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Kansas City Connection: Library activities go way beyond books
March 28, 2015
In addition to being an excellent place to do research, check out books or attend film and public speaking events, the Kansas City Library’s Central Branch, located in the First National Bank building at 10th and Baltimore, also functions as something of a museum.
How to Help for March 29
March 28, 2015
Agency: United Way of Douglas County Contact: Shelly Hornbaker at volunteer@unitedwaydgco.org or at 785-865-5030, ext. 301 Calling all youth, ages 12-18, who are looking for a fun way to spend the summer. The United Way has youth volunteer opportunities with a variety of local agencies — Lawrence Humane Society, Baker Wetlands, Theatre Lawrence, Operation Wildlife, Just Food, and many more — available through our Summer of Service Program, running June 1 through July 31. For more information and to register for a project or internship after April 1, please go to www.volunteerdouglascounty.org. Contact Shelly Hornbaker at 785-865-5030, ext. 301, or at volunteer@unitedwaydgco.org for more information.
Candidates differ on rental licensing program; discuss views on city management, commission changes
March 28, 2015
When the current City Commission passed a new rental registration and licensing program last year, it was one of the more sweeping program changes made by the commission in recent memory. Now the question is whether the program will be swept out with a new commission.
Hundreds of KU class notes for sale online, but buyer — and seller — beware
March 28, 2015
David Alexander wasn’t shocked when he heard last week that notes from his anatomy lectures were for sale on the internet. At the same time, he wasn’t OK with it. Multiple students’ versions of Biology 240 notes are among hundreds if not thousands of pages of KU class notes for sale on for-profit websites that encourage students to upload their own notes to make money and download other students’ notes to study. By Sara Shepherd
Of Montreal gets its freak on
Kevin Barnes looks forward to bringing communal commotion to the Granada
March 28, 2015
When Of Montreal hits the stage, they tend to be theatrical and dramatic. Band members pull out all the stops when it comes to sequins and stimulation during their highly danceable numbers, and their show at the Granada on Wednesday will be no different.
Swarthout Recital Hall to re-open with concert series
March 28, 2015
After almost 60 years, a million patrons and thousands of performances, Swarthout Recital Hall was due for a face-lift. Now, after undergoing renovations for the last 10 months, the historic building is re-opening and christening its upgrades with an eight-concert series of performances.
Kansas Senate panel to consider expanding liquor licenses
March 28, 2015
With thousands of dollars in campaign contributions at stake in the 2016 election cycle, GOP legislators are weighing the risks of acting on a fiercely lobbied issue: allowing supermarkets to sell liquor.
Garden Variety: Organic fertilizer options
March 28, 2015
Gardeners who want to grow organically face a few extra challenges when selecting fertilizer, although with a little extra care the nutrients that plants need can still be provided at a reasonable cost. The biggest challenges are understanding the need for fertilization (or lack of), recognizing organic sources, and deciphering the supply chain.
Weekend event planned on Haskell campus canceled at last minute
March 27, 2015
A weekend-long series of events planned by students at Haskell Indian Nations University and reported in Friday’s Journal-World was cancelled at the last minute.
Judge considers allowing man convicted of sex crimes to take back waiver of juvenile jurisdiction
06:23 p.m., March 27, 2015 Updated 09:28 p.m.
Douglas County District Judge Kay Huff said she will consider allowing a 19-year-old Yuma, Ariz., man who pleaded guilty to multiple sex offense in June to take back his waiver of juvenile jurisdiction in the case.
Victim’s father suing man convicted in beer bottle death, party host for $1.5 million
06:05 p.m., March 27, 2015 Updated 09:39 p.m.
The father of Nicholas Sardina, 27, of Lawrence, who was killed in 2012 after being struck over the head with a beer bottle during a brawl at a house party, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the man convicted of manslaughter in his son’s death and the woman who hosted the party.
Lawrence City Commission agenda for March 31 meeting
05:15 p.m., March 27, 2015 Updated 09:31 p.m.
5:45 p.m. Tuesday, City Hall
Rasmussen responds to concerns about out-of-town donations
March 27, 2015
Lawrence City Commission candidate Stan Rasmussen is seeking to assure voters that he’s not allowing several thousand dollars of campaign donations from outside of Lawrence and from a politically active conservative activist to influence his campaign. By Chad Lawhorn
Free State High students to compete in regional poetry competition
04:16 p.m., March 27, 2015 Updated 09:36 p.m.
Emotional, empowering stories from the lives of Lawrence students will sound out from a Kansas City stage this weekend. Free State High School’s slam poetry team recently earned a spot in Saturday’s finals of the KC “Louder than a Bomb” competition.
Detective: Financial records caused initial suspicion of man charged with first-degree murder
04:09 p.m., March 27, 2015 Updated 09:40 p.m.
A Lawrence detective testified Friday that financial records found at the crime scene raised suspicions about Ronald Eugene Heskett, a 48-year-old Eudora man charged with first degree murder in the death of a disabled Lawrence man in his care.
Baldwin district having sale at Vinland school on Saturday
10:45 a.m., March 27, 2015 Updated 09:35 p.m.
Those looking for a small desk or a “cute” little chair are invited to shop Saturday morning at the old Vinland Elementary School.
Four-day Haskell event features Native music, underlines school values
March 26, 2015
A group of Haskell Indian Nations University students envisions this weekend’s four-day Haskell Resurgence event as a fun way for peers to brush up on their school’s mission and values before Haskell’s upcoming reaccreditation site visit. And for anyone else looking to take in some contemporary Native American music, the first three days of the event are open to the public. By Sara Shepherd
KU one of four civilian universities chosen for Army-business seminar
March 26, 2015
Kansas University’s School of Business has been chosen as one of four civilian universities in the country to provide a “strategic broadening seminar” for U.S. Army officers, warrant officers, senior noncommissioned officers and civilians, KU recently announced. 
Firefighters rescue two cats from North Lawrence house fire
March 26, 2015
Firefighters rescued two cats from a house fire in North Lawrence Thursday night.
Lawrence man bound over for trial after allegedly ramming van into sheriff’s vehicle
05:35 p.m., March 26, 2015 Updated 10:48 p.m.
A 30-year-old Lawrence man charged with aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer after allegedly ramming his van into a marked Douglas County sheriff’s vehicle Aug. 13 on the road crossing Clinton Dam was bound over for jury trial after a Thursday preliminary hearing.
Jury trials pushed out for two co-defendants, one a pro baseball player, in Lawrence aggravated robbery case
04:58 p.m., March 26, 2015 Updated 10:43 p.m.
The jury trials for two Lawrence Free State High School graduates, one a minor league baseball player in the Boston Red Sox farm system, charged in a Lawrence home-invasion robbery were pushed out Thursday until May. By Caitlin Doornbos
Off the Beaten Plate: Polenta fries at The Burger Stand
March 26, 2015
If The Burger Stand is known for one thing — aside from its burgers — it’s probably the fries.
Final Friday Preview: Marla Jackson to celebrate mother in Percolator quilt show
March 25, 2015
Over the years, quilter and historian Marla Jackson’s mother has been a strong influence in her life — and in her work. She’s represented, at least figuratively, in all 10 quilts that make up Jackson’s new exhibition at the Lawrence Percolator that opens Friday.
Lawrence residents discuss cycling, walking at town meeting
09:20 p.m., March 25, 2015 Updated 10:15 p.m.
Dan Hughes estimates he can count on two hands the number of times he’s driven to work in the past 25 years.
Public transit hub topic of debate at City Commission forum
07:50 p.m., March 25, 2015 Updated 10:11 p.m.
The six candidates for the Lawrence City Commission are divided on how to reorganize the city’s public transit system. By Chad Lawhorn
KU visiting artist Lynne Yamamoto to lecture at Spencer Museum
March 25, 2015
Installation artist Lynne Yamamoto will give a lecture 6 p.m. Thursday at the Spencer Museum of Art Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.
Douglas County Commision approves Peaslee Center funding package
06:19 p.m., March 25, 2015 Updated 10:13 p.m.
Douglas County commissioners on Wednesday unanimously approved a package of funding for the Dwayne Peaslee Technical Training Center, set to open this fall.
Free State High School assistant principal to step down
05:50 p.m., March 25, 2015 Updated 10:15 p.m.
Keith Jones, Free State High School’s assistant principal, will step down from his position at the end of this school year, the Lawrence school district announced Wednesday.
Report: Douglas County remains among healthiest in Kansas
04:45 p.m., March 25, 2015 Updated 10:11 p.m.
Douglas County residents are some of the healthiest in Kansas, according to the annual County Health Rankings report by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin. For the second year in a row, Douglas County was ranked the eighth in the state. Riley and Johnson counties were first and second. Decatur and Woodson counties were at the bottom of the list.
Woman testifies against former Haskell students in rape hearing
03:37 p.m., March 25, 2015 Updated 10:15 p.m.
A 20-year-old woman testified Wednesday at a preliminary hearing that two fellow Haskell Indian Nations University students raped her in their dorm room during the early morning hours of Nov. 15, 2014.

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