Dave Toplikar

Dave, who is the multimedia reporter for World Online, covers K-12 education and writes a technology column for the Journal-World.

Recent stories

Students without computers rank among digital minority
May 8, 2007
Computers are almost as plentiful as Jayhawks at Kansas University - you find them in classrooms, in labs, in dorm rooms and apartments. But if you’re a KU student, can you get by without getting your own computer? The answer is yes.
Lawrence students show history of success at state
15 help create entries advancing to national competition
May 7, 2007
Don’t be surprised if, a few years from now, a documentary on television’s History Channel has familiar Lawrence names in the credits. History students from Central Junior High School, Lawrence High School and Free State High School recently walked away with first- or second-place honors for projects at Kansas History Day in Topeka - with several of them winning for historical documentary videos.
Special meal way to honor mom in style
May 6, 2007
Some come directly from church. Others arrive late in the afternoon, bringing aunts, uncles, children and cameras.
Traditions lie behind gift ideas for moms
May 6, 2007
In one country, mothers are literally buttered up on Mother’s Day. And in another, they’re tied to a chair until they pay a ransom of sweets to their children.
Toplikar: Pimp my Prius, please
Embracers of hybrid technology join auto club all of their own
May 6, 2007
“I don’t get it. What do you mean, gas and electric? Do you plug it in?” I laughed as I drove my daughter Julie from her dorm in my new Toyota Prius. Julie had lots of questions. Like many of us, she was pretty skeptical of the whole notion of mixing two power sources - an electric motor and a gasoline engine - under one hood.
Old-school celebration
Events to honor Pinckney history
May 4, 2007
Mabel Stoneback is among the school’s many former students who plan to attend Pinckney’s Birthday Celebration on Saturday that will mark the original school’s 135th birthday and the 75th anniversary of the existing building at 810 W. Sixth St.
Schwegler principal to take over new district position
May 3, 2007
For the past three years, Angelique Kobler has been in charge at Schwegler School.
Public schools put on ‘heightened alert’
Kansas Bureau of Investigation talks Wednesday to juvenile suspected of making threat
May 3, 2007
Lawrence public schools were on “heightened alert” Wednesday as state authorities investigated “a nonspecific threat of school violence in Kansas.”
Schools notified of ‘unspecified threat’ of violence
Lawrence schools on ‘heightened alert,’ says superintendent
May 2, 2007
Lawrence public schools are on “heightened alert” today, as authorities investigate “a non-specific threat of school violence in Kansas this morning,” according to Superintendent Randy Weseman.
Students among nation’s best
Two LHS seniors, one FSHS senior honored as National Merit Scholars
May 2, 2007
LHS students Rebecca Dirks and Baoqing Zhou, along with FSHS senior Jing Li, are among 2,500 students nationwide who received awards from the National Merit Corp.

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Recent photos

Neighbors complain about trash left in their yards.

Wyatt Schumann, 12, a student at Perry Middle School, won the Grand Champion ribbon in Market Steer at the Douglas County Fair.

Travis Neis, 8, a third-grader at West Elementary School in Eudora, was the Grand Champion in Crops at the Douglas County Fair.

Chase Dressler, 7, a second-grader at Nottingham Elementary School in Eudora, was the Grand Champion in Crops Display at the Douglas County Fair.

Chase Dressler, 7, a Eudora Nottingham Elementary School second-grader, was the Grand Champion in Entomology at the Douglas County Fair.

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