Dole Institute opens exhibit in honor of late Sen. Inouye

For the [second time][1] in the last few months, the Dole Institute of Politics will honor one of Bob Dole's former U.S. Senate colleagues with a memorial exhibit. LIke George McGovern, who died in October, U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye was an across-the-aisle friend of Dole's, according to ... Continue reading


Report shows college enrollments fell across country this fall

In September [we learned that][1] KU's fall enrollment had fallen for the fourth straight year, though its freshman class grew for the first time since the record-setting incoming class of 2008. Now some national numbers released this week provide a bit of context. According to figures released ... Continue reading


Short film ‘Open Mic Night’ premieres at Liberty Hall with live local music

**"Open Mic Night,"** a terrific 35-minute short film filled with great music and performances from local Lawrence musicians, is having its premiere Saturday, Dec. 29, at [Liberty Hall][1] at 9:30 p.m. After the screening, local acts Laurel Woodhouse, [Hospital Ships][2], and [Fourth of July][3] will play live. ... Continue reading


Sights and sounds from KU’s stellar day on the recruiting trail

**7:16 p.m. Update:** Four-star offensive lineman Josiah St. John, the No. 6 junior college player in the country according to ESPN, announced via Twitter just a few moments ago that he had picked Oklahoma over Kansas. Here's the Tweet: *"I made my decision I'm deciding to take ... Continue reading


Longtime tire shop Performance Tire & Wheel closes Lawrence location

I guess every tire must go flat at some point. One of Lawrence’s older tire and wheel shops has closed its doors. Performance Tire & Wheel Group, 1828 Massachusetts St., shut down on Friday, and the manager of the store told me there are no plans for ... Continue reading


Jeff Withey paces KU against Spiders

**1. Jeff Withey:** Best player for KU in a landslide. The big man not only scored and blocked, he also showed his quickness, picking up his sixth and seventh steals of the year early in the second half near midcourt when anticipating passes. Withey posted 17 points ... Continue reading


And now begins the campaign …

Having agreed unanimously Monday night to seek voter approval for a $92.5 million bond issue, Lawrence school officials are now about to launch a public relations campaign to sell the idea. To get things going, the district announced Tuesday that it's soliciting questions from the public so ... Continue reading


Job market for December grads generally not too different, but ‘fiscal cliff’ could throw in a wrench this year

They may not receive as much attention as those who graduate amid the pageantry and down-the-hill walking in May each year, but a number of KU students do graduate in December ([Jeff Withey][1], the men's basketball team's fearsome shot-blocker, among them this year). We won't know exactly ... Continue reading


Comfort food for the uncomfortable pregnant lady

As this pregnancy limps to the finish line, I've had to find ways to simplify my life. I keep comparing this pregnancy to my last one and asking myself why this one seems so much harder, given that for all intents and purposes, it's going more smoothly. ... Continue reading


Richmond looks a lot like a team KU just played

**Team:** Richmond **Record:** 9-2 **KenPom (Ken Pomeroy) Ranking:** 66 3 Strengths ----------- • **Shooting:** Much like Belmont, Richmond enters Allen Fieldhouse as one of the top shooting teams in the country. The Spiders rank 19th in effective field goal percentage and also are in the nation's top ... Continue reading


Temporary closure of 15th/Bob Billings Parkway this summer upsets neighbors; city proposes new detour in hopes of alleviating concerns

We’ve been telling you for awhile now that the area near 15th and Iowa streets is going to be a mess for a good part of 2013. Well, it looks like the mess is going to spread into City Hall tonight. As we have reported in the ... Continue reading


What’s next for KU football’s red-hot recruiting?

By now, I’m sure at least a few of you have checked the connection on your computers and stared down Twitter to make sure you didn’t miss another Kansas University football commitment. You didn’t. It just may feel that way. Beginning with an oral commitment from kicker ... Continue reading


KU Maya expert offers ringing Wikipedia endorsement

We've got [a story this week][1] about a KU archaelogist who's become an expert the last decade or so on the "2012 phenomenon" related to the Maya civilization and the date Dec. 21, 2012, which is coming up in just a few days now. (Hint: The Mayas ... Continue reading


Lawrence homebuilding totals up nearly 30 percent for first 11 months of 2012

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been experiencing building permit withdrawal symptoms. Since about June, I’ve been unable to report any new building permit data for you because the city was having some issues with its new permit software and its ability to print reports. (I’m ... Continue reading


Swampyville’s - “In My Life”!

From the song "In My Life" by the Beatles! I hope John, Paul, George and Ringo will forgive me for changing some of the words to THEIR song! IN REMEMBERANCE OF THOSE WHO LOST THEIR LIVES ON DECEMBER 14, 2012 IN NEWTOWN, CT! There are places I ... Continue reading


Readers ask about Lawrence school security

Last week's tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., is understandably raising questions and concerns among parents in Lawrence and every other school district in America. "Are my children safe?" many want to know. "Would the staff at my child's school know what to do ... Continue reading


Speculation growing that ownership change is on tap for Lawrence-based Stephens Real Estate

It sure appears that one of Lawrence’s larger and older real estate agencies is about to be sold. Multiple sources are indicating that a deal is expected before the end of the year that will sell Stephens Real Estate to two employees of the Lawrence-based agency. Doug ... Continue reading


Topeka high-schooler blogging for New York Times deciding among KU, other colleges

[Leobardo Espinoza Jr.][1] is a high-school senior in Topeka and [is preparing to be][2] a first-generation college student in his family, helped by a school program adopted a few years back especially for students in just such a situation. That alone makes his college choice pretty interesting, ... Continue reading


New poles may be installed in Lawrence neighborhoods as part of Black Hills wireless meter-reading project

If you still get riled up about a new cell phone tower being erected in the county, you’re so stuck in the 1990s. These days, the argument is just as likely to be about communication equipment that is erected right next to your house. Perhaps some of ... Continue reading


A Child’s-eye View

My daughter guest blogs... Sigh. Another boring lecture on something I can’t understand. And it’s in German. And it’s still dark outside. Sigh. I am in German school, and it’s not too fun. People fight in the halls, there’s no toilet paper, soap or warm water in ... Continue reading