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Scary and smart: “The Hole” is horror and more

I don’t typically read books out of the horror section, but then again, categorizing the sprawling bundle of thoughts that make up a novel into just one of a handful of neat genres is not an easy task. Of course, my latest impulse read—Hye-Young Pyun’s "[The Hole][1]"— ... Continue reading

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KU guard Malik Newman named to Jerry West watch list

One day after learning that Kansas point guard Devonte’ Graham had been named to the Bob Cousy Award watch list, Graham’s running mate, Malik Newman, landed on the Jerry West list. Newman, a transfer from Mississippi State, who sat out last season and is eligible to play ... Continue reading

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Five reasons to get excited about Sunday’s Border War revival

The day hundreds of KU fans and nearly every Missouri fan has been waiting years for is now just a few days out, when the Border War returns, for one day only, in the form of a basketball scrimmage Sunday at Sprint Center. While the reasons for ... Continue reading

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How active college coaches stack up in NCAA tournament during Bill Self’s time at Kansas

In sports, opinions that start with a snowflake can turn into an avalanche because so many hear a viewpoint, run with it as their own and don't ever stop to think whether it's fair. In the case of Bill Self, who has led Kansas basketball to seven ... Continue reading

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Davis outraising GOP field in 2nd District congressional race

Democrat Paul Davis raised more money in the last quarter than all of his Republican opponents combined, according to [campaign finance reports][1] for the Kansas 2nd Congressional District race that were filed with the Federal Election Commission. Although Davis' report had not been posted on the FEC ... Continue reading

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Too much juco recruiting could put Kansas football in deeper hole

Kansas chancellor Dr. Doug Girod and athletic director Sheahon Zenger addressed the state of Kansas football once this season and that was at a Sept. 22 press conference centering on the campaign to raise $350 million to upgrade the facilities. Girod, based on the information he had ... Continue reading

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USA Today ranks a Lawrence business as one of the top 10 in the country

When I think of escaping in Lawrence, I normally think of things like Memorial Stadium before halftime. But that’s not what USA Today had in mind when it ranked the city as having one of the best escape room businesses in America. Breakout Lawrence at 727 Massachusetts ... Continue reading

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Lawrence police blotter for Oct. 13

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 a.m. Thursday to 6 a.m. Friday and includes 224 incidents. Each listing gives a date, ... Continue reading

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Kansas DCF Secretary Gilmore under fire from some Republicans

Some Republicans in Kansas are now calling for Phyllis Gilmore to be removed as Secretary of the Department for Children and Families, a fact that could have implications in next year's race for governor. Gilmore has long been a target of criticism from Democrats who allege, among ... Continue reading

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Jacob Bragg biggest No. 1 in Kansas football history

Kansas fourth-year junior reserve center Jacob Bragg didn’t think much of a quick comment offensive line coach Zach Yenser made at the start of a practice during bye week. “You ready to run some routes and do some fullback blocking?” Yenser asked without stopping. “At first I ... Continue reading

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KU fans split on idea of Border War scrimmage

With rumors of a possible scrimmage, for charity, between the Kansas and Missouri men's basketball teams later this month dominating sports talk in the area late Thursday afternoon, one natural question came to mind. Are Kansas fans excited or upset about the idea of renewing the Border ... Continue reading

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STEM isn’t just for him: an interview with Meghan McCarthy

One of the biggest stories in children’s publishing this year has been the success of books empowering young women. Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo’s "[Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls][1]," a set of 100 brief biographies of unstoppable women, is among the highest circulating children’s books at ... Continue reading

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Plan for large shopping center at SLT and Iowa Street interchange still alive, but delayed again

Figuring out how to get into a large shopping center is generally not a problem in my household. (A semi-truck and a desire to get discounted Halloween candy can smash a lot of obstacles.) But when it comes to plans for a large shopping center south of ... Continue reading

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Joel Embiid returns to Allen Fieldhouse, discusses what he misses about KU

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Lawrence police blotter for Oct. 12

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 a.m. Wednesday to 6 a.m. Thursday and includes 250 incidents. Each listing gives a date, ... Continue reading

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Is Peyton Bender still KU’s starting QB?

Football coaches and coordinators have no incentive to divulge their game plans publicly, and that’s the primary reason Kansas head coach David Beaty elected this week to not announce a starting quarterback for Saturday’s game at Iowa State. If you listen to offensive coordinator Doug Meacham’s perspective ... Continue reading

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Add “except with Kansas football” at end of your fortune cookie

There is a website for everything. For example, fortunecookiemessage.com exists. I recommend it for those stressed out by the inability of Kansas to field a competitive football program. Read the fortune-cookie messages and then add “except with Kansas football,” at the end. Here goes: “A friend asks ... Continue reading

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Brandon Smith, Brownback’s policy director, stepping down next week

In another sign that Gov. Sam Brownback's administration is winding down to a close, his office announced Thursday that his policy director Brandon Smith will step down from that role next week. Smith, a 2011 graduate of the University of Kansas School of Law, has served as ... Continue reading

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KU’s Devonte’ Graham tossed into early player of the year chatter

The most popular theory circulating among fans of the Kansas men’s basketball program says that point guard Devonte’ Graham returned to KU for his senior season to take the reins from Frank Mason III and make his own run at national player of the year honors. At ... Continue reading

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Lawrence police blotter for Oct. 11

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 a.m. Tuesday to 6 a.m. Wednesday and includes 234 incidents. Each listing gives a date, ... Continue reading

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