Parking questions loom for Here @ Kansas apartment project as high-tech parking company files for bankruptcy, stops work on project

When the previous Lawrence City Commission [approved a controversial set of financial incentives][1] for the $75 million Here @ Kansas apartment project near Memorial Stadium, one of the selling points was a high-tech, robotic parking garage that would be a showpiece for the project. Well, that high-tech ... Continue reading


LarryvilleLife’s Picks: Vic Mensa; Fall Freakout Fest; Helmet; ‘An American Werewolf in London’; Nerd Nite; Nobunny

Our column is evolving this week. Instead of focusing only on weekend events, we're broadening the scope to include a full week's worth of happenings. **Vic Mensa, doors at 7 p.m. Thursday at Lied Center** When local hip-hop fans heard that [Vic Mensa][1] was coming to town, ... Continue reading


New Cowgirl’s Train Set video takes viewers into the studio for a fun, saxy time

It's hard to stay inside when the weather is nice, but local (and self-proclaimed) "Bluesy Boogie Gypsy Punkgrass" band [Cowgirl's Train Set][1] has been doing just that. The folky group has been diligently plugging away at recording their new album over at Mike West's (of Truckstop Honeymoon) ... Continue reading


No quotas on tickets for area law enforcement; police pursuit at Wal-Mart; three found in condemned home

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page has been just a wealth of information since the department’s new spokeswoman Sgt. Kristen Dymacek took over. I had always heard about law enforcement officers needing to make certain traffic ticket quotas in a month, but the sheriff’s office cleared ... Continue reading


Another ‘escape room’ business likely to locate in Lawrence; rumors, rumblings and other speculation about an opening date for Menards

Years ago, when my wife suggested I start sleeping in the basement, and then she boarded shut the only exit, I thought we were just having fun. Little did I know that we were missing out on a business trend. Indeed, figuring out how to break out ... Continue reading


Friday’s Happy Homes Happy Hour to benefit Lawrence Habitat for Humanity Women Build program

Lawrence Habitat for Humanity's Women Build program (the national initiative aims to recruit and support more female volunteers in its construction efforts) is gearing up for the construction of its seventh house in the area. Organizers hope to break ground on the five-bedroom home, which will go ... Continue reading


Stiff Middle Fingers to play four shows in four cities in one day

The first time we saw Stiff Middle Fingers, the punk band’s frontman was stuck the to the tinted glass windows of the Replay, like a decal. He was half screaming, half singing at a man using the ATM outside until he noticed. The startled passerby giggled, pointed ... Continue reading


Lawrence Libations: Mole mocha at La Prima Tazza

Even the most casual of chocolate lovers among us are probably aware of the sweet treat’s origins. A quick Google search (or a viewing of the excellent 2000 flick “Chocolat” — really, I’m in favor of any excuse for “Chocolat”) will give you a quick rundown of ... Continue reading


Green tea makes pork chops flavorful and unique

Pork chops, while delicious, often end up either really boring or REALLY fattening. I mean, I love a breaded and fried chop with gravy and taters as much as the next person, but we can't be eating like that more than, say, once a year, right? So ... Continue reading


Peek inside KU football practice: Ryan Willis and QBs prep

The Kansas football team’s top three quarterbacks for the Baylor game — freshman Ryan Willis (No. 13), junior T.J. Millweard (No. 10) and red-shirt freshman transfer Keaton Perry (No. 8) — take reps at Tuesday’s practice with running backs Ke’aun Kinner (No. 22), De’Andre Mann (No. 23) ... Continue reading


‘Apply Kansas’ initiative wants low-income high schoolers to apply for college NOW; Folds of Honor founder speaks Thursday at KU; Kobach back on campus

Nationwide, 97 percent of high school students indicated on a survey that they want to go to college, but only 68 percent of 2014 high school graduates were enrolled. The gap is even wider among low-income students — although their college-going rates have doubled in recent decades, ... Continue reading


Davis rejects GOP call to step aside from voting rights case

Lawrence attorney and former Democratic Rep. Paul Davis on Tuesday dismissed suggestions by Republicans that he should recuse himself from a federal lawsuit challenging a controversial state voting law. "These guys either need a good lawyer or they’re trying to mislead you," Davis said in response to ... Continue reading


Family’s home burglarized, say greatest loss is dog; alleged domestic violence at gentleman’s club; woman accused of pushing man through glass door

It’s a terrible thing to have your home burglarized. Many feel violated and victimized, having someone come into their personal space. And the losses can be expensive as burglars can get away with high-dollar items and cash. But one Lawrence family is dealing with a greater loss. ... Continue reading


Downtown retailer celebrates 30th anniversary; update on fun center, office expansion, other construction projects around town

Everyone knows that Massachusetts Street is where the action is in downtown Lawrence. I’ve got the parking tickets, the zombie photos and a headache from all the hemp honking to prove it. But there are retailers that figure out how to exist just off of Massachusetts Street ... Continue reading


Route maps for each school available for Walk to School Day

International Walk to School Day is on Wednesday, and for those who plan to leave the car at home, the safest walking or biking route has been mapped for each elementary and middle school in the district. The maps show students and parents the safest route to ... Continue reading


Lawrence-Douglas County firefighters give area children a hands-on look at safety; National Fire Prevention Week begins

Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical held its fifth and final open house and centennial celebration Saturday at Station No. 2, 2128 Harper St., and of course I had to check it out. While I was there, about a dozen kids were having a blast – literally – as, ... Continue reading


Wayne Selden Jr.: KU should make deeper run in 2016

Kansas junior guard Wayne Selden Jr. discusses why he thinks the Jayhawks will make a deeper run in the 2016 NCAA Tournament than they did in his first two seasons at KU, and the different styles of basketball Kansas should be able to play. Plus, Selden assesses ... Continue reading


KU scientist keeping an eye on fast-spreading shigella outbreak in Kansas City

Kansas University pharmaceutical chemistry professor Wendy Picking has been researching shigella for more than 20 years and is in the process of creating a vaccine for it. Her target audience is developing countries, where shigella — an infectious diarrheal disease caused by bacteria — is a leading ... Continue reading


Football Game Tape: Week Five

Free State High football players warned everybody that they were a lot better than their record showed this season and they had a lot of confidence heading into Friday's game against Shawnee Mission East, the defending state champions. Message received, loud and clear. The Firebirds [upset the ... Continue reading


City breaks record for most construction projects in a year; senior living community breaks ground on $12 million campus

It is now official: Lawrence’s construction industry has had a record-breaking year, and the city is on pace in 2015 to issue building permits for more than $200 million worth of construction for the first time in its history. The latest building report shows Lawrence City Hall ... Continue reading

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