City Government

Sudan officially off of KPERS do-not-invest list

Topeka ? The public pension system in Kansas is now free to invest in companies that do business in Sudan, a joint legislative committee was told Monday.Kansas lawmakers passed a law in 2007 requiring the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System to divest itself of holdings in any company that ...

City’s stone buffalo sculpture vandalized over the weekend

The holiday spirit came and went quickly for one usually festive Lawrence sculpture.The city’s stone buffalo displayed its annual Christmas wreath only briefly over the weekend. Now the sculpture is bare except for spray-painted graffiti.Lawrence Director of Arts and Culture Porter Arneill ...

Three Lawrence students nominated for U.S. service academies

Three Lawrence students are among approximately 80 young Kansans nominated by U.S. Sens. Jerry Moran and Pat Roberts for admission to a United States Service Academy. The two senators announced their nominees separately earlier this month. Joseph Michael Harms, a 2017 Lawrence High School ...

Former Laker, business exec to team up for KU’s Chandler Lecture

Former NBA player and coach Byron Scott, along with business executive Charles Norris, will deliver the University of Kansas School of Business Chandler Lecture on Thursday at KU. The pair will discuss their book “Slam-Dunk Success: Leading from Every Position on Life’s Court,” as part of ...

Ex-rowers’ Title IX lawsuits against KU dismissed; parties mum on agreement

A federal court has dismissed two Title IX lawsuits against the University of Kansas, at the request of the plaintiffs and KU.The day before KU’s Thanksgiving break, on Tuesday, U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Marten dismissed both cases, according to an order filed with the court.Attorneys ...

Roadwork for Nov. 27, 2017

• A roundabout construction project at the intersection of Harvard Road and Wakarusa Drive continues. The southbound lanes of Wakarusa Drive are closed. Traffic is detoured to the northbound Wakarusa Drive lanes, with one lane each for north and southbound vehicles. The project is expected to ...

Library to launch Winter Reading program this week

The Lawrence Public Library has devised a potential solution to beating the winter doldrums this season — and it doesn’t necessarily involve reading. (Though, this being the library, literary activities are always encouraged.) “We wanted to motivate people to be just as active during the ...

Racial disparity in suspensions still plagues Lawrence school district

A report shared earlier this month with the Lawrence school board shows that students of color continue to be disciplined with out-of-school suspensions at higher rate than their white peers.The report presented by Terry McEwen, district director of assessment, research and accountability, ...

Volunteer opportunities: Salvation Army seeks volunteers to distribute coats

Agency: The Salvation ArmyContact: Jim Evers at 785-843-4188 or at jim_evers@usc.salvationarmy.orgThe Salvation Army needs volunteers to assist with the Share the Warmth coat distribution, running from 12:30-4 p.m. weekdays (excluding Wednesdays) Nov. 30 through Dec. 22. Distribution of coats ...

LiveWell Lawrence coalition to celebrate 9 years in action

Since its inception nine years ago, LiveWell Lawrence, a coalition of more than 150 community members who are working to create communities where everyone can thrive, has centered its work on healthy eating, active living and tobacco-free lifestyles. “I believe we can make a greater impact ...

Business Briefcase: Local Doctor Attends International Advanced Shoulder Course

Ken Wertzberger MD recently attended the 7th Annecy Live Surgery International Shoulder Advanced Course in Annecy France June 22­24, 2017. There were 750 attendees from 61 countries.There were 120 attending from the United States. This 3 day course involved observing 35 live surgeries done by ...

KU ranked fifth-best school for veterans by Military Times

The University of Kansas climbed five spots to earn a fifth-place ranking in the recent Military Times Best: Colleges 2018 list, KU announced earlier this week. KU stood at No. 10 in the 2016 and 2017 rankings, formerly know as Best for Vets. The newest list, released Nov. 20, includes the more ...

Downtown Lawrence merchants ready for Small Business Saturday

While shoppers crowded big-box stores Friday morning in search of deals, Erin Adams and her small team at Lawrence’s The Etc. Shop were busily preparing for their version of Black Friday. The longtime boutique, at 928 Massachusetts St., is one of more than 50 downtown merchants participating ...

City puts an end to artificial ice rink after high costs, declining popularity

The synthetic ice rink purchased by the city three years ago will not be coming out of storage this year. Parks and Recreation Assistant Director Mark Hecker said the decision not to install the skating rink was the result of a discussion during the city’s annual budget process. Hecker said ...