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Brownback rejects Salina newspaper records request for 3rd time
01:14 p.m., December 17, 2014 Updated 05:28 p.m.
The Kansas governor’s office insists that the public doesn’t have the right to know who it’s considering to fill two new positions on the Saline County Commission.
Lawrence High ESL teacher wins teaching award, $5,000
December 17, 2014
The Lawrence Schools Foundation on Wednesday presented a $5,000 check and the Dedication to Education award to Lawrence High School English as a second language teacher Heather Lee.
US, Cuba patch torn relations in historic accord
10:24 a.m., December 17, 2014 Updated 02:46 p.m.
President Barack Obama abruptly announced the U.S. is re-establishing long-broken diplomatic relations with Cuba on Wednesday, declaring an end to America’s “outdated approach” to the communist island in a historic shift aimed at ending a half-century of Cold War enmity.
Action on Topeka’s Heartland Park plans delayed until 2015
December 17, 2014
The future of Heartland Park Topeka will be in limbo until at least early next year.
New Kansas House minority leader appoints chief of staff from Lawrence
December 17, 2014
New Kansas House Minority Leader Tom Burroughs has filled three staff positions.
KCC approves Chanute public broadband proposal
09:34 a.m., December 17, 2014 Updated 10:19 a.m.
The Kansas Corporation Commission has approved the city of Chanute’s request to issue bonds that will allow it to buy equipment and extend ultra-high speed Internet service to area homes and small businesses.
2-3 inches of snow expected in Lawrence, Douglas County area
08:42 a.m., December 17, 2014 Updated 05:08 p.m.
The National Weather Service in Topeka predicts “widespread snow” in the Douglas County area by late Wednesday evening, with several inches of accumulation possible overnight.
Today in Lawrence: Snow likely tonight; box art at LAC; singalong at the public library
December 17, 2014
Today in Lawrence: Snow likely tonight; box art at LAC; singalong at the public library
100 years ago: Mayor to ban cigarette-smoking on police force
December 17, 2014
“‘There can be no objection to the officers smoking,’ said the Mayor, ‘but I think it is better that they don’t smoke while on duty.’”
40 years ago: KU appoints new Dean of Women
December 17, 2014
Kala Stroup was to replace Emily Taylor, dean since the early 1950s, who had taken a position in Washington, D.C.
Opinion: China, U.S. resetting relationship
December 17, 2014
This year began with some Chinese and American foreign-policy analysts looking back a century to World War I and wondering if confrontation was inevitable between a rising power and a dominant one. But now there has been progress on climate, trade and security issues and what seems a modest “reset” of the Sino-American relationship.
Editorial: Open process
The governor’s refusal to release the names of potential appointees to the expanded Saline County Commission only feeds the perception that he has something to hide.
December 17, 2014
Last month, Saline County voters approved by more than a 2-to-1 margin the expansion of their county commission from three members to five, but many of those voters may be surprised — and distressed — by the way the process for filling those two new seats is being handled.
How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Dec. 16, 2014
December 17, 2014
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014.
AVCA honors Albers, Havili
December 17, 2014
Kansas University volleyball players — senior Chelsea Albers and freshman Ainise Havili — have been named AVCA All-America honorable mention.
25 years ago: Hundreds of children gather for Bromelsick party
December 17, 2014
The annual party, held this year in Hoch Auditorium, had been provided for in the will of Alfred Bromelsick.
Your Turn: Students defend information request
December 17, 2014
“The creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.” – Ayn Rand The number of universities on the other end of the Kochs’ $50 million investment in academia has skyrocketed from just seven in 2005 to about 250 in 2012. Thanks to individuals utilizing open records legislation, several of these secret contracts and related correspondence have been made public. Former national American Association of University Professors President, Cary Nelson, explicitly condemned the Koch contracts for containing “language (which) violates academic freedom and poses problems because of its unspoken agenda.”
Downing sparks Eudora
December 16, 2014
Austin Downing scored 29 points to lead Eudora past Louisburg, 54-43, in high school boys basketball Tuesday night.
Self seeks offensive boost
December 16, 2014
Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self’s Christmas wish list for his players includes … “Our guys having confidence and understanding where our shots are coming from and that they are confident we can get good shots,” Self, KU’s 12th-year coach, said Tuesday, choosing improvement on the offensive end during a morning spot on KC-610 radio.
Lawrence to seek audit on Rock Chalk Park; delays final payment
December 16, 2014
City commissioners Tuesday took the first step toward ordering an audit of public funds spent on the Rock Chalk Park sports complex, while also delaying an approximately $1 million infrastructure payment for the controversial development in northwest Lawrence. By Chad Lawhorn
Royals finalize Morales deal
December 16, 2014
Kendrys Morales missed out on a postseason appearance last season when his Seattle Mariners fell just short of a wild card. Now he’s joining one of the teams that went to the playoffs at Seattle’s expense.

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