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Crews respond to carbon spill near Kaw Water Treatment plant in central Lawrence

Have fun with that clean up! Cleaning up carbon black is about as easy and as fun as herding cats.

June 5, 2013 at 3:07 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Do you have plans in place in the event of a tornado?

Actually, the Fujita scale was changed to mainly account for quality of construction. They had found that there were too many tornadoes that were being classified at too high a scale because the observed damage was to poorly constructed buildings. So, in fact, the winds on the enhanced Fujita scale have dropped. For example, a tornado that was classified as an F-5 on the old scale was thought to have winds of 261-318 mph. On the new scale, an EF-5 tornado has an estimated wind speed of >200 mph. So, the scale wasn't adjusted because the storms are stronger in the past. It was adjusted for reasons opposite of that.

May 23, 2013 at 1:27 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Woman injured after being struck by vehicle on 23rd Street

You keep commenting how people driving vehicles are allowed to break rules all the time. However, thousands upon thousands of drivers are pulled over in traffic stops every day around the country. If a driver does something illegal that is witnessed by a police officer, they are going to get pulled over. Yes, many drivers break the laws that regulate driving every day and don't get pulled over. However, that is because their law breaking is not witnessed by a police officer. This is not the same as being allowed to break the rules.

Using the same logic, pedestrians are allowed to break the rules all the time too. How many pedestrians each day, all across the country, jaywalk? In fact, I would venture to guess in most areas, a pedestrian jaywalking, that is witnessed by a police officer, would be less likely to be contacted by that officer for doing their illegal activity. In the end, it's all about personal responsibility. If one engages in risky/illegal behavior, they must be responsible for any consequences that come from that behavior.

February 7, 2013 at 3:07 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Woman injured after being struck by vehicle on 23rd Street

First off, this is unfortunate incident for both individuals involved. However, to me, this all comes down to the laws. If this incident would have happened while the pedestrian was in the crosswalk, and had the right-of-way (i.e. the walk signal), and a driver had struck her, the driver would have been at fault. Conversely, when the pedestrian crosses in the middle of the street and gets struck, it is the pedestrian who is afoul of the laws and should be held responsible. It's a two-way street (pun partially intended). You can't say that motorists are always to blame. If they are abiding the laws of the road, they are not at fault.

Also, before you deride me as a "motorist", keep in mind that the entire time I spent out there going to school, I was without a car. I walked EVERYWHERE I needed to go. About 3/4 of a mile to work, about 3/4 of a mile to school, over a mile to get downtown. I did my share of jaywalking at times (on 23rd Street), but I also realized that, by doing so, I was running a huge risk, and that if, heaven forbid something happened, I would only have myself to blame.

February 7, 2013 at 11:58 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

When do you think the Kansas City Chiefs will make the Super Bowl?

At least the Chiefs have been there before (even if it was in 1969). Being a Browns fan, I haven't had the pleasure of knowing that feeling before. At least when I went out the for school, I immediately had a kinship with all of the Chiefs fans with our shared hatred of the Broncos!

February 2, 2013 at midnight ( | suggest removal )

Pittsburg State proving Lawrence and KU not the only university-city sports facility partnership

You are correct. There will be no lease. I misremembered what I had read earlier. However, the city will be, for all intents and purposes, purchasing a finished building. They are not paying (directly) for the construction. KUEA will be bidding the project and building the facilities. The city will then purchase the rec center from KUEA. My main point about KUEA being a private entity and not being subject to the open bidding process is still valid.

January 31, 2013 at 2:34 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Pittsburg State proving Lawrence and KU not the only university-city sports facility partnership

It's not the city commission taking bids, though. It is KU Endowment Association that is building the complex. Then, they will rent the rec center to the city. Because the KUEA is a private company, I don't believe they have to abide by an open bidding process.

January 31, 2013 at 11:30 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Court: Kansas Legislature's level of funding for schools unconstitutional

Good luck with this. I hope Kansas can get it figured out faster than Ohio has. The Ohio Supreme Court ruled in the 1997 case DeRolph v. State that the way Ohio funds its schools to be unconstitutional. We are now in the year 2013, and the state legislature still has yet to come up with a way to bring it into compliance!

January 11, 2013 at 3:28 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Details on proposed city/KU sports complex emerging; deal likely won't involve standard bidding process

I believe that the major obstacle to KUEA running the rec center is that it would preclude its use for basketball and other types of amateur tournaments. The NCAA does not allow any AAU, or similar types, of tournaments to be held in buildings associated with a university in any way. Because those types of functions appear to be their biggest hope in making the thing successful, I doubt they would want to jeopardize that by not being able to host them.

November 2, 2012 at 11:48 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Details on proposed city/KU sports complex emerging; deal likely won't involve standard bidding process

KU Endowment owns the land and paying for the project, not KU. KU Endowment is an independent organization that does not get their money from tax money, but from gifts and donations. It is not a government entity. Because of this, it is not subject to the bid process that governmental agencies/entities are, and no tax monies will be used on this project.

November 2, 2012 at 11:44 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

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