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Only in Lawrence: Jim Bennett has ‘a passion for language,’ and sharing it
April 26, 2015
Jim Bennett sits quietly near the end of a long table in a side room of the Douglas County Senior Center. He is joined by four of his students. Removing his ball cap and yellow-tinted glasses, Bennett addresses the group. “¡Hola!¿Llueve mucho donde tu vivés?” He greets the class, asking if it is raining. “No, hace sol,” he says, gesturing toward the window to show the class there is sun this day rather than rain. Deliberately, Bennett hands each of his students a single photocopied sheet of paper, the day’s handwritten lesson. Spanish class is about to begin.
Fix-It Chick: How to eradicate pine sawflies
April 26, 2015
If your pine tree is suddenly infested with a black-headed, Medusa-like worm, fear not — chances are the tree is simply hosting a colony of European Pine Sawfly larvae.
Business briefcase for April 27
April 26, 2015
Kansas Public Radio announced the conclusion of its spring membership drive after surpassing its fundraising goal.
Lied Center announces 2015-2016 season
April 26, 2015
The Lied Center of Kansas on Sunday announced its lineup for the 2015-2016 season, which will feature well-known acts such as “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” “Mamma Mia!”, the Branford Marsalis Quartet and many others.
Style and function come together in Chair Show
April 25, 2015
You can look, but you can’t touch. It’s a long-established rule at art museums and galleries around the world. But a new exhibit at Decade coffee shop, 920 Delaware St., invites guests to do more than just view the approximately 25 handcrafted chairs displayed around the store.
Folk musician Rhiannon Giddens turns back the clock
April 25, 2015
On April 14, Rhiannon Giddens sang for President Barack Obama. She shook hands with Obama. She managed to respond coherently when Obama told her he’d listened to her record.
Lawhorn’s Lawrence: A study in being social
April 25, 2015
I am at the distinguished study group known as the Ventura Club, and the topic of the day is a strawberry dessert with a wonderfully rich graham cracker crust and whipped cream. By Chad Lawhorn
Of mice and machines: Old, new technology mix in genomic research at KU Medical Center
April 25, 2015
A pairing of next-generation and century-old research methods is helping scientists at Kansas University Medical Center learn more about genetic disorders in children. The new is a roughly $1 million machine that can sequence a person’s DNA in as fast as two days. The old has been used in labs for a century or more: watching mice run mazes. By Sara Shepherd
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.

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