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Which Spodcaster made the best case for his selection of KU men's basketball player of the decade?

Poll results

Response Percent
Eric (Sherron Collins)
 
41%
Matt (Kirk Hinrich)
 
30%
Jesse (Nick Collison)
 
28%
Total 428
Did you get what you wanted for Christmas?

Poll results

Response Percent
Yes
 
48%
I’m not getting any presents this year
 
21%
I haven’t opened my presents yet
 
20%
No
 
9%
Total 565
Are blizzard conditions worth a white Christmas?

Poll results

Response Percent
No
 
58%
Yes
 
39%
Not sure
 
2%
Total 1688
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KU football reportedly adds assistant
December 23, 2009 in print edition on B3
Darrell Wyatt, currently the associate head coach/offensive coordinator at Southern Mississippi, is expected to join new Kansas University football coach Turner Gill’s staff in the coming days, according to Rivals.com.
Health bill clears final 60-vote hurdle in Senate, final vote expected Christmas Eve
December 23, 2009
Exultant Senate Democrats pushed President Barack Obama’s landmark health care overhaul past a final procedural hurdle Wednesday, setting up a Christmas Eve vote to pass the legislation extending coverage to 30 million Americans.
49-year-old Topeka man dies from H1N1 flu virus, bringing state total to 24
December 23, 2009 in print edition on A3
A 49-year-old Topeka area man has died from infection with the H1N1 flu virus.
Kansas seeking help from feds to pay unemployment benefits
State is also increasing businesses’ unemployment tax
December 23, 2009 in print edition on A1
Kansas officials will seek federal funds next month to help pay jobless benefits because the state’s unemployment trust fund is nearly depleted.
Family of McLouth Marine gets Christmas surprise from anonymous Santa
December 23, 2009 in print edition on A3
Jake Perry and his family got a special gift-bearing visitor this year. The visitor didn’t come in a red sleigh hauled by eight reindeer. Instead, this Santa came in a red Ford Explorer driven by 200 horses.
Sheriff’s office investigating case of injured person found near Clinton Lake spillway
01:24 p.m., December 23, 2009 Updated 05:23 p.m. in print edition on A3
Law enforcement were working Wednesday to determine what happened to a person who showed up injured at an isolated Parks and Recreation barn in southwest Lawrence, a Douglas County sheriff’s spokesman said.
Eyes are on the skies as region braces for ‘blizzard conditions’
11:38 a.m., December 23, 2009 Updated 05:21 p.m. in print edition on A1
The 40 employees of the city of Lawrence’s street division are keeping their attention on the ground — diesel engines plugged in, trucks loaded with sand and salt, and trusty Thermoses filled with hot coffee or perhaps comforting cocoa.
Spokeswoman says Parkinson will propose cigarette tax hike next year
Amount undecided, but strong opposition to plan expected
10:37 a.m., December 23, 2009 Updated 05:27 p.m. in print edition on A1
Gov. Mark Parkinson will propose increasing Kansas’ tobacco taxes next year, a spokeswoman said Wednesday.
Kan. Senate makes changes to committees after resignation
December 23, 2009
The Kansas Senate is rearranging some committee assignments following the resignation of a senator from Johnson County.
Police investigating evening auto burglaries
December 23, 2009 in print edition on A3
Lawrence police are investigating several auto burglaries that took place late Tuesday evening.
Douglas County will go under Winter Storm Warning Thursday afternoon
Road conditions already deteriorating
03:52 a.m., December 23, 2009 Updated 11:36 p.m.
The National Weather Service has announced a winter storm warning is in effect for Douglas County, including the city of Lawrence.
FDA: No Vytorin cancer link
December 23, 2009 in print edition on A6
There’s no evidence Merck & Co.’s blockbuster cholesterol drug Vytorin causes cancer, federal regulators said Tuesday.
Gary Bedore’s KU basketball notebook
December 23, 2009 in print edition on B5
Lawrence natives have made life plenty miserable for California’s Golden Bears.
Lie inspires Marcus
December 23, 2009 in print edition on B4
Marcus Morris admits he was inspired by a lie.
Stragglers find shortages of hot items
December 23, 2009 in print edition on B9
Looking for UGG boots? Or what about the last string of holiday lights or inflatable Santas to spruce up the lawn? You might be out of luck.
Government tax credit drives surge in home sales
December 23, 2009 in print edition on B9
Extraordinary government efforts to stabilize the housing market are paying off.
Lawrence man reports laptop, jewelry stolen
December 23, 2009 in print edition on A4
A 34-year-old Lawrence man on Saturday reported the burglary and theft of property from a residence in the 3200 block of West Ninth Street.
Pump patrol
December 23, 2009 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.42 at several stations.
Making merry
Kansas pulls away, ensures jolly break
December 23, 2009 in print edition on B1
Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self had a message for the 200 or so fans who lined the northwest tunnel of Allen Fieldhouse seeking autographs a half hour after Tuesday night’s 84-69 victory over California.
Last minute Christmas confections
Cookies and treats that Santa and your family might enjoy
December 23, 2009 in print edition on C1
Putting out milk and cookies for Santa on Christmas Eve is almost as old a tradition as the bearded jolly man himself.
Expect to see a barrel of wine bargains in 2010
December 23, 2009 in print edition on C3
Napa, Calif.Vintners and analysts predict that 2010 will be a very good year for wine lovers.
Black-eyed pea longtime mythical good-luck charm
December 23, 2009 in print edition on C1
You always hear that each black-eyed pea eaten on New Year’s Day represents one day of good luck during the coming year. How did that idea ever get started?
Why do we dream of a white Christmas?
December 23, 2009 in print edition on C8
Bing Crosby didn’t have to dream of a white Christmas — he could bank on it.
‘A Home for the Holidays’ returns
December 23, 2009 in print edition on B8
The stars align (as do a few CBS regulars) to present the 11th annual “A Home for the Holidays” (7 p.m., CBS).
People in the news
December 23, 2009 in print edition on B8
People in the news for December 23, 2009.
Horoscope for December 23, 2009
December 23, 2009 in print edition on B8
This year, unexpected events often occur. Part of the purpose of this disruption is to point to what area of your life is no longer functional. That same issue might encourage you to change. If you are single, you draw many different people to you. If you are attached, the two of you need to charge your life together, or else you could cause a major disruption to your bond. Pisces thinks you make a great buddy.
England Priest: Shoplifting by poor sometimes OK
December 23, 2009 in print edition on A10
For a priest in northern England, the commandment that dictates “thou shalt not steal” isn’t exactly written in stone.
Health care bill is a fiasco
December 23, 2009 in print edition on A9
There were two snow jobs in Washington over the weekend.
Court orders 2 men’s noses, ears cut off
December 23, 2009 in print edition on A2
A Pakistani court has ordered the noses and ears of two men cut off after they did the same thing to a young woman whose family spurned one of the men’s marriage proposal, a prosecutor said Tuesday.
Pain comes long before gain in health care overhaul
December 23, 2009 in print edition on A2
Americans will feel the pain before the gain from the health care overhaul Democrats are close to pushing through Congress.
Pregnant soldiers won’t be court-martialed
December 23, 2009 in print edition on A2
A U.S. general in Iraq who listed pregnancy as a reason for court-martialing soldiers said Tuesday that he would never actually seek to jail someone over the offense but wanted to underline the seriousness of the issue.
Experts: Dog is 1st in nation with swine flu
December 23, 2009 in print edition on A2
A dog in suburban New York is the first in the nation confirmed to be carrying the same strain of swine flu that is infecting humans, experts said Tuesday.
Community bankers get Obama’s soft touch
December 23, 2009 in print edition on A2
This time, no fat cats.
Democrat defects to GOP over health care
December 23, 2009 in print edition on A2
A U.S. House Democrat who opposes the health care overhaul announced Tuesday he is defecting to the GOP, another blow to Democrats ahead of the midterm elections.
Holiday storm could snarl travel in Midwest
December 23, 2009 in print edition on A2
Holiday travelers scrambled to adjust their plans Tuesday as a fast-moving snowstorm threatened to bring long delays along with a white Christmas for millions of people throughout the West and Midwest.
California comes close
December 23, 2009 in print edition on B5
For a short while Tuesday night, it looked like California might be the team to snap the Kansas University men’s basketball team’s streak of 48 consecutive home victories.
Cal awaits No. 23 Utah
December 23, 2009 in print edition on B3
Jordan Wynn should feel pretty much at home when he leads No. 23 Utah against California in the Poinsettia Bowl tonight.
Taylor continues his hot streak
December 23, 2009 in print edition on B1
Kansas sophomore guard Tyshawn Taylor, an excitable sort, said he walked into the locker room after a most impressive 84-69 Tuesday night victory against California and proudly proclaimed, “I didn’t have any turnovers again.”
Fiancee: Henry changed my life
Tonga speaks at Bengal’s funeral after fatal dispute
December 23, 2009 in print edition on B2
Chris Henry’s fiancee wept as she spoke at the late Cincinnati Bengals receiver’s funeral Tuesday, saying that while she often got credit for steering him clear of a trouble, he changed her life as well.
McCray has career day as KU women rip Houston
December 23, 2009 in print edition on B1
Danielle McCray made 17 of 22 shots and scored a career-high 37 points to propel No. 21-ranked Kansas University past Houston, 89-69, in women’s basketball Tuesday night in Hofheinz Pavilion.
Man uses cyanide gas to kill himself
December 23, 2009 in print edition on B10
Four emergency responders and a relative of a man who used hydrogen cyanide to kill himself in his truck were hospitalized after being exposed to the gas, police said.
Guard troops slated for duty in Africa
December 23, 2009 in print edition on B10
More than 560 Kansas Army National Guard soldiers have been assigned to security duty next year in the Horn of Africa, a spokeswoman said Tuesday.
Electronics gear makes good last-minute gift
December 23, 2009 in print edition on B9
Despite a generally gloomy sales outlook this holiday season, electronics items are expected to hold their own, according to a recent Consumer Reports holiday shopping poll.
Nutrition agency opens in health center
December 23, 2009 in print edition on B9
Simple Solutions, a preventative nutrition, weight management and sports nutrition counseling agency, opened last week in the Peak Performance Health Center, 1311 Wakarusa Drive.
Couple opens Culinaria catering company
December 23, 2009 in print edition on B9
Local couple Aaron and Regan Pillar recently opened Culinaria Food & Wine in Lawrence, a catering and event planning company.
25 years ago: Fire destroys mobile home
December 23, 2009 in print edition on A8
Members of the Willie and Janet Holladay family had their mobile home wracked by fire and their Christmas plans ruined. All their Christmas gifts were destroyed but there were no injuries.
100 years ago: KU beginning to draw students from around the globe
December 23, 2009 in print edition on A8
From the Lawrence Daily World for Dec. 23, 1909: Kansas University is beginning to draw students from around the globe. Two students from Bulgaria are now studying mining engineering and plan to return to their native land when they are finished. Bulgaria has many mining veins in the mountains and they say they plan to help develop those resources. More foreign students are sure to come in the months and years ahead due to KU’s reputation for education in many fields.
Citations sought
December 23, 2009 in print edition on A8
To the editor: Having read some of the semi-popular scientific literature regarding global climate change/warming, Lee Gerhard’s statements certainly raise some questions.
Spending choices
December 23, 2009 in print edition on A8
To the editor: It is hard to argue that the way a person, community or country spends its money does not reflect what that person, community or country values most
Pet mistake
December 23, 2009 in print edition on A8
To the editor: Our heartbroken family brought two spayed, 9-month-old German shorthair pointer/ Labrador retriever dogs to the Lawrence Humane Society this past weekend.
Grade inflation
December 23, 2009 in print edition on A8
To the editor: This is about President Obama’s appearance on “Oprah,” during which time he graded his performance as president with a B-plus.
Turning Taliban key to Afghan strategy
December 23, 2009 in print edition on A8
One of the critical components of President Obama’s new Afghan strategy is an effort to persuade large groups of Taliban to change sides.
Airline limits
December 23, 2009 in print edition on A8
New federal regulations should force airlines to make better decisions concerning passenger service.
One injured in rollover accident
12:00 a.m., December 23, 2009 Updated 02:49 p.m. in print edition on A4
A woman was treated and released from Lawrence Memorial Hospital after a Tuesday evening rollover accident just south of 31st and Haskell streets.
Wacky New Year’s specs live on in 2010
December 23, 2009 in print edition on A7
The decade’s end was supposed to finish off those wacky, year-shaped glasses favored by the reveling seas on New Year’s Eve in Times Square and around the world.
Probation, restitution ordered in animal case
December 23, 2009 in print edition on A4
A Lawrence man was sentenced to probation Tuesday for animal cruelty.
Personal property assessments coming
December 23, 2009 in print edition on A4
The Douglas County Appraiser’s office will mail the 2010 personal property assessment forms Dec. 31.
Mobile food pantry stop is canceled
December 23, 2009 in print edition on A4
The Ballard Community Services mobile food pantry scheduled for today is canceled because a key organizer is ill.
Lawrence man reports dirt bike stolen
December 23, 2009 in print edition on A4
A 19-year-old Lawrence man on Monday reported the theft of a dirt bike from the 3100 block of Ousdahl Road.
Lawrence woman reports theft of laptop
December 23, 2009 in print edition on A4
A 19-year-old Lawrence woman on Saturday reported the burglary and theft of property from a residence in the 2300 block of Hawthorne Drive.
Lawrence man reports laptop, television stolen
December 23, 2009 in print edition on A4
A 22-year-old Lawrence man on Sunday reported the burglary and theft of property from a residence in the 800 block of Arkansas Street.
Manhattan hospice to open in February
December 23, 2009 in print edition on A4
Work is nearly complete on Riley County’s first hospice care center.
Organ donations ease grieving process
December 23, 2009 in print edition on A1
In death, Carl Arentson passed on the gift of life to four men he never met.
Winfield district lengthens school days
December 23, 2009 in print edition on A4
The Winfield school district is making the school day a little longer to make the school year a little shorter.
BYU routs Oregon State
December 23, 2009 in print edition on B3
Max Hall threw for 192 yards and three touchdowns in the only bowl game he knows, leading No. 15 BYU past No. 16 Oregon State, 44-20, in the Las Vegas Bowl on Tuesday night.
40 years ago: City looks to develop Clinton Lake area
December 23, 2009
The city staff was turning its attention to possible development programs for the Clinton Lake region west of Lawrence. One problem was to be the law enforcement and the extent of it to be provided by various agencies.