Today’s events

2015 Designers' Showhouse

11 a.m. to 7 p.m., 2015 Designers' Showhouse, 3130 SW Shadow Lane, Topeka, KS 66604

WWII VE Week Commemoration

11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., The Heritage Center, 109 Delaware, Leavenworth


6 p.m. to 7 p.m., HANK CHARCUTERIE - 1900 Mass St

Swing Dance Night! (with KU Swing Society)

8 p.m. to 11 p.m., Locations: See below Free

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Style Scout: Kerry Thomas
May 6, 2015
Fashion influences: I started dressing more weird when I met Goldie.
Style Scout: Goldie Schmiedler
May 6, 2015
What’s your spirit animal? I discovered it’s a pink parakeet from this one assignment we had in art class.
Lawrence Libations: Draft Brew at Alchemy Coffee and Bake House
May 6, 2015
How does a glass of cold-press coffee come to look like (and sort of taste like) a pint of Guinness? That’s the question we hoped to answer in this week’s Lawrence Libations.
Fix-It Chick: Install an electrical USB outlet
May 3, 2015
With a dramatic upswing in the use of USB ports for charging devices such as cell phones and mp3 players, replacing a standard outlet with an electrical plug that includes USB ports makes a lot of sense. Multiport outlets are available in various configurations. They can be a bit pricy, but electrical USB ports save time, reduce frustration, and eliminate potential fire hazards caused by improper use of multiple adapters in a single outlet.
Behind the Lens: Journal-World drone could offer a different perspective
May 3, 2015
Recently, editors at the Lawrence Journal-World approached the photo department about incorporating video and still photographs shot from a drone into our reportage. Initially, the idea was met with some hesitation, in part because of the potential costs. But speaking at least for myself, I also was a bit nervous about crashing the thing and getting blamed for trashing a piece of expensive equipment.
Garden Variety: Creating amazing containers
May 2, 2015
Container plantings offer an opportunity to wow visitors, brighten up the porch or patio, and provide spring-fall color to the landscape. Creating these amazing displays them is simpler than it sounds – just follow a few simple tips to get gorgeous flower combinations for any setting.
Style Scout: Erin Dvorak
April 30, 2015
Whom do people say you look like? (Laughs) I look like Lindsay Lohan from the “Parent Trap” time period.
Style Scout: Jesse Waugh
April 30, 2015
Whom do people say you look like? Every other guy with a beard.
Off the Beaten Plate: Strange Chicken at Jade Garden
April 29, 2015
At a place where you can dine on such Chinese delicacies as “pork blood with innards” and “spicy intestine with tofu,” we have to admit that we were expecting something a little more, well, weird, when we ordered up a plate of Jade Garden’s “Strange Chicken” earlier this week.
Double Take: The lost art of dating lots of people, part two
April 28, 2015
Last week Kyra and I revealed our shocking magic cure to stuck-in-a-rut, ill-defined teen and young adult dating. We suggested people actually date, maybe up to twenty-five different people per year. This week, I’ll tell you why.
Fix-It Chick: How to eradicate pine sawflies
April 26, 2015
If your pine tree is suddenly infested with a black-headed, Medusa-like worm, fear not — chances are the tree is simply hosting a colony of European Pine Sawfly larvae.
Kansas City Connection: Char Bar, Sleater-Kinney, Zubaz and giant Lego sculptures
April 25, 2015
“Good Food,” reads a sign behind the bar at Westport’s Char Bar. Talk about an understatement.
Garden Variety: Check out some seeds at the library
12:00 a.m., April 25, 2015 Updated 10:15 p.m.
Gardeners in and around Douglas County have two new resources this spring. The Lawrence Public Library and the Baldwin City Library have opened seed libraries within their facilities to make seeds more accessible to area residents and facilitate the process of seed sharing within the community.
Style Scout: Karena Mitchell
April 22, 2015
Tell us a secret: (sings) “Secrets, secrets are no fun unless they’re shared with everyone.” I have a birthmark that’s shaped like an anvil.
Style Scout: Max Archer
April 22, 2015
What’s your spirit animal? Chinchilla because I have a pet one named Kiki and he’s awesome.
Off the Beaten Plate: Coconut soup at India Palace
April 22, 2015
For those of us who can’t get enough coconut, India Palace’s creamy but refreshing coconut soup is the perfect appetizer or even dessert.
Cooking from Scratch: Lemon posset a polite dessert
April 21, 2015
Often made with just three ingredients — heavy cream, sugar and citrus juice — a posset is lighter than pudding or custard but no less delicious.
Double Take: Bring back the lost practice of dating
April 21, 2015
Young people needn’t go back to formal courting, but they might actually try going somewhere and maybe have an adventure, or sit and look into each other’s eyes and care nothing about the rest of the world (read: smartphones), or hold hands in a theater. Or look at the stars.
KU dining halls work to be sustainable, reduce food waste
April 19, 2015
Dozens of Kansas University students line up in dining halls to have their plates piled with the foods of their choice. For some, this is the second or third plate. When they are done eating, the plates go on a conveyor belt and are whisked off to be cleaned, often with food still covering the plate. Few students ever think about what happens to the leftover pizza crust, uneaten vegetables or used napkins from there, but this waste is a big concern to those in charge of dining services. By McKenna Harford
Fix-It Chick: Control wasps in 4 easy steps
April 19, 2015
Contrary to common belief, wasps are actually beneficial insects. Mitigate potential wasp problems with these four easy steps.