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City set to create special residents-only parking zone in portion of Oread neighborhood
September 15, 2014
A little section of street near Kansas University may start a bigger debate about whether the city should implement a permit parking system for the crowded Oread neighborhood.By Chad Lawhorn
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Video: 2013 Only in Lawrence nominees

Twenty-six local residents are featured as this year's Only in Lawrence nominees for their outstanding contributions to the community. Watch »

Video: "Hank" the steam engine at Railfest 2013

Baldwin City residents and visitors alarmed this weekend by the sight of smoke rising from the Santa Fe Depot don’t need to call the fire department. The smoke will be billowing from the stack of a restored steam locomotive, and Midland Railway officials hope it will be a signal to train buffs to attend their annual Railfest, which runs Friday through Monday at Santa Fe Depot Park, 1515 High St. Watch »

Video: Lawrence-area couple builds '30s-style gas station

Rowan and Tanya Green of Perry created a 1930s-style gas station in their barn, which also houses a collection of thermoses and coolers. Watch »

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Iwig Dairy rebounding from bankruptcy
10:00 a.m., September 15, 2014 Updated 10:58 a.m.
A northeast Kansas dairy that filed for bankruptcy protection in 2012 is rebounding, with nearly 100 cows currently churning out milk at the farm near Tecumseh.
KCC investment rulings might save customers money
08:47 a.m., September 15, 2014 Updated 09:57 a.m.
Recent Kansas Corporation Commission decisions on investment returns could save customers of two utilities millions of dollars but that does not mean the commission has changed its policies, according to a KCC spokesman.
Business briefcase for Sept. 15
September 14, 2014
OrthoKansas, LLC announced the addition of Lindsay Davison, Mallory Larkin, and Jamie Madl to its clinical staff as physician assistants, and Deva Bonnel as a physical therapy doctor. Davison is a graudate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Bonnel is a graduate of Rockhurst University; and Larkin and Madl are graduates of Kansas University.
Fall Arts Preview: The concerts
September 14, 2014
A look at some of the notable upcoming concerts in Lawrence.
Lawrence library set to release new deck of banned-books trading cards
September 13, 2014
One of Lawrence’s most endearing collector’s items will be back on the market next week when the Lawrence Public Library celebrates the freedom to read by handing out trading cards of banned books designed by local artists.
Lawhorn’s Lawrence: After 130 years, getting to know Haskell
September 13, 2014
“That’s what’s beautiful about Haskell because it is a place where people come together,” Ian Stand, a Haskell senior, says. Well, unless you’re an average Lawrence resident. Let’s face it, most of us don’t know much about Haskell, even though the institution this week is marking its 130th year in Lawrence. By Chad Lawhorn
Alcohol and sex can create a dangerous mix on campus
September 13, 2014
As Kansas University and other institutions grapple with sexual assault on campus, alcohol is a complicating factor. And it will remain that way, national experts on campus rape say, until changes occur in cultural norms and attitudes that allow or even encourage students to go to bars and parties, get drunk and have sex.
Lawrence will tweak planned recycling service to add public schools
September 12, 2014
City officials said Friday that they are committed to providing recycling service to all the Lawrence public school locations after it became clear that Deffenbaugh Industries had ended its recycling service to the schools.By Chad Lawhorn
Lawrence City Commission agenda for Sept. 16 meeting
September 12, 2014
6:35 p.m. Tuesday City Hall
City wins grant to build trail along Kansas River
September 12, 2014
Lawrence City Hall has won a major grant to build an approximately half-mile long trail between Constant Park near Sixth and Tennessee streets and Burcham Park near Second and Indiana streets.By Chad Lawhorn
Proposed economic development strategy puts more focus on startup companies, local food
September 11, 2014
Growing startup businesses and growing fruits and vegetables are both part of the proposed economic development strategy being put forward by the Lawrence chamber of commerce. The latest draft of the economic development strategy has added a goal of creating a regional food hub that could serve as a sort of wholesale distribution center for locally grown produce. The plan envisions the hub serving both Douglas County and the entire Kansas City metro area. By Chad Lawhorn
Commission approves $3.5M for Westar Energy
08:12 a.m., September 11, 2014 Updated 11:35 a.m.
Westar Energy has agreed to delay a request for a rate increase related to coal plant upgrades as part of an agreement approved by a state commission.
Megan on the Move: The wrong Stuff
September 10, 2014
I realized yesterday that all of my shoes are falling apart. At once. No great surprise, as I am not famous for buying expensive clothes, nor am I famous for buying them often. You can take away my woman card now: I hate shopping.
Fix-It Chick: Cut threads with a tap or die
September 10, 2014
Taps and dies are great for cutting new threads or repairing old threads on metals, plastics and other hard materials. Taps cut threads on the inside of holes and dies cut threads on the outside of rods.
Style Scout: Marisa Ford
September 10, 2014
Fashion trends you hate: Micro shorts. Girls aren’t wearing them for fashion.
Style Scout: Chris Ford
September 10, 2014
Describe your style: [My wife says I’m] a very stylish hipster, metrosexual and just always very nice.
Cooking From Scratch: Pavlova a sweet but tricky fall treat
September 10, 2014
Pavlova — a marshmallowy cousin to merengue, reportedly named after a Russian ballerina’s tutu — is often thought of as a summer dessert. Instead, I urge you to consider making pavlova in the fall.
The Fashion Column Twins: Must-have fall shoes
September 10, 2014
We love summer, but we are more than ready to stock up on our fall favorites! We especially love fall style because of the stylish shoe options.
Garden Variety: Re-blooming poinsettias
September 10, 2014
Remember the pretty poinsettia you picked up last winter to make your home or office a little more festive for the holidays? Poinsettias can be kept year-round, but they need a little special treatment in the fall to bloom again.
Tailgating this football season with the whole family
September 10, 2014
Die-hard tailgaters don’t miss an opportunity to get riled up for a game for any reason. Not even having children.
Sit down and savor — first Lawrence Restaurant Week kicks off Sunday
September 10, 2014
Does a sit-down dinner complete with aperitif, appetizer, salad and dessert, all in addition to your entree — seem decadent for an average night out? During the first Lawrence Restaurant Week, that kind of dining experience will suddenly become more accessible.
12 Lawrence-area students named National Merit semifinalists
September 10, 2014
Twelve Lawrence high schoolers have been named semifinalists for the National Merit Scholarship Program, which recognizes the top academically talented students in the country.
Lawrence wants more questions answered on $1M loan guarantee for Internet project
September 9, 2014
Lawrence needs faster Internet service. City commissioners were able to agree on that point Tuesday night, but they couldn’t agree on whether the city should provide a $1 million loan guarantee to help a local company launch a pilot project to improve Internet speeds in the city.
Westar Energy warns of fraud attempts
September 9, 2014
Westar Energy is encouraging customers to be cautious if they receive a call or visit from someone claiming to be from Westar trying to collect money.
City sets grand opening date for Rock Chalk Park recreation center
September 9, 2014
Construction crews are touching up paint, technicians are installing the array of 60-inch television screens, and city officials are doing everything from pumping up basketballs to unwrapping new treadmills at the city’s recreation center at Rock Chalk Park. Now, they all have a date that the work must be done by: Oct. 5. The city will host a grand opening celebration for the eight-gym, 181,000-square foot center from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on that first Sunday of October. By Chad Lawhorn
City employee, not hacker, source of unauthorized tweets on city’s account
September 9, 2014
The official Twitter account of the city of Lawrence wasn’t hacked after all. A series of tweets related to the safety of women, drinking and other topics were sent by an employee of Lawrence-Douglas County FireMedical, not by a hacker as city officials had said on Monday. By Chad Lawhorn
Marcel Harmon appointed to Lawrence school board
September 8, 2014
The Lawrence school board appointed Marcel Harmon, an active volunteer on the local school scene, as the board’s seventh member Monday. Harmon was chosen from among 14 applicants to replace Adina Morse, who resigned in August to serve as the executive director of the Lawrence Schools Foundation, which provides funding for the district.
City says odd tweets were the result of Twitter account being hacked
September 8, 2014
Lawrence City Hall officials said the city’s official Twitter account apparently was hacked on Saturday evening, resulting in several messages related to the safety of women, drinking and other topics. By Chad Lawhorn