Local news

Lawrence man bound over for trial after allegedly ramming van into sheriff’s vehicle
March 26, 2015
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
March 26, 2015
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. Gabriel Alexander Patterson, 20, and professional baseball player Cody Scott Kukuk, 21, both of Lawrence, are charged with four counts of aggravated robbery and one count of aggravated burglary in connection with a five-defendant robbery at an apartment in the 900 block of Arkansas Street on Nov. 8.
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.
Town Talk: Work planned for Iowa Street this summer; roundabout for Bob Billings?
March 25, 2015
It has become almost a summer ritual in Lawrence: Portions of Iowa Street reduced to one lane. This summer will be no different. Town Talk by Chad Lawhorn
Bill would create organic-type labels for non-modified foods
March 25, 2015
Inspired by the popular “USDA organic” label, House Republicans are proposing a new government certification for foods free of genetically modified ingredients.
Cooking from Scratch: Artichokes make for a hearty appetizer
March 25, 2015
You have to wonder about the first person who decided to eat an artichoke. I suppose it could have been starvation that led some ancient human to attempt to ingest this Mediterranean thistle, but I rather suspect it was a dare between two men.
Spring home and garden: Succulents can brighten interiors, exteriors
12:00 a.m., March 25, 2015 Updated 10:00 p.m.
With an endless array of interesting shapes and colors, and the nearly foolproof care requirements of good sun and well-drained soil, succulents are a popular choice for dressing up windowsills and sunny indoor tables. As spring warms into summer, succulent fans also have the option of using these easy plants outdoors.
Spring home and garden: Consider open shelving for kitchens
12:00 a.m., March 25, 2015 Updated 09:59 p.m.
While some prefer to keep the contents of their kitchen tucked safely behind the privacy of cabinet doors, the option of replacing traditional kitchen cabinets with open shelves that display dishes and pantry items has caught on with many.
Spring home and garden: New plants for eastern Kansas in 2015
12:00 a.m., March 25, 2015 Updated 09:59 p.m.
With hundreds of new varieties of plants released each year, gardeners looking to try something new are faced with the difficult task of discerning which varieties are really different and improved. The easiest way to avoid the guessing game is to rely on unbiased organizations that test and recommend varieties. One such organization is All-America Selections (AAS), a non-profit that performs nationwide field trials of new vegetables and annual flowers.
Spring home and garden: Add edibles to the landscape
12:00 a.m., March 25, 2015 Updated 09:58 p.m.
Raising a few veggies and herbs is a growing trend, although for new gardeners the idea of creating a garden might seem overwhelming. Space and sunlight are also limiting factors, but there are ways to work around them. They key is to think outside the box of a traditional vegetable garden.
Commissioners approve smaller tax break for Eldridge Hotel expansion
March 24, 2015
Lawrence city commissioners approved a tax break for a proposed expansion of The Eldridge Hotel, but the incentive is smaller than once proposed. By Chad Lawhorn
Four Kansas University juniors nominated for Udall Scholarship
March 24, 2015
Four Kansas University juniors have been nominated to receive Udall Foundation scholarships, the university said in a release.
City Commission approves final $1 million payment for Rock Chalk Park
March 24, 2015
Lawrence city commissioners on Tuesday approved a final $1 million-plus payment on the Rock Chalk Park project, and hoped to put a period on the controversial financial details of the sports complex.
Finalists for Lawrence’s director of arts and culture will meet the public April 1
06:52 p.m., March 24, 2015 Updated 10:01 p.m.
Four finalists for Lawrence’s director of arts and culture will meet the public during a reception April 1, Lawrence city officials announced Tuesday.
Listeria traced to 2nd Blue Bell ice cream production plant
March 24, 2015
A foodborne illness that contributed to the deaths of three people has been traced to a second production facility operated by Blue Bell Ice Cream, a company spokesman and health officials said Tuesday.
Airbus moving engineering center to Wichita State University
March 24, 2015
Airbus Americas announced plans Tuesday to relocate its engineering center to Wichita State University’s Innovation Campus. Airbus will bring its 400 employees from its downtown Wichita facility to a new building on campus that is slated for completion in January 2017.
Bill lists grounds for impeaching Kansas high court justices
March 24, 2015
A proposal has been introduced in the Kansas Senate to spell out grounds for impeaching state Supreme Court justices, and the list includes attempting to usurp the Legislature’s authority.
Report: KU should offer benefits to employees’ domestic partners
05:55 p.m., March 24, 2015 Updated 09:57 p.m.
Especially because Kansas University policy prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation, KU should provide domestic partner benefits to employees, a new report says. KU “continues to discriminate against KU faculty and employees with domestic partners,” the report states. “Further, Kansas state statutes and Board of Regents’ policy have not changed in this regard over time and thus set the tone for discriminatory practice.” By Sara Shepherd
Liberty Memorial Central assistant principal and athletic director to step down
05:44 p.m., March 24, 2015 Updated 09:57 p.m.
The assistant principal and athletic director of Liberty Memorial Central Middle School will step down from his position at the end of this academic year, Julie Boyle of the Lawrence Public School District said in a release.
Commission candidates draw distinctions among themselves in development forum
05:34 p.m., March 24, 2015 Updated 10:07 p.m.
With two weeks to go before Election Day, Lawrence City Commission candidates sharpened their messages about growth and development at a Tuesday forum with about 140 homebuilders and real estate agents in attendance. By Chad Lawhorn
Firefighters extinguish basement fire in 1000 block of New Jersey Street
03:28 p.m., March 24, 2015 Updated 09:57 p.m.
Firefighters extinguished a fire in the basement of a home in the 1000 block of New Jersey Street on Tuesday afternoon.
(Re) Engaged Architecture Symposium to feature six renowned architects
03:19 p.m., March 24, 2015 Updated 10:08 p.m.
Six renowned architects will speak at Saturday’s (Re) Engaged Architecture Symposium, officials said.

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