Mark Fagan

Transportation reporter

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I’ve been a reporter and editor at the Journal-World since 1992, and have been turning stories and other content for LJWorld.com since before media convergence was considered cool.
While I now concentrate on transportation news, I’ve been known to dip into matters ranging from business to bioscience to Kansas University basketball.
For a story, I once drove a former Winston Cup car for 10 laps around Kansas Speedway, apparently at speeds reaching 165 mph (that’s what they told me; the car had no speedometer, not that I would have chanced looking at it anyway).
I say roundabouts make sense both on paper and in practice, although I have many friends who constantly try to convince me otherwise. And bacon is the greatest meat on Earth.
I also drive a Honda Odyssey minivan, and am darned happy about that — I figure its well earned family-wagon appearance has helped me avoid at least a few tickets, compared with the citation-magnet red Civic I used to drive.

Recent Stories

Guitar maker Leo Posch builds Lawrence business on personal quest for learning

Like any skilled musician — or, even more to the point, anyone skilled in helping equip musicians with proper instruments — Leo Posch trusts his ear. Come to think of it, he also relies a great deal on his eyes, hands, fingers and other information-gathering receptors when it comes to his career calling.

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Sundance offering has Lawrence ties

The daughter of a former Kansas University chancellor co-produced "The Convincer," starring Greg Kinnear, Lea Thompson, Billy Crudup and Alan Arkin.

Lawrence Arts Center welcomes teens for ‘Spring Awakening’ project

Lawrence teens will be expected to do more than act when it comes to grappling with difficult issues and addressing real-life problems, as part of a grant-financed project at the Lawrence Arts Center.

Lawrence lines up safe celebrations for Halloween

Parents are invited once again to pack up the kids — the ghouls, the goblins, the princesses, the Lady GaGas — and head downtown for wholesome and productive trick-or-treating, before heading back home for after-dark roaming in accordance with all the regular rules.

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Start making cents

Students learn how to manage their money at an early age

Buying, selling, trading: Students in Stan Frantz’ Introduction to Business class do it all each day, charting gains and losses on imaginary $10,000 portfolios of very real stocks they’d “bought” a few weeks ago.

Smashburger plans to open Lawrence location in spring 2010

Smashburger is bringing its made-to-order burgers, flash-fried vegetables and rosemary-and-garlic-seasoned fries to Lawrence this spring.

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Breathing lessons

Simple act of inhaling, exhaling relieves stress in hectic season

Having eaten the Thanksgiving leftovers, braved the early-morning sales, survived the Kansas-Missouri game and otherwise endured the weekend, it’s time to get moving again.

Vermont Street BBQ closing in four days

Vermont Street BBQ is closing Sunday, as the restaurant’s owner prepares to close a deal for a new business to occupy its downtown location.

Lied Center promotes upcoming performers by offering free iTunes

Area residents don't need to wait for prominent artists such as Laurie Anderson and Philip Glass to show up in Lawrence to hear their distinctive styles. Just grab a free iTunes card, download the songs and start the music - an innovative introduction to the Lied Center's upcoming season, courtesy of the center, Apple and the artists themselves.

Liberty Hall to cater to youth

End-of-year bash to help establish new program

Kansas University graduates walk down the Hill. High school seniors have Project Graduation.

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