Staff blogs


Lawrence Folk to host Heartland Traditional Music and Dance Festival this week

[Lawrence Folk][1], a local organization committed to preserving folklife in the Lawrence community, will host a series of workshops and dances this week as part of its [Heartland Traditional Music and Dance Festival][2]. The event, which officially runs Thursday through Sunday, is a collaborative effort between Lawrence ... Continue reading


Lawrence falconer Jack Stoddart prepares for hunting season

**Video by Lawrence Journal-World photographer Richard Gwin** (see below) Related story by Karen Dillon: **[Falconry rare in Kansas, with only about 50 licensed practitioners statewide][1]** > Falconry is an ancient form of > hunting, estimated to be about 4,000 > years old, and it was dubbed the ... Continue reading


Plans show new fitness center for west Lawrence, more tofu for eastern Lawrence

Talk of a fitness center usually causes me to fake a hamstring injury (mmm, ham,) but I guess it is safe to pass along this news. It sure looks like far west Lawrence is going to get a new fitness center. As we previously reported, Genesis Health ... Continue reading


Transient Lawrence man pepper-sprayed, Tazed and arrested after allegedly camping out in stranger’s backyard, ‘struggling’ with police

There’s been a lot of talk about whether the county needs to create a mental health facility as part of a proposed jail expansion. Douglas County officials and the sheriff’s office recently hosted a public meeting to discuss the potential projects for a jail expansion and mental ... Continue reading


Football Game Tape: Week Eleven

After a two-point loss in the City Showdown, Free State High football players remained upbeat in practice the following the week. They knew they were a better team than their 0-3 record showed, and were confident they could turn their season around. Now the Firebirds are one ... Continue reading


The Day After: So close vs. TCU

There's just something about Kansas and TCU on the football field that tends to create entertaining and competitive games. But who would've thought that would be the case this year, when the winless Jayhawks traveled to No. 13 TCU on Saturday? Not me. I picked a TCU ... Continue reading


Baseline view: Kansas v. Northern Colorado

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Getting to know No. 13 TCU — and its explosive offense

Not that the Kansas football team had any control over the matter — or that better timing would’ve meant a KU win — but the winless Jayhawks probably couldn’t face TCU at a worse time. The No. 13-ranked Horned Frogs (8-1 overall, 5-1 Big 12) just had ... Continue reading


KU’s last chance to win on road this year comes (gulp) at TCU

Saturday marks the Kansas football team’s last chance in 2015 to end a losing streak away from home that currently stands at 37 games. However, the winless Jayhawks don’t figure to have much of a shot at avoiding consecutive loss No. 38, because they have to play ... Continue reading


Signs of change at south Iowa Street movie theater; update on tenant for old Round Corner Drug space; west Lawrence restaurant closes

Some news and notes from around town: • Movie theater liquor: It looks like it is coming to Lawrence’s largest cinema chain. The Regal theater chain on south Iowa Street has filed for a city drinking establishment license. I don’t get out to the movies a tremendous ... Continue reading


Greed is good in ‘99 Homes’; the watchable awfulness of ‘Dangerous Men’

When Oliver Stone’s “Wall Street” was released in 1987, a classic villain was born. Power-hungry corporate player Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas) broke the law, got rich, and espoused that “greed, for lack of a better term, is good.” Ninety-nine percent of America understood that Gekko was the ... Continue reading


Play time: KU Theatre staging ‘A Doll’s House’; EMU Theatre performing one-acts with local ties at Percolator

The next few weeks — this weekend in particular — promise more than a few options for theater lovers in Lawrence. If you’re a recovering theater nerd like me (shoutout to Thespian Troupe 1820 at Wichita Southeast High School) who routinely listens to the “Les Miserables” soundtrack ... Continue reading


Gun spook at laundromat; ex-girlfriend allegedly confronts, batters woman in man’s bedroom; wanted man flees on bicycle

A man at the Lawrence Laundromat at 711 W. 23rd St. had a scare last night when he thought someone may have attempted to rob him using a gun. Lawrence police responded to the laundromat after a man reported he’d been the victim of an attempted armed ... Continue reading


Student-led Rock Chalk Invisible Hawk group issues diversity-related demands for KU; here’s some more context

A group of about a dozen, mostly black Kansas University students that carried signs onto the stage and temporarily took over Wednesday’s town hall forum on race read a list of 15 demands they had of KU. I didn’t have much information on those demands [in my ... Continue reading


Carlton Bragg eager to make KU debut

Kansas freshman forward Carlton Bragg can’t wait to make his official KU debut in Friday’s season opener against Northern Colorado. The 6-foot-9 freshman from Cleveland wants to show everyone what he is capable of at the college level. Bragg says the team’s bigs get a good workout ... Continue reading


Jamari Traylor: KU’s many veterans make preparing for season easier

With just a day left before the season opener against Northern Colorado, Kansas senior forward Jamari Traylor says KU has a lot of experienced players on its roster, which makes preparation headed into the season easier to handle. But KU’s freshmen also have impressed Traylor, who said ... Continue reading


Bill Self discusses Cheick Diallo’s impact for KU and the waiting game

Kansas basketball coach Bill Self met the media Thursday afternoon to discuss the No. 4-ranked Jayhawks’ season opener against Northern Colorado. But the discussion quickly turned to KU freshman big man Cheick Diallo, who is still waiting to hear from the NCAA Clearinghouse regarding his eligibility. *- ... Continue reading


KU Sports Extra: Turn Up

With basketball season and football season going on simultaneously at Kansas University, Tom Keegan and Matt Tait have even more to discuss this week. While KU football plays at TCU, the men’s basketball team opens at Allen Fieldhouse versus Northern Colorado. The guys give their predictions and ... Continue reading


Pickin’ and picklin’: MAW to celebrate new album with show at Frank’s

Lawrence loves a good MAW show, and it's been a while since we've seen one. But this weekend, the musical matrons with a flair for old-timey tunes will be celebrating with [a CD release party for their latest album, "Bought the Farm."][1] Everything about MAW is undoubtedly ... Continue reading


Trinity Episcopal Church to host annual Ploughman’s Lunch on Friday

Back when the quintessential [“ploughman’s lunch”][1] first showed up on English pub menus in the 1950s, diners were served a cold plate of cheese, bread, butter and beer. You won’t find any booze at Trinity Episcopal Church’s annual [Ploughman’s Lunch][2] on Friday (that’s definitely a Kansas thing) ... Continue reading