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Our Town Sports for Feb. 6
February 5, 2014
A weekly roundup of local events, results and opportunities.
Chiefs sign receiver Dressler from CFL
February 5, 2014
The Chiefs have signed Canadian Football League standout Weston Dressler to a futures contract, hoping he can bolster a relatively weak wide receiver corps.
Ex-KU pitcher Walrond hired by Red Sox
February 5, 2014
Former Kansas University left-hander Les Walrond has been hired to work for the Boston Red Sox in the organization’s professional scouting department.
City athletes sign college letters despite snow day
February 5, 2014
Lawrence high schools were canceled on Wednesday, but that didn’t stop many city athletes from mailing or faxing letters of intent to their future colleges on national signing day.
Pole vaulter wins KU’s third straight Big 12 weekly award
February 5, 2014
Kansas University senior pole vaulter Natalia Bartnovskaya earned the KU women’s track and field team’s third-straight Big 12 Athlete of the Week award, the conference announced Wednesday.
Amid talk of NBA prospects, KU’s Tarik Black gets NFL attention
February 5, 2014
An imposing 6-foot-9, 260-pounder who likes to rebound, but also possesses a soft shooting touch around the rim, Tarik Black figures to make some money next season playing basketball in Europe, if not the NBA. “If I was him, I’d try out for an NFL team, though,” KU coach Bill Self said Wednesday on his weekly “Hawk Talk” radio show. By Gary Bedore
Column: Vets key to KU’s tourney success
February 5, 2014
In many ways, the most significant development to come out of the Kansas University basketball team’s 69-52 victory Tuesday at Baylor involved the strong play of non-freshmen. Looking ahead to the NCAA Tournament, KU’s heavy reliance on freshmen makes forecasting its postseason prospects a little shaky. Column by Tom Keegan
KU women fall short in upset bid at No. 12 OSU
February 5, 2014
Kansas University senior guard CeCe Harper missed a last-seconds layup to tie the game against Oklahoma State on Wednesday night at Gallagher-Iba Arena, giving the No. 12 Cowgirls a 76-74 victory over the Jayhawks.
County looking at budget, purchasing reforms
February 5, 2014
County commissioner Mike Gaughan is urging more transparency, accountability from vendors and outside agencies that receive county funding. Changes could require some agencies to come under Kansas Open Records Act requirements. By Peter Hancock
Five tips to stay warm, safe through today’s wind chill advisory
February 5, 2014
With a wind chill advisory issued by the National Weather Service in Topeka for Lawrence and surrounding areas this morning, the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department is reminding residents to keep safe and warm.
Jennison says rangeland plan for Lesser Prairie Chicken preferable to threatened species listing
February 5, 2014
Despite grousing from Gov. Sam Brownback and many legislators, Kansas will face some kind of federal action to protect the Lesser Prairie Chicken, according to the state’s top wildlife official. By Scott Rothschild
ER visits plummet as United Way partners collaborate
February 5, 2014
When you are homeless and uninsured, getting medical care for health challenges that can range from an infected cut to diabetes can be a formidable challenge. Andy Brown, director of development at Lawrence Community Shelter, was stymied by how to ensure shelter guests received the health care they needed while also reducing the number of unnecessary trips they made to the emergency department at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
Mail delayed in snow-smacked Baldwin City
February 5, 2014
Stepping outside at about 11 a.m. Wednesday, Martha Wright weighed keeping Whitney’s Hair Salon open for the day.
Theft of popsicle leads to police foot chase at Lawrence Dillons
February 5, 2014
What began as a reported shoplifting Tuesday after a woman ate a popsicle in the frozen section of a Lawrence Dillons escalated to a foot chase when another girl later tried to elude police.
Officials still working to determine cause of early-morning Westar fire
09:00 a.m., February 5, 2014 Updated 09:45 a.m.
Inspectors are still investigating the cause of a building fire at the Westar power plant at 1250 N. 1800 Road, according to a company spokesman.
Cleanup continues after Lawrence hit with historic snowfall; several school districts close Thursday
08:01 a.m., February 5, 2014 Updated 06:05 p.m.
Lawrence continues to dig out of the snow, a day after one of the worst winter storms in city’s history. By Giles Bruce
How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Feb. 4
February 5, 2014
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Tuesday, Feb. 4.
25 years ago: Record-breaking cold grips Lawrence
February 5, 2014
Business was booming at local pizza shops and video rental stores.
40 years ago: KU basketball players appeal to fans to stop throwing debris
February 5, 2014
“As a team we want to ask that you help us.”
100 years ago: Finally, Lawrence will have street signs
February 5, 2014
“The signs will soon be in place and Lawrence will have realized another dream of many years.”
Iwig suspends bottled milk sales after equipment breakdown
12:00 a.m., February 5, 2014 Updated 11:51 a.m.
Bad news for Iwig Family Dairy fans. The dairy has suspended bottled milk sales because of an equipment breakdown it can’t afford to fix right away. By Sara Shepherd
Editorial: Basketball mecca
A state grant will help Lawrence take another step in promoting its special ties to the history of basketball.
February 5, 2014
Lawrence holds a special place in basketball history, and it only makes sense to capitalize on that history as both a source of community pride and tourism.
Opinion: Public universities not elitist
February 5, 2014
In recent weeks, as the 2014 legislative session has gathered steam, the tensions between certain legislators and higher education officials in Kansas have become manifest. Increasingly, the accusation that universities are “elitist” institutions somehow divorced from the general public is surfacing again. As the Kansas Board of Regents attempts to increase the number of Kansans with post-high school education there are those in the Legislature who see this not as a positive outcome, but, rather, as a negative to be avoided. This is a terrible mistake in my opinion.
Lawrence library’s Johnston elected vice president of bookmobile service
February 5, 2014
Pattie Johnston, the senior outreach services coordinator for the Lawrence Public Library, has been elected vice president of the Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services, according to a statement.
Opinion: Mideast peace quest worth the effort
February 5, 2014
Halhul, West Bank — Hoping to understand the current Israeli-Palestinian negotiations in human terms, I made a visit last week to a Palestinian farmer named Hammadeh Kashkeesh, whom I first met 32 years ago. The encounter reminded me of the pain that’s at the heart of this dispute, and how hard it will be for any diplomatic settlement to resolve the bitterness on both sides.
Warm up with homemade chai
February 5, 2014
There are only two ways to get through January and February weather: cozy socks and warm drinks. While I can’t help you with the socks, for warm drinks there’s not much to beat a chai tea.