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Clock ticking and money running out as lawmakers break for four-day weekend

Kansas lawmakers left the Statehouse Thursday for a four-day Memorial Day weekend with a lot of work still waiting to be done — and with money to keep the legislative session going quickly running out. Lawmakers had budgeted for a 100-day session this year, and Thursday marked ... Continue reading

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Frank Mason’s 3-point shooting key to upward-trending draft stock

In 2013, Frank Mason III showed up at the University of Kansas as a 5-foot-11, 185-pound freshman and, given the lack of recruiting buzz around him, a bit of an afterthought. At the time nobody other than Mason envisioned the quiet, compact point guard from Petersburg, Va., ... Continue reading

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Lawrence police blotter for May 26

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 6:36 a.m. Thursday to 5:20 a.m. Friday and includes 294 incidents. Each listing gives a date, ... Continue reading

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Area leaders seek re-election; input sought on museum plan; pools to open; American Legion holiday observance

Leaders of Douglas County’s three smaller communities have made clear their intentions of remaining in office. The mayors of Eudora and Lecompton made their re-election bids official in the last week by filing with the Douglas County Clerk’s Office, while Baldwin City Mayor Marilyn Pearse said she, ... Continue reading

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Kansas baseball season gasping for air

David Kyriacou's smash to the warning track died in the Texas right fielder Austin Todd's glove at about midnight. The Kansas baseball season didn't die with it, but listening on the radio, it was difficult not to draw that conclusion. Kansas can still salvage its season with ... Continue reading

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KU names new vice provost of faculty development

'Tis the season for new administrative appointments at the University of Kansas. Here’s another one, which KU just announced this week. Professor J. Christopher Brown will be KU’s new vice provost of faculty development beginning July 1. Brown, who’s been at KU since 2001, has joint appointments ... Continue reading

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Recent fuss over potential KU-Mizzou reunion in Big 12/SEC Challenge much ado about nothing

Thursday, the college basketball world on both sides of the Kansas/Missouri state line became a little more fired up than it normally is in late May. See, [Thursday was the day when the folks at ESPN announced the match-ups for the 2018 Big 12/SEC Challenge][1] — 10 ... Continue reading

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Lawrence tied for tops in the state for population growth; most Kansas communities continue to shrink

While many parts of Kansas continue to see population declines, Lawrence is tied to be the fastest growing community in the state, according to new Census Bureau numbers. From July 1, 2015, to July 1, 2016, a little more than 1,400 people moved to Lawrence. The city ... Continue reading

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Summer Beach Reads 2017

Last year, [we put together a list][1] of some of our most anticipated summer releases to enjoy whether you’re vacationing in the Caribbean or in your own living room. This year, we have even more unconventional beach reads that will transport you to exotic locales and introduce ... Continue reading

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Local author’s new novel reimagines a classic

While taking literature classes through high school, many of us had to read canon staples from the likes of Dickens and Steinbeck, despite how jarring it can seem to approach something like "[Great Expectations][1]" when you’re fourteen years old. Emily Brontë’s "[Wuthering Heights][2]"— a title which my ... Continue reading

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Lawrence police blotter for May 25

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 6:33 a.m. Wednesday to 5:46 a.m. Thursday and includes 274 incidents. Each listing gives a date, ... Continue reading

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Joel Embiid re-imagined as ‘Game of Thrones’ character in new video

If you ever wondered what former Kansas big man Joel Embiid would look like in George R. R. Martin’s fictional world of Westeros, you now have your answer — in cartoon form at least. Finally, after four seasons worth of parodies, BleacherReport’s NBA-meets-“Game of Thrones” mash-up is ... Continue reading

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Kansas baseball fighting for postseason life at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark

Nothing sharpens an athlete's focus in quite the same manner as a game with sudden-death implications. Even though the Big 12 tournament is a double-elimination format, a loss for Kansas in its first-round game vs. TCU would have dealt a serious blow to the Jayhawks' NCAA tournament ... Continue reading

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Mason says goodbye in Players’ Tribune tribute to KU

By now, you all know the story of former Kansas standout Frank Mason III. From how his rough upbringing to his failed government class to that showcase in Vegas where assistant coach Kurtis Townsend first saw him and, of course, through his incredible KU career that left ... Continue reading

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Why Svi Mykhailiuk’s decision to stay at Kansas is an even bigger deal than some may think

While most people I talked to, both in our business and others, eventually came to believe that Kansas junior Svi Mykhailiuk would stay in the NBA Draft and skip his senior season at Kansas, nearly everyone I talked to seemed to think that Svi’s return to Kansas, ... Continue reading

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Handful of 3-star recruits include Kansas football on their shortlists

Early on in head coach David Beaty’s third season at the University of Kansas, the football program continues to make strides on the all-important recruiting front. Over the course of the past several days, Beaty and his staff learned four different prep prospects and one junior college ... Continue reading

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Lawrence police blotter for May 24

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 7:18 a.m. Tuesday to 5:49 a.m. Wednesday and includes 290 incidents. Each listing gives a date, ... Continue reading

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Improvement running and defending run will mark true progress

Slow growth tends to equate to real growth even though it can be frustrating for fans of the Kansas football program who have endured seven consecutive seasons of three or fewer victories. Two statistical indicators will be worth watching to see if the Jayhawks are in the ... Continue reading

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4 arrested on suspicion of vandalizing downtown buildings with anti-Trump graffiti

Early this morning I heard the likeness of President Donald J. Trump made an appearance downtown. More specifically, I heard someone went on a graffiti spree and spray-painted Trump's head throughout the area. So I went on a scavenger hunt. As of late Wednesday morning I found ... Continue reading

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Group concludes state universities are falling behind in Title IX investigations, need more money for staff

A year ago — inspired in part by one state university filing a court brief against another in a Title IX-related lawsuit — the Kansas Board of Regents ordered a work group to create more uniformity in the way schools address Title IX. The work group, made ... Continue reading

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