Kansas and Lawrence suffer job losses in latest report; Manhattan leading the way in job growth

If my house is any indication, job numbers have to improve this summer. (There’s the crew of workers filling the Gatorade stations throughout the house, and, of course, the security team that ensures I’m not allowed to turn down the thermostat.) But positive job numbers weren’t the ... Continue reading


Is KU football facing a favorable schedule?

Finally, the Kansas football team may be catching a break. It’s been a rough six seasons for the Jayhawks, who have piled up losses at a record pace since enjoying wild success under former head coach Mark Mangino. And there’s no doubting that in order to crawl ... Continue reading


Lawrence woman arrested after police said she started a fire in her ex-boyfriend’s bathroom

A recent breakup preceded the arrest of a Lawrence woman after police said she started a fire in her ex-boyfriend's residence. Josefina Calleja Ines, 39, was arrested on suspicion of arson and criminal damage, early Tuesday morning in the 500 block of Minnesota Street, according to the ... Continue reading


A broken window already at the brand new DeBruce Center — what happened?

**UPDATE:** KU construction officials say "spontaneous glass breakage" is actually to blame. [Click here][1] to read more. *** When a building is entirely made of sleek glass panels, it’s pretty obvious when one of them is not like the others. So the large shattered panel on probably ... Continue reading


‘Heart of a Lion’ is a true story of fear, cats and ecology

I bet when William Stolzenburg wrote his previous book, "[Where the Wild Things Were][1]," he didn’t figure he would later find one of the wildest things in the Americas on a walkabout that stretched from the Black Hills of South Dakota, through Midwestern farms and cities, across ... Continue reading


Say something nice about Kansas football: Offense returns more experience than a year ago

Just one Big 12 school has failed to reach 30 offensive touchdowns in each of the the past four seasons. It was the same school every time. Kansas scored 27 offensive touchdowns in 2012, 22 in 2013, 25 in 2014 and 22 in 2015. Texas posted the ... Continue reading


Udoka Azubuike should be more impactful than recent KU freshman bigs

When center Udoka Azubuike joined Kansas basketball’s 2016 recruiting class in January, it certainly didn’t come as much of a surprise. Coach Bill Self and his staff routinely land big men from the high school ranks who bring to campus loads of hype to go their size ... Continue reading


No ‘Dump Trump’ movement for Kansas GOP

The chairman of the Kansas Republican Party said Monday that he is not taking part in recent efforts to change party rules in a way that could deny Donald Trump the presidential nomination. "At this point I’m not on board with this," Kelly Arnold, the GOP chairman, ... Continue reading


Most Crucial Jayhawks 2016: No. 25 - OL Jayson Rhodes

Each summer, across the country, football fans spend time watching, waiting and anticipating the arrival of another college football season. And while that might not always be a favorite pastime of KU fans, many still get sucked in to the journey. Will this be a better season? ... Continue reading


New study shows Douglas County second least affordable in state; see which city has average mortgage payment of $217 a month

Maybe you have heard that Lawrence is one of the least affordable Kansas communities in which to buy a home. Maybe you have the empty Ramen noodle packages to prove the point. Well, a new study has come out that reaches much the same conclusion, but this ... Continue reading


Svi Mykhailiuk channels Bill Self, talks up defense and team-first basketball

Sure, Svi Mykhailiuk might be in Europe this summer, training with and playing for his native Ukraine’s Under 20 national team. But when the 19-year-old guard spoke earlier this week at the 2016 adidas Eurocamp, in Italy, it sounded like his Kansas coach, Bill Self, had just ... Continue reading


Lagerald Vick preparing for larger role

Kansas sophomore guard Lagerald Vick already feels like a more important player in the Jayhawks’ rotation, months ahead of the 2016-17 season. “Looking back to where I came from and stuff,” Vick says, “I didn’t have a big name.” Now the athletic guard from Memphis says he ... Continue reading


Van Go to celebrate young artists, successful endowment campaign at Saturday’s What Floats Your Boat

Emily Laughlin was only 12 when she first learned of Van Go Inc., the social service agency that provides arts-based job training to at-risk teens and young adults in Douglas County. She wasn’t yet old enough to take part in the program, but Laughlin, now 19, remembers ... Continue reading


Beyond Bamford: Free State Festival highlights

Monday brings the arrival of this year's Free State Festival and its fully stocked lineup of music, art, film and ideas. Among the many attractions: "Lady Dynamite" star Maria Bamford (you can read our interview with her here), Radiolab co-founder Jad Abumrad, film screenings galore and a ... Continue reading


Free State Festival headliner Maria Bamford on getting older, saying no and the many endearing qualities of pugs

In her critically acclaimed, semi-autobiographical Netflix series "Lady Dynamite," comedian Maria Bamford mines her very real struggles with mental illness (the Minnesota native checked herself into a psych ward a few years back after being diagnosed with Bipolar II disorder, and subsequently checked out, at least partly, ... Continue reading


Monkey see, Enkidu: Everyday solutions from ancient texts

Like many in town, our home has not been immune to an influx of sugar ants in recent weeks, made worse by a wet May. Unfortunately, word spread among them that, due to its plentiful supply of improperly disposed lollipop and Popsicle sticks, my 5-year-old son Ray’s ... Continue reading


2016 Roundball Classic highlights, featuring Ben McLemore

Sacramento Kings guard Ben McLemore provided most of the highlights as former Kansas players returned to Lawrence Thursday night to play in the 2016 Rock Chalk Roundball Classic, benefitting children afflicted by cancer. Check out the highlights from the charity game, which included the Red team’s Nick ... Continue reading


Stock watch: Wayne Selden Jr. staying busy with pre-draft workouts

The NBA Draft is still a week away, and for Wayne Selden Jr. more plane trips, workouts and chances to prove he can play at the next level remain. Already, the Kansas guard who turned pro a year early has shown off his skills for Milwaukee, Chicago, ... Continue reading


Addition of Thornton, Newman would improve Jayhawks even during red-shirt seasons

Watching Kansas guards Frank Mason (blue) and Devonte’ Graham (red) get after each other again during Wednesday’s camp scrimmage took my mind to a wild place that I think KU fans would love to go. We all know by now — and have for some time — ... Continue reading


Taco shops and a country club; early June restaurant inspection results

The first half of June brings about a short list of restaurant inspections to report. Only four establishments made the list this round. Sad, though, because two of them serve tacos, arguably humankind's greatest culinary achievement. Twice each month, I take a look at inspection results and ... Continue reading