Staff blogs


Derrick Neal finding home at nickel, his twin specializing in dimes

Nickel back, the football position in the secondary, not the widely mocked band, sometimes is filled by hybrid linebacker/safety, other times by a cornerback/safety hybrid. Tevin Shaw fell into the former category for Kansas the past couple of years. Looking to field a quicker unit, defensive coordinator ... Continue reading


Police chase begins in Lawrence, ends in Tonganoxie; investigation ongoing

Police chases generally aren't like the ones you see on television. You might think they're all like that (awesome) scene from Steve McQueen's "Bullitt" — the youngsters might prefer a "Fast and the Furious" reference instead — but in reality, officers will call off a chase if ... Continue reading


Jayhawks, coaches talk quarterback competition, spring game trash talk

After Team Jayhawks earned a 14-7 victory in the Kansas football team’s spring game Saturday at Memorial Stadium, quarterbacks Carter Stanley and Peyton Bender talked about their competition for the starting job. Bender completed 11 of his 15 passes for 143 yards and two touchdowns. Stanley was ... Continue reading


As local voters ponder tax questions, here’s a look at what property taxes have done for the last 10 years

If the 2016 presidential elections didn’t give you enough to grit your teeth over, fear not — local politics in 2017 may give you more opportunities. But it won’t be Trump that is the main topic. Instead, it is the other five-letter ’t’ word that will get ... Continue reading


Highlights from KU’s spring football game

Back on the field at Memorial Stadium for the final time before the upcoming fall season, the Kansas football team had plenty of highlights during its annual spring game on Saturday. In the highlights are a peek at quarterbacks Peyton Bender, Carter Stanley and Tyriek Starks, including ... Continue reading


A KU fan’s viewing guide to the 2017 NBA Playoffs

Among the 16 former Kansas players active in the NBA during the 2016-17 regular season — henceforth known as the dawn of The Joel Embiid Era — only six get a crack at the spotlight known as The Playoffs. For those Jayhawks fans in search of a ... Continue reading


Hosannas for Hasan Defense

Injuries and lack of experience have made cornerback the position with the least depth during Kansas’ spring football practice, which has made a productive spring from junior college transfer Hasan Defense all the more important. Defense, a 5-11, 180-pound sophomore from Jacksonville, Fla., spent one season at ... Continue reading


A fourth hotel files plans for multimillion dollar project in Lawrence; J.C. Penney to delay store closings

There is officially a hotel building boom in Lawrence. Another set of hotel plans has been filed at City Hall, which means Lawrence soon will have four hotel projects under construction. Maybe everybody needs a place to sleep off all the fried chicken. Whatever the case, the ... Continue reading


A homecoming for MacArthur ‘Genius’ known for combatting violence against American Indian women; Sarah Deer to join KU faculty

A scholar whose academic work led to legal change for victims of sexual and domestic violence in Indian Country will return to the University of Kansas, her alma mater, as a professor. Starting this fall, Sarah Deer will join KU’s department of women, gender and sexuality studies ... Continue reading


K.J. Lawson issues apology for vulgar video clip toward former coach Tubby Smith

After a vulgar Snapchat video circulated through social media Thursday, incoming Kansas transfer K.J. Lawson issued an apology through Twitter. Lawson, a 6-foot-7 forward, [made disparaging comments][1] toward Memphis head coach Tubby Smith, his former coach, in a three-second clip. Lawson and his older brother, Dedric, announced ... Continue reading


Say What? Smith talks KU spring game, QB competition on 810 WHB’s Between the Lines


Gunshots reported along Haskell Avenue, police say; shell casings found

If you heard the sound of gunshots along Haskell Avenue Wednesday night, you weren't alone. Lawrence Police Department spokeswoman Kim Murphree said several people reported hearing sounds resembling gunshots near the intersection of 16th Street and Haskell Avenue. The police department's daily activity logs indicate a report ... Continue reading


Kansas City grocery company signs deal to locate store in downtown Lawrence; lawsuit could still derail project

A full-service downtown grocery store — complete with a pharmacy and a Mongolian grill — is now closer to becoming a reality than ever before. But a Douglas County court case could still deal the project a major blow. As expected, Queen’s Price Chopper of Kansas City ... Continue reading


K.J. Lawson delivers harsh goodbye

Call it a parting shot or a bad way to make a first impression, either way a [snapchat video of newly acquired Kansas forward K.J. Lawson,][1] the former Memphis Tiger who, along with his brother, Dedric, committed to KU earlier this week, recently surfaced that showed Lawson ... Continue reading


Lawrence police blotter for April 13

Listed below is the majority of Lawrence police activity within the last 24 hours. Each afternoon the Lawrence Police Department releases a list of officer activity. This call blotter spans from 6:06 a.m. Wednesday to 5:53 a.m. Thursday and includes 292 incidents. Each listing gives a date, ... Continue reading


Miles Bridges news unlikely to have any impact on Josh Jackson’s decision

I get it. I really do. And I’m right there with you. Sort of. The idea of Kansas freshman Josh Jackson returning for his sophomore season is wonderful to think about. But it’s a total waste of time and, therefore, is hazardous to the health of Kansas ... Continue reading


Gym opens in Baldwin City; crappie tournament planned; Easter egg hunt Saturday; Theater students to perform ‘A Late Snow’

When Scott White first moved into an office next to the old Baldwin Therapy Services site at 814 High St. in Baldwin City, he thought it would make a good location for a gym should the therapy business ever move. Baldwin Therapy Services, now called Lawrence Therapy ... Continue reading


Easily head football coach David Beaty’s best Kansas spring

For the first time in David Beaty’s tenure as head football coach at Kansas, the spring exhibition will be played and scored like a game. That’s good news because it stands as evidence of greater depth in the program than during his first two springs. The next ... Continue reading


Say What? Tait’s Wednesday appearance on 810 WHB’s Sports Night with Cody Tapp


News, notes and updated rankings for the KU recruiting Class of 2017

While the Kansas basketball program’s 2017 recruiting class remains incomplete and a work in progress, the folks at have released their updated and final Rivals 150 rankings for the current class. The two future Jayhawks on the list who already have signed with Kansas both dropped ... Continue reading