Staff blogs


Devonté Graham talks Late Night, recruiting

Kansas junior guard Devonté Graham discusses the importance of Late Night for the basketball program, especially in terms of recruiting. While fans pack Allen Fieldhouse year after year for the preseason show to see skits, dancing and a little bit of basketball, Graham says a lot of ... Continue reading


Football Game Tape: Week Four

Lawrence High football players were upset about their loss against Lee's Summit West and were looking to make a statement when they played Shawnee Mission West. That message was heard loud and clear. The Lions were dominant with their no-huddle offense and rolled to a [49-19 victory ... Continue reading


5 Jayhawks crack DraftExpress’ Top 12 Big 12 NBA prospects for 2017

Projecting any given NBA Draft, like obsessing over Kansas basketball in Lawrence, has become a year-round task and no one out there does it better than Jonathan Givony and his staff at From player profiles, regularly updated mock drafts and traveling around the world to track ... Continue reading


Jayhawks remain in hot pursuit of Orlando SG Chaundee Brown

According to 247 Sports’ “Crystal Ball” prediction, Wake Forest is now in the lead for Chaundee Brown, a 6-foot-5, shooting guard from Orlando who has narrowed his list of schools to KU, Wake and Florida. Danny Manning-led Wake Forest currently is projected as the leader for Brown ... Continue reading


A bevy of high-tech car washes set to come to Lawrence; businessman confirms he’s looking at commercial, industrial options for site along SLT

Lawrence gets on its binges. One not long ago was fried chicken. For awhile, the only thing more frequent than a new fried chicken restaurant in Lawrence was another sharp pain in my chest. Well, now it appears to be tunnel car washes. Three plans have been ... Continue reading


Parties name slate of people who will cast Kansas’ electoral college votes in presidential election

All three recognized political parties in Kansas have named their slate of people who will cast the state's six electoral votes in the event their presidential candidate wins Kansas in November. During presidential elections, a lot is written about electoral votes. And with the miracle of modern ... Continue reading


Lawrence police blotter for Sept. 27

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 6:18 a.m. Monday to 4:22 a.m. Tuesday and includes 310 incidents. Each listing gives a date, ... Continue reading


Say something nice about Kansas football: Pursuing LSU recruits worth a try

SEC schools, other football programs with national cachet and whatever school hires Les Miles have a better shot, but it’s not impossible that Kansas could end up snagging one or two of the recruits verbally committed to LSU who decide to reopen the recruiting process. It’s a ... Continue reading


He Will, He Won’t, He Might: Josh Jackson

Another week brings another entry in the "He will, He Won't, He Might" blog series and today we take a peek at freshman wing Josh Jackson. Jackson, as you know, is the latest highly touted, likely one-and-done freshman phenom landed by KU coach Bill Self. An he ... Continue reading


Weekend police blotter for Sept. 24 to Sept. 26

Listed below is the majority of Lawrence police activity for the last 72 hours. Each morning the Lawrence Police Department releases a list of officer activity. This call blotter spans from 6:03 a.m. Friday to 5:36 a.m. Monday and includes 954 incidents. Each listing gives a date, ... Continue reading


Local restaurant gets new owners, plans to expand; downtown business lands on national list

Gyro is among a fairly sizable list of words that I neither know how to spell or pronounce but do know how to eat. Well, one of the city’s largest producers of gyros has new owners and is looking to expand. Downtown Lawrence’s Pita Pit restaurant has ... Continue reading


Watch this space: Heard on the Hill is back

Astute Journal-World readers may have noticed something recently. And the ones who like reading my stuff might have been worried. My byline has been MIA for a while, and so has Heard on the Hill. Good news (at least for those in the “like reading my stuff” ... Continue reading


Paul Pierce announces coming season will be his last in NBA

Some of the other biggest names of his generation have retired, but Paul Pierce will forge ahead and play one more NBA season. After a summer of contemplation, the former Kansas star, entering his 19th season in the league, announced Monday on [The Players’ Tribune][1] his intentions ... Continue reading


Offensive line woes make quarterback a tough place to play at Kansas

Playing quarterback for Kansas against a brutal schedule requires making the right decision when the best-laid plans break down. For example, take a look at three screen shots taken from ESPN's telecast, all from the biggest play of KU's 43-7 loss at Memphis, defensive tackle Jonathan Wilson's ... Continue reading


Update on Spin pizza coming to Lawrence; keep eyes open for another hotel project; more updates on northwest development

Fall — it began Thursday, as evidenced by my perspiration having a certain pumpkin spice latte hue to it — makes me think of flannel. Flannel makes me think of lumberjacks. Lumberjacks make me think of the Northwest. So, let’s provide an update on some northwest Lawrence ... Continue reading


Man reported walking Lawrence streets with a rifle and alcohol

Around 4:50 p.m. Thursday officers were dispatched to the intersection of West 14th and Ohio streets for a report of a man walking around the area with alcohol in one hand and what appeared to be a rifle in the other, said Lawrence Police Sgt. Amy Rhoads. ... Continue reading


There’s pixie gold dust in Eudora photographer’s pictures; Eudora ready for Great Kaw Adventure Race; Baldwin City selects streets for repaving

Fairies have been very good to Janene Rothwell and her Pbj Photography studio. Rothwell took over the studio in an old gas station on the corner for 10th and Main streets in Eudora at the start of 2015, remodeled it with a 1950s theme and moved into ... Continue reading


Police blotter for Sept. 23

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 6:51 a.m. Thursday to 5:46 a.m. Friday and includes 415 incidents. Each listing gives a date, ... Continue reading


KU Basketball Boot Camp Journal: Sept. 23, 2016

You’ve heard the stories, read the accounts and probably even imagined what it’s like. But to see it is a whole different experience. Boot Camp, Kansas basketball style, is not for the faint of heart and on Friday a handful of local media members were invited in ... Continue reading


Peculiar reading

I first encountered Ransom Riggs’ "[Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children][1]" after I started working at Lawrence Public Library over three years ago. While shelving, I would often see the creepy, antique cover leering out from the stacks, which continued to intrigue me for some time. Eventually, ... Continue reading