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Details on proposed changes to west Lawrence’s Alvamar golf and country club; speculation about restaurant tenant for Marriott; Wheat State Pizza allowed to reopen after tax dispute

A rendering of proposed development near Alvamar golf and country club.

Here’s the surest sign that word of proposed changes to the Alvamar golf courses is starting to make its way around town: I caught my ...

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Watch David Beaty’s first press conference as KU football coach

David Beaty steps up to the mic today for his first press conference as Kansas University's head football coach. Watch here: Follow along with's ...


As expected, Big 12 skunked

Understandably, the college football playoff selection committee didn't have the guts to omit undefeated Florida State from its four-team playoff and because of that, no ...


It smells like a skunking on the way for Big 12

Baylor running back Shock Linwood leaps over the pile toward the end zone for a touchdown during the first quarter at McLane Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014 in Waco, Texas.

Florida State beat every team it played and nobody else can say that. Under normal circumstances, that ought to be enough to keep playing for ...


The Day After: Chomping the Gators

Kansas players Jamari Traylor, left, Devonte Graham, Wayne Selden and Perry Ellis surround Frank Mason before a pair of free throws by Mason during the second half on Friday, Dec. 5, 2014 at Allen Fieldhouse.

KU fans joked across Twitter that newly named football coach David Beaty deserved at least some of the credit for inspiring the Jayhawks' comeback victory ...


Strong starts for city basketball teams and veterans lead the player ratings

After all of those workouts, scrimmages and team camps over the summer and fall, the high school basketball season is finally here. Both the boys ...


Lawrence High wrestling enters year with star power and youth

Lawrence High's wrestling team is going through a youth movement this year and probably can go down two paths this season. Either the young wrestlers ...


Coaching Search 2014: David Beaty an attractive hire in many ways

Kansas University receivers coach David Beaty, right, congratulates Todd Reesing on a play in this file photo from last season. Beaty has established himself as one of the top recruiters in the Big 12 Conference.

When I woke up this morning, I figured it would be just another normal day on the Kansas University coaching search trail. The hire seemed ...


Sheahon Zenger’s first choice, David Beaty, expected to woo Texas talent

Many across the country might have asked, “Who is David Beaty?” upon learning that Kansas has identified him as its first choice to become next ...


Obsession to succeed drives characters in ‘Whiplash,’ ‘Nightcrawler’

On the surface, “Whiplash” and “Nightcrawler,” two of the year’s best and most thrilling movies, don’t have anything in common. One is about a jazz ...


Getting to know the Gators

Florida coach Billy Donovan calls out instructions for the sidelines during the second half of NCAA College basketball against William & Mary in Gainesville, Fla., Friday, Nov., 14, 2014. Florida defeated William & Mary 68-45. (AP Photo/Phil Sandlin)

There aren’t many college basketball coaches or programs in the nation who compare favorably with the success rate of Bill Self at Kansas University. But ...


Update on construction at 31st and Kasold; Lawrence residential building numbers at historic lows; skate rink attracts more than 1,300

The few times I’ve managed to actually keep my eyes open as my wife drives us around the Kasold Curve, I’ve noticed construction work is ...


Coaching Search 2014: David Beaty emerges as leading candidate; hire could come soon

10:48 a.m. Update: It looks like the timeline for the the KU coaching hire has moved up drastically and, according to multiple sources, an announcement ...


Lawrence High boys swimmers rising to new heights

One meet into the season, and this much is clear: Lawrence High's boys swimming and diving team is going to be more competitive than they ...


Coaching Search 2014: Another hypothetical example of the trickle-down effect

1:44 p.m. update: There was a Tweet out there — isn't there always? — that said that the KU job had been offered to Ohio ...


Developer completes purchase of Turnhalle building; new funeral home eyes Lawrence; city ponders earlier start time for City Commission meetings

I’ve said it more times than my wife cares to remember: Mini-bowling and beer will solve a lot of problems. We may soon put the ...


Coaching Search 2014: Could elite openings elsewhere be a factor?

Kansas interim head football coach Clint Bowen looks out over the stadium as the rain comes down prior to kickoff against Oklahoma on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014 at Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma.

When covering a coaching search, it's important to keep in mind the entire college football landscape because what happens one place with one opening can ...


Is the Big 12 really rooting for Missouri football this weekend? You bet.

All right, so the Kansas University football season is officially over and all of the attention around here seems to be on the coaching search ...


Self seeking more productivity from his Jayhawks

Kansas guard Kelly Oubre gets to the bucket against the Rhode Island defense during the first half on Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014 at the HP Field House in Kissimmee, Florida.

Coming off a tournament championship at the Orlando Classic, and with another top-tier non-conference opponent just around the corner, Kansas University men’s basketball coach Bill ...


Rock Chalk Park opponent files for City Commission seat; other campaign updates; pair of restaurants set to open next week

This is the way it goes in Lawrence these days. As soon as you get your turkey bib, your gravy fountain and your 42-inch pumpkin ...

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