Staff blogs


Enrollment open for summer youth volunteer program

A local volunteer program is offering youths a way to stay busy this summer by helping the community. Summer of Service lets participants volunteer with several local organizations over an eight-week period. The program is run by the Sunrise Project and open to youths ages 12 to ... Continue reading


Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon, more than a ‘Girl in a Band,’ coming to Lawrence in May

OK, I’ll admit it. Up until about a month ago, I knew very little of musician Kim Gordon or her band, [Sonic Youth][1]. Yes, get your jaws off the floor. I know this makes me sound terribly old and decidedly unhip. It all started when the planning ... Continue reading


Comparing potential point guard transfers for KU

Kansas basketball coach Bill Self and his assistants [remain in the hunt for a high school player][1] who can help the Jayhawks in the upcoming 2016-17 season. In the meantime, it seems increasingly likely they will also add a transfer with college experience. Reports surfaced in early ... Continue reading


West Side Folk concert series to end 20-year run next month

Sad news, music fans. West Side Folk, the popular longtime local concert series devoted to "folk, bluegrass and old-time" jams, will end its [20-year run][1] next month. The series' founder and artistic director, Bob McWilliams, confirmed Monday that the May 20 concert would be the last. He ... Continue reading


Which version of Frank Mason was better? 2014-15 or 2015-16?

The speculation from most fans and observers regarding Kansas guard Frank Mason throughout the 2015-16 KU men’s basketball season was that some kind of nagging injury might have been bothering him during various portions of the Jayhawks’ run to a 33-5 record and trip to the Elite ... Continue reading


See the latest downtown multistory building likely to request financial incentives from the city

It is becoming a familiar issue for city commissioners to consider: Should a new multistory building in downtown Lawrence be offered some sort of financial incentive from the city? It looks like the next project commissioners will be asked to consider is a proposed five-story commercial/residential building ... Continue reading


Kansan lawsuit continues: Newspaper says suit should not be dismissed, especially in light of recent Student Senate action

The University Daily Kansan’s lawsuit against Kansas University has taken another step forward. The Kansan filed a memo last week opposing the university’s attempt to get the suit dismissed. And in its latest filing, submitted April 8 in federal court, the Kansan adds that new Student Senate ... Continue reading


Video of poignant pint-sized patriot with KU family ties goes viral

Starting with Bob Frederick, late athletic director of Kansas University, the Frederick family has built a rich Final Four tradition. Bob served as the chairman of the NCAA tournament selection committee and hired Roy Williams, who took the Jayhawks to four Final Fours. Bob’s son, Brad Frederick, ... Continue reading


Plans filed for nearly 2,000 new apartments near South Lawrence Trafficway; several hundred single-family homes may follow

West Lawrence soon may have a new meaning. Plans have been filed for the first major neighborhood to be built west of the South Lawrence Trafficway, and, if approved, it likely won't be the last. Plans have been filed at City Hall for annexation and rezoning of ... Continue reading


Sharp decrease in the number of restaurants with health code violations

So far in April, restaurant inspections have taken a turn for the better. Since I've been writing up inspection results, the number of establishments that make the list every two weeks generally hovers around 10. But for the first two weeks in April that number has gone ... Continue reading


Books about time travel, with and without machines

When I was a kid, I lived in a small town in eastern Missouri. Founded in the 1810s, our little town was a goldmine of semi-abandoned artifacts in various states of disrepair: cemeteries (Daniel Boone was originally buried there!), a spooky old log house, a former general ... Continue reading


Kelly Oubre Jr. evaluates rookie season: ‘I’m not a bust’

No rookie enters the NBA expecting to spend most of his initial season watching from the bench. Still, that’s the reality of the league — even for many first-round picks. Such was the case for one-and-done Kansas wing Kelly Oubre Jr., whose first go-round in The Association ... Continue reading


MixMaster music conference kicks off this weekend; early workshops begin Friday

Trying to carve out a career as a young musician in the age of do-it-yourself culture can be as overwhelming as it is empowering, says Nick Carswell, of the Lawrence-based indie-rock band Carswell & Hope. That’s why it’s important, especially now as the industry continues to reinvent ... Continue reading


Eudora public works director honored again; educational cooperative names finalists for executive director; Baldwin City police looking to return stolen property

Mike Hutto has spent the first four months of 2016 filling his trophy case. “It’s been a very good year,” the Eudora Public Works director said. In January, the Eudora Chamber of Commerce named Hutto its Citizen of the Year. At a March 30 banquet at its ... Continue reading


Brandon Rush part of Warriors’ historic run

For years, the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls seemed destined to reign forever as the greatest team in NBA regular-season history. The Bulls, as any NBA fan could tell you, went 72-10 that season, before winning their fourth of six championships, with legends Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen leading ... Continue reading


Downtown spa set to add ‘sensory deprivation tank’; update on Dollar General store for eastern Lawrence

In a household with a 13-year-old son and a 10-year-old daughter, the idea of sensory deprivation sounds appealing. But just what am I willing to do to give my senses a break from the constant odor of Axe Body Spray and the looks of disbelief that I ... Continue reading


Theatre Lawrence announces 2016-2017 season, including ‘A Chorus Line’ and ‘The Music Man’

To honor its upcoming 40th season, Theatre Lawrence is staging four musicals instead of the usual three, and it will "include two shows that were offered as examples of why the Theatre needed to build a bigger stage," it was announced this week. Theatre Lawrence opened its ... Continue reading


KU Sports Extra: Josh Jackson Impact and Spring Football Recap

There aren’t any Kansas basketball games for our team to talk about right now, but that doesn’t mean Tom Keegan and Matt Tait have run out of topics for discussion. For one, KU and coach Bill Self received some humongous news this week when the top-ranked ... Continue reading


High school music festival to take place in Lawrence Thursday

Lawrence will be playing host to a variety of high school musicians on Thursday. The Kansas State High School Activities Association Large Group Music Festival is bringing musicians from across the state to Lawrence to perform. Orchestras, bands and choirs will all perform throughout the day. Orchestras ... Continue reading


Wheels are turning to create new University Senate standing committee on diversity

Kansas University has an active diversity task force, the "[Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Advisory Group][1]" [created in November by the Office of the Provost][2]. But there are two main problems with it, said University Senate President Mike Williams, who is a representative on the group. One, it’s ... Continue reading