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Zaxby's announces opening date for west Lawrence restaurant; update on downtown chicken restaurant

When is a Jayhawk restaurant going to open?

February 3, 2017 at 3:45 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Attorney blasts Kansas asset forfeiture program as 'highway robbery'

I could write quite a long essay, or a short book, on highway stops by the police, a sheriff, and the KBI. But, "discretion is the better part of valor."

I can say this much: Diversion of attention works very well during highway stops and also in many other situations. But I don't think very many people are capable of doing it.

January 4, 2017 at 2:12 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Chain retailer along south Iowa Street announces pending closure; downtown restaurant shuts down, burger shop to take its place

After 39 years, I was off on a very few details, but I was mostly correct! Everything I wrote was from memory.

January 4, 2017 at 2:10 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Chain retailer along south Iowa Street announces pending closure; downtown restaurant shuts down, burger shop to take its place

And prior to that, in December of 1977 or more likely 1978, the former Pier One store, on Massachusetts Street at I think 8th St, blew up from a tragic gas explosion in the basement. There had been an inadvertent natural gas release in the piping, and the gas cloud grew and grew across the basement until reaching the pilot light of a hot water heater, according to reports in the Lawrence Journal World at the time.

The building was an older two story one, and the upstairs had been made into apartments. None of the residents that were at home survived. All of the debris collapsed into a flame of monstrous size, and the fire department was helpless, there was nothing left to save, and they were limited to damage control to the building next door.

At the time of the fire, I was in my apartment at 314 W. 14th Street, studying for a final exam in December. I looked out the north window on the second floor, and it looked like all of North Lawrence was ablaze, the flames must have been 4 to 5 stories high. No one who saw it could ever forget it.

Of course, being young and stupid, we had to go look, and my roommate took his camera to take pictures of the massive fire. They did turn out well.

It was all fun and games to watch an empty store burning, until we learned that there had been people at home at the time of the blast, and now their ashes were in the debris somewhere.

One of my clearest memories of the fire is a teddy bear, wet from the fire department's water hoses, with ashes around it, lying in the street near the remains of the building.

Then we went home, saddened by the fatalities, and feeling guilty that we went just to look at the massive fire. Of course we weren't the only ones, a huge crowd was watching, everyone wants to go look at a fire, to the despair of firemen everywhere, I'm sure.

Later a modern building was built at the same location, I think NW corner of 8th and Mass, and nothing remains of the disaster except for much more strict regulations and inspections of natural gas piping, so that a similar blast will never occur again in Lawrence.

January 3, 2017 at 2:08 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Attorney blasts Kansas asset forfeiture program as 'highway robbery'

Yes, it's "highway robbery," and in breaking news, the Pope is a Roman Catholic.

January 3, 2017 at 1:46 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Moran to introduce resolution condemning UN resolution on Israeli settlements

"So those of you who support Israel, do you want them to commit genocide and/or exile all the Palestinians?"

Genocide means a decreasing of the population. But, the Palestinian population is increasing at an amazing rate, which is the exact opposite of genocide.

Exile the Palestinians? Hasn't happened yet.

Nice imagination, though.

January 1, 2017 at 7:02 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Garden Variety: Another look at industrial hemp

It's better to cut down all the trees.

December 17, 2016 at 6:48 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

State sells assets of Bioscience Authority, ending 12-year economic development program

There's a bit more on the link provided, but it's not important.

December 17, 2016 at 6:32 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

State sells assets of Bioscience Authority, ending 12-year economic development program

This is only my personal opinion, based upon my involvement with two incorporated companies that were attempting to sell medical devices, another enterprise that was an attempt to sell medical device which I believe was being done by an individual investing his own money, and and two more companies that were start up enterprises. And, years ago I used to do custom printed circuit board design for various companies in the Kansas City area, and I had quite a few discussions with the individuals behind the companies that I did work for.

I learned a great deal about procuring funding from one company that had a product that I never took seriously, in fact, very few did. However, the individuals behind the company were experts in their field of convincing people of things that were, well, exaggerations. They would have made very good missionaries, I am sure. But they were more interested in their own financial well being than anything like that.

I heard all about how to get grants and funds from investors from an expert in the field. I was told that it's not at all necessary to have a profitable product in order to make money, it's only necessary to get grants, preferably federal, in order to do so. Of course you can get people to invest, which they did, but the problem with investors is that they hope to get their money back. But in case they don't, be sure to have the corporate shield to protect yourself. And of course, be sure to pay yourself a good salary all along.

One I was involved with from just about the very beginning, but it was not a medical product. However, there was another federal authority to be dealt with, that was somewhat of a problem. In that case, the product was already sold before the company was ever incorporated, and a contract was also signed in order to use their own product. It was a brilliant business model, and worked out very well for the people behind the company.

And there was one more that was entirely self financed, and that company is doing as well today as can be expected, considering the present business climate. But, quite a lot of profit has been made over the years.

So, based upon my own experience, the company is much more likely to be a business success if the owners have invested a significant amount of their own money in the venture.

December 17, 2016 at 6:31 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

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