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Downtown Italian restaurant closes; city looks to put "rolling mural" on city transit bus

Chad Lawhorn

If your March Madness party included plans of Meatball Madness or Marinara Madness or, heck, even 15 pounds of Lasagna Madness (alliteration is overrated), you now have one less option in Lawrence. Intorno, the downtown Italian restaurant at Eighth and Massachusetts streets, has closed. Already, the rumor mill is churning ...

North Lawrence call center closes, moves operations to California ; large south Lawrence apartment complex sells

Chad Lawhorn

It was a little more than two years ago that local [leaders were celebrating the opening][1] of a new North Lawrence call center that had plans for employing more than 100 people in the former Tanger mall facility. Well, word has come that the call center has closed its doors ...

Lawrence retail sales off to strong start for 2014; key rural intersection set for closure this weekend

Chad Lawhorn

I thought Walgreens seemed busy on Christmas Eve. So many savvy shoppers with our Chapstick holiday gift packs, and a variety of products with a seal even more meaningful than the Good Housekeeping one: "As Seen On TV." (It says not only do we care, but we also saved a ...

Four companies express interest in bringing superfast broadband service to city; Wicked has plans to launch cable TV service in Lawrence by June

Chad Lawhorn

And you thought the fight over the remote control during the NCAA Tournament was going to be fierce. Well, it looks like another type of technology battle is brewing at Lawrence City Hall. Four technology companies are interested in undertaking a multimillion-dollar project to bring super-fast Internet service to Lawrence, ...

Roof being installed on city's Rock Chalk Park recreation center, tournament times filling up at the facility

Chad Lawhorn

I know the question that is on all of our minds today: Does a green stain on your tie count as St. Patrick's Day spirit? Oh, that's not the question. You want an update on the city's 181,000-square-foot Rock Chalk Park recreation center. Well, fortunately, I have both stains and ...

Downtown may become home to outdoor fitness center; new central Lawrence trail may open by April

Chad Lawhorn

I understand what is going on here: Downtown motorists are hoping to get a glimpse of me in Spandex. Well, perhaps that is in store because plans are in the works for downtown Lawrence to have what essentially would be an outdoor workout facility. The city has applied for a ...

Leader of Alvamar says speculation of pending sale of club and golf course incorrect; preparations for Final Four begin to show up around town

Chad Lawhorn

When it comes to golf and rumors, I have been involved in several, and I'm proud to say I have never once been convicted of criminal damage to property. (Best golf tip I ever received: Never use a monogrammed golf ball.) So, I thought I should do my part to ...

Renderings show dramatic changes on tap for area across from Memorial Stadium

Chad Lawhorn

You know what they say about a picture: It probably will get you fired if it ends up on Facebook. (Wait, that's not the saying.) Regardless, take a look at these pictures below, and you'll start to get a sense of just how big of a change is proposed for ...

Carlos O'Kelly's closes Lawrence location; city set to put more bite into weed ordinance

Chad Lawhorn

When I was courting my lovely wife, I quickly realized that a dinner at Carlos O'Kelly's Mexican restaurant worked even better than roses for getting out of a jam. In other words, we ate there a lot. The Suiza con Pollo — a brick of cream cheese wrapped in a ...

Proposed ecological observation station may create concerns for airport; city in running for more than $500,000 in arts grant

Chad Lawhorn

Forget global warming. Forget global cooling. Forget all these pending ecological disasters. We've had one happen right here and now. Somehow, an hour of our weekend disappeared, and it created cataclysmic results this morning for my ecosystem: a smashed alarm clock, grumpy kids and a tube of something that certainly ...

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