Friday, March 17, 2006
Officials from KU blame deferred maintenance for the more than $6 million in damages to campus. KU has $168 million in maintenance backlog. It was a case of neighbors helping neighbors Thursday or former neighbors, as Bishop Seabury students pitched in to help a Douglas County family clean up from the devastation left behind by Sunday's storm. A local junior high school is home to the district's newest security measures. West Junior High is hosting a trial run of a new keyless security system that will soon be in every school in the city. Four days after the storm, about 200 city workers are still collecting debris from across the city and they are taking most of it to one spot. A portion of a historic downtown church damaged in Sunday's microburst has been cordoned off as a precaution. An engineer says there are cracks in the interior wall beneath the two spires that toppled in the storm. Efforts to get the city back in shape following the weekend microburst shift to South Park. The Park was basically left untouched for the first part of this week, but with the St. Patrick's Day parade starting at South Park on Friday, officials wanted to be sure the park was cleared and safe. A police sting nabs a suspect with possible connections to at least 20 burglaries at local liquor stores. Officers set up surveillance early Thursday morning outside Danny's Liquor at 19th and Haskell. Residents at a local apartment complex are evacuated Thursday afternoon after a fire ignited inside a wall. Lawrence-Douglas County Fire and Medical arrived to the Quail Creek Apartments just before 4 p.m. The KU men's basketball team is one night's sleep away from a first round date with the Bradley Braves. The Jayhawks went through a final walk through Thursday in the Palace at Auburn Hills. The last time the Kansas Women's basketball team played in the post-season was in 2000. In round one of the NCAA's that year the Lady Jayhawks lost a double overtime heartbreaker to Vanderbilt and KU hasn't played post-season basketball since, that is until Thursday night. The Jayhawks won by ten over the Northern Iowa Panthers, 59-49. The KU baseball team opens Big 12 Conference play Friday and no big surprise the Jayhawks will do so on the road.