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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.
Cooking from Scratch: Lemon posset a polite dessert
April 21, 2015
Often made with just three ingredients — heavy cream, sugar and citrus juice — a posset is lighter than pudding or custard but no less delicious.
Blue Bell says it’s still trying to pinpoint listeria cause
April 21, 2015
A massive recall has brought more attention and put more pressure on a century-old Texas ice cream company that has been searching to discover how its products became linked to a deadly string of listeria cases.
New City Commission set for more study of police headquarters, other goals
April 21, 2015
More meetings about the need for a police headquarters are on tap, and perhaps a blue-ribbon commission also may be in store for the multimillion-dollar topic. By Chad Lawhorn
City Commission supports hiring firm to conduct residents survey
10:02 p.m., April 21, 2015 Updated 10:23 p.m.
City commissioners are a step closer to finding out what Lawrence residents think about City Hall and the job it is doing.
Fire breaks out in Kansas University’s Fowler Shops
April 21, 2015
Some Kansas University students were evacuated from their classes Tuesday afternoon after a fire broke out on the third floor of the Fowler Shops Building, 1435 Jayhawk Blvd.
Emerald ash borer traps to be set across Kansas
03:09 p.m., April 21, 2015 Updated 10:18 p.m.
The state and national departments of agriculture will set 163 emerald ash borer traps across Kansas to help prevent the spread of the destructive beetle.
Clinton Lake Cleanup scheduled for Saturday
02:58 p.m., April 21, 2015 Updated 10:42 p.m.
The public is invited to participate in the 31st annual Clinton Lake Cleanup from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, the Clinton Lake Cleanup Committee announced in a news release.
Lawrence couple killed in RV crash in southwestern Illinois
12:31 p.m., April 21, 2015 Updated 10:22 p.m.
Authorities say a Lawrence couple died Monday in a fiery crash along Interstate 64 in southwestern Illinois.
Rains slow spring planting in Kansas
April 21, 2015
Heavy rains across Kansas this past week have slowed spring planting due to wet soils.
Protect your skin from sun damage with a daily sunscreen routine
April 21, 2015
The cool, rainy days of late April have us lulled into the sense that summer is far away. But it doesn’t have to be summer for the sun’s rays to damage skin. Lawrence dermatologist Lee Bittenbender says that using a sunscreen should be an everyday habit.
Ex-lawmaker sentenced to 18 months
April 20, 2015
Former Kansas Republican state Rep. Trent LeDoux was sentenced to 18 months in jail Monday for defrauding a bank run by a longtime friend to help fund his political activities.
Ninth Street Corridor project discusses Lawrence history, gentrification
April 20, 2015
Toward the end of the third and final public art workshop discussing the Ninth Street Corridor Project, the word “gentrification” began to creep into the conversation. The public meeting, hosted by local historian Dennis Domer, was held Monday night in the gymnasium of New York Elementary School.
Lecompton named 2015-2017 Community of Excellence
April 20, 2015
The Kansas PRIDE program has named Lecompton as a 2015-2017 Community of Excellence, Kansas State University Research and Extension said in a release.
Activist remembered for decades of efforts to raise up the downtrodden
06:21 p.m., April 20, 2015 Updated 11:10 p.m.
Caroljean “CJ” Brune was an activist of an older generation, but she wasn’t the kind that stayed stuck in the past. By Sara Shepherd
Chamber proposes boosting spending to foster startup companies
02:56 p.m., April 20, 2015 Updated 11:10 p.m.
Spending more money to help small businesses grow will be a priority for the Lawrence chamber of commerce in 2016, but it also will mean the organization will spend less on trying to attract big companies to town.By Chad Lawhorn
Nine Lawrence students to compete in national speech and debate tournament
01:22 p.m., April 20, 2015 Updated 11:05 p.m.
Nine students from Lawrence’s two public high schools have qualified for the National Speech & Debate Tournament this June in Dallas.
Kansas Herpetological Society to host field trip near Russell this weekend
01:16 p.m., April 20, 2015 Updated 11:05 p.m.
The Kansas Herpetological Society will host a reptile-, amphibian- and turtle-counting field trip for the public this weekend near Russell. The free event will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday at Lasada Sporting Clays and Hunting Service, 3721 183rd St. near Russell, president of the Center for North American Herpetology Travis Taggart said in a news release. Participants will begin arriving at Lasada’s camping areas throughout the day Friday.
Lawrence Parade of Homes to begin this weekend
11:12 a.m., April 20, 2015 Updated 11:05 p.m.
The public is invited to tour homes in the Lawrence area with “the latest features in home design, efficiency and technology” starting this weekend.
Kansas revenue projections for next year contributing to even bigger budget hole
08:21 a.m., April 20, 2015 Updated 11:10 p.m.
State budget officials in Kansas issued a gloomy report Monday that says total revenues flowing into the state are expected to fall 3.5 percent next year, creating an even bigger budget hole for lawmakers to fill when they return next week to wrap up the 2015 session.
Power restored, road reopened following early morning hit-and-run
04:52 a.m., April 20, 2015 Updated 11:05 p.m.
Westar Energy has restored power to about 50 customers following an early-morning crash that destroyed a utility pole. Lawrence Police were called to an address in the 3200 block of West Ninth Street shortly before 2 a.m. Monday, after a driver crashed into a pole.
Lawrence woman’s identity stolen, IRS receives forged tax return form in her name
April 19, 2015
Lawrence resident Nancy Hause was suspicious when she received a letter purporting to be from the Internal Revenue Service’s “Identity Verification Service” asking for more personal information to process her 2014 tax return. The thing is, Hause had gotten an extension from the IRS and hadn’t yet filed her tax return, she said, so she worried the letter was a scam. As it turns out, the letter was real, but her instincts were still correct in that she may be a victim of a crime.