Staff blogs


Large 23rd and Iowa retailer going out of business; a grocery store rumor; home sales up in June

This ending was easy enough to predict. When we reported in June that the Hastings bookstore chain had filed for bankruptcy and had put the entire business up for sale, it wasn’t hard to predict that a buyer wouldn’t be found. Folks interested in buying national bookstore ... Continue reading


Baldwin City business positioned for ‘silver tsunami’; New Eudora restaurant to specialize in authentic Mexican food; Eudora Heritage Festival celebrates music, history and philanthropy

Baldwin City ComfortCare Homes plans to build a new memory care home on a site in eastern Baldwin City recently annexed into the city. Scott Schultz, president of Baldwin City ComfortCare Homes, said the new home would be built on the property east of Washington Street between ... Continue reading


Grad student in KU’s journalism program accused of falsifying visa application, faces felony charges

In the batch of felony charges filed against a former University of Kansas graduate student in the journalism school, one especially stands out: He's accused of lying. Goran Sabah Ghafour, 34, faces two felony counts of aggravated identity theft and one felony count of visa fraud, according ... Continue reading


Self addresses KU football team on opening day of preseason camp

The start of preseason football camp always comes with a lot of routine, more than a little excitement and a vibe that speaks to both the promise and the pressure of the fast approaching season. And while that often means a lot of the same for the ... Continue reading


Ridiculous highlight videos featuring former Jayhawk Andrew Wiggins and current KU guard Frank Mason

Wednesday was a big day for KU basketball highlights on the Internet, whether by current players or former stars. Three such videos caught my eye and had me talking about them well into the night and even still this morning. The first was from former Jayhawk and ... Continue reading


Early start to potentially key 2017 recruiting class puts KU basketball ahead of the game

Despite being nine years apart, Kansas basketball’s 2008 recruiting class and 2017 recruiting class might wind up having a lot more in common than anyone could have predicted. We won’t know, of course, what KU’s 2017 class looks like for several weeks, perhaps even months, but it ... Continue reading


As dust from primaries settles, depth of conservative losses sets in

TOPEKA — Conservative Republicans in Kansas legislative races suffered heavy losses in Tuesday’s primaries, and if the trends continue through November, they may be in danger of losing effective control of the House and Senate. That was the assessment Wednesday morning when the full picture of Tuesday’s ... Continue reading


Tough lessons have changed free agent Thomas Robinson’s approach

Thirty-plus days into free agency, former Kansas star Thomas Robinson remains a man without a team. The fifth overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, Robinson spent all of last season with Brooklyn, a rarity for the backup power forward who already has played for five different ... Continue reading


Commissioners urged to backtrack on Sports Pavilion Lawrence court policy; Rock Chalk Park numbers and a look at its emerging competition

I certainly understand how a pickup basketball game can lead to a discussion. (Lawyers in the room kept calling it a “deposition,” but whatever.) Well, city commissioners are set to have a discussion that has pickup basketball games at its core — kind of. If you remember, ... Continue reading


Reported workplace violence, babysitter troubles and stranger danger; plenty for a Monday

A slew of unrelated arguments on Monday left several with minor injuries and criminal citations, police say. I’m sure there were some hurt feelings as well. In all, Monday’s reported crimes involved a bit of workplace violence, babysitter troubles and stranger danger. The following is a short ... Continue reading


Read Harder Challenge Check In

We’re more than half way through the year – you haven’t forgotten about [Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge][1] have you? Many of us here at LPL have been plugging away at the 24 challenges, ever expanding our literary horizons. Here’s a look at some of my favorite ... Continue reading


Kemper Arena soon will have a new name

Imagine the following conversation, set well in the future, creating some serious confusion for Kansas basketball fans. **Fan 1:** I still can’t believe that magical run the Jayhawks made in 1988 at Mosaic Arena. **Fan 2:** Mosaic? What are you talking about? **Fan 1:** You know, the ... Continue reading


Polls closed in Kansas primary elections; check here for latest results

9 p.m. update - 92 of 97 precincts: **42nd House District** - Republican primary (Douglas County only; 4 of 4 precincts): Rep. Connie O'Brien, 45 percent; Jim Karleskint, 55 percent **44th House District** - Democratic primary, 16 of 16 precincts: Rep. Barbara Ballard, 82 percent; Steven X. ... Continue reading


Lawrence ranks high in places for entrepreneurs; a look at job growth totals; another deal for a local bank

I bet you Bill Gates is hearing the footsteps now. If you don’t believe me, take a look at the latest issue of Entrepreneur magazine. The publication lists the top 50 cities for entrepreneurs, and Lawrence checks in at No. 23. Despite not having invented Microsoft or ... Continue reading


Video highlights of Kansas basketball recruit Marcus Garrett in marquee matchups

Dallas Skyline point guard Marcus Garrett, who on Monday made a verbal commitment to attend Kansas, wears No. 6 for the red team in the first video below. Garrett, a 6-foot-5, 180-pound point guard who has the size to play the other two perimeter positions as well, ... Continue reading


Say something nice about Kansas football: Staff well-equipped for changes in recruiting rules

Now that a new recruiting rule has gone into effect, a football program might as well be on the winning side of the rule change, even if it’s a minor one. David Beaty’s social media-conscious coaching staff is on the winning side of it. As of Monday, ... Continue reading


Kansas Chamber ‘thanks’ Huelskamp while not technically endorsing

The Kansas Chamber on Monday issued the closest thing it could to an endorsement of 1st District Congressman Tim Huelskamp. "While the Kansas Chamber PAC does not endorse or contribute to candidates for federal office, we can certainly thank them for standing up for the Kansas business ... Continue reading


Hotel and restaurant development planned for far eastern edge of Lawrence

There were certainly days when I could have used a hotel room after dining at Don’s Steakhouse in eastern Lawrence. (A double order of twice-baked potatoes is a good recipe for a nap in the parking lot.) Well, the timing is a bit off, but plans are ... Continue reading


Are the Big 12 and its TV partners bumping heads over expansion?

Well, isn’t this just completely fitting? Just when you start to think that the Big 12 Conference is making moves in the right direction regarding expansion, something pops up that completely calls into question what the conference is doing and now, if they’re not careful, the conference ... Continue reading


Late July restaurant inspections yield short but wide-ranging list

Three Asian-food restaurants, a sandwich shop and a convenience store all made late July's short restaurant inspection list. Twice each month, I take a look at inspection results and report every place either listed out of compliance or with 10 or more code violations. Full reports are ... Continue reading