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Brenna Hawley

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Lawrence musician's business making bassoon reeds 'appeared out of nowhere'

Leigh Miller Muñoz hunches over a table filled with supplies. Wood, Duco cement, an X-Acto knife and crochet thread are all laid out. Metal instruments with pointed pricks sit on shelves above her. The room is 70 degrees, at precisely 30 percent humidity. Reruns play on the flatscreen television next to the table. She’s not building a model or completing a sewing project. No, she’s operating her business — Muñoz makes bassoon and contrabassoon reeds.

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Teachers' pets: How Lawrence schools use critters in the classroom

Lawrence classrooms aren’t all about textbooks, lectures and worksheets. A few teachers around town keep a different type of learning tool: animals.

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East meets Midwest: Lawrence convenience store evolves into Indian grocer

The front of the store looks like any other gas station. Pumps outside, pop in the refrigerator section, chips and candy for purchase, every kind of cigarette under the sun.

St. Luke’s AME Church to host annual Black History Month Musical Sunday

Musicians from Lawrence and area communities will come together Sunday to celebrate Black History Month, as well as the many cultural and ethnic groups in Lawrence.

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The Grateful Dead tell tales and other stories behind downtown Lawrence fixtures

Stories behind some of Lawrence's most familiar downtown shops.

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How to make your own Kansas Day cake

When working on a separate story about Kansas Day, I ran across a website that asked Kansans to bake a cake for their state's 150th birthday. I happily accepted this challenge, adding it to a long list of goodies I've brought into my coworkers at the Journal-World.

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Pinball wizard restores old machines

Gary Martin sure plays a mean pinball.

Lawrence man's extreme passion for Christmas illuminates the whole neighborhood

Zach Stoltenberg moved furniture into his new house on a corner lot with his wife, Alicia, on Nov. 7. The very next day, he started putting Christmas lights up on the house.

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Meet The 2010 Phoenix Award Winners

Five of Lawrence’s top artists will be recognized Sunday afternoon during a ceremony and reception for the 15th annual Phoenix Awards.

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Lawrence pumpkin patch owners carve out family attractions

It’s a giant metal trough filled with thousands of corn kernels. It seems silly, childish, but kids and adults love it alike. They get in, sit down and relax, sinking into the kernels.

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Fall in flavor: Lawrence chefs tweak their menus with seasonal ingredients

Temperatures are dropping, and Lawrence is inching into fall. The new season brings new seasonal foods and the desire for warm comfort foods, and many Lawrence restaurants are changing their menus to offer a fall meal to customers.

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Choice desserts: Yogurt concept lets Lawrence customers dress treat up and down

What’s pink, brown and white all over? The inside of Vivian Moriarty’s frozen yogurt dish.

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Name that bar: Learn how some of Lawrence’s pubs got their monikers

Australian shepherds, traditions, nicknames and poets have all contributed to the unique names of bars in Lawrence. Here’s a look at how some of Lawrence’s favorite hangouts got their names.

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Wonder of the ‘Wizard’

Film’s 70th anniversary spurs celebration of iconic Kansas tale

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Fair territory: Sports venues moving toward earth-friendly practices

The fries fans order at Kauffman Stadium on game days may actually be healthy — for the environment, that is.

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Set to music: Range of young adults cast in local production of ‘Disney’s High School Musical’

Ben Markley has never been the lead in a production.

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Shopping companions: Meet some of downtown Lawrence’s favorite furry characters

Allie sits at the window and stares outside at customers. People with their dogs walk by, stopping to say hi. Someone comes in the store and Allie greets them, giving them the guided tour of the store. Allie works at It’s About Time, 816 Mass., but she’s not on the store’s payroll.

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Growing up Potter: From recess to college graduation, a generation matures during J.K. Rowling’s famed series

Mia Iverson is going to pull a black cloak and red-and-gold-striped tie out of her closet this week.

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The band plays on: Diverse group of musicians returns to perform for another summer of Lawrence entertainment

High school teachers. Attorneys. College professors. Computer experts. Former Army members. Photographers. Professional musicians.

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Ties that bind: Longtime tradition takes a fashion hit

Most of the neckties in Brad Finkeldei’s closet are getting pretty lonely. He has about 50, but he’s only worn about 10 of them in the past year.