Staff blogs

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Holland introduces government reform bills

State Sen. Tom Holland, D-Baldwin City, is proposing a bill that would, for the first time in Kansas, require contract lobbyists to disclose how much they charge their clients who hire them to lobby. That was one of five government reform bills that Holland introduced Tuesday in ... Continue reading

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Get to know competitive K-State before Sunflower Showdown

Not many people around the Big 12 expected much out of Bruce Weber’s Wildcats this season. The league’s coaches picked Kansas State to finish tied for eighth (with TCU) in the preseason poll. Almost midway through the conference schedule, K-State (13-8 overall, 2-6 Big 12) isn’t blowing ... Continue reading

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Marlins Man calls Allen Fieldhouse ‘best basketball experience’

If you kept up with either of the Kansas City Royals’ back-to-back trips to the World Series, surely you’re aware of “Marlins Man,” the fan in the orange visor and Florida Marlins jersey that inevitably showed up in some choice box seats to watch Major League Baseball’s ... Continue reading

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Addition of Kansas athletes a nice lift for KU football

It may have taken a little while, but, late in the recruiting process for the Class of 2016, the Kansas University football coaching staff began to make good on its stated goal of adding more in-state players to the KU roster. Here's the thing about that quest ... Continue reading

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Volunteers sought for Lawrence school district’s elementary and middle school marathon clubs

Whether you have the endurance to keep up with the kids in your neighborhood or not, you can still help your neighborhood school’s marathon club. The Lawrence school district’s marathon clubs are holding a meeting Thursday for those interested in volunteering. The coordinators are looking for more ... Continue reading

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Police: Rural Baldwin City resident at home when two men break in

Just before midnight on Thursday police received a call from a rural Baldwin City resident. The caller was a resident of the home and was inside the home — along with two people who weren't supposed to be there. A deputy was in the area at the ... Continue reading

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Prepare for the worst, and enjoy every moment of it

Let’s say that a sudden accident has left you stranded and alone on a faraway planet. (Does this scenario ring some bells? If not, come by the library to check out a copy of this year’s Read Across Lawrence pick, Andy Weir’s “The Martian”). How on (off?) ... Continue reading

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Devonté Graham discusses KU’s zone defense

Kansas sophomore guard Devonté Graham says the Jayhawks have enough time to recover physically and mentally from their overtime victory against Kentucky before returning to Big 12 play to take on Kansas State Wednesday at Allen Fieldhouse. Plus, Graham explains why the Jayhawks told coach Bill Self ... Continue reading

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Free State to host student discussion on race and the Confederate flag

A discussion about race and the Confederate flag will be held for Free State High School students Wednesday morning. A Free State student had been displaying the Confederate flag from a makeshift flagpole on his truck that he parked on campus. After about a week of the ... Continue reading

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Bill Self on KU’s defensive issues, facing K-State and more

Coming off a memorable overtime victory against Kentucky, the Kansas Jayhawks return to Big 12 play on Wednesday night, when they host in-state rival Kansas State. KU coach Bill Self discussed the Sunflower Showdown, the Jayhawks’ issues on defense and much more at his weekly press conference ... Continue reading

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Signs that Wal-Mart may get into the gas station, convenience store business in Lawrence; the great beer discrepancy at City Hall

I could say that the price of gasoline in Lawrence sparks a little bit of discussion, but that would be like me saying someone in my household likes butter. (We bring our own to communion.) No, gasoline prices in Lawrence get a lot of discussion, and mainly ... Continue reading

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Budget, school consolidation, juvenile justice ahead for Kansas lawmakers

After three relatively quiet weeks to start off the session, Kansas lawmakers will start getting down to serious business on Monday with mid-year budget cuts, school funding changes and a massive overhaul of the state's juvenile justice system leading the agenda. First up is Gov. Sam Brownback's ... Continue reading

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The Day After: Quieting Kentucky

Although neither team played a perfect game, the Saturday showdown between Kansas and Kentucky as part of the Big 12-SEC challenge did not disappoint. Big time players came up with big time plays and the Jayhawks and Wildcats went to overtime in a wild building, where Kansas ... Continue reading

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Baseline view: Kansas beats Kentucky, 90-84

— See what people were saying about Kansas vs. Kentucky during KUsports.com’s live coverage. More news and notes from Kansas vs. Kentucky Extra incentive: Wayne Selden helps KU win battle of blue bloods Tom Keegan: Bill Self busts out junk defense to top Kentucky John Calipari: Wildcats ... Continue reading

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Highlight reel: Kansas defeats Kentucky in overtime

Highlights from the Jayhawks’ 90-84 overtime victory over Kentucky, at Allen Fieldhouse. — See what people were saying about Kansas vs. Kentucky during KUsports.com’s live coverage. More news and notes from Kansas vs. Kentucky Extra incentive: Wayne Selden helps KU win battle of blue bloods Tom Keegan: ... Continue reading

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‘Jay’s Dinner’ to honor late Hank Charcuterie chef Juan Carlos Tovar-Ballagh, benefit Just Food

When Hank Charcuterie chef de cuisine Juan Carlos Tovar-Ballagh [passed away][1] last November, he left behind a small library of notebooks brimming with recipe ideas that he would never make. “Jay,” the quietly ambitious, imaginative young man who started his culinary career as a line cook at ... Continue reading

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Kentucky might be hitting stride just in time for trip to Kansas

The hype for Kansas versus Kentucky might not be quite as deafening as college basketball fans hoped when the Big 12/SEC Challenge matchup was announced. Both teams aren’t currently ranked in the top five, like they were in the preseason polls. But that doesn’t mean Saturday night’s ... Continue reading

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Latest KU scholarship offer no freebie; Torneden earned it

The reality of the Kansas University football program's current recruiting class is this: Because the numbers are down and the program is rebuilding, there are not a ton of athletes in the 2016 class who, up front, look like players to get fired up about. That changed ... Continue reading

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Police pepper spray two men accused of fighting across street from police station

You know, I've been in a fracas or two in my day, but whenever possible I try to avoid taking part in any shenanigans directly across the street from police stations. Call me old-fashioned, but I try to be a man of principle. One man was arrested ... Continue reading

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Effort to build community center begins anew in Baldwin City

After two months, the Baldwin City Recreation Commission's effort to build a community center is about to be restarted. In November, BCRC board members addressed the Baldwin City Council and the Baldwin school board, announcing the board’s intent to push for a community center. Board member Ginny ... Continue reading