The whole hog: Butcher serves up all-natural sausages at Leeway Franks

Published July 30, 2015

Veteran butcher Lee Meisel, who worked for three years at 715 before setting up shop at Leeway Franks earlier this month, says his new store offers him a chance to do what he does best: make sausage. He’s taking a “no-fuss, straightforward” approach at Leeway Franks, where he and his staff are serving up all-natural, locally sourced sausages (no "hot dogs" here, Meisel stresses) all made in-house by Meisel. By Joanna Hlavacek

Sights from the 2015 Douglas County Fair

Published July 28, 2015

Photo gallery of various events at the 2015 Douglas County Fair, July 24 to Aug. 2.

Photo Gallery: Van Go's 17th annual Benchmark unveiling

Published July 27, 2015

Van Go, whose mission is to give at-risk youth practical career training through the arts, held its 17th annual bench unveiling on Friday, July 24, 2015, as part of its Benchmark program.

Kevin Willmott talks Spike Lee, 'Chiraq,' teaching at KU

Published July 26, 2015

It’s a busy time for filmmaker and KU associate professor Kevin Willmott. Principal photography recently wrapped on the new Spike Lee film “Chiraq,” which he co-wrote with the director. The movie, which stirred up controversy because of its name alone, is the first to be released by Amazon Studios. It stars John Cusack, Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett, and will debut in December, in time for awards consideration.

Taking a hard look at 'Watchman'

Published July 25, 2015

Harper Lee’s second novel, "Go Set a Watchman," hit the shelves last week, bringing with it a storm of controversy. The book follows a 26-year-old Scout Finch — now going by her proper name, Jean Louise — as she returns home to Maycomb, Ala. It is not a true sequel to the celebrated "To Kill A Mockingbird," but rather a “companion” story.

Kansas basketball's journey to the gold medal in South Korea

Published July 20, 2015

Revisit the Kansas men's basketball team's road to the gold medal at the World University Games in South Korea. Find exclusive coverage, behind-the-scenes content and more from Team USA practices and games at

Piano that once belonged to Phog Allen returns to KU

Published July 19, 2015

From the time they were small, there was “never any question” that the Gallup girls would learn how to play the piano. And, from how Cindy Pine (née Gallup) tells it, that’s what they did. When your mom’s a professional piano accompanist, you don’t have much of a choice. “Our home was always full of wonderful music,” recalls Pine, who, along with her sister, Nancy, continued with lessons until graduating high school.

'Ant-Man' a small wonder; 'Amy' goes behind the music

Published July 18, 2015

In “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the mega-superheroes are taken out of their usual hi-tech, urban surroundings and brought down to Earth when they hide out at a Midwestern farmhouse. It’s a scene that writer/director Joss Whedon had to fight to keep in the movie, and it's one of the best. In Marvel’s “Ant-Man,” the titular character (played by Paul Rudd) suffers an even more ignoble juxtaposition.

Jayhawks win gold for USA with 84-77 2OT victory at World University Games

Published July 13, 2015

The United States/Kansas University men’s basketball team defeated Germany, 84-77 in double overtime, to win the gold medal Monday at the World University Games in South Korea. Wayne Selden Jr. scored 22 points, Perry Ellis had 19 and Frank Mason III added 18 for the Jayhawks.

Jayhawks advance to the gold medal game with 78-68 win over Russia

Published July 12, 2015

The United States/Kansas University men's basketball team is headed to the World University Games gold medal game after beating Russia, 78-68, on Sunday at DongKang Gymnasium. Down by a point in the fourth quarter, 62-61, KU junior guard Wayne Selden Jr. took over with a three-pointer, defensive rebound and a layup for a personal 5-0 run. The Jayhawks never trailed again.

Painter, Lawrence artist-in-residence explores Darwinism, happiness in new exhibition

Published July 12, 2015

Sometimes all it takes is a little guidance from Charles Darwin — yes, that Charles Darwin — by way of an 11-year-old boy to change one’s outlook when things get rough. Two years ago, Lawrence Arts Center artist-in-residence Valerie Campos and her son, Sebastián, were on their way home to Mexico from Beijing (Campos had just completed an artist residency at the city’s Red Gate Gallery) when she learned, at the airport, that their visas had expired.

Jayhawks use defense to roll past Lithuania, 70-48

Published July 10, 2015

The United States/Kansas University men's basketball team is headed to the World University Games semifinals after beating Lithuania, 70-48, on Saturday at DongKang Gymnasium. Frank Mason led with 18 points.

Barker Brothers: Siblings sell artisan baked goods, coffee out of former laundromat

Published July 9, 2015

Talk about brotherly love. It’s partly what pulled 21-year-old Reagan Petrehn back home to Kansas last summer from Xining, China. The Paola native was helping establish Greenhouse Coffee Co. franchises and taking classes at a local university in China’s Qinghai province when his brother Taylor first approached him with the idea of turning an old East Lawrence laundromat into an artisanal bakery and coffee shop. By Joanna Hlavacek

Arts Center transforms into 'Jedi Academy' for weeklong camp

Published July 9, 2015

Campers at the Lawrence Arts Center are introduced to all things "Star Wars" during the weeklong Intergalactic Jedi Academy. Campers created costumes, drew popular Star Wars characters, learned Jedi moves from dance instructors and built their own lightsabers made from pool noodles. Video by Nick Krug

Kansas/Team USA finishes pool play 5-0

Published July 8, 2015

The United States/Kansas University men's basketball team finished pool play with an undefeated record after dominating Switzerland, 96-57, at DongKang College Gymnasium in South Korea. The Jayhawks (5-0) opened the second half with an 18-0 run, featuring three dunks by KU junior guard Wayne Selden Jr. in the stretch, to pull away.