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Critter Buzz: How to help your fat, furry friend shed some pounds
April 18, 2015
Giving those extra tasty morsels to your pet may seem like an act of kindness, but is it? Those extra pounds that seem to make your pet more snuggly may be more damaging to his or her health than you think
Turning heads: Inside Out exhibition a portrait of the entire arts community
April 18, 2015
Those walking by the Lawrence Arts Center recently may have noticed some eye-catching new additions to the building’s front windows: a trio of giant faces. The images represent only a fraction of the approximately 650 black-and-white portraits photographed over the last year by local artist Rachael Perry for the Lawrence Inside Out project.
KU to host seventh annual Mini College
April 18, 2015
For Robert Rowland, a Kansas University professor of communications studies, nothing is more exciting than ideas. For the past six years, Rowland has spent a few days each summer lecturing and sharing that excitement with students, alumni and community members at KU’s Mini College. By Conrad Swanson
Garden Variety: Now’s the time to plant asparagus
April 18, 2015
The modern conveniences of grocery stores and worldwide shipping make it easy to get almost any kind of produce any time of year, but some fruits and veggies, including asparagus, just taste better when picked up fresh and local.
Police: Two complaints against officers found to have merit in 2014
10:45 p.m., April 17, 2015 Updated 10:45 p.m.
None of the complaints from members of the public against Lawrence police officers in 2014 was found to have merit after investigation, according to a report released this month by the Lawrence Police Department’s Office of Professional Accountability. Two complaints from police department employees were found to have merit and officers were disciplined.
Agriculture Hall of Fame to reopen with new hopes
April 17, 2015
Like many farmers, the National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame struggles to hold on from one year to the next. After being closed last year except for special events, the 50-year-old hall in Bonner Springs will reopen this weekend, thanks to a financial windfall, volunteers and a new executive director.
Brief showers hit Lawrence on Friday; more rain likely this weekend
09:20 p.m., April 17, 2015 Updated 10:39 p.m.
Brief showers crept over Lawrence Friday, dropping less than a tenth of an inch of rain over the area, said Jenifer Bowen of the National Weather Service in Topeka.
Douglas County Sheriff’s Office accepting applications for its sixth Citizen’s Academy
April 17, 2015
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office has begun accepting applications for its sixth Citizen’s Academy, sheriff’s office spokesman Lt. Steve Lewis said in a news release Friday.
New Lawrence mayor confident commission ready to tackle issues, rebuild trust
04:37 p.m., April 17, 2015 Updated 10:41 p.m.
New Lawrence mayor Jeremy Farmer doesn’t spend any time trying to convince people that his first two years in office have been as much fun as he thought they were going to be as a young, energetic candidate in 2013. “It has been a very up and down ride,” Farmer said Friday, as he settled into his one-year term as mayor. At various times, Farmer shared with about anybody who asked that he was sure that his first term on the Lawrence City Commission would be his last. But now, he’s not sure. The ride has been more up than down lately. By Chad Lawhorn
Nonprofit group begins fundraising for event center on Clinton Lake
03:16 p.m., April 17, 2015 Updated 10:41 p.m.
A fundraising campaign has begun to build an events center on the western shore of Clinton Lake. By Chad Lawhorn
Bad weather forecast prompts cancellation of KU’s Big Event
11:54 a.m., April 17, 2015 Updated 10:37 p.m.
The Kansas University Big Event, scheduled for Saturday, has been canceled because of a bad weather forecast, organizers announced Friday. The annual volunteer event will be canceled altogether — not rescheduled — because, well, it’s too big. By Sara Shepherd
Pringle, George elected to lead KU student body next year
11:31 a.m., April 17, 2015 Updated 10:37 p.m.
Jessie Pringle and Zach George will be the 2015-2016 Kansas University student body president and vice president. Pringle and George, of the Advance KU coalition, took 68 percent of the vote during Student Senate elections Wednesday and Thursday on the KU campus.
New Kansas law would limit spending of welfare benefits
April 16, 2015
A new Kansas law tells poor families that they can’t use cash assistance from the state to attend concerts, get tattoos, see a psychic or buy lingerie. The list of don’ts runs to several dozen items.
Grand jury indicts Kansas man in Fort Riley bomb plot
April 16, 2015
A federal grand jury handed down a three-count indictment Thursday charging a 20-year-old Kansas man with trying to carry out a suicide attack at Fort Riley.
KU chemistry professor Craig Lunte remembered
08:13 p.m., April 16, 2015 Updated 10:26 p.m.
From the golf course to the classroom, Craig Lunte was a man who could tackle a challenge and make it look easy, said his good friend and colleague Brian Laird.
Topeka man, 30, sentenced to 20 years to life in prison for involvement in Lawrence man’s murder
04:45 p.m., April 16, 2015 Updated 10:33 p.m.
A 30-year-old Topeka man found guilty of first-degree murder and aggravated burglary last month was sentenced Thursday to life in prison without the possibility of parole for 20 years. A jury in March found Archie Robinson guilty in the March 8, 2014, shooting death of 39-year-old Patrick Roberts, of Lawrence. Prosecutors Amy McGowan and Alice Walker argued that the death was an aggravated burglary gone wrong.
Baker Orange, website win awards
04:38 p.m., April 16, 2015 Updated 10:21 p.m.
The Baker University student newspaper was recognized with two contest awards in the past week. The Baker Orange won the All-Kansas Award as the state’s top private college newspaper at the Kansas Collegiate Media spring conference in Wichita. The Tulsa Press Club named the Orange website the Great Plains Journalism Student Website.
Regents report: International, out-of-state students bring big money to Kansas, but few stick around
03:49 p.m., April 16, 2015 Updated 10:32 p.m.
International and out-of-state students make a big economic impact on Kansas while they’re enrolled in Board of Regents institutions. However, only about 18 percent stick around post-graduation. After five years, only 9 percent of international students and 13 percent of other out-of-staters are still employed in Kansas. That’s according to a report presented Thursday at the Kansas Board of Regents meeting. By Sara Shepherd
Letter carriers to host food drive on May 9
April 16, 2015
Lawrence letter carriers soon will be running a food drive that they hope will collect nearly 30,000 pounds of food for area families.
New Kansas rules would limit spending of welfare benefits
09:55 a.m., April 16, 2015 Updated 01:27 p.m.
A new Kansas law tells poor families that they can’t use cash assistance from the state to attend concerts, get tattoos, see a psychic or buy lingerie. The list of don’ts runs to several dozen items. More than 20 other states have such lists. But the one included by the Republican-dominated Kansas Legislature in a bill signed Thursday by GOP Gov. Sam Brownback appears to be the most exhaustive, according to state Department for Children and Families officials.
Today in Lawrence: Art show and ‘The Explorers Club’
April 16, 2015
St. John’s School Art Show is from 6:30 to 8 p.m. All are welcome to view the artwork from pre-K, elementary and middle school students.
Museum to celebrate anniversary of ‘Dark Command’ with free screenings
April 16, 2015
The Watkins Museum of History will screen “Dark Command,” a 1940 Western starring John Wayne loosely based on Quantrill’s Raid in Lawrence, for free this Saturday.
Lawrence neighbors voice concerns over Bob Billings Parkway traffic
09:49 p.m., April 15, 2015 Updated 10:24 p.m.
Lawrence residents had an opportunity Wednesday night to offer their thoughts on neighborhood traffic along Bob Billings Parkway, Kasold Drive and Kansas Highway 10. By Conrad Swanson
Kansas City Chiefs president talks leadership, values at KU
09:23 p.m., April 15, 2015 Updated 10:24 p.m.
Mark Donovan, president of the Kansas City Chiefs, told community members and Kansas University School of Business students Wednesday night to be humble, aware leaders at the 46th annual J.A. Vickers Sr. and Robert F. Vickers Memorial Lecture series.
A whirlwind year: Hard-working folk rocker Spencer Mackenzie Brown quickly winning over fans
April 15, 2015
Playing Middle of the Map Fest is something Spencer Mackenzie Brown never thought he’d do. But the Lawrence indie folk rocker will be hitting the Riot Room stage on April 25 as part of the massive music festival, and it’s all because he just had one heck of a year.
Artists Louis Copt, Mike McCaffrey to give talks at Cider Gallery
April 15, 2015
The Cider Gallery, 810 Pennsylvania St., will host artist talks from Louis Copt and Mike McCaffrey from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday.
EMU Theatre to perform Shel Silverstein short plays
April 15, 2015
EMU Theatre of Lawrence will perform a compilation of short plays by famed poet Shel Silverstein at the Lawrence Percolator this Sunday and Monday.
Free State, LHS students come together for ‘good, clean’ ping-pong madness
05:19 p.m., April 15, 2015 Updated 10:26 p.m.
Halfway through April, March Madness is still in full swing for Lawrence High School and Free State High School students watching and competing in a homegrown ping-pong tournament. By Caitlin Doornbos
Tompkins retiring from Board of Regents, successor announced
03:50 p.m., April 15, 2015 Updated 10:26 p.m.
Kansas Board of Regents President and CEO Andy Tompkins publicly announced his retirement Wednesday, after five years leading the board and more than 45 working in public education. Tompkins’ successor will be a man who already has been working closely with Tompkins, Regents vice president for workforce development, Blake Flanders. By Sara Shepherd
Lawrence hires KCMO arts leader to serve as director of arts and culture
02:48 p.m., April 15, 2015 Updated 10:26 p.m.
The leader of the public art program in Kansas City, Mo., is set to become Lawrence’s next director of arts and culture. Lawrence City Hall officials announced Wednesday that Porter Arneill will begin serving as Lawrence’s new director of arts and culture in early May. By Chad Lawhorn