Staff blogs


KU football OC Doug Meacham not the only talented newcomer

Kansas will be better at quarterback, deeper at receiver, more experienced on the offensive line and armed with a dedicated offensive coordinator who does not have to spread himself think by handling head-coaching responsibilities. It all should add up to the most high-scoring KU football team since ... Continue reading


In KU’s search for eighth man, energetic Mitch Lightfoot most likely candidate

Ideally, Kansas basketball coach Bill Self says, he would like to implement an eight-man rotation this season — something Self was able to do before freshman center Udoka Azubuike suffered a season-ending wrist injury. On the perimeter, the coach has all the help he needs in Frank ... Continue reading


Updates on a pair of high-profile demolitions in town; longtime restaurant on Iowa Street closes

The Russians are at it again. They apparently are hacking into Mother Nature in an effort to give us Siberia. (There is not unanimity on that point. Some leaders believe the pending ice storm may be the result of some guy in New Jersey leaving his freezer ... Continue reading


Frank Mason jumps from fourth option to potential All-American

Kansas senior point guard Frank Mason III has put himself on the shortlist of candidates for national player of the year. He's playing in one of the best stretches of his career, averaging 22.8 points, 5 assists and 3.5 rebounds through his first four Big 12 games. ... Continue reading


KU target Trae Young hoping to travel to Lawrence this weekend

Weather permitting — and, at this point, that’s a fairly big question mark — the Kansas men’s basketball team will have an important visitor in the building this weekend when they take on Oklahoma State on Saturday at 1 p.m. With Trae Young, the No. 14-ranked player ... Continue reading


Law enforcement, emergency management offer advice in preparation for incoming ice storm

If you're out driving and you begin to spin or slide, experts say the best course of action is to turn into the spin. But the best course of action, all agree, is not to be on the icy road in the first place, if you can ... Continue reading


Lawrence police blotter for Jan. 13

Listed below is the majority of Lawrence police activity within the last 24 hours. Each morning the Lawrence Police Department releases a list of officer activity. This call blotter spans from 6:49 a.m. Thursday to 4:37 a.m. Friday and includes 172 incidents. Each listing gives a date, ... Continue reading


The sorry state we’re in

A few months ago I was invited to be a guest at the “sneak peek” of [Harriet Lerner’s TEDxKC talk][1] for her upcoming book "Why Won’t You Apologize: Healing Big Betrayals and Everyday Hurts." Lerner had made a huge impact in my life with her 1998 book ... Continue reading


Lucas remembers Obama visit, previews OSU

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Rules vote shows moderate Republicans not entirely on board with Democrats

Any hopes that House Democrats had of forming a governing coalition with moderate Republicans this year were dampened Thursday, but maybe only a little, after a vote to change an obscure but important rule of the House fell almost exactly on Democratic-Republican party lines. But while the ... Continue reading


Frank Mason gunning to become Self’s second KU player to average 20 a game

It may still be early — although the halfway point of the 2016-17 regular season has arrived — but Kansas senior Frank Mason III has put himself in position to do something generally considered unthinkable under Bill Self at Kansas. And he’s doing it in a way ... Continue reading


Evaluating former quarterbacks under Doug Meacham, KU’s new offensive coordinator

One of the biggest questions when the Kansas football program entered the offseason was whether head coach David Beaty would continue calling plays. It appears there's finally an answer after Doug Meacham was [announced as offensive coordinator Thursday][1] after he spent the past three seasons in a ... Continue reading


Longtime large retailer in downtown to close; the price of your cocktail may soon spike in Kansas

When this hick from the sticks arrived in Lawrence in 1992, I became excited when I saw the sign for the downtown store The Buckle. I went in to buy a dinner-size plate one, with big steer horns, but quickly learned the place really wasn’t selling belt ... Continue reading


Write your very own Frank Mason captions

Seemingly almost as quick as Frank Mason himself, Nick Krug manages to get his lens in the path of the action with amazing consistency. He also gets to write the cutlines, or as we amateur photographers like to call them, captions. Without Nick's permission, I have swiped ... Continue reading


Ryan Willis’ decision to transfer was inevitable

In what is sure to go down as the least surprising development of the offseason for Kansas football — even beating out the departure of former offensive coordinator Rob Likens — quarterback [Ryan Willis announced Wednesday][1] he is transferring out of the program. The only mystery surrounding ... Continue reading


Local businesses should keep an eye out for counterfeit $100 bills, police say

It seems some folks have been passing Monopoly money around town as real currency. Well, maybe the fake cash is a little bit more realistic than Monopoly money. All the same, it's illegal, and police are asking Lawrence businesses to keep an eye out for counterfeit bills, ... Continue reading


Lawrence police blotter for Jan. 12

Listed below is the majority of Lawrence police activity within the last 24 hours. Each morning the Lawrence Police Department releases a list of officer activity. This call blotter spans from 6:23 a.m. Wednesday to 5:55 a.m. Wednesday and includes 205 incidents. Each listing gives a date, ... Continue reading


Diverse groups use fusion politics to advance a ‘Kansas People’s Agenda’

The Capitol rotunda in Topeka was packed and loud Wednesday as a diverse group of liberal and progressive organizations banded together to advance what they called a “Kansas People’s Agenda.” The list of causes includes, but is not limited to: environmental justice; health care access for all; ... Continue reading


Blue bloods with Bobby: Jan. 11

On the first day following the end of the college football season (and another title game classic), college basketball reintroduced itself with one of its biggest days of the season. With three top-15 matchups (and of course, another Grayson Allen mini-controversy), it was easy to get lost ... Continue reading


Broken windows at Waxman Candles lead to cleanup work at the store and a felony charge for the suspect

All year round one can stroll by the northernmost corner of Massachusetts Street and watch the change of the seasons through the displays at Waxman Candles. Those who peer into the large windows at 609 Massachusetts will catch a glimpse of the store's latest paraffin, beeswax and ... Continue reading