WRITER: Kim Callahan

State disciplinary board recommends DA Valdez be censured for inappropriate conduct; special prosecutor had sought 1-year suspension

Updated at 3:50 p.m. Tuesday, April 23 Douglas County District Attorney Suzanne Valdez should be censured for unprofessional conduct toward a Douglas County judge, the state’s top panel for attorney discipline is recommending. A panel for the Kansas Board for Discipline of Attorneys is recommending to the Kansas Supreme Court that Valdez be censured for “undignified or discourteous conduct” toward ...

The roguish ghost of John Barrymore takes the stage in Theatre Lawrence's 'I Hate Hamlet'

Shakespearean drama isn’t really Theatre Lawrence’s thing — don’t expect to see Lady Macbeth wringing her guilty hands in West Lawrence — but having fun with Shakespeare most certainly is. In the last few years, the community theater has produced “Something Rotten,” a musical farce centered on the bard, and “The Compleat Works of Wllm Shkspr (Abridged),” a whirlwind romp through ...

West 11th Street's steep hill is undergoing a $4.2 million makeover, with just a little off the top

One of the steepest hills in Lawrence is about to become a little shorter. Not so you’d notice — just 4 or 5 feet — but you might appreciate that missing morsel if you’ve ever ridden a bicycle up West 11th Street and felt like your calves would explode. A $4.2 million project recently got underway on West 11th, one of the main routes between the University of Kansas campus and downtown, resulting in ...

Judge delivers another defeat to public commenter; she allows city's rules to stand, saying plaintiff unlikely to succeed on merits

Updated at 11:50 a.m. Wednesday, April 10 A man who is suing the Lawrence City Commission and two former mayors suffered another defeat this week when a federal judge refused to order the commission to temporarily stop enforcing its speech policy at commission meetings. The man, Justin Spiehs, is a frequent commenter at meetings, and on at least two occasions — in October 2022 and July 2023 — he was ...

Man pleads to lesser charge in knife incident downtown; he committed crime while on probation for attacking pedestrians

A man was convicted of misdemeanor endangerment Friday in Douglas County District Court after he had originally faced a far more serious charge of felony aggravated assault with a knife. Deonte Darrell Jackson, 35, was on probation on Aug. 24, 2023, when he approached a man in a delivery truck with a knife in downtown Lawrence. The crime he was on probation for at the time was a violent, and seemingly random, ...

Judge rejects 'infamous' commenter's assertion that city's rules are unconstitutionally vague; throws out some claims, allows others

Updated at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, April 3, 2024 Lawrence’s “most infamous” commenter has failed to demonstrate that the City Commission’s rules about comments at public meetings are unconstitutionally vague or that the city engaged in unlawful viewpoint and content discrimination against him. Federal Judge Julie Robinson in an order this week, using Justin Spiehs’ self-identification as “the most ...