sshepherd (Sara Shepherd)


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Apparent gunfire hits houses in neighborhood south of Lawrence High

Same house as one of those apparently hit by bullets a few days ago, as story says. Unclear if it's "related," as police said, but I think a crime involving gunfire happening more than once at the same address is relevant to note. — Sara Shepherd, LJW

December 4, 2017 at 5:27 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Window smashed at downtown Lawrence's Aladdin Cafe

Hi Joseph and Ralph, in the past we've reported broken windows at other high-visibility Mass Street businesses, regardless of possible motivation or social media attention. I'm aware some people think this vandalism may have been anti-Muslim. I did ask but police did not have any evidence of that at this time. I also contacted the business owner Thursday but was unable to interview him. While it's great for readers to discuss their thoughts about stories online, as I rule I focus on the facts I have, as opposed to speculation, in the news stories themselves. Thanks for reading. — Sara Shepherd, reporter

July 7, 2017 at 11:52 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

KU cheerleaders involved in ‘Kkk go trump’ Snapchat post are off the squad

Hi Dustin, the following passage is from the last story I wrote about this, when I asked KU about the deleted tweets. — Sara Shepherd, LJW (Link to story:

...Barcomb-Peterson said this week that those tweets were posted “to send an immediate response.”

“It was getting a lot of attention,” she said. “KU just wanted to be proactive to try get the statements across.”

KU Athletics and KU deleted those tweets the following day, and shared a new tweet stating four “individuals referenced in the recent Snapchat incident are suspended from performing.”

“We have removed our original post regarding the situation because it did not contain the context necessary to appropriately identify the individual who had been suspended from Spirit Squad activities,” KU Athletics said, in a Nov. 22 Facebook post.

December 22, 2016 at 5:06 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

KU notes recent deaths of retired English professors, African studies lecturer

A reader also shared news about KU professor emerita of history Rita Napier, who died Nov. 7 at age 76, after a lengthy illness, according to her Journal-World obituary. Napier started her teaching career in a Tlingit village in Alaska, according to the obituary, and at KU she specialized in Native American history, history of the West and history of Kansas. Here's her obituary:, and a 2003 Journal-World feature story: — Sara Shepherd, LJW

November 22, 2016 at 9:13 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

National free speech group says KU is among schools with codes that ‘violate’ the First Amendment; University Senate free speech committee continues meeting

Yep, the harassment passage cited by FIRE is on page 17 of the handbook. — Sara Shepherd, LJW

November 9, 2016 at 4:06 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

KU seeks to require holsters, other safety measures for guns on campus

Those of you on this thread with knowledge of handgun anatomy might be interested to read the full draft policy. It has a little more detail on holsters, safeties, etc. than I included in my story. Here's the link: — Sara Shepherd, LJW

October 12, 2016 at 8:35 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

'Whites only' no more: KU unveils marker to commemorate Strong Hall sit-in of 1965

If more information is what you're looking for, here are some online resources telling about the sit-in: and — Sara Shepherd, reporter

May 4, 2016 at 10:29 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

'Whites only' no more: KU unveils marker to commemorate Strong Hall sit-in of 1965

Hi Nathan, the marker is the item on the easel in the photo above, between Bill Tuttle and the chancellor. Sorry about the lights glaring off of it in this picture. It has a glossy finish! — Sara Shepherd, reporter

May 4, 2016 at 9:46 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

The beetle hunter: KU entomologist on quest to identify insects of Peru

Hi Lee, it is enabled by NSF (National Science Foundation) grants. — Sara Shepherd, reporter

May 2, 2016 at 10:40 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Hearing aids and walker belonging to 79-year-old reported stolen from Allen Fieldhouse

Note that the story does say the items were left unattended. And the timeframe during which they went missing comes directly from the KU Office of Public Safety report, which is attributed in the same sentence. The incident was reported to police the following evening, according to the Office of Public Safety. — Sara Shepherd, LJW reporter

February 24, 2016 at 9:27 p.m. ( | suggest removal )