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Kansas QB Peyton Bender deflects credit for 566-yard passing day

The number is so unusual that it forces you to re-read it to make sure your eyes aren’t messing with you again. Quarterbacks don’t throw for 566 yards every day. In fact, not many at any level ever throw for that many yards in a single game. ... Continue reading

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Lawrence police blotter for Feb. 22

Listed below is the majority of Lawrence police activity within the last 24 hours. Each morning the Lawrence Police Department releases a list of officer activity. This call blotter spans from 6:41 a.m. Tuesday to 5:46 a.m. Wednesday and includes 224 incidents. Each listing gives a date, ... Continue reading

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Another report that shows Lawrence isn’t all that diverse, but Kansas may surprise

No amount of salsa stains on my tie can change this finding: Lawrence is below average when it comes to being culturally and ethnically diverse. The folks at the financial website WalletHub [have put together an interesting report][1] on the most and least culturally diverse cities in ... Continue reading

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An interview with “Unusual Chickens” author Kelly Jones

Chickens with superpowers, a farm full of junk to explore and a series of mysterious typewritten letters are just a few of the wonders within this year’s Read Across Lawrence for Kids title, "Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer," by Kelly Jones. Jones, who recently answered ... Continue reading

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Bill Self on his favorite Brandon Rush memories

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Hang that jersey: A look back at Brandon Rush’s KU career

Former Kansas basketball star Brandon Rush [will have his jersey retired][1] at Allen Fieldhouse Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017, during a halftime ceremony of the Jayhawks’ home game against TCU. A three-time All-Big 12 first-teamer, Rush scored 1,477 points in his three-year college career, which concluded with him ... Continue reading

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Just testing: Smoke on the horizon is from engineers, not a fire

If you're seeing smoke on Lawrence's west side don't panic, engineers say. It's not a fire. Rather, it's an important test of the city's sewage and storm water systems, said Ron Thomann, project manager for TREKK Design Group, the company contracted to do the testing. If that ... Continue reading

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Frank Mason and Josh Jackson shoo-ins for first-team Big 12 honors

Filling out a first-team, All-Big 12 ballot never has been quite the no-brainer that is is this year. You don’t need to look at statistics, mull over any tough decisions or worry that you’re leaving off someone deserving. Try it in your office or wherever you’re having ... Continue reading

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A new cafe with a competitive twist in west Lawrence; an international airport 20 minutes from downtown Lawrence?

Whether you are a dungeon master or just a master of eating cookies, a west Lawrence business has made changes aimed at you. Perhaps you remember in 2015 I wrote of a new business called The Rolling Gnome, a store that sells board games, card games and ... Continue reading

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Former KU teammates Charles Gordon and Aqib Talib reunited with Broncos

Before Kansas football great Aqib Talib made the No. 3 jersey his own in Lawrence, wowing spectators in Memorial Stadium with his prowess in the secondary, Charles Gordon did the same. Donning the very same No. 3 on his chest and back and drawing the adulation of ... Continue reading

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Lawrence police blotter for Feb. 21

Listed below is the majority of Lawrence police activity within the last 24 hours. Each morning the Lawrence Police Department releases a list of officer activity. This call blotter spans from 6:35 a.m. Monday to 4:05 a.m. Tuesday and includes 184 incidents. Each listing gives a date, ... Continue reading

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Light day in House lets freshman lawmakers get some stage time

The Kansas House worked through a handful of mostly noncontroversial bills Monday, giving a few freshman legislators a chance to learn some of the ropes. Whenever a bill comes out of committee, someone from that committee is assigned the task of "carrying" the bill onto the floor. ... Continue reading

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Professor to lecture on Dreamers; free lunch courtesy of CLAS; Allen Fieldhouse as seen through a GoPro on a trombone

Dreamers and their futures here in the United States have been in the news a lot recently, usually more as a collective than individually, it seems. A University of Kansas professor is planning a lecture about the immigrant group Tuesday evening on campus as part of the ... Continue reading

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How Kansas can clinch more than a share of Big 12 title No. 13 on Wednesday night

As everyone reading this surely knows, the Kansas men’s basketball team currently holds a three-game lead over three Big 12 teams with four games to play. That means, with a win Wednesday night, Kansas can clinch at least a share of its 13th consecutive Big 12 title. ... Continue reading

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A whale of a mystery at a Lawrence construction site; $1 million expansion set for west Lawrence office building

I’ll leave it up to each of you to decide whether it is fitting on Presidents Day that I have information of a weird and confusing nature to pass along. A mysterious concrete whale has shown up at a Lawrence construction site. (That sentence would fit in ... Continue reading

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Josh Jackson, America’s most versatile college basketball player

Nearly 30 years ago, when I was covering the UC Irvine basketball beat, I enjoyed getting to know Andy Andreas, a volunteer assistant coach who was convinced he could get the high-scoring Anteaters to play better defense. He quit at the end of the nonconference season after ... Continue reading

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Lawrence police blotter for Feb. 18 to Feb. 20

Listed below is the majority of Lawrence police activity within the last 24 hours. Each morning the Lawrence Police Department releases a list of officer activity. This call blotter spans from 6:17 a.m. Friday to 5:06 a.m. Monday and includes 678 incidents. Each listing gives a date, ... Continue reading

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Lawmakers head into ‘turnaround week’ while waiting for Brownback tax decision

Kansas lawmakers have a big question hanging over their heads as they head toward the midpoint of the session, known as "turnaround" day. The question is, what will Gov. Sam Brownback do with the $1 billion tax bill they just sent him that would reverse many of ... Continue reading

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Baseline View: Jayhawks get another big road win against Baylor

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How close is free agent Mario Chalmers to returning to the NBA?

Mario Chalmers hasn’t appeared in an NBA game since he tore his right Achilles while playing for Memphis nearly a year ago. But the former Kansas star considers his return to the league imminent. During a lengthy interview with [The Summer Podcast][1] this week, Chalmers, currently a ... Continue reading

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