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Seven different QBs have started at least one game for Kansas football since Todd Reesing exhausted his eligibility. Which of Reesing's seven successors — listed in chronological order based on date of first start — has been the best so far?

Poll results

Response Percent
Jordan Webb
Jake Heaps
Montell Cozart
Kale Pick
Michael Cummings
Quinn Mecham
Dayne Crist
Total 1807

Lead stories

12:55 a.m.
Liberty Memorial Central Middle School teacher Mike Wormsley talks to a doctor prior to his kidney transplant Tuesday morning at Kansas University Hospital. Lawrence teachers’ kidney transplant a success
January 14, 2014
After a year and a half of kidney failure, Mike Wormsley finally found a transplant donor: his co-worker at Lawrence’s Liberty Memorial Central Middle School, Scott Forkenbrock. All that was left was the procedure, which went off without a hitch Tuesday morning at Kansas University Hospital in Kansas City, Kan. By Giles Bruce
10:24 a.m.
Lawrence Public Schools Superintendent Rick Doll, pictured in 2010. Doll: Educators support Common Core standards
January 14, 2014
Lawrence Superintendent Rick Doll urged the Kansas State Board of Education to hold firm on the Common Core standards for reading and math, saying they are “widely accepted by educators.” Doll was being recognized by the state board as the Kansas Superintendent of the Year. By Peter Hancock
1:44 p.m.
Kansas University, seen from the air. KU gets $450k Department of Defense grant to study bandwidth efficiency
January 14, 2014
Kansas University has received a $450,000 Department of Defense grant to explore what the lead researcher says will probably be “one of our biggest issues in modern times.” That’s bandwidth, a finite resource with ever-increasing demand. By Sara Shepherd
5:16 p.m.
Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center, 200 Maine, is a nonprofit agency that serves Douglas County. It provides a variety of services that range from helping someone who is in crisis to helping someone with depression or anxiety. Mental health program championed by Bert Nash poised to get federal funding to go nationwide
January 15, 2014
An idea championed by Lawrence’s Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center soon may be going nationwide. The $1.1 trillion budget bill scheduled for a vote by the U.S. House of Representatives today includes $15 million in funding to nationally launch a mental health first aid program that was tested in Lawrence. By Chad Lawhorn
8:24 p.m.
Gov. Sam Brownback delivers his annual State of the State address in the House of Representatives at the Statehouse in Topeka, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014. Brownback's speech outlined his policy priorities for the 2014 legislative session. Behind Brownback are Senate president Susan Wagle and Speaker of the House Ray Merrick. Brownback: Legislature, not courts, should decide school funding
7:43 p.m., January 15, 2014 Updated 9:01 p.m.
Starting a new legislative session during an election year, Gov. Sam Brownback on Wednesday said his conservative Republican policies have helped Kansas climb out of the Great Recession. By Scott Rothschild

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KU women lose at Texas, 70-58
10:31 p.m., January 15, 2014 Updated 12:02 a.m.
The Kansas University women’s basketball team lost to Texas, 70-58, Wednesday in the Frank Erwin Center.
Kansas governor praises ‘Summer of Mercy’ protests
January 15, 2014
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback compared past “Summer of Mercy” anti-abortion protests in Wichita to the abolitionist movement that helped end slavery in a major speech Wednesday night.
Brownback: Legislature, not courts, should decide school funding
07:43 p.m., January 15, 2014 Updated 09:01 p.m.
Starting a new legislative session during an election year, Gov. Sam Brownback on Wednesday said his conservative Republican policies have helped Kansas climb out of the Great Recession. By Scott Rothschild
Brownback outlines his vision in State of the State address
January 15, 2014
Gov. Sam Brownback promised Kansas legislators Wednesday that the tax cuts he championed will spur economic growth and pay for various initiatives, including his all-day kindergarten proposal, saying the policies will build “a state and an economy that works for everyone.”
Man arrested in connection with Sunday armed robbery appears in court
January 15, 2014
Jamal Dominique Pellis, 19 of Lawrence, has been in Douglas County Jail since a Sunday afternoon arrest on suspicion of aggravated robbery, kidnapping and possessing stolen property. On Tuesday, District Judge Michael Malone reduced Pellis’ bond from $50,000 to $20,000.
KU lands $25 million contract to write Common Core tests for Alaska
January 15, 2014
Alaska has joined Kansas in hiring KU’s Center for Educational Testing and Evaluation to develop reading and math assessments aligned to new “college and career ready” standards. The five-year, $25 million contract will be the largest in the university’s history. By Peter Hancock
Lawrence Memorial Hospital concerned about numbers of insured under ACA
January 15, 2014
Lawrence Memorial Hospital continues to deal with the fallout from health care reform. CEO Gene Meyer said Wednesday he is concerned that the Affordable Care Act, the 2010 law often known as Obamacare, won’t provide insurance to as many Americans as was first projected, when hospitals in the U.S. agreed to significant reductions in their Medicare reimbursements. By Giles Bruce
Regents chair refuses to suspend social media policy
January 15, 2014
Kansas Board of Regents Chairman Fred Logan on Wednesday refused a request from a faculty group to suspend the board’s recently approved social media policy. By Scott Rothschild
Regents give approval to proposed apartments near Allen Fieldhouse
January 15, 2014
The proposed $17.5 million apartment building for Kansas University basketball players was endorsed Wednesday by the Kansas Board of Regents. By Scott Rothschild
Mental health program championed by Bert Nash poised to get federal funding to go nationwide
January 15, 2014
An idea championed by Lawrence’s Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center soon may be going nationwide. The $1.1 trillion budget bill scheduled for a vote by the U.S. House of Representatives today includes $15 million in funding to nationally launch a mental health first aid program that was tested in Lawrence. By Chad Lawhorn
Wal-Mart greeter foils would-be shoplifter
01:31 p.m., January 15, 2014 Updated 07:07 p.m.
An unidentified man fled a South Lawrence Wal-Mart Tuesday afternoon after his attempt to make off with more than $600 worth of items was foiled by a greeter, police say.
Kansas transportation officials: Merger with turnpike will save money
January 15, 2014
State highway officials on Wednesday said they have identified $17.2 million in savings since the Kansas Department of Transportation took over the Kansas Turnpike. By Scott Rothschild
Health officials: Influenza widespread in Kansas
January 15, 2014
Kansas health officials say the state is seeing a high number of influenza cases, with three deaths directly attributed to flu since Sept. 1.
How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of Jan. 14
January 15, 2014
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Tuesday, Jan. 14.
Area basketball roundup: Santa Fe Trail girls stay undefeated
January 15, 2014
Jaeden Romine scored 17 points to help keep Santa Fe Trail undefeated at 7-0.
Seabury boys beat Christ Prep; girls lose in final seconds
January 15, 2014
The Seabury Academy boys basketball team improved to 3-0 after coasting past Christ Prep on Tuesday. Freshman Mikey Wycoff netted 24 points for the Seahawks and Jomain Rouser chipped in 15 to join him in doubles figures.
Lawrence girls outsized in loss to SM West
January 15, 2014
The Lawrence High’s girls basketball team knew it would need to limit Shawnee Mission West’s post players in order to come out with a victory on Tuesday night. Instead, LHS’s full-court press couldn’t stop the Vikings from finding their post players for layups or their bigs from grabbing offensive rebounds on the misses as the Lions fell, 57-42. By Bobby Nightengale
FSHS girls stumble early in loss to Leavenworth
January 15, 2014
The first quarter of the Free State High girls basketball team’s 47-33 loss to Leavenworth pretty much decided the outcome. By Matt Tait
FSHS boys team up to beat Leavenworth
January 15, 2014
Free State High’s 69-55 boys basketball victory over Leavenworth on Tuesday night was a classic case of the strength of a team being greater than any one individual. By Matt Tait
Turning point: Roberts, lockdown defense lift LHS boys over SMW
January 15, 2014
Lawrence High sophomore Justin Roberts wasn’t going to watch the LHS boys basketball team lose on his watch. After a disappointing first half that found the Lions trailing by three points, Roberts scored 11 of his game-high 19 points and grabbed three steals in the third quarter as Lawrence beat Shawnee Mission West, 64-50, on Tuesday night at LHS. By Bobby Nightengale
Self: KU’s alternate uniforms will stick around
January 15, 2014
It looks as if the alternate jerseys Kansas University’s basketball players have worn the last two games are turning into permanent jerseys … at least for the remainder of the 2013-14 season. “Because I personally, and our players personally, prefer those to what we have been wearing,” KU coach Bill Self said Tuesday on his weekly ‘Hawk Talk’ radio show, explaining the switch in fashion. By Gary Bedore
Column: Andrew Wiggins starting to put his game together
January 15, 2014
Admit it. You’re starting to understand the fuss over Andrew Wiggins. Even the creative Iowa State student hecklers armed with acidic tongues and strong spirits in Hilton Coliseum conceded as much Monday night as Wiggins covered so much space in the air, moved so quickly on the ground. He stunned them into silence. Column by Tom Keegan
Kansas women look to build off Big 12 win
January 15, 2014
After snapping a three-game losing streak and earning its first Big 12 victory of the season on Saturday against Texas Tech, Kansas University’s women’s basketball team continues a run of five straight games against programs from the Lone Star state tonight at Texas. By Benton Smith
LHS girls bowling wins ONW tri
January 15, 2014
The Lawrence High girls bowling team defeated Shawnee Mission South and Olathe Northwest to win the O-Northwest triangular on Tuesday at Mission Bowl ‘N Olathe.
Bite Sighs: Dine and dash with these toasty pocket sandwiches
January 15, 2014
Well, we made it to the other side of the holiday season. The big parties are over, and all of the guests have gone home. You are now faced with a refrigerator full of leftovers. Get creative and turn boring leftovers into homemade hot pock…, er, toasty pouches! Yeah, that’s a good name.
25 years ago: Babcock Place gets makeover
January 15, 2014
The 16-year-old building had suffered from many exterior and interior problems.
40 years ago: State legislators debate ‘liquor-by-the-drink’ again
January 15, 2014
In 1970, a similar amendment had been defeated by Kansas voters.
Brownback’s state of the state speech broadcast tonight
January 15, 2014
Gov. Sam Brownback’s State of the State address and the Democratic Party response will be broadcast live on television and radio, starting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Lions swimmers 2nd at home tri
January 15, 2014
Nothing against Lawrence High senior swimmer John Eakes, but as classmate Caleb Axlund watched him swim the 200 IM Tuesday at the Lions’ home triangular, Axlund wasn’t convinced Eakes had a first-place finish in him this time. By Benton Smith
Letter: Campaign caps
January 15, 2014
On Jan. 7, Chad Lawhorn wrote the following in his column: “City commissioners back away from previous pay raise proposal, but still boost salaries.”
100 years ago: ‘Dry’ citizens of Lawrence celebrate ‘Prohibition Day’
January 15, 2014
“A number of addresses were made and prayers offered during the day.”
Opinion: Venezuela rhetoric feeds violence
January 15, 2014
The murder of a former Miss Venezuela and her husband in front of their 5-year-old daughter is drawing world attention to the phenomenal rise of crime in Venezuela, and leading many to wonder whether the crime epidemic is at least partly fueled by a government rhetoric that glorifies violence.
Opinion: Coverage reveals media agenda
January 15, 2014
A multiple choice question: Select the scandal(s) that affects the most people and has long-term implications for the country in a time of war, a country with a struggling economy that last month produced the weakest job growth in decades. (According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), nearly 92 million Americans are no longer in the labor force.)
Editorial: Done deal?
Kansas voters may be a little offended at the implication that the governor’s race already has been decided based on early campaign contributions.
January 15, 2014
It’s no secret that money is a major part of any modern political campaign, but it would be sad to think that a candidate’s ability to raise funds is the only thing that matters when it comes to electing local, state and national leaders.