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Ben McLemore dons Chewbacca mask in video parody

As sweet a life as the NBA provides its players, it honestly can’t be all that much fun to play for one of the league’s struggling franchises. Still, former one-year Kansas standout Ben McLemore proved to be a good sport when someone with Sacramento pitched him the ... Continue reading

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Thomas Robinson expected to opt for free agency

If you don’t remember much about Thomas Robinson’s 2015-16 season, well, you’re probably not a Brooklyn season-ticket holder. Between the Nets’ general ineptitude (21-61 record, second-worst in the Eastern Conference to woeful Philadelphia) and Robinson’s sparse on-court opportunities most of the year, the former Kansas star’s fourth ... Continue reading

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Say something nice about Kansas football: Lone Star state recruiting paying off

SportsDayHS.com ranked the top 100 high school football recruits in North Texas and three of them already have committed to Kansas. Fortunately for the Jayhawks, one of them is a running back. Kansas will need to have a little luck to make it through the season with ... Continue reading

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Developer raising red flag about slow pace of East Ninth Street corridor project; plans for new East Lawrence microbrewery moving ahead

East Ninth Street has seen some odd things before, but surely on the list of the top five would be when there was a social club that combined beer drinking and gymnastics. As I’ve reported before, that is the history behind the old 1869 stone building at ... Continue reading

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KU faculty: Who’s retiring, who got tenure and who’ll be out of the office next year

This time of year, thousands of Kansas University students graduate and enter a new phase of life: the working world. At the same time, there’s a slice of the KU community clocking out of the working world for good — for some after no less than half ... Continue reading

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Sheriff’s Office: Eudora man suffers minor injuries after rolling his car into a ravine near Lawrence

A Eudora man suffered minor injuries Sunday morning after accidentally driving into a ravine east of Lawrence, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office said. Around 9:15 a.m. the 32-year-old man was southbound in the 1500 block of East 1625 Road, just east of Lawrence, when he drifted off ... Continue reading

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Tinsley Tracker: Following KU catcher Michael Tinsley’s chase for .400

KU catcher Michael Tinsley's quest to become the first Jayhawk since 1997 to finish a season hitting above .400 is over. Tinsley, who was red hot in the month of April but cooled off in the middle of May, went 1-for-4 in both games of a double ... Continue reading

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Barry Crimmins on life after ‘Call Me Lucky,’ political correctness and the state of comedy today

Barry Crimmins won over audiences at last year's Free State Festival, where the veteran stand-up comedian, political satirist and activist joined director and comic Bobcat Goldthwait for a screening of "Call Me Lucky." Goldthwait's critically acclaimed documentary chronicles Crimmins' story of survival, from his brutal rape as ... Continue reading

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Moody’s forecasts sluggish revenue growth in Kansas

Moody’s Investors Service said this week that most states can expect their revenues to continue growing through the end of this year, but at a slower pace than last year. And it said Kansas revenue growth may be more sluggish than most. That won't immediately affect the ... Continue reading

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Lawrence makes return as one of the top growing cities in the state, new figures show; Topeka, not so much so

I don’t know if we need to buy a new SUV and start talking about soccer a whole lot more, but Lawrence is part of the Johnson County crowd in one way these days. Lawrence is once again seeing population growth that rivals the ever-growing Johnson County ... Continue reading

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Rankings place KU football dead last in Big 12 in 6 of 8 position groups

ESPN.com recently wrapped up its [annual look at the post-spring position rankings][1] among Big 12 football teams and, to no one’s surprise, Kansas finished at the bottom. There is good news here, though, KU fans — the Jayhawks did not rank dead last at every position. And ... Continue reading

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Mourning has broken in Matt Haig’s memoir of depression

I sit here and find myself feeling a similar apprehension to what author [Matt Haig][1] felt upon sending his book, "[Reasons to Stay Alive][2]," to his publisher. My concern stems not from the subject of mental health, but rather the associated stigmas, because I am a [suicide ... Continue reading

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Chris Harris: KU football players won infamous fight vs. basketball counterparts

Former Kansas football star and Super Bowl champion Chris Harris of the Denver Broncos didn’t hold back Thursday in an appearance on ESPN’s Highly Questionable. In the midst of an interview with co-hosts Dan Le Batard and Bomani Jones, Harris offered his recollection of an infamous on-campus ... Continue reading

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Percolator’s ‘We Can’ show celebrates artists living with mental illness

Sean Sullivan sees things differently — literally. The Lawrence artist was born without a corpus callosum, the band of white matter that connects the two hemispheres of the brain. That means Sullivan has trouble processing information at times and reading social cues. It also means that the ... Continue reading

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Morris twins, Thomas Robinson need fans’ help to enter team in summer hoops tournament

Marcus Morris is the coach. Markieff Morris is the general manager. Thomas Robinson is the team’s booster. What is this? Some Kansas basketball fanatic’s twisted NBA 2K dream? Not exactly. Actually, this is the structure for team FOE, a potential entry in this summer’s The Basketball Tournament ... Continue reading

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Third Democrat files to challenge Yoder in 3rd District; Democrats betting Trump puts district in play

Jay Sidie, a Johnson County businessman, announced Thursday he plans to file as a Democrat to challenge Republican Congressman Kevin Yoder in the 3rd District. That would make Sidie the third Democrat to enter the race. Reggie Marselus, who ran unsuccessfully for the Democratic nomination in 2014, ... Continue reading

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‘Reassert its control over the curriculum,’ and other things KU Faculty Senate should do next year

At the final Faculty Senate executive committee meeting of the year last week, outgoing Faculty Senate President Tom Beisecker handed over the reins — along with some leftover items of importance — to the incoming president and committee members. This year’s Faculty Senate capped the semester with ... Continue reading

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‘I’ve been here so long’: Nick Collison remains fixture with Oklahoma City

Most veterans fortunate enough to have played 12 NBA seasons have bounced around the league, worn an assortment of uniforms and called city after city their new hometown. Stability just doesn’t exist for them. Former Kansas star Nick Collison hasn’t dealt with such turmoil. The 35-year-old power ... Continue reading

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Tax credits approved for old Baldwin City school; summer reading starts at Baldwin City, Eudora libraries

Baldwin City residents can expect to see movement on the redevelopment of the old middle school on Chapel Street, more than three-and-and-half years after Flint Hills Development Group agreed to purchase the building from the Baldwin school district. In September 2013, the Baldwin school board sold the ... Continue reading

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Former city commissioner seeking large tax rebate for proposed downtown project

A familiar face at Lawrence City Hall may end up being the test case for new thinking about tax breaks for downtown residential projects. Former City Commissioner Bob Schumm has confirmed to me that he’s filed a request for tax breaks for a multi-story office/condo project he ... Continue reading