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Mourning Lions ousted at O-East
March 8, 2014
If you’re looking for a turning point in seventh-ranked Olathe East’s 83-74 Class 6A boys baskeball sub-state championship victory over No. 5 Lawrence High on Saturday night, look no further than the early stages of the second quarter.
Ailing Firebirds fall at Wichita SE
March 8, 2014
Free State’s offense couldn’t keep up with Wichita Southeast’s quick guards in a 72-57 sub-state loss. By Bobby Nightengale
Wizards sign Gooden again
March 8, 2014
Forward Drew Gooden was signed to a second 10-day contract by the Washington Wizards.
City teen breaks national swimming record
March 8, 2014
Lawrence native Michael Andrew broke the national record in the 100-yard breaststroke for the 13-14 year old age group Friday in the Speedo Champions Series sectional meet at Jenks, Okla.
Area basketball roundup: Eudora boys advance to state
March 8, 2014
Andrew Ballock scored 23 points, brother Mitchell added 18, and Austin Downing chipped in 16 as Eudora hammered Osawatomie, 78-53, to claim a trip to the Class 4A Div. II state boys basketball tournament.
Seabury boys fall short of state
March 8, 2014
The Bishop Seabury Academy boys basketball team’s season ended with a 42-33 loss to Olpe on Saturday in a Class 2A sub-state championship game at Mission Valley.
Seattle tops Sporting K.C. on late goal, 1-0
March 8, 2014
Once the scrum subsided, a visitor made his way over to Chad Barrett in the Seattle locker room after an introduction that could not have been more dramatic for the home side. “That,” Sounders majority owner Joe Roth joked, “is why we brought you here.” Barrett scored off a wild scramble in the penalty area in the final moments of second half-stoppage time to give Seattle a 1-0 victory over defending champion Sporting Kansas City on Saturday in the Major League Soccer opener.
Baker wrestler wins NAIA title
March 8, 2014
Baker University freshman Bryce Shoemaker became the school’s first wrestling national champion, winning the 133-pound title on Saturday at the NAIA Championship.
KU tennis loses at Tulsa, 6-1
March 8, 2014
The 33rd-ranked Kansas University tennis team lost to No. 19 Tulsa, 6-1, on Saturday.
KU softball wins pair in Florida
March 8, 2014
Kansas University sophomore shortstop Chaley Brickey hit her second and third home runs of the weekend in a pair of KU victories Saturday at the Under Armour Showcase.
Ramirez lifts Brewers past Royals
March 8, 2014
Aramis Ramirez hit a three-run double in the first inning on the first pitch he saw this spring, and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Kansas City Royals, 7-6, on Saturday.
Kansas baseball rally falls short vs. Stanford
March 8, 2014
Kansas University’s baseball team fell behind by five runs against Stanford on Saturday and couldn’t complete a comeback in a 5-4 loss.
Arts Center annual benefit to auction highly valued Burroughs artwork
March 8, 2014
Featuring 150 art works, this is one of its largest visual arts events and the primary funding source for the Arts Center’s exhibitions program. If that isn’t already enough to put one on edge, a piece by this year’s featured artist, William S. Burroughs, is valued higher than anything they have ever tried to auction in the past.
Roadwork: Construction planned this week
March 8, 2014
Construction projects listed are now available in a map format at http://lawks.us/construction-map.
The Tonganoxie Split: Myth lacks scientific backing but remains intriguing mystery
March 8, 2014
If many people ever truly believed in the Tonganoxie Split, it’s a good bet that number dropped on May 11, 2000. That’s when — instead of being waylaid by any natural terrain or old Indian curses — a tornado twisted through the little Leavenworth County town, causing $2.1 million in damage to more than 200 homes. Anymore, the Split is generally accepted as folklore instead of a weather phenomenon. By Sara Shepherd
Lawhorn’s Lawrence: The changing tune of a retailer
March 8, 2014
After more than 50 years in the Lawrence music business, John Kiefer’s memories are full of sweet sounds — and one ugly one that spurred a career. By Chad Lawhorn
Bob Huggins: Juwan Staten best PG in country
March 8, 2014
West Virginia junior point guard Juwan Staten of Dayton, Ohio, sat down with his father last summer to discuss goals for the upcoming season. Staten made becoming a unanimous first-team all-conference pick and Big 12 player of the year honors two of his primary goals. By Tom Keegan
Notebook: Joel Embiid to visit specialist in California
March 8, 2014
Kansas University freshman center Joel Embiid was to fly to Los Angeles Sunday and visit a back specialist on Monday morning, coach Bill Self confirmed to the Journal-World after the Jayhawks’ 92-86 loss to West Virginia on Saturday at WVU Coliseum. By Gary Bedore
Column: Kansas not so dynamic without freshman duo
March 8, 2014
Even on a day Andrew Wiggins totaled 41 points, eight rebounds, four blocked shots and five steals, he needed another superior talent, fellow freshman Joel Embiid, for KU to knock off a hungry West Virginia team that played a terrific game. By Tom Keegan
West Virginia unwelcoming to Andrew Wiggins, Jayhawks
March 8, 2014
Fans in the state where Kansas University freshman Andrew Wiggins played high school basketball booed him and/or chanted “USA, USA” in derision pretty much every time the Canadian sensation touched the ball on Saturday at WVU Coliseum. He didn’t quite get the last laugh, as the Mountaineers beat the Jayhawks, 92-86. By Gary Bedore
School finance ruling may add more weight to standardized test scores
March 8, 2014
Standardized test scores have long been used as a yardstick for holding public schools accountable for the funds they receive. But after a Kansas Supreme Court ruling Friday in a school finance lawsuit, test scores may also become the standard for holding the Kansas Legislature accountable for providing suitable funding for public schools. By Peter Hancock
Overland Park man arrested on suspicion of drug, gun offenses outside nightclub
March 8, 2014
Lawrence police arrested a 32-year-old Overland Park man on suspicion of felony drug and gun charges early Saturday morning outside a nightclub.
Possible late Friday rape being investigated
March 8, 2014
Lawrence police are still investigating a reported rape that allegedly occurred late Friday at an apartment in the south-central area of Lawrence.
Baylor overwhelms KU women in Big 12 quarterfinal, 81-47
05:11 p.m., March 8, 2014 Updated 05:55 p.m.
Kansas couldn’t duplicate the magic from its biggest win of the season. The Jayhawks trailed Baylor by just a point at halftime on Jan. 19 before dominating the second half and winning by 16. In the rematch Saturday, the ninth-ranked Lady Bears led by 26 at the break and routed Kansas 81-47 in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 tournament.
Andrew Wiggins named Wooden Award finalist
March 8, 2014
Kansas University men’s basketball freshman Andrew Wiggins was named to the final John R. Wooden Award Ballot, announced Saturday by The Los Angeles Athletic Club on ESPN’s College GameDay.
Higher ed funding increase, all-day kindergarten may be in jeopardy in light of school finance decision
March 8, 2014
A legislative fix to inequities in school funding could negate proposals to increase funding to higher education and all-day kindergarten, Republican legislative leaders say. By Scott Rothschild
Foul play not suspected after body found near Kansas River
10:47 a.m., March 8, 2014 Updated 02:28 p.m.
Lawrence police do not suspect foul play in the death of a 44-year-old Lawrence man whose body was found near the Kansas River Saturday morning.
Lawrence police make arrest after early morning homicide; victim identified
09:21 a.m., March 8, 2014 Updated 02:44 p.m.
Lawrence police arrested a 29-year-old Lawrence man on suspicion of first-degree murder in connection with the early morning shooting death of a 39-year-old man at his apartment. By Stephen Montemayor
FSHS girls fall in sub-state final
March 8, 2014
Two months ago, Free State High’s girls basketball team was just fighting to stay competitive in games. They fell just short of a trip to the state tournament on Friday night. The Firebirds trailed by four points with under five minutes remaining in the game before going cold from the field in a 48-39 loss to Manhattan in the Class 6A sub-state finals at Manhattan High. By Bobby Nightengale
KU track champs invited to White House
March 8, 2014
The Kansas University women’s track and field team, which earned the program’s first national title in June at the NCAA Outdoor meet, will be honored by President Barack Obama on Monday at the White House.
KU softball splits twinbill at USF
March 8, 2014
Sophomore shortstop Chaley Brickey’s first-inning home run started a string of nine straight runs for Kansas University in its eventual 9-3 victory over host South Florida on Friday at the Under Armour Showcase.
KU men wrap up Big 12 regular season at WVU
March 8, 2014
Maybe more impressive than the Kansas University basketball team’s domination at home during the 11-year Bill Self era is KU’s 65-25 record in Big 12 enemy arenas heading into today’s regular-season finale against West Virginia. By Gary Bedore
KU geographer challenges Kansas’ “flattest state” reputation
March 8, 2014
Jerry Dobson, a Kansas University professor of geography, knew well the perceptions of the state’s fabled endless plains. But he also guessed that Kansas is not the flattest state in the country, so he set out to prove it. By Ben Unglesbee
Eudora cruises past K.C. Ward
March 8, 2014
Mitchell Ballock poured in 21 points to lead Eudora High’s boys basketball team past Kansas City Ward, 75-45, on Friday night in a Class 4A-II sub-state semifinal.
Lions, Firebirds hit road with state trips on line
March 8, 2014
Lawrence High’s boys basketball players kept it loose in practice on Friday. They needed a day to rest both physically and mentally after beating Gardner-Edgerton, 62-45, in the first-round of Class 6A sub-state on Thursday and hearing that assistant coach Kermit Aldridge had a turn for the worse in his battle with cancer. Now, a win away from a state tournament appearance, they want to re-energize.
Giants’ Lincecum baffles Royals
March 8, 2014
Tim Lincecum pitched three strong innings, and Hunter Pence homered as the San Francisco Giants beat the Kansas City Royals, 5-0, on Friday.
Letter: Read the bill
March 8, 2014
In a letter published on March 5, Rep. Brett Hildabrand objects to Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger’s characterization of his proposed legislation, House Bill 2553, the Health Care Compact. Hildabrand says that Commissioner Praeger’s statement that this legislation would allow the state to use Medicare dollars to support other state functions is “patently false.”
Letter: Play applauded
March 8, 2014
My husband and I attended the opening night of “Other Desert Cities” and were wowed. Theatre Lawrence is to be applauded for starting important conversations with their current production. What we witness on stage is the impact on each member of a family of long-held secrets. The outstanding performances by each of the five actors prompts laughter, tears and reflection. Both the excellent acting and the story invite reflection on our own experiences in our own families.  
Seabury reaches sub-state final
March 8, 2014
Thomas Uhler scored the game-winning basket with 1.5 seconds left to lift the Seabury boys basketball team over Mission Valley Friday in the sub-state semifinal matchup.
Opinion: Putin has weak adversary in Obama
March 8, 2014
Vladimir Putin is a lucky man. And he’s got three more years of luck to come. He takes Crimea, and President Obama says it’s not in Russia’s interest, not even strategically clever. Indeed, it’s a sign of weakness.
25 years ago: Commissioners fail to approve beer license for new Kwik Shop
March 8, 2014
Representatives from Kwik Shop argued that the licensing ordinance was not applied equally throughout the city.
100 years ago: Former Kansas governor offers prize to best child-raising city
March 8, 2014
“An effort to win the $1000 prize offered by Gov. Stubbs is to be made in the city of Lawrence.”
How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of March 7
March 8, 2014
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Friday, March 7.
40 years ago: Plans discussed for East Lawrence community center
March 8, 2014
The organizing group was seeking views from such agencies as Penn House and the Ballard Center.
Saturday Column: Voters must look at facts, not promises, in 2014
March 8, 2014
The next seven months are going to be an extremely rough-and-tumble period in both the national and state political scenes.