Staff blogs


What caught my eye: Summer football practices

In about two weeks, Lawrence High and Free State football teams will open their seasons with their first day of practice. But both schools have competed at team camps, padded camps and scrimmages throughout the summer. In June, the two schools spent two days at the University ... Continue reading


Update on pending south Iowa restaurant openings; Oklahoma-based bank to open in Lawrence

I’ve certainly been getting questions about what is happening with Which Wich, a sandwich chain that we have reported is locating in the shopping center at 2540 Iowa St. (That’s the one next to Applebee’s.) We reported months ago that the location was under construction, and looked ... Continue reading


Two out-of-towners robbed Tuesday morning around 17th and Massachusetts streets

Two out-of-towners were robbed on Massachusetts Street early Tuesday morning, police confirmed. However, it seems the victims had little interest in sticking around to resolve the reported issue. Around 2 a.m. and near the intersection of 17th and Massachusetts streets, a man and a woman, both Colorado ... Continue reading


Autism is no joke to comedy troupe Asperger’s Are Us

Asperger’s Are Us has a few requests for audience members in advance of the Boston-based comedy troupe’s Aug. 5 performance at the Lawrence Arts Center. First and foremost, don’t expect to see the guys – that would be Noah Britton, Jack Hanke, New Michael Ingemi and Ethan ... Continue reading


Lead-off hits: best rookie authors of 2016

Summertime is in full-swing, which means more time for some of our favorite things — baseball games, new books and popsicles (which are officially their own food group from May to September.) While we can't offer you any frozen treats, we can combine the other two to ... Continue reading


Most Crucial Jayhawks 2016: No. 1 - DE Dorance Armstrong

With August right around the corner and another football season quickly coming, we've reached the top spot in our summer series of the most crucial Jayhawks for the 2016 season. In all, the series featured 13 offensive players and 12 defensive players, lending support to the idea ... Continue reading


South Iowa Street retailer closing Lawrence location

For years as a reporter who worked a Tuesday night shift, I regularly had my Tuesday mornings off. I have to admit that I did not spend many of them in Lawrence’s Tuesday Morning store, although in hindsight I might have been well-served to purchase some closeout ... Continue reading


How hiring Matt Baty to lead the Williams Fund can help KU football

Thursday’s news that former KU baseball standout Matt Baty had been hired to lead the Williams Education Fund included one key quote from athletic director Sheahon Zenger that figures to have a huge impact on the future of Kansas football. “It’s now time to focus on Memorial ... Continue reading


The most beautiful place in Kansas is in Lawrence; new numbers show Kansas economy strongest in the region, creating questions for Brownback

The most beautiful place in Kansas is in Lawrence. Sure, I’ve uttered such a statement before — “the most beautiful place is the mirror closest to you, dear” — mainly out of necessity when the florist cancels my line of credit. But the national magazine House Beautiful ... Continue reading


Construction worker injured in electrical accident at HERE Kansas site near KU campus

An electrical accident injured a worker Monday morning at the HERE Kansas construction site near Kansas University's Memorial Stadium, investigators say. Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical Division Chief James King said that around 8:15 a.m. Monday a boom truck being used to lift materials at the site came ... Continue reading


Most Crucial Jayhawks 2016: No. 2 - WR LaQuvionte Gonzalez

We've reached the Top 2 spots in our summer countdown and one of them comes from the offense and the other comes from the defense. In all, our list of the Top 25 most crucial Jayhawks for the 2016 season includes 13 offensive players and 12 defensive ... Continue reading


Healthy JaCorey Shepherd enters Eagles training camp inexperienced, but well educated

It’s been close to 20 months since JaCorey Shepherd last played in a football game. Yet the former Kansas defensive back feels more prepared than ever as he embarks on the first true season of his professional career. Poised to start as a rookie nickel corner for ... Continue reading


GOP primary in 42nd District could be a bellwether for the state

TOPEKA — The 42nd House District, which includes part of eastern Douglas County, may be as good a place as any to watch for signs that a more moderate, pro-public education wing of the Kansas Republican Party will make a resurgence this year. That’s where Rep. Connie ... Continue reading


Watch Joel Embiid arm-wrestle Justin Bieber in a night club

Joel Embiid, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2014 draft, has yet to play an NBA game, due to significant foot injuries. Because of the aforementioned two seasons worth of missed action, Embiid tends to be the butt of social media jokes — sometimes just for ... Continue reading


Most Crucial Jayhawks 2016: No. 3 - RB Ke’aun Kinner

Coming in at No. 3 on our list of the most crucial Jayhawks of the 2016 season is one of the best players from 2015 and one of the more pleasant surprises from a year ago. He did not arrive on campus with much hype, but his ... Continue reading


Say something nice about Kansas football: Discipline taking root

Setting rules and then dismissing anybody who doesn't follow them is not the way to establish discipline in a football program. Anybody could do that. It's easy. The tough challenge is taking players who lack discipline and finding a way to get them to change their behaviors. ... Continue reading


Knisley does it: a journey through illustrated memoirs

As a reader, I usually don’t know where my next read is going to come from. It could be found in a magazine article, by listening to NPR, or from a person convincing me that I need to drop everything and read this book that will apparently ... Continue reading


Another fast-food chicken restaurant sets its sights on Lawrence; basketball court promise broken at Rock Chalk Park

Keep your eyes open and your wet wipes handy. There’s rumblings of yet another fast-food chicken chain coming to Lawrence. I’m hearing that the chain Slim Chickens is close to signing a deal to locate in west Lawrence. I hear the restaurant hopes to locate in the ... Continue reading


Sizing up what the top Big 12 expansion candidates mean for Kansas

If you’ve followed any of the Big 12 expansion talk, whether in the past few years or just the past few days, you’ve probably heard it all. From which universities are most likely to join the conference to which are the best fit and whether those who ... Continue reading


Two KU football players accused of stealing money to buy Jimmy John’s, court documents say

This spring a pair of Kansas University football players were arrested on suspicion of robbery. Last month they were charged with misdemeanor theft. Now, police documents provide a bit of insight as to what the two men, accused of stealing $40 from another man, were after: food. ... Continue reading