Staff blogs


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


The Day After: Total domination at TCU

The three-game road losing streak is over, the Kansas Jayhawks are back on track and they have roughly a day or two — maybe little more than the length of today’s Super Bowl — to actually enjoy it. Because if anyone on this team thinks that the ... Continue reading


Highlight reel: Jayhawks defeat TCU on the road

Watch some of the highlights from the Jayhawks’ 75-56 road win at TCU, which featured plenty of easy buckets inside for Kansas senior Perry Ellis. — See what people were saying about Kansas at TCU during’s live coverage. More news and notes from Kansas at TCU ... Continue reading


Baseline view: Kansas beats TCU in Fort Worth

— See what people were saying about Kansas at TCU during’s live coverage. More news and notes from Kansas at TCU One for the road: Jayhawks end visiting skid, roll at TCU Tom Keegan: Perry Ellis cordial, yet lethal, visitor Jamari Traylor answers Bill Self’s call ... Continue reading


Boy Scouts troops’ handcrafted planetarium now open at library

Stargazers, particularly those of the small variety, should appreciate the latest addition to the Lawrence Public Library’s atrium. In honor of the library’s space-themed [Read Across Lawrence][1] teen series, which blasted off earlier this week, a pair of local Boy Scouts troops have built a miniature planetarium ... Continue reading


These guys again: KU visiting last-place TCU

In its first rematch of the season, Kansas gets the only Big 12 team headed into the weekend with a losing record: TCU. Of course, the Jayhawks haven’t exactly looked stellar in road games this season — see KU’s current 3-game road losing streak and 2-3 record ... Continue reading


Unforeseen perils in the world of electronic cigarettes; new information on Jan. 17 Playerz shooting

The rebel look has changed throughout the years. Much to my chagrin on this particular Friday I'm envisioning Marlboro Red cigarettes, an acid-washed jean jacket and that Whitesnake music video (you know the one). These days, however, the old cigarettes have been replaced with electronic and vapor-producing ... Continue reading


Marijuana bill to conference committee; school accounting bill dies; bill raising auto insurance minimums advances

The Kansas House apparently has a lot of questions about what the Senate did to the House's [marijuana bill][1] and voted Friday to request a conference committee. The original bill, which passed the House last year, would lower the penalties for first- and second-time charges of marijuana ... Continue reading


New coffee business opens in East Lawrence; south Iowa Street retailer files for bankruptcy

The folks that have brought you the popular downtown business The Bourgeois Pig have a new venture, but, no, it doesn’t involve another coffee shop, or a Marxist farm animal. The husband and wife duo, though, have started a new coffee roasting business in East Lawrence. Although ... Continue reading


Dueling Dukes sing-off puts local men in the spotlight for Theatre Lawrence

More than a quarter century has passed since Jason Edmonds and Matt All last shared the stage together, when the two then-students tied for the big prize (it was something along the lines of “best male vocalist” or “best male performer,” though neither can remember for certain) ... Continue reading


KU Sports Extra: Bad signs and good signings

Tom Keegan and Matt Tait examine an eventful week for Kansas athletics, which included basketball coach Bill Self calling out junior Brannen Greene for his antics and Kansas football coach David Beaty bringing in his second recruiting class. Continue reading


Lawrence Libations: The Lieutenant Dan at Java Break

If my Twitter feed is any indication, award season is upon us, with the king of award shows, the Oscars, slated for Feb. 28. So, in honor of Hollywood’s big night, we thought it only appropriate to highlight 1995’s Best Picture winner — and the creativity of ... Continue reading


Did Bill Self overreact to Brannen Greene’s dunk vs. K-State?

Did Bill Self overreact to Brannen Greene’s meaningless and unnecessary dunk in the final seconds of Wednesday’s blowout victory over Kansas State? The thought had not even crossed my mind until I was flipping channels Thursday morning looking for a little Super Bowl coverage to kick-start my ... Continue reading


Lawrence school district hosting social media nights for parents

If the only meaning you know of the words "snap" and "tweet" are something you might hear, you may want to consider attending one of the Lawrence school district’s upcoming social media nights for parents. Because, odds are, there is a lot of tweeting and snapping going ... Continue reading


Open house to introduce new doctor to Baldwin City community; Eudora bar expanding; economic development honors bestowed

There’s a good deal of policy and discussion about how to recruit doctors to smaller communities in the state. It was demonstrated how fortunate Baldwin City is in that regard when Dr. Cristina Goodwin started at the Baldwin Medical Clinic just two weeks after the departure of ... Continue reading


The ins and outs of a proposed increase in parking fines for downtown Lawrence

When you cover city government for more than 20 years, you pick up some odd pet peeves along the way. One of mine is when people start talking about how the city’s downtown parking system doesn’t generate enough revenue to even pay for the cost of enforcing ... Continue reading


Highlight reel: Kansas defeats rival Kansas State

Watch some of the highlights from the Jayhawks’ 77-59 Sunflower Showdown victory over Kansas State. — See what people were saying about the Sunflower Showdown during’s live coverage. More news and notes from Kansas vs. Kansas State Svi Mykhailiuk sparks Jayhawks in rivalry win Tom Keegan: ... Continue reading


Baseline view: Kansas beats K-State

— See what people were saying about the Sunflower Showdown during’s live coverage. More news and notes from Kansas vs. Kansas State Svi Mykhailiuk sparks Jayhawks in rivalry win Tom Keegan: Bill Self turns red over Branen Greene — again Bruce Weber tries (and fails) to ... Continue reading