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Who do you think is KU's biggest competition for the Big 12 men's basketball regular season title?

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Kansas State
Total 2869
What do you think was the most important world story of 2011?

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Response Percent
Osama bin Laden’s death
The Japanese earthquake/tsunami/nuclear disaster
Arab Spring
None of the above
European economic crisis
Total 393

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61-year-old man arrested for parole violation
December 30, 2011
A 61-year-old Lawrence man who is serving three years on probation for a 2006 robbery of a convenience store was arrested on a warrant Friday morning.
Obama delays request for debt limit increase
December 30, 2011 in print edition on A6
President Barack Obama is delaying his request for another $1.2 trillion increase in the nation’s debt limit at the request of congressional leaders.
Gas and other fuels are top U.S. export
December 30, 2011 in print edition on A6
For the first time, the top export of the United States, the world’s biggest gas guzzler, is — wait for it — fuel.
Law: Parents responsible for underage drinking
December 30, 2011 in print edition on A6
Parents of teens: If you think a drinking disaster at your kid’s party can’t happen at your house, not with your kid, because he’s a good kid, it’s time to wake up and smell the whiskey bottle tossed on your lawn.
Anatomy of a hangover: Is there anything you can do?
December 30, 2011 in print edition on A3
Dry mouth, pounding headache, queasy stomach, body aches — all standard fare the morning after a heavy-drinking New Year’s Eve celebration.
Walking while drunk can be dangerous on New Year’s
December 30, 2011 in print edition on A3
We all know it’s a bad idea to become smashing drunk and then get behind the wheel of car. But what about people who trade the keys in for a pair of shoes?
KU cancer center designation may happen in 2012
December 30, 2011 in print edition on A3
The year 2012 will be a pivotal one for the Kansas University Cancer Center. After a site visit from an NCI team in February, KU will await word on whether it has achieved its top research priority of attaining designation as a cancer center from the National Cancer Institute.
Chinese ‘Octomom’ stuns one-child public
December 30, 2011 in print edition on C6
The photo was undeniably cute: a studio portrait of eight babies in identical onesies and perky white cotton hats, sporting an array of expressions from giggly to goofy, baffled to bawling.
Obama wooing veterans in campaign
December 30, 2011 in print edition on C6
President Barack Obama ended one war and is winding down another, bringing home tens of thousands of U.S. troops. Now he wants them to pay him back — with votes.
GOP endorsement game intensifies
December 30, 2011 in print edition on C6
It may be overrated, but the political endorsement race won’t stop. In fact, it will only accelerate as voting in the GOP presidential contest nears.
Two juveniles detained in connection with arson at vacant Lawrence house
December 30, 2011
Authorities have taken two juveniles into custody who were suspected of arson at a vacant west Lawrence house on Monday evening, a Lawrence Douglas County Fire Medical spokeswoman said.
Mother gets probation for role in child abuse case
December 30, 2011
A judge Friday morning sentenced a 34-year-old Lawrence woman to serve 18 months on probation for her role in a child abuse case, prosecutors said.’s top stories of 2011 featured the tragic and off-beat
December 30, 2011
The most popular stories on are consistently those about Jayhawk sports, traffic accidents, crime and local business and politics. But in 2011, the off-beat and tragic were the stories that drew the largest audience.
Kansas newspapers anxiously eye post office closures
December 30, 2011
Western Kansas newspapers are worried that another postal switch could mean some of their mail subscribers will be getting their news days late.
Chiefs quarterback Kyle Orton sues former Chicago lawyers alleging bad investment advice
December 30, 2011
Attorneys for Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Kyle Orton have filed a lawsuit claiming bad advice from his former lawyers cost him and and others millions of dollars related to energy investments.
Interstate 470 in Topeka reopens after semi rollover
01:15 p.m., December 30, 2011 Updated 04:06 p.m.
The left eastbound lane of Interstate 470 in Topeka is closed from the South Topeka Kansas Turnpike toll gate due to a semi rollover, according to the Kansas Department of Transportation.
Lawrence 16-year-old receives two traffic citations from injury accident
December 30, 2011
A 16-year-old Lawrence boy who crashed his mother’s Porsche into a tree last week has been released from a Topeka hospital and also received two traffic citations for speeding and driving without a valid license, according to an accident report.
Man, 46, arrested on charges of taking indecent liberties with a child
11:29 a.m., December 30, 2011 Updated 11:51 a.m.
Lawrence police arrested a 46-year-old Lawrence man late Thursday night on charges of taking indecent liberties with a child.
Early-morning fire displaces family of 11 from rural Douglas County home
10:20 a.m., December 30, 2011 Updated 11:29 p.m.
An early-morning fire Friday in northwestern Douglas County has displaced a family of 11, an American Red Cross leader said.
Kansas abortion foes not resting after victories
December 30, 2011
Abortion opponents in Kansas aren’t resting after a string of legislative victories at the start of Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration, though the proposals they’ll pursue most aggressively in 2012 aren’t likely to be as eye-catching.
Railroad club plans to move historic steam engine
December 30, 2011
A railroad club plans to move a historic steam engine from a Pittsburg park to a nearby town to restore it.
Kansas attorney general’s office spends $476K defending new abortion laws
December 30, 2011
The Kansas attorney general’s office has paid outside lawyers $476,000 in defending abortion laws enacted this year.
Kansas extends break on rules for hauling hay
December 30, 2011
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback continues to give truck drivers some relief from state regulations if they’re hauling hay to livestock in drought-stricken areas.
North Korea vows no softening under its new leader
December 30, 2011
North Korea warned the world Friday there would be no softening of its position toward South Korea’s government after Kim Jong Il’s death as Pyongyang strengthened his son and heir’s authority with a new title: Great Leader.
US wants 2012 talks for Taliban political office
December 30, 2011
The Obama administration hopes to restore momentum in the spring to U.S. talks with the Taliban insurgency that had reached a critical point before falling apart this month because of objections from Afghan President Hamid Karzai, U.S. and Afghan officials said.
Synthetic’ marijuana is problem for US military
December 30, 2011
U.S. troops are increasingly using an easy-to-get herbal mix called “Spice,” which mimics a marijuana high and can bring on hallucinations that last for days.
Accident reported on Lazy Brook Lane
02:26 a.m., December 30, 2011 Updated 09:28 a.m.
A 46-year-old Lawrence man was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated early Friday morning after his sport-utility vehicle struck a parked vehicle in southwestern Lawrence.
Bachmann vows to stay in GOP race
December 30, 2011
Vowing to press ahead through the Iowa caucuses, Republican Michele Bachmann dismissed the notion Thursday that her presidential campaign was in disarray — even as she lost another staff member.
Republican voters’ focus on U.S. economy, not Iowa’s
December 30, 2011
After Rick Perry entered the Republican presidential race, he rolled into town on a bus emblazoned with “Get America Working Again” and offered prescriptions for fixing the economy. Newt Gingrich stopped by to bash what he calls job-killing environmental and labor regulations.
Brownback’s Medicaid plan sparks uncertainty, as well as hope
December 30, 2011
Prompted by rising costs that squeeze the state budget, Kansas plans to overhaul its Medicaid program — something that makes advocates for the needy and health care providers nervous as Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration looks for savings.
Second suit filed in helicopter crash that killed Kansas couple
December 30, 2011
A second wrongful death lawsuit was filed Thursday in a Nevada court against the Las Vegas-based operator of a sightseeing tour helicopter that crashed and killed five people earlier this month.
First Bell: required make-up time shrinks for Free State High; looking ahead on Gov. Brownback’s financing plan; First Bell to return a week into new year
December 30, 2011
Time for another edition of “First Bell,” a look at issues and items involving education in and around Lawrence.
Gary Bedore’s KU basketball notebook
December 30, 2011 in print edition on B4
Howard University’s 34 points scored were the fewest by a Kansas University opponent since Alcorn State totaled 31 in KU’s 98-31 win on Dec. 2, 2009, in Allen Fieldhouse.
College traditions taking a hit
December 30, 2011 in print edition on B2
There is nothing like college football on Jan. 1 to ring in the New Year, but don’t ring this Sunday because only the NFL will be home.
Colt McCoy relieves Browns of blame
December 30, 2011 in print edition on B2
Colt McCoy didn’t want to relive any of what happened to him three weeks ago.
Bench-clearing ball
December 30, 2011 in print edition on B1
Seldom-used Merv Lindsay, Christian Garrett, Niko Roberts and Jordan Juenemann became reacquainted with Kansas University’s basketball fans during a festive, feel-good 89-34 romp over Howard University on Thursday night in Allen Fieldhouse.
KU baseball signs seven in fall class
December 30, 2011 in print edition on B6
Kansas University signed seven baseball players to national letters of intent during the fall signing period, KU announced Thursday.
How former Jayhawks fared
December 30, 2011 in print edition on B6
Here’s a look at how former Jayhawks fared in NBA action.
Bison undone by Kansas’ ‘atmosphere’
December 30, 2011 in print edition on B4
Howard coach Kevin Nickelberry was honest when asked what he learned following his team’s 89-34 loss to Kansas on Thursday night.
Reserves contribute early, often for Kansas
December 30, 2011 in print edition on B1
Kansas University’s basketball coaching staff might not throw the game film into a time capsule, but for this team Thursday’s 89-34 victory against Howard University might wind up being noteworthy.
25 years ago: Lawrence bank suffers fourth robbery
December 30, 2011
Police were searching for a man who had robbed the FIRSTBANK branch in Lawrence.
40 years ago: Car plummets from turnpike bridge
December 30, 2011
Three persons had been injured in two related accidents on the Kansas Turnpike Bridge over North Second Street.
The top quotes of 2011
December 30, 2011
The growing scrutiny of the rich dominated this year’s best quotes, according to a Yale University librarian who anointed the Occupy Wall Street protesters’ slogan — “We are the 99 percent” — as the year’s best.
Killing of bin Laden voted top news story of 2011
December 30, 2011
The killing of Osama bin Laden during a raid by Navy SEALs on his hideout in Pakistan was the top news story of 2011, followed by Japan’s earthquake/tsunami/meltdown disaster, according to The Associated Press’ annual poll of U.S. editors and news directors.
Politics is the driver of human history
December 30, 2011 in print edition on A10
Huge excitement. Two Earth-size planets found orbiting a sun-like star less than a thousand light-years away. This comes two weeks after the stunning announcement of another planet orbiting another star at precisely the right distance — within the so-called “habitable zone” that is not too hot and not too cold — to allow for liquid water and therefore possible life.
Holiday reading
December 30, 2011 in print edition on A10
Congratulations and a big thank you to the Lawrence Journal-World for printing the 12 pages of “A Christmas Carol” and “The Life of Our Lord,” by Charles Dickens.
Revise plan
December 30, 2011 in print edition on A10
The developers — Doug Compton, et al. — who want to build a hotel, apartments, etc., at Ninth and New Hampshire, next to the Lawrence Arts Center, should comply with requests to keep it at a lower height, such as three to four stories, similar to the Arts Center, thus keeping it within the bounds of that district.
Legal evil
December 30, 2011 in print edition on A10
Richard Stumpf (Your Turn, Dec. 21) described the KPERS commission as a failure. So how will our state government fix this?
Safe night
Have a good time Saturday night, but be safe.
December 30, 2011 in print edition on A10
Ringing in a new year is a great reason to celebrate, but it’s easy for those celebrations to get out of hand.
Fond farewell
All good things come to an end, and tonight we say goodbye to an iconic Lawrence radio show.
December 30, 2011 in print edition on A10
Tonight truly will be the end of an era on Kansas Public Radio. After almost 60 years of weekly broadcasts, tonight will mark the final regular airing of the locally produced “Opera is My Hobby.”
Timeless tale
December 30, 2011 in print edition on A10
At 10:30 am on Christmas Eve, my third-grade son finished reading your recently published “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens.
100 years ago: Two young men of Lawrence build their own ‘flying machine’
December 30, 2011
“On December 12 the United States government granted a patent to Paul and Harry Elliott of Lawrence for a propeller that they have invented for the aeroplane they have built.”
Horoscopes for December 30
December 30, 2011
This year you often find yourself confused or in situations where misunderstandings cause a problem. Learn better ways of communicating. Learn to confirm appointments as well as what you thought you heard. If you are single, move in a new direction as far as meeting people. If you are attached, the two of you should consider a weekend workshop in communicating. Pisces draws you out.
Those we lost in 2011: an appreciation
December 30, 2011
As 2011 comes to a close, let’s remember those figures from television history who left us during 2011. Some were far too young. Others lived into their 10th decade. Some were household names, like Harry Morgan (“Dragnet,” “M-A-S-H”), Andy Rooney (“60 Minutes”) and Peter Falk (“Columbo”).