Jay Senter

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Web site steers users toward family-friendly entertainment
August 7, 2005
When Lawrence resident Debby Smith’s 11-year-old daughter, Megan, got an invitation from a friend to go see “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” a couple of weeks ago, Debby headed straight for her computer - and she wasn’t looking for show times.
Boaters flock to area lakes for July 4 weekend
July 3, 2005
Pat Dalton sat in a camp chair with a portable awning Saturday afternoon, her feet propped up on another chair, a newspaper in her lap. The Fourth of July weekend was here, and Dalton had come to Clinton State Park with her family to relax.
Man accidentally shoots himself
July 2, 2005
A 21-year-old Lawrence man accidentally shot himself in the groin early Friday while playing with a gun he didn’t think was loaded. Police said the man was handling the 9 mm handgun about 1:10 a.m. while with a group of five acquaintances at an apartment in the 1000 block of Missouri Street.
Squirrel attacks boy, mother
Both get treatment for bites as officials capture animal
July 2, 2005
Squirrels: Cute, furry - dangerous. An 8-year-old boy and his mother sustained minor injuries Friday night after a squirrel attacked them, clawing and biting their arms and legs outside a southeast Lawrence home.
Girl bolts from bed after lightning strike
Seven-year-old escapes unharmed after flames engulf mattress
July 1, 2005
Lightning accompanying the intense storms that swept through the area Thursday sent a 7-year-old Tonganoxie girl scrambling from her burning bed - and left Snow, her favorite unicorn doll, with a coat of singed white fur.
Gas main break forces evacuations
July 1, 2005
A burst natural gas pipe Thursday night in southern Douglas County led to the evacuation of roughly half a dozen homes on the western edge of Palmyra Township, about 10 miles south of Lawrence.
Area barbecuers battle for bragging rights at official state championship
June 26, 2005
By 12:30 p.m., they are ready to go. For five hours they’ve sat in the smoker, soaking in the essence of the apple wood burning in the fire box. Every hour or so a spray bottle spritzed them with apple juice to ensure that they remained moist in the 225-degree heat. And after resting outside the smoker for nearly an hour - so that the meat could reabsorb some of the juice it had expressed - the ribs are tender, melt-in-your-mouth ready: ready to defend their title as the best in state, and to grant their creators, Bob Schaffer of Lawrence and Bill Simon of rural Eudora, another year of coveted bragging rights.
Man escapes from police
Suspect jumps out of cruiser, is recaptured
June 25, 2005
A Lawrence man stunned bystanders Friday when he jumped with his hands handcuffed behind him out the back of a moving police car near the intersection of Sixth and Michigan streets and led officers on a brief chase through the afternoon heat.
Annual fiesta increasing in popularity
June 25, 2005
The St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church parking lot was transformed Friday into a street party from south of the border. Hundreds of people packed around folding tables, eating tamales and tacos and listening to Latino music during the 24th annual Fiesta Mexicana.
Pulitzer author visits city
Memory of Lawrence’s founding ideals valuable, writer says
June 25, 2005
Plymouth Congregational Church was a fitting location for Pulitzer Prize-winning author Marilynne Robinson to deliver a reading Friday during her visit to Lawrence.

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