Staff blogs


Top 5 things Kansans should watch in a Trump administration

With every change of administrations in Washington, D.C. comes an expectation of change. For some, those expectations are wrapped in a sense of hope and optimism; and for others, depending on one's political leanings, they're wrapped with fear and apprehension. That was certainly true eight years ago ... Continue reading


21st annual Lecompton Constitution Hall series to feature Kansas attorney general, Lee and Grant; Ives Chapel starts 3rd year of offering free community meals

When Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee make a Feb. 12 visit to Constitution Hall in Lecompton, they should feel right at home. Tim Rues, administrator of the Constitution Hall State Historic Site in Lecompton said that at 161 years old the hall is the oldest ... Continue reading


Jayhawks playing faster this season to maximize offensive punch

Finding talented players with which to work never has been an issue for Bill Self in his 14 seasons as the head coach of the Kansas basketball program. Some of Self’s teams have featured dominant big men, others dynamic guards, but every season he knows what will ... Continue reading


Outgoing defensive end Damani Mosby sounds strong, bullish voice on Kansas football future

The date was Nov. 8 and three games remained on the Kansas football schedule when I interviewed defensive end Damani Mosby for his thoughts on the future of the program, intending to save the material for an offseason story. Mosby spent three years in the program, the ... Continue reading


East Hills Business Park manufacturer files plans to expand; an update on enrollment growth, possible new programs at city’s vo-tech school

In my house, when you want to add some bling to a package, equip my wife with a Be Dazzler and take to the root cellar to avoid the rhinestone explosion that is to come. In the world of industrial packaging, though, you are more likely to ... Continue reading


The top 10 highest paying undergraduate majors if you’re not the engineering type; No. 1 is found at KU medical school

Last week I shared a list of the top 25 highest paying majors, recently released by higher ed rankings and analysis company College Factual. Various categories of engineering filled almost [the entire list][1]. College Factual has also compiled a list of the top 10 highest paying majors ... Continue reading


Lawrence police blotter for Jan. 19 to Jan. 20

Listed below is the majority of Lawrence police activity within the last 24 hours. Each morning the Lawrence Police Department releases a list of officer activity. This call blotter spans from 6:07 a.m. Wednesday to 5:29 a.m. Friday and includes 385 incidents. Each listing gives a date, ... Continue reading


How to Keep Up with Image Comics’ Booming Worlds!

Image Comics, a popular indie comic publisher, is known for its creative license. Their vast range includes wonderfully different, wildly successful stories such as "[The Walking Dead][1]" and "[Saga][2]." When you walk up into Astrokitty Comics @ Game Nut on Mass Street, you’ll find that the back ... Continue reading


ESPN analysts Dick Vitale, Seth Greenberg reveal national-title picks

ESPN college basketball analysts Dick Vitale and Seth Greenberg shared interesting takes on the impact of new rules and offered their midseason picks to win it all during a joint conference call Wednesday. The former Div. I coaches agreed that the new emphasis on existing rules translate ... Continue reading


Shaka Smart rebuilding Texas through patience, relationships

It’s no secret that the Texas men’s basketball team is struggling under second-year head coach Shaka Smart. The 7-11 Longhorns, who will take on second-ranked Kansas at 1 p.m. Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse, got out to an up-and-down start to the season and now are riding a ... Continue reading


Stock watch: Josh Jackson’s shooting could impact draft position

Even the greatest players on the planet have their flaws. That’s what makes debating one man’s on-the-court value versus another’s a fundamental element of basketball discussions. For star Kansas freshman Josh Jackson, his strengths are numerous and his imperfections, while scarce, are obvious. Jackson, who turns 20 ... Continue reading


Lawrence man and woman arrested in connection with armed robbery

Two robbery suspects have been arrested while the search for others continue. One man and one woman, both of Lawrence and both suspected in a recent armed robbery, have been arrested, police say. John Timothy Baker, 33, was arrested after 6 p.m. Tuesday on suspicion of aggravated ... Continue reading


In questioning DeVos, Sen. Roberts stays clear of school choice, vouchers

Betsy DeVos, a school choice advocate and President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for secretary of education, faced tough questions during her confirmation hearing Tuesday from many senators on the Health Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, but not from Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts. Instead, Roberts steered entirely clear of ... Continue reading


Frank Mason’s case for national player of year gaining momentum

Nearly every time Kansas basketball coach Bill Self fields questions from the media, someone will bring up Jayhawks senior point guard Frank Mason III and the impact he has made this season. > “How good has Frank been?” > > “What has Mason meant to your team?” ... Continue reading


Brtual stretch of Kansas basketball schedule starts Tuesday in Morgantown

After Saturday’s 1 p.m. tipoff vs. Texas ends, Kansas will have played 19 games, just one of them against a team ranked in the current Associated Press top 25 poll. Indiana was ranked at the time Kansas opened the season against the Hoosiers but has fallen out. ... Continue reading


Update on the future of East Lawrence’s debated Quonset hut; longtime Lawrence chef joins local brewery project; more plans for affordable housing

Yesterday [I told you about plans for a pair of new, architecturally interesting apartment buildings][1] that developers hope to construct in East Lawrence’s Warehouse Arts District. Today, I have news in the same neighborhood about another piece of interesting architecture: the old Quonset hut-like building at the ... Continue reading


Self says Jayhawks, at their best, as good as anybody

A few hours after returning from his team’s Monday night victory in Ames, Iowa, Kansas basketball coach Bill Self appeared on The Doug Gottlieb Show on Tuesday and discussed everything from KU’s latest win to the Svi Mykhailiuk travel heard ’round the world, Joel Embiid and the ... Continue reading


Lawrence police blotter for Jan. 18

Listed below is the majority of Lawrence police activity within the last 24 hours. Each morning the Lawrence Police Department releases a list of officer activity. This call blotter spans from 6:09 a.m. Tuesday to 4:58 a.m. Tuesday and includes 185 incidents. Each listing gives a date, ... Continue reading


What are Joel Embiid’s chances of making all-star team as rookie?

The more Joel Embiid plays, the more the NBA Rookie of the Year-in-waiting amazes the Philadelphia fan base and observers league-wide. The former Kansas big man has scored 20 or more points in his previous nine starts — all while playing between 24 to 30 minutes of ... Continue reading


Kobach seeks authority for bifurcated elections; downplays issue of missing registrations

TOPEKA — Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach asked for a bill to be introduced Tuesday that would give him authority to hold "bifurcated" elections so that potentially tens of thousands of registered voters could not vote in state or local elections. It would apply to people ... Continue reading