Staff blogs


Lawrence Public Library adds instant access to digital content

I tend to have very strong and vocal opinions about things I dislike. This can be frustrating for my loved ones AND extremely embarrassing for myself when I realize just how wrong I was. I can think of three specific items which eventually caused me to eat ... Continue reading


‘Whites only’ no more: KU unveils marker to commemorate Strong Hall sit-in of 1965

Once upon a time, Kansas University Student Housing and The University Daily Kansan student newspaper allowed advertisements for off-campus rentals that specified “whites only.” That and a few other discriminatory practices at KU ended as a result of a significant civil rights event that occurred more than ... Continue reading


Bison herds, BB guns and other laws considered in the final days of the wrap-up session

Kansas lawmakers met late into the night both Friday and Saturday last week, then topped it off with a marathon session that began early Sunday afternoon and lasted until 3:30 a.m. Monday. And while the budget bill was the focus of most of the media attention, the ... Continue reading


Former KU QB Jake Heaps getting another shot at the NFL

Do your best to hide your shock after reading this, but former Kansas University quarterback Jake Heaps is getting another shot at the NFL. Earlier this week, Heaps revealed that he had signed a free agent contract with the Seattle Seahawks — his hometown team — and ... Continue reading


Lawrence Police Department to host a ‘tweet-along’ for Cinco de Mayo and KU’s Stop Day

You're invited to join the Lawrence Police Department around town tomorrow evening, all from the cozy confines of wherever you want to be. All you need is a Twitter account. One Lawrence Police officer will ride along with other officers Thursday evening posting about different calls for ... Continue reading


More details on Briggs Auto expansion on south Iowa; nonprofits, eco devo groups facing new funding rules from City Hall

I’m not exactly sure what a “reconditioning facility” is, other than my wife says she’ll pay for me to go to one to see about my unibrow. Regardless, Briggs Automotive has filed plans to build a new reconditioning facility along south Iowa Street, and it may end ... Continue reading


Faculty ponder: Do suggested policy changes give KU too much control over employees’ inventions?

Kansas University administration is proposing some revisions to the university’s intellectual property policy, and to the “Employee Invention Assignment Agreement” that goes along with it, which faculty are supposed to sign. Some faculty leaders, however, think the policy gives KU too much control over things its employees ... Continue reading


Paul Pierce again contemplating retirement

Since leaving Kansas a year early in 1998 to enter the NBA Draft, Paul Pierce has put together quite the storied career. A 10-time all-star, and NBA Finals MVP in 2008, Pierce has scored a whopping 26,316 points in the league, good enough for 16th all-time. But ... Continue reading


Francisco, Wilson file for re-election; several retirements coming

TOPEKA — State Sen. Marci Francisco and Rep. John Wilson, both Democrats from Lawrence, have both filed re-election. Francisco filed Monday, shortly after the 2016 Legislature adjourned, to seek a third term representing the 2nd Senate District, which includes nearly all of Lawrence north of 23rd Street, ... Continue reading


Breaking down Bill Self’s comments on newly signed KU guard Josh Jackson

Although it never was in doubt, the Kansas basketball fan base no doubt breathed a little sigh of relief on Tuesday, when [KU officially announced the signing of freshman-to-be Josh Jackson.][1] Jackson, the top-ranked prospect in the Class of 2016 according to, already is pegged as ... Continue reading


Update on Texas Roadhouse, Planet Fitness and other south Iowa Street projects

Perhaps you are like me and the last few summers of roadwork have conditioned you to travel south Iowa Street only by drone. Well, if you haven’t been on the busy street for awhile, there are lots of changes happening along the roadway. We’ve reported on the ... Continue reading


It never went away, but is Big 12 expansion back in the spotlight?

So here we go again.... again. As if any of us needed any more proof that it’s college football, and nothing else, that’s driving (and has driven) the seemingly constant changes on the landscape of college athletics, we now have more evidence. The Big 12 Conference, which ... Continue reading


Unhyped Mitch Lightfoot has time to grow and contribute at Kansas

Every year, Kansas basketball coach Bill Self brings in a new batch of recruits to add to the Jayhawks’ stockpile of talent. When he does, many of those freshman arrive in Lawrence with fans hoping the first-year college players will take on key roles in propelling KU ... Continue reading


South Dakota woman may face criminal charges after police say she took part in a group fight, automobile burglary

Running from police twice in one morning might be pushing your luck a bit too far, and one South Dakota woman may face criminal charges after police said she took part in a group fight and a car burglary early Monday morning. Angelica Maria Mora, 22, of ... Continue reading


Bike to School Day set for Wednesday

If the spring weather isn’t motivation enough, this week offers another good reason to choose the bike over the car for the ride to school. The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department is encouraging students to walk or bike to school on Wednesday in celebration of National Bike to ... Continue reading


Book’s wild adventures grounded in the historical roots of Kansas

Lawrence author George Frazier celebrates the wilderness he finds in Kansas, lyrically linking the present with the past in his new book "[The Last Wild Places of Kansas: Journeys Into Hidden Landscapes][1]." "The Last Wild Places of Kansas" reads virtually as smoothly as song lyrics, interconnecting personal ... Continue reading


North Lawrence bar owner in hospital after car hits his bicycle, flees scene

The owner of a North Lawrence bar is in a Topeka hospital after a hit-and-run Sunday afternoon southwest of McLouth. Frank Dorsey, owner of Frank's North Star Tavern, 508 Locust St., was riding his bicycle on Wellman Road just north of 66th Street when a northbound car ... Continue reading


Spending outpaces revenues for key City Hall fund in 2015, and is projected to do so in 2016; city’s hotel tax sees big growth

Unlike in Topeka, there have not been late-night meetings, tossing the legislative couch cushions for loose change, manipulation of voodoo dolls or other such generally accepted state governmental accounting practices going on at Lawrence City Hall. Nonetheless, there is some interesting City Hall budget news to report: ... Continue reading


How this year’s draft impacts the Jayhawks in the NFL

Another NFL Draft has come and gone and, not so surprisingly, no Jayhawks were selected in this year’s seven-round draft. That’s a far cry from a year ago, when three former Jayhawks — Ben Heeney, JaCorey Shepherd and Dexter McDonald — were drafted in the seven rounds. ... Continue reading


Kristin Chenoweth, Beach Boys among Lied Center’s 2016-17 season events

If I had a nickel for every press release in my inbox that uses adjectives like “icon,” “world-class” or “superstar” (let’s also throw in their cousin “legendary” for good measure) to describe decidedly less-than-iconic musicians, I’d be a very rich reporter, indeed. But the press announcing the ... Continue reading