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The cost of going back to school

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Sue Roberts did the math. "On that first day of school, it's going to cost us $338 for my son to walk in the door," she said. "That seems like a lot to me." Roberts is a caretaker for two sororities at Kansas University. Her husband, Harold, drives a truck for UPS. Their 15-year-old son, Max, will be a sophomore at Free State High School. He's not planning on going out for a sport, and he doubts he'll have time for the after-school clubs. "If he did, it's $50 to be on a team, $60 for a physical and $25 for each activity," Roberts said. "School pictures are anywhere from $9 to $45, and if you want a yearbook, it's another $45." Go!

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The city that never sleeps

Sunday, July 9, 2006

Goodnight, Lawrence. And hello, Lawrence nights. It’s a different city out there with the sun tucked away. "Way different," said waitress Marvie Paez, who works overnights at a diner. It takes all kinds to make a city run at night. People who keep us safe and those who make sure our water is running. There are people searching for a party or just a voice to stave off the loneliness. Go!

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Sales tax numbers to reach '90s levels

Tuesday, July 4, 2006

The Lawrence economy is on pace to post its best sales tax numbers since the boom days of the late 1990s, according to numbers released Monday by the city. "It is encouraging right now," said Ed Mullins, the city's director of finance who monitors the sales tax numbers. "But six months doesn't make a year. There are a lot of factors that point against it continuing at that pace." Go!

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No population bounce here

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Lawrence officially has joined the ranks of Atchison, Coffeyville and too many cities west of Salina to even mention. It's a Kansas community that's losing population — at least according to the U.S. Census Bureau. In estimates released today, the Census Bureau claims Lawrence from July 2004 to July 2005 lost 26 residents — less than one-tenth of 1 percent of the city’s overall population. Go!

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Hurricane Katrina aftermath

Local church group helps clean up in damaged area

Monday, June 12, 2006

This isn't what a beach looks like in the summer. There are supposed to be kids constructing castles and women in bikinis playing volleyball. The restaurants and bars are supposed to be filled with people drinking colorful cocktails with little umbrellas in them. There should be a sailboat on the bay, or maybe a surfer. Go!

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Road work headaches here to stay

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Consider it practice, Lawrence drivers. As construction crews rebuild portions of Kasold Drive, you're stopping and going, honking and waving — or at least we'll call that waving — as you attempt to navigate the one-lane bottleneck that used to be one of the city's main north-south thoroughfares. Go!

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Proudly they served

Sunday, May 28, 2006

Jim Butler heard the car pull onto a gravel lot next to his house just off Highway 33, about a mile and a half north of Wellsville. "It was about 10:40 p.m. I was sitting here, watching TV," he said, patting the gray-blue sectional in front of a big-screen television. He was alone. His wife, Cindy, and Jim Jr., the oldest of their five grown sons, had gone to bed. Go!

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Rising to the occasion

Sunday, May 22, 2006

When Sira Konare Andrews came to Kansas from Africa in 2002, she could say only two words in English: yes and no. Konare Andrews, 23, graduated from Kansas University Sunday, joining the more than 4,000 celebrating the completion of one journey and the start of another. Go!

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Changing faces

Sunday, May 7, 2006

"Ya soy un adulto," Roberta Shafer says, writing down her words for her first-grade class. "En mi familia tengo un esposo, un hijo, una hija y una mascota que se llama Bubba." Welcome to Riverside Elementary School, where 76 percent of the school's nearly 400 students are Hispanic — most of them immigrants who speak only Spanish. Go!

No time for reflection

Sunday, May 7, 2006

There was a day, not long ago, when Dave Anderson would have been up on the lift himself. That was back before that black quarter horse went berserk. Ever since then, Anderson is just too shaky to be 15 feet off the ground, lifting heavy objects. So he's resigned to watching this tedious process from afar. His masterwork to this point — a round stained-glass window measuring 5 feet in diameter — is being mounted at Worden United Methodist Church, and he knows it wouldn't take much to bust out one of the 283 segments of colored glass. Go!

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High winds pummel city

Monday, March 13, 2006

A brutal storm rattled much of the Lawrence area Sunday morning, damaging homes, businesses and schools all over the city. Straight-line winds with speeds of 70 miles per hour or more shook houses and knocked down trees and utility poles throughout the city. Transformers exploded and caught on fire as falling tree limbs ripped power lines from their posts, some hitting homes or crushing cars. Go!

Army creativity gets new focus

Sunday, Feb. 19, 2005

In a classroom full of war-hardened men wearing camouflage, crew cuts and dubious expressions, the lesson Tony Baker was trying to teach last Tuesday, he admitted, seemed pretty "squishy." The class was about creative and critical thinking. The students were majors in the U.S. Army, some with battle patches from Afghanistan and Iraq. And Baker, a recently retired lieutenant colonel, could sense their doubt as he talked about encouraging curiosity and "seeing the good in the bad." Go!

Courting social change

Monday, Dec. 19, 2005

There's no argument. Wilt Chamberlain was — and remains — Kansas University's best and best-known basketball player. Though his last game as a Jayhawk was more than 48 years ago, Chamberlain still holds the school records for most single-game points and rebounds, 52 and 36, respectively. He holds the season-average records for scoring and rebounding as well. Go!

Pomp & fanfare

Sunday, Dec. 4, 2005

Candy Braksick led her horse around the Lawrence Police Department parking lot, pointing out the rest of her Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade crew as they prepared for Saturday's pomp. "You probably recognize George Washington and his wife," Braksick said, pointing to a man on horseback wearing a Revolutionary War-era hat. George tilted his head up, looking presidential. Go!

A win over cancer

Sunday, Nov. 20, 2005

A whole lot of Katy Beard's character, sense of humor and outlook on life is packaged in "Talking Back," a straightforward piece of prose she created in Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg's writing workshop at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. It could also fit the outlook of those with cancer who are emotionally and physically capable of champing the bit of recovery firmly between their teeth. Go!

Three times the tragedy

Sunday, Oct. 16, 2005

One was a Kansas University senior. One was an electrician. And one was a social worker. Yet all three had one thing in common. Nicole Bingham, Jose Gonzalez and Yolanda Riddle died during the early morning hours of Oct. 7 when a devastating fire engulfed the 76-unit building they lived in at the Boardwalk Apartments in the 500 block of Fireside Drive. Go!

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Can God, evolution coexist?

Sunday, Oct. 9, 2005

Two thirds of Kansans say evolution should be taught in public schools and that there is no contradiction in believing in God and the scientific theory of the origins of life, according to a Lawrence Journal-World and 6News poll. "The general population believes God and evolution can co-exist," said John Marling, president of Pulse Research Inc., the Portland, Ore., company that conducted the poll for the Journal-World and 6News in cooperation with the Garden City Telegram, Hays Daily News, Ottawa Herald and Salina Journal. Go!

Sex predators: What goes on at Larned facility may shock some taxpayers

Sunday, Sept. 25, 2005

Larned - If it weren't for the security guards and the barbed-wire fence, it might pass for a community-college campus. The Sexual Predator Treatment Program at Larned State Hospital lies in the center of the state, tucked into the Kansas prairie a few miles outside Larned, accessible by a winding, rural road. It's a quiet fact of life for people in this city of 5,000 that the hospital is home to about 130 people labeled as Kansas' most dangerous sex offenders. Go!

'Adopted' family not coming

Friday, Sept. 23, 2005

A family displaced by Hurricane Katrina and "adopted" by Lawrence has decided not to move here. Organizers of the Lawrence hurricane relief program announced Thursday they had received word from the Ursula and D.J. Markey family that they had decided to stay in the Gulf of Mexico region to continue helping clients of their nonprofit center, which serves parents and children affected by disabilities. Go!

Festivities saddle up

Sunday, July 31, 2005

Arno Knapper spent 20 years riding with a state horse show association, and even though at age 80 he no longer rides, he still enjoys seeing good riders and good horses. That's why the Lawrence resident joined dozens of other spectators who spent Saturday morning sitting in the bleachers or on lawn chairs at the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds watching the 4-H horse show in the Community Building arena. Go!

Miller gets life term for murder

Thursday, July 21, 2005

A carpenter and former Christian-school leader convicted of strangling his wife pressed his hand to his heart Wednesday as he pleaded with a judge for a new trial. "The system failed," Martin K. Miller told Judge Paula Martin during his sentencing in Douglas County District Court. "I feel that my trial was a tragedy. ... Give all of us hope that a wrongfully convicted man can find justice in this courtroom." Go!

Still wild about Harry

Saturday, July 16, 2005

If only there was a spell to fight the "dark art" of sleep deprivation. Hundreds of Harry Potter fans of all ages - some costumed - waited late into the night Friday at Lawrence bookstores for the midnight release of "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," J.K. Rowling's latest novel about the orphaned wizard. Many readers were expected to dive into the novel immediately upon purchase and keep reading until dawn. Go!

KU touts new logo as strong symbol

Wednesday, July 6, 2005

A font meant to mimic lettering on an ancient Roman column will represent Kansas University in the future, officials announced Tuesday. Officials said the letters "KU" in Trajan typeface, one of four finalists announced in May, will serve as a university-wide logo. "It means different things to different people," said David Johnston, KU's director of marketing. Go!

Festival deemed a hot success

Monday, June 20, 2005

The Wakarusa Music & Camping Festival drew toward a close late Sunday much the way it began, with bands performing on stage and thousands of people having a good time. Festival organizers estimated that about 50,000 people attended the four-day event at Clinton Lake State Park, which began Thursday and continued until the last band - Lawrence's Split Lip Rayfield - was expected to leave the stage about 1:30 this morning. Go!

An honor to lead them

Sunday, June 12, 2005

Soldiers in Alpha Company, First Platoon, were fanned across the lumpy Kansas landscape that's a piece of Fort Riley. Some were on their stomachs, half-hidden in shin-high grass and others rested on one knee. All carried loaded, automatic weapons and wore 16-pound Kevlar vests lined with bullet-proof ceramic plates. They were flanked on either side by a half-dozen idling Humvees bristling with 50-caliber machine guns that can make a grapefruit-sized hole in a cinder block wall. Go!

Lawrence 'classic' back in business

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

The Eldridge Hotel reopens today, fresh off a four-month makeover that cost more than $2 million and is designed to give the landmark property new life for the 21st century. The Eldridge, 701 Mass., is making its grand re-opening as an upscale, 48-room boutique operation with refined decor, updated features and a restaurant and a bar intended to compete with -- and complement -- the already vibrant retail, cultural and entertainment scene along Massachusetts Street. Go!

Chained melody

Monday, May 9, 2005

Essex Sims may have fired the shot that killed a rival gang member. Then again, he may not have. A lot of people were shooting that night. It doesn't matter. Sims says he was there, he had a gun and he shot at the three men sitting on the front porch of a house in one of the roughest neighborhoods in Wichita. "I take responsibility for what happened," said the 29-year-old Sims, an inmate at the state prison here for the past 10 years. Go!

Murray given life in prison

Saturday, May 7, 2005

A Kansas State University English professor convicted of murdering his ex-wife stood up in court at sentencing Friday afternoon and called the case against him a "fairy tale." "I have never raised my hand in anger against anyone, not ever," linguistics expert Thomas E. Murray said to a silent, standing-room-only courtroom in Douglas County District Court. Read more.General case coverage: On Nov. 14, 2003, Douglas County Sheriff's deputies discovered the body of Carmin D. Ross in her house north of Lawrence, where she had lived for four months with her 4-year-old daughter. Read more.

KU's Hall Center dedicated

Saturday, April 10, 2005

Wilma Bowline's wish came true. "For years, I walked past these arches and thought to myself, 'I hope they're never torn down. They're so beautiful,'" said Bowline, a retired Kansas University speech and language pathology professor, shortly after formal dedication ceremonies Saturday for the new Hall Center for the Humanities. The 14,700-square-foot building incorporates the original limestone arches from the university's original power plant, built in 1887. Go!

Mandy Patinkin engages KU in 'A Conversation'

Saturday, April 10, 2005

Actor and former Kansas University student Mandy Patinkin bared his soul before 500 admiring fans Saturday during "A Conversation With Mandy Patinkin" a fund-raising appearance at KU's Crafton-Preyer Theatre in Murphy Hall. Responding to questions posed by theater and film professor Jack. B. Wright, Patinkin, casually dressed in dark slacks and an olive polo shirt, revealed that he'd long struggled with depression, spent enough money on therapists to "buy a small country," and has cornea transplants in both eyes. Go!

Roller warriors

Friday, April 1, 2005

It's the ultimate girl fight. Women push and shove. They body-check each other. They get in brawls. They purposely fall to take out an opposing team's player. But this isn't football or rugby. It's a full-contact sport that involves roller skates, flashy outfits and -- usually -- fishnets. It's roller derby. And unlike pro wrestling, the bruises and the sweat are all real. Go!

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A cowboy's last hand

Sunday, March 27, 2005

The funeral for Chase County cowboy Dan Matile wouldn't start for more than an hour but mud-streaked pickups, flat-bed trucks and a few sedans were already filling Charter Funerals' parking lot just west of downtown Emporia. Most of the men behind the wheel, middle-aged and older, wore their western headgear low, barely above their ears, the way they were made to be worn. Go!

Native treasure

Sunday, March 13, 2005

There's something poetic about Frank A. Rinehart's American Indian photos ending up at Haskell Indian Nations University. He shot most of them during the Indian Congress at the 1898 world's fair in Omaha, Neb., when prevailing sentiment held that Indians were a "vanishing" people who would soon be enveloped into white culture. That would happen at places such as Haskell Institute and other forced-assimilation schools, where native children were compelled to abandon their languages and customs in favor of English and "civilized" behavior. Go!

Photographers document week in life of state, nation

Sunday, March 13, 2005

Nearly two years ago, Kentucky photographer Tom Hardin, a long time friend and editor of mine, called to say he'd contracted with a photo book project, "America 24/7." It would be similar to "A Day in the Life of America," but its content would be photographed over a week's time: May 12-18, 2003. "Day in the Life" was shot in 24 hours. Go!

How long does it take you to get around Lawrence?

Sunday, Feb. 6, 2005

Lawrence resident Meredith Beightel has a theory about how long it takes to drive from one point to another in the city. "I think it increases daily," said Beightel, who has lived here about 10 years. A Journal-World stopwatch, though, doesn't necessarily agree. An unscientific study of drive-times on major thoroughfares found that it doesn't take much longer to navigate most streets than it did in 2000. Go!

Boots on the ground

Saturday, Feb. 19, 2005

Southern Iraq is dusty and dangerous, and the soldiers of the Kansas-based 891st Engineer Battalion are a little homesick. And though they have many on-base comforts unknown in previous wars -- a Pizza Hut, exercise facilities and a 24-hour Internet cafe -- troops know that life "outside the wire" is filled with potential danger. Go! photo See photos from the troops

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Breaking a vicious cycle

Thursday, Jan. 20, 2005

James Shehan, 40, knows violence. When he was 22 years old, he was sent to prison for murder. He's been locked up ever since. "This friend of mine needed some money, and I said I'd help him steal some stuff," Shehan said. "The place was supposed to be empty, but it wasn't. The woman who lived there surprised us. She was elderly." With good behavior, Shehan is likely to be released in four years. By then, he'll have spent half his life behind bars. Go!

Only in Lawrence

There's no denying Lawrence is different. Pick up a newspaper from the past couple of years, and you'll find stories bearing it out: Surveys and voting results show we're younger, less religious and more Democratic than the rest of Kansas. And while many of the state's counties are emptying, Lawrence's population continues to increase. Go!

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Photographer gets exclusive access in Iraq

Sunday, Dec. 19, 2004

Months after he was pulled from a hole in the village of Tikrit, former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein appeared in a makeshift courtroom near Baghdad. He and 11 of his conspirators, like former deputy prime minister Tariq Aziz and Saddam's cousin, "Chemical Ali," who's thought to have gassed and killed 5,000 Kurds, were hauled before an Iraqi judge to hear charges against them, including war crimes and crimes against humanity. Karen Ballard, a freelancer based in Washington, D.C., was the only news photographer permitted in the courtroom and one of only 35 Americans and Iraqis in the building. Go!

District to close school

Friday, Dec. 3, 2004

The Lawrence Alternative High School will be closed at the end of the school year, officials have announced. After 30 years, the program no longer will be housed in its own facility, 2600 W. 26th St. Next school year, all the students, along with parts of the program, will be integrated into Free State and Lawrence high schools. Lawrence Supt. Randy Weseman said he decided to make the changes based on costs, student performance and two years of study. Go!

Some fear recent melees may mar sporting tradition

Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2004

Tony Anderson knows what would happen if his Lawrence High School team got into a fight on the basketball court. "We'd run forever," said Anderson, a senior center, groaning as he envisioned the laps coach Chris Davis would unleash upon the team. Such punishments apparently haven't been enough to prevent a breakout of recent brawls in the professional and college sporting ranks. Go!

Hockeytown, Kansas?

Thursday, Nov. 18, 2004

The hockey players at Kansas University are more than athletes. They're missionaries from a frozen land. Hockey, after all, summons as much devotion from its players and fans as many religions. But there's not much faith -- or even awareness -- elsewhere in Jayhawk Country. "We have a slogan that says, 'Yes, KU has a hockey team,'" said Geoff Knight, a left wing and team president. "Because every time we talk about the team, people say, 'I didn't know.'" Go!

Where does God fit in Lawrence?

Monday, Nov. 15, 2004

A little-noticed 2002 nationwide survey suggested Lawrence was significantly less religious than the rest of Kansas -- and may be one of the least religious metropolitan areas in the United States. At least one Kansas University official challenges the study's conclusions, but other observers say there's a widespread perception that religious faith isn't as deeply embedded here as in the rest of the state. Go!

Ethicist bemoans 'me' generation

Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2004

Michael Josephson is sick and tired of hearing people complain about corporate crooks, moral deviants and dirty-trick politicians. "Stop whining and do something about it," he said Monday, shortly after addressing a luncheon forum on ethics and character. And there's no better place to start, he said, than with people taking responsibility for their behavior and holding those in leadership positions to a high standard. Go!

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Election Night 2004

Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2004

Republicans carried the day in most races across the nation and the state, but in Douglas County, several Democrats were elected to key positions in an election that featured record voter turnout. Go!General election coverage: Get the stories, videos and analysis of the run up to and the aftermath of the first Tuesday in November 2004. Go!

Staring down their future

Sunday, Oct. 31, 2004

Crackling gunfire, a thunderous explosion from a dummy grenade and curses. The men and women of the Kansas-based 891st Engineer Battalion were having a rough morning. "I do believe we're dead," Sgt. Jason Lane of Manhattan muttered as green smoke cleared. Not quite. The attack on Lane's convoy was a simulation, designed to help the soldiers of the 891st learn to stay alive when they ship out later this fall for a yearlong deployment to Iraq. Go!

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Lawrence celebrates its sesquicentennial

Sunday, Sept. 19, 2004

Lawrence took its 150th birthday celebration to new heights Saturday with a Sesquicentennial Parade that dodged thunderstorms and delighted thousands who gathered along Massachusetts Street. The parade featured almost anything onlookers could ask for, including marching bands, floats, fire trucks, turn-of-the-century bicycles, antique cars, horses, politicians and even trash trucks. Go!

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Bill Snead: Yonder & back ...

Sunday, Aug. 29, 2004

About the only thing Lawrence Journal-World senior editor Bill Snead has been longer than being a journalist is being a Kansan. This section celebrates nearly 50 years of Snead's globe-spanning work for newspapers, magazines, the Internet and any other place that needed just the right photograph. Go!

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Thousands welcome Edwards back

Monday, Aug. 9, 2004

Call him the new Comeback Kid. Democratic vice presidential candidate John Edwards on Sunday came back to Lawrence to make up for a campaign mix-up. In back-to-back speeches, he told thousands of supporters that John Kerry's election would unite a divided country. Go!

Mr. Moran goes to Kansas

Sunday, July, 2004

It's known as the "Big 1st." It includes 69 counties, a quarter of the state's population and about two-thirds of its area. And for the past eight years, Rep. Jerry Moran has returned nearly every weekend of the session to visit the sprawling 1st Congressional District he represents. Go!

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Portraits of Honor

June 16 - July 2, 2004

The Douglas County Memorial of Honor was dedicated on the 2004 Fourth of July weekend, a tribute to Lawrence-area soldiers, sailors, police and firefighters. To commemorate the event, Journal-World reporter Joel Mathis collected stories for the newspaper, 6News and World Online to tell the tales of veterans in the "Portraits of Honor" series. Go!

River City Chronicles

May 24 - Sept. 23, 2004

Lawrence's Sesquicentennial provides the perfect reminder that a community's past can have far-lasting effects. Join "River City Weekly" host Greg Hurd in an in-depth look at Lawrence's roots. Go!

Sculptures add whimsy to downtown

Sunday, June 13, 2004

The answer was blowing in the wind. And James Darrel Kizer found it not long after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The Lawrence sculptor had been working on a series of giant aluminum dancers and was about half finished when he sat down to watch television that calamitous morning in 2001. Go!

Snakes inject town with tourism dollars

Monday, June 7, 2004

James White grabbed three prairie rattlesnakes by the tail, uncoiled them with a light shake and bit down on their tails. He swung the snakes as they dangled from his mouth, then dropped them to the ground. "Boy, they're hot today," the veteran snake handler from Texas said as he worked the snake pit. It was 91 degrees, the hottest day of the year so far in Sharon Springs. The rattlers weren't happy. Go!

Artful combat

Sunday, June 6, 2004

Three Lawrence Wushu athletes have trekked halfway around the globe to pursue an education they never could have gotten in the United States. Since last week, they've been practicing in China alongside some of the finest martial artists in the world. And when they come home, they plan to "spread the love" to other Lawrence martial artists. Go!

KU unveils fieldhouse seating results

Friday, May 28, 2004

Kansas University Athletic Department officials Thursday sent informational packets to more than 7,200 donors and season-ticket holders explaining men's basketball seating arrangements in Allen Fieldhouse under a new point system. Go!

Kansan guards memory of Notre Dame coach

Tuesday, June 1, 2004

The wind was blowing a good 20 mph, but Easter Heathman looked right at home leaning against a piece of hedge tree fencing in the middle of a Chase County pasture. Behind him and inside the small fence was a stone memorial to college football and University of Notre Dame legend Knute Rockne. Go!

Old, new traditions converge

Monday, May 24, 2004

Matthew Kapfer wasn't about to walk down Campanile Hill alone. He wanted to teach his children the importance of receiving a university degree -- something that, until Sunday, had never been done in his family. Read on.

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Clinton calls for civility

Saturday, May 22, 2004

The room was big and hot and many in the crowd were eager for an election-year lambaste of George W. Bush. But former President Bill Clinton's speech Friday at Kansas University's Allen Fieldhouse was professorial instead of partisan, conciliatory instead of critical. Read on.

A lifetime on the air

Wednesday, May 19, 2004

Addison Miller is frustrated by age's toll on his 100-year-old body. "Nothing much to do but sit, sit, sit, sit, sit," the west Lawrence resident said. He needs a motorized wheelchair to get around, his hearing is fading, and his mind won't always let him say exactly what he wants. But the language Miller uses his fingers to speak flows as fluently as ever. Read on.

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Brown v. Board: Celebrating a milestone

Tuesday, May 18, 2004

Topeka - Political rivals George Bush and John Kerry were able to agree on at least one thing Monday as they joined thousands celebrating the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that outlawed segregation: Work remains to be done. Read on.

POWs unchain memories

Sunday, May 9, 2004

Kansas City, Mo. - Brought together again by their uncommon wartime bond, seven retired U.S. Navy sailors and Marines, all in their 80s, were in a hotel outside Kansas City, Mo. They spent World War II, from start to finish, 1941 to 1945, in Japanese prisoner of war camps. Read on.

Fresh from the farm

Wednesday, May 5, 2004

GARNETT - When was the last time you opened up your egg carton at home and found a story inside? It sounds crazy, but that's what you get when you open a carton of eggs from Cedar Valley Farms. Inside each carton of eggs raised by John and Yvonne Bauman and their six children is a little slip of colored paper with a few sentences detailing that week's happenings on the farm. The topics range from a new flock of 600 baby chicks to the smell of fresh-cut alfalfa. Read on.

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Roger Shimomura - A sansei story

Sunday, May 2, 2004

Roger Shimomura was 6 or 7 years old when his family drove 200 miles from Seattle to Cannon Beach, Ore., only to be turned away by a resort owner who refused to rent to Japanese people. They'd made reservations weeks in advance and had been looking forward to a relaxing vacation at a cabin by the sea. Read on.

What's the matter with Kansas?

Sunday, April 25, 2004

Lawrence newsstands have sold out of the April issue of Harper's Magazine. "It flew out of here so fast, I didn't even get to see it," said John Fackler, manager at Borders, 700 N.H. The magazine's cover story recast the question first asked famously in 1896 by Emporia Gazette editor William Allen White: "What's the matter with Kansas?" This time, the question was posed by Thomas Frank, a former Kansas University student who is now a contributing editor at Harper's. Read on.

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