WRITER: Chad Lawhorn

Leading civil rights attorney tells KU crowd that Brown v. Board decision must be defended, better used

In a speech at KU on Friday commemorating the 70th anniversary of the landmark school desegregation case Brown v. Board of Education, one of the nation’s top civil rights attorneys quoted both the law and philosophy. But Sherrilyn Ifill, the former director and counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, told members of the KU crowd that they ought to be quoting the Brown v. Board decision itself. There is a ...

Mini-golf is now a possibility for downtown project, but small, city-owned parking lot would need to close

If you are like me and you like your barbecue large and your golf mini, I have a downtown Lawrence update that may be up your alley. Kansas City’s Q39 barbecue restaurant has won a key City Hall approval to locate in a portion of the former Journal-World printing plant building, just south of Sixth and New Hampshire streets in downtown. But in a new twist, one of its neighbors may be a mini-golf course. A ...

Regents approve new policy that prohibits 'diversity pledges' from prospective employees, students

A new policy that will prohibit “diversity pledges” at state universities — but won’t require schools to close their offices related to diversity initiatives — won quick and unanimous approval by the Kansas Board of Regents on Wednesday. While diversity-related issues surrounding higher education have been divisive in several states across the country, Regents at their monthly meeting expressed no ...

Seating at KU's revamped football stadium to shrink by a few thousand seats; other updates on Gateway Project

Seating at the University of Kansas’ revamped football stadium likely will shrink by at least 5,000 seats when the facility opens in 2025, but KU’s athletic director promised year-round excitement levels from the site will grow. Members of Downtown Lawrence Inc. on Wednesday morning received an update from Athletic Director Travis Goff on the $448 million renovation of David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium ...

KU's stadium is full of construction material now, but all is on schedule to have commencement there next month

Today, it would not be hard to find actual boards on the field of David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium as it undergoes a $448 million renovation that has demolished the entire west side of the facility. But leaders of that project on Wednesday assured community members that mortar boards will be on the field next month as scheduled. In other words, despite how the stadium looks now, KU is confident commencement ...

For three consecutive months, home prices have fallen in Lawrence; home sales up from a year ago

It is too early to be a trend, but not too early to be a tantalizing possibility: The selling prices of homes in Lawrence are declining. For three consecutive months, the median selling prices of homes have declined, according to the latest information from the Lawrence Board of Realtors. Specifically, the prices have declined compared to the median prices from the same month a year earlier. The drop in ...