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Charlie Weis sorry to see Mack Brown leaving Texas
December 15, 2013
Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis is a longtime Mack Brown friend and just one of many admirers saddened by the news of his resignation. By Matt Tait
Charles helps Chiefs clinch
December 15, 2013
Jamaal Charles turned the Kansas City Chiefs’ playoff clinching party into a game-long celebration right from the start.
Column: Brannen Greene starting to figure it out
December 15, 2013
Talented freshman wing Brannen Greene has weaved his way through traffic to establish himself as the man to beat in a three-headed race for the first-shooter-off-the-bench role for Bill Self’s 7-3 Kansas University basketball team. By Tom Keegan
How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Dec. 15
December 15, 2013
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Sunday, Dec. 15.
KU women’s basketball team falls to No. 18 Purdue
Boilermakers win 71-68 with late free throws
04:10 p.m., December 15, 2013 Updated 11:50 p.m.
Kansas University’s women’s basketball team nearly stunned No. 18 Purdue Sunday afternoon at Allen Fieldhouse, but the Boilermakers recovered from a seven-point halftime deficit to win, 71-68.
Alvamar Country Club hosts Christmas event for low-income families
December 15, 2013
About 100 people filled the main dining room at Alvamar Country Club on Sunday afternoon for Christmas at Crossgate, a first-time outreach event.
Man flees after robbing Lawrence business at gunpoint
December 15, 2013
Officers with the Lawrence Police Department are investigating an armed robbery of a Lawrence business, according to a LPD news release.
How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Dec. 14
December 15, 2013
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Saturday, Dec. 14.
Lansing defeats FSHS girls
December 15, 2013
Freshman Madison Piper scored 22 points for Free State’s girls basketball team, which lost its fourth straight game to open the season, 49-44 to Lansing.
Haskell women beat Peru State
December 15, 2013
The Haskell Indian Nations University women’s basketball team defeated Peru State, 65-55, on Saturday at Haskell.
Clothier leads LHS wrestling
December 15, 2013
Alan Clothier took first place in the 182-pound weight class, and the Lawrence High wrestling team finished 18th out of 23 teams on Saturday at the Eudora Tournament of Champions.
FSHS wrestling sixth at SMNW
December 15, 2013
Sam Skwarlo, at 170 pounds, and Tyler Sampson, 285, won their weight classes as the Free State wrestling team took sixth at the Cougar Invitational on Saturday at Shawnee Mission Northwest.
FSHS boys force OT but suffer first loss
December 15, 2013
Free State High’s boys basketball team could not carry the momentum of a buzzer-beating three-pointer into overtime and lost for the first time this season, 71-64 against Lansing.
Freshman Wycoff lifts Seabury boys in opener; Seabury girls fall
December 15, 2013
Freshman Mikey Wycoff scored 29 points in his debut, and the Bishop Seabury Academy boys basketball team opened its season Saturday with a victory over Axtell.
Veritas girls stunned in OT; boys beat Topeka Heritage
December 15, 2013
Two freshmen took center stage in Veritas Christian’s girls basketball matchup with Topeka Heritage on Saturday at the Eudora Recreation Center. Veritas freshman Tori Huslig led all scorers with 27 points, but Heritage freshman Raegen Cowsert hit big shots down the stretch to force overtime, and Heritage won, 60-56.
Late drought dooms LHS, 60-56, in Shootout championship
December 15, 2013
For all the highlight plays Lawrence High’s boys basketball players created Saturday night against Topeka Highland Park, as two of the top teams in the state traded shots and streaks in the Blue Valley Shootout championship game, the Lions would’ve traded them all in for a boring old bucket or two in the final minutes. By Benton Smith
Chiefs can clinch playoff berth with victory at Oakland
December 15, 2013
All it took to get the Kansas City Chiefs back on the winning track was a game against the struggling Washington Redskins. A win this week against another last-place team will put the Chiefs in the playoffs one year after posting the worst record in the NFL.
KU women host No. 18 Purdue today
December 15, 2013
Comparing a pair of teams’ results against common opponents is an inexact science at best. But if Kansas University women’s basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson needed any more evidence of how good her team’s next opponent is, she could simply look at how the Jayhawks and No. 18 Purdue handled their respective nonconference meetings with one of the top teams in the nation. By Benton Smith
Roadwork: Construction planned this week
December 15, 2013
City construction projects are now mapped at lawks.us/construction-map.
40 years ago: Students in Lawrence, Eudora injured in unrelated school-crossing accidents
December 15, 2013
Two high school students and a crossing guard had been hit by a car in a morning accident in Eudora.
Behind the Lens: Books for the shutterbug
December 15, 2013
If you’re not that knowledgeable about what photography-related gifts to get your favorite shutterbug, a safe alternative can be books. Here’s a short list of potential stocking-stuffers
Lawrence couple’s Christmas light display grows in scope, popularity
December 15, 2013
For the past six years, Gary and Mary Ann Martin have been illuminating their west Lawrence neighborhood with an animated light display. Theirs is among a handful of animated displays in the area, with several more extravagant setups across the city and county. By Giles Bruce
Lawhorn’s Lawrence: Jim Owens, the blooming optimist
December 15, 2013
The common thinking among longtime Lawrence residents is that Jim Owens is the only man during a course of a career who has served as the mayor of Lawrence, the president of the Lawrence Board of Education and chairman of the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce. “Everybody else has been too smart to do it,” Owens says with a laugh. By Chad Lawhorn
Deadline extended for Langston Hughes writing award submissions
December 15, 2013
The submission deadline for the Langston Hughes writing awards co-sponsored by the Lawrence Arts Center and Raven Book Store has been extended to Friday, Dec. 20.
Dance shoe fund benefits young children at Lawrence Arts Center
December 15, 2013
The Lawrence Arts Center named the Candi Baker Shoe Fund in her honor following her retirement, as a scholarship means for young students who can’t afford to purchase dance shoes.
Opinion: Higher minimum wage has flaws
December 15, 2013
Liberals’ love of recycling extends to their ideas, one of which illustrates the miniaturization of Barack Obama’s presidency. He fervently favors a minor measure that would have mostly small, mostly injurious effects on a small number of people. Nevertheless, raising the minimum hourly wage for the 23rd time since 1938, from today’s $7.25 to $10.10, is a nifty idea, if:
25 years ago: Non-edible gifts a no-no for public employees
December 15, 2013
“We’re in a whole different world than we were in 20 years ago.”
Editorial: Park process
Public confidence in the handling of a major recreation project in west Lawrence continues to erode.
December 15, 2013
When it comes to frustration, Rock Chalk Park is the project that just keeps on giving.
Annual Christmas Bird Count offers firsts even for experienced birdwatchers
12:00 a.m., December 15, 2013 Updated 02:16 p.m.
Among those tallying birds of various species in and around Lawrence for the Christmas Bird Count was a trio who began the day along the Clinton Lake Dam. There, they spotted various species of ducks, geese and several bald eagles. And even for a veteran birdwatcher, the day featured a first. By Stephen Montemayor
KU student group pushing for stronger sexual assault training
December 15, 2013
An Al Jazeera America video from October put Kansas University in the middle of a national discussion about alcohol and sexual assault. To help raise awareness and prevent sexual assault on campus, a student group working with KU’s office of Institutional Opportunity and Access are working to improve training and make sure students actually take it.By Ben Unglesbee
Opinion: Egypt’s faith shifts back to military
December 15, 2013
Nearly three years ago, in the heyday of the Arab Spring, Tahrir Square was adorned with banners of youths killed by security forces. Hawkers sold T-shirts imprinted with their faces.
Lawrence woman attends public viewing of Nelson Mandela’s casket
December 15, 2013
A Lawrence woman was one of 100,000 people who viewed the body of former South African President Nelson Mandela as it lay in state at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, South Africa this week. Donna Reynolds, 61, of Lawrence, has been volunteering near Johannesburg for six months. On Thursday, she stood in a three-hour line to catch a glimpse of Mandela’s remains. “Mostly, the feeling was one of celebration,” Reynolds said. By Nikki Wentling
Free State HS debaters go six rounds, but miss Nationals berth
December 15, 2013
Free State High School seniors Alex Houston and Hannah Moran made it to the sixth round of the East Kansas National Forensics League District debate tournament in Olathe, but missed qualifying for the league’s national tournament, to be held this summer. Lawrence High School was eliminated after the third round. By Peter Hancock
100 years ago: District court judge speaks out for government services
December 15, 2013
“‘The men and women, who have grown old in honest toil, should not be left to walk arm in arm with the grim companion Poverty….’”