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Monuments of a different type honor civil rights heroes at Lawrence exhibition

As bronze statues of Confederate figures are creating national controversy, there's hope that a Lawrence exhibition featuring quilts and textiles of civil rights heroes will bring people together. Names like Claudetta Colvin, Ella Josephine Baker and Ida Mae Holland don’t jump from the pages ...

Kansas 2018 races for governor, Congress drawing unusually crowded fields

Topeka ? Kansas Insurance Commissioner Ken Selzer plans to hold a barbecue event in Louisburg Sunday afternoon to officially kick off his campaign for governor in 2018.Selzer, 64, a Republican and relative newcomer to Kansas politics, will become at least the sixth Republican to enter the race, ...

Brownback signs disaster declaration for Douglas County, 7 others

TOPEKA ? Gov. Sam Brownback has signed an emergency disaster declaration in response to strong storms that have hit the state this month.The declaration covers thunderstorms, hail and flooding that hit Kansas beginning Aug. 3.Counties included in the declaration include Barber, Douglas, ...

Kobach, author of controversial Arizona law, defends Arpaio pardon

Topeka ? Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who was at the center of a controversial anti-illegal immigration law in Arizona that led to a criminal contempt conviction against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, is now defending President Donald J. Trump's decision to pardon Arpaio."Joe ...

As football season approaches, a reminder on KU Athletics’ new security policies

Next week brings the start of a new football season at the University of Kansas — and with it ramped-up security measures meant to keep fans safe in the wake of a new law allowing concealed carry of weapons on campus. The news that KU would install metal detectors and security guards at ...

Volunteer opportunities: Manage social media for Meals on Wheels

Agency: Lawrence Meals on WheelsContact: Kim Culliss at 785-830-8844 or at 4mealsonwheels@sbcglobal.netLawrence Meals on Wheels provides hot, nutritious meals to the homebound elderly and/or disabled residents of Lawrence. Lawrence Meals on Wheels needs volunteers to help with their social ...

Gym at Holcom Park Recreation Center to close for maintenance

The gym at Holcom Park Recreation Center will close temporarily for maintenance beginning Monday. The gym will remain closed until Sept. 10 for work related to the city's facilities conservation improvement program, according to a city news release. The racquetball court is currently closed for ...

KU announces 2017 Common Work of Art

The Spencer Museum of Art earlier this week announced this year’s University of Kansas Common Work of Art. “Magenta Colored Girl,” a 1989 photographic print by American contemporary artist Carrie Mae Weems, will accompany the 2017-2018 KU Common Book, Claudia Rankine’s “Citizen: An ...

Kansas appeals court finds Douglas County judge erred in contempt order

Topeka — A Kansas Court of Appeals panel vacated a criminal contempt citation Friday against a Lawrence man who repeatedly spread unfounded reports that his ex-girlfriend and the mother of his child was involved with Colombian drug cartels.In an opinion written by Judge Steve Leben, the ...

Defendant receives diversion in criminal case involving golf course pond

The defendant in a municipal court case regarding the alleged improper use of a city fire hydrant at the Jayhawk Club golf course received diversion Thursday.The golf course — formerly called Alvamar — is being redeveloped by a group led by Lawrence businessman Thomas Fritzel and is an ...

Fiddling and Picking Championships returning this weekend to Lawrence

With lots of music at many venues, this year’s Kansas State Fiddling and Picking Championships will be much like previous ones but with a cool twist.“We always joke we pick the hottest day of the year to have it, because it’s on the fourth weekend of August,” said Gayle Sigurdson. ...

In Lawrence, Jenkins vents frustration with Congress, shares opinion of Trump

U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins told a Lawrence audience Thursday that she is thoroughly frustrated with the partisan gridlock in Washington, and that is one of the reasons she will not seek re-election in 2018."Did I mention that this is my last term?" Jenkins said when asked whether Congress will ever ...

Lawrence’s $4.4 million LED light installation raises health concerns

As light fixtures throughout the city shed their old bulbs for new LED lights, an unseen element of the new glow has some residents concerned. Some research indicates the color of LED lights the city will be installing, white with unseen blue light, could be unhealthy. Last summer, the American ...

City of Eudora negotiating with water district after long-running court battle

After a decade of battling in federal courts, the city of Eudora and Douglas County Rural Water District No. 4 have started back-and-forth negotiations to resolve a dispute about the delivery of water service in the southern parts of the city.On Wednesday, the Eudora City Commission accepted a ...