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12:04 a.m.
Linda Klinker is known as the "Can Lady" for her role as one of the founders of the Lawrence-based nonprofit Cans for the Community. The group recently passed the $150,000 mark in charitable donations from recycling aluminum cans. Lawhorn’s Lawrence: The magic of aluminum cans
January 31, 2015
Linda Klinker these days has another title: magician. As the leader of Cans for the Community, she’s pulled off quite a trick since the organization was founded in 2005. She and a group of a dozen volunteers have taken the simple idea — collect cans, sell them and give the money to local nonprofits — and turned it into an organization that just recently topped the $150,000 mark in donations given to local charities. They estimate they’ve collected 10 million aluminum cans in the process. By Chad Lawhorn
10:00 a.m.
Sports Pavilion Lawrence at Rock Chalk Park As audit begins, questions about Rock Chalk Park accounting grow
January 31, 2015
More questions have emerged about the Rock Chalk Park sports complex, following a Journal-World review of financial documents related to the project. The Journal-World reviewed a set of documents and canceled checks delivered to the city by the Kansas University Endowment Association earlier this month. Some of the documents appear to contradict statements made by KU Endowment officials, who largely have been responsible for ensuring that expenses and receipts reconcile on nearly $12 million worth of infrastructure that a Thomas Fritzel-led firm built at Rock Chalk Park. Mayor Mike Amyx said he is hopeful a recent audit ordered by the city will provide answers to such questions. By Chad Lawhorn
1:26 p.m.
Acclaimed author Margaret Atwood will deliver the Kenneth A. Spencer Memorial Lecture at 7 p.m. Monday at the Kansas Union Ballroom, followed by a reception and book signing. Telling tales: Community plans events around Margaret Atwood book, visit
January 31, 2015
Margaret Atwood is taking over Lawrence. The celebrated Canadian author and activist will deliver the Kenneth A. Spencer Memorial Lecture at 7 p.m. Monday at The Commons in Spooner Hall, followed by a reception and book signing.

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Winter storm leads to flight delays in Kansas, Missouri
February 1, 2015
Several dozen flights have been canceled or delayed at the largest airports in Kansas and Missouri as a winter storm blankets a large swath of the country’s midsection.
Young spellers compete in Douglas County bee
February 1, 2015
Two Lawrence middle-school students won first place and runner-up in the Douglas County Spelling bee yesterday at Southwest Middle School.
Governor’s plan leaves end of Kansas income taxes uncertain
February 1, 2015
Gov. Sam Brownback and his top aides can’t predict when Kansas will meet his stated goal of eliminating income taxes, now that he has slowed the implementation of promised reductions to stave off predicted budget cuts.
Big visit weekend leads to 3 more commitments for KU football
February 1, 2015
The Kansas University football program appears to have put the finishing touches on its 2015 recruiting class. KU coach David Beaty and the Jayhawks picked up three more oral commitments over the weekend, bringing the total to 24, which, because of the blue-shirt scholarship given to former wide receiver Nigel King who recently declared for the NFL draft, is the maximum number allowed in this year’s class.
Crews treating roads in Lawrence as snow falls, temperatures drop
February 1, 2015
A hazardous weather warning is in effect for Douglas County on Sunday, according to the National Weather Service.
Opinion: Out of jail, but not yet free
February 1, 2015
Marissa Alexander got out of jail last week, but she is not free. At best, she enjoys only a species of freedom, a defective freedom that imperfectly resembles the real thing.
100 years ago: Interurban officials seek site for future depot
February 1, 2015
“The location of the depot depends entirely on the way the line enters town.”
40 years ago: Speakers at Haskell workshop address alcohol issues
February 1, 2015
“The Indian community today, whether in urban areas or on reservations, should notice something in the community is killing our people.”
25 years ago: County appraiser handling hundreds of tax protests
February 1, 2015
Local tax protest hearings got under way this week.
Raven to host eclectic author Stuart Levine
February 1, 2015
Local author, musician and retired Kansas University professor Stuart Levine will read from his new book of short stories “Are You Superman?” at 7 p.m. Wednesday at The Raven Book Store, 6 E. Seventh St.
Behind the Lens: Pooling with the president
February 1, 2015
When Journal-World photo chief Mike Yoder told me that we had been offered a position in President Barack Obama’s press pool during his Jan. 22 visit to Lawrence, I believe I channeled Keanu Reeves when I responded, “Whooooooooaaaaa.”
Opinion: Deflategate part of wretched excess
February 1, 2015
Beer, Benjamin Franklin supposedly said but almost certainly didn’t, is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy. Without cannonballing into deep theological waters, perhaps Deflategate proves the same thing.
Editorial: Closed again
The closed process Gov. Brownback is using to fill vacancies on the Kansas Court of Appeals should serve as a warning to Kansans.
February 1, 2015
Gov. Sam Brownback has made his second appointment to the Kansas Court of Appeals under a new law that eliminated the role of the Supreme Court Nomination Commission in the selection process.
Kansas City Connection: Nelson-Atkins exhibits take sobering look at war
February 1, 2015
Two new exhibits at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art confront viewers with the realities of war, albeit in dramatically different ways.
AVID sees immediate results in boosting middle-of-the-road middle school students
February 1, 2015
Advancement Via Individual Determination, or AVID, has existed in Lawrence high schools for three years, but was made available to eighth-graders for the first time this year. It’s an an elective course that gathers students with middling grades and teaches them organizational and study skills.
Lied Center to host fundraiser to support performing arts access for schools
February 1, 2015
On Feb. 16, the Lied Center of Kansas and the Lawrence Schools Foundation will host Expanding Performing Arts Access, a fundraising dinner to support free performing arts experiences for middle and high school students.