Staff blogs

‘Wild’ breaks mold of pretentious self-discovery movies

It could have been pretentious as hell: An aimless young woman, searching for herself, discovers her own courage by hiking the 1,100 miles of the ...


Thomas Robinson goes for double-double in first career start

Portland Trail Blazers forward Thomas Robinson, right, shoots against Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, from Greece, left, and center Zaza Pachulia, from Ukraine, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014.(AP Photo/Don Ryan)

Hold off on that missing person report for Thomas Robinson. The Portland Trail Blazers gave their third-year forward a chance Wednesday night, and boy did ...


How do you spread holiday cheer?

HJ's first Christmas 2011

Our family is still trucking along with our whole “less is more” Christmas makeover. The girls are loving the holiday activities we’ve planned and don’t ...


Lawrence found to lag behind Manhattan in college community ranking; City Hall and the land of meetings; butcher shop expanding

It almost should go without saying that Lawrence is the top college community in the region. Just walk through the Oread neighborhood on any Friday ...

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Dick Vitale, 75 years young, never stops raising money to battle cancer

ESPN commentator Dick Vitale has some fun with the Kansas student section prior to tipoff against Florida on Friday, Dec. 5, 2014 at Allen Fieldhouse.

The NCAA basketball tournament was born March 17, 1939, and Dick Vitale belted out his first cry 84 days later. Do the math. Dick Vitale, ...


Pair of restaurants proposed for location near Sixth Street Wal-Mart; City Hall tensions rise over East Lawrence proposal

I often play a guessing game whenever I make the trip to Wal-Mart with my family. You know, like: I guess you need a new ...

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Mid-year signing day opens with a flurry for KU football

Defensive Back L.B. Bates, of Trinity Valley C.C., signed his official letter of intent with Kansas football early this morning.

12:31 p.m. Update It looks like everything worked out with Blinn College offensive lineman Jayson Rhodes' transcripts because KU is now announcing him as a ...


Tomato soup brings a little summer to December

Simple Tomato Soup

Last summer, when my tomato plants were rife with fruit, I followed a friend's advice and blanched and peeled about a bushel to freeze. Canning, ...


A minty fresh treat for the late December days

Thick and cool, this smoothie rotates in nicely with the heavier foods we see this time of year.

It’s funny to me how each one of us associates this time of year with a certain “holidays-only” flavor. For some, it might be eggnog. ...


When the crime reporter becomes the victim: Learn from my attempted burglary scare

As the Journal-World’s crime reporter, I hear detailed accounts of crimes and witness their outcomes daily. I’d always thought my job made me hyper-aware of ...

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News and notes from a few former Jayhawks in the NFL

Former Kansas University cornerback Aqib Talib continues to prove he's one of the top cover corners in the NFL during his first season with the ...


Lawrence High girls hoops grabs first win and Pope leads player ratings

The wait was a little longer than they were probably hoping for, but Lawrence High girls basketball players picked up their first win of the ...


Time for Ben McLemore to shine

Sacramento Kings guard Ben McLemore, center, drives to the basket between Toronto Raptors Amir Johnson, left, and Jonas Valanciunas, of Lithuania, during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game in Sacramento, Calif., Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014. The Raptors won 117-109. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Rarely does the NBA spotlight shine toward small-market Sacramento. Right now, it’s pointed to the home of the Kings for all the wrong reasons. What ...


Bus driver, union leader files for seat on City Commission; Salvation Army kettle drive falling short of goal

If ever there was a City Commission candidate who could make the case for having an actual campaign bus, it would be this one. A ...

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‘Hobbit’ finale taints legacy of Jackson’s ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy

The mammoth cinematic achievement of Peter Jackson — adapting the rich world of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth since 2001 — will always come with an asterisk; ...


Bringing perspective to Beaty’s big weekend

Newly named Kansas University football coach David Beaty made up for lost time in the recruiting grind last weekend by not only getting 11 members ...


Kansas remains No. 10 in Associated Press college basketball poll

Kansas guard Frank Mason III (0) hooks a backdoor pass around Utah forward Brekkott Chapman (0) during the second half on Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014 at Sprint Center.

Kansas tends to play either like a top five team or an unranked one, but knows how to pull out games at the end. All ...


KC film critics award ‘Birdman’ with best film

The Kansas City Film Critics Circle named Alejandro González Iñárritu's genre-defying "Birdman" the best film of 2014, as the second oldest movie critics' organization in ...


Local tech company featured in The New York Times; chicken and doughnut restaurant opens in West Lawrence

A downtown Lawrence office landed in The New York Times this weekend, which has created new enthusiasm that Massachusetts Street may be home to a ...

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The Day After: Survival at Sprint Center

Kansas guard Frank Mason III (0) hooks a backdoor pass around Utah forward Brekkott Chapman (0) to teammate  Perry Ellis (34) during the second half on Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014 at Sprint Center.

Say what you will about the sluggish second half, the Kansas University men's basketball team on Saturday at Sprint Center again found a way to ...