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Brownback signs bill allowing BB gun clubs in schools, expanding concealed carry laws

Hi: You are correct. That was a mistake. The correct bill number is House Bill 2502. We've changed it in the article. Thanks.

May 13, 2016 at 12:22 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence school board to review data on blended learning method

Hi Carol. We certainly agree that reports that are being delivered to the board should be included as part of the board's agenda that is released to the public. That's consistent with how the city and county, for example, deal with reports. We believe the public release prior to a meeting is important so that members of the public can come to the meeting with informed questions, if they so choose. We also think it would help board members better prepare for the meeting as well. This is a discussion we have had with district officials, and one we hope to have with them in more detail. Thanks. Chad Lawhorn, managing editor.

May 9, 2016 at 6:12 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Plans filed for major mental health facility in eastern Lawrence; businesses fill new Warehouse Arts District building; work begins on new bistro

The property is privately owned. When government offices were there, they leased the space. Thanks.

May 5, 2016 at 3:34 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

City commissioners withhold information about process for selecting new mayor; more info on pending movie theater upgrades

I don't think the middle arm rest comes up, but I'm not 100 percent certain on that. Thanks.

April 26, 2016 at 3:05 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawsuits: Kansas State ignores off-campus fraternity rapes

Brian, you are correct. It was an error. It was an oversight, but an error nonetheless. We'll disable the comments now. Thanks. Chad Lawhorn, Managing Editor.

April 21, 2016 at 10:40 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Plans in early stages for a Hilton or Marriott hotel chain to locate at major Lawrence intersection

Yes, and the DoubleTree that will take over the old Holiday Inn is a Hilton. Thanks.

April 19, 2016 at 12:13 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Several years worth of forms detailing how police officers void tickets can't be produced by City Hall

Hi Linda. As we noted in our larger article about the forms, the city redacted the names of the people who were having a ticket voided. In 35 percent of the forms, the name was fully redacted. In the others, we received a last name and a first initial of the first name. It made it difficult to complete a meaningful review of whether the department's policy against favoritism was being adhered to. We have not, at the moment, scanned all 927 forms electronically so they could be posted online. I'm not sure that we have the resources to do that in a timely manner. Thanks. Chad Here's the link to our larger article: http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2016/apr...

April 18, 2016 at 11:53 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Several years worth of forms detailing how police officers void tickets can't be produced by City Hall

Yes. Voiding a citation happens before the ticket actually is turned into Municipal Court for processing. Dismissing a ticket happens once the ticket is turned into Municipal Court. A key difference is that under current city policy, all that is needed to void a ticket is the signature of police supervisor. If a police officer wants to dismiss a ticket, that also requires the signature of a city prosecutor. Some cities are now starting to have policies that limit the ability of the police department to void tickets and instead place more of that responsibility on prosecutors. What was found when we looked at the issue in Lawrence is that quite a few tickets — about 90 — ended up getting voided before a police supervisor ever gave approval for them to be voided.

April 18, 2016 at 6:18 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Review finds Lawrence police voided city tickets without proper approvals

Hi Doc: I'm not sure if your question was rhetorical, so I will try to answer in the chance that it was not. I would submit that among the folks who cared about the story are city officials. Otherwise, why would they have announced that they are making several changes to improve the process? If this story has helped make some improvements, I would think there would be some general agreement that this is a good thing. Thanks.

April 18, 2016 at 6:12 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

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