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Lawrence Journal World (Newspaper) - May 25, 2015, Lawrence, Kansas Breezy, warmer Today’s forecast, page 8A High: 80 Low: 61 J ournal - W orld LAWRENCE ® LJWorld. com $ 1.00 MONDAY • MAY 25 • 2015 Business 6A Classified 5C- 12C Comics 14C Deaths 2A Events listings 8A, 2C Horoscope 13C USA Today 1B- 8B Opinion 7A Puzzles 13C Sports 1C- 4C Television 8A, 2C INSIDE Vol. 157/ No. 145 30 pages Join us at Facebook. com/ LJWorld and Twitter. com/ LJWorld Former Jayhawk Milt Newton is starting a chari table foundation in his na tive Virgin Islands. Page 1C Milt giving back ONLY IN LAWRENCE A Monday feature highlighting the behind- the- scenes stars and unsung heroes who make Lawrence a special place to live. To suggest someone for an Only in Lawrence feature, email news@ ljworld. com. Put Only in Lawrence in the subject line. ‘ You roll with what comes’ Crash kills lauded mathematician. 1B John Lomas, versatile, vital musician By Conrad Swanson Twitter: @ conrad_ swanson R olling Stone magazine brought John Lomas to town in the early ’ 70s. In those days, the publication of fered musicians free classified ads, he said. “ I put an ad in there, said ‘ I’m in Chi cago, play guitar, want to relocate,’” Lomas said. “ I got a reply from a band in Law rence. They said ‘ we’ve got a band, we’ve got gigs and we’ve got a place for you to stay.’” Lomas blew into town with everything he owned thrown in his 1964 Chevy Im pala. The band, whose “ awful” name Lomas preferred not to share in an interview last week, only lasted a few years. He quickly split off to start new groups with the bass player and make a name for himself in Nick Krug/ Journal- World Photo LAWRENCE MUSICIAN JOHN LOMAS says he has been in about 40 bands in his musical career. He has been playing in and around Lawrence since the early ’ 70s. Please see LOMAS, page 2A KU researchers, students examine rare cicadas emerging now Hanna Rankin, a Kan sas University junior majoring in ecology and evolutionary biology, never considered her self particularly fond of bugs. But after the first few days in KU environ mental studies professor Robert Hagen’s Biology of Cicadas class, Rankin said her interest in the in sects has been piqued. “ I knew absolutely nothing about them com ing into the class and in just a couple of days I learned a lot more than I thought I would,” Rankin said. Hagen’s class isn’t of fered every year. In fact, he said the breed of cica das the class focuses on, called periodical cicadas, only emerge every 17 years. And now, in late May and early June, tens of millions of the insects will make an appearance around Lawrence, Hagen said. Residents may soon hear their “ gentle buzz” of a mating call, amplified by their large numbers. “ It’s just beginning. The first, call them ‘ ea ger,’ adult cicadas are crawling out onto the ground and low veg etation, shedding their nymphal skins and kind of unfolding their wings,” Hagen said. “ The males By Conrad Swanson Twitter: @ conrad_ swanson City facing $ 600K deficit in street maintenance Lawrence shoppers may be coming to the rescue of city streets this summer. Engineers are alerting city commissioners that they are expecting about a $ 600,000 shortfall in fund ing for the city’s summer street maintenance pro gram, which includes work such as repaving and curb repair. “ We are seeing an escalation of con struction costs,” said Mark Thiel, the city’s assistant director of public works. But city officials think they can cover the $ 600,000 shortfall by pulling money out of the city’s sales tax infrastructure fund, in part because that fund has been grow ing more rapidly than projected thanks to an uptick in retail sales in the city. For the year, Lawrence’s sales tax collections are up 5.8 percent. In 2014, they were up by about 4 percent. City commissioners will be asked to ap prove the $ 600,000 infusion of cash at their meeting on Tuesday. In addition, the Pub lic Works Department is seeking another $ 250,000 to fund repaving work for Louisi ana Street between 27th Street and the area By Chad Lawhorn @ clawhorn_ ljw Please see STREETS, page 5A CITY COMMISSION Educational events to celebrate the cicadas’ appearance: To celebrate the rare appearance of the periodical cicadas the Kansas University Natural History Museum, the Kansas Biological Survey and the city will hold educational events: l Summer Sirens: At 7 p. m. June 4, participants can gather in South Park, 1141 Massachusetts St., to enjoy beer, wine and food. The educational portion of the event will focus on the ecology of the insects and the impli cations of using arthropods for protein. Tickets are $ 30 and can be bought at the KU Natural History Museum or online through Free State Brewing Company at shop. freestatebrewing. com. l Science on Tap: At 7: 30 p. m. June 9, at Free State Brewing Company, 636 Massachusetts St., KU profes sor Robert Hagen will discuss and answer questions about cicadas and their life cycle. l Festival of the Cicadas : From 1 to 4 p. m. May 30 participants can gather at the Prairie Park Nature Cen ter, 2730 Harper St. There, entomologist Mary McCoy will speak about the insects and help the group search for cicadas in the Kansas prairie. Please see CICADAS, page 4A 11 simple steps To make caulking application go smoother in any sealing situation. Fix- It Chick, 6A Notvalidwithotheroffers. Onecouponpercustomer. 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