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6:00 a.m.
Kansas forward Thomas Robinson gets physical with Memphis forward Tarik Black during the second half of the Jimmy V Classic Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010 at Madison Square Garden in New York. Robinson had a double-double: 10 points, 10 boards. KU sophomores Elijah Johnson, Thomas Robinson make most of minutes vs. Memphis
December 8, 2010 in print edition on 1B
Ideally, by the time conference play starts Jan. 12 in Ames, Iowa, Markieff Morris will have mastered the art of playing defense with his feet, not his hands, and can consistently play 30 minutes a game.
10:00 a.m.
From left, Ben Kirtland, Kassie Liebsch, Rodney Jones and Charlette Blubaugh have been charged with stealing tickets from KU. Also charged was Tom Blubaugh, who is not pictured. Former Kansas Athletics Inc. employees headed to court in KU ticket scandal case
5:21 p.m., December 7, 2010 Updated 9:40 a.m. in print edition on 1A
Five people who raised money from Kansas University ticket buyers, oversaw KU ticket operations or worked to help manage the school’s ticket operations are headed to federal court to face charges.
2:00 p.m.
Kansas Gov.-elect Sam Brownback announces appointments to his Cabinet, including Dale Rodman, left, his nominee for agriculture secretary, and Deb Miller, center, his nominee for transportation secretary, during a news conference, Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Miller is a holdover from outgoing Gov. Mark Parkinson's administration. Statehouse Live: Governor-elect Sam Brownback picks veteran team, Americans for Prosperity consultant
11:42 a.m., December 7, 2010 Updated 2:17 p.m. in print edition on 1A
Brownback retained Deb Miller as secretary of transportation and appointed former state Sen. Nick Jordan of Shawnee as secretary of revenue; state Rep. Pat George, R-Dodge City, secretary of commerce; state Sen. Karin Brownlee, R-Olathe, secretary of labor; Dale Rodman, secretary of agriculture; and Steve Anderson as budget director, which is a non-Cabinet post.
6:00 p.m.
Bob Bond watches as his son Caleb, 16, cuts away at a Christmas tree chosen by the family Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010 at the Green Forest Tree Farm in Lecompton. Buyers search for perfect holiday pine at Green Forest Christmas Tree Farm in Lecompton
December 7, 2010 in print edition on 1A
On a sunny Saturday afternoon at the Green Forest Christmas Tree Farm in Lecompton, Keith and Sonja Pittrich searched for this year’s tree.

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Two killed — including teenage girl — in two-vehicle accident Wednesday evening in Gardner
11:37 p.m., December 8, 2010 Updated 07:47 p.m. in print edition on A4
The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday morning that a 63-year-old man and a 13-year-old girl, both from Gardner, died as a result of a crash Wednesday evening on U.S. Highway 56 near Gardner.
Style Scout: Keri Lauxman
06:26 p.m., December 8, 2010 Updated 06:26 p.m.
Teacher chic/Ready for anything.
Review: Stona Rosa
05:47 p.m., December 8, 2010 Updated 05:47 p.m.
After a long hiatus, the ACB’s make a spirited return.
Full beer keg stolen from outside of a Lawrence apartment
December 8, 2010 in print edition on A4
A 24-year-old Kansas University student reported to Lawrence police Saturday night that someone had stolen the full keg he had placed outside.
Four former KU Athletics officials enter not guilty pleas at preliminary hearing in Wichita; another defendant set for plea change in January
02:30 p.m., December 8, 2010 Updated 07:48 p.m. in print edition on A1
While four of her former colleagues were entering not guilty pleas in U.S. District Court, Kansas Athletics’ former director of ticket operations was taking steps to change her plea and — perhaps — begin cooperating with investigators.
Chairman of Lawrence’s Library Board officially announces candidacy for City Commission
December 8, 2010 in print edition on A5
The chairman of the city’s Library Board now wants a chair on the Lawrence City Commission.
Stop the music: Neon dance party comes to a close
12:47 p.m., December 8, 2010 Updated 01:57 p.m.
After almost a decade, Lawrence’s premiere dance party ends where it began.
Driver tells police she was texting before Tuesday accident that injured scooter driver, tied up rush hour traffic
December 8, 2010 in print edition on A4
Lawrence police say a Baldwin City woman was apparently texting while driving when her car struck a Vespa scooter Tuesday during rush hour on Iowa Street.
Douglas County sheriff’s deputies: Driver admits to fleeing scene of head-on accident south of Clinton Lake
12:34 p.m., December 8, 2010 Updated 05:16 p.m. in print edition on A4
Douglas County Sheriff’s officers on Wednesday were investigating a two-vehicle head-on wreck that happened Tuesday night south of Clinton Lake.
Defense attorney: Trial unlikely in case involving former KU football player Jamal Greene
December 8, 2010 in print edition on A5
A defense attorney on Wednesday said he doesn’t expect a trial to be held on allegations that a former Kansas University football player held four students at gunpoint last May.
Price of gasoline could reach $3 per gallon by Christmas
Crude oil prices on the rise again
December 8, 2010 in print edition on A1
Typically it’s the start of summer — not winter — when motorists can anticipate a jump in gasoline prices. But this holiday season, drivers should expect to pay more at the pump.
Lawrence man faces prison term for attempting to rob North Lawrence Sonic restaurant
December 8, 2010 in print edition on A2
A Lawrence man and former Sonic employee faces several years of prison time after he pleaded guilty Wednesday morning to attempting to rob the North Lawrence restaurant in January.
Statehouse Live: Brownback’s budget director has recommended lower taxes, higher tuition, vouchers
December 8, 2010 in print edition on A1
Brownback, a Republican, will be sworn into office Jan. 10, and his proposed budget will be delivered shortly afterward.
Town Talk: City says snow shoveling ordinance to be enforced; Lawrence ICL plant to expand; Special Olympics bid faces stiff competition
December 8, 2010
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
1st Infantry HQ returning to Fort Riley from Iraq
December 8, 2010
Two ceremonies are scheduled next week at Fort Riley for soldiers and officers of the 1st Infantry Division’s headquarters returning from Iraq.
KU joins Champions Classic with Duke, Kentucky, Michigan State
09:31 a.m., December 8, 2010 Updated 12:00 a.m.
College basketball powers Kansas University, Kentucky, Duke and Michigan State will participate in ESPN’s Champions Classic over the next three seasons, the network announced on Wednesday.
Heard on the Hill: KU students offer to mow your lawn; parents warned against alcoholic whipped cream ‘whipahol’; KUMC nursing professor earns recognition
December 8, 2010
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
First Bell: Report says girls read better than boys; feds pay for teachers-administration mediator; Langston Hughes School signs on to memorial effort for soldiers
December 8, 2010
Time for another edition of First Bell, an early-morning rundown of news regarding schools — here, and around the world.
Officials say state will be healthier with new KU School of Public Health
December 8, 2010 in print edition on A1
A reorganization effort by the Kansas University Medical Center will result in a new School of Public Health — and a healthier Kansas, officials say.
Garden party: KU basketball’s Tyshawn Taylor has happy homecoming in New York City
December 8, 2010 in print edition on B1
Kansas University point guard Tyshawn Taylor bumped fists with head coach Bill Self as he headed through the center tunnel of famed Madison Square Garden toward the locker room following Tuesday’s 81-68 Jimmy V. Classic victory over Memphis.
Part of North 800 Road in county closed northeast of Vinland through Dec. 17
December 8, 2010 in print edition on A6
A section of Douglas County North 800 Road just west of East 2000 Road is closed for an emergency culvert replacement.
Lawrence city commission approves Iowa Street turn lanes
December 8, 2010 in print edition on A5
A busy section of Iowa Street leading to Kansas University will get a host of new turn lanes as part of a $6 million rebuilding project, city commissioners decided Tuesday.
Gary Bedore’s KU hoops notebook: Elijah Johnson denies transfer rumors
December 8, 2010 in print edition on B5
Elijah Johnson, who had seven points, three assists and a steal in 21 minutes against Memphis on Tuesday, spent some of his postgame interview session commenting on transfer rumors that never seem to die.
Memphis ‘out-toughed’ by Kansas basketball at Madison Square Garden
December 8, 2010 in print edition on B4
Memphis guard Will Barton needed only a few words to explain what went wrong for his team on Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden.
Lawrence’s Retail Task Force balks at retail recruitment program
Group recommends collecting more data about sales lost to other communities
December 8, 2010 in print edition on A3
The city’s Retail Task Force on Tuesday balked at the idea of creating a formal program to recruit new retailers to the city. Instead, the task force will recommend that the city collect data on the types of sales the city may be losing to other communities, but said that data primarily should be used to persuade existing retailers to expand.
Washington Redskins suspend Albert Haynesworth for rest of NFL season
December 8, 2010
Simmering all year, the antagonism between Albert Haynesworth and Mike Shanahan finally reached the boiling point Tuesday when the two-time All-Pro defensive lineman was suspended by the Washington Redskins coach without pay for the rest of the season.
2011 Rock Chalk Revue groups announced
December 8, 2010 in print edition on A6
Rock Chalk Revue has selected five groups for its 2011 performance, which will be the 62nd for the annual variety show produced by Kansas University students.
Texas A&M LB Von Miller wins 2010 Butkus Award
December 8, 2010
Texas A&M’s Von Miller has won the Butkus Award as college football’s best linebacker.
Junction City edges LHS girls basketball
December 8, 2010
The Junction City High girls basketball team made one of two free throws in the final seconds to defeat Lawrence High, 51-50, on Tuesday.
Van Go artists sell their creations at annual Adornment Show
December 8, 2010 in print edition on A6
Student artists at Van Go Mobile Arts are showing off their hand-built art pieces at this year’s annual Adornment Show.
Veteran accused of stalking Westboro Baptist Church members released from jail
December 8, 2010 in print edition on A4
After spending a week in the Sedgwick County Jail, charged with stalking and conspiring to harm members of a controversial Topeka church, Ryan Newell was released Tuesday.
Ray-Pec boys basketball downs Seabury
December 8, 2010
The Seabury Academy boys basketball team, which plays in the smallest class in Kansas, held the lead with about a minute and a half to go against Ray-Pec, which plays in the largest class in Missouri, but couldn’t hang on.
Big “X-Fish” fossil on display at Kansas Union
December 8, 2010 in print edition on A4
A Lawrence resident is hoping a very big, very old fish gets some official recognition from the Statehouse soon.
Free State girls basketball claims 48-45 victory over Seaman
December 8, 2010 in print edition on B1
The Free State High School girls notched their first win of the season by knocking off the Vikings, 48-45 on Tuesday.
Woman reports washer and dryer stolen in 800 block of Walnut Street
December 8, 2010
A 29-year-old Lawrence woman reported to Lawrence police Sunday evening that a Whirlpool washer and dryer valued at $1,300 total was stolen sometime between noon Friday and 5:30 p.m. Sunday from the 800 block of Walnut Street in North Lawrence.
Hollywood’s fountain of youth: ‘Tron’ reverse-ages Jeff Bridges by manipulating digital images
December 8, 2010 in print edition on C6
Hollywood has famously had better luck using makeup to make young actors look old — like Russell Crowe in “A Beautiful Mind” — than making old actors look young. But the ability to manipulate images digitally could prove to be a fountain of youth for some.
Tax deal should help economy, analysts say
December 8, 2010 in print edition on C6
The tax deal struck by President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans essentially gives Americans a pay raise — pumping money into the economy almost immediately and probably creating hundreds of thousands of jobs over the next two years, economists say.
Lawrence teachers, administrators negotiating schedule changes, planning time
December 8, 2010 in print edition on A3
Teachers are negotiating with administrators in the Lawrence school district, working to update this year’s work agreement with eyes toward 2011-12.
Kansas courts to use Level of Service Inventory Revised statistical tool for parolees
December 8, 2010 in print edition on A6
Ted Kim of Lenexa was busted for drugs last year but deserved a break. Statistics said so.
Kansas-based Layne Christensen 3Q earnings, revenue grow
December 8, 2010
Drilling and construction service provider Layne Christensen Co. said Tuesday its fiscal third-quarter net income grew, boosted by lower energy production costs and higher revenue.
2 Kansans, 2 others sentenced in $3 million mortgage fraud scheme
December 8, 2010
Federal prosecutors say four people have been sentenced for taking part in a $3 million mortgage fraud scheme.
Admissions action
The Kansas Board of Regents should move carefully on increased university admissions requirements, but the proposal on the table looks like a reasonable step.
December 8, 2010 in print edition on A8
There are strong arguments in favor of increasing admissions requirements for Kansas students who want to attend state universities, but the Kansas Board of Regents is right to give careful consideration to any admissions changes.
25 years ago: Neighboring cities begin switch to enhanced 911
December 8, 2010
The 911 system had been put in place in Lawrence in November 1969; it had been the pilot program in the state of Kansas.
40 years ago: KU Chancellor says campus mood is calm despite recent events
December 8, 2010
At about 1:30 p.m., roughly 100 young people marched along Jayhawk Boulevard, chanting as they marched and spray-painting passing city buses.
President Barack Obama joins politicians on cable TV via ‘Mythbusters’
December 8, 2010
President Barack Obama makes a cameo appearance on “Mythbusters” (8 p.m., Discovery) tonight. Hosts Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage visit the president in the White House, where he praises the show for its entertaining celebration of science and experimentation and asks the guys to revisit a project from the show’s past.
Horoscope for Dec. 8
December 8, 2010
This year, make a conscious effort to head in a new direction. Spontaneity defines your actions, and the end result will be greater security. Interpersonal relationships change because of a new sense of self. If you are single, romance could enter your life come 2011. If you are attached, others watch you as a couple as you start acting like newlyweds once more. Aquarius draws out your opinions.
Veritas girls basketball routs KSD
December 8, 2010
Kayli Farley scored 13 points and Ellen Phillips added 10 as Veritas Christian School claimed a 51-7 girls basketball victory over Kansas School for the Deaf on Tuesday.
Senior Eric Watson helps FSHS boys basketball beat Seaman High, 68-53
December 8, 2010 in print edition on B1
From start to finish Tuesday night, Free State High senior Eric Watson made his presence felt against Seaman High.
Audubon’s ‘Birds of America’ sold for $10 million at auction
December 8, 2010 in print edition on A7
It’s quite a nest egg. John James Audubon’s “Birds of America,” a rare blend of art, natural history and craftsmanship, fetched more than $10 million at auction on Tuesday, making it the world’s most expensive published book.
Elizabeth Edwards dies at 61 after cancer struggle
December 8, 2010 in print edition on A7
Elizabeth Edwards, who closely advised her husband in two bids for the presidency and advocated for health care even as her own health and marriage publicly crumbled, died Tuesday after a six-year struggle with cancer. She was 61.
Area roundup: Baldwin sweeps Iola
December 8, 2010
Caleb Gaylord scored 16 to lead Baldwin High’s boys basketball team to a 57-42 victory against Iola on Tuesday in the Anderson County Classic.
Veritas boys basketball rolls, 58-12
December 8, 2010
Ethan Scott scored 13 points, Thomas Bachert had 12 and Elijah Penny added 10 as Veritas Christian School beat Kansas School for the Deaf, 58-12, on Tuesday.
Pump patrol
December 8, 2010 in print edition on A4
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.76 at several stations.
Derek Jeter admits he was angry with Yankees during negotiations
December 8, 2010
Derek Jeter can admit it now: He was definitely getting steamed at the New York Yankees.
100 years ago: Profits from KU football season over $11,000
December 8, 2010 in print edition on A8
“That the season just closed was the most profitable one in the history of Kansas football is shown by the official statement mailed the Athletic Board by Manager W. C. Lansdon this afternoon.”
Trash thanks
December 8, 2010 in print edition on A8
I just wanted to take a moment to say “thank you” to the guys who pick up our trash, day in and day out, no matter what the weather — and we do get the full weather extremes here in Kansas.
Give new KU administration a chance
December 8, 2010 in print edition on A8
On Saturday the publisher of this newspaper devoted his column to arguing for a new governance structure for Kansas University. He suggested that, perhaps, a new “Board of Overseers,” drawn, in part, from the state’s business community, be created. This board could devote more attention to the everyday operation of the university than the present Board of Regents can devote to this. I’m afraid that I must disagree not only with the suggestion, but, also, with the reasoning behind it.
China should quit coddling North Korea
December 8, 2010 in print edition on A8
Everyone says the key to controlling nuclear North Korea’s bizarre behavior lies with China. Since the North Koreans shelled a South Korean island last month and renewed fears of war on the Korean peninsula, all eyes have focused on Beijing. China is the North’s only ally and its main supplier of food and fuel. So the world was watching to see whether Beijing would promote stability in the region by restraining Pyongyang.
Saline County Planning Commission approves permit to reopen Salina Speedway
December 8, 2010
The Saline County Planning Commission has approved a permit needed to reopen the Salina Speedway to auto racing.
Hutchinson woman wants to change plea in mother’s strangulation death
December 8, 2010
A Hutchinson woman will get a hearing on Friday to consider her request to withdraw a no-contest plea in her mother’s 1998 death.
Garden city college student, son of 1990 Heisman Trophy finalist found dead in room
December 8, 2010
Garden City police say a college student and football player found dead in his dorm room was the son of Colorado assistant coach Darian Hagan.
Forgotten Four” vigil planned for Wichita homicide victims
December 8, 2010
When Candice Reed asks people in Wichita if they remember how two of her cousins and two other youths were gunned down in 2000, in what at the time was the worst killing the city had seen in 27 years, she is often met with blank stares.
City of Arlington to buy school despite protests from residents
December 8, 2010
The leaders of a south-central Kansas town have decided to buy a former school property, despite a citizens’ petition seeking a public vote on the issue.
KU sophomores Elijah Johnson, Thomas Robinson make most of minutes vs. Memphis
December 8, 2010 in print edition on B1
Ideally, by the time conference play starts Jan. 12 in Ames, Iowa, Markieff Morris will have mastered the art of playing defense with his feet, not his hands, and can consistently play 30 minutes a game.