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KU alumna to share lessons learned from work on ‘Sesame Street’
February 14, 2015
A Kansas University alumna who has found success on “Sesame Street” will share stories from her career with the children’s television series Monday at KU.
Readers share their love stories on Valentine’s Day
February 14, 2015
In anticipation of Valentine’s Day, the Journal-World asked readers to send their love stories in a contest to win an ultimate date-night package. The judges were wowed by the 115 entries, but one winner stood out. Micheal Clodfelter and his wife, Rena Clodfelter, shared the story of how they met during the Vietnam War in a typewritten letter that judges said was the clear favorite. Here we share the Clodfelters’ story as well as the other nine entries in the top 10.
The 10 best films of 2014
December 28, 2014
This year’s list features films about vampires, aliens and teenage punk rockers, plus the most disappointing films of 2014..
Select US theaters, including one in Kansas City, Mo., say they’ll show ‘The Interview’ Thursday
December 23, 2014
Several movie theaters said they will begin showing “The Interview” Thursday, seemingly putting the comedy back in theaters after Sony Pictures Entertainment canceled its release.
Kansas City Connection: Dining delights in the West Bottoms
December 20, 2014
This week: fancy eats in the West Bottoms, intriguing plays at the Unicorn and your last chance to check out Christmas lights.
TV options abound for cord-cutters, old-school and newfangled alike
09:52 p.m., December 7, 2014 Updated 09:23 a.m.
If you’re a serious sports watcher, awards-show junkie or don’t like the idea of life without live-tweeting The Bachelor, probably nothing but cable and satellite TV subscriptions will do. But cord-cutters are relying on an ever-increasing array of products and services to keep their TV screens flickering. Here’s a roundup of some of the most popular: By Sara Shepherd
KU Hospital dedicates in-house broadcast studio and Medical News Network
November 3, 2014
When Kansas University Hospital admitted a man being testing for Ebola last month, it didn’t take long for media calls to start pouring in. First local TV stations, then national outlets, hospital spokeswoman Jill Chadwick said. “It just went whoosh, like a grass fire.” The situation called for deploying the hospital’s new communications tool: an in-house broadcast studio capable of sharing live news feed around the globe. By Sara Shepherd
KU researcher takes real look at fake wrestling
October 18, 2014
Jordan Bass learned a secret when he was 12: Professional wrestling is fake. “I was crushed,” he said. “I didn’t watch again for years.” He came back to it this year - this time armed with a doctorate. And now he has completed a scientific research study at Kansas University. On wrestling.
Daily Show’ films in Lawrence; segment focuses on ‘Brownback’s Conservative Experiment’
12:33 p.m., October 8, 2014 Updated 08:04 a.m.
Lawrence played host to Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show,” as correspondent Jessica Williams and crew filmed at locations around town Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 6 and 7. The segment, “Sam Brownback’s Conservative Kansas Experiment,” aired Thursday, Oct. 16. By Joanna Hlavacek
Robin Williams dead at 63
August 11, 2014
Robin Williams, the Academy Award winner and comic supernova whose explosions of pop culture riffs and impressions dazzled audiences for decades and made him a gleamy-eyed laureate for the Information Age, died Monday in an apparent suicide. He was 63.
Scrabblers rejoice: 5,000 new words are on the way
August 4, 2014
The last freshening up for “The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary” was a decade ago. Entries in the forthcoming book include texter, vlog, bromance, hashtag, dubstep and selfie were mere twinkles on the racks of recreational players.
Riders call tallest waterslide scary, but worth it
July 9, 2014
Six weeks after the world’s tallest waterslide was initially scheduled to open to the public, media members and local dignitaries took the first rides Wednesday on the Kansas City, Kansas, attraction.
World’s tallest water slide set to open Thursday in Kansas City
July 8, 2014
After three delays, the world’s tallest water slide is scheduled to open this week.
Bridge players compete for 17 hours straight in Lawrence to raise money for Alzheimer’s research
June 22, 2014
A local bridge club raised several thousand dollars for Alzheimer’s research Saturday by playing for 17 hours straight on the longest day of the year. By Giles Bruce
Lied Center: Mandy Patinkin out, Bernadette Peters in
June 4, 2014
Multi-award-winning Kansas University alumnus and Broadway star Mandy Patinkin has canceled all of his 2014-15 engagements, including a planned March appearance at the Lied Center, the center announced Wednesday.
4 places in Lawrence to get your nature fix
April 29, 2014
Looking to get back out into nature now that the weather is getting warmer? Lucky for you, Lawrence has a variety of parks and nature centers for people who want revel in the outdoors this spring. By Giles Bruce
Playing it ‘Saf3’: Lawrence native finds success in TV show
April 26, 2014
Since she was an adolescent at South Junior High School, Lydia Hull had been dreaming of a career in acting. Now, the Lawrence native has just experienced her first big break. By Nikki Wentling
Think you can beat the critic? Make your picks in our Oscar contest
February 17, 2014
The 86th Academy Awards are coming up quickly, and this year Lawrence.com and Liberty Hall have teamed up to bring you an Oscar contest that could win you free passes to movies, concessions and free movie rentals.
Jayhawkers’ brings a legend back to life
Film tells story of how Wilt Chamberlain changed Lawrence on and off court
February 9, 2014
Broad, sweeping biographical films that try to sum up a person’s entire life in two hours rarely ever get it right. That’s why the best thing that happened to Kevin Willmott’s movie “Jayhawkers” was not being able to raise the $12 million dollars they needed.
Locally produced Web series take funny look at gaming culture
February 7, 2014
The Gaming Wildlife Foundation, made up of a handful of Kansas University film and media studies graduates, hopes to take its 15 minutes of fame to full-time work.
Wilt Chamberlain film ‘Jayhawkers’ premiering Feb. 14
January 17, 2014
Kansas University professor Kevin Willmott will premiere his new film “Jayhawkers” at the Lied Center February 14.
Eric Melin’s 10 best movies of 2013
December 22, 2013
2013 was an embarrassment of film riches, and the best movies of the year are all over the place in terms of budget, scope, genre and style.
Hunting for big bucks
November 8, 2013
Steve Campbell is ready to shoot at bevies of wild animals — in downtown Chicago.
Enter our annual scary story contest for young writers
October 9, 2013
The Journal-World’s annual scary story contest is back, and it’s open to students in three categories: elementary school, middle school and high school.
Lied Center to host The Price is Right Live!
September 8, 2013
The Lied Center is inviting audiences to “come on down” and win big prizes at The Price is Right Live! on Sunday, Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. Tickets will go on sale at 11 a.m. Monday.
Televison history buffs dig Black Jack Battlefield
August 11, 2013
Black Jack Battlefield, the National Historic Landmark just east of Baldwin City, will be featured on an episode of the National Geographic Channel show “Diggers” on Aug. 14.
Sandbar Block Party to celebrate anniversary, new sub shop
August 6, 2013
The fifth annual Sandbar Block Party will celebrate the beach-themed bar’s 24th anniversary and the opening of the new Sandbar Sub Shop location at 745 New Hampshire St. Lawrence-formed indie band Cowboy Indian Bear will perform before the Grammy-nominated The Fabulous Thunderbirds, a Texas-based, blues-rock group formed in 1974. By Nikki Wentling
Tune In Tonight: CNBC doesn’t stand out with ‘Crowd Rules’
May 14, 2013
Call me confused. I’m frequently stumped when a cable network deviates from its original purpose to pursue generic reality shows, readily available elsewhere. The newest CNBC offering is “Crowd Rules” (8 p.m.) a show so unabashedly unoriginal, it just might work. Imagine the set from “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,” the music from “The Apprentice” and the general thrust of “Shark Tank” and you’re getting close.
Summer movie preview: Which new franchises will take flight?
May 12, 2013
Nobody ever accused Hollywood of being original, so it’s no wonder that so many sequels and reboots are on deck for 2013. The big question is whether any new franchises will be able to separate themselves from the pack this summer.
Tune In Tonight: ‘Nature’ brings us back to doe
May 8, 2013
According to poll figures I just made up, 73 percent of homeowners are obsessed about keeping squirrels out of their bird feeders and keeping deer from eating their vegetables, flowers and shrubs. Tonight’s “Nature” (7 p.m., PBS) will shed no light on the eternal battle between man and squirrel, but “The Private Life of Deer” is illuminating.

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