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Style Scout: Eli Allen
December 10, 2014
Fashion trends you love: I’m really into stuff like Rick Owens, goth ninja, drop-crotch sweats and big ol’ parkas. I can never pull it off but I think they’re pretty sweet.
Style Scout: Nici Ashner
December 10, 2014
Fashion trends you love: Velvet thigh-highs are my two favorites this year. Velvet is coming back!
City commissioners say the city erred in processing Rock Chalk Park payment
December 10, 2014
An approximately $1 million payment for disputed Rock Chalk Park infrastructure bills is creating confusion and a new round of questions about whether the unique public-private partnership behind the sports complex is lacking in transparency. “We clearly screwed up,” City Commissioner Jeremy Farmer said. “All the people who are frustrated about the lack of transparency about this project have just been given an infinite amount of ammunition because we aren’t finishing strong. We’re limping across the finish line.” By Chad Lawhorn
City Manager now says he will withhold controversial Rock Chalk Park payment
December 10, 2014
City Manager David Corliss is delaying an approximately $1 million payment for controversial infrastructure costs at Rock Chalk Park after a dispute emerged over whether the public was adequately informed of the pending payment. By Chad Lawhorn
City makes surprise payment on Rock Chalk Park infrastructure fees
11:34 p.m., December 9, 2014 Updated 09:39 a.m.
Lawrence city commissioners on Tuesday unexpectedly paid more than $1 million in disputed bills on the Rock Chalk Park project and did not provide any notice on its agenda that it was making the controversial payment. On Wednesday morning, City Hall said it was delaying the payment. By Chad Lawhorn
City agrees to look at parking changes to accommodate proposed downtown grocery store
December 9, 2014
Plans for a downtown grocery store at 11th and Massachusetts streets will have to overcome some public opposition, but city commissioners on Tuesday agreed to start working on a plan to find a compromise on the proposed project.By Chad Lawhorn
Former East Lawrence neighborhood president files for seat on Lawrence City Commission
December 8, 2014
Leslie Soden, who missed out on winning a seat in the 2013 elections by about 100 votes, became the fourth candidate to file for one of the three at-large seats up for election. She said her campaign will include a lot of talk about changing the city’s economic development strategies. By Chad Lawhorn
Business briefcase for Dec. 8
December 7, 2014
Kansas University named Gerald Holland to lead its marketing communications team. Formerly with Hallmark Cards, is also a graduate of KU.
Lawhorn’s Lawrence: Lawrence’s powerful parade
December 6, 2014
Lawrence was full of proud horse riders on Saturday for the 22nd Annual Downtown Lawrence Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade, one of the few all horse-powered parades in the country. Of course, Candace Braksick was there. She’s been there for all of them. By Chad Lawhorn
Work to repair roof at Carnegie building taking longer than expected
December 6, 2014
Construction scaffolding around the historic Carnegie building is not the type of Christmas decor the city’s Parks and Recreation Department was planning for the venerable building at Ninth and Vermont streets. But a $400,000 project to repair a parapet wall and replace the roof on the early 1900s building is taking longer than city officials had anticipated. By Chad Lawhorn
How to help: Volunteer opportunities for week of Dec. 7
December 6, 2014
Douglas County CASA is looking for volunteers to serve as Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) for abused and neglected children who have been removed from their homes.
Lawrence City Commission agenda for Dec. 9 meeting
December 5, 2014
6:35 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall
Former IRS agent seeking seat on Lawrence City Commission
December 5, 2014
Stuart Boley on Friday became the third candidate to file for one of the three seats up for election in April’s City Commission election. By Chad Lawhorn
Downtown Lawrence grocery store in the works for 11th and Massachusetts
December 4, 2014
The owners of Lawrence’s Checkers grocery store are working to finalize a deal to build a new downtown grocery store at 11th and Massachusetts streets. By Chad Lawhorn
Eudora Parks and Recreation offering hayrack rides to view Christmas lights
December 4, 2014
The Eudora Parks and Recreation Department will offer hayrack rides throughout the Eudora area each Tuesday night through Dec. 23. Rides begin at 6:30 p.m., and cost $2 per rider. Riders should meet at the Eudora Community Center, 630 Elm St.
City’s sanitation crews hosting toy/food drive Monday
December 4, 2014
Lawrence residents have one more chance to set food and toys out at their curbs as part of a holiday charity drive being run by the city’s sanitation crews.
Family Adventures: Counting down the holidays with fun activities
December 3, 2014
I have a thing for advent calendars. I love the idea of counting down to anything, really, but — as I’m Clark Griswold-y about Christmas — it tends to be worse around the holidays.
Fashion Column Twins: Stay chic in cold weather
December 3, 2014
Looks that are easy to throw together and will keep you warm and stylish all season.
Fix-It Chick: How to wield a power drill
December 3, 2014
Electric or cordless power drills are arguably the most widely used power tool around. Seemingly a simple tool to use, there are a few tricks that can make your power drill experience a little more pleasant.
Garden Variety: 10 creative gift ideas for the gardener in your life
December 3, 2014
If you have a gardener to shop for this holiday season, there are many more creative options than the amaryllis bulb gift sets and windowsill herb planters available at many mass retailers. Here are the top 10 ideas to score big with a gardener.
On the Cheap: Creative holiday gifts for less
December 3, 2014
Ready or not, the holiday season is upon us, and with it comes lots and lots of shopping. When you buy a gift at a downtown retailer you are likely to find something more unique so your gift will stand out among the others, a factor that in itself is priceless. Here are some tips I use to save money on unique holiday gifts.
Style Scout: Sharyn Harley
December 3, 2014
Fashion influences: It’s really bad but I love Free People. It’s my major weakness!
Style Scout: Cyrus Hodgson
December 3, 2014
Tell us a secret: The most expensive thing I ever bought was a pair of $400 Visvim Virgil boots. They originally retailed for $1,200.
WOW announces companywide layoffs
December 3, 2014
Officials with Denver-based WOW plan to eliminate about 9 percent of the company’s workforce through early 2015.
LHS teacher, Rock Chalk Park critic files for Lawrence City Commission
December 3, 2014
A high school teacher of civics and government wants to apply some of his lessons to the Lawrence City Commission, and he has plenty to say about what he considers the less-than-textbook process the city used to build the Rock Chalk Park sports complex. By Chad Lawhorn
Lawrence police say ‘shooting victim’ actually shot himself, arrest him for criminal possession of a firearm
03:35 a.m., December 3, 2014 Updated 01:20 p.m.
Lawrence police have arrested a man who told officers that he had been shot Wednesday morning. Police discovered that the alleged shooting was actually an accidental, self-inflicted injury, Lawrence police spokesman Sgt. Trent McKinley said.
Lawrence rejects reduced parking for apartment complex near KU
December 2, 2014
A proposed $75 million apartment project near Kansas University is back in limbo again after city commissioners on Tuesday rejected a plan that would have reduced the number of onsite parking spaces required for the project. By Chad Lawhorn
State closes Wheat State Pizza restaurant for unpaid taxes
December 2, 2014
The assets of Wave the Wheat Pizza LLC were seized by state officials, and the business, located at 711 W. 23rd St. in the Malls Shopping Center, was closed.
KU professor emerita continues broadening horizons with Italian culture
December 2, 2014
Jan Kozma is a self-described “stickler” when it comes to Italian grammar. Yet when she reflects on her more than 37 years of teaching Italian, parts of speech and sentence diagrams don’t stand out as the most memorable. “You teach to broaden their horizons and to open a world to them,” Kozma said. “You could really change lives, and that’s been just wonderful.” Kozma continues broadening horizons in retirement by giving lectures on Italian culture. By Sara Shepherd
New City Hall report shows city’s finances tightening in some areas
December 1, 2014
The city’s finances are still healthy, but a new audit has found some areas of Lawrence’s financial performance are at new lows for the decade. By Chad Lawhorn