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Veritas boys fall at KCAA
March 4, 2014
Veritas Christian’s boys basketball team fell to Wichita Sunrise Christian, 74-52, on Tuesday in the third-place game of the KCAA tournament.
Six Jayhawks win Big 12 award
March 4, 2014
The Big 12 Conference honored six Kansas University athletes among the 64 recipients of its Dr. Gerald Lage Award, the league’s highest academic award.
Kansas softball adds twinbill
March 4, 2014
Kansas University’s softball team has added a doubleheader to its schedule next week, coach Megan Smith announced Tuesday.
KU tennis climbs to No. 33 in poll
March 4, 2014
Kansas University’s tennis team climbed to a program-best No. 33 in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association poll.
LHS senior Weiss signs with Baker
March 4, 2014
Lawrence High football senior Matt Weiss held his signing day ceremony on Friday afternoon.
Seabury boys overcome sidelined star to win sub-state opener
March 4, 2014
Despite a frustrating week, Seabury Academy’s boys basketball team used a team effort to roll to a 52-41 victory over Olathe’s Heritage Christian Academy, Tuesday in the first round of Class 2A sub-state at Seabury. By Bobby Nightengale
Perez, Hosmer homer for Royals
March 4, 2014
Eric Hosmer and Salvador Perez each homered off Johnny Cueto and drove in three runs, helping the Kansas City Royals beat the Cincinnati Reds, 9-5, on Tuesday.
Kansas women unable to play spoiler as WVU wins share of Big 12 title
09:18 p.m., March 4, 2014 Updated 11:37 p.m.
Bria Holmes scored 16 points to lead No. 7 West Virginia to a 67-60 victory over Kansas University on Tuesday night for a share of the Big 12 women’s championship. The Jayhawks did their best to spoil West Virginia’s party but couldn’t overcome a 13-point deficit in the second half. Kansas lost its fifth straight game.
City hears plea to save downtown mural from planned apartment project
March 4, 2014
Pictured: Artist David Loewenstein stands in front of his mural when it debuted Sept. 2007. Commissioners directed a development group led by Lawrence businessmen Doug Compton and Mike Treanor to have discussions with interested members of the arts community about how a 2007 mural by noted Lawrence artist Dave Loewenstein can be saved near the northeast corner of Ninth and New Hampshire streets. By Chad Lawhorn
Jenkins bill to delay individual insurance mandate would be vetoed, White House says
March 4, 2014
A proposal by U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Topeka, which would delay the individual health insurance mandate for one year under the Affordable Care Act, would be vetoed by President Barack Obama, the White House said Tuesday.
KU partnering with private company to recruit international students
March 4, 2014
Kansas University is partnering with Cambridge, Mass., company Shorelight Education to recruit international students into KU’s new Academic Accelerator Program. The program will combine arts and science courses with language instruction to create a new kind of first year experience for students. But some worry partnering with a private company could reduce oversight and standards. By Ben Unglesbee
Mardi Gras parade brings out the creative and weird
March 4, 2014
About 150 people — decked out in masquerade masks, colorful wigs and, of course, beads — marched down Massachusetts Street for the seventh annual Mardi Gras parade, a tradition started by Mike and Katie West, a husband-and-wife musical duo who moved to Lawrence in 2005 after their New Orleans home was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. By Giles Bruce
Ukrainian natives and experts at KU forced to watch crisis from afar
March 4, 2014
With political dynamics changing rapidly in Ukraine every day, those who have studied the country keep up through news reports and friends in the country. Watching can be surreal and frightening for those who grew up in the country and have friends involved in the political upheaval. By Ben Unglesbee
Obama budget has $300M for Kansas NBAF project
March 4, 2014
President Barack Obama is proposing Congress provide another infusion of cash to continue construction of a new biosecurity lab in Kansas. The president’s budget was announced Tuesday and includes $300 million for the Department of Homeland Security to continue work on the National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility under construction near Kansas State University.
Republican group including Kassebaum shows support for gay marriage
March 4, 2014
A group of Republicans have come out in support of legalizing gay marriage in Utah and Oklahoma, arguing that allowing same-sex unions is consistent with the Western conservative values of freedom and liberty once championed by Ronald Reagan and Barry Goldwater. A group that includes former Sen. Alan Simpson of Wyoming and former Sen. Nancy Kassebaum of Kansas plans to file a friend of the court brief Tuesday to a federal appeals court in Denver that is reviewing same-sex marriage bans in Utah and Oklahoma, said Denver attorney Sean Gallagher, whose firm wrote the 30-page argument.
Carnival at LMH Saturday to teach kids about nutrition, fitness
March 4, 2014
Lawrence Memorial Hospital is hosting a nutrition carnival Saturday morning for children and accompanying adults.
U.S. Supreme Court deals setback to Kobach on two illegal immigration ordinances
10:49 a.m., March 4, 2014 Updated 03:05 p.m.
The U.S. Supreme Court has let stand rulings that block two city ordinances aimed at illegal immigration that were defended by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach. By Scott Rothschild
Kelly Hart of South Middle School named Lawrence Secondary Teacher of the Year
March 4, 2014
Kelly Hart, an English language arts teacher at South Middle School, was named the Lawrence school district’s 2013-2014 Secondary Teacher of the Year. Staff reports
Roles played: Before acting, KU senior Wesley left mark as key big
March 4, 2014
Off the court, Justin Wesley is best known in Lawrence for his film portrayal of Wilt Chamberlain in the recent movie release, “Jayhawkers.” On the court, he’s the walk-on transfer from Lamar University who averaged 8.6 minutes a game — 7.8 minutes in Big 12 action — for KU’s 2011-12 NCAA runner-up/Big 12 championship team. By Gary Bedore
40 years ago: Gov. Docking to retire from politics after current term
March 4, 2014
His pronouncement was met with “deathly silence” by attendees at the annual Washington Day Dinner in Topeka.
25 years ago: Tax stamps for illegal drugs not unconstitutional, state court rules
March 4, 2014
The tax was $99 on an ounce of marijuana and $200 on a gram of cocaine and other controlled substances.
100 years ago: Lawrence anti-tobacco ordinance goes into effect
March 4, 2014
“‘Every man on the force will have instructions to bring in every minor caught using tobacco on the streets or in public places.’”
KU professor documented Kaw language
March 4, 2014
Robert L. Rankin, a University of Kansas linguistics professor who died recently, will be remembered for his efforts to document the Kaw language, leaders of the Kaw Nation of Oklahoma said.
KU women to tackle No. 7 WVU
March 4, 2014
After four straight losses dropped the Kansas University women’s basketball team’s record to five games below .500 with one date remaining in the regular season, one might think the outlook couldn’t get much worse for the Jayhawks. By Benton Smith
Transit system reaches 1 million users
March 4, 2014
The city’s fixed route bus system — called the T — had annual ridership of more than one million passengers for the first time in its history.
As Kansas weighs restrictions on sex ed, sexuality experts say it’s already inadequate
March 4, 2014
As the Kansas Legislature discusses restricting how sex education can be taught across the state, some sexuality experts say the programs are already inadequate in preparing students for adulthood. By Giles Bruce
Editorial: Strong shelter
Fundraising will be an ongoing challenge for the Lawrence Community Shelter, but the early repayment of a city loan is a positive indication of the shelter’s financial health.
March 4, 2014
Loring Henderson had one last gift for the community before his retirement as executive director of the Lawrence Community Shelter: repayment, nine months early, of a loan from the city of Lawrence.
Opinion: Venezuela’s Maduro faces hard choices
March 4, 2014
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s disastrous government is in much bigger trouble than most people think, not because of the student protests that have already resulted in more than 16 deaths, but by a 56 percent annual inflation rate — the world’s highest — that may soon turn his country ungovernable.
Opinion: Chinese leader consolidates power
March 4, 2014
What Xi Jinping has accomplished over the past year doesn’t look like an old-fashioned Communist Party putsch. There aren’t red banners in the streets or blaring loudspeakers. But Chinese and Western analysts agree that Xi has achieved a remarkable consolidation of power.
Double Take: Can I date someone who doesn’t believe in God?
March 4, 2014
I want to marry someone of my own faith, but while I’m still young I want to date whomever I want considering that I just want to be with someone who makes me happy. But my dad is against me dating anyone who is not of our faith. How can I get him to be open-minded and let me date whom I want?