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Drew Gooden claims he snuck into White House to play basketball

Former Kansas star Drew Gooden is known in the NBA for a couple of things: rebounding and his unique sense of humor. The 34-year-old Washington power forward showed off the latter of his defining characteristics when bombarded by a TMZ video camera in Los Angeles. Gooden, while ... Continue reading

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Lawrence Libations: Grape Drank at Frank’s North Star Tavern

We literally drank the Kool-Aid — and vodka, naturally — in this month’s Lawrence Libations. Frank North Star Tavern’s signature “drank” involves plenty of the two, but also mixes in soda water to keep things from getting too sugary sweet. And, because summer’s almost here and also ... Continue reading

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Latest restaurant inspection results show violations in Lawrence, Baldwin City

It seems restaurant inspectors branched outside of Lawrence a bit more than normal for the most recent batch of visits checking for health code violations. For the first half of May — and a bit into the second half (sorry, I was out of town) — a ... Continue reading

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Tinsley Tracker: Following KU catcher Michael Tinsley’s chase for .400

Junior catcher Michael Tinsley's chase for .400 took a pretty big hit on Tuesday night, when he finished 0-for-3 during [the Jayhawks' 7-6 loss at Wichita State.][1] Tinsley, who has been in a bit of a mini-slump since watching his average climb above .400 in the final ... Continue reading

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Is a new, red, Jayhawk-themed helmet in the works for KU football?

Recruiting news, be it on the basketball front or the football trail, always seems to drum up serious interest from fans of Kansas University athletics. And this week certainly has provided plenty of excitement. Second-year KU football coach David Beaty and company landed three oral commitments from ... Continue reading

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Break time: KU basketball irrelevant in NBA Draft lottery for first time since 2009

Think back for a minute, if you will, to the summer of 2009, when Barack Obama was in his first year in the White House, the swine flu was causing a panic throughout the United States, the world said goodbye to Michael Jackson and the Kansas basketball ... Continue reading

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Cupcake and ice cream chain to open in west Lawrence; local economic development leader resigns

I’ve been wondering what that odd feeling is every time I drive by the small retail center near the northeast corner of Sixth and Wakarusa. Now, I know. It is my cholesterol count preparing for what’s to come. How’s this for a line up: Burgers and barbecue ... Continue reading

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La Parrilla to debut new food truck soon

La Parrilla’s signature rice bowls, tacos and burritos are hitting the streets soon. Subarna Bhattachan, co-owner of the [longtime Latin American restaurant][1] at 724 Massachusetts St., expects to unveil the new La Parrilla food truck, dubbed "La Parrilla on Wheels," about two or three weeks from now. ... Continue reading

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Lawrence math teacher continues success on reality competition show ‘Strong’; watch party to be held on Thursday

In case you haven’t been following along, the Lawrence algebra teacher who took part in a competitive reality show is still in the running after six episodes. Liberty Memorial Central Middle School algebra teacher [Brittany Harrell-Miller recently took part in the reality show "Strong."][1] The show premiered ... Continue reading

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Police: Gun threat at Lawrence High School spurs investigation, search

The Lawrence Police Department has four school resource officers split between the town's high schools and middle schools. Each is tasked with educating students, acting as a problem solver whenever possible and, of course, enforcing the law. Monday morning, two resource officers — and an additional six ... Continue reading

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One 23rd Street restaurant closes, another opens, with elaborate dishes including something called an Avocado Bomb

I’m no expert, but I do know that balance is important in the cultures of the Far East. That is why if I have a pound of rice on the right side of my plate, I always strive to have a pound of noodles on the left ... Continue reading

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Kansas Rep. Schwartz stepping down; competition heats up in Senate races

**Rep. Sharon Schwartz**, R-Washington, a 20-year veteran of the Kansas House and former chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee, has announced she will not seek re-election to her 106th District seat this year, a move that could clear the way for former Rep. Clay Aurand of Belleville ... Continue reading

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Registration now open for summer camps at Prairie Park Nature Center

If you’d like your child to get some outdoor exercise this summer, the Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department has some options coming up. The Prairie Park Nature Center will hold weekly summer adventure camps beginning in June. The camps include various themes, such as fishing, canoeing and ... Continue reading

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The bite-sized sci-fi vignettes of ‘From Now On’

We’ve all heard the cautionary advice, “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” And sure, there’s a lot of truth to that. On the other hand — being judged is totally what book covers are for. My resistance to this old adage has been validated time and ... Continue reading

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Cheick Diallo thanks fans in letter announcing decision to turn pro

Hey, everyone. You’ll never believe this. Cheick Diallo is entering the NBA Draft. This obviously isn’t news [at this point][1], but we do have Diallo’s somewhat official statement on the matter as of Monday afternoon. The big man who spent one season at Kansas tweeted out a ... Continue reading

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Stock watch: Wayne Selden’s knee injury not helping 2nd-round status

When Wayne Selden Jr. opted to undergo a procedure to fix a [“small” meniscus tear][1] in his right knee, it meant the junior shooting guard from Kansas wouldn’t be able to, you know, play basketball at the NBA Draft Combine. Theoretically, Selden could have helped his draft ... Continue reading

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Political satirist Barry Crimmins to film comedy special in Lawrence next month; Louis C.K.’s Pig Newton to produce

Well, comedy fans, here's a spot of sunny news for you on a rainy day: Barry Crimmins, the veteran political satirist and activist who "won hearts" during last year's Free State Festival with his critically acclaimed documentary "Call Me Lucky," returns to Lawrence next month — this ... Continue reading

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Bill Self sends video message to young fan in hospital

Bill Self is a popular and busy man around Lawrence, but the Kansas basketball coach doesn’t mind taking some time to boost the spirits of a young fan. A short video message from Self began making the rounds on Facebook Monday. The coach wished a bleated happy ... Continue reading

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Say something nice about Kansas football: On Cajun Country recruiting

Only five schools from the state of Louisiana compete in the Football Bowl Subdivision: LSU, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana Monroe, Louisiana Tech and Tulane. Only one of those five schools, LSU, is a member of one of college football’s Power Five conferences. The SEC is recruiting the state of ... Continue reading

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New Italian/Mexican restaurant coming to Lawrence; opening date set for Popeyes fried chicken

Think of the possibilities: tacos with breadsticks and marinara; chicken parmesan with chips and salsa. I know it sounds like an impossible dream, a world where you can have your cake and eat it too (maybe with queso dip,) but I assure you it is not. Instead, ... Continue reading