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Fundraising continues for $300,000 Ryan Gray playground renovation

Fundraising is still in progress to replace the handicap-accessible playground at Hillcrest Elementary School, 1045 Hilltop Drive. New specially designed equipment will make almost the entire playground accessible and include various wheelchair transfer sites. The bid for the project is about $247,000. In January, the Lawrence school ... Continue reading

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Stock watch: Perry Ellis looks like late 2nd-round pick (for now)

If the NBA Draft happened today, odds are four-year Kansas forward Perry Ellis would last deep into the second round — or perhaps not be selected at all. A consensus All-American in his senior season with the Jayhawks, all Ellis did was average 16.9 points and 5.8 ... Continue reading

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40-year-old business on 23rd Street changes hands, focus; Lawrence jobs up slightly in March, thanks mainly to the government

The main thing I know about vacuum cleaners is they make a lot of noise when I’m trying to watch a ballgame on TV (and that they sometimes get thrown at me when I make comments like that.) So, I may not be the best person to ... Continue reading

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New York Elementary to add butterfly garden

Students at New York Elementary School are hoping for some airborne visitors this spring after first steps have been taken to create a butterfly garden for the school, 936 New York St. Over the weekend, school families and staff worked alongside volunteers with [Kansas University’s Big Event][1] ... Continue reading

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Kansas vs. Villanova one of 2016 tournament’s best games

Every March — and one weekend each April — the NCAA Tournament churns out indelible moments that live on in the consciousness of college basketball fans like the very March Madness promos designed to remind us of the mega event’s greatness. The 2016 tournament featured a phenomenal ... Continue reading

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Tarik Black adjusted to lesser role in second season

Tarik Black didn’t play nearly as much in his second season with the Los Angeles Lakers as he did as a rookie. But the 24-year-old who spent his final season of college basketball at Kansas isn’t complaining. For one, Black had both a courtside seat and an ... Continue reading

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Plans in early stages for a Hilton or Marriott hotel chain to locate at major Lawrence intersection

You know something is going well when an industry built upon free breakfast bars and self-serve biscuits and gravy is flocking to your community. Yes, Lawrence is experiencing a hotel boom, and it appears to be continuing. I’ve learned plans are in the early stages for a ... Continue reading

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Enrollment open for summer youth volunteer program

A local volunteer program is offering youths a way to stay busy this summer by helping the community. Summer of Service lets participants volunteer with several local organizations over an eight-week period. The program is run by the Sunrise Project and open to youths ages 12 to ... Continue reading

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Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon, more than a ‘Girl in a Band,’ coming to Lawrence in May

OK, I’ll admit it. Up until about a month ago, I knew very little of musician Kim Gordon or her band, [Sonic Youth][1]. Yes, get your jaws off the floor. I know this makes me sound terribly old and decidedly unhip. It all started when the planning ... Continue reading

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Comparing potential point guard transfers for KU

Kansas basketball coach Bill Self and his assistants [remain in the hunt for a high school player][1] who can help the Jayhawks in the upcoming 2016-17 season. In the meantime, it seems increasingly likely they will also add a transfer with college experience. Reports surfaced in early ... Continue reading

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West Side Folk concert series to end 20-year run next month

Sad news, music fans. West Side Folk, the popular longtime local concert series devoted to "folk, bluegrass and old-time" jams, will end its [20-year run][1] next month. The series' founder and artistic director, Bob McWilliams, confirmed Monday that the May 20 concert would be the last. He ... Continue reading

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Which version of Frank Mason was better? 2014-15 or 2015-16?

The speculation from most fans and observers regarding Kansas guard Frank Mason throughout the 2015-16 KU men’s basketball season was that some kind of nagging injury might have been bothering him during various portions of the Jayhawks’ run to a 33-5 record and trip to the Elite ... Continue reading

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See the latest downtown multistory building likely to request financial incentives from the city

It is becoming a familiar issue for city commissioners to consider: Should a new multistory building in downtown Lawrence be offered some sort of financial incentive from the city? It looks like the next project commissioners will be asked to consider is a proposed five-story commercial/residential building ... Continue reading

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Kansan lawsuit continues: Newspaper says suit should not be dismissed, especially in light of recent Student Senate action

The University Daily Kansan’s lawsuit against Kansas University has taken another step forward. The Kansan filed a memo last week opposing the university’s attempt to get the suit dismissed. And in its latest filing, submitted April 8 in federal court, the Kansan adds that new Student Senate ... Continue reading

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Video of poignant pint-sized patriot with KU family ties goes viral

Starting with Bob Frederick, late athletic director of Kansas University, the Frederick family has built a rich Final Four tradition. Bob served as the chairman of the NCAA tournament selection committee and hired Roy Williams, who took the Jayhawks to four Final Fours. Bob’s son, Brad Frederick, ... Continue reading

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Plans filed for nearly 2,000 new apartments near South Lawrence Trafficway; several hundred single-family homes may follow

West Lawrence soon may have a new meaning. Plans have been filed for the first major neighborhood to be built west of the South Lawrence Trafficway, and, if approved, it likely won't be the last. Plans have been filed at City Hall for annexation and rezoning of ... Continue reading

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Sharp decrease in the number of restaurants with health code violations

So far in April, restaurant inspections have taken a turn for the better. Since I've been writing up inspection results, the number of establishments that make the list every two weeks generally hovers around 10. But for the first two weeks in April that number has gone ... Continue reading

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Books about time travel, with and without machines

When I was a kid, I lived in a small town in eastern Missouri. Founded in the 1810s, our little town was a goldmine of semi-abandoned artifacts in various states of disrepair: cemeteries (Daniel Boone was originally buried there!), a spooky old log house, a former general ... Continue reading

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Kelly Oubre Jr. evaluates rookie season: ‘I’m not a bust’

No rookie enters the NBA expecting to spend most of his initial season watching from the bench. Still, that’s the reality of the league — even for many first-round picks. Such was the case for one-and-done Kansas wing Kelly Oubre Jr., whose first go-round in The Association ... Continue reading

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MixMaster music conference kicks off this weekend; early workshops begin Friday

Trying to carve out a career as a young musician in the age of do-it-yourself culture can be as overwhelming as it is empowering, says Nick Carswell, of the Lawrence-based indie-rock band Carswell & Hope. That’s why it’s important, especially now as the industry continues to reinvent ... Continue reading