Staff blogs


Man ditches $9 cab fare; one accused of stealing superglue; reading while driving?; police foundation golf tournament coming up

I realize that when you’re hailing a cab at night, there’s a good chance you’re not exactly in your sharpest frame of mind. But you still have to pay your driver. Just after 10 p.m. Tuesday, a man got a cab to take him home to a ... Continue reading


Where did all the lilacs go on Lilac Lane?

After hearing all the lilacs had suddenly disappeared from Kansas University’s Lilac Lane I thought, “No way,” and went to see for myself. Sure enough, every bush has been ripped out, and there’s just mud where they once lined the street behind Fraser Hall. At least for ... Continue reading


New poll shows most Kansans are more moderate than GOP, but can Democrats win the trust issue?

Democratic operatives in Kansas are touting new polling numbers this week that show most Kansans are more moderate than Gov. Sam Brownback and the Republican-led Legislature on issues such as taxes, school funding, environmental and economic policies. But even the people who commissioned the poll concede that ... Continue reading


Most crucial Jayhawks 2015: No. 8 - WR Joshua Stanford

Entering the offseason, the identity of the player who would lead KU football in receiving during the 2015 season was a huge mystery and a tough question to answer. It might not be quite as difficult any more. Thanks to the addition of Virginia Tech transfer Joshua ... Continue reading


City Hall prepares to debate proposed shopping center south of SLT and Iowa interchange; library wins national designation

There are a multitude of reasons why Lawrence City Hall may be interested in a few more coins. Sure, there are the obvious budgetary reasons. But these days just as important is that an extra quarter may come in handy for flipping to break 2-2 ties on ... Continue reading


Weekend Picks: Fiddling and Picking Championships; ‘Obamaville’-themed fundraiser; Cowboy Cabaret; Taproom Poetry Series; Dewayn Brothers at Replay

The students are back in town and hopefully they won't run over you as you make your way to this weekend's cavalcade of cowboy cabarets, "candy-ass dance parties," and fiddling and picking contests in South Park. Good luck! **Kansas State Fiddling and Picking Championships, pre-party at 6 ... Continue reading


Folk music to take over downtown Lawrence this weekend

Lawrence is in store for a weekend full of ballads, harmonies and get-downs thanks to the Annual Kansas State Fiddling and Picking Championships. This is the 35th year for the event, which brings music lovers far and wide to the heart of Lawrence on a hot August ... Continue reading


What caught my eye at Day 12 of KU football’s 2015 preseason practices

They don't make days like Wednesday in August in Kansas very often and the Kansas University football team benefited from the beautiful conditions big time. Just over the midway point of preseason camp, KU on Wednesday ran through its 12th day of camp and 14th practice at ... Continue reading


Just Food moving forward with Chef’s Table fundraiser

Despite the recent controversy surrounding former executive director (and now-resigned Lawrence mayor) [Jeremy Farmer][1], a spokesperson for Just Food says the food bank is still moving forward with its upcoming [Chef’s Table][2] fundraiser. “This dinner is important now more than ever as we serve 140 to 200 ... Continue reading


Casting call: KU Theatre needs black, Latino actors for two fall plays

In some roles, the actor could be any race. Others really require the real thing. The latter is true for two of Kansas University Theatre’s fall plays, but with a limited pool of theater majors of color, directors are trying to reach a broader audience about casting ... Continue reading


Most crucial Jayhawks 2015: No. 9 - RB Taylor Martin

We'll stick with offense as we jump into the Top 10 of this year's summer series, where a true freshman at one of KU's deepest positions cracks the list. It's a little early to know exactly what kind of role he'll have and player he'll be, but ... Continue reading


Update on boy injured at school construction site; car burglary on Penn. St.; apartment resident causes scene; possibly drunk, underage girl allegedly tries to walk into stranger’s home

It’s the first day of school for Lawrence public schools, and one little boy who was [seriously injured at the construction site of his elementary school less than a week ago][1] is back inside a classroom there. Max McGill, 8, of Lawrence, had gone to New York ... Continue reading


Most crucial Jayhawks 2015: No. 10 - QBs Carter Stanley and Ryan Willis

We'll group these guys, because, let's be honest, they've pretty much been grouped since the day they signed and probably will be for quite some time. The other reason we'll group them is because it's just so tough to know whether one of these true freshmen will ... Continue reading


Large new pool hall, bar to open near Ninth and Iowa; national jewelry store chain opening store in south Lawrence

There’s a new business opening in Lawrence where I can resume my imitations of Minnesota Fats, and no — put your bibs away — it is not a grand all-you-can eat buffet. Instead, it is a grand pool hall. A pair of Lawrence businessmen are opening Empire ... Continue reading


Local salsa and a simple margarita add up to a quick patio party

So, I'm taking the Farm Fresh Challenge. Are you? This nifty program is designed to encourage us all to shop for local foods and eat a little bit more healthy (and locally) than maybe we were before. It's not always easy for me to do. I'll admit ... Continue reading


Most crucial Jayhawks 2015: No. 11 - TE Ben Johnson

As we approach the Top 10 on our summer series of Most Crucial Jayhawks for the 2015 season, we find a player known equally for his on-the-field abilities as what he does and who he is off the field. This Jayhawk, though, is definitely in a position ... Continue reading


Jefferson’s is hiring; Pet World brings back 11 employees; fire department to celebrate 100th birthday; Lawrence police’s Blue Santa program fundraiser on Saturday

After a long eight months, Jefferson’s restaurant is hiring this week before its grand reopening on Aug. 31. [A fire on Jan. 15 shut down the local favorite][1] at 743 Massachusetts St. Since the thick, black smoke cleared that day, the only folks to work inside Jefferson’s ... Continue reading


State’s new sign law likely to cause legal problems, may be unconstitutional

Kansas lawmakers probably thought they were standing up for First Amendment freedoms when they passed a bill this year prohibiting cities and counties from regulating the placement of political yard signs. Or, maybe they were just acting in their own political self-interest. Either way, officials at the ... Continue reading


Most crucial Jayhawks 2015: No. 12 - DE Ben Goodman

The rigorous KU football camp schedule put our summer series on hold for a week or so, but we're back to finish off the second half of the list in the next couple of weeks. Let's jump right back in with a name that, unlike many on ... Continue reading


Signs point to Amyx as next mayor; questions about whether commissioners need city credit cards; neighbors expressing safety concern near New York Elementary

It sure looks like Mike Amyx is going to once again be Lawrence’s mayor. City commissioners at their meeting tonight are expected to choose a new mayor to replace Jeremy Farmer, who resigned his seat on the commission last week amid financial questions. I’ve chatted with Commissioner ... Continue reading