LJWorld.com weblogs At Whit's End

Thursday's top stories, some pictures of our newsroom and Friday Food Wars (salsa vs. queso)


It's been a busy week in the newsroom, and the news keeps coming. If you haven't heard, KDOT has committed $192 million to complete the South Lawrence Trafficway.

Here are Thursday's most-viewed stories and the most-commented items in the past 24 hours.

Most-viewed stories

  1. McLouth student Justin Johnston shot, killed on school trip to Costa Rica; classmates returning to Kansas
  2. South Lawrence Trafficway fatal accident victim is from Lyndon
  3. Town Talk: Banquet business looking to open on Conn. Street; Olive Garden questions keep coming; a Wichita grocery deal to keep an eye on
  4. Olive Garden considering building restaurant on South Iowa Street
  5. Quick flooding prompts evacuations in Manhattan

Most-commented items

  1. McLouth student Justin Johnston shot, killed on school trip to Costa Rica; classmates returning to Kansas
  2. Olive Garden considering building restaurant on South Iowa Street
  3. What is your favorite place to camp?
  4. Reproductive rights supporters criticize legislator for controversial comments on abortion
  5. Film paints infuriating picture

Back in "the day" at KU, Staci Baird was my GTA in the KUJH newsroom. She came to visit Jonathan Kealing and me at the news center Friday morning (she's now a journalism instructor at San Francisco State) and took some neat pics of us in action. The one of me was taken while I was getting information from Chad Lawhorn on the SLT press conference.

Finally, today's Friday Food War is salsa vs. queso! You can vote in the Facebook poll and talk smack using the #DipWars hashtag on Twitter.


prospector 4 years ago

The real news. Are there any brownies left?

wmathews 4 years ago

The brownies have disappearded. I could always make more if you want to donate to the Relay for Life team!

Lawrence Morgan 4 years ago

The most commented on stories are not necessarily the best stores or even of broader interest. Much comment is not on the point of the story, but "trash talk" between the commenters. That's why I continue to think that people's names should be included with their comments.

By the way, I live in San Francisco as well as Lawrence, and there are some amazing sites in San Francisco which I would like to see Stacy Baird write about, such as The Bay Citizen (and that includes the San Francisco Chronicle, which has become more extraordinary by the year-it now includes articles from many other sites). If she doesn't do it, I may have to do it.

And by the way, thank you Whitney Mathews, for those pictures of the newsroom and your wonderful column. Your column, as well as that of Town Talk (that of Chad Lawhorn) have added a whole new dimension to the Journal-World (somewhat like C.S Nevius column in San Francisco, but with a wholly Lawrence basis).


wmathews 4 years ago

Thanks for the compliments, kansasplains1! Unfortunately next week I'll only be able to post once, since I'm on vacation Tuesday-Friday, but I'll stick with it as long as you guys enjoy it.

LadyJ 4 years ago

Wait, what, you're going on vacation? Whose going to be in charge of us, JK?

wmathews 4 years ago

I'll be here Monday, but am going off the grid for my brother's wedding. JK and Casey (web producer) will manage the Internets while I'm gone.

Ron Holzwarth 4 years ago

"I continue to think that people's names should be included with their comments."

I agree with that because many people are not only very bold, but also very rude when hiding behind an alias.

Ron Holzwarth 4 years ago

For instance, I was once told by an anonymous poster that I need a remedial English class!

mom_of_three 4 years ago

I prefer to remain anonymous. And I am very well behaved...most of the time....unless provoked.... I prefer to remain anonymous!

Jay_lo 4 years ago

Hi Ron,

Did you make note of the fact that the comment you quoted,

"I continue to think that people's names should be included with their comments."

was posted by "kansasplains1 (anonymous)"

Comments are what they are. I've met some very rude persons face to face. Ignore the ones you don't like.

You are right, some people are very good at turning their anonymity into animosity.

The biggest problem with comments is that it is a lot harder to read sarcasm in someone's printed words than it is in their face. : )

Whitney subheads the most commented on items as exactly that. She makes no claims as to their substance or their broad interest, therefore I may consider kansasplains1's comment as "trash talk." Relevancey, like beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

Jay_lo 4 years ago

...plus comments can apparently be altered by some unknown force!!!!!

I was sure that I had spelled Relevancy correctly when I posted. ; )

somedude20 4 years ago

Those desserts looked really tasty yesterday and I wish I could have had one! Having said that; you had better stick to the salsa Whitney rather than the cheese dip otherwise Whit's end may be expanding soon

=) stay hungry!!

wmathews 4 years ago

No expansion planned. Though I am treating myself to Blanc Burger tonight. I've never had it, and hear it's life-changing.

clovis_sangrail 4 years ago

Is the unoccupied work station at the top left corner of the second picture where the copy editor used to sit back when the Journal World had one?

wmathews 4 years ago

We've got a comedian in the comments today! That is where our web producer Casey sits. He arrives in the mid-to-late afternoon.

clovis_sangrail 3 years, 12 months ago

My apologies. I just assumed from the profusion of unnecessary em dashes, the prevalence of missing commas in compound sentences, and the pronounced lack of any sense of sequence of tense throughout that they had all been replaced by web designers.

Flap Doodle 4 years ago

You should try the "Hell on the Red" brand queso. It's a bit zippy but not to the point that it's dangerous to eat.

wmathews 4 years ago

A. No. Would you say "She came to visit I?" You would say "She came to visit me."

B. What you do with salsa and queso in the privacy of your own home is your business. You just have to pick which one you enjoy more!

C. There can be Reese's brownies anytime. I just need 24-hours notice.

LadyJ 4 years ago

Not seeing any Caseys on the staff list, we need more info. Shouldn't we meet him before you leave? Don't you know we have separation anxiety problems? I mean, would you leave your kids with someone they had never met? Maybe JK should handle all communication, we at least know him. Maybe I should get one of them there Twitter thinges so I can follow you if I get anxious. LOL

wmathews 4 years ago

I'll introduce Casey on Monday. He and JK will be tag-teaming the online duties.

If you start feeling lonely, you can always read my tweets without signing up for a Twitter account: http://twitter.com/#!/whitneymathews

LadyJ 4 years ago

Whew, breathing returning to normal.

wmathews 4 years ago

I got a headache reading that.

Ron Holzwarth 4 years ago

salsa vs. queso?

That's a good question. I'll need to have a taste test for a few days!

Fine Print: A definitive choice is not guaranteed.

RoeDapple 4 years ago

i thunk cuzin wuz hrad too reed . . .

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