Staff blogs


Steven Sims Jr. connected with QBs Ryan Willis and Montell Cozart

Sophomore Kansas wide receiver Steven Sims Jr. spent his high school days in Houston lining up in the slot. However, while playing in 11 games and starting six for the Jayhawks in 2015, Sims moved to the outside. The most difficult part of that transition, Sims says, ... Continue reading


Free State Festival headliner Maria Bamford reverses course after threat to cancel over Kansas lawmakers’ LGBTQ limits

Crisis averted. After announcing on Twitter Thursday night that she planned to cancel Kansas performances in support of LGBTQ rights — and in protest of state lawmakers' efforts to limit them — [Free State Festival headliner][1] Maria Bamford has apparently decided to reverse course and use her ... Continue reading


Josh Jackson set to decide early next week

According to multiple recent reports, highly coveted high school senior Josh Jackson, a 6-foot-7, 201-pound McDonald’s All-American wing ranked No. 1 overall in the Class of 2016 by, will announce his college of choice next Monday or Wednesday. This is in line with Jackson’s original timeline ... Continue reading


What caught my ear during spring football 2016

[As you may have read yesterday,][1] the Kansas University football team has changed up its open-practice policy and limited how much we can see this spring. Because of that, the “What Caught My Eye” blogs that many of you have come to enjoy during the past six ... Continue reading


Lawrence sales tax collections gain steam; details on upcoming pole vault event; possible move for chamber offices

Lawrence City Hall and I have something in common: We’re both rooting for a warm-up. I’m rooting for one after my wife a few weeks ago decreed that the furnace shall not be used again until after Labor Day. (She didn’t say which year.) City Hall is ... Continue reading


Lilac tradition makes return to campus; update on KU leader in running for president’s position

Despite most of the old overgrown lilac bushes being torn out and replaced last summer, Kansas University’s iconic Lilac Lane won’t go a spring without blooms. New bushes planted in September are in bloom their first season in the ground, as university [landscapers had hoped when I ... Continue reading


Fresh cookbooks for fresh spring veggies

For me, there’s no more-definite sign of spring’s arrival than the return of the Lawrence Farmer’s Market. Beginning this Saturday, fresh local fruits, vegetables and more will once again be available to all. When it comes to produce, the choices are actually pretty overwhelming. Those only with ... Continue reading


Grammy-nominated Brandy Clark to make Lawrence debut at Lied Center gig

When country singer-songwriter Brandy Clark emerged from relative obscurity to garner a 2015 Grammy nod for Best New Artist, even people on her own team couldn't help but poke fun at her "dark horse" status, printing T-shirts that read "Who the (expletive) is Brandy Clark?" These days, ... Continue reading


KU receivers run through spring drills

Take a peek inside Thursday’s Kansas spring football practice, as the Jayhawks’ wide receivers run through drills in the south end zone of Memorial Stadium. Receivers Jeremiah Booker, Bobby Hartzog Jr., Emmanuel Moore, Steven Sims Jr., Shakiem Barbel and Darious Crawley all spent the portion of practice ... Continue reading


Have we reached the end of the What Caught My Eye era?

Sadly, it seems we might have reached the end of an era here at Tale of the Tait — at least for now. For the past half a dozen years, as you all well know, I’ve done my best to bring a little bit of insight and ... Continue reading


Joel Embiid’s future remains a mystery

He’s the NBA’s mystery man. Sporadically seen on social media clips with a basketball in his hands, often just making low-stress moves while wearing practice gear instead of a uniform, Joel Embiid hasn’t played in an actual game since 2014, during his one-and-done stop at Kansas. Will ... Continue reading


Eudora City Commission to select Nottingham developer; Eudora mayor’s term extended; Baldwin City dance academy expanding; Pickup to be auctioned Saturday

The Eudora City Commission will select on Monday the developer with whom it will start negotiating an agreement for the redevelopment of the Nottingham property. The city received two applications for its request for proposals to develop the 15-acre site that includes the closed Nottingham Elementary School ... Continue reading


Big changes on tap for Lawrence’s Fourth of July celebration; Lawrence manufacturing firm relocates to K.C.

How Lawrence celebrates the Fourth of July is set for a major change this year. No, the fireworks ban isn’t being lifted, but the community party and fireworks show is moving to more spacious Burcham Park. But organizers of the community event are facing funding problems to ... Continue reading


Wichita restaurateurs open Bayleaf Indian Restaurant and Bar in downtown Lawrence

Nav Chawla learned how to cook from his father. One day, watching his restaurateur dad make a chicken curry in their kitchen, Chawla wondered why his mother would, in cooking the same dish, add ingredients into the pot all at once while his father spent more time ... Continue reading


Free youth ultimate frisbee clinic to be held Saturday

If you’re looking for a way for your kid to enjoy the spring weather this weekend, learning a new sport could offer such a chance. The second annual Lawrence Youth Ultimate Spring Clinic will be Saturday. The clinic is open to kids ages 8 to 18, and ... Continue reading


Rob Likens: QB injury another obstacle for KU to overcome

During his first season working with the Kansas football program, offensive coordinator Rob Likens saw his starting quarterback, Montell Cozart, suffer a season-ending injury. Ryan Willis, a true freshman last fall, replaced Cozart as KU’s No. 1 quarterback. However, an offseason injury to Willis’ right wrist has ... Continue reading


Pro-Trump chalkings: KU says it ‘errs on side of free speech’ and has not removed them

Some students have complained about pro-Trump chalking on Kansas University sidewalks in recent weeks. But while nature may have erased some of the messages, KU has not intervened, university spokeswoman Erinn Barcomb-Peterson said. At KU and a number of other college campuses nationwide, sidewalk chalking endorsing Republican ... Continue reading


Late-season reminder: Andrew Wiggins closing in on stardom

No one denies the talent of Andrew Wiggins, nor the promising future the 21-year-old Minnesota guard has in the NBA. But even the reigning Rookie of the Year, less than two years removed from being selected first overall in the draft, can go forgotten during the marathon ... Continue reading


See renderings of big building project in west Lawrence; update on construction near Sixth and Wakarusa; city building totals off to strong start

You’ve probably noticed a major construction project is underway at Sixth and Folks Road. I know I’ve certainly received questions about the big pile of dirt that is being created on site, and my attorney tells me I can actually answer questions about this dirt pile. (Let’s ... Continue reading


Expo for special needs students to be held Wednesday

An expo for students with special needs and their families will be held at Free State High School on Wednesday. The Community Resource Expo connects families with area service providers, organizations and support groups. Attendees can find more information on a dozen topics, including employment, health services ... Continue reading