Staff blogs


Guarding Buddy Hield: The who and how of it for Kansas

The last time they played, one of the things I was most excited about watching was how Kansas decided to guard Oklahoma’s Buddy Hield. And by saying that, I’m going on the assumption that Hield is, in fact, guardable. The Jayhawks tried a handful of different looks, ... Continue reading


These guys again: Sooners enter KU rematch ready to fire

As Bill Self’s Jayhawks gear up for Kansas-Oklahoma: The Sequel, on Saturday at OU, they will have to turn much of their focus toward the 3-point line. That’s not to say KU will rely on the long ball more than usual. It’s just coach Lon Kruger’s Sooners ... Continue reading


Look for new homebuilding to begin near 23rd and O’Connell in eastern Lawrence; update on longtime W. Sixth St. retailer

Keep an eye on the intersection of 23rd and O’Connell in eastern Lawrence. There are signs that a new neighborhood may sprout in the area, which will create renewed hope that a grocery store or other retail development may come to the intersection, too. There has been ... Continue reading


Eudora bakery relocating; Baldwin City Council gets another crack at contentious duplex development; area events on tap

Cara Austin doesn’t know if Valentine’s Day is a good day for her bakery business. A year ago, Austin opened her Lulu’s Bakery at 826 Main Street in Eudora to coincide with Valentine’s Day. Business was very good, but Austin attributes some of that to interest in ... Continue reading


South Middle School students compete to raise funds for new teen center; lots of Lawrence public school happenings for Friday

Loose change is not usually highly sought after by teenagers, but parents of sixth-graders at South Middle School may be noticing the contrary. The students have been competing in a “penny war” to raise money for the Boys & Girls Club Teen Center. The students have already ... Continue reading


‘Gold Fame Citrus’ is a dry read, literally

“Punting the prairie dog into the library was a mistake.” Not exactly “Call me Ishmael,” but enough of a first sentence to intrigue this Kansas librarian. I had heard good things about the new book by up-and-coming author Claire Vaye Watkins and was eager to read it. ... Continue reading


Sporting events, high-risk facilities mentioned as likely locations for prohibiting guns at KU; fans may have to go through metal detectors at Jayhawk games

The subject of guns on campus, as it usually does these days, came up in Thursday’s Kansas University Senate meeting. A KU-specific policy for implementing the law is still in infancy and nothing has been decided, but some tidbits of Thursday’s discussion may be of interest to ... Continue reading


Devonté Graham seeking out more 3-pointers

Kansas sophomore guard Devonté Graham recalls how Oklahoma seemed to hit lots of defended shots in the first meeting between the Jayhawks and Sooners. As for Graham, who has made 40 of 94 from 3-point range this season, the point guard says he is actively looking more ... Continue reading


Perry Ellis finding offensive balance

The past three games, Kansas senior forward Perry Ellis has been nearly unstoppable offensively, converting on 26 of his 34 field-goal attempts. Ellis says he has found a nice balance between asserting himself and being patient with the ball in his hands. Ellis also gets into his ... Continue reading


Bill Self breaks down the KU-Oklahoma rematch

Before No. 6-ranked Kansas travels down to Oklahoma for a Saturday rematch with the No. 3 Sooners — with first place in the Big 12 on the line — KU coach Bill Self addressed the road challenge and much more at his Thursday press conference. *— Catch ... Continue reading


Singer-songwriter Kelley Hunt to perform Saturday in benefit concert for Just Food

When musician Kelley Hunt was growing up, her mother could always be counted on to bring cheer to those who needed it most. She’d offer her humor, a few kind words and, perhaps most strikingly, her soulful, bluesy voice, at the drop of a hat to anyone ... Continue reading


KU Libraries’ controversial ‘comfort women’ document now available to view on World Wide Web

Last month I wrote a Kansas University story with ties to one of the most contentious political and humanitarian issues in Japan right now: the World War II “comfort women.” After years locked in a late KU professor’s safety deposit box, a wartime report documenting that the ... Continue reading


Holiday shopping numbers show Lawrence did better than most but still lagging expectations; heading off an American Eagle Outfitters rumor

This is the time of year where you are thinking about Valentine’s Day shopping. (Don’t mind that sudden noise. It is just the sound of 20,000 male cellphones trying to call a flower shop all at once.) But at Lawrence City Hall, they’re still thinking about the ... Continue reading


KU Sports Extra: Feel the Bern

Tom Keegan and Matt Tait are fired up about the Saturday rematch between Kansas and Oklahoma. They break down Round 2 of Jayhawks-Sooners, and Tom tries (kind of) to not get too political with his analysis. Continue reading


Lawrence Public Library’s teen book club lets members write reviews to earn free new releases

For teens who like to read and write (and also like free books), the Lawrence Public Library has a book club that combines all of the above. This is the second and final year for the Teens’ Top Ten Book Club at the library, which allows participants ... Continue reading


Lawrence man arrested on suspicion of shoplifting bow tie

The bow tie has been donned by many an influential figure. From Abraham Lincoln to Col. Sanders and Bill Nye to André 3000, the bow tie is an iconic fashion accessory. I'd wear one myself, if I understood how to tie it. Tuesday evening one Lawrence man ... Continue reading


An appreciation of all things Landen Lucas

So this is what it took for the legion of Kansas basketball fans who had spent most of the 2015-16 season — and, really, the past couple of years — trashing every move that Landen Lucas made and begging Bill Self to keep him off the floor ... Continue reading


Lawrence students leave the classroom for the courtroom in re-enactment of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’

High school students filed into the old courtroom at the Douglas County Courthouse Wednesday morning, and took their seats as jury members at a trial that has played out many times before. Usually, the trial that is central to the novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” proceeds with ... Continue reading


Newest plans filed for Alvamar redevelopment seek zoning for office uses, add underground parking; look at latest renderings for clubhouse, apartments, cabanas at Alvamar

There’s a reason I write my golf score in pencil, and apparently it also is a good idea to have some flexibility when redesigning west Lawrence’s Alvamar Golf & Country Club. A local development group has filed plans tweaking its previous redevelopment proposal for the club. The ... Continue reading


Highlight reel: Jayhawks beat West Virginia in rematch

Check out the highlights from the Jayhawks’ home victory over West Virginia on Tuesday night at Allen Fieldhouse. — See what people were saying about No. 6 KU vs. No. 10 WVU during’s live coverage More news and notes from KU’s home win over West Virginia ... Continue reading