Lawrence briefs

Police release surveillance photo of Kwik Shop robber

Lawrence Police continue to look for a man who robbed a convenience store early Wednesday morning and have now released a photo from the store’s security videotape, seen above.

About 2 a.m., a man armed with a handgun entered Kwik Shop, 1420 Kasold Drive, confronted a clerk and demanded money from the cash register, Sgt. Mike Pattrick said.

The 20-year-old male clerk complied, and the robber was last seen running north from the store, Pattrick said. Police were called.

The amount of money taken was not released. No customers were in the store at the time.

Anyone with information about the robbery can call the Lawrence Police Department at 832-7501 or Douglas County Crime Stoppers at 843-8477. Callers remain anonymous.

Police arrest suspect in report of stabbing

Lawrence Police late Thursday arrested a Lawrence man they believe stabbed a man in the stomach Thursday night, Sgt. Paul Fellers said.

Officers still were investigating the incident, which reportedly occurred just before 9:30 p.m. at an apartment in the 2500 block of Redbud Lane, Fellers said.

The victim, a 28-year-old Lawrence man, suffered one apparent stab wound to his lower left abdomen and was in stable condition late Thursday at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, Fellers said.

Police arrested a 35-year-old Lawrence man on suspicion of aggravated battery and criminal threat.

Neither of the men lives at the apartment, Fellers said.

City commission won’t review apartment complex plans

Lawrence city commissioners said this week that they wouldn’t review the Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission’s approval of a final development plan for the construction of 130 apartment units at 15th Street and Crestline Drive.

Neighbors who wanted to register their objections weren’t heard when the planning commission considered the matter in August; final development plans aren’t subject to public hearing.

The neighbors earlier this month also failed to get a hearing before the Board of Zoning Appeals.

City commissioners said this week the planning commission typically had final say on development plans. They didn’t want to disturb that process.

“We’d become the arbiter of a lot of final development plans,” Mayor Sue Hack said, “and that’s not our job.”

Humanities centers partner for conference

The Hall Center for the Humanities at Kansas University and the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture have formed a new partnership.

The pact between the two centers produced “Rome-England-America: Crisis and Leadership in the West,” a one-day conference Sept. 21 in Dallas. Two KU faculty members Stanley Lombardo, professor of classics, and Victor Bailey, Hall Center director made presentations at the conference.

The partnership was suggested by Randy Gordon, a Dallas lawyer and KU alumnus who serves as president of the Dallas Institute’s board of directors and is on the Hall Center’s advisory board.

KU plans competition in engineering design

It won’t be your typical Kansas University basketball game.

High school students who attend a design competition Nov. 5 at KU will construct a device out of various materials to launch pingpong balls through a children’s basketball hoop.

Each team will have 60 seconds to sink as many pingpong balls as they can from 4 or 8 feet away.

The annual High School Design Competition, sponsored by the School of Engineering, also will include information sessions about KU’s engineering program.

Registration deadline for the event is Oct. 25. For more information, visit or contact Ginny Pearson at 864-2931 or

KU seeks host families for Thanksgiving holiday

Kansas University is seeking host families to participate in the Betty Grimwood Thanksgiving Homestay Program for international students, Nov. 26-Dec. 1.

The program provides an opportunity for new international students to experience the U.S. holiday with an American family. Host families should apply by Nov. 1 to Carol Dias da Silva, program coordinator for KU’s International Student and Scholar Services, at 864-3617 or

Last year, 31 students and 25 families participated in the program, named after a Burns resident who helped to organize homestay visits from 1954 through 1998.

Not all students or families are able to spend the full Thanksgiving break together. Dias da Silva said some students are interested in joining a U.S. family for Thanksgiving Day only; others are interested in spending the full break with a U.S. host family.

KU organizes symposium on environmental careers

Kansas University will sponsor an environmental career symposium for students interested in pursuing a career in the environmental field.

The symposium, which begins at 4 p.m. Thursday in the Burge Union, will consist of a career panel discussion and an informational fair.

The discussion will take place from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Frontier Room with representatives from Kansas Land Trust, Ramsey Environmental Group, Kansas Streamlink, Waste Reduction and Recycling, and Environmental Protection Agency.

Representatives from more than 20 businesses will be on hand for the informational fair from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Pioneer Room.

The symposium is a new joint effort of the Environmental Studies Student Assn., KU’s Environmental Studies Program and University Career and Employment Services..

For more information, contact University Career and Employment Services at 864-3624.