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Garden Variety: Check out some seeds at the library
12:00 a.m., April 25, 2015 Updated 10:15 p.m.
Gardeners in and around Douglas County have two new resources this spring. The Lawrence Public Library and the Baldwin City Library have opened seed libraries within their facilities to make seeds more accessible to area residents and facilitate the process of seed sharing within the community.
Obama uses hospital funds to leverage Medicaid expansion
April 24, 2015
The Obama administration is dialing up the pressure on a handful of states that have resisted expanding Medicaid coverage for their low-income residents under the federal health care overhaul.
A.G.: Fantasy sports gaming proposal is constitutional
April 24, 2015
A legislative proposal to legalize fantasy sports leagues in Kansas wouldn’t violate a ban on private lotteries in the state constitution, Attorney General Derek Schmidt said Friday.
Indian Hills residents concerned for safety after traffic diverted onto 27th Street
07:48 p.m., April 24, 2015 Updated 10:20 p.m.
Residents of the Indian Hills neighborhood near 27th and Louisiana streets are asking city officials to take action to make their streets safer, and at a neighborhood meeting this week those officials vowed to try. Construction on the South Lawrence Traffic Way closed 31st Street and diverted city traffic to 27th Street. Resident Laura Gloeckner said their formerly kid-friendly neighborhood street has turned into a dangerous bypass for drivers looking to avoid the stoplights and traffic on 23rd Street.
KU professor named one of first Carnegie fellows
05:07 p.m., April 24, 2015 Updated 10:19 p.m.
The Carnegie Corporation of New York has selected a Kansas University professor as one of the first recipients of its new fellowship for social sciences and humanities. Greg Cushman, associate professor of history and environmental studies, is one of 32 scholars chosen from more than 300 nominees for the Andrew Carnegie Fellowship inaugural class.
City to choose Corliss’ assistant manager as interim leader for Lawrence
03:39 p.m., April 24, 2015 Updated 10:20 p.m.
The search for a new top executive at Lawrence City Hall is heating up. Lawrence City commissioners are set to appoint Diane Stoddard, a current assistant city manager for Lawrence, as interim city manager. Commissioners are scheduled to approve her contract at Tuesday evening’s meeting. The appointment will be the first major step in the process of finding a replacement for City Manager David Corliss, who is resigning to take a town manager job in Colorado. By Chad Lawhorn
Trial for man charged in alleged downtown sexual assault moved to November
03:06 p.m., April 24, 2015 Updated 10:15 p.m.
Previously scheduled to begin May 4, the trial for a 53-year-old Lawrence man charged with aggravated sexual battery and aggravated criminal sodomy was pushed out on Friday until Nov. 2.
Four Lawrence high school students honored for their artwork
10:43 p.m., April 23, 2015 Updated 10:17 p.m.
Four Lawrence high school students have been recognized with awards for their work in the visual arts, the Lawrence Arts Center said in a release.
KU symposium addresses race and sports in America
April 23, 2015
Hundreds of people crowded into Maceli’s, 1031 New Hampshire St., on Thursday evening for a Kansas University symposium on race and sports in American culture.
Award-winning TV journalist reminds during talk at KU, ‘Wisdom doesn’t always wear a suit’
09:11 p.m., April 23, 2015 Updated 10:44 p.m.
The people with money and power may appear to make the world go ’round, especially the way they’re reflected in the media. Not so, says Bob Dotson. Instead, take a look at the people standing behind them, or even completely out of view. Dotson, an NBC News Correspondent who carved his journalism career out of those people’s stories, gave the William Allen White Day public lecture Thursday at Kansas University, where he also accepted this year’s William Allen White Foundation National Citation. By Sara Shepherd
Lawrence man and woman charged after allegedly knocking woman to ground, kicking her
05:17 p.m., April 23, 2015 Updated 10:41 p.m.
A Lawrence man and woman were charged Thursday in connection with a Jan. 4 altercation that left a 34-year-old Lawrence woman with “severe but non-life-threatening injuries,” Lawrence police spokeswoman Kim Murphree said.
Lawrence City Hall may have to decide whether it wants to regulate Uber
04:15 p.m., April 23, 2015 Updated 10:46 p.m.
Lawrence is now in the Uber debate. Lawrence City Hall officials have begun researching whether the city ought to create local regulations that would require Uber drivers to meet background checks and maintain certain levels of insurance. The $40 billion company has vigorously fought those requirements in other communities. By Chad Lawhorn
Trial rescheduled for Lawrence man whose first-degree murder case ended in hung jury
12:57 p.m., April 23, 2015 Updated 10:41 p.m.
The retrial for a Lawrence man whose first-degree murder case ended with a hung jury in February was rescheduled Thursday for August after a new attorney was appointed to the defense.
Big Event organizers learn from last-minute cancellation: Plan ahead for rain
12:30 p.m., April 23, 2015 Updated 10:45 p.m.
The 4,000 or so pairs of unused work gloves will keep until next year, at least. But the time that went into planning this year’s Big Event at Kansas University, the thousands of volunteers at the ready and hundreds of property owners who were counting on their help won’t. Organizers say their top suggestion for the leaders of next year’s Big Event will be to build in a big contingency plan. By Sara Shepherd
Ninth Street Corridor project discusses new name, statement of values
April 22, 2015
The Ninth Street Corridor Project design team unveiled a few in-progress suggestions at the second citizen’s advisory committee meeting Wednesday night.
KU offering online MBA program starting this fall
April 22, 2015
The Kansas University School of Business will offer a fully online Master of Business Administration program starting this fall.
Riptide Comedy Festival casts a wider net in second year
April 22, 2015
Harpoon Presents’ second annual Riptide Comedy Festival kicks off this week at various locations across downtown Lawrence, bringing with it more than 25 comedians from New York to Los Angeles.
April Final Friday preview: Art Emergency, See/Saw Film Festival and Lawrence Inside Out
April 22, 2015
This month’s Final Friday happenings include an Art Emergency, See/Saw Film Festival and the official unveiling of the citywide Lawrence Inside Out project.
Searchlight over campus to figuratively shed light on issue of sexual assault
05:03 p.m., April 22, 2015 Updated 10:41 p.m.
What’s up with the searchlight over campus? It’s there to “Light the Night” and create awareness about sexual assault and resources for combatting it. “Light the Night,” a Sexual Assault Awareness Month event, is scheduled from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday on the Kansas University campus.
Public safety fair to feature free bicycle helmets for kids, other activities
03:40 p.m., April 22, 2015 Updated 10:43 p.m.
Children will have a chance this weekend to be given a properly fitted bicycle helmet and learn bicycle safety techniques, the city of Lawrence said in a release.
Off the Beaten Plate: Coconut soup at India Palace
April 22, 2015
For those of us who can’t get enough coconut, India Palace’s creamy but refreshing coconut soup is the perfect appetizer or even dessert.
KU crime report: Drug offenses jump 65 percent; overall crime up 26 percent
09:23 a.m., April 22, 2015 Updated 10:46 p.m.
Drug offenses went up 65 percent last year at Kansas University, according to annual crime statistics the university released Wednesday.
Cooking from Scratch: Lemon posset a polite dessert
April 21, 2015
Often made with just three ingredients — heavy cream, sugar and citrus juice — a posset is lighter than pudding or custard but no less delicious.
Blue Bell says it’s still trying to pinpoint listeria cause
April 21, 2015
A massive recall has brought more attention and put more pressure on a century-old Texas ice cream company that has been searching to discover how its products became linked to a deadly string of listeria cases.
New City Commission set for more study of police headquarters, other goals
April 21, 2015
More meetings about the need for a police headquarters are on tap, and perhaps a blue-ribbon commission also may be in store for the multimillion-dollar topic. By Chad Lawhorn
City Commission supports hiring firm to conduct residents survey
10:02 p.m., April 21, 2015 Updated 10:23 p.m.
City commissioners are a step closer to finding out what Lawrence residents think about City Hall and the job it is doing.
Fire breaks out in Kansas University’s Fowler Shops
April 21, 2015
Some Kansas University students were evacuated from their classes Tuesday afternoon after a fire broke out on the third floor of the Fowler Shops Building, 1435 Jayhawk Blvd.
Emerald ash borer traps to be set across Kansas
03:09 p.m., April 21, 2015 Updated 10:18 p.m.
The state and national departments of agriculture will set 163 emerald ash borer traps across Kansas to help prevent the spread of the destructive beetle.
Clinton Lake Cleanup scheduled for Saturday
02:58 p.m., April 21, 2015 Updated 10:42 p.m.
The public is invited to participate in the 31st annual Clinton Lake Cleanup from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, the Clinton Lake Cleanup Committee announced in a news release.
Lawrence couple killed in RV crash in southwestern Illinois
12:31 p.m., April 21, 2015 Updated 10:22 p.m.
Authorities say a Lawrence couple died Monday in a fiery crash along Interstate 64 in southwestern Illinois.