Archive for Friday, May 23, 2014

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LHS special education staff receives $1,000 teamwork award
May 23, 2014
Lawrence High’s special education staff received the Lawrence Public Schools’ annual Teamwork Award at the school’s year-end faculty luncheon, earning $1,000 to be used toward team activities.
Town Talk: Veggie burger company is little business with big growth
May 23, 2014
The area near 23rd and Haskell is quickly becoming one of the more important food centers in Lawrence, and not just because of the cheap hot dogs in the area’s convenience stores. Just west of the QuikTrip, in a converted machine shop, is the headquarters and production facility for Hilary’s Eat Well, the veggie burger company formed by the owner of the former downtown restaurant Local Burger. Keep an eye on that location because Hilary’s Eat Well is quickly transforming from a little veggie burger company into a full-fledged natural foods company with a national footprint.
Most area corn in the ground; farmers starting in on soybeans
May 23, 2014
During the past several weeks area farmers have planted most of their corn crop and many are now working to get their soybeans, the county’s largest cash crop, in the ground. As of May 18, about 96 percent of the region’s corn crop had been planted and 82 percent has emerged, according to the most recent crop progress report from the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistic’s Service.
Water main break closes traffic on Harvard Road
May 23, 2014
A water main break on the 2800 block of Harvard Road has prompted utilities workers to block traffic down the street in both directions.
Lawrence woman found not guilty in connection with February hit-and-run
May 23, 2014
A jury found a 26-year-old Lawrence woman not guilty Friday of aggravated battery in connection with a Feb. 17 incident in which her boyfriend was struck by an SUV she drove.
GOP convention in KC could be potential boon to Lawrence
May 23, 2014
Bob Dole and basketball may be just the prescription for a tired Republican next summer. By Chad Lawhorn
Lawrence Outdoor Aquatic Center to kick off summer swim season Saturday
May 23, 2014
When the pool opens at 1 p.m. Saturday, it will mark the first season that swimmers can park in the new city-owned parking garage across the street from the aquatic center, 727 Kentucky St. By Chad Lawhorn
Bishop Seabury Academy bids farewell to Class of 2014
May 23, 2014
Bishop Seabury Academy held its traditional commencement and “stepping up” ceremony Friday morning. Head of School Don Schwang said the Class of 2014 was one of the strongest academically in the school’s history. By Peter Hancock
Lawrence man wins Army ranger competition
May 23, 2014
A Lawrence man is one of two winners of the U.S. Army’s 31st annual Best Ranger Competition in Fort Benning, Ga., according to the Army’s website.
Planned Parenthood closes Hays clinic after ruling
May 23, 2014
Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri announced Friday it plans to close its Hays health center to save its larger Wichita clinic in the wake of an appeals court ruling that let Kansas strip its federal family planning funding.
Kansas Supreme Court vacates 2 ‘Hard 50’ sentences
May 23, 2014
Two more “Hard 50” prison sentences have been vacated by the Kansas Supreme Court and sent back to the lower courts, including one that was at the heart of a 2013 legislative special session.
Lawrence woman honored by KU law school
May 23, 2014
Kate Marples, of Lawrence and Dodge City, was among seven Kansas University School of Law graduates honored last week for distinguishing themselves in scholarship, leadership and service to the law school and the community.
Kansas City remains in the running for GOP convention
May 23, 2014
The odds of hosting the Republican Party’s next presidential convention have improved for Dallas, Denver, Cleveland and Kansas City, Missouri.
Today in Lawrence: Metronomy, ‘Fading Gigolo’
May 23, 2014
“Fading Gigolo” opens at Liberty Hall, the Lawrence Arts Center welcomes the works of John Paul McCaughey, and Brit electropop act Metronomy comes to The Granada.
City represented on all-league softball, baseball teams
May 23, 2014
Plenty of city baseball and softball players earned 2014 All-Sunflower League recognition.
Firebirds eyeing another podium spot at state swimming
May 23, 2014
Free State High’s girls swimming and diving team has grown accustomed to first-place finishes for the majority of its season, having won six meets convincingly. By Chris Duderstadt
Finley sisters lead LHS girls track squad
May 23, 2014
Lawrence High juniors Rebecca and Matia Finley root for the other to do well in the discus and shot put. Each just hopes she does a little bit better than her sister. By Bobby Nightengale
KU track lands 41 prelim entries
May 23, 2014
Kansas University learned Thursday that 41 entries had been accepted into the preliminary round of the NCAA Div. I Outdoor Track & Field Championships, which will be held May 29-31 in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Kansas women’s basketball adds Canadian forward
May 23, 2014
Lorraine Enabulele, a 6-foot-1 forward from Ajax, Ontario, Canada, has signed a national letter of intent to play basketball at Kansas University, women’s coach Bonnie Henrickson announced Thursday.
Women’s golf back to last place
May 23, 2014
Kansas University’s women’s golf team fell back to last place after the third round of the NCAA Championship on Thursday at the Tulsa Country Club.
KU perimeter gets a boost from Ukrainian signee
May 23, 2014
One thing is certain: Following Wednesday’s signing of the 6-foot-8 Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk, KU’s perimeter is one of the deepest in the country. By Gary Bedore
40 years ago: LMH room rates to increase starting June 1
May 23, 2014
Increased costs and a major building program were cited as reasons for the change.
Letter: Science pays
May 23, 2014
How have academics spending our hard-earned tax dollars contributed to the common good? A complete answer would take a thick book. I will relate one story, DNA.
Letter: Card comment
May 23, 2014
Last weekend, I received a 3 1/2-by-8 1/2-inch card printed in full color to inform me that “On April 3, the House passed H.R. 2575, the Save American Workers Act, with my strong support, by a bipartisan vote of 248-179.”  It goes on: “This legislatiion repeals the Affordable Care Act’s 30-hour rule and restores the traditional 40-hour work week. … This law hurts the folks who can least afford it.”
Letter: Useful research
May 23, 2014
David Penny writes attacking academic research as useless (Public Forum, May 19).  He says research is a waste of money but he makes his motives obvious by selecting three targets of attack: research on cosmology (which implies an old universe), climate change (which implies we need to get off carbon fuels in order to avert even more serious problems) and evolution (which implies an old Earth). So his choices are rather obviously based on religious and economic persuasion.
Editorial: KU loss
Another KU faculty loss feeds concerns about the university’s ability to retain its top personnel.
May 23, 2014
Jonathan Earle seems like the kind of faculty member Kansas University would want to go the extra mile to hang on to.
Opinion: Minnesotans fight campaign laws
May 23, 2014
Minnesota says it has 10,000 lakes. The state also has, according to Anthony Sanders, “10,000 campaign finance laws.” He exaggerates, but understandably. As an attorney for Minnesota’s chapter of the Institute for Justice, a libertarian public-interest law firm, Sanders represents several Minnesotans whose First Amendment rights of free speech and association are burdened by an obviously arbitrary, notably complex and certainly unconstitutional restriction.
100 years ago: School board sets bond election for building three new schools
May 23, 2014
“The board is asking only for what they consider to be absolutely necessary for the efficiency of the school system.”
25 years ago: New school buildings filling up quickly
May 23, 2014
With funding from the 1986 bond issue, the district had built Quail Run School and large additions at Kennedy and Schwegler.