Staff blogs

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Why Jim Ward’s exit from Kansas governor’s race could help Democrats in 2018

House Minority Leader Jim Ward’s exit from the 2018 race for governor in Kansas came as a surprise to some observers, but not much of a surprise to those who were paying close attention to fundraising numbers. Ward, a Wichita Democrat, had raised less than $100,000 at ... Continue reading

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Sarah McLinn, who murdered Lawrence pizza shop owner in 2014, back in court

Notorious Douglas County convict Sarah B. Gonzales McLinn was back in Douglas County District Court in person Wednesday afternoon — for about five minutes. McLinn, now 23, is 2 1/2 years into her prison time for murdering Lawrence pizza franchise owner Harold Sasko, 52, in 2014. At ... Continue reading

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Lawrence police blotter for May 10

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 a.m. Wednesday to 6 a.m. Thursday and includes 195 incidents. Each listing gives a date, ... Continue reading

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Reported fraternity burglar captured by police after foot chase near KU campus

Police chased, caught and arrested a University of Kansas student who reportedly was trying to get into sorority and fraternity houses early Thursday morning. Apparently he was on his way out with some golf bags, until police intervened. Officers were dispatched to the 1600 block of Edgehill ... Continue reading

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Three boutiques closing up shop in downtown Lawrence; one owner talks about need for change with downtown rents

One of the great things about downtown Lawrence is a trip there is cheaper than an international vacation. Think about it: There are at least a couple of places you can get the taste of India, right next door to each other there are shops that allow ... Continue reading

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Devonte’ Graham scheduled for 4 book signing appearances this weekend

With the biggest audition of his life just around the corner, hard-working Kansas point guard Devonte' Graham will carve out some time this weekend, just days ahead of the NBA draft combine in Chicago, to reconnect with KU fans in the Lawrence, Topeka and Kansas City areas. ... Continue reading

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Recent Final Four history shows more than 3-point bombers taste success

This new-age philosophy that if you don't shoot a ton of 3-pointers you're doomed to fail rubs me so wrong that I decided to look at the past 16 Final Four teams in four different categories listed on Kenpom.com, the first two dealing with the volume of ... Continue reading

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Closing moments of season-ending playoff loss will motivate Joel Embiid

In every great NBA player’s narrative there’s a moment he’d like to forget that actually turns into a point in time that shapes the rest of his career for the better. For Philadelphia uber-center Joel Embiid, that instant might have come Wednesday night in a season-ending loss. ... Continue reading

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Lawrence Public Library field report: World Voices Festival 2018

The mission of our library presses forward only with some careful study and reflection along the way. To keep making the right decisions for our collections and services, librarians can never stop learning about our world and our community; it probably doesn’t surprise anyone that we have ... Continue reading

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Man accused of stealing cash, then running over victim’s foot

A robbery victim not only had his money taken but also had his foot run over this week by a man he knew, Lawrence police say. Police were called to the 2200 block of Westdale Road about 10:30 a.m. Tuesday to investigate a robbery, Officer Derrick Smith ... Continue reading

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Lawrence police blotter for May 9

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 a.m. Tuesday to 6 a.m. Wednesday and includes 237 incidents. Each listing gives a date, ... Continue reading

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KU’s Peyton Bender projected in bottom 20 percent of FBS starting QBs

Spring football came and went in Lawrence without anyone knowing for sure who will open the 2018 season as the starting quarterback at Kansas. But if forced today to take a stab at the winner of the competition nearly four months ahead of the Jayhawks’ season opener, ... Continue reading

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Quan Hampton potential spark for Kansas offense

He didn’t post loud statistics during his freshman season and suffered an injury that took him off the field for half the season, so it’s easy to overlook Quan Hampton when listing potential playmakers for a Kansas football offense that has been stuck in neutral for several ... Continue reading

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Plans filed for new microbrewery on Massachusetts Street, right across the street from Free State Brewery

I don’t know if Massachusetts Street is going to become a dividing line or simply a place to take a carb-induced nap. Whatever the case, the 600 block of Massachusetts is going to become more interesting as plans have been filed for another microbrewery to locate right ... Continue reading

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

In the regular Tuesday time slot, I joined Nick Schwerdt to talk KU basketball and the dream showdown being kicked around between Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson. Will Tiger and Phil go head to head for what Schwerdt hopes is an uncomfortable amount of money? On the ... Continue reading

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Lawrence police blotter for May 8

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 a.m. Monday to 6 a.m. Tuesday and includes 214 incidents. Each listing gives a date, ... Continue reading

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NBA Draft combine alternate Lagerald Vick invited to alternative pro hoops combine May 22-23

Former KU guard Lagerald Vick may just be listed as an alternate for next week's pre-draft NBA Combine, May 16-20 in Chicago, but that won't keep the 6-foot-5 Memphis native from showcasing his skills for pro basketball talent evaluators this month. [According to a press release sent ... Continue reading

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On list of college football’s top Power Five coaches, David Beaty finishes last

Headed into his fourth season in charge of the ever-floundering Kansas football program, David Beaty has boundless miles to go before proving he is capable of making the Jayhawks winners. A reminder of the deficit in which Beaty finds himself operating surfaced Tuesday, when CBS Sports published ... Continue reading

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Over/under for victories in regular season opens at three for Kansas football

You see men crawling all over Las Vegas who are different versions of the same person. Greasy hair. Bulging bags under their eyes. Brown double-knit pants decorated by weeks-old donut stains. They have one thing in common. They couldn’t convince themselves that when odds look too good ... Continue reading

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Albany grad transfer and KU target Joe Cremo commits to Villanova

After five visits to some of the best programs in college basketball, University of Albany shooting guard Joe Cremo on Tuesday morning announced that the opportunity to join the defending national champion Villanova Wildcats was too good to pass up. The 6-foot-4 Cremo, who shot better than ... Continue reading

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