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Woman taken to hospital following car-pedestrian accident
Injuries not life-threatening
08:06 p.m., December 24, 2010 Updated 08:09 a.m. in print edition on A4
One person was transported by ambulance to Lawrence Memorial Hospital following a car-pedestrian traffic accident.
Statehouse Live: Secretary of State-elect Kobach names Rucker to top position on staff
December 24, 2010
In August, Rucker received an informal admonition from the state’s disciplinary administrator for lawyers for failing to correct information given to the Kansas Supreme Court when Rucker served as chief deputy to Kline during investigations of abortion providers.
Holiday haikus 2010
01:36 a.m., December 24, 2010 Updated 01:36 a.m.
Last week we asked for your best holiday haikus and you didn’t disappoint.
Horoscopes for Dec. 24
December 24, 2010
You often become distracted by a boss or key person in your life. This year, learn how to juggle the many demands of life.
Eagles quarterback Vick would vote for himself for MVP
December 24, 2010
Michael Vick’s MVP pick? That would be Michael Vick.
Lakers to get first look at Heat today
December 24, 2010
Kobe Bryant and Lakers coach Phil Jackson haven’t really checked out the Miami Heat much this season. They’ve caught late-night highlights and maybe logged a few minutes with a game from the opposite coast, but not a whole lot more.
NWS cancels winter weather advisory for Douglas County
12:00 a.m., December 24, 2010 Updated 12:04 p.m.
According to the National Weather Service, the precipitation has ended for Douglas County, thus the winter weather advisory has been canceled.
Three bound over in slaying outside Topeka high school
December 24, 2010
Three people from Topeka have been bound over for trial after a shooting on the grounds of a high school that left one man dead and another person wounded.
Groceries as gifts signal new practicality
December 24, 2010 in print edition on A7
With the nation’s unemployment rate still high and the economy sluggish, a growing number of people are giving food this holiday season. But it’s not fruitcake, eggnog or Christmas cookies. Instead, the quiet voice of frugality is prompting consumers to wrap up baskets of kitchen staples, boxes of meat and grocery store gift cards to help loved ones stock dwindling pantries.
Christmas Eve to spell mobbed malls
December 24, 2010 in print edition on A6
It’s Black Friday, The Sequel. Stores are rolling out deals and expect to be swimming in shoppers on Christmas Eve as stragglers take advantage of a day off work. For retailers, the last-minute rush caps the best year since 2007, and possibly ever.
Hutchinson 20-year-old gets life sentence for molesting boy
December 24, 2010 in print edition on A10
A 20-year-old first-time offender who pleaded guilty to sodomizing a 6-year-old boy has been sentenced to life in prison under Kansas’ version of Jessica’s Law.
Col. Alan Soldan set to become Kansas Army Guard’s new chief of staff
December 24, 2010
The Kansas Army National Guard is getting a new chief of staff, a colonel who’s been serving as operations director for the Guard’s Joint Forces Headquarters.
Developer wants to raze century-old Salina school to make way for apartment complex
December 24, 2010
A developer wants to tear down a nearly century-old school building in Salina to make way for an apartment complex.
Prosecutors decide deadly shooting that occurred during Topeka home invasion was justified
December 24, 2010
Prosecutors have decided that a deadly shooting that occurred during a Topeka home invasion was justified.
Man accused of impersonating officer, raping woman near Village West area of Kansas City
December 24, 2010
A 55-year-old convicted sex offender has been charged with raping a woman and impersonating a police officer near the Village West area of Kansas City, Kan.
Tell us more
Kansas taxpayers would like to know more about how the Kansas Bioscience Authority is investing their money.
December 24, 2010 in print edition on A8
The Kansas Bioscience Authority has done a lot of good work in the state, but its members need to remember whose money they are spending.
Cause for hope
December 24, 2010 in print edition on A8
Have you ever wondered why novelists and screenwriters use Kansas citizens when they want to imply that the character is backward and simple?
Chiefs avoid blackout against Titans
December 24, 2010
Kansas City Chiefs fans will be able to watch Sunday’s game on TV after all.
Rise in college Spanish studies benefits U.S.
December 24, 2010 in print edition on A8
Good news for those of us who want increasingly closer U.S. ties with Spanish-speaking countries: a new study shows that more U.S. college students are enrolling in Spanish classes than in any other foreign language.
Triple victory puts Obama back on top
December 24, 2010 in print edition on A8
Riding the lamest of ducks, President Obama just won the Triple Crown.
25 years ago: Lawrence post office clerk impersonates St. Nick
December 24, 2010
“I usually just do it for a couple of hours in the morning,” he said. “The suit gets too warm after that.”
100 years ago: County jail inmates will enjoy a Christmas dinner
December 24, 2010
“There are three days in the year, Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Easter, upon which the prisoners receive extra rations.”
’Tis the time for really bad rhyme!
December 24, 2010
’Twas the night before Christmas and it’s an NBC ritual to repeat “It’s a Wonderful Life” (7 p.m., NBC). In fact, it’s habitual.
40 years ago: Santa Claus flying over Canada, heading toward U.S. border
December 24, 2010
According to an Associated Press article on the front page, at the time the Journal-World hit the streets, Santa Claus had already taken off from the North Pole.
Jordan gets last word on Bobcats
December 24, 2010
The beginning of the end for Larry Brown as Charlotte Bobcats coach might have been an interview he gave on the eve of training camp. Even by Brown standards, this was remarkable bluntness. He said then that he “died” the day the team chose not to re-sign point guard Raymond Felton. He said his roster got worse as most of the Bobcats’ Eastern Conference rivals improved.
5 Buckeyes suspended for 5 games
December 24, 2010
Welcome to Tattoo U. What started out as a trip to a Columbus tattoo parlor by a couple of football players has created all sorts of mayhem for star quarterback Terrelle Pryor and Ohio State.
Football recruit Pierson visits KU, still undecided
December 24, 2010
Last weekend, eight members of the high school Class of 2011 made their official visits to Kansas University to tour the football facilities and meet with the coaching staff.
Selby is Kansas’ wild child
December 24, 2010
Growing up, we all knew the wild child who had the knack for doing crazy things and not only getting away with them but hogging the gold stars. The rest of us would get caught up in his mischievous spirit and get nailed by teachers, principals, parents, etc.
California love: KU guard Reed amazed by fans on road
December 24, 2010
A fired-up Tyrel Reed pointed into the stands, thumbs up, after the final horn sounded in Kansas University’s 78-63 victory over California on Wednesday in energized Haas Pavilion in Berkeley, Calif.
Steelers rout Panthers
December 24, 2010
So close to securing a division title, the Pittsburgh Steelers didn’t need any tension, drama or surprises after a short week of preparation. The Carolina Panthers certainly couldn’t provide any.
No ‘lame duck,’ Congress morphs into Energizer Bunny
December 24, 2010 in print edition on A5
This is the story of a “lame duck” Congress that wasn’t. Shaken by a historic election in which angry voters canceled Democratic control of the House, lawmakers of both parties and President Barack Obama tried something new: They consulted each other. They cooperated. And finally, they compromised.
Pump patrol
December 24, 2010 in print edition on A4
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.85 at several stations.
KU student reports theft of Macbook Air laptop
December 24, 2010 in print edition on A4
A Macbook Air laptop computer, valued at $950, was reported stolen Tuesday by a 22-year-old Kansas University student.
Lawrence man reports theft of $3,700 worth of items
December 24, 2010 in print edition on A4
A 53-year-old Lawrence man reported to Lawrence police Saturday that $3,700 worth of items was taken from his residence in the 400 block of Pasadena Drive sometime between noon Dec. 9 and 5 p.m. Dec. 17.
Going is good for most holiday travelers, for now
December 24, 2010 in print edition on A7
Fair weather helped make the holiday sojourn a not-so-painful experience in much of the country Thursday, even with more people on the move than last year, but travelers’ luck might be running out.
Self reflects on heated victory against Cal
December 24, 2010
Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self — who pulled into Allen Fieldhouse at 7 a.m., Thursday after an overnight charter flight from Oakland, Calif. — wasn’t too weary to watch tape of Wednesday’s chippy KU-California game.
Tax changes will cause some filing delays
December 24, 2010 in print edition on A7
It will take a little longer for some taxpayers to file their 2010 returns, but it will be worth the wait for beneficiaries of a new tax law: college students, teachers and residents of states that have sales taxes but no income tax.
Lawmakers seek to help southeast Kansas attract a casino and racetrack slot machines to the area
December 24, 2010
Two southeast Kansas legislators are pushing a plan for attracting a casino and racetrack slot machines to the area, but the state Senate’s majority leader said Thursday that he doubts their bill will pass.
Jets owner still respects Ryan
December 24, 2010
Jets owner Woody Johnson says his respect for Rex Ryan hasn’t diminished “one iota,” a day after the embarrassed coach declined comment about a foot-fetish report posted by the sports website Deadspin.