Archive for Saturday, December 30, 2017

In case you missed it: some interesting local reads from 2017

December 30, 2017

Advertisement

Maybe the long holiday weekend gives you a chance to catch up on some reading. If so, here are some of the most interesting reads from the Journal-World, as selected by our newsroom editors and staff — not to be confused with our list of top 10 news stories of the year elsewhere on the site.


In this file photo from April 2011, a voter casts his ballot at New York Elementary School.

In this file photo from April 2011, a voter casts his ballot at New York Elementary School.

Voter fraud? Do you actually have to live in the community that you vote in? That became an open question in Kansas that still isn’t very settled. The Douglas County sheriff and his elderly mother inadvertently caused the question to be raised when allegations were made that the sheriff helped his mother vote in Douglas County despite her residence in Johnson County. The case ended up being a rarity in one other way: It was a potential voter fraud case that Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach decided not to prosecute.


Tom Babb heads toward a marketing class in Haworth Hall on Thursday, April 20, 2017 after being dropped off by members of his fraternity on Sunnyside Drive.

Tom Babb heads toward a marketing class in Haworth Hall on Thursday, April 20, 2017 after being dropped off by members of his fraternity on Sunnyside Drive. by Nick Krug

‘No Excuses:’ Check out the story of Tom Babb, a University of Kansas sophomore who became paralyzed from the neck down while a pledge at Beta Theta Pi. He was determined to come back to KU, and he has with the help and care from his fraternity brothers.


Douglas County Jail

Douglas County Jail by Mike Yoder

Jail mystery: The Douglas County Jail is overcrowded and may cost nearly $45 million to expand. But this overcrowding is happening at a time when arrests in Douglas County actually are on the decline.


The mausoleum at Oak Hill Cemetery is pictured on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017. The cemetery was recently named to the National Register of Historic Places, which allows the city to apply for grants to repair the structure.

The mausoleum at Oak Hill Cemetery is pictured on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017. The cemetery was recently named to the National Register of Historic Places, which allows the city to apply for grants to repair the structure. by Mike Yoder

Honoring the dead: The city has had a mausoleum in its Oak Hill Cemetery since 1917. Walking inside the structure today can be a harrowing experience, even if you aren’t afraid of ghosts.


Lawrence High School students crowd the LHS rotunda on the morning of Sept. 18, 2017, in support of transgender rights and against what some described as a pervasive culture of transphobic behavior at the school. This photo was shared with the Journal-World by a student.

Lawrence High School students crowd the LHS rotunda on the morning of Sept. 18, 2017, in support of transgender rights and against what some described as a pervasive culture of transphobic behavior at the school. This photo was shared with the Journal-World by a student.

• School sit-in: Questions about equal treatment for minority students was a hot topic during much of 2017. The issue became a highly noticeable one for a day in September at Lawrence High School. More than 70 students skipped class and staged a sit-in to protest what they described as a pervasive culture of discrimination against LGBT students.


Journal-World staffers Nick Krug, Tom Keegan and Chad Lawhorn took the Great Chicken Challenge on Monday, Feb. 6, 2017. The three focused just on the relatively new, full-time chicken restaurants that have entered the Lawrence market.

Journal-World staffers Nick Krug, Tom Keegan and Chad Lawhorn took the Great Chicken Challenge on Monday, Feb. 6, 2017. The three focused just on the relatively new, full-time chicken restaurants that have entered the Lawrence market.

Chicken craze: With fast-food chicken restaurants opening at a dizzying pace, it is hard for Lawrence diners to keep up. So, a crew of Journal-World reporters loosened their belts and took one for the team: They ate at six chicken restaurants in two hours to give you a finger-licking look at Lawrence's newest dining scene.

Comments

Ken Lassman 1 month, 3 weeks ago

In Case You Missed It in journalism school, it's not cool to use texting abbreviations in your headlines. Sheesh.

Bob Summers 1 month, 3 weeks ago

ICYMI: The evolution of literature. You should try it sometime. Sheesh.

Ken Lassman 1 month, 2 weeks ago

You call this literature? Thanks for flunking the litmus test, Bob.

Tony Peterson 1 month, 3 weeks ago

I read the entire article and never could figure out what ICYMI meant.

Louis Kannen 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Has Western Civilization reached such a 'required' break-neck pace that we feel the need to relegate the English Language to a never-ending, indecipherable litany of A through Z's...??

Ken Lassman 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Hey, thanks for going back in and spelling out the headline: here's to a responsive paper!

Commenting has been disabled for this item.

loading...