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KU vs. Colorado State The day in photos, December 11, 2010 Free state girls basketball vs. Shawnee Heights Free State boys basketball vs. Shawnee Heights

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12:00 a.m.
Wilma Elder, 81, leads an exercise class Wednesday at the Holcom Recreation Center. After almost 29 years as a fitness instructor with Lawrence Parks and Recreation, Wilma Elders, 81, is retiring. Her students enjoy her selection of music which includes a lot of big band records and, during this time of year, older Christmas music. Fitness instructor Wilma Elder, 81, retires after nearly three decades with Lawrence Parks & Rec
December 9, 2010 in print edition on 1A
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.”
6:00 a.m.
Auctioneer David Redden, right, closes the bidding for the Naismith Rules, the original rules for basketball, framed at center, Friday at Sotheby’s in New York. Standing by the rules is former Harlem Globetrotters basketball player Curly Neal. The rules were purchased by David and Suzanne Booth, who hope to bring the document to Kansas University. Booths purchase original Naismith basketball rules at auction for more than $4 million
9:33 a.m., December 10, 2010 Updated 6:32 p.m. in print edition on 1A
Lawrence High and Kansas University graduate David Booth felt so strongly that the two pages on which James Naismith wrote the original 13 rules of basketball should find a home on the KU campus he paid $4.3 million in an auction Friday to guarantee that.
10:00 a.m.
Work on the Kasold Curve will begin soon and the city is already warning motorists. Construction is expected to last for most of 2011. One lane of traffic each direction will be maintained. Lawrence motorists get ready: A year’s worth of roadwork set for Kasold Drive
December 10, 2010 in print edition on 1A
Message boards went up along Kasold Drive this week preparing motorists for a year’s worth of roadwork.
2:00 p.m.
Retired U.S. Marine Lt. Col. Ernest "Ernie" Garcia, Gov.-elect Sam Brownback's nominee to be superintendent of the Kansas Highway Patrol, speaks Friday during a news conference. Brownback also nominated Col. Lee Tafanelli as Kansas adjutant general.  Brownback picks Tafanelli for adjutant general; Garcia for Highway Patrol superintendent
12:23 p.m., December 10, 2010 Updated 4:44 p.m. in print edition on 1A
Tafanelli will serve as Kansas Adjutant General, director of Homeland Security and director of Emergency Management. Garcia will serve as superintendent of the Kansas Highway Patrol. Both nominations are subject to Senate confirmation.

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Three Bolivar, Mo., men arrested in Saturday evening robbery
05:51 p.m., December 11, 2010 Updated 06:29 p.m. in print edition on A3
Three men from Bolivar, Mo., were arrested and booked into Douglas County Jail Saturday evening on charges of aggravated robbery, burglary, theft and criminal damage to property.
Outage leaves thousands without power
December 11, 2010 in print edition on A2
Wind caused more than 1,200 people to lose power Saturday afternoon in Lawrence.
Police searching for car after hit-and-run accident on Massachusetts Street
02:37 a.m., December 11, 2010 Updated 07:13 a.m. in print edition on A12
Lawrence police are searching for a light-colored car involved in a hit-and-run accident early Saturday morning.
4-H and FCE news for December 11, 2010
December 11, 2010
Vinland FCE will meet for a noon luncheon Tuesday at the home of Lola Ford, 1479 N. 300 Road, Baldwin City.
Military news for December, 11, 2010
December 11, 2010
Air Force Airman Rosalie Smith graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.
Around and About for December 11, 2010
December 11, 2010
The American Red Cross Blood Services - Central Plains Region will recognize Jane Blocher, Douglas County American Red Cross Chapter, and Connie Edwards, blood drive coordinator, as Chapter Volunteers of the Year.
Club news for December 11, 2010
December 11, 2010
University Bridge Club announces results of its Dec. 4 meeting with hosts Walt and Jo Anne Hicks and Marc and Cora Kuepker.
Copper thieves take 5,000 pounds of wire
December 11, 2010 in print edition on A6
Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in solving a reported theft of 5,000 pounds of copper wire from contractors who were working at Westar Energy’s Lawrence Energy Center.
Lawrence Women’s Chorale sings final tune
December 11, 2010 in print edition on A3
Members of the Lawrence Women’s Chorale sang their last notes together Friday evening in a concert that marked the end of the 22-year run of the group.
Free State girls fall to Shawnee Heights
December 11, 2010
To begin the night, the Free State girls (1-2) fell to Heights.
Free State boys overcome poor start
December 11, 2010
For the second straight game, the first half was a forgettable one for Free State High’s boys basketball team.
Gardner accident witnesses sought
December 11, 2010 in print edition on A12
Johnson County Sheriff’s Office is seeking witnesses to Wednesday’s fatality crash in Gardner. Anyone in the area of U.S. Highway 56 and New Century Parkway around 5:10 p.m. on Wednesday is encouraged to contact the sheriff’s office at 913-715-5560 or the TIPS hot line at 816-474-TIPS.
Area roundup: Baldwin boys edge Louisburg
December 11, 2010
Justin Vander Tuig made two of his team-leading 16 points at a crucial time Friday night to help Baldwin High (2-2) beat Louisburg and finish third in the Anderson County Invitational.
LHS grad and Colorado State sophomore Green excited to play Kansas
December 11, 2010
Colorado State sophomore guard Dorian Green, who grew up a big Kansas University basketball/football fan, today gets a chance to compete against his second-favorite school.
November federal budget deficit hits record high
December 11, 2010 in print edition on A6
The federal budget deficit rose to $150.4 billion last month, the largest November gap on record. And the government’s deficits are set to climb higher if Congress passes a tax-cut plan that’s estimated to cost $855 billion over two years.
Lions’ shots finally fall against Rams
December 11, 2010
On this night, for whatever reason, the shots finally fell for Lawrence High’s boys basketball team. The Lions jumped to a 17-point lead at the end of the first quarter.
FSHS swimmers 6th; Lawrence High 13th
December 11, 2010
The Free State boys swimming team finished sixth and Lawrence High finished 13th at the Olathe Invitational on Friday.
Veritas girls fall to TCP
December 11, 2010
A scoreless third quarter doomed Veritas Christian School’s girls basketball team to a 46-24 setback to Cair Paravel on Friday.
Veritas boys prevail
December 11, 2010
Veritas Christian school was 13-for-13 from the free-throw line — including 4-for-4 in overtime — in a 62-58 boys basketball victory Friday over Cair Paravel.
Seabury triumphs in tourney
December 11, 2010
Reed Grabill, Khadre Lane and Josh McDermott each scored 10 points, and Johnny McDermott added nine as Seabury edged Harrisonville (Mo.), 41-40, in the Ray-Pec boys basketball tournament on Friday.
LHS girls win in OT
December 11, 2010
The Lawrence High girls basketball team claimed its first victory of the season Friday night, knocking off St. Teresa’s, 53-50, in overtime.
KU coach Self lauds Booths for buying Naismith’s rules
December 11, 2010
Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self applauds the generosity of KU graduate David Booth and Booth’s wife, Suzanne, who purchased the original 13 rules of basketball for $4.3 million in an auction on Friday.
Pump patrol
December 11, 2010 in print edition on A4
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.85 at several stations.
Lawrence woman reports burglary, theft of more than $5,400 worth of personal items
December 11, 2010 in print edition on A4
A 26-year-old Lawrence woman reported Saturday, Nov. 27, the burglary and theft of more than $5,400 worth of personal items from the 1800 block of Louisiana Street.
Tax-cut bill gets add-ons just in time for holidays
December 11, 2010 in print edition on A8
In the spirit of the holiday season, President Barack Obama’s tax-cut deal with Republicans is becoming a Christmas tree tinseled with gifts for lobbyists and lawmakers. But that hardly stopped the squabbling on Friday, with Bill Clinton even back at the White House pleading the president’s case.
On eve of Heisman ceremony, Auburn’s Newton defends his dad
December 11, 2010 in print edition on B2
Cam Newton and the other finalists for the Heisman Trophy strolled into the room together, posed for a couple of photos with the big bronze statue, then spread out to separate tables to speak with reporters. Andrew Luck, LaMichael James and Kellen Moore looked a little lonely.
Hillary Clinton shares frustration on Mideast impasse
December 11, 2010 in print edition on A8
Without suggesting a new path toward Mideast peace, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton expressed frustration Friday with the Israel-Palestinian impasse while insisting the Obama administration will “not lose hope.”
Renegotiated schools pact calls for more classes, pay, plan time
December 11, 2010 in print edition on A1
Students at Lawrence and Free State high schools would be going to class for seven periods instead of six periods next year, part of a tentative work contract negotiated between Lawrence school district administrators and teachers.
Royals outfield gets makeover
Likely opening-day starters: Gordon, Cabrera, Francoeur
December 11, 2010 in print edition on B3
The Kansas City Royals will open next season with a completely new outfield.
Chiefs’ Cassel ‘doubtful’
K.C. QB makes token appearance at practice
December 11, 2010 in print edition on B3
Matt Cassel, the Kansas City quarterback who had an emergency appendectomy two days ago, will be listed as doubtful for this weekend’s AFC West showdown game at San Diego.
Good hosts
December 11, 2010 in print edition on A9
On behalf of The Kansas Leadership Center, its board of directors, faculty, staff and coaches, I’d like to thank the city of Lawrence for its hospitality during our annual Guiding Coalition Retreat there earlier this month.
Dandy memory
December 11, 2010 in print edition on A9
Several years ago, my wife and I were in a little cafe in Santa Fe, N.M., for an evening meal. The place was a very small French-style restaurant on Burro Alley, tucked in a few blocks from the Plaza. The place was quite busy, the main dining area being filled, so we were escorted to a smaller dining area in the rear. We were the only couple in this overflow area.
U.S. losing its focus on Afghanistan mission
December 11, 2010 in print edition on A9
Given its timing, President Barack Obama’s unannounced hop to Afghanistan is not all that surprising. The visit comes a year after the U.S. president ordered a troop surge in Afghanistan, weeks after a Pentagon report found violence there at an all-time high, and as the president’s national security team is to report on the new strategy later this month. …
Ohio congressman catches tea party’s eye
December 11, 2010 in print edition on A9
On a midweek afternoon in February 2009, a month into the Obama presidency, Republican Rep. Mike Pence arrived at Columbus in his east-central Indiana district for a town hall meeting, the sort of event that usually attracted a few dozen constituents. Surprised to see the hallway outside the room crowded with people, “their arms folded and brows furrowed,” Pence shouted down the hall to an aide, asking him to get a janitor to open the room. The aide shouted back that the room was open — and overflowing. Congress had just passed the stimulus (Pence voted no) and Hoosiers were stimulated to anger. Soon the tea party would be simmering.
Horoscope for Dec. 11
December 11, 2010
This year, you could step into a new financial world where you become pro-active. You also might spend more than you want to in order to create more of what you want. Establish limits. If you are single, romance knocks on your door this spring. You easily could have a choice of more than one person. If you are attached, the two of you might want to plan a special trip together. Pisces can stress you out easily.
Celebrities share common ground of unhappy home lives in specials
December 11, 2010
Beware of being born to famous parents. That’s the lesson of no fewer than three specials airing this weekend.
25 years ago: Lawrence preschooler attacked by pit bulls
December 11, 2010
A 3-year-old Lawrence boy who had been attacked and severely bitten by two pit bull terriers in Eudora was still in the intensive care unit at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
100 years ago: U.S. population estimate tops 92 million
December 11, 2010
“92,000,000 as the total population for the U. S. or an increase of nearly 17,000,000 since 1900 is the estimate made today from the official census returns for all but eight states.”
Custer’s last flag sells for $2.2 million
December 11, 2010
After spending much of the last century in storage, the only U.S. flag not captured or lost during Custer’s Last Stand at the Battle of Little Bighorn sold at auction Friday for $2.2 million.
New AD could give KU needed boost
December 11, 2010 in print edition on A3
Within a few days, Kansas University Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little is expected to announce her choice for the school’s new athletic director. These days, the athletic director is an extremely important individual at major NCAA Division I schools because intercollegiate sports is a huge money-making and friend-making element in the university community.
Christopherson sparks Cyclones
Sharpshooter scores career-high 30 in Iowa State’s narrow 75-72 victory over Iowa
December 11, 2010 in print edition on B9
Iowa State’s Jamie Vanderbeken thinks teammate Scott Christopherson is the best shooter in the nation. After the performance Christopherson put on Friday night, it’s hard to argue with him.
Colorado regulators back switching coal unit to gas
December 11, 2010 in print edition on A7
Colorado regulators agreed Thursday that Xcel Energy Inc. should switch another coal-fired power plant unit in Denver to run on natural gas as part of its plan to cut emissions, an option that wasn’t the utility’s first or second choice.
Kansas man sentenced to life for roommate’s death
December 11, 2010
A southeast Kansas man was sentenced to life in prison in the death of a male roommate who had accused him of poisoning a woman.
Kansas cancer survivor donates hair for others
December 11, 2010
Shirley Arteaga has donated her thick dark hair to Locks of Love twice, but doing so for a second time has added meaning for the Garden City resident.
Fort Riley soldier charged in discovery of body
December 11, 2010
A Fort Riley soldier has been charged in connection with the discovery of the body of a missing woman.
Kansas couple enjoys sweet smell of success
December 11, 2010
It doesn’t take long after entering The Mall to know candied nuts are roasting nearby. The aroma of warm cinnamon and vanilla greets customers soon after stepping through the double doors.
Kansas mom turns chores into unique board game
December 11, 2010
Family night out was important to Norma Herdman while raising her three sons.
Salina Chamber seeks citizens for billboards
December 11, 2010
If you’re a resident of Salina and want to tell people throughout Kansas that it’s a great place to live, the Salina Chamber of Commerce wants to hear from you.
Man sentenced in killing of Wichita car dealer
December 11, 2010
A 20-year-old Wichita man has been sentenced to life plus 23 years in prison for the murder of a luxury car dealer in a botched robbery.
Papers shed light on Eisenhower’s farewell address
December 11, 2010
For nearly two years, President Dwight D. Eisenhower and his aides searched for the right words to describe at the end of his presidency his fear that the nation’s burgeoning military power was driving its foreign policy, newly released papers show.
Judge tosses out federal charges in tobacco case
December 11, 2010
A federal judge on Friday threw out an indictment against a Kansas tobacco wholesaler and business associates who were charged with trying to avoid paying $25 million in cigarette taxes to the state of Oklahoma and Indian tribes.
40 years ago: Lawrence goes from tornado watch to winter weather in one day
December 11, 2010
The temperature on the previous day had fallen more than 20 degrees in two hours.