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Jayhawks play ball with Special Olympians at 30th clinic event

CAPITOL REPORT

Marriage, religion bill to be discussed

By Elliot Hughes ehughes@ljworld.com

With the way the Kansas University men’s basketball players were behaving at certain times Sunday afternoon, you’d have thought one of them had just nailed a winning buzzer-beater or posterized an opponent with a crushing dunk. But the Jayhawks were just reacting to the exploits of about 100 Special Olympians, who joined the team at the Allen Fieldhouse for a shootaround in the 30th annual Wilt Chamberlain Special Olympics Clinic. Every year, about 10 Special Olympics teams from across the state get to run all kinds of drills with the Jayhawks. Teams from Olathe, Ottawa, Douglas and Wyandotte counties, among others, made the trip this year. The event is organized in part by Special Olympics Kansas. To commemorate the 30th year of the clinic, which began during the Larry Brown era in 1984, KU head coach Bill Self was awarded a plaque bearing photos of himself, Brown and former head coach Roy Williams, who also continued the tradition during his reign, with Special Olympians. Chevi Peters, a member of the New Hope Services of Please see JAYHAWKS, page 6A

By Scott Rothschild srothschild@ljworld.com

John Young/Journal-World Photo

MALCOLM GIBSON, RETIRED KANSAS UNIVERSITY JOURNALISM PROFESSOR, AND HIS WIFE, JOYCE, at their home in West Lawrence on Sunday.

Retired KU professor appointed editor of Ugandan newspaper, fulfills dream By Nikki Wentling

It’s a big task, but I’m looking forward to it. I’ve been in love with Africa my whole life. When I’m there, a comMalcolm Gibson, a retired fort comes over me and I feel at home.” nwentling@ljworld.com

Kansas University journalism professor, is a self-proclaimed “Africanist.” He traveled to the continent in 1969, ‘71 and ‘93. He climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, interviewed Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg and hitchhiked over much of east Africa, finding stories along the way. Starting next month, Gibson will fulfill a lifelong dream of living in the place that he has studied, traveled and adored. Gibson recently signed a two-year contract with Nairobibased Nation Media Group to

— Malcolm Gibson, a retired Kansas University journalism professor serve as executive editor for Monitor Newspapers in Kampala, Uganda. “It’s a big task, but I’m looking forward to it,” Gibson said. “I’ve been in love with Africa my whole life. When I’m there, a comfort comes over me and I feel at home.” The position became known to Gibson in August, when a longtime friend and employee

of Nation Media Group encouraged him to apply. Gibson was offered the job in December and traveled to Uganda earlier this month to visit the newsroom, meet his future staff and finalize his contract. Gibson and his wife, Joyce, will leave for Uganda on Feb. 20. Please see EDITOR, page 6A

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Bill dealing with religion and marriage to be heard House Bill 2453 says no individual or religious entity would have to be required by the government to provide any services if it would be contrary “to the sincerely held religious beliefs of LEGISLATURE the individual or the individual or religious entity regarding sex or gender.” State Rep. Charles Macheers, R-Overland Park, said the bill will, “Protect religious freedom for people and institutions on both sides of the marriage debate.” Tom Witt, executive director of Kansas Equality, said the measure would allow discrimination against same-sex couples. “The radical right wants to deny us our rights and deny our access to the courts. They want to deny the very fact of our existence,” Witt said. A hearing on the bill is Please see CAPITOL, page 6A

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