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Spring cleaning checklist by room

With vibrant flowers making their debut and warm rays of sun blanketing our yards, it’s time to give our homes the refresher it needs with some spring cleaning. Tackling a whole home’s worth of tasks can be a bit overwhelming, but cutting it down into a list of must-hit tasks, you’ll find taking it one room at a time is less demanding than you think. Head to the store and rack up necessary supplies (or use household items), put on your rubber gloves, and get set to clean! By Nadia Imafidon

CrossFit Lawrence sends kids over boulders, up climbing walls

Inside an east Lawrence warehouse on Saturday mornings, recess takes on several forms. By Stephen Montemayor

Bite Sighs: the Yule Log cake revisited

A new year is just around the corner; a fresh start full of amazing possibilities. In a fit of nostalgia, I decided to take a look at my very first Bite Sighs recipe: a Yule Log cake.

Try some mincemeat mini pies, a take on a holiday classic

Mention mincemeat pie in a crowd, and you’ll get the full spectrum of reactions.

Off the Beaten Plate: Brusco’s Deluxe at Johnny Brusco’s

For those with an empire state of mind, yet another New-York style pizzeria has hit Lawrence.

On National Adoption Week, Lawrence family adds two more children — forever

Ask Shannon and Tonya Clark how they came to have 11 children, and their short answer is: “Because every kid deserves a home.” The latest installment in their longer story happened Friday, when two little girls the Lawrence couple had been fostering for more than a year formally became their daughters. By Sara Shepherd

New Lawrence general store makes life simple

For those of us who hate having to run errands all over town, one-stop shop Cindy’s Simple Life is our new lifeline right off Mass Street.

New Ramen Bowls awakens Lawrence noodle craze

With about a month and half under its belt, Ramen Bowls, 125 E. 10th St., has catered to Lawrence’s obvious hunger for Japanese ramen and Hawaiian-Pacific eats.

Fashion that fits: relearning to love your body

Saffees store, 911 Massachusetts St., offers personal shopping sessions that help women feel good about shopping to fit their body type.

Off the Beaten Plate: Kufta Kabob at Mediterranean Market and Cafe

Kufta Kabob at Mediterranean Market and Cafe.

Baldwin Maple Leaf Festival

The Baldwin Maple Leaf Festival kicked off on Saturday in Baldwin City with more than 30 venders and an expected 30,000 people for the weekend event.

Bikers take part in the 37th annual ABATE Rally

Hundreds of motorcycles descended on Paradise Point at Perry Lake for the 37th annual ABATE motorcycle rally.

Masters of the barbecue pit

Truebud BBQ team members talk about cooking 'cue. The team has been traveling to barbecue competitions nearly every weekend since February, which — coupled with their meticulously smoked and seasoned meat — has helped propel them to the top 10 in the Kansas City Barbeque Society's Team of the Year points chase standings.

NCI announcement

The University of Kansas Medical Center held a press conference at the Roberts E. Hemenway Life Sciences Invocation Center to announce the National Cancer Center designation.

Art therapeutic for Parkinson's patient

McLouth resident Sherry Leftwich enjoys artwork and says it helps with her Parkinson's disease.

Ruth Perry remembers

Ruth Perry, who celebrates her 100th birthday Jan. 19, recalls her earliest memory and her first teaching job in isolated northwest Wyoming more than 80 years ago.

First baby of 2012

Lawrence couple Tyler and Dana Cummins introduce their first child, Claire Jamison Cummins. Claire, born at 6:23 a.m. at Lawrence Memorial Hospital on Jan. 1, was the first baby born at the hospital in 2012. The couple says earning that distinction has been a fun experience that's only added to their excitement.

Doug Compton on 'The 901 Building'

Doug Compton, president of First Management Inc., talks about his seven-story apartment/retail/office project at Ninth and New Hampshire streets. The building will house a health club and office space, along with 55 apartments.

The old Poehler building to be apartments

Developer Tony Krsnich plans to turn the old Poehler building on East Eighth Street into about 50 apartments.

Living with Mental Illness: Melinda Stofferahn

Lawrence resident Melinda Stofferahn, talks about her mental illness hand how she deals with it.