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Twenty years after reuniting, father and daughter to share stage in Lawrence
October 23, 2014
Rachel Dirks’ story is a real-life “August Rush.” The 2007 drama, which follows a young musical prodigy who reunites with his birth parents after years of separation to find they share his talents, is not all that different from Dirks’ own life.
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Garden Variety: Easy-to-grow sweet potatoes
October 23, 2014
Lawrence area educators, farmers and businesses are teaming up to celebrate a vegetable worthy of a month-long party: the sweet potato.
Style Scout: Graham Hosking
October 23, 2014
Describe your style: I like to be colorful and I don’t care what anyone thinks. Also, I don’t usually match! I just do whatever.
Style Scout: Amy Santoferraro
October 23, 2014
Describe your style: My friends have noted that I look like a playground.
Fashion Column Twins: Comfortable fall looks
October 23, 2014
As the weather outside gets cooler, one thing comes to mind: comfort. There is nothing better than curling up with a warm blanket on a cool fall day, right? So who wants to be in something uncomfortable and cold? Not me!
Critter Buzz: Holidays pose dangers to pets
October 23, 2014
It’s the start of the holiday season — the time we get out our decorations and prepare for great merriment and frivolity. Whether it be the sugar rush of Halloween, the excess of food at our Thanksgiving meals or all of the sparkle and beauty of the Christmas tree, the holidays can spell trouble for our animal companions.
Cooking from Scratch: Easy popcorn balls a treat from Halloweens past
October 23, 2014
These really are, as the recipe card my mom read to me over the phone proclaims, “Easy Popcorn Balls.”
Fix-It Chick: Repair damaged stucco
October 23, 2014
Repairing large sections of damaged stucco is a time-consuming multistep process. With the right tools and some due diligence, the “hole” problem can be easily cured.
Megan on the Move: A working relationship
October 23, 2014
You hear people say all the time that marriage is “work” and that you have to “take time for date night” and all that business. And it seemed to me that if you are manufacturing time to go on dates or working at loving your spouse or penciling in romance, the whole thing is a lost game before it even started.
Youth Services Director wins chamber of commerce’s Buford Watson award
October 22, 2014
Pam Weigand, the director of Douglas County’s Youth Services Department, received the Lawrence chamber of commerce’s Buford M. Watson Jr. Award on Tuesday.
Lawrence rejects plan to reduce parking for $75 million apartment project
October 21, 2014
The future of a $75 million apartment/retail project near Kansas University’s Memorial Stadium is again in doubt after the project failed to win a key parking exemption from City Hall. By Chad Lawhorn
City opens Lawrence VenturePark as community’s newest business center
October 21, 2014
Mayor Mike Amyx remembers when the Farmland Industries fertilizer plant on the east edge of Lawrence provided good jobs to hundreds of area residents. Now it is officially Lawrence VenturePark.
Tuesday afternoon power outage affects parts of Lawrence
02:15 p.m., October 21, 2014 Updated 05:26 p.m.
Nearly 300 customers in Douglas County, including Lawrence, were without power shortly before 2 p.m. Tuesday because of an equipment malfunction, according to Westar Energy.
City says cleanup following Color Run goes well
October 20, 2014
Cleanup following the several thousand people who participated in the weekend’s Color Run in Lawrence went well, city officials reported on Monday.
New plan emerges to keep two-way traffic on New Hampshire Street
October 20, 2014
Plans to make a busy downtown route a one-way street for up to two years may not be necessary after all. The construction firm that will build a proposed multi-story apartment and office building at Ninth and New Hampshire streets has submitted a new plan that would allow two-way traffic in the 800 block of New Hampshire for much of the two-year construction project. By Chad Lawhorn
40-year volunteer one of 54 honored by KU Audio-Reader
October 20, 2014
The Kansas Audio-Reader Network honored its second longest-serving volunteer, along with many others, Thursday during the organization’s annual banquet. Chuck Fisher was honored for 40 years as an Audio-Reader volunteer. By Sara Shepherd
Business briefcase for Oct. 20
October 19, 2014
Lawrence-based OrthoKansas LLC has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI. The accreditation comes as a result of a review by the American College of Radiology.
5 things to know about the city’s new curbside recycling service
October 19, 2014
Load it up and push it out. All those piles of cardboard, bottles and newspapers soon can be set out at the curb as part of Lawrence’s new citywide curbside recycling program.
Lawhorn’s Lawrence: Losing sight but not hope
October 19, 2014
Turning 42 years old really was a pain in the rear. Renee Morgan figured that must be the case. One morning in February of 2011, she woke up and “pretty much couldn’t see.” Everything was very blurry. She assumed that age was starting to catch up to her, so she went to a place like Lens Crafters for some glasses. They quickly sent her to an ophthalmologist, who quickly sent her to a more specialized ophthalmologist. By Chad Lawhorn
National Book Award winner James McBride to bring music, humor to Lawrence reading
October 18, 2014
James McBride, the reigning winner of the National Book Award for fiction, will bring his signature blend of words and music to Lawrence this week with a reading of his most recent work, “The Good Lord Bird.”
Lawrence library launches new mobile app, online catalog
October 18, 2014
Next time you stop dead in your tracks and realize the due date for the book you checked out from the library is about to pass, all you have to do is reach into your pocket to push it back.
Lawrence City Commission agenda for Oct. 21 meeting
October 17, 2014
5:30 p.m. Tuesday, City Hall
Fact-checking statements from supporters and opponents of police headquarters plan
October 17, 2014
As the debate heats up over whether Lawrence residents should approve a new 0.2 percent sales tax to fund an approximately $28 million police headquarters, facts and figures and lots of things in between are starting to fly. Here’s our effort to do a little fact-checking on some of the more recent statements that have come from opponents and supporters of the project.By Chad Lawhorn
Lawrence police chief urges residents to see facilities with their own eyes
October 16, 2014
As the Nov. 4 election gets closer, Lawrence voters definitely are wanting to hear more about the pros and cons of a proposed 0.2 percent sales tax to pay for a nearly $28 million police headquarters. Now, Lawrence Police Chief Tarik Khatib wishes voters would take time to see more of the issue. He said at a Thursday evening forum that he hopes more voters will tour the existing facilities, or at least watch the video tour that is on the city’s website. By Chad Lawhorn
Ukrainian family in limbo in Lawrence, asylum case pending
October 16, 2014
Iryna Yeromenko and her family are staying with a friend in Lawrence, not legally allowed to work and earn money, and unsure of their future. The situation is not ideal, she said, but she’s afraid of returning home to Ukraine. “We came here thinking that by the time the summer’s over … everything will settle down,” said Yeromenko, who has applied for political asylum for herself, her husband and their son. “But it just got even worse.” By Sara Shepherd
Let autumn’s colors, nature guide your fall decor
October 15, 2014
Welcome the season —and guests— into your home with these festive decorating tips and tricks from some local interior design experts.
On the Cheap: Cost-saving fall centerpieces
October 15, 2014
If you don’t have the time or energy to deck your entire home out in fall decor, a seasonal centerpiece can do the trick. And for less than $25, you can put together a look worthy of the cover of Real Simple or Martha Stewart Living.
Garden Variety: Hackberry pests move indoors with cool temperatures
October 15, 2014
As the trees begin to show their autumn hues and squirrels rush to stash away their bounty, a few creatures in the garden are looking for good winter homes.
Style Scout: Sarah McNutt
October 15, 2014
Fashion trends you hate: I guess they call it 3-D nail art, but it’s super-over-the-top, blinged-out fake nails. It’s totally not functional at all. I can’t even get nail polish to stay on because of my job.
Style Scout: Chris C. Cho
October 15, 2014
Fashion trends you love: I like following some European styles from Milano, Italy. Right now their slim fit, not skinny, suits are becoming more formal.
Fix-It Chick: Repair stucco cracks
October 15, 2014
Stucco should be repaired as soon as cracks appear. Small repairs on homes and structures built after the 19th century are easy to do with pre-mixed stucco repair products.