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Wichita organizers turn in petitions to reduce marijuana penalties
July 25, 2014
Organizers have turned in petitions seeking to have a measure to reduce penalties for possessing small amounts of marijuana put on Wichita’s November ballot.
Lawrence college students holding garage sale to benefit Heartland
July 25, 2014
Two college students are holding a garage sale this weekend to benefit a local safety-net clinic.
Kansas court overturns brothers’ death sentences
10:03 a.m., July 25, 2014 Updated 10:28 a.m.
The Kansas Supreme Court has overturned the death sentences of two brothers convicted of capital murder in the shooting deaths of four people whose bodies were found in a snow-covered Wichita soccer field in 2000.
Today in Lawrence: Final Friday, library opens, Broadway at Baker
July 25, 2014
Today in Lawrence: Final Friday, library opens, and Broadway at Baker brings “The Wiz”
Contract complete, Charles opens training camp with Chiefs
July 25, 2014
The Kansas City Chiefs welcomed back star running back Jamaal Charles on Thursday for the first day of coach Andy Reid’s second training camp at Missouri Western. Charles, who signed a two-year contract extension Wednesday, entered the practice field Thursday to thunderous cheers from fans in attendance.
Aoki lifts Royals over Indians in 14th inning
July 25, 2014
Nori Aoki singled home Lorenzo Cain in the 14th inning to lift the Kansas City Royals to a 2-1 win over Cleveland after Indians starter Corey Kluber carried a perfect game into the seventh inning on Thursday night.
French soccer taps KU’s Gagnet for U20 team
July 25, 2014
Kansas University sophomore Aurélie Gagnet was one of 21 players selected to the U20 French National Soccer Team, which will compete in the U20 World Cup next month in Canada.
Ex-KU grad assistant rejoins women’s basketball staff
July 25, 2014
Former Kansas University graduate assistant Steve Wallace will rejoin the KU women’s basketball staff as an assistant coach, KU head coach Bonnie Henrickson announced Thursday.
KU’s Hanna atop Kansas Amateur Match Play
July 25, 2014
Kansas University golfer Chase Hanna finished first in stroke play on Tuesday and Wednesday at the Kansas Amateur and defeated his first opponent in match play on Thursday at Mission Hills Country Club.
Column: Weis’ claims of his deepest KU roster up for debate
July 25, 2014
Charlie Weis gave those who cringe their way through his press conferences a break this time at the annual Big 12 media days, a year after his steamy remarks put him at the bottom of a pile of criticism. Weis did, however, make two statements off-podium in Dallas that merit scrutiny. Column by Tom Keegan
KU basketball recruit Allonzo Trier takes court at area tournament
July 25, 2014
Camera flashes were popping and phones were out to record every move as the Okun Fieldhouse crowd watched Kansas University recruit Allonzo Trier in his first game at the Sunflower Showcase national youth basketball tournament on Thursday. By Bobby Nightengale
Opinion: Court needed to fight corruption
July 25, 2014
The more I read about the massive government corruption in Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, Venezuela and other countries where top officials have been accused of stealing fortunes with near total impunity, the more I like a new proposal that is making the rounds in world legal circles — creation of an International Anti-Corruption Court.
Editorial: Budget priorities
The top funding priorities of Kansas’ six state universities represent practical efforts that will directly benefit the state.
July 25, 2014
To their credit, chief executives at Kansas’ six state universities haven’t given up on big ideas.
Letter: Bad governance
July 25, 2014
Mill-levy increases would be less or unwarranted if local governments operated as a democracy. If the majority governed, there would be no cronyism, tax abatements, special tax districts, no-bid contracts or Taj Mahal recreation center.
Letter: Climate solutions
July 25, 2014
Mitigating climate change might not be as expensive as you think. Adding carbon to the air is the root cause of the problem, so, the solution is to motivate people to reduce the amount of carbon added.  Nothing motivates people like money. So, make the carbon content of fuels more expensive and let the market sort out the right balance of solutions. You can do this with a carbon tax. If you make the carbon tax revenue neutral as far as the government is concerned, you protect the people in the lower two-thirds of income from higher prices.
Letter: Treatment kudos
July 25, 2014
I would like express my heartfelt gratitude to the excellent staff at Lawrence Memorial Hospital and the Lawrence-Douglas County Fire/Medical Department. A short time ago, my 7-year-old daughter suffered a traumatic injury involving multiple fractures to her right arm. As someone who has witnessed many traumatic injuries in the last 25 years, the injury to my daughter’s arm was one of the worst I had ever seen on a child.
100 years ago: KU entomologists start on annual western trip
July 25, 2014
“Prof. S. J. Hunter said today that some of the finest specimens in the museum had come to them by means of these summer trips in the Western states.”