Staff blogs


Development group begins lobbying for approval of south Iowa retail project; new grocery store proposed for project

Trust me, I’m used to shopping centers doing outreach efforts at this time of year. (If I had a dollar for every letter addressed to Mr. and Mrs. Lawhorn telling us the shopping center has reserved a special parking spot for our U-Haul trailer . . . ... Continue reading


Baseline view: Kansas v. Chaminade

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Jayhawks react to 123-point display at Maui Invitational

Kansas basketball players Landen Lucas and Svi Mykhailiuk discuss the Jayhawks' 123-point showing after KU's rout of Chaminade at the Maui Invitational. Kansas coach BIll Self also weighs in, and provides his daily take on Cheick Diallo's eligibility. Continue reading


Thanksgiving travel safety tips; Community discussion Tuesday to address human trafficking in Lawrence

It’s almost Thanksgiving and law enforcement are celebrating by cracking down on drunken drivers and those without seat belts. If more folks are safe this holiday season, that’s something we can all be thankful for. I reported last week that the Lawrence Police Department would be participating ... Continue reading


The latest on the KU Student Senate leaders’ impeachment process

An impeachment committee should be formed today to prepare a report and make a recommendation for possible discipline of Kansas University Student Senate’s top three leaders. According to an email to the Senate from senior senator Lauren Arney, a meeting was planned for this morning to form ... Continue reading


Chamber announces tentative deal for $25 million, 100-job manufacturing plant on east edge of Lawrence

Lawrence may become a Menards town. The Lawrence chamber of commerce is announcing this morning that the giant home improvement retailer has plans to build a Lawrence-based manufacturing plant and distribution center that will bring 100 jobs to town. Midwest Manufacturing, a division of Menard Inc., has ... Continue reading


Jayhawks in Maui: Chaminade not afraid to score points

During Friday's long flight over the Pacific Ocean, I spent some time looking over the stats for the Chaminade Silverswords, KU's first opponent at the 2015 Maui Invitational — 8 p.m. central Monday night — and a couple of things jumped out immediately. The biggest, by far, ... Continue reading


‘Hunger Games’ series grinds down while ‘Apu Trilogy’ is triumphantly restored

With the lyric “Meet the new boss/Same as the old boss,” The Who’s “Won’t Get Fooled Again” might have been a good theme song for **“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2.”** It applies not only to the story of reluctant hero Katniss Everdeen (**Jennifer Lawrence**) and the ... Continue reading


Is this the week KU finally gets in the win column?

Kansas closes its 2015 football season with back-to-back home games at Memorial Stadium. And for the first time since the non-conference portion of the schedule, people seem to think the Jayhawks might be able to get first-year head coach David Beaty his first career victory. In fact, ... Continue reading


West Virginia likes to run the ball, take it away

After limiting high-scoring TCU to 23 points in a road loss last week, the Kansas football team will have to find ways to slow down a different kind of attack with West Virginia coming to Memorial Stadium Saturday (11 a.m. kickoff, FOX Sports Net). The Mountaineers (5-4 ... Continue reading


Carnival of Chemistry offers free event for families

If you have a young chemist on your hands — perhaps tinkering with baking soda or cornstarch at home — this weekend offers a chance for kids and their parents to experiment in a real science lab. The Kansas University Department of Chemistry and the KU Chem ... Continue reading


Fast-food chicken restaurant coming to west Sixth Street; 23rd Street chicken wing chain begins work; urgent care deal falls through

South Lawrence diners aren’t the only ones who will get to have all the fried chicken fun in this town. While there is a host of new chicken restaurants coming to south Iowa Street, plans have been filed for a new fast-food chicken restaurant on west Sixth ... Continue reading


Walker trials underscore complexity of felony murder concept

If you’ve been following my coverage of Dustin D. Walker’s felony murder retrial, you know that Walker was convicted at his first trial in February of aggravated burglary, but jurors could not make a decision about his felony murder charge. The issue itself is a bit confusing. ... Continue reading


Patrick Ryan, chef-owner of Port Fonda, takes things slow at new Lawrence location

In Kansas City, Patrick Ryan is kind of a big deal. But in Lawrence, where the James Beard-nominated chef recently opened his first Port Fonda restaurant on this side of the Kansas-Missouri border, “it’s been a relief for me that not everybody knows who I am,” he ... Continue reading


Bill Self: Jayhawks need to return from Maui a better team

Kansas basketball coach Bill Self says the upcoming Maui Invitational is the most prestigious early-season event KU plays in from year to year, and whether the Jayhawks win the ESPN-televised tournament or not, Self wants them to come back playing at a higher level than when they ... Continue reading


Devonté Graham: KU guards have to play better

Kansas sophomore point guard Devonté Graham shares that he and fellow starting guards Frank Mason III and Wayne Selden Jr. discussed their struggles in KU’s loss to Michigan State. > “We didn’t shoot the ball well. Late, > we didn’t get stops,” Graham says. Going forward, the ... Continue reading


Wayne Selden Jr: Jayhawks need to learn from mistakes before playing in Maui

After suffering a loss to Michigan State in Chicago, Kansas junior guard Wayne Selden Jr. says the Jayhawks returned home ready to learn from their mistakes before they take off again for next week’s Maui Invitational. Selden says KU’s guard play “wasn’t good” against Michigan State, and ... Continue reading


Chatter about a possible Lawrence Costco grows; a closer look at how developers hope retail grows near Rock Chalk Park

My radar is up and my wallet is locked up via log chain: I’m hearing multiple accounts that a Costco may be coming to Lawrence. Multiple readers are telling me that employees at the Costco in Johnson County are talking about a pending announcement of a Costco ... Continue reading


Folks behind Wichita’s Passage to India restaurant to open similar concept in Lawrence

Lawrence is getting a new Indian restaurant, and it'll be located right across the street from downtown's sole Indian eatery, [India Palace][1]. Nav Chawla, a cook at Wichita's [Passage to India][2], and Kuldip Singh, a co-owner of that restaurant, have plans to open a sister concept of ... Continue reading


Off the Beaten Plate: Heart Attack at Yokohama

You wouldn’t expect to find jalapeño poppers (cousin of such bar-food delicacies as mozzarella sticks and chicken wings) at a restaurant that deals primarily in sushi and other Japanese dishes. And yet, there they are at Yokohama, arranged artfully on an oblong plate and sprinkled with a ... Continue reading