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Godzillionaire, The Bus Company and more to raise money for Pet World

If you're an animal lover and you enjoy live music, kindly make your way to the Replay this weekend. Two events will help raise money for Pet World after a fire damaged the store and killed several animals over the summer. There will be an early show, ... Continue reading

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Legislative leaders authorize study panels on school finance, sales tax exemptions

Kansas legislative leaders on Wednesday authorized two more interim committees, one to begin work crafting a new school finance formula and another to examine the state's long list of sales tax exemptions. The most interesting aspect of the sales tax panel appears to be that none of ... Continue reading

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Phone line falls on school bus; retailers receive training on alcohol sales; several domestic violence incidents reported

The police scanner got me good yesterday when around 4:13 p.m. I heard: “Report of a downed power line on top of a school bus. 1300 block of Maple Lane.” Fearing the worst, I ran to my car and made it to the scene. But then I ... Continue reading

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Another national chicken chain files plans for south Iowa Street; shopping center near 25th and Iowa to undergo major renovations

The next time I’m driving down south Iowa Street, I think there is a good chance that I’ll replace my seat cushion with a nest of straw and start sprouting feathers. Yes, that’s my way of telling you there is another chicken restaurant coming to south Iowa, ... Continue reading

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Buffalo Chicken Grilled Cheese: This is not your mama’s sandwich

No one in my house is a big fan of sandwiches. Traditional sandwiches are boring, cold, sometimes slimy, and reminiscent of grade school lunch boxes. So when I say we're having sandwiches for dinner, you better believe it's not gonna be two slices of white bread with ... Continue reading

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Two argue over parking, gun pulled; officers injured in struggle with naked man; man with open beer high-fives officer, is arrested; suspect forgets to park car for sobriety test

I'll be the first to admit my parking abilities are adequate, at best. During the wintertime, they're even worse when the snow covers up the parking stall lines and you have to sort of guess where to place your car. Then some other driver will leave you ... Continue reading

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Lawrence school district goals include foreign language at elementary level and equal access to technology

Unlike the [majority of European countries][1], most schools in the United States don’t introduce foreign language classes until middle school, but the Lawrence school district may be on its way to bucking that trend. The district has included the idea of a foreign language magnet at the ... Continue reading

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New running shop to open downtown; signs that Eldridge expansion set to begin; restaurant work begins in former Round Corner drug space

There’s a new reason for the Lawrence running community to be excited, and it is not just because my family has banned me from ever leaving the house again in short shorts. A new business duo is opening a locally owned running supply store. J. Jenkins and ... Continue reading

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Hansen withdraws as commerce secretary nominee

George Hansen, Gov. Sam Brownback's nominee for secretary of commerce, withdrew his name from consideration Tuesday, saying an extended family member has "extensive business dealings" with the agency. A statement from Brownback's office gave no further details. "I respect George's decision and have reluctantly accepted his request ... Continue reading

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Patrol Service Dog catches fleeing suspect; fight over truck; one arrested after teen says he was beaten by relative

A few weeks ago, [I wrote a story on the Lawrence Police Department’s new Patrol Service Dog program][1]. During my research on the article, I got to see one of them – named “C.B.” (shortened from “Cheeseburger”) – in action. To show off some of C.B.’s training, ... Continue reading

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Watch La Guerre spread her wings at the Bottleneck

It's been a while since we checked in with La Guerre, but it was worth the wait. Watching La Guerre is like watching a butterfly emerge from a cocoon. It's wonderful seeing how an artist like this matures, both personally and musically. The full band she's assembled ... Continue reading

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Jefferson’s grand reopening now planned for Wednesday

Jefferson's loyalists may have to wait a bit longer for their chicken wings, it appears. Jefferson's has been closed since a Jan. 15 fire damaged the building’s roof and rear, and earlier this month, my colleague [Caitlin Doornbos reported][1] that owner Brandon Graham was planning to reopen ... Continue reading

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KU’s new School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures formally launches with event on Tuesday

Kansas University's new School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, as it's been explained to me, is hoped to better enable a number of disparate departments to pool resources and collaborate — in ways that are meaningful and important to student success in the 21st century. KU has ... Continue reading

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SLT project would create major changes for west Lawrence traffic; city auditor urges more protection of certain City Hall files

I already have enough arguments with my GPS when I’m in west Lawrence. But if the Kansas Department of Transportation expands the western leg of the South Lawrence Trafficway to four lanes, I may have even more. KDOT leaders will be in Lawrence on Tuesday to brief ... Continue reading

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Waffle Iron sets re-opening dates, serving up chicken and waffles in meantime; La Prima Tazza to unveil new menu

Listen up, waffle enthusiasts. I’ve got two big pieces of Waffle Iron-related news to share with you. Let’s start with the most important bit. The popular breakfast spot, which closed earlier this summer for renovations, will re-open Saturday, Sept. 5. Owner/chef Sam Donnell confirmed the date earlier ... Continue reading

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Most crucial Jayhawks 2015: No. 1 - OL Jordan Shelley-Smith

What began eight weeks ago with the first entry in this year's list of the 25 most crucial Jayhawks for the upcoming football season has reached its peak. No. 1. Numero uno. The top dog. The head honcho. It's no secret that left tackle is one of ... Continue reading

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Coming off hot summer, Wayne Selden Jr. plans to be more effective scorer

After spending a good chunk of his summer preparing for the World University Games, in South Korea, and then leading Kansas/Team USA to a gold medal, Wayne Selden Jr.’s basketball journeys continued with a trip to the adidas Nations event, near Los Angeles, in early August. [It ... Continue reading

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Most crucial Jayhawks 2015: No. 2 - DE Damani Mosby

According to KU junior Damani Mosby, his first name means "tomorrow" in Italian, and for this summer's list of the most crucial Jayhawks there is no tomorrow. We'll plug in No. 2 right now and come back with the top pick in about 30 minutes. If you've ... Continue reading

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Lawrence doesn’t make ‘most dangerous’ list; fight on Mass Street; woman allegedly punches man in head; an unwanted front-door surprise

People ask me all the time: “Is there more crime going on in town or am I just seeing more of it now?” Well, I don’t have an exact answer for you now (I plan to write a story in the future analyzing crime data over the ... Continue reading

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Lawrence firm seeks to expand in East Hills; city set to appoint chair to lead commissioner vacancy board; fire sprinklers to be debated for animal facilities

There is a deal brewing for a new manufacturer to locate in the East Hills Business Park. As we reported in June, Lawrence-based Prosoco has formed a new company that will make high-tech walls and panels for companies that want to build highly energy efficient homes and ... Continue reading

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