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Top 10 wonders of the Lawrence food world

Published July 31, 2014

What are the top 10 wonders of the Lawrence food world — our city’s most iconic, most delicious, most notorious, must-have, can’t-miss, original-to-us menu items? We posed the question to local foodies, restaurateurs, chefs, Journal-World staffers and online readers. Our informal survey raked in suggestions galore.

Hair vs. Humidity: Fighting summer frizz

Published July 31, 2014

An hour spent in front of the mirror in the morning fashioning the sleekest hairstyle can be an hour wasted during these sticky summer days.

List helps consumers make smart choices when purchasing organic produce

Published July 29, 2014

The Environmental Working Group (EWG), a nonprofit, nonpartisan research and advocacy group that specializes in human environmental and health issues, has created a “Dirty Dozen” list and a “Clean 15” list meant to help consumers shop smart when purchasing produce.

Double Take: Weigh whether to tell friend about boyfriend's cheating

Published July 29, 2014

Should you tell a friend that their significant other is cheating?

Fair necessities: 7 essential things to do at this year's Douglas County Fair

Published July 24, 2014

As the Douglas County Fair gets into full gear, the fairgrounds will soon flood with people, animals and a number of automobiles. With no admission charge for the fair itself (or parking on the grounds), there’s no reason not to hang out and check out all of the exhibits, says Margaret Kalb, executive secretary of the fair's board. But if you don't have time to hit up everything, here are seven essential things to do at this year’s fair:

Pet proofing your home

Published July 24, 2014

Pet ownership is not as simple as bringing a new furry friend into the home and watching as it instantaneously adapts upon arrival. Not only are they curious enough to get into things they shouldn’t be getting into, but they are dealing with anxiety brought on from living in new, unfamiliar territory. It can be a lot to take on for first-time owners.

Home sales, building permit totals down for first half of year

Published July 23, 2014

The latest numbers for Lawrence home sales are out, and they provide further evidence that the city's two-year streak of improving real estate sales is coming to an end in 2014.

Blackberry pie like Grandma used to make

Published July 23, 2014

When attending a wedding, it is normally customary to RSVP, choose an outfit, talk the hubby into a tie. But recently, my wedding prep became RSVP, choose an outfit, bake a pie. Actually, two pies.

New tax increase proposals for police HQ; $30K funding request for downtown mural; 900-unit apartment complex up for review; Family Dollar to close

Published July 21, 2014

It is not quite like a wonderful Western Sizzlin' buffet where you can get spaghetti and meatballs, mashed potatoes, whipped pudding, mashed potatoes, tacos and mashed potatoes all on the same plate. But City Hall officials have created a buffet of sorts of possible tax increases to pay for a new police headquarters building.

On the cheap: Save on back-to-school supplies

Published July 18, 2014

The best time to buy school supplies is at the beginning of the school supply shopping season (as in now) and shortly after school starts. If you shop now, you will have your pick of the litter on sales at department, grocery and drug stores. So if your daughter wants a backpack with Elsa from "Frozen," snag one now while the getting is good. And don’t forget online venues, such as Amazon and eBay.

Bite Sighs: Make cookies out of your favorite pie

Published July 16, 2014

Summer is here, bringing with it intense heat and an intense longing to avoid cooking anything more involved than a toaster waffle. While looking for a summer-worthy dessert, I stumbled across Arlene Cummings’ recipe for Mini Cannoli Cups.

Rock Chalk Park recreation center lands major basketball tourney; update on downtown ice rink

Published July 15, 2014

City officials have confirmed they've reached a deal with a major promoter to bring a signature AAU basketball tournament to the city, which is expected to bring 80 to 100 teams, and upwards of 30 of the top Division I basketball coaches to scout talent.

New exhibit asks what's with the gender imbalance in art?

Published July 7, 2014

When curators of a new show at Wonder Fair Gallery started counting how many female artists were represented in regional galleries compared with males, they discovered disparities. The gender gap at Wonder Fair, owner Meredith Moore admits, was pretty much equally as wide. By Sara Shepherd

The top spots for watching Fourth of July fireworks

Published July 3, 2014

It’s a given that on every Fourth of July wherever you may be, the sky will explode in a kaleidoscope of colors to celebrate Independence Day. It’s not a given that you’ll have a primo viewing spot of the fireworks display.

After years of misdiagnoses, Lawrence teen found to have little-known disorder; parents hope to raise awareness

Published July 1, 2014

Ever since 13-year-old Ben Urban was diagnosed in October with Klinefelter's syndrome, his parents, Julie and Brandon, have been educating doctors, Ben's school and, now, the public about the little-known disorder. The Lawrence family hopes it can save others from having to similarly go through years of misdiagnoses. By Giles Bruce

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