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April 24, 2004
¢ ‘Passion’ coming to Israel theater ¢ Big ship site of big-name benefit ¢ Taiwan may spurn Chan movie ¢ Queen takes a birthday ride
Encouraging developments
Progress despite doldrums
April 24, 2004
Douglas County Commissioner Charles Jones is the first to admit he’s not an economist. That’s why, he says, he may not know the technical term for the phase the Lawrence economy is in right now. But he knows what the noneconomists would call it.
Chamber president reflects on first year
April 24, 2004
Lavern Squier became president and chief executive of the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce in July 2003. It’s been a busy first year — getting to know the community and beginning initiatives to retain local businesses and create a bioscience industry.
Seventh lawsuit filed over Wal-Mart dispute
April 24, 2004
The owners of land where Wal-Mart wants to build a west Lawrence store filed suit against the city April 15 — the seventh in a series of lawsuits tied to the city’s refusal last May to allow the store’s construction.
Floor of Baldwin pool receives new surface
April 24, 2004
A new surface on the floor of the Baldwin City Public Pool has Monte Ezell hoping it will improve the pool’s appearance and save money on maintenance at the same time.
T ridership achieves increase
April 24, 2004
With awareness increasing about the city’s transit system, city transit administrator Karin Rexroad has adopted a new motto to lure more passengers.
KU students given access to papers
April 24, 2004
Twenty Kansas University students this semester have been granted access to Bob Dole’s political papers from his tenure in the U.S House of Representatives, which previously were closed to the public.
Excellence by Design plans to create 2,000 jobs in three years
April 24, 2004
Lynn Parman wants to sell Lawrence to the world.
Lecompton tries to gain development authority
April 24, 2004
If Lecompton is to fight off an approaching development invasion from Lawrence, city officials figure that the first line of defense should be convincing Douglas County commissioners to surrender their planning authority.
Eudora pool needs $7,000 in repairs
April 24, 2004
Spring cleaning at Eudora’s municipal pool revealed about $7,000 in needed repairs.
Hospital endowment sets fund-raising record
April 24, 2004
In 2003, the Lawrence Memorial Hospital Endowment Assn. received more contributions than ever in its 35-year history.
Five new members join board
April 24, 2004
Five new members have recently joined the Lawrence Memorial Hospital Endowment Assn.’s Board of Directors.
Former Willie C’s Cafe & Bar to become new office building
April 24, 2004
A downtown restaurant building that has been vacant for nearly five years is about to become a new office building.
KDOT to expand Sixth Street
April 24, 2004
After years of preparation and planning, work should begin this summer to widen Sixth Street all the way to the South Lawrence Trafficway.
State to buy land for freeway
April 24, 2004
The state is preparing to buy land for a new freeway connecting Lawrence and Ottawa.
Step-reduction’ project pays off for API Foils
April 24, 2004
API Foils Inc. has found ways to consolidate its operations to improve efficiency when it moved 18 workers from its distribution and processing facility in Lenexa to Lawrence.
Kansas State Historical Society sites
April 24, 2004
Medical clinic opens at former Riverfront Mall
April 24, 2004
More than 50 people showed up April 4 to celebrate the opening of an all-in-one social services center and medical clinic.
New water lines to be installed downtown
April 24, 2004
It won’t be like it was five years ago, city officials promise.
Kinedyne nets major contract with U.S. military
April 24, 2004
Lawrence’s Kinedyne Corp. has a demanding client — the U.S. military.
Company designs unmanned aviation vehicles
April 24, 2004
Spies and soldiers are among the main customers of a Lawrence-based startup company that has plans to become a high-flying member of the aviation industry.
Commissioners offer ideas for industrial development in area north of airport
April 24, 2004
Hundreds of acres north of Lawrence Municipal Airport should serve as a landing strip for future industrial projects, Douglas County commissioners said Monday.
Preservation alliance to honor News Center for its renovation
April 24, 2004
A former post office building that now houses the news-gathering operations of the Journal-World, 6News and World Online has been selected to receive one of the state’s top historic preservation awards.
County maps five-year road plan
April 24, 2004
Three bridge projects will exhaust Douglas County’s share of federal transportation grants for the next five years under a plan approved this month.
Tax abatement helps finance expansion at Amarr Garage Doors
April 24, 2004
Forward thinking and a tax abatement are opening doors for one of Lawrence’s largest employers.
Chamber creates Life Science Task Force
April 24, 2004
Business leaders, Kansas University administrators and government representatives have been talking for several years about making Lawrence a hub for biotechnology companies.
Aviation company lands deal
April 24, 2004
A Lawrence-based aviation company that was nearly devastated by the slowdown after 9-11 has received a new contract to ship airplanes to Great Britain.
Private jets fuel airport strategy
More business executives flying to city, air services operator says
April 24, 2004
Lloyd Hetrick wouldn’t mind if the Lawrence Municipal Airport became known as a convenience store for business jet owners.
Party planner
Lawrence prepares to celebrate city’s 150th birthday
April 24, 2004
Clenece Hills hopes the focus of Lawrence’s 150th birthday celebration is as much on the year 2054 as the year 1854. As the city pauses to remember its history this year, Hills, who chairs the city’s Sesquicentennial Commission, wants to leave a legacy for generations to come.
Sesquicentennial events
April 24, 2004
Here’s a list of upcoming events for Lawrence’s sesquicentennial celebration.
Counties create urban force to share ideas
Coalition members hope their collective opinions carry weight at Statehouse
April 24, 2004
Elected officials in Kansas’ five largest counties have the numbers. Now they’re looking to use them. Officials from Johnson, Sedgwick, Wyandotte, Shawnee and Douglas counties are working together under a new name: the Urban Counties Consortium.
JobLink program productive for Cottonwood workers
April 24, 2004
Martha Matthews works only 90 minutes a day at the Lawrence Humane Society, but she may be the shelter’s most dedicated worker. “She’s the only employee that every day says, ‘Anything else you want me to do for you?’” said Midge Grinstead, executive director of the Lawrence Humane Society.
Advocate wants city to respond to violations
April 24, 2004
Gayle Anderson is used to waiting, but that doesn’t mean he likes to.
Lied Center celebrates
April 24, 2004
The Lied Center formally celebrated its 10th anniversary April 17 with a concert by Yo-Yo Ma and The Silk Road Ensemble.
Galleries sell more than art to stay afloat
April 24, 2004
Lawrence art galleries rely on secondary business ventures besides their galleries to draw customers in during the economic slump.
Federal grant funds nonlethal weapon
April 24, 2004
Douglas County Sheriff’s officers have new, nonlethal weapons in their arsenal, thanks to a $10,000 federal grant.
Emergency-services providers vital
April 24, 2004
Lawrence is a city in which the average citizen rarely thinks about emergency service.
Tornado-siren care high on priority list
Douglas County approves contract to maintain system
April 24, 2004
With the threat of severe weather developing in the spring, Paula Phillips figures more of the general population would be interested in the dependability of tornado sirens in Douglas County.
Lawrence Convention and Visitors Bureau devotes advertising campaign to Web site
April 24, 2004
Lawrence tourism officials are using innovative methods to bring visitors to the city.
Committee studies school overcrowding
April 24, 2004
The Lawrence school district continues to seek solutions for crowded classrooms and shifting student populations.
Pelathe partners with Haskell
April 24, 2004
Since Haskell Indian Nations University formed a partnership with Pelathe Community Resource Center in July, Haskell students have been able to intern at Pelathe through HINU’s American Indian studies program for experience in their major.
Exhibit honors American Indian athletes
April 24, 2004
What started as a class project might become an annual event at Haskell Indian Nations University.
School honored
April 24, 2004
Haskell Indian Nations University has been awarded the Crystal Award of Excellence in the Video Awards category of the international Communicator Awards.
New brewery to open soon
April 24, 2004
Freshly brewed beer and Lawrence have been on the mind of Ed Nelson for quite some time. As a graduate student in the late 1980s at Kansas University’s School of Business, Nelson was a frequent customer of the then newly opened Free State Brewing Co.
Lawrence teens struggle to find work
Competition with college students for part-time positions challenging
April 24, 2004
Free State High School students already have learned one of the age-old rules of landing a job in the “real world” — it’s about who you know. Lawrence teenagers are learning that lesson as they begin searching for summer and part-time jobs.
Downtown 2000 developers optimistic
April 24, 2004
Developers of Downtown 2000 are optimistic that an economic turnaround soon will produce benefits for the redevelopment project in the 900 block of New Hampshire Street. The project — set to add a mix of retail, office, apartment and possibly hotel space to the 900 block of New Hampshire Street — gained its first retail tenant in 2003.
Family prepares to open baking establishment
April 24, 2004
Baking has been a part of Karen Bayer’s life for as long as she can remember. “In my family, there is a tradition of baking,” she said. “Every Sunday, there were pies, cobblers, homemade breads. I grew up with that.”
Marks Jewelers finding ‘niche’ as city fixture
April 24, 2004
Marks Jewelers is one of the oldest businesses in downtown Lawrence and the 14th oldest jewelry store in the country operating out of its original location.
Haskell provides diversity
April 24, 2004
On Sept. 17, 1884, the United States Indian Industrial Training School opened its doors to educate and assimilate Indians. Fifteen students in grades one through five were brought to the sprawling campus, south of the city of Lawrence. Since that day, the school has undergone monumental transformations, first as Haskell Institute, then Haskell Indian Junior College, and now as Haskell Indian Nations University. For nearly 120 years Haskell has served American Indians and Alaska natives from across the country, albeit in a different way than in 1884.
Commentary: Vibrant downtown important to Lawrence
April 24, 2004
My first impression of Lawrence while visiting many years ago was of downtown, its tree-lined streets with specialty shops, restaurants and interesting architecture. Lawrence was exciting, vibrant, diverse, cultured, and a lot of that seemed to be happening right here in the downtown area.
Commentary: People make city unique
April 24, 2004
I’ve lived here my entire life, but I’ve traveled enough to know that much of what fills our everyday lives has a distinct Lawrence flavor. From the ephemera one notices driving down the street, the ubiquity of the Jayhawk or roundabouts made out of yellow poles every 10 feet in some neighborhoods or to the more substantive issues, such as the nearly unexampled way in which we govern ourselves, Lawrence certainly sets itself apart.
Former outlet mall seeks new identity
Business center looks for tenants
April 24, 2004
The I-70 Business Center at the edge of North Lawrence bears signs of a thriving shopping mall — Murra Restaurant, Sonny Ballard Sports Outlet, Publishers Warehouse, Antique Bazaars, Ltd. and Liz Claiborne.
Infusion of new residents keeps Lawrence fresh
April 24, 2004
In our sesquicentennial year, I’d like to focus on a few of aspects that seem to run through our history and that make Lawrence special.
Round Corner Drug Store turns into family affair
Owner’s son studying pharmacy
April 24, 2004
When Nick Wilcox was 8 years old, his parents made a deal with him: They would help him buy a bike if he worked in the cheese shop of his dad’s store. Nick has worked at Round Corner Drug Store ever since, but now he’s moved out of the cheese shop and into the pharmacy with his dad, Tom.
Pine Ridge redevelopment nearly complete
Market to open in July
April 24, 2004
The final pieces of a nearly two-year project to improve streets and build shopping centers at a busy south Lawrence intersection are falling into place.
Large tax increases worry owners
April 24, 2004
Downtown Lawrence property owners hope there is strength in numbers when it comes to fighting rising property tax bills.
Bella Lounge experiments with smoke-free environment
April 24, 2004
Deb Teeter loves coming to the Bella Lounge, 925 Iowa, because it is not too loud, you can have a nice conversation with someone and it is smoke-free.
Historic building being transformed into music venue
April 24, 2004
Prospective co-owner Brad Ziegler isn’t sure why the “For Sale” sign is still on the door at the Masonic Temple. Ziegler and partners Jerry Johnson and Jim Womack are still planning to turn the 92-year-old building at 1001 Mass. into a concert venue.
Business owners form Eighth Street Alliance
Fixing sidewalks, improving street lighting are among group’s concerns
April 24, 2004
Dave Boulter looked at the uneven sidewalks and poor lighting outside his cafe on Eighth Street and decided it was time for a makeover.
Wal-Mart expansion could shift South Iowa
Crown Automotive president cautiously optimistic about interest in relocating
April 24, 2004
Wal-Mart officials confirmed in early March plans to expand their existing Lawrence store into a Supercenter that sells groceries.
Molly McGee’s relocates
April 24, 2004
A longtime Lawrence bar and grill has moved to a bigger, more visible location. After 14 years, Molly McGee’s moved from the shopping center at 2429 Iowa into the former Mexi-Kans location at 2412 Iowa. Molly McGee’s opened Feb. 7 at the new site.
BBQ place moves
April 24, 2004
By the end of April, owners of Vermont Street BBQ planned to move their barbecue restaurant into the former Paradise Cafe location at 728 Mass.
Farmers optimistic about soil conditions
February snowstorms, March showers ease concerns in Douglas County
April 24, 2004
February snowstorms may result in relief for farmers in Douglas County, which has endured drought conditions for nearly three years. Farmers are cautiously optimistic about the boost in moisture.
Pinnacle Tech devises plan
Deal could boost rural economy, leader says
April 24, 2004
There’s excitement in Donna Johnson’s voice when she talks about trash. Johnson, president of Pinnacle Technology, 619 E. Eighth St., already has made a name for her company by developing a way to use discarded wheat straw — something farmers often burn to get rid of — as an agent to stiffen plastic. Now her company is close to finding a way to take unsorted plastic from everyday trash and recycle it into something usable for industry.
Group plans industrial park
Neighboring property owners protest proposal
April 24, 2004
Duane Schwada isn’t about to give up on his plans for a new 155-acre industrial park northwest of Lawrence. “There are a lot of developments that are very worthwhile to the community that take some time to accomplish,” said Schwada, whose initial plans were rejected March 17 by the Douglas County Commission. “We will continue to work on it.”
Commentary: Lawrence residents have strong sense of place
April 24, 2004
Imagine living in a place that was settled by people who held such strong beliefs that they were willing to fight and sometimes die for them. Imagine living in a place where settlers valued diversity to the extent that they participated as “conductors” in the Underground Railroad and risked their lives by harboring fugitive slaves.
Affordable housing issue ‘needs to be addressed’
Cost too high for many residents
April 24, 2004
The topic of affordable housing in Lawrence is a lot like the weather: Lots of people talk about it, but few people do anything about it. That could change.
Clinton park project seeks funding
Sports facilities, outdoor amphitheater included in master plan
April 24, 2004
The Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department has high hopes for the Clinton Reservoir area.
Commentary: Knowing Lawrence is gratifying for residents
April 24, 2004
After five years on the Douglas County Commission, I love this community much more than when first elected. Love can be no deeper than knowledge, and to know this place has been a deeply gratifying experience.
City seeks tenants for Carnegie Library
April 24, 2004
Historic Carnegie Library in downtown Lawrence is a lot more structurally sound now than it was a year ago — but its future use is up in the air.
Upscale project planned for 15th, Wakarusa area
April 24, 2004
Construction is expected to begin late this summer on a $35 million West Lawrence project that will add condominiums to a research park near 15th Street and Wakarusa Drive.
Landlords scramble for tenants
City ‘oversaturated’ with apartments
April 24, 2004
Low interest rates and an influx of new apartment buildings have Lawrence landlords frustrated and scrambling to attract tenants.
Astaris approaches operational capacity
April 24, 2004
By May, an eight-month long expansion project will have taken Astaris, a North Lawrence manufacturing plant, from near closure to 100 percent operational capacity for the first time in 15 years.
31st and Iowa development nears fruition
Best Buy, Home Depot anchor retail area
April 24, 2004
The retail development on the northeast corner of 31st and Iowa streets is searching for tenants to fill the final two buildings under construction on the property.
Owner of Davol building optimistic
April 24, 2004
For more than 40 years, Davol Inc. occupied the industrial building near 23rd Street and Haskell Avenue and manufactured a variety of medical devices.
Real estate company packages services
April 24, 2004
The concept of one-stop shopping has spawned a new Lawrence real estate agency that handles home loans and insurance services.
Eudora school district establishes vo-tech
April 24, 2004
Two years ago, Richard Beyer, Kansas’ secretary of human resources, suggested pumping more funding into vocational-technical schools so more people could gain the skills necessary to fill jobs, improving the state’s sagging economy and correcting labor shortages.
Christian school acquires 13 acres
Veritas plans to create campus
April 24, 2004
Lawrence Veritas Christian School is expanding.
Students protest explicit rap videos
Nelly cancels campus visit after women point to ‘harsh’ images
April 24, 2004
Maybe it was the credit card that rap superstar Nelly swiped through a woman’s backside in a recent video.
Stealing Sinatra’ full of swanky ‘60s style
April 24, 2004
Some actors strive for greatness. Others settle for oddness. David Arquette (“Eight-Legged Freaks”) continues to cut a quirky career path with the affably offbeat cable original “Stealing Sinatra” (7 p.m. Sunday, Showtime). Based on real events, “Stealing” chronicles the 1963 kidnapping of Frank Sinatra Jr. (Thomas Ian Nicholas) by a trio of bumblers.
Militant cleric warns of more suicide attacks
April 24, 2004
Militant Shiite Muslim cleric Muqtada al-Sadr ratcheted up his anti-American rhetoric Friday, threatening to launch suicide attacks if U.S. forces enter Iraq’s holy cities to capture or kill him.
Officials try to exercise control of city’s growth
April 24, 2004
Lawrence’s borders are expanding at their fastest rate since the 1960s — but city officials say good planning, not sprawl, is the reason.
Employers optimistic about hiring
April 24, 2004
Lawrence job seekers should have an easier time finding a job during the next three months, according to a report released in mid-March.
Bush: Military should respect privacy on photos
April 24, 2004
President Bush considers the release of photographs of flag-draped military coffins a reminder of the fallen troops’ sacrifice, but believes family privacy should be respected, the White House said Friday.
District plans fewer teacher layoffs
April 24, 2004
Twenty-six Lawrence teachers will not have their contracts renewed for next year, if the school board approves its staff’s recommendations Monday.
Patriot Act needed to help America wage war on terrorism
April 24, 2004
It would be interesting to know whether the four Lawrence city commissioners who voted to express their opposition to the U.S. Patriot Act believe the threat of terrorism is overblown. Even if they realize there is a threat, are they more concerned and interested in protecting civil rights and doing what they can to oppose the Bush agenda than in fighting terrorism?
Patient walks tall despite disease
April 24, 2004
Pat Martin plans to take part in the six-mile Lawrence MS Walk today, but it will seem like a vacation compared with her exertions Monday through Friday.
Healthy hospital
April 24, 2004
Area residents should value the tremendous contribution Lawrence Memorial Hospital makes to our community. The availability of health care services is a huge factor in a community’s quality of life, and Lawrence should be proud of the services being provided by its community hospital.
Arizona will be swing state in ‘04 race
April 24, 2004
In 1948, when Arizona had been a state for just 36 years and its population was only 700,000, it voted for President Truman. However, for several subsequent decades the face of Arizona politics was the leathery, suntanned Southwesternness of Barry Goldwater, the leading conservative politician between the death of Ohio’s Republican Sen. Robert Taft in 1953 and the rise of Ronald Reagan, a rise resulting partly from his participation in Goldwater’s 1964 presidential campaign. Arizona was the only state to vote Republican in 11 consecutive elections after 1948, until it voted for Bill Clinton’s 1996 re-election.
Business gains
April 24, 2004
Exchange of ideas
April 24, 2004
Engagements
April 24, 2004
Anniversaries
April 24, 2004
Weddings
April 24, 2004
Color springs up in fashion
April 24, 2004
Do you feel pretty?
Daily ticker
April 24, 2004
Judge throws out $1.28 billion verdict against Tyson
Cattle producers plan to appeal Friday’s decision
April 24, 2004
A federal judge rejected a jury’s $1.28 billion verdict against the nation’s largest beef packer, Tyson Fresh Meats Inc., ruling Friday that it did not illegally manipulate cattle prices.
Economic benefit
April 24, 2004
Briefcase
April 24, 2004
¢ Butler likely to reject bid ¢ Sprint combines stock ¢ SBC employees stage picket in Lawrence ¢ Factory orders increase
N. Korea blames ‘careless’ for explosion
April 24, 2004
North Korea on Saturday said that human “carelessness” contributed to the train blast that killed hundreds of people near the border with China, as international aid workers rushed to the site in response to the North’s appeal for help.
China reports year’s first SARS death
April 24, 2004
China said Saturday it had sealed off a SARS research lab in its capital after two lab workers contracted the disease and the mother of one died — the world’s first such death this year.
Sharon recants vow not to hurt Arafat
April 24, 2004
President Bush has cautioned Prime Minister Ariel Sharon against harming Yasser Arafat, a White House official said Friday after the Israeli leader said he was no longer bound by a promise to spare Arafat from attack.
Labor unions join in support of cutting retiree health benefits
April 24, 2004
Labor unions are joining employer groups in support of a new rule that would let companies reduce or eliminate health benefits for retirees when they become eligible for Medicare.
Lawrence briefs
April 24, 2004
¢ Community to help clean up lakeside today ¢ More rain in forecast
On the record
April 24, 2004
Chamber honors Journal-World
April 24, 2004
The Journal-World received a special award Friday night for more than a century of service to Lawrence and the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce.
KPR names four new members to advisory board
April 24, 2004
Four new members have been appointed to the Kansas Public Radio Advisory Board. The board offers advice on station promotion and improving listenership, among other duties.
Book is stunning inside look
April 24, 2004
Bob Woodward has done it again. His new book, “Plan of Attack,” is a compelling account of how the administration went to war in Iraq after first creating a war plan behind the scenes. The process was a bitter battle that left Secretary of State Colin Powell on the outside looking in as Vice President Dick Cheney pulled strings to get back to the “unfinished business” of Iraq. It was Cheney who orchestrated an in-house battle that clearly pitted Powell against most of the others.
Nursing home passes muster
Lake View Manor can stay open
April 24, 2004
Lake View Manor has dodged a bullet.
Jayhawk awaits call
Offensive tackle Jones hopes to go in Day 1
April 24, 2004
Adrian Jones played left tackle for only one season in college, but the Kansas University senior hopes to have a much longer career at the position. “In the NFL, you’re drafted on potential,” said Craig Domann, Jones’ agent. “Adrian only played offensive line for one year. KU fans might be surprised at how high he gets drafted.”
Jayhawks in fifth place
April 24, 2004
Kansas University’s women’s golf team, which has finished either 11th or 12th in Big 12 Conference during the last five years and never has finished higher than seventh, is in fifth place after Friday’s first day of the league tournament.
Potential top picks abound
Manning favorite to be No. 1 in NFL draft
April 24, 2004
In one of the strongest drafts in years, perhaps decades, any of a handful of players could go on top. Eli Manning would prefer not to be No. 1 — unless the San Diego Chargers trade the pick.
Witnesses speak against parole for ex-minister
April 24, 2004
Former Emporia minister Thomas Bird has neither shown remorse nor accepted responsibility for the brutal death of his wife Sandra, her mother told the Kansas Parole Board on Friday.
Spiritual healer
Crowds pack arenas to see Israeli-born preacher
April 24, 2004
The faithful and the hopeful began arriving at 7 a.m., 12 hours before Benny Hinn’s “Good Friday Miracle Service” was to begin at Kemper Arena. Two hours before the service, parking lots around the arena were filled, and inside nearly every seat was occupied or spoken for. Half of Kemper’s main floor was occupied with people in wheelchairs, portable hospital beds and those using crutches or walkers.
Pacers take 3-0 series lead over Celtics
Rockets turn back Lakers, slice Los Angeles’ edge in Western Conference series to 2-1
April 24, 2004
The Indiana Pacers are so dominant that they keep beating the Boston Celtics with their backups.
KU baseball falls to Bears
April 24, 2004
Seth Fortenberry scored on a passed ball in Baylor’s three-run eighth inning, lifting the Bears to an 8-7 Big 12 Conference baseball win over Kansas University on Friday night.
KU softball heads to OU
April 24, 2004
No one needs to tell Kansas University’s softball team how difficult it is to win on the road … in Big 12 Conference play, anyway.
Local briefs
April 24, 2004
¢ Seabury soccer wins ¢ FSHS track washed
Clark, Hann lead KU at Drake Relays
April 24, 2004
Kansas University’s Kim Clark was fourth in the 800, and Brooklyn Hann was eighth in the triple jump Friday in the Drake Relays.
MLB briefs
April 24, 2004
¢ Yanks’ Vazquez to pitch on three days’ rest ¢ Ulcer sidelines Mets’ Wigginton
Handbell choirs highlight Plymouth Music Festival
April 24, 2004
The handbell choir program at Plymouth Congregational Church has been a part of John and Lori Michel’s family for decades. The Lawrence couple got involved with the program as soon as it started, around 1974, and they’re still ringing.
People and places
April 24, 2004
Agribusiness main focus for network
Increasing tourism discussed at summit
April 24, 2004
New ideas may be the biggest crop produced by Douglas County farmers recently. During the past year, the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce Agribusiness Network has made it a goal to get area farmers to think about new ways to compete in the volatile agribusiness industry.
Commentary: Farming contributes to economy
Understanding production agriculture among many challenges facing county residents
April 24, 2004
My sister and I are sixth-generation Pines farming in Douglas County. Like those generations before us, we feel fortunate to farm — and to farm in Lawrence.
Bo the builder
Harris keeps taking on projects in hometown
April 24, 2004
Right now it is just a bare piece of ground. But Bo Harris is confident that someday soon his property at Eighth and New Hampshire streets is going to change downtown Lawrence for the better.
Commercial real estate shows signs of rebounding
April 24, 2004
After a dismal 2001 and 2002, Lawrence’s commercial real estate market has been on the rebound during the past 18 months.
Two press groups join J-W lawsuit
Associated Press, state association back effort seeking records from KU
April 24, 2004
The Associated Press and Kansas Press Assn. have asked to join the Lawrence Journal-World and 6News in a lawsuit that aims to force Kansas University to disclose public records relating to salary and benefits being paid to athletic director Lew Perkins.
KU students hope to revive women’s rights movement
April 24, 2004
Jana Mackey thinks her Kansas University female classmates take their rights for granted.
Buyer sought for Eudora Feed and Grain
Leavenworth Co-op talks fall through
April 24, 2004
Jim Carpenter had high hopes that the Leavenworth County Co-op would purchase Eudora Feed and Grain after he shut down the elevator in November, but a deal never materialized, leaving the future of the 90-year-old grain elevator in limbo.
Future of Farmland plant uncertain
County commissioners want 467-acre complex to be redeveloped
April 24, 2004
A barren fertilizer plant is being looked upon as fertile ground for development of a new industrial park or other use in southeast Lawrence.
Consultants visit city, focus on ‘smart growth’
April 24, 2004
The good. The bad. And the ugly. That’s what three “smart-growth” consultants saw during an afternoon tour of Lawrence in early April, starting a process that could affect the look of future construction projects in the city.
Restaurant dishes Mexican food in corner of Phillips 66 station
April 24, 2004
You rarely find authentic Mexican food in a gas station. But that’s the case with Tortas Jalisco, a tiny Lawrence restaurant serving Mexican dishes in the corner of the Phillips 66 gas station at 3300 W. Sixth St.
Downtown delight: Shoppers swarm to Lawrence on first weekend of April
April 24, 2004
South Iowa Street corridor appeals to developers
April 24, 2004
A group of Lawrence developers is starting a project to make more room for small, locally owned companies along the South Iowa Street corridor.
Restaurants adjust to diners’ demands
Businesses conform to dieting trends
April 24, 2004
Carbs out. Protein in. That’s the dieting craze that has swept America, and it’s having an effect on Lawrence restaurants, particularly those that build their menus around meat.
Teachers are meeting diverse needs with high expectations
April 24, 2004
Lawrence is among the best-educated populations in the country; 44 percent of residents 25 and older have at least four years of college education. An educated community has high academic expectations of its public schools.
Expansion leads to 300 more jobs for East Hills company
Pearson Government Solutions has nearly 14,000 employees
April 24, 2004
When Terry Kroshus tries to put into perspective the growth Pearson Government Solutions has experienced since 1997, he is in awe.
Briefly
April 24, 2004
¢ Bush moves to lift some sanctions against Libya ¢ Student who had box cutters on airplanes pleads guilty ¢ Four detainees suspected of planning Iraq bombings
Briefly
April 24, 2004
¢ Transient sentenced on robbery charge ¢ Winds collapse building in Harper
Briefly
April 24, 2004
¢ Baldwin resident found dead in Lake Shawnee ¢ KU prof to discuss ‘Fast Food Nation’ ¢ Lawrence students place at math event
Briefly
April 24, 2004
¢ UCLA courts law dean ¢ Court upholds 1999 murder conviction ¢ Pump Patrol seeks deals
Private financing boosts pharmaceutical company
Deciphera raises $15 million
April 24, 2004
Leaders touting Lawrence’s potential in the life sciences arena have added a new poster child for success. After a year of bragging about landing Serologicals Corp., Chamber of Commerce officials now are hoping a smaller company — Deciphera Pharmaceuticals — will help lure even more biotechnology businesses to the city.
KUAC board restructures
April 24, 2004
Athletic director Lew Perkins, four Kansas University administrators and the student-body president now are the only voting members of the KU Athletic Corp. board.
Jayhawk end McCoy stands by decision to join reserves
April 24, 2004
John McCoy and Pat Tillman had at least two things in common — a love of football and desire to serve their country.
Ex-NFL player Tillman killed in Afghanistan
April 24, 2004
Pat Tillman walked away from millions in the NFL to fight for his country in Afghanistan.
KU coach to do radio gig
April 24, 2004
Bonnie Henrickson, Kansas University’s new women’s basketball coach, will conduct her first live call-in radio show at 5 p.m. Monday on KLWN 1320. The half-hour show will be hosted by KU play-by-play announcer Nate Bukaty.
Stiles declines KU offer
April 24, 2004
Jackie Stiles won’t be joining Kansas University’s women’s basketball staff.
Son gets probation for death of father
Prosecutors’ request for jail ‘shock time’ denied in neglect case
April 24, 2004
The sentencing Friday of a man convicted of killing his elderly father by neglect shows that the local criminal-justice system still has a lot to learn about the crime of elder abuse.
Top general: U.S. way of life at stake in war
Joint Chiefs chair speaks at chamber meeting
April 24, 2004
Terrorism is the greatest threat the United States has confronted, Gen. Richard Myers, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told a Lawrence audience Friday, and he urged the country to brace for a long-term struggle. “I personally believe that this threat of global terrorism is a greater threat to our survival as a free and democratic nation than, in fact, we have ever faced,” Myers told more than 500 people gathered for the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce annual meeting at the Lawrence Holidome.
Vatican says no eucharist for Catholic pro-choice politicians
April 24, 2004
A top Vatican official said Friday that Roman Catholic politicians who supported abortion should be denied communion, as church officials in the United States debate how to respond to Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry’s position in favor of abortion rights. The official, Cardinal Francis Arinze, declined at a Vatican news conference to say whether Sen. Kerry, D-Mass., should be denied communion. Instead, he spoke generally about Catholic politicians who do not uphold church teachings in their public lives.
Reports of wounded skyrocketing
April 24, 2004
The number of American troops wounded in Iraq soared in the past two weeks as the insurgency flared in south-central Iraq and in the Sunni Triangle north and west of Baghdad. The Pentagon announced Friday in its weekly casualty report that 3,864 troops have been wounded in action since the war began in March 2003, an increase of 595 from two weeks earlier.
Army says re-enlistments on rise
April 24, 2004
There were no signs of the shrapnel wounds from a roadside bomb in Iraq as Staff Sgt. William Pinkley raised his right hand and swore to defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic. Despite his wounds — and despite the rising death toll of U.S. troops in Iraq — he and other soldiers are signing up for another tour of duty, re-enlisting at rates that exceed the retention goals set by the Pentagon.
Horoscopes
April 24, 2004
Business leaders urge better image
Chamber members: Lawrence seems to be ‘anti-growth’
April 24, 2004
Business leaders attending Friday’s Lawrence Chamber of Commerce annual meeting agree the city needs to work on becoming more business-friendly. About 500 people attended the event at the Lawrence Holidome, 200 McDonald Drive. Many came to see and hear a keynote speech by Air Force Gen. Richard Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Scouting news
April 24, 2004
Boy Scout Troop 62, chartered to the Linwood Lions Club, had a campout and Court of Honor April 16-18 at Kelly Farms of Bonner Springs. The Scouts worked on their Cooking Merit Badge by cooking for family members who attended the Court of Honor. The Scouts also participated in a hike, basketball, fishing and a game of Capture the Flag.
Sebelius expects to settle casino compact
April 24, 2004
Two American Indian tribes and the governor’s office are close to agreement on a compact allowing the tribes to build a $210 million casino and hotel complex in Kansas City, Kan., officials said Friday.
Healthy strategy
April 24, 2004
KU funding
April 24, 2004
New chamber chair plans to stress diverse economy
April 24, 2004
Gene Meyer looked ahead as he prepared to become the new chair of the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce. But he looked back, too.
System considers new routes
April 24, 2004
Jared Fire uses the T every weekday, riding the city bus between Haskell Indian Nations University, where he is a student, and Kansas University, where he does undergraduate research.
Baldwin considers downtown beautification
April 24, 2004
Sandy Cardens wants to freshen up the appearance of downtown Baldwin by giving a nod to its past.
United Way, chamber honor four companies for service
April 24, 2004
The United Way of Douglas County and Lawrence Chamber of Commerce Friday recognized four companies that are giving back to their communities.
Dobski ‘wants to give back’ to community
Restaurant owner honored by chamber for leadership skills
April 24, 2004
After nearly two decades of serving her community, Marilyn Dobski is being recognized for her work.
Device monitors children’s computer use
April 24, 2004
Bennett Griffin Jr., president and chief executive officer of Lawrence-based Griffin Technologies, may have found the key to his company’s success.
Library compiles wish list
April 24, 2004
A city task force won’t be lacking ideas to study as it ponders how to improve the Lawrence Public Library.
Marching Jayhawks to debut new uniforms
April 24, 2004
The “Feather the Flock” campaign has ended, but Kansas University band director John Lynch says the real fun will be this fall, when the Marching Jayhawks show off their new uniforms at Memorial Stadium.
Lawrence lives up to City of the Arts label
Creative spirit lives on for musicians, artists
April 24, 2004
They don’t call it the City of the Arts for nothing.
More restaurants, secondhand stores create a changing downtown
April 24, 2004
Buying a meal or a piece of used merchandise shouldn’t be a problem for visitors to downtown Lawrence. But it may be a bit more difficult these days to find “traditional” retail items, some longtime observers of the city’s central business district say.
Commissioners want
April 24, 2004
Everybody wants to protect downtown. But nobody’s quite sure how. A year after the Progressive Lawrence Campaign swept three candidates onto the Lawrence City Commission with a promise to protect Lawrence’s downtown, commissioners are still trying to figure out what they want to do.
Sending the very best
Hallmark manager eases into new position
April 24, 2004
Mary Beth Brown has been shaking a lot of hands lately. In September, Brown was named the Lawrence Hallmark production center manager. She made meeting employees a priority her first few months on the job. “It has been a bit hectic, I’ve been trying to meet 800 people,” Brown said.
Land near Farmland to be developed
Plan calls for 55 townhomes, 200 apartments to be built in buffer area
April 24, 2004
Land once reserved to protect neighbors from the smells, sounds and steam emanating from chemical industry is poised for conversion into new homes, duplexes, apartments and offices in southeast Lawrence. And that’s just the beginning.
Religion briefs
April 24, 2004
Society calendar
April 24, 2004
Briefly
April 24, 2004
¢ Late-season snowstorm coats Colorado in white ¢ Retail milk prices to rise ¢ Recalled margarine poses listeria risk ¢ Killer sentenced to life for AIM activist slaying
Around and about
April 24, 2004
Lions bailed out
April 24, 2004
Call it a big break. The rain that attacked Lawrence on Friday did more than just wipe out the final seven outs of a high school baseball game.
Lecompton ‘taking a little more pride’ in town
April 24, 2004
Tim McNish smiles when he thinks about his town’s new city hall, relocated fire station and soon-to-be-installed water well.
Chamber praises Realtor’s committee work
April 24, 2004
When the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce needs something done, it knows whom to call.
Phillips, Buhler cited for civic service
April 24, 2004
Leadership Lawrence recognized two outstanding leaders in the Lawrence community Friday.
KU’s Small Business Development Center helps people capture entrepreneurial spirit
April 24, 2004
Chris Deman dabbed robin’s egg blue paint to a fast-becoming, polka-dot juice glass as she spoke about her passion for crafts.
KU students connect to community
Outreach programs create volunteer opportunities in city
April 24, 2004
Thudding pots, spurting water and cheerful patrons orchestrate a chorus that permeates throughout Jubilee Cafe.
City gives access to diversity
April 24, 2004
Lawrence is a microcosm — a miniature version of a much larger, even more eclectic community.
Sidewalk Sale scenes
April 24, 2004
Catechism’ among weekend fun
April 24, 2004
It’s OK to laugh in catechism class, at least when it’s “Late Nite Catechism,” an interactive theater piece in which a nun teaches a class where the audience members are her students. A performance of the show at 7 p.m. Sunday at Free State High School will help raise money for Lawrence Catholic Community Services.
Ella Porter
April 24, 2004
Royals falter late (again)
April 24, 2004
The Minnesota Twins got just one hit during their three-run, ninth-inning rally Friday night, which propelled them past the Kansas City Royals, 7-5. Michael Ryan hit a tying single, his third hit of the game, helping Minnesota to its fourth straight win against Kansas City.
Send in the clowns
April 24, 2004
Maddux wins first of year
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April 24, 2004
Greg Maddux watched as all the other Chicago Cubs starters but him earned victories.
Eleven-run sixth propels Tigers
Detroit draws seven walks in inning en route to 17-3 win over Indians
April 24, 2004
Patience is paying off for the Detroit Tigers.
Briefly
April 24, 2004
¢ Sloan seeks re-election to Kansas House seat ¢ Annual LMH Health Fair includes free screenings ¢ Volunteers lined up for Day of Caring ¢ Army ROTC teams duel in Ranger competition
Going in circles
April 24, 2004
Consultant to help museum raise funds
Commissioners laud new director
April 24, 2004
The Watkins Community Museum of History already plans to spend the year $31,000 in the hole, but museum officials are banking on a part-time consultant to help lift the organization back into black ink — and beyond.
Revenue increases at Constitution Hall
April 24, 2004
Ever since the Kansas State Historical Society started charging admission fees at its sites last year, Constitution Hall volunteer Iona Spencer said she’d had to chase down people to ask them to come in.
Eco development board to add more high-profile leaders
April 24, 2004
The Lawrence-Douglas County Economic Development board agreed in mid-March to revamp itself by cutting its membership while adding more high-profile community leaders.
Churches to celebrate 150th anniversary
April 24, 2004
The city of Lawrence is rich in history — and so are its churches.
Club news
April 24, 2004
Club news
April 24, 2004
Chamber officials trying to capitalize on lofty ranking
Forbes magazine lists Lawrence as country’s seventh-best small city
April 24, 2004
The Lawrence Chamber of Commerce is capitalizing on a Forbes magazine study that ranked Lawrence the seventh-best small city in the country for business and careers.
Quality of life, schools help attract businesses
April 24, 2004
As an economic developer, it is certainly easy to see why Lawrence is special.
Former athletic administrator adjusts to Dole Institute job
April 24, 2004
Sitting in his office at the Dole Institute of Politics, Richard Konzem is quick to recall his most vivid memory of Bob Dole.
Chamber adds eight new members to board
April 24, 2004
Eight new members joined the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce board of directors. Here’s a brief look at the new members.
Oldfather honored for ‘lifetime of giving’
April 24, 2004
Hortense “Tensie” Oldfather said she could once walk down the street and identify most of the people she passed by blood type. She spent more than 25 years assisting the American Red Cross with blood drives and donated 88 pints of her own blood.
Former county register of deeds honored
April 24, 2004
Susan Neustifter’s good deeds for the Lawrence community have earned her several awards. But it was her ability to keep track of deeds that earned her the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce’s Buford M. Watson Jr. Public Service Award Friday.
Site station closes
April 24, 2004
A longtime Lawrence gasoline station at 23rd Street and Haskell Avenue has closed.
Golf course tries to draw more players
April 24, 2004
Golf lessons. “Watch parties.” Online surveys. Increased advertisements.
Motivated alcoholics can be treated
April 24, 2004
You listed alcoholism as a marriage killer. My husband has that problem. It has created a great deal of pain in our home, and I am concerned about the emotional welfare of my children. Can it be treated, and is there hope for families like mine?
Builders put homes on parade
Area developers tout low-maintenance housing
April 24, 2004
Houses that promote easy living will be on display at the Lawrence Home Builders Assn.’s Spring Parade of Homes, which begins today. Low-maintenance homes are one of the biggest trends that builders will be showing during the annual event, which runs from noon to 5 p.m. today and Sunday and May 1-2.
Mark A. Mitchel
April 24, 2004
Youth golf event slated
April 24, 2004
Today’s “Kansas Clubs for Kids” event at Twin Oaks Golf Complex near Eudora is a go.
Indians-Royals makeup date set
April 24, 2004
The Cleveland Indians and Kansas City Royals will make up Wednesday night’s rainout in a July 24 day-night doubleheader.
New postmaster installed
April 24, 2004
City Commission approves plans for fifth fire station
April 24, 2004
For about a decade, fire chief Jim McSwain has said a fifth fire station was needed to keep up with the city’s growth.
Volunteers essential to success of Lawrence Humane Society
April 24, 2004
Controlled chaos reigns inside the Lawrence Humane Society’s paw-print covered building.
Tour to offer glimpse at state wheat crop
April 24, 2004
With hopes buoyed by a wet spring, farm leaders plan to visit the wheat fields of Kansas next week for a spring tradition — the annual winter wheat tour.
Rural areas seeing population skyrocket
Northeast Kansas counties notice surge
April 24, 2004
When John Haase moved to the country in 1989, he was the exception to the rule.
County sets record for home sales in 2003
Low interest rates contribute to ‘greatest year ever,’ real estate agents say
April 24, 2004
It is a simple formula. Low interest rates produce large home sales.
Lawrence schools are special
April 24, 2004
What’s special about Lawrence? Our schools are.
Faith forum
April 24, 2004
What happens to the soul when we die?