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Natasha Trethewey, former U.S. Poet Laureate, to visit KU
March 1, 2015
Former U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey will speak and read from selected works at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Woodruff Auditorium in the Kansas Union. The event, titled “Poetry and History: An Evening with U.S. Poet Laureate (2012-2014) Natasha Trethewey,” is free and open to the public.
Racial divide: Theatre Lawrence, KU Theatre collaboration examines race, property
March 1, 2015
If talking about race makes you uncomfortable, it may be time to ask yourself why. That’s the idea behind Theatre Lawrence’s current production, “Clybourne Park,” which opened Friday and is being staged in conjunction with KU Theatre’s “A Raisin in the Sun.”
Behind the Lens: How to survive a court-storming
March 1, 2015
If my calculations are correct, Kansas University men’s basketball opponents are more or less good for about three to four court-stormings a season. I’ve learned a few things about how to protect myself and how to convey the gravity of the moment without getting trampled.
100 years ago: Window-peeper arrested; new fire truck tested on hills; choral society organized
March 1, 2015
“Today is regular fire drill day and the fire men are kept busy in placing the new apparatus….”
Editorial: Questions remain
There aren’t many big surprises in the Rock Chalk Park audit, but there are a number of disappointing conclusions.
March 1, 2015
The audit released Thursday reveals some of the major flaws in the Rock Chalk Park process and accounting, but it leaves many questions unanswered.
Opinion: Economist’s analysis flawed
March 1, 2015
French economist Thomas Piketty recently accomplished something practitioners of the “dismal science” can only dream of: He became a celebrity. His tome, “Capital in the Twenty-first Century” was hailed as “a watershed in economic thinking,” “a sweeping account of rising inequality,” and a book that could “change the way we think about the past two centuries of economic thought.” The book has been catnip for fans of taxing the rich and the redistributing the proceeds to the less fortunate.
Letter: Abatement cost
March 1, 2015
Tax abatements are getting expensive. In 1989 and 1990, we granted tax abatements of  $9,112 and $7,428 per job to two companies that are no longer in Lawrence. 
Letter: Flawed logic
March 1, 2015
Connecting the dots in his evasive letter of Feb. 26, Kevin Groenhagen appears to be claiming that:
Business Briefcase for March 2
March 1, 2015
The Lawrence Chamber of Commerce has announced Heck Land Company, Mar Lan Construction, YWCA Northeast Kansas and the Voter Education Coalition as new members of the organization.
Analysis: Moderates flex muscle in first half of 2015 Kansas Legislative session
March 1, 2015
There was plenty of conservative legislation in the first half of the 2015 session, on issues dealing with gun rights, abortion and sex education. But in the final days before the “turnaround” deadline, moderates began showing strength on issues including teacher contract negotiations, municipal elections and even the possibility of Medicaid expansion. By Peter Hancock
Kansas City Connection: Women artists, puppets and Sporting KC
March 1, 2015
The Epsten Gallery is much smaller and lesser known than institutions like the Nelson-Atkins, Kemper or Nerman museums. But the gallery, located in the center of Overland Park’s Village Shalom assisted living facility, is currently hosting one of the most interesting exhibitions in the city.
KU medical program uses planes to provide treatment for rural Kansans
March 1, 2015
For several decades, KU Medical Center has had a rural medical treatment program that allows doctors who specialize in serious diseases to treat patients in rural areas via a video conferencing system and then fly to those areas, generally once a month, to examine patients in person. KU’s rural medical outposts are in Salina, Hays, Goodland and Garden City. KU also flies doctors from Wichita to Pittsburg, and Wichita to Garden City as part of the Ryan White HIV Satellite Clinics program.
FAA rules mean KU Athletics can’t pay for flights on university planes
March 1, 2015
Although Kansas University Athletics had almost $97.7 million in revenue last year, when its officials fly on KU jets, the expenses are paid for with public money. Federal Aviation Administration rules prohibit the university’s aviation services from accepting payment from anyone, including KU Athletics, for flights, university communications director Erinn Barcomb-Peterson said.
KU Endowment pays to purchase planes
Company that sold a jet ‘time-share’ to KU is owned by endowment committee member
March 1, 2015
Taxpayers fund the operation of Kansas University’s aircraft, but the planes themselves have been purchased with private donations from the Kansas University Endowment Association, the independent, non-profit fundraising organization for KU.
Taxpayers footing the bill for hundreds of flights that KU defends as essential
March 1, 2015
In January 2014, former Kansas University head football coach Charlie Weis and his wife, Maura, flew to Belmar, N.J., to recruit players. The cost to taxpayers for the round-trip flight? $19,682.61. That’s because the Weises flew on a jet owned by KU rather than taking a commercial flight. Over five years, KU has spent $3.5 million flying coaches, administrators and others on some 641 trips, mostly on university-owned aircraft but occasionally on state-owned or charter planes. The trips were aimed at snagging top-notch professors, athletes, students and researchers, as well as attending sports and academic meetings, basketball and golf tournaments, funerals and donor events in Kansas and nationwide. By Karen Dillon