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KU chancellor, distinguished professors state opposition to guns on campus

I'm not a gun fan -- I favor an Australian-style gun buyback program and a complete ban on handguns and assault weapons for ordinary Americans -- but I think in our current climate colleges are perhaps the best place for concealed carry. School shooters will pay absolutely no attention to the little stickers announcing a gun-free zone. Enough massacres take place in school settings that it would be nice to lower the odds for these gunmen. Right now they can expect to roam unmolested during their rampages; if there was a chance they would meet armed resistance perhaps death tolls would drop.

December 8, 2015 at 9:18 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Chairman of House Appropriations Committee predicts $100M in budget adjustments necessary

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.

But I'll bet many of these spineless wimps will continue to get re-elected repeatedly. At least Brownback can't run again.

November 4, 2015 at 12:04 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas Senate approves largest tax increase in state history; House will consider it Monday

This Legislature put a gun to its own head. Morons.

June 8, 2015 at 9:45 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Pet World fire kills many small animals; python, some others survive

I moved away from Lawrence a year and a half ago, and Pet World is hands-down the place I miss most. I remember one time I went there and a bunch of small birds were loose. One of the kids working there, who was helping retrieve the escapees and return them to their cage, told me that one of the bigger birds had unlatched the cages and set the birds free. I loved that Pet World always had so many kids helping out there -- they carried heavy bags of dog food to the counter and to my car -- and that all the animals and customers were part of one big, happy Pet World family. My sincerest condolences to the owners, employees and customers. I'm happy to read of all the support from Fire & Medical responders, vets, passers-by and nearby businesses that pitched in to help. God bless all of you.

May 26, 2015 at 3:50 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

A prominent goodbye sign from defunct Payless Furniture that labels Lawrence 'Obamaville' and much more

I remember some of this guy's previous "attention-getting stunts." One involved what appeared to be a man dousing himself with gasoline, and another involved a Hitler dummy -- don't remember the details but he obviously lives for shock value. And of course, he played a cretin in one of his TV commercials, the same character that's shown on his latest sign.

May 11, 2015 at 2:27 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

KU student who lost legs in accident back on his feet

Shaun did not write the headline; none of our reporters write headlines or actually put the stories and photos on the page. That is the work of the copy editors, and I would like to correct this common misperception. That being said, I was not working last night and don't know who wrote this headline, but I am sure it was discussed by several people who saw the positive angle of the phrase "back on his feet" and tried to project that. Sometimes our best intentions don't work out the way we, well, intend. -- Susan Roberts, copy chief

December 8, 2012 at 11:49 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Let's rally around the smokers who will be participating in the Great American Smokeout

I could never quit -- never even wanted to try -- on the Smokeout day. No one can tell you when to quit; you have to decide for yourself. I quit (nearly four years) ago by chewing the gum, then I had to kick that habit, too. Those were a rough couple of days, but now I refuse to smoke because I don't want to go through that again. I still want to smoke, often. But when I think of the money I've saved in four years I feel better. To anyone who wants to quit: Keep trying! It took me 20 or 30 attempts, probably. (Once on the Family Feud the bonus round question was "How many times does a smoker try to quit before being successful?" The No. 1 answer was 3 or 5 or something ridiculously low. I figured the 100 people questioned were all nonsmokers.)

November 16, 2009 at 5:22 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Chat about Harry Potter during a marathon overnight reading session with Karl Gehring

hey karl, good job on staying up, reading the book AND posting this blog. it took me about 13 hours to read this book and i got a butt-ache

i liked the book but it was not my favorite (still Prisoner of Azkaban). i thought the epilogue was hooey and the first few chapters a bit overblown. but the story was good, the writing fabulous as always, and i was glad to see 1) a brief "return" of albus dumbledore and 2) that snape really was on the good side.

my husband asked me whether harry lived or died. i said died, then lived. then had to explain the whole out-of-body experience.

like i said, this book was not my favorite, but i can't remember laughing out loud at any of the other books. some scenes from bill and fleur's wedding (about uncle bilus and luna lovegood's dancing) really struck me as funny

now that the book and series are finished, i feel like my summer is over. but it was magical while it lasted

i think i'll take a couple days' break, then reread "Deathly Hallows"

July 22, 2007 at 5:48 p.m. ( | suggest removal )