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Police blotter for Wednesday, Aug. 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 6:37 a.m. Tuesday to 5:09 a.m. Wednesday and includes 313 incidents. Each listing gives a date, ... Continue reading

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The Hour of Land Explores Shared Stories and Shared Space

They look pretty good for 100 years old, don’t they? Happy Birthday to our National Parks! Well, this doesn’t date the ageless glory contained within the parks, but rather the National Park Service, established on August 25, 1916. Even now, there are parks that have not had ... Continue reading

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Trump campaign launches Kansas operation

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has begun putting a field operation together in Kansas, hiring a full-time state coordinator and opening an office in Wichita to coordinate his Kansas campaign. "Trump Team Kansas" sent out emails Wednesday providing contact information and soliciting volunteers to help with the ... Continue reading

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Gunshot reported outside row of KU fraternity and sorority houses

Police are on the lookout for three men who reportedly fired several shots towards a basketball court outside a row of University of Kansas sorority and fraternity houses, police say. Just after midnight police were dispatched to the 1400 block of Tennessee Street for a disturbance with ... Continue reading

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Home construction in Lawrence takes a dip; Lawrence’s apartment boom vs. what’s happening in KC

I’m still waiting for the boom to come. Yes, those were the last words I remember saying before waking up on July 5 with a head bandage and a patriotic ringing of the ears. But what I’m talking about this morning is a Lawrence boom in single-family ... Continue reading

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Frank Mason set to fire first pitch at KU Day at The K

KU senior Frank Mason Tweeted on Tuesday that he will be throwing out the first pitch at the Kansas City Royals game on Sunday. Sunday is KU Day at The K and several Jayhawks from all across the athletic department, including players, coaches and administrators, will be ... Continue reading

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Time to consider a different future for the Lawrence Public Library

There are many emotions the Lawrence Public Library evokes: joy in gaining new knowledge; pride in the community gathering place the library has become; fear that a librarian will whack me in the knee upon seeing my unpaid overdue book fines. Warm and fuzzy, however, was not ... Continue reading

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Lawrence man injured after accidentally shooting himself, police say

Often in the Lawrence Police Department's activity logs I'll see incidents reporting gunshots fired or heard. Once officers arrive on scene it's not uncommon for them to discover that the ruckus actually came from fireworks, a car backfiring, electrical transformers exploding or any other loud noise. But ... Continue reading

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It’s never too early for some preseason college hoops predictions

So here we sit, a little more than three weeks away from the start of football season and that means it’s time to start looking at preseason basketball predictions.... Wait, what? As much as that might not be a reality anywhere else in the country, it certainly ... Continue reading

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Khalil Herbert buzz growing louder by the minute

Kansas head football coach David Beaty’s media policy makes freshmen off-limits for interviews, but that didn’t keep teammates and Beaty himself from talking about running back Khalil Herbert during Monday's media session. Clearly, Herbert has made a strong first impression. “I saw him make some really good ... Continue reading

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Wiggins’ star continues to shine brighter with new shoe release

Shortly after becoming one of the prized signings of Kansas coach Bill Self, former KU star Andrew Wiggins became one of the premiere spokesmen for Adidas basketball. Earlier this summer, Wiggins took another step toward becoming a mega shoe mogul when he helped Adidas launch its newest ... Continue reading

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Restaurant inspections for early August; several local hotels make the list

A handful of hotels made their way onto the restaurant inspection list for the first half of August. Coincidentally, the inspections come at a time when students are trickling back — OK, maybe they're returning in droves — and I'm sure Lawrence's hospitality industry is seeing plenty ... Continue reading

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Say something nice about Kansas football: Improved depth eliminates need to rush freshmen onto field

True freshmen Larry Hughes and Clyde McCauley combined to start nine games at offensive tackle for Kansas last season and classmate Tyrone Miller started the first seven games of the season at cornerback. If the same players were true freshmen this season, they would combine to start ... Continue reading

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KU’s Jackson, Graham among most coveted players in the country

There’s no doubting that college coaches across the country would enjoy the opportunity to coach more than a few members of the Kansas men’s basketball team. Year after year, KU coach Bill Self beats out a varying number of college coaches for some of the top talent ... Continue reading

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Criminal charge filed against Lawrence man accused of harassing New Zealand blogger

Months after a New Zealand blogger said she began receiving inappropriate messages and images from a Lawrence man over her Instagram account, the man has been arrested. Late into the night of Aug. 5, Kalim Akeba Lloyd Dowdell, 19, was arrested and booked into the Douglas County ... Continue reading

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Bowlsby’s strong strategy helps Big 12 navigate latest expansion saga

Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby has faced recent criticism for being a commissioner that changes with the wind and not putting forth a strong enough presence to lead the conference through what only can be described as a crucial stretch. While it’s true that Bowlsby has not ... Continue reading

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New apartment complex planned for south Lawrence; city’s library lands on list of most spectacular libraries in the world

There are times I think it would be wise for me to live directly across the street from a home improvement center. The quicker I get my supplies, the quicker the project starts, the quicker the ambulance arrives, and everyone wins in that situation. Well, plans have ... Continue reading

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Former LSU receiver Tyron Johnson has KU connection

This is a strange new world for Kansas football. Former Alabama players are transferring to play for the Jayhawks. Like THE Alabama. Not South Alabama. Not Alabama-Birmingham. The Alabama with Nick Saban and all those national championships. First, former ’Bama receiver [Daylon Charlot][1] announced his intentions to ... Continue reading

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The Rules and the Exceptions of Reading

I’m a natural-born rule follower. If there’s a rule in place, it almost never occurs to me to ask why it’s there or whether it’s worth following; it’s a rule, so unless it’s a pile of ethical garbage, I’m probably going to follow it. My preference for ... Continue reading

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Eudora Chamber of Commerce reboots; Baker set to welcome back students; Eudora to celebrate Kaw heritage

The Eudora Chamber of Commerce is being rebooted for the second time this year with Mary Kirkendoll, owner of the Yoga Center, taking on the job of the organization’s project coordinator earlier this month. Kirkendoll said her decision to take the position was a natural progression of ... Continue reading