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LMH CEO receives performance evaluation, salary increase
01:52 p.m., May 21, 2015 Updated 10:16 p.m.
The Lawrence Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees conducted its annual evaluation of hospital President and CEO Gene Meyer and concluded that Meyer has continued to provide excellent leadership for the hospital, the hospital said in a news release. The board approved a 2 percent salary increase for Meyer, bringing his annual salary to $482,535. This is the same across-the-board pay increase that all LMH employees received this year, a hospital spokeswoman said.
Regents report: Almost half of all Kansas college students taking ‘distance’ classes
01:03 p.m., May 21, 2015 Updated 10:25 p.m.
More than 45 percent of students enrolled at Kansas institutions of higher learning are taking at least one class from a distance, according to a new Board of Regents report. On Thursday, Regents vice president of academic affairs Gary Alexander presented the board with this year’s annual report for the Regents Distance Education Plan. It showed that distance education is widespread at Kansas schools and growing. By Sara Shepherd
Chief Douglas County judge seals affidavit in alleged massage parlor human-trafficking case
11:52 a.m., May 21, 2015 Updated 10:15 p.m.
In a letter dated Tuesday, Chief Douglas County District Judge Robert Fairchild denied the Journal-World’s request that the court release the affidavit supporting the arrest of a 45-year-old woman accused of prostitution and human trafficking at a Lawrence massage parlor.
City of Lawrence hours for Memorial Day: what’s open and what’s not
11:42 a.m., May 21, 2015 Updated 10:16 p.m.
The City of Lawrence has announced the hours for city facilities and services for the Memorial Day holiday, which is Monday.
Kansas House approves bill upping Secretary of State Kobach’s power; Douglas County lawmakers vote no
11:27 a.m., May 21, 2015 Updated 08:43 a.m.
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach said Thursday that his office would “begin immediately” to prepare election fraud prosecutions if Republican Gov. Sam Brownback signs a bill giving him the power to prosecute.
Report: Lobbyist continues to influence Brownback
10:34 a.m., May 21, 2015 Updated 10:19 p.m.
A lobbyist who was once Gov. Sam Brownback’s chief of staff continues to have influence with the governor and his administration, according to emails obtained by The Wichita Eagle.
KU names interim director for Office of Multicultural Affairs
09:45 a.m., May 21, 2015 Updated 10:13 p.m.
Kansas University on Wednesday announced Precious Porras as the interim director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs.
SMU’s Nic Moore to play for KU’s World University Games team
May 21, 2015
Guard Nic Moore of SMU will play for KU’s World University Games team this summer.
Young dancers to take stage at Arts Center’s End of Year Showcases
May 21, 2015
More than 600 performers will take the stage at the Lawrence Arts Center this weekend, as the center’s School of Dance presents its annual End of Year Showcases.
Style Scout: Drew Keiter
May 21, 2015
What’s your spirit animal? An extremely motivated sloth.
Style Scout: Muna Ibrahim
May 21, 2015
Tell us a secret: Two times when I was trying to refill a patient prescription, I accidentally dialed 911 instead of 913.
Opinion: Capital punishment on its way out
May 21, 2015
Without a definitive judicial ruling or other galvanizing event, a perennial American argument is ending. Capital punishment is withering away. It is difficult to imagine moral reasoning that would support the conclusion that an injustice will be done when, years hence, the death penalty finally is administered to Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the Boston Marathon terrorist who placed a bomb in a crowd and then strolled to safety. Sentencing to death those who commit heinous crimes satisfies a sense of moral proportionality. This is, however, purchased with disproportionate social costs, as Nebraska seems to be concluding.
Editorial: Key hire
The Lawrence City Commission is facing a number of big issues but none more important than the selection of a new city manager.
May 21, 2015
Hiring a new city manager is a big responsibility, and Lawrence city commissioners are right to seek additional input and expertise in conducting their search.
Opinion: Writers miss point on police violence
May 21, 2015
Maybe some people didn’t understand the question. It was posed in this space a few weeks ago by Tracy, a self-described 55-year-old white woman from Texas who is sick and tired of the mounting litany of police violence against unarmed African-American boys and men. She wanted to know what actions she, as an average person, might take to help bring about change. “What can I do?” she asked.
Today in Lawrence: Sunshine, Bone Thugs and Booker T. Jones
May 21, 2015
That’s the forecast for today in Lawrence. It won’t feel quite like summer, but it will feel a lot better than yesterday.
100 years ago: Fire causes extensive damage to Varsity Theater
May 21, 2015
“The rear of the room in which the picture machine was located was not damaged by the fire….”
40 years ago: New Social Welfare dean named at KU
May 21, 2015
“Professor Ernst comes to us with high recommendations and a distinguished record in his field.”
25 years ago: Convenience store robbed twice in one Saturday
May 21, 2015
The robberies, which occurred more than 12 hours apart, were believed to have been unrelated.
Royals sweep two-game set
May 20, 2015
The Kansas City Royals are off to the best start in franchise history.
Lions fall one win short of state softball tourney
May 20, 2015
Lawrence High’s softball team has struggled at preventing big innings from popping up every few games. There was no stopping the big innings against Olathe North on Wednesday night in the regional championship.

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