Staff blogs


Crisis Intervention Training, Sheriff’s Office 2015 Citizens Academy come to a close; 911 call round-up

Last night, participants in the the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office’s 2015 Citizens Academy graduated from the program, each receiving a certificate and sheriff’s office challenge coin. The group also gave the sheriff's office a plaque and donated $100 to Douglas County Safe Kids on behalf of the ... Continue reading


Getting to know Iowa State football

Saturday marks the first Big 12 game of 2015 for both Kansas and Iowa State, and the Jayhawks and Cyclones have some losing streaks they’d like to get rid of at Jack Trice Stadium (11 a.m. kickoff). Winless through three games this season, KU at least snapped ... Continue reading


Lied Center names IMPACT award winners

The Lied Center has named gifted-education teacher Dani Lotton-Barker and jazz musician Branford Marsalis as the 2015-2016 Lied Center IMPACT Award winners. The award honors one artist and one Lawrence educator every season for distinguished service to the performing arts. “We are truly grateful to both of ... Continue reading


Last chance?: Winless Jayhawks visit Iowa State

Saturday marks the start of Big 12 play for Kansas football, which means victories are going to be even harder to acquire from here on out. The Jayhawks open what figures to be a brutal nine-week stretch with the most winnable game remaining on their schedule: at ... Continue reading


Local businessman files plans to open indoor firing range, gun shop; questions about when police headquarters debate will start again; signs an eco devo deal may be brewing

Gun enthusiasts in Lawrence may have a new reason to get excited in the near future. A longtime Lawrence businessman is working on plans to open an indoor firing range and gun shop. Rick Sells, the former owner of Lawrence Athletic Club, has filed plans at City ... Continue reading


‘Sleeping with Other People’ a true-to-life rom-com

The biggest curse of modern romantic comedies is that they can be too clean. No, I don’t mean the absence of rough language and nudity. I’m talking about how nice and tidy — and full of crap — rom-com screenplays can be when they follow the formula ... Continue reading


Cheick Diallo speaks

Highly touted Kansas freshman Cheick Diallo speaks with media members for the first time since arriving on KU’s campus. The 6-foot-9 post player discusses the influence soccer had on him as a basketball player, why he thinks he is the No. 1 player in his class, a ... Continue reading


Jayhawks are one of 10 college basketball teams licensed in NBA video game

The virtual high school phenom sits on a virtual couch in a virtual living room. As his virtual parents erupt in cheers behind him, he picks up a virtual ball cap — with a real university mascot on the front. It's a Jayhawk. This guy picked Kansas ... Continue reading


Bill Self lauds KU’s depth, flexibility at media day

Bill Self kicked off his 13th season at Kansas Thursday afternoon at Allen Fieldhouse with KU basketball media day. After players posed for photos and answered questions from reporters, Self sat down for a Q&A. Here are some of the highlights: **• Self is impressed every time ... Continue reading


October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month; Law Enforcement begin Crisis Intervention Training; 911 call round-up

With October upon us, the countdown to Halloween has begun. But there’s something much scarier about the month than costumes and carved pumpkins. Oct. 1 marks the start of domestic violence awareness month. As you may have noticed in the 911 call log in Lights & Sirens, ... Continue reading


Nominations open for community MLK awards

The Lawrence school district is now accepting nominations for the 2016 Martin Luther King Jr. Awards. This is the second year for the event, in which the public can nominate students, teachers, school staff, community leaders or community groups for one of four awards: MLK Character, MLK ... Continue reading


In case you missed it: Ladybird Diner owner won, took home $14,000 on ‘Guy’s Grocery Games’

Last weekend was something of a watershed in the way of Lawrence culinary news, it turns out. Monday, [we reported on Free State Brewing Co.’s gold medal][1] at the Great American Beer Festival. Joining Free State in the winner’s circle is Ladybird Diner’s very own Meg Heriford, ... Continue reading


Lawrence home sales rise for sixth consecutive month; update on housing values; more on Free State Festival funding

The stock market has been lousy for the last few months, so maybe Lawrence residents are putting their money into real estate. New homes with cry rooms, so you can read your 401(k) statements, perhaps are the rage. Whatever the case, Lawrence’s home buying market remains hot. ... Continue reading


Weekend Picks: The band formerly known as Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.; Midwest Fallfest; Sugar Britches’ CD release; ‘Psycho’ screening; spooky bonus pick

We're all about the "new" this week. Learn some new dances. See an old band with a new name. Check out a new fall festival. Buy a new CD from local favorites. Watch an old movie (which still retains the power to reveal new things). That's our ... Continue reading


KU Sports Extra: Pageantry and Revelations

Tom Keegan and Matt Tait have some good news and bad news about Kansas football’s Saturday Big 12 opener at Iowa State. They reveal those and spread knowledge with great pageantry in this week’s episode of KU Sports Extra. Continue reading


Crime reporter turned ‘officer’: Traffic stops, de-escalating situations are harder than you might think

On Saturday, I learned I’d make a terrible police officer. While I was at the [Lawrence Police Department’s Investigations and Training Center covering its Fair and Impartial Policing training Saturday][1], I took part in some simulation police work exercises. First, I got to drive a patrol car ... Continue reading


West Lawrence lands corporate headquarters for financial services firm; Lawrence, other Kansas cities mediocre in new economic ranking

A financial services firm with offices in Johnson County and Topeka is moving its corporate headquarters to Lawrence, and will be bringing about 20 jobs in the process. DM Bruce Associates has completed a deal to buy a west Lawrence office building at 4911 Legends Drive to ... Continue reading


5 questions with Uber VP, Google Earth co-founder Brian McClendon prior to his induction into the National Academy of Engineering

Last weekend when some friends were “Ubering” home after a few beverages on our patio, nobody worried about how the software was designed — only about whether driver Kelly (or whatever her name was) was far enough away for them to have a final final. (At 4 ... Continue reading


Ramen bowls with crispy beef make a quick and satisfying dinner

Ramen: the college student's best friend. I actually went all the way through college not having once even tried ramen. I just couldn't bring myself to do it as the idea sounded repulsive. Also, it hadn't occurred to me at that point that I could probably dress ... Continue reading


Off the Beaten Plate: Bulgogi beef at Oriental Bistro

Literally meaning “fire meat” in Korean (sounds fairly Neanderthalian, no?), this dish consists of thinly sliced beef that’s been marinated (traditionally in a mixture of soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic and other ingredients) until tender and then grilled. The scallions — equally tender and coated in a ... Continue reading