Archive for Wednesday, April 19, 2006

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Births
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On the street
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KU baseball vs. Missouri State It's almost 'Showtime' at LHS Free State vs. Shawnee Mission North softball Spring Soccer and More - Game 4/19/06
Podcasts
Polls
Do you think it's a good idea for Douglas County's sheriff's officers to begin carrying Taser electronic stun guns?

Poll results

Response Percent
Yes. It will provide deputies a new way to defuse a violent situation without anyone getting seriously hurt.
 
67%
No. Amnesty International reports the guns can be deadly and are used too quickly by officers.
 
25%
Undecided.
 
6%
Total 1064
How many games will the Royals win this year?

Poll results

Response Percent
Less than 65 games
 
100%
70-80 games
 
0%
80-90 games
 
0%
90-110 games
 
0%
over 120 games
 
0%
Total 1

All stories

Smoke smell wafts across city
April 19, 2006
The smoky smell creeping through Lawrence this evening originated at a planned grass and brush fire just west of Clinton Lake, emergency dispatchers said.
Chat transcript with Kansas Relays Meet Director Tim Weaver
April 19, 2006
This is the second year in a row the Kansas Relays will include a GOLDZONE, where some of the world’s elite track and field athletes will square off against one another. More than 100 major champions and 36 Olympians comprise this year’s event. Meet Director Tim Weaver sits down and talks about professional athletes
Boyda to run against Ryun again
April 19, 2006
Democrat Nancy Boyda today formally announced her candidacy for the 2nd Congressional District, which includes west Lawrence and is represented by U.S. Rep. Jim Ryun, a Republican.
Wal-Mart announces grand opening of recycling center
April 19, 2006
Wal-Mart today announced the grand opening of its new and improved Community Recycling Center at its south Lawrence store.
April weather returns
Cooler temperatures move in
April 19, 2006
Say goodbye to the hot weather for a while - a cold front blustered in overnight, bringing cooler, more normal April weather back to Lawrence.
High school announces theater festival
April 19, 2006
The Free State High School theater department will have its final performances of the year Thursday and Friday.
Smith’s two-hitter big for Firebirds
April 19, 2006
Asked to describe sophomore right-hander Catherine Smith, both Free State High softball coach Pam Pine and catcher Allie Hock pointed to the things the young hurler hadn’t been during the first half of the 2006 season.
Tax courier or scam artist?
Man offers to drop returns in mail after post office closes
April 19, 2006
He may have been just a good Samaritan.
Fire victim grateful for new ride
April 19, 2006
Mark McAfee is back in business.
Sheriff releases Taser use policy
Deputies will begin carrying controversial stun guns this week
April 19, 2006
Douglas County Sheriff’s deputies will start carrying Taser electronic stun guns Thursday, roughly two years after the sheriff’s office first bought the weapons.
Objections to noise rules aren’t music to leaders’ ears
Silence with a message
April 19, 2006
Kerplunk. That’s the main noise that came out of City Hall on Tuesday night as a student proposal to make the city’s noise ordinance less subjective largely fell flat with commissioners.
Running (not so) wild
Olympic champ Crawford ready to be healthy again - and race against humans
April 19, 2006
One of the world’s fastest humans, Shawn Crawford admits he’s no match for the animal kingdom.
Sebelius supports free state parks
In budget amendment, governor suggests lottery funds could fill gap
April 19, 2006
If the state stops charging admission to Clinton State Park, as the governor proposed Tuesday, some park volunteers think trouble would walk right in.
Renewable energy to power Journal-World’s presses
April 19, 2006
The World Company this month will start buying enough renewable energy generated from the Kansas River to offset what the company uses every day to print the Journal-World.
President issues threats to critics
April 19, 2006
President Robert Mugabe marked Zimbabwe’s 26th anniversary of independence with threats.
Imprisoned tycoon’s isolation ruled unlawful
April 19, 2006
A jailed Russian oil tycoon won a small victory Tuesday when a court in the Siberian town where he is imprisoned reportedly ruled that his transfer to solitary confinement earlier this year was unlawful.
Germany agrees to help open Holocaust records
April 19, 2006
After decades of holding back, Germany took a major step Tuesday toward opening Nazi records on 17 million Jews, slave laborers and other Holocaust victims to historians and relatives long anxious for conclusive information about their fate.
Lawmakers approve civil-rights era pardons
April 19, 2006
Rosa Parks and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. may finally get legal pardons.
Chinese president opens U.S. visit
April 19, 2006
Chinese President Hu Jintao put business first on his visit to the U.S. Hu was greeted by Starbucks Corp. Chairman Howard Schultz and later Tuesday met with Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates.
Oil sets record for second day
April 19, 2006
Oil prices settled at a new high above $71 a barrel Tuesday as supply threats around the world overshadowed a new report from OPEC forecasting weakening global demand.
K.C.-area teens accused of plotting rampage
April 19, 2006
Two Platte City teenagers charged with threatening to conduct an armed attack on their high school to mark the seventh anniversary of the Columbine High School killings made their first appearance in court Tuesday.
Bush won’t rule out military action on Iran
April 19, 2006
President Bush said Tuesday that “all options are on the table” to prevent Iran from developing atomic weapons, but said he will continue to focus on the international diplomatic option to persuade Tehran to drop its nuclear ambitions.
Sectarian divisions displace Iraqi families
Shiites fleeing religiously mixed area of Baghdad
April 19, 2006
The man strapping the air conditioner to the top of a taxi paused to explain: His family was packing up and fleeing its Baghdad neighborhood because of threats against Shiites.
Israel threatens to kill Hamas government members
April 19, 2006
Israel decided Tuesday to take only limited steps against the Hamas-led Palestinian government, whose members defended the suicide bombing Monday that killed nine people in Tel Aviv.
Rumsfeld rejects calls to step down
April 19, 2006
A defiant Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld made clear Tuesday he has no intention of resigning despite calls for his ouster, but then got an earful from another batch of retired generals who said he’s failed to rally public support for the Iraq war.
Lawrence school district not manipulating numbers
April 19, 2006
News that some big-city school districts were cooking their No Child Left Behind data came as no surprise to Lawrence Supt. Randy Weseman.
Studies ease fears about mercury in fillings
April 19, 2006
The first clinical trials to study the safety of mercury amalgam dental fillings showed no mental or physical impairments in children carrying the fillings for as long as seven years, according to two studies published today in the Journal of the American Medical Assn.
People in the news
April 19, 2006
¢ Etheridge, partner announce they’re expecting twins ¢ News stint may continue ¢ Israel concert moved ¢ Elvis’ first home for sale
Alias’ may alienate ‘Lost’ fans
April 19, 2006
The baffling and stylish series “Alias” (7 p.m., ABC) returns tonight. The two-hour helping will tie up some loose ends and reintroduce some old friends/enemies/lovers/rivals/family, including Michael Vaughn (Michael Vartan), Irina Derevko (Lena Olin) and Eric Weiss (Greg Grunberg). The ever-morphing Sydney Bristow (Jennifer Garner) will also take on her most demanding role, that of mother.
Daily ticker
April 19, 2006
Commodities
April 19, 2006
Artificial rain ordered to clear air of dust
April 19, 2006
Beijing will use artificial rainmaking to clear the air after a choking dust storm coated China’s capital and beyond with yellow grit, prompting a health warning to keep children indoors, state media said Tuesday.
Yard trimmers are cut above in abilities, ease of use
April 19, 2006
Our tests of gas and electric trimmers focused on their ability to trim near a wall, edge a vertical line along a walkway and cut tall grass and weeds. In addition, we assessed trimmers’ handling and ease of use.
FSHS soccer falls
April 19, 2006
The Free State High soccer squad lost, 4-0, Tuesday to Shawnee Mission East at Prairie Village. The Firebirds (2-6) will travel Thursday to Olathe South. Also Tuesday, Lawrence High’s girls soccer squad lost to SM West, 3-0, in Shawnee.
Three Lions to sign
April 19, 2006
Lawrence High seniors Michael Sickinger, Daren Parker and Drew Huff will sign letters of intent this afternoon in the LHS library. Sickinger and Parker will play baseball at Emporia State. Huff will pen a basketball tender with Benedictine College.
KU signee Collins honored by USA Today
April 19, 2006
Kansas University basketball signee Sherron Collins has been named second-team high school All America by USA Today.
HINU lands 11 on scholar-athlete list
April 19, 2006
Eleven Haskell Indian Nations University students have been named scholar-athletes by the Midland Collegiate Athletic Conference.
Houk keys Lions’ victory
Lawrence handily wins five-team meet
April 19, 2006
Erina Houk was so surprised by her dominating victory in the 500-yard freestyle Tuesday in Lawrence High’s Knox Natatorium that when told she was needed by a reporter, she thought she had been disqualified.
Teen ordered held in Holloway case
April 19, 2006
A 19-year-old Dutch man arrested in the disappearance of a young Alabama woman appeared before a judge Tuesday.
LHS falls, 5-4
April 19, 2006
Lawrence High fell short in a sloppy game Tuesday night as Shawnee Mission South claimed a 5-4 victory.
Firebirds explode, destroy Pioneers
April 19, 2006
Free State High baseball coach Mike Hill could have said the understatement of the century after Tuesday night’s game against the Pioneers.
KU women in last place at golf championship
April 19, 2006
The Kansas University women’s golf team is in 12th place after day two of the Big 12 Women’s Championship. KU shot a second round of 318 (634 total) at the par-72 6,167-yard Country Club of Lincoln. Oklahoma State leads with a 592.
Duke lacrosse players charged
Two arrested on rape, kidnapping charges
April 19, 2006
Two Duke University lacrosse players were arrested on rape charges Tuesday in a scandal that has rocked one of America’s elite campuses and raised explosive questions of race, class and the privileged status of college athletes.
Murderer put to death
April 19, 2006
A man convicted of killing three people 10 years ago in retaliation for an earlier attack on himself was executed Tuesday night in McAlester.
Erratic Tigers to visit Arrocha
April 19, 2006
A weekend sweep of Texas Tech breathed new life into Kansas University softball.
Brown might return
April 19, 2006
Depending on how he feels today, Larry Brown may or may not coach the Knicks in their season finale against the Nets tonight at Continental Airlines Arena. Whether or not he coaches the team, Knicks officials said Brown would wait until getaway day Thursday to address the media for the first time since his hospitalization last Thursday in Cleveland for an acid reflux disorder.wn
Commentary: Duke’s blind eye underlies problem
April 19, 2006
It’s been so long now, and so much more has happened, that it’s become almost impossible to recall what seeded whatever happened at Duke between its men’s lacrosse team and a woman who now accuses some on the team of gang raping her.
Reports: Morrison plans to turn pro
Gonzaga standout expected to reveal intentions today
April 19, 2006
Gonzaga forward Adam Morrison is expected to forgo his senior year and declare for the NBA Draft, according to numerous media reports.
Governor signs bill raising marriage age
April 19, 2006
If you’re not old enough to drive, you’re not old enough to get married. That’s what Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue declared Tuesday in signing a bill that bans teens under 16 from tying the knot.
No appropriation for KU cleanup this session
April 19, 2006
There will be no budget amendment from Gov. Kathleen Sebelius to pay for repairs at Kansas University from the March 12 storm.
Officer rear-ends driver at yellow light
April 19, 2006
A Lawrence Police officer rear-ended another vehicle just before noon Tuesday at Iowa Street and Harvard Road.
Speaker to address scientific thinking
April 19, 2006
Barbara Forrest, professor of philosophy at Southeastern Louisiana University, will present “The Naturalism of Science: The Only Way that Works” at 7:30 p.m. today at the Dole Institute of Politics on Kansas University’s west campus.
GOP gubernatorial hopefuls focus on economy
April 19, 2006
Three Republican Party candidates for governor said Tuesday that Kansas should be doing better economically.
On the record
April 19, 2006
Lawrence datebook
April 19, 2006
Bank robber receives 32-year sentence
April 19, 2006
A Wichita man who robbed a bank and then tried to escape by stealing a plane was sentenced to 32 years in federal prison.
Winter wheat struggling as temperatures soar
April 19, 2006
The winter wheat crop deteriorated last week in Kansas as temperatures soared with little rain to provide much-needed moisture, Kansas Agricultural Statistics Service said.
Douglas County deputy to receive state honor
April 19, 2006
A Douglas County Sheriff’s deputy who helped pull an injured man to safety at the scene of a deadly apartment fire has received statewide recognition for his actions.
County studies mailbox regulations
April 19, 2006
Douglas County commissioners are taking a new look at the possibility of regulating the type of mailboxes allowed in rural areas and their placement along roads.
Governor also seeks money for prison construction
April 19, 2006
In Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ budget amendments, offered Tuesday, she is seeking authorization for $20.5 million in bonds to build prison space to incarcerate the anticipated increase in inmates from legislation that increases punishments of sex offenders.
KU professor named as Fulbright chair
April 19, 2006
Kansas University professor Bill Tuttle has been selected for a Fulbright distinguished chair for 2006-07.
Keegan: Quit coddling pitchers
April 19, 2006
William Nathaniel Showalter III, manager of the Texas Rangers, specializes in boring quotes that reveal little of his bent on life, less about his team and nothing on opposing players.
Late filers could pay penalties
April 19, 2006
Plenty of Lawrence residents missed this year’s tax-filing deadline because they thought the downtown post office was going to be open until midnight - but it closed at 7 p.m.
Judge favors youth privacy
AG’s attempt to increase reporting of sex is rebuffed
April 19, 2006
In a decision hailed as a victory for adolescent privacy rights, a federal judge ruled Tuesday that health care providers and others are not required to report all underage sexual activity between consenting youths as sexual abuse.
Patrol seeks fuel deals
April 19, 2006
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.65 at several locations. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
Education regard
April 19, 2006
To the editor: I don’t know what upsets me more: the announcement that the Kansas University athletic director makes twice as much as the chancellor or the letter to the editor running down the quality of public education.
Making choices
April 19, 2006
To the editor: I am a junior at Lawrence High School, and I keep reading in the paper the articles about whether they are going to take away our open lunches and now if they are going to take away the “junk food” in our cafeteria.
Good decision
April 19, 2006
To the editor: Our local school board’s tentative approval of a policy to control the pervasive availability of junk food in the schools is an excellent decision.
Provost earns KU’s gratitude
April 19, 2006
The next two months are going to be busy for Kansas University Provost Dave Shulenburger and his wife, Carol Prentice, as they get ready to leave KU, Lawrence and Kansas and move to Washington, D.C. There will be all of the tasks associated with leaving complex jobs and moving all of their stuff halfway across the continent. There are also going to be a fair number of parties and tributes. I rather hesitate to add to this number by dedicating this column to Dave and Carol, but I’ve known them in various capacities for more than 12 years and I feel the need to comment.
Old home town - 100 years ago today
April 19, 2006
From the Lawrence Daily World for April 19, 1906: “Word from San Francisco is that a terrible earthquake hit this morning demolishing at least 50 blocks of the main business district. It is estimated at least 2,000 people are dead and fires are raging in the aftermath.”
Old home town - 40 years ago today
April 19, 2006
Kansas University Chancellor Clarke Wescoe served as grand marshal of the Kansas Relays parade because of the university’s centennial.
Different route
A local group deserves applause for seeking new ways to help community people with mental illness.
April 19, 2006
They say one definition of insanity is to keep doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.
Liberal, Seward County consolidation proposed
April 19, 2006
Some residents in southwest Kansas are circulating a petition for a countywide vote on consolidating parts of the Liberal and Seward County governments.
Dragonflies win 1-0
April 19, 2006
In the last game of the afternoon, the Dragonflies and Wizards fought each other as a storm rolled into Lawrence darkening the skies at Youth Sports Inc.
Howard signs to cheer at Kansas Wesleyan
April 19, 2006
It was an opportunity that Amanda Howard didn’t imagine when she began competitive cheerleading two years ago, but on Friday the 18-year-old Free State senior signed a letter of intent to cheer for the Coyote Cheer next season.
Force want to climb higher
April 19, 2006
I sat down with 10U Kaw Valley Force premier team coach Mauro Nobre to talk about the team and preview what the spring 2006 season is going to be like for the boys.
KSA Fury ‘cream of the crop’ in Lawrence
14U girls competing against premier teams in Topeka, KC
April 19, 2006
While the Kaw Valley Soccer Assn. league trains and plays in Lawrence, Mark Francis and his team are preparing to hit the road. At various practice fields around the city, one can find the Kansas Soccer Academy Fury - Coach Francis’ 14U girls team, which he says is this city’s cream of the soccer crop.
Ottawa, Space Monkeys meet for round 2
April 19, 2006
The 12U Space Monkeys Club soccer team got the chance to save face when they met their frequent opponents the Ottawa United on the field at Youth Sports Inc. on Saturday. The Monkeys played United a few weeks ago and lost 8-1, so Saturday was their chance for redemption.
Soccer Stars’ early advantage key to win
April 19, 2006
The match between the Fireballs and Soccer Stars was a close, tough battle that produced great plays and good memories for some Saturday at Youth Sports Inc. For Alexa Smith, a Soccer Stars forward, the game produced her best soccer memory, scoring what would be the game-winning goal.
Fanfare ushers in new era at K-State
April 19, 2006
Bands will play, and children will shout.
Commentary: All’s right again in Lakers’ world
April 19, 2006
All seems well in Tinseltown again.
Jayni Carey sweetens up meals with pork recipes
April 19, 2006
Join “Jayni’s Kitchen” this week for “Pork Perfection.”
At least 25 killed when merchant bus plunges
April 19, 2006
At least 25 people are dead after a bus tumbled off a mountain road in central Peru and fell into a gorge late Monday.
No Child’ law raises new segregation concerns
April 19, 2006
Wedged in a poor, gritty immigrant neighborhood, Henry C. Dwight Elementary School harks back to an earlier era of learning. Its ceilings are high, there is a fireplace in the library and students wear uniforms as they dart between classrooms.
Indians rap 20 hits in 15-1 romp
April 19, 2006
Jason Johnson took a five-hitter into the eighth inning, Victor Martinez and Grady Sizemore homered, and the Cleveland Indians had 20 hits Tuesday night in a 15-1 rout of the Baltimore Orioles.
What happens after Rumsfeld?
April 19, 2006
As the “Rummy Must Go” chorus grows in rank and numbers, it’s beginning to feel like Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld’s days are numbered. Three years into the war in Iraq, American casualties are back on the upswing, the fledgling government is stalled and car bombs and assassinations are wreaking havoc on civilians. The war is not yet a failure, but the prospects for victory, at least the total victory President Bush and Rumsfeld initially promised, are nil.
Generals’ comments don’t benefit U.S.
April 19, 2006
What is one to make of the six retired generals who, in recent days, have called not only for the resignation of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, but have questioned whether U.S. troops should remain in Iraq much longer? Only that it will further embolden America’s enemies who are betting that the United States is weak, morally corrupt and lacks the stomach for protracted conflict.
6U teams beam in Kaw Valley match
April 19, 2006
Boundless energy and enthusiasm permeated Field 1N and the immediate area Saturday at Youth Sports Inc. as the Soccer Stars and Sharks squared off in a 6U Boys-B division showdown.
Planning board to consider rural subdivision plan
April 19, 2006
Douglas County commissioners have revised rural subdivision regulations they think will shape the county’s growth, management of taxes and infrastructure development.
Tacos with a twist
Open-faced Indian staple satisfies hunger, helps with fundraising goals
April 19, 2006
The construction under way at Lawrence Indian United Methodist Church is a testament to the power of Indian tacos.
Lake View co-owner vows to appeal closing
Lawrence nursing home will lose Medicaid payments in May
April 19, 2006
Lake View Manor won’t go down without a fight.
AG says cemetery owners stole fees
April 19, 2006
Owners of an East Lawrence cemetery looted funds meant for upkeep of the burial grounds, the Kansas Attorney General’s Office says, as part of an alleged conspiracy that spread to at least a half-dozen other states.
Renters fight post-Katrina price gouging
April 19, 2006
When the Watersmark apartment complex advertised its “grand reopening” five months after Hurricane Katrina, the announcement stunned tenants living there in storm-damaged apartments.
San Francisco marks centennial of quake that destroyed city
April 19, 2006
Sirens wailed and bells tolled through the city before dawn Tuesday as residents marked the moment 100 years earlier when the Great Quake shattered the city, killing thousands as it leveled buildings and touched off fires that burned for days.
Kansas Heritage editor earns honor
April 19, 2006
Lawrence resident Susan Novak, managing editor of Kansas Heritage, received the 2006 Kansas Communicator of Achievement Award from Kansas Professional Communicators.
Burcham Boats? KU eyes state-owned park for rowing home
April 19, 2006
The Kansas University student body passed referendum No. 2 last week, meaning a boathouse will be built for the KU rowing team in the future.
Garland solid, shuts down reeling Kansas City
April 19, 2006
This is what the Chicago White Sox expect from Jon Garland: He kept his pitches down in the strike zone and kept the hitters off balance.
Braves’ Jones rips two
April 19, 2006
With two key teammates injured, Andruw Jones knows the Atlanta Braves need power and production from him right now.
Officer injured when teen throws bicycle
April 19, 2006
A 17-year-old boy injured a Lawrence Police officer Tuesday afternoon when he threw a bicycle at him as the officer tried to serve a warrant.
Cheney praises Fort Riley troops
April 19, 2006
Vice President Dick Cheney used a visit Tuesday to this Army post for a morale-boosting rally for thousands of soldiers, even as questions about foreign policy continued to swirl about the administration.
Aquahawks compete at Junior Nationals
Rudman, Albrecht, Gallagher, Hutchinson, Reaney represent club
April 19, 2006
On March 21-26 five Aquahawks swimmers got the opportunity to swim at the competitive Junior Nationals meet in Orlando, Fla. Senior swimmers Alyssa Rudman, Molly Albrecht, Caitlin Gallagher, Mariah Hutchinson and Emma Reaney all had times that qualified them to swim Junior Nationals.
Jayhawk bats blast Bears
Simpson nearly hits for cycle; KU gets RPI boost
April 19, 2006
Brock Simpson didn’t want the help. He got it from Justin Ellrich anyway.
Bush shuffles economic team
April 19, 2006
President Bush shuffled part of the White House economic team on Tuesday, naming his chief trade negotiator to be his budget director and appointing a new person to lead the nation’s trade negotiations.
Eye fungus has contact-lens wearers groping for glasses
April 19, 2006
William Spadafora had tried reading glasses, distance glasses and bifocals. He had lost glasses, stepped on glasses, and dropped glasses off the side of a boat.
Cruise, Holmes welcome daughter, Suri
Brooke Shields also delivers girl on same day
April 19, 2006
The Tomkitten has arrived.
Prairie Capital plans merger with Emprise
April 19, 2006
Prairie Capital Inc. and Emprise Financial Corp. have agreed to merge.
Berry Plastics ponders strategies
April 19, 2006
Berry Plastics Corp., owner of Packerware Corp. in Lawrence, says it is “exploring strategic alternatives” that could include selling the company or taking it public, all with the intent of maximizing shareholder value for its owners.
Meier, speedy ‘D’ atop depth chart
April 19, 2006
Just two freshmen are listed as starters on Kansas University’s football post-spring depth chart, and both come at key positions: Kerry Meier at quarterback, the offensive leader; and Darrell Stuckey at free safety, the last line of defense.
Studies link decrease in sleep with weight gain
April 19, 2006
Mary Higgins, K-State Extension specialists in nutrition education, offers this research: In a 2005 Canadian study of 740 normal-weight adult men and women, those who slept the least (five to six hours) weighed more than those who slept for seven to eight hours each night.
Beware of late-April frosts when planting in Kansas
April 19, 2006
When the temperature spiked into the 90s on Thursday, I was tempted to run out and start planting tomatoes. But it was only April 11, I reasoned, more than a week away from the average date of the last killing frost. Just as quickly as the thermometer had risen, it might plunge and punish the impatient gardener.
Old home town - 25 years ago today
April 19, 2006
The 1981 Kansas Legislature had been giving Kansas University a painful three-month course in supply-side economics and the final results showed the supply side was on the decline.
Horoscopes
April 19, 2006
For Wednesday, April 19
Apple User’s Group to meet May 3
April 19, 2006
The Lawrence Apple User’s Group 2.0 will meet at 7 p.m. May 3 at Signs of Life bookstore’s community room, 722 Mass.