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Phil Cauthon

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Your life is an open Facebook

Lawrencians reconsider posting their personal lives online following Facebook's privacy changes

Since Facebook opened to the public in 2006, the site's privacy walls have steadily eroded. Much of users’ once-private info is now permanently public and easily shared with third parties—and many users have no idea that's the case...

Call for entries: Downtown Lawrence Arts District logo

Downtown Lawrence Arts District is calling for artists and designers to submit a logo design and event name to be used for a Final Fridays initiative. Final Fridays in downtown Lawrence is to be launched on August 27, 2010.

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Video: Will Ferrell, Rob Riggle, Jason Sudeikis and Paul Rudd at the Royals game

The four comedians were at Friday's Royals vs. Tigers game. This 10-minute video clip is their dugout talk during the bottom of the 2nd inning...

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Kansas City artist Peregrine Honig to appear on new Bravo reality series

Bravo's latest variation on reality-style game shows — Work of Art — will feature a Kansas Citian, Peregrine Honig. Work of Art premieres at 10 p.m. Wednesday, June 9...

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A garden variety: Group of Lawrence gardeners organizes tour with hopes of spreading their pursuit

As the screws turned on the U.S. economy a couple years ago and people everywhere were fearing the worst, Amber Lehrman and Jessi Asmussen had their minds on food.

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Lawrence second graders respond to "Nature vs. Nintendo" article

One of the rarest forms of feedback any more is a handwritten letter. So when we got TWELVE handwritten letters today, it was quite a treat...

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Road-trip radio

A guide to podcasts to make your summer drives fly by

Whether or not you appreciate the window views on your road trips this summer, those three-, five-, 10-plus-hour stints in the car sure are a lot more enjoyable if they fly by. For my money, loading up on free podcasts before you hit the road is the best way to make trips fly by...

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Everything old is brew again

The old Walruff Brewery was killed by prohibition, but its legacy lives on in Free State

"... because without beer, things do not seem to go as well." —Diary of Brother Epp, 1902. We're all familiar with the Free State shirt with this quote. But have you ever considered the significance of that date?

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Post-festival wrap: Festy Fest 2010

The fourth annual Festy Fest did indeed happen last weekend, despite organizer's failure to secure a county permit. Approximately 300 to 400 people attended Saturday, which featured the bluegrass festival's main acts, including Mountain Sprout and Split Lip Rayfield. A few videos from the evening are posted herein for posterity...

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Free at last: After months of anticipation, bottles of Free State beer on sale Friday

"Barring a flood or tornado, Free State bottles will be for sale Friday morning." So said owner Chuck Magerl after the last of 1,600 cases of Free State Brewery's first bottled beer was picked up for distribution to Lawrence liquor stores Thursday afternoon...

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Live audio: A Beatboxing Lobo

It was a dark and stormy night...

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The Next Fest Thing

A year after the Wakarusa festival split town, the much smaller Festy Fest fills the summer outdoor music void

This, the fourth annual Festy Fest, promises to be significantly bigger than before. In the past, the event was solely promoted by word of mouth, but this year organizers made it more "official" by selling tickets through The Bottleneck and advertising...

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The Burger Stand set to move out of Dempsey's and into the Casbah

Molly Krause announced today on her blog that later this summer The Burger Stand will move into the Casbah Market building — right next door to Esquina...

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Author to share how she escaped extremist cult

Carolyn Jessop’s story is quite simply one of the most disturbing, yet inspirational life stories you’ll ever read. Of course, there’s no way to boil it down into a something that fits in the newspaper — that’s why she’s written two books now, and will be giving a book talk in KC...

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International Space Station to fly over next three nights

If you happened to be outside last night at 9:20, odds are your eye was caught by an unusually bright, slow moving object in the south-western sky. It was clearly not a plane, and much larger than a common satellite. It was the International Space Station...

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Buried History

Downtown door to nowhere reveals layers of town's past

Like a window or door sealed with brick, some views into the past are impenetrable. So it seems to be with, well, a window and door filled in with brick in the basement of Goldmakers Fine Jewelry...

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Around the clock: Flex-plan policies developing as win-win scheduling for companies, employees

When it started in 1951, Hoss & Brown Engineers operated much like most other businesses did at that time — employees worked from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., five days a week. And maybe then some.

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Puppetry & tragedy: 'House of Atreus' finds fresh way to render savagery of Greek theater

Director Spencer Lott faced a bit of an unusual dilemma. How to portray cannibalism, mutilation and slow-motion murder on stage at the Lawrence Arts Center?

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Back to Earth: Arts Center cast learns environmentally friendly lessons from intergalactic play

Forget about recycling, conserving energy and all that for just a sec. Some Lawrence kids and their dance instructors have a more fun way of saving the Earth: Galactic Princesses and Jedi Knights!

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Harvey Houses on the prairie: How a Kansas man pioneered the hospitality industry

Little-known fact: Lawrence was at the epicenter of a revolution in global capitalism...

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Wild about mushrooms: Local mushroom hunters anticipate their favorite time of year

Finally. The winter weather is gone, and for Stan Schneck and other mycologically minded souls, that can mean only one thing: mushroom time...

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Update: KU Libraries avails 1937 aerial image of Woodland Park

Rhonda Houser at Kansas University Libraries alerted us to online 1937 aerial photographs of Lawrence. Although the resolution isn't as fine as current Google satellite photos, it provides the best view (so far) of historic Woodland Park...

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Update: High-tech aerial image of Lawrence reveals location of historic Woodland Park

A LiDAR image of the historic Woodland Park reveals the location of the park's horse racing track, which confirms that the location of the park was at the east end of 12th Street...

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The Daisy Dozer's Day

Lore surrounding a bygone roller coaster lingers in east Lawrence neighborhood

You could hardly be faulted for not knowing there was ever a roller coaster here, much less at the turn of the century. It didn't leave much of a mark - even the history books have but trace mentions of the "Daisy Dozer" and the once-grand Woodland Park...

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Win $232 worth of concert tickets at the St. Patrick's Day Parade

It's that hallowed time of year where being outrageous and binge drinking in the middle of a weekday is not only acceptable, but encouraged. At least for those of Irish heritage. Or those who feel a special kinship with the Irish. Or just like wearing green. And/or drinking...

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Method to the madness: Locals divulge how they choose NCAA brackets

This is a magical time of year. The crocuses are blooming, the promise of warmer weather is in the air — and Jayhawks fans everywhere are coming together to see Kansas University through the NCAA Men's Basketball tournament...

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Nature vs. Nintendo: Lawrence parents raise kids outdoors in a plugged-in world

Sandy Beverly distinctly remembers when video games first came out in the ’70s. As a kid, she spent lots of time playing text-based adventure games on an early Texas Instruments computer, then the classic “Pong,” and, eventually, her parents got an Atari for games like Pac-Man.

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Hacked off! Lawrence computer users exposed to a variety of hacking techniques to compromise online accounts

The hacking of two Lawrence high school classes’ YouTube accounts this week serves as a cautionary tale for how to better protect your online passwords...

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The old stone at Stony Point

A mysterious monolith south of Lawrence leads to Depression-era family story

Decades-old trees growing between the stone steps that once led down into a basement have a way of robbing your own home of its sense of permanence...

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Mardi Gras on Mass.: Musical duo sows the seeds of New Orleans-style celebration

Let’s just get one thing out there up front: “Mardi Gras is not boobs and beads. That’s Bourbon Street schlock...”

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Audiobooks 101: Library offering tutorials on expanding mp3 collection

Jason Anderson is in his car — a lot. An hour-and-a-half a day, five days a week, back and forth to Kansas City, where he works as an engineer. His latest cure for making the time go by: mp3 audiobooks downloaded for free from Lawrence Public Library.

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Falling in Love: Lawrence shares its best Valentine’s Day memories

We asked the Lawrence community to share their most memorable February 14s spent with their loved ones. You sent us well over 100 stories of all kinds — here are the best ones!

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Save the best for ‘Lost’

Lawrence fans of the cult TV show ‘Lost’ anticipate the series finale

For those on the outside looking in, what exactly inspires the "Lost" cult following can be a bit mystifying...

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Good dog (bad bill): Area vets talk about the upper limits of pet costs

Kristin Howard has had a few pets in her time. Two dogs, four cats, three rats, umpteen hamsters and guinea pigs, a slew of fish and mice, a turtle and a raccoon. Yes, a raccoon. Named Popeye.

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Call of duty: Volunteer call line Headquarters could use a few more good listeners

Message received 1:10 a.m., Aug. 28, 2009: “Without the crisis line, I doubt that I would be alive. I’m still not thrilled about being alive, but I know that I can call on the worst days and it helps get me to the next one” ...

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Unwrapping the past: Manhattan artist Lynda Andrus connects with childhood through assemblage

For the last decade or so, Andrus' go-to medium has been the wax-coated paper everyone else throws away - Starbursts, Tootsie Rolls, Tootsie Roll Pops, Dubble Bubble, Bit-O-Honey - any colorful wrapper from a retro candy fits her palate...

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Saved energy = saved money: Lawrence experts suggest which home tax credits to tackle

Odds are, somewhere in your house is a black hole that’s sucking down a constant stream of wasted energy. And wasted money.

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Christmastime at the shelter

Christmas still exists for those without a home

Being homeless generally doesn't get to Raleigh Worthington. He's a positive guy, especially when it comes to the Lawrence Community Shelter. But as his sixth Christmas at the shelter approaches, he admits it's hard to stay positive...

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The family that plays together ...

Do you know what games your children buy? Here are some guidelines for choosing age-appropriate gifts.

Sex. Drugs. F-bombs. Terrorism and sadistic murder. It’s not the stuff of most parents’ holiday gift lists. But if your kids are asking for video games this season, you’ll need to do a little research to make sure you aren’t inadvertently giving them those very things.

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Ho-Ho-Hoedown: Lawrence old-time and bluegrass bands throw holiday party for the whole family

“In a lot of country and honky tonk music, you get a lot of drinkin’ and cheatin’ and partyin’ and that kind of stuff, so it’s nice to take a night off of that and just sing Christmas songs,” says The Wilders' Ike Sheldon ...

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Letter from the Editor

This week we published issue No. 200 of our Deadwood Edition. In some ways, this rag has come a long way these last five years. In other ways, we're doing the same thing we've always done-lovin' on Lawrence, lovey-dovey-style and tough-love-style. We hope you feel pretty much the same way.

Editor's note

Lawrence. Kansas. Burroughs was frequently asked-as all Lawrencians inevitably are: Why Kansas? When you could live anywhere-in any of the world's cultural capitals-why Lawrence, Kansas?

The Life of William S. Burroughs

A timeline

From St. Louis to Boston to Vienna to New York to Boston to St. Louis to Chicago to New York ... to Lawrence.

Style Scout: Jeromy Cain

Bizarre events surrounding the disappearance of Randy Leach

Many circumstances relating to the disappearance of Randy Leach in 1988 fueled rumors as to what may have happened to him.

Timeline of Randy Leach's disappearance

Events leading up to and following the disappearance of Randy Leach.

Style Scout: Loni Berry

Loni Berry

Q&A with Digable Planets

Back together after a decade apart, Digable Planets may not have been the first to fuse the laid-back hipster elements of jazz with hip-hop, but they did it better than anyone before or since. Their debut album "Reachin'" rode the single "Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat)," and eventually landed them a Grammy for Best New Group.

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An interview with Victor Continental

The Victor Continental Show is a singular, irreplaceable part of Lawrence culture. This weekend marks the Lawrence troupe's 12th show since starting in 1998. In some ways, it's typical sketch comedy - everything from ancient history to U.S. politics, from Hollywood to Lawrence is fair game for VC's racy humor and predilection for double entendre.

Q&A with David Rees

'Get Your War On' creator returns to Lawrence to spread the gospel of dissent

David Rees clearly has a lot on his mind. The 30-something artist's comics are just a few frames, but they pack a manifesto's worth of punch in sarcastic criticism and biting wit ...