superwizbang (Ken Schmidt)


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Online business to help Lawrence homeowners rent to out-of-towners coming for sports games

I am pretty sure the, "no more than three unrelated people" rule is in effect for tenancy greater than 30 days. The nice part is there is always someone available to speak each weekday at the city zoning office. They are pretty helpful and nice.

November 9, 2015 at 5:32 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Charles Michener, 'patriarch' of bee research, dies at 97

What a vary sad day for all of KU. In a time when faculty are pushed to bring in research grants with teaching only becoming a side folly, Dr. Michener was an amazing scientist *and* teacher. His easy laugh and casual ways for presenting even the most difficult concepts made time with him a joy. You could often see him joyfully explaining concepts to children who visited the Museum or on one of his many walkabouts and know that if the youngest could learn and enjoy evolutionary biology, how much more value he was to young scientists at the university level. I had the honor of learning from him and was inspired and awed by his intellect and wisdom but also humbled by the way he went about it--with a very quiet confidence which was never condescending, but sharing; always a teacher. It is my bet that is one of most endearing ways in which he probably wanted to be remembered. Thank you Dr. Michener.

November 2, 2015 at 10:04 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Brownback satisfaction rating at 18%; Democrats targeting Senate seats

What is potentially telling is in the 2014 Kansas gubernatorial election, there were 869,502 votes recorded. The total population in Kansas was 2,904,021, according to the census. I can't find the exact total I am looking for, but of the total population, 24.9% were under 18, or appx. 723,102 people. This leaves a potential voting population of 2,180,919. This means 39.9% of the voting population did so. If this poll were correct and 18% approve, and I might speculate those 18% were very likely to be registered and active voters, their numbers would encompass roughly 45% of the vote if you extrapolate. All the current legislators need to do is pick up more than 5% of the throw-away votes and they are back in business. Chew on that for a moment. If people want change, they need to vote. Pretty simple and totally cliché. By not voting, you still cast a vote for the status quo.

October 26, 2015 at 3:31 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Late touchdown keeps Lions unbeaten

Amazing game on a night we got to watch the Royals do the same thing on the diamond. Congratulations to Jacob Unruh for playing his heart out and coming up with some really key defensive moments. What a great sports night in the city!

October 24, 2015 at 2:25 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Jayhawks rally, but fall to Texas Tech

So proud of our guys. They never gave up and the smaller crowd there never stopped cheering. I was left scratching my head at times because they really had troubles stopping the short passing game we utilized. It seemed many times we would get moving the ball and resort to run, run punt. Keep throwing until they stop it I say. Willis continues to show great promise but will become so much more when he perfects throwing the ball away when things become impossible. All-in-all, I am proud and glad to be there during the good and bad...

October 17, 2015 at 3:27 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

South Lawrence Trafficway still on track for fall 2016

I think it is entirely possible that the "small problem" that they encountered was the relatively large pushback the state received to the idea of closing the Clinton Parkway interchange and introducing (extending) a feeder road from Wakarusa to the State Park entrance--thus making Wakarusa the gateway to the eastern part of Clinton, the spillway and Eagle Bend.

September 14, 2015 at 9:46 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Police: 4 men now in custody following morning incident involving guns, masks

So much has been made of questionable spending by the city from many different angles. Whatever your stance, the purchase and training of the newest 4-legged members of our police force is a welcome expense. As an owner of a professionally trained shepherd, I can say these are highly intelligent animals and will prove themselves invaluable for years to come!

August 19, 2015 at 10:20 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Carrying his weight: Juco transfer Ke'aun Kinner no stranger to being asked to ‘step up’

The way he ran last weekend gives every bit of credibility to all that is said here!

August 13, 2015 at 9:55 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Key Kansas lawmakers defend plan to issue pension bonds

Hmm. I like it. Great time to issue bonds to raise money. Nothing like purchasing stocks when the market is at an all-time high. We wouldn't want to gamble with the retirement money of folks when there is a chance the market could crash again. *-facepalm-*

March 30, 2015 at 9:19 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

New bill would end state’s Teacher of the Year Program

Andy's post below demonstrates my original intrigue with the legislation. Your question about the DoE oversight was my point of reference. All I can assume, is as Andy points out, the Legislature must think that the DoE promotes a popularity contest and believes neutral oversight must be needed? Unfortunately, the proposal creates an unbalanced panel ratio of educators to non-educators. This, thereby, could create an environment of partisan promotion. I do not think having non-educators who are part of this board as a bad idea. I would merely assume that they should at least be represented by an equal number of peers as reviewers.

While Joe or Jane Public is not an educator, they maybe their experience in the business world brings a new perspective to the achievements for the reviewed educator. Again, I don't have the answers but I will be interested in what the stakeholders would say.

March 13, 2015 at 2:03 p.m. ( | suggest removal )