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Poll: Governor’s race tight; Medicaid expansion will be an issue

A new poll shows the race for Kansas governor remains tight. The poll showed Democrat Paul Davis of Lawrence leading Republican Gov. Sam Brownback 45 ...

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Charlie Weis previews KU football spring game

Kansas kickoff return man JaCorey Shepherd takes off on a return against Oklahoma State during the fourth quarter on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013 at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

The countdown to Kansas University's spring football game is down to four days now. Coach Charlie Weis addressed the annual showcase and other topics Tuesday ...


The future of KU parking: fewer spaces that cost more

"I want you to feel my pain." That's what Donna Hultine told an audience Monday to explain why she was showing them photo after photo ...

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Large fitness center coming to East Lawrence; update on Rock Chalk Park fitness center, trail system

Courtesy: Paul Werner Architects/City of Lawrence

The Lawrence-based company that hosts Color Run events all over the country is opening a major new fitness center and health club in East Lawrence. ...

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Markieff Morris a leading candidate for sixth man award

Phoenix Suns' Markieff Morris (11) reacts to a three pointer against the Oklahoma City Thunder during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, March 6, 2014, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Don't be surprised in a few weeks if you see the following phrase scroll across the bottom of your television screen or pop up on ...


Colder water coming to city’s Outdoor Aquatic Center; bids for 23rd and Iowa street road project come in $1M over budget

To wake up of a morning, some people drink a half-gallon of coffee, some eat copious amounts of Cap'n Crunch doused in Mountain Dew, and ...

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What caught my eye on Day 12 of KU football’s spring practices

Kansas quarterback Montell Cozart throws during drills during a KU football practice Saturday, April 5, 2014, at Memorial Stadium.

After going through much of the spring without getting a look at the 2014 version of the Kansas University football, we got a peek and ...


Private health clubs get property tax exemption under Senate amendment

Some Senate Republicans did some heavy lifting on Friday for private gyms by voting to give them a property tax exemption. State Sen. Jeff Melcher, ...

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Two big plays helped LHS baseball beat SM West

Lawrence High's boys baseball team won its Sunflower League and home opener, 2-0, against Shawnee Mission West. In what was essentially a pitcher's duel, with ...


Consultants recommending naming new Rock Chalk Park recreation center SportQuest; local Eagles lodge closed following investigation

Get ready, Lawrence. You soon may be embarking on a quest. I'm almost certain it won't require a hobbit, three rings or even a donkey ...

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Thomas Robinson making his mark in Portland

Portland Trail Blazers' Thomas Robinson (41) scores against Minnesota Timberwolves' Gorgui Dieng (5) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014. The Trail Blazers won 108-97. (AP Photo/Greg Wahl-Stephens)

Drafted by Sacramento, then traded to Houston during his rookie year, second-year power forward Thomas Robinson finally feels at home in the NBA with his ...


With Manning moving on, Tulsa’s next coach could be easy to find

Former Jayhawk guard and current director of basketball operations Brett Ballard checks the scoreboard during a timeout in this Dec. 20 file photo from Allen Fieldhouse.

While the news about Danny Manning being hired by Wake Forest obviously is a big deal for the former Kansas University star and assistant coach, ...


A grand ‘Budapest Hotel,’ an American hero returns and a festival for young filmmakers

All the hallmarks of a Wes Anderson film are present in his latest comic concoction “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” opening today at Liberty Hall: Ornate ...


Questions remain, but KU’s offensive line starting to take shape

By now, you've surely heard KU football coach Charlie Weis and offensive line coach John Reagan say — on separate occasions — that they have ...


KDOT interested in expanding western leg of SLT to four lanes; update on Ninth and N.H. and possible downtown drug store

It is like my wife always says: You have to strike while the iron is hot. (This is one of the reasons why I always ...

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McDonald’s All American Game roundup: Oubre, Alexander and Turner

McDonald's West All-American Kelly Oubre, left, goes up for a dunk but is fouled by McDonald's East All-American Cliff Alexander during the second half of the McDonald's All-American boy's basketball game Wednesday, April 2, 2014, in Chicago . The West won 105-102.

All-star basketball games have the reputation of turning into open-court affairs in which defense is an afterthought and nonchalantness rules the day. So the best ...


Looking Forward: April 3-9

Contributed Photo: Pop-punk band All Time Low will play at Granada, 1020 Massachusetts St., this Tuesday at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance, and $22 at the door.

MIDDLE OF MAP FEST APRIL 3-5 [KANSAS CITY PICK] Have you gotten your tickets yet? Lot of locals in the mix on all three days ...


Elephant Revival to speak at Bottleneck through musical sounds of the natural world

Contributed Photo: Elephant Revival will play at Bottleneck this Saturday, returning to Lawrence, a favorite of city of theirs in the Midwest. Bonnie Paine says, "It’s the oasis of Kansas. I love finding where art flourishes in a state and it seems like there’s a lot of appreciation for the arts in Lawrence."

There’s a reason the gypsy folk music of Elephant Revival pours the moving elements of nature into our hearts. “I get my inspiration mostly from ...


I’m Becoming My Mother

Mom and Me in 1986

“If you took better care of your things, they wouldn’t get broken.” As soon as the words escaped my mouth last week, I cringed at ...


Work begins on complicated Kansas River waterline project; Pachamamas ends lunch service but adds new happy hour concept

If you have driven through North Lawrence recently, you've probably noticed a bunch of heavy-duty boring equipment on the lot just north of Sonic. Perhaps ...