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Column: Tarik Black brings passion to Big 12 tournament
March 13, 2014
Players can’t view a conference tournament like a breather before the NCAAs. Tarik Black knows it better than anyone on the Kansas roster because he’s played in more of them than anybody. By Tom Keegan
Victim ‘remains hospitalized’ following throat stabbing at Lawrence Community Shelter
09:39 p.m., March 13, 2014 Updated 09:39 p.m.
Lawrence Police detectives are investigating a stabbing call this afternoon at the Lawrence Community Shelter.
Notebook: Joel Embiid’s father says center will return ‘soon’
March 13, 2014
Joel Embiid’s dad, Thomas, says he believes his injured son will play in the 2014 NCAA tournament. By Gary Bedore
No doubt: Andrew Wiggins explodes for 30 points in OT win over Oklahoma State
March 13, 2014
Andrew Wiggins has sensed some gloom and doom — outside of Kansas University’s basketball locker room — regarding the Jayhawks’ chances of making a deep run in the NCAA Tournament without injured big man Joel Embiid. The freshman scored 30 points off 9-of-17 shooting to prove KU can win without its starting center. By Gary Bedore
City explains, defends proposed rental licensing program at public forum
March 13, 2014
A proposed, citywide rental licensing and inspection program is still not universally loved, but it is one step closer to winning Lawrence City Commission approval. By Chad Lawhorn
Jamari Traylor makes up for miscues with hustle plays vs. OSU
March 13, 2014
Thursday’s 77-70, overtime victory by the Kansas University basketball team over Oklahoma State in the Big 12 tournament served as the stage for arguably the most Jamari Traylor night of any the Jayhawks have had all season. By Matt Tait
Officials OK Westar’s $43.6 million rate increase for transmission costs
March 13, 2014
The Kansas Corporation Commission on Thursday approved a $43.6 million increase in Westar Energy electric rates.
Davis says state needs to come up with $129 million for schools; Republicans have not committed to dollar amount
March 13, 2014
House Democratic Leader Paul Davis on Thursday called on the Legislature and Gov. Sam Brownback to restore $129 million to schools to satisfy a Kansas Supreme Court order to equalize funding for poor school districts. By Scott Rothschild
Cowboys: Jayhawks just as good without Joel Embiid
March 13, 2014
Even though his presence would have added a 7-foot shot-blocker in the paint who averaged 11 points, eight rebounds and blocked 72 shots during the regular season, Oklahoma State senior Markel Brown said he would rather have seen Kansas University’s Joel Embiid on the floor during the Cowboys’ 77-70, overtime loss to KU in Thursday’s Big 12 tournament quarterfinal match-up at Sprint Center. By Matt Tait
KU mourns French professor who died of cancer
March 13, 2014
Samira Sayeh, who was a KU associate professor of French and Francophone studies, died of cancer in February at the age of 44. Her work explored the language, literature and culture of the French-speaking world, focusing largely on North African and sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and the Caribbean.
Kansas house panel advances opt-in sex education bill
March 13, 2014
A Kansas House committee has advanced a bill requiring parents to give written permission for their children to receive sex education in public schools.
Lawrence St. Patrick’s Day Parade a time for fun — and a time to give back
March 13, 2014
The annual Lawrence St. Patrick’s Day Parade is a time for fun and celebration but also a time to raise funds for local charities. By Giles Bruce
House committee recommends institute for KU
March 13, 2014
A House committee on Thursday approved a higher education budget that includes $2 million for a proposed institute at Kansas University to develop new treatments for diseases. By Scott Rothschild
Two KU deans announce they will leave their posts
March 13, 2014
John Gaunt, dean of the School for Architecture, Design and Planning for the past 20 years, said today he would step down as dean in 2015. In a simultaneous university release, Mary Ellen Kondrat, dean of the School of Social Welfare since 2006, announced she would retire this year. By Ben Unglesbee
Kansas legislators mull live broadcast bill
March 13, 2014
Various political groups, colleagues and media associations are voicing support for a bill that would allow audio and video from the Kansas Statehouse to go live on the Internet.
Kansas University Honor Roll for fall 2013
March 13, 2014
Approximately 4,620 undergraduate students at Kansas University earned honor roll distinction for the fall 2013 semester.
Embiid’s dad says son’s injury ‘not serious,’ expects him to play at some point in NCAAs
Thomas Embiid says decision on NBA to come ‘soon’ after the end of season
March 13, 2014
Joel Embiid’s dad said he thinks his son will play again this season.
5 tips for monitoring speech development in toddlers
March 13, 2014
Learning to talk is a huge milestone for every child and an exciting time for parents and guardians. It can also be a source of frustration for children and parents when a child does not progress with language and speech.
Today in Lawrence: Priceless ceramics, rental licensing forum, Ladysmith Black Mambazo
March 13, 2014
Priceless ceramics at the Spencer Museum, a public forum on rental licensing in Lawrence, and Ladysmith Black Mambazo at Liberty Hall.
Notebook: KU aware OSU seed doesn’t match talent
March 13, 2014
Kansas University coach Bill Self says he can never remember a No. 8-seeded team in a conference tournament as talented as 21-11 Oklahoma State. By Gary Bedore
Column: Brannen Greene has potential to spark KU in postseason
March 13, 2014
Talk centers on superstars in advance of big games. But sometimes, a stealth bomber sneaks in below the chatter and swings the contest in favor of his team. It could be anybody and it’s impossible to predict. So I ask myself over and over: Why do I think freshman Brannen Greene could be that guy today? Column by Tom Keegan
Oklahoma State trounces Texas Tech, sets up KU rematch
March 13, 2014
The basketball rims at Sprint Center looked a little larger than normal to Oklahoma State senior guard Markel Brown Wednesday night, as his 20 points helped the Cowboys dispose of Texas Tech, 80-62, in the first round of the Big 12 Men’s Basketball Championship. The on-court landscape, Brown hopes, will continue to shift in Oklahoma State’s favor today, when the eighth-seeded Cowboys (21-11) face top-seeded Kansas University (23-8) for the third time this season. By Benton Smith
Jayhawks: No change in goals with Embiid out for Big 12 tourney
March 13, 2014
Injured Kansas University center Joel Embiid spent some of Wednesday’s Big 12 tournament practice “jacking around,” according to KU coach Bill Self, but the freshman big man will not play in the tournament. KU will open its postseason with Tarik Black in the starting lineup when the Jayhawks face Oklahoma State at 2 p.m. today. By Gary Bedore
FSHS lineman gathers D-I offers
March 13, 2014
Free State High junior Scott Frantz played a large part of his football team’s success on offense last year. Plenty of Division-I colleges took notice.
City bowlers earn league honors
March 13, 2014
Five bowlers from Lawrence High and two from Free State were recognized for postseason league honors.
Our Town Sports (March 13)
March 13, 2014
Here’s a look at Our Town Sports for March 13.
Chiefs add LB Mays, lineman Linkenbach
March 13, 2014
The Chiefs made their first moves after a quiet start to free agency, signing linebacker Joe Mays and offensive lineman Joe Linkenbach on Wednesday while confirming the signing of defensive back and special teams standout Husain Abdullah.
Royals’ Ventura impressive
March 13, 2014
Yordano Ventura struck out six in 4 1/3 innings, and Salvador Perez hit a two-run home run, leading the Kansas City Royals to a 3-1 win over the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday.
25 years ago: Fundraising to begin for Lied Center construction
March 13, 2014
The $13 million performing arts center was scheduled to be up and running by 1992.
40 years ago: District court employee must bring baby goat to work
March 13, 2014
The goat had been orphaned shortly after its birth.
100 years ago: City street-paving contract will employ Lawrence men
March 13, 2014
“Word that outsiders were to be brought in aroused a storm of protest.”
Editorial: Legislative logic?
Even when they are trying to address specific legislative priorities, KU officials’ requests for funding continue to fall on deaf ears in the Kansas Legislature.
March 13, 2014
Kansas University officials must be a little puzzled by the reaction they are getting from state legislators.
Opinion: Gun policies ignore common sense
March 13, 2014
A few words about Nathan Entingh’s hand gun. Meaning, you should understand, not a gun you hold in your hand, but rather, the hand itself, thumb cocked and index finger extended to resemble a pistol. One afternoon late last month, Entingh, who goes to school in Columbus, Ohio, was goofing off in science class when he raised such a “hand gun,” pointed it at another kid’s head, and said, “Boom.” Not a good thing to do and Entingh, who is 10, should certainly have been reprimanded. Instead, he was suspended for three days. His father, Paul, says he’s been told that if it happens again, the next suspension may be permanent.
Opinion: Compromise in Ukraine unlikely
March 13, 2014
It’s still possible to imagine a fuzzy, face-saving compromise in Ukraine: Crimea would have a new, quasi-autonomous administrative status blessed by Moscow and Kiev. The problem is that few analysts think Russian President Vladimir Putin will swallow this diplomatic pill.
Trail Mix’ celebrates 20 years on air with special St. Patrick’s Day concert
March 13, 2014
KPR’s “Trail Mix” is celebrating its 20th anniversary at Liberty Hall this Sunday night, March 16, at 7:30, with a St. Patrick’s Day concert featuring singer-songwriter Ashley Davis and fiddler Liz Carroll.
Ladysmith Black Mambazo spreading peace 50 years later
March 13, 2014
Performing from their latest album, “Always With Us,” at Liberty Hall today, members of Ladysmith Black Mambazo bring their messages of peace to Lawrence on a tour (and album) dedicated to founder Joseph Shabalala’s wife, who was shot and killed by a masked gunman in 2002.
Off the Beaten Plate: Candied Cabbage Salad at Mariscos
March 13, 2014
Off the Beaten Plate’s first-ever featured salad is St. Patrick’s Day-perfect, and the kind of dish that might even convert professed cabbage-haters.
9 unusual solutions for sticky situations
March 13, 2014
It’s happened to everyone: You’re halfway through scrubbing your kitchen or about to do a quick spot cleanup and realize you’ve run out of whatever cleaning product you need to get the job done. Now you’ve got to make a special trip to the store. Fret not: Your kitchen and bathroom are already full of items that can fill in and clean up most messy situations. By Nadia Imafidon
Fix-It Chick: How to install window blinds
March 13, 2014
Installing mini-blinds is an easy way to update the look of any room, add privacy and increase energy efficiency.
Garden Variety: Time to plant potatoes
March 13, 2014
St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, so we know it is time to get our seed potatoes in the ground. Actually any time from mid- to late-March is fine for potato planting.
Style Scout: Neal Barbour
March 13, 2014
Describe your style: Cultivated fashionable logger.
Style Scout: Asia Leeks
March 13, 2014
Fashion trends you hate: I dislike guys in skinny jeans very much. It’s really annoying.
Mrs. Mass.: Treat yourself to ‘me time’ with bloom
March 13, 2014
Every year around this time, as spring approaches, life seems to pick up the pace, wouldn’t you agree?
NASA selects Lawrence business to develop high-altitude drone
March 13, 2014
A Lawrence small business has been chosen by NASA to develop a drone for high-altitude air sampling missions. The unmanned air vehicle is envisioned to provide data for earth science programs at NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, with other possible missions including military or civilian surveillance, cell and GPS services, package delivery to remote locations, wildfire monitoring and wildlife and crop surveys. By Sara Shepherd
The Fashion Column Twins: Head into spring with layered looks
March 13, 2014
Just because it still feels like winter outside doesn’t mean you can’t start breaking out the quintessential spring colors we all know and love. I think we speak for everyone when we say it’s difficult to transition from winter clothes to light, airy spring clothes complete with vibrant colors and feminine prints.
How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of March 12
March 13, 2014
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of Wednesday, March 12.
KU basketball coaching tree flourishing
March 13, 2014
It has been a banner year for college basketball coaches with strong ties to Kansas University, none more so than former Jayhawk great and assistant coach Danny Manning. Manning, Tulsa’s second-year coach, was voted Conference USA’s Gene Bartow Coach of the Year on Wednesday