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Royals top Twins, 5-0
April 19, 2014
Jason Vargas began tinkering sometime between the second and third inning, after his pitch count had risen perilously high yet he’d managed to wiggle out of three straight jams. Whatever he did seemed to work.
LHS girls soccer loses, 7-0
April 19, 2014
Lawrence High’s girls soccer team lost, 7-0, to Washburn Rural on Friday night at LHS.
New Veritas football coach ready to get started
April 19, 2014
It takes a lot of dedication to build a football program into a powerhouse. Veritas Christian believes it has found a coach who can make it happen, as the school announced Jon Brown as its new football coach earlier this week. By Bobby Nightengale
KU baseball blanked by OSU, 7-0
April 19, 2014
Oklahoma State broke open a close game with a sixth-run seventh inning and defeated Kansas’ baseball team, 7-0, on Friday night.
KU softball falls to Texas Tech in extras
April 19, 2014
Kansas University’s softball team was one out away from defeating Texas Tech before the Red Raiders rallied for a victory, 9-7, in nine innings on Friday at Arrocha Ballpark.
Olympian-turned-underdog Cantwell victorious in downtown shot put
April 19, 2014
Christian Cantwell, who placed fourth in the shot put in the 2012 Olympics after winning silver in ‘08, has heard he’s over the hill at the still-young age of 33. “I was reading some stuff leading up to this. Everybody was talking about (Ryan) Whiting and (Reese) Hoffa, this and that, and they never once brought my name up. I was like, ‘Damn, did I drop off the face of the earth?’ It was like they forgot about me or something,” an animated Cantwell said after winning Friday’s downtown Lawrence shot put with a throw of 70 feet, 1 inch. By Gary Bedore
Free State girls runners-up in distance medley at Kansas Relays
April 19, 2014
Free State High’s track and field team features some of the top girls middle-distance runners in the state. At most meets, they are their own best competition, so it can be fun to watch when they’re all running together, as they did on the distance medley relay team, Friday at the Kansas Relays at Rock Chalk Park. By Bobby Nightengale
Kansas signee Alexander earns MVP honors at all-star game
April 19, 2014
Kansas University basketball signee Cliff Alexander earned most valuable player honors for the West team during Friday night’s Jordan Brand Classic at Barclays Center in New York City.
Opinion: Wary Obama averted war in Ukraine
April 19, 2014
Has the Obama administration really found the famous “exit ramp” in Ukraine that will provide an eventual diplomatic resolution of the crisis? It looked that way Thursday in Geneva, where seven hours of negotiations produced what Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called “a compromise, of sorts.”
Letter: Needs/wants
April 19, 2014
Let’s take a look at some of the “needs/wants” our city officials have obligated us, the taxpayers of Lawrence, to pay:
Letter: ‘A’ work
April 19, 2014
At the Governance Committee hearing on April 15, Regent Tim Emert chastised the Social Media Working Group by saying “Some place this train got off the tracks. … If any professor gave an assignment and the student came back with something completely different, the grade would not be very good.”
Letter: Term limits
April 19, 2014
We need a drastic change to our state legislature. Over the last several decades, our legislature has consisted of mainly the wealthy or members who are invested in or own state businesses. As a result, too many times, they have voted to protect their own interests.
Letter: Voice for unborn
April 19, 2014
In asking, “Who speaks for voiceless children?” (Journal-World, March 20), Leonard Pitts raises an interesting question. Citing a report on the Florida Department of Children and Families, he describes the abuse leading to the death of 3-year-old Ghanson Debrosse. He then asserts that this case constitutes an indictment against those whose silence allowed it, specifically accusing “abortion foes.”
100 years ago: New auto tax provides funding for road maintenance
April 19, 2014
“A total of 436 auto licenses and 97 motorcycle licenses were issued in this county.”
Saturday Column: Faculty are loyal but concerned about KU’s future
April 19, 2014
As the 2013-14 school year at Kansas University nears an end, what’s the mood across the campus? Are faculty members excited and enthused about the future — their futures as well as the university’s — or are they worried and concerned?