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Kansas’ Vollmer in third in heptathlon
March 26, 2014
Kansas University’s Lindsay Vollmer won the shot put portion of the heptathlon and was in third place overall after four of seven events Wednesday at the Texas Relays.
WR Rodriguez Coleman turning heads
March 26, 2014
Rodriguez Coleman, a 6-foot-3, 195-pound junior-college transfer who caught eight passes for 208 yards and a touchdown in three starts in 2013, has, according to KU coach Charlie Weis, performed as well as any player on offense so far this spring. By Matt Tait
Our Town Sports for March 27
March 26, 2014
A weekly roundup of local events, results and opportunities.
KU Natural History Museum takes community members ‘behind the glass’ of famous panorama
March 26, 2014
Several dozen members of the Lawrence community got to take a look “behind the glass” at the Kansas University Natural History Museum panorama Wednesday night. Not literally, of course — that would require a hazmat suit. Attendees of the public lecture at the KU Commons did get to learn more about the history and ongoing conservation of 120-year-old exhibit featuring North American plants and animals, one of the oldest and largest panoramas in the world and most popular attractions at the KU Natural History Museum. By Giles Bruce
To residents’ dismay, county approves temporary permit for concrete batch plant
March 26, 2014
A temporary business permit for a concrete batch plant in southeast of Lawrence received approval from the Douglas County Board of Commissioners Wednesday, despite opposition from nearby residents.
Local governments relieved by modified property tax bill
March 26, 2014
City and county officials in Kansas say they are satisfied with a bill that changes the way certain complex commercial and industrial property is taxed. An earlier version of the bill would have removed many of those facilities from the tax rolls altogether. By Peter Hancock
Kansas House passes student data privacy bill
March 26, 2014
A bill to protect the privacy of data that schools collect on individual students sailed through the Kansas House on Wednesday. But supporters had to beat back amendments, including one requiring students to show proof of citizenship when they enroll. By Peter Hancock
Trial set for Lawrence man charged with attempted murder in Perry Park shooting
March 26, 2014
A 34-year-old Lawrence man will go to trial in June on multiple charges including attempted first-degree murder in connection with an early morning shooting last month.
Wiggins tapped second-team All-American by NABC
March 26, 2014
Kansas University freshman Andrew Wiggins has been named to the 2014 National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-America Second Team.
Theatre Lawrence to host Volunteer Fair
March 26, 2014
Theatre Lawrence is having a Volunteer Fair on Thursday, where participants can learn about various positions at the theater and the time commitments for each area.
Kansas Senate Republicans offer two school finance plans
March 26, 2014
Kansas Senate Republicans unveiled two school finance plans Wednesday that would restore funding aimed at low-wealth school districts. But they would both use cuts in other areas of education funding. By Peter Hancock
Douglas County moves up a spot in county health rankings
March 26, 2014
Douglas County moved up a spot in the annual rankings of the healthiest counties in Kansas released Wednesday, from ninth to eighth. By Giles Bruce
Police: Two arrested after swinging chain, raising fist at officers
March 26, 2014
A 57-year-old Lawrence man was arrested late Tuesday after he swung a footlong heavy metal chain as officers attempted to serve a municipal warrant, and a relative was later Tased and arrested after he tried to interfere, police say.
House rejects measure to repeal state renewable energy standards
12:42 p.m., March 26, 2014 Updated 03:38 p.m.
The Kansas House bucked powerful business interests Wednesday and killed a bill to repeal state renewable energy standards just one day after the Senate had approved the measure. By Scott Rothschild
26-year-old Lawrence woman to stand trial in February hit-and-run dispute
March 26, 2014
When police found the 26-year-old Lawrence woman who allegedly struck her boyfriend with his vehicle during a dispute last month, she too bore noticeable injuries, according to an officer’s testimony Wednesday.
Republicans in Kansas Senate unveil school funding plan that would let districts increase property taxes
March 26, 2014
Republican leaders in the Kansas Senate have outlined a new school funding plan that would give local districts extra authority to increase property taxes to supplement their state funds.
$500,000 gift endows Hall Center directorship at KU
March 26, 2014
The Hall Family Foundation has given $500,000 to endow the directorship of the Hall Center for the Humanities at Kansas University, KU announced Wednesday.
Kansas House to debate student data privacy bill
March 26, 2014
The Kansas House is preparing to debate legislation restricting the identifiable information collected on public school students.
Kansas Senate passes bill barring Medicaid expansion
March 26, 2014
The Republican-dominated Kansas Senate wants to indefinitely extend a ban on expanding the state’s Medicaid program in line with the federal health care overhaul.
Opinion: No excuse for racial bias
March 26, 2014
What excuses will they make this time? Meaning that cadre of letters-to-the-editor writers and conservative pundits who so reliably say such stupid things whenever the subject is race. Indeed, race is the third rail of American conscience; to touch it is to be zapped by rationalizations, justifications and lies that defy reason, but that some must embrace to preserve for themselves the fiction of liberty and justice for all. Otherwise, they’d have to face the fact that advantage and disadvantage, health and sickness, wealth and poverty, life and death, are still parceled out according to melanin content of skin.
Today in Lawrence: Behind the glass at the KU panorama
March 26, 2014
“Amandla!” at the Lied Center, Lawrence Weschler at the Spencer Museum, and a history of the Panorama at the KU Museum of Natural History.
Firebirds feeling good as spring seasons get underway
March 26, 2014
The cold air won’t go away but Free State High is fired up to begin its spring sports season. Here is a look at what all of the Firebirds’ programs expect out the upcoming season. By Bobby Nightengale
LHS soccer sheds last year’s woes with opening win
March 26, 2014
Lawrence High’s girls soccer players wanted to prove that they are much better than the team that won one game last season. They quickly made their point in their season opener, Tuesday at LHS. By Bobby Nightengale
Column: Tharpe’s time as KU’s starting point guard may be over
March 26, 2014
The past two years, the Kansas University point-guard position has had something in common with the school’s quarterback spot. No matter the starter, the chorus crying for somebody else showed up ready to sing every game, just in case. Column by Tom Keegan
Weis testing KU’s less-experienced quarterbacks; Heaps still in race
March 26, 2014
When the Kansas University football team hit the field Tuesday for the sixth of 15 spring practices, it did so with the knowledge that 2013 starting quarterback Jake Heaps would sit out a significant portion of the competitive drills. By Matt Tait
Concerns growing at City Hall over Clinton Lake’s water levels
March 26, 2014
Concerns at Lawrence City Hall are rising as water levels at Clinton Lake continue to fall to levels not seen since 1981 when the lake was first filled. By Chad Lawhorn
25 years ago: Local business plans addition to Lawrence plant
March 26, 2014
Orthopedic Casting Labs announced this week plans to build a 6,480-square-foot addition to its manufacturing plant at 710 E. 22nd.
KU women’s golf finishes seventh at Briar’s Creek
March 26, 2014
Kansas University’s women’s golf team shaved seven strokes off its score for the second straight round on Tuesday, finishing the 17-team Briar’s Creek Intercollegiate in seventh place.
LHS senior signs to play college basketball
March 26, 2014
Lawrence High senior Makayla Bell signed to play basketball at Neosho County Community College on Tuesday afternoon at LHS.
Mariners trip Royals
March 26, 2014
Felix Hernandez pitched five innings, and rookie Stefen Romero homered, leading the Seattle Mariners to a 9-6 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night.
Editorial: Interested investors
A city investment in the form of tax incentives should carry certain expectations for the business that benefits from those incentives.
March 26, 2014
When the city of Lawrence approves special tax incentives for a project, it expects that business to be a source of pride, not embarrassment, for the community.
Opinion: West should call Putin’s energy bluff
March 26, 2014
George Santayana famously said, “Those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it.” But when it comes to Russia and Ukraine, Western leaders can’t seem to decide which century’s lessons they should take to heart.
Divided city commission approves rental licensing and inspection program
March 26, 2014
After years of debate, Lawrence will have a rental licensing and inspection program that will cover essentially every rental unit in the city, but it won’t begin as soon as once expected. By Chad Lawhorn
Celebrate March Mustard Madness by making some of your own
March 26, 2014
“Have you been for mustard yet?” my friend asked me, with an arched brow and a smile. “No, but soon!” I grinned excitedly. We’re not members of a secret mustard society, just big fans of Free State Brewing Company’s annual “March Mustard Madness” tradition.
Fliers for food drive to be distributed starting April 5
March 26, 2014
Participants in the 27th annual Scouting-for-Food food drive will begin distributing fliers door-to-door April 5 in Lawrence and Eudora.
How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of March 25
March 26, 2014
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Tuesday, March 25.
Pinckney residents invite mental health, public safety leaders to discuss safety
March 26, 2014
From the front door of their home along Sixth Street in the Pinckney Neighborhood, Melinda Toumi and her family have seen intoxicated drivers, fights, drug activity and a dead man on the sidewalk. “I really feel like it’s a mental health issue,” Toumi said. “We really have a unique opportunity to address this.” Confronted by periodic episodes of crime, often involving suspicious people trespassing on property, Pinckney residents are considering the source of the incidents and how best to deal with them. By Stephen Montemayor
Letter: Suppressed vote
March 26, 2014
Federal District Judge Eric Melgren’s ruling supports Secretary Kobach’s determination to suppress the vote! We have now opened a war on voters who are inclined to vote for Democratic candidates by giving states the right to institute modern “Jim Crow” laws denying thousands, if not millions, of voters the right to vote. 
40 years ago: Siren tests transferred to sheriff’s department
March 26, 2014
The decision was a result of the previous Monday’s test, which had come 30 minutes behind schedule.
100 years ago: South Lawrence residents object to ‘auto speeders’
March 26, 2014
“It is said that autoists enjoy the giddy spin over the pavements….”
KU women’s track ranked 10th
March 26, 2014
The defending national champion Kansas University women’s outdoor track and field team enters the season ranked 10th, the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Association announced Thursday.
KU catcher Ridling named Big 12 Player of the Week
March 26, 2014
Kansas University freshman catcher Harli Ridling was named the Big 12 Conference Softball Player of the Week, the league announced on Tuesday.
Gardner earns WBCA honors
March 26, 2014
Kansas University women’s basketball forward Chelsea Gardner was named to the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association’s All-Region team, the organization announced Tuesday.