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Svi Mykhailiuk’s European summer experience already off to ideal start

While his Kansas basketball teammates entertain young campers and address their own areas in need of on-court improvements [this summer in Lawrence][1], Svi Mykhailiuk certainly isn’t slacking off during his tour of Europe with Ukraine’s Under 20 national team. In preparation for the Under 20 European Championships ... Continue reading

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Plans for big GoFourth! celebration canceled, but new group plans smaller July 4 festival; fireworks display still set

A rebranded and expanded Fourth of July celebration planned for next month’s holiday has been canceled, but a handful of Lawrence residents are stepping in to save the city’s Independence Day festivities. As the [Journal-World reported][1] back in April, the “bigger, better” community party and fireworks show ... Continue reading

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Say something nice about Kansas football: Faster tempo showing up

Kansas head football coach David Beaty's desire to increase his team's tempo seems to be taking root. Spring practices picked up the pace, and after I spent 45 minutes watching the Jayhawks work with weights Friday, the thing that stood out most was how swiftly it all ... Continue reading

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New lawmaker to be seated in special session

One state lawmaker will get a proverbial baptism by fire next week when that person takes office on the first day of what is expected to be a highly contentious special session. Democrat Jim Gartner, of Topeka, is widely expected to be chosen in the coming days ... Continue reading

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Once popular sandwich chain looking to make return to Lawrence, owner confirms; Lawrence innovator receives special invite to White House

Lawrence, maybe you really can have your buns of yesteryear. Wait, this is not me pitching my specially designed elliptical machine. (My attorney says I can never, ever sell one of those again.) Instead, I’m referring to talk of Schlotzsky’s — the sandwich shop known for its ... Continue reading

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Thomas Frank on the evolving Democratic Party, Hillary’s Midwestern roots and Kansas’ enduring ‘populist streak’

Critically acclaimed author, Mission Hills native and Kansas University alumnus — Thomas Frank took the Republican Party to task in books like “The Wrecking Crew” and “What’s the Matter With Kansas?”. On Wednesday, more than a decade after Frank’s bestselling account of the rise of conservatism in ... Continue reading

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Waiting game: Joel Embiid unlikely to make 76ers debut at Summer League

The NBA Summer League just got a whole lot less interesting. The July games, which are designed to give rookies, young pros and free agents a chance to put in some needed work and/or impress coaches and front offices, aren’t exactly the height of basketball entertainment. But ... Continue reading

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Poll shows Clinton leading in Kansas; broad dissatisfaction with Legislature

Kansans are overwhelmingly dissatisfied with their state government and with their choice of presidential candidates, according to a new poll released Friday. But when given a choice between the two parties’ presumptive nominees, a plurality (43-36 percent) said they prefer Democrat Hillary Clinton to Republican Donald Trump, ... Continue reading

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Police investigation continues into Monday morning’s armed robberies

I've had a few folks reach out to see if there has been any progress on the police investigation into Monday's armed robberies, and I'm sorry to report that I haven't heard anything new. Monday morning three armed men approached people at three locations in southwest Lawrence ... Continue reading

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One more year vs. retirement: Decision coming soon for Paul Pierce

Paul Pierce has experienced just about everything the NBA has to offer in his 18 seasons since leaving Kansas. In the next few weeks, the 10-time all-star will decide if he is really about that bench life. This past year with the Los Angeles Clippers, Pierce averaged ... Continue reading

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Video gamers are getting college athletic scholarships, but are they really athletes? KU researchers explore

At the Kansas Athletics Inc. Board of Directors [meeting I attended][1] earlier this week, this most definitely did NOT come up. But apparently there are a small number of other universities out there now offering athletic scholarships to video gamers. While they had to look outside Kansas ... Continue reading

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Running, clothing store set to move to Massachusetts Street; KDOT backs off plan to close SLT and Kasold intersection

There is a certain someone in my house who appreciates any new shoe store on Massachusetts Street, especially running shoes. She needs all the help she can get staying a step ahead of the parking meter patrol. If you are like her, you are in luck. One ... Continue reading

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What would Alfred read? A failed summer reading challenge

In the summer of 2011, I came up with the perfect challenge: read at least one title by each of the winners of the Nobel Prize in Literature since its first awarding in 1901 and blog about my thoughts and reflections. I had the best title for ... Continue reading

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Alaska requests federal waiver for failing to complete K-12 assessments, blames KU Internet fiber cut

As I reported earlier this week, Kansas University says it's still tallying up [costs from the great fiber cable cut of March 29][1], which shut down Internet and other KU-based websites for days across campus and beyond. Another place far, far beyond KU continues dealing with problems ... Continue reading

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KU Sports Extra: Josh Jackson Has Arrived

Now that the Kansas basketball team is keeping summer campers entertained with scrimmages and top recruit Josh Jackson has arrived at KU, Tom Keegan and Matt Tait share what already has impressed them about the new Jayhawk. Will Jackson lead Kansas in scoring next season? They answer ... Continue reading

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Stock watch: Perry Ellis would be great fit for playoff team

In a perfect world, a standout at a prominent college basketball program would love to transition to the NBA with a playoff team and keep that winning feeling rolling. For plenty of rookies entering the league, though, such a dream scenario simply isn’t possible. If you’re a ... Continue reading

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Bluegrass, family fun on the docket for Saturday’s Blues and Grass by the River

Lawrence is a town that loves its bluegrass. John Gallup, a local event promoter with 20 years of experience and a resume that includes the popular, now-defunct Wakarusa Music and Camping Festival, can vouch for that. “We’ve just had such good music in this town over the ... Continue reading

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Court accepts diversion agreement for KU student activist facing drug charges; police complete investigation on house party incident

The criminal drug possession proceedings surrounding a Kansas University student and former leader of KU's Black Student Union are now near an end with a diversion agreement and hundreds of dollars worth of fees. Kennedi Grant, 20, was arrested on Feb. 5 on suspicion of possession of ... Continue reading

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Baldwin City Kwik Shop foregoes expansion to buy competitor; clinic adds dentists, hours

Ann Richardson is a clerk at Santa Fe Market in Baldwin City. She is also a source. Wednesday morning while ringing up a customer, Richardson shared what she knew about the futures of Santa Fe Market convenience store and Kwik Shop, which is diagonally across the Sixth ... Continue reading

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Latest report shows Lawrence sales tax growth among tops in the state; are City Hall leaders paying attention?

It is the season for City Hall couch cushions strewn about and organ grinder music in the background. The city’s budget process is underway, and the last several years the theme has been that any loose change matters, as the city’s major operating fund in 2015 spent ... Continue reading