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12:00 a.m.
North East Kansas Gold Star Mothers Chapter officers take their oath and receive instruction from Betty Pulliam, right, Vietnam War Gold Star Mother, during the chapter’s chartering ceremony Dec. 14, 2008, at Main Post Chapel at Fort Leavenworth. Mothers of slain service members help relieve grief by doing good
December 25, 2008 in print edition on 3A
Shirley Hemenway felt isolated. The Shawnee resident had just lost her son, Ronald Hemenway, to the terrorist attack on the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001. Her life was changed forever, and she wasn’t quite sure how to deal with that. “I felt so detached,” she said. “People start to avoid you. They don’t know what to say, so they avoid you.”
6:00 a.m.
Sanders Barbee, 8, left, wears reindeer antlers while her mother, Kim Barbee, sports a Santa hat as their family enjoys Lawrence’s Free Community Christmas Dinner on Thursday at the First United Methodist Church. At far right is Kim’s son John Barbee II. Kim’s husband and the children’s father, John Barbee, is serving in Kuwait and this is the first Christmas he hasn’t been home. The family volunteered at the meal site Thursday. Dinner volunteers serve holiday spirit
December 26, 2008 in print edition on 1A
Tummies were full and smiles were bright during Lawrence’s Free Community Christmas Dinner on Thursday at First United Methodist Church.
10:00 a.m.
Patty Truex (right) works full-time for Assist LLC but the job doesn't pay her enough to cover some of the health care costs she faces. She was recently diagnosed with cancer. In the meantime, she spends her days helping Debbie Fulks who suffers from emphysema and fibromyalgia.  Cancer patient slipping through cracks
December 26, 2008 in print edition on 1A
Three months ago, a 43-year-old Lawrence woman was told that she needed to have surgery to remove her right ovary and uterus. She also was told that the blood in her uterus was forming cancer cells.
12:30 p.m.
Anna Skaggs poses with her host family who she stayed with initially when she arrived in Africa to work for the Peace Corps. She's home for the first time in 17 months, just in time for Christmas.         There’s no place like home for the holidays
December 26, 2008 in print edition on 3A
For the Skaggs family, there’s new meaning to the classic holiday song “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.”
6:00 p.m.
Kansas University graduate student Christopher Brott is pictured at one of the T bus stations located near the intersection of Ninth and Massachusetts streets. Brott finished a pair of documentaries about the recent vote over funding for the T. T set: KU graduate student takes hard look at Lawrence bus system in documentaries
December 26, 2008
Growing up in Germany, recent Kansas University journalism graduate Christopher Brott was used to riding the bus.

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KU looking to make history
December 26, 2008
A win next week would give the Jayhawks 20 wins in two seasons for the first time ever.
Eudora Lady Cards eager to get back to the court
December 26, 2008
The Eudora girls’ basketball team is in the midst of a 21-day stretch without any games.
Douglas County under tornado, severe t-storm watches until 5 a.m.
10:05 p.m., December 26, 2008 Updated 03:55 a.m.
The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for much of eastern Kansas, including Douglas, Franklin, Jefferson and Leavenworth counties.
Longtime Lawrence fire chief dies
December 26, 2008
Jim McSwain, 65, a longtime Lawrence fire chief, died Thursday at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
Jayhawks head to Tempe for Insight Bowl
December 26, 2008
Kansas Jayhawks head to Arizona for the Insight Bowl.
Not earned
December 26, 2008 in print edition on A8
To the editor:I have been reading about the astounding remuneration “earned” by executives of banking and other financial institutions, many of which received bailout money from us.
Bush mess
December 26, 2008 in print edition on A8
To the editor:It came as little surprise to find out last week that Vice President Cheney (flouting the Presidential Records Act) now says that he’s not required to release ANY records pertaining to what he’s been doing the last eight years.
T set: KU graduate student takes hard look at Lawrence bus system in documentaries
December 26, 2008
Growing up in Germany, recent Kansas University journalism graduate Christopher Brott was used to riding the bus.
Funding earmarked for school safety
December 26, 2008 in print edition on A3
The Kansas Department of Transportation has awarded Tonganoxie $250,000 in federal funds through the Safe Routes to School Program.
Winter roads test young drivers
December 26, 2008 in print edition on A3
It’s cold. It’s slick. And — perhaps of most concern for parents — it’s winter break.
Nobel Laureate Pinter dies at 78
December 26, 2008 in print edition on B8
British Nobel laureate Harold Pinter — who produced some of his generation’s most influential dramas and later became a staunch critic of the U.S.-led war in Iraq — has died, his widow said Thursday. He was 78.
Winter storm blankets West
December 26, 2008 in print edition on A2
As much of the country awoke to a welcome reprieve from heavy snowfall and ice-slickened roads, a new winter storm in the West snarled holiday traffic and darkened lights on Christmas trees in thousands of homes Thursday.
Romo back at practice
December 26, 2008
Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo returned to work Thursday, going through practice a day after being sent home with flu-like symptoms.
Bond scam targets homeowners
December 26, 2008 in print edition on B9
The latest scam aimed at cheating homeowners involves “private offset bonds,” which falsely appear to have the backing of the U.S. Treasury.
When prayer gets political
December 26, 2008 in print edition on A9
These days everything is political, or can be made so; even an inaugural prayer.
County delegation to join in forum
December 26, 2008 in print edition on A3
Douglas County legislators will participate in a forum before the upcoming legislative session. The forum will be at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 8 at the Dole Institute of Politics.
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
December 26, 2008 in print edition on A8
Phil Humphrey, the director of the Museum of Natural History at Kansas University, was about to head to the Falkland Islands in search of a new species of duck he had discovered with an associate in 1979 off the coast of Argentina. The Falklands Islands War had delayed his earlier quest.
Finalists chosen in Amtrak name contest
December 26, 2008 in print edition on B10
Online voting has started in the Name the Train Contest for Amtrak’s passenger rail service from Kansas City to St. Louis.
What happens to all the unsold holiday season merchandise?
December 26, 2008 in print edition on B9
Retailers are expected to have one of the worst holiday seasons in years as consumers cope with job uncertainty and the nerve-racking stock market, which lost $10 trillion in value between October 2007 and November 2008.
‘Sopranos’ actor dead in suicide
December 26, 2008 in print edition on B8
Police say the actor who portrayed the gay lover of a closeted mobster on “The Sopranos” has died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in New York.
Man in Santa suit kills 8, self on Christmas Eve
December 26, 2008 in print edition on A2
Stinging from an acrimonious divorce, a man plotting revenge against his ex-wife dressed up like Santa, went to his former in-laws’ Christmas Eve party and slaughtered at least eight people before killing himself hours later.
Study: Video gamers react to body images
December 26, 2008 in print edition on A4
Feeling a little down on yourself? Think a video game will lift your spirits? Just don’t go for games that feature exceptionally muscular men or very thin women, or your self-esteem could take a hit, according to a psychology professor at Kansas State University.
Obama may strengthen U.S.-Latin American ties
December 26, 2008 in print edition on A9
Judging from the latest headlines, U.S. influence in Latin America has reached its lowest level in recent memory. So I was somewhat surprised when the top U.S. diplomat for the region told me that such a view is “significantly wrong.”
New Year’s holiday to close offices again
December 26, 2008 in print edition on A4
Numerous area offices will be closed on New Year’s Day.
Eight memorable DVD moments from 2008
December 26, 2008 in print edition on C2
After another year of spending untold hours curled up on my sofa watching DVD bonus features, a couple of things have become clear.
Arrest details on mom of Bristol Palin’s boyfriend
December 26, 2008 in print edition on A7
The mother of Bristol Palin’s boyfriend sent text messages to two police informants discussing drug transactions before her arrest on felony drug charges, authorities say.
Missing Texas dog found in Kansas
December 26, 2008 in print edition on B10
A 4-year-old Texas boy got his dog back for Christmas thanks to a Wichita woman.
Hunts help heal wounded warriors
December 26, 2008 in print edition on A3
It might be thought that a highly decorated Army staff sergeant who served two tours in Iraq would not need a boost in confidence, but Shilo Harris got just that with a hunting trip in Linwood.
Therapist attends foundation seminar
December 26, 2008 in print edition on B9
Randy Freivogel, a physical therapist with Lawrence Orthopaedic Surgery, PA, attended the Hughston Foundation, Andrews Institute, and the Kerlan-Jobe Foundation two-day seminar.
Sultry ‘Santa Baby’ singer Kitt dies
December 26, 2008 in print edition on B8
Eartha Kitt, a sultry singer, dancer and actress who rose from South Carolina cotton fields to become an international symbol of elegance and sensuality, has died, a family spokesman said. She was 81.
Black women in the U.S. shrinking
December 26, 2008 in print edition on A2
Call her The Incredible Shrinking African-American Woman.
Receipts required for teacher tax break
December 26, 2008 in print edition on A3
The Internal Revenue Service is reminding teachers and educators to keep receipts if they buy books and other classroom supplies with their own money.
On the record
December 26, 2008 in print edition on A4
Emergency callsLawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical reported the following calls on Thursday. • Good intent call, 4:36 p.m. Tuesday, 711 W. 23rd St.• Good intent call, 10:01 a.m. Wednesday, 2212 Ohio.• Heat detector activation, 11:02 a.m. Wednesday, 1312 La.• Smoke detector activation, 12:38 p.m. Wednesday, 1424 Elmwood St.• Smoke detector activation, 5:44 p.m. Wednesday, 4206 W. 26th Terrace.
Dinner volunteers serve holiday spirit
About 900 Christmas meals prepared
December 26, 2008 in print edition on A1
Tummies were full and smiles were bright during Lawrence’s Free Community Christmas Dinner on Thursday at First United Methodist Church.
Coup leader solidifies his hold over nation
December 26, 2008 in print edition on A2
Guinea’s coup leader solidified his hold over this impoverished West African nation Thursday as the prime minister who served under its late dictator surrendered and stepped down along with dozens of other government leaders.
Big Sister relationship has lasted more than 2 decades
December 26, 2008 in print edition on A5
Darla Ouellette of Rantoul said she never quits something. And it’s her attitude of never quitting that has led her to a near 23-year sisterhood with Wendy Murphy, Baldwin City.
Christmas now official holiday in Iraq
December 26, 2008 in print edition on A2
Iraq’s Christians, a scant minority in this overwhelmingly Muslim country, quietly celebrated Christmas on Thursday with a present from the government, which declared it an official holiday for the first time.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
December 26, 2008 in print edition on A8
From the Lawrence Daily World for Dec. 26, 1908: “The chief feature of Christmas services at the Lutheran Church was presentation and dedication of a large oil painting, ‘Christ in Gethesemane,’ the work of Lewis Hanson. He is a noted Danish artist who has lived here for some months
Where he belongs
Meier’s path to WR starts with frustration, ends in glory
December 26, 2008 in print edition on B1
Even now, even after the accolades and the Sports Illustrated cover and the unlikely emergence as one of the Big 12’s top receivers, Kerry Meier’s mind sometimes drifts to a single pass thrown 17 months ago.
Expect high scoring in Motor City Bowl
December 26, 2008 in print edition on B5
The Motor City Bowl is where teams put points on the board.
There’s no place like home for the holidays
Baldwin City family reunited during break from Peace Corps
December 26, 2008 in print edition on A3
For the Skaggs family, there’s new meaning to the classic holiday song “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.”
Ambassador sees hope for unified Iraq
December 26, 2008 in print edition on A8
Ambassador Ryan Crocker was holding his last meeting in the grand marble rooms of Saddam Hussein’s former palace, before the U.S. Embassy formally moved into new quarters and returned the building to the Iraqi government.
Ballard’s climb up KU ladder an enjoyable ride
Director of basketball operations began professional career as unpaid office fixture
December 26, 2008 in print edition on B1
When Brett Ballard and his former Kansas University basketball teammates get together, they often discuss the highs and lows of the 2001-02 season — Ballard’s senior season at KU.
Troops in Iraq savor Christmas memories
December 26, 2008 in print edition on A10
Army Sgt. Robin Cameron stood guard outside a once opulent Iraqi shopping mall that now serves as a small U.S. military outpost, trying not to think about what he was missing with his family on Christmas.
Opportunity knocks?
Maybe there’s a chance for some positive action to come out of the state’s current financial crisis.
December 26, 2008 in print edition on A8
“You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. This crisis provides the opportunity for us to do things that you could not do before.” This recent statement by Rahm Emanuel, President-elect Barack Obama’s chief of staff designate, may seem a bit cavalier, arrogant, or even an indication that current conditions provide Obama the opportunity to impose long-lasting policies he never could dream of achieving in good times. However, other government officials at all levels probably understand what Emanuel was getting at.
Cancer patient slipping through cracks
December 26, 2008 in print edition on A1
Three months ago, a 43-year-old Lawrence woman was told that she needed to have surgery to remove her right ovary and uterus. She also was told that the blood in her uterus was forming cancer cells.
Horoscopes
December 26, 2008 in print edition on B8
This year you will experiment with different approaches. Sometimes you will do nothing and watch what goes on. If you are single, you might not want to hook up with anyone until you really get to know this person. If you are attached, much time alone as a couple solidifies, amplifies and cements your relationship. Capricorn can trigger you, as you have similar issues.
Israel moves closer to Gaza invasion
December 26, 2008 in print edition on A2
Israel moved closer to invading Gaza, saying Thursday it had wrapped up preparations for a broad offensive after Palestinian militants fired about 100 rockets and mortar shells across the border in two days.
Pump patrol
December 26, 2008 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $1.45 at several stations.
‘Valkyrie’ explores an intriguing historic coup
December 26, 2008
An unfussy, adult and stoic Tom Cruise anchors the World War II thriller “Valkyrie.”
Road repairs on tap for Santa Fe business park
December 26, 2008
City leaders are prepared to spend $165,000 to rebuild a key road in a Lawrence industrial park.
Meier’s hands like velcro
December 26, 2008 in print edition on B1
Kerry Meier’s story, filled with so many compelling turns, usually celebrates the team-first attitude he displayed after getting beaten out as the quarterback, his uncanny knack for getting open and a nod to his long stride that enables him to run so much faster than it appears he’s running.
Lawrence’s Sloan, other lawmakers look to tackle future economic problems
December 26, 2008
One group of lawmakers is making sure Kansas is prepared for future economic challenges.
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
December 26, 2008 in print edition on A8
The Jayhawk invasion of the Miami area had already begun with the Kansas-Penn State football game in the Orange Bowl drawing near. It was estimated more than 5,000 KU fans would be in the stands New Year’s Night. Gov. Robert Docking, a KU graduate, was heading up a Sunflower State delegation.
‘True Hollywood Story’ profiles Aniston
December 26, 2008 in print edition on B8
Can you still be America’s “girl”-next-door when you’re pushing 40? “True Hollywood Story” (8 p.m., E!) profiles Jennifer Aniston, the former “Friends” star who went on to appear in both big Hollywood romantic comedies and independent films.
New report forecasts terrorism threat to U.S.
December 26, 2008 in print edition on A1
The terrorism threat to the United States over the next five years will be driven by instability in the Middle East and Africa, persistent challenges to border security and increasing Internet savvy, says a new intelligence assessment obtained by The Associated Press.
Amateurs trying hands at genetic engineering
December 26, 2008 in print edition on A1
The Apple computer was invented in a garage. Same with the Google search engine. Now, tinkerers are working at home with the basic building blocks of life itself.
Eastern Conference teams outplaying the West
December 26, 2008
The Western Conference has ruled the NBA the past decade. Not anymore.