Archive for Monday, December 17, 2007

Also from December 17

Births
Blog entries
Obituaries
On the street
Photo galleries
Art smart
Podcasts
Polls
What would prompt you to ride the T or ride it more often?

Poll results

Response Percent
Nothing, I won’t ride the T.
 
45%
More convenient routes.
 
36%
More convenient hours of service.
 
12%
The price of gas increasing to more than $3 a gallon.
 
5%
Total 344
Videos

Lead stories

6:00 a.m.
John Blythe experienced grief like he had not known when his wife Donna Beth died two years ago. Since that time Blythe, 78, has worked to find different ways to celebrate the holidays and still hold the memories of his wife. Blythe said reading and family and friends have helped him through. Coping with holiday grief
December 16, 2007 in print edition on 1A
John Blythe was devastated when his wife of 53 years died. Three months into his mourning, Blythe was faced with December. Not only were there the holidays, but the couple shared the same birthday - Dec. 11.
9:00 a.m.
In foreground center, Barbara Randel, Lawrence, and Robert Mitchell, Topeka, dance Wednesday at the midweek Oldsters United for Responsible Service dance at Lawrence Senior Center. The center informed the OURS dance group, which has about 130 members, that the group would not be allowed to meet at the center 2008. The club is making arrangements for new dance locations. Oldsters forced to move dances from senior center
December 17, 2007 in print edition on 1A
Wintry conditions couldn’t deter a group of seniors from heating up the dance floor at the Lawrence Senior Center. They were twirling, two-stepping, waltzing and tapping their toes to music performed by a live band. They are members of OURS (Oldsters United for Responsible Service), which has sponsored dances at the senior center for 26 years. But starting Jan. 1, they will take their dancing shoes elsewhere.
1:00 p.m.
December's ArtStar winner Xin (Lucy) Liu is a multitalented artist whose ceramics and jewelry design is turning heads at Lawrence High School. Liu fashioned a necklace, glazing the piece with a torch, on Wednesday at LHS. Art smart
December 17, 2007 in print edition on 1C
Xin Liu thinks the right and left hemispheres of her brain get along just fine. She’s interested in biological sciences and thinks she might pursue a career in microbiology. At the same time, she is an active artist, creating ceramics and metal jewelry. “Her style is very much based on nature - sort of abstractions of nature, things like birds and fish and flowers and plants,” says Deena Amont, art teacher at Lawrence High School. “She’s really kind of focusing in that area.”
4:00 p.m.
Kristina Emerson, activity coordinator at Brandon Woods Retirement Community, sits on the lap of Santa, played by Larry Kline, as resident Aloha Rizzo waits for her turn. Kala Garber, 10, watches. Santa makes grand return from sidelines
December 17, 2007 in print edition on 3A
Aloha Rizzo has a short Christmas list this year. She’d like a man in her life, preferably one with hair. Rizzo and her fellow Brandon Woods residents got a visit from Santa Claus on Sunday in the person of one of their own, Brandon Woods resident Larry Kline.
10:00 p.m.
Phil Minkin, who has been the chef for Lawrence's Head Start for more than 30 years, is shown working with a group of students at one of the program sites, Plymouth Congregational Church, 925 Vt. He is retiring Friday. Final course
December 17, 2007 in print edition on 1C
This is how much the preschoolers at Head Start love Mr. Phil. It used to be, every time he walked into a classroom to deliver food, the students all wanted to get up and give him a hug. This created a logistical nightmare for teachers trying to do their daily lessons. So instead, the teachers started having the kids “throw” a group hug to Mr. Phil. He shimmies with a big smile to let them know he did, in fact, receive their hugs.

All stories

Wichita looks at ending busing program
Today, 1,370 students are shuttled to class in an effort to integrate the city’s schools
December 17, 2007 in print edition on A5
Wichita School District is looking to end its civil-rights era school busing plan, which some administrators say is no longer necessary because of demographic changes in the city.
On the record
December 17, 2007 in print edition on A4
Marriage licenses issues and divorces granted
Finding the job that fits
December 17, 2007 in print edition on B11
J.T. and Dale Talk Jobs