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Officials: Death toll at 4 after plane crash at Wichita airport
10:23 a.m., October 30, 2014 Updated 04:01 p.m.
A small plane lost power after takeoff and crashed into a flight-training building while trying to return to a Kansas airport Thursday, killing four people, injuring five others and igniting a fire that sent up towering plumes of black smoke that could be seen for miles around Wichita, officials and witnesses said.
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Local Finds: Marvelous mugs
October 29, 2014
Now that fall has officially arrived, there’s no better time to curl up with a steaming cup of coffee, tea or hot cocoa. Just add a crackling fireplace, your coziest sweater and one of these cool mugs from Lawrence stores. Cheers!
Home Style: Fiesta dinnerware and the history of these happy plates
October 29, 2014
There are many reasons that Fiesta ware is the best-selling dinnerware in American history, but one of them is that the brightly colored ceramic dinnerware offers something to just about everyone.
Cooking from Scratch: The secret to flavorful pumpkin seeds
October 29, 2014
The novelty of roasting plain seeds no longer outweighs their bland flavor. While you can sprinkle a little salt on top easily enough, it never really sticks well. To get amazing salty flavor the seeds need to be brined.
Style Scout: Lacey Douglas
October 29, 2014
Tell us a secret: I can sing like Britney Spears.
Style Scout: Chance Phillippe
October 29, 2014
Whom do people say you look like? I get Justin Bieber all the time and that gets annoying!
Garden Variety: 7 uses for the overlooked acorn
October 29, 2014
Ask a forester what tree to plant for strength, pest resistance and versatility, and the answer will almost always be an oak. Yes, they produce acorns, but in the spirit of making lemonade from lemons, plant the oak anyway. When the acorns arrive in autumn seasons to come, try these overlooked uses to make the nuts a little less of a nuisance.
Fix-It Chick: Control boxelder bugs
October 29, 2014
Boxelder bugs, sometimes mistakenly referred to as stink bugs, are considered nuisance bugs by their sheer number alone. Boxelder bugs seldom cause damage to plants or property, but they can stain fabric and carpets during more active times. Prevention, rather than elimination, is the best way to control boxelder bugs.
Lawrence passes resolution related to proposed police headquarters site
October 28, 2014
Lawrence city commissioners want to be clear that they intend to sell some city property if indeed the city spends $2.25 million to buy a vacant 47-acre tract to house a new $28 million police headquarters.By Chad Lawhorn
Lawrence leaders get behind-the-scenes look at curbside recycling program
October 28, 2014
City leaders got a glimpse Tuesday of what happens to all the material that gets thrown into the city’s new blue, curbside recycling carts. By Chad Lawhorn
Penn House to revamp programs to remove barriers to success
October 28, 2014
Cooking classes and financial advice are just a couple services Penn House leaders plan to offer their low-income clients soon to help them become more self-sufficient. A number of changes are on the way, said Director Kyle Roggenkamp, but the emergency services that include the food pantry, clothes and rental assistance still will be available.
KU launches student-run strategic communications agency
October 27, 2014
News and Information majors in Kansas University’s School of Journalism and Mass Communications have practiced their crafts for years at a working student newspaper, radio station and TV station. Now Strategic Communication majors have a similar opportunity for real-world experience in The Agency, a student-run strategic communications business. By Sara Shepherd
Longtime pediatrician remembered for helping kids, community
October 27, 2014
Mary Loveland knows it’s an invented word but said it’s the best way to describe her late husband, Chuck: “He was the goodest man I ever knew.” Chuck Loveland, a longtime Lawrence pediatrician who donated his time to many professional and community organizations, died Friday at Lawrence Memorial Hospital from complications of a cardiac condition. By Sara Shepherd
If police sales tax fails, city says it would have to go back to the drawing board
October 27, 2014
Some voters have assumed that city commissioners simply would approve a property tax increase and build the project anyway, if the 0.2 percent sales tax to fund the project doesn’t win voter approval next week. City Manager David Corliss told members of the Lawrence Noon Rotary Club on Monday he wasn’t sure that would be the case.
Business briefcase for Oct. 27
October 26, 2014
The Kansas Association of Broadcasters recognized Great Plains Media four times in the Medium Market Radio category. Programs from Great Plains took home two first-place awards, one second-place and one honorable mention. Great Plains operates on Lawrence radio stations KLWN-AM 1320, 105.9 Kiss FM and 92.9 The Bull.
Architects celebrate anniversary by investing in homeless kids
October 26, 2014
Founded in Lawrence in 1974 by former University of Kansas School of Architecture classmates David C. Evans and Robert Gould, GouldEvans has grown to six studios across the nation. The firm’s recent work in Lawrence includes the Lawrence Public Library remodel, renovations at seven elementary schools and assisting with the design of Sports Pavilion Lawrence.
Boys & Girls Club joins local Kids Voting project
October 25, 2014
By the time the Nov. 4 election arrives, there will be some Douglas County voters who will have spent at least four to six hours studying up on the issues.By Chad Lawhorn
Lawhorn’s Lawrence: Front yard hearses and the spirit of Halloween
October 25, 2014
Eudora resident Mike Deines has a haunted yard, and from where he sits that is a good thing. Deines fills his front yard with skeletons, Grim Reapers, Headless Horsemen, ghosts, goblins, witches, demonic pumpkins and, of course, a homemade hearse. But perhaps the strangest thing is that he and his wife, Wendy, invite people to walk through their yard to see it all. By Chad Lawhorn
Q&A on Lawrence police headquarters, sales tax
October 25, 2014
On Nov. 4, Lawrence voters will decide the fate of a proposed sales tax to fund a new police headquarters. Here are the answers to several questions surrounding the issue.
United Way volunteers pack 40,000 meals for Douglas County food banks
Volunteers create 40,000 servings of food for those less fortunate
October 25, 2014
At the fourth annual United Way of Douglas County Great Start Pack, more 200 people helped make 40,000 servings of a fortified rice and bean meal that will be distributed by Just Food to area food pantries.
Former Lawrence mayor to serve as chairman of hospital board
October 24, 2014
The Lawrence Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees at a special meeting on Friday morning elected a new slate of officers, after several members of the board said they were confused about the nomination process that occurred recently.
Lawrence City Commission agenda for Oct. 28 meeting
October 24, 2014
6:35 p.m. Tuesday, Lawrence City Hall
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.

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