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Kansas speech by Michelle Obama draws complaints

Limited tickets at graduation is not an unheard of practice with or without a celebrity in attendance. Only Topeka, Kansas could find a way to ruin an opportunity like this.

April 19, 2014 at 6:59 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Political analyst predicts Republicans will reclaim U.S. Senate

He admitted to having no knowledge of the Kansas gubernatorial race while speaking in Lawrence? The very first skill I used to teach in speech class was audience analysis- know your crowd and adapt your speech accordingly.

April 16, 2014 at 6:20 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Buffalo Bob's Smokehouse to close after 37 years in business

Buffalo Bob's "barbeque"...home of 6 microwaves and 0 smokers.

April 14, 2014 at 6:36 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

UPDATE: Buffalo Bob's to close at end of month; Ladybird Diner plans to open along Mass. Street in June; city, county hosting Horizon 2020 meetings

The closing of Buffalo Bob's in my mind is addition by subtraction. Bad bbq and bad service.

April 14, 2014 at 2:14 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

City receives just one proposal to redevelop dilapidated East Lawrence property; rumblings of Buffalo Wild Wings, barbecue and a downtown diner

and this is why you don't take someone's property via eminent domain unless you have a CLEAR plan of action for that property. The city stands to lose big time on this deal, since presumably the property, though not maintained well enough apparently, was paying annual property taxes. Now, that property (it appears) will no longer be collecting property taxes for the city. In addition to losing tax revenue, it appears the city will assume a net loss of nearly $25,000 in the sale of that property to a builder, who will then turn around and beg money from the city to restore the property. And what are we restoring it to be?? A for-profit rental property. Explain to me again how that will satisfy the 5th Amendment's 'public use' clause. Simply another ridiculous mismanagement of taxpayer money. People all over this city are renovating properties and are doing so within the confines of the free market. This home did not need to be a government preservation charity case

April 11, 2014 at 10:56 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Deciphera receives $6 million payment as cancer drug advances, sets up corporate offices in Boston; Bargain Depot closing; update on SportQuest

Truly sorry to see Bargain Depot go. You had to hunt a little bit, but that place was full of absolute steals

April 10, 2014 at 6:57 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Hundreds of teachers show up at Statehouse to protest plan to repeal teacher tenure

John- Does your $46k average Lawrence teacher pay account for administration salaries as well? I ask, because as a teacher here in Lawrence with a masters degree (3 college degrees in total) and 9 years experience in the classroom I don't make anywhere near $46k. For your average to be correct, the "average" Lawrence teacher would need a masters degree and about 15 years experience. Having just paid my taxes, I believe my USD497 W-2 showed approximately $40k in salary. As to the hours we work/days, etc...I just sat down and figured this out so as to help out a young future teacher at KU who was inquiring. Last year, my post-taxes take home pay from teaching came out to approximately $12.72/hour. This post is in no way intended to complain about my pay; you see, I'm very aware of the consequences of my life choice. However, as a public you need to acknowledge that we are driving talented individuals out of the classroom everyday because of the economics of this profession. The classroom next to me will have its 4th teacher in 4 years next year, the last two of which have left to take non-education (higher paying) jobs. As a public, you can EITHER complain about the state of our public schools OR you can offer clearance rack professional salaries but you cannot do both.

April 6, 2014 at 9:40 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence physician convicted on federal tax evasion charges

If only she had taken a gun to someone's house and shot someone, she could have avoided jail in Lawrence!

March 30, 2014 at 7:42 a.m. ( | suggest removal )