Chats for July 2007

Why are milk prices so high? A K-State dairy researcher will chat about the issue

Tuesday, July 31, 2007, 11:00 a.m.

You can't miss the increasing price of milk these days. Mike Brouk, Kansas State University dairy researcher with the Animal Sciences and Industry Department, will answer readers' questions about the milk industry and pricing factors.

Chat with J-W KU hoops beat writer Gary Bedore

Friday, July 27, 2007, 1:30 p.m.

It's been a news-filled summer for the KU men's basketball program, again proving that the world of Jayhawk hoops never stops turning. Between injuries, recruiting and the NBA Draft, the stories have kept flowing. Journal-World KU basketball beat writer Gary Bedore will be on hand Friday, July 27, to answer whatever questions you've been storing over the summer months and are ready to ask.

Ryan Wood

Chat with J-W KU football beat writer Ryan Wood

Thursday, July 26, 2007, 2:00 p.m.

As the summer draws do its stretch run, KU football is right around the corner. Here's your chance to have your burning questions answered by Journal-World KU gridiron beatster Ryan Wood on Thursday, July 26, fresh upon his return from this week's Big 12 Media Day in San Antonio, Texas.

Trudy Rice

Chat about the Douglas County Fair

Thursday, July 26, 2007, 1:30 p.m.

The Douglas County Fair starts Friday, July 27, and runs through Aug. 5. Trudy Rice, director of the Douglas County Extension Office, will answer your questions about this year's event. More information about the fair can be found at

Chat about mental health program for Lawrence schools

Wednesday, July 25, 2007, 2:00 p.m.

Charlie Kuszmaul, program coordinator for the WRAP program, will join us at 2 p.m. Wednesday for an online chat about the program that puts mental health care professionals in local schools. A federal grant that has supported the program is about to run out, and organizers are now looking for a permanent financial commitment to WRAP from the city, county and school district.

Chat about Lawrence schools' implementation of all-day kindergarten

Tuesday, July 24, 2007, 3:00 p.m.

Lawrence schools administrators Kim Bodensteiner and Bruce Passman, who are leading the district's expansion to all-day kindergarten in selected schools, will discuss how the project is progressing. They will answer readers' questions about the program.

County Commissioner Bob Johnson

Chat about the county's 2008 budget with Commissioner Bob Johnson

Monday, July 23, 2007, 11:00 a.m.

A budget that reduces the mill levy was approved Wednesday night by the Douglas County Commission. The decrease is slight - .013 of a mill - but it more than met the commissioners' goal of fighting off an increase. A mill is $1 for every $1,000 of assessed valuation. The county's reduction comes at a time when the Lawrence public schools and the city of Lawrence are increasing their levies. County commissioners said they felt a special need to hold down their budget because of those increases. Commissioner Bob Johnson will be on hand to take questions.

Karl Gehring

Chat about Harry Potter during a marathon overnight reading session with Karl Gehring

Friday, July 20, 2007, 11:59 p.m.

Journal-World artist Karl Gehring will have his "Harry Potter" book at midnight - will you? If you're one of the legions of Lawrence residents who plan to start devouring the book as soon as it's in your hands, join Gehring here online at as he chats his way a marathon reading of J.K. Rowling's latest masterpiece. After every chapter, Gehring will write his impressions, and he'll interact with other late-night Potterphiles about the end of the franchise. And, oh yeah: SPOILER ALERTS!! <a href="">See more about the release of the last Harry Potter book</a>

Jennifer Smith and Stan Ring

Chat with horticulture experts about summer lawn and garden care

Thursday, July 19, 2007, 1:30 p.m.

Gardening was fresh and new in the spring. But as the heat of summer sets in, maintaining the beauty of your landscape can become quite a chore. Jennifer Smith and Stan Ring, horticulture experts from K-State Research & Extension-Douglas County, will take questions about lawn and garden care in the sultriest season.

Dan Hughes

Chat about the Sidewalk Sale with Dan Hughes

Wednesday, July 18, 2007, 1:30 p.m.

Dan Hughes, in addition to owning Sunflower Bike Shop, is on the board of Downtown Lawrence Inc. He'll take questions about Thursday's Sidewalk Sale - and maybe one or two about the Tour de France.

Chat with the Kansas Director of the American Fastpitch Association

Tuesday, July 17, 2007, 1:30 p.m.

Lawrence is hosting nearly 1,000 teenage girls from 75 teams throughout the United States who are competing in the American Fastpitch Association National Championship tournament, July 16-22. Ed Kimminau, the Kansas director of the AFA, will be here to talk about the competition and what the tournament means to Lawrence and Northeast Kansas.

Chat about suicide prevention with Marcia Epstein

Monday, July 16, 2007, 1:30 p.m.

Marcia Epstein, director of Headquarters Counseling Center, talks about the recent spate of Lawrence suicides - and how to recognize warning signs.

Eric Melin and J.D. Warnock

Chat about the World Series of Pop Culture with Eric Melin and J.D. Warnock

Thursday, July 12, 2007, 1:30 p.m.

Melin and Warnock are two members of the three-man Lawrence team competing in VH1's "The 2007 World Series of Pop Culture." They'll take your questions about the game show experience - and your pop culture trivia challenges.

Tom Bracciano

Chat about school construction with Tom Bracciano

Wednesday, July 11, 2007, 8:30 a.m.

The school district's Tom Bracciano will take your questions about progress at Southwest Junior High and other construction sites.

Randy Roberts and Paul Fellers

Chat about speeding tickets and road safety with Lawrence Police Sgts. Randy Roberts and Paul Fellers

Tuesday, July 10, 2007, 1:30 p.m.

Lawrence Police Sgts. Randy Roberts and Paul Fellers will take your questions about speeding and traffic safety.

Dave Corliss

Chat about the 2008 city budget with City Manager Dave Corliss

Monday, July 9, 2007, 3:30 p.m.

City Manager Dave Corliss proposed his 2008 budget for City Hall on Friday. It includes a 1-mill property tax increase, and a hike in pool fees to $4 a visit, while preserving the T from any budget cuts. He'll take your questions.

Denise Low

Chat with the Kansas Poet Laureate

Thursday, July 5, 2007, 1:30 p.m.

Lawrence writer Denise Low assumes her post as Kansas Poet Laureate on July 1. The interim dean of the College of Humanities and Arts at Haskell Indian Nations University will take questions about her new role: supporting other Kansas writers and developing an appreciation for the writing and reading of poetry.

Gene Meyer

Chat about hospital quality with Gene Meyer, president and CEO of LMH

Tuesday, July 3, 2007, 2:00 p.m.

The federal government recently released an online database rating hospitals across the nation. Gene Meyer, president and CEO of LMH, will take questions about his hospital's performance.

Chat about hospital quality with Terry Rusconi, senior director for operational improvement at the University of Kansas Hospital

Tuesday, July 3, 2007, 11:00 a.m.

Terry Rusconi, senior director for operational improvement at the University of Kansas Hospital, will take questions about hospital quality.

C.W. Klebe

Read the transcript from a past chat with Asst. Atty Gen. C.W. Klebe on the process people must go through to obtain a concealed carry permit in Kansas

Monday, July 2, 2007, 2:00 p.m.

C.W. Klebe, an assistant attorney general in the concealed carry unit, will answer questions about the process people must go through to get a concealed carry permit in Kansas.