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Lawrence Central Rotary Club offers safety and fun for community bike riders

Was this event posted on the newspaper website in advance.? I don't recall seeing it and very much would like to have attended.

July 19, 2014 at 2:57 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Breakfast restaurant The Big Biscuit to open near Sixth and Wakarusa; Spangles closes its lone Lawrence location

Who cares that you've been out of the office for nearly two weeks and playing catch-up on this story. (Not to be confused with ketchup, which also makes a frequent appearance on my tie.)

What does this have to do with the story? Treat your few readers with more respect

But I'll put a call into the business today to see if I can get more details about when the restaurant plans to open.
As I mentioned earlier, I've been away growing a beard, so I don't have any info from Spangles yet on its decision to close the Lawrence restaurant,

Again what has this to do with the story -- why write it.

A good reporter would have all the facts first before writing a story. If you don't have the facts, then WAIT.

If you have an important point to make, don’t try to be subtle or clever.
Use a hammer. Hit the point once. Winston Churchill

January 3, 2014 at 2:22 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

KU cancels Band Day parade because of early football game kickoff

Who cares about your hat. That is not what the lead paragraph should be about. Winston Churchill said "If you have an important point to make, don’t try to be subtle or clever."

September 10, 2013 at 11:57 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Community prepares to mark 150th anniversary of Quantrill's raid

It is interesting that the city is taking the time to mark this event. But I wonder if people realize the attack was provoked. According the this article http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lawrence.... Quantrill himself said his motivation for the attack was, "To plunder, and destroy the town in retaliation for Osceola."[3] That was a reference to the Union's attack on Osceola, Missouri in September 1861, led by Senator James H. Lane. Osceola was plundered and nine men were given a drumhead court-martial trial and executed.[4][5] Several other Missouri towns and large swaths of the Missouri countryside had been similarly plundered and burned by Unionist forces from Kansas. Castel (1999) concludes that revenge was the primary motive, followed by a desire to plunder.[6] The retaliatory nature of the attack on Lawrence was confirmed by the survivors. "The universal testimony of all the ladies and others who talked with the butchers of the 21st ult. Is that these demons claimed there were here to revenge the wrongs done their families by our men under Lane, Jennison, Anthony and Co." Nobody seems to remember or acknowledge this fact. Do you think Missouri towns celebrated the fact that they were raided first. Nor do people realize that Jayhawkers and Redlegs, which were free-state militia and vigilante groups known for attacking and destroying farms and plantations in Missouri's pro-slavery western counties.

August 16, 2013 at 8:45 a.m. ( | suggest removal )