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Lawhorn's Lawence: Finding independence

Since Kansas an Employment First state (has enacted legislation that requires competitive integrated employment to be the first option for people with disabilities), business are being encouraged to hire individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities as regular employees rather than contracting with sheltered workshops. Most of these individuals can be funded through Voc Rehab for supports, but that is really short term funding and many of these folks need longer term supports, so if Employment First is going to become a reality, the VR system needs to be beefed up to make it feasible for agencies to serve the folks with long term support needs.

Some folks, of course, will need a more sheltered setting for a variety of reasons -- age, health concerns, etc. There is a very real concern that the sheltered workshop as we know it today will cease to exist.

July 6, 2014 at 8:23 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Arrest made in last weekend's pool shooting

Unfortunately this young man and others with the gang mentality will always have guns and will always use them. It's cool, I guess.

June 6, 2014 at 3:46 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Brother: Text message led to fatal Mother's Day shooting in East Lawrence

So much could be said about this very sad situation. Why someone would need to wield a shotgun because they felt disrespected is a sad commentary on our society and what we are teaching our young people. If he felt threatened by the text messages, stay away.

May 14, 2014 at 10:33 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lewis reinstated as LHS boys basketball coach

We'll probably never know, but I'm very curious as to what those "unspecified concerns" are. It's really easy to jump to conclusions, but I won't share my conclusions here.

May 4, 2014 at 10:01 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Martin Miller, awaiting retrial of 2004 murder case, bonds out of jail

It happens more frequently than one would think, even with inmates on death row. Sometimes the parties have never met in person and sometimes only through prison non-contact visits. My son who has been incarcerated for some time and is not getting out any time soon got married to someone he knew in high school on the phone with the chaplain on a 3-way call. She is a college graduate with a professional career. I'm not sure I understand it either but it

April 10, 2014 at 3:04 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Martin Miller, awaiting retrial of 2004 murder case, bonds out of jail

It happens more frequently than you would think, even with death row inmates. Sometimes the parties have never met in person and sometimes only through prison visits. My son,who has been incarcerated for many years and will not get out any time soon got married to a woman he knew in high school, over the phone with the minister on a 3-way call. She is a college graduate with a professional career. Not sure I understand it either.

April 10, 2014 at 3 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence police: No foul play suspected in Feb. 9 shooting death

It was an accidental shooting. Alcohol and guns are not a good combination.

February 15, 2014 at 4:30 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

What you need to know about this weekend's 'arctic outbreak'

Good grief. The kids are out playing in the snow today!!! They'll be fine at school tomorrow and I'm sure they won't go outside for recess.

January 5, 2014 at 2:17 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Farther to reach but more help to offer: New homeless shelter marks one year

So, Clark, what do you suggest should happen to the people who haven't lived here for 3 years? We pay for services for University students and they aren't residents. I'm just glad we have a place to serve people adequately.

December 29, 2013 at 8:53 p.m. ( | suggest removal )