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Notebook: Joel Embiid ‘all right’ after landing funny
February 8, 2014
Kansas center Joel Embiid tweaked his back in the closing moments of the Jayhawks’ Saturday win over West Virginia, but he is “all right.” By Gary Bedore
Islamic group reaches out to strangers with flowers
February 8, 2014
As temperatures topped out in the 10s yesterday in downtown Lawrence, pedestrians on Massachusetts Street were greeted with a vibrant reminder of spring. About 20 volunteers with Prophet of Mercy, an Islamic nonprofit based in Saudi Arabia, spent the afternoon handing out brightly colored flowers to passerby.
Andrew Wiggins more aggressive after talk with prep coach
KU freshman scores 19 in victory over West Virginia
February 8, 2014
Andrew Wiggins’ prep coach Rob Fulford was able to witness a pair of vicious dunks from the 6-foot-8, 200-pound freshman, who at times has been a bit tentative in finishing around the goal. The explosive young forward helped Kansas beat West Virginia, 83-69. By Gary Bedore
Column: Kansas depth too much for talented WVU to overcome
February 8, 2014
The Mountaineers had so much going for them, but it never felt as if they had a realistic shot because Kansas has so many players to turn to when things aren’t working out for a few of the starters. By Tom Keegan
Mountaineers appreciate road support in tough loss at KU
February 8, 2014
Despite the 14-point final deficit and Bob Huggins’ obvious disappointment that followed, Saturday seemed like a pretty good day for West Virginia basketball. Sure, the Mountaineers lost to first-place Kansas University, 83-69, but they played the Jayhawks tough throughout both halves. By Matt Tait
St. Louis man booked in Douglas County Jail; suspected of rape, kidnapping
February 8, 2014
A 46-year-old St. Louis man is in Douglas County Jail on suspicion of multiple charges including rape and kidnapping for offenses alleged to have occurred late Friday afternoon, according to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office booking recap.
Southwest Middle School eighth-grader wins 2014 Douglas County Spelling Bee title
February 8, 2014
The word to clinch the 2014 Douglas County Spelling Bee on Saturday at Southwest Middle School properly summed up what the contestants may have thought of some of the words thrown their way: insidious.
LHS girls’ defensive identity disappears in loss to SMS
February 8, 2014
By the time Lawrence High’s girls basketball team finished its 71-52 home loss to Shawnee Mission South Friday night, coach Nick Wood had moved past the 41 shots the Lions missed. Wood couldn’t fathom the way LHS had broken down defensively, allowing the Raiders open lanes to the hoop, not only in the half court, but also against pressure defense. By Benton Smith
FSHS girls ‘fall apart’ late in loss to SMNW
February 8, 2014
Free State High’s girls basketball players didn’t get beat by Shawnee Mission Northwest on Friday night at FSHS. They got lost. The Firebirds, who were trailing for the entire second half, cut their deficit to two points with 2:47 remaining. But after SMNW missed three consecutive free throws, Free State turned the ball over and gave up an offensive rebound on a missed free throw, leading to a 59-53 loss. By Bobby Nightengale
FSHS boys go cold in second half, lose to SMNW
February 8, 2014
There were no easy shots for Free State High’s boys basketball team on Friday night. The Firebirds struggled to score after halftime and couldn’t hold off Shawnee Mission Northwest in a 50-43 loss at FSHS. By Bobby Nightengale
KU to honor 1974 Final Four team during WVU game
February 8, 2014
Kansas University’s 1973-74 Final Four team will be honored during a first-half timeout at today’s KU-West Virginia basketball game in Allen Fieldhouse. By Gary Bedore
Mountaineers aiming for fearless attitude at Allen Fieldhouse
February 8, 2014
Bob Huggins — whose West Virginia Mountaineers have won three of five road games in Big 12 Conference play this season and 28 league road battles in his seven seasons at his alma mater — won’t be dwelling on historic Allen Fieldhouse in his pregame preparation today. By Gary Bedore
Firebirds celebrate D-I soccer, track signings
February 8, 2014
Four of Free State High’s future Division-I athletes not only have to wait for their spring seasons to begin, but they also had to delay their signing day ceremony for two days.
No. 2 LHS boys outlast No. 4 SM South in foul-fest
February 8, 2014
With two of the top four boys basketball teams in Class 6A squaring off Friday night inside Lawrence High’s Jungle, every person in the gym expected an entertaining, free-flowing clash. Most of the on-court combat came on the defensive side, though, and ultimately the game was decided at the free-throw line, where the No. 2-ranked Lions went 30-for-42 to survive their encounter with No. 4 Shawnee Mission South, 65-61. By Benton Smith
KU swimmers lead at Iowa State
February 8, 2014
Senior Morgan Sharp finished first by six-hundredths of a second in the 200-yard freestyle Friday, helping Kansas University’s swim team to a one-point advantage (75.5-74.5) heading into day two of competition against Iowa State.
FSHS swimmers top Sunflower League prelims
February 8, 2014
Free State’s Jordan Portela had the fastest times in the 200-yard freestyle and 100-yard butterfly during the preliminaries of the Sunflower League boys swim meet Friday at California Trail Middle School. Portela swam 1:45.15 in the 200 freestyle and 52.29 in the 100 butterfly.
KU softball opens with two losses
February 8, 2014
Sophomore Kelsey Kessler and the Kansas University softball team fell on the short end of a pitchers’ duel, as the Jayhawks dropped a 1-0 decision in their season opener to host Central Florida on Friday in the UCF Knights Invitational.
KU sprinter Dixon sets 500 record
February 8, 2014
Kansas University senior sprinter Diamond Dixon posted one of the fastest 500-meter times ever by a collegian as she claimed an easy victory in the event Friday night inside The Armory Track & Field Center. Eleven other Jayhawks turned in personal record performances as both the men’s and women’s squads wrapped up a solid first day at the Armory Collegiate Invitational.
Area basketball roundup: Baldwin boys improve to 12-1
February 8, 2014
The Baldwin High School boys improved to 12-1 and stayed atop the Frontier League with a hard-fought 56-52 victory against Paola.
Chiefs release DB Robinson
February 8, 2014
The Chiefs parted ways with veteran defensive back Dunta Robinson, who never quite lived up to expectations last season, and signed CFL wide receiver Weston Dressler on Friday.
Letter: Broadband control
February 8, 2014
I am deeply concerned about legislation introduced in the Kansas Legislature that limits municipal home rule authority over broadband.
Letter: Common sense
February 8, 2014
I worked at the post office back when the phrase “going postal” became widespread. There was a reason it did: Several well-publicized mass shootings in post offices.
Letter: KCI boondoggle
February 8, 2014
Monday’s editorial, “KCI Costs” was right on target. Statements of those favoring a new single terminal are off base.
Royals name Sweeney to front-office position
February 8, 2014
Mike Sweeney will get another chance to help the Royals make the playoffs. Their longtime first baseman and arguably one of the most popular players in Royals history was hired Friday as club’s special assistant to baseball operations. Sweeney will help at spring training and assist general manager Dayton Moore and others on various projects.
Douglas County farmland values buck statewide trend downward
February 8, 2014
In January sales prices for farmland in Kansas dropped 10 percent from what they were in January 2013. But the weather and demographics of Douglas County make for a different market for land. By Ben Unglesbee
Haskell women lose, 66-47
February 8, 2014
The Haskell Indian Nation University women’s basketball team found itself in a 17-2 hole after the game’s first six minutes and could not recover in a 66-47 loss against the College of St. Mary on Friday.
Saturday Column: How will funding shifts impact higher education?
February 8, 2014
Is it time for someone or some group to consider the possibility of changing the way Kansas Board of Regents universities are managed?
25 years ago: Local groups protest changes to fire code
February 8, 2014
“I don’t think anyone here tonight is suggesting that fire safety is not important, yet there are lines to be drawn.”
40 years ago: New drunk-driving bill passes Kansas House
February 8, 2014
The measure would give the judge one option in a case involving driving under the influence.
100 years ago: Alarmed by ‘giddy airs of today,’ Kansas to have day-long revival of ‘old-fashioned songs’
February 8, 2014
“The men, women, and children of the State [would] gather in the different communities and, under clear Kansas skies, sing the immortal tunes together.”
HINU men torched, 115-71
February 8, 2014
The Haskell Indian Nations University men’s basketball team couldn’t withstand Bellevue’s 20-for-36 performance from beyond the arc in a 115-71 loss on Friday.
Kansas Rural Center generates ‘buzz’ with beekeeping workshops
February 8, 2014
Becky and Steve Tipton, leaders of the Kansas Honey Producers’ Association, will give a lesson at an introductory beekeeping workshop hosted by the Kansas Rural Center later this month. Increasing the number of local beekeepers has become a priority for the Tiptons in recent years because of the outbreak of Colony Collapse Disorder, the sudden and widespread disappearance of adult honeybees from hives. By Nikki Wentling
Opinion: Facts don’t support medical assumptions
February 8, 2014
Swedish researchers report that antioxidants make cancers worse in mice. It’s already known that the antioxidant beta-carotene exacerbates lung cancers in humans. Not exactly what you’d expect given the extravagant — and incessant — claims you hear made about the miraculous effects of antioxidants.
Faith Forum: Why do you think there is hostility between different religious groups in all regions of the world?
February 8, 2014
John McFarland, Christ Covenant Reformed Presbyterian Church, and Gary O’Flannagan, Cornerstone Southern Baptist Church, answer.
Kansas tennis edges Colorado for 3-0 start
February 8, 2014
Kansas University’s women’s tennis team defeated former Big 12 foe Colorado, 4-2, on Friday at the Jayhawk Tennis Center as KU raised its record to 3-0.