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Homemade ricotta is easy cheese
May 27, 2014
Unless you’re already canning, brewing and fermenting your own foods, the thought of making homemade cheese probably sounds intimidating. Half of you are probably thinking, “Don’t I need a cheese press and a cave for that?” And the other half, “Wait, what’s a cheese press?”
Busker Fest wins necessary approvals from city commissioners
May 27, 2014
A unique street performance event again has won the necessary approvals to operate in downtown Lawrence this summer. By Chad Lawhorn
Lawrence schools to put more emphasis on arts and libraries
May 27, 2014
Lawrence school administrators are proposing new programs to combine art education with science, engineering, technology and math at all grade levels. They also plan to shift library personnel so all school libraries will be open for more hours. By Peter Hancock
Lawrence looks at potential tax increases for new police headquarters
May 27, 2014
Lawrence city commissioners still are interested in a November election to fund a new police headquarters building, although new questions have arisen over the project’s $30 million price tag and the possible tax increases to fund it. By Chad Lawhorn
U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins files for re-election
May 27, 2014
U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins on Tuesday filed to run for re-election, calling her presumed Democratic opponent Margie Wakefield a liberal “gal” who was better suited to represent San Francisco than eastern Kansas. By Scott Rothschild
Local school officials unconcerned about US News rankings
May 27, 2014
None of the public high schools in Lawrence or Baldwin City made this year’s list of top high schools ranked by U.S. News and World Report. But superintendents of the two districts say such rankings have little meaning for them. By Peter Hancock
Gonzalez twins leave KU women’s basketball team
May 27, 2014
Kansas University women’s basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson announced Tuesday that freshmen guards Dakota and Dylan Gonzalez have been released to transfer.
Brownback unveils mental health initiative
May 27, 2014
Gov. Sam Brownback on Tuesday unveiled a $9.5 million plan that he said would increase mental health services in Kansas. By Scott Rothschild
New contract would raise minimum pay for KU teaching assistants
May 27, 2014
Kansas University administrators and union officials representing KU teaching assistants reached an agreement on a new contract that would raise minimum pay for GTAs by nearly 8 percent. Both KU and union members said they were pleased with the new contract, which is expected to go before the Kansas Board of Regents in June. By Ben Unglesbee
Southwest Middle School student ready for national spelling bee
May 27, 2014
This year, Ethan Perrins had his mind set on just winning a spelling bee at Southwest Middle School. But on Tuesday, he’ll walk on stage with ESPN cameras pointed at him, ready to take on whatever words they throw at him for the 2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. By Elliot Hughes
Jenkins votes to block Pentagon from studying climate change
May 27, 2014
U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins voted Friday for a measure that blocks the Pentagon from spending any funds to assess climate change and its impact on national security. By Peter Hancock
Douglas County Sheriff’s Office reopens highway south of Lawrence after shooting
May 27, 2014
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office has reopened the southbound lanes of Highway 59 south of Lawrence after a shooting occurred late Monday night.
Officers investigating early Saturday shooting near Replay Lounge
May 27, 2014
Lawrence police are investigating a shooting downtown early Saturday morning. No one was injured.
Ventura hurt in Royals’ 9-2 loss
May 27, 2014
George Springer has more home runs in the past four games than any Kansas City player does this season.
Top basketball preps ‘package deal’
May 27, 2014
Malik Newman and Diamond Stone, the Nos. 1- and 3-ranked high school basketball players in the recruiting Class of 2015, say they’ll definitely attend the same college as part of a so-called “package deal.” By Gary Bedore
City sending three to state golf
May 27, 2014
In mid-April, Free State High sophomore Jack Flynn shot an 84 at the Topeka Country Club, taking 20th place in the tournament. He hopes his next round on the Topeka CC course is even better. By Bobby Nightengale
Column: Intrigue abounds with new Ukrainian recruit
May 27, 2014
Basketball fans of Kansas University’s perennial powerhouse program can’t wait to see Ukrainian prodigy Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk take the court in Allen Fieldhouse for Late Night. By Tom Keegan
How former Jayhawks fared in NBA playoff games of May 26
May 27, 2014
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA playoff games of Monday, May 26.
25 years ago: Local agency loses executive director
May 27, 2014
Burton Pusch cited “personal and family reasons” for his departure.
40 years ago: Long-distance hiker passes through Lawrence
May 27, 2014
His long hikes helped him “walk off the blues.”
Today in Lawrence: Farmers market, Tuesday concert
May 27, 2014
The moisture continues, the farmers market tees up the night, and Fortnight performs at the Lawrence Arts Center.
Have you tried the caveman diet? Lawrencians say ‘yes’ to Paleo
May 27, 2014
Thomas Thatcher, owner of CrossFit Lawrence, went on a Paleo diet four years ago, cutting out all processed foods. While he hasn’t been strict about it the entire time, the health benefits haven’t gone away, he says. By Giles Bruce
Lawrence schools maintenance supervisor retires after 38-year career
May 27, 2014
On his first day of work for Lawrence Public Schools, maintenance supervisor Bryan Hunter was given the task of tidying up the grounds of Liberty Memorial Central Middle School. It was 1976, and Hunter, then 22 and fresh out of college, found himself picking up trash using a stick with a nail attached to the end.
Longtime fixture at KU set to retire
May 27, 2014
After more than 20 years at the Kansas University Honors Program and 30 years at the university, Sandra Wick is set to retire in July. In her career she has counseled countless students on their career ambitions and built up deep reserves of knowledge about the university. By Ben Unglesbee
Free State Festival bringing film, art, music and ideas to downtown Lawrence
May 27, 2014
A $150,000 grant from the National Endowment of the Arts helped the Lawrence Arts Center expand its annual film festival into a multi-medium cultural celebration in downtown Lawrence. Free State Festival kicks off officially on June 25 and will be a five-day sprawl of film, music, art and ideas. By Ben Unglesbee
Mental illness defense may be hard for McLinn, experts say
May 27, 2014
The defense lawyer for Sarah McLinn plans to argue she is not guilty of first degree murder by reason of mental illness. But legal experts say that’s a tough case to make because Kansas is one of only four states where the insanity defense has been abolished and replaced with a much stricter standard. By Peter Hancock
100 years ago: City and country join forces for “Good Roads Day”
May 27, 2014
“Several miles were covered yesterday and the brush and rocks removed from the road.”
Letter: Crop savings
May 27, 2014
On the back cover of this year’s KU commencement program appears the statement, “Using these (recycled) papers saved 128 trees.” Trees are an endlessly renewable resource, in essence, a crop. If there is this much concern about trees, then perhaps next year we should extend this concern to other crops.
Letter: Traffic trap?
May 27, 2014
Friday, May 8, I was on 23rd Street with a whole line of traffic backed up. I turned into Checkers to shop and then decided I’d wait, so I left the parking lot only to be stopped by a police officer, who quickly game me a ticket for supposedly avoiding a traffic light.
Opinion: UK hospital sets good example
May 27, 2014
President Obama last week replayed a familiar scenario when dealing with scandal, in this case delays for treatment, deaths, alleged cover-ups and other acts of malfeasance reported at Veterans Administration hospitals in the United States: first express outrage, next announce an investigation and then say he won’t comment on the scandal until the results of the investigation are in, promising people will be held “accountable,” if they violated the law. Good luck with that.
Editorial: Worthy opposition
A local candidate’s primary challenge will benefit voters in this year’s Kansas secretary of state race.
May 27, 2014
Another experienced, well-informed candidate is a good addition to about any election race. For that reason, Scott Morgan, an attorney and former Lawrence school board president, deserves congratulations for entering the Republican race for Kansas secretary of state.
Opinion: India leader may have global impact
May 27, 2014
The landslide election of pro-business candidate Narendra Modi as India’s new prime minister is likely to shake up that country’s politics and jump-start its economy, but it could also have a big impact on the world economy and emerging markets.