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12:00 a.m.
From left, Kennedy School cafeteria workers Jackie Stone and Kathy Barnes make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches Wednesday. As the economy has gotten more shaky, the number of children receiving a free lunch or reduced lunches has increased in Kansas public schools. Free lunches increase in state
December 14, 2008 in print edition on 1A
In perhaps another sign of the shaky economy, the number of children receiving free or reduced-price lunches in the Kansas public school system has risen sharply. A total of 152,798 school children are receiving free lunch this school year, which is 13,133 more than last year. That represents an increase of 9.4 percent, according to the Kansas Department of Education.
6:00 a.m.
KU campus Student Senate’s discretionary funding nearly all used up
December 15, 2008 in print edition on 3A
Student groups seeking funding before KU’s Student Senate next semester will be getting a little more scrutiny than those that made requests earlier this year. The senate has already burned through much of its available funds for the year, leaving a relatively small amount remaining for the spring semester.
10:00 a.m.
Nancy Leo, left, peers through her binoculars as Helen Hewins describes a nest she saw Sunday morning at Perry State Park. Hewins and Leo, president of the Kansas Ornithological Society, were two of many birders to participate in the annual Christmas Bird Count sponsored by the National Audubon Society. Healthy variety of birds spotted in annual count
December 15, 2008 in print edition on 1A
Armed with binoculars, an iPod and a checklist of bird species, Nancy Leo, Janeen Walton and Helen Hewins set out Sunday to hunt some of the more than 400 species of birds that call Kansas home during the winter.
2:00 p.m.
A squirrel makes its way down a tree in Old West Lawrence recently while holding tightly to an Asian pear. Because of a shortage of acorns from red oak trees, squirrels will need to find alternative food sources this winter. Acorn shortage could drive squirrels nuts
December 15, 2008 in print edition on 1A
In the story of Chicken Little, it was a dropping acorn that sparked the anxiety-ridden fowl to worry the sky was falling. But this fall, it’s been the lack of dropping acorns that has caused some people in Kansas and across the country to scratch their heads and wonder whether there is something to worry about.
6:00 p.m.
Keith Loneker, a former Kansas University football standout, helps Sebastian Lovell, 16, with his schoolwork at Free State High School. When Loneker isn’t auditioning for movie roles, he is a substitute teacher at Free State. Man of all trades: Lawrence film standout — and former KU football player — takes act to classroom
December 15, 2008
George Clooney, Samuel L. Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Free State High special education students have at least one thing in common: They’ve all worked with Keith Loneker. Loneker, 37, has made security rounds at Lawrence High, played librarian for a day at an elementary school and now is a substitute at Free State.

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Chiefs GM Carl Peterson resigns
Future status of coach Edwards won’t hinge on Sunday’s collapse
December 15, 2008 in print edition on B1
Kansas City Chiefs president and general manager Carl Peterson has resigned, effective at the end of the season.
Chiefs honor ex-left offensive tackle Roaf
Pro Bowler — and likely future Hall of Famer — gets halftime tribute
December 15, 2008 in print edition on B3
Former Kansas City Chiefs standout lineman Willie Roaf was honored during halftime of the Chiefs’ 22-21 loss to San Diego.
Jayhawks’ immediate focus: practice better
Self bemoans Kansas’ inconsistency in drills and in games
December 15, 2008 in print edition on B1
Kansas University’s men’s basketball team played Saturday like it practiced this month: poorly.
A bolt from the blue
Chiefs let sure victory slip away again
December 15, 2008 in print edition on B1
The Kansas City Chiefs squandered a 21-3 third-quarter lead and fell to San Diego 22-21.