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Jayhawks a popular Final Four pick among ESPN college hoops analysts

The college basketball staff at ESPN this week [released its predictions][1] for this seasons’s Final Four, national champion, player of the year and coach of the year. Not surprisingly, Kansas received more than a little love. Of the 26 staffers who gave their picks, seven had Kansas ... Continue reading

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Plans filed to bring gas station, retail, offices along a portion of the South Lawrence Trafficway

We’re soon going to have another test of how — or whether — city leaders want land along the South Lawrence Trafficway to develop. Plans have been filed for a new office, commercial and gas station development near the Haskell Avenue interchange of the SLT. Specifically, the ... Continue reading

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Two books to celebrate the season of the witch

Magician, wizard, practitioner of magic, whatever you want to call that person, I'll bet some of the first examples that pop into your head are male: Harry Potter, Merlin, Gandalf. The greats of the fantasy genre are usually males with women in supporting roles. Women are the ... Continue reading

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Lawrence police blotter for Nov. 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. Wednesday to 6 a.m. Thursday and includes 211 incidents. Each listing gives a date, ... Continue reading

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A little clarity on the Silvio De Sousa situation

A handful of Twitter messages that surfaced Thursday suggesting that Class of 2018 power forward Silvio De Sousa had been authorized to join the Kansas basketball program in time for the second semester of the current season were not accurate, according to a source with knowledge of ... Continue reading

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How Svi Mykhailiuk drew the ire of Bill Self against Fort Hays State

When Devonte’ Graham lobbed the ball toward Udoka Azubuike, what the crowd at Allen Fieldhouse saw made them cheer. Bill Self had a different reaction. The play he was stewing over came two trips earlier down the floor. The sequence that started the fast break for Kansas ... Continue reading

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Getting to know: Tennessee State basketball

At long last, the start of the 2017-18 college basketball season has finally arrived. The Kansas men’s basketball team played seven exhibition games, counting the four games in Italy in August. Unlike the Jayhawks, Tennessee State didn’t play in any actual preseason games leading into Friday's season ... Continue reading

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Republican Jim Barnett commits to LGBT nondiscrimination policy if elected governor of Kansas

Republican gubernatorial candidate Jim Barnett said Thursday that he would be committed to a nondiscrimination policy to protect gay and lesbian state workers, a policy that current Gov. Sam Brownback rescinded in 2015. "On the social issues, it’s been a huge black eye for our state, and ... Continue reading

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Police try combating western Lawrence auto burglaries with education

As I reported a couple weeks ago, there’s been a [string of auto burglaries recently where in many cases, Lawrence police say, vehicles left unlocked overnight made for easy prey][1]. Likewise for vehicles where tempting valuables were left in plain sight. In addition to ongoing efforts to ... Continue reading

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Lone-star road losing streak stands at 17 for Kansas

Listening to former Oakland Raiders quarterback and Oakland and Los Angeles Raiders coach Tom Flores in a recent radio interview, it struck me as interesting that he mentioned that he anticipated the Raiders playing well in Miami because a lot of Raiders came from that region of ... Continue reading

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From plantains to pikliz, Haitian cuisine served near Ninth and Iowa streets

Fritz-Gerald Esperance grew up in Haiti, came to America as part of a singing group, attended the University of Kansas, and learned something about American food. “I started eating American food, and I gained 30 pounds in a few months,” Esperance said. Indeed, immigrants often don’t read ... Continue reading

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20+1 KU basketball questions for 2017-18

The 2017-18 KU men's basketball season is right around the corner. Before KU gets things started at home against Tennessee State on Friday, our staff came together to answer 21 fun questions about KU basketball. The topics range from things in pop culture to specifics about lineups ... Continue reading

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Why Kansas can’t replicate Maine’s Medicaid expansion vote

People in Kansas who have been pushing to expand KanCare under the Affordable Care Act no doubt took notice Tuesday night when Maine became the first state in the union to [settle that issue by popular vote][1], bypassing a Republican governor who has vetoed such a measure ... Continue reading

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Lawrence police blotter for Nov. 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. Tuesday to 6 a.m. Wednesday and includes 210 incidents. Each listing gives a date, ... Continue reading

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Class-by-class scholarship breakdown for Kansas football

Counting scholarships in college football is somewhat of a moving target. Asked a few weeks ago how many scholarship players Kansas has on the roster, coach David Beaty said 84, but that total counted walk-ons given scholarship because KU wasn't at its limit of 85. Tallying how ... Continue reading

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Class of 2018 big man Silvio De Sousa makes commitment official

Kansas commitment Silvio De Sousa made his pledge to join the Jayhawks official on Wednesday morning during a signing ceremony at IMG Academy on the first day of the early signing period. De Sousa, a 6-foot-9, 245-pound forward who was the first in the 2018 class to ... Continue reading

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KU Sports Extra: End of the Exhibitions

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Devonté Graham, Bill Self lament low energy vs. Fort Hays State

Despite an 86-57 victory over Fort Hays State in the Kansas basketball team's final exhibition game, senior point guard Devonté Graham and coach Bill Self talked about the team's slow start in the first half and defensive effort heading into Friday's season opener. Continue reading

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Baseline View: Jayhawks handle Fort Hays State after sloppy first half

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Postgame Report Card: Kansas 86, Fort Hays State 57

Quick grades for five aspects of KU’s 86-57 victory over Fort Hays State on Tuesday night in the exhibition finale at Allen Fieldhouse. Offense: B ----------- Kansas was sluggish and sloppy in the first half and turned the ball over almost as many times as the Jayhawks ... Continue reading

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