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Realtor numbers decline amid tough market
April 21, 2009
While some housing experts are painting a bleak national picture of the industry, some Lawrence real estate agents are saying the dark economic cloud has a silver lining. “We’re finding buyers out there are ready to get off the fence and make a move,” said Nicholas Lerner, an agent at McGrew Real Estate.
Working fans manage (mostly) to watch KU victory on the job
March 20, 2009
While many Lawrence residents headed to their favorite bar or restaurant to watch Kansas University play North Dakota State Friday morning, it was business as usual for those who had to work.
Thousands turn out for annual St. Pat’s Parade
Thousands enjoy parade, great weather downtown
12:00 a.m., March 18, 2009 Updated 10:10 a.m.
Irish eyes were smiling in Lawrence on Tuesday, as thousands of people lined Massachusetts Street for the 22nd annual St. Patrick’s Day parade.
Deerfield teacher gets Irish surprise
March 14, 2009
Bagpipes echoed through the hallways of Deerfield School on Friday, as faculty and staff brought a taste of Ireland to Lawrence. Sixth-grade teacher and proud Irishman Paul Corcoran was surprised as a kilt-clad bagpiper burst into his classroom and began to serenade him in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. Because the holiday falls during the school’s spring break, staffers planned an early celebration for students and the lucky teacher.
Twitchhiker continues global journey from Lawrence
March 12, 2009
Freelance British journalist Paul Smith finds his destinations and friendly support through the online social network Twitter. He accepts only offers extended by the site’s members.
Lawmakers get energized
Committee members tour Lawrence centers
March 7, 2009
Legislators from around the state learned Friday about the power of “going green.” The House Energy and Utilities Committee toured the Lawrence Energy Center and Bowersock Mills & Power Co. on the Kansas River to broaden their knowledge of renewable energy. Rep. Tom Sloan has had energy efficiency on his platform for years.
City rolls out solar panels on ambulance in order to save a few bucks
March 4, 2009
Lawrence is trying to make emergency-response vehicles a bit more green. Citywide we’re trying to save money,” said Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical Division Chief Bill Stark. After analyzing costs, city officials decided solar panels would reduce expenses. Stark said emergency vehicles use a lot of energy because they must idle at the scene of incidents.
Teens taught how to be cautious consumers
March 4, 2009
Teaching high school students how to be cautious consumers may seem premature. However, with unprecedented Internet exposure and the Federal Trade Commission estimating that there are about 9 million identity thefts a year, it could be exactly what they need. About 250 high school students gathered Tuesday in the Kansas Union for the state’s first Knowledge is Power summit.
Slain teen’s parents urge students to be aware
February 27, 2009
After their daughter was kidnapped and murdered in June 2007, they vowed to turn the tragedy into something positive. Greg Smith spoke to seniors at Free State and Lawrence high schools on Thursday about the importance of being vigilant of their surroundings. Smith’s daughter, Kelsey, was abducted from a parking lot in Overland Park, shortly after her high school graduation.
Mardi Gras parade goes off without a hitch
09:47 a.m., February 24, 2009 Updated 01:42 p.m.
Those Lawrencians looking to celebrate Fat Tuesday can take part in the 2nd Annual Mardi Gras in Kansas parade.

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