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Lied Center to host fundraiser to support performing arts access for schools
February 1, 2015
On Feb. 16, the Lied Center of Kansas and the Lawrence Schools Foundation will host Expanding Performing Arts Access, a fundraising dinner to support free performing arts experiences for middle and high school students.
As audit begins, questions about Rock Chalk Park accounting grow
January 31, 2015
More questions have emerged about the Rock Chalk Park sports complex, following a Journal-World review of financial documents related to the project. The Journal-World reviewed a set of documents and canceled checks delivered to the city by the Kansas University Endowment Association earlier this month. Some of the documents appear to contradict statements made by KU Endowment officials, who largely have been responsible for ensuring that expenses and receipts reconcile on nearly $12 million worth of infrastructure that a Thomas Fritzel-led firm built at Rock Chalk Park. Mayor Mike Amyx said he is hopeful a recent audit ordered by the city will provide answers to such questions. By Chad Lawhorn
Lawhorn’s Lawrence: The magic of aluminum cans
January 31, 2015
Linda Klinker these days has another title: magician. As the leader of Cans for the Community, she’s pulled off quite a trick since the organization was founded in 2005. She and a group of a dozen volunteers have taken the simple idea — collect cans, sell them and give the money to local nonprofits — and turned it into an organization that just recently topped the $150,000 mark in donations given to local charities. They estimate they’ve collected 10 million aluminum cans in the process. By Chad Lawhorn
Folk musician Jack Williams to perform at Unity Church
January 31, 2015
Singer-songwriter Jack Williams will perform at Lawrence’s Unity Church, 900 Madeline Lane, Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Telling tales: Community plans events around Margaret Atwood book, visit
January 31, 2015
Margaret Atwood is taking over Lawrence. The celebrated Canadian author and activist will deliver the Kenneth A. Spencer Memorial Lecture at 7 p.m. Monday at The Commons in Spooner Hall, followed by a reception and book signing.
Artists celebrate love of all kinds in annual Percolator show
January 31, 2015
With Valentine’s Day on the horizon, the Lawrence Percolator is hosting a show that celebrates devotion in all its forms. This year’s exhibition, The Love Show, is the Percolator’s third based on that theme. It opened during January’s Final Friday and will run until Feb. 22.
Kansas legislators divided on hate crime legislation
January 31, 2015
The fatal shooting of three people last year outside a Jewish community center and retirement complex by a white supremacist has revived debate for tougher hate crime laws in Kansas.
Kansas Water Authority accepts report on proposed aqueduct
January 30, 2015
The Kansas Water Authority has agreed to circulate an updated report on a proposal to build an aqueduct to take water from the Missouri River to southwestern Kansas despite its members showing little enthusiasm for the idea.
Woman arrested after bringing handgun to West Middle School
January 30, 2015
One woman was arrested Thursday night after bringing a handgun to a school event at West Middle School, Lawrence Public Schools said in a release.
Agenda for Feb. 2 Lawrence City Commission meeting
06:07 p.m., January 30, 2015 Updated 08:08 p.m.
5:45 p.m. Tuesday, City Hall.
Douglas County food bank looks to fight hunger Super Bowl weekend
06:04 p.m., January 30, 2015 Updated 08:11 p.m.
Just Food, the food bank of Douglas County, is partnering with Hy-Vee and Wal-Mart locations in Lawrence this weekend to combat hunger in the community.
Citing USDE list, group buys ads claiming KU has a ‘rape problem’
January 30, 2015
A national women’s rights group is funding online ads warning prospective Kansas University students that the university has a “rape problem.” UltraViolet is basing its “rape problem” label on the list of postsecondary schools the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights is investigating for their handling of one or more sexual violence cases. By Sara Shepherd
Appeals court upholds Lawrence man’s sentence for drug possession
02:29 p.m., January 30, 2015 Updated 08:10 p.m.
Eric Waggoner was convicted of drug possession in 2013 and was sentenced to nearly three years in prison, plus another year of post-release supervision, based partly on a prior conviction as a juvenile in 1993. The Kansas Court of Appeals on Friday upheld that sentence. By Peter Hancock
Praeger, Milstead recognized for service by Lawrence chamber of commerce
12:29 p.m., January 30, 2015 Updated 08:15 p.m.
A banking industry veteran and Kansas’ former insurance commissioner are being recognized for their contributions to the community by the Lawrence chamber of commerce.
KU music festival concludes with free Lied Center concert
January 30, 2015
The Kansas University School of Music will conclude its Prairie Winds and inaugural Sunflower Strings festival with a concert Sunday at the Lied Center.
Lawrence conference center feasibility study due mid-February
10:13 p.m., January 29, 2015 Updated 10:41 p.m.
Get ready to talk about whether Lawrence ought to get into the conference center business. A long-delayed report studying the feasibility of whether Lawrence could support a new conference center is scheduled to be released in mid-February, City Manager David Corliss has confirmed. Then it will be up to city commissioners to decide what comes next. By Chad Lawhorn
Lawrence commissioners host listening session on police headquarters proposal
January 29, 2015
Lawrence city commissioners heard public comments once again, Thursday night, on why a $28 million police headquarters proposal was shot down by voters in November.
Man charged with sexual battery in connection with Kansas University dorm room incident
02:24 p.m., January 29, 2015 Updated 10:32 p.m.
A 20-year-old Kansas City man and former Kansas University student was charged Wednesday with misdemeanor sexual battery in connection with an April incident in a KU residence hall.
January Final Friday preview: Sweet treats, graffiti influences and free massages
January 29, 2015
Final Fridays returns post-holidays with an eclectic mix of events. From love-centric art to ceramics to free massages, this Final Friday has something for everyone.
KU music ensembles, symphony to perform shared concert at Lied Center
12:00 a.m., January 29, 2015 Updated 10:48 p.m.
Kansas University’s Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble I and Symphony Orchestra will share the stage Saturday for a special concert at the Lied Center of Kansas, 1600 Stewart Drive.
Off the Beaten Plate: Quinoa and sweet corn fritters at La Parrilla
January 29, 2015
Quinoa has a bit of a reputation as a health food, a favorite among hippie types and fitness buffs for its high levels of protein and fiber. It’s gluten-free, and not really associated with heavy fried dishes.
Author Jamie Quatro to give reading at The Raven
January 28, 2015
Author and former Lawrence resident Jamie Quatro will give a reading from her acclaimed book of short stories Thursday at the Raven, 6 E. Seventh St.
Library to give away copies of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ during Final Friday
January 28, 2015
Lawrence Public Library will be handing out free copies of Margaret Atwood’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” at various locations downtown during Final Friday.
LMH Endowment Association honors community members with Caring Awards
08:16 p.m., January 28, 2015 Updated 10:52 p.m.
Retired Kansas University professor William Coil began volunteering as a patient escort at Lawrence Memorial Hospital in 2002. After the 2009 death of his wife, Suzanne, Coil continued volunteering at the hospital as a way of getting himself out of the house.
Arts Center to host annual Souper Bowl Saturday this weekend
January 28, 2015
More than 500 handmade ceramic bowls produced by area artists, community members and Lawrence Arts Center students will be up for sale at this weekend’s Souper Bowl Saturday.
Hemingway masterpiece selected as KU’s 2015 Common Book
03:45 p.m., January 28, 2015 Updated 11:01 p.m.
KU announces “A Farewell To Arms” will be the 2015-2016 Common Book.
Haskell seeking information about vandalism to sacred sweat lodges
01:29 p.m., January 28, 2015 Updated 11:02 p.m.
Two sacred sweat lodges at Haskell Indian Nations University have been vandalized, leaving leaders of the school disappointed and looking for a culprit. By Chad Lawhorn
Groups holding workshops on restoring Kansas prairies
January 28, 2015
Two groups are sponsoring workshops in Lawrence designed to teach rural landowners how to restore native prairie habitats.
Bite Sighs: Chocolate apricot cheesecake
January 28, 2015
Now that the first month of the new year is about over, lots of us have abandoned those pesky healthy-eating resolutions and returned to our favorite comfort foods.
Wicked Broadband pulls request for $300,000 loan guarantee
10:28 p.m., January 27, 2015 Updated 10:33 p.m.
A request for the city to provide a $300,000 loan guarantee to Wicked Broadband is now off the table, but so too is a project that would bring super-fast broadband service to downtown or parts of East Lawrence. Joshua Montgomery, co-owner of Lawrence-based Wicked Broadband, surprised city commissioners on Tuesday by pulling his request for a $300,000 loan guarantee. By Chad Lawhorn