No. 8 Kansas clinches 14th straight Big 12 title

Kansas coach Bill Self has signed some of the nation's top-rated players during his tenure in Lawrence, allowing him to restock the roster instead of rebuilding. Signing one-and-done players comes with a price: Constant roster turnover. It hasn't mattered to Self and the Jayhawks. No matter who they have on the floor, they find a way to win the Big 12 title. The count is 14 straight after Saturday's win over No. 6 Texas Tech clinched at least a share of the title, leaving No. 8 Kansas alone for longest streak in NCAA history. The Jayhawks had been tied with UCLA, which won 13 straight Pac-10 titles from 1967-79. "I feel like this year was the year that everybody thought we were going to lose it," said Kansas guard Devonte Graham, who scored 26 points against the red Raiders. "As a team, we've just been battling, staying positive with each other, going through the grind. And now we made history." Kansas was picked to win the Big 12 title in the preseason, but doubts arose after the Jayhawks lost nonconference games against Washington and Arizona State. Kansas (23-6, 12-4) still appeared to vulnerable after losing to the Big 12's two Oklahoma schools in a span of four games. The Jayhawks, like they always seem to, found a way to play their best when they needed to, winning four straight games to earn another title. Kansas can take it outright with a win against Texas on Monday. "We picked the best time to be our best the last couple of weeks," Self said. "To play with little depth and to play so small and to not be a physical team at all, to see how these guys hung in there and competed, I'm amazed." Texas Tech picked a tough time to start struggling. The Red Raiders (22-7, 10-6) reached their highest ranking as a program at No. 6 on Monday, but lost both games since. Those followed a loss to Baylor , when leading scorer Keenan Evans injured a toe. He appears to still be bothered by the foot, scoring in single digits the past three straight games, including Continue Reading

Kansas land that is site of Knute Rockne memorial sold for $4 million

Nearly 87 years ago, a plane carrying legendary Notre Dame football coach Knute Rockne lost a wing and crashed on a farm in rural Chase County, Kan., killing everyone aboard. A marble and limestone monument was built at the crash site honoring Rockne and the seven others who died. On Friday, the 1,539-acre property that includes the memorial was sold at auction for a little more than $4 million, according to Griffin Real Estate & Auction Service, a Kansas company that is overseeing the sale. The land, advertised as "top of the line native grass pasture in the heart of the Flint Hills," sold for $2,600 per acre. The auction company said the Rockne memorial adds "a little more character" to the land, but probably didn't affect the sales price. The previous owner of the property was E. Cross Cattle Co., a Texas-based cattle company. The company's owners recently passed away. The winning bidder Friday was the Peterson family, who are from the area, the auction company said. The sale is expected to be finalized on or before March 29. The sale of the land includes the plane crash memorial, which lists the names of the victims of the fatal 1931 plane crash: Rockne, Waldo Miller, H.J. Christen, John Happer, Spencer Goldthwaite, C.A. Robrecht, Robert Fry and Herman Mathias. Legendary Notre Dame football coach Knute Rockne, in 1925. He died six years later in a plane crash in Kansas. File photo Rockne coached at the University of Notre Dame from 1918 to 1931, leading the Fighting Irish to a .881 overall winning percentage — the highest of any college or professional football coach. The 1940 film about him, "Knute Rockne, All American," co-starred Ronald Reagan as player George Gipp, aka The Gipper. In recent years, a local resident, Sue Ann Brown, has helped maintain the monument and organize private tours of the crash site. Brown's father, Easter Heathman, witnessed the crash as a teen on the foggy morning of March 31, 1931. The Transcontinental Continue Reading

Kansas has more small cities in the ‘middle of nowhere’ than Montana, report says

Ever been to the middle of nowhere? It’s apparently in western Kansas. According to a Washington Post analysis of a study by the University of Oxford’s Malaria Atlas Project, four of the 10 U.S. cities “where ‘nowhere’ is home” — meaning small cities farthest away (by travel time) from a metro of more than 75,000 people — are in Kansas. They are: Oakley, Scott City, Holcomb, and Colby. Kansas beat out Montana, which had three cities on the list. The newspaper’s story, titled “Using the best data possible, we set out to find the middle of nowhere,” looked at small cities with a population of more than 1,000. Coming in at No. 1 was Glasgow, Mont., where it apparently takes more than four hours to get to any large city. At No. 4 was Oakley, a city of more than 2,000 people, where it takes about 3.7 hours to get to a metro area in any direction, the report said. Oakley is located more than four hours from Denver and about four hours from Wichita, according to driving times on Google Maps. Rose Wessel grew up in western Kansas and has worked as Oakley’s city clerk since 2002. She said this week she hadn’t seen The Post’s report but wasn’t too surprised by the findings. “You grow up in this part of Kansas, you get used to traveling,” Wessel said. A Facebook page promoting tourism in the city saw The Post’s article this week and shared it on social media. “Oakley made #4!!!,” it exclaimed. Scott City, with a population of 3,000-plus, is listed at No. 7. Brenda Davis, the city clerk there, says she’s always lived in Kansas, and hopes The Post’s article could shine a light on the western side of the state. According to The Post, it takes people in Scott City around three and a half hours to get to the nearest metro. For Davis, it’s more like four hours. “I think many people you would ask who live here would not be bothered by that Continue Reading

At 22, she went undercover at a Kansas school. She says ‘sexting’ is much more common

Nicolette, 22, was one of seven young adults who went undercover at a Kansas High School as part of a new A&E TV series, “Undercover High.” Nicolette — a former teen mom — and the other adults in their twenties spent the spring 2017 semester as “students” at Topeka’s Highland Park High School. The undercover adults attended classes, made friends and participated in school clubs and activities, according to the show’s website. They also found out just how much high school has changed since they graduated, especially with the influence of smart phones and social media. Nicolette graduated in 2013, and just four years later she said that sexting — the act of sending sexually explicit images via text — has become much more common among high school students. “Now it's not just about your skills, it's about your image, your sexual image,” Nicolette, who did not use her last name in the show, told Business Insider. While she was a “student,” she found out that girl students are constantly pressured to post sexually explicit images of themselves online, according to Business Insider. She also said that girls were regularly being sexually harassed. “It's something that's normal for them, posting promiscuous pictures of themselves and rating themselves based on what others think and like off social media,” Nicolette told Business Insider. One Highland Park student said in the show that the younger girls are most vulnerable to the harassment, according to Business Insider. “The girls that get exposed and stuff, they're like, the freshman girls," she said. “They're, like, really dumb, and they'll just like send stuff to just about anyone that asks for it.” Beryl New, principal of Highland Park when the show was filmed, told Business Insider that students would post on social media with the intention of hurting others. “It's part of everyday life Continue Reading

Single in Kansas? It might not be your fault, study says

If finding yourself a date — let alone a steady relationship — has seemed more than a little challenging, it might not be your fault. Putting aside your personality, looks, interests and employment status, one other big factor may be weighing against you. Your location — the state of Kansas — might actually be negatively affecting the odds of you finding a romantic partner, according to a study by personal finance website WalletHub. “Everyone has different priorities when searching for love, but certain places simply make dating easier than others,” the study said. And Kansas is not one of those places where dating is made easier. The study went on to rank each state from best to worst states for singles. The Sunflower State did not fare well. Kansas was ranked as the 42nd best state for singles in 2018, or the ninth worst. To identify the best and worst states for singles, WalletHub compared data from 27 metrics, including the number of single adults, online-dating opportunities, the average price of beer and wine, movie costs, restaurants per capita, nightlife per capita and crime rates. Arkansas, West Virginia and Alabama ranked as the three worst states for singles, and California, Florida and New York ranked as the best states for singles. See below to see how each of the states were ranked: To read the full study, visit Continue Reading

Little Jerusalem, Flint Hills Trail could become Kansas’ newest parks

One of the most unique limestone formations in the Midwest and a 117-mile trail through the Flint Hills are in line to become Kansas’ newest state parks. Little Jerusalem, a 250-acre Niobrara Chalk limestone formation between Scott City and Oakley, and the Flint Hills Trail, which runs from Osawatomie to Herington, are listed in Senate Bill 331, which moved out of a Senate committee Friday. If it is debated and approved by the Senate, the bill would be sent on to the state House. If the bill is approved during this session, Little Jerusalem could potentially open to the public by May, said Linda Craighead, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism assistant secretary. The Flint Hills Trail is already open. The two sites could be tourism jewels as parks, of interest to anyone from conservationists to hikers and bikers and anyone who likes to explore Kansas backroads, advocates say. “I think for people who have not driven anywhere except the interstate system, they will find every corner of Kansas offers unique features,” Craighead said. “These are two that are the best of the best. We hope the legislative body recognizes the potential that both of these state parks have for this state and the bill moves through without any hiccups.” The state now has 26 parks. Adding these two sites would cost a projected $504,000 in fiscal 2018 from the parks fee fund, including $300,000 in one-time costs. After that, the parks would need roughly $200,000 a year for staffing and contract services. Designating the two sites as state parks would allow both to monitored by employees of the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, helping to ensure safety for visitors, but also helping to protect the areas as well, Craighead said. Fragile landscape Little Jerusalem is filled with fossils, giant chalk formations that rise and fall, swirl into towers and caves. It’s a fragile environment that dates back 85 million years, when much of Continue Reading

Police release ‘swatting’ call, video of man being shot to death as a result of hoax

Police in Wichita, Kansas say a man who was fatally shot by an officer Thursday evening was unarmed but had put his hands by his waistband multiple times during commands to raise them. On Friday afternoon, Deputy Police Chief Troy Livingston went through a timeline of events and released audio of the 911 call and what dispatchers relayed to officers. The shooting happened at 1033 W. McCormick. In the 911 call, a man told dispatchers he had shot his father and was holding his mother and sibling hostage. Livingston said the call was a “swatting” hoax. Swatting happens when someone makes a call to a police department with a false story of an ongoing crime – often with killing or hostages involved – in an attempt to draw a large number of police officers to a particular address. Swatting has gained traction across the country with online gamers. Those who try to cause the swatting incident will use caller ID spoofing or other techniques to disguise their number as being local. Or they call local non-emergency numbers instead of 911, according to The call At 6:18 p.m., an officer working at City Hall received a call from an unknown man who said there was a disturbance with his father. When dispatchers spoke with the caller, he said he got into an argument with his mother and shot his father. “They were arguing and I shot him in the head, and he’s not breathing anymore,” the caller said. Asked if he had any weapons on him, the caller said, “Yeah I do.” He then said he was standing by his mother’s closet holding a black handgun. “I’m just pointing the gun at them, making sure they stay in the closet,” the caller said. When the dispatcher asked if he could put the gun down, he said no. He then made further threats. “I already poured gasoline all over the house, I might just set it on fire,” he told the dispatcher. “Do you have my address correct?” He then described Continue Reading