Iowa State storms back in second half to win Big 12 final

Published March 14, 2015

Kansas University basketball's streak of 11 consecutive Big 12 regular season titles is in tact, but the Iowa State Cyclones now have won back-to-back Big 12 tournament titles. No. 2 seed Iowa State fought off a 17-point second-half deficit and topped No. 1 Kansas, 70-66, in a wild atmosphere at Sprint Center. • Box score

Town Talk: New apartment complex slated for Sixth and Folks Road area; Topeka ENT moving into West Lawrence space; world champion Clydesdale team coming for St. Patty's parade

Published March 13, 2015

The latest thing slated to grow in West Lawrence’s Bauer Farm development is a new apartment complex. Plans have been filed for a 145-unit apartment development near Sixth Street and Folks Road. Town Talk by Chad Lawhorn

Jayhawks handle Baylor, advance to Big 12 title game

Published March 13, 2015

The Kansas Jayhawks opened the scoring with two three-pointers in the early going and then allowed their defense to carry the load the rest of the way. The result was a hard-fought, 62-52 victory over Baylor that pushed the Jayhawks (26-7) into Saturday's Big 12 title game against the winner of tonight's OU-ISU semifinal.

KU architecture students build 'net-zero' house

Published March 13, 2015

Kansas University architecture students with Studio 804 are working on an East Lawrence home that challenges traditional methods of home building and is designed to use off-the-grid energy sources. Video by Nick Krug

Kansas House narrowly passes school funding overhaul

Published March 13, 2015

The Kansas House gave final passage Friday to a bill that radically overhauls the way schools are funded in Kansas, but it took more than two hours — and a special flight on a state plane — to corral all the legislators needed to send the bill to the Senate. By Peter Hancock Court threatens to block new school funding plan Also on Friday, a three-judge district court panel in Topeka, which is presiding over an ongoing school finance lawsuit, threatened to block the law from taking effect. By Peter Hancock

Scene Stealers: Stream away the March movie blues with great suspense thrillers

Published March 13, 2015

The mid-March blues are officially in full swing, film fans. If this post-Oscar, pre-summer netherworld of humdrum movie releases has got you down, it might be a good time to catch up on some home viewing. Nothing can cure this feeling quite like a solid, enthralling suspense thriller, so here’s some recommendations for new releases on Blu-ray, Netflix and Amazon Prime. By Eric Melin

Town Talk: Knights of Columbus to close E. 23rd Street events hall; new food cart slated for downtown; SLT project to create long-term lane reductions on K-10

Published March 12, 2015

For decades, the Knights of Columbus building on east 23rd Street has been home to bird shows, gun shows (not at the same time), wedding receptions and a host of other events. I even have been known to put on my best Western dancing shirt and head to the Knights of Columbus for its live country dance bands. But all that is changing. (Clarification: I’m keeping the shirt.) The organization is in the process of closing the building and finding a new owner for the large piece of property. Town Talk by Chad Lawhorn

Kelly Oubre Jr. carries KU to next round of Big 12 tourney

Published March 12, 2015

Freshman Kelly Oubre scored a career-high 25 points to lead top-seeded Kansas University past upset-minded TCU in Thursday's Big 12 tournament quarterfinals at Sprint Center. Oubre scored 15 of KU's last 21 points en route to his career day. He scored 15 of his game-high 25 points at the free throw line, where he attempted 19 shots. • Box score

Weekend Picks: Documentaries, comedians, a very special SXSW message, cassette release shows, Lolla-Pi-Looza and Marx Madness

Published March 12, 2015

As always, there's lots going on in Lawrence this weekend, and Larryville Life has picked out the highlights: music, comedy, film and even some family-friendly afternoon events for good measure.

Town Talk: Local health advocate raises idea of smoking ban in city parks, e-cigarette ban in certain city facilities

Published March 11, 2015

Walk your dog in the park? Sure. Toss a Frisbee around in the park? You bet. Conduct catapult-like experiments on a park Teeter Totter? Well ... I’ll just say it unfortunately isn’t covered under my insurance policy. But what about smoking a cigarette in a Lawrence park? That may become the next interesting question for Lawrence city commissioners to tackle. Town Talk by Chad Lawhorn

Gas station employee arrested for hitting patron with bat after cigarette taunting

Published March 11, 2015

Two men were arrested at a Lawrence gas station Wednesday morning after a store clerk allegedly struck a patron over the head with a baseball bat, Lawrence police spokesman Sgt. Trent McKinley said. By Caitlin Doornbos

Public invited to Lawrence City Commission candidate forum March 30

Published March 11, 2015

A Lawrence City Commission candidate forum focusing on community health will be held 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. March 30 at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St. The forum will focus on the community health plan, “Roadmap to a Healthier Douglas County,” that has been adopted by the City of Lawrence as a guiding document for policy, system and environmental changes.

Town Talk: New Lawrence ordinance would check criminal history of taxi cab drivers

Published March 10, 2015

Lawrence taxi cab drivers soon may have to get a new type of license, an, no, it isn’t one to take your taxi cab confession. City Hall officials are contemplating a new ordinance that would require criminal background checks for drivers.

Sooners survive, beat Kansas at buzzer

Published March 7, 2015

No. 9 Kansas, which already had the outright Big 12 title wrapped up, battled No. 15 Oklahoma at Lloyd Noble Center tooth and nail for 40 minutes on Saturday before Oklahoma's Buddy Hield wound up tipping in an OU miss as the buzzer sounded to give the Sooners a 75-73 victory. KU sophomore Frank Mason III tied the game with three free throws with 5.4 seconds to play but OU had the ball last and got the victory. • Box score

Town Talk: Local butcher to open sausage shop and restaurant near Ninth and Iowa; Kansas Food Truck Festival to make Lawrence return; city getting high bids for big projects

Published March 6, 2015

It won’t be long before it is time to fire up the grill, double up on the cholesterol medicine and stock up on the meat. Well, plans are in the works for a new Lawrence business that can help with the meat part, especially if you are a fan of homemade sausages and frankfurters. Town Talk by Chad Lawhorn