Thursday, March 30, 2006
As Thursday's storms rolled through the area a local family was thankful that their farm was spared this time around. The Pendleton's are still cleaning up from the March 12, microburst and they are trying to finish everything in time for their first day this season on Saturday. A Federal program that has helped hundreds of Lawrence's families in need turn their lives around is shutting down. Funding for the Even Start program is drying up, leaving dozens of parents trying to earn their GED's, wondering where they go from here. The Lawrence Home Builders Association is teaming up with Habitat for Humanity to build a house in just one week. Blutz Build will add a new home on the corner of Homewood and Bullene in east Lawrence. The Home Builders Association will provide materials and labor to complete the project. KU Police says they've started recovering some of the thousands of dollars worth of men's basketball uniforms and warm-ups stolen last week from a locked trailer on campus. No arrests have been made, but a KU Police spokesman says several high school students are suspects. The trial for a former Community Living Opportunities employee charged with abusing a mentally challenged client is postponed Thursday. The defense attorney for 35-year-old Eric Wyatt asked for more time to look into other simiar incidents in Kansas that don't result in criminal charges. More than 200 people spend time behind bars today at the Eldridge Hotel. Thursday's annual Lawrence Lockup for the Muscular Dystrophy Association brought in about $55 thousand. Every $600 raised sends one child to the Associations summer camp in Linwood. The Kansas City Royals continue to fine-tune their final roster. Thursday, KC found its backup outfielder and it suprisingly was not Aaron Gile. Instead, the position was awarded to Shane Costa. Although Jusin Gatlin may be the defending Olympic champion in the 100-meter dash, he likely won't be the fan favorite when he takes the track on April 22, in the Kansas Relays. That distinction belongs to former 100-meter world record holder, Maurice Greene. Thursday night we find out our High School Scholar Athlete of the Month. March's recipient, Zack Pistora, talks a good game on and off the court.