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Kansas football’s top 25 difference-makers: No. 10, CB Hasan Defense

*Tom Keegan and I collaborated on a list of 25 potential difference-makers for the Kansas football team in 2017 and will release one each weekday leading up to the Sept. 2 season-opener vs. SEMO, at Memorial Stadium. We will list them in reverse order of how indispensable/potentially ... Continue reading

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Jayhawks reveal biggest players and plays after Friday scrimmage

When David Beaty leaves a preseason practice, it’s difficult for the upbeat Kansas football coach to limit the best plays he saw to one or two. So when asked Friday morning following the Jayhawks’ scrimmage what stood out on both sides of the Ball, Beaty proceeded to ... Continue reading

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Is there a new player in the recruiting race for Mitchell Robinson?

With visits to Kansas and the University of New Orleans officially out of the way, the New Orleans Times Picayune reported earlier this week that 7-foot McDonald's All-American Mitchell Robinson soon would make a decision between KU and UNO. But close followers of Twitter who have been ... Continue reading

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Lawrence police blotter for Aug. 18

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 299 incidents. Each listing gives a date, ... Continue reading

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Kansas football top 25 difference-makers: No. 11, LB Joe Dineen

Kansas junior linebacker Joe Dineen knows enough football that the quantity of tackles a player makes isn’t always as important as the quality. He has identified making more stops closer to the line of scrimmage and in the backfield one of his main goals heading into his ... Continue reading

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Shooting deaths of mother, 3-year-old daughter put focus on domestic violence in Douglas County

The deaths this week of Erin Berg and her 3-year-old daughter, Mazey, could be considered the most extreme act of domestic violence — [murder-suicide at the hands of Berg’s former partner and the child’s father][1]. Lawrence’s Willow Domestic Violence Center is one of the organizations that Berg’s ... Continue reading

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Lawrence police blotter for Aug. 17

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 303 incidents. Each listing gives a date, ... Continue reading

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KU women celebrate 50 years of athletics

My initial reaction when informed that women’s athletics at the University of Kansas turn 50 this school year was, “Only 50?” Yes, only 50. In 1968, KU women’s athletics started with basketball, field hockey, gymnastics, softball, swimming and volleyball. Marlene Mawson started the women’s program with an ... Continue reading

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Kansas football’s top 25 difference-makers: No. 12, WR Chase Harrell

*Tom Keegan and I collaborated on a list of 25 potential difference-makers for the Kansas football team in 2017 and will release one each weekday leading up to the Sept. 2 season-opener vs. SEMO, at Memorial Stadium. We will list them in reverse order of how indispensable/potentially ... Continue reading

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What an eligible Mitchell Robinson would mean for Kansas

According to a Wednesday night report from The New Orleans Times-Picayune, 7-foot McDonald’s All-American Mitchell Robinson did in fact visit the University of New Orleans on Wednesday and the big man appears to be headed toward making a decision sometime soon between Kansas and UNO. The Top ... Continue reading

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SLT may be stimulating housing; a taxing library question; a restaurant update; and an art walk with karaoke

Sean Reid, director of the Douglas County Zoning and Codes Department, has been very busy and one of the reasons for that is a sharp increase in housing starts in the rural part of the county. In the 12 months from Aug. 16, 2016, to Aug. 15, ... Continue reading

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Former New York tech executive scouting Douglas County sites to host the ‘Woodstock of our generation’

Lawrence is used to seeing funky buses. On one end of the spectrum, there’s Lyle Lovett recently parking his posh bus in the Journal-World parking lot because he was making a downtown Lawrence doughnut run. On the other end, there’s the plethora of 1970s VW buses that ... Continue reading

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Kansas officials react to Charlottesville violence and Trump’s comments

Members of the Kansas congressional delegation have been turning to social media in recent days to express their reactions to last weekend’s violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., but only a few have specifically called out President Donald Trump for his controversial remarks on ... Continue reading

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Lawrence police blotter for Aug. 16

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 214 incidents. Each listing gives a date, ... Continue reading

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Kansas football top 25 difference-makers: No. 13, CB Shakial Taylor

Kansas had a couple of advantages over other schools recruiting junior-college cornerback Shakial Taylor. For one thing, one of his happiest football memories came in Lawrence. He played for South Dakota State, an FCS school that defeated KU, 41-38, in the 2015 season-opener at Memorial Stadium, David ... Continue reading

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Devonte’ Graham already locked in on senior season

With his players free to head home from the time they landed in Newark, New Jersey, after their flight home from Italy on Aug. 8 through Sunday night, when the Jayhawks are expected to report back to campus for the start of another school year, Kansas coach ... Continue reading

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Meacham has lesson KU’s offense can learn from Clemson’s national championship

Kansas offensive coordinator Doug Meacham isn’t asking quarterbacks Peyton Bender and Carter Stanley to be Deshaun Watson, or receivers Daylon Charlot and Steven Sims Jr. to be Mike Williams. But the man in charge of KU’s offense would like to see all of his Jayhawks embody some ... Continue reading

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Kansas loses versatile volleyball player Patricia Montero for season with knee injury

The Kansas volleyball team, ranked eighth in the nation in the preseason poll, coming off its first conference title in school history and armed with key seniors who as sophomores played in the Final Four, caught a tough break this week. Sophomore outside hitter Patricia Montero from ... Continue reading

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Report: Mitchell Robinson to visit New Orleans

Finally a bit of news on the recruitment of 7-foot McDonald's All-American Mitchell Robinson, but it might not be the type of news that Kansas fans want to hear. Jon Rothstein is reporting that Robinson will visit New Orleans today. After checking out LSU and watching the ... Continue reading

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A peek inside of KU football’s latest preseason practice

Entering the third week of preseason fall camp, the Kansas football team continues to ramp up its practices in preparation for the team's season opener on Sept. 2 against SEMO. During the first 20 minutes of Monday's practice, the Jayhawks split into their usual position groups and ... Continue reading

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