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Former Lawrence pediatrician Helen Gilles remembered as pioneer for women in medicine

One of the all time great persons in this town or any other.

October 1, 2017 at 6:40 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

5 people shot in downtown Lawrence; 3 dead

I'm sure this will all stop just as soon as the $30-40 million police fortress out ny Free Stste High is built?

October 1, 2017 at 6:32 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Recent fatal shootings in Douglas County: 9 killed by gunfire since June, including 2 children

I'm sure building a $30-40 million police fortress out by Free State High is the answer?

October 1, 2017 at 6:26 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Estimated cost to expand Douglas County Jail jumps by millions of dollars

$30, $40, $50 million. Pretty soon you are talking about big money. As long as you let architects control your studies, you're going to get bigger and more expensive buildings. I'm told by someone who purports to know that Johnson County has hundreds of empty cells. Even if you doubled the cost to rent cells, you could farm out inmates for the next 20 years for the same or less money. Between the City's plan for a $30-$40 million police fortress plus personnel and the County's grand plan for doubling the size of the jail and building a mental health crisis center (5 to 10 times bigger than required) plus personnel, you're looking at $100 million all being funded primarily by property taxes. And still nobody is willing to bring in outside experts, who aren't salivating over multi-million dollar architectural fees, to figure out what we need to do in order to keep our courts from locking up inexplainably large numbers of people to poor to pay and relatively harmless misdemeanants. Take those out of the equation ( along with the mentally ill) and most of this expense goes away.

September 21, 2017 at 12:44 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Mark Mangino: 'Hard-working, grinding' approach to thank for Orange Bowl legacy

I wonder if the 'hard-working, grinding' approach includes these memorable techniques reported by the media during Coach Mangino's eight year tenure:

1. The Raimond Pendleton incident - a lesson in public comportment available on YouTube for the world to see. (9/1/2007) https://youtu.be/OkZfIxAry5g
2. Accused referees of favoritism - another YouTube favorite for those intrigued by conspiracy theories. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TuCqE... 11/13/2004
3. NCAA probation, LJW, 1013/2006
4. Mangino punished, LJW, 9/25/2002
5. KU suffers another black eye, LJW, 9/26/2002
6. Investigation under way, KUsports.com, 11/18/2008,
7. Probe aims to determine if Mangino went too far, KUsports.com,11/18/2008
8. Documents show what it looks like when Mangino loses his temper, KUsports.com, 11/17/2009
9. Investigation of Mangino launched after player complains coach poked him, KUsports.com, 11/17/2009
10. KU AD Perkins meets with football players over concerns about coach Mark Mangino, KUsports.com, 11/17/2009
11. Internal review of Mangino under way, ESPN.com, 11/18/2009.
12. Ex-players: Coach said 'hurtful' things, ESPN.com, 11/20/2009
13. Mangino out at Kansas, ESPN.com, 12/04/2009

September 1, 2017 at 11:12 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Post hurricane, Lawrence gasoline prices highest in the state; Casey's files plans for Sixth Street store

Gasoline prices are consistently anywhere from 10 to as much as 30 cents lower in Topeka. When prices drop whether you go East or West, one has to wonder why? Perhaps the Attorney General's consumer staff ought to be looking at this. Or the local District Attorney.

September 1, 2017 at 11:01 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Tom Keegan: Mark Mangino opens window to his Kansas success, obsession with job

Our favorite sports columnist left out part of the Mangino success story.

It is one thing to pay homage to a deserving 2007 Orange Bowl football team. But it is quite another to ‘honor’ the conduct of former Coach Mangino during his eight year tenure by induction into the KU Athletics Hall of Fame.

Current Coach Beaty told the Topeka Capital-Journal (8/19/2017), "You know, I worked with Coach [Mangino], and I'll tell you this: I never saw anything but complete professionalism." Really? Must haved missed those memorable moments (see below) when Mangino embarrassed the University while compiling a roughly 50% winning record:

1. The Raimond Pendleton incident - a lesson in public comportment available on YouTube for the world to see. (9/1/2007) https://youtu.be/OkZfIxAry5g
2. Accused referees of favoritism - another YouTube favorite for those intrigued by conspiracy theories. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TuCqE... 11/13/2004

3. NCAA probation, LJW, 1013/2006

4. Mangino punished, LJW, 9/25/2002

5. KU suffers another black eye, LJW, 9/26/2002

6. Investigation under way, KUsports.com, 11/18/2008,

7. Probe aims to determine if Mangino went too far, KUsports.com,11/18/2008

8. Documents show what it looks like when Mangino loses his temper, KUsports.com, 11/17/2009

9. Investigation of Mangino launched after player complains coach poked him, KUsports.com, 11/17/2009

10. KU AD Perkins meets with football players over concerns about coach Mark Mangino, KUsports.com, 11/17/2009

11. Internal review of Mangino under way, ESPN.com, 11/18/2009.
12. Ex-players: Coach said 'hurtful' things, ESPN.com, 11/20/2009

13. Mangino out at Kansas, ESPN.com, 12/04/2009

What price glory?

September 1, 2017 at 10:51 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Opinion: Public broadcasting: superfluous yet seemingly immortal

This fellow kind of reminds me of a newspaper columnist who got a $250,000 Bradley prize a few years back for writing good conservative columns of the sort it loves to read. I wonder if he finds tax subsidies for the Bradley Foundaation as offensive as subsidies for public broadcasting?

June 5, 2017 at 10:31 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

After more than two decades of argument, SLT to open; reflections on the fight that enveloped the community

A shout out to the late Richard Larimore and Agnes the Frog. Miss both of them.

November 3, 2016 at 8:23 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

As revenues lag, public access to Sports Pavilion courts to be limited

Disrespecting the Public

At least 3 City Commissioners owe their seats in part to predecessors who disrespected the public in the manner in which they dealt with the Lawrence Sports Pavilion.

Now the City Staff & new Commission continue to disrespect the public by closing all 8 courts up to 20 days a year. That means the courts will be closed to the public nearly every weekend. This has been done without at least demanding a full accounting of revenues & expenses in order to determine the actual reasons for the shortfall?

Parks and Recs is booking the projected number of tournaments already. That suggests the problem is something other than 7 courts or 8.

From the get go, the Sports Pavilion was supposed to be first & foremost, a “community center.” When the plan, heeding the siren call of KU Athletics, ballooned from 3 to 8 courts, the Commission quickly assured the public that at all times 1 court would be reserved for locals - the ones footing the $22 million cost ($8-9 million more than the City could have built the same facility with infrastructure on land it already owned).

Before the faulty concrete started to fracture (& that was almost immediately), P&C came before the commission wanting to change the open-court policy. and use all eight courts - a proposal that was firmly rejected.

No sooner had the new City Manager hit town than P&C (as other staff stood silently by), withholding from him its clear knowledge of the open-court policy, bamboozled him into approving the surreptitious closing of all courts. Only when caught in the act did city staff try to cover its deceit with a quick website update.

P&C admits to letting participants bully local citizens off of the open court during tournaments. No parking is reserved for Lawrencians. (During the KU Relays, parking was reserved.)

There not done yet. The City Manager wants to charge Lawrencians to use the Sports Pavilion because tournament revenue is far short of projections.

A better solution would be for P&C to charge tournament participants more. After all, the highly touted $25,000 feasibility study (which has conveniently been removed from the city’s website) was offered as proof perfect that tournaments would generate sufficient revenue. If that was wrong, take the money out of the visitors' tax revenues.

You just aren’t going to get every tournament unless you low-ball the price & then sock it to local residents for the difference. That apparently is the plan.

Which is more important? Keeping faith with the public or some out-of-town, basketball- tournament promoter?

November 3, 2016 at 5:49 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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