WRITER: Dylan Lysen

KU researcher helps find antibiotic-resistant 'superbug' on remote Arctic island

An antibiotic-resistant “superbug” carrying a gene that originated in India has been found in a remote part of the world by a group of researchers that includes a University of Kansas geology professor. Jennifer Roberts, chair of KU’s Department of Geology, participated in a 2013 study of the soil in Svalbard, Norway, that found the superbug that originated in New Delhi, India. She said the detection of ...

Kevin Willmott, other KU faculty to make documentary exploring the life of Langston Hughes

While screenwriter Kevin Willmott is busy with activities surrounding the Academy Awards and his celebrated film “BlacKkKlansman,” he's already looking ahead to his next project: a documentary about Langston Hughes. Willmott, a University of Kansas film professor, told the Journal-World recently that he's excited to help make a two-part documentary film focusing on Hughes, a poet and cultural icon who spent ...

Sen. Holland introduces bills for medical marijuana legalization, property tax relief with bipartisan support

A state senator from Douglas County has been busy introducing bills with bipartisan support this week, including one that would legalize medical marijuana in Kansas. Sen. Tom Holland, a Baldwin City Democrat, introduced two bills this week with support from Republicans — the medical marijuana bill and a proposal to freeze property taxes for elderly homeowners and homeowners who are disabled veterans. Rep. ...

KU still mum on next steps for liberal arts dean position

Two weeks after interim dean Clarence Lang declined the permanent deanship for the University of Kansas College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the university has yet to announce a plan to fill the position. Ruben Flores, the University Senate president, and Kirk McClure, the Faculty Senate president, both told the Journal-World on Wednesday that they have not been informed of a plan to fill the position since ...

Best-selling Australian author Jane Harper discusses new book ahead of Lawrence visit

Australian author Jane Harper always wanted to be a writer. But before she decided to put all of her time toward fiction writing, she worked for many years as a journalist. Harper won’t be going back to journalism anytime soon, though. Her first novel, “The Dry,” a mystery focusing on the death of a farm family amid one of the worst Australian droughts in a century, was released in 2017. In the novel, ...

January health code inspections: 3 found out of compliance in Douglas County

Two drinking establishments and a school in Douglas County failed state health code inspections in January. Each month, I take a look at inspection results and list every place either listed out of compliance or with 10 or more code violations. Full reports are available online at agriculture.ks.gov. There, you can find details about specific violations, which can vary. Noncritical citations include unlabeled ...

KU geology department purchases 600 acres of Colorado land to help continue decades-old course

The purchase of 600 acres of land in central Colorado will make sure the University of Kansas Department of Geology can continue to teach one of its most important courses each summer. J. Douglas Walker, a distinguished professor of geology, told the Journal-World that the department bought the land, known as Blue Ridge, from Colorado landowner Ron Gifford and his family, who have for decades allowed the ...

Mother accused of leaving toddlers in car while at bar charged with child endangerment, tells judge she 'made a mistake'

A Lawrence mother who allegedly left her two toddlers in a car while she was in a bar pleaded with the judge to not take her children away when she made her first appearance in Douglas County District Court on Thursday. Tiara Dillon, 26, who has been in Douglas County Jail since early Wednesday morning, appeared in court from the jail through video stream. She was formally charged with two felony counts of ...

KU study: Americans overestimate number of gun owners, which could have political ramifications

When it comes to guns, Americans tend to overestimate just how many people actually own them, which could be influencing the politics of one of the most polarizing issues in the country, according to a study from two University of Kansas political scientists. In the study, which was published in the Politics & Policy journal, co-authors Don Haider-Markel and Mark Joslyn examined results from a 2016 ...

'Honk for Hemp' sign holder not satisfied with legalization of the crop, will continue to picket for marijuana

He’s been asking drivers in downtown Lawrence to honk their car horns in support of hemp for years. But now that the plant is a legalized crop in Kansas and no longer a federally listed controlled substance, Thomas Trower recently told the Journal-World he isn’t satisfied. He plans to continue picketing with his large white sign that says “honk for hemp” until he can legally enjoy the recreational use ...

Strong winds blow semitrailer over on I-70 near Lawrence, bringing westbound traffic to a halt

Updated at 2:59 p.m. Monday All lanes of westbound traffic on Interstate 70 were brought to a halt just east of Lawrence on Monday morning because of an overturned semitrailer, the Kansas Highway Patrol said. KHP Lt. Mark Christesen said the truck, which was not carrying cargo, rolled over because of strong winds around 8:15 a.m. near the 205 mile marker. He said no other vehicles were involved in the wreck ...

During KU visit, Sen. Moran says compromise needed to avoid another shutdown; learns of visa struggles for students

After the longest government shutdown in U.S. history ended on Friday, U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kansas, said Monday that Congress needed to work toward a compromise to avoid another shutdown in just a few weeks. “It seems to me this should be a normal congressional negotiation, which is a give-and-take and we get an outcome where people can claim victory and no one is terribly upset,” Moran said. ...

Interim dean declines controversial direct appointment to lead KU's largest school

Story updated at 6:02 p.m. Thursday The interim dean of the University of Kansas' largest school has declined an unusual offer to be directly appointed to the permanent position, the university announced Thursday. Clarence Lang, who is serving as interim dean for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, withdrew his name after considering the offer, KU Interim Provost Carl Lejuez said Thursday morning in an ...

Go, See, Do | Raven Book Chat at Watkins, 'Goodnight Moon,' 'The Sleeping Beauty' ballet, and Kansas Day exhibits

What was it like to live through the turmoil of the Bleeding Kansas era and the Civil War? Author Lana Wirt Myers knows better than most, having recently finished editing and compiling the diaries of a 19th-century Kansas settler who saw the events unfold. This weekend, you can learn more about those accounts — which Myers has published as “The Diaries of Reuben Smith, Kansas Settler and Civil War ...

Sen. Holland introduces bill to make church clergy mandatory reporters of suspected sex crimes

Story updated at 5:43 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019: TOPEKA — State Sen. Tom Holland, D-Baldwin City, introduced a bill Wednesday to require that church clergy and employees be mandatory reporters of sexual assault. “Clergy leadership are adults that children must be able to trust to keep them safe,” Holland said during an afternoon news conference at the Capitol in Topeka. “(The bill) mandates that ...

Lawrence native awarded Langston Hughes short fiction writing award

What was originally written for a class assignment has turned out to be a winning fiction submission in Lawrence. Molly Weisgrau, a senior studying English at the University of Kansas, told the Journal-World via email Monday that she was excited to see that a short story she wrote for a class at KU was selected as the winning fiction entry for the 2019 Langston Hughes Writing Awards. “It’s really cool to ...

In MLK march across KU campus, interim dean calls for working together to improve society

Through a misty rain, members of a historic black fraternity and a second-line band led a large group of students and faculty in a march across the University of Kansas campus Tuesday in honor of the civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. Prior to the march — which started in Strong Hall in the center of Jayhawk Boulevard and traveled east to the university’s student union — Clarence Lang, interim ...

Man allegedly robs west Lawrence restaurant employee at knifepoint

UPDATED STORY - Police: Armed robbery reported at Lawrence Subway was a hoax A man brandishing a knife allegedly robbed an employee outside the Subway restaurant in west Lawrence Tuesday afternoon, police said. Officers were called to the restaurant at 4000 W. Sixth St. at approximately 2:30 p.m. for a reported robbery, Lawrence Police Officer Derrick Smith said. Smith said the suspect was described as an ...

Homes: Couple renovates old Lawrence home for a mix of historic, modern

Renovating a rundown home in a historic part of town allowed for a young couple in Lawrence to mix the old with the new. Lindsey and Kyle Weiland purchased their home at 1327 New Hampshire St. in January 2014 with plans to gut the interior and rebuild it to their liking. Kyle, who is a general contractor in town, has plenty of experience building homes and the couple knew it was the perfect match before they ...

Some KU faculty support controversial hiring process for dean; they say 'crisis' demands it

Another group of University of Kansas faculty is wading into the unusual appointment of a dean at the university, this time in support of KU leadership’s controversial plan to bypass its normal hiring procedures. In an open letter to the Journal-World, a group of 14 faculty members associated with the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences — led by Maryemma Graham, a distinguished professor for the college ...