Watch out, The Man! Breaking News Watchdog Unit Unchained

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Jill Ensley 13 years, 7 months ago

I semi-successfully biked home with a cup full of beer the other night.I don't think I'll ever get used to go-cups.

lazz 13 years, 7 months ago

The awkwardly stated racial reference was pertinent because of the racial tensions (among other types of tensions) that existed in Lawrence at the time, since a young black man named Rick Dowdell was killed by police in June of that year, leading to all sorts of hell. Lawrence was already on the edge of anarchy at the time, and Dowdell's killing by police lit the fuse. Read the lawrence.com interview with George Kimball and, just on a quick search for Rick Dowdell, this story from the UDK: http://www.kansan.com/stories/2008/sep/30/gaslights/?newsthe fact that a black man was killed in lawrence with multiple rifle shots would have been huge news, and race would have been relevant. Granted, the way it's presented in this example is clumsy and wouldn't work today ...This from the UDK story I linked:"When Dowdell was shot, it really sparked an outrage," Sailor said. "It turned peaceful demonstrations into violent demonstrations."Sailor said the shooting occurred at a time when racial tensions ran deep in Lawrence. The Black Power movement and the Black Panther party, Sailor said, were extremely prevalent in the Kansas City area and Lawrence at that time. "This was a time when African Americans were furious with the government," he said.Lawrence erupted into a guerilla war zone for days as sniper attacks on police cars and random fire bombings became a common occurrence. The night after the incident, police officers responded to a shooting at 10th and Pennsylvania streets where they found themselves in a heated gun battle against 45 armed African Americans, according to This Week in KU History. Unknown militants firebombed several buildings, including District Court Judge Frank Gray's house.

frankt 13 years, 7 months ago

Excellent points, lazz. Race would have been an important element of the story, given what happened that summer. md_pinks, since you just have to know, here's the rest of the story, although I think there may have been more that I didn't copy down because my wrist was getting sore. The shootings apparently occurred in Douglas' apartment, where police were called by a neighbor, Elwell said.The wounded person is Miss Paula George, 21, of 1117 Ky., a Caucasian. Her condition is not believed to be serious. She was admitted to LMH following treatment.

md_pinks 13 years, 7 months ago

Did it really say "He was a Negro" in the newspaper? And what of this wounded person? I'm confused...what the hell happened!In dealing with the beer situation, I've seen (and been a part of) several run-ins with the LPD with open containers on public streets and never been ticketed. Most of the time its a wave and a smile, then back to patrolling the streets. Or a quick talk about staying safe and not drinking "openly" in public (whatever that means). Perhaps someone felt the need to make a quota that day.Or just someone being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

md_pinks 13 years, 7 months ago

I thought this story sounded familiar. I read about it on the walls of the Gaslight. Thanks for clearing that up. to frank- I have this thing about having to get the whole story, otherwise my mind starts racing and wondering what happened next. Seems like the reporter didn't have much time (or maybe reason) to get the whole story of Paula George and why she was there in the first place...and how she stayed alive while Douglas was brutally murdered.I'd imagine the racial tension made that whole story much more complicated and hard to report without causing a backlash towards the LJW at the time.

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