Dog lost in burglary found safe; teenager allegedly accosts woman, is arrested; cigarette and prayer request turns violent

A wanted absconder was apprehended last night. And one Lawrence family is feeling much safer because of it. That’s right: Chewy, [the Yorkie who went missing after a home burglary][1] last week, was caught late Thursday after seven days on the streets. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1220668151284085&set=pcb.1220671007950466&type=3 After a week of ... Continue reading


Baylor posting mind-blowing numbers

A paint-by-numbers look at Baylor football, a study in offensive efficiency via blending a fast, powerful running game with a passing game that features fleet receivers and a terrific passer who also happens to be big and athletic and is protected by massive, experienced offensive linemen: 3 ... Continue reading


Getting to know the TD-happy No. 3 Bears

There’s no getting around it. No. 3 Baylor (4-0 overall, 1-0 Big 12) — one of the most impressive offensive teams in the nation — is going to score a lot of points on Saturday at Kansas (0-4, 0-1). The touchdowns are going to come quickly and ... Continue reading


Brownback officials fire back at Sebelius over Medicaid comments

Officials in Gov. Sam Brownback's administration fired back Thursday at former Gov. Kathleen Sebelius over comments she made about Medicaid expansion, accusing Sebelius of having created the so-called "waiting lists" for elderly and disabled services in the first place. This all started a few days ago when ... Continue reading


Health club buys west Lawrence tennis center; plans advance for tennis expansion at Rock Chalk Park; more on Menards

This is indeed the weekend when many in Lawrence will start to shift their attention from that sport played with the funny shaped ball to one played with a round ball. That’s right. It is time to turn our focus to tennis. What? What were you thinking, ... Continue reading


Bears will win, but how many points will they score?

Surely, you’re aware Kansas football faces No. 3 Baylor Saturday at Memorial Stadium. And, surely, you realize the Bears are going to win. That’s why we didn’t include the KU-Baylor game in this week’s edition of Pick Six. No way the Bears lose. So why ask people ... Continue reading


‘Hell Town’ directors pick favorite horror flicks

Who is the Letter-Jacket Killer? **"Hell Town,"** a soap-opera style slasher flick, will answer that question when it plays one night only at [Liberty Hall][1] on Oct. 16. Set up like three different TV episodes, this campy gorefest could be viewed as a midseason movie-length Netflix binge. ... Continue reading


KU law school ranks high for affordability and grads passing the bar on first try

The Kansas University School of Law has publicized a handful of points of pride recently — in addition to one of its professors arguing twice this week before the U.S. Supreme Court (as mentioned in [Monday’s Heard on the Hill)][1]. This week, [KU announced two rankings][2] that ... Continue reading


Puppies on parade, doggie athletics and Penny’s redemption coming this weekend

The Douglas County Fairgrounds are going to the dogs this weekend. (Sorry, I couldn’t resist.) I’m talking about the Lawrence Jayhawk Kennel Club’s two-day, all-breed conformation show and obedience trials. The 60th annual event is slated to draw hundreds of dogs to the fairgrounds Saturday and Sunday. ... Continue reading


Ever seen a 6-foot-7, 410-pound tight end? You might Saturday when KU takes on Baylor

Kansas defensive coordinator Clint Bowen had a unique way to describe Baylor tight end LaQuan McGowan, who stands 6 feet, 7 inches tall and weighs a whopping 410 pounds. “There's a couple of plays (on Baylor's game film) that looks like the end of the movie when ... Continue reading


Early morning car fire in 700 block of Connecticut; online service helps first responders get life-saving information

It’s always nerve-wracking to wake up in the morning to emergency lights and sirens. Around 2 a.m., I was startled out of bed to the sound of fire trucks and medics zooming by my home. But before I could reach for my scanner, I saw our overnight ... Continue reading


Eudora Schools Foundation awards grants for innovative learning projects

The Eudora Schools Foundation awarded nine grants totaling more than $6,000 last week to fund projects that include a "bike lab" with exercise bikes to ride while reading, a weather lab for making weather observations and predictions, and a radioactivity monitor that can be used for carbon ... Continue reading


KU Sports Extra: Don’t Blink

With Kansas football in full swing, and KU basketball about to get started, you might not want to blink this week, as Tom Keegan and Matt Tait talk Jayhawks on another episode of KU Sports Extra. Continue reading


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


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 its ... Continue reading

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