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Last Build Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2017 06:00:00 -0600


Opinion: Education gap between left and right

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 06:00:00 -0600

It’s time we talked about the most consequential political divide in this country. That divide is not between liberals and conservatives. Rather, it is between the ignorant and the informed, between those who have information and can extrapolate from it and those who do not and cannot. There is an education gap between left and right, and it poses a grave threat to our national future.

Library to celebrate black authors, illustrators this week

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0600

Visitors to this week’s Storytime programming at the Lawrence Public Library will be treated to a special lineup of works by African-American authors and illustrators — just in time for Black History Month. At the library, “we always strive to have diverse stories,” says Karen Allen, the library’s youth services coordinator. “I think to be sensitive to Black History Month, we wanted to make sure we focused on that.”

Opinion: An adult voice amid pandemic childishness

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0600

In his 72 years, Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, who was raised in segregated Richmond, Va., acknowledges that he has seen much change, often for the better, including advances in the 1960s. But in his elegant new memoir, “All Falling Faiths: Reflections on the Promise and Failure of the 1960s,” he explains why today’s distemper was incubated in that “burnt and ravaged forest of a decade.”

Editorial: Governor, let the tax bill stand

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0600

Kansas legislators have done what many weren’t sure was possible. They have written and approved, with broad bipartisan support, a tax bill that closes Kansas’ billion-dollar budget hole.

Douglas County sheriff and his mother under investigation for voter fraud; case reveals quirk in Kansas voting law

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0600

Sheriff Ken McGovern in the last two elections helped his elderly mother obtain a ballot to vote in Douglas County, despite evidence that his mother lives in a Johnson County nursing home. A spokesman with the Kansas Secretary of State’s office confirmed the matter had been forwarded to state prosecutors for review and possible charges.

Coalition of Democrats and moderate Republicans shows its strength

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0600

Democrats and moderate Republicans gained significant strength in the Kansas Legislature in the 2016 elections. That was evident by the quick passage Thursday and Friday of a $1 billion tax increase that reverses some of Gov. Sam Brownback's signature tax policies. But lawmakers admit the coalition is sometimes tenuous and may not apply in all issues.

City's affordable housing board looks for new ideas, new funding

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0600

Over the past year, city funds and policies have helped add a handful of affordable homes and apartments to Lawrence, but city leaders say to fill the vast shortage of affordable housing is going to take new ideas and new money.

Datebook: Lawrence Home Show and more events for Feb. 19

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0600

Area events for Feb. 19.

Kansas softball wins two shutouts

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 23:57:25 -0600

Ania Williams pitched a one-hit shutout and Alexis Reid tossed a two-hit shutout as Kansas softball team won two games Saturday in the Osprey Invitational in Jacksonville, Fla.

Kansas baseball falls to Liberty, 6-1

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 23:56:11 -0600

The Kansas baseball team was held to four hits Saturday and suffered its first loss of the season against Liberty, 6-1, at Riley Park in Charleston, S.C.

KU golfers third after second round

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 23:53:13 -0600

Kansas’ men’s golf team held third place among 22 teams after the second round of the Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate on Saturday in Palm Desert, Calif.

FSHS wrestler Foster wins regional crown

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 23:51:51 -0600

Free State High junior wrestler Gage Foster won a regional title at 170 pounds Saturday, leading the Firebirds to seventh place in the team standings at Hutchinson.

Three LHS wrestlers 2nd at regional meet

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 23:50:22 -0600

Three Lawrence High wrestlers took second place at their Class 6A regional Saturday, helping the Lions to ninth place in the team standings at Blue Valley.

Firebirds 3rd, Lions 9th at state swimming

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 23:15:52 -0600

As soon as Free State senior Jordan Portela came above water, he glanced at the scoreboard and then smacked the water with his fist.

Kansas goes cold in 75-60 loss to Texas Tech

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 23:11:49 -0600

Kansas’ women’s basketball team sprinted to an 11-point first-half lead but couldn’t hold it in a 75-60 loss to Texas Tech on Saturday at United Supermarkets Arena in Lubbock, Texas.

Former Wichita mayor expected to announce run for Kansas governor

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 20:13:39 -0600

Former Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer is expected to officially announce that he will run for governor next year.

Dry, warm weather in Kansas sparks fears of drought

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 19:34:48 -0600

Unusually warm and dry weather in February is stoking fears of another drought.

Notebook: Buzzer-beater gives Jayhawks 'big momentum boost' at half; KU up three games in Big 12

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 18:36:38 -0600

On a day when No. 3 Kansas made just 5-of-20 3-point attempts in a 67-65 win over No. 4 Baylor, back-to-back 3-pointers just before halftime helped save the Jayhawks.

Tom Keegan: With brains and brawn, Lucas is the key in crunch time

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 17:56:10 -0600

Most of the 10,021 in Ferrell Center whistled, waved, hollered and did whatever else they thought might influence Landen Lucas to miss at the free-throw line with the game tied and 11.5 seconds showing on the clock. By Tom Keegan

Donated books net Lawrence Public Library $100K

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 17:47:01 -0600

Stan Ring is thankful for the Lawrence book lovers who can’t bring themselves to throw away books. The Friends of the Lawrence Public Library presented the library an oversized $100,000 check Saturday, representing the money the group raised through the sale of donated books and other materials in 2016.