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Panel discusses social media and free speech
March 25, 2014
A panel of free speech experts gathered Tuesday at Kansas University to discuss social media’s changing and unclear position in the United States’ body of laws.
Cindy McCain talks about philanthropy, politics and personal life at Dole Institute
March 25, 2014
At the Dole Institute of Politics on Tuesday evening, Cindy McCain spoke to an audience of more than 100 on topics ranging from her personal life and humanitarian work to her opinions on contemporary politics and President Obama’s handling of the situation between Russian and Ukraine.
Senate votes to repeal renewable energy standards
09:50 p.m., March 25, 2014 Updated 09:50 p.m.
Republicans in the Kansas Senate on Tuesday advanced a bill that would repeal the state’s renewable energy standards. By Scott Rothschild
Police investigating rash of gasoline thefts dating back to September; 10 this month
March 25, 2014
Lawrence police are investigating a dozen incidents in which gasoline has been stolen from parked vehicles, which began in September and last occurred as soon as earlier this month.
KC man to stand trial on attempted second-degree murder, battery charges following December downtown shooting
March 25, 2014
Marck E. Fristoe will stand trial for charges of attempted second-degree murder and aggravated battery in connection with a Dec. 21 downtown dispute that resulted in a bystander being shot in the hip. Fristoe pleaded not guilty to the charges Tuesday after a preliminary hearing at Douglas County District Court. District Judge Kay Huff bound Fristoe, who is in jail on a $150,000 bond, over for a July 16 trial expected to span three days.
Photography exhibit of Iraq, Afghanistan frontlines coming to KU
March 25, 2014
The William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications is inviting the public for a viewing of “The Conflict Zone,” a traveling photography exhibit with images from the frontlines of Iraq and Afghanistan.
Brownback signs into law bill limiting party switching
March 25, 2014
Kansas voters wanting to switch parties before the Aug. 5 primaries will face a much tighter window under a bill signed into law Tuesday by Gov. Sam Brownback.
Kansas school finance bill cuts $15 million in transportation aid
March 25, 2014
A school finance bill that adds $129 million in state aid targeted mainly at poor districts would also cut $15 million in transportation aid from all districts. Lawrence schools would lose nearly $190,000 under the plan, which the House budget committee plans to begin debating Wednesday. By Peter Hancock
2 workers die in collapse of communication tower
March 25, 2014
Authorities in northeast Kansas say two people have died after a communications tower they were working on collapsed. The Pottawatomie County sheriff’s office says four workers were at the site near Blaine when the tower fell around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday. Another communications tower also collapsed.
One not done: Wayne Selden to return for sophomore season at Kansas
02:35 p.m., March 25, 2014 Updated 12:38 a.m.
Kansas University freshman guard Wayne Selden took to Twitter Tuesday afternoon to announce his plans to return for his sophomore season at KU, rather than enter the 2014 NBA Draft. By Gary Bedore
Ruling: Kansas can strip Planned Parenthood funds
March 25, 2014
An appeals court has overturned a federal judge’s order that forced Kansas to keep funding two family planning clinics despite a state law aimed at stripping a Planned Parenthood chapter of federal money.
Trial set after 33-year-old Lawrence woman pleads not guilty to cocaine charges
March 25, 2014
April Oakes, a 33-year-old Lawrence woman charged with multiple counts of distributing cocaine, pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Douglas County District Court.
Kansas House advances charitable raffle amendment
March 25, 2014
House members have advanced a measure that would ask Kansas voters to amend the state constitution to allow charities to hold raffles to raise funds for their causes.
Kansas House advances charitable raffle amendment
March 25, 2014
House members have advanced a measure that would ask Kansas voters to amend the state constitution to allow charities to hold raffles to raise funds for their causes.
Kansas House advances charitable raffle amendment
March 25, 2014
House members have advanced a measure that would ask Kansas voters to amend the state constitution to allow charities to hold raffles to raise funds for their causes.
Former Lawrence superintendent Weseman to step down in Tonganoxie
March 25, 2014
Tonganoxie USD 464 Superintendent Randy Weseman has decided that he really is retiring this time.
Governor generally pleased with progress on Kansas school finance bill
March 25, 2014
Republican Gov. Sam Brownback said Tuesday he was optimistic that legislators were getting closer to a school funding solution to satisfy a Kansas Supreme Court ruling, though he would like to see more of the new spending directed toward classrooms.
Kansas lawmakers pass bill to name state fossils
March 25, 2014
Kansas legislators have given final approval to a bill designating a winged dinosaur and an ancient sea creature as the state’s official fossils.
KU student awarded Goldwater scholarship; three others receive honorable mentions
March 25, 2014
Ryan Limbocker, a Kansas University junior from Overland Park, has been awarded a Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, the nation’s premier undergraduate award to honor academically gifted students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Three additional KU juniors were recognized with honorable mentions.
House speaker says state funding of full-day kindergarten probably not happening this session
March 25, 2014
House Speaker Ray Merrick, R-Stilwell, on Tuesday said Gov. Sam Brownback’s proposal to provide state funding for full-day kindergarten probably isn’t advancing during the current legislative session. By Scott Rothschild
Committee to begin work on Kansas school plan
March 25, 2014
A Kansas House committee is preparing to take up a proposal from Republican leaders to increase education spending to satisfy a state Supreme Court order.
Today in Lawrence: Cindy McCain, ‘Joy of Singing’ at KU
March 25, 2014
Free speech discussion at Spooner Hall, Marx Madness at Liberty Hall, Cindy McCain at the Dole Institute, and “Joy of Singing” at the Lied Center.
Lions’ Jones to wrestle in Senior Classic
March 25, 2014
Lawrence High senior Alex Jones, who is the Class 6A state champion at the 285-pound weight class, will represent the Lions and large-class schools in the Kansas Wrestling Coaches Association Senior Classic dual at 7 p.m. Friday at the Topeka Expocentre.
Lawrence High wrestling tops academics
March 25, 2014
Lawrence High’s wrestling team was named the Class 6A All-Academic team state champion.
KU golfer tied for 10th place
March 25, 2014
Kansas University’s Thanuttra Boonraksasat improved by three strokes from the first to second rounds and sits in a tie for 10th place after two rounds Monday of the Briar’s Creek Women’s Golf Invitational at The Golf Club of Briar’s Creek.
LHS soccer eyes more ‘W’s’
March 25, 2014
Following a one-win season, Lawrence High’s girls soccer players are ready to turn the page. With the stability of several returning starters, there was a different mentality during the preseason as the Lions try to move past all of their struggles a year ago. By Bobby Nightengale
Kansas football expects better defense
March 25, 2014
While the installation of a new offense and the transition to new offensive coordinator and offensive-line coach John Reagan and wide receivers coach Eric Kiesau have been among the biggest story lines of Kansas University’s spring thus far, the forward movement of a defense that made positive strides in 2013 has operated a little under the radar. By Matt Tait
Column: Absence proved Embiid’s worth
March 25, 2014
Maybe Fred Hoiberg was right. Maybe Joel Embiid was the best player in college basketball. Hoiberg seems to be right about a lot of things, such as how to get a team peaking for the postseason. By Tom Keegan
‘What if … ’: Jayhawks ponder what could have been
March 25, 2014
Kansas University freshman center Joel Embiid took to Twitter on Monday to express his feelings about the 2014 NCAA Tournament. “WHAT IF……….?????” the 7-footer from Cameroon wrote. By Gary Bedore’
Rockies rough up Royals
March 25, 2014
Troy Tulowitzki homered, Franklin Morales struck out seven over five innings in a strong audition for a spot in the Colorado rotation, and the Rockies beat the Kansas City Royals 8-2 Monday.
25 years ago: In NE Kansas, private wells beginning to dry up
March 25, 2014
About 18 months of drought were beginning to have their effect.
40 years ago: Local companies reviewed for affirmative action practices
March 25, 2014
Under review were local companies doing over $10,000 worth of city business.
100 years ago: Signs of spring in Lawrence: Baseball, garden seeds, snowy forecast
March 25, 2014
“There is every reason for suspecting the weather-man of having his wires badly crossed to say the least.”
Letter: One and done
March 25, 2014
Sadly the mighty Jayhawk’s season has come to an end. The picture of Andrew Wiggins trying to hold on to the ball surrounded by his opponents says a lot, but his statements and near constant moniker of “one and done” say more. This year’s team had so much talent, and if they’d practiced being a team for the long haul, instead of focusing on one year of glory, the outcomes could have been different in nearly every loss.
Letter: Senior drivers
March 25, 2014
Aging drivers, 70 and over, are safer than before, according to a 2014 Insurance Institute of Highway Safety study. Yet senior drivers insurance rates are based on statistics that are false. Older drivers are scammed because of lies. Why doesn’t somebody do something about this? This is age discrimination. 
Letter: ‘The bad times’
March 25, 2014
Construction on the South Lawrence Trafficway has begun. Recently, a 90-year-old acquaintance of mine passed on. She was taken away from her parents to three different Indian boarding schools, including Haskell, as a child in the 1930s.
Editorial: A blow to wind power
State legislators shouldn’t hastily throw out renewable energy standards that have helped build the wind energy industry in Kansas.
March 25, 2014
Doing away with the Kansas renewable energy standards could have a devastating effect on the state’s growing wind energy industry.
Opinion: Russia moving into Americas?
March 25, 2014
When Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said three weeks ago that Moscow is seeking to establish a military presence in Venezuela, Nicaragua and Cuba, many of us dismissed it as a private comment by a top official who may have had one vodka too many.
How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of March 24
March 25, 2014
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Monday, March 24.
Double Take: Cure for zombie relationships? Delete your ex
March 25, 2014
Is there some reason that girls feel like they need to keep talking to their ex after they break up? It’s pretty much ruining my girlfriend and my relationship, and I may break up with her because of it.