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Free State, Lawrence High students wear purple in protest against racial epithet, vandalism
September 19, 2014
Sprinkled throughout a sea of green and red, the color purple could be seen around the Lawrence High School football stadium during the rivalry City Showdown game between the Lions and the Free State Firebirds on Friday night. The stadium had been vandalized just the day before with a racial epithet and a phallic symbol outlined in shaving cream on the field. In protest of the actions, many students, parents and faculty from both schools donned purple — neither team’s school color — in solidarity against racial intolerance.
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Business briefcase for Sept. 22
September 20, 2014
Cromwell Environmental and Cromwell Solar will celebrate their new location in downtown Lawrence with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The event will begins at 4:30 p.m. Sept 26 at 615 Vermont St. A reception, tour and open house will follow.
North Lawrence house fire quickly brought under control
02:23 a.m., September 19, 2014 Updated 02:45 a.m.
Lawrence firefighters were able to quickly knock down a house fire early Friday in North Lawrence.
Lawrence library reveals new batch of banned books trading cards
September 18, 2014
The Lawrence Public Library on Thursday unveiled its third edition of banned books trading cards, the project that asks residents to submit artwork inspired by censured books for the chance to have it converted into a collector’s item.
Suspects identified in LHS football field vandalism that included racial epithet
02:56 p.m., September 18, 2014 Updated 06:31 p.m.
Several high school students have been identified as suspects in connection with vandalizing the Lawrence High School football field. The vandalism, discovered Thursday morning, included a racial epithet and a phallic symbol outlined in shaving cream on the field. The vandals also reportedly egged a section of bleachers and moved athletic equipment.
Turn your bedroom into a sanctuary
September 17, 2014
It’s important to have a personal space to unwind that’s away from the rest of the world. That place should be your bedroom, said Dana Niemack, a feng shui interior designer.
Fix-It Chick: Remove textured ‘popcorn’ ceilings
September 17, 2014
Removing textured “popcorn” ceilings is a time-consuming and messy task, but with a lot of elbow grease, smooth ceilings are within reach.
Garden Variety: Upcoming seminars on permaculture
September 17, 2014
Gardeners, wannabe gardeners and anyone else interested in the relationship among plants, humans and the environment should consider attending one of three upcoming seminars sponsored by the local nonprofit Sustainability Action Network.
Family Adventures: Drawn together
September 17, 2014
Despite the fact that Sweet Husband and I are two make-it-with-your-hands kind of people, we rarely have “art time” with the Kid. It’s not for lack of desire. (I happen to think that coloring with crayons is one of the most relaxing activities on the planet.) It’s just one of those things we forget to think of in the mish-mush of two jobs and a pre-schooler.
Critter Buzz: Nutrition for your pet should be easy… right?
September 17, 2014
Since pets eat pre-prepared kibble, it would seem that making a decision about what food to feed your pet would be easy, right? Actually with all of the foods out there to choose from and the fact that even pet foods are subject to nutrition fads, choosing a food for your pet can still be a confusing.
Fashion Column Twins: How to style a black midi skirt
September 17, 2014
The black midi skirt is one of our favorite styles because it’s versatile enough to pair it with many different pieces in your wardrobe.
Style Scout: Taylor Hinderer
September 17, 2014
Tell us a secret: My favorite thing to do is lying in bed watching Netflix and eating tacos.
Style Scout: Aaron Fitzgerald
September 17, 2014
Describe your style: I try to do timeless pieces that I can wear over and over again like lots of vintage Polos and stuff like that.
Portion of K-10 to be reduced to one lane for SLT project
September 17, 2014
State transportation officials said the portion of K-10 near the Noria Road intersection will be reduced to one lane beginning Thursday to accommodate the delivery of large amounts of soil that will be used to build an overpass near the Noria Road intersection.
Haskell looks to future with inauguration of new president
September 17, 2014
Focus was on the future Wednesday at Haskell Indian Nations University, as the school inaugurated alumna Venida Chenault as its seventh president. Chenault herself, who was a single mother on government assistance before amassing multiple college degrees, trumpeted what higher education can do for the American Indian people and said Haskell is a critical tool. By Sara Shepherd
Lawrence group expects to oppose sales tax proposal for police headquarters
September 16, 2014
Lawrence voters should expect an active voice of opposition to a proposed sales tax to fund an approximately $28 million police headquarters project. What’s still unclear is how loud and large the opposition group will be. By Chad Lawhorn
Lawrence OKs use of public parking spaces for downtown bank
September 16, 2014
A downtown bank has won approval to use a pair of public parking spaces to temporarily serve as a makeshift drive-thru lane. By Chad Lawhorn
Local law enforcement agencies help patrol Topeka after officer’s funeral
September 15, 2014
Local law enforcement officers helped out neighboring Topeka this weekend, as police there mourned a fellow officer killed on duty. The Lawrence Police Department and Douglas County Sheriff’s Office sent more than 40 officers to help patrol the streets of Topeka Saturday evening and Sunday morning. By Sara Shepherd
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
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