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Mark Fagan

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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.

Different by design

Professor's work draws international attention

Dan Rockhill knows his work is different - its approach, its materials, its setting and, perhaps most of all, its appearance. And he wouldn't have it any other way.

Spangles to open restaurant in Lawrence

Spangles is coming to town.

Wheat State Pizza now in Johnson Co.

Wheat State Pizza is growing beyond its Douglas County roots.

Wheat State slices into Baldwin pizza market

A 6-month-old Lawrence pizza shop is expanding into Baldwin. Wheat State Pizza, which opened in June at the Malls Shopping Center in southeast Lawrence, is adding a restaurant in a former Subway shop at 711 Eighth St. in downtown Baldwin.

Old barber shop fits new owner's style

'Sports nut' Rex Porter lines up customers for cuts in downtown Lawrence

Outside of what used to be RC's Stadium Barber Shop, two men slowly lower the old RC's sign out front, pin it under their arms and cart the wooden plank out to a Dumpster in the alley. On their way, they pass Rex Porter, the shop's new owner. And, of course, the place has taken on his name.

KU alum vies for ESPN job

Reality show offering 'SportsCenter' anchor position

Kelly Milligan's true dream job? "If I had my choice, I would want to succeed Denny Matthews -- I would love nothing better than to see 162 Royals games a year and describe it all to the folks out there on the radio," said Milligan, who grew up in Nebraska and Topeka. "Play-by-play is always what I'd wanted to do when I was a kid. And I may be better suited for that than 'SportsCenter.'

Burroughs Creek plan reveals county divide

Commission to stay silent on tribute to '60s beat icon

When it comes to naming a creek after beat-generation icon William Burroughs, Douglas County commissioners have a lot of opinions about having no opinion. Monday morning, commissioners failed to reach a decisive conclusion about whether to support efforts to name the creek after Burroughs.

[Hip or hype?] Music business upbeat

Lawrence draws industry's interest

By Mark Fagan It may not look like much, but the former restaurant-turned-beauty salon at 14th and Massachusetts streets is a cornerstone of Lawrence's standing as a music town. With more than 500 guitars filling its two-story building, Mass Street Music has worked on instruments for the likes of Johnny Cash and Garth Brooks.

City's new parking garage opens to vehicles today

By Mark Fagan The wait for downtown parking spaces is about to get a lot shorter. A new city parking garage with more than 500 spaces available for public use will open by the end of today in the 900 block of New Hampshire Street, City Manager Mike Wildgen said.

Starbucks moving in

Coffee giant brews up plans for former Gap

By Mark Fagan North America's biggest corporate coffee chain is moving into downtown Lawrence. Starbucks Corp. will use about half of the retail space inside a former Gap store at 647 Mass. for a coffee shop.