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KU vs. Coppin State
What grade would you give KU's defense through five games?

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Which of these five KU big men was your favorite to watch?

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Which local football team will become state champion in its division?

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Forecast for Saturday, November 29, 2008
November 28, 2008
Partly cloudy, with a high of 45 and a low of 31.
Arrowhead showdown
November 28, 2008
Round 2 of the Border Showdown at Arrowhead takes place today.
Final: KU defeats Coppin State, 85-53
05:43 p.m., November 28, 2008 Updated 11:18 p.m.
Brady Morningstar scored a career-high 21 points on 7-for-9 shooting, leading the Kansas Jayhawks to an 85-53 victory over Coppin State on Friday night at Allen Fieldhouse.
Former Basehor-Linwood fifth-grade teacher enters plea
November 28, 2008 in print edition on B2
A former Basehor Elementary School fifth-grade teacher entered a no-contest plea this week to three counts of inappropriately touching students.
Deadline pressure provides focus for KU’s effort to achieve NCI designation
November 28, 2008
The director of the Kansas University Cancer Center is helping ensure his organization is ready to submit its application to the National Cancer Institute for cancer center designation by Sept. 25, 2011. And he’s optimistic KU is on its way.
School district wants public comment during superintendent search
November 28, 2008 in print edition on B1
The Lawrence school board is seeking public input on its search for a new superintendent.
Statehouse Republicans call on Sebelius to impose budget cuts now
November 28, 2008 in print edition on B8
The two top Republicans in the Kansas Legislature say Democratic Gov. Kathleen Sebelius must immediately order cuts in state spending to make up for falling revenue.
Lawrence pantry out of food; others keeping pace with demand
November 28, 2008 in print edition on B1
Requests for food are overwhelming at least one Lawrence food pantry.
Kindergarteners in Liberal raising money for local girl injured by errant bullet
November 28, 2008 in print edition on A1
Right around Thanksgiving every year, McKinley School kindergarten teacher Nancy Scott tries to teach her students a lesson about being thankful and giving something back.This year, Scott was able to use the story of a Linwood girl to teach the importance of sharing.
Van Go plans holiday art sale
November 28, 2008
Van Go Mobile Arts is planning its annual Adornment art sale from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday at its newly renovated facility at 717 N.J.
Shoppers hit Lawrence stores early for Black Friday deals
Lawrence stores fill up with holiday bargain hunters
11:44 a.m., November 28, 2008 Updated 05:07 p.m. in print edition on A1
An early-morning drizzle and gloomy economy couldn’t keep bargain hunters out of Lawrence stores on Black Friday.
Recovery slow for victim of 2006 Cat Tracker accident
November 28, 2008 in print edition on B1
It’s been two years since doctors removed part of Chris Orr’s skull and put it in his abdomen. They did this so the Salina man would have a better chance of surviving a traumatic head injury suffered after his head struck a Lawrence bridge.
KBI probes claim of abuse in jail
November 28, 2008 in print edition on A4
The Kansas Bureau of Investigation confirms it’s probing possible abuse of force in the booking room at the Hamilton County Jail last week. The Hutchinson News reported Thursday that Syracuse resident Chris Barr said he was handcuffed by an officer who arrested him on his wife’s complaint Nov. 17. Barr said he had been drinking at home and fell over a table, which prompted his wife to call 911.
Volunteers to deliver holiday trees to troops
November 28, 2008 in print edition on A4
Tree farmers from Kansas are hoping to make Christmas a little bit brighter for troops stationed around the world. Tree farmer Willy Goevert and others are donating a portion of their evergreens to a national program called “Trees for Troops.” Goevert operates 4C Tree Farm in southeast Wichita. He says, “We give back a little bit. It’s kind of our way.”
2 dead, 5 missing after airbus crashes off coast
November 28, 2008 in print edition on A2
An Airbus A320 passenger plane crashed off France’s southern coast during a maintenance flight Thursday, killing two people and leaving the five others on board missing, authorities said. The airplane had undergone checks at the EAS Industries aircraft maintenance center in the French city of Perpignan, near the border with Spain.
Heritage day honors American Indians
November 28, 2008 in print edition on A2
For the first time, federal legislation in Portland, Ore., has set aside the day after Thanksgiving — for this year only — to honor the contributions American Indians have made to the United States. Frank Suniga, a descendent of Mescalero Apache Indians who lives in Oregon, said he and others began pushing in 2001 for a national day that recognizes tribal heritage.
Outrage ensues after lawmaker’s arrest
November 28, 2008 in print edition on A2
British police arrested a Conservative lawmaker Thursday, party members said, drawing a wave of indignation from opposition politicians. Conservative lawmakers claimed parliamentarian Damian Green was taken into custody over the publication of stories about Britain’s Home Office.
Incentives program will reward Wichita recyclers
November 28, 2008 in print edition on A4
A program beginning in January will reward Wichita residents who recycle with coupons and other rewards they can redeem at local stores. The program, called RecycleBank, is believed to be the first of its kind in Kansas, although it operates in 13 other states.
Blast in Afghanistan strikes annual holiday run
November 28, 2008 in print edition on C8
A suicide car bomber targeting a convoy of foreign troops exploded about 200 yards (meters) outside the U.S. Embassy in Kabul on Thursday, killing at least four Afghan bystanders as people entered the compound for a Thanksgiving Day race.
U.S. beef back on sale in country’s markets
November 28, 2008 in print edition on A2
South Korea’s supermarket chains resumed selling U.S. beef Thursday, nearly five months after the government lifted an import ban imposed over fears of mad cow disease. South Korea banned American beef in 2003 after a case of mad cow disease was discovered in the U.S. The government lifted that ban in June.
Station gives thanks to shuttle crew
Astronauts prepare to return home
November 28, 2008 in print edition on A9
With hugs and handshakes, shuttle Endeavour’s seven astronauts bid farewell to the international space station crew after they ate a Thanksgiving meal together of turkey, cornbread dressing and candied yams.
Pie-thrower sentenced to 5 work days
November 28, 2008 in print edition on A2
A man who hit Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas in the face with a pie during an Independence Day parade in Montpelier will spend five days on a work crew for the stunt. Matthew Manning pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct Wednesday and apologized. He called himself a disappointment to his community.
Huskers eye Gator bowl
November 28, 2008 in print edition on B6
With nothing at stake for either team in the Big 12 North, the annual day-after-Thanksgiving meeting between Nebraska and Colorado comes down to this: bowl implications.
Kansas AG presenting first case to Supreme Court
November 28, 2008 in print edition on A3
Kansas Attorney General Stephen Six will make his first appearance before the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday, the latest legal move in the lengthy dispute between Kansas and Colorado over use of the Arkansas River. Six, who has served as attorney general for less than a year, will try to persuade the Supreme Court justices to overturn earlier court rulings that limited how much Colorado has to pay Kansas for infractions of a water-rights agreement.
Volunteers draw cleanup duty, satisfaction at LINK dinner
November 28, 2008 in print edition on A1
And you think it’s rough cleaning up after yourself and your family following an afternoon spent grazing on turkey, potatoes, stuffing, green-bean casserole and pumpkin pie. Chris Anderson’s got you beat, and he’s got the prune hands to prove it.
Police investigating death of KC actor
November 28, 2008 in print edition on A4
Police in Kansas City, Kan., are investigating the shooting death of a 43-year-old actor. Peter Fopeano of Kansas City, Mo., was found dead Tuesday night in his car. The engine was still running. The shooting happened while a barber shop and a nearby grill were open. Bullet holes were found in at least one other car in the parking lot.
Oil falls below $54 as US outlook worsens
November 28, 2008 in print edition on B11
Oil prices fell below $54 a barrel Thursday as dismal U.S. economic data and rising crude inventories outweighed the possibility of production cuts by OPEC and Russia. By midday in Europe, light, sweet crude for January delivery was down $1.19 to $53.25 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange.
Downs leads Gonzaga past OSU, 83-71
November 28, 2008 in print edition on B4
Micah Downs scored 17 points and Jeremy Pargo added 15 to lead No. 9 Gonzaga past Oklahoma State, 83-71, on Thursday night in the opening round of the Old Spice Classic. Downs is a transfer from Kansas University.
State officially affirms Nov. 4 election
November 28, 2008 in print edition on A4
This years’s election in Kansas went smoothly despite record voter registration and turnout, Secretary of State Ron Thornburgh said. The state’s Board of Canvassers affirmed the results of all 105 counties’ returns Wednesday, officially ending the 2008 campaign.
Kaws coach cherishes memories of seniors
12:00 a.m., November 28, 2008 Updated 09:42 a.m. in print edition on B3
Teachers know that sometimes highly motivated, interesting and interested, low-maintenance, unselfish students happen to pack particular classes. Everything clicks. Coaches experience it, too. Perry-Lecompton football coach Mike Paramore instructs a senior class that is to the local high school landscape what Bill Self’s seniors of a year ago were to the national college basketball scene.
Texas trounces A&M
Longhorns make statement, 49-9
November 28, 2008 in print edition on B2
Colt McCoy finally got a win over Texas A&M, and No. 4 Texas put a historic whipping on a bitter rival. The question now is, was it enough? Was a 49-9 victory impressive enough to give McCoy a fighting chance for the Heisman Trophy and keep his team in the hunt for the Bowl Championship Series championship game? Longhorns coach Mack Brown thought so.
In hard times, Santa hears odd requests
How about a new job for Christmas?
November 28, 2008 in print edition on B11
Some of the kids crawling onto Santa Joe’s lap this year have more than stuffed animals and video games on their most-wanted lists. Several times already this season, Joe Jackson has been asked to get Daddy a job or Mommy money to buy the house back.
Robber glues driver to steering wheel
November 28, 2008 in print edition on A2
A driver in Mexico got himself into a sticky situation when he pulled over to help a woman whose pickup appeared to be broken down by the highway. Anadel Carrizales was driving Wednesday near the northern city of Monterrey when a blond woman in a black miniskirt motioned for him to pull over.
Feel their pain
High-flying U.S. executives need to get back to earth and recognize how their excessive perqs and bonuses look to struggling Americans.
November 28, 2008 in print edition on A10
High-flying U.S. executives need to get back to earth and recognize how their excessive perqs and bonuses look to struggling Americans.
K.C. where money is
November 28, 2008 in print edition on B1
When they asked the legendary Willie Sutton why he robbed banks, he replied: “That’s where the money is.” So was there any doubt in your mind that in view of the $1 million-plus loot produced by Kansas-Missouri games at Kansas City’s Arrowhead stadium The Suits again would bypass on-campus confrontations? K.C.’s where the money is, at least for the athletic departments — if not for the Lawrence-Columbia people who would like to share more of such cash, particularly in these hard times.
Name change is normally not a problem when selling a house
November 28, 2008 in print edition on B11
I bought my first home in 2001 as a single woman and took title to the property as “sole owner.” I married in 2004 and took my husband’s last name, but I did not notify the bank of the change in my name and never added my husband to the title.
Economy needs intelligent approach
November 28, 2008 in print edition on A10
When I started covering the White House, more than 50 years ago, I believed that the smarter a president was, the better he would be. That was wrong.
Celebrate with the Firebirds
November 28, 2008 in print edition on A1
Parents, friends, classmates and other supporters of Free State High School’s football team will gather to see the team off and then caravan to Saturday’s state title game against Junction City in Topeka. To tag along, meet in the west parking lot — that’s the one near the athletics fields — at 1 p.m. Saturday; the team leaves about 1:30 p.m.
Book examines issues of politics in academia
November 28, 2008 in print edition on A10
In 1892, a Massachusetts court ruled that a policeman’s speech rights had not been violated by a law forbidding certain political activities by officers. State Judge Oliver Wendell Holmes wrote: “The petitioner may have a constitutional right to talk politics, but he has no constitutional right to be a policeman.”
Stores bolster Black Friday deals
November 28, 2008 in print edition on A7
The nation’s retailers are set to usher in the holiday shopping season Friday with pre-dawn openings, deep discounts and a downright dismal economic outlook that threatens to keep shoppers’ credit cards securely in their wallets.
Help available
November 28, 2008 in print edition on A5
The Senior Health Insurance Counseling for Kansas program at Douglas County Senior Services is offering enrollment assistance regarding Medicare’s prescription drug plans. Trained volunteers are available from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Dec. 29, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Dec. 10, and from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday at the Lawrence Senior Center, 745 Vt.
Present tense: Tips needed to rein in holiday gift-giving
November 28, 2008 in print edition on C1
Want to keep the holiday crush under control without inciting a family riot? Try suggesting these gift-giving ways.
Firebirds make first play for title
City hasn’t had state champ since ‘The Split’
November 28, 2008 in print edition on A1
Forgive Virginia Hazlett Fleener for being off her game. The Lawrence native found herself on uncharted ground earlier this week, scanning the campus at Free State High School for the city’s Indoor Aquatic Center — something new since she’d moved to Southern California decades ago.
Gary Bedore’s KU basketball notebook
November 28, 2008 in print edition on B3
Coppin State returns one starter off last year’s team, which won the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and advanced to the NCAA Tournament with a 16-20 record.
Collins learns from playing more minutes
November 28, 2008 in print edition on B1
You’ll never hear Sherron Collins — who came off the bench his first two seasons at Kansas University — complain about playing too many minutes in any single game.
November 28, 2008 in print edition on B10
You get a new beginning this year. Tap into an innate resourcefulness that might seem limitless. If you are single, you will meet people easily. Take your time getting to know anyone, as someone might not be all he or she presents him- or herself to be. If you are attached, your relationship and sweetie need your time.
India battles gunmen
November 28, 2008 in print edition on A8
Indian Army commandos struggled all day Thursday and into the early hours of today to regain control of two luxury hotels and a Jewish center in India’s commercial capital, battling armed assailants in a group that Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said was “based outside the country.”
Seniors face increasing Medicare premiums
Part D plan counseling now available
November 28, 2008 in print edition on A3
Premiums for Medicare prescription plans are going up — some as much as 84 percent, according to the Kansas Department on Aging. Humana, one of the most popular plans in Douglas County, is raising its premium from $20.90 per month to $38.50, an 84 percent increase.
‘Monk’ balances reflection, whimsy
November 28, 2008 in print edition on B10
“Monk” (8 p.m., USA) returns with an original holiday episode. The finicky detective recoils when Natalie (Traylor Howard) convinces him to investigate the death of a homeless man. The germ-phobic Monk simply finds it difficult to get too close to the victim’s three unwashed friends, who pool their deposit bottles to pay for his services.
Rulers to negotiate with airport protesters
November 28, 2008 in print edition on A2
Thailand’s government backed off today from its threat to forcibly remove protesters occupying Bangkok’s two airports in their campaign to oust the prime minister, saying police would avoid violence and attempt to negotiate.
Allison boosts Baylor against Central Florida
November 28, 2008 in print edition on B4
Rachel Allison scored 18 points to help No. 6 Baylor beat Central Florida, 79-67, on Thursday in the Paradise Jam. Morgan Medlock added 13 points, Danielle Wilson 12 and Jhasmin Player had 11 for the Bears (5-0).
Kansas prosecutors get drunk, all in the line of duty
November 28, 2008 in print edition on A5
It was a stinking job. But someone had to do it, so seven assistant prosecutors and probation officers voluntarily got stinking drunk, to help train police recruits for the task of identifying tipsy motorists. The exercise took place at the police academy at Johnson County Community College this week as the season of holiday conviviality loomed.
Iraq affirms U.S. timetable for withdrawal over 3 years
November 28, 2008 in print edition on A2
Iraq’s parliament approved a three-year timetable for the withdrawal of U.S. troops Thursday, a pact that supporters call a path to sovereignty and opponents say could be used to keep Americans on Iraqi soil indefinitely.
KC lighting tradition marks 79th year
November 28, 2008 in print edition on A4
“American Idol” champ David Cook helps usher in the holiday season at Kansas City’s Country Club Plaza. Thousands lined the streets Thursday night as Cook and his niece flipped a switch, turning on more than 250,000 lights. Cheers erupted from the crowd, and fireworks lit the sky. Cook was joined on stage with other musicians to sing Christmas music.
On the record
November 28, 2008 in print edition on A4
Two teenage girls from Eudora were injured in a one-vehicle accident Thursday night, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office reported. The vehicle rolled over about 7:30 p.m. in the 2100 block of North 1200 Road, Lt. Kari Wempe said. That’s near the southern edge of Eudora.
Teen turns in $10,000 he found
November 28, 2008 in print edition on A7
A 17-year-old Washington state grocery bagger was ready to wash his hands in the bathroom at the supermarket where he works when he saw a brown canvas money bag on the floor.Moisei Baraniuc opened it and saw envelopes filled with money — adding up to $10,000.
Net Worth: Best Web Sites help rejuvenate lazy online routine
November 28, 2008 in print edition on C1
I need to get out more. And I’ll admit that “out” is a relative term. I’m speaking in terms of the Internet.
Bailout choices
November 28, 2008 in print edition on A10
To the editor:The stock market rises on the news that the treasury is going to guarantee the assets of Citigroup. If said corporation is “too big to fail,” why does the government have to step in — the government steps in because the company has failed.
‘Australia’ a romantic throwback
November 28, 2008 in print edition on C1
Don’t let anyone keep you from “Australia.” It’s messy and overwrought. But ambition this grand is worth two hours and 40 minutes of Aussie scenery, history (fudged), romance and war.
A return of British socialism
November 28, 2008 in print edition on A11
British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, like legions of politicians before him, has broken a campaign promise not to raise taxes and will do so on the citizens of the United Kingdom in April 2011,
Column survives cutbacks
November 28, 2008 in print edition on A11
I have bad news. In the midst of the worldwide economic meltdown we are experiencing these days, I have taken a hard look at revenue from this column and find that I am earning but a tiny fraction of the $6.5 million I had projected for 2008, which leaves me no choice but to impose aggressive cost reductions, including a 75 percent reduction in writing time and the elimination of editing. I apologize for the inconvenience. And I thank you for your patience.
Demand strains Thanksgiving aid
November 28, 2008 in print edition on C8
The line for a Thanksgiving meal was long when the Chicago Christian Industrial League shelter opened Thursday morning, and volunteers served more than 200 people in the first 40 minutes — record demand for the shelter.
World’s oldest supercentenarian dies at 115 years
November 28, 2008 in print edition on C8
Edna Parker, who became the world’s oldest person more than a year ago, has died at age 115. UCLA gerontologist Dr. Stephen Coles said Parker’s great-nephew notified him that Parker died Wednesday at a nursing home in Shelbyville. She was 115 years, 220 days old, said Robert Young, a senior consultant for gerontology for Guinness World Records.
Todd this is Chase; Chase this is Todd
Kansas and Missouri quarterbacks have never actually spoken
November 28, 2008 in print edition on B1
Despite growing up just three hours apart, emerging as standouts in the ultra-competitive realm of Texas prep football and leading their neighboring collegiate programs to previously unseen heights, Chase Daniel and Todd Reesing have never actually spoken.
Bowe, Holyfield chasing past glory
November 28, 2008 in print edition on B2
The Caesars Palace jet taking us from Lake Tahoe to Los Angeles had just reached cruising altitude when the heavyweight champion of the world looked around and smiled at his good fortune.
Cancer patients try merriment as medicine
November 28, 2008 in print edition on C8
The off-color jokes flew around the room. As the anecdotes got bawdier, the laughter intensified. Some recited from memory, others read from notebooks they brought along. The setting for the hilarity was the Montefiore Einstein Cancer Center at Montefiore Hospital. The participants were cancer patients, some with advanced stages of the illness.
Mitchell: Drug use down
November 28, 2008 in print edition on B2
Nearly one year later, George Mitchell wouldn’t change a word of his report.
Congo gorillas eke out survival in forests
November 28, 2008 in print edition on C8
Deep in the rebel-held forests of Congo, a world away from this Central African nation’s latest fighting, a wild 440-pound mountain gorilla serenely rips a meal of bamboo stalks from the moist, dark earth. The primordial scene is a rare window into the lives of some of the world’s last mountain gorillas.
People in the news
November 28, 2008 in print edition on B10
• T.I. dishes up dinners at Thanksgiving food bank• Roger Moore salutes Craig as latest Bond• Willis settles dispute with Malaysia company• Mel Gibson ordered to appear for deposition• Carson Daly anticipates fatherhood to first child• Nelly’s party to include new scholarships
Defensive anchor
Firebird senior Caywood has found home as nose guard
November 28, 2008 in print edition on B1
Free State High wrestling coach Paul Lappin has no problem with senior standout Jack Caywood missing a few days of practice.