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Jury duty scammers calling Douglas County residents and asking for money

During the jury selection process it's clear some folks are happier to be there than others. Say what you will about jury duty, but it's all part and parcel of a healthy judiciary system. With that said, it's still important to scrutinize letters and calls regarding jury ... Continue reading

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Lawrence police blotter for Feb. 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 6:17 a.m. Thursday to 3:31 a.m. Friday and includes 240 incidents. Each listing gives a date, ... Continue reading

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One Book’s Hope for Wildlife and the History of How We Got Here

I treasure wildlife sightings. During the winter season, I sometimes glimpse bald eagles soaring in the sky outside my kitchen window, and I’ve been fortunate on several occasions to see beavers swimming in the Haskell-Baker Wetlands. Last summer, my East Lawrence neighbors and I were frequently serenaded ... Continue reading

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Ahead of KU-Baylor battle of potential No. 1 seeds, Bill Self says Big 12 not top-heavy

When No. 3 Kansas plays at No. 4 Baylor Saturday in Waco, Texas, the nation will be able to tune in (noon, CBS) and check out not only the top two teams in the Big 12, but also two potential No. 1 seeds in the NCAA Tournament. ... Continue reading

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Should KU be required to actively advertise that it’s a concealed carry campus? University Senate execs discuss

I should start by saying that this suggestion, brought forward by some University Senate Executive Committee members, failed to gain endorsement by the full committee. But it did elicit debate during Tuesday’s committee meeting and is on the agenda to be discussed by full University Senate next ... Continue reading

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Watching Bill Self try to teach Trae Young to become unselfish would have been enjoyable

The back end of the teenage years is a little late in the maturation process to learn how to share, which would have made point guard Trae Young’s time at Kansas a fascinating thing to watch had he chosen to move from his hometown Norman, Okla. Instead, ... Continue reading

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With Trae Young off the board, where do the Jayhawks go next?

Trae Young, Collin Sexton, Quade Green and Tremont Waters — all are point guards ranked in the Top 36 of the Rivals 150 for 2017 and all were players that the Kansas men’s basketball program recruited on one level or another during the past several months. [With ... Continue reading

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New clothing retailer set to open in downtown Lawrence

I’m not overly familiar with the term “fashion forward.” Whenever people are discussing it with me, I swear they I always say I’m “fashion forlorn.” Regardless, there is a major new retailer opening in downtown Lawrence that is about fashion forward. As I reported in November, the ... Continue reading

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Norman prep PG Trae Young announces he’ll play for Oklahoma

A five-star point guard from the heart of Big 12 country, Norman North High (Okla.) senior Trae Young made his college basketball destination official Thursday just after noon. A dynamic 6-foot-2, 170-pound play-maker who is ranked the 14th-best prospect nationally in the Class of 2017 by Rivals.com, ... Continue reading

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‘Extreme fire danger’ warning issued for Douglas County due to high temps, wind and low humidity

If you were considering grilling, setting off fireworks or even using a magnifying glass to light things (hopefully not ants) on fire, Douglas County's Emergency Management team is asking you to think again. Between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Thursday the county is under a red-flag ... Continue reading

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Lawrence police blotter for Feb. 16

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 6:12 a.m. Wednesday to 5:53 a.m. Thursday and includes 227 incidents. Each listing gives a date, ... Continue reading

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Markieff Morris playing ‘out of his mind’ for surging Wizards

A couple months back, the Washington didn’t look like a playoff team. The Wizards dropped eight of their first 10 games, leading many to assume they would flounder and miss the postseason for a second straight year. However, few teams in the NBA are as hot as ... Continue reading

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Senate lays out tax debate schedule; Democrats announce details of Bernie Sanders appearance

Republican leaders in the Kansas Senate announced their plans for debating tax bills the rest of this week, and one scenario could put the just-passed House plan on Gov. Sam Brownback's desk early next week. That, however, depends on what happens Thursday morning in the House when ... Continue reading

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Haskell student accused of assault with a deadly weapon, arrested at one of the university’s dormitories

A Haskell Indian Nations University student was arrested at one of the school's dormitories after police say he committed assault with a deadly weapon. Jalen Morris Erving, 19, was arrested at Haskell's Blalock Hall on suspicion of two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon just ... Continue reading

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Local chef to open food truck in North Lawrence; update on a couple of events

North Lawrence has been known to have loud trains, cool motorcycles, and even the occasional misguided boat. (We only were stranded on the sandbar for a week.) Soon, the neighborhood also may have a hip truck — or more accurately, a hip food truck. Zach Thompson, the ... Continue reading

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KU Crime Blotter: Feb. 6-12

The following incidents were reported to the University of Kansas Office of Public Safety between Monday, Feb. 6, and Sunday, Feb. 12. 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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Bill Self proud of his team’s hustle

Unsolicited, Kansas basketball coach Bill Self got something off his chest in the wake of his team’s remarkable comeback victory against West Virginia, 84-80, in overtime Monday night in Allen Fieldhouse. “Anybody who says their guys play harder than mine, it’s a ridiculous statement,” Self said. “I’m ... Continue reading

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K-State president has heard enough of vulgar anti-KU chant

Around here, the popular profanity-laced chant unleashed by K-State students at home basketball games, whether they're playing KU or not, has become the butt of many jokes, with Kansas fans pointing to what they believe is an inferiority complex by the Wildcats. Whether that is accurate or ... Continue reading

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Lawrence police blotter for Feb. 15

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 6:23 a.m. Tuesday to 5:03 a.m. Wednesday and includes 178 incidents. Each listing gives a date, ... Continue reading

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Let’s not go home again: protecting a book you love, even when you don’t love it anymore

I’ve always been the kind of person who nurtures small obsessions. Case in point: There was a time in middle school when I was not infrequently introduced to people as “Meredith, that girl who likes 'Buffy.'” It was an extremely fair introduction. I discovered "[Buffy, the Vampire ... Continue reading