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Federal trial set to begin in $17 million drug trafficking case
April 16, 2014
Jury selection begins Thursday in Kansas City, Kan., for a trial in a multimillion-dollar drug conspiracy case that included 43 defendants, several with Lawrence ties. Two Lawrence twins accused of helming a drug distribution ring in Lawrence from 2005 to 2012 are among the three remaining defendants who will stand trial. All others have accepted plea deals and may testify in a trial that is expected to last at least until June. By Stephen Montemayor
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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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Get to know the Farmer’s Ball semi-finalists
April 17, 2014
From 60 local band submissions, whittled down to 16 by KJHK/SUA committee members, and sliced in half by the community through online voting, eight bands will go head-to-head this Saturday, April 19 at The Bottleneck, at 8 p.m. This is the 20th year of this battle of the local/regional bands. It’s the second year the two organizations have been able to offer monetary prizes: the top reward being $2,000 and runner up receiving $1,000.
Annual Friendship Dinner slated for April 29
April 16, 2014
The annual Dialogue and Friendship Dinner is scheduled for Tuesday, April 29, at the Kansas Union Ballroom. The event will feature Scott Alexander, an associate professor of Islamic Studies at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago and speakers from Kansas University and the community.
City upholds decision on West Lawrence roundabout despite new objections from neighbors
April 15, 2014
About five months after city commissioners used a set of studies to justify the approval of a new dual lane roundabout along a busy West Lawrence street, neighbors are presenting studies that suggest such roundabouts increase the likelihood of bicyclists being involved in accidents. By Chad Lawhorn
Jenkins explains budget vote; tours local businesses
April 15, 2014
U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins on Tuesday explained her vote in favor of a federal budget bill that she says would reign in the federal deficit, but which Democrats say would gut funding for domestic programs such as Medicare and student financial aid. By Peter Hancock
Lawrence keeping eye on possible November election for police headquarters plan
April 15, 2014
It is possible the city may seek to have an election in November to ask for voter approval of a multimillion dollar police headquarters, a trio of commissioners said Monday. But first commissioners must pick a site for a new police headquarters building, and that process is gaining steam at City Hall. By Chad Lawhorn
Buffalo Bob’s Smokehouse to close after 37 years in business
April 14, 2014
Come to find out, even tater curls piled high to the sky have a limit: 37 years. Buffalo Bob’s Smokehouse —which has operated for nearly four decades in downtown Lawrence — will close on April 29. By Chad Lawhorn
Annual variety show Foundation Follies set for Friday
April 14, 2014
Teachers and administrators with Lawrence Public Schools will sing, dance and entertain crowds Friday at the annual variety show fundraiser, the Foundation Follies.
Business briefcase April 14
April 14, 2014
Robert Goldstein, a Kansas University distinguished geology professor, won the annual geoscience education award from the American Association of Petroleum Geologists.
Volunteers needed for Baldwin theater, Lawrence Earth Day
April 14, 2014
Baldwin City Community Theatre is a nonprofit organization committed to creating and supporting activities through the performing arts that foster community fellowship.
Lawhorn’s Lawrence: The two minds of George Paley
April 13, 2014
When you go on a Jamaican vacation, you pack your swimsuit and sunscreen. When George Paley goes on a Jamaican vacation, he packs his air compressor and plasma cutter. So, if you have ever wondered what happens when the mind of a businessman collides with the mind of an artist, now you know at least one answer: weird carry-on luggage. By Chad Lawhorn
Lawrence City Commission agenda for April 15
April 12, 2014
6:35 p.m. Tuesday, Lawrence City Hall
Stolen golf clubs back in possession of disabled military veteran
April 11, 2014
Well, that didn’t take long. A day after a story ran in the Journal-World detailing the theft of disabled military veteran Chris Sorrentino’s golf clubs from a local golf course, he had them back in his possession. By Giles Bruce
Lawrence Chamber of Commerce putting out call for more applicants for CEO search
April 11, 2014
The chair of the chamber’s search committee said the group has received nine applications and now is putting out a call for any other candidates to have their applications in by April 25.By Chad Lawhorn
New Deciphera CEO plans to grow company in both Lawrence and Boston
April 10, 2014
A $6 million check and a new president and CEO have signaled a new round of growth for promising Lawrence bioscience company Deciphera Pharmaceuticals. But Lawrence leaders should expect at least some of that growth to occur in Boston’s busy bioscience hub. By Chad Lawhorn
Lawrence man flown to KU Hospital after accidentally shooting self in East Lawrence home
April 10, 2014
A 47-year-old Lawrence man is being flown by a LifeStar helicopter to Kansas University Hospital after a firearm he handled discharged and struck his leg just before noon Thursday.
Disabled military veteran victim of bizarre theft
April 10, 2014
Chris Sorrentino finished putting at the 10th green of the Alvamar members golf course one day in March when he turned around … and his golf cart was missing. By Giles Bruce
Mrs. Mass.: A meal for the whole family
April 10, 2014
I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again: we have no shortage of excellent options for dining out in downtown Lawrence. But when you’re dining out with a 3-year-old and a 1-year-old, you tend to consider your options a little bit differently.
Lawrence native honored for rescue efforts in Kansas City, Kan., attempted murder of two children
April 9, 2014
Patrolman Eric Ibanez thought the two little girls were dead. He found them in the hallway of their Kansas City, Kan., home, soaking wet, unresponsive, after their mother attempted to drown them. His quick response in the moments that followed helped save the girls’ lives. The Lawrence native was honored for his rescue efforts as part of the Kansas City, Kan., police department’s annual awards ceremony last Thursday. By Giles Bruce
City OKs funds for 23rd Street construction
April 9, 2014
Construction crews haven’t even removed the first slabs of pavement, but a project to rebuild the busy 23rd and Iowa intersection already has gotten bumpy. By Chad Lawhorn
Deal to re-create popular mural at Ninth and New Hampshire streets in the works
April 8, 2014
Lawrence city commissioners at their Tuesday evening meeting were told the Spencer Museum of Art and a Lawrence-based development group had reached a tentative deal that would allow local artist Dave Loewenstein to either recreate or refashion the popular Pollinators mural on the wall of a new multistory building slated for the northeast corner of Ninth and New Hampshire streets. By Chad Lawhorn
City Commission agrees to allow Kansas Relays at new track and field stadium
April 8, 2014
After a tour of the sports complex in northwest Lawrence, commissioners agreed unanimously to grant a permit to allow the Kansas Relays to be held at the new track and field stadium from April 16-19, even though the project isn’t entirely completed.
City commission gives city manager good marks, but waits to discuss possible pay raise
April 8, 2014
Lawrence City Manager David Corliss got good marks for his work over the past year, but hasn’t yet gotten a raise for the future. By Chad Lawhorn
Beyond vegetables: Array of food, other offerings at farmers market opening for the season on Saturday
April 8, 2014
The Lawrence Farmers Market opens for the season on Saturday. It’s easy to pick up everything you need for a whole meal at the market — even the centerpiece. Meet four of the many vendors ready to help set your table. By Sara Shepherd
Weather smiles on 20th annual Brew to Brew run
April 7, 2014
This weekend’s 20th annual Brew to Brew run attracted thousands of entrants, who enjoyed near-perfect spring weather for the 40-plus mile Kansas City-to-Lawrence relay. By Sara Shepherd
Local computer techs predicting problems for some Microsoft users beginning Tuesday
April 7, 2014
Microsoft Corp. on Tuesday will stop issuing security updates for its popular but old XP Windows operating system, which means that millions of personal and business computers will be susceptible to hacking in a multitude of new ways. By Chad Lawhorn
She is Kawehi: One-woman band becomes Internet sensation
April 6, 2014
If you frequent this ol’ thing called the Internet, you’ve probably stumbled across the virality of Lawrence’s own one-woman band Kawehi, who has just within the last month managed to get the attention of publications like Esquire, Elle, The Huffington Post and Spin — not to mention even more websites — with the video release of a casual practice-run of a song cover.
Bales Artist Series to welcome organ department chair for recital
April 6, 2014
David Higgs will perform an organ recital on Kansas University’s campus on April 11 as part of the Bales Artist Series.
Lawhorn’s Lawrence: The beauty of math
April 5, 2014
For more than 20 years, Bozenna Pasik-Duncan has led a group of math professors to Lawrence City Hall each April to have the month declared as Mathematics Awareness Month. During the month they also host a mathematics competition for junior high and high school students, and a variety of other events, each built around a theme. This year, it is the Magic and Mystery of Math. (Yes, there are really people who call themselves mathemagicians.) But what Pasik-Duncan and her colleagues mainly do is fight a decidedly uphill battle: They try to convince society that math is cool and exciting. By Chad Lawhorn
Man flown to KU Hospital with critical injuries
03:26 a.m., April 5, 2014 Updated 03:50 a.m.
A LifeStar helicopter transported a critically injured man the KU hospital early Saturday