Archive for Monday, February 24, 2014

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1:24 a.m.
Lawrence homebrewer Angelo Ruiz tastes some beer he made at his home. Ruiz is the president of the Lawrence Brewers Guild. He and other local homebrewers are hoping a bill will succeed in the Kansas Senate that would ease restrictions on how homebrewers can share their product. Lawrence homebrewers hopeful bill paves way for fewer restrictions
February 24, 2014
Formally called the Substitute for House Bill No. 2223, the bill would allow homemade beer, wine or cider to be served to guests and judges so long as the brewer isn’t compensated. Until now, homebrewers haven’t been able to share their beer outside of their home. By Stephen Montemayor
9:00 a.m.
Kansas basketball snowbird Rosalie Gerstner, Ness City, walks arm-in-arm with her grandson Brian Gerstner, Baldwin City, as the two make their way to Allen Fieldhouse prior to tipoff of the Jayhawks' game against the Horned Frogs of TCU on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014. For years, Gerstner would make the 300-mile trip from Ness City for the home games, but now retired, has decided to rent an apartment in Lawrence during basketball season. KU basketball snowbird picks ‘Hawks over heatwaves
February 24, 2014
Retiree Rosalie Gerstner doesn’t head south to escape the blustery Western Kansas winter. She heads east — for Allen Fieldhouse. By Sara Shepherd
11:00 a.m.
Le Tuan sits in one of his buses that he's built with curved seats and a wet bar, just to name a few of the features included in his custom buses. Lawrence business takes vehicle customizing to the ‘extreme’
February 24, 2014
In North Lawrence, in an old seed and grain warehouse, Le Tuan is building mobile man caves and video gaming buses. Here’s the story of Extreme Bus Builders. By Giles Bruce
1:13 p.m.
The Rusty Blackbird gets its name from its plumage, which is edged with a rusty brown color during the fall and early winter. In the spring and summer, male Rusties are glossy black and females are a silvery, slate grey. Rusties have pale yellow eyes, and, compared to other blackbirds, they are relatively thin. 
Audubon Society plans to track Rusty Blackbird
February 24, 2014
Growing up on a farm in southeast Kansas inspired a lifelong interest in nature for Lawrence resident Gary Anderson. About eight years ago, this interest, coupled with a desire to get outdoors more often, drove Anderson to the Jayhawk Audubon Society. Now he serves as president. By Nikki Wentling
4:45 p.m.
The last set of stairs is a narrow spiral that hovers 75 feet above the chandelier that hangs in the dome. Dome tours at capitol resume after 13 years
February 24, 2014
After 13 years, more than $300 million of renovations to the Kansas statehouse are finally finished. For some this simply means the unsightly crane and scaffolding have been removed. However, it also means that tours to the top of the dome have resumed. In the two weeks since tours began Feb. 6 more than 1,200 visitors have made the trek to the top. By Ashleigh Tidwell

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Editorial: Local votes
It would be nice to have more voters in local city and school elections, but shifting those elections to November and making them partisan are bad ideas.
February 24, 2014
An effort to combine city and school board elections with other partisan races is another example of Kansas legislators trying to fix a problem that doesn’t exist.