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Free State boys vs. Topeka Seaman LHS girls vs. Junction City Free State girls vs. Topeka Seaman The day in photos, Dec. 7, 2011
Do you support Gov. Sam Brownback’s suggestion that the Kansas State Fair start earlier each September to include Labor Day weekend?

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12:00 a.m.
EMT Kevin Waterworth, right, of Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo., shows off a colorful children's emergency ambulance at Lawrence Memorial Hospital to Kim Coons, a registered nurse, in this 2007 file photo. Kansas ranked last nationally from 2008-2010 in making progress in insuring children, a new study says. Kansas ranks last in improving numbers of children with health insurance, study says
December 5, 2011
The number of children nationwide without health insurance coverage decreased from 2008-2010. But Kansas and Minnesota went in the opposite direction.
6:00 a.m.
Kansas guard Conner Teahan pulls up for a three prior to tipoff against South Florida on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011 at Allen Fieldhouse in this file photo. Conner Teahan plays big for Jayhawks
December 7, 2011 in print edition on 1B
Three Kansas University basketball players sat at the interview table after the Jayhawks survived 16 second-half turnovers and a talented Long Beach State team to win, 88-80, Tuesday night in Allen Fieldhouse.
10:00 a.m.
Retired Kansas University professor Roger Shimomura spent part of his childhood in interment camps after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Behind him is one of several paintings he's done from his experiences in the camps, entitled "Classmates." For local Japanese-American artist, time spent in internment camps fueled a lifetime of work
December 6, 2011 in print edition on 1A
For Roger Shimomura, the time he spent in an internment camp during World War II has influenced his entire life and his acclaimed art.
2:00 p.m.
President Barack Obama visits patrons at We B Smokin' bar-b-que on the outskirts of Osawatomie, Kansas, during his last trip to Kansas, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011.  Obama will be in Lawrence to visit Kansas University on Friday. Speaking in Osawatomie, Obama sees ‘make or break’ time for middle class
3:17 p.m., December 6, 2011 Updated 5:27 p.m. in print edition on 1A
President Barack Obama delivered a sweeping indictment of economic inequality in the U.S. on Tuesday as he summoned the memory of President Theodore Roosevelt and pledged to fight for fairness at a “make or break moment for the middle class.”
10:00 p.m.
Strong Hall on Kansas University's campus. 420 KU employees get pay raises
December 6, 2011 in print edition on 3A
420 KU employees, including four deans, received pay increases for this academic year. KU officials said the 420 pay increases were separate from the planned merit-based pay increases for faculty and staff scheduled to be distributed in January.

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KU employee to appear on ‘Jeopardy!’ in January
December 7, 2011 in print edition on A1
A 30-year-old Kansas University employee from Lawrence can knock an item off his bucket list after his upcoming Jan. 13 appearance on the television game show “Jeopardy!”
Brownback’s school funding plan will allow for more tax leeway
December 7, 2011 in print edition on A1
Gov. Sam Brownback’s point man on school finance said Wednesday that the governor’s proposal to overhaul school funding will not force local districts to raise taxes but will give them greater ability to do so.
Court to review decision in Westboro Baptist Church funeral protest ban
December 7, 2011
A federal appeals court agreed Wednesday to take another look at whether a St. Louis suburb can enforce a funeral protest ordinance drafted in response to the picketing of an anti-gay Kansas church — a move that could push the issue closer to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Wichita grocers sentenced in food stamp fraud
December 7, 2011
A Kansas grocery store owner and his wife were sentenced Wednesday to federal prison for a food stamp scam that profited by targeting people at homeless shelters who were willing to sell their government benefits for cash.
Judge hears testimony that man violated conditions of bond in sodomy case
December 7, 2011 in print edition on A5
Douglas County prosecutors Wednesday accused a 32-year-old Topeka man of disobeying his bond conditions by having contact with the alleged victim and victim’s mother in the last two months both in Lawrence and in Florida.
Panel endorses 401(k)-style pension plan for state workers
05:37 p.m., December 7, 2011 Updated 12:31 a.m. in print edition on A2
A study commission recommends that Kansas legislators create a 401(k)-style pension plan for new teachers and government workers.
Obama, Canadian PM Harper at odds over Keystone XL pipeline progress
December 7, 2011
In diplomatically polite terms, President Barack Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper remained at odds Wednesday over a proposed oil pipeline from Canada through the United States, with Obama showing no interest in speeding up a project that the Canadian leader sees as vital to his nation’s economy.
K-State AD: BCS needs more consistency
December 7, 2011
Kansas State athletic director John Currie wishes the Bowl Championship Series would pick a philosophy and stick with it.
Captured U.S. spy drone may provide little intelligence to Iran
December 7, 2011
The Iranian capture of a high-tech, stealth U.S. drone shines a light on the American spying mission there, but probably doesn’t tell Tehran much that it didn’t already know, a senior U.S. official said.
Bombing further strains relationship between Afghanistan, Pakistan
December 7, 2011
The fallout from this week’s deadly suicide bombing in Kabul has further splintered Afghanistan’s relations with neighboring Pakistan and set back the U.S.-led military campaign to stabilize the region before international troops leave at the end of 2014.
Aides: Pakistani PM Yousuf Raza Gilani not stepping down, despite pressure, illness
December 7, 2011
Pakistan’s embattled president, Asif Ali Zardari, is determined to resist pressure to quit, his close aides said Wednesday, after Zardari’s sudden hospitalization in Dubai ignited feverish speculation about him resigning.
Authorities thwart plot to smuggle Moammar Gadhafi’s son into Mexico
December 7, 2011
Mexico said Wednesday that a son of the late Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi and three relatives had plotted to sneak into Mexico under false names and take clandestine refuge at a posh Pacific coast resort.
Big East to introduce Boise State, San Diego State, SMU, other new members
December 7, 2011
The Big East introduced Boise State, San Diego State, Houston, SMU and Central Florida as its new members, effective 2013.
DA: Statute of limitations to prosecute former Syracuse basketball coach Bernie Fine has passed
December 7, 2011
A county district attorney who has sharply criticized police and Syracuse University for their handling of sex-abuse allegations against an assistant basketball coach said Wednesday that he cannot bring charges but found that two men who accused him of sexual abuse are credible.
State Supreme Court hears Tonganoxie bar’s case to continue allowing smoking
December 7, 2011 in print edition on A3
Kansas Supreme Court justices were asked Wednesday to reverse a lower-court’s temporary injunction blocking enforcement of a narrow portion of the state’s 2010 smoking ban on grounds legislators had a rational basis for its provisions.
Salina man’s plan to arrest Obama goes nowhere after Secret Service visit
02:30 p.m., December 7, 2011 Updated 03:34 p.m.
A Kansas man is criticizing state Attorney General Derek Schmidt for telling the Secret Service of his plan to arrest President Barack Obama as a British citizen holding office illegally.
Varsity House being disassembled to allow for construction of apartment building
Developer will reassemble the structure near its original site at 11th and Indiana streets
December 7, 2011 in print edition on A1
The old Varsity House at 11th and Indiana streets decades ago housed the starters of the Kansas University football team.
Sheahon Zenger looking at former NFL head coaches
December 7, 2011
Highly regarded Wisconsin offensive coordinator Paul Chryst interviewed for the Kansas University job, but KU athletic director Sheahon Zenger’s focus recently has turned to “NFL guys,” according to an industry insider.
Pearl Harbor attack remembered at 70th anniversary, as survivors group disbands
12:59 p.m., December 7, 2011 Updated 02:34 p.m.
About 120 survivors of the Pearl Harbor bombing commemorated the Japanese attack and the thousands who lost their lives that day 70 years ago by observing a moment of silence on Wednesday.
Ex-Penn State coach Sandusky arrested on new sex abuse charges
December 7, 2011
Ex-Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky has been arrested on new sex abuse charges brought by two new accusers.
Kansas City, Mo., police department doubles size of anti-gang force
December 7, 2011
The Kansas City Police Department has doubled the size of its squad that deals with gangs in an effort to combat violent crime and deny gangs bigger footholds.
Pittsburg State adds new tower for rappelling
December 7, 2011 in print edition on A10
Pittsburg State University has added a new tower for rappelling.
Brown vs. Board of Education foundation audit’s release delayed
December 7, 2011
It could early next year before the National Park Service releases an audit of the finances of a Topeka foundation that has been kicked out of the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site.
Wichita grocers face sentencing in food stamp scheme
December 7, 2011
A Kansas grocery store owner and his wife are asking for leniency as they’re sentenced for their part in a food stamp fraud scheme targeting people at homeless shelters.
Fort Riley soldier dies from wounds suffered in Afghanistan
December 7, 2011
The Army says a Fort Riley soldier has died from wounds he suffered in November during an attack in Afghanistan.
Former Illinois governor Blagojevich gets 14 years
12:14 p.m., December 7, 2011 Updated 12:48 p.m. in print edition on A7
Rod Blagojevich, the ousted Illinois governor whose three-year battle against criminal charges became a national spectacle, was sentenced to 14 years in prison Wednesday, one of the stiffest penalties imposed for corruption in a state with a history of crooked politics.
Brownback urges earlier start to Kansas State Fair
12:04 p.m., December 7, 2011 Updated 12:33 a.m. in print edition on A2
Gov. Sam Brownback says the Kansas State Fair would attract more visitors and more revenue if it started earlier each September to include the Labor Day weekend.
Town Talk: Preservationists surprised by odd move of Varsity House; University National’s merger with Wichita bank scrapped; why no love for Roosevelt’s Lawrence fountain speech?
December 7, 2011
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Ottawa police arrest two Dollar General robbery suspects
10:45 a.m., December 7, 2011 Updated 12:36 a.m.
The Ottawa Police Department has arrested two suspects in the aggravated robbery of Dollar General, 2212 S. Princeton St., on Tuesday night.
Kansas University Medical Center lab director’s PhD under scrutiny
December 7, 2011 in print edition on A1
A laboratory director at The University of Kansas Medical Center received a doctoral degree from a school operated from a post office box in Hawaii.
City seeks to hire construction manager for library expansion
December 7, 2011 in print edition on A2
City commissioners on Tuesday sent another sign that they may consider moving the Lawrence Public Library to a new location while its current facility at Seventh and Vermont streets undergoes a $19 million expansion.
In lawsuit, Washburn denies claims of dismissal over medication incident
December 7, 2011 in print edition on A3
Washburn University in Topeka has denied it dismissed a Lawrence man and psychology graduate student from an internship at a Topeka prison because of an incident involving his ADHD medication.
Plans for new downtown hotel and apartment building shrink
December 7, 2011 in print edition on A1
Plans for a downtown, multi-story hotel and apartment building shrunk a bit Tuesday night, while city leaders expressed hope that chances of a compromise with concerned neighbors were growing.
City approves creation of rifle lease-purchase program for police
December 7, 2011 in print edition on A3
Lawrence city commissioners agreed Tuesday night to create a new program that makes it easier for city police officers to purchase semi-automatic rifles to carry in their patrol cars.
Why S&P wields so much power in European crisis
December 7, 2011 in print edition on A7
Until this week, the fate of Europe seemed to hang on the decisions of three power brokers — the president of France, the chancellor of Germany and the head of the European Central Bank.
$210M settlement reached in mine explosion
December 7, 2011 in print edition on A7
In the biggest settlement ever reached in a U.S. mining disaster, the new owners of the West Virginia coal mine where 29 men were killed in an explosion agreed Tuesday to pay $210 million over a tragedy the government blamed on the ruthless pursuit of profits ahead of safety.
Santa finds kids giving shorter lists in recession
December 7, 2011 in print edition on A7
A job for their mom or dad. Money for the heating bill. Food or a place to live. Maybe gloves or boots.
First Bell: Former student secures educator tickets for Obama; Eudora district honored for sustainability efforts; Hillcrest explores options for adding students
December 7, 2011
Time for another edition of “First Bell,” a look at issues and items involving education in and around Lawrence.
Heard on the Hill: While provost doesn’t get an official raise, he’s still earning more than his initial salary; registration open for The Big Event; still more earn Pushcart nominations
December 7, 2011
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
25 years ago: One year after attack, many Kansas towns outlaw ‘vicious dogs’
December 7, 2011
It had been nearly a year since 3-year-old Robert Cole Corbridge had been attacked by a pit bull terrier.
40 years ago: City and county consider new judicial building, road extensions
December 7, 2011
Clinton Parkway, a proposed extension of 23rd Street west from Iowa, was to extend four and a half miles to Clinton Dam.
100 years ago: Advertisements offer cough syrup, dyspepsia relief, picture shows
December 7, 2011
“The ‘Round Corner’ has the ‘old time hoarhound’ and the new Payne’s Expectorant Tablets.”
Conner Teahan plays big for Jayhawks
December 7, 2011 in print edition on B1
Three Kansas University basketball players sat at the interview table after the Jayhawks survived 16 second-half turnovers and a talented Long Beach State team to win, 88-80, Tuesday night in Allen Fieldhouse.
Ron Santo vote emotional for Cubs fans
December 7, 2011 in print edition on B2
Please don’t call it a bittersweet day, his daughter said, because Ron Santo didn’t abide bitterness.
Syracuse probe faces obstacles
December 7, 2011 in print edition on B2
Prosecutors investigating allegations of child molestation against former Syracuse assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine face obstacles that include finding corroborating proof, statutes of limitations on old accusations and the credibility of the men who accuse him of sex abuse.
All-Sunflower League clarification
December 7, 2011 in print edition on B3
Free State High football player Calloway Schmidt’s name was not included on the All-Sunflower League list obtained by the Journal-World, but he was selected by league coaches to be part of the team.
Area high school basketball roundup: Eudora boys fall to K.C. Harmon
December 7, 2011 in print edition on B3
Andrew Ballock scored 23 points to lead Eudora against Kansas City Harmon. honored by APSE
December 7, 2011 in print edition on B3 was honored as one of the top sports sites in the nation by the Associated Press Sports Editors Tuesday.
Seabury boys 49, K.C. Ward 44
December 7, 2011 in print edition on B3
Garrett Gillett scored 18 points, and Khadre Lane added 17 to lead Seabury Academy to a 49-44 victory over Kansas City Ward on Tuesday in the Eudora Invitational.
Veritas boys 57, Kan. School for the Deaf 19
December 7, 2011 in print edition on B3
Thomas Bachert registered a double-double with 20 points and 11 rebounds, and the Veritas boys defeated Kansas School for the Deaf, 57-19, on Tuesday.
Veritas girls win, 58-30
December 7, 2011 in print edition on B3
Veritas’ Kristen Finger and Ellen Phillips dominated the interior as the Eagles defeated Kansas School for the Deaf, 58-30, in high school basketball Tuesday.
Lawrence High girls grind out 35-30 victory
December 7, 2011 in print edition on B3
Lawrence High and Junction City looked as if they were playing in mud for an entire girls basketball game, with the exception of 10 game-changing seconds.
Free State girls defeat Topeka Seaman, 39-30
December 7, 2011 in print edition on B3
Experience was on the side of the Free State girls Tuesday night in their season opener.
Free State boys grab ‘murky’ victory
December 7, 2011 in print edition on B3
Free State High boys basketball coach Chuck Law couldn’t help but feel a bit relieved after the Firebirds’ 67-57 season-opening win over Topeka Seaman on Tuesday night at home.
Gary Bedore’s KU notebook: Jeff Withey close to triple-double
December 7, 2011 in print edition on B4
Kansas University junior center Jeff Withey came close to a triple-double with 13 points, 13 rebounds and nine blocks in 31 minutes.
LBSU’s gamble on Thomas Robinson backfires
December 7, 2011 in print edition on B4
Long Beach State coach Dan Monson figured the best way to contain Kansas University junior Thomas Robinson was to make KU’s 6-foot-9, 237-pound monster of a man hang around the perimeter as often as possible. Oops.
KU’s Thomas Robinson ready for OSU’s Jared Sullinger
December 7, 2011 in print edition on B5
Kansas University forward Thomas Robinson was asked if his 26-point, 11-rebound performance against Long Beach State on Tuesday sent a message to Ohio State preseason All-America big man Jared Sullinger.
Not great late: KU’s carelessness has Bill Self steaming
December 7, 2011 in print edition on B1
Sure, it was great that Thomas Robinson scored a career-high 26 points and dandy that Jeff Withey nearly recorded a triple-double with 13 points, 13 rebounds and nine blocks.
Ex-KU AD lauds Sheahon Zenger’s approach
December 7, 2011 in print edition on B1
Fans of Kansas University football may be growing tired of the silence surrounding KU’s quest to find a new head coach, but there are those out there who are impressed by the crafty way with which KU athletic director Sheahon Zenger has conducted the search.
Act of kindness
December 7, 2011 in print edition on A8
I just want to thank the lady (first name Betty) who rescued me Friday.
Lessons for us from 70 Christmases ago
December 7, 2011 in print edition on A8
A thin fragment of moon stood watch that Christmas Eve as the president of the United States and the prime minister of Great Britain came out onto the South Portico of the White House.
Critical count
City officials need to resolve the discrepancy between local and federal population counts for Lawrence.
December 7, 2011 in print edition on A8
What’s in a number? A lot, if it is a federal Census number.
Leadership struggle continues in Egypt
December 7, 2011 in print edition on A8
Now the real struggle for Egypt begins.
Pearl Harbor recalled in minute detail
December 7, 2011
“Pearl Harbor: 24 Hours After” (7 p.m., History) commemorates the 70th anniversary of the “date which will live in infamy” with an engaging minute-by-minute account of the day America was plunged into war.
Horoscope for Dec. 7
December 7, 2011
For Wednesday, Dec. 7: This year you declare that you need more efficiency in order to live your life to the fullest. Think before you get involved in anything new or different. If you are single, you will look for someone who adds to your life, as opposed to trying to “save” another person. You have a lot to smile about. Taurus helps you in any way possible.