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Videos for April 29, 2011

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Recruit Perry Ellis: 'I want to win as much as I can'

Perry Ellis, a Wichita native and Rivals.com's No. 19 recruit in the class of 2012, talks to reporters following his team's loss in the Jayhawk Invitational in Lawrence on April 29, 2011.

Published on April 29, 2011

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Recruit Shabazz Muhammad on KU: 'I could see myself being here'

Shabazz Muhammad, the No. 3-ranked recruit in the class of 2012 according to Rivals.com, discusses the possibility of choosing KU as his college following his team's game at the Jayhawk Invitiational on April 29, 2011, in Lawrence. Muhammad wears No. 15 for his AAU team, Dream Vision.

Published on April 29, 2011

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Gov. Brownback responds to criticism from Democrats about Legislature's focus

Gov. Sam Brownback responds to accusations from state Democrats that Republicans are wasting time on focusing on issues like abortion and sex businesses, rather than working on creating jobs and improving the economy.

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The Piano Woman

Barbara Walden volunteers her time to play the piano for residents at Lawrence Presbyterian Manor.

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Living with Huntington's

Gary Glover talks about his family's history with Huntington's disease and the effects it has had in his own life.

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Briana Arensburg

KU student Briana Arensburg tells us why she supports cable barriers on Kansas Highway 10. Arensburg was in a crossover crash on K-10 in 2010 in the same spot where a crossover crash in April 2011 claimed two lives.

Published on April 29, 2011

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Lawrence women gather to take in royal wedding

Lawrence resident Jane Budde gathered at her home with friends to watch the royal wedding at 4:30 a.m. Friday, April 29, 2011. Many members of the group gathered 30 years ago to watch the wedding of Diana Spencer to Prince Charles.

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Jane Penningston: costume creation

Costume designer/producer Jane Pennington talks through the process she goes through when creating wardrobes for local productions. Pennington has been working with Theater Lawrence for the past six years.

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Massachusetts Street music store owner has national profile

Vintage guitar expert and owner of Mass Street Music Jim Baggett talks about his guitar shop and the years he has spent working with the PBS series "Antiques Roadshow."

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Dave Loewenstein is living off his art

Lawrence artist Dave Loewenstein talks about how he has managed to live as an artist. Loewenstein is a muralist, writer, printmaker and chairman of the Lawrence Percolator gallery.

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Leo Posch discusses being a musician, making instruments

Leo Posch talks about becoming a guitar maker and how being a musician is vital for perfecting his trade.

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Thane Haug discusses the process KU goes through to grow its flower beds

Thane Haug has been on the flower crew at Kansas University for eight years, back when it first started. The crew is responsible for planting the flowers on campus, but has many other duties, including removing snow and keeping Jayhawk Boulevard clear of trash.

Published on April 29, 2011

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The art of Haskell Indian Nations University bridges time periods, cultures

The collection of artwork on the Haskell Indian Nations University campus encompasses the work of many past and current faculty and students at the school. Bobbi Rahder, curator of the Haskell Cultural Center and Museum, talks about Haskell's art and its artists, including Dick West, who started the art department, and the Coffin brothers, who bring more contemporary elements into their art.

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Sharee Thompson, organist at First Presbyterian Church

Sharee Thompson has played organ at First Presybterian Church, 2415 Clinton Parkway, for three and a half years. Although she had played piano her whole life, Thompson fell in love with the organ while she was a college student in Utah.

Published on April 29, 2011

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Jane Budde builds relationships through sewing

Retired teacher and volunteer sewing instructor Jane Budde talks about her volunteer work with young students at Community Connections Center.

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Hilda Enoch, longtime Lawrence advocate, discusses current social issues

Hilda Enoch discusses housing and social issues in Lawrence. Enoch has been a longtime advocate for improved services to the homeless and a public transit service.

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Exploring obscure Lawrence parks

Four parks you might not have known were there: DeVictor Park, KANZA Southwind Nature Preserve, Lawrence Nature Park and Pat Dawson-Billings Nature Area.

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A day in the life of Duane Peterson

A day in the life of Duane Peterson, supervisor of special events for Lawrence Parks and Recreation.

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Library book-shelving challenge

Lawrence Public Library circulation page John Griffin accepts a book re-shelving challenge from reporter Shaun Hittle. Griffin performs admirably, beating his own estimated time.

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Students sing a song for the St. John's Mexican Fiesta ladies

Fourth grade students at St. John Catholic School sing the folk song "De Colores" for the ladies who prepare the food the the St. Johns Mexican Fiesta. Read the lyrics of "De Colores" by copying and pasting this URL in your address bar: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/De_Colores

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Lawrence resident Allen Grob has been digging basements and foundations for nearly 40 years

Allen Grob of R.D. Johnson Excavating has been digging the dirt for the basements and foundations of Lawrence for nearly four decades.

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Kenneth Click on being a good neighbor

Kenneth Click is a Lawrence resident whose neighbors said he helps them out in times of need. Click said he's trying to teach his sons the same neighborly values his father taught him.

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KU Impromptu Cafe manager talks about serving regular customers

Kim Nixon, manager of Kansas University's Impromptu Cafe, talks about how she serves customers who become regulars.

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A KU landscape architect discusses Potter Lake

Peg Livingood, a landscape architect at Kansas University, helps to preserve the natural beauty of many different areas of campus as part of her work. Potter Lake, she says, is one of her favorite places on campus.

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Sandy Unruh keeps New York School running smoothly

Sandy Unruh explains how she does "a little bit of everything" as administrative assistant at New York School.

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Scoutmaster Scott Braden talks about why he volunteered

Scott Braden, who spent six years as scoutmaster for Boy Scouts' Pelathe District Troop 55, talks about why he volunteered 20 to 30 hours a week.

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Marty 'Duck' Pattin recalls pitching memories

Former MLB pitcher Marty "Duck" Pattin recounts what it was like pitching against such big names as Roberto Clemente and Mickey Mantle.

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KU Rock Climbing Club uses KU's campus trees as arena for fun

Carol Fittell, KU senior from Lawrence, demonstrates how to set up a slackline. You may have seen Fittell, who is also the vice president of the KU Rock Climbing Club, and others practicing this balancing sport on the KU campus. Slacklining is different from walking on tightropes or wires in that a slackline gives horizontally and vertically, forcing the person on the line to maintain multi-direcitonal balance. Fittell said the trees on Jayhawk Boulevard provide good spots to practice — like in front of Stauffer-Flint Hall and west of Budig Hall.

Published on April 29, 2011

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Public piano at Signs of Life gives Lawrence musicians outlet for expression

Owner Clay Belcher wanted Signs of Life Bookstore, 722 Mass., to be a gathering place for the Lawrence community, so he bought an antique Steinway piano (that may not always be in tune) and lets local musicians use it anytime during store hours. Mike Miravalle is one of many musicians who frequents Signs of Life to play. Miravalle used to play professionally on cruise ships, and uses the piano a few times a week after work.

Published on April 29, 2011