Archive for Tuesday, May 13, 2014

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City commissioner proposes tax increase to fund bicycle, sidewalk projects in 2015
May 13, 2014
City Commissioner Bob Schumm at Tuesday evening’s Lawrence City Commission meeting urged commissioners to consider a half-mill property tax increase in 2015 to fund a variety of projects related to bicycle paths, sidewalk repairs and other improvements that would make the public less reliant on motorized transportation. By Chad Lawhorn
Kansas state school board to give ‘innovative schools’ applications closer review
May 13, 2014
The Kansas State Board of Education agreed Monday to appoint a subcommittee to work with two districts that have been given authority to seek exemptions from many rules and regulations governing public education. But the board’s attorney says the law authorizing those exemptions may be unconstitutional and the board itself may not have legal authority to grant such waivers. By Peter Hancock
Moody’s says more state budget cuts may be needed to ‘achieve structural balance long-term’
May 13, 2014
Moody’s Investor Services, which downgraded Kansas bonds last month, has issued a more detailed report that says because of tax cuts signed into law by Gov. Sam Brownback, Kansas will need to make more spending cuts.
Brother: Text message led to fatal Mother’s Day shooting in East Lawrence
May 13, 2014
A family member and a neighbor say a series of text messages and a dispute between two men over a woman preceded a fatal Mother’s Day shooting at an East Lawrence apartment complex. Charles T. Brockman, 26, of Lawrence, died after 6 p.m. Sunday after gunfire rang out at a barbecue at apartments in the 1100 block of East 13th Street. Brockman’s older brother, Antonio Pam, 29, of Lawrence, said Tuesday that the conflict stemmed from a text message and that the shooter was a family friend. “This is why it stings so bad,” he said. By Stephen Montemayor
Eudora man to stand trial on multiple charges of aggravated indecent liberties with a child
May 13, 2014
A 43-year-old Eudora man will stand trial in August for multiple charges of aggravated indecent liberties with a child after District Judge Paula Martin bound him over for trial during a preliminary hearing Tuesday in Douglas County District Court.
Tonganoxie man sentenced to more than 10 years for 2013 Lawrence Bank robbery
May 13, 2014
A Douglas County judge sentenced a 43-year-old Tonganoxie man to more than 10 years in prison for his involvement in an early 2013 bank robbery in Lawrence.
Piano professor retiring after 50 years at KU
May 13, 2014
Kansas University piano professor Richard Reber announced his retirement after teaching at KU for 50 years. Reber’s career has taken him around the world to study and perform music, including some of modern piano’s most famous names.
Northwestern Kansas battery charge dropped under Stand Your Ground law
May 13, 2014
A northwest Kansas man who shot a former employee last summer won’t have to go to trial on an aggravated battery charge after a judge granted him immunity under the state’s “Stand Your Ground” law.
Federal agency mum on Kansas prairie chicken law
May 13, 2014
The federal agency that listed the lesser prairie chicken as threatened isn’t responding publicly to a new Kansas law declaring that only the state can regulate the grouse within its borders.
KU parking rates to increase, some by as much as 40 percent
May 13, 2014
Prices for parking passes at Kansas University are set to rise in August, some by as much as 40 percent. The new rates will fund maintenance projects around campus, several of which are scheduled for the summer. By Ben Unglesbee
Late Night in the Phog set for Oct. 10
May 13, 2014
Kansas University basketball officials announced Oct. 10 as the date for this year’s Late Night in the Phog college basketball kickoff to the 2014-15 season.
KU hoops reveals ‘challenging’ 2014-15 nonconference slate
11:01 a.m., May 13, 2014 Updated 12:52 a.m.
Marquee matchups against 2014 Final Four teams Kentucky and Florida, an appearance in the Orlando Classic and road trips to Georgetown and Temple highlight Kansas University’s 2014-15 nonconference basketball schedule, which was released Tuesday. By Gary Bedore
Today in Lawrence: Stop and plant the roses
May 13, 2014
Today in Lawrence
105-year-old woman rescued from Tonganoxie house fire
04:54 a.m., May 13, 2014 Updated 06:24 a.m.
Tonganoxie firefighters rescued a woman from her burning home early Tuesday morning.
Old times good times in LCC centennial golf tourney
May 13, 2014
Members of Lawrence Country Club played a nine-hole golf tournament last week with equipment from generations ago, wearing the garb of that period, one of many events as part of LCC’s 100-year anniversary celebration. By Tom Keegan
Defensive duo dropped from KU football roster
May 13, 2014
A couple of notable names are no longer listed on the Kansas University football program’s official roster. Linebacker Samson Faifili and cornerback Brandon Hollomon, who were listed on the Jayhawks’ roster throughout spring practices, have been taken off. Although no official word or reason was given, a KU spokesperson said removing them from the roster was no accident. By Matt Tait
Gary Woodland salvages rough day on Tour
May 13, 2014
Gary Woodland’s weekend at The Players Championship didn’t end like he’d hoped, but the former Kansas University golfer kept battling after a rough start Sunday.
KU’s Self plans to attend next month’s NBA draft
May 13, 2014
Look for Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self to be in Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on June 26 for what could be a historic NBA Draft. The Jayhawks’ Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid will be trying to be the top two overall picks from the same school for the second time in history. By Gary Bedore
Big 12 baseball honors KU closer
May 13, 2014
Kansas University freshman closer Stephen Villines was named the Big 12 Baseball Newcomer of the Week, the league announced Monday.
Lions’ Drew Green accepts D-I baseball offer
May 13, 2014
Lawrence High senior Drew Green has received plenty of accolades in his high school baseball career. The one he had really hoped for was a Div. I offer, and he picked up the only one he needed last weekend. By Bobby Nightengale
25 years ago: Rising aluminum prices lead to increasing thefts
May 13, 2014
Aluminum scrap was bringing 46 cents a pound, a 15-cent jump over the previous year.
40 years ago: Man under police watch at LMH following series of incidents
May 13, 2014
The evening’s events had begun in the parking lot of the In Sight Tavern.
100 years ago: Haskell students publish book on legends
May 13, 2014
“A limited edition has been printed and no doubt a number will find a place in the libraries of Lawrence homes.”
Act FAST to minimize stroke damage
May 13, 2014
May is Stroke Awareness Month. The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association promotes this month to educate Americans that stroke is largely preventable, treatable and beatable. While stroke is the No. 4 cause of death and leading cause of disability in the United States, many Americans still do not think of stroke as a major health concern.
Double Take: Picking next teen co-author a tough decision
May 13, 2014
Selecting a 2014-15 co-author was a joyfully grueling process among competitive young people.
Opinion: The real Benghazi scandal: politics
May 13, 2014
Here’s the real Benghazi scandal: Republicans have turned the deaths of four brave Americans into a campaign tool to galvanize their base.
Letter: Not funny
May 13, 2014
Many argue that we live in a color-blind society. In Lawrence, many consider race no longer an issue; we have integrated communities, classrooms and, predominately African-American sports teams cheered on by blacks and whites collectively.
Letter: Dog rules
May 13, 2014
Twice in the past week during walks in the park I have had to be abrupt to young kids (a toddler and a pre-schooler) who startled my dog and me by running up behind us with the intent to pet him. In both cases, the parents were too far from their children to intervene.
Editorial: Shelter transition
The Lawrence Community Shelter’s new executive director has big shoes to fill.
May 13, 2014
The new executive director of the Lawrence Community Shelter understands that “no one’s going to be able to replace” the unique skills and dedication that his predecessor, Loring Henderson, has brought to the job.
New KU student advocate helps students navigate complexities of life and university
May 13, 2014
A new position at Kansas University is aimed at helping students navigate the university and academic coursework in periods of high stress, such as illness or the death of a loved one. As “Special Student Advocate,” Mary Ann Rasnak is focused on connecting students to resources that can help them get back on track. By Ben Unglesbee
How former Jayhawks fared in NBA playoff games of May 12
May 13, 2014
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA playoff games of Monday, May 12.
Baseball, softball City Showdowns rained out
May 13, 2014
A combination of rain and wind on Monday forced Lawrence High and Free State to postpone the baseball and softball City Showdowns.