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For the love of “American Gods”

Brian Reitzell is one of the greatest contemporary composers of our generation. You may have heard of him from his well-known work on "[The Virgin Suicides][1]" or "[Lost in Translation][2]," but I first fell in love with Reitzell’s music after watching the canceled-way-too-soon series "[Hannibal][3]" on NBC. ... Continue reading

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Lawrence police blotter for June 22

Listed below is the majority of Lawrence police activity within the last 24 hours. Each afternoon the Lawrence Police Department releases a list of officer activity. This call blotter spans from 6:13 a.m. Wednesday to 5:56 a.m. Wednesday and includes 291 incidents. Each listing gives a date, ... Continue reading

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CPA Picnic returns to Eudora; Lumberyard Arts Center hires first employee

Sometimes communities celebrate history in ways other than denoting significant sites or remembering important people. Eudora will celebrate history today, Friday and Saturday by enjoying the 116th CPA Picnic. CPA is short for Cattleman’s Protection Association, a group of vigilant stockmen from the late 19th century who ... Continue reading

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Stadium renovation proves Kansas a football school too

The big news about an impending $300 million renovation project for Memorial Stadium came with no details, but since it’s such a huge undertaking it’s easy to draw a few conclusions. First, naming rights are certain to go to the biggest donor or donors. Second, the renovation ... Continue reading

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It’s Draft Day in the NBA; everyone go wild!!!

Whether you prefer to follow Chad Ford, Jeff Goodman, DraftExpress.com or any number of other NBA writers who cover the league and have done their best to predict what will happen in tonight’s draft, there’s no question that, when it comes to the rumor-mill world of the ... Continue reading

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Yoder might feel some relief after Republican wins Georgia’s special election

Republican Congressman Kevin Yoder of Kansas is probably breathing a little easier today after seeing the results of Tuesday's special election in Georgia. In a suburban Atlanta district that looks remarkably like Yoder's 3rd District in suburban Kansas City, Republican Karen Handel edged out Democratic challenger Jon ... Continue reading

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Lawrence police blotter for June 21

Listed below is the majority of Lawrence police activity within the last 24 hours. Each afternoon the Lawrence Police Department releases a list of officer activity. This call blotter spans from 6:23 a.m. Tuesday to 5:38 a.m. Wednesday and includes 199 incidents. Each listing gives a date, ... Continue reading

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NBA draft eyes zero in on Celtics, Josh Jackson

Now that the Sixers moved into the No. 1 slot of the NBA draft and the Lakers reportedly traded their point guard, D’Angelo Russell, clearing the way to select a point guard (Lonzo Ball or De’Aaron Fox) with the No. 2 pick, all the intrigue shifts to ... Continue reading

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KU football strength coach Zac Woodfin a difference-maker at previous stops

With rising expectations for the Kansas football team, many eyes this summer will turn to Zac Woodfin, KU football's new director of strength and conditioning, who was hired in February. Last summer there was a lot of attention to the number of Jayhawks who were running faster ... Continue reading

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Family owned hamburger, sandwich shop opening near Sixth and Wakarusa

I know what you are thinking: A half pound of meat should never create a dilemma. Sure, your doctor, your colon and your aorta may sometimes disagree. But what do they know? Two out of the three don’t even a have a degree. But half-pound hamburger patties ... Continue reading

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David Beaty on KU’s talent level from his first year to third year: ‘Night and Day’

It was no secret when David Beaty was named head football coach at Kansas that he was going to have a massive rebuilding process in front of him. After a winless first season, the Jayhawks took some steps forward with a 2-10 record, including a home win ... Continue reading

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Lawrence police blotter for June 20

Listed below is the majority of Lawrence police activity within the last 24 hours. Each afternoon the Lawrence Police Department releases a list of officer activity. This call blotter spans from 6:00 a.m. Monday to 5:48 a.m. Tuesday and includes 220 incidents. Each listing gives a date, ... Continue reading

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Lawrence chamber raises more than $1 million in private funds; demolition of houses near LMH up for approval tonight

For once, the excuse “I gave at the office” may actually be true. Businesses all over the community got hit up for donations as part of a capital campaign to support economic development efforts in Douglas County. The five-year capital campaign by the Lawrence chamber of commerce ... Continue reading

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New KU PG Charlie Moore making most of early opportunities as a Jayhawk

**11:31 a.m. Update:** According a late-morning Tweet from Luke Winn of SI.com, Moore did not make the first cut at this week's tryout in Colorado Springs. Despite falling short, which is absolutely nothing to be ashamed about given the talent and depth of those players vying for ... Continue reading

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Time for KU to kick bad-kicking reputation to curb

Kansas has had trouble blocking, passing and running in recent seasons. Consequently, the Jayhawks tend to have fewer drives into field-goal range than the the rest of the teams in the Big 12. Still, more than that has led to the Jayhawks consistently ranking last in the ... Continue reading

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Josh Jackson’s subtle statement at Lakers workout a perfect representation of his competitive grit

I love the month leading up to the NBA Draft, largely because of two things: 1. It gives us plenty of stories to track and follow during the dog days of summer. And 2. I enjoy keeping tabs on all draft rumors and trade talks that surfac ... Continue reading

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Tyshawn Taylor says heavy roster turnover can work at Kansas

In the summer of 2008, a long, athletic guard from Hoboken, N.J., arrived on KU’s campus ready to take on the world. His name was Tyshawn Taylor, he was on the heels of winning a prep national championship with St. Anthony’s after a 32-0 senior season and ... Continue reading

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Lawrence police blotter for June 19

Listed below is the majority of Lawrence police activity within the last 24 hours. Each afternoon the Lawrence Police Department releases a list of officer activity. This call blotter spans from 6:02 a.m. Sunday to 5:58 a.m. Monday and includes 175 incidents. Each listing gives a date, ... Continue reading

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Mass Street to close for some upcoming concerts; free movie in downtown coming up; local restaurant lands in NY Times

In most cities the orange construction cones and “road closed” barricades mean crews are pouring some concrete or laying some asphalt. In Lawrence, it may be a hard substance of another kind: rock 'n' roll. Get ready for a major street closure in downtown Lawrence this weekend ... Continue reading

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Best guess: Josh Jackson goes to Lakers with second pick in draft

My only question regarding Josh Jackson’s since-deleted, late-night tweet seemingly aimed at projected No. 1 pick Markelle Fultz is why delete the tweet? It read: “lol anybody with the smallest bit of talent can look good and lose it’s not that hard”. It serves as a reminder ... Continue reading

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