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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
Polls
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
 
77%
One with a $1 million or more net worth
 
22%
Total 466
Which will be Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback's most difficult task in 2012?

Poll results

Response Percent
Overhauling funding for public schools
 
25%
Helping a Republican get elected president
 
21%
Replacing the state pension system with a 401(k) plan
 
20%
Cut state income taxes
 
12%
Other (please state in comments)
 
11%
Outsourcing Medicaid
 
9%
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.

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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.