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Mark Fagan

Transportation reporter

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I’ve been a reporter and editor at the Journal-World since 1992, and have been turning stories and other content for LJWorld.com since before media convergence was considered cool.
While I now concentrate on transportation news, I’ve been known to dip into matters ranging from business to bioscience to Kansas University basketball.
For a story, I once drove a former Winston Cup car for 10 laps around Kansas Speedway, apparently at speeds reaching 165 mph (that’s what they told me; the car had no speedometer, not that I would have chanced looking at it anyway).
I say roundabouts make sense both on paper and in practice, although I have many friends who constantly try to convince me otherwise. And bacon is the greatest meat on Earth.
I also drive a Honda Odyssey minivan, and am darned happy about that — I figure its well earned family-wagon appearance has helped me avoid at least a few tickets, compared with the citation-magnet red Civic I used to drive.

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KU now charging for garage parking for women's basketball fans

The days of free, covered parking for Jayhawk women’s basketball games is over.

KU basketball ‘mini plans’ include tickets for big games

Kansas University no longer scores enough points-holding, ticket-buying fans to fill Allen Fieldhouse — a loss of demand that is leaving seats for the season’s most intense rivalries available to the general public.

'Challenge' ahead for basketball rules at KU

David Booth can do the math: 13 rules + two sheets of paper + one signature = one heck of a tourist attraction.

Owner of Naismith's ‘Basket Ball’ rules thanks Lawrence, teacher for lessons learned

David Booth, a 1964 LHS graduate, entertained more than 550 attendees at Friday’s Community Education Breakfast by sharing tales of how he purchased the rules for $4.33 million, to be displayed at KU; how he founded a financial firm that today has more than $200 billion under management; and how his name now graces the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, which he dubbed “the No. 1 rated business school in this or any other galaxy.”

Final ticket scandal co-conspirator Ben Kirtland awaits designation at Massachusetts federal prison

The last co-conspirator in an operation that stole and sold thousands of tickets for Kansas University basketball and football games is behind bars, awaiting designation in a federal medical complex in Massachusetts.

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Charlette Blubaugh begins serving prison sentence at Federal Medical Center in Fort Worth, Texas

Charlette Blubaugh won’t be spending the next four-plus years in camp. Blubaugh, former associate athletics director for ticket operations at Kansas Athletics Inc., started her 57-month prison term last week in a Texas prison for her role in a scheme to steal and resell tickets to regular-season games for football and men’s basketball.

Dad Days to celebrate paternal bonding

KU football coach, columnist to speak about fatherhood

Dads, granddads, fathers-to-be and anyone else of the male persuasion with a connection to younger offspring are invited to pick up tips, share advice and otherwise boost the profile of fatherhood during an event next month.

Prosecutor: No evidence Lew Perkins ‘knowingly participated’ in KU's cash-for-tickets scheme

Federal prosecutors say they don’t anticipate filing any more criminal charges connected with a five-year ticket-stealing scheme that cost Kansas Athletics Inc. at least $2 million.

KU, U.S. Attorney focus on recovering money lost in cash-for-tickets scam

Now that former Kansas Athletics Inc. employees are headed to prison for their roles in a $2 million scheme to steal and sell Kansas University football and basketball tickets, the next step for authorities and campus officials dealing with the repercussions is clear.

Ex-KU athletics official Ben Kirtland sentenced to 57 months in federal prison for role in ticket scam

The man who led fundraising for Kansas Athletics Inc. for more than five years is headed to prison for his role in a ticket-selling scheme that drained at least $2 million from the department and cost some donors opportunities for the seats they deserved at Allen Fieldhouse.

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