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Tips ease game-day dilemmas
September 14, 2002
If you’re heading out to a Kansas University football home game, you may already have taken the first steps: getting the tickets, the bratwurst and the beer. But next on the game day agenda is figuring out where to park and where to have your pregame party.
Game, gaming attract KU fans
September 7, 2002
A large flock of Jayhawk faithful has taken wing to attend tonight’s Kansas University football game at Nevada-Las Vegas if ticket sales are any indication. “We’ve gone through approximately 1,600 tickets,” Diana Grover, director of ticket sales, said Thursday. “We’re getting ready to ask for 100 more.”
Pioneer educator at KU dies at 93
Chair of women’s physical education, Joie Stapleton, known as innovator
December 16, 2000
By Tom Meagher Family and friends of former Kansas University professor Joie Stapleton, 93, recalled her innovations and openness. She died Friday, Dec. 15, 2000, at Lawrence Presbyterian Manor. Services are pending.
City braces for another ice bath
Deep freeze in forecast means no rest for road workers just in from the snow
December 16, 2000
By Tom Meagher With another arctic blast on its way to Lawrence, city workers rushed to clear the last few snowy streets Friday. And to start getting ready for another set of problems.
Natural gas price rise prompts questions
Consumer advocate asks for investigation
December 13, 2000
By Tom Meagher and Mark Fagan For at least one Lawrence family, the choice is between staying warm and celebrating Christmas with gifts. They’re choosing heat over gifts. “We are panicked,” said Jean Ann Pike, director of the Social Service League at 905 R.I. “Someone told me today, ‘We have our choice between Christmas presents and gas.’ They decided they’d stay warm this year and skip Christmas.”
Lawrence athlete dies at 41
Pacer’ Harjo always tried do the ‘right thing’
December 12, 2000
By Tom Meagher Prior to a basketball game a week before his death, 41-year-old Bennie “Pacer” Harjo told Nate Hill about an incident at a local gasoline station. For Hill, the story summed up Harjo’s way of life. “He was getting gas and realized there were a couple guys stealing cigarettes from the store,” said Hill, a friend of Harjo’s. “He ran up to the guys and told them he was an undercover cop. (Then) he ran to his car like he was calling his partner. He was always trying to do the right thing.”
25th Vinland nativity program expands
December 10, 2000
By Tom Meagher There wasn’t enough room for Mary and Joseph in the inn in Bethlehem, but the Vinland Fairgrounds should have plenty of room for the couple, their baby and hundreds of visitors. For its 25th annual live Christmas Nativity, the Vinland United Methodist Church has moved the event to the fairgrounds.
Crane collapses at Farmland
Engineers to investigate accident
December 10, 2000
By Tom Meagher Workers at Farmland Industries spent Saturday afternoon moving a collapsed crane that buckled in a Friday morning accident. Plant manager Dick Lind said an outside contractor was lifting a high case compressor into the nitrogen fertilizer plant’s troubled compressor building when the crane collapsed.
Kansas University Bomb threat targets Wescoe
December 9, 2000
By Tom Meagher A male voice told a cafeteria worker Friday at Wescoe Hall on the Kansas University campus that because of discrimination against “them,” a bomb had been placed in the building.
Red Cross considers ‘signature’ fund-raising event
December 6, 2000
By Tom Meagher The American Red Cross of Douglas County finished 2000 in the black. Now its chairman wants the group to come up with an annual event to ensure funds will be adequate in future years.

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