Staff blogs


Lawrence police blotter for April 18

Listed below is the majority of Lawrence police activity within the last 24 hours. Each afternoon the Lawrence Police Department releases a list of officer activity. This call blotter spans from 6:10 a.m. Monday to 4:28 a.m. Tuesday and includes 251 incidents. Each listing gives a date, ... Continue reading


Kansas City company files plans to open bakery, restaurant in former Jayhawk Bookstore building

When I was at KU, I became an expert in Danish studies. There were cherry ones, there were lemon ones, and so many others that I should have gotten a diploma but instead just left with 20 extra pounds. Well, KU students may get a similar chance ... Continue reading


Ryan Schadler sums up Doug Meacham offense in three words: go, go, go

Kansas sophomore Ryan Schadler started his collegiate athletic career as a sprinter for Wichita State and even he is taken aback at the amount of sprinting demanded of receivers in Doug Meacham’s offense. “The first couple of spring practices I was like, ‘Man, this isn’t running back ... Continue reading


Most memorable Josh Jackson moments of 2016-17 season

With Josh Jackson announcing [his inevitable decision to turn pro on Monday,][1] it seems like a good time to take a quick look back at the Detroit native’s short but oh-so-sweet Kansas career. In one year, Jackson cemented himself in KU history by sticking his name all ... Continue reading


Lawrence police blotter for April 15 to April 17

Listed below is the majority of Lawrence police activity within the last 24 hours. Each afternoon the Lawrence Police Department releases a list of officer activity. This call blotter spans from 6:21 a.m. Friday to 5:59 a.m. Friday and includes 620 incidents. Each listing gives a date, ... Continue reading


Dorance Armstrong and Daniel Wise could only have so much fun at KU spring game

Spring football games are not real football games. And no one understands that better than Kansas defensive stalwarts Dorance Armstrong Jr., and Daniel Wise. Saturday’s scrimmage at Memorial Stadium was about letting the fans get a peek at the 2017 Jayhawks, not giving away too many secrets ... Continue reading


Pizza chain with lots of funky toppings plans to locate near KU’s Memorial Stadium

As a child of the 1980s, I remember when pizza companies went crazy and started putting pineapple on pizzas. There was little doubt in my household that it was a sign of a Communist infiltration. Fortunately, the Communists have moved on to U.S. elections, so I have ... Continue reading


Derrick Neal finding home at nickel, his twin specializing in dimes

Nickel back, the football position in the secondary, not the widely mocked band, sometimes is filled by hybrid linebacker/safety, other times by a cornerback/safety hybrid. Tevin Shaw fell into the former category for Kansas the past couple of years. Looking to field a quicker unit, defensive coordinator ... Continue reading


Police chase begins in Lawrence, ends in Tonganoxie; investigation ongoing

Police chases generally aren't like the ones you see on television. You might think they're all like that (awesome) scene from Steve McQueen's "Bullitt" — the youngsters might prefer a "Fast and the Furious" reference instead — but in reality, officers will call off a chase if ... Continue reading


Jayhawks, coaches talk quarterback competition, spring game trash talk

After Team Jayhawks earned a 14-7 victory in the Kansas football team’s spring game Saturday at Memorial Stadium, quarterbacks Carter Stanley and Peyton Bender talked about their competition for the starting job. Bender completed 11 of his 15 passes for 143 yards and two touchdowns. Stanley was ... Continue reading


As local voters ponder tax questions, here’s a look at what property taxes have done for the last 10 years

If the 2016 presidential elections didn’t give you enough to grit your teeth over, fear not — local politics in 2017 may give you more opportunities. But it won’t be Trump that is the main topic. Instead, it is the other five-letter ’t’ word that will get ... Continue reading


Highlights from KU’s spring football game

Back on the field at Memorial Stadium for the final time before the upcoming fall season, the Kansas football team had plenty of highlights during its annual spring game on Saturday. In the highlights are a peek at quarterbacks Peyton Bender, Carter Stanley and Tyriek Starks, including ... Continue reading


A KU fan’s viewing guide to the 2017 NBA Playoffs

Among the 16 former Kansas players active in the NBA during the 2016-17 regular season — henceforth known as the dawn of The Joel Embiid Era — only six get a crack at the spotlight known as The Playoffs. For those Jayhawks fans in search of a ... Continue reading


Hosannas for Hasan Defense

Injuries and lack of experience have made cornerback the position with the least depth during Kansas’ spring football practice, which has made a productive spring from junior college transfer Hasan Defense all the more important. Defense, a 5-11, 180-pound sophomore from Jacksonville, Fla., spent one season at ... Continue reading


A fourth hotel files plans for multimillion dollar project in Lawrence; J.C. Penney to delay store closings

There is officially a hotel building boom in Lawrence. Another set of hotel plans has been filed at City Hall, which means Lawrence soon will have four hotel projects under construction. Maybe everybody needs a place to sleep off all the fried chicken. Whatever the case, the ... Continue reading


A homecoming for MacArthur ‘Genius’ known for combatting violence against American Indian women; Sarah Deer to join KU faculty

A scholar whose academic work led to legal change for victims of sexual and domestic violence in Indian Country will return to the University of Kansas, her alma mater, as a professor. Starting this fall, Sarah Deer will join KU’s department of women, gender and sexuality studies ... Continue reading


K.J. Lawson issues apology for vulgar video clip toward former coach Tubby Smith

After a vulgar Snapchat video circulated through social media Thursday, incoming Kansas transfer K.J. Lawson issued an apology through Twitter. Lawson, a 6-foot-7 forward, [made disparaging comments][1] toward Memphis head coach Tubby Smith, his former coach, in a three-second clip. Lawson and his older brother, Dedric, announced ... Continue reading


Say What? Smith talks KU spring game, QB competition on 810 WHB’s Between the Lines


Gunshots reported along Haskell Avenue, police say; shell casings found

If you heard the sound of gunshots along Haskell Avenue Wednesday night, you weren't alone. Lawrence Police Department spokeswoman Kim Murphree said several people reported hearing sounds resembling gunshots near the intersection of 16th Street and Haskell Avenue. The police department's daily activity logs indicate a report ... Continue reading


Kansas City grocery company signs deal to locate store in downtown Lawrence; lawsuit could still derail project

A full-service downtown grocery store — complete with a pharmacy and a Mongolian grill — is now closer to becoming a reality than ever before. But a Douglas County court case could still deal the project a major blow. As expected, Queen’s Price Chopper of Kansas City ... Continue reading