Archive for Saturday, July 7, 2001

Local briefs

July 7, 2001


School marked with graffiti

Someone armed with spray paint put graffiti on an outside wall of Deerfield Elementary School, sometime between Tuesday afternoon and Thursday morning, Lawrence Police said.

The graffiti consisted of seven common first names, police spokesman Sgt. Mike Pattrick said. Some of the names also were written on a sidewalk, he said. Damage was listed at $300.

There are no suspects, Pattrick said.

Last week several downtown buildings were marked with graffiti, but police don't think there is a connection to the Deerfield incident.

The downtown buildings were marked with Asian lettering. Police had the downtown graffiti examined by a Kansas City, Mo., Police gang unit and determined that the lettering had no meaning, Pattrick said.

Journalism: J-W series on epilepsy a finalist in national contest

A series of articles by Journal-World features-arts editor Jan Biles and photographer Melissa Lacey was selected as a finalist in the Heart of America national media contest.

"Holding on to Hope" told the story of Meredith Leary, a Lawrence woman with epilepsy; her parents, Norma and Norman Leary; and the research being done by Dr. Ivan Osorio and his colleagues at Kansas University Medical Center to find a way to block epilepsy seizures.

Biles and Lacey worked several months on the project, which culminated in a three-part series published in January in the Journal-World.

Biles, who has won numerous state, regional and national journalism awards, has been with the Journal-World six years. Lacey has been with the paper three years.

The Heart of America award, sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary, rewards excellence in the coverage of American families, and particularly the courage of women.

Gasoline prices: Pump patrol tracks down lowest prices in Lawrence

The Journal-World has found a Lawrence-area gasoline price as low as $1.119 a gallon at Site Service Station, 946 E. 23rd St.

If you find a lower price, please call us at 832-7154. Be prepared to leave the name of the business, the address and the price.

Or go to to join our Pump Patrol message board.

KU architecture students win acoustic awards

Five Kansas University students were honored last month at the annual meeting of the Acoustical Society of America.

As part of a competition, the students designed an 800-seat music performance hall, rehearsal room and practice rooms for a college performing arts center near a major roadway. KU's two teams both received commendation awards, which include a $500 prize.

One team consisted of Brian Corry, a May 2001 architectural engineering graduate from Ballwin, Mo., and Lucy Williams, a May 2001 architecture graduate from St. Louis. The other team included architectural engineering seniors Greg Hughes of Ballwin, Mo., senior Jon Peterson of Hugoton and May 2001 graduate Ryan O'Halloran of Chillicothe, Mo.

Underground Railroad Assn. schedules meeting

The Underground Railroad Assn. of Douglas County will meet at 2 p.m. Sunday in the gallery room of the Lawrence Public Library.

There will be open discussion, rather than a program, on topics including plans for future programs, ideas for raising funds, goals and the possibility of locating, preserving and marking Underground Railroad sites.

The meeting is open to the public.

For more information, contact Martha Parker at (785) 748-9836.

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