29 April 2006
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28 April 2006
The search is on for alternative fuel sources, especially corn-based ethanol. The issue is rising gas prices and our Nation's dependence on oil; corn may be the solution as engineers are turning the crop into ethanol. Controversy continues to tower over the Lawrence School Board's Monday night meeting.
A federal grand jury hands down indictments on more than a half dozen people accused of dealing crack near Lawrence elementary schools. The final Thursday in April gives us an opportunity to honor one of the smartest and fastest high schoolers in Kansas. More than 30 percent have fallen into disrepair, and now city leaders want to keep good roads from turning bad. Teams of insurance adjustors are in town surveying the dents on the thousands of cars pelted during the recent hair storm. For the second time this week, the KU crew team is the target of theft. Thursday night meant diamond night for the prepsters. So, let's start the area update with pictures from the Hyvee High School game of the week. For the LHS tennis invite, seven teams came to town. At LHS the Lions swim team hosted a quad at Knox Natatorium.
27 April 2006
A new fishing hold opens to the public this weekend. More than one and a half million books will have a new home on the west side of town. It's back to work for Lawmakers. They returned to the Capitol Wednesday after a three-week spring break. The interwoven and often times complicated aspects of domestic violence were highlighted Wednesday night during a panel discussion at KU. On campus Wednesday, the brother of a woman who's name won't soon be forgotten.
Set your alarm clocks Saturday morning, that's when the downtown Lawrence Farmer's Market opens in a new and larger location. The KU baseball team finished up play in the best of the Midwest challenge Wednesday. Jayhawks faced Creighton at Community America Ballpark. Five games into the season, the Lawrence High ladies were undefeated, but since then LHS has come back to earth losing four of its last five.
26 April 2006
A Kansas Supreme Court Justice being investigated for possible ethics violations could face impeachment. Holocaust survivors share their memories Tuesday night with KU students. The childcare center at Googols of Fun will now accept up to fifty additional students. Volunteers looking to give back to the community had their chance Tuesday. Police are urging people to keep their belongings locked up, after a rash of garage burglaries over the weekend. The Kansas baseball team returned to the diamond Tuesday as part of the best of the Midwest challenge at Community America Ballpark. Wins over Leavenworth and Shawnee Mission West Monday night, pushed the Free State softball teams win streak to seven games.
24 April 2006
Clean up begins Monday after last night's damaging hailstorm. Attorney's for the man accused of setting the deadly fire at the Boardwalk Apartments are seeking to have the case dismissed, calling the charges against their client unconstitutional. A settlement agreement between the city of Lawrence and Wal-mart gets approval in court Monday. Building a new entrance for a local high school becomes a point of contention for Lawrence School Board members. Lawrence Police are still trying to get to the bottom of what caused a massive brawl to break out at a downtown Lawrence nightclub. The World Company, which owns and operates 6News, has started printing the Lawrence Journal-World with renewable energy. The strong storms Monday evening apparently had something against soccer, but on the softball diamond it was a different story. The strong storms Monday evening apparently had something against soccer, but on the softball diamond it was a different story. Sunday at home the KU softball team upset number two Texas, 1-0.
24 April 2006
Lawrence Memorial Hospital's Emergency department is small, cramped and getting more patients every year. Sweeping changes to the school day could be in the works for Lawrence Public School students. An early morning brawl inside a downtown Lawrence nightclub sends at least four people to the hospital and at least three other to jail. Local children became official world heroes Sunday afternoon after receiving their passports to a day of fun and games. Lawrence marked it sixth annual Earth Day parade and fair this weekend. Last Friday night in Lawrence, the KU baseball team got some clutch hits last to beat K-State, 8-5. On the KU campus Sunday afternoon, the Jayhawks softball team took on number two Texas. Saturday a crowd of over 26,000 packed into Memorial Stadium to watch the final day of the Kansas Relays.
22 April 2006
The city of Lawrence and Wal-mart will not meet in court next Monday.
It was "ready, set, go" Friday morning for local children and volunteers at the second annual Kansas Relays for Kids event. Some messy moments Friday morning in East Lawrence. It was a picture perfect day in Lawrence, but don't tell that to local school children. Van Go Mobile Arts celebrates its latest piece of art. Although the forecast is clear for the Kansas Relays, talk of additional NCAA rule violations on the hill created a storm that blew the Relays right out of the headlines. Friday at the Kansas Relays, the main attraction made his first appearance at Memorial Stadium. Free State High's Alysha Valencia won the girl's 3200-meter run. On Friday, Kansas baseball hosted game one of the Sunflower Showdown series.
21 April 2006
On the 6News Nightcast: Students prepare to move a whole house out of town, the investigation of the beating of KU professor Paul Mirecki is near completion, and still no settlement reached in the Wal-Mart case following a series of closed-door meetings
20 April 2006
On the 6News Nightcast: A KU student continues to recover after a fall from a second-story window and now there could be charges in the incident, some non-typical teachers impart life lessons to some area high school students, and a new report shows that not all new development in Lawrence pays for itself.
19 April 2006
On the 6News Nightcast: Protesters march to City Hall with something to say about the new noise ordinance, a service for the visually impared is suffering from a lack of space, and the proper use of Tasers is discussed by the Douglas County sheriff's office.
18 April 2006
With Monday's tax filing deadline come the end of a longtime Lawrence tradition. Normally at this time the post office at 7th and Vermont in downtown Lawrence would be packed with people, loud music and last minute tax filers, but Monday everyone who sent mail to the IRS did it in the day light. Debate over how to punish problem party houses will head to Lawrence City Hall Tuesday night. Last year, Lawrence police wrote more than 300 noise violations and now a group of KU students wants to make sure they're issued fairly. Promoting downtown Lawrence and guiding its long-term future is now is a full time job. Rick Marquez starts may first as administrator for Downtown Lawrence, Inc. Unlike past administrators, the New Mexico native will be working full-time. Next month is the end of college for many KU students. With graduation approaching and a new life chapter beginning how are students coping with the change? For one student, he leaves behind a radio show that's been part of his life for the past three years. In last Friday's scrimmage, Kerry Meier answered all questions as to who will be KU's starting quarterback in 2006. The focus now shifts to the defensive side of the ball. One of Free State High's top runners of all time will call Michigan home for the next four years. Monday afternoon, senior Alysha Valencia signed with the Wolverines. Valencia becomes the ninth Firebird in the last seven years to run for a division one school. The softball ladies took center stage on the game of the week for the first time this spring. In a contest that featured two viewing area teams, the Tonganoxie Chieftains and the Piper Pirates.
16 April 2006
A KU graduate student is using his athletic ability to help a local charity in need. Right now KU graduate student Rickie Friesner is on the East Coast preparing for the Boston Marathon Monday. But next month this marathon runner will be lacing up for a different kind of race here in Lawrence. The number of state employees earning more than $100 thousand a year has skyrocketed in recent years, according to the state records obtained by 6News and the Lawrence Journal-World. The number of top earners went from 740 in 2002 to nearly 1,200 last year. Congress isn't in session now, but that doesn't mean Kansans aren't working hard in Washington. One Prairie Village resident and KU student has taken her passion for politics straight to the top, landing an internship on Capitol Hill. Saturday, KU softball pitcher Kassie Humphreys threw a complete game shutout as the Jayhawks beat Texas Tech, 1-0. Just before the start of Sunday's game, she found out that she would head to the hill again to try and do the same thing. Last Friday's spring game, all eyes were on number one quarterback Kerry Meier. The season opener is not until September 2, but if Meier looks anything like he did in the blue vs. white scrimmage, Jayhawk fans have a lot to look forward to.
15 April 2006
The Lawrence fire department unveils its newest station, a $5 million facility, at 19th street and Stewart Avenue. After nearly 50 years of summer fun, one east Lawrence neighborhood pool is struggling to stay afloat. State officials are set to close down a Lawrence nursing home. A collection of neighborhood artists and musicians are getting together to showcase their talent, and more.
14 April 2006
A plan to revitalize a historic piece of east Lawrence property needs help from neighbors if it will have a future. A local developer has big plans for an area near 8th and Pennsylvania streets, but it's the question of how big, that is raising some concerns with east Lawrence neighbors. Atrocities in Africa are seldom front-page news in Lawrence. Some KU activists took a dramatic stance Thursday to bring attention to genocide and war in Sudan, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Saint James African Methodist Episcopal Church has faced many problems recently including a bad roof and the loss of a pastor. Saint James African Methodist Episcopal Church has been standing in north Lawrence for 140 years and its members are not about to lose their home. A record setting day as far as temperatures go. We topped out 93 degrees that topped the previous record high in 1936, at 90 degrees. The Lawrence School District is looking to expand its kindergarten program to full day and they want to know if parents will help pick up the tab. Survey's are being handed out to parents of soon-to-be kindergarteners, to find how many want a full day program and how much they're willing to pay for it. Deputy Superintendent Bruce Passman, stopped by the Newscenter Thursday afternoon. During an online chat, Passman fielded questions from the public about the district's recent efforts to crack down on junk food in schools and sedentary lifestyles. Next week at the Kansas Relays be sure to keep an eye on more than just the headliners. Be on the lookout for some of KU's top athletes as well. More than 20 high schools are overtaking the baseball diamonds around Lawrence for the 2006 River City Baseball Festival. Brad Stoll's Lawrence Lions hook up with KC Rockhurst at Ice Field where the Lions were trying to end a three game losing streak. Mike Hill's Free State Firebirds took on Shawnee Mission North at KU's Hoglund Ballpark. The Firebirds ranked fourth in this week's Kansas coach's poll. Friday's spring scrimmage for the Kansas football team will likely feature freshman Kerry Meier at the number one quarterback, a move that signal's he's the top arm come fall.
13 April 2006
On the 6News Nightcast: The South Lawrence Trafficway debate has been a bumpy rouad, and now authorities want to know what you think; a Lawrence group is asking for your help to make every day Earth Day; and it's smooth sailing for the first time in at least 13 years at a notorious North Lawrence intersection.
12 April 2006
On the 6News Nightcast: Lawrence city leaders and developers discuss ways to ease some of the sewer problems, the Post Office's annual tax night festivities could be altered due to a weekend deadline, and from fun-loving kindergartner to local celebrity, 5-year-old Josh Evans is soaking up the spotlight.
10 April 2006
Hundreds of protesters take to the streets in downtown Lawrence demanding fair treatment for immigrants. The Lawrence rally and candlelight vigil was just one of a number of events taking place across the country, on this national day of action for immigration reform. Lawrence School Board members consider sweeping changes concerning what students can and cannot eat during the school day. At Monday night's school board meeting, members discussed a new wellness policy that the district will adopt soon. Former Senator Tom Daschle spoke in front of a packed house this evening. We sat down with the Former Senator from South Dakota early Monday and talked about everything from immigration to the current state of the White House. East Lawrence residents and Salvation Army leaders worked towards a compromise Monday night that would allow a new homeless shelter to be built near 19th and Haskell Avenue. City leaders think they may have the right plan to ease growing pains in northwest Lawrence. These improvements could clear the way for new development in the area north of Sixth Street. City crews begin temporary repairs at Second and Locust in north Lawrence. The long-standing bump at the intersection has been in the news quite a bit this past week, after a 15-year-old was seriously injured April 1. A medical report leads to a drug bust at a northern Lawrence apartment. According to police, emergency workers were called to an apartment in the 400 block of Wisconsin on Thursday to respond to a 22-year-old woman possibly having a seizure. Finding parking on the KU campus is about to get a little easier. Starting this fall, guaranteed parking and free public express bus service are being offered to students and staff. The 1,500 stall park-and-ride lot is now under construction on West Campus. Four local food pantries are working together and partnering with a national foundation to get meals to hungry Lawrence residents. "Just food" consists of Eckan, the Salvation Army, the Pelathe Center and Trinity Interfaith Food Pantries. The last time KU baseball team made the NCAA tournament the number one song on the charts was "I Swear" by All-4-One. The year, of course, was 1994. Fast forward to this years Jayhawk squad and talk of post-season play is once again hovering around Hoglund Ballpark. In Eudora, Coach Dirk Kinney's Cardinals sat at 6-0. But Monday afternoon, the Louisburg Wildcats paid the Eudora Cardinals a visit hoping to deny them of win number seven. Just next door, the cardinal softball team also took on Louisburg. Staying on top, the Cardinals defeated the Lady Wildcats, 5-2, with Brynn Hamilton as the winning pitcher. The school year maybe winding down, but there are still plenty of city showdowns to take place. Monday afternoon LHS took the quick trip over to Free State to face the Firebirds on the tennis court.
9 April 2006
A two-vehicle accident on K-10 Saturday night proves fatal for a Lansing man. According to the Highway Patrol 20-year-old Sean Ryan was driving east on K-10 when he truck ran onto the shoulder. The report states, Ryan then overcorrected, crossed the median and hit a westbound vehicle head-on. You might think opening a cigar shop in a town with a smoking ban is a touch odd, but two brothers are making a go of it in west Lawrence. Centro Cigars is a place where lighting up is more than encouraged. It is a Sunday tradition when you hear the bells from the Campanile, it's usually carillonneur Elizabeth Berghout, whose music leaves everyone's ears ringing. Several Lawrence kids spent Saturday morning at Crown Toyota. No, they weren't test-driving cars. They were playing at kid's safety day hosted by Douglas County Safe Kid Collation. Children played games and made crafts. A big showing in Lawrence Sunday morning at the annual Raintree Run. The one-mile, 5K and half-marathon races began as fundraisers for Lawrence's Raintree Montessori School. Now, in its 10th year, the run is also one of the region's premier racing events, affiliated with the Mid-America Running Association Grand Prix. After a series loss at Nebraska, KU baseball coach Ritch Price called the next two conference series 'must win.' Last weekend the Jayhawks beat rival Missouri. Sunday, they could earn a series victory over 26th-ranked Texas Tech. Last spring, the Kansas State rowing team rolled into Lawrence and beat KU to win the Kansas cup for the first time in six years. Sunday, the Jayhawks has the chance to take it back, but unfortunately the trophy once again returned to Manhattan. The Wildcats edged the Jayhawks, 13-8.
8 April 2006
Repairs to "the bump" are now on the fast track. State officials said Thursday, they hope to begin upgrades to the notorious intersection of Second and Locust this year, instead of 18 months from now. A new case of the mumps confirmed Thursday brings the Douglas County total to 22. Eighteen of those are KU students and now campus officials are taking extra steps to prevent an even larger spread. Students at one local elementary school shift their focus from classroom to the bedroom. Sixth graders at Pinckney Elementary are taking part in a sleep study and learning why it is so important for all of us to catch our z's. Lawrence has a long history with fire, but now city leaders want to keep further destruction out of the city's future. That's why they will consider a plan to give downtown business owners an incentive to install sprinklers in their historic buildings. The man accused of a deadly shooting at a Baldwin birthday party made a brief court appearance Thursday. Twenty-five-year-old Hinndley Espinales of Gardner appeared before a district court judge, who set his next hearing for June 27. History on the line twice Thursday for one member of the Kansas baseball team. With his Jayhawks facing Texas Tech, senior closer Don Czyz was one appearance away from tying the KU single season mark at 11. Of course, for Czyz to reach either of those numbers the Hawks would need to have the lead late. Whether it's at the pro, college, or prep level good pitching usually leads to a successful baseball season. But when a team enters the spring with two of its top three arms sidelined with injuries, the worries start to mount for the head coach. That's exactly this situation, Skipper Dave Svoboda is facing at Basehor-Linwood.
6 April 2006
On the 6News Nightcast: More mumps cases were reported today in Douglas County, the city's 2007 spending plan begins to take shape on day one of next year's budget talks, and Lawrence dodges another bullet today as Mother Nature takes aim at northeast Kansas.