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Town Talk: Update on 25th and Iowa development; building totals start slowly in 2015; Lawrence lands on list of 'coolest towns'

Published March 4, 2015

Let’s face it: After a night that included the excitement of both an overtime KU basketball game and the thrilling spectacle known as a City Commission primary, we’re all just going to spend today refueling our bodies with Cap ’N Crunch and Mountain Dew. So, I’m going to give you an abbreviated news and notes version of Town Talk. By Chad Lawhorn

Live from Allen Fieldhouse: No. 9 Kansas vs. No. 20 West Virginia

Published March 3, 2015

Regular-season college basketball games don’t get much bigger than this. Kansas, which already has at least a share of an 11th straight conference title, is a home victory against West Virginia away from locking up sole possession of the 2015 Big 12 regular-season championship. The No. 9-ranked Jayhawks (23-6 overall, 12-4 Big 12) enter a rematch with No. 20 WVU (22-7, 10-6) with a two-game lead in the Big 12 standings and just two games left to play. If KU can beat the Mountaineers this time — the Jayhawks lost 62-61 in Morgantown on Feb. 16 — the outcome of Saturday’s game at Oklahoma will be a moot point when it comes to an outright league crown.

2015 City Commission election: candidate profiles and questionnaires

Published March 2, 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: Plans being developed for former Sunrise Garden Center in eastern Lawrence; sales tax numbers show local holiday spending down slightly

Published March 2, 2015

Plans are in the works between a new nonprofit and a private business to take over the vacant eastern Lawrence property that formerly housed the Sunrise Garden Center. Town Talk by Chad Lawhorn

Vote! Lawrence City Commission and school board primaries today

Published March 2, 2015

Today's Lawrence City Commission and school board primary elections will narrow down a full field of candidates. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Before you cast your ballot, read individual profiles of the contenders and compare their answers to a Journal-World questionnaire. Find your polling place and more information at the Douglas County elections website.

Taxpayers footing the bill for hundreds of flights that KU defends as essential

Published March 2, 2015

Over five years, KU has spent $3.5 million flying coaches, administrators and others on some 641 trips, mostly on university-owned aircraft but occasionally on state-owned or charter planes. The trips were aimed at snagging top-notch professors, athletes, students and researchers, as well as attending sports and academic meetings, basketball and golf tournaments, funerals and donor events in Kansas and nationwide.

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

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

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.

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.

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