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Jayhawks visit hospital for holiday The day in photos, December 18, 2009 KU basketball shops for needy families
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12:00 a.m.
Amber Proctor, local belly dancer, performs Thursday at the Jazzhaus. Belly Bump and Grind: Lawrence embraces the swaying subculture of belly dance
December 17, 2009
First of all, belly dancing is not striptease. One is an ancient Middle Eastern art form celebrating the female form; the other is a sweaty hoochie dance for money…
6:00 a.m.
Gov. Mark Parkinson talks with the Lawrence Journal-World about the state of the education budget Thursday. He says he will not approve any more cuts to higher education or public schools. “The one thing that is not on the table is to cut education any more,” he said. Parkinson says education budget won’t be cut further
December 18, 2009 in print edition on 1A
Gov. Mark Parkinson said Thursday he will not approve any more cuts to public schools or higher education and that he is considering a tax increase to bridge the next revenue shortfall.
10:00 a.m.
Special education teacher Mary Chamberlin is presented roses by her husband, Ryan Chamberlin, during a school assembly Thursday in which Chamberlin was awarded the $5,000 Dedication to Education Award by Pickney School officials and representatives of The Bobs, a group of anonymous donors who created the award. Pinckney teacher honored for her work with special education students
December 17, 2009 in print edition on 1A
The school day Thursday started off with a big surprise and a big check for one Lawrence elementary teacher.
2:00 p.m.
A KU on Wheels Bus departs a campus bus stop in front of the Kansas Union on Oct. 15. City commissioners have unanimously agreed to approve a letter of intent that sets a goal of coordinating, consolidating or merging the city and university bus systems by July. KU officials face tough questioning from regents over new bus building
December 17, 2009 in print edition on 3A
A proposal by Kansas University for a $4.75 million bus maintenance and storage facility received stiff questioning before the Kansas Board of Regents on Thursday, and an allegation of improper bidding surfaced.
6:00 p.m.
Holiday haiku hoopla: Readers deliver poems that celebrate the winter season
December 18, 2009 in print edition on 1C
Perhaps it’s the crisp winter air. Maybe it’s the anticipation of Christmas or the deluge of holiday spirit. Whatever the reason, it’s clear that readers can’t get enough of the annual Holiday Haiku contest …

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Schools turn to Supreme Court
December 18, 2009 in print edition on B8
Reeling under state education budget cuts, dozens of Kansas school districts have decided to ask the Kansas Supreme Court to weigh in on school funding.
H1N1 flu outbreak reveals gaps in emergency preparedness
December 18, 2009 in print edition on B1
The H1N1 flu outbreak has exposed some gaps in the nation’s ability to respond to public health emergencies, according to a new report.
LMH ranks No.1 in treating patients suffering heart attacks
LMH rated tops in cardiac care
December 18, 2009 in print edition on A1
Lawrence Memorial Hospital has placed first among 932 hospitals of similar size in treating patients suffering heart attacks. The hospital’s average “door-to-balloon” time is 57 minutes. That’s the time from when the patient enters the hospital to when the artery is opened.
Gridiron Club raises $4 million so far, but project remains ‘full speed ahead’
Millions in funding still needed, but 2010 opening remains target
December 18, 2009 in print edition on A1
A project to build a new Gridiron Club at Kansas University’s Memorial Stadium remains on track for opening in time for the Jayhawks’ next football season.
Olathe man, 21, sentenced to 14 years for January crime spree
December 18, 2009 in print edition on B5
A 21-year-old Olathe man was sentenced to nearly 14 years in prison Friday afternoon for his role in a January crime spree that included the robbery of two people at gunpoint in Lawrence and shots being fired at a vehicle on Kansas Highway 10, Douglas County prosecutors said.
Lawrence’s Minuteman Press becomes 12th green-certified printer in the country
December 18, 2009 in print edition on B4
The Lawrence company that handles jobs from basic stationery, forms and newsletters to color-printing marketing campaigns recently became the 12th printer in the nation to receive a certification from the Sustainable Green Printing Partnership for its environmental practices.
KC Wizards Web site says team will be moving to Kansas
December 18, 2009
Kansas City Wizards president Robb Heineman is telling supporters on the team’s Web site that the Wizards will be moving to Kansas.
Survey shows interest in new recreation center in Lawrence
December 18, 2009 in print edition on A1
The idea of a new city-operated recreation center won a victory in recently released results of a Lawrence Parks and Recreation survey.
Todd Reesing will join teammates Meier, Stuckey at Shrine Game
December 18, 2009
Kansas University senior quarterback Todd Reesing will join teammates Kerry Meier and Darrell Stuckey on the West squad at the East-West Shrine Football Game on Jan. 23 at the Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fla.
American Red Cross plans blood drive in January
December 18, 2009
The American Red Cross will host a blood drive from noon to 6 p.m. Jan. 7 at First Christian Church, 1000 Ky.
Man who fired shots outside the Hawk sentenced to 53 months in prison
02:38 p.m., December 18, 2009 Updated 03:29 p.m. in print edition on B4
A man accused of firing shots into a crowd of people outside a bar near the Kansas University campus was sentenced to more than four years in prison Friday afternoon.
Ottawa man lifts car off of trapped 6-year-old, hailed as Superman
02:17 p.m., December 18, 2009 Updated 10:19 p.m. in print edition on B8
A Kansas mother is praising a neighbor as “Superman” after her 6-year-old daughter told her he somehow found the strength to lift a car off her.
State issues boil water advisory for Jefferson County Water District No. 10
December 18, 2009 in print edition on B2
State health officials Friday issued a boil water advisory for Jefferson County Rural Water District 10, which is on the northeast side of Lake Perry.
Bars, restaurants not stepping up to help fund Tipsy Taxi this year
Program may not be able to continue
01:33 p.m., December 18, 2009 Updated 03:11 p.m. in print edition on B1
A lack of community support could put the brakes on the longtime Tipsy Tax program, which provides free taxi rides home to New Year’s Eve revelers, organizers said.
Next Kansas Turnpike bridge blast set for Monday morning
December 18, 2009 in print edition on B2
Another day, another blast with high-intensity, copper-encased, steel-cutting directional explosives.
Judge allows change of attorneys in murder case
December 18, 2009 in print edition on B1
An issue over an attorney was cleared up Friday morning, paving the way for jury trials for two men accused in the October 2006 murder of a Lawrence hip-hop artist.
Highway patrol program targeted drunk drivers on Lawrence streets
Weekend RAVE leads to DUI arrests
December 18, 2009 in print edition on B1
Multiple impaired drivers experienced firsthand during the past weekend what the Kansas Highway Patrol’s RAVE program was all about.
KU chancellor says Perkins’ contract with Overland Park company isn’t a problem
December 18, 2009 in print edition on B3
A contract between Kansas University Athletic Director Lew Perkins and a private company that does business with Kansas Athletics Inc. is fine, KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little said.
Governor’s office returns to traditional location
December 18, 2009
Gov. Mark Parkinson and some of his staff are moving their offices in the Statehouse — back to where they belong.
Net Worth: Motion pictures inspire blogs — and vice versa
December 18, 2009 in print edition on C1
Blog. It’s an ugly word. Like a cross between blemish and hog.
Avatar’ characterized by effects, not story
December 18, 2009
You would think that a half-billion dollars could buy you a halfway decent screenplay. But as James Cameron proves in “Avatar,” that isn’t necessarily the case…
Kansas unemployment rate shows slight improvement
December 18, 2009 in print edition on A5
The state unemployment rate fell slightly, to 6.2 percent in November, the fourth straight month of decline, officials said Thursday. The October rate was 6.3 percent.
Henry’s death stuns Bengals
December 18, 2009 in print edition on B2
Chris Henry was no stranger to trouble.
Pump patrol
December 18, 2009 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.42 at several stations.
Horoscope for December 18, 2009
December 18, 2009 in print edition on B8
For Friday, Dec. 18: This year, you have a unique opportunity to express some of your ideas. For some, your concepts might feel a bit revolutionary. Many people find you exciting. If you are single, you’ll draw your fair share of admirers. If you are attached, the two of you might make a major purchase that will improve your bond.
Songs, cars and celebrity baubles
December 18, 2009 in print edition on B8
Nothing so defines a year as its most popular song. Or video. Or download. Or whatever. “VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown” doubles the countdown and expands to two hours to showcase the “Top 40 Videos of 2009” (8 p.m., VH1).
Medicare plan
December 18, 2009 in print edition on A9
To the editor: Expanding the age requirements for Medicare and making it much more widely available to American citizens is one of the smartest of all the proposed avenues to provide health care for America.
Holiday haiku hoopla: Readers deliver poems that celebrate the winter season
December 18, 2009 in print edition on C1
Perhaps it’s the crisp winter air. Maybe it’s the anticipation of Christmas or the deluge of holiday spirit. Whatever the reason, it’s clear that readers can’t get enough of the annual Holiday Haiku contest …
Lions’ Schonewise honored by KVA
December 18, 2009 in print edition on B3
Lawrence High junior Lillian Schonewise has been named second-team all-Class 6A by the Kansas Volleyball Association.
Aquahawks coach begins
December 18, 2009 in print edition on B3
Zach Devine took over as head coach of the Lawrence Aquahawks Swim Club this week.
Colts stay perfect, reach 14-0
December 18, 2009
Peyton Manning completed every pass early and one big one late, exactly what the Indianapolis Colts needed to stay unbeaten.
Falcons fading, but Gonzalez keeps hopes high
December 18, 2009
Tony Gonzalez is facing another losing season with a smile.
U.S. urges swine flu shots for all
December 18, 2009 in print edition on A2
A flu shot for the holidays? Finally, the nation’s supply of swine flu vaccine will reach 100 million doses by week’s end, opening the way for everyone, not just those at highest risk, to get protected.
Tiger deserves tag as decade’s best
December 18, 2009 in print edition on B2
The vote was for athlete of the decade, not husband of the year.
Smiles all around
Collins, Jayhawks shop for area families in need
December 18, 2009 in print edition on B1
Sherron Collins, who grew up poor in Chicago’s Julia D. Lathrop Housing Development, always had packages under the tree on Christmas Day.
Pepsi not advertising in Super Bowl
December 18, 2009 in print edition on A2
Pepsi’s Super Bowl streak is over after a 23-year run.
Report: Death rows shrink
December 18, 2009 in print edition on A2
Texas and other states that lead the nation in executions are sentencing many fewer inmates to death, a trend that slowly is reducing the death row population in the United States, a report from an anti-capital punishment group says.
Airline wins court order barring strike
December 18, 2009 in print edition on A2
Britain’s High Court delivered an early Christmas present to around one million travelers on Thursday by granting British Airways an emergency injunction to stop a 12-day strike by its cabin crews.
Dude, they’re putting pot in more than brownies at Ganja Gourmet
December 18, 2009 in print edition on A2
Any slacker living over his parents’ garage can make pot brownies. Gourmet chefs are taking the art of cooking with marijuana to a higher level.
Political pact near at climate talks
December 18, 2009 in print edition on A2
World leaders worked into the early morning hours to forge a political declaration for today’s summit on climate change, a document expected to envision emissions-cutting targets for rich nations and billions for poor countries but to fall well short of the goal of a legally binding pact.
Cereals add crunch to bottom line
December 18, 2009 in print edition on B9
Cereal for dinner? It’s a tough reality for some cash-strapped people.
Withey eligible to return on Saturday
Freshman center ready, but realizes playing time could be sparse
December 18, 2009 in print edition on B1
The long, long wait is over for Jeff Withey, who Saturday will be eligible to play in the first game of his college basketball career.
Two injured in Turnpike accident
December 18, 2009 in print edition on A4
Two people were transported to Lawrence Memorial Hospital Thursday night after a single-vehicle accident on the Kansas Turnpike in northern Lawrence.
Powered by holiday cheer, runners take to streets for Jingle Bell Run
December 18, 2009 in print edition on A3
Bundled up in their warmest running gear with holiday lights draped all around them, 162 runners and 12 festive dogs made their way around downtown Lawrence as part of Don “Red Dog” Gardner’s Jingle Bell Run.
Parkinson says education budget won’t be cut further
December 18, 2009 in print edition on A1
Gov. Mark Parkinson said Thursday he will not approve any more cuts to public schools or higher education and that he is considering a tax increase to bridge the next revenue shortfall.
Gravel roads make a comeback
December 18, 2009 in print edition on A8
Ever since the invention of the automobile, paved roads have meant progress. Now some cash-strapped towns and counties are finding progress too expensive, and they are tearing up battered roads and putting down gravel.
Fla. man exonerated after 35 years in jail
December 18, 2009 in print edition on A8
James Bain used a cell phone for the first time Thursday, calling his elderly mother to tell her he had been freed after 35 years behind bars for a crime he did not commit.
Sunday’s Chiefs game blacked out
December 18, 2009 in print edition on B1
A Kansas City Chiefs home game is being blacked out locally for the first time since 1990 after the team failed to sell enough tickets for Sunday’s game against Cleveland.
Insurgents intercepted drone spy video feeds
December 18, 2009 in print edition on A8
Insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan have intercepted live video feeds from Predator drones, a key weapon in a Pentagon spy system that serves as the military’s eyes in the sky for surveillance and intelligence collection.
States ranked from happiest to moodiest
December 18, 2009 in print edition on A1
People in sunny, outdoorsy states — Louisiana, Hawaii, Florida — say they’re the happiest Americans, and researchers think they know why.
Violence at club raises concerns
December 18, 2009 in print edition on A1
When Dan Hughes read in the newspaper that a police officer was seen carrying an assault rifle around downtown Lawrence, following a Sunday shooting, the Massachusetts Street business owner said that didn’t sit well with him.
What were they thinking?
The decade’s most unspectacular moments
December 18, 2009 in print edition on C8
Every decade has its mistakes, of course, but one nice thing about the past 10 years’ foibles, foul-ups and flubs is that so often they came with neat, two-word monikers, almost like keepsakes: “Wardrobe malfunction.” “Mission Accomplished.” “Balloon boy.”
Kwanzaa continues, but boom is over
December 18, 2009 in print edition on C8
Four years ago, Evita Broughton celebrated Kwanzaa for the first time with her family — lighting a candle each night and discussing the respective principle.
Monument lifted from Cleopatra’s underwater city
December 18, 2009 in print edition on C8
Archaeologists on Thursday hoisted a 9-ton temple pylon from the waters of the Mediterranean that was part of the palace complex of the fabled Cleopatra before it became submerged for centuries in the harbor of Alexandria.
Yost won at all costs
December 18, 2009 in print edition on B1
After all the recent talk about Kansas University football coaches and their records, good and bad, several have written wondering why I’ve never done anything about a legend who never lost a game here, leaving with a 10-0 mark in 1899.
Health agency offering drop-in child care
December 18, 2009 in print edition on B9
Trinity In-Home Care, a home health agency, is opening Lawrence’s first drop-in child care center Monday.
LMH trustee’s service lauded
December 18, 2009 in print edition on B9
Lawrence Memorial Hospital’s Board of Trustees meeting on Wednesday was bittersweet.
Commodities
December 18, 2009 in print edition on B9
Agriculture futures fell Thursday.
Smart tax moves now can save thousands later
December 18, 2009 in print edition on B9
Q: Our monthly mortgage payment is due at the start of each month. If we made our payment that is due on Jan. 1 now, would we be able to deduct the mortgage-interest portion of the payment on our 2009 income-tax return?
Global warming a tough sell for human psyche
December 18, 2009 in print edition on A6
The Copenhagen talks on climate change were convened with a sense of urgency that many ordinary folks don’t share. Why is that?
People in the news
December 18, 2009 in print edition on B8
A private middle school in inner-city Atlanta has received $1.5 million from Oprah Winfrey.
SAG Awards noms mimic Globes
December 18, 2009 in print edition on B8
“Up in the Air,” “Precious” and “Inglourious Basterds” led the Screen Actors Guild Awards with three nominations each Thursday, among them honors for George Clooney, Diane Kruger and Mo’Nique.
Global warming a tough sell for human psyche
December 18, 2009 in print edition on A6
The Copenhagen talks on climate change were convened with a sense of urgency that many ordinary folks don’t share. Why is that?
Out of control
December 18, 2009 in print edition on A9
To the editor: Yes, Saturday’s “Commentary” got it right this time. Big-time athletics are out of control!
Farmland progress
Efforts to purchase the Farmland property have moved slowly so it’s good to hear real progress could come soon.
December 18, 2009 in print edition on A9
It’s good to hear that Lawrence officials now hope to report major progress in acquiring the former Farmland property in weeks rather than years.
Fame often overshadows shame
December 18, 2009 in print edition on A9
Things being what they are, I’m delighted when any newspaper is hiring. And when someone lands a job in journalism, I’m ready to pop the cork. But I find it hard to swallow champagne when the New York Post signs on Ashley Dupre.
Columnist watches power ebb, flow
December 18, 2009 in print edition on A9
Twenty-five years ago this week, I wrote my first column. I’m not much given to self-reflection — why do you think I quit psychiatry? — but I figure once every quarter-century is not excessive.
Lawrence man hurt in Thursday evening accident
December 18, 2009 in print edition on A4
A 37-year-old Lawrence man was in a Topeka emergency room Thursday night after a single-vehicle accident on the Kansas Turnpike west of Lawrence.