Staff blogs


Say something nice about Kansas football: Discipline taking root

Setting rules and then dismissing anybody who doesn't follow them is not the way to establish discipline in a football program. Anybody could do that. It's easy. The tough challenge is taking players who lack discipline and finding a way to get them to change their behaviors. ... Continue reading


Knisley does it: a journey through illustrated memoirs

As a reader, I usually don’t know where my next read is going to come from. It could be found in a magazine article, by listening to NPR, or from a person convincing me that I need to drop everything and read this book that will apparently ... Continue reading


Another fast-food chicken restaurant sets its sights on Lawrence; basketball court promise broken at Rock Chalk Park

Keep your eyes open and your wet wipes handy. There’s rumblings of yet another fast-food chicken chain coming to Lawrence. I’m hearing that the chain Slim Chickens is close to signing a deal to locate in west Lawrence. I hear the restaurant hopes to locate in the ... Continue reading


Sizing up what the top Big 12 expansion candidates mean for Kansas

If you’ve followed any of the Big 12 expansion talk, whether in the past few years or just the past few days, you’ve probably heard it all. From which universities are most likely to join the conference to which are the best fit and whether those who ... Continue reading


Two KU football players accused of stealing money to buy Jimmy John’s, court documents say

This spring a pair of Kansas University football players were arrested on suspicion of robbery. Last month they were charged with misdemeanor theft. Now, police documents provide a bit of insight as to what the two men, accused of stealing $40 from another man, were after: food. ... Continue reading


Could former Big 12 members be in the expansion mix? Bill Snyder thinks so

Big 12 expansion is hot again — maybe hotter than ever — and universities all across the country are making comments, pushes, pleas even, to the Big 12 brass to find a way to place themselves on the VIP list. This, of course, is a reaction to ... Continue reading


Most Crucial Jayhawks 2016: No. 4 - LB Joe Dineen

As we head down the stretch of our summer countdown of the most crucial Jayhawks on the 2016 football team, we start to find some of the most talented and accomplished Jayhawks on the roster. Beyond that, the names at the top of this list seem to ... Continue reading


Vintage Players to perform annual ‘Senior Moments’ Saturday at Theatre Lawrence

The retirees-turned-thespians of Theatre Lawrence’s Vintage Players call it “An Evening of Senior Moments,” but, as members of the group will attest, the annual comedy performance is more than colonoscopy jokes and predictable bits about failing memory. “It’s funny,” Vintage Players director Mary Ann Saunders says of ... Continue reading


Shakespeare 400 at your library

Perhaps you’re all up to date on all [#Shakespeare400][1], but I (and here I hang my librarian head) have only paid glancing attention to the worldwide celebration of the Bard’s “passing through nature to eternity.” Thankfully, I’ll be given the chance to remedy my oversight when on ... Continue reading


Proposed Eudora budget would increase property taxes, utility rates; Maple Leaf Triathlon is Saturday; Eudora Parks and Recreation sponsors photo contest

City Manager Barack Matite completed a proposed 2017 budget for presentation to the Eudora City Commission at a work session Thursday that would increase the city’s property tax levy from 33.98 to 39.46 mills. Matite said that 4 mills of the 5.48-mill increase would fund a capital ... Continue reading


Police arrest Olathe man in connection with chase that ended in crash

Police arrested a man Wednesday after they say he led them on a car chase that ended in a serious two-vehicle crash at the intersection of West Second and McDonald streets. Patrick Joseph Shanahan, 47, of Olathe, was arrested Wednesday night at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, according to ... Continue reading


Police blotter for Thursday, July 21

Listed below is the majority of Lawrence police activity within the last 24 hours. Each morning the Lawrence Police Department releases a list of officer activity. This call blotter spans from 6:13 a.m. Wednesday to 5:42 a.m. Thursday and includes 414 incidents. Each listing gives a date, ... Continue reading


Most Crucial Jayhawks 2016: No. 5 - DT Daniel Wise

We've reached the Top 5 of this year's Most Crucial Jayhawks list and it's time to get to some of the heaviest hitters on this year's team. No. 5 is a name that many have heard but not everyone is incredibly familiar with. But we expect that ... Continue reading


Most Crucial Jayhawks 2016: No. 6 - QB Ryan Willis

More than 14,000 high schools in the United States field football teams, yet only one of those schools can lay claim to having a candidate for the Kansas starting quarterback job. Bishop Miege, located in Roeland Park, also furnished KU with an offensive line coach for two ... Continue reading


Vickrey confirms he’ll run for speaker of Kansas House in 2017

Although the general elections are still more than three months away, some Kansas lawmakers are already lining up to run for leadership positions next session. The latest was Rep. Jene Vickrey, R-Louisburg, who confirmed Wednesday that he plans to run for speaker of the House in the ... Continue reading


Police blotter for Wednesday, July 20

Listed below is the majority of Lawrence police activity within the last 24 hours. Each morning the Lawrence Police Department releases a list of officer activity. This call blotter spans from 6:20 a.m. Tuesday to 5:20 a.m. Wednesday and includes 273 incidents. Each listing gives a date, ... Continue reading


Keeping an eye on the possibility of a new west Lawrence grocery store; building project slated for west Lawrence business park

As a man with a 13-year old son who eats his meals not by the plate but rather by the pallet, I’m always keeping my eyes open for word of new grocery stores. Last week I provided an update on the latest efforts to land a store ... Continue reading


Multiple accidents on Tuesday around the intersection of Sixth Street and Gateway Drive, police say

If you're heading over to Sonic to snag some fast food or over to Genesis Health Clubs to work out (or perhaps both), it may behoove you to be a bit careful around the intersection of Sixth Street and Gateway Drive. Police say there were two vehicle ... Continue reading


Kobach defends role in drafting ‘most conservative platform’ in GOP history

TOPEKA — Republicans meeting at their national convention in Cleveland this week adopted what some are calling the most conservative platform in Republican Party history. In fact, one of the people calling it that is Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach who played a significant role in ... Continue reading


Behind the scenes at Big 12 Media Days with Joe Dineen

Lawrence native Joe Dineen, who grew up watching Kansas football, represented his hometown program in Dallas at Big 12 Football Media Days this week. Dineen, a junior linebacker, took pride in wearing a Jayhawk lapel pin on his suit and talking KU football with sports reporters from ... Continue reading