Wednesday, March 15, 2006
Lawrence city officials continue to scour the city, assessing the damage left after Sunday's storm. So far, officials only identified a handful of buildings that they consider unsafe to live or work in. The buzz of chainsaws echoed through Lawrence's Oak Hill Cemetery Wednesday as crews went to work cleaning up one of the areas hit hardest by Sunday's Microburst. Some of the only live pictures from Sunday's storm were captured by a 10-year-old boy in Southwest Lawrence. Brandon Cooper says he heard the rumbling of the storm approach and grabbed his toy video camera to try to get some interesting shots. Community leaders hope to start funding a plan to acquire more industrial and park space by next year. Kansas School Districts now need written permission from parents before enrolling children in sex education courses, under a rules change approved Wednesday. House members are close to finishing their work on a school finance package. The select committee on school finance spent two hours marking up a bill that would require greater accountability of education spending, while also giving districts more flexibility in how their dollars are spent. Charles Jones and other fellow Commissioners, Jere McElhaney and Bob Johnson, enacted another burn ban at their regular meeting Wednesday night. Spring training isn't just for the major leaguers anymore. Thursday evening the Lawrence High baseball team will board a bus for a 22-hour ride to Phoenix, Arizona. Sunday's storms had a big affect on the storm spotters training session Wednesday night. The Douglas County Emergency Management and the Topeka National Weather Service sponsored "Weather 101" Wednesday night at the Lawrence Arts Center. The Jayhawks have landed at 7 p.m. local time in Detroit. The Hawks are now resting at their Auburn Hills hotel, in preparation for Thursday's practice. The Jayhawk women are less than 24 hours from ending their six-year post-season hiatus. KU hosts Northern Iowa in the opening round of the WNIT Thursday. The game tips off from Allen Fieldhouse at 7 p.m.