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Former KU CB Chris Harris’ rise to stardom a true underdog story

As a four-year starter for the Jayhawks, senior cornerback Chris Harris has seen the highs and lows of the football program. His freshman year culminated in an Orange Bowl victory. In his senior year, the team is 2-6 going into today’s home game against Colorado.

With the current state of Kansas football leaving more than a little to be desired by the KU fan base, it's often easier to think ...

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Law enforcement training involves pepper spray to face, underwater diving; weekend arrest list; 911 call roundup

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It takes a lot of work to be trusted with the responsibility of our community’s safety. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office has recently been sharing ...

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Kansas GOP sees caucuses as money-maker

There are currently 16 declared candidates for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, and Kansas GOP officials are sincerely wishing every last one of them ...

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Former KU dean named president of University of Alabama

Stuart Bell (photo courtesy of University of Alabama)

A former Kansas University engineering dean has been named president of the University of Alabama. It’s actually a homecoming for Stuart Bell, who spent 16 ...

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Most crucial Jayhawks 2015: No. 20 - OL De’Andre Banks

The beginning of another week brings the latest entry in this summer's edition of the most crucial Jayhawks for the upcoming football season. With the ...

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Promoter not sure now on canceling 1,000-foot water slide event in west Lawrence; city gets report on its financial health

UPDATE 1:30 p.m.: Maybe there will be bubbles on this 1,000-foot water slide, because the idea of hosting The Urban Slide in a west Lawrence ...

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Undrafted Cliff Alexander signs with Portland

Brooklyn Nets’ Cliff Alexander goes up for a shot against New Orleans Pelicans’ Victor Rudd during the first half of an NBA summer league basketball game Monday, July 13, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Passed on 60 times during the 2015 NBA Draft, one-and-done Kansas big man Cliff Alexander had to make the most of his opportunity in the ...

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Behind the scenes of Thursday’s truck fiasco; older man allegedly made sexual comments to strangers; bicyclist arrested at Super 8; moving woes

I don’t know if it’s the heat, but the past two days have brought out some oddities in the crime world. Yesterday, I spent my ...

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Brownback names new administration secretary; expands role of budget director

Gov. Sam Brownback on Friday named Sarah Shipman as his new secretary of administration, succeeding Jim Clark who retired earlier this month. At the same ...

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1,000-foot waterslide coming to west Lawrence; pair of restaurants win national wine honors; local ADA advocate profiled by Washington Post

Lawrence’s funkiness is spreading. West Lawrence probably won’t be honking for hemp or hosting zombie walks anytime soon, but a plan has been filed for ...

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Boxing cliches spring eternal in ‘Southpaw’

Jake Gyllenhaal in "Southpaw"

Most boxing movies are rags-to-riches stories but “Southpaw,” starring a bulked-up Jake Gyllenhaal, is a riches-to-rags story. This reversal of the traditional structure doesn’t mean ...

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Most crucial Jayhawks 2015: No. 21 - CB Tyrone Miller Jr.

21.Tyrone Miller Jr., 6-foot, 180-pound Fr. Cornerback Don't be surprised if Miller plays a big role on this KU defense pretty quickly. The Jayhawks are ...

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Two women arrested on suspicion of domestic battery; 24-hour call roundup

On an average day, I typically see at least five domestic disturbances on the Lawrence police call log. It’s disheartening. And I think sometimes people ...

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Celebrate National Hot Dog Day with some fancy franks

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Today is National Hot Dog Day, and lovers of encased meats are rejoicing across the country. Here are four places in Lawrence with special kinds ...

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A potential danger zone for Lawrence’s public transit system; restaurant expansion at Sixth and Wakarusa

In 2008, it seemed the public transit question in Lawrence was settled. Lawrence residents loved the idea of a city-owned bus system. Voters went to ...

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Weekend Picks: Firkin tapping; Basic Boys comedy; Forever Fest; Robert Earl Keen; Sunday poetry

The summer stretches onward. There is still beer to drink, shows and festivals to attend, comedy to make you laugh, and poetry to inspire you. ...

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Paul Pierce, Cole Aldrich join L.A. Clippers to chase a championship

Los Angeles Clipper, head coach Doc Rivers, center, poses team players, from left, Branden Dawson, 22, DeAndre Jordan, 6, Austin Rivers, 25, Josh Smith, 5, Cole Aldrich, 45, Paul Pierce, 34, and Wesley Johnson, 33, far right, at at a news conference in Los Angeles on Tuesday, July 21, 2015. The Clippers managed to keep DeAndre Jordan after he changed his mind about his verbal commitment to Dallas Mavericks. They offered everything he wanted, including a fresh start and a bigger offensive role. When Jordan thought about it a little more, the craziest free-agent recruitment story in recent NBA history ended with him back on the Los Angeles Clippers. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

With 17 NBA seasons, 1,250 regular-season games and 158 playoff contests in his rear-view mirror, veteran Paul Pierce only had one thing in mind when ...

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Website names Free State best craft brewery in Kansas

Entertainment website Thrillist has named Free State Brewing Co. the best craft brewery in Kansas.

As if you needed another excuse to go to Free State Brewing Co.'s cheap pint night on Mondays, entertainment website Thrillist has named the longtime ...

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Woman allegedly enters stranger’s home to use toilet; man met online allegedly threatened woman, arrested on unrelated warrant; roundup of arrests and police calls

When ya gotta go, ya gotta go. At least according to one woman who was issued a notice to appear in court Monday on suspicion ...

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Most crucial Jayhawks 2015: No. 22 - OL Junior Visinia

Richard Gwin/Journal World-Photo.KU freshman Junior Visinia, works against freshman Lay'Trion Jones during practice on Wednesday November 19, 2013.

Everyone knows that having a strong offensive line — especially in a pass-happy conference like the Big 12 — is paramount to a team's success. ...

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