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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
Lawrence High School student wins all-expenses paid trip to Germany
April 5, 2014
A Lawrence High School student has been awarded an all-expenses paid study trip to Germany this summer.
City Commission agenda for April 8 meeting
April 5, 2014
City commissioners will consider setting an April 25 deadline for construction work to begin on a house at 1321 Tennessee St. that was badly damaged by fire in July 2013.
Lawrencian holds out hope for lung transplant, chance at new life
April 4, 2014
David Jensen is waiting. Waiting for new lungs, and a new life. In the nearly 20 years since doctors diagnosed the Lawrence resident with a genetic disorder known as alpha-1, Jensen’s lungs have degenerated, slowly taking with them his strength, livelihood, financial stability and independence. Jensen, 53, would like to get those back. By Sara Shepherd
Consultants recommend SportQuest as new name for Rock Chalk Park recreation center
April 4, 2014
Lawrence, get ready for a quest. A city-hired consulting firm is recommending that the city’s new multimillion dollar recreation center be named SportQuest at Rock Chalk Park. By Chad Lawhorn
Wichita-based credit union takes over operations of Lawrence’s Jayhawk Federal Credit Union
April 2, 2014
A Wichita-based credit union that serves the likes of Leer Jet, Pizza Hut and other large corporations has taken over a Lawrence credit union that was the subject of customer concerns last fall. By Chad Lawhorn
Dever highlights Rock Chalk Park, SLT in State of the City address
April 1, 2014
Lawrence is about to move from an era of building infrastructure to a period of attracting new jobs and businesses, Lawrence’s outgoing mayor predicted Tuesday as part of the State of the City Address. By Chad Lawhorn
23 places to eat in Lawrence if you’re gluten-free
April 1, 2014
Here are 23 Lawrence restaurants to try if you’re avoiding gluten.
City commission expected to elect Amyx to serve one-year term as mayor
April 1, 2014
City commissioners at their Tuesday evening meeting are expected to elect Commissioner Mike Amyx to serve a one-year term as mayor. It will be Amyx’s fifth stint as mayor, dating back to 1985. By Chad Lawhorn
Email outage raises questions for sunflower.com users
March 31, 2014
A recent systemwide email outage has one local technology expert recommending that some area email users consider changing their addresses. By Chad Lawhorn
Business briefcase March 31
March 31, 2014
The Kansas University Small Business Development Center will host a free seminar for start-up entrepreneurs April 2.
Longtime Lawrence dance instructor to retire
March 31, 2014
In 1981, Karen Fender opened a dance studio in an upstairs loft at Eighth and Massachusetts streets. The business would move several times in the years that followed, before finding its current home on Legends Drive in West Lawrence, in 1999. It grew from having one instructor (Fender) to nearly a dozen. And now Fender, the longtime owner of the Dance Gallery, plans to retire from the business in a few months. By Giles Bruce
Tension normal with largely troubled population at shelter, but procedures aim to keep violence at bay
March 31, 2014
Convicted criminals, drug addicts, the mentally ill and people with none of those problems all sleep under the same roof at the Lawrence Community Shelter. That’s part of homelessness, and tension is a given, the shelter director says, but procedures are in place that typically are effective in minimizing crime and deescalating situations like the recent stabbing. By Sara Shepherd
Colorado man remains hospitalized after tollbooth crash
March 30, 2014
Kansas University Hospital on Sunday was unable to provide an update on the condition of a Colorado man who was airlifted from a one-vehicle accident at a Kansas Turnpike tollbooth early Saturday morning.
Lawhorn’s Lawrence: Enduring in East Lawrence
March 29, 2014
Austin Turney’s home near 15th and Pennsylvania streets was under construction in 1863 when Quantrill raided the city. He burned it down. It was quickly rebuilt, and since that time only two families have ever owned the structure. By Chad Lawhorn
Barrel workshop participants outfitted for rainy days
05:18 p.m., March 29, 2014 Updated 08:24 a.m.
About two dozen participants filed through an assembly line inside a Douglas County Fairgrounds building during the third annual rain barrel workshop Saturday. The Sunflower State Professionals chapter of Engineers Without Borders again collaborated with the Douglas County Kansas State Research and Extension office and Douglas County Master Gardeners to host the workshop. By Stephen Montemayor
Lawrence quilter, area students hope to follow Mandela quilt to international exhibit in South Africa
March 29, 2014
The result of two months of work, in which nearly a dozen students and a longtime Lawrence quilter had a hand, will soon be boxed up and shipped across the Atlantic. Now, those who produced the quilt hope to find a way to follow it to South Africa. By Stephen Montemayor
Lawrence Public Library slated to move to new location in July
March 29, 2014
Leaders of the Lawrence Public Library have bookmarked their calendars for late July. That’s when they are hoping to move into their refurbished library, which involved an $18 million expansion, at Seventh and Vermont streets. By Chad Lawhorn
Lawrence City Commission agenda for April 1
March 29, 2014
6:35 p.m. Tuesday Lawrence City Hall