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City engineers want roundabout at 19th and Naismith, plus two other major intersections
April 20, 2014
Your future trips to Allen Fieldhouse may include a new twist: a roundabout. City engineers want to apply for state grants to build a roundabout at 19th Street and Naismith Drive, plus at two other high-profile intersections — Kasold Drive and Harvard Road, and Wakarusa Drive and Harvard Road. By Chad Lawhorn
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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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Lawrence City Commission agenda for April 22
April 18, 2014
6:35 p.m. Tuesday, Lawrence City Hall
Downtown shot put draws crowd despite funding issues
April 18, 2014
Amid a cloud of white powder, Christian Cantwell grips the shot put and nestles it into the side of his neck. The 6-foot-5, 300-pound shot putter spins around a few times to gain momentum and releases the 16-pound lead ball into the air. A few seconds later, the shot put falls with a thud at the opposite end of the limestone pit. The crowd erupts in cheers and the herculean Cantwell is decreed the winner of this year’s Downtown Shot Put competition.
Credit card data breach affects Lawrence arts and craft store
April 18, 2014
About 2.6 million credit and debit cards used at Michaels crafts store, including the location in Lawrence, were breached in a hacking incident last year, the company announced this week. By Giles Bruce
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 Public Library sets date to open at new and expanded downtown facility
April 15, 2014
You can finally put a bookmark on your calendar: The new and expanded Lawrence Public Library will open July 26. By Chad Lawhorn
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