Staff blogs


Police pepper spray two men accused of fighting across street from police station

You know, I've been in a fracas or two in my day, but whenever possible I try to avoid taking part in any shenanigans directly across the street from police stations. Call me old-fashioned, but I try to be a man of principle. One man was arrested ... Continue reading


Effort to build community center begins anew in Baldwin City

After two months, the Baldwin City Recreation Commission's effort to build a community center is about to be restarted. In November, BCRC board members addressed the Baldwin City Council and the Baldwin school board, announcing the board’s intent to push for a community center. Board member Ginny ... Continue reading


KU student’s winning piano design is a work of art

Musical instrument? Art? Both? (I'm going to say both.) A Kansas University student’s striking sculptural piano design beat out more than 100 international submissions to be among seven winners of the first Roland Corporation Digital Piano Design Awards. The design, entitled “Amber Unleashed,” was created by Rebekah ... Continue reading


Female-led ‘Women in the Field’ dinner to benefit Sunrise Project

A handful of female chefs and restaurateurs are teaming up for a night of dinner, dancing and entertainment to benefit the Sunrise Project next month at Abe & Jake’s Landing, 8 E. Sixth St. “Women in the Field,” slated for Feb. 18 from 6:30 to 10 p.m., ... Continue reading


Center for startup companies, artists undergoing expansion; Johnson County group seeks to build rent-controlled housing project in eastern Lawrence

A lawn mower, boxes of old records and spare parts for a chocolate fountain are stopping me from becoming a tech mogul. You understand that all the great tech companies were started in a garage somewhere, and I just don’t have the room to do it. Well, ... Continue reading


‘The Hateful Eight’ and the books you’ll love

Influenced by “The Thing,” “Clue,” and Sergio Corbucci’s nihilistic spaghetti western “The Great Silence,” Quentin Tarantino’s new film “The Hateful Eight” takes place in post-Civil War Wyoming, where eight sadistic strangers seek shelter at Minnie’s Haberdashery during a whiteout blizzard. Filmed in Ultra Panavision 70mm, “The Hateful ... Continue reading


Landen Lucas: KU-UK not true rematch, but Jayhawks looking for redemption

Kansas junior forward Landen Lucas says the Jayhawks remember well how poorly they played against Kentucky, early in the 2014-15 season. “There’s not a ton that needs to be said,” Lucas adds. When asked to describe the mood of the locker room after that drubbing, Lucas recalls ... Continue reading


Udoka Azubuike a legitimate center

Watching video clips of the 6-foot-11, 260-pound Udoka Azubuike, calls to mind Cliff Alexander dominating Chicago high school competitors with a series of dunks, plus three inches in height, 20 pounds in weight, less body fat, and broader shoulders. In other words, he is tall enough, big ... Continue reading


A closer look at new KU big man Udoka Azubuike

All right. By now, you guys surely know how these highlight videos work. They're exactly that. Highlights. You don't see the mistakes, the benchings, the rough stretches or the moments of confusion and missed steps. And, frankly, with most of the top high school prospects, guys who ... Continue reading


Percolator’s ‘Group Love’ show to open Friday

“Group Love,” the Lawrence Percolator’s fourth installment of its annual amore-themed exhibit, opens Friday — just in time for Valentine’s Day, conveniently enough. But [the show][1] isn’t merely a valentine to romance. Love of all kinds — love for family members, friends, for one’s self — is ... Continue reading


Carlton Bragg nearly chose UK, will face Wildcats Saturday

Kansas freshman forward Carlton Bragg, who nearly chose Kentucky when making his college decision [(and accidentally said Kentucky at his announcement a year ago)][1], is looking forward to facing the Wildcats on Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse. According to Bragg, KU coach Bill Self told the Jayhawks this ... Continue reading


‘We promised’: KU provost shares list of diversity and inclusion steps made so far

The Kansas University provost’s office now has, on paper, a “Diversity Action Plan” listing things KU has done and things it will do in the coming semester and year to improve diversity and inclusivity on campus. Interim provost Sara Rosen shared the plan Thursday in a [letter][1] ... Continue reading


Bill Self on the allure of Kansas vs. Kentucky

Before Kansas takes on Kentucky Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse, KU coach Bill Self meets the media to talk about the Big 12-SEC Challenge, and the Jayhawks' season, as they're coming off a road loss at Iowa State. *— [Get the recap from's live coverage.][1]* *AUDIO | ... Continue reading


Lawrence High boys hoops wins Topeka; Free State boys bounce back against Lansing

It's the Year of the Comeback in Lawrence this season. Down 14 points with 4:05 remaining in the Topeka Invitational Tournament championship, Lawrence High's boys basketball team fought back to force overtime and eventually [rip out a 62-61 victory against Highland Park][1]. On one hand, the improbable ... Continue reading


Lawrence home sales have bounce-back year in 2015; local job growth highest of any metro in Kansas; unemployment ends year at 3 percent

We’re still in that beginning-of-a-new-year period, which means there are certain things that have to be done: Break a resolution, break a treadmill, break an elastic waistband. And if you are a reporter, add one more to the list: Report on recently released year-end numbers. I have ... Continue reading


Two accidental shootings in less than a week; police advise gun owners to use caution

It is better to be safe than sorry, and that strategy is probably doubly important when you have a gun in your hand. It seems that advice is worth passing along as accidental shootings have sent two Lawrence men to the hospital in the past week. Early ... Continue reading


KU Sports Extra: Deep Breaths

With Kansas basketball coming off yet another road loss, Tom Keegan and Matt Tait examine what’s ailing the Jayhawks and preview Saturday’s massive non-conference finale at Allen Fieldhouse: KU vs. Kentucky. Continue reading


Constitutional amendment to protect hunting, fishing and trapping rights could have far-reaching consequences

A proposed constitutional amendment is pending in the Kansas House that would guarantee the public's right to engage in hunting, fishing and trapping. It's a proposal that, at first blush, seems like a natural fit for a state like Kansas, where such outdoor activities are so ingrained ... Continue reading


State senators introduce bill in attempt to permanently exempt universities from concealed carry law

A group of five democratic state senators — including two from Douglas County — is trying to reverse the portion of a law requiring public colleges to allow concealed carry of guns on their campuses starting in July 2017. Under current law, the personal and family protection ... Continue reading


Off the Beaten Plate: The Drunken Chicken at Fat Freddy’s

Off the Beaten Plate is no stranger to the creatively named and often wildly indulgent pizzas at Fat Freddy’s. Remember the [Wake n Bake][1] from September 2013? Or the similarly themed Stoner Pie, which we’ve never featured but will probably make its way into my gullet at ... Continue reading