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Read Harder Challenge Check In

We’re more than half way through the year – you haven’t forgotten about [Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge][1] have you? Many of us here at LPL have been plugging away at the 24 challenges, ever expanding our literary horizons. Here’s a look at some of my favorite ... Continue reading

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Kemper Arena soon will have a new name

Imagine the following conversation, set well in the future, creating some serious confusion for Kansas basketball fans. **Fan 1:** I still can’t believe that magical run the Jayhawks made in 1988 at Mosaic Arena. **Fan 2:** Mosaic? What are you talking about? **Fan 1:** You know, the ... Continue reading

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Polls closed in Kansas primary elections; check here for latest results

9 p.m. update - 92 of 97 precincts: **42nd House District** - Republican primary (Douglas County only; 4 of 4 precincts): Rep. Connie O'Brien, 45 percent; Jim Karleskint, 55 percent **44th House District** - Democratic primary, 16 of 16 precincts: Rep. Barbara Ballard, 82 percent; Steven X. ... Continue reading

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Lawrence ranks high in places for entrepreneurs; a look at job growth totals; another deal for a local bank

I bet you Bill Gates is hearing the footsteps now. If you don’t believe me, take a look at the latest issue of Entrepreneur magazine. The publication lists the top 50 cities for entrepreneurs, and Lawrence checks in at No. 23. Despite not having invented Microsoft or ... Continue reading

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Video highlights of Kansas basketball recruit Marcus Garrett in marquee matchups

Dallas Skyline point guard Marcus Garrett, who on Monday made a verbal commitment to attend Kansas, wears No. 6 for the red team in the first video below. Garrett, a 6-foot-5, 180-pound point guard who has the size to play the other two perimeter positions as well, ... Continue reading

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Say something nice about Kansas football: Staff well-equipped for changes in recruiting rules

Now that a new recruiting rule has gone into effect, a football program might as well be on the winning side of the rule change, even if it’s a minor one. David Beaty’s social media-conscious coaching staff is on the winning side of it. As of Monday, ... Continue reading

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Kansas Chamber ‘thanks’ Huelskamp while not technically endorsing

The Kansas Chamber on Monday issued the closest thing it could to an endorsement of 1st District Congressman Tim Huelskamp. "While the Kansas Chamber PAC does not endorse or contribute to candidates for federal office, we can certainly thank them for standing up for the Kansas business ... Continue reading

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Hotel and restaurant development planned for far eastern edge of Lawrence

There were certainly days when I could have used a hotel room after dining at Don’s Steakhouse in eastern Lawrence. (A double order of twice-baked potatoes is a good recipe for a nap in the parking lot.) Well, the timing is a bit off, but plans are ... Continue reading

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Are the Big 12 and its TV partners bumping heads over expansion?

Well, isn’t this just completely fitting? Just when you start to think that the Big 12 Conference is making moves in the right direction regarding expansion, something pops up that completely calls into question what the conference is doing and now, if they’re not careful, the conference ... Continue reading

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Late July restaurant inspections yield short but wide-ranging list

Three Asian-food restaurants, a sandwich shop and a convenience store all made late July's short restaurant inspection list. Twice each month, I take a look at inspection results and report every place either listed out of compliance or with 10 or more code violations. Full reports are ... Continue reading

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Eudora starts planning for ‘community’s Maple Leaf Festival’; Eudora school board reschedules meeting; Baldwin City meeting on community center set; new show opens at Lumberyard; polling sites set for Tuesday’s primary

The Eudora City Commission agreed Monday to allow the Eudora Convention and Tourism Bureau to have a beer garden in CPA Park for the gathering following the completion of this year’s Great Kaw Adventure Race. Amid talk the event could become the community’s Maple Leaf Festival, the ... Continue reading

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Perry Ellis talks NBA Summer League experience and his future

After spending a few weeks in early July playing for the Dallas Mavericks’ NBA Summer League team, former Kansas basketball star Perry Ellis describes how his first few months as a professional have been different than his college experience. “It’s different, you know,” Ellis says. “Everybody’s fighting ... Continue reading

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What caught my eye: Summer football practices

In about two weeks, Lawrence High and Free State football teams will open their seasons with their first day of practice. But both schools have competed at team camps, padded camps and scrimmages throughout the summer. In June, the two schools spent two days at the University ... Continue reading

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Update on pending south Iowa restaurant openings; Oklahoma-based bank to open in Lawrence

I’ve certainly been getting questions about what is happening with Which Wich, a sandwich chain that we have reported is locating in the shopping center at 2540 Iowa St. (That’s the one next to Applebee’s.) We reported months ago that the location was under construction, and looked ... Continue reading

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Two out-of-towners robbed Tuesday morning around 17th and Massachusetts streets

Two out-of-towners were robbed on Massachusetts Street early Tuesday morning, police confirmed. However, it seems the victims had little interest in sticking around to resolve the reported issue. Around 2 a.m. and near the intersection of 17th and Massachusetts streets, a man and a woman, both Colorado ... Continue reading

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Autism is no joke to comedy troupe Asperger’s Are Us

Asperger’s Are Us has a few requests for audience members in advance of the Boston-based comedy troupe’s Aug. 5 performance at the Lawrence Arts Center. First and foremost, don’t expect to see the guys – that would be Noah Britton, Jack Hanke, New Michael Ingemi and Ethan ... Continue reading

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Lead-off hits: best rookie authors of 2016

Summertime is in full-swing, which means more time for some of our favorite things — baseball games, new books and popsicles (which are officially their own food group from May to September.) While we can't offer you any frozen treats, we can combine the other two to ... Continue reading

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Most Crucial Jayhawks 2016: No. 1 - DE Dorance Armstrong

With August right around the corner and another football season quickly coming, we've reached the top spot in our summer series of the most crucial Jayhawks for the 2016 season. In all, the series featured 13 offensive players and 12 defensive players, lending support to the idea ... Continue reading

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South Iowa Street retailer closing Lawrence location

For years as a reporter who worked a Tuesday night shift, I regularly had my Tuesday mornings off. I have to admit that I did not spend many of them in Lawrence’s Tuesday Morning store, although in hindsight I might have been well-served to purchase some closeout ... Continue reading

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How hiring Matt Baty to lead the Williams Fund can help KU football

Thursday’s news that former KU baseball standout Matt Baty had been hired to lead the Williams Education Fund included one key quote from athletic director Sheahon Zenger that figures to have a huge impact on the future of Kansas football. “It’s now time to focus on Memorial ... Continue reading