Lawrence homeless family inspires country song

¢ “Lawrence” is the title of a track on the new album by counry band Cross Canadian Ragweed. The band’s guitarist, Grady Cross, explains the song in the Herald-Zeitung of New Braunfels, Texas:!_”Cody (Canada, the band’s lead singer) wrote that after we saw a homeless family sitting on a corner in Lawrence, Kan. The dad was playing the Bob Dylan song, ‘Masters of War,’ while the mom played a tambourine and they had a baby in a stroller. It was a sad deal. We all left money in their tip jar.”_¢ Lawrence department store Weaver’s, which is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year, is featured in the trade publication Home Textiles Today. The magazine says Weaver’s has managed to “stay relevant and prosper in this small city’s ‘vibrant’ downtown.”_Perhaps one of its toughest obstacles has been stiff retail competition, which has intensified over the past two decades. Lawrence, home to about 100,000 residents and the University of Kansas, has grown over the past two decades and attracted many major national chains._