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The top spots for watching Fourth of July fireworks
July 2, 2014
It’s a given that on every Fourth of July wherever you may be, the sky will explode in a kaleidoscope of colors to celebrate Independence Day. It’s not a given that you’ll have a primo viewing spot of the fireworks display.
10 ways to ensure a successful garage sale
July 2, 2014
Setting up shop in the garage isn’t as easy as you might think.
Lawrence Libations: Apple Mint Bourbon Iced Tea
July 2, 2014
It’s absolutely mandatory to sip on an iced tea this summer, whether there’s a porch in your life or not.
Mrs. Mass.: Turning over a new Basil Leaf
July 2, 2014
There aren’t many restaurants that had their humble beginnings at a small gas station mini-mart. Truth be told, you probably know exactly which restaurant I’m referring to, don’t you?
Style Scout: Jordan K. Dimond
July 2, 2014
Fashion trends you hate: Cover up! I don’t like seeing people’s private parts hanging out. Looking presentable, instead of trashy, is key.
Family Adventures: All aboard to St. Louis
July 2, 2014
I know there’s still a lot of time, but I think the Kid is going to grow up to be a train engineer. We have tinker toys and stuffed animals and a miniature farm, but the only toys that really get played with are the trains. Which is why, when blessed with a free Memorial Day weekend, we decided to let the Kid see some real-live trains up close as we hopped on the Amtrak to St. Louis.
Garden Variety: With mimosa trees, don’t just think pink
July 2, 2014
Mimosa trees in the Lawrence area are in full glory right now with their unrivaled fluffy, fragrant pink blossoms.
Fix-It Chick: Keep mosquitoes at bay
July 2, 2014
Female mosquitoes require two things to reproduce: water and blood. Stemming their access to these resources can greatly control mosquito populations.
The Classic Sartorialist: Style down to a T
July 2, 2014
It is the simplest piece of clothing in every man’s wardrobe: the classic T-shirt. If worn well, it can exude ease and relaxation as well as a keen sense of fashion.
Style Scout: Garrett Rathbone
July 2, 2014
Fashion influences: Mainly skateboard culture. A lot of skateboard companies make fantastic clothing. They’re usually well-made and stylish.
Candidates blame Topeka for problems
July 2, 2014
Local candidates Wednesday focused on Gov. Sam Brownback’s tax cuts and recent state budget problems as they tried to drum up support in the Aug. 5 primary. By Scott Rothschild
Lawrence Death Cafe provides safe environment for discussing all things mortal
July 2, 2014
Death is inevitable. Talking about it isn’t. The Lawrence Death Cafe hopes to change that. The group, which started meeting monthly earlier this year, aims to provide a comfortable environment for discussing mortality. By Giles Bruce
Man indicted on federal charges in Lawrence credit union robbery
July 2, 2014
A Kansas City, Kan. man was indicted on federal charges of robbing a Lawrence credit union, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said Wednesday.
Testimony: After break-in, federal drug case co-defendant ‘started from scratch’ with Dahdas, others
July 2, 2014
Around the time Peter Park began associating with Lawrence twins Los and Roosevelt Dahda, his yearslong venture in moving marijuana and cocaine had taken a major hit. By Stephen Montemayor
Door-to-door pavers ordered to repay customers and are banned from Kansas
July 2, 2014
Two door-to-door pavers were banned from doing business in Kansas and were ordered to repay a total of $8,500 to customers in the state.
Brownback names state board candidate to K-12 panel
July 2, 2014
Gov. Sam Brownback on Tuesday named Hoisington High School Principal Meg Wilson, a Republican who is running for the Kansas State Board of Education, to serve on the newly formed K-12 Student Performance and Efficiency Commission. By Peter Hancock
Free tour of veterans’ graves in Oak Hill Cemetery set for July 4
July 2, 2014
Lawrence Parks and Recreation will offer a guided tour of veterans’ graves in Oak Hill Cemetery for the July 4 holiday.
Alumnus donates $500,000 to KU law school
July 2, 2014
A Kansas University School of Law alumnus has made a $500,000 gift to establish a professorship in honor of the late professor Earl B. Shurtz. By Scott Rothschild
KU, school in Ghana sign agreement
July 2, 2014
Kansas University has signed an agreement with a university in Ghana to help address health and development issues in the African country.
Kansas abruptly halts new Medicaid service before it begins
July 2, 2014
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment this week abruptly halted the launch of a new Medicaid service aimed at coordinating care for patients with chronic medical conditions. The decision was announced in an email less than one day before the new service was supposed to begin, leaving agencies like Heartland Community Health Center of Lawrence in a lurch. By Peter Hancock
Experts say bald eagles thriving in Kansas
July 2, 2014
Wildlife experts say bald eagles are thriving in Kansas this year, even if a popular pair that has nested near Wichita for five years is having trouble producing offspring.
Kansas teen recovering from scorpion sting
July 2, 2014
A Kansas teenager is recovering at home after spending three days in intensive care recovering from a scorpion sting.
Kansas preserve could house Yellowstone bison
July 2, 2014
The Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve in Chase County was one of 20 possible sites included in a Department of Interior report discussing a future home for the Yellowstone bison.
Today in Lawrence: Great weather for activities, Kidsapalooza, City Band Concert
July 2, 2014
Today in Lawrence: Beautiful 75-degree weather complements kids activities like Kidsapalooza and the weekly outdoor concert by the Lawrence City Band.
Joel Embiid looking forward to his future in Philadelphia
July 2, 2014
When the Philadelphia 76ers held an introductory press conference for their latest acquisitions this past weekend, a certain 7-foot center from Cameroon, by way of Kansas University, didn’t get a chance to join the organization’s 2014 NBA draft picks. Joel Embiid got to meet the Philly press via teleconference on Monday. By Benton Smith
Column: Kansas basketball should boast better depth, intensity
July 2, 2014
Every summer, watching a camp game is all that’s necessary to trigger a debate as to whether this year’s Kansas University basketball team will outdo last year’s. For a better read on the basketball team’s 2014-2015, consider the head coach’s words. Column by Tom Keegan
Raiders unable to take it to Next Level
July 2, 2014
For a while, it looked as if the Lawrence Raiders could survive a mid-week game by using a different pitcher in each inning. The Raiders were trying to save arms for their weekend tournament and only gave up two hits in the first three innings against Next Level Baseball on Tuesday evening at Lawrence High. Then everything unraveled in the late innings, and the Raiders lost, 10-3. By Bobby Nightengale
Twins take advantage of not-so-sharp Royals
July 2, 2014
It started with a dropped popup and only got worse for James Shields and the Kansas City Royals. Shields (8-4) allowed five runs on nine hits and the Royals fell 10-2 to Minnesota on Tuesday night, losing for just the second time on the road in their last 11 games.
Opinion: Court’s ruling anything but narrow
July 2, 2014
Relax. This is not a slippery slope. So Justices Samuel Alito writing for the majority and Anthony Kennedy writing in concurrence, take pains to assure us in the wake of the Supreme Court’s latest disastrous decision. The same august tribunal that gutted the Voting Rights Act and opened the doors for unlimited money from unknown sources to flood the political arena now strikes its latest blow against reason and individual rights.
25 years ago: Community garden plots provide opportunities for green thumbs
July 2, 2014
“We were up there in February with our $5 for our plot. We were ready to garden.”
Opinion: Kansas needs honest debate
July 2, 2014
Several weeks ago, in response to a column I wrote about the problems now plaguing the Kansas economy, a reader posted a comment that I didn’t know what a “true” conservative was and that my statement that Gov. Brownback was not acting like a traditional conservative politician was false.
Editorial: Artistic challenge
A sizable grant, along with additional public and private funding, will help Lawrence move forward on a project that focuses on both art and community.
July 2, 2014
Lawrence arts officials have a big opportunity — and a big responsibility — as they move forward with the plan to create a community arts corridor along Ninth Street just east of downtown.
100 years ago: Long-ago towel thief makes restitution to Ladies’ Aid
July 2, 2014
“What to do with the ‘conscience money’ has not yet been decided.”
Letter: Fireworks fan
July 2, 2014
Every year an article arrives before the 4th of July talking about the fireworks ban and the police department not having the resources to deal with the ban. I believe it is time for the city to discontinue this ban on fireworks usage on personal residential property.