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George Diepenbrock

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Volunteer Amy Albright, family part of the 'fabric' of Lawrence Arts Center

It’s a family affair when Amy Albright, her husband Doug Davison and their three daughters spend time at the Lawrence Arts Center. And Albright says her family wants to give back to the arts community, especially after benefiting from scholarships from the arts center for the girls to participate in classes there.

Lawrence motorcycle enthusiasts prepare for 2011 Bike Show and Swapmeet

Lawrence resident Jim Sneegas is still deciding which one of his old motorcycles he will put in the 2011 Bike Show and Swapmeet on Feb. 6. He has plenty of options.

New KU students under 22 will be required to take alcohol-education class

Freshmen, transfer students must complete online program

New Kansas University students will need to pass one extra course this semester on top of their regular load of classes.

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Storm shortens festival

Severe weather weakens before reaching area

A severe storm moved into Lawrence Thursday night as expected, although it had weakened from earlier in the day in central Kansas. The storm did cause an early end to the opening day of the Wakarusa Music and Camping Festival at Clinton State Park. About 7:45 p.m. festival organizers along with the Douglas County Sheriff's Office began to warn festivalgoers to seek shelter where they could.

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Music festival prep continues

The tie-dye shirts are showing up in bunches. Clinton State Park will soon be Douglas County's second-largest city. The fifth edition of the Wakarusa Music and Camping Festival returns to the park Thursday through Sunday. "You get to the point (after four years) where it all seeks that common flow and things tend to go pretty well - knock on wood," said Jerry Schecher, manager of the state park.

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Wakarusa music festival considers venue change

Wakarusa Music and Camping Festival promoters are exploring their options. "We're investigating the opportunities of places to host the event is all, and we've done that annually, so there's really no news until after Thanksgiving probably," said Brett Mosiman, the founder of the festival, conducted the past three Junes at Clinton State Park.

Spencer to show off Spooner's prizes

Artifacts have been out of sight since anthropology museum's closing

Some of Kansas University's more than 10,000 collected ethnographic artifacts will begin showing up in an exhibit this summer at the Spencer Museum of Art.

When the music's over

Only 14 arrests made at four-day event; visitors say last year's police presence kept 'riff-raff' out

The thousands of mostly happy campers started taking down their tents Sunday evening in between hearing more from some of their favorite bands at the Wakarusa Music & Camping Festival.

School of Rock the Vote

Civics lesson teaches teens value of political issues

Dozens of Lawrence teenagers cast votes Wednesday and here's what they decided:

Gallery displays 50 years of photojournalist's career

A variety of Bill Snead's photographs from more than a half century of shooting are now on display at the Lawrence Arts Center.

Former KU football player, poet helps to make a play on words

Poetry slam provides opportunity to share verbal works of art

He towered over the 50 students and volunteers Thursday evening at the Van Go work site, 715 N.J.

TV series has Lawrence seeing stars

Must be that Midwestern hospitality. The city and state rolled out the red carpet for Hollywood on Saturday, welcoming a crew from the upcoming CBS show "Jericho" with hordes of media, elected officials and expansive crop art made just for them.

Concert helps student with medical expenses

The backdrop of the Kansas River was a bonus for Dulcie Guinty, of Wichita, as she sat in Burcham Park Saturday afternoon and listened to the Lawrence band Avenue.

Ban on trans fats may not have a place at city's tables

Leaders: Consumers, not government, should make diet decisions

Lawrence city commissioners were game for a ban on public smoking. They were willing to consider the tightest cell phone restrictions in the nation. And they have no problem with city controls on garage sale signs.

After three days of music, madness, heat and police, Wakarusa hits high note

Crowds soak up atmosphere, tunes

Bainbridge Fitzgerald, 7, was ready to hear the band Keller Williams & the Keels take the stage Saturday evening at the Wakarusa Music & Camping Festival. It was the soon-to-be third-grader at Wakarusa Valley School's third Wakarusa festival. His family's mere presence this year is a testament to their enthusiasm for tunes and the event's outdoor atmosphere.

Youngsters walk through traffic to tae kwon do

Parents dropping their children off at the corner so they can walk more than a block amidst a traffic jam to karate camp is not an everyday sight.

Lied Center lineup unveiled

Lied Center supporters displayed some hometown favoritism on Thursday when staff members revealed the center's acts for the 2006-07 season.

A day to remember

Music fans enjoy return of festival

Hundreds of Kansas University students and area music fans loafed on the grass just to the east of the Lied Center on Saturday afternoon.

Jam session a Saturday tradition

Musicians of all abilities join informal sessions at Americana Music Academy

Twelve musicians sat in a circle and fiddled with their guitars, harmonicas and other instruments as one person spun the wheel that would direct the theme of the next song they would play.

Two-day festival to celebrate joys of reading

Imagine a new, two-day festival for Lawrence that would be all about books, reading and writers.

Musicians honored at Liberty Hall event

Eight bands, artists inducted into sophomore class

Johnny Neal belted out bluesy lyrics and filled Liberty Hall with sounds from his keyboard Saturday night.

Band a high note for seniors

Hard work, fun found at practices

John Towner waved his conductor's baton and arms fluidly on Friday while his concert band played an overture from the opera "Carmen."

Author says Iraq war hurts U.S. credibility

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Samantha Power believes the Iraq war has delivered collateral damage to America's standing in the world. But as a result, the Bush administration has also learned the necessity of multilateralism, she says.

Art exhibit opens; winners announced

Show with 150 works runs through Oct. 2

About 100 people shuffled around a concrete floor and perused art pieces hung from chain-link fence material at Saturday's opening night for the fifth Lawrence Own-Your-Own Art Exhibition and Sale.

Festival to feature local art

Connie Finnegan forgets about everything and relaxes when her hands are busy molding clay on her pottery wheel.

Exhibit features Lawrence businesses doing their jobs

Restaurants, media outlets give glimpse behind the scenes

It is an unusual work of art: Four screens simultaneously filled with images and sounds of Lawrence workers doing their jobs feeding the city.

Derby delivers demolition aplenty

County fair event offers thrills for both drivers and fans

They came to see metal crunch and hear engines roar. Hundreds packed the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds' rodeo arena Friday evening for one of the fair's highlighted events: the Demolition Derby.

Tractors pull in fair crowd

Rich Wakeman, of Law-rence, hopped down from the seat of a red 1960 Farmall 560 tractor, and his 17-year-old son, Curtis, quickly jumped up and took his place.

Still wild about Harry

Sixth Potter book draws crowds at midnight hour

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.