Lawrence doesn’t make ‘most dangerous’ list; fight on Mass Street; woman allegedly punches man in head; an unwanted front-door surprise

Screenshot of Only in Your State's "The 9 most dangerous towns in Kansas to live in."

People ask me all the time: “Is there more crime going on in town or am I just seeing more of it now?” Well, I don’t have an exact answer for you now (I plan to write a story in ... Continue reading

Lawrence firm seeks to expand in East Hills; city set to appoint chair to lead commissioner vacancy board; fire sprinklers to be debated for animal facilities

There is a deal brewing for a new manufacturer to locate in the East Hills Business Park. As we reported in June, Lawrence-based Prosoco has formed a new company that will make high-tech walls and panels for companies that want ... Continue reading

Most crucial Jayhawks 2015: No. 3 - CB Brandon Stewart

Kansas University cornerback Brandon Stewart (8) makes a play during practice on Thursday, March 26, 2015.

We've reached the Top 3 of this year's list of Most Crucial Jayhawks for the upcoming season, and, given the fact that KU plays in the offensive madhouse that is the Big 12, it should come as no surprise that ... Continue reading

Throwback Thursday finds foot in a bucket; another prowler reported after alleged peeping Tom

Ezekiel Rubottom, who had his left ankle and foot amputated three weeks ago, found himself the center of attention over the weekend. Lawrence Police came to the house where Rubottom was staying and took the amputated limb after complaints from neighbors about a number of people showing up to look at the foot. Police returned Rubottom's foot on Monday after establishing that it did indeed belong to him.

How 'bout a throwback Thursday in wacky public safety news to start us off today? Flashback to just over 10 years ago — it's July 2005, and 21-year-old Lawrence resident Ezekiel Rubottom has recently had his left foot amputated after ... Continue reading

Most crucial Jayhawks 2015: No. 4 - S Bazie Bates IV

Blue Team running back Ryan Schadler is tacked by White Team safety Bazie Bates IV during the Spring Game on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at Memorial Stadium.

Number 4 on the list — and, no, we didn't pencil him into this position because he has the IV at the end of his name — is a player who could easily have the biggest impact of any Jayhawk ... Continue reading

Want to get your student involved? School clubs may be the answer

Want to get your middle or high school student involved in something after school? Athletics may be the obvious go-to, but they can be a substantial time (and monetary) commitment for both parents and students. Teacher-sponsored school clubs — with ... Continue reading

Home sales up; housing construction hits recent high; sales tax numbers strong but create some budget worries at City Hall

As a quick homework conversation with my seventh-grade son confirmed, junior high math has surpassed me. But that doesn’t mean I can’t still do some calculations to determine the state of the Lawrence economy. So, here’s a look at the ... Continue reading

Most crucial Jayhawks 2015: No. 5 - RB Ke’aun Kinner

Kansas running back Ke'aun Kinner breaks away from the defense during practice on Monday, Aug. 10, 2015.

We'll stick with offense to crack into the Top 5, where a newcomer who had a fantastic preseason camp sits as one of the most important players in KU's new Air Raid offense. His name is Ke'aun Kinner (pronounced Key-On) ... Continue reading

Most crucial Jayhawks 2015: No. 6 - QB Montell Cozart

Kansas quarterback Montell Cozart (2) passes over the top of the Central Michigan defense during their game on Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium.

Just a few days after he officially was named this year's starter, it's time to check off the Kansas quarterback on our list of most crucial Jayhawks for 2015. He's a name you're familiar with and one who has started ... Continue reading

Weekend Picks: Final Friday art; “Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean”; Comedy Freakout; “They Live” at Liberty Hall; GWAR

Recent columns have focused on family-friendly summer fare, but send the kids to bed for (most of) this column. We're here to talk about indie theater, Comedy Freakouts, ASSJAMZ and GWAR. **Art Opening: Grace D. Chin's "Find a Place You ... Continue reading

Sludgy and severe: an introduction to Amenaza

There was a lot of serious metal at the Jackpot over the weekend, but you’ll want to take note of Amenaza. The Lawrence band is establishing a solid spot amongst its grungy peers with an impressively brutal set executed impeccably ... Continue reading

Peeping Tom reported at apartments; teen allegedly punches girlfriend’s dad; drunk man reportedly hides firearm in pants; DUI enforcement numbers so far

Being an outdoorsy gal, I’d always liked to keep my blinds and windows open. But then [in December, a stranger came to my apartment, tried to open the front door and began scanning my windows when I didn’t respond][1]. I’ve ... Continue reading

Brownback to host town hall meeting on possible Gitmo transfer

Gov. Sam Brownback announced Wednesday that he will hold a town hall meeting Thursday, Sept. 3, in Leavenworth to air concerns about a possible transfer of prisoners from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to Fort Leavenworth. That announcement was the third statement ... Continue reading

David Beaty and staff have Charlie Weis to thank for long road ahead

Head coach David Beaty and his staff have spent recent months working to fill their squad with walk-ons.

The Kansas football team and first-year head coach David Beaty are less than two weeks away from the start of a new season and a new era. But when one considers the long road ahead for the first-time head coach ... Continue reading

Stoddard won’t be candidate for Lawrence city manager post; Chick-fil-A sets date for South Iowa street opening

Lawrence Interim City Manager Diane Stoddard talks with the Lawrence city commissioners during a special meeting Friday, Aug. 14, to take formal action on the resignation of Mayor Jeremy Farmer and receive public comments on filling the vacancy and filling the position of Mayor.

This news just in from Lawrence City Hall: Interim City Manager Diane Stoddard won’t be a candidate for the open city manager’s position in Lawrence. Stoddard sent out a message to employees updating them on several City Hall matters. In ... Continue reading

Most crucial Jayhawks 2015: No. 7 - OL Larry Mazyck

Kansas offensive lineman Larry Mazyck warms up with his teammates during spring practice on Tuesday, March 24, 2015.

Back to the list after some significant news out of preseason camp, we find one of the biggest dudes on the team who plays one of the most important positions in the lineup at No. 7. Here's a look. 7. ... Continue reading

Life’s a peach, so make some shortcakes

Peach Shortcake

Who said all shortcake had to be topped with strawberries? It turns out, my kids aren't huge fans of strawberries — something to do with the seeds. This made me sad, because I have fond memories of strawberry shortcake all ... Continue reading

Marketing firm survey says Jayhawks are state’s most famous brand

Harold D. Sandy designed this Jayhawk in 1946, and copyrighted it the following year. It's the smiling version of the Jayhawk that survives today.

Never underestimate the reach of a powerhouse basketball program. I’ve had a student from China tell me, when settling on an American university to attend, that he picked KU because he’d heard of its basketball team and thought it was ... Continue reading

Panhandler allegedly impersonates police officer; hair-pulling on a futon; man accused of stealing ham, snack cakes; transient man reportedly refuses to leave woman’s home

After my [experiences during a police car ride-along early Saturday morning][1], I don’t understand why anyone would want to impersonate a police officer. One man apparently thought the risk was worth it on Sunday. Around 3:30 p.m., **a 55-year-old transient ... Continue reading

What naming Montell Cozart the starting QB means for Kansas football

Kansas quarterback Montell Cozart calls out a play during practice on Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014.

By now, you've all surely heard that Kansas University junior [Montell Cozart has been named the Jayhawks' starting quarterback][1] for the 2015 season. So what does this mean for the team, for Cozart, for first-year coach David Beaty and for ... Continue reading

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