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Preliminary hearing for man shot by police pushed out again because of uncooperative witnesses
12:00 p.m., February 24, 2015 Updated 10:10 p.m.
The preliminary hearing and arraignment of a Lawrence man charged with various offenses in three separate cases — aggravated assault of an officer, aggravated battery and DUI, eluding police, criminal threat, interference with law enforcement duties and battery of a law enforcement officer — was delayed once again after prosecutors said they have been unable to subpoena three witnesses needed to testify.
Irving Hill overpass to be painted ‘KU blue’ as part of improvement project
11:51 a.m., February 24, 2015 Updated 10:27 p.m.
By summer’s end, the Irving Hill Road bridge over Iowa Street will be bright blue with “Rock Chalk Jayhawk” on one side and “The University of Kansas” on the other. That’s according to a plan announced Tuesday by KU. By Sara Shepherd
Successful Aging mental health program helps clients deal with losses of all kinds
12:00 a.m., February 24, 2015 Updated 10:07 p.m.
It is never too late to get help. Which is why the Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center offers a program geared specifically toward older adults. “I have worked with people in their 90s,” said Ruth Shadel, the Bert Nash therapist who started the Center’s Successful Aging Program in 2004. In fact, older people, knowing the clock is ticking, can tend to be more open about seeking help.
Seniors call for action as White House starts aging forums
February 24, 2015
Amid a profound shift in America’s demographics, advocates for seniors pressed Thursday for changes on long-term care, retirement security and elder abuse as the White House launched a series of forums on aging.
Limitless fitness: Exercise options for seniors aim to get, keep older people moving
February 24, 2015
Seniors in Lawrence have several options for fitness classes and workouts in town, from the Parks and Recreation Lifelong Recreation programming to the classes and training offered at membership gyms. Either way, all classes are available to try out and see if it’s your cup of tea.
Healthy aging: What does it take?
February 24, 2015
Much has changed to improve the odds you’ll become a centenarian, but what does it take to reach that milestone? There are many research studies that suggest a person who follows healthy habits can expect a lifespan of 86 years or more. Life insurance companies have a pretty good handle on the factors that determine whether a person dies young or old. Some of the most important factors they track are weight or body mass index, drinking, smoking, driving record and stress management.
Idea of increasing City Commission size discussed at candidate forum
08:49 p.m., February 23, 2015 Updated 10:24 p.m.
The idea of expanding the number of Lawrence city commissioners in future years seems to be gaining momentum, based on comments made by candidates at a Monday evening campaign forum. By Chad Lawhorn
KU project explores black writers with Kansas ties
07:22 p.m., February 23, 2015 Updated 10:20 p.m.
In observance of Black History Month, Kansas University Libraries in conjunction with KU’s Project on the History of Black Writing will host a program that explores black writers with roots in the Sunflower State.
Lawrence chapter of NAACP to host membership drive through month’s end
05:44 p.m., February 23, 2015 Updated 10:20 p.m.
Lawrence’s chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is hosting a membership drive through the end of February to try and double its membership, chapter president Ursula Minor said.
Man accused of stabbing woman in downtown Lawrence faces felony charge
05:41 p.m., February 23, 2015 Updated 10:18 p.m.
A transient man faces a felony charge after he was accused of stabbing a woman in downtown Lawrence on Saturday.
Man in custody after police chase that reached 80 mph in central Lawrence
03:55 p.m., February 23, 2015 Updated 10:22 p.m.
An armed carjacking suspect led Lawrence police on a chase that reached speeds up to 80 mph in the middle of town this afternoon. Police took the suspect into custody after about 10 minutes, when his vehicle came to a stop on Kasold Drive near Bob Billings Parkway.
Salvation Army visitor uncooperative after stabbing, police say
February 23, 2015
Lawrence police say the stabbing victim from a fight at the Salvation Army was uncooperative when he was detained in the downtown parking garage near Ninth and New Hampshire streets on Friday.
Kansas amputee support group members deal with phantom pain
February 22, 2015
Sometimes it feels like a knife is slicing through Pamela Jenkins’ right foot. But, she doesn’t have a right foot. Phantom pain is very real to the group of amputees who were attending the regular meeting of the Kansas Amputee Support System.
Fix-It Chick: Dormant season lawn seeding
February 22, 2015
With winter nearly over and spring just around the corner, the urge to plant grass seed is hard to resist.
Business Briefcase for Feb. 23
February 22, 2015
Sunflower Bank will present Yellow Ribbon Fund with a $50,000 check on Thursday to support injured service members and their families.
Push on to make catfish a Kansas state symbol
February 22, 2015
Some supporters of the lowly channel catfish are renewing efforts to make the species become a state symbol, despite past failed attempts.
Kansas lawmakers seek to boost campaign contribution limits
February 22, 2015
After an election cycle in which the amount of money spent by outside groups dwarfed the amount spent by the candidates’ campaigns, themselves, Kansas lawmakers from both parties are pressing to increase campaign contribution limits in an effort to keep up.
City Commission candidate profile: Gary Williams
February 22, 2015
Gary Williams understands the importance of making a connection. Williams, one of 14 candidates for the Lawrence City Commission, is an owner of Lawrence-based Flo’s Laundry & Janitorial Service, but for years he basically was in the connection business. He and his wife, Teresa, were foster parents who cared for more than 50 children during about an eight-year time period.
City Commission candidate profile: Stan Rasmussen
February 22, 2015
Stan Rasmussen definitely knows how to look back in time. Rasmussen, one of 14 candidates seeking a seat on the Lawrence City Commission, is an amateur paleontologist. His most impressive find was the skull of a saber tooth tiger in Wyoming, a find that he later donated to Kansas University. But looking back in time is just a hobby. What he does for a living — as a land use and environmental attorney for the U.S. Army — is look to the future. That’s what he also wants to do as a city commissioner.
Handmade chairs sought for upcoming art exhibit
February 22, 2015
Design and build studio Struct/restruct is seeking handmade chairs made by local artists and craftspeople to display in an upcoming art show at Decade coffee shop, 920 Delaware St.
City Commission candidate profile: Greg Robinson
February 22, 2015
Even before Greg Robinson became an attorney, he had a natural inclination to ask the big question. Like, why is this 42-ton bronze head of Vladimir Lenin still here? By Chad Lawhorn
City Commission candidate profile: Mike Anderson
February 22, 2015
If elected to the Lawrence City Commission, Mike Anderson promises that City Commission meetings won’t become a monologue for his cable television talk show, the “Not So Late Show.” By Chad Lawhorn
City Commission candidate profile: Stuart Boley
February 22, 2015
Here was Stuart Boley in 1977 — freshly armed with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and modern European studies — with two job offers in Houston. One was with the Houston library, and the other was as a tax auditor with the Internal Revenue Service. Logic made it clear which one he had to take: the IRS job. By Chad Lawhorn
City Commission candidate profile: Rob Sands
February 22, 2015
At 20 years old, Rob Sands had a few things on his mind that may have been a bit different than his typical peer. Sands had just become a first lieutenant in the Kansas National Guard, and he was in charge of a tank platoon — four tanks valued at millions of dollars and, more importantly, all of the soldiers who go with them. All of this was 13 years ago, right in the aftermath of 9/11 and America’s entry into a new type of war. By Chad Lawhorn
School board questionnaire: Mary Loveland
February 22, 2015
Mary Loveland, 66, is a homemaker who served on the board from 1987 to 2003 and again from 2007 to 2011. She has worked as an organizer for youth sports leagues and served on boards for the Kansas University Alumni Association and the Kansas Memorial Union. She has been a resident of Lawrence for 38 years.
School board questionnaire: Norine Spears
February 22, 2015
The Journal-World sent a seven-question survey to each school board candidate running for the lone two-year term. Four people filed for that seat. The March 3 primary election will whittle the field of candidates down to two for the April 7 general election.
School board questionnaire: Kelly Spurgeon
February 22, 2015
The Journal-World sent a seven-question survey to each school board candidate running for the lone two-year term. Four people filed for that seat. The March 3 primary election will whittle the field of candidates down to two for the April 7 general election.
School board questionnaire: Marcel Harmon
February 22, 2015
The Journal-World sent a seven-question survey to each school board candidate running for the lone two-year term. Four people filed for that seat. The March 3 primary election will whittle the field of candidates down to two for the April 7 general election.
City Commission candidate profile: Bob Schumm
February 22, 2015
Lawrence City Commissioner Bob Schumm has become the political face of Rock Chalk Park. By Chad Lawhorn
City Commission candidate questionnaire: Stan Rasmussen
February 22, 2015
Candidate Stan Rasmussen answers a set of 16 questions about issues in the 2015 Lawrence City Commission race.