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City collects 50 tons of recycling on first day of new program; update on Sixth and Iowa; Lawrence's impressive job numbers

Chad Lawhorn

Lawrence’s new curbside recycling program is off and running, and city officials are pleased with the first day’s haul. City crews collected 50 tons of material to be recycled on Tuesday, which was the first day of operations. (Yes, upon hearing that number I was nervous that my wife had ...

Reduced parking plan for apartments may have uphill battle; nearly 80 percent of rental inspections finding violations; a powerful video about a Lawrence fire

Chad Lawhorn

Just a note to whoever is making the decision about who will throw out the ceremonial first pitch at Kauffman Stadium tonight: I’m warmed up and have pin-point control. It is not even 10 a.m. yet, and I’ve already hit my Royal blue shirt with nacho cheese sauce, my Royal ...

News of changes for Taco Bell, Buffalo Wild Wings; Kansas Half Marathon wants to return to downtown

Chad Lawhorn

If I could just get my hair to grow like famed boxing promoter Don King, I think I could put together a heck of a rumble here in Lawrence. Picture this: Ronald McDonald, the Taco Bell Chihuahua, and his majesty the Burger King squaring off in the middle of 23rd ...

Proposed buyer of Turnhalle building still looking for a tenant; McDonald's on South Iowa to close for remodel; World Series produces change-up at City Hall

Chad Lawhorn

I’ve had a few plans based on beer, bowling and gymnastics (I still contend the tumble I took in the ninth frame was gymnastics.) But I’ve never had a business plan based on the trio. Apparently others haven’t either, and that’s bad news for fans of the Turnhalle building, the ...

City solidifies plans for downtown ice rink; Kansas ranks well in student debt measure; and a Royal day

Chad Lawhorn

I may or may not have said when the Royals reach the World Series I’ll do a figure skating routine in a blue, sequin-studded leotard. My son is checking the tape for that and other statements. (I was not aware he had wiretapped the house, but now it makes a ...

Speculation grows that Sam's Club wants to locate in new shopping center south of SLT

Chad Lawhorn

I know we’re all busy wearing 1985 sports memorabilia, urging our mullets to return, and watching baseball on a 25-inch Zenith TV to recreate the environment of the last time the Kansas City Royals went to that big event that rhymes with Hurled Theories. (No true Royals fan should yet ...

Apartments winning out over single-family homes, report shows; city delays vote on HERE proposal; another project to reduce traffic flow on Iowa Street

Chad Lawhorn

I thought this year was going to be the year. (No, not the year that the Coach purse store released the lien from the house. A snazzy red “fall” purse ended that dream recently.) I’m talking about the year that Lawrence builders actually build more single-family homes than apartments. It ...

The Mattress Hub coming to 23rd Street; more talk of major manufacturer eyeing Lawrence; city set to give more time to ride-sharing pilot project

Chad Lawhorn

Hopefully The Mattress Hub has all of its display models encased in those plastic slip covers. The Wichita-based chain is indeed the mattress retailer that is locating in the same 23rd Street building that houses Hog Wild Pit BBQ, and I’ve learned the hard way that pulled pork in bed ...

City staff recommends approval of reduced parking for apartments near KU; more details on Delaware Tribe proposal; part of New Hampshire may close for two years

Chad Lawhorn

Lawrence city commissioners at their Tuesday evening meeting will be a bit like me at a Western Sizzlin’ buffet. There are a lot of meaty issues to tackle. So let’s get right to it. Here’s a summary of what’s on tap: **• Apartment parking**. The proposed $75 million, seven-story apartment/retail ...

Internet start-up company opening office in downtown Lawrence; city to again debate parking exemption for apartment complex near KU; city sets ribbon-cutting date for VenturePark

Chad Lawhorn

There’s a new company in downtown called DriverDo, which in eclectic downtown Lawrence could lead to an interesting game of fill in the blank. DriverDo honk for hemp. DriverDo avoid that herd of zombies. DriverDo back the U-Haul up to the shoe store and start loading. (Maybe that one is ...

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