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Sources: Gene Wier expected to join KU football program

Information on the identity of new Kansas football coach David Beaty's coaching staff continues to be tough to come by, but sources told the Journal-World ...

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Seven Big 12 teams ranked in Associated Press college basketball poll; Kansas No. 10

Kansas guard Frank Mason III (0) puts up a three over Rhode Island guard Jarvis Garrett (1) during the first half on Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014 at the HP Field House in Kissimmee, Florida.

TCU is ranked No. 25 in the Associated Press college basketball poll, which means 70 percent of the Big 12's teams are ranked, including Texas ...

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Latest report shows Lawrence retail sales on pace to finish strong in 2014

The shopping season got started early for some. The latest retail report shows that from mid-September to mid-October Lawrence consumers increased their spending nearly 13 ...

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The Day After: Lapping Lafayette

Kansas guard Kelly Oubre, Jr. (12) puts up a basket in the Jayhawk's 96-69 win over the Lafayette Leopards Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014.

Following Saturday's 96-69 victory over Lafayette — a game that was actually a much tougher battle than the final score indicates — Kansas University men's ...

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Lawrence High boys basketball wins instant classic; Roberts leads player ratings

It was one of those games that people will remember for years when they think back on Lawrence High's boys basketball team. LHS and Barstow ...

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Thoughts from the basketball City Showdowns; seniors mostly lead the player ratings

If you blinked, you might have missed it. For most Lawrence high school basketball teams, about one-fourth of their regular seasons are over. But what ...

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Downtown retailer of 33 years to close shop; Chamber stoking speculation that major job announcement coming; update on large apartment project

With this being Lawrence, we obviously all have special wings of our homes to house our collections of Jayhawk apparel, but soon we’ll no longer ...

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‘Wild’ breaks mold of pretentious self-discovery movies

Reese Witherspoon in "Wild"

It could have been pretentious as hell: An aimless young woman, searching for herself, discovers her own courage by hiking 1,100 miles of the Pacific ...

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Thomas Robinson goes for double-double in first career start

Portland Trail Blazers forward Thomas Robinson, right, shoots against Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, from Greece, left, and center Zaza Pachulia, from Ukraine, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014.(AP Photo/Don Ryan)

Hold off on that missing person report for Thomas Robinson. The Portland Trail Blazers gave their third-year forward a chance Wednesday night, and boy did ...

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How do you spread holiday cheer?

HJ's first Christmas 2011

Our family is still trucking along with our whole “less is more” Christmas makeover. The girls are loving the holiday activities we’ve planned and don’t ...

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Lawrence found to lag behind Manhattan in college community ranking; City Hall and the land of meetings; butcher shop expanding

It almost should go without saying that Lawrence is the top college community in the region. Just walk through the Oread neighborhood on any Friday ...

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Dick Vitale, 75 years young, never stops raising money to battle cancer

ESPN commentator Dick Vitale has some fun with the Kansas student section prior to tipoff against Florida on Friday, Dec. 5, 2014 at Allen Fieldhouse.

The NCAA basketball tournament was born March 17, 1939, and Dick Vitale belted out his first cry 84 days later. Do the math. Dick Vitale, ...

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Pair of restaurants proposed for location near Sixth Street Wal-Mart; City Hall tensions rise over East Lawrence proposal

I often play a guessing game whenever I make the trip to Wal-Mart with my family. You know, like: I guess you need a new ...

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Mid-year signing day opens with a flurry for KU football

Defensive Back L.B. Bates, of Trinity Valley C.C., signed his official letter of intent with Kansas football early this morning.

12:31 p.m. Update It looks like everything worked out with Blinn College offensive lineman Jayson Rhodes' transcripts because KU is now announcing him as a ...

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Tomato soup brings a little summer to December

Simple Tomato Soup

Last summer, when my tomato plants were rife with fruit, I followed a friend's advice and blanched and peeled about a bushel to freeze. Canning, ...

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A minty fresh treat for the late December days

Thick and cool, this smoothie rotates in nicely with the heavier foods we see this time of year.

It’s funny to me how each one of us associates this time of year with a certain “holidays-only” flavor. For some, it might be eggnog. ...

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When the crime reporter becomes the victim: Learn from my attempted burglary scare

As the Journal-World’s crime reporter, I hear detailed accounts of crimes and witness their outcomes daily. I’d always thought my job made me hyper-aware of ...

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News and notes from a few former Jayhawks in the NFL

Former Kansas University cornerback Aqib Talib continues to prove he's one of the top cover corners in the NFL during his first season with the ...

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Lawrence High girls hoops grabs first win and Pope leads player ratings

The wait was a little longer than they were probably hoping for, but Lawrence High girls basketball players picked up their first win of the ...

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Time for Ben McLemore to shine

Sacramento Kings guard Ben McLemore, center, drives to the basket between Toronto Raptors Amir Johnson, left, and Jonas Valanciunas, of Lithuania, during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game in Sacramento, Calif., Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014. The Raptors won 117-109. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Rarely does the NBA spotlight shine toward small-market Sacramento. Right now, it’s pointed to the home of the Kings for all the wrong reasons. What ...

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