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KU physicists working on part for relaunch of world’s largest particle collider
March 23, 2015
Kansas University physicists are racing the clock to complete their part of the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator, on the cusp of restarting collisions again after a two-year hiatus for upgrades. And KU’s research involves a very large part: a machine weighing more than 14,000 metric tons, which is one of four particle detectors located around the 27-kilometer particle accelerator. By Sara Shepherd
Federal official criticizes Brownback stance on food stamps
08:40 a.m., March 23, 2015 Updated 04:51 p.m.
A federal official criticized Republican Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback’s stance for reforming the federal food stamps program while attending a news conference with the governor on Monday.
Westar Energy will return $38 million to customers
08:25 a.m., March 23, 2015 Updated 10:35 p.m.
Westar Energy will be sending rebates to customers after collecting $38 million too much last year.
Today in Lawrence: Go to a city or county meeting and let your voice be heard!
March 23, 2015
After the morning’s possible showers, prepare for a night full of civic meetings and an Audubon Society presentation on energy and the wilderness.
Local Realtor serving on national disaster relief board
March 22, 2015
Like many Kansans, Mike McGrew will keep an eye on the weather as the storm season kicks into high gear this spring and summer. But McGrew’s view may be a bit wider than most. He’s serving on a national disaster relief board that gives out millions of dollars in aid to victims of natural disasters throughout the U.S. By Chad Lawhorn
Douglas County delegation to travel to San Antonio to look at ways to reduce jail time for mentally ill
March 22, 2015
A delegation of Douglas County leaders will travel to San Antonio next month to examine how that community has changed its law enforcement and judicial systems to cut down on the number of mentally ill defendants that end up in jail. By Chad Lawhorn
Fix-It Chick: Remove a whole house trap
March 22, 2015
Whole house traps were installed in most homes built before the 1940s. Originally installed to keep dangerous sewer gases (and rats) from entering the home, these u-shaped cast-iron antiquities are now virtually obsolete.
United Way: Passion to help kids succeed spurs volunteers to collect books for BrainFood program
March 22, 2015
Jasmy Mavilla was having dinner with Michelle Obama at the White House last summer when the first lady issued a challenge that got this Lawrence third-grader revved up about community service. “She asked us, how would we pay the opportunity forward?” recounted Mavilla, who scored the life-changing invite to the Kids’ State Dinner as Kansas’ winner of the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge, Obama’s nationwide recipe contest aimed at promoting healthy eating for children.
Business briefcase for March 23
March 22, 2015
Earl May Nursery & Garden Center and Lawrence’s food bank, Just Food, will collect canned and boxed goods Sunday through March 31. Donations will be accepted between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 11 a.m. through 5 p.m. on Sundays. Donations will be delivered to Just Food on April 1. Earl May Nursery & Garden Center will also donate 20 percent of their March 28 sales to the food bank.
Kansas Legislature mulls slashing green energy incentives
March 22, 2015
Renewable energy groups say two proposals in the Kansas Legislature would threaten the young industry’s existence by shortening a lifetime property tax exemption for wind and solar farms and imposing a 4.33 percent excise tax on ethanol fuel and renewable electricity.
GaDuGi Safe Center, Douglas County District Attorney’s office to receive grant money
March 22, 2015
Lawrence’s GaDuGi SafeCenter and the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office will receive federal grants to address sexual and domestic violence.
Analysis: Kansas GOP lawmakers set up debate on higher taxes
March 22, 2015
Republicans who control the Kansas Legislature are boxing themselves into considering tax increases by drafting proposed budgets in both chambers that don’t balance without them.
School board candidate profile: Shannon Kimball
March 22, 2015
Kimball, 41, is seeking her second term on the Lawrence school board after winning a seat in 2011 and spending this school year as the board’s president.
School board candidate profile: Jessica Beeson
March 22, 2015
Jessica Beeson, the director of alumni and community engagement for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Kansas University, is one of seven people hoping to be elected to the Lawrence school board April 7.
School board candidate profile: Ronald Gordon-Ross
March 22, 2015
Right up on there on Ronald Gordon-Ross’ bucket list, along with visiting Venice and flying in a jet fighter, is serving on a local school board. Gordon-Ross, 40, is one of seven people hoping to be elected to one of the four four-year terms on the Lawrence school board on April 7.
School board candidate profile: Lindsey Frye
March 22, 2015
Lindsey Frye, a denied medical claims collector for Apria Healthcare, one of seven people running for a four-year term on the Lawrence school board April 7.
School board candidate profile: Bob Byers
March 22, 2015
Bob Byers, an employee in the state social work department for about 30 years, is one of seven people running for a four-year term for the Lawrence school board April 7.
School board candidate profile: Jill Fincher
March 22, 2015
Jill Fincher, a member of the Lawrence Schools Foundation, is one of seven candidates running for four four-year terms on the Lawrence school board on April 7.
School board candidate profile: Rick Ingram
March 22, 2015
In 2011 Rick Ingram was elected to the Lawrence school board for the first time, and now he’s running again, along with six others, for four spots, each worth a four-year term.
KU to host writer-performer Heather Harpham this week
March 22, 2015
The Commons, in partnership with the Kansas University theatre department, will host writer and performer Heather Harpham as artist-in-residence this week.
Kansas City Connection: City Market a hub for delicious ethnic food
March 21, 2015
When people ask me what neighborhoods they should check out in Kansas City, I try to find out what their goals are. If their objective is to eat a lot of different kinds of ethnic food at fairly inexpensive prices, I direct them to the City Market.
Bernadette Peters bringing many talents, love of animals to Lied Center concert
March 21, 2015
It’s just past lunchtime at Bernadette Peters’ New York City home, and the legendary actress and singer has her hands full with a pair of rowdy dogs.
Lawrence City Commission candidates speak on tax incentives, eco devo issues
March 21, 2015
Economic development debates can leave calculators smoking at Lawrence City Hall. They’re also creating heat on the campaign trail. How the commission has used tax breaks and other financial incentives to attract jobs and development has become an issue among the six candidates seeking three at-large commission seats in the April 7 election. Here’s a look at what City Commission candidates are saying about tax incentives and other economic development matters.
Radical political literature collection, cited as one of nation’s best, marks 50 years at KU
March 21, 2015
I’d rather be killing communists in Central America Bring America back to God! Fluoridation … Is it morally right? People of America have some extreme political beliefs. One of the country’s best collections of material reflecting those beliefs is celebrating its 50th anniversary at Kansas University. The Wilcox Collection of Contemporary Political Movements at the Spencer Research Library has more than 100,000 items, from bumper stickers and posters emblazoned with the messages above, to books about extremist movements. By Sara Shepherd
When Louis Armstrong played KU
KPR to air unbroadcast recording of 1957 ‘Satchmo’ gig
March 21, 2015
Wilt Chamberlain and the Kansas University men’s basketball team may have lost the national championship in heartbreaking fashion on March 23, 1957, but the team and KU fans were still treated to a night they’ll never forget thanks to a legendary jazz musician.
Ninth Street Corridor project’s Citizen Advisory Committee meeting will meet Monday
March 21, 2015
The Ninth Street Corridor Citizen Advisory Committee will meet for the first time Monday evening to discuss the planned revitalization project.
Garden Variety: The benefits of gardening using fabric containers
March 20, 2015
Fabric planting containers may seem like just the latest trend in the garden center, but they truly offer gardeners a better option for container gardening than the traditional plastic, clay and other pots out there.
Lawrence City Commission agenda for March 24 meeting
March 20, 2015
5:45 p.m. Tuesday, Lawrence City Hall
Feds charge two Lawrence women with illegal meth activity
March 20, 2015
Two Lawrence women have been charged with illegal methamphetamine activity, federal authorities said Friday.
Jury finds McLinn guilty of first-degree murder
09:15 a.m., March 20, 2015 Updated 05:01 p.m.
Jurors found Sarah Gonzales McLinn guilty of first-degree murder in the January 2014 killing of Harold “Hal” Sasko, Friday in Douglas County court. The jury deliberated for nearly five hours before determining that McLinn, 20, of Lawrence, was able to form intent when she used a long, black knife to slice the neck of Sasko, 52, of Lawrence, on Jan. 14, 2014. By Caitlin Doornbos