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McLinn rejects plea offer; jury trial to begin March 16
February 27, 2015
Sarah Gonzalez McLinn, charged with first-degree murder in the death of her roommate last year, rejected two versions of a plea deal this week, saying she’d rather try her case before a jury. The case is set for trial in two weeks.
Lawrence could get half a foot of snow this weekend, National Weather Service says
February 27, 2015
A winter storm starting Saturday morning could bring up to 6 inches of snow to Lawrence and Douglas County by Sunday evening, according to the National Weather Service in Topeka. NWS has issued a winter weather advisory for the region beginning at 7 a.m. Saturday through noon Sunday.
Homicide defendant rejects plea offer, will stand trial March 9
February 27, 2015
Charged with first-degree murder during the commission of an aggravated burglary, Archie Lamont Robinson, 30, of Lawrence, will face his jury March 9, after rejecting Assistant Douglas County District Attorney Amy McGowan’s plea deal Friday.
Brief Friday morning police chase results in arrest
February 27, 2015
Lawrence police and the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department assisted Kansas University Public Safety officers Friday morning with a brief car chase that began on KU’s west campus.
Lawrence attorney disciplined for misconduct
February 27, 2015
A Lawrence attorney was placed on three years of disciplinary probation Friday for making derogatory comments to a prosecutor during a DUI trial in 2013, then making false statements during his disciplinary proceeding. By Peter Hancock
New report on Kansas taxes to figure into debate on budget
February 27, 2015
Kansas legislators hope the state is collecting as much in taxes this month as expected or a little more, though they acknowledge a month of stable revenues won’t make closing a projected budget shortfall much easier.
100 years ago: Keeping horses in reserve, fire department transitions to all-motor
February 27, 2015
“It has long been realized that many of the runs in Lawrence are too long to be made with the horses….”
Opinion: New governor seeks change in Illinois
February 27, 2015
The most portentous election of 2014, which gave the worst-governed state its first Republican governor in 12 years, has initiated this century’s most intriguing political experiment. Illinois has favored Democratic presidential candidates by an average of 16 points in the last six elections. But by electing businessman Bruce Rauner, it initiated a process that might dismantle a form of governance that afflicts many states and municipalities.
Editorial: Funding option
The formation of a public building commission is a new twist for Douglas County that local voters should make sure they understand.
February 27, 2015
In the name of keeping their financial options open for a couple of looming construction projects, the Douglas County Commission has agreed to establish a public building commission.
Your Turn: Texas judge endorses merit selection
February 27, 2015
Some members of the legislative and executive branches of Kansas government have publicly expressed their admiration for many “things Texan.” For example, they acclaim Gov. Rick Perry’s conservative leadership and praise Texas’ lack of a state income tax. Their high regard for our southerly neighbor may explain why our legislature is considering whether Kansas should switch to Texas’ system for selecting Supreme Court justices. Texas procures justices through statewide elections.
Today in Lawrence: Final Friday, I Heart Local Music and weekend snow
February 27, 2015
Another day in the teens and 20s: Yep, we’re headed for a cold weekend, but don’t let that keep you indoors. Bundle up and head out tonight for Final Friday, where the evening temperature will be around 18 degrees with lots of biting wind. Things will warm up slightly Saturday and Sunday, just in time for snow. Look for a dusting Saturday followed by 1 to 3 inches through Sunday night, according to the National Weather Service in Topeka.
How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Feb. 26, 2015
February 27, 2015
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015.
Coach, players building a winner at Haskell
February 27, 2015
Shane Flanagan moved from New Mexico, where he had been a women’s basketball assistant coach at Div. I New Mexico, to take on the challenge of heading up the Haskell Indian Nations University program.