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KU professor appearing on national TV tonight, days after being featured by Journal-World (these things likely unrelated)

A KU psychologist will be a national TV star, at least for a short time tonight. [KU announced][1] this morning that [Paul Atchley][2], a professor of psychology and the department's chairman of undergraduate studies, will appear on NBC's "Rock Center with Brian Williams" tonight. This is surely ... Continue reading

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Downtown Lawrence sculpture exhibit to receive boost in city funding to celebrate 25th year; entries now being accepted

This year will mark 25 years of walking around a corner in downtown Lawrence and saying “What the . . .” I’m talking about the 25th Annual Outdoor Downtown Sculpture Exhibition. (Although, it is downtown Lawrence, so I could be talking about any number of things.) But ... Continue reading

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KU pharmacy students get peek at life serving rural Kansans

We working folks may feel a bit jealous of the lengthy winter break KU students enjoy. But here's a reminder that they're not actually sleeping till noon and binge-watching TV shows on Netflix all day as they are in our envious imaginations — at least not all ... Continue reading

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Ben McLemore gives Pierce-ian performance against Iowa State

**1. Ben McLemore:** Was it the best individual performance in Allen Fieldhouse since Paul Pierce scored 31 against Oklahoma? The freshman hit the game's biggest shot — a banked-in three with 1.3 seconds left in regulation to tie it — and ended with 33 points on just ... Continue reading

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Why Are My Tax Dollars Being Used To Defend DOMA?

Why Are My Tax Dollars defending DOMA? By Ernest Barteldes When President Clinton signed the Defense of Marriage act back in 1996, it was nothing but a political move: with the general election looming, he wanted the topic (which was beginning to make some waves back then ... Continue reading

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KU student-government leaders planning to lobby state legislators on concealed carry on campus, higher-education funding

We're just a few days away from a new Kansas legislative session, and KU's student government is getting ready to join in the fun. Student Body President Hannah Bolton is rounding up students to come along on Higher Education Day, Feb. 11, when student governments from all ... Continue reading

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Confused about the status of KU football target Reeve Koehler? You’re not alone.

By now, many of you surely have realized that St. Louis High offensive lineman Reeve Koehler, of Honolulu, did not actually announce his college decision at last weekend’s U.S. Army All-Star Game. He still hasn’t, in fact, and there are a couple of reasons why. First, he’s ... Continue reading

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Mosiman drills memorable game-winning 3-pointer

Every once in a while — if you're lucky — you'll go to a basketball game and see something you'll never forget. Now, maybe you're thinking the likeliness of that happening at Shawnee Mission Northwest High School on a Tuesday night is about a billion to one. ... Continue reading

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Education deans, KSDE to meet on teacher prep programs

Officials at the Kansas State Department of Education will meet in March with deans from various schools of education to discuss a recent report calling for big changes in the way colleges prepare new teachers for entering the profession. Scott Myers, KSDE's director of teacher education and ... Continue reading

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Voters cheat cheater Barry Bonds out of Hall of Fame

Steroids are germane to the question of whether Barry Bonds belongs in the all-time outfield, but not to whether he belongs in the Hall of Fame. He belongs in Cooperstown, but the steroid rage of non-users kept him out. The Hall of Fame election results were just ... Continue reading

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Iowa State’s turnovers will go a long way towards deciding outcome

**Team:** Iowa State **Record:** 10-3 **KenPom (Ken Pomeroy) Ranking:** 47 3 Strengths ----------- • **Rebounding:** Iowa State is the best rebounding team KU has faced this season. The Cyclones are an elite rebounding squad on both ends, pulling down 39.8 percent of their missed shots (14th nationally) ... Continue reading

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Recreation center debate causes commissioner to question ‘relevance’ of Lawrence Association of Neighborhoods; other notes from last night’s Rock Chalk Park meeting

There will be all types of shots taken at the proposed Rock Chalk Park and the city’s $25 million recreation center. There will be bank shots, hook shots, 33-foot three-point shots, that come up three feet short, taken by my teammate who never passes the ball. You ... Continue reading

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Looking for people who’ve taken a MOOC

So, who out there has tried out a MOOC? For those of you not hip to the biggest higher-education buzzword (buzz acronym?) of the last year or so, MOOC stands for "[massive open online courses][1]." Those are exactly what they sound like: college courses with thousands of ... Continue reading

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Petition to stop downtown parking garage expansion draws less than 15 percent support

There soon will be about 70 more ways for my wife to get an overtime parking ticket in downtown Lawrence, and a majority of downtown property owners seem happy about it. In fact, a pretty big majority, it seems. If you remember, city commissioners have been waiting ... Continue reading

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KU prof: College savings accounts lead to success for low-income students

How can we help young people from low-income families have an opportunity to go to college and succeed? A KU social welfare researcher writes that one answer could be to provide such students with college savings accounts like those that higher-income families might create — even if ... Continue reading

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Gov. Brownback sets up Humanitarian Commission

Gov. Sam Brownback announced Tuesday he has formed the Kansas Humanitarian Commission, which will recognize Kansans and Kansas groups for their global and local charitable efforts. Brownback has asked Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer and Ashleigh Black to co-chair the commission. Colyer, a physician, has volunteered for more ... Continue reading

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Private, for-profit career and tech ed; Draft science standards released

Last week I wrote a story that appeared in our "Education Focus" section about the [Lawrence school district's plans to expand career and technical education][1] opportunities. A reader quickly called my attention to a statement that overgeneralized the current state of CTE programs in the community. What ... Continue reading

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City staff prepares report on downtown properties that may become targets for redevelopment

Soon enough, you’ll start seeing big changes in downtown Lawrence. Construction work already is underway on a $19 million library expansion, work on a multistory hotel at the southeast corner of Ninth and New Hampshire should begin any day, and by summer work likely will be ongoing ... Continue reading

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Krauses cooking Valentine’s dinner for a good cause

Lawrence chefs and restaurateurs Molly and Robert Krause are teaming up with Van Go Inc. to put on a Valentine’s dinner for a good cause. The annual Culinary Hearts Valentine Dinner is set for 6:30 p.m. Feb. 8 at Van Go, 715 New Jersey St. Tickets are ... Continue reading

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Cliff’s Notes: Bill Self press conference, 1/8/13

Here is the Cliff's Notes version from Kansas men's basketball coach Bill Self's comments at his press conference today. Full audio has been posted. • **Self said there wasn't any pressure when he talked to a TV reporter during a timeout against Temple.** He just thinks it ... Continue reading

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