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Column: Frankamp shows maturity at Oklahoma
January 8, 2014
It never pays to give up on a player talented enough to warrant a scholarship offer from Bill Self, Kansas University’s 11th-year basketball coach, because he never gives up on a player who tries to practice what he preaches. The smart ones figure that out. The immature ones play their way to the end of the bench, even out of the program. Put Conner Frankamp in the first group. By Tom Keegan
Notebook: Embiid dons goggles after eye injury
January 8, 2014
Joel Embiid’s vision was hindered a bit by the goggles he wore to protect a swollen left eye on Wednesday in Noble Center. By Gary Bedore
Good talk: Selden responds to Self’s challenge in win at Oklahoma
January 8, 2014
Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self chose Wednesday’s day-of-the-Oklahoma game shoot-around to tell one of his prize freshmen, guard Wayne Selden, to look for his shot more in games. Selden’s career-high 24 points led the Jayhawks in a 90-83 win at Oklahoma. By Gary Bedore
Cold stretch dooms KU women in 52-50 loss to TCU
10:17 p.m., January 8, 2014 Updated 12:02 a.m.
Kansas University’s women’s basketball team went scoreless for nearly 5 1/2 minutes late in a 52-50 loss to Texas Christian on Wednesday.
Jayhawks’ offensive explosion negates Clark’s big night
January 8, 2014
Despite tying a career-high with 32 points on 10-of-18 shooting, Oklahoma senior forward Cameron Clark and his teammates walked away with a 90-83 home loss to Kansas Wednesday night. By Matt Tait
Safe room to protect Bishop Seabury Academy students, staff
January 8, 2014
New locker rooms at Bishop Seabury Academy will also double as “safe rooms” in the event of natural disasters such as tornadoes. The reinforced concrete walls and ceiling are built to withstand an F-5 tornado like those that devastated Greensburg in 2007. By Peter Hancock
Lawrence school district reports 41 gallons of gas in two vans went missing
January 8, 2014
The Lawrence public school district, USD 497, filed a police report Tuesday believing 41 gallons of gas had been siphoned from two of its vans sometime over winter break, according to Lawrence police.
Heritage grants used to leverage other funds
January 8, 2014
In three years, Douglas County has awarded Heritage Conservation Grants totaling $834,050. But those grants have helped bring in nearly twice that much in additional money from other funding sources for local preservation projects. By Peter Hancock
Friends, colleagues celebrate Fred Pawlicki’s career
January 8, 2014
Friends and colleagues celebrated Fred Pawlicki’s career and retirement at Lied Center Pavilion event. Pawlicki served in a string of administrative jobs at Kansas University, the most recent of which was the executive director of KU Continuing Education. By Ben Unglesbee
Couple publishes national Civil War website from Lawrence
January 8, 2014
Don and Norma Pierce publish civilwartraveler.com, a website of event listings, essays and photography related to Civil War history across the country, from their Lawrence home. By Stephen Montemayor
Lawrence wants to study private development on downtown parking lots
January 8, 2014
City commissioners are reviewing a report that considers how private developers could build on the public parking lots that line sections of Vermont and New Hampshire streets without creating a shortage of public parking downtown. By Chad Lawhorn
Group urges Kansans to ‘pass on pop’
January 8, 2014
Could you pass on pop for a year? What if it were just one day a week? A children’s advocacy group is signing up Kansans to take a Soda-Free Sundays pledge and to “Pass on Pop” each Sunday through 2014. By Sara Shepherd
Douglas County legislators oppose repeal of mortgage registration tax
January 8, 2014
Douglas County legislators Wednesday spoke against a move to repeal the mortgage registration tax, saying it would shift more of the tax burden onto property taxes. By Scott Rothschild
Hutchinson lawmaker questions anti-discrimination clause
January 8, 2014
A Kansas lawmaker has questioned why a state agency included sexual orientation in an anti-discrimination clause for safe houses for victims of human trafficking.
Lawrence’s Davis raises $1M for Kansas governor’s race
January 8, 2014
Democratic challenger Paul Davis raised a little more than $1 million in cash contributions in less than five months for his campaign to unseat Republican incumbent Sam Brownback in the Kansas governor’s race.
Unemployment benefits briefly delayed in Kansas
January 8, 2014
The Kansas Department of Labor says some technical difficulties have delayed unemployment benefits.
Brownback nominates senator from Lindsborg to KCC
January 8, 2014
Gov. Sam Brownback has nominated of Sen. Jay Emler, R-Lindsborg, to the Kansas Corporation Commission, the governor’s office announced.
One dead in two-vehicle crash near Kansas Turnpike’s Lecompton exit
08:30 a.m., January 8, 2014 Updated 04:30 p.m.
One person died in a two-vehicle crash this morning near the Kansas Turnpike’s Lecompton exit.
How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Jan. 7
January 8, 2014
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Tuesday, Jan. 7.
FSHS boys struggle on offense, fall to SM East
January 8, 2014
Shawnee Mission East challenged Free State High’s boys basketball team to make jump shots as the Lancers played a zone for the majority of the game. The Firebirds couldn’t answer the bell as they struggled shooting the ball in a 52-44 loss on Tuesday night. By Bobby Nightengale
Fouls plague FSHS girls in 38-34 loss to SME
January 8, 2014
For stretches in the second half against Shawnee Mission East on Tuesday night, Free State High’s girls basketball team had to play without its top two scorers — freshman Madison Piper and senior Scout Wiebe — because of foul trouble. Despite losing their offensive power, and despite Wiebe’s disqualifying fifth foul with more than two minutes remaining, the Firebirds had a chance to win the game in the final seconds. By Bobby Nightengale
Seabury girls, boys beat McLouth
January 8, 2014
Reilly Malone had 10 points and nine rebounds, and Seabury Academy’s girls basketball team defeated McLouth on Tuesday night.
Veritas girls, boys lose to Centerplace
January 8, 2014
The Veritas Christian Eagles girls basketball team (4-4) dropped its first game back after winter break with a loss to Centerplace on Tuesday.
Big 12 coaches honor KU runner Buchanan
January 8, 2014
Kansas University junior Reid Buchanan was voted the Big 12 Men’s Cross Country Scholar-Athlete of the Year for the fall 2013 season, the league announced Tuesday. He is the first KU runner to win the award, which is voted on by Big 12 coaches.
Weis helps bid farewell to BCS
January 8, 2014
During his first two seasons as the head coach at Notre Dame, current Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis led the Irish to back-to-back BCS bowl berths in 2005 and 2006. As college football’s BCS era came to a close Monday night with Florida State’s thrilling victory over Auburn, Weis was a part of the BCS fun one last time. Weis joined ESPN analyst Keith Olbermann in studio to break down the game and usher in the NCAA’s new College Football Playoff days. By Matt Tait
KU official: Proposed housing important for basketball recruiting
January 8, 2014
A proposed $17.5 million apartment complex, to be located on the west side of Naismith Drive, will house up to 32 Kansas University men’s and women’s basketball players as well as 34 other students, who will not be athletes and must have at least 30 credit hours, KU associate AD Jim Marchiony confirmed on Tuesday. By Gary Bedore
Harper leading as KU women head to TCU
January 8, 2014
Kansas University senior guard CeCe Harper is no Angel Goodrich, but you might not know that from looking at her stat line. Through 14 games, KU’s starting point guard is the team’s leader in assists (73) and steals (30) and also is one of three players averaging double-figure scoring (10.1) for the Jayhawks (7-7 overall, 0-2 Big 12) who will play at TCU at 7 tonight. By Matt Tait
Red-hot Sooners welcome Jayhawks to Big 12 play
January 8, 2014
Silver Lake native Lon Kruger, who both played and coached at Kansas State, has kept a close eye on Kansas University most of his 61 years on the planet. “They look very good, just like always,” Kruger, third-year head coach of the Oklahoma Sooners (12-2) said of the Jayhawks (9-4), who travel to Noble Center tonight for a 6 p.m. Big 12 Conference battle versus OU. By Gary Bedore
40 years ago: Lawrence children experience first school day with new time change
January 8, 2014
President Nixon had mandated the wintertime switch to Daylight Saving Time.
Opinion: Regents’ policy has a silver lining
January 8, 2014
Several weeks ago, the Kansas Board of Regents adopted a new “social media policy” that authorized university “CEOs” (note the use of a corporate term rather than the official titles of chancellor or president) to “terminate” (a somewhat frightening term evocative of spy thrillers) employees who used social media to communicate messages that fell with a broad spectrum including any message that disrupts “harmony among coworkers” or “adversely affects the university’s ability to efficiently provide services.” The policy was adopted without consultation with state university faculty or staff and over the objection of a number of university senior administrators, including the president of Kansas State University and the chancellor and provost at Kansas University.
Letter: Don’t blame nature
January 8, 2014
Saturday, the Salina Journal reprinted an editorial from the Lawrence Journal-World that addressed the proposal to build an aqueduct that would move water from the Missouri River to western Kansas. The editorial observed that “five years of drought in the western third of the state have taken their toll on the aquifer.”
100 years ago: Department head at KU outlines plans for child welfare
January 8, 2014
“Professor W. A. McKeever, head of the Child Welfare department at the University, this morning made an official announcement of the work of his department.”
Cooking with snow: Maple syrup candy is simple, fun to make
January 8, 2014
If you read Laura Ingalls Wilder’s books as a child, you’ll undoubtedly remember the chapter in “Little House in the Big Woods” where Wilder attends a “sugaring-off” party and they make maple syrup candy in the snow.
Editorial: KU priorities
Amid all the efforts to attract top athletes, is Kansas University keeping enough focus on its academic mission?
January 8, 2014
Although detailed plans for a new $17.5 million apartment building near Allen Fieldhouse haven’t been revealed, it appears Kansas University athletic officials believe they need new and better apartments to house and attract highly recruited athletes.
25 years ago: Court enters not guilty plea for Lawrence transient charged with murder
January 8, 2014
A jury trial was scheduled for March 1989.
Community makes progress toward health goals in 2013
January 8, 2014
The Douglas County Community Health Plan was introduced last year, setting health-related goals for local residents to meet by 2018. So what progress did the community make toward those goals in 2013, and what is in store for the new year? By Giles Bruce