Staff blogs

KU’s Elite Eight loss to VCU comes up on Shaka Smart’s first day at Texas

The VCU bench celebrates a turnover against Kansas on Sunday, March 27, 2011 at the Alamodome in San Antonio.

Shaka Smart, whose 2011 VCU Rams busted onto the college hoops scene by toppling No. 1 seed Kansas on the way to the Final Four, ...


Tarik Black auditioning for his NBA future

Los Angeles Lakers' Tarik Black, center, goes up for a basket during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz, Thursday, March 19, 2015, in Los Angeles. The Jazz 80-73. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

In the grand scheme of things, the next couple of weeks are fairly meaningless for the Los Angeles Lakers. At 20-54 with eight games left, ...


Police PAC issues statement against Soden; Board of Realtors PAC gets nearly $15K from national organization; SLT concept plan could create major changes near Clinton Parkway

A sturdy seat belt may be a good item for Lawrence voters to have, because the twist and turns in the final days of the ...

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Mass Street Soda expanding to KC, celebrating anniversary with free soda

Mass Street Soda will be expanding into Kansas City this summer, and celebrating the one-year anniversary of its store in Lawrence on April 7.

Matt Baysinger and Lucas Thompson, the self-described "soda dorks" behind downtown Lawrence's Mass Street Soda, are taking their love of sweet, fizzy drinks to the ...


What caught my eye at Day 5 of KU football’s 2015 Spring practices

The KU defensive backs and linebackers work on pass break-ups against live offense during Day 5 of the 2015 spring practices on Thursday.

Thursday's KU football practice included the first full-on scrimmage of the spring, which, according to the feedback gathered from social media, went pretty well. We ...


Don’t be ‘Furious,’ it’s only fantasy!

This weekend, millions of filmgoers will enter a fantasy world where beautiful, fantastical creatures unburdened by the laws of physics will frolic in the richest ...


With Shaka Smart headed to Texas, let’s rank the men’s hoops coaches in the Big 12

Kansas Head Coach Bill Self.

While the addition of new Texas basketball coach Shaka Smart to the Big 12 certainly figures to have a major impact on the balance of ...


Clint Bowen details what’s in store for KU’s defense this spring

Kansas head coach Clint Bowen tries to keep his defense fired up after a Baylor score during the second quarter at McLane Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014 in Waco, Texas.

Kansas football assistant head coach and defensive coordinator Clint Bowen knows this spring will be critical in the overall development of the 2015 Jayhawks, even ...


Block grant bill becomes law; all eyes now on court

Senate Bill 7, the controversial legislation that repeals the old school finance formula and replaces it for two years with a system of block grants ...

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Carlton Bragg’s windmill jam highlights future Jayhawk’s McDonald’s experience

East forward Dwayne Bacon, left, of Oak Hill Academy, Mouth of Wilson, Va., shoots against West forward Carlton Bragg of Villa Angela-St. Joseph of Cleveland, during the second half of the McDonald's All-American boys basketball game in Chicago on Wednesday, April 1, 2015. The East won 111-91. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Almost every spring, just before the Final Four, Kansas basketball fans get a sneak preview — courtesy of the McDonald’s All-American game — of who’s ...


Women’s basketball coaching search: Hutchinson County Community College head coach John Ontjes

Four consecutive Final Fours. Three national-title games in four seasons. A coach can't accomplish those feats without having the ability to recruit, develop and make ...


75th Anniversary of The Duke and 75,000 fans in Lawrence; police officers association endorses three for City Commission

Hollywood stars came to town for the April 1940 world premiere of "The Dark Command," which was screened in the building now called Liberty Hall. The film, starring John Wayne, was set in Lawrence and inspired by the story of Quantrill's Raid.

Well, Pilgrim, cinch up your saddle, pull your hat down tight and mosey over to to the popcorn trough. There’s a new excuse for Lawrence ...

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Budget deal may have to wait as lawmakers prepare to go home

Kansas lawmakers are preparing to wind up the regular session today and are likely to leave without voting on the budget deal that House and ...


LJW reporter Sara Shepherd talks Art Hall on KTWU’s ‘I’ve Got Issues’

Journal-World reporter Sara Shepherd recently appeared on KTWU's "I've Got Issues" to discuss the case of KU lecturer Art Hall, who sued to block KU ...


The Philistines hypnotize with thrilling psych show

We've been tracking The Philistines for a few months now, and have noticed a fairly noticeable difference in their performances lately. The Philistines are a ...


Weekend Picks: Kansas Craft Beer Week, Anson the Ornery, punk rock, dance party, ‘Life of Brian’

Spring seems to have sprung in LFK, and your nightlife options are growing along with the flowers. This week's picks lean heavy on the late-night ...


Lawrence lands on more national lists; a bike repair station at City Hall; details on city’s latest affordable housing project

A new bike repair station is shown near the east entrance of City Hall.

I am woefully behind on telling you how much other people like us. In short: Quite a lot. That’s my way of saying that Lawrence ...

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Women’s basketball coaching search: Notre Dame assistant Niele Ivey

As Angel Goodrich demonstrated when she took Kansas to back-to-back Sweet 16 appearances in the NCAA women’s basketball tournament, nothing is more important than a ...


Higher education at focus of budget negotiations

Higher education funding seems to be one of the key sticking points in ongoing budget talks between the Kansas House and Senate, and it's not ...


Albondigas for Monday Tapas

"Albondigas" meatballs

Meatball Monday is a "thing" at our house. I don't do it every Monday, but I do it regularly enough that I like to try ...