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Baldwin board approves teachers contract; Eudora library reports summer programming success; Baker Pulitzer winner to speak at events; Eudora High to have open house

With state funding for the 2016-2017 year settled in July and the budget passed earlier this month, the Baldwin City school board approved at a special meeting Wednesday a teachers contract for the coming year. Superintendent Paul Dorathy said teachers were given a raise averaging 1.79 percent. ... Continue reading

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New KU merchandise store opens along 23rd Street; dream of Mexican/Italian restaurant dashed

No one will ever confuse the The Malls shopping center at 23rd and Louisiana with Allen Fieldhouse. (I don’t want to get into all the details, but if you show up with a "K" painted on your bare chest, it is not well received at certain establishments ... Continue reading

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Police blotter for Friday, August 26

Listed below is the majority of Lawrence police activity within the last 24 hours. Each morning the Lawrence Police Department releases a list of officer activity. This call blotter spans from 6:06 a.m. Thursday to 5:41 a.m. Friday and includes 346 incidents. Each listing gives a date, ... Continue reading

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Local Artist & Author Stephen T. Johnson Shares a Serendipitous Love of Letters

I have a deep sense of pride for our community’s most creative citizens; savoring local artists’ and authors’ works is often more satisfying than fine dining. Lawrence-based artist and author Stephen T. Johnson’s work is among the finest. His children’s picture books are award-winning: "[A is for ... Continue reading

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Bill Self told KU football players they can build something special

At the beginning of the month, when the Kansas football team reported to Lawrence for preseason camp, David Beaty invited another head coach on campus to give the Jayhawks a pep talk. [Behind closed doors, KU basketball coach Bill Self][1] didn’t gloss over the football program’s struggles. ... Continue reading

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New bargain store opens on 23rd Street; speculation of a gun range plan; Kansas last in new construction report

Among the great business strategies are buy low, sell high, and always bet on the college students ruining the carpet in their apartments. A new Lawrence business is definitely counting on the second one. In the spot that used to house Bargain Depot at 23rd and Harper, ... Continue reading

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Police blotter for Thursday, August 25

Listed below is the majority of Lawrence police activity within the last 24 hours. Each morning the Lawrence Police Department releases a list of officer activity. This call blotter spans from 6 a.m. Wednesday to 5:53 a.m. Thursday and includes 469 incidents. Each listing gives a date, ... Continue reading

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As Paul Davis stumps for fellow Democrats this year, speculation swirls about his plans for 2018

Former Rep. Paul Davis has been showing up a lot at political events throughout Kansas this summer. Just in recent weeks, he has spoken at events in Wichita and in southwest Kansas. He was with the Kansas delegation at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia last month. ... Continue reading

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Chihuahua removed from a Lawrence home; owner faces animal cruelty charge, police say

Police officers are there to stick up for those who can't always stick up for themselves. Sometimes those who need to be protected aren't even bipedal. What began as a call for police to check on a disturbance earlier this month ended up with a small dog ... Continue reading

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Police blotter for Wednesday, August 24

Listed below is the majority of Lawrence police activity within the last 24 hours. Each morning the Lawrence Police Department releases a list of officer activity. This call blotter spans from 6:03 a.m. Tuesday to 5:38 a.m. Wednesday and includes 379 incidents. Each listing gives a date, ... Continue reading

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Local author Karen Vaughn talks T. rex with short story debut

It’s been a good month for Lawrence writers. Author Karen Vaughn brings us the most recent piece of local literature with her debut, "[A Kiss for a Dead Film Star][1]," a genre-blending collection of short stories. Each story is tightly crafted with vivid and weird—yet oddly relatable—situations. ... Continue reading

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Several Douglas County residents face criminal damage charges after police say they shot at mailboxes and road signs

Growing up in Iowa, I saw more than a few folks who were up to no good in a "Dukes of Hazzard" sort of way. Once in high school, a kid's Geo Metro was turned onto its side. Another time someone led a cow onto our football ... Continue reading

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Poll depicts disengaged voters in one Senate district

A Democratic candidate running for a state Senate seat in Johnson County released a poll this week purporting to show her ahead by three points over the Republican incumbent. But the poll can also be read as suggesting there are a lot of voters in Kansas who ... Continue reading

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Lawrence food manufacturer lands on Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing private companies

I’ve long been a proponent of eating more vegetables, which is why you’ll often find me with a bag of candy corn attached to my belt. Some of you, though, prefer veggie burgers, and a Lawrence-based company has now ridden that idea to become one of the ... Continue reading

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Police blotter for Tuesday, August 23

Listed below is the majority of Lawrence police activity within the last 24 hours. Each morning the Lawrence Police Department releases a list of officer activity. This call blotter spans from 6:39 a.m. Monday to 5:57 a.m. Tuesday and includes 398 incidents. Each listing gives a date, ... Continue reading

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Say something nice about Kansas football: Walk-ons from Kansas high schools contributing

Every time a walk-on football player makes his way onto the Kansas depth chart it becomes that much easier for a high school player considering joining the Jayhawks without the benefit of a scholarship for the start of his career. Red-shirt freshman offensive lineman Mesa Ribordy had ... Continue reading

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Is Lawrence the biggest part-time city in America? Plus, a look at other recent job statistics for the city

As the students return, it is an important time for numbers in Lawrence. Two of the most important: the PIN for the ATM and the phone number to the parents, which becomes particularly important when the first number no longer works. Here’s a look at a few ... Continue reading

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Police blotter for Friday, Aug. 19, through Monday, Aug. 22

Listed below is the majority of Lawrence police activity within the last 24 hours. Each morning the Lawrence Police Department releases a list of officer activity. This call blotter spans from 6:44 a.m. Friday to 5:54 a.m. Monday and includes 915 incidents. Each listing gives a date, ... Continue reading

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City to land Caribbean-themed bar and grill; Reggae Fest tonight in downtown; a rundown of recently approved street events

Imagine the best part of the Renaissance Festival — turkey legs the size of a VW bus — coming to downtown Lawrence. Now imagine them being Jamaican jerk turkey legs, and that they are available late at night after partaking at a new reggae hangout. What am ... Continue reading

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Police blotter for Friday, August 19

Listed below is the majority of Lawrence police activity within the last 24 hours. Each morning the Lawrence Police Department releases a list of officer activity. This call blotter spans from 6:02 a.m. Thursday to 5:40 a.m. Friday and includes 437 incidents. Each listing gives a date, ... Continue reading

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