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Lawrence schools remain open despite below freezing temperatures

LAWRENCE, Kan. –  With nearly 200 schools closed due to the below freezing temperatures, it was business as usual at the Lawrence School District on Monday. Some parents were concerned that their children were expected to brave the slick streets and freezing temperatures getting to school.

The Leibold’s disagree about the decision to remain open in this weather. They have three children in the district. One in the elementary school who walks to school and two in high school who drive.

“So I do have them on the roads and that does make me nervous but I think the school is out for their best interest by getting them educated,” said mother of three, Mandy Leibold.

Leibold’s husband, Terry Leibold, worries that the school district is more interested in not going over the maximum number of school days rather than the safety of the students.

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KU’s Embiid to miss final two regular season games

LAWRENCE, Kan. — After re-injuring his back during a Saturday night loss at Oklahoma State, Kansas freshman center Joel Embiid will miss the Jayhawks’ final two regular season games, according to head coach Bill Self.

“I would, right now, think that’s what we will go to, is give him a little bit of time,” Self said. “But I don’t know how long that will be, and certainly I don’t think it’s anything that will affect postseason.”

Embiid fell to the floor in obvious pain after being fouled in the second-half against the Cowboys. He finished the contest with 13 points and 13 rebounds. Earlier this season, Embiid missed a home game against TCU because of back problems. This latest injury has been described as a re-aggravation of a lower back strain.

Double fatality accident near Lawrence

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Police are investigating a double fatality accident which occurred late Saturday night.

Rodney Strickell, 53 of Wellsville, and Dylan Strickell, 17, of Lawrence, were traveling together in a vehicle heading southbound on Douglas County Road 1061, when police say their vehicle failed to stop at the intersection atU56. A second vehicle was traveling eastbound on U56, and struck the Strickell’s vehicle on the passenger side door.

Both vehicles ended up in the southeast ditch. The Strickell’s vehicle came to rest on its top facing the southwest, and the other vehicle came to rest right-side up with its wheels facing east.

Both Rodney and Dylan Strickell died in the crash. It is unknown what caused the car to continue through the intersection, however it is possible weather may have been a factor.

KU’s Wiggins, WSU’s Van Vleet named Naismith semi-finalists

LOS ANGELES — KU freshman Andrew Wiggins and Wichita State sophomore Fred Van Vleet are semi-finalists for the Naismith Award. Wiggins leads Kansas in scoring at 16.3 points per game. VanVleet runs the show for the undefeated and second-ranked Shockers.

Wiggins is one of three freshmen on the list of 10 finalists. The Naismith Award, given to the best college basketball player in the country, will be presented to one of four finalists on April 4 in Atlanta.

All Semi-Finalists:

Tyler Ennis – Syracuse FR guard
Nick Johnson - Arizona JR guard
Sean Kilpatrick – Cincinnati SR guard
Doug McDermott – Creighton SR forward
Shabazz Napier – Connecticut SR guard
Jabari Parker – Duke FR forward
Julius Randle – Kentucky FR forward
Russ Smith – Louisville SR guard
Fred VanVleet – Wichita State SO guard
Andrew Wiggins – Kansas FR guard

Wiggins named Top 10 on Naismith Award list

LAWRENCE, Kan. — Kansas freshman Andrew Wiggins has been named one of 10 semifinalists for the 2014 Men’s Naismith Trophy, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced Friday.

Four finalists for the Naismith Trophy will be announced March 23. On Thursday, Feb. 27, Wiggins was also selected as one of 15 finalists for the Oscar Robertson Trophy, which is the U.S. Basketball Writers Association’s (USBWA) National Player of the Year award. He, along with KU teammate Joel Embiid, is also one of six finalists for the USBWA’s Wayman Tisdale Award, recognizing the organization’s National Freshman of the Year.

Local hoops teams face challenging weekend

KANSAS CITY, Mo.  – We’re just two weeks and two days away from Selection Sunday for the NCAA Basketball Tournament, and all 3 major Division-1 teams in the Kansas City area are facing different challenges this weekend.

The team with the most unknown future belongs to the Missouri Tigers. After winning 3 straight SEC home games, the Tigers have now lost back to back games on the road, at Alabama, and at Georgia. Missouri now has a sub-.500 league record, with 3 games remaining on it’s regular season schedule. Mizzou will host Mississippi State on saturday, then hosts Texas A&M on senior night on wednesday. The Tigers enter the weekend with a 7-8 SEC record, so winning at least 2 of their last 3 is essential.

Tallgrass Creek Nurses Share Stories of Compassion in Chaos of War

OVERLAND PARK, KS (March 1, 2014) – Sixteen retired nurses who live at Tallgrass Creek in Overland Park meet monthly to share stories about their beloved profession and listen to guest speakers talk about health care. Moreover, the group, which is called Retired Nurses Reminiscing, has become a venue for honoring each member’s lifelong compassion and service to others.

“We all share a common bond,” said the group’s coordinator Ann Brazil, an Army nurse during the Vietnam War who was stationed in Qui Nhon, Vietnam, where she served at the 85th Evacuation Hospital. “Though our experiences are different, we’ve all seen a side of life that has shaped us into the people we are today.”

Brazil today speaks fondly of her nursing career, and of her fellow nurses.

Because of changes in the Army’s recruiting requirements, the 5,000 nurses who served in Vietnam throughout the entire war were younger and had less nursing experience than nurses in previous conflicts.