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Most Crucial Jayhawks 2016: No. 18 - S Tyrone Miller

Today's stop on the Most Crucial Jayhawks list takes us back to the secondary, where a cornerback-turned-safety who received some valuable experience as a true freshman comes in at No. 18. After breaking into the starting lineup during his first season as a Jayhawk because of his ... Continue reading

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Making a case for Joel Embiid as the NBA’s 2017 Rookie of the Year

No offense, Ben Simmons. Sorry, Brandon Ingram. Nothing personal, Buddy Hield. Don’t get upset, Kris Dunn. With all due respect to those lottery picks and the other big names from the 2016 NBA Draft class, if you asked me right now who I would pick to win ... Continue reading

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Taco Zone files plans to add outdoor seating

If you’re a fan of Taco Zone and eating al fresco, here’s a bit of news that might whet your appetite (get it?) for both. Brad Shanks, co-owner of the popular [downtown eatery][1] at 13 E. Eighth St., has filed plans to install a railing “with a ... Continue reading

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Fire destroys machine shed, chickens in rural Douglas County

A machine shed fire in rural Douglas County destroyed a building and claimed the lives of several chickens on Monday morning. At 6:03 a.m. firefighters were dispatched to 1966 North 1500 Road, northwest of Eudora, for a report of a structure fire, said Wakarusa Township Fire Chief ... Continue reading

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Examining Perry Ellis’ chances with the Dallas Mavericks

When the 2016 NBA Draft came and went without Kansas forward Perry Ellis getting selected in the two-round, 60-pick extravaganza, there was no need for the 6-foot-8 prospect to panic. A rookie free agent, Ellis knew he would soon be weighing his options as his agent tracked ... Continue reading

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Kansas football enjoying a terrific time for the tight end

It’s been a while since the Kansas University football program had a tight end that put fear into opponents and made plays all over the field. Jimmay Mundine, who last played in 2014, certainly had his moments and improved a great deal from the beginning of his ... Continue reading

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Local business adds minigolf course to offerings; funky art on tap for new Qdoba building

My scorecard and I have long thought the “mini” in minigolf has been a misnomer. (You’re telling me you’ve never taken a score of 12 strokes and three stitches on the windmill hole?) Regardless, the idea of putt-putt golf in Lawrence is one that has long intrigued ... Continue reading

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Most Crucial Jayhawks 2016: No. 19 - DE Damani Mosby

It's more pass rushing on the list of the 25 most crucial Jayhawks for the 2016 season today, because, in the Big 12 Conference, stopping the pass (or at least slowing it down), either in the secondary or at the point of release, is a critical part ... Continue reading

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Three graphic novel recommendations (that aren’t ‘Saga’)

I have a confession to make: I used to be one of those people who looked down their nose at graphic novels and comics and openly judged others for reading them. In frustration, I even said once, “It’s not really reading! It’s just a bunch of pictures!” ... Continue reading

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Say something nice about Kansas football: Culture of keeping each other accountable taking root

Strength and conditioning coach Je’Ney Jackson and the rest of his staff put in multiple 15-hour days a week this time of year, but somehow the days don’t seem as long to them as they did last summer. “I love coming in here every day and grinding ... Continue reading

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Kansas Chamber issues all-GOP endorsements

The Kansas Chamber's Political Action Committee released its list of endorsements, all Republicans, for the upcoming Aug. 2 primary in 26 Senate races and 58 House races. The overwhelming majority of primary races involve contests between Republicans. But included in the list are districts in which there ... Continue reading

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Trolley-inspired bus shelter on Jayhawk Boulevard not happening as hoped; KU turkey burger wants your vote; chancellor in NYT

In 1948 workmen removed what was believed to be the last 60 feet of trolley tracks from the KU Loop that operated on The Hill from 1910 to 1933, according to [kuhistory.com][1]. In 2014, work on the [Jayhawk Boulevard reconstruction project][2] uncovered more remaining track that had ... Continue reading

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Valuable role player Darrell Arthur might be on move in free agency

It’s not often that the name Darrell Arthur comes up in the buzz surrounding the NBA, but with the season over, the draft complete and free agency revving up at the end of the week, rumors regarding Arthur’s future began swirling Monday. A few days after reports ... Continue reading

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Most Crucial Jayhawks 2016: No. 20 - RB Denzell Evans

It can be a little risky to put a newcomer or unknown player on the list of the 25 most crucial Jayhawks, but occasionally a perfect situation pops up that makes it easy to do. That's the case with No. 20 on the list, a soon-to-be transfer ... Continue reading

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New numbers show lack of racial diversity in Douglas County; minority numbers, though, are growing

No need to cover the furniture or get out the full body smock, but I am planning on painting by numbers. There are new Census numbers out that paint a picture of Douglas County’s diversity. Or perhaps better put, Douglas County’s lack of racial diversity. It has ... Continue reading

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KU football coach David Beaty shows off recruiting game

By now, you've surely heard, read or been told about second-year Kansas football coach David Beaty's reputation as a recruiter. With strong ties throughout the state of Texas and an energetic, enthusiastic and infectious personality, Beaty, throughout his career, has made building relationships with players, coaches, recruits, ... Continue reading

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New Pelicans big man Cheick Diallo gets his first ‘last laugh’

When freshman big men Cheick Diallo or Carlton Bragg Jr. barely played in a particular game this past season, Kansas basketball coach Bill Self liked to say after such an outing the two forwards would get the “last laugh.” Self knew both Diallo and Bragg would one ... Continue reading

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Draft night snub sets up perfect storm for Wayne Selden

Jump with me, for a minute, into the mind of Wayne Selden to see why not getting drafted might actually wind up being the best thing that could have happened to the former Jayhawk’s chances at a pro career. Here’s why. Selden, as you know, has always ... Continue reading

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Second KU sex assault lawsuit moves to federal court

Following the path of a related sexual assault lawsuit filed earlier, the case of Jane Doe 7 v. Kansas University has also been moved from Douglas County to federal court. “Doe” [publicly identified herself earlier this month as Sarah McClure][1], and said she was a freshman on ... Continue reading

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March 2015 fire ultimately causes downtown restaurant to close its doors; downtown beer venture closed as well

Even when I take a quick break from the office to stroll down Massachusetts Street, I get salsa on my tie. That’s how many Mexican restaurants there are in downtown. Sandwich crumbs in my whiskers? Absolutely. Sandwich shops are everywhere. There’s almost no shortage of any food ... Continue reading