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Police cancel Silver Alert for missing Lawrence man
February 11, 2014
The Lawrence Police Department canceled the Silver Alert sent out for a 65-year-old Lawrence man who was reported missing but was located Tuesday night.
City delays bedbug policy after some landlords object
February 11, 2014
City commissioners at their Tuesday evening meeting unanimously agreed to postpone a vote on a bedbug policy until they can assure landlords that they won’t have to pay thousands of dollars to solve a bedbug problem caused by tenants.By Chad Lawhorn
Chancellor: new medical school building critical to state
February 11, 2014
Kansas University Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little says the new $75 million education building being planned for the Medical Center campus in Kansas City is critical for the medical school, and for the state. By Peter Hancock
Social media policy poses constitutional issues, KU law professor says
February 11, 2014
Kansas University law professor Richard Levy said parts of the Kansas Board of Regents’ policy on social media may violate First Amendment protections of free speech. Levy spoke to a panel of higher education faculty members who were appointed to review the controversial policy. By Peter Hancock
Lied Center to host 65th annual Rock Chalk Revue
February 11, 2014
Kansas University’s 65th annual Rock Chalk Revue will return to the Lied Center’s stage at 7 p.m. March 6, 7 and 8.
Still no labels in investigation of shooting death of 23-year-old Lawrence man
February 11, 2014
As of Tuesday, Spottedtail’s death was not being labeled a homicide and Sgt. Trent McKinley, a Lawrence Police Department spokesman, said “anything and everything is still on the table” in the investigation. No arrests have been made connected to the shooting and McKinley added on Tuesday that he did not have information on a specific suspect that could be released. By Stephen Montemayor
Police investigating second burglary at Dillons pharmacy
February 11, 2014
For the second time in about a month, Lawrence police are investigating a burglary and theft of prescription drugs at a Dillons pharmacy.
Outgoing Baker president delivers state of university address
February 11, 2014
Outgoing President Pat Long took the opportunity Tuesday during her final state of the university address to give an emotional acknowledgement to the students, faculty and staff of Baker University.
Kansas House panel OKs small abortion law changes
February 11, 2014
Abortion opponents in Kansas passed up an opportunity Tuesday to debate new restrictions on providers, keeping the legislation focused on technical changes in anti-abortion laws as they pushed it out of a state House committee.
Costs to remove snow from city and county roads near $500,000
February 11, 2014
More than just the snow has been piling up. City and county officials now estimate that they’ve spent about $470,000 to clear streets and roads following last week’s 14-inch snowstorm. By Chad Lawhorn
KU budget shows sequestration effects, state cuts to be felt this year
February 11, 2014
As state and federal budgets go, so goes much of Kansas University’s budget. Financial figures released for 2013 show a decrease in federal grants and research money. While state appropriations increased slightly, cuts to higher education by the state legislature last year will be felt through the year and show up in next year’s numbers. By Ben Unglesbee
Donations enable dairy to purchase boiler, resume bottling milk
February 11, 2014
Donations from community members enabled Iwig Family Dairy to purchase and install a used boiler, and milk is back on store shelves. By Sara Shepherd
Lawrence Parks and Recreation to host ‘Kids Day Off’
February 11, 2014
Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department is hosting “Kids Day Off” from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday at Holcom Park Recreation Center, 2700 W. 27th St.
Student activity at heart of design plans
February 11, 2014
Schematic designs for the Lawrence school district’s planned new College and Career Center include open spaces, transparent walls and and rooms designed for collaborative working. District officials plan to open the new facility in the 2015-2016 academic year. By Peter Hancock
Kansas House gives first-round approval to ‘religious freedom’ measure that critics say encourages discrimination against gays
11:49 a.m., February 11, 2014 Updated 06:32 p.m.
The main sponsor of a so-called religious freedom measure in Kansas says it’s neutral on marriage but acknowledges it arises from concerns that the state’s ban on gay unions may be overturned by the federal courts.
Poet Anne Carson to help KU celebrate career of classics professor Stanley Lombardo
February 11, 2014
Poet and translator Anne Carson will read from “Antigonick,” a translation and interpretation of the classical Greek tragedy Antigone, to celebrate the retirement of KU professor Stanley Lombardo.
Coordinator: KU football offense work in progress
February 11, 2014
New Kansas University offensive coordinator John Reagan has a plan for the KU football offense. “You have to be able to run the football,” Reagan said during his first meeting with the media on Monday. “I think if you’re a much more talented team than everybody else you play, you can wing it all over the field. I don’t think that fits everybody. I don’t think that fits necessarily the mold that we have.” By Matt Tait
Royals’ Holland mum on contract discussions
February 11, 2014
Royals pitchers and catchers report to Arizona for the start of spring training on Friday, and that presumably means All-Star closer Greg Holland will be there. Of course, there’s a little business that still needs to be finished.
Veritas girls, boys beat Manhattan CHIEF
February 11, 2014
Tori Huslig scored 18 points, and Alyssa Krestan had 14 to lead the Veritas Christian girls basketball team over Manhattan CHIEF on Monday.
Notebook: Self doesn’t want KU players interacting with opposing fans
February 11, 2014
Bill Self doesn’t want Kansas University’s basketball players interacting with opposing fans during games. By Gary Bedore
Doomed: Jayhawks lose at K-State in OT
February 11, 2014
Nobody confused Bramlage Coliseum for “Allen Fieldhouse West” on Monday night. Kansas University’s basketball team, which entered 23-2 in the home of the Kansas State Wildcats, fell to KSU, 85-82, in overtime — a somewhat surprising result since the Jayhawks pounded the Cats by 26 points earlier this year in Lawrence. By Gary Bedore
Letter: Tolerating intolerance
February 11, 2014
Government employees should have the right to refuse service to people on the basis of these people’s religious or philosophical leanings? Seriously?
Independence Inc. plans events to promote accessibility in Douglas County
February 11, 2014
Douglas County nonprofit Independence Inc. is inviting the public to attend two upcoming events to promote accessibility and disability awareness in Lawrence.
KU clinic concert to feature former Super Bowl opener
February 11, 2014
The JayDoc Free Clinic, Kansas University’s student-run free health clinic, will host the ninth annual JayRock benefit concert at 7 p.m. Feb. 21.
Letter: Keeping his change
February 11, 2014
I want to keep my change, thank you. Seems like everywhere we go now, someone wants our spare change or wants to sell something extra.
Letter: Divorce legislation
February 11, 2014
As a licensed marriage and family Therapist, I was distressed to see that a bill is being proposed that would abolish no-fault divorce. According to the article, Rep. Keith Esau believes that “No-fault divorce gives people an easy out instead of working on it.”
Editorial: Divorce barriers
A bill introduced in the Kansas Legislature last week would make it far more difficult to dissolve an unsatisfactory or even dangerous marriage in Kansas.
February 11, 2014
A bill altering the grounds for divorce in the state of Kansas is drawing some well-deserved criticism. On the surface of it, the bill seems designed to make divorces more contentious and harder to obtain in Kansas. However, some language in the bill also sets up a situation in which it could become difficult, if not impossible, for one person to obtain a divorce without the agreement of his or her spouse.
Opinion: Will Leningrad history move Putin?
February 11, 2014
What’s the connection between the Sochi Olympics, Syria, and the Nazi starvation siege of Leningrad in World War II? Answer: Vladimir Putin.
Double Take: Abstinence-based sex ed is ‘out of step with reality’
February 11, 2014
I heard you speak last fall about abstinence-based education. You said your thinking had changed from seeing it as a viable alternative to seeing it as kind of dangerous.
100 years ago: Neighbors rally around farmer after check-forgery charge
February 11, 2014
“Crop after crop was lost for one cause or another, cholera took his hog, and he was reduced to extremity.”
40 years ago: Jayhawker Towers garage showing structural damage
February 11, 2014
STRUCTURE UNSAFE — DO NOT ENTER — DANGER.
25 years ago: Noted ‘Kansas philosopher’ dies at 107
February 11, 2014
He hadn’t missed voting in a presidential election since 1904.
A look back: Douglas County Visiting Nurses Association through the years
February 11, 2014
A timeline of important events in Douglas County Visiting Nurses Association’s 45 years of operation.
Boys & Girls Club to host annual Youth of the Year Event
February 11, 2014
Five young people who have overcome obstacles to thrive at The Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence are candidates for the annual Youth of the Year award to be given Feb. 12. By Ashleigh Tidwell
Visiting Nurses Association transforms through 45 years in Douglas County
February 11, 2014
Over the past 45 years, there have numerous relationships formed between nurse and patient in Lawrence, thanks to the work of the Douglas County Visiting Nurses Association. In that time, the organization has morphed from a home health care agency with a handful of employees to a nonprofit that offers a variety of services with a staff of 115 and 60 volunteers. By Giles Bruce