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KU researchers discover new lizard species for sale on Manila’s black market
January 25, 2015
Kansas University’s resident reptile expert and fellow researchers routinely trudge through rainforests overturning leaves and combing streambeds to find live specimens. But that’s not where Rafe Brown and his team first encountered two previously unknown species of water monitor lizard. Instead, their first glimpse of the reptiles was at pet shops in the Philippines — where they say the country’s rampant black market trade in exotic animals threatens its ecosystem. By Sara Shepherd
Business Briefcase for Jan. 26
January 25, 2015
Barber Emerson, L.C. has announced Bethany Roberts as the newest member of the firm.
Ashes to glass: A different way to remember loved ones
January 25, 2015
When Debby Fitzhugh, of Topeka, lost her cat Lion King in 2012 she lost her “best bud.” Distraught, Fitzhugh said she had the 22-year-old cat cremated and kept several of his toys as keepsakes.
City pleased with new numbers on curbside recycling program
January 25, 2015
Lawrence City Hall leaders are pleased with all the bottles, cans, boxes and other materials that are filling up the blue recycling carts that were distributed to households as part of the city’s new curbside recycling program. A report from City Hall shows that more than 400 tons of recycled materials are being collected each month. “It is going really, really well,” said Kathy Richardson, division manager for the city’s solid waste operations. “We’re pretty happy with the participation numbers, and we’re collecting a good amount of material.” By Chad Lawhorn
Lawrence officials answer common questions about curbside recycling program
January 24, 2015
Lawrence residents have questions about what should and shouldn’t go in the big blue recycling bins. Here are some answers.
Sin tax increases could hurt wallets, but unlikely to curb vices, Lawrencians say
January 24, 2015
In the town named the most hungover city in America this month by Business Insider, Gov. Sam Brownback’s new tax proposition, which would raise taxes on alcohol and tobacco products to balance the state budget, would have little effect on vices, but a big impact on pocketbooks, some Lawrencians said. To aid against the projected budget shortfalls of more than $710 million in the current budget and in the next fiscal year, Brownback suggested increasing the cigarette and tobacco product tax trifold and the alcohol tax by 50 percent. Under his plan, the state would raise $394 million over a period of two years, the Associated Press reported earlier this month.
Common threads: Exhibition charts textiles’ social role in local history
January 24, 2015
Brittany Keegan is standing opposite a massive quilt that hangs from the wall of a sun-drenched room on the second floor of the Watkins Museum of History.
Lawrence schools might offer KU courses in math, English
January 24, 2015
At its Monday meeting, the Lawrence school board will be asked to approve of a partnership that would allow students to take Kansas University classes at Lawrence High and Free State High.
Supporters push new level of dental worker at Kansas Statehouse
January 24, 2015
A plan to address a Kansas dental care shortage with a new type of health care worker is being pushed again in the Legislature despite stiff opposition.
Brownback shifts blame for state budget woes on Legislature
January 24, 2015
Income tax cuts that are being blamed for a deep state budget deficit were the work of the Legislature and not the governor’s office, Kan. Gov. Sam Brownback told a group of business leaders this week.
Garden Variety: 5 essential garden tools
January 23, 2015
Whether you are gardening for the first time this season or a seasoned professional, having the right tool can make any garden chore easier.
Lawrence City Commission agenda for Jan. 27 meeting
January 23, 2015
5:45 p.m., Tuesday, Lawrence City Hall
Commissioners concerned that Wicked Broadband is trying to manipulate process ahead of key vote
05:35 p.m., January 23, 2015 Updated 10:29 p.m.
As the Lawrence City Commission prepares to vote on a $300,000 loan guarantee for Wicked Broadband, commissioners are raising new concerns that a co-owner of the company is improperly trying to manipulate the city’s approval process. By Chad Lawhorn
Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation tribal leader dies
January 23, 2015
Gary M. Mitchell, a Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation tribal leader and former PBPN Gaming Commission chairman, died Friday in Topeka, the tribe said in a news release.
Public invited to talk about issues at ‘People’s State of the Union’
04:54 p.m., January 23, 2015 Updated 10:25 p.m.
Following President Obama’s State of the Union address last week, organizers with the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture will host events across the country through the end of the month that they’re collectively calling the “People’s State of the Union.”
Lawrence man, 63, sentenced to 18 years after confessing to sexual encounters with 11-year-old boy
04:42 p.m., January 23, 2015 Updated 01:23 p.m.
Larry D. Kelley, 63, of Lawrence, was sentenced to 18 years in prison Friday after pleading guilty in December to aggravated criminal sodomy and aggravated indecent liberties with a child. Kelley admitted to “multiple incidents of sexual contact” with a Lawrence boy between January 2012 and November 2013, according to the affidavit supporting his arrest. The boy was 11 years old when the abuse began.
KU law student files for seat on Lawrence City Commission
03:53 p.m., January 23, 2015 Updated 10:27 p.m.
Cori Viola, a second-year law student at KU, said her time as a clerk for the nonprofit advocacy group Kansas Appleseed helped bring to light some issues she thinks the commission ought to change. By Chad Lawhorn
Sexual violence and related complaints doubled at KU in 2014
03:25 p.m., January 23, 2015 Updated 10:29 p.m.
Kansas University’s Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access received almost twice as many complaints in 2014 than the previous year, and more than two-thirds of the new cases relate to Title IX. During a presentation Friday to KU’s Sexual Assault Task Force, IOA executive director Jane McQueeny said her office received 85 complaints in 2013 and 169 complaints in 2014. By Sara Shepherd
Epitome’ of storytellers chosen for KU national journalism award
11:15 a.m., January 23, 2015 Updated 10:23 p.m.
Bob Dotson, an NBC News correspondent best known for his long-running series “The American Story with Bob Dotson,” will receive the 2015 William Allen White Foundation National Citation, Kansas University announced Friday.
Kansas lawmakers consider hate crime bill
January 22, 2015
Kansas lawmakers are considering a bill that would toughen punishments for hate crimes.
Lawrence School District continues to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.
09:25 p.m., January 22, 2015 Updated 10:17 p.m.
The Martin Luther King Community Choir sang praises to their namesake Thursday night in the auditorium of Lawrence High School. As they sang the audience began to clap and chime in. “Equality and unity. This is what I think of when I think of the king,” the choir sang. “Freedom and liberty, is the legacy of Martin Luther King.”
Obama at KU: Some university community members came for the issues, others for the show
07:10 p.m., January 22, 2015 Updated 10:12 p.m.
To be sure, President Barack Obama’s star power was the driving force behind many Kansas University community members who flocked to see him speak Thursday on campus. But plenty of students, administrators and professors were there for the issues, too.
President Obama drops in on Lawrence preschool before speech
January 22, 2015
Before his speech on the Kansas University campus Thursday, President Barack Obama paid a visit to a local Head Start preschool, drawing attention to his proposals to expand access to child care and early childhood education for working-class families. By Peter Hancock
Community embraces ‘wild’ sights and sounds of Obama visit
05:24 p.m., January 22, 2015 Updated 10:10 p.m.
Lawrence Mayor Mike Amyx isn’t sure he’s quite mastered the celebrity smile just yet. But when you hang around with President Barack Obama, you had better figure it out. By Chad Lawhorn
Reporter’s notebook: Obama’s day in Lawrence
04:58 p.m., January 22, 2015 Updated 10:11 p.m.
A lot of people at Kansas University did a lot of work in a very little amount of time to prepare for President Barack Obama’s visit to the university on Thursday.
I’m a Kansas Guy’: Thousands greet Obama during KU visit
January 22, 2015
President Barack Obama used Kansas University as a stage to campaign for budget proposals that he says are aimed at lifting the middle class. More than 7,000 people cheered as Obama called for expanding access to early childhood education and higher education, and economic development measures aimed at raising wages for American workers. By Peter Hancock
Man convicted in accident in which KU student lost his legs gets three-year sentence
04:09 p.m., January 22, 2015 Updated 10:22 p.m.
Former Kansas University student Julian M. Kuszmaul, of Lawrence, was sentenced to three years in the Douglas County Jail Thursday after being convicted in December of second-offense DUI, refusing to submit to alcohol or drug testing and possession of marijuana in connection with an August 2012 accident that cost a fellow KU student his legs.
Why were ticket holders turned away from Obama’s speech at KU? President was in the building
04:01 p.m., January 22, 2015 Updated 10:17 p.m.
Dozens of people who had tickets to President Barack Obama’s speech Thursday at Kansas University were turned away at the door, starting about an hour before Obama took the podium. The facility wasn’t over capacity, organizers say. Rather, the day’s schedule fluctuates to accommodate the President’s movements, and at that time the President was in the building.
Holiday Inn employees had a week to prepare for Obama’s stay in Lawrence
03:50 p.m., January 22, 2015 Updated 10:11 p.m.
Will Kimble knew President Barack Obama would be staying at Lawrence’s Holiday Inn, 200 McDonald Drive, about a week before the presidential motorcade arrived at the hotel’s doors, but he wasn’t allowed to tell anybody.
Off the Beaten Plate: Halum cheese at Aladdin Cafe
January 22, 2015
We’ve never met a cheese we didn’t like, and the Halum appetizer at Aladdin Cafe (our first experience with the variety) was no exception.