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What you need to know about this weekend’s ‘arctic outbreak’
January 3, 2014
Around the time most of Lawrence is heading to work or school Monday morning, it will feel like 20 to 30 degrees below zero outside. Say hello to the term “Arctic outbreak.”
City researching idea of hanging placards in all 18,000 of Lawrence’s rental units
January 3, 2014
Perhaps it will become the conversation piece of 2014. Under the latest proposal floating around Lawrence City Hall, every rental unit in the city — about 18,000 of them — would have a city-approved placard posted somewhere in the living unit describing how tenants can lodge a housing complaint with city officials. By Chad Lawhorn
KU Chancellor joins opposition to boycott of Israeli academic institutions
January 3, 2014
The American Studies Association voted in December to boycott Israeli universities and other higher education institutions in protest of Israeli treatment of Palestinians. KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little recently signed two letters opposing the boycott and saying it suppresses academic freedom. By Ben Unglesbee
Advocates say federal officials have wide range of concerns over Kansas treatment of those with developmental disabilities
January 3, 2014
Federal officials have widespread concerns with the way the state is treating Kansans with disabilities, according to advocates. By Scott Rothschild
Body found in park identified as missing local DJ
January 3, 2014
A body found at Clinton State Park Friday morning has been identified as 26-year-old Lawrence resident Michael Packard, according to Clinton State Park Manager, Dale Schwiger.
Forecast: Minus 10 coming Sunday
January 3, 2014
The National Weather Service forecasts a very cold weekend.
USDA allows more meat, grains in school lunches
January 3, 2014
WASHINGTON — The Agriculture Department says it’s making permanent rules that allow schools to serve larger portions of lean meat and whole grains in school lunches and other meals.
How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Jan. 2
January 3, 2014
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Thursday, Jan. 2.
Column: Next season, watch out for KU walk-on lineman Gibson
January 3, 2014
Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis, former offensive line coach Tim Grunhard and fifth-year senior center Gavin Howard all singled out Joe Gibson, who spent his first season out of Rockhurst High as a red-shirt center, as a standout walk-on. Column by Tom Keegan
Young KU basketball team learns about ‘The Miracles’
January 3, 2014
Kansas University’s basketball players — who according to coach Bill Self, “went really hard,” in the practice gym Thursday morning — were brought back for what figured to be a strenuous two-a-day session a few hours later. Instead, Self gathered the team to watch the documentary “The Miracles: The 1988 Kansas Jayhawks,” which chronicles All-American Danny Manning’s leading KU to the 1988 national title. By Gary Bedore
Chiefs GM Dorsey building for long-term success
January 3, 2014
John Dorsey is a man comfortable in his own skin. He may be even more comfortable in a gray Chiefs sweatshirt and a pair of khaki pants. It seems he has seven of each, those sweatshirts and khakis, one for each day of the week.
40 years ago: Gas tops 50 cents a gallon
January 3, 2014
Managers at two Lawrence service stations reported this morning that their old-style gas pumps would not go that high.
25 years ago: Douglas County drivers starting to increase safety awareness
January 3, 2014
“People are starting to use their seat belts more. Three years ago they weren’t that big of a deal.”
100 years ago: KU students return from break; basketball season begins
January 3, 2014
“The Jayhawker goal tossing aggregation is rapidly getting into shape.”
New KU program to create research experiences for undergrads
January 3, 2014
A pilot program at Kansas University will create new “graduate research consultant” positions that will get graduate students coaching undergrads on in-depth research projects. The goal is to engage undergraduates and help them develop intellectual curiosity in the classroom while tackling a major objective in the university’s strategic plan, that being to increase experiential learning opportunities for undergrads.By Ben Unglesbee
Editorial: Policy pause
It’s good that the Kansas Board of Regents is reviewing its new social media policy, but it also needs to put that policy on hold until the review is complete.
January 3, 2014
The Kansas Board of Regents has decided to do what it should have done before pushing through an ill-considered policy governing the use of social media by state university faculty and staff members — but the board needs to go a step further.
Opinion: Author examines voter ignorance
January 3, 2014
It was naughty of Winston Churchill to say, if he really did, that “the best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.” Nevertheless, many voters’ paucity of information about politics and government, although arguably rational, raises awkward questions about concepts central to democratic theory, including consent, representation, public opinion, electoral mandates and officials’ accountability.