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Welcome to Jayhawkville: Virtual school district engages KU education students
Online course relies on newly launched tool for realistic scenarios, diverse school demographics
May 25, 2015
As a Kansas University student pursuing a master’s degree in educational leadership and policy studies, you once would have read a typewritten case study and responded to questions for your class on how to be a principal. Now, you head to Jayhawkville. The virtual town and its Jayhawkville United School District are complete with colorful maps including urban to rural schools, pictures of each building, profiles of their principals — foibles included — and graphs of demographics and test scores. By Sara Shepherd
Pet World fire kills many small animals; python, some others survive
Community expresses heartbreak, support for popular store
01:17 p.m., May 25, 2015 Updated 10:26 p.m.
An unknown number of animals died Monday in a midday fire at Pet World, 711 W 23rd St. Rescue workers brought out 20 to 30 tarantulas, many fish, a large python and other reptiles. In addition, Pet World’s tortoises and some feeder rats, a few hamsters and gerbils were safe in separate locations. The store’s mammals and birds died from smoke inhalation, Pet World’s owners said.
Kansas state hospitals face staffing shortages
May 25, 2015
New data show that state hospitals in Kansas face persistent staffing shortages, with at least one facility posting a recent 40 percent staff vacancy rate.
Lawrence police: One man dead following stabbing on Arkansas Street
Police followed trail of blood from Sixth Street restaurant to nearby home
08:25 a.m., May 25, 2015 Updated 07:11 p.m.
One man is dead following a stabbing Monday morning in the 700 block of Arkansas Street, Lawrence police said. Shortly after 6 a.m., police and medical personnel went to the parking lot of the McDonalds at 1309 W. Sixth St. after a 911 caller reported a person outside the restaurant was bleeding, Lawrence police Sgt. Trent McKinley said in a news release. The man, in his 40s, was taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital, where he later died, McKinley said.
100 years ago: Co-owner of Patee Theater dies in hospital
May 25, 2015
“Mrs. Patee was of an uncommonly sunny disposition and her popularity in Lawrence was unquestioned.”
40 years ago: ‘Brides’ section offers advice for the newly married
May 25, 2015
“Now that you’re married, there’s another mouth to feed around the house, and husbands probably want more than mere juice to start the day….”
25 years ago: Residents, landscape architects meet to discuss proposed park
May 25, 2015
The park was to be built in the Chaparral Park Subdivision.
Opinion: Political middle on decline in U.S.
May 25, 2015
Hillary Clinton’s move to the left on trade and other issues is a reminder of the growing power of activists on the wings in presidential nominating politics — and a corresponding diminution of the power of the center.
Opinion: WWII vets led anti-war movement
May 25, 2015
This year, Memorial Day comes on the heels of two big anniversaries — the 70th observance of V-E Day and the 45th of the evacuation of the U.S. embassy in Vietnam.
Editorial: Attention due
Don’t let the Memorial Day holiday pass without pausing to remember and honor the sacrifice of those serving in the U.S. military.
May 25, 2015
In an essay written for CNN, retired Staff Sgt. Luke Murphy shared his thoughts about Memorial Day last week. Murphy served two tours with the 101st Airborne Divisions 187th Infantry Regiment in Iraq and had his right leg amputated because of wounds suffered in a roadside bomb blast in 2006.
Milt Newton giving back
Former Jayhawk guard helps create charitable foundation in Virgin Islands
May 24, 2015
Minnesota Timberwolves general manager/former Kansas University guard Milt Newton, who was born and raised in the Virgin Islands, returned to St. Thomas with his wife, Shalaun Newton, earlier this month to speak with youths about the importance of education and also announce the formation of a charitable foundation to assist youngsters who live in the U.S. territory. By Gary Bedore
Inextricably linked: Bourbon, Cox bound through injury, rehab
Running backs preparing for sixth season — but only one as a Jayhawk
May 24, 2015
James Sims exhausted his eligibility and cleared the path for seniors Brandon Bourbon and Taylor Cox to compete for the starting tailback job as seniors. The competition ended for both of them when they suffered season-ending injuries on back-to-back days in mid-August. By Tom Keegan
Cards get to Ventura, avoid sweep with 6-1 victory over Royals
May 24, 2015
Yordano Ventura had a shaky first inning and a bad pitch in the sixth. That led to four St. Louis runs, which was more than enough for Michael Wacha.
Volunteer opportunities: May 25
May 24, 2015
CLO’s Midnight Farm needs volunteers to assist with several five-day camps throughout the summer for kids with and without disabilities.
Lawrence receives about 2.6 inches of rain over weekend
May 24, 2015
Thunderstorms on Saturday and continued rain on Sunday helped Lawrence reach normal year-to-date precipitation levels, Shawn Byrne of the National Weather Service in Topeka said.
City facing $600,000 shortfall in street maintenance funding this summer
May 24, 2015
Lawrence shoppers may be coming to the rescue of city streets this summer. Engineers are alerting city commissioners that they are expecting about a $600,000 shortfall in funding for the city’s summer street maintenance program, which includes work such as repaving and curb repair. By Chad Lawhorn
As rare cicadas begin to emerge, KU researchers, students examine the insects
May 24, 2015
Hanna Rankin, a Kansas University junior majoring in ecology and evolutionary biology, never considered herself to be particularly fond of bugs. But after the first few days in KU Environmental Studies Professor Robert Hagen’s Biology of Cicadas class, Rankin said her interest in the insects has been piqued.
Only in Lawrence: guitarist John Lomas
May 24, 2015
Rolling Stone magazine brought John Lomas to town in the early ‘70s. In those days, the publication offered musicians free classified ads, he said. “I put an ad in there, said ‘I’m in Chicago, play guitar, want to relocate,’” Lomas said. “I got a reply from a band in Lawrence. They said ‘we’ve got a band, we’ve got gigs and we’ve got a place for you to stay.’”
KU expert discusses biker gangs’ similarities to extremist groups
May 24, 2015
The outlaw motorcycle gangs that started Sunday’s deadly shootout in Waco, Texas, aren’t exactly extremist groups, but they share concerning similarities, a Kansas University expert says. Such biker gangs don’t exist for the purpose of pursuing political goals, and they may not have a fully elaborated ideology. However, they’re motivated by a similar “world view.” By Sara Shepherd
Lawrence Arts Center’s Linda Reimond recognized with national innovation award
May 24, 2015
Almost 30 years ago, Linda Reimond, of the Lawrence Arts Center, began an arts-based preschool. Just 18 children were in her inaugural class, which took place two mornings a week. Now, about 120 children are enrolled in the school, Reimond said. Classes take place five mornings and five afternoons a week, and the program employs no fewer than 12 faculty members.

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