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LMH Health patients may notice changes in billing systems soon

LMH Health is changing its hospital and clinic billing systems to bring greater ease to patients and their families in paying their bills and increase internal efficiencies. Since Aug. 1, new billing platforms have begun to go live as the LMH teams simultaneously close out the older systems. ...

KU will mandate initial COVID-19 testing for campus community, Girod says

Story updated at 7:24 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5: The University of Kansas will mandate that all students, staff and faculty members who are able to return to campus take a free saliva-based COVID-19 test, Chancellor Douglas Girod announced Wednesday. The tests, which will be administered before ...

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Garden Variety: Renovate to keep your lawn in good shape

Healthy lawns reduce erosion, require less mowing than weedy ones and are an easy way to cover an expanse of outdoor space. Many people think healthy lawns require a lot of inputs and maintenance, but they really only need a little extra care at certain times of the year. In the Lawrence area, ...

Garden Variety: Now’s the time to control crabgrass

Early August is when crabgrass becomes most noticeable in the Lawrence area, and it is especially prolific this year. The weedy grass grows in spreading clumps and favors curb lines, bare spots in the lawn, landscape beds, gardens and sidewalk cracks. Now is the time to control it or make plans ...

Garden Variety: Know how to identify, remove poison ivy

Poison ivy is well known for the reactions most people have from handling or brushing against the plant, but despite its notoriety, many people also find it hard to recognize. To add to the confusion, there are mentions of poison oak and poison sumac. Poison ivy is native to Kansas and ...

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Crave: Make jerky at home

Jerky—meat that has been dried to a very low moisture content and usually does not require refrigeration—is a favorite food for many Americans. In days gone by, jerky was made to preserve meat while it was plentiful and was eaten when fresh meat was scarce. It’s still prized as a light, ...

Crave: Chill out with these cold dishes

When the mercury rises, hot food is probably the last thing you crave. Beat the heat with these cool dishes, both sweet and savory. PearFreezer Pops Yields 4 freezer pops. Ingredients: 1⁄2 teaspoon lemon juice 1⁄2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 2 ripe pears, peeled and ...

Crave: Try these unique takes on pasta salad

What better side dish for a summer cookout than a tangy, zesty pasta salad? Here are a few options to spice up your next barbecue — from Greek flavors to a Southwestern-style crowd pleaser. Zesty Shrimp Pasta Salad Ingredients: 8 ounces rotini pasta, cooked and drained 1 1⁄2 cups ...

Crave: Add more nuts to your menu

A handful of nuts, raw or roasted with a touch of salt, are delicious all on their own. They’re easy to take on the go, and they serve as a nutritional powerhouse with a wealth of nutrients, making them a great choice for snacking any time of the day. Here are a couple of ways to work more of ...

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Lawrence writer wins international science fiction award

Lawrence writer Bogi Takács has won one of the science fiction world’s most prestigious awards. Takács was announced as one of the winners of a Hugo Award, which recognizes excellence in the field of science fiction and fantasy, on Aug. 1. The Lawrence resident, originally from Hungary, ...

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Garden Variety: Now’s the time to control crabgrass

Early August is when crabgrass becomes most noticeable in the Lawrence area, and it is especially prolific this year. The weedy grass grows in spreading clumps and favors curb lines, bare spots in the lawn, landscape beds, gardens and sidewalk cracks. Now is the time to control it or make plans ...

Garden Variety: Know how to identify, remove poison ivy

Poison ivy is well known for the reactions most people have from handling or brushing against the plant, but despite its notoriety, many people also find it hard to recognize. To add to the confusion, there are mentions of poison oak and poison sumac. Poison ivy is native to Kansas and ...

Garden Variety: How to handle sweet corn problems and pests

July is sweet corn season in Kansas. While some gardeners are already enjoying fresh ears of corn from their gardens, many are still waiting for kernels to develop or are battling corn earworms, raccoons and deer. Here are some tips for dealing with these problems and pests. The most common ...

Garden Variety: Assassin bugs in your garden? No problem

Many Lawrence-area gardeners are taking notice of an interesting and distinctive insect this summer, which appears to have a larger population than usual. The insect is commonly known as a wheel bug or assassin bug (Arilus cristatus), and it benefits plants by feeding on plant pests. Right ...