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Fundraising consultants say there's a variety of reasons why people give to charity more during the holidays. What's the main reason you give this time of year?

Poll results

Response Percent
The holidays put me in a giving spirit
I see an increased need
I don’t usually donate this time of year
Year-end tax deduction
Total 338
Are you doing a fresh or artificial Christmas tree this year?

Poll results

Response Percent
Artificial tree
Fresh tree
I’m not doing a tree this year
Christmas trees aren’t part of my culture/religion
Total 774

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
A federal audit has discovered irregularities in the cases of 883 food stamp recipients, with recipients being dead, having invalid Social Security numbers or double-dipping from the program between August 2009 and August 2010. Food stamp fraud may be costing state $22M a year
3:41 p.m., November 30, 2011 Updated 12:28 a.m. in print edition on 1A
State auditors trying to weed out food-stamp fraud believe more than 7,000 people in Kansas may be getting benefits to which they aren’t entitled and costing taxpayers as much as $22 million a year, the state’s top social services official said Wednesday.
10:00 a.m.
Students leave Lawrence Free State High School Thursday morning after the administration and Lawrence Police evacuated the building because of a bomb threat. It was reported by some students that a note that mentioned a bomb had been found on a door to the school Thursday morning. Notification of bomb threat at Free State High lags as unofficial word spreads
December 1, 2011 in print edition on 3A
Twitter, Facebook, area media outlets and good old-fashioned word of mouth quickly spread news of a bomb threat spurring the cancellation of classes Thursday at Free State High School.
2:00 p.m.
In this file photo from September, Jill Patton, left, joins more than 80 people in attending a Lawrence school board meeting that included a discussion of standards-based grading for sixth-graders in Lawrence middle schools. Recently, Cordley Elementary School teacher Julia Rose-Weston began leading a petition drive in support of preserving the use of standards-based grading in the Lawrence school district. Online petition backs standards-based grades
December 2, 2011 in print edition on 1A
The Lawrence school district’s use of standards-based grading for sixth-graders has some fans, after all.
6:00 p.m.
In this 2009 file photo, second-year Future Farmers of America member Stuart Wakeman is pictured with a 1964 Farmall 806 Diesel that he restored. On Thursday, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback and Attorney General Derek Schmidt submitted a letter urging the U.S. Department of Labor to revise its newly proposed rule pertaining to child labor laws on Kansas family farms. Kansas officials oppose proposed federal restrictions on children working on farms
December 1, 2011 in print edition on 3A
Gov. Sam Brownback, Attorney General Derek Schmidt and other Kansas officials said Thursday proposed federal restrictions aimed at increasing safety for children working on farms go too far.
10:00 p.m.
This 2007 file photo shows an empty display case for shopper information and advertising at the I-70 Business Center. Lawrence’s Student Financial Aid Services Inc. confirmed this week that it is moving into I-70 Business Center in North Lawrence and could be adding as many as 105 new jobs in the near term. Call center expanding into former outlet mall
December 2, 2011 in print edition on 1A
Lawrence’s national standing as the place to call to get answers about student financial aid is getting a boost with a major expansion of a private call center.

All stories

Hitting rock bottom: Bowersock shows off construction site for new power plant
December 2, 2011 in print edition on A1
Don’t tell Sarah Hill-Nelson that hitting rock bottom is a bad thing.
Town of liquor foe Carry Nation OKs Sunday liquor sales
December 2, 2011 in print edition on A4
Turn-of-the-century teetotaler Carry A. Nation began her campaign against drinking by busting up saloons in Kansas, which to this day has some of the strictest liquor laws in the country. But even in the town where her legacy is enshrined, the influence of the hatchet-wielding crusader is waning.
Kansas Geological Survey gets $11M grant for greenhouse gas project
December 2, 2011 in print edition on A3
Kansas University’s Kansas Geological Survey has received an $11.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to test the feasibility of storing carbon dioxide underground in south-central Kansas.
Hemenways moving from Lawrence to Lenexa
December 2, 2011 in print edition on A2
A former Kansas University chancellor and his wife are moving from their Lawrence home to Lenexa.
Lawrence police seek source of Thursday bomb threat at Free State High School
December 2, 2011 in print edition on A5
Lawrence police officers and detectives are continuing their investigation into a written bomb threat that led to canceled classes Thursday at Free State High School.
Kansas Democratic Party leader says Obama will visit Osawatomie next week
December 2, 2011 in print edition on A1
The Kansas Democratic Party’s chairwoman says President Barack Obama plans to give a speech Tuesday in Osawatomie.
Christmas tree donated to state pushed outdoors because of fire code
December 2, 2011 in print edition on A2
For years, the Kansas Christmas Tree Growers Association has provided a tree to be placed in the governor’s official residence, Cedar Crest mansion. Not this year.
Kansas Supreme Court suspends Lawrence attorney’s law license
December 2, 2011 in print edition on A5
The Kansas Supreme Court on Friday suspended indefinitely the law license of longtime Lawrence attorney Shelley Kurt Bock.
Kansans support current tax rates, more school funding, according to survey
December 2, 2011
More respondents favored keeping income, sales and property taxes at their current rates. But when asked about preferences for changing taxes for various earner categories, respondents were most likely to favor increasing taxes on large corporations (63 percent) and high income earners (58 percent).
City commissioners to act on proposed hotel/apartment development at 9th and New Hampshire
December 2, 2011 in print edition on A1
It will be a tall order for Lawrence city commissioners on Tuesday night.
Kansas City Royals, Fox Sports drop broadcaster, Hall of Famer Frank White
December 2, 2011
The Kansas City Royals and Fox Sports Kansas City have announced they will not renew Frank White’s announcer contract for 2012.
Woman pleads no contest in Topeka toddler’s death
December 2, 2011
Prosecutors say a 20-month-old Topeka girl was burned intentionally on her feet before dying, apparently from suffocation.
Statehouse Live: Christmas tree put up outside Capitol
December 2, 2011
Traditionally, the tree presented by the Kansas Christmas Tree Growers Association is delivered to the governor’s mansion, Cedar Crest, and placed inside. But Brownback said he was informed that was against the fire code because a live tree in a public building could be a fire hazard.
Basketball recruit Andrew White commits to KU
02:19 p.m., December 2, 2011 Updated 01:15 a.m. in print edition on B1
Virginia high school basketball sensation Andrew White capped one of the most memorable days of his life by scoring 23 points in Miller School’s 80-55 home victory over Woodberry Forest on Friday night in Charlottesville, Va.
Suspect in Central National Bank robbery linked to earlier robbery
01:49 p.m., December 2, 2011 Updated 05:22 p.m.
Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson said Friday that the man suspected of robbing Central National Bank on Wednesday had targeted the financial institution since last summer.
Former Army MP given probation term for spending stolen money
December 2, 2011 in print edition on A4
A Douglas County judge Friday sentenced a 23-year-old former Fort Leavenworth soldier to serve one year on probation for buying cigarettes with money taken from two Kansas University students in a June 23 armed robbery on campus.
Service restored after Internet product upgrade caused difficulty accessing, and other sites
12:46 p.m., December 2, 2011 Updated 02:31 p.m.
A product upgrade by the Journal-World’s Internet provider has caused difficulties accessing and other stories.
Drug traffickers using Kansas highways to move their products
December 2, 2011 in print edition on A1
There’s a good chance illegal drugs smuggled into the United States from Mexico will travel through Kansas, and maybe Lawrence, on their way to the East Coast, according to a recently released federal report.
Advice for Saturday night: ‘If you are drinking, make sure to get a sober driver’
December 2, 2011
The Kansas Highway Patrol plans to bring in extra troopers to Lawrence and Douglas County Saturday night in an effort to crack down on drunken driving and other traffic offenses, including speeding.
Scotch Fabric Care’s annual coat giveaway draws big crowd
Share the Warmth continues Saturday
December 2, 2011 in print edition on A3
Pick a color, pick a size. Frilly, puffy, fuzzy, or lined with velvet. Just about any type of coat imaginable — about 4,300 in all — filled suite 104 in the I-70 Business Center Friday for the 25th annual Scotch Share the Warmth Coat Giveaway assisted by the Salvation Army.
5-pound hunk of metal crashes into Mass. warehouse
December 2, 2011
The owners of a furniture warehouse in Plymouth, Mass., want to know the origin of a chunk of metal that plunged through the roof.
Ultraconservative Islamists make gains in Egypt Parliamentary elections
December 2, 2011
Egypt’s ultraconservative Islamist party plans to push for a stricter religious code in Egypt after claiming surprisingly strong gains in the first round of parliamentary elections, a spokesman said Friday.
Pakistan says U.S. gave wrong info before strike that killed 24 soldiers
December 2, 2011
U.S. officials gave Pakistan soldiers the wrong location when asking for clearance to attack militants along the border last weekend, Pakistani military officials said Friday. The strike resulted in the deaths of 24 soldiers and a major crisis in relations between Washington and Islamabad.
Shawnee County Treasurer being investigated by Topeka DA
December 2, 2011
There’s no need for Attorney General Derek Schmidt to investigate Shawnee County Treasurer Larry Wilson. A letter from the attorney’s general’s office shows District Attorney Chad Taylor is already conducting a probe.
Kansas toddler dies of suspected child abuse
December 2, 2011
A south-central Kansas toddler has died, and her mother’s boyfriend has been arrested on suspicion of child abuse.
Domino’s Pizza driver in Wichita fires at would-be robber
December 2, 2011
Wichita police are investigating a report of a pizza delivery driver firing shots at someone he claims tried to rob him.
Kansas cattlemen examine environmental impact of livestock production systems
December 2, 2011
The Kansas Livestock Association wraps up its annual convention discussing research on the environmental impact of livestock production systems.
Johnson County Community College settles Open Records lawsuit with former student journalist
December 2, 2011
Johnson County Community College has settled a lawsuit with a former student who sued after the school asked for $47,000 to meet an open records request.
Exhibit at Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum commemorates 70th anniversary of Pearl Harbor
December 2, 2011
A new exhibit on display at the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum recalls the historic events surrounding the Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor.
Town Talk: Lawrence firm makes breakthrough with DNA testing; single-family home construction flirting with new low; Ninth and N.H. project set for city debate
December 2, 2011
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Man life-flighted after accident on County Road 1023
12:43 a.m., December 2, 2011 Updated 12:20 a.m.
One person was life flighted to Kansas University Hospital after a single vehicle accident late Thursday night.
Strong winds down trees and power lines in West
December 2, 2011 in print edition on A7
The most powerful winds to tear across California in nearly 15 years kept 9-year-old Dalen Guyton up late into the night. Then, around midnight, came the boom.
Economy improving, but job growth is still weak
December 2, 2011 in print edition on A7
Factories are producing more. Construction is growing. People are buying more cars. The holiday shopping season is off to a strong start.
Online petition backs standards-based grades
December 2, 2011 in print edition on A1
The Lawrence school district’s use of standards-based grading for sixth-graders has some fans, after all.
Pump Patrol for Dec. 2
December 2, 2011 in print edition on A5
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.03 at several stations. If you find a lower price, call 832-7154.
Stabbing victim in fair condition
December 2, 2011 in print edition on A5
A Lawrence woman who was taken to Stormont-Vail Regional Health Center in Topeka on Tuesday with apparent stab wounds was listed in fair condition Thursday, a hospital spokeswoman said.
Call center expanding into former outlet mall
December 2, 2011 in print edition on A1
Lawrence’s national standing as the place to call to get answers about student financial aid is getting a boost with a major expansion of a private call center.
Analyst: Expect cattle market to stay strong
December 2, 2011 in print edition on A4
Consumers can expect to pay more for their beef this coming year if the return of wetter weather allows cattle ranchers to begin rebuilding herds rather than sending cows to slaughter, a leading market analyst told hundreds of livestock producers Thursday.
Police search for armed robbery suspect
December 2, 2011 in print edition on A4
Lawrence police are searching for a man suspected of robbing another man of a television set at gunpoint early Thursday in the 700 block of Alabama Street.
Experts: In its next 150 years, Kansas to see monumental shifts
December 2, 2011 in print edition on A2
Kansas in the next 150 years will rely less on agriculture as the backbone fueling its economy and more on the ingenuity and resilience of its urban residents to thrive.
First Bell: ‘BIPE’ founder believes in standards-based grading; cameras keep eyes on (bomb) threats; will Free State need a makeup day?
December 2, 2011
Time for another edition of “First Bell,” a look at issues and items involving education in and around Lawrence.
Heard on the Hill: KU’s SafeBus moves stops after residents complain; student reports on first generation college students’ challenges; journalism prof examines how media shapes views on gay marriage
December 2, 2011
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
25 years ago: Douglas, Johnson counties plan K-10 development
December 2, 2011
The rough draft of the “K-10 Corridor Study” had been released on the previous morning.
40 years ago: Contract awarded for buildings at proposed lake
December 2, 2011
Wilson Constructors, Inc., of Salina was the apparent low bidder.
100 years ago: Visiting speaker shares views on votes for women
December 2, 2011
“The lecture on Women and the Ballot given last night in the Friends church by Mrs. A. C. Zehner of Dallas, Texas, was of unusual interest.”
KU swimmers break records at Mizzou Invitational
December 2, 2011
Kansas University swimmer Morgan Sharp broke the KU record in the 500 freestyle as the Jayhawks competed in the first day of the Mizzou Invitational on Thursday.
2011 Journal-World All-Area Soccer Team
December 2, 2011 in print edition on B4
The Journal-World’s picks of this season’s best high school boys soccer players in the area.
LHS hoops start tonight
December 2, 2011 in print edition on B3
Basketball season has finally arrived for Lawrence High.
Veritas girls win opener; boys fall to Flint Hills
December 2, 2011 in print edition on B3
Kristen Finger totaled 15 points and 14 rebounds, and the Veritas Christian girls basketball team opened its season with a 30-11 victory against Flint Hills Christian on Thursday in the Shea Invitational.
Thomas Robinson cashes in free throws
December 2, 2011 in print edition on B3
Kansas University junior power forward Thomas Robinson, who hit 11 of 13 free throws Wednesday against Florida Atlantic, has made 71.4 percent of his attempts this season.
Seabury hoops squads embrace this season’s challenges
December 2, 2011 in print edition on B1
The boys and girls basketball programs at Seabury Academy are at very different places right now.
As more coaching jobs open, KU’s search continues
December 2, 2011 in print edition on B1
While Thursday turned out to be another quiet day for Kansas University’s search to find a head football coach, plenty of moves that might impact what happens at KU unfolded across the country.
Pat Ruel knows keys to winning
December 2, 2011 in print edition on B1
Coaching searches provide an excuse to call guys about whom you’ve heard so many good things but never had a chance to visit with on the phone.
Training abuse
December 2, 2011 in print edition on A8
WHINSEC, previously named the “School of the Americas,” is a shameful scar upon the American ideals of freedom and democracy. This training facility in Georgia trains foreign militants on the U.S. taxpayer dime. According to a U.N. Truth Commission report, some of the most notorious human rights abusers in Latin America have been SOA graduates or attendees, including the officers responsible for the 1980 assassination of Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador in front of his congregation while he was giving Mass. His crime? The previous day he had publicly criticized the repression and killings being carried out by the right-wing militant government.
Hard truth
December 2, 2011 in print edition on A8
My heartfelt thanks to the Lawrence Journal-World for giving its readers a chance to comment about local, state and national events. I must include kudos to those who take the time to write.  Many viewpoints I agree with, a few I don’t, but that does not detract from the fact that they are well-written, without the rancor that so often permeates letters to the editor columns. It’s admirable that the good people of Douglas County exhibit civility. However, there comes a time when we should demand the truth.
Fiscal crisis
December 2, 2011 in print edition on A8
When reading Mike Hoeflich’s ominous screed (“US facing constitutional crisis,” Journal-World, Nov. 30), I was reminded of the sick patient, who rather than opting for painful surgery, kept trying to find a doctor who would tell him what he wanted to hear. Merely electing new politicians won’t cure our fiscal problems!
Credit due
December 2, 2011 in print edition on A8
Turner Gill’s two-year run as coach is over, but it’s important for everyone to remember, as I see the message boards blowing up with vitriolic and scathing criticism of this team, that it was a team made up of college kids. None of those kids out there on that field were making millions of dollars, and many of them were out there representing the school as best they could.
Forced diversity may hurt minorities
December 2, 2011 in print edition on A8
The Supreme Court faces a discomfiting decision. If it chooses, as it should, to hear a case concerning racial preferences in admissions at the University of Texas, the court will confront evidence of its complicity in harming the supposed beneficiaries of preferences the court has enabled and encouraged.
Safety gap
Kansas’ two U.S. senators are working to close an important regulatory gap for underground natural gas storage fields.
December 2, 2011 in print edition on A8
Federal legislation introduced this week by our state’s two U.S. senators could close an important safety gap in Kansas and many other states.
‘Charlie’ goes on the road; John Walsh returns
December 2, 2011
A botched family vacation offers fodder for the holiday movie-length special “Good Luck Charlie, It’s Christmas” (7 p.m., Disney), featuring the cast of the Disney Channel favorite, “Good Luck Charlie.”
Horoscope for Dec. 2
December 2, 2011
This year learning how to express your not-so-nice feelings effectively and not threaten others will become easy. You will put in a significant effort to reach this place. If you are single, you easily could tumble into a love-hate relationship. Take your time. If you are attached, your vision of your life might be much different from your sweetie’s. Don’t judge. Try different styles. Pisces can be challenging.