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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

Town Talk: Facts, figures and a disturbing statistic about the South Lawrence Trafficway

Published February 18, 2015

When it comes to numbers and the South Lawrence Trafficway, we can all make jokes about the number of years it has taken to complete, or the number of arguments it has sparked. But when city, county and school board officials got briefed on the project Tuesday, one number was nothing to laugh about: The number of fatalities on the western leg of the SLT is about 55 percent higher than the average for similar Kansas roads. Town Talk by Chad Lawhorn

Town Talk: Large apartment complex files plans for major renovation; the mystery numbers surrounding renters in Lawrence

Published February 17, 2015

One of the city’s larger apartment complexes is set to get an upgrade. Plans have been filed for a significant remodeling of the apartment complex near 24th and Ousdahl that used to be known as Colony Woods. Town Talk by Chad Lawhorn

Town Talk: Lawrence lands on national list of cities that love to volunteer; City Hall set to impose new restrictions on payday, title loan companies

Published February 16, 2015

You know what they say about Lawrence: We’re a town full of do-gooders, which explains why there are people in the street jousting with snow shovels today to win the privilege of shoveling their neighbor’s sidewalk. Well, maybe that hasn’t quite been the case, but there is a national ranking out that does show Lawrence residents are more volunteer-minded than most.Town Talk by Chad Lawhorn

West Virginia knocks off Kansas, 62-61

Published February 16, 2015

West Virginia guard Juwan Staten scored a game-high 20 points and the game-winning basket with less than four seconds remaining, as the Mountaineers beat Kansas, 62-61, on Big Monday. KU forward Perry Ellis (19 points) missed a potential game-winner of his own on the other end just before time expired. • Box score

Live from Allen Fieldhouse: No. 8 Kansas vs. No. 16 Baylor

Published February 14, 2015

It took the Jayhawks longer than normal in their home building to deliver the knock-out blow, but it came nonetheless. 
Behind a strong second half that saw Kansas outscore Baylor 47-31, the eighth-ranked Jayhawks improved to 10-2 in Big 12 play and 21-4 overall with a 74-64 victory over the Bears. • Box score

Lawrence Elections 2015

Published February 13, 2015

Read the latest coverage of the upcoming 2015 Lawrence city commission and school board elections.

Town Talk: Taco Zone plans to open downtown restaurant; police ask for $24K as engineer finds structural problems in evidence storage area

Published February 13, 2015

Eons ago when I was in college, taco night meant 33 cent tacos at the Taco Tico. You would put $10 on the counter, your belt on the table, and settle in for a couple of hours of gastronomical delight. But that doesn’t appear to be the college taco scene anymore, and we all may get to check it out for ourselves soon enough. The Taco Zone, a business that got its start serving upscale late-night tacos in Lawrence bars, has inked a deal to open a downtown restaurant of its own. Town Talk by Chad Lawhorn

Scene Stealers: Julianne Moore shines in 'Still Alice,' and a showcase of Oscar shorts

Published February 13, 2015

Now playing at Liberty Hall, “Still Alice,” which is adapted from Lisa Genova’s novel by writer-directors Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland and starring Julianne Moore, is an affecting drama, blessed with two wonderful performances. Scene Stealers movie review by Eric Melin

Valentine's Day offers fun activities for couples, singles alike

Published February 12, 2015

If the sight of store aisles packed with teddy bears and boxes of chocolate is any indication, Valentine's Day is just around the corner. Still haven't found that perfect last-minute gift or date idea? Don't worry, we're here to help. By Joanna Hlavacek

Town Talk: Attendance, revenue at Rock Chalk Park rec center off to good start; city still struggles with super fast broadband issue; new beer festival coming to downtown

Published February 12, 2015

While an auditor scrutinizes a whole bunch of numbers related to Rock Chalk Park, there is one set of numbers everyone seems pleased with: The latest figures on users and revenue at the city’s recreation center at the sports complex. Town Talk by Chad Lawhorn

Town Talk: The Merc starts $320,000 renovation project; city writes letter opposing election changes; charging city inmates for jail time to be debated

Published February 11, 2015

Increasing competition in Lawrence’s natural grocery market has us all reacting in different ways. I’m undergoing training to make sure I don’t accidentally end up at a sample station for tofu bacon. The Merc, the city’s longest running natural grocery store is preparing a bit differently. It is undertaking its second major renovation in the last year. Town Talk by Chad Lawhorn