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Richard Gintowt

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To upswing or not to upswing: Lawrence business owners cautiously anticipate economic recovery
April 8, 2010
For 27 years, Kevin Fredrickson of Lawrence’s Eagle Trailer Co. has been manufacturing the trailers that keep Midwest contractors rolling. Now, he’s hoping economic recovery will keep his business rolling.
Dance, dance revolution: KU Dance Marathon unites students, community to benefit Children’s Miracle Network
March 15, 2010
When staging a dance marathon, one would be wise to do some research. A 1974 dance marathon at the University of Virginia for the benefit of Multiple Sclerosis resulted in a misdemeanor charge and a $363 bill for a stolen lamp. Organizers later discovered that the Code of Virginia banned events of physical endurance such as marathon dances, citing safety concerns. Kansas University’s Dance Marathon — scheduled to take place April 10 at the Ambler Student Recreation Fitness Center — will take heed of such historical guffaws and treat participants to a non-illegal, non-rigorous slate of activities to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network.
You guys are really good at what you do! An etiquette guide for local bands in awkward situations
March 11, 2010
We asked more than a dozen local bands questions pertaining to band etiquette. The responses we received proved to be both insightful and hilarious…
Lost in the Cosmos: Lawrence rock-fusion act finesses the art of ‘Mental Hygiene’
March 4, 2010
Lawrence drummer Luke Stone made it a custom to pick up two Britney Spears stickers from a vending machine every week. He put them on his practice pad at home, inspiring him to practice his rudiments…
Peace pipeline: KU’s Peace Corps week offers prospective volunteers a glimpse of adventure
March 1, 2010
The village of Mörön is approximately 6,250 miles from Lawrence in northern Mongolia. Its 40,000 inhabitants are served by an airport with two runways, one of which is paved with gravel.
Worth the wait: Five years after being signed to a big-time deal, Lawrence native Sarah Buxton releases a real country record
February 18, 2010
Sarah Buxton is squealing. It’s the sort of high-pitched, tea-kettle squeal that girls make in diamond-ring commercials when they realize their best friend’s hubby “went to Jared” …
Sing sing sing: Kirsten Paludan juggles solo project with supporting role in Olympic Size and wedding singer ‘day job’
February 11, 2010
Paludan has her finger on the pulse of modern pop music, but not because she’s browsing the end racks at Wal-Mart…
Playing with purpose: Lawrence parents pursue unique therapy for their children
February 8, 2010
Six-year-old Max blows up balloons, draws pictures, topples blocks and makes molds with Play-Doh. Occasionally Max reveals his deepest, darkest feelings. Max is in therapy, but he hardly knows it..
The fairer sex: Female fantasy-sports junkies stake their claim in a male-dominated game
February 1, 2010
After nine years of playing fantasy football, Gina Byrd has developed allegiances to her favorite players. Her league mates — all men — often tease her for being so predictable…
Fair play: Competition de-emphasized at annual science event
February 1, 2010
Dave Nordlund has overseen the Douglas County Science Fair for three decades. To wit, he has some insider information that may come as a shock.

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Deadman Flats, a Lawrence bluegrass band that's played every year at Festy Fest. Hank Osterhout is second from the right.

Marcia Butell is the owner of Rejuvene Day Spa, 13 E. Eighth St. The spa moved downtown last month, citing the affordability of downtown real estate in a down economy.

Kevin Fredrickson is the owner of Eagle Trailer Company, 920 E. 30th St. Fredrickson says he’s scaled back production in the struggling economy and is keeping an eye out for signs of economic recovery.

Jason Barr (with mannequin) hosts the stand-up comic show "Sketch Bags Too!"

Cupcakes are specialty of Atomic Bakery.

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