clawhorn (Chad Lawhorn)


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Trio of downtown businesses announce closings; one set to reopen in west Lawrence

Hi: Thanks. Here's some info about Bloom's pending closure. We reported on it in August.

November 25, 2015 at 1:48 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Demolition crews bring down KU's McCollum Hall

Implosion is at 48:24 on our video above, which was from our live stream that we had this morning.

November 25, 2015 at 9:20 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Demolition crews bring down KU's McCollum Hall

Hi: We had four photographers on the scene. We'll have video and still photos posted on this blog soon.

November 25, 2015 at 9:16 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Fast-food chicken restaurant coming to west Sixth Street; 23rd Street chicken wing chain begins work; urgent care deal falls through

How did I forget about Chick fil a? The cholesterol medicine makes me forgetful. Thanks.

November 20, 2015 at 2:41 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Facing calls for resignation, KU Student Senate leaders issue multicultural action plan instead

Hi Bill: Thanks for the comments. I hear your concerns. A few thoughts: 1. We’ll end up noting that a petition exists in support of the student leaders in a future article. That has been our plan. We would work it into an article when it made sense to do so. I don’t feel it merits an article by itself. We didn’t provide an article that focused just on the other petition either. It was part of a larger story. 2. We aren’t going to be providing updates of how many signatures are on each petition. In all honesty, I don’t think we needed to do that for the previous article either. 3. I think the petitions are interesting to note, but otherwise aren’t a major element of this story. 4. This comment board is a poor substitute for a conversation. If you wanted to talk to the newspaper about its coverage, we are easy to get a hold of. 5. I would ask that you quit being repetitive on our message boards. That’s not their purpose. Thanks, Chad Lawhorn, managing editor.

November 17, 2015 at 5:48 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

A new study that says it pays to go to K-State over KU; opening date set for another new south Iowa Street retailer

Hi Joe: Thanks for the comments. We can differ on whether it is a study. I agree it is not a peer-reviewed piece of academic work. But what I saw was not a calculator. That implies the user putting in some data and having a program calculate a result. I didn't do any of that. The website published a set of rankings for each state. Those rankings included some relatively simple data points and it also included a subjective ranking created by the company. The rankings are what they are. They're certainly not the only rankings that have been done for sure. It sounds like you have an issue with the Payscale data. I'm glad you passed that along. It is always a challenge to determine the soundness of a ranking. This organization, at a glance, didn't look like it had an axe to grind with KU and is treating all institutions equally, so I decided to pass the information along. And I'm glad you've shared your comments too. Thanks, Chad Lawhorn

October 28, 2015 at 5:13 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

A Thousand Voices: Survey shows support for new retail center; split opinions about its effects

Hi Bonnie: Thanks for the comments. I would note that we clearly state that people polled are users, not the entire population of Lawrence. It is mentioned in the first sentence of the article, and then again in the "About this article" box that runs alongside the article. Thanks, Chad

October 26, 2015 at 12:19 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

A Thousand Voices: Survey shows support for new retail center; split opinions about its effects

Hi Carol. I would note that your issues seem to be present in almost any poll that is conducted. A poll conducted via telephone, for example, means that only people who have access to a telephone and who took the time to answer are being surveyed. I would argue that is a greater polling flaw than relying on a poll administered online, especially if you are only using landline numbers. Even if you are using landline and cell phone numbers, you are still under-representing a significant demographic: People too poor to own a personal phone. At least with the Internet, people are more likely to have it at work or have access to the Web via public online services, like what is offered through the library. Thanks, Chad

October 25, 2015 at 7:28 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

A Thousand Voices: Survey shows support for new retail center; split opinions about its effects

Thanks for the comments. Our polling partner, Google Consumer Surveys, does have mechanisms it uses to address the problem you raise. In general, if you click too fast on an answer, your result isn't going to be counted as a valid response. Google measures how long it takes a user to to answer a question. Answers that are much quicker than the average don't show up in our survey results. As I've mentioned before, The New York Times determined Google Consumer Surveys was the second most accurate polling organization during the 2012 presidential elections. They're using the same processes for our polls. If anything, they've become enhanced since that point. I wouldn't publish the results of the polls if I didn't think they have some value. I've never said the polls are perfect, but I'm confident they are meaningful. How people choose to use the results is completely up to them. Thanks, Chad

October 25, 2015 at 7:19 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

A Thousand Voices: Survey shows support for new retail center; split opinions about its effects

Hi Phil: I would note that a sample size of 1,000 people is actually the most common sample size for most polls conducted in the U.S. That's for national polls as well. Most of the polls that are conducted on the presidential election, for example, have a sample size of 1,000 respondents or less. Thanks, Chad

October 25, 2015 at 10:53 a.m. ( | suggest removal )