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Lawrence High boys basketball vs. Olathe Northwest Free State girls basketball vs. Olathe East Free State boys basketball vs. Olathe East Bishop Seabury girls basketball vs. Hyman Brand The day in photos, Jan. 6, 2012
Who do you think can better address the needs of the common man, a member of Congress with a $1 million or more net worth or one with a negative net worth?

Poll results

Response Percent
One with a negative net worth
One with a $1 million or more net worth
Total 466
Which will be Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback's most difficult task in 2012?

Poll results

Response Percent
Overhauling funding for public schools
Helping a Republican get elected president
Replacing the state pension system with a 401(k) plan
Cut state income taxes
Other (please state in comments)
Outsourcing Medicaid
Total 410

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
Billy Vanilly features three sizes of cupcakes, including these bite-sized "preemies." Twice baked: Famed cupcake chef chooses Lawrence for second shop
January 3, 2012
Allyson Fiander brings her recipe for success, as seen on “Cupcake Wars,” to Massachusetts Street.
6:00 a.m.
John Harjo pushes a trash bin while members of the city's Solid Waste Task Force observe, Tuesday, May 17, 2011. The task force took a tour to learn more about of Lawrence trash and recycling operations. Trash task force sets recycling goal, public forum
January 6, 2012
Lawrence, get ready to recycle and get ready to talk about it.
10:00 a.m.
Kansas House Speaker Mike O'Neal, right, forwarded an email referring to First Lady Michelle Obama as "Mrs. YoMama." His office says it was a political cartoon, and O'Neal should not be criticized for sending the email. Speaker O’Neal apologizes for forwarding email that calls Michelle Obama “Mrs. YoMama”
12:21 p.m., January 5, 2012 Updated 6:29 p.m.
House Speaker Mike O’Neal, R-Hutchinson, on Thursday issued an apology for an email he forwarded to fellow House Republicans that refers to first lady Michelle Obama as “Mrs. YoMama” and compares a photograph of her to a picture of the Grinch.
2:00 p.m.
Republican presidential candidates, clockwise from left, Ron Paul, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, Rick Perry and Jon Hunstman will compete in the Kansas primary in March. Experts say Kansas could play a bigger role in the selection of the Republican candidate. With large field of candidates, Kansas GOP expects some notice in presidential race
January 5, 2012
Kansas has attracted a larger-than-expected field of candidates for the presidential caucuses in March, and Republican leaders hoped Thursday that the race remains competitive enough to draw some of the hopefuls — and national attention — to the state.
6:25 p.m.
Douglas County legislators on Thursday met with representatives of area organizations to talk about issues in upcoming legislative session. From left to right, facing forward, are state Rep. Paul Davis, D-Lawrence, state Sen. Marci Francisco, D-Lawrence, state Rep. Barbara Ballard, D-Lawrence, state Rep. TerriLois Gregory, R-Baldwin City, state Rep. Tom Sloan, R-Lawrence, and state Sen. Tom Holland, D-Baldwin City. They were speaking with Steve Solomon of The Farm — Douglas County Visitation Center. The legislators met with officials from more than a dozen organizations during a meeting at the Lawrence school district headquarters.

Advocates urge slowdown on part of Brownback’s Medicaid overhaul
6:02 p.m., January 5, 2012 Updated 8:40 p.m.
Brownback and Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer are moving to overhaul Medicaid, which is the state and federally funded health program for those with disabilities, the elderly and low-income residents.

All stories

Passengers in Wednesday U.S. Highway 56 accident remain in serious condition
January 6, 2012
One passenger involved in a Wednesday head-on collision on U.S. Highway 56 in southwestern Douglas County remained in serious condition Friday.
Seniors may have to pay hunting, fishing fees
January 6, 2012
The tradition of giving free hunting and fishing license to senior citizens in Kansas might be coming to an end.
Warrant issued for Lawrence man accused of pointing a plastic gun at Walmart clerks
January 6, 2012
A bench warrant was issued for the arrest of a 23-year-old Lawrence man after he didn’t show up in court for his sentencing hearing Friday.
Felony theft reported from the 2400 block of 31st Street
January 6, 2012
A 19-year-old Lawrence man reported his laptop, iPod and backpack stolen from the 2400 block of 31st Street on Dec. 27.
Car stolen from 3100 block of Ousdahl Road
January 6, 2012
A 20-year-old Lawrence man reported his 1968 Chevy Camero stolen from the 3100 block of Ousdahl Road on Thursday.
Lawrence woman hit by car at 25th and Iowa streets
January 6, 2012
A 20-year-old Lawrence woman was transported to Lawrence Memorial Hospital with serious injuries after she was struck by a car at 25th and Iowa streets Friday afternoon.
County employee taken to hospital after being hit by tree
January 6, 2012
A Douglas County employee working near Lone Star Lake was transported to Lawrence Memorial Hospital after a tree fell on him Friday morning, said Douglas County Undersheriff Steve Hornberger.
Woman proud to have Kansas’ only ‘JAYHAWK’ license plate
January 6, 2012
Ever since a 2010 law changed how vanity license plates worked in Kansas, the 42 people who had the license plate “JAYHAWK” suddenly went down to one.
Update to labor laws could prevent youths from doing certain tasks
January 6, 2012
From driving tractors to vaccinating calves, farm families worry that changes to federal laws governing what work youths can get paid to do on the farm could change their way of life.
Group calls for end to ‘woo’ in Rock Chalk Chant
January 6, 2012
A group of Kansas University basketball fans — numbering more than 350 strong on Facebook — have a request: no more woo.
Gadget show has poor success record
January 6, 2012
The largest trade show in the Americas must be a great place to show off new products, right? Wrong. The International Consumer Electronics Show is quickly becoming a launch pad for products that fall flat.
California homeless warned about serial killer
January 6, 2012
Homeless people in Orange County were put on alert by police and advocates concerned that they’re the target of a serial killer who has slain three homeless men.
Core of health care law defended
January 6, 2012
The Obama administration defended the health care overhaul in a filing Friday with the Supreme Court that calls the law an appropriate response to a “crisis in the national health care market.”
Groups that benefited from hiring burst
January 6, 2012
For many people whose job prospects faded most during the recession, 2011 brought a small dose of relief.
200K jobs added in December surge
January 6, 2012
Four painful years after the Great Recession struck and wiped out 8.7 million jobs, the United States may finally be in an elusive pattern known as a virtuous cycle: an escalating loop of hiring and spending.
Lawrence single-family housing starts hit all-time low in 2011
January 6, 2012
Since at least 1956 — as long as the city has been keeping records — builders have started at least 100 new single-family homes each year in Lawrence. But 2011 is the year that the popped housing bubble finally drenched a piece of pride for the Lawrence construction industry.
Overland Park couple’s death called murder-suicide
January 6, 2012
An Overland Park couple who had recently filed for divorce was found dead in an apparent murder-suicide.
Group studying Kansas pensions issues final report
January 6, 2012
A Kansas commission studying pension issues has submitted its final report to legislators, recommending the state start a 401(k)-style plan for new teachers and government workers.
No dice on casinos in southeast Kansas
January 6, 2012
Despair about the circus life of gambling in this economically depressed region doesn’t end at weed-choked Camptown. A consultant declared seven years ago Galena in neighboring Cherokee County was the best location in the state for a casino. None has been built in the old mining town while gambling edifices emerged in all three other zones formed by the state government.
US Navy rescues Iranian fishing boat from pirates
January 6, 2012
A U.S. Navy destroyer has rescued an Iranian fishing boat that had been commandeered by suspected pirates just days after Tehran warned the U.S. to keep its warships out of the Persian Gulf.
Texas teen deported to Colombia headed back to US
January 6, 2012
A 15-year-old Texas girl who was deported in May to South America after claiming to be an illegal immigrant was headed back to the United States on Friday, Colombian and U.S. officials said.
Joran van der Sloot hints he’ll plead guilty
January 6, 2012
Joran van der Sloot asked for more time Friday to decide how to plead as his trial opened in the murder of a 21-year-old Peruvian woman. The Dutch citizen said he was inclined to confess but doesn’t accept the aggravated murder charges sought by the prosecution.
Hawker Beechcraft CEO says Air Force contract cost 800 jobs in Wichita
January 6, 2012
Hawker Beechcraft CEO Bill Boisture says the contract for an Air Force light air support plane cost the U.S. 1,400 U.S. jobs, including 800 at Hawker’s facility in Wichita.
OU WR Justin McCay picks Kansas and will enroll for spring semester
January 6, 2012
Former Bishop Miege High wide receiver Justin McCay, a former five-star prospect who spent the last two seasons at Oklahoma University, has joined the parade of impact recruits to commit to Charlie Weis and the Kansas University football team.
Riches from Nigeria
January 6, 2012
Search any online engine for “common email scams” and you’ll find millions of results. One of the most common and long-running frauds involve a Nigerian official or royalty attempting to transfer large amounts of money out of his country — and if you’ll only assist, a significant portion of the money will be yours.
At least Newt Gingrich respected his audience
January 6, 2012
Like Newt Gingrich or not, the man must be admired for having tried to elevate the political pig scramble for Iowa voters by not going negative.
DUI deaths sobering
January 6, 2012
If you find it discouraging that Kansas had the nation’s second-largest increase in drunken-driving fatalities in 2010, as such deaths declined 5 percent nationally, think of how the survivors must feel. Most important, think before taking the wheel while drunk.
Senators back creation of Kansas reserve fund
January 6, 2012
A bipartisan group of Kansas state senators is supporting creation of a reserve account to serve as a so-called rainy day fund for the state budget.
State board proposes cut in Westar Energy’s rates
January 6, 2012
A state board that represents residential customers and small businesses in Kansas is recommending an $11.6 million cut in the electric rates charged by Westar Energy.
Bonnie and Clyde guns to be auctioned in Kansas CIty
January 6, 2012
Eighty years after their Depression-era robbery and murder spree captivated the country, Bonnie and Clyde continue to fascinate crime and history buffs.
Town Talk: Lawrence home building totals hit historic low in 2011; city inks deal to add Ripple Glass containers across town; Lawrence Freenet operator on expansion path
January 6, 2012
News and notes from around Lawrence and Douglas County.
Unemployment rate falls to lowest in three years
January 6, 2012
A burst of hiring in December pushed the unemployment rate to its lowest level in nearly three years, giving the economy a boost at the end of 2011.
Holiday discounts crimp retailers’ profits
January 6, 2012
The 2011 holiday shopping season will go down in the record books as the year the Grinch stole stores’ profits.
Swank sushi: Tuna fetches $736K
January 6, 2012
This tuna is worth savoring: It cost nearly three-quarters of a million dollars.
Scores killed in bombings targeting Shiites in Iraq
January 6, 2012
An apparently coordinated wave of bombings targeting Shiite Muslims killed at least 78 people in Iraq on Thursday, the second large-scale assault by militants since U.S. forces pulled out last month.
Three still in hospital after U.S. 56 accident
January 6, 2012
Two passengers in a van involved in a head-on collision on U.S. Highway 56 in Douglas County on Tuesday were both listed in serious condition at Kansas University Hospital on Thursday, a hospital spokesman said.
Trash task force sets recycling goal, public forum
January 6, 2012
Lawrence, get ready to recycle and get ready to talk about it.
Coffee cups carried warning to Mount Rainier campers
January 6, 2012
As scores of heavily armed officers scoured the woods south of Mount Rainier, hunting for the man who gunned down a national park ranger on New Year’s Day, Natalia Martinez Paz and three friends were enjoying a glorious long weekend of snowshoeing and camping.
Feds reject Kansas request for health care waiver
January 6, 2012
Federal health care regulators have rejected a request from Kansas for a waiver of regulations on the amount of money insurance companies must earmark for health care.
Heard on the Hill: Law student wants more focus on education, not job market; I’m looking for people who love to ‘woo’; Kansas Alliance for Biorefining and Bioenergy helps fund university projects
January 6, 2012
Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.
100 years ago: Gas famine continues as residents rig alternative heat sources
January 6, 2012
“Stove dealers did an enormous business yesterday and by last night there was scarcely a single coal or wood stove for sale in Lawrence.”
25 years ago: City commission discusses percentage for art
January 6, 2012
The commission had discussed a proposal to set aside 2 percent of the cost of certain projects to buy visual artwork for the city.
40 years ago: Evidence seized in Barton County gambing raid ruled illegal
January 6, 2012
Law enforcement officers had not secured search warrants.
Seabury girls use height to grab easy 56-23 victory
January 6, 2012 in print edition on B3
The Bishop Seabury Academy girls basketball team had a game plan based on simple math.
D-tackle commits to KU football
January 6, 2012 in print edition on B3
The Kansas University football team picked up another commitment on the defensive line on Thursday night, when Tyler Holmes, a 6-foot-3, 270-pound defensive tackle from Sachse, Texas, orally committed to KU.
Releford happy to set defensive tone for KU
January 6, 2012 in print edition on B1
Travis Releford completed a post-game interview with at center court of Allen Fieldhouse, then walked through the building’s fabled northwest tunnel with another reporter 45 minutes after scoring a career-high 16 points and grabbing
Goodrich leads Jayhawks to strong Big 12 start
January 6, 2012 in print edition on B1
Kansas University women’s basketball player Angel Goodrich first arrived in Lawrence in the fall of 2008. Since that time, the oft-injured point guard has been part of a couple of disappointing seasons and 72 KU victories.
Making a splash: Strong debuts by new FSHS swimmers turn tables on LHS
January 6, 2012 in print edition on B1
A pair of new additions made an immediate impact for Free State High’s boys swimming team Thursday. With the help of junior Ben Sloan and sophomore Canaan Campbell, who made their season debuts at the Lawrence Indoor Aquatic Center, the Firebirds took first place and held off rival and runner-up Lawrence at their home meet.
Recruits reflect faith in Charlie Weis
January 6, 2012 in print edition on B1
After the season Russell Wilson had as a one-year, play-right-away transfer for Wisconsin, after leaving North Carolina State, it had to be extremely difficult for Dayne Crist to say no to the Badgers.
Jayhawks in the NBA
January 6, 2012 in print edition on B4
A look at how former Jayhawks fared in NBA action Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012.
Conservatives: Time to rally around a ‘not-Romney’
January 6, 2012
Prominent conservative leaders want their rank and file to quickly get behind a single presidential candidate — Rick Santorum now seems the likeliest — fearful that persistent splits will help Mitt Romney win the Republican nomination.
War profits
January 6, 2012
In late December, the Obama administration announced a $30 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia. This is part of a $60 billion ten-year deal to arm Saudi Arabia with some to the top fighter jets available to regenerate the U.S. war machine after the occupation in Iraq which just concluded. This deal will exacerbate our growing tension with Iran and could cause a backlash from Israel, further upsetting the climate in the Middle East.
State mistakes
January 6, 2012
Perhaps it’s time to tie down these loose cannons? Perhaps it’s time to review the options for recall of the emperor?
Cans count
January 6, 2012
When you make the effort to recycle a small or large bag of aluminum cans at one of the Cans for the Community blue “can houses” you are giving back to others right here in our community.
Better safe …
The escape of 11 family members from a rural Douglas County fire is a strong endorsement for family fire drills.
January 6, 2012
A rural Douglas County family lost its home to fire last week, but, thanks to a little advance planning, all 11 members of that family are alive to tell the tale.
Horoscopes for January 6
January 6, 2012
This year you grow and evolve in new ways. Others clearly are drawn to you. Open up to new possibilities. If you are single, you could be very attracted to someone, and he or she to you. On the same plane, there could be a lot of fighting. If you are attached, the two of you will tend to risk more but in different areas of your life. Cancer can be challenging.
Iowa helped clarify issues in GOP race
January 6, 2012
Iowa settled nothing. What happened Tuesday night on the plains and in the countless small farm communities and small towns of America’s great crossroads state — the place, in pioneer days as in our modern political calendar, that Americans traversed on their way to someplace else — was not an act of futility, but it wasn’t one of finality either.
IFC doubles down on silly
January 6, 2012
Now in its second season, “Portlandia” (9 p.m., IFC) has become the “30 Rock” of cable. And that’s good or bad, depending on how you look at it. Like “30 Rock,” “Portlandia” stars an “SNL” regular and is produced by Lorne Michaels. It also gets more “buzz” than ratings. And its cult appeal attracts a large number of famous guest stars.