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Sara Shepherd

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More than 74 years of marriage later, Lawrence couple still remember the day they met

Hob and Helen Crockett celebrated their 74th anniversary on Monday. He’s now 96, and she’s 93. The Crocketts had only seen each other in person three times before they got married. Their wedding — on April 10, 1943 — made it four.

From hand games to quilling, upcoming week is chance for public to experience American Indian traditions

American Indian arts and traditions will be on display for the public throughout the upcoming week at Haskell Indian Nations University. Haskell community members and visiting artists will give a series of presentations and workshops on traditions from hand games to quilling, planned in conjunction with Native American Heritage Month.

Church shootings refresh Confederate flag debate that inspired KU prof's 2004 film

When Kevin Willmott wrote and directed the mockumentary film “C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America,” which screened at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival, he knew it would be relevant for a long time. Sure enough. By Sara Shepherd

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Best Breakfast Spot | Best of Lawrence 2015 | Food & Dining

As breakfast out and weekend brunch have exploded in popularity, so, too, have out-of-the-box creations on morning menus. At the same time — perhaps with breakfast more than any other meal — the basics still reign. The Roost tries to offer the best of both worlds.

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Best Pizza | Best of Lawrence 2015 | Food & Dining

Even big cities here or abroad would be hard-pressed to claim anything quite like the Italy-meets-Midwest farmhouse pies at Limestone pizza + kitchen + bar, which opened in April 2014.

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Best KU Souvenir Store | Best of Lawrence 2015 | Shopping

The Kansas University souvenir market isn’t just for T-shirts anymore. One step inside Kansas Sampler in downtown Lawrence makes that obvious.

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Best Overall Restaurant | Best of Lawrence 2015 | Food & Dining

Free State Brewing Company isn’t just a good restaurant — it’s a Lawrence tradition.

Best Women's Clothing Store | Best of Lawrence 2015 | Shopping

Earlier this year, BusinessInsider.com reported that nationwide Kohl’s was women’s favorite place to shop for clothing and has been for several years now.

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Best Restaurant to Watch a Game | Best of Lawrence 2015 | Food & Dining

If you thought Buffalo Wild Wings was a good place to watch a game at its former location, you should see it now.

Newly acquired Bloch painting offers warmth with hint of mystery

A newly acquired painting by one of Lawrence’s more famous past residents — at least in the art world — is warming up the contemporary gallery at the Spencer Museum of Art. “Summer” by Albert Bloch is now on display in the 20/21 Gallery. By Sara Shepherd

Federal judge OKs Kansas same-sex marriage; stays order pending appeal

A federal judge in Kansas City, Kan., issued a preliminary injunction Tuesday barring state officials from refusing to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Off the Beaten Plate: DaVinci Cibo at Cibo Sano

Like an Italian burrito.

KU teacher's natural, human encounters reflected in 35 years of sculpture

In the 35-year span of his work on display at the Lawrence Arts Center, David Vertačnik’s inspiration hasn’t always been local to Lawrence, but it’s always been local to him. By Sara Shepherd

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Off the Beaten Plate: Hash Brown Omelet at Haskell Avenue Cafe

An omelet in name and shape only — there's no eggs, only hash browns.

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At new Ladybird Diner, nostalgia sells like hotcakes

Handmade pies, soda-fountain drinks and hot sandwiches among restaurant's specialties

It’s mid-afternoon on a Tuesday, and Meg Heriford is dealing with a “pie emergency.” She’s in the center of the prep kitchen at her fledgling restaurant — surrounded by pies in various stages of progress, cocktail apron caked in flour — rolling out discs of dough, hand-crimping crusts and popping one tin after another into the oven. Ladybird Diner nearly sold out of pie over breakfast and lunch, and if she doesn’t come up with more pronto she’s going to have an upset dinner crowd on her hands.

Organizers say Lawrence Restaurant Week will return for a second year

The first Lawrence Restaurant Week went well enough that organizers say they “definitely” want to repeat it next year. By Sara Shepherd

Marsalis and his Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra make Lawrence first stop on fall tour

The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra led by trumpet player Wynton Marsalis already had planned its fall touring route when it tacked on a Lawrence performance at the beginning. That was thanks to the Lied Center’s new executive director’s connections. By Sara Shepherd

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Off the Beaten Plate: Woo Burger at West Coast Saloon

Lawrencians have loved the Woo Burger since West Coast started serving it in the late 1980s.

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Off the Beaten Plate: Mac N’ Cheese Omelet at Ladybird Diner

An omelet stuffed with macaroni and cheese — hey, why the heck not?

Sit down and savor — first Lawrence Restaurant Week kicks off Sunday

Does a sit-down dinner complete with aperitif, appetizer, salad and dessert, all in addition to your entree — seem decadent for an average night out? During the first Lawrence Restaurant Week, that kind of dining experience will suddenly become more accessible.

Library announces first author visit enabled by new donation

The Lawrence Public Library has announced the first writer who will visit the city as part of the library’s new Ross and Marianna Beach Author Series. And he’s not showing up with nothing but a book. By Sara Shepherd

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Off the Beaten Plate: Sausage Pie at Daylight Donuts

Kind of like a jelly doughnut’s strange, savory cousin.

KU coffee shops going local with rebranding

Coffee drinkers on the Kansas University campus will soon be seeing a lot of airplanes. KU is rebranding its various coffee shops and stations to highlight their affiliation with a Kansas City, Mo., based coffee company that air-roasts its own beans and features a vintage propeller plane in its logo. By Sara Shepherd

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Off the Beaten Plate: Thousand year egg at Panda and Plum Garden

This Chinese treat looks like a 1,000-year-old hard-boiled egg. It doesn’t taste THAT old — but it sure doesn’t taste new.

Filmmaker seeks 'Lessons from Exes' for upcoming project

Set aside the emotional baggage and once-shared cat. Did any of your exes leave you with practical advice you still use? An area artist is seeking those stories for a film project. By Sara Shepherd

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Off the Beaten Plate: Grilled octopus at Genovese

This antipasti dish at Genovese has a few tentacles and suction cups.

Lawrence announces hiring of arts and culture director

A woman currently serving as a public art coordinator for Denver has been hired as Lawrence’s first arts and culture director, the city announced today. Christina McClelland is scheduled to begin her new job here on Sept. 29.

6 next-generation food icons, plus ghosts of Lawrence food wonders past

In the years it takes food icons to build their fame, countless other menu items will be 86’ed for good. But every icon has to start somewhere, right? Rookie food players, this week’s list is for you.

Kansas wine: You needn't go far to taste state's unique terroir

The first rule about trying Kansas wine? Be open-minded to trying Kansas wine. “Get the California out of your mind,” said Lori Henderson, who along with her husband owns the newly opened Crooked Post Winery in Ozawkie. “Put all preconceived notions out of your head about what wines are supposed to taste like.” By Sara Shepherd

New charcuterie goes nose to tail at 19th and Massachusetts

In a land where “processed meat” is synonymous with yellow plastic-clad bologna in a giant supermarket, the version at Hank Charcuterie may surprise. Lamb sausage, chorizo, duck liver pate, ham hock rillette and hand-cut bacon fill Hank’s meat counter. Each is processed by hand within eyeshot of the cash register, from butchering a whole animal to packaging the products made from it — all of it. By Sara Shepherd

Top 10 wonders of the Lawrence food world

What are the top 10 wonders of the Lawrence food world — our city’s most iconic, most delicious, most notorious, must-have, can’t-miss, original-to-us menu items? Here's our list.

KU confident in its sexual assault investigations

Kansas University’s Title IX coordinator says she’s confident her office’s handling of sexual assault complaints will pass muster with a federal probe. By Sara Shepherd

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Off the Beaten Plate: Barbequed Egg Rolls at Bigg's

Every barbecue restaurant serves a pulled pork sandwich. Not every barbecue restaurant has this. By Sara Shepherd

Public invited to meet finalists for new city arts director

Before Lawrence hires its first director of arts and culture, members of the community will have a chance to meet him or her. There are three finalists for the newly created position, and they’ll be the guests of honor at a public meet and greet and reception Wednesday evening. By Sara Shepherd

Legendary KU sports photos, portion sizes at new West Lawrence bar and grill

The new Legends sports bar and grill serves athlete-sized plates of food under the gaze of Kansas University sports stars from days gone by.

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Off the Beaten Plate: Baozi at Oriental Pearl

In China people eat these doughy pork-filled steamed buns for breakfast, often carrying out a couple in a paper bag to eat on the run.

Downtown Lawrence Sidewalk Sale 2014: The basics

The 55th annual Downtown Lawrence Sidewalk Sale is Thursday. Massachusetts Street merchants are already getting prepared. Are you?

Practice makes perfect: Young pianist from Mexico represents Lawrence in international competition

Honestly, Ulises Magaña de la Paz, 14, does not particularly like practicing the piano six to eight hours every day. But wowing audiences and winning competitions? That’s more like it. So he practices. And practices. And practices some more. By Sara Shepherd

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Off the Beaten Plate: Okra Enchiladas at El Potro

Okra in an enchilada — something different under all that cheese.

New exhibit asks what's with the gender imbalance in art?

Wonder Fair show features all female artists

When curators of a new show at Wonder Fair Gallery started counting how many female artists were represented in regional galleries compared with males, they discovered disparities. The gender gap at Wonder Fair, owner Meredith Moore admits, was pretty much equally as wide. By Sara Shepherd

After successful event, organizers look toward next Free State Festival

Good things came from expanding the Lawrence Arts Center’s annual film festival into the larger, longer, multidisciplinary Free State Festival. For one, movies sold out for the first time. By Sara Shepherd

Fresh takes: Nine easy ways to make the most of CSA produce

CSA’s are fantastic, I decided after participating in one for the first time last summer, but also can be challenging in the cooking department. As this year’s CSA season kicks off, I’m sharing some of the recipes that helped me make the most of my weekly haul to help you make the most of yours. By Sara Shepherd

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Off the Beaten Plate: Biscuit Ben-Yay at Big Biscuit

Part biscuit, part french toast, part beignet, tastes like funnel cake.

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Off the Beaten Plate: Nightmare on Massachusetts Street at Ingredient

It may not be an eating challenge, but this is one big burger. Finishing the whole thing could be nightmarish for some.

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Off the Beaten Plate: Chicken fried meatloaf at Basil Leaf

The full name of this dish is “Chicken Fried Filet of Three Meatloaf” — with the three meats being pork, bison and beef.

Beyond vegetables: Array of food, other offerings at farmers market opening for the season on Saturday

The Lawrence Farmers Market opens for the season on Saturday. It’s easy to pick up everything you need for a whole meal at the market — even the centerpiece. Meet four of the many vendors ready to help set your table. By Sara Shepherd

Weather smiles on 20th annual Brew to Brew run

This weekend’s 20th annual Brew to Brew run attracted thousands of entrants, who enjoyed near-perfect spring weather for the 40-plus mile Kansas City-to-Lawrence relay. By Sara Shepherd

Indian tacos raise money, fill bellies at church's monthly sale

Monthly Indian taco sales have been a tradition for more than 30 years at the Lawrence Indian United Methodist Church. Not only do they help the church raise needed funds, they give locals a chance to indulge in an Indian specialty rarely found on restaurant menus. By Sara Shepherd

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Off the Beaten Plate: Creamy Chicken Philly Pizza at Henry T’s

America, where even sandwiches can grow up to be anything they want to be — including pizza.

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Off the Beaten Plate: Deep fried Twinkies at Yokohama

On the one hand, fried Twinkies at a sushi place don’t make sense. On the other hand, the way Yokohama makes them, they kind of do.

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