Dave Ranney

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Dave Ranney, a senior Kansas government reporter, regularly covers state social services issues and a variety of general assignments.

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Medical tent may curb trips to LMH

Last year's Wakarusa Fest generated about 60 visits to Lawrence Memorial Hospital's emergency room.

State rains on Wakarusa parade

Festival didn't have lease for event

There won't be a Mardi Gras-style parade Saturday at Wakarusa Fest. It's been canceled. But don't blame the weather.

American Indian professors to gather at Haskell

American Indian professors from across the United States will be in Lawrence late this afternoon for "Reservations Without Borders: Indigenizing the New World Order," a national conference co-sponsored by Haskell Indian Nations University and Kansas University's Center for Indigenous Nations Studies.

Native films in spotlight

One of the nation's busiest and best-known American Indian actors will be in Lawrence this weekend for the Stories 'N Motion Film Festival at Haskell Indian Nations University.

Kansas has produced its fair share of movers & shakers

Maybe it's the sunflowers, or perhaps there's something in the water. Or is it because the summers are too hot, the winters too cold? Kansas, it seems, has more than its share of noteworthy characters.

BR549 to perform tonight on Grand Ole Opry

R549, a country rock band that includes Lawrence native Chuck Mead and former Lawrence resident Shaw Wilson, will play the Grand Ole Opry tonight. The band is scheduled to be on stage sometime between 7 and 7:30 p.m.

Artist to immortalize biographer, his subject

A foundation dedicated to promoting the works of John Neihardt has selected Lawrence artist Jim Brothers to create a sculpture of the author and of Black Elk, an Oglala holy man and subject of Neihardt's best-selling "Black Elk Speaks."

Hemingway of folk music

Austin artist's pointed lyrics cut to the quick

A long time ago, I had a creative writing teacher who gave us an Ernest Hemingway short story to read. I forget which one. For the next day's assignment, we were supposed to come up with a list of excess words. After about 30 minutes, we realized there weren't any.

Chain-saw sculptures a hobby for Perry couple

Vicki and Patrick Langston's front porch is like no other. "Oh, we probably have 70 pieces out here. They vary in size," she said, referring to the chain-saw sculptures she and her husband carve from the hauled-in remains of dead trees.

Keen edge

Straight-talking singer-songwriter reveals 'What I Really Mean'

RollingStone.com's one-paragraph bio on Texas singer/songwriter Robert Earl Keen isn't quite right. It says Keen and his college pal Lyle Lovett "used to sing and play in their underwear to astonished churchgoers across the street from Keen's house."

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