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On the street
Do you think the cost of a KU football win will decrease next year?

Poll results

Response Percent
It will decrease — there’s nowhere to go but up.
Not sure
Total 114
What do you think KU's record will be in its 18-game Big 12 schedule?

Poll results

Response Percent
10-6 or worse
Total 1522

Lead stories

12:05 a.m.
Tonganoxie High School seniors Wyatt Maurer and Tyler O’Briant launched a book drive for patients at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo. Both have spent time at Children’s Mercy as patients and are members of the hospital's Teen Advisory Board. 
Tonganoxie teens launch book drive to benefit Children’s Mercy Hospital
December 24, 2012
Tonganoxie High School seniors Wyatt Maurer and Tyler O’Briant launched a book drive for patients at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo. Both have spent time at Children’s Mercy as patients and are members of the hospital’s Teen Advisory Board.
6:00 a.m.
An Apple employee demonstrates an interactive feature of iBooks 2 for iPad, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012 in New York. Starting with the new semester in January, Lawrence public schools will begin pilot testing a new web-based tool that, among other things, will allow teachers to dispense with traditional hardbound textbooks and replace them with "open-source" learning material. Lawrence schools preparing for next digital revolution
December 25, 2012
Free, open source textbooks hold possibility of lowering education costs, and shaking up a highly profitable industry. By Peter Hancock
12:00 p.m.
A backyard shack is decorated with an assortment of signs and junkyard treasures. Nick Schmiedeler's yard and house, 710 Missouri St., is decorated with many such treasures. Schmiedeler's home is one of two Lawrence residences scheduled to be featured on upcoming episodes of HGTV's "Home Strange Home." Two Lawrence residences attract HGTV attention
December 25, 2012
Randy Walker’s “Museum of Odd” and Nick Schmiedeler’s “Kansas Rust Cottage” are scheduled to be featured on HGTV’s “Home Strange Home,” a show that describes itself as a “sneak peek into some of the strangest, wackiest and most unusual homes across America.” By Sara Shepherd
6:00 p.m.
Kansas University men’s basketball Radio broadcaster Greg Gurley, left, chats with partner Bob Davis during their pregame show before the Jayhawks’ game against Richmond on Dec. 18, 2012, at Allen Fieldhouse. Gurley, a former KU guard under coach Roy Williams, is in his first year as color commentator alongside 29-year play-by-play man Davis. Former player Greg Gurley settling into ‘dream job’ as KU radio analyst
9:35 p.m., December 25, 2012 Updated 11:37 p.m.
Former Kansas University guard Greg Gurley is enjoying his first season as veteran broadcaster Bob Davis’ sidekick on broadcasts of KU men’s basketball games. “That’s my plan. I love what I do. It’s a dream job,” former Kansas University basketball guard Gurley said of working as color announcer for KU men’s games on the Jayhawk Radio Network. “Both are dream jobs,” added Gurley, who doubles as second-year director of development for the Williams Fund.By Gary Bedore

All stories

How former Jayhawks fared in Dec. 26 NBA games
December 26, 2012
A look at how former Kansas University players fared in Wednesday’s NBA games.
Two city preps land Shrine Bowl invites
December 26, 2012
Lawrence High senior quarterback Brad Strauss and Free State High lineman Cody Stanclift on Wednesday were named to the East roster of the Kansas Shrine Bowl.
Jayhawks return from holiday break
December 26, 2012
Kansas University’s basketball team gathered for practice Wednesday night after a refreshing 3 1/2-day holiday break. By Gary Bedore
High hopes for Jake Heaps
QB establishes himself during year off
December 26, 2012
Kansas football coach Charie Weis, beginning his second offseason in charge of the Jayhawks, recruited Jake Heaps out of high school and has known for a while what kind of quarterback Heaps would be, but fans and opponents have yet to truly see what Heaps can do. By Matt Tait
Opinion: Ben McLemore inspired by Paul Pierce, LeBron James
December 26, 2012
His spectacular plays and high-rising ways leave basketball fans enjoying watching Kansas University freshman Ben McLemore compete as much as he enjoys playing the game. By Tom Keegan
Area drummer triumphant onstage after loss of leg
December 26, 2012
In August of 2005, 28-year-old Billy Brimblecom went through surgery to remove his left leg. Earlier that year, doctors had identified the source of the pain Brimblecom had been experiencing in the leg for several years: Ewing’s sarcoma, a cancer of the bone. Brimblecom had always attributed the pain he would feel off and on to an earlier car accident. But worsening pain had motivated the trip to the doctor’s office, where multiple tests, including a biopsy, led to the discovery of the cancer. “They said, ‘Here’s what we’ll do. We’re going to try to do everything we can to remove the cancer,’” Brimblecom, a professional drummer and actor, recalled. But doctors warned that losing his leg, “in an effort to save your life,” was also a possibility. By Melissa Treolo
Cost of $8 million per win makes KU football ‘worst team for the money,’ Forbes says
December 26, 2012
How much is a KU football victory worth? Well, according to an analysis by Forbes, KU spent about $8 million on its football program for each of its victories over the past three seasons, making it least cost-efficient program in the country. Athletic director Sheahon Zenger, though, says KU is investing in its football future. By Matt Erickson and Matt Tait.
Water main breaks reported
December 26, 2012
Cold weather, dry soil makes underground pipes more fragile. By Peter Hancock
Weather chills early post-holiday shopping
December 26, 2012
Cold snap keeps many people home from day-after sales, but area retailers remain hopeful. By Peter Hancock
Internal candidate named new executive vice chancellor at KU Medical Center
01:35 p.m., December 26, 2012 Updated 08:50 a.m.
Internal candidate Douglas Girod will take over the top job at the Kansas University Medical Center, KU announced Wednesday.
Two injured in accident on K-10 near eastern edge of Lawrence
11:12 a.m., December 26, 2012 Updated 11:58 a.m.
An accident on Kansas Highway 10 near Lawrence’s eastern boundary late Wednesday morning resulted in a vehicle fire, according to emergency dispatch scanner traffic.
Legislature facing tough tax choices in 2013
December 26, 2012
The influential Kansas Chamber of Commerce and some conservative Republican legislators are considering canceling a scheduled decrease in the state sales tax, but only if lawmakers agree to another cut in the state’s income tax. By John Hanna, AP
Horoscopes for Dec. 26
December 26, 2012
For Wednesday, Dec. 26: This year you often view effectiveness as a goal. Sometimes you could glide right over the deeper meaning of a situation. If you are single, you could meet someone important through your work. If you are attached, the two of you make an excellent team when it comes to practical matters.
Opinion: Some signs of hope in Afghanistan
December 26, 2012 in print edition on A7
In this season of good will, there’s a rare bit of good cheer about the prospects for peace with the Taliban in Afghanistan. The reason seems to be that some Taliban leaders are concluding that they couldn’t win the civil war that might follow U.S. withdrawal of combat troops.
Tune In Tonight: Kennedy Center Honors brew a whole lotta love
December 26, 2012
Always fun, occasionally annoying and even educational, the Kennedy Center Honors (8 p.m., CBS) return for the 35th time. As they do every year, they pay tribute to artists whose works have enriched America’s popular culture and fine arts. The list always contains a name unfamiliar to many, as well as folks so famous that you have to wonder if this national honor is simply the icing on their celebrity cake.
40 years ago: Former president Truman dies in KC hospital
December 26, 2012
Cars were bumper-to-bumper in Truman’s Independence, Mo., neighborhood.
25 years ago: Computer industry now supports ‘controversial’ parallel processing technology
December 26, 2012
Until recently, IBM had not supported the commercial possibilities of the technique, saying it was too expensive and too risky.
Letter: Loss of trust
December 26, 2012
The headline article in Monday’s paper tells us how the school board didn’t divert funds from a bond issue for school renovation to the use of athletic fields (entertainment). Well, not right away and only about $5 million. And of course none of the current members were on the school board then.
Letter: Calendar error
December 26, 2012
Just for the record, the Mike Luckovich cartoon syndicated to the Dec. 22 issue of the Lawrence Journal-World adds yet another item to the already sizeable pile of trash on the Maya calendar. The cartoon depicts the Aztec, or Nahuatl “Piedra del Sol,” indeed used for calendaric purposes in the highlands of Mexico around the 15th and 16th centuries, and thus it is not Maya. The geography is off by about 700 miles, and the time is off by more than 1,000 years.
Letter: Too far
December 26, 2012
Yet again, month after month, more regular than rain, Scott Burkhart trots out his one-trick pony. This time, he has gone too far. To exploit the horrific tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School to promote his theology is inexcusable. His lack of compassion for the living is appalling. If and when he can become pregnant himself, he can then tell the world what he believes. Until such time, I would ask him, “At long last, sir, have you no shame?”
Letter: Vengeful God
December 26, 2012
I tried to resist but just couldn’t. And besides, it is the season of Christmas. Once again, Carl Burkhead has resubmitted the same letter to the Journal-World, which says in essence that the world and all of its inhabitants are doomed to eternal damnation if they do not conform to his religious beliefs.
Letter: Heartless act
December 26, 2012
Driving to work last week, I drove over a hill to see a car stopped in the middle of the road. In the moment the car drove away, I saw what I first thought were little birds in the road. As I came closer, I realized they were two very sad looking little Chihuahuas. They were trembling in the cold, clearly lost and confused. When I stopped and opened my car door, they jumped in. When I picked them up to carry them into the shelter, I realized there was fecal matter caked on their tummies and legs. They were skin and bones. Their little ribs and each vertebra were clearly visible.
Editorial: Good timing
Three well-known local groups are pursuing a timely effort to meet the community’s physical and mental health needs.
December 26, 2012
A partnership to create a new outpatient health care campus for the city that would incorporate mental health treatment appears to be arriving on the scene with remarkably good timing.
100 years ago: Salvation Army distributes 76 Christmas dinner baskets
December 26, 2012
“Capt. Morris and his assistants worked for two days getting the baskets ready and then they began the distribution at 4 o’clock on Christmas morning.”