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Are you happy with the hiring of Charlie Weis as KU's next football coach?

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Is the Kansas law restricting insurance companies from offering abortion coverage in general policies sex discrimination, as the ACLU claims?

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Robbery reported at the Buckle
December 8, 2011 in print edition on A5
Lawrence police officers were searching Thursday night for a man alleged to have robbed The Buckle, a clothing store located at 805 Mass. St. Police responded to a call at 6:25 p.m. that a white male had used a knife while stealing a purse from the store. A police dispatcher said the suspect is in his 20s, wore a black coat and blue jeans, and drove off in an older model blue hatchback.
KU women rout Wisconsin, 73-44
08:48 p.m., December 8, 2011 Updated 12:45 a.m.
In her first start of the season, Keena Mays scored a team-high 17 points, leading the Kansas women’s basketball team to a 73-44 victory over Wisconsin on Thursday night during the Big 12/Big Ten Challenge at Allen Fieldhouse.
Charlie Weis to be announced as next KU football coach
04:16 p.m., December 8, 2011 Updated 12:41 a.m.
Kansas University will introduce Charlie Weis as its next football coach Friday.
Snow predicted tonight; city crews begin preparing for winter weather
December 8, 2011
The National Weather Service is predicting a light snowfall this evening, and city crews began preparing for winter weather this morning
ACLU argues Kansas abortion insurance law is discriminatory
December 8, 2011 in print edition on A2
The American Civil Liberties Union told a federal judge that a Kansas statute restricting abortion insurance coverage discriminates against women.
Mexican national, who killed woman in 2005, heading to federal court after third DUI conviction
December 8, 2011 in print edition on A3
A Mexican national accused of re-entering the country illegally after killing a woman in a 2005 Lawrence drunken-driving crash faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in federal prison.
2 Wichita men sentenced to 11 years in prison for robbery
December 8, 2011 in print edition on A6
A Douglas County judge Thursday sentenced two Wichita men to serve nearly 11 years in prison for robbing three female Kansas University students last year at a Lawrence apartment.
Statehouse Live: Commission recommends end to legislative pension perk
01:22 p.m., December 8, 2011 Updated 05:15 p.m. in print edition on A1
The traditional pension plan for future and some current public employees would be eliminated and replaced with a 401 (k)-style system under a recommendation finalized Thursday by a state commission.
Virginia Tech: Police officer, 1 other killed
Police: shooter not person pulled over
12:13 p.m., December 8, 2011 Updated 04:45 p.m.
Virginia Tech officials said a police officer and another person were shot and killed on the school’s campus Thursday and the university locked down the campus, where 33 people died in 2007 in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
Man who allegedly threatened Tonganoxie High School principal had gun when arrested
12:08 p.m., December 8, 2011 Updated 05:00 p.m. in print edition on A2
A rural Tonganoxie man who allegedly threatened the Tonganoxie High School principal earlier this week at the school had a gun when he was arrested.
Regulators approve Kansas power line application
December 8, 2011
A Houston company says its planned power line across Kansas will spur wind farm development and establish the state as a national leader in clean energy production.
Obama on appeasement charge: “Ask bin Laden”
December 8, 2011
President Barack Obama is firmly rejecting Republican accusations that he has engaged in an ‘appeasement’ foreign policy. He says: “Ask Osama bin Laden.”
Sebelius halts plans to put morning after pill on shelves
December 8, 2011
The Obama administration’s top health official stopped plans Wednesday to let the Plan B morning-after pill move onto drugstore shelves next to the condoms.
Former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky posts bail after latest arrest
December 8, 2011
Former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky posted bail Thursday after spending a night in jail following a new round of sex-abuse charges filed against him.
Gus Malzahn? More likely Northern Illinois coach Dave Doeren
December 8, 2011
A friend asked if I would be surprised if Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn were announced as the next head coach of the Kansas University football team.
Foundation donates $150,000 to KU med school’s Salina campus
December 8, 2011 in print edition on A2
The Dane G. Hansen Foundation, of Logan, will donate $150,000 to provide support for scholarships, facilities and equipment at Kansas University’s School of Medicine-Salina campus.
Report: Albert Pujols to sign 10-year deal with Los Angeles Angels
December 8, 2011
Three-time NL MVP Albert Pujols has agreed to a 10-year contract with the Los Angeles Angels, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press on Thursday.
KU researcher explores early clusters of galaxies
December 8, 2011
An assistant physics professor at the University of Kansas is studying one of the earliest known clusters of galaxies.
Unusually shiny donation in Salvation Army kettle could ‘help a lot of families’
10:07 a.m., December 8, 2011 Updated 01:40 p.m. in print edition on A1
A Salvation Army kettle from Shawnee turned up a sparkling surprise when workers opened it to count the day’s donations — a diamond.
Manhattan-area death labeled homicide
December 8, 2011
Riley County police have arrested a suspect in the death of a man found along a dirt road north of Manhattan.
Brownback’s policy director to give school reform update
December 8, 2011
A key aide to Gov. Sam Brownback is scheduled to return to the State Board of Education to give an update on the administration’s plans for reforming the Kansas school finance formula.
Kansas group to show Gaza children’s art exhibit in Wichita
December 8, 2011
The Peace and Social Justice Center in Wichita is showing a Gaza children’s art exhibit depicting the Israeli occupation of Gaza.
Kan. casino regulators meet next week in Mulvane
December 8, 2011
The board that regulates Kansas casinos is having its next meeting in Mulvane, near the site of a state-owned gambling complex that’s set to open early next year.
Regents to name Emporia St. president Friday
December 8, 2011
The Kansas Board of Regents is preparing to announce the hiring of Emporia State University’s new president.
Town Talk: Rumors of Starbucks looking to build in northwest Lawrence; city and convenience store exploring options for compressed natural gas; how about a bicycle fleet for city workers?
December 8, 2011
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Stabbing victim drives himself to hospital
December 8, 2011
The Lawrence Police Department is investigating a stabbing that reportedly took place Wednesday night in an apartment on the 1000 block of Mississippi Street. A male victim with a stab wound drove himself to Lawrence Memorial Hospital, where police were notified.
Army honors Wellsville football senior
December 8, 2011 in print edition on B3
The U.S. Army Kansas City Recruiting Battalion recently announced that Wellsville High football’s Nolan Rush is the Army Iron Man of the Year for Kansas.
KU hires risk manager for new post
December 8, 2011 in print edition on A5
Kansas University has hired a risk manager from the corporate world in a position that will oversee a variety of risk management efforts for the university.
Pump patrol
December 8, 2011 in print edition on A5
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.13 at several stations.
Humane Society director’s salary finalized at $70K
Pay is $20K more per year than her predecessor earned
December 8, 2011 in print edition on A3
The Lawrence Humane Society has finalized a contract with its new executive director, and also agreed to boost the salary of the position by $20,000.
County postpones vote on sand dredging near Eudora
December 8, 2011 in print edition on A3
After close to five hours of discussion, the Douglas County Commission postponed a vote on a conditional use permit sought for a sand-dredging operation north of Eudora.
First Bell: No decision yet on makeup time for Free State; seeking holiday gift advice; ‘nation’s report card’ released
December 8, 2011
Time for another edition of “First Bell,” a look at issues and items involving education in and around Lawrence.
Heard on the Hill: SUA taking nominations for ‘Dancing With the Stars;” former basketball player Reed to sign books; Emporia State to pick president
12:01 a.m., December 8, 2011 Updated 01:35 p.m.
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas.
25 years ago: Natural gas prices lower than national average
December 8, 2011
Kansas prices were about 40 percent below the national average.
40 years ago: Lawrence Bus Co. to discontinue service
December 8, 2011
“Like many public transportation companies we can no longer support the operation from the farebox.”
100 years ago: Living accommodations sought for KU girl
December 8, 2011
“In all Lawrence there must be some one who desires to help this girl.”
Our Town Sports for Dec. 8
December 8, 2011 in print edition on B4
A weekly roundup of local events and results
Lions swimmer Andregg sets record
December 8, 2011 in print edition on B3
Lawrence High’s Zach Andregg set a school record in the 100-yard backstroke Wednesday, and the Lions’ boys swim team won the Manhattan triangular.
LHS boys set for Blue Valley Shootout
December 8, 2011 in print edition on B3
Tonight marks the first of three straight days of hoops for Lawrence High’s boys basketball team.
Jayhawks’ top priority: ‘make the right plays’
December 8, 2011 in print edition on B1
The statistics support Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self when he refers to the 2011-12 Jayhawks as the “worst passing team” he’s ever seen.
Bonnie Henrickson: Top freshman needs to play within KU’s system
December 8, 2011 in print edition on B1
Kansas University freshman women’s basketball guard Asia Boyd arrived on campus touted as coach Bonnie Henrickson’s highest-rated recruit in her time as KU coach.
New day, new faces: Rumors, uncertainty abound in KU coaching search’s 11th day
December 8, 2011 in print edition on B1
The Kansas University football program’s search to hire a new head coach, now entering Day 11, seems to be mirroring the path of the program during the past few decades.
Sheahon Zenger still has a few options
December 8, 2011 in print edition on B1
It doesn’t matter how many people from how many different levels of football Sheahon Zenger talked to in his search for a new football coach for Kansas University.
Germany, France scale back summit ambitions
December 8, 2011 in print edition on A6
German and French officials lowered expectations Wednesday for a deal to save the euro at this week’s European summit, deflating investors’ hopes for an imminent resolution to Europe’s debt crisis.
Billion-dollar disasters smash U.S. record
December 8, 2011 in print edition on A7
America smashed the record for billion-dollar weather disasters this year with a deadly dozen — and counting. With an almost biblical onslaught of twisters, floods, snow, drought, heat and wildfire, the U.S. in 2011 has seen more weather catastrophes that caused at least $1 billion in damage than it did in all of the 1980s, even after the dollar figures from back then are adjusted for inflation.
Sebelius stops Plan B from being sold over the counter
December 8, 2011 in print edition on A6
In a surprise move with election-year implications, the Obama administration’s top health official overruled her own drug regulators and stopped the Plan B morning-after pill from moving onto drugstore shelves next to the condoms.
Letter rebutted
December 8, 2011 in print edition on A8
Your readers should know that every characterization about WHINSEC or the Army’s School of the Americas in Ms. Busse’s Dec. 2 letter is the complete opposite of the truth.
Christmas gifts
December 8, 2011 in print edition on A8
It’s a wonderful time of the year. You remember, don’t you?
Voters’ wishes
December 8, 2011 in print edition on A8
In response to Anna Slemmer’s letter of Dec. 2, Ms. Slemmer chastises the current Kansas congressional delegates for not representing those who sent them to Congress.
Lobbyist coercion
December 8, 2011 in print edition on A8
The lobbyist Grover Norquist, has coerced all of the Republican members of the U.S. House and Senate to sign a pledge to not raise taxes at any time as long as they remain in office.
U.S.-Turkey partnership plays key role
December 8, 2011 in print edition on A8
They are unlikely partners: a cool and unflappable American president, and a proud, sometimes hot-tempered Turkish prime minister.
Healthy start
Kansans should keep an eye on efforts to expand health insurance coverage to uninsured children in the state.
December 8, 2011 in print edition on A8
It’s disappointing to see Kansas ranked as dead last when it comes to state efforts to increase the number of children with health insurance coverage.
City service
Lawrence’s longtime city attorney has served the community well.
December 8, 2011 in print edition on A8
A few days ago Lawrence city officials hosted a reception to honor Lawrence attorney Gerald Cooley, who is retiring after serving 23 years as the city’s attorney.
Big promise is seen in 2 new breast cancer drugs
December 8, 2011 in print edition on A7
Breast cancer experts are cheering what could be some of the biggest advances in more than a decade: two new medicines that significantly delay the time until women with very advanced cases get worse.
Horoscopes for December 8
December 8, 2011
This year you flip between being an efficiency expert and a real flirt. Remain upbeat. If you are single, date to your heart’s content. It is quite possible you will meet someone special. Be on the lookout. If you are attached, the two of you enjoy entertaining and going out and about even more. Spend as much time as you can together. Gemini is always around you. He or she cares.
Peacock comedies deck the halls
December 8, 2011
Christmas arrives for NBC’s Thursday night comedy block. “Community” (7 p.m.) offers a savage and overdue sendup of “Glee.”