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Jayhawks finish strong, beat Texas

Published February 28, 2015

The Texas Longhorns gave KU all they wanted, but the Jayhawks got tough when it counted most on both ends of the floor and left Allen Fieldhouse with a 69-64 victory Saturday evening. The win improves KU to 23-6 overall and 12-4 in Big 12 play, and, when combined with Iowa State's loss at Kansas State on Saturday, made Oklahoma the only team that could stand in the way of KU and an 11th consecutive Big 12 title. • Box score

Town Talk: Ulta Beauty, Boot Barn file plans to locate on south Iowa Street; rumors of Academy Sports; update on south of SLT development

Published February 27, 2015

Cowboy boots, a new pair of Wranglers and some fancy lipstick: A Saturday night destined to end poorly on Facebook. No, that’s not what I’m talking about at all. I’m talking about the newest national retailers that are coming to Lawrence. Ulta Beauty and Boot Barn have filed plans to go into the Dick’s Sporting Goods development at 27th and Iowa streets. Town Talk by Chad Lawhorn

Weekend Picks: Final Friday, Comedy Freakout, fundraisers, rock and roll, and two great plays

Published February 26, 2015

Let LarryvilleLife be your guide to goings-on in Lawrence, with this preview of Final Friday activities, plus some comedy, rock and roll, and theater events to consider this weekend.

2015 City Commission election: candidate profiles and questionnaires

Published February 26, 2015

There’s a full field of candidates for Tuesday's Lawrence City Commission primary election. Read individual profiles of the 14 contenders — the largest field in at least a decade — and compare their answers to a Journal-World questionnaire. Stories by Chad Lawhorn

Town Talk: Kansas City's Spin Pizza coming to Sixth and Wakarusa area; rumor of another restaurant for South Iowa; Mojo's chicken wings make a return

Published February 26, 2015

One half of Lawrence’s great restaurant mystery is solved. (No, I haven’t found where the top button of my slacks went after all-you-can eat chicken fried steak night.) But now we do know the identity of one of the two restaurants locating next to the Wal-Mart at Sixth and Wakarusa: Spin Neapolitan Pizza. Town Talk by Chad Lawhorn

Town Talk: Preparing for the arrival of the Rock Chalk Park audit

Published February 25, 2015

These past couple of weeks have been a little bit like the days leading up to Christmas: There has been a lot of guessing going on about what’s in the package. (80 percent chance of a pea green tie, in my experience.) The package I’m talking about today is the audit on Rock Chalk Park infrastructure costs. It is due to be released on Thursday. Town Talk by Chad Lawhorn

Town Talk: Compton purchases former Borders Bookstore site; Incumbents, Rasmussen leading the pack in City Commission fundraising

Published February 24, 2015

Dreams of a downtown grocery store in the former Borders bookstore building at Seventh and New Hampshire appear to be much like the milk in my refrigerator: expired. Lawrence businessman Doug Compton has signed a deal to purchase the building, and he has no plans to move his proposed downtown grocery from 11th and Massachusetts to the site. Town Talk by Chad Lawhorn

Wildcats knock off No. 8 Kansas

Published February 23, 2015

The Kansas University men's basketball team lost a third consecutive road game in Big 12 play under Bill Self for the first time since 2004-05, 70-63, to Kansas State on Monday night at Bramlage Coliseum. The Jayhawks (22-6 overall, 11-4 Big 12) got another big time night from Perry Ellis (24 points on 10-of-16 shooting) but could not get much else offensively from anyone other than the junior from Wichita and followed up road losses at Oklahoma State and West Virginia with a loss to their Sunflower State rival to the west. • Box score

Town Talk: Take a look at the road projects Lawrence plans to build this summer

Published February 23, 2015

During these cold days of winter, I try to think of all the standard summer scenes to warm me up: baseball, a day at the lake, a hot tub full of bratwursts. But you know it is really cold when the thought of orange construction cones warms my cockles. But find your cockles and prepare them to be warmed, because the city has its list of summer road projects in hand. Town Talk by Chad Lawhorn

Sound check: Liner notes from the library's Sound + Vision recording studio

Published February 22, 2015

Things are starting to get loud at the Lawrence Public Library. Since the arrival of sound engineer Ed Rose in early January, the Lawrence Public Library's Sound + Vision recording studio has become a hotbed of creative activity.

Jayhawks hold off Horned Frogs for 81-72 win

Published February 21, 2015

Kansas beats TCU 81-72 behind Perry Ellis's 23 points and Devonté Graham's 20. KU outscored the Horned Frogs 44-30 in the paint. • Box score

Predicting Sunday's Oscar races

Published February 20, 2015

What a weird awards season it’s been. Oscar voters have traditionally short memories, but the usual last-minute glut of Christmas Day Hollywood releases didn’t quite pan out this year. Lawrence.com film critic Eric Melin gives his picks for Sunday's Academy Awards.

Weekend Picks: Gentlemen Geeks, Martin Sexton, Chuck Mead, True West auditions, Taproom poetry

Published February 19, 2015

LarryvilleLife showcases a few worthy ways to spend part of your weekend in LFK.

State Rep. Peck takes on critics in debate over university professor columns

Published February 19, 2015

State Rep. Virgil Peck testified Wednesday in favor of House Bill 2234, which would prevent university professors from using their official titles in newspaper opinion columns. But he steadfastly denied that he was the one who requested the bill, and called anyone who said otherwise a "fruitcake." By Peter Hancock

Town Talk: Operator of The Cave admits liquor violations, but state drops fine to $2,000 as part of settlement; dates set for city and school board forums

Published February 19, 2015

The operator of The Cave, the large nightclub inside The Oread hotel, has pleaded guilty to four counts of violating the state law prohibiting establishments from giving away free liquor or advertising free liquor. But information from the state’s Alcoholic Beverage Control division shows the nightclub received a smaller penalty than once envisioned. Town Talk by Chad Lawhorn

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