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New open gym session to be held early-release Wednesdays

There is a new gymnastics open gym time for early-release day from Lawrence public schools. Open gym for children ages 6-12 will be held on Wednesdays from 2:15 to 3:45 p.m. at Sports Pavilion Lawrence, 100 Rock Chalk Lane. During open gym, children can work on the ... Continue reading

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‘We Are the Ants’: Coming of age, aliens and the end of the world

“Your entire sense of self-worth is predicated upon your belief that you matter, that you matter to the universe. But you don’t. Because we are the ants.” Imagine one day you are taken from your home, your backyard, or your favorite coffee shop, and you wake up ... Continue reading

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These guys again: First-place WVU bringing assertive style to Allen Fieldhouse

The Big 12’s first-place team plays Tuesday night at Allen Fieldhouse. And, no (as you’re surely aware), it’s not Kansas. The No. 6-ranked Jayhawks are a game back of 10th-ranked West Virginia, coached by the often grouchy and always entertaining Bob Huggins. The Mountaineers (19-4 overall, 8-2 ... Continue reading

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With 6 teams still alive, let’s talk Big 12 title race

With the Kansas University men's basketball team facing a monster week — Tuesday night vs. West Virginia at Allen Fieldhouse and Saturday afternoon at Oklahoma — KUsports.com's Tom Keegan & Matt Tait decided to do a little rapid fire edition of KU Sports Extra to break down ... Continue reading

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Bill Self: KU embarking on biggest week of season

Kansas basketball coach Bill Self says No. 10-ranked West Virginia, which visits Allen Fieldhouse Tuesday night, hasn’t changed drastically since defeating KU in January, and might have already pulled off one of the better Big 12 victories of the season — winning at Iowa State. That game ... Continue reading

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KU alumna to star in Comedy Central’s ‘Not Safe with Nikki Glaser,’ premiering Tuesday

Scot Pollard, whose "Survivor" stint kicks off Feb. 17 on CBS, won't be the only Kansas University alumnus to grace our TV screens this month, it seems. Tuesday night marks the premiere of Comedy Central's newest outing, ["Not Safe with Nikki Glaser,"][1] hosted and executive-produced by the ... Continue reading

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Harris, Talib offer bright spot during dark days of KU football

Sunday night was a good night for fans of Kansas University football. However short the moment might have been, the few hours that made up and followed the Denver Broncos’ 24-10 victory over Carolina in Super Bowl 50 gave KU fans an opportunity to brag on a ... Continue reading

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Lawrence ranked one of the best cities in America for single people

After the unfortunate incident involving the seven-layer bean dip at last night’s Super Bowl party, some of us may find ourselves at least temporarily single. The good news is my attorney says bean dip kills all traces of DNA, and a new study says Lawrence is one ... Continue reading

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Free community concert to feature both high school choirs; Lawrence public school happenings for Monday

Choirs from both Lawrence and Free State high schools will perform a free community concert on Thursday. The concert is celebrating the fact that choirs from both schools were selected to perform at the state music education conference. Lawrence High and Free State are two of just ... Continue reading

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Borrowing issues may complicate budget talks

Leaders in the Kansas House and Senate are hoping for early passage of two major budget bills this week that could pave the way to an early end to the session. But a host of issues involving state agency borrowing, and particularly Kansas University's $350 million Central ... Continue reading

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The Day After: Total domination at TCU

The three-game road losing streak is over, the Kansas Jayhawks are back on track and they have roughly a day or two — maybe little more than the length of today’s Super Bowl — to actually enjoy it. Because if anyone on this team thinks that the ... Continue reading

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Highlight reel: Jayhawks defeat TCU on the road

Watch some of the highlights from the Jayhawks’ 75-56 road win at TCU, which featured plenty of easy buckets inside for Kansas senior Perry Ellis. — See what people were saying about Kansas at TCU during KUsports.com’s live coverage. More news and notes from Kansas at TCU ... Continue reading

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Baseline view: Kansas beats TCU in Fort Worth

— See what people were saying about Kansas at TCU during KUsports.com’s live coverage. More news and notes from Kansas at TCU One for the road: Jayhawks end visiting skid, roll at TCU Tom Keegan: Perry Ellis cordial, yet lethal, visitor Jamari Traylor answers Bill Self’s call ... Continue reading

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Boy Scouts troops’ handcrafted planetarium now open at library

Stargazers, particularly those of the small variety, should appreciate the latest addition to the Lawrence Public Library’s atrium. In honor of the library’s space-themed [Read Across Lawrence][1] teen series, which blasted off earlier this week, a pair of local Boy Scouts troops have built a miniature planetarium ... Continue reading

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These guys again: KU visiting last-place TCU

In its first rematch of the season, Kansas gets the only Big 12 team headed into the weekend with a losing record: TCU. Of course, the Jayhawks haven’t exactly looked stellar in road games this season — see KU’s current 3-game road losing streak and 2-3 record ... Continue reading

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Unforeseen perils in the world of electronic cigarettes; new information on Jan. 17 Playerz shooting

The rebel look has changed throughout the years. Much to my chagrin on this particular Friday I'm envisioning Marlboro Red cigarettes, an acid-washed jean jacket and that Whitesnake music video (you know the one). These days, however, the old cigarettes have been replaced with electronic and vapor-producing ... Continue reading

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Marijuana bill to conference committee; school accounting bill dies; bill raising auto insurance minimums advances

The Kansas House apparently has a lot of questions about what the Senate did to the House's [marijuana bill][1] and voted Friday to request a conference committee. The original bill, which passed the House last year, would lower the penalties for first- and second-time charges of marijuana ... Continue reading

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New coffee business opens in East Lawrence; south Iowa Street retailer files for bankruptcy

The folks that have brought you the popular downtown business The Bourgeois Pig have a new venture, but, no, it doesn’t involve another coffee shop, or a Marxist farm animal. The husband and wife duo, though, have started a new coffee roasting business in East Lawrence. Although ... Continue reading

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Dueling Dukes sing-off puts local men in the spotlight for Theatre Lawrence

More than a quarter century has passed since Jason Edmonds and Matt All last shared the stage together, when the two then-students tied for the big prize (it was something along the lines of “best male vocalist” or “best male performer,” though neither can remember for certain) ... Continue reading

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KU Sports Extra: Bad signs and good signings

Tom Keegan and Matt Tait examine an eventful week for Kansas athletics, which included basketball coach Bill Self calling out junior Brannen Greene for his antics and Kansas football coach David Beaty bringing in his second recruiting class. Continue reading

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