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Find an appropriate alternative to emergency room care
June 2, 2014
A recent report presented to the Lawrence Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees showed that nearly one-third of the visits to the Lawrence Memorial Hospital emergency department in 2013 probably didn’t require emergency treatment. Most of these visits were for minor medical problems that could be handled more cost effectively in a doctor’s office or urgent-care setting.
Protect yourself from sun, bugs — and protect the environment— with these recommendations
June 2, 2014
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) specializes in human environmental health issues and is a great resource for researching the safety of consumer products. Here’s what they have to say about safe sunscreen and bug repellant.
Double Take: Summer relationships can have rules, too
June 2, 2014
Summer lovin’ doesn’t have to end with confusion and anger. A few guidelines can help keep the fun in summer flings.
Westlake Ace Hardware stores, Salvation Army team up for Saturday fan drive
June 2, 2014
Westlake Ace Hardware will host the Salvation Army Fans for Families drive at both Lawrence locations Saturday morning. Event organizers encourage the public to stop by a Westlake store, 601 Kasold Dr. or 711 W. 23rd St., to purchase a fan for a family in need this summer. Fans will be available for a discounted price, all cash donations received that day will be used to purchase fans.
Lawrence school district, teachers reach tentative contract agreement
June 2, 2014
Negotiators for the Lawrence school district and its roughly 900 licensed teachers reached a tentative agreement Monday night on a new contract that provides an average 2 percent pay increase for teachers and lets them keep most of the tenure rights for veteran teachers that Kansas lawmakers repealed from statute earlier this year. By Peter Hancock
Researchers: A northeast Kansas food hub is worth trying
June 2, 2014
Although there are risks, researchers on Monday gave their thumbs up for pursuing a “food hub” that would collect and distribute produce from northeast Kansas farmers.
Spencer receives 3,000-piece World War I art collection
June 2, 2014
A longtime art dealer and aficionado of World War I-era artwork has donated a 3,000 piece collection of art from the first world war to the Kansas University Museum of Art. The collection features more than 200 artists and will be shown to KU classes as the university looks at the centennial of the war.By Ben Unglesbee
Former KU golfer Chris Thompson qualifies for U.S. Open
05:26 p.m., June 2, 2014 Updated 12:39 a.m.
The best golf year of Chris Thompson’s life got better Monday when he qualified for the U.S. Open. Thompson, a former Kansas University golfer, was the third and final one to make it at Springfield Country Club, site of one of 10 sectional qualifiers that took place Monday throughout the country. By Tom Keegan
Democrats allege campaign violation by Jenkins; Jenkins’ office denies impropriety
June 2, 2014
The Kansas Democratic Party on Monday alleged that U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins violated ethics rules related to compensation of her campaign manager. Jenkins’ office said the allegation is baseless. By Scott Rothschild
Justin Gonzalez trial: Clash of two groups led to death, manslaughter charge
June 2, 2014
Witnesses say a clash between two groups of young men — one mostly Hispanic; another mainly white men with fraternity ties — led to a fight at a house party in 2012 that led to the death of 27-year-old Nicholas Sardina. A Douglas County jury is hearing the second trial of Justin P. Gonzalez, who is charged with involuntary manslaughter in the case. But after more than two years since the incident, witnesses struggled to recall who started the fight. By Peter Hancock
Lawrence to consider moving transit hub to 21st and Iowa streets
June 2, 2014
Lawrence city commissioners at their Tuesday evening meeting will be asked to move forward on a project that would move the city’s public transit hub out of downtown and place it on university property near 21st and Iowa streets. By Chad Lawhorn
Lawrence police still looking for suspect in Saturday apartment pool shooting
June 2, 2014
Police are still searching for a suspect in Saturday’s shooting at a Lawrence apartment complex. According to a news release from the Lawrence Police Department, one or more people fired multiple gunshots into a crowd near the pool at The Grove apartments, 4301 W. 24th Place, around 2:30 a.m. Saturday. The gunshots struck at least one person, an 18-year-old Topeka man who was treated and later released from Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
Topeka man receives 57 months in prison for Lawrence robbery
June 2, 2014
A 30-year-old Topeka man was sentenced Monday to 57 months in federal prison in connection with a 2013 armed robbery in Lawrence.
KanCare inspector’s background scrutinized
June 2, 2014
A former lawmaker appointed to identify fraud in Kansas’ privatized Medicaid system has a background that includes a business bankruptcy and a DUI conviction.
Risk of strong tornadoes in Kansas, four other Midwestern states
June 2, 2014
It has been a fairly quiet tornado season so far this spring but that could change on Tuesday in five Midwestern states, where the National Weather Service predicts a heightened risk of severe storms that could produce strong twisters.
Alabama Street slated to close this week for construction
June 2, 2014
Alabama Street north of 23rd Street will be closed Wednesday through Friday. During that time, workers will restore pavement due to construction activities on the 23rd Street water line replacement.
Jenkins draws GOP opponent as candidate fields take shape
12:05 p.m., June 2, 2014 Updated 05:21 p.m.
U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins has drawn a Republican Party primary opponent as the deadline expires for candidates to file to run in the Aug. 5 primary.
Kansas officials studying EPA greenhouse gas rule
June 2, 2014
Kansas officials are studying the federal government’s plans for decreasing greenhouse gas emissions only days after the state approved a $2.8 billion coal-fired power plant.
Spencer Museum gets World War I art
June 2, 2014
The Spencer Museum of Art has been given a large collection of World War I era art.
Spencer Museum in Lawrence gets World War I art
June 2, 2014
The Spencer Museum of Art has been given a large collection of World War I era art.
Today in Lawrence: Go for a bike ride; music to soothe your soul
June 2, 2014
Go for a bike ride with the Lawrence Bicycle Club’s beginner’s ride, or head over to Topeka for the last day of In the Plains Chamber Music Festival.
One city product in super regionals
June 2, 2014
Four city high school products earned trips to the NCAA Baseball Tournament, but just one advanced out of the regional round Sunday.
Bill Self says 2-year rule just fine with him
June 2, 2014
If first-year NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and the league’s Players Association ultimately agree on a new “two-and-done” rule, there actually will be some contented college freshmen and sophomore stars. By Gary Bedore
Kansas football shifts focus
Coaches turn attention to ’14 opponents
June 2, 2014
After spending most of May recruiting the Class of 2015 and beyond, Kansas University’s football coaches are set to transition into the first true act of the 2014 season. By Matt Tait
25 years ago: City considers standardized speed limits in residential areas
June 2, 2014
“We’d like to see it more uniform.”
40 years ago: Lawrence researcher studies link between astrology, alcoholism
June 2, 2014
Was there any connection between an alcoholic’s astrological chart and his or her ability to be cured?
Letter: Big government
June 2, 2014
The recent Veterans Administration debacle is the head of the festering boil that is big government. The U.S. government has grown to the point that it is no longer manageable. The Affordable Care Act was originally going to offer a “government” option but even the president’s allies thought that was too close to a single-payer system and it was removed from the bill — a bill, I might add, that was passed without one GOP vote in either house.
Letter: Irresponsible vote
June 2, 2014
A rather depressing article appeared in the May 28 issue of the Journal-World with the title “Jenkins rejects spending Pentagon money to study climate change.” As the article reported, funds for the most recent National Climate Assessment (initiated in 1989 during the administration of George Bush Sr.) was rejected by the House Republicans, including Rep. Lynn Jenkins.
Letter: Broadband strategy
June 2, 2014
Fiber optic Internet, the fastest speed for Internet access available, is yet another issue our city is struggling to catch up with. Because quality jobs appear where fiber appears, it is definitely an issue deserving of our attention.  It also means we should be careful in our next steps in adding it here.  
Editorial: Street delays
The summer road construction season is never pleasant, but the later it starts, the longer it stretches into fall.
June 2, 2014
The recent announcement from city hall that the multi-lane roundabout on Wakarusa Drive at the intersection of Legends/Inverness will be bid this Wednesday was not exactly good news for Lawrence drivers.
Opinion: N.C. candidate touts conservatism
June 2, 2014
“Twenty-four times” is Thom Tillis’ answer, delivered with a faint flicker of a Cheshire Cat smile. The question was: How many times, that his campaign knows of, has Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan said on camera that under Obamacare, if you like your health insurance, you can keep it? Tillis will be sharing some of her video promises with voters as he seeks to become part of a Republican Senate majority in January 2015.
100 years ago: Dr. Naismith plans regatta at KU’s Potter Lake
June 2, 2014
“‘Beside the events which will be given over to the students, there will be a fly-casting exhibition by members of the faculty.’”