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6Sports video: Free State’s Valencia places second in 3200 meters
April 23, 2005
Free State junior Alicia Valencia placed second in the girl’s 3200-meter run Friday at Memorial Stadium. Valencia recorded her best finish ever during the event.
6Sports video: Firebirds take third in distance medley relay
April 23, 2005
The Free State High’s boy’s distance medley relay team took third place at the Kansas Relays on Friday. Shawnee Mission Northwest won the event.
6News video: Art a la Carte
April 23, 2005
Art enthusiasts will want to check out the Downtown Friday Gallery Walk. The self-guided tour of downtown art venues runs from 7 to 9 this evening and features, among other artists, the watercolor landscapes of Mark Mohr at Fields Gallery.
6Sports video: Tigers take out Lions
April 23, 2005
The Lawrence High’s baseball team lost, 12-2, to the Ozark (Mo.) Tigers on Friday at Hoglund Ballpark.
6Sports video: Firebirds walk over Red Devils
April 23, 2005
The Firebirds beat St. Louis Chaminade, 17-0, Friday at Hoglund Ballpark.
Chamber breakfasts to include KU coaches
April 23, 2005
It’s not quite a locker room, and the scrambled eggs and bacon don’t exactly constitute a pregame meal, but the lower-level banquet room at Hereford House will accommodate several pep talks this year from coaches of Kansas University athletics teams.
New addition to feature 33 homes
April 23, 2005
Compromise has paved the way for the Hanscom-Tappan addition, a new 33-home development in East Lawrence.
Alumni honored
April 23, 2005
Four alumni of the Kansas University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences recently were honored with alumni distinguished achievement awards.
Bar owners starting to adapt to smoking ban
April 23, 2005
Eight months after the Lawrence City Commission enacted the city’s smoking ban, the air inside area bars and restaurants is clear, but a haze still hangs around the issue of how the ban has affected business.
Farmers market organizers push for move
Relocating to New Hampshire Street would provide more parking, vendor space
April 23, 2005
Lovers of fresh fruit and vegetables may need to change their Saturday morning plans in 2006.
Students take advantage of early childhood programs
April 23, 2005
Nearly two years after East Heights School closed, its building is bustling with as much activity as it ever has seen.
Commentary: Emerging artists contribute to culture
April 23, 2005
The School of Fine Arts at Kansas University is made up of three academic departments - art, design, and music and dance - and the Lied Center. The school is a major contributor to the cultural/artistic life of Lawrence and the region through performances, exhibitions and lectures.
Land deal clears way to build supercenter
April 23, 2005
The world’s largest retailer, still mired in a court battle to build a store in northwest Lawrence, started February awaiting approval to expand its existing store at 33rd and Iowa streets.
Amyx barbers turn occupation into a family tradition
April 23, 2005
Tom Amyx quit cutting hair for a living nearly seven years ago, but the memories he has of growing up and working in barbershops are as strong as ever.
Commentary: City quenches cultural curiosities
April 23, 2005
There have been many occasions when I’ve reflected on life in Lawrence and the continued appeal of being a member of the vibrant and diverse fabric of this community.
Restaurants booming in south Lawrence
April 23, 2005
It seems as if undecided diners in Lawrence have to do little more than head south on Iowa Street to find a place to eat, no matter what their taste may be.
Valencia fades in 3,200
FSHS standout second; Ornburn 10th in pole vault
April 23, 2005
Alysha Valencia won’t go down as the girls 3,200-meter run champion at the Kansas Relays, but she showed a lot of guts trying.
Club owner confident students will return
April 23, 2005
When Kansas University opened its Student Recreation Center in September 2003, Rick Sells predicted it wouldn’t be good for business. He was right.
Commentary: Businesses, organizations enhance learning
April 23, 2005
Lawrence schools are outstanding.
Restaurants cater to breakfast crowd
April 23, 2005
Breakfast lovers, whether partial to homestyle cooking or vegetarian omelets with egg whites, have long enjoyed the variety of local cuisine.
Volunteers keep Douglas County AIDS project going
April 23, 2005
Remember the red AIDS ribbon?
Entrepreneur adapts to owning business
Recent KU graduate puts faith in running Olive Gallery and Art Supply
April 23, 2005
Perseverance and positive thinking have paid off for Jill Kleinhans in her first business venture as owner of the Olive Gallery and Art Supply.
Commentary: City employees committed to Lawrence
April 23, 2005
The city of Lawrence mission statement says a lot about why Lawrence is special: “We are committed to providing excellent city services that enhance the quality of life for the Lawrence community.”
Court ruling clears way for more use of drug dogs
April 23, 2005
Gero, the county’s crime-fighting German shepherd, has a nose for drugs. He can sniff out cocaine, marijuana, heroin, methamphetamine, ecstasy and OxyContin.
Motorcyle shop to move to ‘business condo’ project
April 23, 2005
Rick Combs is ready to move his motorcycle shop and customizing business into town.
Development group wants $15,000 from taxpayers to update study
April 23, 2005
Douglas County taxpayers will be asked to pay $15,000 to update a study that rates the value of granting tax breaks to businesses looking to expand or establish roots in Lawrence.
Lack of grants stalls plans for former Carnegie site
Funding for proposed literacy center decreases
April 23, 2005
Efforts to create a new communitywide literacy center are not dead, but plans to locate the center in the historic Carnegie Library building won’t happen soon.
Extreme makeover
Eldridge, Best Western among hotels undergoing renovations
April 23, 2005
Once the dust has settled and the rummage is cleared, people in Lawrence might notice some changes made to some area hotels.
Serologicals cuts jobs in Lawrence
April 23, 2005
Serologicals Corp. won’t bring its Lawrence plant up to full production until next year, and up to 20 of its employees are paying the price.
Volunteers fuel renovation at Indian Methodist church
April 23, 2005
Lawrence Indian United Methodist Church has plenty of fellowship to offer its members and visitors.
Planning commissioners question decision process
April 23, 2005
Rumbles and friction at the philosophically divided Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission have some officials saying it is time to change the way the board that guides area development operates.
Building picked up in final months of ‘04
City’s code enforcement manager ‘looking for a busy 2005’ for construction
April 23, 2005
It’s been a decade since the city of Lawrence slogged through a construction year as sparse as 2004.
Lawrence emerging as retirement haven
April 23, 2005
Harry and Becky Gibson love living in Lawrence - even if it means having some extra heavy coats in the closet.
Sportswear store opens in south Lawrence
April 23, 2005
D3 Sports LLC, a new sportswear store, planned to open in April at 2052 W. 31st St.
Hospital wing to undergo renovation
April 23, 2005
This fall, area residents will begin seeing the first signs of one of the larger expansion projects in the history of Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
Hospital ranks in top 10 percent in area
April 23, 2005
Lawrence Memorial Hospital ranks among the top hospitals in the Kansas City area for the treatment of heart attack, heart failure and pneumonia, according to a recently released report.
Professor questions bioengineered crops
April 23, 2005
At first, growing bioengineered corn to produce special proteins for the pharmaceutical industry sounds like a great idea.
Commentary: LMH strives to be the best
April 23, 2005
Like the community we serve, the health care team at Lawrence Memorial Hospital is made up of diverse individuals with unique talents. Working together we focus our efforts on a common vision: to be the best community hospital in the nation.
Bank names new president
April 23, 2005
Peoples Bank in Lawrence has a new leader.
City voters approve bond issues
South Junior High to be rebuilt; projects ‘to serve kids for decades to come’
April 23, 2005
Lawrence public schools just got better.
Cycling event planned for May
April 23, 2005
The Lawrence Convention and Visitors Bureau doesn’t plan on cashing in with just one sport or a single event.
Del Monte capitalizes on investment
Lawrence plant has produced Kibbles ‘n Bits dog food since 1981
April 23, 2005
Del Monte Foods is making the most of a big investment.
Headed in the right direction
Optimism drives Lawrence leaders
April 23, 2005
Miles Schnaer is spending at least $3.8 million today to ensure that his automotive dealerships are ready for the Lawrence of tomorrow.
Farm tour set for October
April 23, 2005
Catching a football game won’t be the only reason to visit Lawrence this fall.
Area officials practice emergency drill
April 23, 2005
Douglas County medical, law enforcement and emergency management officials met in mid-April to discuss how to handle a pandemic avian flu outbreak.
Endowment contributions increase
April 23, 2005
The Lawrence Memorial Hospital Endowment Assn. had another good year in 2004.
LMH Endowment Assn. board of directors
April 23, 2005
Here’s a look at the Lawrence Memorial Hospital Endowment Assn. board of directors and the year they joined the board.
Skilled labor work force needs to be developed, study shows
April 23, 2005
Griffin Technologies doesn’t have a problem finding computer science majors with Kansas University in its back yard, according to Bennett Griffin, president of Griffin Technologies.
Business focuses on quality chocolates
April 23, 2005
Cheryl Wetherington will be the first one to tell you that success is sweet.
Business finds niche buying, selling
Owner credits ‘eclectic’ feel for success
April 23, 2005
Jennifer Sievers loves to recycle.
Warehouse to add space for artists
April 23, 2005
Tiffany Luthi isn’t sure what she’d be doing if she didn’t work at Van Go Mobile Arts after school four days a week.
Publishing company promotes writers’ works
April 23, 2005
If Jason Wesco’s entree into the publishing world had been a terrific, tragic failure, he would have chalked it up to experience and called it quits.
Wakarusa festival to return in mid-June to Clinton Lake
April 23, 2005
It starts with a “W” and is expected to draw thousands of music fans.
Golf course at LCC undergoes makeover
April 23, 2005
Lawrence Country Club’s golf course, one of the oldest in Kansas, will undergo a massive renovation.
South Iowa shopping
Convenience, quality attract customers to Pine Ridge
April 23, 2005
It’s convenient and the stores are good.
Horoscopes
April 23, 2005
Briefcase
April 23, 2005
¢ Monopoly makes play for Buffett fans ¢ Two board members to retire from Sprint ¢ Ryanair gets discount from Boeing on order
Passover marks season of renewal
April 23, 2005
For Christians, springtime is always linked to Easter and the celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. But for Jews, the religious holiday associated with this season of rebirth is Passover.
From a woman’s perspective
Lawrence resident’s study leads to book on biblical women
April 23, 2005
On Mary Townsend’s writing desk, there’s a greeting card from a friend. The front of it bears a quotation from the German poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: “Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.”
People
April 23, 2005
¢ Gravel-voiced singer claims company stole his sound ¢ Latin star finally a BMI icon ¢ Rocker’s not gonna to take it ¢ Material Girl faces lawsuit ¢ Wayne Newton to hit Las Vegas Hilton ¢ Dean Martin Drive continues ‘Rat Pack’ road trend ¢ Birthdays
Events teem with talent
Russell runner-up in javelin
April 23, 2005
Wichita State track throws coach John Hetzendorf soon may make Scott Russell an offer he cannot refuse. “I might see if I can buy that from him,” Hetzendorf said after borrowing — and winning the Kansas Relays javelin competition with — Russell’s spear Friday night outside Memorial Stadium.
Pudge packs punch for Tigers
Tenth-inning homer gives Detroit rare one-run win
April 23, 2005
LMH gets finances for maternity unit
Congress provides $300,000 in funding
April 23, 2005
Expectant mothers in the Douglas County area, in essence, received a $300,000 gift from the federal government in November.
Faith forum
April 23, 2005
Did religion develop as a way to help us deal with death?
Diner to open soon
April 23, 2005
A down-home diner is branching out after 50 years in North Kansas City.
Resource center names winners
April 23, 2005
Fourteen female students, faculty, staff and friends of Kansas University were named recipients of the 2005 awards by the Emily Taylor Women’s Resource Center.
Lawrence group’s aerial work takes off
April 23, 2005
A Lawrence-based consortium is working to create flying equipment that one day could buzz criminals from above, serve as portable cell-phone towers or gauge the moisture content of soybean fields.
Overcrowded county jail to undergo renovation
April 23, 2005
On Sept. 11, 1999, when the new 196-bed Douglas County Jail opened east of Lawrence, no one had any idea that five years later officials would be searching for a way to house more prisoners.
Contractor seeks space for up to 40 jobs
April 23, 2005
A Lawrence contractor is working to expand its offices, shops and parking lot in eastern Lawrence.
Courthouse to develop preservation plan
April 23, 2005
The Douglas County Courthouse has been the center for county activity for more than 100 years.
Commentary: Departments make most of resources
April 23, 2005
Ask any lifelong resident of Lawrence how the city has changed, and that individual will be sure to converse with you for hours. The city limits, population and businesses all continue to grow at astonishing rates. Even the newest resident can drive along the perimeter of the city and notice significant expansion.
Poker Pub founder expands tournaments
April 23, 2005
Leo Magsalin still remembers the anxious feeling 14 months ago when he and a few buddies first walked into The Pool Room in Lawrence wearing their suits and ties.
Boat ramp scheduled to be finished by summer
April 23, 2005
A boat ramp under construction on the Kansas River near Lecompton should be completed by June.
Pharmacists need to do their jobs
April 23, 2005
Let’s say you join the Army. You go through basic training and are sent to Iraq. One day, your unit comes under fire. Everybody shoots back except you. When your commanding officer demands to know why, you explain that as a Christian, you have moral objections to killing people.
Forest Service to sell ranger stations
April 23, 2005
Looking for a sweet home in Sweet Home? The Forest Service may have just the answer. Three houses in Sweet Home, a former logging town in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, are for sale for $52,500, $69,000 and $78,000.
Clear Skies’ don’t emerge for Bush on Earth Day
April 23, 2005
Heavy storms and high winds blocked President Bush’s Earth Day plan to get his hands dirty fixing trails. He missed Great Smoky Mountains National Park but still delivered his plea for better stewardship of the environment.
Library display turning heads
A sight for saur eyes
April 23, 2005
There’s a real head-turner these days inside the Lawrence Public Library. “Almost everybody who has come walking in has stopped and looked at it, and it doesn’t matter if they are kids or adults,” said Joy Steiner, youth services coordinator at the library, 707 Vt.
Board member admits doubts about evolution
Interview proves decision already made, Darwinists say
April 23, 2005
Even before the start of controversial hearings about the teaching of evolution in public schools, conservative State Board of Education members are saying they support a minority report criticized by many scientists as creationism wrapped in a new package.
Jones eager to run
Sprinter set to forget last week’s struggles
April 23, 2005
The talkative Marion Jones, who avoided reporters last week after a last-place 400-meter finish at the Mount San Antonio College Relays, was back to her old self Friday at Memorial Stadium.
Woodling: Few QBs from KU drafted
April 23, 2005
Alex Smith or Aaron Rodgers. Cal’s Rodgers or Utah’s Smith. Nobody seems to know which of those two talented college quarterbacks will be the first to go in today’s NFL Draft. Don’t ask me. I didn’t see either of them perform.
Ex-Jayhawks turn to tube
Four hopefuls think they have shot to be tapped
April 23, 2005
The hard work is over. Now it’s time to turn on the television and see if it all pays off. For a few former Kansas University football players, leaving the tube even for a split second just isn’t going to happen for the next couple of days — not until their names are called.
Blunders cost Lions in ‘embarrassing’ loss
April 23, 2005
Lawrence High’s baseball players probably wished they had stayed in school Friday afternoon. Instead, the Lions lost their second game in two days at the River City Baseball Festival, suffering a 12-2 run-rule-shortened setback to Ozark, Mo., at Hoglund Ballpark in a game characterized by Lawrence’s mental and physical miscues.
Bumper crops boost implement dealer’s plans
April 23, 2005
Douglas County farmers harvested bumper crops of corn and soybeans last year, helping Ken Wagner feel comfortable about expanding his business.
Still giving
LINK enters 20th year offering meals to community
April 23, 2005
The Lawrence Interdenominational Nutrition Kitchen celebrates its 20th birthday this year, but in some ways it’s not a joyous occasion.
Commentary: Diversity, tradition separate Lawrence from other cities
April 23, 2005
A few weeks ago, I was in the Kansas Union and saw a T-shirt that read: “Keep Lawrence Weird.” I really did have to laugh out loud because I am sure that in many minds, Lawrence is a weird place. I prefer to call it a special place.
No-left-hand turn signs installed on 23rd Street
April 23, 2005
Rarely is the sight of a red flag desired, yet the perception of such flags seems to be changing because of traffic-calming devices on 23rd Street between Louisiana Street and Haskell Avenue.
Taxpayers in Kansas bear bigger burden, census shows
April 23, 2005
Kansas spends less than the national average on K-12 education, the U.S. Census Bureau reported in mid-March, but even the lower price tag is a heavier burden on taxpayers than in most states.
County’s largest employers
April 23, 2005
The local businesses with the most employees.
Center provides cardiac treatment for area residents
April 23, 2005
People shouldn’t wonder whether they’re having a heart attack.
Chamber president upbeat about 2005 outlook
April 23, 2005
Lavern Squier, president of the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce, sees plenty of opportunity for the Lawrence community - business and otherwise - during the next 12 months.
Kasold Drive to be rebuilt between 15th, 22nd
April 23, 2005
Kasold Drive is set to become a construction magnet for the next several years.
Haskell accreditation to be extended 10 years
April 23, 2005
The results aren’t final, but Haskell Indian Nations University officials say they’ve been assured the school’s accreditation will be extended 10 years.
Kansas Relays briefs
April 23, 2005
¢ Dual event winner ¢ Just for Marion? ¢ Rabbit on hand today ¢ Jones mates ¢ Adams elated ¢ Miller likes Relays ¢ KU champions ¢ That’s not nice ¢ Area winner ¢ Lister out
Area rugs can help unify room, add comfort
Experts offer advice on how to size up ‘em up
April 23, 2005
With area rugs hot, there’s a rug for every taste, style and budget. But advice on what to do with those rugs can be varied and confusing.
KU alum opens downtown gallery
April 23, 2005
Lawrence designer Carl Masters likes to keep things simple.
KU wants land to develop research park
Officials consider ammunition plant
April 23, 2005
As summer approaches, Kansas University is getting closer to knowing its role in developing the former Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant near De Soto.
Feed and farm stores offer experience of bygone era
April 23, 2005
One of the original feed and farm stores in Lawrence was in the 800 block of Vermont Street, where there’s now a parking lot.
Educators show silly side at follies
Annual fund-raiser benefits Lawrence Schools Foundation
April 23, 2005
Tammy Valencia has the courage to face a room full of second-graders each morning at Sunflower School, but she admitted that making her singing and dancing debut Friday night at Liberty Hall gave her the jitters.
Farmers market in Eudora to return
April 23, 2005
After launching a farmers market in October last year, Eudora business owner and pastor Rob Lang has organized a farmers market to run in Eudora May through November.
Excellence by Design campaign allows officials to be proactive
April 23, 2005
Officials with the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce say they’re seeing results from a major campaign to beef up the city’s economic development efforts.
Commentary: Community offers encouragement to business owners
April 23, 2005
There are so many reasons to love Lawrence. The ambience, the people who live here, the college students who keep us thinking in young and futuristic ways, the schools, the arts, and our downtown are among the reasons people love Lawrence. The list could go on and on.
Incomes, spending show solid gains
April 23, 2005
Americans’ incomes, bolstered by strong gains in hiring, rose by 0.3 percent in February while consumer spending climbed at an even faster pace of 0.5 percent, the government reported in late March.
Plans rolling along for hike, bike trail
April 23, 2005
Eric Struckhoff lives just one mile from his job at Kansas University, but he wishes he lived 20 miles. It would be a good excuse to ride his bicycle more every day.
Ethics issue
Local voters will be following with interest state efforts to obtain information about who financed an effort to influence the Lawrence City Commission election.
April 23, 2005
Perhaps a decision by the Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission will help local residents get the information they deserve concerning a postcard mailing aimed at influencing this month’s Lawrence City Commission election.
Local briefs
April 23, 2005
¢ Herpetological group plans spring field trip ¢ Mother hopes to raise awareness of tumors ¢ City offers free T rides for Earth Day, relays ¢ Scouts to collect food for pantries today
Yellow Roadway CEO defends merger
April 23, 2005
The head of Yellow Roadway Corp. said his transportation company could improve shareholder value by acquiring trucking company USF Corp., which reported dismal quarterly numbers earlier in the day.
Company displays breadth at spring concerts
April 23, 2005
The University Dance Company showcased its extraordinary season of work Thursday and Friday nights at the Lied Center in a program that ranged from baroque to jazz, grief to flirtatious infatuation.
Around and about
April 23, 2005
Cemetery woes spur meeting
April 23, 2005
Nina Bair doesn’t believe state officials fully understand the maintenance concerns area residents have about Lawrence’s Memorial Park Cemetery. So the Lawrence resident has organized a meeting next month to drive the point home.
Simons: How will downtown fill the needs of a growing Lawrence?
April 23, 2005
What will downtown Lawrence look like 25 or 50 years from now? Who is doing the planning today to make sure the vibrancy and economic soundness of downtown will be even stronger than it is today, and how will Lawrence remain competitive with nearby large shopping areas in Kansas City and Topeka?
Marine tapped for top military position
April 23, 2005
On the desk of Gen. Peter Pace is a photograph of the first Marine who died following Pace’s orders: Lance Cpl. Guido Farinaro, killed in combat in Vietnam in 1968 when the general was a lieutenant.
Downtown lofts cost $250,000
April 23, 2005
Lawrence is a town where the hipsters flock and trends start.
Lawrence’s recycling rate increases
April 23, 2005
It’s a dirty job, and nobody has to do it.
T-Tech holds off Kansas
April 23, 2005
Junior outfielder A.J. Van Slyke was 2-for-4 with three RBIs, but Kansas University dropped a 9-7 decision to Texas Tech on Friday.
Scouting News
April 23, 2005
Unarmed officers keep Douglas County Jail secure
April 23, 2005
Imagine working a shift unarmed among dozens of prisoners being held in jail for a variety of crimes ranging from misdemeanors to serious felonies.
Society Calendar
April 23, 2005
Ramada Inn switches to Econo Lodge
April 23, 2005
A Lawrence hotel is checking out of its Ramada Inn franchise.
Commentary: Ag enterprises starting to emerge in Douglas County
April 23, 2005
Is agriculture important to you?
Hospital launches Breast Center
Facility to be centralized location to coordinate tests, treatment
April 23, 2005
Gene Meyer, president and chief executive of Lawrence Memorial Hospital, knows it can be a hassle for patients to wind their way through the health care maze that exists at many hospitals.
Farmers optimistic about crops
April 23, 2005
Todd Howard is optimistic about his crops this season, but he knows that asking for another year like 2004 would be pushing it.
Catering businesses finding niche in city
April 23, 2005
When Liz Karr opened Liz Karr Catering 11 years ago, she was one of two independent caterers in Lawrence.
Sixth Street expansion to cost $12 million
April 23, 2005
The expansion project widening Sixth Street between Folks Road and the South Lawrence Trafficway that has been under way for more than six months will cost approximately $12 million.
Water projects affect traffic
April 23, 2005
Two major water-line replacement projects will affect traffic through August.
Habitats abundant for wildlife
April 23, 2005
To improve land for fish and wildlife, food, water, cover and space needs of the wildlife desired throughout the year should be priorities. Then begin to establish plants, water sources and other practices that fit those needs.
Meat business focuses on lean product
April 23, 2005
Dan and Amy Saunders, owners of Amy’s Meats, have a motto: “Eat healthy and trust the people you buy from.”
Fliers to help drivers navigate roundabouts
April 23, 2005
Lawrence motorists confused about how to drive through the city’s traffic roundabouts may have found some guidance with their March water bills.
Ridership for city’s transit system increases
April 23, 2005
More passengers jumped aboard the Lawrence Transit System in 2004.
Nobel Prize winner returning to KU campus
April 23, 2005
Vernon Smith, the Kansas University alumnus who won the 2002 Nobel Prize for economics, will return to campus this month for a lecture.
Sewage-treatment plant planned
April 23, 2005
If Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission predictions are correct, Lawrence could see a population growth of as many as 20,000 residents in the next 20 years on the southern edge of the city.
Applications available for fund
April 23, 2005
United Way of Douglas County is accepting applications from groups interested in tapping the newly created Community Impact Fund.
Safety fuels plans to widen U.S. 59
April 23, 2005
Getting from here to there may be faster in the future with the widening of U.S. 59 Highway, but safety is the key reason for the project.
Chamber of Commerce award: Leadership Lawrence Distinguished Alumni
Chancellors Club director puts common good ahead of self-interest
April 23, 2005
Judy Wright quickly immersed herself in various projects and causes when she arrived in Lawrence 25 years ago.
Chamber of Commerce award: Don Volker Leadership
Community involvement runs deep for ‘Red Dog’
April 23, 2005
When Don “Red Dog” Gardner commits to a community project, he gives it his all and keeps on giving.
Students served slice of farming
April 23, 2005
Fourth-graders in Douglas County receive a glimpse of farm life at the annual “Slice of Agriculture.”
Chamber of Commerce award: Buford M. Watson Jr. Public Service
Fire chief devoted to city
April 23, 2005
Being selected for a Lawrence Chamber of Commerce award named for former City Manager Buford M. Watson Jr. means a lot to Jim McSwain.
Businessman looks to expand to south Iowa site pursuing crowning achievement
April 23, 2005
Call it Miles Schnaer’s crowning achievement.
Chamber of Commerce award: Wally Galluzzi Volunteer of the Year
Helping others lifelong habit for banker
April 23, 2005
Volunteering has been ingrained in Ryan Wedel’s psyche since childhood.
Cafeteria more accommodating to students
April 23, 2005
Kansas University student Frances Boyer still remembers the crowded room, the long lines and limited choices last year at Wescoe Terrace.
Chamber, United Way to honor businesses
Raven Bookstore, Intrust Bank, U.S. Bank, Amarr to be recognized
April 23, 2005
The United Way of Douglas County and Lawrence Chamber of Commerce on Friday will recognize four companies that are giving back to their communities.
City commissioners
April 23, 2005
Lawrence’s city commissioners.
Graduation banquet set for May 21
April 23, 2005
The 29th annual graduation banquet sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs at Kansas University has been scheduled for 6 p.m. May 21 in the Kansas Union Ballroom.
Hallmark finds growth in Shoebox
April 23, 2005
Hallmark Cards Inc. said in February that its net revenues climbed 2 percent last year, helped by a freshened-up line of humorous greetings cards produced in Lawrence.
Counseling practice opens at wellness center
April 23, 2005
Helen Roads has opened a counseling practice, Spiritsong, at Harmony Wellness Center, 841 N.H.
City considers expanding after-school programs
April 23, 2005
New city parks are nice for children, but after-school programs may be a more dire need for Lawrence youths, city commissioners said the last week of March when they began to tackle 2006 budget issues.
Officials break ground for fire station
April 23, 2005
Beds, office space and a community room will all be part of a new fire station.
Bert Nash receives $100,000 grant
April 23, 2005
Officials with the Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center announced in March that the organization has received a $100,000 federal grant to provide rental assistance to individuals with mental illness.
Chamber official completes program
April 23, 2005
Alicia Janesko, director of economic development for the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce, recently completed the University of Oklahoma’s Economic Development Institute’s sessions in Phoenix.
Road project approved
April 23, 2005
The Hesper community could start losing gravel roads and gaining paved ones this summer.
Pearson launches new call center
April 23, 2005
A $4.9 million contract to take incoming calls on behalf of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission could be a sign of more to come for a sprawling call center operation at the East Hills Business Park.
Food markets focusing more on health
April 23, 2005
Healthy food is becoming more important to consumers than convenient food, according to food magazine surveys.
Company signs 10-year lease
April 23, 2005
Pearson Government Solutions announced in late March that it had signed a 10-year lease to remain at its leased campus in the East Hills Business Park, where it has grown into the Lawrence’s largest private-sector employer after arriving in town a decade ago.
Hobby evolves into profession for business owner
April 23, 2005
Wayne Hauschild is one flashy businessman.
Kmart workers in Lawrence optimistic
April 23, 2005
When shareholders approved Kmart’s $12.3 billion purchase of Sears in March, Jeannine Wyatt was huddling with small groups of employees at Kmart’s sprawling distribution center north of the Kansas Turnpike.
Christian store opens downtown
April 23, 2005
Lori Devins says she’s doing God’s work by opening a new business in downtown Lawrence.
Tenants to Homeowners director leaves for position in Oregon
April 23, 2005
Alan Bowes is asking community members to think about the issue that has been on his mind the past 10 years as executive director of Lawrence’s Tenants to Homeowners.
Downtown lofts cost $250,000
April 23, 2005
Lawrence is a town where the hipsters flock and trends start.
Request to build quarry pulled
April 23, 2005
Officials with N.R. Hamm Quarry Inc. 10 days ago pulled their controversial request to put a quarry in near the town.
Water office to request study for river
April 23, 2005
Concerns about changes in the Kansas River are driving a study of the 170-mile river, known as the Kaw, which is one of the state’s major natural resources.
City Hall needs one stop for owners, task force says
April 23, 2005
Business owners wanting to expand or move to Lawrence could soon have a one-stop team of city staff members to answer their questions.
Sidewalk dining moratorium OK’d
Suspension to last no longer than 45 days
April 23, 2005
City commissioners agreed to place a temporary moratorium on new sidewalk seating areas in downtown while regulations are developed, but they told staff members not to dally on the work.
Southeast Lawrence in transition
April 23, 2005
Southeast Lawrence is in transition.
Lawrence rankings
April 23, 2005
Forbes magazine ranked Lawrence as the 6th-best smaller metro area to launch a business or a career in 2004.
City leaders studying payoffs of growth
April 23, 2005
When it comes to growth, Lawrence city commissioners want to know what’s the bottom line.
Former intern takes over as museum curator
April 23, 2005
Kerry Lippincott, 25, didn’t imagine she would end up in Kansas while growing up in Gorham, N.Y.
Online travel site honors Free State
April 23, 2005
Free State Brewery, the first legal brewery in Kansas since Prohibition, is listed among 10 “Local Secrets, Big Finds” in Kansas uncovered by Travelocity, the online travel site that booked $4.9 billion of travel last year.
Establishments offer variety of coffees
April 23, 2005
Kansas University freshman Rebecca Duvall sits in the back room of Java Break sipping a coffee and looking at a textbook.
Clay workshop to feature drawing, painting
April 23, 2005
Bracker’s Good Earth Clays Inc. will offer “Drawing And Painting On Clay with David Gamble,” a two-day participation workshop today and Saturday
Quilts to be on display at Watkins museum
April 23, 2005
An exhibition, “Flitterin’ Beauties: Butterfly Quilts from the Rose Collection,” will be on display through June 11 at the Rice Gallery at Watkins Community Museum of History, 1047 Mass.
First-time candidates win seats on school board
April 23, 2005
First-time candidates John Mitchell and Craig Grant each won seats on the Lawrence school board April 5. One-term incumbent Linda Robinson was re-elected.
County adds emergency 911 service
April 23, 2005
People who use cell phones to call in emergencies from remote corners of Douglas County needn’t fear: Police and ambulance crews will be able to find them, even if they’re lost.
Bicyclists needed for fund-raiser
April 23, 2005
A nonprofit organization that provides free counseling for depression needs volunteers to ride bikes to raise money.
Education is key to preserve lake, commissioner says
April 23, 2005
Education is key to extending and protecting the life of a local water source, local officials said.
British bands gains attention downtown
April 23, 2005
Since the British Invasion in the 1960s, America has kept a watchful eye for more musicians crossing the Atlantic.
Commentary: Lawrence known for being richly textured place
April 23, 2005
Our family has lived in Lawrence for 10 years. In many ways (when people say, “Oh, you live in the Skye House”) I still feel like a newcomer. Yet, I have been here long enough that Lawrence continues to surprise me, as if, in the spirit of T.S. Eliot, I am seeing this place for the first time.
Fund raising for point passes halfway mark
April 23, 2005
Fund raising for a plaza to commemorate the city”s 150th birthday is more than halfway complete.
Organizers prepare for 2005 Relay for Life
April 23, 2005
The first time Dianne Nelson went to a Relay for Life was after she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2002.
Financial problems threaten longtime Lawrence agency
April 23, 2005
Susan Rickman fears that Lawrence’s oldest social service agency is beginning to die a slow death.
Commentary: Sports corporation tries to attract large events
April 23, 2005
Many individuals collaborate to promote Lawrence as a sports destination, and the sports community benefits from the dedication of these enthusiastic allies. The Lawrence Sports Corporation, a nonprofit subsidiary of the Lawrence Convention and Visitors Bureau, has recently landed some prominent national events that will complement the city’s solid foundation of core sports activities.
Korean War Memorial completed at KU
April 23, 2005
The finishing touch - a 7-foot sculpture called “Korean Cranes Rising” - was installed April 1 along Memorial Drive.
KU raises $8,800 for tsunami relief
April 23, 2005
Kansas University contributed $8,800 to tsunami relief efforts in Asia, the university announced April 6.
Upscale restaurant to move downtown
April 23, 2005
Lawrence residents who bemoaned the demise of PrairieFire: An American Bistro in 2001 and The BleuJacket in 2002 won’t have to wait much longer for the return of fine-dining to downtown.
What harm?
April 23, 2005
Secular left shows intolerance
April 23, 2005
Democrats, who have been taking a crash course in the language of religion in hopes of winning some “values voters” away from Republicans in time for the next election, are agitated about a telecast scheduled for Sunday.
Nothing new
April 23, 2005
Chance given
April 23, 2005
Minority rights
April 23, 2005
Nasdaq to buy Instinet
Stock-trading competition expected to benefit investors
April 23, 2005
The brewing stock exchange war heated up Friday as the Nasdaq Stock Market announced that it would buy Instinet Group Inc.’s electronic trading network for $934.5 million.
FDA: Sponges worthy for U.S. market
April 23, 2005
The Today Sponge contraceptive is returning to the market after a decade as federal regulators Friday deemed it “spongeworthy” again.
Stocks fall on weak earnings
Rising oil prices, retail reports renew investors’ worries
April 23, 2005
A fresh wave of worries pushed stocks lower Friday as investors dealt with disappointing earnings in the consumer sector, rising oil prices and the possibility of a nuclear weapon test by North Korea. Stocks finished the week higher, however, on the previous session’s strong rally.
Commodities
April 23, 2005
Parents fear, cherish terrible twos
April 23, 2005
My baby is only a year old, and she is a joy to my husband and me. But your description of toddlerhood is kind of scary. It’s just around the corner. Are the “terrible twos” really so terrible?
Christian cheerleaders take out ‘gross stuff’
April 23, 2005
Bare midriffs. Short skirts. Bump-and-grind routines. Cheerleading has strayed from the 2-4-6-8 rhymes of yesteryear, and that can leave parochial school cheerleading squads wondering how to craft routines that fit their values without looking downright retro.
Myanmar Buddhists usher in New Year with ceremonies
April 23, 2005
After four days of unrestrained merrymaking, Myanmar ushered in the traditional New Year Sunday with hundreds of thousands of devout Buddhists across the country thronging pagodas to pray for a better future.
Seder offers Jewish diversity
April 23, 2005
When Joshua Nelson sings the gospel music of his black ancestors, he commands attention. It’s not just because of his fire-and-brimstone voice, the comparisons with the late Mahalia Jackson, or even his discovery by Oprah Winfrey, whom he counts as a friend.
Arts Note
April 23, 2005
¢ Auditions planned for youth program
Hasidic reggae star more than just a novelty act
April 23, 2005
In the insular, Orthodox Jewish neighborhood of Crown Heights in Brooklyn, members of the Hasidic religious group rarely mingle with outsiders.
Cheap decor makes ‘Cents’
April 23, 2005
As makeover shows become big-budget fantasies and extreme variations on the “Queen for a Day” theme, it’s nice to see some people still work within a budget.
Best Bets
April 23, 2005
4-H News
April 23, 2005
Club News
April 23, 2005
People and Places
April 23, 2005
Signaling ‘I’m sorry’
April 23, 2005
What do you do when you’re the one who cut off that SUV you didn’t see in your blind spot? How do you say you’re sorry, especially when you’re going 65 mph on the parkway?
Kiowa County sheriff files lawsuit
April 23, 2005
Kiowa County’s sheriff has filed a lawsuit against the county election officer and the state over a statute that led local election officials to put him on paid leave.
Expanded Postal Service operation brings 1,100 new jobs to Wichita
April 23, 2005
The U.S. Postal Service has already hired 300 employees to fill 1,100 new jobs at an encoding operation here that will move to a bigger building.
Some Cosmosphere artifacts located
Extent of recovery efforts aren’t being disclosed
April 23, 2005
Investigators won’t discuss how many artifacts have been recovered for the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center following federal fraud and theft charges against the museum’s co-founder, but some missing items have been located. Four of them are at other museums.
Lawrence native dies in plane crash
April 23, 2005
A Lawrence native was among three people killed in a firefighting plane crash Wednesday in northeastern California.
Bike race concerns prompt new offers
Downtown parking, bus rides will be free for May 13 cycling event
April 23, 2005
Parking and bus rides in Lawrence will be free May 13, officials said Friday, part of an attempt to calm fears that downtown businesses would be hurt by temporary street closings for a national bicycle race.
Thieves aided by warmer weather
Police warn against leaving windows open, unlocked
April 23, 2005
Flowers are blooming. Bees are buzzing. And Lawrence Police say spring weather is helping create easy targets for burglars.
Moussaoui pleads guilty to role in 9-11 attacks
Defendant says he was chosen by Osama bin Laden to fly a jetliner into the White House
April 23, 2005
Zacarias Moussaoui pleaded guilty Friday to conspiring with the leaders of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks to kill Americans and said he was chosen by Osama bin Laden to strike the White House.
Eight killed in car bomb outside Shiite mosque
April 23, 2005
A car bomb ripped through a crowded mosque during Friday prayers, killing eight people and wounding 26 in the latest attack targeting Iraq’s Shiite majority. Frantic worshippers searched through rubble for loved ones, and women wailed and beat their chests in grief.
Pope meets with cardinals
April 23, 2005
Pope Benedict XVI personally greeted the most powerful prelates in the church Friday in a ceremony that illuminated two central elements of the new papacy: his vast Vatican experience and his efforts to cement bonds with his beloved predecessor.
Commentary: Radical past, present define city’s innovation
April 23, 2005
Independent filmmaking is founded upon communities, sacrifice, leaders and conviction.
Meth law may create problems, officials say
Changes could boost drug pipeline
April 23, 2005
A new Kansas law making it harder for methamphetamine makers to get key ingredients for the drug could pose a whole new set of problems for law enforcement, investigators in Reno County said.
Kansan finds friends, fellowship at Congressional Club
Vicki Tiahrt mixes fun, tradition as president of group for lawmakers’ spouses
April 23, 2005
If the nation’s capital is a long way from home for most members of Congress, it can feel even more distant for their spouses.
Al-Qaida suspects’ trial begins
April 23, 2005
After an eight-year investigation, Spanish prosecutors opened Europe’s biggest trial of al-Qaida suspects Friday in a case that includes three defendants accused of playing a supporting role in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
Ousted Ecuadorean president seeks asylum in Brazil
April 23, 2005
Ecuador’s ousted President Lucio Gutierrez said Friday his removal from office by Congress violated the constitution and that he never abandoned his post.
Briefly - World
April 23, 2005
¢ Japan confirms meeting with Chinese president ¢ ‘Shoebomb’ conspirer gets 13-year jail term ¢ President asks for new Cabinet ¢ Court orders retrial in cannibal case
Threats prompt university officials to move minorities off campus
April 23, 2005
Authorities at a Christian university near Chicago moved dozens of black and Hispanic students to a hotel for their own safety and police stepped up patrols on campus Friday after three people received threatening, racist letters.
Texas lawmakers back off foster care changes
April 23, 2005
Leading Republicans in Texas distanced themselves Friday from a proposal to make the state the only one to prohibit gays and lesbians from being foster parents. It appears the plan will die without becoming law.
Lawrence Datebook
April 23, 2005
On the record
April 23, 2005
Briefly - Nation
April 23, 2005
¢ Hunter’s license revoked after fatal shooting ¢ Pacific Northwest drought hits growers ¢ Chilling process may improve treatments ¢ Former ferry director pleads guilty in crash ¢ Serial killer mentally able to forgo appeals ¢ Former priest sentenced for child molestation ¢ Court upholds sniper’s death sentence ¢ Governor signs strict voter identification law ¢ NASA defends testing, prelaunch safety ¢ Spinal implants dispute settled for $1.35 billion
Earth issues not tops for most Americans
April 23, 2005
As the world marked the 35th anniversary of Earth Day on Friday, environmentalists were still debating the future of a movement that seems to be losing the battle for public opinion.
Prosecutor’s appeal against downtown shooter rejected by Supreme Court
April 23, 2005
The state’s highest court said Douglas County prosecutors were caught “off guard” in their handling of the case against a man who fired into a crowd of bargoers on Massachusetts Street.
Man accused of being BTK serial killer thanks church congregation for support
April 23, 2005
In what’s described as a “very generic, very laid-back” letter to the congregation of Christ Lutheran Church, Dennis Rader thanks the church members for their support and asks for their continued prayers for him and his family, the church’s pastor said Friday.
Claim of finger found in chili nothing but hoax, police say
April 23, 2005
Police investigating how a human finger ended up in a woman’s bowl of Wendy’s chili declared the claim a hoax Friday after she was arrested on charges of attempted grand larceny.
Ex-convict arrested in connection with elderly women’s slayings
April 23, 2005
An ex-convict was arrested Friday and identified as the prime suspect in the slayings of three elderly women whose bodies were found stuffed in their closets this week at their homes in this industrial city.
House Speaker says odds improving for gambling pact
April 23, 2005
House Speaker Doug Mays on Friday gave some gambling proponents hope to stay in the game.
Tar Heels lose May, Felton, Williams
North Carolina standouts reveal plans to enter NBA Draft
April 23, 2005
North Carolina players Sean May, Raymond Felton and Marvin Williams are entering the NBA Draft, leaving the NCAA champion Tar Heels without their top seven scorers for next season.
Cornerback Surtain headed to K.C.
Chiefs agree on contract with three-time Pro Bowler, send second-round draft pick to Dolphins
April 23, 2005
The Kansas City Chiefs reached a deal Friday with Miami cornerback Patrick Surtain and will send the Dolphins their second-round pick.
Prepay to pump
Thefts drive changes at gas stations
April 23, 2005
Ali Ezzeddine used to have one person steal his gasoline every three or four months. Now it’s three or four a week.
Pitching again carries hot Chisox past Royals
April 23, 2005
Excellent starting pitching is the biggest reason behind a big start for the Chicago White Sox. Freddy Garcia threw seven strong innings, Juan Uribe had three hits, and the White Sox defeated the Kansas City Royals, 8-2, Friday night to stretch their winning streak to five games.
Kansas high school sports scores for April 22
April 23, 2005
Firebird bats solid? You Petz!
Catcher’s three-run blast, Hoover’s no-hitter help Free State win rout
April 23, 2005
Free State High catcher Andy Petz joked he felt like a putz Thursday night. While all the other Firebirds were coming up big with their bats in an 11-1 victory over Omaha (Neb.) Creighton Prep, Petz was hitless.
Jayhawks entertain Sooners
OU ‘dangerous’ offensive team
April 23, 2005
Those who would characterize college softball as a game dominated by pitching haven’t seen Oklahoma University’s hitting stats.
Men’s basketball adds Western Illinois to slate
April 23, 2005
Kansas University will play Western Illinois in men’s basketball next season.
Bowling teams ousted
April 23, 2005
Kansas University’s men’s bowling club won’t repeat as national champion.
Women’s golf in 9th
April 23, 2005
Kansas University was in ninth place, but only six strokes out of third place, after the first round of the Big 12 Conference women’s golf championships Friday at Texas University Golf Club.
Manson owns magical pole-vault mark
Former Jayhawk has cleared 18 feet for 20 consecutive years
April 23, 2005
Like baseball Hall of Famers Joe DiMaggio and Cal Ripken, track standout Pat Manson owns a record that may never be broken.
New addition to feature 33 homes
April 23, 2005
Compromise has paved the way for the Hanscom-Tappan addition, a new 33-home development in East Lawrence.
Building picked up in final months of ‘04
City’s code enforcement manager ‘looking for a busy 2005’ for construction
April 23, 2005
It’s been a decade since the city of Lawrence slogged through a construction year as sparse as 2004.
Glavine too tough for Nationals
Cool conditions just fine with Mets ace in 3-1 victory over Washington
April 23, 2005
On a chilly, windy, misty spring Friday night at Shea Stadium, Tom Glavine pitched as if it was a beautiful summer afternoon with a gentle breeze and temperatures in the 70s instead of the 40s.
Photos: Relays sights
April 23, 2005
Religion briefs
April 23, 2005