clawhorn (Chad Lawhorn)


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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:

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 )

Review finds Lawrence police voided city tickets without proper approvals

Hi Brad. Thanks for the questions. First, let me say I'm fine with your perspective on this. Everyone is entitled to make of it what they will. I do believe it was time well spent on our part. Here are few thoughts. 1. You say the article was presented as a "call for local police policy reform." I disagree that the article made such a call. We reported on some changes that the city plans to make. But those changes aren't because we called for them. The city looked at the information and decided it could do some things better. Personally, I think that contradicts your viewpoint that this was a waste of time. 2. We agree that it is important to note the total number of tickets written during this time period. That is why we included the information in the article. 3. I think you could calculate a variety of error rates related to the data. One is the rate you came up with. Another would be a rate that measures how often an error was made every time a void or dismissal form was filled out. That error rate, at a minimum, would be about 25 percent. 4. I'm not certain that quantity of errors is how the city judges its police department. I would note that the previously mentioned ticket scandal that resulted in two police officers losing their jobs focused on about six tickets, a minuscule amount of the total tickets written during that time period. As I mentioned earlier, however, I don't seek to change your perspective. Our job is not to tell people how to think. But I do want to defend the quality of the journalism here. We did something the general public likely wasn't going to do: Pay a significant amount in fees, and spend a significant amount in time going through thousands of documents. What I think makes it particularly good journalism is that as a result of our work, city officials also examined the same information and concluded that they could make improvements. That's a good thing, in my opinion. Thanks. Chad Lawhorn, Managing Editor

April 17, 2016 at 12:49 p.m. ( | suggest removal )