Archive for Thursday, March 20, 2014

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
Madeline Heeren and Aqmar Rahman, law students at Kansas University, give a T-shirt to a child in a slum on the outskirts of Dhaka, Bangladesh last summer. After their trip to Bangladesh, Heeren and Rahman co-founded United Across Borders, a nonprofit organization that aims to provide clothing and blankets to the impoverished in developing countries. KU law students create organization to provide clothing, blankets to Bangladesh poor
March 20, 2014
Two students from the Kansas University School of Law traveled to Dhaka, Bangladesh, last summer. While visiting with residents of Dhaka’s slums, they formed the idea of starting a nonprofit organization with the goal of providing people in the country with basic necessities such as clothing and blankets. This week, their organization, United Across Borders, will kick off its “Buy a Shirt — Give a Shirt” program, and donation drives will be held later this spring at KU and its 63 Alumni Association chapters. By Nikki Wentling
11:04 a.m.
In this June 6, 2009 file photo, protesters from Rev. Fred Phelps' Westboro Baptist Church demonstrate during funeral services for Dr. George Tiller at College Hill United Methodist Church in Wichita, Kan. In an 8-1 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the group's protests were protected by the First Amendment. The father of a Marine killed in Iraq sued after they picketed his son's 2006 funeral service. Fred Phelps Sr., founder of Westboro Baptist Church, dead at 84
10:21 a.m., March 20, 2014 Updated 11:35 a.m.
Fred Phelps, Sr., the 84-year-old founder of one of the most-hated churches in America, died early Thursday, according to family members. Staff and wire reports
3:25 p.m.
Find Jefferson’s at 743 Massachusetts St., 832-2000, Mrs. Mass.: Come for the game, stay for the pickles
March 20, 2014
With basketball season in full swing, it seems only appropriate to visit one of the more popular Massachusetts Street spots to catch a game and eat some wings (or oysters/burgers/anything on the menu, really). Jefferson’s has been serving the Lawrence community since 2000, and they’re best known for their wings, oysters and fried pickles. If you’re jonesing for a hot meal, cold beer and lively atmosphere, Jefferson’s will treat you right.
5:19 p.m.
Shutterstock image of basketball brackets March Madness: The KU guide to not accidentally gambling
March 20, 2014
‘Tis the season for loose readings of the state’s anti-gambling laws. Kansas University is taking precautions by reminding all employees and students that betting on their NCAA Basketball Tournament brackets is illegal. It’s a friendly reminder the university sends out annually come tournament time. By Ben Unglesbee

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Editorial: A little advice
City and county advisory boards are an important link between local residents and their elected officials.
March 20, 2014
There’s no reason to wonder whether elected Lawrence and Douglas County officials are interested in what local residents think about public policies.
Editorial: Not just lucky
The thousands of hours of time donated by St. Patrick’s Day volunteers are a great gift to the community.
March 20, 2014
It takes a lot more than the luck of the Irish to pull off the annual St. Patrick’s Day festivities in Lawrence.