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Archive for Tuesday, March 11, 2014

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12:00 a.m.
Marx Madness kicks off when Groucho and the gang get crazy in "Duck Soup" (1933) tonight at Liberty Hall. Today in Lawrence: Marx Madness, Americana, early summer
March 11, 2014
Highs in the 70s, “Duck Soup” at Liberty Hall and old-school Americana at the Lawrence Arts Center.
11:00 a.m.
This collage illustrates the hallmarks of Lawrence's downtown cultural district. First Row: The Granada Theater, Lawrence Arts Center, Aimee's Coffee Shop, Second Row: Bowersock Mills and Power Company, SeedCo Studios in the Warehouse Arts District, Site of Langston Hughes' home, Row Three: The East Lawrence Waltz mural, Pachamama's, St. Luke's A.M.E. Church, Row Four: Turnhalle Building, Wonder Fair Art Gallery, Americana Music Academy. Ninth Street corridor proposal is finalist for national arts grant
March 10, 2014
The Lawrence Arts Center is, for the second year, a finalist for a major national grant that would fund a so-called creative placemaking project in Lawrence. The Arts Center announced Monday that its $500,000 proposal — “Free State Connection: The 9th Street Corridor Project” — was among 97 finalists for this year’s ArtPlace America grants. By Sara Shepherd
1:12 p.m.
Kyle T. Flack, right, and his court-appointed attorney, Ron Evans, appear in Franklin County District Court for a pretrial hearing in Flack's capital murder case. Flack is accused of killing Andrew Adam Stout, 30, Steven Eugene White, 31, Kaylie Kathleen Bailey, 21, and Bailey's infant daughter in late April and early May at a house at 3197 Georgia Road, about five miles west of Ottawa. Bobby Burch/The Ottawa Herald Testimony in Flack trial: Defendant discussed killing one of four victims; toddler’s body was found in creek
12:43 p.m., March 11, 2014 Updated 6:33 p.m.
Kyle Trevor Flack, the 28-year-old Ottawa man accused of killing four people in rural Ottawa last year, told a detective that he killed Steven White during a dispute between White and Andrew Stout, according to testimony during Tuesday’s still ongoing hearing. By Stephen Montemayor
4:45 p.m.
Kansas University Medical Center's School of Medicine, 3901 Rainbow Boulevard, Kansas City, Kan. Photo taken Sept. 29, 2011. KU warns of accreditation issues at medical school, but committee rejects funding initiative
March 11, 2014
Kansas University officials warned Tuesday that without budgetary help from the state, the medical school faces the possibility of losing its accreditation, but a Senate committee rejected their pleas. By Scott Rothschild

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Commissioners agree that downtown mural can’t stay in current location
March 11, 2014
Hopes of area artists to preserve a downtown mural were dealt a major blow Tuesday as city commissioners said they see no feasible way to avoid demolishing the wall that houses the art work. By Chad Lawhorn
No new updates in Saturday homicide investigation
March 11, 2014
Lawrence police did not have any updates Tuesday on the investigation of additional suspects in connection to Saturday’s homicide on Cedarwood Avenue.
State board advances draft fingerprinting regulations
March 11, 2014
The Kansas State Board of Education voted to advance proposed regulations that would require all school teachers and administrators to have fingerprint records on file as a condition of holding a license. The new rules now go to the Attorney General’s office and the Department of Administration for review. Final approval could come within 90 to 120 days. By Peter Hancock
Dire consequences if Legislature fails to act on school finance, official warns
March 11, 2014
Deputy Education Commissioner Dale Dennis warned Tuesday that schools could lose as much as $1 billion, or 25 percent of their operating budgets, if the Legislature does not solve equity issues in the Local Option Budgets of the school finance system. The Kansas Supreme Court last week said the entire LOB system could be halted if lawmakers fail to resolve the problem. By Peter Hancock
Kansas weighs regulating health care ‘navigators’
March 11, 2014
The Kansas Senate has given first-round approval to new regulations for counselors who help consumers navigate the federal online health insurance marketplace.
As city increases efforts to attract basketball visitors, Lawrence hasn’t hosted state championships since 1987
March 11, 2014
There’s no question Lawrence is making its bid to become the basketball capital of Kansas and beyond, Lawrence hasn’t hosted a state high school basketball championship since 1987. By Chad Lawhorn
Laura D. Routh wins League of Women Voters’ 2014 Helen Fluker Award
March 11, 2014
Laura D. Routh will receive the Lawrence-Douglas County League of Women Voters’ Helen Fluker Open and Accessible Government Award, which honors a Douglas County resident who has shown leadership in promoting citizen participation in government.
Ex-AG Kline asks U.S. Supreme Court to review case
March 11, 2014
Former Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review the Kansas Supreme Court’s indefinite suspension of his law license.
Jenkins: No immigration reform until White House or Senate changes hands
March 11, 2014
Rep. Lynn Jenkins said the U.S. House will not consider immigration reform until there’s a new president or Republicans take control of the Senate. She says GOP leaders in the House have no trust in President Barack Obama. By Peter Hancock
Bill introduced that would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity
March 11, 2014
A bill was introduced Tuesday that would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. By Scott Rothschild
KU warns of accreditation issues at medical school, but committee rejects funding initiative
March 11, 2014
Kansas University officials warned Tuesday that without budgetary help from the state, the medical school faces the possibility of losing its accreditation, but a Senate committee rejected their pleas. By Scott Rothschild
Testimony in Flack trial: Defendant discussed killing one of four victims; toddler’s body was found in creek
12:43 p.m., March 11, 2014 Updated 06:33 p.m.
Kyle Trevor Flack, the 28-year-old Ottawa man accused of killing four people in rural Ottawa last year, told a detective that he killed Steven White during a dispute between White and Andrew Stout, according to testimony during Tuesday’s still ongoing hearing. By Stephen Montemayor
Hearing begins today in Ottawa quadruple homicide
March 11, 2014
A man accused of murder in the slaying of four people, including an 18-month-old girl, at a farm in rural eastern Kansas will face the testimony of dozens of witnesses during a preliminary hearing slated to begin today.
KU men’s golfers last in Louisiana
March 11, 2014
The Kansas University men’s golf team struggled in its first round on Monday at the Louisiana Classics, falling to the bottom of the team leaderboard despite a 15-stroke improvement in Round 2.
Kansas sprinter Dixon named Midwest Track Athlete of the Year
March 11, 2014
Kansas University senior sprinter Diamond Dixon on Monday was named the Midwest Region Track Athlete of the Year by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
Obama honors KU track champs at White House
March 11, 2014
President Barack Obama honored 19 NCAA Division I championship teams, including the 2012-13 Kansas University women’s track and field team, during a ceremony Monday at the White House.
Column: Kansas can spin its fate into fuel
March 11, 2014
There’s nothing good about losing a talented 7-footer, but as the Kansas University’s men’s basketball team may learn, losing the ever-present weight of expectations can have its benefits. Column by Tom Keegan
Chiefs expect quiet free-agency period
March 11, 2014
The downside of all last year’s maneuvering is that now the team is starved for cash, and with free agency starting today, the Chiefs are looking at a much more modest splash.
Cano 3-for-3, but Royals top Mariners
March 11, 2014
Robinson Cano returned from a four-game absence after a root canal procedure and went 3-for-3 as a split squad of Seattle Mariners lost to the Kansas City Royals 8-2 on Monday.
Wiggins, Embiid pick up AP Big 12 awards
March 11, 2014
Kansas University freshman Andrew Wiggins was named unanimous first-team Associated Press All-Big 12 on Monday and received four Player of the Year votes. By Gary Bedore
25 years ago: Police put the brakes on KU student’s ‘taxi service’
March 11, 2014
A 20-year-old Kansas University student was arrested this week for operating a taxi without a license.
40 years ago: New sign completed for north entrance to city
March 11, 2014
Today’s front page featured a photo of the new “Town Center” sign at Sixth and Mass.
100 years ago: Lawrence voters soundly defeat bond issue for municipal ownership of water plant
March 11, 2014
“Not at this time and at that price.”
Walk Kansas encourages Douglas County residents to get outside, be active
March 11, 2014
With spring right around the corner, many people hope to get outside, be active and enjoy the warmer weather. Walk Kansas wants to help them do just that. By Giles Bruce
Headaches are a pain, but treating them can be too, says new LMH doctor
March 11, 2014
People have been getting headaches for thousands of years. In ancient times, people went as far as to drill holes in their skulls to relieve the pressure. And while we don’t yet have a cure for headaches in 2014, we do have better options for treating them. By Giles Bruce
Editorial: Partners?
The downtown shot-put event will go on, but the loss of financial support from Kansas Athletics is disappointing.
March 11, 2014
It’s unfortunate that the downtown shot-put event that has become a popular part of the Kansas Relays doesn’t fit into the Kansas Athletics budget this year.
Opinion: GOP should focus on education
March 11, 2014
The first “people” I recognized on arriving at last week’s Conservative Political Action Committee gathering just outside Washington were two “stormtroopers” and a Wookiee from the 1977 film “Star Wars.”
Opinion: Ukraine raises complex questions
March 11, 2014
Last week, I wrote that the Ukraine crisis did not mean the return of the Cold War. Since then, I’ve received e-mails from readers confused about what it does mean and why it should matter to Americans.
Today in Lawrence: Marx Madness, Americana, early summer
March 11, 2014
Highs in the 70s, “Duck Soup” at Liberty Hall and old-school Americana at the Lawrence Arts Center.
Double Take: Why a generation of boys is failing in school and life
March 11, 2014
I’ve become increasingly concerned over the past decade about the direction boys are headed in our society.
Baker University announces promotions, tenure, retirements
March 11, 2014
Baker University faculty were honored at a banquet last month in Overland Park. The event celebrated promotions and tenure grants that had been approved earlier that day by the university’s Board of Trustees.
How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of March 10
March 11, 2014
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Monday, March 10.