Staff blogs


Lawrence Public Library’s teen book club lets members write reviews to earn free new releases

For teens who like to read and write (and also like free books), the Lawrence Public Library has a book club that combines all of the above. This is the second and final year for the Teens’ Top Ten Book Club at the library, which allows participants ... Continue reading


Lawrence man arrested on suspicion of shoplifting bow tie

The bow tie has been donned by many an influential figure. From Abraham Lincoln to Col. Sanders and Bill Nye to André 3000, the bow tie is an iconic fashion accessory. I'd wear one myself, if I understood how to tie it. Tuesday evening one Lawrence man ... Continue reading


An appreciation of all things Landen Lucas

So this is what it took for the legion of Kansas basketball fans who had spent most of the 2015-16 season — and, really, the past couple of years — trashing every move that Landen Lucas made and begging Bill Self to keep him off the floor ... Continue reading


Lawrence students leave the classroom for the courtroom in re-enactment of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’

High school students filed into the old courtroom at the Douglas County Courthouse Wednesday morning, and took their seats as jury members at a trial that has played out many times before. Usually, the trial that is central to the novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” proceeds with ... Continue reading


Newest plans filed for Alvamar redevelopment seek zoning for office uses, add underground parking; look at latest renderings for clubhouse, apartments, cabanas at Alvamar

There’s a reason I write my golf score in pencil, and apparently it also is a good idea to have some flexibility when redesigning west Lawrence’s Alvamar Golf & Country Club. A local development group has filed plans tweaking its previous redevelopment proposal for the club. The ... Continue reading


Highlight reel: Jayhawks beat West Virginia in rematch

Check out the highlights from the Jayhawks’ home victory over West Virginia on Tuesday night at Allen Fieldhouse. — See what people were saying about No. 6 KU vs. No. 10 WVU during’s live coverage More news and notes from KU’s home win over West Virginia ... Continue reading


Baseline view: Kansas beats West Virginia at Allen Fieldhouse

— See what people were saying about No. 6 KU vs. No. 10 WVU during’s live coverage More news and notes from KU’s home win over West Virginia Program guy: Veteran Landen Lucas helps KU topple WVU Tom Keegan: Brannen Greene escapes doghouse at perfect time ... Continue reading


Annual Mardi Gras parade marches up Mass Street

The 10th annual Lawrence Mardi Gras parade marches on Massachusetts Street, Tuesday. (Video by Journal-World photographer Mike Yoder) --- Photo gallery (Photos by Journal-World photographer Richard Gwin) Continue reading


Attempted theft of Valentine’s Day gifts ends with punches, notice to appear

"But soft, what light through yonder window breaks? It is the east and Juliet is the sun." If Romeo and Juliet had survived their bitter ordeal and the rivalry between the Capulets and Montagues, what would they have done for Valentine's Day? And is an (alleged) crime ... Continue reading


Lawrence High basketball sweeps SM South; Morgan and Stafford top player rankings

Lawrence High's boys basketball team preaches the next man up philosophy and lived up to it in its last few games. If the Lions are missing one of their top players, that just means somebody else gets an opportunity to shine. Without senior point guard Justin Roberts, ... Continue reading


‘We Are the Ants’: Coming of age, aliens and the end of the world

“Your entire sense of self-worth is predicated upon your belief that you matter, that you matter to the universe. But you don’t. Because we are the ants.” Imagine one day you are taken from your home, your backyard, or your favorite coffee shop, and you wake up ... Continue reading


New open gym session to be held early-release Wednesdays

There is a new gymnastics open gym time for early-release day from Lawrence public schools. Open gym for children ages 6-12 will be held on Wednesdays from 2:15 to 3:45 p.m. at Sports Pavilion Lawrence, 100 Rock Chalk Lane. During open gym, children can work on the ... Continue reading


These guys again: First-place WVU bringing assertive style to Allen Fieldhouse

The Big 12’s first-place team plays Tuesday night at Allen Fieldhouse. And, no (as you’re surely aware), it’s not Kansas. The No. 6-ranked Jayhawks are a game back of 10th-ranked West Virginia, coached by the often grouchy and always entertaining Bob Huggins. The Mountaineers (19-4 overall, 8-2 ... Continue reading


With 6 teams still alive, let’s talk Big 12 title race

With the Kansas University men's basketball team facing a monster week — Tuesday night vs. West Virginia at Allen Fieldhouse and Saturday afternoon at Oklahoma —'s Tom Keegan & Matt Tait decided to do a little rapid fire edition of KU Sports Extra to break down ... Continue reading


Bill Self: KU embarking on biggest week of season

Kansas basketball coach Bill Self says No. 10-ranked West Virginia, which visits Allen Fieldhouse Tuesday night, hasn’t changed drastically since defeating KU in January, and might have already pulled off one of the better Big 12 victories of the season — winning at Iowa State. That game ... Continue reading


KU alumna to star in Comedy Central’s ‘Not Safe with Nikki Glaser,’ premiering Tuesday

Scot Pollard, whose "Survivor" stint kicks off Feb. 17 on CBS, won't be the only Kansas University alumnus to grace our TV screens this month, it seems. Tuesday night marks the premiere of Comedy Central's newest outing, ["Not Safe with Nikki Glaser,"][1] hosted and executive-produced by the ... Continue reading


Harris, Talib offer bright spot during dark days of KU football

Sunday night was a good night for fans of Kansas University football. However short the moment might have been, the few hours that made up and followed the Denver Broncos’ 24-10 victory over Carolina in Super Bowl 50 gave KU fans an opportunity to brag on a ... Continue reading


Lawrence ranked one of the best cities in America for single people

After the unfortunate incident involving the seven-layer bean dip at last night’s Super Bowl party, some of us may find ourselves at least temporarily single. The good news is my attorney says bean dip kills all traces of DNA, and a new study says Lawrence is one ... Continue reading


Free community concert to feature both high school choirs; Lawrence public school happenings for Monday

Choirs from both Lawrence and Free State high schools will perform a free community concert on Thursday. The concert is celebrating the fact that choirs from both schools were selected to perform at the state music education conference. Lawrence High and Free State are two of just ... Continue reading


Borrowing issues may complicate budget talks

Leaders in the Kansas House and Senate are hoping for early passage of two major budget bills this week that could pave the way to an early end to the session. But a host of issues involving state agency borrowing, and particularly Kansas University's $350 million Central ... Continue reading