debengstrom (Deb Engstrom)


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Police: Suspect in East Lawrence slaying in Shawnee County Jail on unrelated burglary charge

It is the only state hospital still open.

August 1, 2014 at 2:27 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Missing woman found in northern Lawrence

Thankfully she was found this morning about 7:30.

July 28, 2014 at 8:58 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Citizen's petition calls for smoking ban on Massachusetts Street

There are many entertainment districts (I think Power and Light in KC is one) that smoking is banned everywhere -- inside and outside of buildings. It certainly makes for a more pleasant atmosphere.

July 27, 2014 at 7:31 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Court to rule in Carr brothers death penalty appeal

The death penalty is not a deterrent to heinous crimes -- I don't think the Carr's thought about it when they went on their spree, and the appeals go on and on forever at a huge expense to the state. Life in prison without the possibility of parole is just as effective in terms of protecting society, so there's really no need for the death penalty.

July 25, 2014 at 11:48 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

City wants feedback on proposed changes to transit system

The buses will still go downtown. It just won't be the transfer point that it is now. It will be a change, so everyone is resistant, but everyone will still be able to get where they need/want to go.

July 12, 2014 at 9:52 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawhorn's Lawence: Finding independence

Enacting Employment First legislation implies that people with disabilities will be employed in their community in integrated settings. That is not happening to the extent it should, particularly those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. So the system we have now is really not working.

July 6, 2014 at 2:26 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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 )