Staff blogs


Waffle Iron sets re-opening dates, serving up chicken and waffles in meantime; La Prima Tazza to unveil new menu

Listen up, waffle enthusiasts. I’ve got two big pieces of Waffle Iron-related news to share with you. Let’s start with the most important bit. The popular breakfast spot, which closed earlier this summer for renovations, will re-open Saturday, Sept. 5. Owner/chef Sam Donnell confirmed the date earlier ... Continue reading


Most crucial Jayhawks 2015: No. 1 - OL Jordan Shelley-Smith

What began eight weeks ago with the first entry in this year's list of the 25 most crucial Jayhawks for the upcoming football season has reached its peak. No. 1. Numero uno. The top dog. The head honcho. It's no secret that left tackle is one of ... Continue reading


Coming off hot summer, Wayne Selden Jr. plans to be more effective scorer

After spending a good chunk of his summer preparing for the World University Games, in South Korea, and then leading Kansas/Team USA to a gold medal, Wayne Selden Jr.’s basketball journeys continued with a trip to the adidas Nations event, near Los Angeles, in early August. [It ... Continue reading


Most crucial Jayhawks 2015: No. 2 - DE Damani Mosby

According to KU junior Damani Mosby, his first name means "tomorrow" in Italian, and for this summer's list of the most crucial Jayhawks there is no tomorrow. We'll plug in No. 2 right now and come back with the top pick in about 30 minutes. If you've ... Continue reading


Lawrence doesn’t make ‘most dangerous’ list; fight on Mass Street; woman allegedly punches man in head; an unwanted front-door surprise

People ask me all the time: “Is there more crime going on in town or am I just seeing more of it now?” Well, I don’t have an exact answer for you now (I plan to write a story in the future analyzing crime data over the ... Continue reading


Lawrence firm seeks to expand in East Hills; city set to appoint chair to lead commissioner vacancy board; fire sprinklers to be debated for animal facilities

There is a deal brewing for a new manufacturer to locate in the East Hills Business Park. As we reported in June, Lawrence-based Prosoco has formed a new company that will make high-tech walls and panels for companies that want to build highly energy efficient homes and ... Continue reading


Most crucial Jayhawks 2015: No. 3 - CB Brandon Stewart

We've reached the Top 3 of this year's list of Most Crucial Jayhawks for the upcoming season, and, given the fact that KU plays in the offensive madhouse that is the Big 12, it should come as no surprise that 2 of the 3 are defensive players ... Continue reading


Throwback Thursday finds foot in a bucket; another prowler reported after alleged peeping Tom

How 'bout a throwback Thursday in wacky public safety news to start us off today? Flashback to just over 10 years ago — it's July 2005, and 21-year-old Lawrence resident Ezekiel Rubottom has recently had his left foot amputated after a bone infection. He'd been born with ... Continue reading


Most crucial Jayhawks 2015: No. 4 - S Bazie Bates IV

Number 4 on the list — and, no, we didn't pencil him into this position because he has the IV at the end of his name — is a player who could easily have the biggest impact of any Jayhawk on the defense. A junior college transfer ... Continue reading


Want to get your student involved? School clubs may be the answer

Want to get your middle or high school student involved in something after school? Athletics may be the obvious go-to, but they can be a substantial time (and monetary) commitment for both parents and students. Teacher-sponsored school clubs — with the convenience of being at school and ... Continue reading


Home sales up; housing construction hits recent high; sales tax numbers strong but create some budget worries at City Hall

As a quick homework conversation with my seventh-grade son confirmed, junior high math has surpassed me. But that doesn’t mean I can’t still do some calculations to determine the state of the Lawrence economy. So, here’s a look at the latest batch of numbers. • The housing ... Continue reading


Most crucial Jayhawks 2015: No. 5 - RB Ke’aun Kinner

We'll stick with offense to crack into the Top 5, where a newcomer who had a fantastic preseason camp sits as one of the most important players in KU's new Air Raid offense. His name is Ke'aun Kinner (pronounced Key-On) and he's the latest back in a ... Continue reading


Most crucial Jayhawks 2015: No. 6 - QB Montell Cozart

Just a few days after he officially was named this year's starter, it's time to check off the Kansas quarterback on our list of most crucial Jayhawks for 2015. He's a name you're familiar with and one who has started — and even won — a few ... Continue reading


Weekend Picks: Final Friday art; “Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean”; Comedy Freakout; “They Live” at Liberty Hall; GWAR

Recent columns have focused on family-friendly summer fare, but send the kids to bed for (most of) this column. We're here to talk about indie theater, Comedy Freakouts, ASSJAMZ and GWAR. **Art Opening: Grace D. Chin's "Find a Place You Trust and Then Try Trusting It For ... Continue reading


Sludgy and severe: an introduction to Amenaza

There was a lot of serious metal at the Jackpot over the weekend, but you’ll want to take note of Amenaza. The Lawrence band is establishing a solid spot amongst its grungy peers with an impressively brutal set executed impeccably in the key of doom. Normally, when ... Continue reading


Peeping Tom reported at apartments; teen allegedly punches girlfriend’s dad; drunk man reportedly hides firearm in pants; DUI enforcement numbers so far

Being an outdoorsy gal, I’d always liked to keep my blinds and windows open. But then [in December, a stranger came to my apartment, tried to open the front door and began scanning my windows when I didn’t respond][1]. I’ve since moved and have started to feel ... Continue reading


Brownback to host town hall meeting on possible Gitmo transfer

Gov. Sam Brownback announced Wednesday that he will hold a town hall meeting Thursday, Sept. 3, in Leavenworth to air concerns about a possible transfer of prisoners from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to Fort Leavenworth. That announcement was the third statement Brownback has made in recent days on ... Continue reading


David Beaty and staff have Charlie Weis to thank for long road ahead

The Kansas football team and first-year head coach David Beaty are less than two weeks away from the start of a new season and a new era. But when one considers the long road ahead for the first-time head coach and the program in general, it’s hard ... Continue reading


Stoddard won’t be candidate for Lawrence city manager post; Chick-fil-A sets date for South Iowa street opening

This news just in from Lawrence City Hall: Interim City Manager Diane Stoddard won’t be a candidate for the open city manager’s position in Lawrence. Stoddard sent out a message to employees updating them on several City Hall matters. In that message she said “after significant reflection ... Continue reading


Most crucial Jayhawks 2015: No. 7 - OL Larry Mazyck

Back to the list after some significant news out of preseason camp, we find one of the biggest dudes on the team who plays one of the most important positions in the lineup at No. 7. Here's a look. 7. Larry Mazyck, 6-foot-8, 343-pound Sr. Offensive Lineman ... Continue reading