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Local MMA fighter defends title
May 4, 2014
Lawrence mixed martial arts fighter Zak Bucia defeated Mauricio Alonso to defend his Dragon House welterweight title belt Saturday.
Big inning dooms KU softball, 8-0
May 4, 2014
Kansas University and Texas battled through four-plus innings of a low-scoring pitchers’ duel Sunday. Then the wheels fell off for the Jayhawks.
Tigers complete sweep of K.C.
May 4, 2014
Justin Verlander finished off a miserable weekend for the Kansas City Royals.
Bill Self wants to watch NBA, not coach it
May 4, 2014
Eleventh-year Kansas University coach Bill Self, who emphatically denied interest in filling any of the NBA’s coaching openings at Friday’s DeBruce Center dedication outside Allen Fieldhouse, did acknowledge being a follower of the pro game Friday on 610 radio. By Gary Bedore
Column: Kansas quarterback six-pack hurts stability
May 4, 2014
No factor has played a bigger role in the cellar-dwelling than a failure to recruit the right quarterback, develop him the right way and put him in the right offense. By Tom Keegan
Political strategist details Democrats’ resurgence in 1990s
May 4, 2014
Political strategist Al From told a Lawrence audience at the Dole Institute of Politics Sunday that Republicans must drift closer to the center of the political spectrum to regain the presidency, much like he helped the Democrats do in the 1990s.
Dogs have their moment in the sun at annual disc-dog competition
May 4, 2014
Kat darts after a bright orange disk, zooming 50 yards before leaping into the air and snagging it between her teeth. Without hesitation, she turns around and takes off, pumping her short legs to get back to her owner as quickly as she can. The 3-year-old Australian Shepherd was one of 33 dogs that participated in the yearly Skyhoundz Disk Championship on Sunday afternoon in South Park. By Nikki Wentling
Jayhawks complete sweep of Texas Tech with seventh consecutive victory
May 4, 2014
Sunday’s 4-1 victory over Texas Tech marked the Kansas University baseball team’s seventh win in a row and helped the Jayhawks sweep back to back conference foes — KU took three from Baylor last weekend — for the first time since 1994. Senior hurler Frank Duncan pitched a complete-game, five-hitter to pick up the victory and sophomore second baseman Colby Wright remained red hot at the plate. By Matt Tait
Opinion: Ethics about character, not fear
May 4, 2014
Why did you do it?” The movie opens with that question. In response, Jayson Blair makes a joke. “This one again,” he mutters, rolling his eyes in mock consternation at the predictability of it.
FSHS baseball trips BVN
May 4, 2014
Jacob Pavlyak hit a two-run single in a three-run fourth inning, and Ryan Cantrell and Casey Hearnen combined on a six-hitter as Free State defeated Blue Valley North, 3-1, on Saturday in high school baseball.
Duffy tough, Smyly better in Tigers’ win
May 4, 2014
Danny Duffy did exactly what the Kansas City Royals wanted him to do.
Outnumbered Veritas track battles
May 4, 2014
Teri Huslig just started practicing for the triple jump this week for the first time in more than a year. The senior at Veritas Christian looked like a savvy veteran at the Veritas Invitational on Saturday. By Bobby Nightengale
KU track picks up 17 event victories
May 4, 2014
Kansas University’s track-and-field team tuned up for the Big 12 Outdoor Championships by picking up 17 event victories on Saturday at the Ward Haylett Invitational.
Kansas softball rips UT
May 4, 2014
Kansas University softball snapped out of a nasty offensive slump and ended a pair of losing streaks in the process.
Illinois prep Brunson considering Kansas
May 4, 2014
Kansas University, which landed blue-chip basketball point guard Devonte’ Graham on Friday, has emerged as one of eight finalists for Jalen Brunson, a 6-foot-1 junior point guard from Stevenson High in Lincolnshire, Ill. By Gary Bedore
Point taken: KU baseball sends message with 6-4 win
May 4, 2014
When Kansas University’s baseball team hit the field Saturday for Game 2 of its series against No. 19 Texas Tech, the Jayhawks knew they had an opportunity to make a statement about whether they belong in the NCAA Tournament. By Matt Tait
Top 10 Academic All Stars for 2014
May 4, 2014
Each year since 1997, the Lawrence Journal-World has sponsored the Academic All Stars competition to showcase the best and brightest graduating seniors from Lawrence and surrounding communities. The students are nominated by their counselors and principals, including both public and private schools. Take a look at the top 10 nominees from this year.
Nominees for Academic All Stars for 2014
May 4, 2014
All Stars students are nominated by their counselors and principals, including both public and private schools. The applications are then reviewed by a team of judges and the top 10 are then selected based on their school transcripts, scholastic honors and achievements, extracurricular activities, community involvement, and an essay they are asked to submit.
Class of 2004: Where are they now?
May 4, 2014
Ten years ago, the 2004 Academic All Star team included students with a diverse set of interests, from literature buffs to political junkies; aspiring artists and future doctors.
You are the role models’
May 4, 2014
The most important thing students heading off to college can do to ensure their success is to make time and room in their lives for the things that are truly important.
Empathy makes a champ
May 4, 2014
In a field full of high achievers with straight A’s on their transcripts and long lists of academic and civic accomplishments, it takes something special to stand out as the all-around academic all star of the year. And Thomas Westbrook of Bishop Seabury Academy did just that.
25 years ago: Lawrence sewer system to grow west of town
May 4, 2014
The plan was initiated to prepare the way for a proposed golf course and housing west of Wakarusa Drive.
40 years ago: Woodlawn parents fight for return of behavioral program
May 4, 2014
Some parents said they were considering transferring their children to a different school.
High school pianist wins highest award at YoungArts Week
May 4, 2014
Sixteen-year-old Chaeyoung Park recently won the highest award in classical music at YoungArts Week in Miami.
How former Jayhawks fared in NBA playoff games of May 3
May 4, 2014
Here’s a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA playoff games of Saturday, May 3.
Roadwork: Construction planned this week
May 4, 2014
Construction projects listed are now available in a map format at http://lawks.us/construction-map.
Wolf pack: Women filmmakers come together to mentor youths
May 4, 2014
When most new organizations first get together, they vote on a committee, draft some policies and have meeting after meeting to decide what to do next. WOLF didn’t do that. It started by making an original short-film anthology.
Behind the Lens: Photography from another dimension
May 4, 2014
Over 140 years before the 3-D movie “Avatar” played in area theaters, 3-D had already reached Lawrence.
Kansas City Connection: Celebrating jazz, BBQ and booze
May 4, 2014
People’s associations with Kansas City often begin with barbecue and end with booze. On the other hand, when you’re really, really good at something, why not take a little pride in it?
KU Symphonic Band, Wind Symphony to perform shared concert
May 4, 2014
The University of Kansas Symphonic Band and Wind Symphony will perform a shared concert at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 6 at the Lied Center.
Opinion: Prairie fire asserts its power
May 4, 2014
A thick fog of smoke filled our valley, drifting eastward from grass fires in the Flint Hills. It was a tribute to the magnitude of that annual enterprise, a tradition that goes back to the days of Indians and buffalo and is in conflict with today’s concerns about pollution and global warming. When we began restoring native grass to our farm over ten years ago, we were warned that the day might come when burning would be forbidden. The practice is supposed to revitalize the grass and knock back invasive weeds and trees. But unruly fires and noxious smoke are at odds with the priorities of encroaching suburban settlers.
Editorial: Money trail
Local taxpayers deserve a full accounting of how their local economic development dollars are being used.
May 4, 2014
Lawrence and Douglas County officials are asking some valid questions about how the community’s economic development dollars are being spent.
Local artist’s photography featured at Kauffman Foundation
May 4, 2014
The Kauffman Foundation is displaying work by multimedia artist Tim Forcade as the featured artist through June 30.
Vandalism reported in Lawrence as graduation week approaches
May 4, 2014
As graduation week approaches, Lawrence police say they’re hearing of vandalism incidents that appear to be high school pranks. But they also warn that such pranks can cause significant damage and lead to serious arrest charges. By Peter Hancock
Disqualified candidates for KU student government won most of the votes
May 4, 2014
The dispute over Kansas University’s student body election has gained a second life after an unofficial set of results showed the disqualified Jayhawkers coalition won a solid majority of the student vote. The Student Senate Elections Commission had initially released figures for the election showing that the Grow KU coalition had won the president and vice president spot and most Senate seats. By Ben Unglesbee
As KU grad students negotiate hours and benefits, some look to union
May 4, 2014
A long dormant union for graduate students at Kansas University is drawing new interest after teaching assistants and other grad student workers worry about a possible cut to their hours, which the university had considered as a way to adapt to healthcare reform. Others say they can have a voice without unionizing. Next week the university will hold forums for grad students to discuss the work hours and benefits. By Ben Unglesbee
Lawhorn’s Lawrence: Waking up the turkeys and waking up with nature
May 4, 2014
There’s a bright moon above, dark outlines of a hedge row in the distance, and an abiding thought: Thou shall not wake up the turkeys. By Chad Lawhorn
100 years ago: Still no clues in KU Athletic Department burglary
May 4, 2014
“The robber knew what he wanted and where it was to be found.”
Eudora mother shares story of son’s injuries to help others
May 4, 2014
Braxton Bottoms dashed around the living room, taking breaks every now and then to smirk at his mom, his wavy gold locks flopping across his forehead. He played with a Batmobile toy, until he got bored with it. He dumped out a box of crayons, then tripped over them. He was acting like a typical 18-month old boy: full of energy, clumsy, a little hyperactive. It’s hard to imagine he’s the same boy in the cellphone pictures his mom, Brandi, shows a few minutes later: In them, Braxton has burn marks on his face, his head shaved so doctors could treat his wounds. It’s harder still to imagine anyone letting that happen to him. Bottoms, however, is telling this story in the hopes she can prevent someone from going through similar agony. By Giles Bruce
Letter: Role models
May 4, 2014
The April 26 Saturday Column was excellent in that it recognized several dedicated Kansas University leaders. It is very rewarding when a leader can be humble and dedicated. My acquaintances Del Shankel and Dave Ambler are both an inspiration. A “hello” and sincere smile from Del Shankel can make your day!