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Do you think Kansas legislators should have supported the Topeka school district's attempt to secure a $40 million federal education grant?

Poll results

Response Percent
Not sure
Total 510
Do you make Christmas cookies?

Poll results

Response Percent
Yes, they are a holiday tradition
Occasionally when I have the time
No, I just buy them
No, I do not like them
Total 319

All stories

Baldwin boys in finals
December 5, 2012
Cornell Brown scored 12 points, and Quinn Twombly and Christian Gaylord scored eight apiece to help Baldwin High’s boys basketball team defeat Chanute.
KU rowing adds 10 recruits
December 5, 2012
Kansas University’s rowing team announced Wednesday the signing of 10 student-athletes to letters of intent.
Connor Munk helps FSHS win swim meet; LHS takes third
11:44 p.m., December 5, 2012 Updated 08:05 a.m.
Connor Munk won two individual events and swam on a winning relay team to help Free State High win a swimming and diving triangular on Wednesday at Kansas State’s KSKU Natatorium.
Young LHS boys expect test at tourney
11:43 p.m., December 5, 2012 Updated 01:07 a.m.
As a rule, high school basketball coaches don’t exactly light a celebratory cigar when they enter the season with an inexperienced roster. Lawrence coach Mike Lewis, with just one player — senior shooting guard Jake Mosiman — back from last season’s varsity rotation, could attest to that.
Rising above: Ben McLemore elevates above adversity
December 5, 2012
What must it be like to be Ben McLemore, Kansas University basketball star, floating sky-walker, owner of a million-dollar smile and a jump shot to match? By Tom Keegan
Chiefs attend service for Belcher
December 5, 2012
Heads bowed, somber past and present Kansas City Chiefs players turned out Wednesday for a memorial service for teammate Jovan Belcher, who killed his girlfriend and then himself over the weekend.
Promoting agritourism in Douglas County proving difficult
December 5, 2012
Douglas County commissioners are still divided over how much oversight is needed over farm-related tourist activities. By Peter Hancock
Editorial: Another chance
An extended deadline gives Kansas officials another chance to help design a health insurance marketplace for state residents.
December 5, 2012
Sometimes when a game goes into extra innings, it gives a major player an additional at-bat and an opportunity to swing for the fences. Sometimes that player emerges as the hero who carries the day. Such an opportunity is lining up for Gov. Sam Brownback. The federal government has extended the deadline for states to form partnership arrangements to operate the health insurance exchanges that are part of the Affordable Care Act — Obamacare, if you will.
Whooping cough outbreak continues in Douglas County
December 5, 2012
The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department is encouraging everyone, including adults, to check their vaccination records and get boosters if appropriate. By Peter Hancock.
Kansan gives $150,000 for KU social-welfare scholarships in memory of her children who died in a car accident
04:59 p.m., December 5, 2012 Updated 04:59 p.m.
Vergie Anderson, of Kinsley, holds the Kansas University School of Social Welfare close to her heart, as she does her two children, Jason and Brooke, who died in a car accident more than 30 years ago. Now the school and her children are forever linked, through a $150,000 gift announced Wednesday, from Anderson and her husband, that will establish a scholarship fund in honor of Jason and Brooke Meckfessel. By Matt Erickson
Former Haskell student to face trial in alleged sexual assault of fellow student
December 5, 2012
A 19-year-old former Haskell Indian Nations University student was ordered Wednesday to stand trial in the alleged sexual assault of a female Haskell student in November. By Shaun Hittle
Jovan Belcher’s mother talks about love for son, slain girlfriend
December 5, 2012
The days since Jovan Belcher killed his girlfriend then shot himself in the head have been very difficult for his mother, who said Wednesday that the slayings have not diminished her love for the couple.
Brownback, senators refused to help Topeka school district in grant application for federal funds
02:02 p.m., December 5, 2012 Updated 03:51 p.m.
Gov. Sam Brownback refused to help the Topeka school district’s efforts to try to secure a $40 million, three-year federal education grant. By Scott Rothschild.
Gov. Brownback calls on Legislature to make up revenue shortfall from tax cuts
December 5, 2012
Gov. Sam Brownback urged Kansas lawmakers to take another look at ways to pay for massive income tax cuts signed into law earlier this year because restoring the tax rate to its previous level isn’t an option. By The Associated Press
Topeka lifts ban on loaded handguns in vehicles
December 5, 2012
Topeka residents soon will be allowed to carry loaded handguns in their vehicles. The city council and Mayor Bill Bunten voted Tuesday to approve an ordinance that deletes a current ban on loaded handguns in vehicles. By The Associated Press
Wakefield, Loomis, Hodgson, Keever to lead Douglas County Democratic Party
December 5, 2012
New leaders have been elected in the Douglas County Democratic Party. By Scott Rothschild
Four KU football players earn second-team All-Big 12 honors
December 5, 2012
The Kansas University football team won just one game all season and saw its Big 12 losing streak grow to 21 games in 2012, but the league’s coaches and media members who cover the conference saw enough to name four Jayhawks to the second-team All-Big 12 postseason squad.
Three Lawrence men arrested in alleged Tuesday evening sexual assault
09:47 a.m., December 5, 2012 Updated 04:37 p.m.
Three Lawrence men were arrested early Wednesday in connection with an alleged sexual Tuesday night. Two of the men — a 31-year-old and a 36-year-old — were arrested on a charge of rape, while the third man, 26, was arrested on a charge of aggravated sexual battery. By Shaun Hittle
Kansas Statehouse’s ‘Big Three’ tied to controversial council
December 5, 2012
Kansas’ “Big Three” in the Statehouse are closely connected to the American Legislative Exchange Council, a controversial group that has been under fire for pushing a corporate agenda in state legislatures nationwide. Newly elected Senate President Susan Wagle, R-Wichita, and newly elected House Speaker Ray Merrick, R-Stilwell, are members of ALEC’s board of directors. By Scott Rothschild
The Learning Co-op celebrates 20 years of supporting local home schools
December 5, 2012
A surprise reception honored Cathy Barfield for two decades of supporting local home-school families. By Peter Hancock.
How former Jayhawks fared in Dec. 4 NBA games
December 5, 2012
A look at how former Kansas University players fared in Tuesday’s NBA games.
KU volleyball coach Bechard, star Jarmoc win all-region awards
December 5, 2012
Kansas University volleyball coach Ray Bechard earned the AVCA Central Region Coach of the Year award, while KU middle blocker Caroline Jarmoc was selected for the All-Central Region First Team.
KU soccer earns all-region nods
December 5, 2012
Kansas University midfielder Whitney Berry was named to the All-Central Region First Team, the National Soccer Coaches Association of America announced Tuesday.
LHS QB Strauss loses out on Simone Award
December 5, 2012
Lawrence High senior quarterback Brad Strauss, one of four finalists for the Thomas A. Simone Award, learned Tuesday that he and two other nominees lost out on the award to Blue Springs (Mo.) junior running back Dalvin Warmack.
FSHS wrestling falls in dual at Leavenworth
December 5, 2012
Free State fell to Leavenworth, 39-35, on Tuesday in a high school wrestling dual.
LHS girls basketball team loses second straight close game
December 5, 2012
Kionna Coleman scored 16 points and Anna Wright added 14, but Lawrence High’s girls basketball team fell to Junction City, 60-56 in overtime, Tuesday night.
Letter: Lights defender
December 5, 2012
An article in Public Forum (Nov. 27) states people who put out Christmas lights should give to some “Sandy” fund instead. I like putting out Christmas lights, and the new LED lights are cheap to operate. I have given to a “Sandy “ fund but I wonder if the money was weaseled away, as the “Katrina” and “9-11” funds.
Letter: Reform needed
December 5, 2012
As a senior on Social Security and approaching Medicare, I don’t get the failure of everyone in Washington. Raising taxes on the “rich” is projected to increase federal revenues by some $850 billion over 10 years. In the same time period, Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid will increase by $1.5 trillion if nothing is changed. We are not even keeping pace with these program costs.
Letter: Governor’s spending
December 5, 2012
Everyone is aware of Gov. Brownback’s cuts for education, the arts and social services. Apparently the good governor did not care to include cutting his own spending.
Editorial: Season of giving
December 5, 2012
Reaching out to help those in need is a wonderful way to get into the holiday spirit.
Editorial: Art Legacy
December 5, 2012
A gift from a retired art history professor will help ensure the continued excellence of Kansas University’s Spencer Museum of Art.
40 years ago: Officials discuss fire safety of city housing
December 5, 2012
There was some discussion about possible future requirements such as sprinkler systems and smoke detectors.
25 years ago: Eastside housing project nears completion
December 5, 2012
The project was utilizing a “scattered site” plan.
Tune In Tonight: ‘Dynasty’ Christmas extols virtues of ‘Pirducken’
December 5, 2012
“Duck Dynasty” (9 p.m., A&E) celebrates the season with “I’m Dreaming of a Redneck Christmas.” For the uninitiated, this popular cable series follows the antics of the Robertson family. Their patented duck call has made them quite wealthy, but that doesn’t stop many family members from behaving like backwoods stereotypes. In many ways, it’s a reality variation of a sitcom. Imagine if the Clampetts on “The Beverly Hillbillies” got rich and never left Bug Tussle.
Eudora girls, boys basketball lose at tournaments
December 5, 2012
Allie Webb scored 10 points and Abby Richeson scored nine, but Eudora High’s girls basketball team fell to St. James on Tuesday night in the Eudora tournament.
Horoscopes for Dec. 5
December 5, 2012
For Wednesday, Dec. 5: This year you could experience an inordinate amount of pressure. Often what you feel could be in conflict with what you think or must do. If you are single, check out someone you meet with care. If you are attached, the two of you will learn to communicate far better, which allows you to open up more.
Opinion: Obama may be transitional figure
December 5, 2012 in print edition on A9
We learned almost nothing about Barack Obama’s second term during his re-election campaign. We will learn almost everything about that second term in the next four weeks.
Free State boys basketball loses lead in opener, but bench saves win
December 5, 2012
Free State High boys basketball team defeated Topeka Seaman, 65-62 on Tuesday, but the Firebirds almost fell in their opener, nearly giving up a 17-point halftime lead with 17 seconds left in the game. By Benton Smith
Jayhawks, Wildcats vying for juco defenders, teammates
December 5, 2012
Juco teammates Marcus Jenkins-Moore and Marquel Combs are being recruited by both the Kansas University and Kansas State football programs, but Jenkins-Moore says he’s sold on KU and hopes to play with Combs again under coach Charlie Weis. By Matt Tait
Belcher told police he was waiting for his girlfriend
December 5, 2012
Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher told officers who found him sleeping in his car outside an apartment complex hours before he committed a murder-suicide that he was there to visit a woman he described as his “girlfriend,” but that she wasn’t home.
100 years ago: Businessmen’s ‘noonday lunch’ gaining attendance, interest
December 5, 2012
“The average business man is busy but he can eat and be sociable at the same time.”
KU freshman Perry Ellis: College transition tough but rewarding
December 5, 2012
Kansas University freshman Perry Ellis says the adjustment from high school to college — both in the classroom and on the basketball court — has been trying at times, but he’s focused on improving. By Gary Bedore