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Victim describes being shot multiple times in Perry Park confrontation; suspect facing trial
March 12, 2014
Anthony Wisdom showed up at L.R. “Dad” Perry Park hoping face-to-face conversation would be enough to quell a beef, he told the court Wednesday. In case things escalated, he took off his glasses and started stretching. That did not prepare him for what happened when a man he identified as JD Turner arrived. By Sara Shepherd
Hallmark’s revenues fell by 2 percent in 2013
March 12, 2014
Revenue at Hallmark Cards, one of Lawrence’s larger employers, was down by about 2 percent in 2013, according to results released Wednesday. By Chad Lawhorn
KU unveils 10-year master plan for Lawrence campus
03:16 p.m., March 12, 2014 Updated 05:48 p.m.
Kansas University officials Wednesday unveiled a 10-year plan that would expand academic and research programs and “knit the Lawrence campus into one,” Provost Jeff Vitter said Wednesday. By Scott Rothschild
Lawrence Public Library to close for a week in late April
March 12, 2014
The Lawrence Public Library will close for a week in late April to implement a new bar code technology onto its items.
Kansas University journalism class creates Statehouse wire service
March 12, 2014
A Kansas University journalism class has created its own wire service reporting from the State Capitol in Topeka. The KU Statehouse Wire Service allows journalism students to produce articles on Kansas government to be published in professional newspapers across the state.
Longtime resident laments plans to build five-story apartment building along three sides of her home
March 12, 2014
Ninety-one-year-old Georgia Bell already knows a lot about living with college students, but soon it may go to a whole new level — or more accurately, five levels. By Chad Lawhorn
Commissioners agree that downtown mural can’t stay in current location
March 11, 2014
Hopes of area artists to preserve a downtown mural were dealt a major blow Tuesday as city commissioners said they see no feasible way to avoid demolishing the wall that houses the art work. By Chad Lawhorn
As city increases efforts to attract basketball visitors, Lawrence hasn’t hosted state championships since 1987
March 11, 2014
There’s no question Lawrence is making its bid to become the basketball capital of Kansas and beyond, Lawrence hasn’t hosted a state high school basketball championship since 1987. By Chad Lawhorn
Baker University announces promotions, tenure, retirements
March 11, 2014
Baker University faculty were honored at a banquet last month in Overland Park. The event celebrated promotions and tenure grants that had been approved earlier that day by the university’s Board of Trustees.
Headaches are a pain, but treating them can be too, says new LMH doctor
March 11, 2014
People have been getting headaches for thousands of years. In ancient times, people went as far as to drill holes in their skulls to relieve the pressure. And while we don’t yet have a cure for headaches in 2014, we do have better options for treating them. By Giles Bruce
Scruffy’ Lawrence rescue dog represents state in national project
March 10, 2014
Really scruffy looking. Pretty adorable. A little emotional baggage. Age unknown. Likes to hang out in the laundry basket. That’s Lawrence resident Jenna Lyons’ dog, Tilly, representing Kansas in a Purina-sponsored documentary project called “Why We Rescue.” By Sara Shepherd
Ninth Street corridor proposal is finalist for national arts grant
March 10, 2014
The Lawrence Arts Center is, for the second year, a finalist for a major national grant that would fund a so-called creative placemaking project in Lawrence. The Arts Center announced Monday that its $500,000 proposal — “Free State Connection: The 9th Street Corridor Project” — was among 97 finalists for this year’s ArtPlace America grants. By Sara Shepherd
Business briefcase March 10
March 10, 2014
Grant Ryan has been hired by Sunflower Bank as a senior vice president and commercial relationship manager, the bank announced.
Exhibitions celebrate anniversaries of civil rights milestones
March 9, 2014
Mulvane Art Museum at Washburn University has opened three new exhibitions in honor of the 60th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision and the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
Lawhorn’s Lawrence: The changing tune of a retailer
March 8, 2014
After more than 50 years in the Lawrence music business, John Kiefer’s memories are full of sweet sounds — and one ugly one that spurred a career. By Chad Lawhorn
Foul play not suspected after body found near Kansas River
10:47 a.m., March 8, 2014 Updated 02:28 p.m.
Lawrence police do not suspect foul play in the death of a 44-year-old Lawrence man whose body was found near the Kansas River Saturday morning.
KU athletics pulls support for popular downtown shot put event
March 7, 2014
Kansas Athletics is pulling its financial support for a popular downtown shot put event that has attracted world-ranked professional athletes as part of the Kansas Relays. An athletics department spokesman said the decision not to spend the $50,000 to $60,000 was made for budgetary reasons. “It is a significant amount of money,” said Jim Marchiony, a spokesman for the athletics department. “It speaks to fiscal responsibility.” By Chad Lawhorn
Police investigate whether impairment caused K-10 injury collision Thursday
March 7, 2014
Lawrence police are investigating whether a Kansas City, Kan., man was impaired when he caused a two-car injury accident on Kansas Highway 10 on Thursday.
Free State student to spend spring break in Antarctica
March 6, 2014
Lawrence Free State High School senior Alex Houston is leaving Friday for a two-week expedition to Antarctica. The trip is in advance of the Boy Scouts of America’s “Sustainability Summit,” to be held this fall in West Virginia. He will be part of an expedition led by Sir Robert Swan, a polar explorer and founder of “2041,” a group dedicated to the preservation of the Antarctic wilderness. By Peter Hancock
Mrs. Mass.: Bird Dog all bark and good bites
March 6, 2014
Lawrence has no shortage of fantastic restaurants downtown (we all know that). But if you travel up the hill to Kansas University’s campus, you probably know the options to dine out aren’t as bountiful. Luckily, located at the north entrance of main campus is Bird Dog Bar, which features an upscale, American sportsman theme and tasty meals. By Jessica Pauly
City hears plea to save downtown mural from planned apartment project
March 4, 2014
Pictured: Artist David Loewenstein stands in front of his mural when it debuted Sept. 2007. Commissioners directed a development group led by Lawrence businessmen Doug Compton and Mike Treanor to have discussions with interested members of the arts community about how a 2007 mural by noted Lawrence artist Dave Loewenstein can be saved near the northeast corner of Ninth and New Hampshire streets. By Chad Lawhorn
Carnival at LMH Saturday to teach kids about nutrition, fitness
March 4, 2014
Lawrence Memorial Hospital is hosting a nutrition carnival Saturday morning for children and accompanying adults.
Kelly Hart of South Middle School named Lawrence Secondary Teacher of the Year
March 4, 2014
Kelly Hart, an English language arts teacher at South Middle School, was named the Lawrence school district’s 2013-2014 Secondary Teacher of the Year. Staff reports
As Kansas weighs restrictions on sex ed, sexuality experts say it’s already inadequate
March 4, 2014
As the Kansas Legislature discusses restricting how sex education can be taught across the state, some sexuality experts say the programs are already inadequate in preparing students for adulthood. By Giles Bruce
LMH named one of nation’s top 100 hospitals for second consecutive year
March 3, 2014
For the second year in a row, Lawrence Memorial Hospital has been named one of the top 100 hospitals in the country by a leading health care information company. By Giles Bruce
Frigid temperatures delay school buses, leaving some students in the cold
March 3, 2014
Sub-zero temperatures Monday morning caused problems for school buses, leaving scores of students standing in the cold. By Peter Hancock
Seven-story apartment building in downtown Lawrence nears final vote
March 3, 2014
Work on a five-story Marriott hotel under construction on the southeast corner is expected to move into a higher gear in the next month. And leaders of the same development group are asking city commissioners to restart the approval process for a seven-story apartment building at the northeast corner of the same intersection. By Chad Lawhorn
Business briefcase
March 3, 2014
Four people from Lawrence are among the 40 selected for the 2014 class of Leadership Kansas, a program administered and supported by the Kansas Chamber of Commerce to educate and motivate leaders from around the state.
Compromise on Lawrence rental licensing, inspection program unveiled
March 3, 2014
A revised proposal to license apartments in Lawrence gives new concessions to landlords, but it may be the compromise needed to win the necessary city commission votes. Mayor Mike Dever, who voted against the previous rental licensing proposal, said he feels much better about a compromise version crafted by Commissioner Jeremy Farmer. By Chad Lawhorn
Farm workshop series on tap for April start in Douglas County
March 3, 2014
A farm just north of Lawrence will be the site of the kickoff of a four-part workshop series planned by the Kansas Rural Center that will focus on building and using plastic-covered tunnels to enhance crop production and extend growing seasons.