gary Bedore
A good day’: Free State 3rd, LHS takes 15th at Free State golf invite
April 24, 2014
Freshman Jack Flynn and junior Matthew Siler shot rounds of 5-over-par 77 to lead the Free State boys golf team to a third-place finish at the FSHS Invitational Wednesday at Eagle Bend Golf Course. By Chris Duderstadt
River City Baseball Festival field loaded
April 24, 2014
For high school baseball teams looking to simulate the state tournament, there’s no better test than the River City Baseball Festival, which begins at 11:15 a.m. today. By Bobby Nightengale
LHS boys hoops coach Lewis abruptly let go
April 24, 2014
Fresh off a 17-5 season and equipped with a roster of returning players that many believed could make a serious run at a state title in 2015, Lawrence High boys basketball coach Mike Lewis learned earlier this week that he would not be leading the Lions next season. By Matt Tait
Our Town Sports for April 24
April 24, 2014
A weekly roundup of local sporting events, results and opportunities.
25 years ago: Statewide survey to assess public knowledge on AIDS
April 24, 2014
About 600 to 700 people were to be randomly selected and contacted by phone.
40 years ago: KU students protest increase in football, basketball ticket prices
April 24, 2014
Tickets in 1974 were $6.50 for football and $5.50 for basketball.
April Final Friday Preview: Kansas beauty captured in photos
April 24, 2014
It’s finally spring, a time of rebirth and renewal, and a time to reacquaint ourselves with the natural world, which for many of us, means mowing, weeding and gardening.
Letter: Great volunteers
April 24, 2014
There aren’t enough words to thank all the volunteer firefighters of the Douglas and Osage county fire departments. Thanks to all their hard work, a great portion of the home located on the old Heffner farm in south Douglas County was saved.
Letter: Elderly devalued
April 24, 2014
Recently, the Kansas University retirees were informed that the fee for a parking permit would be increased yet again (some of us remember when free on-campus parking was a “perk” for having given many years to the university) and, as usual, a complaint in reasonable terms was drafted by the retirees club.  Then, over the holiday weekend, I received my invitation to the annual Retirement Luncheon at the Kansas Union, and was amused by the passage: “Parking is available in the … Parking Garage … for $1.75 for the first hour, then $1.50 a (sic) hour.”
Letter: Pedestrian concern
April 24, 2014
They’ve been reading Street Engineer magazine again. We are now to be treated to a roundabout at 19th and Naismith. As I write this, I don’t have much hope for an effect, because I read about a roundabout on Wakarusa, “Commissioners approved the roundabout despite objections from neighbors…”
Editorial: KU outreach
A KU program that seeks to pair retiring business owners with potential buyers for their businesses is a nice example of the university providing a direct benefit to the residents of K
April 24, 2014
K-State Research and Extension pretty much sets the standard for university outreach in Kansas. Just about everyone in the state is aware of the agency’s work in agriculture, horticulture, community development and youth activities.
Opinion: Progress, but no deal, in Iran
April 24, 2014
As the Iran nuclear talks reach roughly the halfway point in the six-month timetable for negotiating a comprehensive agreement, both sides report slow, steady progress in closing gaps — but no deal yet.
Letter: School praised
April 24, 2014
I’m writing in appreciation of the incredible eighth-grade teachers at South Middle School. As a former home-school mom, I was apprehensive about enrolling my son in public school. Throughout the year, I’ve been more and more impressed with the teaching styles and agendas of my son’s teachers and the genuine concern they have for each of their students.
The Fashion Column Twins: Gifts made for moms
April 24, 2014
If you’re searching for that perfect fashionable gift to give your Mom for Mother’s Day, I have three words for you: Made on Mass.
Introducing Limestone’s ‘Neoprairie’ pizza
April 24, 2014
The 20,000-pound limestone, wood-fired behemoth that heats up to 1,000 degrees and bakes a pizza in 90 seconds is the key ingredient for the Neapolitan-style pizza made from Kansas flour, local farm-sourced tomatoes and other regional ingredients. The masterminds behind the operation have coined these 12-inch pies as “Neoprairie,” each created with the subtlety of a few basic ingredients.
Celtic Woman to bring gems of Ireland to the Lied Center
April 24, 2014
The all-female group is stopping in Lawrence in honor of The Emerald Tour, to perform at the Lied Center in support of their latest studio album “Emerald: Musical Gems.” Originally recruited in 2007 and performing with Celtic Woman until 2007, Lynn Hilary has returned for this 75-city tour, joining Máiréad Nesbitt, Máiréad Carlin, and Susan McFadden.
Off the Beaten Plate: Biscuit Ben-Yay at Big Biscuit
April 24, 2014
Part biscuit, part french toast, part beignet, tastes like funnel cake.
Garden Variety: Late spring freeze can have lasting effects
April 24, 2014
Just when we had allowed Spring Fever to really get the best of us, buying plants, cleaning the winter accumulation, trimming, and even mowing, along comes the freeze — a killing freeze in some places with only mottled frost in others. Out come the old sheets and blankets covering our most beloved and dotting our landscape like a bad modern art painting.
Mrs. Mass.: Downtown full of gift ideas for mom
April 24, 2014
Here’s your big reminder, people: Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 11, which is right around the corner! While each and every mom is unique, the way we show mom’s love can translate seamlessly with a few tried and true gifts or thoughtful gestures.
A gift for most every kind of mom
April 24, 2014
If you take time to think about mom outside of her mom life, it becomes less of a challenge to find the item that will make her feel like the queen bee that she is on this special day. Check out the small sampling of local goods for every kind of mom.
Style Scout: Erinn Stacie
April 24, 2014
What would you like to see more or less of in Lawrence? More events that bring people out to socialize and to see bands like The Rent. I just saw a little kid on the sidewalk showing his grandfather how to do the Dougie! Less of? Nothing comes to mind.
Style Scout: Lars Erickson
April 24, 2014
Describe your style: My style, I’d say, is pretty unique. I definitely go for cheap. So you know Goodwill? That’s where it’s at!
100 years ago: Editorial: Mexican war, railroads hurting Lawrence labor market
April 24, 2014
“The laboring men here want the work and are ready to do it.”
Fix-It Chick: Install a night latch
April 24, 2014
A night latch is a surface-mounted door lock that can be installed on the interior of any door. Night latches are easier to install than standard deadbolts and provide a similar amount of security.
Lawrence Arts Center hosting first Poetry Fair
April 24, 2014
In open mic fashion, more than 20 poets will gather in the lobby to share their poetry, meet with guests and sell their books that The Raven bookstore will have on hand.
How former Jayhawks fared in NBA playoff games of April 23
April 24, 2014
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA playoff games of Wednesday, April 23.
Lawrence couple aim to keep Mexican ‘ranch’ cooking tradition alive with cookbook
April 24, 2014
Three trips back to the western Mexican ranch on which she grew up — and countless phone conversations with her father — led to the publication by a Lawrence woman, alongside her husband, of a Mexican cookbook that aims to present the food at its most authentic while also preserving an eroding culinary tradition. By Stephen Montemayor