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Town Talk: Group studying multimillion-dollar Lawrence retirement cooperative; large East Lawrence site to hit development market; 14 million Douglas County trees

Published October 29, 2014

There’s a new group in Lawrence promoting the benefits of retiring at a co-op. Perhaps you have seen advertisements for Vintage Cooperatives and a new retiree housing project it has planned for Lawrence. The company hasn’t filed any plans yet because it is still testing the waters in Lawrence. But a company official told me he is optimistic Lawrence will become the site of a multimillion-dollar senior housing project by the Iowa-based company. Town Talk by Chad Lawhorn

Giants fan, actor Benjamin Bratt stops by Lawrence before Game 7 of World Series

Published October 29, 2014

Actor Benjamin Bratt stopped to visit friends in Lawrence and eat at a local restaurant before heading to cheer on his Giants in Game 7 of the World Series. Photo by Mike Yoder

Election 2014

Published October 29, 2014

Read the latest stories on the 2014 federal, state and local elections from Journal-World and Associated Press reporters.

Town Talk: Downtown shop of 30 years changes name, look; campaign contributors to police vote likely won't be known before election

Published October 28, 2014

There are still Lawrence residents who remember when the downtown shop Britches was the place to go to get a fancy pair of $300 jeans. But those types of prices long have been gone at Britches, and to drive home the point, the store’s ownership has closed the store and reopened under a new brand name. Town Talk by Chad Lawhorn

Town Talk: Sponsor found for downtown Christmas parade; city plans for Winter Wonder Weekend; downtown shops to again hand out Halloween candy; construction set for industrial park

Published October 27, 2014

Lawrence residents should get ready for a Winter Wonder Weekend this holiday season. The organizers of the Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade are providing some details about how the parade will be part of a larger effort to attract more visitors to downtown Lawrence. Town Talk by Chad Lawhorn

A Halloween comedy tradition comes to Liberty Hall big screen

Published October 24, 2014

The ongoing Film Church series at Liberty Hall rolls on this month with three screenings on Sunday of Mel Brooks’ comedy classic “Young Frankenstein,” a movie that brings a personal Halloween tradition for Maggie Allen, cinema and video store manager, into the public, albeit five days early. Scene Stealers by Eric Melin

KU Sports Extra: Who goes first in the KU football coaching search draft?

Published October 24, 2014's Tom Keegan and Matt Tait each get five picks as they sort out possible candidates to become Kansas University's next head football coach.

Elections 2014: Davis reclaims lead in latest Rasmussen poll; Jenkins internal poll shows her up by 12

Published October 24, 2014

After a number of polls showing the Kansas governor's race tightening, a new poll out Friday from Rasmussen Reports shows Democrat Paul Davis has reclaimed an eight-point lead over Republican Gov. Sam Brownback. By Peter Hancock

Town Talk: National chain Pinot's Palette signs deal for west Lawrence space; a new resolution related to police HQ; examining the city's math on proposed sales tax

Published October 24, 2014

The national franchise Pinot’s Palette has signed a deal to open a Lawrence location in a shopping center at Sixth and Wakarusa. The business is part of a relatively new breed of entertainment establishments: the paint and drink venue. An evening at Pinot’s Palette involves participating in an instructor-led class on how to create a painting on canvas. During the class, you are allowed to drink some wine and socialize with friends. Town Talk by Chad Lawhorn

Town Talk: Green energy company to locate headquarters on 23rd Street; a Mangino yard sign; possible changes to how city deals with downtown races

Published October 23, 2014

Expect one stretch of 23rd Street to become a little greener. Don’t worry, Lawrence construction crews aren’t changing from orange cones to green ones. Instead, a growing green energy company is setting up its headquarters in a 23rd Street building and plans to use the prominent site to show off its solar and wind technology. Town Talk by Chad Lawhorn

2014 Kansas voter registration, by the numbers

Published October 23, 2014

Kansas and Douglas County voter registration numbers for the 2014 election season, broken down by political party.

National Book Award winner James McBride reads, performs in Lawrence

Published October 23, 2014

National Book Award winner James McBride read from his book, "The Good Lord Bird," and played with his Good Lord Bird Band, Wednesday night at Liberty Hall. McBride spoke as part of the Lawrence Public Library's first annual Ross and Marianna Beach author series. Audio slideshow by Mike Yoder

Town Talk: City collects 50 tons of recycling on first day of new program; update on Sixth and Iowa construction; Lawrence's impressive job numbers

Published October 22, 2014

Lawrence’s new curbside recycling program is off and running, and city officials are pleased with the first day’s haul. City crews collected 50 tons of material to be recycled on Tuesday, which was the first day of operations. Town Talk by Chad Lawhorn

Town Talk: Reduced parking plan for apartments may have uphill battle; nearly 80 percent of rental inspections finding violations; a powerful video about a Lawrence fire

Published October 21, 2014

The future of a proposed $75 million apartment/retail building across the street from KU’s Memorial Stadium may hinge on whether city commissioners grant the Chicago-based development group an exception from Lawrence's parking regulations. The group wants to reduce the amount of parking for the 237-unit apartment complex by 100 spaces. New information suggests the group may have an uphill battle to win approval. Town Talk by Chad Lawhorn

Town Talk: News of changes for Taco Bell, Buffalo Wild Wings; Kansas Half Marathon wants to return to downtown

Published October 20, 2014

Last week we told you about plans for the McDonald’s on south Iowa Street to temporarily close while it adds a double drive-thru lane and gets an interior remodel. And we’ve been talking for months about the complete makeover of the Burger King near Sixth and Maine streets. Now, we have information about a major remodel for one of Taco Bell’s locations in Lawrence. Town Talk by Chad Lawhorn

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