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Notebook: Andrew Wiggins’ birthday could mean a Tarik Black punch party
February 22, 2014
Tarik Black grinned when asked what he’ll give Andrew Wiggins today on Wiggins’ 19th birthday. By Gary Bedore
Column: Defensive decapitation keys Jayhawks’ thumping of Texas
February 22, 2014
Statisticians have a number for everything else, so why not decapitation execution? Translation: Stop the opposing point guard’s dribble before he gets anywhere near the paint. Cut off the head and the body dies. By Tom Keegan
Showtime: Kansas runs past Texas on a night filled with highlights
February 22, 2014
The showdown between the top two teams in the Big 12 Conference turned into showtime for Kansas University’s basketball team on Saturday night in Allen Fieldhouse. By Gary Bedore
Jayhawks shut down speedy Texas PG in rematch
February 22, 2014
In the first meeting between Kansas and Texas this season, Longhorns guard Isaiah Taylor looked virtually unstoppable and scored 23 points in pretty much any manner he wanted during a 12-point UT victory in Austin, Texas. In the rematch, Saturday night at Allen Fieldhouse, the 6-foot-1 freshman from Hayward, Calif., was not as fortunate. By Matt Tait
KU women lose another close game, 64-61, at Oklahoma
February 22, 2014
Chelsea Gardner pulled the Kansas University women’s basketball team within two points of Oklahoma with 53 seconds left, but the Jayhawks couldn’t force a stop and lost, 64-61, on Saturday.
KU gives ‘Shmacked’ camera crews the cold shoulder
February 22, 2014
Camera crews from college-party video company “I’m Shmacked” left town empty-handed Saturday after being met with resistance from Kansas University and the Lawrence community.
Small fire being investigated near same area as string of late-2012 arsons
February 22, 2014
Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical is still investigating a late Friday fire at an apartment complex in the 1700 block of West 24th Street.
Area basketball roundup: Ottawa boys beat Baldwin
February 22, 2014
Quentin Blaue scored a game-high 19 points to help the Cyclones’ boys defeat Baldwin.
Veritas boys, girls fall to Marais des Cygnes Valley
February 22, 2014
The Veritas boys couldn’t pull off the upset against Marais des Cygnes Valley, the top team in Class 1A.
Wycoff, Seabury boys beat Heritage Christian
February 22, 2014
Mikey Wycoff scored 26 points to guide the Seahawks past Heritage Christian, 69-60, on Friday.
Olathe East holds off FSHS girls
February 22, 2014
Olathe East’s girls basketball team withstood every challenge Free State threw at it through three quarters on Friday night. The Hawks then capped things by converting 11 of 12 free throws in the final period, pulling away for a 47-31 Sunflower League victory. East (11-7) converted 17 of 18 foul shots on the night.
LHS girls overcome early deficit to beat O-North
February 22, 2014
When Lawrence High’s girls basketball players have their shots falling, their defense becomes more active. It worked like a charm against Olathe North on Friday night as the Lions came back from an early deficit and won, 59-49, at LHS. By Bobby Nightengale
LHS boys knock out O-North
February 22, 2014
Lawrence High’s boys basketball players were preparing for a heavyweight fight against Olathe North on Friday night at LHS. This fight was called in the first round. The Lions jumped to a huge lead in the first half, beating the Eagles in every phase of the game, in an eventual 74-49 drubbing in the LHS “pink-out” game. By Bobby Nightengale
Hack’s buzzer-beating three lifts FSHS boys past O-East
February 22, 2014
Only having time to catch and shoot with 1.1 seconds remaining in regulation, Free State High’s Weston Hack swished a tiebreaking three-point basket as the buzzer sounded Friday night at Olathe East, lifting the Firebirds to a 39-36 victory over Class 6A’s No. 3-ranked boys basketball team.
NCAA return slipping away from KU women
February 22, 2014
Stuck in a season-long holding pattern, hovering around the .500 mark, Kansas University’s women’s basketball team needs a spectacular finish to the season in order to reach the NCAA Tournament for a third straight year. By Benton Smith
Kansas looks to save face in rematch with Texas
12:33 a.m., February 22, 2014 Updated 09:51 a.m.
Today, Kansas University’s basketball team can take a huge step toward claiming a 10th-straight Big 12 Conference championship. KU coach Bill Self isn’t focused just on that, though: “It’s about playing Texas and playing a team that’s already handled us once. One of the residual effects is that it’s big for the league race, but it’s also just an opportunity for us to try to play better against a team that smacked us around pretty good.” By Gary Bedore
Column: Freshmen duo’s KU stay short, sweet
February 22, 2014
I hate the one-and-done rule, but with no change on the immediate horizon, maybe it’s time to relish the gifts the rule has bestowed upon Lawrence. After all, one year of watching Joel Embiid and Andrew Wiggins certainly trumps not getting to watch them at all, doesn’t it? Column by Tom Keegan
25 years ago: Lawrence resident questions asbestos-removal safety at construction site
February 22, 2014
“Everything was on the up and up,” said an estimator connected with the project.
40 years ago: Fuel shortages, wet weather slowing local construction projects
February 22, 2014
The completion date for the Clinton Dam project had been moved from February to August of 1976.
KU men’s golf tied for 19th
February 22, 2014
Kansas University freshman Chase Hanna carded a 1-under-71 to lead the KU men’s golf team on the first day of the Desert Intercollegiate.
KU tennis wins eighth in a row
February 22, 2014
The Kansas University tennis team defeated Eastern Kentucky, 6-1, on Friday to extend its season-opening victory streak.
Free State’s Campbell leads swim qualifiers at 6A state
February 22, 2014
Free State’s Canaan Campbell turned in the top time in the 500-yard freestyle Friday in qualifying at the state high school swim championships.
KU baseball tops Northwestern in 11
February 22, 2014
Senior catcher Ka’iana Eldredge hit a two-run single in the 11th inning as Kansas University’s baseball team defeated Northwestern, 14-10 in 11 innings, Friday in the Snowbird Classic.
HINU men win
February 22, 2014
Haskell’s men’s basketball team snapped an eight-game losing streak, and the Indians earned a 106-99 double overtime victory over Central Baptist on Friday.
HINU women roll
February 22, 2014
Haskell Indian Nations University women’s basketball team extended its winning streak to three games with a 58-35 victory against Central Baptist (Ark.) Friday.
Firebirds’ Sullivan, Skwarlo sign track letters of intent
February 22, 2014
Free State High seniors Bailey Sullivan and Stan Skwarlo both took unique paths to get where they are in their track careers. Now they are headed to Division-I programs. Both runners held their signing day ceremony on Friday afternoon in the Free State library.
Letter: Anger management
February 22, 2014
How very sad that the place we send our children to learn, where they can learn not only facts but also how people deal with problems, is now elaborating on how to hit children!
Letter: Offensive proposal
February 22, 2014
This latest proposal to legalize discrimination against gays by allowing business to deny them goods and services is so blatant and offensive that Kansas has got not just the attention of the other states and the federal government, but even nations in Europe and other civilized societies. They are asking “What in the world is happening in the land of the formerly free?”
Democratic leader says Brownback wants Gray-Little gone; governor’s office says he does not
February 22, 2014
Senate Democratic Leader Anthony Hensley of Topeka said Friday that Gov. Sam Brownback is trying to pressure Kansas University Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little out of her position. Brownback’s office denied the allegation, as did the chairman of the Kansas Board of Regents. “It is the role of the Kansas Board of Regents to evaluate the performance of university leadership. Neither the Governor or anyone on his behalf are working to remove the chancellor,” said Brownback spokeswoman Sara Belfry. By Scott Rothschild
Letter: What next?
February 22, 2014
Is our Kansas Legislature the gift that keeps on giving or what! Usually the Republican majority utilizing its “Duck Dynasty” mentality provides the ridiculous, the absurd and the unbelievable in right wing, Koch brothers dogma. Now a Democrat, Gail Finney from Wichita, has come up with a new bill, (House Bill 2699) for consideration to reinstate “spanking” up to ten  “strikes” of the hand on a child (by teachers, caregivers or parents,) vicious enough to leave “marks” (bruising and redness) which would restore parental rights and promote “discipline” on the child.
Opinion: Climate change anything but settled
February 22, 2014
I repeat: I’m not a global warming believer. I’m not a global warming denier. I’ve long believed that it cannot be good for humanity to be spewing tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. I also believe that those scientists who pretend to know exactly what this will cause in 20, 30 or 50 years are white-coated propagandists.
Saturday Column: How does tie to ‘crazies’ impact Lawrence’s image?
February 22, 2014
Lawrence attracted national and world attention this week not for the excellence of numerous academic programs at Kansas University, not for programming at the Dole Institute of Politics, not for the nationally ranked KU basketball team, Haskell Indian Nations University, the unique and successful Lawrence Community Shelter or for many other assets of the community.
History alone not enough to sustain two AME churches
Merged congregation counts on youth, universal message for strong future
February 22, 2014
In the late 1800s tiny Lawrence was home to two thriving AME churches whose congregations, at times throughout the years, numbered in the hundreds. After membership dwindled, St. James in North Lawrence closed and merged with St. Luke in East Lawrence, where a small but lively congregation now looks to ensure it’s solidifying the church’s future. By Sara Shepherd
Around and About for Feb. 22
February 22, 2014
A list of accomplishments by area residents.
KU softball wins twice
February 22, 2014
Kansas University’s softball team posted a pair of victories Friday, 4-3 in 10 innings over Southern Illinois-Edwardsville, and 9-1 over Southeastern Louisiana in five run-ruled innings at the Jackson State Tournament.
Kansas legislators funding government from road fund
February 22, 2014
Over the past five years, Kansas legislators have taken more than $1 billion from the State Highway Fund to pay for other functions of state government. And in the current and next fiscal years, Gov. Sam Brownback is calling for a transfer of another $527 million. Legislators commonly refer to the fund, overseen by the Kansas Department of Transportation, as the “bank of KDOT.” By Scott Rothschild
100 years ago: Leading singers pulled from KU Glee Club just minutes before concert
February 22, 2014
“Three of the girls had not made their grades and could not appear in the concert.”
LHS boys win Sunflower League bowling title
February 22, 2014
The Lawrence High boys bowling team did not leave any doubt about whether it was worthy of repeating as Sunflower League champion Friday at Mission Bowl N’ Olathe.
Chiefs GM Dorsey: Tag use unlikely
February 22, 2014
Chiefs general manager John Dorsey says he does not anticipate using the franchise tag to keep one of the team’s free agents, something they’ve done each of the past three seasons.
Royals sign seven to one-year deals
February 22, 2014
The Kansas City Royals have agreed to terms with seven players not yet eligible for arbitration on major-league contracts, including third basemen Mike Moustakas and Danny Valencia.