Archive for Monday, March 24, 2014

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
Liberty Memorial Central Middle school 7th-grader Thomas All, left, answers a class exercise during an Algebra 1 class. New evaluations loom as Lawrence teachers, district open new contract talks
March 24, 2014
The Lawrence school district and the local teachers union begin talks this week on a new contract for the 2014-2015 school year. Part of those talks will focus on a new teacher evaluation system that will be based in large part on student growth and achievement. By Peter Hancock
9:29 a.m.
Shutterstock image of 'Vote Here' sign New voting laws adding to confusion, Douglas County election official says
March 24, 2014
Douglas County Clerk Jamie Shew said the number of rules added to elections over the past several years “is mind boggling,” and hinders elections. By Scott Rothschild
1:29 p.m.
Shutterstock image of for rent sign Answers about Lawrence’s proposed rental licensing and inspection program
March 24, 2014
A citywide rental inspection program has been years in the making. And now it appears a decision is near. Here’s a look at some of the more common questions about the program as proposed. By Chad Lawhorn
4:16 p.m.
Shutterstock image of healthcare.gov Kansas House gives final approval to bill backing out of Obamacare
March 24, 2014
The House on Monday gave final approval to a bill that seeks to disengage Kansas from the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. By Scott Rothschild
7:15 p.m.
Charles Barnes, operator of one of the city's automated trash trucks, uses a mechanical arm to lift city trash bins off the street in the Prairie Park Neighborhood. The vehicle requires only one crew member. Trash day to change for many Lawrence residents as city prepares for curbside recycling
March 24, 2014
Either get out your calendars or your nose plugs because trash day is set to change for about half of Lawrence. By Chad Lawhorn

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Chancellor Gray-Little comes a long way to lead KU
March 24, 2014
Kansas University Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little revealed the person behind the title during an onstage interview with KU alumna and Dean of the Pepperdine University School of Law Deanell Reece Tacha at the Emily Taylor and Marilyn Stokstad Women’s Leadership Lecture on Monday night.
Lawrence school boundaries could shift in 2015
March 24, 2014
A task force appointed by the Lawrence school board is looking at ways of shifting attendance zone boundaries in the 2015-2016 academic year to prevent overcrowding in some buildings. The panel is focusing its attention on Langston Hughes, Quail Run, Sunset Hill, Pinckney and Deerfield schools. By Peter Hancock
Lawrence teacher contract talks begin amid uncertainty on school finance
March 24, 2014
Negotiators for the Lawrence school district and the local teachers union exchanged opening offers on mostly non-salary issues Monday in preparation for a new master agreement. But both sides are waiting anxiously for the Kansas Legislature to decide how much money will be available for salaries in the upcoming school year. By Peter Hancock
Topeka man sentenced in drug robbery at Lawrence McDonald’s
March 24, 2014
A Topeka man was sentenced to seven years in federal prison on Monday for his role in a drug-related robbery at a Lawrence McDonald’s last June, according to U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom’s office.
Trash day to change for many Lawrence residents as city prepares for curbside recycling
March 24, 2014
Either get out your calendars or your nose plugs because trash day is set to change for about half of Lawrence. By Chad Lawhorn
Traveling thrift store, which spreads awareness on orphans, to visit KU April 1
March 24, 2014
A traveling thrift store that spreads awareness and provides resources to orphans will visit Kansas University on April 1.
Kansas House gives final approval to bill backing out of Obamacare
March 24, 2014
The House on Monday gave final approval to a bill that seeks to disengage Kansas from the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. By Scott Rothschild
House GOP leaders introduce school finance plan, policy changes
01:40 p.m., March 24, 2014 Updated 05:52 p.m.
House Republican leaders Monday introduced a school finance plan that they said will provide $129 million to satisfy a Kansas Supreme Court order to provide equalizing funds to help poor district districts. By Peter Hancock and Scott Rothschild
Former KU center Ryan Cantrell joins KU football coaching staff
March 24, 2014
Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis announced a couple of changes to his coaching staff on Monday afternoon. Former Jayhawk Ryan Cantrell, a center, who played at Kansas from 2005-08, has been hired as the assistant director of football operations and Maurice Crum has moved from that position into a new role as assistant director of high school relations.
Malaysia: Missing flight crashed in Indian Ocean
March 24, 2014
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — A new analysis of satellite data indicates the missing Malaysia Airlines plane crashed into a remote corner of the Indian Ocean, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said Monday.
CrossFit Lawrence sends kids over boulders, up climbing walls
March 24, 2014
Inside an east Lawrence warehouse on Saturday mornings, recess takes on several forms. By Stephen Montemayor
Today in Lawrence: KU chancellor, bestselling author
March 24, 2014
Tom Moore at the Lawrence Arts Center, Timothy Schaffert at The Raven Book Store, and Bernadette Gray-Little at the Kansas Union.
Voting for Best of Lawrence 2014 now open
March 24, 2014
It’s that time of year again to help give your favorite places and things in Lawrence the recognition you think they deserve.
Bankruptcies for March 24
March 24, 2014
Douglas County residents or businesses filing for bankruptcy protection recently in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the District of Kansas, according to court records.
Divorces for March 24
March 24, 2014
Divorces granted in Douglas County.
Marriages for March 24
March 24, 2014
Marriage licenses issued in Douglas County.
Capitol Briefing: Benefits card photos panned; Fort Hays State presidential finalists selected
March 24, 2014
Capitol Briefing: Benefits card, FHSU president, quotes of the week and what happens next in the Legislature
Editorial: Double standard?
If Toyota is “shameful” for not leveling with the public, isn’t the government equally “shameful” for not leveling with citizens about some recent government actions?
March 24, 2014
The saying “what’s good for the goose is good for the gander” might be relevant to the U.S. Justice Department’s recent decision to levy a $1.2 billion fine against the Toyota automobile company.
New voting laws adding to confusion, Douglas County election official says
March 24, 2014
Douglas County Clerk Jamie Shew said the number of rules added to elections over the past several years “is mind boggling,” and hinders elections. By Scott Rothschild
Opinion: Fond opening-day memories
March 24, 2014
Larry Doby, the first African-American to play in the American League, liked to talk with me about opening days at old Municipal Stadium in Cleveland.
Opinion: Culture’s role in poverty not new
March 24, 2014
Critics of Rep. Paul Ryan’s remarks about cultural factors in the persistence of poverty are simultaneously shrill and boring. Their predictable minuet of synthetic indignation demonstrates how little liberals have learned about poverty or changed their rhetorical repertoire in the last 49 years.
40 years ago: Latest Lawrence police cars sport new rooftop lighting system
March 24, 2014
The elevated lights cost $700 and the directional arrow $125, compared with about $160 for the traditional “cherrytop” dual lights.
100 years ago: Remains of historic Lawrence fort to be preserved
March 24, 2014
“The plan originated in the minds and purses of the members of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, the present owners of this historic property.”
Answers about Lawrence’s proposed rental licensing and inspection program
March 24, 2014
A citywide rental inspection program has been years in the making. And now it appears a decision is near. Here’s a look at some of the more common questions about the program as proposed. By Chad Lawhorn
How to help: Volunteer opportunities
March 24, 2014
Volunteer opportunities in Douglas County.
25 years ago: Exchange City leaving Lawrence location
March 24, 2014
The program taught fifth-graders basic economic principles.
Business briefcase March 24
March 24, 2014
A new sports performance training center and mixed martial arts academy, called Omni Method Gym, will open in Lawrence March 29.
New evaluations loom as Lawrence teachers, district open new contract talks
March 24, 2014
The Lawrence school district and the local teachers union begin talks this week on a new contract for the 2014-2015 school year. Part of those talks will focus on a new teacher evaluation system that will be based in large part on student growth and achievement. By Peter Hancock
How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of March 23
March 24, 2014
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Sunday, March 23.