City Government

ACLU launches national grass-roots voter expansion campaign at Lied Center

In the home county of the “king of voter suppression,” the American Civil Liberties Union announced Sunday a nationwide campaign to go on the offensive to expand voting rights.That king would be Kansas Secretary of State and Lecompton resident Kris Kobach, whose name was mentioned often by ...

Lawrence City Commission to consider tax breaks for 5-story downtown condo project

At its meeting Tuesday, the Lawrence City Commission will decide whether to give a tax break to a mixed-use condominium project in downtown Lawrence. The incentives request is a reconsideration of a request the commission denied in December, and has been modified in response to concerns from ...

Roadwork for Oct. 2, 2017

• The right westbound lane of 23rd Street from Ousdahl Road to Alabama Street will be closed for waterline construction. The project is expected to be completed this month.• North 1500, East 1625 and North 1550 roads will be closed for a culvert replacement project. North 1500 Road will be ...

Lawrence City Commission agenda set for Oct. 3 meeting

Consent agenda• Approve City Commission meeting minutes from 09/19/17.• Receive minutes from various boards and commissions• Approve all claims. The list of claims will be posted by the Finance Department on Monday prior to the meeting. If Monday is a holiday, the claims will be posted ...

5 people shot in downtown Lawrence; 3 dead

Lawrence Police are investigating after at least five people were shot — three fatally — just before 1:40 Sunday morning in downtown Lawrence, according to a news release from Officer Derrick Smith.The exact location of the multiple shooting wasn't clear but police had blocked off ...

As Halloween nears, stained-glass artist’s works take on a darker tone

Artist John Niswonger’s stained-glass hawk feathers would look nice in just about any window and might even make a nice gift for a loved one. But here’s guessing that your grandmother would not react the same way if she were to unwrap his one hundred-piece homage to the 1970s low-budget ...

Suicide attempt survivor: ‘Silence is harmful’

As a teenager, Erica Smith felt completely disconnected from her peers. She felt like they were easily enjoying life, and she wasn’t able to enjoy anything at all. She was feeling shame, anxiety, fear and exhaustion.Smith had experienced sexual trauma in middle school and high school. She ...

Hit the trails for International Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day

The Lawrence Parks and Recreation department and Lawrence Mountain Bike Club will host group rides around the North Lawrence River Trails for International Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day. Club members will give safety tips as they lead riders around the trail. Some Lawrence Police Department ...

St. John’s church group uncovers past of previously abandoned rural graveyard

Brian Walter knew that once they began clearing the brush away from the 10-acre patch of land they would find gravestones, but he didn’t expect to find relatives. The 150-year-old cemetery is the resting place of more than a dozen early Lawrence residents: a settler from Ireland, three ...

Volunteer opportunities: Charity race seeking help

Agency: Health Care AccessContact: Jennifer Stucker at stuckerj@healthcareaccess.orgHealth Care Access, a health home for the uninsured in Douglas County, needs volunteers to help with the Kansas Half Marathon/5K event on Sunday, November 5. Opportunities are available starting Oct. 26, with ...

WSU agrees to move chemistry class out of religious coffee shop

Topeka ? Wichita State University said Friday that a chemistry class will no longer meet in a religiously affiliated coffee shop following an objection filed by a former student in that class.Ron Matson, dean of the Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at WSU, said in an email ...

ACLU to launch massive ‘Let People Vote’ campaign this weekend at Lied Center

People Power, the grassroots mobilization arm of the American Civil Liberties Union, will launch its new national campaign, Let People Vote, Sunday at the Lied Center.A news release from the organization touts the event as "one of the biggest grassroots campaigns in the ACLU’s 97 year ...

Former Lawrence mayor begins federal prison sentence

Former Lawrence mayor Jeremy Farmer reported to a federal prison this week, part of his punishment for stealing money from a food bank he led, according to federal officials. Farmer is now at the Administrative U.S. Penitentiary Thomson, located in Thomson, Ill., according to the Federal Bureau ...