Staff blogs


Rob Likens: Though winless, Jayhawks remain upbeat

Kansas offensive coordinator Rob Likens says head coach David Beaty has created an atmosphere that allows the Jayhawks to remain positive through Year 1 of a difficult rebuilding progress which, so far, has not produced a win. “If he was up here cussing these kids out every ... Continue reading


Clint Bowen: KU defense making late-season progress

Kansas defensive coordinator Clint Bowen says one of the most important things the Jayhawks’ “D” accomplished at TCU this past week was committing to carrying out the game plan. “I think this was the first time the kids, consciously throughout the game, remembered what was important to ... Continue reading


Scam alert: Area officials warn of phone scammers impersonating local agencies

There seems to be a rise in rip-offs targeting Lawrence and Douglas County residents as three local agencies issued phone scam alerts Monday evening. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and the Lawrence Police Department are warning about an apparent scheme to steal Social Security numbers and cash ... Continue reading


New report shows number of downtown Lawrence retailers on a significant decline; new numbers for citywide vacancy rate

In recent years I know downtown Lawrence has produced more of some things: more apartments, more hotels, more reasons for my wife to wear a disguise when she sees a parking control officer. But one thing it is has produced less of is one of its more ... Continue reading


LarryvilleLife’s Picks (Nov. 17-23): Benefit for Lawrence Community Photo Studio; Anti-Holidays Happy Hour at Frank’s; Black Friday play; Night at the Museum at the Museum; Kathryn King EP release; Trading Places

The holidays approach, like it or not, and we've got holiday and anti-holiday options below, as well as plenty of stuff that has nothing to do with the holidays whatsoever. Those are good, too. **Benefit for Lawrence Community Photo Studio featuring Sugar Britches, Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. ... Continue reading


Your Friend announces new album, releases single

Before Lawrence musician Taryn Blake Miller boarded a plane to Paris on Friday, she was celebrating an upcoming album release. She spent this summer recording her second album, *Gumption*, on Domino Records in New York City, with a host of local musicians by her side (including Chris ... Continue reading


Getting to know No. 13 Michigan State before the Champions Classic

The college basketball season is less than a week old, but thanks to the Champions Classic, in Chicago, fans don’t have to wait any longer to see some of the nation’s top programs going head to head. Bill Self’s No. 4-ranked Kansas Jayhawks take on Tom Izzo’s ... Continue reading


Lawrence Folk to host Heartland Traditional Music and Dance Festival this week

[Lawrence Folk][1], a local organization committed to preserving folklife in the Lawrence community, will host a series of workshops and dances this week as part of its [Heartland Traditional Music and Dance Festival][2]. The event, which officially runs Thursday through Sunday, is a collaborative effort between Lawrence ... Continue reading


Lawrence falconer Jack Stoddart prepares for hunting season

**Video by Lawrence Journal-World photographer Richard Gwin** (see below) Related story by Karen Dillon: **[Falconry rare in Kansas, with only about 50 licensed practitioners statewide][1]** > Falconry is an ancient form of > hunting, estimated to be about 4,000 > years old, and it was dubbed the ... Continue reading


Plans show new fitness center for west Lawrence, more tofu for eastern Lawrence

Talk of a fitness center usually causes me to fake a hamstring injury (mmm, ham,) but I guess it is safe to pass along this news. It sure looks like far west Lawrence is going to get a new fitness center. As we previously reported, Genesis Health ... Continue reading


Transient Lawrence man pepper-sprayed, Tazed and arrested after allegedly camping out in stranger’s backyard, ‘struggling’ with police

There’s been a lot of talk about whether the county needs to create a mental health facility as part of a proposed jail expansion. Douglas County officials and the sheriff’s office recently hosted a public meeting to discuss the potential projects for a jail expansion and mental ... Continue reading


Football Game Tape: Week Eleven

After a two-point loss in the City Showdown, Free State High football players remained upbeat in practice the following the week. They knew they were a better team than their 0-3 record showed, and were confident they could turn their season around. Now the Firebirds are one ... Continue reading


The Day After: So close vs. TCU

There's just something about Kansas and TCU on the football field that tends to create entertaining and competitive games. But who would've thought that would be the case this year, when the winless Jayhawks traveled to No. 13 TCU on Saturday? Not me. I picked a TCU ... Continue reading


Baseline view: Kansas v. Northern Colorado

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Getting to know No. 13 TCU — and its explosive offense

Not that the Kansas football team had any control over the matter — or that better timing would’ve meant a KU win — but the winless Jayhawks probably couldn’t face TCU at a worse time. The No. 13-ranked Horned Frogs (8-1 overall, 5-1 Big 12) just had ... Continue reading


KU’s last chance to win on road this year comes (gulp) at TCU

Saturday marks the Kansas football team’s last chance in 2015 to end a losing streak away from home that currently stands at 37 games. However, the winless Jayhawks don’t figure to have much of a shot at avoiding consecutive loss No. 38, because they have to play ... Continue reading


Signs of change at south Iowa Street movie theater; update on tenant for old Round Corner Drug space; west Lawrence restaurant closes

Some news and notes from around town: • Movie theater liquor: It looks like it is coming to Lawrence’s largest cinema chain. The Regal theater chain on south Iowa Street has filed for a city drinking establishment license. I don’t get out to the movies a tremendous ... Continue reading


Greed is good in ‘99 Homes’; the watchable awfulness of ‘Dangerous Men’

When Oliver Stone’s “Wall Street” was released in 1987, a classic villain was born. Power-hungry corporate player Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas) broke the law, got rich, and espoused that “greed, for lack of a better term, is good.” Ninety-nine percent of America understood that Gekko was the ... Continue reading


Play time: KU Theatre staging ‘A Doll’s House’; EMU Theatre performing one-acts with local ties at Percolator

The next few weeks — this weekend in particular — promise more than a few options for theater lovers in Lawrence. If you’re a recovering theater nerd like me (shoutout to Thespian Troupe 1820 at Wichita Southeast High School) who routinely listens to the “Les Miserables” soundtrack ... Continue reading


Gun spook at laundromat; ex-girlfriend allegedly confronts, batters woman in man’s bedroom; wanted man flees on bicycle

A man at the Lawrence Laundromat at 711 W. 23rd St. had a scare last night when he thought someone may have attempted to rob him using a gun. Lawrence police responded to the laundromat after a man reported he’d been the victim of an attempted armed ... Continue reading