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'Forgotten' no more: Coach and Naismith protégé John McLendon broke color barriers in basketball

Documentary film set to air on television this month

In decades of coaching basketball — at the high school, college, pro and international levels, including championship wins — John McLendon never got a technical foul. The approximately 5-foot-6-inch African-American gentleman known to some as “Little Coach” was softspoken, deeply humble and never cursed. But that demeanor belied a grit that drove McLendon to be one of the most groundbreaking coaches in basketball history.

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Gale 'Kansas Comet' Sayers and Gen. James D. Latham honored at home for life and service

Gale Sayers, a star running back for the University of Kansas in the early 1960s who later played five seasons with the Chicago Bears, was honored Friday night as one of two 2017 Kansans of the Year at the Native Sons and Daughters banquet in Topeka. Also honored was retired Air Force Gen. James D. Latham, a graduate of Kansas State University.

KU professor's inaugural lecture will address 'problem of race' in the Army

At her inaugural distinguished professor lecture, a University of Kansas scholar will talk about how the U.S. Army has contributed to social change in America.

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‘Help. Please Help!’ KU’s Dole Institute creating exhibition about Vietnam War POW/MIA wives turned activists

In the early years of the Vietnam War, wives of men missing in action or taken as prisoners were terrified to speak out about their husbands’ plights, according to historian Heath Hardage Lee. “The military ordered the POW/MIA wives and their families to adhere to a ‘Keep Quiet’ policy,” Lee said. “At the start of the Vietnam conflict, the wives were informed that if they talked about their husbands' capture, it might negatively affect the men’s treatment in prison and hurt their chances of returning home.” A grassroots organization that helped turn that around is the focus of an upcoming exhibition being created by the Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas.

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U.S. entry into World War I will highlight early spring lectures at KU’s Dole Institute

Upcoming events at the University of Kansas Dole Institute of Politics will include Presidential Lecture Series installments on United States involvement in World War I, plus Fort Leavenworth Series events exploring Asian military history.

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Exorcising the Lawrence Massacre's historical ghosts

On Aug. 21, 1863, the rumbling of equine feet accompanied the dawn in Lawrence, Kansas. Before a swarming mass of pro-Confederate bushwhackers rode William Clarke Quantrill, once a resident of Lawrence himself. The guerrilla chieftain let his Missourians loose — hundreds of them — on the unsuspecting abolitionist stronghold.

Historical museum reopens after overcoming odds

A historical museum has reopened in southeast Kansas about a year after it closed amid concerns about how to fund it and whether it was even worth saving.

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Inside the USS Maryland when the Japanese attacked: Lawrence Pearl Harbor survivor recalls Dec. 7, 1941

As Japanese torpedoes pierced neighboring battleships and shells hit his own the morning of Dec. 7, 1941, Vincent Muirhead was deep inside the USS Maryland. From his battle station in the Maryland’s fire control center, Muirhead couldn’t see the destruction around him. But through radio headsets and communications from sailors above, he got a "view” of the USS Arizona in flames and the USS Oklahoma rolling over next to the Maryland.

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War historian says lessons from Pearl Harbor resonate in today's world

On the 75th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, a University of Kansas war historian says it’s important to remember that the deadly ambush was not isolated.

Pittsburg veteran recalls World War II

P.E. Davis stills remembers the yellowish-brown “tweed” coat and suit he had just bought when a military truck came down the road blasting over a loudspeaker for all personnel to get back to base.

Wilson's Creek Civl War Reenactment

Civil War re-enactors with the 3rd Kansas, Battery B, light artillery unit, including two men from Lawrence, participated in the Wilson's Creek 150th Anniversary Reenactment on August 12-14 near Springfield, Mo. William Quantrill fought with the Missouri Guard in the battle, August 10, 1861, considered the second major battle of the Civil War. Two years later, Quantrill attacked Lawrence.

Water Witching the Whereabouts

Emily Bergens Louni talks about Lecompton resident Iona Spencer's use of the water witching technique in helping her find the unmarked grave of her ancestor at Stull Cemetery.

An Honor Finally Bestowed

Emily Bergers Louni, a descendant of Christopher Columbus Blake, a Union soldier during the Civil War, talks about the importance of dedicating his grave nearly 100 years after his death.

Lecompton Historical Society president reacts to Kansas House resolution

Paul Bahnmaier, president of the Lecompton Historical Society, speaks Tuesday, May 3, 2011, in the Capitol after the Kansas House approved a resolution recognizing Lecompton for its role in state and national history.

Practice makes perfect: black history month musical

Members of St. Luke African Methodist Episcopal Church practice for the upcoming black history month musical.

KU librarian researches the history of bumper stickers

Kansas University librarian Whitney Baker talks about tracing the history of the bumper sticker to Kansas.

Make your own Kansas Day cake

LJWorld.com reporter Brenna Hawley demonstrates how to make a sunflower cake to celebrate Kansas' 150th birthday. Kansas Day is Saturday, Jan. 29.

Old wagon wheel being inspected

A wagon wheel that may have come from an old covered wagon is being inspected for authenticity. The area is being searched and checked to verify the possibilities.

One murder, two very different sides

Steve Haddock and Lannie Ornburn, Assistant District Attorney for Johnson County, discuss the murder of Barbara Haddock.

Students celebrate, study Kansas history

Elementary students spent Kansas' birthday by exploring the state's history as part of a social studies project.