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After All-American freshman season, Mike Lee excited to tackle prom

After passing summer classes last year, Kansas safety Mike Lee finalized his decision to enroll early at KU. Lee, reclassifying from the 2017 class, graduated early and opted to skip his senior year of high school. That meant he had an earlier start to his collegiate career, ... Continue reading

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Mighty Tamales to open; help paint a mural; golf classes for youths; students earn seats on honor band; school recognized for character education

"And more." Those are the final two words Kristy Buster is adding to the Mighty Tamales restaurant that she and her husband are opening in the former Cosmic Inn, 601 10th St. in Eudora. The two-word postscript means the restaurant will offer much more than the tamales ... Continue reading

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Signs of life: Peyton Bender showing why David Beaty had so much confidence in him

*In 2016, a rebuilding Kansas football team put a far more sound defense on the field than it did the year before, in head coach David Beaty’s first season. Still, KU’s offense couldn’t produce enough first downs or scoring drives to keep the Jayhawks competitive for much ... Continue reading

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Lawrence police blotter for April 28

Listed below is the majority of Lawrence police activity within the last 24 hours. Each afternoon the Lawrence Police Department releases a list of officer activity. This call blotter spans from 6:02 a.m. Thursday to 5:54 a.m. Friday and includes 192 incidents. Each listing gives a date, ... Continue reading

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Six defensive ends go in first round of NFL draft, a reminder of Dorance Armstrong’s NFL potential

All the intrigue centered on quarterbacks in Thursday’s compelling first round of the NFL draft, with the Chiefs trading up to select project Patrick Mahomes II, two picks before the Texans moved up to take born winner Deshaun Watson. That carried the day, but on the undercard ... Continue reading

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KU student election results now final: 56.7 percent said no to proposed Union renovation

University of Kansas spring election results are now — finally — final, and margins shared by the KU Student Senate Elections Commission show that almost 57 percent of students said no to adding a 30-year, $50-per-semester fee to pay for a $45 million Kansas Union renovation. Voting ... Continue reading

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Officials remain tight-lipped regarding case of body found in burning car

More than a month after a body was found inside a burning vehicle near Clinton Lake, deputies are not releasing any information about the incident. When asked about details of the investigation, whether the death was considered suspicious or if the body had been identified, Douglas County ... Continue reading

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Did the school district’s 2013 bond issue stay within its budget? A look at what voters were told then and now

When it comes to budgets, I know the one in my household works best when it is written in pencil. However, I’ve maybe picked up a few other pieces of budget knowledge over the years as I’ve covered a variety of governmental budgets in Douglas County. That’s ... Continue reading

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Royal reading

If you’re like me and are still in a post-"Downton Abbey" funk brought on by the gut-wrenching series finale, you may have heard about the recent ITV and PBS Masterpiece program "[Victoria][1]," based on the [bestselling novel by Daisy Goodwin][2], which appears in many ways to serve ... Continue reading

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The problem with sales taxes

The Kansas Legislature's top tax analyst tried to explain something to lawmakers Thursday that many people are still trying to get their heads around: Why, at a time when there is modest but measurable inflation in the retail sector, is Kansas not seeing similar growth in retail ... Continue reading

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Sheriff’s office will collect unused or unwanted drugs this weekend at two locations

Most every home has a medicine cabinet, cupboard or shelf. And in most every case that I've seen those areas are sorry sights to behold. You know the look. Orange prescription bottles everywhere. Bottles of cold and flu medicine left green and sticky because the last time ... Continue reading

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Signs of life: Former Alabama WR Daylon Charlot as good as advertised for KU

*In 2016, a rebuilding Kansas football team put a far more sound defense on the field than it did the year before, in head coach David Beaty’s first season. Still, KU’s offense couldn’t produce enough first downs or scoring drives to keep the Jayhawks competitive for much ... Continue reading

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Lawrence police blotter for April 27

Listed below is the majority of Lawrence police activity within the last 24 hours. Each afternoon the Lawrence Police Department releases a list of officer activity. This call blotter spans from 6:14 a.m. Wednesday to 3:51 a.m. Thursday and includes 283 incidents. Each listing gives a date, ... Continue reading

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The worse the conditions the better for KU’s gritty golfers

Many who never took up golf cling to the false notion that it takes no toughness to play it. Some even maintain it’s not a sport because it doesn’t feature contact with other humans. Anyone who thinks that should watch the best Kansas golf team since 2000 ... Continue reading

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An old-fashioned food cart files plans to locate in East Lawrence; look for more activity on former Sunrise Garden site

You know it is a good time of year when there is talk of needing a wagon to hold all the food. That’s the case in East Lawrence right now. Plans have been filed to allow an old-fashioned produce wagon to set up shop in the neighborhood. ... Continue reading

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New KU PG Charlie Moore resembles recent part-time Jayhawk

Maybe it was just the name playing tricks on my brain or it might’ve been the sly smile and smaller frame. Either way, the first person who came to mind when I began looking into new Kansas point guard Charlie Moore was none other than Nic Moore. ... Continue reading

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Nick Collison not ready to retire just yet

Thirteen-year NBA veteran Nick Collison isn’t going anywhere. Well, at least he doesn’t plan to call it a career just yet. The former Kansas star said Wednesday, less than 24 hours removed from Oklahoma City’s first-round playoff loss to Houston, he doesn’t intend to retire — a ... Continue reading

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Brownback: ‘No reason’ St. Francis hospital should close

Saying there is at least one, and possibly more companies negotiating to buy the troubled St. Francis Health Center in Topeka, Gov. Sam Brownback said Wednesday there is "no reason" that hospital should close later this year. "We now have a buyer — at least one, we ... Continue reading

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Signs of life: Expect an upgrade in KU’s depth and production at running back

*In 2016, a rebuilding Kansas football team put a far more sound defense on the field than it did the year before, in head coach David Beaty’s first season. Still, KU’s offense couldn’t produce enough first downs or scoring drives to keep the Jayhawks competitive for much ... Continue reading

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A look at 21st-century Jayhawks selected in NFL draft

The NFL draft starts Thursday night and concludes Saturday, by which time it is likely that for the seventh time in the 21st century, no Kansas player will be selected, unless safety Fish Smithson is snagged with a late-round pick. Sixteen Jayhawks have been selected this century. ... Continue reading

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