City gets proposals for citywide, curbside recycling; proposed rates come in between $2 and $5 per month

The idea of adding citywide, curbside recycling service in Lawrence may get its biggest boost yet on Tuesday night. City commissioners will get their first glimpse at proposed rates to run a curbside recycling service, and the potential increase to monthly city utility bills is coming in ... Continue reading


Clint Bowen tapped to coach KU linebackers; replaces DeMontie Cross, who is headed to TCU

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/photos/2012/09/01/ku_fbc_sdsu_nk_19.jpg **1:02 p.m. Update:** KU coach Charlie Weis moved fast in replacing TCU-bound linebackers DeMontie Cross, announcing Friday afternoon that current assistant coach Clint Bowen would slide into the role vacated by Cross. Here's the official statement from KU: *---Kansas head football coach Charlie Weis announced Friday ... Continue reading


Chastain does horror in ‘Mama’ and why I care about movie awards

**Jessica Chastain**, who burst on the film scene last year with head-turning performances in "The Tree of Life" and "Take Shelter" and an Oscar-nominated performance in "The Help," may be on her way to her first Oscar win. The actress received an Oscar nomination last week for ... Continue reading


Moody’s calls school finance ruling a negative credit factor for Kansas

Moody's Investors Services is calling last week's court ruling on school finance a negative credit factor for Kansas. "Although subject to appeal, this ruling is credit negative for Kansas (Aa1 negative) and underscores challenges the state faces as it tries to offset revenue losses from the income ... Continue reading


‘Fox on the Fairway’ takes a swing at laughs

Charlie Goolsby is well acquainted with Ken Ludwig. Not personally, mind you. But Goolsby is very familiar with Ludwig’s work. That’s why he was pleased to be asked to direct Theatre Lawrence’s new production of Ludwig’s comedy about country club politics, “The Fox on the Fairway.” “It’s ... Continue reading


Lawrence’s craft beer expo is back — expect tickets to go fast

Mark your calendars for Jan. 29. Not only is it Kansas Day, it's the day tickets go on sale for this year's Kansas Craft Brewers Exposition at Abe & Jake's. And if it's as popular as last year — tickets sold out within 10 days — you'll ... Continue reading


1966 Revisited

Pardon me while I brush the dust off my hands and clothes, but I've been down in the basement of the News Center digging through what used to be called the newspaper "morgue," which is where we keep copies of every edition the Journal-World has ever printed. ... Continue reading


KU journalism school ranks No. 3 on ‘most popular’ list

Everybody loves a nice list, so here's one: Per the journalism blog Romenesko, KU's School of Journalism [ranks as the third][1]-"most popular" in the country on a list released this week. (In news that may be somewhat less popular with our audience, the University of Missouri finished ... Continue reading


Cliff’s Notes: Bill Self press conference, 1/17/13

Here is the Cliff's Notes version from Kansas men's basketball coach Bill Self's comments at his press conference today. We'll work to get this fixed, but we had some major audio problems today with skipping. The audio is still available here now that you've been warned. • ... Continue reading


Spencer Museum of Art celebrating 35th birthday with historical photos on Twitter

If you like glimpses into KU's history (and who doesn't?), you might keep an eye on the [Spencer Museum of Art Twitter feed][1] today. The museum opened 35 years ago today, and [it's promising][2] to share photos from its history throughout the day via a medium that, ... Continue reading


Plans filed for more apartment units at site of former Boardwalk Apartments

Another year, another set of apartment plans. Although it seemed like we spent a lot of time talking about new apartment projects last year, the number of new apartments added in the city ended up being a middling number of 184. In 2011, the city added 355 ... Continue reading


January 17th Early Morning Law Enforcement & Fire Medical wrap up

Things have been pretty calm around Douglas County in the early morning hours lately. Still fairly quiet this morning, with the exception of a serious accident on Interstate 70. At 1:55, Lawrence Fire Medical crews were dispatched to respond on an injury accident near mile marker 202 ... Continue reading


Waco Tribune writer awed by Fieldhouse; KUsports.com men’s basketball wallpapers available

A few links to start off your Thursday ... • **Better late than never, right?** We now have 2012-13 Kansas men's basketball desktop wallpaper schedules available, featuring some of the top photos of the year by Journal-World photographer Nick Krug. There are also some iPhone schedule wallpapers ... Continue reading


GOP Representatives Not Only Don’t Get It… They Can’t Even Answer a Simple Question

As some readers might remember, last week I wrote a piece questioning why the GOP-led House of Representatives was spending tax dollars to retain private counsel to defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in the courts after the White House instructed Attorney General Eric Holder not ... Continue reading


Oh my! Manti Te’o story takes new and horrible twist

During the 13 months that I’ve covered him, Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis has proven himself to be 100 percent honest. It’s one of his most solid characteristics and one of the things on which he prides himself. Another is his ability to read people, build ... Continue reading


Attorneys watching closely as city contemplates retail zoning issue at Sixth and SLT; former planning director sounds off on city’s planning practices

Tuesday night at City Hall was a night for folks who bill by the hour. City commissioners on Tuesday considered a request to rezone 146 acres for commercial and retail uses at the northwest corner of Sixth Street and the South Lawrence Trafficway. In a sign that ... Continue reading


Site posts KU-themed wedding tips for Sudeikis, Wilde (or KU alumni)

A tip of the hat to the [KU Alumni Association Twitter account][1] for this one: As you may have seen, famous KU fan Jason Sudeikis, fresh off [a visit to Allen Fieldhouse][2] last month, is engaged to actress Olivia Wilde. A KU fan who writes for the ... Continue reading


A look at where KU’s offense is better — and worse — than a year ago

The Kansas men's basketball team ranks 17th in Ken Pomeroy's adjusted offensive efficiency — a measure that takes into account a team's points per possession while adjusting for schedule strength. A year ago, the Jayhawks finished 19th nationally in the stat. So the Jayhawks are following the ... Continue reading


Cromwell won’t seek re-election to City Commission; field of candidates taking shape as filing deadline nears

The cake is nearly baked on this year’s batch of Lawrence City Commission candidates. (I said that just to see my wife jump out of her chair at the mention of cake.) What we have been speculating on for weeks has now become official: Lawrence City Commissioner ... Continue reading


Fourth grade reading; third grade retention

Gov. Sam Brownback threw out some statistics in his [State of the State address][1] Tuesday night that might have caught some people by surprise. Among them was this: "29 percent of Kansas fourth-graders can’t read at a basic level." That figure is based on a somewhat controversial ... Continue reading