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Golden memories: Relive the Jayhawks’ world championship in South Korea

In the summer of 2015, the Kansas men's basketball team captured the gold medal as Team USA at the World University Games in South Korea. Journal-World photographer Mike Yoder followed the team throughout its stay in South Korea and compiled these highlights for the anniversary of the ... Continue reading

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A look at the city manager’s recommended budget, and the heat he is taking for it

Despite concerns to the contrary, Lawrence is still a city of the arts. These days, the newest creation from artists are arrows — available for free if you promise to shoot them at City Manager Tom Markus’ proposed 2017 budget. Or, perhaps, Markus would tell you they ... Continue reading

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Police blotter for Tuesday, July 19

Listed below is the majority of Lawrence police activity within the last 24 hours. Each morning the Lawrence Police Department releases a list of officer activity. This call blotter spans from 6:09 a.m. Monday to 5:31 a.m. Tuesday and includes 355 incidents. Each listing gives a date, ... Continue reading

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Reading under the influence with James Patterson’s Bookshots

If Nike gave out shoe deals for authors, James Patterson would be the first to have a line of $120 premium sneakers. Literary tastes aside, there’s no denying that he’s running the popular fiction game right now, with scores of best-selling titles coming out every month. How ... Continue reading

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Say something nice about Kansas football: Jayhawks’ run defense will improve

Frank Solich made his coaching reputation at Nebraska, where fleet running backs and powerful backs alike darted through holes blown open by corn-fed linemen. That blueprint has worked well for Solich at Ohio University, which he has on a hot streak that includes going to bowl games ... Continue reading

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How difficult is the Kansas football job?

During the past few decades bigger, taller, meaner, older men and all kinds in between have tried to tackle the job entrusted to second-year Kansas football coach David Beaty. And very few of them have succeeded. So just how difficult is the Kansas football job? Beaty was ... Continue reading

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KU coach David Beaty: The Jayhawk Nation deserves better

Heading into Year 2 in charge of the Kansas football program, David Beaty brings with him an 0-12 career record that no coach would enjoy having. But Beaty never has tried to dodge the facts nor has he sought sympathy for what can only be described as ... Continue reading

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Kansas football coach David Beaty kicks off Q&A with heartfelt tribute to Dallas PD

A year ago, at this very event, we learned that new Kansas football coach David Beaty was the son of a former Dallas police officer and his father was within arm’s reach of Lee Harvey Oswald when the man who assassinated president John F. Kennedy was shot. ... Continue reading

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Huelskamp draws opposition from Chicago Cubs and WWE owners

TOPEKA — A political ad airing on TV stations in Topeka and other parts of Kansas raises an interesting question: Why do the owners of the Chicago Cubs and World Wrestling Entertainment care about who represents western Kansas in Congress? You wouldn't immediately know that just from ... Continue reading

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Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby unleashes new buzzword for Big 12 business

The eyes of the Big 12 are upon Texas this week. But, hey, what’s new? Specifically, the conference is hosting its annual Big 12 media days at the Omni Hotel in downtown Dallas today and Tuesday. Included in the festivities, along with interview opportunities with players and ... Continue reading

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Police blotter for Monday, July 18

Listed below is the majority of Lawrence police activity within the last 24 hours. Each morning the Lawrence Police Department releases a list of officer activity. This call blotter spans from 6:03 a.m. Sunday to 5:51 a.m. Monday and includes 252 incidents. Each listing gives a date, ... Continue reading

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A few familiar names in the restaurant inspection report for the first half of July

There are a few familiar names and a few new ones in this batch of restaurant inspection results. And despite the fact that some restaurants have appeared in these reports more than once recently, the lists seem to be getting shorter. Twice each month, I take a ... Continue reading

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KU Sports Extra: Jayhawks at Big 12 Football Media Days

Second-year Kansas football coach David Beaty and three of his players — quarterback Montell Cozart, linebacker Joe Dineen and safety Fish Smithson — are in Dallas for Big 12 Football Media Days. KUsports.com’s Matt Tait and Benton Smith preview what’s in store for the group of Jayhawks, ... Continue reading

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Are taxes too high here? A look at some numbers and how Lawrence stacks up to other cities

It is the time of year at city halls, county courthouses and other seats of local government where one of two items usually gets thrown: Sofa cushions get tossed in search of loose change, or rotten tomatoes get hurled at those who instead choose to find their ... Continue reading

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Police blotter for Sunday, July 17

Listed below is the majority of Lawrence police activity within the last 24 hours. Each morning the Lawrence Police Department releases a list of officer activity. This call blotter spans from 6:04 a.m. Saturday to 5:42 a.m. Sunday and includes 389 incidents. Each listing gives a date, ... Continue reading

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Police blotter for Saturday, July 16

Listed below is the majority of Lawrence police activity within the last 24 hours. Each morning the Lawrence Police Department releases a list of officer activity. This call blotter spans from 6:05 a.m. Friday to 5:26 a.m. Saturday and includes 304 incidents. Each listing gives a date, ... Continue reading

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Wayne Selden Jr. trying to move past disappointment of going undrafted

Projected as a mid- to late-second-round pick after leaving Kansas a year early to enter the NBA Draft, Wayne Selden Jr. remained mostly silent in the days following what had to be a disappointing night for the 21-year-old guard, who watched from afar as 60 other players ... Continue reading

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Cole Aldrich thrilled to play for hometown T’wolves, with other Jayhawks

By all accounts, Cole Aldrich, the newest member of the Minnesota Timberwolves, has no say in the NBA franchise’s uniform design. Still, the former Kansas center couldn’t help offering up a slight adjustment to the team’s look during his introductory press conference Thursday. Seeing as how Aldrich ... Continue reading

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A look at the city’s gravel road that runs by millions of dollars in new homes; work begins on west Lawrence apartment project

Every queen hides something, and west Lawrence’s queen is no different. Whoa, whoa, before you start dishing on that soccer mom with the bedazzled sweatshirt, know that I’m talking about Queens Road. It is time for an update on that area of the world, as a major ... Continue reading

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Most Crucial Jayhawks 2016: No. 7 - OL D’Andre Banks

Back-to-back entries for the offensive line on our list of the Most Crucial Jayhawks of 2016, with senior D'Andre Banks following up Thursday's No. 8 player on the list, sophomore Clyde McCauley. From the left side of the line yesterday to the right today, KU's tackle positions ... Continue reading