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KU’s Naadir Tharpe stews over loss on bench
February 2, 2014
Kansas University starting point guard Naadir Tharpe had plenty of time to reflect on his performance as he sat the final 9 minutes, 42 seconds of Saturday’s 81-69 loss to Texas in Austin. By Gary Bedore
Boom ‘n’ gloom: Seahawks hand Broncos epic loss
February 2, 2014
The Seahawks’ “Legion of Boom” defense etched its name alongside the “Monsters of Midway,” the “Steel Curtain” and the “Doomsday Defense” as one of NFL’s greatest units with a suffocating 43-8 victory over the Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII Sunday night at MetLife Stadium.
Column: Seattle QB evokes Reesing
February 2, 2014
The question might seem crazy to some, probably most, but I couldn’t purge it from my thoughts: Had he been given a shot, could that have been Todd Reesing leading his team to a Super Bowl victory? By Tom Keegan
Restored 1911 bike wins top award at Sunday’s Mid-Winter Vintage Motorcycle Show
February 2, 2014
At the fifth annual Mid-Winter Vintage Motorcycle Show and Swap Meet on Sunday afternoon, attendees navigated a crowded building, observing the 62 antique bikes on display. Throughout the show, a constant stream of people grouped around one motorcycle in particular: a 1911 single-cylinder Pierce. By Nikki Wentling
Capitol Report: ALEC, broadband, guns, religion
February 2, 2014
A leading proponent of the theory that lower income taxes produces economic growth will be speaking Wednesday to the House Taxation Committee on “Growing the Kansas Economy.”
No Super Bowl snow, but winter storm coming to Lawrence
February 2, 2014
It won’t look like the Ice Bowl in East Rutherford, N.J., this evening, when the Seattle Seahawks take on the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl. But a winter storm could put Lawrence and much of Kansas under a blanket of white starting tomorrow.
Opinion: Sympathy lacking for multimillionaire
February 2, 2014
Dear Tom Perkins: I’m writing to apologize. I do this on behalf of the 99 percent of us who are not multimillionaires. You, of course, are, having made a pile as a venture capitalist and co-founder of the firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.
How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Feb. 1
February 2, 2014
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Saturday, Feb. 1.
Haskell women’s basketball beats Waldorf
February 2, 2014
Tinaya Murphy scored 18 points to lead the Haskell Indian Nations University women’s basketball team in a 79-65 victory over Waldorf College on Saturday.
KU swimming splits double dual
February 2, 2014
Kansas University’s swimming and diving team beat Vanderbilt, 163-130, and fell to Arkansas, 207-91, in a double-dual on Saturday at the Arkansas Natatorium.
25 years ago: State legislators consider child abuse bills
February 2, 2014
A committee had approved legislation to classify the killing of a child by abuse as Class A felony murder.
40 years ago: Local resident praises young “long hair” people
February 2, 2014
“Strange, indeed, is the way some people equate appearance preferences with evil, worthlessness, degradation and failure.”
100 years ago: Fire chief tests speed of response team
February 2, 2014
“Fire Chief W. F. Reinisch tested out his men and horses this morning.”
Black Hills Energy warns customers of potential phone scam
February 2, 2014
Black Hills Energy is warning customers of a phone scam targeting customers and demanding payment.
Veritas boys rally past St. Mary’s
February 2, 2014
Veritas Christian’s boys basketball team erased a five-point deficit in the final minute and defeated St. Mary’s Academy, 48-44, on Saturday.
Baldwin girls third at Wellsville
February 2, 2014
Baldwin High’s girls basketball team withstood Spring Hill’s third-quarter charge to win, 53-42, on Saturday in the third-place game of the Wellsville Top Gun Tournament.
LHS girls fifth at Emporia
February 2, 2014
Jolona Shield scored 17 points to lead three Lawrence High players in double figures, and the LHS girls basketball team defeated Wichita Heights, 64-58, on Saturday for fifth place in the Emporia Glacier’s Edge Tournament.
Roadwork: Construction planned this week
February 2, 2014
Construction projects listed are now available in a map format at http://lawks.us/construction-map.
FSHS girls finish Classic on high note
February 2, 2014
A first-round loss kept Free State High’s girls basketball players out of Firebird Winter Classic championship for the first time in five years. They were ready to fight for a consolation prize on Saturday morning at FSHS. The Firebirds earned a 54-39 victory over Hutchinson in the tournament’s fifth-place game despite watching a seven-point halftime lead disappear three minutes into the third quarter.
City seeking grant money to build new hike and bike trail through downtown, East Lawrence
February 2, 2014
City officials are hoping to win $750,000 in state grant money to build a new hike and bike trail through downtown and East Lawrence.
Letter: Kansas wind
February 2, 2014
Saturday afternoon, Jan. 18, was a very windy day! I used my walker to get my mail at the box near the street. While I was taking the mail from the lockbox, the wind increased, my walker took off and ended up one block away by the curb on a street that is usually busy. At that time, without a walker or a cane, I felt like I was in a boat without a paddle.
Opinion: Trip spurs musical memories
February 2, 2014
I stopped in Memphis, bound for New Orleans, with a U-Haul filled with stuff in tow. The clerk at the motel gave me a dinner recommendation. “They’ll pick you up in a pink limousine,” he said. The significance of that detail escaped me until I noticed that most of the stores on our route displayed signs evoking Elvis. At last it dawned on me. I was in Memphis, home of “The King.” The pink limo had to figure in the Elvis legend. It wouldn’t have surprised me to learn that Elvis tooled about in such a conveyance. If I remember correctly, he wasn’t famous for his refined taste.
Farmers, at least, happy to see progress on farm bill
February 2, 2014
While local farmers appear to be happy that a new farm bill is close to being signed into law, nutrition advocates worry that cuts to the food stamp program could further exacerbate problems for the hungry in Douglas County. By Giles Bruce
Editorial: KBA progress
There have been some bumps in the road, but the Kansas Bioscience Authority has proven its value to the state.
February 2, 2014
The Kansas Bioscience Authority has encountered a number of bumps in its first decade of operation, but we disagree with the assessment of State Rep. Mark Kahrs, R-Wichita, that forming the KBA was “a bad idea.”
Lawhorn’s Lawrence: The joy of flying and the miracle of trust
February 2, 2014
Gravity, lift, thrust, drag are the forces that technically make an airplane fly. But personally, I think a pilot comes in handy too. And when it comes to making a pilot, I found that there is a force required that isn’t described in a physics book. By Chad Lawhorn
Nutrition advocates trying to increase food stamp enrollment in Douglas County
February 2, 2014
Several organizations are working to improve local enrollment in the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program in the hopes it will increase access to healthy food in Douglas County. By Giles Bruce
Arctic Blast event raises money for cancer patients
February 2, 2014
Snowflake ornaments and twinkling blue lights hung against the exposed-brick walls and metal rafters of Abe and Jake’s Landing Saturday night, creating a wintry backdrop for Lawrence Memorial Hospital’s second annual Arctic Blast fundraiser. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Catch a Break program, which provides financial assistance to cancer patients and survivors.
The alternative Oscars
Awarding the best, worst and weirdest achievements in film
February 2, 2014
In the spirit of awards season, and after some serious reflection on the past year in films, I’d like to present my own particularly dubious set of awards: the Alternative Oscars, if you will. And the winners are … (Warning: Some light spoilers ahead.) By Eric Melin
Behind the Lens: Outside perspective sparks creativity
February 2, 2014
The New Jersey Press Association asked our photo staff to judge its state’s newspaper photography contest for 2013. Ten photo categories, including, sports and portraits, comprising about 1,000 photographs, were reviewed. While looking at the images, I couldn’t help but be reminded of Dorothy’s famous line, “Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.”
KU museum grateful for gift from professor emerita who wrote ‘the book’ on art history
February 2, 2014
In more than 50 years at Kansas University, Marilyn Stokstad has made many academic contributions to art history — not the least of which is writing what some consider “the book” on the subject. Her recent financial contribution, which makes the Spencer Museum of Art director’s job an endowed position, will continue Stokstad’s legacy and help solidify the Spencer’s spot among the top university art museums in the nation, officials say. By Sara Shepherd
Kansas City Connection: Plenty of culture to keep you out of the cold
February 2, 2014
Anyone in doubt about whether Kansas City offers world-class arts, music and theater entertainment should take a look at this week’s cultural calendar, which features premier soloists, cutting-edge theater and unique art openings.
School leaders learning how to have ‘Courageous Conversations’ about race
February 2, 2014
The Lawrence school district brought in a consultant to conduct a two-day workshop on how to have open and frank discussions about racial issues in schools and the community. The workshops are one part of an overall strategy to address racial disparities in Lawrence schools. By Peter Hancock
Library fundraiser asks kids to leave mark on new building
February 2, 2014
Lawrence Public Library is asking kids to participate in the Love Your Library Tile Project on Valentine’s Day weekend to leave their mark on the new library building.