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Downtown spa set to add ‘sensory deprivation tank’; update on Dollar General store for eastern Lawrence

In a household with a 13-year-old son and a 10-year-old daughter, the idea of sensory deprivation sounds appealing. But just what am I willing to do to give my senses a break from the constant odor of Axe Body Spray and the looks of disbelief that I ... Continue reading

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Theatre Lawrence announces 2016-2017 season, including ‘A Chorus Line’ and ‘The Music Man’

To honor its upcoming 40th season, Theatre Lawrence is staging four musicals instead of the usual three, and it will "include two shows that were offered as examples of why the Theatre needed to build a bigger stage," it was announced this week. Theatre Lawrence opened its ... Continue reading

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KU Sports Extra: Josh Jackson Impact and Spring Football Recap

There aren’t any Kansas basketball games for our KUsports.com team to talk about right now, but that doesn’t mean Tom Keegan and Matt Tait have run out of topics for discussion. For one, KU and coach Bill Self received some humongous news this week when the top-ranked ... Continue reading

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High school music festival to take place in Lawrence Thursday

Lawrence will be playing host to a variety of high school musicians on Thursday. The Kansas State High School Activities Association Large Group Music Festival is bringing musicians from across the state to Lawrence to perform. Orchestras, bands and choirs will all perform throughout the day. Orchestras ... Continue reading

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Wheels are turning to create new University Senate standing committee on diversity

Kansas University has an active diversity task force, the "[Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Advisory Group][1]" [created in November by the Office of the Provost][2]. But there are two main problems with it, said University Senate President Mike Williams, who is a representative on the group. One, it’s ... Continue reading

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Paul Pierce makes cameo in Kobe Bryant farewell commercial

Tonight's the night. Kobe Bryant, the man Magic Johnson himself calls the greatest Los Angeles Laker of all time, will play the final game of his legendary NBA career at home in front of what figures to be a star-studded crowd of some of the biggest names ... Continue reading

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Lawrence man faces charges after reportedly making lewd comments to dispatcher

A Lawrence man is accused of falsely calling emergency responders and of having drug paraphernalia after police said he was overly familiar with a dispatcher. The 35-year-old man faces charges of giving a false alarm, interference with a law enforcement officer and possession of a controlled substance. ... Continue reading

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What caught my eye at Tuesday’s open KU football practice

Tuesday afternoon’s two-hour practice, which came three days after the annual spring game, represented our final chance to see the 2016 Kansas University football team until preseason camp. And, at least through these eyes, the 14th session of spring ball offered a much better look at this ... Continue reading

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See proposed facelift for large Massachusetts Street building; Kansas, Lawrence job totals off to slow start

On my desk, you may notice an oversized candy bowl and steel girders to support the weight. Those are leftovers from the days when I was confused about what Lawrence’s M&M Office Supply sold, and what I could get approved on an expense account. Well, that company ... Continue reading

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Lawrence school board vice president’s commentary on Kansas politics gains wide following

Lawrence school board members don’t tend to shy away from commenting about legislation that affects Kansas school districts, but one board member is taking his commentary to a wider audience. Over the past month, school board Vice President Marcel Harmon has written three pieces for the news ... Continue reading

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Peek inside KU football’s open practice

Take a peek inside the Kansas football team’s 14th practice of the spring, on Tuesday, inside Memorial Stadium. The Jayhawks, who practiced in front of fans three days earlier, at their annual spring game, wrap up their offseason allotment of full coaching sessions this week. KU opens ... Continue reading

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Highlights galore: Watch an assortment of Josh Jackson clips

Josh Jackson fever has overtaken the Kansas basketball universe since the No. 1-rated player in the Class of 2016 [tweeted out Monday night his decision][1] to play for the Jayhawks next season. Because the 6-foot-7 wing won’t arrive in Lawrence until the summer and won’t suit up ... Continue reading

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Book launch planned for ‘Transgalactic,’ second novel in trilogy by KU sci-fi grandmaster James Gunn

When I last wrote about Kansas University sci-fi guru James Gunn, he’d just been inducted into the National Science Fiction Hall of Fame at age 92 and was in the middle of writing a trilogy. Gunn, of Lawrence, is professor emeritus of English at KU and namesake ... Continue reading

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John Keats, a man out of time

> “April is the cruelest month, breeding > > Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing > > Memory and desire, stirring > > Dull roots with spring rain. > > Winter kept us warm, covering > > Earth in forgetful snow, feeding > > A little ... Continue reading

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Bill Self wise to continue pursuing one-and-done talents such as Josh Jackson

If you follow Kansas basketball, you’ve surely heard the theory thrown about on social media, internet comment sections, message boards or, you know, in actual in-person conversations. The argument usually goes something like: Bill Self can’t win with these one-and-done college basketball players, so KU should stop ... Continue reading

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Josh Jackson better set up to succeed than previous KU wings

It’s a dangerous and somewhat foolish endeavor to put expectations of any kind on incoming college freshmen, but most of us just can’t help ourselves, can we? Whether you’re talking about the type of insane hype that surrounded Andrew Wiggins — which would’ve been there wherever he ... Continue reading

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Kansas City bar and restaurant chain to open in west Lawrence

I can now officially say there will be moose adventures in west Lawrence, although I’m still unclear on whether I need to continue practicing my moose calls. Regardless, Kansas City-based Blue Moose Bar & Grill indeed will open near Sixth and Wakarusa. For a few months now, ... Continue reading

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Lawrence high schools to host orientations for concurrent-credit college courses

Orientation sessions for students interested in earning college credit while still in high school are coming up next week. If your student is interested, there is still some time to look over available classes or talk with counselors ahead of orientation. Before enrolling with a college or ... Continue reading

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LaQuvionte Gonzalez excited about making KU debut

A transfer from Texas A&M, junior Kansas receiver LaQuvionte Gonzalez says Saturday’s spring game festivities at Memorial Stadium kind of felt like a game day to him. Gonzalez stood out on KU’s offense, snagging six receptions for 115 yards and a touchdown during the scrimmage. “I kind ... Continue reading

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Joe Dineen: Brandon Bourbon meant a lot to program

During Joe Dineen’s freshman season playing football at Kansas, a series of injuries forced the coaching staff to move him to running back, a position Dineen hadn’t played before. One of the Jayhawks who helped Dineen get acclimated at running back was Brandon Bourbon. Dineen, now a ... Continue reading