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KU vs. UCLA KU vs. Northern Colorado Christmas Parade 2009 The day in photos, December 6, 2009 Recession may make tax breaks a target
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Polls
Who is KU's most improved player from last year?

Poll results

Response Percent
Markieff Morris
 
75%
Marcus Morris
 
19%
Tyrel Reed
 
3%
Other
 
1%
Total 227
Who do you think is KU's best three-point shooter?

Poll results

Response Percent
Xavier Henry
 
53%
Sherron Collins
 
27%
Tyrel Reed
 
14%
Conner Teahan
 
3%
Other
 
1%
Total 392
Videos

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
The Wilders are (from left) Phil Wade, Ike Sheldon, Betse Ellis and Nate Gawron. Ho-Ho-Hoedown: Lawrence old-time and bluegrass bands throw holiday party for the whole family
December 4, 2009
“In a lot of country and honky tonk music, you get a lot of drinkin’ and cheatin’ and partyin’ and that kind of stuff, so it’s nice to take a night off of that and just sing Christmas songs,” says The Wilders’ Ike Sheldon …
6:00 a.m.
Tax exemption on electricity, gas and heat utilities for residential and agricultural use: $128.28 million per year Taking aim at exemptions: Recession may make tax breaks a target
December 6, 2009 in print edition on 1A
When a plumber is needed at Watkins Community Museum of History, the bill doesn’t include sales tax. Neither does the bill for the boxes the museum purchases to store its collections.
10:00 a.m.
The big team of eight horses with Ames Percheron Farms from Jordan, Minn., appears downtown Saturday during the 17th annual Lawrence Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade. Old-fashioned, but always in style: City trots out its Christmas parade
December 6, 2009 in print edition on 1B
An hour before the start of Saturday’s Christmas parade, Pat Phillips and Lisa Larsen were pulling a couch from the back of Larsen’s pickup truck and plopping it down on the edge of Massachusetts Street.
2:00 p.m.
From inside one of the booths at the new toll plaza located at the intersection of Interstate 70 and Leavenworth County Road 1, Marty Wiltse, Kansas Turnpike Authority chief information officer, watches a monitor with a variety of views of the new toll plaza as tests are conducted to ensure the plaza's functionality before its opening. Wiltse explained that the plaza, which KTA hopes to open by the end of the month, will be fully unattended and will be managed remotely from KTA headquarters in Wichita. Turnpike hopes to have Leavenworth County interchange open by month’s end
December 4, 2009 in print edition on 1B
The Kansas Turnpike plans to open its new multimillion-dollar Tonganoxie/Eudora interchange east of Lawrence in a matter of weeks, once its new automated payment machines can reliably count loose change.
4:30 p.m.
Kansas guard Xavier Henry takes a pass during warmups before tipping off against UCLA, Sunday, Dec 6, 2009 at Pauley Pavilion. FINAL: Markieff Morris scores career-high 19 points in KU’s 73-61 win over UCLA
3:33 p.m., December 6, 2009 Updated 7:39 p.m.
KU’s 6-foot-9 forward made eight of 11 shot attempts and added six rebounds in the Jayhawks’ first true road victory of the season.

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Precipitation begins in Lawrence; Heaviest expected to stay north of I-70
December 6, 2009
According to 6News meteorologist Dave Postel, precipitation could taper off before temperatures start to drop in earnest overnight.
FINAL: Markieff Morris scores career-high 19 points in KU’s 73-61 win over UCLA
03:33 p.m., December 6, 2009 Updated 07:39 p.m.
KU’s 6-foot-9 forward made eight of 11 shot attempts and added six rebounds in the Jayhawks’ first true road victory of the season.
Man arrested for aggravated battery after fight at party
Victim treated at LMH for facial laceration
05:15 a.m., December 6, 2009 Updated 09:55 p.m.
A 19-year-old man was arrested Sunday morning on charges of aggravated battery after an incident that sent a 20-year-old man to the hospital.
KU student reports attempted aggravated robbery
Police seeking man who brandished handgun, demanded wallet near KU campus
December 6, 2009
A 23-year-old Kansas University student reported early Sunday that he was the victim of an attempted aggravated robbery.
2009 Lawrence Journal-World All-Area First-Team cross country bios
December 6, 2009 in print edition on C6
2009 Lawrence Journal-World All-Area First-Team cross country bios
Lions’ Wedge shares top honor with Baldwin High freshman
Lawrence High senior wins state title in final race; Bulldog snags fourth in first try
December 6, 2009 in print edition on C6
Senior Roy Wedge of Lawrence High certainly deserves all of the recognition he can get.
Wellness facility proposals abound
3 plans in works for community fitness centers
December 6, 2009 in print edition on A1
Talk of building a new “wellness center” with everything from youth baseball fields to a system of outdoor trails and nature areas is becoming a frequent topic of discussion in several Lawrence circles.
Taking aim at exemptions: Recession may make tax breaks a target
December 6, 2009 in print edition on A1
When a plumber is needed at Watkins Community Museum of History, the bill doesn’t include sales tax. Neither does the bill for the boxes the museum purchases to store its collections.
Chiefs, Broncos changing
December 6, 2009 in print edition on C2
The nicknames are the same. Not much else is in Denver and Kansas City.
U.S. troop buildup is big; Afghanistan buildup is key
December 6, 2009 in print edition on A2
President Barack Obama has his troop surge. Afghanistan’s beleaguered security forces have theirs.
Courage, intelligence key to presidential leadership
December 6, 2009 in print edition on B7
Less than a week before he died, McGeorge Bundy, the brilliant Harvard dean who was an architect of John F. Kennedy’s and Lyndon B. Johnson’s Vietnam strategy, met with Gordon M. Goldstein, a young scholar who was helping him prepare a retrospective on the two American presidents most identified with the debacle in Southeast Asia.
Get Smart program teaches Lawrence teens how to use credit wisely
December 6, 2009 in print edition on E1
It’s easy to get lost in the world of personal finance, especially for teenagers nearing the end of their high school careers.
Having trouble paying?
There’s more than one way to cope with credit card bills
December 6, 2009 in print edition on E1
What if you can’t pay your credit card bills?
Older Gothic pieces best buys
December 6, 2009 in print edition on D8
A chair can be simple, with plain lines, or it can be a “conversation piece,” with exuberant carvings and colorful upholstery.
Aspiring St. Louis songwriter gets a leg ‘Up’
December 6, 2009 in print edition on D6
Kevin Renick is unemployed. He also happens to be one of the luckiest guys in the world. And he knows it.
Anderson leads LHS to title again
December 6, 2009 in print edition on C6
Lawrence High cross country coach Brian Anderson said he gets the sense that his team just wants to impress him.
BHS’s Spielman delivers
December 6, 2009 in print edition on C6
Baldwin High cross country coach Mike Spielman has a great track record.
KU women to entertain Northern Colorado
December 6, 2009 in print edition on C4
In theory, KU women’s basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson should be able to give her bench players some much needed floor time today against Northern Colorado (3-4), a so-so mid-major.
Haskell women narrowly fall
December 6, 2009 in print edition on C4
Unbeaten William Woods negated HINU’s usually effective transition game and toppled the Fightin’ Indians, 62-57, in women’s basketball Saturday night at Coffin Complex.
Uncertain futures: Recruiting challenges mounting for interim coaches
December 6, 2009 in print edition on C1
Without question, it has not been the most joyous of weeks for Kansas University’s assistant football coaches.
Bankruptcies
December 6, 2009 in print edition on B2
Douglas County residents or businesses filing for bankruptcy protection during the week ended Thursday.
Food donations needed for Christmas dinner
December 6, 2009 in print edition on B3
Donated turkeys and hams are needed for this year’s annual Community Christmas Dinner.
City weighs water service concerns
December 6, 2009 in print edition on B3
Concerns remain about how a 155-acre piece of industrial ground at the Lecompton turnpike interchange will get access to water, but city and rural water district officials have begun discussions on the issue.
Wheel Genius: Road work this week
December 6, 2009 in print edition on B4
Road work in the area this week:
Habitat for Humanity raises 72nd home
December 6, 2009 in print edition on B4
Trisha Powell was having dinner at El Mezcal when she got word that she was in line for a Habitat for Humanity house.
Tree donation benefits district, parents, students
December 6, 2009 in print edition on B8
Money doesn’t grow on trees, but it can be saved when the plants are donated.
Pipeline leaks 210,000 gallons of crude oil
December 6, 2009 in print edition on B8
Cleanup crews have contained a large oil spill just south of Staples, and an environmental official says there was no damage to surrounding bodies of water.
Fall harvest lingers amid wet weather
December 6, 2009 in print edition on B8
Kansas farmers say this has been a challenging fall harvest because of the wet weather. Now they are racing against the calendar to get the last of their crops cut.
Business owners wrestle over land near Lecompton
Lawsuits delay development near Lecompton interchange
December 6, 2009 in print edition on B1
A chunk of prime real estate that economic development leaders hope will lure new jobs to Lawrence remains tied up in several lawsuits.
Two Jayhawks make track qualifying marks
December 6, 2009 in print edition on C4
Two Kansas University track-and-field athletes qualified provisionally for the NCAA Indoor Championships on Saturday at Anschutz Pavilion at the Jayhawks’ first meet of the season.
KU hoops leaving bad memories of 2007 UCLA game behind
December 6, 2009 in print edition on C1
Kansas University point guard Sherron Collins looks back on March 24, 2007, as one of the darkest days of his basketball career.
Rush living large in NBA
Second-year pro praises 2009-2010 Jayhawks
December 6, 2009 in print edition on C1
Brandon Rush slipped on his Indiana Pacers practice jersey and sweats Saturday night in a surprisingly tiny visitor’s locker room in the basement of the Staples Center, home of both the Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers.
No. 1 KU to clash with ailing Bruins
December 6, 2009 in print edition on C1
Opponents haven’t been gathering at center court to give UCLA’s Bruins a group hug this young college basketball season.
Store pulls plug on N. Korean jeans
December 6, 2009 in print edition on A7
A Stockholm department store on Saturday removed a new line of North Korean-made designer jeans from its shelves, saying it wants to avoid courting controversy through ties with the isolated communist nation.
State representative meets with NAACP, stands by YouTube rap video
December 6, 2009 in print edition on B1
State Rep. Bill Otto, R-LeRoy, on Saturday said that he was sorry his YouTube video has offended some people, but he told members of the NAACP that he stood by it and would not remove it.
BCS-bound UT edges Nebraska in final second
December 6, 2009 in print edition on C1
Colt McCoy dropped to a knee and looked straight down, a hand shielding his eyes. After all the mistakes and near-misses, his Texas Longhorns still had a chance to make it to the national championship game, yet the star quarterback was too overcome to watch.
Old-fashioned, but always in style: City trots out its Christmas parade
December 6, 2009 in print edition on B1
An hour before the start of Saturday’s Christmas parade, Pat Phillips and Lisa Larsen were pulling a couch from the back of Larsen’s pickup truck and plopping it down on the edge of Massachusetts Street.
Alabama pounds Florida for SEC championship
December 6, 2009
The move was so unlike Nick Saban. The Alabama coach put away all that boardroom talk for a leaping shoulder bump with star running back Mark Ingram. The Crimson Tide was back on top.
President slams codes after deadly blaze
December 6, 2009 in print edition on A2
President Dmitry Medvedev on Saturday demanded that Russia tighten its notoriously lax fire codes after the deadliest blaze since the Soviet era killed at least 107 people celebrating in a nightclub with a decorative twig ceiling and single exit.
Report: N. Korea orders defectors to be shot
December 6, 2009 in print edition on A2
North Korea has ordered its border guards to open fire on anyone who crosses its border without permission, in what could be an attempt to thwart defections by people disgruntled over its recent currency reform, a news report said Saturday.
Knox upset, tired; gets family visit in prison
December 6, 2009 in print edition on A2
Amanda Knox sought comfort from visiting family members Saturday on her first day in prison since being convicted of murdering her British roommate.
Group says popular hamster toy unsafe
December 6, 2009 in print edition on A2
A consumer group contends one of the holiday season’s must-have toys is unsafe.
Episcopals elect openly gay bishop — 2nd in Anglican fellowship
December 6, 2009 in print edition on A2
The Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles elected a lesbian as assistant bishop Saturday, the second openly gay bishop in the global Anglican fellowship, which is already deeply fractured over the first.
Global warming solution looks elusive
Climate change meeting may be ‘turning point’
December 6, 2009 in print edition on A8
For 20 years, as this crowded planet grew warmer, nations have gathered annually to try to do something about it. History now brings them to this chilly northern capital, and to a crossroads.
Medicare cuts focus of debate
Obama to visit Capitol today to help resolve disputes
December 6, 2009 in print edition on A6
Senate Republicans forced Democrats to vote in favor of cutting billions from providers of home care for older people as partisan debate flared Saturday during a rare weekend session on President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul.
‘Climate Express’ lowers footprint
December 6, 2009 in print edition on A8
A train splashed with a green stripe carried 450 U.N. officials, delegates, climate activists and journalists from Brussels to the climate summit in Copenhagen on Saturday to symbolize efforts to reduce the convention’s carbon footprint.
Global warming solution looks elusive
Climate change meeting may be ‘turning point’
December 6, 2009 in print edition on A8
For 20 years, as this crowded planet grew warmer, nations have gathered annually to try to do something about it. History now brings them to this chilly northern capital, and to a crossroads.
Chicken of the sea? Tuna farms get boost
December 6, 2009 in print edition on A9
Thousands of tuna, their silver bellies bloated with fat, swim frantically around in netted areas of a small bay, stuffing themselves until they grow twice as heavy as in the wild.
Police seize secret stash of masterpieces
December 6, 2009 in print edition on A9
Italian tax police said Saturday that they had seized works by Van Gogh, Picasso, Cezanne and other giants of art in a crackdown on assets hidden by the disgraced founder of the collapsed dairy company Parmalat.
With eye on future, district spends $1.7 million on land
December 6, 2009 in print edition on A4
The Lawrence school district has paid $1.73 million to purchase a prime piece of property that would be prominent along the proposed route of the South Lawrence Trafficway.
Baucus: Girlfriend merited attorney nod
December 6, 2009 in print edition on A4
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus defended recommending his girlfriend for appointment as Montana’s U.S. attorney, saying Saturday his one-time staff member and the former state prosecutor is “highly qualified” but eventually withdrew her nomination.
Manufacturing areas lead surprise job comeback
December 6, 2009 in print edition on A5
As record numbers of orders flow through Legacy Furniture Group’s manufacturing plant, workers toil between towers of piled foam and incomplete end tables precariously stacked five pieces high.
People in the news
December 6, 2009 in print edition on D5
The variety show was once a television staple, and Carrie Underwood thinks it might be time for a resurgence.
Horoscope for December 6, 2009
December 6, 2009 in print edition on D5
For Sunday, Dec. 6: This year, remain enthusiastic, even if you see a dark cloud. Your attitude alone could change the outcome. Remain positive and spontaneous. Value learning more than you have in the past. Gain through studying different people’s styles, observing other cultures and/or traveling more. If you are single, someone very different could walk into your life. You will learn to empathize and understand people much better because of this person. If you are attached, the two of you will benefit from respecting each other’s views more.
Players bought what coach sold
December 6, 2009 in print edition on E10
One of the biggest compliments a coach can receive is the unspoken act of his or her team buying into a system.
Second time twice as nice
Free State senior, Daniel Chance, again pegged as top player
December 6, 2009 in print edition on E10
When Free State High senior Daniel Chance thinks back to the 2009 soccer season, it won’t be a goal, a shot or even an assist that jumps to the front of his memory. At least not one of his.
Journal-World All-Area Boys First Team Soccer bios
December 6, 2009 in print edition on E10
Journal-World All-Area Boys First Team Soccer bios:
25 years ago: Ramada Inn up for auction
December 6, 2009 in print edition on B6
Lawrence’s Ramada Inn was up for auction. A notice said the property at 2222 W. Sixth would be sold “to the highest and best bidder for cash in hand” at the south door of the Judicial and Law Enforcement Center on Dec. 27. The motel remained open for business, however. There had been a long legal tangle involving the property.
Open house: Dropping by president’s home used to be the norm
December 6, 2009 in print edition on A7
The folks who sneaked into the president’s state dinner are part of a long tradition of people showing up as they please at the People’s House. It’s just that the tradition vanished ages ago.
Behind the Lens: These stocking stuffers would please the photographer on your gift list
December 6, 2009 in print edition on D2
When I was a kid, Macy’s, Montgomery Ward and Sears mailed out huge holiday gift catalogs. Now I get similar catalogs from photography retailers, and I can’t help but create a wish list of some of the cool gadgets and tools.
Treading lightly on environment
December 6, 2009 in print edition on B6
A few years ago, we were in the midst of a typical Kansas summer — infernally hot, unbearably dry. Interpretation of this recurring phenomenon had changed, however, and it was viewed as irrefutable evidence of global warming caused by human activities.
Bottom-up strategy can bypass Karzai
December 6, 2009 in print edition on B6
One of the main critiques of President Obama’s new plan for Afghanistan is that it depends on the whims of President Hamid Karzai and his cabal in Kabul.
Worthwhile risk
December 6, 2009 in print edition on B6
A $2.9 million investment in a west Lawrence building is the kind of risk local officials need to take to promote the community as a favorable site for bioscience ventures.
Some Democrats cool to Obama plan
December 6, 2009 in print edition on B7
On the same evening last week that President Obama went to West Point to outline his plans to send 30,000 more U.S. troops to fight the Taliban and al-Qaida in Afghanistan, the four Massachusetts Democratic candidates hoping to win Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat met in a televised debate.
Mortgages
December 6, 2009 in print edition on E1
The Douglas County register of deeds recorded 67 mortgages in the weekly period ended Thursday. Breakdown by dollar value:
How to find info about savings bonds
December 6, 2009 in print edition on E1
U.S. Treasury savings bonds have a long track record of risk-free saving.
100 years ago: Firm planning new building
December 6, 2009 in print edition on B6
From the Lawrence Daily World for Dec. 6, 1909: The business of Innes, Bullene and Hackman, one of the largest and best-known firms in the state, is to have a fine new home as soon as it can be built. The new building will be erected on the north 50 feet of the present store frontage and will be a modern three-story and moisture-proof structure, 50 by 117 feet, equipped with passenger and freight elevators and every convenience of a modern department store. The Innes store was started in Lawrence 40 years ago by George Innes, the senior member of the present firm, and was always a success, growing larger and larger each season.
Twin telepathy: Sibling bonds sometimes exceed what researchers can explain
December 6, 2009 in print edition on D1
Identical twins Bill and Bob Fleming look so much alike, even their own family members can’t tell them apart.
Holiday delights: Simple steps will make winter plants last multiple seasons
December 6, 2009 in print edition on D8
There it is: The brilliantly colored poinsettia that called out to you on your last trip to the garden center.
Boomer Girl Diary: Maybe a sleeping crate’s the answer for insomnia
December 6, 2009 in print edition on D1
The house seems different at 4:30 a.m.
Plastic is fantastic: More folks want gift cards for holidays
December 6, 2009 in print edition on D4
These days, more than half of adults actually want gift cards, those colorful slivers of plastic that can buy everything from a Grand Slam breakfast at Denny’s, to a shotgun at BassPro Shops to an airline ticket at Southwest.
Poet’s Showcase: ‘Day After, Thanks Again’
December 6, 2009 in print edition on D3
Turning red to black ‘tis the merchants’ dream,
A Diamondhead’s tribute to a songwriter of substance
December 6, 2009 in print edition on D3
If Neil Diamond had had his druthers, “Sweet Caroline” would never have been born 40 years ago.
Butchered soul: ‘Julie & Julia’ author back with meaty course
December 6, 2009 in print edition on D3
Julie Powell’s new book is not for the squeamish, in more ways than one.
40 years ago: $18 million plant expansion planned
December 6, 2009 in print edition on B6
Plans were revealed for an $18 million expansion at the Cooperative Farm Chemicals Assn. plant here. The original cost of the plant, opened in the late 1950s, had been $16 million. An Army board was lining up testimony from Lt. William Calley, charged with mass murder of Vietnmese citizens at My Lai in the Vietnam War.