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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.
Abortion foes expected to converge on Kansas Statehouse
10:27 a.m., January 22, 2015 Updated 10:16 p.m.
Hundreds of abortion opponents are expected to converge at the Kansas Statehouse for a rally marking the 42nd anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion across the nation.
Monkey business: Theater company to perform unusual play at Lied Center
January 22, 2015
“Kiss the Fish,” the latest production from New Zealand’s Indian Ink Theatre Company, tells the tale of a young monkey named Sidu who dreams of escaping his home on a small South Asian island to become the next Freddie Mercury.
President Obama arrives in Lawrence for speech at KU on Thursday
January 21, 2015
President Barack Obama arrived in Lawrence on Wednesday night in advance of a speech he will deliver on the Kansas University campus Thursday.
Spike in flu cases prompts LMH to require masks when visiting patients
January 21, 2015
A sudden spike in influenza cases is forcing Lawrence Memorial Hospital to require that anyone visiting patient areas wear a mask and to discourage children from visiting patients in the hospital altogether.
Lawrence police continue search for alleged Walgreens robber
05:48 p.m., January 21, 2015 Updated 10:17 p.m.
Lawrence Police continued to search Wednesday for a man who allegedly robbed the Lawrence Walgreens at 34221 W. Sixth St. near Kasold Drive, Lawrence Police Department spokesman Sgt. Trent McKinley said.
Select KU, Haskell students get word they’ll have preferred seating at Obama event
04:06 p.m., January 21, 2015 Updated 10:27 p.m.
Securing a ticket just to be in the same — giant — room with President Barack Obama had thousands of Kansas University students giddy on Tuesday. Imagine the excitement of a select number getting a special spot. “I couldn’t even breathe,” junior Ramiro Sarmiento said of receiving a message he was selected to stand in a group behind Obama when he delivers remarks at KU. “I can’t wait. I saw the State of the Union yesterday and got really excited … for everything that’s to come in the future.”
Riordan files for second term on Lawrence City Commission
05:34 p.m., January 20, 2015 Updated 10:24 p.m.
Lawrence City Commissioner Terry Riordan will seek a second term on the commission, and he plans to make sure voters know that he’s heard their concerns about Rock Chalk Park.By Chad Lawhorn
Man convicted in beer-bottle death free from prison pending appeal
05:33 p.m., January 20, 2015 Updated 10:20 p.m.
A 23-year-old Mission man sentenced in August to 32 months in prison after a Douglas County jury convicted him in June of involuntary manslaughter in the 2012 death of Nicholas Sardina is free on a $50,000 appeal bond.
Eudora man, 39, charged with indecent liberties with child
05:01 p.m., January 20, 2015 Updated 10:22 p.m.
A 39-year-old Eudora man was charged Tuesday with one count of aggravated indecent liberties with a child.
Thousands in Lawrence brave lines for ‘golden ticket’ to Obama’s speech
11:28 a.m., January 20, 2015 Updated 10:25 p.m.
For admission to what several described as a once-in-a-lifetime experience, thousands of Kansas University students got up early and stood in line a long time. “He’s the president,” said law student Brian Vanorsby, who arrived at 4 a.m. and was second in line. “I can say I was in the same room as him — a big room, but the same nonetheless.” Free-but-limited tickets to President Barack Obama’s speech at KU, set for Thursday morning at Anschutz Sports Pavilion, were made available starting at 9 a.m. Tuesday. By Sara Shepherd
Community events honor legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.
08:22 p.m., January 19, 2015 Updated 11:00 p.m.
Carmaletta Williams was too young to walk with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during a march, but now the “too-old-to-announce” grandmother seizes every opportunity to participate in socially conscious events like Kansas University’s candlelight vigil in honor of the civil rights icon. By Conrad Swanson
Earthquakes strike in southern Kansas again
05:07 p.m., January 19, 2015 Updated 11:01 p.m.
South-central Kansas and northern Oklahoma on Sunday and Monday experienced the second batch of manmade earthquakes in four days with magnitudes reaching as high as 3.9 and 4.1.
TEDxLawrence seeking speakers for March event
January 18, 2015
Innovative. Collaborative. Dynamic. Those words describe the ideas organizers hope to showcase at an upcoming TEDxLawrence conference, the city’s first, slated for March 23 at Liberty Hall. By Joanna Hlavacek
Coyotes reported within Lawrence, likely due to a cold winter
January 18, 2015
The recent cold and lean months are responsible for an increased coyote presence within Lawrence city limits, local ecology officials say. However, Lawrencians need not be afraid of the more active canines.
Well-known Lawrence recording engineer is running public library’s studio
January 18, 2015
The Lawrence Public Library is bringing in some fresh blood and making a bit more noise than they have in the past.
Lawhorn’s Lawrence: Looking at Lecompton again
10:42 p.m., January 17, 2015 Updated 10:45 p.m.
These days, the eyes of a nation are no longer on Lecompton, Douglas County’s tiniest town of about 600 people. But that’s OK because there are plenty of eyes in Aunt Netters these days, scanning the chalkboard to see if a good breakfast skillet is the diner’s daily special or whether some other down-home creation is coming out of the kitchen. By Chad Lawhorn
Lawrence Public Library’s skating rink to change hours
January 16, 2015
The Lawrence Public Library’s Plaza Skate Rink is changing its hours of operation.
Jefferson’s owner: Building too damaged for fire investigators to enter
05:31 p.m., January 16, 2015 Updated 10:40 p.m.
One day after a fire produced thick clouds of smoke covering downtown, Jefferson’s restaurant remained taped off while the rest of the 700 block of Massachusetts Street had mostly returned to normal. By Elliot Hughes
Sunflower Bank scraps planned merger with Colorado firm
04:51 p.m., January 16, 2015 Updated 10:14 p.m.
Salina-based Sunflower Financial announced Friday that it no longer was pursuing its previously announced merger with Colorado-based First Western Financial. Sunflower Bank operates a branch in Lawrence.
Lawrence City Commission agenda for Jan. 20 meeting
04:49 p.m., January 16, 2015 Updated 10:17 p.m.
5:45 p.m. Tuesday, Lawrence City Hall
Lawrence Workforce Center to relocate to new tech campus near 31st and Haskell streets
04:10 p.m., January 16, 2015 Updated 10:40 p.m.
Leaders with the Dwayne Peaslee Technical Training Center announced Friday that the Lawrence Workforce Center has signed a deal to move from its South Iowa Street location and into space at the technical training center.By Chad Lawhorn
Lawrence tops Kansas City, nation in key retail property rate
January 15, 2015
A retail rebound in Lawrence is well underway, according to an annual study that shows the vacancy rate among stores and shops in Lawrence has fallen well below the national average.
City commissioners get earful on why police headquarters plan failed
09:12 p.m., January 14, 2015 Updated 10:15 p.m.
At the first of two scheduled “listening sessions,” Lawrence city commissioners on Wednesday heard nearly 90 minutes worth of reasons why people rejected the proposed sales tax that would have paid for the headquarters. By Chad Lawhorn
Lawrence commission reverses Rock Chalk Park stance after serious accounting questions emerge
09:52 p.m., January 13, 2015 Updated 10:08 p.m.
The Lawrence City Commission reversed itself Tuesday and unanimously agreed to withhold a final $1 million payment for the Rock Chalk Park project after new questions emerged regarding receipts and other documents related to the public-private partnership. Instead, commissioners said the payment should be withheld until a “comprehensive audit” is conducted on the project. By Chad Lawhorn