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Charlie Weis: Showdown huge
November 28, 2013
Those wondering if Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis has been around long enough to understand fully the importance of the Sunflower Showdown rivalry with Kansas State need look no farther than Tuesday’s news conference, where Weis demonstrated genuine and prolonged enthusiasm for his second go-around with the Wildcats. By Matt Tait
Chiefs QB Smith finally letting loose
November 28, 2013
Alex Smith’s even disposition never changed, even after the Chiefs quarterback held his own in an entertaining shootout with Chargers counterpart Philip Rivers.
Point guard, Demon Deacons not into moral victories
November 28, 2013
Down 14 points at halftime against the No. 2 team in the nation, Wake Forest University men’s basketball coach Jeff Bzdelik knew his team wasn’t through against Kansas.By Benton Smith
Opinion: Jayhawks win ugly in paradise
November 28, 2013
By its very design, the Atlantis mega-resort screams, “Look at me; I’m beautiful.” On Thanksgiving afternoon, inside the destination getaway’s Imperial Arena, an eyesore protruded out of the otherwise serene vacation wonderland, courtesy of Kansas team known for its attractive brand of basketball.By Benton Smith
Notebook: Ailing Wiggins leads Kansas with 17 points
November 28, 2013
Kansas University, which handed Wake Forest its first loss of the season on Thursday, today meets another undefeated team in the semifinals of the Battle 4 Atlantis.By Gary Bedore
The right guys: Kansas bench keys win vs. Wake
November 28, 2013
Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self was brutally honest with his star-studded starting five during his postgame speech following an 87-78 first-round Battle 4 Atlantis victory over Wake Forest on Thursday in Imperial Arena. By Gary Bedore
KU women win Jam opener
05:48 p.m., November 28, 2013 Updated 11:54 p.m.
Chelsea Gardner had 16 points and 14 rebounds to power Kansas University to a 68-63 women’s basketball victory over Central Michigan on Thursday in the Paradise Jam.
LINK Thanksgiving meal a custom for guests, volunteers alike
November 28, 2013
Hundreds of people in the Lawrence area were thankful to the volunteers and donors who made the Lawrence Interdenominational Nutrition Kitchen’s free Thanksgiving feast possible Thursday. LINK expected to serve about 250 people in person, to go with the 460 homebound residents that had meals delivered to their doorsteps. By Giles Bruce
More than 1,200 show up for Lawrence Thanksgiving Day tradition
November 28, 2013
Before carving the turkey later in the day, more than 1,200 people gathered in North Lawrence early Thursday morning to burn a few calories. In what has become something of a holiday tradition in Lawrence, hundreds of people, several sporting turkey hats, showed up to Woodlawn Elementary School for the runLawrence Thanksgiving Day 5K. By Giles Bruce
Healthy holiday drinks
November 28, 2013
Back during my days at Gourmet magazine, my many duties included teaching cooking classes. I used to tell my students — especially the cooking-impaired ones — that if they made sure to greet dinner party guests with a special homemade drink, they would always win, no matter what else happened that evening.
Baldwin’s Festival of Lights
November 28, 2013
The Graham Brothers fire truck Baldwin City bought new off the assembly line in 1928 will again serve the city at the community’s Dec. 7 Festival of Lights.
Tangy holiday desserts
November 28, 2013
If you love lemon bars, you’ll love our spicy twist on this classic treat. We gave our bars a deliciously crumbly shortbread crust, then spiked the lemony filling with the earthy flavor of paprika. We also mixed a bit of extra paprika into the powdered sugar we sprinkle over the top. Delicious and perfectly festive.
Lawrence Arts Center gears up for holiday art fair
06:28 a.m., November 28, 2013 Updated 09:02 a.m.
About 50 artists will pack into the Lawrence Arts Center Saturday, cramming the lobby and hallways with booths displaying their work. Patrons go from artist to artist looking at and buying paintings (acrylic and oil), jewelry, ceramics and a variety of other artwork.
Holiday blockbusters, niche and family films grace silver screen
November 28, 2013
Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the lucrative and crowded holiday movie season, and this year, there’s a strong mix of family films, potential blockbusters, awards movies and niche genre fare. Here’s a look at what Hollywood has in store from now until Christmas.
Navigate the Holiday Farmer’s Market like a pro
November 28, 2013
There are a couple of things you might want to know if you want to enjoy this year’s Holiday Farmer’s Market. First: “You don’t need to be there first thing in the morning,” said Karen Pendleton of Pendleton Farms. “The afternoons are usually not crowded at all and it offers much more leisurely shopping.”
In the season of giving, here’s how to help
November 28, 2013
Area agencies hope that local residents will remember those in need this season with gifts of time and assistance. Opportunities abound for helping at holiday stores, events and food banks — or even just by ringing a bell.
Lawrence’s Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade brings color, spirit to holidays
November 28, 2013
Last year’s USA Today singled out Lawrence’s Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade as one of the 10 best events in the country to find the Christmas spirit. The article noted that it brought out an old-fashioned feeling, a kind you don’t see much of anymore.
Holiday comfort foods
November 28, 2013
Chicken potpie is a fine, comforting dinner for most of the winter. But at Christmas, you want comfort with a little more. You want a dinner that’s as special as it is comforting.
Impress your guests with a little bubbly
November 28, 2013
Something new is bubbling up in the world of cocktails as canny mixologists skip the soda and turn to sparkling wine as their new go-to mixer.
Holiday gifts for four-legged friends
November 28, 2013
As the holidays roll around, humans aren’t the only ones who benefit from gift giving. Fifty percent of dog owners and 36 percent of cat owners bought Christmas gifts for their pets last year, according to a study by the American Pet Products Association.
Toys for Tots looks for volunteers this holiday season
November 28, 2013
Each December, Douglas County Toys for Tots secures a storefront in Lawrence and sets up shop — a toy shop, that is. Joyful music fills the air. Dolls, action figures, puzzles, board games and stuffed animals abound.
Bizarre Bazaar brings funky, upcycled art to Lawrence shoppers
November 28, 2013
Billed as “The One Art Show You Shouldn’t Miss,” the Bizarre Bazaar is celebrating its 25th year of bringing up-cycled, funky, eclectic arts and crafts to Lawrence shoppers over Thanksgiving weekend.
Global interpretations represented in Festival of Nativities
November 28, 2013
Christmas lights hang from the ceiling, lining the perimeter of the Upper Room at the Centenary United Methodist Church in North Lawrence. Ornaments and wreaths hang from the walls, and garland lines the numerous tables, on which sit countless nativity scenes.
A Kansas Nutcracker’ returns to stage with new characters
November 28, 2013
Local history and the holidays converge in an especially unique way for this year’s “A Kansas Nutcracker” at the Lawrence Arts Center. With 2013 marking the 150th anniversary of Quantrill’s Raid in Lawrence, Ric Averill’s re-casting of the original “Nutcracker” story, set in Kansas in 1861, is as relevant as ever.
Organist continues 17-year tradition with Organ Vespers Concert
November 28, 2013
As a child, Tandy Reussner had her heart set on being a doctor when she grew up. She met that goal, although not exactly in a medical way.
Local homes open doors for Holiday Home Tour
06:17 a.m., November 28, 2013 Updated 09:04 a.m.
In its ninth year, the Holiday Homes Tour is featuring seven homes decorated for the holidays. The homes are mostly Lawrence houses, with one apartment in the Poehler Lofts and one home in Eudora, just off of Kansas Highway 10. The tour benefits Health Care Access, a local nonprofit that provides health care to low-income, non-insured residents of Douglas County.
Liberty Hall’s Festival of Trees benefits The Shelter, Inc
November 28, 2013
For the 27th year, Liberty Hall will become a forest of decorated Christmas trees and wreaths donated by area individuals, groups and organizations to benefit The Shelter Inc.
Garden Variety: Keep tools in working order
November 28, 2013
Winter is the time for gardeners to clean and keep their tools in working order.
Style Scout: Cole Bittel
November 28, 2013
Whom do people say you look like? Definitely Tom Cruise! Often times I get that like once to three times a day!
Fix-It Chick: How to mortise door hinges
November 28, 2013
When installing a new or used door, it is important that the hinges are mortised (or recessed) properly.
The Fashion Column Twins: Getting thrifty for the holidays
November 28, 2013
I love the idea of recycling my closet because there’s always that possibility of scoring a designer piece that is old enough to not even be sold anymore, but classic enough to still be in style.
Off the Beaten Buy: bareMinerals foundation for a natural makeover
November 28, 2013
Try bareMinerals foundation only offered in Lawrence at Eccentricity, 716 Massachusetts St.
Mrs. Mass.: How sweet it is
November 28, 2013
If you’re in need of decorating supplies, candy molds, specialty containers and more, head down to Sweet! Baking and Candy Making Supply.
Style Scout: Erika Kirkland
November 28, 2013
What is Trudy into? She’s very spirited. She loves the outdoors unless it’s very cold and she has a monkey that wears underwear. She has a big brother, so she does everything he does!
Off the Beaten Plate: Brusco’s Deluxe at Johnny Brusco’s
November 28, 2013
For those with an empire state of mind, yet another New-York style pizzeria has hit Lawrence.
25 years ago: KU physicians, counselors see seasonal regularity in student symptoms
November 28, 2013
They said they could almost mark their calendars by the ailments.
Two tickets to paradise: Transfer Tarik Black gets second shot at Atlantis title
November 28, 2013
It’s not often a major-college basketball player gets a second chance in a holiday tournament played in an exotic locale. But that’s exactly the opportunity that awaits Kansas University senior power forward Tarik Black, who suffered two losses against one victory while playing for Memphis at the Battle 4 Atlantis last season. By Gary Bedore
Focus key for KU women’s basketball on Virgin Islands trip
November 28, 2013
With paradise and palm trees all around her, Kansas University women’s basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson’s biggest challenge of the season thus far might be convincing her team that what it is about to embark upon is nothing special. By Matt Tait
Editorial: Holiday smiles
Whether it’s today’s festivities or a sweet memory, we hope everyone finds a reason to smile on this Thanksgiving day.
November 28, 2013
Whether you’re giving it or receiving it, nothing brightens the day like a smile.
Letter: Headquarters future
November 28, 2013
I fear for the future of Headquarters Counseling Center. The board of directors has taken an unwise, if not outrageous, move in voting to “separate” the director of the last 34 years with no advance planning whatsoever.
Letter: A first step
November 28, 2013
The recent interim nuclear agreement with Iran should be cautiously welcomed. Iran has agreed to dilute half of its high
Letter: Suicide crisis
November 28, 2013
Kansas’ suicide rate (not attempts, dead Kansans) has risen 30 percent in the last year.
Your turn: It’s all about the green bean casserole
November 28, 2013
Recently, I heard the phrase, “Love is the dream…marriage is the alarm clock.” This is the time of year for the annual ringing of our marital alarm. Is it about money? No. Is it about in-laws? No. Is it about household chores? No. It’s about green bean casserole. Forgive me Julia Child, for I have sinned. I love green bean casserole. While it is true that I have taken a number of courses at the Culinary Institute of America and our friends think that our home is one of the best restaurants in town, I can’t help myself. I love green bean casserole.
Opinion: 2013 offers reasons to give thanks
November 28, 2013
We are tomorrow’s past, so this Thanksgiving give thanks for 2013, a year the future might study more for amusement than for edification. HealthCare.gov performed the public service of defeating Barack Obama’s ascription of every disagreeable effect to one of two causes — George W. Bush or global warming. Concerning the latter, a CNN anchor wondered if an asteroid that passed by Earth on Feb. 15 was “an effect of, perhaps, global warming.” The Los Angeles Times announced that it had stopped publishing letters questioning global warming caused by human activity.
November Final Friday Preview: Bizarre Bazaar full of great gift ideas
November 28, 2013
As in previous years, this month’s Final Friday offers plenty of opportunities for holiday shopping — outside the box store.
40 years ago: Firefighters battle blaze at Lawrence dry cleaning facility
November 28, 2013
The company president assured the public that no customer-owned articles had been damaged.
Higher education officials tout the need for developmental education
November 28, 2013
Sometimes state leaders complain about providing remedial education to college students, but a recent report says that basic instruction is crucial to the progress of thousands of Kansans and the state in general. By Scott Rothschild
Reforms aim to limit money in KU student politics
November 28, 2013
The Kansas University Student Senate voted to put a $1,000 cap on the money campaign coalitions can spend in an election cycle. In addition they put stricter limits on the sorts of materials money can be spent on to woo voters. The reforms are an effort to engage more students with governance at the university and make elections more accessible and fair. By Ben Unglesbee
Wake Forest respects, doesn’t fear KU
November 28, 2013
Even with 11 sophomores, Wake Forest coach Jeff Bzdelik won’t worry one second about his players feeling awestruck or nervous when they take on No. 2-ranked Kansas in the first round of the Battle 4 Atlantis this afternoon. By Benton Smith
100 years ago: Salvation Army distributes 20 dinners to needy families
November 28, 2013
“The army found one family that was in almost destitute condition.”
Mysterious, legendary creatures fill Percolator
November 28, 2013
Local artists Matthew Lord and Kent Smith have teamed up for a new exhibit dedicated to the field of cryptozoology, or mysterious creatures not proven to exist.
Lawrence coffee shop taps local market for cold brew on draft
November 28, 2013
There’s a new brew on tap in Lawrence, and this one’s entirely appropriate to drink before noon. At the end of a long line of beer handles behind the bar at Burger Stand, there’s a single tap pouring Nitro Cold Brew — Alchemy Coffee’s latest java experiment.
Holiday Happenings calendar
November 28, 2013
Check out what’s going on in your neck of the woods this holiday season.
Dog food from the heart
Picky dog leads to business opportunity for Lawrence couple
November 28, 2013
Rex Rexroad is a finicky eater. His owners, Angie and Gary Rexroad, are glad he is. The Lawrence couple eventually found a food that works for their dog, and now use a similar formulation for their own dog food company.
Adding wow factor to your holiday table
November 28, 2013
New Year’s Eve isn’t about cooking. It’s about dazzling.
Area couple travel country in RV, giving a hand to the homeless
November 28, 2013
For about the past five years, Barbara Mozingo and George Bowen, who stay in Lecompton every year during the holiday, travel the country in an RV, helping homeless campers along the way. They estimate they’ve assisted about two dozen people with getting back on their feet, often giving them nothing more than encouragement and emotional support. By Giles Bruce
Celebrity Fashion Fusion: An outfit like Kerry Washington’s can be yours - without any controversy
November 28, 2013
There is nothing scandalous about Kerry Washington’s classic sense of style.