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Archive for Thursday, October 3, 2013

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1:40 a.m.
Apples from the Vertacnik Orchard sit in a basket. Family Adventures: Apple picking an easy field trip
October 3, 2013
Visiting apple orchards is an easy field trip that gets the kids outside in the cool, fall air without cutting out a huge chunk of time in your week or weekend. A large bucket of apples takes almost no time to collect, so even with some dawdling and picture-taking and toddler-wrangling, we’re usually done in less than 45 minutes. With the beautiful fall weather we typically get in late September and early October, it’s a hard to beat for a family outing. By Meryl Carver-Allmond
10:00 a.m.
Cool, refreshing bubble tea from HOUSE OF CHá is perfect for a warm summer day. Mrs. Mass.: Teashop elegance at HOUSE OF CHá
October 3, 2013
HOUSE OF CHá brings the elegance and flavor of a teashop to Lawrence. The menu is chock-full of different flavor options and “texture” additions (such as tapioca pearls or flavored jellies). Between the creamy milk teas and the fruity iced teas, there are well over 30 options, which can be served iced or hot. By Jessica Pauly
12:00 p.m.
The Sweetlove Farm Chicken — served with creamed greens, yam fries and tomato-peppadew jam — at Merchants Pub & Plate, 746 Massachusetts St. New gastropub serves farmhouse fare with panache, plenty of beer
October 3, 2013
Then there’s the pimento cheese sandwich at the newly opened Merchants Pub & Plate — a warm, open-faced version featuring the restaurant’s own house-made pimento cheese spread, fried tomatillos and sprouts atop toasted local bread. By Sara Shepherd
2:14 p.m.
Lawrence resident Jeff Williams is pictured with his one-and-a-half-year-old son Frank on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013. Williams and his wife Dorothy have been using cloth diapers for Frank for quite some time. Many parents are hesitant to use cloth diapers because of the perception of extra work. Jeff explained that once he and his wife worked out a system for laundering the diapers it became routine. Put down those disposables: Parents embrace old diaper ways
October 3, 2013
The mantra “reduce, reuse, recycle” has created a cloth diaper revival in the Lawrence. Lawrence mom Dorothy Williams said the decision to use cloth diapers on Frank, her 18-month-old, seemed like a given. Dorothy and her husband, Jeff, are among a number of parents in Lawrence who have decided to forgo disposable diapers for the reusable cloth alternatives. By Arley Hoskin
4:42 p.m.
In this 2009 file photo of Lawrence Municipal Airport, several vintage and modern aircraft are on display. Local businessman William McCauley recently filed a complaint against the city with the Federal Aviation Administration, because he wants to run a business allowing parachutists to land at the airport.
Two years after it began, city nears completion on airport sewer line project
October 3, 2013
It has taken two years longer than expected, but city officials are a couple of weeks from completing a project to install enhanced sewer service at the Lawrence Municipal Airport, which is expected to open up possibilities for companies to locate small-scale facilities at the airport. By Chad Lawhorn

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Seen and Heard during the Zombie Walk
October 3, 2013
First-hand accounts from Thursday’s zombie apocalypse on Massachusetts Street.
Jayhawks and zombies make for an ever-so-Lawrence homecoming parade
October 3, 2013
Peppy cheerleaders, elaborate floats, eager college students and bloody zombies marched down Massachusetts Street last night as the Kansas University homecoming parade and seventh annual Lawrence zombie walk brought an interesting mix of Jayhawk and Lawrence pride to downtown. By Caitlin Doornbos
KU sketches out possible futures in first new “master plan” since 1997
October 3, 2013
KU held open forums Thursday to give the public a glimpse of its campus blueprint for the future. Drafts of the most recent master plan, the first since 1997, show new roads, areas for expanding campus, ways to create collaboration through physical space and possible hedges against the environmental impact of new buildings and activity. By Ben Unglesbee
Two years after it began, city nears completion on airport sewer line project
October 3, 2013
It has taken two years longer than expected, but city officials are a couple of weeks from completing a project to install enhanced sewer service at the Lawrence Municipal Airport, which is expected to open up possibilities for companies to locate small-scale facilities at the airport. By Chad Lawhorn
Nelson Mandela to receive 2013 Dole Leadership Prize
October 3, 2013
Former president of South Africa and anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela will receive the 2013 Dole Leadership Prize. The award is given every year for inspiring public service. Past recipients include former President George H.W. Bush and former U.S. Senator George McGovern
Andrew Wiggins named to preseason all-Big 12 first team
KU’s Tarik Black voted as conference’s newcomer of year
01:48 p.m., October 3, 2013 Updated 12:35 a.m.
Kansas freshman guard Andrew Wiggins was named to the preseason all-Big 12 first team, marking the first time a freshman has earned that honor in the conference’s history.
City compost and woodchip sales begin Saturday
October 3, 2013
The city’s fall compost and woodchip sales will begin Saturday at the Wood Recovery and Composting Facility, 1420 E. 11th Street, east of 11th and Haskell Avenue.
Kansas Silver-Haired Legislature endorses medical marijuana
October 3, 2013
The Kansas Silver-Haired Legislature has approved a resolution in support of medical marijuana. By Scott Rothschild
Dunks to be on display at Late Night
October 3, 2013
Kansas University’s basketball players don’t compete in a formal dunk contest during Late Night in the Phog festivities in Allen Fieldhouse. Sometimes they do, however, rattle the rims in the layup lines prior to a short scrimmage that concludes the three-hour proceedings. By Gary Bedore
KU volleyball sweeps K-State
October 3, 2013
Junior outside hitters Sara McClinton and Chelsea Albers combined for 25 kills, and Kansas University swept Kansas State in Big 12 volleyball Wednesday at Ahearn Fieldhouse.
Kansas football aims to score more
October 3, 2013
If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, try again. The popular proverb could be considered an appropriate rallying cry for Kansas University’s football team, which, according to junior running back Tony Pierson, is set to reveal its third new offense of the 2013 season. By Matt Tait
Chiefs quarterback Smith brings poise to position
October 3, 2013
The pocket was breaking down and Alex Smith was running out of time, so he did what so few quarterbacks in Kansas City have ever been able to do over the years. Smith took off and picked up a first down with his feet.
FSHS golf team wins scramble
October 3, 2013
Free State High’s Emily Bermel and Katherin Campbell placed first among varsity four-ball teams at the Carol Gillard High School Golf Invitational on Wednesday at the Overland Park Golf Course.
Free State wins gymnastics meet
October 3, 2013
Free State High senior Hannah Moran admits that she forgot part of her floor routine during Wednesday’s home invitational. Then again, she also posted a personal-best score of 8.75 in the same event. By Jesse Newell
FSHS football focuses on Olathe North
October 3, 2013
Now that the Firebirds have earned the No. 1 spot in Class 6A, coach Bob Lisher has helped them realize how little that achievement will mean when the opening kickoff comes against Olathe North, at 7 tonight at Olathe District Activity Center. By Benton Smith
KU turns attention to stadium revamp
October 3, 2013
With construction crews making progress on Kansas University’s new $39 million soccer, softball and track venue known as Rock Chalk Park, KU’s athletic department has moved into more serious planning stages for a renovation to Memorial Stadium. By Matt Tait
Finalists for KU’s Ex.C.E.L Award named
2 winners to be selected during Kansas-Texas Tech game
October 3, 2013
Ten Kansas University seniors have been named finalists for the 23rd annual Excellence in Community, Education and Leadership Awards, with the two winners to be named at halftime of the Kansas-Texas Tech game Saturday.
Opinion: Talent limiting football offense
October 3, 2013
A cynic’s dark soul would insist it won’t make any difference how Charlie Weis tweaks the Kansas University football offense.
Editorial: In the street
Lawrence city commissioners should be careful about the precedent they set for closing Massachusetts Street for special events.
October 3, 2013
Last week, the 1000 block of Massachusetts Street was closed to vehicular traffic for seven hours for the anniversary of the Granada Theater.
40 years ago: City airport improvement urged by committee members
October 3, 2013
City Commissioner Barkley Clark, a pilot, said, “If we’re going to have an airport we might as well have a decent one.”
Family Adventures: Apple picking an easy field trip
October 3, 2013
Visiting apple orchards is an easy field trip that gets the kids outside in the cool, fall air without cutting out a huge chunk of time in your week or weekend. A large bucket of apples takes almost no time to collect, so even with some dawdling and picture-taking and toddler-wrangling, we’re usually done in less than 45 minutes. With the beautiful fall weather we typically get in late September and early October, it’s a hard to beat for a family outing. By Meryl Carver-Allmond
25 years ago: Friends of Broken Arrow celebrate school’s 20th anniversary
October 3, 2013
At its opening in 1968, the school had been one of only four or five with an open design.
Fix-it Chick: Repair or install concrete expansion joints
October 3, 2013
Expansion joints are created through the installation of a soft material, such as wood or foam, along the edges of concrete slabs.
KDOT works to remedy K-10 hydroplaning problems
October 3, 2013
After a Eudora man noticed ditched cars and water pooling in an eastbound lane of K-10 in Eudora, Kansas Department of Transportation workers have leveled the highway shoulder to help fix the problem. By Ben Unglesbee
Put down those disposables: Parents embrace old diaper ways
October 3, 2013
The mantra “reduce, reuse, recycle” has created a cloth diaper revival in the Lawrence. Lawrence mom Dorothy Williams said the decision to use cloth diapers on Frank, her 18-month-old, seemed like a given. Dorothy and her husband, Jeff, are among a number of parents in Lawrence who have decided to forgo disposable diapers for the reusable cloth alternatives. By Arley Hoskin
Classic Sartorialist: Tweed and true
October 3, 2013
Nothing beckons the changing and falling of leaves quite like a tweed jacket. The heft, durability and colors of tweed are unparalleled. It’s a staple in every man’s closet.
Garden Calendar: Fall gourds
October 3, 2013
Before the first frost touches your garden with its icy fingers, harvest gourds and prepare them for their use as birdhouses, decorations, sponges, or whatever else is in store for this useful fruit.
Opinion: U.S. shouldn’t ignore Latin America
October 3, 2013
President Barack Obama’s state-of-the-world speech before the U.N. General Assembly last week did not mention any Latin American country, and virtually omitted the region as a whole. It was a major mistake, but it shouldn’t surprise us.
Lawrence Libations: Mariposa Azul at Mexquisito
October 3, 2013
Lots of people either love tequila or cringe at the thought of it. Same goes for the flavor of anise (tastes like black licorice). Love both? Try the Mariposa Azul.
Horoscopes for Oct. 3
October 3, 2013
For Thursday, Oct. 3 This year you discover that the unexpected is a major theme. The upside to this will be how exciting your life becomes. If you are single, take your time choosing Mr. or Ms. Right. If you are attached, the two of you enjoy each other, even though your sweetie might be transforming right in front of your eyes.
Opinion: GOP working on selection process
October 3, 2013
“If Reince Priebus from Kenosha, Wisconsin, is the Republican ‘establishment,’ God help us,” says the chairman of the Republican National Committee, Reince Priebus. His physical presence is almost as unprepossessing as James Madison’s was, and his demeanor is self-deprecating. But with meticulous — Madisonian, actually — subtlety, he is working to ameliorate a difficulty that has existed for two centuries and in 2012 wounded the GOP.
New gastropub serves farmhouse fare with panache, plenty of beer
October 3, 2013
Then there’s the pimento cheese sandwich at the newly opened Merchants Pub & Plate — a warm, open-faced version featuring the restaurant’s own house-made pimento cheese spread, fried tomatillos and sprouts atop toasted local bread. By Sara Shepherd
Style Scout: Peter Carson
October 3, 2013
What would you like to see more of in Lawrence? More outdoor, preferably rooftop bar space and outdoor music shows!
Style Scout: Jessica Phoenix
October 3, 2013
Fashion influences: The beautiful people of Lawrence influence me! There are so many Lawrencians who own their individuality that I can’t help but be inspired to do the same.
Raven to host launch party for book about rock stars’ ‘worst gigs’
October 3, 2013
The Raven Book Store, 6 E. Seventh St., will host a launch party at 7 p.m. Friday for entertainment journalist Jon Niccum’s new book, “The Worst Gig: From Psycho Fans to Stage Riots, Famous Musicians Tell All.”
100 years ago: Student suspensions lifted, but KU bans tango ‘forever’
October 3, 2013
“Now let us forget that ‘tango’ affair. It was a mountain out of a mole hill at best and it had better be forgotten….”
Mrs. Mass.: Teashop elegance at HOUSE OF CHá
October 3, 2013
HOUSE OF CHá brings the elegance and flavor of a teashop to Lawrence. The menu is chock-full of different flavor options and “texture” additions (such as tapioca pearls or flavored jellies). Between the creamy milk teas and the fruity iced teas, there are well over 30 options, which can be served iced or hot. By Jessica Pauly