Fast-food chicken restaurant coming to west Sixth Street; 23rd Street chicken wing chain begins work; urgent care deal falls through

South Lawrence diners aren’t the only ones who will get to have all the fried chicken fun in this town. While there is a host of new chicken restaurants coming to south Iowa Street, plans have been filed for a new fast-food chicken restaurant on west Sixth ... Continue reading


Walker trials underscore complexity of felony murder concept

If you’ve been following my coverage of Dustin D. Walker’s felony murder retrial, you know that Walker was convicted at his first trial in February of aggravated burglary, but jurors could not make a decision about his felony murder charge. The issue itself is a bit confusing. ... Continue reading


Patrick Ryan, chef-owner of Port Fonda, takes things slow at new Lawrence location

In Kansas City, Patrick Ryan is kind of a big deal. But in Lawrence, where the James Beard-nominated chef recently opened his first Port Fonda restaurant on this side of the Kansas-Missouri border, “it’s been a relief for me that not everybody knows who I am,” he ... Continue reading


Bill Self: Jayhawks need to return from Maui a better team

Kansas basketball coach Bill Self says the upcoming Maui Invitational is the most prestigious early-season event KU plays in from year to year, and whether the Jayhawks win the ESPN-televised tournament or not, Self wants them to come back playing at a higher level than when they ... Continue reading


Devonté Graham: KU guards have to play better

Kansas sophomore point guard Devonté Graham shares that he and fellow starting guards Frank Mason III and Wayne Selden Jr. discussed their struggles in KU’s loss to Michigan State. > “We didn’t shoot the ball well. Late, > we didn’t get stops,” Graham says. Going forward, the ... Continue reading


Wayne Selden Jr: Jayhawks need to learn from mistakes before playing in Maui

After suffering a loss to Michigan State in Chicago, Kansas junior guard Wayne Selden Jr. says the Jayhawks returned home ready to learn from their mistakes before they take off again for next week’s Maui Invitational. Selden says KU’s guard play “wasn’t good” against Michigan State, and ... Continue reading


Chatter about a possible Lawrence Costco grows; a closer look at how developers hope retail grows near Rock Chalk Park

My radar is up and my wallet is locked up via log chain: I’m hearing multiple accounts that a Costco may be coming to Lawrence. Multiple readers are telling me that employees at the Costco in Johnson County are talking about a pending announcement of a Costco ... Continue reading


Folks behind Wichita’s Passage to India restaurant to open similar concept in Lawrence

Lawrence is getting a new Indian restaurant, and it'll be located right across the street from downtown's sole Indian eatery, [India Palace][1]. Nav Chawla, a cook at Wichita's [Passage to India][2], and Kuldip Singh, a co-owner of that restaurant, have plans to open a sister concept of ... Continue reading


Off the Beaten Plate: Heart Attack at Yokohama

You wouldn’t expect to find jalapeño poppers (cousin of such bar-food delicacies as mozzarella sticks and chicken wings) at a restaurant that deals primarily in sushi and other Japanese dishes. And yet, there they are at Yokohama, arranged artfully on an oblong plate and sprinkled with a ... Continue reading


Olathe man booked twice into Douglas County Jail on same day; municipal court alleged trespasser; neighbor tussle; golf club vs. sword alleged altercation

Well, one Olathe resident apparently had quite the bad day in Lawrence yesterday. He was arrested and booked into the Douglas County jail not once, but twice on Tuesday, according to jail booking logs. John Chandler Keeley, 28, was first arrested around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday in the ... Continue reading


Winning experience gave Michigan State edge against KU

The more you think about it, the more you realize the college basketball world should have seen a Michigan State “upset” of Kansas coming at the Champions Classic. Sure, the No. 4 Jayhawks headed to Chicago with a higher ranking than No. 13 Michigan State. And, yes, ... Continue reading


KASB president to run against Abrams for Kansas Senate

Don Shimkus, a school board member from Oxford and current president of the Kansas Association of School Boards, announced Wednesday that he will run as a Democrat for a seat in the Kansas Senate. Shimkus is challenging incumbent Republican Steve Abrams of Arkansas City in the 32nd ... Continue reading


The Day After: Spanked by Sparty

The Kansas University men's basketball team had a golden opportunity to start the season with a statement victory in a prime-time event that would have served notice that this season was going to be different. It still might, but the Jayhawks blew that opportunity by collapsing down ... Continue reading


Baseline view: Kansas v. Michigan State

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Sugar Britches to boast new lineup at fundraiser tonight

Some midweek merriment is in store for Lawrence. Our favorite foul-mouthed songsters, [Sugar Britches][1], will be [playing a benefit show on Wednesday for the Lawrence Community Photo Studio][2]. The studio has had a tight relationship with the band, and even hosted them for a popular Final Fridays ... Continue reading


The Ultimate Turkey Sandwich

I teach informal cooking classes to my friends once in awhile, and recently we decided that we needed to go over some Thanksgiving basics before the big event occurred. One friend is newly married and one is visiting her fairly new boyfriend's family for the holiday, and ... Continue reading


Hank Charcuterie chef Juan Carlos “Jay” Tovar-Ballagh dies at 27

Juan Carlos Tovar-Ballagh, chef de cuisine at Hank Charcuterie and former Pachamamas pastry chef, died Thursday in his Lawrence home. He was 27. Tovar-Ballagh’s longtime friend and colleague Vaughn Good, owner-chef of Hank Charcuterie, was still trying to process the news Tuesday morning while sharing stories of ... Continue reading


Rob Likens: Though winless, Jayhawks remain upbeat

Kansas offensive coordinator Rob Likens says head coach David Beaty has created an atmosphere that allows the Jayhawks to remain positive through Year 1 of a difficult rebuilding progress which, so far, has not produced a win. “If he was up here cussing these kids out every ... Continue reading


Clint Bowen: KU defense making late-season progress

Kansas defensive coordinator Clint Bowen says one of the most important things the Jayhawks’ “D” accomplished at TCU this past week was committing to carrying out the game plan. “I think this was the first time the kids, consciously throughout the game, remembered what was important to ... Continue reading


Scam alert: Area officials warn of phone scammers impersonating local agencies

There seems to be a rise in rip-offs targeting Lawrence and Douglas County residents as three local agencies issued phone scam alerts Monday evening. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and the Lawrence Police Department are warning about an apparent scheme to steal Social Security numbers and cash ... Continue reading

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