Candlelight Vespers returns Sunday at Baker; Eudora Parks and Rec scheduling Santa phone calls, Baldwin City and Eudora chambers to meet

A Baldwin City tradiation returns for the 85th time Sunday with two performances of the Baker University Candlelight Vespers. Started in the grim Great Depression year of 1931, Candlelight Vespers will return with two hourlong performances at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday at Rice Auditorium on ... Continue reading


A law that would make the city’s incentive process more transparent; trying to figure out the City Commission’s new take on incentives

I’ve never been exactly sure what “deck the halls” means, which became abundantly clear with that unfortunate incident in study hall. So, I think I’ll just stick with passing along some notes from City Hall. • City commissioners on Tuesday approved the city's legislative priorities statement for ... Continue reading


Bill Self considers Joel Embiid and Andrew Wiggins KU’s next generation of all-stars

For years Paul Pierce carried with him in and out of every arena the title of best Kansas basketball player in the NBA. Those days, obviously, are over, with Pierce playing seldom minutes off the Los Angeles Clippers’ bench in his 19th season. KU coach Bill Self, ... Continue reading


Baylor basketball team and Sooner volleyball player on the rise

The Big 12 is shaping up as a much tougher basketball conference than predicted and even Kansas coach Bill Self, a relentless advocate for the league who talked up the league before the season started, acknowledged being surprised when I asked him about it. "Everybody in our ... Continue reading


The potential impact of Carlton Bragg’s arrest on KU’s lineup

A rough start to what was predicted by many to be a breakout season took a terrible turn for the worse early Friday morning, when Kansas sophomore Carlton Bragg, a 6-foot-10 forward from Cleveland, was arrested on suspicion of domestic battery and booked into Douglas County Jail. ... Continue reading


The best books of 2016

Let’s be honest, 2016 has been kind of a hot mess. Between so many celebrity deaths (David Bowie, Sharon Jones, Prince, Alan Rickman, Muhammad Ali, Eli Wiesel) and some, uh, general upheaval, most people are ready to write this one off as a loss. But! As much ... Continue reading


Blue bloods with Bobby: Dec. 8

Welcome to the first edition of the college basketball blue bloods update, where I’ll take a quick weekly glance at the top-10 teams in the country. Some of the top teams are battling injuries (Duke, North Carolina) and others are rising high after big wins (UCLA, Gonzaga). ... Continue reading


Josh Jackson’s desire to be coached benefiting both him and the Jayhawks

From the perspective of the common fan, Kansas freshman Josh Jackson has proven to be the ultra-talented, incredibly skilled, hard-working competitor that he was deemed to be when he signed with the Jayhawks. From the perspective of Kansas coach Bill Self, Jackson has been so much more. ... Continue reading


Memphians make very good Jayhawks

Memphis has been very, very good to Kansas basketball in recent years. And Kansas basketball has been very, very good to Memphis natives. Tarik Black left his hometown to play one year as a graduate transfer for Kansas. He played just 13.5 minutes per game because phenom ... Continue reading


Mediterranean grill coming to 23rd Street; west Lawrence deli closes

Marwan Chebaro thinks the future of gas stations is food, and he’s set to test it out in Lawrence. ( I once thought that too, but then changed course after realizing a Slim Jim diet really wasn’t the weight loss plan its name suggests.) Don’t worry, though, ... Continue reading


Lawrence police blotter for Dec. 8

Listed below is the majority of Lawrence police activity within the last 24 hours. Each morning the Lawrence Police Department releases a list of officer activity. This call blotter spans from 7:52 a.m. Wednesday to 5:31 a.m. Thursday and includes 303 incidents. Each listing gives a date, ... Continue reading


Breaking down the strengths of All-Big 12 DE Dorance Armstrong

On a team that posted a 2-10 record, it’s not easy to stand out for individual accomplishments. But everybody took notice of Kansas sophomore defensive end Dorance Armstrong Jr., and he was recognized with first-team All-Big 12 honors Wednesday, the first unanimous selection since the Jayhawks joined ... Continue reading


Cal State building named for former KU administrator; Jayhawk is Washington state poet laureate; chancellor’s husband as Santa; and other KU names in the news

Here are a few University of Kansas names in the news and some other recent updates: **• Cal State LA names building for former KU administrator:** There’s a building at California State University, Los Angeles being named after a former KU associate vice chancellor for academic affairs. ... Continue reading


Report shows Lawrence sets new record for apartment construction; more than 1,000 apartment units set to open in city

The boom you heard in September was Lawrence exploding with new apartments. We have been reporting all year about new apartment construction in Lawrence, but a new report from City Hall delivers a nice, easy to understand number: For the first time in its history, Lawrence has ... Continue reading


Kansas football limited to 16 new scholarships for Class of 2017, 14 verbally committed so far

Catching the bait was the only aspect of fishing I ever enjoyed. It didn’t take long to learn that crayfish had one gear: reverse. The best worm hunting happened the morning after a rainy night. Turn over a rock on one of those mornings, unearth a worm ... Continue reading


Former Self stars congratulate coach on 600th victory

In case you haven't seen it, here's that video that played last night with 15 former Bill Self players (including 11 Jayhawks) congratulating him on win No. 600. Familiar faces (near and far) offering congratulations to @CoachBillSelf on his monumental 600th career win! #kubball pic.twitter.com/xZjoxQxSOh— Kansas Basketball ... Continue reading


The Day After: An old school rout on a special night

Tuesday was a special night at Allen Fieldhouse and not just because the Jayhawks scored a season-high for points and absolutely throttled their opponent, UMKC, 105-62. It marked the 600th victory in the coaching career of KU coach Bill Self and, thankfully for everybody involved, Self actually ... Continue reading


Lawrence police blotter for Dec. 7

Listed below is the majority of Lawrence police activity within the last 24 hours. Each morning the Lawrence Police Department releases a list of officer activity. This call blotter spans from 6:02 a.m. Tuesday to 5:44 a.m. Wednesday and includes 303 incidents. Each listing gives a date, ... Continue reading


KU Sports Extra: 600 & Counting for KU’s Bill Self

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YA backlist: “Reality Boy” by A.S. King

I’m not ashamed to admit young adult lit dominated my reading list this year. It’s partly because I get to order books for the library’s teen collection—but also because YA books are awesome. Yeah, awesome. Books for teens have gotten so much more diverse, so much more ... Continue reading