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Town Talk: Clinton Lake Marina undergoes major expansion

Published February 9, 2015

I just spent a week on the water — via a Caribbean cruise ship — so I can speak with authority about the keys to nautical survival: all-you-can-eat buffets. I can’t promise that such buffets are coming to Clinton Lake, but a major expansion of the Clinton Lake Marina will give boaters there much more room to host all sorts of activities. Town Talk by Chad Lawhorn

Cowboys knock off No. 8 Kansas

Published February 7, 2015

The Kansas University men's basketball team was red hot from the outside in the first half and equally as cold from everywhere to start the second half during Saturday's 67-62 loss vs. Oklahoma State at Gallagher-Iba Arena. • Box score

Scene Stealers: 'Jupiter Ascending' a glorious mess of unbridled creativity

Published February 6, 2015

“Jupiter Ascending” may be an unfocused mess, but as far as big-budget sci-fi fantasies go, it’s one of the most entertaining messes ever. Scene Stealers movie review by Eric Melin

La Guerre will write you a Valentine's Day love song

Published February 4, 2015

For $20, the Lawrence musician (real name Katlyn Conroy) will write a love song for your Valentine, whether you want to propose, tell a friend or special someone how much they mean to you, or try to woo the one who got away.

Jayhawks stay alone atop Big 12 with win over ISU

Published February 2, 2015

It was a game the Kansas men's basketball team waited two weeks for and it did not come away disappointed. After suffering their first loss of Big 12 play a little more than two weeks ago in Ames, Iowa, the Jayhawks returned the favor on Monday night at Allen Fieldhouse, topping the Cyclones 89-76 in a wild and crazy atmosphere. The game was not without its struggles for Kansas, but, when it counted most, KU's defense and outside shooting were lights out. Kansas (19-3 overall, 8-1 Big 12) also did a much better job of getting back on defense and limiting Iowa State's easy transition buckets. KU actually outscored ISU, 14-12, in fast-break points. • Box score

Jayhawks win Sunflower Showdown 68-57

Published January 31, 2015

If Saturday's 68-57 victory over Kansas State by the Kansas University men's basketball team at Allen Fieldhouse seemed familiar, it's because you've probably seen it before and could've just popped in a replay of a dozen other previous meetings between these two at KU's home gym. • Box score

Burroughs on the big screen

Published January 30, 2015

Much has been written and filmed about author/artist William S. Burroughs, who moved in Lawrence in 1981 and lived here for the remainder of his life. But any trace of 1983’s “Burroughs: The Movie,” considered to be the definitive documentary on his life and work, had been considered missing. To celebrate Burroughs’ birthday on Feb. 5, Liberty Hall is showing the digitally restored film, which is currently being distributed for worldwide screenings through Janus Films. By Eric Melin

Town Talk: Publicly traded firm buys Lawrence-based engineering company; Holiday Inn closing banquet area for renovations; city to consider adding police dogs to force

Published January 30, 2015

Lawrence’s efforts to become an engineering hub may have received a significant boost. A publicly traded company has completed a multimillion dollar deal to purchase a rapidly growing Lawrence-based engineering firm. Town Talk by Chad Lawhorn

Town Talk: Waffle restaurant to open in East Lawrence; new plans filed for bistro/bar near Poehler Lofts; a goodbye to The Pool Room

Published January 29, 2015

I can’t tell you how many times people have tried to convince me that the saying “breakfast is the most important meal of the day” is false. But I refuse to believe them, or my cholesterol readings, so word of a new East Lawrence restaurant that serves just waffles has gotten my attention. Town Talk by Chad Lawhorn

New turf being installed at KU's Memorial Stadium

Published January 29, 2015

Construction crews and Bobcats have taken over Memorial Stadium. But, no, it's not the start of any major stadium renovations that KU fans are dying to see. Instead, the Kansas University athletic department is replacing the turf at Memorial Stadium in preparation for the upcoming spring football season. By Matt Tait

Jayhawks edge TCU, 64-61

Published January 28, 2015

Wednesday's game at TCU featured some unusual lineups and all kinds of fouls and ebbs and flows, but the ninth-ranked Kansas University men's basketball team did enough good things at enough key moments to hold off the Horned Frogs, 64-61, in Fort Worth, Texas. • Box score

Town Talk: Lawrence home sales slip slightly in 2014; Douglas County Bank changes name to Central Bank of the Midwest

Published January 28, 2015

For some reason, I really do have enough ribbon that I could have wrapped an entire house in a bow this Christmas season. Apparently several people did just that because Lawrence home sales soared in December, although not enough to put local real estate totals in positive territory for 2014. Town Talk by Chad Lawhorn

Town Talk: City Commission filing deadline today, as field grows to 14; an early look at campaign finances for city seats; one candidate has to give up job to run

Published January 27, 2015

When it comes to Lawrence City Commission candidates, we’re at 14 and counting. Greg Robinson, a Lawrence attorney who was a vocal opponent of the police headquarters sales tax proposal, has filed for a seat on the commission. I’ll catch up with him later and provide a fuller report. Town Talk by Chad Lawhorn

Town Talk: Plans filed for redevelopment at Alvamar golf and country club; details released on 2015 Kansas Craft Brewers Expo in downtown

Published January 26, 2015

The paperwork has been filed to change the Alvamar golf and country club. (And, no, I’m not talking about that petition to ban me from the area. My attorney says it doesn’t stand a chance, as long as I didn’t use monogrammed golf balls.) Instead, what’s been filed are the rezoning requests that will lead to a rearranging of the golf course to accommodate more housing in the area. Town Talk by Chad Lawhorn

No. 11 Jayhawks earn road win at No. 17 Texas

Published January 24, 2015

Facing a Texas team with the type of length and defense that has given Kansas trouble this season, the Jayhawks won 75-62 in Austin, Texas, by riding a couple of backups and a veteran starter. Freshman big man Cliff Alexander saw his shots denied inside often, but stuck with his assertive approach to finish with a team-best 15 points off the bench. Sophomore guard Brannen Greene, meanwhile, added 14 as a substitute on 4-for-5 shooting from three-point range. Junior forward Perry Ellis showed he had learned from previous trips to the paint against UT and scored 14 points while showing solid shot selection. • Box score