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City moves forward on creating new director of arts and culture position
January 14, 2014
On a 4-1 vote, commissioners at their weekly meeting agreed to apply for a state grant to help with the start-up costs of a director of arts and culture. But a majority of commissioners also said they likely would add the position by mid-2014 regardless of whether the city receives the grant. By Chad Lawhorn
Oskaloosa fire damages three businesses, Masonic Lodge
January 14, 2014
Residents of Oskaloosa are mourning the destruction a fire inflicted on several businesses on the 500 block of Liberty Street late Monday night.
Doll: Educators support Common Core standards
January 14, 2014
Lawrence Superintendent Rick Doll urged the Kansas State Board of Education to hold firm on the Common Core standards for reading and math, saying they are “widely accepted by educators.” Doll was being recognized by the state board as the Kansas Superintendent of the Year. By Peter Hancock
Lawrence teachers’ kidney transplant a success
January 14, 2014
After a year and a half of kidney failure, Mike Wormsley finally found a transplant donor: his co-worker at Lawrence’s Liberty Memorial Central Middle School, Scott Forkenbrock. All that was left was the procedure, which went off without a hitch Tuesday morning at Kansas University Hospital in Kansas City, Kan. By Giles Bruce
Hospital board OKs $1 million to fund KU Cancer Center
January 14, 2014
Kansas University Hospital Authority’s board of directors approved $1 million to fund the KU Cancer Center on Tuesday.
KU gets $450k Department of Defense grant to study bandwidth efficiency
January 14, 2014
Kansas University has received a $450,000 Department of Defense grant to explore what the lead researcher says will probably be “one of our biggest issues in modern times.” That’s bandwidth, a finite resource with ever-increasing demand. By Sara Shepherd
University leaders meet with Brownback; restoration of budget cuts to higher education unlikely, officials say
January 14, 2014
Restoring budget cuts to higher education appears iffy at this point, higher education leaders say. By Scott Rothschild
Lecompton post office meeting to discuss future on Saturday
January 14, 2014
Lecompton city officials will host a community meeting at 1 p.m. Saturday to update concerned residents about the status of the local post office.
Hearing in second trial of 1997 rape case to continue next month
January 14, 2014
A Douglas County judge on Tuesday again continued an evidentiary hearing in the retrial of a 40-year-old man convicted of raping a Kansas University student in 1997.
House GOP leaders form committee to look at Brownback’s full-day kindergarten plan
January 14, 2014
Republican House leaders on Tuesday announced the formation of a special committee to study Gov. Sam Brownback’s proposal for the state to fully fund all-day kindergarten. By Scott Rothschild
Kansas education board urges, but won’t mandate, individual study plans
January 14, 2014
The Kansas State Board of Education will “strongly recommend” that schools develop “individual plans off study” for all students to guide them toward college or a career in their chosen fields. But the board stopped short of mandating them, due to lack of counseling staff in many school districts. By Peter Hancock
Regents to consider proposed apartment building near Allen Fieldhouse, other sports-related items
January 14, 2014
The Kansas Board of Regents on Wednesday will consider nearly $80 million in sports-related improvements at Kansas University and Kansas State University.
Kansas projects included in federal spending bill
January 14, 2014
Members of the Kansas congressional delegation are hailing a federal budget agreement that provides more than $620 million in funding for projects in the state.
How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Jan. 13
January 14, 2014
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Monday, Jan. 13.
Notebook: KU wears new uniforms for second straight game
January 14, 2014
The Jayhawks on Monday for the second straight game wore alternate adidas uniforms. These uniforms were grey. On Saturday against Kansas State, KU wore cream colored alternate uniforms. By Gary Bedore
Jayhawks spoil Big Monday for Kane, Cyclones
January 14, 2014
All of the talk heading into Monday’s Big 12 Conference showdown at Hilton Coliseum centered around the injured left ankle of Iowa State senior DeAndre Kane. As it turned out, that ankle had very little to do with the outcome of KU’s third consecutive Big 12 Conference victory. By Matt Tait
Leaders: Tharpe’s big night keeps KU unbeaten in Big 12
January 14, 2014
He didn’t quite match Elijah Johnson’s 39-point outing of a year ago. But Kansas University junior Naadir Tharpe continued a two-year tradition of scoring from the point guard position in Hilton Coliseum, exploding for a career-high 23 points in Monday’s 77-70 victory over Iowa State. By Gary Bedore
25 years ago: KU department loses funding, directors
January 14, 2014
Co-directors of Kansas University’s Center for Latin American Studies resigned this week.
Editorial: Get creative
Adding a new city position isn’t the only way to support the creation of a new cultural plan for Lawrence.
January 14, 2014
A decision to create a new city position to oversee arts and culture efforts in Lawrence should be considered as part of the city’s overall budget discussions, not pushed through in the middle of the year to meet a deadline for a grant application.
Letter: No-bid deal?
January 14, 2014
How ‘bout one of them newfangled mechanized parking systems on a no-bid deal? What could go wrong?
Letter: Influential report
January 14, 2014
Fifty years after its release, the Surgeon General’s Report’s legacy is more powerful than even.
Letter: Everyday heroes
January 14, 2014
On the morning of Jan. 10, while walking on Mass Street, I slipped and fell. Unbeknownst to me, I lost my keys in the fall.
Letter: Policy absurdity
January 14, 2014
I offer a hypothetical case illustrating the danger and absurdity of the Kansas Board of Regents’ social media policy.
Opinion: Proxy wars extend violence, duration
January 14, 2014
The first war I covered as a foreign correspondent was the civil war in Lebanon. When the conflict began in 1975, it was just a series of skirmishes, a nasty but limited little war for control of a small nation.
Double Take: How to choose the right college experience
January 14, 2014
A key part of your college research is deciding exactly what you’re looking for. Type-A gal that I am, I came up with an acronym while searching for my ideal college: C.A.L.F. (Character, Academics, Location, and Finances).
Lawrence businesses, advocates fight for GMO-free living
January 14, 2014
All the products sold at Hilary’s Eat Well in Lawrence are free of genetically modified organisms, part of a growing movement in Lawrence and elsewhere to rid the food supply of genetically altered ingredients, which can be found in most of the processed food sold in America. By Giles Bruce
Lawrence teacher gives kidney to prolong colleague’s life
January 14, 2014
Mike Wormsley took a second look at the email to make sure he wasn’t seeing things. A co-worker at Lawrence’s Liberty Memorial Central Middle School was offering to donate a kidney that would help help prolong and improve the quality of his life. “I think I read through that thing six times to make sure I was reading it right,” said Wormsley, who teaches eighth-grade American history. By Giles Bruce
40 years ago: County questions delay in seeing a doctor at the ER
January 14, 2014
Leonard Barber, ambulance service operator, had told commissioners that during the night there was usually a five- to 10-minute wait.
100 years ago: Tango not so bad after all, witnesses say
January 14, 2014
“The tendency to exaggerate and to out-do has been too prevalent in Lawrence this winter.”