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Polls
Were you satisfied with President Obama's plan for Afghanistan?

Poll results

Response Percent
No, we need to get our troops out now
 
33%
Yes
 
29%
No, we should be sending more troops
 
26%
Not sure
 
11%
Total 902
Videos

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
Decorated trees stand in Liberty Hall, ready to be displayed during Lawrence’s 2009 Festival of Trees. Decorated trees to take bow in annual holiday fundraiser
November 30, 2009 in print edition on 3A
The 23rd annual Lawrence Festival of Trees, which kicks off Monday has become a Christmastime tradition.
6:00 a.m.
Defendant Arthur Davis III, left, and attorney Gregory Robinson chat about some notes Davis wrote during the first day of his trial Monday at Douglas County District Court. Prosecutors describe attack on ex-wife as nightmarish as trial begins for Lawrence man
2:45 p.m., November 30, 2009 Updated 5:54 p.m. in print edition on 3A
Prosecutors said Arthur Davis III, 61, and his 15-year-old son entered the woman’s house in the middle of the night on June 16 and struck her repeatedly with a bat, causing multiple cuts to her head.
10:00 a.m.
Chad Hull, a service technician with Cloud Heating, makes a service inspection in this 2009 file photo on a home gas furnace. Black Hills forecasts significantly lower energy bills for Lawrence residents this winter
November 30, 2009 in print edition on 1A
This economic downturn might produce at least one benefit this winter: lower natural gas bills.
2:00 p.m.
Scott Shmalberg, president of Scotch Industries, checks out some of the record number 3,700 coats Monday that will be given out for the Share the Warmth program this weekend. The Salvation Army will handle the distribution at space No. 119 at the I-70 Business Center in North Lawrence. Share the Warmth bundles up record
December 1, 2009 in print edition on 3A
Scotch Fabric Care’s 23rd annual Share the Warmth program has wrapped up, with a record number of donations.
6:00 p.m.
Addison Frei is a "an incredible, blow-you-away jazz pianist," says Mike Jones, Lawrence High School band director.
Tuned in: November ArtStar masters variety of music skills
December 1, 2009 in print edition on 1C
It’s not exactly easy to get a 7-year-old to sit at a piano and practice. But Lawrence High School senior Addison Frei kept with it. He took lessons, rehearsed, dabbled in other instruments and blossomed into an award-winning pianist…

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North Second and Locust intersection likely won’t be open by Jan. 1
December 1, 2009 in print edition on A1
Turns out the traffic-constricted intersection of North Second and Locust streets likely won’t be reopening by New Year’s Day, after all.
Sloan appointed to national energy panel
December 1, 2009 in print edition on B9
State Rep. Tom Sloan, R-Lawrence, has been appointed to an energy panel of the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Lawrence police investigating explosive device, broken window at Sunshine Acres Montessori School
December 1, 2009 in print edition on A4
Police are investigating reported criminal damage discovered Monday morning at Sunshine Acres Montessori School in southeastern Lawrence.
Leavenworth County jury convicts 79-year-old man of aiding felon in 1990 murder near Bonner Springs
December 1, 2009 in print edition on A7
Jurors in a Leavenworth County murder trial have found 79-year-old Eric Montgomery guilty for his role in a murder near Bonner Springs in 1990.
Board approves plan for Kansas City, Kan., casino
02:32 p.m., December 1, 2009 Updated 05:32 p.m.
A Kansas board has approved a proposed casino development in Kansas City, Kan.
Statehouse Live: NAACP to meet with Otto over video controversy
02:25 p.m., December 1, 2009 Updated 02:25 p.m. in print edition on B10
Members of NAACP plan to discuss with state Rep. Bill Otto his video that has caused a firestorm of controversy
Mother testifies that ex-husband screamed ‘harder! harder!’ as son beat her with baseball bat
Mother describes unusual behavior of children, ex-husband prior to attack
01:32 p.m., December 1, 2009 Updated 04:46 p.m. in print edition on A3
The victim said her 15-year-old son struck her repeatedly with a baseball bat, initiating a lengthy late-night struggle that involved her ex-husband eventually showing up at her home, breaking inside her locked bathroom and encouraging the beating to continue.
Lawrence man sentenced to serve 235 months in federal prison for cocaine dealing
December 1, 2009 in print edition on A7
A federal judge has sentenced a 36-year-old Lawrence man to serve nearly 20 years in prison for his role in a cocaine and crack cocaine distributing ring that operated from 2000 to 2006.
Briscoe named first team All-Big 12
Meier also earned second-team nod
December 1, 2009 in print edition on B2
Kansas junior Dezmon Briscoe was honored as a first-team All-Big 12 receiver Tuesday in a vote of the Big 12 coaches.
Many laid-off workers to lose federal COBRA subsidies, may join ranks of uninsured
12:22 p.m., December 1, 2009 Updated 08:56 p.m. in print edition on A1
Today, many of the millions of people who received federal subsidies to help pay for health care coverage will lose those subsidies and may join the ranks of the uninsured.
Texas’ Brown AP Big 12 coach of the year
December 1, 2009
Texas coach Mack Brown has been named The Associated Press Big 12 Coach of the Year.
Decision on southern Kansas casino delayed
December 1, 2009
A Kansas review board’s decision on a proposed Wichita-area casino has been delayed.
Fire destroys one cabin, damages another at Lakeview Club northwest of Lawrence
08:13 a.m., December 1, 2009 Updated 11:26 a.m. in print edition on A4
A fire Tuesday morning destroyed a cabin and partially damaged a second one at the private Lakeview Club northwest of Lawrence.
KDHE plans conference to discuss strategies for a healthier Kansas
December 1, 2009
National, regional and local health officials are gathering this week in Topeka to develop strategies for making Kansans healthier.
Incident with grenade lands man in custody
December 1, 2009 in print edition on A4
A 62-year-old man was taken into custody early Tuesday morning after an incident involving a hand grenade.
KU women fall to 24th
December 1, 2009 in print edition on B2
Dayton jumped into the AP women’s basketball Top 25 for the first time in school history, while Connecticut remained an unanimous No. 1 for the 19th consecutive poll. Kansas University nearly fell out, dropping from No. 18 to No. 24 after two losses last week.
100 years ago: Fire consumes home north of Lawrence
December 1, 2009 in print edition on A7
A fire which started from a defective flue consumed the house on the Clark farm two miles north of Lawrence.
Unselfish effort makes big difference
December 1, 2009 in print edition on A7
As the United States struggles to find ways to funnel aid money more effectively to Afghans, they should take note of the efforts of a Pennsylvania businessman.
KU soccer earns award
December 1, 2009 in print edition on B3
For the seventh consecutive season, the Kansas University soccer team has earned a team academic award from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).
Double Take: Parents have right, responsibility to check Facebook accounts
December 1, 2009 in print edition on C1
Is it OK to read my daughter’s text messages without her knowledge? Do parents have the right to ask for access to Facebook accounts?
Next bridge blast to make a splash
December 1, 2009 in print edition on A3
The Kansas Turnpike Authority’s next bridge blast will be bigger, louder and, yes, wetter.
With the team
December 1, 2009 in print edition on A7
To the editor: I have sat in silence as long as I can on the Mangino investigation.
Address pre-empts Christmas specials
December 1, 2009 in print edition on B6
A presidential address (7 p.m., ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox) bumps two Christmas specials from the network schedule.
People in the news
December 1, 2009 in print edition on B6
People in the news for December 1, 2009.
Horoscope for December 1, 2009
December 1, 2009 in print edition on B6
This year, you could experience more disruption on the home front than you have in a while. If you are single, though unusually attractive, it will take awhile to find that right person or develop the type of relationship you desire. If you are attached, the two of you add more excitement to your relationship, but be sure it isn’t too much. Gemini can be quite challenging.
2 Gitmo detainees to face trial in Italy
December 1, 2009 in print edition on A2
Two Tunisians who had been detained at Guantanamo arrived in Italy late Monday and will be tried on international terrorism charges for having allegedly recruited fighters for Afghanistan, officials said.
Emotions high, Senate opens health debate
December 1, 2009 in print edition on A8
Riven by partisanship, the Senate plunged into a widely anticipated debate Monday over sweeping health care legislation that President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats have vowed to approve and Republicans have sworn to block.
Effort seeks to ban divorce in Calif.
December 1, 2009 in print edition on A2
Til death do us part? The vow would really hold true in California if a Sacramento Web designer gets his way.
Police: Suspect in killings of 4 officers had help from friends
December 1, 2009 in print edition on A2
Authorities believe the man sought in the slaying of four police officers is still alive and has been aided by a network of friends and family, a police spokesman said Monday night.
CDC: Swine flu cases believed to be falling
December 1, 2009 in print edition on A2
Swine flu infections seem to be dropping, but the number of children who died with the illness rose by about 30, according to a government report released Monday.
Deal paves way for NBC sale to Comcast
December 1, 2009 in print edition on A2
General Electric Co.’s agreement to buy out the rest of NBC Universal paves the way for it to sell control of the TV and movie company to Comcast Corp. in a deal that promises to reshape the entertainment industry.
Official communicated with dinner crashers
December 1, 2009 in print edition on A2
The couple who crashed the Obama administration’s first state dinner communicated with a senior Pentagon official about going to the event, but the official denies that she helped the couple get in.
Saints join Colts at 11-0
December 1, 2009 in print edition on B2
Drew Brees and the unbeaten Saints left Tom Brady in the dust, zipping up and down the field in a dominant romp over the New England Patriots.
Six Free State football players named to All-Sunflower League first team
December 1, 2009 in print edition on B1
Six Free State High football players earned eight first-team berths on the All-Sunflower League team as chosen by league coaches.
Lawrence inspectors split on new registry
December 1, 2009 in print edition on B7
Dave Stoffer’s 24th year of performing home inspections in Lawrence will begin with a first: registration with the state of Kansas.
New state law on inspectors raises concerns
December 1, 2009 in print edition on B7
For years, anybody with a stepladder and a flashlight could work as a home inspector in Kansas.
Groups merge to form forestry association
December 1, 2009 in print edition on B7
A new organization called the Kansas Forestry Association has been formed.
Sabatini Architects earns 3 awards
December 1, 2009 in print edition on B7
Sabatini Architects Inc. of Lawrence earned three top awards during the American Institute of Architects Kansas chapter’s annual conference held Sept. 25 in Overland Park.
Bank officer serves as conference panelist
December 1, 2009 in print edition on B7
Barbara J. Braa, CornerBank trust officer, served as a panelist and attended the annual Kansas Trust Conference held Oct. 8-9 in Topeka.
25 years ago: Famous musician performs in Hoch Auditorium
December 1, 2009 in print edition on A7
Violinist Itzhak Perlman, one of the world’s most renowned concert musicians, performed at KU’s Hoch Auditorium. The performance was sold out and the audience response was tremendous.
Poor service
December 1, 2009 in print edition on A7
To the editor: Earlier this year I sought to obtain a copy of my KU transcripts for another school.
Privatization caution
December 1, 2009 in print edition on A7
Additional privatization of state services could create more costs — and more problems — than it would save.
Homeless forum focuses on solutions
December 1, 2009 in print edition on A5
Finding solutions was the goal Monday night at the Lawrence Public Library for advocates, social service providers and community members in the fourth and final public forum in a series on mental illness and homelessness.
County to mull buying fixed-price fuel for 2nd year
December 1, 2009 in print edition on A4
Douglas County staff members want to know whether they should continue trying to hedge their bets on the county’s fuel bill.
Pump patrol
December 1, 2009 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.47 at several stations.
Share the Warmth bundles up record
Coat distribution this weekend
December 1, 2009 in print edition on A3
Scotch Fabric Care’s 23rd annual Share the Warmth program has wrapped up, with a record number of donations.
Obama’s Afghan plan: 30,000 to 35,000 more troops
December 1, 2009 in print edition on A1
After months of debate, President Barack Obama will spell out a costly Afghanistan war expansion to a skeptical public tonight, coupling an infusion of as many as 35,000 more troops with a vow that there will be no endless U.S. commitment.
‘Extreme beer’ pushes limits
December 1, 2009 in print edition on A1
It is banned in 13 states and sure doesn’t come in a six-pack.
Recruiting woes: Mangino’s play-calling against MU not the issue
December 1, 2009 in print edition on B1
I have to admit I often become incensed at television sports commentators. Take last Saturday’s Kansas-Missouri football contest, for example. The TV throats blistered KU coach Mark Mangino for his failure to use running plays to eat the clock late.
Kansas pitcher on watch list
December 1, 2009 in print edition on B3
Kansas junior pitcher T.J. Walz has been named one of 2010’s Top Players by The College Baseball Blog. The site has named the Jayhawk righty one of 100 players to watch for 2010.
Haskell men triumph
December 1, 2009 in print edition on B3
Dominic Clichee scored 28 points to lead the Haskell men’s basketball team to a 74-63 victory over Ottawa.
Chiefs dealing with latest setback
December 1, 2009 in print edition on B1
The Kansas City Chiefs thought the worst was behind them when they beat defending champion Pittsburgh. Maybe they were wrong.
Regents tout higher ed’s value to economy
December 1, 2009 in print edition on A1
Members of the Kansas Board of Regents highlighted higher education’s connection to financial benefits for the state Monday.
As expected, Notre Dame fires Weis
Meyer, Stoops say they’re not interested in opening
December 1, 2009 in print edition on B2
Charlie Weis arrived at Notre Dame flashing Super Bowls rings and talking about outscheming opponents. He leaves one of college football’s most prestigious programs without even matching the records of the two men who were fired before him.
Smoking rate rises slightly from a year ago
December 1, 2009 in print edition on C2
The battle to get adult smokers in the United States to quit has stalled.
Regifting revival makes economic sense
December 1, 2009 in print edition on B7
Given the state of the economy and your bank account, purchasing gifts for certain friends and family may not be possible this holiday season.
Tuned in: November ArtStar masters variety of music skills
December 1, 2009 in print edition on C1
It’s not exactly easy to get a 7-year-old to sit at a piano and practice. But Lawrence High School senior Addison Frei kept with it. He took lessons, rehearsed, dabbled in other instruments and blossomed into an award-winning pianist…