Staff blogs

LHS boys soccer team making moves

There's a lot of optimism from teams at both Lawrence High and Free State for the upcoming fall season. One team that is hoping to ...


Taylor says he’s in the race to win

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Chad Taylor's campaign says you can forget about any rumors that he's even remotely considering withdrawing from the race. "He absolutely ...


Weis Jr. works with Patriots; Willis returns to KU; another Mitchell on board and more

Kansas head coach Charlie Weis and his son, Charlie Weis Jr. watch from the sidelines during the second quarter on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013 at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

Friday was the final day of our access to KU's preseason camp, and rather than talking to players or position coaches, we were given the ...


Lawrence lands on list of quirkiest cities in America; developers to meet again on future of Turnhalle building; group forms to support police HQ issue

Well, put down your Honk for Hemp signs, park your Art Tougeau cars, and tell the zombies on Massachusetts Street to take a break from ...

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Why the Blu-ray format is essential to film literacy, and a local ‘Triumph’

At no other time in the last hundred years have there been more movies available to the general public as there are right now. Thanks ...


More practices and ALS Ice Bucket Challenges

Today I have more video of a football practice, this time from Free State High, as Wednesday was mostly teams finishing up tryouts. If anyone ...


Looking Forward: Busking, art-punk and picking acts

Sleepy Kitty is an art-punk duo from St. Louis made up of Paige Brubeck and Evan Sult. They will play Replay Lounge, 946 Massachusetts St., on Saturday night.

Live music acts at Busker Fest The Lawrence Busker Festival has many live music offerings lined up this weekend no matter what your feel may ...


OILS to release rainbow record; party this weekend

Cover art by Jason Barr

For its first 7-inch record release, OILS has a unique piece of art in store for consumers. The sleeve itself, designed by local artist Jason ...


See what Lawrence firm landed on Inc.’s list of fastest growing private companies in America

On downtown Lawrence’s Massachusetts Street, a business named Mass Metal LLC could be almost anything. A sword shop. (Remember when we had one of those?) ...


Mashed potato-stuffed red peppers: grilling renewed

Summer is not over, people. You might be feeling a bit "grill fatigued" at this point, but there are new things to do on your ...

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Another day of practices … and drum solos

At the beginning of all of the sports seasons (fall/winter/spring), I do my best to stop by to all of the teams at Free State ...


Company hoping to make solar power more visible in downtown; a number on the Kansas economy that isn’t terrible

I’ve spent some time at the lake in recent days, and based on the number of people I saw who looked like lobsters that fell ...

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Lunchbox ideas

School lunch is a go.

The kiddo has been talking about bringing his lunch to school for more than a year. In the days before he started preschool, he asked ...


Latest KU football injury news as unfair as it gets

Kansas University running back Brandon Bourbon (25) rushes against South Dakota State on Sept. 1, 2012, at Memorial Stadium. Bourbon, a fourth-year junior, says he feels better than ever after an injury-riddled start to his KU career.

My heart breaks for Brandon Bourbon. There's no other way to put it. Few players on this Kansas University football team have been through as ...


New poll shows Brownback, Roberts in trouble

Another poll is showing the state's top two Republican candidates in trouble for the upcoming election. Public Policy Polling shows Gov. Sam Brownback trailing slightly ...

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City now has new opening date in mind for Rock Chalk Park recreation center; update on ice rink idea for downtown plaza

It appears I will have a couple of extra weeks to first find my hamstring and then stretch it out. A city official has confirmed ...

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9 ways to protect your child’s vision health

A rare moment when Lily kept her sunglasses on.

My 10-month-old daughter just will not keep her sunglasses on. That's not surprising — given that she's 10 months old — but all the same ...


High school sports are back in action

It doesn't really feel like a few months have flown by since the end of the spring sports season, but here we are on the ...


What caught my eye at Monday’s practice: Aug. 18th

More KU staff members took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to jumpstart practice Monday at the KU practice fields.

Couple of quick notes now before jumping back in to an expanded version a little later from Monday's KU football practice. Check back in a ...


A fact that may surprise you about local property tax increases; watching Wichita State get aggressive in building businesses

For some reason, I feel like I should have a fancy gold-foil envelope and a powder-blue tuxedo when I announce these results. But alas, they ...

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