‘Into the Woods’ recreates power of fairytales for modern audiences

There may be no form of literature more beloved in Western culture than the fairytale. “There is something very basic about them that is deeply ingrained in the human psyche,” says John Staniunas, Associate Professor of Theatre at Kansas University. “They’re a gateway to the unconscious mind.” ... Continue reading


To Bond or not to Bond: ‘Skyfall,’ ‘Arbitrage’ and ‘Liberal Arts’

The media blitz for the 50th Anniversary of British superspy James Bond has been deafening. On the market just in time for the new movie, there's a comprehensive [Blu-ray box set][1] of all 22 Bond flicks, a [600-pg. coffee-table book][2], a [2-CD set][3] of Bond theme songs, ... Continue reading


SE Missouri has punch in post, problems on D

**Team:** SE Missouri **Record:** 0-0 **KenPom (Ken Pomeroy) Preseason Ranking:** 229 3 Strengths ----------- • **Shooting, inside and out:** The Redhawks thrived last year at shooting both two-pointers and threes. SEMO ranked in the top 63 nationally in both categories, which included an impressive 37.4-percent accuracy from ... Continue reading


Rally to support expansion of Medicaid today; Red counties, blue counties shown in national map

About 75 people on Friday gathered outside the Statehouse, calling for Gov. Sam Brownback to support an expansion of Medicaid, the state and federally funded program that covers the cost of health care services for nearly 400,000 Kansans, mostly children, pregnant women and those with disabilities. Rev. ... Continue reading


November 9th Early Morning Law Enforcement & Fire Medical wrap up

Lawrence Police responded on three disturbances this morning. No serious injuries or arrests were reported. Police also responded on two burglary alarms, one of which was at the Applebee's on 6th Street. An officer checking the outside of the building located a door on the backside of ... Continue reading


Attempt to delay startup of KanCare fails

In a split vote along party lines, a legislative committee on Thursday rejected pleas from advocates for the elderly and those with disabilities for a delay in implementation of Gov. Sam Brownback's plan to privatize the Medicaid program, which serves nearly 400,000 Kansans. State Rep. Barbara Ballard, ... Continue reading


Moran’s tea party cred will protect Roberts; Romney’s Kobach problem with Hispanic voters

U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., is vying for the chairmanship of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, which works to get more Republicans elected to the Senate. Roll Call reported Thursday: "Moran’s boosters said his tea party appeal will help block primary challenges for potentially vulnerable Members such ... Continue reading


Cliff’s Notes: Bill Self press conference, 11/8/12

Here is the Cliff's Notes version from Kansas men's basketball coach Bill Self's comments at his press conference today. • Full audio has been posted. • **Self said he saw the elbow Thomas Robinson threw on TV.** It looked like Robinson got the guy pretty good. Self ... Continue reading


Prison chief says 10 percent budget cut would hurt public safety

A 10 percent budget cut to the state prison system, which is already overcrowded and seeing an increase in gang violence, would be a threat to public safety, Kansas Secretary of Corrections Ray Roberts said today. "We could not take a 10 percent cut without it having ... Continue reading


Lawrence printmaker’s take on Phoenix Awards is colorful, 3-D

We profiled each of this year’s five Phoenix Award winners in Sunday’s paper [and here on Lawrence.com][1]. But there’s another key artist involved with these awards — the one who makes the hardware that the winning artists take home. The Lawrence Cultural Arts Commission picks a different ... Continue reading


Explaining how KU’s fake field goal was called and why it didn’t work

*For this blog, I have consulted a Div. II offensive assistant coach, someone we'll just call "Coach."* This week's Breakdown will look at Kansas' failed fake field goal on fourth and 10 in the second quarter of Saturday's 41-14 loss to Baylor. Video is below. Let's first ... Continue reading


November 8th Early Morning Law Enforcement & Fire Medical wrap up

At 2:52, Lawrence Police and Fire Medical crews were dispatched to the intersection of W. 23rd Street and Naismith Drive for a two vehicle injury accident. Arriving fire crews reported that one person would need to be extricated from the vehicle. One person was seriously injured and ... Continue reading


What caught my eye at Wednesday’s practice: Nov. 7

Another quiet one at Kansas football practice today, as the Jayhawks ran through this afternoon’s drills without the aid of music to entertain them. The more I think about it, the more I’m wondering if the no-music policy for this week lines up with KU coach **Charlie ... Continue reading


Jenkins touts tax reform

President Barack Obama, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said today that one of the first post-election orders of business is to reach a deal to reduce the nation's debt. Boehner offered to pursue a deal with Obama, who won a ... Continue reading


A life in theater: Hailey Gillespie helps children find themselves through drama

A funny thing happened on the way to becoming a speech pathologist. Hailey Gillespie discovered she could have a career in theater after all. “I’d always loved theater,” she says, “I always wanted it to be part of my life. But I didn’t want to act. I ... Continue reading


Moran says he has enough votes to become chair of National Republican Senatorial Committee

Roll Call reports that U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., says he has enough support to become the next chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee. "I have a sufficient number of commitments that if the election is held, I would be successful in becoming the chair," Moran ... Continue reading


Three & Out with Texas Tech…

**• Kansas Jayhawks (1-8 overall, 0-6 Big 12) vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders (6-3 overall, 3-3 Big 12) •** *— 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, Jones AT&T Stadium, Lubbock, Texas —* **Opening Las Vegas Line:** Texas Tech -24 **Current Las Vegas Line:** Texas Tech -25 **Television:** FSN ... Continue reading


5 things to learn about the KU basketball team from Hoop-Math.com

A few months ago, I stumbled upon Jeff Haley's Hoop-Math website and was immediately interested by his analysis. Basically, Haley breaks the shots of each team's possession using play-by-play data from box scores. The data can be broken down by team and individually, giving us some insight ... Continue reading


After all that, little change in the Kansas Legislature; Obama takes Douglas County; Schlingensiepen does well in Lawrence, Topeka; and Obamacare decision awaits Brownback

Some of the faces in the Kansas Legislature will change, but after all the campaigning, outside money, and unprecedented redistricting, last night's election kept Republican-Democratic margins the same as before: the House at 92-33 Republican and the Senate 32-8 Republican. It's possible those numbers could change slightly ... Continue reading


November 7th Early Morning Law Enforcement & Fire Medical wrap up

Lawrence Police were called to the intersection of 23rd Street and Massachusetts Street at 3:49 for a single vehicle accident. The vehicle reportedly struck a utility pole in the area. Police confirmed no one was injured and there was no need for Fire Medical crews to respond ... Continue reading