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

One day after going hitless for just the second time since April 5, KU catcher Michael Tinsley returned to the hit column in KU's series finale at Kansas State. Tinsley, who actually made four plate appearances [in Sunday's 8-5, rubber-match loss to the Wildcats,][1] recorded an RBI ... Continue reading

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Great moments from KU graduation 2016

Kansas University’s annual commencement ceremony is always a festive event, from the graduates gathered pre-ceremony on Memorial Drive to the proud families in the stands at Memorial Stadium. Here’s a roundup of a few great graduation day (and weekend) moments, as spotted on social media. https://www.instagram.com/p/BFb4m2nv3qi/?tagged=kugrads *** ... Continue reading

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

KU catcher Michael Tinsley’s quest to finish the season above .400 took a blow and a break on Saturday in Manhattan. Tinsley, who was removed late in the game for some extra rest heading into Sunday’s huge series finale, was part of [a KU offense that struggled ... Continue reading

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

The Kansas baseball team picked up a huuuuuuge [Game 1 victory at Kansas State on Friday night,][1] riding the strong pitching of senior ace Ben Krauth to victory. Junior catcher Michael Tinsley managed one hit in four official at-bats and helped the KU offense do just enough ... Continue reading

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Cheick Diallo proves at combine he belongs in NBA Draft

Kansas basketball head coach Bill Self, who basically doubles as the general manger, president of basketball operations, CEO, guru, etc. of the program, has told the Lawrence Journal-World’s Gary Bedore on multiple occasions he didn’t expect KU big man Cheick Diallo to return and play for the ... Continue reading

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Naismith’s original rules of ‘Basket Ball’ freshly installed, now on view at KU’s DeBruce Center

Kansas University’s DeBruce Center is now truly complete: James Naismith’s original rules of “Basket Ball” — the high-profile acquisition for which the building was constructed — are installed and on display. The building opened to the public a few weeks ago and the rules were put in ... Continue reading

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OU president David Boren taps the brakes on Big 12 expansion talk

Leave it to Oklahoma president David Boren, to date the loudest and most adamant opinion sharer in the Big 12 expansion saga, to flip this thing on its head the other direction. Talking with reporters on Thursday in Norman, Oklahoma, Boren gave a very feet-on-the-ground, rooted-in-reality indication ... Continue reading

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Topeka-based bank opening branch in downtown Lawrence; city’s rental inspection program operating at a deficit, but finding lots of violations

I know I’ve tagged along on a few downtown shopping trips where it would be useful to have a bank on every block. Well, we’re getting a bit closer to that in downtown Lawrence. A Topeka-based bank is opening its first Lawrence branch, and it has chosen ... Continue reading

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Signup extended for Lawrence school district’s summer band camps

If you missed the signup for the Lawrence school district’s summer music instruction programs, you’re in luck. Deadlines for all three district programs have been extended until May 25. For beginners, the summer novice program is open to students entering fifth and sixth grades. Students entering seventh ... Continue reading

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Play with Trump-like themes set to open at Eagles Lodge

If the titular antagonist of Card Table Theatre’s “The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui” reminds you of a certain colorful self-described-billionaire turned presidential candidate, you’re not alone. Similarities to Donald Trump, both in rhetoric and coiffure, are easy to recognize in Ui, a Chicago gangster doubling as ... Continue reading

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Memorial Drive reconstruction project, other summer road closures start Monday on KU campus

If you can find a spot, Memorial Drive is one of the best places to park on the Kansas University campus, I think. Assuming you’re trying to get somewhere on Jayhawk Boulevard, it’s halfway up the hill. Plus it’s peaceful, shady and offers a view of Marvin ... Continue reading

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Exploring “Trace: Memory, History, Race, and the American Landscape”

Take a few moments to trace your history. Now trace the history of the place you call home. Following threads of memory, you’ll discern more than one version of your past. You probably have had more than one home, each of which has different versions of its ... Continue reading

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Brownback again rated least popular governor in the nation

TOPEKA — A [new poll released Thursday][1] by the media and technology firm Morning Consult shows Republican Gov. Sam Brownback with only a 26 percent approval rating, making him the least popular governor in the United States. The nationwide survey of more than 66,000 registered voters in ... Continue reading

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Five Jayhawks who helped themselves the most during spring football

It’s been a few weeks since the end of Kansas football coach David Beaty’s second round of spring football, but there’s still plenty to sort through in terms of what we heard and learned from the players and coaches this spring. As the years have gone on, ... Continue reading

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Wayne Selden and Georges Niang trading jabs on Twitter

When former high school teammates get together, it doesn’t take long for some shenanigans to break out — even at the NBA Combine. With Kansas guard Wayne Selden Jr. and Iowa State forward Georges Niang both in Chicago for this week’s pre-draft combine, it only makes sense ... Continue reading

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RG Fiber to install gigabit ‘backbone’ in Eudora as Baldwin City connections continue; progress made on downtown Eudora brewery

Eudora residents can look for RG Fiber to start installing the backbone of a system that will provide that community with gigabit Internet service within a few weeks. RG Fiber CEO Mike Bosch said all is ready for the installation of the backbone along 12th Street and ... Continue reading

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Frank Mason III one of top candidates for Big 12 Player of Year next season

Perhaps it is far too early to claim Player A will beat out Player B and Player C for some college basketball award that will be handed out 10 months from now. Maybe we should save such discussions for weeks before the season starts, instead of months. ... Continue reading

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TV sets, as much football programs, fueling Big 12 expansion talk

Let’s face it. By now we all know that any talk about [Big 12 expansion][1] or even conference realignment as a whole throughout college athletics is focused on one thing — football. Taking that one step further, however, leads to the conclusion that, really, this whole thing ... Continue reading

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Lawrence industrial plant files plans for expansion; Lawrence No. 2 in the country for new college graduates, despite economy questions

There is a theory that cardboard boxes are a bellwether of the economy. Indeed, there was that time we had lots of boxes on Christmas morning, and then I briefly ended up living in a box after the credit card statement arrived. But today I have news ... Continue reading

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Brownback predicts GOP voters will rally around Trump

TOPEKA — Republican Gov. Sam Brownback predicted Wednesday that GOP voters will eventually rally around Donald Trump in the upcoming presidential race in the same way people sometimes rally around military leaders during a national crisis. “It’s not unlike times in the past where a military leader ... Continue reading