Staff blogs


KU’s proposed drone policy ruffles campus drone ‘experts’

Kansas University is in the process of creating a policy to clamp down on drone use on campus, and at least one aerospace engineering professor has big concerns about it. For one, said Ron Barrett-Gonzalez, a professor of aerospace engineering who has patented multiple drones, none of ... Continue reading


Democrat files for Johnson County House seat

Democrat Brett Parker announced Tuesday that he will run for the 29th District seat in the Kansas House, a seat currently held by Rep. James Todd, R-Overland Park. Parker, an English language teacher in the Olathe school district, said he plans to make education a major issue ... Continue reading


Details on new restaurant slated for Round Corner Drug building; city to settle sidewalk dining flap; update on downtown moves

One of downtown’s more iconic buildings is set to be back in business soon. As we’ve previously reported, the former Round Corner Drug building is set to become a restaurant. Now, I have more details after talking with the owners of the new establishment. Kansas City restaurateurs ... Continue reading


Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence to host Parents Night Out on Friday

The Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence is offering parents in Lawrence a break this Friday evening. The club is hosting a Parents Night Out, and both club members and nonmembers are welcome. Students in kindergarten through fifth grade can attend the event, which will include dinner, ... Continue reading


The wild world of Wides

"Experimental" may not be a strong enough word for Wides. The band, fronted by Paper Buffalo's drummer, started as a two-piece and has now fleshed out their tone with a third member on synth. Drummers tend to be animals that are contained to the kit. So when ... Continue reading


Wayne Selden: Cheick Diallo can make impact for KU offense, too

Although Kansas freshman big man Cheick Diallo often is described as “raw” by coach Bill Self and expected to help KU most as a defender and rebounder, junior guard Wayne Selden Jr. says there are many ways the young big man can make an impact for the ... Continue reading


Cheick Diallo says strengths include rebounding, blocking shots, dunking on people

Kansas freshman forward Cheick Diallo speaks with media members the day before his first game with the Jayhawks. The 6-foot-9 Diallo says he became frustrated at times waiting to be cleared by the NCAA, but now is eager to finally play Tuesday night against Loyola Maryland. The ... Continue reading


KU hosting live chat with film prof Kevin Willmott, co-writer of ‘Chi-Raq’

Kansas University is planning a live online chat with KU associate professor of film and media studies Kevin Willmott this week — just before “Chi-Raq,” the film Willmott co-wrote with Spike Lee, opens in theaters nationwide. At 2 p.m. Wednesday, KU will live stream on Meerkat a ... Continue reading


Richt to Kansas? You must be out of your minds

It's probably just a small number of people out there on Twitter, and I realize that social media sites can be dangerous places to do any kind of real research. But I'm going to head down that path anyway because I just don't get it. During the ... Continue reading


Bill Self outlines realistic expectations for freshman Cheick Diallo

On Tuesday night, Kansas freshman Cheick Diallo will make his debut as a Jayhawk, against Loyola Maryland at Allen Fieldhouse. Monday afternoon at Bill Self’s weekly press conference, the coach said people might want to temper their expectations for the 6-foot-9 big man early on. *— Get ... Continue reading


Couture-Lovelady resigns from Kansas House

Rep. Travis Couture-Lovelady, a leading supporter of a new law that allows people to carry concealed handguns without training or a permit, resigned from the Kansas House over the weekend to accept a job as a lobbyist for the National Rifle Association. Couture-Lovelady, a two-term Republican from ... Continue reading


Request for tax break on downtown project to create debate; a closer look at supposed parking problem in downtown

All we’ll need on Tuesday night at City Hall are the "Solid Gold" dancers because I suspect commissioners will hear a couple of classic tunes: a debate about downtown parking and questions about whether the city is business-friendly enough. Commissioners at their Tuesday evening meeting are set ... Continue reading


For rockabilly riffs, turn to Kansas City

There really isn’t much in the way of rockabilly here in Lawrence (unless it’s worked into a bluegrass act). So when you want to see lively and deliriously fun rockabilly music, you have to rely on Kansas City bands. The Thunderclaps and the Quivers are two of ... Continue reading


KU Athletics creates mobile app to help student athletes eat better on, off campus

I’ve often wondered how hard it must be for those 7-foot basketball players or 300-pound linemen on the football team — spending hours a day in workouts of puke-inducing intensity levels — to get enough to eat. I mean, I feel like I eat a lot, and ... Continue reading


Final shot: KU needs to topple K-State to avoid winless season

Saturday marks the last shot for Kansas football to avoid going 0-for-the-season in football victories. With rival Kansas State coming to Memorial Stadium, is this finally the week first-year coach David Beaty gets the proverbial monkey off his back? Many remain doubtful of KU’s chances after a ... Continue reading


In his own words: Cheick Diallo talks getting cleared

Happy Kansas freshman Cheick Diallo speaks with the media about finally getting the news he and the Jayhawks had hoped for — he is eligible to play college basketball this season. Continue reading


Jayhawks in Maui: Hoisting the trophy

Thanks to a pair of blowouts in the opening rounds and a hard-fought 70-63 victory over 19th-ranked Vanderbilt in Wednesday's title game, the Kansas University men's basketball team hoisted some hardware in paradise. Taking the Maui Invitational was the first step in what fifth-ranked Kansas (4-1) hopes ... Continue reading


Baseline View: Kansas vs. Vanderbilt in Maui


KU names provost search committee chair and members

Kansas University now has a search committee in place tasked with finding KU’s next provost. Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little shared names of the chairman and committee members in a memo to campus. She said the committee will have its first meeting in early December, and that national advertisements ... Continue reading


Trio of downtown businesses announce closings; one set to reopen in west Lawrence

There are some things that never change in downtown Lawrence — both Santa and my F150 getting stuck on the roof of Weaver's are a couple of items that come to mind. (Hey, sometimes you have to get creative when parking downtown.) But for the most part, ... Continue reading