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Dog rescued from pond on East 1100 Road The day in photos, December 9, 2010

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12:00 a.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.
6:00 a.m.
Former University of Kansas athletic department consultant, Thomas Ray Blubaugh, and his wife Charlette Blubaugh, left and center, leave the U.S. Federal Courthouse, in Wichita, Kan., on Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010, after being arraigned on a charge of conspiring to commit wire fraud. Prosecutors say the couple, along with others, are charged with stealing athletic tickets and scalping them for cash to ticket brokers and third parties outside the university totally $5 million. Four former KU Athletics officials enter not guilty pleas at preliminary hearing in Wichita; another defendant set for plea change in January
2:30 p.m., December 8, 2010 Updated 7:48 p.m. in print edition on 1A
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.
10:00 a.m.
Lawrence resident Kathe Alkoudsi shovels the snow from in front of her Mass Street house on Saturday, March 20, 2010.  Alkoudsi said she has fallen five times this year while shoveling snow, but only hurt her pride. City officials remind residents that violating Lawrence’s snow shoveling ordinance could be costly
12:00 a.m., December 9, 2010 Updated 11:06 a.m. in print edition on 1A
With a chance of snow showers predicted for this weekend, City Hall leaders are reminding Lawrence residents to dust off their snow shovels.
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: Brownback’s budget director has recommended lower taxes, higher tuition, vouchers
December 8, 2010 in print edition on 1A
Brownback, a Republican, will be sworn into office Jan. 10, and his proposed budget will be delivered shortly afterward.
6:00 p.m.
Westbound traffic entering Kansas Highway 10 from Iowa Street Monday, Nov. 8, 2010 near the bridge for the South Lawrence Trafficway proposed extension. Price of gasoline could reach $3 per gallon by Christmas
December 8, 2010 in print edition on 1A
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.

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KU women fall 75-67 to Michigan for first loss of season
December 9, 2010
Keena Mays and Monica Engelman combined for 31 points, but Michigan rallied in the second half and handed the Kansas University women’s basketball team its first loss of the season, 75-67, on Thursday night.
Lawrence early-childhood program celebrates $50,000 donation; William Dann’s total giving stands at $550,000
December 9, 2010 in print edition on A4
Bill Dann’s latest check to the Lawrence Schools Foundation did its usual amount of good, bolstering a program that improves participating children’s chances of succeeding in schools.
Jenkins lands spot on powerful House committee dealing with taxes
December 9, 2010 in print edition on A2
She said she hoped the next Congress “led by the Republican majority, will enact responsible measures that will right our financial ship and get America back to work.”
United Way of Douglas County is behind $100,000 in fundraising
December 9, 2010 in print edition on A1
A down economy has put a damper on the United Way of Douglas County’s fundraising efforts this year. With the organization’s major fundraising drive wrapping up, the chapter is behind $100,000 from where it historically is at this point in the campaign, President and CEO Erika Dvorske said.
Statehouse Live: Brownback names advisory team on environment, energy
December 9, 2010 in print edition on A4
The group is meeting this week with officials from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks, Kansas Water Office, Kansas Biological Survey, and Kansas Geological Survey.
One dog dies, another rescued from pond accident on East 1100 Road southwest of Lawrence
December 9, 2010 in print edition on A3
One dog died and another was rescued Thursday afternoon after falling through ice in a pond southwest of Lawrence.
Lawrence man charged, arrested in shooting at South Pointe Apartments
02:55 p.m., December 9, 2010 Updated 05:59 p.m.
Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson said the suspect in a weekend Lawrence apartment shooting was arrested Thursday morning.
KU Medical Center raises more than half of money needed to expand Wichita campus
02:32 p.m., December 9, 2010 Updated 03:17 p.m. in print edition on A3
After visiting with physicians’ groups and philanthropists in the Wichita area, Kansas University Medical Center has raised more than half of the $5 million it needs to expand to a four-year campus in Wichita.
Charlotte Bobcats send former KU basketball star Sherron Collins to D-League
December 9, 2010
The Charlotte Bobcats have sent little-used rookie point guard Sherron Collins to Maine of the NBA Development League.
Lawrence school district, teachers reach tentative pact on work agreement
01:14 p.m., December 9, 2010 Updated 12:34 a.m. in print edition on A2
Negotiators for the Lawrence school district and its teachers have reached a tentative agreement on scheduling and other operational issues leading into the next school year. Now it’s time to confirm the language and forward the agreement for approval.
Fitness instructor Wilma Elder, 81, retires after nearly three decades with Lawrence Parks & Rec
But it doesn’t mean she’s slowing down
December 9, 2010 in print edition on A1
Big band and classic Christmas music echoes through the gym at Holcom Park Recreation Center. About 15 seniors are ball-changing and grapevining along to the Glenn Miller Orchestra and “Frosty the Snowman.”
Style Scout: Preston Lee Jones
12:22 p.m., December 9, 2010 Updated 12:22 p.m.
Tell us a secret: I have two of those things that hang in the back of your throat.
Review: Legally Blonde The Musical
12:14 p.m., December 9, 2010 Updated 12:14 p.m.
It was surreal. It was wonderful. It was awful.
Car ends up on its side near Kansas River Bridge
12:06 p.m., December 9, 2010 Updated 02:26 p.m. in print edition on A3
A 21-year-old Oskaloosa man has been ticketed after the car he was driving took the corner at Sixth and Massachusetts street too fast and the vehicle ended up its side on the sidewalk leading to the Kansas River bridge.
Jury convicts Lawrence man of committing a sex crime against 7-year-old girl
10:44 a.m., December 9, 2010 Updated 12:01 p.m. in print edition on A3
A Douglas County jury Thursday morning convicted a 23-year-old Lawrence man of fondling a 7-year-old girl in September at a northern Lawrence apartment.
Kansas Governor Mark Parkinson backs Obama’s tax cut compromise
December 9, 2010
Kansas Gov. Mark Parkinson is endorsing the compromise on federal tax policy being pushed by President Barack Obama, an issue dividing their fellow Democrats.
Town Talk: Fried chicken comes downtown; Plan to repair Lake Alvamar dam emerges; City commission speculation grows
December 9, 2010
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Linwood man gets life sentence for molesting child
December 9, 2010 in print edition on A12
A Linwood man has been sentenced to life in prison for sexually molesting a young relative.
Leavenworth business owner thwarts armed robbery by fooling suspect with remote control
December 9, 2010
Leavenworth police say a would-be robber apparently didn’t know the difference between a remote control and a gun.
First Bell: Hilltop Child Development Center secures endorsement; students from Lawrence named ESU scholars; school district sets MLK event
December 9, 2010
Time for another edition of First Bell, an early-morning rundown of news regarding schools — here, and around the world.
Heard on the Hill: Seeking feedback on smaller degree programs; former journalism student earns Hearst award; longtime architect bids adieu to KU
December 9, 2010
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
City officials remind residents that violating Lawrence’s snow shoveling ordinance could be costly
12:00 a.m., December 9, 2010 Updated 11:06 a.m. in print edition on A1
With a chance of snow showers predicted for this weekend, City Hall leaders are reminding Lawrence residents to dust off their snow shovels.
Barbara Walters Special “The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2010” rounds up usual suspects
December 9, 2010
It’s time to glance back at 2010. If you think about it, it was a year marked by landmark legislation, economic hard times, contentious politics and what has been called the largest man-made natural disaster in history.
Rape accusations against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange spotlights Sweden’s liberal laws
December 9, 2010 in print edition on A6
A starry-eyed admirer was flattered to be invited to dinner with a man she considered a champion of free speech. Another woman supported the cause by lending her apartment to the same man, then returned early from her trip.
Evidence for alien life mounts daily but not proven
December 9, 2010 in print edition on A7
Lately, a handful of new discoveries make it seem more likely that we are not alone — that there is life somewhere else in the universe.
White House says defeat of tax-cut compromise could trigger new recession
December 9, 2010 in print edition on A6
Raising the direst alarm yet, the Obama administration warned fellow Democrats on Wednesday that if they defeat the big tax-cut compromise detested by many liberals, they could jolt the nation back into recession.
Plum Island sale study delay won’t hold back National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility progress
December 9, 2010 in print edition on A3
A delay in a study tied to the sale of Plum Island won’t slow down the progress of the facility in Kansas that will replace the nation’s aging animal disease laboratory, a spokesman from the Department of Homeland Security said Wednesday.
Douglas County Commission unanimously approves improvement plan for roads, bridges
December 9, 2010 in print edition on A3
The Douglas County Commission unanimously approved its five-year capital improvements plan at Wednesday’s meeting.
Natural and Cultural Heritage Task Force plans how to spend $350K on preservation in Douglas County
December 9, 2010 in print edition on A3
More than half of the $350,000 the Douglas County Commission has set aside for preserving historic and open spaces should be used for one or two major projects.
Florida football coach Urban Meyer resigns
December 9, 2010 in print edition on B2
Florida coach Urban Meyer is leaving one of the premier jobs in college football for the second time to spend more time with his family.
Fans remember John Lennon on 30th anniversary of his death
December 9, 2010 in print edition on A7
John Lennon’s fans celebrated his life Wednesday by visiting Strawberry Fields, the Central Park garden dedicated in his honor, while a newly released interview he gave shortly before his death showed he was optimistic about his future.
LHS boys expect tough matchup vs. Blue Valley basketball
December 9, 2010
Lawrence High’s boys basketball team simply didn’t have an answer for taller players scoring in the paint in its game against Washburn Rural last Friday.
Douglas County judge adds charge in Exchange apartments shooting case
December 9, 2010 in print edition on A2
A Douglas County judge on Wednesday agreed to allow prosecutors to add one charge in the case of a Lawrence man accused of shooting and injuring several people in August outside a south Lawrence apartment.
MU newsletter offends some with recipe for ‘Kung Pao Kitten’
December 9, 2010 in print edition on A5
A mock recipe calling for boneless kitten meat that landed in a University of Missouri internal newsletter has riled some on campus.
States’ budget picture brightens a bit
December 9, 2010 in print edition on A5
The good news in a report released Wednesday is that, as the nation’s economy slowly starts growing again, state budgets are finally on the mend after taking their worst battering since the Great Depression.
Our Town Sports
December 9, 2010
Jingle Bell Run comes to town Sunday: The North East Chapter of the Kansas Arthritis Foundation is holding the second annual “Jingle Bell Run” in Lawrence. The run will take place on Sunday, beginning at the Community Building (115 W. 11th St., Lawrence). Registration and packet pick-up is at 7 a.m., and the 5K run begins at 8:30 a.m. There is also a one-mile family stroll. For more information and details, visit or call 785-691-6990.
Free State swimmers win in Manhattan
December 9, 2010
Free State High’s boys swimming team won the Manhattan triangular on Wednesday.
Suspect in 4 slayings wants hearing waived
December 9, 2010 in print edition on A10
A former Missouri city official charged in the slayings of four family members is asking a Kansas court to waive his preliminary hearing so his young son can be spared the trauma of testifying.
Company 1st to return spacecraft from orbit
December 9, 2010 in print edition on A7
NASA took a giant leap away from the spaceflight business Wednesday as a private company launched a spacecraft into orbit and for the first time guided it safely back to Earth, a feat previously achieved only by large national governments.
Source: Union says NBA hasn’t moved in talks
December 9, 2010 in print edition on B4
The NBA players association has told its members that the league has not moved off its original negotiating position, and reiterated to them it would not accept a hard salary cap or the massive salary rollbacks being sought.
Obama’s tax deal offers enticements for all incomes
December 9, 2010 in print edition on A6
There’s something for virtually everyone.
Hackers strike MasterCard in support of WikiLeaks
December 9, 2010 in print edition on A6
Hackers rushed to the defense of WikiLeaks on Wednesday, launching attacks on MasterCard, Visa, Swedish prosecutors, a Swiss bank and others who have acted against the site and its jailed founder Julian Assange.
25 years ago: Hoch Auditorium filled with musicians and music-lovers for 61st annual Vespers
December 9, 2010
A free-will offering, taken to benefit the Vespers Scholarship Fund, totaled $2,832.35
40 years ago: Old KU sorority house badly damaged by overnight fire
December 9, 2010
Kansas University’s old Pi Beta Phi sorority house, which had been converted 10 years earlier into an Extension Service building, had been badly damaged by an overnight fire.
Jake’s Fireworks Inc. of Pittsburg to pay $100K penalty for illegal fireworks
December 9, 2010
A Kansas company must pay a $100,000 civil penalty for importing consumer fireworks that failed to comply with federal regulations, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said Wednesday.
Onaga copes with loss of only grocery store in town
December 9, 2010
Just days after a fire destroyed the only grocery store in Onaga, the small rural town and its citizens are still trying to figure out what to do next.
ACLU asks Junction City High School to reverse suspension for wearing popular breast cancer bracelets
December 9, 2010
The American Civil Liberties Union is asking a Kansas high school to lift the suspension of a student for wearing one of the popular “I (heart) boobies!” bracelets.
Leawood businessman admits not paying $4.8 million in taxes
December 9, 2010
A Leawood man admitted in federal court that he didn’t play almost $4.8 million in payroll taxes for companies he owns.
Airport asset
The Lawrence Municipal Airport is a small but important asset for the community.
December 9, 2010 in print edition on A8
It’s not, and probably never will be, a major air traffic hub, but the Lawrence Municipal Airport still plays an important role in the community.
New discovery
December 9, 2010 in print edition on A8
The taxpayers of Lawrence have recently discovered a new species of invertebrate (animals without a backbone). This new species joins the ranks of fellow invertebrate jellyfish, snails, spiders, earthworms, etc., and is capable of interbreeding and producing fertile offspring. The scientific name for this new species: City Hall.
Sick and tired of this ‘disorder’
December 9, 2010
In 2003, Charles Krauthammer, a columnist and psychiatrist, coined a new term. Noting what he said was “the acute onset of paranoia in otherwise normal people in reaction to the policies, the presidency — nay — the very existence of George W. Bush,” Krauthammer identified a previously unknown malady he called Bush Derangement Syndrome.
President Obama takes center stage
December 9, 2010 in print edition on A8
It took a month for Barack Obama to make clear what he has learned from the midterm election “shellacking,” but the time has not been wasted.
Horoscopes for Dec. 9
December 9, 2010
This year, you say what you mean, and others respond to your words. You also might purchase new toys that involve communication, from cars to computers.
Finney County Commission approves incentives for animal science company TekVet Technologies
December 9, 2010
The Finney County Commission has approved incentives to bring a Florida-based animal science technology company to relocate to the Garden City area.
100 years ago: KU student spends only 75 cents a week on groceries
December 9, 2010
” ‘Bread and butter, beans and breakfast foods comprise most of my diet,’ he declared, ‘and I have just as good health here as I ever had at home.’”
Ozawkie teen teaken to hospital after car hits tree north of Meriden
December 9, 2010 in print edition on A4
A 16-year-old Ozawkie boy was taken to Stormont-Vail Healthcare in Topeka after being injured in a vehicle accident Wednesday morning.
Chiefs QB Matt Cassel’s status for Sunday uncertain after appendectomy
December 9, 2010 in print edition on B1
Quarterback Matt Cassel, a key reason the Kansas City Chiefs have emerged as contenders and lead the AFC West late in the season, underwent an appendectomy on Wednesday.
Douglas County Community Foundation reaches $5M milestone
December 9, 2010 in print edition on A4
Grants through the Douglas County Community Foundation have reached the $5 million mark.
City-star showdown: Ex-Free State Firebird Brady Morningstar, ex-Lawrence High Lion Dorian Green face off for first time Saturday at Sprint Center
December 9, 2010 in print edition on B1
Earlier this week, former high school basketball coaches Chris Davis and Jack Schreiner responded in similar, agonizing fashion after being asked which was the better high school basketball player, former Free State star Brady Morningstar or former Lawrence High standout Dorian Green. The reaction? A loud groan, a shake of the head and a shoulder shrug that seemed to imply, “Are you really going to make me answer that?”
National sports news: Red Sox sign outfielder Carl Crawford for $142 million
December 9, 2010 in print edition on B2
A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that outfielder Carl Crawford has reached a preliminary agreement with the Boston Red Sox on a $142 million, seven-year contract.
KU women’s basketball team unselfish, thriving
December 9, 2010
Kansas University women’s basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson is no different from any other coach in America.
Pump patrol
December 9, 2010 in print edition on A4
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.76 at several stations.
In first round of voting, Manhattan city commission approves sexual orientation and gender identity ordinance
December 9, 2010
After a long, heated discussion, Manhattan’s City Commission gave first round approval to an ordinance that would outlaw discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.