Videos: Class of 2015 reflects on graduation

Published May 22, 2015

Watch as the Lawrence high school and university classes of 2015 share their thoughts about graduation. Click here for more photos from local commencement ceremonies

Movie review: 'Tomorrowland' too much of a good thing

Published May 22, 2015

The first time the Disney live-action fantasy “Tomorrowland” announces a message of hope and optimism, it feels fairly natural to the story. But writers Brad Bird (who also directed) and Damon Lindelof telegraph their intentions ad nauseam, and “Tomorrowland,” a film otherwise filled with plenty of movie magic, starts to lose a bit of its luster. By Eric Melin

Town Talk: Iowa firm likely to create about 20 jobs at Lawrence foam manufacturing plant; Breezedale markers getting restored; Housing Authority seeks to buy apartment building

Published May 22, 2015

It sure looks like Lawrence is going to be in the foam insulation business and will get perhaps 20 new manufacturing jobs as a result. Des Moines-based Iowa EPS Products has filed paperwork at Lawrence City Hall to renovate about 60,000 square feet of space for manufacturing purposes at 910 E. 29th St. Town Talk by Chad Lawhorn

Town Talk: Family fun center opening along 23rd Street; Census says Lawrence population growth among tops in region; word of a new manufacturer along Haskell

Published May 21, 2015

I’m an expert on lasers, no matter what people tell you about that unfortunate incident when I borrowed a laser pointer for a Rotary presentation. So trust me when I say that a new laser tag business is coming to Lawrence, and I’m almost certain that no one will lose their eyebrows this time. Town Talk by Chad Lawhorn

Town Talk: Doug Compton's latest project and the debate over downtown parking; high tech traffic solutions presented to City Hall

Published May 20, 2015

City Hall watchers are still trying to figure out this new Lawrence City Commission. Those of us who had our City Hall watching gear on last night (the most important piece is an emergency bottle of NoDoz hung around your neck) may have gotten a clue that future economic development incentives are going to be more hotly debated. Town Talk by Chad Lawhorn

Town Talk: New report finds Lawrence among the top destinations in America for college graduates; new child care center opens

Published May 19, 2015

KU graduation ceremonies are done for another year, but there’s still plenty of recent grads hanging around the city. Before you start thinking that they’re still here just because they are trying to remember where they parked their cars, know this: A new report has found that Lawrence is one of the more attractive cities in the country for recent college graduates. Town Talk by Chad Lawhorn

Town Talk: City Commission to decide fate of debated Quonset hut in East Lawrence; more on a food truck bistro in Warehouse Arts District

Published May 18, 2015

Hut, hut! In some places that phrase signals the delivery of an under-inflated football, but not here in Lawrence, where we like our footballs round and orange. Instead, we’re just getting warmed up for a City Hall debate over whether an old Quonset hut in East Lawrence should be torn down. Town Talk by Chad Lawhorn

Douglas County says Kobach was not shown favoritism in building case; failure to be strict on building codes was result of new, unwritten policy

Published May 18, 2015

A Douglas County resident filed an appeal with the board of construction appeals 10 days ago alleging that the rules were not applied as required when Secretary of State Kris Kobach failed to get a building permit before starting s project. County officials say others also have benefitted from a new, more helpful approach the building department is taking, that Kobach was not the first nor the only one. What’s really at play, they say, is an ongoing effort to rein in what may have been inconsistent and sometimes overly harsh application of the county’s rules.

2015 Summer Arts Preview

Published May 17, 2015

Don't let the heat keep you inside all summer. From art exhibits to outdoor concerts to "The World's Best Slip N' Slide", there's a lot to see and do in Lawrence in the next few months. Here are some of the notable arts, entertainment and culture events scheduled from now through August. And for a full list of everything going on in Lawrence, check out our online event calendar.

Town Talk: Chamber of commerce wants chance to run convention and visitors bureau; longtime Lawrence security company purchased

Published May 15, 2015

Figuring out who is best at selling Lawrence to tourists and visitors may become a hot topic at City Hall. As we reported last month, there’s a proposal out there that the convention and visitors bureau should become an official department of Lawrence City Hall. Town Talk by Chad Lawhorn

Video: Elementary students take part in bike safety fair

Published May 15, 2015

Woodlawn Elementary School students participated in a bike safety fair Friday. The fair was hosted by the Tradewind Energy cycling team, Sunflower Outdoor and Bike Shop and Blue Collar Press. Students joined the cycling team for some obstacle course racing, safety lessons and installation of safety lights. Video by Mike Yoder

Weekend Picks: Earthquake relief concerts, Patrick Duegaw art opening, Spring Into Summer Fest, Heidi Gluck EP release party, New Band Alert: Clowder

Published May 14, 2015

It's graduation weekend for KU students, a time in which many scenesters stock up on groceries and batten down the hatches at home to avoid the glut of out-of-towners in local bars and restaurants. But the five (mostly musical) weekend picks below should provide a dose of culture while still keeping you largely cloistered away from the invading hordes. Weekend Picks by Larryville Life

Town Talk: Lawrence's retail sales growth near the top in the state; update on Dale Willey expansion on South Iowa; city commissioners seek more info on solar power

Published May 14, 2015

Whether it be new events held in town or just a new outlook on life, Lawrence shoppers continue to spend more these days, according to the state’s latest report. According to the Kansas Department of Revenue, taxable sales in Lawrence were up 6.4 percent for the April reporting period. That period generally covers sales made from about mid-March to mid-April. Town Talk by Chad Lawhorn

Kentucky to face Kansas at Allen Fieldhouse next season

Published May 14, 2015

The Kentucky Wildcats are coming to Allen Fieldhouse this coming season. The Big 12 and Southeastern Conferences announced the matchups for the 2015-16 Big 12 / SEC Challenge on Thursday afternoon and the UK at Kansas matchup headlines the slate.

Town Talk: Lawrence-based fundraising company buys building to accommodate expansion; Minuteman Press moving to east side; Sixth Street to get another traffic signal

Published May 13, 2015

Fraternities and sororities are big business in Lawrence, and I’m not just talking about T-shirts and tutoring lessons in the Greek alphabet. Lawrence-based Pennington & Company is one of the larger fundraisers for fraternities and sororities in the country, and now the firm has inked a deal to buy the office building at 501 Gateway Drive that houses Minuteman Press. Town Talk by Chad Lawhorn