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Heard on the Hill: Congress approves student loan package; new KU Hospital facility opens; KU Alumni Association traveling state, country during the summer

A clarification - while there will still be a grace period, interest will no longer be subsidized during the grace period.

July 2, 2012 at 7:34 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Heard on the Hill: Congress approves student loan package; new KU Hospital facility opens; KU Alumni Association traveling state, country during the summer

Students might be charged lower interest in the coming year, but they are losing the 6-month grace period to find a job after leaving school, along with now having a stronger limitiation in place as to how many years an undergraduate can get subsidized loans. I'm not sure at all what's really positive about the student loan news.

July 2, 2012 at 3:26 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Town Talk: UPDATE: City seeking to buy Salvation Army building; Minsky's opens downtown; city proposing 4 percent hike in water, sewer rates; city estimates $2.4 M needed for rec center infrastructure

I worked at the downtown Pizza Hut for 10 years from 1976 to 1986. The restaurant opened at the time when the Mass St. Deli was closing for renovation. The lack of competition in the 900 block of Mass at the time along with the the fact that there was only one other restaurant in town at the time with a salad bar (Cornucopia) made Pizza Hut downtown a very popular place, especially since we had a lunch buffet and also a fruit/pudding bar. Lots of good people worked there through the years. It was once one of the busiest Pizza Huts in the nation. That was then. We made our dough fresh every day.
Minsky's tried Lawrence once over near 23rd and Iowa either in the late 70s or early 80s. They didn't stay long back then. Maybe they'll do better now in a new location. I wish them success downtown.

June 13, 2012 at 3:23 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Town Talk: $12 million worth of apartment projects begin construction; single family home building still at low levels; Raintree begins $1.4 million expansion; LMH starts $1.5 million renovation

I can remember when Home Depot wanted to build a larger store than the one that was approved. The reason for declining the larger store was that the city needed to keep some affordable, low-income housing developments intact, so the old 1900 W. 31st (3020 Iowa) trailer park was reduced in size, but not removed entirely. So much for the affordable housing excuse now. We need to drive over to JoCo or Topeka to get more than one choice of house siding because some didn't want the big box store, but it's OK now to displace those low-income people to build another apartment complex.

May 23, 2012 at 8:31 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence resident Tom Soetaert took this photograph looking west over Clinton Lake, catching a drama

My wife calls it apocalyptic. I don't know, filters might have supressed the vivid contrasts. You got it right, I think.

May 23, 2012 at 4:50 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence resident Tom Soetaert took this photograph looking west over Clinton Lake, catching a drama

Tom, this is a great photo. It must have been very exciting when you realized you were going to get this shot. Do you mind sharing your camera settings for this?

May 23, 2012 at 6:50 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Shrinking paper

It has been years since we've received the paper on the doorstep at my house. Now it's usually down at the end of the driveway near the gutter.

February 15, 2012 at 11:25 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

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