Leita Walker

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Cohousing members sell land, downsize project
Delaware Street Commons decides on smaller community
May 18, 2003
With a little more money and a little less land, Delaware Street Commons members spent the weekend reworking plans for their cohousing project and feeling as if four years of planning was about to pay off.
Chancellor’s annual speech pays homage to academic freedom
May 17, 2003
Drawing subtle parallels Friday between state Sen. Susan Wagle, Josef Stalin’s Russia and McCarthyism, Kansas University Chancellor Robert Hemenway said academic freedom must be rigorously defended.
Tenant advocate seeks law changes
Solving substandard housing not easy, officials say
May 14, 2003
Danette Seymour knows what it’s like to be intimidated by a landlord. Four years ago, when a neighbor complained about her 7-year-old son swearing outside, Seymour’s landlord gave her 14 days to correct the problem — or 30 days to move.
Mangino delivers for LHS
Catcher’s double key hit in Lawrence’s big inning
May 14, 2003
Credit the walks — and Tommy Mangino. Lawrence High defeated Shawnee Mission Northwest in baseball, 10-6, Tuesday at Ice Field, improving the Lions’ record to 13-4 and putting on a hitting show for the Senior Night crowd.
Tenant complaints often go unreported, unheard
Some renters stay quiet to avoid eviction
May 13, 2003
Things have worked out for Devin and Annette Miller. They stayed warm through the winter by turning on their oven for heat. Neither of their young daughters fell through the holes in their trailer’s floor.
Shoddy housing feels like prison to tenants
Landlord says shelter has saved residents from living on streets
May 12, 2003
When a chunk of the ceiling fell on her as she stood at the kitchen sink, Jennifer Carroll Price knew something had to be done. Asking her landlord nicely about fixing her trailer’s leaky roof didn’t seem to be working, so Price called the city. Later that day, an inspector came to the trailer court at 1045 E. 23rd St.
Victims pick up, regroup
Post-tornado salvage efforts stir emotions
May 11, 2003
Two days after a tornado pillaged their homes, residents in southwest Lawrence spent Saturday packing up what remained of their belongings.
Some residents critical of sirens
May 10, 2003
No one died, few were hurt and officials said the sirens sounded 27 minutes before a tornado touched down in southwest Lawrence, beating even the National Weather Service warning.
Residents recall storm ‘adventure’
Baby born, livelihood lost, homework destroyed in Thursday’s tornado
May 10, 2003
What’s worse than being in the path of a tornado? Being in labor in the path of a tornado. Just ask Shannon White, who Thursday night gave birth to Caden Michael. “It was quite an adventure,” she said.
Help available for those left homeless by storm
May 9, 2003
Free State High School was commandeered to serve as an emergency shelter Thursday night after a tornado struck southwest Lawrence, wrecking dozens of homes and apartments.

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