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Mike Belt

Mike grew up in the southeast Kansas town of Columbus. He developed an interest in news and sports writing as early as grade school because of these key influences: watching and reading the coverage of the 1963 JFK assassination, being a St. Louis Cardinals baseball (before the Royals) and Kansas City Chiefs football fan and thinking that Superman had more fun as Clark Kent. He wrote Columbus HIgh School sports stories for the school and local papers. Mike studied journalism while attending both Kansas University and Kansas State University where he earned a bachelor's degree. His first full-time journalism job was in the early 1980s at a weekly newspaper, the Osawatomie Graphic. After a couple of years there he moved on to a daily, the Kansas City Kansan. The Kansan was a bigger newspaper then and Mike enjoyed covering law enforcement, politics and other happenings in Wyandotte County during the 1980s and 1990s. In June 2000 MIke moved to Lawrence and has worked as a reporter in the Newscenter covering a variety of beats. He currently covers Douglas County government, area law enforcement and courts and sometimes writes stories about the military. During his spare time - when not reading baseball or military histories - Mike likes to take a camera and drive the back roads and streets of rural and urban areas. He takes photographs of old abandoned barns, houses and buildings.

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Abe and Jake's Landing is one of four bars that has signed up for a new program called “Safe Bar Alliance — Not On Our Watch,” which is partially funded by a United Way grant.

Army Maj. Rachel Sullivan, right, a civil affairs officer, gets briefed on events occurring in a war game at Fort Leavenworth by Maj. David Daniels, left. More than 900 officers in the Command and General Staff College took part in the exercise, which spanned several days.

Soldiers with a military border transition team huddle up to discuss how they did during urban combat exercises last week at Fort Riley. A series of buildings on the base can simulate an Iraqi or Afghan village, allowing soldiers to practice search techniques before they deploy overseas.

July 2002: Lawrence Police Chief Ron Olin updates the media on the investigation into a double homicide. Olin offered few details but said police detectives had developed a "working theory" into the slayings Thursday of Pete Wallace and Wyona Chandlee.

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