Staff blogs

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New running shop to open downtown; signs that Eldridge expansion set to begin; restaurant work begins in former Round Corner drug space

There’s a new reason for the Lawrence running community to be excited, and it is not just because my family has banned me from ever leaving the house again in short shorts. A new business duo is opening a locally owned running supply store. J. Jenkins and ... Continue reading

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Hansen withdraws as commerce secretary nominee

George Hansen, Gov. Sam Brownback's nominee for secretary of commerce, withdrew his name from consideration Tuesday, saying an extended family member has "extensive business dealings" with the agency. A statement from Brownback's office gave no further details. "I respect George's decision and have reluctantly accepted his request ... Continue reading

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Patrol Service Dog catches fleeing suspect; fight over truck; one arrested after teen says he was beaten by relative

A few weeks ago, [I wrote a story on the Lawrence Police Department’s new Patrol Service Dog program][1]. During my research on the article, I got to see one of them – named “C.B.” (shortened from “Cheeseburger”) – in action. To show off some of C.B.’s training, ... Continue reading

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Watch La Guerre spread her wings at the Bottleneck

It's been a while since we checked in with La Guerre, but it was worth the wait. Watching La Guerre is like watching a butterfly emerge from a cocoon. It's wonderful seeing how an artist like this matures, both personally and musically. The full band she's assembled ... Continue reading

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Jefferson’s grand reopening now planned for Wednesday

Jefferson's loyalists may have to wait a bit longer for their chicken wings, it appears. Jefferson's has been closed since a Jan. 15 fire damaged the building’s roof and rear, and earlier this month, my colleague [Caitlin Doornbos reported][1] that owner Brandon Graham was planning to reopen ... Continue reading

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KU’s new School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures formally launches with event on Tuesday

Kansas University's new School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, as it's been explained to me, is hoped to better enable a number of disparate departments to pool resources and collaborate — in ways that are meaningful and important to student success in the 21st century. KU has ... Continue reading

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SLT project would create major changes for west Lawrence traffic; city auditor urges more protection of certain City Hall files

I already have enough arguments with my GPS when I’m in west Lawrence. But if the Kansas Department of Transportation expands the western leg of the South Lawrence Trafficway to four lanes, I may have even more. KDOT leaders will be in Lawrence on Tuesday to brief ... Continue reading

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Waffle Iron sets re-opening dates, serving up chicken and waffles in meantime; La Prima Tazza to unveil new menu

Listen up, waffle enthusiasts. I’ve got two big pieces of Waffle Iron-related news to share with you. Let’s start with the most important bit. The popular breakfast spot, which closed earlier this summer for renovations, will re-open Saturday, Sept. 5. Owner/chef Sam Donnell confirmed the date earlier ... Continue reading

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Most crucial Jayhawks 2015: No. 1 - OL Jordan Shelley-Smith

What began eight weeks ago with the first entry in this year's list of the 25 most crucial Jayhawks for the upcoming football season has reached its peak. No. 1. Numero uno. The top dog. The head honcho. It's no secret that left tackle is one of ... Continue reading

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Coming off hot summer, Wayne Selden Jr. plans to be more effective scorer

After spending a good chunk of his summer preparing for the World University Games, in South Korea, and then leading Kansas/Team USA to a gold medal, Wayne Selden Jr.’s basketball journeys continued with a trip to the adidas Nations event, near Los Angeles, in early August. [It ... Continue reading

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Most crucial Jayhawks 2015: No. 2 - DE Damani Mosby

According to KU junior Damani Mosby, his first name means "tomorrow" in Italian, and for this summer's list of the most crucial Jayhawks there is no tomorrow. We'll plug in No. 2 right now and come back with the top pick in about 30 minutes. If you've ... Continue reading

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Lawrence doesn’t make ‘most dangerous’ list; fight on Mass Street; woman allegedly punches man in head; an unwanted front-door surprise

People ask me all the time: “Is there more crime going on in town or am I just seeing more of it now?” Well, I don’t have an exact answer for you now (I plan to write a story in the future analyzing crime data over the ... Continue reading

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Lawrence firm seeks to expand in East Hills; city set to appoint chair to lead commissioner vacancy board; fire sprinklers to be debated for animal facilities

There is a deal brewing for a new manufacturer to locate in the East Hills Business Park. As we reported in June, Lawrence-based Prosoco has formed a new company that will make high-tech walls and panels for companies that want to build highly energy efficient homes and ... Continue reading

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Most crucial Jayhawks 2015: No. 3 - CB Brandon Stewart

We've reached the Top 3 of this year's list of Most Crucial Jayhawks for the upcoming season, and, given the fact that KU plays in the offensive madhouse that is the Big 12, it should come as no surprise that 2 of the 3 are defensive players ... Continue reading

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Throwback Thursday finds foot in a bucket; another prowler reported after alleged peeping Tom

How 'bout a throwback Thursday in wacky public safety news to start us off today? Flashback to just over 10 years ago — it's July 2005, and 21-year-old Lawrence resident Ezekiel Rubottom has recently had his left foot amputated after a bone infection. He'd been born with ... Continue reading

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Most crucial Jayhawks 2015: No. 4 - S Bazie Bates IV

Number 4 on the list — and, no, we didn't pencil him into this position because he has the IV at the end of his name — is a player who could easily have the biggest impact of any Jayhawk on the defense. A junior college transfer ... Continue reading

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Want to get your student involved? School clubs may be the answer

Want to get your middle or high school student involved in something after school? Athletics may be the obvious go-to, but they can be a substantial time (and monetary) commitment for both parents and students. Teacher-sponsored school clubs — with the convenience of being at school and ... Continue reading

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Home sales up; housing construction hits recent high; sales tax numbers strong but create some budget worries at City Hall

As a quick homework conversation with my seventh-grade son confirmed, junior high math has surpassed me. But that doesn’t mean I can’t still do some calculations to determine the state of the Lawrence economy. So, here’s a look at the latest batch of numbers. • The housing ... Continue reading

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Most crucial Jayhawks 2015: No. 5 - RB Ke’aun Kinner

We'll stick with offense to crack into the Top 5, where a newcomer who had a fantastic preseason camp sits as one of the most important players in KU's new Air Raid offense. His name is Ke'aun Kinner (pronounced Key-On) and he's the latest back in a ... Continue reading

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Most crucial Jayhawks 2015: No. 6 - QB Montell Cozart

Just a few days after he officially was named this year's starter, it's time to check off the Kansas quarterback on our list of most crucial Jayhawks for 2015. He's a name you're familiar with and one who has started — and even won — a few ... Continue reading