WRITER: Chad Lawhorn

Provision in new state budget creates questions about the future of KU's diversity, equity and inclusion programs

A budget bill passed by Kansas lawmakers on Thursday will create new questions about how University of Kansas officials can address issues of diversity, equity and inclusion. The budget bill — HB 2184 — approved by both the Kansas House and Senate includes language that would prohibit KU and other state universities from spending state dollars on diversity- and equity-related issues. The language ...

Lawrence's Replay Lounge files plans for downtown facility to produce canned cocktails to sell throughout KC region

A band and a can have produced many a plan in Lawrence. But this one is different than most. Nick Carroll, founder and owner of The Replay Lounge in downtown Lawrence, has filed plans to open a small manufacturing facility near 10th and New Hampshire streets to house his new canned cocktail business. The cocktails — made from local recipes popular at The Replay — will be named after local bands. The plan ...

Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks taking no action to disband homeless camp along Kansas River; unsanctioned camp is on environmentally protected land

The eagle has not landed — and that means an unsanctioned homeless camp along the banks of the Kansas River can stay, for now. The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks has no plans to seek the removal of the unsanctioned camp behind the Amtrak station near Seventh and New Jersey streets in East Lawrence. The camp is producing a large amount of debris and activity on property that has a conservation ...

Demolition of old Mass. Street convenience store clearing way for new apartment project; Lawrence Arts Center buys Salvation Army building downtown

Here are some news and notes from around town: — There are many reasons why I’ve fantasized about unleashing a bulldozer on a convenience store. Four-dollar-per-gallon gasoline and payback for that grab-and-go tuna salad sandwich that was a lot more go than grab are among the most common. Well, somebody has bulldozed a Lawrence convenience store, but of course, not for any of those reasons. The old Shell ...

Plans for a side-by-side bank and coffee shop filed for Sixth Street in west Lawrence; downtown pharmacy project still moving forward

Let’s go through some news and notes from around town: • I knew Lawrence was experiencing a boom of drive-thru coffee shops, but I didn’t realize it was such a money-making venture that a new coffee shop needs a bank right next to it. Or maybe it says something about coffee prices. I'm not sure, but either way, plans definitely have been filed for a new bank building and a new chain, drive-thru coffee ...

Lawsuit filed against city over businessman's plan to reopen Charlie's Eastside bar and grill; state senator, others say parking is a problem

In the long history of Charlie’s Eastside bar and grill, it is conceivable some of the gadflies stoked conversation on the legal wrangling that happened a few blocks away at the Douglas County Courthouse. Now, such wrangling may decide whether the old business is allowed to expand and reopen under new owners and a new style. Plans to turn the old stone building that used to house Charlie’s Eastside at 900 ...