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Chiefs pay tribute to retiring Gonzalez
December 30, 2013
Even though Tony Gonzalez is retiring as a member of the Atlanta Falcons, the Kansas City Chiefs still view the 13-time Pro Bowl tight end as one of their own. One day after Gonzalez reaffirmed that he’ll never play another NFL game, Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt said in a statement that he’ll “always be considered a part of the Chiefs family.”
Chiefs rested, mostly healthy for playoff opener
December 30, 2013
It appears the Chiefs will be near full strength for the first time in weeks when they visit the Indianapolis Colts for an AFC wild-card playoff game on Saturday.
KU men’s basketball notebook: Bill Self questions improvement of KU’s defense
December 30, 2013
Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self cited one disturbing defensive statistic as he peered at the stat sheet following Monday’s 93-83 victory over Toledo in Allen Fieldhouse. By Gary Bedore
Column: Naadir Tharpe erases awful start with hot shooting
December 30, 2013
Tom Keegan on the Kansas University basketball team’s point guard play: “Point guard doesn’t need to be KU’s strongest position, but it can’t be a liability either, and recent progress from both Tharpe and Mason is an encouraging sign for the young, talented Jayhawks.”
Perry Ellis’ big night leads KU soaring past Toledo, 93-83
December 30, 2013
Perry Ellis scored 21 points (three off a career high) and grabbed a career-best 11 rebounds in the (9-3) Jayhawks’ 93-83 victory over previously undefeated (12-1) Toledo. It marked the sophomore forward’s second career double-double and triumphant return from a scary injury suffered against Georgetown.By Gary Bedore
KU’s size foils Toledo’s sound gameplan in 93-83 Kansas victory
December 30, 2013
There can’t be many things more frustrating for a visiting coach at Allen Fieldhouse than watching his team play darn near exactly the way he hoped it would and still come out on the losing end. Toledo coach Tod Kowalczyk knew that feeling all too well following Monday’s 93-83 loss to the 16th-ranked Jayhawks, and he had very few negative things to say about his team’s showing. By Matt Tait
KDOT updates SLT-related road closures
December 30, 2013
A portion of East 1750 Road, south of Kansas Highway 10, will close in January for work related to the South Lawrence Trafficway extension.
School district accepts land for tech ed center
December 30, 2013
The property near 31st Street and Haskell Avenue will be the site of a new technical education center for high school students in the Lawrence school district. The project is part of the recent $92.5 million bond issue and is expected to open for the 2015-2016 school year. By Peter Hancock
Praeger still working to make health care reform succeed in Kansas
December 30, 2013
Despite opposition to the law among many in her political party, Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger has been trying to make sure one major goal of health care reform succeeds: getting more people insurance. By Giles Bruce
Education advocates challenge poll on school finance
December 30, 2013
A poll commissioned by the conservative Kansas Policy Institute shows many people oppose the idea of courts getting involved in school finance cases. But advocates for public schools say the survey asked questions based on misleading information. By Peter Hancock
KU football commitment Austin Stevens picks Boston College instead
December 30, 2013
According to the Rivals.com Boston College site, EagleAction.com, Class of 2014 defensive end Austin Stevens has changed his commitment from Kansas University to Boston College. By Matt Tait
Lawrence police to increase enforcement during New Year’s Eve
December 30, 2013
The Lawrence Police Department will increase enforcement beginning at 9 p.m. Tuesday for the New Year’s holiday.
KU hires new director of state relations to lead funding efforts in the Capitol
11:35 a.m., December 30, 2013 Updated 02:56 p.m.
Kansas University has hired a new director of state relations to try to get Republican legislative leaders to restore budget cuts made to higher education. By Scott Rothschild
How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Dec. 29
December 30, 2013
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Sunday, Dec. 29.
Undefeated Rockets not awed by KU
December 30, 2013
Seven college basketball teams that are ranked in the Top 25 — as well as under-the-radar University of Toledo — remain undefeated as the New Year approaches. By Gary Bedore
KU marketing messages on the rise through the state, cyberspace
December 30, 2013
With an increase of nearly $1 million spent on advertising over the last five years, Kansas University has been getting its message out to prospective students and supporters. That includes the digital world and social networks, where the university has been sending targeted ads. If you’ve noticed a Kansas Jayhawk following you through cyberspace recently, that’s why. By Ben Unglesbee
Regents discuss whether to shorten time period needed to increase admission standards
December 30, 2013
Higher education officials are discussing whether to try to shorten the length of time it takes to change the admission standards at the state’s public universities. By Scott Rothschild
Can’t do it alone’: KU scholarship winner navigates system for husband disabled by PTSD
December 30, 2013
Her husband — the smiling 6-foot-5-inch soldier who’d respond to “Jump!” with “How high?” and whom friends once teased about being whipped — had forgotten they were having a baby that day. Jennifer Thornton was furious. But not surprised. By that time, she knew what post-traumatic stress disorder could do. By Sara Shepherd
Planned Lawrence library art speaks to what patrons have in common
December 30, 2013
The Lawrence Public Library’s renovations are more than just skin deep. Along with the remodeling and reconstruction, the library also will get a new set of DNA. The city is spending $75,000 on art for the renovated library, set to open next summer. Glass creations by Rock Cottage Glassworks artist Dierk Van Keppel from Merriam, Kan., and his partner John Shreve, a graduate student at Kansas University, will greet patrons as they enter the library.
25 years ago: Planet Earth wins magazine’s annual news distinction
December 30, 2013
Time magazine this week named “the endangered Earth” its “Planet of the Year.”
40 years ago: Lawrence residents urged to donate Christmas trees for fish habitats
December 30, 2013
“Give your Christmas tree to a fish for Christmas.”
Volunteer mentors new Habitat for Humanity homeowners
December 30, 2013
Erika Zimmerman, a volunteer family partner with Lawrence Habitat for Humanity, remembers the gamut of emotions she felt as a dinner guest in the brand new home of the family she mentored on their road to owning a Habitat for Humanity house.
Bankruptcies for Dec. 30
December 30, 2013
Douglas County residents or businesses filing for bankruptcy protection recently in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the District of Kansas, according to court records.
Editorial: KBA clout
The Kansas Biosciences Authority, founded in 2004 to promote life sciences business in Kansas, has lost much of its funding and much of its clout in the last two years.
December 30, 2013
The Kansas Biosciences Authority has undergone some significant changes since its formation in 2004 — and, at least in the view of some top higher education officials, those changes haven’t been for the better.
Opinion: Will recovery accelerate in 2014?
December 30, 2013
For four and a half years, we have waited for a powerful and self-sustaining economic recovery. More than once it seemed imminent. Then, for various reasons, it vanished, and we returned to a plodding expansion with too much unemployment and too little confidence. Could 2014 be the year when the recovery actually feels like a recovery? Well, it could.
Opinion: Homelessness from the inside
December 30, 2013
Recently, in my old hometown in Montana, a man died of exposure. According to news reports, he was a Wal-Mart employee in the town of Miles City, homeless and living in his car when the weather plunged to 27 degrees below zero.
100 years ago: KU football has profitable year, manager says
December 30, 2013
“Other sports are not money-makers but financial failures….”