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City balks at plan to allow motorists to use credit cards for new downtown parking garage

There has been a gate on the Union garage since last summer. I haven't used it yet, so I don't know exactly how it works.

The Fieldhouse garage allows free exits if you're there for less than 30 minutes or so.

August 15, 2013 at 2:28 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Dog being cared for at Humane Society after owner's body recovered from Kansas River

They really need to contact Gabby's service agency. She could either be placed with another owner in need or retired and adopted, but the agency needs to decide. Service dogs can't just become pets on a whim.

July 18, 2013 at 3:39 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Business leaders developing plans for larger career and technical education center

It sounds like USD 497 wishes Lawrence had a technical college they could partner with. I.e. students wanting vo-tech careers can get a jump start on training while in high school. KCKCC has such a program for high school students: http://www.kckcc.edu/academics/catalo.... Even some of the other schools like Perry-Lecompton offer welding and other electives of that sort. Not sure if they count toward any degree or certification though.

This plan from the chamber of commerce seems way too complicated. Why can't we get the city and/or county to support a technical college that would offer programs for adults as well as high school students? These exist all over the country. KU shouldn't get their panties in a twist if it is a strictly vo-tech school (no gen eds or anything that could transfer to a 4 yr degree). We already have PCI and some of the other "chain" tech institutes.

I'm from Minnesota where we have what's called the Post-Secondary Enrollment Option (PSEO) for high school juniors and seniors (and sophomores for one vo-tech class). Students can take PSEO for everything including vo-tech and college credit. Most if not all of the public colleges are involved in the program. If Kansas had such a program, high school students could take classes for credit at Washburn tech, JCCC, or KU. Students of course have to meet certain admissions standards for the program. Programs like this are great oppportunities for students interested in vo-tech or college to get ahead on classes. In Minnesota a lot of gifted students take advantage of PSEO if AP and honors classes aren't enough for them.

So yes, I would support a technical college for both high school students and adults, but it doesn't have to be this complicated partnership across several county lines. We have the resources in Douglas County to do this ourselves.

July 16, 2013 at 4:03 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

More than a decade after a citywide ban, fireworks still making noise in Lawrence

I grew up in Pennsylvania where there is a blanket ban on consumer fireworks. You can have sparklers and little firecrackers on the ground, but that's it. They don't sell any of the stuff you can find at the stands around here. And it's a pretty successful ban. Growing up we'd set off some Chinese firecrackers and maybe have sparklers at the barbecue. And of course the professional Zambelli displays have been amazing for years. After the big night displays all was quiet.

Of course then I moved to Minnesota where they sell everything but bottlerockets around the 4th. Although the sheriffs out in the country usually don't care as long as you shoot them out over the lake. Even then people are respectful and only set things off at decent hours.

So there you go: we either need a state ban or no ban and the use of courtesy and common sense. With Missouri as our neighbor it should probably be the latter.

July 6, 2013 at 3:37 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Efforts continue at blocking Common Core in Kansas

People are already saying that Common Core isn't effective? How do you know? We don't have a fresh class of Kindergarteners to look at yet. This is still a transition period between the old and the new. The same thing was going on with NCLB when I was in school. Unfortunately it was a bad system with no real standards. So I'm reserving judgment on Common Core until it's fully implemented and we have fresh students who weren't under the old system.

May 31, 2013 at 1:38 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

State Board hears opposition to Common Core Standards

I highly doubt the board will be swayed. College education programs around the state are already preparing their students to teach Common Core. Too much money has been put into this to change now.

May 14, 2013 at 8:11 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Editorial: Parking plans

Oh yes, there's plenty of parking on campus. Try to find a spot in any of the Yellow lots on any given weekday. The dorms are a whole different issue unto themselves. Those of us who don't live on campus buy Yellow permits for their convenience. The buses don't always run on time, and they don't always run late enough for night classes or campus jobs. And of course Parking & Transit oversells permits and severely limits where student permits can be used. Of course the worst is during basketball season. Already limited parking lots get closed early before classes are even finished for the day. If you have a night class or work, good luck finding a spot. But I digress.

Just because we have parking issues on campus doesn't give us the right to affect the rest of Lawrence. Issuing permits for certain neighborhoods might convince campus to deal with the parking problems there. Greek houses should be respectful of their neighbors and either deal with the number of cars they have, or limit them in some way. Many of the Oread Neighborhood rentals warn potential tenants about the parking situation before they move in. When I lived near the stadium, we had free permits for the lot and anyone without one was towed on a game day. A solution would be for every house in certain areas to get two free permits and pay for any extras. Another would be if you want the luxury of parking in front of your house, buy a permit for a designated fee. Different neighborhoods may have different rules based on what the situation is like there. Neighborhoods near campus may benefit from the included permits. In all cases, residency must be proved.

May 13, 2013 at 4:37 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence motorists to be delayed by work scheduled on downtown river bridges Tuesday

They couldn't have waiting one week until Finals are over? Hopefully the freshman parents know to get on 70 from McDonald Drive or K10.

May 9, 2013 at 4:04 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Ad campaign accuses Kansas schools of low academic standards

Kansas could consider a system of "open enrollment". In my home state of Minnesota, parents can send their children to any public school they choose at no cost other than transportation. This means that you could live in, say, Perry and send your kids to school in Lawrence. You'd only be responsible for the cost of getting them to school. The state funding for the students would be sent to Lawrence instead of Perry-Lecompton. Supposedly this encourages Minnesota schools to be competitive with their neighbors so as to retain the students who live in the district as well as try to gain students from outside. Because of this, they have created programs like language immersion for elementary grades, Advanced Placement, and International Baccalaureate. There are also rules intended to prevent transfers and recruiting for athletics. A transfer student is ineligible to play for at least one season. Most students attend in their home district. Attending a neighboring district sometimes happens if a family moves outside the district or if there is a program in a school that entices parents. Often these are the language immersion programs since only a few schools offer them in certain languages. There is also a program that allows successful students from urban districts in Minneapolis and St. Paul to attend suburban high schools. That program does include busing to assist economically disadvantaged students. So a kid from KCK could go to Blue Valley at no cost.

May 6, 2013 at 8:14 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

School construction projects could begin by April 2014

Masten is spot on with putting the students first. Imagine if you have a kindergartener who starts this next school year at Pinckney and then mid-year or the next year gets moved to Deerfield or Hillcrest for two or three years and then might possibly be moved back to Pinckney to finish elementary school. The task the school board faces is as delicate as closing a school permanently. You're dealing with young children who are building relationships with peers and staff. Normally they would have six years with many of the same kids before moving on to middle school. Several of the building projects can probably be completed leaving the kids where they are. You do the bulk of the work during the summer when they aren't there. It takes a few years longer, and they may have to do without a few staple items (I didn't have a jungle gym for several years), but they get to remain in the same building with the same students and staff. Either that or the board needs to use this time to level out populations across the schools after having several buildings close and few adjustments made.

April 23, 2013 at 2:24 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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