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10:23 a.m.
Kansas students score high on 2013 reading, math tests
November 7, 2013
Average scores in Kansas on the National Assessment of Educational Progress were virtually unchanged from 2011, but are still among the highest in the nation. Data from the 2013 NAEP exam are being released today by the U.S. Department of Education. By Peter Hancock
12:00 p.m.
A family leaf-collection walk is a great way to keep your kids occupied as the seasons turn. Family Adventures: Taking a fall leaf walk
November 7, 2013
Peak autumn color. From the beginning of September, I wait for it with the anticipation many small children reserve for Christmas. It’s that one week of the year when the trees go ablaze with color, and a person could almost survive on nothing more than long walks under the leaves. By Meryl Carver-Allmond
2:07 p.m.
Free State High cornerbacks Bryce Torneden, left, and Joel Spain (2) have come up big in their sophomore and junior seasons, respectively, for the Firebirds, who open the Class 6A playoffs on Friday at home. Firebirds’ cornerbacks locked in for playoffs
November 7, 2013
As Free State High prepares for its Friday playoff opener against Shawnee Mission Northwest, coach Bob Lisher has a corner tandem on which he can rely — junior Joel Spain and sophomore Bryce Torneden. By Benton Smith
4:46 p.m.
Cindy Luxem and her husband, Tom, have opened Cindy's Simple Life, a funky general store, at 16 E. 8th St. in Lawrence. Cindy's Simple Life features everyday items from lava lamps to CubeBots. New Lawrence general store makes life simple
November 7, 2013
For those of us who hate having to run errands all over town, one-stop shop Cindy’s Simple Life is our new lifeline right off Mass Street.

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KU football players reunited on Baker coaching staff
November 7, 2013
The 1995 and 2007 Kansas University football teams often are argued as two of the best in school history. One place where that debate comes up is just a short drive from Lawrence, at Baker University. Former KU football players Jason Thoren, Tony Blevins and Caleb Blakesley coach the defense of the NAIA’s sixth-ranked Wildcats. By Chris Duderstadt
Brannen Greene OK after getting hit in abdomen at practice
Player undergoes tests at hospital; coach ‘anticipates he’ll play’ in opener Friday night
November 7, 2013
Brannen Greene was checked out at the hospital after getting hit in the lower abdomen at practice Thursday. He’s fine.
Finalist for Baker president embraces ‘gee-whiz’ attitude
November 7, 2013
Charles Taylor, the second finalist to be the next Baker University president, was introduced Thursday as a first-generation college graduate who hasn’t lost his “gee-whiz” attitude for higher education.
Lawrence teen injured in Wednesday car crash is recovering
November 7, 2013
The Lawrence teenager airlifted to Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo., on Wednesday suffered several injuries but is recovering, his mother said Thursday.
Logs to Literature invites public to create little free libraries from salvaged wood
November 7, 2013
A new plan for trees cut down because they were in the path of the Lawrence Public Library renovation is like a chip off the old block: Turn the salvaged wood into little free libraries. By Sara Shepherd
KU Public Safety Office seeking suspect in aggravated burglary of residence hall
November 7, 2013
The Kansas University Public Safety Office is looking for information about the identity of a suspect involved in a Wednesday morning aggravated burglary of an unlocked residence hall room.
Reports on administrative growth in schools get mixed reviews
November 7, 2013
New reports focusing on the increase in administrative employees in Kansas school districts were greeted with skepticism by several legislators on Thursday, but others said the reports showed there is something wrong with the way schools spend taxpayer dollars. By Scott Rothschild
20th Street house fire linked to smoking, investigators conclude; damage estimated at $132K
November 7, 2013
On Thursday, Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical investigators determined the cause of a Wednesday house fire to be accidental because of “improper disposal of smoking materials.”
Champions Classic extended through 2016
November 7, 2013
The Champions Classic — a neutral-site college basketball doubleheader featuring four of the top programs in the country — has been renewed three more years through 2016, Kansas Athletics and ESPN announced Thursday.
Kansas students score high on 2013 reading, math tests
November 7, 2013
Average scores in Kansas on the National Assessment of Educational Progress were virtually unchanged from 2011, but are still among the highest in the nation. Data from the 2013 NAEP exam are being released today by the U.S. Department of Education. By Peter Hancock
Ex-KU assistant Dooley, Dunk City trying to repeat magic
November 7, 2013
The reminder of last season still adorns the front windows of Alico Arena, the gymnasium that Florida Gulf Coast basketball calls home. “Dunk City.” Remember those guys? They’re back.
Kansas soccer season ends at Big 12
November 7, 2013
The Kansas University soccer team gave up two goals in the first 25 minutes of a Big 12 Championship quarterfinal match against West Virginia and lost, 3-0, Wednesday at Swope Soccer Village.
Third quarters haunting KU football
November 7, 2013
Five games into the Big 12 Conference schedule, a trend has developed with the Kansas University football team and the third quarter. In all but one of their five conference losses thus far, the Jayhawks have been victims of backbreaking, momentum-changing plays that turned competitive contests into more comfortable victories for KU’s opponents. By Matt Tait
Carmichael ready, steady for KU volleyball in 3-0 victory over WVU
November 7, 2013
Kansas University fifth-year senior volleyball hitter Catherine Carmichael, who started the 2013 season as an important member of the rotation, did not play in five of seven matches from Sept. 20 to Oct. 9. Showing no signs of rust, she’s been more than ready the past six matches — ones in which she’s re-established a prominent role. By Gary Bedore
Firebirds’ cornerbacks locked in for playoffs
November 7, 2013
As Free State High prepares for its Friday playoff opener against Shawnee Mission Northwest, coach Bob Lisher has a corner tandem on which he can rely — junior Joel Spain and sophomore Bryce Torneden. By Benton Smith
KU freshman Frankamp confident on eve of season
November 7, 2013
Conner Frankamp, the all-time leading scorer in Wichita City League history, didn’t manage a point in his Kansas University exhibition basketball debut against Pittsburg State on Oct. 29 in Allen Fieldhouse. That shaky outing was long forgotten after the 6-foot freshman had eight points in Tuesday’s victory over Fort Hays State. By Gary Bedore
Volunteers recognized for giving rides to cancer patients
November 7, 2013
Douglas County members of the American Cancer Society’s Road to Recovery program, a volunteer service that shuttles cancer patients to and from their appointments, gathered at Lawrence Fire Station #5 for pizza and recognition for their service.
Filmmaker John Waters coming to Lawrence Arts Center
November 7, 2013
Filmmaker John Waters will appear at the Lawrence Arts Center on Feb. 20 as part of a series of events related to an exhibition of William S. Burroughs.
Lawrence Libations: Black Snake at Free State Brewing Company
November 7, 2013
“Because without beer, things don’t seem to go as well.”
Christian Lane to perform for Bales Artist Series
November 7, 2013
As a part of the 2013-14 Bales Artist Series, Christian Lane will be performing an organ recital at the Bales Organ Recital Hall on Nov. 8.
New Lawrence general store makes life simple
November 7, 2013
For those of us who hate having to run errands all over town, one-stop shop Cindy’s Simple Life is our new lifeline right off Mass Street.
Mrs. Mass: Heading south of Lawrence to the cider mill
November 7, 2013
This time of year, people are touting “pumpkin” everything, am I right? But let’s not forget about some of the other important delicacies of the season: chili, hot cocoa and, of course, the almighty hot apple cider.
Family Adventures: Taking a fall leaf walk
November 7, 2013
Peak autumn color. From the beginning of September, I wait for it with the anticipation many small children reserve for Christmas. It’s that one week of the year when the trees go ablaze with color, and a person could almost survive on nothing more than long walks under the leaves. By Meryl Carver-Allmond
The Classic Sartorialist: Fashion for airports
November 7, 2013
Airports don’t have the best reputation for fashion. As security has increased and air travel has become more of a chore than an adventure, people’s attire has taken a drastic decline.
40 years ago: Fuel shortage halts Clinton Dam project
November 7, 2013
Between 50 and 60 men were expected to be laid off until more fuel was available.
Editorial: Court influence
A horse race may be an apt metaphor for a political campaign, but it shouldn’t apply to a court proceeding.
November 7, 2013
During last week’s meetings at Kansas University, a state legislator warned KU officials that a Kansas Supreme Court ruling that orders additional funding for K-12 schools in the state would result in significant funding decreases for higher education.
Opinion: Research may no longer look innocent
November 7, 2013
I need to know how to build a bomb. This is not, I hasten to add, for my use or, indeed, for the use of any real person. Rather, it is for Clarence and Dwayne, two hapless wannabe terrorists in a novel I’m writing. In re
Opinion: Iran deal possible but not a sure thing
November 7, 2013
As the Obama administration moves into a decisive stage of nuclear negotiations with Iran, officials are considering a two-step process that would begin with a freeze and modest rollback of Iranian enrichment of uranium, matched by a limited easing of U.S.-led economic sanctions on Tehran.
100 years ago: Local farmers introducing ‘substantial improvements’
November 7, 2013
“Douglas county is fast coming to the front with modern improvements for the farms.”
Style Scout: Thomas McClane
November 7, 2013
Fashion influences: Mostly, I run it by Lola. If it’s way out of line, she’ll let me know.
Style Scout: Taylor Foltz
November 7, 2013
Describe your style: My style is mostly a casual cute. I want to keep it pretty feminine, but I don’t want to try too hard on campus.
Fix-It Chick: Winterize your vacant home’s plumbing lines
November 7, 2013
Whether it’s a hunting cabin in the woods, a vacation cottage on the lake or a year round residence, properly winterizing a vacant home can prevent serious damage caused by frozen water lines.
Garden Variety: Saving bulbs for next year
November 7, 2013
“Those beautiful plants that grew this year will all come back by themselves next year, won’t they?”
New Ramen Bowls awakens Lawrence noodle craze
November 7, 2013
With about a month and half under its belt, Ramen Bowls, 125 E. 10th St., has catered to Lawrence’s obvious hunger for Japanese ramen and Hawaiian-Pacific eats.
25 years ago: Strong local turnout predicted for presidential election
November 7, 2013
Douglas County Clerk Patty Jaimes expected about 80 percent of the county’s voters to cast ballots.
Our Town Sports (Nov. 7)
November 7, 2013
Here’s a look at Our Town Sports for Nov. 7.
Bucs claim McDougald
November 7, 2013
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Wednesday claimed safety Bradley McDougald, a Kansas University product, off waivers from the Kansas City Chiefs.
Sporting KC advances in playoffs
November 7, 2013
Claudio Bieler scored in the 23rd minute of overtime, capping Sporting Kansas City’s 3-1 win over the New England Revolution and giving Sporting KC the series victory in the Eastern Conference semifinals on Wednesday night.
How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Nov. 6
November 7, 2013
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Wednesday, Nov. 6.