Staff blogs

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Stock watch: Josh Jackson’s versatility makes him best small forward in NBA Draft

Still almost a month away from the May 16 NBA Draft Lottery and some real clarity about where one-and-done Kansas star Josh Jackson could land in the NBA, one factor in his stock is discernible: Jackson is the best small forward available. For months, experts have raved ... Continue reading

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Audiobooks you should be listening to on Hoopla

Sure, that title has a clickbait quality to it, but I’m pretty serious and vocal about my love for all things Hoopla. I’ve sung its praises in the past (mostly because the graphic novel selection is pretty darn great), but only recently have I really delved into ... Continue reading

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An update on what may replace Lawrence’s J.C. Penney when it closes; new commercial real estate brokerage opens

We are in wait-and-wonder mode when it comes to Lawrence’s J.C. Penney store. Many of us are waiting for the going-out-of-business sale and the deals that come with it. Those in the development world, though, are wondering about the future of one of south Iowa Street’s larger ... Continue reading

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KU Crime Blotter: April 10-16

The following incidents were reported to the University of Kansas Office of Public Safety between Monday, April 10, and Sunday, April 16. Incidents are listed by date reported. This list may not include all crimes reported to police during the date range, as incidents occasionally are posted ... Continue reading

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So far so good for Kansas quarterback Peyton Bender

Not particularly tall, broad or mobile, Kansas junior quarterback Peyton Bender doesn’t need to be any taller, broader or more mobile to become the best prospect the Jayhawks have had standing in the shotgun since Todd Reesing. Bender need do no more than he did in Saturday’s ... Continue reading

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More final rankings for the Class of 2017

As Kansas coach Bill Self and his staff continue to try to put the finishing touches on the 2017 recruiting classes, recruiting services everywhere are doing the same. This week, both ESPN and 247 Sports released their final rankings of the 2017 class, which, to date, includes ... Continue reading

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Say What? Tait’s weekly appearance on Rock Chalk Sports Talk

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Lawrence police blotter for April 18

Listed below is the majority of Lawrence police activity within the last 24 hours. Each afternoon the Lawrence Police Department releases a list of officer activity. This call blotter spans from 6:10 a.m. Monday to 4:28 a.m. Tuesday and includes 251 incidents. Each listing gives a date, ... Continue reading

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Kansas City company files plans to open bakery, restaurant in former Jayhawk Bookstore building

When I was at KU, I became an expert in Danish studies. There were cherry ones, there were lemon ones, and so many others that I should have gotten a diploma but instead just left with 20 extra pounds. Well, KU students may get a similar chance ... Continue reading

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Ryan Schadler sums up Doug Meacham offense in three words: go, go, go

Kansas sophomore Ryan Schadler started his collegiate athletic career as a sprinter for Wichita State and even he is taken aback at the amount of sprinting demanded of receivers in Doug Meacham’s offense. “The first couple of spring practices I was like, ‘Man, this isn’t running back ... Continue reading

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Most memorable Josh Jackson moments of 2016-17 season

With Josh Jackson announcing [his inevitable decision to turn pro on Monday,][1] it seems like a good time to take a quick look back at the Detroit native’s short but oh-so-sweet Kansas career. In one year, Jackson cemented himself in KU history by sticking his name all ... Continue reading

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Lawrence police blotter for April 15 to April 17

Listed below is the majority of Lawrence police activity within the last 24 hours. Each afternoon the Lawrence Police Department releases a list of officer activity. This call blotter spans from 6:21 a.m. Friday to 5:59 a.m. Friday and includes 620 incidents. Each listing gives a date, ... Continue reading

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Dorance Armstrong and Daniel Wise could only have so much fun at KU spring game

Spring football games are not real football games. And no one understands that better than Kansas defensive stalwarts Dorance Armstrong Jr., and Daniel Wise. Saturday’s scrimmage at Memorial Stadium was about letting the fans get a peek at the 2017 Jayhawks, not giving away too many secrets ... Continue reading

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Pizza chain with lots of funky toppings plans to locate near KU’s Memorial Stadium

As a child of the 1980s, I remember when pizza companies went crazy and started putting pineapple on pizzas. There was little doubt in my household that it was a sign of a Communist infiltration. Fortunately, the Communists have moved on to U.S. elections, so I have ... Continue reading

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Derrick Neal finding home at nickel, his twin specializing in dimes

Nickel back, the football position in the secondary, not the widely mocked band, sometimes is filled by hybrid linebacker/safety, other times by a cornerback/safety hybrid. Tevin Shaw fell into the former category for Kansas the past couple of years. Looking to field a quicker unit, defensive coordinator ... Continue reading

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Police chase begins in Lawrence, ends in Tonganoxie; investigation ongoing

Police chases generally aren't like the ones you see on television. You might think they're all like that (awesome) scene from Steve McQueen's "Bullitt" — the youngsters might prefer a "Fast and the Furious" reference instead — but in reality, officers will call off a chase if ... Continue reading

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Jayhawks, coaches talk quarterback competition, spring game trash talk

After Team Jayhawks earned a 14-7 victory in the Kansas football team’s spring game Saturday at Memorial Stadium, quarterbacks Carter Stanley and Peyton Bender talked about their competition for the starting job. Bender completed 11 of his 15 passes for 143 yards and two touchdowns. Stanley was ... Continue reading

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As local voters ponder tax questions, here’s a look at what property taxes have done for the last 10 years

If the 2016 presidential elections didn’t give you enough to grit your teeth over, fear not — local politics in 2017 may give you more opportunities. But it won’t be Trump that is the main topic. Instead, it is the other five-letter ’t’ word that will get ... Continue reading

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Highlights from KU’s spring football game

Back on the field at Memorial Stadium for the final time before the upcoming fall season, the Kansas football team had plenty of highlights during its annual spring game on Saturday. In the highlights are a peek at quarterbacks Peyton Bender, Carter Stanley and Tyriek Starks, including ... Continue reading

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A KU fan’s viewing guide to the 2017 NBA Playoffs

Among the 16 former Kansas players active in the NBA during the 2016-17 regular season — henceforth known as the dawn of The Joel Embiid Era — only six get a crack at the spotlight known as The Playoffs. For those Jayhawks fans in search of a ... Continue reading

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