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Royals fever sweeps over Lawrence in advance of World Series
October 20, 2014
Fifty miles west of Kauffman Stadium, the Royals’ tidal wave of glee has swept over Lawrence and beyond. Apparel is flying off shelves. Bars are losing elbow room. And the chatter surrounding the dreamy 8-0 playoff run, and first World Series appearance since the 1985 wonder-year, is the most infectious thing going around. By Elliot Hughes
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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.
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.
Family Adventures: No match for Schaake’s Pumpkin Patch
October 15, 2014
It was October 2011 and I was a new mom celebrating her baby’s first Halloween. When I asked my veteran mom friends where the best local pumpkin patch was, the answer was always the same: Schaake’s. At about 40 years running, Schaake’s Pumpkin Patch, east of town at 1791 North 1500 Road, is a fall mainstay for Lawrence families. By Meryl Carver-Allmond
Fashion Column Twins: Sporty style
October 15, 2014
As we get further into fall, that means more weekends full of football, tailgating and cheering on your favorite team!
Tensions arise at LMH board meeting over selection of architecture firm
October 15, 2014
Lawrence Memorial Hospital’s board of trustees chose an architect firm Wednesday to design its fourth-floor renovation, but not before fireworks erupted among some of the trustees.
Black Hills Energy briefs city leaders on future natural gas rates
October 15, 2014
Leaders with Black Hills Energy, the largest natural gas provider in the city, told Lawrence officials at a Wednesday luncheon that they believe the price of natural gas will rise slightly this winter, as U.S. natural gas supplies are still trying to catch up from heavy usage that occurred during the bitterly cold 2013 winter season. By Chad Lawhorn
Police vote haunted by rec center
October 14, 2014
Opponents of a 0.2 percent sales tax to pay for the police headquarters repeatedly urged a crowd of about 100 at a Tuesday evening forum to vote against the plan because the city’s controversial decision last year to build Rock Chalk Park showed the City Commission isn’t responsible with the city’s dollars. The commission agreed to spend $22.5 million on Rock Chalk Park and agreed to waive the bidding process for a portion of the project. Opponents argued the city could have used that money for a police headquarters facility instead.
23rd and Iowa intersection to open by early November, but plans call for other Iowa Street lane closures
October 14, 2014
The end is in sight for a major construction project that has been delaying traffic at 23rd and Iowa streets. But the beginning of a new project that will constrict Iowa Street motorists may not be far off. By Chad Lawhorn
City responds to concerns about free access at Rock Chalk Park rec center
October 14, 2014
In a little less than two weeks, city officials have handed out more than 2,500 key cards to local residents who want to use the fitness areas, walking track and other amenities at the city’s new recreation center at Rock Chalk Park. But there’s one group who has had difficulty getting access to the free key cards: students at Kansas University, the institution that served as a partner in developing the Rock Chalk Park complex.By Chad Lawhorn
As KU Hospital tests patient with Ebola-like symptoms, Lawrence agencies coordinate response
October 14, 2014
A day after Kansas University Hospital confirmed that it was testing a patient for Ebola, local health officials say Lawrence is adequately prepared to handle the virus. By Giles Bruce
City to consider closing portion of New Hampshire Street to accommodate building project
October 13, 2014
Downtown motorists, your one-way adventure on New Hampshire Street may just be beginning. Motorists may have up to two more years of the construction cones. By Chad Lawhorn